You know how it’s going to be a great Monday? Because my mock draft 4.0 is here for you to either bask in, or release a healthy vent session upon. Two full rounds of action, all based off the current draft order right now. Congrats on the first overall pick, Arizona. Now just don’t blow it like the 49ers did…
1. Arizona Cardinals
Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
Arizona is easily the worst team in the NFL, so it makes sense to see them finally capturing the top spot in the draft. There are so many holes to fix that trading down should be a legitimate option for a king’s ransom, but we’re not quite at the point to predict such a move in a mock draft. For now, Bosa makes a ton of sense opposite Chandler Jones, giving the Cardinals a terrific start toward building a dominant defensive front.
2. Oakland Raiders
Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Brutally tough pick for Oakland right now. Obviously Quinnen Williams is an elite prospect, but the Raiders just drafted P.J. Hall in Round 2 last year, and fifth-round pick Maurice Hurst has been one of the best defensive rookies in the NFL. Interior defensive line isn’t like edge defender, where you can put three on the field and be fine on passing downs. The Raiders have far bigger needs, and Williams or Ed Oliver would absolutely be a luxury pick here.
Wide receiver, cornerback, safety, edge defender and linebacker are all crying needs, but quarterback may end up being the biggest need depending on what they do with Derek Carr this offseason. For now, I can’t ignore edge rusher, and even though this is probably too high for Josh Allen, he’s definitely a player I believe Oakland will target if they miss out on Bosa.
3. New York Jets
Quinnen Williams, IDL, Alabama
Interior defensive line is not the biggest need for the Jets either, but with the top two edge defenders off the board and Leonard Williams coming off a disappointing season, Q certainly makes sense here. The Jets could trade down and look to stockpile picks to build around Sam Darnold, but Williams might be the best player in the class when it’s all said and done. With new coaching coming in, he’ll be a valuable piece to build around.
4. San Francisco 49ers
Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The 49ers desperately need cornerback help and Murphy is…not the ideal fit for Robert Saleh’s prototype at the position at all. But sometimes rules are meant to be broken. Plus, it’s December and Saleh might get canned, so for now, just taking the best cornerback in the class makes a ton of sense. Murphy is unbelievably instinctive in zone coverage, showing ball skills, physicality and easy movement skills from various alignments.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
How do Jaguars fans feel about drafting another raw quarterback with mechanical concerns? Tell you what, you should feel better than when y’all drafted Blake Bortles, because Haskins has great tools and far better short-intermediate accuracy, and his issues are nowhere near Bortles-level. I’m not sold on him, but I expect him to be my top quarterback in the class with Justin Herbert likely going back to school.
6. Atlanta Falcons
Ed Oliver, IDL, Houston
The Falcons have a couple clear-cut needs, but none bigger than interior defensive line. Putting Oliver never to Grady Jarrett would give them two of the most explosive defensive tackles in the NFL, a perfect fit for that highly-athletic defense. This is probably a dream scenario for Atlanta.
7. Detroit Lions
Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
There is clearly a huge need for pass rushers in Detroit, the question is whether Matt Patricia will value the position enough to draft it this high. Patricia’s commitment to run defense means that quality must exist in any edge defender they select, so Ferrell’s well-rounded, pro-ready game could be exactly what the doctor ordered.
8. New York Giants
Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
I believe that protecting Eli Manning will be the top priority for the Giants this offseason, rather than selecting a quarterback in the draft. Jonah Williams is the best offensive tackle in the draft, the only question will be how comfortable the Giants feel selecting him to play on the right side opposite Nate Solder. Given the fact that Williams started and excelled there as a true freshman at Alabama, the move seems like a natural one.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
Oh no! While Little certainly has talent, this is a bit high for my tastes. The Bucs do need offensive tackle help in the worst way with Donovan Smith struggling in a contract year and Demar Dotson aging, but is Little the answer? The ceiling is high, but offensive linemen who lack technique and footwork scare me without great coaching.
10. Buffalo Bills
D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Bills have so many needs, you almost can’t go wrong here. I’ve opted to give them the most high-ceiling wide receiver in the draft in Metcalf, a player who can grow with Josh Allen while providing vertical and contested catch ability down the field. The fit is great, it’s just a matter of Metcalf continuing to develop at the next level.