2020 NFL Mock Draft: After Tua Tagovailoa injury, Dolphins now have to rethink QB position, other needs
Tua Tagovailoa's season-ending injury has Miami, other teams, rethinking their 2020 NFL Draft strategy
Joe Burrow remains atop our latest mock draft but for the first time all season, Tua Tagovailoa is nowhere to be found. Days after suffering a dislocated hip, Tagovailoa. And while his doctors expect him to make a full recovery, we still don't know when he'll be able to return to football. So for now, he's not in the first round even though he's not just a first-round talent but one of the best players in this class.
This, of course, means a lot of shuffling near the top of the draft;whether to overdraft a player or stick to their boards. In the coming weeks and months, Justin Herbert, the Oregon star who has played better in recent weeks, Utah State's Jordan Love, Washington's Jacob Eason and Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts.
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The draft order is based on team records through the first 11 weeks of the season (except MNF).
Alright, let's get to it.
Round 1 - Pick 1
Joe Burrow QB
LSU • Sr • 6'4" / 221 lbs
The Andy Dalton era has ended ingloriously and it doesn't appear that rookie Ryan Finley is the answer either. Luckily for the Bengals, Joe Burrow has gone from a Day 3 prospect to the best player in college football in the span of a few months. His entire senior season has been a resume builder, and even before Tua suffered a hip injury. Burrow was our QB1. Cincy can not pass him up here.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Chase Young EDGE
Ohio State • Jr • 6'5" / 264 lbs
Another week, another loss, another mock draft where the Redskins take Young. Yes, they have glaring needs along the offensive line, due in large part to the Trent Williams situation. But Young is too good to pass up. An explosive first step off of the edge allows Young to get into the backfield quickly and often. He already has 13.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss this season and he'd join 2019 first-rounder Montez Sweat along the Redskins' defensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 3
CeeDee Lamb WR
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 198 lbs
TE Evan Engram leads the Giants in targets followed by Golden Tate, Saquon Barley and then rookie wideout Darius Slayton. Put another way: The offense hasn't been able to replace Odell Beckham Jr. and Lamb might be as close as they'll come in this stacked WR class.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Oregon • Sr • 6'6" / 236 lbs
Herbert has played well in his last two games and the Bucs have to move on from Jameis Winston, who is currently playing on his fifth-year option. Herbert has the potential to be a top-5 talent -- he just hasn't played like it until recently. Bruce Arians, who has had success working with young QBs, would hopefully be able to work that magic with Herbert in Tampa.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Jeff Okudah CB
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 205 lbs
Chris Harris is in the final year of his deal, and even if the Broncos re-up him you can never have too many quality CBs. Okudah is the No. 1 CB on our board and he's been dominant this season for Ohio State.
Round 1 - Pick 8
A.J. Epenesa EDGE
Iowa • Jr • 6'5" / 275 lbs
Epenesa is coming off his best game of the season -- 2.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble in Iowa's win over Minnesota. Meanwhile, former Falcons first-rounders Vic Beasley is in the final year of his contract and Takk McKinley has two years left on his rookie deal.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Trevon Diggs CB
Alabama • Sr • 6'1" / 205 lbs
Byron Murphy, the Cards' 2019 second-round pick, has flashed at times this season, but Arizona needs more depth. Diggs, who is as physically imposing as Patrick Peterson, will give this secondary another much-needed playmaker.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 238 lbs
Simmons is a hybrid LB/S who can line up just about anywhere on the field. Jarrad Davis is having a disappointing season in Detroit and coach Matt Patricia would no doubt love to have Simmons as a chess piece in his defense.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Jerry Jeudy WR
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 193 lbs
Jeudy is the best route runner in this class and he's always one play away from taking it to the house. Who knows who'll be under center for the Jags next season but you might as well give him a legit downfield weapon to complement DJ Chark and his breakout season.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Alabama • Jr • 6'4" / 312 lbs
The Chargers need to address their QB situation, but with Burrow and Herbert already off the board, any other passer in this spot would be considered a reach. Instead, L.A. addresses its offensive line, which is overdue for an overhaul.
Round 1 - Pick 13
LSU • Jr • 6'3" / 213 lbs
Delpit needs to improve as a tackler but his has all the physical traits to dominate from centerfield. The Browns have had just replacement-level production from their safeties this season and an upgrade could be in order this spring.
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 14
LSU • Sr • 6'0" / 197 lbs
Daryl Worley is the Raiders' best CB this season, according to Pro Football Focus, and he's been replacement level. He's also in the final year of his rookie deal. But even if he returns, the Raiders need to continue to bolster the secondary and Fulton would be a natural choice.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Dylan Moses LB
Alabama • Jr • 6'3" / 235 lbs
Philly's defense has been a liability for most of the season, and while injuries has a lot to do with that, there's also a need for more playmakers. Heading into the season, Moses was one of the best players in the 2020 draft but he tore his ACL in August. He could still choose to return to Alabama but should Moses declare he's a first-round talent.
From Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 1 - Pick 16
Terrell Lewis EDGE
Alabama • Sr • 6'5" / 262 lbs
Lewis has battled through knee and elbow injuries that forced him to miss most of the previous two seasons but he's shown in 2019 just how disruptive he can be off the edge. If he's healthy, there's a good chance he finds his way into Round 1.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Auburn • Sr • 6'5" / 326 lbs
It's hard to imagine Brown lasting this long, but if he's on the board here the Titans will be ecstatic. A physical freak who can rush the passer and is stout against the run, Brown would join 2019 first-rounder Jeffrey Simmons, and in the process give Tennessee one of the AFC's best defensive fronts.
Round 1 - Pick 18
A.J. Terrell CB
Clemson • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Carolina's starting CBs are young but there's also a lack of depth behind them. Terrell is a physical, lockdown corner who could project as a better pro than former teammate Trayvon Mullen, the Raiders' second-round pick last spring.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Alabama • Jr • 5'11" / 188 lbs
Ruggs is one of the fastest players in college football and he'd give the Raiders the consistent deep threat they currently lack. TE Darren Waller currently leads the team in receptions, followed by rookie possession receiver Hunter Renfrow. Both players have had solid seasons but Ruggs would allow Jon Gruden to really open up this offense.
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 20
Bryce Hall CB
Virginia • Sr • 6'1" / 202 lbs
The Jags traded Jalen Ramsey to the Rams and now they'll need to figure out how they're going to replace him. Hall was our CB1 coming into the season. He's since suffered an ankle injury that cut short his '19 campaign but he should be fully recovered by the spring.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Javon Kinlaw DL
South Carolina • Sr • 6'5" / 324 lbs
Maliek Collins has been good for the Cowboys but that's been it along the interior defensive line. Kinlaw is one of the best pass-rushing linemen in this class and he can more than hold his own against the run too.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Oklahoma • Sr • 6'2" / 304 lbs
The Colts need to bolster their defensive line, and Gallimore, who has the athleticism and quickness to get into the backfield, and moves effortlessly for his size, is having a standout season for the Sooners.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Wisconsin • Jr • 6'4" / 314 lbs
The Chiefs O-line ranks 28th in run blocking, according to Football Outsiders, and the interior line needs to be upgraded. Biadasz would have been a likely first-rounder if he came out last year and he can play either center or guard.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Colorado • Jr • 6'1" / 227 lbs
Yes, the Vikings have Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, but there's not a lot of depth behind them. And Shenault, who can line up anywhere on the field, would add another dimension to an offense that already uses a heavy dosage of presnap motion, bootleg, and play-action concepts.
From Houston Texans
Round 1 - Pick 25
Oklahoma • Soph • 6'5" / 316 lbs
The Dolphins' entire O-line needs to be revamped. They landed left tackle Andrew Thomas at No. 4 and now they take Humphrey, who protected Kyler Murray last season and Jalen Hurts this season. He's a technician who could step into a starting role on Day 1.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Georgia • Jr • 5'8" / 212 lbs
If this offense is going to work, Josh Allen needs to be surrounded by playmakers. Swift is the most versatile back in the country and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield will give Allen another weapon.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Round 1 - Pick 28
Washington • Jr • 6'2" / 248 lbs
Jacob Hollister has been a fun story in Seattle, but even when Will Dissly is healthy, the Seahawks could stand to give Russell Wilson another middle-of-the-field playmaker. Bryant can line up anywhere and reminds us of Evan Engram. Imagine adding him to a group that already includes Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf, and Josh Gordon.
Round 1 - Pick 29
K'Lavon Chaisson EDGE
LSU • Soph • 6'3" / 254 lbs
Chaisson is undersized by edge-rusher standards but all he does is make plays. The Ravens pass rush has been lacking for much of the season but with Matt Judon in the final year of his rookie deal. Baltimore needs to have a contingency plan in place.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'3" / 241 lbs
Demario Davis is having a strong 2019 campaign for the Saints but they desperately need depth at the position. Murray is a quick-twitch player with a nose for the ball and sideline-to-sideline speed.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Josh Jones OL
Houston • Sr • 6'5" / 319 lbs
LT Isaiah Wynn, the Pats' 2018 first-round pick, has played in just two games in 2019 after missing all of his rookie season. If we've learned anything the last two months it's that Tom Brady isn't the same player when he's not protected. Jones is having a strong year for the Cougars and displays the type of strength and athleticism that translates well to the NFL.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Minnesota • Sr • 6'1" / 206 lbs
There are few holes on this team, and even though the 49ers just traded for Emanuel Sanders, Jimmy Garoppolo can never have too many weapons. Johnson is a big slot receiver who regularly makes contested catches look easy -- think JuJu Smith-Schuster, but with a supporting cast in San Francisco.
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