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2020 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Pre-Combine Performance

At the time of this writing, the only thing that has happened at the combine was the measurements and media questions. Many different storylines came out of these events but perhaps the biggest was the report that Joe Burrow measured in with 9 inch hands, small for the quarterback position. Burrow joked on Twitter about having to retire with Patrick Mahomes commenting that his small hands seem to be working for him.

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow QB, LSU

Despite his hand measurement, Burrow should still go number 1 to Cincy. He silenced any reports about him not wanting to go there during media questioning.

2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young DE, OSU

Young is the best player in this class, no matter what position they play. He is the best edge rushing prospect in years. This should be a no-brainer pick.

3. Los Angeles Chargers (Trade 6, 71 and 2021 1st to DET): Tua Tagovailoa QB, Alabama

If the Chargers are able to resign Hunter Henry and one of Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon, Tagovailoa could step into one of the best situations for a QB in this year’s draft. The Chargers already have Tyrod Taylor as a bridge QB if Tua is not healthy but all signs point to the Alabama signal caller being healthy for training camp.

4. New York Giants: Isaiah Simmons LB/S, Clemson

The Giants have a ton of holes and they get a Swiss Army knife in Simmons who can fill a lot of holes. Joe Judge would be ecstatic to get Simmons.

5. Miami Dolphins: Justin Herbert QB, Oregon

A report came out that the Dolphins prefer Herbert over Tua and they show that by allowing the Chargers to trade up for the Alabama product. Herbert will travel across the country to a team with a young stable of weapons and low expectations.

6. Detroit Lions (Trade 3 for 6, 71 and 2021 1st): Jeffrey Okudah CB, Ohio State

With rumors that Darrius Slay is back on the trading block, it makes the most sense for the Lions to take Okudah with this pick. Matt Patricia acquired more picks in the trade while still getting his guy. A big win for the Lions.

7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown DT, Auburn

Again, same pick. With Newton slotted as the starting QB, the Panthers need help on the defensive interior and the Auburn lineman will impact right away.

8. Arizona Cardinals: Jedrick Wills OT, Alabama

I know that everybody would love to see Kyler Murray and CeeDee Lamb paired up again but I think Kliff Kingsbury realizes there’s a bigger need to protect his franchise QB. Wills is a stud tackle and should be around for a long time.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars: CeeDee Lamb WR, Oklahoma

Lamb is the best wide receiver in this class and the Jaguars need weapons for whoever their signal-caller will be. The only ding on Lamb is his straight line speed but he’s still fast enough.

10. Cleveland Browns: Mekhi Becton OT, Louisville

One of the biggest winners in the Senior Bowl, Becton should be a cornerstone tackle for the Browns, who just a couple years earlier lost their cornerstone tackle in Joe Thomas. This pick should help Baker Mayfield, who struggled last year.

11. New York Jets: Tristan Wirfs OT, Iowa

With the top two tackles off the board, the Jets take Wirfs to protect their franchise quarterback Sam Darnold. Wirfs should help Darnold while providing holes for Le’veon Bell.

12. Las Vegas Raiders: Jerry Jeudy WR, Alabama

Jeudy is a top 10 talent and the Raiders get him to pair with Derrick Carr after he falls a few picks. Jeudy is explosive in multiple facets of the game, something the Raiders have lacked in their receiving core.

13. Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Love QB, Utah State

I believe that Chris Ballard has fallen in “Love” with Jordan Love. I would be very surprised if they passed on him after Andrew Luck retired before this year.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Deandre Swift RB, Georgia

If the Bucs keep Winston around, I could see Bruce Arians selecting Swift with this pick to help take the load off of Winston’s shoulders. BA was very successful with David Johnson in Arizona and Swift is similar in many ways.

15. Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs III WR, Alabama

Ruggs might run his way into the top 10 but currently he should fall to the Broncos. Elway would jump for joy with this pick adding Ruggs to Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant for quarterback Drew Lock.

16. Atlanta Falcons: A.J. Epenesa EDGE, Iowa

After the Falcons publicly said they won’t negotiate with Vic Beasley, edge rusher jumped to the top of the team needs. Epenesa could be a top 10 pick but falls to the Falcons and should help immediately.

17. Dallas Cowboys: Kristian Fulton CB, LSU

America’s team is likely losing Byron Jones to free agency and Fulton is easily the second best corner in this draft behind Okudah. He should step in and help a porous Cowboys pass defense right away.

18. Miami Dolphins: Andrew Thomas OT, Georgia

After they take their franchise quarterback early in the draft, the Dolphins swing around and get his protectorate in Andrew Thomas. Thomas was a big reason for Swift’s success at Georgia and is a stud in pass protection and the run game.

19. Las Vegas Raiders: C.J. Henderson CB, Florida

With their first pick addressing the offensive side, the Raiders switch gears and take the coverage corner out of Florida. Henderson can get grabby at times but he has elite size and ballhawk abilities.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars: Javon Kinlaw IDL, South Carolina

The former Gamecock was unblockable at the Senior Bowl and the Jaguars have some holes on the defensive line. Kinlaw should come in and immediately help that positional group.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson WR, LSU

Injuries hurt the Eagles so bad that a practice squad signee was their no. 1 receiver for the last few games. In order for Carson Wentz to be successful, he needs weapons and Jefferson is a top tier weapon.

22. Buffalo Bills: Laviska Shenault Jr. WR, Colorado

Same as Wentz, if Josh Allen is expected to be successful, his best target cannot be Cole Beasley. Shenault reminds me of Watkins a lot but the Bills need a weapon for their young quarterback.

23. New England Patriots: Xavier McKinney S, Alabama

McKinney is coming out of Alabama, who is known for producing good safeties as of late. Saban and Belichick are good friends and that could play a role in this pick.

24. New Orleans Saints: Patrick Queen LB, LSU

The do-it-all linebacker stays in Louisiana to play for head coach Sean Payton. With Queen and Demario Davis, the Saints would own one of the best linebacking pairings in the league.

25. Minnesota Vikings: Josh Jones OT, Houston

After spending a ton of money on Kirk Cousins and their window theoretically closing, the Vikings need better protection to make a run this year. Jones can step in and anchor a unit that struggled last year.

26. Miami Dolphins: K’Lavon Chaisson EDGE, LSU

The Dolphins solidified their QB and OT positions earlier in this draft and turn to the other side of the ball with Chaisson. If he falls this far, I could see a team trading up for him. However, I think the Dolphins would be ecstatic to get him at 26.

27. Seattle Seahawks: Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE, Penn State

After last year’s first rounder L.J. Collier flopping, the Seahawks go to the well again. An ultra-productive player for the Nittany Lions, Gross-Matos is extremely athletic on the edge.

28. Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Murray LB, Oklahoma

Murray gives the Ravens a reliable linebacker that they can trust, something they lacked last year. With adding Murray to that defense, it could be a scary sight for AFC teams.

29. Tennessee Titans: Neville Gallimore IDL, Oklahoma

The Titans’ mainstay Jurrell Casey is aging and Gallimore seems like a perfect fit. He had a rough junior year but exploded his senior year and should be a rotational player at first before playing more valuable time his second year.

30. Green Bay Packers: Jalen Reagor WR, TCU

Don’t let the stats fool you. Reagor is an extremely talented downfield threat who lacked a talented signal-caller. He won’t have to worry about that with Aaron Rodgers, who is aging but still good enough to get this team to big places with weapons around him.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Grant Delpit S, LSU

The 49ers should go either safety or corner with this pick. With Delpit still available, John Lynch addresses the former by taking the Thorpe Award winning safety. He has struggled with tackling but has all the other tools to be a top tier safety.

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Damon Arnette CB, Ohio State

Going into free agency with just two CBs, the Chiefs should address this position with their first pick. Arnette is a stud with elite size and man coverage abilities. Pairing Arnette with Charvarius Ward on the outside and Rashad Fenton in the slot turns this position group from a weakness to a strength.

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