1) San Francisco 49ers: Sam Darnold QB USC Last Mock's Pick: Sam Darnold QB USC at Pick #1
- People may be off on Darnold after a few challenging weeks, but to me that just made me love him more. Nothing has come easy this year for him, but he continues to dredge through it and come out with wins more often than not. I think he is trying to make every throw perfect, which is causing him to force throws often trying to cement his draft status. If he can loosen up and play like he did last year he will look much better. Remember he is still a very young quarterback with a lot of upside being sort of new to the position having been a linebacker in high school. He still has that "it" factor that I love and with a smart coach like Kyle Shanahan he should develop nicely for them. The 49ers to me is a perfect landing spot for Darnold to flourish in my opinion.
2) Cleveland Browns: Josh Rosen QB UCLA Last Mock's Pick: Josh Rosen QB UCLA at Pick #2
- Apologies to Kizer you are now the next Mike Glennon where you will be put on a spike after a bad rookie year on a poor team that will end up with a high pick and have to select a quarterback. Of course, the Browns seem to be allergic from picking a sure fire quarterback so who knows they may trade this pick anyways. They should take Rosen however, with his strong arm, accuracy, and natural quarterback feel. That is a group of words you have not heard in a long time about a Browns quarterback. His small frame does worry me a tad, but all around the league young quarterbacks look thin to me so maybe that's just the modern trend. I also think out in Cleveland Rosen will have less opportunities to be a headline grabber with his outspoken nature as where if he landed in New York might have been a problem.
3) Indianapolis Colts: Saquon Barkley RB Penn St Last Mock's Pick: Saquon Barkley RB Penn St at Pick #6
- I think no matter who picks 1 through 3 I will have the same order of players until someone else changes my mind. Barkley to me is a better running back prospect by far than Fournette who is an injury prone power back who is bound to be hurt more often than not. I also think he can be better than Elliott who will probably have off field issues following him through out his career. Barkley is a smart runner who can catch the ball and avoid defenders with swift feet. The Colts could definitely use his services so Luck can hand the ball off to some one who can consistently put up 100 yards a game and allow him to not have to throw the ball as often as he normally does. He can even help hide their poor defense by keeping the ball away from the opposing offense by chewing up the clock.
4) New York Jets: Lamar Jackson QB Louisville Last Mock's Pick: Josh Allen QB Wyoming at Pick #3
- The Jets should not be worried about playing themselves out of one of the top quarterbacks. I am sure they will stumble down the stretch and show who they really are as a team led by Josh McCown. Jackson is not my favorite quarterback prospect, but many GMs and scouts will want to try to harness his ability. He is currently passing for a 62 percent completion percentage, which is the ideal marker for the next level. However, he still needs to work on his pocket presence and ability to read his progressions. Of course his legs are what can make him special and can turn him to an even better version of Mike Vick at the next level. The Jets will also be able to use this pick as a way to steal headlines in New York, which is something I think they like more than winning.
5) Green Bay Packers: Derwin James S Florida St Last Mock's Pick: Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama at Pick #22
- This is just like the Packers to be able to land a guy like Derwin James in the one year where they will pick in the top 10. Also, yes I think the Rodgers injury makes the Packers one of the worst teams in the league. That is how good that guy is and his ability to hide the major holes on their roster is a testament on how good he has been to this franchise. Without him they have no chance in my opinion to win many games throughout their tough schedule. James can be a major upgrade on their shaky secondary and can make a dynamic duo with Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix in the back end. He can be an eraser all across the field and be a dynamic play maker in the mold of Charles Woodson during their Super Bowl run almost a decade ago. Since this will be their last time picking high they are lucky to be able to get a blue chipper like this.
6) New York Giants: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame Last Mock's Pick: Connor Williams OT Texas at Pick #12
- Many Giants fans will want to take a quarterback here, but at the moment there are not any I would take over the top tackle in the draft. Erik Flowers is a sieve and the same could be said about right tackle Bobby Hart. I love McGlinchey and think he is a much better tackle prospect than Trey Adams of Washington that everyone likes. He may not be as athletic as Adams, but his a technically sound tackle with good hands and footwork. Much like his former teammates and Fighting Irish alumni Ronnie Stanley and Zach Martin I think he will translate right away at the next level. He does need to gain more patience after being called for a handful of false start penalties, but that is something that can be coached up.
7) Cincinnati Bengals: Trey Adams OT Washington Last Mock's Pick: Trey Adams OT Washington at Pick #5
- The Bengals would gladly take either Adams or McGlinchey. In this case, they get Adams who I am not in love with like the media, but he does have immense upside if he can get stronger in his base. Adams is incredibly athletic for a tackle and if he can improve his hands he can be a true lock down blocker who you can plug in and not worry about for a decade. That is something the Bengals need desperately as we have seen how shaky Dalton can be when he is faced with pressure. With a new left tackle they can move Cedric Ogbuehi to right tackle where he is probably a better fit with his short arms and slow feet.
8) Miami Dolphins: Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama Last Mock's Pick: Dewin James S Florida St at Pick #4
- The Dolphins should look to either landing James or Fitzpatrick in what could be a top 10 pick for them. They currently do not have anyone in the secondary that truly scares opposing offenses and after using some picks at corner I think they should look to locking up the safety position. Fitzpatrick is a versatile and instinctive defender who can move all over the field. He looks most comfortable at safety where he can use his ball skills, tackling ability, and closing speed very well. I do worry about how poorly Alabama defensive backs have done at the next level, but their safeties have done better than their corners so this pick makes me a tad bit less worried.
9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Arden Key DE LSU Last Mock's Pick: Iman Marshall CB USC at Pick #16
- Just something about this team has me picturing them as one of the worst teams in the league. Their young defense to me has looked very shaky all season long so far and to me Winston just does not look like he is ready to take the jump. I think the pressure is too heavy on him and with his new weapons on offense is getting to his head too much. In any case, they can use this pick to land a steady pass rush on the outside to help hide their weak secondary. Noah Spence has not taken the second year jump yet and William Ghoston and Robert Ayers is are just rotational pieces. Key can be a go to pass rusher who is a game plan ruiner for the opposing offenses. He is lightning quick and can be a real beast at the next level.
10) Dallas Cowboys: Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M Last Mock's Pick: Courtland Sutton WR SMU at Pick #21
- The Cowboys to me are in a weird gray cloud this season and will most likely end up being up and down all throughout the season. I am not sure it's the controversy surrounding Zeke Elliott or if they are just playing a tougher schedule. Probably a mixture of both. In my opinion, they should look to give Prescott a more reliable receiver to go to unlike Dez Bryant who he just does not seem to click with. Kirk would be a perfect fit for him due to his sure hands and sharp routes that can help him get on the same timing as Prescott. He may not be the biggest receiver, but he is quick and explosive player who can play at all levels of the field.
11) Los Angeles Chargers: Ken Webster CB Ole Miss Last Mock's Pick: Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama at Pick #7
- The Chargers are in an odd spot here where they do not have many glaring needs besides maybe a corner and a defensive tackle. In this draft those positions are better to be taken later in the draft where they have better value. So, I can see them trading down if they pick here or trade up for one of the top safeties. If they do stay here reaching a bit on Webster would not be a bad idea with their need for a stable corner to play across from standout Casey Hayward. Former first rounder Jason Verrett cannot stay healthy and at this juncture is best served to be a slot corner at his size. Webster is a long corner with quick feet and technique to prevent separation. He should really shoot up boards if he continues to look good this season and in the workouts leading up to the draft.
12) Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama Last Mock's Pick: Derrius Guice RB LSU at Pick #12
- Baltimore could go in many routes with the first pick to improve their offense, but I think on the outside with a reliable receiver will be a bigger need than anything else. They could target a lineman, but they like to develop their own with mid-round picks rather than take them in the first round outside of Stanley who fell in their lap. Ridley is a versatile receiver who can work on the outside or inside with his above average speed and routes. Some will worry about his slight size, but I think it is a non issue with how fast he is off the line. He should easily replace Breshad Perriman who has been an incredible disappointment thus far and veteran Mike Wallace looks like father time has caught up to him sapping his speed.
13) Chicago Bears: Dorance Armstrong OLB Kansas Last Mock's Pick: Equanimeous St. Brown WR Notre Dame at Pick #10
- The Bears should definitely look at improving their secondary or receiver. However, the need for receiver may not be too big if guys like Meredith can come back healthy as well as Kevin White who I am not sure they are ready to give up on. Plus, they have a trio of solid pass catching tight ends and a dynamic pass catching back. As for the secondary this is not the draft to need one in the first round. Outside of the top two safeties the rest of the prospects all have question marks surrounding them. Instead, landing another pass rusher who can push the under performing Pernell McPhee and Willie Young. Armstrong is a similar athletic and lean pass rusher as Leonard Floyd who also has a twitchy feel for getting off the ball. Together they can create a strong young tandem with incredible upside. Plus, they can help disrupt quarterbacks and make their secondary look much better.
14) Los Angeles Rams: Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame Last Mock's Pick: Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida St at Pick #27
- I will admit I may be over eager on this team, but how can you not. It can be argued that the Rams have the best roster in their division including the Seahawks who only have veteran savvy at this point over the young Rams. They could go in a few directions with this pick and one being a corner, but as mentioned above this is not a good draft to find one. Instead, they can continue to beef up the protection in front of Goff to allow him to play more comfortably as he continues to develop. They have a weak spot at either guard spots with Jamon Brown and Roger Saffold that can make it difficult for Goff to step up or Gurley to get to the second level of the defense cleanly. Nelson is a blue chip blocker like Zach Martin was coming out of Notre Dame and can bring the same immediate impact to their o-line.
15) Oakland Raiders: Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama Last Mock's Pick: Christian Wilkins DT Clemson at Pick #20
- This team to me just does not have it yet to take the next step. I really do not know what is from their out of rhythm offense or their soft defense, but to me this is just not the year. Beefing up the defensive front may be a smart move to help make this defense have a bit more bite. It is still the Khalil Mack show up front and guys like Mario Edwards, Denico Autry, Jihad Ward, and Justin Ellis have not taken advantage of offensive lines keying in on Mack. A guy like Payne could be a guy that may take attention away from even Mack with his ability to collapse the pocket and push through the middle of the line. He also possesses a lot of upside if he continues to develop his technique to be a more consistent pass rusher.
16) Buffalo Bills: Courtland Sutton WR SMU Last Mock's Pick: Dorance Armstrong DE Kansas at Pick #23
- The Bills smartly dealt Sammy Watkins for a pretty good corner in E.J. Gaines who has been solid for them. They also got Jordan Matthews back, but he is a free agent after this year and I would not be very pressed to bring him back. Drafting a top flight target to pair with Zay Jones who is more of a secondary target can help make this offense look more like a pro style offense than their high school run the ball playbook. Sutton to me has the chance to be one of the best players from this draft with his ability to use his rare blend of size and speed to beat his opponents. He has looked great at SMU playing against teams who know he is the team's biggest threat and continue to triple cover him. Yet, he is still able to put up ridiculous numbers. I think he can be a kind of receiver like Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall who just overpower their defenders, but he looks to have even better better route running ability than the two Pro Bowlers.
17) Arizona Cardinals: Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State Last Mock's Pick: Lamar Jackson QB Louisville at Pick #8
- I think I might have slept on the Cardinals a little too much. Because, they keep figuring out ways to win and if you look at the numbers Carson Palmer has actually played very well so far this season. Their biggest issue is the blocking on offense and down linemen on defense who have been disappointing. None more so than Robert Nkemdiche who has yet to show anything in the pros so far. Bringing in a possible beast in Bradley Chubb can bring a whole new complexion to their defense that has been okay so far. He has scheme versatility to play as a base end, five-technique, or even stand up on the edge if needed. To me he is this year's version of Derek Barnett who may be overlooked leading up to the draft by surprise risers and more athletic players. However, he is just a high motor player with good technique and IQ to be a very high end player at the next level.
18) Detroit Lions: Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St Last Mock's Pick: Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State at Pick #17
- I think I will have a pass rusher go to the Lions in everyone of my mocks. Ziggy Ansah is their only pass rusher of note, but he is an upcoming free agent. I assume they will most likely franchise tag him, but finding him a proper running mate can make him a more effective player. Anthony Zettel has looked good this year, but I think at his size he can be kicked inside to be a good interior pass rusher. Hubbard has not looked as good as expected this year, but I think he is out of rhythm since he shares snaps with Tyquan Lewis, and Nick Bosa. He has good upside and skills to be a dynamic edge rusher much in the same mold as Joey Bosa has been. If he lands with a coach who can unlock that talent he can turn into an excellent pick.
19) Denver Broncos: Christian Wilkins DT Clemson Last Mock's Pick: Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame at Pick #19
- Everyone loved this team the first few weeks when they were able to snuff the run, but the past few weeks against the Bills and now against the Giants of all teams they have been exposed in the run game. This happened last year too where the Raiders figured this out and just ran it down their throats each week. I was surprised they did not do more to bulk up the front besides bringing Domata Peko who was at his prime five seasons ago. Wilkins is a high energy defender on the interior who can be a wreaking ball to opposing offenses game plans. He has surprising speed for a man his size and can take attention away from the Broncos dynamic pass rushers.
20) Washington Redskins: Nick Chubb RB Georgia Last Mock's Pick: Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M at Pick #18
- I really hope the Redskins keep Kirk Cousins. He is truly the best qb they have had in a long time and keeps this team competitive. If they give him a proper contract they could use the freed up money from his massive franchise tag to find proper players to help him out. One such piece could be a running back who can be a consistent weapon for them to lean on out of the backfield. Right now the likes of Rob Kelley and Samaje Perrine are just not getting it done from fumbling too often and just not providing consistent yardage. Chubb finally looks like himself a full year removed from his devastating knee injury and looks like the wrecking ball everyone expects him to be. Even though he is a tad big he is not a runner who looks for contact and can often be seen being difficult for defenders to get any contact on him. I can see him being a dynamic player for the Redskins for a good long time.
21) Jacksonville Jaguars: Clayton Thorson QB Northwestern Last Mock's Pick: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama at Pick #15
- I do see the Jags sneaking into the playoffs this season on the backs of their dominant defense and their strong run game. However, if they want to make it deep into the playoffs they need a better quarterback than Blake Bortles. A strong armed, smart, and athletic quarterback like Thorson may sneak his way up draft boards past guys like Josh Allen or Luke Falk. Many scouts are already raving about his work ethic and ability to bring a locker room together no matter their background. If he continues to develop his mechanics and how quickly he can learn a pro style offense are the two keys for him to see the field his rookie year.
22) New Orleans Saints: Roquan Smith LB Georgia Last Mock's Pick: Arden Key OLB LSU at Pick #9
- The Saints are another team I can see making it to the playoffs this season especially in the wake of the Rodgers injury. Their defense looks light years better than it once was and their offense has found a good one-two punch in the run game. All of that is a recipe for success and they continue to win close games so far. They could use another linebacker to pair with Craig Robertson who is nice, but he they could do better. Smith has been an excellent linebacker for the Bulldogs so far and has been compared to the likes of Lavonte David and Deion Jones this year. If the Saints could get that sort of play in the middle of their defense along with a guy who can give them solid leadership to call this young defense.
23) Tennessee Titans: Clellin Ferrell OLB Clemson Last Mock's Pick: Clellin Ferrell OLB Clemson at Pick #28
- The Titans to me are another team are just not looking like they are ready to turn the corner into a perennially competitive team. They still stumble and look out of rhythm throughout each game. Part of the issue in my opinion is their weak pass rush which is hit or miss outside of the aging Brian Orakpo. Former first rounder Derrick Morgan continues to be a disappointment and at this point I would just let him go if I were the Titans. A guy like Ferrell who may be young may pop out at the Combine if he leaves Clemson early. He has been excellent going against team's best blockers on the left side all season long beating him with his speed and strength. If someone can get him to harness his ability to translate into better technique and pass rushing moves he can become a great stud.
24) Minnesota Vikings: Denzel Ward CB Ohio St Last Mock's Pick: Clayton Thorson QB Northwestern at Pick #13
- The Vikings would definitely be interested in a quarterback if Teddy Bridgewater does not look like he is back to form from his rookie year. If he does I think they will be fine moving forward and can look else where to improve this solid roster. A new corner could be needed if 39 year old Terrence Newman decides to hang it up. Especially, with highly touted Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander disappointing. Ward is the next great Buckeye corner albeit he is a tad smaller than the previous trio. He is however, the fastest and can close the distance between he and his receiver in a hurry. I think he could be a good one-two punch with Xavier Rhodes on the outside.
25) Atlanta Falcons: Ronnie Harrison S Alabama Last Mock's Pick: Parris Campbell WR Ohio St at Pick #29
- Under coach Dan Quinn the Falcons have been trying to replicate that great Seahawks defense he had up in the Northwest. He has one great safety in Keanu Neal and now he just needs to find one more to give him that fearsome secondary they need. Harrison is the other talented safety on Alabama's defense who has been terrific the past few seasons with Fitzpatrick. He reminds me a lot of Landon Collins with his ability to roam the back end as a turnover machine or come down and bang in the run game. I like him a tad more than Collins coming out of Bama cause he seems a bit more polished in coverage, unlike Collins who needed a year to develop.
26) Pittsburgh Steelers: Derrius Guice RB LSU Last Mock's Pick: Ronnie Harrison S Alabama at Pick #25
- I think Le'Veon Bell's days in Pittsburgh are numbered with the way he has performed at the beginning of the year being out of shape. Plus, he comes with off field issues and injury concerns which would have me worried to invest money into him. Guice has not had the best season so far being nicked up and only averaging about 4 yards per carry. Part of that to me has to do with their anemic offense and defenses keying in on him.I actually like his pro potential more than Fournette's just on the fact he is a more versatile back who can be shiftier to avoid big contact unlike the current Jag who looks for contact.
27) New England Patriots: Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina Last Mock's Pick: Harold Landry OLB Boston College at Pick #30
- I know, this seems like a crazy pick for a team with Rob Gronkowski, but we all know about his injury history and how coach Belichick loves to involve two tight ends. They could look to addressing their pass rush, but the talent in that pool is slightly shallow compared to others and this tight end class does have some promise to be a solid one. Hurst is a tad older being a former minor league baseball player that may detract teams from looking at him in the first round. However, the Patriots are in win now mode and Hurst's maturity and talent can translate very quickly for them. He is a large target who can definitely out perform Dwayne Allen who has provided nothing in the passing game thus far.
28) Seattle Seahawks: Will Hernandez OG UTEP Last Mock's Pick: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame at Pick #14
- A guard from a small school like UTEP may seem odd to be picked here, but that's just how good this kid is. It is no secret that the Seahawks need new offensive linemen up front to protect Russell Wilson who is constantly running for his life. Guys like Oday Aboushi, Luke Joeckel, and Jordan Roos who have held the guard jobs for the Seahawks are just not good. Hernandez is a talented blocker with terrific technique and strength to anchor the inside of an offensive line. He would definitely help out in the run game that has been a bit hit or miss for this franchise for the past few seasons. I would not be shocked if Hernandez eventually rises higher in the draft.
29) Cleveland Browns (From Houston Texans): Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida St Last Mock's Pick: Kevin Tolliver III CB LSU at Pick #24
- I bet the Browns were hoping the Texans would be worst than this, but they look to be one of the best teams in the league with Deshaun Watson. Also unfortunate for the Browns is the fact that they could have had Watson with the pick they traded to the Texans. Anyways, they could use a corner after letting Joe Haden walk before the season started. McFadden is a talented corner who would benefit in a press man scheme thanks to his long arms and ability to stick to receivers with natural ability. Some times he does get a little lackadasical in coverage, but when he is all there he can be a lock down sort of corner with his athletic upside.
30) Carolina Panthers: Duke Ejiafor DE Wake Forest Last Mock's Pick: Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St at Pick #26
- The Panthers are in desperate need of a pass rusher if they still use Julius Peppers on a regular basis. The other two guys on their roster to rush the passer are Mario Addison and Charles Johnson, neither of those guys are that good to not prevent the Panthers from finding an upgrade. A versatile guy like Ejiafor can play all across the line and use his athletic upside to destroy any blocker in front of him. He may not be getting the publicity he deserves playing at Wake Forest, but he has been a terrific pass rusher the past few seasons for them. I can see him being a surprise stud from this draft.
31) Philadelphia Eagles: Equanimeous St. Brown WR Notre Dame Last Mock's Pick: Jordan Whitehair S Pitt at Pick #31
- The Eagles have taken a one year flyer on Alshon Jeffrey, but so far he and Carson Wentz has just not clicked so far. I know he is a talented receiver, but Wentz seems to be more willing to throw to players he is comfortable with than ones who are clearly more talented. Nelson Agholor has finally looked like a serviceable receiver after being a former first rounder. They also seem to like mid-rounder Mack Hollins from last year's draft, but I would still rather see them take a stud at receiver to grow with Wentz. St.Brown's numbers are not the best on an anemic passing offense in South Bend, but he is a terrific height-weight-speed prospect who can be a beast on the outside. He also possesses quality route running ability and can use that to build a rapport with Wentz who likes to work with timing routes. I could definitely see him rise in the draft if he flashes at the workouts.
32) Buffalo Bills (From the Kansas City Chiefs): Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi St Last Mock's Pick: Trenton Thompson DT Georgia at Pick #32
- The Bills have a ton of picks so they can use some to just take the best player available to upgrade their roster. They actually have one of the better offensive lines in the league outside of one key weakness. Jordan Mills is a very weak right tackle and upgrading that spot can help this line take a jump into the elite status. Rankin has been a steady tackle in the run game and pass game with proper technique and footwork to translate very well to the next level. I doubt he will ever be a flashy tackle who garners headlines with his athleticism, but I think he will be a steady blocker for a long time. He could easily man the right tackle spot or left tackle spot for the Bills with his versatile skill set.
1) San Francisco 49ers: Parris Campbell WR Ohio St Last Mock's Pick: Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi St at Pick #1
- Often times when you draft a quarterback you pair him with some weapons either on the line blocking or on the outside catching the ball. In this case, a receiver is the better player available who can help out Darnold right away. Campbell has a lot of upside and talent to be a speedy outside threat with a good catch radius. He does need refinement in his routes coming from a simple offense at Ohio St and could learn a lot from a great pro in Pierre Garcon for a few years to turn into a top receiver.
2) Cleveland Browns: Jordan Whitehead S Pitt Last Mock's Pick: Bo Scarborough RB Alabama at Pick #2
- More help to the Browns secondary that is in desperate need of it. They just drafted Jabrill Peppers, but he is showing just why people thought it was a bad pick with his inability to cover down field. He is terrific against the run, but in today's NFL you need be able to do both as a safety. Maybe Peppers can develop like Landon Collins did for the Browns' sake. In any case, landing a guy like Whitehead can still help immensely with his high end instincts and football IQ where he is constantly in the right spot to make a play. His biggest issue is his slight size and his aggressive nature to deal out big hits that could cause injuries. However, I think he will be just fine at the next level.
3) New York Jets: Connor Williams OT Texas Last Mock's Pick: Nick Chubb RB Georgia at Pick #4
- The Jets have a surprisingly solid offensive line with the likes of Brandon Shell, James Carpenter, and Brian Winters. However, a possible blue chip left tackle could really help this line take the next step for whoever their quarterback is. Williams will probably slide due to limited tape from his meniscus injury and scouts already worried about his strength to hold up to power rushers. He does have the athletic upside to turn into a dynamic blocker if a coach can develop his raw skill set. If he does pan out than the Jets will have their franchise qb and a franchise left tackle all from the same draft.
4) Indianapolis Colts: Harold Landry OLB Boston College Last Mock's Pick: Roquon Smith LB Georgia at Pick #5
- Landry had some hype surrounding him coming into last year's class, but some what poorly decided to go back to school in my opinion. He has been exposed in the run game due to his smaller size and has been pushed around by quality blockers. He does have nice ability to be a pass rushing specialist with his motor and ability to bend around the edge. To me he may be one of the more over hyped players in this draft and it would not surprise me if he flames out. The Colts could be a team that takes him due to their need for a pass rusher to help raise this defenses ability to hurry opposing quarterbacks.
5) New York Giants: Carlton Davis CB Auburn Last Mock's Pick: Akrum Wadley RB Iowa at Pick #12
- The Giants may be in need of another corner after the DRC dilemma this past few weeks. I also think their defense is a tad exposed whenever Janoris Jenkins has to miss time and I have still not seen enough out of Eli Apple to be comfortable enough to give him the full time outside job. A long armed corner with a lot of physicality like Davis could be a nice compliment for Jenkins and allow Apple to stay at the slot to defend the speedier receivers where he is more effective.
6) Green Bay Packers: Martez Ivey OL Florida Last Mock's Pick: Simmie Cobb Jr WR Indiana at Pick #22
- The Packers need to sure up this offensive line in front of Aaron Rodgers which caused him to have to move too often this season and ultimately caused him to take an unnecessary hit outside of the pocket. Ivey is being a tad exposed at left tackle this season so far, but that does not mean he is not worthy to be a high pick still. He was terrific at either guard spots and right tackle throughout his career. For the next level guard will probably be his home and he could easily replace either Jahri Evans or Lane Taylor who have been hit or miss in front of Rodgers. Overall, his versatility will be something that probably intrigues the Packers a lot with their love of players who can move around on the line.
7) Miami Dolphins: James Hearns LB Louisville Last Mock's Pick: Martez Ivey OL Florida at Pick #3
- The Dolphins have a few issues on defense and the linebacking unit has been one for a long time. Kiko Alonso is their only backer of worth and even he is a shaky starter to rely on due to his injury history. Meanwhile, Lawrence Timmons is not only aging, but has been a flight risk off the field. They did take Raekwon McMillan in the second round last year, unfortunately he is dealing with an ACL injury that has knocked him out for this year. Even with him healthy they could still use a linebacker and Hearns is an Anthony Barr style of linebacker. He is a tad bigger than you want off the line, but he flashes good sideline to sideline ability to combine with his terrific pass rushing ability.
8) Cincinnati Bengals: Marcell Frazier DE Missouri Last Mock's Pick: Malik Jefferson LB Texas at Pick #9
- The Bengals are in weird spot where they should be better than they really are. Unfortunately, they came out of the blocks stumbling and I doubt they can right the ship enough to be a contender. They should play spoilers down the stretch. One area where they can use some work is their pass rush where Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins are their only two true threats. A guy like Frazier who is a speed rusher with some good size to be a base end could be a good match. Much like many Missouri pass rushers so far he has started slow this year, but towards the end of the year he will be coming onto the stage as a top flight pass rusher.
9) Dallas Cowboys: Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma Last Mock's Pick: Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma at Pick #21
- 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.
10) Los Angeles Chargers: Trenton Thompson DT Georgia Last Mock's Pick: Luke Falk QB Washington St at Pick #6
- A possible understudy to Phillip Rivers may be the pick to avoid any lull years without him, but I do not see Rivers slowing down any time soon. Unlike Eli and Big Ben who came from the same class looking worst for the wear, Rivers looks just fine and ready to keep playing at a quality level. Instead, landing a tackle to add some beef to the front four of the Chargers new 4-3 front is a smart idea. Thompson has first round talent, but like a few others like Carl Davis, Malik McDowell, and others he has some motor issues where he can take long stretches of plays off. If a coach can unlock his potential he can be a beast on the inside with his size, speed, and versatility to be a terrific inside presence.
11) Baltimore Ravens: Akrum Wadley RB Iowa Last Mock's Pick: Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina at Pick #11
- The Ravens should continue to work on retooling this offense to help this team balance out with it's stout defense. A downhill runner like Wadley who has the ability to tote the rock 20+ times a game with success is a great weapon to have. Especially, with the rotating door of backs behind Flacco who are clearly below average in this league. He is even a quality pass catcher who can add a wrinkle to the Ravens offense they were looking to get with Danny Woodhead who cannot stay healthy anymore. A linemen may be the pick here too, but I still stand by their preference of developing blockers with later picks.
12) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Iman Marshall CB USC Last Mock's Pick: Andrew Brown DL Virginia at Pick #15
- The Bucs can benefit from this drafts second tier corners who have some quality upside to them. Vernon Hargreaves has looked better this season, but he is still a liability against bigger receivers. Meanwhile, aging corner Brent Grimes is an upcoming free agent who can be let go along with his crazy wife. A guy like Marshall who has good press ability and arm length can be a great compliment to Hargreaves. He is a sound player with good technique, but he has yet to really explode as a ball hawk like he can potentially become.
13) Buffalo Bills (From the Los Angeles Rams): Josh Allen QB Wyoming Last Mock's Pick: James Washington WR Oklahoma St at Pick #27
- The Bills have a ton of picks this year's draft where many people thought they would be in rebuilding mode. Some what shocking is how well they have played and have an opportunity to have a lot of quality picks and a team ready to win still. Something this organization has been trying to do is replace Tyrod Taylor for some reason even though for all his deficiencies he has this team competing every week. They did draft mid-rounder Nate Peterman in last year's draft and they seem to really like him. However, you can never use too many quarterbacks and they should know that by playing a division with the Patriots who had an overabundance of quarterbacks. Allen has slipped a lot due to his shaky play, but I think some of that has to do with the pressure he has put on himself. Maybe a year off to develop will do him good since he does have immense upside to turn into a quality starter.
14) Oakland Raiders: Armani Watts S Texas A&M Last Mock's Pick: Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech at Pick #19
- Disappointing free agent acquisition from a few seasons ago Reggie Nelson is an upcoming free agent again and I doubt the Raiders bring him back. Watts may not be the flashiest safety size, speed, or play making wise, but he will be a consistent versatile force in the back end. He does seem to come up with clutch plays a lot for the Aggies throughout his career and his high football IQ should help him translate into the NFL quickly. I would have a lot more confidence in him in the back end in coverage than Karl Joseph who is awfully exposed in space.
15) Buffalo Bills: Jaire Alexander CB Louisville Last Mock's Pick: Denzel Ward CB Ohio St at Pick #23
- E.J. Gaines has been terrific for the Bills this year, but how much is that him actually playing up to potential or him playing hard for a new contract. That is something the Bills have to weigh before giving him a new contract. Plus, he has a nicked up injury record that can keep him out of a few games a year. The Bills recently landed Tre'Davious White in last year's first round and finding another quality corner to pair with him can create a solid young tandem. Alexander is a speedy and athletic corner who needs to come back to form after missing a few games this year. He should test well and help out immediately in the return game at least.
16) Chicago Bears: Arden Tate WR Florida St Last Mock's Pick: Jaire Alexander CB Louisville at Pick #10
- The Bears should be in the market for at least one new pass catcher for young Mitchell Trubisky to grow. Tate is a massive target standing at 6'5" and runs down the field like a gazelle. He has immense upside as he continues to develop his routes and can become a great security blanket for Trubisky as he continues to develop in his own right. I do worry about Tate's large size maybe slowing him down like Funchess and Benjamin in the NFL, but he flashes some very good speed for a guy his size. Plus, he was one of the few receivers to get the best of Minkah Fitzpatrick in their match up.
17) Detroit Lions: Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech Last Mock's Pick: Bryce Love RB Stanford at Pick #16
- The Lions may have just gotten a standout linebacker in Jarrad Davis last year in the first round, but they could still use help next to him in the middle of the defense. Current starters Tahir Whitehead, and Paul Worrilow are upcoming free agents. Neither of them are that good to want to bring back except maybe Whitehead who can be a good reserve backer. Edmunds is a long and athletic linebacker with good instincts who can fly sideline to sideline. He combined with Davis can create a good middle for the Lions defense for years to come and hopefully sure up their run defense that has been hit or miss this year.
18) Denver Broncos: Luke Falk QB Washington St Last Mock's Pick: Vita Vea DT Washington at Pick #20
- The Broncos need to find a quarterback who can helm this team at a high level before they waste away their terrific defense. I would let Trevor Siemian play out the year, but if he continues to flounder down the stretch I would not be willing to give him another year. Then if Paxton Lynch still cannot beat out Siemian to see the field I would mark him as a lost cause who cannot learn a playbook. Falk is a talented quarterback with a good arm, accuracy, and feel for the position. Of course he needs some time to season away from Washington St's air raid system like Goff did coming from Cal's version.
19) Arizona Cardinals: Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St Last Mock's Pick: Jamarco Jones OT Ohio St at Pick #7
- Carson Palmer may be playing well enough to give the team confidence that he can maybe come back for another season. If so it is never a bad idea to take a possible understudy if he starts to look like Palmer from last season or if he gets hurt from their poor offensive line. Rudolph much like Falk has a nice skill set and arm to become a starter. However, he needs to work on his anticipation and ability to run a pro style offense after being in an air raid system.
20) Washington Redskins: Simmie Cobbs Jr WR Indiana Last Mock's Pick: Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St at Pick #17
- In a move of good faith towards rewarding Kirk Cousins of the contract he deserves they should use a few picks to make the offense competent around him. Josh Doctson continues to disappoint and Terrell Pryor just does not click with Cousins. Bringing in a big bodied outside receiver like Cobbs who can run actual routes may give Cousins a go to guy he is missing since Pierre Garcon's departure. Cobbs has pretty good body control as well for a man his size who can use his body to block out defenders and be a good red zone target.
21) Jacksonville Jaguars: Billy Price OG/C Ohio St Last Mock's Pick: Billy Price OG/C Ohio St at Pick #14
-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.
22) San Francisco 49ers (From the New Orleans Saints): Jamarco Jones OT Ohio St Last Mock's Pick: Will Hernandez OG UTEP at Pick #8
- The 49ers should continue to build up the offense around Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen whoever they pick with the top pick. They got a receiver with the previous pick so bulking up the line is the next best thing. Joe Staley has been a pillar on that offensive line, but as he ages an understudy will be needed. Meanwhile, right tackle Jamon Brown has been a very weak blocker and at his size he can be easily abused by smaller pass rushers. Jones is a quality tackle who can play either left or right with good balance and footwork. He may not be the most imposing blocker, but he will get the job done at a high level.
23) Tennessee Titans: Malik Jefferson LB Texas Last Mock's Pick: Matthew Thomas LB Florida St at Pick #28
- The Titans have a handful linebackers as up coming free agents. Some are key cogs on their defense like Avery Williamson and Wesley Woodyard so it will be interesting to see who they bring back. If they do not bring any back than they definitely need to bring in a new young backer to fill the void. Jefferson has been a tad underachieving this season so far, but I think he may have mailed it in with this new regime and is just getting ready for the draft. He is uber athletic and able to play at all levels of the defense making an impact at each of them.
24) Minnesota Vikings: Dante Pettis WR Washington Last Mock's Pick: James Hearns LB Louisville at Pick #13
- I doubt the Vikings use a top pick on a quarterback as they have seemed unwilling to do so after the Bridewater injury. Makes sense since they are a team on the verge of the Super Bowl with a good roster so they are better of getting a quality veteran to sail the boat safely. Instead, a receiver who can help out on offense can help lighten the load for whoever is manning the offense. Especially, with Laquon Treadwell not developing and even though Stephon Diggs is great, he just cannot stay healthy enough to rely on every week to be the man. Pettis is an underrated receiver who can run crisp routes and use elite speed to get down field. He amazingly was the Huskies primary return guy even with John Ross on the roster and he did a great job doing it.
25) Atlanta Falcons: Deebo Samuel WR South Carolina Last Mock's Pick: Dontavius Russell DT Auburn at Pick #29
- The Falcons really do not have anyone outside of Julio Jones on the outside and without him their offense looks terrible. If they can give Ryan another guy to throw too and take attention away from Jones maybe this offense can look more in rhythm. Samuel is a sharp route running receiver who can work the underneath routes and the middle of the field against linebackers and safeties. He is out for the rest of the season with a broken bone in his leg, but he should be back fine. He is talented enough to push out both Mohammad Sanu and Taylor Gabriel who have been just mediocre for the Falcons.
26) Pittsburgh Steelers: Dre'Mont Jones DT Ohio St Last Mock's Pick: Royce Freeman RB Oregon at Pick #25
- The Steelers have a group of nice young defensive linemen in Stephon Tuitt, Cam Heyward, and Javon Hargreaves. However, those three have not been the best at staying on the field consistently. The depth behind them is then exposed as very shaky and barely serviceable. Bringing a big bodied and agile tackle like Jones who can be a rotational talent could give their defensive line a jump into the elite status. He is versatile enough to be a three-technique or a nose tackle for either scheme.
27) New England Patriots: Josh Sweat OLB Florida St Last Mock's Pick: Carlton Davis CB Auburn at Pick #30
- My biggest concern about the Patriots coming into the season was where they would get their pass rush from. So, far that mystery is still trying to be solved after they let Chandler Jones and Jabaal Sheard go. Now the likes of Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts, and Shea McClellin serve as their top pass rushers. Sweat is a type of player who has first round talent and ability off the edge. However, he has had a tough time staying healthy with a knee issue that is still not fully resolved. If he can stay healthy he can be a strong option for the Patriots off the edge as they try to win one more Super Bowl with Tom Brady.
28) New York Jets (from the Seattle Seahawks): L.J. Scott RB Michigan St Last Mock's Pick: Deon Cain WR Clemson at Pick #18
- The Jets could use a running back to pair with their new quarterback and possible tackle I have them taking at the top of the 2nd round. A guy like Scott is not getting a lot of publicity playing up in East Lansing, but he is drawing comparisons to Le'Veon Bell for his patience and ability to run North-South. He may be a bit heavy like Bell was coming out of college, but maybe he can learn to lose those pounds like Bell did. If he does he has an ability to be a special back with good speed, power, and pass catching ability. He would be a real upgrade over the constantly injured Bilal Powell and the ancient Matt Forte.
29) Cleveland Browns (From the Houston Texans): Kevin Tolliver III CB LSU Last Mock's Pick: Armani Watts S Texas A&M at Pick #24
- The Browns have a plethora of draft picks so it only makes sense they use multiple picks to try and fix their corner issue. They already took Tarvarus McFadden earlier so why not another long corner with immense upside. Tolliver is a terrific technically sound corner who can mirror movements with the best of them. However, some are worried about his lack of real work ethic or willingness to get better with his instincts. He has first round talent though so maybe he can be a nice diamond in the rough.
30) Carolina Panthers: Matthew Thomas LB Florida St Last Mock's Pick: Deebo Samuel WR South Carolina at Pick #26
- Unfortunately, I think Luke Kuechly's days are numbered with how many head injuries he has had over the years. Then they have their veteran stand out Thomas Davis who is only getting older. Taking a possible replacement for either one of them is a real possibility this year in the draft. Thomas is a nice instinctive linebacker who can roam in the middle of the field. He also has a lot of upside to continue to develop into a strong defensive signal caller in the middle.
31) Cleveland Browns (from the Philadelphia Eagles): James Washington WR Oklahoma Last Mock's Pick: Dante Pettis WR Washington at Pick #31
- Corey Coleman is the only receiver of note on their roster and he has had a tough time staying on the field. Kenny Britt has been predictably terrible after his new contract and the bunch of mid round receivers they took a few years ago have yet to really develop. A guy like Washington can be another field stretching speedster to pair with Coleman. The two of them together could give defenses nightmares about how to slow down to electric receivers.
32) Kansas City Chiefs: Kendall Joseph LB Clemson Last Mock's Pick: Adonis Alexander CB Virginia Tech at Pick #32
- The Chiefs have had a stud at linebacker for over a decade in Derrick Johnson, but eventually they need to find his replacement. Reggie Ragland may end up being that guy, but the Chiefs like to utilize two inside linebackers. Joseph is not the most athletic linebacker, but I love his instincts and ability to be a consistent tackler. I can see him being cut from the same cloth as Jatavis Brown of the Chargers and make people who passed up on him be sorry that they did.
|Austin Vershel||Your Packers analysis is spot on. Leave it to GB to wind up with a top 10 draft pick and acquire a player that can completely turn their defense around.... FTP|
|Albert Mattheis||Love how you attribute Darnold with the "it" factor. Couldn't agree more.|
|Austin Vershel||Darnold is ass and news just broke today that he is going to stay in school instead of declaring for the draft.|
|Kyle Kunert||I really like darnold because of his size, maturity, and ability to make clutch plays. However, I did think going back to USC was the smart move for him due to his young age and rawness as an overall quarterback. I like him a lot more than rosen though due to the bruins attitude and thin frame. It'll be interesting to see who emerges as the top qb. I'm not a fan of his but I can see Lamar Jackson going first due to his huge upside if he continues to improve his accuracy like he has this year.|
|Albert Mattheis||I think the Lamar Jackson - Vick comparison is pretty spot on. I think some GM's and scouts have an accidentally racist attitude towards QB's because the historically great ones have been 6'5 White guys so they think if a QB is gonna be great he has to fit that frame, but I think recent guys like Russel Wilson and Deshaun Watson are showing that black QB's can be more than "mobile guys." The jury is still out for me as to whether or not Lamar Jackson will translate well to the NFL. He's insanely productive in the NCAA obviously and has been showing an increase in poise and accuracy, but I still think a lot of his game is better suited for college because you can't straight up carry the ball 15-20 times a game as a QB and expect not to get hurt or run down at some point|
|Albert Mattheis||Nonetheless I think a team will absolutely swing on Jackson in the first round for his upside, and could end up getting a game changer. But me, I would probably rather have a Josh Allen if both were available in the same spot.|
|Kyle Kunert||Josh Allen is over hyped in my opinion. I understand he has talent and plays on a lower program for people to give him an excuse. However, if you're that good at a lower level you should be dominating no matter the talent around you. Like Big Ben at Miami-Ohio, Brees at Purdue, Rivers at N.C. State, and hell even Bortles looked great at UCF. Allen has looked terrible this year and I would be very surprised he stays in the first round with some many question marks.|