The Cowboys signed HaHa Clinton-Dix, but he is a veteran journeyman. Here's a long-term safety solution for Dallas.
Over his first two seasons in college football, Cisco (6-0, 203) was a pure ball hawk for Syracuse. In 2019, he recorded 65 tackles with five interceptions and five passes broken up. Cisco had a huge 2018 season with seven interceptions, 18 passes broken up, one forced fumble and 60 tackles. The instinctive free safety could have a hard time duplicating that production, but if he continues to play well, those tapes will help him to be an early-rounder.
Todd Gurley probably won't be durable enough to be the long-term answer for Atlanta. Here's a playmaker to lead the Falcons' rushing attack.
Etienne (5-10, 200) played well for Clemson in 2019, showing his speed to break off long gains on any carry. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry for 1,614 yards with 18 touchdowns. He also made 37 receptions for 432 yards and four touchdowns. Etienne averaged 8.1 yards per carry in 2018 for 1,658 yards with 24 touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 78 yards and two scores.
Etienne is not the biggest of backs, but he runs hard for his size and is fast. If he can add weight while maintaining his speed, he could be a more dynamic back.
19.Indianapolis Colts:Paris Ford, SPittsburgh
The Colts reportedly shopped Malik Hooker last spring. Even if Hooker is retained, the Colts could consider adding a safety upgrade next to him.
As a redshirt sophomore, Ford broke out for the Panthers, leading them in tackles with 97 while also showing impressive ball production in the form of three interceptions and 11 passes broken up. He also provided three forced fumbles. Ford (6-0, 190) was all over the field in both phases, and team sources said he really jumped out to them when scouting other players. Ford could become a hot prospect as a junior and/or senior. It would help him to gain some weight for the NFL.
Ronald Jones is in a critical year for Tampa Bay. If he doesn't have a good season, the Bucs could look for an upgrade with Ke'Shawn Vaughn serving as the No. 2 running back.
Gainwell was an electric playmaker for Memphis as a redshirt freshman in 2019 and jumped out to teams. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry on the year while racking up 1,459 yards with 13 touchdowns. He also was a superb receiver out of the backfield, recording 51 receptions for 610 yards and three scores through the air.
Gainwell is a fast and explosive back who is a threat to rip off a long gain on any touch. The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder could stand to get stronger for the NFL, but he is a young and has time to develop physically.
The 49ers grab more offensive line talent. Mayfield could start out on the inside and then replace the aging Trent Williams.
Mayfield really impressed with me how he played against Chase Young at the end of the 2019 season. In plenty of one-on-one matchups, Mayfield got the better of Young. The 6-foot-5, 319-pounder has good size to him with athletic upside. He is a prospect to watch with the potential to rise.
Pitts turned into play-maker in 2019, creating mismatches in the passing game. He is too fast for linebackers while being too big for safeties in coverage. The 6-foot-6, 239-pounder could stand to improve his blocking, but he will get drafted for his receiving ability. In 2019, he had 54 receptions for 649 yards and five touchdowns. Pitts could be improved in 2020 due to having increased experience, developing more physically, and benefitting from more experienced quarterback play.
The Vikings could use some young talent for the inside of their defensive line.
In 2019, Wilson recorded 44 tackles with five sacks, four passes defended and a forced fumble. He had a decent 2018 season for the Seminoles as their best interior defender, totaling 42 tackles with 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two passes batted and 4.5 tackles for a loss on the year.
The 6-foot-5, 311-pound Wilson has a nice combination of size and athleticism. Consistently, he grabs offensive linemen, tosses them aside, and puts pressure on the quarterback. He is a balanced defender who does a nice job defending the run and pass. This analyst would like to see some more refinement and employment of pass-rushing moves for the NFL. However with his size, length and versatility to play a variety of techniques, Wilson has the potential to be a real riser throughout the 2021 NFL Draft process.
24.Denver Broncos:Wyatt Davis, GOhio State
Denver could use more offensive line talent. Here's an upgrade at right guard.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Davis has good size to him and was a tough run blocker for the Buckeyes in 2019. He is strong at the point of attack and is a bull in the ground game. For the NFL, he will need to improve his ability to take on speed rushers. He is stout to anchor against bull rushes, and he should improve as he gains more starting experience.
Previous Mock Selections: 7/27-Walker Little, OT
7/20-Deonte Brown, OG
25.Tennessee Titans:Tamorrion Terry, WRFlorida State
Corey Davis is looking like a bust. If he doesn't turn it around this year, the Titans could use an upgrade across from A.J. Brown.
Terry totaled 60 receptions for 1,188 yards and nine scores in 2019. As redshirt freshman, he made 35 receptions for 744 yards and eight touchdowns. Team sources are high on Terry's potential with his excellent combination of size and speed. The 6-foot-4, 203-pounder is fast for a big receiver and has athleticism. He has the upside and skill set to be an early-round pick.
Previous Mock Selections: 7/27-Jaylen Waddle, WR
7/20-Trey Hill, C
7/13-Joe Tryon, 3-4OLB
6/29-Chris Olave, WR
6/15-Chris Olave, WR
6/8-Tamorrion Terry, WR
6/1-Kenny Gainwell, RB
5/25-Jaylen Waddle, WR
5/18-Kyle Pitts, TE
26.Philadelphia Eagles:Trey Hill, CGeorgia
The Eagles could use some youth on the inside of their offensive line.
Hill was phenomenal for Georgia in 2019. He is a tough run blocker and shows the ability to handle pass-rushing defensive tackles one on one. Taking on a future top-10 pick in Auburn's Derrick Brown, Hill was very impressive, and team sources have said Hill was impossible not to notice while they scouted Andrew Thomas and Solomon Kindley. They feel Hill could be an early-rounder and the top center in his draft class. The 6-foot-4, 330-pounder is big for the position and moves well for a big blocker. He could also move to guard in the NFL.
The Bills could consider adding some cornerback talent to go with Tre'Davious White. Josh Norman is not a long-term starter.
Adebo totaled 33 tackles with four interceptions and 10 passes broken up in 2019. Against Northwestern in the 2019 season opener, he picked up where he left off in 2018, recording five tackles with two passes batted and an interception. However, he had an ugly game against Central Florida, getting roasted on some double moves. Adebo is an aggressive corner and will have to learn to play with more discipline. In 2018, he recorded 64 tackles with 20 passes broken up and four interceptions.
Adebo (6-1, 190) is a big corner who has cover skills and a tremendous ability to play the ball. He also has good instincts and technique. While Adebo was superb for Stanford in 2019, the question for him will be if he can handle speed receivers at the next level.
The Steelers will need to begin looking for their quarterback of the future soon.
After the 2019 season, Newman decided to transfer to Georgia from Wake Forest rather than enter the 2020 NFL Draft. Newman created a buzz in the scouting community in the fall of 2019 as a legit pro prospect for the NFL. He has significantly improved as a passer and shows a lot of upside to develop for the pro ranks. Some team sources think Newman would have been a second-day pick if he entered the 2020 NFL Draft, but he wisely decided to stay in school rather than turn pro.
Newman is a dual-threat quarterback with running and passing talent to challenge defenses. He has quality size with a live arm, athleticism, and upside to develop.
In 2019, Newman completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,868 yards with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also has six rushing touchdowns with 464 yards on the ground. In 2018, Newman completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,083 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions.
29.New York Jets:Seth Williams, WRAuburn
The Jets grab more receiving weapons for Sam Darnold.
Williams (6-3, 224) enjoyed a breakout 2019 for Auburn in which he made some clutch plays downfield while also dealing with an inconsistent freshman quarterback. On the year, the big receiver had 59 receptions for 830 yards and eight touchdowns. As a freshman in 2018, Williams had 26 catches for 534 yards and five scores.
The Chiefs could have a hard time re-signing all of their talented receivers, and considering their investment in Pat Mahomes they need to surround him with playmakers.
In 2019, Waddle had 33 receptions for 560 yards and six touchdowns. He would have produced more at other schools, but at Alabama, he was rotated with a loaded receiving corps that included the likes of Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and Devonta Smith. Waddle recorded 45 receptions for 848 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018. The 5-foot-10, 182-pounder is very fast and could develop into a dangerous outside or slot receiver.
Previous Mock Selections: 7/27-Paulson Adebo, CB
7/20-Marvin Wilson, DT
31.New Orleans Saints:Chris Olave, WROhio State
Emmanuel Sanders was a nice signing, but the Saints could use a long-term No. 2 receiver to go across from Michael Thomas.
The Buckeyes had other good receiving talent with more experience, but Olave (6-1, 185) became their most dynamic receiver playmaker during the 2019 season with 49 receptions for 849 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was a big-time point producer and looked like he was just getting started. Olave has quality height to him with speed to get downfield. He could produce a huge junior year with a more experienced Justin Fields at quarterback.
The Ravens need more edge-rushing talent across from Matt Judon.
After serving as a backup during his freshman season, Tryon (6-5, 262) was a breakout player in 2019 and one of the top pass rushers in the Pac-12. He totaled eight sacks with 41 tackles and one pass batted. Tryon has a lot of upside and could be a player who develops well under Jimmy Lake.