LSU quarterback Joe Burrow remains the choice for the Cincinnati Bengals with the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. That's according to ESPN's Todd McShay, who released his second mock draft Monday.
Burrow, who also held the top spot in McShay's first mock in December, is followed by a pair of college teammates: He has the Washington Redskins selecting Ohio State defensive end Chase Young and the Detroit Lions taking cornerback Jeff Okudah.
The Tigers' standout caused a minor stir during Super Bowl week with comments he made during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show.
"You want to go No. 1," Burrow said. "But you also want to go to a great organization that is committed to winning. Committed to winning Super Bowls."
Although those remarks could be viewed as a slight toward the Bengals, who are still searching for their first championship after 50 years in the NFL, the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner previously made it clear he's willing to play for any franchise.
"Whoever wants to pay me money to play the game of football, I'll play for 'em, it doesn't matter to me," Burrow told Josh Wingrove of Bloomberg News (via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk).
It would take something unexpected over the next few months—another team offering Cincinnati a franchise-altering king's ransom for the top pick or Tua Tagovailoa outshining Burrow in a massive way during the predraft process—for the LSU star to not land with the Bengals.
Much like Burrow is a virtual lock for Cincy, the same could be said for Young and the Redskins.
The dynamic edge-rusher is coming off a terrific junior campaign at OSU. He recorded 46 total tackles, 16.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and three passes defended in 12 games. He tallied 30.5 sacks in 34 appearances at the collegiate level.
Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins, the defensive end's former Ohio State teammate, vouched for him in December when asked about the No. 2 pick: "Two words is all I got to say: Chase Young," he said.
The draft's intrigue starts to increase with the Lions at No. 3, though Bleacher Report's Matt Miller predicted the same top three as McShay at this stage of the process.
Okudah rose up draft boards throughout the 2019 season. He made himself a top-five candidate with 34 total tackles, nine passes defended and the first three interceptions of his college career.
He'd be a welcome addition to a Detroit defense that ranked last in the NFL by allowing 284.4 passing yards per game in 2019.