2020 NFL mock draft: Wide receivers dominate the first round

Henry Ruggs III, Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Henry Ruggs III, Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /
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Jordan Love, Utah State Aggies
Jordan Love, Utah State Aggies. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

47. . Quarterback. New England Patriots. Jordan Love. 23. player

The New England Patriots will not have No. 12 under center in 2020, as Tom Brady decided to try his hand in free agency and landed in Tampa Bay. For the Patriots, that leaves them with Jarrett Stidham as the presumed starter in Brady’s place, so they could definitely be in the market for a quarterback in the first round.

Outside of guys like Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow, and Tua Tagovailoa, there are not a ton of guys getting early first round buzz. However, Jordan Love from Utah State may be the best overall quarterback in terms of his physical gifts, and he should land with a team in the second half of the first round.

The Patriots are likely going to make some kind of move at the quarterback position, whether that is drafting Love here at No. 23, or bringing in a veteran like Cam Newton or Andy Dalton. Overall, this position group needs more, and in Love, they could be getting their next long-term starter.

. Linebacker. New Orleans Saints. Patrick Queen. 24. player. 15

The New Orleans Saints will have Drew Brees under center in 2020, as he returns to go after a second Super Bowl title. Michael Thomas is widely regarded as the best wide receiver in the league, and Alvin Kamara is an explosive running back, so they could shift their focus to the defensive side of the ball with this pick.

At No. 24 overall, the Saints could be in the market for a linebacker, and Patrick Queen from LSU is going to be a special talent at the NFL level. He is an outstanding tackler, is extremely athletic, and has the size, and speed to play both inside, or outside for the Saints as they look to continue to revamp their defense.

Even with the additions on the defensive side of the ball, the Saints still need help at linebacker, and Queen is one of only a few first rounders. He has the ability to play sideline to sideline, and in an offensive division, getting the edge on defense is crucial, especially with a certain Super Bowl champion joining the Buccaneers.