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Mock Draft 1.0, Pre Super Bowl. So many rumors and smoke-screens being thrown around right now. It will be an interesting off-season as teams need to navigate the Draft process in the middle of a pandemic.
- Jacksonville Jaguars
Selection: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Trevor Lawrence may be the greatest Quarterback prospect to ever come out of College. New Jags Head Coach Urban Meyer gets his franchise Quarterback with the first pick in the draft.
2. New York Jets
Selection: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
I see the Jets as the top suitor for Deshaun Watson. However, in this Mock I am not including trades so they stick with their guy Sam Darnold. The Jets offensive line was atrocious last season and protecting Darnold needs to be the top priority for the Jets front office. Sewell will be a day one starter and a cornerstone for the franchise for years to come.
3. Miami Dolphins (via Houston)
Selection: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
This seems like a match made in heaven, the Heisman Trophy winner is absolutely electric on the field. The Dolphins landed their franchise Quarterback last year with Tua, now it’s time to surround him with the weapons to succeed. Reuniting the former college teammates will only accelerate their development and make transitioning to the NFL easier for Smith.
4. Atlanta Falcons
Selection: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
This might be the first surprise of the draft. Matt Ryan’s tenure with the Falcons is coming to an end. With a new coaching staff and general manager, the new era in Atlanta will begin. With proper coaching, Fields has the potential to be a home town hero and one of the best Quarterbacks in the league for years to come.
5. Cincinnati Bengals
Selection: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Joe Burrow was running for his life last season. With this pick not only do the Bengals get one of the top offensive tackles in the draft, they are also getting the most versatile offensive lineman. Slater has played both right and left tackle at Northwestern, and can also kick inside to Guard if need be.
6. Philadelphia Eagles
Selection: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
I think the Eagles front office is kicking themselves for passing up on Justin Jefferson last year. So this time they do not miss out on his former teammate. Chase opted out of football for the 2020 season but simply dominated on the field during in 2019, by putting up nearly 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns. The Eagles seem to have decided to roll with Carson Wentz, so giving him a true number one receiver will help get him back on track.
7. Detroit Lions
Selection: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
In all honesty I do not think Wilson will be available at 7, Detroit will most likely have to trade up to get him. Matt Stafford is on his way out and the Lions will be on the search for their next franchise Quarterback. Dan Campbell, the newly appointed head coach will want a Quarterback who will match his energy. Wilson is a high motor guy and has all the tools to succeed in the league.
8. Carolina Panthers
Selection: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Last year, the Panthers draft picks were all on the defensive side of the ball, and that trend continues here. Luke Kuechly’s surprising retirement left a void in the middle of that defense. Here, the Panthers find his replacement to pair him beside Shaq Thompson. Parsons is an explosive and versatile playmaker that will only benefit the Panthers defense long-term.
9. Denver Broncos
Selection: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Cornerback may be the biggest need on Vic Fangio’s defense and Surtain II has all the makings of a lock-down cornerback. He is aggressive and has good size to contest bigger receivers. If the Broncos decide to roll with Drew Lock or look at adding a guy like Matthew Stafford in Free Agency, than addressing the defensive back position at 9 is the best bet.
10. Dallas Cowboys
Selection: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Farley is extremely talented and fills a need on the Cowboys defense. Farley is fantastic at press, man-to-man coverage. He is big and is not afraid to get physical with opposing receivers. The only reason I have him behind Surtain II is because Farley played solely on the left side at Virginia Tech. Overall he is a top ten talent and a secondary of Farley, Diggs and Awuzie sounds pretty good to me.
11. New York Giants
Selection: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The Giants are all in with Daniel Jones and need to get him some weapons to throw the ball to. Slayton and Shepard are good no. 2 options but are not game changers. With the return of Saquon, adding a receiver like Waddle will allow Jones to make the leap in his third NFL season.
12. San Francisco 49ers
Selection: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
The son of four-time Pro Bowl receiver Joe Horn, Jaycee was raised to play in the NFL. He enters the draft as one of the best Cornerbacks available, and has experience playing inside and out. Richard Sherman is rumored to be on the way out of San Francisco, which will open the door for Horn will be a quality starter in the 49ers secondary for years to come.
13. Los Angeles Chargers
Selection: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
The Chargers must address the offensive line in the draft and do so here by taking Vera-Tucker. Most experts see him kicking inside to play Guard but he is capable of anchoring an offensive line from the Tackle position. Last season, Herbert was under pressure almost every time he dropped back. Tucker will help keep a clean pocket for the young QB.
14. Minnesota Vikings
Selection: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
Rousseau opted out of the 2020 season but was an absolute terror for opposing Quarterbacks in 2019. Landing Rousseau at no. 14 will be a steal for Mike Zimmer and the Vikings organization. Last season the Vikings pass rush lost Danielle Hunter to a season ending injury. Pairing Hunter and Rousseau together as book ends on the defensive line, Quarterbacks will have nightmares before facing the Vikings.
15. New England Patriots
Selection: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
It is no secret that New England had absolutely no production from the Tight End position last season. Pitts became a focal point at Florida for their offense. The 6-foot-6 Tight End can catch, run, and block, making whoever is playing Quarterback for the Patriots this season one happy man.
16. Arizona Cardinals
Selection: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami
The first two edge rushers who come off the board are both former Hurricanes. Phillips is quick off the edge and will be able to learn from Chandler Jones, who is one of the best pass-rushers in the league. The Cardinals are only a few pieces away from being able to contend, and putting pressure on opposing Quarterbacks goes a long way.
17. Las Vegas Raiders
Selection: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
The Raiders have a very average Linebacker group, but here they address that problem by selecting Owusu-Koramoah. He is a very gifted athlete who can cover the slot and is an efficient blitzer. I like his fit in the Raiders defense and Vegas now has a do-it-all linebacker that each team needs in todays NFL.
18. Miami Dolphins
Selection: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
The Dolphins selected DeVonta Smith with their first pick, now they look to continue to build around Tua and draft a player who will protect him. Miami has an underrated defense so it all comes down to building an offense that makes Tua comfortable.
19. Washington Football Team
Selection: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
This one was a toss up. I can see Washington address the glaring need at Wide Receiver here but instead they take their eventual franchise Quarterback. Lance isn’t necessarily a polished Quarterback, but he has all the tools he needs to develop into the eventual starter in Washington. I think they may look at the available Quarterbacks in Free Agency, but if they are not able to land one of those guys, Lance will be able to come in and learn from Alex Smith the same way Patrick Mahomes did.
20. Chicago Bears
Selection: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
Mayfield has the ability to play inside and out, and is a powerful run blocker who finishes his block. I get the sense that Mitchell Trubisky will be back in Chicago after the way he finished the season. The Bears Offensive Line was questionable last season and getting a versatile lineman like Mayfield will pay off.
21. Indianapolis Colts
Selection: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
The loss of Anthony Castonzo will play a huge factor into Indy’s draft plans. I believe they will try to go after a veteran QB in Free Agency or via Trade. Cosmi is an absolute monster standing at 6-foot-7 and has a ton of experience playing both Left and Right Tackle. He is a day-one capable starter and will plug into one of the best offensive lines in the league.
22. Tennessee Titans
Selection: Kwity Paye, EDGE Michigan
The Titans pass-rush was lackluster last season to say the least. The Clowney experiment didn’t pay off but here, they get a guy who can get after the Quarterback and wreck havoc in the backfield.
23. New York Jets (via Seattle)
Selection: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
The Jets are back with their second pick in the first round. The trend continues of surrounding Sam Darnold with some offensive help, and boy do they do it here. Travis Etienne is my top rated Runningback in this years class and is a do-it-all type back. He can run inside and out, as well as catch the ball out of the backfield. Things are starting to look up for Gang Green fans.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
Selection: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Back-to-back Runningbacks are taken here. The Steelers finished dead last in rushing last season and were incredibly hard to watch down the stretch. Ben Roethlisberger is committed to playing at least one more season, so Harris will come in as the featured back as the Steelers get back to their old ground-and-pound ways.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams)
Selection: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
Moehrig is the best and arguably the only first-round caliber Safety in this years draft class. The Jags need to rebuild their defense and adding a Safety like Moehrig who can play deep middle, as well as in the box will allow him to disguise the play before either coming on a blitz or dropping into coverage.
26. Cleveland Browns
Selection: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Cleveland needs to upgrade at the Linebacker position to say the least. They had production from the position last year but it was a weakness on the team. Mack Wilson had a down year and Sione Takitaki is far from a great Linebacker. Zaven Collins has the size and speed to be an every-down linebacker in today’s modern game.
27. Baltimore Ravens
Selection: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Bateman is a good clean route runner, who would pair well with the burner Marquise Brown. Bateman has good hands and is a willing blocker. I believe he will transition well to the NFL and be a true no. 1 Receiver for Lamar Jackson.
28. New Orleans Saints
Selection: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
Kwon Alexander will most likely be a cap-casualty and Demario Davis isn’t getting any younger, making Linebacker a top priority for the Saints. Quarterback could be an option here, but I think Drew Brees passes the torch to Jameis Winston this off-season. Bolton has good range and can cover sideline to sideline, making him a good value pick at 28.
29. Green Bay Packers
Selection: Terrace Marshall Jr, WR, LSU
A Receiver to Green Bay?!? Yes, I know it may sound crazy but the front office is dying to make up for not drafting Aaron Rodgers any weapons last year. Rodgers made guys like Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling look good, imagine what he would do with another talented Receiver like Marshall Jr.
30. Buffalo Bills
Selection: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
The Buffalo Bills may have been the biggest surprise of the 2020 NFL season. Everyone had high expectations but who would have thought they would make it to the AFC Championship? As good as they were, they struggled running the ball and Devin Singletary only reached the endzone twice. As good as Josh Allen is as a runner, I don’t want to see him take unnecessary hits. Javonte Williams is a strong, physical runner who sees the field well, making it hard for defenders to bring him down.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Selection: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
The Buccaneers built a super team in Tampa last year, and as of right now, there are no glaring needs. Tom Brady can’t play forever (even though it might feel like he can), so it makes sense to take his eventual successor. Mac Jones was arguably the top College QB in 2020 and developed as a passer throughout the season. Here, he can learn from one of the greatest Quarterback’s of all time and become one of the leagues top Quarterbacks in the future.
32. Kansas City Chiefs
Selection: Wyatt Davis, OL, Ohio State
The Chiefs can’t go wrong here. They don’t have any glaring needs and can take the best player available. I think they do that here by taking the best available interior Offensive Lineman. Davis is a physical blocker who punishes defenders. Kansas City need to protect Patrick Mahomes, who is not only the face of their franchise, but the face of the league.