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 25-32. Check out picks 17-24 in the previous article, TakeDownFantasy NFL Mock 1.0 (Picks 17-24).
Pick 25: Philadelphia Eagles- Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
The Eagles have plenty of needs in the secondary, and with their “number one” corner going to free agency, they are in dire need of a corner. Mullen is the best available corner at this spot and he is a big physical corner that held up well against SEC wideouts.
Pick 26: Indianapolis Colts- Brian Burns, OLB, Florida State
The Colts struck gold in their 2018 draft class, and can continue to build up a young defense. Pairing Darius Leonard with Burns would be a great duo. Burns is a lean and tall defensive end. He reminds me of Danielle Hunter in terms of size and speed. If he can add some muscle to his frame, he will be a force off the edge.
Pick 27: Oakland Raiders- Joshua Jacobs, RB, Alabama
With their last pick of the first round, the Raiders get some much needed offensive help. I love Jacobs as a prospect. He is a well-rounded back and can immediately step into a bell cow role. His light workload at Alabama can be seen as a plus, and Jacobs can infuse some life into the Raiders offense.
Pick 28: Los Angeles Chargers- Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
The Chargers are potentially losing three players on their defensive line. Dexter Lawrence is a perfect fit for the Chargers. He is a big body in the middle of the defense. At 6’4 and 350 pounds, he will plug up holes and help the Chargers make a Super Bowl run. Look out for a linebacker here as well.
Pick 29: Kansas City Chiefs- Johnathan Abram, SS, Mississippi State
The Chiefs need all the help they can get on defense. Abram is a big physical safety and can run in coverage as well. In 2018 he notches 99 tackles, 2 interceptions, and three sacks. His versatility and tone setting will be welcomed in Kansas City.
Pick 30: Green Bay Packers- Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Packers will need some offensive help, Cobb is a free agent, and the Packers depended on 3 rookie wideouts for most of the 2018 season. Noah Fant is an athletic freak at the tight end position and will be a matchup nightmare as soon as he gets on the field. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t like throwing to tight ends, but to be fair, he’s never had a tight end like Fant.
Pick 31: Los Angeles Rams- Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
This is a good spot for the Rams to trade and see if they can get a couple middle round picks. The Rams are going all in this next season to try and get a Super Bowl. Jones is a freak athlete on the edge and can potentially recoup the loss of Suh on the defensive line. Jones is a little raw, but if anyone can help him reach his ceiling, it’s Wade Phillips.
Pick 32: New England Patriots- Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
I doubt Drew Lock will make it this far in the draft, he had a great showing at the Senior Bowl. I am sure a team will trade up or reach for him before the Patriots pick. However, this is a spot where Tom Brady’s heir comes in. Lock has the best arm talent of any QB in this class, however he is inconsistent and needs some grooming. Who better to learn from that Tom? Look for the Patriots to also trade out of this spot, or even acquire some offensive help for Brady.
Recap: Well that’s the end of my first mock draft for the 2019 NFL Draft. Reminder this mock has no trades in it. As the offseason moves on, future mocks will have new picks. Look out for the next mock and stay tuned in on all the offseason NFL Articles!