Maurice Jones-Drew NFL mock draft 1.0: Chargers replace Rivers

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With the start of the NFL Scouting Combine just a couple weeks away (Feb. 27-March 1 on NFL Network), here's my first mock for Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft. As you can see, I don't expect the top quarterbacks to be waiting long to hear their names called, as I have three flying off the board in the first six picks, including a successor for Philip Rivers in Los Angeles.

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1

Joe Burrow - QB

School: LSU | Year: Senior (RS)

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.

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Chase Young - Edge

School: Ohio State | Year: Junior

The Redskins add a homegrown monster -- he's a Hyattsville, Maryland, native -- to help this defense get to the quarterback. His impact will be immediately felt.

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3

Jeff Okudah - CB

School: Ohio State | Year: Junior

Detroit gets the most talented cornerback in this draft class to pair with three-time Pro Bowler Darius Slay, assuming he remains a Lion this offseason.

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4

Andrew Thomas - OT

School: Georgia | Year: Junior

Thomas played both left and right tackle at Georgia. He will help fix Big Blue's O-line issues.

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5

Tua Tagovailoa - QB

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

Tua is a fit for what the Dolphins want to do on offense. Plus, he's a proven winner who will only enhance the culture Brian Flores is building.

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6

Jordan Love - QB

School: Utah State | Year: Junior (RS)

Love has amazing arm talent, and his athleticism allows him to elude pressure, which is something he'll be asked to do a lot, unless the Chargers make major upgrades to the O-line.

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Derrick Brown - DT

School: Auburn | Year: Senior

Panthers get the best interior defensive lineman in the draft to help lift a defense in need of a boost.

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Tristan Wirfs - OT

School: Iowa | Year: Junior

Protecting Kyler Murray should be the Cardinals' top priority this offseason.

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9

Isaiah Simmons - S

School: Clemson | Year: Junior (RS)

He's a freak athlete who can cover and rush the passer.

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10

Mekhi Becton - OT

School: Louisville | Year: Junior

Becton is a big, strong, athletic lineman who will help protect Baker Mayfield.

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Jedrick Wills - OT

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

Keeping Sam Darnold upright is paramount, and Wills fits the bill.

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12

Jerry Jeudy - WR

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

Jeudy has the ability to score from anywhere on the field. He's also a precise route runner who will fill a big need for the Las Vegas Raiders.

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13

Justin Herbert - QB

School: Oregon | Year: Senior

Herbert's big arm and high football IQ will allow him to make smart decisions while stretching the field for the Indy offense.

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14

Javon Kinlaw - DT

School: South Carolina | Year: Senior

Kinlaw is a man among boys. This will be a value pick for the Bucs, and they can't pass on this type of talent -- keep in mind that Ndamukong Suh is a pending free agent.

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15

CeeDee Lamb - WR

School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior

Courtland Sutton is great and all, but Drew Lock needs more weapons. Lamb is a big-time playmaker.

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16

K'Lavon Chaisson - Edge

School: LSU | Year: Sophomore (RS)

He is the perfect fit for the Falcons' defense. Chaisson will bring crazy speed off the edge.

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17

Trevon Diggs - CB

School: Alabama | Year: Senior

Diggs is a big cornerback with tremendous ball skills and could replace Byron Jones if he departs in free agency.

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18

A.J. Epenesa - Edge

School: Iowa | Year: Junior

The Dolphins ranked dead last in sacks last season, but I'm expecting Epenesa to come in and create pressure right away.

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19

Patrick Queen - LB

School: LSU | Year: Junior

Queen will be an immediate upgrade at the position, with his speed and great instincts showing up the minute he takes the field.

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20

Tee Higgins - WR

School: Clemson | Year: Junior

Higgins reminds me of DeAndre Hopkins, as he routinely high-points the ball and wins against defenders by being physical.

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21

Henry Ruggs III - WR

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

After all of the injuries to the Eagles' receiving corps last season -- and all of the dropped passes -- Ruggs could come in and be a dominant player for Doug Pederson.

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22

Justin Jefferson - WR

School: LSU | Year: Junior

Jefferson has the size to go up and get the ball, and he's willing to cross over the middle of the field to make plays.

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23

Xavier McKinney - S

School: Alabama | Year: Junior

McKinney is a cerebral safety who is versatile and fundamentally sound. That sounds like a Patriot to me.

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24

Collin Johnson - WR

School: Texas | Year: Senior

I know selecting Johnson here will raise some eyebrows, but think of former Saints WR Marques Colston with this pick. Johnson is more athletic than Colston was, and he will thrive opposite Michael Thomas.

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25

C.J. Henderson - CB

School: Florida | Year: Junior

Mike Zimmer loves his cornerbacks. Henderson excels in press coverage and is battle-tested.

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26

D'Andre Swift - RB

School: Georgia | Year: Junior

Swift should have plenty of tread left on the tires after averaging less than 150 carries per season with the Bulldogs. He's an explosive runner.

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27

Kristian Fulton - CB

School: LSU | Year: Senior

Fulton has size and is good in press coverage. His best attribute is the fact that he doesn't shy away from contact.

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28

Kenneth Murray - LB

School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior

Murray's a run-and-hit linebacker with good coverage skills, but his play speed is what jumps off the tape.

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J.K. Dobbins - RB

School: Ohio State | Year: Junior

He's a compact running back with good balance, instincts and ability to break tackles. With Derrick Henry due to reach free agency, Dobbins could be the guy for Tennessee.

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30

KJ Hamler - WR

School: Penn State | Year: Sophomore (RS)

Hamler is one of the fastest receivers in this draft. He could be used like Tyreek Hill as a receiver who can stretch the field, and he has value as a returner on special teams, too.

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31

Grant Delpit - S

School: LSU | Year: Junior

Delpit is a perfect fit for this Niners defense as a player who boasts Earl Thomas-like range.

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32

Marlon Davidson - Edge

School: Auburn | Year: Senior

He's a versatile player who can rush inside and off the edge.

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