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 25: Philadelphia Eagles- Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Eagles secondary was dismal in 2018 and when seeing the personnel that made up that secondary, it was easy to see why. Fixing the secondary is without question the main goal of the offseason and in comes Deandre Baker. One of the top corners in the nation, Baker is a hardnosed press corner with excellent ball skills. He will step into the No.1 CB spot right away.
Pick 26: Indianapolis Colts- A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Colts should score a couple free agents on the defensive side, and instead of paying one of these lackluster FA wideouts, drafting Brown should be the way to go. Brown would be an excellent safety blanket for Andrew Luck. He wins with smooth routes and is a tough guy to bring down after the catch. He ran a 4.5 at the combine so top end speed isn’t a concern as It once was.
Pick 27: Oakland Raiders- Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
After getting a edge rusher in Josh Allen and tight end in T.J. Hockenson, I have the Raiders double dipping into the defensive line. Lawrence is an excellent value here and the 340 pound defender can come in an plug up holes in the middle of that Raiders defense that was torched last year. This is also a good spot for teams wanting to draft Daniel Jones to trade into.
Pick 28: L.A. Chargers- Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
One of the biggest risers from the combine, Ya-Sin showed his impressive size, speed, and ball skills. With Jason Verrett never healthy, the Chargers could use another starter in their secondary and solidify it as the league’s best. The rich get richer with this pick.
Pick 29: Kansas City Chiefs- Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
Defense is the priority for the chiefs in the offseason, while free agency can help, they shouldn’t stop there. Rapp would be a great get this late in the first round. Rapp is a high floor pick that can make plays on the ball, cover, and blitz. The Chiefs need all the playmakers they can get on defense and Rapp is versatile enough to be a great pick here.
Pick 30: Green Bay Packers- Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
The Packers need another pass catcher and Parris Campbell is an electric playmaker. He showed out at the combine and vaulted himself into first round territory. Running a 4.31 in the 40 and displaying excellent routes will do certainly have teams looking at you. Aaron Rodgers gets another target and Campbell can be explosive in this offense.
Pick 31: L.A. Rams- Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
With Fant’s amazing combine performance, he might not make it this far. Running a 4.5 at the combine, Noah Fant showed off how athletic he really is. He will be a matchup nightmare in the NFL and who better to create mismatches than Sean McVay. Fant would make the Rams offense virtually unstoppable.
Pick 32: New England Patriots- Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
Before his ACL Tear right before the combine, Simmons was thought to be a top 10 prospect. Well the injury and some off the field issues push him down the board. He is talented enough to still be considered a first round talent, and who better to redshirt your rookie year with than the Patriots? After losing Trey Flowers to free agency, the Patriots can draft their replacement in Simmons.
Those are picks 25 through 32! Thanks for keeping up with all the picks and let me know what you think. 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!