So last time I did no trades. This time the world is about to be shaken upside down. Now hear me out! I’m not planning to try and predict all the possible outcomes and later values of the trades. I’m letting my Corona mind wander and you’ll out all the stops to make an explosive, yet slightly possible mock draft. Buckle up Rush Nation, it’s about to get hella bumpy.
What else is there left to say about Burrow? He is normally the 1.01 in most mocks and the trend continues here. Whilst the Dolphins offered Cincinnati a boatload to move up to get Tua, it wasn’t enough. The Bengals lock in the enigmatic new leader of the offence and don’t look back. With AJ Green getting the franchise tag and hopefully healthy Burrow can start hot.
Haskins is done. The front office has seen enough and has decided that Tua is the leader they want. Allen has been brought in to back up Tua. The Crimson tide general has proven himself fit over a secret but not illegal work out tape that the Redskins just happened to get hold of. Tua is the leader of men the Skins need at this time and has decided that his mobility offers them something that they haven’t had since RG3.
My, my, my. What a dilemma! Suddenly the team that was expected to trade with the Dolphins or Chargers is picking at three. What a choice to have. With Darius Slay Jr leaving they were all but locked in to draft Jeff Okudah. However, can you pass up on the best player in the draft and generational Pass Rusher? Nope, there are still good corners available later on and Chase Young is a machine. Unless there is a trade that is too tasty to take, then Young is the guy.
Trade with Giants
With Tua gone in the Skins shock drafting of him, the Fins had no chance to risk Herbert falling to 5. The Chargers were also in the mix here but the Dolphins had too much ammo in the fight. Justin Herbert proved he has the athleticism at the Senior Bowl and Combine. We have seen he has the arm in the NCAA. We’ve heard all about his level-headedness from interviews. With Miami having all the picks they could afford to get their guy(ish). Giving up the No.5 pick, an early second and a third next year. Herbert will make the Hardrock rock.
Trade with Dolphins
Sliding back one spot and adding more talent, later on, isn’t something you might normally consider Dave Gettleman doing. Today however he had his level head-on and drafted a monster to fill a need at Left Tackle. He can be a perennial talent at the coveted position on the Offensive Line. Franchise talent along the line, he can help to keep Danny Dimes standing upright. Dave does like an athletic player and Thomas is just that. Any of the top four linemen could be drafted here but Thomas made Dave smile the most.
Well, this wasn’t anticipated for the Spanos family and head coach Anthony Lynn. Here they were expected to draft their next franchise QB, Herbert. Now, however, they have to roll with Tyrod. Trading Russell Okung opened up a hole in the offensive line that Mekhi Becton can easily fill. He is truly enormous and had one hell of a Combine. Running a 40-yard, 5.1 stamped home Becton as one of the stars of this O-Line class. Oh, did you know he has a wingspan of seven feet? Yeah, incredible. He should help Tyrod stay upright alright. Plays well in both pass and run protection.
In all seriousness, Okudah probably won’t fall this far. He should be by all rights a Detroit Lion but he isn’t. He is on his way to Carolina. James Bradberry has departed for Free Agency leaving a need and the Panthers fill this need with the best Corner in the draft. Okudah has the ability to become one of the great Cornerbacks of our generation and flashed brilliance in his time with the Buckeyes. He can be a year in, year out Pro Bowler and has the size, speed and explosives that make General Managers dribble.
Keeping Kyler Murray upright is what is seriously needed in Arizona. Kliff Kingsbury cannot play his air-raid style of Football if Murray is face down in the turf. With Nuke now in town the Cardinals have all the weapons to be able to go ham. They just need to improve the offensive line and adding the monster Wirfs fills a need nicely to start with. Tristan Wirfs is hugely athletic and is outstandingly tough which will bolster the chances of Murray letting fly more regularly. Wirfs was instrumental in keeping Drew Lock upright in his tenure at Iowa so he is proven at doing his job.
With the Jags signing Rodney Gunter they didn’t exactly blow open the course strings and extra help on the Defensive Line is needed. The Gamecocks Senior Tackle Kinlaw is built tough and will fit into the new era coming through in Duval. Adding Kinlaw to Josh Allen means they once again have a scary couple of players trying to break the opposing Quarterbacks. They needed help in stopping the run. They were amongst the league’s worst when it came to stopping the run and Kinlaw will be hands-on keeping the holes closed.
Goodness gracious me. Baker Mayfield is licking his lips at the Browns Free Agency moves so far. Adding Jack Conklin to strengthen up the right side was huge. Now adding one of the best Offensive Tackles in the class in Jedrick Wills will only help Mayfield. Baker looked like a lost puppy last year and having two new behemoths either side of him will help him recoup the form of his Rookie year. With new coaching and a fresh offensive line, the Browns should improve significantly. Giving Baker time to find OBJ is only a good thing.
Trade with Jets
With the Falcons moving up to get their guy they gave up a fair whack (a third and fifth in this year’s draft) but feel he is a generational talent. Atlanta signed Dante Fowler in Free Agency. By adding swiss army knife Simmons means that the Falcons are rebuilding the Defense in a strong way. Vic Beasley and De’Vondre Campbell left big holes that Fowler and Simmons can fill. Simmons can play Safety. He can play Linebacker and he can play Cornerback. He can be the player who nobody knows where he is meant to be when he lines up on Defense. This will confuse the brains of opposing Offensive Coordinators.
I still believe that Lamb is the better Wide Receiver in this class. On this occasion though i think that Jeudy fits the scheme in Vegas. So odd calling it that! Derick Carr doesn’t throw deep and Jeudy’s unreal route technicalities are what Carr needs. Jeudy can be there when Carr needs to dump off. He can be there when Carr needs to get moving. Jeudy is one of the crispest route runners I have ever seen on tape and will fit right in at the new Black Hole in Sin City. Jeudy will be the man in Vegas for a long time, whether it’s Carr or not throwing the ball.
If there was one thing we all learnt from the Super Bowl is that the Niners need an Alpha in the Wide Receiver room. Manny Sanders has left for the Saints and Lamb is as good if not better than Sanders is and has been. My number one Receiver is a perfect fit in the Shanahan system and gives Jimmy G a true number one target. He is the perfect compliment to Debo Samuel. Samuel showed out in the big dance against the Chiefs but isn’t an Alpha. He’s a gadget guy and Lamb can free Debo to do more of those plays. Debo can free Lamb to be one-on-one more often. Match made in heaven.
Yes, Ndamukong Suh is returning. Yes, the Defensive Line is already beastly and stops almost any Running Back in the League. The fact of the matter is that Brown is an absolute steal at 14. He is superb value here and has the skills to make it into any Defensive Line in the League. Suh, Vea and Brown are an even more formidable line now. TB12 and company on one side of the ball and the monsters on the other. Sure the Bucs need a right tackle but there are plenty to choose from later on in the draft. Heck maybe they even draft two outside linemen later on. Brown here is great value and the Bucs take it.
Y’all know i love me a Wide Receiver here for Broncos Country. With Lamb and Jeudy gone Ruggs is the next best thing in terms of scheme fit. Courtland Sutton is a big time Wideout and needs a speedster opposite him to stretch the field. Ruggs is that guy. Not only is he an absolute rocket ship he can get involved in the busy middle of the field and make superb catches. He can play all over the line and make Sutton more effective by taking a Safety out of the equation. Lock can let loose with that touch cannon and Ruggs can be at the end of that pretty ball arc.
Trade with Falcons
Moving back from 11 to 16 means the Jets gain extra Draft capital. Not only that they still get the guy they desperately need. Chaisson is hugely athletic and will be good for at least 10 sacks a season. Chaisson is still learning the game but has wicked low bend and projects to be a top level Pass Rusher. Playing for LSU means he knows what top level Football is like and this will help him acclimate to the big time. Gaining a third and fifth in this year’s draft plus the guy they wanted is gold dust for the Jets.
The Cowboys are in the market for a Cornerback and get a stud in Henderson. Florida Gator star Henderson is the new franchise Corner for Jerry Jones. Dallas lost Byron Jones in free agency and have re-signed Anthony Brown but he isn’t the answer at the position. Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis are free agents next year so Henderson can be the salwart in the CB room in Jerry’s world. Henderson is big, strong and explosive. Everything you want in a lockdown Cornerback.Florida has built a star and he’s going to the home stars, Americas team, Dallas.
Jackson has all the traits to be a top level Offensive Tackle in the League. His strength is pass protection and that will only help the rocket armed Justin Herbert. Building the trenches is key in rebuilding a dynasty and Herbert will only benefit from Jacksons presence. Jackson is a true left tackle and that’s hugely needed in Miami now Tunsil is in Texas. He is Raw but will do well with the coaching team in Miami. Jackson also plays on Special Teams and his athleticism has helped him even block kicks when playing in the line on ST.
One thing Mike Mayock has shown when drafting is he likes good Football players with good character and a strong presence. Murray ticks all the boxes that the Raiders are looking for in new players. The Raiders have signed Cory Littleton and Nick Kwaitkowski but there is still room for Murray to come in and on the second level of the Defence in Vegas. Murray is very fast and predicates his game on flying from sideline to sideline attacking the ball. He is sometimes inconsistent with placement but hugely talented and can rock players with big hits.
Trade with Jags
Last year Baltimore sat there and watched as the Steelers moved up and grabbed All Star Linebacker Devin Bush. This time the Ravens aren’t messing about and slide up to grab their guy. They gave up third and fourth round picks but Queen can solidify the Ravens Secondary and add beef where needed. Whispers in the bushes were that the Patriots were all over Queen and the Ravens took no chances in order to get their guy. Queen has elite on field diagnosing skills and speed. He can easily be the Mic Linebacker and a leader for Baltimore.
It was my pick in my 1.0 and it’s still the pick here. Carson Wentz needs big-time help at Wide Receiver and who better than to sign the best Slot Receiver in the draft. If the Eagles keep Alshon Jeffrey, then he can operate outside and Jefferson can move about the line. He is a chain mover and a deep threat. Perfect landing spot with a healthy Carson Wentz. PLaying as the star man behind Joe Burrow Jefferson can be an elite weapon with the mobile Wentz. He can break free of his routes and get open when Wentz has to scramble.
With Diggs and Rhodes gone the glaring two needs for the Vikings are at Wide Receiver and Cornerback. Reagor is an absolute burner and can take the top off even the faster Corners in the League. Adam Theilen is a true predator in the short to intermediate game and having a two in Reagor will help lessen the coverage on Adam. He is great at contested catches and can win on the outside or between the numbers. Jalen has elite ball tracking skills which can help to throw defenders off. Fire away Captain Kirk. Corner comes next.
Trade with Patriots
With the Chargers missing out on Herbert they move back into the first round to grab Jordan Love. Tyrod will start 2020 as Love isn’t quite ready for the big time show lights of the NFL. The Patriots are in a small rebuild and acquiring more picks when Queen and Herbert have gone is Bill Belichick all over. The Chargers give up a second this year and a second next year to grab the possible future star or LA. Whilst he is raw he has shown flashes of huge talent. Look at his 2018 season and that should be all you need to see. 2019 not so much but let him sit and learn and he should become a good starter in the League.
Trade with Saints
Matt Rhule is already flexing his muscles as new head coach of Carolina and in doing so moves back into the first round to grab one of his boys, James Lynch. It’s only a move up of 14 spots but they have to give up a third and a fifth to do so. The fifth they just got for Kyle Allen so it’s a good deal. Lynch has the sacks record at Baylor with 22 and his coaching staff rave about him so it’s only fitting Rhule stacks his team with guys he knows. Lynch has a huge motor and plays with his heart for the full 60 minutes.
I said it would be Cornerback next and the decision wasn’t changed by the time the viking came back onto the clock. Edge Rush is also a need with Griffen voiding his contract but Corner was the bigger need here. Terell had a shocker against LSU in the College Championship but so did all of Clamson. The rest of his tape and Combine are magnificent and he can plug in a starter right away alongside that Defense in Minnesota. The Vikings need a star to replace the ageing Rhodes and I see A.J. as that dude.
Kalen who? The Dolphins get the best Running Back in the class with a proven track record. The only Running Back in college history to go over 6000 yards in three seasons shows the kind of player Taylor is. He is a three down workhorse back that can carry a team if needs be. Herbert will have a stud to offload and dump off too and Taylor can smash his way into the paint to create his own Miami miracle. The Fins had to give up picks to get Herbert so why not stack the team now and go big.
Now we know Russell Wilson is a baller. He can move around and get out of the pocket like nobody’s business. Does he enjoy it? Probably. Should he be doing it? Absolutely not as much as he has to. The offensive line in Seattle has been a nightmare for the past few seasons and Jones can help to fix it. The Passing and Running game will both benefit from the addition of a good Guard who can play on either side of the line. Jones is super long and powerful and can straight up nasty sometimes. All things the Hawks need.
Trade with Ravens
Ewwww. Moving back eight spots to grab a Tight End is not a flashy move back. However what the Jags have done is gained extra Draft capital and can now address a position of need. Tyler Eifert is a veteren of the League and whilst he has shown he can play some serious ball. He has also shown he can be seriously injured. Kmet is my top Tight End in the Class and can be a starter straight away. He isn’t Travis Kelce but can block and can also catch the ball well. Kmet’s size is a bonus and can be a mismatch in the passing game.
Another Horned frog off the board in round one. What a day hey! The Titans have a clear need for help in the five tech and Blacklock fits perfectly into their scheme and fit. Blacklock is extremely fast and shows good hand technique when attacking and can often be too much work for one blocker alone. He stays very low and gets his pads in deep and can be very disruptive. He has some injury concerns but his talents mean he could well be a day one pick and a day one starter in the NFL.
Higgins had a shocking Combine by his standards. This may have caused him to fall down the board of some teams. Had he had a great combine the i suspect the VIkings would be calling his name earlier on in this process. Higgins is an outside the numbers predator and compliments Adams so well. Is there a better Quarterback than Aaron Rdgers when throwing outside the numbers? Higgins had huge success at Clemson working outside and has some of the cleanest hands in the Draft. He will be a dream for the Packers and for Fantasy Football Fans.
Kyle Shanahan likes gadget players and Burgess normally plays Safety. I think he can play both positions well and offers the Niners a real danger combo when lining up for them. He has played Cornerback and Safety for Utah and having the skill set to play both means he has excellent vision and awareness. Utah provides the NFL year in, year out, with great Defensive talent and Burgess has that rare multi position ability. He can also play Nickel but he needs to work on his closing angles to be considered a starter at this spot.
If the Superbowl champions let Chris Jones walk then Elliot is almost an exact replica of Jones in stature and play style. A versatile, athletic Lineman who causes havoc with an array of rush moves to disrupt the O-Line. Elliot has been prolific at Mizzou and had an exceptional last season raising his draft stock. He is already great with his hands at the line and has some great moves to get passed his blocker. At time of writing Chris Jones hasn’t been re-signed by the Chiefs so as in my first Mock Elliot is still the man for the champs.
Well, that’s it, Mock Draft 2.0 done and dusted. How did I get on? Did I improve from my first attempt? Was there anything that shocked you in there or anything that you think is downright awful? Let us know by getting in touch @5yardrush on Twitter. Check out the other Staff Mock Drafts that Murf and Tom and let us know how we differ and what’s good, bad and ugly about them.
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