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First-round NFL mock draft: Where will Ohio State's Chase Young land?

The start of the NFL Combine is less than one week away.  Here's a look at our latest 2020 NFL mock draft before the combine begins.

 
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1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
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2019 was the year of Joe Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy and national championship and is the overwhelming favorite to be Cincinnati's choice for the No. 1 overall pick. The Ohio native displayed drastic improvement in his senior season at LSU, completing nearly 76 percent of his passes and also showing above-average scrambling ability. The only major knock on Burrow is that he's old for a first-round prospect, set to turn 24 in December. Andy Dalton remains under contract, but the Bengals can cut or trade him without facing any cap penalty.

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

Washington Redskins: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
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Young is the best defensive lineman prospect of his generation, which is saying a lot given rookie Nick Bosa's success in San Francisco this season. Incredibly, Young recorded 16.5 sacks through his first 12 games this season and has a chance to make a huge impact on a Washington defensive line that already has a lot of talent. Defensive line isn't a need for Washington, but this opportunity is too good to pass up.

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

Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
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Cornerback is already one of Detroit's strengths, but the addition of Okudah could potentially allow the Lions to shop star Darius Slay after the cornerback seemed disgruntled in 2019. Okudah is the consensus top cornerback in the 2020 class. He is a shutdown corner with three picks in 13 games this season.

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

New York Giants: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
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New York could opt to move on from high-priced left tackle Nate Solder this offseason despite new head coach Joe Judge's familiarity with Solder from his time in New England. Wills has plenty of size (6-foot-5, 320 pounds) and has seen his stock increase in 2019.

 
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5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
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Tagovailoa was the consensus No. 1 overall draft choice entering the year, but ankle and hip injuries have given him the "injury-prone" label. Before his season-ending injury, Tagovailoa completed more than 71 percent of his passes with 33 touchdowns in nine games, albeit with elite receiving weapons in Alabama. He would be entering an optimal situation in Miami with the ability to play when he's ready and learn from Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Miami could potentially trade up from No. 5 to get him. Recent news also indicates that the Dolphins might be looking at Oregon signal-caller Justin Herbert, who is tops on another team's list...

 
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6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
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The Chargers have officially moved on from Philip Rivers. While Tyrod Taylor and several other veteran free agents could be placeholders, picking this high in the draft gives the Chargers a rare opportunity. Herbert is a great option, with optimal NFL size, and he completed nearly 67 percent of his passes this season.

 
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7. Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
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Carolina is in a bit of a rebuild with new a head coach, Matt Rhule, Luke Kuechly's surprising retirement and Cam Newton's status still up in the air. Simmons is an extremely versatile defender who has potential at either linebacker or safety. The 6-foot-4 senior had 104 tackles and eight sacks in 15 games. 

 
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8. Arizona Cardinals: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Arizona Cardinals: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
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Arizona has needed offensive line help in recent seasons, and this is an extremely deep draft for offensive tackles. Thomas is one of the best offensive linemen on the board, standing at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, and can be an immediate solution at left tackle.

 
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9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown, DE, Auburn

Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown, DE, Auburn
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Jacksonville has invested heavily in its defensive line, but with Yannick Ngakoue's status up in the air as a free agent, the Jaguars could draft a pass rusher for the second straight year. Brown has moved into top 10 draft consideration following an impressive year, recording 54 tackles and four sacks during the regular season.

 
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10. Cleveland Browns: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Cleveland Browns: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
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Offensive line was one of Cleveland's biggest issues last season, and left tackle Greg Robinson is a free agent. Wirfs can step in immediately, coming out of Kirk Ferentz's offensive line factory at Iowa.

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

New York Jets: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
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The Jets have a choice to make about whether to pay Robby Anderson, but there are plenty of great options if they move on from him. Jeudy had 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns this past season and ranks right alongside Julio Jones and Amari Cooper as among the most talented wideouts to come out of Alabama in recent memory.

 
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12. Las Vegas Raiders: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Las Vegas Raiders: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
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The Raiders have a lot of early-round capital, and wideout should be a top priority. Lamb has been nothing but productive in college and just finished his best season, with 62 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns in 13 games.

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

Indianapolis Colts: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
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Justin Houston's addition last season really helped Indy's pass rush, but the team could still use more help on the interior. Kinlaw has increased his stock, with 35 tackles and six sacks through 12 games this past season.

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
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Tampa Bay has some major decisions to make this offseason on the defensive front, with Shaq Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh potentially leaving in free agency. Epenesa was highly productive again last year, his junior season, with 49 tackles and 11.5 sacks through 13 games.

 
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15. Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
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It's become commonplace for teams with young quarterbacks to load up on weapons, and the Broncos need to add more on top of Courtland Sutton. Ruggs hasn't been as productive as teammate Jerry Jeudy, but he still has superstar potential. He had 746 yards and seven scores in 12 games and could light up the combine.

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

Atlanta Falcons: K'Lavon Chaisson, DE, LSU
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Atlanta wasted no time in moving on from Vic Beasley this offseason and now needs to address its edge pass rush. Chaisson can fill part of the the void after recording 60 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 2019.

 
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17. Dallas Cowboys: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

Dallas Cowboys: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
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The secondary is a need for Dallas, with star corner Byron Jones potentially leaving in free agency, along with safeties Darian Thompson and Jeff Heath. McKinney had 95 tackles and three picks this season as a true playmaker for the Crimson Tide.

 
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18. Miami Dolphins (via Steelers): Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

Miami Dolphins (via Steelers): Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
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Miami desperately needs offensive line help after trading Laremy Tunsil before the start of 2019. Becton needs some refinement, but he's a mammoth with left tackle capability, listing at 6-foot-7, 369 pounds.

 
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19. Las Vegas Raiders (via Bears): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Las Vegas Raiders (via Bears): C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
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Even after spending a second-round pick on Trayvon Mullen last year, cornerback should be high on the Raiders' offseason needs. Henderson hasn't been challenged much in the Florida secondary last year, but he had 33 tackles and 11 passes defensed in nine games.

 
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20. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Rams): Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

Jacksonville Jaguars (via Rams): Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
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Jacksonville's defense wasn't the same last year after linebacker Telvin Smith's surprising retirement. Murray is a tackling machine and possible replacement, with 155 tackles in 2018 and 102 tackles in 14 games in 2019.

 
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21. Philadelphia Eagles: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Philadelphia Eagles: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
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Cornerback depth has been a problem in Philly for the last two years, and the team could finally move on from free agent Ronald Darby. The brother of Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs, Trevon remains a solid first-round prospect. 

 
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22. Buffalo Bills: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Buffalo Bills: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
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The Bills did well with the additions of John Brown and Cole Beasley last year but were missing a big red-zone threat. The 6-foot-4 Higgins averaged nearly 20 yards per reception for the second time in three years, and he had 26 touchdowns in his last two seasons.

 
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23. New England Patriots: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

New England Patriots: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
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New England has one of the oldest secondaries in the NFL and could potentially lose safety Devin McCourty in free agency. Delpit is clearly one of the elite safeties on the board, with 65 tackles and two picks in 14 games this past season.

 
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24. New Orleans Saints: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

New Orleans Saints: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
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The Saints have struggled to find quality cornerback play opposite Marshon Lattimore. They could lose Eli Apple and P.J. Williams in free agency, while Janoris Jenkins is a cut candidate. Fulton has been a shutdown corner right down the road at LSU.

 
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25. Minnesota Vikings: Josh Jones, OT, Houston

Minnesota Vikings: Josh Jones, OT, Houston
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Protecting Kirk Cousins was Minnesota's highest priority last offseason, and it's still an issue that needs to be addressed. Jones has emerged as a strong early-round prospect who could fill in immediately.

 
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26. Miami Dolphins (via Texans): Zack Baun, OLB, Wisconsin

Miami Dolphins (via Texans): Zack Baun, OLB, Wisconsin
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Miami should be in a position to take the best player available, and Baun is a potential blue-chip pass rusher. He had a huge senior season with 12.5 sacks and 75 tackles for the Badgers.

 
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27. Seattle Seahawks: Austin Jackson, OT, USC

Seattle Seahawks: Austin Jackson, OT, USC
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Seattle could potentially be decimated in free agency, especially with the offensive line, with starting right tackle Germain Ifedi as well as George Fant and Mike Iupati hitting the market. Jackson comes from head coach Pete Carroll's old stomping grounds at USC and is an interesting project who could step in immediately at right tackle.

 
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28. Baltimore Ravens: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

Baltimore Ravens: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
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Baltimore lost Za'Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs last offseason, and Matthew Judon could be the Ravens' next pass rusher to leave, creating a need again. Gross-Matos has excellent size and speed and has been productive for the Nittany Lions over the last two seasons, recording eight sacks in 2018 and nine sacks through 11 games this past year.

 
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29. Tennessee Titans: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU

Tennessee Titans: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
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Tennessee has the building blocks of a dominant defensive line with Jurrell Casey and 2019 first-round pick Jeffery Simmons, and Blacklock would give the Titans another weapon to plug up the middle. He had 40 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 12 games last season.

 
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30. Green Bay Packers: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

Green Bay Packers: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
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Green Bay has failed to adequately address Aaron Rodgers' weapons, with Marquez Valdes-Scantling regressing in his sophomore season. Shenault could be an exciting addition to give Rodgers and Davante Adams some help. He is excellent with the ball in his hands, though his production has fallen off from last season. Shenault had 764 receiving yards and six total touchdowns in 11 games during 2019.

 
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31. San Francisco 49ers: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

San Francisco 49ers: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
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The 49ers find a gem in Deebo Samuel in last year's draft, but still need more receiver help, especially if Emmanuel Sanders leaves in free agency. Reagor's production fell off last season, but he had 72 catches for 1,061 yard and nine scores with better quarterback play for the Horned Frogs in 2018.

 
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32. Kansas City Chiefs: Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn

Kansas City Chiefs: Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
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The Chiefs really like young cornerback Charvarius Ward, but their cornerback depth is likely to take a hit in free agency this offseason. A converted wideout, Igbinoghene is slightly undersized at 5-foot-11 but has plenty of upside.

Seth Trachtman is a fantasy sports expert and diehard Kansas City Chiefs fan still hoping for a Super Bowl win during his lifetime. He doesn't often Tweet, but when he does, you can find him on Twitter @sethroto.



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