The NFL Combine has come and passed. You know what that means… two-round post-combine mock draft! Ready… go.
1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Easiest pick in the draft this year. It’s like tee ball. Not even Cincinnati can screw it up, right?
2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, Edge, Ohio St.
Let’s not overcomplicate this thing, Washington. Chase Young is an all-decade kind of talent at the second-most important position in the game. Yet, I keep seeing this lunacy that the ‘Skins want to bring in Tua Tagovailoa to compete with Dwayne Haskins. Why? Because he wasn’t Rookie of the Year? Haskins improved greatly from that disastrous first game to the end of the year, finishing strong with back-to-back passer ratings of 121.3 and 143.2. He was also sacked a whopping 29 times in just 9 games. If the pick somehow isn’t Young, they might want to consider a pass protector here, not another quarterback.
3. Miami Dolphins (trade w/Detroit Lions) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
As Tua continues to check all the medical boxes, I continue to believe some team will trade up to select him. Detroit doesn’t need him, but they would benefit from trading back and gaining some extra draft capital in the process. The ideal trade partner would be Miami. They need a quarterback and Tua is a perfect fit there. Detroit picks up Miami’s 26th and 56th overall picks to trade down two spots, Miami gets their franchise QB, everybody is happy.
4. New York Giants – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
I was torn between Becton and Jedrick Wills here. I went with Becton because of his higher long-term ceiling but either would be a great pick. The point is that the Giants need to work on their offensive line. They have an up-and-coming franchise QB in Daniel Jones who took 38 sacks in 13 games as a rookie. They need to keep him upright. Adding Becton strengthens the line and opens things up for the whole offense.
5. Detroit Lions (trade w/Miami Dolphins) – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
I’ve been seeing reports that Bob Quinn likes Isaiah Simmons. There were similar reports last year about TJ Hockenson. With that, my money is on Simmons, the do-it-all defensive weapon who runs a 4.39, to become a Detroit Lion. Simmons can play linebacker, safety, pass rusher, even a little corner. He’s the ultimate chess piece for a defense. The Lions upgrade theirs greatly with this pick.
6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Chargers are letting longtime quarterback Philip Rivers walk. This leaves a massive vacancy at the game’s most important position. Herbert’s my #4 QB in this year’s class as of right now, but I believe he will be the third quarterback off the board. The most likely landing spot is Los Angeles. He has a huge arm and the college production to back it up. But as I said in the last mock I did, I can’t shake the feeling he settles in as an average quarterback when I watch his film.
7. Carolina Panthers – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
One of the top players in this class has fallen far enough. This is the ideal scenario for Carolina. They need interior defensive line help and Brown is the best prospect at the position in this year’s class. He’s an immediate plug-and-play force in the middle of that defensive line and should anchor the group for the next decade. Well played, Carolina.
8. Arizona Cardinals – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Arizona really needs to upgrade their offensive line but part of me thinks they’re going to go receiver here at pick eight. Lamb is a former college teammate of Kyler Murray’s, and Kyler has been lobbying to bring Lamb to the desert. The need at the receiver position is there. Larry Fitzgerald isn’t getting any younger and Christian Kirk needs a running mate. Lamb steps in as the #1 receiver in the league’s most pass-heavy offense. Fantasy managers rejoice.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jeffery Okudah, CB, Ohio St.
It’s unlikely Okudah slides this far IRL, but he somehow does in this scenario. The best corner in the class goes to a team that is suddenly needy at the position, having traded away Jalen Ramsey and (more recently) AJ Bouye. Okudah fills Ramsey’s shoes as a rookie Pro Bowler.
10. Cleveland Browns – Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Perhaps the best tackle prospect in the class, Wills is a perfect fit at a massive area of need for the Browns. Like Jeff Okudah in the last pick, it’s unlikely Wills falls this far, but crazier things have happened. Baker Mayfield was pressured far too often in 2019 and was sacked 40 times. Poor offensive line play (and coaching) were the team’s undoing en route to 6-10 and yet another top-ten draft selection. Coaching has been addressed, now it’s time to start building the line.
11. New York Jets – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
One of the stars of the Combine falls right into the laps of a team with a need at offensive tackle. Reports of Jack Conklin intending to sign with the Jets have since fallen through, leaving the tackle position as the most pressing need for the franchise. Wirfs is versatile. He can play on either side at tackle, or kick inside and become one of the game’s best guards.
12. Las Vegas Raiders – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
This is a perfect player-team match. The Sin City Raiders are in desperate need of a #1 receiver and Jeudy, the former Biletnikoff Award winner, is arguably the best in the class. He’s the best route runner in the class and is a human highlight reel after the catch. Adding Jeudy makes that Raiders offense look really good going into the inaugural 2020 season.
13. Indianapolis Colts – Jordan Love, QB, Utah St.
In this scenario, Old Man Rivers signs with the Colts. That’s great for a short-term playoff run, but he’s aging and won’t play forever. They need a plan for the future. Enter: Jordan Love. The uber-talented, but raw, quarterback out of unheralded Utah State has perhaps the highest ceiling of any passer in this class, but could use a year to sit and learn from a guy like Rivers.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
Perhaps a top-ten talent in the draft this year, Kinlaw falls outside it due to a run on quarterbacks and offensive linemen. The Buccs aren’t complaining though, and they’re waiting there at pick 14 with open arms to bring the pass-rushing defensive tackle to Tampa. If Kinlaw can produce at 75% of what Gerald McCoy did in his prime, this pick is a huge win.
15. Denver Broncos – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Thomas somehow falls to 15. The Broncos ditch their plans to draft Henry Ruggs III and rush to the podium to pick up Drew Lock’s new blindside protector for the next decade.
16. Atlanta Falcons – K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU
Atlanta needs help in a few areas but pass rush might be the most pressing. Chaisson is a fairly raw, very high-upside prospect whom I view as 2020’s Brian Burns. I love the fit in Atlanta, with a defensive-minded head coach and an opportunity for a lot of early playing time.
17. Dallas Cowboys – CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
It appears Byron Jones is going to be playing in a new uniform this year, leaving a huge vacancy at cornerback. Henderson is a big, athletic corner with SEC experience who slots right in as a starter in Big D.
18. Miami Dolphins – Josh Jones, OT, Houston
It might be a little early to jump on Jones here, but Miami needs help at left tackle after trading Laremy Tunsil to Houston last year, and they traded away their 26th overall pick in this scenario. They need to make a move now. Jones will be a serviceable starter as a rookie with room to grow. In a few years, this pick looks great.
19. Las Vegas Raiders – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Queen has been screaming up draft boards this offseason. It wasn’t long ago that I was able to select him in the 5th or 6th round of online mock drafts. It’s funny how quickly things change sometimes. Queen’s an athletic sideline-to-sideline linebacker who will be the presence the Raiders need in the middle of their defense.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
“Slow” 40-time be damned, McKinney is the best safety in this class and he’s still a first-round prospect. This dude is just a playmaker in the secondary. He’s always around the ball, either making tackles or forcing turnovers. His 2019 stats: 95 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 3 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
This one’s for Nick. Philly has a need, they have a need for speed. The kind of speed where the receiver can throw up the deuces as he burns the defense on the way to the endzone. That’s the type of player Ruggs is. In real life, the Eagles may need to trade up to get him but in this scenario, Ruggs miraculously falls to 21, and Carson Wentz couldn’t be happier.
22. Buffalo Bills – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
For those of you who have followed my work, you’ll know how long I’ve been talking/writing about Jefferson. After a stellar junior season and performance at the Combine, the former two-star recruit (per Rivals) has risen to secure first-round status. He steps right into the #1 receiver role in Buffalo. Jefferson has this uncanny ability to always be right where the QB needs him, which will work wonders with Josh Allen.
23. New England Patriots – Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn St.
New England has a need for a pass rusher and one of the better pass rushers in the class happens to be available to them here. Gross-Matos had a productive college career and his game should transfer nicely to the NFL, especially in New England where the coaches tend to get the best out of players. Great player-team match here.
24. New Orleans Saints – Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
Forty time at the Combine and injury concerns aside, Shenault is still a first-round talent. And when I watch him play, I see a future Saint. I just love the fit. A versatile playmaker like Shenault paired with a creative offensive mind like Sean Payton makes a ton of sense. He gives New Orleans a great second option at receiver that they’ve been lacking for years.
25. Minnesota Vikings – Cesar Ruiz, OL, Michigan
It’s not flashy and it may be a bit of a reach, but Minnesota needs a lot of help along the offensive line. Garrett Bradbury was a nice start last year, but they need to keep building. Ruiz is a plug-and-play day-one starter at guard.
26. Detroit Lions (trade w/Miami Dolphins) – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
After passing on Jeff Okudah with their first selection, Detroit still comes away with one of the top corner prospects in the class. Diggs is a big, physical, athletic corner and is an immediate starter in that improving Lions secondary. As an Alabama and Lions fan, I’m giddy about the possibility of this scenario happening. And as an added bonus, Trevon will get to square off with his older brother Stefon (of the Minnesota Vikings) twice a year.
27. Seattle Seahawks – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Short and sweet. Corner isn’t Seattle’s biggest area of need, but they go best player available here and upgrade at the position.
28. Baltimore Ravens – Terrell Lewis, Edge, Alabama
Baltimore dips back into the Alabama pool where they have found so much success in the past and selects Lewis, the talented, physically imposing (6-5/262) edge rusher who’d probably be discussed as a top-15 pick if not for injuries in college. Pass rush is their biggest area of need and Lewis is in a position to make an immediate impact.
29. Tennessee Titans – Zack Baun, Edge, Wisconsin
Baun is another player who’s been climbing draft boards in recent weeks. The All-American edge rusher put up 12.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss for the Badgers in 2019 and tested well at the Combine. Tennessee pairs Baun with Harold Landry, giving them a vicious pass rush for the foreseeable future.
30. Green Bay Packers – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Davante Adams on one side, Jalen Reagor on the other. Green Bay gets some much needed help at receiver by adding one of the best playmakers in the class. Reagor has the ability to eventually become the #1 receiver for the Packers if Adams begins to drop off in the next few years but for now, he’s a high-end WR2.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Before the season began, Delpit was being talked about as a potential top-ten draft selection. Now I’m hearing some chatter about him falling into the second round. I personally don’t think he gets out of the first, especially since San Francisco could use a playmaker like Delpit in their secondary and the value at 31 is almost too good to pass up.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
The Super Bowl champions don’t have very many weaknesses but they could stand to upgrade at corner. Gladney has risen up my draft board as I’ve learned more about him, and he’s the best one available at this point in the draft. He steps right in and has an immediate impact for KC.
33. Cincinnati Bengals – AJ Epenesa, Edge, Iowa
34. Indianapolis Colts – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
35. Detroit Lions – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
36. New York Giants – Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
37. Los Angeles Chargers – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
38. Carolina Panthers – Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
39. Miami Dolphins – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
40. Arizona Cardinals – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
41. Cleveland Browns – Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
42. Jacksonville Jaguars – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
43. Chicago Bears – Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
44. Indianapolis Colts – Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
46. Denver Broncos – KJ Hamler, WR, Penn St.
47. Atlanta Falcons – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
48. New York Jets – Julian Okwara, Edge, Notre Dame
49. Pittsburgh Steelers – Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise St.
50. Chicago Bears – AJ Terrell, CB, Clemson
51. Dallas Cowboys – Ashtyn Davis, S, California
52. Los Angeles Rams – Lloyd Cushenberry III, OL, LSU
53. Philadelphia Eagles – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
54. Buffalo Bills – Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma
55. Atlanta Falcons – Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi St.
56. Detroit Lions (trade w/Miami Dolphins) – Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
57. Houston Texans – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
58. Minnesota Vikings – Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
59. Seattle Seahawks – Joshua Uche, Edge, Michigan
60. Baltimore Ravens – Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
61. Tennessee Titans – Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
62. Green Bay Packers – Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
63. Kansas City Chiefs – JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio St.
64. Seattle Seahawks – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
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