Five bold 2020 NFL Draft predictions that just might come true
1. Dolphins trade up to No. 2 to draft ... Justin Herbert
Most believe the Dolphins are locked in on drafting Tua Tagovailoa, but no team scouted Justin Herbert as much as the Dolphins. With Tagovailoa unable to be checked out by teams due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Dolphins trade the No. 5 and No. 26 pick along with a future second-round pick to Washington to grab the Oregon signal-caller.
With the Detroit Lions grabbing Chase Young at No. 3 and the New York Giants going O-line at No. 4, Washington still gets Jeff Okudah, the best cornerback in the draft at No. 5.
The Chargers are waiting with open arms at No. 6 for Tagovaliloa, who should thrive in LA.
2. Jets draft Henry Ruggs at No. 11, who is first WR off board
If we know one thing about the New York Jets, it's that they are good for a head-scratcher.
After losing out on Robby Anderson, they fall in love with Ruggs' 4.27 40-yard dash time and vertical threat ability and choose to draft him over the more-polished Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb. The decision to draft based on ceiling could haunt the Jets.
3. 49ers pass on Jerry Jeudy, draft Javon Kinlaw
With the Jets taking Ruggs, the Raiders snap up Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb to give them the outside threat they desparately need. That has Jerry Jeudy fall right into the 49ers' lap ... but John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan zig, knowing the receiver class is deep.
They decide to draft Javon Kinlaw to replace DeForest Buckner in the middle of their defense, hoping to cement the strength that propeled them to the Super Bowl. With their second first-round pick (No. 31), the 49ers get their wide recevier, drafting Baylor's Denzel Mims.
4. Patriots trade up to draft Jordan Love
Tom Brady is gone and Bill Belichick isn't going to prove he doesn't need the GOAT by trotting out Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer.
With Joe Burrow, Herbert and Tagovailoa off the board, the Pats move up to No. 16, giving the Atlanta Falcons the No. 23 overall pick, a third-round pick and a future fourth-round pick to take the big-armed Utah State signal-caller.
It's a new day in New England.
5. Raiders hit offensive jackpot
The Raiders already got Lamb at No. 12, but some trades see Jeudy slip to No. 19. The Raiders need help in the secondary, but Jon Gruden sees a chance to build the best offense in the league and adds Jeudy to a cast that includes Lamb, Hunter Renfrow, Darren Waller, Tyrell Williams and Josh Jacobs.
But the Silver and Black aren't done, they trade two of their third-round picks and a future fourth-round pick to move into the second-round and take Jalen Hurts, who they believe can be the quarterback of the future.
Now, about that other cornerback position.