GEARY: 2020 NFL Mock Draft No. 1

The Bills add some more depth at wide receiver with the 54th overall pick in the second round

Nate Geary
April 13, 2020 - 12:31 pm

While the coronavirus outbreak has halted most of the sports world, the NFL offseason continues to roll along with free agency well underway league-wide.

As for the NFL Draft, this year's event will still take place from Thursday, April 23 through Saturday, April 25, but it will take place all virtually after having to cancel the main event that was scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Buffalo Bills were slated to pick with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, but the team ended up using that pick to acquire wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings. That leaves Buffalo with seven picks to make in the draft, with the first pick not coming until the 54th overall pick in the second round on Day 2.

With that, here is my first mock draft for the first 54 picks of the 2020 NFL Draft:

 

Round 1:

1.) Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow - QB - LSU
2.) Washington Redskins: Chase Young - DE - Ohio State
3.) Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah - CB - Ohio State
4.) New York Giants: Isaiah Simmons - LB - Clemson
5.) Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa - QB - Alabama
6.) Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert - QB - Oregon
7.) Carolina Panthers: Tristan Wirfs - OT - Iowa
8.) Arizona Cardinals: Jedrick Wills - OT - Alabama
9.) Jacksonville Jaguars: CeeDee Lamb - WR - Oklahoma
10.) Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas - OT - Georgia
11.) New York Jets: Mekhi Becton - OT - Louisville  
12.) Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs III - WR - Alabama
13.) San Francisco 49ers (from the Indianapolis Colts): Derrick Brown - DL - Auburn
14.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Jones - OT - Houston
15.) Denver Broncos: Jerry Jeudy - WR - Alabama
16.) Atlanta Falcons: Javon Kinlaw - DL - South Carolina
17.) Dallas Cowboys: C.J. Henderson - CB - Florida
18.) Miami Dolphins (from the Pittsburgh Steelers): K’Lavon Chaisson - EDGE - LSU
19.) Las Vegas Raiders (from the Chicago Bears): Kenneth Murray - LB - Oklahoma
20.) Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams): Kristian Fulton - CB - LSU
21.) Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson - WR - LSU
22.) Minnesota Vikings (from the Buffalo Bills): Denzel Mims - WR - Baylor
23.) New England Patriots: Patrick Queen - LB - LSU
24.) New Orleans Saints: Xavier McKinney - S - Alabama
25.) Minnesota Vikings: Austin Jackson - OT - USC
26.) Miami Dolphins (from the Houston Texans): Cesar Ruiz - OL - Michigan
27.) Seattle Seahawks: A.J. Epenesa - EDGE - Iowa
28.) Baltimore Ravens: Laviska Shenault - WR - Colorado
29.) Tennessee Titans: Ross Blacklock - DT - TCU
30.) Green Bay Packers: Jalen Reagor - WR - TCU
31.) San Francisco 49ers: A.J. Terrell - CB - Clemson
32.) Kansas City Chiefs: Jeff Gladney - CB - TCU

Round 2:

33.) Cincinnati Bengals: Yetur Gross-Matos - EDGE - Penn State
34.) Indianapolis Colts (from the Washington Redskins): Brandon Aiyuk - WR - Arizona State
35.) Detroit Lions: Grant Delpit - S - LSU
36.) New York Giants: Cole Kmet - TE - Notre Dame
37.) Los Angeles Chargers: Jonathan Taylor - RB - Wisconsin
38.) Carolina Panthers: Zack Baun- LB -| Wisconsin
39.) Miami Dolphins: J.K. Dobbins - RB - Ohio State
40.) Houston Texans (from the Arizona Cardinals): Lloyd Cushenberry - OL - LSU
41.) Cleveland Browns: Antoine Winfield Jr. - S - Minnesota
42.) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jaylon Johnson - CB - Utah
43.) Chicago Bears (from the Las Vegas Raiders): Trevon Diggs - CB - Alabama
44.) Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Love - QB - Utah State
45.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jacob Eason - QB - Washington
46.) Denver Broncos: Ezra Cleveland - OT - Boise State
47.) Atlanta Falcons: Noah Igbinoghene -CB - Auburn
48.) New York Jets: Terrell Lewis - EDGE - Alabama
49.) Pittsburgh Steelers: Michael Pittman Jr. - WR - USC
50.) Chicago Bears: Neville Gallimore - DL - Oklahoma
51.) Dallas Cowboys: Bryce Hall - CB - Virginia
52.) Los Angeles Rams: Tyler Biadasz - OL - Wisconsin
53.) Philadelphia Eagles: Curtis Weaver - EDGE - Boise State

 

54.) Buffalo Bills: K.J. Hamler - WR - Penn State

Although you may think the Bills are done adding to the wide receiver position, I’m not as sold.

The Bills went out and added a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver in Diggs, who is under contract for the next four seasons. They also added John Brown and Cole Beasley in the 2019 offseason, assembling one of the best wide receiver trio’s in all of football.

Having said all that, Brown signed a three-year deal in 2019 that will expire at the end of next season when he’ll be 32-years-old. No offense to Andre Roberts, but saving a roster spot for a player to solely return kicks isn’t a strategy I’d like to replicate going into 2020, considering Roberts is also sitting at 32-years of age.

Enter Isaiah McKenzie, who the Bills re-signed this offseason. McKenzie carved himself out a nice role as the team's No. 3 receiver in 2019 and played, sort of, a hybrid role, taking a majority of the shovel passes and end arounds. He also found himself as the team’s secondary return man for punts and kickoffs.

Now, let’s discuss why the Bills go with Hamler.

Hamler likely rounds out the top-three at wide receiver for the 40-yard dash if he participates at the NFL Combine. He’s, arguably, the most electric playmaker in the draft and can fill three roles for you - your primary kick and punt returner, WR4 on the offense who takes over as a more dynamic version of McKenzie, and signifies the youth and future of the position next to Diggs. Hamler will have the ability to learn from three of the best route runners in the game and make an immediate impact in the return game, and gives your offense the true big-play threat it needs.

He checks the most boxes here at 54 with a run on corners and offensive line to start the second round. You can make the case for safeties Jeremy Chinn or Kyle Duggar here, but I don’t want to rule out them being around in the third round.

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