NFL Mock Draft #1, Bobby Hebert discusses Saints' options


The NFL Draft is rapidly approaching as is the start of free agency. Front offices are currently researching hundreds of players as they search for the best additions to their rosters. 

Leading up to draft night, WWL Radio will offer weekly projections of how the 2020 draft might play out.

Here's a look at our first mock draft: 

With all of the Browns offensive weapons, Cleveland needs starting quarterback Baker Mayfield to be at his best. Upgrading the tackle position is a must. 

11. New York Jets (7-9)Selection: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

The Jets need a playmaker for quarterback Sam Darnold and Lamb is possibly the biggest difference maker at receiver in this draft. Lamb has produced with every quarterback he played with in college, a fact he prided himself on. New York as already made it known they are in the market for a receiver signing former Washington first round pick Josh Doctson and could lose second leading receiver Robby Anderson in free agency.  

12. Las Vegas Raiders (7-9)Selection: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

The Colts were one of the worst passing teams in the NFL last season. Jacoby Brissett was near the bottom of the NFL averaging 6.6. yards per pass attempt. Adding a receiver like Ruggs, who could stretch the field and open up opportunities for the Colts other playmakers T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal, would help improve those stats. 

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)Selection: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

A cornerback would make sense here as the Buccaneers need to improve on the back end of their defense but Tampa could be ready to move on from Jamies Winston, who despite leading the NFL in passing yards last season, also led the NFL with 30 interceptions last season.Herbert is one of the top prospects in the draft and impressed at the Senior Bowl as well as the NFL combine. 

15. Denver Broncos (7-9)Selection: Tristan Wirfs, OG, Iowa

The Falcons used two first-round drafts picks on their offensive line last season. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Atlanta go offense again but with a defensive line that racked up the second fewest sacks in the NFL and having to play Drew Brees again this year, boosting the pass rush should be a priority for the Falcons.

17. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)Selection: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama 

Dallas has to address a lot in free agency particularly in its secondary. Adding the top ranked safety would be a big boost. Florida cornerback CJ Henderson makes sense at this spot also but if Dallas loses a linebacker or two to free agency having a hard hitting safety like McKinney would help lessen the blow.

18. Miami Dolphins (from 8-8 PIT)Selection: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

The Raiders added a playmaker on offense earlier in this draft and now add a player that can help improve the defensive unit. The Raiders were one of the NFL's worst team's against the pass and Queen has shown he's able to hold his own in coverage. Most analysts have the former Livonia star as the top inside linebacker in this year's class and he'd be a great addition to the Las Vegas locker room as well as a stout run defender. The Raiders could also go cornerback here, but landing an impact linebacker should be their priority.  

Jefferson's 40-yard dash time at the NFL definitely should have NFL scouts salivating even more that they already were. The former Destrehan standout was already one of the most productive receivers in college football after racking up 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns on 111 catches last season. The Eagles would love those kinds of numbers from a receiver considering their top three pass catchers in 2019 were two tight ends and a running back.

22. Buffalo Bills (10-6)Selection: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Both of the Bills leading receivers last season are under 6-foot. Adding a big target like Clemson's 6-foot-4, 215-pound Higgins should help open things up from Buffalos top pass catchers John Brown and Cole Beasley.   

23. New England Patriots (12-4)Selection: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

Most mock drafts have the Saints taking a wide receiver to pair with the NFL's record holder for receptions in a season Michael Thomas. But with this year's class of receivers being so deep, the Saints could wait til the later rounds to add to their receiver room. New Orleans needs to add a playmaker to its secondary as both Vonn Bell and Eli Apple are set to become free agents. Grant Delpit is a big, versatile safety that could play a variety of roles in the Saints' defense much like C.J. Gardner-Johnson did this past season.  

25. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)Selection: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU 

The Vikings could use some help in the secondary but have a chance to add a very disruptive defensive lineman to a unit that has been one of the NFL's best over the past few seasons. 

26. Miami Dolphins (from 10-6 HOU)Selection: D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

The first running back to go off the board is Georgia's Swift. The speedy running back had a productive career in Athens and should find plenty of running room as the Dolphins feature some talented receivers. 

27. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)Selection: A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa

The Ravens need another playmaker around their MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson. Hollywood Brown demonstrated how dangerous of a deep threat he is but adding another receiver like Shenault, who's able to rack up yards after the catch would make one of the NFL's better third down teams even more formidable. 

29. Tennessee Titans (9-7)Selection: Jonathon Taylor, RB, Wisconsin 

Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins may be ranked higher in some mock drafts but Taylor looked like lighting at the combine and could be an effective compliment to Derrick Henry if the Titans are able to retain him.

30. Green Bay Packers (13-3)Selection: Kenneth Murray, LB Oklahoma

The Packers could use some help on offense as well. but shouldn't pass up a chance to snag the second best linebacker in this draft. 

31. San Francisco 49ers (13-3)Selection: Marlon Davidson, Edge  

The 49ers could lose some of their productive defensive linemen to free agency. Bringing in a prospect like Davidson could boost the depth of an already deep defensive line.

32. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)Selection: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

The Chiefs need to add another cornerback and landing Clemson's Terrell would help replace any potential free agent losses.