This year NFL Draft is shaping up to be a very interesting one. You have a lot of defensive players who could get in the Top Ten of this draft. You also have four guys who could all go number one this year. Without further ado, welcome to my Mock Draft 1.0. Hope you enjoy it.
- Arizona Cardinals – QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
Arizona has a ton of options when it comes to the number one overall pick in this year draft, but many sources say that the Cardinals are very interesting in selecting QB Kyler Murray. Selecting Murray would mean that they would be moving on from Josh Rosen who they selected in last year draft with their tenth overall pick. Murray might also be small and short to play Quarterback, but he can make all the necessary throws and can make plays on his foot. Pairing him with Coach Kliff Kingsbury will also do Murray wonder.
- San Francisco 49ers – DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
If the Arizona Cardinals select Kyler Murray at one, then that would leave the San Francisco 49ers with the choice of selecting the best player in this draft in Ohio State, Nick Bosa. Bosa is one of the best pass rushers in this draft and have multiple ways to get to the opposing Quarterbacks. He can help out the 49ers D-like tremendously.
- New York Jets – DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
At three, the New York Jets could either trade down and more picks or they could select DT Quinnen Williams. I believe the Jets does the latter select Williams with third overall pick. Williams is very explosive and could disrupt both the passing and running game of future opponents.
- Oakland Raiders- OLB Josh Allen, Kentucky
Losing Khalil Mack hurting the Raiders defense a lot. Trying to replace him is something the Oakland Raiders are looking to do. At four, they select Outside linebacker Josh Allen with the fourth overall pick. Allen is very athletic and can find different ways to get to the quarterback and be very disruptive in the running game. He can also cover tight-ends and running-back in the open field.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DE Rashan Gray, Michigan
At five, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a few options to choose, but with a massive need for a pass rusher, they select DE Rashan Gray. Gray could play anywhere on the D-Line and could be a vital piece to upgrading the Buccaneers pass rush.
- New York Giants – QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
The Giants pass on selecting a quarterback in the first-round last year as they select offensive rookie of the year, Saquon Barkley. They won’t do it again this year as they will select Ohio State Quarterback, Dwayne Haskins. During the combine, Haskins impressed the Giants on and off the field. Haskins have a big strong arm and he can come and start right away. The Giants will plan to sit him a year behind Eli before handle the keys over to him.
- Jacksonville Jaguars- WR DK Metcalf, Ole Miss
Assuming the Jaguars land former Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback, Nick Foles, in free agency, it is only right to get Foles some targets to throw to. DK Metcalf had everyone buzzing at NFL Combine about him. From his size and weight (6’4 at 228 pounds with 1.6 body fat) to his blazing 4.33 speed, he drastically improves his stock at the combine. Metcalf is very explosive and have potential to be the #1 WR in Jacksonville.
- Detroit Lions – Edge Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
The Detroit Lions are expected to move on from Ezekiel Ansah and are looking to him to try and replace him in this draft. At eight, they select edge rusher Montez Sweat. Sweat impressed a lot of scouts at the combine and can find multiple ways of getting to the Quarterback.
- Buffalo Bills – Tackle Jawaan Taylor, Alabama
At nine, the Buffalo Bills have a bunch of needs that they need to take care. One of them is protecting their quarterback. With the ninth overall selection, they select OT Jawaan Taylor from Florida. The Bills could play Taylor at left or right tackle. He can come in day one and protect Josh Allen right away.
- Denver Broncos – QB Drew Lock, Missouri
Recently, the Denver Broncos trading for former Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback, Joe Flacco. While Flacco could be the short term answer for the Broncos, the Broncos will also need to found a long term option at their quarterback position. That’s where Missouri’s quarterback, Drew Lock come in. Broncos’ owner John Elway really loves Lock and could do whatever it take for the Broncos to land him. With Flacco in place to work behind as a rookie, the Broncos can wean Lock into a starting role in the near future.
- Cincinnati Bengals – LB Devin White, LSU
Probably one of the biggest needs, if not the biggest need that the Cincinnati Bengals need to address in their linebacker positions. Vontaze Burfict can’t stay on the field as he’s either in trouble or hurt. Vincent Ray is about to become a free agent soon. At 11, they select LSU Devin White. Devin White set a combine record for linebackers with his 4.4 40-yard dash. His speed, instincts and three-down ability are exactly what the Bengals to rebuild their linebacker corps.
- Green Bay Packers – Edge Brian Burns, Florida State
With edge-rusher being the Green Bay Packers biggest need, they select Florida State Brian Burns at 12. Burns impressed a lot of scouts at the combine including the Green Bay Packers. Burns is arguing the one of the best-polished pass rusher in this year draft and will fill a massive need up in Green Bay.
- Miami Dolphins – OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
The Miami Dolphins doesn’t yet have a quarterback as they are reported to part ways with Ryan Tannehill, but with Murray, Haskins, and Lock off of the board, they settled for an offensive lineman. At thirteen, they select Alabama’s offensive tackle, Jonah Williams. With Williams, the Dolphins could plug him in at either Left or Right tackle and they also play him at Guard. Williams will be able to come in and protect whoever it is at quarterback for the Dolphins next year.
- Atlanta Falcons- DT Ed Oliver, Houston
At 14, we see the Atlanta Falcons grab DT Ed Oliver, who slipped quite a bit in this Mock Draft. With Oliver, the Falcons could plug him in to anywhere on the D-line and pairing him with DT Grady Jarrett could cause a lot of havoc on opposing teams.
- Washington Redskins – TE TJ Hockenson, Iowa
Assuming the Cardinals would trade QB Josh Rosen to the Washington Redskins, the Redskins would still need to put pieces around Rosen so that he can succeed in Washington. At 15, the Redskins select TE TJ Hockenson. While Jordan Reed seems to can’t stay healthy and with Vernon Davis is getting another year older, Hockenson can come and immediately make an impact for the Redskins in both the pass and running game.
- Carolina Panthers- Center Garrett Bradbury, NC State
One of the Panthers biggest issues is protecting Quarterback Cam Newton. If they want to protect Newton, they will need to bolster up their offensive line. Longtime Panthers’ center, Ryan Khalil, is set to retire this off-season and the Panthers will have to definitely replace Khalil. At sixteen, they select Garrett Bradbury from NC State. Bradbury have excellent balance, and awareness, and can come in right away and help protect Newton.
- Cleveland Browns – WR AJ Brown, Ole Miss
The Cleveland Browns had done a tremendous job rebuilding their whole team and they enter this draft with only a few big needs. One position that the Browns could address at seventeen in their Wide Receiver position. With DK Metcalf off the board here, the Browns could look in the direction of his college teammate in AJ Brown. At 6’4 and great route running skills, Brown could come in right away and make plays alongside Jarvis Landry, David Njoku, and Antonio Calloway whether he line up in the slot or on the outside.
- Minnesota Vikings – ILB Devin Bush, Michigan
With Anthony Barr Enter free agency, the Vikings have a chance to draft his replacement in Devin Bush. Bush adds an explosive presence in the middle of the field who can also attack as a blitzer.
- Tennessee Titans – TE Noah Fant, Iowa
With Tight-End Delanie Walker getting another year older and coming off an injury, it’s time to add another tight end and another weapon for quarterback, Marcus Mariota. Noah Fant impressed a lot of people at the combine and could a lot of value to both the Titans’ pass and run game.
- Pittsburgh Steelers- CB Greedy Williams, LSU
At twenty, the first and best cornerback falls off the board as the Pittsburgh Steelers select former LSU cornerback, Greedy Williams. Williams fit the mold of what the Steelers look for in cornerbacks. Hopefully, he can help that defensive woes that the Steelers have in their secondary.
- Seattle Seahawks- Safety Taylor Rapp, Washington
Going into this off-season, the Seattle Seahawks are likely to lose Safety Earl Thomas in Free Agency. As they try to move from Thomas, I see the Seahawks here at 21 and that Safety is Washington Safety, Taylor Rapp. With Rapp, the Seahawks can line him up anywhere in the secondary. Rapp is also hitter with range and instincts.
- Baltimore Ravens – RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama
Year two of the Lamar Jackson era in Baltimore mean that the Ravens will need to surround him with more weapons. Recently, they decided to part ways with running-back, Alex Collins. At 22, they select running-back Josh Jacobs out of Alabama. Jacobs is a power back with moves and soft hands. He’s also a flawless receiver out of the backfield, and he has the patience, vision, and agility to be a featured back in the Ravens’ scheme.
- Houston Texans- OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
If the Houston Texans want to get better and be more successful next year, they’ll have to protect their quarterback, Deshaun Watson. At 23, they select Offensive Tackle, Andre Dillard, out of Washington State. You can Dillard in right away at either tackle spot and he can help protect Watson right away.
- Oakland Raiders- CB Byron Murphy, Washington
This pick for the Oakland Raiders coming via the Chicago Bears. At 24, the Raiders select Washington cornerback, Bryon Murphy. Murphy stand 5’11, but can cover, make tackles, and make plays for the Raiders.
- Philadelphia Eagles- WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
Losing Golden Tate in Free Agency will hurts the Eagles’ passing game and that should be a priority for them to address this off-season. Even though the Eagles also need to address their running-back and cornerback situation, I believe with this pick, they select WR Marquise Brown out of Oklahoma. Brown wasn’t able to perform at the NFL Combine because of his A Lisfranc surgery, but when healthy, he can take the top off any defense and could be a huge playmaker that Desean Jackson was back he was a Philadelphia Eagles.
- Indianapolis Colts- DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
One of the needs that the Indianapolis Colts are looking is the defensive tackle position. At 26, they can address that with the selection of Christian Wilkins. Wilkins can start day one and has superior speed, is very athletic, and can disrupt a lot of plays.
- Oakland Raiders – WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
Losing Amari Cooper suck and it left the Raiders without a true one wide-receiver. In fact, their one pass catcher was tight end, Jared Cook. At 27, they select N’Keal Harry from Arizona State. Harry impressed a lot of scouts with his explosive and he can win a lot of jump ball if you throw the ball his way.
- Los Angeles Chargers – DT Dexter Lawerence, Clemson
Phillip Rivers is getting older but the Los Angles Chargers probably won’t take a quarterback here. Instead, they will select a defensive lineman who can get after quarterbacks. At28, they draft Dexter Lawerence out of Clemson. With Lawrence, the Chargers would look to bolster up their defensive line with already have Defensive Ends, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.
- Kansas City Chiefs- Safety Nasir Adderley, Delaware
Losing Safety Eric Berry won’t help the Chiefs’ defense going forward and they could try to replace him by adding another safety in free agency. If they don’t get a Safety out of free agency, I can certainly see them drafting one at 29. At 29, they select Delaware’s, Nasir Adderley. Adderley can play anywhere from the nickel role to back side safety. He can come right in and huge some plays for the Chiefs defense.
- Green Bay Packers – Tight End Irv Smith Jr, Alabama
Jimmy Graham is declining, and I don’t see why the Packers wouldn’t select Alabama’s Irv Smith Jr at 30. Irv Smith is a versatile tight end who could make plays in the passing game as well block in the running game. Plus, you’re giving Aaron Rodgers another weapon to have.
- Los Angeles Rams – Safety Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State
Another team that will be losing a key player in their defense, the LA Rams will be losing Cornerback/Safety, LaMarcus Joyner, as they will be letting him walk in Free agency. They could try to replace Joyner at 31 with the selection of Safety Johnathan Abram. Abram is powerful, fast, smart and has the right tools to dominate the middle in coverage and take away the run.
- New England Patriots – DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
Going into off-season, the talk has been about the Patriots trying re-signing DE Trey Flowers. Last year, the Patriots was thirty in the league in sacks and Flowers had the most of all Patriots players with 7.5 sacks. Now, Flowers is a free agent and could potentially be leaving the Patriots. To help the Patriots pass rusher problem, they could select Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell with the last overall pick in this upcoming draft. Ferrell was one of the most productive and impactful defenders in college football over the last two seasons, racking up 21 sacks along the way.