Way Too Early NFL Mock Draft

Welcome to part one of our NFL Mock Draft article series. This article is a collaboration of 5 dynasty/devy writers for the Fantasy Fanalysts. All of the writers also contribute to the 48 Report. Note that this draft was conducted before the NFL Wildcard games were played, and reflects the standings at the end of the NFL regular season.

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1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

Can’t go wrong with this pick. Bosa is coming to bolster a defense that already was tops in the league in sacks. He also has a slightly better attitude than his counterpart (Ed Oliver) who will undoubtedly go in the top 3.

-Christopher Nelson

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (Trade from SF): Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

The Jaguars shake up the top 5 by ensuring they get their guy. Benching Bortles is all you need to see to know that they are unhappy with their QB. Haskins has a lot of potential to grow with a great defense backing him. The tools are there and the ceiling is tantalizing.

-Josh Padgett

3.  New York Jets:  Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

I Was tempted to go pass rush here, but the Jets need to improve the O-Line and do their best to protect Sam Darnold.  Jonah Williams is the best OT in the draft and is ready to play right away.

-Mike Colaianne

4. Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama  

NFL roster development is based around two concepts: finding a good quarterback and finding players that can attack the quarterback. Williams is an excellent example of the latter and the Raiders need a whole lot of development. Williams adds a powerful presence to an Oakland defensive front that could be the foundation of a rebuild.

-Matt Hicks

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Greedy Williams, CB, Louisiana State  

His name is Greedy, enough said. In all seriousness the Tampa Bay secondary got torched last season. This monster corner will provide immediate help.

-Eric Adams

6. New York Giants: Ed Olver, iDL, Houston

Another can’t miss prospect. I’m Surprised he fell this far. Oliver will help sure up the Giants lack of a pass rush and interior defense.

-Christopher Nelson

7. San Francisco 49ers (Trade from JAX): Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

Mack Wilson’s mom has stated that he may return to school, but a top 10 prospect would do well to make the leap in my mind. The 49ers would love to get there Reuben Foster replacement here, especially after acquiring and extra 2nd round pick (or more) to move back to 7th overall.  That high second round pick would be used on a receiver in a perfect world.

*Editors Note: Mack Wilson is believed to be returning to Alabama, however, he has not yet officially announced his decision for next season. 

-Josh Padgett

8.  Detroit Lions: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

This is the best case scenario for Detroit.  With them strengthening the interior of their line with Damon Harrison, this will allow them to balance their d-line by adding some much needed talent to the outside, especially if Ziggy Ansah leaves during Free Agency.  After a very productive season at Kentucky, the sky’s the limit for Allen in the NFL.

-Mike Colaianne

9. Buffalo Bills: DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Buffalo has done a fantastic job of investing in their defense over the past few drafts. Now it’s time to add some firepower for Josh Allen. With Robert Foster currently headlining the WR corps. it’s time for Buffalo to figure out who their top receiver in the class is.

Metcalf has all the potential to be my favorite; he’s fast, runs great routes, can work with the ball after the catch, and has potential to be the “X” receiver that Josh Allen needs to take him game to the next level.

-Matt Hicks

10. Denver Broncos: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

It seems to be down to Lock or a tackle for the Broncos. Lock does not belong in the top 10. Possible trade back candidate here.

-Eric Adams

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU

Burfict and the rest of Cincy’s LBs haven’t been very good so this pick will work out perfectly. He’ll be one of the first LBs drafted as long as he decides to leave college. The Bengals would be out of their minds to not sure up this part of their defense.

-Christopher Nelson

12. Green Bay Packers: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

The Packers missed the playoffs after faltering in a tough division. The Bears are the new kings of the north, and the Packers would do well to address a defense that simply cannot match the Bears current personnel.

Thompson is a top 5 talent and he fits a need for the Packers here giving them 3 top 50 picks in the past two year in that secondary.

-Josh Padgett

13. Miami Dolphins:  Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

The Miami Dolphins ranked 24th in pass defense and 23rd in run defense this past season.  They need to improve by creating pressure, especially in a division with two young QBs. With 27 sacks in the last 3 seasons, Ferrell has all the tools to be a 3-down player right away and help greatly improve the Miami defense.

-Mike Colaianne

14. Atlanta Falcons: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

What do you give the team that has everything (when healthy)? The guy that makes Austin Hooper irrelevant for fantasy purposes. This is a bit of a reach, but Atlanta has a high powered offense that’s one weapon (and a good offensive coordinator hire) away from being considered a top NFL offense. Fant is extremely athletic and has demonstrated the ability to catch the ball at all three levels.  

-Matt Hicks

15. Washington Redskins (Salt Lake Stallions): Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

With Salt Lake coming over from the newly started AAFL, they’ll need a spark. A true game changer. At the most important position, they need a Lock…Drew Lock 😎

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-Eric Adams

*Editors note: Eric’s suggestion that Washington is so poorly run they by Snyder that they should be replaced by an AAF team that’s never played a game is admirable but I’ve been told Eric actually believe Lock is a good fit for Washington.

16. Carolina Panthers: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

Yes, Carolina needs secondary help, but that can be had in round 2, no need to reach here. Jachai is who you need on the EDGE helping to force the pocket to collapse. Jachai was at the top in forced fumbles this year and is super athletic, good value here.

-Christopher Nelson

17. Cleveland Browns: Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama

Cleveland “settles” for the other Alabama DT and they are perfectly happy with that.  Ogunjobi gets a monster of a man (6’7”, 306 lbs) next to him the trenches. Davis brings a different style than Ogunjobi and should provide a serious boost in the run game.

-Josh Padgett

18. Minnesota Vikings, Tyler Biadasz, iOL, Wisconsin

The biggest need for the Minnesota Vikings is to improve their offensive line.  The Chicago Bears have a great defensive line and the Detroit Lions have improved their interior defensive line by trading for Damon Harrison.

If the Vikings want to keep up, they need to add talent all over the O-Line. Biadasz displays great strength and has the mobility to be a difference maker at the NFL level.

-Mike Colaianne

19. Tennessee Titans, Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

If Tennessee is going to go all-in on Marcus Mariota (which I think they will), they need to give him more than Corey Davis and the occasional outburst from Derrick Henry.

Kelvin Harmon over N’Keal Harry may surprise you, but I believe Harmon has the finish and well-rounded skill set to make an immediate impact in the NFL. Harmon’s handwork, athleticism, and route running will provide the Titans with a potential “X” receiver that will also draw coverage off Davis.

-Matt Hicks

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Fix the secondary with high draft picks until it works. Simple as that.

-Eric Adams

21. Philadelphia Eagles: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

Between being banged up and not being good, Philly was routinely taken advantage of in the secondary. They ranked top 3 in receptions allowed for RBs-WRs and Top 3 in yards allowed to WRs. Baker should provide some of the help they need.  

Christopher Nelson

22. Indianapolis Colts: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

This is what happens when you let a fan pick for their team. Edge rush and offensive tackle are both still pressing needs for this team, but after watching a parade of Dontrelle Inman, Chester Rogers, Zach Pascal and more, Harry will solve the problem of who will be the WR2 on this team.

His size and ability after the catch add a dynamic weapon that this team hasn’t had for a while.

-Josh Padgett

23. Seattle Seahawks, Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

Seattle would really benefit from adding a quality pass rusher.  Burns shows great quickness and technique, which could lead him to being a very good pass rusher in the NFL.  

Burns can also help in the run game, especially if he fills out his frame a bit more.

-Mike Colaianne

24. Baltimore Ravens: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

The Ravens are redesigning their offense around Lamar Jackson, and Brown may be the final piece needed to support their 2018 first round pick.

Brown is a versatile receiver, capable of lining up on the outside, and having the offense funneled through him as an “X”. What makes Brown even more appealing, however, is that the 6’1” 225 wideout lined up predominantly in the slot at Ole Miss (See: D.K. Metcalf). Brown playing in the slot perfectly blends Jackson’s short field preference with the big play potential the Ravens’ offense desperately needs.

-Matt Hicks

25. Oakland Raiders (from DAL): Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Raiders take their Amari Cooper replacement. Likely not the only WR they take in this Draft and maybe even this round.

-Eric Adams

26. Houston Texans: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin

Deshaun was sacked the most out of any QB this year at 62 times. Dak was the next closest at 56. Houston needs secondary help but protecting the QB is more important here when you can get secondary help in the second round.

-Christopher Nelson

27. Oakland Raiders (from CHI): Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

The Raiders take some size on the edge to replace some guy they traded away before the season started. Everyone (especially Jon Gruden) knows how important it is to have that edge presence and pass rush, so the Raiders take a swing at patching the hole left where the best edge rusher in the league used to be.

-Josh Padgett

28. LA Chargers, Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

With their current DTs heading towards free agency, Christian Wilkins and the Chargers would be a great fit.  Wilkins’ versatility and technique should bowed well between Bosa and Ingram.

-Mike Colaianne

29. New England Patriots: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

Simmons would serve as a perfect replacement to Danny Shelton, who is on the final year of his contract. Simmons (6’3” 300 pounds) can plug the middle of the field and totaled 163 tackles (33 for a loss) as a 3-year starter for the Bulldogs.

The Patriots have other needs (wide receiver, linebacker) but I believe they can find value in later rounds for those positions.

-Matt Hicks

30. Los Angeles Rams: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri

The last piece to this offense is a stud TE. They get it in AOK.

-Eric Adams

31. Kansas City Chiefs: Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami

I’d like to think they are going to go receiver but the secondary is more of a problem. Jaquan is a great choice here seeing as they could get a receiver in the later rounds. He very well could be an eventual replacement for Ron Parker.  

-Christopher Nelson

32. Green Bay Packers: Devin Bush Jr., LB, Michigan

The Packers use the pick that the Saints gift-wrapped for them last year on adding more speed and youth to their defense. A core of Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson, Kenny Clark, Blake Martinez and now Thompson and Bush will develop the ability to compete in a division with some high powered NFC North offenses.

-Josh Padgett

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Matt Hicks

Matt’s writing is focused on dynasty and devy fantasy football. He loves blending his experience writing research in the field of education with fantasy football stats. Matt currently lives in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @TheFF_Educator

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