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Mock Draft 3.0: The Final Mock

This is it football fans! It’s finally draft week! All 32 teams will select players in this week’s draft that will impact and mold their respective franchises for years to come. This is my third and final mock of what I believe will happen come Thursday. Take a look!

1. Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray (Oklahoma)

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Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals can no longer hide their desire for Kyler Murray. I believe Josh Rosen to be trade-bait at this point. They’ll get a pretty penny in return for Rosen and Kyler Murray will be the new starter in the desert in 2019.

2. San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa (Ohio State)

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The best player in the draft gets sniped up by the niners with the second pick. Bosa is simply far too talented to pass up…even if they are currently set at DE with Dee Ford and Solomon Thomas. Bosa should fit in nicely with that defensive front full of former top 5 picks.

3. New York Jets: DL Quinnen Williams (Alabama)

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I have had Josh Allen (Kentucky) mocked to the Jets since January, but between now and then Jets fans have informed me that there is no way they can pass up a talent like Quinnen Williams. I agree. Quinnen and Leonard would make up one of the nastiest defensive line duos in the AFC.

4. Oakland Raiders: EDGE Josh Allen (Kentucky)

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You can’t name me a team in the league that needs more help at the pass rushing position than the Oakland Raiders. Josh Allen just so happens to also be the best player available at #4. Mike Mayock addresses his biggest need with his first of three, first round picks.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Devin White (LSU)

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The loss of Kwon Alexander to free agency will not be felt for long. Devin White is easily the best and most pro ready linebacker in this class. With the uncertainty of Gerald McCoy’s future as a Buccaneer, Tampa Bay will be looking for a new leader of their defense.

6. New York Giants: DL Rashan Gary (Michigan)

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Rashan Gary is a perfect fit in New York’s 3-4 defense. The Giants have multiple holes they have to fill so going best player available here would be wise.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: T Jawaan Taylor (Florida)

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This is one of few picks in the first round that makes too much sense. The Jaguars have an obvious hole they have to fill at Right Tackle and Taylor fits in perfectly with their power scheme offense.

8. Detroit Lions: EDGE Montez Sweat (Mississippi State)

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The Lions could also go with Jonah Williams here and fill the other Guard position, but when you play in a division like the NFC North you have to be able to pressure opposing quarterbacks consistently. Trey Flowers was a home-run signing in free agency but giving him some help off the opposite edge should keep opposing quarterbacks on the tip of their heals.

9. Buffalo Bills: DT Ed Oliver (Houston)

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I believe the 3-tech interior defensive line position is the only “gaping hole” that the Bills still need to address that they hadn’t in free agency. Ed Oliver is arguably the most impressive athletic, defensive lineman we’ve seen in the NFL draft in the last decade. I’d be excited to see what Sean McDermott could mold Oliver into.

10. Denver Broncos: QB Drew Lock (Missouri)

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It’s no secret that John Elway is in love with Drew Lock. The potential is there but someone has to unlock it. This pick relieves any and all pressure on Lock. He can come in and learn from Joe Flacco and be groomed into the eventual starter.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State)

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As we get closer to the draft, rumors have begun to grow that Dwayne Haskins may in fact be the target at #11 for the Bengals. How many more chances are you going to give Andy Dalton to win a playoff game. At some point it may be time to move on.

12. Green Bay Packers: LB Devin Bush Jr. (Michigan)

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Draft by draft, the Packers continue to fill holes on their defense. Adding Devin Bush would give the Packers a formidable force with Blake Martinez in the center of their defense. Two incredibly instinctive linebackers who have a nose for the ball.

13. TRADE: New York Giants (from MIA) QB Daniel Jones (Duke)

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Rumor has it, the Giants love Daniel Jones. What do Daniel Jones and current Giants QB Eli Manning have in common? They were trained by the same exact QB guru (David Cutcliffe). David Gettleman has made it no secret that Manning is the Giants QB…but for how much longer? Daniel Jones can be the success plan.

14. Atlanta Falcons: OL Jonah Williams (Alabama)

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Jonah Williams, is in my opinion, the best overall offensive lineman in this class. His versatility will be highly valued amongst NFL teams and he can come in day 1 to be Atlanta’s starting RT or kicked inside to fill either of the starting Guard positions.

15. Washington Redskins: EDGE Brian Burns (Florida State)

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The Redskins lost Preston Smith to the Packers and did not fill his loss in free agency. So I believe it’s safe to say they’ll address that relatively early in the draft. Brian Burns is a pass rushing specialist from Florida State who wins with his elite speed off the edge. He and Ryan Kerrigan should form an excellent combo.

16. Carolina Panthers: T Andre Dillard (Washington State)

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The Panthers offensive line had a hard time staying healthy in 2018. They lost Daryl Williams to a season-ending injury early in the season, Trai Turner spent some time on the sideline, and Matt Kalil was a disaster. They have some young promise in Taylor Moton who filled in well in Kalil’s absence and they also snagged one of the best Centers in the game (Matt Paradis) in free agency. A Dillard-Moton-Paradis-Turner-Williams front has the potential to be a top 5 offensive line, in my opinion.

17. Miami Dolphins (from NYG) OL Cody Ford (Oklahoma)

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In this scenario the Dolphins traded back with the Giants. Ja’Wuan James decided to head to Denver instead of returning to Miami, therefore the Dolphins have a gaping hole at RT. If the Dolphins believe Ford isn’t quick enough to handle edge speed at the pro level they can kick him inside to Guard where they also have a hole to fill after the Josh Sitton retirement. Don’t be surprised if a pass rusher is also entertained at this spot.

18. Minnesota Vikings: TE TJ Hockenson (Iowa)

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Many don’t think Hockenson will fall this far all the way to #18…and they may be right. BUT in this scenario the teams that need a Tight End above Minnesota have larger holes to fill in other areas. Minnesota also has a gaping hole on their offensive line but all of the top guys are already off the board at this point. Hockenson is the best player available and would be the likely successor to an aging Kyle Rudolph.

19. Tennessee Titans: DL Christian Wilkins (Clemson)

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Defensive Tackles that bring versatility to the table and have the ability to play in multiple schemes are excellent value picks in the middle of the first round. I like Christian Wilkins has Tennessee’s new Nose Tackle in 2019, alongside Pro Bowler Jurrell Casey.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Byron Murphy (Washington)

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I personally believe Greedy Williams to be the most talented corner in this class, but Byron Murphy is the best fit in Mike Tomlin’s zone scheme. In a division that now features Odell Beckham Jr, Jarvis Landry, and AJ Green, it’s important to find corners who can slow those guys down.

21. Seattle Seahawks: DE Clelin Ferrell (Clemson)

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The Seahawks already need pass rushing help and the one guy that they currently have that actually CAN rush the passer says he’s not showing up to camp until he gets a new deal. This pick makes too much sense, honestly.

22. Baltimore Ravens: WR DK Metcalf (Ole Miss)

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“The Alien” himself, DK Metcalf is the first wide receiver off the board. You won’t name a team in the league that needs more help at wide out than the Ravens do right now. DK Metcalf is arguably the most athletic, physical specimen we’ve seen at the wide receiver since Calvin Johnson. 6’4″, 230 lbs, with 4.3 speed. Prosper, Lamar Jackson.

23. Houston Texans: CB DeAndre Baker (Georgia)

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Johnathan Joseph is back for another season and the Texans added Bradley Roby on a 1 year deal in free agency. The future looks uncertain for the Texans at the cornerback position. In a division that features Andrew Luck and two teams in Tennessee/Jacksonville that like to run the football, it might be a good idea to grab the best run defending corner in this class.

24. Oakland Raiders: TE Noah Fant (Iowa)

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Jared Cook is gone and Derek Carr/Antonio Brown could use some help. Enter Noah Fant…a guy who you could actually compare to Jared Cook.

25. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Greedy Williams (LSU)

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Greedy Williams comes off the board at #25 and the Eagles walk away with a steal. Williams is rumored to be dropping on big boards due to a lack of maturity/coaching concerns. Someone is going to take a flier on him and this spot makes sense. Jalen Mills was recently arrested on battery charges so adding a guy like Greedy for security is a smart move.

26. Indianapolis Colts: WR AJ Brown (Ole Miss)

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The Colts grabbed Devin Funchess in free agency to give them some size on the outside across from TY Hilton. I’m not seeing that signing as a long-term option, though for Indy. AJ Brown has a terrific work ethic and excels in the short/intermediate game. Brown would easily be a Rookie of the Year candidate in 2019 in an Andrew Luck-led offense.

27. Oakland Raiders: OL Dalton Risner (Kansas State)

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The Raiders went from one of the best offensive line’s in the league a few short years ago, to below-average in 2018. Rodney Hudson and Gabe Jackson are holding down the fort but they could use some help on the interior. Dalton Risner is another offensive lineman who bring versatility to the table and can play inside or out.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: CB Rock Ya-Sin (Temple)

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The Chargers are in a good spot where they don’t have many holes to fill and really have the opportunity to go best player available. If they do have a position that needs an adjustment though, it’s probably at corner. The emergence of Desmond King gives them a lot of space to breathe because of his ability to play high safety and drop down to play corner. Depth however, is lacking.

29. Kansas City Chiefs: C Garrett Bradbury (North Carolina State)

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This is a marriage that’s meant to be. Mitch Morse moved on in free agency to Buffalo and Patrick Mahomes is currently Center-less. Bradbury is in my opinion, easily the best Center in this class.

30. Green Bay Packers: S Taylor Rapp (Washington)

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My favorite safety in this class heads to Green Bay in a pick that was inquired from the Saints in last years draft. I can’t think of a thing that Rapp can’t do. In a division loaded with talented receivers you can never have too many good DBs.

31. Los Angeles Rams: DT Jeffery Simmons (Mississippi State)

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This is truly a fitting pick. Ndamukong Suh has moved on…so why not replace him with his younger clone. Jeffery Simmons is a top 10 talent in this class and he’s going to fall in the draft because of a recent injury and some off-the-field concerns. I bet Sean McVay isn’t dumb enough to let him get to round 2.

32. New England Patriots: NT Dexter Lawrence (Clemson)

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Something tells me Bill Belichick won’t be staying put here at #32. The Patriots already have 12 picks (the most of any team in the draft) and he’ll likely look to trade back and use that capital to trade up later in the draft to get the guys he wants. Truly genius. If the Patriots do stay put here, I like them to replace Danny Shelton and Malcom Brown with one of the best run defenders in this class. A 340-pound mammoth name Dexter.
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