|Austin Vershel||I agree with near everything in this mock. However, come draft day, it seems that Alabama LBs and DTs slip way farther than expected. Something to keep an eye on as the draft approaches.|
1) New York Giants (1-15)
Josh Rosen QB UCLA
- I am not the biggest fan of Rosen's, but come draft day I feel like he is a lock to be the first pick since most quarterbacks elevate up draft boards due to how important the position is. The Giants have given up completely and needs to start over on offense in particular. Maybe even defense since they gave up tackling, too. However, if they have the number one pick a natural quarterback like Rosen with the best arm, accuracy, and quarterback feel is the best option available. I do worry about his size and injury history. Then I also worry about his personality in the media capital NYC where his outspoken nature can get him in a lot of trouble. I would let him sit behind Eli Manning for a year or two since Eli is not the problem here unlike many pundits who love to bury the guy whenever possible. Rosen can benefit to get bigger for a year to handle the NFL toughness and this o-line is going to be about the same so no reason to have your new young quarterback to get killed behind that. I also think a year of learning from Eli on how to handle the media will give the kid a lot in the long run.
Last Mock's Pick: Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama at Pick #6
2) Cleveland Browns (1-15)
Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
- I really like Jackson and this is coming from a person who doubted him coming into the season. He has really become a better passer with a completion percentage of 60 percent to go along with 2,808 yards, 18 touchdowns, and only 6 picks. The picks do not worry me because the talent around him forces him to do more than he should. There is also the athletic aspect of his game where if he can harness it to be a tool rather than his whole game he can be a special player. Unfortunately, for him he lands in Cleveland where they will not have the coaching staff needed to help him develop his passing skills and will force him to do more than he should as a rookie. Not only that if you are a quarterback drafted by the Browns you are essentially trapped there for 7 years due to the contracts and franchise tag, which in all will probably just spell the end of your career. Love Jackson, just do not see him having success if he lands here.
Last Mock's Pick: Saquon Barkley RB Penn St at Pick #2
3) San Francisco 49ers (2-14)
Saquon Barkley RB Penn St
- The 49ers could probably get a haul from a team who loves Barkley and could really use him like the Colts or someone else. They could even get a team looking for a quarterback who can grab an unprecedented 3rd quarterback in a row to start this draft. If the 49ers do stay here landing a guy like Barkley could really create a great one-two tandem with Garoppolo in Shanahan's offense. Carlos Hyde is an upcoming free agent and even though he is having a good season they have shown they really do no love him by dabbling with trading him. They also love Matt Brieda and Joe Williams, but none are anywhere as good as Barkley can be.
Last Mock's Pick: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame at Pick #1
4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-13)
Arden Key DE LSU
- The Bucs may actually be thinking about a quarterback here, but I do not think they are totally ready to give up on Jameis Winston just yet. They could use this top 5 pick to land a stud defender that they could use desperately on that side of the ball. It also shows you how pointless stud off ball linebackers are since they have possibly three of the best and still cannot get a win. Good defenses rely on a pass rush and secondary not the linebacking core in the modern NFL. Key is quietly putting a great season together on a bad LSU team and is flashing a ton of potential as a twitchy pass rusher. He could also help push their current pass rushers Noah Spence and William Gholston who have been incredibly underwhelming this season.
Last Mock's Pick: Dorance Armstrong DE Kansas at Pick #10
5) Indianapolis Colts (3-13)
Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
- I am tempted to put Quenton Nelson here, but guards are not as highly valued. There is no mystery that the Colts could use a lot of help up front to protect Andrew Luck who could end up being done for his career if his shoulder cannot heal. McGlinchey has been good throughout the season and is a stud in the making for either the left or the right side where ever he is needed. On a Colts team that has Anthony Castonzo still as a quality left tackle may be better suited to move McGlinchey to the right side. Either way he is a Pro Bowl potential blocker for a long time in my opinion.
Last Mock's Pick: Derwin James S Florida St at Pick #3
6) Denver Broncos (5-11)
Josh Allen QB Wyoming
- It has become quiet obvious that Paxton Lynch is not the quarterback of the future for this team. Nor is maybe coach Vance Joseph who is being incredibly out coached all season long. I figure he stays one more season and will be given a new young quarterback to hopefully develop. They could be in the running to land Kirk Cousins as well. However, since I do not predict free agent moves and such I think taking Josh Allen may be the pick here. I am not his biggest fan and would like to see him elevate Wyoming more than he has, but maybe his surrounding talent is just that bad. He has a Big Ben size and quality to him to be a franchise quarterback with a ton of upside. I am skeptical about his upside, but for the Broncos sake or who ever takes him they have to believe in his upside.
Last Mock's Pick: Clayton Thorson QB Northwestern at Pick #18
7) Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)
Derwin James S Florida St
- This Chargers roster may be one of the most well-rounded in the league, but it is incredibly tough to trust this team as they continue to lose close games for the past few seasons. I do not know how to fix this team besides hoping they fix that 4th quarter bug one day and continue to draft well. A guy like James who can fall to their lap can give them a Jamal Adams type player in the secondary that can help elevate the entire defense. James should even be a better player than even Adams where he has a bigger size and athletic upside in the back end to be a ball hawking hybrid at his size.
Last Mock's Pick: Ronnie Harrison S Alabama at Pick #20
8) Chicago Bears (6-10)
Rashaan Evans LB Alabama
- Evans has not gotten a lot of publicity this year as other Bama backers over the years, but scouts expect him to fly up draft boards as we get closer to draft day. Some even suspect he will not make it out of the top 10 come April. I know the Bears fans will want a receiver here, but this year's class at the position is terrible and they are better off looking into it later in the draft. Same could be said for corner or safety. Instead, a franchise that wants to predicate itself on high end linebacker play has not gotten it out of the group of Trevathan, Freeman, and Kwiatkoski. None of whom can stay healthy and in the case of Freeman he cannot stay clean off the field either. Getting rid of all three and sticking with the surprising Christian Jones may be the way to go. Bringing in Evans who has incredible upside could help them sure up their run fits and coverage scheme where they are continually out of place.
Last Mock's Pick: Ken Webster CB Ole Miss at Pick #14
9) Cincinnati Bengals (6-10)
Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
- The Bengals would much rather land a tackle, but currently there is no one after McGlinchey that deserves to be selected that high. Instead, landing a quality guard is not as bad as you think with team's around the league with terrible overall lines. Nelson is a plug and play blue chip prospect right away who can help stabilize the interior for the Bengals after letting Kevin Zeitler walk. Other than a blocker they could use another pass rusher or corner, but I really think they go for a blocker in some shape or form with their first pick.
Last Mock's Pick: Clellin Ferrell DE Clemson at Pick #13
10) New York Jets (6-10)
Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State
- I think the Jets may trade up in this scenario for a quarterback or try as hard as they can to win over Kirk Cousins or trade for Jacoby Brissett if Luck is back. In this scenario, if they stay here picking the best player available will be the next best option for them. They could use a new pass rush to help out their solid linebackers and safeties behind them. Guys like Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams have not played up to snuff this year. Bringing in a dynamic pass rusher like Chubb can push those two and create a nice rotation to keep all three fresh of the Jets. I really like Chubb and can see him becoming one of the better value first round picks from this below average draft class.
Last Mock's Pick: Lamar Jackson QB Louisville at Pick #5
11) Arizona Cardinals (7-9)
Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama
- The Cardinals will definitely be in the market to move up for a quarterback or go after an available veteran for next year. If they do stay here they should look to improve their pass rush where former first rounder Robert Nkemdiche will probably go down as a bust. Bringing in a stud like Payne can help push out their veterans who are long in the tooth who can be upgraded like Frostee Rucker, Corey Peters, and Rodney Gunter. None of those guys can bring the great all around play that Payne could bring with his athleticism and upside. He has a ton of upside as he continues to refine his pass rushing prowess and can become a dynamic game changer in the middle of a defense.
Last Mock's Pick: Josh Rosen QB UCLA at Pick #4
12) Buffalo Bills (7-9)
Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama
- Fitzpatrick is a top 10 talent who may slide in this draft due to the need at quarterback and elsewhere in this shallow draft. For the Bills they should jump all over him and use him solidify their young secondary with last year's first rounder Tre'Davious White and free agent pick up Micah Hyde. Fitzpatrick is an instinctive player who is perfect at safety where he can move around and be a blanket defender on who ever you put him on. His versatility to be able to move to corner can also be a great trait used by a quality defensive coach like Sean McDermott who can put him on an offense's best weapon.
Last Mock's Pick: Christian Wilkins DT Clemson at Pick #23
13) Cleveland Browns (From the Houston Texans (7-9))
Ken Webster CB Ole Miss
- The Browns need talent everywhere almost except their defensive front seven. However, their corners could use multiple upgrades and a guy like Ken Webster can be a good start for them. Webster is long and athletic at the corner who uses good technique to lock down receivers. The impressive thing about his play this year is that he is barely a year removed from an ACL injury. When he gets back to full strength he can be a truly dominant corner at the next level locking down one side of the field.
Last Mock's Pick: Connor Williams OT Texas at Pick #29
14) Miami Dolphins (7-9)
Dorance Armstrong DE Kansas
- I know the Dolphins just picked Charles Harris in the first round last year, but you can never use too many pass rushers in today's NFL. Plus, Cam Wake is getting up there in age and William Hayes is an up coming free agent. Armstrong is a small-school talent with huge athletic upside who can be a dominant force at the next level as he grows into his long body. He along with Bradley Chubb could become two of the best players from this draft in my opinion and even out play Arden Key who has immense upside.
Last Mock's Pick: Arden Key DE LSU at Pick #7
15) Green Bay Packers (7-9)
Clelin Ferrell OLB Clemson
- I knew resigning Nick Perry was going to be a bad move by the Packers. He literally did nothing throughout his career until his contract season and ended up playing like his first round billing for a new contract. Well, he has gotten it and has been terrible this year. Same could be said for Clay Matthews who I think is shot from his hard style of play for all these years has finally caught up to him and has sapped him of his explosive ability. Ferrell is a young athletic pass rusher with immense upside for who ever drafts this young player. The Packers would benefit greatly from this lost year by landing a blue chip prospect like this that can help their mediocre defense right away at least in the pass rush as Ferrell gets stronger.
Last Mock's Pick: Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame at Pick #8
16) Oakland Raiders (8-8)
Austin Bryant DE/OLB Clemson
- It may be ridiculous, but Clemson is going to flood this first round with defensive linemen. The next up is Bryant who is a speedier version of Ferrell who has more mass to be a more well rounded pass rusher. For the Raiders they just need a guy who can get after the passer and disrupt opposing quarterbacks from exploiting their weak secondary. Plus, another quality pass rusher can open up room for Mack to work since guys like Mario Edwards, Jihad Ward, and Bruce Irvin have just not gotten the job done. Bryant much like Ferrell is young, but both have immense upside to be dominant players at the next level.
Last Mock's Pick: Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State at Pick #9
17) Dallas Cowboys (9-7)
Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
- The Cowboys could go in a number of directions here with either another pass rusher, corner, safety, blocker, or even linebacker to be an understudy for Sean Lee who cannot stay healthy. Instead, I can see them seeking a future go to receiver for Dak Prescott to grow with. He has shown a willingness to throw to guys he knows who will run the right routes and Dez Bryant is just not that type of player. Plus, Terrence Williams has never really developed into anything great for the Cowboys not even a solid number two option. Ridley to me is going to go higher than he should in this weak receiver class, but he should be a good route runner and speedier receiver on the outside to grow with Dak. He does need to put on some weight to handle press coverage, which is his main detractor at the moment.
Last Mock's Pick: Austin Bryant DE Clemson at Pick #17
18) Atlanta Falcons (9-7)
Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
- More Clemson defensive linemen in the first round. The Falcons could use any of the three to be honest, but in this scenario they land the veteran statesman in Wilkins who can help them beef up their defensive front. This will allow them to maybe retain Adrian Claiborne and allow their rookie Tak McKinley to grow another year to give them two possible starting defensive ends. Instead, an upgrade next to Grady Jarrett is still needed since Dontari Poe has not played well this year. Wilkins is a high energy wrecking ball in the middle of the defense who can push the pocket with his strength. He is a well rounded tackle who can be a nice player for a long time in the middle of Dan Quinn's defense.
Last Mock's Pick: Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama at Pick #15
19) Seattle Seahawks (10-6)
Nick Chubb RB Georgia
- They may have solved their blocking issue with Duane Brown and some of their younger players developing. However, they still need to give Russell Wilson some help on offense. In particular in the run game, which has been terrible since Marshawn Lynch left them. The likes of J.D. McKissic, Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, and Chris Carson are just not getting it done. A dynamic power and swift runner like Chubb can help bring fans the memory of Lynch back since the two have very similar style of running. Chubb may not be as ferocious as Lynch, but I think he is a tad faster and more dynamic in the open field than Lynch was.
Last Mock's Pick: Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina at Pick #30
20) Washington Redskins (10-6)
Clayton Thorson QB Northwestern
- I am not sure Kirk Cousins actually leaves, but if he does the Redskins will need a quarterback desperately. Thorson is the 3rd or 4th best quarterback from this class if he decides to come out. He has good size, arm strength, and mobility for a quarterback prospect. However, more impressive is his intelligence and ability to command a locker room. Scouts say he is a great leader and looks to be a future coach's favorite player with his ability to lead. I hope he comes out cause I can see him being the most successful quarterback at the next level that no one is talking about. If Cousins stays then the Redskins could look into a receiver, corner, safety, or a running back at this juncture.
Last Mock's Pick: Josh Allen QB Wyoming at Pick #12
21) Baltimore Ravens (9-7)
Trey Adams OT Washington
- Adams tore his ACL this season so his first pro year will most likely be a redshirt year, but he has stated he will return to school. However, if he gets a first round grade still by the advisory board he may come out. I also can see the Ravens taking a shot on him since they desperately need a new tackle on the right side to take the place of the departed Ricky Wagner. Adams needs to get stronger for that however, but he has great upside to be a good pass blocker where ever he is put. Also, I may seem out of my mind when I have the Ravens make the playoffs, but look at their schedule for the second half it is very win able and the rest of the AFC is garbage so they can sneak in as a wild card.
Last Mock's Pick: Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M at Pick #11
22) Tennessee Titans (9-7)
Josh Allen LB Kentucky
- It will definitely get confusing leading up to the draft when you say Josh Allen since there is going to be a linebacker and a quarterback of the same name. However, for the Titans they should look to bring in the linebacker to help bring some youth and athleticism to their defense. Especially, with two starters in Wesley Woodyard and Avery Williamson are both up coming free agents. Allen is a rare combination at linebacker where he can float off the line and be a dynamic pass rusher. Scouts have compared him to a bigger Leonard Floyd and a more mobile Zach Cunningham. He can be the reincarnation of the Freak in Tennessee.
Last Mock's Pick: Josh Allen LB Kentucky at Pick #16
23) Minnesota Vikings (12-4)
Denzel Ward CB Ohio St
- 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 a smaller corner than either Apple, Conley, or Lattimore. If anything he is more like Bradley Roby in the recent influx of Buckeye corners in the NFL and can help out right away at the slot corner for the Vikings.
Last Mock's Pick: Carlton Davis CB Auburn at Pick #27
24) Detroit Lions (12-4)
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 Mock's Pick: Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St at Pick #19
25) Carolina Panthers (11-5)
Justin Reid S Stanford
- The Panthers have not had a stud player in the secondary since they let Josh Norman go and still do not have anyone that scares you in the back end. They could go for a new corner, but James Bradberry and Daryl Worley have not been terrible who continue to improve. Meanwhile, they have two old safeties in Kurt Coleman and Mike Adams who who can be upgraded. Reid is a safety who is gaining more love in the scouting community for his blend of size and speed where he is somewhere between Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas in ability. He is a good all around player who can bring some youth and talent in the Panthers secondary.
Last Mock's Pick: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama at Pick #21
26) Buffalo Bills (From the Kansas City Chiefs (11-5))
Maurice Hurst DT Michigan
- The Bills have a ton of picks and have the ability to just take the best player available throughout most of it. They could even package them for one of the top quarterbacks if they so wish. In this case, a defensive tackle who can rush from the three-technique could be perfect for Sean McDermott's defensive scheme. Hurst is a tad undersized for my liking, which is why I am not as in love with him as other analysts are. However, he is lightning quick off the snap and seems to have a nose for getting into opponent's backfield on a regular basis. If he can bulk up and keep his speed he could become a very good tackle for the Bills.
Last Mock's Pick: Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida St at Pick #26
27) Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)
Roquon Smith LB Georgia
- The Steelers really do not have many needs really besides maybe a running back and better depth at skill positions. Either that or a new coach, but that is for another rant. Instead, I think bulking up more at the inside linebacker position next to Ryan Shazier could go a long ways. This defense was at it's best when it had Lawrence Timmons and Lamar Woodley dominating on the inside. Shazier is dynamic, but Vince Williams is just another guy. Smith is a Lavonte David and Deion Jones style of linebacker who can flow sideline to sideline and hit with authority. Him paired with Shazier could really solidify this defense.
Last Mock's Pick: Nick Chubb RB Georgia at Pick #28
28) New Orleans Saints (12-4)
Harold Landry OLB Boston College
- The Saints are one of the darlings of the NFL this year and most surprisingly is how good their defense has played. However, this should not force them to stop adding more talent to that side of the ball. Landry is not my favorite prospect, but scouts and analysts still see him as possibly the best pass rusher in this draft. I do not see it due to his slight frame and weak strength against strong blockers. However, if he can use his speed and technique to beat blockers he can be a useful pass rusher. There is talent here, but I do not see it even though he should still be a late first-early second rounder.
Last Mock's Pick: Harold Landry OLB Boston College at Pick #25
29) Los Angeles Rams (11-5)
Will Hernandez OG UTEP
- The Rams have been dynamic on offense and the arrival of John Sullivan and Andrew Whitworth has been a big part of that. More line help though could go a long way to helping this team in sustaining this high powered offense. Hernandez is a pure football player who is an anchor on the line with great balance and technique. He may not be the strongest or fastest player on the field, but I guarantee he will be a Pro Bowler at guard for the Rams. With him the Rams can replace either Jamon Brown or Roger Saffold who can both be upgraded for them.
Last Mock's Pick: Denzel Ward CB Ohio St at Pick #24
30) Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5)
Arden Tate WR Florida St
- Now I doubt the Jags pick at 30 when it is all said and done, but in going through the schedule they have a real shot to end up here. If they do it would have caused them a chance at a possible upgrade at quarterback and force them to trade for Brissett or go after Kirk Cousins in free agency. If they still have this pick finding an upgrade at receiver to help out Bortles or whoever they have at quarterback is not a bad idea. I do not see Allen Robinson as a highly paid number one receiver and as an upcoming free agent that will be what he looks for. Plus, Allen Hurns has been in and out of the lineup the past few seasons due to health issues. A massive target like Tate who has good long speed and ability to be a red zone threat could add a nice wrinkle to this power run game.
Last Mock's Pick: Will Hernandez OG UTEP at Pick #22
31) New England Patriots (14-2)
Desmond Harrison OT West Georgia
- Harrison started his career with Texas, but was dismissed due to failing drug tests. He seems to be clean now and scouts are salivating over his upside as a dominant blocker. He has the length, athleticism, and skill-set to be a left tackle at the next level. The Patriots could use him with Nate Solder an upcoming free agent and a few other depth blockers as well are up for free agency. This line has needed a talent upgrade for some time now for Brady to continue to play into his 40s. I doubt they will be worried about Harrison's off field issues.
Last Mock's Pick: Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi St at Pick #32
32) Philadelphia Eagles (14-2)
Courtland Sutton WR SMU
- Sutton has been a favorite of mine for some time now and if he left for the draft last year I have no doubt he would have been selected prior to Zay Jones. For the Eagles he should be more than an adequate replacement for when Alshon Jeffrey leaves. Even if they do keep Jeffrey than Sutton could be a compliment to the veteran so they could cut ties from Torrey Smith who has been very lackluster since he left Baltimore. Sutton reminds me a lot of Brandon Marshall with the way he uses his size and length to block out defenders. He has more speed and route running ability than Marshall, which should help him transition right away to the next level.
Last Mock's Pick: Equanimeous St.Brown WR Notre Dame at Pick #31
1) Cleveland Browns
Ronnie Harrison S Alabama
- More secondary help for the Browns who desperately need it. Not very surprising so far that Jabrill Peppers has been exposed in coverage and should be moved to linebacker. Harrison is a Landon Collins type safety who can play in coverage, but is better closer to the line. However, I see him having the same upside as Collins who has developed into a talented all around safety. Either way he is an upgrade over Peppers and Derrick Kindred in coverage.
Last Mock's Pick: Jaire Alexander CB Louisville at Pick #3
2) New York Giants
Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
- He may not be the left tackle upgrade the Giants want, but he is a huge upgrade at right tackle at the very least. Brown is a massive blocker who has been an anchor in the run and pass game for Oklahoma the past few years. At the next level he will have trouble with smaller rushers, which is why he will have to play the right side. He still needs more work and refinement, but he provides upside for the Giants on the line who desperately need it.
Last Mock's Pick: Bryce Love RB Stanford at Pick #6
3) New England Patriots (From the San Francisco 49ers)
Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida St
- I doubt the Patriots keep either their first round pick or this one, but for right now they do. They can use more help in the secondary especially if they let Malcolm Butler walk in free agency. Which, is a real possibility after their contentious off season this past spring. McFadden is a perfect fit for the press coverage scheme that the Patriots like to run and can really see his athletic upside take flight there. He could even push Stephon Gilmore who has been disappointing so far for the Patriots.
Last Mock's Pick: Josh Sweat OLB Florida St at Pick #1
4) Indianapolis Colts
Damien Harris RB Alabama
- The Colts need to find a new young runner to back up Andrew Luck better than what Frank Gore in his twilight years has done. They seem to be hesitant to give the reigns totally to Marlon Mack, which makes sense because he is very undersized. Harris has been the better running back for the Tide this year and has a compact size to him to be strong at first contact, but still fast enough to get down field. Many have compared him to Doug Martin, which is not a bad comp to be compared to.
Last Mock's Pick: Martez Ivey OL Florida at Pick #2
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Carlton Davis CB Auburn
- The Bucs need more than a little help on defense and in the secondary overall. Vernon Hargreaves has not been terrible this year, but he is still vulnerable to bigger receivers. Meanwhile, Brent Grimes is ancient and an upcoming free agent who has probably over stayed his welcome in Tampa along with his outspoken wife. Davis is a long corner who can battle with bigger targets with his tough gritty play. Some scouts love him and have him as a first rounder, but some are low on him. He should be a good compliment to Hargreaves.
Last Mock's Pick: Jordan Whitehead S Pittsburgh at Pick #9
6) Los Angeles Chargers
Isaiah Wynn OL Georgia
- The Chargers took two top guards in Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp. Unfortunetly, Lamp is going to miss the season and Feeney has been a lot worst than I expected. Meanwhile, veteran Matt Slauson is hurt and an upcoming free agent. Plus, Joe Barksdale has been hurt and never been really good either. Wynn has been a savvy and solid blocker all year long for the Bulldogs. Some worry about his size at left tackle, but his footwork is excellent and has some thinking he can stay there like Kelvin Beachum who has been solid throughout his career. If not he can move to right tackle, guard, or even center.
Last Mock's Pick: Luke Falk QB Washington St at Pick #19
7) Denver Broncos
Jamarco Jones OT Ohio St
- I know I may be over drafting blockers, but so many teams need upgrades where I think they rise in this weak draft. Jones is actually a candidate to stay at left tackle with his solid all around ability. However, moving to right tackle or guard will probably be the best for him. The Broncos could use him all across the line except left tackle where Garrett Bolles is. Jones can be a nice plug and play player for a team that needs it.
Last Mock's Pick: Maurice Hurst DT Michigan at Pick #17
8) Cincinnati Bengals
Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
- The Bengals have used a few high picks on corners like Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson over the years. Neither have light the world on fire and Adam Jones is aging rapidly. Alexander missed a lot of the season with a leg injury, but his athletic upside may be double what any other corner in this draft possesses. He needs some time to develop, but he has a ton of potential to be a lock down corner if he can stay healthy.
Last Mock's Pick: Jamarco Jones OT Ohio St at Pick #12
9) New York Jets
Derrius Guice RB LSU
- Whoever their quarterback is next year will need a new young running back behind him. Matt Forte is way over the hill and his constant injury woes are a good indicator of it. Meanwhile, Bilal Powell has not really turned the corner and cannot stay healthy either. Guice is a solid all around back who can be a perfect fit for this offense. He can catch the ball better than Fournette and to me he is a bit more elusive. Unfortunately, LSU's offense is pulling him down since he is the only viable player on that side of the ball.
Last Mock's Pick: Duke Ejiafor DE Wake Forest at Pick #4
10) Chicago Bears
Equanimeous St. Brown WR Notre Dame
- The Bears may actually be better at receiver next year than people think. They will have Cam Meredith back, Kevin White back, and a full year with Dontrelle Inman. I know it is not the most impressive bunch, but they are not terrible and can actually fill the position. If they decide to add more a big and athletic target like St.Brown can be a good addition. The Notre Dame product needs to make his hay in the workouts leading up to the draft since Notre Dame cannot throw the ball this season.
Last Mock's Pick: Marcell Frazier OLB Missouri at Pick #15
11) Buffalo Bills
Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
- The Bills have a ton of picks so taking players at positions of need over talent is an option they can roll with. They could use a couple new linebackers with Preston Brown and Ramon Humber becoming free agents after this season. Edmunds is an athletic off ball linebacker who has good length and coverage ability. His instincts are some of the best as well in this linebacker class, which will help him in the linebacker workouts leading up to the draft.
Last Mock's Pick: Simmie Cobbs Jr WR Indiana at Pick #22
12) Cleveland Browns (From the Houston Texans)
Parris Campbell WR Ohio St
-- The Browns could use some more fire power on the outside for whoever the quarterback is for the Browns. Corey Coleman has not been able to stay healthy and the group of young receivers they drafted a few years ago have not panned out at all. Plus, Kenny Britt has been a very bad free agent pick up. Campbell is an explosive receiver with a lot of upside and untapped potential similar to Curtis Samuel from last year. Unfortunately, J.T. Barrett and this offense is doing him no favors in getting his numbers up.
Last Mock's Pick: James Washington WR Oklahoma St at Pick #29
13) Miami Dolphins
Luke Falk QB Washington St
- This may be a stretch, but if I were Adam Gase I would want my own back up quarterback to groom than be stuck with Tannehill or someone else. To me it seems like Gase is being held back by Tannehill and it could be his downfall at his first coaching gig. I do think Tannehill deserves another shot next year when he is healthy, but I would not put all my eggs in that basket with how pedestrian he has been. Falk has upside and arm talent to deserve being a quality back up with starter potential.
Last Mock's Pick: Roquan Smith LB Georgia at Pick #7
14) Green Bay Packers
Simmie Cobbs Jr WR Indiana
- The Packers need to surround Rodgers with better talent. Without him their receivers look terrible and it shows that he is the reason to guys like Cobb, Adams, and even Nelson looking like top receivers in this league. Davante Adams is an upcoming free agent and Jordy Nelson is getting up there in age. Bringing in some new blood like Cobbs who is a much bigger target who can help Rodgers by allowing him not to make perfect throws on every play.
Last Mock's Pick: Parris Campbell WR Ohio St at Pick #13
15) Arizona Cardinals
Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina
- This is a poor tight end class, which is why it's not until the 2nd round that the first one is taken. However, for the Cardinals it has been a big need for awhile for them. Jermaine Gresham is not a quality starter and Troy Niklas has not developed like his other Notre Dame counterparts. A guy like Hurst who is a big target and solid blocker can help give the quarterback an easy target. While also providing some more much needed blocking on this team.
Last Mock's Pick: Courtland Sutton WR SMU at Pick #5
16) Oakland Raiders
Terrell Edmunds S Virginia Tech
- The brother of Tremaine the linebacker in this draft is a quality prospect at safety in his own right. I know the Raiders took Obi Melifonwu last year in the 2nd round to replace Reggie Nelson who is an upcoming free agent. However, I would not be totally sold on a player who is all projection and no actual game playing experience. Edmunds is a more polished player than Melifonwu was coming out and has better all around talent. Plus, Hokie defensive backs in the NFL have a very good track record over the years.
Last Mock's Pick: Trenton Thompson DT Georgia at Pick #8
17) Atlanta Falcons
DeShon Elliott S Texas
- The Falcons under Dan Quinn have wanted to recreate the Seattle safety duo in Atlanta. They have their Kam Chancellor in Keanu Neal who has been a ferocious player at the next level so far. I know it will be hard to find another Earl Thomas, but fellow former Longhorn Elliott has exploded up boards with his ball hawking ability. He is not a super athletic talent, but he does everything well in coverage and in the run game. Pairing him with Neal can create a nice young tandem for the Falcons.
Last Mock's Pick: Arden Tate WR Florida St at Pick #14
18) Dallas Cowboys
Duke Ejiafor DE Wake Forest
- A new pass rusher may be needed if they let DeMarcus Lawrence walk this off season. I doubt they do with how well he is playing and how valuable pass rushers are, but they may be worried about his break out year being the same year as his contract year. Ejiafor is a traditional base end pass rusher who has good technique and athleticism to be a solid player at the next level. He even has the length and height that the Cowboys look for in their defensive linemen in recent years.
Last Mock's Pick: Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma at Pick #16
19) Washington Redskins
Malik Jefferson LB Texas
- 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 said 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. Jefferson has maybe the best talent at the position in the draft, but teams' are worried about his love for the game. If he is just mailing it in at Texas until he gets to the NFL that would make sense, but it would still worry me.
Last Mock's Pick: Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech at Pick #11
20) New York Jets (From the Seattle Seahawks)
Anthony Averett CB Alabama
- The Jets just traded for Rashard Robinson, but they could still use some more corner talent to help out this young secondary. Mo Claiborne cannot stay healthy and is an upcoming free agent. Meanwhile, Buster Skrine is possibly their worst defender this year. Averett may have Jet fans worried after how poorly their last Alabama corner panned out, but he is a talented corner with good technique. He does have some detractors worried about his size and ball skills. However, in this weak corner draft I can see him rising up in the draft.
Last Mock's Pick: Kevin Tolliver III CB LSU at Pick #30
21) Baltimore Ravens
Sony Michel RB Georgia
- The Ravens need more talent at the skill positions on offense and at this juncture the running backs are much more talented than the receivers on the board. Which, I think is a bigger need since the current group of backs are definitely nothing to write home about. Michel has a lot of fans in the scouting community and some even love him more than his teammate Chubb. He is a better pass catcher and blocker than Chubb. I can see him being a good all around weapon for the Ravens.
Last Mock's Pick: Derrius Guice RB LSU at Pick #10
22) Tennessee Titans
Billy Price OG/C Ohio St
- The Titans have a very underrated o-line that is the life blood of what they want to do on offense. However, one of their better blockers Josh Kline is an upcoming free agent who will most likely be overpaid on the open market. That will force the Titans to bring in a young guard from the draft and some scouts love Price's upside. He is built much like Pat Elflein who has been great for the Vikings, but Price has a tad more strength coming out than his former teammate.
Last Mock's Pick: Iman Marshall CB USC at Pick #20
23) 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 Mock's Pick: Taven Bryan DT Florida at Pick #27
24) 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 Mock's Pick: L.J. Scott RB Michigan St at Pick #18
25) Carolina Panthers
Marcell Frazier DE Missouri
- They may have whiffed on one Missouri pass rusher in Kony Ealy, but they can hit it with Frazier this time around. They should look to beefing up their pass rush since Julius Peppers is still a key cog, which is not a good look. Frazier is a twitchy athlete on the edge with a ton of speed around the edge. He is a tad bigger than the previous models from Missouri, which may be to his benefit to stay out there at the base end for the Panthers. He should be in a rotation right away with Charles Johnson and Mario Addison who are two very overrated players in my opinion.
Last Mock's Pick: Porter Gustin DE USC at Pick #21
26) Kansas City Chiefs
Dre'Mont Jones DT Ohio St
- The Chiefs run defense has been terrible this year and their pass rush in general outside of Justin Houston has been disappointing. I know pundits will have them taking a receiver, but they have yet to take one in the top 3 picks in a few years so why would they start now. Instead, under Andy Reid they have put a higher emphasis on defensive front players and Jones could be a perfect fit for them. They need a new nose tackle after passing on Dontari Poe and current nose tackle Bennie Logan is on just a one year deal. Jones has been a solid interior presence for the Buckeyes and has a first round skill set if he develops better pass rushing skills.
Last Mock's Pick: Dante Pettis WR Washington at Pick #26
27) Pittsburgh Steelers
Vita Vea DT Washington
- The Steelers have a good defense, but I think they should continue to add pieces to take it to the next level and keep up with their dominant offense. They did just sign Stephon Tuitt to a new deal and love Cam Heyward, but neither have really wowed me. Plus, both have had injury problems throughout their careers. I also think more depth is never a bad idea. Vea is a rare athlete with a shocking blend of size and speed on the interior. He could play either nose tackle or defensive end for the Steelers.
Last Mock's Pick: Caleb Wilson TE UCLA at Pick #28
28) San Francisco 49ers (From the New Orleans Saints)
Braden Smith OG Auburn
- The 49ers have a good young core on defense to build around, but now they have to do it on offense. They plan to draft mostly offense in this draft according to sources and one area of need is at guard. They have two first round busts at the position on their roster in Laken Tomlinson and Joshua Garnett who are no good. Smith is a lesser known prospect and will probably be under the radar the whole way. He is a blue collar blocker with good balance and all around blocking ability. To me he seems to be a Cody Whitehair prospect who can be an immediate starter with a good pro skill set to handle stronger defenders.
Last Mock's Pick: Billy Proce OG/C Ohio St at Pick #25
29) Buffalo Bills (From the Los Angles Rams)
Akrum Wadley RB Iowa
- I know it might seem odd for a team with LeSean McCoy to draft a running back, but McCoy is getting up to that dreaded age 30. Sooner or later they should look into a possible understudy. They have a ton of picks in this draft so taking some much needed depth is not a bad idea. Wadley is an underrated prospect with good balance, speed, and strength as a runner. He has also been a solid pass catcher throughout his career at Iowa. McCoy and Wadley can take turns on drives to spell the older player and allow the younger player to get some experience.
Last Mock's Pick: Armani Watts S Texas A&M at Pick #24
30) Jacksonville Jaguars
Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi St
- Continuing to build upon this offensive line could help who ever is at quarterback for the Jags next season. Their only good blockers are Cam Robinson who is still on trial at left tackle, and center Brandon Linder who has been playing at a Pro Bowl level for them. Everyone else is capable of being upgraded for the Jags and a blocker like Rankin with versatility could be a good pick. He is a good well rounder blocker, but to be reliable at the next level he has to get stronger and get a mean streak so he does not get thrown to the ground like he does often enough. I see a lot of potential in him to be a quality left tackle even if he can fix that problem.
Last Mock's Pick: Troy Fumagalli TE Wisconsin at Pick #22
31) New England Patriots
Josh Sweat OLB Florida St
- The Patriots need to get better in their pass rush after allowing a ton of quality players leave over the past few seasons. Currently their best options are Shea McClellin, Elandon Roberts, and Kyle Van Noy. That is just not a recipe for success and may be their downfall when they reach the playoffs. Sweat has first round talent without a doubt with his quickness, strength, and length on the edge to beat blockers. However, he has had a lot of knee issues throughout his career and some think it may be a permanent issue moving forward. He has been healthy this year though, so maybe he has figured it out. Either way this is a high risk/reward type pick that the Patriots could use as they try for one more Super Bowl for Tom Brady.
Last Mock's Pick: Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma at Pick #32
32) Cleveland Browns (From the Philadelphia Eagles)
Joshua Jackson CB Iowa
- Josh Jackson has been a shining star for the Hawkeyes this season and has been a terrific ballhawk all season long. He has good coverage skills and length to be a solid corner at the next level. The only worry is his speed, but his technique will help cover that up. The Browns could use multiple corners in this draft to help them develop an actual NFL capable secondary. Otherwise, they will keep losing all these games late with teams throwing the ball on them at will.
Last Mock's Pick: Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma at Pick #31
1) New York Giants: Ronald Jones II RB USC Last Mock's Pick: Braden Smith OG Auburn at Pick #6
2) Cleveland Browns: Bryce Love RB Stanford Last Mock's Pick: Van Smith S Clemson at Pick #2
3) San Francisco 49ers: Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M Last Mock's Pick: Malik Jefferson LB Texas at Pick #1
4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma Last Mock's Pick: Dre'Mont Jones DT Ohio St at Pick #8
5) Indianapolis Colts: Donte Jackson CB LSU Last Mock's Pick: James Hearns OLB Louisville at Pick #3
6) Denver Broncos: Maea Teuhama OG SE Louisiana Last Mock's Pick: Scott Quessenberry OG UCLA at Pick #16
7) Los Angeles Chargers: Derrick Nnadi DT Florida St Last Mock's Pick: Vita Vea DT Washington at Pick #18
8) New York Jets: Frank Ragnow OG/C Arkansas Last Mock's Pick: Akrum Wadley RB Iowa at Pick #5
9) San Francisco 49ers (from Chicago): Will Clapp C LSU Last Mock's Pick: Jordan Thomas CB Oklahoma at Pick #14
10) Cincinnati Bengals: Andre Dillard OT Washington St Last Mock's Pick: Mike Gesicki TE Penn St at Pick #11
11) Houston Texans: Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma Last Mock's Pick: Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon at Pick #29
12) Miami Dolphins: Royce Freeman RB Oregon Last Mock's Pick: Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St at Pick #7
13) Green Bay Packers: Troy Fumagalli TE Wisconsin Last Mock's Pick: Marquis Haynes OLB Ole Miss at Pick #12
14) Arizona Cardinals: Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St Last Mock's Pick: Isaiah Wynn OL Georgia at Pick #4
15) Carolina Panthers (from Buffalo): Dante Pettis WR Washington Last Mock's Pick: Ronald Jones II RB USC at Pick #23
16) Oakland Raiders: Josh Adams RB Notre Dame Last Mock's Pick: Sony Michel RB Georgia at Pick #13
17) Dallas Cowboys: Caleb Wilson TE UCLA Last Mock's Pick: Derrick Nnadi DT Florida St at Pick #20
18) Atlanta Falcons: Anthony Miller WR Memphis Last Mock's Pick: Marcus Allen S Penn St at Pick #15
19) Seattle Seahawks: Mike Gesicki TE Penn St Last Mock's Pick: Royce Freeman RB Oregon at Pick #30
20) Washington Redskins: Deontay Burnett WR USC Last Mock's Pick: Deebo Samuel WR South Carolina at Pick #10
21) Baltimore Ravens: D.J. Clark WR LSU Last Mock's Pick: Frank Ragnow OG/C Arkansas at Pick #9
22) Tennessee Titans: Sam Beal CB Western Michigan Last Mock's Pick: Will Clapp OG/C LSU at Pick #19
23) Minnesota Vikings: James Hearns OLB Louisville Last Mock's Pick: Deon Cain WR Clemson at Pick #27
24) Detroit Lions: Matthew Thomas LB Florida St Last Mock's Pick: Matthew Thomas LB Florida St at Pick #17
25) Carolina Panthers: Trenton Thompson DT Georgia Last Mock's Pick: Jarrett Stidham QB Auburn at Pick #21
26) Kansas City Chiefs: Adonis Alexander CB Virginia Tech Last Mock's Pick: Adonis Alexander CB Virginia Tech at Pick #26
27) Pittsburgh Steelers: Bo Scarborough RB Alabama Last Mock's Pick: Dontavius Russell DT Auburn at Pick #28
28) New Orleans Saints: Oren Burks LB Vanderbilt Last Mock's Pick: Oren Burks LB Vanderbilt at Pick #25
29) Los Angeles Rams: J.C. Jackson CB Maryland Las Mock's Pick: Ross Pierschbacher OG/C Alabama at Pick #24
30) Jacksonville Jaguars: Durham Smythe TE Notre Dame Last Mock's Pick: Timon Paris OT Stony Brook at Pick #22
31) New England Patriots: Cam Serigne TE Wake Forest Last Mock's Pick: Cam Serigne TE Wake Forest at Pick #32
32) Buffalo Bills (from Philly): Jordan Whitehead S Pitt Last Mock's Pick: Mike Weber RB Ohio St at Pick #31
|Austin Vershel||I agree with near everything in this mock. However, come draft day, it seems that Alabama LBs and DTs slip way farther than expected. Something to keep an eye on as the draft approaches.|