It’s that time of year folks. It’s time to get stupid and release my NFL Mock Draft; and it’s 1.0 because you know I can’t get this s**t right on the first try. Quite frankly, no one can…except for fellow Turf writer Justin White…he’ll probably nail this thing, and you can check his mock draft out here. The draft order was not official when Justin released his article, but still please, please, check it out and check out his articles.
But aside from my potential and tremendous human error, there will be some free agency movement to occur and that will certainly have an effect on this draft as you will see shortly in my mock draft.
I have four quarterbacks going in the first round, and I think all four of them will go in the top 15. I got five wide receivers going, which actually seems like a lot to me in the first round, but hey…that’s what I got for you. There are some nice receivers in this draft, but more importantly there are a handful of teams who could use one!
ONE. I have one running back going late in my first round. This year it is a bit different of a draft. We don’t really have a highly-praised running back prospect this year who is on the level of Saquon Barkley or close to him.
This draft is loaded with talent along the defensive line and there are especially some really talented pass-rushers
The only teams with multiple first-round picks are the Raiders (3) and Packers (2), while the Saints, Cowboys, and Bears don’t have any first-round picks.
Ok, let’s do this!
1). Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
It seems to be what everyone is thinking, right? Do I agree with it? No. Am I saying that Murray will be a bust? No. But I’m thinking he’s probably not going to be the best quarterback to come out of this draft.
2). San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
After watching the Cardinals take Kyler Murray, the 49ers will gladly take Nick Bosa without hesitation.
3). New York Giants (via mock trade with Jets): Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Jets don’t have a second-round pick, but the Giants do. This is where the Giants make a trade with the Jets for the first time since 1983. The Giants move here to #3, the Jets move down to #6 and receive the Giants’ second-round pick and perhaps a fourth- or fifth-round pick too. The Giants have the assets to do it, and if David Gettleman wants to keep his job, he takes not just a quarterback, but a good quarterback prospect who can step in and start NOW.
4). Oakland Raiders: Josh Allen, DE, Kentucky
It’s tempting to put a quarterback here. But Gruden sticks with Derek Carr…for now. Oakland also needs pass-rush help, and Allen could be a very nice pick here. Allen had a crazy 17 sacks this past season for Kentucky.
5). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
The Bucs could use help in a lot of areas, but I think they take Williams to beef up their D-Line, and also prepare for potential life after Gerald McCoy.
6). New York Jets (via mock trade with Giants): Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
The Jets seem to be building up their defense and they allegedly really like Rashan Gary and his versatility.
7). Jacksonville Jaguars: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
The Jaguars just signed Nick Foles to a four-year, $88 million deal. Jacksonville is Foles’ team to lead now, and he’s going to need a nice, big target to throw to. Jacksonville lacks pass-catchers, and I think they move on from Austin Seferian-Jenkins anyway. Hockenson is also a great blocker. Could he be Foles’ new Zach Ertz?
8). Detroit Lions: Devin White, LB, LSU
The Lions got help at defensive end by signing Trey Flowers to a five-year, $90 million deal. They also got secondary help landing cornerback Justin Coleman. They even grabbed wide receiver Danny Amendola and tight end Jesse James to help out Matthew Stafford and beef up an offense that was 24th in the NFL. Where the Lions are thin, however, is at linebacker, and Devin White could be the most explosive one in this draft
9). Buffalo Bills: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Even after picking up Cole Beasley and John Brown in free agency, the Bills could still use receiver help. But they won’t take one this high on the board, and they need some protection for quarterback Josh Allen. Take an offensive lineman now, and a receiver later. The Bills know there are plenty of good receivers in this draft…not so much at offensive line this year, if we’re talking first- and second-round talent.
10). Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
If Lock is still on the board at this point, I think Denver takes him. And Elway allegedly loves him. After all, how long is Joe Flacco really going to be their quarterback?
11). Cincinnati Bengals: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
The Bengals may want to do whatever they can to help their offense under new head coach Zac Taylor. But if Sweat is still on the board at this point, I don’t know how they can pass on him here. And by the way, the Bengals’ defense was pitiful this past season.
12). Green Bay Packers: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
Clay Matthews is going to be 33 years old before this season starts and it is uncertain if he’s coming back as a free agent. I like the Pack to pick Ferrell here.
13). Miami Dolphins: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Miami could go defense, but man they need a quarterback badly. The Dolphins finally moved on from Ryan Tannehill. Will new head coach Brian Flores take a QB? I have a feeling he will, despite being a defensive-minded coach.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Oliver falls right into Atlanta’s lap. A good pick because the Falcons defense needs a lot of help.
15. Washington Redskins: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Redskins will want to give Case Keenum a new weapon. Washington swung and missed on Antonio Brown, but D.K. Metcalf is a nice pick who has freakish strength and athleticism.
16). Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns, DE, Florida St.
17). New York Giants: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Giants got here by trading away their star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. It will be big cleats to fill, but I actually really like A.J. Brown and even think he’s a bit underrated. He’s especially very good after the catch. Brown will join a receiving corps that includes Sterling Shepard and recently-signed veteran Golden Tate.
18). Minnesota Vikings: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Vikings desperately need improvement on the offensive line and protect their $84 million
19). Tennessee Titans: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Titans need a pass-rusher too, but their top priority may be at cornerback. If Greedy is still available at this point, Tennessee will take him.
20). Pittsburgh Steelers: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Sure, the Steelers offense will be taking a step or two (or three) backwards after losing both Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, but they really need to address their defense; especially at the linebacker spot. While they still could get a young cornerback here, I like Pittsburgh to get Devin Bush.
21). Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
I was originally going to put Alabama safety Deionte Thompson
22). Baltimore Ravens: Jachai Polite, DE, Florida
The Ravens lost four starters on defense to free agency. So yeah…I think they’ll go defense here. And Polite logged 11 sacks and led the nation in forced fumbles (6) for Florida.
23). Houston Texans: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
24). Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Every single one of Oakland’s current running backs are free agents, and after going defense with their first pick, 20 picks later Gruden will be licking his chops for offense. He will want to surround Derek Carr with playmakers.
25). Philadelphia Eagles: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Eagles will be salty after watching the Raiders take the top-projected running back off the table right before their pick, but the Eagles also have needs in their secondary. Philly will be happy to take Baker now and go for a running back later.
26). Indianapolis Colts: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
I like the Colts to roll the dice with Brown. Even though they recently signed former Panthers receiver Devin Funchess, they only signed him for one year. Marquise Brown is the future, and Funchess can be a nice weapon for the time being while Brown recovers from his foot injury.
27). Oakland Raiders: Cody Ford, G, Oklahoma
The Raiders are getting their weapons, but now they have to improve their offensive line. Even after signing Trent Brown, I like Oakland to go with Ford.
28). Los Angeles Chargers: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
Speaking of needing offensive line help, The Chargers are another team who needs it…big time. It was evident in the playoffs this past season. They especially need it on the interior and that’s why I have Lindstrom sneaking into the first-round here.
29). Kansas City Chiefs: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
The Chiefs will need all the help they can get on defense if they want to get to the Super Bowl; and the defense was especially terrible against the run. Lawrence is a BIG body who can be an ultimate run-stuffer.
30). Green Bay Packers: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
After trading Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (best name EVER by the way), the Packers may go for
31). Los Angeles Rams: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
It seems like the Rams are moving on from Lamarcus Joyner after picking up former Ravens safety Eric Weddle. They also just re-signed linebacker Dante Fowler, Jr. to a one-year deal. But what about Ndamukong Suh? Is he coming back? I don’t think so. Enter Wilkins.
32). New England Patriots: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
It’s tempting to put a wide receiver here, but I don’t think the Patriots would take one this high. Also, the Patriots obviously draft very well but, believe it or not, they don’t draft receivers all that well, with 2008-09 maybe being an exception. And remember, Julian Edelman was a quarterback first! The Patriots get the majority of their quality receivers through trades or free agency.
Trey Flowers goes to Detroit, and Michael Bennett comes in. Trent Brown goes to the Raiders, but I think Isaiah Wynn, who was a first-round draft pick and also injured last year, will be the next guy up. They won’t take a quarterback this early, because then you’re practically banking on keeping a first-round pick on the bench for the next four years – it would be a waste.
So which route does New England take? We still aren’t sure if Rob Gronkowski is coming back or not and the Patriots also released backup tight end