NFL Mock Draft


Alexzander (AJ) Braaten, Reporter

The NFL draft is perhaps the biggest sports media events every year, with the best players in college football finally getting the money they deserve for the sport they’ve committed themselves to. For this upcoming draft, (April 29th) there is a lot of speculation of who will get picked up by which team in round one. Instead of just going through a list of the potential 1st round prospects and giving which places they could go, I decided to do a mock draft of my own. I will keep all picks the same and not include any trades because those are a lot harder to predict, these are all opinion based with some speculation and looking at team needs.

1st Overall pick- Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)- He’s been the #1 prospect for months now, any other result would be shocking. He has the potential to turn the franchise around and the Jaguars seem content to get him with the 1st pick.

2nd Overall pick- New York Jets: QB Zach Wilson (BYU)- He is widely seen as the second best QB in this draft, he’s mobile, he’s a strong passer and he’s got a big personality. All things the Jets organization is desperate for.

3rd Overall pick- San Francisco 49ers: QB Justin Fields (Ohio State)- He is the most mobile QB in the draft and he faces pressure well. He will most likely sit behind Jimmy Garoppolo year one unless he can really prove himself in training camp.

4th Overall pick- Atlanta Falcons: WR DeVonta Smith (Alabama)- What the Heisman winning receiver lacks in size he makes up for in speed and elusiveness. He will pair up nicely with Julio Jones to make a very difficult air attack to stop.

5th Overall pick- Cincinnati Bengals: WR Ja’Marr Chase (LSU)- While an offensive lineman would’ve been smarter here I see Chase going to Cincinnati because of his relationship with the current Bengals QB, Joe Burrow. They will have a good bond on day one because of the college chemistry.

6th Overall pick- Miami Dolphins: OT Penei Sewell (Oregon)- Sewell is, in my opinion the most NFL ready player in this draft. He is a head above the other lineman in the class and he does everything fairly well.

7th Overall pick- Detroit Lions: WR Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)- The second Alabama receiver to go in the top ten, and for good reason. Before his injury sidelined him for half the season he was performing just as well, if not better than DeVonta Smith.

8th Overall pick- Carolina Panthers: TE Kyle Pitts (Florida)- Once in a generation talent at a position that needs to do a lot. Pitts is a physical specimen unlike any other, he was a consistent highlight reel player at Florida and if he stays healthy I could see him doing the same in the NFL.

9th Overall pick- Denver Broncos: LB Micah Parsons (Penn State)- My first defensive player off the board, and he’s a scary one. Parsons is a great run-stuffing linebacker, that was able to read the backfield very well as a college athlete. He won’t be much of a coverage guy but he will make sure that the opposing team knows he’s there in the run game.

10th Overall pick- Dallas Cowboys: CB Patrick Surtan II (Alabama)- He is a complete player in the secondary, he has great hands, great coverage, great awareness and he can tackle about as well as some linebackers. Jerry Jones loves his flashy, marketable players and he has one here with Surtan.

11th Overall pick- New York Giants: OT Rashawn Slater (Northwestern)- He’s great when going downfield as a blocker and he is great at boxing out edge rushers. He picks his guy and he holds them down, which is exactly what the Giants need for their young QB, Daniel Jones.

12th Overall pick- Philadelphia Eagles: WR Rashod Bateman (Minnesota)- He’s speedy, shifty, got good hands and can control his body when given a jump ball. Just what a young QB like Jalen Hurts will want while he tries to become the new face of the Eagles.

13th Overall pick- Los Angeles Chargers: OT Christian Darrisaw (Virginia Tech)- He’s naturally gifted at playing offensive line. His movement both laterally and with his hands is great, but he needs to work on his technique when blocking.

14th Overall pick- Minnesota Vikings: CB Jaycee Horn (South Carolina)- He is the best pure coverage corner in the draft. His man defense is something to be feared, and that name just fits too well. Vikings… Horn, its a match made in heaven. Or I guess Valhalla in this case.

15th Overall pick- New England Patriots: QB Trey Lance (North Dakota State)- Bill Belichick isn’t too happy… His decade-and-a-half long starter left him and won without him. Cam Newton was a solid player but just didn’t fit the scheme right. He needs a new football prodigy to continue the pats dynasty. Trey Lance very well could be that guy.

16th Overall pick- Arizona Cardinals: DT Christian Barmore (Alabama)- Explosive. His two step, his hands, his hip movements. All of those things are explosive for Barmore. He is very reactive but his intuition is usually right, in the NFL that might get exploited, or he could be just as dominant as before.

17th Overall pick- Las Vegas Raiders: S Trevon Moehrig (TCU)- He exudes confidence with an alpha mentality. He will take big risks and he plays hard. Perfect type of player for the black hole to cheer on in Vegas.

18th Overall pick- Miami Dolphins: ED Kwity Paye (Michigan)- He’s got the mentality of a team captain and from what he’s shown in college the skill of one too. As Miami tries to build up there young squad to be serious contenders for the next few seasons Paye is the perfect boom-or-bust defender for them.

19th Overall pick- Washington Football Team: QB Mac Jones (Alabama)- With the retirement of Alex Smith the WFT look to a new signal caller, one who led an undefeated Alabama team into the title game with all star talent all around him. Jones will need to adapt to not having a superstar at every position but the WFT’s stellar defense should help out in that regard.

20th Overall pick- Chicago Bears: OG Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC)- The Bears need a lot of help in a lot of areas, so they go for a plug-and-play Offensive lineman who can play wherever and protect their newly acquired signal caller… The Red Rifle, Andy Dalton.

21st Overall pick- Indianaplos Colts: WR Elijah Moore (Mississippi)- They went out and got a qb in Carson Wentz, now they want to give him weapons. T.Y. Hilton is back but he’s lost some speed and likely retiring soon. Michael Pittman is good but not a #1 guy, Moore will play well in the slot and can open up variety to the Colts offense.

22nd Overall pick- Tennessee Titans: CB Greg Newsome II (Northwestern)- The Titans have a reliable offense but struggled a lot on defense last season, with secondary being a prominent issue for them all year. Newsome possibly the best CB in this draft at press coverage. He’s a guy who can shut down a receiver for a play which will give the pash rush more time to set up.

23rd Overall pick- New York Jets: CB Caleb Farley (Virginia Tech)- The Jets need help everywhere… and after picking the new face of their offense at #2 they look to their defense. With some holes practically everywhere they look for the best guy available. Farley has potential to be the best corner in the draft but injuries have hurt his draft stock. The Jets take advantage of this and potentially get the next Revis Island.

24th Overall pick- Pittsburgh Steelers: RB Najee Harris (Alabama)- Pittsburgh Has spent the past decade building a blitzing machine on defense, but now for the first time since 2012 they need to pick offense in the first round. They we’re dead last in rushing last season and now James Conner is gone for Arizona. They go for the highly touted RB prospect and try to find hidden gem O-Lineman in later rounds.

25th Overall pick- Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Dillon Radunz (North Dakota State)- The Jaguars did it, they successfully tanked their season and got Lawrence. They don’t want him to end up like last years #1 pick, Joe Burrow who was injured midway through the season. They want to solidify their O-line and Radunz will protect the blindside of their new star as well as anybody if his skill transfers.

26th Overall pick- Cleveland Browns: LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Notre Dame)- The Browns have gone through a culture change over the past few seasons, they’re actually drafting well! Their offense is pretty much set for next season and their D-Line and Secondary are looking pretty good to. That leaves Linebackers. Owusu-Koramoah looks to be the best available at that point. No brainer pick for them.

27th Overall pick- Baltimore Ravens: ED Jayson Oweh (Penn State)- The AFC North is set to be a dogfight as three of the top teams in the conference are in the same division. The Ravens look to get one of the better pash rushers in the draft to make that young defense even more dangerous.

28th Overall pick- New Orleans Saints: CB Asante Samuel Jr (Florida State)- The Saints go Samuel here to fill a spot at corner, they have one of the better starting corners in the league at this moment, with Marshon Lattimore but Asante will go great opposite him to make that Saints defense that much scarier.

29th Overall pick- Green Bay Packers: WR Terrance Marshal Jr (LSU)- Aaron Rogers fresh off a MVP season and in his late 30’s wants weapons. He’s got Davante Adams and Aaron Jones but he needs more. Marshal is a deep threat, jump ball machine that should appease almighty ARod and could help him win back-to-back MVP’s. The possibilities are endless.

30th Overall pick- Buffalo Bills: ED Azeez Ojulari (Georgia) The Bills are heavy competitors in the AFC East, for them to stay on top they’ll need play makers. Ojulari plays like a classic 3-4 Linebacker with a willingness to get in both the run and pass game. He could fit in nicely and maybe move the Bills back to the 3-4 scheme they had been working towards until last season.

31st Overall pick- Baltimore Ravens: OT Teven Jenkins (Oklahoma State)- The Raven’s got this pick by trading Orlando Brown Jr to the Chiefs, so why not replace him. Jenkins was a solid prospect and if he pays off could be just as good of a replacement for Brown, along with the other picks the Ravens got this could be a smart move.

32nd Overall pick- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S Elijah Molden (Washington)- What to give the superbowl winning team from last season? More weapons for Brady? not at this pick as they go for a Safety/nickel-back that could act as depth for a good yet somewhat thin Buccaneer’s secondary.