The combine is behind us and before the frenzy of free agency starts and trades start flowing in full force, I wanted to get a mock draft out there! Chances are this could change a lot based on how teams approach free agency which starts on 13th March. But here goes! The first of many, or, some….
No.1: Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma
Rosen is traded out and the Kliff Kingsbury era starts with the same quarterback that he recruited out of high school
No.2: San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
John Lynch gets the best player on the board which, delightfully enough, also answers the 49ers biggest need
No.3: New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
A heck of a 2018 has seen Williams labelled as a blue chip prospect. He plays alongside Leonard Williams in a line which has some serious strength
No.4: Oakland Raiders: Rashan Gary, Edge, Michigan
Tremendous athlete with a high ceiling. Didn’t have the production that his potential out of high school warranted but can play all along the line and help improve the pass rush.
No.5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
Ariens favoured a 3-4 defence in his time in Arizona and whilst in Tampa, the scheme will be fluid, Allen will provide a pass rush threat at either outside backer or defensive end
No.6: New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback, Ohio State
A good combine showing where in interviews he apparently impressed. Accuracy is good and will sit behind Eli Manning for a year before taking over in 2020.
No.7: Jacksonville Jaguars: Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson
The Jaguars improve their strength and get a great team leader to boot.
No.8: Detroit Lions: Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State
Ziggy Ansah has gone and Montez Sweat provides an explosive replacement.
No.9: Buffalo Bills: DK Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
The Bills need a big fast target to provide a deep threat and they get just that with this freak! Turning at speed may be his biggest issue but running deep routes and catching bombs from Josh Allen should fit the bill
No.10 Denver Broncos: Andre Dillard, Offensive Tackle , Washington State
The Broncos get help on the O-Line to help protect their new statue of a quarterback Joe Flacco
No.11: Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, Linebacker, LSU
Impressed at the combine to solidify his spot as top middle linebacker. Will provide speed and leadership at the position for years to come.
No.12: Green Bay Packer: Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State
The Clay Matthews era has ended and Brian Burns provides a younger alternative with explosive traits
No.13: Miami Dolphins: Jawaan Taylor, Offensive Tackle, Florida
Miami are thought to be tanking this year to get in place for a shiny new QB in the 2020 draft. Solidifying the line in preparation for that will be a good move.
No.14: Atlanta Falcons: Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson
Applying the franchise tag to Grady Jarrett means that the Falcons can focus on the edge rush.
No.15: Washington Redskins: Drew Lock, Quarterback, Missouri
Case Keenum is not the answer, merely a stop gap to get Lock up to speed. Lock has the classic size for the position and with a little fine tuning could be a good QB at the next level
No.16: Carolina Panthers: Jonah Williams, Offensive Guard, Alabama
The Panthers need to protect Newton better and Williams could move inside to the guard or play outside at tackle.
No.17: Cleveland Browns: Marquise Brown, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
The Browns reunite Brown with Baker Mayfield. Brown provides the deep threat which will enhance the Browns offence further.
No.18: Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, Centre, N.C. State
The Vikings need to give Cousins more time in the pocket. Bradbury whose stock increased after a strong combine will shift out to guard.
No.19: Tennessee Titans: TJ Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa
Delanie Walker is the wrong side of 35 and coming off a serious injury. Hockenson is the perfect replacement as a downfield target as well as a strong blocker to aid the run game.
No.20: Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, Cornerback, LSU
The Steelers have had a run of mediocre backfield options and Williams will provide a significant upgrade.
No.21: Seattle Seahawks: Cody Ford, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma
Seattle need to get better on the offensive line to benefit both the passing and running game. Ford is an upgrade over most of their current crop
No.22: Baltimore Ravens: Josh Jacobs, Running Back, Alabama
Following Alex Collins arrest and release from the team, the Ravens add depth to their running back stable with the best runner in the draft. The tradition of Alabama alumni heading to Baltimore continues!
No.23: Houston Texans: Kaleb McGary, Offensive Tackle, Washington
Offensive line no matter what! Probably high for McGary but he could develop into a strong option and the Texans have to get better at protecting Deshaun Watson
No.24: Oakland Raiders (from Bears): Devin Bush, Linebacker, Michigan
The Raiders continue to enhance their defence with another elite athlete who can play sideline to sideline at the next level.
No.25: Philadelphia Eagles: Deandre Baker, Cornerback, Georgia
A must for the Eagles in the off season is to get better in the backfield. Baker can fulfill a number of spots there for the Eagles.
No.26: Indianapolis Colts: Dexter Lawrence, Defensive Tackle, Clemson
The third Clemson lineman comes off the board and gives the Colts the threat up the middle that they need on their line.
No.27: Oakland Raiders (from Cowboys): AJ Brown, Wide Receiver, Mississippi
The first two picks solidified the defence, this time the offence gets upgraded with Brown who will immediately become WR1 on the depth chart in Oakland.
No.28: LA Chargers: Daniel Jones, Quarterback, Duke
The Chargers get their heir apparent to Rivers. Jones is a similar stature and will sit and learn from the veteran. O-Line would be a consideration here but no one else really warrants going this high.
No.29: Kansas City Chiefs: Byron Murphy, Cornerback, Washington
The Chiefs could spend the all of their picks on defence and this stats the trend by upgrading at the position.
No.30: Green Bay Packers (from Saints): Noah Fant, Tight End, Iowa
Jimmy Graham hasn’t provided the threat that they wanted. Fant is the second tight end from Iowa that will go in the first round after a good combine.
No.31: LA Rams: Jonathan Abram, Safety, Alabama
The Rams cement their safety position for the future with a player who can also come down to the line of scrimmage to blitz.
No.32: New England Patriots: Rock Ya-Sin, Cornerback, Temple
The Patriots know they need to solidify the defence with an offence that might not score as many points as it used to. Ya-Sin who has ideal size and speed provides a solid cornerback partnership with Stephen Gilmore.