The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft is in the books, but there will still be plenty of big names coming off the board tonight and into the weekend. Putting a mock together for Day 2 is exponentially tougher than the first round (which is already tough), but below are some potential fits for tonight.
33. CIN: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
Cincinnati will surely field calls here, but they may opt to stay put and take a high-upside pass rusher in Gross-Matos.
34. IND (via WAS): Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Indy is a potential landing spot for Jake Fromm, but they instead opt for a big-bodied receiver to help out while Philip Rivers’ championship window is open.
35. DET: Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
I think the Lions will choose between Baun or another versatile defender in Xavier McKinney, but the Wisconsin product would be a bigger boost to the pass rush.
36. NYG: Matt Hennessy, C, Temple
Hennessy grew up a Giants fan, and Dave Gettleman completes the offensive line by getting a new starting anchor to pair with No. 4 overall pick Andrew Thomas.
37. NE (via LAC): Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
The Patriots are the betting favorite to land Fromm, and a report saying they moved down last night because their target will still be available here could mean Bill Belichick knows the rest of the league is overlooking the former Georgia quarterback.
38. CAR: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The Panthers will have a monster boost up front with Derrick Brown in the fold, but now they need cover guys in the loaded NFC South.
39. MIA: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Swift feels like the ideal complement to Jordan Howard and a great overall fit in Chan Gailey’s open attack.
40. HOU (via ARI): Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Bill O’Brien swaps one former Clemson receiver (DeAndre Hopkins) for another (Higgins), and suddenly the wideouts for Houston are arguably better than 2019 despite all the harsh criticism.
41. CLE: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
McKinney is the heavy favorite to be the first safety drafted tonight, and Cleveland would love him as a versatile patroller on defense.
42. JAX: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
The Jaguars are probably going to move on from Leonard Fournette, and Taylor is a ready-made replacement as an elite prospect that is somehow not being drafted as one.
43. CHI (via LV): Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
Kmet could be the selection for New England if they don’t take a quarterback, but if not, the Bears may stop his here or at pick No. 50.
44. IND: Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
The buzz about Cleveland in the first round turned out to be all smoke, and I would like this fit—developing behind Anthony Castonzo—much better anyway.
45. TB: K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
Right tackle was addressed with Tristan Wirfs last night, and now Tom Brady gets another toy with K.J. Hamler bringing pure electricity behind Chris Godwin and Mike Evans.
46. DEN: Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming
Wilson is a traditional three-down linebacker that Vic Fangio could covet here; my comparison for him is Leighton Vander Esch.
47. ATL: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
Epenesa was billed as a potential top-five pick last fall, so this could end up being a bargain for Dan Quinn’s defense—which would have power and speed on the edges.
48. NYJ: Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC
The Jets are almost certainly going to address the receiver position in the second or third round, and Pittman Jr. feels like a guy Joe Douglas would want to team up with Sam Darnold after the two played together at USC.
49. PIT: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
Blacklock is reportedly drawing interest at the top of the second round, but Pittsburgh could be quick to turn in the card if he’s available for their first selection.
50. CHI: Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
I have a feeling Winfield Jr.—despite the ties to Minnesota and the Vikings—would fit right in with the Bears.
51. DAL: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Jerry Jones might think about keeping the scouts away from him every year during the draft if the Cowboys come away with CeeDee Lamb and Diggs with their first two picks.
52. LAR: Josh Uche, OLB, Michigan
Los Angeles signed Leonard Floyd and has Ogbonnia Okoronkwo ready to contribute, but Uche would be a good addition with the ability to rush the pass and drop back in coverage.
53. PHI: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Delpit feels like a splash pick for Philly after the fans were upset about the first round, but linebacker, cornerback, or even another receiver could be targeted, too.
54. BUF: Terrell Lewis, DE, Alabama
Buffalo has been known for targeting upside with their draft picks, and the six-foot-five Lewis would give them another monster in the front seven.
55. BAL (via NE): Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
The Ravens can add two impact players within five picks at the end of the second round, and first is another from the Oklahoma pipeline.
56. MIA (via NO): Matt Peart, OT, Connecticut
The Dolphins have valued long-term potential as much as anyone under GM Chris Grier, and Peart would be a great bookend with No. 18 overall pick Austin Jackson.
57. LAR (via HOU): Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
This is in no way an indication that Jared Goff is on thin ice (he is a top-ten quarterback in my opinion), but Sean McVay could want his own version of Taysom Hill with Hurts (and that’s not a slight a guy who I have ranked as a top-25 prospect).
58. MIN: Josh Jones, OT, Houston
The scheme fit for Jones in Minnesota makes him an ideal fit at left tackle, but we’ll see if he ends up going a couple dozen picks higher or lower based on reports about his fluctuating draft stock.
59. SEA: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
Seattle wants athleticism on defense to contain all the playmakers in the NFC South (and NFC in general), and Chinn is a phenomenal athlete at 221 lbs. with 4.45 speed and a 41-inch vertical.
60. BAL: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
Adding another weapon that can pick up chunk yardage when he gets the ball in his hands would make the Ravens that much tougher to contain.
61. TEN: Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
Davidson’s beat-everyone-up mindset plays perfectly in Tennessee, and along with Isaiah Wilson, I’m not sure you could imagine a draft duo with a better combination of toughness/personality.
62. GB: Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
The Packers could be playing a dangerous game if they don’t make Aaron Rodgers happy with a weapon (or two) tonight, and Duvernay’s speed/size fits well with Davante Adams.
63. KC (via SF): Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama
This could be insurance for Chris Jones or simply another pocket pusher as the Chiefs continue playing from ahead and getting after the quarterback.
64. SEA (via KC): Julian Okwara, DE, Notre Dame
Okwara seems like a Seahawks pick to address the defensive line, and a cornerback can be added later tonight or tomorrow in a deep class.
65. CIN: Davion Taylor, LB, Colorado
66. WAS: Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina
67. DET: Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama
68. NYJ (via NYG): Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
69. CAR: James Lynch, DT, Baylor
70. MIA: Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU
71. NE (via LAC): K’Von Wallace, S, Clemson
72. ARI: Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M
73. JAX: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
74. CLE: Jabari Zuniga, DE, Florida
75. IND: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
76. TB: Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
77. DEN: Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
78. ATL: Jordan Elliott, DL, Missouri
79. NYJ: John Simpson, G, Clemson
80. LV: Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State
81. LV (via CHI): Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah
82. DAL: Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin
83. DEN (via PIT): Terrell Burgess, S, Utah
84. LAR: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
85. DET (via PHI): Ashtyn Davis, S, California
86. BUF: Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty
87. NE: Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
88. NO: Jonathan Greenard, DE, Florida
89. MIN: Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech
90. HOU: Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA
91. LV (via SEA): Robert Hunt, G, Louisiana
92. BAL: Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne
93. TEN: Darrell Taylor, OLB, Tennessee
94. GB: Jonah Jackson, G, Ohio State
95. DEN (via SF): Anfernee Jennings, OLB, Alabama
96. KC: Cam Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
97. CLE (via HOU): Javaris Davis, CB, Auburn
98. NE: J.R. Reed, S, Georgia
99. NYG: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
100. NE: Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
101. SEA: Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa
102. PIT: Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State
103. PHI: Zack Moss, RB, Utah
104. LAR: Joshua Kelley, RB, UCLA
105. MIN: Ben Bredeson, G, Michigan
106. BAL: Netane Muti, G, Fresno State