Two hours to go before the draft. My last ditch effort.
I hate mock drafts with predicted trades. I do not do that. Even though it means my mock will be more useless than ever. Oh well, they all are in the end.
1. Cardinals – QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma. Forget the late Quinnen Williams smoke screens. This pick has to be Murray at this point. Josh Rosen cannot be the future, there is no turning back.
2. 49ers – EDGE Nick Bosa, Ohio State. Niners fans may have defensive line fatigue, but a quartet of Buckner, Armstead, Ford and Bosa could be devastating. Plus he is the best player available.
3. Jets – DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama. Prime trade up spot for a team that wants a quarterback or elite defensive lineman. Josh Allen might make more sense from a needs standpoint in New York, but Williams is a superior prospect.
4. Raiders – MLB Devin White, LSU. Josh Allen or Ed Oliver would fill a monstrous pass rush need, but I have no confidence in the Raiders front office. White is a good player, but linebacker is the least important position on defense.
5. Buccaneers – EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky. Best player available. Could play both end and linebacker, two needs in Tampa Bay.
6. Giants – DT Ed Oliver, Houston. Lock, Haskins, Jones could all get looks here, but the Giants seem content to let Eli completely fall apart as the starter. Oliver would be an excellent fit as a pass rushing 3-4 end.
7. Jaguars – TE TJ Hockenson, Iowa. Stumped here. The Jaguars could go with a right tackle like Jonah Williams or Jawaan Taylor. The offensive line depth is solid in this draft, so they go with a big time weapon in Hockenson. Nick Foles always had an elite tight end during his Philadelphia runs.
8. Lions – EDGE Brian Burns, Florida State. Totally lost on this pick. Detroit has a lot of needs, but there seems to be quite a fall off starting here. I believe Burns will be a top 10 pick when it is all said and done. Teams just love pass rushing talent.
9. Bills – OT Jonah Williams, Alabama. Buffalo has been agressive in upgrading the offensive line. Williams could be a very good right tackle or an elite guard.
10. Broncos – QB Drew Lock, Missouri. This has been a match for months, so why stop now? I cannot see Elway passing on Lock here, who is exactly what he looks for. Lock could be gone by this pick, however.
11. Bengals – MLB Devin Bush, Michigan. This looks like Devin Bush’s floor, with the Lions and Broncos both in need of middle linebackers. Linebacker has been a huge issue in Cincinnati for years.
12. Packers – DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson. Wilkins is a safe pick, but one who should be a quality regular for a long time. The Packers have two picks, and add an instant starter here.
13. Dolphins – OT Juwaan Taylor, Florida. Miami has done absolutely nothing to address a bad offensive line. Expect more than half of their picks to go towards rebulding both lines, with an eye on a top quarterback in 2020.
14. Falcons – EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson. It is no secret that the Falcons are on the lookout for defensive line help. Ferrell is solid, but not spectacular, but should be better than Vic Beasley.
15. Redskins – QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State. Haskins could go anywhere from #3 overall to out of the first round. Washington will probably come out of this draft with a new signal caller.
16. Panthers – OT Cody Ford, Oklahoma. The Panthers often go with the best player available. Ford can play either guard or right tackle, and would help what is quietly a very good offensive line.
17. Giants – EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State. Passing on a quarterback twice? Absolutely. Sweat has had an up and down draft process, but this is a good spot for him.
18. Vikings – OT Andre Dillard, Washington State. Just draft the best offensive lineman here, Minnesota. No other need even comes close.
19. Titans – WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma. Receiver is an underrated need, but it is make or break time for Mariota. Get him all the help you can.
20. Steelers – CB Byron Murphy, Washington. This is a very down year for cornerbacks, but a couple are worthy of mid to late first round selections. Huge need for Pittsburgh.
21. Seahawks – WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State. Perhaps Seattle will attempt to build the offense around the new richest player in NFL history?
22. Ravens – WR AJ Brown, Ole’ Miss. Here is the receiver run. Brown is an elite slot receiver, and would be a great target for Lamar Jackson in the intermediate passing game.
23. Texans – OT Kaleb McGary, Washington. A slight reach, but no team has as big of a need as offensive line in Houston.
24. Raiders – DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State. A top five talent, he would be a great gamble here for a team with three first round picks.
25. Eagles – CB Greedy Williams, LSU. Williams is falling due to lack of physicality. A great set of safeties can mask his inability to tackle. Williams has starter traits.
26. Colts – DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson. Defensive line is not the biggest need in Indianapolis, but Lawrence is too talented to pass up on here.
27. Raiders – HB Josh Jacobs, Alabama. Oakland spends two of it’s three first round picks on the two easiest to fill positions in football.
28. Chargers – DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame. Not a super exciting prospect, but one who should be a solid starter for a long time.
29. Seahawks – EDGE Rashan Gary, Michigan. Gary has gotten the dreaded Robert Nkemdiche comps for more than a few reasons. This is a great value pick for Seattle, however.
30. Packers – TE Noah Fant, Iowa. Receiver/tight end is a sneaky need in Green Bay. The unit is very untested behind Davante Adams.
31. Rams – C Garrett Bradbury, NC State. Plug and play interior lineman are hit and miss at this point in the draft, but Bradbury could help fortify an offensive line that is getting old in a hurry.
32. Patriots – WR DK Metcalf, Ole’ Miss. I seriously doubt Metcalf lasts this long. One team won’t be able to help themselves.