Written By: Roy Countryman @Blitzalytics @PreacherBoyRoy
We are coming to the point in the draft process where we will have all the participants declared that want to enter the pool, and we only have a few draft slots left to settle, so I see no better time than now to drop my first mock draft of the season.
First blockbuster of the offseason is this trade.
Arizona Cardinals acquire: Antonio Brown- WR, 6th Rd. pick (f/OAK).
Pittsburgh Steelers acquire: Patrick Peterson- CB, 3rd Rd. pick, and 5th Rd. Pick.
1.Cardinals- Kyler Murray: QB, Oklahoma
Reasoning: Uber athletic QB, that in my opinion has the best arm talent in this class both from an arm strength aspect, as well as accuracy to all three levels. Yes he is shorter in stature, but I believe the type of offense he will be in with Mr. Kingsbury he will be able to minimize its effect. I know a lot of folks in the media are discounting this notion of the Cardinals selecting Murray, but why wouldn’t you select a player who would be a perfect fit for your head coach’s scheme, and then parlay your young QB to another starved team for more draft capital.
2.49ers- Nick Bosa: Edge, Ohio State
Reasoning: In this mock, I am sure that John Lynch and co. would immediately send in the pick if Bosa falls to #2. He would be a tremendous addition to there pass rushing group, and allow them to wreak havoc on QB’s for years.
3.Jets- Quinnen Williams: DT, Alabama
Reasoning: Quite possibly the most dominant IDL in this class falls to #3, and it puts Adam Gase and Mike MacCagnan in a predicament: Choose the OT to help keep your young signal caller clean, or select arguably the best player in the draft. With Leonard Williams reportedly on the block they select Williams, and hope a quality OT falls to them later on in the draft.
4.Raiders- Clelin Ferrell: Edge, Clemson
Reasoning: Explosive pass rusher with an array of moves in his arsenal, sign Jon Gruden up for this National Champ. After posting pathetic pass rushing numbers all year, this is a no-brainer.
5.Buccaneers- Greedy Williams: CB, LSU
Reasoning: Ultra aggressive cover CB, who can come up with a number of game changing INT’s. Bruce Arians already has a quality offense, now he needs to patch up this porous secondary.
6.Giants- Dwayne Haskins: QB, Ohio State
Reasoning: Dave Gettleman takes his QB of the future. Haskins is a study passer, who is a little raw in some areas of his game, but has the arm talent to be a high quality starter in a few seasons down the road. A perfect situation where he can sit and learn under a notable QB whisperer in Pat Shurmur, and a veteran QB in Eli Manning.
7.Jaguars- Daniel Jones: QB, Duke
Reasoning: Tom Coughlin weighs his options at QB heavily hear, either trade for Josh Rosen or go with this young QB who has been tutored by one of the better coaches in college football in David Cutcliffe. Jones is not a statue in the pocket and can use his athleticism to scramble for first downs, which the Jaguars value a ton from their QB’s. He has great arm talent, and understands how to read and manipulate defenses.
8.Lions- Brian Burns: Edge, Florida State
Reasoning: One of the best edge rushers in the class due to his bend, athleticism, and hand usage. Long, and lanky defender who is just scratching the surface of his potential, a player Matt Patricia can mold and shape to what he needs.
9.Bills- Jonah Williams: OT, Alabama
Reasoning: A master technician of an OT, and rarely gets beat the same way twice. He is a consistent presence on a Championship caliber OL in college, and could help keep the young franchise QB in Josh Allen healthy for the next decade.
10.Broncos- Traded to Cardinals- Byron Murphy: CB, Washington
Trade Details: Denver gets; Josh Rosen: QB, 6th Rd. pick.
Arizona gets; 1st Rd. #10, 5th Rd. pick (f/MIN), conditional- 4th Rd. pick: 2020.
Reasoning: Murphy is my favorite CB in this class, and Arizona gets a young playmaker to add to their rebuilding efforts, after they trade away the face of the old guard in Patrick Peterson. Murphy is outstanding in coverage, and makes plays on the football like he is the WR running the route. He is not afraid to contribute in run defense, and will stick to his assignment like glue.
11.Bengals- Traded to Dolphins- Ed Oliver: DT, Houston
Trade Details: Cincinnati gets; 1st Rd. #13, 5th Rd. Pick.
Miami gets; 1st Rd. #11
Reasoning: Ever since Ndamukong Suh has left Miami they have not been able to create consistent pressure on the interior, and they see an opportunity hear to add a dynamic interior presence here with a trade up. Oliver is a bowling ball DT, who can wreak havoc in the backfield with a rare combination of quickness and strength.
12.Packers- Josh Allen: Edge, Kentucky
Reasoning: Allen dropping out of the top 10 is just a statement to how deep this draft is on high end talent, especially from a defensive prospective. Allen greatly refined his game as a senior this year, and put up eye-popping numbers. Ultra athletic, can bend the edge, and is impressive when asked to drop off in coverage, Green Bay is getting a steal here at a position of need.
13.Dolphins- Traded to Bengals- Devin White: LB, LSU
Reasoning: Vontaze Burfict can’t stay healthy, and could be facing retirement with his history of concussions. Cincinnati selected some young LB’s last year, but none of them hold a candle skill set wise to White. A violent striker, who has a dominating presence on that side of the ball could help reestablish an edge to that defense.
14.Falcons- Dexter Lawrence: DT, Clemson
Reasoning: Lawrence is a big-bodied DT, who can collapse a pocket as a pass rusher, and can anchor and shed as a run defender. A unique athlete who is very nimble, and quick for his size. A suspension from a steroid finding shouldn’t affect his stock, because by all accounts he is superb off the field.
15.Redskins- Deionte Thompson: S, Alabama
Reasoning: Thompson is a long, lanky S, who loves to click and close on action in front of him. He shows an ability to play as a deep third safety, but will be a step late in his processing ability. Should be able to step right into a starting spot where Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will vacate due to free agency.
16.Panthers- Cody Ford: OG/OT, Oklahoma
Reasoning: Keeping Cam Newton healthy should be priority number one for Rivera and co. With this selection they get a nasty temperament OL who seeks to bury his opponents, and has light feet to be able to pass protect inside at OG where he can dominate in a phone booth.
17.Browns- Jeffery Simmons: IDL, Mississippi State
Reasoning: The Browns hit a ton of home runs over the last few drafts, and this selection would add another high quality prospect to a defensive front to help take double teams off of Myles Garrett. Simmons is a violent, power DL who is an excellent hands fighter, and can shed blocks with ease.
18.Vikings- Christian Wilkins: DT, Clemson
Reasoning: Another member of the National Championship DL, Wilkins can win from a number of positions and techniques, and possesses a unique blend of quickness, power, and effort that few can match. He would sufficiently replace Sheldon Richardson who is due to be a UFA.
19.Titans- Deandre Baker: CB, Georgia
Reasoning: Baker is a master of wreaking havoc at the catch point, and has experience playing in both man and zone coverage schemes. Adoree Jackson played well last year, but Malcolm Butler was inconsistent, and with the addition of Baker he could play outside, and either Jackson or Butler could slide inside on third downs to solidify their coverage units.
20.Steelers- Nasir Adderley: S, Delaware
Reasoning: The Steelers organization has a sentiment for only selecting players out of the power 5 conferences, but hopefully they can change some of their views, and take the best prospect out there like they should have last year when Darius Leonard was available. Here they select Adderley who has a background playing CB, and is the best ball hawk in this draft class, which is a trait they are starving for on their defense. Someone to create splash plays, and turnovers.
21.Seahawks- Montez Sweat: Edge, Mississippi State
Reasoning: Relentless pass rusher who possesses tremendous length, and can come in and contribute immediately in this rotation. Seattle only has two feared pass rushers in Frank Clark and Jarran Reed, which would make this a welcomed selection.
22.Ravens- N’Keal Harry: WR, Arizona State
Reasoning: Lost in the haze of this unique running offense with Lamar Jackson was the play of Michael Crabtree who in my opinion is a below average starter. Giving Jackson a huge target like Harry to grow with could pay huge dividends to his progression.
23.Texans- Andre Dillard: OT, Washington State
Reasoning: In my opinion Dillard is the second best pass blocking OT in this draft, and with Deshaun Watson getting sacked over 60 times this year, they need to make it a priority to fix the offensive line, and if they need anymore proof they need not look any farther than the team that eliminated them from the playoffs.
24.Raiders (f/CHI): Rashan Gary: Edge, Michigan
Reasoning: Explosive pass rusher who can rush from any position up and down the defensive front, which for a team that lacked pass rushing talent would make Gruden jump at the opportunity to draft Gary. Ferrell, Gary, Arden Key, Maurice Hurst, and P.J. Hall are nice building blocks to a scary front 7.
25.Eagles- Joshua Jacobs: RB, Alabama
Reasoning: I don’t see the Eagles spending big money on Le’Veon Bell in free agency, and with the injury history that Jay Ajayi has they need an injection in the RB committee. Jacobs is a tremendously talented runner who runs with mean intentions. Not only that but he is no slouch as a pass protector, and can be an asset as a pass catcher.
26.Colts- Trayvon Mullen: CB, Clemson
Reasoning: After having one of the best drafts in the last 10 years, Indianapolis is set up to win this offseason with a ton of cap space, and here they take a young, long and aggressive press cover CB, who they can have face off with the opponent’s best WR.
27.Raiders (f/DAL)- Devin Bush: LB, Michigan
Reasoning: After two straight selections to help fortify the lack of pass rush, Gruend and Mayock weigh whether they should select a WR or keep adding to the porous defense. With the depth at WR in this year’s class they go the defensive route, and select one of my favorite players in Devin Bush. He is a little undersized, but is an explosive playmaker, who closes in an instant.
28.Chargers- Dalton Risner: OG/OT, Kansas State
Reasoning: A grizzled veteran OT at Kansas State, who in my opinion would be best to slide inside to OG. Risner plays with an angry temper, and is technically sound. He does not lose a lot of battles due to terrific ability to anchor, and his heavy hands.
*29.Patriots- Kelvin Harmon: WR, N.C. State
Reasoning: After the indefinite suspension of Josh Gordon, and the continual decline of Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots are on the lookout for some physicality, and an offensive weapon who can win vertically. Here we see them Harmon who is a big, bodied WR who shows a prowess for making big plays downfield with great speed and physicality.
*30.Rams- Chris Lindstrom: OG, Boston College
Reasoning: Under the scenes in this very successful season is a lack of talent along the IOL. Lindstrom would be a quality addition to the OL to help keep Goff healthy going forward. He possesses strong hands, good quickness, and can anchor and reset adequately. He is a good drive blocker that also can get out and lead pull.
*31.Chiefs- Amani Oruwariye: CB, Penn State
‘Reasoning: After trading away Marcus Peters the Chiefs did well this season to piece together an average secondary, but this is an area that definitely needs addressed. In steps Oruwariye who is a physical presence on the outside, especially as a press CB, which the Chiefs love to run. He has excellent length, and will disrupt WR’s at the catch point.
*32.Packers (f/NO)- Taylor Rapp: S, Washington
Reasoning: Brian Gutekunst seriously considers taking one of the highly skilled TE’s here, but I think he keeps Jimmy Graham for one more season to see if he can get right under the new Head Coach. Rather he opts for one of the most instinctual players on defense in this year’s class. After trading away Clinton-Dix, the Packers have had a glaring hole at the high safety spot, and Rapp is at his best diagnosing plays, reading and reacting, and making breaks on the ball. Would help round out a very young and talented secondary with Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson.
Picks that have an * are slots that are yet to be set in stone due to playoffs.