The Jets look like the worst team in the NFL in 2020. If they land the No. 1-overall pick, it would be a no-brainer to take Trevor Lawrence and trade Sam Darnold.
Lawrence has made some beautiful throws this season, showing off his powerful arm, accuracy, and an impressive ability to throw on the run. His deep ball has been superb. In 2020, Lawrence has completed 73 percent of his passes for 1,544 yards with 15 touchdowns passing, four touchdowns rushing, and an interception.
In 2019, Lawrence completed 66 percent of his passes for 3,665 yards with 36 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 563 yards and nine touchdowns while leading Clemson back to the National Championship Game. Lawrence showed further development as a passer and as a team leader. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder has a good arm, developed poise, and play-making ability. Lawrence makes good decisions while distributing the ball well to his phenomenal supporting cast. Unless Lawrence gets injured, he should be a top-of-the-draft prospect.
Lawrence took college football by storm as a freshman in 2018, compiling a flawless season that culminated with him ripping Alabama's defense comprised of NFL talent to win another National Championship for Clemson. Lawrence completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,280 yards with 30 touchdowns and four interceptions on the year. The scary part about Lawrence looked like he was just scratching the surface and has the upside to get better as he gains experience.
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If the Redskins are picking high enough to land Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields, I don't see them passing on either of those quarterbacks. The actions of Ron Rivera and the current Redskins regime suggest that they don't believe that Dwayne Haskins is the franchise quarterback he was drafted to be. I could see Rivera designating Haskins as a sunk cost and replacing him with his own quarterback.
Coming out of high school, Fields (6-3, 223) was one of the top recruits in the nation along with Trevor Lawrence. Fields started off his career at Georgia before transferring to Ohio State. In Fields' one season at Georgia, he was 27-of-39 for 328 yards with four touchdowns passing and four touchdowns rushing. He took over as the Buckeyes' starting quarterback in 2019 following Dwayne Haskins' departure for the NFL and dominated the Big Ten. Fields completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,273 yards with 41 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for 484 yards and 10 scores in 2019.
Fields has a dynamic skill set with natural passing ability and is a dangerous runner. He is an accurate passer with a strong arm, is aggressive to push the ball downfield, and is a playmaker with his feet. In speaking with some team sources, we agreed he looks like a bigger Deshaun Watson. Fields needs development and refinement. He especially needs to improve at executing when faced with heavy blitzes.
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The Giants need to get more receiving weapons for Daniel Jones. If they have a shot at Chase, they should jump at landing him to be their No. 1 receiver.
Chase (6-1, 200) enjoyed a breakout 2019 season and was a source of big plays for the Tigers' offense. On the year, the sophomore averaged 21.2 yards per reception with 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was the No. 1 receiver for the Tigers' offense, showing off game-breaking speed with quality route-running and yards-after-the-catch ability. Chase was the best wide receiver in college football in 2019, and there wasn't a close second. As a freshman, he had 23 catches for 313 yards with three scores.
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4.Atlanta Falcons:Trey Lance, QBNorth Dakota State
The new regime in Atlanta could look to draft its quarterback and trade Matt Ryan to help the rebuilding project. Ryan turns 36 shortly after the 2021 NFL Draft. The Falcons could also have the rookie back up Ryan for a year or two before making the switch.
Lance's one game of the 2020 season was a mixed outing. He missed some throws and made some mistakes, but considering the rust factor, that is somewhat understandable. Lance completed 15-of-30 passes for 149 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries as well.
The 2019 season was Lance's first year of playing time, and he produced a huge year, completing 67 percent of his passes for 2,786 yards with 28 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lance is listed at 6-foot-3, 221 pounds, and sources say he has a good skill set of physical tools. In the spring of 2020, scouts told me they needed to see more from Lance and were wary of a 1-year-wonder situation, but North Dakota State had its football season canceled, other than one game, which makes Lance a tougher and more risky evaluation for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Jacksonville could move on from Cam Robinson and/or A.J. Cann this offseason. If one is retained, the Jaguars could draft a lineman to fill the other spot. Jacksonville has bigger needs, but Sewell is too good to pass up.
Sewell (6-6, 325) had a dominant 2019 season as the blind-side protector for Justin Herbert. With his good size, length, quickness and athleticism, Sewell has a nice skill set that could end up making him one of the top prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft. For his excellent sophomore season, Sewell won the Outland Trophy and was the Pac-12 co-offensive player of the year. Sewell was a shutdown pass protector as a freshman in 2018, not allowing a sack in over 926 snaps. He only was credited with allowing seven pressures and two hits that season. Skipping the Pac-12's pandemic-shortened season should not harm Sewell's draft stock because he already has produced two good seasons of tape for the NFL to examine.
Minnesota could use a young difference-maker of the inside of their defensive line.
Barmore has six tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, and two passes batted in 2020. He has an excellent skill set, so he could easily be a high riser during the course of the 2020 season. Barmore flashed ability as part of Alabama's rotation in 2019, recording 26 tackles and two sacks. He showed real interior pass-rush potential with upside to develop more ability to get after the quarterback. It was only his redshirt freshman season, so he could easily be primed to break out in 2020 or 2021. Some team sources are high on him, while others want to see him become a more well-rounded player and a better run defender before they project him to be a high first-rounder.
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Barmore has good size with length at the point of attack to go along with quickness and athleticism. He could be the next Alabama interior lineman who becomes an early-round prospect similar to Quinnen Williams, Da'Ron Payne, Jonathan Allen and Raekwon Davis - among others.
The Dolphins could use an elite pass rusher to go across from Emmanuel Ogbah.
Rousseau (6-6, 260) was one of the best edge defenders in college football during his redshirt freshman season. For his breakout 2019, he notched 15.5 sacks with two forced fumbles and 54 tackles. Rousseau has an excellent skill set with upside to improve, but his development could be slowed down by his decision to opt out of the 2020 season. There is no substitute for experience and a year of refining pass-rushing moves, getting off blocks, and improving technique. Thus, Rousseau will enter the NFL as a 1-year wonder who could require more developmental time. He might still be a top-10 pick, but he will be more raw and underdeveloped compared to other recent high first-round defensive ends like Jadeveon Clowney, Myles Garret, Bradley Chubb and the Bosa brothers.
The Chargers could move on from Melvin Ingram soon. They gave a huge contract to Joey Bosa, and they will need a good rusher across from him, so it would make sense to use a first-round pick to select a talented end on a cheap contract to pair with Bosa for five years.
Basham has 17 tackles and four sacks so far in 2020. The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder showed a big improvement from his sophomore to junior season, going from 4.5 sacks in 2018 to 11 in 2019. His run defense remained steady with 64 tackles as a sophomore and 57 as a junior. In his breakout redshirt junior year, Basham also had three forced fumbles and three passes batted. Basham has good size size for the NFL in terms of height and weight, plus he is faster and more athletic than one would expect. With Basham's skill set, he has upside for the next level.
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Parsons collected 109 tackles with five sacks, four forced fumbles and five passes defended in 2019. He was always around the ball and produced some splash plays for Penn State. Parsons broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman in 2018 and showed that he has lot of upside to develop into an intriguing player. On the year, he totaled 83 tackles with five for a loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Parsons (6-3, 245) has good size, speed and quality instincts. Prior to the Big Ten canceling and then restarting its season, Parsons decided not to play in 2020.
The Bengals need more offensive line talent, youth on the defensive line, and help at linebacker. Of those three positions, a left tackle to protect Joe Burrow is the best value. Jonah Williams is versatile where he could play guard, center, or right tackle. Thus taking an offensive lineman could upgrade the Cincinnati offensive line at two spots.
Leatherwood (6-6, 322) played well for Alabama in 2019, showing that he has a first-round skill set of size, quickness and athleticism. Leatherwood has played well 2020 showing good athleticism, feel, vision, and reaction skills. He produced a good tape against Georgia. In his first season, Leatherwood rotated into the game and replaced an injured Jonah Williams at left tackle to help Alabama win another National Championship. As a sophomore, he started at right guard for the Crimson Tide.
Cisco has one interception and 11 tackles so far in 2020. Over his first two seasons in college football, Cisco (6-0, 203) was a pure ball hawk for Syracuse. In 2019, he recorded 65 tackles with five interceptions and five passes broken up. Cisco had a huge 2018 season with seven interceptions, 18 passes broken up, one forced fumble and 60 tackles. The instinctive free safety could have a hard time duplicating that production, but if he continues to play well, those tapes will help him to be an early-rounder.
The Patriots grab a mismatch weapon at wide receiver who could be the most explosive playmaker in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The 5-foot-10, 182-pounder is very fast and could develop into a dangerous outside or slot receiver. Some team sources think that Waddle could be a Tyreek Hill-type game breaker in the NFL. Waddle has game-changing speed and the ability to score on any catch. Waddle has 25 receptions for 557 yards and four touchdowns in 2020. In 2019, Waddle recorded 33 receptions for 560 yards and six touchdowns. He would have produced more at other schools, but at Alabama, he was rotated with a loaded receiving corps that included the likes of Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and Devonta Smith. Waddle recorded 45 receptions for 848 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018.
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Team sources like Cosmi and think he is a better prospect than Connor Williams was at Texas. They feel Cosmi is raw and needs development, but athletically, he is an interesting prospect. Cosmi (6-6, 295) needs to play more and get stronger for the NFL. Team sources felt he should go back to school if he wanted to be a secure first-round pick in his draft class, and Cosmi wisely decided to return to Austin for 2020.
Sources who have seen the senior this year say it looks like he added some good weight since the end of 2019. As a redshirt freshman, Cosmi earned a starting spot at right tackle for the Longhorns and had an impressive debut. He did a good job in pass protection, showing some length and athleticism on the edge.
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The Dolphins give Tua Tagovailoa a potential game-changing running back who is a fabulous check-down receiver.
Etienne has totaled 67 carries for 436 yards - 6.5 average - and five touchdowns with 19 receptions for 274 yards and a score in 2020. The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder played well for Clemson in 2019, showing the speed to break off long gains on any carry. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry for 1,614 yards with 18 touchdowns. He also made 37 receptions for 432 yards and four touchdowns. Etienne averaged 8.1 yards per carry in 2018 for 1,658 yards with 24 touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 78 yards and two scores. Etienne is not the biggest of backs, but he runs hard for his size and is fast. If he can add weight while maintaining his speed, he could be a more dynamic back.
Eli Apple was just a short-term stop-gap. Carolina could use a long-term big corner to go with Donte Jackson and Troy Pride.
Surtain has 14 tackles and two passes batted so far in 2020 and looks sound in coverage for Alabama. As a sophomore in 2019, Surtain had 42 tackles with two interceptions, three forced fumbles and eight passes broken up. The 6-foot-2, 203-pounder is a big corner who brings speed and athleticism to go with his size. He was the rare freshman defensive back to see the field under Nick Saban, and in 2018, Surtain contributed 28 tackles with an interception and seven passes defended. He moved to the "star" position for 2019, which is a critical nickel corner/safety role in Alabama's defense. Surtain is a great fit for that position, like Minkah Fitzpatrick was in past years. Surtain is the son of former Miami Dolphins corner and three-time Pro Bowler Patrick Surtain.
Ford has 33 tackles, two passes broken up, and three interceptions so far in 2020. As a redshirt sophomore, Ford broke out for the Panthers, leading them in tackles with 97 while also showing impressive ball production in the form of three interceptions and 11 passes broken up. He also provided three forced fumbles. Ford (6-0, 190) was all over the field in both phases, and team sources said he really jumped out to them when scouting other players. Ford could become a hot prospect as a junior and/or senior. It would help him to gain some weight for the NFL.
Previous Mock Selections: 10/16-Jevon Holland, S
10/9-Andre Cisco, S
10/2-Patrick Surtain II, CB
9/25-Paris Ford, S
9/18-Jevon Holland, S
9/11-Caleb Farley, CB
9/7-Shaun Wade, CB
8/31-Patrick Surtain II, CB
8/24-Caleb Farley, CB
8/3-Jalen Mayfield, OT
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