NFL Mock Draft Post week 17

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Preface:

To preface there will be no trades in this mock moving into the off-season when rosters and coaching staffs are set or as set as possible pre-draft. As this is after the regular season is over every pick from 1 to 20 is set. By the end of the playoffs there will be major ripples in the final 12 picks so as of now I am using the current order provider by the draft network.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals- Joe Burrow QB, LSU

    I don’t believe there is much debate on this pick as Burrow has blown away some of the top competition that college football has to offer and there is a legitimate reason that LSU will be playing in the championship game come January 13th.

  2. Washington Redskins- Chase Young EDGE, Ohio State

    With recent reports saying that Ron Rivera is set to become the Redskins new head coach what comes with him is his aggressive version of a 4-3 set, Chase Young is an ideal fit in this scheme and to sweeten the pot he also happens to be the best player in the class. The Redskins are a team filled with youth and excitement but what comes with a new coach is uncertainty and in all honesty a lot of concern the best thing to do her is not over think the pick and take the most sure thing in this draft.

  3. Detroit Lions- Jeffery Okudah CB, Ohio State

    Now I completely understand the reason many will deny this pick and may plug in a defensive lineman or possibly even a Quarterback but the issue I have with both of these options is that Matt Stafford was having a career year before his season was cut short due to injury. As for the defensive line, yes it did underachieve however in saying it underachieved means the core has talent and expectations. The best decision in my opinion for the lions to do if they keep the third pick is get one of the top corner prospects to come out in the past five years. He has the technical ability and the instincts to play at the highest level and succeed. Finally Darius Slay will have a solid running mate across from him to improve Patricia’s defense.

  4. New York Giants- Andrew Thomas OT, Georgia

    The Giants could easily grab a wide receiver one for the future to give Daniel Jones a security blanket however the fact that Jones has a major fumbling issue tell me that the best thing to do in this case is to grab a solidified offensive tackle to protect the young Quarterbacks blind side. Thomas is easily the best tackle in this loaded offensive lineman class. He has proven to be a true franchise tackle throughout his time at Georgia. One game in particular I like to point to when people bring his play into question is last years Kentucky game where he didn’t allow current rookie sack leader Josh Allen a single pressure.

  5. Miami Dolphins- Tua  Tagovailoa QB, Alabama

    The simple fact here is that Tua is a good QB and had it not been for injury concern I don’t believe that the Dolphins would have a remote chance of landing him here at 5. While the injury is serious and there is a real chance he doesn’t play next year the dolphins still have veteran Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who has proven throughout his years is that he is a serviceable bridge Quarterback.

  6. Los Angeles Chargers- Justin Herbert QB, Oregon

    I said it last season and I will agree with my previous conclusion that there was no reason for Justin Herbert to return last season. If anything he has hurt his stock. His team got better around him however his mental issues have become much more apparent. It essentially the opposite of what Philip Rivers was this past year for the Chargers. While it is very possible that the Chargers could roll into next season with Teddy Bridgewater or even Tyrod Taylor as their starting quarterback I see that there is a chance here that they could land a top three QB in the class and that is something that I feel couldn’t be passed on.

  7. Carolina Panthers- Derrick Brown DT, Auburn

    The Panthers drastically need interior help as Kawaan Short can’t stay healthy and Gerald McCoy is both a free agent and aging. The Panthers are caught in the middle of a coaching carousel and this pick makes even more sense because of Brown’s versatility. Because of his athleticism and size he can either play a 3-4 end or a 4-3 defensive tackle position. The one question that hindered Brown’s stock heading into this season is if he could rush the passer and I would say that he has shown flashes and enough of those said flashes to convince the panthers to take him here at 7.

  8. Arizona Cardinals- Tristan Wirfs OT, Iowa

    While the pick isn’t flashy it’s necessary. The cardinals offensive line woes have been masterfully hidden by a system that caters to this atrocious line. Both starting tackles in Marcus Gilbert (who didn’t even play this hear after tearing his ACL days before the season opener) and DJ Humphries are set to become free agents, and while multiple reports have expressed mutual interest in Humphries returning the other tackle spot is a gaping whole. Wirfs has played in a pro-style offense and is the best tackle in the system. He is my second ranked tackle in this class and he truly is the definition of a mauler. The cardinals offensive line has been tormented by bull rushers who just over power the line however I truly don’t a scenario where this would or even could happen to Wirfs.

  9. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jerry Jeudy WR, Alabama

    It’s simple other than DJ Chark I have no faith in any of the weapons in Jacksonville, Keelan Cole is a free agent this year, Marquise Lee is more than likely going to get cut due to the Jags salary Cap situation and while defense certainly could be the more desperate need to get Sacksonville back in order I do believe providing your future Quarterback with great weapons may have to be your number one priority. Weather the Quarterback of the future is Minshew or possibly even a Jacob Eason later on in the draft, the point is weapons at least good weapons are needed.

  10. Cleveland Browns- Jedrick Wills OT, Alabama

    The Browns need tackles. Do I need to say anymore? Ok, In all seriousness this is somewhat of a reach but the need outweighs everything else on this roster. Bringing in a brand new head coach and hitting the reset button while also retaining all of the top heavy value on the roster could really just push this team forward. Perhaps with this move the browns massive jump is just delayed by a season.

  11. New York Jets- CeeDee Lamb WR, Oklahoma

    While CeeDee Lamb has made a great case all season to be WR1 ahead of Jerry Jeudy and a top 10 pick however the LSU game hurt his stock for me. While the game really was over very early Lamb  had a few drops and genuinly looked of in possible the biggest game of his college career. In saying all of this the Jets will need a wide receiver especially since Robbie Anderson is as good as gone and there is no way they are going to go into next season as their best receiver being Jamison Crowder. Lamb provides WR1 ability as he is a good jump ball receiver and projects to be an above average route runner at the next level. His enticing aspect is his RAC ability as he can turn virtually any play into a touchdown.

  12. Oakland Raiders-Isaiah Simmons LB/S, Clemson

    Yes a linebacker OR safety. Simmons is a defensive coordinators dream and he is dominant enough to be a top 5 pick. However in both cases of his positions the value just isn’t there. However in saying that I still almost has Simmons go third overall to the Lions. Simmons is great in coverage for a Linebacker and above average for a safety, his range is elite, and his instincts are top notch. Simmons is one of my favorite players in this class and I feel like Gruden would be ecstatic to add him to his defense. If there is anything I don’t like about this mock it is the fact that Simmons falls this low but in all cases someone is going to fall.

  13. Indianapolis Colts- Tee Higgins WR, Clemson

    The Colts have a great team overall and I would love to give them a linebacker in fact the best player for them in this class is either Chase Young or Isaiah Simmons. With Young certainly out of reach the best option is Simmons but with him of the bored the next best fit is his teammate Tee Higgins. With Ty Hilton dealing with injuries more an more the need for a receiver has become apparent. I think the enticement of a burner like Henry Ruggs would come up however the colts invested a pick into Speedy receiver Parris Campbell last year. The 6’4 Higgins give the colts a reliable no.1 target who can plain out just go get the ball.

  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Grant Delpit S, LSU

    While Delpit has struggled with tackling this year it’s never really been an issue before. He isn’t the strongest tackler and isn’t the biggest guy however the way he plays the position is superb. He is a force to be reckoned with weather he is in the box or playing 20 yards off of the line of scrimmage. His range is great and his instincts are everything you would want. With the Bucs not shying away from investing in their secondary I don’t think they want to repeat what they did in year past for example missing out on Derwin James. The Bucs sure up a position of need here and take one of the surprising fallers of this year.

  15. Denver Broncos-Henry Ruggs III WR, Alabama

    Personally I’m not much of a Henry Ruggs fan but speed kills in this league and Ruggs will more than likely run in the 4.2’s in her 40 yard dash time. His tape is alright, nothing outstanding other than of course his quickness and speed. If he improves as a receiver than we can be talking about a great receiver. I would love to compare him to John Ross as their play styles and usage are very similar but Ruggs is 6’1 or 6’2 while Ross on a good day is 5’11.

  16. Atlanta Falcons- K’Lavon Chaisson EDGE, LSU

    Chaisson was a guy who everyone knew he was talented but with his injury history and limited tape coming into this season many scouts were hesitant to pronounce him as a day one pick. But after the game Chaisson had against Oklahoma in the first part of the college football playoffs I have no doubts, He is a hyper athletic out side linebacker and he has shown the ability to cover. His best fit is definitely is a 3-4 as he will be able to rush the passer and drop back in coverage. The weakness his game portrays is in the run as he is an edge but he makes his mark and presence known in every facet of the pass game.

  17. Dallas Cowboys- Kristian Fulton CB, LSU

    With all signs pointing to Byron Jones leaving in free agency the cowboys need another corner. Fulton will plug in as a technically sound corner who loves playing press and excels in man to man coverage. The one area of his game that may turn off many is that he isn’t the best tackler. However as a strict cover corner there is only one other guy who can challenge Fulton and he went 3rd overall in this mock.

  18. Miami Dolphins- Alex Leatherwood OT, Alabama

    With taking Tua the Dolphins now need to protect there franchise QB. Adding the man who protected his blind side all year would be a good addition. Leatherwood struggled in the past few seasons but it was because he was playing guard but since his switch to tackle Leatherwood has been nothing short of great.

  19. Oakland Raiders- Laviska Shenault WR, Colorado

    Laviska is a player who is a swiss-army knife, a chess piece to be moved all over the field. In case you couldn’t tell I’m continuing a pattern that John Gruden started last year in his drafting pattern and that is adding pieces to a team that are multi-dimensional and can be immensely helpful when schemed for correctly and while we haven’t scene the best out of this strategy in pick like Clelin Ferrell, most of the picks from last year have panned out already.

  20. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevon Diggs CB, Alabama

    The Jaguars need to add to the defense and with trading away Jalen Ramsey there has been an obvious whole left in his wake. Tre Herndon has shown signs of progression but there will always be a need for more corners in this league. Diggs has had a good year and besides one or two plays against LSU he held up well against one of the best receiving cores in college football.

  21. Philadelphia Eagles- Dylan Moses LB, Alabama

    Had Moses played this year there is no doubt in my mind we would be talking about him in a similar regard to the way Devin White and Devin Bush were thought of. Moses is a great athlete that shows good instincts. He seems to be all over the field and in a scheme where only two linebackers are present this is a good scheme fit.

  22. Tennessee Titans- AJ Epenesa EDGE, Iowa

    Epenesa is a highly productive player full time starter from pretty much day one on campus. Epenesa fills a hole as Jurrell Casey is on the decline of his career. This pick also provides the the titans with the versatility to transition to a 4-3 if need be. Epenesa is a versatile end as he has the speed and athleticism to play edge and the size and strength to play a degree of the interior. He is a mismatch nightmare to add to this already stout Titans defense.

  23. Buffalo Bills- Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE, Penn State

    Matos has shown another level this season. Going into this season he was seen as someone who could make the jump but to this level is just plain out absurd. His athleticism is something to marvel at as he uses his combination of size and speed to beat tackles on a consistent basis as his 17.5 sacks over the past few year confirms. The need maybe down played by many but with Shaq Lawson entering the free agency market this off season and Jerry Hughes ageing, the need may be more vast once you take a good look rather than a quick glance.

  24. Minnesota Vikings- Tyler Biadasz IOL, Wisconsin

    The next great Wisconsin offensive lineman is here, and if he was a tackle he would be a top five pick but with the positional value not being the greatest it squanders his stock. Biadasz is or at least should be the undisputed number one interior offensive lineman going into the off-season and can play either guard or center at a great level. The Vikings have done a much better job at protecting Kirk Cousins this year and blocking for Dalvin Cook but there is always room for improvement.

  25. Miami Dolphins- D’Andre Swift RB, Georgia

    The dolphins in this case are going offensive heavy but that is really just because of the way the board fell. THe Dolphins need a long term answer at running back because Patrick Laird is not it and Kallen Ballage while having some of the traits hasn’t proven himself enough. Swift is easily the most pro-ready back in the class as he is a great pass catcher and is a good runner.

  26. Seattle Seahawks- Javon Kinlaw DT, South Carolina

    Kinlaw is great pass rusher from the interior, he shows great timing and athleticism off the snap to power his way through the opposing offensive line. In all he will add another layer to this Seahawks defensive line that needs an interior pass rusher. Also the fact he fell this far is another reason he would slot here as there is a modest need for the position and this is a steal.

  27.  New England Patriots- Curtis Weaver EDGE, Boise State

    Weaver is a well built pass rusher who has shown signs of dominance. He has been great against the run. The one downside of weaver is that his edge bend isn’t the best however he can shed blocks and get to the Quarterback at a good rate, overall he reminds me of a patriot type of player.

  28. New Orleans Saints- Creed Humphrey IOL, Oklahoma

    The Saints need to add another Interior offensive lineman and while I do understand that Humphrey has logged most of his time at Center throughout his time at Oklahoma, I do believe he can move over to guard. Many may argue that Andrus Peat is good, I can’t agree with that his one pro-bowl appearance is an outlier. As for their other guard Larry Warford has been good but he’s looking at the wrong side of thirty and he’s going to want to be paid this off-season.

  29. Kansas City Chiefs- CJ Henderson CB, Florida

    While the Chiefs defense has been much improved and the corner back market in free agency is loaded, as of right now the Chiefs need a boundary corner and the very physical and press oriented Henderson fits the bill.

  30. Green Bay Packers- Brandon Aiyuk WR, Arizona State

    The packers still need more at the receiving core, even though guys like Geranimo Allison has been serviceable and MVS has shown flashes as a tall length deep threat. Aiyuk has versatillite as a deep threat and is great after the catch. In all honesty he is very comparable to CeeDee Lamb, while Lamb is the better football player Aiyuk is probably the better athlete.

  31. San Francisco 49ers- Shaun Wade CB, Ohio State

    Wade has been a staple at Ohio State for years. His value has been showcased this past week in the Clemson game, before wade was removed from the game on a debatable call Clemson had no momentum and was almost offensively handicapped. After the slot corner was removed Clemson instantly targeted his replacement and went on to win the game. The 49ers despite being great this year still need corner back help in the slot for now and moving forward Sherman is getting older.

  32. Baltimore Ravens- Kenneth Murray LB, Oklahoma

    This is the only player on the field for Oklahoma on defense… But in all seriousness Murray has been everywhere on the field he has grown in his coverage ability throughout his time at Oklahoma. The ravens will be in need of a ILB as Patrick Onwuasor is a free agent who has been the most valuable player for this defense for a few years now. The second linebacker spot is even a weakness currently, the hole needs to be filled and Murray is taken here at great value.

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