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.
No. 11 - Minnesota Vikings
PICK: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
Minnesota's squad has a ton of depth but they aren't performing to open this season. The defense has talent and lots of it. The offense has some glaring holes up front and would be wise to address the line. Cajuste has the size (325 pounds) and functional athleticism to garner a lot of attention over the winter.
No. 12 - Cleveland Browns
PICK: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
After the Browns bid Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon farewell this summer, it's natural for Cleveland to look to restock the cupboard for QB Baker Mayfield. Antonio Callaway has a lot of fans but he's also unreliable and raw. Metcalf would provide a dominating physical presence to the boundary.
No. 13 - Pittsburgh Steelers
PICK: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
The hole left by Ryan Shazier's absence in the middle of this defense has been felt through the Steelers' first four games. Mack Wilson is a terrific middle of the field defender who should be a plug and play starter coming out of the football machines that is Alabama.
No. 14 - Dallas Cowboys
PICK: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
When you have to resort to bumping Brice Butler to the active roster and sit Terrance Williams as a healthy scratch, your team has wide receiver issues. Yet that's exactly where the Cowboys are...so go get Harmon and his "go get the ball" approach. Harmon is a big play vertical receiver who would be a huge upgrade on the outside.
No. 15 - Seattle Seahawks
PICK: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
Simmons is a highly talented prospect, his versatility is certainly something a team like the Seahawks will appreciate. But Simmons also has an ugly off the field incident on his record which could cost him in the draft process...although Seattle is a team that hasn't been put off by that in the past (Frank Clark). Seahawks continue to get back to their roots in this rebuild through drafting Simmons.
No. 16 - New England Patriots
PICK: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
Bill loves to build the trenches. In David Edwards, the Patriots land a high ceiling offensive tackle who is still only scratching the surface of what he can be. Edwards was a high school QB and entered Wisconsin as a TE before adding the weight, now he's a dominant run blocker up front. The Patriots could use Edwards as an upgrade over Marcus Cannon as they continue to brace for life A.T. (After Tom).
No. 17 - Philadelphia Eagles
PICK: N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Torrey Smith was replaced by Mike Wallace, who is now on the IR. It's to the point where the Eagles have brought back Jordan Matthews to address the receiver position. How about another catch point bully to pair with Alshon Jeffery and give defenses even more headaches?
No. 18 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
PICK: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
Tampa Bay's secondary is in a state of transition. Brent Grimes is getting up there in age, yet the team drafted two Day 2 CBs (Carlton Davis and MJ Stewart) this past year. Stewart projects best to the nickel, so bringing in another CB can still be a priority. Oruwariye has the length and ball skills to pair nicely with Davis on the outside.
No. 19 - Los Angeles Chargers
PICK: Devin White, LB, LSU
It's a contract year for LB Denzel Perryman, meaning the Chargers either have to pony up or let him walk. Even if the Chargers brought him back, adding White can only mean good things. White's range, size and athleticism would provide a nice extra element to the LB room.
No. 20 - Denver Broncos
PICK: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Remember that time the Broncos wanted to invest in Case Keenum? Us too. That hasn't gone so hot early on, meaning the Broncos will be back in the QB market a year after picking 5th in a loaded draft class. (That's peak Elway, but I digress). Lock meets all the requirements to be coveted by the Broncos: big arm, prototypical build, modest but workable athleticism.
No. 21 - Green Bay Packers
PICK: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
Putting some warm bodies on the offensive line seems like a bi-annual affair for the Packers. Green Bay is in a unique situation: they'd like to extend their winning window but need to excessively invest in protecting Rodgers to do so. Rodgers will be 35 in December and has had durability concerns popping up in his mid-30s. Lindstrom extends the winning window and simultaneously protects Rodgers.
No. 22 - Washington Redskins
PICK: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
Doctson. Richardson. Arcega-Whiteside. Imagine some of the ball adjustments these three can put on display? I like both Richardson and Doctson, but the receiving group isn't where it needs to be in order to compete at a high level in the NFC. Arcega-Whiteside is a 50/50 ball dynamo who is playing his way up draft boards this fall.
No. 23 - Baltimore Ravens
PICK: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Peak Ravens. Yes, I know Ozzie Newsome won't be the general manager on draft day next year, but the Ravens are still the Ravens. This team's identity is built on physical defense and trench play. Newsome set Baltimore up handsomely on his way out the door with pass catchers and a QB, so now fill out this roster and stay true to the model that has fostered so much success. Not the most pressing need, but remember: the draft is SEVEN rounds, not one.
No. 24 - Tennessee Titans
PICK: Montez Sweat, OLB, Mississippi State
Titans fans are starting to see what Harold Landry is all about, which is fun. The rest of the NFL is starting to see how dumb they are for passing on him, too...that's also fun. Now imagine a potent pass rusher, one with power, on the other side of Landry in Nashville. That's what you can have with Sweat as the pick. A talented secondary and talented pass rushers is a good combination in any city.
No. 25 - Carolina Panthers
PICK: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Greg Olsen flirted with retirement last spring before agreeing to play and signing a contract extension through 2020. The Panthers already drafted Ian Thomas in the 4th round of the 2018 draft to address tight end, but hear me out. Noah Fant is SPECIAL. Flex him out wide, put him in the backfield, Fant is an elite athlete with special red zone skills.
No. 26 - Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears)
PICK: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Coach Gruden, remind us again how hard it is to find a pass rusher? Good news! I found another one for you. Double dipping is a hotly contested point of debate for drafting purposes. But tell me with a straight face Oakland shouldn't take these two if they get the chance. Burns and Gary added to Arden Key and Maurice Hurst from 2018 gives Oakland a wonderful core of defensive linemen to build as the identity of their squad.
No. 27 - Miami Dolphins
PICK: Jachai Polite, DE, Florida
This kid has the potential to be really special. Polite is an explosive boundary rusher with a relentless motor. The Dolphins' end group was considered a strength before the season but it's suddenly an area of major concern. Cam Wake is nearing the end of his career, Robert Quinn has looked promising but has battled back injury and William Hayes tore his ACL earlier this year. Oh yeah and 2017 1st-round pick Charles Harris has two sacks in 20 games and as the team's third pass rusher vs. the Patriots showed up big twice: once for jumping offsides and again for getting blocked out of the state of Massachusetts by TE Dwayne Allen.
No. 28 - Jacksonville Jaguars
PICK: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is only under contract through the 2019 season. Okwuegbunam is cut from the same cloth: he's athletic and big and a nightmare to cover in space. The play of QB Blake Bortles this season has *gulp* provided optimism that QB isn't the pressing need so many thought. So ensure your squad can play the powerful bully-ball that nearly carried you to the Super Bowl last season.
No. 29 - Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans Saints)
PICK: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Two words for you, friends. House. Money. That's what the Packers are playing with, as they got a free 1st-round pick to take the same player they'd have taken several picks earlier in 2018.
As previously mentioned, Aaron Rodgers is going to be 35 in December. And after a knee scare in Week 1 and a broken collarbone last year, Rodgers is on pace to be sacked 48 times this season (3rd highest of his career). Put Haskins on the Rodgers plan. Long term phase into the starter. Rodgers can make a few more runs at the Super Bowl before hanging things up. If he's hurt in the interim, Haskins is the back-up.
No. 30 - Cincinnati Bengals
PICK: Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford
First and foremost, best wishes to Tyler Eifert, who suffered an ugly injury this past weekend. Eifert has been unable to sustain his health as an NFL player, so the suddenly potent Bengals will need to find another TE to compliment him when he is on the field. Stanford's Kaden Smith has been a revelation this season and would be a great fit with the receivers present on the roster.
No. 31 - Kansas City Chiefs
PICK: Lavert Hill, CB, Michigan
Through the Chiefs first three games, they're on pace to allow more points than any 2017 NFL defense. That's not great. Marcus Peters now calls Los Angeles home and the Chiefs play in a division that slings the ball around a lot. Hill is a slightly undersized but physical corner who can play turn and run coverage effectively.
No. 32 - Los Angeles Rams
PICK: Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame
Seven sacks for Jerry Tillery through five games. Is that good?! The Rams have Ndamukong Suh in house on a one year deal and it's difficult to imagine them retaining his services after all of the extensions the Rams have handed out. In a very deep interior DL class, Tillery is a rising name who can create a lot of chaos with his disruption skills up front.