Deke’s Mock Draft 1.0

I know, I know….”But Deke, you already DID your first Mock“. Well, by the rule of loopholes, that one didn’t count because the draft order wasn’t official! Yippie for loopholes!

We had a few guys (such as Dylan Moses and Paulson Adebo) head back to school for another year as well as the draft order changes, so welcome to my first official mock of the season! I know, I know…we’re all very excited for this major release. Mel and Todd might already have 2.0’s coming out, but I like to think they just didn’t take as much time watching misc. YouTube videos as I did. But hey, Mock Life isn’t for everyone.

Just for the record, I do not partake in trades for my mocks, although I could see the Lions moving down for a swap and another one of the dolphins first round picks.

Cincinnati BengalsJoe Burrow (QB/LSU) If you see a mock draft without Joe Burrow at 1, just stop reading it. In all seriousness, I would say that at this current moment, the Redskins are on the clock because Burrow is already a Bengal. This team needs a lot of help, but Burrow is the pick.
Washington RedskinsChase Young (DE/Ohio State) I have this conspiracy theory that the Redskins could trade down and still be happy with their draft, but if they remain at 2 the obvious selection is Young. Dude is going to be an NFL star no questions asked, especially across from Montez Sweat.
Detroit LionsJeffrey Okudah (CB/Ohio State) The best corner in this draft hands down heads to the team that uses man to man like its manditory. The Lions could do a lot of things here, but an instant upgrade to their secondary is a great start to the teams future.
New York GiantsAndrew Thomas (OT/Georgia)
I think the most interesting part of this draft will be seeing where these O-Lineman pan out. The top three guys are all extremely talented and will most likely fill specific needs over talent for the teams who take them, but Thomas is my first tackle off the board.
Miami DolphinsTua Tagovailoa (QB/Alabama) The amazing thing is that a year ago today I would have argued that Tua was the #1 overall pick no questions asked every day of the week, but a combination of injuries and Joe Burrows being awesome have dropped Tua’s stock, proving that no matter what this kid is just destined to be a Dolphin. What better way to start your Franchise than with arguable the most talented player in this draft?
LA ChargersJustin Herbert (QB/Oregon)  With Steely Phil out of town, the Chargers will most likely ride into next season with Tyrod Taylor as the short term starter. Bring in Herbert, arguably the most intriguing prospect in this draft. The kid had all the tools early in his career at Oregon to be a #1 overall pick but never took the steps to really claim the throne. I do think Herbert sits comfortable at my #2 for “Qb’s ready to play now” spot, just behind Joe Cool.
Carolina PanthersIsaiah Simmons (LB/Clemson) I could go QB, OT, DL, DB, S here, but let’s just go with a gadget guy in Simmons. The Panthers need a lot of help, but filling the hole Luke left in retirement might be priority number one. A lot of mocks have the Clemson player in the top five, but I’m just not sure about the “athlete over position” approach anymore. I’m almost positive I’ll be wrong, but this is a nice fit for both sides.
Arizona CardinalsJedrick Will Jr. (OT/Alabama) The Cardinals found themselves a working equation with Kliff and Kyler, so the obvious next find has to be that O-Line. The team needs parts, but with Drake looking like an All-Pro and their receiving core still led by Larry Fitz, give me arguably the best tackle in this draft.
Jacksonville JaguarsDerrick Brown (DT/Auburn) An absolute steal this late in the draft, the Jaguars get a start now DT who can help with their run defense woes. Brown is the best DT in this class and should pair nicely with the front 7 talent they have in Duval.
Cleveland BrownsTristan Wirfs (OT/Iowa) This is the absolute best case scenario for the Cleveland Browns. Get a big guy in Wirfs who can be an instant plug in to protect Baker. Last year, the Browns were just garbage, mainly because Baker had 0 chance of every actually getting the ball to their skill players. Wirfs is an instant upgrade for the Browns, maybe even enough for them to win the Super Bowl in August again!
NY JetsJerry Jeudy (WR/Alabama) There are many, many different selections that the Jets could take here including O Line help, but get your franchise QB some franchise level talent in Jeudy. The Alabama prospect is one of the best route runners we’ve seen in a long time. Combine that talent with the misc. receiving core in NY and you have something special.
Las Vegas RaidersCeeDee Lamb (WR/Oklahoma) If you’re a big YAC guy, Lamb is your receiver. The Raiders thought they had a #1 guy in AB last season but showed some serious potential with Renfrow and Williams as their lead guys. Insert a game changer here with Lamb and Carr might just get back to M.V.P. conversations in Vegas.
Indianapolis ColtsHenry Ruggs (WR/Alabama) The Colts are another interesting team in round one, mainly because they have a near top tier defense and a middle of the road offense. The receivers could not stay healthy in 2019, so we don’t exactly know what they have in Jacoby Brissett. Get him the speedster in this draft and pair T.Y. with another elite level talent.
Tampa Bay BucsJosh Jones (OT/Houston) The Bucs need a lot of help here but for the first time in a while, it isn’t necessarily on the defensive side of the ball. Give them the best tackle remaining in Jones and hopefully sign Phillip Rivers to a two year deal. Boom, playoff contendor.
Denver BroncosJavon Kinlaw (DT/South Carolina) I’m a big fan of what Denver is brewing up and there are multiple directions they could go here, but give me the absolute no questions asked best player available. Kinlaw will most likely go earlier than this pick, but as you might know from Two Beers Deep, I’m a need over BPA when it’s this early in the draft.
Atlanta FalconsA.J. Epenesa (DE/Ioaw) Epenesa has fallen on big boards since the end of the year which could honestly benefit the big DE in the long run. The Falcons have a terrible D-Line, so inserting a ready now edge rusher like A.J. would be a great add for this roster.
Dallas CowboysXavier McKinney (S/Alabama) I would have bet the house that Grant Delpit would be the first safety off the board a year ago, but McKinney had a solid season compared to Delpit’s lack luster one. The Cowboys have to win this season or risk utter embaressment, so take the guy who can plug in now.
Miami DolphinsMekhi Becton (OT/Louisville) Miami already has it’s QB of the future in Tua, so why not grab him a protector so he doesn’t get wasted away like so many QB’s in a rebuild in Becton. Becton will need some growing from a skill perspective, but if the guy grew anymore physically he would be almost too big to play in the NFL. He’s a freak and should protect Tua for a long, long time.
Las Vegas RaidersK’Lavon Chaisson (DE/LSU) Coach Gruden said that pass rushers are hard to find as he shipped NFL All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack away to the Bears a few years ago. Let’s get them an athlete who should help with Maxx Crosby’s second year in Chaisson. The LSU product didn’t have the greatest season, but his physical abilities alone make him a great add for this defense.
Jacksonville JaguarsC.J. Henderson (CB/Florida) Duval already has an instant impact player on their D-Line with Brown, so let’s continue the defensive streak and get them a cornerback to help replace Ramsey. Henderson is a quality corner and should be a guy who can compete with the receivers in the AFC South.
Philadelphia EaglesLaviska Shenault Jr. (WR/Colorado) Philly didn’t have a receiver break the 500 yard mark last season so insert a playmaker in Shenault. The Colorado product has seen a large workload in college, but with a big frame and great hands, the Eagles add an instant WR1.
Buffalo BillsTee Higgins (WR/Clemson) Buffalo can finally be excited about football again, thanks fo Josh Allen and his awesome shorts wearing abilities. The Big Arm himself needs some more playmakers even with Beasley and Brown playing very well last year. Higgins is a big receiver who can instantly be Allen’s favorite target.
New England PatriotsGrant Delpit (S/LSU) Tom Brady will finish his career in New England, you heard it hear first…or I think so at least. The most popular pick is also my selection with the Pats getting an absolute steal in Delpit. Shit. This is a great pick.
New Orleans SaintsJordan Love (QB/Utah State) NOLA doesn’t need much to improve to be honest, but the addition of a key piece is vital here since the Saints don’t have a second round pick. I either see them going QB or WR here. They will lose Teddy B in free agency and Hill, as fun as he is, isn’t a QB of the future type of guy. At some point the Saints have to think about the future, especially with this potentially being Bree’s last season.
Minnesota VikingsKristian Fulton (CB/LSU) The Vikings are a weird team that doesn’t need much to add, but depth at the CB position is important with free agency pending on a few key guys. Fulton is a raw corner, but coming from DBU in the Bayou has its benefits.
Miami DolphinsD’Andrew Swift (RB/Georgia) Miami has their QB and their OT of the future, so why not perfect the trifecta with the RB of their choice? Since losing Kenyan Drake, the team hasn’t exactly filled that hole yet. Insert D’Andre Swift, the best NFL type back in the draft. Think Alvin Kamara type of back, and put him into an offense that needs spark. Look for the team to go WR if any fall, but Swift will be the pride and joy of Miami.
Seattle SeahawksTrevon Diggs (CB/Alabama) Seattle cannot enter another season so far away from their legion of boom years without improving their secondary. Diggs is a ready now corner who would fit the Seahawks system perfectly, but I’m sure Seattle will take some weird dude we’ve never heard of.
Baltimore RavensZack Baun (LB/Wisconsin) Baltimore doesn’t need much in my opinion to remain a top tier team, but filling the whole C.J. Mosely left is still a convern. Baun is an absolute winner of the senior bowl. At Wisconsi, he was mainly an edge rusher who was very productive, but in the Bowl he was able to show he can cover with the best of them.
Tennessee TitansYetur Gross-Matos (DE/Penn State) For me, the Titans pick depends on what they do with Tannehill and Henry. If they both stay, there’s no way that they draft a QB or RB with this pick, so I’m going to air on the side of caution and take a top edge rusher for the Titans D. Gross-Matos hasn’t had the most producitve college career, but physical traits reign supreme.
Green Bay PackersBrandon Aiyuk (WR/Arizona State) I always get burnt with wide receivers, so why not just go for gold on the Deke 1.0 Aiyuk was forcefed the ball at Arizona State, something we saw last year with the Patriot’s rookie N’Keal Harry. Aiyuk isn’t the most popular name on the board, but the JUCO product could be an extremely nice #2 behind Adams.
San Francisco 49ersK.J. Hamler (WR/Penn State) The Niners don’t have a pick until the 5th round after this selection, so hitting is a must…or trading back, but we don’t do that here. Honestly, look for a QB needy team to sneak back into this spot for a late first QB. For this mock though, the 49ers grab WR KJ Hamler, a down the field receiver who should complement Deebo Samuel’s #1 WR status,
Kansas City ChiefsNoah Igbinoghene (CB/Notre Dame) With a Super Bowl under their belt, the Chiefs most likely are preparing for thie draft still drunk. This team doesn’t need many pieces, but one thing that could be added is some secondary help. I almost went RB here, but man with Noah Igbinoghene right there, it just seems too perfect.

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