2020 NFL Mock Draft 4-22-19

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We have 2020 vision, NFL Draft style, for the first time, right here, right now. It’s our first ever 2020 NFL mock draft, and the order, for now was simply replicated from 2019. Team needs, nor the 2019 NFL mock draft (which you can view over at this link), were taken into account.

As we have a whole draft, and two rounds of free agency to go through, it’s just too early to factor in team needs. Obviously this will be modified and reworked hundreds, if not thousands of times between now and 2020 NFL Draft day. Enjoy!

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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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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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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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Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush on Why He’s Off Social Media

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Editor’s note: re-running this today, in the wake of the news that Brandon Wimbush has officially transferred to Central Florida, and will play his final season of college football at UCF.

The adverse effects of social media are being further studied everyday. As the alarming results of these findings continue to gain more publicity, social media usage has started to stagnate. Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter have stopped growing. Only Instagram is maintaining steady growth right now.

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2019 Notre Dame Football First Look Season Preview

The 2018 Notre Dame football season ended in a manner that no one affiliated with the program wanted- a very lopsided loss to #2 Clemson in the Cotton Bowl semifinal. The end result was a margin of defeat that was only one point better than the 2012 BCS National Championship game.

Naturally, lots of 2012/2018 analogies have been made, but that narrative has plenty of limitations, as Notre Dame football has changed so much since then.

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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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Six Potential Destinations for Former Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush

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Notre Dame QB2 Brandon Wimbush has now made it official that he’s going to transfer out, and find a place where can start next season. This development was expected, as news of a potential transfer emerged heading into the Cotton Bowl semifinal. Wimbush started four games this season, and 12 last season, becoming just the third quarterback in Notre Dame history with more than 1,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing in the same season.

Sometimes, but not always, transfers pick a location close to home for their final season and thus we start the listicle with two destinations that aren’t far from Teaneck, New Jersey (home town of the Isley Brothers BTW!).

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Notre Dame Football: Three Players the Fighting Irish Really Need Back in 2019

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The very one-sided loss to #2 Clemson in the Cotton Bowl Semifinal showed the country that Notre Dame football still has a major gap to close on the national elite programs While the end result and overall big picture mirrored what happened versus Alabama in 2012, the program is still very different from what it was six years ago.

While many have been analogizing 2012 and 2018 Notre Dame football, the comparisons have some limitations. Right now Clemson and Alabama are at a level that’s a tier above the rest of the nation and in 2019 we’ll see if anyone can traverse that chasm.

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Notre Dame QB2 Brandon Wimbush Considering Transfer at Season’s End

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Notre Dame QB2 Brandon Wimbush is currently focused on preparing for the Cotton Bowl National Semifinal against Clemson tomorrow (full game preview and prediction at this link). He’s practicing with his teammates in Dallas, preparing for the possibility to be called upon should starter Ian Book go down with injury. At the same time, he’s also put out some feelers in the transfer market.

Having already graduated and received his degree, Wimbush would immediately be eligible to play at another school next season. With Book returning for his senior year in 2019, it makes sense for Wimbush to look elsewhere in order to optimize his final season of eligibility. At the very least, he should see what options are available to him.

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Analogies Between 2018 and 2012 Notre Dame Have Significant Limitations

#3 Notre Dame got routed by #2 Clemson 30-3 in the 83rd Cotton Bowl Classic today, dropping the Fighting Irish to 0-6 all time in BCS and New Year’s Six bowl games. In a battle of undefeated teams, only the Tigers looked like a 12-0 squad pulling away early in the second quarter of this national semifinal, and never looking back.

The final margin of victory, 27, was just one point less than the last time Notre Dame played in a game with national championship implications- the 2012 BCS Title Game. The Fighting Irish lost to Alabama by 28 (42-14) that night, and just like on this day, the final score doesn’t really reflect just how one-sided the affair truly was.

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