Three-Round Mock Draft

There was another big shake-up in the draft world this week with the New York Jets trading Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers. This has major draft implications that need to be addressed with a mock draft.

What’s better than a new mock draft? A new three-round mock draft. As usual, my draft selections are based on what I would do. However, I am making an amendment to that this year. Usually, we know who the first pick will be; this year, it sounds like we know what the first 5 picks will be. I have adjusted my philosophy to what we are all hearing with the first few picks. You can still refer to my big boards for my true rankings of this draft class.

First Round:

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

As everyone has been saying for months, lock this one up and file it way. Trevor Lawrence will be a Jaguar in less than three weeks.

2. New York Jets

Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

Like I mentioned previously, these first few picks are based on what most reports are saying. While I like Fields more, Wilson looks like he can be the face of the Jets for the next 20 years (if he wants to play that long). The ball zips from his hand with such ease and he can make any throw on the field, while extending any play with creativity and vision. The Jets get a great QB here.

3. San Francisco 49ers (via MIA via HOU)

Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Also in line with what I’m hearing, Shanahan seems to be very high on Jones in a Matt Ryan or Kirk Cousins sort of mold. Jones is my fifth ranked QB in this class. While his arm has all the tools you want, his mobility is a hindrance in this new age of QBs in the NFL. Not to mention his supporting cast at Alabama was all-world. But if Shanahan can get a Jones playing at Matt Ryan’s prime, it will be hard to say this wasn’t a good move.

4. Atlanta Falcons

Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Again, this is what I’m hearing. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kyle Pitts. He is a matchup nightmare and will make the Atlanta offense nearly impossible to stop. There are a few issues with them taking him at 4th overall. First, the Falcons need to improve their defense. It was atrocious last year, and has been one of the worst in the league over the past 5 years. Secondly, this draft class is loaded with so many great pass-catchers. The Falcons could wait until the second or this round to grab one; however I don’t even see it as a need for them. They’ll be returning Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Hayden Hurst.

5. Cincinnati Bengals

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

If I’m the Bengals, I couldn’t put in this pick fast enough. There are rumors that they would like to pair Joe Burrow back up with his college receiver, Ja’Marr Chase, but they need to protect Burrow. Protecting him should be option 1, 2, and 3.

6. Miami Dolphins (via PHI)

Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The Dolphins trade back from 3 to 12, then back up to 6. It seems to me that they ultimately felt comfortable moving from 3 to 6 to land either of the top 2 receivers in this draft class. Tua Tagovailoa is now the clear starter in Miami, so they need to surround him with as much talent as possible.

7. Detroit Lions

Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

It’s clear Jared Goff is not the answer in Detroit. The Lions took on his contract in order to get a draft pick back in the Matthew Stafford deal. With Justin Fields still on the board at 7, the Lions have to use this pick to find their new franchise QB. They passed on Tagovailoa with the third pick last year, choosing to take a cornerback in Jeff Okudah instead. This year, the Lions should not make the same mistake.

8. Carolina Panthers

Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

The Panthers decided to solve their QB situation by trading for Sam Darnold from the Jets, rather than play the waiting/trade up game in the draft. This frees them up to address another big need, with the second best offensive tackle in this draft class.

9. Denver Broncos

Trey Lance, QB, NDSU

I know Broncos’ fans don’t want to hear it, but Drew Lock isn’t the answer. At best, he’s a top 20 QB in the league. The Broncos are loaded with offensive weapons, and now they need someone to facilitate the ball to them all. Lance has the highest upside in this QB class, outside of Lawrence. It may take some time for Lance to develop, but the Broncos are a young team that can take a year or two to reach their full potential.

10. Dallas Cowboys

Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

The Cowboys are in desperate need of talent at cornerback. Thanks to a run on QBs, the best one falls in their laps. It seems like the Cowboys have been in search for secondary players forever, and they just lost starter Chidobe Awuzie in free agency. Surtain can step right into a starting role.

11. New York Giants

Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

The Giants have always had a rumored displeasure with taking a linebacker in the first round, but that has to stop here. The best defensive player in this draft class falls right to them at 11th overall. Parsons can cover the entire files and plug up running holes. In a division with good running back play, Parsons is a perfect fit for the Giants.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA via SF)

DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

The Eagles trade back 6 spots and still get the second best receiver in this draft class. There was a rumor the Eagles wanted to move up to take Zach Wilson, but then they traded back. It seems to me like they knew the Jets were taking Wilson at 2, and there next option was a receiver. What used to be a good receiver group, is now one of the worst in the league. Smith can be the number one option right away.

13. Los Angeles Chargers

Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

This is a complete gift for the Chargers and an absolute steal. In any normal draft, Darrisaw would be a top 10 pick. The run on QB’s, coupled with three great pass catchers and two phenomenal other offensive tackles, pushes Darrisaw down a bit. However, I wouldn’t have an issue taking Darrisaw as the first offensive tackle in the top 10 in any given draft.

14. Minnesota Vikings

Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

The run on top defensive talent falling outside the top 10 continues here. Rousseau is my top-ranked edge rusher who is bursting with potential. The Vikings lack any kind of pass rush outside of Danielle Hunter and the occasional blitz from Anthony Barr.

15. New England Patriots

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

The Patriots miss out on a QB this time around, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them trade up in front of the Broncos or Lions to grab one. If not, the Patriots would fair best in filling other positions of need rather than reaching on a QB. Dont’a Hightower isn’t getting any younger, and Owusu-Koramoah can learn and play beside him, forming one of the best linebacker duos in the league, and take over in a few years.

16. Arizona Cardinals

Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

The Cardinals have made massive improvements. I still am shaky about their offensive line, but I love this fit with Horn here. Patrick Peterson is gone, and the main talent they have left at the position is second year player Byron Murphy. Horn has such a high floor that we could potentially see him as the rookie of the year.

17. Las Vegas Raiders

Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

I’m not entirely sure what the Raiders are doing with the offensive line. They nearly completely gutted it, and now they need to fix it. They would be very lucky to see Darrisaw on the board when they are selecting, and this should be a quick decision.

18. Miami Dolphins

Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

With the Dolphins second pick, they find a gem in Paye still on the board. He can play inside or outside, still get to the WB wherever he lines up, and can stuff the run. He is the kind of player that would flourish under Brian Flores.

19. Washington Football Team

Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

Washington also misses out on a QB, and they should not reach for the next one on their board. Instead, they can start rebuilding their offensive line, after rebuilding the defense and offensive weapons. Former Left Tackle Trent Williams forced his way out of town a year ago, and they can now find a replacement in Leatherwood.

20. Chicago Bears

Dillon Radunz, OT, NDSU

Also missing out on a QB, the Bears are probably the team most likely to reach on one. I can also see them trading up into the top 10, but they would give up a King’s ransom to do so. Instead, they can address offensive tackle. They have two great guards, and a young center who played very well when called upon late in the year. Their right tackle spot needs an upgrade, and Charles Leno at left tackle has only been decking since his big extension two years ago. Radunz didn’t play this year, but he’s bursting with potential. The Bears need to solve what they can here, instead of reaching and compromise their future even more than they already have.

21. Indianapolis Colts

Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The Colts get the steal of the first round. T.Y. Hilton re-signed on a one year deal, but his days are numbered. Last year, hey drafted Michael Pittman Jr. in the second round, and he has shown serious promise. Now, they can add a top 12 talent in this draft and someone who can be a great number one option for a long time.

22. Tennessee Titans

Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas

The Titans have been trying to figure out their pass jag for a few years now. They drafted Harold Landry two years ago, but he hasn’t lived up to what they expected. They signed Jadeveon Clowney last year, but he didn’t record a single sack. This offseason, they signed Vic Beasley, but he seems to be just a one year wonder and more of a rotational piece than a true starter. Ossai can start at edge rusher by the end of the season and drastically improve this position.

23. New York Jets (via SEA)

Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

The Jets got their new QB to start their draft, and now they find him a big receiver. Bateman is a 50/50 phenom and attacks the ball in the air. Wilson has a rocket arm, and I can already just imagine Wilson and Bateman attacking the endzone from the 40 yard line.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers

Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Farley has some back issues, and had back surgery recently, which is the reason for his fall (I had consistently been mocking him in the top 12 for a few months during and right after the season). Recent reports show that Farley’s back is fine and it isn’t a long-term concern. He should still drop a bit, but remain in the first round. The Steelers have a big need at cornerback, and as long as Farley stays healthy, this is a big steal for Pittsburgh.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR)

Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas

The Jaguars kicked off the draft with Lawrence, and now they need to protect him. I’ve developed a real fear about this, with Andrew Luck being the leader of the fear, and Joe Burrow contributing to it. If you draft a QB, you must protect them as soon as possible. The Jets took Mekhi Becton last year, but the best offensive lineman in Jacksonville is Greg Robinson. Cosmi can start at right tackle, with the ability to take over on the left side in a year or two.

26. Cleveland Browns

Zaven Collins, EDGE, Tulsa

Edge rusher is arguably the biggest need for the Browns. Aside from Myles Garrett, there sign much else. They have been interested in Jadeveon Clowney, but there still isn’t a deal there yet. Collins can be a great rotational piece this year before being the true starter opposite Garret next year.

27. Baltimore Ravens

Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC

With Matt Skura leaving town, and Marshall Yanda retire last year, the Ravens have big holes along the interior offensive line. That isn’t even mentioning the fact that starting right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. has requested a trade (as he wants to play on the left side, but the Ravens have Ronnie Stanley on the left). The Ravens need to start investing in their offensive line as soon as possible.

28. New Orleans Saints

Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

The Saints need to find another receiver. Michael Thomas can’t do it all, and Emmanuel Sanders left town this offseason. Marshall can stay in the Bayou and be a huge contributor to this new Saints offense with Drew Brees retiring. Marshall is a big receiver, but is very smooth in his movements. He has a big catch radius, which should help Jameis Winston.

29. Green Bay Packers

Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

I don’t believe I have made a mock draft in over a year in which I didn’t have the Packers select a receiver. Sorry, Packers fans, but until Green Bay addresses this position, I’ll keep it up. Moore is a fast, quick, and electric play maker. He can burn a corner deep, or catch the ball on a screen at the line of scrimmage and turn it into a huge gain. Moore will help this offense be more creative and should lead to a lot more points than they already stack up.

30. Buffalo Bills

Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami

The Bills offense seems to have figured things out with the addition of Stefan Diggs and Jason Allen’s huge growth. Now it’s the defense that needs to catch up; this defense is still one of the best in the league, but a few key additions can get Buffalo over the hump and into the Super Bowl. Roche will add a great piece to the pass rush, one of the few things this team is lacking.

31. Kansas City Chiefs

Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

I don’t think this pick needs too much explanation. The Chiefs’ two starting tackles missed the Super Bowl, and Kansas City couldn’t stop the edge rush. Then, the Chiefs cut both tackles this offseason to save money. They paid up to improve the interior part of the line, but they are still severely lacking on the outside. Mayfield is young and doesn’t have a lot of starts, but he has a very high upside. If he can get up to speed before the post season, he can be a great piece at right tackle this first year before being the left tackle of the future next year.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama

I really wanted to add another edge rusher here, since the Bucs essentially won the Super Bowl behind a great pass rush and Jason Pierre-Paul is now 32 years old. However, I didn’t want to reach on anywhere here, and I can still address the defensive line with the best interior defensive lineman in this draft class. Vita Vea is a great interior player, but Ndamukong Suh is aging, and there isn’t really any other depth. Barmore, Vea, and Shaq Barrett are three great pieces to a defensive line for the next 5 years.

Second Round:

33. Jacksonville Jaguars

Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia

34. New York Jets

Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

35. Atlanta Falcons

Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

36. Miami Dolphins (via HOU)

Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

37. Philadelphia Eagles

Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

38. Cincinnati Bengals

Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

39. Carolina Panthers

Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

40. Denver Broncos

Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State

41. Detroit Lions

Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

42. New York Giants

Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State

43. San Francisco 49ers

Kelvin Johnson, CB, Kentucky

44. Dallas Cowboys

Jevon Holland, S, Oregon

45. Jacksonville Jaguars (via MIN)

Landon Dickerson, IOL, Alabama

46. New England Patriots

Greg Newsome Jr., CB, Northwestern

47. Los Angeles Chargers

Rondale Moore, WR, Colorado

48. Las Vegas Raiders

Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma

49. Arizona Cardinals

Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame

50. Miami Dolphins

Daviyon Nixon, DL, Iowa

51. Washington Football Team

Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

52. Chicago Bears

Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest

53. Tennessee Titans

James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati

54. Indianapolis Colts

Josh Myers, IOL, Ohio State

55. Pittsburgh Steelers

Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

56. Seattle Seahawks

Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson

57. Los Angeles Rams

Joe Tyron, EDGE, Washington

58. Baltimore Ravens

Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC

59. Cleveland Browns

Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

60. New Orleans Saints

Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

61. Buffalo Bills

Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami

62. Green Bay Packers

Deonte Brown, IOL, Alabama

63. Kansas City Chiefs

Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tutu Atwell, WR, Louisville

Round Three:

65. Jacksonville Jaguars

Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State

66. New York Jets

Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia

67. Houston Texans

Seth Williams, WR, Auburn

68. Atlanta Falcons

Dayo Odeyingbo, EDGE, Syracuse

69. Cincinnati Bengals

Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington

70. Philadelphia Eagles

Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pitt

71. Denver Broncos

Jabril Cox Jr., LB, LSU

72. Detroit Lions

D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan

73. Carolina Panthers

Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina

74. Washington Football Team (via SF)

Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame

75. Dallas Cowboys

Tevin Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

76. New York Giants

Trey Smith, IOL, Tennessee

77. New England Patriot *FORFEITED*

78. Los Angeles Chargers

Jay Tufele, DL, USC

79. Minnesota Vikings

Aaron Banks, IOL, Notre Dame

80. Las Vegas Raiders (via ARZ)

Jalen Twyman, DL, Pitt

81. Las Vegas Raiders

Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest

82. Miami Dolphins

Ben Cleveland, IOL, Georgia

83. Washington Football Team

Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse

84. Chicago Bears

Israel Makuamu, CB, South Carolina

85. Philadelphia Eagles (via IND)

Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF

86. Tennessee Titans

Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson

87. New York Jets (via SEA)

Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

88. Pittsburgh Steelers

Walker Little, OT, Stanford

89. Los Angeles Rams

Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa

90. Cleveland Browns

Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State

91. Minnesota Vikings (via BAL)

Caden Sterns, S, Syracuse

92. Cleveland Browns (via NO)

Marvin Wilson, DL, Florida State

93. Green Bay Packers

Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan

94. Buffalo Bills

Elijah Molden, CB, Washington

95. Kansas City Chiefs

Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma

96. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jordan Smith, EDGE, UAB

97.* New England Patriots

Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina

98.* Los Angeles Chargers

Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina

99.* New Orleans Saints

Kary Vincent Jr., CB, LSU

*Denotes Comp Pick

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