NFL Mock Draft Top 5 Picks

Brendan Conniff, Writer

The 2020 NFL Combine gave college prospects the ability to display their talent. Whether it be in the 40-yard dash, the three cone drill, or the bench press, every event was filled with players who exceeded all expectations. That being said, the 2020 NFL draft class certainly should be an exciting one. Here are my top five pick predictions for the upcoming draft on April 23rd.

1st Pick- Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
With all signs pointing towards the Cincinnati Bengals moving on from Andy Dalton at quarterback this off-season, it is time for Burrow to become the face of the Bengals franchise. The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner, as well as leading his team to a national championship, Burrow is ready to take complete control of this offense. During this season at LSU, Burrow faced seven teams that were ranked in the Top-10 and still broke the SEC passing yards record with 5,671 yards, and the SEC record for touchdown passes with 60 touchdowns. With his toughness, and his poise in the pocket, the Bengals should not have to think hard about who they want with this pick.

2nd pick- Chase Young, DE, Ohio St.
The situation the Washington Redskins are in this year is the same position the San Francisco 49ers were in last year when they got the number one prospect in the draft, Nick Bosa, after the Arizona Cardinals took Kyler Murray, a quarterback with the first pick in the draft. This year instead of Nick Bosa, it’s Chase Young. While an edge rusher is not one of Washington’s biggest needs, it is almost impossible to pass up on a guy like Young who led college football, as well as setting an Ohio State single season record for sacks with 16.5. Newly hired head coach Ron Rivera has expressed interest in possibly trading the pick, however I believe that the Redskins will stick with Dwayne Haskins at quarterback, and draft the best player in the draft.

3rd pick- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
As of right now, the third pick is held by the Detroit Lions, however I believe that they will trade with the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins will give up the fifth pick as well as later round picks to trade up to the third pick to secure Tua, their quarterback of the future. While Tua suffered a season-ending hip injury towards the end of his final season at Alabama, the Miami doctors have said that they are confident he will be healthy by the beginning of next season. With other teams in the draft that are in need of a quarterback, such as the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts, and New England Patriots, that are willing to trade up to secure a high level quarterback in the draft, the Dolphins will be able to offer the most value for the third pick. When he is healthy, Tua has an elite sense of anticipation, accuracy, and can throw a ball anywhere on the field.

4th pick- Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
The New York Giants should select Simmons with this pick because they need help in every position on the defensive side of the ball and Simmons is the most versatile player I have ever seen. He can line up at middle linebacker one play and then shift out to cornerback the next. This season, Simmons totaled 97 tackles with 7 of those being sacks and 14.5 for lost yardage. The Giants need a leader, someone who can call out the plays and recognize shifts in the offense, and Simmons is the perfect player for the Giants to build a defense around. His ability to make big time plays at any point in time has put Simmons in the hearts of all Giants fans as someone with a bright future who can lead this team for years to come.

5th pick- Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio St
After the Lions traded down from the third pick to the fifth pick, they still are faced with the dilemma of who they would have taken with the third pick if they did not make that trade, and the would be is Jeff Okudah. Last season, the Lions defense had the least amount of interceptions in the league with 7. In addition, their star cornerback, Darius Slay, will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season. Okudah is the best cornerback in this draft as well as one of the best prospects we have seen at the cornerback position in the past couple of years. He is a complete corner with the ideal sizes of 6’1, 200 lbs. Along with his athleticism and quickness, Okudah has everything he needs to become a shutdown corner in the NFL.

With all sorts of crazy trades and selections that could occur on draft night, only time will tell where all of these players will fall.