When we do mock drafts, the idea is to try and put players into spots where we think they will go.
But I also like to do a mock of what teams should do. I put myself into the general manager roles of all the teams to try and play out the first round, with fits, team needs, and value all coming into play.
Last year in my who-they-should take mock, I had Justin Herbert going to the Miami Dolphins in the fifth spot because I thought he was a better player than Tua Tagovailoa. The Dolphins wished they had made that decision as of right now. Maybe they won't say it, but it's true after 2020.
The same thought process is in play with this who-they-should draft mock as I have Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields going to the New York Jets in the second spot. I just think he is a tad better prospect than Zach Wilson from BYU, who goes third to the 49ers in this exercise.
I also have Mac Jones and Trey Lance falling down here, even though it appears one of them will actually go to the 49ers in the third spot in the real draft.
But this is a who-they-should-take mock -- my idea of the best picks for all 32 spots.
It's not every day I get to play GM for all the teams. OK, I lied. I do that every single day of the year.
From Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 3
Round 1 - Pick 5
Virginia Tech • Jr • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Most would take Penei Sewell in this spot, but I think Darrisaw will be the best tackle in this class. It's a lot like last year when Tristan Wirfs was the best of the tackle group, but went last among the four taken in the first 13 picks. Darrisaw needs to get stronger in the run game, but this would allow them to move Jonah Williams to right tackle.
From Philadelphia Eagles
Round 1 - Pick 6
Round 1 - Pick 9
Jamin Davis LB
Kentucky • Jr • 6'4" / 234 lbs
In this scenario, I have them sticking with Drew Lock for another year. He did throw seven touchdown passes against two picks in his final four games, which makes me intrigued. I like Davis more than Micah Parsons, which is why he would be my pick. Adding a big-time playmaking linebacker to their defense could really make it special.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Alabama • Jr • 6'2" / 202 lbs
Get the best cover corner in the draft and don't look back. Surtain will fill the corner spot for a long time. He is a smooth player who knows what it takes to play the position after years of watching his father.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 170 lbs
This would go against the grain when it comes to what Dave Gettleman would do, but they need to get a playmaker outside. With the top three tackles off the board, they decide to go with Smith.
From Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 12
Round 1 - Pick 13
Caleb Farley CB
Virginia Tech • Jr • 6'2" / 197 lbs
The medical tests are a concern, but they need to get another corner. Plus, he's got top-10 talent if the medicals check out. With the top three tackles gone, they opt to take a corner to play with Michael Davis and Chris Harris.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Round 1 - Pick 17
Round 1 - Pick 18
Jaelan Phillips EDGE
Miami (FL) • Jr • 6'5" / 263 lbs
Their pass rush needs help, so why not take a local kid to help fix it. He has all the tools, but there were concussion issues in his past. In this scenario, the Dolphins would be taking two big people with their first two picks. Hey, the receiver class is deep.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Oklahoma State • Jr • 6'6" / 320 lbs
They need to get help up front at right tackle and Jenkins could step in and be an immediate starter. He plays with a nasty streak. I would also consider Stanford quarterback Davis Mills here.
From Seattle Seahawks
Round 1 - Pick 23
Round 1 - Pick 24
Samuel Cosmi OL
Texas • Jr • 6'6" / 309 lbs
Their line is a mess. They have to get a left tackle and Cosmi has the tools to be a good, solid starter. They also have right tackle Zach Banner coming off a torn ACL. So offensive line is what it should be, even if running back might be tempting.
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 25
Alabama • Jr • 6'5" / 315 lbs
They could opt for speed in this spot at receiver, but this is a deep draft in that area. So why not take the best defensive down player in the class? He just needs to be more consistent.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Greg Rousseau EDGE
Miami (FL) • Jr • 6'6" / 266 lbs
They signed Takk McKinley and Jadeveon Clowney to one-year deals, but they aren't in the long-term plans. Rousseau could be a rotational guy in 2021 who would give them a nice player for the future at a key spot to go with Myles Garrett.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Round 1 - Pick 30
From Kansas City Chiefs
Round 1 - Pick 31
Round 1 - Pick 32
Davis Mills QB
Stanford • Jr • 6'4" / 225 lbs
They have to get their quarterback of the future at some point. With most of the Super Bowl-winning team back, why not grab a quarterback I really like as a prospect to play when Tom Brady does finally walk away?