With no professional sports for three consecutive weeks, the National Football League has not slowed down its offseason process. Through these times, teams have managed to take technology to their advantage and contact all players to negotiate contracts or conduct pre-draft interviews. Commissioner, Roger Goodell informed the public that the NFL Draft will go on as scheduled, on dates April 23 through April 25. The draft will continue digitally, compared to previous years, where players hear their name selected, and can walk up on the big stage.
Since our last Mock Draft, (which you can check out here), a lot has happened. Not only did free agency pass, but there were multiple trades that occured, some of which were completely unexpected. Tom Brady is a Buccaneer, De’Andre Hopkins is in Arizona, and the Rams decided to part ways with their franchise running back, Todd Gurley, who signed with Atlanta.
As 42Fifty writers, we decided to take the time to conduct another mock, to display the most logical destinations for these college prospects after the many acquisitions over the last two months.
1. Cincinnati Bengals
Ryan/Michael: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
An absolute no brainer here, while the Bengals may have a lot of positional “needs”, it is time to move on from Andy Dalton and take the National Champion, and Heisman trophy winner.
2. Washington Redskins
Ryan/Michael: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Another easy pick as the Redskins pick up maybe the top player in the draft at number two. Young was a heisman finalist and terrorized offensive lines throughout the Big Ten. Ohio State has produced many great pass rushers and right here is another one.
3. Detroit Lions
Ryan/Michael: Jeffery Okudah, CB, Ohio State
It was logical for the Lions to draft Okudah before they traded away All-Pro corner Darius Slay, but now it would be appalling for Detroit not to use their pick on the Ohio State cornerback. Okudah is a high energy player, both on the field and in the locker room, where he can become a leader on a team that is lacking a true defensive captain. He will fit well in the Lions secondary, with newly signed Desmond Trufant on the opposite side.
4. New York Giants
Ryan: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
The Giants actually can’t go wrong here, whether it is in an offensive lineman, or a defensive player, but Simmons is a must draft for New York. Isaiah Simmons in my opinion, has the most potential as a defensive player, out of the entire draft class. No, I didn’t say he is more talented than Chase Young, but Simmons is more likely to make a name for himself in the league. The 6’4 prospect can play many positions, including inside or outside linebacker, or safety, and has proved it by playing those on the national stage, at Clemson. I respectfully disagree with Michael on this pick, because the Giants line is good enough for now, with the signing of Cameron Fleming, and Simmons will inversely pair well as another linebacker to newly signed Brian Martinez, who can tackle extremely well, but is a liability in pass coverage.
Michael: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
This is a tough decision for the Giants at number four. They could go with the swiss army knife in Isaiah Simmons or a franchise offensive tackle in Jedrick Wills. The best thing for the Giants to do is protect their young quarterback. That is why I have them picking the Alabama OT that should improve this offensive line and give more time for QB Daniel Jones to make good decisions. This pick should help give this young Giants offense more potential, and in due time, they could be a great offense.
5. Miami Dolphins
Ryan/Michael: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The “Tank for Tua” train looked like it made the wrong stop at pick five. However, now that Joe Burrow has entered the picture the Dolphins will still be able to land their franchise quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa. He has some injury concerns but his talent is too good to pass up on and he has the potential to be better than Joe Burrow if he stays healthy.
6. Los Angeles Chargers
Ryan/Michael: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Before, the pick for the Chargers was to go offensive line, but with the loss of Rivers and a “win-now” defense, it would make sense to take their next franchise quarterback. Tyrod Taylor could still end up starting, but the 6’6 Oregon quarterback brings a strong arm, and mobility will pair well with Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry.
7. Carolina Panthers
Ryan: Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn
Brown is undoubtedly a strong power rusher, with quick ability and great timing. An unlikely retirement from Luke Kuechly could have the Panthers take or trade down for a linebacker, but they still have many defensive needs, including defensive line. Brown to Carolina makes more sense considering the Panthers also lost Gerald McCoy and Donatari Poe in free agency.
Michael: Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
One of the top defensive players in the draft falls into the hands of Carolina. They made a ton of changes this offseason with a new head coach, offensive coordinator, and quarterback. The offense is looking good but they could use some help on defense after an early retirement form LB Luke Kuechly. The Panthers get Simmons who can bring versatility to their defense as he can play linebacker or safety.
8. Arizona Cardinals
Ryan/Michael: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
With the whole Deandre Hopkins trade, the Cardinals are no longer in the market for receiver at number eight. Now they can work on protecting QB Kyler Murray as they pick the athletic Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs. Wirfs excelled at the NFL Combine as he finished first in the 40 yards dash, vertical jump, and broad jump. He should be an important piece on an already great offense.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars
Ryan: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
It would be a disgrace for the Jaguars to not take a corner in the first round, considering they have pick twenty as well. After trading both Jalen Ramsey and AJ Boyue, cornerback is an absolute need. I believe that the Falcons could take Henderson at sixteen, so logically the Jaguars should take the next best corner in the draft. Henderson brings strong man-to-man coverage ability and superb speed, bringing more value to this pick than taking a defensive lineman or linebacker.
Michael: Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn
The Jaguars have many needs on the defense. After trading Calais Cambell to the Ravens, Jacksonville gets his replacement in Derrick Brown. His explosiveness and power make him a top defensive prospect in a draft that includes Chase Young and Isaiah Simmons. Brown would be a day one starter for Jacksonville and maybe restore one of its nicknames in Sacksonville.
10. Cleveland Browns
Ryan/Michael: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
While a lot of people expected the Browns to be a contender last season, they still had lots of offensive line issues to begin with, and proved it by giving up 41 sacks. Cleveland seemed to have turned it around in every other position, except their pass coverage, but their pass protection is a bigger need. By drafting Thomas, the Browns will have a much stronger offensive line to protect Baker Mayfield, especially after adding Jack Conklin. The Georgia tackle brings experience, and true strength, which gives Mayfield less pressure and more time to deliver to star receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.
11. New York Jets
Ryan/Michael: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The Jets have an interesting dilemma at pick 11. They could go with a top receiver in Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb, but they also need help on the offensive line. This is an extremely deep receiver class so they can worry about receivers later but they need someone to protect QB Sam Darnold. Louisville OT Mekhi Becton should fill that need and should be a huge player on that offensive line. Literally, I mean HUGE! Becton stands at six foot and seven inches and weighs around 369 pounds! His power at the point of attack should help Darnold stay upright in the pocket.
12. Las Vegas Raiders
Ryan: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
CeeDee is the most explosive wide receiver in the entire draft, and can do it all. The Raiders have lacked a true offensive weapon since trading Amari Cooper. Lamb will develop nicely under Jon Gruden, and will be a great threat alongside tight end, Darren Waller. Compared to Jeudy at this pick, I believe CeeDee Lamb is more of an all-around receiver, who the Raiders truly need.
Michael: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Jeudy falls into the hands of the Raiders and he should be an impact player immediately. He is the best route runner by far in this draft class and should be a true number one receiver for Las Vegas right away. He will pair up with former teammate at Alabama, RB Josh Jacobs, and they should be fun to watch next season.
13. San Francisco 49ers (via IND)
Ryan: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The 49ers made it to the Super Bowl last season, and truly didn’t lose much besides Deforest Buckner (to get this pick), and Emmanuel Sanders. They could end up drafting a defensive lineman to fill in for Buckner, but taking a receiver would be more useful for San Francisco. Jeudy is the best route runner in the draft, which is why he would fit more into the 49ers scheme, especially since they have George Kittle and Deebo Samuel as threats down the field.
Michael: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The 49ers lost WR Emmaneul Sanders in free agency and they traded away DL Deforest Buckner to the Colts to get this pick. With this pick they address their need at receiver with Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb. He has exceptional ball skills and body control which should be just what the 49ers need to try and repeat their success of last year.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ryan: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Tampa Bay just landed one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, no I didn’t say THE greatest, but that is another discussion. They need protection for Brady, who at 42, isn’t the same mobile player he was on the Patriots. Wills can step in right away, leading the Buccaneers offensive line, which didn’t protect Jameis Winston all that well last season.
Michael: Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina
Tampa Bay has a huge need for an offensive tackle so they might trade up to get one of the “Big 4” tackles but with this pick they get the explosive IDL Kinlaw. His power and burst should be a great addition to this D-line with Vita Vea and Ndamukong Suh.
15. Denver Broncos
Ryan/Michael: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Denver still has a goal to draft a speed wide receiver, which they could get later in the draft considering that this is one of the deepest receiver classes of all time. But, if Ruggs is available, he would be the guy to take. An extremely poised, fast route runner, the Alabama receiver will fit well alongside Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant. He will just be another deep threat the Broncos need for Drew Lock to throw dimes to.
16. Atlanta Falcons
Ryan: Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina
The Falcons have been mediocre since their Super Bowl loss, and really need to weigh in on what position they need. They took a step in the right direction by signing Dante Fowler Jr, but they still lost Adrian Claybourn and Vic Beasley. I agree with Michael that Atlanta could take a corner, but if Henderson is off the board, the Falcons should pick Kinlaw. The South Carolina defensive lineman brings pure strength and quickness to pressure opposing quarterbacks. Kinlaw could be the addition that makes the Falcons interior defense above-average.
Michael: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
The Falcons have a huge hole at corner after releasing CB Desmond Trufant this offseason and Henderson should fill that hole right away. He was a stud at the NFL combine as he ran a 4.39 second forty yard dash (tied for third fastest among DBs) and was one of the best in the on field drills. He is great in man coverage, and in a weak DB room in Atlanta, he should be a day one starter for the Falcons.
17. Dallas Cowboys
Ryan: K’Lavon Chaisson, DE, LSU
The Cowboys have a lot more talent on defense than one would expect. On the rush, Demarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, Dontari Poe, and Gerald McCoy make up a strong defense. Dallas could go corner, or even safety, but once again I feel as if Fulton might be a reach. It would make sense, but drafting a younger edge rusher in Chaisson has the potential to develop into a star alongside Lawrence.
Michael: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Dallas lost CB Byron Jones to free agency which leaves a pretty big hole in that secondary and they did sign Edge Rusher Aldon Smith so I have Dallas going corner. Fulton should fit right in for Dallas and should be a day one starter. His man coverage skills and quickness should help him make an impact right away for the Cowboys.
18. Miami Dolphins (via PIT)
Ryan: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Miami got their offensive player in Tua, and now it is time to work on their defense. The Dolphins took big steps in free agency, signing Ereck Flowers, Jordan Howard, Emmanuel Ogbah, Kyle Van Noy, and Byron Jones. Though they may have overpaid, they still are very close to contending in their division-just with a lacking secondary. After trading Minkah Flitzpatrick last season, the Dolphins need a safety, where McKinney can step in right away. The Alabama prospect is intelligent at his position and has experience playing for a top tier team.
Michael: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
The Dolphins have many needs and some of which they addressed this offseason. Safety is one of them but they can address that later. What they need right now is an explosive and high potential edge rusher. Chassion is still developing as a pass rusher but is effective in speed rushes and run defense. With his versatility, he should become a dominant defender at the next level.
19. Las Vegas Raiders (via CHI)
Ryan: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The Raiders still have a lot to improve on defensively, and at this point I believe they should take one of the best tacklers in the draft, in Murray. The Oklahoma linebacker provides pure athleticism and explosiveness, and could eventually develop into a defensive captain for Las Vegas.
Michael: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
The Raiders addressed their need for linebackers in free agency signing Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski. A corner would be nice for Las Vegas after they traded Gareon Conley last season to the Texans. Gladney has quick feet and is great in man coverage. He should be a great piece to this young Raiders secondary.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars
Ryan: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
After slightly filling the hole at secondary, the Jaguars still need help on the pass rush. Jacksonville lost Calais Campbell, Preston Brown, and Marcell Dareus, paving the way for another interior defensive player to step in. Queen is smart on the field, quick off of the edge, and can drop into coverage well. He will pair nicely with other young star, Josh Allen to get the Jaguars on the right side of the rebuild.
Michael: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
After filling the hole on the defensive line, the Jaguars look to fix their secondary. McKinney is a player who can do it all. His versatility makes him a useful tool all around the defense. The Jags still have a hole at corner but McKinney’s versatility is too good to pass up on for Jacksonville.
21. Philadelphia Eagles
Ryan/Michael: Justin Jefferson,WR, LSU
This pick just makes sense for the Eagles. Last season they struggled having good receivers for QB Carson Wentz to throw to. Jefferson should be able to play right away for this Eagle’s offense. Jefferson was a key part of the LSU offense during their national championship run as he racked up over 1,500 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. His hands and ball skills should give the Eagles an instant playmaker for that offense.
22. Minnesota Vikings (via BUF)
Ryan: Kriston Fulton, CB, LSU
The Vikings severely lack in their secondary, especially after releasing Xavier Rhoades. At pick twenty-two, they should take the best of the position they need the most, by selecting Fulton. The LSU corner spent time guarding some of the best receivers in college football, and performed well. Fulton is a speedy, lockdown corner that the Vikings could use. I agree with Michael that Mims is the right guy for Minnesota to take eventually, just later on at pick twenty-five. The Vikings need to take the best corner on the board, while there is a deeper wide-receiver class if Mims is taken earlier.
Michael: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
After trading WR Stefon Diggs to Buffalo to get this pick, the Vikings get their replacement right here. Mims made a name for himself at this year’s NFL combine. He placed in the top five in the 40 yard dash, broad jump, and three cone drill. His ball skills and catch radius should make him a great receiver for the Vikings.
23. New England Patriots
Ryan: De’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
After losing the greatest player to ever put on a Patriots jersey, New England could totally go out and draft Jordan Love, as a development piece. Though, with a down roster from last year, I think they may stick to Jared Stidham, and either let him prove himself— in which I think he is an underrated player— or tank. We have seen Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo blossom into starting quarterbacks under Brady, so Stidham could potentially do the same. I think the Patriots will be still looking for offense, taking Swift to keep their offense above average. They do have Sony Michel, but with him always battling injuries, and Brady now gone, the Patriots could actually run a system of having one starting running back. Swift can be that guy to break out for big plays, and be explosive off of the run.
Michael: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
The Patriots obviously lost Tom Brady but they have only signed QB Brian Hoyer to replace him. With only Hoyer and young QB Jared Stidham on roster for New England, they need to get a player who has the ability to compete for the starting job right away. Jordan Love is more of a developmental player but under head coach Bill Belichick he should be able to progress into a starter. His arm strength and other physical gifts make him a player with great potential and fill a huge need for the Patriots.
24. New Orleans Saints
Ryan: Raekwon Davis, LB, Alabama
The Saints surely need a linebacker, and after signing Emmanuel Sanders and improving their secondary, they should not take a receiver, or defensive back. Davis fits New Orleans’ defense, being a strong tackler with extreme power and length. He should contribute right away to the Saints defensive front.
Michael: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
New Orleans fixed their receiver problem with the signing of Emmaneul Sanders. Luckily the Saints get a player who doesn’t have to move too far. Queen was a big piece of the LSU Tigers defense which helped them win a national championship. His flexibility and decision making should make him a day one starter for the Saints defense.
25. Minnesota Vikings
Ryan: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
After trading Stefon Diggs this offseason, the Vikings are in need of a second wide receiver. Mims easily fits Minnesota’s playstyle, and has a similar, aggressive playstyle to Diggs. By taking the Baylor receiver, this will keep Minnesota’s offensive dynamic.
Michael: Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
The Vikings are really high on this guy and have a huge need for a corner. Arnette is not really a name a lot of people have heard of, but his man and press coverage could make him a corner with great potential. He will be a great fit for the Vikings and fill a huge hole on their defense.
26. Miami Dolphins (via HOU)
Ryan: Yetur Gross-Metos, DE, Penn State
Without a doubt, Gross-Metos is the most underrated defensive prospect in the draft. As a high caliber pass-rusher, the Dolphins still could use another defensive end alongside Emmanuel Ogbah. Gross-Metos is a very locked in player, and he proved it in college. The Penn State rusher can do it all, and Miami would be getting a steal by taking an under the radar gem.
Michael: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
They traded away Minkah Fitzpatrick last year to the Steelers so the Dolphins are looking for a replacement. They look to the physical safety in Grant Delpit. In his time at LSU he has claimed many accolades including the Jim Thorpe award for best defensive back. Delpit could fill up their hole at secondary and team up with CB Byron Jones and CB Xavien Howard.
27. Seattle Seahawks
Ryan: Josh Jones, OT, Houston
The Seahawks have dealt with offensive line issues for a few years now, and it would be wise for the organization to use their first round pick on one of the best available. Jones has great strength, but not the best size, but his athletic strides make up for it. Russell Wilson, who is known as the best scrambling quarterback in the league, should not have to avoid sacks too often with an improved front line.
Michael: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
With the uncertainty of Jadeveon Clowney, if he is resigning with the Seahawks or signing with another team, Seattle looks to move on and find a younger edge rusher in Gross-Matos. He is a player with high potential coming out of Penn State as he racked up nine and a half sacks his junior year. His length and explosiveness should give him the tools to produce in the NFL.
28. Baltimore Ravens
Ryan: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
Another receiver off the board, but Shenault Jr. may be the biggest risk to take. The versatile Colorado receiver battled injuries in his past, and can be questionable, but he can just about do it all. Baltimore could use another deep threat receiver, and considering Lamar Jackson won MVP with two out of his three receivers being rookie, it would not hurt to add a dynamic Shenault Jr. to the mix.
Michael: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
After losing Josh Bynes, Pernell McPhee, and Patrick Onwuasor in free agency, the Ravens have a big hole in the linebacker position. Murray should fill that hole and play right away. Murray has incredible range and physicality that could help this Ravens defense. With the addition of Calais Cambell as well, this defense will be a top defense again next season.
29. Tennessee Titans
Ryan: Terrell Lewis, DE, Alabama
After carelessly trading away All-Pro Jurrell Casey, the Titans organization has to look for an edge rusher early on. After overpaying a one-year wonder in Ryan Tannehill, and Derrick Henry fresh off a franchise tag looking for an extension, Tennessee should draft carefully to develop young talent if they want to remain a AFC South threat. Lewis gives a great pass rush counter off of the blitz, and could fit in right away with the Titans.
Michael: Ross Blacklock, IDL, TCU
The Titans are looking to upgrade this front seven after losing Jurrell Casey and Cameron Wake. Blacklock can come in and help this defensive line in many ways. He brings power and lateral quickness to the defensive line position. His disruptive presence could help the Titans remain a top team in their division.
30. Green Bay Packers
Ryan: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Green Bay has lacked another solid receiver to pair alongside Devante Adams since losing Randall Cobb. Considering the Packers fell short of a super bowl run yet again, it would be wise to target more threats for Aaron Rodgers. The Clemson standout receiver can run routes exquisitely, and can catch the deep ball, which everyone is well aware Rodgers can throw to perfection.
Michael: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Back to back picks from TCU and the Packers are getting a position of need. Green Bay’s best receiver is Davante Adams which is good, but there is a significant drop off after him. Reagor should be able to come in and pair up with Adams. Reagor’s speed and versatility should replace what they had in Randall Cobb and give Rodgers a deep threat on all those hail marys he throws.
31. San Francisco 49ers
Ryan: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
It is very easy to agree that the 49ers could use another corner. After a Super Bowl defeat, it was obvious that San Francisco lacked a speed-coverage corner after being unable to cover Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. Diggs can come in as that quick cover man, while the team still has Richard Sherman, Jimmy Ward, and newly signed Jason Varrett for zone coverage.
Michael: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
The 49ers could use another corner to pair up with the veteran Richard Sherman. Terrell could be that guy with his excellent man coverage skills. He should be a starting corner for the 49ers and will hope to develop as he had in his three seasons at Clemson. With this pick the 49ers are hoping to repeat their success of last year but hopefully win the big game.
32. Kansas City Chiefs
Ryan: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Before, I believed that the Chiefs should consider taking a running-back in the first round, but with a slept on Damien Williams, and a deep class, Kansas City should focus on their pass-coverage. After losing Kendall Fuller, Grant Delpit is a wide ranging defensive player who could undoubtedly play deep coverage or man to man, proving it in LSU’s championship run.
Michael: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
The Chiefs won the Super Bowl last season but they are not perfect: they have a hole at the corner position and Diggs should look to fill that hole. Diggs excelled in zone coverage at Alabama and will fit right in with the Chiefs defense. The Chiefs are looking to improve their defense with this pick in hopes of back to back Super Bowl Championships.