Since January, we’ve been bombarded with mock drafts, position rankings, and scouting reports. I HAVE LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, with the first round of the NFL Draft taking place tonight, draft season is almost over. With that, I present my final mock draft of the season.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB
Not going to waste time on this one. Lawrence has been the projected number one pick of this draft since his senior year of high school.
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB
Wilson hasn’t been a lock as long as Lawrence has, but this one is also obvious. With the Jets sending Sam Darnold to Carolina, they have a gaping hole at QB. In step Zach Wilson, coming off an incredible season at BYU. His arm talent and his ability to extend plays make him my QB2, and a lock to go to New York.
3. San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance, QB
This pick is dependent on what they do with Jimmy G. If they hang on to him for another year, I think they take Lance to let him sit. If they trade him, you have to take the more pro ready guy, Mac Jones. In this mock, I’m betting they stick with him another year.
4. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE
Falcons double down on Matt Ryan and go into win now mode, Kyle Pitts is a great first step towards that move. The best non-QB in the draft and adds another dimension to that already potent Atlanta offense.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase, WR
I think regardless if Pitts is on the board, this is either Sewell or Chase. I think after that 2019 season Burrow and Chase had, paired with the fact this is a deep tackle class, the Bengals take Chase to be their number one receiver.
6. Miami Dolphins: Jaylen Waddle, WR
I don’t think the Dolphins traded back up to take an offensive lineman, they wanted one of these top three receivers. Waddle is a lot of people’s WR2, including my own. He has some injury concerns, but his ceiling is too hight to pass on here.
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Penei Sewell, OT
TRADE UP ALERT! Sewell falls to seven, and I think the Chargers make a move for him. I don’t think Sewell or Slater will make it to the Chargers at 13, and they have to address tackle. You also already have chemistry there with Herbert and Sewell. It’s risky predicting trades, but this is one I could see.
8. New England Patriots: Justin Fields, QB
TRADE UP ALERT! From all reports, Carolina wants to move out of eight, New England wants to move up to grab a QB. Here, they do, and get Cam Newton 2.0, Justin Fields. Give him a year to sit behind Cam and learn how to be an NFL quarterback.
9. Denver Broncos: Rashawn Slater, OT
Originally I had Denver moving up to four and grabbing Fields, and I can see that happening still. But with the Teddy Bridgewater trade, I think they may stay put this year. With staying put, they take BPA and go Rashawn Slater. You have Boles at LT and the great thing about Slater, he can start at any other position along the line.
10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB
This has been mocked for months and I don’t see it changing. I like Jaycee Horn’s upside more, but Surtain has the higher floor. He’s a disciplined player who is already well coached. Pair him up with Trevon Diggs and you help that atrocious secondary out.
11. New York Giants: Micah Parsons, LB
Joe Judge attended two pro days: Micah Parsons and Jaelan Phillips. The Giants pass rush isn’t great, but their LB core is way worse. Bring in Parsons and add a freak athlete to your defense.
12. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaycee Horn, CB
I know they need receiver, but this receiver class is deeper than this cornerback class. The Eagles have a lot of holes, but a true lock down corner starts helping sure up that secondary.
13. Detroit Lions: DeVonta Smith, WR
You let Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones walk. Jared Goff is not a guy that can elevate whoever you have left on that roster. I have concerns about Smith’s size, but you can deny his talent.
14. Washington Football Team: Mac Jones, QB
TRADE UP ALERT! Washington and Chicago are both on the phone with Minnesota to make this move, here I have Washington making the better offer. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Taylor Heinicke aren’t long term answers. Go get who you believe can be your franchise quarterback.
15. Carolina Panthers: Christian Darrisaw, OT
You have a need at big need at left tackle. Darrisaw is a monster pass protector and will keep Darnold clean.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Greg Newsome II, CB
Patrick Peterson departed this offseason, leaving a big void at corner. Newsome is an excellent player who has kinda flew under the radar, he comes in and immediately has an impact.
17. Oakland Raiders: Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah, LB
The Raiders linebackers are bad, there’s no way around it. Not only can Koromoah play linebacker, with his speed, he can be a box safety/overhang player for you. A weapon for that lackluster defense.
18. Miami Dolphins: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT/IOL
I am a big Vera-Tucker fan. I don’t think he’s a tackle at the next level, but he will be a high level guard. You drafted Austin Jackson and Robert Hunt last year, who were decent at tackle last season. Tucker gives you the versatility to put him at guard, or if you’re comfortable, move him to RT and put Hunt inside.
19. Minnesota Vikings: Kwitty Paye, EDGE
Vikings need offensive line and edge, none of the offensive lineman left are as good as Paye is. He will be great opposite of Danielle Hunter.
20. Chicago Bears: Teven Jenkins, OT
None of the top quarterbacks are left, you have Allen Robinson for another year, so the Bears go offensive line. Jenkins is an absolute mauler and slides in at RT and starts immediately.
21. Indianapolis Colts: Samuel Cosmi, OT
I could definitely see the Colts trading back here. The more I think about it, it probably will happen with the deep tackle class. It’s too late to make another mock. They go Cosmi here, and he slides in at LT to replace Anthony Castonzo.
22. Tennessee Titans: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE
Another pick I’ve had mocked for the last few months. I don’t think bringing in Bud Dupree sures up that pass rush, you need another guy. Ojulari is the best pure pass rusher in the class, and a good fit in Tennessee.
23. New York Jets: Kadarius Toney, WR
It could be running back here, it could also be offensive line. With a high pick in the second round, and the strong possibility Toney won’t be there, they go ahead and take him here. A swiss army knife, Zach Wilson will have another weapon to throw to.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Landon Dickerson, IOL
You could easily mock running back here, but Pittsburgh lost: Alejandro Villanueva, Maurkice Pouncey and Matt Feiler, you have to address that offensive line. Dickerson is a ox and can also play center or guard.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig, S
Tackle is a need, but like the Jets, the Jaguars have the luxury of the first pick of the second round. They have a need at safety, and Moehrig is far and away the best one in the class. An absolute stud, he will be an impact player immediately.
26. Cleveland Browns: Christian Barmore, DL
With the Browns bringing in Clowney, there biggest need is interior defensive line. Larry Ogunjobi and Sheldon Richardson departed this offseason, your two starters from last season. Barmore is by far the best interior defensive lineman in this already weak interior defensive line class.
27. Baltimore Ravens: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR
With their first pick of the first round, the Ravens grab another receiver for Lamar Jackson to throw to. He joins Hollywood Brown and Sammy Watkins to form a solid receiving core.
28. New Orleans Saints: Caleb Farley, CB
I’m going off reports here, the Saints are willing to trade up to grab Farley. With him falling to him there due to injury concerns, they snatch him up. The Saints have to get cheap at premier positions which is why I think they go corner over linebacker here.
29. Green Bay Packers: Rashod Bateman, WR
Another pick I’m going off reports here, the reports are saying the Packers like Bateman. I personally would go Elijah Moore here, but I get why they like Bateman, he’s a great player.
30. Buffalo Bills: Najee Harris, RB
Devin Singletary and Zach Moss are okay. They aren’t good enough to provide a consistent running game for Buffalo, Najee Harris is. He is also a great receiver out of the backfield.
31. Baltimore Ravens: Jayson Oweh, EDGE
My favorite edge rusher in the class, solely because he is the freakiest athlete I’ve ever seen. 6’5″ 250 pounds, 4.39 40 yard dash, 39″ vertical. I know that doesn’t mean he will succeed at the next level, but it sets a super high ceiling. Ravens take that gamble on him here.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE
I struggled with this pick, here’s how I came up with Rousseau. This team brought back all their starters, whoever they pick will NOT play much early on. That is exactly what Rousseau needs, time to sit and polish his pass rush moves because he is raw in that sense.
Thanks for making it to the end! I already see areas I could improve this mock, but we’re sticking with this one! Sad to see this draft season come to and end, but ready to see how this draft plays out.
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