It seems like the perfect time for another mock draft. In the last mock, it was a straight draft with no trades. This time we have an ideal trade for the Detroit Lions to accept.
The Detroit Lions are in a perfect spot as they enter the 2020 NFL Draft. The Lions currently hold the third overall pick. It’s clear General Manager (GM) Bob Quinn will wait to see how the first two picks play out before pulling the trigger on a deal to trade back in the first round, adding much-needed draft capital.
You can set your watch to the Cincinnati Bengals selecting Ohio native; quarterback Joe Burrow out of LSU with the first overall pick. That’s when things get a bit funky, yet exciting. What do the Washington Redskins do with the second overall pick?
Can anyone decide what Redskins team owner Dan Snyder will do? He’s a wildcard. Former head coach Jay Gruden was opposed to selecting Dwayne Haskins last season, yet Snyder demanded the pick.
That’s when the writing was on the wall regarding Gruden’s future. He was coaching for his job, he knew it, and he didn’t feel comfortable hitching his wagon to an offense led by raw rookie Haskins. Well, Gruden was canned, and Haskins’ overall play was suspect at best.
Now the Redskins have Ron Rivera at the helm, he’s a defensive-minded guru and with Chase Young on the board how does Rivera pass that up? I don’t expect him too, but I also imagine he’s not thrilled to have Haskins as his starting quarterback, hence why the team traded for Kyle Allen, who Rivera had in Carolina last season.
So, with Burrow and Young off the board, the Detroit Lions sit with the third overall pick and begin to field trade offers. For mock draft purposes, this is the deal we’ve decided to accept.
It seems like a perfect return for the Detroit Lions. I’d expect both the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Chargers to get into a bidding war over the third pick. If Miami views Tua Tagovailoa as a franchise quarterback, they have the easiest route to acquire him having three, first-round draft picks, and two second-round picks.
The Chargers have the better roster in place but don’t have the same capital to move up. They couldn’t make a better offer from a draft pick standpoint than what we’ve accepted.
I expect the New York Giants to select one of the top four left tackles available. If they pass on Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton, Andrew Thomas, or Jedrick Wills, they will have to decide between Jeffrey Okudah or Isaiah Simmons.
For this article, we expect Jeffrey Okudah to be available with the fifth overall pick. That being said, the pick is in;