Buffalo had a solid draft. They got an extra first round pick for next season and got some good players as well. White was the most experienced cornerback in this draft and should be an upgrade over Stephon Gilmore. Jones is a talented receiver, Dawkins is a decent guard and Milano and Vallejo should be able to compete for playing time from day one. They did buy a lottery ticket in this draft by taking Peterman in the fifth. He is the most experienced quarterback in this draft in terms of pro style system and reading defenses. He probably has the best chance to be good of any of the late round quarterbacks.
Miami drafted a lot of value picks. McMillan was really the only reach for them, all of the others were taken where they should have been or even fell. Harris is a player with a high motor that should look really good next to Suh. Tankersley could have gone in the second round and might be their second best cornerback right now. Their biggest value pick was Isaiah Ford. Ford was projected as a third round player by some and should be a nice addition to Miami’s receiving corps.
New England Patriots
The Patriots had the least amount of picks in the NFL, but they already spent their premium picks on Kony Ealy and Brandin Cooks. Both of those players are very talented and young. Derek Rivers in the third round was a steal for the Patriots and should become a significant role player under Bill Belichick.
New York Jets
The Jets had an interesting draft. Adams was a no brainer as he is a natural leader and should make an impact from day one. Maye is a reach, especially since they already had Calvin Pryor and the Jets have so many holes that they needed to fill. Stewart was a nice addition in the third round and Hansen has good value in the fourth. The Jets added some depth, but they still need a lot of work if they want to contend again.
Baltimore had one of the better drafts. Marlon Humphrey is a good addition in the first and some people considered Bowser a first round talent that the Ravens got in the second. The most intriguing pick that the Ravens made is Tim Williams. Williams has all of the talent in the world, but fell drastically because of his issues off the field. If he can figure out a way to stay clean and out of trouble, then Williams might be the biggest steal of the entire draft.
Cincinnati had an excellent draft in terms of talent. Their first four picks could very well be starters for this team and the other fourth round picks should get a good amount of playing time. Joe Mixon is obviously a questionable pick because of his character concerns, but given his talent, he was worth the pick. Cincinnati got a lot of talent on both sides of the ball and had one of the better drafts in the NFL.
The Browns did exactly what they needed to do to improve their football team. On the first day, they got three athletes that should make an impact from day one. In the second round, they got a talented quarterback that could be a starter in this league. Ogunjobi and Wilson should be able to help out on defense and they took a chance on Brantley. If Brantley is guilty of his charges, then they can cut him without any major issues because of how low that draft pick was. If he is innocent, then they got a potential second round talent in the sixth. The Browns did a good job of building for the future and may have had the best draft of all 32 teams.
The Steelers had a pretty good draft, considering where they were picking. TJ Watt could be the replacement for James Harrison when Harrison decides to retire. JuJu Smith-Schuster will look really good next to Antonio Brown. Sutton and Allen will be able to compete for playing time in the secondary. James Conner is a good story and a good third down back that should also help in the redzone. Dobbs is also an interesting pick in the fourth round. Some people thought he could go as high as the second round and if he can live up to that potential, then maybe he can take over when Ben Roethlisberger decides to retire.
Houston did what they needed to do in the draft to become a better team. Watson should be able to compete and win the starting quarterback job over Tom Savage. Zach Cunningham has first round talent, but somehow fell to one of the better defenses in the league. Foreman should be good if he is splitting time with Blue and Miller. Houston was already a playoff team that just got better in multiple positions.
The Colts didn’t do a lot for Andrew Luck, but they did a good job of boosting their defense. They couldn’t have imagined someone like Hooker dropping to them in the first round and Quincy Wilson can play anywhere in the secondary. Basham was a value pick that some people had as a first round talent. Their two offensive players, Banner and Mack, could both be starters eventually, but the Colts need to get creative when it comes to keeping Luck upright and healthy.
The Jaguars just put Blake Bortles on notice with this draft. They didn’t have any glaring holes on this team before the draft and improved in a lot of areas. Fournette is an upgrade over TJ Yeldon and Chris Ivory. Cam Robinson is an adequate replacement for Luke Joeckel that has all of the measureables. The interesting pick for them is Dede Westbrook. Add him to a receiving corps that is already pretty good and there is no reason that a quarterback shouldn’t succeed. If Bortles can’t get the job done, at least the Jaguars have a roster that is set up for whoever else they bring in.
The Titans filled their two biggest needs with their first three picks in the draft. Corey Davis is being compared to players like Michael Irvin and Terrell Owens, if he can live up to that hype, then Marcus Mariota should be pretty excited. Jackson isn’t the best cornerback in this draft, but what he gives the Titans in their special teams and ability to take some snaps on offense should help. They didn’t really have any value picks and generally selected players that are worth where they were picked.
The Broncos had some interesting picks throughout the draft process. They needed offensive line help and got it with their first pick, but there were other offensive lineman on the board that might have been better and they didn’t get any extra depth. Jake Butt is a really nice pick that could have been a first round pick if he didn’t tear his ACL. Chad Kelly was also a nice pickup, given the position that he was drafted. He has had a number of injury concerns and a large amount of character concerns, but he has enough talent that he could have gone in the second round. The Broncos bought a lottery ticket at the cheapest price possible.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs had a fairly poor draft, unless Patrick Mahomes pans out. Mahomes has a lot of potential, but he has a long way to go to reach that potential. This team is built for now and it seemed like they were building for the future. There were a lot of impact players at ten and even 27 where they were scheduled to pick that could have potentially pushed them over the top.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers are really trying to maximize the time that they have left with Philip Rivers. Mike Williams is the most talented receiver that he has played with since Vincent Jackson left for Tampa Bay. After Williams, The Chargers went and got possibly two of the best guards in the draft with Lamp and Feeney. The best value pick that the Chargers got was Desmond King. King was thought of as a first round pick last season, but the depth of this cornerback class and underwhelming numbers pushed him down to the fifth round.
Oakland had a decent draft in terms of raw talent, but there are some questions. They need to know that Conley is innocent of his charges otherwise that is a waste of a valuable draft pick. Obi Melifonwu has all of the qualities according to the NFL Combine numbers, but he wasn’t that fast on tape. Maybe he can develop into that speed on the field, but he might need some coaching. Vandergoes and Lee should be rotational pieces and maybe they will get some lick with their seventh round picks, but this draft for the Raiders will depend on Conley.
The Dallas Cowboys did exactly what they needed to do in this draft. They picked up a lot of help for their defense to include four defensive backs and a good pass rusher in Taco Charlton. Their biggest steal was probably Xavier Woods, a safety from Louisiana Tech. Most of these players should be able to come in and contribute from day one. The only questionable thing about their draft is that they drafted two receivers, but Switzer should help in special teams and Brown should create competition amongst the receivers.
New York Giants
The New York Giants did not have a good NFL draft. Engram isn’t going to be able to help in blocking. Dalvin Tomlinson was a reach in the second round. Davis Webb might be the person to take the quarterback job once Eli retires, but that doesn’t help them win now. The biggest reason why this draft is a bust for the Giants is that they really didn’t address their offensive line. Bisnowaty might be a solid backup eventually, but it is doubtful that he will help that much. Eli Manning has a lot of targets as a result of this offseason, but he won’t have much time to get the ball out.
The Philadelphia Eagles were the beneficiaries of teams trading up to get quarterbacks. If not for that, Barnett would not have been there when the Eagles picked in the first round. Sidney Jones might be the second best cornerback in this draft class, but will miss his rookie season. Douglas should be able to hold a starting job down until Jones recovers. Hollins, Pumphrey and Gibson are all interesting weapons for Carson Wentz to use. The Eagles should be better next season with these upgrades.
The Washington Redskins had an excellent draft. Jonathan Allen was arguably the second best player in the draft and bringing in his former college teammate, Ryan Anderson, will allow them to build on what they started at Alabama. Moreau might miss some time, but he is a first round corner back in terms of talent. Montae Nicholson was probably the only reach for the Redskins and other than that, the Redskins had one of the best drafts.
The Chicago Bears have a lot of needs and gave up a lot of potential picks to move up one spot to select Trubisky. Trubisky could end up being a top quarterback, but it was a large price tag. Tarik Cohen is an interesting running back the should be fun to watch, but it looks like the Bears won't be good for a while.
Detroit had a decent draft and filled some needs, but there were generally better players out there whenever they drafted. Davis and Tabor both have first round talent, but there are concerns with both. Davis is injured often and there is concern if he will be able to ever start sixteen games in a season. Tabor has some character issues, but could end up being a value pick in the end. Brad Kaaya is a good investment because if they can develop him, then maybe they could flip him for a higher pick in a couple of years.
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay traded out of the first round and got someone that was projected to the first round by a lot of people. Kevin King is an instant upgrade in their biggest need coming into the draft. They also drafted three running backs to go with Ty Montgomery and at least one of them should be able to get a fair amount of snaps. They also got some more weapons for Aaron Rodgers and should be back in contention this upcoming season.
The Vikings did a good job in this draft, especially since they didn't have a first round pick. Dalvin Cook was arguably the best running back in a stacked draft class and they got him some protection with Elflein and Isidora. Bucky Hodges was a good value pick at 201 when a lot of people thought that he was going to be taken around the third round. The Vikings got a lot of talent and several should pan out for them.
Atlanta improved on a team that went to the Super Bowl last season. They traded in front of Dallas to pick up McKinley, which was the right move to make. Duke Riley was a steal in the third, Harlow was a reach but everyone else was selected right around where they should have been. The Falcons front office did a good job of improving on an already good team. The lack of picks hurts, but they should still be good this season.
Carolina had an interesting draft in the sense that McCaffrey and Samuel are essentially the same player. Samuel is listed as a receiver and McCaffrey as a running back, but they both did the same thing in college. This will create some mismatches in their favor, but there were some good players with their second pick that they could have used more. Daeshon Hall is a nice pickup, but he has to develop and their biggest steal was Corn Elder. Elder is one of the smallest corners in this draft class, but his athleticism and ability made him worth a third round pick and the Panthers got him in the fifth.
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans got pretty lucky this year. Marshon Lattimore just fell straight into their lap and that just happened to be their biggest need. Ryan Ramczyk also just fell in their lap at the end of the first round and he was considered to be the best offensive lineman in this draft by many. Marcus Williams and Alvin Kamara should both be contributors from day one. Hopefully, Kamara won’t be used that much, but can learn from two veterans in Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson. This is the kind of draft that the Saints needed to have to get back into the NFC picture.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston has to be the happiest player in the NFL. He got the best tight end to enter the league in recent memory, his team got a steal with Chris Godwin in the third round and they also got a steal with Jeremy McNichols in the fifth. On defense, they seemed to reach a bit, Justin Evans and Kendell Beckwith were probably taken a round early. Stevie Tu’lkovatu is a good value pick in the seventh round, but there is no reason to believe that he will make a difference anytime soon.
Arizona got a lot faster with their first and second picks in this draft. Those two playing on the same defense as Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson should be really exciting to watch. The Cardinals may have reached a bit for Williams, but got a steal in the fourth when they selected Dorian Johnson. Johnson and Holden should help out their offensive line and Logan should be a good backup for David Johnson. Overall, The Cardinals had a pretty good draft.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams were really hindered by not having a first round pick in this draft. Everett should be a good tight end and the combination of Kupp and Reynolds will give Goff some legitimate weapons. The problem is that they didn’t get anyone to protect him or open up lanes for Todd Gurley. Without any help, they will probably finish with about as many wins as they got last season.
San Francisco 49ers
John Lynch showed that he belongs in an NFL front office with what he did in this draft. They stole draft picks from Chicago and still got the player that they were going to take at number two. Foster was a value pick at the end of the first round that could have easily gone in the top ten. Witherspoon is a good developmental cornerback with size, intelligence and speed that any team would like to have. They added some good depth for their foundation going into the future.
Seattle got some good value at their picks, but they didn’t do a lot for their biggest need, offensive line. Pocic and Senior are good values for where they were picked, but they won’t make much of a difference when it comes to protecting Russell Wilson. McDowell is extremely talented and can be considered a steal in this draft if he stays motivated. He could be a replacement for Michael Bennett if they decide to move on from him eventually.
It is here! In a few short hours we will know who went where in the first hours. There are three rounds in this mock to go through two days of the draft. In this version, there is one trade to shake things up a little bit. Enjoy one of the more exciting football days of the year!
33. Jacksonville Jaguars (Projected Trade) – Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
34. San Francisco 49ers – Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah
35. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
36. Chicago Bears – John Ross III, WR, Washington
37. Los Angeles Rams – Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
38. Los Angeles Chargers - Budda Baker, S, Washington
39. New York Jets – Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
40. Carolina Panthers - Chidobe Owuzie, CB, Colorado
41. Cincinnati Bengals – Tim Williams, OLB/DE, Alabama
42. New Orleans Saints – Duke Riley, LB, LSU
43. Philadelphia Eagles - Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio
44. Buffalo Bills – Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
45. Arizona Cardinals – JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
46. Indianapolis Colts - Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State
47. Baltimore Ravens – Teez Tabor, CB, FLorida
48. Minnesota Vikings – Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana
49. Washington Redskins – Chad Hansen, WR, Callifornia
50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
51. Denver Broncos – Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
52. Cleveland Browns – Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
53. Detroit Lions – Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
54. Miami Dolphins – Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State
55. New York Giants - Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State
56. Oakland Raiders - Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
57. Houston Texans – Chad Hansen, WR, California
58. Seattle Seahawks - Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
59. Kansas City Chiefs - Obi Melinfonwu, S, Connecticut
60. Dallas Cowboys – Marcus Williams, S, Utah
61. Green Bay Packers - Quincey Wilson, CB/S, Florida
62. Pittsburgh Steelers – Josh Jones, S, NC State
63. Atlanta Falcons - Desmond King, S, Iowa
64. Carolina Panthers - Ardarius Stewart, WR, Alabama
65. Cleveland Browns – Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
66. San Francisco 49ers – Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama
67. Chicago Bears – Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
68. Jacksonville Jaguars – Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
69. Los Angeles Rams – Dion Dawkins, OG, Temple
70. New York Jets – Tyus Bowser, OLB/DE, Houston
71. Los Angeles Chargers – Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
72. New England Patriots – Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
73. Cincinnati Bengals – Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech
74. New Orleans Saints – Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
75. Philadelphia Eagles – Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan
76. Buffalo Bills – Marcus Maye, S, Florida
77. Arizona Cardinals – Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State
78. Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan
79. Baltimore Ravens – Larry Ogunjobi, DL, Charlotte
80. Minnesota Vikings – Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
81. Washington Redskins – Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
82. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Dalvin Tomlinson, DL, Alabama
83. Denver Broncos – Dorian Johnson, OG, Pittsburgh
84. Cleveland Browns – Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
85. Detroit Lions – Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
86. Miami Dolphins – Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
87. New York Giants – Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
88. Oakland Raiders – Obi Melifonwu, S, Conneticut
89. Houston Texans – Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
90. Seattle Seahawks – Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
91. Kansas City Chiefs – Taywon Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
92. Dallas Cowboys – Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
93. Green Bay Packers – Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
94. Pittsburgh Steelers – Corn Elder, CB, Miami
95. Atlanta Falcons – Jayon Brown, LB, UCLA
96. New England Patriots - Nazair Jones, DL, North Carolina
97. Miami Dolphins – Isaac Asiata, OG, Utah
98. Carolina Panthers – DeMarcus Walker, DL, Florida State
99. Baltimore Ravens - Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
100. Los Angeles Rams – Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
101. Denver Broncos – Jaleel Johnson, DL, Iowa
102. Seattle Seahawks – Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida
103. Cleveland Browns – Bucky Hodges, TE/WR, Virginia Tech
104. Kansas City Chiefs – D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
105. Pittsburgh Steelers – Davis Webb, QB, Tennessee
106. Seattle Seahawks – Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
107. New York Jets – Ethan Pocic, OG, LSU
Projected Trade –
Cleveland and Jacksonville
Cleveland – Pick 4, 187
Jacksonville – Picks 12, 33, 145
There have already been four moves for first round picks and the draft is still a week and a half away. Last season there were eight moves made regarding first round picks and there should be something similar this season. These trades make the draft unpredictable and even more exciting for football fans. These are eight teams that are likely to make a trade on draft day.
8. New England Patriots
If the draft order stays the way that it is right now, the New England Patriots won’t have a pick until number 72 in the third round. They pretty much got their first round pick in the form of Brandin Cooks, but New England likes to make moves in the draft regardless. It is hard to imagine what they will give up to make a move on the first day of the draft, but Bill Belichick has never been afraid to make a move if he feels that it will make his team better in the long run.
7. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have been known to make trades on draft day and it could be possible that they move back to acquire more draft picks since they don’t have a fifth round pick this year. They don’t have a lot of needs on offense, but two of their biggest needs, defensive back and pass rush, are arguably the two deepest positions in this year’s draft. If they drop to the beginning of the second round and pick up an extra fourth round pick in the process to add more depth, that wouldn’t be surprising. The only reason that they wouldn’t is if they felt that the player that they really liked was at pick number 28 or if there wasn’t a team that wanted to get back into the first round. Other than that, the Cowboys could possibly move.
6. Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals make sense just because of who is picking in front of them and whom they might want. It is possible that all three quarterbacks might be there at pick number twelve for the Cleveland Browns to take whoever they like. That means if there is someone that the Cardinals’ like for the future once Carson Palmer retires, then they will have to move in front of Cleveland to pick that person up. New Orleans at eleven would make sense because they need to add depth to their defense and Carolina at eight because Carolina might like their options at thirteen and the possibly of adding an extra second or third and fifth might be too good to pass up.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars have a lot of talent in a lot of positions and don't necessarily need the fourth overall pick. If there is a team outside of the top five that is desperate for a top level talent and Jacksonville feels that they can get good value, then it would make sense to move down. Their biggest needs are offensive line and quarterback. It looks like the team isn't ready to move on from Blake Bortles yet and there isn't an offensive lineman in this draft worthy of a top ten pick. If the Jaguars can move back and still get the top offensive lineman in this draft, then it would make sense to move. If they are looking for a quarterback and don't feel comfortable taking whoever is available with the fourth pick, then they could always jump back into the first round to take someone at a better position in the draft.
4. Carolina Panthers
It makes sense for the Panthers to move down because they have a pretty good team already and there are three teams that could use a quarterback that are drafting later than Carolina. Arizona, Cleveland or Buffalo could feel that they need to move up and take a quarterback and Carolina adding some extra draft stock would be a nice move for them. Their two biggest needs are cornerback and running back and both positions should have a really good option for the Panthers at eight, ten, twelve or thirteen. The Panthers would make a lot of sense to make a move.
3. New Orleans Saints
The Saints have already acquired an extra first and third round pick, but it is unlikely that they are done making moves. The Saints have a lot of holes to fill on defense and have two quarterback needy teams drafting behind them. If they can move back a spot or two, pick up an extra fourth or fifth round pick and still get the player that they wanted, then they would be crazy not to do that. There is a lot of defensive talent in this draft and the Saints should be able to turn their team around quickly if they are able to get as much of the talent as possible.
2. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have already stated that they are willing to trade the number two pick and it makes sense because there isn’t a clear cut number two pick in this draft. That makes it challenging to find a partner to trade with, but if there is a team that falls in love with one of the quarterbacks and wants to get in front of Chicago, then they should be able to move. The only other reason that they wouldn’t trade out of the number two pick is because the Browns don’t select Myles Garrett. If Garrett slides to the number two pick, then San Francisco should stay and take him.
1. Cleveland Browns
It is unlikely that the Browns will trade the number one pick, but the number twelve pick is likely to be moved. The Browns have done a good job stockpiling picks in recent years and now have five picks in the first three rounds and could add more by moving back again. Adding more depth would make sense as the Browns have a lot of holes, but they could also move up if they feel that a player that they really want is there at eight or nine and they are afraid he won’t be there at twelve. Having those extra picks gives them a lot of flexibility and if a trade is made, there is a good chance that Cleveland will be one of those teams making it.
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