Today is the day of the NFL draft! Mock drafts are always fun to read and write, but almost always wrong.
Still, it’s fun.
I’ll give my best picks for each team in the first – round based on what I can remember as being their best need, experts advice on biggest needs, and experts pick. My mock will be a lot different from theirs I’m sure, but I’ll take it all into consideration.
I’ll start with this, the Patriots can trade into the first – round if they want to. I almost want them to just to make Goodell read their name on opening night. If they do it’ll be for somebody they are worried the teams in the back half will take like a Derrick Henry. The Patriots could move up to take him in the first – round if they want him, but if they do not want him or they think he will fall to them in the 2nd round then they will wait, either way I think they take him. There are few running backs I like, and Henry is one of them.
Okay, now lets start the first – round mock with no trades, but I’ll put which players I think ultimately ends up with each team and it may not be at that number, but its who I think they get, regardless of where they pick.
1. Rams: QB Jared Goff
It’s already a forgone conclusion that Goff, the Cal kid will play for the Los Angeles Rams, who are in need of a QB.
2. Eagles: QB Carson Wentz
We all know the Eagles need a QB and it will be whoever the Rams don’t select, which means Wentz welcome to the city of brotherly love.
3. Chargers: OL Laremy Tunsil
They need offensive line badly, and I mean badly, so why not take the best OL in the draft right here. It’ll be him or Stanley. This is where things get interesting, because who knows from here on out.
4. Cowboys: RB Ezekiel Elliott
I didn’t watch a lot of Cowboys games last year but one thing that stood out was they need running back help. Morris had 751 yards last season (with Redskins) and McFadden came on late, so I think they could be set, but if they don’t think so, they need Elliott. There is a possibility they take a RB in the second round, but can they pass up on Elliott?
5. Jaguars: CB Jalen Ramsey
They could use him or Bosa, but they need defense. They stink at sacks and interceptions, so either way, they will get a needed defensive player right here.
6. Ravens: DE Joey Bosa
I’m trying to remember what the Ravens stunk at last season and I can remember pretty much everything. They do need someone to rush the passer with Elvis Dumervil and Bosa would be the guy and what a guy they will get if this happens and it hurts just a bit.
7. 49ers: DE DeForest Buckner
Chip Kelly taking an Oregon player is why I’m making this pick right here. He loves Oregon and PAC 12 players. I also believe Kelly will take a QB in the 2nd round in the form of Prescott, who fits his system perfectly.
8. Browns: WR Laquon Treadwell
They need a QB, a WR, and OL, so they could go anywhere here. Maybe they take Lynch, maybe an OL, or maybe Treadwell. They could trade back especially if they look for an OL. If they trade back I like Ryan Kelly from Alabama to Cleveland.
9. Buccaneers: CB Veron Hargreaves
I have no idea. The Buccaneers corner back play last year was awful, but with Grimes added would they draft VH3 here at number 9? I have no idea. I’m guessing so, but it could go anywhere.
10. Giants: LB Reggie Ragland
Most mocks do not have Ragland this high but I don’t see any reason this could not happen. Ragland is the best ILB in the draft and with Jacks from UCLA falling off boards, according to reports, why wouldn’t the Giants opt for Ragland? They need a LB and this would make sense. Maybe they trade down, who knows, but this is my pick.
11. Bears: DE Shaq Lawson
The Bears need everything on the defense, so lets start with a pass rusher on the line. The Bears have two good linebackers in Trevathan and Houston, so they need a pass rusher to line up on the line and the best one here will be Lawson.
12. Saints: DE Kevin Dodd
They need a cornerback or defensive tackle, basically everything they can possibly need is on the defense and why not take a very good pass rusher? I think in the draft right here since VH3 is off the board so defensive end they go.
13. Dolphins: OL Ronnie Stanley
Makes sense. Dolphins are awful at protecting the QB.
14. Raiders: DT Jarran Reed
The Raiders need to sure up their run defense and this is the guy to do it while providing pass rushing ability. Reed to me is the best defensive tackle in the draft. Saints could get Robinson, Reed, or Rankins or the Raiders will grab one for themselves.
15. Titans: OT Jack Conklin
They need help at offensive line. Here’s the highest rated guy left at 15 for them.
16. Lions: DT A’Shawn Robinson
This is the guy to replace Suh. I’m not saying he will be better than Suh, I’m saying this is the guy you plug in after letting Suh and Fairley go.
17. Falcons: LB Myles Jack
IF Jack actually falls this far Atlanta will snatch him up in a second. It may be a SS in Florida’s Neal. Time will tell.
18. Colts: C Ryan Kelly
Colts need offensive linemen and some defense, but biggest need is maybe an OL and maybe a center. They need that Franchise center and Kelly is the guy.
19. Bills: DT Sheldon Rankins
I have no idea what the Bills will do right here, but this might be the pick based on the fact they lost a few defensive players and they need help on their line.
20. Jets: OLB Leonard Floyd
The Jets could improve at the linebacker spot and they would love nothing more than a LB who can rush the QB.
21. Redskins: DT Robert Nkemdiche
The Redskins would love to have this guy at this spot if his off the field behavior doesn’t hurt him on the field and the team. He’s a pass rusher and run stuffer all in one, which is what they need.
22. Texans: DE Jonathan Bullard
The Texans may go for a pass rusher to compliment J.J. Watt. They took Clowney as the overall pick two years ago but that hasn’t exactly worked out for Houston. He could improve especially if he stays healthy to be their pass rushing linebacker, but who knows, but a defensive end opposite Watt is what the doctor ordered for the Texans.
23. Vikings: WR Josh Doctson
They need to add a WR for the young but rapidly improving Vikings team.
24. Bengals: WR Corey Coleman
They have a tight end, a number one WR, two Quarterbacks, and a defense, so what else do they need? A true number two WR and they can get that by going for the Baylor product.
25. Steelers: CB Mackensie Alexander
He did not allow a touchdown last season in college. He was outstanding and I’m a little stunned to not see his name higher up on countless mock drafts and even mine. I think the Steelers, who need a corner, should take this kid. I wouldn’t be shocked if he goes higher, or right here, or a little lower, but take him Pittsburgh.
26. Seahawks: OT Taylor Decker
They need an offensive lineman. It’s simply they have to protect Wilson so much better going forward.
27. Packers: DT Andrew Billings
The Packers need to replace Raji and this guy could be it.
28. Chiefs: CB William Jackson III
Maybe. They make take an OG, a WR, or a CB. They could do a lot of things here.
29. Patriots: Goodell took the picks away due to DeflateGate. Maybe the Pats trade up, we shall see. If they do my pick would be RB Derrick Henry.
30. Cardinals: SS Keanu Neal
Neal is a Seattle kind of SS, and that is saying something. Seattle doesn’t need a SS but Arizona does. The Cardinals would love to pair this guy up with their backfield. He’s hard hitting and fits their need.
31. Panthers: CB Eli Apple
They need a corner after losing Josh Norman, they needed one before that. They may move up and if they don’t want Apple my advice is to 100% move up to take Jackson or Alexander. But, Apple will be here I think, so here’s there pick if they like him.
32. Broncos: QB Paxton Lynch
He fits the Broncos, and they do not have a starting QB on their team, they must do something in this draft. They could take an OL here, as that is a need, and they might go QB in the second with Dax Prescott. But, if Lynch is there and someone like 49ers or Browns doesn’t snatch him up, the Broncos should.