NFL Draft: A final stab at the Top 20 draft picks

I know I wrote a roughly 2,500-word mock draft yesterday but, well, a guy is entitled to change his mind some, isn’t he?

Wanted to put out some scenarios of what I’m hearing with the draft nearly upon us, at least through the first 20 picks or so. And, well, this looks a bit different from how I tried to size it up yesterday.

I am covering possible trades with each pick but not outright predicting them. Hopefully, between the player that I am listing and the others under consideration, I’ll have covered the possibilities:

Kansas City Chiefs – T Eric Fisher . Barring a last minute trade here, that will be the pick.

Jacksonville Jaguars – T Luke Joeckel . I say rookie GM Dave Caldwell does the safe thing and goes with the tackle. It’s possible a team like the  Philadelphia Eagles  will move up for Joeckel as well. The Jags also need a pass rusher, but I still go tackle here.

Oakland Raiders – QB Geno Smith . I’m sticking with this one but would not be surprised if they took CB D.J. Hayden as well. There is serious trade potential here, with Detroit, maybe Arizona, coming up to grab T Lane Johnson .

Philadelphia – T Lane Johnson, if he’s here. Dion Jordan would be under consideration.

Detroit Lions – DE Ezekiel Ansah . I expect a run on pass rushers to begin here. They love the top guards, Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack, too.

Cleveland Browns – DE Dion Jordan - they would love to trade down if Johnson is somehow here, but in this scenario they take Jordan over corner Dee Milliner

Arizona Cardinals – G Jonathan Cooper. Too good to pass up, a chance to rebuild the interior of their offensive line. T D.J. Fluker or a pass rusher like Barkevious Mingo would be under consideration, too, but I am going guard.

Buffalo Bills – QB Ryan Nassib . Could be a trade down here if a team like the  St. Louis Rams  wants to jump the  New York Jets  for WR Tavon Austin  -- because Nassib can be had well down this round.

NY Jets – WR Tavon Austin. If he’s there. Otherwise, I say Mingo here.

Tennessee Titans - CB Dee Milliner. They really loved Cooper, but he is gone and Milliner is seen by most as the best corner in the draft.

San Diego Chargers - G Chance Warmack . Too highly rated to pass here, I figure. Corners could be in the mix, too.

Miami Dolphins – CB D.J. Hayden . Warmack or Fluker would be thought highly of, too.

New York Jets - DT Sharrif Floyd -- The need to rebuild the front seven, too much value here. CB Xavier Rhodes would be considered, too


Carolina Panthers – DT Star Lotulelei . If Warmack is still on the board, that would make a lot of sense, too.

New Orleans Saints – DE Barkevious Mingo. S Kenny Vaccaro . Linebacker Jarvis Jones would get a long look, and even a guard like Fluker, but I’ll go with the local LSU product. 

St. Louis – S Kenny Vaccaro. Another place where a trade could go down, because if Austin and Vaccaro are gone, then trading down makes even more sense.

Pittsburgh – LB Jarvis Jones. There are some DTs they like, but this would be a scenario the Pittsburgh Steelers  covet.

Dallas Cowboys – DT Sheldon Richardson . They love Vaccaro, too, and loved safety Mark Barron a year ago.

NY  New York Giants  – DE Tank Carradine. Datone Jones, Bjoern Werner  and other edge players would be in the mix. TE Tyler Eifert as well. And some corners. But I’m going Carradine.

Chicago Bears – TE Tyler Eifert. A lot of options here as well, with needs on the offensive line, and a pass rusher would make sense, too.

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Before joining CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora was the Washington Redskins beat writer for The Washington Post for six years and served as NFL Network's insider. The Baltimore native can be seen every Sunday... Full Bio

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