2020 NFL Draft

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Hey AFSF Fam.

I was wondering if there was interest in trying to find someone for each team, to discuss the upcoming draft and build an on going ASFS mock draft?

Thoughts? How can we make it happen? Who can we get involved?
 

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2020 NFL draft order: First-round picks from 1-32, date and location


The order for the top 24 picks of the 2020 NFL draft is set, with the 2-14 Cincinnati Bengals, who had the league's worst record, picking No. 1. Could they choose top quarterback prospect Joe Burrow?

The Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins, meanwhile, each have multiple first-round picks.

The 2020 NFL draft begins with Round 1 on April 23 from Las Vegas and continues with Rounds 2 and 3 on April 24 and Rounds 4 to 7 on April 25. The draft will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN, the ESPN app and NFL Network.

Check out the final 1-24 order below, with projections from the ESPN Football Power Index (FPI) for picks 25 to 32. Efficiency rankings for each team are updated through the end of the regular season.

1. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14)
The last time the Bengals picked first overall was in 2003, when they took Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Carson Palmer. He spent seven seasons in Cincinnati and made the Pro Bowl twice.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 30th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 25th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 16th
Overall ranking: 31st

2. Washington Redskins (3-13)
Washington locked up the No. 2 pick with a loss at Dallas on Sunday. The last time the Redskins picked second overall? It was in 2012, when they also took a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback -- Robert Griffin III. This will be the fourth time Washington has had the second pick.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 32nd
Defensive efficiency ranking: 27th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 4th
Overall ranking: 32nd

3. Detroit Lions (3-12-1)
The last time the Lions picked third overall was in 2002, when they took quarterback Joey Harrington. He went 18-37 as a starter in his four seasons with Detroit.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 19th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 29th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 1st
Overall ranking: 25th

4. New York Giants (4-12)
The last time the Giants picked fourth overall was in 2004, when they took quarterback Philip Rivers. They then traded him and their 2005 first-round pick to the Chargers for first overall pick Eli Manning.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 25th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 28th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 17th
Overall ranking: 29th

5. Miami Dolphins (5-11)
Of the Dolphins' past eight first-round picks, only three are still on the roster. Two others, offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, were traded away and made the Pro Bowl this season for their new teams. Ryan Tannehill, a 2012 first-round pick who was traded to Tennessee last offseason, could make it three former Dolphins on the AFC roster, should he be added.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 24th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 30th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 22nd
Overall ranking: 30th

6. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)
This marks only the third time since 2004 that the Chargers have picked in the top 10. The other two picks netted defensive end Joey Bosa (No. 3 overall) and wide receiver Mike Williams (No. 7).

Offensive efficiency ranking: 16th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 23rd
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 21st
Overall ranking: 20th

7. Carolina Panthers (5-11)
With the Panthers past three top-10 picks, they selected running back Christian McCaffrey (No. 8), linebacker Luke Kuechly (No. 9) and quarterback Cam Newton (No. 1). Carolina lost eight straight games to end the season.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 28th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 20th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 23rd
Overall ranking: 27th

8. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1)
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Help for 2019 No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray probably will be the order of the day for the Cardinals. Eight wide receivers rank among ESPN NFL draft expert Todd McShay's top 32 prospects.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 13th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 31st
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 14th
Overall ranking: 26th

9. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10)
The Jaguars' pick will be their 18th in the top 10 since the franchise came into existence in 1995, the most of any team. The Cardinals, who will be making their 15th top-10 pick since 1995, are second.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 26th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 26th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 6th
Overall ranking: 28th

10. Cleveland Browns (6-10)
The Browns must protect quarterback Baker Mayfield better than they did in 2019. They haven't taken an offensive tackle in the first round since selecting Joe Thomas third overall in 2007.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 22nd
Defensive efficiency ranking: 22nd
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 9th
Overall ranking: 23rd

11. New York Jets (7-9)
The Jets haven't spent a first-round pick on an offensive player who wasn't a quarterback since selecting tight end Dustin Keller (No. 30) in 2008. This would be a good spot to grab their first first-round offensive tackle since three-time Pro Bowler D'Brickashaw Ferguson in 2006.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 29th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 15th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 15th
Overall ranking: 24th

12. Oakland Raiders (7-9)
The Raiders don't have a second-round pick, but they have two first-rounders and three third-rounders. They'll look to improve the league's worst defense, by FPI's efficiency metric.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 6th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 32nd
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 28th
Overall ranking: 22nd

13. Indianapolis Colts (7-9)
Another prime spot for one of the talented members of the wide receiver class? Colts wideouts struggled mightily to stay healthy in 2019.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 18th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 12th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 32nd
Overall ranking: 19th

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)
It isn't considered a deep draft for offensive linemen, which is the Bucs' primary need. This pick could instead provide help for one of the NFL's most improved defenses.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 20th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 8th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 31st
Overall ranking: 15th

15. Denver Broncos (7-9)
The Broncos have unearthed some solid offensive prospects in the past two drafts in wide receiver Courtland Sutton, running back Royce Freeman, tight end Noah Fant and offensive tackle Dalton Risner. They could opt for another playmaker or look for a replacement at cornerback for Chris Harris Jr., who is a free agent in 2020.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 23rd
Defensive efficiency ranking: 16th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 5th
Overall ranking: 18th

16. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
The Falcons have used their past three first-round picks, including two in last April's draft, on offense. They had one of the NFL's worst defenses in 2019, so they could address cornerback or the defensive line here.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 12th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 24th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 29th
Overall ranking: 21st

17. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
The Cowboys might need to address wide receiver, with no contract yet for Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb also slated for free agency. The secondary also is an area that could be hit hard by free-agent departures.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 3rd
Defensive efficiency ranking: 18th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 30th
Overall ranking: 8th

18. Miami Dolphins (from 8-8 PIT)
The second of Miami's three first-round picks -- acquired in the trade with the Steelers for Minkah Fitzpatrick -- could address the team's many needs. The Dolphins haven't had multiple first-round picks since the 1992 draft.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 24th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 30th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 22nd
Overall ranking: 30th

19. Oakland Raiders (from 8-8 CHI)
General manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden have several options with their capital on days 1 and 2 of the draft, which include trading up to pick a player they like.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 6th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 32nd
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 28th
Overall ranking: 22nd

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from 9-7 LAR)
The Jaguars acquired this pick in the Jalen Ramsey trade. It is possible they could turn it around and use it on a cornerback. Wide receiver and linebacker also seem like strong possibilities.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 26th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 26th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 6th
Overall ranking: 28th

21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
It is a good thing for the Eagles that there is a deep and talented receiver class. They're definitely in the market given their lack of production at the position in 2019: They didn't have a wideout reach 500 receiving yards for the first time since 1966.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 11th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 19th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 26th
Overall ranking: 14th

22. Buffalo Bills (10-6)
The Bills fit the bill of yet another team looking to put playmakers around a young quarterback. Yes, the wide receiver class is that deep. And the past three times that the Bills took one in the first round, he delivered at least one 1,000-yard season.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 21st
Defensive efficiency ranking: 5th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 3rd
Overall ranking: 10th

23. New England Patriots (12-4)
The Patriots' offensive line has struggled this season. Could they take another lineman here? They don't have a second-round pick but could have as many as three third-rounders with compensatory selections.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 17th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 1st
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 9th
Overall ranking: 4th

24. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
The Saints don't have a second-round pick, so this one will be of the utmost importance. After Michael Thomas, their receiving depth chart is barren.

Offensive efficiency ranking: 4th
Defensive efficiency ranking: 11th
Special-teams efficiency ranking: 2nd
Overall ranking: 5th

Projections for picks 25-32, from ESPN's Football Power Index
25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)
26. Tennessee Titans (9-7)
27. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
28. Miami Dolphins (via 10-6 Houston Texans)
29. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
30. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
31. San Francisco 49ers (13-3)
32. Baltimore Ravens (14-2)
 

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Hey AFSF Fam.

I was wondering if there was interest in trying to find someone for each team, to discuss the upcoming draft and build an on going ASFS mock draft?

Thoughts? How can we make it happen? Who can we get involved?
i would be glad to cover the Judases
 

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Tua Tagovailoa's best NFL fits: Dolphins, Chargers make sense


We don't know when Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be drafted this April, but one thing we can do while we wait to find out is consider which teams would be the best fits for him in the NFL.

First, here's a quick scouting report. Tagovailoa has elite arm strength, which allows him to make all the NFL throws, and athleticism equivalent to that of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. He's a very competitive and grounded person who has a real natural feel for football; he has a great sense of anticipation when throwing the ball, and he makes good decisions to keep plays alive.

Of course, one issue to consider is his continued recovery from the hip injury that knocked him out for the season in November. How his health status will impact his NFL future remains one of the biggest questions following his decision to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Modern medicine is such that players are able to recover quickly from injuries that would have ended careers even 10 years ago; think of Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith. A devastating knee injury knocked Smith into the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft and forced him to miss his rookie season, but he's now coming off his third straight 16-game campaign. For his part, Tagovailoa said this week that "everything looks good" and expressed optimism that he'll be ready for the 2020 season, but he also cautioned that much still depends on how his rehab progresses. One thing teams can take comfort in is the knowledge that Tagovailoa will work hard to get right. In this kind of a situation, you're betting on the man, and in Tagovailoa's case, it's a good bet.

Based on what we know at this point, I'd expect Tagovailoa to fully regain the athleticism he showed in college, but even if he were only half as mobile as he was, he'd still be more mobile than half the quarterbacks in the NFL. While further clarity on his medical timeline could have an obvious impact, and plenty might change between now and draft day, I still see Tagovailoa going in the first round.

While practically any team could use a quarterback of Tagovailoa's talent, I see him fitting exceptionally well with the five organizations listed below.
NOTE: This is not meant to be a projection or prediction of where Tagovailoa will be picked, or even necessarily a reflection of which teams have a realistic chance to add him. Rather, I'm zeroing in on the teams that could best use his services at quarterback, regardless of how much draft capital they possess.



1) Miami Dolphins

When I chose the Dolphins (who hold the fifth overall pick) as the most likely team to jump from worst to first in 2020, I highlighted the presence of some real talent on Miami's roster, including receiver DeVante Parker and tight end Mike Gesicki, who served as bright spots (72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine scores by Parker and 51 catches for 570 yards and five scores by Gesicki) during a challenging season. Tagovailoa's scrambling ability and arm strength should make Parker an especially appealing target, given that the former first-rounder finished with the fifth-most receiving yards (412) on deep passes (20-plus air yards) in the NFL in 2019 despite working with a quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick who ranked 17th in deep passing attempts (53). Parker was open on just 4.2 percent of deep targets, according to Next Gen Stats, tied for fifth-worst among those with 10-plus deep targets, while a league-high 70.8 percent of his deep passes were thrown into tight windows. Imagine what a reliable deep threat he could be for Tagovailoa.
Fitzpatrick, meanwhile, could serve as an ideal mentor and/or placeholder, depending on how quickly Tagovailoa adjusts to the NFL game. Head coach Brian Flores has the flexibility to get the most out of whichever rookie QB the Dolphins end up with. I've known new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey a long time, and I think he was a great hire. Smart and patient, Gailey knows how to coach young players and would serve as an effective mentor for Tagovailoa.

2) Los Angeles Chargers

Like the Dolphins, the Chargers have some dynamic weapons on offense, including Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. There is the question of what will happen with Philip Rivers, who, at age 38, just posted the third-worst passer rating (88.5) of his career as a starter, while throwing 20 picks, and is headed for free agency. Rivers is a great competitor, but I think he showed signs of slippage, and it would be better for the Chargers to part ways with him as they try to further entrench themselves in Los Angeles during their first season in a shiny new stadium. Taking Tagovailoa sixth overall could provide a serious jolt to the organization and inject life into the fan base.

3) Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars already have a veteran (Nick Foles) and an up-and-comer (Gardner Minshew) on the depth chart at QB, but Foles was both injured and benched during the course of the 2019 season, while Minshew alternately showed promise and scuffled while filling in for Foles. Minshew's resume (including an 11-win season at Washington State) and ability to provide a spark after Foles' Week 1 injury should not be overlooked, but I'm not sure he's the kind of quarterback who can lead you to the playoffs. Depending on how the Jaguars feel about Minshew, it would not be unreasonable to restart at quarterback and take a swing on a premium-tier prospect if they have the opportunity (Jacksonville currently picks ninth overall). Tagovailoa has more upside than Minshew and -- though it might be hard for anyone who witnessed Minshew Mania to believe -- could bring even more hope and happiness to the fan base. Yes, the last QB drafted by Jacksonville in the first round -- Blake Bortles -- didn't exactly pan out, but Tagovailoa is a better player than Bortles was coming out of college.

4) Carolina Panthers

The Panthers are in a sort of quarterback limbo until they decide whether to bring Cam Newton back as the starter in 2020 after a lost season. That said, Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel are the kinds of young pieces that could help make Tagovailoa an instant competitor and grow with him as he continues to get a feel for the NFL game. I'm not sure Newton will ever reach the heights of his MVP 2015 season again, given that he's coming off a foot injury at age 30. I think it would make sense to turn the page and let new coach Matt Rhule start his Carolina tenure with a new QB, especially with McCaffrey being in his prime right now as a dynamic, athletic source of offensive mayhem in both the run and pass games.

5) New England Patriots

Tom Brady's future is the immediate concern in New England, but whether he's on the roster in 2020 or not, it's safe to say the Pats could use a quarterback, unless they really think that fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham has serious long-term upside. Highly sought-after quarterback prospects tend not to fall to New England's draft position; I wouldn't expect a prospect like, say, Joe Burrow to still be on the board when the Pats' turn comes around later in the first round. But Tagovailoa's injury history might push the Nick Saban acolyte into the range of Saban's former boss. Should Bill Belichick have a chance to land the quarterback who threw 87 touchdown passes against 11 picks for his good friend, I could see him changing his offense to accommodate Tagovailoa.
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i would be glad to cover the Judases
It would almost be worth it to see who you have them drafting..
In Round one the San Die.... err... Los Angeles Chargers take... Norm from Cheers...

Ahhh... Norm is refusing to come to the stage, he says it is the Bears or nothing... Back to you Boom....
 

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Tua Tagovailoa's leap of faith: Uncertainty for draft-bound QB

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Tua Tagovailoa walked into the University of Alabama's Naylor Stone media suite Monday without a crutch or even a discernible limp, belying the long-term work that still lies ahead for the most talked-about hip of the 2020 NFL Draft. In announcing Monday that he intends to take the plunge into pro football following a complicated hip injury that was examined by doctors in New York over the weekend, the most celebrated quarterback in Alabama history brought to a close a college football career he described as a roller-coaster ride.

In some ways, the ride has only begun.

With his parents, Galu and Diane, and younger brother Taulia, also a UA quarterback, looking on from front-row seats, Tagovailoa acknowledged his path to full health is still unclear roughly seven weeks after an awkward fall against Mississippi State threw his football future into question.
It wasn't supposed to be this way.

Not for a kid from Hawaii who traveled more than 4,000 miles from home to settle under one of college football's brightest, hottest lights in playing quarterback at tradition-rich Alabama.

Not for a gifted passer who, through no doing of his own other than outstanding play, inspired the #TankForTua hashtag, which once trended on Twitter and beckoned the Miami Dolphins to parlay a doomed season into the No. 1 overall draft choice in order to acquire him.

Not for a guy who pulled a College Football Playoff national championship from the fire two years ago as a second-half, freshman substitute for an ineffective Jalen Hurts, immortalizing himself to a frenzied fan base in the process. Tagovailoa threw 87 touchdown passes at Alabama despite starting for less than two seasons, and in many of those games, he played barely more than a half because the Crimson Tide held commanding halftime leads more often than not.
None of that will guarantee him a spot at the top of the draft board now.

He's still widely expected to be a first-round selection -- the threshold by which early entries into the NFL draft are often considered no-brainers -- and UA coach Nick Saban indicated last week that the quarterback was regarded as a top-15 selection by NFL evaluators. Still, his long-term injury prognosis has yet to fully unfold.

"I don't think any of the doctors can tell the forseeable future," Tagovailoa said on Monday. "I don't think the guys rehabbing me can tell me that. From what they've seen in New York, everything looks good. But you can't really tell until the three-month mark or the four-month mark."

The three-month mark since the injury, Feb. 16, will be just before the NFL Scouting Combine commences in Indianapolis. Tagovailoa will be there, to be sure, but his participation could be limited to interviews and, of course, medical evaluations. The four-month mark, in mid-March, will fall as NFL scouts are traversing the country watching draft prospects perform pro day workouts.

That's where Tagovailoa's focus holds for now, at least until he's advised otherwise by doctors and athletic trainers.

"I'm optimistic that I'll be able to play this upcoming season, but for me right now I'm more worried about getting better as soon as possible, see what I can do, if I can do a pro day, if I can't do a pro day," he said. "It all depends on what the doctors have to say with the teams and the results that come back."

NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah likened the circumstances NFL clubs face in the challenge of evaluating Tagovailoa to those they encountered in the case of former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith, who suffered a severe knee injury in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State prior to his draft entry. Smith's injury not only rendered him unable to work out for scouts prior to the draft, but also included nerve damage, which left clubs questioning his availability as a rookie and uncertain about his prospects for a long-term career. He was drafted No. 34 overall by the Dallas Cowboys in 2016, and has started every game in each of the past two seasons, earning a contract extension prior to the start of the 2019 campaign.

However, the hip injury isn't the only one NFL teams will want to probe when it comes to Tagovailoa. He also suffered thumb, knee and ankle injuries over the course of his college career. A high-ankle sprain on each leg required surgery known as a "tightrope" procedure that allowed him to return to action during the season in each of the last two years. Still, he shattered school records and became one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the college game.

"He's got quick feet, a quick release, and he can really layer the football and throw with touch," Jeremiah said. "Everybody's like, 'Oh, he just throws a bunch of slants at Alabama.' Well, what they're doing at Alabama is what a lot of the best teams in the NFL are doing."

In front of a room packed with dozens of reporters on Monday, Saban gave Tagovailoa an impassioned introduction, saying his spirit had impacted both Saban and teammates like few players he has been around in more than four decades as a coach. Tagovailoa's character might be the easiest aspect of his evaluation by NFL clubs, but the toughest aspect will undoubtedly be medical. NFL team doctors will not only scrutinize Tagovailoa's prognosis to play in 2020, they'll also evaluate whether his hip injury could affect the length of his career. That's a consideration that can impact his draft status right along with his immediate readiness. Predicting the likelihood of a recurrence, Jeremiah noted, will be a relevant factor.

In deciding to test that evaluation with NFL draft entry, the 21-year-old is leaving a place where he'll always be remembered fondly, and entering a place where his value is about to endure heavy speculation, and where his legacy must start anew.

"It boiled down to one thing, and that's faith," Tagovailoa said. "It's a leap of it."
 

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So you are saying TT is drooling... ;)
Probably. That’s either his or little Johnny’s MO.

if one is honest and looks at the record of this team since Marty left, the greatest hindrance has been injuries or lack of durability. Not so much coaching or talent.

unfortunately, they never learn. Screw loose somewhere.
 
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Probably. That’s either his or little Johnny’s MO.

if one is honest and looks at the record of this team since Marty left, the greatest hindrance has been injuries or lack of durability. Not so much coaching or talent.

unfortunately, they never learn. Screw loose somewhere.
I think the problem sits between the owners chair and the owners desk.
 

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I'm coming around to all in for Tua. Future of NFL is mobility so you aren't reliant on 1st rounders across the board for your OL and you can extend plays.

He's certainly an injury risk, but go for it. Going conservative breeds mediocrity. Chargers need to go large on publicity if they want to win fans for the new stadium.
 
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