FINALLY, it’s Draft day. I can’t wait to watch tonight after all my hard work on this mock. For this mock, I decided my motto would be “Go big or go home”. That’s why I included tons of trades and risky picks. I had fun writing it, so have fun reading it.
1.Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State
3. Detroit Lions – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
I’ve had the Lions trading down for the longest time now, but it doesn’t look like they’ll pull it off. The Giants are much more likely to trade down, so Detroit settles for their guy, Jeff Okudah. Expect Darius Slay’s successor to be the pick here.
4. New York Giants – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
The Giants have a lot of options here. They can trade down, take an O-Lineman, or take Isaiah Simmons. I think O-Lineman is the move here. Jedrick Wills has been linked to the Giants lately, but Wirfs is so rock solid, I find it hard to project any OL over him. His floor is high because of his versatility and his ceiling is sky high because of his athleticism.
5. Miami Dolphins – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Miami Dolphins have made it so hard to predict what will happen. First, everyone thinks the man is Tua. Then, reports come out about Justin Herbert being the guy. Finally, Ian Rapoport says Miami is looking at O-Linemen. The Dolphins have done an incredible job making sure NOBODY knows what they’ll do here. So, I decided to make my own pick, and that is Justin Herbert. He has better size, arm strength, and durability than Tua. If Tagovailoa fails in Miami, that’ll set back their entire rebuild. Go with the safe option here.
6. Atlanta Falcons (from Los Angeles Chargers) – Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
With Herbert gone, we have our first mock trade. The Chargers decide not to take the risk with Tua and trade back with the Falcons. The Falcons are rumored to have the highest likelihood of trading into the top 10 of any team out there. So, they deal a second-rounder to the Chargers for Isaiah Simmons. The Falcons need defense, and Simmons does it all.
7. Cleveland Browns (from Carolina Panthers) – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Thomas in Cleveland is one of my favorite fits. The ceilings of Wills and Becton may be higher, but Thomas would step into the Brown’s offense seamlessly. He’s a polished pass protector who would keep Baker Mayfield’s pocket clean. If Thomas pans out, then Baker will have no excuses in that stacked offense.
8. Arizona Cardinals – Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
Wills in Arizona would be a great fit. Him and D.J. Humphries at the tackle spots would be solid for Kyler Murray. He’s as NFL-ready as they come and is exactly what the Cards need.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Jacksonville Jaguars) – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Remember how much Tom Brady loved having Trent Brown at tackle in New England? Well Becton is also a behemoth who TB12 needs on his O-Line. The Bucs are prime candidates to trade up for an OT, so that’s what they do here to get Becton.
10. Carolina Panthers (from Cleveland Browns) – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
This is a good situation for the Panthers. After losing out on Isaiah Simmons, they land a good trade with the Browns. Derrick Brown would be immediately productive on their defense. His value as a run defender would be priceless for the Panthers. If Carolina doesn’t get Simmons, this is their ideal situation.
11. Denver Broncos (from New York Jets) – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
To jump the Raiders and Niners, the Broncos trade up to grab a receiver. I recently flipped my WR1 from CeeDee Lamb to Jeudy because of the competition Jeudy faced and his incredible route running. It has been rumored that Jeudy is John Elway’s guy, so expect the Broncos to move up and grab him at a reasonable price.
12. New England Patriots (from Las Vegas Raiders) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Here’s the highlight of this mock. Bill Belichick moves up to snag his next QB, Tua Tagovailoa. Under Bill, Tua would have a much higher chance of succeeding than in Miami or anywhere else for that matter. And if Tua did turn out to be a bust? There’s another young signal-caller in New England, Jarrett Stidham. As for the Raiders, Mike Mayock has hinted at a trade down. The Patriots would have to give Vegas some future picks because they dnn;t currently have any second-rounders. This would be a dream scenario for Pats fans, and a nightmare for anyone else.
13. San Francisco 49ers – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
How much do the Niners trust the guys behind Richard Sherman in their cornerback room? Probably not many. And how much longer will they be able to trust Sherman? Not a long time. Henderson is the type of lockdown guy they need opposite Sherman. Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins were left wide open way too many times, so it’s evident that the 49ers need another star corner to make it over the hump.
14. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Jacksonville is really fortunate in this mock. They add an extra second-rounder and still land a great interior guy. Derrick Brown may be a better fit for run defense, but Kinlaw is a much better pass rusher, and the Jags would be lucky to grab him here.
15. New York Jets (from Denver Broncos) – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Jets take a receiver of their own after snagging another second-round pick. The Jets need playmakers, and that’s exactly what Lamb is. The stuff he can do after the catch is unmatched. They’ve got needs on the O-Line as well, but we can address those later.
16. Los Angeles Chargers (from Atlanta Falcons) – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Everyone thinks Herbert or Tua will be Philip Rivers’ successor, but could we see this type of maneuver? I think so. Love’s ceiling is so high that he’s drawn comparisons to Patty Mahomes. Sit him behind Tyrod Taylor for at least a year and he could blossom into something special. Wanna beat Patrick Mahomes in your division? Grab yourself one of your own.
17. Dallas Cowboys – K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU
Same pick as last mock here. I don’t have any available cornerbacks graded this high, so Chaisson’s raw athletic ability would be tough to pass up on. A front 7 of DeMarcus Lawrence, Chaisson, Dontari Poe, Gerald McCoy, Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith, and Sean Lee would be among the best in the league. Don’t worry, though, the ‘Boys ain’t done in the first round.
18. Miami Dolphins – Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Jones has been my fit for Miami since Mock 1.0. The Dolphins arguably have the worst O-Line in the league, but they’ve done work on the interior. Now, it’s time to fill in those tackle spots. Jones protecting Herbert’s blindside for years to come sounds like the move.
19. Las Vegas Raiders – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
There are two reasons that the Raiders need to make this pick if the board falls like this. One, they need a receiver and Ruggs is the best available. Two, it’s been rumored that the Chiefs would be interested in trading up for Ruggs if he falls into the twenties. I don’t think the Raiders are gonna wanna deal with that, so Ruggs could be heading to Vegas.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
Gladney is one of my favorites, and it’d be kind of a shame to see him land in Jacksonville. Nevertheless, he’s the best guy the Jags can take here. Ramsey and Bouye are out, leaving them with a shallow cornerback room. They’ll need Gladney to lock up DeAndre Hopkins in the AFC South. Oh wait…nevermind.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Eagles fans will start riots if this pick isn’t a wide receiver. So, for the city of Philadelphia, I implore the Eagles’ front office to take Justin Jefferson. He’s the reliable target Carson Wentz needs, and you’d be saving your fans a headache.
22. Green Bay Packers (from Minnesota Vikings) – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Is it likely that these division rivals will spark a deal? Probably not. However, the Packers are rumored to want to move up, and the Vikings will most likely move down. Finally, Kenneth Murray is gaining hype, as he moves up draft boards. With Blake Martinez gone, he’s the type of stud and leader that Green Bay needs.
23. Las Vegas Raiders (from New England Patriots) – A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Mike Mayock loves his Clemson guys, with Trayvon Mullen and Hunter Renfrow already on his squad. Having Mullen and Terrell on opposite sides seems like Mayock’s dream come true. Terrell was only tested against LSU, but he has the build of a solid CB. Terrell and the Raiders seems like a match made in Heaven.
24. New Orleans Saints – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Same pick as last mock. Queen would really help against guys like Christian McCaffrey and Todd Gurley. The Saints most likely take a playmaker to boost Drew Brees’s chance at another title here.
25. Minnesota Vikings – A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa
The Vikings need help all along their D-Line after losing Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen. They also need a receiver and a cornerback, but this draft class is deep in both, so I have them investing in Epenesa here.
26. Miami Dolphins – Zack Baun, Edge, Wisconsin
The Dolphins are rumored to be looking at the edge rusher market for a potential first round pick. So, if Baun falls into their lap, I’d bet they take him. He’s the type of versatile weapon Brian Flores would love working with.
27. Seattle Seahawks – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
Jackson’s floor is lower than some tackles I have going beneath him, but at 20 years-old, his ceiling is incredibly high. He made a bone marrow donation to his sister before last season, so his preseason was spent recovering. That shows that he hasn’t scratched the surface and also that he has great character. Under the steady guide of Pete Carroll, I’d expect Jackson to flourish.
28. Baltimore Ravens – Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan
Marshal Yanda gone? No problem because Cesar Ruiz is still on the board. Allowing this dominant O-Line to pick up where they left off is gonna be important to the Ravens’ success. Ruiz is a perfect fit in Baltimore.
29. Tennessee Titans – Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
For the Titans, this pick is gonna be a corner, interior DL, or an OT. I went with OT because this offense also needs to pick up where they left off. Wilson is athletic and powerful and should theoretically adapt to Tennessee’s running scheme quickly. Besides, blocking for Derrick Henry would be a dream come true for an O-Lineman.
30. Minnesota Vikings (from Green Bay Packers) – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
The Vikings reap the benefits of trading down by taking Jaylon Johnson. Johnson has been tied to the Vikes for a long time now, and he would be perfect in Minnesota. His instincts and physicality would fit in well. Watch for a Johnson to Minnesota pick on Draft day.
31. Dallas Cowboys (from San Francisco 49ers) – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The Niners are reportedly looking to trade down here since they have no second, third, or fourth round picks. So, Dallas trades all the way up here to grab Byron Jones’s successor. Fulton would be a good fit in Dallas. This would be a reasonable price for him, too.
32. Los Angeles Chargers (from Kansas City Chiefs) – Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
Since the six corners I have first round grades on are gone and the Chiefs need a cornerback, I think we could see them trade back. The Chargers, who still need a left tackle, could be candidates to move up from #37 and snag Ezra Cleveland so that the Bengals don’t do so. I really like Cleveland, and I’d love to see him on the Chargers.
33. Cincinnati Bengals – Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State
The best O-Linemen are off the board, so the Bengals address the opposite trenches here. They have a nice duo inside in D.J. Reader and Geno Atkins, but they could use some help on the edge. Gross-Matos would be a perfect fit here.
34. Indianapolis Colts – Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
The pick here has to be a receiver. The Colts are paper thin there, with no proven weapons behind T.Y. Hilton. Philip Rivers would need someone reliable and versatile to throw the ball to, and Aiyuk fits the bill.
35. Detroit Lions – Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
In every other mock I’ve done, Gallimore has gone in the first round, so this is a steal for the Lions. Gallimore is basically a wrecking ball that Matt Patricia would put to good use. He fits a need here and he’s also the best player available.
36. New York Giants – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
With the first round selection of an OT, the Giants are gonna need some defensive playmaking here.That’s precisely what McKinney does. Just move Julian Love back to cornerback and slide McKinney next to Jabrill Peppers and you have a solid Giants secondary.
37. Kansas City Chiefs (from Los Angeles Chargers) – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
After moving back, the Chiefs utilize this deep CB class. Diggs has fallen down boards recently, but I still can’t picture him falling out of the top 50. He’s long and has a solid body of work with the Crimson Tide. I think the Chiefs would gladly take him after a trade.
38. Carolina Panthers – Jeremy Chinn, LB/S, Southern Illinois
After losing Luke Kuechly, the Panthers need defensive playmaking. Chinn could play either safety or linebacker in Carolina, and he has the potential to do so well. He’s a small-school riser who tested off the charts at the Combine. Watch this man on day 2 or maybe even day 1 of the Draft.
39. Miami Dolphins – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
After an injury-riddled, disappointing season, Delpit slides all the way to the top half of round 2. I know the Dolphins would be happy with this slide, though. Adding Baun and Delpit would complete this defense.
40. Houston Texans – Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
This class is full of dynamic DTs, and Blacklock fits that trend. After losing D.J. Reader, the Texans need an interior guy. Blacklock would definitely be a nice pick here.
41. Carolina Panthers (from Cleveland Browns) – Marlon Davidson, DT/DE, Auburn
This may be too good to be true, but imagine uniting Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson in Carolina. They were both monsters at Auburn. The Panthers lost Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe, so sliding Brown and Davidson into those slots would be great for the Panthers D.
42. Jacksonville Jaguars – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Leonard Fournette is being shopped by the Jags, so why not give them the best RB in the class? Swift checks all the boxes for a do-it-all back. He’d be their instant go-to offensive weapon.
43. Chicago Bears – Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Maryland
The Bears lost Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in free agency, so Winfield would be a nice replacement for him. Winfield has great instincts, and would be an instant starter in Chicago.
44. Indianapolis Colts – Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming
Like Jeremy Chinn, Wilson has been a small-school riser. He draws comparisons of Leighton Vander-Esch. A young LB trio of Darius Leonard, Bobby Okereke, and Logan Wilson in Indy would be nasty.
45. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
If Gardner Minshew is to have any chance at succeeding next season, he’s gonna need some weapons. With Swift already on the Jags, they also add Reagor, another explosive option in Reagor.
46. New York Jets (from Denver Broncos) – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
Niang faced an injury-riddled 2019. He was rock solid in his junior year, though, so if he can fully recover, he could be an NFL starter. It just depends on how teams view his labrum injury.
47. Los Angeles Chargers (from Atlanta Falcons) – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
The Chargers keep adding offensive pieces around their new guy Jordan Love. After Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, the Chargers don’t have a clear #3 receiver. Slot Mims in there and you have a superb passing attack.
48. New York Jets – Julian Okwara, Edge, Notre Dame
The Jets need a new edge rusher, and I’d expect them to address that this draft. Okwara is a steady rusher who puts pressure on the quarterback frequently. He makes plays on the outside which is what the Jets need.
49. Pittsburgh Steelers – Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M
After losing Javon Hargrave, the Steelers could use an interior presence on defense. Madubuike is a good fit who tested very well at the Combine (4.83 40-yard dash).
50. Chicago Bears – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
If the Bears are gonna have any offensive success this season, they’ll need an extra weapon or two in the Draft. Shenault is a tank who can be used in many ways. I’d expect Matt Nagy to use him creatively.
51. San Francisco 49ers (from Dallas Cowboys) – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
The Niners have a deep, young receiving core, but why not add a guy who can get every jump ball? The Niners may trade Marquise Goodwin, too. So, get Jimmy G a great red zone target to complement George Kittle.
52. Los Angeles Rams – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Todd Gurley is out of LA, leaving the Rams in need of a premiere back. Taylor is arguably the best back in this class, and he’d be an instant fantasy flier.
53. Philadelphia Eagles – Willie Gay Jr. LB, Mississippi State
Gay is another guy who had a breakout Combine. He only played five games in his junior season at Mississippi State, but the talent is there. Plus, he satisfies a need for the Eagles.
54. Buffalo Bills – Terrell Lewis, Edge, Alabama
Lewis had an injury-prone few years with the Tide. However, his frame (6’5”, 262lb, 33 ⅞” arms) makes him a worthwhile option. Give him to the Bills where he doesn’t have to be an immediate star.
55. Baltimore Ravens – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
Edwards-Helaire has generated some positive buzz recently, so he could go higher. However, the Ravens are a really nice fit. He’d be a perfect complement to Mark Ingram, until Ingram leaves. Then, he’d be Baltimore’s future.
56. Miami Dolphins – J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Even after signing Jordan Howard, I’d like to see Miami take a day 2 RB. Dobbins was incredibly productive in his career at Ohio State. I think he’s a steal all the way back here.
57. Los Angeles Rams – K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
Hamler has been likened to Marquise Brown, but his body of work isn’t close to Brown’s. However, he has that same big-play ability. He’d be a nice replacement for Brandin Cooks in LA.
58. Minnesota Vikings – Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC
Pittman would be Kirk Cousins’ next deep ball option after losing Stefon Diggs. He’s a 6’4” monster who wins most jump balls. With 4.52 speed, he gets down the field quick, too.
59. Seattle Seahawks – Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise State
I wish I watched this guy earlier because he’s a phenomenal pass rusher. He gets to the QB, plain and simple. In three years at Boise, he racked up 34.0 sacks. He’d be a GREAT pick for the Seahawks here.
60. Baltimore Ravens – Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Claypool is a big dude, big enough to play tight end if he beefed up a little. The Ravens already have former Notre Dame receiver Miles Boykin in their offense, so let’s give them another Irishman for Lamar Jackson.
61. Tennessee Titans – Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
Igbinoghene has checked all the boxes for being a good NFL corner. He had a sound Combine, and the numbers are there, too. Logan Ryan is unlikely to return to the Titans, so Igbinoghene could find himself in a big role in Tennessee quickly.
62. Green Bay Packers – Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
Duvernay may not go until later, but he’s a guy that I really like. He put up 106 receptions, 1,386 yards, and 9 TDs last season. He’s a speedster, with a 4.39 40-yard dash at the Combine. Put Davante Adams outside and Duvernay in the slot and you’ve got to reliable targets for Aaron Rodgers.
63. Kansas City Chiefs – Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama
Davis is a powerful dude at 6’6”, 311 lbs. With Chris Jones on the franchise tag and Patty Mahomes in need of an extension, the Chiefs are gonna need some new help on the interior. Groom Davis behind Jones for a year.
64. Seattle Seahawks – Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
Arnette won’t wow you with his athleticism or size, but he has a great football IQ. Plus, he has a solid body of work on a competitive Buckeyes team. Beefing up an already sturdy secondary would be a nice luxury for Seattle.
And now we wait. Cheers to finally having a major sporting event on the horizon.