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NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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Welcome to part two 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 Conference Championship games were played, and reflects the standings prior to that round.

You can see who we sent to your team in our first mock draft here

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

This is the chalkiest pick you’ll see throughout the NFL Draft season, and I don’t love it. Arizona has a lot of holes to fill (especially on the offensive line) and I think they’d be best served trading out of this pick. I did try to trade this pick to some of my fellow writers who might be eager to get Haskins on their team, but the interest wasn’t there. Come April, though, I think it’ll be a different story for NFL GMs.

-Matt Hicks

2. San Francisco 49ers: Ed Oliver, DE, Houston

I feel like this is an easy pick here. San Francisco wasn’t really stopping anyone last year and Oliver is one of those can’t miss prospects. This draft has a lot of talent along the defensive line-and teams won’t wait to take guys off the board.

Oliver is explosive, and will be a terror for quarterbacks in the NFL

-Christopher Nelson

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

This is a fit that I can’t pass up.  There are players on the board that may possess more talent, especially along the defensive line.  The Jets, however, need to protect their franchise quarterback and have a lot of talent on the defensive front already.  The value is still great here and the Jets improve both the running and passing game for Crazy Eyes.

-Josh Padgett

4. Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

The Raiders get their Mack replacement. Williams will be a dominant force on the defensive line for years to come. The Raiders might not settle for adding just one guy to what was a poor pass rush last season, stay tuned.

-Eric Adams

5. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

Ferrell is the first of many Clemson Tigers that’ll go in the first round. This trade up and subsequent pick of a very good edge rusher boosts an already good defense.  

-Christopher Nelson

6. Cincinnati Bengals (via New York Giants): Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Haskins showing the potential of his mechanics and arm stregnth that NFL teams will hope to develop into franchise-changing levels

If there’s one thing we learned about David Gettleman last year it’s that he picks for talent, not fit. That makes taking a quarterback in this draft class at 6th overall an unreasonable pick.

Instead, the Bengals move up and begin their much needed rebuild. They keep Haskins in the state of Ohio and get a franchise quarterback their fanbase can rally around.

-Matt Hicks

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Jacksonville Jaguars): Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

On top of getting an additional pick or two from Jacksonville, Tampa Bay gets a stud pass rusher to help bolster the defense.  Allen has the size and speed to be a huge producer at the NFL level.

-Mike Colaianne

8. Detroit Lions: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida (@jpadgett94)

The Lions need to be able to rush the passer. The back end of their defense is solid and they have some promising young players, but they need to be able to pressure the quarterback if they want to continue improving as a group.  Polite is a polished pass rusher who can contribute right out the gate. I like his speed off the edge and his hands are always working.

-Josh Padgett

9. Buffalo Bills: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State

Harmon is a tantalizing combination of handwork, positioning, speed, and athleticism. 

The Bills need to find josh Allen some serious receiving talent and they get it all in Harmon. He’s built like a truck, speedy and makes contested catches. Great hands and a complete wide out that can make an immediate impact. Allen will love his new WR1.

-Eric Adams

10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

The Broncos need to find their long term solution at the QB position.  With the likes of Paxton Lynch, Chad Kelly and Case Keenum not working out, I believe John Elway’s next try will be Drew Lock.

Lock has the physical tools to be successful in the NFL, but still needs proper development, which he can get while sitting behind Keenum for at least a season.  

-Mike Colaianne

Lock finished at the top of Matt Hicks’ pre-showcase game QB rankings

11. New York Giants (via Cincinnati): Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

It appears likely that Jonah Williams won’t fall past the Jets-a frustrating situation for the Giants, who are in desperate need of help on the offensive line.

To me, that leaves the Giants with one of two options: trade up for Williams or trade back for Ford/another linemen and get picks. I chose the later situation here, and it’s great value for the Giants-who could also justify taking Ford 6th overall.

-Matt Hicks

12. Green Bay Packers: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

Another good part about this draft are the offensive tackles and Green Bay would be silly not to take one here. With top tier guys running out fast, Greg little makes sense here and you know, it’d keep Aaron Rodgers off his back.

-Christopher Nelson

13. Miami Dolphins: Devin White, LB, LSU

This pick gets Kiko Alonso off the field. White paired with Raekwon McMillan gives this team one of the fastest linebacker pairs in the league. Both guys have great speed sideline to sideline and are pluses in coverage. This defense continues to improve in an effort to carry that inconsistent offense.

-Josh Padgett

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14. Atlanta Falcons, Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Atlanta, when healthy, doesn’t have a glaring need. That means they can take the best available/luxury pick. Williams will solidify a secondary that has been marred by injuries. Head coach Dan Quinn will love this guy.

-Eric Adams

15. Salt Lake Stallions*: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

This combination of speed & athleticism is why many consider Metcalf to be the best wideout in this class

This team is in desperate need of some play makers on the outside. Metcalf has all of the tools to be a dominant WR1.  Whoever ends up playing quarterback for this squad will greatly benefit from having Metcalf

-Mike Colaianne

*Editors note: As a running statement from Eric’s suggestion in our first mock draft, Washington is being referred to as the Salt Lake Stallions because the franchise is so poorly run by Snyder is is reasonable to suggest they should be replaced by an AAF team that’s never played a game

16. Carolina Panthers: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

The Panthers have multiple needs to fill in the draft and/or free agency. Interior offensive line seems like a bigger priority, but Thompson has slid ridiculously far and Carolina can also use support in their secondary. The Panthers snag “Derwin James”-esq value here.

-Matt Hicks

17. Cleveland Browns: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

The defense is young and coming together, they have their new coach and quarterback of the future. What could Cleveland possibly need outside of completing their receiving corps? That’s where Butler comes in. You can line him up all over just like Iowa State did and he gives Baker that big bodied receiver on the outside to replace Josh Gordon.

-Christopher Nelson

Chris breaks down Butler in depth in this thread. Make sure to give him a follow for plenty more of this analysis


18. Minnesota Vikings: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin

The Vikings have to improve their offensive line. Their talent at the skill positions rivals the Saints, the Chargers and the dysfunctional Steelers for the best in the league; yet they managed to miss the playoffs.  

Shoring up the offensive line will give those skill studs an opportunity to shine next season. Edwards is a very solid, safe player who can plug right in and start for a team in desperate need of an upgrade.

-Josh Padgett

19.Tennessee Titans: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Murray’s huge arm strength will be attractive to NFL teams, but this level of play making ability with the legs gives him the next-level electricity that Eric describes

It’s time to move on from Mariota. The Texans have Watson, the Colts have Luck and Jacksonville will also be looking for their new QB. Tennesse should try to keep up, move on from Mariota and get an electric playmaker that shakes up the culture for Mike Vrabel’s squad

-Eric Adams

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Even with all of their offensive weapons, Pittsburgh has been held back from reaching their full potential because of their defense.  They are now in position to draft possibly the best cornerback in the draft, who can make a difference right away.

Murphy is explosive, displays great ball skills and shows the ability to be a great cover corner.

-Mike Colaianne

21.Seattle Seahawks: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

Cajuste is a big man (6’5”, 315) and Seattle desperately needs support for their dedication to the rushing game. It’s tempting to give them another weapon for the receiving corps., but it’s not like they’d utilize them anyways. Instead, Cajuste-who is particularly effective as a rush blocker, will be much more valuable to this offense.

-Matt Hicks

22. Baltimore Ravens: N’Keal Harry, WR, ASU

As a Steeler/Arizona Wildcat fan, making this pick hurt and it was gross, but it is the right pick. If the Ravens are going to set Lamar up, they have to get him some help. John Brown is set to be a free agent and Crabtree showed his age this year. I’m surprised he lasted this long.

-Christopher Nelson

23. Houston Texans: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

Baker is physical, quick, and has great anticipation; all displayed here

The Texans corners are geriatric.  I mean, goodness, gracious. Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph seem to have been around since the beginning of time.  The Colts made it abundantly clear that the position desperately needs addressed in the off-season. Baker is a physical corner who can learn the ropes from the veterans while providing a much needed injection of youth.

-Josh Padgett

24. Oakland Raiders (From Chicago Bears): Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, WR, Oklahoma

This is the second mock in a row I’m sending Brown to the Raiders; it’s just unconventional enough to make sense in Gruden’s front office.. Brown will look to be the Cooper replacement the Raiders desperately need.

-Eric Adams

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Philadelphia has been looking for a solid and consistent RB1 for the last few years. Ajayi can’t stay healthy, Smallwood and Clement haven’t showed consistency, Sproles maybe has 1 year left and I don’t think Adams is the long term option.  

Josh Jacobs is an extremely physical runner that shows great elusiveness and is a very natural pass catcher. Jacobs can be the piece that pushes the offense to the next level.

-Mike Colaianne

Like Chris and Mike, a lot of the NFL Draft community is starting to get hype on Jacobs

26. Indianapolis Colts: AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Brown is an impressive receiver: he’s compiled 2 seasons of 1,250+ receiving yards vs SEC defenses in an offense where he split targets with Metcalf, Lodge, and Knox.

Brown runs a slant route that reminds you of OBJ and quickness that rivals any other receiver in this class. Brown, however, has a limited vertical and lacks big play potential in the red zone-which leads me to believe he fits much better as the WR2 in an offense. With Hilton drawing top defenders, Brown could be an impact player quickly in a blossoming Indianapolis offense.

-Matt Hicks

Matt gives a full breakdown of the pros and cons of Brown in this thread. Make sure to follow him for a lot more NFL Draft analysis

27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas Cowboys): Dexter Lawrence, DE, Clemson

As I said with the earlier pick of Clelin Ferrell, these Clemson guys will be littered in the first round and there is no spot better than here. Oakland needs a lot of help in a lot of places and I don’t see how they don’t amp up their defensive line in a strong draft class. A lot of their other needs can be fulfilled in the later rounds.

-Christopher Nelson

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

Mack Wilson essentially completes this defense.  With insane pressure off the edge, a top end safety on the back end, and young play makers at outside linebacker, Wilson steps in the as the Mic.

The talent is immense and the opportunity to play in such a strong defense will help him to blossom in the role.

-Josh Padgett

29. New England Patriots: TJ Hockensen, TE, Iowa

Fant would be a fancy, flashy pick but Hockensen is the more well rounded tight end. He’ll step right in if Gronk does decide to retire.

-Eric Adams

30. Los Angeles Rams: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Fant’s rare combination of strength and athleticism at the TE position makes him one of the more fun prospects in this year’s draft

Although I like both Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett, Noah Fant can become the elite TE option that completes this offense.  Fant is a great athlete, has reliable hands and is a major threat after the catch.

-Mike Colaianne

31.Kansas City Chiefs: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

It’s fun to mock draft a running back to Kansas City, but with the depth of the position in this class it makes little sense to take one here. Instead, I’ll give them Adderley-a lesser known safety out of FCS Delaware who will be a household name by draft night-to play opposite of Berry and support a porous secondary.

-Matt Hicks

32. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans Saints): Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

Green Bay is at the bottom half of the league when it comes to pressure on the quarterback. Sweat is the guy to change that. Big time steal here because I doubt he waits this long to hear his name called.  

-Christopher Nelson

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