Here it is: my first NFL Mock draft of the year. Maybe you like it, maybe you don’t. But, hey, we’re all stuck inside so you can at least humor me and give it a read.
It’s simple — the Bengals need a franchise quarterback. And no QB had quite the season that Joe Burrow experienced at LSU.
The PICK: Joe Burrow, LSU, QB
If Washington wanted to move on from Dwayne Haskins, I wouldn’t totally blame them. However, the old coaching staff is gone — and they may have been partly to blame why Haskins’ rookie campaign wasn’t great. Add to the D-Line, though. This should be simple, too.
The PICK: Chase Young, Ohio St., edge
This could be where the draft gets interesting. If a QB-hungry team wants Tua, the Lions could make out like bandits. But for Detroit, pair newly-acquired Desmond Trufant with another skilled CB.
The PICK: Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio St., CB
General manager Dave Gettleman loves the big guys in the trenches. You also have Daniel Jones — and you better protect him.
The PICK: Tristan Wirfs, IOWA, OT
The Fins (with their three first round selections) are certainly prime candidates to trade up to get a QB.
The PICK: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, QB
L.A. made a handful of moves in free agency and started shoring up the offensive line. Now they just need a quarterback to replace Phil Rivers.
The PICK: justin Herbert, Oregon, QB
Owner David Tepper is exercising patience and is trusting new head coach Matt Rhule to rebuild this team carefully. Rhule loves athletes — maybe one to replace retired Luke Kuechly is the way he’ll go.
The PICK: Isaiah Simmons, Clemson, LB
After Bill O’Brien and the Texans gave away DeAndre Hopkins, the Cardinals must be feeling pretty good. They add a true number 1 wideout before the draft and can now focus in on protecting last year’s number one overall pick, Kyler Murray.
The PICK: mekhi Becton, Louisville, OT
The Jags need help everywhere. What was once a very tenacious and nasty defense just a couple years ago, there is now some major replenishing to do.
The PICK: Derrick Brown, Auburn, DT
Cleveland sure has been busy in free agency. Will it translate on the field in 2020? Who knows. But now the Browns biggest hole is at linebacker, and they can get a real good one at 10.
The PICK: Patrick Queen, LSU, LB
Two ways to go here, as I see it. One — get Sam Darnold a stud of a WR who defenses will have to account for every week. Or, two, protect your young investment.
The PICK: Jedrick Wills, Alabama, OT
Jon Gruden and Mike Manock teamed up in last year’s draft to select almost the entire Clemson and Alabama rosters. Let’s keep the trend goin in a major position of need.
The PICK: jerry Jeudy, Alabama, WR
The 49ers need a WR to replace Emmanuel Sanders. A versatile offensive lineman is certainly in play here too, but I’m not sure one will be available. Ans CB might be too early. This is a tough spot. But tell me Henry Ruggs in Kyle Shanahan’s offense wouldn’t be fun to watch — and borderline unfair.
The PICK: Henry Ruggs, Alabama, WR
Having Tom Brady on your team requires supporting in and keeping him upright. Can’t have that $50 million in guaranteed money go down because you can’t block for him.
The PICK: Andrew Thomas, Georgia, OT
Adding some more studs on that defensive line would please head coach Vic Fangio.
The PICK: Javon Kinlaw, Florida, DT
The pass defense needs help in Atlanta. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go pass rusher or corner here.
The PICK: C.J. Henderson, Florida, CB
The Coboys could use an impact player coming off the edge.
The PICK: K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU, EDGE
Lots of holes to fill in Miami. And while they did a nice job early in free agency securing some nice players, depth is critical. Pass rusher from Iowa looks to have Brian Flores written all over him.
The PICK: A.J. Epenesa, Iowa, Edge
Stick with what works. Go get another Nick Saban kid.
The PICK: Trevon Diggs, Alabama, CB
Jacksonville could keep rebuilding the defense and no one could fault them. But piecing a good line back in front of Gardner Minshew should also be a priority.
The PICK: Joshua Jones, Houston, OT
Now that they got Darius Slay from the Lions, the Eagles can fully turn their attention to getting Carson Wentz some true talent to throw to.
The PICK: ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma, WR
Excellent haul the Vikings got for Stefon Diggs in the trade to Buffalo. Now, Minnesota can start adding much needed pieces back to that defense. (Replacing Diggs can wait.)
The PICK: Xavier McKinney, Alabama, s
Yes, Tom Brady is gone, but there’s no need to go jumping blindly at the first QB that you see here. Instead, understand the Patriots lost both Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy from that linebacking corps. Bill Belichick loves having trustworthy, smart, and versatile linebackers
The PICK: Zack Baun, Wisconsin, LB
The Saints will want to re-invest in the defensive backfield this offseason. Getting younger and cheaper in the draft should be the way to go.
The PICK: Kristian Fulton, lsu, CB
The defense needs help, but the Vikings also need to protect Kirk Cousins. They just re-upped his deal so keeping him healthy is critical to their championship window remaining open.
The PICK: Ezra Cleveland, Boise St., G/T
Miami grabbed its QB of the future at 5. Now protect him.
The PICK: Austin Jackson, USC, OT
The Seahawks seem to be letting Jadaveon Clowney walk so adding a pass rusher makes sense.
The PICK: Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn St., EDGE
Smart teams make smart moves — and they also seem to have things fall right in their laps.
The PICK: Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma, LB
Tennessee had a great deal of free agents and had to let some walk. The defensive backfield has been a strong suit of the Titans lately — now it’s definitely an area of need.
The PICK: Damon Arnette, Ohio St., CB
Listen, I know – death, taxes, and the Green Bay Packers never take a wide receiver in the first round. I get it. But they also never used to be active in free agency. It’s a new day in Lambeau!
The PICK: Jalen Reagor, TCU, WR
SF could use some depth at the backend of that defense.
The PICK: Grant Delpit, LSU, S
Picking here, certainly opens a team up for trading back. If they stay, Chiefs easily add depth to an already stacked team. Add big bodies to protect Patrick Mahomes is never ever a bad thing.
The PICK: Lloyd Cushonberry, LSU, C/G
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