by Brian Mandel
It’s that time of the year again. Tonight we will see all of the drama of the NFL draft. Here what I think could happen.
#1 San Diego Chargers (from Tampa Bay)
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
To begin this draft, the Chargers trade Philip Rivers, their 2nd round pick, 3rd round pick and future 1st round pick to Tampa Bay for the first overall pick. This fills a need for a Tampa with a Pro Bowl QB since they really want to contend now and fills the Chargers need of long term security at QB.
#2 Tennessee Titans
Jamies Winston, QB, Florida State
Jamies is the best QB on the board at this point, and even though Tennessee has Mettenberger, Winston would be huge upgrade. Winston would also usher in a new era for the Titans.
#3 Jacksonville Jaguars
Leonard Williams, DE, USC
In my opinion he is the best defensive prospect in the draft and the Jaguars desperately need game changing pass rusher and defensive upgrades in general.
#4 Oakland Raiders
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Amari Cooper may not have the highest ceiling, but he has the highest floor. After years of failed high ceiling receivers (Heyward-Bay, ect.) it seems like a safe wide receiver pick would be best for Oakland.
#5 Washington Redskins:
Dante Fowler, Jr OLB Florida
Fowler fits with Washington perfectly. They need and edge rusher and he’s the best one in the draft.
#6 New York Jets:
Vic Beasley OLB Clemson
With the two best QBs of the board there is no point for the Jets to reach for one. Instead they will go for and edge rusher to complete their offseason defensive overhaul.
#7 Chicago Bears:
Danny Shelton NT Washington
The Bears can’t stop the run. Plugging in Shelton at nose tackle will have an immediate impact on run defense for Chicago.
#8 Atlanta Falcons:
Bud Dupree OLB Kentucky
The Flacons still have not filled in their need of a pass rusher on defense. Although Dupree is raw, he has the potential to wreak havoc on opposing QBs.
#9 New York Giants:
Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa
The Giants need to protect Manning and create better holes for running backs. Schreff is a versatile offensive lineman that can plug in at tackle or guard and if moves to guard can be one of the best in the league.
#10 St. Louis Rams:
Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
The Rams will take the next best OT to give better protection to Foles because there OL still has some holes to fill.
#11 Minnesota Vikings:
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
They only have one established WR on the team, and it would give Teddy Bridgewater another target.
#12 Cleveland Browns:
Devante Parker, WR, Louisville
With the whole Josh Gordon the TBD QB of Cleveland needs a true number 1.
#13 New Orleans Saints:
Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
Off field issues aside, Gregory would give immediate help the Saints defense.
#14 Miami Dolphins:
Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan St.
He is the best corner prospect and Miami is need of another CB next to Grimes.
#15 San Francisco 49ers:
Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon
A solid all around DT, and he fits an immediate need.
#16 Houston Texans:
Nelson Agholor WR USC
The Texans need a wide receiver to fill the departure of Andre Johnson and Agholor is the perfect fit.
#17 San Diego Chargers:
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
San Diego has no true number 1 RB as of now and Gordon can be that prototypical number 1 RB.
#18 Kansas City:
Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
Defensive tackle is a huge need for the Chiefs and Brown is the next best one.
#19 Cleveland Browns
Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
The Browns still have holes to fill in their front five and Goldman is good all-around tackle.
#20 Philadelphia Eagles
Damarious Randal, FS, Arizona State
The Eagles need help in their secondary and Randal is the best free safety on the board.
#21 Cincinnati Bengals
Landon Collins, SS, Alabama
With a solid all around team in every corps the Bengals should take the best player available.
#22 Pittsburgh Steelers
Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
The Steelers are in need of a shutdown corner and Kevin Johnson has the size and skills to be that.
D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
Detroit has a hole in their O-line, and this guy can help keep Stafford on his back.
#24 Arizona Cardinals
Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
Arizona can go for an OLB, but they would be reaching for one know. Instead they will draft a guy that will protect Palmer.
#25 Carolina Panthers
Ereck Flowers, OG, Miami
Flowers is the guy to fill their hole at guard.
#26 Baltimore Ravens
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
With Forsett locked up for a while but not getting any younger, Gurley can take it easy with his ACL injury, but then be ready to take Forsett’s place at RB.
#27 Dallas Cowboys
Marcus Peters, CB Washington
Dallas needs all the help they can get on defense and Peters has lockdown corner potential.
#28 Denver Broncos
T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
Denver has a hole at offensive tackle and Clemmings is the man to protect he aging Peyton Manning.
#29 Indianapolis Colts
Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
He may be raw, but the Colts need all the help they can get with all the shoddy O-lines they have had since Luck has been the starter.
#30 Green Bay
Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
This will allow Mathews to move back to his natural position, and Packers will have a thumper in the middle for years to come.
#31 New Orleans
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Mizzou
New Orleans has no true number 1 WR. If Beckham can put all of the off field stuff aside, then he is their man.
#32 New England
Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke
The Patriots will just take the best player available.
One thought on “Brian Mandel’s NFL Mock Draft”
Brian successfully went 0-32 on correct picks. He did match two players to the right teams (Armstead and Gordon) who ended being drafted after the two teams swapped picks.