The NFL Draft is soon and I have spent my life reading mock drafts. Usually because the Lions were out of contention by the bye week and I wanted to see what there was to look forward to.
Well here is my first shot at what is going to happen this week. I went the full first round for everybody and then continued for just the Lions.
1- Arizona Cardinals –
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
People say it’s a lock. I don’t get the insane push for the guy but hey, I’m not the one making the decision. He’s a fantastic player but he wouldn’t have been a Top 3 QB taken last year.
2- San Francisco 49ers
Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
This pick is crazy because Bosa seems like the least talked about Top 3 pick ever. He’s just been such a lock as the “first non-QB taken” since the beginning of the season that people don’t need to hype him up or knock him down. He’s just there. Take him.
3- New York Jets
Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
I would love to make some sort of scenario where he falls to the Lions. The Ringer had a mock where he did. He would be amazing. But he is so amazing. And that’s why even the Jets can’t fuck this up. Run to the podium.
4- Oakland Raiders
Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Al Davis is gone but Mark Davis is still there so when they have a chance to take an athletic freak with an insane 40 time, they are going to do it. Also, a pass rusher is a major need so it works, even if it is a bit of a stretch.
5- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Devin White, LB, LSU
The only difference between White and Devin Bush, is a last name and an inch of height. But the Bucs need a linebacker and White is the consensus best option (maybe not consensus because Bush is the man) so I send him to Tampa.
6- New York Giants
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
I actually wrote this in before I even put in the Tampa pick before them. It’s the move they should make. It’s the player they need and with the added 1st rounder, it makes even more sense. Just do it. Sit him behind Eli for a year or two and get it going.
7- Jacksonville Jaguars
Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Lions fans would get very excited for him to get this close but he’s too good of a player to slide this far. Jaguars pounce.
8- Detroit Lions
TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa
“Some men just want to watch the world burn.” But actually this is a great pick for the Lions. He’s not a reach, if the Lions didn’t take him, he’d be gone by #10. He may even go to the Jags. He is the best blocking tight end in the draft and I’ve read he may have the best hands of any player of any position. He tested well and he would be a PERFECT security blanket/weapon for Stafford to bounce back next season.
If you are worried about taking a tight end in the Top 10 because of Ebron, you are stupid. This has no connection to that. If the Lions had used that same logic, they never would have taken Calvin Johnson.
9- Buffalo Bills
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
There is probably some textbook on blogging that tells you not to call your readers idiots but let’s move on, shall we? Oliver was a no brainer Top 3 pick from his freshman season until the start of this past year. He got hurt and people started questioning. He’s still damn good and the Bills will take him.
10- Denver Broncos
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
There’s a lot of thought that John Elway is on the hot seat so a QB with this pick, with Joe Flacco on the team, as a non-starter because it doesn’t help him win right now and secure his job but this is what is best for the team going forward. It may also allow him to argue to keep the job, showing he has a long term plan with his defensive minded head coach, Vic Fangio, taking over.
11- Cincinnati Bengals
Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The Bengals have an offensive guru taking over and need help everywhere so it makes sense to spend their first pick on defensive talent and the best player available is the speedster for Michigan. Bush is a man. He will be a star right away if he stays healthy and will be a big boost fro the Bengals.
12- Green Bay Packers
Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
This could also be Jonah Williams but I’ve been hearing Taylor is the hot new name to be the first lineman taken. They need to protect Aaron Rodgers, no question about it. Save him and you always have a chance. Invest on the line.
13- Miami Dolphins
Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
They really should try to trade out of here but if they don’t get the lineman. They most likely will be really bad a picking high next year. Take the QB then but first get some support.
14- Atlanta Falcons
Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
A bit of a slide for the former #1 overall prospect but his athleticism and size is just too good for him to drop too much. I personally am in the camp that the scheme muted his production and a different role will pay off on the scoresheet but the facts are the facts, he didn’t put up the numbers. If I’m right, the Falcons get a steal at #14.
15- Washington Redskins
DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
I think the Redskins should trade for Josh Rosen and should be able to keep this pick in the process since it doesn’t seem like his stock is sky rocketing. Add in them getting Derrius Guice back from injury and all they need is a young WR to complete the trio. Could go Hollywood Brown but I think Metcalf is the first to go.
16- Carolina Panthers
Brian Burns, EDGE. Florida State
They need an offensive lineman but the top 2 are already gone and when in doubt, go for the freak athlete speed rusher. Odds are, it’ll work out.
17- New York Giants
Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
They take a QB early, they have Saquon Barkley and a hole at wide receiver. If Brown hadn’t gotten hurt, he’d be a lock for the top receiver taken. He is small but incrediblyfast AND quick. Being related to Antonio Brown ain’t bad either.
18- Minnesota Vikings
Andre Dillard, OL, Washignton State
I don’t know anything about him but they need lineman and he is one. I hope he sucks. The Vikings suck.
19- Tennessee Titans
Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Marcus Mariota needs weapons. And if he isn’t the answer, then Ryan Tannehill needs weapons. Somebody needs weapons. Fant is a weapon.
20- Pittsburgh Steelers
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Steelers’ biggest need is in the secondary and SOMEHOW they get the pick of the litter at #20. They can take whoever they want. The uber corner in Williams or the hard hitting DeAndre Baker? Or maybe the all around guy in Byron Murphy? People knock Williams for his tackling but let’s be real, in today’s NFL, you need to be able to cover. Greedy does that well.
21- Seattle Seahawks
Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
The Seahawks could go a LOT of ways. They have needs on defense and will have even more when some of their young stars would need to be paid soon. They don’t have money to keep them all because they gave Russell Wilson so much. SO they should invest in him more. Take the offensive lineman.
22- Baltimore Ravens
Clelin Ferrell, DL, Clemson
This is just an instance of a guy sliding further than he should and you just have to snatch the talent when presented.
23- Houston Texans
Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College
There’s nothing to breakdown. It’s some offensive lineman. Not glamorous but important. Protect the QB.
24- Oakland Raiders
Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
This is a chance for the Raiders to completely revamp the defense. Sweat early in the first and Murphy with the second pick. He’s a very versatile and valuable piece that can do it all.
25- Philadelphia Eagles
Garrett Bradbury, OT, NC State
If everyone stays healthy the Eagles are as talented as anybody. But they need help up front to keep those people healthy (cough) Carson Wentz (cough).
26- Indianapolis Colts
DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Colts killed the draft last year with Darius Leonard and Quintin Nelson and Baker can be another solid rock piece that has a high floor to at the very least be a solid player.
27- Oakland Raiders
Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Running backs are losing value, unless they are a true game changer, but teams can stretch for a very good running back when you have three first rounders. Jacobs can help transition from the eventual loss of Beast Mode.
28- Los Angeles Chargers
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
They need a defensive lineman. He’s the best left. Don’t be dumb.
29- Kansas City Chiefs
Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
The Chiefs need a corner but the Top 3 go before them so the reach for a second rounder here. But he has a DOPE Christian rapper name.
30- Green Bay Packers
Irv Smith Jr, TE, Alabama
The Jimmy Graham experiment isn’t really working and Rodgers likes his tight ends. Smith can block and he can catch. He will catch a Hail Mary against the Lions.
31- Los Angeles Rams
Jeffrey Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
He has some off the field issues but they have an on-field issue with Suh moving on. He can eat the space and blockers to help their best player be even better.
32 -New England Patriots
N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
The Pats could go anywhere here. Just get a good player. They need an offensive weapon wit their recent losses and Harry is one of my favorite players in the draft. He’s like Alshon Jeffrey. He is big, catches everything but isn’t that fast. He’ll look covered but catch like he’s wide open.
Detroit Lions Remaining Picks
Round 2, 43rd Pick –
David Long, CB, Michigan
Teez Tabor has not worked out. Been almost as bad as it could go. Long is starting to climb draft boards which is strange he had to do it in the first place. He was a TRUE lockdown corner in college in a man coverage scheme. Nobody caught anything on him. But he also didn’t have a bunch of picks so people don’t like him. His size is good enough and he crushed the workouts. He could start Day 1.
My heart would also like Chase Winovich here and then CMU’s Sean Bunting in the third.
Round 3, 88th Pick –
Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
Theo Riddick is the most expensive running back on the roster. In fact, he makes more than the other three backs combined. They may be looking for his replacement at a much cheaper price. Henderson is undersized but a good receiver and a monster home run threat. HE AVERAGED 8.9 YARDS PER CARRY. Think about that. Kerryon is the clear number one but Henderson is a good change of pace and would compliment Anderson and Zenner, if Kerryon gets hurt again.
Round 4, 111th Pick –
Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke
This guy is the anti-Jarrad Davis. Not that he is bad or Davis is bad, just that he is athletic enough but tackles everything. More of a true classic MLB. A Patricia type linebacker. Would compliment Davis well.
Round 5, 146th Pick –
Joe Jackson, EDGE, Miami (FL)
Gonna be honest. DOn’t know anything about this guy but he seemed athletic, he’s from the U and the Lions need some EDGE help. This guy sounds good.
Round 6, 184th Pick –
David Sills V, WR, West Virginia
He’s a big dude that can run the slot. He can take over when Amendola is done and fill in when he certainly gets hurt. A big red zone target.
Round 6, 204th Pick –
Isaiah Prince, OL, Ohio State
He was a big time recruit coming out of high school, started a lot of games for Ohio State. Good enough. Sign him up.
Round 7, 224th Pick –
Ryan Finley, QB, NC State
Todd McShay listed him as the best QB at reading defenses in the entire draft. In the 7th round, that’s good enough for me. Plus, there’s no reason to take a QB before the 6th round. Stafford isn’t going anywhere.
Round 7, 229th Pick –
Xavier Crawford, CB, Central Michigan
Didn’t get Bunting earlier, get his partner in crime here. He will make the team wherever he gets drafted.