The NFL draft is right around the corner so it is time to bring you an NFL mock draft! While we are not by any means draft experts we love to analyze the draft and have fun. Know that when we do these mocks we incorporate some of our own rankings and use reports we hear about. If we see enough reports that seem to be valid we will often gear our mocks that way. At the end of the day an NFL mock draft is meant to show what we think will happen and not what will happen. So let us begin by breaking down our picks for our NFL mock draft! (Note we will not include trades in this NFL mock draft. We will put out one final NFL mock draft next week and incorporate some trades.)
1. Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence (QB)
Best player we have seen in college over the past few years. No real explanation needed her.
2. Jets – Zach Wilson (QB)
Wilson has risen up rankings since the beginning of the year. He excels off play action and fits the scheme. Reports have been leaning this way.
3. 49ers – Justin Fields (QB)
I have gone full circle with this pick. There’s no denying reports have been leaning Mac Jones for the pick up until this week. Fields mobility could be the difference maker in the 49ers decision. For now I will put Fields as the pick.
4. Falcons – Kyle Pitts (TE)
There is no denying that the Falcons should trade back here. They could get a massive haul for a QB needy team if a team wants to get one. Yet recently I have seen reports that the Broncos do not want to pay to come up. Quarterbacks could drop then allowing the Broncos to still grab their guy. For the Falcons I lean Pitts as he is a true difference maker. No cornerback is worth the value of a top 5 pick and the position takes longer to develop. Pitts could be a star from the beginning he is just that talented.
5. Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase (WR)
Whether you like it or not the Bengals seem to be leaning Chase in the draft. He can be an elite different maker on the outside and allow this passing game to go to the next level. Yes they need to address the offensive line but that can happen in rounds 2 and 3. Both the o-line and receiver core are deep enough to where it can work both ways.
6. Dolphins – Penei Sewell (OT)
This pick to me is clear cut once Pitts and Chase are off the board. I think Sewell as a prospect is safer at tackle then Waddle and Smith at wide receiver. If the Dolphins want to grab one of those guys they could trade back again. But offensive line is a need and Sewell can play both sides at the tackle position.
7. Lions – Jaylen Waddle (WR)
Lions have so many holes on this team. I think they grab a pass catcher who has shown an ability to produce all over the field. He’s quick, he has good hands and is very fluid in his motion. This pick can easily be DeVonta Smith as well but what I have seen in reports Waddle seems slightly ahead.
8. Panthers – Rashawn Slater (OT)
Slater to me secured his top 10 stock when he had an awesome pro day. Panthers need to protect Sam Darnold if they are ever going to get anything out of him. The Panthers could potentially trade back and game some assets and still get a top tackle. Ultimately the board is very wide open for them.
9. Broncos – Trey Lance (QB)
Upside verses safety. Do the Broncos believe that the ceiling of Lance is worth more then the safety of Mac Jones. I think most teams do. Lance is a risky prospect but he has all the physical tools to be an elite quarterback. Drew Lock clearly is not the answer and this team has the playmaking abilities to be very good. They just need to hit on a quarterback.
10. Cowboys – Patrick Surtain (CB)
Cowboys should not invest this pick on anything except the defensive side of the ball if the board falls this way, I could definitely understand the appeal with Pitts but their defense was bad last season. Surtain has the experience and ability to be a very good cornerback in the NFL. I really like this pick for the Cowboys.
11. Giants – DeVonta Smith (WR)
Giants get another playmaker to take this team to the next level. Smith is the last of the “big 3 receivers” who could be an instant impact. The team has flexibility hear to potentially trade back to if need be. I think their needs are very few and in between that they can take advantage of some value.
12. Eagles – Kadarius Toney (WR)
Here is your wild card team. They can have been rumored to either trade up or back in this draft. There have been a few reports stating that Toney could be a top 15 pick in this draft. He is elusive on tape and while I do not believe he is worth a top 15 pick someone might. The Eagles could be that team as we have seen their draft history lean towards shifty wide receivers. Perhaps next week I back out of this pick but for now I will take my shot.
13. Chargers – Christian Darrisaw (OT)
Protect your assets. Justin Herbert is your future you protect him at all cost. Give them Darrisaw who is a NFL ready starter and be happy with your draft.
14. Vikings – Alijah Vera-Tucker (OL)
Vera-Tucker is the most versatile lineman in this class. He can be put anywhere on the line and you would be happy as a coach. Kirk Cousins does not want to die next season so I believe they will try everything to strengthen the line. I also believe this could be a trade back spot.
15. Patriots – Mac Jones (QB)
Listen Mac Jones is not going to fall this far. I highly expect a team to trade up for him. But I will not be including trade ups until next week right before the draft. Patriots need a quarterback. Mac Jones is a quarterback. While I would prefer a more mobile quarterback for their new scheme this is ok.
16. Arizona Cardinals – Jaycee Horn (CB)
Horn is a terrific press coverage cornerback who has the traits to be elite at the next level. I fully believe he can be a starter from day 1 and this is a huge need for the team. I can see Horn going even higher but defenders may ultimately fall this draft.
17. Las Vegas Raiders – Tevin Jenkins (OT)
The Raiders need to rebuild their offensive line. Jenkins to me is probably the best option on the board. They could potentially trade back as here begins the range for most of the tackles. Yet his size and style of physical play is what you like to see in the NFL.
18. Miami Dolphins – Micah Parsons (LB)
I really do not think Parsons will slip this far. Yet with all the hype around quarterbacks and skill position players this draft he might. Linebacker has been devalued by some teams in the early teen range. Parson does have some question marks around him as well. Ultimately the Dolphins get an elite playmaker.
19. Washington – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB)
Linebacker is a need for this defense. JOK is a do it all linebacker who will make an elite defense even better. I know Washington wants a quarterback so they could trade up if one falls. To me though this is a great pick for the team.
20. Chicago – Caleb Farley (CB)
Another team who could be a steal due to him falling. He is an elite option at the position but he has health concerns. Chicago will try to trade up for a quarterback. If not I believe the length and athleticism of Farley would be great for their defense.
21. Colts – Kwity Paye (EDGE)
This edge class is very deep yet I do not think there is a dominant player in the class. Paye is a physical specimen who just needs to put it all together. To me the Colts can go many different ways this draft but grabbing an edge could be a great move.
22. Titans – Rashod Bateman (WR)
The Titans are in no man land to me. They have the tools to be a contender but lost a ton of playmakers this offseason. To me they need to get Tannehill more weapons. Bateman to me is a terrific fit for the Titans. He can play in the slot or line up on the outside and has the physical tools to be a playmaker for years to come.
23. Jets – Greg Newsome (CB)
Newsome is a terrific cornerback who has great physical tools to be an outside playmaker. He has great feet and this fits an important need for the Jets. They could also go with a playmaker here but with another pick coming up I would grab the corner first.
24. Steelers – Sam Cosmi (OT)
Listen I am not a believer in taking a running back in round 1. Yes it fits with Harris here. But the Steelers issues on the line had more of an impact on the run game then many think. Conner had a horrific stuff rate last season when he played. Cosmi is a battle tested tackle who is pro ready to me. He can make a huge impact for the team next season.
25. Jaguars – Trevon Moehrig (S)
Moehrig is the clear cut best safety in the class. He has terrific ball skills and led all safeties in pass breakups the past two seasons. The Jaguars need to continue to build up their secondary. This to me is a really safe pick.
26. Browns – Christian Barmore (DT)
With the Browns bringing in numerous free agents they are ready to truly compete. For me here I’m taking the best player available. Barmore will boost the interior of this line and make this defensive line scary. If Clowney could stay healthy they could be a top 3 line in the league with Barmore.
27. Ravens – Jaelan Phillips (EDGE)
Edge has become a need for the Baltimore Ravens. I do think they could go with a playmaker her but Phillips might be the best edge in the class. He is quick and has all the physical tools you like to see. There are health concerns but I think he is worth the pick here.
28. Saints – Zaven Collins (LB)
Saints either have to go corner or linebacker in this spot. I believe Collins is one of the most underrated players in this draft. He is very good going sideline to sideline and is an awesome coverage linebacker. He would be a great pick here to me.
29. Packers – Jamin Davis (LB)
Physical specimen. This is a guy that can do it all on the field and his athleticism alone makes him worth a first round pick. The Packers had a hole at linebacker last season and to me this would be a slam dunk pick.
30. Bills – Azeez Ojulari (EDGE)
Ojulari is a beast of a player. This edge class is so class that you can make the case for several guys at 1. The Bills have the luxary of not having many needs so they should go best player available here. To me that is Ojulari.
31. Chiefs – Walker Little (OT)
Tackle is the most important need here for the Chiefs. They looked brutal in the Super Bowl and that is the last memory of the team. Little is a very good player who has some risk. We have not seen him play in a long time. Yet the need is to pressing here to pass up on a player who could start right away.
32. Bucs – Gregory Rousseau (EDGE)
The Bucs return all 22 starters from last season. They are a team that can afford to take on a developmental player like Rousseau. He can be a rotational piece and try to grow as a defensive playmaker. To me Rousseau has the highest ceiling of any edge in this class. There is just a ton of risk.
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