NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Two Rounds)
1. Arizona Cardinals - Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma - I’m not buying the smoke that the Cardinals’ front office is attempting to throw. They’ve stated that they’re still unsure of what they’ll do with the first overall selection some Thursday night. The damage with sophomore and last year starting quarterback Josh Rosen has been done. That bridge has been burned. I’m predicting that Murray is the first name called and Rosen is shipped out between the closing of the first round Thursday and the opening of the second round on Friday.
Previous Pick: Kyler Murray. QB, Oklahoma
2. San Francisco 49ers - Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State - With Kyler Murray taken first overall, the 49ers get the best player in the draft that also just so happens to fill their biggest need. It has been reported that the 49ers have fallen in love with Quinnen Williams of Alabama during the pre-draft process but when it comes to Thursday night, Bosa will be the name they’ll call.
Previous Pick: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
3. New York Jets - Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama - I previously have mocked Josh Allen to the Jets here at three. However, I don’t think the Jets can pass up on the talent of Williams. He could arguably be the best overall player in the draft. He was the anchor to the dominate Alabama defense for many years. He’s as good as a defensive tackle prospect will come.
Previous Pick: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
4. Oakland Raiders - Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky - Nothing of a surprise here. The Raiders take the best available pass rusher on the board at four. Allen is an extremely athletic freak. He ran a 4.63 40 at the combine at 262 pounds. He has the length, athleticism and explosiveness to be a star pass rusher at the NFL level, much like an Aldon Smith.
Previous Pick: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Devin White, LB, LSU - This Bucs’ pick is rather interesting. Jameis Winston is slated to make over $21 million and has not lived up to his expectations. The Buccaneers could easily part ways with the former number one overall pick and go with a quarterback. However, I expect them to not go down that road and focus on its horrible defense. What better way to improve your defense than landing a future centerpiece. White’s today’s NFL linebacker. He has 4.42 40 speed. He has sideline-to-sideline speed. Any defense would love to add White.
Previous Pick: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
6. New York Giants - Daniel Jones, QB, Duke - Are the Giants about to make a huge mistake? Sources say they may. It has been reported that Dave Gettleman is in love with Jones and is preparing to take him with the sixth overall selection Thursday. The Giants are in need of a quarterback for sure, after passing on the likes of Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen in last year’s draft, selecting Saquon Barkley second overall. They’re prepared to makes Jones the next face of their franchise.
Previous Pick: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida - The Jaguars brought in Nick Foles to be their franchise quarterback. They gave the man over $20 million a year to do so. Now they have to protect him. Last season the Jags’ offensive line was rather sub-par, not only effecting whoever was under center but Leonard Fournette as well who struggled to find running lanes and stay healthy. With the ability to land the draft’s best offensive tackle at seven, the Jaguars need to pounce and secure their line.
Previous Pick: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
8. Detroit Lions - Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State - I’m a very big fan of Sweat. At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds Sweat went 4.41 in the 40-yard dash. The Lions need help across its defensive front seven and bringing in Sweat will only help them trend in the right direction.
Previous Pick: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
9. Buffalo Bills - Ed Oliver, DT, Michigan - Ed Oliver in athletic specimen. He’s explosive and gets off the ball extremely fast. He’s shifty and has great hand play. I hate to compare anyone to the likes of Aaron Donald, but Ed Oliver has a lot of Donald in his locker. The Bills biggest need is between the offensive and defensive line so selecting the best player available between the two at nine makes sense.
Previous Pick: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
10. Denver Broncos - Drew Lock, QB, Missouri - I can’t stop mocking Lock to the Broncos. The fit is too perfect. Although I’ve trashed the Broncos and General Manager John Elway in my previous editions of mocks for their interest in Lock, many draft experts have Lock as their number one quarterback prospect. Lets not forget that he played in the SEC West, against teams such as Alabama, Mississippi State, Auburn, Georgia and the list goes on and on. The only problem I see with lock is his nine-inch hands, which are not ideal. He has the talent, tolls and mechanics to get it done at the NFL level. Let’s hope he lives up to the expectations and doesn’t perish in the land where rookie quaterbacks go to die.
Previous Pick: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
11. Cincinnati Bengals - Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State - Andy Dalton did not receive an extension this off-season. Pairing that with the fact that the Bengals have a new head coach for the first time in forever, this is starting to make sense. At the beginning of the process telling the Bengals that they could get Haskins at 11 was not be in the question. With the draft potentially shaping up the way I’ve projected it to, they’d love to add who I believe to be the best quarterback in the draft. This is if the Washington Redskins don't trade up for Haskins.
Previous Pick: Devin White, LB, LSU
12. Green Bay Packers - T.J.Hockenson, TE, Iowa - The Packers have made many moves this off-season to address its defense. Now they’ll look to get Aaron Rodgers so much needed help on offense. With Randall Cobb leaving, Rodgers needs another target to throw to. Although it isn’t a wide receiver, Hockenson is a can’t miss prospect. He’s drawing comparisons to Travis Kelce. I’m not ready to go there yet but I will say that Hockenson is special.
Previous Pick: Brian Burns, EDGE, Boston College
13. Miami Dolphins - Brian Burns, EDGE, Boston College - The Dolphins have shipped defensive end Robert Quinn to the Dallas Cowboys. Now, they'll need to find a replacement. All of the chatter points towards the Dolphins waiting until the 2020 draft to select a quarterback. With that being said, the Dolphins can select one of the highest rising players in the draft in Burns to help start the rebuild of a defense under first year head coach Brian Flores.
Previous Pick: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
14. Atlanta Falcons - Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson - Although Quinnen Williams is seen as the superior defensive line talent in the draft, Wilkins is not that far behind. Wilkins is number two in Pro Football Focus grades in both pass rushing and run stopping of qualifying defensive lineman to only Williams. The Falcons are looking to secure the interior of its defensive line, which allowed many teams to run wild. Putting Wilkins alongside Grady Jarrett would be a big upgrade.
Previous Pick: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
15. Washington Redskins - Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson - With the first round quaterbacks off the board before the Redskins select at fifteen, look for the team to add a pass rusher. Veteran Ryan Kerrigan is another year older and can't play forever. Ferrell was part of the all-so-dominate Clemson defensive line. Look for the Redskins to trade up for Dwayne Haskins however.
Previous Pick: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
16. Carolina Panthers - Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama - Although the Panthers are in need of an edge rusher, there aren’t many options left at 16. In my mock draft 3.0 I project Jonah Williams to the Panthers and I’ll do that again. Their second biggest need outside of edge rusher is on its offensive line. I believe Williams can play both tackle and guard at the NFL level so getting a versatile lineman will definitely help.
Previous Pick: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
17. New York Giants via Cleveland Browns - Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan - Gary is a prospect that’s hard to judge. All of the measurables are there. He was once the number one high school prospect coming into Michigan a few years back. He has recently seen his stock drop with a flagged shoulder injury that may need to be addressed. The Giants got their quarterback with the sixth overall selection so getting a much needed boost to its defensive line at seventeen is fitting.
Previous Pick: Cleveland Browns - D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
18. Minnesota Vikings - Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State - Dillard may be the best offensive lineman in the draft. The Vikings have a desperate need to improve it’s offensive line via the draft to help protect their $80 million man in Kirk Cousins. Dillard will most likely be a right tackle in the NFL but I can see him shifting to the left side in the future.
Previous Pick: Coby Ford, OT, Alabama
19. Tennessee Titans - Noah Fant, TE, Iowa - There’s no doubt that the Titans need some skill position players. Delanie Walker has been a huge part of the Titans’ offensive for years. Walker can no longer stay healthy enough to stay on the field and the Titans need to find a replacement. Fant is the more athletic of the first round tight-ends. He’ll plug in perfectly in the Titans offense and take over for Walker.
Previous Pick: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
20. Pittsburgh Steelers - Byron Murphy, CB, Washington - Greedy Williams has long been projected as the best defensive back prospect in the draft. However, he’s a poor tackler despite his extreme athleticism. I’ve been high on Murphy since the pre-draft prospect began. The Steelers had one of the worst secondaries in the league last season and were routinely beaten over the top. The extreme athleticism and speed of Murphy makes him my favorite corner in the draft and would be a welcomed addition to the Steelers.
Previous Pick: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
21. Seattle Seahawks - Nassir Adderley, S, Deleware - Earl Thomas is now a Baltimore Raven. The Seahawks have also recently traded away Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs leaving a hole on the edge. With the first round edge rushers off the board, the Seahawks will look to fill its need at safety. I’m high on Adderley. Although he didn’t play a power five school, he has all of the skills needed to be a very good safety at the next level. He’s a great ballhawking safety who hits hard and can play anywhere in the secondary.
Previous Pick: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
22. Baltimore Ravens - Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma - Brown has world class speed. Although we don’t have an official 40 time for him, he has posted a 4.33 40-yard dash in the past. He’s also healing from a foot injury. However, I believe he’s the best receiver in the draft. He has the talent of a Tyreek Hill, who is currently in discussions with the Chiefs for a “record setting contract.” I think Brown has a Hill like ceiling and the Ravens and Lamar Jackson would love to have him catching screens.
Previous Pick: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
23. Houston Texans - Cody Ford, G, Oklahoma - The Texans had one of the worst offensive lines in all of football last year. It’s not surprising that they’ll look to bring in the best offensive lineman available at 23. Ford has the ability to play both tackle and guard at the next level, which would be ideal for the Texans who have a need across its entire line.
Previous Pick: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
24. Oakland Raiders via Chicago Bears - Greedy Williams, CB, LSU - Greedy was once a top 10 projected pick. He has the speed and athleticism to be a very good corner in the league and cover anyone at the next level. He has speculation on his tackling however, which have seen him slide. The Raiders went edge rusher with their first pick so selecting the best available secondary talent at 24 makes sense.
Previous Pick: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
25. Philadelphia Eagles - DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia - Baker could arguably be the most pro-ready corner in this draft. He’s strong and quick. He’s less athletic than Byron Murphy or Greedy Williams but he’s talented. He’s exactly what the Eagles need to start improving its secondary.
Previous Pick: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
26. Indianapolis Colts - Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson - Lawrence is arguably the most polished of all of the interior lineman in the draft. Matt Eberflus has done a great job in making the Colts’ defense good. There are still holes in that defense and adding an interior presence such as Lawrence will help take the defense from good to great.
Previous Pick: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
27. Oakland Raiders via Dallas Cowboys - Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama - I for some reason love Jacobs to the Raiders. They did bring in Isaiah Crowell this off-season an have the likes of Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington on their roster. None of which are Josh Jacobs. Jacobs is the best runningback in the draft and can play every down at the NFL level.
Previous Pick: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
28. Los Angeles Chargers - Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame - The Chargers have a glaring weakness on its interior defenive line. They were beaten up the middle on several occasions throughout the season. Tillery is very explosive and has a very quick first step. He’s extremely strong and has the hand movement to beat the best of interior linemen.
Previous Pick: Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
29. Seattle Seahawks via Kansas City Chiefs - A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss - Doug Baldwin can’t stay healthy and Tyler Lockett is the only real talent that the Seahawks have in its receiving core. With a second first round selection the Seahawks could look to bring in one of the best receiving talents in the draft to give Russell Wilson another target. Wilson recently signed an extension so providing him with more weapons is a must.
Previous Pick: Kansas City Chiefs - DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
30. Green Bay Packers - Devin Bush, LB, Michigan - Devin Bush has top 15-talent and the Packers have a need for inside linebacking help. Bush is an extremely talent and quick linebacker. He has sideline-to-sideline speed and all of the tools to be a great inside presence for many years to come.
Previous Pick: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
31. Los Angeles Rams - Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State - The Rams will take a chance on Simmons at 31, who has top five talent. Simmons tore his ACL and won’t be ready until the middle of the season at the best case. When Simmons does return, the Rams are set to have a very talented inside defensive lineman to fill the hole left by Ndamukong Suh who left in free agency.
Previous Pick: Jacahi Polite, EDGE, Florida
32. New England Patriots - Dalton Risner, T, Kansas State - This pick could easily be traded for someone looking to jump into the backend of the first round for a talent. If the Patriots are to keep it, taking someone like Risner makes sense. Risner can play any position across the offensive line and will fit perfectly into the Patriots system.
Previous Pick: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
33. Arizona Cardinals - Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington
34. Indianapolis Colts via New York Jets - D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
35. Oakland Raiders - Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
36. San Francisco 49ers - Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State
37. New York Giants - Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
38. Jacksonville Jaguars - Irv Smith Jr., TE, Albama
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
40. Buffalo Bills - Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
41. Denver Broncos - Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
42. Cincinnati Bengals - Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
43. Detroit Lions - Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
44. Green Bay Packers - Juan Thornville, S, Virginia
45. Atlanta Falcons - Oshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Dominion
46. Washington Redskins - Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
47. Carolina Panthers - Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech
48. Miami Dolphins - Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
49. Cleveland Browns - Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
50. Minnesota Vikings - Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
51. Tennessee Titans - Garrett Bradbury, C, N.C. State
52. Pittsburgh Steelers - Darnell Savage, S, Maryland
53. Philadelphia Eagles via Baltimore Ravens - Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M
54. Houston Texans via Seattle Seahawks - Chris Lindstorm, G, Boston College
55. Houston Texans - David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State
56. New England Patriots - Ryan Finley, QB, N.C. State
57. Philadelphia Eagles - Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
58. Dallas Cowboys - Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
59. Indianapolis Colts - Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
60. Los Angeles Chargers - Gerald Willis III, DT, Miami
61. Kansas City Chiefs - Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
62. New Orleans Saints - Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida
63. Kansas City Chiefs - Amani Hooker, S, Iowa
64. New England Patriots - Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan