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Way-too-early 2020 NFL mock draft

The 2019 NFL Draft just concluded, but for true NFL fans, it's never too soon to anticipate next year. Here's a look at our first mock draft for 2020.

 
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1. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
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Miami traded for Josh Rosen but didn't invest enough to bypass a quarterback next year if the 2018 first-round pick struggles. Tagovailoa saved the Crimson Tide in the 2018 CFP Final and was outstanding in his first full season as a starter, throwing for nearly 4,000 yards and 43 touchdowns. The southpaw is a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy this year.

 
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2. Arizona Cardinals: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Arizona Cardinals: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
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Tagovailoa's favorite receiver, Jeudy had a staggering 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns in 15 games last season. He has breakaway speed and could be Alabama's best receiver prospect since Julio Jones. Arizona loaded up on receivers in this year's draft but still will need an ultimate replacement for Larry Fitzgerald.

 
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3. Las Vegas Raiders: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Las Vegas Raiders: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
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It surprised many when Herbert returned to school for 2019, as he was in the running as the No. 1 pick in this year's draft. His accuracy did regress last season, but Herbert also threw for more than 3,000 yards for the first time with 29/8 TD/INT. The Raiders are giving Derek Carr another shot under Jon Gruden, but they could be quarterback shopping if he's unable to produce with Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams and Josh Jacobs.

 
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4. Cincinnati Bengals: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

Cincinnati Bengals: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
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A productive and accurate quarterback in a run-heavy Georgia offense, Fromm completed 67.4 percent of his passes last year with 30 touchdowns in only 307 attempts. He's not mobile and has had some arm injuries, but his arm will play at the next level. Andy Dalton has been an adequate starter for his time in Cincinnati, but it remains to be seen if he can take his team to the next level.

 
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5. New York Giants: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

New York Giants: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
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Brown is a massive defensive tackle was pass-rush skills, and he surprised some when he opted to return to college for his senior season. That could help him in a thinner defensive line class next season. The Giants took Dexter Lawrence in the first round this year, but he doesn't have Brown's ability to penetrate and get to the quarterback.

 
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6. Washington Redskins: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

Washington Redskins: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
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Shenault was a ball hog in only nine games last season with 86 receptions for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns. He has great hands and the ability to run after the catch, and Washington has struggled to find a go-to receiver in the draft and free agency recently.

 
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7. Buffalo Bills: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

Buffalo Bills: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
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Buffalo could be in the market for a running back next season with LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore nearing the end of their careers. Etienne could be a generational talent and was dominating last season, rushing for 1,658 yards and 24 touchdowns and averaging 8.1 yards per carry. He needs to develop his receiving skills this year.

 
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8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
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Georgia has proved it can develop offensive linemen, and Thomas has made himself into an elite prospect. Tampa Bay went defense-heavy in this year's draft but could shift back to the offense next year.

 
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9. New York Jets: Walker Little, OT, Stanford

New York Jets: Walker Little, OT, Stanford
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An athletic, mammoth tackle out of Stanford, Little is listed at 6-foot-8. He opted to attend Stanford over several football powers and can't help but develop plus run-blocking skills in Stanford's offense.

 
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10. Denver Broncos: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Denver Broncos: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
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Higgins isn't the best wide receiver on his own team — a title that goes to soon-to-be true sophomore Justyn Ross — but he's still a terrific prospect. Higgins had 59 receptions for 936 yards and 12 scores for the Tigers last season and has great size at 6-foot-4. Denver apparently didn't see wide receiver as a big need this year after taking Courtland Sutton in last year's draft but will have to address the area soon with Emmanuel Sanders approaching the end of his career.

 
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11. Detroit Lions: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

Detroit Lions: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
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A huge safety and playmaker for the Tigers last season, Delpit had 74 tackles, five interceptions and five sacks in his sophomore season. He can do a bit of everything and could be a fit for a Lions team that didn't go to great lengths to replace Glover Quin this offseason.

 
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12. San Francisco 49ers: Trey Smith, OT, Tennessee

San Francisco 49ers: Trey Smith, OT, Tennessee
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Left tackle Joey Staley will be 35 in Week 1, so the 49ers will have to address that spot sooner or later. Of course, 2018 first-round pick Mike McGlinchey is their current best option to replace him, but next year is also looking like a tackle-rich draft. Smith is working his way back from blood clots in his lungs, but he's an elite NFL prospect if he can return to the field after being the No. 1 recruit in the country in 2017.

 
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13. Carolina Panthers: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

Carolina Panthers: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
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The Panthers selected pass rusher Brian Burns in the first round of this year's draft but could look to further strengthen their pass rush next year. Ohio State is turning into a pass rusher factory, and Young is the Buckeyes' next great prospect after recording 9.5 sacks in 13 games last season.

 
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14. Jacksonville Jaguars: Collin Johnson, WR, Texas

Jacksonville Jaguars: Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
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Surprisingly, the Jaguars failed to really address wide receiver this year, and it remains to be seen how that situation will play out with new quarterback Nick Foles delivering passes. Johnson has improved every year at Texas, finishing last season with 985 yards receiving and seven scores. At 6-foot-6, he's a dream physically.

 
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15. Atlanta Falcons: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa

Atlanta Falcons: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
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It looks like the Falcons are going to give former NFL sack leader Vic Beasley one more shot, but it's safe to bet a passer rusher will be high on the list of needs next if he fails. Epenesa had 10.5 sacks in 13 games last season and has a chance to be a great edge rusher at the next level.

 
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16. Tennessee Titans: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri

Tennessee Titans: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
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"Albert O" thought about declaring for the draft this year, but shoulder issues were one big reason he reconsidered. He's scored 17 touchdowns in 18 games over the last two seasons and could be a first-round prospect if he proves healthy. Delanie Walker is approaching the end of his career for the Titans, turning 35 in August.

 
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17. Baltimore Ravens: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

Baltimore Ravens: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
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Alabama has produced its fair share of great linebackers in recent years, and Moses is next in line. He had 86 tackles and 3.5 sacks in his sophomore season and could see a nice uptick this year. Baltimore let C.J. Mosley walk in free agency this offseason.

 
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18. Houston Texans: Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

Houston Texans: Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
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Davis regressed last season and was overshadowed by Quinnen Williams, so it made sense that he returned to Alabama for his senior season. He had 8.5 sacks in 2017 but only 1.5 sacks year. He could get first-round consideration again with a strong year, and the Texans will have to address the defensive line again sooner or later with J.J. Watt getting older and Jadeveon Clowney getting pricey.

 
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19. Dallas Cowboys: Isaiah Simmons, S, Clemson

Dallas Cowboys: Isaiah Simmons, S, Clemson
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A big safety at 6-foot-3, Simmons was everywhere for the Tigers last season with 88 tackles. He's turned into a great contributor for an elite defense, and the Cowboys are already in a position to get younger at safety.

 
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20. Seattle Seahawks: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Seattle Seahawks: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
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Lamb already has two productive seasons under his belt and could be a Heisman candidate this year with Marquise Brown out of the way. He finished with 65 receptions for 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Although the Seahawks selected D.K. Metcalf in the second round this year, Doug Baldwin's questionable football future could still make wideout a priority next year.

 
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21. Green Bay Packers: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

Green Bay Packers: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
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Eason transferred from Georgia as a result of Jake Fromm's emergence and is set to take over as Washington's starting quarterback this year. A former top recruit, Eason has the arm strength to make all of the NFL throws but didn't show the accuracy when he started for the Bulldogs back in his freshman season in 2016. We'll see if that's changed this season, but the Packers will soon be in a position for a developmental prospect with Aaron Rodgers turning 36 in December.

 
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22. Cleveland Browns: Tommy Kraemer, OL, Notre Dame

Cleveland Browns: Tommy Kraemer, OL, Notre Dame
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Notre Dame has done an excellent job developing offensive linemen, and Kraemer is its next great prospect. He moved to guard last year but has dominant ability at nearly every spot along the line.

 
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23. Minnesota Vikings: Nick Coe, DE, Auburn

Minnesota Vikings: Nick Coe, DE, Auburn
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Coe had seven sacks in only nine games last season. He has elite edge rusher upside but needs to stay healthy this year to help his stock.

 
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24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

Pittsburgh Steelers: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
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Becton is an absolutely massive prospect at 6-foot-7, 355 pounds, and former Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino compared him to Jonathan Ogden. The Steelers could still be in the market for an offensive lineman next year after trading right tackle Marcus Gilbert this offseason.

 
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25. Chicago Bears: Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern

Chicago Bears: Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern
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Fisher has been a tackling machine through two seasons at Northwestern with 227 tackles in two seasons. The Bears still have Danny Trevathan, but the linebacker has long been injury prone. It would be convenient for Fisher to just move down the road from Evanston.

 
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26. Philadelphia Eagles: Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU

Philadelphia Eagles: Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU
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Phillips could be in for a huge junior season with Devin White out of the way in Baton Rouge. He had 87 tackles in 12 games last season and was an elite recruit in the class of 2017.

 
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27. Indianapolis Colts: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Indianapolis Colts: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
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The younger brother of Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs, Trevon played only six games last season due to injury. However, he's shown flashes of elite ability when he has been on the field over three seasons and is still gaining more polish as a converted wideout.

 
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28. Los Angeles Chargers: Trey Adams, OT, Washington

Los Angeles Chargers: Trey Adams, OT, Washington
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Washington has a great reputation for developing tackles, and Adams is its next top prospect. He had to redshirt last year due to a back injury, and he tore his ACL in 2017. The injury issues could push him down in the draft, but a healthy 2019 season could give him first-round consideration.

 
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29. Los Angeles Rams: Tyler Biadasz, OL, Wisconsin

Los Angeles Rams: Tyler Biadasz, OL, Wisconsin
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Arguably college football's top center entering the 2019 season, Biadasz opted to return to Wisconsin for his junior season. The Rams still have a need at that spot but did draft two tackles in this year's draft.

 
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30. New England Patriots: Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

New England Patriots: Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
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Will 2019 be the year Tom Brady finally starts to break down? The Patriots selected Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham in the fourth round this year, but Hurts is a different type of quarterback with more mobility than accuracy. Still, he's completed nearly 63 percent of his passes in three seasons at Alabama and couldn't join a better system than Lincoln Riley's at Oklahoma for his senior year.

 
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31. Kansas City Chiefs: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

Kansas City Chiefs: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
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The Chiefs failed to get a cornerback early in this year's draft, and their last first-round pick was Patrick Mahomes in 2017. Terrell is being counted on to step up at Clemson after some departures and is coming off a strong year with three interceptions and 53 tackles.

 
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32. New Orleans Saints: Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan

New Orleans Saints: Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan
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Patterson didn't develop as well as hoped at Michigan last year under Jim Harbaugh's tutelage, so it was smart of him to return to school. He still showed really nice flashes and completed nearly 65 percent of his passes. Drew Brees could very well be entering the final season of his career, and Teddy Bridgewater isn't signed beyond 2019.

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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