Written By: Roy Countryman @PreacherBoyRoy
With the season starting to wind down it is time to start forecasting draft prospects to prospective homes. I am gonna steal a term from this time of year and apply it hear...It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!” Only because we have playoff races, meaningful games, and the starting of draft season. All of draft fans know these mocks will be torn to shreds after months of more in-depth research and review, but here is my first go of it this season. Also, the first 20 teams in the draft order are of those teams out of the playoff contention as of now but picks 21-32 are determined by how the playoffs shake out. So pay close attention to the order there and you will see how I believe the rest of this season will play out! Enjoy!
1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow: QB, LSU
Ryan Finley is not the answer in Cinncinati, and neither is the Red Rifle. Burrow who is a local Ohio boy would probably embrace the opportunity to become the face of the franchise and lead them into the next decade. He has shown to be this season a big-time talent with moxie, and the Bengals need an injection of that into the fanbase.
2. New York Giants: Chase Young: EDGE, Ohio State
Star RB. Check. Future Starter QB. Check. New Face of the Defense...Check. Young is a man amongst boys at the college level, and the suspension gives me little to no pause as to the character of this man. He is a freak athlete and even more feared pass rusher.
3. Washington Redskins: Andrew Thomas: OT, Georgia
Goodbye Trent Williams, thanks for the memories! The dysfunctional Redskins front office gets a chance to add a huge pillar at LT for their young, and underdeveloped QB, Haskins. Thomas is a long, physical, and motivated OL who will be a day one starter.
4. Miami Dolphins: Tristan Wirfs: OT, Iowa
Wait….Miami not taking a QB this high? That’s right I have been impressed tremendously by Flores and Grier and the way they are building this team, no matter the outside noise. Wirfs is a highly athletic and refined OT who would be a great building block to help reestablish dominance in the trenches, even before they can find their franchise QB.
5. Denver Broncos: Jeffrey Okudah: CB, Ohio State
Chris Harris Jr. is a free agent, who John Elway seems to want to resign, but this defense needs some new playmaking blood. I see Okudah as a shutdown caliber CB, who can play a variety of schemes and techniques. Fangio is a defensive-minded coach and I believe he will target new players for the sore spots he has this season.
6. Atlanta Falcons: Derrick Brown: IDL, Auburn
The Falcons have underperformed just about the whole time Dan Quinn has been the head coach. This team is wrought with salary cap issues, age catching up with them, and uneven focus. So they take a running mate to team up with Grady Jarrett and try and re-establish some semblance of a feared pass rush unit. Brown is an explosive IDL who can push the pocket and is a good run defender as well.
7. Detroit Lions: Jerry Jeudy: WR, Alabama
The Lions are retooling since hiring Matt Patricia, and a ton of attention has been paid to the defensive side of the ball, but they need to add more playmaking ability on the offensive side of the ball. Jeudy is a highly skilled and athletic pass catcher who comes out with tremendous refinement in the small nuances of the position. He would give the offense a complementary skill set to the bigger-bodied Golladay and Jones.
8. Arizona Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb: WR, Oklahoma
Arizona was hoping that one of the big OT prospects fell to this point, but seeing them selected earlier they pick up one of Kyler Murray’s go-to playmakers from Oklahoma. Lamb is poetry in motion when catching the football, and being that this offense has a bunch of other WR types outside of the legend, Larry Fitzgerald, Kingsbury reaches out and grabs this playmaker!
9. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert: QB, Oregon
Has Herbert taken a step back this season with his play, that is to be debated, but does he still possesses the arm talent and rare skill set to make him a highly coveted QB come draft time, you better believe it. Father time has caught up with Phillip Rivers, and to boot, he is a UFA. So, Anthony Lynn takes Herbert and hopefully resigns Melvin Gordon to give this team a whole different look for 2020.
10. New York Jets: Austin Jackson: OT, USC
Jackson is an ascending talent at LT, and he has played exceptional this season protecting the blindside of some very inexperienced QBs. He has great length, foot quickness, and mirroring ability to make an impact soon after this selection. Kelvin Beachum is an adequate LT, but with the issues New York has had in keeping Sam Darnold healthy and clean, they need to keep adding talent to the OL.
11. Jacksonville Jaguars: A.J. Terrell: CB, Clemson
The moment Jacksonville traded away Ramsey, they set themselves up to be in a position of need at CB. This is a good year to have a need in that position because there is quality depth, one of which they select here in Terrell. He is a long, press cover corner who runs the route for the receiver and hets his hands on a lot passes.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jacob Eason: QB, Washington
Tampa needs a different QB, Jameis Winston simply isn’t the guy. So Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich decide to pass up the more heralded and injured QB in Tua, and select upside and fitting their scheme. There choice is Jacob Eason. He has played quite well this season for Washington displaying the arm strength, ability to extend plays, and read defenses that the offensive play-callers value. Eason has all the makings of an Arians type QB.
13. Oakland Raiders (f/CHI): Isaiah Simmons: LB, Clemson
The talent that Oakland has run out at the LB position this year at times has been awful. They are in need of a playmaker at that second level of the defense and boy do they get one here. Simmons is the modern-day LB, meaning he has great athleticism, can defend the run from sideline-to-sideline, and matchup with pass-catchers out of the backfield.
14. Carolina Panthers: Grant Delpit: S, LSU
The Panthers are most likely to see a shakeup of decision-makers after a difficult season where they have had to roll with a talented, yet inexperienced QB in Kyle Allen, and a number of other injuries. With Tre Boston, an impending free agent they could use an injection of playmaking ability in the secondary, and Delpit could be a gamechanger at this point. He has great instincts, and the ability to match up with TEs. His tackling needs refinement, but he has a high-quality running mate in Eric Reid to show him the ropes.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Dylan Moses: LB, Alabama
This team needs a playmaker at the LB position. Plain and simple they are trying to force a S (Gerry) into being an LB this year at it hasn’t been pretty. Moses if not for a knee injury early this year may have not even been available here at 15. He is an alpha at the LB position with top-notch communication skills, speed, agility, and tackling ability.
16. Cleveland Browns: Trey Adams: OT, Washington
This pick will probably get a ton of criticism, but I don’t care. Adams is a quality athlete at LT and has played a ton of snaps keeping Jake Browning and Jacob Eason’s blindside clean. He does have some injury questions, but I believe his solid play offsets that risk. If the Browns could have got even adequate protection from their OTs they would probably be a playoff team.
17. Tennessee Titans: Alton Robinson: EDGE, Syracuse
I value Robinson’s ability to get home to he QB with an impressive first-step, and ability to bend the edge which is a position that the Titans are lacking greatly. They made a play to sign Cameron Wake thru free agency this year, but he hasn’t panned out. They need someone to bookend an improving Harold Landry while getting pressure from the interior from Jurell Casey and Jeffery Simmons.
18. Indianapolis Colts: Laviska Shenault Jr.: WR, Colorado
Jacoby Brissett has been a quality QB and has been making great use of his talent around him this year, but the Colts could use a differing skill set to the speed merchants they have in Parris Campbell and T.Y. Hilton. Shenault Jr. is an explosive pass catcher who makes plays with a unique combination of strength, speed, and quickness to go up vertically or after the catch.
19. Oakland Raiders: Kristian Fulton: CB, LSU
With the addition of Simmons earlier to their LB corps., the Raiders now target another quality cover corner to play opposite Trayvon Mullen. Daryl Worley has played well for them, but he is also a UFA this offseason. Fulton is a refined CB, who has loose hips and has shown a knack for making plays on the ball.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (f/LAR): Brycen Hopkins: TE, Purdue
The Jaguars had some nice stories develop in the 2019 season, D.J. Chark stepping up and the surprising play of QB, Garnder Minshew. QB battle aside, this offense needs an infusion of talent at the TE position and in comes a terrific athlete in Hopkins who can be deployed all over the formation and is willing and able as a run blocker. Either Foles or Minshew will be glad they selected him here.
21. Dallas Cowboys: Trevon Diggs: CB, Alabama
Wow, the Cowboys have some big-time free agent questions to answer with: Amari Cooper, Dak Prescott, Jason Witten, and Byron Jones to name a few. I believe Jones will be the guy to leave town which leaves a void at CB. Diggs would come in and get an opportunity immediately due to his experience, height, loose hips, tackling ability, and ability to influence the catch.
22. Miami Dolphins (f/PIT): Tua Tagovailoa: QB, Alabama
Here comes the pick that Dolphins fans have been clamoring for months, a QB that they hope will be their next franchise guy. Tua would have never fallen this far if not for the devastating injury, which in the grasp of history hasn’t had a lot of players come back from. By all accounts, he has a tremendous opportunity to come back from it, but not a certainty makes him fall to this point. He is a tremendous anticipatory passer, great accuracy, and poise to lead this team if healthy.
23. Buffalo Bills: Javon Kinlaw: IDL, South Carolina
After adding Ed Oliver to the front last draft, they add another dynamic DL to the mix in Kinlaw who when motivated is an absolute game wrecker. His length, strength, and hand usage allow him to shed OL at will when he is motivated.
24. Green Bay Packers: Jedrick Wills: OT, Alabama
Bryan Bulaga is starting to wear down at RT, and this draft couldn’t have fallen any better for the cheeseheads. Wills is a dominant run blocker with nimble feet at RT, and he could come in and inject some youth to an aging OL.
25. Miami Dolphins (f/HOU): Tyler Biadasz: C, Wisconsin
Now with their final draft pick in the first round the Dolphins continue to makeover the offense with the best center in this draft class in Biadasz, and team him up with his former teammate Michael Deiter at LG, and fellow first-round pick, Tristan Wirfs at LT to formulate a nice OL to protect their new starting QB, Tua. Biadasz is a hub of communication and is a nice blend of power and quickness at the pivot position.
26. Kansas City Chiefs: C.J. Henderson: CB, Florida
The Chiefs have two of their CBs in Breeland and Fuller set to be UFA this offseason, and I am unsure if they will even try to retain them. Henderson though would be an excellent addition to this defense with his hip fluidity, man coverage prowess, and aggressiveness at the catch point that will make Chiefs fans remember how Marcus Peters played the ball.
27. Minnesota Vikings: Tee Higgins: WR, Clemson
The Vikings offense has been clicking on all cylinders lately, and they have a great collection of talent at the skills positions, but they could use a complimentary body type at WR to the ones they already have, and that is where Higgins comes into the picture. He is tall, strong, and can make plays down the field as well as in jump ball situations.
28. New Orleans Saints: Jordan Love: QB, Utah State
The Saints could be looking at a number of these quality pass-catchers in this draft class, but they nix that idea and draft the heir apparent to Drew Brees in Jordan Love. Teddy Bridgewater is a UFA and I don’t think he will be back, so Love goes to the best place possible for his skill set. He gets a chance to sit and learn behind Brees and develop his tremendous arm talent and athleticism under the genius of Sean Payton. With the depth of the WR talent in this class, they will target one in round 2.
29. San Francisco 49ers: Shaun Wade: CB, Ohio State
Wade is just a redshirt sophomore, but boy he is talented. He plays a ton of his snaps from the slot but that gives him an opportunity to face off with his assignments a lot in man, blitz, and even break down in run defense. The 49ers could use an injection of youth for their CB room, and he would get a chance to learn from one fo the greats in Richard Sherman.
30. New England Patriots: Henry Ruggs III: WR, Alabama
The Patriots are probably gitty that Ruggs drops to this point, and they have every right to be. He has outstanding speed, soft hands, and easily finds ways to get open. The Patriots are starving for playmaking ability outside since they released AB, and this would be a tremendous value pick.
31. Seattle Seahawks: Alex Leatherwood: OT, Alabama
The Seahawks have been impressive this season, and have been fielding some below average OL, so in steps Leatherwood who has experience playing a number of positions while at Alabama. He is highly athletic and nimble, he is equally impressive as an IOL or outside at OT and his addition would be a welcomed site for Russell Wilson’s career.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Raekwon Davis: IDL, Alabama
The Ravens have been hands down the most impressive team this season, and that is hard for me to say being a Steelers fan, but they face some decisions in free agency, namely defensive line because of the rock, Michael Pierce is set to be a UFA. Raekwon Davis is an absolute monster of a DL who has ridiculous length and strength but needs to play with more discipline and control, and what better coach to get that out of him then Harbaugh.
Well there you have it draft fans, let me know what you think of your team’s picks…
Stay Humble, Be A Blessing!