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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 😎
*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.
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.
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.
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.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Fix the secondary with high draft picks until it works. Simple as that.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
30. Los Angeles Rams: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
The last piece to this offense is a stud TE. They get it in AOK.
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.
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.