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2020 NFL Mock Draft: Tua Tagovailoa to the Rescue in Miami

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - AUGUST 31:  Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after passing for a touchdown in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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We've survived the first five weeks of the 2019 NFL season and the teams are already separating themselves into tiers. We can now project some semblance of a draft order for next year. With that in mind, here's our first 2020 NFL mock draft of the season.

1. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Josh Rosen isn't the long-term answer in Miami and Tagovailoa is the best quarterback in this draft. So this is a no-brainer. Tua is an incredibly accurate passer, can hit receivers in stride all over the field, moves well in the pocket and has adequate arm strength. He's a gamer who does what it takes to win and leads from the front. This would be a franchise-changing pick for Miami. Something the franchise desperately needs at this point.

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

It's time for Washington to get serious on defense, and that's where Chase Young comes in. A prototypical edge rusher at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, Young has dominated thus far in 2019. In six games he already has 8.5 sacks and has been a menace for opposing offenses. Washington needs an impact player up front on defense and Young fits that bill.

3. New York Jets: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

The Jets have a terrible offensive line and need to start investing in protection for Sam Darnold. Thomas could be an anchor for New York's offensive line for a decade. At 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, he's a prototypical left tackle who is extremely strong. He's not a finished product but has all the tools to be the Jets' long-term answer at left tackle.

4. Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh): Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Jerry Jeudy could be the best player in this class; he's an incredible athlete and a top-level receiver in the mold of a true No. 1. He has fantastic ball-skills, is a great route-runner and has elite speed. In this dream scenario, Miami pairs him with his college quarterback.

EUGENE, OREGON - OCTOBER 05: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks warms up prior to taking on the California Golden Bears during their game at Autzen Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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5. Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Andy Dalton isn't getting any better and is on the wrong side of 30. It's time for the Bengals to move on. Herbert has ideal size (6-foot-6, 237), a huge arm, solid athleticism and mobility, and should start quickly at the next level. The young signal-caller needs to be more consistent, but he's a prototypical NFL quarterback. Someone might trade up to take Herbert higher than this, but we're not projecting trades. Cincy grabs him here.

6. Arizona Cardinals: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

The Cardinals need some punch on the defensive side of the ball and Delpit would provide that. At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, he's a rangy safety who can make huge hits, defend the run and cover receivers one-on-one. He's a force in the secondary and would be a huge addition alongside Patrick Peterson.

7. Denver Broncos: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Jeff Okudah has quickly established himself as the nation's best cornerback. He's got great size (6-foot-1, 200), is super-aggressive and seemingly relishes the chance to take on an opponent's top receiver. He has three interceptions this season for Ohio State.

8. New York Giants: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

The Giants appear to have found their quarterback in Daniel Jones, now they need to get him a No. 1 receiver. Ruggs is just 6-foot and 190 pounds, but he's one of the fastest players I've ever watched film on. He's got blazing speed that can impact plays even when he doesn't touch the ball.

9. Tennessee Titans: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

If the Titans are going to move on from Marcus Mariota, they couldn't go further in the other direction than Jacob Eason. Eason is big, has a huge arm and is decisive with his throws. At 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds with a howitzer on his shoulder, the upside is worth the risk here.

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA - SEPTEMBER 14: Kristian Fulton #1 of the LSU Tigers in action during a game against the Northwestern State Demons at Tiger Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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10. Atlanta Falcons: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

Atlanta's secondary has been brutal this season (and last) and could use an infusion of youth. In steps Fulton, an aggressive corner with decent size (6-foot, 200 pounds) and a knack for making plays on the ball.

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

The Bucs could use an upgrade up front and they get it here. Wirfs is playing right tackle for Iowa and absolutely mauling the opposition. He might be able to shift to the left side, but if not, he's still one of the best tackles in this year's class. At 6-foot-5, 322 pounds he has the size to be an anchor.

12. Jacksonville Jaguars: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida

If Jalen Ramsey is done in Jacksonville, then landing a shutdown corner makes the most sense here. Henderson is as smooth as they come and has the size (6-foot-1, 202) to take on all receivers. He's a pure cover guy, so don't expect a ton of help in the run game, but he's got elite coverage ability.

13. Oakland Raiders: Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson

No one quite knows where Simmons will fit at the next level, but he's a flat-out player and Jon Gruden loves guys like that. He's awkwardly-sized as a 6-foot-4, 225-pound former safety now playing linebacker. Thing is, he can really play all over the field. He's too good to pass up at this spot.

14. Cleveland Browns: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

Cleveland's offensive line is an absolute mess and needs to be addressed ASAP. Leatherwood is in his first season as Alabama's left tackle after starting at guard in 2018. He's got size (6-foot-6, 310 pounds) and versatility on his side. He'd be a huge upgrade at any spot for the Browns.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 21: Trevon Diggs #7 of the Alabama Crimson Tide in action on defense during a game against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Southern Miss 49-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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15. Los Angeles Chargers: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Casey Heyward has been fantastic for the Chargers, but they need an upgrade across from him. Diggs is a big (6-foot-2, 207) corner who looks like he could be special in man-to-man coverage. The younger brother of Stefon Diggs, this Alabama corner is also an excellent tackler.

16. Carolina Panthers: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

Carolina's secondary is a mess despite the rest of the defense being pretty solid. The Panthers can address that here. Adebo is a fantastic corner, with long arms, a great work-ethic and a knack for breaking up passes. He's going to be an excellent pro.

17. Detroit Lions: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

Kerryon Johnson isn't getting it done out of the Lions' backfield alone and Matt Stafford needs the pressure taken off him as he ages. Taylor is one of the most productive running backs in college football history and has the size (5-foot-11, 220 pounds), speed and vision to be a top-tier NFL back.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

Kirk Cousins is a mess in Minnesota and it looks like that deal will go down as one of the worst contracts of all-time. It's clear the Vikings need a change, and Jake Fromm is the best quarterback left on the board. Fromm is a solid, all-around quarterback, with excellent accuracy. He doesn't have stellar size (6-foot-2, 220) or arm strength, but he does a lot of things well and rarely -- if ever -- hurts his team. What a refreshing change that will be in Minnesota.

19. San Francisco 49ers: Lamar Jackson, CB, Nebraska

The 49ers have a stellar defense, but there are weaknesses in the secondary. Adding Jackson, a huge corner (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) who can make plays, will be a huge boost at the back end of that defense, especially as Richard Sherman moves on.

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 8: Defensive lineman Derrick Brown #5 of the Auburn Tigers looks to tackle quarterback Dakota Rocker #13 of the Alabama State Hornets at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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20. Indianapolis Colts: Derrick Brown, DT/DE, Auburn

Brown drops this far solely because of needs for other teams. He's a borderline top five prospect and the Colts will snag him here and plug him in as a Day 1 starter. A massive presence on the interior at 6-foot-5 and 318 pounds, Brown is super active. While he hasn't translated his talent to big sack numbers yet, that could come with time.

21. Baltimore Ravens: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

The Ravens could use some punch up front on defense, and Kinlaw would certainly give them that. The kid is scary talented and, well, just plain scary. He's 6-foot-6, 310 pounds and athletic. Kinlaw is already an outstanding run defender and has shown flashes as a pass rusher in 2019.

22. Dallas Cowboys: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

The Cowboys might be losing Amari Cooper and need a talented wide receiver to play alongside Michael Gallup. Enter Higgins, a big (6-foot-4, 205), explosive playmaker who can wreak havoc on opposing secondaries. He is also a huge red zone threat and has a knack for finding the end zone.

23. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago): CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

The Antonio Brown marriage didn't work for the Raiders, but this one might. Lamb is big-time athlete who has exploded this season as Oklahoma's No.1 receiver. Through five games he has 18 catches for 439 yards and seven touchdowns. That's an average of 24.4 yards per reception. At 6-foot-2 and 191 pounds, he has the size and playmaking skills to make an immediate impact in the NFL.

24. New Orleans Saints: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

The Saints could use some more depth in the secondary, with Eli Apple's contract set to expire after 2019. Hall has good size at corner (6-foot-1, 200) and led the nation with 22 pass breakups in 2019. He displays great technique but would be even better if he could loosen up athletically a bit.

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - SEPTEMBER 9:  Kyle Hicks #21 runs the ball behind the blocking of Lucas Niang #77 of the TCU Horned Frogs during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Horn Frogs defeated the Razorbacks 28-7.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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25. Miami Dolphins (from Houston): Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

The Dolphins traded Laremy Tunsil to open the season and here they get their replacement at left tackle. Niang is massive at 6-foot-7 and 328 pounds and has developed into an outstanding pass protector. He should improve in the run game and has the strength to get there soon. He's played on both sides of the line, so he's got versatility if needed as well.

26. Buffalo Bills: A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa

The Bills haven't gotten a ton of pressure off the edge this season, let's get them a dynamic playmaker. Epenesa is a strong, big, relentless worker. At 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, he can set the edge in the running game or get to the quarterback. He racked up 10.5 sacks in 2018 and has two this season despite being the focal point of every offensive line he faces.

27. Los Angeles Rams: Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

Protecting Jared Goff should be the top priority for the Rams, so they need to get younger and more athletic along the offensive line. They get a great value here in Prince Tega Wanogho, a 6-foot-7, 305-pounder with good feet, long arms and developing technique. He could play either tackle spot and should improve rapidly as a pro.

28. Philadelphia Eagles: Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama

The Eagles always seem to be reloading along the defensive front, and Davis is a perfect fit for Jim Schwartz's scheme. He's huge at 6-foot-7 and 312 pounds, but is also super strong and can disrupt the interior of an offensive line with ease. There's a lot more potential to be unlocked here as well.

29. Seattle Seahawks: Tyler Biadasz, G, Wisconsin

Russell Wilson is only going to last so long without upgrades to Seattle's offensive line, and they have a chance to get a good one here. Biadasz is an excellent run-blocker on the interior for Wisconsin who can also pass protect. He needs to continue to improve but this 6-foot-3, 321-pounder is the best interior lineman in the draft.

BOULDER, CO - SEPTEMBER 7:  Wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes carries the ball against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the fourth quarter of a game at Folsom Field on September 7, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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30. Green Bay Packers: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado

Outside of Davante Adams, Aaron Rodgers doesn't have a great receiving corps to work with. This pick would change that. Shenault is big (6-foot-2, 220), incredibly fast and versatile. He's not a polished route runner, but he's the kind of game-changing playmaker the Packers covet.

31. Kansas City Chiefs: Xavier McKinney, CB, Alabama

Yet another Alabama player off the board in the first round. Shocking, I know. The Chiefs desperately need to improve their secondary and McKinney is a talented, rangy corner who can help in run support.

32. New England Patriots: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

The Patriots could use another versatile edge player and they get a ridiculous value here. Gross-Matos had eight sacks and 20 tackles for loss in 2018 and has added 5.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss in five games this season. He's a backfield disrupter and the Patriots always need more of those.