2020 Lions 7 Round Mock Draft

Last year’s draft was brutal.

The Lions took T.J. Hockenson, a tight end, at pick #8.

Then they took Jahlani Tavai, another linebacker who can’t cover at #43. A safety Will Harris came as a head scratcher in the 3rd round. DE Austin Bryant didn’t play last year due to injury. I had corner Amani Oruwariye graded as a Day 2 pick who ended up falling to the 5th round, and I was thrilled to see the Lions select him there. He played well in the few snaps he had in 2019, and got a pick against fellow rookie and former Big 10 QB Dwayne Haskins.

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This “pass defense” was literally featured on Jahlani Tavai’s 2019 highlight video made by the Lions. See it in all of its 2 minute 53 second glory here.

6th round picks Travis Fulgham and Ty Johnson are still on the roster, as is 7th round TE Issac Nauta. 7th round DT PJ Johnson is not.

So here I am once again attempting to salvage this roster doing a 7 round mock for the Detroit Lions. This is purely a what I would do mock, not what I think Bob Quinn will do. As always, the simulation will be done via TheDraftNetwork. No trades projected here, but let’s all hope Quinn can get Miami’s second for a swap of firsts.

NFL Draft 2020 Rumors: Isaiah Simmons Expected to Be Picked in 7 ...
Why would the Lions pass on Simmons at 3?

Round 1, Pick #3: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

Isaiah Simmons is the prospect Matt Patricia should be slobbering all over. For the defensive “genius” who always talks about versatility being the most important part of his defense, Simmons is that at more. Simmons played over 100 snaps at 5 different positions last year at Clemson, becoming the first player since Khalil Mack to notch 120 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, and multiple interceptions in one season. Simmons is the type of player and athlete that sacks Aaron Rodgers on 2nd down, then covers Davante Adams on 3rd down. Make the pick.

Round 2, Pick #35: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

The Lions pass rush was abysmal last year, and Yetur Gross-Matos is my 2nd ranked EDGE in this class. While there were some consistency issues the blend of size/length/bend is exciting. Gross-Matos would be a steal in the second round and I’m not sure he makes it here. Other targets that I would have potentially considered with this pick had the board fallen differently were Oklahoma DT Neville Gallimore and Utah CB Jaylon Johnson. Strongly considered taking USC WR Michael Pittman Jr here. Kid is a stud. Don’t be shocked if he sneaks into the back of the 1st round, and also don’t be shocked if the Lions use a 2nd round pick to dip into this talented WR class, especially if they pick up a pick from a trade-back.

Round 3, Pick #67: Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina

One of my favorite players in the draft. Edwards may not be the greatest separator and isn’t the fastest off the line, but he is extremely tough at the catch point and has underrated after the catch ability. He suffered from brutal QB play at South Carolina and would love to see #9 toss to this kid. Whether or not Edwards ends up a Lion, receiver is an under the radar need for Detroit and I expect them to draft one on Day 2. Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay (Bob Quinn’s best draft pick, by far) are both on the last year of their contracts, and while I expect Kenny to get a big payday I don’t think Jones will be back in 2021. Edwards is drafted to be developed into his replacement, and I think he could be Keenan Allen in the NFL.

Round 3, Pick #85: Parnell Motley, CB, Oklahoma

You may have been wondering why I haven’t selected a corner yet, and that’s because I’ve had Playoff Parnell in my back pocket for this pick at #85. It’s only natural that the Lions use a pick from the Slay trade to get a corner, and Motley may just be the most underrated player in the entire draft. He was somehow snubbed from the combine despite locking down Denzel Mims, Jalen Reagor, and JaMarr Chase. Read Leigh’s article on Motley for more information. I watched every game on Motley that I could find on the internet, and there’s just no way he is a bust in the NFL despite literally nobody talking about him. I am as sure of it as I am sure that I love McDoubles and ranch dressing. There’s 0% chance Bob Quinn makes this pick, and that’s why I should be holding the Louisville Slugger in Allen Park on draft day. BTW, Noah Ig will be a bust.

2020 NFL Draft Profile: Oklahoma Football CB Parnell Motley ...
Motley shut down Jalen Reagor, who will be drafted ahead of him.

Round 4, Pick #109: Leki Fotu, iDL, Utah

Fotu is 6’5″ 335 and has cinder blocks for hands. This is the 2 gapping 1 tech that Matt Patricia can get early on Day 3 rather than reaching for Derrick Brown at pick #3. Fotu is a high effort player who never gets blown off the line of scrimmage. He’s a little slow out of his stance and doesn’t project well as a guy who can create an interior pass rush, but in the 4th round you’re not going to find players who do it all.

Round 5, Pick #149: Ben Bredeson, iOL, Michigan

Unfortunately Oregon Guard Shane Lemieux went 4 picks before this, so I’ll settle for Ben Bredeson. Bredeson was the Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year his senior year of high school and started full time for 3 years in Ann Arbor. I’ll admit that I really have only seen Bredeson in games where I watched Cesar Ruiz, but reports are that he is a hard-nosed player who may struggle athletically. I have yet to address the need on the interior of the offensive line so I’ll do it here despite the fact that I would have paid Graham Glasgow if I was the GM, which I should be, yet I am not.

Round 5, Pick #166: Tanner Muse, S, Clemson

I’ll defer to the Murray brothers who brought Tanner Muse up in our sleepers podcast. Muse is another hybrid type player from Clemson’s defense who I think could mesh well with Patricia’s desire for versatile pieces. While my first round pick Simmons is more of a EDGE/LB hybrid, Muse is a Safety/LB hybrid on the back end. With Tracy Walker cemented into the free safety role, I’ll try Muse at strong safety first to develop behind Duron Harmon. He also ran a 4.41 40 in Indy, so if you put a little extra on his 227 pound frame he could be a more than worthwhile developmental LB prospect.

Sapakoff: Ideal Clemson Senior Day for safety Tanner Muse ...
Muse may be a tweener, but his production, size, and speed are more than worth a chance in the 5th round.

Round 6, Pick #182: DeeJay Dallas, RB, Miami

Adding some competition to the RB room later in the draft is more than a realistic scenario for Detroit in the draft, and Dallas was one of the more fun sleeper RB prospects I looked at. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and has production both on the ground and through the air. He may not run around defenders, but he may run them over. Pass pro leaves something to be desired, but hey it’s the 6th round.

Round 7, Pick #235: Trey Adams, OT, Washington

I’ll admit that at this point in my mock I am running out of players on the board whose names I even recognize, let alone know anything about. In my defense, throwing darts in the later rounds is pretty much what Bob Quinn has done so far as Lions GM (Jimmy Landes, Brad Kaaya, Jake Rudock, Nick Bawden, Pat O’Connor), so who’s to say I would be any worse at it. With my last pick in the mock I draft the 6’8″ mountain of a tackle from Washington Trey Adams. At the combine a reporter asked Adams if he could change one thing about himself, what would it be?

Adams said he’d want a bigger dick.

Welcome to Detroit.

Better Late Than Never: Dolan’s First/Final 2019 Mock Draft

Where did the time go? Seems like just yesterday Matt Prater was throwing touchdowns in Green Bay, Nick Foles was primed for another Super Bowl run, and #DraftSZN was only at its origins. Fast forward almost four months later, and we’re only several hours away from The Back Judge Podcast’s equivalent of Christmas: Draft night. I may have missed podcasts recently (turns out college classes require a tad more attention than I have paid them in the past), but in my limited free time, I was watching game tape in my room at 3 AM. Without further ado, here’s how I think the NFL General Managers will pick tomorrow.

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals

 

The Pick: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

 

The second Kliff Kingsbury took the Head Coaching job in Arizona, Kyler Murray at number 1 rumors began swirling. Kingsbury was quoted during his time at Texas Tech saying, “If I have the first pick in the draft, I’m taking Kyler Murray.” Since then, Murray has been dissected by the media, with scouts expressing some leadership concerns and some even saying that all of this is a smokescreen by the Cardinals to get trade offers. To hell with all of that. Cardinals QB Josh Rosen, though full of potential, had one of the worst seasons ever for a rookie quarterback last year and shouldn’t be enough to stop Kingsbury from making a splash and taking his guy number 1 overall.

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers

 

The Pick: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

 

Bosa is widely regarded as the top prospect in the draft, and likely would have gone first overall had Kyler Murray chose to play baseball. San Francisco will gladly take Bosa at number 2, one of the most consistent players I’ve ever seen play at the collegiate level. Bosa has a nose for the ball and was virtually unblockable during his time at Ohio State. The 49ers have drafted three defensive linemen in the first round the past four years and added Dee Ford in the offseason, but Bosa is simply too good to pass up. Only concern I have is Bosa being a little bit of a homophobe (better delete those old tweets, buddy) and having to play in San Francisco.

 

  1. New York Jets

 

The Pick: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

 

Josh Allen is a freaky athletic hybrid player who can play on the defensive line and cover receivers in passing situations. He was very productive at Kentucky (17 sacks his senior year) and will give the Jets some much-needed pass rush opposite of Leonard Williams, who has always been more of a run stopper than a pass rusher.

 

  1. Oakland Raiders

 

The Pick: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

 

I think that the Raiders would love to get Josh Allen at this pick, as he’s maybe the closest prospect we’ve seen to Khalil Mack since, well, Khalil Mack, but Williams is a slam dunk player should they choose to pick the best player available. Williams is a brick wall on the interior of the defensive line, and despite consistently facing double teams in college, he still managed to rack up 8 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss, and the Outland Trophy for the country’s best DT last year despite only being a redshirt sophomore.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

The Pick: Devin White, LB, LSU

 

After losing Kwon Alexander in free agency, the Bucs get his replacement (and perhaps upgrade) in the ultra-athletic White at number 5. White is the prototypical new age linebacker; he can blitz, he can stop the run, and he’s more than fast enough to have his way with slot receivers. Running a 4.42 40-yard dash, White will immediately be one of the most physically gifted linebackers in the NFL. If he can improve his tackling technique just a little bit, he’ll be a star.

 

  1. New York Giants

 

The Pick: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

 

When mock drafting the New York Giants, you have to ask yourself one thing: What Would Gettleman Do? New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman has had a less-than-stellar 2019 offseason to say the least, trading Odell Beckham Jr. for the 17thoverall pick and bringing back 38-year-old QB Eli Manning for another season. Rashan Gary, in my opinion the most polarizing player in the 2019 NFL Draft, would be the perfect controversial pick for Gettleman to make. After trading Damon Harrison and Olivier Vernon over the past calendar year, the Giants’ D-Line is putrid. Gary didn’t do anything noteworthy in college, but he’s scary athletic for his size and can play on the interior and outside, versatility needed with the group of defensive linemen the Giants currently have.

 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars

 

The Pick: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa

 

After signing QB Nick Foles to a 4-year contract over the offseason, the Jaguars are desperate to give him some people to throw to. With arguably the weakest receiver/tight end group in the league (fun fact: Justin Blackmon is still technically on Jacksonville’s reserve list), Hockenson is an easy pick for Jacksonville in my opinion. Hockenson is still progressing, but he’s the best blocking tight end in the class and has shown enough flashes of athleticism to think he could become an elite TE in the NFL.

 

  1. Detroit Lions

 

The Pick: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

 

Let’s go!!!! The Lions picking up Ed Oliver would be a home run pick. After bolstering the edge of the line by signing former Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers in free agency and drafting Da’Shawn Hand last year, the transformation of the Lions defensive line will be complete once Ed Oliver slots next to Damon Harrison on the interior of the line (sorry A’Shawn, I still love you). Oliver is underweight for a defensive tackle at just 287 pounds, but his height (6’2”) and strength (32 bench press reps at the Combine) make me confident he won’t have too much trouble transitioning to the NFL.

 

  1. Buffalo Bills

 

The Pick: DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

 

After swinging and missing on Antonio Brown over the offseason, the Bills added to their weak receiving corps by signing free agents Cole Beasley and John Brown. Spoiler alert: that’s not enough. Metcalf is another polarizing player, setting the Combine on fire with his 4.33 40-yard dash and an eye-popping 27 reps on the bench press. However, his 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drill times were worse than Tom Brady (!) With few elite receiver prospects in this draft, I’d roll the dice on Metcalf as he has all the tools to become a number 1 wide receiver, he just needs to become a more versatile route runner.

 

  1. Denver Broncos

 

The Pick: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

 

The Denver Broncos quarterback situation has been hilarious since Peyton Manning retired. Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian, Case Keenum, and now Joe Flacco are the QBs John Elway has brought in to lead his team the past few seasons. What do they all have in common? They suck. Dwayne Haskins set virtually every Ohio State passing record this season while leading the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record. Haskins has one of the prettiest deep balls out of any quarterback recently drafted, and has shown incredible poise both on and off the field. I would love to see Dwayne tossing 60-yard bombs in the thin Mile High air, it’s just up to Elway to finally make the pick and get a real franchise QB.

 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals

 

The Pick: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

 

After cutting Vontaze Burfict over the offseason, Devin Bush is the perfect guy to bring in and replace him. Bush plays a lot like Burfict; he hits hard, goes 110% every play, and will let you know how good he is by talking trash on the field the entire time. The difference between the two is Devin Bush has zero off the field concerns. Bush is a natural born leader, and after he got injured during the Ohio State game, the Michigan defense went from number one in the country to one of the worst in the country.

 

  1. Green Bay Packers

 

The Pick: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

 

With the aging but still elite Aaron Rodgers under contract until he’s 39, the Packers number one priority should be protecting him. Rodgers has dealt with injuries the past two seasons that have ultimately prevented the Packers from making the playoffs. Jonah Williams is the top offensive line prospect in this draft, and one of the most versatile. I see Williams being able to play both the guard and tackle spot in the pros.

 

  1. Miami Dolphins

 

The Pick: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

 

Where do you even start with this team? Going into the 2019 season with a new head coach and consistently inconsistent veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter, the Dolphins should be a dumpster fire this coming season. This is a pick for the future. After being Kyler Murray’s favorite target all season, the short but speedy Brown will do Tua Tagovailoa a lot of favors when the Dolphins select him first overall in the 2020 draft.

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons

 

The Pick: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

 

The Falcons don’t have many glaring needs, and are my favorite out of teams who didn’t make the postseason in 2018 to make it back in 2019. The Falcons are thin at the offensive tackle position opposite of former first round pick Jake Matthews, so picking Taylor would solidify their offensive line and help the not-so-mobile Matt Ryan spend less time on his back next season. Taylor is an agile pass blocker, which will come in handy going against elite NFL speed rushers.

 

  1. Washington Redskins

 

The Pick: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

 

The Redskins need playmakers on both sides of the ball, and Burns is without a doubt a playmaker on the defensive side. Standing at 6’5” and running a 4.53 40-yard dash, Burns has the best speed rush on the edge and the best bend going up against offensive tackles out of any EDGE prospect I watched play. His elite physical tools were on display this past season at Florida State, as Burns racked up 10 sacks. The one knock on Burns is his light weight, only 249 pounds, but if putting on weight gets rid of his elite speed rush, it won’t be worth it.

 

  1. Carolina Panthers

 

The Pick: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

 

Let me get this straight: I love Greedy Williams. If I’m Bob Quinn, I have no problem taking him at number 8 overall for the Lions. Williams is 6’3”, runs a 4.37 40-yard dash, and played man coverage throughout his career at LSU, shutting down receivers like DK Metcalf, who I have getting drafted 7 slots ahead of Williams. So why is Greedy getting picked at 16? Tackling. He’s not a great tackler. I couldn’t care less about that. Cornerbacks are asked to make solo tackles in the running game 1 or 2 times per game at the most. So, while the Lions look for “good tackling corners” (may I remind you Teez Tabor was known as a tackling corner), the Panthers will gladly take the shutdown corner they’ve lacked since parting ways with Josh Norman.

 

  1. New York Giants (from Cleveland)

 

The Pick: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

 

Gettleman’s back again! Who needs Odell Beckham when you can take a quarterback who struggled to complete 50% of his passes in college? The Giants are reportedly enamored with Jones, and Gettleman is rumored to see him as the “next Eli Manning.” (Is that a good thing?) Jones didn’t do one thing on tape that really jumped out to me, and although he had some success at Duke, a lot of people contribute that to head coach David Cutliffe’s system. There are better QBs still on the board than Jones, like my boy Drew Lock, who continues to fall in this mock draft.

 

  1. Minnesota Vikings

 

The Pick: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma

 

Anyone who watched the Vikings last season knows that they need help on the offensive front. Kirk Cousins had virtually no time to make throws, especially late in the season, and the Vikings inability to pass protect left them watching the playoffs on the couch after a 13-3 season in 2017. Ford is another versatile lineman prospect who spent the past two seasons protecting Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, and can play either guard or right tackle.

 

  1. Tennessee Titans

 

The Pick: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

 

The Titans don’t have a bad defensive line, but they could use consistency on the edge opposite of Jurrell Casey. Clelin Ferrell’s middle name is consistency. While not a spectacular prospect, lacking the strength and speed of elite EDGE prospects, Ferrell has the ideal frame (6’4”, 265 pounds) for an NFL defensive end, and showed during his time at Clemson that his biggest strength was his technique, having some of the best hand moves and footwork out of any pass rusher in this year’s class.

 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers

 

The Pick: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

The Steelers may be on verge of total implosion. The Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown sagas that dominated headlines this offseason showed that there is something not quite right with the Steelers right now, and the team has consistently had QB Ben Roethlisberger’s back while pushing the needs of the rest of the team to the side. Struggling to find a linebacker since Ryan Shazier’s devastating injury, Mack Wilson would fit the Steelers’ virtually “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” system well. Wilson disappointed at the combine running a 4.7 40-yard dash, but he looked faster on tape and was very good at defending the middle of the field on passing downs. I also see Mack Wilson as one of the best tacklers in the draft.

 

  1. Seattle Seahawks

 

The Pick: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

 

The second tight end taken in the draft is another former Hawkeye. You’d think they would have had a better season last year than 9-4. Fant is almost like the opposite of Hockenson; he’s known solely for his athleticism and struggled blocking. Fant makes scouts salivate with his 6’4” height and 4.50 40-yard dash time, and he reminds me of an Eric Ebron who can actually catch. He will be a welcome target for the $140 million man Russell Wilson.

 

  1. Baltimore Ravens

 

The Pick: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

 

Another team in contention for worst receiving corps in the league, it is absolutely imperative the Ravens add threats in the passing game to avoid defenses from stacking the box against run-first QB Lamar Jackson. Harry would immediately become the best receiver on the Ravens, and his physical tools (6’2”, 27 bench press reps) combined with college production (1,000+ yards each of the last two seasons) make him a great pick for Baltimore. My one concern is his speed (4.53 40-yard dash), but when you watch the tape on Harry, he’s the most competitive and aggressive receiver in this class, two things that matter a lot in the NFL.

 

  1. Houston Texans

 

The Pick: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

 

Wilkins could very well be picked before this, but I see him falling to the Texans at number 23. The Texans are in need of an elite nose tackle in their 3-4 system, and Wilkins would be the ideal player to put in that spot, especially if the Jadeveon Clowney contract dispute isn’t taken care of soon and their defensive line gets thinner. Wilkins is an incredible athlete for 315 pounds, running a 5.04 40-yard dash and a 4.55 in the 20-yard shuttle. With 15 passes defended in his career, Wilkins next to JJ Watt would be a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks whether they get the pass off or not.

 

  1. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago)

 

The Pick: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

One of the better overall prospects in the draft, Sweat is expected to fall in the draft due to an undisclosed heart condition, but he’s not making it past Oakland, who would have drafted him #4 overall were he fully healthy. Admittedly, I’m not in love with Sweat like many scouts are, but the physical tools are staggering. Sweat’s 4.41 40-yard dash is the fastest all time for a defensive lineman, and faster than a lot of the best running backs in the NFL. On tape, Sweat looked a bit like a one-trick pony speed rusher with subpar technique, but he’s still raw, and I’ll be rooting for him to develop into the player he can be in Oakland.

 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles

 

The Pick: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

 

The Eagles’ Achilles heel last year was injuries in the secondary. Their top three cornerbacks, including Ronald Darby, were all lost for the season during the 2018 year, and had to be replaced by practice squad players. While the replacements did an admirable job, it’s important this doesn’t happen again. Murphy is a consistent and gritty corner prospect. The best tackling corner in the draft, Murphy does best in zone coverage and has great ball skills, including a game winning pick-6 in the Pac 12 Championship game this past year. Murphy isn’t a transcendent athlete, but the Eagles’ strong safety play should make him an effective corner.

 

  1. Indianapolis Colts

 

The Pick: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

 

The Indianapolis Colts were the NFL’s most improved team last season. With an incredibly young but still talented core, the Colts are in shape to compete for years to come. However, they’re weak at safety, so landing Thompson, the top safety prospect in a relatively weak class, would be huge for them. Thompson has great instincts and ball skills, and when he sees that it’s a run play, he’s not afraid at all to run into the trenches and lay a big hit.

 

  1. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas)

 

The Pick: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

 

This is why I waited so long to do my mock draft! Marshawn Lynch retired the other day so now the Raiders have no running back, and I think Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock would be ecstatic to land the top RB prospect in the draft this late in the first round. Jacobs didn’t impress at his Pro Day like I thought he would, running a solid but not elite 4.52 40-yard dash, but Jacobs runs violently with the ball, and his 220-pound frame is hard to bring down. In my opinion, Jacobs was the key to Alabama’s victory over Oklahoma in the CFP semifinal this year.

 

  1. Los Angeles Chargers

 

The Pick: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

 

Dexter Lawrence is a big boy, and after failing a drug test for PEDs before the College Football Playoff, now we may know why. Because of this failed drug test, Lawrence has dropped in the draft and become one of the biggest high-risk, high-reward prospects in the draft. The Chargers are really strong on the edge of the D-line but weak on the interior, making Lawrence a great fit for them. Lawrence is a spectacular athlete for his size and an effective pass rusher even as a nose tackle, one of the hardest positions to pass rush from, but he struggles a bit against the run.

 

  1. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City)

 

The Pick: Zach Allen, EDGE, Boston College

 

After trading Frank Clark this past week, the Seahawks will attempt to make up for the lost production by taking another defensive end in the draft. Allen is the most unspectacular EDGE prospect in this first round by far, and I hesitate to really call him an EDGE because he exclusively has to play in a 3-point stance on the line. He’s slow (5.0 second 40-yard dash) and not very strong (24 bench press reps), but when you watch him on tape, it’s hard not to root for him. He gave consistent effort every single play, which was evident by his whopping 100 tackles his junior year, something I’ve rarely seen any defensive linemen achieve.

 

  1. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans)

 

The Pick: Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis

 

Most mock drafts have Darrell Henderson going in the 2ndor 3rdround. Why? I have no idea. This would be a home run for the RB-thin Packers so I really hope they don’t actually make this pick. Henderson was a one man wrecking crew in college, averaging an unheard of 8.9 (!!!!!!!!) yards per carry in both of his last two seasons, and Henderson backed it up at the combine by running a 4.49 40-yard dash. Whoever picks Darrell Henderson is getting a bona fide stud running back.

 

  1. Los Angeles Rams

 

The Pick: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

 

The Rams are one of the most stacked teams in the league, but last season proved that CB Marcus Peters is more of a name than an actually effective player right now. Peters got exposed by receivers such as Michael Thomas, and while I still like Peters and his instinctive ball skills, it would be in the Rams’ best interest to add another corner. Baker was a great press corner in the tough SEC in college, and he went the entire 2017 and 2018 seasons without allowing a touchdown.

 

  1. New England Patriots

 

The Pick: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

 

Can Tom Brady retire right now? I had to do it! Ever since I watched a 15-minute video of Drew Lock escaping pressure in the pocket and avoiding sacks over Christmas break, I’ve been in love with this guy, poor footwork and technique be damned. Lock has a rocket arm and is a great decision maker, and although his team wasn’t incredibly successful in college, Lock was, throwing for 44 touchdowns in his junior season. Put Lock in the Belichick system and in twenty years we’ll be debating whether he’s the GOAT or just a system QB.

 

 

 

 

 

Tommy Mock 2.0

  1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma
  2. Kingsbury gets to start off his tenure with a QB tailor-made to run his offense. Murray brings an unprecedented skill set to the position and will instantly jump-start this lethargic offense.
  3. San Fransisco 49rs- Nick Bosa EDGE Ohio St;

Despite adding the inconsistent Dee Ford to their end group, the 49rs can’t pass up on a chance to add the best pass rusher in the draft. If this were to come to fruition, San Fransisco would have one of the NFL’s youngest and most talented defensive lines.

  1. New York Jets- Quinnen Williams; Ideally I think the Jets would prefer to move down with one of the QB hungry teams, that being said, Williams is too good to pass. Pairing him with fellow Williams, Leonard, the two would form a dynamic and imposing interior tandem.
  2. Okland Raiders- Josh Allen EDGE/LB Kentucky; The Raiders need to add emerging talent almost everywhere. With Allen, they get a versatile piece for new DC Paul Guenther. Allen can help out a weak LB corps or an equally weak EDGE group, with elite talent to boot.
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-  Jonah Williams OT/G Alabama; Despite needing help all over their defense, this team will live and die with Jameis Winston, and protecting him should be priority #1. Williams is worlds better than current starting RT Demar Dotson and can slot in at RG if they wanna keep Doston as a starter.
  4. New York Giants- Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State; While it looks like Dave Gettleman are comfortable with Eli Manning going forward, a succession plan needs to be put in place. Dwayne Haskins will benefit from sitting behind Eli Manning and his skill set meshes well with the various RAC options the Giants currently have.
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jawan Taylor OT Florida; With the acquisition of Nick Foles the Jaguars finally have a competent QB in-house. This whole draft should be dedicated to giving Foles all the tools possible to make this team a super bowl contender. With Taylor, the Jaguars get an immediate upgrade at their RT spot.
  6. Detroit Lions- Ed Oliver DL Houston; The Lions will have a multitude of options come draft night with multiple needs to fill. In Oliver they get a scheme versatile lineman who I think will dominate in the NFL. Combined with the Trey Flowers signing, the Lions are on their way to building the dominate line they’ve so greatly lacked in the past couple years.
  7. Buffalo Bills- DK Metcalf WR Ole Miss; The Bills did a nice job of getting John Brown and Cole Beasley last month, two supporting veterans who I like as nice pieces for Josh Allen. With DK Metcalf, the Bills get an alpha WR1 who fits perfectly with this team. His skillset is tailormade with the gunslinging, go get em’ tendencies of Josh Allen.
  8. Denver Broncos- Devin White LB LSU; Drew Lock wouldn’t surprise me here but I think it’s the wrong move. With Joe Flacco in place for the interim, Denver needs to continue to add playmakers, like they did last year with Bradley Chubb. Devin White can slot right into that MIKE spot with Brandon Marshall gone. Automatically will make an impact with his instincts and elite athletic traits.
  9. Cincinnati Bengals- Devin Bush Jr. LB Michigan; Despite Andy Dalton’s continued disappointment he deserves a full season under new Coach Zac Taylor. This team is awful at LB and Devin Bush is just what the doctor ordered. High character guy with good tape and traits to match.
  10. Green Bay Packers- Brian Burns EDGE; You can never have enough pass rush. The Packers did a good job of addressing that need this offseason with the addition of Preston and Zadarius Smith. Adding Brian Burns to that mix gives them an impressive arsenal of pass rushers, something they have sorely lacked throughout the decade.
  11.  Miami Dolphins- Rashan Gary DL Michigan; The Dolphins look to be on track for the bottom of the league. With Gary they meet a glaring need with a high upside player that has all the intangibles to be an elite defender.
  12. Atlanta Falcons- Christian Wilkins DT Clemson; The Falcons are picking in the top 15 due to a year riddled with injuries, this roster however is still one of the best in the league. With Christian Wilkins they get a leader, winner, and one of the more technically sound lineman in the class.
  13. Washington Redskins- Cody Ford OL Oklahoma; In my opinion Washington is another team like Miami and Cincinnati that are building for next year without a franchise QB  in place. With Ford they get an athletic, versatile behemoth of a man who has a nasty streak. Plug and play 10 year starter.
  14. Carolina Panthers- Clelin Ferrel EDGE Clemson; Despite signing Bruce Irvin the Panthers still have a hole at EDGE. Ferrel may not have elite “upside” but is a plug  and play guy who might have the highest floor in the entire class.
  15. New York Giants (From Cleveland)- Montez Sweat EDGE Mississippi St; The Giants got rid of their best and really only pass rusher in Olivier Vernon. Sweat is a bit of a project but is an impressive athlete and already has a nice, but improvable skill set.
  16. Minnesota Vikings- Dalton Risner OL Kansas St; The Vikings had one of the worst lines in the league last year, something they need to improve upon if the Kirk Cousins experiment will have a chance. I may be higher than some on Risner, but I love his versatility and character. He can fill any of the Vikings various weak spots on the line.
  17. Tennessee Titans- Chris Lindstrom G Boston College; The Titans surprisingly don’t have too many needs. And while they just signed Roger Saffold to a thic contract, pairing him with Lindstrom would give them 4 quality lineman. Lindtrom should thrive in this zone run scheme.
  18. Pittsburg Steelers- Byron Murphy CB Washington; Pittsburg has swung and missed on many secondary players over the years and it has hampered them. With Byron Murphy, they get my favorite corner in this class. I think his game is incredibly well rounded and he brings an intensity that you want your corners to posses.
  19.  Seattle Seahawks- Nasir Adderly S Delaware; Adderly has been #draftszn’s fastest riser and it’s easy to see why. He dominated D-II competition with his incredible range and surprising physicality. This should help with the loss of franchise cornerstone Earl Thomas.
  20. Baltimore Ravens- Garret Bradbury C North Carolina St; With Lamar Jackson being the franchise QB going forward their draft philosophy should reflect that. While I thought about going WR or even LB here, a player like Bradbury is too good to pass up. Bradbury is an elite center prospect, the kind that wouldn’t surprise me if he’s a pro bowler out the gate.
  21. Houston Texans- Andre Dillard OT Washington St; Dillard is another fast riser from this offseason. He’s regarded as the best pass blocking tackle in the class with an impressive athletic arsenal. Houston needs to make offensive line a priority if they want to keep Deshuan Watson around for the foreseeable future.
  22. Oakland Raiders- Greedy Williams CB LSU; Greedy Williams is too good to pass up here with Oakland’s second pick. Pairing him with Gareon Conely should give the raiders two corners with sky-high potential for the next 10 years. If Williams can make the best of his undeniable physical gifts, he will be an elite CB in this league.
  23. Philadelphia Eagles- Chauncey Gardner Johnson NB/S Florida; The Eagles’ secondary was hampered by injuries last year and their lack of depth showed. With Gardner Johnson they get a player who can play all over the secondary. Whether thats inside at nickel or at safety, he’s a player with an exciting, versatile skill set.
  24. Indianapolis Colts- Jerry Tillery DL Notre Dame; Tillery is a fast riser in this years class. He’s an impressive athlete at the defensive tackle spot, with length in spades and nice production as a pass rusher. The defensive line is weak in Indy, Tillery should start right away.
  25. Oakland Raiders- TJ Hockenson TE Iowa; Hockenson drops to #27 and is the first TE off the board. I would be pretty shocked if he’s here come 4/28 that being said the raiders add the best pure TE in the draft and instantly improve their passing and run game.
  26. Los Angeles Chargers- Dexter Lawerence NT Clemson; The Chargers have a gaping hole in the middle of their defense. That was all too apparent during Sony Michel 130 yard, 3 TD performance during the divisional round this past January. If the Chargers wanna return to that stage they surely will have to improve upon that. Lawerence is a sublime athlete at 340 lbs and will fit right in-between Bosa and Ingram.
  27. Kansas City Chiefs- DeAndre Baker CB Georgia; Bakers falls to #29 where he fills a desperate need in KC. While he might not have “elite” athleticism, he has virtually no weaknesses’ and has the highest floor of all the CB’s in this class. Plug and Play boi.
  28. Green Bay Packers- Noah Fant TE Iowa; Fant is some people’s #1 TE and it’s not shocking. He’s a fluid athlete who checks all the boxes of a modern TE and while he’s not the blocker Hockenson is, he still is a good blocker. Green Bay can line him up in a multitude of ways and he will spark this offense instantly.
  29. Los Angeles Rams- Jeffrey Simmons DT Mississippi St; I’m with big daddy Klepp here. Simmons would have been a top 10 pick no doubt if it weren’t for his ACL in preparation for the combine. The Rams can afford to effectively redshirt him this year and pair him with Aaron Donald in 2020. Good luck trying to curb that lethal pair.
  30. New England Patriots- Charles Omenihu DL Texas; The Super Bowl Champs have a good amount of needs and 12 picks to fill them. Let’s start with their depleted defensive line. Omenihu is a lengthy, versatile defensive lineman who wowed at the senior bowl. The 6’6 Omenihu has the type of tools the Patriots will covet and can play all over their line.
  31. Arizona Cardinals- Erik McCoy G/C Texas A&M
  32. Indianapolis Colts- Amani Oruwariye CB Penn State
  33. Oakland Raiders- Josh Jacobs RB Alabama
  34. San Fransisco 49rs- Kelvin Harmon WR North Carolina St.
  35. New York Giants- Michael Dieter OT Wisconsin
  36. Jacksonville Jaguars- Irv Smith Jr. TE Alabama
  37. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jachai Polite EDGE Florida
  38. Buffalo Bills- Chase Winovich EDGE Michigan
  39. Denver Bronos- Drew Lock QB Missouri
  40. Cincinnati Bengals- Yodney Cajuste OT West Virginia
  41. Detroit Lions- Deebo Samuel WR South Carolina
  42. Green Bay Packers- N’keal Harry WR Arizona State
  43. Atlanta Falcons- Mack Wilson LB Alabama
  44. Washington Redskins- Hakeem Butler WR Iowa St.
  45. Carolina Panthers- Greg Little OT Ole Miss
  46. Miami Dolphins- Dru Samia OL Oklahoma
  47. Cleveland Browns- Julian Love CB Notre Dame
  48. Minnesota Vikings- Dre’Mont Jones DL Ohio St.
  49. Tennessee Titans- Zach Allen DL Boston College
  50. Pittsburg Steelers- Blake Cashman LB Minnesota
  51. Philadelphia Eagles- David Edwards OT Wisconsin
  52. Houston Texans- Justin Layne CB Michigan St.
  53. Houston Texans- Jace Sternberger TE Texas A&M
  54. New England Patriots- Marquise Brown WR Oklahoma
  55. Philadelphia Eagles- Trayvon Mullen CB Clemson
  56. Dallas Cowboys- Darnell Savage S Maryland
  57. Indianapolis Colts- AJ Brown WR Ole Miss
  58. Los Angeles Chargers- Tytus Howard OT Alabama St.
  59. Kansas City Chiefs- Deionte Thompson S Alabama
  60. New Orleans Saints- Elgton Jenkins C Mississippi St.
  61. Kansas City Chiefs- Christian Miller EDGE Alabama
  62. New England Patriots- JJ Arcegia Whiteside WR Stanford

Spin The Hog: Article 3- Easton Stick

Easton Stick 6’2″ 220

You don’t have to endlessly grind the tape to discover that Easton Stick does not have an “NFL arm” that will catch your attention from the jump. That being said, there are several qualities Stick possesses that make him a very intriguing NFL prospect.

The most impressive thing about Stick, and possibly any prospect in the draft is the fact that he boasted a 49-3 record as a starter in college. Coming from FCS powerhouse North Dakota State university, winning football games has been the norm for years, but nobody has done it to the level that Stick has. In terms of resume, I do not know if anybody in the history of collegiate athletics can match up with Stick.

As a freshman he backed up current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, until Wentz went down with a wrist injury week 6. This is where the legend of Easton Stick began, he came in relief for Wentz and led the Bison to an unblemished 8-0 record, setting the stage for Wentz to walk off into NDSU lore after recovering from his injury and winning the FCS Championship, which was his final game. The next 3 years of his career were just as impressive, winning 2 more National Championships and breaking multiple NDSU records.

Easton is a pure athlete, he runs the ball just as effectively as he throws it and mechanically his game is quite sound. He moves his feet very well and seemingly takes coaching well due to his impressive fundamentals. He never jumped off the screen as a prototype or a “stud” so to speak as someone who will intimidate you with his size, strength, and outright ability like his predecessor Wentz. But that isn’t Sticks game, he will kill you all day on rollouts and is pretty comfortable throwing the ball on the run, and when you think you have him stopped through the air, he will recognize your defenses overcompensation and break off for a 50 yard touchdown run. He is not going to dot you up with accurate throws all game, but never showed to be wildly inaccurate or inconsistent with his ball. Most of his miscues through the air were due to lack of requisite zip or just a bad decision with the football.

Stick has a tendency to telegraph his throws and playing at the FCS level definitely worked to his advantage as the DB’s are not nearly as rangy, aggressive, or quick as they are in say, the SEC (Lock) or ACC (Finley). That being said, there are times where Stick shows an incredible ability to zip the ball into a tight window 25 yards down the middle of the field or throw a beautiful touch pass to the back of the end-zone.

Overall, I have my reservations about Stick when it comes to the competition he played against and his questionable arm-strength/decision making at times but if anyone on the planet is a proven winner, it’s Easton Stick. Every single time this guy’s name has been called he has answered the bell, most times surpassing all expectations and I love that quality, especially in a quarterback, like accuracy, it is something you can’t teach. I think Stick has a game that can translate to a sustainable NFL career, but I do not believe he will ever be the bonafide superstar quarterback 1st round teams are looking for. With a floor this high, I would like to see a team in need for a solid/developmental backup make a play on stick in the 2nd-3rd round.

GRADE: 6/10 (2-4 ROUND)

NFL COMP: NICK MULLENS/CASE KEENUM