We are two weeks into the NFL season and three weeks into the college football season as I bring to you this mock draft hot off the internet presses. It’s been a fun-filled first month so far, and though the big names have certainly done plenty to keep their stock up, the unexpected rise of a few other prospects forging their way to first round consideration has called for some shake up.
The order of this mock draft is based on what the draft order would look like right now if the season ended today. This has to do with the team’s overall record first, then strength of schedule as the tiebreaker. So, if you don’t like where I have your favorite team selecting, too bad. Tell them to win more.
Have at it.
No. 1 – Detroit Lions
Pick: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
As if we weren’t already well aware after the Lions’ implosion in Week 1 against the New York Jets, Detroit’s roster is not great. If they happen to be selecting No. 1 overall, they already have a franchise quarterback in Matt Stafford, which means a franchise pass rusher is the next logical option.
Nick Bosa is clearly the best pass rusher in the country, and he’s shaping up to potentially be one of the best at the NFL level, as well.
No. 2 – Buffalo Bills
Pick: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Two games and yikes — I mean, one of their players retired at halftime during their most recent game things were so bad.
The Bills could use more than one player wherever they’re going to be picking in the Top 5 of next year’s draft. Though this class is heavy on defensive linemen, I have them taking one of the smoothest, most versatile offensive line in the draft. If they need Risner to play guard; he can. If they need him to play right or left tackle; he can.
No. 3 – Houston Texans
Pick: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
I won’t lie, I thought the Houston Texans would be better this season, and so far two games in that 0-2 record doesn’t reflect my prediction very well.
The Texans could go a few different ways here. I think they would be very tempted by Ed Oliver, just because Houston’s desire for the most ferocious front seven they can assemble is very real. But, they have to protect Deshaun Watson better than they do right now; period. Williams has been one of the best left tackles in college football for the last two years. He’s a great starting piece for them as they re-design that offensive line.
No. 4 – Arizona Cardinals
Pick: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Arizona Cardinals got shut out by the Los Angeles Rams 34-0 in Week 2.
That’s right. 34-0.
It’s just a matter of time before quarterback Josh Rosen takes over and the Cardinals’ future begins, but he’ll need a legit weapon to go along on the journey with him. Metcalf has the size, speed and natural catching ability to be a true No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL.
No. 5 – Oakland Raiders
Pick: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
It’s hard to predict anything that Jon Gruden is going to do at this point. Not only did he do the unthinkable by trading Khalil Mack, but we’ve seen him throw shade at the important players that are even still on the roster (cough, cough, Derek Carr).
Safety Karl Joseph also hasn’t developed into the secondary piece they thought they were getting when they selected him in the first round a few years ago, and with Obi Melifonwu no longer on the team, the Raiders really need a secondary player who can make an impact. Ed Oliver would certainly be an option for them, but Thompson is a legit Top 5 player, and one Oakland needs.
No. 6 – New York Giants
Pick: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
If we’re being honest, the Giants should have taken a quarterback instead of a running back last year when they had the No. 2 overall pick. But they didn’t, and Eli Manning is already showing them that might not have been their best choice.
I expect the Giants to take a quarterback in the first round in 2019, whenever that may be, and if it’s in the Top 10, they can get the best arm in the draft in Drew Lock.
No. 7 Oakland Raiders
Pick: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Oh, wow, look at that. The Oakland Raiders got Ed Oliver after all — I didn’t plan that.
Imagine coming away with Deionte Thompson and Ed Oliver. I don’t care who you are; you win the draft if you pull that off. Since Gruden appears to be wanting to start from ground zero with his roster, these two are great cornerstones for the next foundation.
No. 8 – Seattle Seahawks
Pick: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
The Seahawks defense you once knew is gone; it’s time to rebuild it. That starts with the pass rush.
Ferrell is one of the most well-rounded edge defenders in college football. Seattle is a great spot for him as a 4-3 edge type who can do it all — stop the run and get to the quarterback.
No. 9 – Cleveland Browns
Pick: Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State
After five years, the Josh Gordon saga is ending in Cleveland, and for that, we ask for a moment of silence.
The Browns are on the come-up, but they won’t really be moving full steam ahead until they give the ball to Baker Mayfield. That will happen, at some point this season, but I think they’re one more offensive weapon and another year away from reaching their potential. With Antonio Callaway to stretch the field, Jarvis Landry in the slot and David Njoku in the middle, they need an outside, red zone threat.
Kelvin Harmon can be that player. He’s a strongman with the ball in the air, and is a better route runner than given credit for.
No. 10 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Listen, Joe Haden isn’t getting any younger, and the Steelers don’t exactly have his replacement waiting in the wing. Williams is likely to be the top cornerback on the board come draft day, and if the Steelers have their chance to get their hands on him, they should.