Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence will be the most scrutinized player during the 2020 college football season, assuming there is one. He’s sitting atop almost every draft analyst’s big board and has to play at a high level in order to maintain that standing from wire to wire. If he falters, there’s another blue-chip player who could end up leapfrogging him for the first overall pick.
According to Bleacher Report’s new mock draft, it’s Sewell who’s the favorite to go No. 1 overall.
One year after selecting quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals perfect the offensive line by selecting an elite left tackle prospect whom I’ve already compared to Jason Peters in terms of body type and movement.
Sliding Jonah Williams back to right tackle, where he started his career at Alabama, and aligning Penei Sewell on the left gives the Bengals a threatening bookend duo.
Sewell’s 2019 tape showed no weaknesses. If he continues to play at that clip in 2020, he’ll be a lock to be the first overall pick if a team without a need at quarterback selects in this spot.
Lawrence falls to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3 overall.
While nothing is guaranteed when it comes to the NFL Draft, there’s virtually no way Lawrence will drop to third overall. Even if the team that eventually ends up with the first pick doesn’t need a quarterback, they’ll be able to leverage that choice for a bounty of franchise-changing selections.
Lawrence is an elite quarterback prospect who should end up with a grade higher than Joe Burrow’s this year. He checks every box: size, mobility, arm strength, accuracy, toughness, winner. The list goes on and on. He’s a stud at the game’s most important position. Translation? The top pick is his to lose.
There’s some merit behind Sewell’s high ranking, however. He does have a chance to be the second player selected, even with Fields likely in the upcoming class.
Fields, who’s also a dynamic franchise quarterback prospect, still has room to grow before he can be considered a can’t-miss player. And while he feels like a near-lock to be a top-five pick, there’s an opportunity for an elite talent like Sewell to be next year’s ‘Chase Young’ and come off the board before the next-best franchise quarterback.
In case you’re wondering who the other pick was that went before Lawrence in this mock draft, it’s Burrow’s top target from 2019, LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.