With the NFL draft less than a week away, reporters who cover the teams on a daily basis take a crack at predicting how the first round will unfold in The All 32: The Times’ unique NFL mock draft experience. Each reporter makes a pick and gives a rationale for that selection.
This year’s live mock draft is completed. The Cincinnati Bengals have the first pick of 2020 draft, and Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer made his selection. Be sure to check out the entire first-round rundown below.
“The Giants have a lot of holes to fill. They would love to get Chase Young, but Simmons can get to the quarterback. He can not only make plays from sideline to sideline, but from goal line to goal line.” Tom Rock, Newsday
“The Dolphins are committed to selecting a quarterback in the first round. I don’t know that they have an absolute conviction about which quarterback that’s going to be, Tua, Justin Herbert, or Jordan Love.” Omar Kelly, South Florida Sun Sentinel
“The head coach compared playmakers to chocolate chip cookies — you can never have enough of them. The Jaguars have a lot of holes to fill, and Jeudy fits what they want to do.” John Reid, Florida Times-Union
“The Browns are set at right tackle, having signed Jack Conklin in free agency. But they need a left tackle, and Thomas has experience on the left side.” Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer
“It’s about protecting Tom Brady, and Wills fits the mold at right tackle, a position he’s played since his sophomore year. There’s about five tackles in this draft that the Bucs would be happy with.” Rick Stroud, Tampa Bay Times
“Atlanta’s biggest needs are on all three levels of the defense. The Vic Beasley experiment is over, and the Falcons still don’t know what they have in Takk McKinley.” Jeff Schultz, The Athletic
“The Patriots might try to trade up for Tua. But if they stay here, Murray is a tackling machine, good blitzer, can play on the outside and inside. He’s similar to Kyle Van Noy.” Ben Volin, Boston Globe
“Gladney makes a lot of sense. He can cover outside and inside, and has been a man corner, and that fits with the Vikings like to play some man within zone schemes.” Ben Goessling, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“With the top five tackles off the board, the Dolphins go with an elite athlete with great speed. Even though he’s not a striker, he can play that center field position for the Dolphins.” Omar Kelly, South Florida Sun Sentinel
“If the Seahawks keep their pick — and they always seem to trade their first-rounder — I think they’ll focus on their defensive line. That was the huge weakness for this team last year, and at the moment it doesn’t look better.” Bob Condotta, Seattle Times
“Baltimore’s best-case scenario is either Queen or Murray to be there, so they can address their glamour position of inside linebacker. At this point, McKinney is the best player available.” Jeff Zrebiec, The Athletic
“Cornerback and linebacker are Kansas City’s two biggest needs. Baun would fit their system as a three-down linebacker. Sort of thumper, but someone who has the athleticism and ball skills, too.” Nate Taylor, The Athletic