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Oliver Connolly, Lead Football Writer

As everyone who’s followed UKEndZone or myself know I’m not a fan of ‘mock drafts.’ It usually involves an algorithm of sliding your big board into team needs and spitting out a thirty-two team list. I prefer the ‘What I’d do if I was GM‘ mock draft, crafted and invented by ‘Robbo in the field.’ But Mocks do have some merit. They’re more of a projection of what will happen rather than what I would do or what I think should happen. So here’s that projection.

5.0 – 30th April

 

Round One Round Round Pick Team
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Winston is one of the best quarterback prospects of the past generation and can be an immediate contributor at the most important position on the field. There are obvious immaturity and character concerns but they’re concerns I’m sure the coaching staff will feel they can overcome.

1 1  Bucs
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Unless they’re offered three first round picks and a second rounder the Titans have to take Mariota. He’s a special player, with unique traits and a unique ability to stress the defence at all levels. He has a CEO mentality and he’ll be the first person in the building and the last one out. He’s far too tantalising and valuable to pass up.

1 2  Titans
Dante Fowler Jr, DE, Florida

I love Leonard Williams but Fowler fits what head coach Gus Bradley is looking for. He’s a hybrid (leo) who’s versatile enough to play standing up or with his hand in the dirt. He fits a need and though I grade him lower than Williams his skill set (getting to the quaterback) is more important.

1 3  Jags
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Whether Oakland were picking at two or at six I’d have them taking Cooper. He’s the most polished receiver in the class, with Pro Bowl ability and fits a clear position of need.

1 4  Raiders
Leonard Williams DE, USC

I’m 90% sure the Redskins will be moving back. But with no trades allowed they have to take the top player on the board and in this case it’s the top player in the class. Williams slots into a defensive rotation with Stephen Paea, Terrance Knighton and Jason Hatcher where stopping the run is goal number one to allow Ryan Kerrigan and company to fly off the edge on third downs.

1 5  Redskins
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

The Jets need to add weapons to whoever is going to be playing quarterback in the future. Kevin White is a physical freak who can stress a defense horizontally and most importantly vertically. Pairing White with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker makes a dynamic passing attack that any quarterback would love to distribute too.

1 6  Jets
Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

The Bears miss out on the ‘sexy’ picks of Dante Fowler, Kevin White and Amari Cooper. I don’t trust the other edge rushers to be immediate day one contributors and in Scherff the Bears get a player who is the number one overall player on some teams boards and may be the most ready to play prospect.

1 7  Bears
Alvin ‘Bud’ Dupree, DE, Kentucky

The Falcons can afford to gamble and need too. Dupree edges out Beasley because he better fits what Dan Quinn is looking for. Beasley just isn’t good enough against the run. Dupree is inconsistent and a work in progress but he gets his nose dirty in the run game, plays with violent hands and can pressure the pocket.

1 8  Falcons
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

In reality with Scherff of the board the Giants probably look to move back and even then they’re more than likely looking at corner. But this is not reality. The Giants grab a potential top-five overall player with the ninth pick. It’s a Giants thing to do.

1 9  Giants
DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

I’ve had Parker here for months as he just makes too much sense. Parker possess just as much upside as a Kevin White. He’s a vertical threat who could help stretch the field for Nick Foles and be a true number one for a receiving core that has a bunch of twos and threes.

1 10  Rams
Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

The Vikings gamble on a problem child who they can pair opposite Xavier Rhodes and have two shutdown corners in Mike Zimmer’s cover-3 system for the next five years.

1 11  Vikings
Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (FL)

Flowers is a pure right tackle who’s a monster in the run game and at the point of attack. The Browns line now features Joe Thomas and Flowers as book ends with Mack and Bitonio inside. Dominant.

1 12  Browns
Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

Beasley isn’t the best edge rusher in the class and could be just a two down player. But he gets to the quarterback and is less of a risk than Shane Ray or Randy Gregory at this point.

1 13  Saints
Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF

A reach for me but the Dolphins but Perriman has a scarily elite combination of height-weight-speed. Along with Kenny Stills he’ll provide a deep threat that clears out the underneath and allows Ryan Tannehill to operate where he does best.

1 14  Dolphins
Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

Waynes fits what the 49ers desperately need. He’s the #2 rated corner on my board. They could also look at Arik Armstead or wide receiver.

1 15  49ers
Nelson Agholor, WR, USC

The Texans address a clear need. They could look at a bigger bodied receiver but Agholor may be the best route runner behind Amari Cooper in the class and he’s a safe pick.

1 16  Texans
Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

I don’t want to disrespect Danny Shelton any further as it’s likely he could go in the top-ten.. Shelton remains the best defensive tackle prospect in my eyes and one of the highest floor players in the class. You could also look at a Melvin Gordon here or the offensive line but Shelton’s value as well as his ability to control the run game at the POA make it a no brainer.

1 17  Chargers
Cameron Erving, C, Florida State

For me this is the easiest selection to mock. The Chiefs just lost an excellent young center and have the chance to replace him with an elite/90 prospect in Erving. Of course you could look at wide receiver but again I think there’s value in waiting.

1 18  Chiefs
Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

The Browns shot and missed on Justin Gilbert last year. Thy take another shot on a corner with the best natural movement skills in the class. They can address their wide receiver needs later on or they package their two picks in a trade for a quaterback.

1 19  Browns
Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut

Jones represents exactly what Chip Kelly is looking for. A press cover cornerback who’s a workout warrior, film guru and gym rat.

1 20  Eagles
Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

I have Peat as the best pure left tackle prospect. He’s a work in progress but he has unteachable measurables. The Bengals have a need along their offensive line and have both tackles heading into free agent years.

1 21  Bengals
Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri

With the go-ahead from ownership the Steelers take a gamble on a player who may end up being the best edge player in the draft. After missing on Jarvis Jones the Steelers need an edge rusher. Ray is willing to get in the pile in the run game and has an elite first step.

1 22  Steelers
Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas

Brown is being slept on and could be one of the true steals of the draft. Though he doesn’t do it frequently he has the ability to collapse the pocket and he’s another monster in the run game who can control the line of scrimmage. Alongside Haloti Ngata and Ziggy Ansah the Lions could build a line with not too dissimilar production to the past few years.

1 23  Lions
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

The Cardinals grab the potential offensive rookie of the year. Gordon is an explosive athlete with a violent, nasty, jump cut. In the right system he’ll be a top-fifteen back in the league out of the gate.

1 24  Cardinals
Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

I’ve reported it previously but I believe the Panthers love Ogbuehi who has received the all clear on his knee injury. They may prefer either D.J. Humprhies, or T.J. Clemmings but Carolina has to take the offensive lineman they rate highest.

1 25  Panthers
Landon Collins, S, Alabama

I’m not just making this pick because Collins is an Alabama prospect or because I want one of my favourite players in the draft to fall to one of the best run organisations or my podcast producers team (I promise). The Ravens have a true need at safety with Matt Elam being an unmitigated disaster for large portions of his young career. Kendrick Lewis is slated to play free safety for Baltimore and he’s good enough in coverage to allow Collins to play more linebacker in the box and be as effective as possible.

1 26  Ravens
Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon

Armstead is a talented run defender with massive upside and freakish measurables. The Cowboys have to get better in the interior and secondary. Looking at the board Armstead is the best available. They may even gamble on Randy Gregory.

1 27  Cowboys
D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida

Humprhies has the best movement skills of any offensive lineman in the class. He’s a perfect fit for what Gary Kubiak wants to do and although he’s a project in a zone heavy system he could feature in year one. The Broncos need to ride the running game to save Peyton Manning some reps for later in the year.

1 28  Broncos
Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska

This is where the Gregory gamble is taken. He’s just too talented to drop out of the first round. The Colts whiffed on a previous edge rusher and now have the chance to land the best 3-4 OLB prospect due to his own stupidity.

1 29  Colts
Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA

The Packers have a serious need at inside linebacker as well as at corner. I have Kendricks as a border line first round talent but there’s no hiding his exceptional athletic ability for the position. I worry about his instincts and his ability to diagnose and attack the play but he certainly has the upside to fill what Green Bay is looking for.

1 30  Packers
Jalen Strong, WR, Arizona State

With Strong and Phillip Dorsett still on the board the Saints have their choice of pass catchers to rejuvenate a passing attack that lost Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. In my mind Strong makes the most sense. He’s a bigger bodied player who you can isolate on one side of the formation. He’s also an elite red zone target something the Saints lost in the Graham deal.

1 31  Saints
Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

The Patriots add a giant interior run stopping force. It’s not a Vince Wilfork replacement but Goldman has the size and ability to command double teams. I’m sure the Pats will also look to move out of the pick but with no obvious player there to come up for and the financial implications it may be tough. They could also look at Jake Fisher, a wide receiver or corner.

1 32  Patriots

 

9 thoughts on “Mock Drafts

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  5. The Pats already have 5 Tight Ends, so no need for a Hernandez replacement. I could see them possibly going WR, even in the first But definately Not Funchess. They have been looking for 2 types of wide-outs, 1 is a slot receiver (possible replacement for Danny A but at the very least depth in case of injury/ new concussion rules), the other is a Long man, some one who can go long which they thought they had in either Boyce or Dobson who have both been busts.

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