The pandemic NFL draft:
Have the medical uncertainties compromised Tua Tagovailoa? Will they discourage a team from trading up with the Lions for him? Will social distancing realities and technological challenges make for less wheeling and dealing?
The Serby Mock 5.0, an appetizer for the Serby Mock 6.0 on Draft Day, has Giants GM Dave Gettleman and Jets counterpart Joe Douglas securing critical Hog Mollie help for their marquee quarterbacks and running backs.
The first round of this 15514623 NFL Mock Draft:
1. Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow (QB, LSU)
Boomer Esiason opined that this is akin to LeBron James to the Cavaliers. Coach Zac Taylor will be thrilled if it turns out to be akin to Boomer Esiason to the Bengals.
2. Washington Redskins
Chase Young (DE Ohio State)
( Ohio State University is the place to find yourself an elite pass rusher. Won’t be as good a run defender as the Bosa Bros., but a scary bookend to Montez Sweat.
3. Detroit Lions
Jeffrey Okudah (CB Ohio State)
LB / S Isaiah Simmons and DT Derrick Brown should be in the conversation, but trading Darius Slay to the Eagles leaves a hole opposite Desmond Trufant.
4. New York Giants
Jedrick Wills (OT, Alabama)
This nasty plug-and-play right tackle should be picked up at the airport in a limo large enough for social distancing by Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley.
5. Miami Dolphins
Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon)
Bustin ’For Justin? Tua Tagavailoa’s medicals are a virtual nightmare for him and are sure to concern owner Stephen Ross. Can’t afford to gamble when you’re still trying to replace Dan Marino.
6. Los Angeles Chargers
Tua Tagavailoa (QB, Alabama)
His hip and ankles can heal up while redshirting behind Tyrod Taylor for a good while.
7. Carolina Panthers
Isaiah Simmons (LB / S, Clemson)
“You’re looking for position-less players,” coach Matt Rhule said. Here’s the 6-foot-3, -pound unicorn who can help fill the void left by Luke Kuechly’s retirement.
8. Arizona Cardinals
Derrick Brown (DT, Auburn)
Jordan Phillips was signed in free agency, but this is the best player on the board, and remember, the Seahawks and ers will run the ball down your throat if you let them.
9. Atlanta Falcons (from Jaguars)
C.J. Henderson (CB Florida)
Trader Thomas Dimitroff moves up for the sixth time in the first round because Desmond Trufant is now in Detroit and Drew Brees hasn’t reported to NBC yet.
. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Cleveland Browns)
Tristan Wirfs (OT) , Iowa)
Tom Brady is so thrilled when he gets this athletic bodyguard on the right side that he invites coach Bruce Arians to stay with him and Gisele at Derek Jeter’s mansion anytime he likes.
14. New York Jets
Mekhi Becton (OT, Louisville)
An anonymous scout informs us that the young man likes cooking more than he likes football. Well, as long as the 6-foot-7, – pound mountain likes football more than he likes eating, Sam Darnold and Le’Von Bell will celebrate … provided Douglas isn’t freaked out by his flagged combine drug test .
. Las Vegas Raiders
CeeDee Lamb (WR Oklahoma)
A yards-after-catch monster for Derek Carr who reminds some of DeAndre Hopkins. Antonio Brown didn’t pan out, in case you missed it.
16. San Francisco ers
Henry Ruggs III (WR Alabama)
The perfect nuclear weapon for Kyle Shanahan to help Jimmy GQ torment defenses alongside Deebo Samuel and George Kittle.
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