With the Senior Bowl wrapping up this weekend, as far as I’m concerned, MOCK DRAFT SEASON HAS BEGUN! Let’s get into the picks!
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB
Not too much to think on with this one, you get one of the highest rated prospects in the last decade to kick off your rebuild. Enjoy.
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB
Yes, I have Wilson as my QB2. He has the ability to extend plays and has a super fast release. Two skills he’ll need behind that Jets offensive line.
3. Miami Dolphins: DeVonta Smith, WR
DeVonta Smith is the greatest COLLEGE wide receiver I’ve seen in my lifetime. His outstanding season paired with the fact that he is Tua’s former teammate makes this a great pick for the Dolphins.
4. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Fields, QB
Matt Ryan still has a few years left in him, but when will Atlanta be picking inside the top five again? Grab Fields, a hometown guy, and have him sit and learn behind Matty Ice.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT
I’ve seen Rashawn Slater mocked here lately, and I’m not mad at that. Slater at this point in time is the better player. However, Sewell definitely has the higher ceiling and with Cincinnati being a few years a way from competing, that will give Sewell the time to refine his game and become a great player.
6. Philadelphia Eagles: Ja’Marr Chase, WR
The Eagles are sprinting to the stage to hand this pick in. Before DeVonta Smith had his stellar season, Chase had a year just as good in 2020. Chase steps in and becomes your number one receiver and that allows Reagor to become your number two guy, which suits him better.
7. Detroit Lions: Jaylen Waddle, WR
Marvin Jones is gone. Kenny Golladay will most likely end up leaving. Who does that leave you with? Exactly. Take Waddle, who before his ankle injury, was the top option at Alabama over Smith and my WR1.
8. Carolina Panthers: Trey Lance, QB
Much like Fields, this is a draft and sit pick. Trey Lance is a phenomenal athlete and has a cannon for an arm. His big knock was not playing at a FCS school. You can roll with Bridgewater for another year or two and give Lance time to learn the system.
9. Denver Broncos: Caleb Farley, CB
Farley, to me, has the highest ceiling of the cornerback prospects. He has good size and instincts, and he just started playing the position last year. He will fit well into Vic Fangio’s defense.
10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB
Dallas lost Byron Jones last offseason, and will likely lose Chidobe Awuzie this offseason. That leaves you with Trevon Diggs, who had an up and down rookie season. Bringing in Surtain will take pressure off of Diggs and allow him to develop and give you a potentially great CB tandem.
11. New York Giants: Kyle Pitts, TE
The top three wide receivers are off the board, but the Giants need an offensive weapon. Pitts is not your traditional TE, he can line up on the outside and in the slot. He is also 10x the blocker that Evan Engram is. Play Pitts at TE, let Engram play a strictly receiving role.
12. San Francisco 49ers: Rashawn Slater, OT
The 49ers were eaten up by injuries this year, they have a great roster. I was tempted to give them a CB here, but I couldn’t see any left going this high. So we’re going best player available and taking Rashawn Slater. Slater can literally play all five positions on the offensive line, a plug and play starter.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Samuel Cosmi, OT
Another team with a great roster, but have a major weakness at offensive line. When you have an emerging superstar like Herbert, you need to keep him clean. Cosmi is the best pass blocker in the class, and is a plug and play at right tackle, and has the talent to move over to left tackle.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Gregory Rousseau, Edge
The Vikings are a team on the verge of a rebuild. Why not kick it off with a low floor, super high ceiling player like Rousseau? Rousseau is a physically gifted player, but is not refined in any sort of technique. To be fair to him, he has played the position ONE YEAR, and he’s only 20 YEARS OLD.
15. New England Patriots: Mac Jones, QB
Mac Jones helped his stock more than any other player at the Senior Bowl. Not so much with his play, which don’t get me wrong was great, but his intangibles really shined. Jones showed super high football IQ and great leadership in the huddle. New England does need some playmakers on the outside, but it’s hard to pass on Jones here.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Joseph Ossai, Edge
Hassan Reddick, who was flirting with bust status, had a breakout season. However, I think it’s unlikely he’s in Arizona next season. Ossai is primarily an edge rusher, but does has the ability to play off the ball and drop into coverage from time to time. Perfect replacement.
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Micah Parsons, LB
The Raiders’ experiment of signing underrated linebackers has not went well. The linebacker core was the weakness on a not great defense. Parsons can come in and start at Sam linebacker and eventually transition to a Mike linebacker.
18. Miami Dolphins: Christian Darrisaw, OT
The Dolphins drafted two tackles, Austin Jackson and Robert Hunt, who both showed potential throughout the season. Robert Hunt projects much better as a guard, and Jackson projects better at right tackle. Bring in Darisaw, who’s is a plug and play left tackle, and you have a solid offensive line for the future.
19. Washington Football Team: Kadarius Toney, WR
With Jones off the board, there is no QB here worth taking. Toney is a gadget player who could really open up this offense. Go routes, jet sweeps, screens, you name it, he’s good at it.
20. Chicago Bears: Jalen Mayfield, OT
The Bears have a lot of needs on offense. With some good receivers likely being available down the board, Ryan Pace plays it safe and takes a solid tackle prospect to help their subpar tackle play.
21. Indianapolis Colts: Liam Eichenberg, OT
Plug and play Anthony Castonzo replacement. Next.
22. Tennessee Titans: Kwitty Paye, Edge
Titans get great value here. Paye is listed at edge, but can also play with his hand in the dirt. The Titans need edge help, but you can tell that defense missed Jurrell Casey this past season. Paye can fill either of those roles.
23. New York Jets: Travis Etienne, RB
I think Najee Harris is the better pure runner of the two, but Etienne is by far the better receiver out of the backfield. With an offense lacking outside weapons, Etienne takes pressure off of that receiving core and gives Zach Wilson a safety valve.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Zaven Collins, LB
Here’s your Bud Dupree replacement. Collins can play off the ball, but is also a solid pass-rusher. Great pairing with a pure pass-rusher like TJ Watt.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jaycee Horn, CB
Jacksonville got their franchise QB with their first pick, now it’s time to go to to work on the other side of the ball. Jaycee Horn is a solid prospect with good size who will pair good with CJ Henderson.
26. Cleveland Browns: Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah, LB
Koromoah steps in immediately and plays your Will linebacker. He also has the versatility to rush the passer, which helps since Oliver Vernon is probably gone from Cleveland. He also has shown he can cover slot receivers, which helps Cleveland’s sometime shaky secondary.
27. Baltimore Ravens: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR
I like Hollywood Brown, but I don’t see him as a true number one receiver. I do see Marshall as a number one receiver. At 6’3″ Marshall gives you another red zone option outside of Mark Andrews, and Marshall is equally as effective from the slot.
28. New Orleans Saints: Nick Bolton, LB
Demario Davis is getting older. Kwon Alexander is becoming increasingly injury prone. Alex Anzalone is best suited as a rotation guy. Bolton is a great athlete, plays good in space and is an absolute thumper. He leaves something to be desired in pass coverage, but has the athleticism to develop that part of his game. Plug and play Mike linebacker.
29. Green Bay Packers: Asante Samuel Jr., CB
After Kevin King costing the Packers an NFC Title and a Super Bowl trip, he is out. That leaves an opening at CB opposite of Jaire Alexander. With the Packers running more man coverage than anyone else in the league, you take Asante Samuel Jr., the best man cover corner left on the board.
30. Buffalo Bills: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG
Tucker played tackle in college, but he will definitely switch to guard in the pros. The Bills run game was virtually non-existent, and that was due in large part to the awful guard play throughout the season. Tucker could go a long way towards improving that problem and helping the Bills become a two dimensional offense.
31.Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jaelan Phillips, Edge
This could end up being the steal of the draft. Phillips is a top 10 talent in this draft, but concussion concerns has tanked his stock. With JPP and Suh aging, and Shaq Barrett possibly leaving, Phillips makes the most sense here.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Leatherwood, OT
Rounding out this mock draft, I have the Chiefs going offensive line. Leatherwood had a solid showing at the Senior Bowl, impressing in one on ones. Leatherwood projects better as a guard, but can also play tackle at the next level. Either way, the Chiefs could use him. They’re a little weak at guard, Mitchell Schwarz is aging and Eric Fisher is serviceable at best.
Thanks for making it to the end! I will have my next mock draft coming out after the pro days begin and we see if any new prospects begin getting some buzz.
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