The NFL draft is just a week away! It’s the only sporting event we’ll see for awhile, so I’ve decided to drop a mock in anticipation for the event. I didn’t add any trades, because with everything going on I believe that there won’t be many trades this year, compared to a normal year. This draft is one we’ll always remember, from the virtual players, to league commissioner Roger Goodell making the announcement from his basement. Start the clock.
1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU (RS Senior)
He’s not my favorite quarterback in this draft, but coming off arguably one of the greatest seasons of all time from a quarterback it’s hard to debate this pick. Also, Tua Tagovailoa coming off hip surgery makes this selection easy for Cincinatti.
2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State (Junior)
This is an easy pick here, thanks to the Giants beating the Redskins, giving them potentially one of the best pass rushers in the next decade. Young will give the Redskins one of the most talented defensive’s line in the league. I also would like to see my Redskin fan friend Isaac’s reaction to them taking Tua here, but not in this mock.
3. Detroit Lions – Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State (Junior)
After the Darius Slay trade to the Philadelphia Eagles, this is expected (barring a trade back by Detroit). Okudah is the best corner in this draft. Okudah is so polished, and his footwork is ridiculously smooth. He will help Ohio State argument against LSU for ‘DBU’. He’s my favorite defensive player in the draft.
4. New York Giants – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa (Junior)
I know a lot of Giants fan are want Isiah Simmons here, but after drafting your franchise quarterback and running back the past two years, you have to protect them. Don’t worry giants fans, just one more season with GM Dave Gettleman and then we can hire Ed Dodds.
5. Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama (Junior)
All I have to say is he’s the left handed Russel Wilson, do not be dumb here Miami. I will admit, medicals are a concern, but his potential is too high to pass up. In my opinion, he is the best quarterback in the draft. He’s my favorite offensive player in the draft.
6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon (Senior)
After letting Rivers go in free agency, a hole was created at quarterback. Tyrod Taylor may be the starter in the present, but certainly not the future. This is also my friend Tarik’s favorite player (he’s usually wrong), so bust alert is very high here.
7. Carolina Panthers – Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson (RS Junior)
A surprise retirement from Luke Kuechly left a hole at linebacker, enter Isiah Simmons. He might be the most athletic player in this draft. He can play anywhere on defense, but linebacker is his best position.
8. Arizona Cardinals – Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama (Junior)
Kyler Murray got his superstar receiver from robbing the Texans, now he needs some protection from the offensive line. Wills played Right Tackle because Tua was left handed, so he can play either side of the line.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn (Senior)
Jags are going all in on Minshew, so they could go with a tackle, but they also need to bring Sacksonville back. My friend Dave Stolte predicts Brown will be a bust, but Jacksonville should be used to that by now.
10. Cleveland Browns – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville (Junior)
The Browns are going all in on their offense, so drafting Baker Mayfield’s blindside here would make the most sense. More importantly, it will give Baker more time to throw, allowing him to keep star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. happy.
11. New York Jets – Jerry Juedy, WR, Alabama (Junior)
The Jets signed a couple lineman in free agency, so drafting the best available receiver in the draft is the pick here. Jeudy’s route running is the part of his game that makes me separate him from Ceedee Lamb.
12. Las Vegas Raiders – Ceedee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma (Junior)
The Antonio Brown experiment failed miserably last year, leaving a hole at wide receiver. The Raiders could go with Jordan Love here, but general manager Mike Mayock sounds like he’s going to give Derek Carr another year.
13. San Francisco 49ers – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina (Senior)
The 49ers have the best front four in the NFL, but lost DeForest Buckner to the Colts, so here they try to replace him. Kinlaw is freak athlete who will get to the quarterback.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia (Junior)
The Buccaneers are going all in with the signing of the G.O.A.T., so they’re going to have to protect their 43 year old quarterback. Andrew Thomas can play guard or tackle, and is a great run blocker.
15. Denver Broncos – Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama (Junior)
Rookie quarterback Drew Lock came on strong late last season, and drafting Ruggs here will give him a great 1-2 punch with Courtland Sutton. Ruggs is a speedy wideout who is often compared to Tyreek Hill, he’ll get a lot of chances at deep balls with Locks arm talent.
16. Atlanta Falcons – CJ Henderson, CB, Florida (Junior)
Atlanta has a lot of great players on offense, with a total of eleven former first round picks. The secondary needs help, especially with the release of Desmond Trufant. Henderson has great speed, and can play both the outside and the slot.
17. Dallas Cowboys – K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU (RS Sophomore)
Chaisson is raw talent, but he’s very explosive. Dallas needs pass rushers, especially after the loss of Robert Quinn to the Bears. They did sign Aldon Smith, but who knows if he’ll play or get suspended again.
18. Miami Dolphins – AJ Epenesa, Edge, Iowa (Junior)
After already getting their quarterback of the future, the Dolphins still have a lot of holes on their roster, including edge rusher. Epenesa can play multiple positions on the defensive line, and will help the Dolphins pressure Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and whoever replaces Tom Brady.
19. Las Vegas Raiders – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma (Junior)
The Raiders are going back to back Oklahoma Sooners in this mock. Murray is a very good linebacker, his speed just jumps out the screen when you watch his film. Murray’s character is also off the charts, he’ll help build the culture that Mayock preaches about.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU (Senior)
Shahid Khan put general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone on the hot seat, so they will need to draft instant contributors. After trading cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye in the past couple months, they’re left with holes at corner. Fulton is a talented corner who has good size, plus he also got to play along side future NFL star corner Derek Stingley last year, which helped his game.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU (Junior)
Jefferson has great hands and is a very good route runner. He had a very good combine, which helped his draft stock. He’ll be a great fit with Carson Wentz, you know .. when Wentz is actually on the field and not in the medical tent.
22. Minnesota Vikings – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama (Senior)
After Xavier Rhodes’ play fell off the past couple seasons, the Vikings released him, leaving a hole at corner. It’s kinda funny Vikings traded away his brother, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, just to draft him with the pick. Diggs has great size, athleticism, and strength for a corner, plus great footwork.
23. New England Patriots – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State (Junior)
There’s a good chance that Love’s not here by the time the Patriots draft here. He’s coming off a down season in 2019 from his 2018 campaign. He threw an FBS high 17 interceptions, but has a lot potential and there’s no better coach to help him reach it.
24. New Orleans – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU (Junior)
The Saints offense is loaded with talent, so I don’t see them drafting a receiver here. Their defense is pretty solid, so they can draft the best player available here. Quarterback could also be the pick here.
25. Minnesota Vikings – Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State (Senior)
The Vikings traded away their star receiver, Stefon Diggs, so theres a need at here. Also, Kirk Cousins just re-signed with a three year extension, so they need to provide him with the talent to succeed. Aiyuk’s play will be a nice compliment to Adam Theilen’s game.
26. Miami Dolphins – Josh Jones, OT, Houston (RS Senior)
After drafting a generational quarterback in Tagovailoa, they’re going to need to protect him. Also, Miami currently has a terrible offensive line. Jones is the best tackle available after the top four tackles, Wirfs, Wills, Beckton and Thomas, were all drafted already.
27. Seattle Seahawks – Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, PSU (Junior)
With the uncertainty of whats going to happen with Jadeveon Clowney, the Seahawks will need to address the edge rusher position. Gross-Matos is a good pass rusher, and he can also stop the run.
28. Baltimore Ravens – Zach Baun, LB, Wisconsin (RS Senior)
Baun is a versatile linebacker who can rush the passer, as well as drop back and cover well. He’ll help that defense a lot, as they’ll now with three talented quarterbacks in the AFC North. (Not counting their own).
29. Tennessee Titans – Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State (RS Junior)
With the departure of Jack Conklin to the Cleveland Browns, there’s a hole on the Titans offensive line. They just paid Ryan Tannehill franchise quarterback money and will probably signing Derrick Henry to a long term deal, they need to beef up that line to protect them.
30. Green Bay Packers – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson (Junior)
The Packers could end up drafting Aaron Rodgers successor here, but after getting blown out in the NFC championship game, they’re going to have to draft some talent around him as well. Higgins size and red zone ability will help Rodgers in his quest for his second ring.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado (Junior)
Shenault was arguably the best wide receiver in this draft last preseason. However, injuries changed things, but he’s still very talented and his potential will be brought out with the help of Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers do not have a lot of draft picks in this draft, so this may be a possible trade out situation as well.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU (Senior)
Coming off Super Bowl win and looking for more with a future all-time great in Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs need to draft well on defense to help compliment their high flying offense. The Chiefs lost their best corner in free agency to the Redskins, Gladney may lack size for a corner but has good ball skills and instincts to make up for it.