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1. Cincinnati Bengals:
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4/24: The Bengals like Denzel Mims and Ross Blacklock at No. 33. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

We were told the Bengals would take Zack Baun unless an unexpected player fell to them at No. 33. I don't know if Mims or Blacklock qualifies as "unexpected."


4/23: The Dolphins are attempting to acquire the No. 3 pick, so they can trade Nos. 3 and 5 for No. 1 for Joe Burrow. - Mike Florio, PFT

This might be a wet dream for the Dolphins, but the Bengals have spent the past six weeks installing the playbook with Burrow via FaceTime. Cincinnati probably would need a lot more than Nos. 3 and 5 to give up Burrow.


4/16: The Bengals have met with Joe Burrow weekly since mid-March. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

Cincinnati appears to be circumventing the quarantine in a creative way. They won't be able to have Joe Burrow in practice until social distancing is eased, so they appear to be throwing the playbook at Burrow as early as possible.


3/30: The Dolphins are trying to trade up for the No. 1 pick. - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald

This would be quite the blockbuster deal, as Salguero reports that the Dolphins love Joe Burrow. There's no doubt that Burrow is the safest of the top three quarterback prospects, but the Dolphins would have to surrender all three of their first-round choices, plus one of their opening-round selections in 2021 in the exchange. It doesn't seem worth it, especially with Tua Tagovailoa's medical checks being better than expected.


2/25: Joe Burrow said he'll play with whichever team drafts him. -

This is straight from the horse's mouth, and it's a huge deal. The only thing keeping the Bengals away from selecting Burrow was a possible Eli Manning situation, but that apparently won't happen.


1/19: The Bengals don't intend to trade the top pick. - Adam Schefter, ESPN

That's what the Bengals are saying now, but if Joe Burrow were to pull an Eli Manning and refuse to sign with the team, Cincinnati wouldn't have a choice.




2. Washington Redskins:
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4/24: The Vikings are pursuing Trent Williams. - Courtney Cronin, ESPN

Perhaps they'll trade their second-round pick for Williams. They missed out on the tackles, and they must upgrade Riley Reiff.


4/23: The Falcons tried to trade for the No. 2 pick, but the Redskins have turned down all offers. - Jay Glazer, FOX Sports

Of course they have. Charlie Campbell reported back in February that the Redskins were smitten with Chase Young and weren't willing to trade the rights to draft him. The Falcons will have to move up for Derrick Brown, Javon Kinlaw, Jeff Okudah or C.J. Henderson.


4/22: The Falcons have called up to the Redskins for the No. 2 pick in order to get Chase Young. - Jay Glazer, FOX Sports

The Redskins absolutely love Young - per Charlie Campbell's combine report - so the Falcons would probably have to literally give up part of their franchise to move to the No. 2 slot. It's a shame for the Falcons, as they easily could've secured the second-overall choice had they just kept losing in the second half of the year.


4/13: No one I've spoken to believes Ron Rivera will do anything but select Chase Young second overall.  - Peter King, NBC Sports

Charlie Campbell reported as much back in February prior to the combine. Campbell wrote that the Redskins loved Chase Young too much to trade down.


3/3: The Redskins are unlikely to trade down from No. 2 overall. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

This is for a couple of reasons. First, the Redskins absolutely love Chase Young and don't want to pass on him. Second, the Redskins don't believe the Dolphins will want to surrender what it takes to move from No. 5 to 2.


2/25: The Redskins are unlikely to part with the No. 2 overall pick. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Charlie Campbell explained this further in the NFL Hot Press article he posted, but in short, the Redskins love Chase Young and don't believe the Dolphins will be willing to surrender what it'll take to move up to No. 2.




3. Detroit Lions:
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4/23: The Jaguars called the Lions about the No. 3 pick. - Adam Schefter, ESPN

The Dolphins better be careful, or they may lose their man. I actually speculated via text with Charlie last night that the Jaguars could be gearing up for a quarterback with their three potential first-round picks (the third coming for Yannick Ngakoue.) It would be better if the Jaguars tanked for Trevor Lawrence (or lost for Lawrence), but if they love Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert, it would make sense for them to jump up to No. 3.


4/23: Lions GM Bob Quinn favors Jeff Okudah, while Matt Patricia prefers Derrick Brown. - Jonathan Jones, CBS Sports

We heard last night that the Lions slightly prefer Okudah, which is why I made the change in my 2020 NFL Mock Draft, but it's certainly possible Patricia wins out with Brown. I personally would say it's 55-45 in favor of Okudah right now. Either way, the Lions are expected to drop to No. 5 or 6.


4/23: The Lions are planning for the 2020 NFL Draft as if they have the fifth pick. - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald

This obviously means the Dolphins are trading up to No. 3, presumably for Tua Tagovailoa. It's a trade that makes so much sense for both parties.


4/21: The Lions are expected to draft a quarterback on Day 2. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Charlie specifically mentioned James Morgan, Jake Fromm and Jake Luton as possibilities. Jordan Love also makes sense, given that the Lions coached him in the Senior Bowl.


4/20: The Lions' coaching staff has taken a liking to Derrick Brown. - Albert Breer, Sports Illustrated

I'm sure they've taken a liking to Jeff Okudah and Isaiah Simmons as well. Still, I'm close to making the switch for my Detroit pick from Okudah to Brown.


4/19: Lions GM Bob Quinn told the media on a conference call that he doesn't know why teams have "shied" away from taking a cornerback early. - Tim Twentyman, DetroitLions.com

Cornerbacks don't get selected in the top three unless they're Champ Bailey, but Quinn apparently doesn't think that's a bad strategy. Perhaps he's pre-defending his pick, so this might be a sign that he's planning on drafting Jeff Okudah.


4/16: Bob Quinn has had discussions about trading the No. 3 overall pick. - Tim Twentyman, DetroitLions.com

The Lions almost have to move down because they can get whichever player they prefer at No. 6, given that the Giants are leaning toward a tackle. The Chargers are most likely to move up because they'd want to pass the Dolphins for the quarterback they like. However, don't count out a sleeper team like the Patriots. The Lions and the Patriots have dealt many times before, and New England obviously needs someone to replace Tom Brady. I'm sure the Lions wouldn't want to move all the way down to No. 23, but the Patriots could trade up twice, much like the Eagles did for Carson Wentz a few years ago.


3/3: The Lions don't anticipate any major quarterback changes this offseason. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

They could find a quarterback of the future in the mid-rounds, but the Lions won't be selecting Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert at No. 3 overall. Ownership wants to make a jump to playoff contention in 2020, and drafting a quarterback at No. 3 overall won't accomplish that.


 


4. New York Giants:
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4/20: The Giants have met extensively with Justin Herbert. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

This is a brilliant move, and no, I'm not being facetious. The Patriots do this all the time with quarterbacks so they have intel on them when they play against them. New head coach Joe Judge has apparently learned well under his former mentor, Bill Belichick. 


4/15: The Giants are most likely to address the offensive and defensive line at No. 4 than linebacker. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Many expect Isaiah Simmons to be the pick, but Dave Gettleman loves to beef up the trenches. An offensive tackle makes the most sense, but Pauline warns not to count out Derrick Brown.


4/11: The Giants are leaning toward an offensive tackle over Isaiah Simmons at No. 4 overall. - Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

Vacchiano notes that the Giants would like to trade down, but it makes sense for them to select a tackle over Simmons, given that they need to protect Daniel Jones as well as possible.


2/25: Giants GM Dave Gettleman said the team is "open for business" in regard to trading the No. 4 pick. -

That makes sense, given that the Giants have plenty of tackle options at No. 4. A team could certainly be intrigued with moving up to No. 4 for either Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert.




5. Miami Dolphins:
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4/23: The Patriots are expected to trade Joe Thuney to the Dolphins for a second-round pick tonight, plus N'Keal Harry "some place" as well. - Paul Crane, Falcons Radio Network

The Thuney news can't surprise anyone, except for it being within the division. The Patriots giving up on Harry after one year would be shocking, but Bill Belichick undoubtedly understands the value of giving up on a sunk cost.


4/23: The gut feeling is that the Dolphins will draft Justin Herbert. - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald

Salguero, one of the top NFL team reporters, mocked Tua Tagovailoa to the Dolphins on Wednesday, but now believes the Dolphins will select Herbert because he doesn't see why the Dolphins would need to move up to No. 3 for Tagovailoa.


4/23: The Dolphins are attempting to acquire the No. 3 pick, so they can trade Nos. 3 and 5 for No. 1 for Joe Burrow. - Mike Florio, PFT

This might be a wet dream for the Dolphins, but the Bengals have spent the past six weeks installing the playbook with Burrow via FaceTime. Cincinnati probably would need a lot more than Nos. 3 and 5 to give up Burrow.


4/23: The Lions are planning for the 2020 NFL Draft as if they have the fifth pick. - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald

This obviously means the Dolphins are trading up to No. 3, presumably for Tua Tagovailoa. It's a trade that makes so much sense for both parties.


4/22: The Dolphins would like to trade up from No. 18 for a tackle. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

The three tackles who make sense are Jedrick Wills, Andrew Thomas and Mekhi Becton. Given Becton's failed combine test and potential weight issues, he could fall into the early teens, which would make things easier for the Dolphins.


4/22: The Dolphins are gauging to see what it would take to move up to No. 3 for a tackle. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

This is nonsense. At least, I hope it is. This would make no sense because the Dolphins have three first-round picks to take whichever tackles they want. Unless the Dolphins believe Tristan Wirfs is the second coming of Anthony Munoz, they should remain at No. 5 and select a quarterback.


4/22: Tua Tagovailoa is the favorite to be chosen at No. 5 overall. - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald

Salguero is one of the top NFL team reporters, and he noted that it's not a lock that a quarterback is chosen fifth overall. However, given that the Dolphins have given Tagovailoa a passing grade, it would be foolish to pass on a franchise quarterback in favor of a tackle, which is something the Dolphins did in 2008 when they chose Jake Long over Matt Ryan.


4/21: Ezra Cleveland is a "hot name" in the Dolphins' war room. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

The Dolphins will be drafting a quarterback at No. 5, but they have two other first-round picks. They must protect their new franchise signal-caller, so Cleveland makes sense for the team at No. 18 overall.


4/20: Justin Herbert is not in the Dolphins' plans. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Interesting. We had reason to believe the Dolphins liked Herbert slightly more than Tua Tagovailoa, but we were told that they loved both. Perhaps they've dropped Herbert on their big board recently based on interviews and such.


4/16: No team has done more work on Justin Herbert than the Dolphins. - Barry Jackson, Miami Herald

We're hearing the Dolphins like Herbert a bit more than Tua Tagovailoa, but things can change in the coming days.


3/30: The Dolphins are trying to trade up for the No. 1 pick. - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald

This would be quite the blockbuster deal, as Salguero reports that the Dolphins love Joe Burrow. There's no doubt that Burrow is the safest of the top three quarterback prospects, but the Dolphins would have to surrender all three of their first-round choices, plus one of their opening-round selections in 2021 in the exchange. It doesn't seem worth it, especially with Tua Tagovailoa's medical checks being better than expected.


3/5: It's possible that the Dolphins will use one of their first-round picks on Ezra Cleveland. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Pauline specifically mentioned Cleveland when discussing the Dolphins and how he hasn't heard anything regarding a trade. Cleveland would make sense with the final of three opening-round selections.


2/17: The Dolphins may prefer Justin Herbert to Tua Tagovailoa in the 2020 NFL Draft. - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald

The Dolphins have reportedly coveted Tagovailoa all along, but Stephen Ross recently spoke about being concerned about Tagovailoa's durability. This might be a legitimate worry, but it could also be Ross' attempt to keep other teams from moving ahead of No. 5 for Tagovailoa so his team doesn't have to do so. My money would still be on Miami selecting Tagovailoa, especially if he throws well ahead of the NFL Draft.


2/3: Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills is a top target for the Dolphins at No. 18. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Miami has been focused on Tua Tagovailoa, so they've undoubtedly had their chance to check out Tagovailoa's tackle. Wills makes sense at No. 18 overall, but he may not be available. 


2/3: The Dolphins are highly interested in Tua Tagovailoa. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Charlie pointed out that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross traveled to watch Tagovailoa play twice during the regular season, which is not commonplace for an owner. Ross and Tagovailoa were also invited to the Leigh Steinberg Super Bowl party, so that was another opportunity for the two to meet.




6. Los Angeles Chargers:
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4/23: "I think Justin Herbert is the Chargers' preference. I think they like him a lot." - Charles Robinson, Yahoo!

If true, this would make things very easy, as the Dolphins apparently have medically cleared Tua Tagovailoa.


4/20: The Chargers have loved Andrew Thomas throughout the fall and winter. - Peter King, NBC Sports

The Chargers need a quarterback, but if they don't like Justin Herbert or Tua Tagovailoa, they'll spend the sixth-overall pick on the Georgia tackle.


4/19: The Chargers don't view Tyrod Taylor as a bridge quarterback. - Peter King, NBC Sports

In other words, Peter King believes the Chargers will pass on one of the top three quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft because they like Taylor so much. This has smokescreen written all over it because GM Tom Telesco is too smart to think this way. If the Chargers pass on Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert because they like Taylor so much, Charger fans should stop going to games. Oops, wait, I forgot there are no Charger fans.


4/13: A "GM friend of Tom Telesco's" thinks that Telesco is very high on Justin Herbert.  - Peter King, NBC Sports

This doesn't mean Telesco likes Herbert, but it's at least something. We've had the Chargers trading up for Tua Tagovailoa in our 2020 NFL Mock Draft, but perhaps they'll leap ahead of Miami for Herbert after all.


1/27: The Chargers have moved on from Philip Rivers. - Jay Glazer, FOX Sports

The Chargers will undoubtedly be one of the teams willing to trade up for Tua Tagovailoa in the 2020 NFL Draft. If they can't get Tagovailoa, they may settle for Justin Herbert. Of course, they could pursue a veteran quarterback on the market like Tom Brady or Teddy Bridgewater.


1/19: The Colts, Chargers, Browns and Raiders have shown the most interest in Florida International QB James Morgan.  - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Morgan lit up the East-West Shrine practices and could be chosen in the third or fourth round in the 2020 NFL Draft. All four teams need quarterbacks (Cleveland and Oakland don't have young, developmental players at the position), so it would make sense for all four teams to draft him.


 


7. Carolina Panthers:
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4/23: C.J. Henderson is Carolina's preference at No. 7 if Derrick Brown is off the board. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

The Panthers reportedly love Brown, but may not think he'll be available. Interestingly, they'd prefer Henderson to Jeff Okudah.


4/22: The Panthers don't sound like they want to trade down. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Carolina likely has two or three players in mind at No. 7, so if all are off the board, it could trade down. However, it seems as though the Panthers want a stud player at their current spot.


4/22: The Panthers are open to trading down a few spots. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

Most teams are. A team might be interested in moving up to No. 7 for Jeff Okudah, if he's available. However, the Falcons are one of the teams interested in Okudah, so that would require the Panthers to make a deal with a divisional rival. Carolina would look very foolish if it gave the Falcons one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL for years to come.


4/21: The Panthers are committed to Teddy Bridgewater in 2020. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

There's some speculation that the Panthers will either select a quarterback or trade up for one, but that's apparently not going to happen. Look for the Panthers to use their first-round pick on Derrick Brown or a corner.


2/25: The Panthers are moving forward with Cam Newton as their starting quarterback. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

Previous reports said that new owner Bobby Axelrod wanted to trade Newton, but Carolina will try to win with Newton at least once more next year. Newton has a wide range of outcomes in 2020; he could easily be injured for the entire year once again, or he could revert to his 2015 MVP status if he stays healthy and his offensive line improves.




8. Arizona Cardinals:
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4/22: The Falcons have a fallback deal in place with the Cardinals if they can't trade up higher. The target is Javon Kinlaw. - Paul Crane, Falcons Radio Network

That's interesting because I would have guessed the Falcons would move up for a cornerback. Kinlaw makes sense, however, as Atlanta has needed help next to Grady Jarrett for quite some time.


4/22: The Cardinals would like to trade down from No. 8 overall. - Tom Pelissero, NFL Network

Arizona has a number of needs it could address at No. 8, though I wonder if it would pass on Isaiah Simmons if he were available. Still, with a number of teams eager to move up for Jeff Okudah or C.J. Henderson, the Cardinals would have a nice opportunity to recoup the second-round pick they relinquished in the DeAndre Hopkins trade.


4/20: Kyler Murray has campaigned for the Cardinals to use the eighth-overall pick on CeeDee Lamb. - Albert Breer, Sports Illustrated

Murray obviously wants to throw to his former Sooner teammate again, but Lamb would be overkill when much greater needs can be filled with slightly better prospects.


3/31: The Cardinals are interested in Utah RB Zack Moss. - John Weinfuss, ESPN

Arizona dealt David Johnson in one of the most lopsided deals we've ever seen, but it still needs to replenish its running back depth. Taking Moss in the third round would make sense.


2/25: The Cardinals are looking for a fast, outside receiver. -

Arizona met with CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs at the combine. "I'm always looking for a fast outside guy. We're going to do what's best for our organization, but those three guys are definitely in play."


2/3: Team sources say Jerry Jeudy will be drafted outside of the top five. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Jeudy has been linked to the Giants, but team sources say that Jeudy could fall because he doesn't have elite size, and the receiving class is very deep, so teams may think they can get a talented receiver atop Round 2. Arizona could land Jeudy at No. 8 for those reasons.




9. Jacksonville Jaguars:
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4/23: The "most obvious" target for the Jaguars when moving up to No. 3 is Andrew Thomas. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

This would be insanely stupid. The Jaguars shouldn't give up a huge haul for a tackle, especially when considering that there's a good chance they could get Thomas at No. 9. Some teams we've spoken to don't have Thomas as their top tackle, so a trade involving Thomas would be absolutely disastrous.


4/23: Tua Tagovailoa to the Jaguars has gained steam in recent days. - Mike Florio, PFT

Better than Justin Herbert! The Jaguars have two first-round picks at the moment, and they could get No. 19 for Yannick Ngakoue. They have the ammo to move up for Tagovailoa in a deal with the Lions.


4/23: The Jaguars called the Lions about the No. 3 pick. - Adam Schefter, ESPN

The Dolphins better be careful, or they may lose their man. I actually speculated via text with Charlie last night that the Jaguars could be gearing up for a quarterback with their three potential first-round picks (the third coming for Yannick Ngakoue.) It would be better if the Jaguars tanked for Trevor Lawrence (or lost for Lawrence), but if they love Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert, it would make sense for them to jump up to No. 3.


4/23: The Vikings and Jaguars like Ezra Cleveland. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

The Browns may not get their man after all. Cleveland's stock is rising, so it sounds as though he'll be chosen in the first round.


4/22: The Raiders and Jaguars are closing in on a trade for Yannick Ngakoue. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

There's a hangup between the 12th- and 19th-overall pick, but considering that the Jaguars don't have much leverage, they're expected to receive the 19th pick for their star edge rusher.


4/20: The Jaguars would like to trade up for one of the top two cornerbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft. - Peter King, NBC Sports

Considering that the Jaguars could probably get one of the top two cornerbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft at No. 9, this would be a huge mistake. However, considering how many trades they've bungled recently, this won't exactly be a surprising turn of events if it happens.


4/13: The Jaguars won't take a quarterback at No. 9 because they want to give Gardner Minshew a real shot.  - Peter King, NBC Sports

In other words, they're gearing up to draft Trevor Lawrence next April.


 


10. Cleveland Browns:
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4/23: The Browns and Falcons could be a match for a trade in the first round. - Jonathan Jones, CBS Sports

It makes sense for both sides. Atlanta wants to move up for a stud like Javon Kinlaw, C.J. Henderson or a tackle (Kaleb McGary would move inside.) The Browns, meanwhile, reportedly like Ezra Cleveland, and No. 10 would be too early for him.


4/20: Andrew Thomas is the preferred player for the Browns at No. 10. - Peter King, NBC Sports

If you're wondering what happened to the Browns' adoration with Ezra Cleveland, well, why not both? King notes that the Browns would like to trade down, so Cleveland would be the target if the Browns move into the 20s. Thomas, however, makes much more sense if Cleveland is marooned at No. 10.


4/16: The Browns trading back in the first round for Ezra Cleveland would be the "least surprising move on draft day." - Dane Brugler, The Athletic

Ian Rapoport echoed those sentiments, noting that there's "buzz" around the Browns moving down for Cleveland. Forgoing talented tackles like Jedrick Wills and Andrew Thomas would be the most Brownsian thing to ever happen.


4/15: The Vikings and Browns are reportedly discussing an Odell Beckham trade that would involve second- and fifth-round picks being traded. - Marc Malusis, WFAN660

Malusis reported that this trade is being discussed, but it's not completed yet. However, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported this to be false. Still, it would be a blockbuster deal. It would look good on paper for the Vikings, but I would be shocked if Beckham meshed with Kirk Cousins. Besides, Beckham has some non-football issues that make him a risky acquisition. The Vikings, however, are all in on Cousins winning, so they may think they need to be aggressive. The Browns, meanwhile, would obviously be open to a CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy selection at No. 10 if this trade were to happen.


4/13: The Browns love Ezra Cleveland. - Peter King, NBC Sports

Not enough to select him at No. 10 overall, but they apparently have their eye on him in the second round. This would obviously free them up to select a stud defensive player instead.


2/28: The Browns really like Ezra Cleveland. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

The Browns are in desperate need of two tackles. Depending on what happens in free agency, they could select a pair of tackles in the first two rounds. Cleveland would make sense on Day 2 at some point.


1/19: The Colts, Chargers, Browns and Raiders have shown the most interest in Florida International QB James Morgan.  - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Morgan lit up the East-West Shrine practices and could be chosen in the third or fourth round in the 2020 NFL Draft. All four teams need quarterbacks (Cleveland and Oakland don't have young, developmental players at the position), so it would make sense for all four teams to draft him.




11. New York Jets:
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4/23: The Eagles could offer No. 21, Rasul Douglas and another pick for No. 11. - Rich Cimini, ESPN

The Eagles would then select a receiver, perhaps Henry Ruggs or CeeDee Lamb. The Jets, meanwhile, would miss out on one of the top tackles, so they would be the clear losers of this trade, depending on what the other pick happens to be.


4/16: The Jets are leaning toward a tackle at No. 11. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

This makes sense, and it would be the correct decision. Sam Darnold struggled immensely last year when his offensive line was ravaged by injury, so protecting him would allow the Jets to have the most success.


4/16: The Jets have been eyeing Henry Ruggs "very closely." - Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

Ruggs seems like an alternative to one of the top four tackles. Charlie Campbell recently reported that the Jets are likely to select a tackle at No. 11. If all four are gone, perhaps they'll go with Ruggs.


4/3: The Falcons and Jets have discussed an NFL Draft trade involving the No. 11 pick. - Paul Crane, Falcons Radio Network

It's hard to imagine the Jets doing this unless they believe the top four tackles will be off the board. However, they could pull the trigger if they're all chosen. What's more interesting is whom the Falcons would move up for. Perhaps they'd target Javon Kinlaw or C.J. Henderson, or maybe this is part of a two-step process to get either Isaiah Simmons or Derrick Brown.


3/6: There is speculation that the Jets could take Henry Ruggs with their first-round pick. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Pauline went on to note that this would be a mistake, but Ruggs would help address a very weak receiving corps. Pauline said this when discussing the possibility of one of the top four offensive linemen being available at No. 11 overall, so it sounds like Ruggs is the fallback option if all four are gone.


2/3: The Jets' early inclination is to go offensive tackle or cornerback at No. 11 in the 2020 NFL Draft. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

There should be at least a couple of tackles that could interest the Jets at that juncture. They really need a tackle to help protect Sam Darnold.




12. Las Vegas Raiders:
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4/23: The Raiders "really like" CeeDee Lamb. - Josina Anderson, ESPN

Multiple sources have reported this. The Raiders also may really like another receiver as well.


4/22: The Raiders and Jaguars are closing in on a trade for Yannick Ngakoue. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

There's a hangup between the 12th- and 19th-overall pick, but considering that the Jaguars don't have much leverage, they're expected to receive the 19th pick for their star edge rusher.


4/20: Mike Mayock loves CeeDee Lamb. - Peter King, NBC Sports

King notes that Mayock believes Lamb is the most complete receiver in the NFL Draft. The  only question is if Lamb gets to the Raiders at No. 12.


4/15: The Raiders and Broncos are very high on Denzel Mims. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

The Baylor star receiver has seen his stock rise since the combine. Both the Raiders and Broncos need speed threats at the position, so it makes sense for them to grade Mims favorably. Mims would only be an option for the Raiders in the unlikely event that both CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy are off the board at No. 12. Mims would be an alternative to Henry Ruggs for the Broncos at No. 15.


2/28: The Raiders really like Jalen Reagor. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Pauline notes that the Raiders are planning for a receiver-heavy draft, and that Reagor could be their target with their second pick in the opening round. It's worth noting that Pauline reported this before Reagor's combine workout.


2/25: Raiders GM Mike Mayock said he's open to upgrading Derek Carr. -

Coaches and general managers will often say that a certain quarterback is their starter, so this is a big deal. Mayock is well aware that Carr is a pedestrian talent with a low ceiling, and he's correct to being open to upgrading Carr. Per Adam Schefter, the Raiders are No. 2 in the race to land Tom Brady, only behind Tennessee.


1/19: The Colts, Chargers, Browns and Raiders have shown the most interest in Florida International QB James Morgan.  - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Morgan lit up the East-West Shrine practices and could be chosen in the third or fourth round in the 2020 NFL Draft. All four teams need quarterbacks (Cleveland and Oakland don't have young, developmental players at the position), so it would make sense for all four teams to draft him.


 




13. Indianapolis Colts:
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4/23: The Colts have made calls about moving up into the end of the first round. - Adam Schefter, ESPN

Everyone will speculate that it's for Jordan Love, but that would surprise me. I think it's more likely that Indianapolis would move up for a receiver like Brandon Aiyuk.


4/17: Colts GM Chris Ballard said he will not "force a quarterback" this April. -

Most people are forcing Jordan Love to the Colts atop Round 2, but that never made too much sense to me because the Colts are in win-now mode with an old quarterback, and they have a young backup in Jacoby Brissett. The Colts will take Love if they are smitten with him, but they can wait until next offseason to address the position again.


1/22: Jordan Love will be a top-15 pick. - Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

This sounds like the Matt Barkley No. 8 overall proclamation. We'll see, but I don't think so.


1/19: The Colts, Chargers, Browns and Raiders have shown the most interest in Florida International QB James Morgan.  - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Morgan lit up the East-West Shrine practices and could be chosen in the third or fourth round in the 2020 NFL Draft. All four teams need quarterbacks (Cleveland and Oakland don't have young, developmental players at the position), so it would make sense for all four teams to draft him.




14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
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4/21: The Buccaneers are looking to trade up for an offensive tackle. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

There's a chance all four tackles could be gone by No. 14, so it would make sense for the Buccaneers to move up a bit.


4/21: The Patriots and Buccaneers are discussing a trade involving Rob Gronkowski. - Adam Schefter, ESPN

Gronkowski told the media that he would only come out of retirement to play with Tom Brady, hence the need to move him to Tampa. Jacob Camenker pointed out on Twitter that the deal could involve O.J. Howard, which would make sense because Howard was in Bruce Arians' dog house last year. 


4/20: The Buccaneers want a complete running back who can catch passes from Tom Brady. - Peter King, NBC Sports

Leonard Fournette would be a great acquisition for a third-day pick. If not, there are several options available in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Buccaneers could move up into the end of the opening round to take D'Andre Swift, or they could attempt to obtain Clyde Edwards-Helaire.




15. Denver Broncos:
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4/23: On Henry Ruggs being the pick for the Broncos, "Ruggs won't be there." - Cecil Lammey, 1043 The Fan

Cecil Lammey is the most reliable source when it comes to the Broncos, so definitely pay attention to this. We once mocked Ruggs to the Broncos, but Lammey now believes Ruggs won't be available.


4/17: The Broncos have interest in Cesar Ruiz. - Cecil Lammey, 1043 The Fan

Denver needs a center, so Ruiz would make sense. The Broncos could trade down from No. 15 to obtain him, especially when considering that he's unlikely to be on the board in the middle of Round 2.


4/15: The Raiders and Broncos are very high on Denzel Mims. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

The Baylor star receiver has seen his stock rise since the combine. Both the Raiders and Broncos need speed threats at the position, so it makes sense for them to grade Mims favorably. Mims would only be an option for the Raiders in the unlikely event that both CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy are off the board at No. 12. Mims would be an alternative to Henry Ruggs for the Broncos at No. 15.


2/3: The Broncos will be targeting a center this offseason. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Offensive line coach Mike Munchak is not a fan of Connor McGovern and wants an upgrade over him. Perhaps Denver will select a center on Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft.


 




16. Atlanta Falcons:
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4/23: The Browns and Falcons could be a match for a trade in the first round. - Jonathan Jones, CBS Sports

It makes sense for both sides. Atlanta wants to move up for a stud like Javon Kinlaw, C.J. Henderson or a tackle (Kaleb McGary would move inside.) The Browns, meanwhile, reportedly like Ezra Cleveland, and No. 10 would be too early for him.


4/23: The Falcons tried to trade for the No. 2 pick, but the Redskins have turned down all offers. - Jay Glazer, FOX Sports

Of course they have. Charlie Campbell reported back in February that the Redskins were smitten with Chase Young and weren't willing to trade the rights to draft him. The Falcons will have to move up for Derrick Brown, Javon Kinlaw, Jeff Okudah or C.J. Henderson.


4/22: The Falcons have called up to the Redskins for the No. 2 pick in order to get Chase Young. - Jay Glazer, FOX Sports

The Redskins absolutely love Young - per Charlie Campbell's combine report - so the Falcons would probably have to literally give up part of their franchise to move to the No. 2 slot. It's a shame for the Falcons, as they easily could've secured the second-overall choice had they just kept losing in the second half of the year.


4/22: The Falcons have a fallback deal in place with the Cardinals if they can't trade up higher. The target is Javon Kinlaw. - Paul Crane, Falcons Radio Network

That's interesting because I would have guessed the Falcons would move up for a cornerback. Kinlaw makes sense, however, as Atlanta has needed help next to Grady Jarrett for quite some time.


4/20: The worst-kept secret in the NFL is that the Falcons want to move up for one of the top two cornerbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft. - Peter King, NBC Sports

To obtain Jeff Okudah or C.J. Henderson, the Falcons would have to leap the Jaguars, so they'd have to trade with the Cardinals or rival Panthers. Atlanta will have to offer them a great package of picks because moving down would require Arizona and Carolina to eschew blue-chip players like Isaiah Simmons and Derrick Brown.


4/3: The Falcons and Jets have discussed an NFL Draft trade involving the No. 11 pick. - Paul Crane, Falcons Radio Network

It's hard to imagine the Jets doing this unless they believe the top four tackles will be off the board. However, they could pull the trigger if they're all chosen. What's more interesting is whom the Falcons would move up for. Perhaps they'd target Javon Kinlaw or C.J. Henderson, or maybe this is part of a two-step process to get either Isaiah Simmons or Derrick Brown.





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