The Mock Draft Version 3.0: Round 2

Round 2

33. Cincinnati Bengals: Josh Jones, OT, Houston

34. Indianapolis Colts: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

35. Detroit Lions: Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama

36. New York Giants: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

37. Las Angeles Chargers: Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

38. Carolina Panthers: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

39. Miami Dolphins: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

40. Houston Texans: Justin Madubuike, DT, Oklahoma

41. Cleveland Browns: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

42. Jacksonville Jaguars: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

43. Chicago Bears: Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State

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QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | OG | OC

Nat L. Faybian’s NFL Draft Players Position Rankings

DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | ST

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44. Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Love, QB, Utah

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marlon Davidson, DE, Auburn

46. Denver Broncos: Cesar Ruiz, OC, Michigan

47. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne

48. New York Jets: K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State

49. Pittsburgh Steelers: Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

50. Chicago Bears: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois

51. Dallas Cowboys: Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah

52. Carolina Panthers: Alton Robinson, DE, Syracuse

53. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona

54. Buffalo Bills: Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri

55. Baltimore Ravens: Lloyd Cushenberry, OC, LSU

56. Miami Dolphins: Ashtyn Davis, S, California

57. Las Angeles Chargers: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech

58. Minnesota Vikings: Cam Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State

59. Seattle Seahawks: Darrell Taylor, DE, Tennessee

60. Baltimore Ravens: Leki Fotu, DT, Utah

61. Tennessee Titans: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

62. Green Bay Packers: Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton

63. Kansas City Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

64. Seattle Seahawks: Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

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Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3

The 85th NFL Draft will take place from April 23-25, 2020, in Las Vegas on the iconic Las Vegas Strip.

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Outback Bowl – Jan 1, 2020: Auburn vs Minnesota

#12 Auburn Tigers (9-3) vs #18 Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-2)

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AUBURN TIGERS | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Gus Malzahn

Auburn Players to watch:

Senior DT Derrick Brown (6-5/325)

Brown looks to be a top five pick in April’s NFL Draft. He was recently named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He is a finalist for the Bednarik, Nagurski, Wuerffel, Outland, and Lott Impact awards. Brown recorded a season-high 3.5 tackles-for-loss in Auburn’s 48-45 Iron Bowl win vs. Alabama, giving him 12.5 for the season.

“Derrick is one of the best all-around football players in the entire country. Any position,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “It’s not a coincidence he’s up for a lot of these awards. I expect him to win quite a few of them. He’s a real special player. He’s had an unbelievable year. He’s played his best football in the biggest games when they matter the most. That’s the sign of a great player.”

Senior DE Marlon Davidson (6-3/278)

Davidson led Auburn with 7.5 sacks, tying Brown for the team lead with 12.5 tackles-for-loss . Davidson and Brown, combined, have won the SEC Defensive Player of the Week award seven times, with Davidson leading 4-3 heading into the Outback Bowl. The individual competition has brought out the best in both, helping Auburn’s defense allow only 16.2 points per game.

*Junior MLB Kenny Britt (6-0/228)

“K.J. is a born leader,” linebackers coach Travis Williams says of Britt. “When he talks, people listen.” After a freshman year that saw the former 4-star prospect record only four tackles, the junior middle linebacker is now a key piece in Kevin Steele’s defensive. Britt finished 2019 third on the team with 61 total tackles and nine tackles-for-loss.

Senior SS Daniel Thomas (5-11/208)

Coming out of high school, Thomas really wanted to sign with Auburn, but didn’t have an offer. He was prepared to go to Minnesota. However, before he signed, he went to church and spoke with his pastor. He spoke to his pastor, Michael Crook, who asked him what he wanted. Thomas told him “I want to go to Auburn.” Crook stopped that night’s service and asked the entire congregation to pray for Thomas. “He told him, ‘You’re going to hear from them, and you’re going to have your offer,’” Daniel Thomas’ mother, Regina Thomas, told the Montgomery Advertiser. “And that’s just the way it happened.”

Forty-two games later, Thomas has racked up 193 total tackles, five interceptions, and caused three forced fumbles.

Senior FS Jeremiah Dinson (6-0/195)

After this sophomore season, Jeremiah Dinson made a move from nickel to free safety. He made that position his own last season and emerged as the cerebral leader of the secondary. Dinson considered declaring early for the NFL after last season, but he ultimately decided to return after leaning on input from his parents and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. Anchoring the Tigers secondary, Dinson led the team with 79 tackles. He also added two interceptions and two sacks.

Senior CB Javaris Davis (5-10/187)

Javaris Davis also contemplated leaving for the NFL after his junior season, but decided to return to Auburn and enhance his draft stock. As a junior, he recorded 41 tackles (three for loss), a sack and two interceptions. He also defended eight passes. His 2018 numbers just about mirror those he posted this season. As a senior, Davis has 41 tackles on the year, along with six passes defended.

Senior LT Prince Tega Wanogho (6-7/307)

Wanogho, a three-year starter at left tackle, has anchored Auburn’s offensive line, helping the Tigers score 50-plus points in three games this season. Originally from Nigeria, Wanogho came to the States to play basketball. He quickly transitioned to football, and has been growing in the game ever since. Wanogho credits his basketball background for his smooth footwork at left tackle.

“With speed, I’ve always said that I’m quick to recover. I have the feet for that. I’m also strong enough to handle any bull rush anyone can throw at me. I’m strong enough to fend that off. I can get into my stance and handle that,” Wanogho told Draft Wire in an exclusive interview. “Going back to my soccer and basketball days, I’ve been good with my feet my whole life. I’ve always been a natural in this department.”

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MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS | BIG TEN CONFERENCE

Coach: P.J. Fleck

Minnesota Players to watch:

**Sophomore WR Rashod Bateman (6-2/200)

Photo: John Autey|Pioneer Press

Sophomore receiver Rashod Bateman who was named the Big Ten’s Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year. Bateman, who was also one of 12 semifinalists for he Biletnikoff Award, has 57 catches this year for 1,170 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 1,170 yards is a single-season school record, eclipsing the previous record set by Johnson last season with 1,169 yards. His 11 touchdowns is one shy of the record 12 set by Johnson last season. 

Senior WR Tyler Johnson (6-2/200)

Johnson, who is the lone receiver from a Power Five conference to have consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, has 74 catches this year for 1,114 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 74 catches and 1,114 yards are school records for a senior and rank third and fourth, respectively in the Minnesota record book. He is one touchdown shy of tying the record he set last season with 12. 

**Sophomore QB Tanner Morgan (6-2/210)

Morgan is the first Minnesota quarterback to be on a Big Ten postseason team since the coaches voted Adam Weber All-Big Ten Second Team in 2008. Morgan has had one of the best seasons in school history for a Minnesota quarterback ever. He has set single-season records in passing yards (2,975), touchdowns (28) and consecutive games with a touchdown pass (13, dating back to last season).

Senior RB Rodney Smith (5-11/210)

Smith has rushed for 1,094 yards this year and eight touchdowns this year and rushed for more than 100 yards in five straight Big Ten games to start conference play. He is only the second running back ever to rush for more than 4,000 career yards and is the school record holder with 5,364 all-purpose yards. 

**Sophomore OL Blaise Andries (6-5/313)

Blaise Andries, who has started games at left tackle, left guard and right tackle this year, was named All-Big Ten Third Team to become the first Gopher offensive lineman to be honored by the conference since 2016. Andries, who has started every game, has blocked for a prolific Minnesota offense this year. The Gophers have thrown for a school record 3,014 yards and 28 touchdowns this year, while still rushing for 2,108 yards and 24 touchdowns. 

**Sophomore S Antoine Winfield (5-10/204)

Defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. was named the Big Ten Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year, becoming the first Gopher to ever receive the honor. Winfield, who is also one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award, was also named All-Big Ten First Team by both the coaches and media. 

Winfield leads the team with 83 tackles, which includes 58 solo stops. He also has 3.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks this year to go along with seven interceptions and two forced fumbles. Winfield’s seven interceptions tied a school single-season record and also rank fourth in the NCAA this year.

Senior DE Carter Coughlin (6-5/245)

Rush end Carter Coughlin was named All-Big Ten Second Team by both the coaches and media. Coughlin was also named All-Big Ten Second Team in 2018 by the coaches and media. 

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Outback Bowl
Minnesota 31, Auburn 24
Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
Jan 1, 2020 | 1 p.m. | ESPN 

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2018 Outback Bowl
Iowa 27, Mississippi State 22
Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida

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Defensive Ends/2020

Updated April 19, 2020. Pre-Draft.

2020 NFL Draft:  Top Rated DEs

Photo: Joe Maiorana|USA TODAY Sports

1. Chase Young*, Ohio State, 6-4/264

2. Yetur Gross-Matos*, Penn State, 6-5/266

3. A.J. Epenesa*, Iowa, 6-5/275

4. Alton Robinson, Syracuse, 6-2/264

5. Jabari Zuniga, Florida, 6-3/246

6. Marlon Davidson, Auburn, 6-3/282

7. Curtis Weaver, Boise State, 6-2/265

8. Alex Highsmith, Charlotte, 6-2/245

9. Josh Uche*, Michigan, 6-1/245

10. D.J. Wonnum, So. Carolina, 6-4/258

11. Bradlee Anae, Utah, 6-3/257

12. Jonathan Greenard, Florida, 6-3/263

13. Jason Strowbridge, No. Carolina, 6-4/275

14. Trevis Gipson, Tulsa, 6-3/261

15. Jonathan Garvin*, Miami, 6-4/250

16. Darrell Taylor, Tennessee, 6-4/255

17. James Smith-Williams, NC State, 6-3/265

18. Derrek Tuszka, No. Dakota State, 6-4/251

19. Malcolm Roach, Texas, 6-3/290

20. Chauncy Rivers, Mississippi State, 6-3/275

21. Kenny Willekes, Michigan State, 6-4/250

22. Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame, 6-4/262

23. Qaadir Sheppard, Mississippi, 6-2/261

24. Nick Coe*, Auburn, 6-5/294

25. Joe Gaziano, Northwestern, 6-4/280

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OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  • Trevon Hill, Miami, 6-3/245
  • Carter Coughlin, Minnesota, 6-4/245
  • Mike Danna, Michigan, 6-2/257
  • Kendall Coleman, Syracuse, 6-3/251
  • LaDarius Hamilton, No. Texas, 6-3/256
  • Oluwole Betiku*, Illinois, 6-3/250
  • Christian Rector, USC, 6-4/275
  • Jonathan Cooper, Ohio State, 6-4/257
  • Delontae Scott, SMU, 6-5/264
  • Benning Potoa’e, Washington, 6-3/277
  • Deonte Holden, NC State, 6-4/247
  • Jessie Lemonier, Liberty, 6-3/240
  • Brendon Hayes, UCF, 6-3/275
  • Chase Hatada, Boise State, 6-3/262
  • Sean Adesanya, Central Michigan, 6-3/240
  • Rick Wade, UCLA, 6-6/275
  • David Marshall, Georgia, 6-3/274
  • Cedric Wilcots, New Mexico State, 6-4/252
  • Elorm Lumor*, Rutgers, 6-3/248
  • Houston Miller*, Texas Tech, 6-4/275

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SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECTS

  • Jonah Williams, Weber State, 6-5/275
  • Bryce Sterk, Montana State, 6-5/261
  • Austin Edwards, Farris State, 6-3/280
  • Nasir Player, E. Tenn State, 6-5/271
  • Ron’Dell Carter, James Madison, 6-3/269
  • Nick Wheeler, Colgate, 6-2/255
  • Sully Laiche, Nicholls, 6-2/270
  • Chris Terrell, Central Arkansas, 6-3/270
  • Ch’aim Smith, West Chester, 6-4/255
  • B.J. Jefferson, Tarleton State, 6-1/245
  • Elerson G. Smith, INU, 6-7/245

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*Denotes underclassman.

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QBRB | WR | TE | OT | OG | OC

Nat L. Faybian’s 2020 NFL Draft Players Position Rankings

DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | ST

2019 Pre-Season All-American team: Defense

*An early look ahead.

First Team

Utah State LB David Woodward was named a third-team All-American in 2018.
Photo: Utah State Athletics
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
DEA.J. EpenesaJrIowa6′ 5″277
DTLeki FotuSrUtah6′ 5″323
DTRaequan WilliamsSrMichigan State6′ 4″295
DEMarlon DavidsonSrAuburn6′ 3″282
OLBDavid WoodwardJrUtah State6′ 2″230
ILBPaddy FisherSrNorthwestern6′ 4″245
OLBBryce HuffSrMemphis6′ 3″245
CBPaulson AdeboSoStanford6′ 1″188
CBBryce HallSrVirginia6′ 1″200
FSGrant DelpitJrLSU6′ 3″201
SSBrandon JonesSrTexas6′ 0″200
PBraden MannSrTexas A&M5′ 11″190

Second Team

Willekes made 20½ of his 78 tackles last season for lost yardage.
Photo: Mike Carter|USA TODAY Sports
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
DERaekwon DavisSrAlabama6′ 7″306
DTMarvin WilsonJrFlorida State6′ 5″323
DTNeville GallimoreSrOklahoma6′ 2″330
DEKenny WillekesSrMichigan State6′ 4″265
OLBKyahva TezinoSrSan Diego State6′ 0″230
ILBJoe BachieSrMichigan State6′ 2″230
OLBMichael PinckneySrMiami6′ 1″228
CBThomas GrahamJrOregon5′ 11″184
CBLavert HillSrMichigan  5′ 11″177
FSAndre CiscoSoSyracuse6′ 0″186
SSCaden SternsSoTexas6′ 0″195
PJames SmithJrCincinnati6′ 5″225

Third Team

Penn State’s Gross-Matos looks to build on a successful Sophomore camgaign.
Photo: Adriana Lacy|Roar Lions Roar
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
DEXavier YoungSoClemson6′ 3″255
DTJames LynchJrBaylor6′ 4”285
DTRyan LopezJrNew Mexico State6′ 2″310
DEYetur Gross-MatosJrPenn State6′ 5″257
OLBBaron BrowningJrOhio State6′ 4″238
ILBColin SchoolerJrArizona6′ 0″230
OLBTerrell LewisSrAlabama6′ 5″256
CBAdrian FryeSoTexas Tech6′ 0″190
CBA.J. TerrellJrClemson6′ 1″190
FSQuentin LakeJrUCLA6′ 1″183
SSJalen ElliotSrNotre Dame6′ 1″230
PPressley HarvinSrGeorgia Tech6′ 0″240