2020 NFL Draft: Three-Round NFL mock draft with major trades in top 10

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Jalen Hurts 2020 NFL Draft
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Josh Jones. Scouting Report. Houston. 49. Pick Analysis. OT. 23. player

We all know that Bill Belichick loves to trade down and he finds himself a partner here in the Green Bay Packers. If the Packers lose Bryan Bulaga in free agency this offseason, offensive tackle suddenly becomes a massive need for this team. In this mock draft, the Packers aggressively fill this need with the trade up for Josh Jones.

Jones is a bit of an underdeveloped talent, but he shows tremendous natural athleticism at the offensive tackle position and is powerful at the point of attack. His upside as a pass protector is through the roof and he also shows plenty of promise in the run game. Jones would be a nice value pick for the Packers here at an important position of need.

player. 15. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. LSU. 24. LB. Patrick Queen

Linebacker may not stand out as the most important position of need for the New Orleans Saints this offseason, but that could change quickly. Both Manti Te’o and A.J. Klein will hit the open market this offseason while Demario Davis, Craig Robertson, Kiko Alonso and Alex Anzalone will all be free agents after the 2020 season. Finding talent at the off-ball linebacker position will be important for New Orleans this offseason.

Patrick Queen is an incredibly athletic linebacker prospect who consistently shines in space. He is a legitimate sideline-to-sideline defender who sheds blocks well and quickly closes on the ball carrier. Queen also shows plenty of ability in coverage, reading the quarterback extremely well and locking down the middle of the field in short zone coverage. Queen was not asked to do much in man coverage, but he certainly has plenty of upside in that area as well.

Xavier McKinney. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. S. 60. Alabama. 25. player

The Minnesota Vikings would love to find a more natural cornerback prospect here, but honestly, the remaining options would be a reach in this range. Instead, the Vikings opt for the top safety in the 2020 NFL Draft class, adding Alabama’s Xavier McKinney to the mix.

McKinney can do it all at the safety position. He is a strong in the box defender, shines in man coverage and has the range and ball skills to play deep zone. McKinney has even shown the ability to create pressure on the passer when asked to blitz. The Vikings have needs all over the secondary and McKinney’s well-rounded skill-set could quickly help them in a variety of roles.

50. Scouting Report. EDGE. Yetur Gross-Matos. player. Pick Analysis. Penn State. 26

The Lions traded down and snagged a premier cornerback earlier in this mock draft and here they make a strong addition to their defensive line. Yetur Gross-Matos has an explosive first step and shows good flexibility at the position. He also has long arms and generates some nice power at contact. Gross-Matos is a dependable edge-setting run defender who also has plenty of pass-rush upside at the next level.

Oklahoma. 27. player. 13. Pick Analysis. QB. Jalen Hurts. Scouting Report

It is not always pretty, but Jalen Hurts is a premier playmaker at the quarterback position who has consistently improved throughout his college career. His decision-making has been spotty and he is not always the most accurate passer, but Hurts has significantly improved as a passer over the years and has looked even better throughout the 2020 NFL Draft process.

He is a high-character player who also shows great mobility and natural playmaking ability with the ball in his hands. If Hurts can continue to grow as a passer with proper NFL coaching, his upside as a franchise quarterback is massive.

He would undoubtedly be a risky selection in this range, but Hurts is a guy who I would be betting on. The Los Angeles Chargers making an investment like this into him and building an offense around his strengths could pay off in a major way.