Dre’s 2 Round Mock

We are in the final stretch here as we’ve passed the combine and the new calendar year in the NFL has begun. This time of year completely throws you off because NFL depth charts are ever changing. Without a doubt, this is the craziest NFL offseason I’ve ever seen. I mean Tom Brady retired and came back within the window of the Super Bowl until the NFL new calendar year. Plus we have to mention the massive QB movement of players like Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan, soon to be traded guys in Baker Mayfield, and Jimmy Garoppolo.

In the span of maybe 2 weeks, Tom Brady unretired, Aaron Rodgers got a massive contract resetting the market, and resulting in his top target in Davante Adams getting traded to Las Vegas to be reunited with his college QB in Derek Carr. Deshaun Watson was finally traded and ended up in Cleveland getting an extension yet again resetting the market. Matt Ryan got traded to the Colts, Khalil Mack traded to the Chargers, and Amari Cooper got traded to the Browns. I had this mock draft completely set in stone before my trip to Florida, but then Tyreek Hill got traded to Miami out of the damn clouds.

The NFL draft is the last key piece here and we know enough in terms of draft analysis and free agency that there is a pretty good indicator of how draft boards are going to fall. Greg would say “BPA NO MATTER WHAT” where I’m more of a “BPA based off of needs” kind of guy. If I need a WR but it’s not the best player on the board, I’m not reaching. Here’s some notes regarding my 2 round mock though:

  • Trades really helped shape where the QBs will end up. Even in a weak class, there will be QB’s taken high. I also think that Malik Willis and Kenny Pickett are the clear 2 guys in this class. I do believe in Matt Corral, but situation will dictate how good he can be.
  • This WR class really has potential to be an all-time class and the teams who traded away elite WRs realize this. I feel like we say that every year, but the show that was displayed in the combine caught my eye. A guy I think can help a team in John Metchie III could go as late as the 3rd.
  • OL is also another deep position in this class that the potential of franchise cornerstones on the offensive front can be found in rounds 2-3 as well.
  • I’m very sad about David Ojabo getting hurt at the Michigan pro day. Whoever snags him could get a steal. He’s the latest example of injuries dictating draft position along with Corral and Jameson Williams.
  • I still don’t know what the Steelers will do and that’s very ok. Even with the plethora of FA moves made to fill holes (and extremely well might I add), all of the contracts issued aren’t more than 3 years in length. Because of the lack of long-term commitments there, they could take anyone including QB.
1. Jacksonville JaguarsEvan Neal – OT Alabama
2. Detroit Lions Aiden Hutchinson – DE Michigan 
3. Houston TexansKyle Hamilton – S Notre Dame
4. New York JetsKavon Thibodeaux – DE Oregon
5. New York GiantsTravon Walker – DE Georgia
6. Carolina PanthersIkem Ekwonu – OT NC State
7. NYG (from Chi)Devin Lloyd – ILB Utah
8. Atlanta FalconsMalik Willis – QB Liberty
9. Seattle Seahawks (from Den) Kenny Pickett – QB Pittsburgh
10. NYJ (from Sea)Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner – CB Cincinnati 
11. Washington CommandersCharles Cross – OT Mississippi State
12. Minnesota VikingsTrent McDuffie – CB Washington
13. Houston Texans  (from CLE) Jordan Davis – DT Georgia
14. Baltimore RavensTrevor Penning – OT Northern Iowa
15. Philadelphia Eagles (from Mia)Drake London – WR USC
16. Phi (from Indy)Jermaine Johnson Jr. – DE Florida State
17. Los Angeles ChargersDevonte Wyatt – DT Georgia
18. New Orleans SaintsGarrett Wilson – WR OSU
19. Philadelphia EaglesNakobe Dean – ILB Georgia
20. Pittsburgh SteelersDerek Stingley Jr. – CB LSU
21. New England PatriotsJameson Williams – WR Alabama
22. Green Bay Packers (from LV)Treylon Burks – WR Arkansas 
23. Arizona CardinalsAndrew Booth Jr. – CB Clemson
24. Dallas CowboysBernhard Raimann – OT Central Michigan 
25. Buffalo Bills Breece Hall – RB Iowa State
26. Tennessee TitansZion Johnson – G Boston College
27. Tampa Bay BuccaneersJahan Dotson – WR Penn State
28. Green Bay PackersGeorge Karlaftis – DE Purdue
29. Kansas City Chiefs (from Miami from SF)Chris Olave – WR OSU
30. KC ChiefsLewis Cine – S Georgia
31. Cincinnati BengalsTyler Linderbaum – C Iowa
32. Det (from LAR)Matt Corral – QB 
33. JaxDavid Ojabo – OLB Michigan
34. DetRoger McCreary – CB Auburn
35. NYJLeo Chenal – ILB Wisconsin
36. NYGJaquan Brisker – S Penn State
37. HouKenyon Green – Texas A&M
38. NYJ (from Car)Daxton Hill – S Michigan
39. ChiTravis Jones – DT UConn
40. Sea (from Den)Kyler Gordon – CB Washington
41. SeaNik Bonito – EDGE Oklahoma
42. Indy (from Wsh)Tyler Smith – OT Tulsa
43. AtlKaiir Elam – CB Florida
44. CleSkyy Moore – WR Central Michigan
45. BalJalen Pitre – S Baylor
46. MinDeMarvin Leal – DT Texas A&M
47. Wsh (from Indy)Desmond Ridder – QB Cincinnati
48. Chi (from LAC)Darian Kinnard – IOL Kentucky
49. NO Arnold Ebiketie – EDGE – Penn State
50. KC (from Miami)Kenneth Walker – RB Michigan State
51. PhiBoye Mafe – EDGE Minnesota
52. PitGeorge Pickens – WR Georgia
53. GB (from LV)Christian Harris – ILB Alabama
54. NEPerrion Winfrey – DL Oklahoma
55. AriDrake Jackson – EDGE USC
56. DalDaniel Faalele – OT Minnesota 
57. BufDamone Clark – ILB LSU
58. Atl (from Ten)Christian Watson – WR North Dakota State
59. GBMartin Emerson – CB Mississippi State
60. TBKingsley Enagbare – EDGE South Carolina
61. SFJamaree Salyer – OF Georgia
62. KCChanning Tindall – ILB Georgia
63. CinNick Cross – S 
64. Den (from LAR)Quay Walker – LB Georgia
I’m probably dreaming of the Steelers getting Pickens in round 2, but I expect them to address the WR position. I also believe the RB position will be addressed from rounds 3-5.

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