It’s Monday, you know what that means. Another mock draft from us is hot off the press. Already this season we’ve seen the race to the bottom intensify. The issue is that what was once considered an absurdly talented QB class has seemed to taper off rather quickly. Let’s not get too worked up however, after all, this is a mock draft in the middle of October. The order is based off current record and strength of schedule.
1.1 Cincinnati Bengals
The pick: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Bengals have needed a new QB for roughly 2 or 3 years and the opportunity to replace Andy Dalton has presented itself perfectly. Should the Bengals finish first, this is a no brainer. Tua is putting up video game numbers week in, week out. He dominates like clockwork.
1.2 Miami Dolphins
The pick: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Who’d have thought coming into the year that Burrow would be an option at the #2 selection? He’s balled out each and every week and topped it off with a statement game Saturday night over Florida. He’s as accurate as ever and is putting up video game numbers. Miami just needs to get him the right situation and get him some talented receivers. Thankfully Miami has 3 first round picks.
1.3 Washington Redskins
The pick: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
If you’re one of those who thinks that Washington is going to pull an Arizona and draft a QB in round 1 in back to back years, I regret to inform you that you’re wrong. What this team needs is talent and Chase Young is far and away the best player in the class.
1.4 Atlanta Falcons
The pick: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Honestly, Atlanta picking this high is laughable. They’ve been terrible this year. Dan Quinn is supposed to be a defensive master mind, but he’s been outmatched every step of the way. Isaiah Simmons is the new age linebacker. He’s 6’4 225 and moves like a corner, but hits like an old school linebacker. Just the type of player Atlanta could build a true contending defense around for years to come.
1.5 New York Jets
The pick: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The Jets will go nowhere fast if they don’t invest on protecting Sam Darnold. The offensive line has been putrid. Andrew Thomas may come in shorter than some teams may like but he’s a franchise left tackle in the making.
1.6 Jacksonville Jaguars
The pick: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Jags can’t have DJ Chark as their true number one receiving going forward, can they? Jerry Jeudy is the best WR prospect we’ve seen in several years.
1.7 Cleveland Browns
The pick: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Turns out the Browns have missed having a young promising safety such as Jabrill Peppers in the secondary. Grant Delpit may be having a slight down year but he’s still easily a top 10 player in the secondary. He also adds to the winning culture the Browns are attempting to build.
1.8 Miami Dolphins (PIT)
The pick: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Remember how I said Burrow needed weapons? CeeDee Lamb had his breakout game this past weekend making the Texas secondary his personal whipping boy. He may not have elite speed but his hands, playmaking ability and all-around skill set is bound to be coveted by the league.
1.9 New York Giants
The pick: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Giants secondary is laughable, and Jeffrey Okudah is a top five player in the class. The fact he’s still available at 9 overall means the Giants should be all over him.
1.10 Los Angeles Chargers
The pick: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
The Chargers offensive line is still horrendous, and the Chargers need to fix that if they want to help Old Man Rivers fight off Father Time. Leatherwood has played fantastically in his first year at left tackle for the Tide. He’s got the size, strength and athleticism to be a top-flight tackle.
1.11 Tennessee Titans
The pick: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
I know, I know. Marcus Mariota was an Oregon QB and he’s never taken that next step. So why would the Titans draft another QB from the Ducks’ program to replace him? Scout the player not the helmet. Justin Herbert plays nothing like Mariota and has all the traits of a QB that can get Tennessee over the hump, something they’ve been working on since Steve McNair left town.
1.12 Denver Broncos
The pick: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
The “No Fly Zone” era in Denver has essentially come to an end. Chris Harris is likely gone at season’s end and the pass defense has been rough. Enter CJ Henderson, a potential elite corner prospect. Once again, don’t concern yourself with past Gator corner flops, this one is special.
1.13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The pick: AJ Epenesa, EDGE/DL, Iowa
Epenesa would likely play 3-4 DE in the scheme for Todd Bowles but he was no stranger to this in his time with the Jets having great interior rushers. Epenesa has had a down year but is still in my top 5 players. The fact that 3 QBs have already flown off the board allows the Bucs to not need to reach on a QB at 13. Just trade back up and grab one with your next pick.
1.14 Arizona Cardinals
The pick: Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
The lack of an offensive tackle prospect worth the pick here allows the Cards to select a defensive impact in Brown. Brown has been a house of fire these last few weeks and doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon.
1.15 Dallas Cowboys
The pick: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The Eagles fan in me is terrified by this pick. If the Cowboys want to be a new wave offense, Dak is going to need more weapons that just Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup to throw to. Henry Ruggs is a walking big play and might be the fastest player in the country. This could make the Cowboys true contenders for a long while.
1.16 Los Angeles Rams
The pick: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
What happened to the Rams defense? Marcus Peters is a traffic cone in the secondary and time has passed Aqib Talib by. Time to start anew. Fulton was seen by some to be better than Greedy Williams for the Tigers last year. He’s played well this year and the Rams should be watching the senior very closely this season.
1.17 Indianapolis Colts
The pick: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
TY Hilton is nearing the end of his prime and the Colts don’t seem to have another receiving threat. Higgins may not have elite deep speed but he’s great at high pointing the football. The trio of Hilton, Parris Campbell and Higgins should help Jacoby Brissett remain the QB for Indy.
1.18 Oakland Raiders (CHI)
The pick: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
The Raiders could still use pass rush reinforcements as an aftermath of trading Khalil Mack. Pairing Gross-Matos with Clelin Ferrell and Arden Key can make the Raiders a pass rush terror, which they will need to be when facing Pat Mahomes twice a season.
1.19 Detroit Lions
The pick: Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
The Lions have needed an Edge presence for a number of years and they finally get one with this pick. Okwara is a traits guy, but he’s had a few games where he’s jumped off the film. He’s a hot and cold prospect, but if he hits, it could be big for the Lions.
1.20 Carolina Panthers
The pick: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Luke Kuechly is 28, so he may start to decline in a couple years, but in the meantime, the Panthers should add to the linebacking corps. Kuechly, Shaq Thompson and Moses can be a dangerous trio.
1.21 Philadelphia Eagles
The pick: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
Admittedly, I’m not a huge Adebo fan like most. I see flaws in his game that could raise red flags. However, as an Eagles fan, I know that the secondary for the Eagles is horrendous. Ronald Darby is washed. Sid Jones never recovered from his injuries, Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod have looked washed as well. The Eagles need to finally fortify the secondary for the first time in roughly 15 years.
1.22 Oakland Raiders
The pick: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
The Raiders are in need of more receiving threats, and as long as it looks like they continue to push for the playoffs, Derek Carr will remain in place. Why not give him a run after catch threat in the 6’2 220 Shenault?
1.23 Baltimore Ravens
The pick: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
I wanted to give the Ravens a middle linebacker, but there isn’t one to fit the scheme or the value here. Chaisson is another Bayou Bengal that broke out against Florida this past weekend. His biggest red flag has been his health. He’s missed substantial time in his career.
1.24 Minnesota Vikings
The pick: Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
Mike Zimmer is a defensive guy at heart, and he’s going to get girlfriend eyes over the athletic freak that is Gamecock DL Javon Kinlaw. Kinlaw is 6’6 310 lbs and build like an Adonis. He’s a moving shed and an athletic freak. He’s raw but his upside is out of this world. Minnesota hit big on a project on the front 4 in Danielle Hunter, they might want to go back to the well.
1.25 Miami Dolphins (HOU)
The pick: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage are not the answer for the new Dolphins backfield. The Dolphins should look to Heisman frontrunner Jonathan Taylor. He’s got a lot of mileage on his tires and may be nearing the 1000 touch mark by the end of the season, but he’s a 225lb back with track speed that has shown the ability to bring a threat in the passing game. He should be the first RB off the board.
1.26 Buffalo Bills
The pick: Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
A great pass rusher and an elite run defender, Willekes is a perfect fit in Sean McDermott’s defense. Scouts are split on Willekes, but I believe he’s an impact player at the next level.
1.27 Green Bay Packers
The pick: Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota
Aaron Rodgers still doesn’t have a great receiving corps around him as he enters the twilight of his career. Sure, Devante Adams is great, but he can’t do it alone. Tyler Johnson is amazing and is must watch tv anytime he’s on.
1.28 Seattle Seahawks
The pick: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Yeah, the Seahawks missed when they took Rashaad Penny in round one 2 years ago, but this is not the same situation. Swift is a do it all back without a lot of mileage, and he could take over the starting role from Chris Carson within a year or so.
1.29 Kansas City Chiefs
The pick: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
Simple, The Chiefs secondary can’t stop anyone.
1.30 New Orleans Saints
The pick: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Drew Brees may not play forever, and Teddy Bridgewater may be used as a trade chip for a desperate team. Love has the same traits that made teams and scouts fall in love with Josh Allen.
1.31 San Francisco 49ers
The pick: Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
What do you give a team that has just about everything running perfectly smooth? The 49ers are the league’s most surprising team, and this pick is more of a pick for the future. Joe Staley is getting up in there in age. Niang can play RT in the future and they Niners can then move Mike McGlinchey over to the left side.
1.32 New England Patriots
The pick: Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
The Patriots would look even scarier if you gave them a dual threat tight end, so, here we are. Sorry, this would extend the Pats dynasty for…. Well, likely forever.