Mock Draft 3.0 (Oates)


By Harris Oates, Editor-In-Chief | Mock can be found on the Walter Football Mock Database

Trevor Lawrence | Clemson, QB

Again, this pick is that obvious. No reason to reiterate myself or get into any more detail.

🚨TRADE ALERT🚨

The New York Jets trade number 2 pick to the Carolina Panthers in exchange of the number 8 pick, 39th pick and a 2022 1st Round pick.

Justin Fields | Ohio State, QB

The Panthers are obviously committed to replacing Teddy Bridgewater and have been involved in just about every bit of QB drama this offseason. They make their move to land their guy in this draft and take advantage of the Jets’ attachment to Darnold for one last year.

Penei Sewell | Oregon, LT

It is no secret that Tua is a fragile quarterback, as he has suffered injuries throughout his football career. The Dolphins get a surefire tackle that has the one of the highest ceilings in the draft here at 3.

Micah Parsons | Penn State, LB

The Falcons are on their final straw before having to commit to a full blown rebuild. It is no secret that their defense has been disappointing, but land the best defender in the draft here to play alongside Deion Jones. Parsons is a do-it-all linebacker with the ability to play multiple roles and use his diverse skillset to play sideline to sideline as well as adding some much needed pressure on opposing QBs.

JaMarr Chase | LSU, WR

The Burrow-Chase relationship is a great one and too hard to pass up here at 5. Chase is our 2nd overall prospect and could become one of the most complete receivers in the league. Chase, Higgins and Boyd can combine into one of the most dominant units in the league.

🚨TRADE ALERT🚨

The Philadelphia Eagles trade the 6th overall pick to the Denver Broncos for the 9th overall pick and 2021 and 2022 3rd round picks.

Zach Wilson | BYU, QB

John Elway finally uses a top 10 pick on a quarterback to land his guy, who just so happens to be the BYU phenom Zach Wilson. Wilson fits the scheme well and inherits a plethora of young, unproven receivers, as well as one of the best young tackles in the league. Denver is an underrated landing spot for a young QB and now can officially cut ties Drew Lock and potentially find a trade partner by the end of the night.

DeVonta Smith | Alabama, WR

With Kenny Golladay’s long term future in Detroit a mystery, the Lions snag a top receiving threat to build around. The Heisman winner is as dynamic as anyone in this class and creates separation better than anyone in this class. There may be questions looming about his durability due to his slender frame, but that hasn’t been an issue yet. The NFL is a different beast, but when evaluating Smith I don’t see any reason as to why he can’t become one of the most dominant receivers in the league.

New York Jets from the Carolina Panthers

Jaylen Waddle | Alabama, WR

When the Jets traded down it further emphasized their commitment to Sam Darnold, so what better to use this pick on than an explosive weapon? The quick-twitch receiver is a do-it-all type of playmaker who can make an immediate impact in the receiving and return game. Darnold may prove to not be the solution long term, but by taking a QB this year it would be a lateral move at best for the Jets, who have failed to put anything close to a legit offense on the field in years.

Philadelphia Eagles from the Denver Broncos

Rashawn Slater | Northwestern, OT

Eagles fan’s aren’t going to be happy with this pick (or really anything else in the world), but need to come to terms with reality. The Eagles are a dumpster fire and they are in full blown rebuild mode. The offensive line has fallen apart, so by taking the versatile Slater here it allows for some much needed protection for Jalen Hurts.

Kyle Pitts | Florida, TE

Blake Jarwin. Dalton Shultz. Blake Bell. Three guys who are probably a notch above average, but by taking Pitts they add another element to their offense and help spread the field in ways they couldn’t last year.

Rashod Bateman | Minnesota, WR

Bateman may not be the obvious receiver pick, but the former Big 10 receiver of the year would certainly be an upgrade to the Giants offense. The versatile receiver could immediately plug into any position as a Day 1 starter and is my pick to have a Justin Jefferson-esque breakout season.

Mac Jones | Alabama, QB

Kyle Shanahan has gotten every ounce of success possible out of Jimmy Garoppolo and the ceiling was likely met when they reached the Super Bowl just two years prior. He has struggled to stay healthy, which is concerning as Shanahan is clearly looking for a long term option. The young 49ers offense may not give Jones the same advantage that he had with the Crimson Tide, but he would inherit several of the best young playmakers in the league…a key to early success as a QB.

Gregory Rousseau | Miami, Edge

In a rare change of events, the first edge is drafted outside the top 10 picks for the first time since 2012. Rousseau had just 14 starts in his career and hasn’t played since 2019, but is one of the highest ceiling prospects in the draft.

Christian Barmore | Alabama, DT

Minnesota was atrocious against the run in 2020, but Christian Barmore could make that unit into a much improved work in progress. Barmore had a rocky career at Alabama, but finished it by playing some of the best ball of his career when it mattered the most. Despite playing on the interior, he is a slippery pass rusher who often left offensive guards in the dust.

Alim McNeill | NC State, DT

Despite the rumors surrounding the Patriots being interested in drafting a QB at 15, they instead address that need prior to the draft. Instead of targeting a weapon to help ignite their putrid offense, they land one of the best run stuffers to immediately make an impact.

Patrick Surtain II | Alabama, CB

The Cardinals are parting ways with Patrick Peterson, but can find their future defensive captain of their secondary here with Patrick Surtain II. Surtain has the makes to become a lockdown corner at the next level and the pedigree to become an Pro Bowler like his father.

Zaven Collins | Tulsa, LB

The Raiders have struggled to find an inside linebacker, but get a do-it-all player with Zaven Collins. The Tulsa product can fill a much needed hole in the defense that allowed the 30th most points in the league in 2020.

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah | Notre Dame, LB

The Dolphins recently released Kyle Van Noy as a cap casualty, but land one of the best run stopping defenders in the draft with Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. JOK flies around the field like a torpedo and despite being undersized, can play in a hybrid role that allows him to utilize his speed and coverage abilities.

Christian Darrisaw | Virginia Tech, OT

The WFT found some success in 2020 by making the playoffs for the first time since 2015, but likely lose one of their best players, OL Brandon Scherff. With Darrisaw, the Football Team gets as pro ready of a tackle as they can this late in the 1st round.

Alijah Vera-Tucker | USC, IOL

As the lineman start to fall off the board, the Bears take a shot to get their guy to build around. Not only was the Bears OL units one of the worst in the league, they had guys like Arlington Hambright starting games late in the season. The group, which is headlined by Cody Whitehair and Charles Leno Jr., is in need of a full blown rebuild and Vera-Tucker would be a great place to start.

Jaycee Horn | South Carolina, CB

The Colts invested a 2nd rounder in Rock Ya-Sin in 2019, but he had one of the worst seasons out of the entire CB position (ranked 103rd out of 122 on PFF). The Colts land a much higher ceiling prospect here in Horn and could move Ya-Sin to play in a nickel role.

Azeez Ojulari | Georgia, Edge

The Titans had one of the worst pass rushes in the league last year, but immediately benefit from the sparkplug edge, Ojulari. He may be a bit undersized at just 240 lbs, but has the quickness to make up for it and will find his way to the quarterback at the next level.

Teven Jenkins | Oklahoma State, OT

The Jets took a step in the right direction last year by drafting Mekhi Becton, but further strengthen the offensive line by drafting Teven Jenkins with their second pick of the 1st round. Jenkins is a natural right tackle who played 400+ snaps in that role in 2020 at Oklahoma State and would further legitimize Darnold’s opportunity at success.

Travis Etienne | Clemson, RB

The Steelers have struggled to keep a feature back on the field since the departure of Le’Veon Bell, but take a shot on the do-it-all back out of Clemson. Etienne is a classic, one-cut RB that can add an element in the passing game that Big Ben has lacked for years.

Kwity Paye | Michigan, Edge

The Jaguars seem to have found legitimate speed rushers in Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson, but go for a different breed of defensive lineman here. Kwity Paye is a pure power rusher who will compliment the speed rush and is too good to pass up at 25.

Nick Bolton | Missouri, LB

The Browns didn’t have many weaknesses last year, but are in need of an inside linebacker to build around. Nick Bolton is a solid run stopping linebacker who can play high IQ football and spread the field from sideline-to-sideline. Bolton is a much needed building block to legitimize the Cleveland Defense.

Jayson Oweh | Penn State, Edge

Jayson Oweh is still a bit of a project and failed to get into the sack column in 2020, but is a high ceiling edge prospect who has the size, speed and length to make it at the next level.

🚨Trade Alert 🚨

The New Orleans Saints trade the 28th pick, Marshon Lattimore and a 5th round pick to the Denver Broncos for Drew Lock, the 40th overall pick and a 2022 1st round pick.

Najee Harris | Alabama, RB

The Saints are in desperate need of cap help and could immediately shed north of $10M by dealing Lattimore here. In theory, the Saints would land a young QB, future 1st round pick and $10M of cap space to move back 12 picks. The Broncos are approaching a contract year for Melvin Gordon and take Harris to split carries and eventually take over as the top RB for the team.

Trevon Moehrig | TCU, S

The Packers were on the brink of being a Super Bowl contender, but fell a game short for the third straight time. Outside of Jaire Alexander, the Packers secondary was exposed by the Bucaneers and is in some much needed help deep.

Elijah Moore | Ole Miss, WR

Cole Beasley had a phenomenal season in one of the most slot happy offenses in the league, but will be 32 at the start of next season. Moore can come in right away and eventually transition into Beasley’s role.

Terrace Marshall | LSU, WR

The Chiefs are likely losing their No. 2 WR, Sammy Watkins, and score the high ceiling receiver prospect here. Marshall likely isn’t going to be a go to guy early in his career, but has the tools to turn into an All Pro.

Jaelan Phillips | Miami, Edge

The Bucs look to run it back by investing in a boom-or-bust edge rusher. Phillips has had a dominant season in 2020, but with a history that includes multiple serious head injuries there is still a high element of risk here.

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