Friday, April 24, 2020

If MIAA Stars Entered the NFL Draft: 2020 Edition

Two-time defending Division 1 state champion St. John's Prep is well represented in our MIAA/NFL Mock Draft.

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

With the NFL Draft officially up and running, SuiteSports is back with its annual MIAA/NFL Draft.

If you need to get caught up, you can find our 2017 MIAA/NFL Draft here, our 2018 edition here, and lastly our 2019 draft here.

A reminder of the rules for players being taken in our MIAA/NFL Draft:

1. The player must be a senior. I know college juniors (and redshirt sophomores) can be taken in the real NFL Draft, but that's not how our draft works.

2. The player can be headed to prep school next year. Since we don't include ISL or other Prep School players in our draft, guys who are finishing up their MIAA careers and graduating from an MIAA school get the chance to be drafted.

3. We're keeping our mock draft to two rounds this year, although we did throw in a simulated trade for the first time. Otherwise, the order is listed as it was heading into the first night of the NFL Draft.

4. We are not pretending our 2017, 2018, and 2019 MIAA/NFL Drafts actually happened. 

5. Any complaints? We're all ears. 

Anyways, without further ado, here is our 2020 MIAA/NFL Draft.

Round One

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Will Prouty, ATH, Duxbury

The Cincinnati Bengals are in need of a restart and Will Prouty is the one to get it underway. His athleticism, big play-making abilities, and personality will bring new life to an NFL city badly in need of rejuvenation. Duxbury has a history of number one overall picks in our draft, with Bobby Maimaron grabbing the top spot back in 2017, so Prouty is a safe bet to lift the Bengals to contention. 

2. Washington Redskins: Ozzy Trapilo, OL, BC High

The Washington Redskins appeared to go all-in on rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins late last season, meaning that at least for now they see him as the future of the franchise. In order to help him excel, the Redskins need to shore up the offensive line and the six-foot-eight, 275-pound Trapilo should be first step in the right direction.

3. Detroit Lions: Josh Atwood, DL, Natick

The Lions have made additions to their defense this offseason, most notably adding cornerback Desmond Trufant and linebacker Jamie Collins. Still, they need big time help on the defensive line and Atwood is the best option. The reigning Bay State Conference MVP piled up 59 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, and one blocked punt his senior season, making him an instant attraction for teams at the top of the draft. 

4. New York Giants: Jay Brunelle, WR, St. John's (Shrewsbury)

The Giants have so many needs, you could go with a variety of options here. Daniel Jones, however, is desperately in search of weapons, and there is no one better to choose in this year's class than St. John's of Shrewsbury's Jay Brunelle. Brunelle's size, physicality, and big play-making ability should instantly make him Jones' favorite target in the Big Apple. 

5. Miami Dolphins: Matt Crowley, QB, St. John's Prep

Enough of Fitzmagic. Decades after Dan Marino retired the Dolphins are still searching for the quarterback that can return them to league-wide prominence. That takes a winner and Crowley has been just that as the two-time Super Bowl champion provides the Dolphins with instant credibility. 

6. Los Angeles Chargers: Colin Schofield, QB, St. John's (Shrewsbury) 

After saying so-long to Philip Rivers and missing out on Tom Brady in free agency, the Chargers are desperately in need of a quarterback to jumpstart the franchise. Colin Schofield is just the one to do that, as the dual-threat quarterback should help the Chargers fill-up their new stadium with his athleticism, arm strength, and well-known track record of success making him a draw. 

7. Carolina Panthers: Vinnie Holmes, LB, Mansfield 

The Panthers have needs all over the place on the defensive side of the ball so this pick feels like a no-brainer. Holmes has the experience of leading a premier unit to a championship, and his leadership skills should allow him to be the centerpiece of the next great Panther defense.

8. Arizona Cardinals: Matt Duchemin, DB, St. John's Prep

With Patrick Peterson set to enter a contract year, and he and Robert Alford both set to be in their 30s, the Cardinals need someone who can they rely on in the secondary should both be at the end of their tenure. Duchemin provides that, as the former Prep ballhawk possesses agility, speed, and quality hands.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (From JAX): Ethan Mottinger, OL, North Attleboro 

After landing Tom Brady in free agency, the Buccaneers are sure to put a premium on protecting the 42-year old future hall of famer. They trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars to move up in the draft and snag Mottinger. He is a solid place to start with the former Red Rocketeer widely considered one of the top linemen in the Bay State throughout his career. 

10. Cleveland Browns: Eamonn Dennis, WR, St. John's (Shrewsbury)

Another sure-fire offensive threat is heading Baker Mayfield's way. After sputtering along in 2019, the Browns are in search of more consistency out of their offense, and Dennis' ability to burn secondaries with ease should help lead to that.

11. New York Jets: Declan Moriarty, OL, Barnstable

The Jets can ill-afford to mess around with Sam Darnold's young career much longer. With Tom Brady officially out of the picture this is their chance to compete in the AFC East, but the only way they'll be able to do that is by protecting Darnold. Moriarty will help them do that right out of the gate in 2020.

12. Las Vegas Raiders: Cole Finney, TE, Hingham

Derek Carr and the Raiders offense are in desperate need of a number-one option and, while Finney enters the draft as a tight-end, he has all the requisite tools to become a go-to-guy. At six-foot-six, Finney can go up and get the ball with the best of them while also possessing enough speed to breakaway from opposing defenders once he breaks a tackle.  

13. San Francisco 49ers (From IND): Mason Davis, DL, St. John's Prep

The 49ers lost defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, and Buckner's likely replacement, 2018 seventh-round pick Jullian Taylor, suffered an ACL tear in December. Enter Davis, who was a consistent, reliable, steady presence on the St. John's Prep line for its two Super Bowl wins.

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (from TB): Kyle Fitzgerald, DB, Canton

The Jaguars traded with the Buccaneers out of the No. 9 overall slot and as a result end up at No. 14. They are trying to rebuild what was once a dominant defense and that includes finding a replacement for Jalen Ramsey. Fitzgerald has all the tools necessary to become the new number-one corner in Jacksonville. 

15. Denver Broncos: Isaac Boston, WR, Springfield Central

One season after Courtland Sutton asserted himself as a Pro-Bowler, the Broncos are looking for a complement that can help them stretch the field. Boston should do the trick as his quickness and athleticism will offer a new dynamic to the Broncos offense.

16. Atlanta Falcons: Nick Donatio, DB, Central Catholic

Since making the Super Bowl in 2018 (something about 28-3), the Falcons have been on a downward spiral missing the playoffs the last two seasons. That makes this draft crucial and cornerback is a glaring weakness. Donatio will not be a sure-fire replacement for Desmond  Trufant right away, but his MVP award coming out of the tough Merrimack Valley Conference shows he has the potential to get there in the near future.

17. Dallas Cowboys: Camden Brezinski, DL, Old Rochester

The Cowboys need to shore up the pass rush so Brezinski is the smart pick here. The South Coast Conference's MVP is coming off a season in which he totaled 58 tackles, 12 tackles for losses, 10 sacks, seven forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. 

18. Miami Dolphins (From PIT): Alec Ambrosia, OL, Shepherd Hill

The Dolphins took their quarterback of the future with the No. 3 overall pick, so now its time for them to give him some protection. Ambrosia provides that, as the Dudley native brings versatility at the guard and center positions. 

19. Las Vegas Raiders (From CHI): Shane Aylward, ATH, Tewksbury

With Aylward still on the board, the Raiders should be tempted to jump for the do-it-all playmaker from Tewksbury. The MVC Small's Most Valuable Player can be a key piece in the Raiders secondary for years to come while also providing them with a weapon on special teams. 

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (From LAR): Chris Cusolito, RB, Melrose 

The Jaguars need to prepare for life after Leonard Fournette and Cusolito's breakout senior campaign gives all the reason to believe he is the guy. Cusolito's speed, lower body strength, and abilities as a pass-catcher out of the backfield will make him a key asset to the Jaguars future offense.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Shahid Barros, WR, New Bedford 

Wide receiver is a position of need for the Eagles and it just so happens that a game-changer like Barrios is still on the board. Barrios' ability to get easy separation and his breakaway speed make him a steal for the Eagles at 21.

22. Minnesota Vikings (From BUF): Mahari Miller, DB, Springfield Central

No Mackensie Alexander, no Trae Wayns, and no Xavier Rhodes? No problem. Enter Springfield Central's Mahari Miller, whose speed, instincts, and toughness will give the Vikings an instant difference-maker in the secondary.

23. New England Patriots: Jack Nally, WR, Franklin

As a new era of Patriots football begins, Jarrett Stidham is going to need all the help he can get in the early going. He already has Julian Edelman, but a player like Nally can provide Stidham with multiple options in the passing game. Nally has been one of the top route-runners in the Bay State the past two years, making him a must-get at 23.

24. New Orleans Saints: Joseph Rivers, LB, Bishop Fenwick

Talk about steals! The Saints are in desperate of an athletic linebacker that can cover well, help stop the run, and provide leadership. Rivers will bring all of that and then some, coming off a season in which he had 99 tackles, three sacks, and guided Fenwick to a spot in the Div. 6 Super Bowl. 

25. Minnesota Vikings: Zachary Goodwin, OL, Catholic Memorial

The Vikings have committed to Kirk Cousins for the foreseeable future, so now its all about making sure he has time in the pocket to get the ball to his playmakers. Luckily for them, Goodwin is still available at No. 25 after being the glue of Catholic Memorial's offensive line the past two seasons. 

26. Miami Dolphins (From HOU): Will Klein, ATH, Abington 

A versatile back who can catch the ball out of the backfield and score in multiple phases of the game from anywhere on the field? Say no more at No. 26, as the Dolphins are able to provide their new franchise quarterback Matt Crowley with an elite offensive threat in Klein. 

27. Seattle Seahawks: Joe Llanos, RB, Revere

The Seahawks have a need at running back and there is no one better to fill it than Llanos. The Revere star raised his draft stock more than any player this past fall, rushing for 2,020 yards and 30 total scores, allowing the Seahawks to feel confident they are getting a reliable option out of the backfield. 

28. Baltimore Ravens: Brendan Tighe, ATH, Lowell

Baltimore is sure to take the best player available, and that looks like Brendan Tighe at pick No. 28. Tighe provides flexibility to the Ravens offense with his talents as a ball-carrier and in the passing game. The Ravens could also transition Tighe to defense should they so choose as the former MVC Offensive Player of the Year has experience at free safety.  

29. Tennessee Titans: Cooper Smith, OL, St. John's Prep

If the Titans showed one thing this past postseason, it's that their offensive line is the heart and soul of their success. Picking Smith allows them to shore that dominant unit up even more as the former St. John's Prep standout has experience at guard and center.

30. Green Bay Packers: Luke Botsford, WR, Milton

The Packers are getting tired of coming up just short as Aaron Rodgers gets older and older. Botsford will give Rodgers what quarterbacks of his stature are always looking for - another option to throw to in the passing game. Look for Botsford to also make a handful of appearances on special teams.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Tim Landolfi, ATH, Duxbury

Skill may not be an ultimate position of need for the 49ers, but when a player like Landolfi is still on the board you have no choice but to select him. With Landolfi the 49ers can expect quality production out of the backfield, and are getting a player who has plenty of experience in big games. 

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Jack Nagy, OL, Amherst-Pelham

The Chiefs have the luxury of having the final pick of the first round, and they use it to try and keep Patrick Mahomes protected for years to come. A 6-foot-3, 290-pound lineman, Nagy will provide the Chiefs with stability through his size and athleticism. 

Round Two

33. Cincinnati Bengals: Duncan Moreland, WR, Beverly

The Bengals used the first overall pick to draft the quarterback of the future, so its time to find him a future Pro Bowl receiver.

34. Indianapolis Colts: Dom Cavanagh, QB, Ashland

The Colts did not have a first round pick in this year's draft, so there is a lot riding on their first of two second-round selections. General Manager Chris Ballard has said the Colts will not draft a quarterback unless it's the right fit. Cavanagh certainly seems to be just the one that can learn under the veteran Rivers and transition to the starting job in a few years.

35. Detroit Lions: Andrew Landry, QB, Newton North

Quarterback is not a pressing need for the Lions, but they do need to start slowly thinking about life after Matthew Stafford. Landry has the size, arm strength, and presence in the pocket to be the next guy in Detroit.

36. New York Giants: James Kernen, OL, Plymouth South

Daniel Jones has a new favorite wide receiver in Brunelle, so now it's about giving him some time to throw. Kernen should help do that after coming off a big year for Plymouth South.

37. Los Angeles Chargers: Mark Kassis, LB, Central Catholic

After finding their quarterback of the future, the Chargers shore up the defense by adding the hard-hitting Kassis.

38. Carolina Panthers: Jack Connolly, DL, Canton

The Panthers continue fortifying their defense through the draft and, with the 6-foot-3, 290 pound Connolly still on the board, this pick is a no brainer.

39. Miami Dolphins: Ian Coffey, DB, Hamilton-Wenham

Coffey spent a large majority of his career at quarterback but still spent his fair share of time in the secondary. His athleticism and instincts should allow him to make the full-time transition rather flawlessly.

40. Houston Texans (From ARI): Kelvin Davila, DB, Andover

The Texans are badly in need of help in the secondary. Davila seems like the smart play here.

41. Cleveland Browns: Richard Canova, LB, Danvers

Canova has plenty of experience anchoring a top-tier defense. That will be welcomed in Cleveland.

42. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jacob Nadeau, LB, Wachusett

Jacksonville added a number-one corner in the first round, and now turns its attention toward the front seven. The 6-foot, 215 pound linebacker provides physicality, and is quality in coverage.

43. Chicago Bears: Barrett Pratt, QB, Catholic Memorial

The Bears can delude themselves into thinking Mitch Trubisky is the future all they want, but they should be preparing that he just may not be the guy. Pratt's two Super Bowl appearances are alluring to see if he can push the starter.

44. Indianapolis Colts: Sean Waters, WR, Silver Lake

Its time for the Colts to find T.Y. Hilton some relief. Waters can come in, give Rivers a badly-needed second option, and provide the offense with some flexibility.

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Nick Pucillo, LB, Acton-Boxboro

Hard to pass up on a talent like this when he is still on the board. The Defensive Player of the Year in the Dual County League, Pucillo will immediately take the Buccaneers front seven to the next level.

46. Denver Broncos: Nick Siegelman, RB, Plymouth South

Siegelman amplified his draft stock with one of the best seasons in program history this fall, and that pays off here as he gets selected with the Broncos' second pick.

47. Atlanta Falcons: Dante Vazquez, RB, Rockland

Falcon fans will immediately fall in love with Vazquez, as the Maurice-Jones Drew comparisons are sure to pour in right out the gate. Vazquez is as physical, tough, and as difficult to bring down as any back in this draft.

48. New York Jets: Ryan Halliday, RB, King Philip

Le'Veon Bell has been totally unpredictable as it pertains to his ability to stay on the field over the last couple of seasons. Halliday will not wow anyone in New York with his speed, but he becomes the third straight back taken due to his reliability and consistency. 

49. Pittsburgh Steelers: John Malloy, OL, Everett

The Steelers badly need help up front, and with Malloy still available at No. 49 overall, he is the right selection.

50. Chicago Bears: Russ Canova, LB, Danvers

After his twin was taken earlier in the draft, it's Russ' time to celebrate also, as the Bears pick up a solid addition to their linebacking corps.

51. Dallas Cowboys: Michael DeBolt, ATH, Mansfield

DeBolt was largely a kicker in high school, but his talents go well beyond that. After seeing the New Orleans Saints get creative with Taysom Hill's skill set, Jerry Jones jumps at the chance to grab a similar player that can change the game in multiple ways.

52. Los Angeles Rams: Dante Bolden, LB, Springfield Central

There is no team in the league more in need of cheap, young talent than the Los Angeles Rams. Enter Bolden, whose high-motor, physicality, and ability to get down hill in a hurry will make a star for years to come.

53. Philadelphia Eagles: Matt Maiona, QB, Wellesley

Carson Wentz is no sure fire bet to stay healthy, so the Eagles have to be prepared. Maiona is a solid choice as his athleticism, arm strength, and accuracy should give him a chance to succeed at the pro level. 

54. Buffalo Bills: Ahmik Watterson, RB, Brockton

The Bills need a back behind Devin Singletary and it just so happens that premium talent like Watterson is right there for the taking at No. 54. 

55. Baltimore Ravens (From ATL): Jalyn Aponte, RB, Natick

It's a running back-heavy second round, and it was only a matter of time before Aponte heard his name called. Aponte rushed for over 2,200 yards in his career and 30 touchdowns, making him an enticing pick for anyone in the top two rounds.

56. Miami Dolphins (From NO): Josh Brunelle, EDGE, Doherty

The Dolphins are going to love the fact that Brunelle fell into their laps. At 6-foot-6 225 pounds, Brunelle can line up on the edge, cover the slot, or serve as a spy. 

57. Los Angeles Rams (From HOU): Christian Gemelli, ATH, Concord-Carlisle

Gemelli was mainly a quarterback in high school, but his time at safety, and as the team's kicker and punter show he is someone could be of value in a variety of ways on the field. 

58. Minnesota Vikings: Qualeem Charles, DL, Attleboro

Charles has his sights set on his basketball career, but if the Vikings called at No. 58 I am sure they could do some convincing. Despite being 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, Charles is incredibly quick, making him an appealing get as a potential inside rusher.

59. Seattle Seahawks: Caleb Fauria, TE, Bishop Feehan

Fauria likely would have gone higher if not for an injury-riddled end to the season. At 6-foot-5, 210-pounds, Fauria can throw a block in the run-game, while his premier hands make him a prime new option for Russell Wilson when the Seahawks open it up.

60. Baltimore Ravens: Lucas Ragusa, LB, Canton

The Ravens need help at linebacker and with Ragusa still available here, it's an easy call.

61. Tennessee Titans: Clayton Marengi, QB, Lynnfield

Ryan Tannehill and the Titans may have agreed upon on a monster contract extension this offseason, but Tennessee is still in major need of a quality back up quarterback. Marengi can come in, push Tannehill, and be more than serviceable should he be called upon.

62. Green Bay Packers: Matt Arvanitis, QB, Holliston

While Rodgers still has a few good years left, the Packers need to start thinking about the next chapter. Aravinits may not have the notoriety of our top quarterbacks taken off the board, but he has a proven track record of success as evidenced by his Tri-Valley League Offensive Player of The Year Award this past fall.

63. Kansas City (From: SF): Brendan Cassamajor, RB, BC High

The Chiefs are known for their passing attack, but Cassamajor provides them with the chance to shore up the running game. A big, powerful back, the Chiefs can use Cassamajor to take the load off Mahomes and the rest of the offense.

64. Seattle Seahawks (From: KC): Matthew LaVoie, OLB, West Brdigewater

With the last pick in the draft, the Seahawks snag LaVoie, a quick and athletic outside linebacker who can provide instant support for the perennial NFC contenders. 


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