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Tabeek's 2020 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Falcons pick edge rusher from LSU

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The NFL combine is in the books and while we always say that the tape (body of work) is what matters most when it comes to evaluating players – and, of course, the medical reports and interviews – the combine results can still help or hurt a player's draft stock.

That said, a few players certainly helped themselves while others solidified what scouts, coaches, NFL execs and draft experts already thought about the majority of them. And, well, a few players didn't perform as well as expected but, like I said, the tape doesn't lie.

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So how did it all affect my latest mock draft? Quite a bit, but mostly in the middle and later part of the first round.

And when it comes to the Falcons' pick at 16, well, I'm going back to my original mock draft. I think the way things line up right now, Atlanta will be able to land one of the top edge rushers in this class – one that fits right into everything coach Dan Quinn wants to do on defense, too.

So, without further ado, here is mock draft 5.0. Let me know how you feel about the pick here. A new version will drop every Wednesday between now and the NFL Draft. Enjoy.

CIN-Mock5-Burrow
CIN
1
Bengals_table
QB Joe Burrow, LSU
Burrow says he'd play for the Bengals if picked No. 1. That's pretty much a given.
WAS_Mock5-Young
WAS
2
Redskins_table
DE Chase Young, Ohio State
It's safe to say that every team would pick Young. The Redskins will at No. 2.
DET_Mock5-Brown
DET
3
Lions_table
DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
Forget the combine results. Brown is a monster inside and the Lions need one on D.
NYG_Mock5-Becton
NYG
4
Giants_table
OL Mekhi Becton, Louisville
Becton is the most athletic lineman in this class and Big Blue needs help up front.
MIA_Mock5-Tagovailoa
MIA
5
Dolphins_table
QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
The Fins finally land Tagovailoa, who appears to be on track for a healthy return.
LAC_Mock5-Herbert
LAC
6
Chargers_table
QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
The Chargers could still land a veteran QB. If not, they'll begin a new with Herbert.
CAR_Mock5-Simmons
CAR
7
Panthers_table
LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
Carolina fills a major void at LB with Simmons, who improved his stock at the combine.
AZ_Mock5-Kinlaw
AZ
8
Cardinals_Table
DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
The Cards upgrade their interior defensive line and pass rush with the athletic Kinlaw.
JAX_Mock5-Okudah
JAX
9
Jaguars_table
CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
With the top cornerback still on the board, the Jags pounce on the former Buckeye star.
CLE_Mock5-Wills
CLE
10
Browns_table
OL Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama
Wills will not only help protect Baker Mayfield better, he's a monster in the run game.
NYJ_Mock5-Wirfs
NYJ
11
Jets_table
OL Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
Wirfs put his eye-opening athleticism on display at the combine and turned a lot of heads.
OAK_Mock5-Jeudy
LV
12
Raiders_table
WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
The Raiders desperately need an elite playmaker on the outside and take the top receiver.
IND_Mock5_Love
IND
13
Colts_table
QB Jordan Love, Utah State
Will they sign Philip Rivers? For now the pick is Love, who is talented with tons of upside.
TB_Mock5-Thomas
TB
14
Bucs_table
OL Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Whether they sign a veteran QB or keep Winston, they address the O-line and take Thomas.
DEN_Mock5-Ruggs
DEN
15
Broncos_table
WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
The Broncos add some elite speed with Ruggs to team up with Courtland Sutton.
ATL_Mock5-Chaisson
ATL
16
Falcons_Table
DE K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
ATL gets an explosive edge rusher who can also play the run and drop back in coverage.
DAL_Mock5-McKinney
DAL
17
Cowboys_table
S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
Safety has been an issue in Big D and it takes who many think is the best in this class.
Dolphins_M1-2
MIA
18
Dolphins_table
OL Josh Jones, Houston
Miami is rebuilding and protect its new franchise QB, and the athletic Jones is the pick.
Raiders_M1
LV
19
Raiders_table
LB Patrick Queen, LSU
Vegas goes defense with the second pick and lands the explosive, instinctive star from LSU.
JAX_Mock5B-Baun
JAX
20
Jaguars_table
DE/LB Zack Baun, Wisconsin
The versatile Baun fills a need for the Jags, who get a sideline-to-sideline wrecking ball.
PHI_Mock5-Higgins
PHI
21
Eagles_table
WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
The Eagles take the speedy Higgins, who will provide Carson Wentz with a large target.
BUF-Mock5-Epenesa
BUF
22
Bills_table
DE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
Buffalo badly needs to bolster its edge rush and addresses the need with the ex-Hawkeye star.
PATS_Mock5_Lamb
NE
23
Patriots_table
WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
The Pats' offense lacked elite speed and a downfield threat in 2019 and Lamb fixes that.
NO_Mock5-Jefferson
NO
24
Saints_table
WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
Jefferson has size and speed, can play inside and out. He'll draw attention away from Thomas.
MIN_Mock5-Diggs
MIN
25
Vikings_table
CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
They could have some holes to fill in the secondary and snag the star from Alabama.
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.
TEN-Mock5-Swift
TEN
29
Titans_table
RB D'Andre Swift, Georgia
If the Titans don't re-sign Derrick Henry, the ex-Georgia star could fit right in nicely.
GB_Mock5-Mims
GB
30
Packers_table
WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
Aaron Rodgers needs more weapons and the former Baylor star stood out at the NFL combine.
SF_Mock5-Delpit
SF
31
49ers_table
S Grant Delpit, LSU
Delpit could be just what the Niners need especially if they end up losing Jimmie Ward.
M3_Chiefs_Fulton
KC
32
Chiefs_table
CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
K.C. could take some hits in the secondary in free agency and Fulton can step and start.

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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