And then there were two. Today's mock draft is my last one until the final one on Thursday. In an effort to shake things up before making my feet-held-to-the-fire predictions on what each of these teams are going to do in the first round, I thought I would provide my perspective on what I believe these teams SHOULD do in the first two rounds (instead of what I think they WILL do).
Without further ado, let's kick this off!
From Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 3
Ohio State • Soph • 6'3" / 227 lbs
The perception is that San Francisco will take Mac Jones but they should take Justin Fields because he offers the upside of being a top-five quarterback in the NFL. I think that should be the goal when sacrificing the amount of capital that the 49ers have to move up.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Trey Lance QB
North Dakota State • Soph • 6'4" / 226 lbs
I do not see Atlanta as a Kyle Pitts away from competing for the Super Bowl. If the Falcons play mediocre football, then they will find themselves where Washington and Chicago are this year, which is stuck in no-man's land with no reasonable path to a top quarterback prospect. Teams cannot count on being in a position to draft a quarterback early far into the future.
Round 1 - Pick 5
From Philadelphia Eagles
Round 1 - Pick 6
Kyle Pitts TE
Florida • Soph • 6'6" / 245 lbs
Kyle Pitts is a unicorn. He is more unique at his position than any wide receiver or offensive lineman in this class. Although he may not have familiarity with Tua Tagovailoa like Jaylen Waddle or DeVonta Smith do, he can be the most helpful.
Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 7
Mac Jones QB
Alabama • Soph • 6'3" / 217 lbs
If Atlanta stays put at No. 4 overall and takes a quarterback, then Detroit and Carolina become the most likely destinations in a potential trade up. New England agrees to a deal with the former and moves up to take Mac Jones. It will cost them a first-round pick in 2022.
Round 1 - Pick 8
LSU • Soph • 6'0" / 201 lbs
Penei Sewell is best case scenario for Carolina but he was off the board. The goal should be to surround Sam Darnold with the talent that he did not have around him in New York and some of that is accomplished with the selection of Ja'Marr Chase.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Northwestern • Soph • 6'4" / 315 lbs
After being left out in the cold in the quarterback market, Denver stays put to take an offensive lineman with five-position flexibility. The Broncos' offensive line has been unstable for many years and this is a step to correct it.
Round 1 - Pick 11
USC • 6'5" / 308 lbs
New York could reach for a defensive lineman or a linebacker, but that is not in my plans. I am taking Alijah Vera-Tucker, who offers the versatility to play inside or on the edge, to fill out that offensive line.
From Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 12
Alabama • 5'10" / 182 lbs
Philadelphia was able to trade back, pick up more draft capital and still acquire arguably the best wide receiver in this draft class. It has been a tough year for the Eagles' fanbase but I believe this scenario qualifies as a victory.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Virginia Tech • Soph • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Los Angeles adds a left tackle to protect Justin Herbert's blindside. After adding Bryan Bulaga last year and Corey Linsley this year -- along with Oday Aboushi and Matt Feiler -- the Chargers have an offensive line that they can feel comfortable will protect the second-year player.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Jaelan Phillips EDGE
Miami (FL) • Soph • 6'5" / 266 lbs
Jaelan Phillips is a bit of a gamble but it looked as though the light turned on for him last year. If he continues clocking in every day, then the Vikings should get great value out of this pick. He is a potential difference-maker.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Jaycee Horn CB
South Carolina • Soph • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Arizona has been aggressive this offseason so it is fitting that the Cardinals target an aggressive cornerback. Jaycee Horn brings some additional physicality to that secondary along with the talent to frustrate opposing wide receivers.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Northwestern • Soph • 6'0" / 192 lbs
Chicago created a need at cornerback after releasing Kyle Fuller in the offseason despite drafting Jaylon Johnson in the first round last year. Greg Newsome II has battled injuries for most of his Northwestern career but he is an accountable player.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Round 1 - Pick 22
Oklahoma State • Soph • 6'6" / 320 lbs
Tennessee is grounded (pun somewhat intended) in the run game so it behooves the Titans to have a solid offensive line across the board. There may be some hesitancy to draft another offensive tackle in the first round after what happened last year with Isaiah Wilson, but Jenkins could not be more different from Wilson.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Azeez Ojulari EDGE
Georgia • Soph • 6'3" / 240 lbs
After losing Bud Dupree in the offseason, Pittsburgh brings in another edge rusher to compete with Alex Highsmith. Although the Charlotte product did some good things as a rookie, I don't think it would be wise to rely on him at this stage of his career.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Round 1 - Pick 27
Odafe Oweh EDGE
Penn State • Soph • 6'5" / 251 lbs
Baltimore adds length to the pass rusher room to replace Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue. The Ravens are great at developing pass rush talent and Oweh certainly possesses the traits to become special.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Tulsa • Soph • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Zaven Collins is difficult to figure out following reports that he had bulked up to 270 pounds. Was it done by design? Is he trying to become an edge rusher? I still like the talent and know that Green Bay is getting stronger up the middle.
From Kansas City Chiefs
Round 1 - Pick 31
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33. Jaguars - Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
34. Jets - Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
35. Falcons - Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas
36. Dolphins (via HOU) - Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama
37. Eagles - Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
38. Bengals - Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
39. Panthers - Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
40. Broncos - Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
41. Lions - Richie Grant, S, UCF
42. Giants - Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
43. 49ers - Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
44. Cowboys - Jevon Holland, S, Oregon
45. Jaguars (via MIN) - Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
46. Patriots - Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
47. Chargers - Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
48. Raiders - Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington
49. Cardinals - Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
50. Dolphins - Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
51. Football Team - Walker Little, OT, Stanford
52. Bears - Jalen Mayfield, OG/T, Michigan
53. Titans - Elijah Molden, CB, Washington
54. Colts - Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas
55. Steelers - Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
56. Seahawks - Quinn Meinerz, C, Wisconsin-Whitewater
57. Rams - Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State
58. Chiefs (via BAL) - Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky
59. Browns - Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma
60. Saints - Davis Mills, QB, Stanford
61. Bills - Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame
62. Packers - Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
63. Chiefs - Jabril Cox, LB, LSU
64. Buccaneers - Jordan Smith, EDGE, UAB