The Astronauts Crew ran this mock draft exactly like the real NFL Draft will be run this year: trade discussions over text message and laughing at the other teams' stupid decision-making in the groupchat. The war room up in space was tense. With each writer acting as GM over their pick, here's how the draft went down.
1. Cincinnati Bengals - Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Bengals fans have to be excited about the fresh opportunity after years of mediocrity. Zac Taylor gets married to the hottest college player on the planet and the young star comes home to save the state. Beyond the unreal numbers, Burrow's poise and mobility give him access to the entire field. He'll be able to get the most out of the high quality aerial weapons, boosting the fantasy value of every Bengal. - JetPack Galileo
2. *Projected Trade* Jacksonville Jaguars - Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
Jacksonville sends Yannick Ngakoue, #9 overall to Washington for #2 overall and a 2020 3rd round pick.
The Jaguars are stuck having to trade Ngakoue before the season starts. This trade up for Chase Young replaces their expensive edge rusher with a rookie contract and allows them minimal draft capital damage along the way. - Michael Risher
3. *Projected Trade* Carolina Panthers - Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Carolina sends #7 overall, 2020 3rd round pick, 2021 4th round pick to Detroit for #3 overall.
The Carolina Panthers were ranked 20th in pass defense and gave up 29 points per game to their opponents and 231 passing yards per game. They were tied for 8th in the league in interceptions, and there's some holes to fill after Luke Kuechly's devastatingly early retirement and the decision to let James Bradberry walk in free agency. Secondary was just one area of their defense they needed to improve, so the Panthers trade up for the best cornerback in the draft, Jeff Okudah. For the cost to move up, Okudah better be ready to face the NFC South WR Gauntlet headlined by Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin. - Shane Barrett
4. New York Giants - Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Last season the Giants gave up 43 sacks and gave up the 3rd most QB Hits with 119. They have slowly rebuilt their offensive line the past couple years, drafting Will Hernandez and signing Nate Solder and Kevin Zeitler but their right tackle position is still a weak point. Jedrick Wills would be a plug and play starter there with 28 starts the past 2 season at right tackle for Alabama. The Giants got their starting QB in Daniel Jones in the draft in 2018, now it is time they go out and get a top notch prospect who can help protect him. - Alex Edwards
5. Miami Dolphins - Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Dolphins have the pick of their potential QB targets in Herbert, Tua & Love. Whilst all of these options are great fits for Chan Gailey's spread offense, the Dolphins opt for the safest option in Justin Herbert. He has great size, athleticism & arm talent to be a big success in the NFL. Herbert is a boom-bust prospect but will have a strong chance to succeed as he is surrounded by young & improving talent. If Tua had no injury concerns he would have been the selection for the Dolphins. - Kev White
6. Los Angeles Chargers - Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
If not for a hip injury we may not be having the discussion as to why Tua fell this far in the draft. The Chargers are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball and if Tua does need to sit out a season Tyrod Taylor will be a serviceable bridge quarterback. Whenever Tua does take over the offense, so long that he is healthy, the Chargers will be a tough team to beat with the young core that they have. - Nick Penticoff
7. *Projected Trade* Detroit Lions - Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Detroit received #7 overall, 2020 3rd round pick, 2021 4th round pick from Carolina in exchange for #3 overall.
The Lions could have easily stayed at 1.03 and selected Okudah to replace the outgoing Darius Slay, but interest in that pick will be high, and the offer was too good for the Lions to turn it down. Made even better by the fact that Simmons falls right into their lap at 1.07! Simmons dominated the combine and is a super versatile player, who can play all over the field, which is just what the Lions need and will be an instant impact for their defence. - Matt Thornton
8. Arizona Cardinals - Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
Last year the Cardinals tripled down on wide receivers and it did not help them at all. They made splashes in the offseason acquiring DeAndre Hopkins, signing Kenyan Drake with the transitional tag and offloading David Johnson's huge contract burden. Kyler Murray's stock is on the rise for 2020 if he can stay on his feet and scramble in the pocket. The Cardinals select the offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs to protect their offensive investments and unleash their offensive fire power. - FF Spotlight
9. *Projected Trade* Washington Redskins - Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Washington received Yannick Ngakoue, #9 overall from Jacksonville in exchange for #2 overall and a 2020 3rd round pick.
Due to the current Trent Williams situation, the Redskins have an immediate need for a tackle. The tackle class is deep but has a clear four at the top, so Andrew Thomas only makes sense here. Great run blocker and a solid pass blocker with the room for improvement with his footwork. He has all the qualities and talent for a successful NFL career. - Parker McDonald
10. Cleveland Browns - Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The most important spot on the Browns offensive line remains vacant at left tackle. They have had a sticking plaster at the position over the last few years with Greg Robinson. Unless one of the many incompetent teams ahead of them let a 'can't miss' defensive piece fall here the Browns have to take Becton especially as he should be gone already to the Giants. He has the size and length to give him the advantage over rushers off the edge and he's by far the best run blocker in the class. Value and need come together. - Rich Causier
11. New York Jets - CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Jets take the best wide receiver in the draft here. The thought is similar to the Cowboys going out to get Amari Cooper, this pick has as much to do with CeeDee's potential as it does with seeing what they really have in their QB. As the Cowboys did with Prescott, it is time to give Sam Darnold some true weapons and see what he can do with them. GM Joe Douglas will be looking to build the offensive line around Darnold, but with the top four tackles already off the board in the first 10 picks, grabbing the draft's top playmaker is the right call. - Blue Werth
12. Las Vegas Raiders - Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Even though Derrick Brown was still on the board, the Raiders are the kind of team that doesn't waver from their guys, no matter who is on the board (Clelin Ferrell last season for example). They've also stated that they plan on acquiring speed in this draft, which is exactly what someone like Jerry Jeudy will bring. Ever since they traded away Amari Cooper, the Raiders have been looking for his replacement and Tyrell Williams isn't able to fill those shoes. So the Raiders go out and get someone with a similar play style to Cooper, the best route runner in the class, Jerry Jeudy.
- Jared Hall
13. San Francisco 49ers - Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
I don't believe the 49ers should force a pick here trying to replace Buckner. In fact, it's huge pressure for Brown to try and step into his shoes with they pick San Francisco got in return for him - he'll always face getting compared to one of the games best interior game breakers. However, this pick was more about the talent on the board falling to them - I could've started digging deeper into the second level prospects at positions of greater need like CB CJ Henderson or WR Henry Ruggs, but Brown is one of only a handful of bluechip players in this draft, and the only one left on the board. John Lynch loves to invest premium picks in the trenches - to me this was a dream scenario for SF. - Jeff Abercrombie
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Josh Jones, OT, Houston
For the first time since Gruden left, Tampa Bay feels like legitimate Super Bowl contenders. With a nasty run defense, stellar offensive weapons, and the greatest field general in the history of football, the Bucs are a couple pieces away from a Patriots caliber roster. Defensive back is certainly a position of concern, but the Bucs must protect their 43 year old hero. As a 4 year starter and PFF's highest graded tackle, Jones looks to solidify a shaky offensive line. - JetPack Galileo
15. Denver Broncos - CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
The Broncos lost Chris Harris Jr. to the division-rival Chargers, and made a surprise move trading for Jags corner AJ Bouye. Now they find themselves right back to where the started. Cornerback is one of the biggest needs for the Broncos, whether it's just adding more depth or finding that key piece to get the defense back to playing at a high level. Anderson has a chance to be that key piece and an instant starter. He has the agility, footwork, and athleticism to stay locked in on routes. He would be a great piece opposite Bouye and give the Broncos a much needed boost on defense.
- Parker McDonald
16. Atlanta Falcons - Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
Javon Kinlaw will instantly form a formidable duo with Grady Jarrett in the middle of the defensive line. At 6'5" 324lbs, Kinlaw is a big explosive player who can add to the Falcons pass rush threat and cause serious problems for opposing offensive lines.
- Matt Thornton
17. Dallas Cowboys - K'Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
Dallas was 19th in the league last season with 39 sacks and 15th in the league in pressure percentage at 23.4%. A large reason for this is because offensive lines could focus on protection against DeMarcus Lawrence with the lack of threats elsewhere for Dallas coming off the edge. K'Lavon Chaisson would be the perfect complement on the opposite side of Lawrence with his elite ability to bend around the edge. Chaisson is still a raw prospect but has all the potential to be a great pass rusher and has the range to drop back in coverage as well, adding versatility to their defense.
18. Miami Dolphins - Austin Jackson, OT, USC
A potential reach at pick 18, the Dolphins were desperate to land a franchise blindside protector for Justin Herbert. The Offensive Tackle from USC, Jackson was the last of the great tackles in this draft class & fills an immediate need for the Dolphins. He’s still only 20 years old & raw in his play, however with the caveat of fantastic upside & outstanding physical traits, Jackson has the potential to be an elite LT for the men from Miami. - Kev White
19. Las Vegas Raiders - Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Fulton County Jail. The Raiders needed a cornerback and they got one. Mike Mayock loves winning pedigree and discipline, as he showed last season taking Clelin Ferrell 4th overall. According to PFF, Fulton forced an incompletion on 29.1% of targets since 2017. The highest rate in college football. - Nick Penticoff
20. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
The Jaguars need someone other than DJ Chark to throw the ball to because their other options did not cut it last year. Drafting Reagor gives them a fast, explosive and all around versatile player to pair with Chark. With his speed and athleticism he could be used like a Deebo Samuel as a gadget player, but also take the top off the defense. He has the ability to go up and get the ball in any situation which adds another important dynamic to his deep routes. - Shane Barrett