Draft day is finally here and so is my final three-round mock draft. After months of scouting and speculation, prospects will finally find their homes this Thursday-Saturday.
Previous mocks I have created for the Buccaneers and the NFL have been tailored to what I would do. This mock draft is predictive to what I think will happen, not necessarily what I would do. In fact, there are a few picks in here I would absolutely not make if I were running the show.
Since my job offer to be an NFL GM was lost in the mail yet again, I will go ahead give my final predictions in this three-round mock draft.
Happy draft week everyone!
1) Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
No surprise here, Trevor Lawrence has been touted as the number one pick overall since his senior year of high school. Jags get their new face of the franchise.
2) New York Jets – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
The Jets moved on from Sam Darnold and are looking for a franchise refresh. Wilson has ridiculous arm talent and will fit nicely into the Shanahan scheme Mike LaFleur is implementing.
3) San Francisco 49ers – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Not the pick I would make, but there’s too much smoke around the Mac Jones rumors to not take them seriously. If the front office had their way, I believe this pick is Trey Lance. In this mock, Kyle Shanahan gets his way.
4) Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
The Falcons will be hoping their phone rings for a trade back here. But there isn’t much incentive for a team to move all the way up to No. 4 overall since the Bengals and Dolphins will not be selecting a quarterback. The Falcons could go QB here, but I think they ultimately take the best playmaker in the draft.
5) Cincinnati Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Sewell or Chase? That has been the question for Bengals fans leading up to the draft. Ultimately, I think they pair their franchise QB with his favorite college weapon. The Bengals can still grab a quality offensive lineman on day two.
6) Miami Dolphins – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Another spot where Sewell could go, but not in this mock. If the Dolphins want to find out what they really have in QB Tua Tagovailoa they need to surround him with as many playmakers as possible. I refuse to compare any prospect to Tyreek Hill, but Waddle can be used in a similar way for the Dolphins.
Patriots Trade Up With Lions
- New England receives pick No.7.
- Detroit receives picks No. 15, No. 46, and a 2022 first-round pick.
7) New England Patriots – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
The Patriots move up to select who, in my opinion, is the second best quarterback in the draft. Nick Caserio took his conservative approach to Houston, and I think Bill Belichick is ready to go all out for another chance at a Super Bowl window.
8) Carolina Panthers – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
The NFL seems to be split on their views of who the top offensive tackle is in the draft. If I was selecting here it would absolutely be Penei Sewell, but again, this is a predictive mock. You can’t go wrong selecting Sewell or Slater here.
9) Denver Broncos – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
The Broncos have Drew Lock and now Teddy Bridgewater at QB, but neither of those players should prohibit the Broncos from taking Lance. This roster is a QB away from being in contention, the Broncos need to take swings until they find their franchise guy in this final three-round mock draft.
Chargers Trade Up With Cowboys
- Los Angeles receives pick No. 10.
- Dallas receives picks No. 13, No. 77, and a 2022 third-round pick
10) Los Angeles Chargers – Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
The Chargers can’t help but move up to grab their left tackle for the next decade. Free agency helped them revamp their offensive line in a big way, the only remaining need is protecting Justin Herbert’s blind side. Sewell and Herbert team up again in the NFL in this final three-round mock draft.
11) New York Giants – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Like the Dolphins with Tua, the Giants are surrounding Daniel Jones with enough talent to know for sure if he is the long term solution. DeVonta Smith could easily be the best wideout to come from this draft, but concerns with his slight frame drop him to the Giants.
12) Philadelphia Eagles – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
The Eagles secondary was atrocious last year, even after trading for Darius Slay. Jaycee Horn has rocketed up draft boards since the offseason began, he now finds himself as CB1 off the board.
13) Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama
The Cowboys pick up some draft capital and still get the guy they want. New DC Dan Quinn needs a lot of help to turn the Cowboys defense into a reliable unit. Patrick Surtain has the technique and fluidity to succeed right away alongside his former Alabama teammate Trevon Diggs.
Football Team Trades Up With Vikings
- Washington receives pick No.14.
- Minnesota receives picks No. 19 and No. 74.
14) Washington Football Team – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
The Football Team defense was a force last year, but their one weakness was the linebacker spot. Riverboat Ron takes a gamble in this final three-round mock draft by moving up for a supremely talented player.
15) Detroit Lions – Tevin Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
The Lions have possibly the worst roster in the NFL and can go for any position in the first round. Added draft capital from the trade down will assist the rebuild. If the Lions are looking for kneecap biters in this draft, Tevin Jenkins fits the bill.
16) Arizona Cardinals – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
One of the more unpredictable drafting teams is paired with a prospect who is increasingly hard to place in mock drafts. Is Zaven Collins a stack linebacker or an edge rusher, could he be both? The Cardinals are not afraid to take hybrid players and need defensive help.
17) Las Vegas Raiders – Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama
It’s anyone’s guess who the Raiders will select in the first round, they’ve surprised us all before. Offensive tackle is a popular pick here after the Raiders moved on from three of their starting five, but I think they address right tackle on day two. Christian Barmore shows flashes of dominance I think the Raiders will fall in love with, particularly after releasing Maurice Hurst a week before the draft.
18) Miami Dolphins – Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC
The Dolphins went with a playmaker at No. 6 overall, but offensive line still needs to be addressed. Robert Hunt played well at right tackle as a rookie and Austin Jackson was a first round pick at left tackle. I expect the Dolphins to grab an interior offensive lineman early, and Vera-Tucker is the best guard in this class.
19) Minnesota Vikings – Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
Mike Zimmer loves his defense and might be willing to ignore the glaring offensive line needs in the first round. I suspect Zimmer believes he is one dominant defensive lineman away from his team contending again.
20) Chicago Bears – Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
The Bears could go any number of positions here at No. 20 overall. Offensive line is a big need and the value lines up here with Darrisaw. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bears reach for QB6 here, but ultimately I think they play it safe.
Saints Trade Up With Colts
- New Orleans receives pick No. 21.
- Indianapolis receives picks No. 28, No. 98, and a 2022 third-round pick.
21) New Orleans Saints – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
The Saints have never been shy to pull the trigger on a trade up if they think a game changing player is available. Back problems dropped Caleb Farley from a top 10 lock to a possible day two pick. The Saints may not have to trade up to secure Farley, but we’ve seen this type of trade play out before.
22) Tennessee Titans – Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
With massive holes at cornerback and wide receiver, this pick is tougher to predict. The Titans would be a perfect match for Rashod Bateman, but the NFL doesn’t seem to be as high on Bateman as I am. Instead, the Titans get their secondary in a better place with Newsome II.
23) New York Jets – Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami
Jaelan Phillips could go much higher than this, but medical information has been harder to come by for NFL teams this year. That could lead to a fall into the 20s for Phillips, and the Jets will happily take him with their second pick of the first round.
24) Pittsburgh Steelers – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
The Steelers and their fans are fixated on improving the run game to help Big Ben take another shot at the Super Bowl. I would draft offensive line to fix their issues in the running game, but Najee Harris is a special talent.
25) Jacksonville Jaguars – Rondale Moore, WR, Vanderbilt
Not what I would do personally, but doesn’t this just feel like an Urban Meyer pick? It’s anyone’s guess who Meyer and his staff will target after Trevor Lawrence. But knowing what we know about Urban, he wants to bring speed to the Jaguars at every level.
26) Cleveland Browns – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, S/LB, Notre Dame
Owusu-Koramoah can play linebacker, slot, and safety at a high level. His hybrid status may scare off teams who don’t know how to use him properly, though I could see him going top 15 as well. The Browns get a potential steal towards the back end of the first.
27) Baltimore Ravens – Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
The Ravens now have two of the next five picks after the Orlando Brown Jr. trade. Getting Lamar Jackson some receiving help should be the priority with one of these picks. Elijah Moore is a good candidate here, but Bateman has the better build and skillset to pair with Marquise Brown.
28) Indianapolis Colts – Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington
After trading back, the Colts grab a late riser in Joe Tryon. His length and raw athleticism will appeal to the Colts, a team who need help on the edge. This is another team I think goes offensive line in day two.
29) Green Bay Packers – Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State
No wide receiver again in the first round?! Sorry Packers fans, the position doesn’t seem to be the first priority for this team. Asante Samuel Jr. is on the small side for an outside corner, but plays with excellent instincts and technique like Jaire Alexander. If it makes Packers fans feel better, I am confident this pick will not be a backup quarterback or running back again.
30) Buffalo Bills – Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
The need for an outside corner opposite Tre’Davious White was apparent after the Bills got torched by the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game. Eric Stokes gives their defense another reliable corner as they look to take the next step.
31) Baltimore Ravens – Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
The Ravens could go right tackle here or edge after losing Orlando Brown Jr. via trade and Matt Judon via free agency. However, I believe the right tackle spot will be filled by a free agent, and the Ravens have been able to develop day two edge rushers extremely well. Instead, I went with the best safety in the draft.
32) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Who do you mock to the team with no needs? I think the pick in this final three-round mock draft will be a trenches pick for Tampa Bay. The players available at No. 32 will determine if that is offense or defense. Azeez Ojulari is an excellent fit in Tampa Bay, where he can develop under Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul. He only has one pass rushing weapon in his arsenal right now, but that’s a damn good weapon to have as a rotational piece.
33) Jacksonville Jaguars – Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
34) New York Jets – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
35) Atlanta Falcons – Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
36) Miami Dolphins – Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
37) Philadelphia Eagles – Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
38) Cincinnati Bengals – Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
39) Carolina Panthers – Tyson Campbell, CB, Gergia
40) Denver Broncos – Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
41) Detroit Lions – Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
42) New York Giants – Baron Browning, LB/EDGE, Ohio State
43) San Francisco 49ers – Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State
44) Dallas Cowboys – Payton Turner, EDGE, Houston
45) Jacksonville Jaguars – Jevon Holland, S, Oregon
46) Detroit Lions – Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
47) Los Angeles Chargers – Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse
48) Las Vegas Chargers – Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
49) Arizona Cardinals – Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky
50) Miami Dolphins – Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest
51) Washington Football Team – Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
52) Chicago Bears – Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
53) Tennessee Titans – Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU
54) Indianapolis Colts – Brady Christensen, OT, BYU
55) Pittsburgh Steelers – Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
56) Seattle Seahawks – Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
57) Los Angeles Rams – Landon Dickerson, IOL, Alabama
58) Kansas City Chiefs – Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina
59) Cleveland Browns – Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington
60) New Orleans Saints – Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson
61) Buffalo Bills – Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina
62) Green Bay Packers – D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan
63) Kansas City Chiefs – Elijah Molden, CB/S, Washington
64) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Quinn Meinerz, IOL, Wisconsin-Whitewater
65) Jacksonville Jaguars – Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
66) New York Jets – Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
67) Houston Texans – Daviyon Nixon, DL, Iowa
68) Atlanta Falcons – Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State
69) Cincinnati Bengals – Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma
70) Philadelphia Eagles – Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana
71) Denver Broncos – Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
72) Detroit Lions – Tommy Togiai, DL, Ohio State
73) Carolina Panthers – Davis Mills, QB, Stanford
74) Minnesota Vikings – James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati
75) Dallas Cowboys – Milton Williams, DL, Louisiana Tech
76) New York Giants – Josh Meyers, IOL, Ohio State
77) Dallas Cowboys, Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa
78) Minnesota Vikings – Kendrick Green, IOL, Illinois
79) Las Vegas Raiders – Richie Grant, S, UCF
80) Las Vegas Raiders – Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State
81) Miami Dolphins – Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas
82) Washington Football Team – Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
83) Chicago Bears – Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
84) Philadelphia Eagles – Jabril Cox, LB, LSU
85) Tennessee Titans – Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson
86) New York Jets – Ben Cleveland, IOL, Georgia
87) Pittsburgh Steelers – Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
88) Los Angeles Rams – Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame
89) Cleveland Browns – Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota
90) Minnesota Vikings – Hunter Long, TE, Boston College
91) Cleveland Browns – Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
92) Green Bay Packers – Walker Little, OT, Stanford
93) Buffalo Bills – Janarius Robinson, EDGE, Florida State
94) Baltimore Ravens – Elerson Smith, EDGE, Northern Iowa
95) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida
96) New England Patriots – Nico Collins, WR, Michigan
97) Los Angeles Chargers – Dayo Odeyingbo, EGDE, Vanderbilt
98) Indianapolis Colts – Alim McNeill, DL, North Carolina State
99) Dallas Cowboys – Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami
100) Tennessee Titans – Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami
101) Detroit Lions – Olaijah Griffin, CB, USC
102) San Francisco 49ers – Trill Williams, CB, Syracuse
103) Los Angeles Rams – D’Ante Smith, OT, East Carolina
104) Baltimore Ravens – Brenden Jaimes, OT, Nebraska
105) New Orleans Saints – Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina
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