With the combine now behind us, we have a more clear understanding of what prospects are impressing scouts. The athletic testing and field drills were an important part of these prospects NFL chances. Not only that, the interviews and meetings played a big role in determining draft stock. With free agency and trades still going to be processed before the draft, this mock will not include any in-draft pick trades or swaps. I will however, make picks on what I believe will happen in the future before the draft. Let’s get started.
Pick 17: Cleveland Browns- Garrett Bradbury, OL, NC State
This offensive line class has some great talent, and Bradbury is one of the most NFL ready prospects in the draft. After shipping Kevin Zeitler out of town, there is now a need for bodies on the Cleveland offensive line. Bradbury can immediately step in and take the load off the middle of the line.
Pick 18: Minnesota Vikings- Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
The Vikings will probably lose Anthony Barr in free agency, so drafting Devin Bush here would be a good pick. However, for a team that is desperate for good offensive line play, drafting Cody Ford is the best pick. He is a big body with more than adequate athleticism. He can play tackle or guard and will immediately improve that dismal offensive line in Minnesota.
Pick 19: Tennessee Titans- Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Wilkins is a huge presence in the middle of the defensive line. The Titans can use some offensive weapons, but there are none here that would be worth it. Instead drafting a true leader on defense and someone who can be explosive in the middle of the defense is a great choice.
Pick 20: Pittsburg Steelers- Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
I wanted to write Devin Bush’s name in almost every spot before this. The Steelers get an absolute steal here and one of the best players in the draft falls to them. Bush could not fit in any better, he would fill the “Ryan Shazier” size hole in the Steelers defense. Sideline to Sideline linebackers who can lay down the hammer don’t come around very often.
Pick 21: Seattle Seahawks- Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
There’s little chance that Greedy falls this far, but the value is so great at the other positions, that it is possible. Greedy is a super athletic corner that held up against SEC wide receivers. He will be a big part of the rebuilding defense in Seattle.
Pick 22: Baltimore Ravens- Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
This pick is all about offense for the Ravens. Either a running back or wide receiver should be in play here. Giving Lamar Jackson a true three down back would expand this running game even more. Jacobs has an amazing all around skill set and with limited carries at Alabama, he has less tread than other backs.
Pick 23: Houston Texans- Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Texans just lost Kevin Johnson, so a corner is a big need for Texans. With no top offensive lineman worth this pick, Murphy is now the choice. He is not the most athletic corner, but the dude has great ball skills and fluidity. He can play on the outside and in the slot which is a big help for this Texans defense.
Pick 24: Oakland Raiders- T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
After trading for Antonio Brown, the Raiders need to continue to acquire high floor talent. Hockenson has one of the highest floors in this draft. He blocks like an offensive lineman and is a great wide receiver. He finds ways to get open and has sneaky athleticism. Zach Ertz is a good pro comparison for T.J., and he can have as big of an impact very soon.
Those are picks 17 through 24! Stay tuned for picks 25 through 32 in the next article. Also be on the lookout for my new article series called “If I was a GM.” I will go through each NFL Team and create the perfect offseason scenario for each. Stay tuned for more and thanks for reading!