Since everyone loves mock drafts without exception, let’s take another crack at it now that the draft order is set for non-playoff teams. The playoff teams will be based on the order used on Tankathon.
Until we get the sense something different will happen, chances are Nick Bosa will be landing with the Cardinals.
Quinnen Williams went second overall in our first mock of the year but it wouldn’t be a surprise if Oliver goes right after Bosa.
Williams showed the world why he is good enough to stay at tackle in the NFL during the Orange Bowl victory over Oklahoma. He’ll hear his name called high.
Allen was a big reason for Kentucky’s ten-win season, including an impressive showing in the Citrus Bowl against Penn State. Draft media is very excited to see him in action at the Senior Bowl.
The Buccaneers were able to move into the top five of the draft, putting themselves in good position for Williams. Their pass defense was pretty rough all season and they need to replace Brent Grimes.
The Giants could use some more pass rushers on the outside. Ferrell stepped up with a sack in the Cotton Bowl drubbing of Notre Dame.
The Jaguars are bringing their top leaders back (Doug Marrone, Tom Coughlin, Dave Caldwell), so they’ll have a shot to get their guy. That would mean a lot of pressure for Haskins, but he’ll rise to the challenge.
You get the sense Matt Patricia wants to build from the inside on both sides of the ball, so if Quinnen is here, you have to think Patricia would jump on the opportunity to work with him.
The strength of victory tiebreaker gives the Bills this spot, as Buffalo and Denver were tied for the No. 9 pick. The Bills had arguably the worst receiving group in 2018, so Metcalf’s ability would be a huge breath of fresh air for the Buffalo faithful.
Case Keenum proved to be nothing more than a bridge quarterback with a bleak future in Denver, so they need a solution. It will be interesting to see if Denver considers trading up to get Haskins. For now, they take a chance on Lock and hope for the best.
The Bengals pretty much have no tight ends on the roster, as all their top guys are becoming free agents. It’s very possible they consider Fant, whom many consider to be one of the best tight end prospects in some time.
The Packers get a bit lucky seeing Thompson slip through the cracks, and they’d be happy to take him especially after trading Damarious Randall and seeing some of their young DBs go up and down.
The Adam Gase era is over in Miami and the Ryan Tannehill era likely will be too, very soon. So with Haskins and Lock off the board, it may seem like a reach for Grier, but teams will fall in love with his arm strength.
Another team that could really use defensive line help, particularly on the inside, is Atlanta and there are still some good ones on the board here. The pick is Simmons to try and plug up the interior in hopes that Vic Beasley can bounce back from a disappointing 2018 season.
The Redskins continue to beef up their defensive front and, wouldn’t you know, it’s still all Alabama players, along with Da’Ron Payne and Jonathan Allen. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Washington continue the trend.
Offensive tackle and wide receiver could be possible here as well, but Julius Peppers and Mario Addison can’t hang around forever. Good offensive tackles should still be available in round two. Burns gives the Panthers the fresh foundation on the edge they’ve needed for several seasons.
The Browns became one of the more exciting offenses in the league under Freddie Kitchens. Why not make it even more exciting with Harmon?
The Vikings likely looking for a replacement for Anthony Barr. Wilson is a good one, despite the shot he took during the Orange Bowl.
The Titans continue to add to their arsenal of pass rushers, adding Polite to the rotation with last year’s second-round pick, Harold Landry.
Murphy is an interesting case but should have some buzz on him if he decides to declare. Even if some feel he isn’t first-round worthy, it’s not like the Steelers haven’t taken lesser-valued DBs in the first round before.
The Eagles are likely going to have to restock the pass-rush cabinet this offseason and if Sweat is on the board, then Philadelphia could have a double round of “Sweat” coming off the edge. Irresistible.
Oruwariye will have a lot of eyes on him at the Senior Bowl in a few weeks. A good week could really catapult him. Landing in Indianapolis, he would join what has quietly become a solid secondary and he could be the piece the Colts need to get over the hump.
While Gary was a disappointment this season, he still has plenty of upside and Seattle has a history of taking defensive linemen surprisingly high and working wonders with them.
Almost 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns. Not a bad way to end your career at Stanford. I’d imagine Whiteside, or any receiver, would be happy to land in Baltimore now with Lamar Jackson.
Oakland dips back into defense, this time in the second level for White, who will make a case to be the first linebacker off the board in this draft. White could help turn around a rough position group for the Raiders.
The offensive line absolutely must be addressed by the Texans this offseason. To have Edwards fall to them here would be a very nice gift for DeShaun Watson, who won’t want to take 60 sacks again next season.
The Raiders go three for three on defense with their third pick of the first round by taking the Jim Thorpe Award winner, DeAndre Baker.
The thought of pairing Tillery with Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa continues to sound quite nice. They’ve got to slow Patrick Mahomes down somehow.
The time may have arrived for the Patriots to find their successor to Rob Gronkowski. Luckily for New England, this is a good class at tight end and Knox has quite a bit of upside.
Lindstrom will be among the top interior linemen in this year’s class, and he was one of the best linemen Boston College ever had. Lindstrom could slide in at right guard for the Rams to start and eventually take over for Rodger Saffold at left guard.
We know how much Andy Reid loves players in the trenches. With Willis, they would be adding another weapon next to Chris Jones, who had 15.5 sacks in 2018 and was snubbed from the Pro Bowl.
If the Packers are prepared to move on from Bryan Bulaga and Jason Spriggs, the wrecking ball Risner is an excellent option.