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Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Dolphins have made it known that they are tanking. Miami is the worst team in my NFL Power Rankings, which is why it's atop 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.
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Cincinnati Bengals: Trey Smith, OT, Tennessee
The Bengals are taking a quarterback in my 2019 NFL Mock Draft. I'd have them obtaining a signal-caller otherwise, but in this scenario, they'll have to provide an elite blocker for Drew Lock.
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 York Giants: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Giants inexplicably traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, so they'll obviously need a replacement. There's no dynamic No. 1 receiver in the 2019 NFL Draft class, but there currently project to be two next April.
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.
Detroit Lions: Derrick Brown, DE/DT, Auburn
The Lions continue to rebuild their horrific front seven. They added a stud in Trey Flowers in free agency and Brian Burns via my 2019 NFL Mock Draft. Obtaining a stud like this would take the front seven over the top.
Derrick Brown has great size (6-5, 316) and tons of upside. He can be a great interior disruptor if he lives up to his potential. He had a chance to be a top-five pick in the 2019 NFL Draft before he returned to school.
Oakland Raiders: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
The Raiders would love to land Kyler Murray, and they'd strongly consider Dwayne Haskins if he makes it into the 20s. If they pass on both, they may replace Derek Carr in the 2020 NFL Draft.
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, but that doesn't appear to be a downward trend.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Buccaneers will give Jameis Winston one more chance this season. If he continues to play very inconsistently under Bruce Arians, or if he continues to grope Uber drivers, he won't be back for 2020. Given that Tampa landed the No. 6 pick in this 2020 NFL Mock Draft, it's safe to say that in this scenario, Winston did one of the two. If so, Tampa will move on from him.
Justin Herbert had an up-and-down 2018 season, which included a great performance against Stanford. He was considered the top quarterback prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft before making the mistake of returning to school, where he'll risk injury and regression.
Baltimore Ravens: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
The Ravens lost their top receivers this offseason, and they won't be able to add a stud at the position in the 2019 NFL Draft because there aren't any.
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 (at least prior to his injury.)
Arizona Cardinals: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Another quarterback? Meh, maybe not. Instead, the Cardinals may want to protect their new franchise signal-caller. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert is just a temporary solution, while left tackle D.J. Humphries struggles to stay healthy.
Andrew Thomas has been very impressive, using his great athleticism and length. NFL personnel believe he has tremendous potential.
Buffalo Bills: A.J. Epenesa, DE/OLB, Iowa
The Bills worked out and visited with plenty of edge rushers prior to the 2019 NFL Draft. Perhaps they'll have to wait until next offseason to bolster their pass rush.
A.J. Epenesa was a five-star recruit who showed some major promise as a freshman, registering 4.5 sacks. He was excellent in 2018.
Denver Broncos: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
The Broncos have some excellent aspects of their defense, but they're weak in the middle. They need linebacker and safety help.
Grant Delpit is an exceptional talent who figures to be a top-10 prospect when he declares.
San Francisco 49ers: Tarik Black, WR, Michigan
There's no receiver remotely worth obtaining with the second-overall pick this April, but there are plenty of studs to be had in the 2020 NFL Draft. San Francisco can fill its need for a No. 1 wideout with this choice.
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.
Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Simmons, S, Clemson
The Panthers have a weak secondary overall. They need a safety upgrade next to Eric Reid.
Isaiah Simmons flew all around the field and was a physical presence for Clemson this year.
Minnesota Vikings: Walker Little, OT, Stanford
I have the Vikings drafting a guard in my 2019 NFL Mock Draft, but they could continue to bolster their woeful offensive line to protect their overpaid quarterback.
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: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
The Redskins lost Preston Smith to the Packers this offseason, so I imagine that they'll be looking for a talented edge rusher in the near future.
Chase Young has enjoyed a breakout season in the wake of Nick Bosa's injury. He's a very athletic edge player with great size (6-5, 265).
Jacksonville Jaguars: Raekwon Davis, DE/DT, Alabama
Calais Campbell won't be around for much longer, so the Jaguars might be interested in drafting his successor in the near future.
Raekwon Davis had a dominant performance in the national championship win over Georgia to cap off his excellent 2017 season in which he logged 8.5 sacks.
Houston Texans: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
The Texans need to give Deshaun Watson better blocking and a superior rushing attack. Lamar Miller can't handle the workload for an entire season, while D'Onta Foreman is an unknown. Here's a dynamic backfield mate for Watson.
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.
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