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2020 NFL Mock Draft: 2019 midseason projection

Way too early look ahead to the offseason.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 19 LSU at Mississippi State Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

At the midpoint of the 2019 NFL season, the fate of some teams are already sealed while others are still in the race. However, all teams have clear needs going into the future. Here’s how the 2020 NFL Draft could shake out given how the season has gone thus far.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals- Joe Burrow, Quarterback, LSU: The quarterback debates this spring will be fierce but there is no denying Joe Burrow has played like a top prospect this year. The Bengals, who just benched Andy Dalton, head into a new era with the strong armed quarterback.
  2. Miami Dolphins- Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama: The Dolphins find their franchise quarterback in the incredibly accurate Alabama passer.
  3. Washington- Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia: Washington needs to build their offense around Dwayne Haskins. Andrew Thomas is a blue chip blocker who could replace Trent Williams.
  4. Atlanta Falcons- Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State: Chase Young will be going much higher than this. Atlanta desperately needs defensive playmakers and Young is an elite prospect.
  5. New York Jets- AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa: The Jets need high level help all over their team. Epenesa is an outstanding defender who could fill a long missing piece off the edge.
  6. New York Giants- Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama: The Giants have a lot of nice pieces around Daniel Jones but lack a true number one receiver. Jeudy would make the Giants offense truly dangerous.
  7. Denver Broncos- Javon Kinlaw, Defensive Tackle, South Carolina: The Broncos need to build their defense to fit Vic Fangio’s vision. Kinlaw rushing you the middle with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb coming off the edge would be deadly.
  8. Cleveland Browns- Tristian Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa: Besides needing a new coach, the Browns need to build their trenches up. Tristian Wirfs is a freak athlete who could be special on day one.
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jalen Hurts, Quarterback, Oklahoma: The Buccaneers are poised to move on from Jameis Winston, who is set to be a free agent after 2019. Jalen Hurts is a playmaker in every sense of the word who could rejuvenate Tampa Bay.
  10. Miami Dolphins (Via Steelers)- Josh Jones, Offensive Tackle, Houston: The Dolphins continue to build their offense by getting Tua a top level blindside protector.
  11. Los Angeles Chargers- Tyler Biadasz, Center, Wisconsin: The Chargers have a lot of needs and could go with a quarterback here. However continuing to build their offensive line to get the most out of Philip Rivers might be a great bet too.
  12. Oakland Raiders- Jeff Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State: This is a steal for a team that needs a top cornerback. The Raiders get the best cover guy in the draft.
  13. Oakland Raiders (via Bears)- Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn: The Raiders double dip on defense. Brown is an excellent all around defender who would bring a lot of athleticism and physicality to the Raiders front.
  14. Arizona Cardinals- Calvin Throckmorton, Offensive Line, Oregon: The Cardinals have their quarterback and now they can build around him. Throckmorton has played various spots in the trenches and could provide versatility for the Cardinals.
  15. Philadelphia Eagles- Grant Delpit, Safety, LSU: The Eagles need playmakers, period. There are many directions where Philly could go with this pick, but Delpit is a versatile difference maker on defense who could completely change a defense.
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars- Kristian Fulton, Cornerback, LSU: With Jalen Ramsey our of town, the Jaguars need to reboot their secondary with a new lockdown cornerback. Kristian Fulton is the answer here.
  17. Tennessee Titans- Jacob Eason, Quarterback, Washington: It’s tempting to give Herbert to Tennessee, but even in fantasy land it doesn’t seem likely Tennessee will pick another Oregon quarterback. Eason is a strong armed quarterback who could thrive in Tennessee.
  18. Detroit Lions- Yegur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State: The Lions have been a pleasant surprise this year but their defense could use a bit more juice. Yegur Gross-Matos is an outstanding edge defender and would complement the rest of the defensive line beautifully.
  19. Carolina Panthers- Alex Leatherwood, Offensive Line, Alabama: The Panthers need to keep building their offensive line. Alex Leatherwood can play guard and tackle at a high level and would bring physicality to their line.
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Rams)- Isaiah Simmons, Linebacker, Clemson: The Jaguars add more speed to their defense with Isaiah Simmons. He can cover, blitz and defend the run at a high level.
  21. Dallas Cowboys- Bryce Hall, Cornerback, UVA: The Cowboys add to their improved defense by taking a flier on the injured Bryce Hall. Hall’s ankle injury knocked him out for the year, but healthy he is an excellent player.
  22. Miami Dolphins (via Texans)- Jonathan Taylor, Running Back, Wisconsin: The Dolphins need weapons around Tua. Taylor is a dynamic back who can carry an offense in the running game and contribute as a pass catcher. He can be the rookie’s best friend.
  23. Kansas City Chiefs- CJ Henderson, Cornerback, Florida: The Chiefs add much needed secondary help with the athletic Henderson.
  24. Minnesota Vikings- Trevon Diggs, Cornerback, Alabama: The Vikings need cornerback help. It’s easy to consider Stefon Diggs’ excellent brother.
  25. Buffalo Bills- CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma: This would be a coup. Lamb is an all around playmaker who would bring more speed to a high upside Bills offense.
  26. Indianapolis Colts- Henry Ruggs III, Wide Receiver, Alabama: Pairing Henry Ruggs III with TY Hilton sounds too good to be true.
  27. Seattle Seahawks- Shane Lemieux, Offensive Line, Oregon: Shane Lemieux stays in the PNW where he can play various positions in Seattle to upgrade their offensive line.
  28. Green Bay Packers- Jalen Reagor, Wide Receiver, TCU: The Packers add another physical receiver to their pass catching group.
  29. Baltimore Ravens- Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State: The Ravens need more presence off the edge of their defense. Curtis Weaver is an excellent pass rusher who could massively improve the Ravens third down defense.
  30. New Orleans Saints- Kenneth Murray, Linebacker, Oklahoma: The Saints end up with someone who can truly quarterback their defense. Murray is an athletic, every down defender.
  31. San Francisco 49ers- Antoine Winfield Junior, Safety, Minnesota: The 49ers defense has been excellent this year. Now imagine what it could do with a ball hawking safety at the back end.
  32. New England Patriots- Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon: This might finally be the year New England drafts Tom Brady’s replacement. Herbert would be a steal this late.

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