Mock Drafts

Mock Drafts

It’s Draft Day! The 2020 NFL Draft gets underway this afternoon at 1:00:p.m., and ESPN Honolulu will bring you live, pick-by-pick coverage and analysis! Rounds 2 and 3 will take place tomorrow (noon), and Rounds 4-7 will happen on Saturday (6:00 a.m.). Again, ESPN Honolulu will bring you all seven rounds of the Draft.

We asked our on-air personalities to predict how today’s Round 1 might go. Here’s their forecast.

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JOSH PACHECO:

1st Pick – Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow [QB – LSU] – I don’t think I need to explain that one.

2nd Pick – Washington Redskins – Chase Young [DE – Ohio State] – Washington would be dumb to trade out of this spot. I see Young as someone who will be a franchise player beyond his rookie contract. He’s an incredible playmaker that will instantly boost the Redskins’ defense.

3rd Pick – Miami Dolphins (MOCK TRADE from Detroit) – Tristan Wirfs [OT – Iowa] – There are a lot of good offensive linemen to choose from. At the end of the day, Miami’s biggest need is on the offensive line, and Wirfs could instantly be a mainstay protecting the quarterback, whoever it is, in Miami.

4th Pick – New York Giants – Jedrick Wills [OT – Alabama] – I know Isaiah Simmons seems like the likely pick here, but the Giants have a bigger need at offensive line, and Wills seems to be the right person to take here.

5th Pick – Detroit Lions [MOCK TRADE – from Miami] – Jeff Okudah [CB – Ohio State] – Detroit could get Okudah at three if they wanted to, but they could get them anywhere else in the Top 6 or 7, so trading down to get the likely fit makes the most sense.

6th Pick – Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert [QB – Oregon] – Will Tyrod Taylor last the season as LA’s starting quarterback? Chances are about 50-50. If he struggles, can you guarantee that you can turn to a rookie backup quarterback right away? Tua isn’t a guarantee to some, and Herbert seems like the surefire play if the future needs to happen sooner rather than later, similar to Dwayne Haskins this past season in Washington.

7th Pick – Carolina Panthers – Derrick Brown [DT – Auburn] – Carolina has the best playmaking running back in the NFL, but could use a little relief on defense to make sure that Christian McCaffery and new starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater are given some support.

8th Pick – Arizona Cardinals – Jerry Jeudy [WR – Alabama] – Do the Cardinals need another wide receiver? No. But could Kyler Murray use the receiving weapon of the future once Larry Fitzgerald retires? Absolutely. The Cardinals are going to need to score points aplenty to keep up in the demanding NFC West.

9th Pick – Atlanta Falcons (MOCK TRADE from the Jacksonville Jaguars) – Mekhi Becton [OT – Louisville] – We know that the Falcons have been looking to trade into the top 10 for days now. With the amount of quality offensive linemen available and the need for solidity there, Atlanta will be aggressive in getting the lineman it needs.

10th Pick – Oakland Raiders (MOCK TRADE from the Cleveland Browns) – Tua Tagovailoa [QB – Alabama] – The STEAL of the draft. Jon Gruden needs a quarterback he loves, and he’ll get it here. Plus, there are no early expectations. If Derek Carr struggles, it will be Marcus Mariota, NOT Tua, that will step in immediately. But Gruden knows that neither veteran quarterback will take the Raiders where he wants the team to go.

BOBBY CURRAN:

1. Cincinnati  Joe Burrow QB LSU
2. Washington. Chase Young DE Ohio State
3. Miami (from Detroit) Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
4. NYG Isaiah Simmons Defense Clemson
5. Detroit (from Miami) Jeff Okudah CB Ohio State
6. LA Chargers Justin Herbert QB Oregon
7. Carolina Derrick Brown DT Auburn
8. Arizona Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa
9. Jacksonville CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma
10. Cleveland Jedric Wills Ot Alabama
11. N.Y. Jets Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama
12. Las Vegas CJ Henderson CB Florida
13. San Francisco Henry Ruggs WR Alabama
14. Tampa Bay Andrew Thomas OT Georgia

15. Denver Justin Jefferson WR LSU

CHRIS HART:

  1. Joe Burrow                                    Bengals
  2. Chase Young                                 Redskins
  3. Derek Brown – Auburn DT          Lions
  4. Jedrick Wills OT Alabama            Giants
  5. Justin Herbert                                Dolphins
  6. Tua Tagovailoa                            Chargers
  7. Isaiah Simmons LB/S Clemson    Panthers
  8. Jeff Okudah                                   Cardinals
  9. Jerry Juedy                                    Jags
  10. Tristin Wirfs                                  Browns
  11. Mecki Becton OT Louisville         Jets
  12. CeeDee Lamb                                Raiders
  13. Henry Ruggs                                  49ers
  14. Andrew Thomas OT Geogia           Bucs
  15. Justin Jefferson  WR LSU              Broncos
  16. CJ Henderson CB Florida              Falcons
  17. K’Lavon Chaison Edge LSU           Cowboys
  18. Javon Kinlaw                                 Dolphins
  19. Jordon Love                                  Raiders
  20. Kenneth Murray ILB Okl.             Jags
  21. Tee Higgins        WR Clemson      Eagles
  22. Brandon Aiyuk                              Vikings
  23. Chase Claypool WR/TE ND          Patriots
  24. Trevon Diggs     CB Alabama       Saints
  25. AJ Terrell CB Clemson                  Vikings
  26. Patrick Queen ILB LSU                 Dolphins
  27. Yetur Gross-Matos DE Penn St    Seahawks
  28. Antoine Winfield S Minnesota    Ravens
  29. Zack Baun Edge Wis.                    Titans
  30. Chase Claypool WR ND                Packers
  31. Jeremy Chinn  Southern Ill Safety  49ers
  32. Deandre Swift RB                         Chiefs

GARY DICKMAN:

1. Cincinnati- Joe Burrow
2. Washington- Chase Young
3. Detroit- Jeff Okudah
4. NY Giants- Jedrick Wills
5. Miami- Justin Herbert
6. LA Chargers – Tua Tagovailoa
7. Carolina- Isaiah  Simmons
8. Arizona – Tristian Wirfs
9. Jacksonville- Derick Brown
10. Cleveland- Andrew Thomas
11. NY Jets – Jerry Jeudy
12. LV Raiders – CeeDee Lamb
13. S Fran – Henry Ruggs
14- T Bay – Mechi Bechton
15- Denver- Justin Jefferson
16- Atlanta- CJ Henderson
17- Dallas- Javon Kinlaw
18- Miami- k’ lavon  Chaison
19- L Vegas – Patrick Queen
20- Jacksonville – Jordan Love
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