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Alex Buck’s Mock Draft 3.0

The last ride. This is the mock draft they’ll brandish across the internet when I go 32/32 and find myself sitting in Mel Kipers seat, having forgotten my roots and ballooned in arrogance at my unmatched knowledge of the 2020 draft. Sound good? Thought so. Alas, that might not be the case, but we all love having a bloody good crack anyway, so here’s my final piece of parchment before it all unfolds later on this week.

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1. Jacksonville Jaguars. Trevor Lawrence – QB, Clemson

I think i said in my second mock that this years draft started at number two. It still does. It most definitely does. Trevor Lawrence has the playbook already and is in regular contact with the coaching staff. So I know for a fact that i’m going 1 for 1 so far. Great start. Trevor Lawrence is everything you want in a franchise quarterback, and makes the Jags immediately interesting. Their mission will now be to build a force around him. I’m looking forward to seeing them put together a unique style of offence, using head coach Urban Meyers many years of college football expertise to their advantage.

2. New York Jets. Zach Wilson – QB, BYU

Zach Wilson has done enough to solidify his position as QB2 in this years draft. With him, he brings excitement for a fresh start in New York. If Zach Wilson pans out the way many are expecting him to, he could be the face of sports in New York for years to come. They’ve not had a super star in the big apple since the days of Odell Beckham and Carmelo Anthony, so Zach’s presence could be long overdue. Big shoes to fill, but i’m looking forward to seeing his potential.

3. San Francisco 49ers. Trey Lance – QB, NDSU

For me, this would be criminal if it’s Mac Jones. That’s the rumour, and I hate it. It’s not worth the trade up, they could have most likely got him at 12, and it reeks of Mitchell Trubisky to me. Trey Lance however, could be extremely impressive in a Kyle Shanahan type offence. He’s got dual threat ability, and is very capable of firing a deep ball. A slightly raw talent, but as soon as Shanahan see’s him pick up the playbook and understand it, I’d expect to see him play.

4. Denver Broncos (Via Atlanta). Justin Fields – QB, Ohio State

The Broncos need to figure out the situation at QB in order to take advantage of the roster full of talent they’ve got. With the additions of Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler last season, the intent was clear for Denver. Unfortunately, Drew Locks career in the NFL has been pretty inconsistent, and the jury’s out at this point. The Broncos are very capable of challenging for the playoffs, with a strong defence, retaining pivotal pieces like Justin Simmons and Von Miller. So they make a move here to take Justin Fields.

Falcons receive:

  • 9th overall pick in 2021
  • Denver 2022 first round pick
  • Denver 2022 second round pick

Broncos receive:

  • 4th overall pick

Justin Fields paired with those weapons up at Mile High is something to keep an eye on. Great opportunity for Fields, and the right move for Denver.

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5. Cincinnati Bengals. Penei Sewell – OT, Oregon

Look Bengals fans I know it’s not the flashy pick, but you have to be smart here. You’ve got yourselves a legitimate QB in Joe Burrow, and you need to keep him upright. Last seasons injury was somewhat on the cards considering the poor offensive line, so this is the sensible pick, and one your franchise QB will appreciate just as much as he would a flashy wide receiver.

6. Miami Dolphins. Kyle Pitts – TE, Florida

Pitts or Chase. You could make an argument for both, but as we’ve previously discussed on the podcast, the pick here is Kyle Pitts. You can line him up on the outside, inside, on the line, wherever you wish. That versatility gives him an edge, and after all, he’s a unicorn. You can utilise him alongside Mike Gesicki with ease, and it’d be effective. There’ll be an opportunity for the Dolphins to get a talented wide receiver in the early second round, there won’t however, be another unicorn.

MORE: Rookie Profile – Kyle Pitts

7. Detroit Lions. Ja’Marr Chase – WR, LSU

Detroit should be trading out of this pick. But with every receiver still available at 7, there isn’t a team willing to jump up a few spots for Chase, or any of the others. So for the second time in two seasons, the Lions find themselves trapped in the top 10, taking best player available. Okay, not the end of the world, Ja’Marr Chase has the potential to be the next superstar to play his football for the Lions, he’ll just be a big fish in a small pond for a Detroit team about to start a long and arduous rebuild.

8. Carolina Panthers. Rashawn Slater – OT, Northwestern

In similar fashion to the Bengals, this might sting a little with Jaylen Waddle still on the board. However, Slater could be the best offensive line talent to fall out of college this year. The Panthers grab a top tackle to continue rebuilding their new look franchise, and keep Darnold upright.

9. Atlanta Falcons (via Denver). Patrick Surtain II – CB, Alabama

Once we get beyond the madness of the top 8, and QB’s, receivers, and a couple of tackles flying off the board, the rest of the talent gets it’s time to shine. Surtain looks the part of an NFL corner. He’s in great shape, has the body and athleticism to hold his own at the next level, and fills a desperate need in Atlanta. They’re heading towards rebuilding, but adding a lockdown capable corner is a strong step in the right direction, and they picked up a spare first and second round pick in the process. Good business for Atlanta here.

10. Dallas Cowboys. Jaycee Horn – CB, South Carolina

Jaycee Horn has flown up boards after an impressive pro day, and the Cowboys will need a corner this year to replace Chidobe Awuzie, who left for free agency this off season. Horn will come in and fill that role as a week 1 starter for the Cowboys.

11. New York Giants. Jaylen Waddle – WR, Alabama

Now this is one of my favourite picks of the day. Big blue gets the next Odell Beckham of their franchise in Jaylen Waddle. He’s going to be a star in New York and adding him to a much improved roster this off season will be pivotal to the Giants challenging for the division. They’re well set up to win it, over to you, Daniel Jones.

MORE: Rookie Profile – Jaylen Waddle

12. Philadelphia Eagles. Devonta Smith – WR, Alabama

The Eagles need to come out of this first round with a top talent. They need to give their fans and Jalen Hurts something to be excited about. The heisman winner slips to 12 here and the Eagles get the trade back, accumulate picks, and still get a top pass catcher. I’m not worried at all about Devonta Smith’s size.

13. LA Chargers. Christian Darrisaw – OT, Virginia Tech

This one’s a cut and dry easy pick for the Chargers if available at 13. Outside offensive line help is crucial for them coming into this years draft, so they needn’t blink when making this selection.

14. Minnesota Vikings. Alijah Vera-Tucker – IOL, USC

Back to back home run picks for offensive line needy teams. These guys are pegged to go around this point in the first round, and it just so happens there’s two teams in the perfect place to take them. Vera-Tucker has plenty to offer with a varied skillset, and will act as a missile getting in front of Dalvin Cook to clear the way.

15. New England Patriots. Micah Parsons – LB, Penn State

Mac Jones continues to slide as the Patriots pass him up for the best linebacker in the draft. Parsons will be another key young attribute to what has been an ageing defence. New England isn’t going to settle for Jones just because he’s the last of the QBs available.

16. Arizona Cardinals. Caleb Farley – CB, Virginia Tech

Caleb Farley shouldn’t fall any further than this. The minor surgery is being over dramatised, and as Tom right stated on this weeks podcast, Trevor Lawrence had more major surgery than Farley this off season, and nobody has batted an eye at it. Farley comes in with tremendous upside and I imagine he’ll be extremely good value for the red birds at 16 when we look back at this in a few years.

MORE: Rookie Profile – Caleb Farley

17. Las Vegas Raiders. Christian Barmore – DT, Alabama

This is a potential trade spot for me, with the Raiders looking to move down, however I couldn’t find them an appropriate trade here, and so they take big talented rookie for the trenches. Barmore might be a mauler at the next level.

18. Miami Dolphins. Najee Harris – RB, Alabama

Don’t overthink it. Yes an edge rush talent would be nice, and the pick here is between Harris and Owusu-Koramoah for exactly that reason. I’ve said it a thousand times, the Dolphins missed on every running back in the top three rounds in last years draft, they take zero chances on that happening again by taking the first one. The Dolphins offence struggled without a certified starter at running back, and Najee Harris is every bit of what they need.

MORE: Rookie Profile – Najee Harris

19. Washington. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – LB, Notre Dame

I’m stealing this pick from our live mock draft, one that Adam made on behalf of Washington. Yes they need to consider a QB for the future, but I like them taking a Kellen Mond type project on day three. Right now, Washington can focus on winning their division again, only more convincingly this time, and adding even more talent to a dominant defence. Owusu-Koramoah would be a crazy good draft pick here for the Football Team. The 2nd best defence in the league in 2020 gets even better with an athletic hybrid linebacker/box safety.

You can listen to that full podcast episode right here… go on… click play… you’ll never look back.

20. Chicago Bears. Mac Jones – QB, Alabama

Mac Jones slips to 20, and the Bears find themselves in a position they thought might have been a long shot. WIth Andy Dalton coming in as the new starter, Mac Jones has time to get his feet under him before he takes over. Let’s not forget that the Bears have a very strong defence when all healthy, so I’d like to see the Bears add some offensive line, and a pass catcher or two in this years draft.

21. Indianapolis Colts. Samuel Cosmi – OT, Texas

The Colts absolutely need to find a replacement for long term offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, who retired this off season. Sam Cosmi has about as much college football experience as you can get, with 34 start, and 21 of those coming at left tackle. Cosmi slides right into Castonzo’s cleats, and the Colts do what they can to keep Wentz upright, and get the best out of him.

22. Tennessee Titans. Greg Newsome II – CB, Northwestern

The Titans have gaps to fill at corner and safety, and will need to go to work on the secondary to keep themselves a deep playoff run contender. Greg Newsome fills a need, and could be a high upside first round draft pick. I like what he brings to the table as a long bodies ball hawk type corner.

23. New York Jets. Kwity Paye – Edge, Michigan

The Jets will play a lot more 4-3 defence under new head coach Robert Saleh and his staff. The 49ers defence found immense success with their edge guys, and Saleh will look to do the same here. Kwity Paye suits a 4-3 best, with his hand in the dirt coming off the edge. Saleh picks up a first round defensive starter to accompany some of his free agency pick ups, as he looks to rebrand the Jets defence.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers. Alex Leatherwood – OT, Alabama

Leatherwood comes from the most prestigious school of NFL talent in recent years, and the Steelers should feel good about the pick. Their focus in this years draft should without a doubt be offensive line and running back. The defence is very strong aside from the need for a corner, but they fell short last season with no run game, and then the offensive line crumbled. Pouncey retired, Villanueva allowed to walk. Leatherwood comes in as much needed reinforcements on the line.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars. Liam Eichenberg – OT, Notre Dame

The Jaguars have the luxury of Trevor Lawrence rolling into town, and need to make it a priority to get as many big dudes as possible to protect him. Everything else can wait. You don’t need to win Super Bowls in year one of T Laws career, you need to protect him. Build the trenches Jacksonville. Eichenberg is a starting left tackle, and I’d look to kick Cam Robinson inside to guard while you have him tagged.

26. Cleveland Browns. Jaelen Phillips – Edge, Miami

Phillips move to the Miami Hurricanes certainly helped him take his game to the next level, and he’s a great fit for the Browns here. With the addition of Jadeveon Clowney, I’d like to see the Browns continue in that direction, spending most if not all of their picks this year on defence. Their offence can score 40 points on any given Sunday, and head coach Kevin Stefanski was a home run hire who’ll get the best out of Baker Mayfield for years to come. Now, build an unstoppable defence, and we’ll see you in the AFC Championship.

27. Baltimore Ravens. Azeez Ojulari – Edge, Georgia

While listed as an edge, Ojulari is going to be better suited to an outside linebacker role in a 3-4 defence, so hello Baltimore. Ojulari comes in with the versatility to find a role on the edge for the Ravens, and begins to cover a large hole at the position for them. I like the pick here.

28. New Orleans Saints. Elijah Moore – WR, Ole Miss

While Jameis Winston is a little unknown coming into the 2021 season, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to grab a receiver to pair with Michael Thomas in order to help Winston succeed. The Saints need a corner, but with the way this draft worked out, it’ll be tough to take one of the available corners here. Maybe a trade back for the Saints, but if they stay here and make the pick, Elijah Moore could find some real success in that offence.

29. Green Bay Packers. Teven Jenkins – OT, Oklahoma State

The Packers again need to fill a gap on the offensive line, and as much as I’d like to see this pick be a talented wide receiver, I feel the need on the line just wins. Jenkins fills that need, with experience at both tackle positions and at guard.

30. Buffalo Bills. Travis Etienne – RB, Clemson

The Bills failed to make the Super Bowl this season because they had no run game. They became too predictable down the stretch. That should be priority number one to get that right, and considering they didn’t address it in free agency, I’d expect them to do so early come the draft. Etienne is a stud, and is great value here for Buffalo. Wrap up warm Travis.

31. Baltimore Ravens. Trevon Moehrig – Safety, TCU

I could see one of these two picks being a trade back spot, that does make a lot of sense. The Ravens accumulated the pick in the Orlando Brown trade with the Chiefs, so could then trade it to accumulate picks later on. However, the more I look at it, the less trades I see happening on day one of the draft. Teams don’t need to come up, there’s talent available at key positions for those teams in the early to mid second round. I might be wrong, but I think the first round will be fairly quiet on trades. Moehrig is the best safety in the class, and would be a real bonus add here for the Ravens.

MORE: Rookie Profile – Trevon Moehrig

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rashod Bateman – WR, Minnesota

This Tampa Bay roster is ridiculous. They have everything they could ever need. So what do you get for somebody that has everything? Weapons for Tom Brady. Antonio Brown is yet to resign, and with Bateman available at 32, I’d make this pick nice and quick. Bateman comes in and has a massive shot at winning a ring as a rookie, catching passes off of Tom Brady. He’s a great route runner, with good speed for his size, and could fill AB’s role over in Tampa.

And that’ll do it. I’m almost a little sad that mock draft szn is coming to an end, but here we are. The draft is just two days away, and then we cross the bridge into draft night analysis… so stick around! Undrafted is up and coming, we have a great team of dedicated writers, podcasters and content creators, and we’re only just getting started. Be sure to drop us a follow on Twitter @UndraftedTN, where we’ll be active and providing our thoughts the whole way through the draft.

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