2020 Mock Draft Round Up 2.0


The 2020 NFL draft begins April 23. Until then many football writers and analysts will give their opinion on how the draft will unfold.

There are still many steps to the offseason to go such as the combine, free agency and pro days at each of the college campuses.

Here's an updated list of who national media members believe the Bengals will select with the No. 1 overall pick.

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Joe Burrow – LSU, QB

Chad Reuter – NFL.com

Analysis: "Now that the season is over, you'll hear a lot of nitpicking about Burrow's game, including his lack of elite arm strength. The Bengals saw what he did against elite college competition, however, and will shut out the noise."

Maurice Jones-Drew – NFL.com

Analysis: "The Bengals and Burrow are a match made in heaven. The Heisman Trophy winner is a confident, well-rounded quarterback who could elevate Zac Taylor's offense."

Charley Casserly – NFL.com

Analysis: "Going back to the days of Paul Brown, the Bengals have always believed in the need for a franchise QB, making Burrow the crucial building block for this franchise."

Daniel Jeremiah – NFL.com

Analysis: "Burrow doesn't have elite arm strength, but he checks every other box, and he's a beautiful fit in the Bengals' offense."

Lance Zierlein – NFL.com

Analysis: "Burrow will need the scheme fit to be right, but his pinpoint accuracy and elite intangibles are hard to resist."

Bucky Brooks – NFL.com

Analysis: "The Bengals can't bypass the opportunity to make the hometown hero their next franchise quarterback."

Mel Kiper Jr. - ESPN

Analysis: "The Heisman Trophy winner will immediately become the face of the franchise."

Todd McShay – ESPN

Analysis: "There isn't much more Burrow can do to solidify himself as the top quarterback of the draft class, and the Bengals should absolutely take one with the first pick."

R.J. White – CBS Sports

Analysis: "Burrow got better as the season wore on and wowed in the College Football Playoffs. He doesn't have a huge arm, but his accuracy is unquestionable. The Bengals lock in their new franchise QB."

Chris Trapasso - CBS Sports

Analysis: "Joe Burrow is getting drafted by the Bengals. After a few years of not really knowing what would happen with the top pick in the draft, this pairing already seems locked in."

Ryan Wilson – CBS Sports

Analysis: "Joe Burrow will officially be the Bengals' franchise quarterback starting in late April. We can't imagine that changing between now and then."

Tom Fornelli - CBS Sports

Dane Brugler – The Athletic

Analysis: "Until the commissioner steps to the podium and says a different name, I'm using a Sharpie to write "Burrow" here."

Vinnie Iyer - The Sporting News

Analysis: "At 6-3, 215 pounds, he combines his mental and physical toughness in the pocket with a strong arm and accurate delivery."

Kevin Hanson – Sports Illustrated

Analysis: "Breaking multiple SEC passing records, running away with the Heisman Trophy and leading LSU to an undefeated championship-winning season, Burrow made it look easy at times despite facing seven top-10 opponents along the way."

Eric Edholm – Yahoo! Sports

Analysis: "Barring some motherlode trade offer, this is the pick."

Thor Nystrom - Rotoworld

Analysis: "We've never seen anything like Burrow's 2019 ascendance. We've also never seen a better season from a college QB (5,671 passing yards 76.3% completions, 60/6 TD/INT)."

Dan Kadar – SB Nation

Matt Miller – Bleacher Report

Eddie Brown – San Diego Union-Tribune

Analysis: "It's probably best not to overthink this. Burrow just finished a silly statistical season, was an almost unanimous Heisman Trophy winner and led the Tigers to a national title."

Scott Polacek – Bleacher Report

Analysis: "Burrow is the obvious selection at No. 1. He is coming off a magical college football season where he led the LSU Tigers to the national title and won the Heisman Trophy behind a stunning 60 touchdown passes. The Bengals also need long-term security at the position and will not hesitate to take him."

Walter Football

Analysis: "Burrow has improved exponentially, and he's now the no-brainer No. 1 overall selection."

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Tee Higgins – Clemson, WR

Chad Reuter – NFL.com

Eric Edholm – Yahoo! Sports

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Brandon Aiyuk - Arizona State, WR

Dan Kadar – SB Nation

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Tyler Biadasz – Wisconsin, C

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Solomon Kindley – Georgia, G

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Saahdiq Charles - LSU, OT

Chad Reuter – NFL.com

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Jacob Phillips – LSU, LB

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Jaylon Johnson – Utah, CBS

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