Yesterday it was all about the first half of the draft. Today, it’s all about the second half. Before we get into it, expect to the second mock draft after the combine! Let’s not waste time here, it’s time to jump into this NFL mock draft 1.0 part 2!
17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-8): Jordan Davis DT Georgia
Monsters are real. This monster is named Jordan Davis and he is an absolute beast on the defensive line, literally. Davis is six foot six 340 pounds. He clogs up the middle of the line which is exactly what the Chargers need on defense. Yes, the Chargers have Joey Bosa, but Bosa needs help. Insert Davis into the defensive line and suddenly this Chargers defense is a whole lot different. Last season Davis had 32 total tackles and played a big part (literally) in helping Georgia win a national championship.
18. New Orleans Saints (9-8): Jameson Williams WR Alabama
If Jameson Williams didn’t suffer a torn ACL he would have been selected earlier. But considering that this injury happened in January and it’s about a nine month recovery, Williams’ draft stock has dropped. New Orleans has been one of those teams that has missed on out the first round wide receivers in the past. This time, they should not pass up Jameson Williams. Williams was a force to reckon with at Alabama. This past season he had 79 receptions, 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging 19.9 yards per reception. Whoever the quarterback will be in New Orleans will love having Williams as a deep threat.
19. Philadelphia Eagles (9-8): David Ojabo EDGE Michigan
Before the 2021 season, David Ojabo was a nobody. After this past season, Ojabo became a household name at Michigan. After finishing the season with 35 total tackles (24 solo) and 11 sacks, he became the Robin to Aidan Hutchinson who as we all know was Batman for the Michigan defense. The Eagles are in dire need of an edge rusher and Ojabo falling to them at 19 is a dream come true for them.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1): Trevor Penning OT Northern Iowa
With the best quarterbacks already gone the Steelers should focus on the next big need which is protecting the quarterback. Trevor Penning is a giant. Penning is six foot seven and 321 pounds and he can move like a feather on the offensive line. All he does is push defenders down which is exactly what Pittsburgh will need for whoever comes in and becomes the starting quarterback. Penning is one of the hidden gems in this draft class.
21. New England Patriots (10-7): Kaiir Elam CB Florida
This is subject to change. J.C. Jackson is a free agent this offseason and there is a possibility he leaves for another team. If Jackson is brought back, there is no need to draft Kaiir Elam. But, if Jackson goes there is a giant need of a shutdown cornerback. Elam was one of the best shutdown cornerbacks this past season giving up only 18 catches for 165 yards off of 33 targets. He’s not a stat machine, he just goes out and shuts down any receiver that comes his way. The New England defense could use a player like Elam in the secondary, especially if J.C. Jackson signs elsewhere this offseason.
22. Las Vegas Raiders (10-7): Kenyon Green OL Texas A&M
Green can play either tackle or guard which is what the Raiders need. Not only can he play either position, he’s also durable and he can push around defenders. The Raiders have an offensive minded head coach in Josh McDaniels now so expect the offense to get more attention during the offseason and draft.
23. Arizona Cardinals (11-6): Ahmad Gardner CB Cincinnati
The Cardinals were one of two teams that were a complete surprise last season. However the overall glaring weakness for Arizona was their defense. Ahmad Gardner is an overall dominant cornerback who helped Cincinnati make their college football playoff run. He’s another corner that can shut down receivers. Last season he had 40 total tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble and four passes defended. Arizona improves their secondary with this pick.
24. Dallas Cowboys (12-5): Bernhard Raimann OL Central Michigan
It’s crazy to think that the Cowboys need to even address the offensive line but they do. Their offensive line is not as dominant as it used to be. Bernhard Raimann is a wall that Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott will benefit from having. Plus, Raimann can play both guard and tackle which is a huge plus for the Dallas offensive line. This is a possibly home run pick for the Cowboys.
25. Buffalo Bills (11-6): Devonte Wyatt DT Georgia
This is a no brainer for Buffalo. The Bills need to bolster that defensive line with both Mario Addison and Jerry Hughes expected to test the free agent market. If they lose both, there will be a glaring need for defensive line help. Insert Devonte Wyatt and the problem becomes less severe. Wyatt was half of the one-two punch Georgia had on their defensive line with Jordan Davis. He can move quickly off the line and get to the backfield in a hurry. Buffalo improves big time with this pick.
26. Tennessee Titans (12-5): Devin Lloyd LB Utah
The fall finally ends for Lloyd who is considered one of the best linebackers in the draft. Lloyd had a monster season with Utah racking up 111 total tackles with 66 of them being solo, eight sacks, one forced fumble and four interceptions. Tennessee improves their defense and gets a steal here at 26.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4): Jermaine Johnson EDGE Florida State
Tampa Bay brought back everyone last season. They can’t afford to do that again. So, now they rely on the draft to help rebuild the team. With Tom Brady riding off into the retirement sunset and multiple starters expected to test the free agent market, Tampa can basically draft for any position. Jermaine Johnson is someone they’re going to want on their defensive line. He had 23 run stops and 14 sacks last season. A monster on the edge. That’s what Tampa needs.
28. Green Bay Packers (13-4): Chris Olave WR Ohio State
This is subject to change. Why? Aaron Rodgers. The Packers are waiting to hear from Aaron Rodgers on what his plans are. If Rodgers ends up staying, the Packers need to take a wide receiver here. Chris Olave is a perfect fit in Green Bay. Assuming Green Bay is also able to keep Davante Adams, the Packers could be looking at one of the best wide receiver duo’s next season. Last season Olave had 66 receptions for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns.
29. Miami Dolphins (9-8; from San Francisco 10-7): Tyler Linderbaum C Iowa
The fall is over for Tyler Linderbaum. Miami needs help on the offensive line and the best offensive lineman at 29 that’s available is Linderbaum. Linderbaum might be one of the greatest centers that college football will ever see. He is the most NFL ready offensive lineman in this draft.
30. Kansas City Chiefs (12-5): Travon Walker EDGE Georgia
The Chiefs could go in a few directions here at 30. For now, it’s Travon Walker from Georgia. Walker is one of the most athletic edge rushers in the draft. Last season he had 37 total tackles with 19 being solo and six sacks. Walker is a little bit of a project, but, if he’s with the right coaching staff Walker has the ability to be a top pass rusher in the NFL.
31. Cincinnati Bengals (10-7): Zion Johnson OT Boston College
This is a no brainer. It’s common knowledge that the Bengals need to improve their offensive line badly. Johnson is the best available here. Last season Johnson only gave up six rushes to defenders. That’s better than most of the offensive line Cincinnati currently has.
32. Detroit Lions (3-13-1; from Los Angeles Rams 12-5): Treylon Burks WR Arkansas
The day has finally come where the Detroit Lions have the 32nd pick in the NFL Draft. This pick is all about getting a weapon for Jared Goff. Burks has the potential to be the number one receiver for the Lions. Last season he had 66 receptions for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns while averaged 16.7 yards per reception. This pick should make Jared Goff very happy.
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