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Raiders Come Away With Tua & Jeudy - 4.15
Published at 4/15/2020 11:09:08 AM

Let's explore a scenario where Tua slips out of the top 6, and we'll see the Raiders maneuver to pair up the Tide stars. Two full rounds.

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Round 1

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1. Bengals: Joe Burrow, Quarterback, LSU

If Burrow is as good as he looked last season, the Bengals could get back to relevance quickly.


2. Redskins: Chase Young, 3-4 Outside Linebacker, Ohio State

The top 2 guys go as expected.


3. Dolphins: Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon

TRADE! Here's a scenario where the Lions still trade down with the Dolphins, but if Miami is spooked enough by not seeing Tua up close, perhaps they will prefer Herbert. It's also possible that the Chargers feel the same way, and if both teams are cautious, perhaps the Lions can't extract maximum value, such as my previous offer of 5/39/'21 2nd. But even if they can get #39, it's still a win, because they can likely get Okudah at 5.


4. Giants: Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Guard, Iowa

Leaning Wirfs (or another tackle) over Simmons, but barely.


5. Lions: Jeff Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State

The Lions get their man after moving down 2 spots.


6. Chargers: Isaiah Simmons, Outside Linebacker, Clemson

Let's say that the Chargers pass on Tua because they are all-in on this year (Anthony Lynn and Tom Telesco could both be on the hot seat) and can't be sure what he will give them. If so, they could decide between Simmons, a tackle, or maybe even a trade back. I think Simmons makes so much sense, but who knows what they would do.


7. Raiders: Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama

TRADE! This is a good spot for the Panthers to move down if they so choose. They can create markets on three fronts: a team wanting to move up for Tua; for the best WR; or, for the next-best offensive tackle. The Raiders, Jaguars, Patriots, and Colts could have interest in Tua. The Browns, Jets, and Bucs could have interest in moving up for a tackle. And many teams could have interest in moving up for a WR.

I can't get an idea from Joe Marino out of my head, which is that the Panthers might try to trade down with the goal of getting a '21 1st out of it, to be in better position to have a shot at Trevor Lawrence. Would the Patriots do that for Tua? Doesn't seem like their m.o. It would be too much for the Raiders to give up a 1st to move up from 12 to 7. But what about moving up from 19 to 7? I think that feels fair. So the Raiders now pick at 7 and 12, and then will have to wait until the 3rd Round to choose again, although with their three 3rd rounders, they could attempt to move back up. The Raiders nab Tua, while Carolina moves down to 19 but achieves its goal.


8. Cardinals: Jedrick Wills, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

Wills seems to be the #2 tackle on many teams' boards, so we'll see if that comes to fruition on draft day.


9. Jaguars: Derrick Brown, 3-4 Defensive End, Auburn

Like the Panthers, I could see the Jaguars considering a move down here, even though they have another 1st Round pick at 20. But with Brown on the board, he would be a great start towards rebuilding the D-line.


10. Browns: Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville

New coach Kevin Stefanski wants to instill more physicality to the O-line. Mission accomplished at RT with Jack Conklin in free agency. Now here's a mountain of a man who is also athletic in Becton. He'll move people in the run game for sure, though his pass pro needs work.


11. Jets: Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

The Jets still have one of the top 4 tackles available, and I think they could prioritize a tackle over the top WR in the draft, as one of those has not been selected yet. Their offensive line was a complete disaster last season, and though they signed a few OL in free agency, quantity does not mean quality in this case. Let's get the Jets a real solution. They can still look at WR's in the next round, and even look to move up, since they have two 3rd rounders.


12. Raiders: Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The Raiders can't pass up the chance to pair Tua with Jeudy, can they?


13. 49ers: CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma

I'm going to opt for Lamb over Kinlaw for the Niners. Just think he's the better selection for a team that can win the whole thing next season.


14. Buccaneers: C.J. Henderson, Cornerback, Florida

The Bucs don't have an opportunity to pick a top-4 tackle here, and Kinlaw would really be overkill. RT is an obvious need area, but I think the best value here is to take the consensus #2 CB in the draft, Henderson.


15. Broncos: Henry Ruggs, Wide Receiver, Alabama

An outstanding fit with Courtland Sutton, Denver would have to be happy here.


16. Falcons: Javon Kinlaw, 3-4 Defensive End, South Carolina

I think this pick would come down to either the interior disruptor (Kinlaw) or the pass rusher (Chiasson). I'll opt for the former.


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