1) Cleveland Browns (1-15)
Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
- By no means do I think Mayfield is the best quarterback in this draft. However, the new president of operations for the Browns just unequivocally compared him to Russell Wilson. To what I say is a slight to how great Wilson is by how hard he works, how athletic he is, and how mature he is off the field. By no means to me are the two guys anywhere close. If anything Mayfield is closer to Case Keenum right now as his floor as a player with a ceiling of maybe becoming Ryan Tannehill with their similar athletic abilities and size. If I were the Browns I would draft the bigger and stronger Sam Darnold. However, we know this team is clueless in what to do and this is a very real possibility for them in the draft. A pick like this is why the Browns are going to remain professional sports worst franchise.
Last Mock Pick: Sam Darnold QB USC
2) New York Giants (3-13)
Sam Darnold QB USC
- If the Giants get lucky the Browns can pull a brain fart and let them draft Sam Darnold who to me is a perfect fit for this franchise. He has the maturity to handle New York media and pressure. Darnold also has a big arm, the size to hold up in the cold weather of New York, and he just has the leadership that can help him glue this team back together. Preferably, I would like to see them keep Eli Manning one more season and let Darnold season a bit since he still needs to work on his mechanics. I also think Eli would be the best teacher for a young quarterback on how to handle New York and be a diligent worker. Also, this o-line is probably still going to be leaky next year so better to let old man Eli take the beating than your young qb.
Last Mock Pick: Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
3) Indianapolis Colts (3-13)
Saquon Barkley RB Penn St
- Most ideal situation for the Colts here is the Giants to win one more game and them to lose out to get the number two pick. That way they will have more of a chance to trade this pick being in front of the quarterback needy Giants. Also, three quarterbacks have never been picked in a row to start a draft so I doubt it starts now. If the Colts stay here they may be at a cross roads of where they want to go here. They can take Bradley Chubb or Saquon Barkley here. I am leaning Barkley since Chubb is not a perfect for their defense right now. Unless, they bring in a coordinator who runs a 4-3 front. Barkley is fine though for a team who's best running back is the very old Frank Gore who should have hung it up a few seasons ago. I think the Penn St back could end up being even better than Zeke Elliott and definitely better than Fournette so this is a fine range to take him.
Last Mock Pick: Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
4) Chicago Bears (4-12)
Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State
- Again, like the Colts the Bears are a prime candidate now to be able to trade down. with teams seeking a quarterback. Also, like the Colts, Bradley Chubb is not exactly a perfect scheme fit, but now he is by far the best player available without reaching. They could take Fitzpatrick or James, but they have a good young safety duo now. Instead, they could really use a better pass rusher across from Leonard Floyd and even out play the oft-injured young player. Chubb should be athletic enough to be able to rush standing up and strong enough to move into the five-technique. Either way you find a way to make a player of his caliber to fit into your defense.
Last Mock Pick: Arden Key OLB LSU
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)
Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama
- The Bucs have a lot of needs, but to me safety has been a need for a long time. They kicked the tires on T.J. Ward, but he has not been that great this season. Plus, he is a free agent who will end up with a team more in position to win next year. They found a solid young strong safety possibly in Justin Evans. So, instead of drafting local star James they should grab Fitzpatrick who is a better coverage safety. Fitzpatrick is also more versatile with an ability to work outside at corner or in the slot with quality speed. He is also incredibly fluid in his movements to pair with strong coverage skills. I cannot believe I am saying this, but I actually love Fitzpatrick even though he is from the generally overrated pool of Bama secondary players.
Last Mock Pick: Bradley Chubb DE N.C State
6) San Francisco 49ers (5-11)
Derwin James S Florida St
- The 49ers are screwing themselves out of a draft pick with Garoppolo winning a bunch of games now. Which, shows you why they were hesitant to start him until they had to. I am sure they would rather draft an offensive player since their defense is solid, but there really is no stand out stud on offense left except Quenton Nelson. I doubt they want to draft a guard that high so they need to trade down to get him in the proper range. Instead, drafting a safety like James is never a bad consolation prize especially since they are probably going to lose Eric Reid this off season. James is a big and fast athlete who can play in the box and in coverage with great ability. This could be another home run pick for the 49ers defense.
Last Mock Pick: Saquon Barkley RB Penn St
7) Cleveland Browns (from the Houston Texans (5-11))
Denzel Ward CB Ohio St
- The Browns better hope the Texans lose out to get a better pick. With it they could maybe trade it or take a stud defender if there are any still available. For the Browns if they stay here could take a corner to help out Jason McCourty and Jamar Taylor who have been just okay. Corners generally get pushed up in drafts, which is why Ward who I think is a middle tier first rounder could go in the top ten. He does have good speed, coverage skills, and ball skills to be a top end corner. However, his size could cause him to be a slot corner in the pros. Which, in today's NFL is almost a full time starter. Not a bad pick for a team who needs talent.
Last Mock Pick: Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama
8) New York Jets (5-11)
Josh Rosen QB UCLA
- In this scenario, I think the Jets should be able to land a quarterback whether it be Mayfield, Rosen, or Allen since most of the other teams at the top are not desperate at quarterback. Sure a team could trade up, but I doubt a bunch of teams move up in front of them. The Jets are told to really like Josh Allen so if another team likes him they will need to move in front of them, but I doubt they imagined Rosen to slide to them. He is the best natural quarterback in this class with great mechanics, a nice arm, and good ability to read through progressions. The biggest draw back is his attitude, off spoken nature, and thin frame. I worry most about his frame and already building injury history. If he could add some muscle and weight I would like him a lot more. With the Jets he could maybe learn from Josh McCown on how to handle the media and pressure.
Last Mock Pick: Josh Allen QB Wyoming
9) Cincinatti Bengals (5-11)
Arden Key DE LSU
- The Bengals have a lot of obvious flaws on their roster, but at this juncture with a new regime I think best player available would be the best motto. They could use a better pass rush on the line to take attention away from Geno Atkins in the middle and allow the solid Carlos Dunlap work with more one on one situations. Key is a talented and electric pass rusher with some off field baggage. However, for once it is not in the criminal nature more so his lack of love for his LSU team. Which, makes sense since he was recruited by Les Miles and is now on his third different coach basically. He does love the game however, working on his technique with pass rushing gurus and working on his hand usage. I think he will be one of those pass rushers who turns out great, but gets lost in the shuffle as we get closer to the draft.
Last Mock Pick: Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama
10) Arizona Cardinals (6-10)
Josh Allen QB Wyoming
- If Allen or any other quarterback out of the top four are here I doubt they hesitate to take him. Palmer may come back next year to go out on better terms, but they need to find a future at the position than hold onto an declining veteran. Allen would best serve to sit behind Palmer to work on his raw mechanics, and jittery feet after playing behind a bad Wyoming o-line. I am bit down on Allen due to his inability to make his team better consistently at Wyoming like other small school quarterbacks who are in the NFL did at their alma maters. However, I understand the upside to Allen with his size, arm, and mobility. I just think he needs a bit of time to really mold into a quarterback ready to play in the pros.
Last Mock Pick: Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
11) Oakland Raiders (6-10)
Clelin Ferrell OLB Clemson
- The Raiders need to find a pass rusher outside of Khalil Mack who has been stunted this year with so many team's double blocking him on every play. It is really disappointing that none of their other pass rushers have really been able to take advantage of that. Ferrell can come in right away with his all around power, bend, and speed around the edge. He is still really young and could work in a rotation with Bruce Irvin across from Mack as he grows into his frame. Ferrell to me is the highest upside pick of the draft with his incredible ceiling.
Last Mock Pick: Clelin Ferrell OLB Clemson
12) Denver Broncos (6-10)
Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
- I think the Broncos are a prime candidate to move up or take a veteran rather than sit back here. John Elway might have a lot of cachet with the fans in Denver, but I think the ownership wants to see a quick turnaround. If not Elways seat might start getting warm since this team expects to compete every year. If they do not trade up bolstering this offensive line is a good way to go. Their guard play and all across the front outside of Bolles has played very poorly this year. Nelson may not play a premium position, but I think in this age of the NFL where protecting your quarterback is key the value of blockers will start to rise. The former Fighting Irish is one of the cleanest blocking prospects in some time now and could rival another former Irish, Zach Martin in who made an impact faster. Also, what is Denver doing winning games?
Last Mock Pick: Josh Rosen QB UCLA
13) Miami Dolphins (7-9)
Austin Bryant DE Clemson
- The Dolphins could go in a few different directions at all levels of the defense and on the offensive line. I think bolstering that pass rush with two first round picks back to back drafts is a good move. Charles Harris has not really shown much, William Hayes is an upcoming free agent, and at some point the elder statesman Cameron Wake has to start showing signs of his age. Bryant is another electric speedy type pass rusher with a lot of athleticism like Harris that could allow them to use more exotic looks on that side of the ball. Much like his fellow teammate Ferrell, Bryant is still really young with a big upswing of development coming in his future.
Last Mock Pick: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
14) Washington Redskins (8-8)
Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama
- In a division filled with good quarterback play between Cousins and Prescott the Redskins need a pass rush that can keep them uncomfortable. They took a fellow former Tide inside tackle in Jonathan Allen, but has been sidelined by an injury. However, the depth and talent around him are not much help either. Bringing in Payne could give them a stout and strong duo on the inside to strike fear in opposing quarterbacks. Unlike Allen, who was a more finished product Payne has a higher upside if he can develop into his athleticism.
Last Mock Pick: Clayton Thorson QB Northwestern
15) Buffalo Bills (8-8)
Vita Vea DT Washington
- Unfortunately, unless they trade up the Bills will be without a quarterback at this juncture. However, they have a stockpile of picks to be able to move up. If they stay here taking a defensive tackle is very much in play. They foolishly let Marcell Dareus go and getting very little in return. Veteran Kyle Williams is an upcoming free agent and even with Adolphus Washington developing adding more bulk is never bad. Especially, since Sean McDermott likes a defense with two strong tackles. Vea is going to slide a bit due to being a nose tackle, but he has the ability to be a special nose tackle who can put consistent pressure on a quarterback. He has size, length, and surprising athleticism for such a large man. He may not be a flashy player, but he should be a very good player at the next level with a lot of upside.
Last Mock Pick: Derwin James S Florida St
16) Tennessee Titans (8-8)
Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
- The Titans have an actually solid roster and to me the thing holding them back is their vanilla coaching staff. That may change come next year if they miss the playoffs when they basically had it there waiting for them to take the spot this year. They have two solid interior linemen in Jurrell Casey and DaQuon Jones. However, they could use a better tackle in the middle to hold down the fort and add more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Wilkins is kind of getting forgotten about in this draft due to his younger teammates stealing the show and other flashier players getting headlines. Though, Wilkins is a constant worker on the inside with good energy, athleticism, and strength to be a solid all around interior defender.
Last Mock Pick: Austin Bryant OLB Clemson
17) Detroit Lions (9-7)
Bryce Love RB Stanford
- The Lions need to find a consistent running back to take pressure off of Matthew Stafford to throw the ball 40 plus times a game. In most scenarios, even with Brady, Big Ben, and Brees it really is not ideal to throw that much in any game. Love I think will go higher than expected thanks to this generally weak draft and with how much coaches will love him with his hard working attitude. Not only that, but he fits a modern day mold of what teams want in their running backs. He has enough strength and vision to run between the tackles. His strength however, is his speed and ability to catch the ball. If he can give the Lions their first 100 yard rusher since Reggie Bush I think that would be a win.
Last Mock Pick: Dorance Armstrong DE Kansas
18) Seattle Seahawks (9-7)
Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
- The Seahawks almost could have a complete o-line if they can find a right tackle to kick Germain Ifedi to the guard position where he is better suited. McGlinchey is a talented blocker with good athleticism and strength. However, he has shown to struggle against speed rushers like he did against Miami and occasionally against Georgia this season. Which, is why he will probably be best suited at the right tackle spot at the NFL level, but even then he is still the most complete tackle in this draft. He could eventually develop into a solid left tackle prospect if he continues to work on his technique and leverage.
Last Mock Pick: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
19) Green Bay Packers (9-7)
Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
- If you need a high end receiver this is not the draft for you, but if you are the Packers who need a guy to get open for Rodgers than this is a good one. Ridley is a complete receiver with good hands, speed, and route skills on the outside to give Rodgers a better player to throw to than he currently has on his roster. The biggest issue for Ridley is his size that could cause him to get pushed around at the line of scrimmage and his age so that means he probably will not get any bigger. He is slippery and he could be a nice underneath route runner where he catches the ball and makes defenders miss.
Last Mock Pick: Vita Vea DT Washington
20) Dallas Cowboys (10-6)
Justin Reid S Stanford
- The Cowboys sport a nice young secondary on the upswing with Jourdin Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie looking like good picks thus far. However, bringing in another safety to pair with Byron Jones will officially solidify the back end of their defense. Reid is kind of flying under the radar, but he is every bit if not better than his brother Eric in my opinion. His brother only fits as a strong safety in the box, but Justin is able to play in coverage with good athleticism and instincts. He is a polished safety who can play right away with a very high floor and a low ceiling. Not that a low ceiling is bad, but he can play right now at a high level and may never be the flashiest guy. He gets the job done and done well.
Last Mock Pick: Courtland Sutton WR SMU
21) Los Angeles Chargers (9-7)
Carlton Davis CB Auburn
- The Chargers have one of the best all around rosters in my opinion in the league. However, they are perpetually held back by dumb plays and their kicking game in the 4th quarter. One area of weakness on their roster is the corner spot across from Casey Hayward since Jason Verrett cannot stay healthy for a full season. Plus, Verrett's size is best off in the slot than on the outside. Davis is a longer and bigger corner than they have on their roster. With that he has the ability to combat the bigger receivers they could face in their division like Amari Cooper, Demaryius Thomas, and others. His speed may hold him back, but he has very good technique and ball skills that can help him stand out leading up to the draft.
Last Mock Pick: Carlton Davis CB Auburn
22) Atlanta Falcons (10-6)
Billy Price OG/C Ohio St
- One of Atlanta's strengths last season was their solid o-line giving Ryan time to throw the ball consistently. However, this season has been anything, but that and last night against the Bucs showed that more than anything. One big issue is the retirement of Chris Chester forcing them to play Wes Schweitzer who has been turnstile this season in front of Ryan. Price has not been getting a lot of publicity, but many scouts and analysts say he should be a first rounder. Especially, since he is a better prospect than either Joshua Garnett or Laken Tomlinson were the past few seasons. He plays with great technique, above average athleticism, and the nastiness you need in the middle of the line. Price projects more as a center, but he should be just fine at guard next to Alex Mack.
Last Mock Pick: Denzel Ward CB Ohio St
23) Buffalo Bills (from the Kansas City Chiefs (9-7))
Roquon Smith LB Georgia
- The Bills most definitely will be shopping this and their earlier pick to move up for a quarterback, which would be the smart thing to do for them. If they keep these picks however, going defense is not bad with how porous they are on that side of the ball. Ramon Huber is an upcoming free agent and is just an okay defender. Lorenzo Alexander is not a scheme fit as an off ball linebacker in Sean McDermott's system so he may be gone as well. Smith is a great fit for McDermott's defense with his ability to run and cover down field. He is also an excellent tackler and with his high end instincts he is able to make plays around the ball consistently.
Last Mock Pick: Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
24) Los Angeles Rams (11-5)
Donte Jackson CB LSU
- The Rams offense is in good hands with Sean McVay so concentrating on their defense is a smarter route moving forward with their limited picks in the early rounds of the draft. They could lose two starting corners this off season in Trumaine Johnson and Nickell Robey-Coleman so replacing one or both of them may be needed. Under Jeff Fisher they were able to develop defensive backs, but with Wade Phillips I am not so sure since he is better coaching up veterans. However, taking a corner is something they will have to do in this draft regardless. Jackson is another corner coming out of the factory of defensive backs at LSU and has similar athletic prowess as his predecessors. The biggest draw back with him is his gambling play style trying to pick off passes when he should have just played the man instead. If he can reel that tendency in and work on his technique more he could be a terrific player at the next level.
Last Mock Pick: Donte Jackson CB LSU
25) Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
The Ravens will have to dip into the first round receiver lottery again with Breshad Perriman being nonexistent and Mike Wallace probably leaving this off season. Courtland Sutton reminds me a lot of Brandon Marshall and a little bit of Anquan Boldin where he uses his size to beat his defender. He may not be as fast as Boldin, but he has good routes and ability to catch the ball consistently like Boldin with similar size. With Joe Flacco's below average accuracy Sutton could be a perfect security blanket to target on the outside. I actually think Sutton has the ability to be the best receiver from this draft class and should be able to play right away.
Last Mock Pick: Bryce Love RB Stanford
26) Jacksonville Jaguars (12-4)
Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina
- The Jags have an almost complete team outside of quarterback even though Blake Bortles is trying to challenge that notion. I think they will roll with him for one more season after picking up his fifth year option, but I can see them going after Eli Manning, Kirk Cousins, or even Case Keenum next year if they are available. Just after a few good games does not change what Bortles really is, but if with this pick they should try to inject more talent into their offense. They could go for a blocker, but there is some good late round depth there. Instead, nabbing a top tight end could be a nice safety blanket for whoever is their quarterback. Hurst is a big, athletic, and talented pass catcher who can be an easy target in the middle of the field. Only thing really holding him back is his age and rough edges as he continues to develop into a tight end.
Last Mock Pick: Connor Williams OT Texas
27) Minnesota Vikings (12-4)
Ken Webster CB Ole Miss
- Imagine how great this defense could be if they land another stud corner to pair with Xavier Rhodes. This team is so loaded across the board where they can take a luxury pick like this to get better at a position of strength. The back ups Mackensie Alexander and Trae Waynes have never really developed thus far so finding someone better is not a bad idea to get a leg up on the competition in their division. Webster is a talented corner with good technique, but a little below average in explosiveness. Part of that is the fact that he is returning into form after an ACL tear the year prior. I think he should continue to get better the further removed from the injury he goes. Across from Rhodes who is a bit more physical I think the quickness from Webster could be a good compliment.
Last Mock Pick: Taven Bryan DT Florida
28) Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)
Ronnie Harrison S Alabama
- The Eagles are a team much like the Vikings where they can make a pick just taking a talented player regardless of where they play. Rodney McLeod is a nice safety next to Malcolm Jenkins, but could be upgraded and is known to be a bit of an injury risk. Also, Jenkins who I love is also getting up there in age so finding an eventual replacement will be needed in the future. Harrison reminds me a lot of Landon Collins coming out of college with great athleticism, but a lot of rawness in coverage. I think he is a tad further along than Collins was coming out of Bama, but I am not sure Harrison has the same work ethic as the veteran Giant who put in a ton of work to get this good.
Last Mock Pick: Roquon Smith LB Georgia
29) Carolina Panthers (11-5)
Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
- Everyone right now is extremely down on Kirk for some reason when he clearly did not have great quarterback play this season that dragged his opportunities to make plays down. However, I think he will clearly spark his draft stock at the Combine and workouts displaying his amazing speed. He is much like OBJ where he can take the ball to the house on any play and plays bigger than his 5'11" frame should. If he continues to work on his routes to pair with his incredible potential he can be a real steal in this draft. For the Panthers he would be a perfect draft pick as they continue to try to get faster on offense and give Cam a deep threat again after losing Tedd Ginn last off season.
Last Mock Pick: Zach Allen DE Boston College
30) Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)
Josh Allen LB Kentucy
- Unfortunately, for the Steelers they may be forced to take a linebacker with Ryan Shazier's future in doubt. Not only has there not been many updates about his healthy, but no one has come out telling us whether or not he can even walk yet. If he does return I suspect it will be a very long time from now with the severity of that injury. Josh Allen is a versatile and physically gifted linebacker who can play on the edge or in the middle of a defense. He has the size of Leonard Floyd with the quickness of Zach Cunningham making him a tough evaluation for any scout on where he could fit best. I am sure for the Steelers he would be fine in the middle holding the seat warm for Shazier.
Last Mock Pick: Roquon Smith LB Georgia
31) New Orleans Saints (12-4)
Harold Landry OLB Boston College
- The Saints defense has been a lot better this year due to their secondary developing quickly. However, they should not rest on their laurels and should continue to bolster that side of the ball with their offense looking almost complete. Cam Jordan is still their most consistent pass rusher and they could be losing Alex Okafor who has been a nice rotational talent. Landry is a prospect who I am down on, but realize he will probably go in the first round due to his speed around the edge. I would like to see him add some weight to hold up in the run game better and become a more well rounded talent. He does have good bend and ability to hunt the quarterback to make him a good passing down weapon to start as he develops.
Last Mock Pick: Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina
32) New England Patriots (13-3)
Connor Williams OT Texas
- Williams is a prospect who needs to kill it leading up to the draft to recoup his stock after a terrible season. He does have upside with his athletic ability on the edge to be a top end left tackle. However, he needs to work on his strength and balance against power rushers and technique in general. The Patriots could use better blockers to keep Brady upright as he ages and his left tackle Nate Solder is an upcoming free agent. His right tackles have been a general weakness all season long as well. I am not sure Williams is built to go to the right side, but with his talent it's worth a shot. Plus, if Dante Scharnecchia is still there he would be a perfect coach to un-tap Williams' potential.
Last Mock Pick: Harold Landry OLB Boston College
Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
- When you draft a young quarterback you normally pair him with a new weapon or a new blocker to help him out. A blocker would be a better move for a team who needs to figure out a future without Joe Thomas at some point. Not saying Brown is the answer at left tackle, but they should solidify the right tackle spot to finally give the team a solid left to right offensive line while Thomas is still around. Brown is a massive tackle with a lot of strength and solid footwork to be a dominant run blocker with the upside to be a top end pass blocking right tackle.
Last Mock Pick: Nick Chubb RB Georgia
Sam Hubbard OLB Ohio St
- The Colts again could go in multiple directions here with either a blocker or a pass rusher to help out either sides of the ball. I am leaning towards a pass rusher due to the better players available here than the blockers. Plus, their o-line has not been terrible this year and they could still get some talent via free agency there. Instead, landing Hubbard who can work in a rotation with Jabaal Sheard and John Simon could add some extra juice on one of the NFL's worst defenses. Hubbard has a lot of upside as he develops and gets away from Ohio St that stunts players growth with them trying to get everyone involved.
Last Mock Pick: Rashaan Evans LB Alabama
Nick Chubb RB Georgia
- The Giants need to find a running back who can actually run the ball with consistency. The likes of Wayne Gallman, Orleans Darkwa, and Paul Perkins are all undersized runners who are not fast enough to survive behind a bad offensive line. Chubb on the other hand has the size and power to break tackles even with a bad o-line. He also has surprising speed and vision for a big back to shake away from defenders. Only down side is his inexperience in the passing game.
Last Mock Pick: Kerryon Johnson RB Auburn
Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
- The Bucs need help in their secondary all over the place and by demand a corner is more important than a safety in most cases. Vernon Hargreaves has been terrible since coming into the league and Brent Grimes is an aging player who is a free agent this off season. Alexander missed parts of this season, but he has good talent and upside to develop into a talented cover corner at the next level. The Bucs could really use him to keep up in the competitive NFC South.
Last Mock Pick: Ken Webster CB Ole Miss
Equanimeous St.Brown WR Notre Dame
- If you watched any Bears games you can see Mitchell Trubisky developing from week to week, but then you could also see how stunted he is by a terrible receiving corp. His best weapon is a running back in Tarik Cohen now with Adam Shaheen hurt. Maybe they bring back Cam Meredith, Kevin White, and even Dontrelle Inman. Still with them they could use an injection of talent and St.Brown could be a sleeper option that could slide to them. He has the height, weight, and speed to be a talented outside option at 6'4" with good skills. Playing at Notre Dame has limited his opportunities to grow, but he should be a starter right away for the Bears.
Last Mock Pick: Arden Tate WR Florida St
6) Browns (from the Texans)
Kerryon Johnson RB Auburn
- Duke Johnson is a talented back, but the Browns are terrified of giving him a full work load at his size. Meanwhile, Isaiah Crowell is a free agent and the Browns are better off without the underachieving back. Johnson has displayed the full gamut of what it is to be a modern day back at Auburn this season causing his draft stock to sky rocket. He has good vision, strength, balance, grit, and pass catching ability to be an every down back. Behind a solid Browns o-line he should be a good player his rookie year and beyond.
Last Mock Pick: Equanimeous St.Brown WR Notre Dame
Mike Hughes CB UCF
- The Jets have a surprisingly good defense, but it could be better if they fix their corners. Mo Claiborne is proving why he is one of the biggest busts in draft history and Buster Skrine is one of the worst starting corners in the league most nights. Juston Burris has been a nice corner, but he should not be a go to shutdown corner against a team's top target. Hughes is a nice cover corner who should be able to play right away at the next level. His size is a little smaller than you like on the outside, but his speed helps cover that up with his ability to run with mostly anyone in the league.
Last Mock Pick: Derrius Guice RB LSU
Will Hernandez OG UTEP
- The guards in this draft are light years better than the tackle prospects at the top of the draft if you ask me. The Bengals could use both a guard or a tackle so in this scenario taking a guard will be the better pick. Hernandez is a first round caliber talent, but playing at small school will probably cause him to slip a bit. I think he should be a stand out at the exhibition games in January to put himself squarely on scouts boards. He does not have amazing size or athleticism, but he is just a pure well balanced football player in the trenches. Some scouts even have him a hair worst than Quenton Nelson so I can picture him being snatched up quickly in the second round.
Last Mock Pick: Kolton Miller OT UCLA
9) Patriots (from the 49ers)
Joshua Jackson CB Iowa
- The Patriots could use some more corner help if they keep this pick. Malcolm Butler is an upcoming free agent and after a tenuous off season last year I could imagine them parting ways. Meanwhile, Stephon Gilmore has not fit as well as expected and he could also be a cut this off season with Belichick not afraid to admit mistakes. Jackson is a long and big corner who can fill the role left by Logan Ryan where the Hawkeye product can handle the bigger receivers.
Last Mock Pick: Isaiah Wynn OL Georgia
Taven Bryan DT/DE Florida
- The Raiders should continue to bolster their defensive front after dedicating a lot of money and picks to their secondary over the years. Bryan is a raw talent with a lot of athleticism, speed, and strength on the interior of a defense. The perfect fit for him would be with the Raiders where he can man the 5-technique with his length and strength. If he can gain more stamina and energy on every snap he should become an even more powerful force on the inside. The sky is the limit for Bryan according to many scouts.
Last Mock Pick: Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
Kolton Miller OT UCLA
- The Broncos like I said before will probably dip into free agency for a quarterback since I think John Elway sees this team as a championship caliber one every season. To do that they need to double dip on the offensive line to keep the pocket clean for whoever their quarterback is. Miller has rounded into form after a shaky start to the season displaying good footwork and length to be a solid edge blocker. For the next level he should flip over to the right tackle where his strength would be better served.
Last Mock Pick: Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma
- The Cardinals could use a safety blanket for their new quarterback to throw to. They have never really had a go to tight end to use and even though Fitz will be back for at least one more season they still need pass catchers to throw to outside of the veteran. Andrews is an athletic tight end who is talented up the seams and in the intermediate pass game. His blocking is not the best, but he is best served in the passing game where his athleticism could better suited.
Last Mock Pick: Trenton Thompson DT Georgia
Isaiah Wynn OL Georgia
- The Dolphins need to improve their blocking to better protect Ryan Tannehill next season. They currently only have two keepers in Laremy Tunsil and Mike Pouncey. The rest of the line is able to be upgraded and a guy like Isaiah Wynn would be a perfect fit for them. He has the athleticism and technique to play on the edge, but his length could force him to kick in at guard. Either way he could help out the Dolphins who have needs at both guard spots and in an ideal scenario Wynn could handle left tackle to kick in Tunsil to guard where he fits better.
Last Mock Pick: Billy Price OG/C Ohio St
Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
- They do not like Tyrod Taylor due to his skill set, which is very similar to Jackson's so that is why I had them pass on him in the first round. However, if he slides to here in the second round they might as well take the shot on him. I love Jackson and his improvements as a pocket passer each year to go along with his physical gifts. However, in Buffalo in the cold I think his size might be a detriment that could cause him to get hurt more than he would say land in Arizona. I do think he is more of a conscious runner than Taylor or RGIII were to avoid big hits, but you never know what can happen when being driven down into cold turf.
Last Mock Pick: Drew Lock QB Missouri
Dorance Armstrong OLB Kansas
- The Titans should continue to build up their meager pass rush to help keep opposing offenses from scoring since their own seems to be stuck in neutral under Mike Mularkey. Brian Orakpo continues to play well into his older age, but eventually he should start slowing down. Derrick Morgan has never played up to his former first round pick billing so finding someone to rotate in with them can help a lot. Especially, since Kevin Dodd has not developed as well as I or anyone expected. Armstrong is an athletic freak on the edge who needs more development in his technique to pair with his speed off the edge. I can see him rising as we get closer to the draft with a good Combine to display his athleticism.
Last Mock Pick: Will Hernandez OG UTEP
Arden Tate WR Florida St
- The Redskins need to revamp this receiving corp for whoever they have at quarterback this time next year. The group of Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, and Terrell Pryor are not capable of running a show together. Tate could be a nice big target to compliment Crowder in the slot and Doctson another bigger target on the other side. The Seminole product does need to show he can still run at his 6'5" frame in the NFL, but I can see him being a similar possession type of receiver that Kelvin Benjamin became in the league. I would not be surprised if he returns to school though to help his stock if Deondre Francois stays healthy.
Last Mock Pick: Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma
17) Jets (from the Seahawks)
Duke Ejiafor DE Wake Forest
- Muhammad Wilkerson is probably going to be gone with current GM Mike Maccagnan not one to deal with problem players. I also think Leonard Williams is one of the more overrated defenders in the league. He is terrific in run stopping and setting an edge, but he does not provide the type of pass rush you were looking out of a top 10 selection. Ejiafor is not a flashy pass rusher at all, but he reminds me a lot of another player already on the Jets in Jordan Jenkins. He should be good in all aspects of the game and is known as a hard enough worker to continue to develop. Much like Jenkins who is kind of glossed over I think Ejiafor should be another nice piece on a good defense.
Last Mock Pick: Mike Hughes CB UCF
Marcell Frazier OLB Missouri
- Packers fans will hate to say it, but I think it's almost time to move on from Clay Matthews. At this point, he has lost more than a step due to injuries and with how hard he always played I think it finally caught up to him. He looks like a shot fighter at this point who provides maybe one or two good games a year. I also knew signing Nick Perry was a bad idea since the one season he played consistently was his contract year and now he has gone back to his lazy self. Drafting a young pass rusher to rotate in would be a smart idea to help out their young secondary. Frazier has all the physical gifts to be an electric pass rusher, but still needs to develop his technique.
Last Mock Pick: Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
- The Lions just drafted Jarrad Davis for the linebacking unit, but they need to bring in more with Tahir Whitehead headed to free agency and Paul Worrilow currently holding a starting spot. Edmunds is a nice athletic linebacker with good size and speed. Due to the position he plays he slides down in the draft, but he does have first round caliber skills. He is built like a modern day linebacker with good speed and coverage skills. Him along with Davis could give the Lions a nice duo on the inside to build around.
Last Mock Pick: Damien Harris RB Alabama
Parris Campbell WR Ohio St
- Dez Bryant is most likely going to be a cap casualty this off season with how much he is getting pay and how much his play has dropped off in recent years. Dak likes to throw timed routes, but Dez has never been a good route runner so that is partially why the two have not seemed to be clicking. Campbell is a faster receiver with good explosive play making ability on the outside. Unfortunetly, he plays for Ohio St that does not really develop their offensive talent outside of running backs and occasional blockers who get better in the pros.
Last Mock Pick: Troy Fumagalli TE Wisconsin
Maurice Hurst DT Michigan
- The Chargers have been moving towards a 4-3 front that will require them to have a deeper and more talented depth at the tackle spot. They currently have no real go to interior pass rushers and Brandon Mebane in general is statistically one of the worst defenders in the league. Hurst has the best first step among tackles in the draft, but his slight frame and low end strength will have him slide. If he can get stronger without losing his burst he can be a more consistent defender.
Last Mock Pick: Maurice Hurst DT Michigan
Terrell Edmunds S Virginia Tech
- The brother of Tremaine the linebacker from Virginia Tech is also a highly talented prospect in this draft. He is a talented all around safety who has good size and ability to play the run or pass well. I would like to see his ball skills develop further so he can cause turnovers more often on his own, but that is just nitpicking on a guy who generally plays with good instincts. The Falcons want to emulate the Seahawks defense under coach Dan Quinn and to do that they need another safety to play next to Keanu Neal at a high level.
Last Mock Pick: Justin Reid S Stanford
Dre'Mont Jones DT Ohio St
- The Chiefs need to beef up their defensive front to put more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. They took a chance on Tanoh Kpassagnon last year, but he seems to be a bit of a dud. Meanwhile, Jarvis Jones and Bennie Logan are free agents that were needed to be replaced regardless if they were on the team or not. Jones is a big disruptive talent on the inside that can collapse a pocket allowing their edge rushers to clean up the mess. With more opportunities to develop his technique he should become an even better player outside of Columbus where they seemingly do not get the most out of their players if you ask me.
Last Mock Pick: Sam Hubbard OLB Ohio St
24) Bills (from the Rams)
Desmond Harrison OT West Georgia
- The Bills could use improvements at both tackle spots where Jordan Mills is one of the worst starting right tackles and Cordy Glenn will most likely get cut after this season. They like Dion Dawkins, but who knows what he can develop into. Harrison is an athletic tackle with good length and size to be a quality tackle in the pros. The only thing that knocks him to the second round is his off field issues that caused him to be cut by Texas. He should be clean and if he does well in the interviews he could sneak into the back end of the first round.
Last Mock Pick: Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi St
Derrius Guice RB LSU
- The Ravens should not rely too heavily on Alex Collins next year even though he is playing some what well down the stretch. He is just not a go to starting back so finding someone to play in front of him would be a good idea. Guice has a first round skill set, but not the production behind it to be a first round pick. He runs with good power, speed, and balance even better than Fournette his former teammate in my opinion. Guice is also a more conscious back who avoids big contact so it probably will help his career long term unlike Fournette who looks for contact. His hands need work however, to be a full time three down back.
Last Mock Pick: Desmond Harrison OT West Georgia
Jamarco Jones OT Ohio St
- The Jags could use more talent on the offensive line at guard and at either tackle spots. One way to solve both issues is by finding a left tackle who can push Cam Robinson to guard where he should be a better fit. Jones is not an overly athletic talent, but he is capable of being a steady left tackle at the next level with good footwork and hands. He could even move inside himself and be a high end guard. I may be biased, but I think Jamarco Jones is one of the best blockers in this class that is getting overlooked due to his relatively low upside. However, he should be able to play right away and at a consistently solid level.
Last Mock Pick: Simmie Cobbs Jr WR Indiana
Trenton Thompson DT Georgia
- The Vikings could be losing Sharrif Floyd and Tom Johnson at the tackle spots leaving them very vulnerable there in their depth. Linval Joseph is one of the best tackles in the game, but he is limited on his stamina and health so rotating him in is key to making him effective. Thompson is a first round caliber talent with a lot of athleticism and speed to be a disruptive force on the inside. However, like many tackles in the draft he has a motor issue where he takes many plays off and does not play up to his potential. Landing in Minnesota with a strong leadership on defense and a good coaching staff can get the most out of him.
Last Mock Pick: Joshua Jackson CB Iowa
28) Browns (from the Eagles)
DeShon Elliott S Texas
- The Browns could use another safety next to Jabrill Peppers who is having obvious issues in coverage. Bringing in a better cover safety to pick up the slack can help Peppers growth a lot by not overwhelming him with too much. Elliott is a solid safety in coverage with good ball skills and instincts. He is not overly aggressive in the run game or tends to lose himself on the field occasionally. His speed and athletic abilities help cover that up, but if he works on his coverage lapses he could be a good find here in the second round.
Last Mock Pick: Jamarco Jones OT Ohio St
Marcus Davenport DE UTSA
- The Panthers have a weak pass rush even though the metrics tell you otherwise. I think that is mostly due to great coaching, but if they can actually find good talent on the edge this defense could be even better. Davenport is a small school stud who many scouts and analysts are taking a liking to. He has good length, athleticism, and a high motor to be a surprising great player at the next level. If he plays well at the Senior Bowl and works out well at the Combine his stock could really skyrocket up the boards.
Last Mock Pick: Ronnie Harrison S Alabama
Sony Michel RB Georgia
- I think Bell is going to be gone after this season with his hold out, drug issues off the field, and health issues on it. The Steelers are running him into the ground this season so it seems like they are ready to move off from him too after this season. Michel is my favorite back in this draft due to his pass catching ability and blocking skills to be on the field for all three downs. His size may be an issue and cause him not to be able to handle the massive workload that Bell gets. However, when on the field he is a threat to score on every play with his speed and vision. I think he will be much like Alvin Kamara at the next level.
Last Mock Pick: Sony Michel RB Georgia
Braden Smith OG Auburn
- The 49ers need to improve their offensive line if they want to have consistent success and protect Jimmy G well. They currently have two first round guards on their roster, but they might as well have none with how poor they have played in the pros. Smith reminds me a lot of Cody Whitehair where he does not have the perfect size, athleticism, or strength, but just gets the job done. He has good balance, technique, and that blue collar mentality you need on the inside to play at a high level. He is one of my more favorite prospects in this draft especially how well he played against Clemson's dominant defensive line.
Last Mock Pick: Braden Smith OG Auburn
Porter Gustin OLB USC
- The Patriots need to solve their pass rush issues after Belichick let a ton of good players walk over the years being too cheap. Gustin is a talented and versatile defender who would fit well in the Patriots system. The issue with him is his health that has caused him to miss games over the years. When healthy he can put pressure on the quarterback and play the run at a solid to high level. He could return to school to prove he can stay healthy or he could leave early while he still can before getting hurt again.
Last Mock Pick: Anthony Averett CB Alabama