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Ell’s NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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1. Jags – QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

Trevor Lawrence is considered a generational talent at the QB position with a comparison to Peyton Manning you can lock him into this pick. The Jaguars struggled without a starter at the QB position and appear to have finally found their franchise guy here.

2. Jets – QB Zach Wilson, BYU

At this point I’m not sure if the Jets will trade away this pick with Deshaun Watson available, but either way the best decision would be a trade down and Zach Wilson will be the #2 overall pick as a dual threat QB with all of the tools.

3. Dolphins – WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama

The Heisman trophy winner will link up with his former QB in this mock as the Dolphins could use more playmakers and the injuries they continued to suffer at WR showed they could really use some depth. DeVonta Smith would form a nice tandem with WR DaVante Parker instantly coming in as the #2 WR.

4. Falcons – QB Justin Fields, Ohio State

The Falcons needs to find a replacement for QB Matt Ryan as his contract is coming to an end soon and the team appears to be in the middle of the pack with a need for a plan going forward. Justin Fields would be in the perfect position here to take a year to clean up his game and learn from one of the best.

5. Bengals – OT Penei Sewell, Oregon

The Bengals still get their guy despite falling a few spots after a couple wins at the end of the season. Penei Sewell is a huge LT prospect with a skillset compared to Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden, the Bengals really need to protect their QB, especially after the serious injury.  

6. Eagles – WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU

The Eagles need to find new playmakers with both Desean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery usually on the injury list and most likely off the roster. Ja’Marr Chase was the top pass catcher when Justin Jefferson was his teammate so that shows the type of talent he has. He should be the #1 WR on the depth chart from day 1.

7. Lions – LB Micah Parsons, Penn State

The Lions need to start with the best defender on the board after the defense was one of the worst in franchise history. The Lions have a need at the LB spot and Micah Parsons fills that need. Parsons would come in as the starting MLB to lead a defense in need of a rebuild and a leader.

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8. Panthers – QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State

While the Panthers have Teddy Bridgewater, they have been looking for their QB of the future. Trey Lance is an athletic prospect with good deep ball ability and the ability to tuck the ball and take off for a big play. The Panthers have shown a liking for athletic QBs and Lance should be a perfect fit with some time to learn. 

9. Broncos – CB Patrick Surtain Jr., Alabama

The Broncos could use some help in the secondary as that was key spot that showed inconsistency and poor play during the season. Patrick Surtain Jr. is a big CB with the ability to play safety who could come in as the #1 CB from Day 1 after team released A.J. Bouye; being the son of a former NFL CB he should be ready.

10. Cowboys – OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern

While Jerry Jones would love to go with a flashy pick here, the O-line fell apart last season due to age and injury so adding Rashawn Slater here makes sense. Slater is considered one of the top lineman in the draft and can play any position on the O-line, the Cowboys could use the versatility.

11. Giants – CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech

The Giants have needs on both sides of the ball, but the defense showed the most growth and could use more help for improvement. Whenever top CB James Bradberry played teams targeted the opposite side, making the need for a #2 CB big so adding a big CB in Caleb Farley with good speed and athleticism make sense.

12. 49ers – DE Gregory Rousseau, Miami

The 49ers didn’t dominate in the front 7 like past seasons and could use a pass rusher to help the secondary and the front get back to top level. Gregory Rousseau is the top pass rusher in the draft with good size and the ability to play LB and DE in the 49ers scheme giving him multiple ways to get to the QB.

13. Chargers – OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech

The Chargers have found their QB of the future, but they need to improve the O-line to protect him better going forward. Christian Darrisaw is a big LT rising up the draft boards as he has all of the skills to be a day 1 starter with great pass blocking skills.

14. Vikings – DE Kwity Paye, Michigan

The Vikings really struggled without having their usual dominate front 4 leading the way along with a young secondary, but they added playmakers in the draft in the secondary last year so this year should be the D-line. Kwity Paye is a solid edge rusher with good size who can also stop the run with a relentless motor that the Vikings like in their lineman.

15. Patriots – TE Kyle Pitts, Florida

The Patriots need help on both sides of the ball, but the offense is the main side of need and while most people believe the Patriots will go rushing for a QB, I doubt that is the case. The Patriots are known for a having good TE and luckily the best TE in the draft in Kyle Pitts falls in their lap. Pitts is a passing catching TE who can be used as another WR on the field showing his level of speed, hands, and athleticism; he is the type of playmaker the Patriots offense has been lacking.

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16. Cardinals – WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

The Cardinals see the changes in the division and while they have needs in other places, longtime WR Larry Fitzgerald has retired and they could use more explosion on that side of the ball. In this case, they add one of the fastest WR in the draft and one of the best playmakers in space in Jaylen Waddle. Waddle could fill in the slot position immediately and cause matchup problems.

17. Raiders – LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame

The Raiders defense struggled all season, and they don’t really have a sideline-to-sideline playmaker at LB. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was a defensive nightmare lining up all over the field and has position versatility, but his best fit may be at LB where he can cover TE’s, rush the passer, and make plays behind the line of scrimmage.

18. Dolphins – LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa

While the Dolphins added LB’s from the Patriots last offseason, they could still use one more playmaker at the position to complete it. Zaven Collins has the skills to rush the passer and excel in coverage with the size that fits this scheme. His versatility to play inside or outside LB is another skillset that this team covets.

19. WFT – QB Mac Jones, Alabama

The Washington Football Team had a weird situation at QB last season and the uncertainty around veteran QB Alex Smith is not good for a young team trying to improve. Mac Jones is a smart, accurate QB who many scouts believe can make all of the throws coming off a National Championship. Jones may not be the QB that can start right away, but he could be their eventual starter.

20. Bears – OT Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC

The Bears have a big need a tackle and can not afford to let Alijah Vera-Tucker fall in the draft, he could fill in nicely at RT with the potential to be the eventual LT. He is a tough lineman who can open up holes for the run game and he has the athleticism/footwork to get to the second level of a defense.

21. Colts – DE Jayson Oweh, Penn State

The Colts could use help off the edge and some young talent along the D-line. Jayson Oweh is a long, athletic defender who can provide pass rush and use his relentless motor to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. He could come in and start immediately at DE with the hopes that veteran Justin Houston is brought back as the starter opposite or someone he can learn from.

22. Titans –LB Azeez Ojulari, Georgia

The Titans have been on the search for pass rush help last season and it hasn’t worked out with LB Vic Beasley or LB/DE Jadeveon Clowney either. Azeez Ojulari was considered one of the best pass rushers in the SEC and a relentless rusher with good size who knows how to knock the ball out. In this situation, Ojulari would be allowed to do what he does best and strictly get after the QB and make plays behind the line.  

23. Jets – RB Travis Etienne, Clemson

The Jets best RB last season was 37-year-old Frank Gore, showing there is a big need to find a starter at the position. Travis Etienne has been one of the most consistent backs in football as an every down dual threat RB with the ability to make plays at any given time, especially in the biggest moments. With his talent and production, he could go higher in the draft. 

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24. Steelers – RB Najee Harris, Alabama

The Steelers need to find a RB that can be a workhorse in both the passing game and running game, luckily with RB’s not going so high they should be able to get the perfect pick in Najee Harris. Harris is a versatile back with good size to overpower defenders at the 2nd level with his size and speed and the ability to pound the football in a power running scheme. 

25. Jaguars – DT Christian Barmore, Alabama                 

After losing DT Calais Campbell and DE Yannick Ngakoue last season along with former 1st round pick DT Taven Bryan struggling, the Jaguars need help along the D-line. Barmore is a strong defender who can hold his own against the run and use his power to push into the backfield, however he was not a starter so he should still be available here despite his high production.

26. Browns – S Trevon Moehrig, TCU

The Browns’ defense really showed big improvement last season, but they could use a new safety even once last year’s pick Grant Delpit is healthy. Moehrig is a big coverage safety with the ability to make plays on the ball and a lot of times come down with the interception; he would be a welcome addition to a defense in need of more turnovers.

27. Ravens – OG Wyatt Davis, Ohio State

While the Ravens fans would love to see a WR at this point in the draft, there is not a player who fits the profile. Instead, the Ravens opt for Wyatt Davis who is considered the best Guard in the draft and fills a big need as long-time veteran G Marshall Yanda was never fully replaced.

28. Saints – CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina

The Saints have some decisions to make with the salary cap and could lose CB Janoris Jenkins. In a pass heavy division, the Saints are always in the market for CBs and Jaycee Horn would be a perfect fit. Horn is a tall, physical CB who can play on the outside against bigger WRs with good strength and footwork.

29. Packers – OT Sam Cosmi, Texas

The Packers struggled to protect QB Aaron Rodgers down the stretch and while they had one of the best O-lines in football they could use more depth. Sam Cosmi is an undersized LT who has experience on both sides of the line and may fit best at RT as an immediate starter.

30. Bills – LB Nick Bolton, Missouri

The Bills appear to be set on offense for the most part, but the defense could use some help at the LB spot. Nick Bolton is a hard-hitting LB who is good in coverage LB with a high motor to chase down RBs and make plays sideline-to-sideline, he would immediately fill in at the weakside LB spot.

31. KC – WR Kadarius Toney, Florida

While many people think the Chiefs need to add more lineman after the SB, the team had an opt out and injuries that mostly caused the problem. In this mock, they add Kadarius Toney another speedy WR and track guy with good size who can take the place of either Demarcus Robinson or Sammy Watkins, as both are free agents.

32. TB – DE Jaelan Phillips, Miami

The Bucs would love to keep their defense intact, but they know losses could be coming; either way they will need to add to their strength. Jaelan Phillips is a big, athletic DE who can rush the passer and stop the run, but injury concerns have dropped have in the draft; however, he has the skills to make an impact.

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