Another week closer to the draft means another mock draft here at Bucs Report. Here is a brand new full first round mock of the NFL Draft that begins on April 23rd.
Pick #1- Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, Quarterback, LSU
Best player in college football last season and a huge need for Cincinnati.
Pick #2- Washington Redskins: Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia
Washington needs to protect their new quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Thomas is a massive tackle and the top offensive lineman on the board in my opinion.
Pick #3- Detroit Lions: Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State
Young is by far the best defensive player in this year’s draft. He will be a game-wrecker from Day 1.
Pick #4- New York Giants: Jeff Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State
Okudah looks like the best cornerback I’ve seen heading into a draft in a while. The Giants need a ton of help at cornerback and if Okudah is there, he should be the pick.
Pick #5- Miami Dolphins: Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon
Herbert jumps ahead of Tua in this mock. If he impresses at the combine, it may give him the leverage he needs to be the second quarterback taken in the draft.
Pick #6- Los Angeles Chargers: Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama
While he will still be a high draft pick, Tua’s injury last season really cost him and his draft stock. He falls to quarterback number three in this mock.
Pick #7- Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn
Brown would probably be a top three pick in this draft if the need for quarterbacks wasn’t so high. He’s a mix of run-stuffer and pass-rusher that is hard to find in this league.
Pick #8- Arizona Cardinals: Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville
Becton shot up the board in this mock. I had him at #26 in mock draft 1.0, but the more film that comes out on him, the more dominant he looks.
Pick #9- Jacksonville Jaguars: Isaiah Simmons, Linebacker, Clemson
Simmons went top five in my first mock draft, and I still think he could. Linebackers are players that need to be can’t-miss if they are to go this high in the draft, and Simmons looks fairly bust-proof.
Pick #10- Cleveland Browns: Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa
Wirfs is a versatile lineman who can also play guard. However the Browns decide to use him, Baker Mayfield will be happy with this pick.
Pick #11- New York Jets: Jedrick Wills, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
Sam Darnold needs a lot more time to throw the ball if he is going to be a successful quarterback. Wills could play either tackle position but he looks like a natural right tackle.
Pick #12- Las Vegas Raiders: Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama
Jeudy looks like the top wide receiver prospect and the Raiders need a receiver, regardless of who plays quarterback for them next season.
Pick #13- Indianapolis Colts: C.J. Henderson, Cornerback, Florida
There are some holes in the Indianapolis secondary. I have Henderson as the number two cornerback prospect this season and the Colts might not be able to pass him up.
Pick #14- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Javon Kinlaw, Defensive Tackle, South Carolina
General Manager Jason Licht would have to pull the trigger on Kinlaw if he is still sitting at 14. A top defensive lineman prospect who would fit in very nicely next to Vita Vea.
Pick #15- Denver Broncos: CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
Denver traded away Emmanuel Sanders in the middle of last season. They need help at receiver and CeeDee Lamb is coming off of a 14 touchdown season at Oklahoma.
Pick #16- Atlanta Falcons: Kenneth Murray, Linebacker, Oklahoma
With guys like Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara running around in the division, the Falcons need a sure-tackler who can also cover running backs. Murray led Oklahoma’s defense and is now ready to take his leadership to the NFL.
Pick #17- Dallas Cowboys: Xavier McKinney, Safety, Alabama
McKinney is the top safety prospect of the draft class and Dallas has needed a safety for a while now. I wouldn’t be surprised if McKinney became a top safety in the league early in his career.
Pick #18- Miami Dolphins: Trevon Diggs, Cornerback, Alabama
Miami traded away Minkah Fitzpatrick last season. Now, they need to find a replacement for the secondary and Diggs could be that guy.
Pick #19- Las Vegas Raiders: Raekwon Davis, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
Head Coach Jon Gruden and the rest of the Raiders need some help on defense. Davis is a massive run-clogging tackle that will take care of the middle.
Pick #20- Jacksonville Jaguars: Damon Arnette, Cornerback, Ohio State
Jacksonville uses their second first-rounder on another defensive player in this mock. A boost to the secondary that could help get Jacksonville back to the level of defense from a couple seasons ago.
Pick #21- Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson, Wide Receiver, LSU
Carson Wentz did not get much help from his receiving core last season. Jefferson is fresh off a National Championship and will improve the offense right away.
Pick #22- Buffalo Bills: Henry Ruggs III, Wide Receiver, Alabama
Ruggs has number one receiver potential and that is exactly what Buffalo needs to get for Josh Allen. He’s also one of the fastest players in the entire draft class.
Pick #23- New England Patriots: A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa
Epenesa’s size and speed coming off the edge makes him a prime first round prospect. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him go even earlier.
Pick #24- New Orleans Saints: Tee Higgins, Wide Receiver, Clemson
New Orleans needs to find a #2 receiver to lineup on the other side of Michael Thomas. Another playmaker heads to an already fire-powered offense.
Pick #25- Minnesota Vikings: Kristian Fulton, Cornerback, LSU
As in the first mock draft, the Vikings end up taking a cornerback. They will need to fill some holes after free agency and Fulton can be used outside or in the slot.
Pick #26- Miami Dolphins: Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise State
Weaver has so many ways of getting to the quarterback. He’s a strong player who can run through guys, or he could spin or swim around slower linemen. Double-digit sack type of player for many years to come.
Pick #27- Seattle Seahawks: Grant Delpit, Safety, LSU
Delpit may go a lot higher than this. He showed his ball-hawking abilities all season and in the National Championship with LSU. Seattle could use another versatile defensive back.
Pick #28- Baltimore Ravens: Laviska Shenault, Wide Receiver, Colorado
League MVP Lamar Jackson won that title without even having a bonafide number one receiver. Imagine what he could do with a 6’2″ weapon like Shenault.
Pick #29- Tennessee Titans: Patrick Queen, Linebacker, LSU
Tennessee was average against the run last season. Queen provides the ability to disrupt the run as well as cover tight ends and running backs.
Pick #30- Green Bay Packers: Ross Blacklock, Defensive Tackle, TCU
Green Bay showed some holes in run defense last season. Blacklock would be a great fit next to Kenny Clark and could really improve the overall defense.
Pick #31- San Francisco 49ers: Cesar Ruiz, Center, Michigan
Ruiz is the first center taken off the board here. He’s a strong player who can open up holes in the middle.
Pick #32- Kansas City Chiefs: Jonathan Taylor, Running Back, Wisconsin
With the final pick in the first round, the first running back comes off the board. Taylor will significantly improve a backfield that will most likely be parting ways with LeSean McCoy.
After the NFL Combine takes place from February 26th- March 4th, we should have a better understanding of some of the guys who sneak their way into, and out of the first round. Make sure to keep up with all draft-related news right here at bucsreport.com
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