NFL 2020 Divisonal Predictions and Preview

On Thursday night, the 2020 season oficially kicks off in Kansas City as the Chiefs and Texans prepare to square off. It’s going to be a tough season to predict. So much time in the offseason was taken away by COVID-19, that teams have had to prepare for a season with less than a month of practice time and no preseason games.

A lot is different from the2019 offseason, from roster building to the way practice and training camp are run. It will be beneficial to the players to get back to the games as soon as possible to try and develop some sort of rythym. Although it isn’t a shortened season, you can’t relax through weeks 1-4 and get your legs back. Whoever has the hottest start in any division will end up in a great spot midway through the season.

The challenges that goal will bring are daunting, but it will be sure to level the playing field. I’m going to predict who I think will be winning each division with a short explanation why.

AFC East: Patriots

It’s just not logical to doubt HC Bill Belichick when things are murky. Signing Cam Newton will elevate the composure in which the Pat’s offense operates this season. If Cam gets back to his old ways, there’s no question the Patriots will run away with the division.

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) bobbles the ball as quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) looks on during an NFL football training camp practice, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

AFC North: Ravens

QB Lamar Jackson proved to everyone why he’s the best mobile QB in the game right now. The changes on both sides of the ball could scare most people in a shortened offseason, but the addition of DT Calais Campbell on that already talented defense is sure to make a difference.

AFC South: Titans

It’s going to be interesting if the offsensive game plan continues to be smash mouth football. QB Ryan Tannehill proved last season that he’s willing to sling it and saving Derrick Henry for late season carries should be the main focus for the offense this season. This was a no-brainer picking the Titans after the Jadaveon Clowney signing. Adding an elite pass rusher a week before the season starts is a move only real contenders make. Titans GM Jon Robinson did a nice job addressing needs this offseason.

AFC West: Chiefs

I think the lack of Super Bowl parties this offseason has the Chiefs hungry for a repeat. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is fresh off of his new deal and there is a boat load of returning starters on both sides of the ball. If the Chiefs just continue to play their game, there’s no question they will repeat in the AFC West.

NFC East: Eagles

The biggest thing I liked about the Eagles offseason is the fact that they addressed the speed needs on the outside for QB Carson Wentz. They brought in WR’s Marquise Goodwin and Jalen Reagor and solidied the defense with CB Darius Slay and DT Javon Hargrave. HC Doug Pederson being the only retuning coach in the NFC East this season has me confident that he will lead the Eagles to the division title.


NFC North: Lions

Hear me out. QB Matthew Stafford is now the best quarterback in the NFC North after Packers QB Aaron Rodgers subpar season in 2020. Lions GM Bob Quinn and HC Matt Patricia have to win the division to keep their jobs. It’s all setting up for a story book season. Detroit will bring the division home.

NFC South: Buccaneers

It’s officially the TB12 show in Tampa. That offense is absolutely star studded and it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch. But the biggest thing thats stands out for me is that front 7 on defense. They can flat out ball and it will be a lot of fun to watch them next season, especially since they made that their early offseason priority.

NFC West: 49ers

Is it crazy to think the 49ers enter the 2020 season angry? They played great football last season and lost a thrilling Super Bowl in 2019 to the Chiefs. But we have only heard the Chiefs, Ravens, and Buccaneers in the Super Bowl conversation. San Francisco’s defense is as good as ever and expect QB Jimmy Garoppolo to take a big step forward in 2020.

Here's the crazy story behind 49ers running back Raheem Mostert's playoff  breakout

See you Thursday night.

Tim Duncan is the Most Overrated Player in Sports History

Throughout my entire life, I have never seen a single player, in any sport, get overhyped the way Tim Duncan does. He is the most overrated player in sports history. 

Duncan epitomizes, not only being boring, but being overvalued in the fullest sense.

Before I get into it, let me say first, I respect Tim Duncan. I obviously don’t know him as a person, but I do admire his unselfishness on the court and his high basketball IQ.

Duncan is not a power forward, he is a center that plays at the four. He played PF because his Hall of Fame teammate (one of many), David Robinson, played center. Some say Duncan never wanted to fully embrace the center position because he was too scared to match up against Shaquille O’Neal, but that’s just a rumor.

When Duncan arrived in the NBA, he landed in the PERFECT SITUATION. The Spurs, a great team prior to adding Duncan, dealt with a lot of injuries the previous season and got super lucky in the draft lottery, which ultimately allowed them to draft Duncan at No. 1 overall. 

21 incredible facts about San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan ...

Fans and the media often overlook what Duncan had to work with. In his first season in San Antonio, Duncan played alongside Hall of Famer David Robinson and very solid players in Vinny Del Negro, Sean Elliott, and Avery Johnson. Let’s not forget the coach he had, Gregg Popovich, who is in the Mount Rushmore of NBA coaches. That squad is the best team any No. 1 overall pick has ever stepped foot in. 

In 1998 when the Spurs and Tim Duncan captured their first NBA Championship, the team was stacked with guys such as Antonio Daniels, Mario Elie, Steve Kerr, Sean Elliott, Jerom Kersey, Avery Johnson and David Robinson. All I ever hear from everyone when talking about that team is how great Tim Duncan was, as if he was out there by himself.

By 2003, the year San Antonio won its second NBA Finals, the Spurs had three Hall of Famers on its roster other than Tim Duncan: David Robinson, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginóbili. They also had a great supporting cast in Bruce Bowen, Stephen Jackson, Steve Kerr, Steve Smith, and Malik Rose. Those aren’t scrubs, people!

Without going through every single championship roster Duncan was on, it should not be forgotten that Duncan played with Hall of Famers, in every single season of his career. 

Duncan had a very strong list of teammates: David Robinson, Tony Parker, Manu Ginóbili, and Kawhi Leonard. Again, these are Hall of Famers, that Duncan was very fortunate to play with, and that doesn’t get talked about enough! 

Tony Parker was the 2007 NBA Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard was the NBA Finals MVP in 2014 and was the NBA’s defensive player of the year in 2015 and 2016. Ginóbili is one of the clutchest players of all time.

Let’s go back to 2013, in the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs versus the Miami Heat.  

With less than 50 seconds left in game seven of the NBA Finals, the Spurs were down 90-88, and Tim Duncan missed a game-tying layup over Shane Battier.

Embarrassing, isn’t it? If Tim Duncan is a top 10, top 20 player of all time, he has to make that layup! 

I hate calling players “system guys” but that’s exactly what Tim Duncan is. There is nothing wrong with being a “system guy” but players like that should not be considered along the lines of Kevin Garnett, Charles Barkley, and Dirk Nowitzki, who are all time greats at the power forward position. 

The credit that Duncan gets without mentioning personnel aficionado R.C. Buford or Coach Popovich is nauseating, as the Spurs front office is undoubtedly the best front office in the past two decades. They were able to bring in the right guys to San Antonio and maintained a stable organization for twenty years. No other player in NBA history has ever had that type of power and stability behind them before, not even Michael Jordan. 

Gregg Popovich & Manu Ginobili on Tim Duncan's Retirement

As I mentioned before, Duncan has a very high basketball IQ and is an unselfish player, a solid passer of the ball, knows where to be on offense and defense, but physically, what does he do that’s great?

Now this bothers me a lot about Duncan: the rest, the breaks, the time off he got in his career. Why does he need all of that rest? If he’s one of the greatest of all time, he shouldn’t need all of that time to snooze. By doing that, Coach Pop is admitting they don’t need Duncan to win games. 

Let’s no longer forget what Duncan was working with his entire career. He was extremely lucky, had a lot of breaks go his way, and had a ton of help surrounding him. Duncan didn’t make the Spurs, the Spurs made him.

The bottom line is, Timothy Theodore Duncan is the most overrated player of all time. 


TFC Mock Draft 3.0 – Las Vegas gets a receiver, Miami picks OL late, Trades and Sleepers

HERE IT IS! My final NFL Mock Draft (with trades) of 2020. To be honest, I would be extremely surprised if I didn’t get this 100 percent correct.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU

Image result for burrow

It’s time to move on from Andy Dalton and restart the franchise with a new signal-caller. Burrow is an Ohio kid, was the best college football player this past season, and checks (almost) all the boxes. If I were Cincinnati, I would take Tua Tagovailoa, who was more consistent in college.

2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young – DE – Ohio State

Chase Young says he's 'definitely' the No. 1 prospect in the 2020 ...

Ron Rivera didn’t interview anywhere else besides Washington, solely because of the No. 2 overall pick. Rivera realizes he has a potential future Hall of Famer in his grasp, this is a no-brainer. 

3. TRADE! Lions to Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa – QB – Alabama

josh houtz on Twitter: "If things do work out and the #dolphins ...

The latest rumor out there is the Dolphins are trying to trade up for an offensive tackle. I’m not buying that, instead they’re going to do the right thing and trade up for the best player in the draft. Tua will be a better player than Joe Burrow. 

4. New York Giants: Jedrick Wills – OT – Alabama

Jedrick Wills Jr.: 3 facts on the NFL Draft prospect, Alabama lineman

The Giants have to do all they can to protect Daniel Jones and help Saquon Barkley. Wills is the best tackle in the draft and comes from a program Joe Judge is very familiar with.

5. Detroit Lions (via Miami): Jeff Okudah – CB – Ohio State

Could the Raiders trade up for Ohio State CB Jeffrey Okudah?

After trading away Darius Slay to the Eagles, the Lions have to find a replacement. Experts say Okudah is the best defensive back in the draft. Detroit lands the player they would’ve gotten had they stayed at No. 3 overall, while gaining more draft capital. 

6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert – QB – Oregon 

Strongest Arm in College Football || Oregon QB Justin Herbert ...

A lot of people do not like Justin Herbert, but he’s going to be a good player. His coaching staff at Oregon didn’t use him as well as they should have. Chargers fans will be very proud to have this kid on their team. LA’s brass continues to say they have faith in Tyrod Taylor– that’s just a smoke screen. The Chargers will not go into a five-billion dollar stadium with Taylor as their starter. They need to sell tickets. 

7. Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Simmons – LB/S – Clemson

A very unique talent': How Clemson's Isaiah Simmons went from last ...

Luke Kuechly retired, Cam Newton is gone, and Greg Olsen is in Seattle. Carolina needs a lot, but most importantly, they need new faces of the franchise. Simmons can play all over the field, he’s a queen on a chess board. 

8. TRADE! Cardinals to Falcons: C.J. Henderson – CB – Florida

2020 NFL Mock Draft: 1st-Round Predictions and Top Prospects on ...

The latest rumors say the Falcons are trying to trade up and that may be for Derrick Brown, but I believe CJ Henderson will be the pick. The Jaguars need a CB too, so Thomas Dimitroff leap-frogs Jacksonville to grab their guy.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown – DT – Auburn

Dominating' Derrick Brown again named SEC Defensive Lineman of the ...

Jacksonville has a lot of holes to fill, but they stay put at No. 9 and draft a player who should’ve been selected in the top five. Brown is a mammoth up front and will be a great complement to Josh Allen. 

10. Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas – OT – Georgia 

NFL Draft Profile: Georgia T Andrew Thomas

The Browns have to address the offensive line. Baker Mayfield struggled in 2019 and that cannot happen in 2020. Cleveland, please do the right thing and give Baker some security on his blindside. 

11. New York Jets: Tristian Wirfs – OT – Iowa

NFL Draft Profile: Iowa T Tristan Wirfs

Jets fans want a wide receiver, but the experts say tackle over receiver every time. Joe Douglas comes from Philadelphia, who always take lineman in the first round. Protection for Sam Darnold should always come first. 

12. Las Vegas Raiders: Ceedee Lamb – WR – Oklahoma

NFL draft: Can anyone catch Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb?

CeeDee Lamb is the best receiver in the draft. For weeks, I was going back and fourth between Lamb and Jeudy, but Lamb is more talented, while Jeudy is more polished. 

13. San Francisco 49ers: Henry Ruggs III – WR – Alabama

Dynasty Prospect Scouting Report: Henry Ruggs | Draft Sharks

Kyle Shanahan saw what a speedy receiver can do for an offense in the Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs. Deebo Samuel and Ruggs on the field together is a lethal combo. Ruggs’ presence alone, stretches the field and will help out the already strong running game for the Niners. 

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mekhi Becton – OT – Louisville

How Far Could Mekhi Becton, Javon Kinlaw Fall in Draft After ...

Quarterbacks in Bruce Arians’ system get sacked a lot and Tom Brady is at an age where he needs to take the least amount of hits as he can. Becton is 6’7” and 364 lbs, he’s the epitome of a blue whale.

15. Denver Broncos: Justin Jefferson – WR – LSU

NFL Combine Thursday Recap: Justin Jefferson, Denzel Mims win the ...

Broncos decide to pass on Jerry Jeudy and select Justin Jefferson, who is a good slot receiver and be a solid weapon for Drew Lock. 

16. Arizona Cardinals (via Atlanta): Javon Kinlaw – DT – South Carolina

Brian Baldinger: Linebacker Ravens' Most Obvious Need, But What ...

Javon Kinlaw could very well be the best defensive lineman in this draft three years from now. Arizona gets tremendous value with this pick, while gaining more draft capital.

17. Dallas Cowboys: K’Lavon Chaisson – EDGE – LSU

Meet K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU's dynamic pass rusher

Jerry Jones will be drafting alone in house and nobody will be able to stop him. My guess is, he looks at the board, sees a pass rusher from LSU and pulls the trigger. In all seriousness, Chaisson is raw, but has a ton of potential and could be a very good player down the road.

18. Miami Dolphins: Austin Jackson – OT – USC

2020 NFL Draft Profile: USC Left Tackle Austin Jackson - Mile High ...

With Tua Tagovailoa as the face of the franchise, the Dolphins have to protect him. Jackson is the best tackle on the board.

19. TRADE! Raiders to Vikings: Jerry Jeudy – WR – Alabama

Jerry Jeudy Taken by Jaguars in B/R User 2020 NFL Mock Draft ...

To leap-frog the Eagles and the Jaguars, who need a wide receiver, Minnesota trades up for the second best WR in the draft and grab him pick 19– great value!

20. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Diggs – CB – Alabama

Prospect for the Pack: Alabama CB Trevon Diggs

Jaguars traded both Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. It’s time to find a replacement and Diggs is the best corner back on the board.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Reagor – WR – TCU

NFL Draft Profile: Jalen Reagor -

Usually by now, I have a good feel for what the Eagles are going to do, but this year is different, given the crisis we’re in and the limitations teams have with scouting prospects. However, Howie Roseman knows the Eagles need speed on the perimeter and Reagor has plenty of that and is outstanding on special teams. Reagor’s father played in the NFL and that’s always a plus. I can also see the Eagles trading back, gathering more picks. 

22. Las Vegas Raiders: A.J. Terrell – CB – Clemson

2020 NFL mock draft: AJ Terrell can help Chiefs get back to Super ...

Mike Mayock loves shopping at Clemson and A.J. Terrell also fills a need for the Raiders. Terrell will be paired up with his former teammate Trayvon Mullen in the secondary. 

23. New England Patriots: Zack Baun – EDGE – Wisconsin

Inside The Star Staff Predictions for the Dallas Cowboys First ...

Bill Belichick passes Jordan Love who is still on the board and goes with an underrated pass rusher. New England needs a ton of help on defensive line and Baun fits the scheme. 

24. New Orleans Saints – Jeff Gladney – CB – TCU 

Draft Hunt: Jeff Gladney Adding Corner Depth - Buffalo Fanatics ...

The Saints should take Jordan Love and have him sit behind Drew Brees, but they elect to address the secondary to get one last shot at the Super Bowl. 

25. Minnesota Vikings: Jaylon Johnson – CB – Utah

Jaylon Johnson - Football - University of Utah Athletics

The Vikings lost a couple of cornerbacks this offseason and Mike Zimmer will address that position very early in the draft. He may draft three cornerbacks given the stack of picks Minnesota has. Johnson is a physical player, Zimmer will love that. 

26. Miami Dolphins: Cesar Ruiz – Center – Michigan

Broncos Draft Board: Michigan's Cesar Ruiz could be immediate ...

Miami’s offensive line was atrocious last season. Pairing Ruiz with Austin Jackson to protect Tua is a great way to restart a franchise. 

27. TRADE! Seahawks to Colts: Jordan Love – QB – Utah State

Indianapolis Colts have 3rd-highest odds to draft QB Jordan Love

Seattle trades down every year, so this is no surprise. The Colts, who have multiple second-round picks, trade up to grab their franchise quarterback. 

28. Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Murray – LB – Oklahoma

OU football: Kenneth Murray taking care of Sooner defense, just as ...

Kenneth Murray is one of my favorite players in this draft. Not only is he a very good player, but he’s an even better person off the field. His leadership may make a bigger impact than his actual skills. Murray is the perfect player for Baltimore.

29. Tennessee Titans: Josh Jones – OT – Houston

Could Josh Jones Be A Surprise Pick For the Browns?

Jack Conklin is in Cleveland now and that leaves a gaping hole on the right side of the offensive line. Josh Jones may even go earlier than pick 29. 

30. Green Bay Packers: Patrick Queen – LB – LSU

NFL draft profile: Ravens target Patrick Queen of LSU - Baltimore Sun

The Packers always draft defense in the first round. Patrick Queen is the best player on the board and fills a need, given the departure of Blake Martinez, who is now on the Giants.

31. TRADE! 49ers – Giants: Xavier McKinney – Safety – Alabama

Xavier McKinney - Football - University of Alabama Athletics

San Francisco needs more picks on day 2, so they trade down. The Giants need help all over the defense and Xavier McKinney is the best safety in the draft. 

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Ross Blacklock – DT – TCU

2020 Draft Watch: Five defensive linemen for the Texans

Chris Jones’ future in KC is in doubt and Andy Reid loves drafting lineman in the first round. Blacklock is a big, dancing bear and fills a need in Steve Spagnoulo’s defense. 

NFL First 32 Mock Draft 2.0 – Chargers trade up, Kinlaw falls, Vikings replace Diggs, trades, and more

We’re almost there, folks. The 2020 NFL Draft is this week and we have surely seen our fair share of mock drafts. We released a previous mock draft by analyst Gianfranco Illiano and you can check that out here:

While preparing this NFL Mock Draft, I tried to avoid a lot of trades because it usually takes away from one of my favorite purposes of a first round mock draft, identifying team needs and best players. I enjoy trades with multiple trades, however, because it’s pure chaos.

There’s just so many questions with the NFL Draft this year. Not even counting the fact this is the first virtual draft in NFL history, this draft is uncrackable. I believe I saw a report that a GM said most mock drafts were completely wrong. I’m fairly confident in mine.

1. Cincinnati Bengals – LSU QB Joe Burrow

The 2019 Heisman winner and National Champion brings his superstardom to Cincy to help save the Bengals.

2. Washington Redskins – Ohio State DE Chase Young

Young is a generational talent going to a Washington squad that needs an influx of talent.

3. Chargers (via Lions) – Alabama QB Tua Tagliova

Tua has had just about the most up and down college career ever for a highly touted QB prospect. He’ll be expected to replace long time starter Phillip Rivers.

4. Miami Dolphins (via Giants) – Oregon QB Justin Herbert

The gunslinger from Oregon gets to go save Miami’s offense.

5. Giants (via Dolphins) – Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs

Offensive line has been a problem for the Giants for years now. And with a second year Daniel Jones at QB, it’s a good time to start protecting the pocket.

6. Lions (via Chargers) – Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah

Okudah is the best CB in the draft going to the worst secondary in the NFL.

7. Panthers – Clemons LB Isaiah Simmons

Simmons is just a human highlight tape. He doesn’t even have a position because he plays everything. Panthers have to somehow try and replace the playmaking abilities of recently retired LB Luke Keuchly.

8. Cardinals – Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb

Kyler Murray gets his wish to pair up with former college teammate CeeDee Lamb. Coach Kliff will certainly be pleased.

9. Jaguars – Florida CB CJ Henderson

The Jaguars need help at a lot of positions in the Front office. But they also need help at cornerback. Henderson adds to the first round talent at CB in this draft.

10. Browns – Louisville OT Mekhi Becton

Becton has the best name in the draft. And he was also the best tackle in the ACC last season. Baker needs protection. This should work.

11. Jets – Georgia OT Andrew Thomas

Tackles continue to fall. And notice the young QB trend. Jets QB Sam Darnold got beat up last season by DL’s and desperately needs help up front.

12. Raiders – Alabama WR Henry Ruggs

Who even knows who’s the best WR on that Alabama roster last season? They’re all good. Ruggs has tremendous feet and great hands. Good pick for the Raiders to help Carr/Mariota. Also, Las Vegas desperately needs stars and Ruggs has tons of star potential.

13. 49ers – LSU EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson

Chaisson is one of my favorite players in the draft. He is quick but tough as nails. I’m excited to see how he can help the 49ers replace DeForest Buckner.

14. Buccaneers – Alabama OT Jedrick Wills

Brady gets some added protection.

15. Broncos – Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray

Murray is the best LB in the draft. The Broncos shouldn’t even blink with this pick.

16. Falcons – Auburn DT Derrick Brown

Brown is a unit. He also has NFL quickness. Should be fun to watch him develop in Atlanta.

17. Cowboys – Clemson CB A.J Terrell

Jerry Jones replaces Byron Jones with a far cheaper option.

18. Dolphins – Alabama EDGE Terrell Lewis

Lewis is a prototypical Alabama EDGE defender. I love this pick for the Dolphins who need upgrades on defense.

19. Eagles (via Raiders) – Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy

Jeudy provides speed and fine route running to an Eagles offense that desperately needs more of it.

20. Jaguars – Penn State EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos

Matos was really solid for Penn State all season. And with the Jag’s possibly trading Yannick Ngakoue, this is a no brainer.

21. Raiders (via Eagles) – Utah CB Jaylon Johnson

Johnson is such a solid CB. I know the Raiders will excited at his potential.

22. Vikings (via Bills) – LSU WR Justin Jefferson

Jefferson is a great receiver to put next to Adam Thielen. Give Kirk Cousins more weapons and see what happens.

23. Patriots – Wisconsin LB Zack Baun

Baun is a bull and the Patriots defense could be looking to add some youth.

24. Saints – Utah QB Jordan Love

Love might be an option to replace QB Drew Brees in a few years.

25. Vikings – TCU CB Jeff Gladney

Gladney will hopefully fill the shoes of CB Xavier Rhodes, who was released this offseason.

26. Dolphins (via Texans) – Baylor WR Denzel Mims

Mims has continued to shoot up draft boards since his impressive performance at the NFL Draft Combine. The Dolphins will look to add around Herbert.

27. Seahawks – South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw

I value Kinlaw much higher than this. But the Seahawks get a huge talent at DT if this happens.

28. Ravens – LSU LB Patrick Queen

Ravens added Derrick Wolfe and franchise tagged Matthew Judon, so I expect the Ravens to add to the defense even more and bring on Queen.

29. Titans – LSU CB Kristian Fulton

One of the many bright spots of LSU’s 2019 Championship team, Fulton gets added to an already elite Titans defense.

30. Packers – Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk

The loaded WR class continues to show in the first round.

31. 49ers – TCU DT Ross Blacklock

The 49ers will look to add to their already elite front seven.

32. Chiefs – Michigan C Cesar Ruiz

Ruiz is the best interior OL in the draft and Chiefs C Austin Reiter is 28 years old.

NFL Pre-Draft Notes, Analysis – Who is the best Quarterback, Biggest sleeper pick, top rated WR and more

It is officially the age of the digital draft. While the world moves to the internet, the NFL draft being held online is actually a bad thing. The pure chaos of the NFL Draft is the best part about it. Teams have no idea who they’ll end up with past round one, but even that’s never certain.

My favorite part of the draft has to be the last minute trades that alter franchises forever. For example, the Chiefs traded with the Buffalo Bills for the 10th pick in the 2017 draft, where Patrick Mahomes was then drafted and history writes itself.

The notes included in this article are notes I have taken while doing work for the 2020 draft. I kept the biggest ones and decided to write an article out of them.

Burrow Mania: It’s hard not to start draft notes off without Joe Burrow, who had arguably the single greatest season in college football history in 2019. What impresses me about Burrow is his pure competitive nature. He’s been quoted saying he simply doesn’t lose, and he’s not lying. He finished his college career with a 25-3 record, including a 15-0 season in 2019. I’m fully onboard with the Brady comparisons, I see it a lot. He has the arm to back it up. It looks like he’s going back to Ohio to play for the Cincinnati Bengals, and he seems to fit. They are desperate for a spark on offense after releasing QB Andy Dalton. Burrow is the best QB in this draft and we’ll see him be rewarded with that title going number one overall on Thursday night.

LSU-Clemson: Joe Burrow celebrated title with a cigar in the Superdome

SLEEPERS: I wrote a sleepers article about a month ago that was brutally shot down because it didn’t really contain actually sleeper picks. But, I am confident to say I have made some changes. I’m really impressed by Colby Parkinson, TE out of Stanford. He has great size for a TE and has big play ability. He reminds me of a bigger Zach Ertz, who also went to Stanford.

I think one of the big sleeper picks is Jonah Jackson, OG out of Ohio State. He’s a beast. I’ve seen him play at both Rutgers and OSU in person and he’s always the standout in the trenches. Jackson is powerful and packs a powerful punch. I think he’s a rookie starter for whoever he’s drafted to. It’s not often that you immediately see NFL potential when you watch college guard’s, but he looked ready for Sunday’s from the first game he played at Rutgers.

Lamb top rated WR: CeeDee Lamb is my WR1 for the draft. He’s just stood out to me the most out of the top 10 receivers. His frame allows him to play tall while his feet make him quick in and out of his routes. As a junior, he caught 62 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns.

After declaring early, he certainly shot up many NFL GM’s boards. I don’t buy the criticisms of bad route running. He’ll learn to run near flawless routes in the NFL. I wouldn’t be surprised if a team trades up for Lamb on draft night.

OU football: CeeDee Lamb says legacy is 'still being written ...

I’m looking forward to the draft.