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NFL Notebook: First full first-round mock draft giving Patriots an edge; Issues with the proposed CBA

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We interrupt the Tom Brady Sweepstakes/Countdown/Armaggedon/Drama to touch on the draft. We'll be continuing to go heavy with the free agency for the next couple of weeks, but wanted to touch on give you some draft flavor that incorporates some of the chatter I've heard from scouts and executives post-scouting combine.

1. Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

Sorry, Joe, the Tom Brady comparisons are legit. The guy just has natural instincts for the position, especially his ability to sense pressure and create a play.

2. Redskins: Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State

They should want a team to jump up for a QB but Young is likely too good to pass up.

3. Lions: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

The elite corner in the draft and, boy, does Detroit need him in its secondary. Matt Patricia's unit would automatically get better.

4. Giants: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

New York could go in many different directions — especially on defense — but Dave Gettleman loves his hog mollies and they have to get better on the line.

5. Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama

Could the AFC East QB drought finally be coming to an end with Sam Darnold and Tua (sorry, Josh Allen but no) ... as Brady possibly exits. It almost has to play out that way.

6. Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Chargers

They'll pass or come up short in the Brady Sweepstakes and have to go this route, and it won't work nearly as well. Chargers are going to Chargers.

7. Panthers: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

A total freak in the great sense of the word. Matt Rhule wants a fast defense from his college days and this guy flies and can play just about any position on defense. I'm dead serious. Bill Belichick must be shedding a tear — and plotting to scoop him up in a few years.