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    Way Too Early 2020 Mock Draft

    By: Trevor SikkemaApril 27th, 2019

    Photo: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports




    Oh, y'all thought we were done? Y'all thought we were joking when we said that the NFL Draft is something we do 365?
    You gonna learn today.
    You'll see a handful of these "way too early" mock drafts, and I'm sure some of you will roll your eyes at the notion of them. But even though the accuracy of these mock drafts will certainly be a very low percentage by the time the 2020 NFL Draft actually comes to pass, the point of writing them is to give football fans an early look at which players are already on to the NFL's radar when it comes to building for the future. Consider this your cheat sheet going into the college football season.
    Oh, and before you fire up Twitter to let me know your favorite NFL team would never be picking that high in the draft, I made the order via Vegas' 2020 Super Bowl odds and just started from the bottom.
    Here are 32 of the top names to know for next season.

    1.Miami Dolphins

    Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
    With quarterback Josh Rosen now on the roster I don't see the Dolphins needing a quarterback at No. 1. Instead I think they'll benefit just as much by picking an absolute freak of an edge rusher in Chase Young. 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, wears No. 2, has dreadlocks. What more could you want? Young and Bosa were unblockable on the same defensive line when both were on the field in 2018. Young recorded 14.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks last season.

    2.Arizona Cardinals

    Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
    The Cardinals not only added their franchise quarterback in Kyler Murray this past draft weekend, but they also gave him some weapons in the 2019 draft with Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler at the receiver position. But the additions shouldn't stop there. Jeudy has been one of the best receivers in college football for two years and will continue to be as long as he's healthy.
    You won't find a better route runner.
    "You mean "a better route runner in *college football*", right?"
    No, I don't.

    3.Oakland Raiders

    Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
    Derek Carr's lone good year is proving itself too be an outlier the more time seems to go on. If that continues, they'll be in the market for a quarterback. Tua will likely be the highest profile QB to go in the Top 5.

    4.Cincinnati Bengals

    Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
    I thought the Bengals would end up with Drew Lock or Dwayne Haskins when all was said and done in the 2019 NFL Draft, but that didn't happen. Next year the quarterback question will be even more bold for the Bengals, and they'll need to be more urgent in selecting one. Herbert will compete for the QB1 title in the 2020 class, as he was highly regarded going into last season, too.

    5.Buffalo Bills

    Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
    "What's this guy's name? Lavis--Laviska?"
    You're damn right it is, and you better get to knowing it.
    The name of the game in Buffalo is weapons for quarterback Josh Allen, and it doesn't get much better than Laviska Shenault. Over 1,000 yards and 11 total touchdowns in just nine games in 2018. 2019 could even better, and if it is, he'll be a big name in a star-studded wide receiver group.

    6.New York Jets

    CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
    Lamb was a big-time playmaker for Kyler Murray during the quarterback's Heisman campaign in 2018, and Lamb did that in all kinds of ways. He wins with size, strength and speed -- a true WR1 at the next level.

    7.Detroit Lions

    Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama
    The Lions were likely deciding between T.J. Hockenson and Ed Oliver in the Top 10 of the 2019 NFL Draft. They ended up going with Hockenson, which makes me think they'd take the other side of that coin, if given the chance again, in the 2020 draft. Davis, at 6-foot-7, 300 pounds, is one of the best run defenders in the country, and he showed some pass rush ability in flashes, too.

    8.Washington Redskins

    Trey Smith, OL, Tennessee
    Trey Smith was a former No. 1 overall recruit coming out of high school. He was an offensive tackle coming into Tennessee, but has since moved to the inside. Since then he's been totally dominant with some potential to be a tackle in the future.

    9.Denver Broncos

    Grant Delpit, S, LSU
    Simply put: Grant Delpit was one of, if not the, best players in all of college football last year. His impact from the safety position was unmatched with how he played in coverage. Plus his ball skills for takeaways can make an impact all over the field. He could very well be a Top 5 pick.

    10.Tennessee Titans

    Grant Calcaterra, TE, Oklahoma
    I am not sure how much stock the Titans have in Jonnu Smith, but even if they still really like him, Calcaterra is an athletic freak from the position and would be a welcomed addition for whoever is playing quarterback in Tennessee.

    11.Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
    Jason Pierre-Paul ain't gettin' any younger. Epenesa is a 6-foot-5, 270-pound freak of an edge defender who had 10.5 sacks last season as a sophomore.

    12.San Francisco 49ers

    Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
    Honestly, Bryce Hall should have declared for the 2019 NFL Draft; he had the potential to be a first round pick. But, he didn't, and instead he'll be a first round pick a year later. Hall's game comes with strong man coverage ability to be a true lockdown cornerback at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds.

    13.Carolina Panthers

    Walker Little, OT, Stanford
    Panthers drafted Greg Little in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but I still forecast their biggest need is going to be on the offensive line -- barring it's not quarterback if Cam Newton's injury proves to be worse than we thought. Little was Co-Freshman of the Year in the Pac-12.

    14.New York Giants

    Andrew Thomas, OL, Georgia
    Thomas has played both right and left tackle in his first two seasons as a starter for Georgia. Long, powerful and has the fundamentals you like to see as a foundation going to the next level. He can be a potential starter at right tackle immediately for the Giants, depending on what happens in 2019.

    15.Jacksonville Jaguars

    Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
    The Jaguars didn't draft a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft, holding firm to what they said when the signed Nick Foles. But I think even they know Foles isn't the long-term answer. Fromm isn't a guy who I want to start right away in the NFL, but I think this would be a good situational fit for both the Jaguars and Fromm to get the most of a mid-round quarterback selection in round one.

    16.Houston Texans

    D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
    The Texans emphasized offensive line in the 2019 NFL Draft, showing their desire to get quarterback Deshaun Watson some help. Another way to help Watson will be with a big, strong three-down back to hand the ball off to. Swift was as impressive as any back in the country as just a sophomore in 2018.

    17.Cleveland Browns

    Tyler Biadasz, OL, Wisconsin
    It's crazy to look at this Cleveland Browns roster and realize how nearly complete their depth chart is. If they could use some fortification anywhere it's potentially on the offensive line.
    "Old school power center. Is a butt kicker up front who will be a terrific fit in a power scheme in the run game. Very well built and offers the needed anchor to go toe to toe with even the biggest of nose tackles if isolated in one on ones. Shows an impressive ability to turn and torque bodies up front as a means of creating a lane up front."
    -Kyle Crabbs

    18.Atlanta Falcons

    Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
    The Falcons were rumored as a team that was ready to get aggressive into the Top 10 of the 2018 NFL Draft, but that didn't happen. At 6-foot-5, 325 pounds, and a former five-star recruit, Brown went back to school to increase his stock. He had one of the highest PFF grades for interior defensive linemen in 2018 but is looking to solidify that first round status.

    19.Seattle Seahawks

    Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
    Henry Ruggs III is unbelievable. At first we just thought he was just an elite speed receiver, flashing moments where he could be seen as the fastest player in college football. But then, week after week, he continued to show he could make catches through traffic and high point them over defenders, too.
    Picture it: D.K. Metcalf, Russell Wilson and Henry Ruggs III.

    20.Indianapolis Colts

    Trey Adams, OT, Washington
    "Entirely unthreatened by almost every rush plan. Has the functional strength and flexibility to withstand bull rushes and length and quickness to smother two-way goes. Patience, balance, and timing in kick slide and with hands are elite."
    -Kyle Crabbs

    21.Baltimore Ravens

    Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
    In his first year as a starter, Wallace recorded nearly 1,500 yards receiving with 12 touchdowns. He had two games with over 200 yards through the air! He's smaller at 6-foot-even, 185 pounds, but he can win with speed as well as go up and get the ball with a ton of vertical athleticism.

    22.Dallas Cowboys

    Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
    The Cowboys are going to have to make some financial decisions with their secondary soon. Fulton might have just been the best cornerback on LSU in 2018, and yes that includes Greedy Williams. Fulton can play lock down man coverage but is also a willing supporter in the run game.

    23.Philadelphia Eagles

    Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
    The 6-foot-5, 270 pound edge defender in Happy Valley recorded 20 (TWENTY!) tackles for loss in his first season as a starter last year. Good luck saying his name, and good luck blocking him. He's a stud.

    24.Green Bay Packers

    Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
    Fun fact: Reagor had a 26-foot long jump... IN HIGH SCHOOL... WHICH WAS THE NO. 1 JUMP IN THE U.S. AT THE TIME.

    25.Minnesota Vikings

    Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
    Dylan Moses was a former five-star recruit, and unfortunately missed a lot of playing time during his freshman year due to injury. However, the following season, in his first real full year of being involved each week, he showed signed of why he was so highly rated out of high school with size, strength, speed and some foundation for good instincts.

    26.Pittsburgh Steelers

    Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
    I thought Deionte Thompson was going to be the best safety on Alabama's team last year, but it turned out to be McKinney.
    "He's very explosive. He's got really good speed. He is a very instinctive guy. He's got cover ability for a safety, which I think is really, really important. We make him be the money guy or sixth DB in the box as much as we can... Same thing we did with Minkah on third downs last year and we can do that because he can cover well and he's physical. He's a good blitzer and he can tackle well and I think all of those are sort of the modern-day safety. You gotta be able to cover people, cover RPO's and he does a good job of being a deep field player as well as playing short areas of the field."
    -Nick Saban

    27.Oakland Raiders (via CHI)

    Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
    The Raiders were targeting tight end in the 2018 NFL Draft but didn't hit on one early. Albert OK -- yeah, I'm just gonna call him that -- could be a nice option for them early on in 2019. He's a 6-foot-5, 255-pound touchdown machine who recorded 11 touchdowns as a freshman.

    28.Los Angeles Chargers

    Tommy Kraemer, OL, Notre Dame
    When Kraemer gets his hands on you, it's all over. He's a big and powerful offensive lineman who could be a solid addition to the Chargers' O-Line group. Aggressive run blocker but needs to improve in pass protection to be a lock in the first round.

    29.New England Patriots

    Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
    If Brady is going to stick around for a bit longer, you might as well give him as many weapons as he can handle. Higgins can compliment N'Keal Harry very well on the outside. We're about to see exactly what Higgins can do after getting a taste of it last year with Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

    30.New Orleans Saints

    Lorenzo Neal, DT, Purdue
    With 11.5 career tackles for loss with four sacks, Neal is a big boy at 6-foot-3, 315 pounds who can come in and play the middle of an NFL trench with loads of power.

    31.Kansas City Chiefs

    Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
    Speed is the main component of the Chiefs' offense, and adding a player who might just be the fastest man in all of college football makes this a perfect fit. Etienne has legit 4.3 -- perhaps even 4.2 speed. At 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, he can be used as a true running back in the ground game but also in the passing game out of the backfield.

    32.Los Angeles Rams

    Isaiah Simmons, S, Clemson
    Simmons is the kind of safety that can play all of the field with athleticism and instincts. Nine tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception, three forced fumbles and 88 total tackles in 2018. He'll have an even bigger role on Clemson's defense in 2019.


    Last edited by Formula 21; 04-28-2019, 12:57 PM.
    Now, if you excuse me, I have some Charger memories to suppress.

  • #2
    Next year, the Bolts gotta invest in the O.
    Now, if you excuse me, I have some Charger memories to suppress.

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    • #3
      NFL mock draft 2020: Raiders take Tua Tagovailoa at No. 1; Bengals, Lions grab QBs, too


      Written By Bill Bender, Sporting News


      Now that the 2019 NFL Draft is in the books, it's never too early to talk about 2020.

      The 2020 NFL Draft will be stronger on quarterbacks than this year, especially if Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Georgia's Jake Fromm decide to forego their senior seasons, as expected, and join Oregon's Justin Herbert at the top of the draft.




      The draft order was determined based on teams' Vegas odds to win the Super Bowl with some shuffling based on possible playoff positioning and SN projections. We know a lot can change between now and next April, but we're still going to mock this out anyway.

      You can check out our 2020 Top 50 big board here, too.

      MORE: Tua and the top 10 QBs in 2020 draft class, ranked


      1. Las Vegas Raiders: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama


      The Raiders need a bold move before the move to Las Vegas, and Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock go with the accurate passer from Alabama. The Raiders have their franchise quarterback. Ken Stabler would approve.

      2. New York Giants: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama


      The Giants add Jeudy to an offense that already features Saquon Barkley, and that erases the sting of the Odell Beckham, Jr. trade a year later. It should. Jeudy is the most-talented playmaker on the board.

      3. Miami Dolphins: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn


      Miami cannot pass up Brown, a 6-5, 325-pound defensive tackle who fortifies a position of need. Brown becomes the most-coveted defensive lineman after a monster senior season with the Tigers.

      4. Washington Redskins: Andrew Thomas, T, Georgia


      The Redskins need help at other places, but Thomas impresses at the Combine and prompts Washington to prepare for life after Trent Williams, who will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

      5. Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Herbert, QB, Georgia


      The Bengals start over at quarterback with Herbert an accurate passer who fits in Zac Taylor's system and offers a fresh start at the position.

      6. Arizona Cardinals: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa


      A year after passing on Nick Bosa, the Cardinals bring in another Big Ten defensive end in Epenesa, who doesn't have the same name recognition but has a similar skill-set off the edge.

      7. Buffalo Bills: Grant Delpit, S, LSU


      Delpit had five interceptions and five sacks last season. He fills a need for another play-maker in the secondary for the Bills.

      8. Detroit Lions: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia


      Detroit begins the process of moving on from Matthew Stafford, and the fact Fromm went to the same school will draw some groans. Fromm, however, is more than capable of being a franchise quarterback in the future.

      9. Tennessee Titans: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

      The Titans get a steal at No. 8 in Young, who adds even more to the pass rush for coach Mike Vrabel. Young might not fall this far if he has a double-digit sack season as a junior for the Buckeyes.

      10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Walker Little, T, Stanford


      The Bucs could go for a quarterback here, too, but they opt to stick with Jameis Winston and they give him one of the best offensive linemen on the board.


      11. New York Jets: Trey Smith, T, Tennessee


      The Jets take the third premier tackle off the board and get another long-term solution to protect franchise quarterback Sam Darnold.

      12. Denver Broncos: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson


      The Broncos pick up Simmons, a versatile linebacker who chose to stay in school for one more season. Simmons finished with 88 tackles and nine tackles for loss in 2018. He shores up the secondary.

      13. Carolina Panthers: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson


      Cam Newton is at his best with a receiver who can stretch the field, and Higgins will pile on with Trevor Lawrence in his junior season.

      14. Houston Texans: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson


      The Clemson first-round run continues. There is a boom-or-bust factor at work, but Etienne's prolific TD rate on a reasonable workload is too much too pass up. Etienne shares a backfield with Deshaun Watson. That will be fun.

      15. Seattle Seahawks: Shaq Quarterman, LB, Miami


      The Seahawks reach here, but Quarterman is one of the more complete linebackers in the FBS, and he'll get better with the Hurricanes with another year under Manny Diaz.

      16. Baltimore Ravens: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama


      Ozzie Newsome is gone, but the Ravens' affinity for Alabama players continues with Moses, a linebacker who will be ready to play right away.

      17. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trey Adams, T, Washington


      The fourth tackle off the board is Adams, who has struggled with injuries but still has top-10 potential when healthy.

      18. Atlanta Falcons: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin


      Taylor falls this far, and the Falcons can't pass this up. They go for the prolific Wisconsin running back who might have another 2,000-yard season under his belt.

      19. San Francisco 49ers: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado


      The 49ers missed out on some big-time receivers this year, but Shenault is one who could develop into a full-fledged star at the next level.

      20: Minnesota Vikings: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri


      Kyle Rudolph is in the final year of his contract, so the Vikings get a replacement with the best tight end on the board.


      21. Pittsburgh Steelers: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida


      The Steelers get another cornerback to work with in the AFC North, and Henderson finds a mentor in Joe Haden.

      22. Green Bay Packers: Tyler Biadasz, G, Wisconsin


      It's not a splash pick, but the Packers get some help on the interior line from the nearby school that does a fantastic job of producing that talent.

      23. Los Angeles Chargers: Collin Johnson, WR, Texas


      Johnson becomes the fourth receiver taken in the first round and gives Philip Rivers a big target that will remind him the good-ole days with Vincent Jackson.

      24. Philadelphia Eagles: Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern


      Fisher is an all-around stud for the Wildcats, and if he chooses to come out early he would be a good fit in Jim Schwartz's defense in Philadelphia.

      25. Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago): Nick Coe, DE/DT, Auburn


      The Raiders have another first-round pick from the Bears, and they use it on another defensive tackle to help stop the run.

      26. Cleveland Browns: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah


      The Browns could go offensive line here and probably will, but Johnson falls too far and general manager John Dorsey can't resist the best player on the board. That adds depth behind Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams. Johnson can play in the nickel right away.

      27. Dallas Cowboys: Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State


      The Cowboys go back to the Boise State well for an underrated edge rusher who should shoot up the draft boards.


      28. Indianapolis Colts: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU


      Fulton must show he's recovered from last season's ankle injury, and if he does then he will be one of the top defensive backs in the FBS.

      29. New Orleans Saints: Raekwon Davis, DE, Alabama


      Davis slips lower than expected, but he finds a home in New Orleans. Davis is the fourth first-round pick from Alabama in this mock.

      30. Kansas City Chiefs: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma


      The Chiefs can't help themselves. They go get another home-run hitter for Patrick Mahomes to throw to, and the Oklahoma connection doesn't hurt.

      31. L.A. Rams: Mekhi Becton, T, Louisville


      Andrew Whitworth will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020, and Becton continues the runs of tackles in this draft. It makes sense to add more protection for Jared Goff.

      32. New England Patriots: Kenny Willekes, DE, Michigan State


      Willekes isn't a flashy pick, but he has evolved into one of the best defensive linemen in the Big Ten. Epenesa and Young will get more headlines, but Willekes fits into what the Patriots want out of their defensive ends.
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      Now, if you excuse me, I have some Charger memories to suppress.

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      • #4
        Disappointing that the Bolts are viewed as picking 23.
        Now, if you excuse me, I have some Charger memories to suppress.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Formula 21 View Post
          Disappointing that the Bolts are viewed as picking 23.
          Amd why are we taking a wr??? Thats the most confusing part

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          • #6
            Seems like CBS have already done a mock draft for next year. Thoughts?

            https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/...SPM-16-10abi8e

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            • #7
              If NE picks 32, they won another SB?
              Lorenzo Neal is really back?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Maniaque 6 View Post
                If NE picks 32, they won another SB?
                Lorenzo Neal is really back?
                His son. NT at Purdue.
                2020 ADOPT-A-BOLT CHOICES

                Kenneth “K9” Murray (LB) #56

                Joe Reed (WR-KR) #12

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                • #9
                  Derrick Brown is prolly a pipe dream, albeit Tyler Biadasz wouldn't be all bad....

                  and given that eye scry we'll be picking in the late teens, Jake Fromm would in theory (according to cbssports) be available.
                  CB Eric Stokes, OG Trey Smith, OC Josh Myers, LB Palaie Gaoteote IV, S Hamsah Nasirildeen, RT Spencer Brown, S Divine Deablo, NT Tuli Letuligasenoa, TE Cade Otton CB Tyreke Johnson, Ambry Thomas, Coby Bryant

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                  • #10
                    quick 'n dirty watch list for 2020

                    QB * Jacob Eason, Kelly Bryant * there's a third, but can't find/dig him up atm
                    RB * Brian Robinson, Kylin Hill * mid to late rounders that'll do/get the job done
                    WR * Tarik Black * he's the O version of Nasir Adderley
                    TE * Albert Okwuegbunam * could be our first rounder next year
                    OG * Tommy Kraemer * have to have the de rigueur Golden Domer, might be a swing tackle as well
                    OC * Tyler Biadasz * slam dunk first rounder that will be off the board before we pick

                    NT * Tedarrell Slaton * think I'd still prefer Danny Shelton right here and right now
                    DT * Derrick Brown * once upon a time Star Lotulelei was thought to be untouchable and a No. 1 overall
                    DE * Kenny Willekes * might be DQ'd due to low RAS score
                    LB * Dylan Moses * must get/can play any position
                    CB * Jaylon Johnson, Kristian Fulton * might not have the draft capital to get either of these guys
                    S * Jordan Fuller * later round backup
                    CB Eric Stokes, OG Trey Smith, OC Josh Myers, LB Palaie Gaoteote IV, S Hamsah Nasirildeen, RT Spencer Brown, S Divine Deablo, NT Tuli Letuligasenoa, TE Cade Otton CB Tyreke Johnson, Ambry Thomas, Coby Bryant

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                    • #11
                      Tony Pauline says that this guy is the QB that no one is talking about ??

                      http://draftanalyst.com/2020-mock-draft
                      CB Eric Stokes, OG Trey Smith, OC Josh Myers, LB Palaie Gaoteote IV, S Hamsah Nasirildeen, RT Spencer Brown, S Divine Deablo, NT Tuli Letuligasenoa, TE Cade Otton CB Tyreke Johnson, Ambry Thomas, Coby Bryant

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by beachcomber View Post
                        quick 'n dirty watch list for 2020

                        QB * Jacob Eason, Kelly Bryant * there's a third, but can't find/dig him up atm
                        found the guy.... Riley Neal.... dude is a Telesco style QB by my take, and will be surprised if we don't make a strong run @him in next year's draft.

                        also came across another player of intrigue, QB J'Mar Smith.
                        CB Eric Stokes, OG Trey Smith, OC Josh Myers, LB Palaie Gaoteote IV, S Hamsah Nasirildeen, RT Spencer Brown, S Divine Deablo, NT Tuli Letuligasenoa, TE Cade Otton CB Tyreke Johnson, Ambry Thomas, Coby Bryant

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