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We’re heading into Week 9 of the NFL, and there has been a lot of surprises. The Bengals are winning games, Kansas City could be doing better than 4-4 and Cooper Kupp is leading the NFL in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Its been an eventful season so far, and while teams are shifting their way through the standings, we got the NFL Draft picture getting a little bit clearer. With that being said, let’s get started with a midseason NFL Mock Draft.
- Detroit Lions: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon.
Detroit has a lot of issues, and Thibodeaux is arguably the best player in the draft. Getting Thibodeaux won’t fix all of the Lions issues, but getting Thibodeaux is a great start to turn the franchise around.
2. Houston Texans: Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss.
Houston will not have much of an option if Deshaun Watson gets traded or outright doesn’t report to Houston at all. Getting Corral would definitely help with the Texans QB situation.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami Dolphins): Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU.
The secondary has been an issue for the Eagles defense for a while, and although Darius Slay has helped the secondary, he could use some additional help. Getting Stingley would improve the Eagles secondary and defense tremendously.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama.
Trevor Lawrence needs to be protected by the offensive line, and Evan Neal is the best offensive lineman in this draft. This should be an easy decision for the Jaguars.
5. New York Jets: Kenyon Green, OG, Texas A&M.
Zach Wilson got injured, and even though Kyle Hamilton is still out there, protecting Wilson should be an option. Neal got chosen with the previous pick, but Green is still a good option for the Jets.
6. New York Giants: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame.
It’d be surprising if Kyle Hamilton isn’t chosen by now, but if he’s still on the board, the Giants should get him, which will help the teams secondary and give the Giants a nice safety duo with him and Xavier McKinney.
7. Washington Football Team: Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati.
Taylor Heinicke is not the long-term answer for Washington, and Desmond Ridder has proven his worth so far to be a QB1 for any team. Washington will probably get him here.
8. Philadelphia Eagles: DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M.
Fletcher Cox may not be an Eagle after this season, and Leal can play anywhere on the defensive line. An ideal fit for both Leal and the Eagles.
9. New York Jets (via Seattle Seahawks): Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan.
On both lines, the Jets need solutions, and having chosen Kenyon Green for O-Line help, they’ll probably look to Aidan Hutchinson for the D-Line, who’s got the strength to get to the backfield and make defensive stops.
10. Denver Broncos: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty.
Von Miller getting traded hurts, but not as much as not getting a QB1 for the future. Willis is a versatile QB who can throw and run the ball, and can be a leader for this franchise, which it hasn’t had on offense for a while.
11. New England Patriots: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State.
Mac Jones has proven so far that he can throw the ball, but he needs a reliable receiver who can step up immediately. Olave fits what Jones and the Patriots are looking for.
12. Carolina Panthers: Ikem Ekwonu, G, NC State.
Panthers will probably stick with Darnold for another year, but repeated injuries to Christian McCaffrey and an inability to run the ball makes the RB position in Carolina tougher than usual. Getting Ekwonu should ease those concerns.
13. New York Giants (via Chicago Bears): Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa.
Once again, the Giants issues on the offensive line has gotten them to use another 1st round pick on an O-Lineman. Linderbaum is a major upgrade over Billy Price and can steady the offense with his prescense.
14. Miami Dolphins (via San Francisco 49ers): Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State.
Tua Tagovailoa’s durability and question as a long-term solution to the Dolphins QB problem hasn’t been helped with an unsteady O-Line. Cross should help Tua find more time in the pocket to prove himself and get the Dolphins wins.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (via Indianapolis Colts): Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State.
Another 1st round pick for the Eagles, and they decide to get Wilson, who should make the Eagles WR position less of a liability and gives QB Jalen Hurts more playmakers for him to work with.
16. Atlanta Falcons: George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue.
An athletic guy who can move around the O-Line and can get to the backfield is a guy the Falcons should want. He could be a leader of the D-Line in Atlanta and be an asset for the team.
17. Minnesota Vikings: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida.
Patrick Peterson is only in Minnesota for this year and Bashaud Breeland has been disappointing. Getting Elam would be a wise move for a Vikings team in need of secondary help.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh.
A welcome sight for many Steelers fans. Pickett has stepped up into the 1st round with outstanding play, and the possibility of the hometown kid replacing future Hall-of-Famer Ben Roethlisberger while also stabilizing the Steelers QB in the future is a win for everyone.
19. New Orleans Saints: Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State.
Jameis Winston going down for the year and having Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian as your QBs isn’t ideal, but protecting them is. Petit-Frere may be a surprise here, but the Saints could use him to protect their investment in Winston.
20. Tennessee Titans: Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC.
Defensive line should be the focus for the Titans. A slow start aside, Jackson has been as valuable on the D-Line as anyone else in the draft, and with questions surrounding the Titans defense after this season, he’d be a good pick for the Titans.
21. Kansas City Chiefs: Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati.
Frank Clark being injured and Chris Jones not adjusting well to his position change has only added to the Chiefs problems. Drafting Sanders means Jones can go back to his original position and Frank Clark’s absence isn’t as big of an issue as before.
22. Cincinnati Bengals: Jaxson Kirkland, OT, Washington.
Drafting Ja’Marr Chase was an excellent move for the Bengals, but the O-Line still needs help. Getting Kirkland to play opposite Jonah Williams will make QB Joe Burrow’s job easier.
23. Las Vegas Raiders: Drake London, WR, USC.
The situation surrounding Henry Ruggs III is terrible, and his career is likely over. Having a hole in WR means replacing him, and even though London broke his ankle previously, he’s arguably the Raiders best option.
24. Cleveland Browns: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia.
With Malik Jackson hitting free agency after the season and Malik McDowell not producing as much, Davis gives Cleveland a complementary player to play alongside Myles Garrett, and make an impact on the D-Line.
25. Dallas Cowboys: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas.
The defense has surprised many on the Cowboys for good reason, so going offense wouldn’t be bad. Plus with Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson heading to free agency after the season, Burks could fill in the void should they choose to walk.
26. Green Bay Packers: George Pickens, WR, Georgia.
Even if Aaron Rodgers leaves Green Bay after the season, Jordan Love is still there at QB. Getting him a WR for him to build chemistry with is a start to rebuild the Packers WR depth chart.
27. Arizona Cardinals: Adam Anderson, EDGE, Georgia.
JJ Watt’s injury leaves much to be desired for Arizona’s defense. Getting Anderson will provide depth on the Cardinals D-Line and some youth to learn from JJ Watt.
28. Baltimore Ravens: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa.
An offensive tackle who compliments the run game and can step up immediately is a guy the Ravens should get. Penning should give Lamar Jackson and the offense room to work with, plus he fits the Ravens offensive style.
29. Los Angeles Chargers: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State.
Mike Williams may not be a Charger after this season, and Justin Herbert could use another playmaker at WR. Dotson provides athleticism and speed to Herbert, with an ability to become a solid WR.
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson.
Tampa Bay’s secondary has had more than its share of injuries, so getting Booth would be a welcome addition to a depleted secondary unit.
31. Buffalo Bills: Christian Harris, LB, Alabama.
Harris being available here for the Bills would be a welcome sight for them. Secondary depth aside, having Harris in Buffalo’s defense would turn their defense from good to great.
32. Detroit Lions (via Los Angeles Rams): Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina.
The Lions wait until the end of the 1st round to get their QB, and while Howell may not have the same hype as the other QBs in this draft, his versatility and arm should be enough for the Lions to choose him.