2020 NFL Draft: Mocking the Second Round

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From a Bengal perspective, the first round of the project went as well as it could have been. The worst thing that happened to the Bengals all night was Patrick Queen going to the Ravens.

The Bengals blocked Joe Burrow, which was completely predictable, but a major victory nonetheless.

After the first pick, the NFL has kindly left a number of prospects for the Bengals to grab at number 33. Josh Jones, Denzel Mims and Zach Baun are surprisingly still on the board and are prime targets for Cincinnati. They probably thought that only one of them would still be there; now they have the luxury of choosing one.

The first question is who will they choose? The second is whether or not they will trade. They did it three times in a row, so it’s not a stretch.

If the Bengals love Baun, they will keep their place because the teams behind them also need this position. However, if the Bengals have an eye on Jones or Mims, they could trade a few points and wait for them to land there.

Or, the Bengals may respect the talent at 33 and don’t want to risk another team rushing in and making their choice. First choice in the second round is basically a first round choice, so the Bengals can stick with it.

Now, here’s a simulated projection of the second round of the NFL draft:

33. Cincinnati Bengals: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

34. Indianapolis Colts (f / WAS): Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado

35. Detroit Lions: Zach Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin

36. NY Giants: Marlon Davidson, EDGE, Auburn

37. New England Patriots (f / LAC): A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa

38. Carolina Panthers: Jaylon Johnson, BC, Utah

39. Miami Dolphins: From Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

40. Houston Texans (f / ARI): Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU

41. Cleveland Browns: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

42. Jacksonville Jaguars: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

43. Chicago Bears (f / LV): Trevon Diggs, BC, Alabama

44. Indianapolis Colts: Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

46. ​​Denver Broncos: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

47. Atlanta Falcons: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

48. NY Jets: Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC

49. Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M

50. Chicago Bears: Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota

51. Dallas Cowboys: Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU

52. LA Rams: Bryce Hall, BC, Virginia

53. Philadelphia Eagles: Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming

54. Buffalo Bills: Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame

55. Baltimore Ravens (f / NE via ATL): Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame

56. Miami Dolphins (f / NO): Jeremy Chinn, S, southern Illinois

57. LA Rams (f / HOU): Curtis Weaver, EDGE, State of Boise

58. Minnesota Vikings: Cameron Dantzler, BC, Miss State

59. Seattle Seahawks: Josh Jones, OT, Houston

60. Baltimore Ravens: Robert Hunt, G, Louisiana

61. Tennessee Titans: Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma

62. Green Bay Packers: Van Jefferson, WR, Florida

63. Kansas City Chiefs (f / SF): Matt Hennessy, C, Temple

64. Seattle Seahawks (f / KC): K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State

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