Here we go again, round two of my off season mock draft. So much has changed since the last one, we’ve had pro days, top ten trades, the genius of Chris Grier all on display. So let’s dive into 2.0, and see what we’ve got going on…
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1. Jacksonville Jaguars. Trevor Lawrence – QB Clemson
No change with the number one pick. This years draft starts at number two. Urban Meyer is so heavily invested in his new young quarterback that many believe T Law was the reason he took the job in the first place. Last year Joe Burrow had the Bengals playbook long before draft night, and I’d expect this to be a very similar situation. It’s so set in stone that apparently Urban Meyer didn’t even worry scouting Zach Wilson at his pro day, and instead spent it on the beach…
2. Denver Broncos (Via NY Jets). Zach Wilson – QB BYU
I maintain that the Broncos aren’t going to settle with Drew Lock at the helm as we head into this NFL season. There’s a pressure clock on getting your guy this year, as next years draft features a very average QB class as it currently stands. Thus forcing teams like Denver to act, and act fast. So while not convinced on Drew Lock, the Broncos jump up and act.
New York Jets receive:
- 9th overall pick in 2021
- Denver 2022 first round pick
- Denver 2022 second round pick
- Denver 2023 first round pick
- 2nd overall pick
The Broncos have to trump the bid that the Niners sent to Miami for pick three, so three years of first rounders and a second should just about do it. The Jets aren’t totally unconvinced on Sam Darnold, and they can hold out while Robert Saleh implements his prestigious defence.
Which means, the Broncos can leap up and grab Zach Wilson, who as a prospect, is worth the picks without question. The excitement that he brings, and the likeness to Patrick Mahomes with his arm talent, unorthodox throws and potential, will have Broncos fans excited to see what he can do. Denver are in a good spot with a strong roster, and adding a young top of the draft quarterback shows the intent that the front office feels they’re going places, and soon.
3. San Francisco 49ers. Justin Fields – QB Ohio State
I love this fit. I love it for Fields, I love it for Shanahan, and I love it for the 49ers. I’m not buying the Mac Jones fiasco at three, as some are reporting. He simply doesn’t look good enough to me to be taken here, and his mobility is not anywhere near that of a Fields or Trey Lance. One things for certain, and that’s that the 49ers have come up to get their guy, Shanahans long term guy.
For Justin Fields, he comes into the perfect situation for a young QB. He won’t be forced to play week one, IF Jimmy G stays in town, he has a fantastic defence to play alongside, who will give him the opportunity to make mistakes without critical punishment, which gives any young QB an extra vote of confidence that he can try and push the ball and get down the field. Having a great defence really takes the pressure off of your guy. If they’re holding teams to low scores, you don’t need to go out and score 42 points to win every week.
4. Atlanta Falcons. Micah Parsons – LB Penn State
The Falcons could also make a case for a quarterback, however they feel like a team on their way to a full rebuild. As crazy as it sounds, maybe it’s too early for the new franchise quarterback to roll into town. Micah Parsons is one of the best talents in this draft, and will be a cornerstone piece in rebuilding a very fractured defence. This is a best player available type situation, and a nice one to be in for ATL.
5. Cincinnati Bengals. Ja’Marr Chase – WR LSU
The Bengals could go one of two ways here, either a weapon for Joe Burrow, or a line man to protect him. In a deep class of offensive line talent, and with the top two options being predominantly left sided, plus the addition of Riley Reiff in the off season, the Bengals have the luxury here of being able to take a receiver with no regret.
The Bengals reunite Ja’Marr Chase with his college quarterback, and find their long term number one replacement for AJ Green.
6. Miami Dolphins. Kyle Pitts – TE Florida
There is a real possibility that this pick is swapped with the Bengals. These two spots belong to Chase and Pitts and I can honestly see it going either way. But why would the Dolphins go tight end? Because Pitts is that good.
The Dolphins can utilise him in any which way they like, plus by adding Will Fuller the desperate need for a receiver is reduced a touch, and they can address it on day two. There’s a tonne of talent at their disposal at the position, and somebody like Elijah Moore on day two would be the perfect scenario. Pitts is a certified weapon, and Mike Gesicki or not, Dolphins fans shouldn’t blink if this is the pick.
7. Detroit Lions. Jaylen Waddle – WR Alabama
The Lions receiver room is bare, and it’s ugly. Yes they signed Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman, but they’re not exactly home run signings. Jaylen Waddle gives Detroit fans something to be semi excited about, a bright spark in a dark tunnel. The Lions are unlikely to be very good for a season or two, and with no hurry to solve the QB position, as Jared Goff is competent, you can take a talent to serve up yardage for your team for years to come.
8. Carolina Panthers. Trey Lance – QB NDSU
If Trey is still available at this spot, then the Panthers might just win the best value pick in the draft. Without giving up a dime they pick up a young, raw QB to sit behind Teddy Bridgewater. Another good landing spot for a rookie, on an upcoming team, with a coaching staff on a long term deal. No pressure. Plus a pretty strong receiving core!
9. New York Jets. Patrick Surtain II – CB Alabama
The Jets drop down from 2 to 9, accumulating three first round picks and a second in the process. I’d be surprised if this is the move, if they don’t go defence with the pick. Robert Saleh is a defence first man, and you best believe he’s going to want to emulate the force he helped to build in San Francisco. Patrick Surtain is in great shape, and should be the first corner off the board. Adding a lock down corner is a great step in the right direction for the Jets and their defence. I would say pass rush is a good option, but with another pick in the 20s, and more appropriate talent around that mark for the edge position, I like this pick here.
10. LA Chargers (Via Dallas). Penei Sewell – OT Oregon
With the way this draft has panned out, we go nine picks without a tackle being taken. The Chargers see an opportunity with the Cowboys, who are likely to go corner, and jump up, taking no chances and getting their guy. Penei Sewell protected Justin Herbert in college, and the Chargers opt to reacquaint the two.
Dallas Cowboys receive:
- Pick 13 from LA
- 4th round pick
- 7th round pick
LA Chargers receive:
- Pick 10 from Dallas
- 7th round pick in 2022
Sewell is a hot prospect and while still very young, will be a great addition to the offensive line for the Chargers. They address a key need and might just get the best guy available in the process.
11. New York Giants. Azeez Ojulari – EDGE Georgia
I like Ojulari here for the Giants to come in and give them that real threat off the edge that seems to have been missing since Jason Pierre Paul left town. Ojulari is one of the more dynamic edge players who can line up on or off the line in a 2 or 3 point. A little more versatility with him than you might get with Kwity Paye, and that suits the Giants defence better, as they like to switch up their looks. Leonard Williams was extremely dominant with sub par edge pressure, so adding another threat will only help both of them with their production.
12. Philadelphia Eagles. DeVonta Smith – WR Alabama
This is the best possible case scenario for Philly. To trade down from 6, add a first round pick next year from Miami, and still get the heisman winner in Smith… DeVonta Smith has the potential to slide a little, but not that far. This is an easy pick for the Eagles if available, which in this mock draft he just happens to be.
13. Dallas Cowboys (Via Chargers). Jaycee Horn – CB South Carolina
The Cowboys move back, allowing the Chargers to grab a tackle, and still get the position and potentially the guy they wanted only three picks later. Jaycee Horn had a great pro day, and showed off what he’s capable of. That plus the surgery for Caleb Farley could put him second on the list of corners, which is what I’ve gone with here.
14. Minnesota Vikings. Alijah Vera-Tucker – OL USC
This is a home run pick for the Vikings. It fills their biggest need perfectly, and Vera-Tucker could be very very good at the next level. At his pro day he mentioned his admiration for the game of Quenton Nelson, and wishes to emulate that style.
15. Indianapolis Colts (via New England). Rashawn Slater – OT Northwestern
The Colts need to find a long term replacement for left tackle Anthony Castonzo, who retired at the end of last year. The Patriots should be looking to accumulate picks here, and find a trade partner with the Colts, who jump up to secure the guy they want to take over at the left tackle spot.
The Patriots Receive:
- Pick 21 from the Colts
- 2021 3rd round pick
- 2021 6th round pick
The Colts Receive:
- Pick 15 from the Patriots
- 2021 5th round pick
16. Arizona Cardinals. Najee Harris – RB Alabama
This is my dead lock perfect fit home run pick of the first round. Najee Harris gives the Cardinals a whole bunch of stuff they don’t currently have out of the backfield. This takes the pressure off of Kyler Murray, gives the defence something else to think about, and helps them take that offence to the next level. Najee Harris is perfect for Arizona.
17. Las Vegas Raiders. Christian Darrisaw – OT Virginia Tech
With Trent Brown leaving, the Raiders have a hole they need to fill, and barring the theory of Mike Mayock doing something wacky come draft day, Darrisaw makes a lot of sense here. I could easily see the Raiders trying to trade down out of this pick too, but in this scenario they don’t find a trade partner, stick at 17 and take their new offensive tackle.
18. Miami Dolphins. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – LB Notre Dame
The Dolphins pick up an offensive weapon with their first pick, and add an outside linebacker with pick number 18. Owusu-Koramoah is an extremely versatile outside linebacker/safety hybrid, and if the Dolphins can figure out how best to utilise him he could be an great weapon for them for years to come. I like the fit for Miami here at 18.
19. Washington Football Team. Mac Jones – QB Alabama
Mac Jones is being heralded a top 10 pick now and neither myself nor the Washington Football Team are convinced. So they sit pretty at 19, wait it out, and pick him up here. Mac can come in with zero pressure to play early, learn from Fitz, and ideally become the long term quarterback of the future.
20. Chicago Bears. Rashod Bateman – WR Minnesota
The Bears need to improve the supporting cast on offence, and adding a weapon like Rashod Bateman would be a great compliment to Allen Robinson, who stays on the tag for yet another season.
21. New England Patriots (via Indianapolis). Caleb Farley – CB Virginia Tech
The Patriots traded back with the Colts, and add Caleb Farley here to give their DB room some youth in addition to JC Jackson. Farley has great character, and would only drop down to the 20s because of his minor back surgery. He’s a great addition to the hard working Patriots culture.
22. Tennessee Titans. Eric Stokes – CB Georgia
Eric Stokes needs to tidy up his game a little to avoid getting himself flagged a lot in the league. That being said his speed and athleticism gives him an edge and makes him a very appealing prospect for a playoff pushing team in need of coverage support. The Titans leaked almost the entire cornerback room this off season, losing Adoree Jackson, Malcolm Butler, and Desmond King, so begin to replace those guys here.
23. New York Jets. Jaelen Phillips – EDGE Miami
The Jets continue their defensive philosophy under new head coach Robert Saleh. Adding Patrick Surtain and Jaelen Phillips in the first round shows the intent to build a very strong defence, and these are two great picks to get that process underway. Phillips is a great talent on the edge and that’s certainly a position Saleh will want to focus on.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers. Travis Etienne – RB Clemson
There are often picks in the draft that just make sense. This is one of them. The Steelers good start to last season suffered when they became predictable with a lack of running threat. Etienne supports and fills that need, and becomes what James Conner had showed bursts of in his time in Pittsburgh. The top two backs are off the board and we’re only 24 picks in.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars. Teven Jenkins – OT Oklahoma State
Not the most glamorous pick for the fans, but with Trevor Lawrence coming into town, the Jags need to focus on building a wall in front of him. Jenkins has experience across the offensive line, so could be good fit at either tackle spot, or inside at guard. A solid piece to protect their new QB.
26. Cleveland Browns. Kwity Paye – EDGE Michigan
If Kwity Paye slips to 26 as I have him doing in this draft, this is a no brainer for the Browns. Paye is a very solid threat off the edge and combining him with Myles Garrett is a dream come true for Browns fans. They could focus every single pick in this years draft on defence if they wanted to, with an offence overloaded with talent. I’d love this pick for the Browns.
27. Baltimore Ravens. Jayson Oweh – EDGE Penn State
I love Oweh’s athleticism for the Ravens. He showed out at his pro day, and landing in Baltimore is a great fit for both him and that very energetic defence. He will need to develop in his first year or two, but his potential is fantastic.
28. Miami Dolphins (via New Orleans). Javonte Williams – RB North Carolina
The Dolphins cannot leave this draft without one of the top three backs, and with Etienne and Harris off the board already, and the Bills and Packers coming up in the order, the Dolphins have to act, so make a trade with New Orleans.
The Dolphins receive:
- Pick 28 from the Saints
The Saints receive:
- Pick 36 from the Dolphins
- 2021 4th round pick
The Dolphins jump up, secure one of the top running backs, and give up a 4th in the process, with the Saints moving down 8 spots, where they can still select a corner in the early second round. Javonte Williams could be one of the most impressive talents in this years draft, and with a significant drop off between him and the next set of running backs, this might be a move the Dolphins have to make.
29. Green Bay Packers. Kadarius Toney – WR Florida
The Packers didn’t manage to add any weapons in the passing game in last years draft. This year, Kadarius Toney would be perfect. He gives them the threat they’re missing, in a similar style to Tyreek Hills contribution to the Chiefs offence. They can use him as a weapon, and if he becomes as valuable as Hill is, then this is a huge pick for Green Bay. Rodgers will appreciate Kadarius Toney I’m sure!
30. Buffalo Bills. Greg Newsome II – CB Northwestern
The Bills patched over the gap at corner last year with vet Josh Norman, but it would be nice for them to have a genuine second back to pair with stand out Tre’Davious White. In a fortunate position here Newsome is still available to them late in the first, and they plug that need.
31. Kansas City Chiefs. Liam Eichenberg – OT Notre Dame
Eichenberg will be the replacement for left tackle Eric Fisher, who was released this off season. I’d be stunned if the Chiefs take anything but a tackle with this pick in round 1, as it’s a glaring need for them currently. If Eichenberg can get going from day 1, he’ll be a very valuable pick for the Chiefs.
32. Tampa Bay Bucs. Christian Barmore – DT Alabama
What do you buy for the team that has everything? Best player available. Good depth in the trenches. Makes a lot of sense to me. Barmore still has a way to go to in his development. But for the Bucs to get even bigger and stronger on the defensive line, or anywhere really, they’re a scary team heading into 2021. The Bucs could take literally whatever they want with this pick.