1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow – QB, LSU
At 0-11, the Bengals will clearly be in the market for a QB that can turn their franchise’s trajectory as quickly as possible. Head Coach Zac Taylor was hired by Cincy to try and replicate the success he enjoyed as QB coach in LA, as he was the leader of the development of a young Jared Goff. However, Taylor failed in reviving his QB Andy Dalton’s career, as this season quickly became a disgrace. Now, the Bengals will look to pair their QB guru with an elite signal caller that can be the Face of the Franchise for years to come. For the Bengals, there is no better option than Ohio native Joe Burrow. After being told he should be in DIII by OSU, Burrow transferred to LSU, where he brought his combination of modern arm talent and sneaky athleticism, something that Baton Rouge hasn’t seen in a long time. In his second year, Burrow has led LSU to an undefeated start, including a win in Tuscaloosa, and its first ever #1 ranking in the CFP poll. While LSU had been stuck in the mud on offense these past few years, Burrow was able to elevate their offense to new heights. Hopefully he will be able to have the same profound effect on the Bengals’ offense once he is starting.
2. New York Giants- Chase Young EDGE, OSU
This should be a relatively simple pick for Gettleman, as Young is objectively a generational talent. The Giants GM loves his “HOF” guys, and who better to fit that mold than the most dominant player in college football. Chase gives them a long term solution at EDGE rusher, but he is more than just a solution. His versatility as a pass rusher, his combination of size and speed, is unprecedented and should lead to wreaking havoc on opposing offenses in New York
3. Washington Redskins- Andrew Thomas OT, UGA
I think a trade back here is likely, as the Skins could offer the pick up to a QB hungry team. They would receive an inordinate amount of draft capital that they could use later to snag one of the elite pass catcher of this year. However, if they do not trade back, they will take the best offensive tackle in the draft, Andrew Thomas, to replace veteran Trent Williams. The combo of Scherff and Thomas would be great for the development of the young Haskins, and would pave the way for Guice’s downhill running style
4. Miami Dolphins- Tua Tagovailoa- QB, BAMA
Miami will look to capitalize on their high draft pick to pick a QB, and I think Tua is the pick here. While I do have concerns that a lot of Tua’s success at Alabama was due to the immense talent that surrounded him, I think his poise and Russell Wilson like mobility make him a safe pick for Miami to build their team around. Herbert. should be considered here too, but his lack of leadership and proven track record make him less of a fit in Miami than Tua. Plus, the Phins have had their eyes on Tua for a while now.
5. Atlanta Falcons- Derrick Brown DT, Auburn
The Falcons have gotten absolutely tossed around this season on defense. They lack a tenacity and aggressiveness that is needed in every NFL defense, and I think the addition of a 6’5″, 325 LBS BEAST to their defensive line will go a long way. Paired with Grady Jarret, that front should give their defense more substance, as Deion Jones is too often left to make every play for them.
6. Detroit Lions – Jeffrey Okudah CB, OSU
The Lions are in need of someone to come and help or potentially replace Darius Slay. Okudah is another stud corner from OSU that will be drafted in the top 10, as the former five star has had an extremely impressive 2019 season.
7. Arizona Cardinals- Grant Delpit S, LSU
Arizona needs a lot of help on defense, especially in the secondary. Tyrann Mathieu thrived there early, and I think Steve Keim goes and gets another great LSU safety in Delpit. He’s an impressive two way safety that can add a lot of security to their backend.
8. New York Jets – Tristan Wirfs OT, Iowa
Sam needs space to throw and Bell needs to space to run, but neither of those things are currently realistic behind an abysmal offensive line. Wirfs is the first step in the right direction for a pivotal offseason in the development of the Jets offense.
9. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert QB, Oregon
It is clear and obvious to all observers that Rivers’ career is on its last legs, and the Chargers are in a great position to select a QB that can be mentored by the incumbent veteran. Herbert’s arm dictates that he is a top NFL QB prospect, but he has struggled some his senior season in college. Given a year to develop and adjust to the speed of the NFL, I believe he could prosper in LA.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars – Isaiah Simmons LB, Clemson
The Jags need to get back to the tenacious and fiery defense that brought them to the playoffs, and no better player to do that than Simmons. They clearly miss retired Telvin Smith’s incredible range, but Simmons has shown the same ability to track and cover the ball across the entire field consistently. Myles Jack and Simmons would be a scary pair in the middle.
11. Denver Broncos – Javon Kinlaw DT, SC
Denver has great pass rushers but recently have lacked an inside presence on the line. Kinlaw is the best tackle available, as he is marverlously uses his 6’6″ 305 LBS frame to power rush the passer while also shutting down the run.
12. Carolina Panthers- Kristan Fulton CB, LSU
Carolina takes the best corner available here, as their secondary has dwindled down over the past few seasons. They add an athletic playmaker on the outside with this pick to put opposite of Worley.
13. Philadelphia Eagles – Jerry Jeudy WR, BAMA
Eagles go out and get the best route runner in the draft for Carson Wentz to throw to next season. The offense is in need of a spark, and Jeudy’s jaw dropping feet and movement on the outside should make everyone in Philly happy again.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CJ Henderson CB, UF
Tampa adds to a secondary that gets tested by both Michael Thomas and Julio Jones twice a season. It can never hurt to add more young talent, and Henderson is a Florida product that has impressed throughout his time as a Gator.
15. Cleveland Browns – Alex Leatherwood OL, BAMA
Baker needs more time in order for their offense function to the best of its potential. Therefore, the versatile Leatherwood should be the pick here, or the OL of their choice.
16. Oakland Raiders- A.J. Epenesa EDGE, Iowa
A.J entered the season as a sure top 10 pick, but now his future is in question due to a slight regression in production. However, Epenesa still has the same motor and body that he always has, and the end of the season has treated him well. Mayock would gladly take a risk on a potential home run pass rusher with another pick coming at 18.
17. Indianapolis Colts- Henry Ruggs III WR, BAMA
The dude runs a 4.25 40 yard dash and has every ability to make a difficult catch in traffic. I think he shoots up boards after the combine and I like this fit in Indy with Brissett and T.Y.
18. Oakland Raiders – Cee Dee Lamb WR, OU
This one was easy for me. Oakland clearly lost a weapon on the outside in AB, and they are thirsty for someone to provide that same juice to Derek Carr’s offense. Cee Dee has been one of my favorite players in college the past few years, his elusiveness and secure ball skills are second to none. Gruden will lobby for this pick heavily, and I’d be surprised if Mayock does not agree.
19. Tennessee Titans – Tee Higgins WR, Clemson
The run on elite pass catchers continues with Tee Higgins from Clemson being selected by the Titans. This makes sense for them because as Tannehill’s recent resurrection continues, he will need more weapons on the outside to help. AJ Brown has been good, but the Corey Davis pick still stings. However, there is nothing to fear with Higgins, as he has performed exceptionally on the biggest of stage in all of college football
20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jedrick Willis OT, BAMA
If Minshew is going to have any success, he needs a healthy Fournette run game to rely on as well as time to throw when he drops back. The offensive line hasn’t performed up to these standards in quite some time for the Jags, they should hope this pick can help to change that.