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Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Last year, we predicted the Steelers moving up for Devin Bush in our trade mock draft, except they swapped with the Panthers instead of the Broncos:
Hopefully we nail some trades again, though this is one deal I won't be predicting. The Bengals will stay put and select Joe Burrow.
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Washington Redskins: Chase Young, DE/OLB, Ohio State
No trade here either! I'm sure some would expect a deal to happen because either the Dolphins or Chargers would like to move up for a quarterback, but those people did not read Charlie's NFL Hot Press in which he reported that the Redskins love Chase Young and are unlikely to move down as a result.
Los Angeles Chargers: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
*** Trade 1: Chargers acquire No. 3 overall from Lions for No. 6, second-round pick (No. 37) ***
OK, I'm cheating a bit here, as I have this trade projected in my 2020 NFL Mock Draft. It makes too much sense, however. The Chargers have no viable starting quarterback, so they need to make sure they secure either Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert. If they believe Miami will want to select Tagovailoa, they'll have to move ahead of them to obtain the Alabama product.
Miami Dolphins: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
*** Trade 2: Dolphins acquire No. 4 overall from Giants for No. 5, fifth-round pick (No. 152) ***
We've seen quarterback-desperate teams move up one spot to make sure they secure the player they covet. I'll point you to the 2017 NFL Draft as an example when the Bears hopped up one slot in a deal with the 49ers to ensnare Mitchell Trubisky. Chicago probably didn't need to do this, but it didn't want to sweat out the possibility of San Francisco trading with another team that would take Trubisky. Hilariously, this would've been the best for the Bears, who then would've had to "settle" for Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson.
That said, there are only three top-10 quarterback prospects, and Herbert is the sole remaining player of those three. The Dolphins would look like fools if another team dealt with the Giants for Herbert, so they may decide to throw a fifth-round pick New York's way. The Dolphins can afford to do this because they have 12 selections in the 2020 NFL Draft.
New York Giants: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
I don't see the Giants trading out of the top five. They could move down one spot like they're doing here, but general manager Dave Gettleman would make a poor decision to throw away the chance to select the top tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft to protect Daniel Jones.
Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Lions could easily draft Jeff Okudah with the third-overall pick, so it'll be a huge win for them if they can obtain the top cornerback in the 2020 NFL Draft at No. 6 overall.
New York Jets: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
*** Trade 3: Jets acquire No. 7 overall from Panthers for No. 11, third-round pick (No. 79) ***
The Jets need to protect Sam Darnold as well as possible, but they currently possess lackluster tackles. They'll have to settle for the third- or fourth-best tackle in the class if they stay put at No. 11. There's even a chance they won't be able to land a top tackle at all! Armed with an extra third-round choice, the Jets can get the No. 2 tackle on the board to ensure Sam Darnold continues to develop as planned.
Arizona Cardinals: Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
Would the Cardinals want to trade out of this spot? Perhaps, but in this current scenario, they're able to land a player who can provide a huge impact in helping their atrocious pass defense. I think they'll happily select Isaiah Simmons to help them defend the middle of the field.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown, DE/DT, Auburn
Some would consider Derrick Brown to be the best defensive player in this class not named Chase Young. The Jaguars can land someone like that at No. 9, which would be a huge steal. A replacement is needed for Calais Campbell, and Brown is perfect for that role.
Cleveland Browns: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The Browns don't have a left tackle on their roster, so they can't afford to trade down if one of the top four tackles in this class is available to them at No. 10.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
*** Trade 4: Buccaneers acquire No. 11 overall from Panthers for No. 14, third-round pick (No. 75) ***
It's unusual to see a trade between two divisional rivals, but it happens on occasion. Besides, the Buccaneers and Panthers are so far apart in talent that it may not even matter to Carolina, especially if it can obtain another third-round pick for moving down just three spots.
I could see the Buccaneers pulling the trigger on this deal because they don't have a right tackle on their roster at the moment, which is a problem, given that they have a 43-year-old quarterback at the helm. The Buccaneers could fear the 49ers snagging the last of the top-four tackles, so they could be willing to sacrifice a third-round choice to secure Andrew Thomas. Remember, the Buccaneers are going all in for 2020 and 2021, so they're going to do everything in their power to win now.
Las Vegas Raiders: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Raiders could move off No. 12, but they just had the best receiver in the class fall into their lap, so I'm going to have them stay put and select Jerry Jeudy.
Atlanta Falcons: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
*** Trade 5: Falcons acquire No. 13 overall from 49ers for No. 16, fourth-round pick (No. 119) ***
There's a report in the NFL Draft Rumors page that the Falcons are looking to trade up with the Jets. They didn't quite get to No. 11, but No. 13 is good enough for them to secure Javon Kinlaw ahead of the Panthers.
Philadelphia Eagles: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
*** Trade 6: Eagles acquire No. 14 overall from Panthers for No. 21, third-, fourth- and sixth-round picks (Nos. 103, 127, 190) ***
The Eagles desperately need a No. 1 receiver, but Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb and Henry Ruggs will all be off the board by the time they're on the clock at No. 21. I could see them making a play to acquire one of those three stud players at the position.
Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
Courtland Sutton is a beast, but the Broncos have nothing else at receiver after moving on from Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in consecutive seasons. Drew Lock looks like he has some potential, so John Elway needs to give his young quarterback another weapon. Given the chance to obtain Henry Ruggs, the Broncos will stay put at No. 15.
Minnesota Vikings: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
*** Trade 7: Vikings acquire No. 16 overall from 49ers for No. 22, third- and fourth-round picks (Nos. 89, 132) ***
I'm hearing that the Vikings highly covet C.J. Henderson, but they don't believe that he'll be available at No. 22. That would be correct, as Charlie Campbell reported that some teams expect Henderson to be chosen in the top 10. If Henderson falls to this spot, however, the Vikings could be willing to trade up for him. Minnesota has 12 draft choices, so giving up two in order to obtain the second-best cornerback prospect in the class would be a nice win.
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