1. Los Angeles Rams: Carson Wentz - QB, North Dakota
The Rams mortgaged their future for either Wentz or Jared Goff. Even though I personally prefer Goff over Wentz, I think the Rams want to make a splash. Wentz definitely has more upside with his athleticism, but Goff is more NFL ready right now. Both QBs are not worth trading the farm for.
2. Philadelphia Eagles: Jared Goff - QB, California
The Eagles spent a lot of picks in order to get to the number two spot. The Eagles have said they
have Goff and Wentz rated equally, but in my opinion Goff fits more with what the Eagles want to
do on offense. He has great anticipation and makes quick decisions to the point where it seems
he knows where he is going with the ball before the ball is snapped. Goff is not mobile but
neither is Brady or Manning.
3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey - CB/FS, Florida State
The Chargers were sitting pretty at three a week ago but are really sitting pretty once the Rams and Eagles took picks one and two. The Chargers will have their pick of the litter and I think they will choose the best playmaker on defense with Jalen Ramsey.
Some of you are asking why not Laremy Tunsil here since Philip Rivers was on the ground a bunch last year. The answer is there is a lot of money invested in the offensive line in San Diego. The problem was last year everyone was injured.
4. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott - RB, Ohio State
At 32 years old with a 52 year old athletic profile even I could gain 1,000 yards behind that
offensive line, so why would you burn a pick at a position that can be easily addressed later in
the draft? The answer is Elliott is elite, and when Dez Bryant went down last year there wasn’t
another elite player on the offense. The Cowboys are in a win now mindset and Elliott gives
them the best chance.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack - LB, UCLA
Jacksonville has built a formidable defense the last couple of years, but outside of Telvin Smith their linebacker unit is still lacking another playmaker. Jack and Smith will be good and athletic linebackers for a good long time.
6. Baltimore Ravens: Laremy Tunsil - OT, Ole Miss
Once again Ozzie Newsome does nothing but sit still and luck falls in his lap. He once again
looks like a genius for just being there. The Ravens grab arguably the best offensive player in
this draft without having to move up. Tunsil is an elite offensive tackle prospect that will be the
league’s standard for the next ten years.
7. San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner - DE/DT, Oregon
We all know how much Chip Kelly loves Oregon guys. Buckner will reunite with Erik Armstead to form a strong front seven for the 49ers future. Buckner offers unique size and strength with some quickness.
8. Cleveland Browns: Shaq Lawson - DE/OLB, Clemson
The Browns are in desperate need for an edge rusher. So Lawson or Joey Bosa are the two top
options at edge in this draft. I picked Lawson here because he is a better 3-4 edge linebacker
since he has more experience dropping back in zone. Lawson is one of my favorite players in
this draft and I wish he would fall to the Miami Dolphins, but I do not see this happening in any
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Joey Bosa - DE, Ohio State
The slight slide for Bosa stops here at the Bucs. I believe the Bucs will send the fastest player on their team to hand in the card in this scenario. Bosa will finally give the Buccaneers the legitimate long term edge rusher they have been seeking for years now.
10. New York Giants: Ronnie Stanley - OT, Notre Dame
I know the Giants spent a high draft pick on an offensive tackle last year, but I have seen Eric
Flowers play, and it isn’t pretty. Flowers may be better suited for the right side of the offensive
line. Stanley is a true left tackle that glides when he protects the blind side.
11. Chicago Bears: Vernon Hargreaves III - CB, University of Florida
Hargreaves will improve a growing defense. He is not my number one pure cornerback prospect but he is the most NFL ready right now. Plus Hargreaves has the highest floor of all the CB prospects in this draft.
12. New Orleans Saints: Mackensie Alexander - CB, Clemson
You could put up a board with a picture of all the top defensive prospects and throw a dart at the
board. You will get a player that will be a good option for the New Orleans Saints. Their defense
is a dumpster fire and all eleven positions could use an upgrade. Alexander is my top rated
corner in this draft because to me he has the best shot at becoming a true shutdown cornerback.
His confident play style will give the Saints defense a brash identity.
13. Miami Dolphins: William Jackson III - CB, Houston
Jackson may seem like a reach at thirteen but there aren’t many non-reaches in this draft at thirteen. Jackson is a scheme fit with major upside. He has length, speed, and impressive ball skills. I would like to see him gain ten pounds of muscle and he needs to work on his tackling technique but he does show willingness to tackle.
14. Oakland Raiders: Robert Nkemdiche - DE/DT, Ole Miss
The Oakland Raiders are a team on the rise. They have made some smart moves in the past
couple of drafts and have made good improvements in free agency. They can use a versatile
defensive tackle that has top 5 potential.
Nkemdiche has some off the field red flags, but if a team in the first round can look past the red
flags and take him, they will have the fastest first step defensive tackle in this draft. Nkemdiche destroyed top offensive lines in college. If you pair Nkemdiche with Mack, Edwards, and now Bruce Irvin you will have a devastating pass rush.
15. Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin - OT, Michigan State
The Titans did the right thing and traded back for a king’s ransom. They could have had Tunsil at
one but I heard Mularkey didn’t like Tunsil’s demeanor. He prefers a road grader with a nasty
streak over a finesse pass protecting tackle. Conklin embodies the qualities that Mularkey
desires from his offensive linemen. Plus the Titans have a LT in Taylor Lewan who is very good.
Conklin can play tackle and guard.
16. Detroit Lions: Laquon Treadwell - WR, Ole Miss
Detroit has lost Calvin Johnson, and Treadwell is nowhere close to being on the same level as
him, but Treadwell is a very solid receiver that will provide the Lions with a large framed red zone
threat. I know his 40-yard dash was extremely slow but he will not have to be a deep threat in
Detroit. Treadwell wins with going up and getting the ball ability and having a huge catch radius.
17. Atlanta Falcons: Darron Lee - LB, Ohio State
Darron Lee will supply the Atlanta Falcons with that athletic linebacker that Quinn was
accustomed to in Seattle. Lee is extremely versatile and athletic, and offers a huge upgrade to
the middle of the Falcons defense.
18. Indianapolis Colts: Noah Spence - OLB/DE, Eastern Kentucky
Spence is probably the edge player with the quickest first step in this draft. The Colts defense
has been atrocious in recent history. Spence offers a much needed pass rush for Indianapolis.
Spence has had some off the field drug issues but he has not failed a drug test in two years, so
hopefully for his sake his drug issues are behind him.
19. Buffalo Bills: Josh Doctson - WR, TCU
Doctson will supply the Bills with a competent complement to Sammy Watkins. Doctson is a big bodied wide receiver that has amazing body control and also has a good athletic profile to go with his big frame. He will provide another good option to prove if Tyrod Taylor is the future at QB.
20. New York Jets: Paxton Lynch - QB, Memphis
The talks between Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets are at a standstill. As much as I would love for it
to happen, the Jets cannot leave the first day of the draft without an answer as to who their future
QB will be. Lynch is the best value here of all the first round QB picks. He has mobility and a
rocket for an arm, and the Jets didn’t have to give up their future to get him. Even if Fitzpatrick
signs with the Jets he is not their answer at quarterback for the future.
21. Washington Redskins: Reggie Ragland - LB, Alabama
Ragland is a perfect fit for the Redskins. He will be a tough run stopping linebacker for the next ten years. Washington’s improving defense will take their next step towards becoming a formidable defense.
22. Houston Texans: Corey Coleman - WR, Baylor
The Texans spent a ton of money on QB Brock Osweiler, I don’t get it but whatever. Since
Houston paid that amount of money and they have a few other holes let’s give the new QB the
most electrifying wide receiver in the draft. Coleman is a perfect pairing to DeAndre Hopkins.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Michael Thomas - WR, Ohio State
The Vikings are in desperate need for a play making option on the outside. They have Stefon Diggs who is a talented WR, but they need a bigger body possession WR. Thomas is a fast riser in this draft and will provide Teddy Bridgewater with a great option on the outside.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Sterling Shepard - WR, Oklahoma
Shepard is a perfect fit in the Bengals offense. He can play outside, he can play inside. Shepard
can and will destroy number two CBs with his technical route running. He is incredibly quick and
the best route runner in the draft. He is the most NFL ready WR in this draft.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Karl Joseph - S, West Virginia
This is my dark horse pick. Joseph is a playmaking, versatile safety. The last time the Steelers defense was dominant was when they had a versatile playmaking safety in Troy Polamalu. Joseph can play single high with great range, and also deliver vicious hits while playing in the box. Joseph is a great cover safety as well.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Jason Spriggs - OT, Indiana
Seattle seriously needs some offensive line help. Seattle is a big proponent of SPARQ testing,
which is an athletic trait analysis formula. This tells me that the Seahawks value athleticism over
everything else in football players. Spriggs is the best tested athlete at offensive tackle with the
highest draft grade in this year’s draft.
27. Green Bay Packers: Chris Jones - DE/DT, Mississippi State
Jones is one of the most intriguing talents in this draft. There are plays where he looks like a surefire top 5 pick, and then there are plays where he looks lost. It will be Dom Capers' job to make the dominant plays more consistent. If he can be a consistent player he will be the steal of the draft.
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Cody Whitehair - OL, Kansas State
Cody Whitehair would be a top 3 pick if he was 6’6" and 310 lbs. Luckily for the Chiefs he is not.
Whitehair is a technically sound, versatile offensive lineman that could step in and play all five
positions on the offensive line.
29. Arizona Cardinals: Eli Apple - CB, Ohio State
Apple has a lot of tools, size and speed that is very appealing to NFL teams. The only thing he is lacking is experience. This is a perfect fit for Apple. He doesn’t have to produce right away and can learn from one of the best in Patrick Peterson.
30. Carolina Panthers: Taylor Decker - OT, Ohio State
The Panthers went to the Super Bowl with a patch work offensive line, but the Denver Broncos
shined light on the struggles of the offensive line. Decker shows promise by improving every
year at Ohio State. He also has great size.
31. Denver Broncos: Ryan Kelly - C, Alabama
I know a lot of mocks have the Broncos taking a quarterback, but A. Any quarterback here is a reach.
B. There isn’t a huge difference with the second tier quarterbacks.
C. Kaepernick could still be in the works.
I think the Broncos wait for their future quarterback and address another area of need. This would be offensive line and Ryan Kelly is the best option on the offensive line at this point. He is dominant at his position.
This mock draft was done by Matthew Knowles. Follow him on Twitter: @blueflamespcl
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