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!
Draft Picks 20-16
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
The Steelers seem to be a bit of a mess at the moment. With all the news swirling around about trading Antonio Brown, they will need to put on their blinders and focus on real team needs issues for this coming draft. The Steelers desperately need an interior offensive lineman to boost the running game to an elite level. Look no further than Chris Lindstrom. At 6’4″ and around 310 lbs, Chris helped boost a lethal BC rushing attack. He’s very nimble and is capable of getting into the second level of defenses.
19. Tennessee Titans: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Free agent signing Malcolm Butler has proven to be a bust for the Titans so they’ll look to pair Adoree Jackson with Byron Murphy. Murphy is an excellent all-around corner who utilizes great body control to stick with recievers and provide lock-down coverage. He made noise in the Pac-12 championship game this year with 2 INTs and 1 TD.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Devin Bush, OLB, Michigan
The Kirk Cousins experiment backfires on Minnesota and lands them with a less than desirable 18th pick. That being said if Devin Bush is available here they absolutely must pounce. They have a lot of free agents among the defense, specifically in their line backing core and Bush would be a cheap and excellent option to take over for Anthony Barr. Devin is a great coverage linebacker who also possesses the speed to utilize in blitz packages.
17. Cleveland Browns: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
For once, Cleveland can enter a draft without an insane list of needs. The Browns major need is an Offensive Tackle and Greg Little will be a great addition to this offensive line. His size is what makes him an intriguing prospect at 6’6″ and 325 lbs, Little should be able to make the transition to NFL starter quickly.
16. Carolina Panthers: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
The Panthers biggest needs are at Safety and Offensive Tackle. They have a couple options at 16 to fill one of the needs and I believe they will go the defensive route. The Safety position was such an issue this year for Carolina that they had to sign Eric Reid from free agency mid-season. It seems hard to believe that the Panthers would pass up on the best Safety in this years draft. Thompson has the speed to cover large areas of the field.
Draft Picks 15-11
15. Washington Redskins: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
A team that was poised to win their division is now forced to take a QB after Alex Smith’s career-threatening injury. Lucky for them, Drew Lock isn’t a bad draw at 15. Lock has incredible arm strength and accuracy, when he’s on. The biggest knock is his tendency to force the ball in games and make simple mistakes. Under Jay Gurden though, anything is possible.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Falcons need help in their Secondary and this would be a match made in Heaven. Baker isn’t the most athletic DB in this draft but he is an excellent cover corner who could quickly become a home-town favorite. Baker ended the year with 2 INTs, 9 Passes Broken Up, and 1 Forced Fumble.
13. Miami Dolphins: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
The Dolphins currently sit in Limbo waiting the arrival of a new Head Coach after firing Adam Gase. The departure of Gase most certainly leads to the end of the Tannehill era in Miami. This leaves the Dolphins with a need for a Franchise QB, but I don’t see the Dolphins reaching here unless Haskins or Jones falls. The Dolphins defense was awful against the run this year, ranking 23rd in the league. Rashan Gary would be a much needed addition to help boost the run defense and pass rush all in one player. Gary possesses the abilities to move around along the line with his size at 281 lbs and 6’4″. He sets the edge well against the run and can get into the backfield quickly.
12. Green Bay Packers: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
The Green Bay Packers finally move on from Mike McCarthy after a disappointing 2018 campaign that lands them the 12th pick. They replace McCarthy with QB Whisperer Matt LeFleur. No one is certain what he will do in the draft but if you look at the needs of Green Bay it has to start with an Edge Rusher. Clelin Ferrell is the perfect fit. He has great size at 6’5″ and 260 lbs. Pair that with his athleticism and he becomes a huge problem for Offensive Linemen. This season he recorded 11.5 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles and 1 Touchdown.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU
The Bengals are awful. Seriously. They need so much it’s hard to figure out where to start. Since they ended the year near the bottom of the NFL against the run and the pass, let’s go defense. Devin White is the answer there. He’s the most dynamic linebacker in the draft who can help make life easier for the front four and secondary of Cincinnati. This past season he forced 3 fumbles, had 3 sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
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