1) San Francisco 49ers: Sam Darnold QB USC
- My pick is going to stay the same for the 49ers who have been a surprisingly tough out the past two weeks. Even after a rough week for Darnold against the sneaky good Washington State squad I still think he is the best quarterback in the draft. I think his issues right now is trying to do too much and prove to people that he deserves to be the number one pick. All he needs to do is what he did last year by playing loose and free slinging the ball in tight windows. To me he still has that "It" factor at quarterback where he just knows how to make plays on a consistent basis. Maybe with Kyle Shanahan he can teach him to have much better mechanics. Especially, since Darnold has only actually been a quarterback for a few years now after being a linebacker in high school.
Last Mock's Selection: Sam Darnold QB USC at Pick # 1
2) Cleveland Browns: Josh Rosen QB UCLA
- I am sorry DeShone Kizer I thought you were going to be the guy, but so far he looks way over his skis as the starter of the Browns. Which, makes sense since everyone kept saying he needs the most development out of the top quarterbacks. Much like Mike Glennon in Tampa and Clausen in Carolina if your team lands this high and a franchise qb is there they need to take him. No matter how much promise you showed, it's just how it goes in the NFL. Rosen has the best tools out of all the possible top quarterbacks. From arm strength, accuracy, pocket presence, and ability to read a defense. I would like to see him win more at UCLA to prove to me he can overcome adversity on a mediocre team, but that's just a preference of mine. I am not sure Hue Jackson will make it to next year with another bad season, but the new regime in Cleveland seems to understand the value of consistency and letting coaches really develop a philosophy. So, if he is still there he might be able to develop Rosen into a quality quarterback.
Last Mock's Selection: Saquon Barkley RB Penn State at Pick # 3
3) New York Jets: Josh Allen QB Wyoming
- Three quarterbacks in a row with the top three picks has never happened before in the NFL so I am not 100% percent confident this is how it will go. If these three teams are the top three picks however, it is really possible. Allen is the least talked about out of the top three guys, but he does have a similar size and skill set with that of Carson Wentz. He has the size, arm strength, and upside any team would want in a quarterback. I also prefer him going to New York over Rosen who is a bit more outspoken and could get dissected in the New York media. I would like to see him play a tad better and get that completion percentage up, but that also has to do with the talent around him at Wyoming not doing him any favors.
Last Mock's Selection: Josh Allen at Pick #3
4) Miami Dolphins: Derwin James S Florida State
- The Dolphins have looked terrible, but a lot of that has to do with their brutal schedule on the road so far. They finally have their first home game this week and after Irma I bet a lot of the players would love to just be home with their families finally. However, I still do not see them turning it around with how pitiful their offense has been and how porous their secondary has been. At this juncture I think they should really look into upgrading their secondary by landing the top defensive player in the draft. James is much like Jalen Ramsey two years ago except at the safety position where he can be a lock down defender. Not only that, but he is a pure athletic freak at 6'3" he is a towering presence in the middle with extreme athleticism to make plays all over the field. He can really help solidify a relatively young secondary and give the Dolphins something to work with going forward.
Last Mock's Selection: Derwin James S Florida State at Pick #10
5) Cincinnati Bengals: Trey Adams OT Washington
- I think the Bengals might collect more wins than I predicted, but right now I have little faith in them to find consistency this season. Especially, with how up and down they have been so far. Taking the best tackle available may help them get back on track and continue to be a playoff contender after this down year. Adams has been flawless this season displaying quick feet and good hands keeping the pocket clean for Jake Browning at Washington. Adding him will also allow the Bengals to kick Cedric Obueghi inside at guard where he most likely fits better size wise.
Last Mock's Selection: Trey Adams OT Washington at Pick #4
6) Indianapolis Colts: Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
- This is a dream scenario for the Colts in my opinion. Frank Gore for all his greatness has been able to keep this running game afloat, but at this point the Colts need to find someone more explosive behind Andrew Luck. Barkley to me has the talent and skills to become a better running back than either Fournette or Elliott who were taken in the top 10 in recent seasons. He can do it all running inside or outside and catching the ball. He runs with power and quickness. All equals a great player who can finally get the Colts a consistent 100 yard rusher. I do worry about his workload at Penn State, but if you are comfortable drafting a running back in the first round you understand you will get high production for about 5-6 years then anything after that is a consolation prize.
Last Mock's Selection: Arden Key OLB LSU at Pick #6
7) Los Angeles Chargers: Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama
- I know it seems I am keeping the same picks for teams so far, but it's just regression to the mean or something like that. These players are playing themselves higher and the teams that need them still end up landing to them. In the case, for the Chargers here they could either find a safety for their defense or they can actually look to take a quarterback to groom behind Rivers. That second option may be forced upon them to create some sort of buzz around them if they continue to be booed at home by visiting fans taking over their stadium. Maybe a pick like Lamar Jackson can help create a fan base. However, the Chargers generally draft best player available and most of them have done well in the pros. Fitzpatrick is a terrific instinctive player who can plug in right away for the Chargers after not finding a proper replacement for Eric Weddle who left two seasons ago.
Last Mock's Selection: Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama at Pick #17
8) Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
- Not to say he will be an NFL quarterback, but I think some team will give him a shot for a starting job. Preferably I would like to see him sit a year and develop on his passing mechanics. However, we all know in the NFL that's nearly impossible with rabid fan bases everywhere seeking the next best thing. I think both Palmer and Coach Arians are probably done after this year with both of them in advanced ages respectively. Fitzgerald will probably be given a team friendly deal to come back since it is still obvious that he can play at a high level. It's up to him if he wants to be back or not. Jackson can come in right away and be a spectacle for whoever drafts him with his athleticism and strong arm. Much like Cam Newton he needs to work on his mechanics and touch if he wants to excel in the pros. As well as, learning when to run for yards if nothing else is available instead of running if his first read is not open.
Last Mock's Selection: Lamar Jackson QB Louisville at Pick # 5
9) New Orleans Saints: Arden Key OLB LSU
- The Saints wanted to select an edge rusher with one of their first picks, but obviously they failed to keep up with that strategy. This year however, they probably should since this year's class of edge rushers is definitely not as deep as last year's. Key is by far and away the best edge rusher in this draft. He is an electric athlete who can bend the edge with his strength as well as his lightning quickness. He does have some off field issues, but the Saints are so desperate for difference makers on defense they may be forced to make this pick. However, if they land higher or a quarterback slips to them they may be forced to pick a quarterback since this is Drew Brees' contract year. Overall, this can be a big off season of change for the Saints.
Last Mock's Selection: Harold Landry OLB Boston College at Pick #18
10) Chicago Bears: Equanimeous St. Brown WR Notre Dame
- Now it may be a terrible name for the beat writers and media people to spell, but he is the perfect receiver for what the Bears' want to do on offense. Granted, that's if Dowell Loggains is still the OC after this year. However, with their one-two punch in the back field at running back they are built to run a play action scheme to have Mitchell Trubisky roll out and throw on the move using his solid athleticism. A big and fast receiver on the outside like St.Brown could be a perfect match. I know fans will have flashbacks with a first round receiver after Kevin White failing, but that was a more unexpected bust since he never showed signs of injuries before he got to the pros. St.Brown and a healthy Cam Meredith can give Trubisky two good targets to throw to and grow with.
Last Mock's Selection: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama at Pick #8
11) New York Giants: Connor Williams OT Texas
- The Giants much like the Saint and Chargers could be wild cards to move up for a quarterback, but mocks are hard enough without predicting trades. So, if they stay here landing a stud tackle to keep Eli upright or whoever they put at quarterback would help immensely. Williams to me is a wild card blocker who may rise or fall depending how he looks throughout the season and how he looks in workouts. He is the most raw blocker out of the top three, but he has the highest upside and athleticism. I know the Giants whiffed on Erik Flowers who was a similar prospect, but Williams has a more functional build to not be beat by smaller edge rushers like Flowers has in his career. Adding a tackle for the left side could also help them swing Flowers to the right side where he may be a better fit and hopefully turn around his bust status.
Last Mock's Selection: Connor Williams OT Texas at Pick #9
12) Baltimore Ravens: Derrius Guice RB LSU
- The Ravens have the worst luck with injuries and are down their top two blockers as well as a few other key positions. In any case, a part of their issues is due to their avoidance of improving the offense via the draft. Now they are paying the price for that and should look to add some offensive pieces to maybe help Flacco out. Guice to me has a real possibility to eventually be better than Fournette with his better versatility and style of running. While, Fournette is a bulldozer who wants to run through people, Guice is more of a guy who will avoid tacklers with his quickness. With the Ravens he will be a much better running back than any currently on their roster.
Last Mock's Selection: Bo Scarborough RB Alabama at Pick #30 (yes, I was way off on that prediction)
13) Minnesota Vikings: Clayton Thorson QB Northwestern
- The Vikings are going to be in a connundrum this off season. They can either resign an oft-injured Sam Bradford who when healthy gives them a good shot to win consistently or they can keep Teddy Bridgewater who has yet to play in two years and only has one year of playing experience. I want to say they try to keep Teddy, but even in his rookie year I was not blown away by his production. Taking a big quarterback with the smarts and leadership like Thorson can be a very good prudent selection by the Vikings. Especially, as it seems every year they have a great team, but just cannot get consistent play out of the quarterback position. I think Thorson has a shot to fly up draft boards after he works out and interviews with coaches displaying his amazing personality.
Last Mock's Selection: Clayton Thorson QB Northwestern at Pick #29
14) Seattle Seahawks: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
- I am tired of the Seahawks trying to make every low round pick and undrafted guy work to make themselves look smart. At some point you need some real blue chip guys and first rounders to workout. So, far Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider have yet to solve the o-line problem. Former basketball player George Fant is not the answer at left tackle to protect your franchise. Meanwhile, they would rather trade for Sheldon Richardson on an already dominant defense. That's just bad priorities there if you ask me. McGlinchey to me is my favorite blocker in this draft, but is being a bit overshadowed at the moment. I expect him to rise up draft boards as we get closer to the draft. It also helps that a bunch of former Notre Dame blockers have done great at the next level.
Last Mock's Selection: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame at Pick #11
15) Jacksonville Jaguars: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
- I am tempted to give them a quarterback here, but I think Bortles' play so far has saved his job for now. Their defense is already loaded so now turning to the offense is the next step to make this team complete. A lot of people like Allen Robinson, but as an upcoming free agent expecting top receiver money I would be more likely to let him walk. They already have their number two receiver locked up in Allen Hurns who is just as if not better than Robinson in my opinion. Instead, saving money and picking a possible definite number one receiver in Ridley is a better idea. Ridley is a dominant outside threat much in the mold as Amari Cooper albeit with not as crisp routes. I would hope his hands are better however than the former Alabama alum.
Last Mock's Selection: Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame at Pick #14
16) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Iman Marshall CB USC
- Tampa still needs to solve this corner issue with how much they been picked apart in the pass game the past few games. Brent Grimes looks done and second year pro Vernon Hargreaves has been picked on a ton since coming to the league. I had high expectations on Hargreaves, but he seems to be over his skis in the NFL. Grabbing a bigger corner like Marshall who can take on guys like Julio Jones, Kelvin Benjamin, and Michael Thomas in division can allow Hargreaves to play the smaller guys he matches up better with. He can also be a good ball hawking corner who can turn the field for the Bucs being one of the worst turnover teams the recent years.
Last Mock's Selection: Iman Marshall CB USC at Pick #21
17) Detroit Lions: Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State
- Ezekiel Ansah is still the Lions only pass rusher of note and is a free agent after this year. Most likely he will be franchise tagged, but even so the Lions should find a possible replacement or compliment player for the years after that. Chubb is a relentless edge rusher who can move all across the line with his versatile size and strength. He could be a nice compliment to the power of Ansah on the other side of the edge. Chubb has been outstanding so far this year and in my opinion has a shot to rise in the draft with more good tape. If not if people pass on him I can see him be like Derek Barnett who is making people pay for overlooking him.
Last Mock's Selection: Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State at Pick #20
18) Washington Redskins: Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
- This pick is still barring on if Kirk Cousins is still on the team and if Josh Doctson can stay healthy while also showing ability on the field to be a top wideout. If they lose Cousins obviously they should trade up for a qb and if Doctson works out then they could look elsewhere. Right now I think Kirk has great value here in general so they may still take him here. People have compared him to OBJ with his ability to take the ball to the house on any play with his quickness. Heck, if Doctson does work out Kirk can be the lightning to his thunder on the outside. That would give Cousins two young targets to grow with and possible have more upside than Garcon or Jackson had when they were on the roster.
Last Mock's Selection: Equanimeous St. Brown WR Notre Dame at Pick #12
19) Denver Broncos: Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
- This team seems to have found a good enough quarterback to win with and I doubt John Elway wants to throw the towel in on Paxton Lynch yet. So, finding another blocker to keep him upright could be a great idea. They picked up veteran Ronald Leary who has been great so far, but the other guard spot and center are the two weak spots still on the o-line. Nelson would have been a first rounder last year and another great year will only solidify his draft status. I would have him higher due to my preference of valuing offensive linemen, but the rest of the league does not. He can definitely help the Broncos continue their pound the rock philosophy to win games.
Last Mock's Selection: Christian Wilkins DT Clemson at Pick #19
20) Oakland Raiders: Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
- This team I knew was over hyped prior to the season since they were so young and I also did not trust their defense that is very toothless outside of Khalil Mack. Now it could be worst now with Derek Carr out with a fracture in his back that may take 2-6 weeks to heal. Something with your back I would shoot for the over on that time frame. So, this team could be in some real trouble playing in such a tough conference. They have invested heavily in their secondary the past few years and even though it has yet to prove itself fruitful I doubt they take another defensive back. Instead, a powerful interior presence to balance out the edge rush with Mack can help spur the whole defense from front to back. Wilkins is a load up front who can push the offensive line from the tackle spot or the five-technique.
Last Mock's Selection: Malik Jefferson LB Texas
21) Dallas Cowboys: Courtland Sutton WR SMU
- I think Dez Bryant is about done in Dallas with his inability to create separation as he loses his speed. Unlike other receivers that can use their route running to get away Bryant has never really perfected that and may have some of the worst routes in the league according to some. A quarterback like Prescott thrives on timing and knowing when a guy will get up. Which, makes trusting the veteran hard for him. I do commend Bryant's maturity as he ages, but I think the Cowboys need more on offense. Sutton would have been a first rounder last year in my opinion so I see no reason why he will not again. He has been dominant again at SMU beating double and even triple coverage on a consistent basis. His size, speed, and routes can make him a great compliment to Bryant.
Last Mock's Selection: Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama at Pick #15
22) Green Bay Packers: Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama
- There are a few ways the Packers could go here with a defensive tackle, edge rusher, offensive tackle, defensive back, or a receiver. At the moment if they go best player available Payne is the guy they should take. He has freakish athleticism at the tackle spot with good speed, size, and strength. Payne should go together with Mike Daniels and former first rounder Kenny Clark in the interior. I can even see Payne out playing the under performing Clark. The only reason why I do not have Payne higher is due to some off field issues, but I think a team will reap the benefits of him sliding down a bit.
Last Mock's Selection: Courtland Sutton WR SMU
23) Buffalo Bills: Dorance Armstrong DE Kansas
- The Bills may play themselves out of drafting Tyrod Taylor's replacement and right now I doubt they really care. They have not experienced this type of success in a long time and with so many draft picks they can try to find a future quarterback later. Instead, taking best player available is a smart move and even though they sport the best defense in the league it could be better. I also doubt you get better by rolling with the same defensive personnel every year and adding another pass rusher is never a bad idea. Armstrong is a twitchy athlete on the outside that everyone in the scouting community loves. They also have firmly ahead of Harold Landry who has had a down year thus far.
Last Mock's Selection: Josh Allen QB Wyoming at Pick #8
24) Cleveland Browns (From Houston Texans): Kevin Tolliver CB LSU
- The Browns were probably hoping for a better pick from the Texans, but they look to be on track right now after their early season scuffles. For the Browns however, solidifying this pass defense needs to be priority number one. They currently have no corners of note on the roster and could use one in a pass happy league. Also playing Antonio Brown and A.J. Green twice a year is no easy task for them. Tolliver has been a starter at corner since his freshman season on a loaded LSU secondary. Not only that, but he has been consistently excellent throughout that time. He has nice size and technique to be an immediate starter for the Browns.
Last Mock's Selection: Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M at Pick #13
25) Pittsburgh Steelers: Ronnie Harrison S Alabama
- I still stand by my opinion that Mike Mitchell is a bit overrated and then they added veteran J.J. Wilcox. Which, shows how much confidence they have in second year pro Sean Davis who had an up and down rookie year. Harrison has that Landon Collins quality to him where he will definitely be a force in the run game. However, he has the athleticism to develop his pass coverage to the point of being a true two-way force in the back end. If he plays well enough he can maybe do his best job emulating Troy Polamalu in the back end for the Steelers as an instinctive ball hawking safety.
Last Mock's Selection: Derrius Guice RB LSU at Pick #23
26) Carolina Panthers: Sam Hubbard DE Ohio State
- The Panthers sport one of the league's best defenses, but to me they could use some youth on the edge to continue that dominance. None of the current pass rushers like Mario Addison, Julius Peppers, and Charles Johnson are not the future pillars of this defense. Hubbard meanwhile is a lite version of Joey Bosa. Which, is not a bad thing I just do not see him being as explosive as his former teammate. However, he is still a hard working technician on the edge with boundless energy to be an effective pass rusher. He has more potential to be chipped away at if given the proper playing time to stay in the game and gain some rhythm. I think Ohio St's bevy of pass rushers rotating in does not allow any of them to really flourish.
Last Mock's Selection: Dorance Armstrong DE Kansas at Pick #16
27) Los Angeles Rams: Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida State
- The Rams are a team I knew would turn around under the direction of new coach Sean McVay and Jared Goff with another year under his belt with a more offensive minded leadership. Their defense however, has been a tad up and down. Part of that is from trading E.J. Gaines who was solid for a receiver in Sammy Watkins who is oft-injured and does not seem to really gel in the offense yet. In any case, drafting a corner to come in and help Wade Phillips develop the next no fly zone is a smart idea after concentrating on the offense last off season. McFadden is an athletic specimen like his teammate Derwin James. The only issue is he seems to take plays off or loses concentration. If he can get better coaching to help him stay on track he can be a great cover corner.
Last Mock's Selection: Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi State at Pick #22
28) Tennessee Titans: Clellin Ferrell OLB Clemson
- The Titans may end up with a much worst record if Mariota has to miss more than a game or two from his injury. It's actually creepy how parallel the Raiders and them are. Both lose their quarterbacks on the same weeks the past two seasons, both have solid o-lines, and both are held back by leaky defenses. Creepy right? Anyways I think the Titans really need to step up their pass rushing attack, especially how easily the Texans weak o-line pushed them around. Brian Orakpo's age is definitely showing and Derrick Morgan has looked much more useless than he has in years past. Ferrell is a beast who is also very young if he comes out this season. Either way he should be a first rounder even with limited tape with how dynamic he can be on the edge.
Last Mock's Selection: Sam Hubbard OLB Ohio St at Pick #24
29) Atlanta Falcons: Parris Campbell WR Ohio St
- I love Julio Jones as much as the next guy, but Matt Ryan is a guy that needs multiple weapons around him. Especially, when Jones is hurt he seems to be lost on who to throw to without him on the field. In my opinion, the group of Mohammed Sanu, Justin Hardy, and Taylor Gabriel are not getting the job done across from Julio. If a guy like Campbell who has nice size and speed to take attention away from Julio it might just make the offense near impossible. I also think it would make them less dependent on him and even go as far as maybe keeping him more healthy since he does not have to beat out three defenders on every play. If he played on a better offense with a better quarterback Campbell would get more hype, but scouts will be able to see his skill during the workouts.
Last Mock's Selection: Trenton Thompson DT Georgia at Pick #27
30) New England Patriots: Harold Landry OLB Boston College
- The Patriots pass rush was something I worried about coming into the season and it seems to be coming to fruition. I know this is a pick that Belichick is most likely going to be moved for veteran player who can play right away. Landry is having a down year so far, but part of it to me is team's keying in on Boston College's best player on the line. He does have the raw energy and size to be a terrific pass rusher who can use a rare blend of strength and speed to beat his blocker. Under Belichick he might be able to unlock the potential to Landry who can turn into a Watt type defender. However, they could land another first round pick if they finally decide to move Garropolo or a guy like Gilmore who seems to be waning on the coaching staff already.
Last Mock's Selection: Josh Sweat OLB Florida St at Pick #28
31) Philadelphia Eagles: Jordan Whitehair S Pitt
- Malcolm Jenkins is their only solid defensive back on the roster besides maybe Ronald Darby when healthy. They should get better at corner with the return of Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas looking like a possible good find so far. Whitehair can be an immediate upgrade right next to Jenkins where he can learn a lot from the veteran. The biggest problem to Whitehair is his slight size and aggressive style play where he can be open to injuries. He is also a solid cover man with good ball skills and instincts to boot. I think size at the safety spot is a tad overrated and Whitehair could be an excellent late round find.
Last Mock's Selection: Parris Campbell WR Ohio St at Pick #31
32) Buffalo Bills (From the Kansas City Chiefs): Trenton Thompson DT Georgia
- Again, the Bills have a lot of picks and if they keep playing well they will probably play themselves out of one of the top quarterbacks. Of course, they can package their two first rounders to move up for one of them. However, if Tyrod Taylor continues to play well he may force there hand to retain him. In that case, staying here and taking the best player available would be a smarter idea to continue to bulk up this roster to be a consistent threat to the Patriots as Tom Brady ages. Marcell Dareus to me has been disappointing since signing his massive contract and that to me is the risk/reward of signing a guy coming off a great season on a contract year. Veteran Kyle Williams is also an up coming free agent so there is going to be a need for a tackle either way. Thompson has a ton of upside to be untapped, but scouts worry about his work ethic. Sean McDermott has been a good defensive coach who can get players to play up to their potential.
Last Mock's Selection: Andrew Brown DE Virginia at Pick #32
1) San Francisco 49ers: Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi St
- When you draft a quarterback you normally surround him with either new weapons or blockers. In this day and age of the NFL where no one can block I think the smart teams will focus more on the line rather than have receivers their young quarterback will not be able to throw to under fire. The 49ers have one good blocker in Joe Staley, but in his advanced age he does not have many more years of high end production left. Meanwhile, right tackle Trent Brown has been pretty bad all season long. Rankin can play either spot with his balanced blocking in both the run and pass game.
Last Mock's Selection: Martez Ivey OL Florida at Pick #4
2) Cleveland Browns: Bo Scarborough RB Alabama
- The Browns were lucky to get out from under Trent Richardson, but I think Scarborough will not be another flashback of the highly publicized bust. In my opinion, he is going to be a Derrick Henry downhill big running back at the next level. For the Browns that will be just fine for them and their new quarterback. Especially, with Isaiah Crowell as an up coming free agent and he has yet to turn the corner to give me confidence that he can be a consistent starter. Scarborough has that potential to be a go to guy for years to come.
Last Mock's Selection: Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida St at Pick #2
3) Miami Dolphins: Martez Ivey OL Florida
- The Dolphins have a few issues on their offense and mainly Jay Cutler who is just there cashing his $10 million dollar check. However, their offensive line is also a big weakness outside of Laremy Tunsil. Ivey is an excellent blocker at right tackle or guard. He has been a bit exposed as a left tackle at Florida right now, but that should not detract from his excellent play everywhere else on the line the years prior. Ivey should test well too with his solid athleticism to be an immediate starter over Jesse Davis, or Jermon Bushrod who are the current starting guards.
Last Mock's Selection: Matthew Thomas LB Florida St at Pick #12
4) New York Jets: Nick Chubb RB Georgia
- Like I said above new young quarterbacks mean new weapons or blockers around said quarterback. For the Jets they should focus on the receivers or a running back since their offensive line has been actually really solid this season. In this scenario, Chubb is the better prospect than the remaining receivers in a lackluster wide out class. Now healthy the Bulldog running back looks like his normal self with an intriguing blend of size and speed. Main compare him to a wrecking ball that gets better after contact and when free he has deceptive speed to get down field. He should be an upgrade over Bilal Powell and Matt Forte.
Last Mock's Selection: Kevin Tolliver II CB LSU at Pick #1
5) Indianapolis Colts: Roquon Smith LB Georgia
- The Colts defense has been surprisingly not terrible this season, but it could still use a lot of work. Especially, on the interior against the run game after getting gashed by a guy named J.D. McKissic against the Seahawks. What makes it worst is how bad the Seahawks line is and they were still able to open holes up against them. Smith has supplanted Malik Jefferson as the top off line linebacker available in this draft. He is getting comparisons to Lavonte David as a fast and instinctive linebacker who can fly all over the field. I think he should easily replace Antonio Morrison and Jon Bostic.
Last Mock's Selection: Nick Chubb RB Georgia at Pick #5
6) Los Angeles Chargers: Luke Falk QB Washington St
- Like I mentioned earlier the Chargers need to start thinking about a future without Phillip Rivers who is aging and still cannot seem to win close games. Most of it is not his fault, but still it is a big bugaboo about his career. Falk is rising after the way he handled USC's solid defense and continues to just put up crazy numbers. Part of it is Mike Leach's arcade like offense where he has very simple reads and a lot of passing attempts. He does have a good skills set to mold into a starting quarterback and if given a year to learn it may benefit him later on when given a shot to start.
Last Mock's Selection: Jarrett Stidham QB Auburn at Pick #17
7) Arizona Cardinals: Jamarco Jones OT Ohio St
- If anyone has watched the Cardinals lately and bless you if you do, but you have to notice the glaring weakness they have on the offensive line. It may be one of the worst in the league and if Palmer stays healthy all season long I would be legitimately shocked. They need to find a few new tackles to keep whoever their quarterback is next year and Jones this year can be a nice second day pick. He has looked solid at left tackle so far, but he is not the twitchiest athlete or the lightest of foot. At the next level he would probably fit best at right tackle, but he should be given a shot for the blindside with the Cardinals since they have no one blocking him on the roster right now.
Last Mock's Selection: Jaire Alexander CB Louisville at Pick #7
8) San Francisco 49ers (From New Orleans Saints): Will Hernandez OG UTEP
- I would not fault the 49ers if they continue to bulk up their weak o-line to protect Darnold or whoever they draft. They have no outside of Staley as mentioned before and they totally whiffed on Joshua Garnett. They might be able to spark Laken Tomlinson's career, but I doubt it. Hernandez is a tad undersized, which is why he may slide to the second round. However, scouts laud his strength and technique to work in a phone booth inside. He should be able to help the strength of this team at running back and open holes for their bevy of runners. Plus, there is no good receivers here to really reach for on a team that needs to just find good players.
Last Mock's Selection: Simmie Cobbs Jr WR Indiana at Pick #17
9) Cincinnati Bengals: Malik Jefferson LB Texas
- The Bengals could get a bit more athletic at the linebacker unit where no one outside Vontaze Burfict deserves to really stay on the team. Jefferson is getting a tad of a bad rap for his off the field work ethic and love of the game. Maybe he is just bored on a bad Texas team with a coach he did not commit to and if he transferred he would have to sit out a year. So, instead of leaving he is just staying on board for one more year. If that is the case whoever drafts him may find themselves a first round caliber talent on the second day. He is a freak athlete who can cover in space and attack the run with wicked speed.
Last Mock's Selection: Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina at Pick #3
10) Chicago Bears: Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
- The Bears to me did the puzzling move of bringing in a bunch of veteran corners instead of taking advantage of a deep corner class last off season. Now they are stuck at square one with no one who can cover consistently. Alexander may be undersized for what Vic Fangio is looking for, but I doubt he or the rest of the coaching staff will be back next year. The Louisville product is an athletic specimen who should be a solid outside corner by being able to stay with any receiver. He is a tad undersized, but he has good technique. Also, he doubles as a dynamic kick returner that the Bears could use with Deonte Thompson and company being pretty underwhelming.
Last Mock's Selection: Ronnie Harrison S Alabama at Pick #8
11) Baltimore Ravens: Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina
- The Ravens have been looking for a viable tight end for years now trying to emulate what New England had with Gronk and Hernandez back in the day. They whiffed on a few other second round tight ends like Maxx Williams, Dennis Pitta, and others. However, that should not stop them from finding Flacco an easy target to throw to. Hurt is a tad on the older side being 25 when he gets to the league, but as a former baseball player he has a ton of untapped potential still. The Ravens could use him on a terrible offense to maybe help move the ball.
Last Mock's Selection: Troy Fumagalli TE Wisconsin at Pick #30
12) New York Giants: Akrum Wadley RB Iowa
- I would rather mock them an actual linebacker, but they seem content with rolling with second tier tacklers in the middle of the field. Instead, maybe they can actually draft a running back before the 5th round. I know the line is bad, but the combination of Paul Perkins, Orleans Darkwa, and Wayne Gallman have not been much better. Wadley is a balanced runner with pass catching ability and quickness to move throw any size hole. He may not be as hyped as some of the other backs in the draft, but I feel like he has some Kareem Hunt qualities to him where he is just a good back no matter if he is not the fastest or strongest.
Last Mock's Selection: Akrum Wadley RB Iowa at Pick #9
13) Minnesota Vikings: James Hearns LB Louisville
- The Vikings sport one of the best defenses in the league, but it is missing a key component in the middle of the defense with the retirement of Chad Greenway who was a great defender. Now they only have two solid linebackers in Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, but head coach Mike Zimmer loves using three linebacker sets to disguise his schemes. Hearns is more like Barr than he is Greenway with his size and blitzing skills. However, Zimmer a defensive guy knows you can never use too many good pass rushers and Hearns can be a nice secret weapon.
Last Mock's Selection: Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma at Pick #29
14) Jacksonville Jaguars: Billy Price OG/C Ohio St
- The Jags need to continue to retool this offensive line even after finding a gem in Cam Robinson in the second round. They are still without any real stand out guard or center on the interior. If they are serious about pounding the rock with Leonard Fournette improving the interior of the line is going to be key to make it successful. Price has been impressive this season putting in a lot of work to refine his technique and skills to be a quality blocker on the inside. For the NFL he is probably going to be a center, but he can move to guard with his good leverage ability to beat bigger defenders.
Last Mock's Selection: Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St at Pick #13
15) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andrew Brown DL Virginia
- The Bucs have a good defense, but to compete with the high powered offenses in the NFC South they need to get even better. They have a few solid defensive ends, but they have never really found a guy to pair with Gerald McCoy on the interior of the line. Brown is a versatile player who can fit perfectly as a down base end. However, he has the size and skills to fit well on the inside as well as perfect three-technique who can rotate in. To me he can be a good sleeper who sneaks up draft boards like Aaron Donald did with a good workout leading up to the draft.
Last Mock's Selection: Will Hernandez OG UTEP at Pick #21
16) Detroit Lions: Bryce Love RB Stanford
- The Lions are another team that could really use a real every down back or one who can stay healthy enough to touch the ball 20+ times a game. Love has light up college football so far with already over 1000 yards in just five games, averaging 11 yards per carry. I hope he gets more hype as we lead up to the draft because this kid has a special ability to find running lanes and avoid defenders. He may have inflated numbers on a run heavy team, but he gets the job done. To me he would be a massive upgrade over Ameer Abdullah or Theo Riddick who are both very limited in their skill sets.
Last Mock's Selection: Kendell Joseph LB Clemson at Pick #20
17) Washington Redskins: Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St
- This pick will be needed if they for some reason let Kirk Cousins walk, which I think is ridiculous. However, this is a generally dysfunctional team and they probably do not like the feeling of being competitive on a regular basis. Rudolph has been a solid all year long flashing a great arm and accuracy. Granted some of that is due to his simple offense, but all quarterbacks in college are using some form of a spread offense with limited reads. He throws probably the best deep ball in the draft with good zip and accuracy on it. I am not sure if he can start right away, but he has a shot to start sooner rather than later though compared to other second round qbs.
Last Mock's Selection: Nick Fitzgerald QB Mississippi St at Pick #11
18) New York Jets (From Seattle Seahawks): Deon Cain WR Clemson
- The Jets need to revamp this offense and the weapons on it for whoever the quarterback is next season. Their defense is solid enough and gets enough good coaching from Todd Bowles to allow them to wait on fixing some of their issues. Instead, there is no real stand out receiver on their team except Jermaine Kearse who is just a solid number two. Cain is a shifty and athletic enough on the outside to come away with a ton of explosive plays on the outside. Plus, it helps that he has not missed a step since switching from Deshaun Watson to Kelly Bryant, which shows he has some quarterback friendly qualities to be reliable.
Last Mock's Selection: Jamarco Jones OT Ohio St at Pick #10
19) Oakland Raiders: Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
- This Raiders linebacking core is one of the worst in the league and extremely nonathletic. Their only stat bonus is their defense being so leaky giving them a ton of opportunities to get tackles that inflates their stats. Finding a guy like Edmunds is a flying linebacker who can move sideline to sideline with a ton of quickness. I also love how instinctive he is to be able to use his speed to get him in the correct spot more often than not. He should definitely beat out the likes of Cory James, Tyrell Adams, and Marquel Lee who are a pitiful bunch.
Last Mock's Selection: Duke Ejiafor DE Wake Forest at Pick #26
20) Denver Broncos: Vita Vea DT Washington
- The Broncos defense particularly the run defense has been excellent this season. That is because of their ability to sell out on the run and depend on their secondary to do their part. They still need some help upfront on defense at the tackle spot where they had to bring in veteran Ahtyba Rubin to fill in. They have not had a good tackle since Malik Jackson left for a bigger pay day. Vea is a load on defense who can collapse the pocket from the inside allowing the Broncos edge rushers to clean up the mess. For such a large man he is light on his feet and flashes a good amount of speed as well on the interior.
Last Mock's Selection: Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma at Pick #18
21) Dallas Cowboys: Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma
- Jason Witten's days are numbered and I know it's going to be a tough one when they decide to move on from him. However, it's coming sooner rather than later with his inability to get open now and Prescott just not looking his way most of the time. Adding another pass catching weapon for Prescott could really diversify this offense. I know people will want them to get defenders, but with so much money saved with Prescott's and Elliott's rookie deals they have a lot of money to cash in on defense while they can to take advantage of that cap room. Instead, finding a solid two-way tight end like Andrews who is a huge target to throw to while also being a solid blocker in the run game. That will only help his stock on a team like the Cowboys who want to run the ball.
Last Mock's Selection: Marcell Frazier DE Missouri at Pick #14
22) Green Bay Packers: Simmie Cobbs Jr WR Indiana
- Davante Adams is an upcoming free agent, but to me is a mediocre receiver with poor hands the Packers could do better for Rodgers. Meanwhile, Jordy Nelson who has been consistent is only getting older and losing his quickness to get open. I also think Randall Cobb is a below average target who is benefiting from playing with Rodgers for his good numbers. Bringing in a big target like Cobbs is something that Rodgers has never had on the outside in his career. He has phenomenal body control on the outside to get open using his size and strength to beat his defender. People are probably going to kill him on his 40 time during the workouts. However, his key to being a good receiver is his size and route running to win match ups. He should be a good red zone weapon at the very least for Rodgers.
Last Mock's Selection: Vita Vea DT Washington at Pick #25
23) Buffalo Bills: Denzel Ward CB Ohio St
- The Bills hit it out of the park so far in the trade with Sammy Watkins for E.J. Gaines who has been terrific for them so far. However, he is a free agent after this season so they run the risk of signing him to a big contract and for him to regress to being just an average player. If I were them I would be hesitant to resign him just off of that factor. If they do keep I would still try to find another corner in this pass happy league and they could use another to keep up with the Pats with their bevy of receivers. Ward is a twitchy athlete like previous Buckeye corners who eventually rise up draft boards as we get closer to draft day. I think Ward will be firmly in the second round due to his size limitations that will limit him to a slot corner.
Last Mock's Selection: Deon Cain WR Clemson at Pick #6
24) Cleveland Browns (From the Houston Texans): Armani Watts S Texas A&M
- More help in the secondary for the Browns who could really use it. Peppers has been predictably terrible in coverage so far and should be moved to the tweener linebacker role instead of a pure safety. Armani Watts is more of a hitting safety who can lay the wood on the ball carrier, but he is incredibly instinctive with a ton of speed as well to cover in space. He does need to work on his over aggressiveness after being beat by UCLA's Caleb Wilson in the opener, but he has since bounced back so far. The Browns could use him a lot after being torn apart up the middle this year so far.
Last Mock's Selection: Denzel Ward CB Ohio St at Pick #19
25) Pittsburgh Steelers: Royce Freeman RB Oregon
- I think the relationship with Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers is starting to deteriorate. Not only did he skip all of training camp over a bogus hold out, but it took him until week four to finally make an impact. Most of that impact was just a bunch of carries over his actual ability. He has also had off field issues with drugs and on field issues with staying healthy. They already gave a ton of money to Antonio Brown I doubt they want to give Bell the massive contract he wants anyways. Drafting his possible replacement will be needed in that case due to their limited depth. Freeman much like Chubb is finally looking back to his normal dominant self now that he is healthy. Much like Chubb also he has a rare blend of size and speed to make him a difficult back to take down. I am not sure he is as explosive as Chubb, but he is a good back in his own right who can give the Steelers a good back to pick up Bell's role when he leaves.
Last Mock's Selection: James Hearns LB Louisville at Pick #23
26) Carolina Panthers: Deebo Samuel WR South Carolina
- I know Cam Newton loves throwing to big targets with his limited accuracy, but the likes of Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess are just not good for today's NFL where speed is king. More so for Funchess who cannot find separation and when he is open he tends to drop the pass. A guy like Samuel who is a speedy guy like Ted Ginn can be a nice weapon to show off Cam's deep ball. He is also a terrific route runner to get open on underneath passes and creating separation on his own regularly. I think he can be a darling at the Combine and may shoot up draft boards as a result of a good workout.
Last Mock's Selection: Jordan Whitehair S Pitt at Pick #15
27) Buffalo Bills (From the Los Angeles Rams): James Washington WR Oklahoma St
- The Bills essentially traded a perpetually injured receiver in Sammy Watkins for this pick so why not take his future replacement with it also. Makes it a nice full circle if you ask me. Washington may not have the dynamic size that Watkins had, but he may be faster than the former Clemson receiver. He is a nice outside threat who can stretch the field for them taking defenders out of the box keying in on the run game. It would also be a sight to watch Tyrod Taylor unleash his strong arm down field to him off a great play action play.
Last Mock's Selection: Carlton Davis CB Auburn at Pick #22
28) Tennessee Titans: Matthew Thomas LB Florida St
- The Titans I think have a ton of problems on their defense that needs work and the way they fell flat on their face against the Titans just proved it. They can maybe even get worst with their top two linebackers Avery Williamson, and Wesley Woodyard. Bringing in a linebacker who can actually cover in the pass game and slow down opposing team's run game would be an upgrade anyways. Thomas is a tackling machine who can be a nice leader in the middle of the defense. I do worry about his athletic upside, but I love when my linebackers are instinctive and know where to be to make the play. Thomas is that kind of backer and should be a nice find at the next level.
Last Mock's Selection: James Washington WR Oklahoma St at Pick #24
29) Atlanta Falcons: Dontavius Russell DT Auburn
- The Falcons I think are running into some of the same issues on defense as they did last year. Being left on the field for more snaps than they should because of how fast their offense operates. That leaves their linemen susceptible to getting gassed by the 4th quarter leaving them open to losing games they should win. Russell is much like his teammate who slid to the third round Montravius Adams who has a lot of potential, but has not really shown it in college. So far Russell has been solid for Auburn and should test well. I think he should be an upgrade next to Grady Jarrett than Dontari Poe who looks old and slow.
Last Mock's Selection: Deebo Samuel WR South Carolina at Pick #27
30) New England Patriots: Carlton Davis CB Auburn
- I am waiting for heads to start rolling up in New England with how many lapses their defense has all season long. Some rumors are pointing the finger at newly acquired Stephon Gilmore who is not learning the playbook and putting in the work he should to get better. If that's true I doubt he stays on the team after this year since Belichick is not the kind of guy to stick with a guy not playing well no matter how much he paid him. Then they have a disgruntled Malcolm Brown who feels disrespected for not getting the money he wants. That is another thing Belichick does not stand for and most likely he will be gone after this year. Davis is a bigger and physical corner with good length who will be a good grinder up in New England. He has potential to rise with more good tape this season and if he can prove he can stick to small quick receivers.
Last Mock's Selection: Jordan Thomas CB Oklahoma at Pick #28
31) Cleveland Browns (From the Philadelphia Eagles): Dante Pettis WR Washington
- Pettis is my sleeper riser receiver in this draft like Chris Godwin and Zay Jones was last year. He does not get a lot of publicity playing out in Washington, but he is just as fast on the field as John Ross was. He even was even the returner over his former speedster teammate. To me he is even more versatile than Ross with his taller stature and better route running to work all levels of the field. The Browns have a ton of picks this year and they would be foolish to pass over grabbing another receiver. So far the crop of Rishard Higgins, and the rest of their mid-round receivers they took a few years ago have not really flourished. Nor do I think Kenny Britt is a long term feature on their roster. I also worry about Coleman's injury history already maybe it's a fluke, but maybe it's a real problem.
Last Mock's Selection: Armani Watts S Texas A&M at Pick #31
32) Kansas City Chiefs: Adonis Alexander CB Virginia Tech
- The Chiefs corners have been poached the past few seasons with Brandon Carr and Sean Smith. Somehow both have looked terrible when they leave so maybe the water is magic in KC or something. Either way it would help this defense to have another solid corner across from Marcus Peters who team's avoid now. Alexander is being exposed by smaller and faster receivers. However, he would fit their press coverage scheme perfectly at his size and length.
Last Mock's Selection: Adonis Alexander CB Virginia Tech
1) San Francisco 49ers: Deontay Burnett WR USC
- The likes of Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, and Aldrick Robinson are not long term features on a team with a coach who wants to move the ball through the air. Burnett is a nice versatile receiver who can be solid move the chains receiver and if they do draft Darnold their familiarity will make the transition easier for both of them.
2) Cleveland Browns: Josh Sweat OLB Florida St
- The Browns have a ton of picks so picking a few luxury pieces like another pass rusher is not a bad idea. Sweat has first round potential, but has some huge glaring injury issues that may scare teams off. A team like the Browns could use this as a lottery ticket where if he pans out than it's great pick, if not then it's no big deal with their plethora of picks.
3) New York Jets: Marcell Frazier OLB Missouri
- The Jets secondary has played much better than I ever expected and some of that probably has to do with Coach Bowles who is a terrific secondary coach. In that case, they can pass over that issue and take a possible top pass rusher to go with Jordan Jenkins who is a nice player, but not great. Frazier is a similar mold to previous Mizzou pass rushers, but he has yet to really pop like the others. He could be a nice steal here.
4) Miami Dolphins: Jarrett Stidham QB Auburn
- This is a security blanket pick with Ryan Tannehill and his bad knee. I doubt they want to bring back apethetic Jay Cutler and they obviously do not trust Matt Moore enough to start regularly. Stidham has a similar skill set as Tannehill with great athletic ability and accuracy. If anything he has a better arm and could possibly push Tannehill for a starting role.
5) Los Angeles Chargers: Derrick Nnadi DT Florida St
- The Chargers could use a better interior presence to go along with their two great bookends in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. Plus, they are moving to a 4-3 front so having more tackles to rotate in would be smart. Nnadi is not a dynamic player by any means, but he gets the job done in the run and pass game. He should be a capable starter right away.
6) Arizona Cardinals: Jordan Thomas CB Oklahoma
- The Cardinals have not been able to find a stable corner to pair with Patrick Peterson for quite some time. They currently have special team stud Justin Bethel out there, but he is an upcoming free agent who may play his way out of their budget. Thomas is an experienced and solid corner with good technique to be a capable starter at the next level.
7) New Orlean Saints: Riley Ferguson QB Memphis
- The Saint are in the same boat as the Chargers, Giants, and Cardinals where their aging quarterbacks are on the doorstep to retirement. For Brees it may be very soon since his contract is up this year. I imagine him staying on a one or two year deal for the city he loves. That gives the Saints to at least try and groom his understudy. Ferguson to me is a tad small, but he plays bigger than that when ever I watch him. He looks capable of running an offense and has that little bit of an "it" factor whenever I watch him.
8) Cincinnati Bengals: Braden Smith OG Auburn
- The Bengals should move Obueghi over at guard where Andre Smith is temporarily back on the team is playing. In case he falters like I predict him to they should grab a guy who can be waiting in the wings. Nothing is more important for them than keeping the pocket clean for the limited Andy Dalton. Smith is a solid blue collar blocker who does everything well and even stood toe to toe with Clemson's dominant d-line.
9) Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Averett CB Alabama
- The Colts pass defense is a bit of a problem right now where most teams can have their way with it. The only defender of note in the secondary is Vontae Davis who is a free agent and Malik Hooker their first rounder. Averett has been a solid corner for Alabama with good ball skills and technique. Being a rare senior on their defense he has quite a bit of experience as well. His size may limit him, but at the very least he can be a solid slot corner in a league where you need three good corners.
10) San Francisco 49ers (From the Chicago Bears): Frank Ragnow C Arkansas
- The 49ers second best blocker is their little known center Daniel Kilgore who has been solid all season long. Unfortunately, he is in his contract year and with his quality play I am sure a contender in need of a center will give him a good contract. Ragnow is a solid center who is adept at creating running lanes and having good balance in the pass game. Up until now he has yet to give up a sack throughout his career, which impressive.
11) New York Giants: Scott Quessenberry OG UCLA
- The Giants not only need new tackles, but they may need new guards, too. Justin Pugh is an upcoming free agent and if you ask me he has never performed up to his first round status. Meanwhile, John Jerry has been one of the worst guards in the league for awhile now. Quessenberry is a versatile interior blocker with grit and pro style blocking experience. I do worry about UCLA blockers not panning out in the NFL so far, but he deserves a shot to start.
12) Baltimore Ravens: D.J. Clark WR LSU
- I was a bit high on Dupre and Dural last year now both are on the fringes of NFL rosters. LSU is a bit weird where they have talented skill players on offense, but just do not develop them. Clark to me is just like them with terrific size and athleticism to be a possible difference maker at the next level. The Ravens could use a guy like Clark on offense with Breshad Perriman not developing and one-trick pony Mike Wallace is an upcoming free agent.
13) Minnesota Vikings: Jauan Jennings WR Tennessee
- The Vikings are in a bit of the same spot as the Ravens where their former first round receiver has yet to pan out. I imagine they will try once more with Treadwell to see if he can pair with Diggs. However, I would not bank on it apparently the guy just cannot pick up the playbook for some reason. I love Diggs, but the depth behind him is still hit or miss and he himself has had his share of injury problems. Jennings is a good all around receiver who could be more highly touted if he got good quarterback play down in Tennessee.
14) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Van Smith S Clemson
- T.J. Ward is just a one year rental essentially for the Bucs only having to pay him the minimum since the Broncos are still paying him. After he leaves they will be back where they started with a weak safety unit that is torn apart by opposing offenses. I like rookie Justin Evans, but he needs to work on his coverage ability after being picked on by the Giants. Smith is an intriguing athletic safety, but some will wonder how he will play away from Clemson's dominant line. I think he should be fine and become a solid defender in the back end.
15) Detroit Lions: Troy Fumagalli TE Wisconsin
- Eric Ebron has been an incredible disappoint thus far since being a top first round pick all those years back. The Lions have been trying to find a tight end to click with Stafford for awhile now and should keep looking to put Ebron on only occasional pass catching duties. Fumagalli is another nice two-way tight end in this draft who runs crisp routes and sports excellent hands. He is also a very solid blocker that could help in the Lions run game and will allow them to get more balanced on offense.
16) Washington Redskins: Kendell Joseph LB Clemson
- The Redskins have a bunch of potential free agents in the linebacker unit like Mason Foster, Will Compton, and Zach Brown. All of whom contribute one way or another on defense. I doubt they keep any of them since they need to resign Kirk Cousins to a big deal. Joseph is a nice instinctive linebacker, but he tends to get pushed around by blockers. His limited athleticism may cause him to slide to a team where he fits the scheme. He should do fine in Washington where they have a pretty solid defensive front where all he needs to do is clean up the mess.
17) Seattle Seahawks: Mitch Hyatt OT Clemson
- I would not be upset if the Seahawks used their first two picks on linemen. Wilson is there franchise guy and there is no reason for him to be running for his life for the past 4 years. Hyatt has been a terrific blindside protector for the Tigers, but his limited strength may force him into a swing tackle position to start. If he gains strength enough to go on the right side he should turn into a terrific pro with his high end pass blocking ability.
18) Jacksonville Jaguars: Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
- Some team will give the undersized quarterback a shot and if they do they may get lucky with the next overlooked late round quarterback. He has maturity and big game experience taking on some of the best defenses in the country. He does deserve a chance and the Jags could give it to him to push Blake Bortles who is clearly not the favorite around those parts. I would not be shocked if Mayfield wins the locker room and they call him to start over the lazy former first rounder.
19) Denver Broncos: Caleb Wilson TE UCLA
- Virgil Green has never lived up to the hype as an athletic tight end and John Elway may want to look for a new safety blanket for Siemian. Wilson is a bit young to come out already, but his dad being a current NFL coach I feel like he is more capable of being ready than other young players. He is most likely just a receiving tight end, but that is fine in today's NFL where it's a mismatch league. Wilson can be just that weapon a team needs to abuse opposing safeties and linebackers.
20) Oakland Raiders: J'Mon Moore WR Missouri
- I feel like the receiver depth on the Raiders is lacking behind Crabtree and Cooper. Plus, I would like to see the Raiders get a guy who can light a fire under Cooper who seems to be mailing it in lately. Moore has nice size and quickness to possibly be a top receiver if he can develop on his routes. At Missouri they run a generally simple offense with limited routes. He should be able to be a solid big slot receiver in the mean time.
21) Dallas Cowboys: Marquis Haynes DE Ole Miss
- The Cowboys may have just drafted Taco Charlton, but they may need another end if they let DeMarcus Lawrence walk on his contract year. Which, makes sense why he is suddenly unstoppable. If I were the Cowboys I would let him walk like they did with Mo Claiborne. I love Haynes with his natural quickness and ability to hunt the quarterback. He does not get much love due to his size, but he terrorized
|Austin Vershel||I don't see how the Dolphins don't take a quarterback... particularly if they are in the top 5. Sure Tannehill is OK, but his health is a huge red flag and they cannot go into another season with your boy Cutler|
|Kyle Kunert||I was tempted, but we have never seen that many qbs go in the top 5 picks. Plus, I think Tannehill deserves another shot he was looking good last year under Gase. Plus, Bradford has just as much injury concerns, but he keeps getting a shot. It just shows you how qb starved the league is.|