Joe Burrow - QB - LSU
Burrow has the ability to make the Bengals relevant again – he dominated SEC opponents in 2019 like few QBs in CFB history ever have. He’s got the natural skill and leadership traits to eventually transform the Bengals into contenders.
Chase Young - Edge - Ohio State
Chase Young absolutely wrecked offenses over his time at Ohio State. In 2019, the 6-5, 256 pounder recorded 21 TFLs, 16.5 Sacks, and 7 Forced Fumbles… in just 12 games! Young would be a scary addition to New HC Ron Rivera’s already talented defense.
Jeffrey Okudah - CB - Ohio State
With Darius Slay's name floating around in trade rumors, adding the top CB in the draft class makes a lot of sense for the Lions. According to PFF, Okudah has only allowed 450 yards and 37 receptions (on 87 targets) – since the start of 2018 season! Okudah has outstanding size and athletic ability for the CB position.
Isaiah Simmons - LB - Clemson
Simmons is one of those versatile, new-age LBs, who can hit, rush, and cover. He’s a true a sideline to sideline defender who played both LB and S at Clemson. Simmons is a game-changer who can help the Giants D take on the scary playmakers (Zeke, Cooper, Saquon, Miles, Ertz) of the NFC East. Recall that new HC Joe Judge comes from the Patriots, where Belichick defenses were often headlined by stalwart LBs (McGinest, Bruschi, Mayo, Hightower). It would not be surprising to see Judge follow the same formula.
Tua Tagovailoa - QB - Alabama
Tagovailoa is simply too talented to pass on for a team that needs a long term solution at QB. Fitzpatrick is already in place to start in 2020, allowing Tua to fully recover from his hip injury before taking over full time in 2021.
Jedrick Wills Jr. - OT - Alabama
The Chargers offensive line has underperformed for far too long now – adding the draft's best OT in Wills Jr. will go along way in solidifying the unit. The 320 pounder was dominant in 2019 and would be a plug and play Week 1 starter - at one of the game's most important positions. According to PFF, Wills allowed only 11 pressures over the entire season (1 in his last five games), earning 2nd Team All American Honors in the process.
Derrick Brown - DT - Auburn
The Panthers run defense was infamously bad in 2019, so selecting a First Team All American DT like Brown makes a whole lot of sense. The Auburn Tiger totaled 54 tackles, 11.5 TFL, and 4.5 sacks in 2019, despite facing double and sometimes triple teams by opposing offenses. Brown was so dominant that he was even put on the Heisman ballot by some voters.
Jerry Jeudy - WR - Alabama
The Kyler and Kliff Show needs a WR1 and Jeudy is this draft’s WR1. In his final collegiate game (Citrus Bowl vs. Michigan) Jeudy caught 6 passes for 204 yards and a TD. For the season he recorded 77 receptions for 1,160 yards and scored 10 TDs. Already considered an NFL caliber route runner, Jeudy would be an awesome fit in the high octane Arizona offense.
Andrew Thomas - OT - Georgia
Thomas was a force with the Bulldogs and earned unanimous All American honors in 2019. He would be Day 1 starter and upgrade at LT in Jacksonville.
Tristan Wirfs - OT - Iowa
The Browns need offensive line upgrades, perhaps more than any other team in the league, so grabbing Wirfs with the 10th pick is a no brainer. The Hawkeye has the size, athletic ability, and demeanor to play either tackle spot and would project as a day one starter on the Browns O-Line.
CeeDee Lamb - WR - Oklahoma
With the selection of Lamb, the Jets opt to take the best player on the board and in the process give Sam Darnold the #1 WR he’s lacked through his first two seasons with the team. Lamb is the definition of playmaker – producing a 62, 1,327, and 14 line across 13 games in 2019. With Robby Anderson likely to leave in free agency, this pick makes a lot of sense.
Kristian Fulton - CB - LSU
While WR is the bigger need for the Raiders, a few solid options should be on the board when they pick again at #19. So here I’m taking the top CB available in Fulton, who was been a key difference maker in LSU’s dreamy 2019 season. Fulton would likely slot in as a Day One starter.
Justin Herbert - QB - Oregon
Jacoby Brissett didn’t exactly inspire confidence as a full time starter in Indy last year. If you are willing to look past some consistency concerns, Herbert has all the tools necessary to become a franchise QB. Head Coach Frank Reich was previously the QB Coach in Philly, where he was credited with developing Carson Wentz from a DII QB to MVP caliber player, he may be able to the same with someone as talented as Herbert.
J.K. Dobbins - RB - Ohio State
I’d be willing to bet that a stronger running game in Tampa would decrease Winstons's sky high INT total and make that offense even more lethal than it already is … seriously how is a defense going to devote resources to stop both Evans and Godwin plus a power running game led by JK Dobbins? Recall that Dobbins is a coming off a 2,003 rushing season for the Buckeyes – where he averaged 6.7 ypc and scored 23 total touchdowns.
Henry Ruggs III - WR - Alabama
Courtland Sutton transformed into a #1 WR in Denver last year, but if the Broncos are all-in on Drew Lock, he needs more than just one quality WR. Ruggs III is an X-Factor type with ridiculous speed. He’d be a great fit for Lock who likes to the fling the ball down the field. A Sutton-Ruggs-Fant combination could soon develop into nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators.
A.J. Epenesa - DE - Iowa
The Falcons have been looking for an answer at DE for a very long time – and Epenesa may be that answer. His production at Iowa speaks for itself – 49 tackles, 14 TFL, 11.5 sacks, 3 PD, 4 FF. He put up similar numbers as a sophomore too. Unlike most first year DEs Epenesa (6-6, 280) already NFL caliber size and strength. He’d almost certainly be a Day One starter in Atlanta.
Grant Delpit - S - LSU
The two most profound needs on the Cowboys roster right now are in the secondary and along the interior defensive line. So I considered three prospects here – Delpit, CB Trevon Diggs,and DT Javon Kinlaw. You can make a strong case for all three but I’d say Delpit offers the most upside. His productivity for the Tigers over the past two seasons has been remarkable – 139 total tackles, 7 sacks, 14 TFL, 7 INT, 16 PBU. The reining Thorpe Award recipient (given to nation's top DB) would be a big time difference maker on the backend of the Cowboys defense.
Yetur Gross Matos - Edge - Penn State
The Dolphins desperately need pass rush help and Gross Matos is one of the best pass rush prospects in this draft class. The Nittany Lion has recorded 16.5 sacks over the past two seasons and was a key cog in a PSU defense that only allowed 14.1 ppg in 2019. He is the type of talent who can serve as a building block for Dolphins HC Brian Flores as continues his quest to build a high caliber defense.
Tee Higgins - WR - Clemson
I considered Higgins at pick #12 for the Raiders, so getting him at #19 is a no brainer. At 6-4, Higgins offers a tantalizing size-length-speed combination - he literally plucks the ball out of the air. The former Clemson Tiger is a bonafide playmaker who recorded 59 catches, 1,167 yards, and 13 TDs, in 14 games this past season. He’d fill huge hole in the Raiders offense and possibly start the season as the team's top WR.
Javon Kinlaw - DT - South Carolina
Excellent value here for the Jags, Kinlaw is freak athlete with an unfair combination of power and explosiveness. The 6-6, 301 pounder would be an excellent replacement for Marcell Dareus, who is expected to leave the team in free agency.
Laviska Shenault Jr - WR - Colorado
If there was one thing painstakingly obvious about the 2019 Eagles, it was that they lacked playmakers at WR. Shenault Jr. would go along way in solving that issue. The 6-2, 220 pounder is incredibly versatile, in addition to receiver he played running back and wildcat quarterback for the Buffaloes. Shenault Jr. finished his CU career with 149 receptions, 2223 total yards, and 17 TDs. He’d be an awesome addition to a Philly offense that needs explosive players.
K’Lavon Chaisson - Edge - LSU
The Bills must sustain the strength of their defense, which will be challenge considering the retirement of edge rusher Lorenzo Alexander and the possible departure of free agent DE Shaq Lawson. A possible solution to this problem would be adding Chaisson via the draft. The 6-4, 250 pounder was a force for the Tigers in 2019 and got the better some of the nation's best OTs – including Georgia’s Andrew Thomas and Alabama’s Alex Leatherwood. While somewhat risky due to his unrefined raw talent and injury history, Chaisson has the athletic ability to blossom into a high impact pass rusher.
Justin Jefferson - WR - LSU
Whether Brady returns to the team or not, adding speedy skill players is a must. In 2019 Pats WR struggled to create separation, forcing Brady to take hits in the pocket or throw the ball away. Justin Jefferson finished the year as the hottest WR in CFB - which included a 14 catch, 227 yard, 4 TD performance in the Peach Bowl. The LSU WR would give Brady a dangerous down field options with an innate playmaking ability. While some question Jefferson's separation speed and ability to beat man coverage – I just see a WR who has knack for getting opening and making big plays. The 2019 Pats struggled mightily in the red zone, so adding a WR who scored 18 TDs last year would help the cause.
Trevon Diggs - CB - Alabama
Kirk Cousins exposed the Saints secondary in the shocking Wild Card playoff loss, selecting an NFL ready CB like Diggs would help prevent similar defensive meltdowns from occurring in the future. Diggs has two years of starting experience in the NFL player incubator that is the Crimson Tide Defense – he’s got the size, length, speed and range to excel in the NFL for a long time.
A.J. Terrell - CB - Clemson
A former 5 star recruit, Terrell has lived up to his billing with the Tigers – earning First Team All SEC Honors in 2019. According to PFF, prior to the National Title game (where he was burned by Ja'Marr Chase) Terrell had only allowed 14 catches over the entire season and had yet to allow more than 60 yards in a single game. Terrell has the size and length Mike Zimmer prefers in a CB, making this an excellent fit with two Vikings CB slated for free agency.
Jonathan Taylor - RB - Wisconsin
This pick reminds me a lot of the Raiders selection of Josh Jacobs last year (also at pick #26) – Taylor, like Jacobs, is a safe prospect who can start on day one. The Dolphins have a glaring hole at RB and Taylor just happens to be one of the most accomplished RBs in CFB history, having rushed for 1,977 yards as a True Freshman, 2,194 yards as a Sophomore, and 2,003 yards as a Junior. The former Badger finished his career with a whooping 55 TDs! And added pass catching to his repertoire in 2019. A Tagovailoa – Taylor – Devante Parker trio sounds good to me.
Tyler Biadasz - IOL - Wisconsin
The interior of the Seahawks offensive line needs help – both starting OGs are in their 30s, while the Center position is also upgradeable. For a team that values the power running game, an upgrade is sorely needed. So why not bring in the guy who played an integral role in clearing defenders for the aforementioned Jonathan Taylor. Biadasz made 41 starts over his career at Wisconsin and earned the Rimington Award (given to the nation's top Center) and unanimous First Team All American honors in the process. He is as NFL-ready a prospect as you will find in the entire draft.
Kenneth Murray - LB - Oklahoma
Currently both of the Ravens starting inside linebackers are slated to be free agents, in the event one or even both of them are not retained selecting a stud LB like Murray makes a lot of sense. Murray is a sideline to sideline, do-it-all LB who recorded 102 tackles, 17 TFL, 4 Sacks, and 4 PBUs in 2019. Playing against Big 12 offenses almost every week has given Murray experience in defending the spread offenses that have taken the NFL by storm.
Curtis Weaver - Edge - Boise State
Weaver has recorded double digital TFLs in each of the past 3 seasons and double-digit sacks in 2 of the last 3 seasons. In his most recent season he recorded 19.5 TFL and 13.5 sacks. He’d be an excellent addition to an already excellent Titans defense, that is in need of pass rush improvement.
K.J. Hamler - WR - Penn State
While some might consider drafting a 5-9, 176 pound WR in the 1st round to be a stretch – I don’t – Hamler is a T.Y. Hilton/Tyler Lockett type who’d be a perfect fit opposite Davante Adams in Green Bay. The Packers need to surround Rodgers with as many weapons as possible if they have any intention of maximizing his remaining years – and Hamler, who's had 98 receptions, for 1,658 yards, and 14 total touchdowns over the past two seasons qualifies as a big time weapon.
Bryce Hall - CB - Virginia
The 49ers need to add some depth and development talent at CB, which makes Bryce Hall an excellent fit for them. Hall has been one of the nations top CBs over the past 2 seasons– he was the tied for the most PBUs in the country as Junior with 22 and likely would have led the nation in that stat as Senior had an ankle injury not ended his season after 6 games. Of all the CBs in the draft Hall may be the best tackler. He has been starting since his freshman year and offers excellent size, instincts, and athleticism for the CB position. He’s also renowned for his leadership (2X Team Captain), academic prowess, and community leadership.
D'Andre Swift - RB - Georgia
A number of solid options are available here for the Chiefs – they could bolster the interior of their offensive line with a stud OG like Creed Humphrey, address what is arguably their biggest weakness at CB with CJ Henderson, or bring some consistency back to the running game by adding an explosive RB like D’Andre Swift. In the end I choose to go with Swift, he is simply too good to pass up and as long as Pat Mahomes is the QB of the Chiefs it will be the offense, not the defense that carries this team – so why not make it even more explosive. Swift is one of the most explosive RBs in the draft – over his three year career at Georgia he ran for nearly 3,000 yards with an average of 6.6 yards per carry, and scored 25 total touchdowns. He’d make the Chiefs offense virtually impossible to stop.