The way it looks right now, the 2020 NFL Draft is going to be all about wide receivers, running backs, corners, and Tua Tagovailoa vs. Justin Herbert to be first quarterback off the board.
Both are athletic signal-callers who want to and regularly win from inside the pocket. Herbert happens to be about four to five inches taller than Tagovailoa, but the latter's tape was cleaner in 2018 despite a bad outing in the national title game. The draft order below is based off the current SportsLine win projections.
Alright, to the picks.
Round 1 - Pick 1
Alabama • Soph • 6'1" / 217 lbs
Going with the odds-on favorite here. Tagovailoa displayed awesome pocket-passing ability last season and has an absolutely loaded receiver group featuring Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, Devonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle at his disposal. If Josh Rosen shows any signs of improvement, Miami could move him for more than what they gave up to acquire him.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Georgia • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Thomas is a devastating run blocker but has the athleticism and length to thrive in pass pro as well. Kliff Kingsbury will be more interested in the latter. And he should be. Watch the Kentucky game last season. Thomas and Co. erased 2019 No. 7 overall pick Josh Allen.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Jerry Jeudy WR
Alabama • 6'1" / 193 lbs
Another receiver for the Raiders? Check out the structure of the deals for Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams. They aren't really "long-term" contracts. And Jeudy is a monster. Decently tall, explosive downfield, and awesome after the catch.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Chase Young DE
Ohio State • 6'5" / 264 lbs
Young heads into the 2019 season with more buzz than any edge rusher prospect. He produced in a big way after Nick Bosa went down with injury last year. Young already has NFL defensive end size along with decent hand work and bend.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Oregon • 6'6" / 236 lbs
The fourth-round selection of Ryan Finley won't stop the Bengals from picking their future at the quarterback position. Herbert is big, athletic, boasts a live arm and his highs are Andrew Luck esque.
Round 1 - Pick 7
A.J. Epenesa DE
Iowa • Soph • 6'6" / 260 lbs
Another power player from Iowa, Epenesa oftentimes overshadowed Anthony Nelson last season on the edge. While not a speed-predicated defensive lineman, Epenesa moves well for his listed weight of 280 pounds at 6-foot-6. He understands the importance of using pass-rushing moves to win too. The Buccaneers still need help on the outside of their defensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Bryce Hall CB
Virginia • 6'1" / 202 lbs
To me, Hall is far and away the best returning cornerback in college football. He probably would've been picked in Round 1 of this past draft. He has the size, length, click-and-close quickness and ball skills to instantly be a No. 1 corner in the NFL. The Panthers have to address the outside cornerback spot in 2020.
Round 1 - Pick 9
CeeDee Lamb WR
Oklahoma • Soph • 6'2" / 197 lbs
Lamb has been a stellar big-play creator for the Sooners in his two seasons at Oklahoma. He'll bring a career 17.7 yards-per-reception into his junior season. The Redskins may have to dip into the first-round receiver well once again if Josh Doctson doesn't take a sizable step forward in 2019.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Colorado • Soph • 6'1" / 220 lbs
Shenault reminds me a lot of Sammy Watkins, a twitchy speedster who's built like and plays like a running back with the ball in his hands. The Giants locked up Sterling Shepard and added Golden Tate in free agency and still have to address the receiver position long-term. Shenault would be an ideal fit in a passing game based on short throws.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Michigan State • 6'3" / 264 lbs
Willekes probably would've gone on Day 2 had he declared this year. He already boasts NFL defensive end size at 6-4 and 260-ish pounds and flashed serious pass-rushing moves in 2018. Watch the Ohio State game. Even after drafting Harold Landry in the second-round in 2018, the Titans need to add more talent to their outside pass rush.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Alabama • Soph • 6'7" / 330 lbs
The Falcons went offensive line in Round 1 and didn't address the interior of their defensive front at all in the 2019 Draft. Davis has positional versatility because of his height, but he's best on the inside.
Round 1 - Pick 14
LSU • 5'11" / 197 lbs
Fulton isn't as long or as smooth at Greedy Williams. He's more physical with plus mirroring skills and great awareness as the ball is approaching. San Francisco needs to build for the future at corner.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Dylan Moses LB
Alabama • 6'3" / 240 lbs
Moses was the most impactful linebacker on Alabama's defense in 2018, and he's primed to be the next high selection at the position from the storied program. Without a clear-cut star at the second-level of their defense, the Broncos very well could be interested in him next April.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Round 1 - Pick 17
Trey Adams OT
Washington • 6'8" / 311 lbs
Even with Garrett Bradbury in Round 1 this year, the Vikings can't stop building in front of Kirk Cousins. Had he not gotten injured last season, Adams likely would've been a first-round selection. A gigantic, well-balanced, powerful edge blocker, Adams would step in instantly as Minnesota's starting left tackle.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Wake Forest • Soph • 5'10" / 190 lbs
Bassey is a magnet to the football. He's defended 31 passes with four interceptions over the past two seasons at Wake Forest. An electric movement player, Bassey drives on the football hard and plays bigger than his 5-10, 185-pound listing indicates.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Jacob Eason QB
Washington • 6'6" / 231 lbs
Jacob Eason, not Jake Fromm here ... because there's always a first-round quarterback who seemingly comes out of nowhere. Eason was a former top recruit and will be in the spotlight at Washington. Tall with a big arm, one big season could catapult him into Round 1. Without much experience, he'd be the ideal heir apparent to Aaron Rodgers and wouldn't be expected to play right away.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Round 1 - Pick 23
Stanford • 6'7" / 325 lbs
Anthony Castanzo has probably been the NFL's most underrated left tackle over the past few seasons. He's entering his contract year. Little needs to improve as a pass-blocker but has the size and power to thrive on running plays.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Oregon • Fr • 6'5" / 309 lbs
The Steelers' offensive line is fortified for now. In a year, they very well could be in the market for a new tackle. Throckmorton was super-consistent in both the run and pass games in 2018.
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 26
Round 1 - Pick 27
Trey Smith OL
Tennessee • 6'6" / 335 lbs
While we aren't sure his status for the upcoming season just yet, Smith has already proven to be a high-end offensive lineman in the SEC, and the Browns need one more blocker to round out their offensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Wisconsin • 5'10" / 226 lbs
Taylor has been a rock solid workhorse for Wisconsin since his true freshman season. Tacklers bounce off him, he has outstanding vision in tight quarters between the tackles, and has showcased impressive downfield speed for a big back.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Paddy Fisher LB
Northwestern • 6'4" / 240 lbs
Fisher is a huge, athletic, and instinctive off-ball linebacker who's tallied over 110 tackles in each of his first two seasons at Northwestern. He's precisely what the Saints need on defense.
Round 1 - Pick 32