With week 12 of the NFL season wrapping up Monday night, the playoff landscape is starting to take shape. Some teams appear to be looking forward to the off season, while others are attempting a late season push to playoffs. The Dolphins are locked and loaded, awaiting this draft with their 3 first round picks. Meanwhile, the Rams are going to have to wait until the 2nd round after trading for Jalen Ramsey. But do not fret Rams fans, while a mock draft may not be your favorite topic at the moment, I made sure to include y’all in this article.
Please keep in mind we are still months from the draft so obviously, a lot of things can change. Hopefully this mock draft will vary from others you might have already read. The order is based on the current NFL standings, so don’t get mad at me for where your team is picking. Let’s get started.
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1.) Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, LSU (QB)
While they may be tempted to take an elite talent like Chase Young, the need at qb is significant for the Bengals. Burrow should thrive in Zac Taylor’s offense.
2.) New York Giants – Chase Young, Ohio State (Edge)
The Giants solve a big need here by taking the best talent in this class. The Giants have worked to build their interior defensive line, and now they end up with arguably the best edge talent since Myles Garrett.
3.) Miami Dolphins – Andrew Thomas, Georgia (OT)
This could easily be a landing spot for Tua, however his injury could have teams worried. Here the Dolphins decide to use the pick on a cornerstone position to protect a future asset.
4.) Washington Redskins – Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State (CB)
The Redskins badly need a shutdown corner. Look no further than Okudah. I believe Okudah has the ability to be on the best corners in the league.
5.) Denver Broncos – Tristan Wirfs, Iowa (OT)
There may be QB questions in Denver, but they invested in Drew Lock last year, so I don’t see them doubling down. Instead they look to protect the asset they invested in last year.
6.) Atlanta Falcons – A.J. Epenesa, Iowa (Edge)
The second Iowa player to come off the board, Epenesa would provide a big boost to the Falcons defensive line. Epenesa might not be having the statistical year he did last year, but don’t overlook him, he is still a force to be reckoned with.
7.) Detroit Lions – Kristian Fulton, LSU (CB)
The Lions have a great CB in Darius Slay Jr. Adding Kristian Fulton would give the Lions 2 potential lock down corners.
8.) Arizona Cardinals – Jerry Jeudy, Alabama (WR)
The Cardinals really need to protect Kyler Murray, but instead of reaching they give him a number 1 receiver. Jeudy and Kyler in the Cardinals offense would make a fun viewing experience.
9.) Jacksonville Jaguars – Ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma (WR)
Gardner Minshew or Nick Foles…who should be the starter? That is a question I’ll let them figure out, in the meantime I will provide them with number 1 receiver with an insane catch radius.
10.) New York Jets – Isaiah Simmons, Clemson (LB)
The Jets need some help at edge but its hard to pass on a talent like Simmons. Simmons a defensive weapon that could be moved all over the field. Jamal Adams, Quinnen Williams, and Isaiah Simmons are some fun cornerstones for a defense.
11.) Los Angeles Chargers – Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (QB)
It is entirely possible Tua is long off the board before this pick. But with his injury history..who knows, it is way too early to say anything for sure. In this scenario the Chargers get lucky, let Tua heal up and prep him to be their QB of the future.
12.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Derrick Brown, Auburn (IDL)
I’m assuming Winston will get hit with the franchise tag, so in this case the Bucs go best player available. An interior defensive line containing Vita Vea and Derrick Brown would be hard to stop.
13.) Philadelphia Eagles – Trevon Diggs, Alabama (CB)
The Eagles desperately need some help in the secondary. Diggs is a top corner in this class and provide immediate help.
14.) Oakland Raiders – Henry Ruggs, Alabama (WR)
The Raiders offense could use a spark, here they add way more than a spark by picking the fastest player in the draft. Ruggs is one of my favorite prospects in this draft, he will take the top off of NFL defenses for years to come.
15.) Cleveland Browns – Grant Delpit, LSU (S)
The Browns really need to protect Baker Mayfield. In this case I think the talent is too hard to pass up. The Browns have a need at safety and Delpit would fill that role perfectly.
16.) Carolina Panthers – Alex Leatherwood, Alabama (OT)
Cam Newton’s health has been a big storyline this season. I doubt the Panthers want to see Cam retire early like Andrew Luck, so here they invest in an asset to protect him.
17.) Oakland Raiders – Dylan Moses, Alabama (LB)
The Raiders don’t have a lot of talent at the lb position right now. While he is out this season with an ACL injury, I don’t think the Raiders would pass up the chance to take the best lb in this class.
18.) Indianapolis Colts – Jordan Love, Utah State (QB)
The Colts have been testing the waters with Jacoby Brissett. Here the Colts draft a high ceiling prospect and let him learn for a year behind Brissett.
19.) Tennessee Titans – Justin Herbert, Oregon (QB)
I’m sure all the Titans fans are thrilled to see another Oregon qb, but scout the player not the helmet. Herbert isn’t as consistent as everyone wants, but here the Titans take a chance on another franchise qb.
20.) Jacksonville Jaguars – Paulson Adebo, Stanford (CB)
With the departure of Jalen Ramsey, the Jaguars could use another CB. While It’s near impossible to replace Ramsey but here the Jaguars land a prospect with great potential.
21.) Dallas Cowboys – Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina (IDL)
Everyone has watched the Cowboys run defense get destroyed all year. They have never valued interior d-line early in the draft. I think that might change after this season.
22.) Miami Dolphins – Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin (IOL)
It is entirely possible the Dolphins package picks and move up for a QB, but in this case they will stay put. Here the Dolphins double down on the offensive line and start building a reliable unit for oh i don’t know…maybe Trevor Lawrence.
23.) Kansas City Chiefs – Shaun Wade, Ohio State (DB)
Much like some other teams in the league, the Chiefs could use some secondary help. Wade has shown enough flashes on tape this year to where he could be a target for the Chiefs.
24.) Minnesota Vikings – Raekwon Davis, Alabama (IDL)
The Vikings could use some help on the interior of their defensive line. Raekwon may not be a great pass rusher from the interior, but he is still a force to be reckoned with.
25.) Miami Dolphins – Jedrick Wills, Alabama (OT)
A 3rd offensive lineman!? You bet. After this draft the Dolphins will have 3 cornerstone pieces on their offensive line. They will all gain starting experience and they can revisit QB in next years draft.
26.) Buffalo Bills – Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State (Edge)
The Bills took Ed Oliver with their top pick last year. Adding Gross-Matos would make for an exciting young defense in Buffalo.
27.) Green Bay Packers – Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado (WR)
The Packers are always looking to give Rodgers more help, look no further than Laviska Shenault Jr. Shenault is grossly underused in Colorado’s offense. He would be a versatile weapon in Green Bay’s offense.
28.) Seattle Seahawks – K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU (Edge)
The Seahawks pass rush could use another piece even after the trade for Clowney. Here they land a talented pass rusher who has been held back by injuries.
29.) Baltimore Ravens – Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma (LB)
The Ravens let their star lb walk in free agency this past season, here they draft an athletic lb who can hopefully be the replacement.
30.) New Orleans Saints – Jacob Eason, Washington (QB)
Teddy Bridgewater will have a big decision to make this off season. In this case the Saints decide to go young at the QB position and try to find the replacement for Drew Brees.
31.) New England Patriots – Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma (IDL)
Gallimore has been a force for the Oklahoma defense this year. Gallimore can provide some pressure up the middle for Belichick’s defense.
32.) San Francisco 49ers – Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma (IOL)
The 49ers came out and surprised a lot of people with their hot start to the season. There aren’t many pressing needs for their team so why not sure up their offensive line.
52.) Los Angeles Rams – Prince Tega Wanogoho, Auburn (OT)
The Rams offensive line has regressed to say the least, and they don’t have much draft capital to help. In this case they use their top pick on athletic tackle who can mold into a staple on their offensive line.