College Football Staff Midseason Mock Drafts: Maxwell

To back up the pair of podcasts that we did earlier this week, that made up our Full 10 Yards College Football Midseason Mock Draft, we’re now going to put out a couple of individual mocks.Working together was great but we all have our own ideas and tastes in players and of course, all of our big boards are different, so these individual mocks give us our opportunity to really show these off.Of course, it is still midseason, there’s a lot of football still to be played, so at this point we’re looking at possibilities and bouncing ideas around, a lot can and will change between now and April but here goes…

#1. Bengals – Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State

Young is as talented as any pass rusher coming into the NFL in the past few years. He mixes elite speed & athleticism mixed with a remarkable toolbox of skills and technique to beat opposing linemen. Moreover, he is strong enough to run defender at the point of attack.

#2. Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Tua has been a superstar since day 1. Before he played a snap of college football, he was the Elite 11 champion, and his first real game helped Bama beat Georgia in the 2018 National Final. He has arm strength, accuracy, decision making & athleticism to be a legitimate NFL starter. The only downside is that he had a poor performance against Clemson last year, throwing two pretty awful interceptions. If he has a strong end to his season, he should be the #1 QB off the board and the man who ignites the Dolphins attempt to rebuild in 2020.

#3. Redskins – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

With the coaching staff in flux, it’s hard to say whether the new HC will want to move on from Dwayne Haskins. If they decide that the QB position isn’t the issue, then Andrew Thomas is the right pick. Thomas is an amazing athlete who has grown every year. He has excellent footwork and body control in the pass game, whilst being a strong and consistent mauler in the run game. Georgia’s offense has had an up-and-down year, but Thomas has been flawless throughout.

#4. Falcons – Grant Delpit, S, LSU

The Falcons have had a disappointing 2019 season so far, and its mainly due to a lack-lustre defense. They could do with support at LB or edge rusher, but safety is also a weakness. In drafting Grant Delpit, they can fill a position of need with one of the most solid picks in this years draft. Delpit may not be as dominant a blitzer as Jamal Adams, but he has excellent range and makes a bunch of tackles at the line of scrimmage. A great building block for this poor defense.

#5. Jets – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

In a division with Bill Belichick and the mighty Bills defense, Sam Darnold needs all the help he can get. He could do with support on the line, but at pick #4 there is a receiver who cannot be missed. Jerry Jeudy is one of the best WR prospects in recent years. Crisp routes, great speed, solid hands & big play after-catch ability. An immediate upgrade for the Jets franchise.

#6. Jaguars – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

The Jaguars have just lost their superstar Cornerback in Jalen Ramsey, and although their defense is talented they could do with a new starting CB. Jeff Okudah out of Ohio State is an elite athlete with great ball skills. There are still some question marks around his aggression on underneath passes, but there isn’t an NFL receiver who can outrun the silky smooth Okudah. Perfect fit for Jaguars Cover 4 heavy scheme too.

#7. Browns – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

The Browns desperately need support on the offensive line and Mekhi Becton is maybe the most talented tackle in this class. In his 2018 Junior season, Becton showed flashes in a good performance against Alabama, but he still lost a few one-on-one scenarios. In 2019 he’s come back fitter, lighter and has developed into a dominant Left Tackle. His breakout game against Notre Dame showed he could thrive against high quality opponents with clean footwork, strong hands and great body control.

#8. Dolphins – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Having picked Tua at #2, they now need to find a weapon for him. CeeDee Lamb is the most explosive weapon in college football. Unbelievable jukes, elite quickness, spectacular catches & elite route running. Lamb will make any offense 100% more watchable, he’s the closest prospect I’ve ever seen to Odell Beckham Jr.

#9. Giants – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

The Giants have had made some awful picks at cornerback over the last few years. Although we’re not yet sure how DeAndre Baker will turn out, even with him, they are still short at DB. Kristian Fulton could be the answer to the Giants issues. The definition of a “sticky” defender, he never lets receivers get away from him & he finishes every rep with aggression and desire to get the ball back.

#10. Chargers – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

The Chargers have had a disappointing start to 2019 and they have issues in a number of areas, but the offensive line should be a key target area for improvement. Prince Tega Wanogho could be a great fit for the Chargers. He has an excellent base in pass blocking and has the athleticism to keep up with premium pass rushers. But he really impresses in the run game, not only is a big and strong, but you can see him relish the opportunity to finish reps and bury defenders.

#11. Titans – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

The Titans have finally given up on Mariota, and Tannehill is clearly not the future. The future of the Titans is with the 6′ 6 Quarterback out of Oregon. Herbert has all the potential to be a franchise QB. His Arm strength, accuracy & decision making are all reminiscent of a young Carson Wentz. The only issue is that fantastic Ducks offense which manufacturers lots of easy throws.

#12. Buccaneers – Josh Jones, OT, Houston

Although there are rumours surrounding Jameis Winston’s future in Tampa, I believe Arians will have faith in his QB and look to build around him. They are in desperate need of support on the OL and Josh Jones is the next best on the board. Jones is one of the most polished tackles in the class. He’s athletic with a strong base and he has excellent hands to fend off pass rushers, getting many pancakes due to his hand fighting skills. He also possesses great spatial awareness, always “staying busy” by looking to pick up looping blockers.

#13. Broncos – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

The Broncos know that Joe Flacco is not the long term answer for their franchise, and from everything we’ve seen & heard, Drew Lock is not the guy. Meanwhile, Jordan Love out of Utah State is a quarterback with all of the necessary skills to make it in the NFL. Love has so many skills, excellent arm strength, great accuracy, ability to move & throw on the run. Even in a poor showing against LSU, he was mainly hindered by a slew of drops from his out-gunned receiving unit.

#14. Cardinals – Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin

I’m a big fan of the new Kyler Murray & Kliff Kinsbury era in Arizona, but they have one huge weakness, the offensive line. Tyler Biadasz is a consistent Centre with great footwork and a violent desire to finish plays. A great building block for the Cardinals.

#15. Cowboys – Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina

The Cowboys have developed a pretty dominant defense over the past few years, but if there is one area they could improve, it’s the middle of their defensive line. Javon Kinlaw will not only help sure up the middle, he is a genuine threat as a pass rusher.

#16. Jaguars – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

In the Alex Grinch defense, Kenneth Murray has had a breakout 2019. Murray is a game-changing linebacker who is a threat to take-away the ball at all times. He’s both a ball hawk in zone coverage and a devastating blitzer. The Jags may have had other needs, but with Telvin Smith’s future with the franchise in question, Murray is a huge upgrade on Quincy Williams.

#17. Lions – Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise State

Matt Patricia’s Lions defense has improved a lot in 2019, but he doesn’t really have a pass rush. In fact, Patricia often runs a 5-man line to try to generate as much pressure as possible. Curtis Weaver is a true edge rusher. Fantastic hand-fighting, quick feet, textbook bend; Weaver has it all. Although Boise are a smaller programme, his skills are undeniable and he would be a huge upgrade on Romeo Okwara & Devon Kennard.

#18. Colts – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Although Frank Reich is an offensive genius, when TY Hilton is out of the line-up, the Colts offense looks very short on weapons. Tee Higgins is a player who could change that. Deceptive speed, clean route running, strong hands & a unique ability to steal the ball in traffic. Could quickly become a favourite target for Brissett.

#19. Raiders – Neville Gallimore, IDL, Oklahoma

Gruden & the Raiders have made it very clear they are thinking long term and they are looking to build on their talent. Neville Gallimore is a freaky athlete on the defensive line who has had a breakout 2019 season. It’s not often you get a 320lb man who can perform a lightning fast spin move. The once stunted Raiders defense will inevitably be transformed by a talent like this.

#20. Panthers – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

The Panthers front seven seem to be thriving since Ron Rivera took the bold move to move to a 3-4. However, if there is one area they are short, it’s in their Nickel package, as Javien Elliot playing as their nickel back. In Isaiah Simmons, they can bring in a player who covers like a Safety at the size of a Linebacker. Simmons is a dominant tackler who can take on offensive linemen and play in man coverage. A unique talent.

#21. Eagles – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

Miles Sanders hasn’t quite worked out in Philadelphia. Although they have problems on their defense, is more due to injury than a lack of talent. Therefore, the perfect choice for the Eagles is to take the best RB in the class, and that is the Wisconsin Heisman candidate, Jonathan Taylor. Fantastic size and speed, Taylor has all the skills needed to be the every-down back that the Eagles have been searching for.

#22. Raiders – A.J Terrell, CB, Clemson

AJ Terrell is one of the most underappreciated defensive backs in the class. 2018 was a breakout year for Terrell as he had huge performances against Alabama and Notre Dame in the College Football playoffs. Terrell is an elite athlete who looks incredibly comfortable in press or off-man coverage and his technique is textbook. The Raiders defense hasn’t looked good in 2019, but with Gallimore & Terrell, they could become dominant.

#23. Ravens – Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn

The Ravens are in a new era of professional football. With Lamar Jackson and that dominant run game, they need to find ways to become more consistent on defense. Derrick Brown will undoubtedly help the Ravens to be a better defense. Although he’s not an inside pass rusher, he’s a dominant run stuffer at the point of attack, and he will allow Wink Martindale to do a lot with the players around him.

#24. Vikings – Jedrick Wills, OT, AlabamaI

love Kirk Cousins, and the introduction of Gary Kubiak has allowed the Vikings to develop a dominant run game with Dalvin Cook. However, against better defenses, they have struggled to protect Cousins. Jedrick Wills is not the most refined Tackle, but he’s only a Junior and he’s incredibly talented. In last year’s National Championship game, he was the only Bama linemen who didn’t get beat-up by the dominant Clemson DL.

#25. Dolphins – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

After picking Tua & CeeDee Lamb earlier in the first, you may think that the Dolphins would consider looking to improve the defense. However, by pushing all resources into the offense, they could change the outlook of their entire franchise. D’Andre Swift is a phenomenal athlete, elite quickness, strong in contact and a genuine ability to make defenders miss. Sony Michel has had a great career so far in the NFL, but Swift is a much more fluid runner and a better prospect.

#26. Bills – Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State

The Bills Defense is already very talented, but Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy are not top-end pass rushers. Yetur Gross-Matos is a raw, but extremely talented athlete. His early college tape was spotty at best, but he always flashed his excellent athleticism. But in 2019 he’s taken his game to a new level and he’s shown some real refinement in his pass rushing.

#27. Saints – Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State

The Saints offense is always efficient, but that is in spite of a lack of weapons. Outside of Kamara and Thomas, they have a lot of good players, but nothing special. In Tylan Wallace, the Saints will be adding a true #2 receiver who can perfectly compliment Thomas. Excellent route running, great hands and a talented runner with ball-in-hand. Wallace would be a great addition to the Peyton offense.

#28. Seahawks – Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame

The Seahawks always take a pick that no one else is expecting, and I’m sure this year will be no different. The Legion of Boom is long gone & they are desperately looking for resources to improve their defensive back unit. Alohi Gilman may not be the most talented player, but he is a tone setter. Excellent tackler, good range, Gilman is a Navy transfer who moved to Notre Dame to explore his chances of playing in the NFL. Gilman could quickly become the leader of the defensive backs and lead a new age in Seattle.

#29. Chiefs – Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

The Chiefs defense is still struggling despite having lots of talented individuals. However, their linebacker unit is relatively weak. In Dylan Moses, the Chiefs are maybe getting the most talented LB in the 2020 draft. Although Moses is missing this season due to injury, we have seen players come back from knee injuries and return to their previous level. The Chiefs will be hoping Moses can be their version of Jaylon Smith or Myles Jack.

#30. Packers – Albert Okwuebunam, TE, Missouri

It has been well documented that Jimmy Graham has not been too great this year in Green Bay. Whilst I’m sure Rodgers would love a new WR to throw to, a great Tight End would be even better. Albert Okwuegbunam may not be the most refined route runner, or the best blocker, but he is a physical specimen with the ability to run away from defensive backs. If the Packers find their version of Evan Engram they will be very happy.

#31. 49ers – Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

Kyle Shanahan is one of the best play designers I’ve ever seen. He has some incredibly creative ways of getting the ball to his athletes in space. Laviska Shenault is the type of “swiss-army-knife” that Shanahan would go crazy for. Wildcat packages, Jet sweeps, end-around passes; Shenault can do it all. A potentially great addition to a great offense.

#32. Patriots – Julian Okwara, Edge, Notre Dame

The 2019 Patriots defense has been pretty much flawless, but this is largely because Bill Belichick is a genius, they are not actually the most talented team ever. More impressively, they have had this success without a pure pass rusher. Julian Okwara may be a great example of the rich getting richer. Okwara is an explosive athlete who has speed and bend off the edge. Although he’s not the biggest edge defender, his ability to get after the QB is an invaluable skill that would take the Patriots defense to another level.There we have it, keep those eyes peeled for another mock draft coming your way tomorrow.

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