CC’s Mock Draft 1.0 is finally here! I have been grinding After Hours to bring to you this wonderful 3 round mock without trades (this time). Please direct all of your vitriol at @CCNFLDraft on the Twitter machine because I’m ready for it. Also note that this is a predictive mock, so feel free to yell “My team would NEVER pass on X player!” at me because I love the smoke. But I’ve talked too much already, so without further ado, welcome to the experience.
1.1 Cincinnati Bengals
The pick: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Let’s get this straight, the Cincinnati Bengals are taking Joe Burrow. Stop with all the media narratives that separate the two. First it was the Bengals like Herbert more because they coached him at the Senior Bowl. Then it was Burrow doesn’t want to play for Cincinnati because he didn’t marry himself to being the 1st overall pick. Then it was the Bengals didn’t deserve Burrow because they’re a bottom tier franchise that made the playoffs 5 years in a row under Andy Dalton and have only had, primarily, two starting QBs since 2004 and Miami has had much more recent success with quarterbacks. Now Miami is going to trade up, and the Bengals should trade back!
I get that we have little sports content right now and we need talking points. It’s exhausting for Bengals fans, I’m sure it’s exhausting for the Burrow family, let us all end it. Burrow is going 1st overall to the Cincinnati Bengals. They already have their card written out.
1.2 Washington Redskins
The pick: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Washington would love a rusher to compliment their already strong DL group. Young is THE best player in this draft, some would say BIA most wouldn’t though.
1.3 Detroit Lions
The pick: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Detroit fans, Save Your Tears after the departure of Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles because you get the opportunity to bring in the best CB in the draft. Okudah is a fantastic get and he and Trufant can be a great duo in the Motor City.
1.4 New York Giants
The pick: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Gettleman likes him some “hog mollies” and you can’t teach girth as they say. Becton, who checks in at 6’7″ and 369 lbs, will provide protection for Daniel Jones and open up holes for Saquon Barkley.
1.5 Miami Dolphins
The pick: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
I really think this will be a consequence of the coronavirus not allowing travel and people to workout Tua. The Dolphins need to be able to know what’s going on with Tua’s hip to be able to fully commit to him with the plan they have in place, and if they can’t get the information they need, they can take the lower risk option in Herbert who is deserving of being drafted this high without the situation demanding it.
1.6 Los Angeles Chargers
The pick: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
LA doesn’t care as much about coronavirus, however, and will be happy to place their Faith in Tua with Tyrod Taylor in place in case he can’t start right away. Tua brings elite poise and leadership to the lucky 33 Chargers fans that will be in attendance weekly.
1.7 Carolina Panthers
The pick: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
I know Luke Kuechly’s retirement ripped the heart out of Carolina’s chest. But you won’t be left Heartless, as Simmons can fill that void. I don’t want to make this a 1 for 1 swap for the future Hall of Famer, but Isaiah Simmons will be a great flex piece and building block for Carolina’s defense going forward.
1.8 Arizona Cardinals
The pick: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
Tristan Wirfs had the best combine I’ve ever seen from an offensive lineman. He has the athleticism to help Kyler Murray and company by opening up that space needed for this offense to thrive.
1.9 Jacksonville Jaguars
The pick: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
Another fallout of the coronavirus limiting travel. The Jaguars need a corner and they love taking players from their home state. Their local scouts should love the man coverage ability that CJ brings and they need someone to play cornerback.
1.10 Cleveland Browns
The pick: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The Browns had a great free agency period, but they still need a LT and are in great position to nab one of the top 4. Though I think Wills is a better player, they would be better served to get a player that actually plays LT due to the Conklin signing, and Thomas is a fantastic talent.
1.11 New York Jets
The pick: Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
The Jets just need help on the OL, and I think they lucked out and got the most technically sound tackle out of the top 4. Wills is a stud and a day 1 starter, just stay 6 feet away from Sam Darnold. Let’s help him social distance away from pass rushers.
1.12 Las Vegas Raiders
The pick: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Raiders get their choice of WRs, so why not get the best one in the draft in CeeDee Lamb as the franchise moves to the Blinding Lights of Las Vegas? Bring some excitement as the most dynamic ball carrier in the draft dons silver and black.
1.13 San Francisco 49ers (via IND)
The pick: Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn
The 49ers traded with the Colts to get some much needed draft capital, just not in the way everyone anticipated. Moving DeForest Buckner only to have an elite player like Brown fall into their lap? What a time to be alive.
1.14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The pick: Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina
The Buccaneers saw the top 4 OTs dry up but noticed that Brown and Kinlaw were both available with only one team ahead of them. They are happy to stand pat and slot Kinlaw right next to Vita Vea.
1.15 Denver Broncos
The pick: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Denver has been rumored to be looking to acquire speed, and what better way to do that than to add the fastest player in college football? Ruggs, Sutton and Fant will help Drew Lock Put On for the city.
1.16 Atlanta Falcons
The pick: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
The Falcons love freak athletes on the EDGE and Chaisson fits that mold. Atlanta secures Chaisson in an EDGE class that is extremely top heavy and fills a need for the Dirty Birds.
1.17 Dallas Cowboys
The pick: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The Cowboys replace Byron “No Picks” Jones with Kristian Fulton, a smooth athlete who will be a productive corner on the outside. Hopefully he gets interceptions so the Cowboy fans will acknowledge that he’s a good football player.
1.18 Miami Dolphins (via PIT)
The pick: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Lose Minkah and replace him with another SEC playmaker in the secondary. Delpit had a down year in the tackling department but he is a great player that head coach Brian Flores would love to build his defense around.
1.19 Las Vegas Raiders (via CHI)
The Pick: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
With their second pick, the Raiders get a stud LB in Murray who will bring high character and leadership to Sin City.
1.20 Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR)
The pick: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Jaguars snag Jeudy right from under Philly’s noses with the pick that made its Escape From LA.
1.21 Philadelphia Eagles
The pick: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Coming one pick Too Late to grab a tier one WR, they grab Xavier McKinney here. Adding him and Slay to a secondary that was straight up BAD last season will help the Eagles’ chances of repeating as NFC East champions.
1.22 Minnesota Vikings (via BUF)
The pick: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
What happened to Xavier Rhodes last season? My mans made the Pro Bowl and was still asswater sauce. Jeff Gladney will do wonders to replace the marginal play that Rhodes had last season.
1.23 New England Patriots
The pick: AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
Epenesa has been the prospect that could be defined as ‘Hardest to Love’ this draft cycle. He has good film but a weird height/weight combination that has been hard to slot to teams. He seems like a great fit to the Patriots, where he can be used the most effectively. I know you want offensive players Pats fans, but don’t be too Scared to Live without Brady; the draft is 7 rounds long.
1.24 New Orleans Saints
The pick: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
Michael Thomas won’t be Alone Again in New Orleans with the addition of Emmanuel Sanders and now Laviska Shenault. A dynamo with the ball in his hands, he will help add an element to the Saints that the other two receivers don’t specialize in.
1.25 Minnesota Vikings
The pick: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
It’s time for a fresh start. I know he won’t be Stefon Diggs In Your Eyes Vikings fans, but Jefferson is a do it all receiver who will be a great addition to the offense alongside Cook and Thielen.
1.26 Miami Dolphins (via HOU)
The pick: Josh Jones, OT, Houston
The Dolphins third pick in this first round has them taking an OT to help their rookie QB not get knocked around and acclimate to the NFL. It’ll also help bring Miami back to being able to challenge for the AFC East. Too bad they don’t get that 1 free win a year against Brady anymore.
1.27 Seattle Seahawks
The pick: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
After losing Jadeveon Clowney on the edge, Seattle can use Gross-Matos in a similar facet. Though not as versatile, he brings the size and length to the EDGE that Seattle loves.
1.28 Baltimore Ravens
The pick: Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan
Losing Marshal Yanda is a major blow to the league’s number 1 rushing offense, so the opportunity to take their choice of the top interior offensive lineman in the draft should not be passed upon. They know the strength of their team.
1.29 Tennessee Titans
The pick: Zack Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin
Zach Baun is a fantastic football player and will add to a stifling Titans defense that helped get them to the AFC Championship a year ago. Baun could be a leader of this front seven with his high motor and versatility.
1.30 Green Bay Packers
The pick: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
The Packers have a few screaming needs but one need that I see as more pressing than the others is WR. Denzel Mims has been a fast riser on draft boards and for good reason. He’s a great athlete who can win on all levels of the field. Denzel Mims is the latest Snowchild in Green Bay.
1.31 San Francisco 49ers
The pick: Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
The 49ers defense was already fantastic, but to add Derrick Brown to replace DeForest Buckner and Noah Igbinoghene to it? Offenses will be struggling for yards Until they Bleed Out.
1.32 Kansas City Chiefs
The pick: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Repeat After Me: Mahomes, Hill, Kelce, Taylor. Do I need to say more? Make a strength stronger, outscore everybody.
2.33 CIN – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
2.34 IND (via WAS) – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
2.35 DET – Neville Gallimore, IDL, Oklahoma
2.36 NYG – Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
2.37 LAC – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
2.38 CAR – Ross Blacklock, IDL, TCU
2.39 MIA – JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
2.40 HOU (via ARI) – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
2.41 CLE – Ashtyn Davis, S, Cal
2.42 JAX – Justin Madubuike, IDL, Texas A&M
2.43 CHI (via LVR) – AJ Terrell, CB, Clemson
2.44 IND – Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
2.45 TB – Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
2.46 DEN – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
2.47 ATL – Raekwon Davis, IDL, Alabama
2.48 NYJ – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
2.49 PIT – Jonah Jackson, IOL, Ohio State
2.50 CHI – Matt Hennessy, IOL, Temple
2.51 DAL – Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
2.52 LAR – Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
2.53 PHI – KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State
2.54 BUF – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
2.55 BAL (via ATL via NE) – Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
2.56 MIA (via NO) – Lloyd Cushenberry III, IOL, LSU
2.57 HOU – Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
2.58 MIN – Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
2.59 SEA – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
2.60 BAL – Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
2.61 TEN – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
2.62 GB – Robert Hunt, IOL, UL Lafayette
2.63 KC (via SF) – Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
2.64 SEA (via KC) – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
3.65 CIN – Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC
3.66 WAS – Matthew Peart, OT, UConn
3.67 DET – Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida
3.68 NYJ (via NYG) – Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan
3.69 CAR – Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
3.70 MIA – Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA
3.71 LAC – Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
3.72 ARI – Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
3.73 JAX – Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne
3.74 CLE – Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame
3.75 IND – DaVon Hamilton, IDL, Ohio State
3.76 TB – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
3.77 DEN – Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU
3.78 ATL – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
3.79 NYJ – Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State
3.80 LVR – Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
3.81 LVR (via CHI) – Rashard Lawrence, IDL, LSU
3.82 DAL – Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
3.83 DEN (via PIT) – Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
3.84 LAR – Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa
3.85 DET (via PHI) – Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame
3.86 BUF – Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
3.87 NE – Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
3.88 NO – Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
3.89 MIN – Netane Muti, IOL, Fresno State
3.90 HOU – Khalid Kareem, EDGE, Notre Dame
3.91 LVR (via SEA) – Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech
3.92 BAL – Jabari Zuniga, EDGE, Florida
3.93 TEN – Larrell Murchison, IDL, North Carolina State
3.94 GB – Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
3.95 DEN (via SF) – Nick Harris, IOL, Washington
3.96 KC – Logan Stenberg, IOL, Kentucky
3.97 CLE – Evan Weaver, LB, Cal
3.98 NE – KJ Hill, WR, Ohio State
3.99 NYG – K’Von Wallace, S, Clemson
3.100 NE – Damien Lewis, IOL, LSU
3.101 SEA – Terrell Burgess, S, Utah
3.102 PIT – Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s (MN)
3.103 PHI – Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State
3.104 LAR – Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin
3.105 MIN – Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
3.106 BAL – Zack Moss, RB, Utah