NFL mock draft 2020: How trades could drastically reshape first-round outlook

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USA TODAY Sports’ Nate Davis breaks down the grades of some NFL teams after an eventful free agency period.

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Though the gears of the sports world have largely ground to a halt, the offseason business of the NFL continues forward.

Even as the COVID-19 outbreak worsens, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the league’s member clubs that the draft, which will no longer be held in Las Vegas, will still commence as planned from April 23-25.

That means general managers must assess their needs while weighing the risks and rewards of selecting certain players stripped of the opportunity to work out at pro days and/or receive medical re-checks that might clarify their physical status.

And though Jadeveon Clowney, Cam Newton and Jameis Winston are still seeking jobs, the aftermath of free agency has generally crystallized draft boards for most of the 32 teams. Reshuffled rosters could also mean some positions, running back once again potentially among them, might not be in heavy demand in Round 1.

It all serves to set the stage for what could be one of the most compelling – and hardest to read – drafts in recent memory. Don’t be surprised if the…

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