2020 NFL Mock Draft 8-21-19

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We have 2020 vision, NFL Draft style, right here, right now. It’s our second 2020 NFL mock draft update, and the order, for now was simply randomized. Team needs were not taken into account, as it’s just way too early to factor in those. Obviously this will be modified and reworked hundreds of times between now and 2020 NFL Draft day.

So I implore you to really not take this very seriously, and just have fun with it. Please refrain of pointless hostility and needless acrimony in the comments section. Don’t be that guy. Enjoy!

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Miles Boykin: Notre Dame WR Could Still Go Round 2 of the NFL Draft

It remains to be seen whether Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin will be a day two or day three guy in the upcoming NFL Draft, but the second round is a definite possibility for him. It may also be his ceiling, given how deep and talented the wide receiver class is this time around. 

Having emphatically answered the number one question NFL teams had about him, his speed and ability to separate, there seems to be a strong, perhaps bordering on certain, sentiment that he’ll go within the first four rounds. Wednesday was Notre Dame Pro Day, and Miles Boykin caught passes from from former Fighting Irish QB and current Quarterbacks Coach Tommy Rees:

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Julian Love Improves 40 Time, Augments NFL Draft Stock at Notre Dame Pro Day

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When it comes to the NFL Draft stock of Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love, his body of work on the field speaks for itself. The Jim Thorpe award finalist was, many would argue, the best cover corner in college football this past season. 

You can see that in just how much the trajectory of the Cotton Bowl semifinal against Clemson changed when he left the game due to injury. 

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2019 NFL Mock Draft 4-25-19 Final Edition

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It’s 2019 NFL mock draft update time! It’s our second update since the NFL Draft night invitees list was announced. It’s all starting to fit into place now with the Scouting Combine, free agency, pro days all behind us. We made a few more more changes this week, and the big night in Nashville will soon be upon us.

(Also, here is our very first 2020 NFL mock draft over at this link) Have issues with the picks? Of course you do. Many often bones to pick, so have at it in the comments section.

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Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery: NFL Draft Stock Not Affected by Injury, Surgery

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All 32 NFL teams were represented at Notre Dame Pro Day yesterday with interior defensive lineman Jerry Tillery not able to physically participate in drills as he continued his recovery from surgery to repair the torn labrum he suffered early this season.

Once Notre Dame Pro Day activities were completed, Tillery met with the media where he made it clear that he’s “feeling amazing” two weeks after the procedure, and that his shoulder status is currently “outstanding.” During the week heading into the NFL Scouting Combine it was revealed that Tillery suffered the tear back in September, in a home win over Stanford.

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Dexter Williams: Notre Dame Running Back Seems Destined for Day 3 of NFL Draft

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No matter what you think of Notre Dame running back Dexter Williams as a NFL Draft prospect, you have to admit he has a very strong work ethic.

At Notre Dame Pro Day on Wednesday, you could hear it in his loud grunting during the drills, and you could feel it in the way his grunts echoed throughout the Loftus Sports Complex. In front of 48 total NFL personnel, representing all 32 teams Williams put in a monumental effort.

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Listing 70 of the Worst NFL Draft Cliches, Buzzwords, and Assorted Word Salad

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By this week, all the soundbites for every NFL draft prospect now run together into an indecipherable word salad. Actually, it all becomes gobbedly-gook well before this week, due to the over-usage of cliches. All the Draftniks do it:

Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Mike Mayock, and Jon Gruden most of all. Gruden speaks with a much higher buzz word/NFL draft catch-phrase per sentence percentage than anyone. If I sat down and watched Gruden’s “QB Camp” show again, this list would be four times as long.

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Northwestern Football: Your 2019 NFL Draft Guide

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We’re now exactly one week out from the NFL Draft (our full mock draft is available at this link), but if you’re a Northwestern football fan, you don’t really need to pay attention until the final day. That’s because none of the Wildcats pro prospects are expected to be taken until rounds 4-7 (a week from Saturday) at the earliest.

The three 2019 Scouting Combine participants who represented the Northwestern football program- quarterback Clayton Thorson, cornerback Montre Hartage and linebacker Nate Hall are not projected to be taken on Thursday (round one) or Friday (rounds two and three). We do however, have linebacker Paddy Fisher in the first round of our 2020 mock draft. 

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Four Clemson Football Players Who Could be First Round NFL Draft Picks

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Clemson football is the program that comes closest to matching Alabama’s dominance in recent years. At least in the College Football Playoff era. In this the fifth season of the CFP, the 20 berths so far break down like this: Alabama 5, Clemson 4, Oklahoma 3, Ohio State 2, Notre Dame, Oregon, Florida State, Georgia, Washington and Michigan State all have 1. 

So of the 20 berths, 60% have gone to just three teams, and Clemson football is one of them. Dabo Swinney’s program beat Alabama for the 2016 national title, but lost to them in the 2015 national championship and 2017 Sugar Bowl semifinal. The odds makers have both teams as double digit favorites to win their semifinal games and play for the national title again; which would make it the third time in five years.

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Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence Should Be the #1 Overall Pick in His Draft Class

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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the kind of player that could hypothetically force a conversation about applying the NBA “one and done” rule to football. Much has been made in basketball about the extremely talented kids who shouldn’t be forced to go to school, ply their trade and not get paid, when they have the ability go pro and make money doing what they love right now. 

No one talks about in football, and yes these players are rare, but the 6-5, Cartersville, Georgia native has a NFL caliber arm right now. Beyond the arm talent, he has the whole package in the eyes of NFL scouts. (Just needs to add a few pounds of muscle) 

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Four Ohio State Football Players with First Round NFL Draft Stock

Ohio State football has become like a gridiron version of the Kentucky Wildcats, at least in regards to the draft, these days. We’ve seen plenty of Buckeyes “succeed and proceed” lately, leaving school early with eligibility still on the table in order to cash in. American online bookmakers are handicapping the first player selected in the NFL draft race, and one Ohio State player, DL Nick Bosa, has very favorable odds.

Let’s take a look at what 2018 Ohio State football players, underclassmen or other wise, could be drafted in the first round come April.

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Ryan Leaf EXCLUSIVE: Former QB Opens Up About His Addiction and Recovery

In the first college football game I attended as a student, the visiting team scored an 80-yard touchdown pass on the very first play from scrimmage. The visitors, Washington State, would go on to win and play in the Rose Bowl against that year’s eventual national champions, Michigan. The home team, my alma mater of Illinois, wouldn’t even win a single game that year.

More than 20 years later, I’m sitting in a Cadillac Escalade, rolling down Chicago’s Michigan Avenue and the quarterback who threw that 80-yard TD pass, Ryan Leaf, is now granting me an exclusive interview; and the topic of football is ancillary to the purpose of our discourse.

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