Cincinnati Bengals – QB Joe Burrow, LSU – You have to love these type of stories. This time last year Burrow was looked at as a potential Day 3 guy, fast forward a year and he is projected to be the number one overall pick. Burrow does just about everything well with his biggest concern being arm strength.
Washington Redskins – EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State – Best player in the draft falls just one spot due to the QB needy Bengals drafting number one overall. Adding Young to an already beefed up defensive line could really help transform this Redskin’s team under the new Rivera regime.
Detroit Lions – CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State – This is where things start to get a bit interesting. In a future mock I will most likely have a QB needy team trade up here to get Tua (pending medicals). For the sake of keeping this clean, Detroit grabs the best defensive player available. Another year under Patricia, another horrific defense. Detroit should keep throwing darts at blue chip defensive players until something changes.
New York Giants – WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama – I know Gettleman sees Derrick Brown here and is salivating over drafting yet another interior defensive lineman, but for this mock I am pretending only competent GMs are participating. Drafting a weapon like Jeudy for Daniel Jones would mean the organization is looking to help their young QB succeed. Jeudy brings it all to the table, a silky smooth deceptive route runner who reminds me a whole lot of an ex-Giants WR that I am sure you all are very familiar with.
Miami Dolphins – QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama – Pending Tua’s medicals I don’t see Miami actually having the luxury to sit back and take him at 5. Luckily Miami has the ammunition to move up if needed. ‘Tank for Tua’ truly coming full circle with this pick.
LA Chargers – OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama – Chargers offensive line has been an issue for awhile now. I think it is a smart move to bolster up the offensive line prior to drafting the potential franchise QB. Wills is powerful in the run game while still showing great balance in pass pro. I see no reason why he wouldn’t be able to transition to the left side if needed either.
Carolina Panthers – QB Justin Herbert, Oregon – Grier ain’t it. Hopefully GM Dave Tepper and new head coach Matt Rhule come to an agreement on that. Herbert has a chance to raise his stock a lot in a couple weeks at the Senior Bowl. He has a killer arm and makes good decisions under pressure but also is notorious for locking in on his first read.
Arizona Cardinals – OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa – Kliff and co. made magic last year with a group of misfits on the offensive line. Arizona should continue to bolster the line by adding Wirfs to the right side. Uber powerful right tackle who moves gracefully for his size. CeeDee Lamb is intriguing here but with the WR class being so deep, I say grab the blue chip tackle.
Jacksonville Jaguars – WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma – Pairing Lamb with breakout receiver DJ Chark would be quite the move. It isn’t the most pressing need but if you want to surround Minshew with talent on the outside this would be the way to go. Lamb has the best hands in the class, is lethal after the catch and has incredible sideline awareness. He would make any QB in the league better.
Cleveland Browns – OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia – The Browns biggest need is a new head coach but for now we will address the line. Thomas is another powerful blocker in the run game who has all the makings to be a franchise left tackle especially in a power run offense.
New York Jets – EDGE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa – This is a perfect scenario when need and best player available link up and you make a slam dunk selection. Epenesa is an every down player who is sturdy in the run game while still being able to get to the QB. Not a ton of burst or bend from Epenesa but definitely an impact player that will fill a huge need in New York.
Las Vegas Raiders – LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson – That is for sure weird to type. Anyways, this is a dream scenario for the Raiders being able to choose between Brown, Simmons and Ruggs. As a non-Raider fan that watches way too many Raider games, the defense will not be successful with Tahir Whitehead on the field. Simmons is maybe the most athletic player in the draft, the ultimate chess piece for a defensive coordinator. He can play MIKE, SAM and nickel LBer. Mayock hits a home run getting Simmons in silver and black.
Indianapolis Colts – QB Jordan Love, Utah State – With Luck retiring out of nowhere and Brissett regressing, the Colts know they don’t have their franchise QB on the roster. Love’s junior season was one to remember while his senior year was one to forget. He has a lot of questions to answer at the Senior Bowl and could see his stock rise or fall more than anyone.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – IDL Derrick Brown, Auburn – Brown is no doubt a top 10 talent in this class and the best interior defensive lineman. Buccaneers get lucky and have a game changing player fall to pick 14. Brown wins in so many different ways inside and out, he could really help launch this Bucs defense into a legitimate threat next season.
Denver Broncos – WR Henry Ruggs, Alabama – Drew Lock, Courtland Sutton and Henry Ruggs. The Greatest Show on Turf 2.0….I kid, I kid…well sort of. You can start to see a theme here though, it is important to surround your young talent with weapons on the outside. Ruggs 4.2 speed paired with emerging superstar Courtland Sutton could be a major problem for defenses. It reminds me a lot of Hopkins and Fuller in Houston.
Atlanta Falcons – IDL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina – One of the biggest risers this season. Kinlaw paired with Grady Jarrett would be a sight to see. Kinlaw gets off the ball so well for his size. He uses his explosiveness paired with power to wreak havoc.
Dallas Cowboys – S Grant Delpit, LSU – Depending on who Dallas decides to pay and who they don’t this pick could be one of a couple players. Delpit has shown some struggles tackling but that doesn’t mean he isn’t physical. Plays great when coming downhill and would add another element to the Dallas defense.
Miami Dolphins – CB Kristian Fulton, LSU – There are so many holes to fill on this Dolphins roster. Best player available is the model I abide by when your roster is this depleted. Fulton has the makings of a true number one corner, his coverage skills are undeniable. A pairing of Fulton and Xavien Howard would be a luxury many teams don’t have.
Las Vegas Raiders – S Xavier McKinney, Alabama – Nope, doesn’t get easier to type the second time around. I know this isn’t what most fans believe is a pressing need but here are the cold hard facts. Your defense sucks. Adding McKinney and allowing him to be your center fielder while Abrams can play downhill would be a perfect pairing. Having a safety tandem like that could hide a ton of issues on the defensive side of the ball. I know you need a receiver but there will be talented ones available in the third, I promise.
Jacksonville Jaguars – IOL Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma – Oklahoma is a factory for lineman you want playing for your team. Humphrey has a wrestling background and it is very apparent when you watch him gain leverage in the running game. If the Jaguars really want to see if Minshew is the real deal, continue to improve his surroundings.
Philadelphia Eagles – WR Jalen Reagor, TCU – A true field stretcher is something the Eagles need desperately. Reagor is a real twitchy receiver that has elite speed to be a vertical threat. Adding a weapon like this for Carson Wentz is a no-brainer in my opinion.
Buffalo Bills – EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU – The Bills could be very thin at the EDGE position if they don’t resign Shaq Lawson plus when you add in Lorenzo Alexander’s retirement, EDGE becomes a major need. Chaisson gives them a flexible EDGE defender that can drop into coverage if needed. His athletic ability flies off the tape but there isn’t a ton of production to match. It is one of those high risk, high reward type picks that might just be worth it.
New England Patriots – EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State – Patriots are a big question mark right now, with Tom Brady possibly playing somewhere else to finish out his career. Their defense was great this year but they still missed a contributing EDGE presence. Gross-Matos fits the bill of a Belichick EDGE defender and is a perfect fit in New England.
New Orleans Saints – WR Laviska Shenault, Colorado – Shenault is a bit of a swiss army knife. Watching his tape you can see he does he a little bit of everything on offense. I know Sean Payton loves his do-it-all type weapons, so this seems like a great complementary fit alongside Michael Thomas.
Tennessee Titans – Terrell Lewis, Alabama – Bama was seriously just stacked this year with talent. Lewis can play opposite of emerging star Harold Landry and add on to what is already one of the best defenses in the league.
Minnesota Vikings – CB Paulson Adebo, Stanford – Vikings need to add to the CB room. With both Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander pending free agency and Rhodes, a shell of his former self, the Vikings can add a potential number one corner with Adebo. In two years as a starter at Stanford he has shown the tools to be a physical defender that works well downhill in the run game. He uses his length to create impressive pass deflections and would be an awesome fit for Zimmer’s defense.
Miami Dolphins – IOL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin – The Dolphins are a mess. Continuing to add impact players is the move here. Biadasz is as consistent as they come up front. He would immediately improve what is a mess of an offensive line in Miami.
Seattle Seahawks – CB Jeff Gladney, TCU – This may seem a bit early for Gladney but, to me, he embodies a Pete Carroll corner. A sure tackler that does a great job in coverage mirroring the WR and crowding the catch point, resulting in a plethora of pass breakups.
Kansas City Chiefs – RB Travis Etienne, Clemson – RB probably isn’t the Chiefs biggest hole but adding a dynamic playmaker like Etienne is worth it. The most explosive back in the class goes to the most explosive offense in the league. A very scary potential pairing with Reid, Mahomes and gang.
Green Bay Packers – LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma – Packers address their biggest need late in the draft. There are only two off-ball LBers worthy of a first round selection and Murray is one of them. Much more of a finesse type LBer that moves sideline to sideline better than anyone in the class.
San Francisco 49ers – RB J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State – A luxury pick for the most talented roster in the league. Dobbins is a grinder and shows incredible contact balance that allows him to rattle off huge runs despite how dense he is. A true workhorse RB that shows the type of vision and patience Shanahan is looking for.
Baltimore Ravens – IDL Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma – The Ravens offense is a machine but the front 7 is not what it used to be. Assuming they do what they can to keep Matt Judon around, I think bolstering the interior defensive line is a good move. Gallimore loves to attack the LOS and create disruption rather than sit back and read and react. He has an incredibly high ceiling as an interior pass rusher, which is just what the Ravens need.