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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (via New York Giants): Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
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.
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.
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.
9. Buffalo Bills: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15. Salt Lake Stallions*: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
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
*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.
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.
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.
19.Tennessee Titans: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
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
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.
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.
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.
23. Houston Texans: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
30. Los Angeles Rams: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
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.
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.
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.