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Mauricio’s Mock Draft 1.0: Cowboys Get Their Guy on Defense

The 2020 NFL Draft will be a brand-new experience as teams try to adapt to the stay-at-home regulations all around the country. But when it comes down to it, it’ll be the same as before. Teams trying to find the best players available. This year’s class is special with four potential first-round quarterbacks, a ton of wide receivers, offensive tackles and more.

Today, I share with you my 2020 Mock Draft 1.0. I decided to not include trades in my mock, but I  think you’ll find a surprise or two in there.

R1/1 – CIN: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

The No. 1 pick is a no-brainer. Joe Burrow is far and away the best QB in the class. He’s NFL ready and despite concerns about arm strength, the Bengals select this accurate, agile and smart quarterback.

R1/2 – WAS: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

Young might be the best overall prospect in the Draft. He’s explosive off the edge, has great technique and prototype size for the NFL. The Redskins have a very good defensive line, but adding Young takes it to another level.

R1/3 – DET: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Many believe the Lions might trade out of this pick, but if they stick around, Okudah should be the pick. Darius Slay was traded to the Eagles, but they get a week 1 starter with All-Pro potential in Okudah.

R1/4 – NYG: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Daniel Jones showed promise as a rookie, but he needs a decent offensive line around him. The Giants have once a decent job trying to build one in the last couple of years, and Tristan Wirfs is the newest addition.

R1/5 – MIA: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

The buzz about Herbert being the pick for the Dolphins is gaining steam, but I’m still leaning toward Tagovailoa. If he was healthy, Tua would be in the conversation with Burrow, not with Herbert. I have the Dolphins betting on Tagovailoa’s health.

R1/6 – LAC: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

The Chargers need a quarterback for the future, and Herbert has a good arm and a good upside. Los Angeles might consider adding a bridge quarterback if they don’t want to rush the Oregon prospect.

R1/7 – CAR: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

Simmons is a freak that can play just about anywhere on defense. He projects better as a linebacker in the NFL, and Matt Rhule will be able to use him in multiple roles.

R1/8 – ARI: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

Many are guessing defensive tackle here, but with Wills available, I can see them getting Kyler Murray decent protection.

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R1/9 – JAC: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

The Jaguars rebuild their defensive line starting with Brown, a big prospect that can dominate the defensive line at any interior position. His athleticism will help him fit anywhere.

R1/10 – CLE: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Many things went wrong for the Browns in 2019. One of the main issues was tearing apart the offensive line. Adding Thomas is a step in the right direction.

R1/11 – NYJ: Mehki Becton, OT, Louisville

Sam Darnold is a young and promising quarterback who needs protection. Becton can be the team’s starting left tackle.

R1/12 – LVR: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

The Raiders can go many directions with this pick, but Lamb might be the best fit for Jon Gruden’s offense. It will be exciting to watch how Lamb’s speed and run after catch skills translate to the NFL.

R1/13 – SF: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Jeudy is an excellent route-runner and I can’t wait to see how Kyle Shanahan uses him on Sunday.

R1/14 – TB: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

The Bucs already paid Tom Brady, they might as well give him even more weapons. Next to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Ruggs could be a game-changer with his speed in Tampa.

R1/15 – DEN: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Kinlaw is talented enough to overcome a few concerns about his lack of production in college. The Broncos need someone to help their pass rushers and Kinlaw is just that.

R1/16 – ATL: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

The Falcons are lucky enough to find Henderson with the 16th pick of the Draft. An athletic and instinctive corner, Henderson’s aggressiveness will translate well to the next level. A true CB1.

R1/17 – DAL: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

Randy Gregory and Aldon Smith aren’t the answer at defensive end for the Cowboys. With Quinn out of the picture, Dallas gets a young explosive rusher in Chaisson. He’s improved every year in LSU and shined the most when given a more consistent role as an edge rusher. Despite a glaring need at cornerback, the Cowboys are going with the best player available. That’s Chaisson.

R1/18 – MIA: Josh Jones, OT, Houston

Dealing Laremy Tunsil to the Texans could’ve been a good move, but the Dolphins find their next tackle in Josh Jones late in the first round.

R1/19 – OAK: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

After passing on C.J. Henderson with pick #12, the Raiders find a starting corner in TCU’s Gladney.

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R1/20 – JAC: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Jefferson might not be in the same category as the top 3 wide receivers in the Draft, but he is very talented and the Jaguars need a starter at the position for whoever is going to be the team’s starting quarterback.

R1/21 – PHI: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

With Jefferson off the board, I see the Eagles going with the best player available. Murray is a playmaker for a defense that’s talented but lacks a game-changer.

R1/22 – MIN: A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa

Epenesa’s versatility will make him climb up the boards and the Vikings won’t risk losing him before their second pick in the first round. Minnesota adds depth for the defensive line.

R1/23 – NE: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

I have the Patriots pulling the trigger on Love if he’s available at 23. They could address a lot of positions and bet on Jarrett Stidham, but Love’s arm is unbelievable and I don’t know when will they be able to be in a position to draft another quality quarterback in the first round. They’re not as championship ready as always, so betting on another option for the future would be wise.

R1/24 – NO: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

The Saints have the luxury of drafting the best player available. At 23, Queen is a steal. He can do it all and shines both in coverage and defending the run.

R1/25 – MIN: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

The Vikings losing Trae Waynes will hurt, but adding Diggs will certainly help. Diggs’ prototype size makes him a top prospect at the position, but some are concerned about his technique.

R1/26 – MIA: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

The Dolphins have added players at two of the most important positions with a quarterback and an offensive tackle. With Gross-Matos available, now they get an edge rusher.

R1/27 – SEA: Austin Jackson, OT, USC

It seems like every year the Seahawks need help at their offensive line. Well, they do. Jackson is ready for the NFL and a great value pick this late in the Draft.

R1/28 – BAL: Zack Baun, LB / EDGE, Wisconsin

The Ravens select Baun, who can be a pass rusher or an off-ball linebacker for Baltimore’s defense. Versatility helps in a defense that’s as creative as the one in John Harbaugh’s team.

R1/29 – TEN: Marlon Davidson, DT, Auburn

Davidson sneaks into the first round as a guy who can create chaos in any given play as a 3-technique.

R1/30 – GB: Brandon Ayiuk, WR, Arizona State

Ayiuk is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s class. Aaron Rodgers needs help on offense and the Packers bet on this young, explosive and somewhat unproven receiver.

R1/31 – SF: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

The 49ers defense is in a good spot, but they need a starting cornerback if they want to keep up what they had going last season. Terrell has climbed the boards and projects as a first-rounder thanks to his size and speed.

R1/32 – KC: Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan

The Chiefs could let the Colts jump into the first round if Jordan Love is still on the board for a small price and wait until the second round to make a selection, but if they don’t, Cesar Ruiz seems like a smart pick to provide more protection for Patrick Mahomes.

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Mauricio Rodriguez

Written by Mauricio Rodriguez

I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.


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  1. Chaisson is not that good!! Xavier Mckinney is a better player than he is!! And safety is a bigger need for us than DE is!! I’m tired of seeing these stupid mock drafts that have us taking another DE!! Even if Gregory or Smith don’t work out for us we’ll still have 5 or 6 other edge rushers that can help us!! We DO NOT need to draft another one!!

  2. trade back at few spots, pick up that extra top 100 pick, and draft zack braun, he is a better player than this LSU reach!!! he’ll he might still be there also!! get a center with extra pick!!!!

    • Chiasson is overwhelmingly overrated, he wasn’t even a factor in the game against an average Texas team. Dallas needs a game changing Safety.

  3. Trade the 17th pick to thr Jets for Jamal Adams. If not get Antonio Winfield Junior. I see a special player with him. Mckinney is a average safety hidden amongst get dline talent and lb talent at bama. I have not seen a recent db from bama besides Micah Snd Eddie Jackson be good. Both are safeties not corners.

  4. Safety isn’t as big of a concern to me. The bigger concern should be cornerback. Awuzie is garbage, jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown are unproven.

  5. Heck, with Fredrick retired, why not take Ruiz, solidify our Probowl line with some youth, and then take cb in 2nd, probably get Kmet in the 3rd, get a safety in the 4th, Winfield jr possibly there, 5th get a lb like Dye , and the rest of the draft, get a slot wr, like Hill or maybe even coultier, and get a young lineman. I think that would work great! I think we have enough pass rushers on the roster. And McCoy could play strongside end for us anyway, I think the defensive backfield needs the most work on that side of the ball, and I think a potential pro-bowl center, even in the 1st (just like frederick) would help us more than anyone else they could pick, it would be close to not having any change

  6. don’t like the Chaisson pick. Who knows how the draft will fall. If Kinlaw is there – take him. If not, try to move back and then can take Matos or Ruiz or a McKinney. I think Chaisson is another of the pass rushers who get overdrafted every year and then travel the league on 1 yr deals after their rookie contract. Just not worth it at 17, given the risk to get a starter after last yr’s debacle of a draft.

    • Agreed. What concerns me the most is the fact that we don’t really know if they’re playing. We’re hoping. And even if they are allowed to come back and play, Smith hasn’t played since 2015 and Gregory hasn’t played anything close to a full season. Even in 2018, his snap count was pretty low. I like him, but I think the Cowboys still need a DE.

  7. I say grab a safety, we never have anyone on the back end to help us create more turnovers, safeties don’t come around that often, finding a great safety is like finding a top notch quarterback.

    • Well, I don’t believe safety has such a high positional value, but I’d be fine with the team drafting McKinney at 17. I wouldn’t love it, though for I’m not in love with the prospect. I’d 100% take Chaisson over him just because I see him as the better player.

  8. The only outstanding need is a CB to replace Byron. If Henderson isn’t there hope there’s a trade partner a few pics back for an additional 3rd and grab Sighs regardless. 2nd rd S Dugger unless there’s a better WR available like possibly Prohl

  9. CB to replace Byron is biggest hole. If not Henderson hope there’s a trade partner a few pics back for an additional 3rd and grab Diggs regardless. 2nd rd S Dugger unless there’s a better WR available like possibly Prohl

    • I agree in conerback being the biggest need. Heck, I’d be fine with the team “reaching” for one in the first round. I won’t hate it if they draft someone like Jeff Gladney (of course, depending on who’s on the board).

  10. I’d rather them draft the best available player and I’m not sure how this dude is considered a first round pick. I’d go after kinslaw if he is there and if not id get either lamb or McKinney

  11. this is comical, you not only dont have the best safety (a certain player from Alabama) going to the Cowboys you dont have him going in the first round at all. Dude give up the writing and prdeicting gig you arent very good at it.

    • Hey, man! You know, I think I won’t give up the writing and predicting gig. I enjoy it a lot. But seriously, K’Lavon Chaisson would be the best player available IN MY OPINION. It’s not like you don’t need an edge rusher opposite of DeMarcus Lawrence. Fun fact: I’m far from the only one who has Xavier McKinney dropping a bit.

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