NFL Draft 2020: 1st-Round Order, Odds and Predictions for Top Teams to Watch

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2020

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow warms up before a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game against Clemson Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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The 2020 NFL offseason is going to be a big one. Several starting-caliber quarterbacks should be available in free agency, and a few more potential franchise signal-callers will be obtainable in April's draft.

While it's difficult to predict where free-agent QBs might land, it's a little easier to connect the dots between teams and prospects at the top of this year's draft.


Mock Draft

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State

3. Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

4. New York Giants: Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama 

5. Miami Dolphins: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

6. Los Angeles Chargers: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

7. Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson

8. Arizona Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

10. Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

11. New York Jets: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

12. Las Vegas Raiders: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

13. Indianapolis Colts: Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa

15. Denver Broncos: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville 

16. Atlanta Falcons: K'Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU

17. Dallas Cowboys: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

18. Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh): Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

19. Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago): Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams): Julian Okwara, DE, Notre Dame

21. Philadelphia Eagles: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida

22. Buffalo Bills: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

23. New England Patriots: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado

24. New Orleans Saints: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

25. Minnesota Vikings: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

26. Miami Dolphins (from Houston): J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

27. Seattle Seahawks: Curtis Weaver, DE, Boise State

28. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Baun, Edge, Wisconsin

29. Tennessee Titans: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

30. Green Bay Packers: Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin

31. San Francisco 49ers: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

32. Kansas City Chiefs: D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia


1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

As is often the case, there is little intrigue surrounding the No. 1 pick, as the Bengals appear to be locked on to Burrow.

"Barring some kind of Ricky Williams trade up the board, they're taking [Burrow]," one coach told Bleacher Report's Matt Miller.

It's difficult to fault Cincinnati. Andy Dalton has been a fine starter, but Heisman winner Burrow has the potential to be special. Though there has been some uncertainty about whether he wants to join the Bengals, he could land in a worse situation.

"You'll get a chance to start. You do have an offensive-minded head coach [Zac Taylor], and you'll get a great opportunity with a good running back [Joe Mixon] and a rebuilt offensive line. … I tell him to go and play for the Bengals," Doug Gottlieb of Fox Sports said on The Herd.


5. Miami Dolphins: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

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Barring a trade, the Dolphins are likely the next team to take a quarterback. As is the case for Cincinnati, their quarterback of the future is not on the roster.

It's long seemed like Tua Tagovailoa could be a target for Miami. He's played on the biggest stage, has arm talent to spare and has the leadership qualities needed to help revitalize a franchise. The only question is his health following a dislocated and fractured hip.

He appears to be recovering well, but that may not be enough. Per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Tagovailoa is not a "slam-dunk pick" for the Dolphins, and Miami has an "increasingly positive" view of Herbert.

While not as accomplished as Burrow or Tagovailoa, Herbert possesses a rare package of physical traits: arm strength, mobility and athleticism. One unnamed NFL executive even told Albert Breer of SI.com that Herbert is more talented than Burrow.


6. Los Angeles Chargers: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

If the Dolphins pass on Tagovailoa, the Chargers may not. The questions about Tagovailoa's health aren't going to disappear before the draft, but the upside is worth gambling on.

The Chargers could get a quarterback who eventually outshines Burrow.

"Joe Burrow was this meteor, one-year wonder where he came out of nowhere and had the greatest college football season ever," Fox Sports' Peter Schrager said on Good Morning Football (h/t Brad Crawford of 247Sports). "To me, my thing with Tua is that for years, scouts have been raving about his leadership and the poise."

Obviously, the Chargers will have to get comfortable with Tagovailoa's recovery, but the pairing makes sense. The franchise has already parted with longtime starter Philip Rivers, and ideally, it won't be drafting this high again in the near future. This could be Los Angeles' best chance to grab a new franchise quarterback.


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