With the Super Bowl behind us, I thought it was an appropriate time to look ahead to the NFL Draft. The official draft order has finally been determined. The Bengals will start at one and the Chiefs, as Super Bowl winners, will pick at the end. The majority of the time, the first pick or two are often predictable and then everything goes bonkers. That’s where mock drafts come in. Placing players where you see them fit best is a very interesting exercise to undertake. Without further ado, this is this official Sigel 1.0
1. Bengals – Joe Burrow
Cincinnati is moving on from Andy Dalton and will need a replacement. Burrow is arguably coming off of the most successful collegiate season for a quarterback and will look to replicate that in the NFL
2. Redskins – Chase Young
The Redskins picked their quarterback of the future Dwayne Haskins in last year’s draft and will look to add more foundational pieces. Edge rusher is a need for the team and Chase Young, the highest touted prospect in the draft, will be a great addition.
3. Lions – Jeffrey Okudah
Detroit traded Quandre Diggs to the Seahawks before the trade deadline, which created a hole alongside Darius Slay. Slay and Okudah will create a very formidable secondary for the Lions
4. Giants – Isaiah Simmons
The Giants will have no problem plugging Simmons right into their system. The versatile Simmons can play either linebacker or safety for the New York defense.
5. Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa
With the first of three first round picks, Miami will look to pick their next franchise quarterback. Tagovailoa’s hip injury kept him out for the last few weeks of his junior season, however I don’t expect his draft stock to take a hit.
6. Chargers – Justin Herbert
Los Angeles has been very vocal about their desire to let Phillip Rivers walk in free agency and will therefore find themselves in the market for a quarterback. With Burow and Tua off the board, Herbert should be the next one to go.
7. Panthers – Jedrick Wills
The Panthers offensive line has weakened since the retirement of Ryan Kalil (who later came out of retirement and signed with the Jets). Wills should play right tackle in the NFL and will definitely help keep Cam Newton upright.
8. Cardinals – Andrew Thomas
Arizona needs a blindside pass blocker for Kyler Murray and that’s where Andrew Thomas comes in. Thomas would start immediately at left tackle and the extra time he’ll give Murray in the pocket will be crucial
9. Jaguars – Derrick Brown
Josh Allen and Calais Campbell have provided Jacksonville with great pressure from the ends, but have lacked additional pressure from their nose tackles on the interior. Brown may not be the quickest guy in the world, but he will certainly contribute to collapsing the pockets of opposing quarterbacks.
10. Browns – Mekhi Becton
Becton has been an early riser in the pre-draft process due to his staggering frame. At 6’7″, 368 pounds, he will instantaneously become one of the largest players in the league. Baker Mayfield could definitely use an upgrade over Greg Robinson on the blindside.
11. Jets – Tristan Wirfs
Sam Darnold has been the only offensive player selected in the first round by the Jets since 2009. Darnold needs help in the form of receivers and lineman, but the line takes precedence. At this point, Wirfs is the best offensive lineman on the board and should be the pick.
12. Raiders – Jerry Jeudy
The Raiders were unfortunately involved in the Antonio Brown drama, which ultimately left a void at wide receiver. Luckily, they are in a position to draft arguably the best offensive weapon of the draft. Jeudy certainly isn’t the fastest receiver, but possesses tremendous hands and route running abilities.
13. Colts – Jordan Love
Indianapolis has not hid their love for this prospect during the pre-draft process (pun intended). Love is coming off a season at Utah State where he did have a high interception total, but scouts seem to be looking past that. Love will go into the summer competing with Jacoby Brissett for the starting spot come September.
14. Buccaneers – Javon Kinlaw
Vita Vea needs a running mate alongside him on the interior of the Buccaneer’s defensive line. Playing in the SEC should help Kinlaw succeed in the NFL, as he looks to repeat his collegiate success in the NFL.
15. Broncos – CeeDee Lamb
Denver dealt Emmanuel Sanders at the deadline to San Francisco for a third and fifth round pick in the upcoming draft. Courtland Sutton has proved to be a great weapon for Drew Lock, but there isn’t much talent at receiver beyond Sutton. Lamb will look to form one of the best young 1-2 punches in the league as this Broncos’ offense progresses.
16. Falcons – AJ Epenesa
Atlanta announced that they will let Vic Beasley Jr walk in free agency and will be on the lookout for his replacement. Epenesa is NFL ready and should make an immediate impact on the edge from day one alongside Tak McKinley.
17. Cowboys – Kristian Fulton
Dallas will prioritize Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper during this offseason over Byron Jones. Jerry Jones will need to fill the void at cornerback with the best cornerback prospect left on the board in Kristian Fulton.
18. Dolphins – K’Lavon Chaisson
The Dolphins are back on the clock and will flip their attention to the defensive side of the ball. Miami let Cameron Wake walk last offseason and Charles Harris has disappointed. Chaisson can return the needed edge presence to the defensive line for the Dolphins.
19. Raiders – Trevon Diggs
With the wide receiver need filled, the Raiders will now turn their attention to the secondary. Gareon Conley was dealt to Houston for a third round pick, as the team was disappointed in his lack of development. Diggs will head a young back end alongside Trayvon Mullen.
20. Jaguars – CJ Henderson
Henderson fills another big area of need for the Jaguars, due in part to the Jalen Ramsey trade. AJ Bouye is approaching 30 years old. Jacksonville realizes that they need to get younger and add more talent to the position.
21. Eagles – Henry Ruggs III
Philadelphia was easily the most injured franchise of the past season. The wide receiver position was arguably exposed the most, as Greg Ward ( a former collegiate quarterback) was needed to start. Ruggs III adds youth behind Alshon Jeffrey and DeSean Jackson, both of whom have been injury prone and are aging.
22. Bills – Tee Higgins
Buffalo already has a great defens, but their offense needs to catch up. Josh Allen needs a big-bodied receiver since John Brown and Cole Beasley are both under 6 feet tall. The 6’4″, 210 pound Higgins does just that and will add another dynamic to the Bills’ offensive attack.
23. Patriots – Grant Delpit
Bill Belichick loves high upside defensive players. Devin McCourty has said that he will return for another season, but that shouldn’t prevent the Patriots from drafting his replacement. Delpit has the leadership and ball-hawking qualities needed to develop into a defensive anchor in New England.
24. Saints – Laviska Shenault Jr
Michael Thomas is coming off a tremendous season, in which he won Offensive Player of the Year. New Orleans doesn’t have much surrounding Thomas at the receiver position and they’d be smart to surround Drew Brees with more talent to make at least one more Super Bowl run before he retires.
25. Vikings – Xavier McKinney
Anthony Harris is a free agent who the Vikings should let go in favor of a younger, more talented player in Xavier McKinney. With Harrison Smith at strong safety, McKinney will slide in at free safety from day one.
26. Dolphins – D’Andre Swift
The Dolphins need talent wherever they can get it, and they can use a workhorse like Swift after dealing Kenyan Drake to the desert. Tua and Swift will create a great offensive core for Miami to build upon in the future.
27. Seahawks – Yetur Gross-Matos
Gross-Matos represents a fallback option for the Seahawks if they fail to retain Jadeveon Clowney. If Schneider and company went through with this pick, they’d be choosing first round defensive ends in back to back drafts (LJ Collier).
28. Ravens – Kenneth Murray
Over the past few seasons in Baltimore, there has been a change of the guard at linebacker. Ray Lewis retired, CJ Mosley bolted for New York, and Terrell Suggs was let go. Kenneth Murray would hope to begin the new generation of stud Raven linebackers.
29. Titans – Tyler Biadasz
The Titans are coming off a surprise playoff run, taking down the Patriots in the Wild Card Round and Ravens in the Divisional. There is a hole to be filled at right guard for the team. Biadasz has experience at center, but the transition to guard shouldn’t be too difficult for the Wisconsin product.
30. Packers – Jalen Reagor
The Packers have a similar situation to the Saints. Aaron Rodgers is deep into his career. Davante Adams is a clear cut number one target, but they don’t have much behind him. Reagor gives Green Bay a building block for the future.
31. 49ers – Austin Jackson
Joe Staley is nearing retirement and San Francisco should consider drafting someone to soon replace him. Clearly, the 49ers are all set on the defensive side of the ball and should use this pick to increase the protection for Jimmy Garoppolo.
32. Chiefs – Patrick Queen
After trading Dee Ford to San Francisco, Kansas City didn’t really do much to replace him. Patrick Queen, out of LSU, adds to the Chiefs’ linebacking core. Chris Jones may be on his way out of town and the Chiefs can’t afford to weaken their front seven.
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