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In ESPN’s NFL re-draft, the Bengals select Patrick Mahomes No. 1 overall

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ESPN envisioned a draft where all NFL players were on the board.

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The Cincinnati Bengals finished with an NFL-worst two wins in 2019. With the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, they selected star LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. The franchise is hopeful that Burrow will lead them for decades to come.

However, for fun, ESPN envisioned a draft where all NFL players were on the board and the draft order remained the same. With the No. 1 overall pick, the Bengals selected Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes.

With the next three picks, he drafted defensive end Josh Allen, offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Tyler Lockett in respective order.

As the draft process had it, the Bengals were given the top pick and then the 64th pick. It was a snake draft, not the typical draft style the NFL has grown accustomed to.

“The next three picks were all about the quarterback: protecting him (Tunsil), rushing him (Allen) and catching his passes (Lockett). Expect to see high-scoring games, an exasperated opposing defensive coordinator and an exciting style that would make Hal Mumme proud. — Ben Baby”

The Bengals would restart their franchise with the reigning Super Bowl MVP Mahomes and then add protection, passing rushing and an underrated receiver. For his attempt, Baby’s draft picks were given a tier 2 status.

Another NFL employee, Mike Clay, was responsible for putting the four-player teams into ties. That said, there were about six tier 1 teams with the first few having an elite quarterback like Lamar Jackson or Deshaun Watson.

As for the actual organization, this might be upgrade from their best-four players right now, but as Burrow develops, he could turn into the future of the NFL. The exceptions for the young quarterback are high, and fans are hoping he can one day his Mahomes-like levels of production.