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Tua Tagovailoa (13) of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates during the first half against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Sept. 15, 2018 in Oxford, Miss. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images/TNS)

It won’t be quite the same, but the 2020 NFL draft is here. The first-ever remote draft starts Thursday at 8 p.m., so without further ado, here’s my mock draft.

 

No. 1, Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

The pick that everyone has been expecting the last three months is Burrow. Although I do not believe he is the best quarterback in the draft, he fits here. As they say, there’s no place like home. Burrow attended Athens High School, which is about two and a half hours away from Cincinnati.

 

No. 2, Washington Redskins: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

Young is by far the best player in the draft, and possibly the safest bet. He would be the No. 1 draft pick in most other drafts. Young is another player going back home, as Washington, D.C. is 30 minutes from his hometown.

 

No. 3, Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Detroit could do anything with this pick. I believe Matt Patricia doesn’t trade down, keeps the pick and goes for his lockdown corner of the future.

 

No. 4, New York Giants: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

The Giants have a lot of needs so why not go with someone who can fill a couple spots? Simmons is the best athlete this year, and could play defensive end, linebacker and safety.

 

No. 5, Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

There are rumors circulating that Tagovailoa will not be the pick. The injuries are a concern, but what does Miami have to lose? I think they’re just that, rumors, and the Dolphins use the first of their three first-round picks on the former Alabama star.

 

No. 6, Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Herbert has the most potential in my opinion among quarterbacks in the draft. He is a terrific game manager, but will need a year before he is able to take off.

 

No. 7, Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

They already got their QB in Teddy Bridgewater, but now they need to address their defense. Brown is among the best defensive players available and would be a smart pick.

 

No. 8, Arizona Cardinals: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

They need to give Kyler Murray some space, and Wirfs has the size to do that. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman is just what the Cardinals need after ranking as the sixth-worst offensive line in sacks allowed last season.

 

No. 9, Jacksonville Jaguars: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

Wills is an elite blocker who did not give up a sack last season. No matter what, the Jaguars will take a lineman if they’re smart.

 

No. 10, Cleveland Browns: Mekhi Becton, OG, Louisville

Do you see the trend yet? Yes, another offensive lineman is off the board, and if you thought Wirfs has size, then you haven’t seen Becton. He stands at 6-foot-7 and weighs 364 pounds. He would go higher but is a very raw talent with a lot of work to do with his hips.

 

No. 11, New York Jets: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

The Jets spent a lot of money on the offensive line during free agency, so they pick up their Robby Anderson replacement.

 

No. 12, Las Vegas Raiders: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Welcome to the Sin City, Lamb. Congrats on being the first pick for the Las Vegas Raiders.

 

No. 13, San Francisco 49ers: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

The speedster immediately finds himself on a playoff contender for years to come.

 

No. 14, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

“Tompa Bay” needs someone to block for Tom Brady, and the Bucs get their guy here.

 

No. 15, Denver Broncos: K’Lavon Chaisson, LB, LSU

The Broncos now have a strong force with Chaisson patrolling the middle of the field and Von Miller and Bradley Cubb on the outside.

 

No. 16, Atlanta Falcons: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Atlanta needs a cornerback considering the wide receivers in their division.

 

No. 17, Dallas Cowboys: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

The Cowboys are a strong team, but they need help on the defensive line.

 

No. 18, Miami Dolphins: Joshua Jones, OT, Houston

They got their QB, and now they’ll have someone to help protect Tagovailoa.

 

No. 19, Las Vegas Raiders: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

The quarterback battle heats up in the desert as Derek Carr and Love go head-to-head.

 

No. 20, Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

The last time they picked a receiver in the first round was another Justin, as in Justin Blackmon in 2012. Hopefully, it ends a little better this time.

 

No. 21, Philadelphia Eagles: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

The Eagles desperately need a receiver, and they get one in Higgins.

 

No. 22, Minnesota Vikings: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

They trade one Diggs brother away and pick up another.

No. 23, New England Patriots: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

The Patriots have some cleaning up to do, especially on the defense.

 

No. 24, New Orleans Saints: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

The fifth Crimson Tide player is off the board and heading to the powerhouse Saints.

 

No. 25, Minnesota Vikings: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

An athletic defensive lineman that is not getting as much attention as he should.

 

No. 26, Miami Dolphins: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

With the last of their three first-round picks, the Dolphins cover another need with a three-down back.

 

No. 27, Seattle Seahawks: Ross Blacklock, DE, TCU

The Seahawks might need a replacement for Jadeveon Clowney, and if not, they still get a solid defensive lineman.

 

No. 28, Baltimore Ravens: Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin

Ravens go with the best-player-available mentality here.

 

No. 29, Tennessee Titans: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa

The Titans need more sacks, and Epenesa had 22 sacks combined the past two seasons.

 

No. 30, Green Bay Packers: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

Why not give Aaron Rodgers a new weapon?

 

No. 31, San Francisco 49ers: Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan

The 49ers address a need along the offensive line.

 

No. 32, Kansas City Chiefs: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

The Super Bowl champions quietly get one of the best running backs in college football history.

SportsApril 22, 202027It won’t be quite the same, butthe 2020 NFL draft is almost here.The first-ever remote draft startsThursday at 8 p.m., so withoutfurther ado, here’s my mock draft.No. 1, Cincinnati Bengals:Joe Burrow, QB, LSUThe pick that everyone has beenexpecting the last three months isBurrow. Although I do not believehe is the best quarterback in thedraft, he fits here. As they say,there’s no place like home. Burrowattended Athens High School,which is less than three hours awayfrom Cincinnati.No. 2, Washington Redskins:Chase Young, DE, Ohio StateYoung is by far the best playerin the draft, and possibly the safestbet. He would be the No. 1 draftpick in most other drafts. Young isanother player going back home,as Washington, D.C. is 30 minutesfrom his hometown.No. 3, Detroit Lions:Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio StateDetroit could do anything withthis pick. I believe Matt Patriciadoesn’t trade down, keeps the pickand goes for his lockdown cornerof the future.No. 4, New York Giants:Isaiah Simmons, LB, ClemsonThe Giants have a lot of needsso why not go with someone whocan fill a couple spots? Simmons isthe best athlete this year, and couldplay defensive end, linebacker andsafety.No. 5, Miami Dolphins:Tua Tagovailoa, QB, AlabamaThere are rumors circulating thatTagovailoa will not be the pick. Theinjuries are a concern, but whatdoes Miami have to lose? I thinkthey’re just that, rumors, and theDolphins use the first of their threefirst-round picks on the formerAlabama star.No. 6, Los Angeles Chargers:Justin Herbert, QB, OregonHerbert has the most potential inmy opinion among quarterbacks inthe draft. He is a terrific game man-ager, but will need a year before heis able to take off.No. 7, Carolina Panthers:Derrick Brown, DT, AuburnThey already got their QB inTeddy Bridgewater, but now theyneed to address their defense.Brown is among the best defensiveplayers available and would be asmart pick.No. 8, Arizona Cardinals:Tristan Wirfs, OT, IowaThey need to give Kyler Murraysome space, and Wirfs has the sizeto do that. The 6-foot-5, 320-poundlineman is just what the Cardinalsneed after ranking as the sixth-worst offensive line in sacks allowedlast season.No. 9, Jacksonville Jaguars:Jedrick Wills, OT, AlabamaWills is an elite blocker who didnot give up a sack last season. Nomatter what, the Jaguars will take alineman if they’re smart.No. 10, Cleveland Browns:Mekhi Becton, OG, LouisvilleDo you see the trend yet? Yes,another offensive lineman is off theboard, and if you thought Wirfs hassize, then you haven’t seen Becton.He stands at 6-foot-7 and weighs364 pounds. He would go higherbut is a very raw talent with a lot ofwork to do with his hips.No. 11, New York Jets:Jerry Jeudy, WR, AlabamaThe Jets spent a lot of moneyon the offensive line during freeagency, so they pick up their RobbyAnderson replacement.No. 12, Las Vegas Raiders:CeeDee Lamb, WR, OklahomaWelcome to the Sin City, Lamb.Congrats on being the first pick forthe Las Vegas Raiders.No. 13, San Francisco 49ers:Henry Ruggs III, WR, AlabamaThe speedster immediately findshimself on a playoff contender foryears to come.No. 14, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia“Tompa Bay” needs someone toblock for Tom Brady, and the Bucsget their guy here.No. 15, Denver Broncos:K’Lavon Chaisson, LB, LSUThe Broncos now have a strongforce with Chaisson patrolling themiddle of the field and Von Millerand Bradley Chubb on the outside.No. 16, Atlanta Falcons:C.J. Henderson, CB, FloridaAtlanta needs a cornerbackconsidering the wide receivers intheir division.No. 17, Dallas Cowboys:Javon Kinlaw, DT, South CarolinaThe Cowboys are a strong team,but they need help on the D-line.No. 18, Miami Dolphins:Joshua Jones, OT, HoustonThey got their QB, and nowthey’ll have someone to help pro-tect Tagovailoa.No. 19, Las Vegas Raiders:Jordan Love, QB, Utah StateThe quarterback battle heatsup in the desert as Derek Carr andLove go head-to-head.No. 20, Jacksonville Jaguars:Justin Jefferson, WR, LSUThe last time they picked areceiver in the first round was an-other Justin, as in Justin Blackmonin 2012. Hopefully, it ends a littlebetter this time.No. 21, Philadelphia Eagles:Tee Higgins, WR, ClemsonThe Eagles desperately needa receiver, and they get one inHiggins.No. 22, Minnesota Vikings:Trevon Diggs, CB, AlabamaThey trade one Diggs brotheraway and pick up another.No. 23, New England Patriots:Patrick Queen, LB, LSUThe Patriots have some cleaningup to do, especially on the defense.No. 24, New Orleans Saints:Xavier McKinney, S, AlabamaThe fifth Crimson Tide player isoff the board and heading to thepowerhouse Saints.No. 25, Minnesota Vikings:Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn St.An athletic defensive linemanthat is not getting as much atten-tion as he should.No. 26, Miami Dolphins:D’Andre Swift, RB, GeorgiaWith the last of their first-roundpicks, the Dolphins address anoth-er need with a three-down back.No. 27, Seattle Seahawks:Ross Blacklock, DE, TCUThe Seahawks might need a re-placement for Jadeveon Clowney ifthey end up trading him. And evenif they don’t, they still get anothersolid defensive lineman in Blacklockto bolster their line.No. 28, Baltimore Ravens:Zack Baun, LB, WisconsinRavens go with the best-player-available mentality here.No. 29, Tennessee Titans:A.J. Epenesa, DE, IowaThe Titans need more sacks, andEpenesa had 22 sacks combinedthe past two seasons.No. 30, Green Bay Packers:Cole Kmet, TE, Notre DameWhy not give Aaron Rodgers anew weapon?No. 31, San Francisco 49ers:Cesar Ruiz, C, MichiganThe 49ers address a need alongthe offensive line.No. 32, Kansas City Chiefs:Jonathan Taylor, RB, WisconsinThe Super Bowl championsquietly get one of the best runningbacks in college football history,giving them power to go along withall the speed they already have

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