During this unforeseen, unfortunate time in the world of sports, there has not been much to write about in the sports world, especially the NBA. Throughout this forced hiatus in all sports of all levels, there is one thing that has remained constant, the NFL Draft. Round 1 is tomorrow night, followed by Friday night being Rounds 2 and 3, and Saturday afternoon rounding out the draft with rounds 4-7. Therefore, today, tomorrow, and Friday you will get a mock draft from me previewing the rounds of the night before. Do not worry friends, sports will come back soon!
Note: There will be trades each day on draft day, predicting those is next to impossible so I will not be predicting any trades.
- Cincinnati Bengals– Joe Burrow, QB, LSU. Obvious choice here. Perhaps the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck. Burrow was also born and raised in Ohio. Hopefully he brings his winning ways to Cincy.
- Washington Redskins– Chase Young, DE, Ohio State. Another slam dunk pick here. Perhaps best DE prospect since Jadeveon Clowney or Myles Garrett. Has an opportunity to be paired with defensive guru Ron Rivera and be a franchise star that a struggling defense and franchise need.
- Detroit Lions– Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State. You have to imagine letting Darius Slay go did not mean Desmond Trufant who they just signed will now be their No.1 corner after an abysmal year with Atlanta, Okudah is primed to take that role and have an immediate impact as the best corner in this class.
- New York Giants– Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson. The most versatile player in this draft. Insanely athletic and physical and will get playing time immediately on this team, who was 30th in points allowed last year.
- Miami Dolphins– Tu’a Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama. Although injury history is a concern, they do have Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick there to start this year and allow Tu’a an opportunity to rest and learn to take over the reins. An amazing talent who shines brightest on the biggest stage and start a big turn-around for the Dolphins.
- Los Angeles Chargers– Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon. He has all the physical tools to be a star in this league, but he needs time to build his playing confidence and throw with more anticipation. Tyrod Taylor has played this role of “starter until the rooke is ready” before in Cleveland for Baker Mayfield and should be prepared to do the same here.
- Carolina Panthers– Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn. Carolina is going through huge franchise changes. One of the first things a rebuilding franchise must do is stop the run, which they were the worst in the league at last year, so their offensive gurus and talent can get to work. No better way to do that than get Brown here.
- Arizona Cardinals– Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama. 900+ snaps, 1 sack allowed. Need I say more? Got to protect your future in Kyler Murray.
- Jacksonville Jaguars– Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina. Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakuoe are either gone or will not be there come season time. That defensive line needs to get rebuilt into the force it was when the Jags went on that AFC Championship run.
- Cleveland Browns– Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa. The Browns had a bit of an underwhelming year last year. With amazing weapons such as Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., you got to give Baker Mayfield more time to get the ball to them. Wirfs had a great season and great combine and shows amazing potential to be a cornerstone of that o-line for years to come.
- New York Jets– CeeDee Lamb. WR, Oklahoma. In an absolutely loaded WR class, the Jets take the first one off the board. This pick shows confidence that Lamb could pick up right where Robby Anderson left off and improve the second-worst offense in the league last year.
- Las Vegas Raiders– Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama. Although Darren Waller stepped up in a huge way last year at TE with 90 receptions, not a single receiver had over 50 receptions outside of him. A legitimate top 5 Tight End, with a much more lethal receiving core, and a great running game with Josh Jacobs the Raider fans can be a bringing a show to Las Vegas this year.
- San Francisco 49ers– Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma. Obviously a bit of a surprise here, but if they do wind up trading Kwon Alexander, someone is going to need to fill those shoes immediately in order for this defense to not fall off track.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers– Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia. Safe pick here for Tampa. Will help keep Tom Brady upright and get running game going for the Bucs.
- Denver Broncos– CJ Henderson, CB, Florida. With Chris Harris Jr. gone, they are going to need to fill that void and Henderson brings speed, ball skills, and experience being the leader of Florida’s secondary since he stepped on their campus.
- Atlanta Falcons– K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU. The Falcons have had consistent issues getting to the Quarterback minus one good year from Vic Beasley, Chaisson is a very, versatile player that can help them do just do that as soon as he gets to the A.
- Dallas Cowboys– Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State. Dallas struggled to get the QB last year, DeMarcus Lawrence’s production slacked since he signed his extension, Yetur will bring some new life paired with Aldon Smith to aide the Cowboys in accomplishing that mission.
- Miami Dolphins– Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville. A bit of a steal here but he is considered a raw prospect but scouts and his failed drug test at the combine can cause a slide for Becton, which works beautifully for the Dolphins here.
- Las Vegas Raiders– Patrick Queen, LB, LSU. Might be considered a bit of a reach here but the Raiders are in need of LB to fill Vontaze Burfict’s shoes as he may never be able to play football again because of his suspensions. Queen is a versatile playmaker who wil be an impact for this team.
- Jacksonville Jaguars– Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU. After trading Ramsey and letting go of Bouye, the Jaguars seemingly made up their mind about getting a corner in this draft. Fulton’s ability to play out on an island and hold his own will help get this defense back on track.
- Philadelphia Eagles– Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU. LSU goes on a big run here in the middle of the draft. Jefferson stepped up as an elite, consistent option for Burrow this season and consistency is exactly what Wentz needs at that position.
- Minnesota Vikings– Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama. After losing Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, and Mackensie Alexander this offseason it looks like the Vikings want to rebuild through the draft at corner. Diggs has been a cornerstone of Bama’s defense these past two seasons and will have an opportunity to start day 1.
- New England Patriots– Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama. The Patriots have had a long history of talented prospects falling to them and it continues here. Gives them a deep threat they desperately need and can make a huge impact right away.
- New Orleans Saints– Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama. Best safety in this draft goes off the board here. McKinney can be brought in to fill in for Vonn Bell who left town for Cincinnati.
- Minnesota Vikings– Andrew Jackson, OT, USC. Contract year for Kirk Cousins. In order to make it count for the Vikings, Cousins needs to stay on his feet.
- Miami Dolphins– Grant Delpit, S, LSU. Had a bit of a down year but the Thorpe Award winner and National Champion will coming out of DBU will continue his success under Coach Flores in Miami.
- Seattle Seahawks– Cesar Ruiz, C/OG, Michigan. The first interior o-lineman goes off the board here. This offense desperately needs some help on the O-line to protect their QB and for Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny to pound the rock.
- Baltimore Ravens– Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor. Mims has a ton of talent and an innate ability to win 50/50 balls and will help the Ravens take their passing game to the next level.
- Tennessee Titans– AJ Epenesa, DE, Iowa. Epenesa has the versatility to play inside and outside and can pick up where Jurrell Casey left off when they traded him. A great fit for Coach Vrabel’s defense.
- Green Bay Packers– Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State. The Packers seemed to be one playmaker away from keeping up with the 49ers in the playoffs. Aiyuk will be great option alongside Davante Adams and Allen Lazard.
- San Francisco 49ers– Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado. San Fran has let go of Marquise Goodwin and Enmanuel Sanders. Have to keep versatile options for Garoppolo and they take a chance on Shenault here.
- Kansas City Chiefs– Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota. Possibly the biggest playmaker in this draft. A turnover forced is an extra possession for their lethal offense and he may be the best at forcing turnovers in this draft.
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