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2020 NFL Mock Draft: 1.0 Edition

I took a different path to get this point than in previous years. You could say the same thing about the 2020 NFL Draft.

By now, I’m usually getting ready to drop my third mock draft of the season, but alas, this is only my first. I took the long, slow road to rolling out this year’s content, partly by circumstance, partly by choice. Meanwhile, the rapidly developing global healthcare crisis of COVID-19 has impacted our communities, our nations, and our ways of life dramatically. The draft process and indeed the NFL Draft itself is among the figurative collateral damage incurred in the wake of governmental and organizational efforts to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

It’s safe to say we’ve not seen a draft season like this before. We were fortunate to power through bowl season, the all-star game circuit, and the NFL Scouting Combine more or less like normal before the process came to a screeching halt prior to most college pro days. And to that end, you can best believe that the 32-team machine that is annually operating on all cylinders isn’t quite humming in the way we’re all used to come April—and we should expect the lingering effects of that anomaly to continue right on through the presentation of the selection meeting in three weeks’ time.

But, even with sea of change that’s currently washing over society, the mocks roll on in advance of draft day.

With that being said, I am pleased to present my 2020 NFL Mock Draft 1.0. These first-round projections are based on the current draft order and my impression of team needs as of April 3, and do not reflect any potential trade scenarios.


1 | Cincinnati Bengals — Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
After capping off perhaps the greatest single-season performance of any college quarterback ever by earning the Heisman Trophy and winning the College Football Playoff National Championship, the trendily anointed ‘Tiger King’ takes yet another top spot—the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

2 | Washington Redskins — Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
If not for the intersection of need and value between the Bengals and Burrow, Young would be the first player of any position drafted—easy. But, the board falls in the favor of the Redskins, who have the rare opportunity to draft a generational talent beyond the first pick.

3 | Detroit Lions — Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Lions could be a candidate to bail if the right offer comes in from the field for the chance to draft Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. But, since I’m not mocking trades in this edition, they address their deficient secondary with the selection of Okudah.

4 | New York Giants — Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
The prospect of choosing their pick of the top-tier offensive tackles has to be tempting for the Giants. But, the do-everything ability of Simmons would be hard to pass up for franchise that lacks an impact player on defense.

5 | Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The alleged “Tanking for Tua” plan didn’t work to perfection for either the Dolphins or the former Crimson Tide signal caller. But, his medicals have checked out and it looks like this seemingly destined match could end up just waiting until pick #5—unless Miami has intentions of moving up for their prospective prime target.

6 | Los Angeles Chargers — Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
A quarterback, either Oregon’s Justin Herbert or Utah State’s Jordan Love, is a strong possibility at #6, but I personally think that’s a little rich and maybe a little reckless for an offense that wouldn’t provide much help. Instead, they roll with Tyrod Taylor as a bridge for a year and start building a better foundation for the next QB with the mountainous Mekhi Becton.

7 | Carolina Panthers — C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
With a new coach, a new quarterback, and a lot of familiar faces departing from their defense, the Panthers are currently about as close as you can get to a clean slate. In this scenario, they tap talented coverman C.J. Henderson as their new cornerstone outside to help combat a division chock full of top receivers.

8 | Arizona Cardinals — Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
An improved Cardinals team with Kyler Murray behind center was expected to covet a receiver at #8 until they fleeced the Texans for DeAndre Hopkins. So, now they turn their attention to the offensive line, where adding the highly athletic Wirfs would be an immediate upgrade.

9 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
The Jaguars as they stand hardly resemble the team that seemed to be on the verge of joining the AFC’s elite just two seasons ago. But, they might start earning a reputation as a good drafting team if their good fortune of getting a great player to fall right into their lap continues with Brown.

10 | Cleveland Browns — Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Stocks were booming for the Browns heading into the season, but they came back down to earth by the end of the campaign. It’s sort of a similar story for Thomas, a talented blocker who was highly thought of throughout the year, then slid down the board really through no fault of his own. He gets the nod over fellow SEC stud Jedrick Wills Jr. here for being a left tackle by trade.

11 | New York Jets — CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Jets are lacking elite talent in multiple areas, but without a top-flight weapon opposing defenses have to account for in the passing game, they’ll continue to struggle scoring points. Lamb is instant offense for a team that desperately needs it.

12 | Las Vegas Raiders — Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Antonio Brown experiment was a bust in Oakland, leaving the Raiders wanting for a WR1 in their final season by the Bay. Now residing in Sin City, the NFL’s resident bad boys hope to hit the jackpot with Alabama ace Jerry Jeudy.

13 | San Francisco 49ers (via IND) — Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The 49ers forged an incredible single-season turnaround thanks to a stifling defense, a hard-charging ground game, and a potent short passing attack. Adding the blazing-fast Ruggs to stretch the field could be the piece to put them over the top.

14 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
With TB12 taking his talents to Tampa for what expects to be the twilight of his career, the first order of business for the Buccaneers should be fortifying the offensive line. Wills is an enforcer on the offensive edge.

15 | Denver Broncos — Josh Jones, OT, Houston
The Broncos appear to have the requisite pieces in place behind center and at the skill positions, but their offensive line still requires an overhaul. Jones is a riser in a deep tackle class and would take care of one urgent need up front.

16 | Atlanta Falcons — Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
I thought long and hard about the possibility of Atlanta drafting a successor to the aging Matt Ryan, and if they were picking deeper in the draft, I might have considered it. That said, while I don’t think they’re quite in the market for a quarterback yet, I do think they would welcome the opportunity to draft the dominating Kinlaw into their defensive front.

17 | Dallas Cowboys — K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
With their solid, if unspectacular, offseason moves, Dallas is effectively in a position to draft the best player available at #17. With the top defensive tackles and cornerbacks off the board, the high-upside Chaisson expects to be in the mix to fill a crucial role where the Cowboys are currently heavy on hope and light on options.

18 | Miami Dolphins (via PIT) — Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
Back on the clock for the second time, the Dolphins add to their collection of former Badgers, bringing in versatile linebacker Zack Baun to be part playmaker, part pass rusher for a defense that could use both.

19 | Las Vegas Raiders (via CHI) — Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
With their second call into the commissioner, the Raiders will likely look at addressing their defense. After double-dipping last year with pass rushers and pass defenders, securing a second-level standout in Murray makes sense.

20 | Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR) — Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Upstart sophomore Gardner Minshew is the projected starter, but you wonder if Jacksonville is actually sold on him as the quarterback of the future—or as just a serviceable option for right now. If this scenario were to play out and they were to select Herbert, the answer would be clear.

21 | Philadelphia Eagles — Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Philadelphia is a popular landing spot for a receiver in most mocks I’ve seen, but they don’t always address first what the consensus declares the most obvious need. With that in mind, pencil in Patrick Queen at #21 as the Eagles start shoring up an alarmingly inadequate linebacker corps.

22 | Minnesota Vikings (via BUF) — Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
With the mass exodus of cornerbacks from the Minnesota secondary this offseason—Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander—the Vikings need to backfill with a pro-ready presence on the boundary. Gladney is a fierce competitor and fearless in coverage.

23 | New England Patriots — A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
With the door effectively closed on their two-decade dynasty with the departure of Tom Brady, the Patriots could begin anew with a young quarterback like Jordan Love. But, consider they ride with second-year signal caller Jarrett Stidham or opt for a late free-agent signing such as Cam Newton or Jameis Winston. Then a powerful pressure generator with position flex could be on the table for a defense short its two top sack leaders from last season.

24 | New Orleans Saints — Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Where some teams force a to reach to fill a need with their top pick, the Saints have the luxury of rounding out a depth chart with theirs—they’re pretty well stocked across the board. Diggs is the choice here, because no team ever has enough quality corners.

25 | Minnesota Vikings — Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
With their second selection in the first round, the Vikings should look fill the void created by trading receiver Stefon Diggs to the Bills. Justin Jefferson has been steadily climbing draft boards and would be a nice fit for SKOL Nation’s favorite sons.

26 | Miami Dolphins (via HOU) — Austin Jackson, OT, USC
After shipping former left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Texans, the Dolphins might use the 2020 first-round pick acquired from Houston to draft a replacement. Austin Jackson trades SoCal for South Florida, making it six edge blockers off the board in this first-round scenario.

27 | Seattle Seahawks — Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
Offensive line seems like a pressing need for Seattle every year. But, looking at the names on their roster, I feel like they are going to try and patch the holes again using former starters turned spare parts. Alternatively, a disruptive inside-outside addition like Davidson could be in the cards to boost their defensive line rotation.

28 | Baltimore Ravens — Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
The Ravens have expended a considerable cache of draft capital in recent years to find their next great edge rusher. But, their latest candidate, Matt Judon, is currently on the franchise tag and might only be around for one more season. Gross-Matos could be groomed as a replacement or make for a complementary bookend if Judon sticks around.

29 | Tennessee Titans — Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU
Career Titan Jurrell Casey was traded to Denver in March, leaving a large vacancy in their defensive front line and big veteran shoes to fill. Blacklock is worthy of first-round consideration and might be viewed as a suitable successor.

30 | Green Bay Packers — Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Baylor receiver Denzel Mims has been a popular pick for the Pack after making a huge splash at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. But, the electric Reagor would provide a different kind of skillset for an offense that is already loaded with big, athletic receivers.

31 | San Francisco 49ers — Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
With their designated first-round pick, a defensive tackle prospect to replace the traded DeForest Buckner might be the obvious direction. But, I’ll offer the left-field selection of stud safety Antoine Winfield Jr. to push veteran Jaquiski Tartt and role player Tarvarius Moore for starting snaps.

32 | Kansas City Chiefs — Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Closing out the first round, the Super Bowl Champions pluck an accomplished pass defender from the College Football Playoff National Champions. Fulton would expect to be a day-one starter at corner as the Chiefs set out to defend their crown.


Jason Pruett
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Drafting Dallas 2020: 7-Round Mock Draft

What a difference a year makes.

For the Dallas Cowboys, the dreams of building upon the dramatic turnaround and postseason run that capped the 2018 season were dashed by the end of the 2019 calendar year. Despite a promising 3-0 start, America’s Team was ultimately defined by maddening inconsistency, inexplicably alternating between cruising and trudging through a disappointing 8-8 campaign.

Failing to reach the playoffs in the face of such high expectations, the organization was inevitably thrust into perhaps the most uncertain offseason they have experienced in some time.

Out was long-time head coach Jason Garrett, succeeded by former Green Bay Packers sideline general Mike McCarthy. The majority of the incumbent coaching staff was also allowed to walk, most notably defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and top assistant Kris Richard. Now in their place, a collection of well-traveled, experienced NFL staffers like Mike Nolan, Jim Tomsula, Joe Philbin, and John Fassel, and highly respected voices like Rob Davis and George Edwards.

The tabling of contract talks during the season with franchise quarterback Dak Prescott and star receiver Amari Cooper would also come to a head in the offseason. The signing of an eleventh-hour deal expects to see Cooper in silver and blue for his prime years, but Prescott’s future with the team is yet to be determined. The Cowboys used the franchise tag to secure his rights for the upcoming season, but it remains to be seen if he will sign either that or a potentially record-breaking contract that is rumored to make him the highest-paid player to date in the history of the NFL, let alone the Cowboys.

In the midst of these high-profile decisions, the Cowboys also must navigate through significant roster turnover. More than 30 players who wore the star entered the new league year as free agents, and Dallas has already seen a number of names sign with other teams, including Byron Jones, Robert Quinn, Maliek Collins, Jeff Heath, and Randall Cobb. Even future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten bid farewell (again) to join the Las Vegas Raiders. That’s not to say the Cowboys aren’t welcoming some of those free agents back. Emerging tight end Blake Jarwin, veteran linebacker Sean Lee, and fan favorite offensive lineman Joe Looney will all be returning, along with a few others.

However, one unexpected departure also comes with the retirement of center Travis Frederick. While making a miraculous return this past season after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome in 2018, the Cowboys’ Pro Bowl pivot made decision to leave the gridiron for life after football in March.

With a coaching staff, roster, and salary cap situation that will look markedly different in comparison to the last few years, knowing what to expect from the Cowboys moving forward is anyone’s guess. But, when it comes to the 2020 NFL Draft, I do feel like there are a few things becoming clear, which leads us to this exercise.

In this one and only edition of Drafting Dallas 2020, I’m assuming front office duties to mock draft the full seven rounds for the Cowboys using my DRAFTPLEX Board and the current official draft order. For context, this isn’t a prediction or projection of what the actual front office will do, nor is it a fantasy draft where the best players just happen to conveniently fall to the Cowboys. I will be making my selections as realistically as I can based on my evaluations and how I think the board could fall.

That all being said, let’s go on the clock with Drafting Dallas 2020.

Round 1 | Pick 17
K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
Effectively priced out of retaining defensive end Robert Quinn and cornerback Byron Jones—and doing virtually nothing thus far in terms of replacing them through free agency—the Cowboys would seem to be narrowing down their first-round draft considerations to the edge and the boundary. Should that hold true, their draft-night decision may come down to choosing between high-ceiling pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson or toolsy cornerback C.J. Henderson. Given the relatively pedestrian edge class and the depth of the cornerback class by comparison, I gave the nod to Chaisson. The former LSU Tiger doesn’t come without questions, but his flashes are incredibly compelling and his upside as a potential game-wrecker is undeniable.

Most likely alternative:
C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Not expected to be there:
Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina


Watch out for:
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Round 2 | Pick 51
Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
Following the projected pick of Chaisson, I would expect the Cowboys to then lean in on finding a replacement for Byron Jones. While the cornerback room returns Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown, the experience and continuity that they bring back is offset by the reality that none reside at or expect to reach the CB1 level of their former teammate. The contracts of Awuzie and Lewis are also up following the 2020 season, increasing the urgency of reloading the position. Igbinoghene is far from a finished product as a pass defender, but his rapid development in just two years at the cornerback position and room for continued growth could make him a more intriguing option than some of his more battle-tested draft counterparts.

Most likely alternative:
Justin Madubuike, DL, Texas A&M

Not expected to be there:
Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota

Watch out for:
Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Round 3 | Pick 82
Jason Strowbridge, DL, North Carolina
The Cowboys’ defensive line rotation expects to look a lot different this season compared to years past, with what appears to be a greater emphasis on size, strength, and pedigree and less reliance on the coaching staff squeezing every last ounce of talent and production out of late-round draft choices and unheralded free-agent finds. Look no further than the signings of former first-rounders Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe to man the interior. But even with those reinforcements, the nonexistent contribution from second-round selection Trysten Hill and the tentative return of veteran Tyrone Crawford from injured reserve could lead the Cowboys to look for more help. Strowbridge showed out during the pre-draft process and flashes starter-quality tools at strongside end along with the flex to reduce inside as a sub-package pass rusher.

Other possible options:
Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame
Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas

Round 4 | Pick 123
K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State
With Amari Cooper signed and the emergence of Michael Gallup, the Cowboys are set on the outside at receiver. But, with veteran slot Randall Cobb moving on to Houston after a productive year in Dallas, the Cowboys are in need of a reliable receiving option to work underneath and across the middle. Hill leaves Ohio State as one of the most accomplished pass catchers in the program’s storied history, including being the holder of the school’s all-time record for receptions. If not for his average size and lack of a defining physical trait, he’d probably be off the board much earlier, but with his crafty route-running and ability to create separation, he should certainly be in the conversation to receive a call from Dallas early on Day 3.

Other possible options:
Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa
Quartney Davis, WR, Texas A&M

Round 5 | Pick 164
Josiah Deguara, TE, Cincinnati
After a year in retirement followed by one-season swansong in the silver and blue, Jason Witten and the Cowboys seem to have finally put each other in the rear-view mirror, at least in terms of his time as a player. Meanwhile, the tight end torch appears to be officially passed to Blake Jarwin, who should be a more featured part of the offense in 2020. Offseason acquisition Blake Bell also expects to figure into the active roster, likely as an in-line blocker. But, adding an H-back type like Deguara would provide an added dimension from the position for the Cowboys to work with in deploying their offense.

Round 5 | Pick 179 (compensatory)
Geno Stone, S, Iowa
The departure of the polarizing Jeff Heath coupled with the arrival of former first-round pick turned journeyman Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has the feeling of a break-even situation at safety where the front office is concerned. Between this and the team’s recent history of not investing significant resources into the position, I once again don’t expect the Cowboys to address the last line of defense early. That said, they could look later in the draft to bring in another name to add to a depth chart that also includes Xavier Woods, Darian Thompson, and Donovan Wilson. Stone is a scrappy, undersized defender with plus ball skills and play-making ability, and he carries a chip that could also help him make a name for himself on special teams.

Round 7 | Pick 231
Tanner Muse, LB, Clemson
The Cowboys love to draft linebackers and they love to draft from big-time programs. With 59 games logged for a perennial NCAA powerhouse, Tanner Muse certainly fits that bill. Not really thought of much as a prospect coming into the pre-draft process, a strong showing at the NFL Scouting Combine has put Muse firmly in consideration for a late-round selection. Likely transitioning from college safety to NFL linebacker, his in to a roster spot would expect to be as a core special teamer as he works to do more than just round out the linebacker depth chart.

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Jason Pruett
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2019 NFL Mock Draft: Day 2 Bonus Edition

The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is officially closed and what a night it was! But, we still have two full days of picks to come. With that in mind, I am pleased to present my 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Day 2 Bonus Edition. These Round 2 and Round 3 projections are based on the draft order as it currently stands and my impression of remaining team needs.

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2019 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Final Edition

After months of evaluation and speculation, click-bait and hot takes, the 2019 NFL Draft will finally go live from Nashville on Thursday night. As much as we all want to think we know heading in, we all understand that once teams officially go on the clock, the entire game changes. There will be prospects that unexpectedly rise and slide, trades that make perfect sense and none at all, and selections that surprise no one and shock everyone. It’s what makes the draft fun as a fan and compelling as an evaluator.

With that being said, I am pleased to present my 4.0 and final 2019 NFL Mock Draft. These first-round projections are based on the current draft order and my impression of team needs as of April 23, with consideration given to potential trade scenarios.

Enjoy the draft!

FIRST ROUND


1 | Arizona Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
I started the process projecting Kyler Murray to the Cardinals when virtually no one else was and despite recent reports that the Arizona front office is still weighing its options in the eleventh hour, I will finish the process with that projection.

2 | San Francisco 49ers — Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
The 49ers may consider Nick Bosa here, but I think the Raiders might make a play to move up for the Ohio State end. That said, whether they sit at #2 or bump down to #4 in a trade, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that San Francisco prefers Quinnen Williams regardless.

3 | New York Jets — Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
I’ve liked the fit, but I’ve hesitated projecting Ed Oliver to the Jets because I couldn’t confidently say they would draft him at #3. I still can’t say for sure, but I could see a trade-back situation where they drop down a few spots and are still able to land him.

4 | Oakland Raiders — Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
With scenarios on the table that include them standing in to draft the third of the three top defenders, taking the first LB off the board, and potentially coveting a QB, the Oakland war room has gone dark at #4. I’ll venture that the Raiders will attempt to work a deal with the 49ers, jumping up to #2 to draft their pass rusher.

5 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Devin White, LB, LSU
The Buccaneers could look at drafting Josh Allen here, but I feel like they might make a go of it with their edge defenders as they are. Instead, I’ll follow the smoke that’s been wafting around Tampa Bay all draft season and project them to take Devin White.

6 | New York Giants — Josh Allen, RSH, Kentucky
There’s no way to tell if the Giants are truly interested in drafting a QB at #6 — until they don’t. If Josh Allen remains on the board after the top five cards have been turned in, I think there’s a strong chance he goes from one Big Blue to another.

7 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Jawaan Taylor to Jacksonville has been a popular prospect-team projection. The fit and value makes sense, so I’m maintaining the pick I made for the Jaguars in my seven-round Super Mock.

8 | Detroit Lions — Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
I’m not sure the Lions don’t look for defensive help or possibly trade out of #8, but Jonah Williams to Detroit has been gaining steam in recent days. He’d be an immediate upgrade and long-term solution for an offensive line in need of both.

9 | Buffalo Bills — Brian Burns, RSH, Florida State
The Bills spent millions of dollars in free agency to improve their offense, which leads me to believe this pick will be on defense — specifically a pass rusher. Brian Burns has the tools and traits to develop into an incredibly disruptive force off the edge for Buffalo.

10 | Denver Broncos — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
While they traded for former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, John Elway and the Broncos clearly love Drew Lock — they might even trade up to guarantee they get their latest QB of the future. That said, if they choose to ride with their veteran signal caller, expect one of the next two picks to become a Bronco instead.

11 | Cincinnati Bengals — Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
I think Dwayne Haskins would make sense for the Bengals with Andy Dalton as the bridge, but Cincinnati might not have the opportunity to draft the former Buckeye if Miami or Washington moves up. Devin Bush would make an excellent alternative for a team that seemingly has an annual offseason need at LB.

12 | Green Bay Packers — T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
The Packers have veteran options at tight end in Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis, but both are past their prime and neither is long for Lambeau for more than a season at best. If T.J. Hockenson lasts until #12, I expect him to be bound for Titletown.

13 | Miami Dolphins — Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
Christian Wilkins would be a quality player, leader, and locker room presence for a franchise starting over. I could also see the Dolphins trading back, as they desperately need picks to help rebuild a roster that might be the most devoid of talent in the league.

14 | Atlanta Falcons — Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
The Falcons will look hard at adding another edge rusher, but I don’t think Ty Sambrailo is their first choice to fill the vacancy at right tackle. I do think they like Cody Ford, though, and I think he steps right into the starting role.

15 | Washington Redskins — Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Redskins appeared to be a suitor for Josh Rosen and they still might be. However, they might be content to draft a QB and I think their guy, if available, is Dwayne Haskins. I’d venture they’d even consider chasing him up the board into the top ten if they could strike a deal.

16 | Carolina Panthers — Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Drafting an edge rusher like a sliding Montez Sweat or high-floor Clelin Ferrell is a definite possibility for the Panthers, but I think it’s time they finally drafted a left tackle. Andre Dillard would be the target.

17 | New York Giants (via CLE) — Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
The word is that the NFL likes Daniel Jones more than those of us in the draft community and that the Giants covet him the most. That’s enough for me to assume that if he’s on the board at #17, he will be drafted as the eventual successor to Eli Manning.

18 | Minnesota Vikings — Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College
The Vikings offensive line has the potential to be a game of musical chairs before the season begins and they project to introduce another player early. I would expect Chris Lindstrom to come in and start at guard or possibly right tackle.

19 | Tennessee Titans — Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
I feel like the Titans are one of the hardest teams to read in the first round because they can realistically go in any direction. That said, they were linked to Jeffery Simmons before his ACL injury and might still value him enough to draft him at #19.

20 | Pittsburgh Steelers — D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Everyone expects D.K. Metcalf to be drafted in the first round and I think Pittsburgh is a potential landing spot. He has the size and straight-line speed that they tend to employ outside and he would enter into a situation where he can develop instead of dealing with the pressure to be WR1 right out of the gate.

21 | Seattle Seahawks — Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
The Seahawks were able to flip Frank Clark to the Chiefs, the key piece in return being Kansas City’s first-round selection at #29, but that makes Seattle’s first order of business drafting his replacement at #21. Clelin Ferrell may not have Clark’s ceiling, but he’s ready-made for a starting role in the NFL.

22 | Baltimore Ravens — Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State
The Ravens could pursue an edge rusher or wide receiver here, but I venture their priority will be protecting QB Lamar Jackson and strengthening their running game now led by Mark Ingram. Garrett Bradbury would project to be their new starter at the pivot.

23 | Houston Texans — Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
The two glaring weaknesses for the Texans are the offensive line and the secondary. The cornerback position should stretch until their back-to-back selections in the second round, but offensive tackle will not. If they don’t attempt to trade up for one of the top three tackles, Little is the consolation prize.

24 | Oakland Raiders (via CHI) — Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Raiders don’t have much in the way of a weapon at the tight end position and Fant is exactly that. The Iowa product would fit in nicely as a matchup player alongside their remade receiving corps that now includes Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, and Ryan Grant.

25 | Philadelphia Eagles —Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
With a lingering shoulder issue, questions about his positional fit, and his lack of college production, I expect Gary will be drafted lower than his athletic profile would suggest. But, I feel like the Eagles might be the team to swoop in, bank on his potential, and attempt to groom him into an impact professional.

26 | Indianapolis Colts — Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
The Colts could be in the market for another front-line defender, but they’ve also been connected to Johnathan Abram, who would pair with Malik Hooker to give Indianapolis one of the better young safety tandems in the NFL.

27 | Oakland Raiders (via DAL) — Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
I expect cornerback to be a target for the Raiders early, which could put any of the top prospects in play. While Mike Mayock’s voice as an analyst has been absent from draft coverage, I can just hear him raving about Rock Ya-Sin and jumping at the chance to drape him in the silver and black.

28 | Los Angeles Chargers — Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
If they don’t look to escape the first round with an offensive tackle, cornerback looks to be where need and value line up for the Chargers. Greedy Williams could be a steal for San Diego with his measurables and coverage skills.

29 | Seattle Seahawks (via KC) —Montez Sweat, RSH, Mississippi State
I have a feeling the Seahawks might elect to parlay the pick acquired from the Chiefs in a trade down to procure more draft assets. But if they stand in, I could see them double-dip at edge by taking Montez Sweat, whose stock is rumored to have fallen due to concerns about his known heart condition.

30 | Green Bay Packers (via NO) — A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Packers will probably give consideration to drafting an offensive or defensive lineman with their second first-round selection, but they could also choose to upgrade their pedestrian receiving corps by pairing A.J. Brown with Davante Adams.

31 | Los Angeles Rams — Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
The Rams have multiple positions of reasonable need, including their offensive line and virtually every level of their defense. Seeing they’re short a second-round pick, trading out of the first round is also a possibility. If they stand in and pick, Dexter Lawrence makes sense to line up next to Aaron Donald, where he can draw double-team blocks and push the pocket with his power.

32 | New England Patriots — Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The Patriots are loaded with draft capital, but I don’t expect them to make twelve picks over the course of seven rounds. Look for them to wheel and deal, possibly shooting up the board in the first round to draft a playmaker — perhaps the electric Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown.


Jason Pruett
DRAFTPLEX

2019 NFL Draft Super Mock

With one week until the next wave of NFL players officially arrive on the scene, I am pleased to present my 2019 NFL Draft Super Mock. For this exercise, I went on the clock for all 32 teams across all seven rounds to make all 254 selections. These projections are based on the official draft order and my impression of team needs heading into the draft, and do not reflect any potential trade scenarios.

First-round selections are featured on this page. To view the complete DRAFTPLEX 2019 NFL Draft Super Mock, including each pick in order of selection and the breakdown of picks by conference, division, and team, hit the link below.

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Jason Pruett
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