Mock Draft 6.0 (Oates)

By Harris Oates, Editor-in-Chief

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence | Clemson, QB

Trevor Lawrence is already donating to charities in Jacksonville…this pick has been signed, sealed and delivered since December.

2. New York Jets – Zach Wilson | BYU, QB

Wilson has been a lock here and is as broadway as it gets considering the massive amounts of advertisement and sponsors he has already stacked up.

3. San Francisco 49ers – Mac Jones | Alabama, QB

Kyle Shanahan says he likes five QBs and the word on the streets is that the personnel department and head coach are at odds between taking Mac Jones or Trey Lance. I’ve said it was for Jones since the trade was made and I am 99.9% confident that he is the pick.

4. Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Pitts | Florida, TE

The Falcons want to make an absolute splash with this pick and are hopeful that Pitts can turn around the dark cloud that has followed Matt Ryan’s post Super Bowl career. Rumors surrounding a Julio Jones trade have circulated this week so be on the lookout for another WR needy team making a move to secure the all time great.

5. Cincinnati Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase | LSU, WR

Joe Burrow needs immediate protection up front, but with a deep OL class they elect to draft the generational talent here with Chase. The ceiling for Chase is as high as superstars like Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson coming out of college and the chemistry with Burrow is an added value.

6. Miami Dolphins – Jaylen Waddle | Alabama, WR

The Dolphins top two targets, Pitts and Chase, are already off the board, but that doesn’t stop them from acquiring a pass catcher. By taking Waddle here they do not only give Tua an added level of comfort with his old teammate, but also add a dynamic playmaker that can contribute in the return game.

7. Detroit Lions – Penei Sewell | Oregon, OT

The Lions have entered into a complete rebuild and can land a solid building block here with Penei Sewell. The Lions have the worst receiver corps in the league, but don’t take a shot on a playmaker after they see the top three fly off the board. Sewell is an elite tackle prospect who can be one of the best lineman in the NFL.

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The Carolina Panthers trade the 8th overall pick to the LA Chargers for the 13th overall pick, the 47th overall pick and the 160th overall pick.

8. LA Chargers – Rashawn Slater | Northwestern, OT

The Chargers have been rumored to be wanting to move up and find the perfect trade partner here with Carolina. By moving to 8, it ensures that the Chargers will be able to cut off other teams like the Cowboys, Giants and Eagles who are all OLine-needy. The Panthers are reportedly not as high on Slater as many teams are, which would point to why they would make the trade back here immediately following the selection of Sewell to Detroit.

9. Denver Broncos – Trey Lance | North Dakota State, QB

The Broncos seem to be in a great situation here at 9 and really get to watch one of their top QB prospects fall in their lap. They are in a good enough situation where they don’t need to trade up for a QB, but if the right guy is there at 9 they could take him. Micah Parsons would also be another popular selection here within the organization, but the uncertainty surrounding Drew Lock is just too much to ignore.

10. Dallas Cowboys – Micah Parsons | Penn State, LB

The Giants just saw a starting LB retire this week, which makes the defense that much worse. Parsons will be a factor in all aspects of the game and the Cowboys get a steal with the top defensive prospect still on the board at 10.

11. New York Giants – Kwity Paye | Michigan, Edge

The Giants still need help on the interior offensive line, but instead take the dominant Edge Rusher out of Michigan. Paye fits the defensive scheme well and provides much needed depth in the front 7.

12. Philadelphia Eagles – Patrick Surtain II | Alabama, CB

The Eagles had one of the worst secondaries in the league last season, but get a boost here by landing their top rated cornerback, Patrick Surtain II. He immediately will plug in well in the pass heavy division and can eventually play a shadow role and cover the top receivers like CeeDee Lamb, Kenny Golladay and Terry McLaurin.

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See Above at pick 8 to see LA and Carolina’s trade details.

13. Carolina Panthers – Jaycee Horn | South Carolina, CB

The Panthers traded back with hopes that a top cornerback would still be on the board and they luck out with their CB1. Along with filling their biggest hole, they also get a shot to pick one of the many great tackles in this deep class with one of their second round picks.

14. Minnesota Vikings – Christian Darrisaw | Virginia Tech, OT

I thought perhaps Paye could fall here to the Vikings, but instead they land a top tier tackle to add to their line to give Dalvin Cook that extra boost.

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The New England Patriots trade the 15th overall pick to the Chicago Bears for the 52nd Overall pick, a 2022 2nd round pick, 2023 2nd round pick and the 84th overall pick.

15. Chicago Bears – Justin Fields | Ohio State, QB

The Patriots buzz suggests that they are going to move up for a QB, but I find it far more likely that they move back. There is a major drop-off in talent from 15-20, but the Bears land their QB of the future and possibly add more time to the front offices game plan.

16. Arizona Cardinals – DeVonta Smith | Alabama, WR

If Smith doesn’t go extremely early, expect the talk of the night to revolve around the Heisman winner. The top receivers usually are the guys that check all of the boxes size-wise, and at 166 lbs the value may take a short fall. I have heard teams like the Giants are extremely interested, but if he does fall expect him to not get past the Cardinals at 16. The Cards are looking to go all in this year and need a receiver to play opposite of Hopkins.

17. LV Raiders – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB

The Raiders are another team that is deeply linked to a prospect and if JOK is on the board at 17, expect the draft card to be submitted instantly. The Raiders had one of the worst defenses against the run and could immediately start changing that mentality around by taking the tackling machine.

18. Miami Dolphins – Jamin Davis | Kentucky, LB

The Dolphins are another team that craves a LB and could land one of the biggest risers in the draft here. Jamin Davis was one of the most improved players in all of football last year and could captain the Dolphins defense in the future.

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The Washington Football Team trades the 19th overall pick and the 164th overall pick for the 30th overall pick and the 94th overall pick.

19. Buffalo Bills – Travis Etienne | Clemson, RB

The WFT is in one of the worst spots for their needs. Too low for a QB, too low for Darrisaw, too high to reach on the next best LB. The Bills don’t want to wait around for their guy at RB, so they trade up with the WFT to land Etienne at 19.

20. Chicago Bears – Elijah Moore | Ole Miss, WR

The Bears traded up to land their QB of the future, but are able to hold onto this pick while doing so. Now, with the 20th overall pick they can land a receiver to build around long term and immediately compliment Allen Robinson. Elijah Moore is an elite slot receiver and could have a breakout similar to Justin Jefferson.

21. Indianapolis Colts – Azeez Ojulari | Georgia, Edge

The Colts have several spots to fill, but opt to take one of their top rated edge prospects. Ojulari was a late bloomer, but he showed major flashes of greatness as a speed rusher.

22. Tennessee Titans – Rashod Bateman | Minnesota, WR

The Titans lost their two top targets, but land a day 1 contributor with Rashod Bateman. He is a do-it-all receiver that saw a dip in production in 2020, but can return to 2019 form with a regular offseason as we approach being back to normal with football.

23. New York Jets – Caleb Farley | Virginia Tech, CB

Farley may not only be the best corner in the class, but he also could be the best defender in this entire class. He is tough as a prospect because we haven’t seen him play since 2019, but the raw potential he displayed should keep him in the first round despite the injury history.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Teven Jenkins | Oklahoma State, OT

We have heard rumblings that the Steelers are deeply connected to either Najee Harris or Teven Jenkins. In order for Big Ben to survive, the Steelers need to focus on offense line, rather than go all in on Harris at 24.

Jacksonville Jaguars – Gregory Rousseau | Miami, Edge

The Jags landed Josh Allen a few years back, but take a shot here on the massively high ceiling prospect out of Miami. Rousseau’s pro day was rather tame for a guy with his skillset, but the raw 2019 production is too good to knock him out of the 1st round.

26. Cleveland Browns – Jabril Cox | LSU, LB

The Browns take a shot on the North Dakota State transfer and land one of the best cover LBs in the class. At 6’3″ 235 lbs he moves like running back and can be a much needed role player for the elite Cleveland defense.

27. Baltimore Ravens – Alijah Vera-Tucker | USC, IOL

The Ravens are in much needed help on the edge, but Vera-Tucker at 27 fills a much needed hole with the best value. The run heavy team has relied on strength from their interior offensive line and Vera-Tucker even has the potential to role out to RT to take over from where Orlando Brown left off.

28. New Orleans Saints – Greg Newsome II | Northwestern, CB

The Saints are in an interesting spot here, but pick the best longterm option here with the Northwestern standout. There is no guarantee that Lattimore will be around for very long and the cap needy Saints can land a future top corner here.

29. Green Bay Packers – Kadarius Toney | Florida, WR

The Packers have been notorious to pass on receivers in the first, but go all in this year with slot receiver Kadarius Toney. He can add an extra element to the offense and free open space for Devontae Adams.

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See above at pick 19 for Buffalo and Washington’s trade details.

30. Washington Football Team – Zaven Collins | Tulsa, LB

The WFT’s trade back strikes gold and they land the talented LB out of Tulsa with the 30th pick. Collins had a dominant 2020 season where he was named the best defensive player in the nation, but he will have a steep learning curve in the NFL where he will play in a much more sophisticated defense.

31. Baltimore Ravens – Dyami Brown | UNC, WR

The Ravens are in need of a pure number 1 receiver and land the deep sleeper, Dyami Brown with their newly acquired pick. Brown will make an immediate impact as one of the best vertical threats in the draft, but also adds in the areas that Hollywood Brown lacks.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Kyle Trask | Florida, QB

The Buccaneers brought back all 22 starters and don’t have any immediate needs, but do have a short time left with the GOAT. The Bucs may never be in a situation to draft a QB as skilled as Trask at 32 during the remainder of Brady’s career, so they take a shot on a guy who can develop over the next several years and maybe even pick up a couple of rings along the way.

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