With one day left until the 2020 NFL Draft, smokescreen season is at an all-time high. The Giants are interested in Justin Herbert? Jerry Jeudy is off two teams’ first round draft boards due to knee concerns? Chiefs trading up for a wide receiver? While some of these rumors surfacing may hold weight, a lot of these rumors never come to fruition. It is extremely difficult to know what is truth and what is fiction during this time period. With that being said, here is my best attempt at what the draft will look like given the information I have been gathering for the past two months.

1) Cincinnati Bengals – QB Joe Burrow, LSU

The easiest pick in the draft, Burrow is head and shoulders the best QB in this class. The Bengals should already have the pick written in ready to submit as soon as the draft starts on Thursday night.

2) Miami Dolphins (Via WAS)* – QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

*Redskins trade: Pick #2 / Dolphins trade: Picks #5, 26, 56 and a 2021 fourth-rounder

I truly believe that Tua is the guy the Dolphins ultimately want, and with the rumors of the Lions and Giants trying to trade back from picks 3 and 4, you can’t take the risk of having another team jump up and steal him. With three first round picks and two second round picks, the Dolphins have more than enough draft capital to move up and secure their QB of the future.

3) Detroit Lions – CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State

I believe the Lions would like to trade back from this spot, but with Tua off the board I don’t see anyone throwing enough draft capital their way to sway them off just taking Okudah here. I believe they take Okudah over Young because Patricia comes from the Belichick school of coaching where they value pass coverage over pass rush. After losing Darius Slay, the Lions would be wrong not to take Okudah here if they have any plans on you know, actually winning some games this year.

4) New York Giants – EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State

You know when I said Joe Burrow was the easiest pick of the draft? I lied, this is. The Giants probably weren’t preparing for the possibility of Chase Young falling to them, but if he is there at four, you take him and don’t think twice about it. The Giants do have a need at tackle, but Young is the best player in the draft and realistically shouldn’t fall past the second overall pick.

5) Washington Redskins (Via MIA)* – OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia

*Redskins trade: Pick #2 / Dolphins trade: Picks #5, 26, 56 and a 2021 fourth-rounder

While the Redskins miss out on the best player in the draft in Chase Young, they really didn’t have a need at edge… at all. In fact, their front-seven is easily the best part of their team. Not saying it would’ve been a wasted pick because Chase Young is that good, but the Redskins can add more value by trading back in this scenario. They gain another first rounder and a second rounder from Miami and can use those picks to start filling the many holes in their roster, starting with offensive tackle. Thomas isn’t the most athletic in the class, but is a solid starter from the get-go and can begin to replace the void that Trent Williams is leaving at left tackle.

6) Los Angeles Chargers – QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

With Tua off the board, the Chargers will be content to take the best QB available. While I don’t think Herbert is worth this high of a pick, he is probably the most pro-ready QB available. The Chargers roster is so stacked right now that they can’t afford to draft a two-three year project like Jordan Love, so they make the safe pick with Justin Herbert.

7) Carolina Panthers – IDL Derrick Brown, Auburn

The Panthers allowed the fourth-most rush yards per game last year. While it would be nice to take a player like Isaiah Simmons here, he wouldn’t make as much of an impact as a run-stuffing monster like Derrick Brown. The Panthers start the Matt Rhule era by building in the trenches.

8) New Orleans Saints (Via ARI)* – LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

ARI: Pick 8 – – – NO: Pick 24, Pick 88, 2021 First-rounder

There has been a lot of rumors about the Saints trading up into this draft, but no one knows who they are targeting. When you look at that roster, they really only have needs at the IDL and LB position. The Saints are going all in on this year and next year, and if they view a hybrid LB like Simmons as the one missing piece to their defense, then they will have no problem mortgaging their future to go up and get him.

9) Jacksonville Jaguars – IDL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

A lot of people say corner is the play here for the Jags, but I beg to differ. They lost Calais Campbell and most likely Yannick Ngakoue this offseason, so they undoubtedly need pass rushers in the worst way possible. Sure, they need corners too but they can easily get a solid one with pick 20. Kinlaw is the best pass-rushing IDL in this class and won’t be there when the Jags pick next.

10) Atlanta Falcons (Via CLE)* – CB C.J. Henderson, Florida

CLE – Pick 10 – – – ATL: Pick 16, 47, and 2021 Third-rounder

Along with the Saints, the Falcons have been rumored to want to move up in the first round. Here, they do it with the Browns in order to grab C.J. Henderson before a CB-needy team like the Jets, Raiders and 49ers have the chance to.

11) New York Jets – OT Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama

If the Jets want to have any hope at competing for the next 5-10 years, they need to invest in protecting Sam Darnold. The top wide receiver on their board would be nice at this pick, but if a talent like Jedrick Wills falls to you, you have no choice but to take him if you’re the Jets.

12) Las Vegas Raiders – WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

Derek Carr threw the ball deep at one of the lowest rates in the league last year. Adding a versatile weapon like CeeDee Lamb who can run routes at every level of the field and is a run after catch monster helps Jon Gruden unlock that offense.

13) San Francisco 49ers (Via IND) – WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama

While I believe Jeudy is the better receiver overall, adding the speed of Henry Ruggs to an already blazing fast Kyle Shanahan offense is just too good to pass up. This is an ideal trade back spot for the 49ers, but none of the offers they get will be better than the prospect of Henry Ruggs in their system.

14) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville

The board couldn’t have played out more perfectly for the Buccaneers, who realistically just need a left tackle to shore up that offensive line and protect Tom Brady. Becton is a work in progress, but with the weapons the Bucs have on offense, he won’t bear as heavy a load as expected.

15) Denver Broncos – WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

The Broncos have been rumored to be a trade-up candidate to secure Jerry Jeudy, but after some information arises about his knee injuries, he moves down teams’ draft boards and falls right into the hands of Denver at 15. John Elway lands the best route-runner in the draft to pair with Courtland Sutton in that offense led by second year QB Drew Lock.

16) Cleveland Browns* (Via ATL) – S Xavier McKinney, Alabama

CLE – Pick 10 – – – ATL: Pick 16, 47, and 2021 Third-rounder

Everyone thinks the Browns are in the market for a left tackle, which they are, but apparently they are extremely high on OT Ezra Cleveland. The good thing about that is they don’t need to use a first-round pick on him. I can also see them trading a second rounder to Washington to grab Trent Williams if they will allow it. Either way, they draft the top safety on the board to add to a secondary of Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams.

17) Dallas Cowboys – EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU

The Cowboys need help all over their defense, but the value at edge defender is too strong to pass up. After Chaisson, there is a steep drop-off at EDGE in my opinion whereas the value at corner doesn’t drop off until late second round. Chaisson can pair up immediately with DeMarcus Lawrence as a lethal pass-rushing tandem.

18) Miami Dolphins (Via PIT) – OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

Every year, there is a top-10 player in the draft that slides for one reason or another. I believe this year that is going to be Tristan Wirfs. He played RT at Iowa and I’m not sure if teams feel comfortable drafting him to be there starting LT right away. For the Dolphins, he can slide in right away at RT and protect new franchise QB Tua Tagovailoa’s blind side for years to come. This is a dream start to the draft if you are Miami.

19) Las Vegas Raiders (Via CHI) – CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson

It’s no secret that Mike Mayock loves Clemson players, and the Raiders need CB help. There is not much more I need to say, they are a match made in heaven.

20) Jacksonville Jaguars (Via LAR) – CB Kristian Fulton, LSU

Reports are all over the place with Fulton, but I believe he is one of the better corners in this class. He fits right in on that Jacksonville defense as they start to rebuild for the future.

21) Philadelphia Eagles – WR Justin Jefferson, LSU

After Carson Wentz spent the better part of last year throwing to guys the Eagles had just signed off the street, they need to address the wide receiver position right away. Jefferson fits what they do perfectly and can play in the slot or outside in the NFL.

22) Minnesota Vikings (Via BUF) – CB Jaylon Johnson, Utah

What is more Mike Zimmer than taking a CB in the first round? The answer is nothing. Expect Minnesota to use one of their two first rounders on a CB like Johnson who fits their scheme to a tee.

23) New England Patriots – IOL Cesar Ruiz, Michigan

Not a splash pick for the new-look Patriots, but a solid one at that. I can ideally see New England trading back here to grab a second-rounder or two, but after reports of Joe Thuney being on the trade block and David Andrews in the final year of his contract coming off an injury, the Patriots could use a guy like Ruiz who has experience playing guard and center at Michigan.

24) Arizona Cardinals (Via NO)* – OT Josh Jones, Houston

ARI: Pick 8 – – – NO: Pick 24, Pick 88, 2021 First-rounder

The Cardinals risked a lot trading from pick 8 to pick 24, but it pays off as they are able to land a top offensive-tackle prospect in Josh Jones. They grab an extra first rounder next year in addition to the Saints third rounder this year. Perfect scenario for the Cardinals.

25) Minnesota Vikings – EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State

After parting ways with Everson Griffen, the Vikings need help on their D-line. Matos can fill the void at edge and/or become an interior rusher on passing situations. That versatility makes him extremely valuable for a coach like Mike Zimmer.

26) Washington Redskins (Via MIA)* – S Grant Delpit, LSU

WAS: Pick 2 – – – MIA: Picks 5, 26, 56 2021 Fourth-rounder

The Redskins need help everywhere, but coverage has to be prioritized. The value at corner isn’t here right now, but the value for safety absolutely is. If Delpit could tackle better, he would probably be a top five pick in this draft. He can play free safety, come down and be a slot corner or even play box safety. His versatility will be too intriguing for Ron Rivera to pass on.

27) Seattle Seahawks – OT Austin Jackson, USC

The Seahawks tend to trade out of their first rounder year after year so it wouldn’t surprise me to see them do so. However, the raw talent of Austin Jackson is too intriguing for former USC coach Pete Carroll to pass up. He can sit for a year or two and develop into one of the better tackles in the league if groomed correctly.

28) Baltimore Ravens – LB Patrick Queen, LSU

The Ravens don’t have many holes to fill on their roster, but LB is definitely one. Queen is the best LB in this draft not named Isaiah Simmons and the Ravens would be ecstatic if he falls this far.

29) Tennessee Titans – EDGE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa

Mike Vrabel secures an edge defender with scheme versatility, much like himself. Epenesa can play as a DE in a 4-3 front or an interior rusher in a 3-4 scheme. Vrabel loves building in the trenches and this is the perfect fit for his team.

30) Green Bay Packers – WR Jalen Reagor, TCU

While I am not as high on Reagor as others, I do recognize the skill-set he brings to the table. Green Bay HC Matt LaFleur likes to run a lot of play-action and having a speed guy like Reagor on the field automatically takes a corner and safety out of the picture, opening up the middle of the field for Davante Adams to go to work.

31) San Francisco 49ers IDL Ross Blacklock, TCU

After trading DeForest Buckner to the Colts, the 49ers leave a pretty massive hole in the middle of their front seven. A guy like Ross Blacklock can’t replace Buckner by any means, but he is as good of a start as you’re going to get at this point in the draft. The 49ers don’t have many holes, but IDL is one of them.

32) Kansas City Chiefs – RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

The Chiefs are always looking to add dimensions to their offense, and selecting the best pass-catching RB in this class makes their attack even more unstoppable. With Damien Williams’ injury history it would make sense to add the national champion RB to replace him.