Serritella: Mock Draft 2.0
As many as a dozen defensive linemen could be selected in the first round. On the opposite end of the spectrum, it’s possible that running backs are shut out of the first round entirely this year. Meanwhile, quarterbacks will always be a hot commodity, with four being selected in version 2.0. Be sure to check back for exclusive updates leading up to the draft!
1. Arizona – QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma: The worst kept secret in the NFL is that the Cardinals are all in on Murray, whose decision to play football pays off in the short-term.
2. San Francisco – DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State: While the 49ers have stacked their defensive line, Bosa is too good of a talent to pass up and could wreak havoc lined up opposite of Dee Ford.
3. NY Jets – DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama: The Jets need to continue to add blue chip players such as Sam Darnold and Jamal Adams—Williams serves as a cornerstone type of talent.
4. Oakland – DT Ed Oliver, Houston: What a fit, Oliver appears tailor-made for the new-look Raiders, as Jon Gruden, along with GM Mike Mayock continue to churn the roster.
5. Tampa Bay – DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State: Reports have indicated that the heart condition discovered at the combine was minor, paving the way for the Bucs to pair Sweat with JPP.
6. NY Giants – OLB Josh Allen, Kentucky: While many needs exist, securing a potential impact pass-rusher seems like another offering that’s too good for GM David Gettleman to refuse.
7. Jacksonville – OT Jonah Williams: With big money invested in new quarterback Nick Foles, making sure he is well protected should be the Jaguars top priority entering the draft.
8. Detroit – CB Greedy Williams, LSU: The selection of Williams instantly makes him the best player in the Lions’ secondary, which seems to never get repaired properly; Greedy will make an impact immediately.
9. Buffalo – TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa: If quarterback Josh Allen is to succeed, surrounding him with weapons will be critical. Hockenson not only upgrades the passing attack but also the run game due to his blocking.
10. Denver – ILB Devin White, LSU: This is a volatile spot in the draft, as many options exist such as a quarterback or a trade. However, the smart thing to do would be to select White, who brings instant stability on defense.
11. Cincinnati – QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State: New head coach Zac Taylor deserves a new franchise quarterback if this Bengals organization is ever going to get over the hump.
12. Green Bay – ILB Devin Bush, Michigan: The loss of one fiery leader, Clay Matthews, via free agency, is replaced with another emotional fireball in Bush, who wears his passion on his sleeve.
13. Miami – QB Drew Lock, Missouri: Nobody keeps a seat warm better than “Fitzmagic.” With the newly acquired Ryan Fitzpatrick already in tow, the Dolphins can afford to bring Lock along at his own pace.
14. Atlanta – DE Rashan Gary, Michigan: With more beef needed up front and an underwhelming Vic Beasley entering the final year of his contract, Gary presents an upgrade.
15. Washington – QB Daniel Jones, Duke: The Redskins acquired Case Keenum, so the fact that Jones isn’t forced to start right away is paramount, as the cerebral Duke signal-caller learns the complex playbook of Jay Gruden.
16. Carolina – DE Brian Burns: Should this scenario play out, it would be a match made in heaven for the Panthers, who are in dire need of pass-rush help and Burns, who is a rare talent.
17. NY Giants (from Cleveland) – OT Andre Dillard, Washington State: Coming off his 15th season, quarterback Eli Manning has never been sacked more than he was a year ago, an alarming 47 times.
18. Minnesota – DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson: The presence of Wilkins in the middle of the defensive line would open up pass-rush opportunities on the edge for Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen.
19. Tennessee – DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson: With a big need up front, Lawrence brings plenty of size and athleticism to fill the void.
20. Pittsburgh – WR D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi: From AB to DK, the Steelers try their best to move on from the Antonio Brown fallout.
21. Seattle – FS Deionte Thompson, Alabama: The “Legion of Boom” is nothing but a memory, it’s time to rebuild up the secondary and that begins with Thompson at the safety spot.
22. Baltimore – WR Hollywood Brown, Oklahoma: This is an excellent complimentary piece to the offense, as Lamar Jackson possesses the arm strength to allow Hollywood to run underneath the ball and score touchdowns.
23. Houston – OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida: After a season in which quarterback Deshaun Watson was sacked a league-high 62 times, the Texans must plug up some holes on the offensive line at all costs.
24. Oakland (from Chicago) – TE Noah Fant, Iowa: Gruden hails from the Al Davis Raiders and can surely appreciate the “Fast and Furious” Fant. Along with AB and Tyrell Williams, Fant would be dynamite!
25. Philadelphia – OL Cody Ford, Oklahoma: The Eagles need to inject some youth into the offensive line, Ford could play inside for a season and eventually take over for Jason Peters.
26. Indianapolis – WR A.J. Brown, Mississippi: Adding an explosive playmaker such as Brown could be the luxury weapon that elevates the Colts offense into the upper-echelon.
27. Oakland (from Dallas) – CB Julian Love, Notre Dame: The Raiders allowed the most points in the league (467) last season, including a league-worst 36 touchdowns via air, Love works.
28. LA Chargers – OT Greg Little, Mississippi: This could be the final run for future Hall of Fame signal-caller Phillip Rivers; providing additional protection would be beneficial.
29. Kansas City – DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson: New defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will transition the Chiefs to a 4-3 scheme and Ferrell can help offset the loss of Justin Houston and Dee Ford.
30. Green Bay (from New Orleans) – OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College: A feisty, pulverizing blocker who fits the Packers mold, Lindstrom would be an instant fan favorite amongst the Cheeseheads.
31. LA Rams – DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame: Picking up Tillery cancels out the loss of Ndamukong Suh and provides Aaron Donald with another dynamic tackle to dance with in the middle.
32. New England – DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State: A projected top ten talent, Simmons could easily slide due to medical and character concerns; he would likely sit out his rookie campaign.
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