The Patriots and Steelers drafting in the top 15? What is this?
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a post-Week 3 mock draft based on the current draft order in the NFL. You may not like it, but these are the facts of the case, and they are undisputed (bonus points for A) reading the intro, B) getting that movie reference).
This mock draft is a combination of things I would do and some wild picks to shake things up and gets fans out of their seats on a Monday morning. Let’s have some fun.
No. 1 – Arizona Cardinals
PICK: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
The Cardinals have a ton of needs, but taking the best player in the draft at a position of need and of upmost importance is the obvious move. Bosa will be the favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year, and could combine with Chandler Jones to obliterate opposing offensive lines.
No. 2 – Houston Texans
PICK: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Not a complicated pick. The Texans need offensive line help as bad as any team in football, and Jonah Williams is the most pro-ready prospect in the class. He’ll plug in immediately at left tackle to protect Deshaun Watson’s blindside.
No. 3 – Oakland Raiders
PICK: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Sorry, Raiders fans. I think John Gruden is determined to blow the whole thing up, and I don’t think Carr is good enough to keep him from taking a quarterback early. Herbert has exceptional physical ability and his ball placement and accuracy have improved wonderfully this season. He’s a bit raw still, but the Raiders’ view should be all about the long term at this point.
No. 4 – Pittsburgh Steelers
PICK: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Steelers have a ton of defensive weaknesses, and a linebacker or pass rusher could easily be the pick here. If they’re picking this high however, they should have a shot at one of the few cornerbacks in the class with game-changing ability in Williams. With Artie Burns struggling, Joe Haden aging and no heir apparent on the roster, cornerback will be one of the top priorities this offseason.
No. 5 – Indianapolis Colts
PICK: Ed Oliver, IDL, Houston
The Colts defensive line has played very well this season, but the pass rush and explosive plays up front are still lacking. Adding Oliver solves that issue immediately, as his rare athletic gifts and absurd power for a smaller defensive lineman would be something Indianapolis simply hasn’t seen in a long time on the interior.
No. 6 – Seattle Seahawks
PICK: Raekwon Davis, IDL, Alabama
Consider Davis a mulligan for whatever happened in the Malik McDowell situation, as the two players share some of the same measurables, but the Bama product is much more technical and consistent already. Just a redshirt sophomore, there’s a chance Davis goes back, but he has had the look of a top 15 pick since the moment he set foot on the field at Alabama.
No. 7 – San Francisco 49ers
PICK: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Eventually, Kyle Shanahan is going to accept the fact that he needs a Julio Jones for his offense to reach its’ peak, and while Metcalf isn’t that much of a freak, he’s close. Boasting an unreal catch radius, incredible high-point ability and a size/speed combination that is rarely seen, Metcalf’s monster season could result in an early declaration for the draft as a redshirt sophomore.
No. 8 – Buffalo Bills
PICK: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
The Bills need pass rushers in the worst way, but they also need to start building a stronger group around Josh Allen. It’s going to be fascinating to see what they do with this important draft pick, as multiple moves could make sense. Ferrell is pro-ready and would instantly be the team’s best pass rusher, as well as fitting Sean McDermott’s mold of a big-bodied defensive end in the trenches.
No. 9 – Detroit Lions
PICK: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
It feels so obvious that the Lions are going to do the smart thing and take a defensive lineman, but I’m just not convinced Matt Patricia values pass rush based on the personnel decisions everywhere he’s been. I do think he’ll want to give Matt Stafford a weapon at tight end after watching how effective the position has been for New England, and Fant is a freaky athlete with crazy ability as a flex option.
Detroit fans would lose their minds over this pick, and I would agree with them.
No. 10 – New York Jets
PICK: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
An explosive edge rusher with elite bend and underrated counter moves, Burns would be the perfect next piece to the Jets defensive front. They need pass rush off the edge so badly, and Burns’ added weight and improving technique should make him one of the biggest risers in the class.