The NFL combine has just ended from Indianapolis and many guys have improved/hurt there draft stock. Every team’s General Manager and Head Coach go to these combine to see if they can find the next Julio Jones, Richard Sherman or Patrick Mahomes. Team’s have been studying film on these guys from College, so having a bad combine doesn’t hurt guys stock, but sometimes it could. This is why the NFL draft is the most interesting and most exciting part of the NFL off-season.
#1- Cincinnati Bengals
QB Joe Burrow – LSU
Joe Burrow is the obvious pick here. Cincinnati is a mess right now on all cylinders and a team with a need at QB the smartest pick here is to take the best QB in the draft in Joe Burrow. Joe Burrow in 2019 for LSU threw for 5,671 yards, 60 TD’s and 6 INT. If the Bengals don’t take Burrow here, they need to look into a new GM.
#2- Washington Redskins
EDGE Chase Young – Ohio State
Before the combine, Chase Young was deemed a lock to go #2 to Washington. Then, during the combine, Ron Rivera spoke to the media and said they are bringing in QB’s Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa. This draws a huge question mark because they drafted Dwayne Haskins from Ohio State with the 15th overall pick in the first round last year. I think this is all a smokescreen and the Redskins, in my opinion, take the best player in this year’s draft in Chase Young.
#3- Detroit Lions
CB Jeff Okudah – Ohio State
The Lions are in desperate need of secondary help. Jeff Okudah had zero pass interference calls and zero holding calls this past season at OSU. He absolutely dominated the combine running a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash. With the Lions holding onto Matthew Stafford and thinking about trading Darius Slay, Okudah is the best DB in this draft and will do a great job filling the CB spot. Don’t be shocked though if the Lions trade down out of this pick to acquire more picks in this year’s draft.
#4- New York Giants
OT Mekhi Becton – Louisville
The Giants have many holes to fill this off-season on the defensive and offensive side of the ball, but they really need to start opening up holes for Saquon Barkley and this Giants offense. Becton at 6 foot 7 inches 368 pounds ran a 5.10 40 yard dash at the combine. His performance at the combine really turned heads from a lot of coaches and GM’s. It’s tough to pass up on a guy like linebacker Isaiah Simmons from Clemson, but protecting your franchise QB and the cornerstone of your offense is the priority here.
#5- Miami Dolphins
QB Tua Tagovailoa – Alabama
The Dolphins last year acquired the 2018 first round pick from the Cardinals Josh Rosen and believed that he could be the team’s next franchise QB. After playing in 6 games last year throwing 1 TD and 5 INTs, the Dolphins have come to the conclusion that this is not our franchise QB. So, I think the Dolphins take the southpaw QB from Alabama who has shown that he can be electric on the football field. When I watch Tua play, I see some flashes of Russell Wilson in his game with the explosive to get out of the pocket and keep his eyes downfield. The only concern with Tua is how will he bounce back from his hip injury he suffered this past season at Alabama.
#6- Los Angeles Chargers
QB Justin Herbert – Oregon
The Chargers and Phillip Rivers have agreed to mutually part ways this off-season. This leaves a huge question at the QB position now. The Chargers can go many different ways with this. They can go after guys like Tom Brady, Jameis Winston or Teddy Bridgewater in free agency. They can look into the trade market and potentially acquiring guys like Cam Newton, Josh Rosen or Andy Dalton. They can keep Tyrod Taylor who sat behind Phillip Rivers all of last season. Lastly, they can draft a QB at the #6 spot. I believe the Chargers take Herbert at 6 after watching his combine this week. Herbert at 6’6 237 pounds ran a 4.68 40 yard dash (ranks 3rd among all QBs) and felt very comfortable with his throwing drills and the combine. He threw for 3,471 yards, 32 TDs and 6 INT while capturing a Rose Bowl title this past season.
#7- Carolina Panthers
DL Derrick Brown – Auburn
Carolina Panthers are in full rebuild mode after getting a new HC and the question mark of Cam Newton right now. Derrick Brown 6’5 316 pounds is regarded as a top 3 overall player in this draft and him falling to 7 is a steal for Carolina. Brown will be the long term replacement for Poe and McCoy who have left for free agency. Brown and first-rounder last year Brian Burns will be the leaders upfront for that defensive line.
#8- Arizona Cardinals
OL Tristen Wirfs – Iowa
Cardinals have a huge need at the offensive line for Kyler Murray. They locked up OT DJ Humphries for 3 years which was huge, but they still need other positions for that offensive line. The best Offensive Lineman in the draft I believe is Tristen Wirfs. Wirfs can play at the tackle position or move to interior lineman. He is very versatile which is exactly what the Cardinals need. Wirfs dominated at the combine. He ran a 4.85 40 yard dash. He had a vertical of 36.5 inches which is better than many NFL receivers and he benched 23 reps. As much as the Cardinals want a dynamic receiver for Kyler Murray, the offensive line is where it all starts which is why I see the Cards taking Wirfs.
#9- Jacksonville Jaguars
LB/S Isaiah Simmons – Clemson
Jaguars had a down season last season and are on the verge of a rebuild. Isaiah Simmons who is a freak of nature athlete would be an absolute steal for the Jaguars at 9. Telvin Smith last year left the team for personal reasons and isn’t sure if he is coming back this upcoming season. So, combining Myles Jack and Isaiah Simmons is going to be one of the scariest LB duos in the NFL. After watching his combine this weekend running a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash. The 6’4 230-pound linebacker is going to be a unit in the NFL.
#10- Cleveland Browns
OL Jedrick Wills – Alabama
Cleveland had a very disappointing season last season. They have the pieces on offensive to be successful with Baker Mayfield, OBJ, Jarvis Landry and Nick Chubb. The concern though is the protection for Baker. Becton and Wirfs had a better combine than Wills which is why he will fall down to the 10 spot here. His play at Alabama though doesn’t reflect on his combine. Wills should be an easy pick for the Browns here.
#11- New York Jets
OT Andrew Thomas – Georgia
The New York Jets had the worst offensive line in football last year. Injuries across the board just an all-around disappointing performance by the Oline. Andrew Thomas 6’5 320 pounds had an unbelievable season last year with Georgia and was dominant playing against other SEC schools. This is Joe Douglas’s first off-season as Jets GM. Everyone knows what the Jets should prioritize this off-season and it’s the Oline. As intriguing as it is to take a WR, Andrew Thomas is a no-brainer here with Wirfs and Becton off the board. Andrew Thomas should make an immediate impact and will become a starter for the Jets deplete offensive line this upcoming season.
#12- Las Vegas Raiders
WR Jerry Jeudy – Alabama
Raiders will take the best receiver here at the 12th pick. Jerry Jeudy is an unbelievable athlete and it showed this year and Alabama and the combine. Many analysts have compared Jeudy to former Alabama WR Julio Jones. He’s among the cleanest, smoothest route-runners you’ll find in this years draft. Raiders will be very satisfied with the slight drop in Jeudy’s stock and take the first receiver of the draft.
#13- Indianapolis Colts
DL Javon Kinlaw – South Carolina
Colts roster looks really promising right now, especially with the amount of cap space they have going into the off-season. The only concern right now is the QB position. They could either trust Jacoby Brissett, look into free agency or address the issue in the draft. I believe the Colts will go out and sign a QB with the amount of cap space they have this off-season. This leads them to taking a highly-regarded prospect in Kinlaw. Kinlaw is considered a top top player in this draft, but with the OL needy teams taking O-lineman, Kinlaw will fall to the Colts at 13. Kinlaw can be used in the interior or as a pass rusher.
#14- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CB CJ Henderson – Florida
Bucs have so many holes in there secondary. CJ Henderson has good height being 6’1 ran a 4.39 40 yard dash. Henderson having a good knack of knowing where the ball is and his impressive agility as a corner will make his draft stock go up. The Bucs will take who I think will be a Pro Bowler in his first year in Henderson.
#15- Denver Broncos
WR CeeDee Lamb – Oklahoma
Broncos have a promising receiver in Cortland Sutton, First Rounder last year in Noah Fant and a franchise QB in Drew Lock. CeeDee Lamb, in my opinion, is the best receiver in this draft. Broncos seeing him at 15 should be very satisfied. CeeDee Lamb at Oklahoma last season had 1,347 yards and 14 TD’s and lead his team to the college football playoffs. Lock alongside Fant, Sutton and Lamb would look very nice for the future.
#16- Atlanta Falcons
OLB K’Lavon Chaisson – LSU
Falcons have many holes on the defensive side of the football. With Vic Beasley and De’vondre Campbell potentially departing this off-season, the Falcons will have a huge hole off the edge and with a coverage linebacker. The Falcons met with Chaisson at the combine and they love his athleticism and confidence. If Chaisson is still sitting there at 16, I would be very surprised if the Falcons passed on him.
#17 Dallas Cowboys
S Xavier McKinney – Alabama
After a very disappointing season in Dallas, they have a big free agency ahead. They have to resign two key guys in Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper. Dallas has tried to land a big name safety the last two years now. Two years ago they tried to acquire Earl Thomas, last year they tried to sign Eric Berry and acquire Jamal Adams, but they missed out on all. So, I think Dallas here takes the best safety in the draft with McKinney. McKinney is known for his athleticism and his field awareness. He can be matched up in the slot, plays well in zone coverage and put in the box. Dallas fills a nice need here on the defensive side of the ball with Jeff Heath hitting free agency as well.
#18- Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh Steelers)
WR Henry Ruggs III – Alabama
Dolphins acquired this pick by trading Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers last season. Dolphins had many issues on offense last year. The only true pieces that looked promising were Mike Gesicki and Devante Parker, who just signed a 4 year 40 million dollar contract. Ruggs came into this years combine with the opportunity to beat John Ross 40 yard dash record (4.22). He ended up running a 4.27 which is still very impressive and people still believe he is faster than that. Adding Ruggs and potentially Tua would look good for the Dolphins future.
#19- Las Vegas Raiders (via Los Angeles Chargers)
LB Kenneth Murray – Oklahoma
Raiders have had linebacker issues for quite some time and this is the perfect opportunity to take one here. The linebacker class isn’t too deep and one of the top coverage linebackers in the draft at 19 is still there, Raiders should take full advantage of this and take the 6’2 240 pounder.
#20- Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams)
CB AJ Terrell – Clemson
The Jaguars keep trading away pieces to get into this mini rebuild. They traded Jalen Ramsey to the Rams which is how they acquired this pick and they traded AJ Bouye to the Broncos for a 4th Round Pick. This pick just makes perfect sense for the Jaguars. They get a top 3 corner in the draft, which the Jaguars do a great job drafting defensive players through the draft, to begin their mini rebuild.
#21- Philadelphia Eagles
WR Justin Jefferson – LSU
Eagles have a promising Oline and they have a franchise QB in Carson Wentz. The issue on offense is the receivers. The injury-plague hurt them last year with Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and DeSean Jackson all getting hurt. Eagles need to go back into the draft to get a promising receiver. There isn’t a better time to grab a receiver than this draft. This WR draft class is one of the best in recent memory. Eagles grab a solid slot receiver who was electric at LSU.
#22- Buffalo Bills
WR Tee Higgins – Clemson
Bills had a fantastic season last year ended up making the playoffs as a wild card team and losing in the first round to Houston. Josh Allen needs more weapons on offense and Higgins is the perfect guy for this offense. Bills are in need of a red zone receiver like Higgins with John Brown and Cole Beasley both being fast receivers who can beat guys in man coverage. Higgins gives you that guy who can go up and make a catch over a 6’2 corner. Higgins at 6’4 210 pounds did not participate in the combine.
#23- New England Patriots
LB Patrick Queen – LSU
Patriots have a very interesting off-season ahead with the question mark of Tom Brady. Patriots have 3 linebackers heading into free agency in Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Shilique Calhoun. I see the Pats taking the best player available here especially with the uncertainty of the three linebackers heading into free agency. Queen is a very athletic linebacker who does very well in coverage and can be on the field at all times. I wouldn’t be shocked though if the Pats end up taking a QB here depending on where Brady goes.
#24- New Orleans Saints
CB Kristian Fulton – LSU
Saints don’t have many holes to fill, but if I had to choose one position it would be cornerback. Marshon Lattimore is one of the best corners in the NFL there is no arguing that, but he doesn’t have a guy next to him that he can trust. Eli Apple has not lived up to his hype as he hits free agency and PJ Williams is hitting free agency too. Fulton 6’0 200 pounds ran a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash at the combine. He does a great job in man to man coverage with 14 pass deflections last season at LSU.
#25- Minnesota Vikings
DL Neville Gallimore – Oklahoma
Vikings just lost Everson Griffen to free agency and it never hurts to add DL depth. Gallimore is 304 pounds, ran a 4.79 40 yard dash. He can chase down a running back in the open field or get after the QB. The potential is sky high for this kid.
#26- Miami Dolphins (via Houston Texans)
RB Deandre Swift – Georgia
The Dolphins leading rusher last year was Ryan Fitzpatrick which clearly means they need a Running Back. Dolphins strictly add offense weapons in the first round of this draft. Adding Tua and Ruggs in this mock draft, I believe that they keep on adding with the first running back taken off the board with Swift. Swift can be a very reliable player in the backfield with his catching ability and his vision to burst through holes.
#27- Seattle Seahawks
DL Marlon Davidson – Auburn
Seahawks have Jadaveon Clowney and Jarren Reed hitting free agency this offseason which puts a huge hit to the defensive line. Seattle will most likely prioritize resigning Clowney which usually means Reed will test the open market. Davidson would be a perfect replacement for the interior for Seattle.
#28- Baltimore Ravens
OL Shane Lemieux – Oregon
Marshal Yanda decides to retire after a long, great career with the Ravens. Its time for them to try and find a replacement at the guard position. Lemieux had an impressive combine which definitely helped raise his stock. This might be a little early to take Lemieux, but its a need for the Ravens and its a guy who can protect Lamar Jackson.
#29- Tennessee Titans
QB Jordan Love – Utah State
With Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill hitting free agency, the Titans have a very important decision to make on who to keep. Derrick Henry looked like the most important player on offense last year and if I am the Titans I am not letting him walk to free agency. Jordan Love is a very talented QB who can use his legs to make big plays. He had a good combine showing his accuracy isn’t that big of an issue. If the Titans do end up keeping Tannehill, expect the Titans to take a Pass Rusher here like Yetur Gross-Matos or AJ Espenda.
#30- Green Bay Packers
WR Brandon Aiyuk – Arizona State
Packers offense needs another receiver to spark their offense. Davante Adams is obviously one of the best receivers in the NFL, but he doesn’t have a guy behind him on the depth chart that Aaron Rodgers can trust. Aiyuk had a good combine running a 4.49 40 yard dash. Aiyuk is a guy who can expose teams secondary. He can open up the Packers offense and is a perfect fit in Green Bay.
#31- San Francisco 49ers
S Grant Delpit – LSU
49ers fell just short of a Super Bowl victory and they will try to get back there next year. With Jimmie Ward hitting free agency and the limited cap space they have heading into the off-season, they take a guy who can make an immediate impact on the field in Delpit. Delpit has dealt with many injuries at LSU which gives a bit of concern to teams around the league. If Delpit can stay healthy this could be a massive addition and steal for the 49ers at 31.
#32- Kansas City Chiefs
CB Trevon Diggs – Alabama
Chiefs after coming off a super bowl don’t have many holes to fill. If I had to choose one position it would be their corners. Kendall Fuller is also hitting free agency, so taking a corner here makes much sense. Trevon Diggs is an absolute steal at 32. I have Diggs as the 4th corner coming off my board. Diggs showed a lot of praise at Alabama and has a high ceiling. Trevon Diggs is the brother of current Vikings WR Stefon Diggs.