NFL Mock Draft 3.0

Finally, Draft Day is almost upon us. It’s been about a month since a major sports event has occurred, which means this draft is extra special. That’s why I’ve been doing so much coverage on this event on my Instagram. This could be the only thing we can look forward to for months. So, for the next nine days, I’ll be thinking about nothing but the draft, leading up to my final mock that I’ll probably release the day of. For now, enjoy this mock that I put together about a week and a half before the big day.

 

bengals logo  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

Same old, same old. Burrow looks like the clear favorite to be #1 overall, and that hasn’t changed since day 1. 

 

redskins logo  2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State

Same old, same old again. Young is by far the best defensive player in this draft. The ‘Skins may have the opportunity to trade down, but if they don’t, Young should be a lock. 

 

dolphins logo  3. Miami Dolphins (from Detroit Lions) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

In this mock trade, the Dolphins send a second-rounder to the Lions for a pick swap here. I think the Dolphins will end up moving up to get their guy. However, they may not feel they have to since Justin Herbert will also be available. Either way, the Dolphins have to leave the first round with a new QB, so why not use your assets to grab an elite signal-caller?

Tua dolphins

chargers logo  4. Los Angeles Chargers (from New York Giants) – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Once the Dolphins move up, the Chargers decide to do the same. I’m a Herbert believer, but he can’t be a day 1 starter. So, if this happens, we’ll likely see Tyrod Taylor start the majority of the 2020 season. 

 

lions logo  5. Detroit Lions (from Miami Dolphins) – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

After the Darius Slay trade, this pick makes total sense. The Lions need a lockdown corner now, and Okudah is just that. In three years, I guarantee he’ll be a top 5 corner in the league. So, the Lions really win in this mock. They get the best cornerback and obtain an extra second-rounder. This is ideal for Detroit.

 

giants logo  6. New York Giants (from Los Angeles Chargers) – Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson

Just like last year, the Giants are giving me headaches. I have been flip-flopping on whether they should take Simmons or an O-Lineman for weeks. However, the OT class this year is extraordinarily deep this year. They hold the 36th pick, which is a location where plenty of OTs should be available. Josh Jones, Isaiah Wilson, Ezra Cleveland, and Austin Jackson top the list of possible candidates. However, top front 7 players are in short stock this year. Plus, Simmons is such a beast that he’d make the Giants defense legit. So, for now, I have them taking Isaiah Simmons. 

 

jets logo  7. New York Jets (from Carolina Panthers) – Tristan Wirfs, OT/OG, Iowa

If Simmons is gone by pick #7, the Panthers should look to trade down. Derrick Brown is an option, but trading back and acquiring more picks is the better option. The Jets could be a candidate for this trade. They made some O-Line improvements in free agency, but Wirfs would really make this unit feel secure. He’s got the athleticism and versatility that make him my favorite OL in this class. Carolina will probably have trouble finding a partner to trade up with, though. As I mentioned before, this OT class is stacked, so the Jets may be satisfied with OT3 or OT4. 

 

cardinals logo  8. Arizona Cardinals – Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama

Becton could be the move here, but I went with Wills for this mock. With D.J. Humphries returning, the Cards need a right tackle. Wills was a right tackle at Alabama. Wills would be a day 1 starter in Arizona. 

 

jaguars logo  9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Lo and behold, the Jags got rid of Calais Campbell and are set to trade Yannick Ngakoue, too. So, they’re really gonna need some new blood up front. Brown is an obvious successor to Campbell. He’s a big-bodied run stuffer who dominates, just like Calais. He could go earlier to the Panthers, but I really like the fit in Jacksonville. 

 

browns logo  10. Cleveland Browns – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

The Browns made some big moves in free agency, including the signing of RT Jack Conklin. However, they still need a new tackle on the left side. Becton, a left tackle at Louisville, fits the bill. He’s a dominant force that would add an instant kick to the Brown’s O-Line. Even if Becton isn’t the pick, it’s clear the Browns will select an OT with this pick. 

becton browns

panthers logo  11. Carolina Panthers (from New York Jets) – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

So after Derrick Brown goes at #9, the Panthers grab the next best thing, Javon Kinlaw. Brown may be the better run defender, but Kinlaw has the edge in pass rush. Carolina’s defense is depleted, but Kinlaw would be a nice foundational piece for this unit. 

 

raiders logo  12. Las Vegas Raiders – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Lamb is the type of receiver that can carry a heavy load. I didn’t think this at the beginning of draft season, but now I see it. He’s more explosive than Jeudy, and that was shown at the Combine. He’s the guy the Raiders thought they were getting with Antonio Brown last year. 

 

49ers logo  13. San Francisco 49ers – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Kyle Shanahan with Jeudy’s route-running savvy? Scary. A young receiving core with Jeudy, Deebo Samuel, Jalen Hurd, and Kendrick Bourne would be formidable for years to come. Pair the receivers with George Kittle and their stable of running backs and you have an offense ready to dominate. 

 

bucs logo  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Thomas is a little bit of a wild card. He could be the top OT on some people’s boards, but his ceiling isn’t as high as the first three OTs gone in this mock. In any other class, he’d be my top offensive lineman. However, the Bucs land a NFL-ready pass protector here, perfect for Tom Brady’s needs. 

 

broncos logo  15. Denver Broncos – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

No change in the pick here. The Broncos could go in many directions with this pick. However, if Ruggs is there, I believe John Elway won’t be able to pass up on him. He’s the speed Drew Lock needs to elevate this offense. 

 

falcons logo  16. Atlanta Falcons – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

After releasing Desmond Trufant, cornerback is the Falcon’s top need. Need meets value perfectly here, as Henderson is the clear CB2. He’s been rising up boards, going as high as 9th in some mocks I’ve seen. He has the making of a great corner in the NFL, exactly what the Falcons need right now. 

 

cowboys logo  17. Dallas Cowboys – K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU

The Cowboys lost Byron Jones and need a cornerback, but to be frank, I don’t have any more CBs graded high enough to go here. So, instead, Chaisson makes sense. The Cowboys also lost Robert Quinn on the edge. Slotting Chaisson opposite DeMarcus Lawrence would really make this front 7 special. And, as we learned from the 49ers, having a great front leads to having a great secondary. 

chaisson cowboys

dolphins logo  18. Miami Dolphins – Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan

I remember last year when interior linemen Garrett Bradbury and Chris Lindstrom went a lot higher than I projected. My bet is we see the same thing here. Ruiz is incredibly sturdy and technically sound. He’s been rising up boards lately, but this is probably the highest you’ll see him go in a mock. This would likely mean newly-signed Ereck Flowers would play outside, but he’d probably end up playing better than Miami’s current tackles anyway. So, watch Ruiz on draft night.

 

raiders logo  19. Las Vegas Raiders – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

The buzz around Johnson and the Raiders is palpable. Mayock and Gruden definitely love his physicality and instincts. However, the Raiders could trade down here, but they could still easily land Johnson after doing so. The Raiders have a big night ahead, and Johnson could be a part of it.

 

jaguars logo  20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

Gladney is my sleeper pick of this class. He racked up 26 pass deflections in his final two years at TCU along with 3 INT. His arm length is a cool 31 ⅞” and his vertical is 37.5”. He has great feet to boot. He’s the prototype of a great man corner in the NFL. He’s exactly what the Jaguars need with this pick after losing Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye.

 

eagles logo  21. Philadelphia Eagles – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

After patching up their secondary, wide receiver is clearly what Philly needs. Reagor didn’t show his speed in the 40-yard dash, but his play speed is off the charts. DeSean Jackson is aging and injury-prone, so the Eagles need a reliable speedster. That’s what Reagor could be in Philadelphia.

 

vikings logo  22. Minnesota Vikings – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Losing Stefon Diggs really hurt this Vikings offense. Their receiving core was already paper thin, but now they just have Adam Thielen. Kirk Cousins is gonna need another guy who can eat up targets. That’s where Jefferson comes in. He’s reliable (111 receptions last season) and could learn a ton from Thielen. Jefferson isn’t nearly as explosive as Diggs, but I think he’d match Cousins’ play style a bit better. Whether it’s Jefferson, Mims, Reagor, or anyone else, expect Minnesota to grab a new WR2 this draft.

 

new england patriots logo  23. New England Patriots – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

It doesn’t look like the Pats are interested in Cam Newton and Jameis Winston, but it’s hard to imagine they’ll roll into next season with their current QB room. Love is worth the risk here because they have another young QB in Jarrett Stidham. My bet would be that Belichick goes into 2020 with Stidham as his man and Love in his back pocket. Love has drawn Patrick Mahomes comparisons and Mahomes sat a year before starting, so could the Patriots do the same with Jordan Love?

 

saints logo  24. New Orleans Saints – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

The Saints once again have one of the most stacked rosters in the NFL. However, they could use a run-stopping linebacker to stifle the likes of Christian McCaffrey and Todd Gurley in their division. That’s exactly what Queen is. He has great instincts and playmaking ability at the line of scrimmage. Adding Queen would push this unit over the top.

queen saints

vikings logo  25. Minnesota Vikings – A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa

Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen are out the door, so it’s time for the Vikings to add some new pass rushing talent. Epenesa could either play inside or outside for them, making him an ideal fit in Minnesota. I think he could step into Griffen’s spot immediately. 

 

dolphins logo  26. Miami Dolphins – Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota

Last draft, Darnell Savage came out of nowhere to be the first safety drafted. Could we see a guy like Winfield vault Grant Delpit and Xavier McKinney? I think so. Winfield’s stock has been rising lately. He had 7 picks last season at Minnesota. He’s the type of guy who’s always in the right place at the right time. He’s also what Miami lost when they traded Minkah Fitzpatrick. It’s a risky pick, but I think we could see Winfield jump into the first round.

 

seahawks logo  27. Seattle Seahawks – Zack Baun, Edge, Wisconsin

Baun is a player that could fill Jadeveon Clowney’s shoes quickly. He does it all from the edge. He racked up 12.5 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss, and 75 total tackles in his senior season. Him and Clowney are very different in terms of size, but in terms of impact, Baun has the tools to reach Clowney’s level. 

 

ravens logo  28. Baltimore Ravens – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

With Calais Campbell eating up blocks up front, Murray would FEAST in Baltimore. After losing C.J. Mosley, the Ravens have needed a dominant middle linebacker. He’s the playmaker their front 7 needs to become elite. 

 

titans logo  29. Tennessee Titans – Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma

Gallimore has been one of my favorite prospects since early on, and Tennessee would be a great landing spot for him. The Titans lost Jurrell Casey up front, so Gallimore would be a logical replacement for him at defensive tackle. The Titans could also go O-Line here after losing Jack Conklin.

 

packers logo  30. Green Bay Packers – Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

A 40.0” vert and 33 ½” arm length? Are you serious?? Aiyuk has serious sleeper potential. He’s reliable and has explosive play ability. He’d be a great second option to Davante Adams.

 

49ers logo  31. San Francisco 49ers – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

Fulton is a guy who I could see learning a ton from Richard Sherman. He’s more of a man corner than Sherman, but he has the IQ and coverage skills of Sherman. I think he would adapt well to a more zone-oriented scheme in San Francisco.

 

chiefs logo  32. Kansas City Chiefs – A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

Terrell has the size of a standard NFL corner. His only real test came in the national championship against LSU, but he fared better than most think against Ja’Marr Chase. He played well against the best QB and WR in the nation, but he still gets slander for allowing three big catches in that game. Cornerback is a top need for the Chiefs, so expect them to explore the CB class in either the first or second round.

terrell chiefs

Hope you enjoyed!

-Sam

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