1. Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
The decision may have been a little more difficult if Tua was completely healthy. Regardless, Burrow has franchise QB potential and is one of my top rated QB prospects in the past ten years. Andy Dalton will more than likely be cut as he is scheduled to make $17 million in 2020. Meaning the 2020 season for the Bengals will be led right away by Burrow.
2. Washington Redskins
Pick: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
The Redskins should seriously consider Tua. While Young is a premier pass rusher and the best (non-QB) player in the draft, he won’t be able to elevate the franchise like Tua can. However, the mock draft is what I think the team will do. After spending a first rounder last year on Dwayne Haskins, they take Young and improve their defense.
3. Detroit Lions
Pick: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Lions lost both starting cornerbacks from last year in Darius Slay and Rashaan Melvin. Okudah is the best cover corner in the draft making this a perfect match for the Lions. A cornerback group of Desmond Trufant, Justin Coleman, and Jeff Okudah will do just fine.
4. New York Giants
Pick: Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
The Giants have a difficult decision to make. They have a huge need at Offensive Tackle and there are four premier tackles available in this spot. Linebacker is also a need and someone with Simmons talent/versatility doesn’t come around often. While the Giants signed LB Blake Martinez, he is a liability in the passing game. You know who isn’t a liability in pass coverage? Simmons.
5. Miami Dolphins
Pick: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
This is the dream scenario for the Dolphins. However, in order to get Tua the Dolphins would most likely have to trade up with the Lions (I don’t do trade scenarios in Mock Drafts… too many variables). Anyway, Tua gives the Dolphins a franchise QB in an already impressive rebuild.
6. Los Angeles Chargers
Pick: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Chargers filled needs in free agency with Bryan Bulaga (Tackle) and Chris Harris (CB). One glaring spot they haven’t filled has been QB. With Tyrod Taylor set to be the starter, there is not an immediate need for a rookie QB to come in and start. The Chargers go with Herbert as their future franchise QB.
7. Carolina Panthers
Pick: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
The projected starting nose tackle in Carolina’s defense is currently between NFL journeymen Woodrow Hamilton and Zach Kerr… that is nowhere near good enough. Derrick Brown is a high motor guy who will start on the Panthers defense right away.
8. Arizona Cardinals
Pick: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The Arizona Cardinals offensive line was just awful last year. Left Tackle D.J. Humphries signed a short term extension, but he isn’t the definite long-term solution. It is time for the Cardinals to start developing the future franchise left tackle. At 6’7″ 364 pounds, there is no one with more upside the Mekhi Becton.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
The Jaguars are in a total rebuild after being in the AFC Championship not too long ago. Jaguars can afford to take chances on high potential players. Kinlaw has more upside than Derrick Brown, but does not play as consistently. He fits a need for the Jaguars who have lost defensive linemen Marcell Dareus and Calais Campbell in the 2020 offseason.
10. Cleveland Browns
Pick: Jedrick Willis Jr., OT, Alabama
The Browns solved one of their offensive tackle needs by signing right tackle Jack Conklin. On the other hand, the left tackle position still remains an issue. Lucky for the Browns in this scenario there are three potential offensive tackles to chose from. Even though, Willis played right tackle at Alabama he shouldn’t have an issue switching to left with his athletic ability and elite feet in pass protection.
11. New York Jets
Pick: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
The Jets offensive line is atrocious. At all of five positions across the line they have bottom of the league starters. In the decision between Andrew Thomas and Tristan Wirfs it comes down to versatility. Wirfs has the capability to play tackle or guard and will finally give the Jets an offensive lineman they don’t have to be embarrassed about.
12. Las Vegas Raiders
Pick: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Raiders roster is full of complimentary wide receivers: Tyrell WIlliams, Zay Jones, Nelson Agholor, and Hunter Renfrow. What they need is a premier number one. That is exactly what Jerry Jeudy could develop into. The decision will be between Jeudy, Lamb, and Ruggs.
13. San Fransisco 49ers
Pick: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The 49ers lost Emmanuel Sanders to free agency and currently don’t have a legitimate number one wide receiver. CeeDee Lamb is an absolute playmaker that Kyle Shanahan will love in his offense. With very little holes on this 49ers team, they can afford a luxury pick.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
This is a fantastic scenario for the Bucs. Donovan Smith is a borderline starter at left tackle who Thomas can compete with. While he may not have the massive size of Becton or the athleticism of Wirfs, Andrew Thomas has all the tools to be a franchise left tackle The Bucs are going win-now after signing Brady, and Thomas would push Smith to be a starter year one.
15. Denver Broncos
Pick: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The Broncos only legitimate receiver on the roster is Courtland Sutton. Henry Ruggs is the kind of weapon the Broncos need and replaces the void left after the Emmanuel Sanders trade.
16. Atlanta Falcons
Pick: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
The Falcons lost Desmond Trufant and have young corners Isaiah Oliver and Kendall Sheffield slated to start. C.J. Henderson provides an upgrade as one of the most athletically talented corners in the draft. If Henderson overcomes the concern in run support, he will be a starting NFL corner for sometime.
17. Dallas Cowboys
Pick: K’Lavon Chaisson, DE, LSU
The edge class is pretty slim as only Young and Chaisson are top half of the first round guys. Chaisson showed glimpses of elite potential down the stretch with 4.5 sacks in the last 4 games (and a play where he chased down CeeDee Lamb). The Cowboys need edge rushers and take a chance on Chaisson’s upside.
18. Miami Dolphins
Pick: Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Julien Davenport and Jesse Davis are slated to start at offensive tackle… which isn’t good. After the Dolphins went with Tua for their first pick, they need a tackle to keep him upright. Josh Jones is a top twenty player and one of the last tackles worthy of a first round pick.
19. Las Vegas Raiders
Pick: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
GM Mike Mayock loves physical, man-to-man cornerbacks. Fulton fits the mold and a need for a Raiders defense which gave up over 4100 yards in the air.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Gardner Minshew and Joshua Dobbs are not long term options at quarterback. The Jaguars need a guy they can potentially develop into a franchise quarterback. Jordan Love has a big arm and potential, but also has accuracy and decision issues. With Gardner Minshew currently on the roster there is no pressure for Love to start and he can develop during the Jaguars rebuild.
21. Philadelphia Eagles
Pick: Patrick Queen, OLB, LSU
The Eagles linebacking corp is full of inexperience and a major weakness on the defense. Queen would instantly be the best linebacker on the roster. Queen runs a 4.5 and is great in run support and pass coverage.
22. Minnesota Vikings
Pick: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
The Minnesota Vikings are actively shopping safety Anthony Harris with no potential replacement. Xavier McKinney would be a dynamic safety for the Vikings to keep their defense from losing a step. Even if Harris is signed to a long-term deal, McKinney’s versatility would still make him an option to contribute.
23. New England Patriots
Pick: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
While a quarterback competition between between Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer sounds electric, the Patriots need another option. Jacob Eason is one of the most talented passers in the draft and has tremendous upside. After Tua and Burrow, I think he is the most likely to be a NFL starter five years from now.
24. New Orleans Saints
Pick: Kenneth Murray, ILB, Oklahoma
Veteran Saints linebacker A.J. Klein left in free agency and Kiko Alonso tore his ACL in the playoff game… so Linebacker is a pretty big hole on the Saints defense. Kenneth Murray can fix that. Murray is a sideline to sideline linebacker that can step in right away for the Saints.
25. Minnesota Vikings
Pick: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
The Vikings received nice compensation for Stefon Diggs, but now they have to fill his role. Jefferson is similar to Diggs as a tall receiver with good route running ability. A combination of Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson would be nice.
26. Miami Dolphins
Pick: Antonio Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
The first two Dolphins picks were offensive players… now time to address the defense. The current starting safeties are journeymen Eric Rowe and Adrian Colbert. Antonio Winfield is a smaller safety, but plays physical and has elite ballhawk ability. Head Coach Brian Flores will be able to utilize him in the Dolphins defense.
27. Seattle Seahawks
Pick: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
With the loss of Jadaveon Clowney, the Seahawks need edge rushing help. Gross-Matos was a high impact defensive player for Penn State with 17.5 sacks over the last two years. He fits the edge rushing role for Seattle.
28. Baltimore Ravens
Pick: Zach Baun, OLB, Wisconsin
Baltimore is considering trading Matt Judon which makes Baun a good replacement option on the edge. The Wisconsin linebacker is versatile and fits today’s NFL with his pass coverage skills.
29. Tennessee Titans
Pick: Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
Titans need interior help at right tackle after losing Jack Conklin in free agency. Cleveland has future left tackle starting skills, but could compete for the right tackle spot left by Conklin right away.
30. Green Bay Packers
Pick: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
The Packers have needed a number two wide receiver for a few years behind Davante Adams. Tee Higgins is a big wide receiver that has tremendous hands. He is a sneaky good route runner who will help the Packers offense right away.
31. San Fransisco 49ers
Pick: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
The 49ers traded away Deforest Buckner and need someone to replace him on the interior. Blacklock’s pass rushing ability adds to the best defensive line in football. (Bosa, Dee Ford, Arik Armstead, and Blacklock on third down sounds scary).
32. Kansas City Chiefs
Pick: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
The issue for the Chiefs over the past few years is the defense, particularly the secondary. After losing Kendall Fuller, corner remains a high priority. Trevon Diggs has high upside as a long corner with great ball skills. (Bills play the Chiefs in 2020 giving us a matchup with his brother Stefon Diggs).
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|47||Justin Madubuike||DT||Texas A&M||6’3″||293|
|48||Michael Pittman Jr.||WR||USC||6’4″||223|
|51||Jeremy Chinn||S||Southern Illinois||6’3″||221|
|53||Brandon Aiyuk||WR||Arizona State||6’0″||201|
|54||J.K. Dobbins||RB||Ohio State||5’10”||209|
|62||Jordyn Brooks||ILB||Texas Tech||6’0″||240|
|63||Cam Akers||RB||Florida State||5’10”||217|
|64||Kyle Dugger||S||Lenoir Rhyne||6’1″||217|