Deke’s NFL Mock Draft 1.0

The first mock of the season is always hilarious to me because most bloggers in my situation would be lucky to name 50 potential first-round guys this early in the process, let alone the official draft order. But alas, a ton of mediocre content creators will shove their thoughts down your throat starting this week for three whole months with the hopes of somehow placing a few guys in the right spot and being able to brag about it come April…myself included.

I love the draft almost more than football itself. The potential of an NFL future off the heels of a college career is exciting for all franchises and poses a sense of hope even in the darkest places. That dark place, if you are curious, is the back of Matt Canada’s playbook which rarely sees the light of day (if it exists at all).

For this draft, there are a few things to keep in mind. Traditionally, TFTB hasn’t really dabbled in trades with our mock drafts. Trades tend to disrupt the entire draft and are too unpredictable to try and guess this far away from the NFL Draft. I do foresee trades in this draft before the actual start just because it would be insane to assume the Bears remain at the top spot with so many QB-needy teams ready to jump.

Want the full insight into every pick? Check out my YouTube video covering the entire mock live now on YouTube!

Key Takeaways

  • There are four quarterbacks who most likely will go in the first round depending on Richardson’s offseason.
  • Just because there are a lot of edge rushers doesn’t make this a “great” class. Everyone after Will Anderson is a project.
  • Corners will define this class. Guys like Cam Smith and Kelee RIngo are loved right now but will slide during the process.
  • It’s a deep draft in most positions, but still top heavy in the trenches.
  • Running back is deep. I like the guys I have in my first round mock to go in the first, but you can find quality value later.

1. Chicago BearsJalen CarterDTGeorgia
2. Houston TexansC.J. StroudQBOhio State
3. Arizona CardinalsWill Anderson Jr.DEAlabama
4. Indianapolis ColtsBryce YoungQBAlabama
5. Seattle SeahawksTyree WilsonDETexas Tech
6. Detroit LionsMyles MurphyDEClemson
7. Las Vegas RaidersPeter SkoronskiOTNorthwestern
8. Atlanta FalconsDevon WitherspoonDBIllinois
9. Carolina PanthersWill LevisQBKentucky
10. Philadelphia EaglesJoey Porter Jr.DBPenn State
11. Tennessee TitansParis Johnson Jr.OTOhio State
12. Houston TexansChristian GonzalezDBOregon
13. New York JetsBroderick JonesOTGeorgia
14. New England PatriotsQuinton JohnstonWRTCU
15. Green Bay PackersMichael MayerTENotre Dame
16. Washington CommandersCam SmithDBSouth Carolina
17. Pittsburgh SteelersO’Cyrus TorrenceOGFlorida
18. Detroit LionsEmmanuel ForbesDBMississippi State
19. Tampa Bay BuccaneersLukas Van NessDEIowa
20. Seattle SeahawksBrian BranchDBAlabama
21. Los Angeles ChargersCalijah KanceyDTPittsburgh
22. Baltimore RavensAnthony RichardsonQBFlorida
23. Minnesota VikingsTrenton SimpsonLBClemson
24. Jacksonville JaguarsClark Phillips IIIDBUtah
25. New York GiantsJordan AddisonWRUSC
26. Dallas CowboysBijan RobinsonRBTexas
27. Buffalo BillsAntonio JohnsonDBTexas A&M
28. Cincinnati BengalsBryan BreseeDTClemson
29. Denver BroncosB.J. OjulariDELSU
30. Kansas City ChiefsJaxson Smith-NjigbaWROhio State
31. Philadelphia EaglesJahmyr GibbsRBAlabama

What pick did I miss on the biggest? Who do you think your team will draft? Let me know your thoughts by tweeting at me at @DekeWhiten!

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