The Sports Whisperer’s Mock Draft: NFL

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#1) Cincinnati Bengals: Cincinnati has a terrible roster. LSU’s quarterback, Joe Burrow, will not make them better next year.  The Bengals should trade down and stockpile draft picks. No matter what they do this off-season, they won’t win more than 5 games next year.  In 2021, they can draft Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields who are better prospects than the LSU quarterback. Unfortunately, for Cincy fans, they won’t do this. They will take Burrow with the #1 overall selection and that is the wrong thing to do short term and long term for this struggling franchise.

#2) Washington Redskins: Quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama. When healthy, Tua is the best quarterback in the 2020 draft. Dwayne Haskins is not the answer and Alex Smith will never be the same quarterback after his injury. Move away from Haskins and draft your franchise QB.

#3) Detroit Lions: Defensive End, Chase Young, Ohio State. Young could be better than Nick Bosa and is the  best defensive prospect too come out of this years’ draft. He is a stronger, faster, and a more intense version of Jadeveon Clowney. The Lions had two wide receivers who were in the top 5 in TD receptions last year, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. So going with Young is a smart move.

#4) NY Giants: The Giants should trade down, there are several teams who need a quarterback. The Giants have their quarterback in Daniel Jones. Move down in the draft and bolster up that defense and offensive line.

#5) Miami Dolphins: Quarterback, Justin Herbert, Oregon: The Dolphins were 5-11 last season, but they were very well coached. Herbert is 6’6, 235lbs and has a rocket for an arm. He needs to work on his leadership skills and being more vocal, but he would thrive in south beach. The Dolphins haven’t had a franchise quarterback since Dan Marino.

6) LA Chargers:  Quarterback, Jordan Love, Utah State. The Chargers have a good roster on both sides of the ball. They need an athletic quarterback. The AFC West could be the best division in football next year. The Chargers need a franchise QB to compete with Patrick Mahomes and make plays against the Denver Broncos’ defense. Could love be a lesser version of Patrick Mahomes?

7) Carolina Panthers: Wide Receiver, Jerry Jeudy, Alabama. A healthy Christian McCaffrey needs a WR. Jeudy could be that number 1 wide-ou.  This teams needs someone to stretch the field and go over the middle. Jeudy can do both.

8) Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray had a very good rookie season. I would not be surprised if Kliff Klingsbury goes for a WR, but the smart move here is taking OL, Mekhi Becton from Louisville.

9) Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags averaged 18 points per game last season and were 26th in 3rd down conversions. Cee Dee Lamb out of Oklahoma could catch 75 or more balls per year for any NFL team, but something tells me they want to replace Jalen Ramsey, who is playing for the LA Rams. Defensive back, Jeff Okudah, out of Ohio State could be in the Jags secondary for a decade.

10) Cleveland Browns:  The Browns are set at running back, wide receiver and tight end. What they need to do is protect Baker Mayfield. OL, Jedrick Willis Jr out of Alabama could be a pro-bowl player a few years down the road.

#11) New York Jets: The Jets were 6-2 in their last 8 games. Sam Darnold is the future for the Jets, but they need to protect him. New York was 31st in points per game and 31st in rushing yards. Georgia’s,  Andrew Thomas, is blocking machine. He could anchor that offensive line for the next 7 years.  It is  not a sexy move, but it is the right one to make. Don’t be surprised if the Jets take a wide receiver with this pick as well.

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#12) Las Vegas Raiders: WR, Cee Dee Lamb, at of Oklahoma would be a perfect complement to running back Josh Jacobs. Vegas is a fast town, they need young, fast, playmakers on offense.

#13) San Francisco 49ers: WR, Justin Jefferson, LSU. Over his last three games against Georgia, Oklahoma and Clemson, Jefferson had 29 catches and 5 touchdowns. Jefferson would thrive under head coach, Kyle Shanahan.

#14) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are going to a talented offensive team.  The Bucs defense was ranked 29th in points allowed. They should select with Isaiah Simmons, LB out of Clemson, and build up that defense.

#15) Denver Broncos: The Broncos traded away Emmanuel Sanders. Look for them to draft, WR Henry Ruggs III, from Alabama.

#16) Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta turned their season around after their bye week. They went 6-2 in their last 8 games. Look for them to bolster their defense and draft, DL, Derrick Brown, Auburn. He can be a run stopper and clog up the middle for the next 5 seasons.

#17) Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys have struggled for years to create turnovers. They should go with Safety, Grant Delpit, from LSU.

#18) Miami Dolphins from Steelers: After selecting Herbert, Miami should move to the other side of the ball. They should select A.J. Espenesa out of Iowa. The Hawkeyes are quietly sending a ton of players to the NFL. Espenesa had 49 tackles, 11.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles.

19) Oakland Raiders from the Bears: Jon Gruden wants to replace his quarterback. He will do that with someone he can mold and develop. He will take Jacob Eason, QB out of Washington.

20) Jacksonville from the Rams: Jacksonville needs playmakers on offense to help Leonard Fournette. They will draft WR, Tee Higgins, from Clemson.

21) Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles need a plethora of wide receivers with speed. They had the slowest wide outs in the NFL last year. TCU’s WR, Jalen Reagor has tremendous speed and tremendous upside. He could stretch the field with Carson Wentz.

22) Buffalo Bills: Buffalo was one of the surprising teams in the NFL last season. They made it to the post-season without a legitimate number 1 option on their offense. I would take a gamble here and draft Jonathan Taylor, out of Wisconsin. In 3 years, he averaged 6.6, 7.1 and 6.3 yards per carry his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons.

23) New England Patriots: Arizona State, WR, Brandon Aiyuk. The Patriots need team speed on offense. Aiyuk could provide that. The Patriots will also look to acuire a TE and or WR in free agency. If they trade down look for them to draft, Michael Pitman Jr. out of USC. Pitman could be a very productive wide-out for the next decade.

24) New Orleans Saints: The Saints are set on offense so look for them to draft CJ Henderson out of Florida. Henderson could help their secondary right away.

25) Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings have very good skill position players. Look for them to boost an already good defense with Javon Kinlaw out of South Carolina. at 6’6, 310 lbs. he can take on two offensive linemen at once.

26) Miami Dolphins from Houston: Josh Jones, OL out of Houston should be available to help their offense line.

27) Seattle Seahawks: TE, Cole Kemet out of Notre Dame could be a great fit with Russell Wilson.

28) Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Murray, out of Oklahoma, could be the next Ravens play maker at Linebacker.

29) Tennessee Titans: Chase Young and A.J. Espenesa are getting all the attention But, Florida’s Jonathan Greenard could be just as successful. He had 53 tackles, 16 for a loss, 10 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. This is a perfect fit for Mike Vrable.

30) Green Bay Packers: The Packers haven’t taken a skill-position player in the first round since drafting Aaron Rodgers in 2005. Lynn Bowden Jr., WR, Kentucky can be an all-purpose WR who returns punts and kicks.

31) San Francisco 49ers: John Lynch has done a tremendous job in building this roster. Jimmie Ward has battled injuries ever since San Francisco drafted him in 2014. He is an unrestricted free agent. The 49ers will select Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama. McKinney is a lot like Minkah Fitzpatrick. He had 55 tackles for Nick Saban last season.

32) Kansas City Chiefs: I would not be shocked if the Chiefs go with a WR with the last pick in the first round, but they have three defensive backs who will be free agents. They will select A.J. Terrell, CB out of Clemson.

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