If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay dropped his third 2020 NFL mock draft on Monday night, taking into account everything that happened at the NFL Combine and before. And for the third straight time, McShay mocked Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah to the Detroit Lions.
By now, we’ve exhausted the reasons why this makes a ton of sense for Detroit, but McShay wraps them all up nicely in his justification for the pick:
“Any team would love to add an explosive cornerback with excellent ball skills. But a team that managed just seven interceptions and gave up a league-worst 284.4 passing yards per game in 2019? A team potentially losing Rashaan Melvin to free agency and putting Darius Slay on the trading block? That sort of team needs to do it.”
While Okudah had a quiet NFL Combine due to a modest 40-yard dash and an injury that prevented him from doing most agility drills, he really excelled in the interviews and proved to many that he has both the talent and the will to be a premier NFL cornerback.
As for the rest of McShay’s mock, there really isn’t anything too interesting in the top 10. Isaiah Simmons, who McShay admits is another option for Detroit at three, goes a pick later to the New York Giants, while Tua Tagovailoa drops nicely into the Miami Dolphins’ hands at five.
Additionally, he has Jordan Love, not Justin Herbert, as the third quarterback off the board, slotting him at six to the Chargers. In fact, he recently placed a charity-based bet with co-worker Mel Kiper Jr. that Love would go before Herbert in the draft.
Here we go: @McShay13 bet @MelKiperESPN $5,000 that Jordan Love will go ahead of Justin Herbert in April’s draft; loser of the bet sends $5,000 to the @TheVFoundation. pic.twitter.com/Ix5dDnPFgt— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 28, 2020
Other notable first-round picks: Derrick Brown to the Panthers at seven, Javon Kinlaw to the Raiders at 19, and A.J. Epenesa to the Patriots at 23.
You can view McShay’s entire mock draft 3.0 right here (ESPN insider required).