The NFL Draft doesn’t happen until next April, but we couldn’t wait any longer! With the NFL Draft order set, aside for the playoff teams, we have a solid feel as to what teams are looking for in the draft. So, without any further adieu, here is my NFL Mock draft! (Edition 1.0)
Keep in mind, I will be using Vegas odds to determine the playoff teams placement in the draft. Also, this is what I THINK will happen, NOT what I WANT to happen.
1.1 Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU (QB 1, #1 Overall QB on my Big Board)
The 2019 Heisman winner has emerged as the top QB in all of college football. The Bengals have already attempted to move on from Andy Dalton in the past and now is the time for a new regime.
1.2 Washington Redskins
Chase Young, DE, Ohio State (DL 1, #1 Overall Player on my Big Board)
Young is the best player in this draft and Washington is lucky to land him here. He’ll help solidify a new look defense and help the team get out of a near decade long funk.
1.3 Detroit Lions
Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson (LB 1, #3 on my Big Board)
Simmons is a freak athlete that just so happens to play football. He can line up all over the field like a more athletic version of Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Lions get a difference maker on defense that has been missing as of late.
1.4 New York Giants
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama (WR 1, #4 on my Big Board)
The Giants may want to restructure their offensive line here but I have them taking the top WR in this class. Supplying Daniel Jones with any huge weapon in this Giants offense should take enough pressure off of the OL. They can address OL later in the draft.
1.5 Miami Dolphins
Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State (CB 1, #5 on my Big Board)
I think the Dolphins can get away with not drafting a QB right here. Adding Okuda to a secondary that already features Xavien Howard is an opposing QB’s nightmare. Best player available for a team that desperately needs better players.
1.6 Los Angeles Chargers
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama (QB 2, #10 on my Big Board)
The Chargers have a decision to make with Phillip Rivers. Rivers doesn’t want to retire but it may seem like his best days are behind him. Bringing him back on a 1 or 2 year deal to allow Tua to learn and recover from injury looks like the move.
1.7 Carolina Panthers
Andrew Thomas, OL, Georgia (OL 1, #12 on my Big Board)
The Panthers need to decide who their QB is for 2020. Is Cam Newton still the guy? If so, bringing in the best lineman to keep him upright makes perfect sense.
1.8 Arizona Cardinals
A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa (EDGE 1, #6 on my Big Board)
The Cardinals have many needs to address, but best player available will be the pick here. Epenesa is a great fit for a team that wants the opposition to have to throw the ball all game long.
1.9 Jacksonville Jaguars
Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn (DL 2, #7 on my Big Board)
The Jags defense is somehow worse than their offense. Adding the big man from Auburn is the first on many changes that need to be made to this defense.
1.10 Cleveland Browns
Jedrick Wills Jr, OL, Alabama (OL 2, #15 on my Big Board)
Keeping Baker Mayfield off of his back should be the primary need addressed this offseason. If the Browns can somehow keep his weapons intact, this offense should feel dangerous.
1.11 New York Jets
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma (WR 2, #8 on my Big Board)
The Jets need to give Sam Darnold some better targets. Adding Lamb gives the Jets a reliable man to throw to down the field.
1.12 Oakland Raiders
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama (WR 3, #9 on my Big Board)
Oakland could shake things up by drafting a QB here, but I think we get at least 1 more year of Derek Carr for the Raiders. Instead, they give him his best receiver since Amari Cooper left for Dallas.
1.13 Indianapolis Colts
Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina (DL 3, #11 on my Big Board)
The Colts offense looks to be in solid shape, if they can stay healthy. Sure, Jacoby Brissett isn’t great, but he’s a better option than most guys. Rebuilding the defense falls into their lap at pick 13 here.
1.14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon (QB 3, #20 on my Big Board)
Before the breakout season by Burrow, Herbert was thought to be the surefire #1 overall pick. The Bucs find their Winston replacement in a guy that is much safer with the ball.
1.15 Denver Broncos
Grant Delpit, S, LSU (S 1, #13 on my Big Board)
The Broncos get the best defensive player available as they look to make the playoffs next season. A full offseason for Drew Lock, Phillip Lindsey, Noah Fant, and Courtland Sutton to get acquainted on this offensive side should get this team over the hump.
1.16 Atlanta Falcons
Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma (LB 2, #18 on my Big Board)
The Falcons grab the perfect running mate for Deion Jones in this Atlanta defense. With 2 sideline-to-sideline LB’s, the Falcons defense looks to bounce back next year.
1.17 Dallas Cowboys
Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson (WR 4, #17 on my Big Board)
The Cowboys have to resign Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper. There’s a problem though, the amount of money they have available. So, someone has to go…
1.18 Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh)
Tristan Wirfs, OL, Iowa (OL 3, #14 on my Big Board)
Having Justin Herbert fall to this pick would be ideal for Miami. But, since I don’t expect that to happen, they get a future piece of protection for the next Miami QB.
1.19 Oakland Raiders (via Chicago)
Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU (CB 2, #24 on my Big Board)
Having already notched a top tier WR earlier, the Raiders do the same for the defense this time around. If John Gruden watches the tape on Fulton, this guy will land in Oakland.
1.20 Jacksonville Jaguars (via LA Rams)
Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama (EDGE 2, #19 on my Big Board)
The Jags double-dip on defense in the 1st round by drafting another pass rusher. This could be the start of returning to the Jags of old: run the ball on offense, be unforgiving on defense.
1.21 Tennessee Titans
K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU (EDGE 3, #23 on my Big Board)
The Titans need a replacement for Cameron Wake and Chaisson fits the mold perfectly. Sneaking into the playoffs was done in spite of this defense not because of it.
1.22 Buffalo Bills
Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado (WR 5, #16 on my Big Board)
The Bills land a big bodied WR here at a nice discount. Shenault give Josh Allen another desperately needed weapon and a great compliment to John Brown.
1.23 Minnesota Vikings
CJ Henderson, CB, Florida (CB 3, #21 on my Big Board)
The offense looks to be in good shape for the Vikings but their defense needs help. Adding Henderson to a suspect secondary is a good start for them to be able to battle with the QB’s of the NFC North.
1.24 Seattle Seahawks
Tyler Biadasz, OL, Wisconsin (OL 4, #30 on my Big Board)
Protecting Russell Wilson should be this teams number one priority this offseason. There are needs on the defensive side of the ball, but this should be the biggest issue to fix.
1.25 Philadelphia Eagles
DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (WR 6, #26 on my Big Board)
The Eagles are dying for some depth at WR this offseason. After attempting a playoff run with practice squad guys catching passes from Carson Wentz, it’s time to bring in the cavalry.
1.26 Miami Dolphins (via Houston)
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin (RB 1, #22 on my Big Board)
The Dolphins grab the best offensive weapon available in the Doak Walker award winner here. After trading Kenyon Drake, the Dolphins had 0 running game to speak of and they address that issue with Taylor.
1.27 New England Patriots
Jordan Love, QB, Utah State (QB 4, #44 on my Big Board)
He may say that he’s going to play into his mid-40’s, but Tom Brady is nearing the end as the QB for the Patriots. Despite taking Jarrett Stidham last year, the Patriots take the upside in Love.
1.28 San Francisco 49ers
Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford (CB 4, #25 on my Big Board)
The 49ers stay local by adding Adebo to their secondary. OL may be the target here but adding another solid piece behind a top tier pass rush makes this 49ers defense one of the best in the NFL.
1.29 Kansas City Chiefs
Creed Humphrey, OL, Oklahoma (OL 5, #49 on my Big Board)
The Chiefs would love to get Biadasz but settle for Humphrey in this spot. Protecting Patrick Mahomes is the most important thing for the Chiefs to do and they may reach in order to do so.
1.30 New Orleans Saints
Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama (S 2, #34 on my Big Board)
The Saints are in the same boat as the Patriots, Chargers, Steelers, and Packers. They need to either find the next QB for the franchise or get pieces for a Super Bowl run. McKinney helps improve a disappointing secondary for the Saints.
1.31 Green Bay Packers
Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama (LB 3, #28 on my Big Board)
An argument can be made for WR and OL needs here but the Packers luck into some value. Moses is a solid fit in a defense that lacks depth, particularly at the LB position.
1.32 Baltimore Ravens
Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State (EDGE 4, #29 on my Big Board)
The Ravens secondary is in great shape but they need help up front. Gross-Matos falls into their lap at the end of Round 1.
Notable Names Available
- D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia (#31 on my Big Board)
- JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State (#32)
- Najee Harris, RB, Alabama (#33)
- Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State (#35)
- Austin Jackson, OL, USC (#36)