2020 NFL Mock Draft: Post-NFL Combine edition

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With just over six weeks until Roger Goodell puts the Cincinnati Bengals on the clock in Las Vegas, it’s time to predict the future with an NFL mock draft.

It’s now a little over six weeks until Roger Goodell puts the Cincinnati Bengals on the clock to open the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas.

Teams have years of college football tape on the prospects. They’ve seen them go to work in All-Star games like the Senior Bowl and Shrine Bowl. Now they’ve gotten to see the athleticism up close and personal at the NFL Combine. Although no one can ever be 100 percent of a team’s intentions until they walk the selection up to the podium, it doesn’t stop us from hazarding a guess and playing the GM ourselves with an NFL mock draft.

On the back of the NFL Combine, I sat down to put together my first NFL Mock Draft here at Saturday Blitz.

Did the performances there impact my feelings on prospects? Did it alter my thought process for individual teams about certain players or how certain teams might weigh up choosing a position of need over the best talent available?

Probably not.

However, what the NFL Combine did for me was help put some clear borderlines between players that I thought were too close to call. It also helped solidify some opinions that I’d held on prospects prior to the event.

Before I put the Bengals on the clock to open my 2020 NFL Mock Draft, let me introduce my ground rules.

First, there are no trades. Second, I finalized my selections prior to some recent free agency announcements so some selections don’t allow for a potential change of need for that team. Third, if you’re not happy with the player I select for your team, despite my reasoning, feel free to leave feedback at @ojhodgkinson on Twitter.

With that, the 2020 NFL Mock Draft is open.

The Cincinnati Bengals are on the clock.