Written By: Roy Countryman @Blitzalytics @PreacherBoyRoy
Since my first mock dropped, we have seen a ton of high-caliber performances from the all-star game circuit. With players seeing their stocks increase, now is the time to unveil my second mock of the year.
Predicted Free Agency and Trade Moves prior to draft:
Ryan Tannehill cut-> Signed with Bengals
Andy Dalton cut-> Signs with Redskins (No Dead Cap Hit)
Antonio Brown traded to 49ers for 2019 2nd Rd #36, 4th Rd in 2019, conditional 1st Rd. pick in 2020 based on a combination of stats and wins for SF.
1. Cardinals- Kyler Murray: QB, Oklahoma
New regime, new vision, new outlook for who the head coach wants as a signal caller. When Murray finally comes out and makes the statement that he is choosing football, he immediately becomes the most talented QB in this class. He will blow up the combine and will show that you shouldn’t overlook him based purely off of height. I believe he will be a game-changing force for years to come in this air-it-out system that allows his athleticism to shine through.
2. 49ers- Nick Bosa: Edge, Ohio State
The best case scenario for John Lynch comes true. Bosa is a nuanced pass rusher that would give the 49ers a legitimate edge presence they have lacked for the last few years. Also, this will allow the other first round DL prospects they have invested in to wreak some more havoc on the interior.
3. Jets- Quinnen Williams: DL, Alabama
Rumors leaking out that the front office wants to move on from Leonard Williams seem to fit in line with the hiring of a 4-3 disciple in Gregg Williams. Switching schemes will be much easier when they acquire the best interior pass rusher in this class. Williams took over games last year and was a monster for OL to try and contain.
4. Raiders- Brian Burns: Edge, Florida State
What?! You have Burns coming off the board before Josh Allen? Well, in my opinion, there is not another pass rusher in this class that can match the bend and athleticism of Burns coming off the edge. I see Gruden and Co. seeing his upper-echelon athleticism and the wide variety of moves, selecting him over the more renowned Allen.
5. Buccaneers- Ed Oliver: DL, Houston
Todd Bowles was a home run addition to this depleted defense, and one of his best qualities is meshing his aggressive style to whatever system his players fit in best. With the front office almost assuredly moving on from Gerald McCoy, what better player to insert into the interior of the DL to help make a one-two punch of Vea and Oliver to wreak havoc on the NFC South for the next decade?
6. Giants- Josh Allen: Edge, Kentucky
Allen is not only a force as a pass rusher, but he is also a great presence off of it. He is an ideal fit into this 3-4 system and would be able to become a established starter in a short amount of time. Terrific hands fighter with bend, moves, and a great first step would help this listless defense that will require a much-needed boost in this category.
7. Jaguars- Daniel Jones: QB, Duke
Tom Coughlin is a Bill Parcells disciple, and I believe he holds some of the same values in selecting a QB as he does, which leads them to Daniel Jones. Haskins, in my opinion, is the better QB, but Coughlin is very familiar with the coach that has molded him at Duke. That coach is none other than David Cutcliffe, who is also the fine QB whisperer that helped rear a young Eli Manning at Ole Miss, and I believe Coughlin will go back to that well. This offense values a QB that has the scrambling ability, and that gives him a chance to have a fighters chance at starting early on.
8. Dolphins (from Lions)- Dwayne Haskins: QB, Ohio State
Detroit gets; 1st Rd #13, 3rd Rd, 5th Rd, 2020 2nd round
Miami gets; 1st Rd #8, 6th Rd
The Dolphins get a new head coach in Brian Flores, and here comes a QB that he can tie himself too. With this trade, his former boss Matt Patricia helps him out by moving down for a better shot at the defensive players falling. Only a one-year starter, Haskins shows a great deal of arm talent and is at his best inside the pocket, dissecting coverages. He be a great QB for a young head coach to pair with and build upon successes together.
9. Bills- D.K. Metcalf: WR, Ole Miss
Physical specimen that will be a dominant outside WR. Has great speed, hands, and vertical ability which would be a welcome addition to a Bills roster starving for a big time WR threat to help Josh Allen.
10. Broncos- Drew Lock: QB, Missouri
By now, everyone has heard the rumors that John Elway is smitten with Lock. I still am not seeing it, but this is a position that is a glaring need with Keenum’s presence on the roster. Lock would not be forced into action immediately and has arm talent, but his lack of accuracy and poise under pressure are alarming.
11. Bengals- Jawaan Taylor: OT, Florida
Big, athletic and nasty RT that would help sure up a weak link on the Cincinnati offense. Cordy Glenn was a steadying force at LT last year, and now they upgrade off the turnstiles that lined up at RT.
12. Packers- Jachai Polite: Edge, Florida
Polite is a pass rusher that is getting somewhat overlooked right now due to a slender build, but his speed, burst, and bend off the edge is eye-catching, especially from a 2 point stance. The Packers are starving for an injection of pass rushers to this rebuilding defense, and he could get a chance to play immediately after the losses of Clay Matthews and possibly Nick Perry.
13. Lions (from Dolphins)- Clelin Ferrell: Edge, Clemson
After trading down with his protege Flores, Matt Patricia gets a needed boost to his pass rush with the very skilled and decorated Ferrell, who would immediately step onto the field as a starter.
14. Falcons- Jonah Williams: OL, Alabama
Everyone seems to be bashing Williams as an OT, and I agree he does not have elite measurables, but at this point, the Falcons would gladly take him and move him into the IOL as an OG. They were continually abused at that position last year.
15. Redskins- Cody Ford: OL, Oklahoma
Another team decimated by injuries along the OL last year, which was evidenced in the beatings their QBs took. Here they select Cody Ford, who is a massive and nimble power OL with experience playing RT or OG. I see them sliding him inside with Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, and Brandon Scherff forming a juggernaut to whoever is passing for them next year.
16. Colts (from Panthers)- Greedy Williams: CB, LSU
Carolina gets; 1st Rd #26, 2nd Rd # 59, 6th Rd
Indianapolis gets; 1st Rd #16, 6th Rd
With Greedy slipping due to concerns about his effort in tackling and pursuit along with his gambling ways, the Colts jump at the opportunity to add a top-10 CB talent to a defensive backfield that is starving for someone who can cover a top opposing WR.
17. Browns- Jeffery Simmons: DL, Mississippi State
The news this week was that Simmons would not get an invite to the combine due to an incident in his past involving a woman. I don’t know all the details, but by all accounts, that incident is in the past and he has been a strong advocate against such actions. Browns GM John Dorsey never shies away from players with spotty backgrounds (Tyreek Hill or Marcus Peters). I see them jumping at a chance to add a pass rushing force along the IDL that can help take double teams off of Myles Garrett, Emmanuel Ogbah, and Larry Ogunjobi.
18. Vikings- Dalton Risner: OL, Kansas State
Risner was so much fun watching at the Senior Bowl, and I genuinely believe he could start anywhere on the OL. For Minnesota, this would be huge due to glaring holes in this department. Mean spirited with strong hands, he ragdolls defenders into submission.
19. Titans- Charles Omenihu: DL, Texas
A new addition to my mock, all Omenihu did at Mobile was confirm what his tape has shown. He is a powerfully built, long and versatile DL who can win from any technique along the LOS, making him a nice building block to add to a Tennessee defense starved for more pass rush.
20. Steelers- Byron Murphy: CB, Washington
Absolutely perfect player to fall into the Steelers lap. Murphy has some of the best ball skills and closing quickness in this draft. Not only that, but he is clutch and makes big hits in pursuit, which sounds like a Steelers type player. He would be a big-time addition to help inject some playmaking ability to that defense.
21. Seahawks- Christian Wilkins: DT, Clemson
Versatile, powerful, and explosive IDL who wins his one-on-ones. Would be a terrific fit into this rebuilt Seattle defense that is lacking pass-rushing prowess outside of Frank Clark and Jarran Reed.
22. Ravens- Rashan Gary: DL/Edge, Michigan
A freak athlete who doesn’t really have an established position but can get pressure from the interior or out on the edge. I see the mastermind of the Ravens D casting him in a similar way as Terrell Suggs, putting him in positions to succeed.
23. Texans- Yodny Cajuste: OT, West Virginia
I switched this pick up from Andre Dillard to Cajuste after seeing Dillard live in Mobile. Dillard is quite possibly the best pass-blocking OT in this draft, but his anchoring ability and a lack of a power step are alarming enough for me to switch to this athletic and nasty temperament OT in Cajuste. He has good foot quickness to push edge rushers wide of the QB and can also push defenders off the spot in run blocking.
24. Raiders (f/CHI): Devin White: LB, LSU
An explosive LB to add to this rebuilding Oakland front seven who will come in and be the face and play-caller for the next decade. They already added a pass rusher earlier, and with White in the fold, the facelift continues.
25. Eagles- Joshua Jacobs: RB, Alabama
The Eagles were devastated with injuries in their backfield last year, and I see them going out and adding to their RB room with either a high-priced FA (Le’Veon Bell) or a high-round pick to help take some pressure off of Carson Wentz. Jacobs is a bull that has impressive cutting ability, catching ability, and most importantly is a solid pass protector.
26. Panthers (from Colts)- Garrett Bradbury: C, North Carolina State
After trading back with Indy, the Panthers start the process of strengthening the OL. With the expected retirement of Ryan Kalil, they need a new pivot man to help keep Newton clean. Bradbury has good strength and is hyper-intelligent, but his movement skills and ability to get to the second level make him a rare talent from the C position.
27. Raiders (f/DAL)- Deebo Samuel: WR, South Carolina
One of the biggest winners from the Senior Bowl rides that wave of momentum into this mock and into the sights of Derek Carr. After trading away Amari Cooper, the Oakland offense was devoid of playmaking ability outside of Jared Cook. Samuel wins routes inside and outside the formation, has RAC ability and can be a go-to option at the next level. He has a solid build and also holds value as a return man.
28. Chargers- Dexter Lawrence: DT, Clemson
Lawrence is just what the doctors ordered for a Chargers DL that is lacking good young talent. Yes, Lawrence will have to answer for the steroid suspension, but by all accounts he is a tremendous presence off the field, and his powerfully built frame allows him to help reestablish the LOS on the offense's side of the ball.
29. Chiefs- Lonnie Johnson Jr.: CB, Kentucky
Another standout from the Senior Bowl, Johnson made his presence known with a number of bone-jarring hits and a tremendous presence on the outside as a press-zone CB. He has good instincts and ridiculous length to disrupt at the catch point, which would put him right into the starting equation on a KC defense that needs more blue-chip players.
30. Packers (f/NO)- Nasir Adderley: S, Delaware
The defensive rebuild continues after the Packers added some pass rushing juice earlier, getting the safety to replace Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Adderley has the best range of the safeties in this class along with terrific diagnostic abilities and great closing quickness to pick off passes.
31. Rams- Chris Lindstrom: OG, Boston College
Behind the scenes of this very successful season is a lack of talent along the IOL. Lindstrom would be a quality addition 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. Lindstrom punished defenders while down in Mobile, checking off all the boxes that he needed to be in consideration for round one.
32. Cardinals (from Patriots)- T.J. Hockensen: TE, Iowa
New England gets; Josh Rosen
Arizona gets; 1st Rd #31, 5th Round (Comp), 2020 2nd Rd
Here is my surprise trade for the draft. Rumor had it the Patriots were high on Rosen throughout the draft process and even had considered moving up to secure his services. Now they get him at a discounted price and give him a chance to sit and learn behind the GOAT in Brady. Back in Arizona, Kingsbury and Co. selected the dynamic playmaker Murray with the first pick, and then they back it up with a terrific TE prospect to grow with him in Hockensen. He is not only a terrific pass catcher but has the chops to be an All-Pro in the run blocking department.