2020 NFL Mock Draft: Joe Burrow’s stock is soaring

    In a matter of weeks, the NFL Draft landscape has taken on a whole new shape, with breakout players like Joe Burrow entering the mix. How does the draft board shake out in our latest 2020 NFL Mock Draft? Take a look!

    It’s been a few weeks since Pro Football Network published my second version of the 2020 NFL mock draft and there have been many changes since. First, there have been trades, including a blockbuster which saw the Jacksonville Jaguars send all-world cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams for a nice haul of draft picks. Also, we saw the San Francisco 49ers trade for Emmanuel Sanders and the New England Patriots trade for Mohamed Sanu.

    Related: Catch up on the latest college football inside information and analysis from PFN Draft Analyst Tony Pauline and the rest of the PFN Draft Staff. On October 26, we presented yet another live game day blog with plenty of Week 9 updates. Will Penn State WR KJ Hamler be entering the 2020 NFL Draft? How about Cameron Dantzler and Kylin Hill? Pauline has the scoop on which way they are leaning at this time.

    Another big change has been the emergence of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Burrow is having a terrific 2019 campaign, which has put him at the top of the list for NFL scouts. There are many in Baton Rouge and the NFL Draft community who believe the play of Burrow this season has elevated him into the conversation to be a top-10 selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.

    While a lot has changed, some things remain the same for numerous NFL teams. The Cincinnati Bengals still hold the first pick in the draft. There is a real race between Cincinnati and the Miami Dolphins to see who will land the first overall pick. For my money, the Bengals are the better team, and when all the dust of the 2019 NFL season settles, it will be the Miami Dolphins holding the first pick. However, we’re going to have to buckle up and see how it plays out. 

    There will be many quarterback-needy teams heading into the draft, so it will be no surprise to see a fast and furious run on quarterbacks. Teams like the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will most certainly be on the hunt for their quarterback of the future, while teams like the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints might be on the hunt as well, in preparation for their Hall of Fame quarterbacks retiring. 

    For the purposes of this updated mock draft, the current draft order will be used. You will notice a few names missing, such as Jake Fromm, DeVonta Smith and KJ Hamler in the three-round exercise, as indications lead me to believe that they are likely to return to school for the 2020 season.

    With the first pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select …

    2020 NFL Mock Draft – Round One

    1 – Cincinnati Bengals: Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama

    Even the inept Cincinnati Bengals cannot mess this up. Tua Tagovailoa is a transcendent quarterback prospect and one who will provide an immediate upgrade to Andy Dalton. 

    2 – Miami Dolphins: Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State

    The quarterback they coveted isn’t on the board, so Miami takes who many think is the best player in the draft. 

    3 – Washington Redskins: Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

    The Redskins are poised to lose Brandon Scherff in free agency, and Trent Williams seems to be headed for a divorce with Washington. Needless to say, the Redskins must address bolstering their offensive line. Andrew Thomas has the potential to develop into an upper-echelon left tackle.

    4 – Atlanta Falcons: Isaiah Simmons, Linebacker/Safety, Clemson

    The Falcons need help on all levels of their defense. Isaiah Simmons has emerged as one of the best defensive players in the draft and his versatility will be attractive as Atlanta looks to rebuild their unit.

    5 – New York Jets: Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama

    The Jets master plan to rebuild has backfired in a big way. They are a team with major needs at cornerback, defensive end and left tackle; however, in this mock, they opt to draft the most explosive wide receiver prospect we have seen in quite some time. Drafting a player of Jeudy’s caliber will help Sam Darnold in a big way. 

    6 – New York Giants: A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa

    The Giants were hoping that Jerry Jeudy would fall to them, but with A.J. Epenesa, they fill their biggest need on the defensive side of the ball. 

    7 – Los Angeles Chargers: Joe Burrow, Quarterback, LSU

    Philip Rivers is 38 years old and is an unrestricted free agent. Even if the Chargers do re-sign Rivers, they need to start thinking about the future. Joe Burrow is one of the hottest 2020 NFL Draft prospects in all of college football. 

    8 – Denver Broncos: Jeffrey Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State

    When a team’s biggest need mirrors the best player available, it is a no-brainer. Jeffrey Okudah is the clear-cut top cornerback in this draft and instantly gives Denver a legitimate shutdown cornerback. Is Okudah the NFL’s next shutdown cornerback?

    9 – Cleveland Browns: Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

    The Browns offensive line is the Achilles heel of the team. Greg Robinson is average at best, while Chris Hubbard is even worse on the other side of the line. Outside of Joel Bitonio, upgrading the offensive line across the board is paramount for the Browns to become a credible contender. The one thing that could throw this whole mock upside down? Wirfs may not enter the 2020 NFL Draft, according to PFN Draft Analyst Tony Pauline. 

    10 – Miami Dolphins: Jordan Love, Quarterback, Utah State

    Miami gets its quarterback. While Jordan Love wasn’t “Plan A,” he has elite traits and a huge arm, which will energize the Miami fan base. Can he be the next Pat Mahomes? Take a look at Pauline’s perspective of Jordan Love here.

    11 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon

    Justin Herbert has elite traits, including a rocket arm, which will excite NFL front offices. Jameis Winston is a turnover machine and the Buccaneers would be wise to move on. Plus, head coach Bruce Arians loves to push it down the field. A rocket arm (who hopefully won’t throw as many interceptions as Jameis Winston) will get his creative juices flowing. 

    12 – Detroit Lions: Kristian Fulton, Cornerback, LSU

    If you’re a Lions fan, you have to be excited about the direction of the franchise. Darius Slay and Justin Coleman present quite the combo at cornerback, yet the Lions would still run to the podium to select Fulton. In today’s passing NFL, you can never have enough quality cornerbacks on the roster, especially one like Fulton who thrives in man coverage. 

    13 – Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn

    Taven Bryan hasn’t lived up to the hype, hence the move to select Derrick Brown. Brown is a monster that consistently dominates the line of scrimmage. 

    14 – Philadelphia Eagles: Henry Ruggs III, Wide Receiver, Alabama

    The Eagles offense has been a major disappointment in 2019 and a big reason why has been the lack of production from their receivers. Henry Ruggs III has unparalleled speed and offers home run playmaking ability. 

    15 – Tennessee Titans: Jacob Eason, Quarterback, Washington

    The Titans benched Marcus Mariota and handed the keys to Ryan Tannehill. This move will end the Mariota chapter in Tennessee and puts them in the hunt for a franchise quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft.

    16 – Las Vegas Raiders: Kenneth Murray, Linebacker, Oklahoma

    The Raiders need help at linebacker in the worst way. Lucky enough for them, a very good one is available. Kenneth Murray has helped his draft stock a great deal with a stellar season to date. Beyond being a great player, he offers tremendous leadership as well.

    Related: Catch up on the latest college football inside information and analysis from PFN Draft Analyst Tony Pauline and the rest of the PFN Draft Staff. On October 26, we presented yet another live game day blog with plenty of Week 9 updates. Will Penn State WR KJ Hamler be entering the 2020 NFL Draft? How about Cameron Dantzler and Kylin Hill? Pauline has the scoop on which way they are leaning at this time.

    17 – Arizona Cardinals: Tyler Biadasz, Offensive Line, Wisconsin

    The Cardinals need help along the offensive line and this mauler from Wisconsin would provide a major upgrade.

    18 – Las Vegas Raiders: Laviska Shenault, Wide Receiver, Colorado

    Antonio Brown didn’t work out and the Raiders are in desperate need to bolster their receiving core. 

    19 – Jacksonville Jaguars: Paulson Adebo, Cornerback, Stanford

    The Jaguars must find a replacement for Jalen Ramsey. While Adebo might not be the caliber of Ramsey, he does offer upside and would be a great complement to AJ Bouye.

    20 – Carolina Panthers: Grant Delpit, Safety, LSU

    Somebody call the Sheriff because the Panthers just committed a robbery. Grant Delpit is an elite football player that falls in the draft due to positional value. The Panthers run to the podium to make this pick.

    21 – Dallas Cowboys: C.J. Henderson, Cornerback, Florida

    The Cowboys cannot pay everyone, so Byron Jones looks like the odd man out in Dallas. Henderson’s stock has taken a hit in 2019; however, he has the tools to be a reliable NFL cornerback. 

    22 – Miami Dolphins: Creed Humphrey, Offensive Line, Oklahoma

    The Dolphins need to revamp their offensive line as it has been a problem for Miami for over a decade. Creed Humphrey is the ideal building block and is a great start to fixing the problem.

    23 – Indianapolis Colts: Javon Kinlaw, Defensive Tackle, South Carolina

    Javon Kinlaw is a unicorn. Someone of his size isn’t supposed to move like a ballerina. Kinlaw will enhance the Indianapolis defensive front in a big way.

    24 – Minnesota Vikings: Austin Jackson, Offensive Tackle, USC

    The Vikings have suffered by poor offensive tackle play for quite some time. Austin Jackson isn’t a polished prospect; however, he has a high ceiling and can provide quality depth in the short-term, while offering long-term starting utility.

    25 – Baltimore Ravens: Raekwon Davis, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

    The Ravens have been a franchise fancied off of taking the best player available. They won’t break that trend here. They were hot and heavy after Gerald McCoy in the offseason, and Michael Pierce is scheduled to test free agency, so Baltimore would be wise to add some talent to their defensive front.

    26 – Seattle Seahawks: Lucas Niang, Offensive Tackle, TCU

    The Seahawks will have a hole at right tackle as Germain Ifedi is a free agent after the season. Niang, when healthy, has proven to be an elite right tackle. 

    27 – Buffalo Bills: K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU

    With Shaq Lawson and Lorenzo Alexander scheduled to be free agents, the Bills will look to upgrade their pass rush. K’Lavon Chaisson brings elite tools to the table and should become a favorite of “Bills Mafia” in no time. 

    28 – Green Bay Packers: Tee Higgins, Wide Receiver, Clemson

    Davante Adams is one of the better receivers in the league; however, the rest of the Green Bay wide receiver core leaves something to be desired. 

    29 – Kansas City Chiefs: Trevon Diggs, Cornerback, Alabama

    In 2019, Trevon Diggs has shown that he is an upper-echelon athlete with great ball skills. The Chiefs have a major void at cornerback, so this seems like a match made in Heaven. 

    30 – New Orleans Saints: Jalen Reagor, Wide Receiver, TCU

    Originally, I thought the Saints would be on the search for Drew Brees’ successor; however, Teddy Bridgewater just might be the quarterback of the future for the Saints. Adding an electric pass-catcher like Jalen Reagor could take the high-powered Saints offense to the next level.

    31 – San Francisco 49ers: Shaun Wade, Cornerback, Ohio State

    Shaun Wade gives the 49ers a versatile defensive back, who can improve an already very good San Francisco defense. Learning from a player like Richard Sherman will only accelerate Wade’s learning curve.

    32 – New England Patriots: Marvin Wilson, Defensive Tackle, Florida State

    Could the Patriots be coming off another Super Bowl win this season? What will happen with QB Tom Brady after the season? With some questions surrounding their star quarterback, it makes sense for New England to bolster their defense. Marvin Wilson has created havoc all season long for the Florida State Seminoles. He has the DNA that the Patriots covet on their defensive front.

    Related: Catch up on the latest college football inside information and analysis from PFN Draft Analyst Tony Pauline and the rest of the PFN Draft Staff. On October 26, we presented yet another live game day blog with plenty of Week 9 updates. Will Penn State WR KJ Hamler be entering the 2020 NFL Draft? How about Cameron Dantzler and Kylin Hill? Pauline has the scoop on which way they are leaning at this time.

    ROUND TWO

    33 – Cincinnati Bengals: Dylan Moses, Linebacker, Alabama

    The Bengals have been hampered by poor linebacker play for quite some time. Lucky enough for them, a top-20 type of talent falls to them here due to injury. 

    34 – Miami Dolphins: Alex Leatherwood, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

    The Dolphins got an extraordinary return by trading Laremy Tunsil; however, it left a major hole at left tackle. Adding players like Creed Humphrey and Alex Leatherwood will drastically improve the Miami offensive line. 

    35 – Indianapolis Colts: Tyler Johnson, Wide Receiver, Minnesota

    The Colts just might have their franchise quarterback in Jacoby Brissett. Providing him with a strong supporting cast will be key in his development as a starter. Tyler Johnson complements the Colts current receiver group very well.  

    36-Atlanta Falcons: Neville Gallimore, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma

    Pairing Gallimore with Grady Jarrett would give Atlanta a more than formidable tandem in the middle of their defense. 

    37 – New York Jets: Prince Tega Wanogho, Offensive Tackle, Auburn

    The Jets offensive line is a dumpster fire. Finding a left tackle to protect Sam Darnold’s blindside has to be a major priority for the Jets.

    38 – New York Giants: Justin Jefferson, Wide Receiver, LSU

    It will take more than Golden Tate to replace the void left by trading Odell Beckham Jr.

    39 – Los Angeles Chargers: D’Andre Swift, Running Back, Georgia

    While the Chargers have bigger needs such as offensive line, it is not every day that the best running back in the draft falls this far. Swift is a brilliant player who should provide the Chargers an improved rushing attack. 

    40 – Denver Broncos: Hamsah Nasirildeen, Safety, Florida State

    Finding safeties that possess Nasirildeen’s size and ability to cover is rare. The Broncos have revamped their secondary by selecting Jeffrey Okudah and Hamsah Nasirildeen early in the 2020 NFL Draft.

    41-Cleveland Browns: Xavier McKinney, Safety, Alabama

    Xavier McKinney can’t tackle, which will hurt his draft stock; however, he does everything else at an exceptional level. The Browns could use an upgrade at safety. 

    42 – Pittsburgh Steelers: Jalen Hurts, Quarterback, Alabama

    The Steelers need to prepare for life after Ben Roethlisberger. Jalen Hurts has a skill set that will energize the Pittsburgh fan base.

    43 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jonathan Taylor, Running Back, Wisconsin

    The Buccaneers have taken some chances at the running back position; however, they haven’t really panned out. Jonathan Taylor is a sure thing, as you won’t find a more productive and consistent player in this draft class. 

    44 – Detroit Lions: Julian Okwara, Edge, Notre Dame

    The Lions pass rush has been hibernating for much of the 2019 season. 

    45 – Jacksonville Jaguars: Collin Johnson, Wide Receiver, Texas

    The Jaguars add some size to their speedy receiving core. 

    46 – Philadelphia Eagles: A.J. Terrell, Cornerback, Clemson

    The Eagles secondary has been embarrassing through seven weeks of the 2019 season. A.J. Terrell is a plug-and-play starter for Philadelphia.  

    47 – Tennessee Titans: Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise State

    Cameron Wake cannot play forever. Curtis Weaver is a productive edge rusher that will be a perennial double-digit sack player at the next level.

    48 – Chicago Bears: Tylan Wallace, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State

    The Bears have a championship defense, but a horrific offense. Tylan Wallace is one of the most explosive receivers in this draft class and should provide another viable receiving option for Mitch Trubisky. 

    Related: Catch up on the latest college football inside information and analysis from PFN Draft Analyst Tony Pauline and the rest of the PFN Draft Staff. On October 26, we presented yet another live game day blog with plenty of Week 9 updates. Will Penn State WR KJ Hamler be entering the 2020 NFL Draft? How about Cameron Dantzler and Kylin Hill? Pauline has the scoop on which way they are leaning at this time.

    49 – Arizona Cardinals: Jabari Zuniga, Edge, Florida

    Adding a player the caliber of Jabari Zuniga to lineup opposite of Chandler Jones is scary. The Cardinals are a team on the rise and adding another ferocious pass rusher to their defense will accelerate their rebuild. 

    50 – Chicago Bears: Isaiah Wilson, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

    The Bears could stand to upgrade the right tackle position. In this round, the Bears have given Trubisky an explosive weapon and more offensive line protection, so there are no excuses left for him to prove whether he is the Bears franchise quarterback or not.

    51 – Los Angeles Rams: Troy Dye, Linebacker, Oregon

    The Rams need to address their offensive line, but they also need help at linebacker and Troy Dye offers significant value here. 

    52 – Carolina Panthers: Trey Smith, Offensive Line, Tennessee

    Trey Smith offers positional versatility, as he can play multiple positions along the offensive line. The Panthers offensive line is improved and adding a talent like Smith could get them over the hump.

    53 – Dallas Cowboys: Brycen Hopkins, Tight End, Purdue

    The Cowboys were so desperate for tight end help that they had to lure Jason Witten out of retirement.

    54 – Houston Texans: Travis Etienne, Running Back, Clemson

    Whether it’s Lamar Miller, Carlos Hyde, or Duke Johnson, the Texans need a boost. Travis Etienne provides a significant upgrade to the Texans’ rushing attack. Etienne is a surefire first-round talent and Houston receives a small miracle being able to select him at this point in the draft.

    55 – Indianapolis Colts: Terrell Lewis, Edge, Alabama

    Terrell Lewis looks fully recovered from his injuries and is explosive. Lewis could be one of the biggest steals of this draft, as he has big-time pass rush potential. 

    56 – Minnesota Vikings: Justin Madubuike, Defensive Tackle, Texas A&M

    The Vikings have a history of consistently adding talent to their defensive line. This year is no different. Madubuike should find playing time quickly and will benefit from playing on a star-studded defensive front. 

    57 – Baltimore Ravens: Monty Rice, Linebacker, Georgia

    The Ravens need linebacker help. They were so desperate at the position that they signed two street free agents that are currently starting in LJ Fort and Josh Bynes. 

    58 – Seattle Seahawks: Alton Robinson, Edge, Syracuse

    The Seahawks love long, athletic defensive ends and Alton Robinson certainly fits the bill. A trio of defensive ends, including Jadeveon Clowney, LJ Collier, and Robinson, would be dangerous.

    59 – Buffalo Bills: J.K. Dobbins, Running Back, Ohio State

    Frank Gore continues to win his battle with “Father Time”; however, he is a free agent after the season. Devin Singletary hasn’t shown anything to indicate that he is a bell-cow running back in the NFL, so taking an insurance policy like Dobbins will surely pay off.

    60 – Green Bay Packers: Jedrick Wills, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

    The Packers offensive line hasn’t played too well in 2019, and Bryan Bulaga is scheduled to be a free agent after the season. It is paramount for the Packers to keep Aaron Rodgers upright, as they have a roster ready to compete for championships.

    61 – Seattle Seahawks: Bryce Hall, Cornerback, Virginia

    If it weren’t for a season-ending injury, Bryce Hall would have been selected 30-40 picks ago. Hall is a first-round talent that falls right into the Seahawks’ laps. 

    62 – Miami Dolphins: Jaylon Johnson, Cornerback, Utah

    The Dolphins have one of the best cornerbacks in the league in Xavien Howard; however, other than him, the cupboard is bare. 

    63 – Kansas City Chiefs: Solomon Kindley, Offensive Line, Georgia

    After filling their need for cornerback one round earlier, the only glaring need remaining for the Chiefs is their interior offensive line. 

    64 – Atlanta Falcons: Jonathan Greenard, Edge, Florida

    The Falcons continue to spend valuable resources on their defense. Greenard exploded onto the scene in 2019, as he got off to a hot start. Currently, he is battling an injury, but the talent is there for him to become the Falcons’ best pass rusher quickly. 

    Related: Catch up on the latest college football inside information and analysis from PFN Draft Analyst Tony Pauline and the rest of the PFN Draft Staff. On October 26, we presented yet another live game day blog with plenty of Week 9 updates. Will Penn State WR KJ Hamler be entering the 2020 NFL Draft? How about Cameron Dantzler and Kylin Hill? Pauline has the scoop on which way they are leaning at this time.

    ROUND THREE

    65 – Cincinnati Bengals: Albert Okwuegbunam, Tight End, Missouri

    Tyler Eifert has struggled to stay healthy, while CJ Uzomah hasn’t been productive. Tight end is a major need for the Bengals and will help their new franchise quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa. 

    66 – Miami Dolphins: Leki Fotu, Defensive Tackle, Utah

    Brian Flores gets his version of Danny Shelton. Fotu is a big, strong run stuffer that will help the Miami run defense.

    67 – Washington Redskins: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Wide Receiver, Michigan

    The Redskins won the lottery by adding the speedy Terry McLaurin in the 2019 NFL Draft. They need to find someone to compliment him, and Peoples-Jones is a tremendous option. 

    68 – Atlanta Falcons: Najee Harris, Running Back, Alabama

    Devonta Freeman has some wear and tear on those wheels, so finding someone to help carry the load would be wise. Najee Harris is a strong runner with good vision and is good enough to steal carries from Freeman.

    69 – New York Jets: Cameron Dantzler, Cornerback, Mississippi State

    Trumaine Johnson might be the most overpaid player in the league. The Jets need help at cornerback and Dantzler might be able to start immediately.

    70 – New York Giants: Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville

    Nate Solder hasn’t quite worked out at left tackle the way the Giants expected, and there is a major need at right tackle. Becton is a mountain of a man who plays with good power and balance. He could plug into left tackle, allowing Solder to move to the right side.

    71 – Los Angeles Chargers: Trey Adams, Offensive Tackle, Washington

    The Chargers have needed offensive line help for almost a decade. Trey Adams has Round 1 potential but has battled injuries for a couple of years. If healthy, this is a very good pick for the Chargers.

    72 – Denver Broncos: Aaron Fuller, Wide Receiver, Washington

    The Broncos just sent Emmanuel Sanders to the 49ers, so they better be looking at pass catchers for Drew Lock. 

    73 – Cleveland Browns: Shane Lemieux, Offensive Line, Oregon

    The Browns continue to build their disastrous offensive line. Lemieux should plug in nicely at right guard for Cleveland.

    74 – Denver Broncos: Alaric Jackson, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

    Garrett Bolles is the definition of a bust. He constantly is getting called for holding and allows his opponent to hit the quarterback. The Broncos must find a better option at left tackle. 

    75 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Khalid Kareem, Edge, Notre Dame

    Khalid Kareem is one hell of a football player. He is an extremely good value for Tampa Bay here and should contribute right away. 

    76 – Detroit Lions: Darryl Williams, Offensive Line, Mississippi State

    Williams will move to guard in Detroit and give their offensive line a boost. Williams is smart, stout, and versatile. 

    77 – Jacksonville Jaguars: Grant Calcaterra, Tight End, Oklahoma

    Whether it is Nick Foles or Gardner Minshew passing the football, the Jaguars would be smart to add some dynamic playmakers to their offense. The last Oklahoma tight end that was drafted in the third round, Mark Andrews, has turned out to be a top 10 tight end in the NFL.

    78 – Philadelphia Eagles: Kenny Willekes, Edge, Michigan State

    The Eagles bolster their already impressive defensive front by adding a talented pass rusher from Michigan State. Willekes has been very productive the last couple of years and could be a good option to replace Brandon Graham eventually.

    79 – Tennessee Titans: Jeff Gladney, Cornerback, TCU

    In a division that features DeAndre Hopkins and TY Hilton, you can never have too many cornerbacks. Gladney is the total package, as he offers elite balls skill, plays instinctive football, and can cover. 

    80 – Las Vegas Raiders: Darnay Holmes, Cornerback, UCLA

    After trading Gareon Conley to the Houston Texans, the Raiders suddenly need some depth at cornerback. 

    81 – Arizona Cardinals: Cole Kmet, Tight End, Notre Dame

    If it weren’t for injuries, Cole Kmet is a top-50 draft selection. Kyler Murray might have just found his new best friend.

    82 – Las Vegas Raiders: Rashard Lawrence, Defensive Tackle, LSU

    The Raiders have had a nice haul, adding Kenneth Murray, Darnay Holmes, and now Rashard Lawrence to their defense. Lawrence will plug in nicely next to Maurice Hurst.

    83 – Los Angeles Rams: Carlos Basham, Edge, Wake Forest

    Basham is a player on the rise and fills a need for the Rams. With Michael Brockers and Dante Fowler approaching free agency, the Rams must use resources to keep their defensive line as a strength.

    84 – Carolina Panthers: Jordan Elliott, Defensive Tackle, Missouri

    The Panthers will be losing some talent at the defensive tackle position in the offseason with Gerald McCoy and Vernon Butler scheduled to hit free agency,

    85 – Dallas Cowboys: Brandon Jones, Safety, Texas

    No offense, but Brandon Jones would be quite the upgrade to Jeff Heath.

    86 – Cleveland Browns: Jacob Phillips, Linebacker, LSU

    Phillips would be a nice addition to a young Browns linebacker core. Phillips is a jack-of-all-trades linebacker whose physical prowess allows him to excel against the run. He’s also athletic enough to cover. 

    87 – Indianapolis Colts: Paddy Fisher, Linebacker, Northwestern

    The Colts don’t have many needs, so they add a smart, instinctive, and intimidating linebacker to pair with Darius Leonard. 

    88 – Minnesota Vikings: Ashtyn Davis, Safety, California

    Ashtyn Davis is an ideal centerfield safety with a knack for making plays. “Red-shirting” him a season behind Harrison Smith could greatly benefit Davis.

    89 – Baltimore Ravens: Darrell Taylor, Edge, Tennessee

    The Ravens need to find players that can pressure the opposing quarterback after losing Za’Darius Smith in free agency last year and potentially losing Matt Judon the same way this year.

    90 – Las Vegas Raiders: Tommy Kraemer, Offensive Line, Notre Dame

    The Raiders offensive line is good and adding a bruiser like Kraemer at right guard will make a strong unit even stronger.

    91 – Buffalo Bills: Lloyd Cushenberry, Offensive Line, LSU

    The Bills do not have a plethora of needs, so they continue to build in the trenches.

    92 – Green Bay Packers: David Woodward, Linebacker, Utah State

    I love this fit, as David Woodward is the perfect linebacker to pair with and/or replace Blake Martinez.

    93 – Kansas City Chiefs: Eno Benjamin, Running Back, Arizona State

    While Damien Williams is serviceable, a more dynamic option could make a dangerous Chiefs offense lethal. Benjamin would be an absolute steal and would find a way to become the main back in Kansas City in no time.

    94 – New Orleans Saints: Damon Arnette, Cornerback, Ohio State

    The Saints love defensive backs from Ohio State and have a need at cornerback opposite of Marshon Lattimore.

    95 – Denver Broncos: Ross Blacklock, Defensive Tackle, TCU

    Denver takes a “best player available” approach, adding a versatile defensive lineman to the fray.

    96 – New England Patriots: Hunter Bryant, Tight End, Washington

    The Patriots need a tight end, and the athletic Bryant could flourish in a New England offense that loves to utilize tight ends.

    Related: Catch up on the latest college football inside information and analysis from PFN Draft Analyst Tony Pauline and the rest of the PFN Draft Staff. On October 26, we presented yet another live game day blog with plenty of Week 9 updates. Will Penn State WR KJ Hamler be entering the 2020 NFL Draft? How about Cameron Dantzler and Kylin Hill? Pauline has the scoop on which way they are leaning at this time.

    Neal Driscoll is a writer for PFN covering the NFL Draft. You can follow him @NealDriscoll on Twitter.

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