Look for 3 QBs in first 5 picks of NFL draft

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Talk about virtual drafts, what is a mock draft, really? Make believe.

The upcoming NFL remote draft beginning Thursday night has a touch of irony to it. The producers of said mock drafts rarely are even remotely accurate.

That said, here’s one view of what might happen in the opening round. This mock draft does not include trades, of which there could be several. Sticking with the existing grid, the Colts, Steelers, Bears, Rams, Bills and Texans don’t have a selection.

1. Cincinnati

Bengals can’t possibly bungle this pick, right? Last time they took franchise quarterback with top overall selection, in 2003, it worked out pretty well with Carson Palmer.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has the Tigers at number 1. ap/photo

JOE BURROW, QB, LSU

2. Washington

Best player in this draft is Chase Young. Redskins will get lots of offers, especially from teams seeking QB. If they aren’t tempted enough, they go with chalk …

CHASE YOUNG, EDGE/LB, OHIO STATE

3. Detroit

Lions will get even more pressure to deal this spot with two highly regarded quarterbacks available. Guess what: Matthew Stafford comes off major injury, has gotten beaten down through years, and has difficult family issues. So whether they trade it or keep it …

TUA TAGOVAILOA, QB, ALABAMA

4. New York Giants

So many needs, but hard to see Giants ignoring stud linebacker with winning credentials to build defense around.

ISAIAH SIMMONS, LB, CLEMSON

5. Miami

Dolphins supposedly were tanking for Tua last year, yet won enough games to fall to fifth in the order. That doesn’t mean they will ignore a passer here.

JUSTIN HERBERT, QB, OREGON

6. Los Angeles Chargers

Having missed out on top three QBs, Chargers are dumbfounded. They will attempt to trade down for more picks and still get a passer later on. If not, how about the best defensive back in this draft, even though it’s not major need?

JEFF OKUDAH, CB, OHIO STATE

7. Carolina

New coach Matt Rhule has retooled offense in free agency, now dedicates first of many choices to defense.

DERRICK BROWN, DL, AUBURN

8. Arizona

Just like Panthers, Cardinals must dive deep into defensive picks, but not here. They address major hole on offensive line with …

JEDRICK WILLS, OT, ALABAMA

9. Jacksonville

First of two opening-round picks for rebuilding Jags, who can get desired offensive tackle later on and address D here.

JAVON KINLAW, DL, SOUTH CAROLINA

10. Cleveland

Browns would love to get left tackle here. They haven’t been secure there since Joe Thomas, the best player at the position of last decade, hung it up.

MEKHI BECTON, OT, LOUISVILLE

11. New York Jets

GM Joe Douglas has vowed to get protector and playmaker for QB Sam Darnold. Best wideout in this deep draft at that position is available, and coach Adam Gase is drooling. But the quality of blockers in second next round is too much lower to pass on …

TRISTAN WIRFS, OT, IOWA

12. Las Vegas

Raiders also will select at No. 19. Packaging their two picks to move up is not out of question, but going here will net them …

JERRY JEUDY, WR, ALABAMA

13. San Francisco (from Indianapolis)

How nice. Go to Super Bowl, then make deal for this spot to go with later pick. Niners want dynamic target for Jimmy Garoppolo to go with last year’s breakthrough rookie, Deebo Samuel.

HENRY RUGGS III, WR, ALABAMA

14. Tampa Bay

That soon-to-be 43-year-old quarterback who came in from up north will appreciate this left tackle as bodyguard.

ANDREW THOMAS, OT, GEORGIA

15 . Denver

Broncos had productive second half of 2019, believe they can push toward top of AFC West dominated by Chiefs. Dynamic playmaker helps.

CEEDEE LAMB, WR, OKLAHOMA

16. Atlanta

Pass rush has disappeared, as has most of Atlanta’s defense. Dan Quinn’s job depends on quick turnaround by that unit.

K’LAVON CHAISSON, EDGE, LSU

17. Dallas

Cowboys also are in market for someone to get to opposing QBs, and also could use boost in secondary. Regardless, they go defense here.

C.J. HENDERSON, CB, FLORIDA

18. Miami (from Pittsburgh )

Dolphins got their passer, and with their second of trio of first-rounders, they can’t pass on protection for Herbert — from one of his college opponents no less.

AUSTIN JACKSON, OT, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

19. Las Vegas (from Chicago)

Having grabbed outside threat at receiver, it’s time for Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden to fill hole at linebacker. Some might see this as reach. We don’t.

PATRICK QUEEN, LB, LSU

20. Jacksonville (from Los Angeles Rams)

Time for that offensive tackle mentioned above for Jags.

JOSH JONES, OT, HOUSTON

21. Philadelphia

Eagles showed tons of gumption winning NFC East with battered roster. They’ve made plenty of offseason changes, and find need for fast guys: cornerbacks and wideouts. Go with D-back here.

A.J. TERRELL, CB, CLEMSON

22. Minnesota (from Buffalo)

Pick acquired for WR Stefon Diggs, which could wind up in replacement for Diggs.

JUSTIN JEFFERSON, WR, LSU

23. New England

Grab QB of future here with Tom Brady off to Tampa? Patriots coach believes he could win with Ryan Leaf.

KENNETH MURRAY, LB, OKLAHOMA

24. New Orleans

Few teams have as talented a roster as Saints. So they can look ahead at their most important offensive position.

JORDAN LOVE, QB, UTAH STATE

25 . Minnesota

With Diggs replaced, time to address secondary. Another Crimson Tide standout in this spot — and Diggs’ younger brother to boot.

TREVON DIGGS, CB, ALABAMA

26. Miami (from Houston )

Dolphins’ third selection following QB Herbert and tackle Jackson. Time to grab defensive help.

YETUR GROSS-MATOS, EDGE, PENN STATE

27. Seattle

Last decade’s best coach-GM combo was Pete Carroll and John Schneider. Their first pick of this decade is …

TEE HIGGINS, WR, CLEMSON

28. Baltimore

NFL’s top team in regular season has few weaknesses. One worth looking at is linebacker, where there’s no Ray Lewis or Terrell Suggs on board.

ZACK BAUN, LB, WISCONSIN

29 . Tennessee

After falling one win short of AFC title, Mike Vrabel bolsters defense. That could be on Titans line now without Jurrell Casey, or secondary missing Logan Ryan.

KRISTIAN FULTON, CB, LSU

30. Green Bay

Real nice value pick here for Packers’ defense.

A.J. EPENESA, EDGE, IOWA

31. San Francisco

Another chance to enhance strong roster. With Ruggs in hand, future replacement for standout LT Joe Staley might make sense but also is reach. Instead …

ROSS BLACKLOCK, DT, TCU

32. Kansas City

Super Bowl champs, after 50-year drought, know they need help in backfield behind Patrick Mahomes.

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