NFL Mock Draft – Post Wild Card Weekend Edition

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The NFL Playoffs are underway, but that doesn’t mean it is too early to start thinking about the draft which will be held in April. The College Football season ends tonight when Alabama and Clemson face off once again, and that means many top prospects will have to make their decision regarding the draft. In fact, many already have. So, without farther ado, let’s get started on predicting landing spots for many of the best prospects. 

Note: I will be giving updated versions of mock drafts after some time goes on. The next one should appear after the Super Bowl. 

1. Arizona Cardinals – DE Nick Bosa (Ohio State)

Nick Bosa will fit in very nicely with Chandler Jones, another good edge rusher. The Cardinals already addressed QB in last years draft taking Josh Rosen, so the next important position for their rebuild is defensive end. Nick Bosa is the best edge rusher in this class, and I don’t think it’s very close.

2. San Fransisco 49ers – DT Quinnen Williams (Alabama)

The 49ers may try to trade back, but I don’t think any team is going to move up to #2 to take Haskins. In this case the 49ers would be forced to take BPA, and Quinnen Williams is the easy choice here. He creates absolute chaos in the middle, which is a great talent almost every team in the league would take. 

3. New York Jets – EDGE Josh Allen (Kentucky) 

Much like the 49ers the Jets will try to trade down, but I’m not sure a team will feel the pressure to move up, and the Jets desperately need a pass rusher. Josh Allen really impressed in Kentucky’s bowl game vs Penn State, and has put together a nice body of work during his 2018 campaign. Allen would be an immediate impact player on an already above average Jets defense. 

4. Oakland Raiders – EDGE Rashan Gary (Michigan)

The Raiders predictably struggled to rush the Quarterback after trading away Khalil Mack, so now they have to try to find the next Mack. Rashan Gary fits the mold of the same type of player and would be Oaklands best defensive lineman when he is taken at pick number 4. 

5. Tampa Bay Bucs – OT Jawaan Taylor (Florida) 

I think Tampa would like to take a Quarterback, but Jameis was picked in the first round. It isn’t easy just to throw those guys away. Instead of doing so they will look to upgrade the pieces around him, and that starts with the offensive line. Jawaan Taylor would be an anchor on that left side and has the size to be a starter for the next decade. 

6. New York Giants – QB Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State) 

It’s no secret that Haskins will be the first QB off the board, and for good reason. He impressed a lot of people in his lone season with the Buckeyes. I think it is inevitable that he gets taken by the Giants, but I am not sure if it’ll be at pick six. I think they will feel pressured by the Jags and end up trading into pick two or three. 

7. Jacksonville Jaguars – OT Jonah Williams (Alabama)

I think the Jaguars would love to get Haskins, but I think the Giants have more value to trade up for him. I believe they will sign Teddy Bridgewater or Tyrod Taylor as a stopgap QB. Their next glaring weakness is offensive line, and Jonah Williams may be the best tackle in the class. He has started three years for Nick Saban, and is ready to start day one in the NFL. 

8. Detroit Lions – LB Devin White (LSU)

The Lions can’t cover anyone over the middle of the field, and Devin White is the perfect solution to that. White can make plays all over the field and has a nose for the football. He would make the entire defense better, and propel the Lions into a wide-open NFC North. 

9. Buffalo Bills – DT Ed Oliver (Houston)

The Bills’ Kyle Williams announced his retirement a little over the week ago, and Ed Oliver would fill the hole he left perfectly. A few months ago Oliver was considered a top-three prospect but off the field issues and slightly underwhelming performance have caused his stock to drop. Still, Oliver is a game-changer in the middle of that defensive line. 

10. Denver Broncos – QB Drew Lock

It is clear that Case Keenum is not the long-term answer for the Broncos. I don’t think Lock is a top ten talent in the draft, but he is a Quarterback, and they are always over picked. Lock has a very strong arm but lacks accuracy. However, that didn’t affect Josh Allen last year and I doubt it affects Drew Lock this year, either. 

11. Cincinnati Bengals – WR D.K Metcalf (Ole Miss) 

The Bengals would love to have Devin White fall to them at pick 11, but I don’t see that happening. A.J Green is a good wideout, but he isn’t getting any younger. If they are fully committed to Andy Dalton they need to find more playmakers to go along with Green and Joe Mixon. 

12. Green Bay Packers – S Deionte Thompson (Alabama)

The Packers traded HaHa Clinton-Dix partway through the year and were using a cornerback at their safety position. Kevin King and Josh Jackson are two good, young corners but they must patch up the safety position as well. The Packers do have the luxury of having two first round picks. 

13. Miami Dolphins – QB Daniel Jones (Duke)

With the firing of Adam Gase it looks like the Dolphins will be tearing it all down. All three teams in their division either have a good QB (Tom Brady) or have someone who looks like the answer for the future (Josh Allen, Sam Darnold). However, Miami has neither in Ryan Tannehill. Much like Drew Lock Daniel Jones will be over drafted. 

14. Atlanta Falcons – DT Christian Wilkins (Clemson)

The Falcons desperately need help on the interior of their defensive line, and Wilkins is the best remaining interior lineman on the board at 14. I am sure the Falcons would love to see Ed Oliver fall to them, but that is a far-fetched dream. Wilkins is more explosive than Oliver and is far more athletic than most offensive guards and centers. 

15. Washington Redskins – WR A.J Brown (Ole Miss)

One Ole Miss receiver is already off the board, and the second won’t be far behind. The Redskins leading receiver was tight end Jordan Reed, and the team had no threat to get behind a defense. A.J Brown changes that. Brown also has the ability to catch passes out of the slot. 

16. Carolina Panthers – CB Greedy Williams (LSU)

The Panthers have almost no talent at corner back. Greedy Williams is a very raw player who will test good at the combine but will fall due to tape. He is an athletic freak and looks like he will be able to combine all parts of his game eventually. There are some other options at corner here, but Greedy Williams has the highest ceiling of the bunch. 

17. Cleveland Browns – CB Byron Murphy (Washington)

The Browns hit a home run in last years draft with Denzel Ward, but still need a corner to pair with him. Murphy has great instincts at the corner position, and will generate a lot of pass breakups and interceptions at the next level. 

18. Minnesota Vikings – OG Cody Ford (Oklahoma)

It is common knowledge that the Minnesota Vikings offensive line, and Rick Spielman must do something about it. Cody Ford is the best player on the best offensive line in the nation. He has all the tools to translate his game to the next level. Ford was a tackle at OU which will be able to help the teams pathetic pass blocking for Kirk Cousins. 

19. Tennesee Titans – WR Riley Ridley (Georgia)

In order for Marcus Mariota to succeed he needs to have an abundance of playmakers around him. Right now he does not have that. Corey Davis is a good wideout, but nobody else on that roster is. Riley Ridley would slot into the teams #2 WR, and would help that offense a ton who really came intro stride the last few weeks of the season. 

20. Pittsburgh Steelers – CB DeAndre Baker (Georgia)

If the Steelers end up trading Antonio Brown I think they will take a wideout at two, but I wouldn’t count on that move happened. If they stand pat they need to add more depth at corner with the question mark of Joe Haden. Baker has great athleticism and would help a below average Steelers defense. 

21. Seattle Seahawks – CB Amani Oruwariye (Penn State)

Seattle is still rebuilding their Legion of Boom, and Oruwariye is the perfect mold for the style of defense Pete Carroll runs. Amani is very physical in the run game, and isn’t afraid to get up and play press coverage on wide receivers. I would love this pick if I am Seattle. 

22. Baltimore Ravens – OL Dalton Risner (Kansas State)

In order for Lamar Jackson to reach his full potential, he must have a fantastic offensive line. The Ravens have Marshal Yanda, but after that they are lacking. Risner has the ability to play either guard or tackle, and will be a great run blocker in the scheme the Ravens will play with Jackson at Quarterback. 

23. Houston Texans – OT Greg Little (Ole Miss)

If there is one thing you learned from watching the Texans in 2018 it is that their OL is abysmal. They have to add protection in order to keep Deshaun Watson healthy. Little is an anchor on the left side, and could easily rise if he shows well at the combine.

24. Oakland Raiders – EDGE Montez Sweat (Mississippi State)

We already touched on the need for pass rushers in Oakland, and they can’t just settle with one. Montez Sweat is a workhorse out of Mississippi State, and would give a nice one-two punch with Rashan Gary. 

25. Philadelphia Eagles – RB Joshua Jacobs (Alabama)

The Eagles have been a revolving door at running back and must find one in order to give them a legit running threat to pair with Wentz or Foles. Josh Adams has really impressed me as of late and should be the first back taken off the board. However, he has not announced officially if he is declaring for the draft. 

26. Indianapolis Colts – WR Marquise Brown (Oklahoma)

Andrew Luck has been fantastic this year behind the leagues best offensive line; the issue is he is still throwing to TY Hilton, Eric Ebron, and a bunch of no-name wide receivers. Brown has blazing speed and would make the Colts offense that much scarier after excelling with Kyler Murray at OU. 

27. Oakland Raiders – WR K’Neal Harry (Arizona State)

The pick that the Raiders got for Amari Cooper will more than likely be used on another pass catcher. Jordy Nelson was the teams leading receiver, which is very concerning. Harry isn’t going to wow you with his speed, but he is a good route runner and has good hands. 

28. Los Angeles Chargers – DT Jeffery Simmons (Mississippi State)

The Chargers have two great edge rushers in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, but don’t have an intimidating force inside. Jeffery Simmons would require double teams with his relentless work ethic, freeing up blocks for both of his outstanding edge rushers. 

29. New England Patriots – TE Noah Fant (Iowa)

It seems like the team has interest in moving on from Gronk, and Fant is a perfect replacement. Fant was already recorded with a 41 inch vertical and should test off of the charts at the combine. He is a mismatch nightmare for opposing defense and can also play out of the slot. 

30. Los Angeles Rams –  DE Zach Allen (Boston College)

The Rams biggest hole is an edge rusher. Zach Allen might not be at the level of some of the other edge rushers in the class, but he is better against the run the any of the others you would find. He also has the perfect frame to develop into one of those pass rushers down the line. 

31. Kansas City Chiefs – LB Mack Wilson (Alabama)

If you have watched any Chiefs football this year you know that their defense is horrible. Mack Wilson would immediately start and be a game changer for the Chiefs. He can stop the run, but he also has great coverage skills for a linebacker, which is the kind of versatility this Chiefs defense needs. 

32. Green Bay Packers – WR Parris Campbell (Ohio State)

Aaron Rodgers is great Quarterback, but as we saw in 2018 he can’t do it on his own. Parris Campbell has big-play ability in this class much like Hollywood Brown but didn’t put up fantastic numbers at OSU. Still, I like his shot at succeeding in the NFL, especially with Aaron Rodgers under center. 

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