The first post-free-agency mock makes for a much more enjoyable exercise. At least you have an idea what teams really need.
I feel for my colleague, Ryan Wilson, who has done close to 30 mock drafts already, most without any idea of what teams need or have on the roster. Now that free agency is basically done, it's a lot easier to plug in guys in these mocks.
Even with two monster trades late last week to shake up the first round, especially the top 10, it's still easier to handle a mock after free agency.
In my last mock, I had a trade at the top — but it wasn't either of the two that happened last week. The first trade Friday had the San Francisco 49ers moving up the third spot in a trade with Miami. The Dolphins moved back to 12, picked up two extra first-round picks, and then dealt one of those to move back up to No. 6 in a trade with Philadelphia.
That means the 49ers pick third, the Dolphins sixth and the Eagles 12th.
The 49ers clearly have their eye on a quarterback, while it appears the moves mean the Dolphins will be okay with Tua Tagovailoa and the Eagles will play with Jalen Hurts.
I still have four quarterbacks off the board in the first eight picks and five in the first 15. That's what I believe will happen come draft day, but the teams picking them could change. I still think there will be a run on the five top quarterbacks.
One move that won't change is the Jacksonville Jaguars taking Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick. That's a given, even if some tried to make a case for Zach Wilson a few weeks ago.
I do have Wilson as the second quarterback off the board in this mock, going No. 2 to the New York Jets. The 49ers then take Ohio State's Justin Fields with North Dakota's Trey Lance going to the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth spot.
This is a quarterback-driven league and there are a lot of quarterback-needy teams. That's why the 49ers made the move, and it's why four or maybe five will go at the top of this draft.
Until teams fix the position, they have to keep trying. That's what Mock. 3.0 is all about for me.
From New York Jets
Round 1 - Pick 2
From Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 3
Round 1 - Pick 5
Kyle Pitts TE
Florida • 6'6" / 245 lbs
By signing veteran Riley Reiff, they can pass on a tackle here and take the best offensive weapon in this class. They could come back and get a tackle later in the draft. Pitts would become a big-time favorite of Joe Burrow.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Penn State • 6'3" / 248 lbs
They upgraded in a big way at corner in free agency by landing Kyle Fuller and Ronald Darby, so it's time up improve the linebacker group. Parsons can be an every-down player. He does have some character questions.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Northwestern • 6'4" / 315 lbs
They let Riley Reiff go, which means they need a left tackle. Slater has some impressive tape from 2019, but he did opt out last year. He also could play guard if they want to play Ezra Cleveland at tackle.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Mac Jones QB
Alabama • 6'3" / 214 lbs
They have Cam Newton on a one-year deal, so landing a future starter makes sense. Jones could sit and watch and then take over next season with all the new weapons the Pats signed in free agency having a year under the belt in the offense.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Northwestern • 6'0" / 192 lbs
They lost Patrick Peterson in free agency and needed a young corner even if he had stayed. They did sign veteran Malcom Butler and brought back Robert Alford, but Newsome is an impressive player when you watch him on tape.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Round 1 - Pick 22
Florida • 6'0" / 193 lbs
They lost Corey Davis to free agency, so adding a speedy replacement would make sense, even if they did add Josh Reynolds in free agency. Toney is a dynamic playmaker who would give Ryan Tannehill another threat to go with A.J. Brown.
From Seattle Seahawks
Round 1 - Pick 23
Round 1 - Pick 24
Round 1 - Pick 26
Round 1 - Pick 27
Georgia • 6'3" / 240 lbs
The Ravens lost two edge players in free agency in Yannick Ngakoue (Raiders) and Matt Judon (Patriots). They have to come out of this draft with some edge help. Ojulari could end up being the best of this edge group.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Caleb Farley CB
Virginia Tech • 6'2" / 197 lbs
The back injury will drop Farley down to this spot, which will allow the Saints to land one of the top physical corners in the draft. The Saints need a young corner to develop in their defense.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Odafe Oweh EDGE
Penn State • 6'5" / 251 lbs
Oweh needs some work on his technique, but he plays hard and he has a ton of talent. Lost in the poor play of the Chiefs' offensive line in the Super Bowl was their inability to pressure the quarterback. Oweh would help fix that.