Yup, this is it. I’m only doing two mock drafts this year so this is the final one, because guys: THE DRAFT IS HERE THIS WEEK AAAAAAHHHHH!
Ok, enough, let’s get to it. This is my final mock draft, but I’m going to throw in a little bonus for you. I included my SECOND-round picks for you!
I got some super surprising picks, and a couple big trades. I don’t really think we’re going to get trade crazy here; at least not in the first couple rounds. But I think we will see one trade early in the first round, and one later on. I will even tell you where I think Josh Rosen will end up! Also, you can check out my Mock Draft 1.0 here. Okie doke, here we go!:
1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Nothing changes here. A lot of people are saying this is pretty much a forgone conclusion and I believe it. Do I agree with it? Nope. But Cardinals will roll the dice here on Murray, who they believe can be their guy and thrive under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Nothing changes here either from my first mock draft. The Niners will gladly take Bosa, who could be the best player in this draft.
3. New York Jets: Josh Allen, DE, Kentucky
I originally had a mock trade here with the Giants moving up to this spot, but I don’t think they’re moving anywhere. I think a lot of interesting things could happen at this spot. Could the Bengals trade A.J. Green to the Jets for this pick and snag Dwayne Haskins? Could the Redskins or Dolphins try and move into this spot? Maybe, but I doubt it. The Jets are actually more likely to take Quinnen Williams out of Alabama. But I actually think the Jets stay put here, and select Allen who is a force on the edge. Williams is more of a run-stuffer, and Allen will get after the quarterback more – he had a crazy 17 sacks with Kentucky last year. The Jets were pitiful at getting after the QB last season, so I like them to take Allen here.
4. Oakland Raiders: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Woah, ok hold up Matt, what’s the deal here? Here’s where things get crazy; and leave it to the Raiders to make things interesting/entertaining.
First, there’s this
And now there’s a surprise pick?!T
Unless this is all a smokescreen, it tells me a few things. One, it tells me that this is absolutely going to be a “Gruden Pick”. So, what kind of a coach is our good $100 million friend? He’s an offensive guy who is particularly a quarterback guy. Gruden loves studying and developing quarterbacks.
Secondly, by saying they have “a surprise pick” at the 4th spot, gives away the notion that they are not going to trade out of that pick. Unless of course, this is all bulls*** and the Raiders are throwing up a smokescreen.
And finally, the Raiders are going to SHOCK us all. I’m warning you all right now…don’t be surprised if Oakland absolutely throws a curveball here and takes Haskins. And it isn’t really all that farfetched really. Haskins, after all, I think is pretty good. I think Haskins and Will Grier will actually be the two best quarterbacks to come out of this draft, but that’s a different article for a different day. The Raiders have two fast, deep threats now at wide receiver in Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, and quite frankly, I’m not sure if Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock are really counting on Derek Carr to be their long-term guy.
I predicted Antonio Brown would go to the Raiders, and now I am predicting that Dwayne Haskins will be an Oakland Raider after all of this madness.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Quinnen Williams is a nice pick here for the Buccaneers. If it’s not Nick Bosa, Williams could very well be the best player to come out of this draft.
6. New York Giants: Devin White, LB, LSU
Nope, Giants don’t take a quarterback here. Some people may argue Drew Lock, but I think Dave Gettleman and the Giants would rather pick the best linebacker in the draft. Oh don’t worry, the Giants will get their quarterback. I’ll get to that in a moment…
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
The Jaguars need pass-catchers, but they also need to protect their new QB Nick Foles. Well why not get both in T.J. Hockenson, who not only could be the best blocking tight end in the draft, but the best tight end…period. They also moved off of Austin Seferian-Jenkins in free agency and so Hockenson could make a lot of sense here.
8. Detroit Lions: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
This may be a little high for Bush, but I think Matt Patricia will go defense here. And the Lions are thin at linebacker. I like the Lions to go with the local Michigan prospect.
9. Buffalo Bills: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The Bills could use some receiving help, but they also know that this draft is loaded with receiver talent. It’s not nearly as loaded at the offensive line spot, so the Bills will take the arguably the top offensive lineman in the draft now, and take a receiver later. Jonah Williams will reunite with his old offensive line coach in college, Brian Daboll.
10). Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Come on, you really think Joe Flacco is the answer for Denver? Plus, Elway allegedly LOVES Lock. Flacco is a rental and the Broncos need to nail down their QB for the future.
11. Washington Redskins (via mock trade with Bengals): Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Ah, the first trade of the draft! The Bengals need a linebacker. But with both Devin White and Devin Bush off the board, and the top three quarterbacks off the board, the Bengals decide to trade down with Washington. The Redskins trade their 15th pick and a 3rd round pick to the Bengals to make sure they get their future QB. The Bengals could use a QB too, but the Redskins probably need one even more.
12. Green Bay Packers: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Taylor could actually go higher here. Green Bay gets a steal at o-line.
13. Miami Dolphins: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
I think new head coach Brian Flores is going to go defense here. Ferrell is a nice pick.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
The Falcons could really use help anywhere on the defense. Oliver falls right into their lap.
15. Cincinnati Bengals (via mock trade with Redskins): Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
I think the trade down works out nicely for the Bengals. They need help on the offensive line, and they land Dillard who I think is very talented and can start right away.
16. Carolina Panthers: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
Panthers need a pass rusher after losing Julius Peppers to retirement.
17. New York Giants: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Oh, you thought the Giants would take a quarterback in the first round?! Nope. But here’s the catch: They land Josh Rosen in a trade with the Cardinals. I think the Giants trade a 3rd and a 5th round pick to Arizona for Rosen. You may think a 3rd round pick is too high for Rosen, but there are a couple things to consider. First, their 3rd round pick is the 31st pick, so it might as well be a 4th round pick really. Secondly, the Giants have two 4th round picks and one of them is as early as the 6th pick in that round.
The Giants select D.K. Metcalf here, hoping that Giants fans will quickly forget about OBJ, and quite frankly, it may work. Have you seen this guy?D
Yeaaaah good luck trying to bring that down.
If the Giants manage to get arguably the best linebacker, best receiver, and Josh Rosen by the end of the night on Thursday, I’d say that’s not too bad of a night. But I wouldn’t hold my breath for Gettleman.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, G/C, North Carolina State
The Vikings desperately need to improve their offensive line; especially on the interior. Bradbury can be a difference-maker.
19. Tennessee Titans: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Honestly, I’m not quite sure what the Titans are going to do here. This is a tough one. But I think they’ll go with help on the defensive line. And Wilkins is a nice pick who could actually go hire than this. I wouldn’t be surprised.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Some could argue Greedy Williams is the more talented CB in this draft. But I think this is more of a “fit pick”. Murphy plays physical and would be a nice fit in Pittsburgh, where they could use all the help they can get in the secondary.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
To go pass rusher or safety here…that is the question. I’m guessing pass rusher. Plus, they just got an additional first-round pick from the Frank Clark trade with the Chiefs.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
If it wasn’t for his shoulder injury, I would have Gary in the top 10. But I think he takes a hit on the draft board. This is Jim Harbaugh telling John Harbaugh to take a damn chance on this kid!
23. Houston Texans: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times last season. If they don’t take an offensive lineman here, someone loses their job in Houston.
24. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Marshawn Lynch is retiring and literally all the other Oakland running backs are free agents. I think Gruden and the Raiders stick with offense here and grab Jacobs to be their immediate starting RB.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Greedy finally is taken late in the first round, and it’s a nice pick for the Eagles, who need help in their secondary.
26. Indianapolis Colts: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The Colts missed out on Antonio Brown, so they’ll take his cousin instead.
27. Oakland Raiders: Jachai Polite, DE, Florida
Finally, after two picks for offense, the Raiders roll the dice on their first pick for defense in getting Polite out of Florida; who had 11 sacks and led the nation in forced fumbles last season. Can Polite be a Khalil Mack replacement? Hehe…we’ll see about that.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Cody Ford, G, Oklahoma
I know a lot of people have the Chargers taking a defensive tackle here. But the Chargers really need help on their offensive line. It wasn’t very good last season, and it got manhandled by the Ravens in the AFC Wild Card game.
29. Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
The Seahawks select local Washington prospect as their Earl Thomas replacement at safety.
30. Green Bay Packers: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
The Packers find a nice big target at receiver for Aaron Rodgers late in the first round. Harry and Davante Adams could be a nice receiving duo for the Pack.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
This could be the Rams’ Ndamukong Suh replacement, because Suh is a free agent and I don’t think he’s coming back.
32. Cleveland Browns (via mock trade with Patriots): Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Because you can’t have an NFL offseason without a Patriots-Browns trade, right?!
Ok, it’s time for some rapid fire! Here’s the second round:
33. Arizona Cardinals: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
34. Indianapolis Colts: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
35. Oakland Raiders: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
36. San Francisco 49ers: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
37. New York Giants: Jaylen Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
40. Buffalo Bills: Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
41. Denver Broncos: Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
42. Cincinnati Bengals: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
43. Detroit Lions: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
44. New England Patriots (via mock trade with Packers): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
45. Atlanta Falcons: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
46. Washington Redskins: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
47. Carolina Panthers: Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington
48. Miami Dolphins: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
49. New England Patriots (via mock trade with Browns): Andy Isabella, WR, Massachusetts
50. Minnesota Vikings: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
51. Tennessee Titans: Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
52. Pittsburgh Steelers: Germaine Pratt, LB, North Carolina State
53. Philadelphia Eagles: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
54. Houston Texans: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
55. Houston Texans: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
56. Green Bay Packers (via mock trade with Patriots): Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
57. Philadelphia Eagles: Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida
58. Dallas Cowboys: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
59. Indianapolis Colts: Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan
60. Los Angeles Chargers: Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
61. Kansas City Chiefs: Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan
62. New Orleans Saints: Erik McCoy, G/C, Texas A&M
63. Kansas City Chiefs: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
64. New England Patriots: Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois, DT
Enjoy the Draft!