1) Cleveland Browns
Josh Rosen QB UCLA
- People do knee jerk reactions with these exhibition games and now after watching Darnold laying an egg in his bowl game people are going to be completely all in on Rosen. Even though he said he would not go to the Browns they could possibly trade him to the Giants, or elsewhere for picks and another opportunity to take another quarterback. However, the right pick in my opinion is Sam Darnold if he comes out due to his better intangibles and bigger body. Rosen does have the better quarterback mechanics, but his injury history and lack of leadership qualities scare me off a bit. I would not be shocked at all if Baker Mayfield is the pick after John Dorsey called him the next Russell Wilson, which is a completely ridiculous statement.
Last Mock Pick: Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
2) New York Giants
Sam Darnold QB USC
- I think Darnold should go to the NFL and that poor bowl game is a great example why. That lose was not on him in my opinion more so on Clay Helton getting out coached easily by Urban Meyer, but it does not go on Helton instead the blame will fall on Darnold. If Darnold stays in college he only risks getting over examined more and risk falling further down in the draft. To me he has the size, arm, intangibles, and athleticism to be a terrific quarterback at the next level. He is not perfect mechanically like Rosen, but Darnold has only recently began honing his craft after being a linebacker in high school. I also trust Darnold a lot more going to New York and dealing with the media than say Mayfield or Rosen.
Last Mock Pick: Sam Darnold QB USC
3) Indianapolis Colts
Saquon Barkley RB Penn St
- The first two picks will always be a combination of two quarterbacks, but the third pick will always be Barkley most likely even as we get closer to the draft. He just makes too much sense for a team that needs to take the pressure off of Andrew Luck's shoulders and allow him to defer to a strong running back. They have never had a player like Barkley with him on offense outside of maybe T.Y. Hilton who is only good with Luck really. Barkley is the best running back I have seen enter the draft in a long time even better than either Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott. Neither of the previous top backs have the rare speed, vision, and power that Barkley possesses.
Last Mock Pick: Saquon Barkley RB Penn St
4) Cleveland Browns (From the Houston Texans)
Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama
- The Browns must have been filled with glee as they saw the Texans season fall apart when Deshaun Watson went down. Not only do they have a pick they could trade, but it hurts a lot less having passed on Watson in the first place. Obviously, trading this pick is a possibility, but I think the Browns just need to start getting good players rather than stockpiling more draft picks for the future. Jabrill Peppers has been predictably terrible in coverage this season and should force the Browns to seek a better coverage safety to pair with Peppers. Fitzpatrick has been a terrific and versatile athlete for Alabama during his time there. Playing at a high level at both corner and safety, but being in the middle of the field allows him to use his plus instincts much more effectively.
Last Mock Pick: Denzel Ward CB Ohio St
5) Denver Broncos
Josh Allen QB Wyoming
- The Broncos obviously need to look for a quarterback to restart this organization in the right direction. However, with John Elway's recent track record in the draft I think they would be better off looking for one in free agency rather than the draft. If they do decide to take a quarterback with the 5th pick then Allen should be there for the taking. Teams love his size, arm strength, and potential. However, he is far from a finished product with poor accuracy, mechanics, and jumpy feet playing with a poor supporting cast. If given time he could develop into a solid quarterback, but he will be forced to play too soon and could flounder for a bit under a ravenous fan base in Denver.
Last Mock Pick: Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
6) New York Jets
Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State
- Under Mike Maccagnan the Jets have always drafted best player available regardless of position and I doubt it starts now. Fans will want Baker Mayfield, but I just do not see him working in New York with the media, cold weather, and his below average arm strength in the wind tunnel of the Meadowlands. Instead, drafting a pass rusher to replace Muhammad Wilkerson and out play the over hyped Leonard Williams could be a nice move. Along with their two young safeties, developing linebackers, and now with Chubb they could actually have one of the better young defenses in the league. They also have a ton of cap space that could possibly allow them to make a run after Kirk Cousins, Teddy Bridgewater, or another free agent quarterback who can potential play for awhile.
Last Mock Pick: Josh Rosen QB UCLA
7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Derwin James S Florida St
- The Bucs would love to grab Bradley Chubb to help their defensive line, but I think he will be picked before they have a chance. Instead, they could replace the soon to be free agent T.J. Ward with a nice local product with a ton of upside at safety. James is a bigger safety with a ton of athleticism, speed, and instincts to turn into a talented all around player in the back end. Safety play has been a big issue for awhile for the Bucs and is one of the reasons why they tried to give Ward a shot. They have found Justin Evans who has played well in his limited opportunities, but that should not stop them from taking a blue chip guy like Derwin James.
Last Mock Pick: Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama
8) Chicago Bears
Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
- As a Bears fan I will probably hate this pick after whiffing on Kevin White in the same range and disdain for first round receivers due to their high bust rate. However, after a solid playoff game and overall career Ridley is a tad bit of a safer pick than White who was more projections ever was. It is still a bit of a reach since Ridley's size will hold him back from ever being one of the more dominant first round receivers in the game. He should give Mitchell Trubisky a reliable route runner on the outside with good hands and speed to threaten defenses. Putting him along with a healthy Cam Meredith and possibly Dontrelle Inman with a full off season could actually give the franchise a good receiving core going into the 2018 season.
Last Mock Pick: Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State
9) San Francisco 49ers
Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
- Now we clearly know why the 49ers never wanted play Jimmy Garoppolo and obviously knew they would win too many games landing them a pick outside of the top 5. In fact, if he played one more game he could have played them out of the top 10 picks. Now with the hardest thing solved on the roster with Jimmy they should now look to find him a proper supporting cast to continue moving forward. They seem pretty bright with John Lynch at the helm and should look to improve the offensive line with clearly the best blocker in the draft. Of course guards are not as highly regarded in this poor offensive line league we live in now, but Nelson is a rare blue chip guard who should be a top pick. He has good balance, technique, strength, and intelligence to be a key cog in front of Garoppolo to build around.
Last Mock Pick: Derwin James S Florida St
10) Oakland Raiders
Vita Vea DT Washington
- The Raiders really need to fix their secondary, but after using a lot of cap space and high draft picks at the position I doubt they want to use another one. Instead, they should look to find a real difference maker to pair with Khalil Mack who took a big step back after his Defensive Player of the Year season due to teams keying in on him. Which, has to be disappointing for him and the coaching staff since no one else across from him ever really stepped up to the lack of attention spent elsewhere. Vea should be a major upgrade over Justin Ellis at the nose tackle spot with his run stuffing ability, high motor, and amazing athleticism that makes him a threat in the passing game as he continues to develop. To me he is a better Danny Shelton with a higher ceiling, which makes sense at why a nose tackle is taken this early.
Last Mock Pick: Clelin Ferrell OLB Clemson
11) Miami Dolphins
Denzel Ward CB Ohio St
- The Dolphins have been trying to solve their cornerback issues for awhile now, but just recently let go of the maligned Byron Maxwell. Granted, Xavien Howard and Cordrea Tankersley have begun to develop a bit much like pass rushers you can never have too many good cover corners in the NFL. Ward is a smaller corner who can serve as a terrific slot corner with the longer Howard and Tankersley on the outside. Not to say the highly athletic Buckeye could operate on the outside, but his smaller size could have issues with bigger receivers. His technique, speed, ball skills, and tenacity make him a tough match up to go against. The Dolphins could look to getting a quarterback, but I think they will give Tannehill one more shot before giving up on him.
Last Mock Pick: Austin Bryant DE Clemson
12) Cincinnati Bengals
Connor Williams OT Texas
- Even though I am not a huge fan of his the consensus among analysts and scouts is that Williams will still be the first tackle taken off the board. Which, scares me since it is more based on potential than actual good production on the field. He has the athleticism to be a stand out left tackle, but I worry about his knees, technique, and strength to hold up at the next level. Maybe with proper coaching he could turn into the player everyone expects him to be. The Bengals could really use him at left tackle to allow them to kick Cedric Obueghi to the inside where he is a much better pick.
Last Mock Pick: Arden Key DE LSU
13) Washington Redskins
Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama
- A quarterback may be the answer here, but I feel like even though they are going to be dumb and let Kirk Cousins go they will not be stupid enough to reach on Baker Mayfield here. I would not mind if they go after Lamar Jackson, but he will remind people too much of RGIII that will scare people away in Washington. Instead, they could continue beefing up the interior of their defense pairing Payne with fellow former Tide tackle Jonathan Allen. In fact, Payne has better upside and potential than Allen had coming out of Bama. Payne already has been a proven run stuffer, but has a lot of potential to be a better pass rusher as he learns proper technique and more pass rushing moves rather than just his raw strength. This may not be a popular pick in the DMV area, but it will be a smart pick to build around.
Last Mock Pick: Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama
14) Green Bay Packers
Clelin Ferrell OLB Clemson
- The Packers need to get better on defense and more athletic on that side of the ball overall. Clay Matthews is shot after all the injuries have sapped all of his explosiveness and the style of energy he plays with is what makes him a good player since he was never the most athletic player on the field. Meanwhile, I think Nick Perry only played well last year for a nice pay day and has reverted back to his mediocre play. Ferrell is an athletic pass rusher with a good all around game with good strength and speed. He is also really young and stands to get better in the long run as he develops into his skill set.
Last Mock Pick: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
15) Arizona Cardinals
Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
- Everyone is telling me Jackson will be a 2nd round prospect. Which, in quarterback terms is the 1st round since players in that position normally go sooner than expected due to the demand. In Jackson's case I think he is deserving of being a first round pick with his athletic ability and continuing development as a pocket passer. Not only did he throw for better numbers this year than his Heisman winning season, but he has also gotten much better as a pocket passer with a higher completion percentage. If he can learn how to put more touch on his pass rather than throwing a fastball every time he only stands to get better.
Last Mock Pick: Josh Allen QB Wyoming
16) Baltimore Ravens
Courtland Sutton WR SMU
- Receivers are much like quarterbacks also where they are reached for sooner than they should due to the demand at the position. It is also why the bust rate is so high for both positions. The Ravens already whiffed on Breshad Breeland, but could also lose Mike Wallace this off season and Jeremy Maclin really has nothing left in the tank. They need to hit on a young receiver to give Joe Flacco a chance not to turn into a washed up and overpaid quarterback. Sutton reminds me a lot of Brandon Marshall where he has good long speed with his long strides and knows how to use his size to get open. He should be a good red zone weapon also for Flacco to toss the ball up to. His 40 time will be a big determining factor for how high he goes.
Last Mock Pick: Courtland Sutton WR SMU
17) Los Angeles Chargers
Roquon Smith LB Georgia
- I honestly would be okay if they drafted a kicker in the first round with how badly they need a consistent one. However, that most likely will not happen so bolstering the defense is the next best step for them to contend next year. A healthy Denzel Perriman and Jatavis Brown gives them two nice linebackers, but they could use another in their new 4-3 front who can cover in space. Smith has been excellent all year long and really shined in their playoff game against Oklahoma that should boost his stock. He has displayed excellent instincts, speed, and tackling ability to be a good fit along with their incumbent veterans. I could even see him beat out Brown who is more of a close to the line player than a modern day cover linebacker.
Last Mock Pick: Carlton Davis CB Auburn
18) Seattle Seahawks
Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
- In my opinion, McGlinchey is the top tackle available with his good play on the field and continuing developing skill set on either side of the line. For the next level he should be a better right tackle where his strength and balance could be a better fit. However, he has displayed light feet and good technique as a left tackle where he continues to get better. For the Seahawks either spot would be an upgrade, but with Duane Brown at left tackle putting McGlinchey on the right side is just fine. It could also allow them to flip Germain Ifedi to guard where he is a better fit and give the Seahawks two upgrades essentially on the line.
Last Mock Pick: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
19) Dallas Cowboys
Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
- With Stephen Jones calling the shots lately in the war room the Cowboys have generally drafted best player available at a position of need generally. For the most part they really have not reached much and the one time they did for Travis Fredrick it turned into gold. They currently have David Irving listed at tackle, but he has shown good ability at the end spot. Bringing in another tackle to take his vacated spot would be a smart move and Wilkins is the best player on the board at this juncture. Wilkins is a high energy, strong, and athletic tackle who is constantly active in both the run and pass. However, I can see him slide a bit due to already being an almost finished product and in the first round most team's shoot for upside to develop. For the Cowboys though they need guys who can step in and play right away on their mediocre defense.
Last Mock Pick: Justin Reid S Stanford
20) Detroit Lions
Arden Key DE LSU
- The Lions could use a pass rusher to pair with Ziggy Ansah who could depart via free agency if they fail to give him the franchise tag. Even if they do bring him back he needs a compliment rusher to take attention away from him and his health has also been shaky over the years. Key could be the top pass rusher if not for some injury and off the field concerns. Neither are too major, but give you pause if you were to risk a very high first round pick on him. He is possibly the fastest and most explosive edge rusher with a lot of talent. Key also has been working hard on his technique and hand usage to get better. Whoever stops his slide could land a very nice player here who could be a cornerstone of a defense.
Last Mock Pick: Bryce Love RB Stanford
21) Tennessee Titans
Billy Price OG/C Ohio St
- The Titans are an old school offense predicated on running the ball and strong line play. Unfortunately, the interior of their line could all be upgraded and use multiple new players. Ben Jones the center is overpaid and has played terribly. Then Josh Kline is a soon to be free agent and in this o-line needy league could be overpaid to go elsewhere. Price is a bit of an overlooked prospect among the media and regular fan. However, scouts and many analysts are definitely on board with him being a first rounder. Many consider him being a better talent overall than either Laken Tomlinson and Joshua Garnett who went in the first round. Maybe even Ryan Kelly who really has not done much for the Colts. Price is well balanced, nasty, and has good strength to anchor the interior of the line.
Last Mock Pick: Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
22) Buffalo Bills
Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
- I am sure he will go higher than this since some team will talk themselves into him being a franchise quarterback. To me landing here later in the draft is a nice spot for him with his below average arm strength, size, and inflated numbers playing arena football league defenses in the Big 12. The Bills could trade up with their handful of picks in the first two rounds, but since that is tougher to predict than the mock itself I will just have them draft Mayfield here. I doubt he would succeed in cold weather Buffalo, but since they hate Tyrod Taylor so much and pick late in the draft they will probably have to reach for whatever quarterback is available.
Last Mock Pick: Vita Vea DT Washington
23) Atlanta Falcons
Joshua Jackson CB Iowa
- The Falcons to me just are not as good overall as they were a year ago. Part of that is their inconsistent offense, but a lot of it has to do with the rest of the league being better than they were last year. The Falcons benefited by being one of the most healthy teams all season long and carried it into the Super Bowl. In a league, that has a bunch of strong passing games and good quarterbacks the Falcons need to boost their corner unit where Desmond Trufant is their only strong option. Jackson has finally caught some more attention from scouts and is quickly rising up the boards with his ball skills and size. He should be in consideration as the top corner due to his all around body of work and size compared to Denzel Ward who is more athletic, but a lot smaller. For the Falcons he should be a good compliment to Trufant and push Robert Alford to the inside where he could play better.
Last Mock Pick: Billy Price OG/C Ohio St
24) New Orleans Saints
Austin Bryant OLB Clemson
- The Saints should not be resting on their laurels of actually playing well on defense going into the off season. They should continue to make it better by bringing in more talent for their pass rush and maybe another linebacker or corner to keep the competition up. However, to me they could still really use a pass rusher to go with Cam Jordan who is continually one of the more overlooked players in the league. Trey Hendrickson should be a nice rotational player, but I doubt he is ever going to be a go to work horse on the outside. Bryant is the speed rusher to compliment Ferrell's all around game for Clemson this year. Much like his teammate Bryant has a lot of upside and if he lands in a system that allows him to rush standing up I can see him flourishing.
Last Mock Pick: Harold Landry OLB Boston College
25) Jacksonville Jaguars
Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
- Cam Robinson has been a nice left tackle, but the Jags could do better there to protect Blake Bortles for one more season. In fact, moving Robinson to one of the guard spots would be better anyways. Jeremy Parnell at the right tackle spot is nothing special either. Orlando Brown looked good on his side in the match up against Georgia's athletic front in their playoff match up. So much so that I think some may consider keeping him on the left side. It is not like he is not athletic enough it is just at his size handling smaller rushers may be an issue. If he figures out how to use better leverage and his arm length against him he could be a nice value pick.
Last Mock Pick: Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina
26) Buffalo Bills (from the Kansas City Chiefs)
Carlton Davis CB Auburn
- They hit it out the park a year ago at this spot with Tre'Davious White so why not try it again giving him a proper partner. They also have a few corners in E.J. Gaines and Leonard Johnson as up coming free agents. Plus, they let Stephon Gilmore walk a year ago and traded away Ronald Darby. So this unit as a whole could still use some added depth and talent outside of White. Davis is a similar long armed corner with good size and ball skills. Some may be down on his long speed at his size, but if he can continue to flash good technique and ability to flip his hips he should do fine. While some are down on him I still think he sneaks into the first round due to the demand and need at the position.
Last Mock Pick: Roquon Smith LB Georgia
27) Los Angeles Rams
Donte Jackson CB LSU
- Like I said corners tend to rise due to the demand at the position getting taken sooner than they probably should. The Rams with limited amount of picks this year however, may need to reach for players at big areas of need like in their secondary. With Trumaine Johnson most likely leaving and possibly also losing Nickell Robey-Coleman after losing a few other corners over the years may force their hand to take the best available. The down side is most of their solid corner and safety play was actually attributed to the success of Jeff Fisher's ability to coach the position. Jackson is a talented and athletic corner with a lot of potential. He needs to get better in his overall technique, but even more so on his tackling and issues with trying to make big plays all of the time often causing him to be out of position. He compares favorably to Janoris Jenkins who they had success so maybe the same could be done by Jackson.
Last Mock Pick: Donte Jackson CB LSU
29) Pittsburgh Steelers
Justin Reid S Stanford
- The Steelers safety play has been a pet peeve of mine for a while now and for some reason the Steelers kept deciding to stay status quo on that area. Even after being plucked apart by the Patriots each year as Brady attacked their safeties. Reid is a safe and stable pick who has a pro ready skill set. His ceiling may not be the highest, but on a team ready to win now he can play right away at a good level. With good ball skills, tackling ability, and instincts to be a consistent play maker in the back end. People have compared him to Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix who was a solid player from day one for the Packers.
Last Mock Pick: Josh Allen LB Kentucky
30) Philadelphia Eagles
Ken Webster CB Ole Miss
- Again, the corners going higher than expected thing applies here. Much like the Rams, the Eagles only have one pick in the first two rounds and should look to improve their biggest area of weakness on their defense. Which, is the corner position where Jalen Mills has been bad all year long, Patrick Robinson is going to be a free agent, and last year's second rounder Sidney Jones has yet to see the field after his off season injury so I would be hesitant to rely on him his first full season next year. Bringing in more competition is never a bad thing either and Webster who is a talented corner could be a steal here. He has the ability to be the first corner taken, but teams are scared off by his knee injury from a year ago. Even though he has played well this season even on a less than 100% knee. Maybe with more time he can get back to full health and be even better.
Last Mock Pick: Ronnie Harrison S Alabama
31) New England Patriots
Josh Allen LB Kentucky
- The Patriots defense under Bill Belichick always runs best when he has a strong linebacker group. After letting Chandler Jones, and Jamie Collins go over the years they have had a tough time solidifying the middle of the field. It also hurts that Dont'a Hightower has been unable to stay healthy the past two seasons. Allen is a versatile linebacker who can line up inside or on the outside with all around ability to make an impact. Belichick values versatility in his players and Allen could be a perfect fit. He does not get a lot of love playing at Kentucky, but scouts have compared him to a less explosive Leonard Floyd, but just as instinctive and quick as Zach Cunningham. That could turn him into a sneaky good player down the road with his high upside. Of course the Pats could trade this pick for a veteran in pursuit of another Super Bowl run with Brady.
Last Mock Pick: Connor Williams OT Texas
32) Minnesota Vikings
Mike Hughes CB UCF
- The Vikings should look into bolstering their corner unit that has two disappointing high picks in Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander who really have not developed as they would like. If they find someone that could hold up in the pass game across from the terrific Xavier Rhodes this stop unit could be one of the best. Mike Hughes just came off a terrific Peach Bowl performance against the Auburn Tigers that really could propel him up in the draft. He is one of the most explosive athletes with a lot of speed, athleticism, and very high potential. He has some concerns transferring out of UNC on not the best of terms, but the Vikings have given players like him a chance of late with their strong locker room. Hughes could also double as a dangerous returner.
Last Mock Pick: Ken Webster CB Ole Miss
Nick Chubb RB Georgia
- Isaiah Crowell is a soon to be free agent and has not really turned into the great back his skill set says he could be. Even with their improved interior of their o-line he was still unable to be really effective. Duke Johnson is a nice back, but they clearly prefer him as a pass catcher than an every down back. If Chubb continues to have a great playoff run I am sure he could sneak into the first round due to this overall weak draft. However, I have him as a second round back because he is a tad one dimensional with not much experience catching the ball. Of course, he can hit home runs with his rare blend of strength and speed that could make him plenty effective. Having him and Johnson together could give the Browns a nice duo to build around.
Last Mock Pick: Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
2) New York (G)
Bryce Love RB Stanford
- There could be a flood of backs in this round of the draft or there could be none. Both for the same reason with how good this running back class is which could have them going sooner than normal or they could go later with teams waiting on taking a back later with how good the depth is. In the case, for the Giants they should either take the best blocker or back available. At this juncture, Love is the best talent out of the two groups with his rare speed, energy, and durability. Even injured down the stretch Love was a dynamic bell cow back for the Cardinal even at his smaller stature. The Giants should pair their future young quarterback with an actual running back which they have not had since Brandon Jacobs during his first tenure with the team.
Last Mock Pick: Nick Chubb RB Georgia
3) Cleveland (From Houston)
Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
- The Browns actually have had solid corners this season with Jamar Taylor, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, and Jason McCourty. However, none of those guys are straight shut down corners or ones good enough to guard team's top options. Plus, with so many picks and potentially more if they trade down in the first round just taking good defensive talent is a good move. Alexander if he stayed healthy all season would be a first round lock, but he could still get close with a good Combine. He has a ton of athleticism and potential to build upon as he continues to develop his technique. His ball skills are also high level quality that could make him a dangerous player to throw against.
Last Mock Pick: Kerryon Johnson RB Auburn
Harold Landry OLB Boston College
- The Colts could go in a number of directions here between the o-line, corners, or linebackers. However, no one has ever complained about having to many pass rushers off the edge. They have two solid edges with Jabaal Sheard and John Simon, but they could get even better by bringing in Harold Landry into the rotation. A lot of people really love Landry in the media, but I could see him slide after his poor tape against the good blockers of Notre Dame that were pro caliber. He is a terrific athlete with good bend and speed around the edge. However, his strength is lacking and his size could have him get pushed around easy. If he could get stronger to hold up in the run he would be a lock first rounder. With the Colts he could be a specialized pass rusher only to be utilized on passing downs or specified blitzes. Which, he should do with great effectiveness.
Last Mock Pick: Sam Hubbard OLB Ohio St
5) New York (J)
Anthony Averett CB Alabama
- The Jets could draft a young quarterback here, but I expect them to make a run after Kirk Cousins with their huge cap space. If they do they should look to bolster their corners through the draft. Mo Claiborne has been bad all year and is soon to be a free agent. Meanwhile, Buster Skrine has had some good moments, but much more bad moments during his time in New York. Averett has been a solid technical corner for the Tide all season long blanketing receivers. No tape is better to show of him than his match up against Clemson where he gave Kelly Bryant no where to throw to on his side of the field. His size may be a deterrent for making him a higher pick, but he plays bigger than that and should do fine at the next level.
Last Mock Pick: Mike Hughes CB UCF
6) Tampa Bay
Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St
- The Bucs would love to take Bradley Chubb in the first round, but they just miss out in this scenario. They could still snag a good pass rusher here in the top of the second round since someone will probably slide here. Hubbard has a similar skill set, size, speed, and power that Joey Bosa had coming out of Ohio St. The only issue is that Hubbard has yet to put it all together and has been unable to find consistency from snap to snap. I think most of that has to do with him rotating a lot at Ohio St with a lot of other talented pass rushers. With the Bucs he will not be rotating as much since guys like William Gholston, Robert Ayers, and Noah Spence have really not gotten the job done lately.
Last Mock Pick: Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
Taven Bryan DT/DE Florida
- The Bears could take a pass rusher in the first round, but the need to get Trubisky a weapon will be too overpowering for them to avoid. Instead, they could land a solid defender here to help up front. They have been trying to find a book end to compliment Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman for a bit now to round out their defensive front. Guys like Mitch Unrein and Jonathan Bullard especially have not given them that impact they were looking for the past few seasons. Maybe another Gator can out play Bullard like Taven Bryan who has a lot of similar traits to J.J. Watt with his size, speed, and ferocity in his pass rush. However, he needs to work on his energy and consistency from snap to snap. He has a lot of upside to build upon and could be a great pick for a team looking to turn the corner during this rebuild.
Last Mock Pick: Equanimeous St.Brown WR Notre Dame
Will Hernandez OG UTEP
- Another guard who could go sooner than expected due to perception of the position, but in this poor offensive line league I think teams will begin reevaluating the way they value blockers no matter the position. The Broncos need upgrades all across the front maybe outside of Garrett Bolles their most recent first round pick. With them most likely bringing in a new young quarterback they should really invest keeping him upright and the best way to do that is with a good interior line. Hernandez is a nasty blocker with good balance and base to anchor against bigger defenders. His size and athleticism than people expect out of top blockers. However, he may be one of the best technique driven blockers who should shine during the pre draft practices and games.
Last Mock Pick: Kolton Miller OT UCLA
Rashaan Evans LB Alabama
- The Raiders have one of the worst linebacking units in the league and is part of the reason why they could not stop a nose bleed on that side of the ball. Bringing in at least one good tackler who can cover would be a step in the right direction. For some reason Evans has been the most overlooked linebackers coming out of Alabama this year and maybe that is due to a lot of their linebackers going down. However, the one constant has been Evans who shined in the game against Clemson not allowing Bryant to beat them with his legs or beat them in the middle of the field with their tight ends or Hunter Renfrow again. He should be an immediate upgrade for the Raiders and could even bring in some leadership to that side of the ball with his plus instincts.
Last Mock Pick: Taven Bryan DE/DT Florida
Desmond Harrison OT West Georgia
- Many people probably have never heard of Harrison outside of Texas and West Georgia , but his a top tackle candidate who could sneak in the first round. If he interviews well and proves he could compete against higher level of competition like he did at West Georgia than he should go higher than this. He has good talent, length, footwork, and athleticism to be a left tackle at the next level. If not he could be an excellent right tackle instead. For the Dolphins if he could stay at left tackle that would be great allowing them to move Laremy Tunsil inside where he is a better fit at guard. Again, if not it would also help them solve the right tackle problem where Ja'Wan James has been disappointing since being a first rounder for them.
Last Mock Pick: Isaiah Wynn OL Georgia
11) New England (from San Francisco)
Isaiah Wynn OL Georgia
- The Patriots could lose Nate Solder this off season as he is set to be a free agent. I expect them to bring him back to protect Brady rather than bring in a rookie. However, they could use upgrades where Shaq Mason and Marcus Cannon are concerned. Even Joe Thuney who has had some success this year has not been totally solid in protecting Brady who has been hit a lot this season. Wynn is a versatile blocker who can play at left tackle even with his shorter arms, but should be even better at guard or right tackle where he would be a better fit. He is a blue collar worker with good footwork, and technique to go along with the nastiness that you need to play on the line.
Last Mock Pick: Joshua Jackson CB Iowa
Drew Lock QB Missouri
- For some reason coach Jay Gruden who is sitting on a warm seat right now believes he can win with Colt McCoy next season and completely put the blame of their up and down season on Kirk Cousins. Is it me or is this organization just blind when it comes to seeing a real quarterback who can play at a high level for them. Anyways they should draft a quarterback when McCoy predictably gets hurt or flounders. Lock is considering to enter the draft while his stock is heating up after putting up great numbers down the stretch for Missouri. Lock is a gunslinger like quarterback with a strong arm and good size to stand in the pocket. However, he needs to work on his accuracy and ability to read through his progressions faster. Jay Gruden is something of a quarterback whisperer so maybe he can get the most out of Lock or maybe he really is not the whisperer and his former assistants Sean McVay and Kyle Shannahan were.
Last Mock Pick: Arden Tate WR Florida St
13) Green Bay
Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma
- The Packers just resigned Davante Adams, but that worries me since just like Cobb did when his contract was up he had a great year out of nowhere. Now Cobb has been just okay since then and the same could happen for Adams. Both do benefit with Rodgers throwing them the ball inflating their numbers. However, Rodgers has always loved throwing the ball to his tight ends even though they have all been really below average. This is a weaker tight end draft than recent years, but Andrews who is coming off a great Rose Bowl game has really sparked his stock. Andrews is a talented pass catching tight end with good speed and size who can be a weapon for Rodgers to go to in the middle of the field.
Last Mock Pick: Marcell Frazier OLB Missouri
Ronnie Harrison S Alabama
- Upgrading their safety unit has been a need ever since Reggie Nelson left a few seasons ago. In fact, that could be a good thing since he has not done much in Oakland. However, they also have Georgie Iloka who is aging rapidly and Shawn Williams playing very poorly. They seem to like Alabama defensive backs and could pair Kirkpatrick with another Tide defender. Harrison reminds me a lot of Landon Collins just without the explosive upside that Collins possessed. He can play the line very well with his strong tackling ability and he could still play well in coverage as he develops his skills further there. Also his ball skills are further along than Collins coming out of college so I can see him being a similar player in the pros.
Last Mock Pick: Will Hernandez OG UTEP
Arden Tate WR Florida St
- It seems we are getting ever closer to the end of the great career of Larry Fitzgerald. Supposedly, he will stick around another year to try to get higher up all time records lists. What could help him get there is a better receiver across from him who can take attention away from him. John Brown, Jaron Brown, and J.J. Nelson are smaller receivers who have all dealt with their own injury issues. Plus, the two Browns are soon to be free agents and they are better off without them. Tate is a totally different style of receiver than they have on the roster with great size and ability to be a dynamic red zone weapon. I can see him being a similar type of receiver to Alshon Jeffrey where his long strides and ability to tower over defenders can help him overcome his lack of elite speed.
Last Mock Pick: Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma
16) Los Angeles (C)
Sam Beal CB Western Michigan
- More help for their defense as they try to continue to build up a solid roster. Jason Verrett is a great corner when healthy, but that has become a big issue after missing the majority of the past two seasons. Maybe he can do a rebirth like Keenan Allen has after a myriad of injuries slowed him down the past few seasons. Even if he does return building up their depth should be a smart idea in this pass happy league. Plus, you have to expect the quarterback play should get better in their conference with Patrick Mahomes getting to start, the Broncos finding a new better quarterback, and Jon Gruden fixing Derek Carr. Beal is a long and talented corner who can be a nice player who can develop to be even better as he gains strength.
Last Mock Pick: Maurice Hurst DT Michigan
17) New York (J) (from Seattle)
Kerryon Johnson RB Auburn
- The Jets should find a viable running back to help out Kirk Cousins if they get him. Matt Forte should just be used in that veteran pass catching back role like Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk, and others have been for the Patriots. At this point, he really does not have much left in the tank to be an every down back. Neither does Bilal Powell for that matter due to his inability to stay healthy for a full season. Johnson displayed all around great play for the Auburn Tigers throughout the season. He was good as a bell cow back, could catch the ball out of the backfield, and played with great toughness playing through injuries in the SEC Championship game. I can see him not getting a ton of love leading up to the draft, but ending up being one of the better backs from this draft.
Last Mock Pick: Duke Ejiafor DE Wake Forest
Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina
- I hate to say this, but Jason Witten should have retired this off season instead of returning for another go. He has been progressively getting worst each season and for Dak to get better he needs a more reliable pass catcher in the middle of the field to rely on. So bringing in a young option who can take snaps away from Witten should be a smart move in this draft. Hurst is a big athletic tight end with a lot of upside as he continues to harness his technique and routes. Being a former minor league baseball player he is a tad older, but he also has less wear and tear on his body to be able to play well into his 30s if he is good enough.
Last Mock Pick: Parris Campbell WR Ohio St
Derrius Guice RB LSU
- Again, I can see a lot of running backs being taken sooner than normal due to their high talent, but could also see them slide as teams go after positions with less talented depth. For the Lions though they should just take the best back available at this juncture since it is a disservice to Matthew Stafford by how bad their running game has been. How could your last 100 yard rusher be a washed up Reggie Bush a year away from retirement. If they can find a guy who can run the ball consistently for Stafford to allow them to have a more balanced offense he could maybe bring this team on a nice playoff run. Guice would be a first rounder had he put up better numbers, but LSU's offense was so inept that it dragged him down as well. He displays good balance, vision, and speed that has me thinking he could be better long term than his former teammate Leonard Fournette. Especially, since Guice does not go out looking for contact like Fournette is.
Last Mock Pick: Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
Kolton Miller OT UCLA
- The Ravens have been in a cap crunch over the past few years after their Super Bowl run after having to pay Flacco and others for their success. One of those players they had to lose was Ricky Wagner at right tackle and now have a big hole on that side of the line. Miller had a rough go of it at the beginning of the year, but has rounded into form as the season went on. He has good length, athletic talent, and to stay on the edge of the line. Possibly he could stay on the left side, but would be a better fit on the right side where his size and run blocking talent is more valuable.
Last Mock Pick: Derrius Guice RB LSU
Maurice Hurst DT Michigan
- The Bills will be in need of new talent at defensive tackle after letting Marcell Dareus go to Jacksonville and veteran Kyle Williams possibly being free agent this off season. Plus, Adolphus Washington still has yet to really develop so possibly two tackles will be needed. Sean McDermott also values strong interior pass rushers coming from Carolina where he had a lot of success on defense with his two Pro Bowl tackles. Hurst maybe has the best first step and ability to shoot into the back field in this whole draft. The issue is his size and lack of raw power or strength to shed blockers when they get their hands on him. If he gets stronger he could become a very nice value pick for where ever he lands. He is a perfect fit for the three-technique for the Bills.
Last Mock Pick: Desmond Harrison OT West Georgia
Dorance Armstrong OLB Kansas
- The Titans could use more fire power on the defense especially in the pass rush where they are just okay. Veteran Brian Orakpo has begun to show his age and Derrick Morgan is just okay. Kevin Dodd also has not really looked like a pro after being a highly touted prospect a few seasons ago. Armstrong is an interesting prospect with a lot of athletic upside, but he really has never had to put it all together over at Kansas where he can get away with just his athleticism. He needs to work on his motor, strength, and technique for him to be a dominant player at the next level. However, I could see him explode at the Combine causing his draft stock to sky rocket.
Last Mock Pick: Dorance Armstrong OLB Kansas
Equanimeous St.Brown WR Notre Dame
- Something about the Falcons offense just feels off this year and no one can put their finger on it. One theory I have is that Mohammad Sanu and Taylor Gabriel are extremely overrated. Julio Jones is getting older and seems to be getting frustrated by getting double covered so often. Especially, watching him drop a lot of passes is really concerning. Maybe his age is starting to catch up to him or maybe like his counterpart A.J. Green he needs someone to help him out. St.Brown is a terrific player who could play across from Julio with his complimenting size, speed, and solid route running skills. His numbers are not pretty playing on a one dimensional offense at Notre Dame and his size could have teams worried about his speed. If he runs well at the Combine his stock could rise some.
Last Mock Pick: Terrell Edmunds S Virginia Tech
24) San Francisco (From New Orleans)
Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
- The 49ers should look for new talent on the outside to go with Jimmy Garoppolo. Marquise Goodwin has been a nice option, but he is nothing more than a third option at best. I hoped Pierre Garcon would make an impact with his old coach, but I think his time is up at this point of his career. Kirk is a talented receiver with a lot of explosive play making ability. I could see him flying up boards with a good Combine and Pro Day. However, the reason he may slide down in the draft is his smaller stature and lack of diverse route running skills. At the moment, he is just good at go routes and slants where he can get the ball quickly to utilize his speed. If he could diversify his route tree he could be a real steal in this draft.
Last Mock Pick: Braden Smith OG Auburn
25) Kansas City
Marcell Frazier OLB Missouri
- The Chiefs found some production out of nowhere from Dee Ford last year, but he has regressed back to his injured ways this season. Meanwhile, their other edge rushers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali are neither young nor healthy consistently anymore. Though when healthy Houston is still a major threat, but he needs someone to take attention away as he ages. Frazier is another one of those dynamic Mizzou pass rushers who can make an impact at the next level. His numbers are not as good as his predecessors so he will need to answer for that, but he has the athleticism to be a great player. He just needs to hone his craft more and work on his motor.
Last Mock Pick: Dre'Mont Jones DT Ohio St
Troy Fumagalli TE Wisconsin
- I am going to assume they are going to give Blake Bortles another year of starting barring a major free agent move or unexpected trade up. He has played well this season overall and they did give him his 5th year option so might as well see if he can sustain this success. Helping him do that should be the prerogative of the franchise and giving him a nice interior pass catching option is a good way to help. Mercedes Lewis as never really turned into anything more than a middling tight end and they already gave up on Julius Thomas last summer. Fumagalli is a sneaky good athlete and runs crisp routes to get open. He should be a nice player at the next level.
Last Mock Pick: Jamarco Jones OT Ohio St
Terrell Edmunds S Virginia Tech
- The Panthers have had one of the best defenses this season with some major holes on that side of the ball. One being on the edge and the other being in the safety unit. It is not because Mike Adams or Kurt Coleman are bad players, but both are just okay and aging. Edmunds is a savvy safety with good instincts, size, and speed to be a talented back end option. He should be a nice value pick here who can roam the back end for the Panthers or possibly be a third safety they can bring in with Adams and Coleman.
Last Mock Pick: Marcus Davenport DE UTSA
28) Buffalo (From the Los Angeles (R))
Malik Jefferson LB Texas
- If the Bills keep all of their picks and wait to take a quarterback in the first round or later. They could also keep Tyrod Taylor after he played relatively well with a lot of turmoil around him this season. If they have these picks they could take some high reward players who can turn into big busts like Jefferson. They could use some better linebacker play after trading Reggie Ragland and have a few starters headed to free agents. Jefferson has the talent and athleticism to be the best linebacker in this draft by a long shot. However, he has played a lot of games disinterested and seems to have below average instincts that can cause him to miss plays. Maybe Sean McDermott who is a good defensive coach can get the most out of him.
Last Mock Pick: Desmond Harrison OT West Georgia
29) Cleveland (from Philadelphia)
Parris Campbell WR Ohio St
- The Browns could have one of the best receiving corps with Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon. However, we all know about Gordon's issues and how hard it is to trust him. Then we have Coleman's issues of staying healthy, which has stunted his growth to develop into anything more than a straight line speed option. So with one of their many picks they should look to adding to the depth with possible players who can see starting time or pick up the slack if either of the incumbents miss time. Campbell has all the physical gifts to be a special receiver, but he is incredibly raw playing at Ohio St with their simple offense and Urban Meyer's lack of care to develop players for the next level.
Last Mock Pick: DeShon Elliot S Texas
Sony Michel RB Georgia
- I think Le'Veon Bell's time in Pittsburgh is going to end this off season. Not only do they not have a lot of cap space for an oft-injured and occasionally suspended back. They have also be running him into the ground this season with the most carries in the league by a long shot and to me that is a sign for Pittsburgh that they do not care if he is going to be healthy enough to play after this season. Michel has been a tad overshadowed by Nick Chubb, but he helped his stock a lot by shredding Oklahoma's arena league defense including putting the nail in the coffin with his walk off touchdown. He may not be as big as Chubb, but he is a better pass blocker and catcher than his teammate. I can see him being similar to Alvin Kamara at the next level.
Last Mock Pick: Sony Michel RB Georgia
31) New England
Marcus Davenport DE/OLB UTSA
- New England most likely will trade this pick and possibly the rest of them to gather veterans to play with Brady right now. However, if they keep this pick they should continue to improve their defense that has lost a lot of talent the past few years. Davenport is a small school talent who has a lot of length and athleticism who could launch up boards with a good off season workouts. He also has some versatility to play with his hand in the dirt or standing up that can fit well in the Patriots hybrid defense. I also like his upside where this pick could turn into the next corner stone for this franchise when a new regime comes in when Brady and Belichick retires.
Last Mock Pick: Porter Gustin OLB USC
Trenton Thompson DT Georgia
- The Vikings could lose both Shariff Floyd and Tom Johnson this off season who are key cogs in the middle of their defense. Linval Joseph is still there as one of the best run stuffing tackles, but his stamina and health are always two big issues. Bringing in another option to rotate in and give him some rest is key to keeping him available. Thompson is a first round caliber talent with a rare ability to be an interior pass rusher. As well as, being a great run stuffer. However, like a lot of defenders getting picked here with his talent he needs to really work on his energy and effort on every play. Too often he takes plays off similar to Malik McDowell and Carl Davis in recent years. Maybe the Vikings strong defensive leadership can motivate him to put in the effort.
Last Mock Pick: Trenton Thompson DT Georgia