Brandon's NFL Mock Draft 2.0
Alright, so that was fun. Just as I'm about to finalize Mock Draft 2.0, the 49ers swoop in and trade up with the Dolphins for #3. So, I'm like okay that doesn't change too much. Then the Eagles trade down with Miami and Miami jumps back up to #6. Absolute chaos for anyone working on a mock draft when this news went down. I had to fire a one-round mock draft with no trades, because clearly it's a struggle to try to come up with trades when teams are trading as I'm literally typing right now. So, here it is my new and improved mock draft 2.0 after two MASSIVE trades. I did change it about 500 times, but I'm fully committed now. Fire away and tell me I'm dumb @FFSourPatchKid on Twitter.
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1. Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
I cannot be convinced that the Jaguars will take anyone else besides Lawrence here and I don't think I ever will be. Jacksonville has their potential franchise quarterback and Urban Meyer gets a chance to address other needs in the coming rounds. After adding receivers Marvin Jones and Phillip Dorsett in free agency, the Jaguars suddenly have a nice array of weapons for Lawrence, including Shenault Jr., Chark, and running back James Robinson.
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2. New York Jets - Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
The buzz surrounding the Jets sticking with Darnold going forward has taken a major hit today. Zach Wilson may have the most talented arm in this class. Not saying he'll be the best QB in this class, but I favor him over Fields (uncommon opinion). I think the Jets will too. The Jets have hopefully found a franchise quarterback to coincide with a vastly improving roster and revamped coaching staff.
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3. San Francisco 49ers (from MIA via HOU) - Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch pull the trigger on Fields here after moving up 9 spots to get him. They are not satisfied with Jimmy G and know they have to find a dynamic quarterback to truly contend for multiple seasons. Fields can potentially come in and sit behind Garoppolo for a year, while still maintaining a window of contention. I don't think they move up this far and give up this much to not draft a QB. The question remains if the Jones speculation is just a smokescreen. I believe it is.
4. Atlanta Falcons - Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Atlanta goes with Sewell here as they already have a decent roster of players. The Falcons are truly in cap hell, but have a solid offense in place. Matt Ryan has taken the second most sacks (74) in the NFL since 2018, just behind Deshaun Watson with Houston. Part of that is Ryan holding onto the ball trying to make a play, but a huge reason is the offensive line play. Sewell should provide a bit of comfort for Ryan, who I do believe has a lot of good football left in him.
5. Cincinnati Bengals - Kyle Pitts, TE/WR, Florida
The Bengals will draft Penei Sewell if he is here at number 5. However, in the event that he is not, they need a playmaker at tight end and Pitts is the perfect guy for Joe Burrow. He wants them to reunite him with Chase, but Pitts fills a bigger need as they already have Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd out wide. Pitts will allow the Bengals to stretch the field down the middle to open up things for Higgins and Boyd.
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6. Miami Dolphins (from PHI) - Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Miami slides down and moves back up to get the guy they ultimately wanted in the end. Chase should give the Dolphins an elite talent at wideout to go along with the vast array of weapons they have assembled for Tua. Chase should be a solid WR#1 for a long time in South Beach.
7. Detroit Lions - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The Lions get a replacement for Kenny Golladay at the #7 overall spot. Detroit famously drafted Calvin Johnson at #2 overall in 2007 and they hope to get a similar outcome with Waddle. I have Waddle just behind DeVonta Smith, but you just never know where other teams have these guys on their boards.
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8. Carolina Panthers - Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
The Panthers are able to get their guy at QB after the 49ers chose Fields over him at #3. Lance and Carolina seems like a perfect fit with Matt Rhule just coming from the college game. Teddy Bridgewater is there to be the "bridge" guy (horribly pun) until Lance is ready. I haven't seen a lot of buzz surrounding Lance in recent weeks, but he could quietly become a top quarterback in this class. I like him and think he fits well with the Panthers.
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9. Denver Broncos - Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
The Broncos have had a really impressive free agency period. Inking S, Justin Simmons to a long term deal, re-signing DT Shelby Harris, and adding CB's Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller were fantastic moves for new GM George Paton. This is definitely a trade down spot, but that's just not fun for me. Slater fills a need on the right side of the offensive line, but could also slide in at guard which has been the opinion of some draft experts.
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10. Dallas Cowboys - Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Inking Dak Prescott to a long-term deal was priority number 1 this offseason. Priority number two should be adding a stud corner in this draft. I believe they have done that here with Patrick Surtain, the most pro-ready cornerback in this draft (what do I know really). Cornerback is a position of need in Dallas and Surtain should step in from day one and be an immediate impact type of guy to counteract division foes additions of Curtis Samuel (WFT) & Kenny Golladay (NYG).
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11. New York Giants - Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Perhaps the most improved team in the NFL after the first couple weeks of free agency is the Giants. Mostly because of bringing in Quarterback Mike Glennon (I kid, I kid). The additions of WR Kenny Golladay (4 years, $72 million), TE Kyle Rudolph (2 years, $12 million), and CB Adoree Jackson (3 years, $39 million) have given the Giants organization new life. Let's add an edge rusher in Ojulari from Georgia into the mix for a defense that was ranked in the top 10 last season. If Daniel Jones can take off, the Giants could contend for a wild card spot in 2021.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (from MIA, via SF) - DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The Eagles seem committed to Jaylen Hurts. Obviously, things change in a second in the NFL, but they need to improve the skill position at wide receiver badly. The talented receiver from Alabama should be a featured player in the Eagles offense right away. Even better, he is a great worker and an even better character guy. Home-run here as the Eagles pick up a 2022 1st Round Pick and still get a wide receiver.
13. Los Angeles Chargers - Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
The Chargers have a need at offensive tackle, so Darrisaw fills a massive hole. Keenan Allen is not getting any younger, so it is quite imperative that the Chargers look to get an offensive weapon for their young quarterback. However, sometimes the best weapon is a great tackle. Darrisaw has that ability. Darrisaw was only offered one division 1 scholarship out of high school (Virginia Tech), but has turned himself into an elite level prospect. A natural left tackle, he will be able to start on day 1, which is what LA is hoping for.
14. Minnesota Vikings - Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia tech
The Vikings brought in Patrick Peterson on a 1 year deal in free agency. They also signed DT Dalvin Tomlinson to a 2 year deal. Now they lock up a young cornerback to learn from the veteran in Peterson. Couldn't be a better guy to learn from in your rookie season. Minnesota's secondary was God awful last year, so they take a huge step into rebuilding that group with this selection. Farley slides a little bit to 14 and the Vikings are happy to scoop him up.
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15. New England Patriots - Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
This pick feels like a reach to me and Mac Jones has been the most difficult player to evaluate/mock for me personally. Cam Newton can still be the starter in 2021 and it allows Jones to grow into an NFL quarterback. It just feels like a Patriots selection to me. Bill will work with Jones to turn him into something great, at least it feels like that to me.
16. Arizona Cardinals - Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
I know, I know. A running back in the first round is almost crazy these days. Arizona has a few needs, especially at cornerback, but after missing out on Horn and Farley in this scenario, I have them going with Harris. He doesn't exactly fit the style that the Cardinals are operating with, but if he turns out to be half the player that Derrick Henry is, Kyler Murray will become even scarier for opposing defenses.
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17. Las Vegas Raiders - Richie Grant, S, UCF
I asked Randy if this was a hot take. He said it was but sometimes there's a player who is higher on someone else's draft board than most experts. Richie Grant is the guy I'm taking a swing on. Measuring in at 5"11 and 5"8 in, he's a bit undersized for the position. However, he was a three year starter at UCF and is a very underrated prospect in my opinion. He plays the angles well as a safety and is very good against the run. A perfect safety for Jon Gruden and the Raiders.
18. Miami Dolphins - Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC
Miami adds an interior offensive lineman here with their second first round selection of the draft. Vera-Tucker is a highly touted prospect that fills a big need on the interior part of the line. Miami is building quite the roster.
19. Washington Football Team - Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Washington signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick this offseason, so they seem to have the short term figured out at that position. They do have a need at linebacker and that's the move they decide to go with here. The Fighting Irish product has also been another player rising on draft boards. A converted safety in college, he has the ability to be a multi-dimensional player on defense. Washington is the sleeper team in my opinion for Watson and you could see Houston sliding up and dealing with Washington here as well.
20. Chicago Bears - Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
I'll admit, I have absolutely no gut feeling on what the Bears will be doing this year in the draft. Placing the franchise tag on Allen Robinson allows them to hold onto him for a year at least, so they may be looking at his replacement. I've got them going with a corner instead. Honestly, I just couldn't do it to Bateman lol. The Bears have lost Kyle Fuller and need a replacement (they have Trufant and Burns on one year deals). Horn is a solid prospect and a good value pick at number 20.
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21. Indianapolis Colts - Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
The Colts fill a need at receiver to pair with Michael Pittman Jr. long term. I love this selection for the Colts because they have a solid roster already. Bateman has elite level talent and could make a huge splash for Carson Wentz this season. Wentz needs more weapons to succeed and this move gives him some confidence heading into a big year for him.
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22. Tennessee Titans - Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
Another guy who has been rising on draft boards everywhere this draft season. Newsome posses the best ball skills in this draft potentially out of the cornerback position. He excelled at Northwestern and he's been compared to Malcolm Butler and Darius Slay. The Titans have a big need at corner with their defense a big point of emphasis going into this offseason.
23. New York Jets - Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami (FL)
With the Jets adding Zach Wilson at number 2 overall, its time to get another edge rusher on defense to get to the opposing passer. Phillips is an explosive edge rusher who will work alongside Carl Lawson for the Jets. Phillips goes just before his teammate Rousseau in this year's draft.
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24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (FL)
I think Mac Jones is in play for the Steelers, but the Patriots had other ideas in this scenario. The loss of Maurkice Pouncey looms large in Pittsburgh. Adding Creed Humphery here could give the Steelers a center of the future. However, with edge rusher still a need with the loss of Bud Dupree, they go with Rousseau here as he fell a bit to #24 overall.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars - Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
Urban Meyer and company continue to try to rebuild the Jaguars quickly. Getting Barmore here at #25 is a great start to that. Another guy who needs to improve his strength, but has shown to be explosive on several pieces of film in his career. Not an elite level top 10 pick, but could be a solid starter in the league for many years.
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26. Cleveland Browns - Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
The Browns have a massive need at the linebacker position, but in Joe Woods defensive scheme, linebackers are more role players. Resigning Malcolm Smith and adding Anthony Walker in free agency were nice moves and allows them to feel comfortable for now. Paye is a hard-working and experienced edge rusher out of Michigan who will fit alongside Myles Garrett nicely.
27. Baltimore Ravens - Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
The Ravens need to figure out their situation with Orlando Brown at right tackle. If that deteriorates, they could absolutely look at Jenkins or one of the other prospects as a replacement. This type of player fits the Ravens style and helps with the loss of Judon in free agency. Parsons could be a more long-term player, but Baltimore knows how to develop talent as well as any other organization in the league. Parsons could go much earlier, so Baltimore may need to move up to get him. Denver will be in play for Parsons as well.
28. New Orleans Saints - Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
The Saints add the top linebacker in the class here with Collins. I think he could go earlier so maybe they move up to get him. Regardless, Collins fills a need with Demario Davis getting a bit older. They could look at a receiver here as well, but I've got them filling an important need at #28.
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29. Green Bay Packers - Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
The Packers have been very quiet in free agency this offseason. Cosmi fills a need that the team has, absolutely. I am not as confident in this selection, because the Packers can be extremely unpredictable, as we've seen in the past. Cosmi is a good prospect at the end of the first round and they hope he can be a long-term starter in Green Bay.
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30. Buffalo Bills - Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
The Bills add an elite level tight end at the end of the first round. Josh Allen is going to absolutely love him and it could elevate him even further than last season, as that was a position that was extremely underwhelming. I'd like them to grab Etienne, but I believe there is good value at that position towards the middle rounds.
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31. Kansas City Chiefs - Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
The Chiefs take Browning here and fill a need at linebacker. Browning fits the 4-3 scheme run by Steve Spagnuolo. Browning has a first round grade from me and should be an immediate impact linebacker in the NFL.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
Not going to lie, I love chaos. The constant drama betwen Bruce Arians and Ronald Jones last season was frustrating to many fantasy owners. I've just added to that chaos by bringing in Etienne to the Bucs. Etienne will join Jones and Fournette in a running back room that has a lot of promise. Who the hell knows who will be getting the carries on a week-to-week basis, but it's fun to to project. After all, I'm an agent of chaos (S/O Heath Ledger's Joker).