It’s nearly that time! Having spent only a few hours researching, watching clips and listening to all the hype – here is my first mock of this year’s NFL draft. After the season is over, I will rank the top 50 prospects.
I will be doing three mock drafts:
1.0 – Prior to Free Agency
2.0 – After Free Agency
3.0 – The day before the Draft
So, here goes…
1) Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray – QB, Oklahoma
If he chooses football, he has to go #1. Kyler Murray is special outside of the pocket, and is a very underrated passer. Somewhere between Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson. We’ll talk Josh Rosen soon.
2) San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa – EDGE, Ohio State
Probably the best player in this draft, Joey Bosa’s brother has more upside than him. Nick Bosa is the best pass rusher I have seen in college since Myles Garrett.
3) New York Jets: Quinnen Williams – DT, Alabama
In comes one Williams, out goes another. Jets trade Leonard Williams and draft this monster interior lineman. He’s a big dude who could dominate in the trenches.
4) Oakland Raiders: Josh Allen – EDGE, Kentucky
It wouldn’t surprise me if this kid has a better career than Nick Bosa, I love Josh Allen. He’ll have to play in a 3-4 as an OLB. Please play 3-4, Jon.
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Greedy Williams – CB, LSU
Some don’t like Greedy, I love him. Perfect size, can make plays on the ball and in man coverage shows ability to shut down your #1. Best college corner I have seen since Ramsey.
6) New York Giants: Clelin Ferrell – EDGE, Clemson
I have the Giants trading their second and third round picks for Josh Rosen. Now, they add a difference maker on the outside to go with Olivier Vernon. Ferrell is relentless coming off the edge.
7) Jacksonville Jaguars: Dwyane Haskins – QB, Ohio State
The best pocket passer in the draft. Jags get a cheap quarterback, who is a better option than any free agent. Haskins is the least likely to bust.
8) Detroit Lions: Rashan Gary – DT, Michigan
A prospect I don’t like. I don’t see what he did to impress in college. He’ll impress at the combine and will be drafted in the top 10. Seeing people mock him second absolutely baffles me. Think he’ll be better inside as a 3-tech.
9) Buffalo Bills: Dexter Lawrence – DT, Clemson
They replace Kyle Williams with an absolute unit inside. Run stuffer with some upside in pass rushing.
10) Denver Broncos: Ed Oliver – DT, Houston
By far the highest ceiling on the interior defensive line. Would like to see him in Denver’s 3-4 under Vic Fangio.
11) Cincinnati Bengals: Christian Wilkins – DT, Clemson
His pass rushing from the interior improved year-by-year in college, but is he able to wreak havoc at the next level? Geno Atkins and Chris Baker are both free agents.
12) Green Bay Packers: Devin White – LB, LSU
The Packers will probably get rid of Clay Matthews this year and they need speed at linebacker. Great pass-rusher, has a high ceiling and his speed and feel could see him improve in coverage.
13) Miami Dolphins: Drew Lock – QB, Missou
Teams will fall in love with his size and arm talent. But is he Matthew Stafford or Jake Locker?
14) Atlanta Falcons: Jeffrey Simmons – DT, Mississippi State
I need to see more of this guy, but the Falcons might lose Grady Jarrett this offseason. Simmons punched a woman. Probably won’t hurt his stock… *sigh*.
15) Washington Redskins: Parris Campbell – WR, Ohio State
Just a playmaker. He might be a gadget player like Tavon Austin or Cordarrelle Patterson, but he has serious upside. Need to watch more tape on him, but I like what I see.
16) Carolina Panthers: Jonah Williams – OT, Alabama
He’s the best pass-pro and run blocking tackle in the draft… but he might end up playing guard. I don’t like this draft for offensive linemen.
17) Cleveland Browns: Marquise Brown – WR, Oklahoma
The Browns need another receiver to go with Jarvis Landry, so they go for the best route runner in the draft. Antonio Brown’s cousin.
18) Minnesota Vikings: Greg Little – OT, Ole Miss
If the Vikings don’t draft an offensive lineman here, then it’s time for the GM to leave. I wouldn’t put a first-round grade on Little, but he has upside and could be an average tackle for 10 plus years. Average tackles get paid 12m a year nowadays…
19) Tennessee Titans: Jachai Polite – EDGE, Florida
Some have him in the top 10, but I don’t see that. He’s relentless and will make plays, but I see four or five better pass rushers in this draft. Titans need to add an edge to go alongside Harold Landry moving forward.
20) Pittsburgh Steelers: Byron Murphy – CB, Washington
Love this guy, think he’ll be an elite nickelback. Not sure if he’ll play outside in the NFL, and do you want to spend a high draft pick on a nickel? Murphy might be worth it. Shot caller.
21) Seattle Seahawks: Zach Allen – EGDE, Boston College
Allen fits the profile for Seattle, solid pass rusher and very good against the run. His lack of flexibility worries me some. He won’t be able to bull-rush as much as he did in college. Still, a huge need for Seattle and best available.
22) Baltimore Ravens: Michael Deiter – OG, Wisconsin
Definitely not a player I would have a first-round grade on, but Deiter is exactly what the Ravens need – dominant run blocker. Could easily see them going linebacker here too.
23) Houston Texans: Max Scharping – OT, Northern Illinois
Scharping might go in the second, but think he should go here. His stock is rising and think he’ll have a good workout. Texans need to keep Deshaun Watson upright.
24) Oakland Raiders (via Chicago): Jaylon Ferguson – EDGE, Louisiana Tech
The Raiders get a steal. Ferguson was a monster in his final year. Would not be at all surprised to see him go higher. For me, he’s a better prospect than Polite and Brian Burns.
25) Philadelphia Eagles: Dre’Mont Jones – DT, Ohio State
Eagles need a running back, but this is the worst running back class in the draft that I have ever seen. They also need a guy next to Fletcher Cox who can cause disruption. Jones has serious upside as an inside pass-rusher, can get off his blocks and make plays, whilst being solid against the run.
26) Indianapolis Colts: DeAndre Baker – CB, Georgia
He’s elite in zone coverage, but his size and ability to track the ball could see him fall in the draft… Then again, I thought the same would happen with Denzel Ward!
27) Oakland Raiders (via Dallas): Devin Bush – LB, Michigan
After adding two edge rushers, Oakland addresses another gaping need in their defence. In his book, Gridiron Genius, former Browns GM Michael Lombardi said, “If your middle linebacker is slow, your defence is slow” and that’s the case with the Raiders. Devin Bush is a playmaker in the middle.
28) Los Angeles Chargers: Cody Ford – OT, Oklahoma
Protected two Heisman quarterbacks pretty well, and most like him as a first-round pick. Chargers need a right tackle in the worst way. Could move to guard though, a position the Chargers are pretty set. So could look elsewhere, maybe Yodny Cajuste.
29) Los Angeles Rams: Brian Burns – EDGE, Florida State
Not sure about the fit, or where he plays in the NFL, but he’s a pretty great pass rusher and much better than Dante Fowler. Needs to put on some serious muscle mass.
30) New England Patriots: Raekwon Davis – DT, Alabama
Their run defence stinks. An Alabama defensive tackle always helps. Nasty.
31) Kansas City Chiefs: Trayvon Mullen – DB, Clemson
Think he might end up playing safety as he can make plays in the box, aggressive against the run. Does have ball skills. See him a similar to Minkah Fitzpatrick, but not as talented.
32) Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans): K’Neal Harry – WR, Arizona State
Three wide receivers in the first-round! Harry has the best hands in the draft and makes the most sense in an Aaron Rodgers offence. Might struggle to get separation, but so did Jordy Nelson and Jimmy Graham when playing with #12.
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