By Brian Sullivan
The NFL Season is coming to an end… Luckily, like the city of New York, the NFL never actually sleeps. 28 teams are already thinking about how they’ll improve next season, and the NFL Draft is one of the best ways to do that. Things will change a lot from now until the draft next spring, but as of right now, here’s how I think it’ll play out.
#1 Tennessee Titans- Joey Bosa (DE- Ohio State) – The Titans have their Franchise QB, so it’s time for them to just take the best player on the board. As of now, the best player is Bosa.
#2 Cleveland Browns – Jared Goff (QB – California) – Poor Jared Goff. but he’s gonna end up in Cleveland. Who knows, maybe him and Hue Jackson start a new culture in Cleveland?
#3 San Diego Chargers – Laquon Treadwell (WR- Ole Miss) – Tom Telesco is fond of his playmakers… He has been since he worked in Indy. Pair Treadwell up with Allen and Rivers is suddenly a happier man.
#4 Dallas Cowboys – Jalen Ramsey (CB – Florida State) – Ramsey is just an athlete… Put him on the field and he will make plays. The Cowboys need that.
#5 Jacksonville Jaguars – Laremy Tunsil (LT – Ole Miss) – Luke Joeckel is not working out… At least as a franchise left tackle. Tunsil could make Bortles a whole lot more comfortable next year.
#6 Baltimore Ravens – Myles Jack (OLB – UCLA) – Move him inside… Keep him outside. It doesn’t matter, Jack will make plays for this Ravens defense.
#7 San Francisco 49ers – Shaq Lawson (DE – Clemson) – Lawson is a force. He’s one of the most physical players in the draft… He fits the 49ers culture.
#8 Miami Dolphins – Ronnie Stanley (OT – Notre Dame) – Tannehill needs help… Stanley can help.
#9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves III (CB – Florida) – Hargreaves stays in Florida as he heads to Tampa to improve their secondary.
#10 New York Giants – Reggie Ragland (ILB – Alabama) – Ragland has all of the tools to be the leader of a defense. The Giants have the talent, but they need a leader.
#11 Chicago Bears – A’Shawn Robinson (DT – Alabama) – I’m not high on him, but the rest of the world is. You can never have too much defensive line depth.
#12 New Orleans Saints – Mackensie Alexander (CB – Clemson) – The Saints secondary was an absolute train wreck, so they’ll take the best defensive back left on the board.
#13 Philadelphia Eagles – Taylor Decker (OT – Ohio State) – Decker is a mauler… With the right molding, he could be an absolute force at guard. Move him inside, and start pounding the rock again Eagles.
#14 Oakland Raiders – Jaylon Smith (OLB – Notre Dame) – I don’t care if he’s hurt, Smith is too good to pass up on.
#15 St. Louis Rams – Jack Conklin (OT – Michigan State) – He seems like the last elite left tackle left, the Rams should scoop him up. Their line is a train-wreck.
#16 Detroit Lions – Jarran Reed (DT – Alabama) – Reed is exactly what he is; a run stuffer. The Lions could use that since the loss of Suh. He’s not THAT gifted, but he does his one job extraordinarily well, and can have an impact immediately.
#17 Atlanta Falcons – Robert Nkemdiche (DT – Ole Miss) – He falls this far due to his conduct issues, but the kid is an absolute beast.
#18 Indianapolis Colts – Ezekiel Elliot (RB – Ohio State) – The Colts will screw this up and take him way too early when they have too many other needs… Because they’re the Colts.
#19 Buffalo Bills – Corey Coleman (WR – Baylor) – The Bills could still use some weapons, and Coleman is the best weapon available.
#20 New York Jets – Leonard Floyd (LB – Georgia) – Floyd is the type of player that Todd Bowles could use. He needs to be molded, but he is an incredibly gifted athlete with a ton of heart. Behind that defensive line, he could be a force.
#21 Washington Redskins – DeForest Buckner (DE – Oregon) – I honestly think he is a bust waiting to happen… But at this point he’s the best player available by far according to the general population, so the Redskins can’t pass him up.
#22 Houston Texans – Paxton Lynch (QB – Memphis) – Bye bye Brian Hoyer…
#23 Minnesota Vikings – Josh Doctson (WR – TCU) – The Vikings have a ton of needs on offense… But they could definitely use a weapon. Maybe they go lineman here too, but I can see him and Bridgewater having such good chemistry.
#24 Cincinnati Bengals – Andrew Billings (DT – Baylor) – The Bengals just need the best talent they can get… They’d really be better off drafting a new coach.
#25 Pittsburgh Steelers – Kendall Fuller (CB – Virginia Tech) – This secondary was… putrid to say the least. Fuller falls due to injury, but the Steelers should be able to make use of him.
#26 Seattle Seahawks – Shon Coleman (OT – Auburn) – This offensive line is an absolute mess. Coleman could at least begin to help.
#27 Green Bay Packers – Darron Lee (OLB – Ohio State) – Lee is very raw, but he has a ton of potential. His versatility could be key here, the Packers need plenty of help at the linebacker position.
#28 Kansas City Chiefs – Michael Thomas (WR – Ohio State) – Thomas is just the perfect WR for Alex Smith, and a great complement to Jeremy Maclin.
#29 Denver Broncos – Kevin Dodd (DE – Clemson) – The Broncos are going to lose some pieces from their defense this year, so look for them to start to continue to add pieces.
#30 Arizona Cardinals – Noah Spence (OLB – Eastern Kentucky) – We saw them do it with Tyrann Mathieu, so we might see it again here. A talented player with some discipline issues, Spence needs a second chance. Arians could be the perfect guy to put Spence back on the right track.
#31 Carolina Panthers – Eli Apple (CB – Ohio State) – This is a perfect fit because Apple is still VERY raw. He can sit behind the veterans on this team for a few years, then be unleashed after he’s ready.
Thanks for reading! Make sure you stay tuned for plenty of other Mock Drafts as the Offseason churns on!
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