Tabeek's 2020 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons take an edge rusher first

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And here it is, my first NFL mock draft of the 2020 offseason. Before you scroll down, keep a few things in mind.

The NFL Draft is 78 days away and a lot can – and will – happen between now and then. For starters, the new league year kicks off on March 18, which is also the beginning of free agency. As teams make personnel decisions and overhaul their rosters, their position needs will change (as will the free agent market) between now and April 23.

But for now, the Cincinnati Bengals are on the clock with the first pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

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The Atlanta Falcons currently hold the No. 16 pick and have a bevy of needs, including edge rusher, cornerback and offensive line. Depending on what happens in free agency, they could have more holes to fill at linebacker, tight end and running back.

What they ultimately do with that first pick – should they hold on to it – will depend on what happens in free agency and those first 15 selections.

So, without further ado, here is mock draft 1.0. Let me know how you feel about the pick here. A new version will drop every Wednesday between now and the NFL Draft. Enjoy.

Bengals_M1
CIN
1
Bengals_table
QB Joe Burrow, LSU
The Bengals hope the LSU star can be Andy Dalton's successor for years to come.
Redskins_M1
WAS
2
Redskins_table
DE Chase Young, Ohio State
The Redskins have a lot of holes to fill, but won’t pass on the best pass rusher in this class.
Lions_M1
DET
3
Lions_table
DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
They could easily take a cornerback but Brown is a complete monster on the interior.
Giants_M1
NYG
4
Giants_table
CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
Okudah, the top cornerback in this class, falls right into their laps and is too good to pass up.
Dolphins_M1
MIA
5
Dolphins_table
QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
After a sterling performance in the Senior Bowl the Dolphins are thrilled to land Herbert.
Chargers_M1
LAC
6
Chargers_table
OL Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama
The Bolts will land their next QB in free agency and take the best offensive lineman in the draft.
Panthers_M1
CAR
7
Panthers_table
QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Don’t be surprised if there’s a change under center and Matt Rhule lands his QB of the future.
Cardinals_M1
AZ
8
Cardinals_Table
OL Mekhi Becton, Louisville
The Cardinals must get better up front and take the 6-foot-7, 360-pound stud out of Louisville.
Jags_M1
JAX
9
Jaguars_table
LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
An offensive lineman is tempting but Simmons is an athletic freak who’ll upgrade the defense.
Browns_M1
CLE
10
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OL Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
The Browns need to address their line and they take Wirfs, who can play both tackle and guard.
Jets_M1
NYJ
11
Jets_table
OL Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Desperate to better protect Sam Darnold, the Jets are elated to see Thomas still on the board.
Raiders_M1A
OAK
12
Raiders_table
WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
The Raiders desperately need an elite playmaker on the outside and take the top receiver.
Colts_M1
IND
13
Colts_table
WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
The Colts need another weapon to pair with T.Y. Hilton and the speedster Lamb fits the bill.
Bucs_M1
TB
14
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DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
After the run on offensive linemen, the Bucs pounce on Kinlaw, who’ll likely replace Ndamukong Suh.
Broncos_M1
DEN
15
Broncos_table
WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
The Broncos add some much-needed speed in Ruggs to team up with Courtland Sutton.
Falcons_M1
ATL
16
Falcons_Table
DE K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
The Falcons address their biggest need with a difference-maker coming off the edge.
Cowboys_M1
DAL
17
Cowboys_table
S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
Big D upgrades its secondary, snags who many think is the best safety in this class.
Dolphins_M1-2
MIA
18
Dolphins_table
OL Josh Jones, Houston
Rebuilding the O-line is a priority and Jones is string and athletic.
Raiders_M1
OAK
19
Raiders_table
LB Patrick Queen, LSU
They go defense with the second pick and land the explosive, instinctive LB from LSU.
Jaguars_M1-B
JAX
20
Jaguars_table
CB C.J. Henderson, Florida
The ex-Gator is long and lengthy with solid cover skills – a true ballhawk for the Jags.
Eagles_M1
PHI
21
Eagles_table
CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
Philly is more than happy to see Diggs still on the board and snags the star from ‘Bama.
Bills_M1
BUF
22
Bills_table
WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
Aiyuk is tall and possesses elite speed – just the what the Bills need on offense.
Patriots_M1
NE
23
Patriots_table
DE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
The Pats will find a WR in free agency and won’t pass on Epenesa, a gift at No. 23.
Saints_M1
NO
24
Saints_table
WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
The Saints opt for a weapon to take some attention away from Michael Thomas.
Vikings_M1
MIN
25
Vikings_table
CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
They could have some holes to fill in the secondary and Fulton can step in and start.
Dolphins_M1-3
MIA
26
Dolphins_table
DE Terrell Lewis, Alabama
Miami goes defense and takes Lewis, a tall and physical game-wrecker on the edge.
Seahawks_M1
SEA
27
Seahawks_table
DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
Gross-Matos is a physical specimen with tons of upside – a nice fit for the Seahawks.
Ravens_M1
BAL
28
Ravens_table
LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
C.J. Mosely’s departure left a void in the D and they tab Murray as the guy to fill it.
Titans_M1
TEN
29
Titans_table
QB Jordan Love, Utah State
Many love Love’s physical traits and upside; don’t be surprised if the Titans do, too.
Packers_M1
GB
30
Packers_table
TE Hunter Bryant, Washington
The Pack give Aaron Rodgers a weapon at tight end; Bryant is a matchup problem.
49ers_M1
SF
31
49ers_table
OL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
The 49ers could go corner or safety, but Super Bowl showed help inside is needed.
Chiefs_M1
KC
32
Chiefs_table
CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson
K.C. could take some hits in the secondary and Terrell has nice length and is physical.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed here belong to Matthew Tabeek and and do not represent the opinions of the Atlanta Falcons' front office staff, coaches and executives unless noted otherwise.

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