With the Coronavirus pandemic cancelling everything I hold near and dear to my heart, I decided to sit down and try my hand at being an NFL General Manager.
For this mock draft, I will not be including trades for continuity.
1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Let’s not spend too much time on this, Joe Burrow is the no-brainer pick here. He was the best player in college football this past season, he is from Ohio, and The Red Rifle’s days of being a mediocre quarterback are behind him.
2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
There has been a lot of speculation that the Redskins will take QB Tua Tagovailoa to compete with Dwayne Haskins Jr. I’m not buying it. Despite Dwayne Haskins Jr. having a subpar rookie season, I find the idea of moving on from a first round pick after one year ridiculous. You take Chase Young here, arguably the best player in the draft, and one of the best pure edge rushers we’ve seen in years. He will pair nicely with second year player Montez Sweat in Ron Rivera’s defence.
3. Detroit Lions – Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Now the fun begins. To me, this is where the draft really begins. The first two picks are no brainers. I could see Detroit trading out of this spot to a QB hungry team, but if you read the intro, we are not doing trades in this mock draft. So, I have Detroit selecting Jeff Okudah, the best cornerback in the draft. Okudah is just simply an amazing player to watch. He is not the most explosive athlete, but very fluid, and technically sound. He will pair nicely on the boundary with Darius Slay, or replace Slay. But that is for another article.
4. New York Giants – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
If I am Dave Gettleman, I’m both happy and sad right now. I have what I think is my franchise QB, so I don’t have to take one here. But there are so many good players available. I can take a defense changing player like Isaiah Simmons. I can give Daniel Jones a weapon like Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb. But ultimately, I think he will play it safe and take Tristan Wirfs to protect his franchise QB. Wirfs was already regarded as one of the top tackle prospects in the draft before the combine. And then the combine happened and it turns out Wirfs is one hell of an athlete. He posted a 4.85-second 40 yard dash and a 36.5-inch vertical at 320 pounds! He is not the most glamorous pick, but he will anchor your O-Line for years to come and keep Danny Dimes clean.
5. Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Dolphins can’t get this card to the commissioner fast enough. You know how teams often have slogans like the Patriots say “Do Your Job”? Last year the Dolphins fanbase chanted “Tank For Tua”, and they were doing a great job at it to start the year. Then they got hot at the end of the year and ended up in the number 5 spot, with some analysts questioning if Tua would fall to them there. Well, one hip injury later, the Dolphins are able to grab their QB of the future without having to trade up to do so. I have no doubt in my mind Tua is a franchise QB. Watching him play reminds me a lot of Russell Wilson; a guy with a good arm that is able to extend plays with his legs. The only concerns I have are obviously his health, and the fact that recent Alabama QB’s haven’t had any success in the NFL. But the ceiling for Tua is so high, it makes it really tough for the Dolphins to pass on him here.
Featured image courtesy of Matthew Emmons, USA Today Sports.
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