Remember when sports were on almost every night? “The show must go on” as the NFL Draft kicks off tomorrow night. A night that is usually filled with excitement and nerves for players will turn into a virtual experience – the likes of which has never happened with any draft, except fantasy of course.
This mock draft will consist of the top ten picks. With the news constantly changing about prospects and pre-draft activity by teams, it likely will be a very exciting top-heavy draft.
1. Cincinnati Bengals- Joe Burrow, QB LSU
Look, this is a pretty obvious pick for the Bengals. Despite the possible greatness of Chase Young, the Bengals have an opportunity to grow with the best quarterback coming out of the draft since Andrew Luck.
2. Washington Redskins- Chase Young, DE Ohio State
Speaking of the best player in the draft, Ohio State fans: Remember this guy? Young has the ability to help a defense go from an average one to an explosive one overnight.
3. Detroit Lions- Isaiah Simmons, DE Clemson
Reports have teams ranking Simmons even above Chase Young in some situations, and as a powerhouse linebacker/safety combo it is easy to see why. As one of the best prospects in the draft, there is not a better pick for a team like Detroit right now.
4. New York Giants- Tristan Wirfs, OT Iowa
It’s hard to know what OT will be best coming out of this draft, but Wirfs could be that pick for the Giants. With a second-year QB in Daniel Jones, they’ll need some protection to help build their team around him.
5. Miami Dolphins- Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama
Here, Tagovailoa is ranked a little bit higher than Burrow. Not only does he have the arm talent of an NFL veteran, but his speed and mobility make him the dual-threat QB teams salivate over. Even if he doesn’t start in his first year due to injury, the Dolphins will be very happy with this pick for years to come.
6. Los Angeles Chargers- Jordan Love, QB Utah State
That’s right, Jordan Love gets picked up by the Chargers hereafter the Dolphins take Tagovailoa. Reports recently have the Bolts in a bit of a “love” triangle if you will with the speedy QB. Don’t take his loss to Kent State as a good measurement for Love. His height matched with his arm talent and speed makes him a perfect candidate for the Chargers. With Anthony Lynn saying that Tyrod Taylor is the starter, look for Love to sit one or two years until he is completely ready.
7. Carolina Panthers- Derrick Brown, DL Auburn
Anyone who watched Carolina last year knows the team has holes that are just begging to be filled. They solved the issue at QB when they signed Teddy Bridgewater this offseason, but their defensive line needs some major help too. Look for the big man Derrick Brown to come in and be a plug and play type of guy immediately.
8. Arizona Cardinals- Jedrick Wills, T Alabama
With so much talented offensive linemen in this draft, most teams should be happy to select one of the top four. One of those four, Jedrick Wills, would be another plug and play type of guy that Arizona’s offense will need if they want to be successful. Reflect on what happened in Cleveland last year: the offense is only as good as the big men up front.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jeff Okudah, CB Ohio State
Okudah is probably the best CB in this draft, and he probably will go in the Top 5, but with all the talent to be had basically throughout the entire first round, don’t be surprised if the Jags get a star here at nine.
10. Cleveland Browns- Andrew Thomas, T Georgia
While Mekhi Becton would be the pick here should Simmons fall this low, the Browns could end up passing on him due to his recent issues. Look for the Browns to go tackle here if they don’t pull off a trade with Washington’s Trent Williams. If they do land Williams, look for the Browns to select a defensive guy. Plenty of talent still left on the board here for Cleveland.