Outrageous. Offensive. Oblivious. I know. But please, I implore you to trust the process. The NFL season is approximately one quarter of the way to the postseason and for the sake of Arizona Cardinals fans everywhere, it’s time for a new mock draft!
The draft order below is based on the current draft order, as dictated by current record.
No. 1 – Arizona Cardinals
PICK: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
Let’s not make this harder than it has to be. The Cardinals are a team devoid of talent right now. Nick Bosa may not play another snap of college football but he’s still the cleanest combination of film, measurables and projection forward of any prospect in this draft.
No. 2 – New York Jets
PICK: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Drafting Sam Darnold with the third overall pick was a bold move, one that sets this team up well for the future. Now it’s important to invest around him and there’s not a lot of skill prospects worth considering this high. The Jets’ defense is pretty well stocked, so fortifying in front of Darnold makes sense.
No. 3 – San Francisco 49ers
PICK: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
It feels like just yesterday that the 49ers were a popular sleeper for the Super Bowl. Losing QB Jimmy Garoppolo to injury turns that tide pretty quickly and now the 49ers are worried about the draft once more. Williams would be a wonderful long term replacement for Richard Sherman and would provide immediate competition (be an upgrade) for 2017 pick Ahkello Witherspoon.
No. 4 – Buffalo Bills
PICK: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
A dream scenario for the Bills, who have seen promise with their defense early on this season. Oliver is a blue chip presence up front who would provide the Bills with their best penetration presence along the line of scrimmage, inside or out.
No. 5 – Indianapolis Colts
PICK: Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
Indianapolis invested heavily in defensive ends this past draft but their depth and talent on the defensive interior is sorely lacking. With Jonah Williams off the board and unable to tempt the Colts, it makes sense to go best player available, which just so happens to be a position of need.
No. 6 – Detroit Lions
PICK: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
I know, Lions fans. Your team doesn’t draft pass rushers! But Ferrell is a little more your team’s speed. Detroit has liked players with a powerful presence along the line of scrimmage up front, which is something Ferrell can offer much more of than some of his contemporaries. The Lions also need to figure out the Ziggy Ansah contract.
No. 7 – Houston Texans
PICK: Deionte Thompson, FS, Alabama
The Honey Badgers is only in town with Houston on a one year deal, so it isn’t guaranteed he will be back next season. Add in his injury history with the health issues across that defense? It would be nice to have some more durability. Thompson brings elite range of the back end and can help cover against divisional foe Andrew Luck.
No. 8 – New York Giants
PICK: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Giants couldn’t possibly pass on a QB in the top-10 in consecutive seasons, could they? As the offensive line looks to gel, Eli Manning’s extended playoff window slowly dwindles. No more playing games, New York. Land your predecessor or be cast into QB purgatory.
No. 9 – Atlanta Falcons
PICK: Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
Williams has been one of the most eye-popping risers throughout the first month of the season. He’s stout, sudden and disruptive up front. The Falcons can take a strength (their defensive line) and make it elite by adding Williams and designating 2018 3rd round pick Deadrin Senat as a rotational/depth player.
No. 10 – Oakland Raiders
PICK: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
Coach Gruden, tell us again how hard it is to find a pass rusher? Pretty hard, huh? Well good news! I found one for you. Burns is explosive, has several pass rush counters that he can use effectively to defeat tackles on the edge and should test extremely well in the pre-draft process.