While we may not have any sports to watch at the moment, we certainly have plenty to talk about when it comes to the NFL. The 2020 Draft is now just a matter of days away, which means that we are almost certainly going to see some surprises and major headlines out of the NFL over the weekend. Over the past few months, we have seen just about everyone deliver at least one mock draft, but as we have seen countless times before no-one ever gets it right. That doesn’t stop us all from guessing how it all might play out, though, which is exactly what we are doing in the days leading up to the draft. One of the more interesting divisions to watch is the AFC East, as we might be about to see a shift in the balance of power. Let’s see what each of the teams in the East need heading into the 2020 NFL Draft and their draft odds.
AFC East Mock Draft For 2020 Draft
New England Patriots
With Tom Brady set to begin life in Tampa Bay, it would appear as though the Patriots are about to roll the dice with Jarrett Stidham at QB. The young man certainly looked good last preseason, but he has some massive shoes to fill, which is sure to bring some pressure. The patriots need some serious help on the offensive side of the football, most notably at TE, where there has been a gaping hole since the retirement of Rob Gronkowski. Cole Kmet looks like the most complete TE in the draft, although the Patriots may choose to go WR first. Don’t be surprised to see them take a QB in the later rounds, with Jake Fromm a very good option.
If any team in the AFC East division is in a position to finally knock the Patriots out of the top spot, it may well be the Buffalo Bills. They were a playoff team last season, finishing the regular season with a record of 10-6. One of the biggest needs for the Bill this offseason was a playmaker on the offensive side of the football. They addressed that in free agency by swooping in and picking up WR Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings. The Bills were solid on defense last season, but they lost a couple of key players in free agency, so expect them to focus on the D in the early rounds. Look for Buffalo to take a DE with their opening pick, with Marlon Davidson looking like a good fit.
New York Jets
Despite some ups and downs in the early part of his career, the Jets seem to believe that they have their franchise QB in Sam Darnold. This is a kid that needs a lot of help, though, with the Jets finishing last season with a 7-9 record. There are several areas where they need help, mostly on the offensive side of the football, so they have several options there. They may choose to take a WR with their first pick, as there is certainly a good pool of talent there. They may also look to protect Darnold and potentially create holes for LeVeon Bell by drafting an O-line player first.
Despite the fact that most people thought the Dolphins would tank last season, new head coach Brian Flores did not get the memo, leading his team to 5 wins on the year. Miami needs a ton of help all over the place, but with 3 picks in the first round, they can get some immediate help rather quickly. It would seem that a QB is at the top of their shopping list, with either Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert looking the most likely. They will also likely stock up on DB’s and try to bolster a rather weak offensive line.