Nat L. Faybian’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft Version 3.0, Round 1

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Round 1

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

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Nothing has changed in the past four months, Burrow still looks to be the first player taken in the NFL Draft and headed to Cincinnati.

2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

Washington has a new defense-minded head coach in Ron Rivera. He’s got to be thrilled to start building the foundation of his defense with a player of Young’s caliber.

3. Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Quarterback Matthew Stafford was placed on I.R. with bone fractures in his back in December. The Lions went 0-8 without him in the starting lineup. Time to draft the quarterback of the future?

I wouldn’t be surprised. Conventional wisdom though says they take cornerback Jeff Okudah. Detroit’s pass defense was one of the absolute worst in 2019.

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4. New York Giants: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

The New York media has been reporting that Giants GM Dave Gettleman has fallen in love with Iowa tackle Trista Wirfs. Shortly after the Combine, I had written, “Wirfs showed enough athletic ability at the Combine for the Giants to feel comfortable moving him to the left side.” I’ll stand on that.

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.

Miami plays it safe, grabbing the top proven left tackle in the class. Thomas has long arms, a high football IQ, and rarely gets beat.

6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Photo: University of Oregon Athletics

Herbert had a very good Senior Bowl, followed by an excellent Combine. For those that questioned his leadership, Herbert really helped himself by returning to school and leading his team to No. 6 in the rankings. He’s got prototypical size, good pre-snap read, and has a strong arm.

7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Carolina has a new head coach, Matt Rhule; and a new offensive coordinator, Joe Brady (of LSU fame). One would think that Rhule and Brady would be eager to starting adding additional weapons their offense right off the bat. However, Carolina had one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. Brown was the winner of the 2019 Lott IMPACT Trophy.

8. Arizona Cardinals: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

Arizona has needs on both lines. Protecting last year’s number one overall pick, QB Kyler Murray, would seem to be a priority in this offseason. Wills is an excellent run blocker and an improving pass protector. He should continue to improve with good coaching.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

The Jags need help on the defensive side of the ball. They could go for a corner here, but linebacker is also a need for Jacksonville. Losing Telvin Smith (retirement) and Myles Jack (season-ending injury) last year really hurt this team. Simmons’ leadership and high character will be welcomed, along with his exceptional athletic ability.

10. Cleveland Browns: Mikhi Becton, OT, Louisville

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. Since Cleveland needs help all across the line, they’ll certainly find the best spot to plug the raw Becton into.

11. New York Jets: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

The Jets finished 26th in the league in sacks per attempt, Epenesa would be a great addition. One way to improve that number is to improve coverage down the field. Henderson had an excellent Combine and keeps moving up the boards because of his excellent playing speed.

12. Las Vegas Raiders: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Las Vegas needs a No. 1 receiver, Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy can do all the little things you want in a receiver. He seems to glide across the turf; has deceptive speed; shows excellent nuanced route running; possesses terrific hands; and remarkable body control. I like Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, a lot, too. I just think Jeudy is more ready to step in and be a No. 1 receiver.

13. San Francisco 49ers (from Indy): Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

The Indianapolis Colts sent the No. 13 overall selection to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for defensive tackle DeForest Buckner.

I had Ruggs going to Indy with this pick prior to the trade. The question seems is it possible Ruggs could go before Lamb? 4.27 speed can do that.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: K’lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU

Almost all other mock drafts have Tampa Bay taking an offensive tackle. However, in this draft, the top four are already off the board. That leaves Tampa in a position where they could trade down for Josh Jones.

I would be inclined to think they’d take a DE/OLB hybrid like K’lavon Chaisson. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has his defense going in the right direction and expects a leap from year one to year two. Chaisson has a lot of upside, and could learn a lot from Shaq Barrett and JPP.

15. Denver Broncos: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Denver would be thrilled to land a potential top ten pick at fifteen. Lamb has exceptional body control, strong hands, and good long speed. Lamb also takes pride in his run blocking. Denver, much like Tampa, would like to grab a tackle here. So that’s still a possibility.

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. Gross-Matos has prototypical build with long arms, quickness, and bend.

17. Dallas Cowboys: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Dallas needs a stud upfront. We know that Kinlaw visited Dallas back at the end of February. Kinlaw is strong, athletic, and a known disruptor.

18. Miami Dolphins (from Pitt): Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Playing it safe, Miami finds their quarterback still on the board at No. 18. While Tua was cleared medically at the Scouting Combine, however, team’s would prefer their own doctor’s take a look before investing too much. I think Tua will be here at No. 18, other’s think he’ll be off the board by No. 5. We’ll see. It’ll be fun to watch!

19. Las Vegas Raiders (from Chi): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Las Vegas GM Mike Mayock went to Alabama for his first pick and grabbed Crimson Tide WR Jerry Jeudy. With their second first round pick, the Raiders grab Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs. Diggs has a great combination of size, speed, and agility. He’s not a finished product, so he’s got the potential to get better.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR): Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

Jacksonville looks to rebuild the backend of their defense. McKinney gets after the ball, either in the air or on the ground. He’s got a good football IQ and takes good angles to the ball. His coverage skills make him a full time player.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

The Eagles will look to bolster their defense. LSU has been putting quality linebackers in the NFL for a number of years now. Queen can blitz, is fluid in coverage, and has shown excellent sideline-to-sideline range. He can give the Eagles a powerful presence in the middle.

22. Minnesota Vikings (from Buf): Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU

Buffalo sent the 22nd overall pick, along with a fifth-round pick (No. 155 overall) and a sixth-round pick (No. 201 overall) in 2020, along with a 2021 fourth-round selection to Minnesota for WR Stefon Diggs.

The Vikings need to get better in their run defense. While Blacklock isn’t a stout anchor, he’s a quick-footed 3-tech that knows how to get in the backfield and disrupt the action.

23. New England Patriots: Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin

On draft day, Bill Belichick rarely does what you expect him to. What we do know is that the Patriots have a history of successfully utilizing versatile linebackers in their scheme. Baun fits that mold. He can rush the passer as easily as he can smother a tight end in coverage. He looks like a potential good fit here.

24. New Orleans Saints: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

I originally had New Orleans taking a quarterback with their first round pick: Drew Brees can’t play forever. After re-assessing their roster though I realized they don’t have an legitimate deep threat receiver on the roster, so they could so with Mims or Hamler. Higgins though would be too good to pass up here.

25. Minnesota Vikings: Antoine Winfield, S, Minnesota

Could Winfield be drafted before LSU’s Grant Delpit? It only takes one team to fall in love with a player. The Golden Gopher has a knack for always being around the ball. He understands his position and is a solid wrap up tackler. Winfield’s father, Antoine Sr., played nine seasons for the Vikings.

26. Miami Dolphins (from Hou): D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

If the Dolphins are able to get LB Isaiah Simmons; QB Tua Tagovailoa; and RB D’Andre Swift out of this draft, they would really improve their team. Even if Tua sits on the bench for a year while he learns the in’s and out’s of being an NFL quarterback, it’d still be a good haul.

I like Swift here over Taylor or Edwards-Helaire, I think he fits better with Miami’s conservative philosophy than the other two.

27. Seattle Seahawks: Austin Jackson, OT, USC

I heard Peter King say the other day that Seattle has traded their first pick eight years in a row. Sounds like there’s a trend. However, I’m not doing trades, so…

Seattle needs line help on both sides of the ball. Jackson has quick feet, good balance, and has excellent upside.

28. Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Murray, ILB, Oklahoma

A quick, slippery, linebacker that plays fast and plays downfield. Gets good drop in coverage, closes quickly on the ball.

29. Tennessee Titans: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa

Epenesa’s game is predicated on size and power. His stock dropped a little after a lack-luster Combine. Epenesa isn’t the flashiest, but he’s a dependable lunch bucket kind of player who is capable of putting up 10-12 sacks a year.

30. Green Bay Packers: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

The Packers took Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage in the first round in an attempt to shore up their defense. They could use someone to challenge for the corner spot opposite Jaire Alexander. In his three years on the field Fulton has shown he has enough talent to start at the next level.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn

After getting beat by Kansas City’s speed, John Lynch adds an ultra-fast speedster to his defense. Igbinoghene is the son of two Olympic athletes and possesses his own sprinter’s speed.

With a lack of picks, San Francisco is expected to trade out of this spot.

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

The rich get richer. Kansas City could go defense with this pick. But when you have a 4.38 speedster sitting there, why not give Mahomes just one more target?

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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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Nat L. Faybian’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft Version 1.0, Round 1

Round 1

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

Photo: Bill Feig|Associated Press 

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

Photo: University of Oregon Athletics

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.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

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

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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

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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.

17. Dallas Cowboys: Javon Kinlaw, DT, So. Carolina

Dallas ranked just outside the top ten in run defense, still Jerry Jones knows how important it is to stop the opponent’s running game. Kinlaw would be a great pick for the Cowboys at this pick.

18. Miami Dolphins (from Pitt): Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

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Dolphins are ranked 30th, defensively, in yards per game. There is no question they’ll have to address their lack of talent and depth an cornerback. Diggs looks like a top 25 pick at this point.

19. Las Vegas Raiders (from Chi): Grant Delpit, S, LSU

Delpit looked like a top ten pick heading into the season. Injuries slowed him down a bit in 2019, but his football instincts and athleticism make him seems like a steal here.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR): K’lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU

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.

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24. New Orleans Saints: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

Eason has all the tangibles. It will be Sean Payton’s job to grow him into the quarterback of the future.

25. Minnesota Vikings: Austin Jackson, OT, USC

The Vikings continue to improve their offensive line by picking up USC tackle Austin Jackson.

26. Miami Dolphins (from Hou): Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

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.

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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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Safeties/2020

Updated April 19, 2020. Pre-Draft.

2020 NFL Draft:  Top Rated Safeties

1. Xavier McKinney*, Alabama, 6-1/197

2. Antoine Winfield*, Minnesota, 5-10/204

3. Grant Delpit*, LSU, 6-3/205

4. Kyle Duggers, Lenoir-Rhyne, 6-2/220

5. Julian Blackmon, Utah, 6-1/187

6. Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois, 6-3/212

7. Ashtyn Davis, California, 6-1/190

8. Terrell Burgess, Utah, 5-11/180

9. L’Jarius Sneed, Louisiana Tech, 6-1/193

10. K’Von Wallace, Clemson, 5-11/210

11. Tanner Muse, Clemson, 6-1/230

12. Brandon Jones, Texas, 6-0/210

13. Daniel Thomas, Auburn, 5-11/215

14. Josh Metellus, Michigan, 6-0/199

15. J.R. Reed, Georgia, 6-1/194

16. Khaleke Hudson, Michigan, 6-0/220

17. Geno Stone*, Iowa, 5-1/209

18. Jordan Fuller, Ohio State, 6-2/207

19. Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame, 5-11/201

20. Grayland Arnold, Baylor, 5-9/186

21. Kamren Curl*, Arkansas, 6-2/2210

22. Jalen Elliot, Notre Dame, 6-0/203

23. Jaylinn Hawkins, California, 6-2/205

24 Nigel Warrior, Tennessee, 6-0/190

25. Antoine Brooks, Maryland, 5-11/210

26. Brian Cole, Mississippi State, 6-2/210

27. Jared Mayden, Alabama, 6-0/200

28. David Dowell, Michigan State, 6-0/206

29. Rodney Clemons, SMU, 6-0/200

30. Jeremiah Dinson, Auburn, 5-11/192

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OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  • Myles Dorn, No. Carolina, 6-1/198
  • Shyheim Carter, Alabama, 5-11/192
  • Damar Hamlin, Pittsburgh, 6-0/196
  • Chappelle Russell, Temple, 6-1/215
  • Kenny Robinson*, West Virginia, 6-2/204
  • Jalen Thompson, Washington State, 6-0/191
  • Douglas Coleman, Texas Tech, 6-1/190
  • Javon Hagan, Ohio, 6-0/207
  • P.J. Hall, Tulane, 5-11/190
  • Desmond Franklin, Appalachian State, 6-2/204
  • Garrett Taylor, Penn State, 6-0/200
  • Javon White, UNLV, 6-3/218
  • Patrick Nelson, SMU, 6-1/205
  • Austin Lee, BYU, 6-0/200
  • Josh Thomas, Appalachian State, 6-0/206
  • Brody Hoying, Eastern Michigan, 5-11/205
  • Reggie Floyd, Virginia Tech, 6-0/222
  • Dayan Ghanwoloku, BYU, 5-11/205
  • Marc-Antoine Dequay, Montreal, 6-2/195
  • Juju Hughes, Fresno State, 5-10/180
  • Vince Calhoun, Eastern Michigan, 5-11/185
  • Jaquarius Landrews, Mississippi State, 6-0/190
  • Jordan Glasgow, Michigan, 6-0/226
  • Jovante Moffatt, Middle Tennessee State, 6-0/216
  • Ben DeLuca, Charlotte, 6-1/194
  • Cameron Haney, Utah State, 5-10/185
  • Justin Tranquill, Western Michigan, 5-11/188
  • Jaylon Jones, Mississippi, 5-11/186

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SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECTS

  • Luther Kirk, Illinois State, 6-0/200
  • Marlon Bridges, Jacksonville State, 6-0/200
  • Brandon Anderson, Edinboro, 6-1/200
  • Daniel Reid-Bennett, Elon, 6-1/193
  • Brayden Konkol, Montana State, 6-2/215
  • Leon Eggleston, Wayne State, 5-11/224
  • LaMont McPhatter, California (PA), 5-11/190
  • Peyton Haynes, LaGrange (GA), 6-0/200
  • Darius Williams, Carson-Newman, 5-10/195
  • Jarey Elder, West Chester (PA), 5-11/195

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*Denotes underclassman.

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College Football: Week 7 Alabama at Texas A&M

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) vs #24 Texas A&M Aggies (3-2)

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ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Nick Saban

Alabama Players to watch

*Junior QB Tua Tagovailoa (6-1/2018)

Tua has 23 touchdown passes and 0 interceptions so far in 2019. He continues to get better the more he plays. He’s put up 400+ yards passing twice this year, both against SEC rivals (SC and Ole Miss). He’s already thrown for over 6,000 yards this year & doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Tua will be in the thick of the Heisman race once again.

*Junior WR DeVonta Smith (6-1/175)

Smith had a day for the ages last week against Mississippi. He was named national player of the week, hauling in 11 receptions for 274 yards and five touchdowns! Smith claimed Alabama records for touchdown receptions (old record was three) and receiving yards – the old record was 224. The five touchdowns also tied an SEC record held by a host of receivers.

Senior OLB Anfernee Jennings (6-3/259)

The Crimson Tide have been recruiting smaller, faster, linebackers to deal with today’s uptempo offenses. Jennings can come off the edge or play in space. He’s racked up 3.0 sacks so far and 5 tackles-for-loss. Three times, already this year, Jennings has earned defensive player of the week accolades from the Alabama coaching staff.

*Junior FS Xavier McKinney (6-1/196)

McKinney is now in his second year in the starting safety role after a standout sophomore campaign. Jennings comes into this weeks’ game with 41 tackles, 1 Int, and 1 Pbu. Cornerback Patrick Surtain recently said of McKinney, “He’s an alpha dog on the team. Whenever he steps his game up, you can tell the whole defense steps their game up. He’s a special player.”

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TEXAS A&M AGGIES | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Jimbo Fisher

TX A&M Players to watch:

*Junior WR Jhamon Ausbon (6-2/218)

Ausbon has become QB Kellen Mond’s favorite target in 2019. He has over 30 catches and close to 450 receiving yards coming into this weeks game against Alabama. He’s not the fastest guy on the team, but he has strong hands, good body control , and wins most of his 50=50’s.

*Junior QB Kellen Mond (6-2/217)

Mond is a duel-threat quarterback. He’s the second leading rusher on the team. His season has been pretty average looking so far. His best game, up to this point, was against #8 Auburn. In that game, Mond threw for 335 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. He’ll need another outing just as good, if not better, to upset the #1 ranked Crimson Tide this week.

*Junior DT Justin Madubuike (6-3/304)

Madubuike has been the Aggies’ highest graded player on either side of the ball so far. The big defensive tackle has great get off and is now over 300 pounds. He doesn’t have eye popping tackle numbers since he’s supposed to keep people off of the linebackers but he’s got four tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries.

Senior P Braden Mann (5-11/195)

Mann was 1st Team All-American last year, and has picked up where he left off. Once again, he is near the top of the list in ypp average. It’s not often a punter turns down a chance at the NFL to return for his senior season. In the field position game, Mann is the Aggie’s not-so-secret weapon.

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Kyle Field – Grass
Oct. 12 | College Station, Texas