Post Free Agency Mock Draft

I said I wasn’t going to do another Mock Draft until the week of the NFL Draft, but things got a little crazy in free agency and a lot changed. Tampa Bay landed the big prize in free agency in Tom Brady, the 49ers and Vikings picked up another first round pick (via Colts and Bills, respectively), and the Texans shocked us all by trading away DeAndre Hopkins for a second round pick and David Johnson.

Round One:

1) Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

There isn’t a need for an explanation of this pick. Burrow will be a Bengal, barring some outlandish trade offer they may receive.

2) Washington Redskins

Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

Yet again, we’ve been mocking Young to the Redskins for months. I don’t believe in the Tua-to-Washington hype.

3) Detroit Lions

Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Another pick that’s been locked in for awhile. This pick seems even more likely with the trade of Darius Slay out of Detroit. The Lions desperately need to trade out of this pick though.

4) New York Giants

Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama

The Giants seemingly have their franchise quarterback and now they need to protect him. Wills is still my top ranked offensive tackle prospect and in my overall top 10.

5) Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

The Dolphins will almost definitely need to trade up to land Tua. A healthy Tua means a sure-fire franchise quarterback and an easy top 5 pick.

6) Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

The Chargers still haven’t solved their quarterback issues in free agency, and at this point, I’m not sure if they will. Regardless if they land someone at this point, it’s time for a real plan for the future at QB.

7) Carolina Panthers

Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

As usual, I went through the debate of mocking Derrick Brown here to the Panthers. But Simmons’ versatility wins the day again. A defensive weapon like Simmons, who can literally line up anywhere on the field, is just too good to pass up.

8) Arizona Cardinals

Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Well, the Cardinals solved the wide receiver dilemma with one of the biggest trades in recent history. To trade for one of the best receivers in the league and not give up a top 10 overall pick is nothing short of outstanding. Now it’s time to protect your young QB.

9) Jacksonville Jaguars

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

This Jaguars roster is a shell of itself from 2017 when they made it to the conference championship game. They shipped Nick Foles out of town, signaling the plan to move forward with Gardner Minshew as the starting quarterback. It is very important to build a team around a young QB, and right now his only real weapon is D.J. Chark.

10) Cleveland Browns

Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

The Browns spent some serious money on the first day of free agency in locking up TE Austin Hooper and RT Jack Conklin. They still need to address the left side of the offensive line, and Becton will fill in nicely from Day One.

11) New York Jets

Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Honestly, I don’t know what the Jets have been doing in free agency so far. They haven’t really spent any money besides signing a handful of below average offensive linemen. Thomas should immediately start at left tackle.

12) Las Vegas Raiders

CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

The Raiders helped the receiving corps a little by signing Nelson Agholor. But Lamb will instantly make this unit several times better. He projects to be a number one receiver for the next decade.

13) San Francisco 49ers (via IND)

Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

Another spot I was tempted to go with Derrick Brown (could replace Deforest Buckner immediately), but the 49ers really need another receiver with Emmanuel Sanders departing in free agency. Ruggs can give them the deep speed like Tyreek Hill gives the Chiefs.

14) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Austin Jackson, OT, USC

The Bucs landed the big prize in free agency in Tom Brady, but now they need to help protect him. The Bucs has a top 10 offensive line last season, but their tackles still leave some to be desired. This is a little bit of a reach for Jackson, but Brady has all the weapons he needs; just a little more offensive line help can push this offense over the top.

15) Denver Broncos

C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Chris Harris Jr. left in free agency and the remaining cornerbacks in Denver won’t get the job done. The early teens seem to be the ideal landing spot for Henderson.

16) Atlanta Falcons

Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

The Falcons need to retool almost their entire defensive, and Brown is a great start. I still have Brown ranked as a top 5 prospect in this class, but various reasons push him down to a very happy Falcons team.

17) Dallas Cowboys

A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa

The Cowboys lost two big pieces on defense in free agency in CB Byron Jones and edge rusher Robert Quinn. Their defensive line needs a lot of help and Epenesa can line up at every position along the line. Just missing out on Derrick Brown, Epenesa is hardly a consolation prize.

18) Miami Dolphins (via PIT)

K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

Chaisson has the upside to be one of the best players out of this draft class. Counting on Brian Flores to get the most out of him is a bet I’m willing to place. The Dolphins got their quarterback, so now it’s time to start building in the trenches.

19) Las Vegas Raiders (via CHI)

Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

The Raiders addressed the huge hole at linebacker early in free agency with the additions of Nick Kwiatkowski and Corey Littleton. But those two guys still don’t leave me thinking the position is solved. Murray is a phenomenal athlete and is perfect for today’s NFL.

20) Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR)

Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

The Jaguars didn’t address the cornerback position in free agency after trading away one of the best cornerbacks in the league mid season. Fulton handled a lot in the SEC and his transition to the NFL should be easier than most.

21) Philadelphia Eagles

Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

The Eagles attacked the cornerback position in free agency, which makes this pick a lot easier. Their receiving corps is really weak now with Agholor leaving, so Higgins should be a contributor right away.

22) Minnesota Vikings (via BUF)

Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

The Vikings traded away star receiver Stefon Diggs to the Bills last week in a shocking move. That move puts the Bills in serious contention, while leaving the receiver room in Minnesota essentially just Adam Theilen. Putting Jefferson back in purple and gold is a perfect fit.

23) New England Patriots

Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

With trades in a real draft, Love is not falling this far. But the Pats find their future at quarterback after Brady leaves for the Bucs. I don’t expect him to play his first year, so it may be Jarrett Stidham or a bridge quarterback like Andy Dalton starting this year on Foxborough.

24) New Orleans Saints

Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

The Saints need to plan for the future after Drew Brees, and I don’t think Taysom Hill is the answer. After adding Emmanuel Sanders in free agency, the Saints don’t really have a glaring need anywhere on their roster. And Eason may be the perfect fit for Sean Payton.

25) Minnesota Vikings

Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

The Vikings went from one of the best group of cornerbacks a few years ago to now one of the worst. They desperately need help at cornerback and Gladney should have a shot to start immediately.

26) Miami Dolphins (via HOU)

Josh Jones, OT, Houston

The Dolphins find their new left tackle with their third pick in the first round. The Dolphins traded away Laremy Tunsil for this pick, but I like Jones’ upside to be able to replace him.

27) Seattle Seahawks

Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina

I don’t expect Kinlaw to still be on the board this late, but in this mock draft, this is where he slides in. We’re still not sure if Jadeveon Clowney will resign in Seattle, so the defensive line needs a bump.

28) Baltimore Ravens

Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

This is one of my favorite matches in the first round. Queen will fill the void that C.J. Mosley left in the middle of this defense last season. He is one of the better athletes at the linebacker position that we’ve seen in the past couple of years.

29) Tennessee Titans

Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

There aren’t any offensive tackles with good value here to fill the spot where Jack Conklin left. So the Titans can fill a spot where another good player left in Logan Ryan at cornerback. Johnson can compete for a starting role in Tennessee.

30) Green Bay Packers

Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC

The Packers desperately need help at receiver and I like Pittman’s size to be a big body target for Rodgers. Devante Adams can’t do it all, and Pittman would be instant help.

31) San Francisco 49ers

Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

If the 49ers can walk out of the first round with Ruggs and McKinney, we might see them win the NFC again. McKinney is exactly what this secondary is lacking – youth and versatility.

32) Kansas City Chiefs

Tyler Biadasz, OL, Wisconsin

I was tempted to go Swift or Gross-Matos here, but I can’t pass up the best interior offensive lineman in a relatively weak class. The Chiefs need more interior help, and Biadasz could potentially be Mahomes’ center for the next decade.

Round Two:

33) Cincinnati Bengals

Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

34) Indianapolis Colts (via WAS)

Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado

35) Detroit Lions

Cesar Ruiz, OL, Michigan

36) New York Giants

Zach Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin

37) Los Angeles Chargers

Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech

38) Carolina Panthers

Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU

39) Miami Dolphins

D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

40) Houston Texans (via ARZ)

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

41) Cleveland Browns

Grant Delpit, S, LSU

42) Jacksonville Jaguars

Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah

43) Chicago Bears (via LV)

Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

44) Indianapolis Colts

Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

45) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

46) Denver Broncos

Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

47) Atlanta Falcons

A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

48) New York Jets

Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan

49) Pittsburgh Steelers

J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

50) Chicago Bears

Lloyd Cushenberry III, OL, LSU

51) Dallas Cowboys

Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

52) Los Angeles Rams

Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

53) Philadelphia Eagles

Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne

54) Buffalo Bills

Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame

55) Baltimore Ravens (via NE)

Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota

56) Miami Dolphins (via NO)

Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn

57) Houston Texans

Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama

58) Minnesota Vikings

Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma

59) Seattle Seahawks

Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

60) Baltimore Ravens

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

61) Tennessee Titans

Matt Peart, OT, UConn

62) Green Bay Packers

Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton

63) Kansas City Chiefs (via SF)

Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State

64) Seattle Seahawks (via KC)

Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State

Round Three:

65) Cincinnati Bengals

Thaddeus Moss, TE, LSU

66) Washington Redskins

Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue

67) Detroit Lions

Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn

68) New York Jets (via NYG)

Stanford Samuels III, CB, Florida State

69) Carolina Panthers

Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State

70) Miami Dolphins

Ashtyn Davis, S, Cal

71) Los Angeles Chargers

Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

72) Arizona Cardinals

Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State

73) Jacksonville Jaguars

John Simpson, OL, Clemson

74) Cleveland Browns

Evan Weaver, LB, Cal

75) Indianapolis Colts

James Lynch, EDGE, Baylor

76) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Justin Madubuike, DL, Texas A&M

77) Denver Broncos

Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

78) Atlanta Falcons

Darrell Taylor, EDGE, Tennessee

79) New York Jets

Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State

80) Las Vegas Raiders

Jordan Elliott, DL, Missouri

81) Las Vegas Raiders (via CHI)

Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame

82) Dallas Cowboys

Tommy Kraemer, OL, Notre Dame

83) Denver Broncos (via PIT)

Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa

84) Los Angeles Rams

Matt Hennessy, OL, Temple

85) Detroit Lions (via PHI)

Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming

86) Buffalo Bills

Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame

87) New England Patriots

Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

88) New Orleans Saints

Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri

89) Minnesota Vikings

K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State

90) Houston Texans

Troy Dye, LB, Oregon

91) Las Vegas Raiders (via SEA)

Damien Lewis, OL, LSU

92) Baltimore Ravens

Hakeem Adiniji, OL, Kansas

93) Tennessee Titans

Jared Pinckney, TE, Vanderbilt

94) Green Bay Packers

Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State

95) Denver Broncos (via SF)

Trevon Hill, EDGE, Miami

96) Kansas City Chiefs

Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

97) Cleveland Browns (via HOU)

Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

98) New England Patriots

Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington

99) New York Giants

Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF

100) New England Patriots

Jason Stowbridge, EDGE, North Carolina

101) Seattle Seahawks

Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama

102) Pittsburgh Steelers

A.J. Green, CB, Oklahoma State

103) Philadelphia Eagles

Joe Bachie, LB, Michigan State

104) Los Angeles Rams

Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

105) Minnesota Vikings

Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan

106) Baltimore Ravens

Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty

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