We made it! It’s draft day! So what better time to do one last Mock Draft before the real thing?
1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
The rumor for months has been that the Cardinals were enamored with Kyler Murray and his fit in new head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. There is no reason to go away from that now. The real question with the Cardinals is what does that mean for Josh Rosen? Where could he end up if Arizona trades him?
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
This could be a trade spot for teams looking to get ahead of the following teams for one of the top tier players. But since I don’t mock trades, the 49ers stay put here. If that is indeed the case, look for the 49ers to take Nick Bosa, who is largely considered the best overall player in the draft.
3. New York Jets: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
This is another trade up spot for a team like Cincinnati or Washington trying to beat the opposition to Dwayne Haskins. There were rumors that the Jets were in love with Ed Oliver as a prospect. There is a lot to like considering his elite athleticism and pass rush ability. The Jets probably don’t want to trade down that far so if a package comes along in the Picks 6-8 range expect them to jump at it.
4. Oakland Raiders: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
There has been multiple rumors that the Raiders could look at a quarterback here. While I could see them using their other first-round picks on a quarterback, I don’t see it here (unless Murray doesn’t actually go No. 1). Especially with Josh Allen available here for one of the worst teams last year at generating pressure.
5. Tampa Bay Bucs: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
I have had Devin White mocked here for months, and for good reason. He still is the most likely pick for the Buccaneers. But Williams experiences a little mini-slide in this scenario and I can’t envision Tampa Bay passing on him if given the chance.
6. New York Giants: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
I would love to see Dwayne Haskins in a Giants uniform next season. The fit and ability to sit him for awhile is just too perfect in my eyes. But all signs are pointing to that clearly not happening. It’s been rumored for weeks now that the Giants are more likely to take a pass rusher here. Rashan Gary is big, strong and athletic. The prototypical Dave Gettleman type pick.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
This pick has been the same for awhile and it’s to good of a fit to change now. The Jaguars need help at tackle to open up holes in the run game and protect Nick Foles. Taylor is versatile to play either on the left or right side much like Cam Robinson.
8. Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
I could see the Lions going in so many different directions. I could see them trading up. I could also see them trading down. Taking the best defensive player on their board is an option here as well. If they stay put, I see them trying to add talent around Matthew Stafford so the best all-around skill player in Hockenson is the pick.
9. Buffalo Bills: Devin White, LB, LSU
Linebacker is admittedly not the biggest need on Buffalo’s roster. But if drops to this point I don’t think they will pass on him. They would probably like to add an offensive lineman, wide receiver or defensive lineman, but the value isn’t near as good as taking White here.
10. Denver Broncos: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Broncos would like nothing more than for Devin White to drop to this pick. If that doesn’t happen, it wouldn’t surprise me if general manager John Elway takes another stab at finding his quarterback of the future. Haskins has all the tools to be a franchise quarterback and is perfectly suited for sitting behind Joe Flacco for a little while as he continues to learn the nuances of the position.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin Bush Jr., LB, Michigan
I had Devin Bush going to Pittsburgh for the longest time. Now, I am convinced that he won’t make it that far. Especially if White and Haskins are gone by this pick I totally expect the Bengals to add youth and athleticism to a linebacker unit in desperate need of just that.
12. Green Bay Packers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The Packers added a lot of talent to their defense in free agency so I expect their early-round picks to be more focused on building up the talent level around Aaron Rodgers. Williams is a versatile player you can excel at either guard or tackle. Plug him in at either spot and protect Rodgers more than has happened in recent years.
13. Miami Dolphins: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
I still think Miami is content passing on a quarterback early. The only way I see them picking one is if Haskins falls to this pick. I definitely don’t think they will force the pick this year. That being said, I envision them adding to a very depleted defensive line. Burns is the best pass rusher available and is the pick here.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
It’s no secret that the Falcons need to get help beside Grady Jarrett in the middle of the defense. Wilkins is the best and safest pick at the position who is still on the board. He has a game similar to Jarrett and should create quite a duo in the middle.
15. Washington: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
I definitely can see Washington trading up to try and get a quarterback. But again, I don’t try and predict trades so they stay put in this scenario. If Washington does stay here, I find it unlikely that it would force a quarterback as the value isn’t great. Plus, Montez Sweat is considered one of the best pass rushers in this draft. He would help fill the void left by the departure of Preston Smith.
16. Carolina Panthers: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
The Panthers need to finally address the offensive line that has been long overdue. Dillard is arguably the best pass blocking tackle in the draft. Cam Newton’s mind would be able to rest a little easier knowing Dillard had his blindside while he is in the pocket.