The Raiders could use a feature back for Jon Gruden's offense. Here's a great fit.
Team sources say that Love is better than other smaller backs who have gone in the first round, like David Wilson or Jahvid Best. They think that Love is more on a par with Chris Johnson coming out of East Carolina, except Love isn't as straight-line fast as Johnson, but possesses more elusiveness and moves in the open field. While Love is extremely fast, he is a tougher running back than one would think given his size. He has excellent balance and is able to pick up yards after contact. Scouts have told me that they rate Love higher than Christian McCaffrey for the ability to run between the tackles in the NFL. Love has great vision that, combined with his speed, makes him deadly. One college director told me, "If the other nine guys do their job for a few seconds, this guy is gone."
In 2017, Love averaged a staggering 8.1 yards per carry for 2,118 yards with 19 touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 33 yards. Sources say Love has more receiving potential for the NFL than the numbers illustrate.
18.Dallas Cowboys:Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
The Cowboys could use a No. 1 corner to go with Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis.
Mullen is a physical freak who has a ton of athletic upside. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder had a solid 2017 season, totaling 42 tackles with three interceptions and seven passes broken up.
Previous Mock Selections: 5/14-A.J. Brown, WR
5/7-Deebo Samuel, WR
19.Seattle Seahawks:Jeff Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
Seattle grabs some young defensive line talent. Michael Bennett was traded away, and Cliff Avril was let go.
Simmons (6-4, 301) is a special player with an excellent combination of speed, athleticism, size and strength. As a sophomore, he had 60 tackles with five sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, one pass batted and two forced fumbles. In the leadup to whichever draft he enters, Simmons will be very polarizing because of off-the-field issues. In a video that is reminiscent of Joe Mixon, Simmons is seen beating a woman in a street fight, throwing multiple punches. Some teams that don't consider players with a history of domestic violence will drop Simmons completely.
20.Minnesota Vikings:Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
The Vikings go with the best player available, grabbing an edge rusher to help them get after the quarterback.
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.
Previous Mock Selections: 5/14-Brian Burns, DE/OLB
5/7-Montez Sweat, DE/OLB
21.Denver Broncos:DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Broncos could use more young talent at cornerback.
Baker (5-11, 180) was very impressive as the No. 1 cornerback for Georgia in 2017. He showed good speed and athleticism to run with receivers and prevent separation. Baker totaled 44 tackles with nine passes broken up and three interceptions on the year. As a sophomore, he had two picks, five pass breakups and 31 tackles.
22.Los Angeles Rams:Jalen Jelks, OLB, Oregon
The Rams could use an edge rusher to replace Robert Quinn.
Jelks is a tough edge defender who had an impressive 2017 season. He totaled 59 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks and seven passes batted on the year. The 6-foot-6, 252-pounder could be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense or add weight to play defensive end in a 4-3.
The Redskins grab their eventual replacement for Alex Smith.
Stidham completed 67 percent of his passes in 2017 for 3,158 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Team sources have said that Stidham (6-3, 210) has a lot of ability and that they are eager to see him develop. They think Stidham has the upside to be a special player. He displayed improvement in his accuracy and decision-making over the course of the 2017 season.
Stidham flashed as a freshman at Baylor, completing 69 percent of his passes for 1,265 yards with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. His freshman season was ended early because of injury, but he flashed serious ability with arm strength, athleticism and accuracy. After the scandal that claimed the job of Art Briles, Stidham eventually landed at Auburn following a stint attending community college for a year.
Previous Mock Selections: 5/14-Sam Beal, CB
5/7-Jarrett Stidham, QB
24.Jacksonville Jaguars:Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
The Jaguars extended Blake Bortles, but it wasn't a contract that marries them to him for many years to come. Before long, Jacksonville will probably be looking for an upgrade.
Lock set an SEC record with 44 touchdown passes as a junior while completing 58 percent of his passes for 3,964 yards and 13 touchdowns. There is no doubt that Lock (6-4, 225) has some arm talent and can pick apart a defense. He wisely returned to school for the 2018 season, because he could stand to improve his accuracy and footwork before going pro. While Lock's 2018 production might decline, he could end up becoming a better quarterback prospect for the NFL.
25.Tennessee Titans:Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Tennessee added to its linebackers in the 2018 NFL Draft, and I think the team could tackle the defensive line next year. Here, the Titans grab a difference-maker at the point of attack.
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. Team sources who have done advance work on the 2019 prospects said Lawrence wasn't the same player as a sophomore, and they theorize he was playing with an injury that was not disclosed.
The 6-foot-5, 340-pounder was a tremendous freshman to help Clemson win the 2016 season's National Championship. NFL sources were 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.
Previous Mock Selections: 5/14-Marquise Brown, WR
5/7-Josh Allen, OLB/ILB
26.Green Bay Packers:Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
The Packers cut Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb also doesn't seem as explosive as he used to be. Thus, Green Bay could be targeting some young play-makers for Aaron Rodgers next year.
Samuel was incredible to start the 2017 season. He had 15 receptions for 250 yards with three receiving touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and two kick-return touchdowns before a leg fracture sidelined him in the third game of the year. He totaled 59 receptions for 783 yards and a touchdown in 2016. The 6-foot, 205-pounder is a speedy receiver who also has solid size to him. Samuel has shown soft hands and great athleticism to make difficult catches as well as turn routine receptions into big plays.
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Atlanta grabs an interior disruptor who also can get after the quarterback.
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.
Previous Mock Selections: 5/14-Dre'Mont Jones, DT
28.Pittsburgh Steelers:Tre Lamar, ILB, Clemson
Hopefully, Ryan Shazier returns to football, but even if he does, Pittsburgh could use an upgrade next to him.
Another Clemson defender with first-round ability. Sources have told me that Lamar has a ton of potential and athletic upside. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder has length, size and speed. As a sophomore, he flashed with 50 tackles, four sacks, and a forced fumble. His initial projection from teams is that he has late first-round to early second-round potential if he continues to improve.
29.Philadelphia Eagles:Sam Beal, CB, Western Michigan
The Eagles may not re-sign Ronald Darby. Here's more cornerback talent.
In speaking with sources, Beal (6-1, 185) is a cornerback who has created some buzz in the scouting community. He has good height and length for the NFL, but will need to gain some weight and strength to take on big pro receivers. In 2017, Beal recorded 26 tackles with two interceptions, one forced fumble and 10 passes broken up. He totaled 55 tackles with eight passes broken up in 2016.
Previous Mock Selections: 5/14-Jonah Williams, OT
30.Los Angeles Chargers:Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
The Chargers grab an interior disruptor to go in between Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.
In 2017, Jones recorded 20 tackles with five for a loss, one sack and two passes broken up. The 6-foot-3, 295-pounder was very disruptive for Ohio State. Jones has ton of physical talent with speed at the point of attack. He earned a starting job as a redshirt freshman in 2016 and totaled 52 tackles. Sources say that Jones possesses a first-round skill set.
Previous Mock Selections: 5/14-Derrick Brown, DT
31.New England Patriots:Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
The Patriots grab more defensive line talent with a versatile defender.
Allen (6-5, 285) didn't receive the hype of teammate Harold Landry, but Allen is the better pro prospect and could easily be picked earlier in the 2019 NFL Draft than Landry was this year. Allen is a tough run defender who is strong to hold his ground at the point of attack. He anchors well and is tough to move. As a pass-rusher, Allen has an impressive first-step and burst out of his stance for a heavy defensive end. He has strength to get pressure on the bull rush and speed to close. Allen could still use more pass-rushing moves for the NFL. With his size and strength, it would be nice to see him add a club or rip move. Allen totaled 100 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks, three passes broken up and an interception in 2017. In the NFL, he will be an asset as a run defender playing end in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.
32.Green Bay Packers:Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
The Packers grab an edge rusher because Clay Matthews could leave town after this season.
In 2017, Burns had 48 tackles with 13.5 for a loss, 4.5 sacks and four passes batted, but also put more pressure on the quarterback than the numbers indicate. The 6-foot-5, 218-pounder notched 9.5 sacks in his debut season for Florida State and finished 2016 in impressive fashion. Scouts have said that Burns has a ton of athletic ability and upside. He should gain weight as he ages and fill out to being a starting edge defender.