Mock Draft 3.0 Draft Night Eve

Previous Mocks:

Mock Draft 1.0 Pre Free Agency

Mock Draft 2.0 Post Free Agency

 

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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Scouting Report: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State

Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State

Bosa

Height: 6’4 Weight: 263 lbs

Tape Viewed: 2018 vs. Oregon State, 2017 vs. Wisconsin, 2017 vs. USC, 2017 vs. Michigan

 

OVERVIEW

Bosa has the same relentless effort and superior hand technique his brother has. He is a player that pops on tape numerous times with second, third and fourth effort sacks. His ability, willingness and patience setting the edge in the run game is also very impressive for such a young prospect.

Bosa will benefit from an NFL weight room, as he is sometimes beaten at the point of attack, and needs to build up steam to win with power in both pass rush and run stop situations. He intelligently handles double teams by using his superior speed, hand usage and leverage understanding to win, where brute strength is lacking.

His technique, tool box of pass rush moves, and diagnosis ability vastly improved from 2017 to 18. His game tape against Oregon State is easily his most impressive, but even in that one he shows his tendency to be fooled by reverses. This facet will need to improve with the increase in dual threat QBs that is sweeping the NFL.

 

PASS RUSH

Moves: 4 out of 5

Bosa prefers finesse moves, like the swim and rip, but also developed usage of a spin move as his career progressed. He also flashes bull rush, as well as quick and explosive lateral moves.

 

Technique: 13 out of 15

This is an important part of Bosa’s game as he uses this to mask his slight deficiencies in play strength. He shows a superior understanding of the minutiae of the position, but can get in trouble as the game goes along and he gets more tired.

 

Bend: 4 out of 5

Though it doesn’t happen often on tape, Bosa shows the bend reguired to run under a table sideways at full speed, which is crazy considering his size and frame.

 

Finish: 5 out of 5

Bosa always either gets the sack or affects the QB when he has the opportunity, it’s the most impressive part of his game.

 

Tenacity: 5 out of 5

Second most impressive, and most similar to his brother, Bosa hustles all over the field, hunting the ball with reckless abandon.

 

Consistency: 8 out of 10

While Bosa boasts an elite toolbox and skillset, he can disappear in pass rushing snaps, usually due to extra attention by larger linemen.

 

RUN STOPPING

Edge Setting: 9 out of 10

Bosa shows extreme discipline and patience in forcing runs inside where the help is, but there were a few instances on tape where he jumps inside and loses contain as a result.

 

Tackling: 9 out of 10

I don’t recall any one-on-one missed tackles on tape, but Bosa doesn’t have many as he’s often mixing it up in the middle and has swarm tackling help from his active defensive teammates.

 

Double Teams: 3 out of 5

This is the way to win against Bosa in the run game, if he doesn’t win with agility, he can get washed out. He’s quite good at masking this most of the time, but NFL OC’s will be able to exploit it.

 

Lane Discipline: 7 out of 10

This is perhaps his biggest weakness, and it has majorly improved in his most recent tape, Bosa showed a tendency to jump laterally at the line in order to have a free penetration into the backfield, but both running backs and quarterbacks were able to outrun him in many of these situations. This is by no means a negative area of his game, however, he is still often very disciplined, there are just a few glaring examples on tape.

 

Consistency: 8 out of 10

Bosa can get washed out of plays, but very often positively influences them with his leverage and technique.

 

GENERAL

Reliability: 9 out of 10

Despite the injury that prematurely ended his career at Ohio State, Bosa has shown no indication that injury problems will plague his NFL career, he also has no character concerns.

 

Total Prospect Rating: 84 out of 100

Pro Comparison: DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Dallas Cowboys

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Lawrence

The relentless motor, edge setting ability, and similar size with tendency to take false steps against reverses are areas these two players share. Lawrence is a much stronger player, but didn’t come into the league that way and was a bit of a late bloomer. Bosa could have similar struggles early, especially if asked to be the sole provider on defense as a rookie. However, he has the toolbox and natural athleticism to be a top player at his position at some point.

 

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Scouting Report: Cordrea Tankersley

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Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

6’1”, 199lbs

Tankersley

Tape Viewed:

Clemson vs Ohio State (2016)

Clemson vs Virginia Tech (2016)

Clemson vs Troy (2016)

 

OVERVIEW

Nothing really stands out to me about Cordrea Tankersley, except his awesome name. As you read on, you’ll find that I view the former All-American third teamer to be slow to react, stiff, upright, and not particularly good in coverage. Currently projected as a fourth round pick, I wouldn’t touch Tankersley until the sixth round as a project pick. He’s a press corner with a lot of stuff that needs to get coached into him. He was able to get away with his deficiencies at Clemson because of the ridiculous talent around him, but will struggle to make a name for himself in the NFL except in very specific, beneficial circumstances.

 

COVERAGE

 

Play Recognition: 6 out of 10

Tankersley is consistently befuddled by deep routes with a lot of cuts. He might recognize the play, but it’s hard to tell. I’m not confident in his chances to successfully make the leap to the NFL because his reaction time is just too slow.

 

Speed: 3.5 out of 5

Tankersley perplexes me. His combine 40 yard time of 4.4 should speak to excellent straight-line speed, and yet…it doesn’t show up on tape, especially on deep routes. I feel like this indicates some sort of mechanical issue. He definitely seems to play a little bit stiff and upright, which isn’t conducive to maintaining top-level change of direction speed at all times. Until Cordrea can get coached up, a 3.5/5 his speed score shall remain.

 

Mirroring: 7 out of 10

Tankersley can blanket the receiver on just about any quick route, making it difficult on them and occasionally bumping them off of the route completely. This ability scales back the longer he has to cover and deeper the route gets.

 

Pursuit: 3 out of 5

Takes too long to come back to the ball on any route that ends with a hitch, although he does usually make a strong, squared-up tackle in those situations. He can catch up to some guys that have burned him, but usually only when the pass is inaccurately thrown.

 

Man: 8 out of 15

Tankersley has a bad tendency to get beat deep. Even worse, he gets called for pass interference a lot on those plays. He has the size necessary to cover bigger receivers, but the tape indicates that he doesn’t have the speed, despite his 4.4 40 yard dash time at the scouting combine. He also lacks the lower body explosiveness to go up and get the ball in jump ball situations. Finally, Tankersley allows way too much separation on off-coverage routes, failing to quickly close on the ball. This is either due to lack of recognition or lack of athleticism (or both).

 

Zone: 8 out of 15

Whiffed badly in some of the zone situations I watched on tape. On one play, Tankersley was so far out of position that he had to run nearly 8 yards downfield just to get to the receiver…and then he promptly missed the tackle. Simply lacks the instinct and reaction speed necessary to play effective zone coverage.

 

Press: 5 out of 5

I’m most confident in Tankersley when I see that he’s right on the line of scrimmage. Assuming the receiver doesn’t blow him off the line immediately, he’ll be able to compete with them for a while using bump-and-run technique. This almost always causes enough of a problem for the quarterback’s timing to be thrown off, which allows Tankersley to compete for underthrown passes, whether in zone or man coverage.

 

Tackle: 3.5 out of 5

I saw more than one occasion on tape where Tankersley was in position to make the tackle and made the tackle…and then there were some other times where he was in position to make the tackle and missed the tackle. So, he’s basically like a lot of cornerbacks.

 

Ball Skills: 5 out of 5

Despite mechanical issues and slow reaction time, Tankersley sure did seem to be in the right place at the right time a lot in college. He came away with 8 interceptions with just two years of starting experience at Clemson and he consistently plays the football very well when it’s not going over his head for a huge gain.

 

RUN SUPPORT

 

Tackle: 3.5 out of 5

Tankersley won’t be pulverizing guys in the open field too often, but he seems to have the mechanics of tackling down pat. You could certainly do worse at the cornerback position.

 

Play Recognition: 2.5 out of 5

Like on passing plays, Tankersley is often slow to react to a running play. Curtis Samuel made him look foolish on a cutback in the college football playoff, catching Tankersley out of position and blowing by him for a huge gain.

 

Willingness: 5 out of 5

On every running play I saw, Tankersley showed the want-to that a lot of cornerbacks don’t possess at any level. He consistently ran towards where the ball was going, even when it wasn’t close to his side of the field.

 

GENERAL

Injury: 8 out of 10

Missed a couple of games due to injury in 2016, but that might have been due to Clemson’s coaching staff not wanting to risk him aggravating something that was pre-existing (read: resting him because they were playing mediocre South Carolina and something called South Carolina State).

 

Total Prospect Rating: 68/100

Pro Comparison: Jonathan Banks, CB, Chicago Bears

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Banks

Both have the prototypical size to match up with number one receivers and absolutely lack any further abilities necessary to do so. Whether in zone or man, these players look lost more often than not, though certainly not due to their prototypical size and tantalizing athletic abilities. Banks was a second round pick, a fast-riser following a solid pre-draft season. Tankersley could follow the same path to be horribly over-drafted as teams scramble to make sense of the absolute cluster-f of cornerbacks graded between the second and fourth round. 

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Scouting Report: Jalen “Teez” Tabor

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Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida

6’0”, 199lbs

Tabor

Tape Viewed:

Florida vs Alabama (2016)

Florida vs LSU (2016)

Florida vs Florida State (2016)

OVERVIEW

Teez Tabor can do a little bit of everything. He’s a very experienced, successful cornerback from Florida whose claim to fame is a rock-solid, consistent, high-quality presence in a very good group of DBs. Despite having fairly slow straight-line speed, he has that undefinable “quickness” quality that scouts love to talk about. Tabor was made to play more off-coverage, as he’s more of a finesse guy who would probably get beaten consistently downfield if he was forced to press big, fast receivers all the time.

 

Tabor is going to be a bit of a risk-taker in the NFL if his college tape is any indication. This will result in some picks, but will also result in some big plays going the other way. A team with a good group of safeties that play over the top would likely be the ideal fit for Tabor, because some of the craftier QBs will be able to take advantage of his gambling. Tabor is also not the biggest guy in the world, and much like Tre’Davious White, I’m concerned that his lack of size will result in him not only getting boxed out of quick routes, but also getting beat over the top. His vertical jump from the combine was only 31 inches, and he did struggle with deep speed at times in college.

 

COVERAGE

 

Play Recognition: 10 out of 10

The reason Tabor was so successful in college was due in large part to his ability to read the quarterback’s eyes and adjust to the receiver quickly. Since Tabor is not a once-in-a-lifetime type of athlete (not even close, really), he has clearly honed his play recognition skills to make up for these deficiencies. His read and react capability is off the charts, making a few plays where he actually left his assignment to follow a play that he knew was developing elsewhere on the field. This can also be viewed as a negative I suppose, but he seems to be instinctive and smart enough to understand when to take risks.

 

Speed: 3 out of 5

Tabor disappointed at the combine with a slow 4.6 40 time. Per NFL.com, there are also “whispers” that Tabor “fears deep speed”, which is evidenced by the amount of off coverage he played at Florida. I’m not that plugged in, unfortunately, but I did see several situations on tape where Tabor was pressing the receiver and backed off more than 8 yards before the play started. He has quick recovery time when the ball is in the air, but his penchant for getting beat over the top is concerning.

 

Mirroring: 10 out of 10

Even when pressing, Tabor’s mirroring ability is excellent. He sticks to receivers coming out of cuts like glue, consistently providing tight man-to-man coverage.

 

Pursuit: 4 out of 5

While Tabor isn’t going to catch up to any plays that are over his head, he has a very solid ability to chase down plays that develop on the other side of the field. More than once on tape (especially against LSU), I saw opposing quarterbacks scramble out of a collapsing pocket only to be chased down by Tabor once the line of scrimmage had been crossed.

 

Man: 12 out of 15

Tabor will be a good man coverage corner, as he is consistently able to read the play and mirror his receiver on shorter and intermediate routes. His deep coverage ability is a concern, though, especially with the precision deep passing of NFL quarterbacks. I’d also like to see Tabor get more physical at the line of scrimmage, but I don’t believe that his lack of physicality is unfixable or even necessarily undesirable. His desire to be physical at the line is probably affected by his knowledge of his own limitations on deep routes.

 

Zone: 14 out of 15

Tabor may be the best zone corner in this draft with his uncanny instincts and penchant for reading the quarterback’s eyes. Would be an ideal fit for a team that runs a lot of zone coverage. I expect some infrequent gambling-related breakdowns in zone coverage on trick plays and misdirection passing plays. Luckily, Tabor mostly knows when to hold ‘em, and when to fold ‘em.

 

Press: 3 out of 5

I don’t foresee an NFL future in which Tabor is playing much bump-and-run coverage. Tabor can press effectively on occasion, but Florida didn’t ask him to do much of it because it’s clearly not a strength of his.

 

Tackle: 3.5 out of 5

He’s not the best tackling cornerback out there, but he’s not the worst. Once the receiver is well-covered, he’s certainly not getting any yards after the catch. Open field tackles are more of a weakness though; Tabor was occasionally out of position to tackle on deep routes where the receiver wasn’t his responsibility but he was in the area.

 

Ball Skills: 5 out of 5

Tabor has great hands and the ability to affect the ball in the air. He’s also great at punching the ball out of the receiver’s outstretched hands, which I saw on more than one occasion. He finished his Florida career with 9 interceptions, an impressive number.

 

RUN SUPPORT

 

Tackle: 3 out of 5

This is a difficult category to speak to because I rarely saw Tabor stick his nose into a pile of guys and bring the runner down. I’m pretty sure he can do it because he can bring down receivers pretty consistently, but without seeing him take on the toughest college backs (even when Florida played LSU, I don’t recall seeing Tabor vs. Fournette on any occasion), I think it’s hard to be 100% certain.

 

Play Recognition: 4 out of 5

I caught Tabor out of position on a trick run play against LSU, but that was a special circumstance. I can assume that he usually realizes when the run is developing, similarly to how he always seems to know where the pass is going to go.

 

Willingness: 2 out of 5

He is not an eager participant in run support, but he will get involved if it looks like the play is getting serious or if he is the last line of defense. Usually he gets swallowed up by a block and lets somebody else do the dirty work.

 

GENERAL

 

Injury: 8 out of 10

This template is a bit flawed in the sense that I’m allowed to talk about a prospect’s injury history but not his suspension history. Tabor was suspended in college a couple of times, and it’s always difficult to say how that will translate to the NFL. It’s definitely a concern. Even though injury isn’t an issue with Tabor, I would say that it’s reasonable to see him miss some time for other, less wholesome reasons.

 

Total Prospect Rating: 81.5 out of 100

Pro Comparison: Asante Samuel

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Samuel

Okay, this is too easy. I don’t even have to write a lot. What other NFL player in the past 15 years gambled more and tackled less than Asante Samuel? He was also a good guesser, resulting in a lot of interceptions. I maintain that Samuel could have extended his career into his mid-40s if he had just switched to a situational free safety that had a contract requirement that he wasn’t allowed to tackle anybody.

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Scouting Report: Adoree’ Jackson

Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC

5’10 186 lbs

Jackson

Tape Viewed: 2016 vs. Cal, 2016 vs. University of Washington, 2016 vs. Notre Dame

OVERVIEW

Jackson is definitely a mixed bag in terms of his prospects as an NFL cornerback. He has the attitude, confidence, short memory and athleticism to excel as a number 1 outside corner in this league. What he lacks is consistency, versatility in his skillset, and the ability to translate that elite athleticism into his coverage.

It’s quite bizzare watching the incredible fluidity of Jackson when he returns kicks and punts, versus the stiffness that shows up from time to time on tape in man coverage. Jackson is at his most comfortable rallying to the football, reading the QB’s eyes and contesting at the catch point. He did, however, have a brilliant game against Notre Dame in which he flashed press, bump and run capabilities. Too often, though, he loses his footing to give up huge plays, as he did in man against Notre Dame’s Kevin Stepherson and UW’s John Ross.

Jackson will immediately bring an electric edge to any team’s return game. I believe he has the ability to have a Devin Hester-like impact in that area with four kick return TD’s and four punt return TD’s in college to his name. Teams will need to be patient with bringing him along as a coverage man though, he needs to be coached up on his technique, but has all the traits to thrive, especially in a zone-heavy scheme.

COVERAGE

Play Recognition: 8 out of 10

By no means a weakness in Jackson’s game, it’s clear that coaches told him to run bail technique against John Ross to avoid the big play. In the other two games I reviewed, Jackson consistently puts himself in solid position to affect the play, however he got toasted by Notre Dame’s Kevin Stepherson on a sluggo which resulted in a TD.

Speed: 5 out of 5

Just watch one play and you know you’re dealing with elite, game-changing speed. This stretches into his agility and acceleration as well. More often than not, he’s an ultra-explosive athlete.

Mirroring: 8 out of 10

An area of the game that has improved steadily over his career, it doesn’t seem that Jackson has any issues following receiver movements in terms of recognition, but his footing causes him to trip up more often than you’d like to see from an elite prospect.

Pursuit: 5 out of 5

This is the single greatest attribute Jackson possesses, and likely what makes him such a great returner, he closes so well, and he loves it. You’ll constantly see Jackson trick QB’s into thinking he’s left his man open, only to jump in front of the ball and snag a pick or PBU.

Man: 11 out of 15

This is not so much of an indictment of his abilities going forward, because he has improved greatly in this area, but nearly every bad play Jackson has on tape is in man coverage. Make no mistake, he has many good plays as well. He has the attributes you want in man, but must take coaching to learn how to use his feet better.

Zone: 15 out of 15

There isn’t a better zone corner prospect in this draft. Jackson, in a zone-heavy scheme, could be an immediate impact starter in the NFL. His natural ability and fluidity in the return game translates perfectly to his zone coverage. He’s an absolute playmaker when he’s reading the QB’s eyes.

Press: 3 out of 5

The Notre Dame tape shows a lot of reasons to expect this area to improve going forward. Jackson looked natural bumping with one hand in press and flipping his hips to perfectly mirror receivers downfield. He just doesn’t do it often enough to warrant a higher score.

Tackle: 2 out of 5

This is a concerning area. He has one outstanding form tackle on tape, that’s it. He also has one impressive open-field tackle of John Ross. Both times, he needed help to bring his man down. There are also a few bad misses on tape in which Jackson throws his body out of position, to somewhat comical results.

Ball Skills: 5 out of 5

Another area where Jackson might just be the best in the draft, his 5 interceptions in 2016 are insane when considering he’s the single most talented member of that USC secondary, and QB’s didn’t challenge him much. That’s not even to mention his 28 career PBU’s.

RUN SUPPORT

Tackle: 3 out of 5

It’s tempting to give this an incomplete, because he only has two tackle attempts on running backs on tape, which are successful. However, he consistently puts himself in position as a last line of defense and often allows tackles to happen by maintaining lane discipline.

Play Recognition: 5 out of 5

Jackson plays like the savvy three-year starter he is, and that doesn’t change against the run, in which he immediately (and often quicker than most members of the secondary) rallies to his position as a run defender.

Willingness: 2 out of 5

This is not to say he doesn’t like being a run defender, more that he doesn’t like being directly involved. Jackson prefers to become essentially a deep cover safety when a run play develops, trusting his speed and athleticism as the last line of defense. This approach has its merits and will be appreciated by some NFL scouts, though I would really like to see a nastier demeanor from Jackson.

GENERAL

Injury: 10 out of 10

This guy has started nearly every game since week 1 of his first year as a true freshman. And that’s while playing in all three phases of the game. You couldn’t find a more encouraging sign that injuries won’t be a systemic issue in his NFL career.

Total Prospect Rating: 82 out of 100

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Norman

Pro Comparison: Josh Norman, CB, Washington Redskins

While it is incredibly difficult to find a player with the exact (and incredibly unique) skillset of Jackson, Norman shares the same ultra-confidence, short memory and explosive pursuit which I expect will propel Jackson to quick success in the NFL as an outside corner.

Mock Draft 2.0 (Draft Night Eve)

  1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, Cal

6’4 215 lbs.

Jared Goff, Dylan Wynn

California quarterback Jared Goff (16) scrambles out of the pocket from Oregon State defensive end Dylan Wynn (45) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

 

The Rams traded a lion’s share to go up and grab their quarterback of the future. There are a couple of reasons I think it has to be Goff: One, he’s considered by many to be closer to a sure thing than Wentz. Two, the Eagles trade makes me believe they know which quarterback will be available and all indications are they covet Wentz. Either Howie Roseman royally whiffed, or Wentz makes it past pick 1 and Goff lands in L.A.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/a-prospect-a-day-quarterbacks-jared-goff-scouting-report/

 

 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, ND State

6’5 232 lbs.

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New head coach Doug Pederson evidently wants Bradford and Chase Daniel only for the short term while he grooms his prize prospect, Carson Wentz. I personally can’t blame Pederson or the Eagles for coveting Wentz, my number one QB. His tape really pops and he shows all the potential to be a special franchise player. Still, it was a lot to give up and Wentz has a lot of pressure to live up to the deal that landed him.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/a-prospect-a-day-quarterbacks-carson-wentz-scouting-report/

 

 

  1. San Diego Chargers: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

6’6 287 lbs.

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Even with Tunsil now available, I maintain that the Chargers are sold on Buckner. He has a tantalizing blend of size, speed and football IQ but must continue to develop his game to live up to a top five draft status.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/a-prospect-a-day-4-3-defensive-ends-deforest-buckner-scouting-report/

 

 

  1. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

6’1 202 lbs.

Ramsey.jpg

Word from Cowboys camp is Ramsey is their number one player overall so finding him at the 4 spot with a competent GM like Stephen Jones calling the shots, this is a no-brainer. They can mix and match Byron Jones and Jalen Ramsey as they please.

 

 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

6’6 276 lbs.

Bosa.jpg

Jags GM David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley will be bowling people over to get this pick in. Joey Bosa will be an immediate infusion of talent paired with former first-rounder Dante Fowler Jr. They must address the secondary this off-season as well, but Bosa is too talented.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/a-prospect-a-day-4-3-defensive-ends-joey-bosa-scouting-report/

 

 

  1. Baltimore Ravens: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

5’11 192 lbs.

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Jimmy Smith is a slightly undersized corner who’s had success with the Ravens, so Newsome knows to target talent and traits over size. Of course the Ravens offense will continue to scare exactly no one until they get serious about bolstering that side of the ball.

 

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

6’1 245 lbs.

Jack.jpg

Word is Jack won’t slide past the Niners and it makes a lot of sense. Chip Kelly would be licking his lips at the thought of implementing the ultra-athletic Jack into his system, perhaps on offense as well as defense.

 

 

  1. Cleveland Browns: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss.

6’5 305 lbs.

Tunsil.jpg

It’s time to think about life after Joe Thomas and Tunsil is the best player remaining on the board. Hue Jackson will want to protect his new project in RG3. Tunsil is ready to start now and Cleveland should be able to find a place for him. They tried to trade out of the pick, but couldn’t work a deal.

 

 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

6’3 270 lbs.

Shaq Lawson

Shaq Lawson

As predicted, Lawson has become a highly coveted prospect as teams fall in love with his 2015 tape and high character. He’s certainly a motivated young man, but he’s not quite up to a top ten talent level.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/a-prospect-a-day-4-3-defensive-ends-shaq-lawson-scouting-report/

 

 

  1. TRADE Miami Dolphins (Via New York Giants): Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

6’0 225 lbs.

Elliott

Ohio State plays Indiana at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, November 22, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.

I’ve been seeing the Dolphins love for Elliott throughout the draft process. The inept Stephen Ross has been sitting on his hands rather than bothering to replace Lamar Miller. On the upside, Elliott and Jay Ajayi should be a potent duo, on the downside, Elliott is a running back, a majorly devalued position. The Dolphins would be better served to find a replacement for the departed Olivier Vernon.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/a-prospect-a-day-running-backs-ezekiel-elliott-scouting-report/

 

 

  1. Chicago Bears: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

6’5 304 lbs.

NCAA Football: Georgia Tech at Notre Dame

Sep 19, 2015; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley (78) prepares to block Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets linebacker Tyler Marcordes (35) at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 19, 2015; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley (78) prepares to block Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets linebacker Tyler Marcordes (35) at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

It’s an open secret that the Bears got snaked here: they coveted Ezekiel Elliott. Still, they need to find a true replacement for Jermon Bushrod for current “franchise” quarterback Jay Cutler.

 

 

  1. TRADE Indiannapolis Colts (Via New Orleans Saints): Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

6’6 325 lbs.

Conklin

The Colts clearly fear here that the Giants want to invest further in their offensive line and jump ahead of them, the Titans and the Lions to snag Jack Conklin, who is a highly accomplished and polished pass protector. Protecting Andrew Luck must be priority number one for Grigson and company unless they want more comedy routines in week 17 (Ryan Lindley and Josh Freeman split starting duties, it’s like the beginning of a “walks into a bar” joke)

 

 

  1. TRADE New York Giants (Via Miami Dolphins): Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

6’4 231 lbs.

Floyd

The Giants have apparently been coveting Floyd for a while now and it is understandable, albeit foolish. Floyd is just the kind of guy that gets over-drafted on athleticism. Get ready for the outrageous JPP-size expectations that come with playing in the Big Apple. In fact, JPP may have inspired the interest since his fireworks incident left him a few fingers short of a full hand.

 

 

  1. Oakland Raiders: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

5’11 195 lbs.

Alexander

The outrageous idea that Alexander will slide in the first round, or out of it completely will be dispelled tomorrow night. Alexander is a true shut-down corner in the making and the Raiders could use that to pair with Sean Smith. Their secondary is the true weakness of this budding defense.

 

 

  1. Tennessee Titans: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

6’7 320 lbs.

Decker

Decker actually fits really well as the bookend opposite Taylor Lewan. Decker is big-bodied, highly atheletic and has immense strength at the point of attack. He lacks the polish of the higher prospects but is a really nice find for the Titans who gained quite a bit of value trading out of the number one pick.

 

 

  1. Detroit Lions: Kevin Dodd, DE Clemson

6’5 277 lbs.

Capital One Orange Bowl - Clemson v Oklahoma

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: Samaje Perine #32 of the Oklahoma Sooners carries the ball as Kevin Dodd #98 of the Clemson Tigers attempts to tackle him in the first quarter during the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Dodd makes a ton of sense opposite Ziggy Ansah as the Lions attempt to maintain their defense at the top of the draft. The strategy makes some sense, especially if they’ve lost faith in Stafford’s ability to lead them deep into the playoffs.

 

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

6’1 259 lbs.

Ragland

The Falcons have been wanting for elite linebacker talent since Sean Weatherspoon began having severe injury issues. Ragland should help solidify a shaky core that includes the aforementioned and still injury prone Weatherspoon.

 

 

  1. TRADE New York Jets (Via New Orleans Saints): Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

6’7 245 lbs.

Lynch 1

The Jets, despite their posturing with Ryan Fitzpatrick, are not sold on their future at quarterback with Geno Smith. Lynch represents an upgrade, if only because he’s an unknown commodity, the Jets felt they needed to jump the Bills who looked poised to snag Lynch after his fall.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/a-prospect-a-day-quarterbacks-paxton-lynch-scouting-report/

 

 

  1. Buffalo Bills: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

6’1 304 lbs.

Louisville Football v Memphis

Sheldon Rankins (98), Fumble

Sheldon Rankins (98), Fumble

Rumblings that Dareus is looking to leave point to Rex Ryan’s continual inability to control a 53-man roster. Instead of booting him like they should, the Bills decision makers allow him to commit nepotism while also replacing a proven talent with a relatively unknown rookie. Poor Bills, they’ll never make the playoffs. On the bright side, Rankins shows a lot of potential. He might even be on the level of the greats (like Dareus) one day.

 

 

  1. TRADE New Orleans Saints (Via New York Jets): Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

6’4 275 lbs.

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Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (38) attempts to move around Central Arkansas Kyle Stouffer (76) during an NCAA college football game between Central Arkansas and Oklahoma St in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The more I break it down, the more this makes sense. Payton and Loomis must know that the entire defense struggles because of their lack of push up front. Ogbah will fit right into the locker room as a hard-worker with relentless motor. Knowing Pay/Loo though, I should be expecting something off-the-wall like safety or tackle here.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/a-prospect-a-day-4-3-defensive-ends-emmanuel-ogbah/

 

 

  1. Washington Redskins: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State

6’6 310 lbs.

Jones

Jones has been pegged to sneak into the first round due to his pass-rush ability. I buy it and GM Scot McCloughan has shown his desire to build from the trenches. I expect a defensive lineman here and Jones makes the most sense.

 

 

  1. Houston Texans: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

6’0 186 lbs.

Fuller

Fuller the first receiver off the board? It could happen. The Texans apparently covet the speedy wide-out who is being given much more favorable reviews as teams recognize his strong route running ability.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/a-prospect-a-day-wide-receivers-will-fuller-scouting-report/

 

 

  1. Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

6’2 210 lbs.

Treadwell

The Vikings need another receiver with the word being that Mike Wallace wants out. Big surprise. And Cordarelle Patterson still isn’t progressing. Big surprise? That leaves Stefon Diggs and Charles Johnson. I’m not quite inspired with that corps. Of course, Treadwell is not the best receiver in this class, but landing with an accurate passer like Bridgewater should help considering his inability to separate from even college corners.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/a-prospect-a-day-wide-receivers-laquon-treadwell-scouting-report/

 

 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

6’3 210 lbs.

Thomas

I’ve been hearing rumblings that Thomas is the top receiver on the Bengals board and the pick here should be a receiver after they were gutted in free agency. At the very least, they must find a replacement at WR2 for Marvin Jones.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/a-prospect-a-day-wide-receivers-michael-thomas-scouting-report/

 

 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

6’1 200 lbs.

Apple

Too long the Steelers have ignored upgrading this position. It’s time and they know it. Their secondary was a big reason they lost a lot of games last season. Apple is a rising prospect with ideal size who has big-game experience. You’ll be hearing that a lot during the rest of this mock draft.

 

 

  1. Seattle Seahawks: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State

6’2 228 lbs.

Lee

The Seahawks have built such an impressive roster by snagging impressive athletes that fit in their scheme. Darron Lee is a potential fit as a Jack linebacker to replace Bruce Irvin, who’s leaving in free agency. In addition to impressive measurables, he’s ready for prime-time due to his big-game experience.

 

 

  1. Green Bay Packers: Noah Spence, LB, Eastern Kentucky

6’2 254 lbs.

Spence

The Packers have been trying to generate a pass rush with over-the-hill vet Julius Peppers. It was fun (and funny) while it lasted. But unless they want to continue to waste Rodgers’ prime years, they’d better get serious about building a defense from the ground up.

 

 

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

6’3 195 lbs.

Doctson

Goodness knows the Chiefs offense is an unfinished puzzle. The best receiver in the draft could go a long way to helping Alex Smith and company ramp up their level of play, especially in the playoffs where the offense has consistently let them down.

https://sportsslants.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/a-prospect-a-day-wide-receivers-josh-doctson-scouting-report/

 

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

6’4 311 lbs.

Ryan Kelly

Many teams love the Alabama product and it’s not hard to see why. He might be one of the most polished and accomplished players in the draft. The Cardinals desperately need to keep Palmer healthy and upright and taking a safe prospect like Kelly makes sense for a team like the Cardinals on the brink of Super Bowl contention.

 

 

  1. Carolina Panthers: William Jackson III, CB, Houston

6’0 189 lbs.

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Booting Josh Norman can only mean one thing: He’s a jackass. Moving past that, the Panthers must replace his production and ability in the secondary to continue to cover for the inept safety duo of Kurt Coleman and Roman Harper.

 

 

  1. Denver Broncos: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

6’3 325 lbs.

Butler

With the departure of Malik Jackson to contend with, the Broncos must bolster the part of their team that’s working: the defense. Proven to have adequate eye-sight and cognitive abilities, Elway recognizes his team was special due to defense and continues to refuel with an impressive talent from a small school who has been shooting up boards.