GEARY: 2020 NFL Mock Draft No. 2

The Bills add another piece at defensive end with the 54th overall pick in the second round

Nate Geary
April 22, 2020 - 1:47 pm

The NFL Draft is upon us with the festivities kicking off on Thursday night with Round 1 and going through Saturday afternoon.

With the coronavirus pandemic still a concern worldwide, this year's event will still 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 Friday.

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


Round 1 highlights:

We saw trade ups from both the Broncos and Falcons to secure their two top players in Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III and Florida’s C.J. Henderson. That allows the Jets to pick up an additional second round pick and move down only five total spots, which keeps them in a position to draft one of the top tackles.

Six total tackles are off the board by the time the Seahawks are on the clock before Michigan’s Cesar Ruiz becomes the first interior offensive lineman off the bored. On top of six tackles being taken in the first round, I’ve got six wide receivers coming off the board, as well as five corners, setting the stage for a Round 2 run on defensive backs.

The real winners of the first round are the Dolphins and Raiders, who combined for five total picks on Day 1. The Dolphins raise some eyebrows by taking Justin Herbert over Tua Tagovailoa, but was able to secure the second-best interior defensive lineman in the draft with Javon Kinlaw, and rounded out Round 1 by selecting a plug-and-play tackle from USC in Austin Jackson.

 

Round 2:

33.) Cincinnati Bengals: Lloyd Cushenberry – OL – LSU
34.) Indianapolis Colts (from WSH): Jeff Gladney – CB – TCU
35.) Detroit Lions: Grant Delpit – S – LSU     
36.) New York Giants: Denzel Mims – WR – Baylor  
37.) Los Angeles Chargers: Ezra Cleveland – OT – Boise State
38.) Carolina Panthers: Cole Kmet – TE – Notre Dame
39.) Miami Dolphins: D’Andre Swift – RB – Georgia  
40.) Houston Texans (from ARI): Yetur Gross-Matos – EDGE – Penn State
41.) Cleveland Browns: Antoine Winfield Jr. – S – Minnesota  
42.) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Taylor – RB – Wisconsin
43.) Chicago Bears (from LV): Laviska Shenault – WR – Colorado
44.) Indianapolis Colts: Terrell Lewis – EDGE – Alabama
45.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma
46.) Cleveland Browns (from DEN): Logan Wilson – LB – Wyoming  
47.) New York Jets (from ATL): Zack Baun – LB – Wisconsin
48.) New York Jets: Isaiah Wilson – OL – Georgia
49.) Pittsburgh Steelers: Neville Gallimore – DL – Oklahoma
50.) Chicago Bears: Terrell Burgess – S – Utah
51.) Dallas Cowboys: Trevon Diggs – CB – Alabama
52.) Los Angeles Rams: K.J. Hamler – WR – Penn State
53.) Philadelphia Eagles: Curtis Weaver – EDGE – Boise State

54.) Buffalo Bills: Julian Okwara – EDGE – Notre Dame

Mario Addison is 32, Jerry Hughes is 31, and Trent Murphy is 29. For a defense with almost no holes, they’re relying on quite a few players approaching the tail end of, what have been, very solid careers, respectively. Outside of Darryl Johnson, who impressed in preseason but played very few meaningful snaps during the regular season, they have very little youth and quality depth at the position. That is something that general manager Brandon Beane should really look at when considering his overall roster construction.

This was difficult because Michigan’s Josh Uche was still available here, and it ultimately came down to scheme fit. Uche, who measures in at just 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, would have came in as the smallest edge player on the roster by a pretty wide margin. Although he may be a more dynamic pass rusher than Okwara, the Notre Dame senior provides more consistency on run downs and has more of a chance to be a three-down edge rusher, whereas Uche looks to be more of a third down specialist at the next level.

Uche also likely best fits as a standup rush linebacker in a 3-4, where Okwara would be an out-of-the-box solution for head coach Sean McDermott and the Bills out of the gate.

If you know me, you know I’m a pretty big Notre Dame fan, so this is coming from someone who watched every game of Okwara’s college career. He’s got all the tools: athleticism, arm length, size, initial-step, speed on the edge – he just needs to find a system and coaching staff that can maximize a player with loads of upside.  

That’s where I think Eric Washington and, ultimately, McDermott come into play and why I believe from a need, scheme fit and upside-potential standpoint, Okwara makes the most sense for the Bills at 54. At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, Okwara has the body frame potential of a Myles Garrett and on-field potential of a young Jason Pierre-Paul, but could also very easily be Aaron Maybin. As Jordan Reid from The Draft Network put it, ”Okwara is a tale of a prospect that has intriguing ingredients, but the right chef hasn’t come along yet in order to mix all of them together in order to reap the benefits of an enjoyable finished product.”

 

The Bills have very few needs, which is a testament to Beane’s roster building acumen, but they’re still not in a position to realistically draft the “best available player” when you consider some of the needs at corner and edge. I also won’t rule out running back in the second round either, which should make for a very fun next few days.

Enjoy everyone!

 

NFL DRAFT COVERAGE ON WGR IS PRESENTED BY:

Fiegel, Carr and Joyce logo

Fiegel, Carr and Joyce

 

WITH SUPPORT FROM:

Outlet Liquor logo

Outlet Liquor

Lockport

Lockport Outdoor Store

Comments ()