Although the gears of the sports world stall widely, the NFL off-season business keep going.
Even the outbreak of COVID-19 it gets worse, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told league members that the loot, which will no longer be in Las Vegas, will continue as planned from April 23-25.
This means that general managers must assess their needs while assessing the risks and rewards of selecting certain players who lack the opportunity to exercise on professional days and / or receive medical checks that can clarify their physical status.
And although Jadeveon Clowney, Cam Newton and Jameis Winston are still looking for a job, the consequences of free agency have generally crystallized draft boards for most of the 32 teams. The relocated lists may also mean that some positions, potentially returning again between them, may not be in high demand in the first round.
Everything serves to set the stage for what could be one of the most attractive – and most difficult to read – drafts of recent memory. Don't be surprised if the trading market is more active than usual, as some clubs may be looking for a "right thing" – as far as assessing new players – more than ever. Others could be more desirous of the 2021 draft choices, when the annual "player selection meeting" will theoretically take place under less uncertain conditions.
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To that end, this simulated draft will incorporate some proposed negotiations, even though many teams have already exchanged choices from the first round, some in recent weeks.
1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU: O record winner of the Heisman Trophy it still seems like the obvious best choice, perhaps more now that Tua Tagovailoa won't be able to perform the kind of training that could convince Cincy that his injured hip is healed enough to make him part of the conversation. Going to Queen City could suddenly be a more optimistic situation for Burrow, who would join a team that was unusually active at the free agency, franchised WR AJ Green and still has QB Andy Dalton on the list, which – assuming it remains the case – it would mean that the Athens, Ohio native would not need to be rushed to the lineup.
2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, DE, State of Ohio: He may also be on a team that plays near his childhood home. Many recruiting analysts consider Young to be the top player available in 2020. He leaves a year when he broke a Buckeyes record for a season with 16½ bags, despite being suspended for two games for an NCAA violation. It would seem the ideal fit for a team that returns to the front of the 4-3.
3. Los Angeles Chargers (TRADE with Detroit Lions) – Your Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama: Lions are widely expected to have a golden opportunity to maneuver, probably with a team that covets Tagovailoa services. In this scenario, this means the Bolts, who would certainly need to make a bold move in relation to position number 6, which would allow them to jump from Miami. Shippers have many important players in place, but they need a long-term solution letting Philip Rivers out before smelling in Tom Brady's draws. Coach Anthony Lynn and GM Tom Telesco look comfortable with Tyrod Taylor, who will turn 31 in August as a starter in 2020, the veteran's last year. Such an agreement would allow Tagovailoa a season to heal, if necessary, before taking on a possible candidate. Two years ago, Jets and Colts exchanged their third and sixth global selections, an operation that cost New York three additional seconds. Chargers can do this by packing their palette from the 1st round, the second round (No. 37 of the total) and the first one from next year.
4. New York Giants – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville: GM Dave Gettleman has openly communicated that this place is for sale, but it won't be easy to sell if Tagovailoa goes. And given the need to protect QB Daniel Jones from the second year, giving RB Saquon Barkley more space to run, the 6 to 7 pound Becton it seems to be a suitable option anyway.
5. Cleveland Browns (TRADE with Miami Dolphins) – Isaiah Simmons, LB / S, Clemson: The Chargers / Tagovailoa trade could throw a key into the plans of the Fins, given the extent to which they are connected to the Alabama star. GM Chris Grier, who turned out to be an aggressive spender at the free agency, could also make Detroit a deal for No. 3, especially considering that Miami has three options in the first round. But if he had to make a contingency plan for Tagovailoa, it would be wise to go down and collect more ammunition for the dolphin reconstruction. The Browns are exceptionally thin in the linebacker, after losing Joe Schobert in the free agency and yielding the first (10th overall) and the 2nd round (41), it may be worth climbing up to a potential star like Simmons, the best of the draft versatile defender. He can rush the dowel, define an advantage, go through the middle of the field and even cover the gap.
6. Lions (Trades with carriers) – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn: Despite having dropped three positions, Detroit still receives a premium player. And although GM Bob Quinn supported his body of linebackers (Jamie Collins, Reggie Ragland) in free agency and compensation the trade of CB Darius Slay by signing Desmond Trufant, Lions remain dangerously thin – even with the arrival of huge Danny Shelton. Brown can play all three basses, able to tie blocks, rush passersby and destroy race tracks.
7. Carolina Panthers – Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State: He is clearly the first to leave in 2020, and there may not be a team more desperate for one than Carolina after the Panthers lost James Bradberry to a free agency.
8. Arizona Cardinals – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa: One of the stars of the harvester – the wide (10-1) and vertical (10-1) and vertical heels of Wirfs (36½ inches) are all-time event patterns for offensive attackers – this exceptional athlete would fit perfectly in an Air Raid offense designed for a fast pace. And although Wirfs clearly has the assets to play, Arizona can join him after signing OTs D.J. Humphries and Marcus Gilbert again.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida: It didn't take the Jags a year to unload Jalen Ramsey's imposing set of songs and A.J. Bouye. Then, the free agent agreement with Darqueze Dennard fell apart. There appears to be a significant drop in position after Okudah and Henderson, a talented athlete who can guard the receivers outside or in the slot.
10. Dolphins (Trade with Browns) – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon: After losing Tagovailoa, Miami would probably still be able to negotiate and get Herbert, who did very well in the Senior Bowl and then combined to skillfully lead the ducks for four years . Ryan Fitzpatrick remains on this list if Herbert is slow to make the transition from the NFL, although intelligence is one of his many great attributes.
11. New York Jets – Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama: GM Joe Douglas did his best to put together an acceptable offensive line at the free agency, but the unit still lacks a pin in good faith. It could be Wills, who took care of the blind (right) side of Tagovailoa for the Red Tide.
12. Las Vegas Raiders – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama: Even after adding Nelson Agholor, this team seems to have a number of number 2 receivers. Jeudy, who is explosive (4.45 40 times in combination), accurate and productive ( 145 catches for 2,623 yards and 24 TDs since 2018), would fix that.
13. San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis Colts) – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma: The Niners chose that choice later sending DT DeForest Buckner to Indy. Lamb would be a much more dynamic option than departure WR Emmanuel Sanders and, alongside super soph Deebo Samuel, would give trainer Kyle Shanahan a formidable young punch 1-2 for years.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia: With Brady now on board, it will be it is up to the Bucs to enforce the blockade around his award-winning (but old and immovable) defender.
15. Denver Broncos – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina: Best game on the D line makes OLBs Von Miller and Bradley Chubb more dangerous. Nice moves by re-signing Shelby Harris and Trading by Jurrell Casey, but the two can leave in a year. Kinlaw has the assets to anchor this group for a long time.
16. Philadelphia Eagles (TRADE with Atlanta Falcons) – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama: Agholor is gone, while DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery are aging and unreliable physically. With speeds below 4.3, Ruggs is a deep elite threat that opens the field as Jackson used to do – the kind of aggressive player that GM Howie Roseman could target … even if it costs number 21 and a second round to climb five points .
17. Dallas Cowboys – K & # 39; Lavon Chaisson, DE / OLB, LSU: DE Robert Quinn's defection leaves DeMarcus Lawrence, who managed just five bags last season, as the sole defender of defense passes. Chaisson is a little raw, but exudes potential. Still, limit him to spending most of his time as a newbie, and he can have double-digit potential while learning nuances of position.
18. Dolphins (from Pittsburgh Steelers) – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU: You need to start getting weapons from Herbert, and Jefferson can be a capable addition to DeVante Parker.
19. Raiders (from Chicago Bears) – Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU: After writing the DEs Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby last year, it was time to join the team, given that GM Mike Mayock spent with linebackers in free agency .
20. Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams) – Austin Jackson, OT, Southern California: The choice gained from Ramsey's trade, the Jags would be wise to improve their block after watching LT Cam Robinson struggle with injuries and performance. Jackson, who will not turn 21 until May, exudes high-level potential.