Ladies and Gentlemen, we are back with yet another mock draft here. Once again, zero trades, but plenty of surprises. Check it out and let me know your thoughts.
Pick 1: Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson)
This pick is pretty obvious, Lawrence is the consensus best quarterback prospect in this draft class. Minshew is by no means a bad quarterback, but to pass on Lawrence here would be absurd by the Jaguars. The Jaguars offseason up to this point has been a little bumpy so far with the hire of Urban Meyer and the hire and resignation of Chris Doyle. Lawrence is a good way to move past that bump and into the new era.
Pick 2: New York Jets- Penei Sewell (OT, Oregon)
Each day we keep hearing reports that the Jets are comfortable with Sam Darnold at the quarterback position, I don’t love that idea but there are plenty of worse options than Darnold. In this mock I have them solidifying the offense around Sam Darnold. Penei Sewell is a top player in this draft class who would bolster the offensive line with Becton for Darnold or any future quarterback they have.
Pick 3: Miami Dolphins via HOU- Jaylen Waddle (WR, Alabama)
Getting Tua some form of help should be the Dolphins number one priority this offseason. Here we see them take Jaylen Waddle, the speedster out of Alabama. Waddle was on of Tua’s favorite wideouts during their time at Alabama. Waddle would provide the Dolphins with a dynamic weapon to help ignite an offense that lacked big plays.
Pick 4: Atlanta Falcons- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB/SAF, Notre Dame)
Normally I pick quarterback here for the Falcons, but I decided to change it up for the mock. JOK is an absolute game changer for a defense. Falcons new DC, Dean Pees would be able to do so much with a chess piece like JOK at his disposal. JOK would bring energy and talent to a team that lacks talent across the board.
Pick 5: Cincinnati Bengals- Kyle Pitts (TE, Florida)
Penei Sewell being off the board is the worst case scenario for the Bengals. In this mock they settle with Kyle Pitts, who might be the best offensive player not named Trevor Lawrence. Pitts would be a huge addition for the Bengals and their young franchise QB in Joe Burrow. Pitts is an explosive player who can take over a game in any capacity and will be a great addition for a young team trying to crawl out of last place.
Pick 6: Philadelphia Eagles- Ja’Marr Chase (WR, LSU)
Philadelphia is an absolute dumpster fire as an organization. They have a lot of major issues across the board, one of which is their WR room. Travis Fulgham and Jalen Reagor are decent pieces, but Chase would add another addition to this team and for Jalen Hurts. Chase had a dominant season in 2019 before he opted out in 2020 and would be a great piece for the Eagles rebuild.
Pick 7: Detroit Lions- Devonta Smith (WR, Alabama)
The Lions are starting yet another rebuild. They have a solid stop gap in Jared Goff at quarterback, but what they need is to upgrade the WR position since Jared Goff needs weapons. Since Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay are both free agents you need some insurance. Smith is the reigning Heisman winner and brings a different game to the weak Lions receiving core.
Pick 8: Carolina Panthers- Mac Jones (QB, Alabama)
In this mock the Panthers don’t make a move for a QB and they settle with Bridgewater to be a bridge QB for Mac Jones. Mac Jones is a little weird here, but down in Mobile the Panthers coaching staff was all over the Alabama Quarterback. Picturing what Mac Jones could do in the Joe Brady offense is similar to what we saw from Joe Burrow at LSU. The Panthers are desperate for a quarterback who can take them to the next level. I’m not sure that Jones is that, but he is a safe pick for a franchise trying to establish themselves.
Pick 9: Denver Broncos- Caleb Farley (CB, Virginia Tech)
Broncos just cut AJ Bouye. They should add to their CB room. Farley is a guy who has all the traits at the cornerback position, and is a pile of clay for a coach like Vic Fangio. Farley would give the Broncos a good addition to a secondary that plays in a division of good quarterback play.
Pick 10: Dallas Cowboys- Jaycee Horn (CB, South Carolina)
The Cowboys were the NFL’s most disappointing team in 2020. However that is actually something that seems like it could be beneficial for them. The Dallas secondary was abysmal last season. They added Dan Quinn to be the new DC, and in this mock they add Jaycee Horn to help stabilize the secondary. Horn is a corner who can mirror any WR and refuses to back away from a challenge. Adding a guy like Horn to Dallas to pair with Trevon Diggs would set Dallas up for the long-term.
Pick 11: New York Giants- Kwity Paye (EDGE, Michigan)
This is very much a Gettleman pick and the worst case scenario for the New York Giants. All three of the top WR’s are off the board so Gettleman settles for Kwity Paye the EDGE from Michigan. Paye is a very solid EDGE who displays a fantasic first step and can set the edge well for the Giants defense. Paye would be a great addition for Joe Judge and Patrick Graham’s defense.
Pick 12: San Francisco 49ers- Zach Wilson (QB, BYU)
Zach Wilson sliding to 12 after being QB1 in some peoples eyes? Somehow it happened in this mock but it is a perfect fit for the 49ers/ His mobility combined with his arm? It is a dream for Kyle Shanahan and co. Wilson would bring a much needed confidence and swagger to the quarterback position in the Bay area.
Pick 13: Los Angeles Chargers- Rashawn Slater (OT, Northwestern)
Justin Herbert just won offensive rookie of the year, but got abused during the process. The best way to fix that is by taking the best offensive lineman which in this case is Slater. Slater is a chess piece on the offensive line who can play any position for this weak offensive line. Please keep Herbert upright LA, last thing we want is to see another young franchise QB get hurt.
Pick 14: Minnesota Vikings- Trey Lance (QB, NDSU)
The Vikings seem to be stuck in a weird place right now. Not quite good enough to get over the hump, but not quite bad enough to be in full rebuild territory. In this mock they get lucky enough to land one of the premier quarterback prospects in this draft class. Lance has the build and the arm to sling it and compete in the quarterback duels in the NFC North. He is very raw, but sitting behind Kirk Cousins for a year would be very beneficial for him while he grows. He would be a great way to retool the Vikings while staying competitive.
Pick 15: New England Patriots- Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State)
The Patriots and the Cam Newton experiment didn’t work out like it was supposed to. But here they somehow land a top tier QB. I have Fields ending with a similar grade to Tua from last years draft. Adding Fields to a Josh McDaniels offense combined with the already loaded Patriots defense would help bring the Patriots back to the playoffs. All they have to do next is add more weapons for the young franchise QB.
Pick 16: Arizona Cardinals- Patrick Surtain II (CB, Alabama)
The Cardinals are letting legend Patrick Peterson leave this free agency and they need to replace him. Patrick Surtain II sliding this far is almost criminal, but it’s perfect for the Cardinals here. Surtain II is a fantastic addition in a division full of great WR’s and QB’s. Surtain was a 3 year starter for the Alabama defense and should be an immediate fill in for the Cardinals.
Pick 17: Las Vegas Raiders- Gregory Rousseau (DL, Miami)
Rousseau is an elite, yet raw, physical specimen. He checks every box as a defensive lineman, but yet his technique is very raw and flawed in many areas. He has the natural talent to really thrive in this league, but he is a bit of a gamble which causes him to slide. Adding him to the new Gus Bradley defense with Maxx Crosby and Clelin Ferrell will be a good way to help the Raiders compete in the AFC West.
Pick 18: Miami Dolphins- Christian Darrisaw (OT, Virgina Tech)
The Miami Dolphins missed on Sewell with their third overall pick, but they added Waddle. Now at this pick we bolster the offensive line to help Tua gain confidence in himself and to help him stay alive in the pocket. Darrisaw is a bear of an offensive lineman who uses his strength to dominate pass rushers. Adding him to this young Dolphins offense is a great long-term invest for both the line and for helping the QB.
Pick 19: Washington Football Team- Sam Cosmi (OT, Texas)
The Football Team was a fan favorite last year when they made the playoffs. They really need a quarterback, but they missed one due to the run earlier. Maybe they trade for Darnold, maybe they swing Carr, who knows. But what I do know is that they need to bolster the offensive line. Adding a tackle like Cosmi could do that. He is a very raw traits based player who has been shooting up draft boards as of late. His massive frame and strength would be a great corner piece for this Ron Rivera led team.
Pick 20: Chicago Bears- Alijah Vera-Tucker (OL, USC)
This might be the absolute WORST case scenario for Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace. They miss on every franchise QB and are on the hotseat. But they have options later who they could try to gamble on. Here we see them solidify the offensive line with AVT from USC. He can play both guard and tackle at an NFL level. It would be a great addition to help keep whoever is playing QB for the Bears upright, it’s not flashy but it will work.
Pick 21: Indianapolis Colts- Dillon Radunz (OT, NDSU)
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Colts won the Carson Wentz sweepstakes. Is it really a win? We will see. But one thing is for certain, losing Anthony Castanzo is going to be a major blow to the Colts offensive line. Adding a raw mauler of an LT in Radunz next to an All Pro LG in Nelson would be a sight for Colts fans. It would probably be a relief for the newest Colts QB also to actually have a solidified offensive line,.
Pick 22: Tennessee Titans- Teven Jenkins (RT, Oklahoma State)
Isaiah Wilson looks like he won’t be a Titan come next season. In order to make sure that Derrick Henry can run with ease, we give them Teven Jenkins. The absolute brute of a tackle from OK State. Jenkins is incredibly raw, but also incredibly powerful. Jenkins would be able to help solidify the offensive line to help the Titans ride Derrick Henry back into the playoffs.
Pick 23: New York Jets- Rashod Bateman (WR, Minnesota)
It’s going to be crazy to some if Bateman slips this far in the draft. But for the Jets, it’s a steal. Adding Bateman to Denzel Mims would give the Jets two great young receivers for them to build around. Bateman is an elite route runner who can create space on any route. Adding Bateman and Sewell would be a major win for the Jets regime.
Pick 24: Pittsburgh Steelers- Jalen Mayfield (OT, Michigan)
The Steelers are in a very rough situation right now. They aren’t good enough to win a title. But they are good enough to keep making the playoffs. What they need to do right now is hit on the next generation of cornerstone pieces for that team. Mayfield can be one of those, he’s a young technically sound right tackle who can be a long-term piece of the Steelers offensive line. Adding him would help reestablish the running game and give Big Ben some more protection since he’s old now.
Pick 25: Jacksonville Jaguars- Eric Stokes (CB, UGA)
The Jaguars already have one young corner in CJ Henderson. But now they’ll have a bright young corner duo in CJ Henderson and Eric Stokes. In 2020 he routinely made major plays for the Georgia defense that consisted of multiple pick sixes. Adding Stokes will help bring the Jaguars defense back to 2018 heights.
Pick 26: Cleveland Browns- Zaven Collins (LB, Tulsa)
The Browns had a beautiful run in the post season, that had many like myself becoming “Temporary Browns Fans” (If you follow me on Twitter you’d understand.) But the Browns needed some help at the linebacker position. Here we give the Browns a playmaking Linebacker out of Tulsa. Collins can do it all as a linebacker. He is a physical freak who can rush the passer, cover WR’s and lead a defense.
Pick 27: Baltimore Ravens- Azeez Ojulari (EDGE, Georgia)
Azeez Ojulari is one of the top edge’s in this draft class. He is fast, fluid, and displays a great versatility of pass rush moves. The Ravens are a team that routinely takes the best player available, and Ojulari fits the bill. Ojulari is a young EDGE who can be a corner stone piece for this Ravens defense. Building a defense with Ojulari and Patrick Queen will help keep the Baltimore defense at a great level.
Pick 28: New Orleans Saints- Micah Parsons (LB, Penn State)
The slide stops here. Parsons is an elite level talent who has some major off the field concerns The Saints seem like a team that can afford to take the gamble on him. Parsons is a game changing player who can elevate the Saints defense while the offense learns to function without Drew Brees. Adding Parsons to this defense will cause nightmares for the rest of the NFC South.
Pick 29: Green Bay Packers- Terrace Marshall Jr. (WR, LSU)
For the love of God please get the Packers another weapon on offense. Marshall would be a great weapon opposite of Davonte Adams. Adding Marshall would be great for both Aaron Rodgers and for Jordan Love over the next few seasons. Marshall is a great weapon who can do everything you want out of a good WR. He dominated as a scoring threat over the past two seasons where he scored 23 touchdowns between the two seasons.
Pick 30: Buffalo Bills- Aaron Robinson (CB, UCF)
Aaron Robinson is a great corner who ran both the slot and the outside down in Orlando. The Bills need to add to the secondary because Josh Norman isn’t the answer. At the Senior Bowl we saw Robinson show fantastic recovery speed and chase down Kadarius Toney after getting beat. Robinson is a scrappy corner who will make an immediate impact in this Buffalo defense who hopes to compete for the AFC title again this season.
Pick 31: Kansas City Chiefs- Wyatt Davis (OG, Ohio State)
Yes, KC was missing some of their offensive line for the Super Bowl. Either way, the interior of the offensive line has been horrible the past season or two. Getting their starting tackles back will be a great start. Adding Davis is a second step that NEEDS to happen. Davis is a dominant guard who can elevate the offensive line. You have to keep your franchise quarterback upright, and Davis can help do that.
Pick 32: Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Christian Barmore (iDL, Alabama)
The Bucs just won their second Super Bowl in franchise history. This team was built as well as any we have ever seen. Jason Licht really created a masterpeice. They will probably be letting Suh walk, and that means they will need to add someone next to Vita Vea on that defensive line. Insert Christian Barmore, the stud defensive lineman from Alabama. He can do it all from the interior and would help free up the EDGE duo of Shaq Barrett and JPP.
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