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.
No. 11 - Dallas Cowboys
Pick: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
Hakeem Butler came onto the scene in a big way with a 174-yard, two-touchdown performance against Oklahoma during Week 3 of the college football season.
The Cowboys do not have a dominant outside receiver, and at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds Butler would be an easy solution to that problem.
No. 12 - Indianapolis Colts
Pick: Raekwon Davis, iDL, Alabama
The Colts have holes all over their roster, and though edge pressure is superior to interior pressure, a player with Davis' size, run-stopping ability and pass rush upside in the trenches is something they wouldn't be able to pass up at this point in the draft.
No. 13 - Tennessee Titans
Pick: Jeffery Simmons, iDL, Mississippi State
I think the Titans grabbed a steal in Harold Landry in the second round of last year's draft, and though they could still stand to get another edge pass rusher, an interior player would likely do more for them and would be able to elevate the talent of the front seven -- especially a player of Simmons' talent.
No. 14 - San Francisco 49ers
Pick: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
The 49ers picked up a nice offensive piece in Dante Pettis last year, who is already proving he can be an effective part of the passing game in an assortment of routes in almost any alignment. But they could stand to get themselves a strong, alpha-type wide receiver who can win on the outside. That's Harry's M.O..
No. 15 - Carolina Panthers
Pick: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
As the college football season goes on, it's starting to shape up that Lidstrom is the No. 1 interior offensive line candidate when it comes to draft selection. The Panthers have to pick an offensive lineman; they just have to. If Trey Adams' back wasn't in question, he would go here. But, with that up in the air, they'll take the next best offensive lineman available.
No. 16 - New York Jets
Pick: Brian Burns, EDGE, FSU
Leonard Williams and Nathan Shepherd are two good interior defensive line pieces, but the Jets still need that top edge rushing talent.
Burns has the frame at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds to play in the league, and he's starting to fine-tune that raw talent this season. He's shown flashes of a coveted asset come draft time.
No. 17 - New England Patriots
Pick: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
Ah, this is a fun one, and I think it makes a lot of sense.
Look, the Patriots roster is bad; it's just bad. They need to fill a lot more holes than just one draft pick in order to be what you think the Patriots should be again, but before they do that I think they need to solidify what's going to happen in "Life After Tom."
With Brady looking to play another year or two, Grier could learn behind him, and the transition could be as easy as the Patriots once envisioned it to be when they still had Jimmy Garoppolo.
No. 18 - Atlanta Falcons
Pick: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
The Falcons don't have many holes on their roster, but imagine a lineup in nickel formation with Deion Jones and Mack Wilson as the two linebackers in the middle? If you've built your roster well enough to truly garner what would be called a "luxury pick," don't settle for anything less than the best player on the board.
No . 19 - Los Angeles Chargers
Pick: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
With cornerback Jason Verrett's future in football in jeopardy due to durability issues, the Chargers aren't going to want a glaring hole at their other outside cornerback spot opposite Casey Hayward.
Oruwariye is 6-foot, 200 pounds and use that ideal size to play strong near the line of scrimmage. He's a man coverage type of mold who can develop into a nice starter on the outside with good ball skills for takeaways, as well.
No. 20 - Green Bay Packers
Pick: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
The Packers have a makeshift pass rush right now, as they are still transitioning from the unorthodox methods of former defensive coordinator Dom Capers. Clay Matthews can't play forever, and we've already seen evidence this year of him losing a step. Sweat might not even make it this far down the draft, but if he does, he's a perfect stand-up edge defender at 6-foot-5 for Green Bay's system.
No. 21 - Washington Redskins
Pick: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
As much as it pains me to admit this, Josh Doctson just isn't the wide receiver I thought he was going to be when I scouted him years ago. That's not to say he can't have a place on this Washington offense, but they clearly need another guy to make plays.
Deebo Samuel is turning out to be one of the more polished, yet electric wide receivers in college football. He's a player who has a vast amount of routes down, and could be an early contributor in the NFL because of it.
No. 22 - Philadelphia Eagles
Pick: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
After just witnessing the Philadelphia Eagles trot out Nelson Agholor and then three guys I'd never heard of against the Buccaneers, I'd say they need some upgrades at wide receiver, if nothing else but for depth.
Arcega-Whiteside is an animal. His 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame makes him a master of sideline work and when bodying smaller cornerbacks. He's a natural for figuring out how to box defenders away from him at the catch point, and can move surprisingly well for yards after the catch.
No. 23 - Baltimore Ravens
Pick: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Speaking of wide receiver help, the Ravens definitely need more of that. They'd surely like to get their hands on the likes of Harmon, Butler, Harry or Arcega-Whiteside, but there's a chance none of them will be on the table this late in the draft.
If they aren't, picking up college football's best deep threat receiver isn't a bad next resort.
No. 24 - Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
You just can't convince me that Blake Bortles is the answer. He's had too many chances and has come up short on almost all of them. The Jaguars will need to act quickly to get the most out of that elite defense while they still have it. Herbert will likely have quite the learning curve, as we've seen is expected with most Pac-12 quarterbacks making the jump to the NFL, but he's very talented, and he can operate a run-first offensive attack better than Bortles can.
No. 25 - Minnesota Vikings
Pick: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
Though the Vikings might be able to add some solid, needed pieces to their defensive line, depending on what happens in free agency, they could use a balanced offensive tackle, regardless.
Edwards isn't a guy who flashes to the point of being a Top 10 pick, but he's pretty technical and reliable. I'd be comfortable with him in this range.
No. 26 - Green Bay Packers
Pick: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
I do not expect the Jimmy Graham experiment to be much in Green Bay. He may have his moments, but everyone knows Graham is on the declining side of his career. Fant is a tight end who can really move in open space, can be a strong option in the passing game, and can even lay a block here and there. Hs career potential is what you'd want out of Graham during his time in Green Bay.
No. 27 - Miami Dolphins
Pick: Devin White, LB, LSU
Unless Raekwon McMillan really steps it up, there's a good chance the Dolphins will be in the linebacker market come draft weekend. Devin White has been all over your TV screen already this season with big performances against Miami in the season opener and against Auburn in Week 3. He has the size, speed, and instincts to play middle linebacker in the NFL and play it well.
No. 28 - Denver Broncos
Pick: Brian Lewerke, QB, Michigan State
I know the Broncos just signed Case Keenum, and that he has this Broncos team 2-0 on the season, but a two-year deal for a 30-year-old quarterback isn't something that steers you away from drafting the quarertback of the future. Lewerke seems like a guy who has the mental processing general manager John Elway would love. I could see him falling for Lewerke's accuracy, touch and somewhat unorthodox style.
No. 29 - Los Angeles Rams
Pick: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Alec Ogleetree wasn't the long-term answer for the Rams, and they saw that soon enough to get some trade value out of him. The thing is, I don't think the long-term answer is on the roster yet, either.
Bush is a true centerpiece in the middle of a defense who leads with words and actions. He's a solid player who can recognize plays in the pre-snap, has good instincts for where the ball is going, and most of the time has the athleticism to get there to make plays.
No. 30 - Kansas City Chiefs
Pick: Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama
With Justin Houston's age and Dee Ford sort of all over the place, the Chiefs could stand to get themselves another pass rusher to throw in their rotation. With most of the first round outside cornerbacks gone, that's where I'd look for them to go. Jennings brings an aggressive style and nastiness to edge play that will do that Chiefs lineup some good.
No. 31 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick: Trey Adams, OT, Washington
This is an odd spot for the Buccaneers. They could stand to get a safety next to Justin Evans, but Jordan Whitehead has played well enough for them not to reach for anyone not named Deionte Thompson. They could certainly use another cornerback, but with Williams and Oruwariye off the board, they're not about to draft another under sized corner in Levonta Taylor.
If you assume Winston is still their guy at quarterback, I could see them taking a chance on Washington offensive tackle Trey Adams, who would have been a Top 15 pick had he not undergone back surgery this season. Back surgeries for big boys are tricky, so this all could change, but if Adams checks out, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get Demar Dotson's replacement on the roster.
No. 32 - Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
I know the Bengals are picking No. 32 in this mock due to their record and strength of schedule, but I just don't believe Dalton is consistent enough for them to win the big one.
Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins might be.
Through three games, Haskins has 890 passing yards 11 touchdowns and one interceptions. He is dealing, but he is young and he still hasn't really played a top-tier defense. Haskins has a lot to prove still, but his potential is clearly very high.