I made the order of this prior to the Jimmy Garoppolo trade and a few others. So, I will assess that in the next mock and that will give me time to see if the 49ers look any bit more competitive with Garoppolo at quarterback. So, without further adieu, here we go!
1) San Francisco 49ers (1-15)
Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
- This is a hard pick to judge now with the Garoppolo trade, but it does tell me one thing. This quarterback class is not as good as people think it would be and are now looking towards the young crop of back up quarterbacks in the league already. I can see the 49ers trading this pick obviously to a team who really needs a quarterback now like the Giants, Broncos, Browns, Jets, or Cardinals could all be candidates to trade up. If they stay here a left tackle could help a lot since Joe Staley is an aging tackle who could be a trade piece before the deadline Tuesday or this off season. McGlinchey to me has the talent to be one of the best tackles in the league from day one and can be a pillar to protect Garoppolo for a long time.
Last Week's Pick: Sam Darnold QB USC at Pick #1
2) Cleveland Browns (2-14)
Saquon Barkley RB Penn St
- To me this would be a terrible move for the Browns not to take one of the top quarterbacks, but it seems like the consensus around the league is that they will stick with Kizer for another year. Which, is fine if he had shown promise, but he has not yet. They of course can trade this pick like they always do when a quarterback is sitting there waiting for them. Barkley is the best talent in the draft overall however, and even on a bad Browns roster can be pegged to get at least 100 yards a game whether on the ground or through the air. With Isaiah Crowell headed to free agency the space is open for a guy with his talent.
Last Week's Pick: Josh Rosen QB UCLA at Pick #2
3) Indianapolis Colts (2-14)
Derwin James S Florida St
- If this is the spot the Colts are in they should definitely trade the pick to a team in search of a quarterback in a heart beat. They could also move Brissett if they think Luck can be back and healthy next year. With those moves they can net about an extra 1st for the next couple years and a handful of 2nd picks as well. All that can help the Colts build an actual competitive team around Luck for once. Since trades are difficult to predict I will have them stay here with just one pick and a guy like James could help a whole lot. I think James is the best defensive prospect from this draft and can turn into a hybrid of Sean Taylor and Ed Reed in the back end with his size and instincts.
Last Week's Pick: Saquon Barkley RB Penn St at Pick #3
4) Arizona Cardinals (3-13)
Josh Rosen QB UCLA
- The Cardinals are going to be in a rebuild phase when Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, and Bruce Arians all leave for retirement this off season. I can see them being a candidate to trade for Brissett or even go after Kirk Cousins, but I do not see this team being close to competing even with those guys. So, starting from scratch may be the best way to go. Rosen has some of the best pure quarterbacking skills coming out of college in a long time and has the ability to be one of the best in a long time. The biggest issue about him is his size and the amount of times he has been dinged up through out his career. If he can put on some muscle I would be a lot more confident in his ability to be a franchise quarterback.
Last Week's Pick: Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State at Pick #17
5) New York Jets (3-13)
Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
- Jackson has won me over as a possible franchise quarterback this year with his much improved accuracy and ability to stay in the pocket more often. If he continues that upward trajectory I see no reason how he cannot possibly be the first qb off the board with his athletic gifts to escape the pocket. Hopefully that is more on occasion and he uses his cannon of an arm more often than his legs. The Jets would be flipping over tables if they can land a talent like this and can possibly start to win games more consistently with their surprisingly talented youth on the roster..
Last Week's Pick: Lamar Jackson QB Louisville at Pick #4
6) New York Giants (4-12)
Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama
- This is not the scenario that the Giants would like to see in front of them. They would much more prefer one of the quarterbacks or Barkley, but it does not seem like any of them will make it to them. There is also no surefire offensive tackle for them to take and we already know how it looks when you reach on one in Erik Flowers. Instead, another defensive blue chip player is never a bad idea for a team who wants to win with their defense. Fitzpatrick is a talented, versatile, and instinctive defensive back who can float around from safety to corner or where ever he is needed. He along with Landon Collins his former teammate can create a talented duo in the back end.
Last Week's Pick: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame at Pick #6
7) Miami Dolphins (5-11)
Arden Key DE LSU
- Much like the Giants the Dolphins are now in no man's land in the top 10. They would love to get one of the safeties or even possibly a quarterback, but they are now forced to take the best player available. Which, is not a totally terrible idea with Arden Key sitting here who can help turn their hit or miss pass rush over night. I know they just took Charles Harris in the first round last year, but in the NFL you can never have too many pass rushers. Plus, Cameron Wake is not getting any younger at 35 so it is better to have some one ready in the waiting then being caught with your pants down when his play drops off. Key is an electric speed rusher who reminds me a lot of Leonard Floyd, but with a lot more meat on him.
Last Week's Pick: Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama at Pick #8
8) Green Bay Packers (6-10)
Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
- Not a lot of teams in the top 10 would use a pick on a guard now a days, but the Packers are a well run team with a need at the spot. The veteran Jahri Evans is an upcoming free agent and was partially responsible for the injury to Rodgers. So, moving off from him is more than likely for this club. Nelson is a plug and play blocker who can be an anchor on the right side along with Bryan Bulaga creating one of the best one-two punches in the league on that side. If not however, I can see them going in a multitude of different directions from pass rusher, defensive back, or a receiver.
Last Week's Pick: Derwin James S Florida St at Pick #5
9) Oakland Raiders (6-10)
Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State
- The Raiders have been one of the biggest disappointments this season and unlike most media folk I kind of expected this. For one their key players are still very young, then their defense is very weak outside of Khalil Mack, and the biggest key to me is their tough schedule along with their many east coast trips. All of that compounds to a disappointing season. Chubb can definitely help out with that weak defense issue and create some sort of consistent pass rush opposite of Mack who is constantly double blocked. The N.C. State product is this year's version of Derek Barnett with just a natural gift to get to the quarterback from any spot on the line.
Last Week's Pick: Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama at Pick #15
10) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10)
Dorance Armstrong DE Kansas
- The Bucs help prove my theory of how little impact good off ball linebackers can actually make a team's defense. They currently have the arguably best combined trio in the league and they still have one of the worst defenses. Something that is way more important is a pass rush and with Noah Spence not developing as well as William Gholston being just pedestrian the Bucs have not been a threat to any offense this year. Armstrong is a lesser known talent from Kansas, but he has some freakish athleticism off the edge and can be a down right terror at the next level.
Last Week's Pick: Arden Key DE LSU at Pick #9
11) Baltimore Ravens (6-10)
Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
- The Ravens need to get some sort of explosion on offense to compete with the Steelers in their own division. There is no need to draft any sort of defender in this draft and all offense will be the way to go for this club. Kirk has been up and down this year with his poor quarterback play. However, I expect him to stand out at the Combine and workouts much like OBJ did who he is often compared to. I think he is a tad more like Jarvis Landry with his consistent routes and hands. He is not as explosive as OBJ, but he is not that far off. If anything he should be a combo of the two and will be a much needed talent on an anemic passing offense.
Last Week's Pick: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama at Pick #12
12) Washington Redskins (6-10)
Josh Allen QB Wyoming
- The Redskins are probably going to lose Kirk Cousins this off season after jerking him around so much. You can tell in the way he plays that he is ready to leave. There is no fire in him and he is just going through the motions this year without going to much into the tank so he can still get a good deal this off season. In that case, the Redskins will be in dire need of another quarterback and may need to trade up for their guy. I am not huge on Allen and his low level of play this season. However, there are still those in the scouting community that love him and his upside drawing comparisons to Carson Wentz. Maybe I am wrong, but I do not see great things from Allen.
Last Week's Pick: Nick Chubb RB Georgia at Pick #20
13) Cincinnati Bengals (6-10)
Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson
- Unfortunately, for the Bengals I do not see them landing a top 10 pick like they would like. This roster is still solid enough and they have easy match ups down the stretch of the season. There are a few rumors around the league that the Bengals are digging around on their scouting trail for a new defensive end to pair with Carlos Dunlap. Michael Johnson has not looked good in his second stint in Cincy and can definitely be upgraded. Ferrell is a really young talent at only age 20, but if you are getting high first round grades you leave for the NFL. He is the speed rusher on the Clemson line with a higher athletic ceiling than his counterpart Austin Bryant.
Last Week's Pick: Trey Adams OT Washington at Pick #7
14) Chicago Bears (8-8)
Ken Webster CB Ole Miss
- The Bears are going to be in for a corner with both Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller headed to free agency. Fuller may be brought back, but I would pass on him since his best year is coming on a contract year, which always makes me skeptical. Even if he is another corner is needed across from him and Webster has been almost perfect this season. Most impressive about that is he is just coming off an ACL tear last season and should only get better as he continues to get back his health. He may not have the size that Vic Fangio wants in a corner, but he is probably not going to be back after this season.
Last Week's Pick: Dorance Armstrong DE/OLB Kansas at Pick #13
15) Atlanta Falcons (8-8)
Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama
- The Falcons to me are going to have an up and down season all year long. Which, is fine since it will help my argument where I believe that Matt Ryan is just a mediocre quarterback and nothing more. That being said his defense is still not at the level it needs to be to help out their offense. Dontari Poe is not playing like a guy who is on a one year deal and neither is Grady Jarrett improving off his solid season last year. A guy like Payne can collapse the pocket and help out Jarrett who is frequently out of juice. Payne is still very raw, but some say his upside is much higher than even Jonathan Allen from last year.
Last Week's Pick: Ronnie Harrison S Alabama at Pick #25
16) Tennessee Titans (9-7)
Josh Allen LB Kentucky
- The Titans are going to be in a bind come this off season with all of their top inside linebackers headed to free agency. Guys like Wesley Woodyard, and Avery Williamson who are their top two tacklers are most likely not coming back. Allen is a top linebacking prospect with a ton of upside and athleticism. Some say he is a cross between Leonard Floyd and Zach Cunningham with his ability to rush the passer and play in coverage. I suspect he will rise up boards quickly during the Combine and workouts leading up to the draft.
Last Week's Pick: Clelin Ferrell DE/OLB Clemson at Pick #23
17) Dallas Cowboys (9-7)
Austin Bryant DE Clemson
- The Cowboys pass rush has been deceivingly good this year putting up good numbers, but they have not faced a tough line this year feasting on the likes of the Giants, Redskins, 49ers, and Cardinals o-lines. DeMarcus Lawrence is having a great year so far, but again like other players this is his contract season and giving deals to those guys after a great year comes with a ton of risk. They were smart in letting Mo Claiborne walk last year so I suspect the same will happen this season. Taco Charlton is still developing thus far and has yet to get a lot of playing time. However, you can never have too many pass rushers in the NFL. Bryant is the better base end between he and Ferrell with his better strength.
Last Week's Pick: Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M at Pick #10
18) Denver Broncos (9-7)
Clayton Thorson QB Northwestern
- The Broncos I think are highly likely to move up in this year's draft for a top quarterback or go after Brissett. If they do stay here they will probably be forced to take the fourth best quarterback and hope for the best. Thorson unlike Paxton Lynch is said to be highly intelligent, driven, and a great locker room guy who can command the huddle. Not only does he have the leadership qualities, but he also has a cannon for an arm with solid accuracy as well. If there were ever a late first round quarterback who can blossom I think Thorson has a good shot at doing that.
Last Week's Pick: Christian Wilkins DT Clemson at Pick #19
19) Detroit Lions (9-7)
Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St
- Ezekiel Ansah is a possible free agent after this season, but I suspect that they will franchise tag him. However, even with him they can still use some more pass rushers to help him out since he is frequently double blocked. Anthony Zettel has started to develop, bur he has the size to move inside to tackle where he can use his pass rushing abilities to more effect. If they bring in a high energy guy like Hubbard who has the repertoire of his former teammate Joey Bosa. He does not have the explosive athleticism of Bosa, but he has a lot of upside on his own right to be a talented pass rusher.
Last Week's Pick: Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St at Pick #18
20) Los Angeles Chargers (9-7)
Ronnie Harrison S Alabama
- Alabama is so good at safety that they may have two go in the top 20 picks of the first round. Harrison is built more in the mold of Landon Collins where he is better suited to hang near the box and stop the run. However, he seems to be better in coverage and have better instincts than Collins that will help him make a more immediate impact right away unlike Collins who took a year to develop. The Chargers could use him in the back end of their solid secondary to support their stud corners. Harrison could definitely take the place of the departed Eric Weddle that they have yet to fill since he left for Baltimore.
Last Week's Pick: Ken Webster CB Ole Miss at Pick #11
21) Carolina Panthers (10-6)
Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
- In the wake of the Kelvin Benjamin trade the Panthers are now without a go to outside receiver for Cam Newton. Ridley is slipping a bit in the rankings as scouts begin to nitpick his lack of size and strength. However, much like Smith-Schuster from last year who slide in the draft and is now looking great I suspect the same will happen with Ridley. He has pure speed and route running skills to work the outside well giving the Panthers a different style of receiver they have not had since Newton's been there. His speed could also be a nice weapon with Newton's great arm on long throws down the field to open up the underneath game with McCaffrey.
Last Week's Pick: Duke Ejiafor DE Wake Forest at Pick #30
22) Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)
Will Hernandez OG UTEP
- The Jags are sleeper team that can move up to grab a quarterback in this draft or even entice Kirk Cousins. This team seems hungry and ready to be competitive on a yearly basis under Tom Coughlin. I expect them to continue to be active in free agency also so it will be hard to judge this pick until after that period. However, I think grabbing a blocker to keep any quarterback they have upright can be a great help. Cam Robinson has been a solid rookie left tackle, but now there is holes at the guard spots. Hernandez is not going to be the biggest, strongest, or most athletic blocker in this draft. When you put on his tape though he is just a pure football player with a lot of nasty in him to blast open running lanes. Some even see him turning out to be better than Quenton Nelson.
Last Week's Pick: Clayton Thorson QB Northwestern at Pick #21
23) Buffalo Bills (11-5)
Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
- I was already mocking a tackle to the Bills with Kyle Williams headed to free agency and Marcell Dareus not being worth the money he was getting. Now they really need one since they traded Dareus and got out from under his salary cap hit. Wilkins is a high energy talent who is a load at the point of attack who can be a threat in the run game and solid in the pass game. His ability to disrupt a game would be right up with coach Sean McDermott's love of building a defensive line from the inside out like he did down in Carolina.
Last Week's Pick: Courtland Sutton WR SMU at Pick #16
24) Los Angeles Rams (12-4)
Denzel Ward CB Ohio St
- Under Jeff Fisher the Rams were able to develop quality defensive backs, but right now a lot of them have since left. That is probably soon going to include Trumaine Johnson on that list this off season after being franchise tagged two years in a row. Ward much like other Buckeye corners is starting to rise up boards with his high quality of play. However, at his smaller size I doubt he rises higher than the top-20s. He reminds me a lot of Jason Verrett where his speed and twitchy style of play make him so good on the outside. I would not be shocked if he were moved to the slot at the pros, but in today's NFL you need three good corners to keep up with these offenses.
Last Week's Pick: Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame at Pick #14
25) New Orleans Saints (10-6)
Harold Landry OLB/DE Boston College
- The Saints are one of the most surprising teams this year in the league and mostly with how well defensively they have played. That does not mean they should not look for another pass rusher in the draft to make it even better. Especially, with back up Alex Okafor headed to free agency. Of course, they could trade up for a qb with Brees on his contract year, but he should come back since he looks to have a lot of juice left in the tank. Instead, a possible top pass rusher like Landry would be a great sight across from Cam Jordan who has been a quiet superstar for the Saints. Landry has been a little disappointing in my book against the run being pushed around easily, but he is still excellent getting to the passer.
Last Week's Pick: Roquan Smith LB Georgia at Pick #22
26) Buffalo Bills (from the Kansas City Chiefs (11-5))
Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida St
- They may have hit it out of the park with Tre'Davious White, but another corner might be needed it E.J. Gaines leaves this off season. Even with him their depth is a little shallow and can use some more talented depth. Plus, this is a weak corner class so some are going to be over drafted and a team like the Bills can take a pick like this or two and be fine overall. McFadden is an athletic and quick corner who uses his length to keep receivers in check. His ability in zone would be a perfect fit in McDermott's defensive scheme.
Last Week's Pick: Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi St at Pick #32
27) Minnesota Vikings (12-4)
Carlton Davis CB Auburn
- 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. Davis is a long corner similar to Rhodes and Waynes, but he has more fluidity to him like Rhodes. His speed can be in question as he is a bigger corner, but his physical style of play will make him a difficult player for receivers to go against all game long.
Last Week's Pick: Denzel Ward CB Ohio St at Pick #24
28) Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
Nick Chubb RB Georgia
- I do not think Le'Veon Bell ends up with the team come next year with how he ditched the team all summer and will want a big contract. For one thing I think his injury history and suspension history make me hesitant to give him a big deal. Also, his me first attitude in how he chose not to workout with the team at least this summer was a bad move in my opinion. They should try to limit distractions as much as they can in this locker room so another younger back could be a move in the right direction. Chubb is a similar style of runner to Bell with a lot of power and shiftiness behind the line before he hits the hole. He can stand to get thinner like Bell, but for right now his rare blend of power and speed is hard to argue with as a dynamic element to any backfield.
Last Week's Pick: Derrius Guice RB LSU at Pick #26
29) Cleveland Browns (from the Houston Texans (12-4))
Connor Williams OT Texas
- Williams did not look good prior to his meniscus injury, but many people still see him as a first round talent with a lot of upside. The Browns have a ton of picks and could take a high upside pick with Williams to hopefully turn into a gem for them. He does have the footwork and athleticism to be a great pass blocker. However, he needs to get a lot stronger in his base to be a more consistent run blocker. The Browns can maybe put him on the right side to develop him or even hide him for a year behind Joe Thomas until he is ready to take his spot on the left side where he profiles better. This team is not ready to win now and can afford to redshirt Williams for a year if he comes out.
Last Week's Pick: Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida St at Pick #29
30) Seattle Seahawks (13-3)
Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina
- The Seahawks seemingly went from disarray at the beginning of the year to a complete team. They seem to do this every year and look like they figured out their biggest issue at tackle with Duane Brown. Now they have very few needs of note and can take a player like Hurst who can be a big target in the middle of the field. I know Jimmy Graham has really been coming on lately, but I feel like his new deal this summer will be out of their already constrained salary cap space. Hurst can bring in some youthful upside at a fraction of the cost of Graham and also have somewhat better drive than Graham who seems to run hot and cold on every other drive.
Last Week's Pick: Will Hernandez OG UTEP at Pick #28
31) Philadelphia Eagles (14-2)
Equanimeous St.Brown WR Notre Dame
- The Eagles pulled off a possible heist for Jay Ajayi if he can get his effort in check that caused the Dolphins to get rid of him. Either way they probably will not be drafting a running back in the first round anymore. Instead, moving towards a new receiver can help out Wentz. Alshon Jeffrey is on a one year deal and has not seemed to click with their young qb. Same goes for Torrey Smith who is not a long term piece either. St.Brown will be a Combine darling with his size, athleticism, and route running ability. I can see him being a younger and more upside version of Jeffrey in the Eagles offense.
Last Week's Pick: Equanimeous St. Brown WR Notre Dame at Pick #31
32) New England Patriots (14-2)
Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi St
- The Patriots will probably trade this pick and the next they have at the top of the 2nd round for a veteran ready to play right away. Especially, with Brady's age they seem to be more into win now mode than developing players. However, if they keep this pick a better tackle for Brady would be helpful with Nate Solder and Cameron Fleming headed to free agency. I never saw Solder more than just an okay left tackle who benefits from blocking Brady who can read blitzes and know when to get the ball off fast. Rankin is a good technique blocker who has size and athleticism to flip from the right to the left side. His versatile ability should play right into Belichick's wheelhouse in what he wants in a blocker.
Last Week's Pick: Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina at Pick #27
1) New England Patriots (from San Francisco 49ers)
Josh Sweat OLB Florida St
- The Patriots are struggling to find a consistent pass rush like I expected them to going into the year. If they want to compete again next year they have to solve that problem. A guy like Sweat is a high risk, but a high reward type player who can benefit them more in the short term than the long term. Sweat is a versatile and terrific athlete on the edge who can be a terror. However, one big detractor is his knee injury that has doctors baffled on how to fix it so it will not be a problem moving forward. He has stayed healthy this year so far so maybe he has found it.
Last Week's Pick: None
2) Indianapolis Colts
Martez Ivey OL Florida
- The Colts should continue to improve their offensive line in front of Andrew Luck if they want him to stay healthy. Ivey has not been the best at left tackle thus far, but in years prior he has been a stud guard and right tackle. He would be a great versatile piece for the Colts who do need improvement at guard or right tackle where the line is the weakest. Of course like a lot of college blockers he needs to put on more strength, but other than that he has the athleticism to be a consistent pass blocker.
Last Week's Pick: Harold Landry OLB Boston College at Pick #4
3) Cleveland Browns
Jaire Alexander CB Lousville
- The Browns should draft best player available, but they seemingly have been doing that and it has made positions of need much worst in the long run. One area with that type of issue is the corner spots that have been a trouble spot for a long time now. Guys like Jamar Taylor and Briean Bobby-Calhoun have not been terrible, but they can be easily upgraded. Alexander has missed a lot of time this season, but when healthy he is one of the most athletic players in the country. He has a lot of long term upside and can even help out in the return game.
Last Week's Pick: Jordan Whitehead S Pitt at Pick #2
4) New York Jets
Duke Ejiafor DE Wake Forest
- The Jets were supposed to have a dominant defensive line this year, but the likes of Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson have not really played up to their billing this year. A new pass rusher may be needed to push those guys or even replace Wilkerson if they decide to trade him eventually. Ejiafor is an athletic freak at the end spot who has length and size to move inside on passing downs. He should be a solid end overall, but not the flashiest guy from this draft.
Last Week's Pick: Connor Williams OT Texas at Pick #3
5) Arizona Cardinals
Courtland Sutton WR SMU
- When you draft a quarterback you normally pair him with a blocker or a new receiver to throw to. Sutton has been a favorite prospect of mine since last year when he should have come out. To me he has a rare blend of speed, route running, and size that will make him a terrific outside option. His style of play reminds me a lot of Brandon Marshall where he uses his wide frame to block out defenders and with the help of his sharp cuts he routinely gains separation. In my opinion, he will turn into the best receiver from this class.
Last Week's Pick: Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St at Pick #19
6) New York Giants
Bryce Love RB Stanford
- There is no secret that the Giants need to fix their running game and give Eli a quality back to lean on. They could also use a tackle, but they should be better off searching in free agency than the draft. Love has been a solid all around back all season long displaying good vision, strength, and quickness to be an every down back. He is not the biggest back in the draft however, he has shown the ability to run between the tackles this year with better efficiency than McCaffrey did last year.
Last Week's Pick: Carlton Davis CB Auburn at Pick #5
7) Miami Dolphins
Roquan Smith LB Georgia
- The Dolphins linebacking unit is still a sore spot on their defense. A guy like Mike Hull and Lawrence Timmons are not long term solutions. They did just draft Raekwon McMillan, but unfortunately he is out for the season so we do not know how he will translate to the NFL. Even with him they could still use a talented linebacker and Smith can be just that guy. He has been compared to Lavonte David and Deion Jones, which would fit right in on their defense cleaning up the mess that gets past their strong d-line.
Last Week's Pick: James Hearns LB Louisville at Pick #7
8) Oakland Raiders
Trenton Thompson DT Georgia
- The Raiders should continue to bolster their defensive line to match their solid offensive line on the other side of the ball. Bringing in an interior pass rusher who can match the talent of Mack and Chubb who I had them take in the first round can give them a whole new looking type of pass rush. Thompson is a versatile interior defender who fits the nose tackle and five-technique on the inside. Some do worry about his work ethic and energy, but if he finds his way with a coach who can motivate him they can get a truly destructive player.
Last Week's Pick: Armani Watts S Texas A&M at Pick #14
9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jordan Whitehead S Pitt
- The Bucs have T.J. Ward on basically a rental this year, but he will probably leave this off season to a team more ready to win than Tampa. That will leave them with only Justin Evans their rookie as a possible quality starter. Whitehead could be a good compliment to Evans who is more of a in the box safety to lay the wood. Whitehead plays with his head on fire and makes a lot of great plays, but his size in the NFL will limit his ability to play the run consistently. He reminds me a lot of Budda Baker who went around the same range last year.
Last Week's Pick: Iman Marshall CB USC at Pick #12
10) Baltimore Ravens
Derrius Guice RB LSU
- The Ravens continue to build up their offense to pick up the slack for Joe Flacco's deficiencies. Guice is a good all around back with power and speed to rip off long runs. He has a mediocre season thus far, but the anemic LSU offense is doing him no favors. He does need to become a better pass catcher to be a first round back. However, right now I see him as a borderline first rounder and probably more so a second rounder. He should be an immediate upgrade over the likes of Alex Collins, and Terrence West.
Last Week's Pick: Akrum Wadley RB Iowa at Pick #11
11) Washington Redskins
Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
- The Redskins could go in a lot of directions as they move in their new era without Kirk Cousins. I imagine they would pass on a receiver trying to get Josh Doctson to work and the same could be about running back with their young backs. They could use a new linebacker with Will Compton, Zach Brown, and Mason Foster all headed to free agency this off season. Edmunds is a sideline to sideline tackling machine who can be a true young talent to build a defense around with Jon Allen up front when healthy.
Last Week's Pick: Simmie Cobbs Jr WR Indiana at Pick #20
12) Cincinnati Bengals
Jamarco Jones OT Oklahoma
- The Bengals could clearly use a new tackle after letting Andrew Whitworth walk in the off season. Cedric Ogbuehi has been a disappointment since being a first rounder albeit he was injured coming into his career. I think he should move to right guard where Zeitler left an opening and put Jones at the left tackle spot. He is not the most dynamic blocker, but he is efficient, solid, and technically sound protecting J.T. Barrett since Taylor Decker left. I can see him being a quietly good player at the next level for the Bengals.
Last Week's Pick: Marcell Frazier DE Missouri at Pick #8
13) Green Bay Packers
Parris Campbell WR Ohio St
- The Packers owe it to Rodgers to actually give him some talented receivers instead of the mediocre bunch they currently have. The only receiver worthy enough to be on another team is Jordy Nelson, but at his age I think he is about towards the end of his career. Meanwhile, Randall Cobb is being way overpaid and Davante Adams is a soon to be free agent who will be over paid by someone else. Campbell is an explosive receiver with actual receiver traits unlike Cobb who is more of a gadget player still.
Last Week's Pick: Martez Ivey OL Florida at Pick #6
14) Atlanta Falcons
Arden Tate WR Florida St
- The Falcons may be labeled a high powered offense, but that is a farce in my belief with only Julio Jones and the running backs being the viable pieces of this offense. Adding another receiver to really take attention Jones can help this offense a lot in my view. Guys like Mohammad Sanu and Taylor Gabriel are not enough to clear up throwing lanes to Julio. Tate is a massive target with good routes and speed to be a talented outside receiver for the Falcons. Of course his 40 yard dash time will be a huge factor in where a 6'5" receiver gets drafted, but he looks to have the speed to be a totally different weapon never seen in the NFL at his size.
Last Week's Pick: Deebo Samuel WR South Carolina at Pick #25
15) Chicago Bears
Marcell Frazier OLB Missouri
- I know the Bears front seven is one of the best in the league, but to me the pass rushers opposite of Leonard Floyd have been disappointing. The pair of Willie Young who is aging and Pernell McPhee who is highly overpaid are not getting it done at all for the Bears. They could also use someone who can move inside since Jerrell Freeman may be done for good. Frazier may not be able to move to an inside linebacker, but he may be the next great Missouri pass rusher to hit the NFL. His numbers are down, but it is because he is the best player on a bad defense where offenses are game planning around him. At the Combine I am sure he will help his draft stock.
Last Week's Pick: Arden Tate WR Florida St at Pick #16
16) 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 Week's Pick: Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma at Pick #9
17) Denver Broncos
Maurice Hurst DT Michigan
- I am not as impressed with the Broncos defense as many analysts are. I think their defensive line is filled with stout run stoppers, but none of them really add an element of pass rush like Malik Jackson did when he was in Denver. Hurst is a talented pass rushing tackle who consistently can beat blockers off the snap and straight to the backfield. The only issue for him is his slight size that may have him slide out of the first round. If he can prove he can put on weight, while keeping his speed he could push for the first round.
Last Week's Pick: Luke Falk QB Washington St at Pick #18
18) Detroit Lions
L.J. Scott RB Michigan St
- The Lions seriously need to solve this running back issue they have had throughout Matthew Stafford's career. How bad is it that Reggie Bush was the last back they had go over 100 yards? They are determined to make Ameer Abdullah work, but he just has no explosion in him left after his knee injuries. Scott is not a highly talked about back up in Michigan State this year. However, he has been the key cog to how they get their wins with his ability to be a strong, effective, and fast runner. I know it is a big comparison, but a lot of people see a lot of Le'Veon Bell in him with his North-South running style and surprising quickness. He does need to lose some weight like Bell did to become even quicker. This is a perfect Lion pick since they love to keep good Michigan players in state.
Last Week's Pick: Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech at Pick #17
19) Los Angeles Chargers
Luke Falk QB Washington St
- The Chargers actually have one of the better rosters in my opinion in the NFL, but they are just the worst when it comes to finishing out games each week. With a roster with very little big glaring needs they can use a pick on a future franchise quarterback to secede Phillip Rivers. Falk has the size, arm, and accuracy to be a starting quarterback. However, coming from Mike Leech's arcade style offense he will probably need a year or two to develop in a pro system. If given some time behind Rivers he could be the franchise starter down the line.
Last Week's Pick: Trenton Thompson DT Georgia at Pick #10
20) Tennessee Titans
Iman Marshall CB USC
- The Titans just picked Marshall's teammate Adoree' Jackson last year, but they could still use some more talented corner depth behind him and Logan Ryan. Marshall is an athletic corner with good coverage ability to cover both big or fast receivers with his solid technique. He has had an up and down season so far for the Trojans, which is causing him to slide. However, I think it has more to do with his inconsistent teammates than himself where he has only been exposed on a handful of drives. He has the upside to be a number one corner.
Last Week's Pick: Malik Jefferson LB Texas at Pick #23
21) Carolina Panthers
Porter Gustin DE USC
- The Panthers still have Julius Peppers and Charles Johnson as their top two pass rushers. What is this 2010? Anyways this team needs to get more youth on the edge. Especially, if Star Lotulelei leaves this off season due to cap restraints. Gustin has been a consistently improving pass rusher for the Trojans since he broke onto the lineup his freshman season. He has been moved around a lot from outside linebacker to a base end this year. Gustin should stay at the base end with his size and even though he is a tad smaller the Carolina defensive scheme is best with an undersized pass rusher around the edge.
Last Week's Pick: Matthew Thomas LB Florida St at Pick #30
22) Jacksonville Jaguars
Troy Fumagalli TE Wisconsin
- The Jags may be in the running for Kirk Cousins this off season, which will allow them to move to other spots on the field to upgrade than the all important quarterback spot. Overall, this is actually one of the more solid rosters in the NFL and only a little more experience can help them turn the corner finally. Julius Thomas was a bust for them and Mercedes Lewis is only good for a game or two a year. Bringing in a pure two-way tight end like Fumagalli can help upgrade the blocking while also giving them a middle of the field target to throw to.
Last Week's Pick: Billy Price OG/C Ohio St at Pick #21
23) Buffalo Bills
Simmie Cobbs Jr WR Indiana
- The Bills may have just gotten Kelvin Benjamin and Jordan Matthews, but both are set to be free agents in the next couple of off seasons. Plus, Matthews and rookie Zay Jones have both not done enough to help out Tyrod Taylor to keep this offense balanced. A big receiver like Cobbs can be another big tower for Taylor to throw to on the outside. He is a tad bit of a better route runner with a lot of deceiving speed to get down field. He reminds me a lot of Alshon Jeffrey and can be another red zone weapon for them.
Last Week's Pick: Jaire Alexander CB Louisville at Pick #15
24) Buffalo Bills (from the Los Angeles Rams)
Armani Watts S Texas A&M
- The Bills have a plethora of picks so they can take their drafting in a multitude of ways this year to help build up their already solid roster. Watts is a similar style of safety to his former teammate Justin Evans who is known as a hard hitter, but also solid in coverage. To me Watts has more natural instincts than Evans did and seems to come up with clutch plays every week. The Bills can pair him up with their solid free agent acquisition Micah Hyde who has been a standout for them this year.
Last Week's Pick: Josh Allen QB Wyoming at Pick #13
25) San Francisco 49ers (from the New Orleans Saints)
Billy Price OG/C Ohio St
- More blocking help for the 49ers to keep their new quarterback Jimmy G upright. The guards they currently have in Laken Tomlinson and Brandon Fusco are just below average blockers. Meanwhile, their solid center Daniel Kilgore is a soon to be free agent and in this offensive line starved league someone will over pay him. Price is a versatile and nasty blocker who can fit at either guard spots or center. His size is a little small like his former teammate Pat Elflein who has been a great rookie for the Vikings thus far. Thanks to that I have more confidence in Price moving on to the NFL.
Last Week's Pick: Jamarco Jones OT Ohio St at Pick #22
26) Kansas City Chiefs
Dante Pettis WR Washington
- The Chiefs have not been really conventional with their receiver choices in recent years so I doubt they do now. However, I just feel like they need a normal pro style outside receiver to have a more consistent offense. Tyreek Hill is not a true outside option and the depth behind him is lacking. Pettis is another speedy option, but with more naturally gifted routes and receiver ability. He does not get a lot of press out in the Northwest, which is unfortunate because he is a talented receiver. He even returned the kicks for the Huskies even with John Ross on the roster the past few seasons.
Last Week's Pick: Kendall Joseph LB Clemson at Pick #32
27) Minnesota Vikings
Taven Bryan DT Florida
- The Vikings have a stout defensive line, but it can loose some teeth this off season. They could lose both Shariff Floyd and Tom Johnson who have been key contributors to the interior of their defense along with Linval Joseph. I doubt they keep both and even just one of them since other teams would love them. Bryan is a workhorse tackle with a lot of energy and disruptive ability on the interior of a defense. I can see him shooting up boards once they see him more with his excellent versatility, length, and get off speed on the line. Some analysts have compared him to Derek Wolfe, which would be fine, but some even have compared his energy to J.J. Watt. I know that is a lofty expectation, but if he comes close that would be an excellent draft pick.
Last Week's Pick: Dante Pettis WR Washington at Pick #24
28) Pittsburgh Steelers
Caleb Wilson TE UCLA
- The Steelers have been searching for the heir apparent to Heath Miller for a long time now. Jesse James is okay and the same can go for the recently acquired Vance McDonald. However, if they found another weapon in the intermediate zone to take more attention away from Antonio Brown and the budding JuJu Smith-Schuster would make this offense even more dangerous. Wilson is a strictly receiving tight end with his advanced receiving ability. Some have given him a comparison to Jordan Reed albeit a bigger version who should hold up in the NFL better than Reed.
Last Week's Pick: Dre'Mont Moore DT Ohio St at Pick #26
29) Cleveland Browns (from the Houston Texans)
James Washington WR Oklahoma St
- The Browns should look to improve their receiving corp to help whoever their quarterback will be. Guys like Rashard Higgins, Ricardo Lewis, and Kenny Britt are not getting it done for them. Corey Coleman is a nice receiver if he can stop having his hand break and just today Josh Gordon has been reinstated to the NFL. Now it's up to the Browns if they keep him or trade his rights, but I do not have too much confidence in him staying on the field. Washington is a straight line speed receiver who can get down field in a hurry and take the top off of defenses. Many scouts are not as high on him as some media analysts when it comes to the NFL. He needs to work on his route tree if he wants to be more than just a speed receiver.
Last Week's Pick: Kevin Tolliver III CB LSU at Pick #29
30) New York Jets (from the Seattle Seahawks)
Kevin Tolliver III CB LSU
- The Jets could obviously stand to add a new running back or a receiver for their new young quarterback, but with the thin crop of corners they may be forced to put that at the forefront. Buster Skrine has looked just bad this year and Mo Claiborne is playing well again, but that has more to do with his one-year deal than his actual play. They did just trade for Rashard Robinson who is just an average corner. Bringing in a guy like Tolliver with a ton of upside and untapped potential with coach Todd Bowles who is a good defensive back coach is a perfect match. His talent is first round worthy, but his instincts are severely lacking. Maybe Bowles could coach him up to work on that.
Last Week's Pick: L.J. Scott RB Michigan St at Pick #28
31) Cleveland Browns (from New York Jets)
Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
- Another blocker is not a bad idea for the Browns who need to solve the right tackle spot as well as the heir apparent for Joe Thomas. Brown does not have the upside or talent to be a left tackle like Connor Williams who they took earlier. However, he is a massive blocker who can be an immediate contributor on the right side. He is a tad too big to handle smaller speed rushers, which could be a problem at the next level. I can see him being a terrific run blocker for the Browns opening lanes for Barkley who they take in the first round.
Last Week's Pick: James Washington WR Oklahoma St at Pick #31
32) New England Patriots
Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
- Mayfield is starting to gain traction as the season progresses with team's loving his "it" factor and gritty play. People need to stop pegging quarterbacks in a square hole with how big, tall, or athletic they have to be. Quarterback is the one position where you can get it done in a multitude of ways and the most important trait is what you have between the ears. Mayfield does have a solid enough arm to survive in the NFL and accuracy to get it done. His mechanics and footwork do need some improvement, but I doubt he starts right away. The Pats just traded away every back up to Brady the past few months and will probably be in the market for another back up option to groom behind Brady.
Last Week's Pick: Josh Sweat OLB Florida St at Pick #27
1) San Francisco 49ers: Malik Jefferson LB Texas
2) Cleveland Browns: Van Smith S Clemson
3) Indianapolis Colts: James Hearns OLB Louisville
4) Arizona Cardinals: Isaiah Wynn OL Georgia
5) New York Jets: Akrum Wadley RB Iowa
6) New York Giants: Braden Smith OG Auburn
7) Miami Dolphins: Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St
8) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dre'Mont Jones DT Ohio St
9) Baltimore Ravens: Frank Ragnow C Arkansas
10) Washington Redskins: Deebo Samuel WR South Carolina
11) Cincinnati Bengals: Mike Gesicki TE Penn St
12) Green Bay Packers: Marquis Haynes OLB Ole Miss
13) Oakland Raiders: Sony Michel RB Georgia
14) San Francisco 49ers (from the Chicago Bears): Jordan Thomas CB Oklahoma
15) Atlanta Falcons: Marcus Allen S Penn St
16) Denver Broncos: Scott Quessenberry OG UCLA
17) Detroit Lions: Matthew Thomas LB Florida St
18) Los Angles Chargers: Vita Vea DT Washington
19) Tennessee Titans: Will Clapp OG LSU
20) Dallas Cowboys: Derrick Nnadi DT Florida St
21) Carolina Panthers: Jarrett Stidham QB Auburn
22) Jacksonville Jaguars: Timon Paris OT Stony Brook
23) Carolina Panthers (from the Buffalo Bills): Ronald Jones II RB USC
24) Los Angeles Rams: Ross Pierschbacher OG/C Alabama
25) New Orleans Saints: Oren Burks LB Vanderbilt
26) Kansas City Chiefs: Adonis Alexander CB Virginia Tech
27) Minnesota Vikings: Deon Cain WR Clemson
28) Pittsburgh Steelers: Dontavius Russell DT Auburn
29) Houston Texans: Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon
30) Seattle Seahawks: Royce Freeman RB Oregon
31) Buffalo Bills (from the Philadelphia Eagles): Mike Weber RB Ohio St
32) New England Patriots: Cam Serigne TE Wake Forest
|Austin Vershel||I cant wait to get into this further, but I love both the value and the fits for many of these picks. This class looks to be strong at QB, DB, and OL from this moment. My biggest take away is that no way Cleveland passes on a QB and leaves themselves in QB purgatory. Plus, following the McCarran drama, I can't imagine that Hue or the front office will be there next season. As Walter Football says, New regimes mean new quarterbacks.|
|Kyle Kunert||I understand that, but I think this team is going to be stuck in purgatory for a long time. I doubt they take a top quarterback and probably end up trading down again. Unless, they absolutely finally figure it out and decide to take Rosen or someone. If not I doubt they take another 2nd round qb like Kizer and just stick with him for another season. I wouldn't say this class is strong at any of those spots really. Yes, there's top guys at all three like at qb (Rosen, Jackson, Allen), DB (James, Fitzpatrick), and at OL (the two ND blockers). Overall, I think this draft has a handful of blue chip prospects like those mentioned and some notable pass rushers and linebackers. I do like the defensive tackles in this draft more than seasons prior and could be a stand out group.|
|Austin Vershel||I think Malik Jefferson, when its all said and done, will wind up a first or early second round pick. I havent watched enough ND games to know the value of the 2 lineman, but transitioning from guard to tackle is no easy task. I hope that all 3 (or 4) top qbs in this class turn out to be successful first round picks... the league could certainly use an influx of talented young passers.|