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NFL Mock Draft 1.0 Part 2

On Tuesday, the first half of my mock draft came out. In case you missed it, check it out here, NFL Mock Draft 1.0 Part 1. Now, let’s get into part two, shall we?

17. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8): Wyatt Davis OG Ohio State

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Vegas needs help on the offensive line. Richie Incognito is old, and the Raiders need to start to think about replacing him. Even though they have three guards on the team, it wouldn’t help getting a fourth. Davis doesn’t give up a lot of sacks, which is good since Derek Carr needs to be kept upright. Davis wouldn’t be a starter, he’d come in if Incognito or Gabe Jackson needed a break. However, in year two or three, this kid will be starting and will be making a name for himself.

18. Miami Dolphins (10-6): Najee Harris RB Alabama

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With Travis Etienne off the board, Miami goes and gets the next best running back. Najee Harris is a running machine. Yes the Dolphins have Myles Gaskin, but add Harris to the backfield and Miami has a two headed monster in the backfield… like Cleveland. Miami overall improves their offense with adding DeVonta Smith and Najee Harris, two weapons from Alabama.

19. Washington Football Team (7-9): Rashod Bateman WR Minnesota

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The NFC East champs add a wide receiver to help take pressure off of fellow wide receiver Terry McLaurin. In a way, both these receivers have a similar play style. They go out and make a play and just straight dominate. Even though Bateman’s year was cut short (opted out during the season), he made an impact. If he had played the “full” season, he easily could have reached or came close to another 1,000 yard season and over ten touchdowns like he did in 2019. Whoever the quarterback will be in Washington, they’ll be spoiled with talent at the wide receiver position.

20. Chicago Bears (8-8): Trey Lance QB North Dakota State

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Yes, the Bears are taking a quarterback here. Also yes, it look’s like they are on the verge of trading for Carson Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles. But, if that deal doesn’t happen, they are in need for a young quarterback who can be the leader of the future. Lance is the best quarterback available at this pick so it makes perfect sense for Chicago to pick their next quarterback of the future.

21. Indianapolis Colts (11-5): Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech

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This is Anthony Castonzo’s replacement. Castonzo retired in January leaving a hole in the offensive line. Even though Darrisaw is a rookie, he’ll fit right in with the dominant offensive line that the Colts have built. The Colts once again have another gem of an offensive lineman. Whoever the quarterback will be for the Colts next year, will be heavily protected.

22. Tennessee Titans (11-5): Christian Barmore DT Alabama

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The AFC South champions find a new defensive tackle that will make a day one impact. Outside of Jeffery Simmons, the Titans really don’t have another defensive tackle that’s…. good. Barmore can be that other good defensive tackle Tennessee needs. Barmore had six sacks and three forced fumbles this past season and at times had his way with opposing offensive lines. He overall had 27 tackles in an shortened season. Tennessee need’s someone like him to go on the line to take some pressure off of Simmons.

23. New York Jets (2-14; from Seattle 12-4): Nick Bolton LB Missouri

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The Jets need a linebacker. They signed CJ Mosley before the 2019 season where Mosley got hurt which left problems on the defensive side of the ball. He then opted out of the 2020 season. The Jets were relying on Mosley to lead the charge on the defensive side of the ball. Due to injuries and opting out, he hasn’t. Put Nick Bolton on the Jets and he can help on the defensive side of the ball. In 2020 he was just shy of 100 tackles. He also had two sacks as well. He’s a tackling machine which is something the Jets defense needs. Bolton will fit well with head coach Robert Saleh.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4): Jalen Mayfield OT Michigan

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The AFC North champs make this pick for one reason only. That reason is to get even more protection for Big Ben. In what could be Roethlisberger’s last season, the Steelers are going to want him to go out as a champion, and also be healthy. Mayfield is a dominant tackle that can come in and make necessary blocks. Expect him to be on the offensive line on third and short to start off his career before making the transition into being a starting tackle for the Steelers.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15; from LA Rams 10-6): Alijah Vera-Tucker OG USC

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Get Trevor Lawrence protection. That is what the Jaguars should focus on with this pick. It’s simple, if Jacksonville wants Trevor Lawrence to succeed, get him protection. Vera-Tucker was one of the best players on the USC Trojans this past year. If it wasn’t for him, the Trojans wouldn’t of had the successful season that they had.

26. Cleveland Browns (11-5): Patrick Jones II EDGE Pittsburgh

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The Browns are currently on cloud-9 after this past season. They had a winning record, made the playoffs, and beat the Steelers in the playoffs. How can they improve? Get Myles Garrett a friend. Patrick Jones had nine sacks this past season. He also had 44 total tackles. Jones and Garrett have potential to be a nightmare situation for offensive lines if Jones is able to convert his ability to the NFL level.

27. Baltimore Ravens (11-5): Jevon Holland S Oregon

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The Ravens need help in the secondary and at wide receiver. They can get a receiver in the second round. They should focus on that secondary first. Holland did not play in 2020. However, this guy can fly and can make a tackle in the open field. In 2019 he had 66 tackles with 40 of them being solo tackles. In his career he had 9 interceptions. He can blend in nicely with this Ravens defense and help out take down players such as Nick Chubb in the open field.

28. New Orleans Saints (12-4): Samuel Cosmi OT Texas

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A question that surrounds the NFC South champions is, who will be the quarterback? Whoever it will be, they will be happy with this pick. Cosmi shouldn’t be sitting around at this pick, but if he is, New Orleans is very happy to take him. It will be rare to see Cosmi miss a block or get beaten by a defensive lineman. The Saints are possibly looking at a first round steal.

29. Green Bay Packers (13-3): Levi Onwuzurike DT Washington

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The NFC North champion Green Bay Packers have needed help on the defensive side of the ball for a few years now. Yes, they’re getting better, but, they’re not quite there yet. Onwuzurike did not play in 2020 and Washington missed him. He makes necessary tackles to help out the defense and gets a sack here and there. He’s not a sack machine or a tackling machine, but when it comes time to make a stop, he’ll be there.

30. Buffalo Bills (13-3): Pat Freiermuth TE Penn State

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The AFC East champions strike gold. Pat Freiermuth at times was referred as mini Gronk. The Bills have been looking for a true tight end and they find one. With Kyle Pitts long gone, they go out and get the second best tight end in all of college football last season. He can block and he can go out and make a play in the open field. Josh Allen will be smiling from ear to ear with this pick.

31. Kansas City Chiefs (14-2): Jackson Carman OT Clemson

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The Super Bowl runner ups were exposed by Tom Brady. Not only that, their offensive line took a serious hit with both Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz being out with injuries. The Chiefs need a backup plan for their offensive line. Whatever their plan was for the Super Bowl did not work. They need to take an offensive lineman here. Jackson Carman had one job, keep Trevor Lawrence on his feet. For the most part, he did. Carman will have an even bigger task with keeping Mahomes on his feet. Can he do it? Yes he can.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5): Jaelan Phillips DE Miami

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The Super Bowl champions go defense. Yes their defensive line just played a near perfect game against the Chiefs, but they still need help. Having a young explosive player like Jaelan Phillips at defensive end will make this team better. He had eight sacks, and 45 tackles. This kid is all business. He will fit in perfectly with Todd Bowles’ defensive schemes.

Final Thoughts

Well, that’s it. Mock Draft 2.0 will be out sometime in March so keep an eye out for that. What do you think of picks 17-32. What do you agree and disagree with? Let me know!

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