Sure, were not even to the Superbowl, but for the teams not in the playoffs, their offseason has officially started, with the NFL Draft on the top of their to-do list. I will split this up into two sections, to protect from bandwidth and page loading issues.
NOTE: The mock does feature trades
1. Arizona Cardinals – Nick Bosa (DE) Ohio State
The Cardinals are in full re-build mode. Kliff Kingsbury is taking over the reigns, bringing in Vance Joseph to run the defense. The Cardinals glaring holes are on the offensive line and wide receiver, but they can’t reach that high on one with the first overall pick. Bosa is the most talented player in the draft, and pairing him with Chandler Jones is a deadly pass-rushing combination. There are obviously going to be concerns after his core muscle surgery, but Bosa should be 100% and ready to go. In 29 college games, Bosa finished with 17.5 sacks and 29 TFL’s.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (trade with San Francisco) – Dwayne Haskins (QB) Ohio State
The Jaguars are ready to move on from Blake Bortles. While the quarterback class this year is rather weak; the Jaguars seemingly are wanting to move on now. Haskins is more pro-ready than Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones. The track record for previous Ohio State quarterbacks is bad, but Haskins seems to play different than most. He’s a polished pocket passer, and threw for 50 touchdowns with just eight interceptions, and a 70% completion percentage. Check this; J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller, Terrelle Pryor, Kenny Guiton, Troy Smith. This is a list of the past six starting quarterbacks for Ohio State who all failed in the NFL. Haskins can break the trend here.
3. New York Jets – Josh Allen (EDGE) Buffalo
The Jets have an entirely new coaching staff, with Adam Gase taking over, hiring Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator, and Gregg Williams tasked with running the defense. The Jets defense was in the bottom of the league in yards per game allowed and points allowed. Allen is an elite pass rusher, recording 17 sacks this past season, totaling 31 in his three seasons as a starter. The Jets are in desperate need of a pass rusher, and Allen is a once in a generation talent.
4. Oakland Raiders – Quinnen Williams (DT) Alabama
Ideally the Raiders would like a pass rusher, but with Bosa and Allen off the board, they will have to settle for the best interior defensive lineman in the draft. As a reserve freshman in 2017, Williams played in nine games, registering 6.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. This past year as a starter, Williams was an absolute run-stuffing machine, registering 71 tackles, 19.5 TFL, and eight sacks.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jonah Williams (OT) Alabama
Offensive lineman is never a sexy pick in the top 10, but for the Bucs it is completely necessary. Williams can play both tackle positions, and neither Demar Dotson or Donovan Smith is going to hold on to the spot. The team still believes in Jameis Winston, and getting him some adequate protection would be a start.
6. New York Giants – Ed Oliver (DT) Houston
The Giants will certainly be tempted to take Kyler Murray here; but with the upcoming quarterback draft classes looking extremely promising, the Giants should elect to take advantage of the amazing defensive line talent in this draft class. Oliver is an amazing specimen, at just 6-3 292, he clogs up the middle like a 350 Dontari Poe-esque type player. In three years as a starter (missing four games this past year) Oliver recorded 53 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks.
7. San Francisco 49ers – Clelin Ferrell (DE) Clemson
They need help at receiver, but I doubt Shanahan and company reaches this high for a receiver. While defensive end isn’t necessarily a huge need, having a good defensive line rotation is key in a pass-happy league. Ferrell in three seasons as a starter, recorded 27 sacks and 50.5 tackles for loss and will fit in great in the San Francisco defensive scheme.
8. Detroit Lions – Devin White (LB) LSU
The Lions linebackers are absolutely the worst in the league; and needs a massive facelift to complement their impressive secondary. In his two seasons as a starter, White recorded 256 combined tackles, and was a force and leader for the LSU defense. He’s got decent size, at 6’1″ 240, and should slide in well as the MIKE linebacker in Mattt Patricia’s 4-3 defense.
9. Buffalo Bills – Christian Wilkins (DT) – Clemson
Kyle Williams, the heart and sole of Buffalo, is retiring, and the Bills will desperately need to replace both his leadership and productivity. Wilkins was a three year starter at Clemson, rotating his freshman year, and was a consistent force plugging up the middle, or rushing the passer up the middle. He capped off his great career with 40.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks.
10. Denver Broncos – Jeffery Simmons (DT) – Mississippi State
The Broncos could possibly reach on Drew Lock or Kyler Murray, but again, as stated before, the defensive line talent is too rich to pass up. With some added pressure in the middle, the outside pass rush could open up more for Bradley Chubb and Derek Wolfe. Simmons recorded 33 tackles for loss and seven sacks in three years as a starter, and has the size and burst to disrupt NFL interior linemen. Playing in the SEC against top tier competition is always a plus.