2020 NFL Mock Draft: Joe Burrow's masterpiece against Texas catapults the LSU quarterback into Round 1
The LSU signal caller put himself on the draft radar with a 471-yard performance in Austin
How about Joe Burrow? The LSU quarterback pieced together a masterful effort in the Tigers' monster win over Texas in Austin. He demonstrated serious NFL-caliber throws to all portions of the field and was outstanding in managing the pocket. Because it's early, and because quarterbacks with a skill set like Burrow's tend to come off the board early, let's throw him in the first round.
The draft order below is based off the current SportsLine Super Bowl odds projections. Position rankings are based on pre-season evaluations.
Now, to the picks.
Round 1 - Pick 1
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 218 lbs
While I'll probably jump back and forth between Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert at No. 1 throughout the season, after thoroughly examining both of their opening contests along with what each did in their second outings, the Alabama passer gets the top-pick nod and lands in Miami.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Round 1 - Pick 4
Iowa • Jr • 6'5" / 322 lbs
How about that season-opening performance from Andy Dalton in Zac Taylor's offense? Even if Dalton has a career resurgence under this new regime, Cincinnati has to prioritize their offensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Round 1 - Pick 6
Oregon • Sr • 6'6" / 237 lbs
Yikes, Jameis. Bad performance from the former No. 1 overall selection in Week 1 at home. It's too early to call him in Bruce Arians' offense a flop, of course, but the pairing got off to a disastrous start, and Winston is playing on the fifth-year option in 2019.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Round 1 - Pick 12
Michigan State • Sr • 6'4" / 260 lbs
The Titans throttled the Browns in Cleveland, and Marcus Mariota had a strong performance, so for this week, he dodges the Titans taking a quarterback. While Tennessee got after Baker Mayfield, the team does need an infusion of youth on the outside of its defensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Jalen Reagor WR
TCU • Jr • 5'11" / 195 lbs
Based on their willingness to trade for Antonio Brown this offseason, if the Raiders are still interested in an elite separator with excellent downfield speed and above-average ball-tracking ability for a smaller wideout, Reagor is that guy in the 2020 class.
From Houston Texans
Round 1 - Pick 18
Trey Smith OL
Tennessee • Jr • 6'6" / 325 lbs
While Tennessee has gotten off to an atrocious start, Smith has been healthy and dominant. He has insane upside based on his natural power and freakish athleticism. The Dolphins get Tua a promising offensive tackle.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Colorado • Jr • 6'2" / 220 lbs
The Vikings want to run it and find Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs off playaction. But they could use another receiving weapon. This is too good of a value to pass on Snenault outside of the top-20 picks.
Round 1 - Pick 26
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 31
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