We are less than a month away from the NFL Draft. Free Agency has pretty much wrapped up until the draft with all the big names signed. That means most rosters and the possible plans of attack for teams are starting to take shape. So what better time for not only a Mock Draft, but a Three Round Mock Draft! The top three rounds are where teams usually are looking for starters or at least some key contributors. Here are how the first few rounds could go and a few prospects your favorite team could possibly target:
1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma
I’m personally still not convinced this is the pick or the right plan for Steve Keim and the Cardinals. But where there is this much chatter and smoke, there is bound to be fire. Murray looks to be the pick to lead and change the offense completely under new Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio St.
The 49ers will be more than happy to take Bosa, who is largely considered the best player in the draft. Even though the 49ers traded for Dee Ford, they could still use pass rush help and there is no doubt Bosa would help in that area and give the 49ers quite the front four rotation with Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, Dee Ford, and Solomon Thomas.
3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
The Jets were predictably busy in free agency adding Le’Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley, and Jamison Crowder. They will likely choose between Williams and Josh Allen at this pick with Williams winning out as the higher graded player.
4. Oakland Raiders: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
The Raiders will not hesitate for a second if Allen is on the board here at four. He is easily the second best pass rusher in the draft and everyone knows the Raiders desperately need pass rush help after trading away Khalil Mack last season.
5. Tampa Bay Bucs: Devin White, Linebacker, LSU
One of the most common predictions in most mocks is White going to Tampa Bay. And it makes sense, with his incredible style of play suited perfectly for today’s game and Tampa Bay losing their most effective linebackers in free agency.
6. New York Giants: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
Even if it may be contrary to the best plan of attack for the Giants, it’s starting to become obvious that Dave Gettleman will likely look at pass rusher over Quarterback with their first pick. Gary put up underwhelming production in college, but is an athletic freak at a position that requires it.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, Offensive Tackle, Florida
Jacksonville will likely look to build a better supporting cast around newly acquired quarterback Nick Foles with most of a very good defense returning. That includes the line in front of him and solidifying the tackle position with Taylor and Cam Robinson would be a good start.
8. Detroit Lions: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi St.
Even with the signing of Trey Flowers, the Lions will likely look to add a pass rusher with this pick. But which one? I’m thinking Sweat (who has showed his athleticism and underrated power this offseason) and that his production in college was no joke.
9. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, Defensive Tackle, Houston
The Bills could go in many different directions with this pick. With Ed Oliver on the board here though, I think they will have a hard time passing on the smaller, but ultra-athletic interior pass rusher.
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, Quarterback, Missouri
After the trade for Joe Flacco, I don’t think John Elway is going to force the pick for a quarterback of the future this season. However, Lock seems like the prototype quarterback that Elway looks for at the position with solid athleticism and very good arm-talent.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback, Ohio St.
The Bengals are another team that won’t necessarily force the pick of a quarterback with Andy Dalton still in tow. If Haskins makes it to this pick it will be hard to believe they will pass on the chance to take him. I still believe Haskins is the best quarterback in this draft class and he fits perfectly in new coach Zac Taylor’s offense.
12. Green Bay Packers: TJ Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa
The Packers added a ton of talent to their defense in free agency by adding Adrian Amos, Preston Smith, and Za’Darius Smith. That means they will likely look to add to the offense for Aaron Rodgers through the draft. Hockenson is the best all-around tight end in the draft and perfectly complements Jimmy Graham with his very good and tough blocking combined with his solid receiving skills.
13. Miami Dolphins: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida St.
All signs point to the Dolphins being perfectly content to wait until 2020 to draft their quarterback of the future. That leads me to think they will take the best player available with this pick. Which in this case is Burns, who also happens to fill a major need after Miami lost Cameron Wake in free agency and just traded Robert Quinn away to the Cowboys.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson
Atlanta was able to keep Grady Jarrett via the Franchise Tag with the goal to extend him to a long term contract eventually. Even with Jarrett back in the fold, the Falcons will look to add to their interior and take some of the pressure attention off of Jarrett. Wilkins fits that perfectly as a slightly undersized defensive tackle who is able to create good pressure up the middle.
15. Washington Redskins: DK Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Mississippi
Washington was able to trade for Case Keenum to fill their need at the quarterback position — at least in the short term. With the Top-3 at that position off the board (and Daniel Jones not really fitting their mold) Washington will go in a different direction. Like taking athletic freak Metcalf to upgrade their wide receiver corps for whomever is under center in 2019.
16. Carolina Panthers: Jonah Williams, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
This is a no-brainer. The Panthers desperately need quality offensive linemen and Williams is the best of the bunch remaining. He can either play tackle or guard at a high level and the Panthers need help at both those positions.
17. New York Giants (from Cleveland): Daniel Jones, Quarterback, Duke
This is the pick the Giants received from Cleveland in the surprising Odell Beckham trade. I believe this is the pick Gettleman will look to take a developmental Quarterback to learn from Eli Manning. Especially if Jones is still available at this pick, as he is very similar to Eli in a lot of ways including size, build, arm-talent, and attitude.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Cody Ford, Offensive Guard, Oklahoma
The Vikings need to upgrade as many positions along the offensive line as they can through this draft. They already have the defense and skill players to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Ford is the best of the bunch still on the board at this point. He is best suited inside at guard paired with young center Pat Elflien, but could also be slotted in as a solid right tackle. Either way, he helps the Vikings mightily.
19. Tennessee Titans: Noah Fant, Tight End, Iowa
This is a make or break year for Marcus Mariota. This year is going to determine if the Titans extend him or look elsewhere for a franchise quarterback. That’s why they will look to give him as much help as possible to try and properly evaluate him. Fant is a super athletic tight end who is best as a receiver. Tennessee’s passing offense took a nose-dive after Delanie Walker was hurt early in the season (plus he is getting up there in age at 34) and Fant can help give Mariota another safety valve he can trust.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Devin Bush Jr., Linebacker, Michigan
The only way this pick doesn’t happen is if Bush is off the board by the Steelers’ pick. Pittsburgh has struggled at the inside linebacker position since Ryan Shazier‘s unfortunate and scary injury. Bush will inject youth, speed, and athleticism back into the Steelers’ linebacker unit.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Nasir Adderley, Safety, Delaware
The Seahawks lost one of the great safeties in the game in Earl Thomas this offseason and you could tell a difference in the defense without him. Here they are able to get arguably the best safety with the most range and versatility in the Draft in Adderley. This is a good pick, fit, and value for Seattle.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Hakeem Butler, Wide Receiver, Iowa St.
Yes, the Ravens lost a lot on defense with C.J. Mosley, Eric Weddle, Za’Darius Smith, and Terrell Suggs all departing this offseason. Eric DeCosta was able to fill the safety position by signing Earl Thomas. Even with all that, this draft is going to be about finding help and targets for Lamar Jackson who can grow and develop on the same timeline as their young franchise quarterback. With Jackson’s questionable accuracy and ball placement, they will look for a wide receiver that can adjust his body well and catch contested passes consistently. If that doesn’t describe Butler, I don’t know what does.
23. Houston Texans: Andre Dillard, Offensive Tackle, Washington St.
The Texans did very little in free agency to address a porous offensive line that let Deshaun Watson get sacked 65 times including the postseason. If Dillard, (arguably the best pass protector in the draft) is available at this pick, Houston better run the pick up to the podium.
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago): Greedy Williams, Cornerback, LSU
The Raiders still have a lot of needs despite being active and smart in free agency and drafting for Antonio Brown. After the Raiders draft Josh Allen at 1.04, they look to add to the secondary by picking Williams, who is the best cornerback in the draft. He has the speed and quickness to be a lock-down cornerback opposite Gareon Conley.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Safety, Florida
This was a very popular spot for Josh Jacobs up until the Eagles traded for former Bears running back Jordan Howard. Now they should look to improve the secondary and specifically the safety position opposite Malcolm Jenkins. Gardner-Johnson is the perfect complement with his versatility to play either deep safety or in the box, much in the same vein as Jenkins.
26. Indianapolis Colts: Jeffrey Simmons, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi St.
The Colts were thrifty, but smart, with their loads of cash by really only adding wide receiver Devin Funchess and EDGE rusher Justin Houston in free agency. GM Chris Ballard could go in a lot of different directions with this pick. Simmons is definitely an option here, even though he will miss his rookie season due to a Torn ACL this offseason. The tape shows a Top-5 talent, however, they are just going to have to wait a while to get him onto the field.
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas): Josh Jacobs, Running Back, Alabama
Get used to seeing Jacobs mocked to the Raiders over the next month. After the Eagles traded for Howard, it just makes too much sense. Jacobs is a workhorse who runs with impressive power and nastiness, but still has impressive quickness and elusiveness. He would definitely be an upgrade over Doug Martin in the backfield.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Dalton Risner, Offensive Tackle, Kansas St.
The Chargers have had a problem at the offensive tackle positions for some time, especially at right tackle. This is a good fit as Risner is perfectly suited to be a stellar right tackle in the NFL due to the athleticism and mean-streak he plays with.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Secondary or EDGE rusher; those are the major weak areas on the Kansas City roster they will look to address early in this draft. If Ferrell drops to this point, they will not hesitate to pick him. His first step quickness, hand technique, and ability to play the run just as well as he rushes the passer, makes him the perfect fit for new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s defense.
30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans): AJ Brown, Wide Receiver, Mississippi
As mentioned earlier, the Packers will be looking to add weapons for Aaron Rodgers throughout this draft. Brown is the perfect fit alongside Davante Adams in the wide receiver corps due to his quickness, route running, and after the catch ability. He is the perfect replacement for the departed Randall Cobb.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Jerry Tillery, Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame
The Rams were able to retain EDGE rusher Dante Fowler in free agency, but didn’t have the cash to bring back Ndamukong Suh. Tillery actually has much of the same skills as Suh as an interior pass rush with power and speed. He would be a perfect complement to Aaron Donald to keep the defense humming in Los Angeles.
32. New England Patriots: Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan
The Patriots are always tricky to predict as they are capable of doing something against the grain that no one really expects. That is why I am starting to really like the idea of them drafting Winovich here at the end of the First Round. Winovich is a versatile pass rusher who can get after the quarterback from a variety of positions, much like the departed Trey Flowers.