It's clear Andy Dalton isn't the answer at quarterback. Burrow's draft stock is powered by rocket fuel. The nearly unanimous Heisman Trophy winner has 5,208 passing yards (second in the nation), 55 touchdowns (first in the nation) against only six interceptions and a QBR of 94.4 (second in the nation). He's the type of quarterback that aces the intangible checklist, but doesn't feature any physical qualities I'd consider elite. The Bengals would be wise to adapt an LSU offensive system, masterminded by passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Joe Brady and executed perfectly by coordinator Steve Ensminger, to the pros for the highest return on their investment. Top needs: QB, OL, LB
Tua Tagovailoa made a wise decision to enter the 2020 NFL draft.
The Detroit Lions could benefit the most assuming the Crimson Tide's signal-caller is healthy enough to survive the draft process scrutiny.
A healthy Tagovailoa will likely set up a bidding war for the Lions' third overall pick considering early speculation has the first two picks being a mere formality.
A healthy Tagovailoa remains the top quarterback on my board despite the possibility he red-shirts his rookie season (there is typically a 6-to-8 month recovery following the hip surgery he had in November).
The NFL draft has become a nice appetizer before our main course in September. A mock version of said draft is meant to educate, and even entertain. At very least, it helps you pass the time.
This is an early attempt at identifying the best players available in this season's draft class, and which teams they match up well with considering the updated draft order (according to NFL.com).
Here's my updated 2020 NFL Mock Draft, now through two rounds:
1. Cincinnati (2-14) - Joe Burrow, QB, LSU, Sr.
2. Washington (3-13) - Chase Young, Edge, Ohio St., Jr.
New head coach Ron Rivera would be giddy to land the best player/pass rusher in this draft class (Young had 16.5 sacks this season and 30.5 sacks in three years at Columbus). The Redskins will add him to a young, talented defensive line. Top needs: OL, CB, LB
3. Detroit (3-12-1) - Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn, Sr.
It's conceivable the Dolphins, Chargers, Panthers, Raiders or Colts could all target this selection in order to land a quarterback. The Lions have to prioritize improving their front seven if they have any hopes of competing in the NFC North (defensive tackles Mike Daniels and A'Shawn Robinson are both free agents). A trade down could still land an elite prospect at a position of need if they remain in the top 10. Brown would have been a first-round selection had he left school last year. The SEC Defensive Player of the Year (and consensus All-American) is the most talented interior defensive lineman in this draft class, by far. Top needs: DL, DB, WR
4. N.Y. Giants (4-12) - Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia, Jr.
Starting right tackle Mike Remmers is an unrestricted free agent after this season. You'd get the first team All-SEC selection if you could Weird Science an offensive tackle. He's a big, powerful, athletic lineman with springy footwork and quick hands who's a dynamic closer in both the run and pass game. Thomas is an investment in the futures of Daniel Jones and Saquan Barkley. Top needs: OT, S, DL
5. Miami (5-11) - Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama, Jr.
Barring a move to land Teddy Bridgewater in the offseason, it'll be hard for the Dolphins to pass on a signal-caller here. Back-to-back seasons with an ankle injury and a dislocated hip will give us something to talk about until April (and the Bengals an excuse for passing on him). Mostly, because people will tire of talking about how prolific and precise the southpaw is. Some will try to compare Tagovailoa to Mike Vick, but he's closer to a lefty (and taller) version of Russell Wilson. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen remain under contract if Tagovailoa should need to red-shirt his rookie season. Top needs: QB, OL, Edge
6. L.A. Chargers (5-11) - Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson, Jr.
The Chargers miss out on a splashy replacement for Philip Rivers, but they land another impact player for their defense at a position GM Tom Telesco prioritizes. The Butkus Award winner (best linebacker) is an athletic unicorn (equally adept at safety or linebacker) with incredible range and instincts. Top needs: OL, QB, RB
7. Carolina (5-11) - Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio St., Jr.
The Panthers haven't featured a cornerback this talented since Josh Norman in his prime. The consensus All-American is an elite athlete who has proven proficient in man coverage and is only scratching the surface of his potential. Cornerbacks James Bradberry, Ross Cockrell and Javien Elliott are all free agents. Top needs: OL, DB, DL
8. Arizona (5-10-1) - Jedrick Wills, OL, Alabama, Jr.
Offensive tackles D.J. Humphries and Justin Murray are both free agents. Wills is a powerful upgrade who is versatile enough to play guard and has shown some serious growth this season. He only allowed one quarterback pressure in his last five games, according to Pro Football Focus. Top needs: OL, DL, DB
9. Jacksonville (6-10) - A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa, Jr.
Pass rush specialist Yannick Ngakoue will likely command $18-$20 million per season on the open market. The AP All-American racked up 11.5 sacks and forced four fumbles despite facing persistent double-teams all season. Top needs: DT, WR, LB
10. Cleveland (6-10) - Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa, Jr.
The Browns must upgrade their offensive line if Baker Mayfield has any hope in improving on a porous sophomore campaign in the pros. Wirfs is the best pass protector in this class. Top needs: OT, S, LB
11. N.Y. Jets (7-9) - Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama, Jr.
Elite prospects seem to fall in the Jets' lap (See: Leonard Williams and Jamal Adams). Wide receiver Robby Anderson is facing free agency. Jeudy is an upgrade and the crown jewel of what is shaping up to be a special 2020 class of receivers. He's the best prospect at the position in almost a decade. Top needs: OL, WR, Edge
12. Las Vegas (7-9) - CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma, Jr.
Antonio Brown's preseason antics left a huge hole in the depth chart at wide receiver. Lamb has elite hands and ball skills (he's special with the ball in the air). He can also contribute as a blocker. Top needs: WR, LB, CB
13. Indianapolis (7-9) - Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama, Jr.
GM Chris Ballard took a chance on Tyreek Hill when he was the Director of Football Operations in Kansas City. Like Hill, Ruggs is pure electricity with the football in his hands. He scored 25 total touchdowns on 100 touches in his Crimson Tide career. Top needs: DT, WR, Edge
14. Tampa Bay (7-9) - Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon, Sr.
Demand ALWAYS overrules supply when it comes to quarterbacks in the draft. The Buccaneers aren't a fantasy football team so I don't see why they'd pay Jameis Winston $30 million per season. Herbert has all the physical attributes (prototypical size and elite arm talent) coach Bruce Arians requires, but consistency has been his bane. Top needs: QB, OL, DL
15. Denver (7-9) - Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU, Sr.
All-Pro cornerback Chris Harris will certainly test the free agent market in March. Fulton is an elite athlete who was the top cornerback prospect coming out of high school in 2016. Top needs: OL, DB, DL
16. Atlanta (7-9) - Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma, Jr.
De'Vondre Campbell hasn't been cutting it at linebacker and happens to be a free agent after this season. Murray is an explosive athlete who has developed elite instincts during his three seasons in Norman. His draft stock should benefit from Alabama's Dylan Moses returning to school. Top needs: Edge, OG, LB
17. Dallas (8-8) - Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina, Sr.
The Cowboys have had success creating pressure on the quarterback from the edge, but not inside. An interior wrecking ball like the AP All-American has the potential to be a force against the pass and run at the next level. Top needs: S, DL, TE
18. Miami from Pittsburgh (8-8) - D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia, Jr.
The Dolphins backfield has been a mess all year. A quarterback (Ryan Fitzpatrick) led them in rushing yards (243) and rushing touchdowns (four) while a wide receiver (Albert Wilson) had their longest rush from scrimmage (28 yards). Swift is a shifty back able to bounce it outside or handle the rigors of running between the tackles. He's also a weapon out of the backfield (he has 56 receptions and four touchdowns the last two seasons). Top needs: QB, OL, Edge
19. Las Vegas from Chicago (8-8) - C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida, Jr.
The Raiders are still in need of a long-term solution at cornerback despite spending significant draft and free-agent capital on the position in recent seasons. It's nitpicking to say Henderson is a shy tackler in the run game. Shutdown corners aren't charged with shutting down running backs. They're supposed to shutdown wide receivers and Henderson has no problem doing that. Top needs: WR, LB, CB
20. Jacksonville from L.A. Rams (9-7) - Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama, Sr.
The Jaguars will seek a replacement for All-Pro Jalen Ramsey (Tre Herndon certainly isn't). Diggs (Stefon's little brother) is still raw, but he features prototypical size (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) and elite athleticism. Top needs: DT, WR, LB
21. Philadelphia (9-7) - Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson, Jr.
The Eagles wide receiver corps is in shambles. The inconsistent Nelson Agholor faces free agency while DeSean Jackson isn't getting any younger (or healthier). Higgins is a big-play machine with elite size (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) and speed. He has an "above the rim" mentality as a former basketball player and would be a steal this low in the first round. Top needs: WR, DB, LB
22. Buffalo (10-6) - Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado, Jr.
An offense featuring Josh Allen, Devin Singletary and Shenault could get really creative. His size (6-foot-2, 225 pounds), speed (he could run a sub-4.4 40 at the combine) and nose for the end zone (he has 10 receiving and seven rushing touchdowns the past two seasons) could catapult him into the top-15 discussion. Top needs: WR, OG, LB
23. New England (12-4) - Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn St., Jr.
Few teams replenish the talent in their front-seven like the Patriots. Gross-Matos (a potential top-20 pick) needs to add some strength to his frame, but he's a gifted pass rusher with elite athleticism and a nose for the ball. Top needs: TE, OG, LB
24. New Orleans (13-3) - Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama, Jr.
Cornerback Eli Apple is a free agent and has become a liability in coverage. Secondary members P.J. Williams and Von Bell are both free agents as well. McKinney is an elite athlete with prototypical size (6-1, 200) who can play every position in the defensive backfield. Top needs: WR, LB, OG
25. Tennessee (9-7) - Jonathan Taylor, RB Wisconsin, Jr.
All-Pro running back Derrick Henry could command $14-$16 million per season as a free agent. There have been very few collegiate tailbacks as productive as Taylor (6,174 rushing yards and 50 rushing touchdowns in three seasons in Madison). Top needs: Edge, OT, RB
26. Minnesota (10-6) - Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford, Jr.
Trae Waynes is an unrestricted free agent after this season and something is clearly wrong with Xavier Rhodes. Adebo is a physical ball-hawk who fits the Vikings style to a tee. Top needs: CB, OG, WR
27. Miami from Houston (10-6) - Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin, Jr.
The Dolphins raid elite programs for an entire new offense, addressing quarterback (Tagovailoa), running back (Swift) and the offensive line with their three first-round selections. Biadasz, the Rimington Trophy winner (nation's best center), has been the heart and soul of one of the nation's perennially top offensive lines. Top needs: QB, OL, Edge
28. Seattle (11-5) - K'Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU, Soph.
The Seahawks need an edge rusher who can take advantage of Jadeveon Clowney's presence, assuming he resigns. Chaisson features one of the highest upsides at any position in this draft class. He's a natural speed rusher who is capable of dropping into coverage and can be an asset in defending the run. The one knock is his durability. Top needs: Edge, OL, TE
29. Kansas City (12-4) - Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia, Sr.
Kendall Fuller is an unrestricted free agent after this season. Hall led the nation in passes defensed his junior year with 21 (a testament to his elite ball skills), but missed most of this season with an ankle injury. Top needs: CB, RB, OG
30. Green Bay (13-3) - Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU, Jr.
The Packers wide receiver corps has been a disappointment this season outside of Davante Adams. Reagor is one of the most impressive athletes at any position in this draft class. He's special with the ball in his hands. Top needs: WR, LB, OT
31. San Francisco (13-3) - Grant Delpit, S, LSU, Jr.
The 49ers will likely trade this pick to the highest bidder, considering they won't be on the clock again until the fifth round. If they stand pat, the Jim Thorpe Award winner (nation's top defensive back) is a steal here despite his sub-par (by his standards), injury-prone season. His first two seasons in Baton Rouge, Delpit had 134 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, six interceptions, five sacks and 17 passes defensed. He's both a dangerous center fielder and capable blitzer. Top needs: OL, DB, WR
32. Baltimore (14-2) - Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise State, Jr.
The Ravens will likely build up their defense to compliment a dynamic offense, meaning a pass rush to pressure teams playing from behind. The Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year is a productive pass rusher (34 sacks in three seasons for the Broncos) who has also shown the ability to drop and play in space. Top needs: Edge, LB, WR
33. Cincinnati - Anfernee Jennings, LB, Alabama, Sr.
34. Indianapolis from Washington - Julian Okwara, Edge, Notre Dame, Sr.
35. Detroit - Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota, Sr.
36. N.Y. Giants - Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama, Sr.
37. L.A. Chargers - Jordan Love, QB, Utah St., Jr.
38. Carolina - Austin Jackson, OT, USC, Jr.
39. Miami - Terrell Lewis, Edge, Alabama, Jr.
40. Arizona - Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi St., Jr.
41. Cleveland - Ashtyn Davis, S, California, Sr.
42. Jacksonville - Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU, Jr.
43. Chicago from Las Vegas - Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue, Sr.
Neither Trey Burton or Adam Shaheen have proven durable and the tight end is a focal point of this offense. Hopkins is a supersized wide receiver who can line up anywhere and is dangerous after the catch. Top needs: OG, TE, Edge
44. Indianapolis - Jacob Eason, QB, Washington, Jr.
45. Tampa Bay - Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn, Sr.
46. Denver - K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn St., Jr.
47. Atlanta - Creed Humphrey, OL, Oklahoma, Soph.
48. N.Y. Jets - Josh Jones, OT, Houston, Sr.
49. Pittsburgh - Darrell Taylor, Edge, Tennessee, Sr.
Sack artist Bud Dupree is an unrestricted free agent. Taylor is a talented pass rusher who could see his draft stock soar after the Senior Bowl. Top needs: OL, Edge, TE
50. Chicago - Solomon Kindley, OG, Georgia, Jr.
51. Dallas - Troy Dye, LB, Oregon, Sr.
52. L.A. Rams - Trey Adams, OL, Washington, Sr.
The Rams offensive line needs an overhaul if the offense hopes to return to its lofty stature of 2018. There are durability concerns, but Adams features the size (6-8, 314), power and athleticism the NFL requires in a starting left tackle. Top needs: OL, DL, LB
53. Tennessee - Mekhi Beckton, OL, Louisville, Jr.
54. Philadelphia - Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah, Jr.
55. Minnesota - Trey Smith, OG, Tennessee, Jr.
56. Buffalo - Logan Stenberg, OG, Kentucky, Sr.
57. Houston - Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson, Jr.
Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson were serviceable, but Etienne is an upgrade in every way. His rare speed and production could catapult him into the first round. He's a steal here. Top needs: DT, OT, RB
58. Seattle - Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia, So.
59. Atlanta from New England - Justin Madubuike, DL, Texas A&M, Sr.
60. Green Bay - Jordyn Brooks, ILB, Texas Tech, Sr.
61. Kansas City - J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio St., Jr.
62. Miami from New Orleans - Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC, Sr.
63. Seattle from San Francisco - Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida St., Jr.
64. Baltimore - Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio St., Sr.