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This is our 11th-annual backward mock draft. It's what it sounds like: What would the 2020 NFL Draft look like if the order were reversed? Who would the Chiefs take with the first pick? My annual Backward NFL Mock Draft is listed below.
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Kansas City Chiefs: Chase Young, DE/OLB, Ohio State
It's probably a good thing the best NFL teams don't pick first in the NFL Draft. Could you imagine the Chiefs with Chase Young rushing the quarterback for them? If everyone could remain healthy, they'd have a chance to go 19-0!
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San Francisco 49ers: Derrick Brown, DE/DT, Auburn
The 49ers traded away DeForest Buckner to the Colts for the No. 13 overall pick. I don't think they'll necessarily take a replacement with that selection, but I'd be shocked if they passed up on Derrick Brown if he were available. I'd be shocked if Brown got there; in fact, he makes more sense at No. 3 overall to Detroit. The 49ers couldn't pass up on him in this scenario.
Green Bay Packers: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
The Packers have shown interest in several quarterbacks throughout the pre-draft process. That doesn't mean they'll select a signal-caller, but they're obviously searching for Aaron Rodgers' heir apparent. With that in mind, they couldn't pass up on Joe Burrow if he were somehow available to them.
Tennessee Titans: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
The Titans have the solid Dennis Kelly to replace the departed Jack Conklin, but I imagine Mike Vrabel and the front office would be highly interested in a stud tackle who could help Derrick Henry retain his rushing crown.
Baltimore Ravens: Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
The Ravens never really replaced C.J. Mosley, so here's their opportunity to do so in some sick alternate reality where the best teams get the best players. Isaiah Simmons would be pretty gross playing behind Calais Campbell.
Seattle Seahawks: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
The Seahawks' front office has done a great job of assembling talent over the years, but one blind spot for them has been the offensive line. Being able to select a stud tackle like Jedrick Willis would be a no-brainer.
Miami Dolphins: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
This one is easy. I have the Dolphins selecting Justin Herbert in my regular 2020 NFL Mock Draft, so he would make sense with Houston's selection. Tua Tagovailoa is the other option, but I'm hearing it's Herbert at the moment.
Minnesota Vikings: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Vikings struggled to cover last year, and yet their roster was ravaged by offseason departures. They desperately need cornerback help, so here's a terrific solution.
New Orleans Saints: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Saints sorely lacked talent at receiver outside of Michael Thomas entering free agency. They signed Emmanuel Sanders, but he's not enough to fix the problems at the position. I'm sure New Orleans will be praying that Jerry Jeudy would fall to them at No. 24.
New England Patriots: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
How perfect is this match? The Patriots need to replace Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick would get to do so with his good friend Nick Saban's former quarterback.
Minnesota Vikings: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
The Vikings spent their first pick helping their pass defense. Here's another pick that would do so, as Javon Kinlaw would fill a huge void at defensive tackle. He would boost the pass rush, which in turn would aid the aerial defense.
Philadelphia Eagles: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Living right outside of Philadelphia, in good old Feasterville, Pa., I know many Eagle fans who are dreaming for their team to move up for CeeDee Lamb. That could happen, but they wouldn't need to make the move in this backward order.
Jacksonville Jaguars: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
I have the Jaguars selecting C.J. Henderson with the ninth-overall pick, so he makes sense at this juncture in the backward order. Jacksonville's secondary is a mess, so Henderson would help immensely.
Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
The Raiders are desperate for a No. 1 receiver in the wake of what transpired with Antonio Brown last year. I imagine they'll be interested in any one of the top three receivers in this class.
Miami Dolphins: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The Dolphins need to protect their new franchise quarterback, which is a problem considering what they currently have on their offensive line. Luckily, there are some very talented tackles available in this class.
Dallas Cowboys: K'Lavon Chaisson, DE, LSU
Some of the middle picks in this backward mock will be a bit boring, because what Dallas does at No. 16 compared to No. 17 would be the same thing.
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