Mock Draft 3.0 Draft Night Eve

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Mock Draft 1.0 Pre Free Agency

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3001624_SP_Cardinals_2 1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

NCAA Football: College Football Playoff Semifinal-Orange Bowl-Alabama vs Oklahoma

There has been so much smokescreen involved with this pick. The most recent one, where the Cards reportedly floated the idea of drafting Murray to drum up ticket sales, and that they view Bosa as a generational prospect, reeks of a team trying to force a 1-2 switch with the Niners. It might happen, but I expect Murray to end up with the Cards regardless. They desperately need more offensive line talent though.

 

49ers helmet 2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State

Bosa

If the Niners stand pat at two, they’ll get the best player in the class. Bosa is ready immediately to contribute opposite Dee Ford, and give some serious juice to this Niners defense.

 

skins helmet 3. TRADE: Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Big Ten Championship - Northwestern v Ohio State

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwyane Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass in the second quarter against the Northwestern Wildcats at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Trade details: Redskins receive 3, Jets receive 15, 48, 2020 2nd, 3rd

The Jets and Redskins look like logical trade partners, and Haskins and the Redskins have emerged as a hot item. Haskins has a good chance to begin this year as the starter, and massively improves the potential of this team.

 

raiders helmet 4. Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, DI, Alabama

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T - Alabama v Clemson

The Raiders stand pat at four and let an exceptional talent fall to them. Williams would be the number one overall pick in many drafts, and has generational potential. He also happens to be incredibly safe, with an easily translatable skill set, and should wreak havoc in the middle for Oakland.

bucs helmet 2 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky

Josh Allen

The early run on QBs suits the Bucs just fine, as they get an instant contributor that they sorely need opposite JPP. The Bucs are installing a 3-4 defense, and Allen is a perfect fit as a versatile linebacker with exceptional coverage ability and pass rush skills.

 

giants helmet 6. New York Giants: Ed Oliver, DI, Houston

Ed Oliver

Ed Oliver has shot up boards in the lead up to the draft. His pro day was especially impressive. If he’s there and Josh Allen isn’t, this should be the pick for the Giants. Oliver helps rebuild a once-fearsome defensive line as a seriously athletic interior presence with basically limitless potential.

 

jags 7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, T, Florida

Jawaan Taylor

Taylor is expected by many to be the first tackle off the board, and it’s easy to see why with his prototypical size for the position and outstanding foot quickness. He also has excellent play strength, though inconsistent fundamentals. His tape is impressive and the Jags have a serious need.

 

Lions 2 8. Detroit Lions: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama

Jonah Williams

Williams can play anywhere on the offensive line, and he should be an upgrade in most spots on the Lions line, but they have a glaring need at the guard position that T.J. Lang just vacated via retirement.

 

bengals 9. TRADE Cincinnati Bengals: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Drew Lock

Trade Details: Bengals receive 9, 112, Bills receive 11, 72

With new coach Zac Taylor in place, I expect the Bengals to move on from the mostly fruitless Andy Dalton era. Though Lock may not start right away, he has a great chance to be the franchise quarterback within a year or two. The Bengals move up a couple of spots, to get ahead of the Broncos, and other teams like the Giants who might have been interested.

 

Broncos 10. Denver Broncos: Devin White, LB, LSU

devin-white

In this scenario, the Broncos get an ideal replacement for Danny Trevathan, and more recently Brandon Marshall. Pairing White with last year’s pick Josey Jewell gives the Broncos a completely retooled middle of the defense that should dominate together for years.

 

texans 11. TRADE Houston Texans: Andre Dillard, T, Washington State

Andre Dillard

Trade Details: Texans receive 11, Bills receive 23, 54, 2020 3rd

The Texans have been rumored to trade up for offensive line help, and Dillard looks to be the guy they’re targeting. Dillard would mark a huge upgrade at the offensive line, and fix one of the biggest holes on the Texans, giving them an excellent prospect with actual potential at the tackle position.

 

Packers 12. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

TJ Hockenson

The Packers tried to shore up the tight end position with Jimmy Graham last year, and he was largely a disappointment. Hockenson could be the next great player at the position, with a great mix of blocking and receiving skills.

 

miami 13. Miami Dolphins: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

Rashan Gary

Gary tumbles a bit in this mock, but the Dolphins continue to build a young, dynamic defense with Gary, who is described by many as a freak. He’s waiting for anyone to develop him, and new coach Brian Flores seems like an ideal fit for his unique skillset.

 

falcons helmet 14. Atlanta Falcons: Christian Wilkins, DI, Clemson

Christian Wilkins

The Falcons learned the value of depth on defense last year, with so many injuries to key players. Wilkins may not seem to fill a need, but he has top ten talent and production at a key position.

 

jets helmet 15. New York Jets: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Noah Fant

The Jets get a player they value, and pick up a lion’s ransom in the bargain. Darnold will love having a dynamic target like Fant down the seam.

 

Panthers 16. Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State

Brian Burns

Edge has been a big need for the Panthers for awhile, and Julius Peppers has gamely performed in that role, but with his retirement, the need can no longer be ignored. Burns happens to have an outstanding pass rushing skill set, and profiles similarly as a pro to new-teammate Mario Addison, though much longer and bendier.

 

giants helmet 17. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Daniel Jones

The Giants stay home here and their coveted QB falls to them. The David Cutcliffe connection is real, and I imagine if Eli had to choose his own successor, he’d recommend Daniel Jones. Besides that, Jones should be ready to take over when needed as the Giants shift to a more run-heavy, short-passing offense.

 

Vikings helmet 18. Minnesota Vikings: Cody Ford, T/G, Oklahoma

Cody Ford

Ford is an excellent find here for the Vikings, as he fills a major need wherever he slides in. A unanimous All-American, Ford gave up only seven pressures as the starter at right tackle all season.

 

ten-titans-home 19. Tennessee Titans: Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson

Clelin Ferrell

Especially after Derrick Morgan fell off, and with Brian Orakpo getting ever older, a player like Ferrell makes too much sense here. He might go before this, due to his schematic versatility.

 

pit-steelers-revolution 20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rock Ya Sin, CB, Temple

Rock Ya Sin

Mike Tomlin is said to majorly covet Ya Sin, and views him as an ideal fit, for his notoriusly-difficult-for-cornerbacks scheme. That’s enough for me to believe he’ll pass up on maybe more talented options. Don’t be surprised if the Steelers trade back and still net Ya Sin.

 

Colts 21. TRADE: Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, DI, Notre Dame

Jerry Tillery

Trade Details: Colts receive 21, 124, Seahawks receive 26, 59

The Seahawks, even after the Frank Clark trade, are still light on picks, so scooping up another second rounder to drop back five spots is a relative bargain. They also scoop up a premiere talent in Tillery, who tied with Quinnen Williams for the highest pass rushing grade of interior defensive lineman.

 

Ravens 22. Baltimore Ravens: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

AJ Brown

I still think Brown will be the pick here. He’s the ideal, rugged, dependable chain mover that helps in the running game that Harbaugh wants and needs for his transitioning offense. Basically, he’s what the Ravens hoped they were getting from Crabtree last year.

 

Bills 23. Buffalo Bills: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

DK Metcalf

After picking up a boatload of picks, the Bills find a potential number one receiver of the future in Metcalf. He profiles athletically similar to Julio Jones, but doesn’t have the same production and polish, which is why he’s still available at this point.

 

raiders helmet 24. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

NCAA Football: College Football Playoff National Championship-Clemson vs Alabama

The ideal running back for the Gruden offense, Jacobs represents excellent value here, as I believe he has top fifteen talent and looks to me like a more rugged Alvin Kamara on tape.

 

Eagles 25. Philadelphia Eagles: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Devin Bush

The tumble of Bush isn’t indicative of his talent or potential, just how the board fell. The Eagles gladly end it, finding an ideal Jordan Hicks replacement and scooping him up with open arms.

 

Seahawks helmet 26. Seattle Seahawks: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

Nasir Adderley

Adderley is the best center fielder in the draft, and an ideal replacement for Earl Thomas, filling one of the weakest spots on the Seahawks’ defense. Sweat could be a consideration here, considering the obvious edge need after the Frank Clark trade, but the Seahawks haven’t visited with him and probably don’t have enough info to be comfortable with his medical.

 

raiders helmet 27. Oakland Raiders: Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State

Montez Sweat

The heart condition tumble isn’t anything new to the Raiders, as they scooped up Maurice Hurst in the fifth round last year. The condition isn’t considered as bad for Sweat, so the Raiders pounce here, having done plenty of pre-draft work on him. He represents incredible value here as a height-weight-speed specimen with solid tape.

 

Patriots 28. TRADE New England Patriots: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

NCAA Football: Kansas at West Virginia

I’ve heard a lot of love from the Patriots for Will Grier and it feels genuine. Grier is a highly accomplished college passer with a mature approach. He’ll be an ideal understudy for Brady and will either be the heir apparent, or a solid trade chip in a couple of years.

 

Seahawks helmet 29. Seattle Seahawks: Lonnie Johnson Jr., CB, Kentucky

Lonnie Johnson Jr

The Seahawks still covet long, athletic corners, and they don’t come much more tantalizing than Johnson. With the extra second round picks, they should find better value at edge, but Johnson has a special combination of height, weight and speed.

 

Packers 30. Green Bay Packers: Kaleb McGary, T, Washington

Kaleb McGary

The Packers, strangely, don’t have many visits with players in this range, suggesting they may try to trade out, be it down or up. If they stay, McGary’s rare size and foot quickness make him a potential first round surprise, and he is one of the very few Packers visits that fits the range. The Packers need to find a replacement for Brian Bulaga.

 

rams helmet 31. Los Angeles Rams: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Byron Murphy

The Rams find outstanding value here and continue to stock a stacked secondary against poor play and injuries. Murphy might be the best corner in the draft, so the Rams happily scoop him up.

 

chargers 32. Los Angeles Chargers: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

Mack Wilson

Any number of defensive players could be considered here, but I’ve believed for a long time that linebacker is their biggest need. The Chargers seem to like Mack Wilson, and after picking up extra draft capital and dropping back, they can be excused for what might be considered a minor reach.

 

 

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Mock Draft 2.0 Post Free Agency

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3001624_SP_Cardinals_2 1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals

NCAA Football: College Football Playoff Semifinal-Orange Bowl-Alabama vs Oklahoma

While this may not be the best move for the team from a team-building perspective, the belief is that new head coach Kliff Kingsbury will use this pick to begin to make his mark on this team. He has stated that Josh Rosen is a fit for his system, but that hasn’t stopped the endless flood of rumors coming out of the building that Murray will be the pick. From a football perspective, this is intriguing, because the success of this pick will hinge on the Cardinals ability to build an offensive line capable of giving Murray enough early protection to do what he does best and create down the field. The problem, of course, being that the ideal situation would be to take a top offensive lineman in this draft. You can’t have both in this scenario, so it looks as though the Cards will be going into the season with many of the same issues that plagued them last year, unless they trade back out of this pick.

 

49ers helmet 2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Bosa

This is the ideal scenario for John Lynch, and 49ers fans everywhere. Nick Bosa is a well-developed and pro ready edge defender, who will be able to pair up with DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Solomon Thomas and new addition Dee Ford to wreak havoc on the offenses of the NFC West. Bosa still has some growing to do in his game, but he has incredible tools and a mature, technique-sound approach.

 

jets helmet 3. New York Jets: Josh Allen, DE, Kentucky

Josh Allen

This fit just feels inevitable. The Jets are trying to rebuild their 3-4 with special talents at all 3 levels. With Jamal Adams in the secondary and CJ Moseley manning the middle, the outstanding pass rusher is the next piece and Josh Allen gives them that and more. Allen is a very well-rounded prospect who was a more traditional coverage linebacker first, but became a pass rushing force as his college career went along. His athleticism and prowess will bring needed juice to a Jets pass rush that had only Leonard Williams and Henry Anderson to scare opposing offenses.

 

raiders helmet 4. Oakland Raiders: Devin White, LB LSU

devin-white

Adding Brandon Marshall and Vontaze Burfict is nice, but neither is a long-term answer at a position that has too long been the black hole on the Raiders. Devin White brings a young stud into the position for potentially five years, and maybe more than that, for which the entire defense can be built around. This is an intelligent, forward-thinking move for Jon Gruden and has a very Mike Mayock feel to it.

 

bucs helmet 2 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T - Alabama v Clemson

The Bucs must be pinching themselves with Williams falling to them at fifth, Gerald McCoy is on his way out and though they just spent high draft capital on Vita Vea, he doesn’t bring the incredible game-wrecking ability and insane athleticism that Williams does. The two could form a special duo to kickstart a young and ascending Bucs defense, provided they solve their issue at safety, opposite Justin Evans.

 

giants helmet 6. New York Giants: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

Rashan Gary

Though Haskins could be the pick here, GM Dave Gettleman’s MO is to build the trenches first. He’s done some great work on the offensive line so far, with the recent addition of Kevin Zeitler transforming the unit. The defensive line, however, has bled talent, losing JPP, Snacks Harrison and Olivier Vernon since he took over. Rashan Gary is not a fully realized player, but figures to be a moldable chess piece that will fill holes that need to be plugged. He’s a great piece to the puzzle on this Giants defensive rebuild.

 

jags 7. Jacksonville Jaguars: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

DK Metcalf

Though the Jags need to continue to build the O-line, it’s hard to imagine them passing up the chance to give QB Nick Foles his big weapon. Metcalf fills the role Allen Robinson vacated last offseason, and has much higher physical upside. With his absolutely eye-popping measurables, it’s hard to believe some team in the top ten won’t fall in love with the potential.

 

Lions 2 8. Detroit Lions: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

Montez Sweat

Trey Flowers is a great addition and a great piece to be the glue on this Lions defense, however, he is not an adequate replacement to what Ziggy Ansah brought at his peak. Montez Sweat could be, and it’s hard to imagine the Lions passing up the chance to draft such a unique talent as this 6’6 255 lb pass rusher that runs a 4.4 and actually has very solid tape. Sweat will go in the top 15, and probably in the top ten.

 

giants helmet 9. Buffalo Bills TRADE to New York Giants: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Drew Lock

I find it highly suspicious that people have speculated seemingly every quarterback but Drew Lock to the Giants. This is especially considering that Lock would have a fairly ideal scenario here in which the regime continues to voice its unwavering support of Eli Manning as the starting QB. Lock absolutely needs to sit and develop with NFL coaching, and he could do worse than sitting behind a highly intelligent and accomplished veteran like Manning. Once he is ready to take over, he’ll have the benefit of one of the most dynamic young running backs in the game and what’s shaping up to be a very solid offensive line. Of course, Elway is in love with Lock, the latest version of himself, so the Giants have to leapfrog the Broncos to make this happen. The Bills, meanwhile, see far more value in sliding back and picking up extra draft capital, waiting for better value later in the round. They have the unique position of having their franchise quarterback in place, and having few glaring holes on the roster after a highly active offseason.

 

Broncos 10. Denver Broncos: Jonah Williams, T/G/C, Alabama

Jonah Williams

With the temptation of Lock gone, the Broncos can focus on building around Joe Flacco and waiting for next year’s superior crop of QBs. In that vein, a player like Jonah Williams, who is very intelligent and had great interviews at the combine, to go along with dominant tape, figures to plug right in wherever the Broncos need him. That may be at left tackle, where he played well for Alabama the last two years. The concern of short arms with him is viable, but the Broncos are betting on a player with an extremely high floor, similar to the departed Matt Paradis.

 

bengals 11. Cincinnati Bengals: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

NCAA Football: SEC Championship-Alabama vs Georgia

It seems like the Bengals always need secondary help, but drafting a player like Baker could add a physical edge to a secondary, and defense overall, that scared no one last year in the second half of the season. The offense for the Bengals is a mess, but the new regime needs to hit on this pick, and Baker has the mentality of a lockdown corner. This addition could unlock the entire defense and allow the Bengals to shift to a more Ravens-esque type of squad (tough, physical defense and running game).

 

Packers 12. Green Bay Packers: Andre Dillard, T, Washington State

Andre Dillard

With David Bahktiari in place, drafting a tackle may not make sense on the surface, but Dillard has special measurables that indicate his ability to be incredibly effective on the right side, where incumbent Byran Bulaga will soon need to be replaced. For a team with few holes after a strong defensive free agency, improving Aaron Rodgers’ protection is paramount for success under new coach Matt LaFleur.

 

miami 13. Miami Dolphins: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

Ed Oliver

They never really replaced the departed Ndamokung Suh, and continue to build a young, talented defense. They have Jerome Baker manning the middle, Xavien Howard and Minkah Fitzpatrick are patrolling the secondary, but adding a dynamic athlete like Ed Oliver could be a boon once this team is ready to compete in a year or two. Oliver will probably take some time to reach his potential, I expect him to begin to reach his prime around year three.

 

falcons helmet 14. Atlanta Falcons: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

NCAA Football: College Football Playoff National Championship-Clemson vs Alabama

Surprise! The Falcons know they can’t afford to go into the season with just Devonta Freeman, and they have very few holes on the roster as it stands. Jacobs fills the Tevin Coleman role with a bigger, stronger Alvin Kamara-type back in Jacobs. He has fresh legs with under 300 college carries, but shows an excellent all-around game, with notably stunning balance, something that has been the calling card of young stud backs Kamara and Ezekiel Elliott.

 

skins helmet 15. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Big Ten Championship - Northwestern v Ohio State

It’s hard to imagine such a talent as Haskins to fall this far, but I’ve heard very little hype about Haskins in NFL circles so far. I wouldn’t be surprised if a team like Cincinnati tried him out, but in this scenario, the Redskins stand pat and get my favorite QB prospect in the entire draft at 15. Haskins has a rare, vintage pocket passing style to go with solid functional athleticism. He’s a perfect replacement for Alex Smith, and adds more juice at this point in their respective careers.

 

Panthers 16. Carolina Panthers: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Byron Murphy

It seems like the Panthers have been trying to fix their mess of a secondary for years now, but quietly they’re really only one or two pieces away with James Bradberry, Donte Jackson and Eric Reid in place. Adding Byron Murphy locks down the ever-important Nickel slot, while also giving them excellent insurance, should one of their starters be injured or underperform. I could also see a tackle or edge rusher here, but there’s no great left tackles left available. Brian Burns, however, is a real option here as well.

 

Bills 17. Buffalo Bills: Jawaan Taylor, T/G, Florida

Jawaan Taylor

The Bills have an excellent young left tackle in place with Dion Dawkins, and got their stud center in free agency in Mitch Morse, With Jon Feliciano and Ty Nsheke also in place, they can afford to slide Taylor wherever he fits on the offensive line. What they’ll get is a massive human with excellent anchor and solid movement skills for his size. He’s still learning the game, especially the leverage aspect of it, and where he should set up his blocks on the edge, so starting at guard could be the way to go. Either way, continuing to invest in Josh Allen’s protection is a great idea and fits the profile for coach Sean McDermott.

 

Vikings helmet 18. Minnesota Vikings: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Devin Bush

The Vikings must allow Anthony Barr to be more of a Jack linebacker (pass rusher primarily on the edge) if he is to reach his potential and hide his weaknesses in coverage. With that, they need a true off-the-ball dynamic athlete at linebacker, who can run with the speedy slot receivers and tight ends of the NFC when called upon. Devin Bush is that athlete, and boasts solid instincts in the run game as well.

 

ten-titans-home 19. Tennessee Titans: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College

Chris Lindstrom

The number one goal for coach Mike Vrabel this offseason should be improving protection for his fragile starting QB. Lindstrom is a rock-solid prospect who should be a day 1 above-average starter, and certainly improve on the departed duo of Josh Kline and Quinton Spain.

 

pit-steelers-revolution 20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

Brian Burns

Burns would be a stand-up rush linebacker with the Steelers, and with his long lanky frame and arms, that may just be an excellent NFL fit for him. The Steelers lack pass rush juice off the edge, opposite TJ Watt, and it’s been a big problem with their recent defensive iterations. Burns has an excellent first step and constantly pops on tape, as a relentless and bendy edge rusher.

 

Seahawks helmet 21. Seattle Seahawks: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Noah Fant

A reliable target, and dynamic athlete down the seam is something that has been notably missing throughout Russel Wilson’s career. The Jimmy Graham trade ultimately didn’t add this element, but the addition of Fant will, and suddenly would make this offense very difficult to stop, considering the power running game, and excellent route runners already in place at receiver in Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett.

 

Ravens 22. Baltimore Ravens: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

AJ Brown

This is the rugged, tough wide receiver that John Harbaugh wants. Brown is a fluid route runner, who makes his hay in the short to intermediate range of the field. He presents a very friendly target for quarterbacks and has a great feel for finding holes in zones and creating early separation in man. He would become Lamar Jackson’s best friend instantly.

 

texans 23. Houston Texans: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

Greg Little, Kenny Hebert

Greg Little is everywhere in the draft process, but he makes too much sense for the Texans, where he will be an improvement over their current situation, pretty much regardless, as Matt Kalil is slotted as the current starter. Besides that, he has an ideal body for the position, and reminds me of former Ole Miss stud Laremy Tunsil.

 

raiders helmet 24. Oakland Raiders: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

TJ Hockenson

This is the perfect tight end for Jon Gruden and his run-first offense. Hockenson will be a favorite of Derek Carr for his pass blocking ability, and excellent feel for leveraging himself open in coverage. His biggest strength, though, is as a stud run blocker, he can be an extra offensive tackle when needed, despite his relative small size. Hockenson is a rare throwback tight end in the mold of prime Jason Witten. It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s taken earlier than this.

 

Eagles 25. Philadelphia Eagles: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

Mack Wilson

Wilson is an ideal replacement for Jordan Hicks, as a pass coverage-first linebacker. Hicks was even more raw coming out of college, so perhaps Jim Schwartz can give his magic touch to Wilson, who seems like he’s just waiting for someone to tap his enormous potential. At the moment, he’s a run and chase linebacker, with adept coverage skills, who needs to improve his understanding of running lanes.

 

Colts 26. Indianapolis Colts: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

NCAA Football: Clemson at Texas A&M

Lawrence is a perfect addition to what is shaping up to be an incredibly well-rounded defense for Indy. A big anchor on the interior of the D-line who adds some pass rush juice as well, Lawrence is a player that can add a physical edge, especially to the Indy run defense, which will make them all the harder to bully.

 

raiders helmet 27. Oakland Raiders: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

Taylor Rapp

All I keep hearing about Rapp is that he’s one of the safest and most intelligent players in the draft, safe is the key word here. The Raiders simply must hit with these first round picks. Mayock will be under the microscope and a player like Rapp should improve the Raiders defense regardless.

 

chargers 28. Los Angeles Chargers: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

NCAA Football: Kansas at West Virginia

Some team is going to come after Grier at the end of the first round, there’s a lot of love for him around the league. Why not the Chargers? They’ve continued to recycle the talent under Philip Rivers and look capable of continuing their winning ways beyond his career, so long as they shore up the succession plan.

 

chiefs helmet 29. Kansas City Chiefs: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

Nasir Adderley

Pairing a deep center fielder with a sideline to sideline playmaker like Tyrann Mathieu would be a great start for a fully re-tooled Chiefs secondary.

 

Packers 30. Green Bay Packers: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama

Irv Smith Jr

After shoring up Rodgers’ protection, the Packers could stand to add a tight end of the future and Irv Smith has as much upside as anyone in this draft that didn’t play college football at Iowa. He set receiving records for the position at Alabama, with over 700 yards and 7 TDs in 2018, so his receiving game comes fairly pro-ready.

 

rams helmet 31. Los Angeles Rams: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

Jeffery Simmons

The Rams are in a position in this round where they can afford to swing for the fences with a top ten prospect like Simmons. His fall comes primarily due to a predraft injury, but some teams are also concerned about a domestic violence incident his freshman year. His game profiles similar to Fletcher Cox, and pairing that with Aaron Donald long-term sounds like a great recipe for the Rams.

 

Patriots 32. New England Patriots: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Daniel Jones

The Patriots continue to bring in young quarterbacks behind Brady, and if Jones isn’t the one to finally take up the mantle, he’ll continue in a rich tradition of yielding draft capital a couple of years down the road. Jones profiles as a tantalizing pro-ready prospect, but with limited upside he tumbles to a very grateful New England.

 

 

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Mock Draft 1.0 Pre Free Agency

3001624_SP_Cardinals_2 1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals

NCAA Football: College Football Playoff Semifinal-Orange Bowl-Alabama vs Oklahoma

Dec 29, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the fourth quarter of the 2018 Orange Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Murray is the pick, according to multiple sources. Personally, I’d build around Rosen, but if Kingsbury wants his guy, he should be able to convince the front office.

 

49ers helmet 2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Bosa

Edge is a desperate need for the Niners, and Bosa is the best prospect in the draft, regardless of position. Perfect fit.

 

jets helmet 3. New York Jets: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

Josh Allen

The Jets have needed a blue-chip edge rusher forever, and here’s Josh Allen, fresh off a 17 sack season. He’s a perfect fit for their 3-4 defense.

 

raiders helmet 4. Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T - Alabama v Clemson

The Raiders love Williams, need help everywhere, and Williams happens to be the highest player left on the board. He’s probably their number two guy.

 

bucs helmet 2 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU

devin-white

With Kwon Alexander headed for free agency, a replacement is needed, and the Bucs can’t do much better than the next great LB from the factory at LSU.

 

giants helmet 6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Big Ten Championship - Northwestern v Ohio State

The Giants and Haskins are a perfect fit. Haskins slides right in as an ideal backup to Manning, with his pocket passing skills, and has the kind of high upside to take over as starter quickly and go to pro bowls.

 

jags 7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonah Williams, T/G, Alabama

Jonah Williams

The Jags are a team ready to compete right now, and Williams slides in as an immediate high-impact starter on an offensive line that desperately needs to do a better job facilitating its offense.

 

Lions 2 8. Detroit Lions: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

Ed Oliver

The Lions have been looking for an interior disruptor like Oliver since Ndamokung Suh left. It’s time.

 

Bills 9. Buffalo Bills: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

Clelin Ferrell

The Bills have a solid tandem at edge, but rotational depth is important, and highly valued by Coach Sean McDermott. Don’t be surprised if the Bills trade back, too.

 

Broncos 10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Drew Lock

Lock should be the apple of John Elway’s eye through the pre-draft process. Big arm, excellent measurables, extensive starting experience, intangible moxie. He can and should be the face of the franchise.

 

bengals 11. Cincinnati Bengals: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

NCAA Football: SEC Championship-Alabama vs Georgia

Baker is a stud, with real shutdown ability and a physical edge that fits right in with what the Bengals are building on that side of the ball.

 

Packers 12. Green Bay Packers: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

Montez Sweat

The Packers have a glaring need at rush end, and Sweat is a great fit for the Packers 3-4 base. He destroyed the combine and has solid tape and production.

 

miami 13. Miami Dolphins: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

Rashan Gary

The Dolphins are trying to build something special on the defensive side of the ball, and could do worse than adding a dynamic athlete like Gary to the defensive line.

 

falcons helmet 14. Atlanta Falcons: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Greedy Williams

The Falcons must shore up the spot opposite Desmond Trufant for the long term, and though Greedy Williams may not be an impact starter right away, he has sky-high potential with his height-weight-speed combo.

 

skins helmet 15. Washington Redskins: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

DK Metcalf

Metcalf is probably the highest upside receiver in the draft, and should help out whoever lines up at quarterback for the Skins in 2019. His combine was incredible, and he passes the eye test.

 

Panthers 16. Carolina Panthers: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Byron Murphy

The Panthers should continue to develop their secondary, which has been a huge liability, with a rock solid prospect like Murphy, who does a great job reading and reacting.

 

browns helmet 17. Cleveland Browns: Andre Dillard, T, Washington State

Andre Dillard

The Browns have improved the roster a lot, but need to find a franchise left tackle. Dilllard has maybe the best pass blocking resume, and profiles well as Baker Mayfield’s blindside protector.

 

Vikings helmet 18. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Christian Wilkins

Losing Sheldon Richardson, as the Vikings are expected to, would leave a big hole on the Vikings defensive line. The Vikings have bigger needs and would probably trade back in this scenario, but take a talent that has tumbled too far already in Wilkins.

 

ten-titans-home 19. Tennessee Titans: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

TJ Hockenson

The Titans find Mariota a rock-solid option with great hands, who will also help tremendously in the running game.

 

pit-steelers-revolution 20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

Brian Burns

Burns is a heck of a pass rusher, and would be great opposite TJ Watt. That pass rush would help the whole defense and mask the deficiencies at linebacker and in the secondary.

 

Seahawks helmet 21. Seattle Seahawks: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Noah Fant

After Jimmy Graham left, the Seahawks turned to Will Dissly who was solid. Fant is a perfect complement to him, and gives Wilson the seam stretching weapon he has really never had.

 

Ravens 22. Baltimore Ravens: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Marquise Brown

Brown is among the most dynamic players in this draft, and would fit perfectly in the short passing and hard-nosed running game the Ravens are building with Lamar Jackson.

 

texans 23. Houston Texans: Jawaan Taylor, T/G, Florida

Jawaan Taylor

Taylor is a bit of a projection as an NFL player, but he has ideal size and great foot quickness and functional strength. Despite his rawness, he may already be better than any offensive lineman in Houston.

 

raiders helmet 24. Oakland Raiders: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

AJ Brown

Brown would give the Raiders and Derek Carr a reliable winner in the short to intermediate levels of the field. He’s a better, younger Michael Crabtree.

 

Eagles 25. Philadelphia Eagles: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

Parris Campbell

The Eagles love dynamic receivers after the catch, and need more weapons for Wentz, especially if Agholor’s strong season in 2017 turns to have been a fluke.

 

Colts 26. Indianapolis Colts: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

NCAA Football: Clemson at Texas A&M

The Colts desperately need a dominant presence in the middle of the defensive line, and they don’t come much more imposing than Lawrence.

 

raiders helmet 27. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

NCAA Football: College Football Playoff National Championship-Clemson vs Alabama

Jacobs is a perfect lead runner for Gruden’s Raiders and continues to transform what was a very poor offense a year ago.

 

chargers 28. Los Angeles Chargers: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Devin Bush

The Chargers biggest need, for awhile now, has been a dynamic pass-coverage linebacker. Bush is it.

 

chiefs helmet 29. Kansas City Chiefs: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

Nasir Adderley

The Chiefs need serious help all over the defense, but secondary profiles as a good spot to improve here.

 

Packers 30. Green Bay Packers: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama

Irv Smith Jr

After cleaning up the a hole on defense with the first pick, the Packers take a field stretching threat at tight end, who was extremely successful at Alabama.

 

rams helmet 31. Los Angeles Rams: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

Mack Wilson

The Rams need to continue to infuse young, cheap talent into their defense, since they’ll eventually need to pay big money to Jared Goff and maybe Cooper Kupp.

 

Patriots 32. New England Patriots: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Daniel Jones

Jones is a rock-solid QB prospect, with great size, great coaching and solid arm talent. The Patriots will either look to Jones as the successor or flip him for picks a couple of years down the road.

 

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Official After Review Mock Draft

giants helmet 1.  *TRADE* New York Giants via Arizona Cardinals: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Trade details: Giants Receive 1 overall, Cardinals Receive 2019 pick 6, 2020 1st, 2020 2nd, 2020 3rd

Pick by: Shae via Shae

 

raiders helmet 2. *TRADE* Oakland Raiders via San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Trade details: Raiders receive 2 overall, DE/DT Solomon Thomas, 49ers receive 24 and 27, 140 and CB Gareon Conley

Pick by: Trentyn via Eric

 

jets helmet 3. New York Jets: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

Pick by: Trentyn

 

raiders helmet 4. Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Pick by: Trentyn

 

bucs helmet 2 5. Tampa Bay Bucs: Tre Lamar, LB, Clemson

Pick by: Eric

 

3001624_SP_Cardinals_2 6. *TRADE* Arizona Cardinals via New York Giants: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

Trade details: Giants Receive 1 overall, Cardinals Receive 2019 pick 6, 2020 1st, 2020 2nd, 2020 3rd

Pick by: Shae via Shae

 

jags 7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, T, Florida

Pick by: Shae

 

Lions 2 8. Detroit Lions: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama

Pick by: Eric

 

miami 9. *TRADE* Miami Dolphins via Buffalo Bills: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Trade details: Miami Dolphins receive 9 overall, Buffalo Bills receive 13, 48

Pick by: Shae via Trentyn

 

Broncos 10. Denver Broncos: Devin White, LB, LSU

Pick by: Trentyn

 

skins helmet11. *TRADE* Washington Redskins via Cincinnati Bengals: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Trade details: Redskins receive 11, Bengals receive 15, 76

Pick by: Trentyn via Eric

 

Packers12. Green Bay Packers : T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Pick by: Shae

 

Bills 13. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

Pick by: Trentyn

 

falcons helmet 14. Atlanta Falcons: DreMont Jones, DT, Ohio State

Pick by: Eric

 

bengals 15. *TRADE* Cincinnati Bengals via Washington Redskins: Germaine Pratt, LB, NC State

Trade details: Redskins receive 11, Bengals receive 15, 76

Pick by: Eric via Trentyn

 

chiefs helmet 16. *TRADE* Kansas City Chiefs via Carolina Panthers: Rashan Gary, DE/DT, Michigan

Trade details: Chiefs receive 16, Panthers receive 29, 61, 167, 2020 3rd

Pick by: Trentyn via Trentyn

 

giants helmet 17. New York Giants: Cody Ford, T/G, Oklahoma

Pick by: Shae

 

Vikings helmet 18. Minnesota Vikings: Andre Dillard, T, Washington State

Pick by: Eric

 

ten-titans-home 19. Tennessee Titans: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Pick by: Shae

 

pit-steelers-revolution 20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jonathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

Pick by: Eric

 

Colts 21. *TRADE* Indianapolis Colts via Seattle Seahawks : DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

Trade details: Colts receive 21, Seahawks receive 26, 34

Pick by: Shae via Trentyn

 

Ravens 22. Baltimore Ravens: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Pick by: Trentyn

 

texans23. Houston Texans: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Pick by: Eric

 

49ers helmet 24.*TRADE* San Francisco 49ers via Oakland Raiders: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

Trade details: Raiders receive 2 overall, DE/DT Solomon Thomas, 49ers receive 24 and 27, 140 and CB Gareon Conley

Pick by: Eric via Trentyn

 

Eagles 25. Philadelphia Eagles: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Pick by: Shae

 

Patriots 26. *TRADE* New England Patriots via Seattle Seahawks: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Trade details: Patriots receive 26, Seahawks receive 32, 64

Pick by: Shae via Trentyn

 

49ers helmet 27. *TRADE* San Francisco 49ers via Oakland Raiders: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

Trade details: Raiders receive 2 overall, DE/DT Solomon Thomas, 49ers receive 24 and 27, 140 and CB Gareon Conley

Pick by: Eric via Trentyn

 

chargers 28. Los Angeles Chargers: Dalton Risner, T, Kansas State

Pick by: Eric

 

Panthers 29. *TRADE* Carolina Panthers via Kansas City Chiefs: Brian Burns, DE Florida State

Trade details: Chiefs receive 16, Panthers receive 29, 61, 167, 2020 3rd

Pick by: Trentyn via Trentyn

 

Eagles 30. *TRADE* Philadelphia Eagles via Green Bay Packers: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Trade details: Eagles receive 30, 114, Packers receive 57, 2020 2nd

Pick by: Shae via Shae

 

rams helmet 31. Los Angeles Rams: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

Pick by: Eric

 

Seahawks helmet 32. *TRADE* Seattle Seahawks via New England Patriots: Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State

Trade details: Patriots receive 26, Seahawks receive 32, 64

Pick by: Trentyn via Shae

 

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Scouting Report: Derek Barnett

Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

6’3 270 lbs

Barnett

Tape Viewed: 2015 vs. Alabama, 2016 vs. Alabama, 2016 vs. Texas A&M, 2016 vs. Florida

OVERVIEW

Barnett is bizzare to watch play. At times, he looks sluggish beyond belief and yet covers ground quickly. At times he looks like he’s carrying way too much weight on that relatively small (for the position) frame. And yet, you see this outstanding quickness, hand fighting ability, bend around the edge and excellent finish that have made him a premiere sack specialist in the SEC.

Derek Barnett also boasts the experience and consistency against top level competition, at times taking over the entire game against Alabama’s Cam Robinson (also a potential first-rounder). This is the one question mark in Myles Garrett’s game, so it’s certainly encouraging to see Barnett thrive regardless of who he’s lined up against.

PASS RUSH

Moves: 2 out of 5

It seems that this is the area on tape, consistently, where Barnett shows a lack of versatility. He’s pretty much just a finesse rusher, using superior agility and hand fighting to weave his way through lineman. He must add more to the arsenal at the next level.

Technique: 14 out of 15

Of this, Barnett may be among the cleanest in the draft, his hand use, footwork and control of his body allow him to consistently put himself in the correct positions and gain advantages on his opponents where sheer athleticism would seem to indicate that he should be less effective.

Bend: 4 out of 5

This is one of the biggest reasons Barnett was the leading sack specialist in his three-season span in the SEC. He has that uncanny ability to contort his body in any way to get around the edge, and also the knowledge of exactly when to do this for optimal opportunity at the QB. The one concern I’d have here is that he tends to round out his rush at times, though this is only a problem on a few snaps on tape.

Finish: 5 out of 5

This is the other aspect that leads to those insane sack numbers, Barnett knows what to do when he gets home, it’s a sack, a tackle, in fact he had a play where he tipped a pass to himself for an interception. If Barnett is near to making a play, it’s a safe bet he’ll make it.

Tenacity: 4 out of 5

Not to say that Barnett ever takes plays off, on the contrary, he’ll chase across formation when the play is moving away from him, but he seems to realize he doesn’t have the speed to catch plays that go beyond him, and he often doesn’t try.

Consistency: 10 out of 10

What more can you say for a man who has averaged 10+ sacks per season in his 3 years as a starter against the top-level competition he faces playing in college football’s premiere conference? He’s rock solid steady.

RUN STOPPING

Edge Setting: 8 out of 10

The only times I really see this to be an issue is when the play calls for a pass rush, his quickness and anticipation gets him upfield early and can sometimes take him out of running plays.

Tackling: 9 out of 10

While not a perfect tackler, there are very few discernable issues in positioning, technique, want-to or ability to bring down any ball carrier that comes his way. He’ll continue to develop that consistency at the next level and should be among the league’s most reliable.

Double Teams: 3 out of 5

I wouldn’t say that Barnett lacks the functional strength to hold up in double teams, but he does seem to lack the desire to use it, this is shown by his distinct lack of a bull rush, however, he is quite effective at using his finesse to work through double teams and make plays on ball carriers.

Lane Discipline: 10 out of 10

Barnett is as smart and pro-ready as any evaluator could dream in terms of his ability to see offensive plays developing and put himself in the right position to leverage the play to his advantage.

Consistency: 10 out of 10

Honestly, Barnett never looks to be out of position, or tired, or overwhelmed by level of competition and this quality extends to his run defense.

GENERAL

Reliability: 9 out of 10

Though perfectly available throughout his college career, Barnett has been limited in recent weeks (going into his pro day) with a hamstring injury. He is expected to perform regardless, and that’s been Barnett’s MO as a player, but going forward, teams will need to be aware of that potential and keep him in the ice bath after games.

Total Prospect Rating: 89 out of 100

Pro Comparison: Trent Cole, DE, Indianapolis Colts

Barnett 1

Cole

Sharing nearly the exact same dimensions, elite hand and foot technique, ability to get after the quarterback and penchant for punishing hits once they arrive, the comparison came to me pretty immediately. Cole has been an underappreciated impact rusher for most of his career, who boasts an all-around game that suits him to any defense. The kind of skills that Barnett boasts should give him similar versatility. I expect Barnett to get off to a quicker start than Cole, who took a few years before he became elite, production-wise.

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Scouting Report: Mitch Trubisky

By: Shae Dougall

Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

6’2”, 222lbs

Trubisky

Tape Viewed:

North Carolina vs Stanford (2016)

North Carolina vs Florida State (2016)

North Carolina vs Miami (2016)

 

OVERVIEW

Mitchell Trubisky (also known as #MitchNotMitchell) is the young, talented up-and-coming quarterback out of North Carolina who is likely to fly up draft boards on draft day due to his immense talent, big arm, lack of injury history, intangibles, and a bunch of other things that NFL GMs moan about in their sleep. In my opinion, Mitch is being underrated in the draft process, as I think he could eventually develop into a Diet Aaron Rodgers type of player (more on that later).


Mitch is also technically a dual-threat QB who ran a boatload of read option plays in college, so he’d be well-suited to go to a team that is willing to let him tote the ball a bit, because he has a lot of experience in that area. As a result of these read option plays, Mitch will need to learn how to drop back in a proper, traditional NFL offense, but there’s no reason he can’t be successful as we recently saw Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota excellently transition from shotgun shotfun to taking snaps from under center. The key for Mitch is landing spot, he’ll need to find a situation where he can continue to develop. If he’s forced to start right away, I fear a worse fate than the perennially underwhelming Ryan Tannehill. Though again, this is not a knock on Mitch’s talent level, but rather his relative inexperience as a signal caller.

 

PASSING

 

Accuracy: 12.5 out of 15

Short- No issues on any quick routes or screens.

Intermediate- The first tape I watched had Mitch hitting an 18 yard streaking receiver into the endzone between two defenders. The window was fairly tight, and taught me all I needed to know about Mitch’s willingness to throw into coverage and to do so with excellent accuracy. Another note: Mitch completes 62.1% of his intermediate passes, easily outstripping other QBs in this class. I also saw him throw behind a receiver and throw a pretty bad interception, so

Deep- Mitch has a big enough arm and throws with enough velocity to consistently attempt the deep pass, but he’ll need to work on his accuracy in this area. He overthrew receivers a lot, which is at least better than underthrowing.

 

Power: 5 out of 5

Mitch has a big arm. There is no denying that. The ball explodes out of his hand with jaw-dropping velocity. I actually wonder if he can put consistent touch on his passes, but that’s a concern for a different category.

 

On the run: 5 out of 5

Mitch is absolutely brilliant on the run. I saw quite a few opportunities at the end of the Stanford game where he had to escape the rush and then make off balance intermediate-length throws without setting his feet…and he nailed every one of them. Unfortunately, almost all of them were dropped by the receivers!

 

Consistency: 7.5 out of 10

It was a little concerning that Mitch only started for one full season of his entire college career, and the team wasn’t particularly great during his tenure as the starter. This is a very hard category to judge because of the lack of data and tape to go off of, but it’s definitely concerning that he can complete 81.5% of his passes at Florida State and then hit under 40% at home against Virginia Tech the very next week! What the heck?

Generally, though, Mitch had a great season and very few head-scratching games. I’ll give him what I believe to be a fair score for a strong season.

 

Field General: 17.5 out of 20

Arguable the most important category for any quarterback is his ability to read the field and understand where pressure is coming from, in addition to understanding where the ball needs to be placed. Mitch is solid in both categories, making up for his slight blitz reading deficiencies with exceptional read quickness. He is very, very good at determining the assignments of downfield safeties, and I trust him to not make too many crushing mistakes. With just one year of starting experience, Mitch has so far shown tremendous potential to get even better.

 

Athleticism: 4 out of 5

Great speed and lower body explosiveness to get away from oncoming defensive ends. Frequently ran read option plays out of shotgun, so he clearly has the ability to outspeed slower defensive edge players and break through weak tackle attempts.

 

Pocket awareness: 8 out of 10

Competent in the pocket by any definition, but it remains to be seen whether or not Mitch has the ability to drop back in a traditional NFL offense, since 100% of his college snaps came out of the shotgun.

 

Poise: 10 out of 10

Mitch is consistently ready to go in any and all pressure situations. He can dodge defenders and make plays down the field with flair and spectacular awareness.

 

Clutch: 4 out of 5

Came up just short against Stanford in the Sun Bowl, but did have a spectacular final drive that featured no fewer than 4 dropped touchdown passes and terrible offensive line work. Lost close games against Duke and NC State (tape not viewed), but engineered a terrific game-winning drive against Florida State early in the season.

 

Size: 4 out of 5

Mitch has decent height at 6’2”. Plays at an appropriate weight for his height.

 

Reliability: 9.5 out of 10

Mitch is tough both mentally and physically, never missing a game due to injury or choking under pressure due to mental fatigue. Despite only being 6’2”, he plays much bigger than his advertised size, and probably won’t suffer too many early NFL career wear-and-tear related injuries since he rode the bench for much of his college tenure.

 

Total Prospect Rating: 87/100

 

Pro Comparison: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Trubisky 1

Rodgers

Okay, don’t freak out. I know that there is almost no way that Mitch will reach the career heights of Aaron Rodgers. But the category says to look for similarities in play styles and the number one thing that sticks out to me is how much Mitch is willing to gun the ball in there every single time. Seriously, the ball explodes out of his hands and he has great short and intermediate accuracy. Both players stand 6’2” and have the same playing weight. Both have outstanding read-the-field ability. WHAT MORE COULD YOU POSSIBLY ASK FOR? Can you tell I love the prospect of Mitch Trubisky under center for an NFL franchise? Time shall tell if he works out, but my money is on Mr. Ohio.

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Scouting Report: Jamal Adams

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Jamal Adams, S, LSU

6’0 214 lbs

Adams

Tape Viewed: 2015 vs. Alabama, 2016 vs. Auburn, 2016 vs. Texas A&M, 2016 vs. Alabama

 

OVERVIEW

Already an outstanding player early in his LSU career, Adams added a new dimension of polish and urgency to his game in his final collegiate season.  Very few plays on tape show Adams even remotely struggling.

While he’s an outstanding in-the-box safety who clearly likes to be close to the ball and set the tone, some of his most impressive plays on tape showcase his insane range playing from the deep middle. One knock I have is that he doesn’t appear to have much experience playing that “last-line-of-defense” role. I do, however, think he projects really well into that role.

He also has an ideally sturdy build which goes well with his rangy, physical style of play. When you think of the term enforcer on a football field, you need look no further.

 

COVERAGE

 

Play Recognition: 14 out of 15

Adams looks like he has a deep intelligence and understanding of the keys to read nearly any offense. There are few times where he appears to be out of position.

 

Speed: 5 out of 5

His 4.56 40 time notwithstanding, Adams’ speed on the field pops on tape constantly. He covers ground so quickly that he often reacts on screens before the receivers do.

 

Pursuit: 8 out of 10

This is a tough one to grade because Adams has the ability to close space so effectively on horizontal plays, but when plays move vertically, he struggles a bit and gives up ground. This doesn’t always happen, but it’s often enough to be notable.

 

Man: 3 out of 5

On a 5-yard out against Texas A&M, Adams runs the route better than the receiver, coming from the middle of the field. This shows his potential and ability to read the hips of receivers. His reaction time is outstanding, but his hips aren’t as fluid as they need to be.

 

Zone: 8 out of 10

The knock I have on Adams here is his ability in deep zone. There are times where he allows receivers to get behind him which is a concern for the next level where better QBs will torch him if he doesn’t clean it up. He does, however, have brilliant plays all over the rest of the field in zone.

 

Tackle: 9 out of 10

Adams uses a player’s momentum and leverage against them by wrapping up their legs and allowing them to take themselves down. This is consistently effective. When a player is already engaged, Adams also knows to go for the ball.

 

Ball Skills: 3 out of 5

In 2015, he had 4 interceptions, but this was an anomaly. While Adams has all of the attributes to be a ball-hawk and didn’t drop any opportunities that I saw, he needs to find a way to be in position to pick the ball off more, or at least rack up more PBU’s.

 

RUN SUPPORT

 

Tackle: 8 out of 10

He improved a lot in this regard from early in his career to 2016, where he not only increased his total tackles, but TFL’s to career best. However, as Adams tends to be flying around near the line of scrimmage, he sometimes forgets to sink his hips which causes him to fly off the players he intends to tackle.

 

Play Recognition: 15 out of 15

Adams is pretty unbelievable in this regard. He’s almost always the first to recognize a play-fake. This is showcased in the 2015 game against Alabama on a fake end around bootleg where Adams was the only one that stayed with QB Jake Coker. He turned what was undoubtedly a 15 yard gain into a TFL.

 

Willingness: 5 out of 5

Adams appears to be happiest and most eager on the field mixing it up at the LOS, flying in, even through interior lanes, to be involved in run defense.

 

GENERAL

 

Reliability: 10 out of 10

Adams has the character, squeaky clean injury history, stout frame, leadership qualities and empty rap sheet that makes him among the safest picks in this draft.

 

Total Prospect Rating: 88 out of 100

 

Pro Comparison: Reshad Jones, S, Miami Dolphins

Adams 1

Jones

While Jones is a more accomplished ball-hawk, both players share the same leadership ability, knack for the tone-setting play and outstanding run defense. Jones and Adams share a stout frame which allows them to deliver serious force as tacklers, and serious range to make plays all over the field and rally the defense on any given play.

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