I’m back. With another mock draft.
This mock draft is two rounds long and is based on what I think will happen. I am using many draft analysts to base my picks on including Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, Mel Kiper, Dane Brugler, and Matt Miller.
1. Arizona Cardinals – Nick Bosa, Edge Rusher, Ohio State
The Arizona Cardinals have numerous options here including Alabama defender Quinnen Williams, but Bosa has the potential to be an elite edge rusher. Pairing him with Chandler Jones gives Arizona one of the best pass-rushing duos in the NFL.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Josh Allen, Edge Rusher, Kentucky
Edge is a desperate need for the 49ers and Josh Allen provides top-5 value. Quinnen Williams is still available here, but his skill set would be quite redundant given the amount of attention San Francisco has poured into their interior defensive line over the past four drafts.
3. New York Jets – Quinnen Williams, Interior Defensive Line, Alabama
The Jets would happily grab Williams, should he actually fall to New York with the third overall pick. There are rumors that the Jets may part with Leonard Williams, and should they choose to do so, Quinnen Williams would not only be the best player available at this spot, but also an excellent fit with the team.
4. Oakland Raiders – Rashan Gary, Defensive Line, Michigan
Rashan Gary is one of my favorite players in this year’s NFL Draft. He provides versatility along the defensive line. While Gary didn’t have an explosive year as many expected of him at Michigan, he still displayed freakish athletic ability and talent during the entirety of his tenure for the Wolverines.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Cody Ford, Offensive Line, Oklahoma
The Bucs need help along the offensive line and Ford brings the versatility to do so. He’s a quality offensive lineman and should help tremendously both in the run and pass game.
6. New York Giants – Clelin Ferrell, Edge Rusher, Clemson
I firmly believe that the New York Giants aren’t interested in selecting a quarterback this year, sadly. Instead, they give Eli Manning another shot and Clelin Ferrell is the best player available. Gettleman’s draft strategy is an interesting one, nonetheless.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback, Ohio State
The Jaguars are finally done with the Blake Bortles experiment (rightfully so) and Haskins is probably the safest quarterback in this draft (if there is one). Not having to move up would be the dream, however, I’m not including trades in this mock draft in total. That may not be the case in April.
8. Detroit Lions – Jeffrey Simmons, Defensive Line, Mississippi St.
The projected three-technique is a versatile lineman that can play all three downs. The Detroit Lions may not get the chance to select Simmons, however, as Daniel Jeremiah reported teams were “buzzing” about his talent.
9. Buffalo Bills – Marquise Brown, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
The Buffalo Bills need to surround their young franchise quarterback, Josh Allen, with weapons. Dane Brugler of the Athletic reported that Brown was a receiver that many teams had “sky-high” grades on. With the way that the NFL is moving (with teams trying to find the next Tyreek Hill-esque player), Brown will likely be the first pass-catcher taken. The Bills desperately need weapons in all shapes and sizes.
10. Denver Broncos – Greedy Williams, Corner, LSU
The Broncos, ironically enough, need another outside corner after winning the Super Bowl three years ago with elite pass rushers and secondary players. Williams has the potential to be a true number one corner with ball-hawking skills and the size to cover almost any outside receiver.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Devin White, Linebacker, LSU
The Bengals can’t overthink this pick. White should be an elite-level linebacker for years to come. If he can learn his keys, White will be a top-5 player from this class. Not to mention, the Bengals have a pretty pressing need at linebacker.
12. Green Bay Packers – Jachai Polite, Edge Rusher, Florida
The Packers need a youthful edge rusher and Polite is very efficient at getting to the quarterback with his speed. Polite is one of many pass rushers the Packers have to pick from so it may come down to personal preference. Regardless, it seems that Green Bay will start off day one with an edge rusher.
13. Miami Dolphins – Ed Oliver, Defensive Lineman, Houston
The Dolphins could get better with their interior pressure, and Houston’s Ed Oliver would be an absolute godsend this late in the draft. Oliver may not have gotten the production wanted by NFL teams in college, but he is a freak athlete and should be a force at the next level.
14. Atlanta Falcons – Jawaan Taylor, Offensive Tackle, Florida
Head Coach Dan Quinn said that the Falcons’ o-line needs massive work this off-season, and Taylor is a versatile lineman that can play right tackle or either guard spot. Realistically, it seems as if most people connected in the draft have Taylor mocked higher than this, so he may not last until the Falcons pick.
15. Washington Redskins – DK Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
The Redskins need a quarterback. But before they get one, they need to make sure he will have viable weapons. Metcalf is many analyst’s WR1 this draft cycle and rightfully so. While he is a boom-or-bust selection, it seems like Metcalf is much more likely to ‘boom’.
16. Carolina Panthers – Montez Sweat, Edge Rusher, Mississippi St.
The Panthers desperately need help on the edge, and with the way they value the defensive line in Charlotte, Sweat seems like the obvious pick. He helps an old Panthers defense get much younger and could become an integral part of an aging defense.
17. Cleveland Browns – Andre Dillard, Offensive Tackle, Washington St.
One of the more polished tackles in this year’s draft, many are split on Dillard’s value, whether it be in the first round or later. However, the one constant among those plugged into NFL teams and what they are thinking seems to be Dillard is one of the top tackles in this year’s draft, and has more value than Jonah Willaims. Somewhat surprising, but the Browns need to protect their franchise quarterback and Dillard may be the permanent fix after Joe Thomas retired a season ago.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Jonah Williams, Offensive Lineman, Alabama
Speaking of Jonah Williams, Dane Brugler of the Athletic also mentioned teams are split on Williams, whether he’s a tackle or guard. He could go in the top-10 or as late as round two, surprisingly enough. This is the middle ground, and he helps a Vikings line that needs it.
19. Tennessee Titans – TJ Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa
Despite not being TE1 at Iowa, Hockenson is the first tight end off of the board. He fits the modern NFL very well and the Titans need youth at the position with Delanie Walker aging rapidly.
20. Pittsburg Steelers – Devin Bush, Linebacker, Michigan
The Steelers are going to do something off-the-wall with this pick, like selecting Terrell Edmunds in the first round last year. Since I cannot predict what they’ll actually do, I’ve got them taking a relatively safe player with Devin Bush, a first-round caliber linebacker.
21. Seattle Seahawks – Brian Burns, Edge Rusher, Florida State
Another team that drafts in an unpredictable manner is the Seahawks, who took Rashad Penny in the first round last year. They also tend to trade down, but since I’m not projecting trades (yet), I have them selecting the best player available at a need, which would be Brian Burns.
22. Baltimore Ravens – Josh Jacobs, Running Back, Alabama
Okay. This is it. This is my off-the-wall pick. I love Josh Jacobs as a prospect and I truly believe a team is going to become sold on his skill-set and select him in the first round. It’s just a matter of where. I’m just dreaming of a Lamar Jackson/Josh Jacobs backfield, aren’t I?
23. Houston Texans – Noah Fant, Tight End, Iowa
Realistically, the Texans should pick an offensive lineman here. But I’m not sure they will, especially with some of the talent still available with this pick. Fant is a threat that would compliment Hopkins, Fuller, and Watson very well and complete a great Houston offensive skill group.
24. Oakland Raiders – Byron Murphy, Corner, Washington
Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock are ecstatic in this alternate universe. They are blessed with both Murphy and Gary with their first two picks. If they are looking to rebuild a bad defense, this certainly is not a bad start.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Dexter Lawrence, Defensive Line, Clemson
The Eagles already have Fletcher Cox as a three-technique defensive tackle, so adding Lawrence to the mix as a nose-guard would complete an already-solid Eagles defensive line. If he didn’t fail a drug test before the college football playoff, Lawrence would be looking at a top-15 selection.
26. Indianapolis Colts – Christian Wilkins, Defensive Line, Clemson
Wilkins is a top-10 player but will fall due to positional value. Denico Autry was solid for the Colts last year, however, the value with Wilkins at 26 is far too strong for Chris Ballard to pass up. Knowing his track record however, whatever he does with this pick will probably work out for the Colts.
27. Oakland Raiders – Mack Wilson, Linebacker, Alabama
The Raiders finish off their first round with the selection of Mack Wilson, to help aid in a complete reset of their defense. Wilson is a pro-ready linebacker with athleticism and versatility. It’s hard to imagine him being a bust.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma
The Chargers are in an interesting spot. Phillip Rivers is aging, but I think Los Angeles will be able to utilize Murray even if Rivers returns next season. Regardless, it will be nice to have a quarterback of the future.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – DeAndre Baker, Corner, Georgia
The Chiefs need all kinds of help on defense, but firstly a corner to compliment Kendall Fuller in the secondary. Really any position other than edge rusher or defensive end, the Chiefs could draft and immediately benefit.
30. Green Bay Packers – Deebo Samuel, Wide Receiver, South Carolina
After lighting up the senior bowl in both practice and the game, Samuel deserves some round one buzz, and he may actually get it. As I mentioned earlier, Samuel fits the mold of a modern NFL receiver and teams may take notice of it thus boosting his draft stock.
31. New England Patriots – Drew Lock, Quarterback, Missouri
Death, taxes, and mock drafts with the Pats selecting a quarterback at the bottom of round one, right? Lock is a value here and should actually be the player of the future for New England, rather than Jimmy G after that whole debacle a few years ago.
32. Los Angeles Rams – Yodny Cajuste, Offensive Tackle, West Virginia
The Rams’ offensive line is spectacular. However, it’s old – really old. Cajuste is a prototypical pass-protecting offensive tackle. Getting depth and youth along the offensive line has to be one of the Rams’ top priorities.
33. Arizona Cardinals – N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
34. Indianapolis Colts – Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
35. Oakland Raiders – Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
36. San Francisco 49ers – Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
37. New York Giants – Dalton Risner, iOL, Kansas State
38. Jacksonville Jaguars – Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Amanu Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
40. Buffalo Bills – David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
41. Denver Broncos – Irv Smith, TE, Alabama
42. Cincinnati Bengals – Chris Lindstrom, iOL, Boston College
43. Detroit Lions – Te’Von Coney, LB, Notre Dame
44. Green Bay Packers – Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford
45. Atlanta Falcons – Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame
46. Washington Redskins – Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
47. Carolina Panthers – Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
48. Miami Dolphins – Charles Omenihu, EDGE, Texas
49. Cleveland Browns – AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss
50. Minnesota Vikings – Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State
51. Tennessee Titans – Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
52. Pittsburg Steelers – Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
53. Philadelphia Eagles – Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
54. Houston Texans – Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington
55. Houston Texans – Beau Benzschawel, iOL, Wisconsin
56. New England Patriots – Zach Allen, DL, Boston College
57. Philadelphia Eagles – David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State
58. Dallas Cowboys – Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
59. Indianapolis Colts – JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
60. LA Chargers – Cameron Smith, LB, USC
61. Kansas City Chiefs – Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami
62. New Orleans Saints – Kaleb Wilson, TE, UCLA
63. New England Patriots – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, CB, Florida
64. Kansas City Chiefs – Damien Harris, RB, Alabama