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Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Dolphins have made it known that they are tanking, and that became evident in their blowout loss in the opener against Baltimore. Miami acquired Josh Rosen, but that doesn't matter. Teams have selected plenty of first-round quarterbacks after using a pick in the second frame on a signal-caller the year before. The Cardinals even established precedent for doing so with consecutive first-rounders!
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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Washington Redskins: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The relationship between Trent Williams and the Redskins is fractured, according to reports. Williams may never play for Washington ever again, meaning the team will need to find a new left tackle to protect Dwayne Haskins.
Andrew Thomas has been very impressive, using his great athleticism and length. NFL personnel believe he has tremendous potential.
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. Winston is not off to a good start, and given that Tampa landed the No. 3 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.
Pick change; previously Jake Fromm, QB
New York Giants: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
The Giants have the worst defense in the NFL of any team not named the Dolphins. They have no pass rush to speak of, so this is something they must address.
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).
Pick change; previously Jerry Jeudy, WR
Cincinnati Bengals: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
A.J. Green keeps getting injured every year, so I don't think he'll be on Cincinnati's roster much longer. The Bengals could move on with a new No. 1 receiver.
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.
Pick change; previously Chase Young, DE
Arizona Cardinals: Derrick Brown, DE/DT, Auburn
The Cardinals have needed a strong presence on the defensive line ever since losing Calais Campbell to the Jaguars. Here's a great replacement for Campbell.
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 (No. 4 overall?) in the 2019 NFL Draft before he returned to school.
Las Vegas Raiders: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
The Raiders were hoping for big things from Antonio Brown, but never played a single down for them because of his ridiculous drama. Oakland could look into adding a No. 1 receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Laviska Shenault drew rave reviews during spring practices preceding the 2018 campaign, and he didn't disappoint. The 6-foot-2 play-maker was college football's best receiver as a mere sophomore (at least prior to his injury.)
Pick change; previously Justin Herbert, QB
San Francisco 49ers: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
The 49ers came away with a solid draft class, save for the fact that they didn't address their horrid secondary until the sixth round. Perhaps they're aware that the corners and safeties in the 2020 class are far superior to those in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Paulson Adebo has great size, coverage skills and play-making ability.
Pick change; previously Jaylon Johnson, CB
Atlanta Falcons: A.J. Epenesa, DE/OLB, Iowa
The Falcons missed Adrian Clayborn this past season. Vic Beasley, meanwhile, has regressed. This would be a nice replacement for one of them (assuming Clayborn, who was re-signed, sticks around for only one year.)
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.
Pick change; previously Terrell Lewis, DE/OLB
Jacksonville Jaguars: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
The Jaguars had some major issues covering deep passes against the Chiefs in the opener, so perhaps they'll look for an upgrade at safety.
Grant Delpit is an exceptional talent who figures to be a top-10 prospect when he declares.
Pick change; previously Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR
Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Lions have an elite cornerback in Darius Slay, but they could use a better option across the field.
Jeff Okudah is a big, athletic, speedy cornerback with immense upside.
Pick change; previously Laviska Shenault, WR
Indianapolis Colts: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
If the Colts are convinced Andrew Luck won't unretire after a year off, they could spend a first-round pick on a replacement.
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.
Pick change; previously Najee Harris, RB
Seattle Seahawks: Isaiah Simmons, S, Clemson
The Seahawks just surrendered 400 passing yards to Andy Dalton, and they had no answer for John Ross. Wow. Safety help is desperately needed.
Isaiah Simmons flew all around the field and was a physical presence for Clemson last year.
Pick change; previously Albert Okwuegbunam, TE
Cleveland Browns: Walker Little, OT, Stanford
Perhaps the Browns will think twice about entering the season with Greg Robinson as their left tackle. They desperately need help on the offensive line.
Walker Little was the 25th-overall player in his recruiting class. An athletic tackle who is proficient in both pass protection and run blocking, Little will undergo knee surgery, but should be ready by training camp.
Tennessee Titans: Raekwon Davis, DE/DT, Alabama
The Titans were interested in Christian Wilkins, but the Clemson stud never reached their pick. They took another Tiger, Dexter Lawrence, but they still need another defensive lineman to join him and Jurrell Casey.
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.
Baltimore Ravens: Terrell Lewis, DE/OLB, Alabama
The Ravens selected Marquise Brown in the opening round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but I get the sense that they were hoping Clelin Ferrell would fall to them. They need to find replacements for Terrell Suggs and Za'Darius Smith.
Terrell Lewis was once a staple of my 2019 NFL Mock Draft, but he returned to school after an injury-plagued 2018 campaign.
Pick change; previously A.J. Epenesa, DE/OLB
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