Burrow has opted out of the Senior Bowl, but even if he opted out of the Combine, he’d still look like a lock for the No. 1 overall pick.
2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
With new head coach Ron Rivera being a defensive-minded guy, it seems reasonable Washington could build around a player of Young’s caliber.
3. Detroit Lions: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Lions should jump at the chance to take a lockdown cover corner.
4. New York Giants: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
A surprise to everyone, Giants GM Dave Gettleman took Duke QB Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick. This year, Gettleman can get him a blindside protector.
5. Miami Dolphins: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
With five picks in the first two rounds, Miami can load up in this draft. They have several options with this pick, including a quarterback, but they will most likely upgrade their offensive and defensive fronts as the rebuild continues.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Strangely enough, most analysts seems to forget that Herbert was in the conversation of being a top three pick last year. In 2019, his stats improved all across the board, and he led his team to a top five finish. Chargers take Herbert to replace Phillip Rivers.
7. Carolina Panthers: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Baylor’s Matt Rhule is the new head coach in Carolina: that means a dedication to the spread offense. That means an offense that scores a lot of points. Rhule will need smart, athletic, quarterback with a strong arm.
8. Arizona Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Arizona has needs on both lines. I think Kingsbury addresses those needs in FA and later in the draft and uses the No. 8 overall pick on a playmaker for his offense.
The Jags finished 28th in the league versus the run. Brown is the most athletic interior lineman in the draft. The Jags are hoping that Brown, the winner of the 2019 Lott IMPACT Trophy, can make an immediate impact in Jacksonville.
10. Cleveland Browns: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Baker Mayfield, much like Kyler Murray, has found out he’s not in Oklahoma anymore. These guys are running for their lives play-after-play. So, like Arizona, Cleveland will look for some OL help early in the draft.
11. New York Jets: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
When it’s all said and done, Epenesa could be the best unheralded prospect in this class. He doesn’t necessarily have star-power, but he does everything right. The Jets finished 26th in the league in sacks per attempt, Epenesa would be a great addition.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Raiders have two first round picks. They need a wide out and a cover corner. Jeudy is a top ten talent, Raiders gladly grab him at twelve.
13. Indianapolis Colts: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
QB Jacoby Brissett is one of the top deep ball passers in the league. By giving him a guy with 4.25 speed, Indianapolis could become a quick strike team.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has his defense going in the right direction and expects a leap from year one to year two. Simmons’ versatility, coverge skills, and sideline-to-sideline athleticism would make him an excellent fit. They could also go with Javon Kinlaw here.
15. Denver Broncos: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Denver could use an offensive tackle, a wide receiver, and a cornerback. With five picks in the middle rounds, they could easily trade up for a receiver in round two while grabbing the second best corner in the draft.
16. Atlanta Falcons: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
The Falcons are getting some pressure upfront with Jarrett, McKinley, and Beasley, but not enough. They finished 28th in the league in sacks. Getting some help along the defensive line should be a priority.
Jacksonville took some defensive line help with pick No. 9. Here, look for them to address the offensive line. However, if they can add to the pass rush with redshirt sophomore K’lavon Chaisson from LSU, it’s a possibility.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Kenneth Murray, ILB, Oklahoma
The Eagles will look to bolster their defense during the offseason. Murray is capable of directing the Philadelphia defense.
22. Buffalo Bills: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
Shenault will give the Bills the opportunity to stretch the field.
23. New England Patriots: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
For the Patriots offense to truly be effective, they need a solid all-around tight end. Kmet gives them a guy who can block and find the seams.
The Dolphins pick their quarterback of the future in 5-star recruit Jake Fromm. Fromm’s football IQ would be valued by a defensive-minded head coach who like mistake free football. By picking up a quarterback in the first round, Miami can sign him to a five-year contract instead of four.
27. Seattle Seahawks: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Seattle surprised everyone when they selected San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny in the first round in 2018. Penny and starting running back Chris Carson are both recovering from injuries. Perhaps its time Pete Carroll invest in a blue-chip running back?
28. Baltimore Ravens: Patrick McQueen, LB, LSU
Seattle could go wide receiver if they had their eye on a particular guy. They are also in need of a starting linebacker. McQueen proved in his junior year to be a nice combination of size and speed.
29. Tennessee Titans: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Titans shore up the middle with a guy that’s known as a box safety. Although, that’s not entirely true, as McKinney spent nearly equal time covering the back end or walking out as a slot defender.
30. Green Bay Packers: Tyler Biadasz, OC, Wisconsin
Technically sound and assignment savvy, Biadasz is the country’s top center. He fires off the ball, plays with a bit of a nasty streak and is still learning the position.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
Hall could have been a first round pick last year had he decided to come out. He returned to Virginia, but injured his leg returning a punt against Miami. His health evaluation will determine his final draft grade.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
The Doak Walker Award winner racked up over 6,000 yards in three seasons in Madison. His ability to find the crease and explode through the hole is second to none.
The 85th NFL Draft will take place from April 23-25, 2020, in Las Vegas on the iconic Las Vegas Strip.
This continues to be one of the most difficult position groups to evaluate. It really depends on what kind of tight end you want as to which player you should target. Scheme has a lot to do with it.
Some are better blockers; some can play h-back; some line up in the slot; some can’t block anybody, but they can really run; and some have great hands.
2020 NFL Draft: Top Rated TEs
1. Adam Trautman, Dayton, 6-5/255
Trautman had an excellent Senior Bowl. His assignment sound blocking set him apart. He looks like a complete tight end, could even play fullback if asked.
Trautman had a solid combine, posting the best 3-Cone (6.78) in his TE class.
2. Cole Kmet*, Notre Dame, 6-5/262
Kmet is a big, tall, lanky tight end. He looks like he could easily add some bulk without hurting his agility. Has a lot of upside.
Kmet continues to remind scouts of his talent. Solid Combine performance.
3. Albert Okwegbunam*, Missouri, 6-5/256
Also know, by game-day announcers, as Albert O. Athletic tight end that has a nose for the endzone. Not a basketball-style box out player, rather uses his speed and hands to win the battle. Had some injury issues.
Combine: His 4.49 topped all TE’s, Albert O. is moving on up.
4. Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic, 6-4/243
Had a 1,000 yard season on 65 receptions. Played in Lane Kiffin’s pass happy offense – knows how to find the seem up the middle. Only 13 reps on the Bench will make evaluators take a second look at the tape to see if he can hold his own at the point-of=attack.
5. Devin Asiasi*, UCLA, 6-3/257
Has all the traits you’re looking for in a tight end. With some patience and good coaching, he could be special.
Didn’t test as anticipated, but holds his own for now.
6. Dalton Keene*, Virginia Tech, 6-4/253
Good receiver than can run after the catch.
Keene definitely helped himself at the Combine. Topped all TE’s in the Broad Jump (125) and 20-Yard Shuttle (419); and weighed more than expected.
7. Hunter Bryant*, Washington, 6-2/248
Athletic, undersized, tight end. Second tight end, special teams, fullback, and slot are in his future.
Bryant put on twenty pounds and didn’t look heavy running. He definitely raised his stock this week.
8. Josiah Deguara, Cincinnati, 6-3/240
Thick-bodied tight end and is comfortable blocking and running routes. Has shown soft hands. Will be able to double as H-back at next level. Should be a special teams standout.
Solid performance, led TE’s with 25 reps on the Bench.
9. Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt, 6-4/255
Looks like a receiver with soft hands and natural runner. Can block in the run game. Could also line up in the slot.
Pinkney looked like a top 4 or 5 TE in this class; however, his 4.96 forty didn’t help his stock. Now he’ll be looked at more as an inline blocker.
10. Charlie Taumoepeau, Portland, 6-2/240
Tested in the top half of the class. Should find himself getting drafted.
11. Colby Parkinson*, Stanford, 6-7/252
Big bodied tight end that is fluid in space. Good hands. Team had a down year, but Parkinson didn’t loose his natural talent. Maybe the most pro-ready tight end in the class.
Parkinson was once the number one TE recruit in the nation. He didn’t wow anyone at the Combine. He probably dropped a few spots because the expectation was high and the performance was ok.
12. Brycen Hopkins, Purdue, 6-3/245
Has some long speed. Not afraid to go over the middle. Can get bigger.
Ran a decent 4.66 which should place him somewhere around the top ten.
13. Jacob Breeland, Oregon, 6-4/252
Had to block at Oregon, not afraid to get dirty. Good receiver skills.
Breeland didn’t particpate at the Combine. We’ll wait for his Pro-Day.
14. Thaddeus Moss*, LSU, 6-3/235
Lacks prototypical size for an NFL tight end. Shows good hands, body control, and concentration. Can get downfield, but isn’t a fluid runner.
Moss did not participate in the Combine drills.
15. Stephen Sullivan, LSU, 6-5/245
Converted wide receiver, still learning the position. Has athletic aptitude and willingness to learn. Good upside.