Tabeek's 2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Falcons snag top-rated cornerback

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Following back-to-back 7-9 finishes, it's been made very clear that the bar is much higher for the Atlanta Falcons in 2020. And as we all know, it all starts with a successful offseason, specifically making the right decisions in free agency and knocking it out of the park when it comes to the NFL Draft in late April.

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The Falcons currently hold seven picks, including their first one at No. 16. Will they trade up, trade down or stay put? Much will depend on what happens early on in the draft.

And in my latest mock draft, things fall right into place for the Falcons to address one of those needs.

Atlanta currently has needs at edge rusher, cornerback and offensive line. Depending on what happens in free agency, the Falcons could have more holes to fill at linebacker, tight end and running back.

So, without further ado, here is mock draft 2.0. Let me know how you feel about the pick here. A new version will drop every Wednesday between now and the NFL Draft. Enjoy.

CIN
1
Bengals_table
QB Joe Burrow, LSU
No surprise here. Cincy needs a QB and the former LSU star is tops in this class.
WAS
2
Redskins_table
DE Chase Young, Ohio State
Young could easily be the first pick – he’s that good. Redskins will pounce on him.
DET
3
Lions_table
DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
The Lions’ D needs help everywhere. They take Brown, who can dominate inside.
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NYG
4
Giants_table
OL Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama
The Giants must protect their young QB and take Wills, an immediate upgrade.
MIA
5
Dolphins_table
QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
The Fins land Tagovailoa, who (for now) appears to be on track for a healthy return.
LAC
6
Chargers_table
QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
Now that the Rivers era is over, the Chargers are thrilled to land the ex-Oregon star.
CAR
7
Panthers_table
DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
The Panthers stay in Carolina and take Kinlaw, who can step in and be a force inside.
Cardinals_M1
AZ
8
Cardinals_Table
OL Mekhi Becton, Louisville
Kyler Murray was sacked 48 times in ’19 and take Becton, a 6-foot-7, 360-pound stud.
JAX
9
Jaguars_table
LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
An offensive lineman is tempting but Simmons is an athletic freak who’ll upgrade the Jags' D.
CLE
10
Browns_table
OL Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
The Browns must address their line and they take Wirfs, who can play both tackle and guard.
NYJ
11
Jets_table
DE K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
The Jets need a difference-maker coming off the edge and Chaisson provides immediate help.
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LV
12
Raiders_table
WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
The Raiders desperately need an elite playmaker on the outside and take the speedster.
IND
13
Colts_table
QB Jordan Love, Utah State
The Colts look to the future and take the physically gifted Love, who has tons of upside.
TB
14
Bucs_table
OL Andrew Thomas, Georgia
The Bucs jump on the ex-Georgia stud, a road-grader in the run game with quick feet.
DEN
15
Broncos_table
WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Denver adds who some think is the best WR in this class to team up with Courtland Sutton.
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ATL
16
Falcons_Table
CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
Atlanta pounces on Okudah, a book-end corner who immediately improves the defense.
DAL
17
Cowboys_table
S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
Big D bolsters its secondary, snags who many think is the best safety in this class.
MIA
18
Dolphins_table
OL Josh Jones, Houston
Rebuilding the O-line is a priority and Jones is string and athletic.
OAK
19
Raiders_table
LB Patrick Queen, LSU
They go defense with the second pick and land the explosive, instinctive LB from LSU.
Jaguars_M1-B
JAX
20
Jaguars_table
CB C.J. Henderson, Florida
The ex-Gator is long and lengthy with solid cover skills – a true ballhawk for the Jags.
PHI
21
Eagles_table
CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
Philly is more than happy to see Diggs still on the board and snags the star from ‘Bama.
BUF
22
Bills_table
WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
Aiyuk is tall and possesses elite speed – just the what the Bills need on offense.
NE
23
Patriots_table
DE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
The Pats will find a WR in free agency and won’t pass on Epenesa, a gift at No. 23.
Saints_M1
NO
24
Saints_table
WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
The Saints opt for a weapon to take some attention away from Michael Thomas.
MIN
25
Vikings_table
CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
They could have some holes to fill in the secondary and Fulton can step in and start.
MIA
26
Dolphins_table
DE Terrell Lewis, Alabama
Miami goes defense and takes Lewis, a tall and physical game-wrecker on the edge.
SEA
27
Seahawks_table
DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
Gross-Matos is a physical specimen with tons of upside – a nice fit for the Seahawks.
Ravens_M1
BAL
28
Ravens_table
LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
C.J. Mosely’s departure left a void in the D and they tab Murray as the guy to fill it.
TEN
29
Titans_table
QB Jacob Eason, Washington
The Titans go QB here and take Eason, who has a big arm and possesses tons of upside.
GB
30
Packers_table
TE Hunter Bryant, Washington
The Pack give Aaron Rodgers a weapon at tight end; Bryant is a matchup problem.
SF
31
49ers_table
OL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
The 49ers could go corner or safety, but Super Bowl showed help inside is needed.
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KC
32
Chiefs_table
CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson
K.C. could take some hits in the secondary and Terrell has nice length and is physical.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed here belong to Matthew Tabeek and and do not represent the opinions of the Atlanta Falcons' front office staff, coaches and executives unless noted otherwise.

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