NFLHypeTrain Mock Draft

By James Fotheringham (@nflhypetrain)

1. Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence (QB)

2. Jets

Zach Wilson (QB)

3. 49ers (MIA)

Justin Fields (QB)

The top 2 picks have been pretty consistent all the way through so there’s not real need to elaborate here. The draft truly starts at number 3 and I’ve had each of Mac Jones, Trey Lance and Justin Fields here. Whoever they pick, the locker room has been clamoring for Jimmy G to remain the starter to begin this season so there’s no hurry to start whoever they pick. Mac Jones was the early favourite but did they really have to trade up to 3 to get him? Lance would be a great project with high upside but would Shanahan be able to mould him the way he wants. I think Fields is the pick but this could go any one of three ways. If they do pick Mac Jones then the rest of this mock draft goes to ruins as I think that would lead to 5 QBs going in the top 8 picks.

4. Patriots (ATL)

Trey Lance (QB)

5. Bengals

Ja’Marr Chase (WR)

6. Dolphins (PHI)

Kyle Pitts (TE)

This is where it gets really interesting. The Falcons really need to rebuild their defence and I think the Patriots will offer a package which include pick 15 and Stephon Gilmore as well as a later round pick and maybe some swapping of 2022 picks. It’ll be a steep price to pay for the Patriots but Lance/Fields will be too hard to pass up. The Broncos Bridgewater acquisition changes nothing, there will be a fight for the 4th QB and if the 49ers take Jones then the Patriots and Broncos will still need to ensure Washington/Chicago don’t get ideas.

The Bengals meanwhile should be trying to protect Joe Burrow but it’s hard for them to pass on a top receiver who already has chemistry with their QB. They can address the O-Line on day 2. The Dolphins might consider Penei Sewell after trading Ereck Flowers to Washington but I think the talent of Pitts is too great to ignore when you need offensive weapons.

7. Broncos (DET)

Mac Jones (QB)

8. Panthers

Penei Sewell (OT)

9. Lions (DEN)

Devonta Smith (WR)

I have the Lions and Broncos swapping places to prevent Chicago and Washington from trying to negotiate with Carolina or Detroit to jump them. The Broncos will have their tail between their legs after being top trumped by New England and despite the Bridgewater trade, I see them taking Mac Jones, sitting him behind Teddy and trading Lock to a team that believe they can extract his potential. The Panthers will rub their hands at the prospect of Penei Sewell being there for them at #8 and if the Dolphins go that way at #6 then Slater is a solid option too. The Lions will be willing to move down provided they stay ahead of the Eagles, as they will want to use their early pick on a receiver and I can see them taking the Heismann Trophy winner Smith to be their WR1 whether that’s at #7 or #9.

10. Cowboys

Patrick Surtain (CB)

11. Giants

Rashawn Slater (OT)

12. Eagles (SF/MIA)

Jaylen Waddle (WR)

The Cowboys have been constantly mocked… as taking Surtain and I have no reason to think differently. The Giants really should trade down, but since Gettleman just doesn’t do that, Slater would be a great options as I’m not buying that they need a receiver. The Eagles do need a receiver, and if the top 3 have gone they will likely pivot to Cornerback and Jaycee Horn but I have Waddle being available and so it’ll be the Jaylen show.

13. Chargers

Christian Darrisaw (OT)

14. Vikings

Alijah Vera-Tucker (IOL)

15. Falcons (NE)

Jaelen Phillips (Edge)

The Chargers need to protect Justin Herbert as a priority and Darrisaw is probably the next tackle up in this class. The Vikings also need O-Line help and Vera-Tucker can play anywhere along the line where they need him which helps. The Falcons have CB sorted with the Gilmore trade and at #15 they will feel more comfortable taking an Edge and Jaelen Phillips is arguably the best in this draft.

16. Cardinals

Jaycee Horn (CB)

17. Raiders

Micah Parsons (LB)

18. Dolphins

Najee Harris (RB)

The Cardinals really need a Cornerback having let Patrick Peterson leave for the Vikings and if the Eagles pick a receiver over Jaycee Horn then Arizona will run this one up to the podium. The Raiders will need to look at their O-Line after ditching a lot of key parts, however it’d go against the grain for the Raiders to do things logically but after sliding this far due to character concerns, Micah Parsons is a “Raiders type” player in a position of need. The Dolphins could go so many ways. O-Line, Edge, Running Back and Linebacker are all positions of need. The buzz for the Steelers to draft Najee Harris and the lack of value at the Steelers other positions of need means that the Dolphins may pull the trigger here if this is Tua wanting an Alabama reunion. Also worth considering that Atlanta, Pittsburgh and the Jets (all RB needy teams) will have a pick before the Dolphins at #36.

19. Football Team

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB)

20. Bears

Rashod Bateman (WR)

21. Colts

Teven Jenkins (OT)

After trading for Ereck Flowers, Washington may wait on O-Line and address Linebacker with a solid pick in Owusu-Koramoah. The Bears need receivers and Rashod Bateman should be the next one up, although Elijah Moore is a consideration. The Colts could go Edge but with Teven Jenkins here in a position of need it would be hard for them to pass on that opportunity.

22. Titans

Greg Newsome (CB)

23. Jets (SEA)

Kwity Paye (Edge)

24. Steelers

Caleb Farley (CB)

The Titans are another team that need a Cornerback and while there’s also some great receivers they could use to compliment AJ Brown I think the sure up the defense with Newsome. The Jets have their QB and now look to strngthen the defence and will feel like Kwity Paye is a steal at 23. The Steelers have needs at Cornerback, Running back and along the O-Line. With Najee gone and a lot of the top tackles I see them being the team taking the gamble on Caleb Farleys back injury knowing what the upside could be.

25. Jaguars (STL)

Trevor Moehring (S)

26. Browns

Christian Barmore (IDL)

27. Ravens

Joe Tryon (Edge)

Having taken the first player in the draft, the Jags now go and take the first Safety off the board in Moehrig. The Browns could go Edge but with the addition of Clowney they may start off looking at their defensive interior and look at Edge later. The Ravens meanwhile have 2 picks of the next 5 and while I expect them to move one of them, for now I have them picking at #27 and Joe Tryon comes first as they have multiple options at wide receiver later on.

28. Saints

Asante Samuel Jr (CB)

29. Packers

Liam Eichenberg (OT)

30. Bills

Azeez Olujari (Edge)

The Saints need a Cornerback and between Samuel and Stokes I’d just favour Samuel. While both the Saints and Packers need help at wide receiver and Elijah Moore is there, I just can’t see them taking him and so I have the Packers taking Liam Eichenberg to help their depleted O-Line. The Bills have a wealth of options and could pick Stokes at CB but with Olujaria still available, it makes sense.

31. Ravens (KC)

Terrace Marshall Jr (WR)

32. Buccaneers

Levi Onwuzurike (IDL)

For the final 2 picks I’m expecting a team to trade up for contract reasons (1st round picks 5th year option) but for now I have the Ravens getting their best WR fit in Marshall and the Bucs getting a great D-Liner to develop in Onwuzurike.

No doubt anyone reading this will now be saying “Where’s ‘X’? How far did ‘X’ slide? Where did ‘X’land?” Well here’s my round 2 mock up with one extra trade between the Jags and Steelers. There’s no way this mock sticks as there will be more than 3 trades on the night for sure. It’s plausible that there’s less than usual as the in person discussions that go on during the combine and draft build up are not happening due to COVID restrictions.

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