Burrow to Bengals, Tagovailoa to Dolphins in Todd McShay's 2020 NFL Mock Draft

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2019

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers gets outside of the pocket for a run during a game between Georgia Bulldogs and LSU Tigers at Mercedes Benz Stadium on December 7, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Bengals selected LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick in the latest mock draft by ESPN's Todd McShay for the 2020 NFL draft.

Burrow is followed by Ohio State defensive end Chase Youngthe No. 1 player on the big board from Bleacher Report's Matt Miller—going to the New York Giants, Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy to the Washington Redskins and Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to the Miami Dolphins.

The Bengals have nearly wrapped up the top pick in April's draft courtesy of their 1-13 record. That's two games below the Redskins, Giants and Dolphins with two weeks left in the regular season. A loss to either Miami or the Cleveland Browns would clinch the No. 1 selection.

There's little doubt Cincinnati would use that choice to select Burrow, who was named the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Saturday night. He's completed 77.9 percent of his throws for 4,715 yards with 48 touchdowns and six interceptions through 13 games for the Tigers.

It represents a massive breakout campaign for the 23-year-old redshirt senior after he recorded just 16 TD passes in 13 appearances in 2018.

"Truly, I've never seen anything like it," Pro Football Focus' Mike Renner told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. "The switch completely flipped this year."

Burrow will lead LSU into the College Football Playoff, beginning with the Dec. 28 semifinals against fellow Heisman finalist Jalen Hurts and Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl.

In stark contrast to Burrow's meteoric rise this season, Tagovailoa's highly anticipated junior year was derailed by injuries.

The 21-year-old Hawaii native suffered a high-ankle sprain against Tennessee in mid-October, missing one game before returning for a crucial clash with Burrow and LSU. He threw for 418 yards in a 46-41 loss but then suffered a season-ending hip injury in Bama's next game against Mississippi State.

Tagovailoa's health will be a hot topic heading into the predraft process, but his numbers after three years with the Tide are tremendous. He completed 69.3 percent of his throws for 7,442 yards, 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 32 games. He added nine rushing scores.

The Dolphins are looking for a long-term solution at quarterback. Josh Rosen, acquired in an April trade from the Arizona Cardinals one year after getting picked 10th overall, failed to impress, with one TD and five picks across six appearances (three starts), and 37-year-old starter Ryan Fitzpatrick is a stopgap solution.

Both Burrow and Tagovailoa would likely be Day 1 starters if they land in Cincy and Miami.