Starting April 7th, the BIG Z Sports crew has a mock rundown of the 2020 NFL Draft, running until April 9th. In the week’s leading up to the draft, the guys take a crack at full, seven-round mocks for the area’s favorite pro football teams, the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns. 

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Round #1

  1. Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
  2. Redskins – Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
  3. Lions – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
  4. Giants – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
  5. Dolphins – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
  6. Chargers – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
  7. Carolina – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
  8. Cardinals – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
  9. Jaguars – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
  10. Browns – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
  11. Jets – Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
  12. Raiders – Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
  13. 49’ers – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
  14. Buccaneers – Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina
  15. Broncos – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
  16. Falcons – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
  17. Cowboys – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
  18. Dolphins – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
  19. Raiders – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
  20. Jaguars – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
  21. Eagles – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
  22. Vikings – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
  23. Patriots – Zack Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin
  24. Saints – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
  25. Vikings – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
  26. Dolphins – Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
  27. Seahawks – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
  28. Ravens – Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan
  29. Titians – Josh Jones, OT, Houston
  30. Packers – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
  31. 49’ers – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
  32. Chiefs – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

 

SECOND ROUND

 

  1. Steelers – K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State

 

 

Analysis of Bengals, Browns and Steelers picks:

Bengals – Sorry to disappoint, but there’s essentially no intrigue here. The pick is Burrow, it’s been Burrow and will always be Burrow. Revamping his career with LSU after riding the pine at Ohio State, the playmaking ability of the Athens native cannot be denied. Truthfully, I’m a little hesitant to pick up a quarterback and insert him immediately and expect it to fix problems (i.e., Cleveland for years.) Hopefully the Bengals address shortcomings on the offensive line, or Burrow could struggle mightily early in his career. Although the top offensive linemen will be off the boards early, like always, there are plenty of unpolished college players who can grow into that invaluable role over time. Regardless, pairing him with emerging tight end C.J. Uzomah, the pair of A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd at wideout and the ever-improving Joe Mixon, Cincinnati has something with offensive line tweaks. Expect the Ohio boy to come back to the Buckeye State.

 

Browns – Another pick that really lacks much controversy, murmurs are everywhere about Cleveland aiming for linebacker Isaiah Simmons if he drops far enough. The Clemson product is an athletic freak and has more than a dozen teams happy to take him if he’s available, so don’t hold your breath. New head coach Kevin Stefanski loves his outside zone blocking scheme and it showed in Minnesota how successful it can be when the right guys are doing their jobs. Jack Conklin shores up the right side with that skill set, and Mekhi Becton can do the same on the left. I don’t think people fully comprehend how light-footed the man is, even at 6-foot-7 and around 365 pounds. It’s frightening. There are a handful of tackles in 2020 who will hear their names early, and the Browns will be scooping up one of them. The only knock on the massive Louisville product is his technique sometimes causes him to get beat, but with Conklin’s mentorship, maybe that goes away. Of all top-three tackles, Becton seems like the best fit and best-case-scenario for Dee and Jimmy Haslam’s team.

 

Steelers – I wanted so badly to turn some heads and take a shot at a quarterback like Jacob Eason or Jalen Hurts here. But Pittsburgh still believes firmly in Ben Roethlisberger, and rightfully so if his rehab on his elbow injury is where it needs to be. Mike Tomlin will grab an insurance-type quarterback later, as they have the last few drafts. One has to hit eventually, right? Pittsburgh has some wiggle-room with this pick, and could go offensive line, linebacker, running back (for depth, naturally) or defensive line to replace Javon Hargrave. And yet, they go wide receiver? Believe the hype. Wide receivers are deep this draft, which is why the black and gold can lie in wait and nab a great playmaker all the way down to the 49th pick. Brandon Aiyuk is a fast, big and explosive athlete, making him a target earlier…maybe even just one pick before Pittsburgh. K.J. Hamler is productive as them come out of Penn State. He’s not a big guy, but is slippery in his routes and after the catch, characteristics lost when Antonio Brown went away. Hamler is an inch shorter, 10-pounds lighter and while he didn’t run the 40-yard dash due to hamstring issues, he’s rumored to go sub-4.4 or even push 4.3 territory. Across from JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh fans will forget No. 84, and welcome No. 1 with open arms. Hamler is a great fit.

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