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Denver Broncos: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/20): Jeffery Simmons, DT
Case Keenum is not the long-term answer for Denver at quarterback. And based on his play thus far in 2018, he doesn't even seem like the short-term answer. I imagine the Broncos will give Chad Kelly a chance at some point, but if he fails, they'll be looking for a quarterback early in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The hero of the national championship against Georgia, Tua Tagovailoa has a big arm and scrambling ability, and will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Russell Wilson.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/20): DeAndre Baker, CB
The Buccaneers will likely give Jameis Winston one more chance after this year if he fails again. If he has two disappointing seasons in a row, or if he gets into trouble again, it'll be time to find a new franchise quarterback.
Jake Fromm was tremendous as a rookie for SEC champion Georgia. He has a great skill set and was the very early favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He struggled versus LSU, so hopefully that's not the beginning of a downward trend.
The Texans will need to add some protection for Deshaun Watson so he doesn't suffer the same fate as David Carr.
Despite being a freshman, Trey Smith was arguably Tennessee's best player in 2017. He was considered a top prospect coming out of high school. He's drawn rave reviews from scouts and should be a top-five pick when he declares.
New England Patriots: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/20): Dre'Mont Jones, DT
Tom Brady will be 42 during the 2019 season. The Patriots could be drafting in the top five once Brady declines, so they could obtain a stud receiver for their next quarterback (Clayton Thorson, per my 2019 NFL Mock Draft.)
Jerry Jeudy is a height-weight-speed freak in the mold of a Julio Jones. He's the next great Alabama receiver, and if he performs up to his skill set, he'll have a great chance to be a top-10 pick.
The Vikings have major problems on the offensive line, including at left tackle where they desperately need an upgrade.
Walker Little was the 25th-overall player in his recruiting class. An athletic tackle who should be proficient in both pass protection and run blocking, Little could be a top-five pick in the future.
Washington Redskins: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/20): N'Keal Harry, WR
The Redskins could stand to add another edge rusher to play across from Ryan Kerrigan.
A.J. Epenesa was a five-star recruit who showed some major promise as a freshman, registering 4.5 sacks. He's been excellent in 2018.
San Francisco 49ers: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/20): Quinnen Williams, DT
The 49ers need to give Jimmy Garoppolo a No. 1 receiver. They currently lack one, as Pierre Garcon is too old and Marquise Goodwin is too injury-prone.
Laviska Shenault drew rave reviews during spring practices preceding the 2018 campaign, and he didn't disappoint. The 6-foot-2 play-maker has arguably been college football's best receiver as a mere sophomore.
Seattle Seahawks: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/20): Deionte Thompson, S
Will the Seahawks finally strengthen their offensive line and give Russell Wilson the protection he deserves? It could happen here, as the 2020 NFL Draft class seems packed with talented blockers.
Andrew Thomas has been very impressive, using his great athleticism and length. NFL personnel believe he has tremendous potential.
Oakland Raiders: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/20): Clelin Ferrell, DE and Tre Lamar, LB
Jon Gruden values running the ball, but both of his top backs don't have much of a future with the team.
Najee Harris was one of the top recruits in the country in 2017, and he showed off his talents as a freshman. He's been tremendous again this season.
Indianapolis Colts: Tarik Black, WR, Michigan 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/20): Nick Bosa, DE
It's become clear that Andrew Luck doesn't have any viable receivers to throw to aside from T.Y. Hilton. This must change. Fortunately for the Colts, there appear to be plenty of talented receivers in this class.
Tarik Black's 2017 season ended prematurely because of a foot injury, but he has thrived this year. He has great size (6-3, 215) and speed.
Miami Dolphins: Jacob Eason, QB, Georgia 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/20): Dexter Lawrence, DT
The Dolphins need to replace Ryan Tannehill, who has never developed into a good starting quarterback.
Jacob Eason exploded on the scene for Georgia, throwing 16 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions as a freshman in the SEC. Eason still needs to work on his accuracy, but he's young enough to make vast improvements in the near future. Eason has since transferred to Washington, where he'll have a chance to emerge as a top-five pick for the 2020 NFL Draft if he has a big 2019 campaign.
New York Jets: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State 2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/20): Montez Sweat, DE
The Jets have a bunch of mediocre running backs on their roster. Perhaps they'll pursue a true lead back sometime in the near future.
J.K. Dobbins entered 2017 as a backup, but overtook Mike Weber and had a terrific freshman campaign, showing off his great, explosive running ability.