2020 NFL Draft: 10-Pick mock lands Cleveland Browns cornerstone player
By Greg Newland
7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
The Carolina Panthers will be under a new regime in 2020, and that includes moving on from long time star quarterback Cam Newton. The show must go on with new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater who shined in New Orleans with injuries to Drew Breese.
Look for the Panthers to bolster their front line with the Auburn defensive lineman Derrick Brown. With Chase Young at number two, any team that picks Brown past number four or five is getting a steal. Brown has shown the ability to stop the run and rush the passer from the interior defensive line.
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8. Arizona Cardinals: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
After the addition of DeAndre Hopkins and keeping Larry Fitzgerald for one more year, second-year quarterback Kyler Murray could shine in the Kliff Kingsbury air raid system in 2020. What better way could the Arizona Cardinals enhance their offense than by adding a massive left tackle?
No one enhanced their draft stock at the combine as much as Mekhi Becton, the 6-foot 7-inch, 364-pound monster showed tremendous athleticism running a 5.1 forty-yard dash. Becton has the highest ceiling of the top four tackles but also is the highest bust risk playing against mediocre talent in the ACC.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
The Jacksonville Jaguars filled a void at linebacker with free agent Joe Schobert signing a massive $50 million deal. However, Isaiah Simmons is likely too talented to pass up if available at number nine. It’s unknown if Simmons will play safety or linebacker at the next level, but he has the size and athleticism to play either.
The Jags will be in a bit of re-build mode after the Nick Foles project quickly crashed and burned in 2019. It’s wild to think the Jaguars played in the AFC Championship game just three years ago. It could be tempting for the Jaguars to trade back and collect picks, but it would be hard for the Jags to let Simmons pass at this point. Jacksonville could also likely be in the quarterback market, but unless they are willing to trade up they may roll the dice on Gardner Minshew one more year.