I just wanted to point out this is not a projection mock draft, two writers worked together and used our own draft board’s and our own player rankings to make a mock we felt comfortable with. In all honesty this is one of the more unique mocks I have seen so far this off-season, but in saying that, these picks still make a ton of sense.
- Cincinnati- Joe Burrow QB, LSU
This is a lock, and there is no reason this pick changes.
- Washington- Chase Young EDGE, Ohio State
Much alike the 1st pick in this draft this is a lock, Young is the universal best player in this class.
- Miami- Tua Tagovailoa QB, Alabama ( Miami trades pick 5, 39, and 141)
Miami does trade up to get their franchise QB, and while the rumors are swirling that “the Dolphins don’t like Tua, they like Herbert more” this is smoke if I’ve even seen it. The truth is if Tua didn’t have these injuries he wouldn’t even have a chance of sitting here at 3 for the Dolphins.
- N.Y. Giants- Isaiah Simmons, LB/S/Everything, Clemson
I understand the Giants could easily go offensive tackle here but their defense is god awful, and truth be told Isaiah Simmons is a one man defense, he can line up virtually anywhere and still be highly productive. He fits exactly what the Giants need.
- Detroit– Jeff Okudah CB, Ohio State (Detroit receives picks 5, 39, and 141)
The Lions get the best corner in this class. Okudah fits this patriots type of defense where the corners in this style of defense are put on islands and they have to hold up. Okudah is a very free and loose playing corner who excels when he can just make plays and that is exactly what he will do in Detroit.
- Cleveland- Andrew Thomas OT, Georgia ( Cleveland trades picks 10, 74, and next years 3rd round)
The Browns moving up is a move I love, and I don’t quite understand why I don’t see it more often. In this case they trade up to grab the best offensive tackle in this class. This does allow newly signed tackle Jack Conklin to stay at right tackle and arguably the worst starting tackle duo in the NFL last year becomes one of the best built for the future.
- Carolina- Derrick Brown IDL, Auburn
Carolina had the worst run defense last year and they got worse up front after Gerald McCoy left in free agency. Brown is a great at stopping the run, but has some work to do when it comes to rushing the passer and Kawann Short can help with his development in Carolina.
- Arizona- Javon Kinlaw IDL South Carolina
The cardinals probably should look to trade back but after Derrick Brown goes at no.7 and both DJ Humphries and Marcus Gilbert resigned contract tackle isn’t their biggest need it is definitely defensive line. Kinlaw in the best interior pass rusher in this class and is my highest rated IDL. He would more than likely come in and start as the nose tackle for Arizona as that is a gaping hole on their defensive line.
- Tampa Bay- Tristan Wirfs OT/OG Iowa (Tampa Bay trades picks 14, 76, and 114)
Here the Bucs trade up to get an instant stater where ever they need on this line, more than likely right guard for this next season and he would then transition out after Demar Dotson more than likely retires.
- L.A. Chargers- Jordan Love QB Utah State ( Chargers receive picks 10, 74, and 3rd next year)
This may come to a surprise for many but the truth is if you are comparing arm to arm Jordan Love has the best in the class. Not only does he have a cannon he is extremely accurate, his downfalls are when he forces plays and starts to doubt himself. The Chargers are a win now built team that is a QB away from high level success and this is the exact team for Love to succeed.
- NY Jets- CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma
CeeDee Lamb is the no.1 receiver that the Jets and more importantly Sam Darnold need. Lamb is the most complete receiver in this class who succeeds everywhere on the field but is best when he has the ball in his hands.
- Las Vegas- Jerry Jeudy WR, Alabama
Jeudy is the best prospect ever when it comes to route running and creating separation. The Raiders receiving core isn’t terrible but Jeudy is so dominate that he in his own right is more beneficial to this team than filling their biggest need.
- San Francisco- Henry Ruggs WR, Alabama
The Niners first choice I’m assuming would be to re-stack their already great defensive line, but with both of the only first round caliber defensive tackles gone their next need is wide receiver. However, Ruggs is no slouch, he will plug in and more than likely be the Niners no.1 receiver this upcoming season, outside of Kittle of course.
- Jacksonville- CJ Henderson CB, Florida ( Jacksonville receives picks 14, 76, and 114)
After tearing down this whole defense, it’s now time to build it back up. At this point Minshew is next years QB, and he already has a good offensive line with above average weapons, but this defense is god awful. The Jaguars cannot go into next season with Tre Herndon being their no.1 corner.
- Denver- Kristian Fulton CB, LSU
Fulton will plug in and be Denver’s no.1 corner as long time corner Chris Harris left in free agency to go to the Chargers. Fulton is a great corner who’s main complaint was his game against Alabama and Clemson. However a few plays defined these games for Fulton and had just one or two gone the other way Fulton’s season would be only positives.
- Atlanta- K’lavon Chaisson EDGE, LSU
Atlanta’s biggest need is corner but the corner class is much deeper than the edge rusher class. Chaisson is a high upside edge rusher with all of the traits to become one of the best in the league.
- Dallas- Xavier McKinney S, LSU
McKinney can play any position in the secondary. He has good ball skills and the versatility that Dallas needs after the loss of Byron Jones.
- Miami- Jedrick Wills OT, Alabama
Miami took an injury prone QB to start this draft, the best way to limit this risk is protecting Tua with the best offensive tackle left in this class.
- Las Vegas- Patrick Queen LB, LSU
The raiders need a linebacker, they have invested in their secondary and defensive line heavily, now it is time to add a sideline to sideline linebacker who has the motor and talent to be a disrupt-er all over the field.
- Jacksonville- Justin Herbert QB, Oregon
Rumor has it Jacksonville loves Minshew mania but if Herbert is here there is no chance they pass. Whether this is just a QB battle or a man to take the job with immense upside, this would be the correct move. Good franchises draft by BPA and that’s what this move is.
- Philadelphia- Justin Jefferson WR, LSU
After cutting Nelson Agholor the eagles need a slot receiver, the best in this class is Justin Jefferson. Joe Burrow’s favorite target exceeded in the slot and has the upside to grow to more.
- Minnesota- Jeff Gladney CB, TCU
Gladney is a long, rangy, and athletic corner who fits the Zimmer way. This would be their Xavier Rhodes replacement.
- Baltimore- Kenneth Murray LB, Oklahoma (Baltimore trades 28, 92, and 143)
Baltimore has lost everyone on their roster that could play inside linebacker. Murray is the best blitzing inside linebacker in this class who at times struggles in coverage but more than makes up for it with his instincts.
- New Orleans- Laviska Shenault WR, Colorado
Laviska Shenault is a pure weapon. For an offensive mind like Sean Payton and a quarterback like Drew Brees Shenault’s options are endless.
- Minnesota- Tee Higgins WR, Clemson
Higgins is a 6’4 deep threat that Kirk Cousins theoretically shouldn’t be able to overthrow. Higgins has been dragged for a lack of speed but his long strides make up for the lack of actual speed. Higgins is better than the general media has treated him.
- Miami- Mekhi Becton OT, Louisville
Speaking of media treatment, Mekhi Becton is a massive human being with tremendous upside. But with upside comes risk if Becton doesn’t find a way to turn size and power to technique and skill Becton will fail.
- Jacksonville- AJ Epenesa EDGE, Iowa (Jacksonville trades Yannick Ngakoue and 116 for 27 + 214)
Epenesa would be a great partner for Josh Allen. Having speed and finesse on one side while the other is filled with power and strength. It would bring Sacksonville back to life.
- New England- Grant Delpit S, LSU (New England receives 28, 92, and 143)
Delpit suffered from a shoulder injury that hampered his ability to tackle. Had he not played his drive would be in question but because he played his stock has dipped. To me he is the best free safety in this class who is rangy and instinctive.
- Tennessee- Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE, Penn State
YGM is a productive pass rusher who doesn’t have the highest ceiling but his high floor is a great pairing with Harold Landry to add to this already stout defense.
- Green Bay- Denzel Mims WR, Baylor
This is the ideal addition to Devante Adams. Adams does a majority of his work in the 10 to 20 yard range. While Denzel Mims has the ability to play underneath or stretch the field consistently for Aaron Rodgers and open up the field to divert the attention from Mims.
- San Francisco- Cesar Ruiz IOL, Michigan
To sure up a already good offensive line the 49ers patch a very big hole at guard. Ruiz is great run blocker with the upside to grow in pass pro. At Michigan he already played in a pro-style offense so he very much fits the 49ers scheme.
- Kansas City- AJ Terrell CB, Clemson
Perhaps the most over looked prospect in this class Terrell has been knocked for a disappointing championship game. Other than that Terrall had a great game and there isn’t much he could do versus Jamar Chase. He forced Chase into 50/50 plays that Terrell just couldn’t ever win.
- Cincinnati- Tyler Biadasz IOL, Wisconsin
- Indianapolis (from Washington)- Brandon Aiyuk WR, Arizona State
- Detroit- Zack Baun LB/EDGE, Wisconsin
- N.Y. Giants- Josh Jones OT, Houston
- L.A. Chargers- Ezra Cleveland OT, Boise State
- Carolina- Jaylon Johnson CB, Utah
- Detroit- Neville Gallimore IDL, Oklahoma
- Houston (from Arizona)- Jalen Reagor WR, TCU
- Cleveland- Antoine Winfield Jr. S, Minnesota
- Jacksonville- KJ Hamler WR, Penn State
- Chicago (from Las Vegas)- Lloyd Cushenberry III IOL, LSU
- Indianapolis- Jacob Eason QB, Washington
- Tampa Bay- D’andre Swift RB, Georgia
- Denver- Justin Madubuike IDL, TAMU
- Atlanta- Trevon Diggs CB, Alabama
- N.Y. Jets- Lucas Niang OT, TCU
- Pittsburgh- Bryce Hall CB, Virgina
- Chicago- Noah Igbinoghene CB, Auburn
- Dallas- Julian Okwara EDGE, Notre Dame
- L.A. Rams- Jonathan Taylor RB, Wisconsin
- Tennessee- Ross Blacklock IDL, TCU( Tennessee trades 61 and next year’s 4th rounder)
- Buffalo- Curtis Weaver EDGE, Boise State
- Baltimore- Donavan Peoples-Jones WR, Michigan (from New England through Atlanta)
- Miami(from New Orleans)- Ashtyn Davis S, California
- Houston- Cameron Dantzler CB, Mississippi State
- Arizona- Kyler Dugger S/LB, Lenoir-Rhyne (Arizona trades 72 and next years 4th)
- Seattle- Austin Jackson OT, USC
- Baltimore- Josh Uche LB/EDGE, Michigan
- Philadelphia- Jeremy Chinn S/LB, Southern Illinois
- Green Bay- Cole Kmet TE, Notre Dame
- Kansas City (from San Francisco)- Zack Moss RB, Utah
- Seattle (from Kansas City)- Raekwon Davis IDL, Alabama