Early in their Week 15 game against the Patriots, the Bengals had some observers believing they could pull off an upset that would significantly impact the 2020 NFL Draft order. Then Cincinnati was blown out by New England in the second half, and (draft) order was restored.
The Bengals’ loss dropped them to 1-13 and kept them on track to earn the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft, an important development since they play the 3-11 Dolphins in Week 16.
Speaking of Miami, its loss to the Giants in New York on Sunday was good news for Cincinnati. The Giants previously were the biggest threat to the Bengals in the race for the No. 1 pick. Now New York has the same record as Washington and Miami, and all are two games behind Cincinnati with two weeks left to play.
With a loss in either of their final two games, the Bengals will clinch the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Below is the updated NFL Draft order for 2020 through Sunday’s late afternoon Week 15 games.
NFL Draft order 2020
|2.||New York Giants||3-11|
|7.||New York Jets||5-9|
|9.||Los Angeles Chargers||5-9|
|17.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7-7|
|18.||Oakland Raiders||(via 7-7 Bears)|
|20.||Jacksonville Jaguars||(via 8-6 Rams)|
(The teams slotted in Pick Nos. 21-32 are currently in the NFL playoff picture.)
In Sporting News’ latest NFL mock draft for 2020, the Bengals indeed land Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick.
“Offensive-minded coach Zac Taylor needs a franchise passer with Ryan Finley quickly proving he is not the answer behind Andy Dalton,” SN’s Vinnie Iyer writes. “Burrow has enjoyed a meteoric rise as the Heisman Trophy favorite and appealing top QB prospect in this class.”
The Giants at No. 2 overall land Ohio State defensive end Young to boost their pass rush.
If their place in the order were to stick, and if the Bengals were to select Burrow, the Dolphins likely would have their choice of the quarterbacks, from Oregon’s Justin Herbert to Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts to Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. Our latest mock has them going with Tua.