With the top twenty draft picks set in stone and teams’ seasons are over, it’s time for mock drafts. Here is my first version of the upcoming NFL Draft in April.
1.1 Bengals: Joe Burrow, LSU
Joe is the player that makes sense at first overall. He has won the Heisman (the Heisman winner has been drafted first overall in three of the past five drafts, including the previous two years). Last Saturday, Joe had the performance of his life with eight total TDs (seven passing, one rushing) against Oklahoma. He will be playing in the Championship Game against next years Heisman hopeful, Trevor Lawerence, to see who is the best in the country. All in all, the Bengals need a quarterback, and Joe Burrow is the overall best quarterback in the upcoming draft.
1.2 Redskins: Chase Young, Ohio State
Chase is the best defensive player I’ve seen in a while. I believe he could have been the Heisman if he had not gotten suspended for two games for being a good boyfriend. This pick should be a no brainer, but I could see them avoiding him because they picked Sweat in last year’s draft. I think the Redskins have to select the best player at this point.
1.3 Lions: Jeff Okudah, Ohio State
With the possibility of Slay not returning next season, they are going to need to fill the hole he leaves. I say Jeff Okudah could help right away. He has been my number one defensive back this entire season, and he proved it throughout his last game in the Scarlet and Gray. My brother even said, “Jeff Okudah is the best player on the field,” multiple times during the game. In fairness, Chase Young did not have a significant impact at any point during the game. Again, I think he’s going to have an instant impact in the NFL and hopefully gets a good coach instead of Patricia in Detroit.
1.4 Giants: Andrew Thomas, Georgia
I’m sorry, I don’t pay attention to offensive linemen. But, he seems to be the best in the draft. I think the offensive line is going to be very important for the Giants. Their future is very bright with their young duo of Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. It will only help if they have a good line in front of their most precious assets. So, (insert new coach here), here’s the best lineman in the draft.
1.5 Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Going into the season, it was clear that the Dolphins were all in on drafting Tua. No one would have thought Tua would fall out of the top spot. But that’s what happens when one gets injured. He is, in my opinion, the best player in the draft if he did not have these injury concerns. I think that highly of him. Hopefully, he will get an offensive line in front of him to keep him off his back.
1.6 Chargers: Justin Herbert, Oregon
I’d say, Herbert has something to prove in the Rose Bowl and maybe the Senior Bowl. For now, I see him taken here. Phillip Rivers is on the tail end of the lengthy career. No one wants to have zero options when Phillip can’t perform anymore. Justin Herbert is going to fit the system well and has a chance to be on a playoff team right away if he’s lucky.
1.7 Panthers: Derrick Brown, Auburn
The Panthers did have a rough time finding a sustainable option at quarterback this season. But, with the top three off the board, it doesn’t make sense to pick one here. Throughout the season, the Panthers pass defense was one of the best in league with the second most sacks in the league. But, they were not able to stop the run with the fourth most rushing yards allowed per game. Derrick Brown has an excellent track record by being known in the SEC as a great player. He is going to control the interior of the line with time. He’s a great pick here.
1.8 Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
A reunion is in store. CeeDee Lamb and Kyler Murray were a great duo last season at Oklahoma. Kyler is going to be the face of the franchise and should be able to get his guy this year. But, that doesn’t take away from CeeDee’s game. Even in a loss to LSU, I think CeeDee Lamb’s stock rose with four receptions for 119 yards. Going into the game, I had CeeDee a notch above Jeudy, but I now believe CeeDee has solidified himself as the number one wide receiver in the upcoming draft.
1.9 Jaguars: Jedrick Wills, Alabama
Offensive lineman doesn’t deserve to be talked about unless their name is Quenton Nelson. The Jags need an offensive lineman (as does most of the crappy teams). Mine as well take the guy that plays in big time games. I promise to do more research on offensive linemen before my next mock draft update at the end of the CFP.
1.10 Browns: Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
Here’s the guy from Iowa that hasn’t played in a big game his whole career. I guess he’s supposed to be good.
I will continue to build on this list as the draft approaches. I hope to finish my last mock draft with a full two-round mock draft. I will keep doing more scouting of players and learn more about teams as the process continues.