2020 NFL Mock Draft: Joe Burrow's masterpiece against Texas catapults the LSU quarterback into Round 1

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.

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 218 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
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
Georgia • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
No changes here from last week. The Redskins are essentially rebuilding their offense from the ground up, and left tackle has to be a major priority considering the presence of Dwayne Haskins.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Ohio State • Jr • 6'5" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Same pick as last week. The Giants absolutely need to add an alpha edge rusher to their defense. Young is currently the top player at the position.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Iowa • Jr • 6'5" / 322 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
36th
POSITION RNK
6th
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
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
4th
PROSPECT RNK
1st
Yes, the Cardinals need offensive line help. But Kliff Kingsbury will also bang the table for more receiver help in his Air Raid offense. Jeudy with Kyler in that offense would be a blast.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Oregon • Sr • 6'6" / 237 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
2nd
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 7
Iowa • Jr • 6'6" / 280 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Bills can get after the quarterback but could use another youthful defensive end on the roster for 2020 and beyond. Epenesa is a towering, powerful edge rusher.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Stanford • Jr • 6'1" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Adebo is one of the many long, athletic, ball-hawking cornerbacks in this class. That's precisely what the Lions need.
Round 1 - Pick 9
South Carolina • Sr • 6'6" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Broncos continue to build their defensive front with Kinlaw, a disruptive lineman who can play multiple positions.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Virginia • Sr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
1st
Hall is as sticky as they come on the perimeter, and the Jets have a major need at that position in their secondary.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Oklahoma • Jr • 6'2" / 191 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Couldn't make a change here. The Colts will probably overachieve to a certain degree under Frank Reich, but they need a legit complement to T.Y. Hilton, and Lamb is a monster.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Michigan State • Sr • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
3rd
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 13
LSU • Sr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Fulton had a dazzling effort against the gigantic Collin Johnson in LSU's win and is capable of excelling in any type of coverage.
Round 1 - Pick 14
LSU • Jr • 6'3" / 203 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
1st
Same selection as a week ago. Delpit needs to clean up some tackling issues but is a versatile playmaker with plus athletic talent.
Round 1 - Pick 15
TCU • Jr • 5'11" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Oakland
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
4th
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.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
1st
Simmons looks like a safety, and has range like one, which is basically what the middle linebacker position has evolved to in the NFL.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Florida • Jr • 6'1" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
35th
POSITION RNK
5th
Dalton torched the Seahawks in Seattle. Quarterbacks rarely do that. Pete Carroll's club must acquire high-caliber secondary talent in next year's draft.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Tennessee • Jr • 6'6" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
34th
POSITION RNK
6th
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 19
Boise State • Jr • 6'3" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
4th
Back to the edge-rusher well for the Falcons, who still need help at that position in 2020 and beyond. Weaver is a polished, twitchy, and bendy.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Notre Dame • Sr • 5'11" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
38th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Second-straight week with this pairing. Gilman has impressive center field range and is the type of player the Jaguars need.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Colorado • Jr • 6'2" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
2nd
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 22
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
4th
The Packers have a well-rounded roster, so why not add another receiver at the twilight of Aaron Rodgers' career.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Wake Forest • Sr • 5'10" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
4th
The Steelers have to get younger in the secondary, and Bassey is one of the most tenacious, disruptive corners in the country.
Round 1 - Pick 24
LSU • Sr • 6'4" / 216 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
NR
POSITION RNK
NR
Hey, Burrow in Round 1! Why not? He was tremendous in a gigantic win over Texas in Austin. His performance definitely warrants him being put on the draft radar.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Georgia • Sr • 6'1" / 194 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
61st
POSITION RNK
4th
The Cowboys could use a big, athletic, game-changing safety and that's precisely what Reed is.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Oregon • Sr • 6'5" / 309 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
3rd
As Week 1 reminded us, the Browns have to get stronger up front on the offensive line. Throckmorton is super experienced and will be in the spotlight protecting Justin Herbert all season.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Tennessee • Sr • 6'4" / 255 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
55th
POSITION RNK
8th
What do the Eagles really need? How about a young edge rusher? Taylor has major juice around the corner and knows how use his hands to beat blockers.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Alabama • Sr • 6'7" / 312 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Davis is a monstrous defensive lineman who can be productive from multiple positions up front. The Saints could probably use more depth on the defensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Wisconsin • Jr • 6'3" / 321 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Rams
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
1st
Biadasz is the premier center in the country, and the Rams could use a high-caliber talent at that position in Sean McVay's system.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Missouri • Jr • 6'5" / 255 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
1st
Okwuegbunam has major receiving ability at the tight end spot, and that's the biggest weak area on the Patriots' roster.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Utah • Jr • 6'0" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Oakland
PROSPECT RNK
50th
POSITION RNK
7th
Johnson is a long, aggressive cornerback who can be a little grabby at times but flashes dominance on the outside. The Raiders need as much cornerback help as they can get.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Oregon • Sr • 6'4" / 226 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
44th
POSITION RNK
4th
You know what the Chiefs desperately need? More athleticism in their linebacker room. Dye would provide exactly that.

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