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Nick's Mock Draft - 2 Rounds w/ Write-ups

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Thoughts and opinions welcome! Tried my best at blending team needs with BPA. 

1 - Arizona Cardinals - Nick Bosa, EDGE - Ohio State

Best player in the draft at a premium position. Bosa possesses all the tools to be an explosive, elite pass-rusher in the NFL for years to come. No brainer to me, but hey, I am a Buckeye fan so maybe I’m a little biased? Bosa and a proven pass-rusher opposite him in Chandler Jones will terrify opposing offenses. 

2 - San Francisco 49ers - Josh Allen, EDGE - Kentucky

The 49ers have chosen several defensive linemen in recent years in Solomon Thomas and DeForest Buckner. Neither have provided the pass-rush ability they need on the outside–Josh Allen can bring just that. Allen has elite potential off the edge, by far the biggest need on the team. The 9ers just set the NFL record for fewest takeaways (7) and fewest INTs (2) in a season.

3 - New York Jets - Jonah Williams, OT - Alabama

Darnold showed enough to be the QB of the future in New York. Jonah is the clear-cut best offensive linemen in the draft. With both elite level pass-rushers off the board, Jonah makes a lot of sense. Protect your young QB. Williams has strong technique and excels in pass protection, often shutting down edge rushers and double teams–making him worthy of a high pick such as this. 

4 - Oakland Raiders - Quinnen Williams, DL - Alabama

Gruden and Mayock are salivating at the opportunity to take (arguably) the best prospect not named Bosa. Quinnen has been an absolute monster this year for Alabama who could end up challenging for the top overall pick. The Raiders need a lot of help in several areas, starting at DL which is loaded with talent, is a great way to kick things off for them with their first of three first round selections. 

5 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Byron Murphy, CB - Washington

This is the first pick that really makes me think. Ed Oliver makes sense here, especially if McCoy leaves as expected. Trading down makes a ton of sense as well since teams will be looking to jump the Giants if they want a QB. I ultimately decided to forget trades in my first mock and go with Greedy. The Vernon Hargreaves experiment is fizzling out as he hasn’t lived up to expectations yet. Tampa’s defense leaves a lot to be desired and could use an upgrade at in the secondary. Murphy is a fast rising prospect who has all the tools necessary to step into any defensive system and be a high-level difference maker. Like I said though, this is the first spot where a trade is extremely likely (i.e. Jags, Broncos, Dolphins).

6 - New York Giants - Dwayne Haskins, QB - Ohio State

A popular pick that makes a ton of sense should Haskins declare as I expect. On draft day I expect the Jags to push the Giants into trading up to get their QBOTF (probably with the Buccs as I mentioned). Haskins is very accurate and smart with the football. He may need a year of seasoning, but with a great veteran mentor like Eli Manning, Haskins will be in a great position to succeed come 2020 (if they can wait that long that is). The Giants will happily welcome Haskins to a young nucleus of Saquon, Engram and of course, Odell Beckham. 

7 - Jacksonville Jaguars - Daniel Jones, QB - Duke

Admittedly, I don’t know much about the QB prospects this year. What I do know is Blake Bortles is awful and it’s time to move on. The current regime stayed in place and with their jobs on the line, they need to fix the most important position on the team. I could see them going the safer route by bringing in an experienced vet, but for now I’ll give them a QBOTF. Daniel Jones has a lot of hype around him as a first round pick and with Haskins off the board, Jones to the Jags makes a lot of sense as well. 

8 - Detroit Lions - Clelin Ferrell, EDGE - Clemson
With Ziggy Ansah’s underwhelming 2018 season it looks like the Lions will be moving on, leaving a big hole on the edge. They could also use a corner (Byron Murphy/Greedy Williams) opposite Slay, but Ferrell provides the necessary physical tools to excel as a 4-3 edge rusher. With the necessary length and quickness on the edge, Ferrell’s first step quickness in combination with his plethora of moves make him a lock for the top 10.

9 - Buffalo Bills - Ed Oliver, iDL - Houston

My Buffalo Bills are left with a number of needs on offense but I elected to fill the 3T spot on the defensive line going with a favorite defensive prospect of mine, Ed Oliver. With the retirement of Kyle Williams the Bills highly ranked defense from 2018 is left with a hole on the line next to Star Lotulelei. Sure they have guys like Jordan Phillips and Harrison Phillips for depth, but neither provides what Oliver can in my opinion. Oliver provides Buffalo with a pass-rushing presence in the middle a la Aaron Donald. With the emergence of Levi Wallace towards the end of the year I think the Bills will look to address the second corner spot in free agency or later on in the draft. Wide receiver is another option here, but unless D.K. Metcalf’s medical is better than I expect, I think the Bills elect to pass on WR as that position is one you can get good value on in the next round.

10 - Denver Broncos - Greedy Williams, CB - LSU

Bradley Roby is likely heading to free agency for a big pay-day and with Chris Harris getting older it is apparent that they’ll need to address the secondary this offseason. With a worthy corner prospect still on the board in Greedy Williams–who has all the physical tools and tons of potential to become a lockdown corner–he becomes an easy selection for the Broncos who elect to wait on QB with how the board has fallen.

11 - Cincinnati Bengals - Devin White, LB - LSU

Devin White is a fantastic athlete that fills a desperate need for Cincinnati–who needs to fill multiple linebacker positions. White may not be on the same level as Roquan Smith, but he does a lot of things well–good movement in coverage, quick pursuit to ball carriers with strong tackling ability. 

12 - Green Bay Packers - Jachai Polite, EDGE - Florida

The Packers have a handful of needs on defense–luckily they have an extra first round pick to fill a couple of those needs. They start the draft off by grabbing Polite, a very polished pass-rush specialist. He fits nicely into the current 3-4 defense scheme in Green Bay. 

13 - Miami Dolphins - Jeffery Simmons, iDL - Miss. State

Popular opinion for the Dolphins is to go QB. However, I don’t think any of the options are worth a first round pick. Should they move on from Tannehill? Yes, but it’s not a good idea to force yourself into drafting a QB this early considering the other team needs and talent available. Simmons can immediately step into a weak and aging defensive line. He can provide disruptive interior pressure to opposing teams.

14 - Atlanta Falcons - Rashan Gary, iDL - Michigan

It seems like every year I mock an interior defender to the Falcons, is this finally the year they pull the trigger? If Gary is available it would be wise to do so. Gary, a former 5-star top high school recruit for Michigan, has a unique and impressive stature and athletic blend. He has a lot of versatility along the line, offering an ability to set the edge versus the run, but also provide a pass-rushing presence.

15 - Washington Redskins - D.K. Metcalf, WR - Ole Miss

Metcalf is an intriguing wide receiver prospect. He has a physical build (6’3” 225lbs) of an elite game-changing #1 WR with immense potential. That said, his injury concerns, namely his season-ending neck injury, are glaring and preventing him from being a for-sure top 10 selection. The Redskins are in a position where they desperately need WR help, and should Metcalf’s medical check out ok, I think he’s the first one taken here.

16 - Carolina Panthers - Deionte Thompson, S - Alabama

Thompson’s talent at the safety position is without question top-10 worthy in my opinion. However, with the incredible defensive line depth and the premium placed on that position, Thompson will likely slide beyond that point as I have him here. Thompson is fast, aggressive with impressive size at 6’2” 200 lbs. Thompson is strong in man coverage situations and a tenacious tackler. 

17 - Cleveland Browns - Raekwon Davis, iDL - Alabama

The Browns could use a player like Raekwon on their line to attract blockers and give Myles Garrett more one on one matchups. That’s not to say he’s able to create pressure one his own–he possesses a skillset that enables him to get upfield and gain leverage. In a league that is pass-driven, you can never have too many pass-rushers. Davis can do that and hold his own in defending the run game.  

18 - Minnesota Vikings - Cody Ford, OL - Texas

The Vikings could use two new interior offensive line players. Cody Ford has been a fast rising prospect with the ability to thrive as a tackle or guard. Versatility is always a plus. With just one year as a full-time starter, an impressive one though, Ford has shown he has all the physical tools to be a top-tier offensive lineman with plenty of room to grow with refinement through coaching. 

19 - Tennessee Titans - Brian Burns, EDGE - Florida State

The Titans lost Brian Orakpo to retirement and with his counterpart Derrick Morgan declining rapidly, the team needs to find replacements on the edge. They appear to have found a replacement for one of those guys in last years draft pick Harold Landry, but could use another. Brian Burns is an extremely athletic edge rusher with plenty of room for growth. 

20 - Pittsburgh Steelers - DeAndre Baker, CB - Georgia

Another year mocking a corner here and another season where corner is a glaring weakness and need for the Steelers. Artie Burns is a bust and Joe Haden isn’t getting any younger–so logically you’d think the Steelers place corner high on their needs list. Baker is physical at the line despite his size–and that same physical nature is evident in the run game. He sometimes has issues with matching speed in turn, leaving too much space on the top of routes. 

21 - Philadelphia Eagles - Dre’Mont Jones, iDL - Ohio State

The Eagles go into the offseason needing to replenish the trenches, moreso defensively. The Ohio State defensive tackle pipeline remains strong with Dre’ Jones. He’s a tremendous athlete in the middle, and uses that athleticism to get to the QB with success, often. His pass-rush ability is what makes him a first round pick. He’d be a higher selection if he was stronger in the run game, which might limit his usage in the NFL. 

22 - Indianapolis Colts - Christian Wilkins, iDL - Clemson

With a need at both interior defensive line positions the Colts elect to take Christian Wilkins. Wilkins chose to stay another year at Clemson after being touted as a potential top pick in the 2018 draft. He has a lot of versatility, proving to be a strong pass-rusher as well as holding his own in stopping the run. His lack in size is made up for in his movement skills.

23 - Seattle Seahawks - Montez Sweat, EDGE - Miss. State

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the Seahawks under Pete Carroll is that they are always full of surprises on draft night. Instead of trying to predict using their logic, I’ll use mine and give them a solid edge rusher, Montez Sweat to fill the void likely to be left once Frank Clark hits FA. With 22.5 sacks in 2 years, Sweat can clearly rush the passer. He is great at setting the edge in the run game as well, making him a versatile 4-3 end.

24 - Baltimore Ravens - Riley Ridley, WR - Georgia

Ridley fills Baltimore’s long standing need for a true #1 WR–possessing the ideal size and frame for the X WR position. Ridley, like his brother Calvin (be prepared to reminded of that 1,000x more times on draft night), he shows sound technique. He has a big catch radius with strong hands and good body control to come down with contested catches.   

25 - Oakland Raiders (via DAL) - Devin Bush, LB - Michigan

Filling another of many needs, the Raiders take a ‘Gruden Grinder’ in Devin Bush. High IQ player with the passion you want out of your leading linebacker. He can make an impact in the modern style NFL using his speed and mobility to his advantage–whether that’s shooting gaps blitzing or in pursuit on running plays. 

26 - Houston Texans - Greg Little, OT - Ole Miss

Watson has been sacked 15 times in the red zone, the most in 30 years. That’s just one stat of the many that shows how awful the line has been. Greg Little has some has the mold of a solid starting tackle in the NFL but he comes with some concerns–specifically with his technique. I think with coaching, he has the potential to correct some of his deficiencies in that area. In terms of strengths, Little plays with just that, strength–he’s very physical, often getting to the second level of blocking with ease. 

27 - Oakland Raiders (via CHI) - N’Keal Harry, WR - Arizona State

Oakland needs a lot of help on offense and they fill the void of Amari Cooper by taking my favorite WR prospect this year (secretly hope he magically falls to pick 40), N’Keal Harry. Harry has the perfect build for an X/#1 WR. He is strong in many areas, especially in jump ball scenarios and gettings yards after the catch. If he was better at getting separation at the line he’d be a top 15 lock. 

28 - LA Chargers - Jerry Tillery, DL - Notre Dame

With their two edge defenders locked down (Bosa and Ingram), the Chargers could use an upgrade in the middle of their line. In Jerry Tillery, they get a big defensive tackle that excels at using his power to push the pocket. 

29 - New England Patriots - Dexter Lawrence, DT - Clemson

Lawrence could slide further than this on draft day with his drug test results coming to light, but given what I’ve read, I tend to side with Lawrence on the issue. Lawrence can slide in and play more of a true nose tackle position that the Patriots are known for having. He’s a huge mammoth of a man in the middle and could help clog up the middle to stop the run.

30 - LA Rams - Nasir Adderley, S - Delaware

I’d be lying if I told you i’ve watched him play and knew anything about him until very recently. Thanks to the guys at The Draft Network, I’ve become aware of his NFL-caliber skillset. He has elite burst and is incredibly physical. He has the ability to play as a deep lying safety, but can also line up at the line of scrimmage and cover the slot. With a lot of holes opening up in the secondary for the Rams, specifically Joyner likely leaving, Adderley makes a lot of sense here at pick 30. 

31 - Kansas City Chiefs - Amani Oruwariye, CB - Penn State

It’s no secret that Kansas City had a rough time stopping the pass this year, giving up the 2nd most yards per game. To fill that void in the secondary they select a 4-year senior from Penn State, Amani Oruwariye (good luck pronouncing that one Roger). Amani possesses the ideal size of the modern day corner at 6’1” 205 lbs. He offers scheme versatility being strong in both press-man coverage and zone. Very strong in almost every area aside from tackling, often going for ankle tackles.  

32 - Green Bay Packers (via NO) - Dalton Risner, iOL - Kansas State

Green Bay filled one huge need earlier in the draft, and with their second first round selection they elect to fill a need on the offensive line. Risner has been a 3 year starter at right tackle for the Kansas State offense. He’s consistently been able to shut down edge rushers using his strong hands and physicality. He may be limited to an interior position, which the Packers need anyways. 

Round 2

33 - Arizona Cardinals - David Edwards, OT - Wisconsin
34 - Indianapolis Colts (via NYJ) - Trayvon Mullen, CB - Clemson
35 - Oakland Raiders - Noah Fant, TE - Iowa
36 - San Francisco 49ers - J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR - Stanford
37 - NY Giants - Chris Lindstrom, iOL - Boston College
38 - Jacksonville Jaguars - T.J. Hockenson, TE - Iowa
39 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jawaan Taylor, OT - Florida
40 - Buffalo Bills - Kelvin Harmon, WR - N.C. State
41 - Denver Broncos - Will Grier, QB - W. Virginia
42 - Cincinnati Bengals - Garrett Bradburry, iOL - N.C. State
43 - Detroit Lions - Taylor Rapp, S - Washington
44 - Green Bay Packers - A.J. Brown, WR - Ole Miss
45 - Atlanta Falcons - Yodney Cajuste, OL - W. Virginia
46 - Washington Redskins - Zach Allen, EDGE - Boston College
47 - Carolina Panthers - Dru Samia, iOL - Oklahoma
48 - Miami Dolphins - Drew Lock, QB - Mizzou
49 - Cleveland Browns - Marquise Brown, WR - Oklahoma
50 - Minnesota Vikings - Derrick Brown, DL - Auburn
51 - Tennessee Titans - Hakeem Butler, WR - Iowa State
52 - Pittsburgh Steelers - Vosean Joseph, LB - Florida
53 - Philadelphia Eagles - Charles Omenihu, EDGE/DL - Texas
54 - Houston Texans (via SEA) - Julian Love, CB - Notre Dame
55 - Philadelphia Eagles (via BAL) - Trevon Diggs, CB - Alabama
56 - Indianapolis Colts - DeMarkus Lodge, WR - Ole Miss
57 - Dallas Cowboys - Irv Smith, TE - Alabama
58 - Houston Texans - Michael Dieter, OL - Wisconsin
59 - LA Chargers - Elgton Jenkins, iOL - Miss. State
60 - New England Patriots (via CHI) - Kaden Smith, TE - Stanford
61 - New England Patriots - Chase Winovich, LB - Michigan 
62 - Kansas City Chiefs (via LAR) - David Montgomery, RB - Iowa State
63 - Kansas City Chiefs - Juan Thornhill, S - Virginia
64 - New Orleans Saints - Dawson Knox, TE - Ole Miss

Just missing the first round: Oshane Ximines, EDGE - Old Dominion, Beau Benzschawel, iOL - Wisconsin, Gerald Willis, iDL - Miami, Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE - Louisiana Tech, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S - Florid


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Overall pretty good for the Packers.  Risner over Edwards is a toss up as they need help on the entire right side of the OL but the Packers covet OT over OG.  It's too bad they missed out on Rapp in round 2 but a WR makes sense and I like Brown.

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Love the Lawrence-Patriots fit. Should be an easy fix for the run defense and help force teams to challenge Gilmore, Jackson, and McCourty.

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Love the White pick ij the first for Cincy.  While I'm not opposed to taking an interior o-lineman, we need tackles badly.  Now if we got one in free agency (gasp...if the bengals actually did that) then this pick makes far more sense.  If not a lineman, another LB would also be in play

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It's solid for the Falcons and hits the right positions for us with who's available at each pick.  I like Gary somewhat but he isn't my favorite prospect there but he would do although i would much rather trade down and take Lawrence at 1T or risner on the OL and pick up another pick. 

A draft of say  Risner/Lawrence via trade down    Brown at DT and Jenkins on the OL would be a fantastic 1st 2 rounds and i like both Lawrence and Brown as DL players than Gary for what we need more.

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I'd say less than zero chance the Panthers come out of the first two rounds without a pass rusher. Burns makes sense at 16.

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Like this a lot from top to bottom. Good Jets pick too, it's a logical choice to protect your investment in Darnold. I like Jonah a lot, he's a technician and super consistent, just wish he was a little meaner.

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2 hours ago, jdzimme3 said:

Deforest Buckner had 12 sacks, only behind Donald for dts.  I like the pick though.

Good catch. Intention was to highlight the outside edge/pressure need but was worded incorrectly. Glad you like the pick!

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I'd rather the Niners just take the BPA with Quinnen Williams. Allen is not a 3 down LEO in our scheme. 

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