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2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Jerry Jeudy, Jeff Okudah highlight both sides of loaded passing game class

2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Jerry Jeudy, Jeff Okudah highlight both sides of loaded passing game class

The NFL season is still very young, but it has become very clear which teams will be drafting near the top of the order when the 2020 NFL Draft takes place on April 23 in Paradise, Nev.

The Dolphins, Bengals, Giants, Jets, and Redskins should all be preparing to have a top 10 draft pick come the 2020 NFL Draft, and with the way the early 2019 NFL regular season is playing out, these teams will need a lot of help. 

That's why the Dolphins have decided to punt on the 2019 season focus on the NFL Draft, trading away a litany of their top players to acquire 2020 draft picks, and lots of them.

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The Dolphins will get three first-round draft picks in 2020 thanks to trades with the Texans and Steelers.  Miami will want to invest in a franchise quarterback, but in the modern NFL, you need targets for that franchise QB and you need stars to stop the other team's targets.

While the Dolphins, Bengals, Giants, Jets, and Redskins won't all draft wide receivers or defensive backs, the early NFL season has made it obvious that these teams desperately need help in the pass game, and defending the pass.

Who are the top WR prospects and DB prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft? Glad you asked.

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Top WR Prospects in 2020 NFL Draft:

1. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama. Simply put, one of the most talented, explosive WR prospects of the last decade.

2. Tee Higgins, Clemson. Elite ball-catcher with 6-4 frame, but still needs to add muscle and explosiveness.

3. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma.  Great route-runner and gifted competitor. One of the most fun WRs to watch play every Saturday.

4. Laviska Shenault, Colorado. An exceptional athlete who always makes big plays. Needs work on technical route-running.

5. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama. The fastest WR in the class is a deep threat every time he lines up.

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Top CB prospects in 2020 NFL Draft:

1. Jeffery Okudah, Ohio State. Understands leverage and uses his size to his advantage to be a complete all-around corner.

2. Trevon Diggs, Alabama. Great ability in man coverage and shows great ball skills, as evident in his Week 1 INT VS Duke.

3. Kristian Fulton, LSU. Big physical, explosive CB who is next among great LSU DBs.

4. Bryce Hall, Virginia. Hall is always around the ball evident in his nation-leading 22 pass breakups in 2018.

5. C.J. Henderson, Florida. 6-1 instinctual CB with fluid hips that can turn and run with anyone.

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One thing Kendall Fuller hopes to get now that he's back with the Redskins? More respect

One thing Kendall Fuller hopes to get now that he's back with the Redskins? More respect

Kendall Fuller is a defensive back who can play with a ton of versatility, which he demonstrated for the Chiefs last season when he lined up all over their secondary during their Super Bowl run.

According to Fuller, though, having that ability has caused some to question just how effective of a player he is. One of his best strengths is actually leading outsiders to see a weakness he believes isn't really there, he told JP Finlay and the Redskins Talk podcast.

While Fuller can contribute at outside corner and safety, he's most often employed as a slot defender. He understands Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio will likely ask him to play there a lot in Washington, but the 25-year-old wouldn't mind getting more reps out near the sidelines, too, to further prove himself.

"It's like as soon as you move inside to the nickel, some people put limitations on you," Fuller said. "They doubt you. They tell you you can't do something when you really just haven't had the opportunity to do it yet. That's one thing I haven't really had the opportunity to do since I've been in the league."

Fuller was clear: He's not shying away from being an all-around DB, but he also wouldn't shy away from taking on receivers out on the numbers more in addition to in on the hash marks.

"You hear the people saying, 'Oh, he can't really play outside,' and it makes you want to get out there," he said. "While at the same time, I show my versatility."

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Fortunately for Fuller, he's coming back to a version of the Burgundy and Gold that features a coaching staff he really respects. In addition to Rivera and Del Rio, Fuller is optimistic about working with new secondary coach Chris Harris, who overlapped with one of Fuller's brothers for a year in Chicago.

Together, those three guys will have to devise a plan for the team's most expensive free agent addition and ensure they get the most out of his expansive skill set, and Fuller trusts that they will. He surely would enjoy a chance to "shut people up" by starring out near the boundary, but his end goal is much simpler.

"Honestly, I just want to be in a position to go out there, have fun and make plays," he said.

To see more of Fuller's interview, check out NBC Sports Washington's new show, Mock Draft Mondays, which debuts on April 6 at 6 p.m.

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Oddsmakers release lines for all 16 Washington football games, and the results are even uglier than expected

Oddsmakers release lines for all 16 Washington football games, and the results are even uglier than expected

National expectations for the 2020 season are quite low for Washington and that is very evident when looking at the oddsmakers. 

While the NFL hasn’t released official schedules yet, it’s public knowledge what teams Washington will play this fall, home and away. Granted it’s only April and much will change, but according to the books, it looks like a very bad year at FedEx. 

Washington is only favored in two games all year, and both of those are home games where Ron Rivera’s new team is only a one-point favorite. Typically home-field advantage is worth three points alone. 

If that’s not bad enough, Washington is listed as a double-digit underdog five times in 2020, including at home against Baltimore. 

The biggest spread for the Burgundy and Gold will be their road trip to San Francisco. As of now, Washington will be a two-touchdown underdog against the defending NFC champs. 

Below is the full 16-game slate of lines. It’s ugly.

Washington at Dallas -11
Washington at New York -5
Washington at Philly -10.5
Washington at St. Louis -6.5
Washington at Cleveland -9
Washington at Detroit -6
Washington at Pittsburgh -10
Washington at San Francisco -14
Los Angeles at Washington +5
Seattle at Washington +6
Baltimore at Washington +10.5
Cincinnati at Washington -1
Carolina at Washington -1
Dallas at Washington +6
New York at Washington PK
Philly at Washington +6

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