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2020 NFL Mock Draft: Maize n Brew’s final first round projection (w/trades)

Cesar Ruiz is safely in the first round heading into Thursday night.

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The 2020 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday night and runs through Saturday evening, giving the sports world something to sink its teeth into as we seek to stay entertained throughout all of the madness going on. With that in mind, here is a final first round projection from us here with a few trades included for good measure.

1. Cincinnati: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

This is a no-brainer. Maybe it would have been a bit of a brainer if Tua’s medical future was not up in the air, but this has been locked in since the Bengals clinched the No. 1 pick.

2. Washington: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

Another no-brainer. Take the best player on the board and this draft’s most talented prospect.

3. LA Chargers (from Detroit): Tua Tagavailoa, QB, Alabama

Trade! The Chargers send picks No. 6, 37 and 122 to Detroit to secure their franchise quarterback.

4. NY Giants: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

It would shock nobody to see the Giants go with a tackle here, but the draft’s most versatile defensive talent will have to do. The dream pick here would be Young, but Simmons is a darn good consolation prize.

5. Miami: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

After all this talk that Miami would move up, they were able to stay at five and get a guy that seems like they have been trending towards taking anyways.

6. Detroit (from LA Chargers): Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Okudah wouId have been the likely pick at No. 3 anyways, so the fact that the Lions were able to move down three spots and pick up a second and fourth round pick in the process should be seen as a huge win.

7. Carolina: Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn

Brown is perhaps one of the most complete players in this draft, even if the ceiling is not as high as others. He is still a Pro Bowl talent.

8. Arizona: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

This is where I’m circling the run on offensive tackles to begin. Arizona has to protect Kyler Murray at all costs and Wirfs is the man to help them do that, or at least get things started there.

9. NY Jets (from Jacksonville): Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

Trade! The Jets have a guy they want here and move ahead of another tackle-needy team to make it happen. The Jets gave up picks No. 11 and 120 this year and a fourth-rounder next year to move up to this spot.

10. Cleveland: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

The Browns need to go all-in on protecting Baker Mayfield and the selection of Wills gives them a pretty good tackle tandem now, along with free agent signee Jack Conklin.

11. Jacksonville (from NY Jets): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

The Jags need a corner after trading Jalen Ramsey last year, but it would not be a surprise to see them go wideout in this spot considering what is about to come off the board. The depth in the class allows them to wait until their other first rounder.

12. Las Vegas: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock love winning and productive players. It would be surprising if they stayed at 12 and did not walk out of this draft with Jeudy or the guy that comes next.

13. San Francisco (from Indianapolis): CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Pair CeeDee Lamb, who people are calling the next DeAndre Hopkins, with Deebo Samuel and George Kittle in the 49ers passing attack and all of the sudden, this team gets a heck of a lot more dangerous.

14. Tampa Bay: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

If the Bucs have designs on being a Super Bowl contender, they have to go all-in on protecting Tom Brady. They would use a running back, too. However, this is the spot to grab a top-tier tackle in the class.

15. Denver: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

The Broncos are going to let Drew Lock see where he can take them this year and they could use another wideout to pair with Courtland Sutton. Ruggs and his 4.27 40-yard dash will do just fine.

16. Atlanta: Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina

Something tells me there is a chance Kinlaw goes much higher than this, but the Falcons will take it if he falls into their laps.

17. Dallas: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

The Cowboys need to replace Bryon Jones and walk out of this draft with a corner that can start right away. Fulton has some flaws in his game, but the upside is worth it here.

18. Miami (from Pittsburgh): D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

Miami might wait a little longer to go running back, but Swift would be a tremendous get for them and a player a lot of people see as the next Dalvin Cook-type of back.

19. Las Vegas (from Chicago): Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

McKinney is a versatile safety prospect that would be a nice boost at the back end of the Raiders defense, especially in a division with an ever-expanding array of offensive talent.

20. Jacksonville (from LA Rams): Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

As we said before, Jacksonville can afford to wait on grabbing a wideout unless they want to snag one of the elite guys at the top of the board, which is possible. Given they released Marquise Lee, it feels like they will target this position early.

21. Philadelphia: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

The Eagles are another team that could use a boost on the back end and already did so this offseason by trading for Darius Slay. Delpit’s film was a bit better in 2018, but could bring a physical presence to the Eagles’ defense. This is a potential wide receiver pick spit, as well.

22. Minnesota (from Buffalo): K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

As long as Mike Zimmer is coaching the Vikings, this is a team that is going to build a strong defense. With Everson Griffen no longer with the team, the Vikings could use another defensive end and pairing Chaisson with another former Tiger in Danielle Hunter looks appealing on paper.

23. New England: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

If Love slips out of the top ten, which it certainly feels like he will, there are not many QB-needy teams ahead of New England, who have a GOAT-sized hole to fill at the position. Jacksonville and Las Vegas could be sleeper teams for him, though.

24. New Orleans: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

The Saints could use a boost at linebacker and do not have to look too far down the road to make it happen, grabbing the sixth LSU Tiger to come off the board in the first round.

25. Minnesota: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

The Vikings need help at corner now that Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes are not there anymore. Zimmer loves his defensive backs and guys with starting potential might not be on the board the next time they pick.

26. Miami (from Houston): Josh Jones, OT, Houston

The Dolphins just made a five-year (at least) investment in Herbert, so now they have to tend to that garden more and give him some protection.

27. Seattle: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

I like Seattle’s chances of going with a pass rusher in this spot. Do not be surprised if they do something unexpected here and go with Josh Uche or someone like that, though. The Seahawks operate a little differently than everyone else.

28. Baltimore: Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan

This is the easiest spot to put Ruiz given John Harbaugh should know plenty about him. He could go as high as No. 17 in this draft.

29. Tennessee: Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

Wilson might not be as polished as some of the other tackles on the board, but his tools and potential have him garnering first round buzz.

30. Green Bay: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

The Packers are not usually ones to go sexy in the early rounds of the draft, but they really do need a good No. 2 to pair with Devante Adams.

31. Indianapolis Colts (from San Francisco 49ers): Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

Trade! The Colts send picks No. 34 and 122 to move up a few spots back into the first round to grab a weapon for Philip Rivers.

32. Kansas City: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

The rich get richer with offensive talent. Enough said.