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: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
The Bengals can't possibly bungle this pick, right? Last time they took a franchise quarterback with the top overall selection, in 2003, it worked out pretty well with Carson Palmer.
2. Washington: Chase Young, edge/LB, Ohio State
The best player in this draft is Chase Young. The Redskins will get lots of offers, especially from teams seeking a QB. If they aren't tempted enough, they go with chalk.
3. Detroit: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Lions will get even more pressure to deal this spot with two highly regarded quarterbacks available. Guess what: Matthew Stafford comes off a major injury, has gotten beaten down through years, and has difficult family issues.
4. Giants: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
The team has so many needs, but it's hard to see the Giants ignoring this stud linebacker with winning credentials to build a defense around.
5. Miami: Justin Hebert, QB, Oregon
The 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.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Having missed out on the top three QBs, the 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 a major need?
7. Carolina: Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
New coach Matt Rhule has retooled the offense in free agency, and will dedicate the first of many choices to the defense.
8. Arizona: Jedrick Willis, OT, Alabama
Just like the Panthers, the Cardinals must dive deep into defensive picks, but not here. They will address a major hole on offensive line with Willis.
9. Jacksonville: Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
The first of two opening-round picks for the rebuilding Jags, who can get a desired offensive tackle later on and address the defense here.
10. Cleveland: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The Browns would love to get a left tackle here. They haven't been secure there since Joe Thomas, the best player at the position of the last decade, hung it up.
11. Jets: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
GM Joe Douglas has vowed to get a protector and a playmaker for QB Sam Darnold. The best wideout in this deep draft at that position is available, and coach Adam Gase is drooling. But the quality of blockers in the next round is too much lower to pass on Wirfs.
12. Las Vegas: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Raiders also will select at No. 19. Packaging their two picks to move up is not out of the question, but going here will net them a solid receiver.
13. San Francisco (from Indianapolis): Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
How nice. Go to the Super Bowl, and then make a deal for this spot to go with a later pick. The Niners want a dynamic target for Jimmy Garoppolo to go with last year's breakthrough rookie, Deebo Samuel.
14. Tampa Bay: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
That soon-to-be 43-year-old quarterback who came in from up north will appreciate this left tackle as a bodyguard.
15 . Denver: Ceedee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Broncos, who had a productive second half of 2019, believe they can push toward the top of an AFC West dominated by the Chiefs. This dynamic playmaker helps.
16. Atlanta: K'Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU
The Falcons' pass rush has disappeared, as has most of their defense. Dan Quinn's job depends on a quick turnaround by that unit.
17. Dallas: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
The Cowboys also are in the market for someone to get to opposing QBs, and also could use a theboost in secondary. Regardless, they go defense here.
18. Miami (from Pittsburgh): Austin Jackson, OT, Southern California
The Dolphins got their passer, and with their second of a trio of first-rounders, they can't pass on protection for Herbert — from one of his college opponents no less.
19. Las Vegas (from Chicago): Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Having already grabbed an outside threat at receiver, it's time for Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden to fill a hole at linebacker. Some might see this as a reach. We don't.
20. Jacksonville (from Los Angeles Rams): Josh Jones, OT, Houston
It's time for that offensive tackle mentioned above for the Jags.
21. Philadelphia: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
The Eagles showed tons of gumption by winning the NFC East with a battered roster. They've made plenty of offseason changes, and find a need for fast guys: cornerbacks and wideouts. Go with a D-back here.
22. Minnesota (from Buffalo): Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
This pick was acquired for the trade of WR Stefon Diggs, and Jefferson could wind up as the replacement for Diggs.
23. New England: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Should the Patriots grab the QB of the future here with Tom Brady off to Tampa? Nope. Bill Belichick believes he could win with Ryan Leaf.
24. New Orleans: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Few teams have as talented a roster as the Saints. So they can look ahead at their most important offensive position.
25 . Minnesota: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
With Stefon Diggs replaced, it's time to address the secondary. Another Crimson Tide standout in this spot — and Diggs' younger brother to boot.
26. Miami (from Houston): Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State
The Dolphins grab some defensive help with their third selection following QB Herbert and tackle Jackson.
27. Seattle: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
The last decade's best coach-GM combo was Pete Carroll and John Schneider. Their first pick of this decade is a wide receiver.
28. Baltimore: Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
The NFL's top team in the regular season has few weaknesses. One worth looking at is linebacker, where there's no Ray Lewis or Terrell Suggs on board.
29 . Tennessee: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
After falling one win short of the AFC title, Mike Vrabel bolsters his defense. That could be on the Titans' line now without Jurrell Casey, or the secondary missing Logan Ryan.
30. Green Bay: A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa
This is a real nice value pick here for the Packers' defense.
31. San Francisco: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
This is another chance to enhance an already strong roster. With Ruggs in hand, a future replacement for standout LT Joe Staley might make sense but also is a reach. Instead the 49ers shore up the defensive line.
32. Kansas City: D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
The Super Bowl champs, after a 50-year drought, know they need help in the backfield behind Patrick Mahomes.