The Athletes Hub Mock Draft 3.0

1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray (QB, Oklahoma)

Most reports seem to have the Cardinals selecting Murray number one overall, for good reason. If Arizona moves on from Josh Rosen, Murray would likely be an excellent fit in new coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa (DE, Ohio State)

Bosa is the best player available in this draft, and he fills a pass rushing need on this 49ers defense. Josh Allen and Quinnen Williams could fit here as well, but San Francisco should take the best available.

3. New York Jets: Josh Allen (EDGE, Kentucky)

Assuming the Jets don’t trade down, Allen’s versatility likely lands him here after Anthony Barr decided not to sign in New York. Putting him in a linebacking corps with Avery Williamson and CJ Mosely could form a dangerous pass rush.

4. Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams (DT, Alabama)

Barring something catastrophic, there is no way Williams should fall below the fourth pick. He has the ability to immediately provide an impact on this Raiders defense.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White (LB, LSU)

With Kwon Alexander gone to the 49ers, the Bucs need some help at the linebacker position. Devin White is another player who could start right away, and fill a position of need in Tampa.

6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins (QB, Ohio State)

It should be obvious that the Giants with their first-round pick in the draft is Eli Manning’s successor. Dwayne Haskins put up great numbers in his college career, and set many records as a Buckeye. Haskins would be perfect for the Giants, and it would be shocking if they don’t draft him.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor (OT, Florida)

After spending some money on Nick Foles in free agency, the smart pick would be to upgrade the offensive line. Taylor could play on either side of the line, and has ideal size at 6-5, 340 pounds. 

8. Detroit Lions: Montez Sweat (EDGE, Mississippi State)

The Lions may trade down as well, but assuming they don’t, look for them to address their pass rush also. Despite signing Trey Flowers, the Lions could use Sweat to form a pair of fantastic edge rushers.

9. Buffalo Bills: Rashan Gary (DL, Michigan)

Buffalo is expected to select a defensive lineman here, and Gary can play anywhere on that front. His athleticism is top notch, but his stats at Michigan weren’t particularly impressive. Still, if he’s available this late, the Bills would be fools not to take him.

10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock (QB, Missouri)

Reports are saying that Denver is cooling off on Lock, but it’s tough to say for sure that Denver would pass on someone who has the potential to be the best QB in the class. Even if Lock doesn’t push Joe Flacco for the starting job in their first seasons in Denver, he will be able to learn under Flacco and John Elway, although it’s tough to trust Elway’s track record up to this point.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin Bush (LB, Michigan)

His measurements and combine numbers are similar to Devin White, and he could play any position among the linebackers in the Bengals system. In terms of need and value, he would be almost a perfect pick at 11 for the Bengals.

12. Green Bay Packers: DK Metcalf (WR, Ole Miss)

Maybe a reach at this point in the draft, but Metcalf has the size and strength that just can’t be ignored. Some of his combine numbers weren’t great, but adding another weapon for Aaron Rodgers along with Davante Adams and second-year receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown could spell trouble for opposing defenses.

13. Miami Dolphins: Ed Oliver (DT, Houston)

This would be a case of selecting the best overall player rather than the biggest need. Not to say it would be a bad pick, Oliver could provide an instant impact wherever he ends up playing. If he’s available here, Miami will have a tough decision to make.

14. Atlanta Falcons: Byron Murphy (CB, Washington)

The Falcons still need some help in their secondary, and Murphy would likely fit their defensive scheme better than DeAndre Baker or Greedy Williams. His coverage skills are the best among cornerbacks and his playmaking ability could make him the best overall defensive back in this class.

15. Washington Redskins: Brian Burns (DE, Florida State)

Some believe that the Washington Redskins will select a quarterback early on, but Brian Burns appears to be the best available player on the board. With 123 tackles over 3 seasons at Florida State, it isn’t difficult to find his value. 

16. Carolina Panthers: Jonah Williams (OT, Alabama)

Viewed as a polished pass protector, scouts claim that Jonah Williams has the potential to mold into an All-Pro guard in the NFL. The Panthers need to focus on keeping QB Cam Newton healthy in 2019, so Williams is a safe pick if he falls to #16.

17. New York Giants: Clelin Ferrell (DL, Clemson)

After investing in QB Dwayne Haskins earlier in the draft, the New York Giants will focus on their defensive front. While Clelin Ferrell appears more natural in a 4-3 setting, the Giants could find a way to utilize him moving forward.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Chris Lindstrom (G, Boston College)

After failing to add any offensive line depth through free agency, the Minnesota Vikings are in desperate need of a guard in the NFL Draft. In fact, don’t be shocked if the Vikings use multiple early draft selections on their offensive line.

19. Tennessee Titans: TJ Hockenson (TE, Iowa)

TJ Hockenson could be one of the more conservative selections in the draft, as he’s just as proficient at blocking in comparison to being a receiving threat. With TE Delanie Walker entering his age 34 season, the Titans will look to upgrade with the best player available in this scenario.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams (CB, LSU)

Many have conflicting reports on the potential for CB Greedy Williams, but the Pittsburgh Steelers will look to improve at the cornerback position by default. With a depleted depth chart on defense, Williams at best has the ability to emerge as a play maker.

21. Seattle Seahawks: Christian Wilkins (DT, Clemson)

In account for alternative mocks, DT Christian Wilkins may see himself as a top 10 selection on Thursday. If Wilkins happens to fall to the #21 selection, the Seahawks would be absurd to let him fall any further.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Garrett Bradbury (C, NC State)

While centers are typically overlooked in the first round of the NFL Draft, C Garrett Bradbury has commanded enough attention to warrant an early selection. The Baltimore Ravens are in need of assistance up front, and Bradbury could be one piece of a complex puzzle.

23. Houston Texans: Andre Dillard (OT, Washington State)

OT Andre Dillard appears to be a popular selection for the #23 spot, and it’s no surprise as to why. The Texans allowed a league-leading 62 sacks, which is 6 more than any other NFL franchise.

24. Oakland Raiders: Deandre Baker (CB, Georgia)

While the Oakland Raiders hold CB Gareon Conley on the roster, the Raiders will look to address the need of the cornerback position. The AFC West contains multiple receiving threats, so Baker going at #24 seems reasonable.

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Cody Ford (OL, Oklahoma)

It makes a whole lot of sense for the Eagles to make this move in the draft. Right now the guard position is pretty questionable for them, as Brandon Brooks is coming off from Achilles surgery, and who knows when he could be ready. This would be the smart pick at this point.

26. Indianapolis Colts: Marquise Brown (WR, Oklahoma)

Even though the Colts signed a bigger receiver in Devin Funchess, Brown still improves this receiving corps outside of Funchess and T.Y. Hilton. Brown’s speed would be a nice compliment to Hilton, and Andrew Luck is able to deliver an accurate deep ball.

27. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs (RB, Alabama)

Having spent their first two picks on defense, the Raiders fill another pressing need here. Jacobs is the best running back in this draft class, and should fill the power back void left by Marshawn Lynch.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Rock Ya-Sin (CB, Temple)

After drafting Derwin James in the first round last season, the Chargers get more secondary help this year with physical cornerback Rock Ya-Sin. He only played one season at Temple so experience may be an issue. But his ball skills and toughness could see him become a quality NFL defensive back.

29. Seattle Seahawks: Jaylon Ferguson (EDGE, Louisiana Tech)

What better way to replace Frank Clark than to draft his replacement with the pick you got trading him away? Ferguson’s size and hands should help make up for a lack of explosiveness right away.

30. Green Bay Packers: Dalton Risner (OT, Kansas State)

The best available offensive line prospect, Risner is versatile enough to play guard in Green Bay this year if needed, or his normal tackle position if Bryan Bulaga gets injured. His presence on the line could give the Packers a big boost in their run game.

31. Los Angeles Rams: Dexter Lawrence (DT, Clemson)

The Rams will need to find Ndamukong Suh’s replacement, and Dexter Lawrence would be the perfect replacement for him based on his athleticism and his size. Lawrence would benefit by being able to learn from Aaron Donald.

32. New England Patriots: Jeffery Simmons (DT, Mississippi State) 

The New England Patriots always seem to find value in the NFL Draft, and this year will be no different. After losing key players on both sides of the ball, Simmons provides potential that a coach such as Bill Belichick can play with. 

2 thoughts on “The Athletes Hub Mock Draft 3.0

  1. Excellent job Brian

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