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Adam Hilton’s Mock Draft 2.0

Well here we are already, Mock Draft 2.0. Whilst not much has changed personnel wise in the NFL that hasn’t stopped me considering where I was when version 1 was drafted and realising that with more time to consider it, changes were required.

This is my favourite time of the year, the endless possibilities are enough to keep me up all night every night. Some people don’t enjoy the speculation part of the NFL but for me it is a lot of fun. Without further ado onwards….

If you want to see the Mock Draft as the picks will go then click here, and you will find the picks as we expect them to be called on the night. For a more in depth look at the picks, check out the list below and enjoy the ride with us to Cleveland.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence

This is not likely to change in any of my Mocks. Despite the surgery I just cant see the Jaguars passing on the nearest thing to a sure thing at the position in years. Lawrence will give this franchise possibly the greatest Quarterback they have ever had and that is not the kind of possibility you pass on.

2. Philadelphia Eagles (from New York Jets) – Justin Fields

The Eagles have traded Carson Wentz to the Colts however I don’t believe that they are sold on Hurts, as such they jump up for Fields. The move is highly unfair on Jalen Hurts but this is not about fairness. Fields has a far higher ceiling and that is what matters. With such a deep receiver class this is a position that can be dealt with in later rounds. The Jets happily move back four spots and end up with 2 first round picks this year (6 and 23) and the conditional pick the Colts received for Wentz (70%+ chance of being a first rounder) as well as the Eagles 2022 second. If Fields is all they want look out for Hurts being traded next offseason to recoup a couple of picks.

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3. Atlanta Falcons (from Houston Texans via Miami Dolphins) – Zach Wilson

The Falcons get jumpy and instead of sitting at four, make the move to go and get their signal caller of the future. Wilson is a long term replacement for Matt Ryan and a damn good one at that. For the price of their third round pick they tick off a longer term need now rather than pushing this decision down the road.

4. Miami Dolphins (from Atlanta Falcons) – Ja’Marr Chase

Despite needing a tackle for the purposes of this task the Dolphins sort that in Free Agency. Ja’Marr Chase has risen in my ratings slightly and as such now steps in above Davonta Smith for the Dolphins. Pairing Chase with Tua will give the sophomore a true number 1 threat on the outside, something that is only going to benefit the Dolphins.

5. Cincinnati Bengals – Penei Sewell

With no desire for a Quarterback the Bengals have a fairly relaxed wait to take the bookend tackle that Joe Burrow deserves. Sewell is a beast and will make the transition to the NFL with consummate ease. Joe Burrow is a happy chap and his knee even more so.

6. New York Jets (from Philadelphia Eagles) – Trey Lance

The best QB prospect in the class aside from Lawrence? That is quite a claim however who knows, it could be true. Lance did not play much at college level and as such is a bit of an unknown quantity. The Jets take a chance here purely because the can afford to do so. With two further 1st rounders they can take shots at other positions later in the night.

7. Detroit Lions – Micah Parsons

Sitting at number 7 and having to do nothing for such a talent to be attainable is a stroke of luck for the Lions. Micah Parsons instantly makes the whole Defence better and should have the same impact as Leonard for the Colts a couple of years ago, he could be even better long-term!

Oct 19, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Micah Parsons (11) reacts to a defensive play against the Michigan Wolverines during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

8. Carolina Panthers – Caleb Farley

No change from Mock 1 here. The Panthers have a young Defence that they want to grow together. Caleb Farley alongside Jeremy Chinn makes a secondary that is intimidating despite its youthful appearance. Farley adapts to new places and roles quickly and should have no trouble getting up to speed for Matt Rhule and company. A day 1 starter who has the potential to be one of the best in the league in the not to distant future.

9. Denver Broncos – Kwity Paye

Another pick that has not changed form Mock 1 and for good reason. The Broncos will let Miller test Free Agency and Paye stands to be an immediate replacement for him. He has an extremely high ceiling and with Bradley Chubb on the opposite side Offences are going to have to get used to seeing these guys in the backfield often.

10. Dallas Cowboys – Rashawn Slater

Sorry, I promise I won’t just reproduce Mock 1 for the rest of the way but as above, the Cowboys needs haven’t changed and with a huge contract coming for Dak I do not see much in the way of Free Agency splashes from them. Same position as the last just a different name. They need holes for Zeke to run through and protection to keep Dak upright, this starts with the O line and the best remaining tackle on the board.

11. New York Giants – Devonta Smith

I went Edge in Mock 1 but this time a legitimate game changing receiver has fallen into the Giant’s lap. The fall for Smith didn’t last long and Daniel Jones gets a new favourite toy. He will have to camp out in the weight room but expect to see Smith having his way with NFL Defences early in his career.

12. New England Patriots (from San Francisco 49ers) – Kyle Pitts

New England need a Tight End, it was painfully obvious this year that neither Devin Asiasi or Dalton Keane were the answer. The problem is that with Hunter Henry not signing a new deal, for the purposes of this task, so do the Chargers. To get ahead of this New England deals with the 49ers to jump up for Pitts and their receiving future.

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 09: Kyle Pitts #84 of the Florida Gators celebrates a touchdown during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

13. Los Angeles Chargers – Jaylen Waddle

A little out of left field this one but with the amount of tackles available in rounds 2/3 who have the potential to become starters the Chargers take the best player available instead and get Herbert a legitimate weapon. Waddle’s speed and Herbert’s arm will give opposition Defensive Co-ordinators nightmares. Along with Keenan Allen an

14. Minnesota Vikings – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

With Cousins having a cap hit of $31m this year and then $45m next year the Vikings will look to beef up the Defence through the Draft. Arguably the best pure linebacker in the class, aside from Micah Parsons, Owusu-Koramoah will get the chance to start early and projects to have plenty of success.

15. San Francisco 49ers (from New England Patriots) – Patrick Surtain II

When you can trade back and still fill your number 1 position of need with a top quality player it’s a win. Surtain would have gone to the 49ers if they stayed put so 3 spots later is good business. As Alex has said on the Podcast, a lockdown corner may be all that stops a full strength 49ers from returning to the Superbowl, lets see if he was right.

16. Arizona Cardinals – Jaycee Horn

So close but yet so far for the Cardinals as they have to watch a Division rival take the player they would have wanted. Horn is a more than capable second option however for a team with a dearth of Cornerbacks. Peterson is likely gone and Byron Murphy will be the most experienced corner they have. Even with this pick expect to see the Cardinals go after another corner or two in Free Agency.

17. Las Vegas Raiders – Gregory Rousseau

Clelin Ferrell has one pretty much nothing. Can you say bust…. Rousseau comes with a very high ceiling but not much college production. For a team who likes to take risks with picks expect to see another one here, albeit a calculated one.

18. Miami Dolphins – Najee Harris

Although the Dolphins running game was ok last year they are missing a bell-cow back. He only dropped 3 of 83 catchable passes in his time in college and although this may be a reach at this position, team need overrides the waiting game as I doubt the front office would expect him to be here in round 2. Tackle is need but that can be addressed in Free Agency or later rounds.

Jan 1, 2021; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris (22) runs against Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Drew White (40) in the third quarter during the Rose Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

19. Washington Football Team – Mac Jones

Jones only got better as the year went on, some are saying he is a better pure prospect that Tua was coming out of Alabama. Mac Jones can make this team his own from Day 1 and really only has to beat out Heineke to do that. He may well be the missing piece that takes this team from Playoff darlings this year to legitimate challengers in the next couple. There will be teething problems I am sure but a soft Division will allow him to make those mistakes where they may not be as punished as in others.

20. Chicago Bears – Christian Darrisaw

The Bears need some help on the O line, as others do. A Guard could be a choice here but Tackle is a more important slot to sort. Keeping whoever they have at QB upright is important in order to allow the Bears to mount any sort of challenge in their Division and the help starts here.

21. Indianapolis Colts – Teven Jenkins

Now that the Colts have their new QB of the future in Wentz they need to protect him. Jenkins has a ridiculous amount of upside and has played at both tackle spots in college. This is one slip that won’t take 10 minutes to submit.

22. Tennessee Titans – Carlos Basham Jr

The Titans still need a Pass Rush and Basham is still the best EdgeRusher left on the board. As I said in Mock 1, 5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles in 6 games in 2020 is exactly what the Titans need and Basham is the best shot outside of expensive Free Agency the Titans have to vastly improve this position.

23. New York Jets (Via Seattle Seahawks) – Trevon Moehrig

The Jets need to beef up the secondary, their whole squad right now is on notice that their position is not safe. Whilst Marcus Maye and Ashtyn Davis played ok and are serviceable Moehrig takes the secondary up a level on his own. He has been the leader in pass break ups across the college level each of the last two seasons, something that will help against Josh Allen and Tua, we don’t need to worry about the Patriots just yet as I could play QB for the currently.

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24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Wyatt Davis

The Steelers could use an upgrade at Guard, Matt Feiler is serviceable but Davis would be a Day 1 upgrade for them. Asante Samuel was considered here for the ageing Joe Haden but with such a deep Cornerback Free Agent outlook I think that is a need that can be rectified there.

25. Baltimore Ravens (from L.A Rams via Jacksonville Jaguars) – Samuel Cosmi

With Orlando Brown being traded to the Jaguars for this pick and a 4th either this or next year the Ravens have two shots at beefing up the O-line. With only the Browns between them and their next pick they take the top tackle left on the board and wait on the guard

26. Cleveland Browns – Jayson Oweh

Edge is an area that needs firming up for the Browns. Olivier Vernon is not going to be around this year, if he stays at all, and Myles Garrett can’t do it all himself. Oweh is coming up draft boards and in my eyes and that is why Ossai is not still the choice here. His reported 4.3 speed will make for a tough assignment for whoever has to stop him getting past them.

27. Baltimore Ravens – Alijah Vera-Tucker

O Line is god to the Ravens. It allows their run game to work properly and Lamar to have enough time to pass the ball. Vera-Tucker is possibly the best guard in the Draft and next to Cosmi they make up the new right side of the O-line from day 1. Expect to see a much stronger, more effective line in 2021 from the Ravens than we did in 2020. It may not be flashy like many fans hope but if the Playoffs and the Superbowl taught us anything it is that you win in the trenches, everything else flows from that, just ask Patrick Mahomes.

Image Credit – The Athletic

28. New Orleans Saints – Azeez Ojulari

With a need at the position, and to slash the wage bill itself, the Draft is the Saints friend. Ojulari is the best pure speed rushed in the class, finishing his last college season with a PFF grade of 91.7 as a pass rusher. Closing down players like Brady quickly is the way to beat them and this guy provides an option to do just that.

29. Green Bay Packers – Rondale Moore

Another survivor from Mock 1, Moore can come in and provide the Robin to Davonte Adams’ Batman. Rodgers with a legitimate second receiver threat may have been able to capitalise in the NFC Championship game this year and that was the difference, in my opinion, between being Superbowl Champions and NFC runners up.

30. Buffalo Bills – Zaven Collins

Matt Milano is not going to stay in Buffalo and Zaven Collins may well be an upgrade. He has shown tremendous growth in the position this year. He is extremely good at destroying backs on blitz pickup assignments and will not let many get past him either. he lead all college linebackers this year with a grade of 91.1 per PFF. A position of need nicely filled by the Bills.

31. Kansas City Chiefs – Creed Humphrey

Did the Chiefs have an O line in the Superbowl? Answers on a postcard. Austin Reiter did not have a good game and whilst there are returning Guards and Tackles the Chiefs could use an answer in the middle. Humphrey gives them that early in his career and provides another hurdle for opponents to have to pass to hammer Mahomes as much as he needs to in order to look human.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Kadarius Toney

The weapons that the Buccaneers had this year was unfair. Odds are however they won’t all be back. I expect Godwin to get a huge contract somewhere else and Antonio Brown to either come back very cheaply or, more likely, not at all. Suddenly a position of strength is now Mike Evans and Tyler Johnson (and Scotty Miller but, you know…. not a starter). Kadarius Toney here means a 5th year option and a playmaker to help take the pressure of Mike Evans. Tom Brady will have fun with this one!

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