NFL Mock Draft 2020: First-round bold predictions, Jaguars trade up for Tua Tagovailoa, final full picks from Chris Simms


The 2020 NFL Draft is finally here and NBC Sports has you covered with everything you need to know, including a 2020 NFL mock draft from Chris Simms. For the first time in its history, the NFL Draft will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for more on how to watch the Draft over the next few days, and see the full schedule here.

Check out Simms’ full 2020 NFL mock draft for Thursday night’s first round below, including trades, picks, bold predictions, and Tua Tagovailoa’s landing spot. Plus, watch the video above for even more analysis and insight from Simms.

2020 NFL Draft order

Round 1 (Day 1)

  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
  2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young. EDGE, Ohio State
  3. Detroit Lions – Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
  4. New York Giants – Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
  5. Miami Dolphins – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
  6. Los Angeles Chargers – Andrew Thomas, OT, Chargers
  7. Carolina Panthers – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
  8. Arizona Cardinals – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
  10. Las Vegas Raiders (TRADE from Cleveland Browns) – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

“I think Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock are going to panic once they see CeeDee Lamb went off the board at 7, and then there’s teams like the Jets in front of them who might take a receiver too. And I think they might want to get in front of the Jets to get the receiver they want that’s not named CeeDee Lamb.”

  1. New York Jets – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
  2. Cleveland Browns (TRADE from Las Vegas Raiders) – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars (TRADE from San Francisco 49ers) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

“I know they have Gardner Minshew and they like him, but Tua is a nationwide figure and Jacksonville is right down the road from Georgia and Alabama and the University of Florida, which is SEC country. As much as they like Gardner Minshew, and he’s going to sell tickets, I promise you Tua is going to sell tickets. And there are a lot of teams out there who like Tua and what he brings to the game.”

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tristan Wirfs, OL, Iowa
  2. Denver Broncos – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
  3. Atlanta Falcons – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

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  1. Dallas Cowboys – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
  2. Miami Dolphins – Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
  3. Las Vegas Raiders – A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
  4. San Francisco 49ers (TRADE from Jacksonville Jaguars) – Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
  5. Philadelphia Eagles – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

“I think the Eagles are going to go receiver and they’ll get one of my favorites. This is my second favorite receiver in the whole draft. I think this is the better version of Jerry Jeudy – he’s faster, he’s bigger, he makes more plays down the field, but certainly just a well-rounded receiver. He can be a star on the outside or a star in the slot. This a desperate need for this football team, they have to get Caron Wentz some weapons and they can’t depend on Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson being healthy for a full season. I think this is a no-brainer with Jefferson here.”

  1. Minnesota Vikings – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
  2. New England Patriots – Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
  3. New Orleans Saints – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
  4. Minnesota Vikings – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
  5. Miami Dolphins – Josh Jones, OT, Houston

Click here for the full draft order from all seven rounds of the NFL Draft.

  1. Seattle Seahawks – Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma
  2. Baltimore Ravens – Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
  3. Tennessee Titans – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
  4. Green Bay Packers – Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama
  5. San Francisco 49ers – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
  6. Kansas City Chiefs – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

“I’m going for most exciting player available here. I’m going Clyde Edwards-Helaire at pick 32. I think he’s the best running back in the draft and I think he’s made for this system. They can go anywhere with this pick, but I’m hoping they go this way.”

NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season


While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.

Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.

This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.

While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.

RELATED: Mike Florio gives an inside look into the Lamar Jackson deal

And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.

See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:

40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)

39. Sam Howell (WAS)

38. Bryce Young (CAR)

37. CJ Stroud (HOU)

36. Anthony Richardson (IND)

35. Mike White (MIA)

34. Gardner Minshew (IND)

33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)

32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)

31. Jordan Love (GB)

30. Davis Mills (HOU)

29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)

28. Andy Dalton (CAR)

27. Sam Darnold (SF)

26. Brock Purdy (SF)

25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)

24. Baker Mayfield (TB)

23. Justin Fields (CHI)

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)

21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)

20. Mac Jones (NE)

2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel


With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.

This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.

RELATED: Click here for full analysis on Rounds 1-7 of the 2023 NFL Draft

When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?

While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.

The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?

The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.

While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:

Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?

The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.

The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.

Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?

While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.

Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.

Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

RELATED: NFL’s 2023 international games full of “star power”

When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?

Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.

This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.

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