The time has come. The 2020 NFL Draft is two days away, and my final predictive mock draft is ready to reveal all 32 picks before we even get there. Amazing clairvoyance.

I tried to go all out with this mock, trades and everything. This is a predictive mock, which means I think a lot of these picks/trades aren’t wise, but the NFL will probably do it anyway. I’m hoping to drop at least a second-round mock for you all on Friday morning after the first round, which is why I haven’t included one here.

Now, enjoy the sight of me ruining your franchise for the foreseeable future with these first-round selections.

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

LSU QB Joe Burrow
LSU QB Joe Burrow – Photo by: Getty Images

Every time I watch LSU, I’m blown away by how well Burrow played. Anybody can bust in the NFL, but he’s one of the least likely prospects to fail that I’ve ever scouted.

2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

It seems like we’re past the point of considering a quarterback for Washington or a trade back in the draft. They seem locked in on Young and who can blame them? Young, Montez Sweat, Ryan Kerrigan, Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis and Da’Ron Payne is a terrifying force on an otherwise lackluster roster. Young should be one of the best edge rushers in the league by the end of his third season.

3. Detroit Lions: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

I’d like to consider a trade-back for Detroit, but with who? What is the incentive to move up if the market for Tua Tagovailoa this high (reportedly) doesn’t exist? I think Detroit wants to move down, but I’m not sure they will get an offer they love. Hey, staying at No. 3 and getting the third-best prospect in the class at a huge position of need isn’t a bad deal either.

4. New York Giants: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

I feel confident the Giants are finally going to draft a tackle, but I really have no idea which one it’ll be. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah said this past week that he’s starting to believe it might be Alabama’s Jedrick Wills, but Dave Gettleman and I have never agreed before, so that’s not possible. I think Wirfs will be the most coveted tackle in the class, and his ability to step in on the right side opposite Nate Solder is another selling point.

Oregon QB Justin Herbert
Oregon QB Justin Herbert – Photo by: Getty Images

5. Miami Dolphins: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

I prefer Tagovailoa to Herbert, but I don’t expect things to unfold that way on draft day. It sure sounds like Tua is headed for at least a slight tumble due to the medicals, and I can’t buy into Miami passing on quarterback for another position.

6. Los Angeles Chargers: Isaiah Simmons, Avenger, Clemson

Maybe I’m just talking myself into this because I want to see it happen so badly, but I really think this marriage makes sense on paper. I think the injury concerns with Tagovailoa push him down the board. The Chargers signed Bryan Bulaga and have a couple young tackles in Trey Pipkins, Sam Tevi and Trent Scott that could battle it out for the starting spot on the left side. But without a quality quarterback, that defense needs to be outstanding. How about Simmons, Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, Jerry Tillery, Linval Joseph, Derwin James, Nasir Adderley, Chris Harris, Casey Heyward and Desmond King? The versatility with that lineup would be unmatched across the league. Could be a real fun show on Sundays.

7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

The Panthers need to rebuild their whole defense, so adding one of the safest stud prospects in the draft makes sense. Brown might have a limited ceiling, but he’s a dominant run defender who can line up next to Kawann Short tomorrow and play at a high level. You don’t often get that surety in the draft.

8. *TRADE* Atlanta Falcons: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
Atlanta trades No. 16, No. 47 and a 2021 6th Round Pick to Arizona for No. 8.

I’m not really sure why Atlanta is so obsessed with trading up when they should be focusing on rebuilding, but multiple reports have now suggested the Falcons could be trying to get as high as the Top 5. Pulling that off might be tough, but if Brown and Simmons are both off the board, I think Arizona, which doesn’t have a second-round pick, will look to trade back. Atlanta desperately needs a corner, and Henderson’s stock is apparently on the rise.

9. *TRADE* Denver Broncos: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Denver trades No. 15, No. 77 (3rd) and No. 118 (4th) to Jacksonville for No. 9

I think Denver really wants another quality receiver to play with Courtland Sutton, even enough to move two mid-round picks to get ahead of the receiver needy trio of teams in New York, Las Vegas and San Francisco. Jeudy gives them an elite route-runner who can also stretch the field vertically, something Drew Lock’s big arm coveted in college.

10. Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Georgia OT Andrew Thomas
Georgia OT Andrew Thomas – Photo courtesy of UGA

I’ve heard for weeks now that the Browns love Wirfs, but not many people around the league expect him to be there at No. 10. I think the team would happily settle for Thomas, a plug-and-play left tackle, who may not have Wirfs’ upside, but could be a better player in 2020.

11. New York Jets: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

Even with Jeudy off the board, the Jets still have two quality receiver options that I believe they’ll ultimately pass on. George Fant’s contract is really just a one-year deal that the team can easily get out of next offseason, and Chuma Edoga is pretty unproven after a rocky rookie campaign for the third-round pick. It is unknown if Wills can play on the left side, or if Edoga will return to the side he spent a bit of time at in college.

12. Las Vegas Raiders: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

I think the Raiders will be just fine with how things have unfolded in front of them, as I suspect Lamb is exactly the receiver they are looking for at No. 12. He’s a seamless fit in Jon Gruden’s offense because he can do so many things well. With Henderson off the board, Las Vegas will look to fill their need at cornerback with their second first-round pick.

13. San Francisco 49ers: Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama

Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III
Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III – Photo by: Getty Images

I’m not sure which of the big three receivers San Francisco is targeting, and it’s possible they’d be content with an offensive tackle or Javon Kinlaw at No. 13. I like Ruggs to fill a vertical threat on the team that was missing at times last season, while also fulfilling the “get receivers touches in space” methodology behind Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

Honestly, when I sat down to do this mock draft, I didn’t anticipate it unfolding this way, but now that it has I can absolutely see this happening. Tampa Bay could make a move up the board, but if tackle-needy teams trade down behind them in the order, they might be able to stay put and take the best tackle left at No. 14. I’m also not sure the Bucs are deep enough across their roster to be giving away many draft picks.

Becton has played right and left tackle, and should have no problem beating out Joe Haeg for the starting spot opposite Donovan Smith in camp. The Louisville product will also bring the nasty demeanor to the run game that Jason Licht is looking to add up front. Suddenly, the Bucs have a formidable offensive line to go with their other exciting offensive pieces. Tampa Bay covets Becton the most of all the tackles, so this pick is a dream come true.

15. *TRADE* Jacksonville Jaguars: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Denver trades No. 15, No. 77 (3rd) and No. 118 (4th) to Jacksonville for No. 9

Kinlaw could have been an option for Jacksonville at No. 9, instead they trade down, pick up an extra third- and fourth-round pick and still get one of the Top 10 players in the class. His explosiveness and power are truly rare for the position, and he’s further along technically than he’s given credit for. The sky is the limit for his potential.

16. *TRADE* Arizona Cardinals: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Atlanta trades No. 16, No. 47 and a 2021 6th Round Pick to Arizona for No. 8.

The Cardinals have to go into the first round looking to improve their defense, especially if they are going to move down on Thursday. After missing out on Brown and Simmons in the Top 10, then watching Kinlaw come off the board right in front of them, Arizona decides to go with the top cornerback left on the board in Terrell, who has rare athleticism and man-coverage ability for such a big, long corner. With Patrick Peterson in a contract year, Terrell can ease his way into action in 2020 before becoming the top guy in his second season.

17. Dallas Cowboys: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson - Photo by Getty Images
EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson – Photo by Getty Images

Dallas is either going cornerback or edge defender, I’m just not buying this linebacker talk. Chaisson is what they hoped they were getting in Randy Gregory years ago. He has all the traits to be a star if he can find consistency as a rusher. I wouldn’t rule out a trade back here either. Just not feeling strongly about any of the fits that will likely be on the board at No. 17.

18. Miami Dolphins: Austin Jackson, OT, USC

My low opinion of Jackson’s game is well-documented, but reports have persisted from NFL insiders that he will be a Top 15-25 pick on Thursday night. Dolphins fans should pray the team ranks Josh Jones higher, but I think the Houston tackle may be in for a slight slide. Jackson has tools, but he’ll need more than that in Miami, where he’ll be stepping in on the left side right away.

19. Las Vegas Raiders: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

The Raiders are desperately in need of an upgrade at cornerback, and while Johnson has some limitations in man coverage, his length and instincts will be a good addition to their current corps. Gruden and Mike Mayock tend to fall for football smart, high character guys, and that’s reportedly Johnson to a ‘T’.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Jacksonville stays put with their second first-round pick, taking Diggs higher than I would at No. 20. The Alabama cornerback has some athletic limitations, but if he can clean up his press technique and become more consistent, the length and physicality are there to fit Jacksonville’s defense.

21. *TRADE* New Orleans Saints: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
New Orleans trades No. 24, No, 130 (4th) and No. 170 (5th) to Philadelphia for No. 21

Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy and QB Tua Tagovailoa
Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy and QB Tua Tagovailoa – Photo by: Getty Images

At some point the slide had to stop, as New Orleans couldn’t risk Tua falling to New England. The Saints don’t have a ton of roster needs, so giving away two Day 3 picks to jump up three spots isn’t a big deal. I think 2020 is going to be Drew Brees’ final season, and Tua now gets to develop behind the quarterback many have compared him to (not me).

22. Minnesota Vikings: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

Minnesota isn’t going to find a Diggs replica in this class, but with the big three off the board, Reagor might be the next best fit. He’s maddeningly inconsistent on tape, but all the speed, burst and separation quickness is there to become a stud in the NFL.

23. *TRADE* Baltimore Ravens: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Baltimore trades No. 28, No. 106 (3rd) and No. 158 (5th) to New England for No. 23 and No. 196 (6th)

The Ravens are always active on draft weekend, so jumping up five spots for Queen isn’t an unexpected move. To ensure landing him they needed to get in front of Philadelphia and Miami, who could also consider Queen before the 28th pick. The LSU linebacker may only be a one-year starter, but what a year it was. He’s one of the best prospects in the class and exactly what Baltimore needs on their second level.

24. *TRADE* Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
New Orleans trades No. 24, No, 130 (4th) and No. 170 (5th) to Philadelphia for No. 21

I’m a little bit worried that Jefferson is somewhat redundant given the presence of Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert as impact receivers in the middle of the field. Still, Jefferson is capable of winning vertically from the slot and has the size and speed to play outside sometimes as well. The Eagles desperately need someone with separation ability and ball skills in the intermediate-deep portions of the field, and Jefferson has both traits in abundance.

25. Minnesota Vikings: Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State

Boise State OT Ezra Cleveland
Boise State OT Ezra Cleveland – Photo courtesy of Boise State

BUT WHAT ABOUT A CORNERBACK? Maybe I’ll be wrong, but I’ve got a hunch that Jeff Gladney doesn’t go as early as many expect, and Kristian Fulton doesn’t really fit Minnesota. It’s a deep cornerback class, and the Vikings have flexibility in their draft capital to jump up from No. 58 if they need to. I think they’ll consider Cleveland such a good fit as the heir apparent to Riley Reiff that they can’t pass up on him at No. 25.

26. Miami Dolphins: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

I’m keeping this pick from my last mock draft because I like the fit so much. I don’t consider McKinney this valuable, but there are specific NFL teams that are going to fall hard for his elite football character, smarts, work ethic and reliability. Miami absolutely seems like one of those teams, as they find a new young quarterback for their secondary now that Reshad Jones has departed.

27. Seattle Seahawks: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

Seattle added a ton of offensive linemen this past offseason, so even though I’m not sure any of them are great, it’s hard to see them using another high-end asset on the group. I’m not a big YGM fan and I’m usually not a big fan of the Seahawks first round picks, so this selection makes sense. Seattle desperately needs pass rushers, and Gross-Matos has the high ceiling and athletic traits they tend to gravitate toward.

28. New England Patriots: Zack Baun, EDGE/LB, Wisconsin
Baltimore trades No. 28, No. 106 (3rd) and No. 158 (5th) to New England for No. 23 and No. 196 (6th)

Many have likened Baun to recently-departed Patriot Kyle Van Noy, a pretty apt comparison if Baun can make a transition to more pass coverage duties. He’s a really good athlete who plays instinctive football in the small coverage sample we’ve seen, while also offering excellent speed/bend as a situational pass rusher and the ability to stack and shed in the run game.

29. Tennessee Titans: Marlon Davidson, DT, Auburn

I’ve warmed up a little to Davidson lately, although this is high for him on my board. Still, this class is short on impact defensive tackles, and Davidson has quickness and flexibility that would help replace a piece of Jurrell Casey’s impact, especially on long/late downs. He has the kind of football character and intensity as a player that makes it hard to believe he’ll flop completely, even if he doesn’t ever reach Round 1 value in his play.

30. Green Bay Packers: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

This is the perfect landing spot for Aiyuk, as his semi-raw routes and release game will get plenty of room to go in an offense where he isn’t the No. 1 option and where he’ll be allowed to play heavily in the slot. I think the Packers would be wise to consider what K.J. Hamler’s speed could do for their offense as well, maybe even in a trade down scenario.

31. *TRADE* Los Angeles Chargers: Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Los Angeles trades No. 37 and No. 112 (4th) to San Francisco for No. 31

Houston OT Josh Jones
Houston OT Josh Jones – Photo by: Univ. of Houston

Everyone knows San Francisco isn’t staying at No. 31, as they don’t currently have a selection in the second, third or fourth rounds. The Chargers may be fine with running out Trey Pipkins at left tackle next year, but if they are going to build an offense around the running game, it would behoove them to acquire more talent up front. Jones can step right in at left tackle and allow them to keep Bulaga on the right side, all while still managing to hold on to their third round pick.

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

The Chiefs haven’t really prioritized the linebacker position via the draft, but their current group is due for an upgrade. Murray is raw from the neck up, but extremely high character with elite athleticism and size for the position. He’s the moldable type of prospect teams will take a chance on in the first round. The Chiefs could also trade down, acquire more picks and look for cornerback help.

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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Pete Wood

If the Saints are willing to trade up to get a QB, why don’t we exchange picks with them? I don’t know how realistic this mock is, but if the Saints are that desperate for Tua Tagovailoa, Bucs should take advantage of that. I don’t see Tagovailoa falling that far and think Miami would be foolish to spend a high pick on Justin Herbert. I think they’ll take Tagovailoa. BUT, if they take Herbert and Tagovailoa is still around at 14, Bucs should take advantage of that and swap first round picks and grab another second and a mid round… Read more »

nitey

Jon, with Tua on the board and having the same needs as New Orleans, why would we pass on him for Becton? I really like Becton, but still getting Tua here would be a much better long term value.

We already made this mistake once with Gruden, passing on Rodgers. Can we afford to do it twice?

JMO.

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Dave

Comparing Tua to Rodgers? That’s a pretty lofty projection

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Makski13

Also, how could you say Tua is a better long term piece than Becton!? Tua has been VERY injury prone and might injure himself out of the league in 5 years. Becton could be a very solid to great tackle for the next 10 years.

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Dave

Totally agree

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gcolerick

I don’t see it. The Bucs are all in on Brady getting this team to the superbowl in the next 2/3 years. I just don’t see them spending first round draft capital on Brady’s replacement. There is just no way this team goes QB on day one or two of this draft.

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Alldaway 2.0

I can see the Patriots being high on Josh Jones or Kenneth Murray on their board as their first selection. It is also possible that BB completely trades out of the first round which he is known for doing. The Chargers may be in win now mode with Lynn and are not interested in having a QB sit and learn which is why they are going all in on Taylor as QB1 and will try to emulate what the Ravens did on offense. Telesco is a shrewd GM so he might choose to build up the defense and offensive pieces… Read more »

chefboho

If Tua is still there at 14 and the Bucs don’t want him I’d be willing to bet that some team would be willing to part with a few picks to move into our spot. Not that I like moving back too far due to missing on a lineman, but if the deal is sweet enough… I just really don’t hope the Saints get him. Our luck he would turn into a dynasty QB for 15-20 years in our division. I’m ready for Thursday. Enough projecting picks already.

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fanofdabucs

Becton scares me more than any of the top 4 OTs.

One scout says “he loves to eat and cook more than football”

Others question his work ethic.

Some have concerns about his lack of real pass pro sets in college.

I’d rather go another direction at 14 or trade down and get the highest rated interior guy, RB or even a different OT like Jones or Wilson.

I would never spend a top 15 pick on a guy who doesn’t love football

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bucballer

His weight is an issue! There’s no possible way he can sustain such weight over a long NFL season and he’s not done growing! If he is there when we pick I would trade down to someone who desires him and pick up more picks!

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ussoldier77

I think if it unfolded that way, it would be hard to pass on Tua. I would actually look to make a trade for an OT (Trent Williams?) if this was the case. Then, I would draft Akers. People are high on CEH but I believe Akers gives you the pass catching, tackle breaking, and pass pro all in one.

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bucballer

If Tua is there… then wow! That would be tuff to not make that pick when ur starting QB is 43!

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The Vicness

Can we afford someone like Williams though? I don’t know our cap situation, but i have to think that would push us to the limit.

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ussoldier77

I agree, it would be a tough ask to sign him. However, “hi Trent, this is Tom. Do you want to win a Super Bowl?” may sway him to take less money.

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Bucko40

Becton is my least favorite of the 1st round OT IMO. Outside of Clemson the ACC isn’t exactly a powerhouse conference with top notch talent. I truly hope the draft doesn’t fall this way.

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Spitfire

I’m hoping Bectons failed drug test at the combine will help him slip. Also, I’m reading how Kinlaw bad hip surgery in 2018 and knee problems that kept him out of the Combine and Senior Bowl. Sounds like he may be a risky pick and may slide as well.

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Dman

Hard for me to see Tua dropping out of the top 10, but without getting team doctors to check him out you never know. Whatever we do though, don’t trade with the Saints!!!!

I’ve got us drafting Thomas at #14 and Marlon Davidson in RD2 at #45 – so hope your wrong about him sneaking into the first round, Jon. Derick Brown gets all the press, but Davidson is heck of a player.

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BigSombrero

Well reasoned mock.

I wonder if San Fran is fielding offers to trade back from 13 since they don’t have a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th round pick.

It seems that if Becton were to fall, a team like Miami at 18 would have plenty of draft capital to move up and take Becton right in front of the Bucs.

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Dave

Was just listening to Peter King. He said multiple sources close to the Dolphins hint that they won’t be taking Tua. Maybe PR heard the same thing and that’s why they have him sliding that far. His injury history is scary. A dislocated hip with a slight fracture is bad for a small statured mobile QB. And Chris Simms said he heard that he will probably need another knee surgery. In a year where teams can’t get their own doctor to go over his current health, it’s just really hard to justify teams taking him that high. Which is why… Read more »

danielob

I think if Mekhi Becton is there we go with the pick, but he is hardly the cleanest pick. I am concerned about his flagged drug test and his weight. For those who post here that don’t live in Florida it gets un-godly hot and humid most of the time in Florida, especially in Sept-Oct, I wonder if Becton’s weight will effect his play? I hear he likes to eat, he was weighed in at 360+ lbs at one point, sounds like he needs a good conditioning/diet program in the pros. Wonder if he will go with the TB12 conditioning… Read more »

Charlie

If the board falls this way, why not draft Kinlaw, then try and trade up from 45 to get Josh Jones, apparently sliding ass too. Draft best offensive playmakers the rest of the way, RB/WR?

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Dave

I can’t predict the future, but every mock draft I’ve seen recently has Jones going somewhere between the 18-32. We’d probably have to trade up in the top 2 or 3 of the 2nd round, if he’s even still there

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magoobee

The truest statement in this article about the Bucs – “I’m also not sure the Bucs are deep enough across their roster to be giving away many draft picks.”

And I will add – and they do not have enough available cap space to fill with veterans.

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magoobee

I’m assuming your not dinging Becton (drug test) or Kinlaw (injury concern) for their Red Flags?

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The Vicness

Becton is not my number one choice, but we’re picking at 14, not 1. That being said, if Jones is a cleaner prospect there, why not him? Becton’s weight concerns me. Big dudes like him either have the bodies of Dotson (who we can all admit has a great weight distribution) or Penn, who makes my fat lumpy body look ok. Plus, our coaches will not get to work with these guys much prior to the season starting, do you think a guy with a sloppy body who pops for drugs knowing you’re going to take a drug test will… Read more »

magoobee

Drafting a QB even in round 1 is a crap shoot. But if Tua truly is a generational type talent, I can’t see him dropping beyond 6. Remember Miami did not pick Drew Brees because of medicals, it not only it cost them a HOF QB but also a great coach (Saben who wanted them to draft him).

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Captain Sly

No way on Earth Tua falls that far!
For the Bucs sitting at #14 If Tua is there you sprint the card up there and take him. Every time I read these mocks it’s always based off of team needs when the best GM’s draft BPA. John Lynch (49ers) drafted Nick Bosa after already having Deforrest Buckner, Arik Armstead & Solomon Thomas on the roster last year. Turns around and gets a 1st rd pick for Buckner this year all because he drafted Bosa last year. Just plain Smart!!

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GoldsonAges

Becton will probably be there because he’s a fat kid on roids and he may actually be strictly a guard. Josh Jones will be a better player and won’t eat himself out of the league.

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