Mock Draft 1.0
With the NFL draft coming up this month, our group of analysts has put together mock drafts about what picks they think each team will take. In this mock draft, Arjun talks about what player each team will pick and give reasoning as to why they will pick them. 1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson This is a no-brainer pick and the Jaguars should already have his draft card and jersey ready on draft night. 2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU Wilson seems to be the odds-on favorite to become the #2 pick. In addition, it was reported that the Jets GM, HC, and OC were all at Wilson’s Pro Day. 3. San Francisco 49ers: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama Matt Schaub, Brian Hoyer, Matt Ryan, Jimmy Garapolo. These are 4 QBs that HC Kyle Shanahan has had when being an OC or HC for an NFL team. None of these guys are very mobile, making me believe that the niners will select the most NFL-ready prospect, not the prospect with the highest ceiling. 4. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida The first non-QB will be the best weapon in the draft. Yes, Matt Ryan is getting older, but imagine an offense with Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Kyle Pitts. 5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU I know Bengals should be taking an offensive lineman, but they signed Riley Rieff to play RT, and already have a first-rounder at LT (Jonah Williams). If you take Penei Sewell and play him at guard, you should be out of a job, so giving Burrow his best weapon from his time at LSU is the right pick here. 6. Miami Dolphins: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon Miami misses out on Chase, so they take the Best Player Available, which is Penei Sewell in this case. This allows them to move Robert Hunt back to guard, his natural position, and they can move Austin Jackson to RT. 7. Detroit Lions: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama The Lions seem to be interested in keeping Jared Goff as the long-time starter. They give him a weapon with very high upside that can grow with him this year in what is expected to be a rebuilding year for the Lions. 8. Carolina Panthers: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State The Panthers have constructed a very solid team, headlined by an explosive offense. Sam Darnold is not the answer, so the Panthers select Fields who is the best QB on the board. 9. Denver Broncos: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State The Broncos are one of those teams that have very good pieces on both sides of the ball, but have potentially the worst starting QB in the league, which is an issue. For them to contend, taking Lance who has a very high upside due to his athleticism gives them a higher chance of winning than starting Drew Lock. 10. Dallas Cowboys: Kwity Paye, Edge, Michigan The Cowboys are getting pieces back on offense, so improving a bottom-barrel defense is a must for them. Given that Aldon Smith is likely to leave in FA, and Randy Gregory may not be able to handle a full-time role, the Cowboys take Paye, who is one of the most athletic edge rushers in the class. 11, New York Giants: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern Before signing Kenny Golladay, this pick would likely be WR, but now the Giants need to be able to protect Daniel Jones as they ranked last in pass-block win rate per ESPN. Rashawn Slater gives the Giants flexibility to play him both inside and outside if necessary. 12. Philadelphia Eagles: Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama The Eagles trade back and still find a way to snag a top wideout. While Smith’s body frame is a concern, his ability to get open at the collegiate level was spectacular and gives the Eagles a true alpha WR 13. Los Angeles Chargers: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech The Chargers have made moves to improve the OL in FA, but they still have a huge hole at LT. Christian Darrisaw is the prototypical LT build that teams like, and will have a chance to grow with Herbert on a rookie contract. 14. Minnesota Vikings: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC The Vikings have struggled to put together a quality OL for years now, so picking Vera-Tucker who is considered the safest in the class is a smart pick. 15. New England Patriots: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State The Patriots have been able to use LBs that like to blitz very often (Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Dont'a Hightower. While Parsons’s off-field accusations are troubling, the Pats have a history of bringing in troubled stars and using them to their full potential. 16. Arizona Cardinals: Jaycee Horn. CB, South Carolina After letting Patrick Peterson walk in FA, the Cardinals take Jaycee Horn who had one of the best pro days shown by a corner in recent years. He gives them a physical presence in the secondary and can replace Peterson. 17. Las Vegas Raiders: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State The Raiders completely got rid of their offensive line, and Gruden loves big offensive lineman that can really move people in the run game. Jenkins ticks all of those boxes as a 6’7 mauler who played on the right side of the OL at Oklahoma State. 18. Miami Dolphins: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama The Dolphins keep investing in the trenches as they take Barmore who can slide around the DL and be a versatile chess piece for Brian Flores to work with. 19. Washington Football Team: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota Curtis Samuel and Terry McLaurin are both speed guys, so getting a refined route runner in Bateman will give the WFT a good WR trio for Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw to. 20. Chicago Bears: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech After cutting Kyle Fuller, the Bears need to find a new starting corner to be able to combat the WR talent in their division. Farley’s back issues are troubling, but he has the highest upside in the class due to his combination of height and speed. 21. Indianapolis Colts: Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia The Colts have relied on older, stop-gap options at the edge position to generate pressure on the QB. Ojulari is an explosive rusher who has the best bend in the class and should improve an already impressive defense. 22. Tennessee Titans: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama The Titans cut both their starting corners in Adoree Jackson and Malcolm Butler, so they take the best CB on the board in Surtain who may have the safest floor in the class. 23.New York Jets: Jayson Oweh, Edge, Penn State Oweh is easily the most explosive edge rusher in the class, reportedly running a 4.36 40 yard dash despite weighing 256 lbs. He gives new HC Robert Saleh a speed rusher to pair with new FA signing Carl Lawson. 24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas 25. The Steelers let both Alejandro Villanueva and Matt Feiler walk in FA, meaning they need a new LT. Cosmi is a big, athletic tackle that can develop into being one of the best tackles in the class. 25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State The Jaguars drafted their franchise QB, now they need to protect him. They brought back Cam Robinson on the franchise tag, and will now beef up the interior to keep Lawrence upright. 26. Cleveland Browns: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame The Browns have one of the best-constructed rosters in the NFL, and they improve it by taking an off-ball linebacker who may have the best coverage skills of any LB in this class. 27. Baltimore Ravens: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa I know the Ravens took Patrick Queen last year, but Collins is a blitzing LB at heart. And seeing that the Ravens have one of the highest blitz rates in the league, he would help to mitigate the loss of Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue in FA. 28. New Orleans Saints: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue With Emmanuel Sanders leaving in FA, the Saints take Rondale Moore, who is a fun piece for Sean Peyton to utilize. With Michael Thomas being the physical possession WR, Moore becomes the gadget piece that can be used all over the field. 29. Green Bay Packers: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss The biggest problem with the Packers in the NFC championship game was that no one could consistently get open after Davante Adams. Elijah Moore has been rising up draft boards to his reliable hands and his route running and would give the Packers another weapon for Aaron Rodgers, something that should’ve been done last year. 30. Buffalo Bills: Gregory Rousseau, Edge, Miami The Bills have a complete team, but they can still improve it by adding the pass rusher with the highest upside in the class. Rousseau might be a little raw, but guys at his size (6’7) don’t come around often, and the Bills can let him grow and have him start after Jerry Hughes leaves or retires. 31. Kansas City Chiefs: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State The Chiefs obviously had a tough time with the Bucs front 4 in the Super Bowl, and they are losing both Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz in FA. Drafting Radunz would allow the Chiefs to play him at LT, and keep Mike Remmers at RT, which is where he had more success during the regular season. 32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trevon Moehrig, Safety, TCU Finally a safety! The Bucs truly have no holes in their roster, but taking a chess piece in Moehrig would give DC Todd Bowles the ability to run more 2-high looks as he did in the Super Bowl, and allow him to mix up his coverages more often.