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Post Super Bowl Mock Draft
Published at 2/13/2020 11:25:24 AM
Congrats to the Kansas City Chiefs on winning their second Super Bowl title in franchise history and their first in 50 years. With that and the Senior Bowl now in the rear view mirror, I thought it would be a good time to do a mock draft. Decided on 6 trades happening throughout this mock draft. After this, I will complete another one after the combine.
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Creativity may lack, but Joe Burrow to the Cincinnati Bengals with the first pick is still the pick. The Heisman Trophy winner had perhaps the greatest season by a QB in college football history, and he finished it off with a 6 TD (5 throwing, one rushing) performance against former national champion Clemson in the title game. Burrow may not have the strongest arm, but the guy is very accurate, is a great leader and is just a winning player. Being from Southern Ohio, I think he'd also help ticket sales for a Bengals franchise that's struggled mightily at the gates the last two years.
Dropping the final home game of the season to the New York Giants in overtime and then getting blown out in Dallas to close the season does give the Redskins one perk. That one perk is the likely chance to draft the best pass rusher in this draft class in Ohio State's Chase Young. Before being handed a two game suspension for some garbage NCAA rule, Young was virtually unblockable for opposing offensive lines. He can have a rookie impact like both Bosa brothers (former Ohio State Buckeyes themselves) had in their first NFL seasons.
Dolphins get: Picks 3 and 131 (5th round)
Lions get: Picks 5, 39 (2nd round) and 148 (via Rams/Dolphins)
Prime opportunity for the Lions to move back knowing they can still get someone they want some picks later. Miami moves up a couple spots to ensure their 'Tank for Tua' is complete. Well, they didn't really fully tank. After a terrible start where the closest margin of defeat was 20 points, Miami became a much more competitive team even in their losses for the most part and even managed to win five games. That's a credit to head coach Brian Flores. Regardless, they do need a long-term answer at QB. Medicals will be extremely important for Tua. If they come back positive, he'd still likely go in the top 5 to 10 draft pick range.
Remembering my viewing experience of a Giants Monday Night Football game with the Dallas Cowboys, I remember turning to my buddy numerous times and talking about how terrible the G-Men are up front on both sides of the ball. Until that changes, I don't see this team going anywhere. Chase Young likely won't be an option at 4, but Andrew Thomas should be. The Bulldog left tackle would be an immediate upgrade over Nate Solder in protecting the blindside of Daniel Jones.
Nobody enjoys having 3-12-1 seasons where the result ends up with obtaining the third overall selection, but it does give the Lions a lot of options for the draft. Moving down in this scenario, they obtained an extra second round pick for their troubles. It was a tough choice between Brown and Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah. Both would be very good selections who would fill big voids on the defensive side of the ball. I could see Matt Patricia choosing to build from the inside out.
Deciding to stay at Oregon for another year has kept things seemingly the same for QB Justin Herbert. He's likely to be a first round pick as likely would have been the case had he declared for the 2019 Draft. To earn a spot this high up on draft night, he will need to perform very well during the draft process. He got off to a good start at the Senior Bowl, showing well in practice and winning game MVP award. Natural talent is not the problem here, consistency is. Someone will fall in love with his traits and hope it all clicks. The Chargers need a long-term answer at the QB spot. Whether it's them or another team who drafts Herbert, my guess is he will not be ready to start in Week 1 of the 2020 season. He'd actually be best suited for a redshirt season in my mind. I think the team who drafts him will need to exercise patience and not rush him onto the field.
Matt Rhule traded in his head coaching job at Baylor for one in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers. He faced a major rebuilding job with the Bears after the Art Briles scandal and could be looking at a similar situation if Cam Newton doesn't come back and/or is not at 100 percent. While the pro game is a different animal, Rhule did a fantastic job rebuilding at Baylor, something that could give the Panthers comfort if it comes to that. Lots of needs in Carolina and lots of directions they could choose to go. O-Line, defensive tackle, defensive back and linebacker are all potential needs. I'll give them the best available prospect at a position of need and the best player available period in Jeff Okudah. Ohio State has become DB U over the last few years, and Okudah may be the best of the bunch. He's got all the traits you look for in a #1 shutdown corner.
Raiders get: Pick 8
Cardinals get: Picks 12, 81 (3rd round via Seahawks/Raiders) and a 2021 6th round draft pick
Do I like comparing players to newly enshrined Hall of Famers? No, not really. But I do feel like Isaiah Simmons could be utilized a lot like Troy Polamalu was by the Pittsburgh Steelers. A former safety turned linebacker, Simmons can rush the passer, help out in the run game, go deep with receivers and flank tight ends as well. When Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and a dynamic Chiefs offense are who you have to go through for a division title, a guy like Simmons is someone I think the now Las Vegas Raiders should be targeting on defense. He'd become the new leader and face of their defense. Another box Simmons checks is coming from a championship caliber program. This is something Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock put a lot of stock in a year ago for the draft.
Tough call for me here between defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw and an offensive tackle. Because the Jaguars had their most recent success in 2017 on the back of a great defense, I went for KInlaw here over any of the OTs. Javon played himself into the first round over the course of the season for South Carolina and then could not be handled by opposing offensive linemen during Senior Bowl practices. KInlaw has tremendous explosiveness, athletic ability and doesn't take plays off.
Man oh man. The Cleveland Browns had high hopes entering the 2019 season, but ended up being amongst the most disappointing teams in the league. A number of things kept them from living up to the hype. One of those was an offensive tackle problem, as Greg Robinson proved he was not the left tackle the Browns needed. Mekhi Becton could be that guy. Becton is a massive human being at over 360 pounds. As you'd expect, he's got tremendous power. He also is much lighter on his feet than anyone would think for someone who weighs as much as him. One thing he'll have to do is keep his weight down.
Colts get: Pick 11
Jets get: Picks 13, 143 (5th round), 192 (6th round via Chiefs/Colts) and a 2021 4th round pick
Quarterback play is definitely a need for the Colts as they don't appear to be very committed to Jacoby Brisett. Problem for them is there's really not a guy worth taking this high up in the draft, but there is a talent like Jerry Jeudy still on the board who can become the definite future and even possible present #1 receiver for the team. Jeudy is an amazing route runner and big play receiver who can take one to the house any time he touches it. He'd be a very welcome addition for the Colts offense.
Similar to Jacksonville, I didn't have the easiest time choosing for Arizona here. Given the time CeeDee Lamb and Kyler Murray spent together at Oklahoma, it was very tempting to make Lamb the selection here. Instead, I decided to focus on the trenches and get an offensive tackle to protect Murray. While he did play right tackle at Alabama, that did mean he was protecting the blindside of lefty Tua Tagovailoa. He did a great job of that the last couple of years. Wills has solid footwork and good technique, which can help mask the fact that he's not the most athletic O-Lineman.
According to rumors (for what they're worth), the Jets appear focused on either an offensive lineman or a cornerback with their first round selection. With Jeff Okudah long off the board, I will give them an experienced offensive lineman in Tristan Wirfs. The former Iowa Hawkeye should be well schooled and technically sound learning under Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa coaching staff. Sam Darnold should be happy to see upgraded blocking up front.
Just like Javon Kinlaw, Houston offensive tackle Josh Jones used the Senior Bowl to put a big arrow up as far as his draft stock is concerned. Jones is very long and athletic, sort of like Andre Dillard from a year ago, who started his rise into the first round of the NFL Draft at the Senior Bowl. Tampa Bay has forever needed to get better protection up front for Jameis Winston (or someone else if Bruce Arians wants to go in another direction), and Jones is a big step in the right direction.
Denver and the now Las Vegas Raiders are long-time rivals, but both are in the same boat in the sense that both are trying to play catch up to the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. The secondary wouldn't be a bad spot for the Broncos to address and neither would the offensive line, but wide receiver offers the better value for them here at 15 in Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb. New QB Drew Lock has one very nice outside weapon in Courtland Sutton to throw to. Adding CeeDee Lamb into the mix would make his job a lot easier and also open up some more holes for running back Phillip Lindsay.
Boring, but now that it doesn't appear Vic Beasley will be staying with the Falcons, sticking with this selection from the past couple of mock drafts I created makes a lot of sense to me. Yetur Gross-Matos had been very productive for Penn State the last two years, recording 17 sacks and 34 TFL in the two years combined. Gross-Matos has a nonstop motor, long arms and good athletic ability. Perhaps investing early round picks into pass rushers will finally pay off for the Falcons with this selection.