NFL Mock Draft #1, Bobby Hebert discusses Saints' options

Amos Morale III
March 09, 2020 - 12:00 pm

The NFL Draft is rapidly approaching as is the start of free agency. Front offices are currently researching hundreds of players as they search for the best additions to their rosters. 

Leading up to draft night, WWL Radio will offer weekly projections of how the 2020 draft might play out.

Here's a look at our first mock draft: 

Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (QB07) and Louisiana State Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow (QB02) watch from the sidelines during the 2020 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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1. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14)
Selection:
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU 

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner played his high school football just a  little more than two and a half hours away from the Bengals' stadium. Burrow is the consensus top quarterback in this draft and a can't miss prospect for Cincinnati.

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Chase Young (DL45) watches from the sidelines during the 2020 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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2. Washington Redskins (3-13)
Selection
: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State 

While Burrow may be the top quarterback in the draft, Young is the top prospect. Washington has a chance to add a true impact player to its defensive front. They may have other needs but bringing in a player who lead the Big 10 in both sacks and tackles for a loss would be huge in a division that features a couple of quarterbacks who extend plays with their feet in Dallas' Dak Prescott and Philadelphia's Carson Wentz.  

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back Jeff Okudah (DB24) makes a catch during a workout drill during the 2020 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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3. Detroit Lions (3-12-1)
Selection
: Jeffrey Okudah, DB, Ohio State

If the Lions are going to get better defensively, they'll need to improve against the pass. Detroit gave up a league high 4,551 yards through the air and the most completions of 20-plus yards with 72. Adding this year's top cornerback will go along way toward improving that secondary play. Okudah was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe award last season and impressed in his combine workouts. He'll be a Day 1 starter in Detroit regardless of what happens with the Lions' top corner Darius Slay, who could be on the way out of Detroit.   

Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (LB34) runs the 40 yard dash during the 2020 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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4. New York Giants (4-12)
Selection:
Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
The Giants need to get better against the pass as well. But after releasing defensive captain and linebacker Alec Ogletree, New York will need to improve against the run. Clemson's do-it-all defensive star Isaiah Simmons will be able to help the Giants do just that. He capped a productive career with a ridiculous showing at the NFL combine including a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash. 

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa speaks to the media during the NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center.
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5. Miami Dolphins (5-11)
Selection:
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Tagovailoa's recovery from a hip injury this past season is reportedly going well and he's expected to throw at his pro day in April. With him potentially being able to play this year, he'd be a good fit for the Dolphins who won't have to rush the former national championship winning QB to the field as Ryan Fitzpatrick has proven to be a capable starter. 
When healthy Tagovailoa is an elite playmaker with both his arms and legs. 

Utah State quarterback Jordan Love (QB10) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center.
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6. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)
Selection:
Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

The Chargers need to improve their rushing attack but taking a quarterback makes a lot of sense here considering Philip Rivers' pending free agency. Love may not have had the most productive final year with the Aggies but was sharp at the Senior Bowl when surrounded by NFL talent and impressed in his combine workouts.
Los Angeles would be a great landing spot for any QB as the Chargers boast a strong defense and an offense that features some of the NFL's more underrated playmakers in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, who both topped the 1,000-yard mark last season. 

Auburn Tigers defensive lineman Derrick Brown (DL03) goes through a workout drill during the 2020 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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7. Carolina Panthers (5-11)
Selection:
Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn 
Adding Auburn's Brown puts a difference maker on a defensive line that was part of a unit that gave up an NFL worst 5.2 yards per carry along with nearly 2,300 yards rushing last season. Getting better against the run starts upfront and Brown would be a boost to the Panthers defensive line. 
  

Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (OL05) goes through workout drills during the 2020 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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8. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1)
Selection:
Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville  

Arizona was one of the worst teams against the pass last season, giving up the second most yards per completion and tied the Lions and the Cowboys for the fewest interceptions. But taking a cornerback at this spot might be a bit of a reach. Instead, Arizona should add help on its offensive line for its promising young quarterback Kyler Murray.  

 South Carolina defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw (DL14) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center.
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9. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10)
Selection:
Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Offensively, the Jaguars made some serious strides in 2019. But defensively, Jacksonville needs to improve against the run as it allowed 5.1 yards per carry, the second most in the NFL. Adding Kinlaw who, was a force for the Gamecocks last season and impressed in the Senior Bowl, would be a good move.   

Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Jedrick Wills (OL51) goes through a workout drill during the 2020 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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10. Cleveland Browns (6-10)
Selection:
Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

With all of the Browns offensive weapons, Cleveland needs starting quarterback Baker Mayfield to be at his best. Upgrading the tackle position is a must. 

11. New York Jets (7-9)
Selection:
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

The Jets need a playmaker for quarterback Sam Darnold and Lamb is possibly the biggest difference maker at receiver in this draft. Lamb has produced with every quarterback he played with in college, a fact he prided himself on
New York as already made it known they are in the market for a receiver signing former Washington first round pick Josh Doctson and could lose second leading receiver Robby Anderson in free agency. 
 

12. Las Vegas Raiders (7-9)
Selection:
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Las Vegas' leading receiver last season was tight end Darren Waller. The Raiders need a playmaker on the outside for Derrick Carr, or whoever is under center in 2020, to throw too. Jeudy can be that playmaker. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound receiver had over 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns each of the past two seasons.  

Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (WO48) runs the 40 yard dash during the 2020 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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13. Indianapolis Colts (7-9)
Selection:
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

The Colts were one of the worst passing teams in the NFL last season. Jacoby Brissett was near the bottom of the NFL averaging 6.6. yards per pass attempt. Adding a receiver like Ruggs, who could stretch the field and open up opportunities for the Colts other playmakers T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal, would help improve those stats. 

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)
Selection:
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

A cornerback would make sense here as the Buccaneers need to improve on the back end of their defense but Tampa could be ready to move on from Jamies Winston, who despite leading the NFL in passing yards last season, also led the NFL with 30 interceptions last season.
Herbert is one of the top prospects in the draft and impressed at the Senior Bowl as well as the NFL combine.
 

15. Denver Broncos (7-9)
Selection:
Tristan Wirfs, OG, Iowa

Denver's young quarterback Drew Lock showed promise when he started last season. The Broncos also had great years from young skill players Phillip Lindsay, Courtland Sutton and rookie tight end Noah Fant. Adding another skill player would be nice but a lineman that could play either tackle or guard in Wirfs makes sense for a team looking to develop young players.

Louisiana State linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson (LB09) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center.
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16. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
Selection:
K'Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU

The Falcons used two first-round drafts picks on their offensive line last season. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Atlanta go offense again but with a defensive line that racked up the second fewest sacks in the NFL and having to play Drew Brees again this year, boosting the pass rush should be a priority for the Falcons.

17. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
Selection:
Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama 

Dallas has to address a lot in free agency particularly in its secondary. Adding the top ranked safety would be a big boost. Florida cornerback CJ Henderson makes sense at this spot also but if Dallas loses a linebacker or two to free agency having a hard hitting safety like McKinney would help lessen the blow.

18. Miami Dolphins (from 8-8 PIT)
Selection:
Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

The Dolphins could go several different directions with this pick but after selecting a franchise quarterback it makes sense investing in his protection. Miami traded away a talented tackle to for a pick they'll make later in this draft so getting one here would be a great fit. 

Louisiana State linebacker Patrick Queen (LB32) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center.
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19. Las Vegas Raiders (from 8-8 CHI)
Selection:
Patrick Queen, LB, LSU 

The Raiders added a playmaker on offense earlier in this draft and now add a player that can help improve the defensive unit. The Raiders were one of the NFL's worst team's against the pass and Queen has shown he's able to hold his own in coverage. Most analysts have the former Livonia star as the top inside linebacker in this year's class and he'd be a great addition to the Las Vegas locker room as well as a stout run defender. The Raiders could also go cornerback here, but landing an impact linebacker should be their priority.  


20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from 9-7 LAR)
Selection:
C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
The Jaguars were able to snag a top prospect on the defensive line and now they'll add one to the secondary. Jacksonville particularly needs help at this position after trading Jalen Ramsey last year and A.J. Bouye this offseason.  

Louisiana State wide receiver Justin Jefferson (WO26) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center.
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21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
Selection:
Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Jefferson's 40-yard dash time at the NFL definitely should have NFL scouts salivating even more that they already were. The former Destrehan standout was already one of the most productive receivers in college football after racking up 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns on 111 catches last season. The Eagles would love those kinds of numbers from a receiver considering their top three pass catchers in 2019 were two tight ends and a running back.

22. Buffalo Bills (10-6)
Selection:
Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Both of the Bills leading receivers last season are under 6-foot. Adding a big target like Clemson's 6-foot-4, 215-pound Higgins should help open things up from Buffalos top pass catchers John Brown and Cole Beasley.
   

23. New England Patriots (12-4)
Selection:
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

With so many potential defensive departures, it would make sense for the Patriots to make a pick to boost that side of the ball but adding a young playmaker like Aiyuk to pair with last year's first-round pick, big-bodied receiver N'Keal Harry, makes sense especially with the Patriots potentially having a new quarterback in the huddle.  

Louisiana State defensive back Grant Delpit (DB45) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center.
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24. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
Selection:
Grant Delpit, S, LSU

Most mock drafts have the Saints taking a wide receiver to pair with the NFL's record holder for receptions in a season Michael Thomas. But with this year's class of receivers being so deep, the Saints could wait til the later rounds to add to their receiver room. New Orleans needs to add a playmaker to its secondary as both Vonn Bell and Eli Apple are set to become free agents. Grant Delpit is a big, versatile safety that could play a variety of roles in the Saints' defense much like C.J. Gardner-Johnson did this past season.  



25. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
Selection:
Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU 

The Vikings could use some help in the secondary but have a chance to add a very disruptive defensive lineman to a unit that has been one of the NFL's best over the past few seasons. 


26. Miami Dolphins (from 10-6 HOU)
Selection:
D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

The first running back to go off the board is Georgia's Swift. The speedy running back had a productive career in Athens and should find plenty of running room as the Dolphins feature some talented receivers. 


27. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)
Selection:
A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa

Jadeveon Clowney is a free agent and in the Seahawks division, one that features Kyler Murray and Jared Goff as well as Jimmy Garoppolo, who led his team to a super bowl appearance, getting after the quarterback will be key. 
  

Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr (WO49) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center.
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28. Baltimore Ravens (14-2)
Selection:
Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

The Ravens need another playmaker around their MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson. Hollywood Brown demonstrated how dangerous of a deep threat he is but adding another receiver like Shenault, who's able to rack up yards after the catch would make one of the NFL's better third down teams even more formidable. 

29. Tennessee Titans (9-7)
Selection:
Jonathon Taylor, RB, Wisconsin 

Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins may be ranked higher in some mock drafts but Taylor looked like lighting at the combine and could be an effective compliment to Derrick Henry if the Titans are able to retain him.

30. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
Selection:
 Kenneth Murray, LB Oklahoma

The Packers could use some help on offense as well. but shouldn't pass up a chance to snag the second best linebacker in this draft. 

31. San Francisco 49ers (13-3)
Selection:
Marlon Davidson, Edge  

The 49ers could lose some of their productive defensive linemen to free agency. Bringing in a prospect like Davidson could boost the depth of an already deep defensive line.

32. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
Selection:
A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

The Chiefs need to add another cornerback and landing Clemson's Terrell would help replace any potential free agent losses.

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