Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft was a blast! Let’s do it again tonight!
Here’s my second-round predictive mock draft of how I believe things could go down tonight starting at 7:00 p.m. EST.
33. Cincinnati Bengals: Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
Bengals get their future tackles in place for Joe Burrow: Jonah Williams last year and now Cleveland.
34. Indianapolis Colts: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Colts need more weapons in the passing game, and Philip Rivers has always thrived with bigger targets down the field.
35. Detroit Lions: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
At some point the Lions have to address the lack of pass rush off the edge. Gross-Matos is a boom-or-bust prospect, but he fits what Matt Patricia is looking for at the position.
36. New York Giants: Zack Baun, EDGE/LB, Wisconsin
Baun can drop and cover or rush off the edge situationally. Both abilities would help the Giants tremendously.
37. New England Patriots: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty are aging, and Duron Harmon is off to Detroit. McKinney will be the next quarterback of the Patriots secondary.
38. Carolina Panthers: Robert Hunt, IOL, Louisiana-Lafayette
Carolina finds their Trai Turner replacement with the second interior offensive lineman off the board in the mauling Hunt.
39. Miami Dolphins: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Many reported that Miami had drafted Swift at No. 26 before it was announced they were trading back with Green Bay in the first round. I bet they get him anyway. J.K. Dobbins wouldn’t surprise me either.
40. Houston Texans: Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
Gallimore is athletic and raw, but he’ll be able to step into a rotation that seeks to replace some of D.J. Reader’s impact in the trenches.
41. Cleveland Browns: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Cleveland needs a single-high free safety, and I would guess that Delpit will be the first one drafted Friday night. He has to improve as a tackler and in man coverage, but the ball skills and range are there as a deep safety.
42. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Another corner for Jacksonville? They’d like to keep D.J. Hayden in the slot, and they don’t have any quality outside options on the roster with the exception of newly-drafted C.J. Henderson. Diggs is a scheme fit as well.
43. Chicago Bears: K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
The Bears get their Taylor Gabriel replacement and the speed element they desperately need in their offense.
44. Indianapolis Colts: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
Johnson has fallen further than expected, and Indy capitalizes in order to pair he and Rock-Ya Sin together with Kenny Moore in a solid cornerback trio.
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marlon Davidson, DT, Auburn
This is a direction we haven’t really entertained the Bucs going in the second round, and maybe that’s my fault. Odds may be that they still go offense, but there is no depth on the defensive line, and Davidson provides pass rush upside and versatility that would be a great fit for Todd Bowles’ defense. Davidson could be the heir apparent to Ndamukong Suh.
46. Denver Broncos: Josh Jones, OT, Houston
The Broncos still aren’t sold on Garrett Bolles, and the added value of getting a top 30 player at No. 46 will have them turning in the card fast.
47. Atlanta Falcons: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
Atlanta has needed help inside for Grady Jarrett for a long time, and Blacklock’s explosiveness and versatility fit their scheme perfectly.
48. New York Jets: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The Jets need cornerback help in the worst way, and Fulton is the best one left on the board.
49. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
I wouldn’t like this pick at all, but the Steelers and I haven’t seen eye-to-eye a ton when it comes to the draft. The team has certainly done their due diligence on running backs this offseason.
50. Chicago Bears: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
Chinn lasting this long is a minor surprise, and Chicago capitalizes by finding a running mate for Eddie Jackson in its secondary.
51. Dallas Cowboys: Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
The Cowboys really need pass rush help, and Okwara feels like the type of raw, but talented player they will target on Day 2.
52. Los Angeles Rams: Willie Gay, LB, Mississippi State
The Rams get their Cory Littleton replacement with one of the better coverage linebackers in the draft.
53. Philadelphia Eagles: Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming
I know Philadelphia hasn’t valued linebacker like other organizations, but Jatavis Brown, T.J. Edwards and Nate Gerry? Come on, fellas. Time to change that.
54. Buffalo Bills: Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne
Buffalo’s roster doesn’t need anything, so they get a luxury pick in the versatile, violent and highly athletic Dugger.
55. Baltimore Ravens: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
The Ravens haven’t had much success with raw wide receivers, but this is a different era and they will allow Shenault to do what he does best: make plays with the ball in his hands.
56. Miami Dolphins: Ashtyn Davis, S, California
Miami really needs free safety help, and Davis’ defensive backs coach at Cal, Gerald Alexander, is now on the Dolphins staff. It’s a perfect match on and off the field.
57. Los Angeles Rams: Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan
The Rams can use Uche off the ball as needed too, but they really need pass rush help off the edge, and his flashes last year suggest a player who would help their defense in a versatile role.
58. Minnesota Vikings: Antoine Winfield, S, Minnesota
This would be fun, huh? Winfield playing for the team his dad had an unbelievable career with? The Vikings addressed their two biggest needs in the first round, and there is uncertainty regarding Anthony Harris’ future with the team, so this pick makes sense.
59. Seattle Seahawks: Darrell Taylor, EDGE, Tennessee
Seattle is bound to do something crazy, so why not reach for an edge defender many don’t expect to come off the board for another 30-40 picks? Taylor is a fit and he is one of the more promising athletes at edge defender in this class.
60. Baltimore Ravens: A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
It’s been a big slide for Epenesa, but the Ravens appreciate the tape enough to nab him here, where he’ll play in a rotational role next season.
61. Tennessee Titans: Terrell Burgess, NCB, Utah
Tennessee gets their Logan Ryan replacement in one of my favorite players in the class.
62. Green Bay Packers: Michael Pittman, WR, USC
Pittman could get nabbed earlier, and he’s not as clear a fit to me in Green Bay as some other guys, but he can win at all three levels of the field and play inside or out. They need to get Aaron Rodgers some help.
63. Kansas City Chiefs: Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
For a lot of teams in the NFL, Dantzler’s short arms and slow 40 probably took him off their board until Day 3, but the Chiefs have started a collection of misfit toys at cornerback and won a Super Bowl with them. I’m not saying it’s a good process, but Dantzler’s tape is really solid, and I think some team will shock us and roll the dice on him in the second round.
64. Seattle Seahawks: Matt Peart, OT, UCONN
Seattle reaching for an athletic, but raw offensive lineman is a mock drafting rite of passage. Peart will be groomed to take over on the right side in the near future.