Post-Blockbuster Four Round Mock Draft

Yes, I know we’ve been living in a post-Blockbuster world for some time thanks to Netflix, but I mean the Titans-Rams trade that puts Los Angeles at the #1 spot. We’re assuming they take a QB, so I’ve mocked accordingly.

I’ll have short writeups for the early picks and then just list the later rounds. I’ve also projected a couple of trades here.

ROUND 1

1. Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff, QB, California
Pretty straightforward. I think he’s the best QB in this draft. The Rams are obviously going to take one, so projecting otherwise is silly.

TRADE: San Francisco sends the #7, #37, #68, a 2017 2nd, and a 2017 3rd to Cleveland for the #2 and #141.

2. San Francisco 49ers – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Whether or not the 49ers move Colin Kaepernick, I think it’s clear they’re ready to move on from him. Wentz seems to fit Kelly’s offense well; its emphasis on pre-snap reads fits the style of decision-making he faced at NDSU.  (Or maybe I’m talking out of my ass.)

3. San Diego Chargers – Jalen Ramsey, FS, Florida State
I think they sprint to the podium with this card.

TRADE: Baltimore sends the #6 and #70 selections to Dallas for the #4 and #189 selections.

4. Baltimore Ravens – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
A rare trade up for Baltimore, who decide not to chance missing out on a foundational prospect even though he’s not especially a need for Dallas or Jacksonville.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
A no-brainer. Reports came back today that his knee did not check out as well as hoped, but I wrote this last night, and I’m not changing it now.

6. Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
With Randy Gregory’s suspension, I think they’d be fine with Bosa or Jack, hence the trade down. Bosa has enough size that you could move him inside and get all three on the field on passing downs.

7. Cleveland Browns – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
This probably falls under “least likely to happen” of the picks I’ve made so far, but I still love Treadwell and have him as the #1 receiver in this class and a top-eight prospect. Cleveland doesn’t have anything better than a #3 receiver on roster right now (we can’t count Josh Gordon until he’s back), and they’ve got to improve their talent there, period.

8. Philadelphia Eagles – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Word is they love him. He’s available. Do I have to draw you a map?

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
If he can settle in at LT, this moves Donovan Smith to RT and shores up their line considerably, an important factor for their young franchise QB.

10. New York Giants – Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
Another prospect I feel is being underrated for being an inch too short despite great film and athleticism. A real win for the Giants here.

11. Chicago Bears – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
I’m not as high on Buckner as most, but I think he’ll be the pick here if he’s still on the board, and he’s an ideal 3-4 DE in John Fox’s defense.

12. New Orleans Saints – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
The word is teams don’t like him as much as we do, which I don’t understand. He passes both the production and the athleticism tests. I’d love this pick here. Cam Jordan 2.0? Yes please.

13. Miami Dolphins – Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
They need a linebacker. The top two guys left on my board play positions they don’t need. This seems like something they’d do.

14. Oakland Raiders – Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
Provide some inside pass rush help to complement Khalil Mack.

15. Tennessee Titans – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Slide him in at right tackle, keep Taylor Lewan at left tackle, and your line is that much better.

16. Detroit Lions – Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Neither Golden Tate nor Marvin Jones are #1 receivers. They’ve got to get someone with that kind of ceiling at the position.

17. Atlanta Falcons – Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
Is he an edge rusher or an off-ball linebacker? Atlanta needs both, and they’ve been increasingly linked to him as we get closer to the draft.

18. Indianapolis Colts – Noah Spence, EDGE, Eastern Kentucky
They need young pass-rushing help badly. Well, they need a lot of things badly due to Ryan Grigson’s poor roster management, but let’s go with this one.

19. Buffalo Bills – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
A good player, one I’ve increasingly heard linked to the team, for a need.

20. New York Jets – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
They couldn’t execute a Rams-style mega-trade, but they still get a quality developmental prospect here. I like Lynch’s upside, especially if they can give him two years to sit and learn.

21. Washington Potatoes – Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
They love to build in the trenches, I like Billings as a prospect, and I’ve never heard of the guy listed as their starting nose tackle.

22. Houston Texans – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Speed and big-play ability to complement DeAndre Hopkins’ do-it-all game.

23. Minnesota Vikings – Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
Finally, the reliable, big-body #1 target Teddy Bridgewater needs.

24. Cincinnati Bengals – Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss
On talent, arguably a top-five prospect. It’s the mental and off-field parts that raise concerns, but who better to work with those than Marvin Lewis?

25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
Their secondary needs serious help, and Alexander is another guy I feel is being underrated for his size. (The Steelers don’t seem to mind smaller CBs– see Senquez Golson last year.)

26. Seattle Seahawks – Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida
Oh, boy. Look out, NFC West. He’s a guy whose position is unclear but whose pass-rushing skills are not, and Seattle will find a way to move him around a la Michael Bennett.

27. Green Bay Packers – Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama
Seems likely they’ll address the hole created by B.J. Raji’s sabbatical. The only question is with whom.

28. Kansas City Chiefs – Chris Jones, DL, Mississippi State
I think of him more as a 4-3 DT than one of the 5-techs in a 3-4, but he’s too talented to pass here.

29. New England Patriots – Pick Forfeited
No justice, no peace!

29. Arizona Cardinals – William Jackson III, CB, Houston
A really talented guy at a position of need. Again, not a lot of analysis necessary here.

30. Carolina Panthers – Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
The question of whether OT or WR was a bigger need for his team was answered resoundingly in the Super Bowl.

31. Denver Broncos – Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
They simply cannot go into the regular season with Mark Sanchez as their best QB. Cook isn’t exactly the kind of guy I would see as a fit for this offense, but I think he’s the most ready to step in and could start out as a Jay Cutler-lite type. I like certain aspects of Cook’s game, but his overall accuracy is troubling. Given the Broncos’ defense, I’d expect this to be a heavy running team that relies on Cook to bail them out of the occasional third down.

ROUND 2

  1. CLE – Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
  2. TEN – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
  3. DAL – Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
  4. SD – Kenny Clark, DL, UCLA
  5. BAL – Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
  6. CLE – Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
  7. JAX – Emmanuel Ogbah, EDGE, Oklahoma State
  8. TB – Vernon Butler, DL, Louisiana Tech
  9. NYG – Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
  10. CHI – Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
  11. MIA – Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
  12. TEN – Javon Hargrave, DL, South Carolina State
  13. OAK – Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
  14. TEN – Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
  15. DET – A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
  16. NO – Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
  17. IND – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
  18. BUF – Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
  19. ATL – Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford
  20. NYJ – Su’a Cravens, LB/S, USC
  21. HOU – Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
  22. WAS – Deion Jones, LB, LSU
  23. MIN – Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU
  24. CIN – Keanu Neal, FS, Florida
  25. SEA – Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
  26. GB – Shilique Calhoun, EDGE, Michigan State
  27. PIT – Vonn Bell, SS, Ohio State
  28. KC – Artie Burns, CB, Miami-FL
  29. NE – Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
  30. NE – Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
  31. CAR – Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
  32. DEN – Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford

ROUND 3

  1. TEN – Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State
  2. CLE – Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn
  3. SD – Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
  4. DAL – Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
  5. CLE – Darian Thompson, FS, Boise State
  6. JAX – Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
  7. DAL – Willie Henry, DL, Michigan
  8. NYG – Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
  9. CHI – Vadal Alexander, G/T, LSU
  10. MIA – Yannick Ngakoue, EDGE, Maryland
  11. TB – Jalen Mills, CB/S, LSU
  12. OAK – Jeremy Cash, SS, Duke
  13. TEN – Charles Tapper, DE/DL, Oklahoma
  14. PHI – Tavon Young, CB, Temple
  15. NO – Hassan Ridgeway, DL, Texas
  16. PHI – Christian Westerman, G, Arizona State
  17. BUF – Vernon Adams, QB, Oregon
  18. ATL – Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
  19. IND – Kentrell Brothers, LB, MIssouri
  20. NYJ – Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
  21. WAS – Jack Allen, C, Michigan State
  22. HOU – Austin Johnson, DL, Penn State
  23. MIN – Sheldon Day, DL, Notre Dame
  24. CIN – Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
  25. GB – Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA
  26. PIT – John Theus, OT, Georgia
  27. SEA – Joel Heath, DL, Michigan State
  28. NE – Kamalei Correa, EDGE, Boise State
  29. ARI – Landon Turner, G, North Carolina
  30. CAR – Spencer Drango, G/T, Baylor
  31. DEN – Dominique Alexander, LB, Oklahoma
  32. DET* – Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford
  33. NE* – Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
  34. SEA* – Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia
  35. DEN* – Paul Perkins, RB UCLA

* – compensatory pick
** – Kansas City forfeited the original #91 selection, between Seattle and New England, for tampering in the Jeremy Maclin signing.

ROUND 4

  1. CLE – Sebastian Tretola, G, Arkansas
  2. PHI – Kyler Fackrell, EDGE, Utah State
  3. DAL – Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
  4. SD – Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
  5. JAX – Miles Killebrew, SS, Southern Utah
  6. BAL – Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
  7. SF – Mike Thomas, WR, Southern Mississippi
  8. CHI – Jordan Jenkins, EDGE, Georgia
  9. MIA – Cyrus Jones, CB, Oklahoma
  10. TB – Eric Striker, OLB/EDGE, Oklahoma
  11. NYG – Travis Feeney, LB, Washington
  12. LA – Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
  13. NO – C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
  14. LA – Tajae Sharpe, WR, Massachusetts
  15. OAK – Kenny Lawler, WR, California
  16. ATL – Sean Davis, FS, Maryland
  17. IND – Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
  18. BUF – Bronson Kaufusi, DE/DL, BYU
  19. NYJ – Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia
  20. HOU – Jacoby Brissett, QB, North Carolina State
  21. WAS – Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn
  22. MIN – Connor McGovern, G, Missouri
  23. CIN – Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU
  24. PIT – Devon Cajuste, WR/TE, Stanford
  25. SEA – DeAndre Washington, RB, Texas Tech
  26. GB – Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
  27. KC – Graham Glasgow, G, Michigan
  28. CHI – Harlan Miller, CB, SE Louisiana
  29. ARI – Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU
  30. CAR – D.J. White, CB, Georgia Tech
  31. BAL – Connor Wujciak, DL, Boston College
  32. GB – Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple
  33. BAL – T.J. Green, FS, Clemson
  34. SF – Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State
  35. BAL – Nick Vigil, LB, Utah state
  36. DAL – Jatavis Brown, LB, Akron
  37. DEN – Dean Lowry, DL, Northwestern
  38. GB – Denver Kirkland, G, Arkansas
  39. CLE – Tyrone Holmes, EDGE, Montana
  40. BUF – Adolphus Washington, DL, Ohio State

There you have it. Leave notes on what you hate, why I’m an idiot, thoughts on my mother, etc. etc. in comments.

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