What’s up Whole Niners? I’m here with my first mock draft of hopefully many more, the one where I look back and say “Wow his stock has dramatically dropped since then” and “I didn’t even have that guy in my first round”. So, let’s get into you not liking my picks:
1.1 Cincinnati Bengals
The pick: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
This pick has been set in stone since Cincinnati locked up the #1 pick. Phenomenal QB prospect goes to a team who desperately needs a savior. It will be very interesting to see how Taylor works the offense for Burrow.
1.2 Washington Redskins
The pick: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Same as the previous pick. While the Redskins don’t have a need at EDGE, Young isn’t a talent you pass up. Young could easily boost this Redskins DL to a top DL in the NFL this upcoming season.
1.3 Detroit Lions
The pick: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
With no trades, Okudah is my pick for the Lions. Having another shutdown CB alongside Slay(or to replace Slay) would be a fearsome secondary, something I can see Patricia going for. The Lions run a lot of man, and Okudah is one of the best cover corners coming out of the draft in a while. From what I’ve seen, Patricia is too stubborn to change his defense for someone like Simmons, so he’d probably take Okudah here so he can just plug him in. I don’t actually see the Lions keeping the pick though.
1.4 New York Giants
The pick: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Daniel Jones led the league in fumbles last season. Yes, some weren’t his OL’s fault, but the Giants still have a need at Tackle. Simmons would be the pick here, but if you have an opportunity to protect your franchise Qb you take it. Draft class is also very deep at the WR spot so taking one over Thomas just wouldn’t make much sense at this point. Thomas has the potential to be a franchise tackle and can play both tackle spots. Thomas frontlined a Georgia OL that has opened up holes for the top running backs in the country for the past few years and one of the top Offensive lines in the country, putting Saquon and Danny Phantom in good hands.
1.5 Miami Dolphins
The pick: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Miami Dolphins put up an impressive season this year, seeming how they were projected to have the #1 pick Week !. They seem to have their coach and a lot of impressive pieces. Picking Tua here is the obvious pick, needing a franchise QB and they shouldn’t bypass an opportunity to draft one. With Fitzpatrick at the helm, they have the opportunity to even sit Tua for a while during the season so he won’t rush back (though reportedly he should be ready) and learn from a vet like Fitz.
1.6 Los Angeles Chargers
The pick: Isaiah Simmons, DEF, Clemson
This is where the draft gets interesting. While the Chargers likely need a QB with Rivers on the down spiral, I don’t believe Herbert is the right pick here. I am a firm believer of the Tom Brady to LA train, and in Tyrod Taylor (in case Brady doesn’t come). The Chargers could easily pick a QB later in the draft and use this pick for BPA and not need. At this point in the draft Simmons is very well the BPA, and would make a dangerous Chargers defense even more dangerous. Having a versatile player such as Simmons on top of the versatile Derwin James would create nightmares for opposing offensive coordinators. Simmons seems like a natural Chargers pick as in past drafts they have normally went for BPA and versatile defensive players.
1.7 Carolina Panthers
The pick: Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
The Panthers defense was good last year. The pick of Derrick Brown just might turn it into elite. The pass rushing duo of Burns and Brown is disgusting to imagine, and Brown’s prowess in stopping the run will vastly improve this Panthers D. This pick could easily be Herbert, but I have faith in Newton coming back and still being ‘the guy’.
1.8 Arizona Cardinals
The pick: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Jedrick Wills Jr. is the obvious pick here. He’s another guy with the potential to be a franchise OT. Kyler Murray is certainly the guy for the Cardinals. He was sacked 48 times. You don’t let your franchise QB run around unprotected, and with a deep WR class Wills is the pick here.
1.9 Jacksonville Jaguars
The pick: AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
The Jags have a lot of decisions to make. Calais Campbell and Yannick are free agents and Yannick seems to be out the door. Enter Epenesa, a pass rushing fiend. He can stop the run as well, and is probably the best bet to fill in on that DL. Josh Allen and Epenesa mixed with whoever else they decide to keep could be an extremely formidable defensive line.
1.10 Cleveland Browns
The pick: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
I really couldn’t think of anything else to mock the Browns. Tristan is not making it past #10 in my eyes, nor is any other top offensive linemen in this class. The Browns have their guy in Baker despite a sophomore slump, and need to keep him protected. With pro bowl skill players around him, the Browns #1 job is to keep him protected. Their OL was lackluster last season and Wirfs should be able to improve it, keeping Baker upright and clearing holes for Chubb.
1.11 New York Jets
The pick: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
This pick is also pretty clear. This could be Jeudy, but I really prefer Lamb over Jeudy. Robby Anderson is nice, but I feel that he would be better with another receiving threat opposite of him. Insert Lamb, a burner, do-it-all WR that would spark the Jets offense. Bell, Lamb, and Anderson is a nasty RB-WR-WR trio.
1.12 Oakland Raiders
The pick: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Raiders have two picks pretty close to each other, so they are free to go BPA. Jeudy is not only the BPA, but also a need for the Raiders. This selection makes a nice offense into a dangerous one, letting Tyrell become WR2 and Jeudy the explosive centerpoint of the offense. Jeudy also reunites with Alabama teammate Jacobs, again making a top WR-RB Duo.
1.13 Indianapolis Colts
The pick: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
This may be the perfect spot for Herbert to land. He has a great OL, good skill players to work with, a phenomenal coach, and a good defense to work with, a lot of which was missing in his time with Oregon. This Colts team is an elite QB and some pieces away from a contending team. Herbert gets the chance to sit back and learn, with Brissett being able to hold down the starting job as the bridge. Herbert has all the tools in place to be a good QB in the NFL.
1.14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The pick: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
I don’t believe Arians is all that fond of Winston, and I believe he’ll try to groom his own QB this offseason while hitting Winston with the franchise tag. Jordan Love has a lot of upside, and I don’t think there’s anyone else better for him than Arians. Arians-Love seems like a great match, plus Love can sit behind Jameis for a year and learn exactly what to do and what not to do.
1.15 Denver Broncos
The pick: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The Broncos are desperately in need of CB help, as Harris may be out the door, Yiadom has struggled, Callahan yet to see the field, and their diamond in the rough De’Vante Bausby was put on IR in week 6. No matter if Harris stays or not, Fulton is a great pick here as he can assume the #1 corner position if he leaves or split time between the outside and slot if he stays.
1.16 Atlanta Falcons
The pick: Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
Remember last year when Falcons fans foamed at the mouth for a Grady Jarrett-Ed Oliver duo? Well now it’s a Grady Jarrett-Javon Kinlaw duo. The Falcons are still looking for a young pass rusher that can help their defense become well… average at least. Kinlaw is a monster, and alongside Jarrett will wreak havoc in the middle. It may even give the opportunity for other pass rushers to shine off of the edge.
1.17 Dallas Cowboys
The pick: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
It seems like we’ve been mocking and giving the Cowboys offseason safeties for years now. Well, to continue the tradition, insert Grant Delpit. A ball hawk of a safety can help a Dallas team who seems like they’ve lost their identity.
1.18 Miami Dolphins (PIT)
The pick: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
With their franchise QB in place, the Dolphins should just go for talent the rest of the draft. Ruggs is a deadly speedster but he isn’t a one trick pony, and alongside DeVante Parker and Preston Williams he forms a nasty WR core and also teams back up with his college QB.
1.19 Oakland Raiders (CHI)
The pick: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Oakland makes out the first round with two big needs taken care of and two talented players. Kenneth is the best pure MLB in the draft and the Raiders should take him in a heartbeat. They need someone to command that young defense and Murray is that guy who they’ve been missing for a while.
1.20 Jacksonville Jaguars (LAR)
The pick: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
I believe the Jags certainly need a DB, but a Safety over a corner. McKinney not only helps in coverage but in run support as well. With Bouye, the Jaguars should be fine without drafting a CB round 1. Xavier’s versatility will make a talented defense even more dangerous.
1.21 Philadelphia Eagles
The pick: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
I’m personally not high on Trevon Diggs at all, but the Eagles desperately need a cornerback. He has a lot of upside and has the tools to be a good DB in the NFL, and I believe that a DB is by far the Eagles top need.
1.22 Buffalo Bills
The pick: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Josh Allen seems to be the guy for the Bills, at least they believe him to be. He’s protected pretty decently, and has great talent around him. The one thing he’s missing tho? A jump ball WR. We could tell in the playoff game that Allen desperately needs a big WR who can win contested catches and catch over everyone, something he really doesn’t have. Insert the 6 foot 4 215 lbs Tee Higgins, who catches everything. He has his concerns, but his issues are other Bills receivers strengths, leaving a balanced core.
1.23 New England Patriots
The pick: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
Almost nothing was more obvious about the Patriots season than how much they missed Gronk. Kmet may be raw as a blocker but he’s developing, which is fine as the Patriots host a plethora of blocking TE’s. His receiving and upside is what the Pats want, as he’s barely touched his football ceiling since he hasn’t played much football. The 6 foot 5 250lbs Kmet may even give the Patriots small Gronkowski vibes. He’s an ideal red zone threat, but also mobile and can do a lot for a TE.
1.24 New Orleans Saints
The pick: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
The Saints desperately need WR help alongside Thomas. It was evident all season long that the Saints don’t have many consistent receivers outside of Thomas. Insert Jefferson, someone who won’t have to go anywhere as his alma mater was LSU. His stock has rapidly risen due to the CFP, and for good reasons. The Saints need to add as many talented players as they can for as long as they have Brees, and this gives him another dangerous weapon to throw at that he hasn’t had in a while.
1.25 Minnesota Vikings
The pick: Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma
The Vikings chose a lineman with their first rounder in last year’s draft. I believe they repeat this process, this time on the defensive side of the ball. The Vikings IDL is getting older, so having an athletic Gallimore come in now rotationally to learn and ultimately take the starting job could catch the Vikings’ eye.
1.26 Miami Dolphins (HOU)
The pick: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Miami has gotten Alabama teammates Tua and Ruggs so far, so I think we should continue the SEC trend going and pick Swift for them here. Tua, Ruggs, and Parker make a dangerously talented young team, and adding Swift here makes them even more dangerous. Swift is the complete back, having elite vision, balance, and receiving ability. This haul for Miami turns them to a massive offensive threat, and with a defensive-minded coach they shouldn’t slip on the defensive side either.
1.27 Seattle Seahawks
The pick: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
I admit, it’s very unlikely the athletic EDGE out of LSU goes this late, especially from how much his stock has risen from the CFP. I almost picked him for the Falcons, but a raw athletic EDGE may give the Falcons Vic Beasley flashbacks. But, the Seahawks would jump at this opportunity. They desperately need a talent on defense and with good coaching, the extremely athletic K’Lavon could possibly become a pro bowler, constantly wreaking havoc on opposing offensive linemen. Without coaching, he’s still extremely athletic and can still dominate.
1.28 Baltimore Ravens
The pick: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
This pick is pretty simple. The Ravens do not need much besides pass rushing talent and a wide receiver. Well here’s the pass rushing talent; a dominant yet raw pass rusher that can take his time to develop as he’s only needed to contribute rotationally. An athletic pass rusher like Matos for the Ravens will open up opportunities for other pass rushers.
1.29 Tennessee Titans
The pick: Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
The Titans roster is really good all-around, so any pick would be for depth reasons or long-term. I went depth here, as Raekwon is a solid run stopping defensive linemen that can plug up the middle and sometimes rush the QB. Rotationally, he would do a fine job.
1.30 Green Bay Packers
The pick: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
As a Bears fan it pains me to give the Packers someone really good, but it’s too good of a matchup to pass up. Devante Adams was a one man band basically all season in the receiving core, and the Packers are sure to load up on receiving talent. At 30, their best pick is to go with the very talented Shenault as another playmaker for a better offense in the league last season, giving Rodgers another weapon to throw to.
1.31 Kansas City Chiefs
The pick: JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Almost anyone would be good for Kansas City, as they are a talented team on both sides of the ball that could use some pieces here and there. Here I give them J.K Dobbins, another complete back in this draft. While Damien Williams is nice, having Dobbins lead the pack may make a dangerous offense extremely more dangerous with his explosiveness and balanced attack.
1.32 San Francisco 49ers
The pick: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
The 49ers are the same as the Chiefs, hence why they’re both in the Super Bowl. Only pick I could really see them making is for a cornerback; Witherspoon has been hot and cold but Emmanuel has filled in nicely . But, Henderson could be a great pick to put opposite of Sherman. He’s put in the opportunity to learn from one of the best. Henderson is very athletic and has high upside in coverage. All it could take is good coaching, which is definitely what the 49ers possess.