2020 NFL Mock Draft: Post Super Bowl 3-Round Mock

That’s all she wrote! The NFL season came to a thrilling conclusion that for once didn’t involved Tom Brady. Patrick Mahomes proved he truly is the golden boy and delivered Kansas City’s first Super Bowl title in 50 years. With that, the draft order is officially set and now the offseason begins. As a Jets fan, I am used to being more excited about the offseason than the actual season because it means my team can finally start to fill the glaring holes on the roster. Browns and Buccaneers fans should know what I am talking about. With the next major event on the NFL calendar being the scouting combine in Indianapolis, every team now shifts its attention to the NFL draft.

On the heels of the Senior Bowl, which led to some major movement in my latest big board, this new mock draft should look very different than my last one. With player declarations behind us and the combine still to come, this is how I think things will go down in Vegas when draft day finally rolls around. Quick notes: no trades were allowed (but I will be rolling out some mock drafts with trades in the coming months) and the draft order is according to Tankathon with compensatory picks calculated by Over The Cap.

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1. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14) – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
This is pretty much solidified at this point. But then again, I never would have thought that Kyler Murray or Baker Mayfield would be the top pick at this point in the past two drafts. Joe Burrow has the accuracy and mobility to be a Pro Bowl quarterback.

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2. Washington (3-13) – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Regardless of position, Chase Young is the best player in this draft. He is an elite pass rusher who excels against the run as well. He is a plug-and-play option with Hall of Fame potential.

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3. Detroit Lions (3-12-1) – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
With Detroit not able to trade down in this mock, Jeff Okudah fills a huge need and is the best player available. His closing speed is impressive and he can fit into either a man or zone scheme.

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4. New York Giants (4-12) – Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
New York desperately needs an infusion of talent on the defensive side of the football. Isaiah Simmons brings an incredible blend of versatility and playmaking. He has lined up at outside corner, slot corner, linebacker and safety for Clemson. Play him wherever you like.

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5. Miami Dolphins (5-11) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama
This pick will remain Tua Taogovailoa until further notice. Miami has a veteran quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick to help the transition for Tua as he recovers from his hip injury. When healthy, his accuracy is the best in the class.

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6. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Justin Herbert answered some questions about his ability to lead at the Senior Bowl. With reports surfacing that Philip Rivers has severed ties with Los Angeles, this franchise needs to identify its quarterback of the future. Herbert has the talent to develop into just that.

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7. Carolina Panthers (5-11) – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Could Jordan Love go in the top 10? It’s not out the question, but Carolina has a trio of potential options, so adding a top-tier offensive lineman feels like a more pressing need. Andrew Thomas has impressive play strength. He has some room for development as a pass blocker.


8. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1) – Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
Following a dominant week at the Senior Bowl, Javon Kinlaw has himself in the top 10. He showed out as a pass rusher in Mobile and showed the potential he flashed at South Carolina. Slot him into a terrible Arizona defensive line and he should make an immediate impact.

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9. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10) – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Gardner Minshew is set to be the quarterback for 2020 in Jacksonville and he will need some targets to throw to. DJ Chark and Chris Conley feel like nice complementary pieces, whereas Jerry Jeudy would be a true No. 1 receiver. He is the best route runner in the class and with sneaky good athleticism.

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10. Cleveland Browns (6-10) – Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Meet the most polished pass blocker and the answer to Baker Mayfield’s prayers. Cleveland struggled to keep Baker clean this year and needs a player like Jedrick Wills to fix that. Wills should be a day one starter.

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11. New York Jets (7-9) – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
While the hype around Mekhi Becton has continued to build, Tristan Wirfs is a more polished version of him. He has the size and power to transition well to the NFL. He also fills a major need for the Jets.

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12. Las Vegas Raiders (7-9) – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Rumors are swirling that the Raiders are interesting in a certain veteran quarterback with six Super Bowl rings. Regardless of who is at quarterback, they need a top-tier receiving option. CeeDee Lamb is a menace after the catch and shows up whenever you watch Oklahoma play.

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13. Indianapolis Colts (7-9) – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
While fans are desperate for a new quarterback, I don’t see Indianapolis moving for Jordan Love. Instead, they snag a run stuffing interior lineman that fills a huge need in what has been a run-heavy division. Derrick Brown will be an upgrade on the inside.

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14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Tampa Bay does not want to pay Jameis Winston this offseason. Instead, they draft Jameis Winston 2.0 in Jordan Love. He has all the arm talent in the world, but his decision making is rough. Love has loads of potential, but he could end up as a gunslinger just like Winston as well.


15. Denver Broncos (7-9) – Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
With a speedster like Henry Ruggs on the board, Denver can pair him with Courtland Sutton and give Drew Lock a great tandem at receiver. Ruggs is the fastest player in this draft, but his game is more diverse than that. He could have a Tyreek Hill-type impact on the offense.

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16. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) – A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
A.J. Epenesa fits the mold of a disruptive 4-3 defensive end. Atlanta is in desperate need of pass rushing help, which Epenesa should provide plenty of. He is a steal at this spot.

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17. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Dallas seems set to franchise tag Dak Prescott, which means Amari Cooper and Byron Jones could hit free agency. With a ton of depth at receiver in this class, the Cowboys opt to bolster the secondary with the physical and aggressive Kristian Fulton.

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18. Miami Dolphins via Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
With the quarterback position set, Miami needs to protect its investment. Mekhi Becton is a bit of a project, but his potential is massive, literally. He is 6’8″ and 365 pounds. That frame is exactly what offensive line coaches want to work with.

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19. Las Vegas Raiders via Chicago Bears (8-8) – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Las Vegas can double dip on Sooners. The defense needs more speed up the middle. Kenneth Murray fits to modern day mold at linebacker. He is quick and explosive. He reacts fast to plays in front of him and should help with the Raiders’ continuing defensive remodel.

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20. Jacksonville Jaguars via Los Angeles Rams (9-7) – CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
After landing the top receiver in the class, Jacksonville turns to the other side of the ball. CJ Henderson won’t fill the void Jalen Ramsey left, but he has the size and athleticism to develop into a high-end starter.

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21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
With Henderson and Fulton off the board, Philly bolsters its porous secondary in another way. Xavier McKinney is a heat-seeking missile who should add some much needed playmaking to the back end of the defense.

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22. Buffalo Bills (10-6) – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Buffalo has some good depth at receiver, but needs a No. 1 option. Tee Higgins is the perfect complement to John Brown and Cole Beasley. He has excellent body control and excels on jump balls. He has to work on generating separation, but he should be an immediate boost to the red zone offense.

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23. New England Patriots (12-4) – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
Will Tom Brady be back? That question will dictate the Patriots’ offseason plans. Assuming he returns to New England, the defense needs an infusion of young talent. Yetur Gross-Matos can stand up or play with his hand in the dirt. That type of versatility is something this team will love.

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24. New Orleans Saints (13-3) – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
Much like the Patriots, the Saints face the similar quarterback conundrum. If Drew Brees returns, New Orleans will be eager to find him another receiver to play across from Michael Thomas. Laviska Shenault’s versatile skill set would be fun to watch in Sean Payton’s offense.

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25. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
Minnesota lacked consistency at the cornerback position all season long. Bryce Hall should rise up some draft boards if he can test at the combine. He has the size and technique that should turn some heads.

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26. Miami Dolphins via Houston Texans (11-5) – Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
No one had fewer sacks in 2019 than the Dolphins. Terrell Lewis bounced back well after injury kept him out for all of 2018. He will likely need to bulk up a little bit, but he should serve well as a pass rushing linebacker.

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27. Seattle Seahawks (11-5) – Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah
The only team that finished with fewer sacks than the Seahawks last season was the Dolphins. Bradlee Anae looked like an NFL-ready pass rusher in the Senior Bowl. He showcased a full arsenal of pass rushing moves in Mobile.

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28. Baltimore Ravens (14-2) – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
Baltimore does not have a ton of needs after a fantastic regular season. Matthew Judon could be gone next season though, so finding another edge rusher has to be a priority. K’Lavon Chaisson has a good blend of power and speed. He has a long way to go as a run defender.

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29. Tennessee Titans (9-7) – Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin
Tennessee made a remarkable run in the postseason, but still has some room for growth. The interior of the offensive line could use an upgrade. Tyler Biadasz is an old school road grader. He fits the type of player the Titans want in their power run scheme.

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30. Green Bay Packers (13-3) – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
There is no question Green Bay’s passing offense took a huge step back this year. Davante Adams missed some time and Green Bay desperately needs someone to play across from him. Justin Jefferson tore up opposing secondaries this year. He has the size and speed to be an effective weapon for Aaron Rodgers.

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31. San Francisco 49ers (13-3) – Josh Jones, OT, Houston
San Francisco capped off a great season with a Super Bowl appearance. In order to return, the 49ers need to prep for the future. Joe Staley only has a few years left in his playing career and Josh Jones could the 49ers’ next left tackle. He is physical and powerful, but needs a bit of refining.

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32. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
The Mahomes Magic will end with a trip to Disney! Kansas City’s defense took major steps in 2019, but still needs some more playmaking. Patrick Qeuen’s speed alone should help.

33. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14) – Michael Pittman, WR, USC
With a new quarterback in the mix, he will need players to throw to. Michael Pittman is a possession receiver with great size and hands. He can quickly become a quarterback’s best friend.

34. Indianapolis Colts via Washington (7-9) – Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
Jacoby Brissett did not lock up the starting role this year. Jacob Eason is not pro ready, but he has a huge arm. He isn’t very mobile, but he would be playing behind one of the best lines in the NFL.

35. Detroit Lions (3-12-1) – Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
They missed out on Chase Young, but Curtis Weaver is a solid edge rusher to integrate into the defense. He was extremely productive in college.

36. New York Giants (4-12) – Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
New York should continue to retool its defense. Julian Okwara is a high-upside 4-3 defensive end who can rush the passer.

37. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
LA needs some new blood along its offensive line. Austin Jackson is big and raw, but could develop into Justin Herbert’s blindside blocker.

38. Carolina Panthers (5-11) – Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma
The Panthers are in a weird state of flux and need to rebuild in the trenches. Neville Gallimore will provide a boost to a terrible Carolina run defense.

39. Miami Dolphins (5-11) – J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Miami had a revolving door at running back this season. J.K. Dobbins’ combination of power and speed should provide some consistency at the position.

40. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1) – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
After trade rumors swirled last year regarding Patrick Peterson and his contract up after 2020, Arizona can get ahead of the curve by drafting Trevon Diggs. He is a big-body corner who looks the part of a future starter.

41. Cleveland Browns (6-10) – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Damorious Randall is set for free agency. If he doesn’t come back, Grant Delpit should be a starting option right away. He needs to clean up his technique and tackling, but he has the tools of a playmaker.

42. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10) – Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU
Jacksonville finished in the bottom five in rushing yards allowed and yards allowed per carry. Ross Blacklock moves well and should help plug up the middle.

43. Chicago Bears via Las Vegas Raiders (7-9) – Matt Hennessy, C, Temple
While many point to Mitchell Trubisky’s struggles, Chicago fell apart trying to run the ball. Matt Hennessy is an excellent zone run blocker who should help open some holes.

44. Indianapolis Colts (7-9) – Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
Whoever is under center next year, they need someone else to throw to other than T.Y. Hilton. Brandon Aiyuk and Paris Campbell should round out a dynamic trio.

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
Tampa Bay could use a rework of the right side of the line. Prince Tega Wanogho is impressive as a pass blocker. He is battle tested as well coming from the SEC.

46. Denver Broncos (7-9) – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
Chris Harris is not likely to return. Bryce Callahan should finally suit up, but Jeff Gladney will round out the group. He is a bit undersized, but his ball skills make up for that.

47. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Devonta Freeman can’t stay on the field and there is not a clear successor to him. D’Andre Swift can be used in the passing game as well. Keep the Bulldog instate.

48. New York Jets (7-9) – Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU
Sam Darnold needs time to throw. Lloyd Cushenberry should be the next step for the Jets rebuilding their offensive line.

49. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) – Zach Baun, LB, Wisconsin
There are needs for this Steelers team across the board. Zach Baun is not overly athletic, but he is versatile as a coverage linebacker and edge rusher.

50. Chicago Bears (8-8) – Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
For most of the year, I was unable to identify most of the players starting at tight end for the Bears. Cole Kmet should stop the carousel. He can create separation and give Trubisky another target to work with.

51. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) – Ashtyn Davis, S, California
The Cowboys can continue their secondary makeover by adding the speedy and rangy Ashtyn Davis. He is a bit raw, but he was a track athlete at Cal.

52. Los Angeles Rams (9-7) – Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan
Jared Goff struggled a lot more this season without a proven offensive line in front of him. Cesar Ruiz can step in and play any spot along the interior of the line right away.

53. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Give Carson Wentz a healthy receiver and see what happens. Jalen Reagor struggled with drops in 2019, but his speed makes him electric. He can play the slot right away.

54. Buffalo Bills (10-6) – Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
Buffalo has a lot of talent on that defense, but they can continue to build depth and build for the future. Marlon Davidson can line up all over the defensive line and should provide some power.

55. Atlanta Falcons via New England Patriots (12-4) – Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
After an impressive national semifinal game, Damon Arnette should hear his name called by the end of round two. He could develop into a player to start across from Desmond Trufant.

56. Miami Dolphins via New Orleans Saints (13-3) – Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
Donovan Peoples-Jones is almost something of a luxury pick for Miami. After addressing a number of key positions, the Dolphins add a high-upside receiver to grow with their rookie quarterback.

57. Houston Texans (11-5) – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
With just one pick in the first 100 selections, spending that on a running back might feel odd. However, Jonathan Taylor is a powerful runner who can help Houston in the short term with Carlos Hyde set for free agency. Taylor does need to take care of the football though.

58. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) – Leki Fotu, DL, Utah
For what he lacks in stamina, Leki Fotu makes up for in explosiveness. Minnesota can add another disruptive defensive lineman to make it a clear strength.

59. Seattle Seahawks (11-5) – Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
After nabbing an edge rusher, Seattle can continue to add depth to the defense by adding a raw corner. Noah Igbinoghene has a lot of potential, but will need some work to clean up his technique.

60. Baltimore Ravens (14-2) – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Looking at this roster, Baltimore needs to continue to surrounding Lamar Jackson with playmakers. Denzel Mims has excellent body control and routinely finds soft spots in zone coverage.

61. Tennessee Titans (9-7) – Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida
While the Titans defense was fierce this season, it still lacks edge rushers. Jonathan Greenard has the tenacity to rush the passer and handle facing the run.

62. Green Bay Packers (13-3) – Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
After addressing its need at receiver, Green Bay needs to find a future middle linebacker. Blake Martinez will be a free agent and Malik Harrison can take his place. He is a bit rough around the edges, but he plays downhill.

63. Kansas City Chiefs via San Francisco 49ers (12-4) – Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan
Kansas City went after Terrell Suggs for a reason. They need to find more edge rushers. Josh Uche brings tons of the speed to the position and should help out as a rotational rusher right away.

64. Seattle Seahawks via Kansas City Chiefs (13-3) – John Simpson, G, Clemson
Seattle wants to run the football a lot and needs to beef up his offensive line. John Simpson was an All-American for a reason. He has some raw power to work with.

65. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14) – Matt Peart, OT, UConn
Cincinnati will get 2019 first round pick Jonah Williams back this year. Adding another tackle to develop could turn this line around.

66. Washington (3-13) – Trey Adams, OT, Washington
If he is able to get back to full health, he could be their future franchise tackle. However, there are so many red flags with injuries that Trey Adams will likely find his way into the third round.

67. Detroit Lions (3-12-1) – K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
With Kenny Golladay locked in as the top receiving option, K.J. Hamler would be a great option out of the slot.

68. New York Jets via New York Giants (4-12) – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
There are a ton of holes on this Jets roster. Cornerback is one of the highest priorities to address. Jaylon Johnson plays like a shutdown corner, but has a long way to go in his development.

69. Carolina Panthers (5-11) – Jared Pinkney, TE, Vanderbilt
Greg Olsen will not be back as a Carolina Panther. Whoever is playing quarterback will need a target to find across the middle. Even with Ian Thomas, Jared Pinkney is a worthy add in round three.

70. Miami Dolphins (5-11) – Ben Bredeson, G, Michigan
NFL games are won in the trenches. Miami snagged Mekhi Becton in the first round, but could use some depth along the interior. Ben Bredeson could slide into either guard spot.

71. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) – A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Playing in a division with Patrick Mahomes means your secondary has to be ready to drop into coverage a lot. A.J. Terrell has the technique to develop into a solid No. 2 corner.

72. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1) – Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
Devin Duvernay seems like the type of crafty route runner with decent speed to help move this offense along. He has the makings of a great slot receiver.

73. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10) – Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
Telvin Smith probably isn’t coming back, so adding another quick, aggressive linebacker feels like a necessary move.

74. Cleveland Browns (6-10) – Justin Madubuike, DL, Texas A&M
Cleveland needs to seek out talented players that can make a difference in the next year or two. Justin Madubuike should be a rotational option who can develop into a starter.

75. Indianapolis Colts (7-9) – Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
Kenny Willekes might not have eye-popping measurables, but he is a high-motor difference maker. He had a very productive career at Michigan State and should fit well as a tone-setting 4-3 end.

76. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
Tampa Bay had absolutely no running game to lean on this season. Clyde Edwards-Helaire would provide a versatile option with good power. He lacks elite speed, but he can still pick up chunk plays.

77. Denver Broncos (7-9) – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
Lucas Niang has some raw ability and size to work with. Denver will count on their ability to develop offensive linemen in drafting him.

78. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) – Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
Raekwon Davis has tons of potential, but he has failed to improve in either of his past two years at Alabama. Atlanta is willing to take a chance on helping him take the next step.

79. New York Jets (7-9) – Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s
If you watched the Jets play this season, you know that there probably is no such thing as too many picks invested on the offensive line. Ben Bartch will need some time to acclimate, but he showed at the Senior Bowl he can be brought up to speed quickly.

80. Las Vegas Raiders (7-9) – Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
Even after hitting with Trayvon Mullen last year, Las Vegas still needs secondary help. They shipped out Gareon Conley after all. Cameron Dantzler is a bit of a project, but his physical skill is enticing.

81. Las Vegas Raiders via Chicago Bears (8-8) – Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir Rhyne
Pairing Kyle Dugger with Johnathan Abram should give Las Vegas an exciting safety combo. Dugger showed he can hang with the big boys at the Senior Bowl despite coming from a small school.

82. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) – Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
Jason Witten played well in his return from retirement, but the fact that he was their top option makes tight end a need. Adam Trautman has the size and dependability needed to make the transition. He caught 110 passes over his past two seasons.

83. Denver Broncos via Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) – Troy Pride, CB, Notre Dame
Denver’s wealth of picks allows them to double up at corner and find a player to develop. Troy Pride has the speed to be an elite corner, but needs some seasoning before he is ready to contribute.

84. Los Angeles Rams (9-7) – Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
They might have needs elsewhere, but this team is going to struggle until it rebuilds the offensive line. Isaiah Wilson can slot in at right tackle or possibly kick inside to guard given his size.

85. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – A.J. Green, CB, Oklahoma State
Philadelphia desperately needs some swagger in its secondary. Xavier McKinney should bring that and so should A.J. Green. His long frame and physical play style make him an intriguing prospect.

86. Buffalo Bills (10-6) – Dane Jackson, CB, Pittsburgh
Buffalo does not have a whole lot of proven options at corner opposite Tre’Davious White. Dane Jackson should come in and compete for a spot. If not, he will provide some much-needed depth.

87. New England Patriots (12-4) – Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Who is the heir apparent in New England? It might be Jared Stidham, but his brief audition this year led the Patriots to sign Cody Kessler. Jake Fromm is the type of quarterback that can succeed in this offense, bringing poise, accuracy and high football IQ to the position.

88. New Orleans Saints (13-3) – Logan Stenberg, G, Kentucky
Part of the Saints’ success in recent years has been the play of the offensive line. Adding Logan Stenberg provides a future starter, especially if Andrus Peat leaves in free agency.

89. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) – K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State
Between Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, Minnesota has a great one-two punch. However, the depth at the receiver position is non-existent. K.J. Hill could work out of the slot right away.

90. Cleveland Browns via Houston Texans (10-6) – Robert Hunt, OL, Lousiana
After grabbing some defensive playmakers, Cleveland returns to addressing the offensive line. Robert Hunt has good power. He could potentially play at tackle, but could also end up at guard.

91. Las Vegas Raiders via Seattle Seahawks (11-5) – Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Even after spending a first round pick at receiver, the Raiders can afford to grab another. Plus, this is their third pick of the round. Chase Claypool is a jump ball winner who can separate downfield. He should carve a nice role in Vegas.

92. Baltimore Ravens (14-2) – Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
In a league where mobile quarterbacks are becoming increasingly common (see: Jackson, Lamar), finding a player who can effectively spy on them is useful. Jordyn Brooks has the speed and savvy to limit scramble opportunities.

93. Tennessee Titans (9-7) – Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
Derrick Henry is a free agent. Even if the Titans bring him back, they could use a complement in the backfield. Cam Akers is elusive with plenty of pass catching experience.

94. Green Bay Packers (13-3) – Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
Jimmy Graham is 33 and Green Bay could use a more reliable option at tight end. Brycen Hopkins is one of the best receivers in this class.

95. Denver Broncos via San Francisco 49ers (13-3) – Larrell Murchison, DL, NC State
With uncertainty about the futures of Derek Wolfe and Shelby Harris, Larrell Murchison feels like an important add. He looked sharp at the Senior Bowl and could be a solid interior option for Denver.

96. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) – Damien Lewis, G, LSU
I had initially gone with a running back here, but Damien Williams and eventually Darwin Thompson should be able to hold down the backfield. Instead, Kansas City adds someone to block for them and keep Patrick Mahomes upright in Damien Lewis.

97. New England Patriots (12-4) – Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
It is no secret the Patriots need help at receiver. Van Jefferson showed in Mobile that he can make contested catches and create windows to throw into.

98. New York Giants (4-12) – Nick Harris, C, Washington
He struggled in Mobile, but Nick Harris has some impressive film to fall back on. The Giants should continue to invest in building an offensive line, especially after going defense with their first two picks.

99. New England Patriots (12-4) – Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington
Keep adding weapons to this offense. Hunter Bryant is a great receiving tight end. He is limited as a blocker though. I could see that being a hang up for New England, but he is the best available option here.

100. Seattle Seahawks (12-4) – James Lynch, DL, Baylor
James Lynch tore up the Big 12 this season. He is a little small for a true defensive tackle, but Seattle could find some use moving him around the line as a situational pass rusher.

101. Houston Texans (10-6) – Darrell Taylor Jr., EDGE, Tennessee
In terms of raw physical athleticism, Darrell Taylor is up near the top of the class. He gives Houston an edge rusher to develop.

102. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7) – Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF
This front office loves drafting receivers in the middle rounds and turning them into starters. Pittsburgh struggled to find a secondary option after Juju Smith-Schuster. Gabriel Davis should be able to work his way into the mix pretty quickly.

103. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – Evan Weaver, LB, California
With Nigel Bradham a potential salary cap casualty, adding Evan Weaver makes a ton of sense. He is a proven tackler who can contribute on special teams.

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2019 NFL Mock Draft

Welcome back to draft season. This is always one of the busiest times of year for The Aftermath. This year, it was so busy, we actually had to conduct our mock draft in our group chat rather than via video chat. I will acknowledge that I took the longest to make a pick, waiting nearly 24 hours to make a pick for the Broncos.

Some things that need to be said right now, this is what we would do if we were drafting for these teams, not what we think will happen. Sometimes those things overlap, but being right is not the ultimate goal. On top of that, we do not allow trades. It creates way too much chaos in these mock drafts. We will discuss places we see teams likely trading though to help you predict all the draft night madness.

Arizona_Cardnals_logo_(1994-2004)1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
The Cardinals seem intent on drafting a quarterback and Kyler Murray here is the most NFL ready in this draft, plus there are rumors of him being their favorite choice. Part of me thinks the rumors are a smokescreen, but the pick makes too much sense not to make it with new head coach Kliff Kingsbury in town.

49ers Logo2. San Francisco 49ers – Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
While many might expect Nick Bosa here, I’m staking my claim in a player with more upside an no injury history. Quinnen Williams dominated during his time at Alabama and as just a redshirt sophomore, he still has not reached his full potential. San Francisco finds the new anchor for the interior of its defensive line.

Jets logo3. New York Jets – Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
The Jets would be absolutely ecstatic to see Nick Bosa available at the third pick as arguably the best player in the draft, at arguably their biggest position of need. If he’s there, New York take him in a heartbeat. If not, don’t be shocked if they trade back with a team in search of a quarterback to recoup some picks they traded last year for Sam Darnold, when they were the ones hunting a franchise signal caller.

Raiders logo4. Oakland Raiders – Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
The Raiders have set themselves up well for this draft with three draft picks in the first round. With their top four pick, they should be going with the best player available. Luckily, the best player available is a pass rusher that is the perfect replacement for Khalil Mack.

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Devin White can cover ground and make hard tackles for a Buccaneers defensive line which was too leaky last year. He tested really well at the combine after a great career at LSU. Expect him to fill in well for a team that lost Kwon Alexander this offseason.

Giants Logo6. New York Giants – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
I’m not buying the smokescreen. The Giants desperately need a quarterback to take over for Eli Manning. Dwayne Haskins could use a season of learning under a veteran after just one season as the starter at Ohio State. He has the strong arm and pocket presence needed to succeed in New York.

Jaguars logo7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Juwuan Taylor, OT, Florida
Jacksonville could go a few directions here, but Tom Coughlin won two Super Bowls with the Giants by having a solid front on both sides of the ball. Juwuan Taylor, alongside Jonah Williams, is arguably the best tackle in the draft. Look for the former Gator to stay in the Sunshine State to protect Nick Foles and his new contract.

Lions Logo8. Detroit Lions – Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State
There is a very good chance the Lions will lose Ezekiel Ansah, so they are in need of pass rusher. Honestly, they were in need of a pass rusher even without the potential loss of Ansah. They can get a bit a steal in Montez Sweat if you look past the possible heart condition.

Bills logo9. Buffalo Bills – Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
The Bills will likely have a couple of viable options at the No. 9 pick and their defensive line could use some help. I went with Rashan Gary because of his versatility; hopefully he can plug more than one hole for them when needed.

Denver_Broncos10. Denver Broncos – T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
While there will certainly be calls to take a quarterback here. reaching for Drew Lock or Daniel Jones would be a mistake. Denver needs a new offensive weapon with Demariyus Thomas gone and Emmanuel Sanders injured. T.J. Hockenson is a complete tight end capable of opening holes for Phillip Lindsay and helping Joe Flacco acclimate to the altitude.

Bengals Logo11. Cincinnati Bengals – Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
This pick could just as easily be Devin Bush, with the Bengals desperately needing a speedy linebacker patrolling the field. But Ed Oliver has top 10 potential and could be one of the best athletes in this draft who can get after the quarterback from the inside. The Bengals have a lot of holes, so they’ll take a top talent here.

Packers logo12. Green Bay Packers – Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State
The Packers need help on their defense in multiple position areas. However, with the loss of Clay Mathews, the position with the most immediate need on defense is pass rush. Thus, drafting Brian Burns will allow Green Bay to get a piece to build around for years to come.

Dolphins logo13. Miami Dolphins – Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
The Dolphins offensive line might as well be made of cardboard, just ask Ryan Tannehill, with needs at center, tackle, and guard. I assume they will go for the best available offensive lineman with this pick and in our mock it was Jonah Williams. He could start at right tackle or right guard this season.

Falcons logo14. Atlanta Falcons – Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
The Falcons have a number of needs, mostly on defense. With the number of injuries this team suffered last season, drafting a player with a major knee injury might seem like a questionable move. The consensus on Jeffrey Simmons is that, despite a video from high school of him punching a woman in a fight and a major injury, he is a top-five talent. Simmons potential impact on the field is massive. Atlanta will not tolerate anything from him off the field, nor should they.

Washington made up logo15. Washington – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
There’s a lot of uncertainty in Washington at the QB position right now. Alex Smith may never play again after that gruesome knee injury that reminded many spectators of Joe Theismann. Bringing in Case Keenum may be a short-term solution, but Drew Lock is the long-term one. He at one point was considered the top passer in this draft. Plus, he could learn a lot from a guy like Keenum, who transitioned from an Air Raid-style offense in college to a respectable pro career, something Lock may need to do in a hurry to keep Washington afloat.

Panthers logo16. Carolina Panthers – Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
For the past few years, the Panthers have not been able to field an adequate pass protection. The injuries have been piling up for Cam Newton, and is probably a correlation. That is why drafting Cody Ford will help the team’s franchise player in the best way possible. He blocked for a mobile quarterback in Kyler Murray in college and should be able to do it again for Newton.

Giants Logo17. New York Giants (via Cleveland) – Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Assuming the Giants draft a quarterback with their No. 6 pick, I think they will kick off the run on corners with the pick they landed in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade. I like Byron Murphy’s ball hawking ability. He might be able to generate some turns for a struggling secondary now without Landon Collins.

Vikings logo18. Minnesota Vikings – Garrett Bradberry, C, NC State
Signing Kirk Cousins didn’t push the Vikings into Super Bowl contention like they thought. That was mainly because of the poor play of the offensive line. Garrett Bradberry will immediately improve the interior of this line. If there is someone else they like better, don’t be surprised if Minnesota moves up to get him.

Titans logo19. Tennessee Titans – DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Titans have a big decision coming up after the season on the future of Marcus Mariota, so they need to find him help in the first round either in the form of a protector or a target. There are some good linemen left in this draft, but D.K. Metcalf is an absolute athletic freak that you rarely see in football. A big, fast and strong matchup nightmare could be a great complement for a shifty, possession-style route-runner like Corey Davis, giving Mariota multiple options at multiple levels of the field.

Pittsburgh_Steelers logo20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Greedy Williams has fallen a bit in this draft, which is lucky for the Steelers. Joe Haden is not getting any younger, and they have been in need of a second corner back anyway. Signing Steven Nelson to a big contract does not exactly solve their secondary issues. If Williams can improve as a tackler, he will be an absolute steal.

Seahawks logo21. Seattle Seahawks – DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
Remember the days of the Legion of Boom? Those linebackers were able to stop the run so easily because they had a great secondary covering the passing game. Seattle has lost that coverage in recent years. Drafting a well-rounded corner like DeAndre Baker might help them return to those days.

Ravens logo22. Baltimore Ravens – Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
It is pretty unlikely falls this far, but Baltimore would be ecstatic if Devin Bush is still on the board. With C.J. Mosley now in New York, the Ravens need someone to wreak havoc in the middle of their defense. Bush seems like a very good fit to do just that.

Texans logo23. Houston Texans – Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College
Houston had a great run last season thanks to Deshaun Watson returning from his ACL tear in the similarly spectacular form that caught the whole league’s eye during the start of his rookie season. But if the Texans are to stay on top of the AFC South, the Swiss cheese known as their offensive line won’t cut it. Bringing in Chris Lindstrom, a big body, from a school with a long pedigree of great pro-linemen in Boston College. He could immediately help keep the Texans in contention again next season.

Raiders logo24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago) – Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
With the second of their three first round picks, the Raiders can continue to rebuild their defense. The cornerback position has been a weakness of the Raiders for almost the entire decade. By picking Justin Layne, an underrated product with tons of college production, they can end the cycle and bolster the secondary. Between Josh Allen rushing the passer and Layne helping on the back end, we should see huge improvements from Oakland’s defense.

Eagles Logo25. Philadelphia Eagles – Andre Dillard, OL, Washington State
The Eagles really need more help on defense, but at the 25th pick Andre Dillard was a steal.  Philly is an offensively minded team and their offensive line will soon be aging out, so spending a late first round pick is well worth the future investment. With Carson Wentz’s injury history, keeping him clean should be a major priority.

Colts logo26. Indianapolis Colts – AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss
His college teammate has gotten a lot of love during the pre-draft process for his performance at the combine, but AJ Brown is actually a much more pro-ready prospect. He is a savvy route runner with good hands. He would complement T.Y. Hilton well in this Colts offense and give Andrew Luck a proven playmaker. Instant impact is important for an Indy with an eye on a championship.

Raiders logo27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas) – Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
With my other drafters taking the liberty of upgrading the Raiders defense with their first two picks, perhaps the Raiders can use their third to keep giving David Carr every chance to succeed. Did you know that Noah Fant, a 6’4”, 249 lbs TE, ran a 4.51 at the combine? Now, recall the Raiders recently acquired the receiving services of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams. This might just be a quick turnaround for the Oakland offense.

Chargers logo28. Los Angeles Chargers – Kaleb McGary, OL, Washington
The Chargers have one of the most complete teams in the NFL. Nevertheless, Phillip Rivers is what will guide them to a Super Bowl, and keeping him upright should be Los Angeles’ number one priority. Adding Kaleb McGary can help Rivers extend his career and utilize Melvin Gordon even more effectively.

Seahawks logo29. Seattle Seahawks (via Kansas City) – Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson
The Seahawks find themselves back on the clock after trading away Frank Clark. His departure creates a need for a pass rusher, and there are plenty of those in this year’s draft. Clelin Ferrell comes from a good program and should adjust to the NFL well. Pairing him with DeAndre Baker gives Seattle a solid draft haul to bolster the defense.

Packers logo30. Green Bay Packers – Marquis Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Let’s say we give the most talented passer in the league an electric, game-breaking new toy to play with. That is what would be happening here. Marquis “Hollywood” Brown is the cousin of new Raiders receiver Antonio Brown and the guy who reeled in passes from Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray the past two years. His speed is unreal. Brown has the versatility to play in the slot or outside, giving new head coach Matt LaFleur a fun chess piece to move around.

Los Angeles Rams logo31. Los Angeles Rams – Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
An unsung factor that helped propel the Rams to a Super Bowl appearance this season was their strong depth at several positions. Tackle and linebacker are minor needs, but one of the best players in this draft slipped to the end of the first round in our draft. The Rams can use their depth to their advantage to take the best player available, so they can take a polished interior pass rusher in Wilkins to slot right alongside Aaron Donald, giving him plenty of one-on-ones. Rich keep getting richer.

Patriots Logo32. New England Patriots – Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
If I was allowed to for this draft, I would have traded this pick like Bill Belichick probably would. Alas, trades are not allowed, so the Patriots finally land their quarterback of the future, who can replace Tom Brady whenever it is he actually decides to retire. Rumor has it Daniel Jones could go sooner, but if he sticks around, New England would be wise to grab and groom him.

2016 Aftermath NFL Mock Draft

Well, it is finally here. The season of lying is almost over. This time tomorrow night, Commissioner Goodell will take a walk up to the podium to start the NFL Draft.

This draft has had a lot of focus on it already with all of the trades that have gone down over the last several months. It will be very interesting to see how many more occur on draft night.

Matt Luppino, Brian Mandel and Jack Venezia joined me on Skype earlier this week to make this happen. We took the first 32 picks of the draft, including the first pick of the second round, and divided them up between the four of us. We acted as the general manager for those eight picks, selecting who we think each team should draft.

So without further ado, here are the results of the draft.

Los Angeles Rams logo1) Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff, Quarterback, California
This pick was a no-brainer. In my opinion he is the best quarterback on the board, and the reason why the Rams traded up. -Mandel

Eagles Logo2) Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz, Quarterback, North Dakota State
With the big trade up to number two, everyone is saying that the Eagles are taking whichever quarterback the Rams do not take. We shall see if Wentz is the starter from day one or if he rides the bench for a little while. -Venezia

Chargers logo3) San Diego Chargers – Jalen Ramsey, Cornerback, Florida State
At the third overall pick, the Chargers land the best prospect in the draft. Ramsey is listed as a corner but could easily play safety or a nickle linebacker from day one. That kind of versatility makes him the right pick for San Diego. -McGlynn

Cowboys logo4) Dallas Cowboys Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State
I was deciding between Ezekiel Elliott and Bosa here, but I am convinced that any running back could do well behind this offensive line. So Dallas should wait until later and take the best defensive lineman on the board. -Luppino

Jaguars logo5) Jacksonville Jaguars – Deforest Buckner, Defensive Lineman, Oregon
Joey Bosa and Jalen Ramsey are both off the board and Myles Jack has injury concerns, so Buckner is the pick. He is the best all around D-lineman after Bosa. -Mandel

Ravens logo6) Baltimore Ravens – Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss
With Tunsil falling to the sixth pick, the Ravens have to take him. Baltimore’s offensive line has been rag tag for a while now. Tunsil should fix that problem. -Venezia

49ers Logo7) San Francisco 49ers – Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame
We get a mini run on tackles here. San Fran needs a quarterback of the future, but it is too early to take one here. Instead, they plan for the future when Joe Staley retires and grab the best player still on the board without any injury concerns. -McGlynn

Browns logo8) Cleveland Browns Pick: Myles Jack, Linebacker, UCLA
My draft board for Cleveland didn’t have its needs, but rather what it didn’t need (offensive tackle, guard, corner and tight end), so I will be picking best available player. And getting an athlete like Jack for the center of their defensive is great value. -Luppino

Buccaneers logo9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves III, Cornerback Florida
The Bucs’ secondary is more barren then the Sahara Desert, and Hargreaves is clearly the best corner after Ramsey. He will slot in right away across from Brent Grimes. -Mandel

Giants Logo10) New York Giants – Jack Conklin, Offensive Tackle, Michigan State
The Giants have had so many injuries along offensive line over the last few years. They may address other issues with this pick, but I think an offensive lineman would be a safe add here. -Venezia

Bears logo11) Chicago Bears – Leonard Floyd, Outside Linebacker, Georgia
Chicago passes on Ezekiel Elliot with Jeremy Langford firmly in place and instead addresses the major issue it has at linebacker. John Fox will be intent on adding more playmakers on the defensive side of the ball.- McGlynn

Saints logo12) New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Rankins, Defensive Tackle, Louisville
This was the top player on my board for New Orleans, with a big need up front on the D-line. If they can shore up their pass rush, that abysmal secondary could see improvements. -Luppino

Dolphins logo13) Miami Dolphins – Shaq Lawson, Defensive End, Clemson
Although they just signed Mario Williams, Miami needs to look towards the future with their pass rush. Lawson looks like a steal at this range. -Mandel

Raiders logo14) Oakland Raiders – Jarran Reed, Defensive Lineman, Alabama
With Khalil Mack getting to the quarterback, the Raiders will get a good run stopper in Reed. This gives them a nice one-two punch on their defensive line. -Venezia

Titans logo15) Tennessee Titans – Taylor Decker, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State
The Titans acquired DeMarco Murray to pair with Marcus Mariota. Now they need someone to block for them. Decker can start on the right side while Taylor Lewan mans the left. Protecting the franchise quarterback should be a priority. -McGlynn

Lions Logo16) Detroit Lions – Laquon Treadwell, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
Again, top player on my board for Detroit, who NEEDS to replace Megatron after he retired.  Treadwell is big and has great route running and footwork, so he could be another big body for Stafford to throw too. However, with him still on the board, I’m debating Ezekiel Elliott. -Luppino

Falcons logo17) Atlanta Falcons – Darren Lee, Outside Linebacker, Ohio State
It seems like every the Falcons are picking an edge rusher, but Lee is more than that. He has the potential to be an all around good linebacker, which is something Atlanta desperately needs. -Mandel

Colts logo18) Indianapolis Colts – Ezekiel Elliot, Running Back, Ohio State
The Colts have to take Elliot if he falls this far in the draft. Frank Gore did well enough this year but Father Time will come soon enough. -Venezia

Bills logo19) Buffalo Bills -Kevin Dodd, Defensive End, Clemson
Mario Williams left in free agency and Kyle Williams is coming off knee surgery. It is only a matter of time before Rex Ryan needs to find a new starter on the defensive line, so Buffalo stays ahead by drafting Dodd. -McGlynn

Jets logo20) New York Jets – Emmanuel Ogbah, Defensive End, Oklahoma State
I nearly got Paxton Lynch here, but I could see the Jets making trades here for him, or working to resign Ryan FitzMagic. So instead, let the Jets get the fastest defensive end in the draft and convert him to an outside linebacker, and he could be devastating. -Luppino

Washington made up logo21) Washington – Karl Joseph, Safety, West Virginia
By signing Josh Norman at corner, the Redskins need to look towards safety.  He is a bruiser and will make the secondary stronger. -Mandel

Texans logo22) Houston Texans – Josh Doctson, Wide Receiver, TCU
Doctson is a big wide receiver and even though he may be a bit raw, he will make an instant impact. If he can stretch the field well, DeAndre Hopkins will have some of the receiving weight taken off of his shoulders. -Venezia

Vikings logo23) Minnesota Vikings – Corey Coleman, Wide Receiver, Baylor
Coleman was an explosive scoring machine at Baylor and Minnesota needs some more offensive weapons to take the pressure off Adrian Peterson. I’m sure Teddy Bridgewater will enjoy having Coleman and Stefon Diggs running routes for him. -McGlynn

Bengals Logo24) Cincinnati Bengals – A’Shawn Robinson, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
The Bengals have a couple of needs here, like wide receiver next to AJ Green, but I think a defensive tackle to work behind or alongside Domata Peko until he retires fits the bill.  Coming from Alabama, however, he could be ready immediately, which makes this pick even better. -Luppino

Pittsburgh_Steelers logo25) Pittsburgh Steelers – Robert Nkemdiche, Defensive Tackle, Ole Miss
The Steelers need an upgrade at defensive and why not take a gamble at Nkemdiche. If any one can keep him on the track and allow him to show his potential, it is the Steelers. -Mandel

Seahawks logo26) Seattle Seahawks – Andrew Billings, Nose Tackle, Baylor
The Seahawks sure like building up their defense. Barring any drastic changes to earlier picks, I would expect the Seahawks to bolster their defensive line, even if they can’t get a plug and play starter. -Venezia

Packers logo27) Green Bay Packers – Reggie Ragland, Inside Linebacker, Alabama
If he is still on the board at 27, the Packers need to take Ragland. He would allow them to finally bump Clay Matthews back outside to rush the passer. He also has the ability to contribute as a rookie, and has the potential to develop into a three-down player. -McGlynn

Chiefs Logo28) Kansas City Chiefs – William Jackson III, Cornerback, Houston
If I’m Kansas City, I’m excited to see Jackson here, who clocked a 4.37 to lead all cornerbacks at the combine. When you have to face Derek Carr, Phillip Rivers, and the tandem of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders twice a year, you need a top secondary. -Luppino

Arizona_Cardnals_logo_(1994-2004)29) Arizona Cardinals – Ryan Kelly, Center, Alabama
There were still cornerbacks on the board, but the Cardinals also need an upgrade on the O-line. With Kelly, they have a nice pick that projects well to the future. -Mandel

Panthers logo30) Carolina Panthers – Eli Apple, Cornerback, Ohio State
After losing Josh Norman, the Panthers need some help at corner. Apple was the best available in this mock draft in my opinion, but Carolina could way some other options here to fill the spot. -Venezia

Denver_Broncos31) Denver Broncos- Paxton Lynch, Quarterback, Memphis
Obviously, if he stays on the board this long, someone will trade up to snag him. However, none of us really thought Lynch deserved to go before this point. He will take at least a year to develop and coming from such a different style at Memphis, I don’t know how well the transition to the NFL will go for him. -McGlynn

Browns logo32) (Round 2, Pick 1) Cleveland Browns – RB Derrick Henry, Alabama
This is still Cleveland, so plenty of room for curveballs.  Here, they need offense desperately, and the Heisman Trophy winner is on the board, but is he too much like Trent Richardson? Don’t be surprised if it’s a defensive lineman or center though. -Luppino

NBA Mock Draft

by Matt Luppino

The NBA Draft goes live tonight at 7 pm. Here are my predictions for how the first round goes:

  1. Minnesota Karl-Anthony Towns, F/C, Kentucky

Best player with most upside and fewest flaws.  A sure pick for the Wolves.

  1. L.A. Lakers Jahlil Okafor, F/C, Duke

The Lakers need a big guy more than they need another guard.  Kobe Bryant, Jeremy Lin, and Nick Young are all still there, so grab the polished Okafor and have at it on offense.

  1. Philadelphia Mario Hezonja, G/F, Croatia

A classic “why the $*&%?” moment out of Sam Hinkie, but there is a method to the madness here.  Apparently, he can shoot the lights out, which will help a hapless offense in Philly.

  1. New York D’Angelo Russell, G, Ohio State

Finally, someone on the Knicks that can shoot!  Russell can run the offense and put up points too, perfectly fitting into Phil Jackon’s arsenal.

  1. Orlando Kristaps Porzingis, F/C, Latvia

If he’s here at 5, Orlando is ecstatic.  7’1” with a jump shot.

  1. Sacramento Emmanuel Mudiay, G, China

Kings need a guard to feed Cousins and hopefully make him happy enough to stay in Northern California.

  1. Denver Justise Winslow, F, Duke

Winslow is a strong defender and an athletic slasher, but he shot over 40% from 3 as well at Duke.  With those numbers, he could be a beast.

  1. Detroit Willie Cauley-Stein, F/C, Kentucky

So what if Greg Monroe leaves in free agency?  Cauley-Stein will be cheap and probably better by the end of the day.

  1. Charlotte Devon Booker, G, Kentucky

Another great shooter, he can step in alongside Kemba Walker to take the spot of the since-traded Lance Stephenson.

  1. Miami Stanley Johnson, F, Arizona

Johnson is another athlete, who can bring some life to the Heat, who are still reeling from the loss of LeBron James, and maybe now Dwayne Wade too.

  1. Indiana Cameron Payne, G, Murray State

Paul George is healthy, and the front court in Indiana is still pretty strong.  A point guard will put it all together for them.

  1. Utah Frank Kaminsky, F/C, Wisconson

Utah became a defensive stronghold last season, but lacked scoring.  Frank the Tank will not only slot right into the defense, but the big guy can shoot with the best of them.

  1. Phoenix Trey Lyles, F/C, Kentucky

He, like Okafor, is a skilled offensive big man, who could slot in alongside the big, lumbering Alex Len.

  1. Oklahoma City Justin Anderson, G/F, Virginia

The Thunder are only here because of injuries.  But in Anderson, they get a good outside shooter and a great perimeter defender – the last piece they might need to finally win a title.

  1. Atlanta Myles Turner, F/C, Texas

Fits in alongside the punishing defender in Al Horford and the skilled shooter in Paul Millsap.  Can fill in for either one off of the bench.

  1. Boston Sam Dekker, F, Wisconson

A good shooter and an above average defender, he boosts the Celtics immediately.

  1. PHILADELPHIA (Tony Wroten, 2 2nd rounders (35 and 37)) Tyus Jones, G, Duke

THAT’S WHAT HINKIE IS DOING WITH ALL THOSE PICKS!!!  In a shocker, and Milwaukee not seeing many players they need here, they take the back up point guard and more picks in a solid group of second round talent.  Meanwhile, the Sixers get the point guard they desperately need.

  1. Houston Bobby Portis, F, Arkansas

Portis is a big bruiser who went toe-to-toe with Kentucky a few times.  The dude can play.

  1. Washington Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F, Arizona

With Paul Pierce and Trevor Ariza not getting any younger, a fresh infusion of defensive prowess and energy is a great fit here late in the first round.

  1. Toronto Kelly Oubre, F, Kansas

Oubre has a ton of potential, who will have the time to develop with the young, talented nucleus above the border.

  1. Dallas Jerian Grant, G, Notre Dame

Arguably one of the best scorers in the draft, Grant can play alongside either Rajon Rondo as the scorer, or Monta Ellis as the facilitator.

  1. Chicago Terry Rozier, G, Louisville

When Derrick Rose is off the court, the Bulls take a serious step back.  Here, they get their much needed asset at the point.

  1. Portland Montrell Harrell, F/C, Louisville

Now that Lamarcus Aldridge plans on leaving Portland, Harrell, skilled at both ends and the centerpiece behind another strong Louisville team, can begin his role as the successor.

  1. Cleveland Delon Wright, G, Utah

With how frail Kyrie Irving is and how inefficient the Cavs were without a true point guard this postseason, a ball handler has to be at the top of the list for them.

  1. Memphis Anthony Brown, G, Stanford

A 3 and D player, Brown fits in perfectly with the tough defense in Memphis, and Mike Conley will get him the ball.

  1. San Antonio Pat Connaughton, G/F, Notre Dame

Another great shooter and a really high energy guy on defense.  He is an excellent role player for Gregg Popovich.

  1. L.A. Lakers RJ Hunter, G, Georgia St.

Not just the star of the Cinderella Bulldogs, Hunter is a skilled scorer and ball handler, capable of stepping up for the now ancient Kobe.

  1. Boston Kevon Looney, F, UCLA

He might be really, really good at the stretch 4, so the Celtics can take that risk with Jared Sullinger proven in front of him.

  1. Brooklyn Michael Frazier, G, Florida

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson are getting up there in age, so this begins the new wave of Brooklyn talent.

  1. Golden State Nikola Milutinov, C, Serbia
    Scouting report: “Potential pick-and-roll monster that can protect the rim.”  Sounds like the champs to you?  He will be a bigger Draymond Green, alongside Draymond Green.

Brian Mandel’s NFL Mock Draft

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.

#23 Detroit
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.

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