Every football fan wants to know two things—which NFL team will have the No. 1 overall selection in the 2020 draft and which player it will select.
We can't know either one this early, but thanks to Super Bowl betting oddsfrom Caesars (current as of Wednesday, July 10) and a preseason list of draft rankings and team needs, we can at least peek and predict which teams will be selecting early and which players they could be looking at.
Let's jump in.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Many in the scouting community thought the Arizona Cardinals were a lock to select Ohio State pass-rusher Joey Bosa with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft. They instead went all-in on quarterback Kyler Murray to fit the system of new head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
With the projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft, the Cardinals can select a different Ohio State rusher to pair up with the super-talented Chandler Jones.
Young, a true junior for the Buckeyes, was supposed to work his way into the spotlight in 2018 after the team lost starting pass-rushers Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard and Jalyn Holmes to the 2018 draft. Nick Bosa was returning, but he entered the season as a first-year full-time starter. Young was thrust into a major role after Bosa suffered a core muscle injury, and his performance put him on the scouting map.
With 9.5 sacks coming off the edge, Young showed he can produce against talented Big Ten offensive tackles even when he's the focus of the offensive line's game plan. His athleticism and first-step quickness might be better than the guy he replaced; as Young's 6'5", 265-pound frame shows bend and both upper- and lower-body strength needed to stack up against blockers in the run game.
Barring injury, Young has a chance to be the top overall player on many media and team draft boards next spring.
2. Cincinnati Bengals: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Cincinnati Bengals could part ways with a solid quarterback to go all-in on the potential of one in the 2020 draft.
Veteran Andy Dalton has led the Bengals to the playoffs multiple times, but he's never won a playoff game. With new head coach Zac Taylor in town and Dalton's contract set to expire after the 2020 season, the Bengals must spend serious time investigating all possible quarterback options.
Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa shouldn't be remembered for how his 2018 season ended as he limped his way through the College Football Playoff National Championship against Clemson. Go back and watch Tua against Oklahoma before his injury affected his throwing motion—he was 24-of-27 for 318 yards and four touchdowns against the Sooners. That performance matched what he'd shown in-season against Auburn, Texas A&M and others, as he carved up defenses with high-efficiency passing and ridiculous touch.
As far as comparisons go, Tua is most often called a young Russell Wilsonwith his 6'0", 230-pound frame. I see the touch and field vision of a young Drew Brees. His ability to float passes in over the heads of defenders and drop the ball perfectly into the hands of receivers is uncanny.
If the Bengals want to start over at quarterback, it will be hard to overlook Tua's accuracy, toughness and athleticism.
3. Miami Dolphins: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Don't read too much into this as far as recently added quarterback Josh Rosen goes.