With the number of crazy unlikely free agent signings, the NFL new year starting yesterday afternoon, and Leveon Bell (the best rapper in the NFL) stating his destination to the New York Jets in a newly released mix tape, it is hard to hold back and not predict what is going to happen in this unexpected off season. In my opinion, this has been the most interesting off-season with Odell Beckham Jr heading to join former collegiate teammate Jarvis Landry and Nick Foles heading to lead the Jaguars back to the top of the AFC. There are so many more jaw dropping moves we could discuss, but for today we are going to stick to drafting.
I am going to conduct this mock draft without any trades to try to limit confusion and because the predictability of which team will trade where is almost impossible to pin point. With that being said, lets dive in.
- Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray QB, Oklahoma
I was super skeptical of Kyler being selected number one overall for many reasons including: Josh Rosen is a young talented QB with a lot of potential and a first round pick was used on him just 12 months ago. This pass rushing class is unlike any other we have ever seen, and pairing a stud edge to pair with Chandler Jones seems like a nightmare for opposing offensive coordinators.
Head Coach Kliff Kingsburry tried to recruit a young Kyler Murray to Texas Tech during his tenure but was unsuccessful. Kingsburry’s diverse offense would flow easier with a mobile Kyler Murray than a more standard QB in Josh Rosen. Murray’s pro day was very impressive and it’s hard to see a revitalized Arizona Cardinals possibly passing on a player that could revitalize the quarterback position
- San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa EDGE, Ohio State
This is a dream scenario for 49er fans and most likely the front office. To have the best player in the NFL draft fall to you at number two, is more than likely to going to make GM John Lynch lick his chops.
Bosa has been projected as the top college prospect since the beginning of the season even while cutting his season short due to injury and time to prepare for the NFL draft. Bosa’s combine numbers don’t jump off the screen, but numbers are very different than game tape. I expect the younger Bosa to be identical if not better than his star older brother Joey.
- New York Jets: Josh Allen EDGE, Kentucky
The Jets almost looked like the top winners of free agency with the additions of C.J. Mosely and almost landed star Vikings LB Anthony Barr before he backed out of his verbal agreement with the Jets, and decided to return to Minnesota.
Even without the services of Barr, the Jets still have the ability to add a better version on a cheaper contract. Josh Allen can play the edge or one of the inside linebacker positions. He possesses strength and agility to get to the quarterback while his speed is would allow him to cover sideline to sideline. A versatile linebacker to add with C.J. Mosely could make gang green have one of the best line-backing cores in the league.
- Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams DT, Alabama
Murray, Bosa, Allen, and Quinnen Williams are almost guaranteed locks to go with the first four picks, it is just a matter of which team prefers who. The Oakland raiders took a hit last year mainly because of dealing the best pass rusher we’ve seen in the last 5-10 years in Khalil Mack.
A hardworking, strong, intelligent defensive tackle is exactly what coach Gruden and new GM Mike Mayock need to get this rebuild off to strong and quick start. Williams stared on an Alabama defense showing he has no issues stuffing the run or getting to the quarterback from the defensive tackle position. It’s hard for me to hold back the Warren Sapp comparisons.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Montez Sweat EDGE, Mississippi St
Montez Sweat’s stock went through the roof of Lucas Oil Stadium during the combine. Posting a faster 40 time than Odell Beckham Jr. and Leveon Bell at 260lbs. Each year it feels like one athlete has a stellar combine that shoots him up a lot higher than originally mocked.
The Buccaneers are shaking things up a little bit on defense with new coach Bruce Arians steering the ship. Sweat could add major athleticism to a defensive front that features star Gerald McCoy and promising second year defensive tackle Vita Vea.
- New York Giants: Clelin Ferrell EDGE, Clemson
I’ll be honest; this was one of the hardest decisions to make for this whole mock draft. I wanted to put Dwayne Haskins here so bad because Eli is progressively getting worse by the season and quarterback is the biggest need for the Giants for sure. I think the Giants will be the winners on the Josh Rosen sweepstakes betting on a one-year player with plenty of potential.
With that off my chest, I feel like the Giants are going to flashback to a decade ago where the defense was the strongest feature of this team. Damon Harrison went to sign with the Lions, so the Giants could be looking to beef up the line and the addition of Ferrell would help tremendously. Ferrell pressuring the quarterback with newly acquired Jabrill Peppers ball hawking in the Giants secondary could be a huge step in the right direction.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: T.J. Hockenson TE, Iowa
As a fan, I am happy to see Nick Foles get an opportunity to start on a super bowl contending team. Almost anything other than Blake Bortles is an improvement to your unit. Now that they have their quarterback and a top 5 defense, it’s time to give the 2017 super bowl mvp some weapons.
T.J. Hockenson is everything you can ask for in a tight end. He can spread the field, block, and has excellent hands. We have seen how Nick Foles plays with a dominant tight end like Zach Ertz. With Leonard Fournette coming off an injury, the jags will be looking to hit defenses from every angle with a QB who can get the ball where it needs to be.
- Detroit Lions: Greedy Williams CB, LSU
The Lions have a good enough offense to compete in the NFC north with the defensive powerhouses like the Bears and Vikings. Kenny Galloday looks like an emerging star and with promising second year player Kerryon Johnson. On the flipside, the defense has a few slots that need to be filled by starters.
The Lions depth chart doesn’t feature a starting cornerback to pair up with Darius Slay. Then enters Greedy Williams who is the top ranked cornerback in this draft falling to number 8 due to the demand of edge rushers. Williams excels in Man Coverage, which would help a defense that has to play Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, and Davante Adams twice a year.
- Buffalo Bills: Jonah Williams OL, Alabama
It feels weird to have the top offensive lineman come off the board at number 9. Again, this draft is strange because of the supply and demand of defensive players being able to slow down this offensive driven league. Regardless, if Williams falls to Bills at 9 they should be ecstatic.
The Bills made some offensive heavy moves in free agency adding John Brown and Cole Beasley. Surrounding Josh Allen with offensive weapons was a priority in free agency, and getting a stud offensive lineman to protect the young quarterback should be a priority in this years draft.
- Denver Broncos: Dwayne Haskins QB, Ohio St.
This was almost a definite quarterback selection here. The Broncos were unstoppable when lead by a great QB i.e. Peyton Manning, The Broncos kind of swung and miss on Case Keenum and I am kind of expecting the same when Joe Flacco jumps on board. John Elway will be looking for the future of the Broncos and should be thrilled if Haskins falls to 10.
Haskins is an all around solid quarterback. He has the ability to fit the ball almost anywhere on the field while running a pro style offense under Urban Meyer.
- Cincinnati Bengals: D.K. Metcalf WR, Ole Miss
It seems like since the Carson Palmer era that the Bengals offense has always had the correct pieces to contend but could never really make noise in the playoffs. The Bengals offense is elite on paper with A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, and Joe Mixon.
New coach and old offensive rams coordinator Zac Taylor was hired on after the Rams lost to Tom Brady in the super bowl. Taylor (along with McVay) are offensive heavy minds. Adding the 6’4” Metcalf could cause a lot of damage to opposing secondary’s having to game plan for 3 elite receivers and a young star in Joe Mixon.
- Green Bay Packers: Devin White LB, LSU
This would be the best-case scenario in this draft for the Green Bay Packers, Jake Ryan hasn’t showed much promise as the future inside line backing core with Blake Martinez. Oren Burks had only one season injury plagued and would be a nice sub package linebacker.
The Packers addressed most of the other areas of concern in free agency in signing two edges, a thumper of a safety, and a big stud offensive lineman. Devin White possesses sideline-to-sideline speed and the ability to run with tight ends and slot receivers. An absolute steal if he falls to new head coach Matt LaFleur.
- Miami Dolphins: Drew Lock QB, Mizzou
The Dolphins were most likely praying that teams would shy away and pass on Kyler Murray and he would fall into the lap of the Miami Dolphins. Tannehills contract just doesn’t make sense and they almost had a grip on former pro-bowler Teddy Bridgewater before he was told he is the future of the Saints at that position.
Drew Lock has a cannon for an arm and his projection has been spread from top-5 to mid second round. This quarterback class just is as elite as past draft or future draft classes. I feel like Lock will need some time to develop but has the confidence to start gun-slinging week 1.
- Atlanta Falcons: Ed Oliver DL, Houston
Plug in Ed Oliver to this defensive front, and you could quite possibly be looking at the best defensive line in the NFL. The offense is secure enough for now as long as they can just find ways to get the ball into Julio’s hands.
Oliver’s projection at the beginning of the season was worthy of a top 5 pick. Due to his emergence last season, he took on plenty of double teams that impacted his numbers but nonetheless he makes plays. Oliver would be joining a defensive line that includes Grady Jarrett, Tak McKinley, and Vic Beasly jr. All of who have proven they can get to the quarterback
- Washington Redskins: Jawaan Taylor OL, Florida
With this quarterback class not boasting really any star names besides Kyler Murray, I expect Washington to address that need next year and continue the 2019 season with Case Keenum as the starting quarterback.
Picking a top rated offensive lineman is almost never a bad idea (unless your name is Tony Mandarich.) Taylor looks to be NFL ready and could help anchor a solid offensive line for years to come.
- Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns EDGE, FSU
Veteran Edge Thomas Davis has been with the Carolina Panthers for years and has been a major contribution on the field and off the field in the community. Unfortunately, age plays a huge role in todays game and the younger more athletic you can get, the better the chances of quality productivity over years to come.
Pairing Brian Burns with Luke Kuechly would be great for a team trying to find any way possible to reach the super bowl. Burns is a long athletic edge rusher that reminds me of Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd.
- New York Giants (Cle): Chauncey Gardner-Johnson S, Florida
I personally feel sorry for Giants fans after the Odell Beckham dipped out to go play with his friend Jarvis Landry while having a young franchise quarterback. The Giants I feel are doing everything in their power to squeeze every last 4-yard check down out of Eli Manning. Eli was great but he’s still aging and getting worse as the year goes on.
The one bright spot of this trade was the accusation of SS Jabrill Peppers who I have enjoyed watching out of Michigan. With the earlier pick the Giants pick defense and I don’t see them shying away. Why not add one of the most versatile players to pair a long with your other off-season defensive studs?
- Minnesota Vikings: Cody Ford OL, Oklahoma
The Minnesota Vikings seem like they have all of the pieces to contend. A franchise quarterback, two pro-bowl wide receivers, a promising running back, and a physical defense that will hit you with different looks every single play.
The one thing I can think of that would help the Vikings go deeper in the playoffs would be adding a big offensive line and keeping your highly paid quarterback up right and healthy. The NFC north is a pass-rushing haven at the moment so adding Kyler Murray’s main man to protect Kirk Cousins doesn’t seem like an awful idea.
- Tennessee Titans: Jachai Polite, EDGE Florida
If you couldn’t tell by now, most of these teams biggest demand is edge rusher and lucky for them, the supply of talented edge rushers is almost unlimited.
The power run scheme implemented by Mike Vrabel seems to be a strong spot for the Titans. Derrick Henry and Marcus Mariota run a strong QB/RB duo. The Titans could choose to add more offensive weapons but I feel like that will be addressed in the second or third round. Look for the titans to go edge with this late first round pick.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Kelvin Harmon WR, NC State
Antonio Brown? Peace. Leveon Bell? Peace. The Steelers offseason probably couldn’t have gone worse. Loosing your two all-stars to AFC teams never feels good for a fan base or the front office.
This pick makes total sense looking at who Kelvin Harmon is as a person. He is an alpha male who has been dominating the ACC and demands the ball. No, he wont be as good as Antonio Brown but I feel like he is the best receiver available for a team looking for a running mate with JuJu Smith-Schuster.
- Seattle Seahawks: Nassir Adderly S, Delaware
Earl Thomas showed extreme displeasure in the organization when they were refusing to sign him to a long-term deal. Everyone can agree the Seahawks haven’t been the same since the legion of boom started to fall apart.
Nassir possesses physicality and range similar to that of Earl Thomas. The only downfall to Adderly’s game is the man-coverage ability to the teams need for him to stop runs the past two seasons. Delaware isn’t really a football school but time and time again, players have emerged as some of the best in the league from smaller universities.
- Baltimore Ravens: N’Keal Harry WR, Arizona state
The Ravens lost WRs John Brown and Michael Crabtree to free agency this season. Brown produced good numbers even with an aging Joe Flacco/young Lamar Jackson. With the signing of Earl Thomas the Ravens now have to add weapons at Lamar Jackson’s disposal.
The team added a starting running back in Mark Ingram to the offense and I believe a wide receiver will be addressed due to the departure of your two starting wide outs. Enter N’Keal Harry who is similar to John Brown in his ability to make this offense vertical and imposes a deep threat to other teams secondary’s.
- Houston Texans: Chris Lindstrom OL, Boston College
The Texans (like the Vikings) look all around good on paper. The main loss of the off-season was Tyrann Mathieu leaving for the Chiefs, so safety could be a strong suit here but protecting Deshaun Watson should be this teams number one priority.
If Lindstrom can get his hands on you comfortably there’s not a lot of people who would be able to reach Watson. Working on zone runs will be an area of Lindstroms game this will need a few tweaks.
- Oakland Raiders (Chi): Deandre Baker CB, Georgia
The Raiders are going to be one of the hardest teams to judge this off-season due to the clearing out of most of the promising talent out in the Bay area. Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock will most likely go in a different direction that no one expects.
Baker will bring a ton of energy to a defense much in need of some sparks. The raiders defense will be very young but could have potential adding top athletes at multiple positions.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Deionte Thompson S, Alabama
The Eagles are steps away from being the best team in the NFC and appearing in many super bowls in the near future. Like the Rams, the Eagles have a solid roster and the best player available approach should be the move here for the Eagles.
Pairing Thompson with Malcolm Jenkins for the rest of the latters career would be a solid idea. Jenkins is aging, but is a vocal leader on and off the field and can help mold Thompson into a younger more athletic version of himself.
- Indianapolis Colts: Jeffery Simmons DT, Miss state
Frank Reich has stunned the league when the colts were ranked in the bottom 5 of the pre-season rankings to the top half of the league by the end of the season. The Colts could also go wide receiver here to match someone up with T.Y. Hilton giving Andrew Luck more weapons.
Simmons is an elite defensive tackle that specializes in shooting gaps and drawing double teams. Excellent addition to a good young defensive unit.
- Oakland Raiders (Dal): Noah Fant TE, Iowa
The Raiders have yet to sign their best player last season in Jared Cook. The organization might be looking to make the team younger and more athletic with all of this draft capital.
Noah Fant is a big tight end very capable of hurting defenses deep down the field and in the seams. His blocking is not as good as his teammates, but pairing Fant with Derek Carr and Antonio Brown would give the raiders multiple options.
- Los Angeles Chargers: Christian Wilkin DT, Clemson
For all the teams who drafted a quarterback in 2004 (Giants, Steelers, Chargers) you can almost guarantee a team will be looking for replacement quarterbacks in next year’s draft where quarterbacks are seen to be more poised. Philip Rivers can still get it done with confidence for now.
The Chargers have a few good pieces scattered around the defense but the building starts with the tackles and out. Wilkins and Melvin Ingram could be a solid one two punch with Wilkins drawing double teams while letting Ingram work on getting to the quarterback 1-1.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Devin Bush LB, Michigan
The Chiefs offense under Andy Reid doesn’t need any more first round talent to add. Patrick Mahomes showed he is an MVP by carrying Kansas City’s horrendous defense to the AFC championship. Adding the Honey badger was a step in the right direction but Dee Ford and Justin Houston still walked in free agency.
It’s hard to see Devin Bush slide this far but team needs prevented this match made in heaven until now. Any defensive draft picks would be a step in the right direction for the chiefs.
- Green Bay Packers (NOL): Marquise Brown WR, Oklahoma
As a Green Bay fan, this selection would have me very anxiously awaiting the start of the NFL season. The Packers second best receiver on the roster is Geronimo Allison along with Davante Adams.
Matt Lafleur has to have this man stashed somewhere on his draft board. With the amount of play-action and deep throws in this new offense, Green Bay should be looking for a Tyreek Hill type burner and someone who can spread the defense. I think Marquise Brown will be the steal of this entire draft IF slotted with a good quarterback. If not I see him comparing to a John Brown type receiver.
- Los Angeles Rams: Rashan Gary EDGE, Michigan
The Rams are a team that doesn’t really need much help to keep contending for a super bowl. I honestly think it was the Tom Brady affect that had the Rams beat. Everyone knows that the Rams had one of the top 3 rosters in the NFL just oozing with talent, so why not take the best player available here?
Dante Fowler is still a free agent and the Rams could be looking to add a little bit better version of him if Rashan Gary slips a little bit in this draft.
- New England Patriots: Irv Smith Jr TE, Alabama
It feels like New England has this pick every single year in every draft. Most years, the Belichick administration would just take the best player available but I see that changing a little bit this upcoming draft.
All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski has been flirting with retirement for the past couple seasons due to injuries and a possible career in Hollywood. The Patriots will need a new Tight end to fit the role of Gronk by flying through the seams or attacking opposing sidelines. Irv Smith Jr fits that mold perfectly.
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