NFL mock drafts for 2020 project future for LSU standouts, Saints targets

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Justin Jefferson
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We are already seeing mock first rounds for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Although it is impossible to predict the exact pecking order of the draft because he have no idea how NFL teams will finish this upcoming season, we can surmise that NFL team needs may not change much. Players ranked to be slotted in the first round should remain somewhat consistent, and taking the best player available within reason can be projected.

Ohio State seems to churn out defensive linemen on an elite level. Chase Young is currently expected to hear his name first in the draft, although Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa is another favorite to go in top spot.

LSU’s most impressive NFL draft happened in 2007 when four Tigers heard their name called in the opening round. This upcoming draft could rival that with the potential possessed by the purple and gold.

LSU safety Grant Delpit expected to go in top five picks while cornerback Kristian Fulton was projected to go 11th overall to Jets by USA Today. Defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence was 26th to the Eagles in that same mock. In another mock draft, K’Lavon Chaisson was projected to the Ravens in the 17th spot.

It’s all dependent on how those players improve this coming season but these LSU defenders was special talents. Chaisson is coming off of a knee injury which cut his ’18 season short in the opening game so the edge rusher has much to prove.

LSU receiver Justin Jefferson and linebacker Jacob Phillips could also parlay monster seasons into first round glory.

Former Jennings High star Travis Etienne, a Clemson All-American running back, was projected to the Falcons in the 18th spot in the USA Today mock draft.

What are the New Orleans Saints expected to do in 2020 NFL mock drafts? The most common positions addressed early are quarterback, running back and linebacker.

Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor has already accumulated 4,171 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns in just his first two seasons, averaging an impressive 6.8 yards per tote. Outside linebacker Kenneth Murray from Oklahoma had 155 total tackles last season with 12.5 for loss. He had a monster game with 28 tackles against the option attack of Army.

The quarterback most mentioned is Washington junioe Jacob Eason, who just transferred to the Huskies from Georgia. The 6-foot-6, 227-pound slinger has a powerful arm as a textbook pro style prospect.

If you add up the first two rounds of the projections for the 2020 NFL draft, Alabama has 11 players mentioned as potential picks with five in the opening round alone. LSU is next with four in round one, followed by Georgia and Auburn with three. Florida, Oregon and Oklahoma all have two.

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Rene Nadeau

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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