College Football is officially done and now it’s time to move our attention to the Pro’s. There’s no better way to do that than to predict the unpredictable! Who’s up for a good ole’ way too early Mock Draft? ME! I have some rules though. Every pick will be made based off current seeding and I will not try to predict any trades. No swapped picks here. I’ll base every pick off of team needs and available talent to find what I think is the best fit for both parties. LET’S GET THE PICKS ROLLING!
The Top 10
10. Denver Broncos: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
The Broncos are a strange team. They actually rank in the top 5 defensively in the NFL and just outside the top 12 in offense, yet they went 6-10. That can be explained by having the league’s hardest schedule and mediocre Quarterback play. Case Keenum is almost certainly done in Denver which opens the door for Daniel Jones. A late bloomer who has come on strong in his Junior year. He’s a tough player who has great qualities for a team with a busted O-line. He gets the ball out quickly and is sneaky athletic.
9. Buffalo Bills: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
The Bills had one of the worst offenses in the NFL this year standing only above the Arizona Cardinals. They need a Wide Receiver that can produce after the catch and can make contested catches. For that, look no further than 6’3″ 215 lbs N’Keal Harry. He is a physically imposing receiver that can be the type of safety blanket a young QB needs.
8. Detroit Lions: Andraez “Greedy” Williams, CB, LSU
This would be huge for Detroit. They need help on the defensive side of the ball and Greedy is a lock-down corner that could pair well with Darius Slay. Greedy, has great length for the position standing at 6’2″ and possess exceptional awareness and speed. He may be one of the fastest men in this draft class. The only knock on Williams is his aggressive nature in coverage that led to many a pass interference call this season.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
The Jaguars would probably love to snag Dwayne Haskins, but they won’t mind settling for the man who beat him for the Heisman! Kyler is a freak athlete with elite speed and great arm strength. His biggest knock will be his size at just 5′ 9″ and how he handles taking NFL hits, but his ceiling is too high to pass on. Taking Kyler at the seventh pick would give him a higher bonus than the A’s have offered him in the MLB.
6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Giants need a lot, but nothing more than QB and Offensive Line. With Jonah Williams gone they’ll go to the QB position. Dwayne is a great pick to eventually replace Eli. The Heisman finalist had a stellar year. Haskins threw for 4,831 yards and 50 TDs this year. 50! That’s insane and makes Dwayne worth the pick in the Top 10. On top of these stats he has great size standing at 6’3″ and 220 lbs. Plus, he’s tough which he’ll need to be with the state of that Giants O-line.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
This isn’t a sexy pick, but it’s a necessary one. The Buccaneers are in desperate need of a starting Left Tackle and they can’t pass up on Jonah Williams. Hes the type of talent that can easily be a 10 year starter and pro-bowl regular. He has great size at 6’5″ 301 lbs and was a force this year. Jonah didn’t allow a single sack all year and handled Clelin Ferrell in the Championship game. It’s clear Tampa is sticking with Jameis for at least one more year so why not try to protect him better.
4. Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
The Raiders have three first round picks, thanks to trading Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack. Now they have to put this plan into action and make moves in this draft. If they stay put with this pick I think they have to take Quinnen Williams. The man once described by teammates as a “300 pound bar of soap” will be the perfect fit up front for the Raiders. At 6’4″ and 295 lbs, he’s a force to be reckoned with. His athleticism, quickness led to a breakout season with 8 sacks and 18 tackles for loss.
3. New York Jets: Jachai Polite, DE, Florida
The Jets are in a tough spot. This draft is deep with defensive talent but the third pick may prove to be more of a burden than a blessing. They need help on the offensive line and on defense all around, more specifically in pass rush. If Josh Allen is somehow still available that’s who they would take, but odds are that’s not gonna happen. It may be too early to take an offensive lineman here so they’ll have to go for best available talent. Jachai is another player that came out of nowhere with a breakout season ending in 11 sacks and 18 tackles for a loss. The Jets would be silly to pass up the chance to pair Leonard Williams with a pass rusher like Polite.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
San Francisco is an interesting team in this draft. They have a good base to work from for 2019 and have a lot to look forward to. When healthy, I think this team will make a lot of noise in the NFL. For now they have the luxury of picking second in this years draft and they need pass rushers. With Bosa gone, they’ll go for the next best athlete which is Josh Allen. Allen came out of nowhere this year after two average Sophomore and Junior seasons at Kentucky. In his Senior season, Josh recorded 5 forced fumbles, 21.5 tackles for loss, and a whopping 17 sacks. Allen is the type of prospect NFL scouts and GM’s dream of and San Fran will be in the perfect position to pick him.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The Arizona Cardinals have a long list of needs heading into this off-season. Defensive end is definitely not at the top of their list, but when you have the #1 pick you have to make it count. The Cardinals will happily take Joey Bosa’s younger brother to boost their miserable pass rush. In 2018, Nick only played in 3 games due to injury but still was able to record great numbers. He ended with 4 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, and 1 touchdown. That was all in the first three games of the season! He will be a force alongside of Chandler Jones in Arizona.
Don’t be shocked if Kingsbury takes Kyler Murray here and the Cardinals trade Josh Rosen.
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