The 2018 NFL Season is officially in the books. Now the teams that were laughed at, mocked, and written off have all the power. The NFL Draft allows the worst NFL teams to re-write their roster, infuse new young talent, and preform franchise altering moves. Let’s not forget the draft is where the dreams of these young NFL prospects come true and gives them the satisfaction for all of those years of hard work. This mock draft is coming before free agency, pick swaps, and trades. Therefore this mock draft will not include any trades within it, I will however highlight certain picks that would be a prime trade possibility. Let’s get to it.
Recap: This article is going to highlight picks 9-16. Check out picks 1-8 in the previous article, TakeDownFantasy NFL Mock 1.0 (Picks 1-8).
Pick 9: Buffalo Bills- Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
This pick is fairly simple for the Bills. Protect Josh Allen at all costs. The rookie quarterback flashed last year and now the Bills have to surround him playmakers and protectors. Jonah Williams is a monster on the line and stood up to SEC pass rushers with ease. He has quick feet for his size and can protect Josh Allen for years to come.
Pick 10: Denver Broncos- Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
After trading for Joe Flacco, the possibility of drafting a QB here is diminished. Though they can still draft a young QB to take over next year, I believe the Broncos will wait for the 2020 QB class and instead draft a versatile offensive lineman. Going towards a run heavy scheme means you need maulers on the o-line. Taylor is exactly that and he’s athletic enough to stay on the outside or be moved inside at guard, which is where the Broncos need help.
Pick 11: Cincinnati Bengals- Devin White, LB, LSU
If Devin White falls this far, he will be a steal for the Bengals. The Bengals defense is falling apart and needs a integration of youth and speed. Devin White is a fast rangy, three down linebacker who would immediately insert himself into the middle of the Cincinnati defense. He could have a Deion Jones like impact in his first year.
Pick 12: Green Bay Packers- Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
After spending their first two picks on cornerbacks last year, the Packers are building up a strong young defense and need a pass rusher to take over for Clay Matthews. Sweat is an excellent athlete and was the best prospect at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. He fills a need for the Packers and can bulk up and play on the line or as a stand up edge rusher.
Pick 13: Miami Dolphins- Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Most people think the Dolphins will draft a QB here, while it is possible, this draft has too many good defensive prospects to reach on a QB. The Dolphins have not been quiet on their plan to tank for the 2019 season. So best case is they draft one of the best corners in college football to pair him with Xaiven Howard and Minkah Fitzpatrick, and look forward to the stacked 2020 QB draft class.
Pick 14: Atlanta Falcons- Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The Falcons had a downturn in 2019, injuries to their defense really took a toll. Devin Bush is another three down linebacker with sideline to sideline speed. While Deion Jones is similar in speed and build, having two rangy athletic linebackers will due diligence in a conference where you have to worry about Christian McCaffery and Alvin Kamara.
Pick 15: Washington Redskins- Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
A horrifying injury to Alex Smith has the Redskins looking for a quarterback of the future. Smith might return but that cannot be counted on. Daniel Jones is the most pro-ready quarterback in this class. He has great footwork and worked in a pro-style offense. He has a good arm and has above average athleticism that Jay Gruden can work with.
Pick 16: Carolina Panthers- Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
The Panthers season took a disastrous turn after Cam got hurt, the silver lining is that they are in position to draft an impact defensive lineman which they need. Ferrell is one of the most disruptive defensive lineman in the draft and at 6’5, he provides a mauler in the middle of the Panthers defense.
Those are picks 9-16! Tell me what you think and stay tuned for picks 17-24 in the next article.