In the last RADIO.COM 2020 NFL Draft mock, this space was used to wonder whether LSU quarterback Joe Burrow would leap-frog Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa if he led the Tigers to a a victory in Tuscaloosa.
Without spoiling the latest update, Burrow has moved ahead of Tagovailoa, but it's not because of LSU's 46-41 win over Alabama earlier this month. In that game, a less-than-100-percent Tagovailoa threw for 418 yards and four touchdowns.
However, this past weekend, Tagovailoa suffered a season-ending dislocated hip which required surgery Monday. Alabama's orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Lyle Cain, was bullish on Tagovailoa's chances for a "full recovery" after the surgery was performed, though that type of statement after such a procedure was to be expected.
The problem here is there isn't a clear answer - Tagovailoa suffered a major injury, on top of the fact that he's had both ankles surgically operated on. That said, there's yet to be any medical professional definitively say this injury will keep him from fulfilling his potential eventually in the NFL. Given that he has attributes that remind you of Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray, teams will still have interest - even it it's cautious - in him next April if there aren't any setbacks.
Frankly, it wouldn't be shocking for Tagovailoa to ultimately still be taken with the top pick. It also isn't impossible to envision a scenario where he falls out of the first round altogether. The guess here is he'll land somewhere in between those two results, which drastically affects how the rest of the board will fall.
Here's the latest RADIO.COM 2020 NFL Draft mock:
1. Cincinnati Bengals - Joe Burrow: Quarterback, LSU
Burrow appears likely to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy, and, after Tagovailoa's injury, become the third consecutive quarterback to be taken with the No. 1 overall pick after winning the award.
The 22-year-old fifth-year senior has exploded in 2019, as he's tossed 38 touchdowns to just six interceptions, while racking up over 3,600 passing yards.
While team success alone isn't enough to take a quarterback No. 1 overall, LSU's 10-0 start has highlighted Burrow's ability to remain even-keel even in the toughest environments, which is obviously an important quality to have in the NFL. For example, he threw for 393 yards and three touchdowns in a win in Alabama earlier this month.
At 0-10, the Bengals have the inside track to securing the No. 1 overall pick, which would allow Burrow to join an offense that, at least relative to other teams that are normally picking in this area, has quite a bit of skill-position talent.
2. Washington Redskins - Chase Young: Defensive End, Ohio State
If Burrow or a healthy Tagovailoa is available with the No. 2 pick, the Redskins, depending on who is coaching them in 2020, may be intrigued by the possibility of selecting a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft for the second consecutive year.
For now, though, they are a roster devoid of talent, and it may make the most sense for them to build the rest of their roster and move forward with 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins at quarterback.
The best way to upgrade their roster would be to take arguably the most talented player available in Young. In 30 career college games, Young has 30 sacks, seven forced fumbles and 35 tackles for a loss. He would be an immediate difference-maker defensively.
Just in time for a game against Penn St. with potential implications on the College Football playoffs, Young will return from a suspension this weekend. He's been suspended for the past two games because he accepted a loan - that he's since paid back - from a family friend. There's no reason to think that will alter how NFL teams view him, and frankly, it probably shouldn't have had any effect on his college career either.
3. New York Giants - Andrew Thomas: Offensive Tackle, Georgia
Given the concussion issues that Sterling Shepard has dealt with in 2019, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Giants consider drafting a wide receiver for Daniel Jones with this pick. Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb are both top-10 talents, and the Giants could take one with the No. 3 overall pick - or trade down and select one.
That said, assuring that Jones' blindside is protected for the next decade doesn't sound too bad either.
The Draft Network perhaps best summed up why Thomas is going to be so coveted in the 2020 NFL Draft, saying "You ask the prospect-making machine to create an offensive tackle and they come out looking like Thomas." Given the investments made in Saquon Barkley and the aforementioned Jones, an elite offensive tackle sounds like a logical next step in rebuilding the Giants.
The Giants do have a potential out in the four-year/$62 million deal they signed current left tackle Nate Solder to before the 2018 season, but it would still leave them with $13 million in dead cap. More likely is they trade him to a tackle-needy team, or move him to the right side of the offensive line.
4. Miami Dolphins - Tua Tagovailoa: Quarterback, Alabama
More than 13 years ago, Nick Saban's Miami Dolphins were interested in signing free-agent quarterback Drew Brees. However, Brees failed his physical in Miami after shoulder surgery, ended up signing in New Orleans and became a Hall of Famer.
Since then, Daunte Culpepper, Joey Harrington, Cleo Lemon, Trent Green, John Beck, Chad Pennington, Chad Henne, Tyler Thigpen, Matt Moore, Ryan Tannehill, Jay Cutler, Brock Osweiler, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen have all started games for the Dolphins. The team has made the playoffs just twice since then, while Brees has led the Saints to a Super Bowl and helped them become a perennial playoff contender.
The Dolphins have never legitimately replaced Hall of Famer Dan Marino, who retired at the conclusion of the 1999 season. That led them to building a roster designed to go 0-16. The Dolphins have won two games in 2019, but they may still get the chance to draft the quarterback they ultimately wanted anyway - albeit in extenuating circumstances.
And how ironic would it be for a Saban-coached quarterback to be selected by the Dolphins in the NFL Draft, despite injury concerns?
5. New York Jets - Jerry Jeudy: Wide Receiver, Alabama
Despite what's largely been a lost season for the Jets, quarterback Sam Darnold will be back for a third season. Jets owner Christopher Johnson says Adam Gase will be back for a second year as head coach. And, because of his contractual status, there's a good chance Le'Veon Bell will be as well.
But the expectation in New York will be to take a legitimate step towards playoff contention in 2020. That may not be as crazy of a proposition as it sounds, especially if Tom Brady retires or isn't playing for the New England Patriots next season.
Even if making the playoffs in 2020 feels less than likely, Gase will be judged on the progress made by Darnold, who the Jets selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
With Robby Anderson and Demaryius Thomas both eligible for free agency after 2019, the only proven NFL receiver under contract for the Jets in 2020 is Jamison Crowder. Crowder has 53 catches for 562 yards in 2019, but is probably a No. 3 receiver on a playoff team.
All that makes Jeudy, the 2018 Fred Biletnikoff Award winner, a perfect fit. The Alabama wideout is only 20 years old, but probably could have succeeded in the NFL in 2019 if he was eligible for the draft this year. Since the start of the 2018 season, Jeudy has 132 catches for 2,182 yards in 25 games. He'll be a great fit in New York - or anywhere else he may get drafted.
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Justin Herbert: Quarterback, Oregon
There have been stretches this season where Jameis Winston has played well enough under Bruce Arians to make you think it may be worth bringing him back for a second season in that system.
Ultimately, though, Winston has 18 interceptions in 10 games. While the Buccaneers could also use defensive upgrades - they're currently the 23rd ranked unit in the NFL - it's just hard to imagine them retaining Winston for a sixth season.
Perhaps, with two No. 1 wide receivers, the Buccaneers will determine their best path would be to target a quarterback ready to compete in 2020. That could be Cam Newton, Teddy Bridgewater, Nick Foles or Philip Rivers.
But Herbert - who is 6'6, 237 pounds - is the type of prospect a team could fall in love with. He's thrown 91 touchdowns in four seasons at Oregon. If he's still on the board here, the Buccaneers will be tempted.
7. Denver Broncos - CeeDee Lamb: Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
After learning that Joe Flacco's prime is indeed over, the Broncos could be a team that targets a quarterback. President John Elway, who appears to value height in quarterbacks, may be intrigued by Herbert, though it may take a trade up to land him.
The Broncos did use a second-round pick on former Missouri quarterback Drew Lock in the 2019 NFL Draft, so perhaps they'll look to build around him for the 2020 season.
Second-year wideout Courtland Sutton has had a breakout 2019, as he has 49 catches for 805 yards in 10 games in 2019. If the Broncos pair another young wide receiver opposite of him, whoever is playing quaterback will have a good mix of talented young offensive weapons, when you also factor in running back Phillip Lindsay and tight end Noah Fant.
If CeeDee Lamb is still on the board, he would make sense. The junior has been one of the most explosive weapons in the country in 2019, as he has 44 catches for 983 yards and 13 touchdowns for Oklahoma. It's not impossible that he's the first wide receiver to come off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft.
8. Atlanta Falcons - Jeff Okudah: Cornerback, Ohio State
Even after limiting the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers to just 12 total points over the last two weeks, the Falcons still have the 26th-ranked pass defense in the NFL in 2019.
Whether Dan Quinn is back as the head coach or not, the Falcons have an offense that's ready to compete in 2020. They need defensive upgrades, specifically in their secondary.
One anonymous scout told Matt Miller of Bleacher Report that Okudah is "most naturally gifted cornerback I've seen since [Jalen] Ramsey—but he's not going to worry you with his mouth." He seems like a strong fit to pair with Desmond Trufant as the Falcons look to return to contention in 2020.
9. Arizona Cardinals - Grant Delpit: Safety, LSU
The Cardinals, who are dead last in pass defense in 2019, could take Okudah if he's still on the board or trade up for him. One way or another, they need to upgrade their secondary, and Delpit is the best safety in the country.
It's actually remarkable how competitive the Cardinals have been in 2019 after going 3-13 in 2018. Given that David Johnson hasn't had the major bounce-back season that some predicted, that speaks largely to the impressive rookie season that Kyler Murray has had, which has seen him throw for 14 touchdowns, while adding in 418 rushing yards.
Given how the board plays out in front of them, the Cardinals may talk themselves into taking Jeudy or Lamb if either fall to them. But their biggest area of concern is the secondary, and Delpit would help to fix it.
10. Detroit Lions - A.J. Epenesa: Defensive End, Iowa
The Lions aren't as bad as their 3-6-1 record would lead you to believe.
The NFC North is one of the most competitive divisions in football in 2019, and the Lions have lost three games by four points or less. Matthew Stafford is also dealing with a back injury that has already cost him two games.
Still, second-year head coach Matt Patricia is a defensive mind, and the Lions have the 30th ranked defensive unit. Prior to his injury, Matthew Stafford appeared to click well in first-year offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's system. But while the Lions have an offense that's capable of competing with the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings within their division, their defense isn't up to snuff.
In three seasons at Iowa, Epenesa has 22 sacks and 29 tackles for loss. He would help to upgrade a unit that's yet to be a top-20 defense under Patricia.