Cincinnati goes with a quarterback at 1. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is now the front runner to win the Heisman after his monster campaign in 2019. Burrow has 4,715 passing yards, 48 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, and a 77.9 completion percentage this season with LSU.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has the leadership and attitude you want in a quarterback. He will take a football over a cell phone all day. His phone broke prior to the SEC Championship and he wanted to win the SEC Championship first. That's the attitude you want your quarterback to have.
The 6-4 218 lb Burrow has the leadership, attitude, short accuracy, and medium accuracy that you want. Burrow has the short accuracy, medium accuracy, and deep accuracy that you want a quarterback to have along with the arm. Incredible arm strength and pinpoint accuracy by this pocket quarterback makes Burrow a special talent. He can read up to all six progressions as well.
Joe Burrow can play in a west coast offense, shotgun spread offense, balanced run first offense, or a vertical offense. He can play in any offensive scheme. He is exactly what the Cincinnati Bengals need.
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New York drafted Saquon Barkley in 2018 and has their successor to Eli Manning in Daniel Jones. The 6-5 265 lb Chase Young improved his strength in 2019, but does not have the block shedding that either Joey or Nick Bosa displayed. He's not as effective in coverage either. Despite this Chase Young has more athleticism and can get to the quarterback with or without placing his hand in the dirt. Both of the Bosa Brothers needed to put their hand in the dirt in order to maximize their success off the edge. This is not the case with Chase Young has 16.5 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss in 2019.
Chase Young has the athleticism and explosiveness off the edge. The former 5-star recruit had 14.5 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks in 2018 when filling in for an injured Nick Bosa. Young stood out and is now the player commanding double teams with Bosa in San Francisco. Young can play 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 3-4 right outside linebacker, or 3-4 left outside linebacker with his versatility.
Young can be used as a 4-3 right end or a 3-4 right outside linebacker. Drafting Chase Young to play in the exact same role that Lawrence Taylor played in fixes the pass rush for the New York Giants.
The 6-5 320 lb Andrew Thomas was Geogia's right tackle next to Isaiah Wynn as a freshman. Thomas has the pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork to be a right tackle. He can maintain blocks for 5-7 seconds at right tackle. He only maintained blocks for 3-5 seconds in pass protection at left tackle after Isaiah Wynn left. Thomas can maintain blocks for 5-7 seconds when running the football. Thomas opened up lanes for Nick Chubb and D'Andre Swift at both offensive tackle spots. He did good, but not great in pass protection for Jake Fromm. Thomas struggled versus Kentucky pass rusher Josh Allen in 2018 only maintaining blocks for 1-3 seconds as a temporary blocker versus Allen. Thomas corrected and improved his pass blocking issues in 2019 and is now the clear cut best offensive tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Trent Williams wants out of Washington. Dwayne Haskins struggled versus a second team defense in his preseason debut. Haskins could be great, but he needs to develop for a year like Patrick Mahomes did with the Chiefs.
Starting Haskins right away without a quality blindside would be fatal and could increase the chances that Haskins busts. Washington uses this pick on Georgia left tackle Andrew Thomas. Coincidentally, Washington also drafted Trent Williams fourth overall in 2010 out of Oklahoma.
Thomas may be a downgrade from Williams as far as talent goes. At the same time Williams wants out and Ereck Flowers is projected to be the blindside if Williams does not take a snap. Flowers has no business at left tackle so Washington grabs Thomas at 3 here. I posted a film cut of Andrew Thomas and the entire Georgia offensive line versus Notre Dame.
Miami gets a quarterback with this pick if Ryan Fitzpatrick beats out Josh Rosen for the starting job. Assuming the Dolphins finish this poorly it's safe to say that Rosen will be labeled a bust if he screws up with another bad offensive line.
If Rosen does well, and Miami still ends up picking here then other options could include Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas as a blindside to Rosen or Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy to build around Rosen. For now, I'm mocking Tua to Miami first overall. Even LSU strong safety grant Delpit becomes a possible replacement to Minkah Fitzpatrick with Minkah getting dealt.
The 6-1 218 lb signal-caller had 3,966 passing yards, 43 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, and a 69% completion percentage in 2018. Tua has two number one targets to throw to, but lost two running backs, his best tight end, and three offensive linemen to the 2019 NFL Draft after being the Heisman Runner Up to last years top draft pick Kyler Murray. Tua demonstrated the throwing power and throwing accuracy versus Duke cornerback Mark Gilbert who had NFL talent. Tua completed 71 percent of his passes before his season ending injury.
Tua showed the ability to make up to six progressions on tape last year during the regular season. Tua had multiple receivers, multiple running backs, and Irv Smith Jr. at tight end which enabled him to make multiple progressions. Against Clemson, he only made two progressions due to a stout defensive line. Tua fixed his accuracy concerns and looks like the second best quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft even behind Joe Burrow with his injury.
Even though Tua is the top prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft, he's not a sure fire first overall selection. He has to show he can improve on last season, otherwise someone will surpass him.
I posted a film cut on Tua Tagovailoa versus LSU. Check it out and make a case for why Miami should take Tua at 4.
The 6-5 322 lb offensive tackle is versatile enough to play left tackle or right tackle on either side of the offensive line. He has the pass blocking strength and run blocking strength to maintain a block for 7 seconds at right tackle just like Andrew Thomas. Wirfs showcased the upside and potential to maintain blocks at left tackle longer than Andrew Thomas despite only playing a few games at left tackle. Wirfs is the most durable offensive tackle not named Andrew Thomas.
If Detroit does not make the playoffs they may try to save cap space by finding a new offensive tackle in the draft. Taylor Decker is due over $10-million at left tackle so if they made Wirfs the new blindside they could just reload and save. Or they could make Wirfs the new right tackle and get an upgrade over Ricky Wagner by saving $6.5-million regardless of whether they cut Decker or Wagner.
Detroit could also turn to the defensive side of the ball and take Jeffrey Okudah at cornerback. Most mocks have Okudah here, but I believe Wirfs is a blue chip offensive tackle like Andrew Thomas so getting him to pair with Taylor Decker and saving cap space by cutting Ricky Wagner is a move Detroit needs to make since Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter had their way with Detroit's offensive tackles last week. If they don't cut either offensive tackle, I'll probably end up changing this pick to Okudah.
Arizona grabs the final blue chip player in my mock at 6. The 6-1 193 lb Jerry Jeudy has Calvin Ridley's foot speed, Amari Cooper's route running, and the blocking of Julio Jones packed into one super receiver despite his size. He may be faster than all three receivers too with his speed and ability to stretch the field deep. He also knows how to run short, medium, or deep routes and use his agility to create separation when running a deep route with his speed.
Jeudy was mainly used in the slot at times last year. He was used on the outside versus Clemson too where he did not drop a single ball versus Clemson's defense. There were plays where Jeudy was wide open where Tua did not make the easy play.
Calvin Ridley had great foot speed, but his route tree was limited to about 15 routes. I'd argue Jeudy can run 18 of the 30 routes you need a receiver to run in the NFL. He does a better job creating separation than any Alabama receiver I've seen under Nick Saban. Jeudy had 68 receptions, 1,315 receiving yards, and 14 receiving touchdowns in 2018. Jeudy has 71 receptions, 959 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns in 2019.
Jeudy is a steal at this spot and Arizona will be glad to have a blue chip receiver for Kyler Murray to throw to. It gives the Cardinals someone to push Larry Fitzgerald as well as a successor allowing Kirk to remain in the slot or a number two guy while he continues to develop.
I posted a film cut of Jerry Jeudy VS LSU. Jeudy did very good in this game.
The Jacksonville Jaguars spent big on Nick Foles, but benched him for Gardner Minshew II. Neither quarterback is a franchise guy in my eyes. Jacksonville drafts Justin Herbert here.
Herbert has the arm strength and poise you look for in a quarterback. Herbert could only read up to five progressions last season, but with another year of development, Herbert may get up to six progressions.
Herbert only started six games as a freshman. He had an injury in 2017. He was healthy in 2018 when he threw for 3,151 passing yards, 29 passing touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. Herbert has 3,333 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, and 5 interceptions in 2019. Herbert has the composure you look for in an NFL quarterback, but his accuracy needs to improve since he only had a 59.7 completion percentage in 2018 following his injury in 2017 when he had a 67.5 completion percentage prior to his season ending injury. Herbert holds onto the ball too long at times and his accuracy is a correctable trait if he can fix his mechanics. Herbert still has not fixed his accuracy which is why I see him as a guy who could be good or great, but not elite.
I posted a film cut of Justin Herbert VS Auburn. Herbert did good in this game despite having four injured wide receivers. Most people who observed the game are giving Herbert crap for not winning or not having 300 passing yards, but a lot of his issues from bad throws either stem from missed assignments from the offensive line or just bad decisions that Herbert made throughout the game.
Atlanta gets a 4-3 right end here at 8. The 6-6 280 lb A.J. Epenesa has 13 tackles for a loss, 9 sacks, and 9 quarterback hurries in 2019. He gives Atlanta a good 4-3 right end with Vic Beasley being set to be a Free Agent in 2019.
The 6-2 191 lb CeeDee Lamb had 65 receptions, 1,158 receiving yards, and 11 receiving touchdowns in 2018. CeeDee Lamb has 59 receptions, 1,208 receiving yards, and 14 receiving touchdowns in 2019. CeeDee Lamb can be the number one target allowing New York to finally get a long-term number one target for Sam Darnold. Kelvin Beachum has done well enough at left tackle to keep his job for now.
Los Angeles gets the 6-1 200 lb Jeffrey Okudah at 10. He has been mocked as high as five to Detroit, but I see more of a top 10 talent then a top 5 talent. Okudah is convsidered the top cornerback in this draft with 7 deflections from pass breakups and 3 interceptions in 2019.
Denver goes with Auburn defensive tackle/3-4 nose tackle Derrick Brown at 11. He was 6-4 325 lbs heading into the season, but is now 318 lbs. Derrick Brown had 24 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles, 48 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, 6 quarterback hurries, and 4.5 sacks in 2018. Brown has 30 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles, 50 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, and 2 quarterback hurries in 2019. Brown allows Denver to strengthen their interior defensive line.
Carolina gets their left tackle at 12. Austin Jackson out of USC is a 6-6 311 lb left tackle with superb feet and athleticism. Carolina gets a blindside and can move their second round pick Greg Little to right tackle giving Kyle Allen and Will Grier much better protection at quarterback. Jackson can maintain a block for 5-7 seconds in pass protection and is someone that has earned the right to be drafted at twelve.
The 6-3 203 lb Grant Delpit is LSU's strong safety. He dominates in man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage just like his predecessor Jamal Adams.
Heading into 2019, Delpit was the only complete defender I've seen on tape so far that checks out all of the boxes. Delpit had 46 solo tackles, 28 assisted tackles, 74 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 9 deflections from pass breakups, 5 sacks, 5 interceptions, and 4 quarterback hurries in 2018. Delpit only has 32 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles, 56 total tackles, 6 deflections from pass breakups, 3 tackles for a loss, 2 interceptions, and 1 sack in 2019.
Delpit only had 1 bad game versus Alabama in 2019. He was injured in that game and played through injuries in 2019. He rebounded at full health with a strong game in the 2019 SEC Championship.
Strong safety Rodney McLeod is a free agent. Getting Grant Delpit in the 2020 NFL Draft is a huge win for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Oakland gets a defensive tackle that can compliment their rookie pass rushers Clellin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby. The 6-6 310 lb Javon Kinlaw dominated versus Georgia and has asserted himself as a top 15 pick on tape despite what his stats say. He has the speed and athleticism to be an effective pass rusher and run stuffer.
Indianapolis needs both a 4-3 left outside linebacker and a strong safety. Isaiah Simmons can play 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 left outside linebacker, strong safety, and free safety with his versatility. Indianapolis has Darius Leonard at 4-3 right outside linebacker and Malik Hooker at free safety so Simmons can play either 4-3 left outside linebacker or strong safety plus the Colts can mix up where he plays too.
Jameis Winston can be the quarterback. An offensive tackle upgrade is needed. Alabama right tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. is a good candidate to replace Demar Dotson at right tackle with his size at 6-6 320 lbs.