The 2020 Senior Bowl wrapped up practice week on Thursday and while the game will offer some insight, most NFL personnel folks will depart Mobile ahead of Saturday with the information they need. This is the last of the all star games, and that means the next big event in the draft process will be the Combine in late February.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper has dropped his first mock draft of the 2020 NFL Draft season. Prospect analysis is picking up, but it won’t be until the NFL Combine that a prospect can really change his value in the eyes of evaluators. That gives us a base line for Kiper as he moves forward with his mock drafts.
The top two spots are not surprising, with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow going first and Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young going second. That will be the way most mock drafts handle the top two picks for most of the next three months.
We’re seeing a little more consistency at the No. 5 pick, with Kiper mocking Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to the Miami Dolphins. Todd McShay mocked Tagovailoa to the Dolphins as well in his first mock draft. The Dolphins badly need a QB, and we’re hearing good things about Tagovailoa’s rehab from a dislocated hip.
Kiper has quarterbacks going back-to-back, with the Los Angeles Chargers selecting Oregon’s Justin Herbert sixth overall. He has the New Orleans Saints selecting Utah State quarterback Jordan Love at No. 24, to give us four first round quarterbacks.
The bigger question right now is if someone will be willing to move up ahead of Miami to get their quarterback of choice, and then if someone is willing to move into the middle of the first round to grab one. The draft effectively starts with the Detroit Lions at No. 3. Kiper has them picking Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah, but a trade is likely a strong possibility if someone is particularly enamored with Tagovailoa, Herbert, or whomever else.
20 or 30 minutes into the draft, things could get rather interesting!