Monday Mock MADNESS!

IT’S FINALLY DRAFT WEEK!!! (UPDATED ON 4/23)

This is the one and only mock draft that I will publish, although I reserve the right to alter it prior to 8pm on Thursday. This is a combination of what teams SHOULD do and what they WILL do based on the evidence we have.

1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow (QB, LSU)

Mark this pick in sharpie, there’s no way the Bengals trade away a bonafide franchise quarterback, even for multiple 1st rounders. Burrow was the highest graded QB by PFF in the past 6 years. He finished last season with 5,671 yards, 76.3 completion percentage, 60 touchdowns and 6 interceptions en route to a national championship. Case Closed.

2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young (EDGE, OSU)

The Skins have a decision to make: do they move back and collect a kings random of picks or select the best EDGE since Myles Garrett? I suspect they will opt for the latter and upgrade their pass rush by selecting a generational player in Chase Young. He led the nation last year with 16.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles while also amassing 21 tackles for loss in only 12 starts.

3. [DET TRADE] Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Bama)

Book it: someone will trade with the Lions to ensure they get the second best quarterback in the draft class – Tua Tagovailoa. The Lions could use the extra draft capital and I suspect the Dolphins and Chargers will both be in the running. Everybody knows that the Dolphins are going to draft a QB this year, the only question is “which one?” Tua started 24 games over the course of his sophomore and junior seasons, finishing with 7451 yards and nearly an 8:1 TD-to-INT ratio. If not for a season ending injury, there might be more of a controversy at #1. But due to his injury and some concern about his long-term durability, Tua will be the second QB taken.

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[NFL DRAFT 2017] NFL Mock Draft (The Finale)

With the draft less than a week away, I wanted to compile my final NFL Mock Draft before another player gets accused of domestic assault or diluted drug tests.  It has been a pleasure doing these mocks and receiving your feedback along the way.  I hope you enjoy the finale.

Just a heads up to start:  I’ve included two trades in this latest mock.  Both of which are for quarterbacks, which should be no surprise.

Panthers receive 12th and 65th and
Browns receive 8th and 98th

Texans receive 16th, 122nd and 2018 compensatory and
Ravens receive 25th and 57th

1.   Cleveland Browns

Needs: EDGE, DB, QB

The Browns have plenty of positions of need, and the gluttony of picks they have collected should help them address most of the needs.  I would expect them to draft pure BPA, since it would be an upgrade at most positions.

FA update: The Browns land 2 offensive lineman starters in Tretter (C) and Zeitler (G), while locking up Bitonio (G) to a contract extension.  They also add a Pryor replacement in Britt (WR).  This speaks volumes about the importance of OL and the relative weakness in this draft class. Continue reading “[NFL DRAFT 2017] NFL Mock Draft (The Finale)”