The Dolphins grab a quarterback to replace Ryan Tannehill.
Sources who have already completed advance work on the 2019 NFL Draft's class say Herbert has big-time potential. He only played in eight games during 2017, but completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,750 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. The sophomore also ran for five touchdowns. As a freshman, Herbert completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,936 yards with 19 touchdowns and four interceptions. The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder has a good skill set and could have a big junior year.
2.Indianapolis Colts:Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
The Colts grab a difference-maker for their front seven.
In 2017, Oliver had 73 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, three passes batted and two forced fumbles. The 6-foot-1, 290-pounder dominated at the point of attack in 2016, starting from his debut game against Oklahoma. All season, the freshman overwhelmed offensive linemen with his quickness, athletic ability, and physicality. He totaled 66 tackles with 22.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles and nine passes batted on the year.
Oliver is going to see a ton of double teams for the rest of his college career, but he is good enough to produce even with the extra attention. Like Dexter Lawrence, Oliver looks like a future top prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Previous Mock Selections: 5/7-Dexter Lawrence, DT
3.New York Jets:Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The Jets traded away Sheldon Richardson and lost Muhammed Wilkerson to free agency. Here is an edge rusher to go with Leonard Williams.
Bosa notched 34 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two passes batted and one forced fumble in 2017. He was the Buckeyes' best defensive end during the season, even though he rotated with Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis. Bosa could explode as a junior with the departure of those latter two for the NFL, which should leave him playing every down. The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder played well for Ohio State in 2016, too, recording 29 tackles with seven tackles for a loss and five sacks.
4.Houston Texans:Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
The Texans were wise to trade away Duane Brown. He is aging and declining, and struggled when the Seahawks needed him the most in 2017. Seattle hasn't even re-signed Brown yet.
Without Brown, Houston has a big hole at left tackle and was unable to sign Nate Solder in free agency. This coming season could be a repeat of 2017, because the Texans' offensive line does not inspire confidence that Deshaun Watson will stay healthy. General manager Brian Gaine and head coach Bill O'Brien didn't learn from last year, when their backup quarterbacks were awful. Watson could easily get hurt again and have the Texans repeating with a top-five draft pick in 2019. Here is a tackle who could help protect Watson in the long run.
Little showed a ton of potential as a freshman starter. He was up and down as a sophomore, but has plenty of upside. The 6-foot-6, 325-pounder has improved as he gains experience and should only get better as a junior. Little could end up being a really good left tackle prospect if he works hard and makes the most of his immense potential.
The Bears made a huge commitment and investment of resources in Mitch Trubisky. While they paid Charles Leno in a contract extension, they could upgrade their line by taking a left tackle and moving Leno inside to right tackle.
In the first half of the 2017 season, Adams went out for the year after a torn ACL. Sources stated they didn't think that the torn ACL would have kept Adams from being a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, similar to Cedric Ogbuehi in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Adams is a smooth mover with length; it is tough to get by him. He plays with nice body lean and leverage that he uses to help sustain blocks. Adams has quick feet and is athletic on the edge. He could stand to add more power to knock defenders off the ball in the NFL. Adams would be a good fit in a zone-blocking system.
Adams was one of the top left tackles in the Pac-12 during 2016. The Huskies fielded a potent passing offense, and Adams did a nice job of keeping Jake Browning protected. The 6-foot-7, 302-pound Adams has length and size on the edge to go along with good quickness and athleticism. Sources previously raved about Adams being one of the top talents for the 2018 NFL Draft class with franchise left tackle potential. They were impressed with his 2016 tape, including how well he did in one-on-ones with Alabama's edge rushers in the Huskies' playoff game.
Previous Mock Selections: 5/7-Greg Little, OT
6.Buffalo Bills:Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
The Bills could use multiple additions on the inside of their defensive line. Marcell Dareus was traded away, while Kyle Williams is nearing the end of a very good career. Star Lotulelei was brought in, but he is a limited nose tackle and Carolina allowed him to leave because he isn't very good. Here's a difference-maker for Buffalo.
Lawrence totaled 34 tackles with 2.5 sacks in 2017. While his numbers were down over his freshman season, he helped create a lot of sacks for those around him. The 6-foot-5, 340-pounder was a tremendous freshman to help Clemson win the 2016 season's National Championship. NFL sources were already raving about Lawrence in the 2017 preseason, as he was impossible to ignore in 2016. Lawrence was an All-Freshman selection all over the nation, plus was named the ACC Rookie of the Year. He totaled 63 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and a pass batted for 2016. One national scout for a NFC team told me that they thought Lawrence was among the two most disruptive defensive linemen that season - along with Alabama's Jonathan Allen.
Robert Nkemdiche is nearing bust territory for Arizona. Here's a defensive line upgrade.
Once again, the Alabama factory churns out another freak defensive lineman. Following the example of Jonathan Allen and Da'Ron Payne, Davis looks like he is a future first-rounder as well. The 6-foot-7, 306-pounder had an excellent 2017 season for the Crimson Tide. He totaled 69 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and an interception for his breakout sophomore campaign. Davis has a versatile skill set with a ton upside.
8.Detroit Lions:Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan
The Lions grab an interior disruptor to go with A'Shawn Robinson and Da'Shawn Hand.
In 2017, Gary notched 65 tackles with six sacks, one forced fumble and 12 tackles for a loss. The 6-foot-5, 287-pounder is a rare athlete who could turn into a dominant defender. Scouting sources say Gary has high first-round potential if he puts everything together. That could definitely happen during his junior season.
9.New York Giants:Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
I think Dave Gettleman made a huge mistake passing on Sam Darnold and other potential franchise quarterbacks. Gettleman mocks the analytics, while Howie Roseman and the Eagles use them and just won a Super Bowl. The best players at Carolina who got Gettleman into the Super Bowl with the Panthers were drafted before Gettleman got there by Marty Hurney - Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, Josh Norman and Greg Olsen. Thus, I think the Mara family made a regrettable move in hiring Gettleman. Next year's quarterback class is not looking nearly as talented as the 2018 group. Because of Gettleman, New York could be stuck in quarterback purgatory, aka winning 7-9 games each year to consistently miss out on the top quarterbacks, and Gettleman doesn't want to reach at the position. I could see Gettleman going for a cast-off veteran like Joe Flacco, Ryan Tannehill or Andy Dalton. Hence, the Giants could take advantage of a great defensive line class to get a replacement for Jason Pierre-Paul.
Clemson has a defensive line that is comprised of future first-round picks, and some sources think that Ferrell created some of the big plays for the other Clemson defensive linemen in 2017. On the season, he totaled 66 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, one pass batted and two forced fumbles. Fellow defensive end Austin Bryant spent 2017 playing himself into being an early-rounder, but Bryant did well cleaning up a lot of scrambling quarterbacks running away from Ferrell. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Ferrell has superb speed with athleticism and the ability to bend around the corner. He looks like a future first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
10.Cincinnati Bengals:Devin White, ILB, LSU
The Bengals could be looking to replace Vontaze Burfict before long. Here is a potential difference-maker.
White (6-1, 255) is a big inside linebacker with excellent instincts. He is a good athlete with the ability to cover in the passing game while also being a stout run defender. In 2017, White totaled 133 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes broken up and one interception. It was a breakout sophomore campaign for White, and if he could have entered the 2018 NFL Draft, he would have graded out similarly to Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edmunds or Georgia's Roquan Smith.
The Buccaneers grab more edge-rushing talent. Vinny Curry basically signed a 1-year guaranteed contract with a 2-year option for Tampa Bay. If Curry does not get after the quarterback and/or Noah Spence doesn't step up, the Bucs will need another edge rusher to go with Jason Pierre-Paul.
Jackson is a dangerous edge defender for Miami with a nose for the quarterback. He has excellent speed off the edge to go along with length and size. The 6-foot-5, 258-pounder could grow into a solid base end for a 4-3 defense. In 2017, Jackson totaled 59 tackles with 11.5 for a loss, 6.5 sacks, two passes batted and one forced fumble. He was impressive in his play against Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey, a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and one of the 49ers' starting tackles for the coming season. As a freshman, Jackson made 8.5 sacks.
12.Baltimore Ravens:Terrell Lewis, OLB, Alabama
The Ravens are going to have to find a replacement for Terrell Suggs soon.
Lewis was playing well in the 2017 season opener before sustaining an injury that cost him most of the season. He totaled just 16 tackles with a sack, but scouts who watched 2018 spring football were raving about him. Sources believe Lewis has a ton of potential. The edge defender, formerly known as Terrell Hall, developed behind the scenes for Alabama in 2016, but he could be poised for a breakout year in 2018. Scouts have told me that the 6-foot-5, 247-pounder is big and quick, plus possesses surprising change-of-direction skills. They said that Lewis has a great build and is dripping with upside.
Previous Mock Selections: 5/7-A.J. Brown, WR
13.Kansas City Chiefs:Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Chiefs grab a No. 1 corner to replace Marcus Peters.
Williams had a breakout 2017 season with six interceptions, 11 passes broken up and 38 tackles. He showed good instincts, an ability to break on the ball, and impressive ball skills. One big problem for Williams (6-2, 175) is a very skinny frame, and he needs to add a lot of weight for the NFL.
14.San Francisco 49ers:Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
The 49ers need one more edge rusher to finish off their defensive front.
Sweat (6-6, 241) had an excellent 2017 season and was dynamic defender for the Bulldogs. He totaled 48 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks. It was his first year of playing time, so he has upside to develop.
Carolina is going to need replace Thomas Davis soon.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Allen was one of the top edge defenders in college football during the 2017 season. The junior totaled seven sacks along with 65 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and three passes batted on the year. Allen produced well as a sophomore in 2016 with 62 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and four forced fumbles. One national scout compared Allen to Leonard Floyd coming out of Georgia with Allen's ability to rush off the edge. That scout said Allen isn't as freaky of an athlete as Floyd was and that Allen was not worthy of a top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he did grade Allen as a future first-rounder.
Another director of college scouting said they had given Allen a high second-round grade for the 2018 NFL Draft, but thought Allen could definitely end up going in the first round. That director said Allen was an interesting player because he also can play inside linebacker, whereas Floyd was just an outside edge defender. That college director said that as an inside linebacker, Allen has similarities to current Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham in terms of his height, speed, length, and athleticism in the middle.
The Browns grab an interior pass-rusher and disruptor to go on the inside of Myles Garrett.
In 2017, Wilkins made 60 tackles with 8.5 for a loss and four sacks. He was disruptive at the point of attack, showing speed to create havoc behind the line of scrimmage. Wilkins is a great athlete for his size and has the versatility to play a variety of techniques. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder possesses a nice skill set with upside and could also fit as a 3-4 defensive end.
Wilkins played well for Clemson in 2016 as part of a tough defensive line that controlled the point of attack. The sophomore had 48 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and 10 passes batted on the year. Because of injuries, Wilkins played a lot of defensive end. He showed nice athleticism and versatility, but is at his best on the inside, using his mismatch speed against guards. Wilkins made 33 tackles and two sacks as a freshman in 2015.