We are less than a month away from the NFL Draft, and there seems to be little buzz about it.
That's because there is no clear-cut top player and the quarterback class isn't that good. Sure, there might be a star who emerges from the quarterbacks, but I think if Houston's Davis Mills was in this draft, he would be the first quarterback taken. He went in the third round last year.
That's why the buzz isn't great. It's also why doing mock drafts get tougher as we get closer to the actual draft.
The issues start at the top. What will the Jaguars do? In my first mock, I had them taking Michigan edge Aidan Hutchinson. But the more I think about it, tackle Evan Neal from Alabama makes more sense, so he's the pick here.
The Jaguars put the franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson, but he hasn't signed it or signed a long-term extension. That leaves open the possibility of taking Neal and taking the tag off of Robinson or trading him. They could also keep Robinson, draft Neal, and then play Neal at right tackle or guard, two positions he also played at Alabama.
If they all were to come to camp, the coaches could figure out who plays where. If Robinson is gone, they would likely play Neal at left tackle and let Little and Taylor compete on the right side. Or maybe Little plays left tackle and Neal and Walker compete.
No matter how you look at it, they need to get better up front. This offseason has been about Trevor Lawrence, adding two receivers, a top-dollar guard and a tight end in free agency. Neal would be another piece, which is why I have him going first in this mock, my Mock. 2.0. That can change as we move closer, but I think it would be the right pick.
Elsewhere, Monday's Saints-Eagles trade might just be the first of several as we ready for the draft to get here.
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Round 1 - Pick 5
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 7
From Seattle Seahawks
Round 1 - Pick 10
Round 1 - Pick 11
Notre Dame • 6'4" / 220 lbs
He is a playmaker on the back end who can give them a player who can drop down to help in the run game. His 40 time disappointed, but he will still go in the first round. I would go receiver here, but I could see Hamilton being the pick.
Round 1 - Pick 12
LSU • 6'1" / 195 lbs
They brought back Patrick Peterson on a one-year deal, so why not add a player from his college? Peterson can help develop Stingley, who would be higher in this mock if he were healthy for most of his career.
From Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 15
From Philadelphia Eagles
Round 1 - Pick 16
Round 1 - Pick 21
Baylor • 5'11" / 198 lbs
Versatile defensive backs are the Bill Belichick way, and Pitre would bring that skillset to the Patriots. He can play up near the line or in the middle of the field. He will be better than Kyle Hamilton, who will go earlier in this round.
From Las Vegas Raiders
Round 1 - Pick 22
Round 1 - Pick 26
Round 1 - Pick 31