No. 1 — No. 5
This seems like a virtual lock. There is a chance that a quarterback-needy team like the Miami Dolphins could package a treasure trove of picks to claim the first overall slot.
However, it would be shocking for anyone other than Joe Burrow to go off the board first.
The 2019 Heisman winner posted an incredible 5,671 passing yards, 60 touchdowns, six interceptions, and a 76.3 completion percentage on his way to a National Championship.
Expect him to go No. 1.
In a normal year, Chase Young would be the first overall pick. While the presence of an elite prospect like Burrow will push him down one spot, he is expected to be an absolute game wrecker.
The superstar recorded 16.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss in just 12 games in 2019. He has All-Pro potential and should be equipped to terrorize opposing quarterback for the better part of the next decade.
He’s a lock at No. 2.
This is the first slot where a trade feels highly possible.
If either the Miami Dolphins or Los Angeles Chargers fear their quarterback of choice will be taken off the board before their turn to pick, they could attempt to trade up for the Detroit Lions’ pick.
However, if Detroit does retain their spot, Jeff Okudah is the obvious pick.
The team has a void at cornerback after parting ways with multi-time Pro-Bowler Darius Slay earlier this offseason. Okudah profiles as a shutdown corner who could serve the team for many years.
The Miami Dolphins began the 2019 season with an unofficial slogan of “tank of Tua.”
Despite the concerns with Tua Tagovailoa‘s hip injury, I expect owner Stephen Ross (who has been publicly complimentary of Tagovailoa) will pass on Justin Herbert and take the player he has coveted for the better part of a year.
The Dolphins will trade up if needed. So it’s difficult to imagine they fail to land either Tua or Justin Herbert.