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2020 NFL Draft Order: Updated First-Round Listings After Week 16

Jake RillSenior Analyst IDecember 23, 2019

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor looks up, during the first half at an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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It's been another tough season for Cincinnati Bengals fans but good news has arrived. The Bengals are on the clock with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

With Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati is now locked into the top spot in the upcoming draft. The Bengals fell to 1-14, and no other team has fewer than three wins this season.

It's the first time Cincinnati will have the No. 1 pick since 2003, when it drafted USC quarterback Carson Palmer. Many are projecting the Bengals to potentially take another quarterback, LSU's Joe Burrow, with the top pick this time around, but there is still a lot of time for mock drafts and predictions to change.

After Sunday's Week 16 action, here's a look at how the first round of the NFL draft would unfold based on the current standings.

       

Current 2020 NFL Draft 1st-Round Order

1. Cincinnati Bengals

2. Washington Redskins

3. Detroit Lions

4. New York Giants

5. Miami Dolphins

6. Jacksonville Jaguars

7. Los Angeles Chargers

8. Carolina Panthers

9. Arizona Cardinals

10. New York Jets

11. Denver Broncos

12. Cleveland Browns

13. Atlanta Falcons

14. Oakland Raiders

15. Dallas Cowboys

16. Indianapolis Colts

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

18. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago)

19. Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh)

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from L.A. Rams)

21. Philadelphia Eagles

22. Tennessee Titans

23. Buffalo Bills

24. Minnesota Vikings

25. Miami Dolphins (from Houston)

26. Kansas City Chiefs

27. Seattle Seahawks

28. Green Bay Packers

29. New England Patriots

30. New Orleans Saints

31. San Francisco 49ers

32. Baltimore Ravens

          

A New Franchise Quarterback in Cincinnati?

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There are still four months until the draft, but it's clear the Bengals need a new quarterback.

Andy Dalton, who is 32, has been unimpressive the past few seasons, and this year he's thrown only 11 touchdowns compared to 13 interceptions in 11 games. He is not the future at the position for Cincinnati, so it's time for it to draft his replacement.

Burrow appears to be the top option right now, as the LSU quarterback recently won the Heisman Trophy after leading the Tigers to the SEC championship and their first College Football Playoff appearance in program history. He has set the SEC records for passing yards (4,715) and passing touchdowns (48).

The Bengals have missed the playoffs in four consecutive seasons, but this year has been the low point. It's the first time Cincinnati has won fewer than six games in a season since 2010. If the Bengals don't beat the Browns in Week 17, it will be the first time they've ever had fewer than two wins in a year.

       

Washington Closing in on Securing No. 2 Pick

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 29: (L-R) Actor Matthew McConaughey talks with Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and Redskins team president Bruce Allen before a preseason game between the Baltimore Ravens and Redskins at FedExField on August 29, 2019 in Landove
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The Redskins lost to the NFC East-rival Giants in overtime on Sunday, but that was actually a good thing for their draft position. Washington fell to 3-12, which currently slots it in at the No. 2 pick, just ahead of Detroit at 3-11-1.

If the Redskins lose to the Cowboys in Dallas in Week 17, they'll be locked into the No. 2 spot. However, the Lions have three wins and the Giants and Dolphins each have four, so there could still be some movement in the top five, including Washington moving down.

After drafting Dwayne Haskins last year, it's unlikely the Redskins would take a quarterback with their early pick. But it's possible they could take another Ohio State player—defensive end Chase Young, a Heisman Trophy finalist who is the best defensive player in the class.

Or Washington could target one of the top wide receivers, such as Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb or Alabama receivers Henry Ruggs III or Jerry Jeudy. Of course, the Redskins have a lot of holes on their roster, so there are quite a few ways they could go with their pick.

          

Miami Preparing to Make Trio of Picks in Opening Round

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The Dolphins are closing in on having a top-five pick. But that'll only be the first of three times their team's name is called on the opening night of the draft in Las Vegas in April.

Miami has acquired two additional first-round picks in trades this year. On Sept. 1, the Dolphins got a 2020 first-rounder from the Texans in the deal that sent tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills to Houston. Then, they picked up another one in the trade that sent safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers on Sept. 16.

So, Miami will have several opportunities to better its team on the first night of the draft alone. It's possible the Dolphins could target a quarterback, such as Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon's Justin Herbert, but they also might go for the best available players at each pick.

No matter who they select, how the Dolphins fare with these three picks could greatly affect the direction of the franchise for the next few years.