NFL Mock Draft: 21, Set, Hut Edition
By David Coady, Alex Vang, Michael Tan, Vincent Almerico
Welcome to our piece meant to accompany the ‘Brown, 21, Set, Hut’ podcast on Spotify presented by Brown Sport Convos.
We did this exercise as a team, cycling through the picks in the draft. Alex got the first pick, and every 4th pick after that, Michael got the second pick, and so on (We’ve labeled each pick with who picked it, so you can see who did best).
All the picks are based off what we think teams are going to do, and who they’ve been rumored to take. We’ve also ignored first round trades - while first day trades often happen, they are unpredictable so we picked where each team currently stands.
Without further ado…
1. Alex: Arizona Cardinals, Kyler Murray, QB, Texas A&M
Where there’s smoke there’s fire right? Arizona has a new coach, a new direction, and they’re going to need a new QB. Kyler Murray should provide the talent and skill set to fit Kliff Kingsbury’s system with some degree of success.
2. Michael: San Francisco 49ers, Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
Top-3 talent, amazing edge rusher, and has the tangibles to be Pro-Bowler right off the bat. Very similar to his brother, should provide a high ceiling and help shore up their underwhelming defensive line.
3. Vincent: New York Jets, Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Should help the tone for a mediocre Jets defense. He dominated in a tough conference and has the skill set to harass AFC East quarterbacks, an ability the Jets have lacked for a long time.
4. David: Oakland Raiders, Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
The Raiders get a truly dynamic inside pass rusher to make their defense at least a little intimidating. Quinnen Williams is, arguably, the best player in the draft and dominated at the peak level of college ball. The Raiders had a terrible defense last year and bringing in Williams should improve that side of the ball.
5. Alex: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Get a replacement for Mccoy if they choose to move on. A top talent who should start to fix this defense. There’s been some talk about him being undersized, but I’m not concerned about his size. He’s athletic enough to be an impact player regardless of his measurables.
6. Michael: New York Giants, Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
The Giants sorely need to replace Eli Manning who is past viability and far past his prime. Which is why they take an edge rusher with huge upside but needs some technical refinement. He’s freaky tall and fast, but needs to work on his hand usage.
7. Vincent: Jacksonville Jaguars, Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Jags look to protect the $88 million man, Nick Foles. Foles needs a solid offensive line in front of him in order to perform and the Jaguars have needed to address theirs for some time now. Taylor could be what pushes Jacksonville offense over the edge next year.
8. David: Detroit Lions, Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Ezekiel Ansah is a free agent, and Sweat offers a huge amount of upside as an edge-bender on Matt Patricia’s defense. Darling of the combine with a sub-5 40 yard dash, with a talent like this on the board the Lions can’t pass on this opportunity.
9. Alex: Buffalo Bills, Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
They’ve got the guy they want in QB Josh Allen from last year’s draft, now they need him to develop as a passer. He needs an o-line to do that. Jonah should help give Josh Allen more time in the pocket and the opportunity to show off that cannon of an arm.
10. Michael: Denver Broncos, Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
The Broncos sit tight, and grab the #1 QB on their board. 6’4” QB, with a cannon of an arm. Lock is the perfect QB for John Elway, and he’ll sit behind Joe Flacco for a year and should be prepared to start when the team begins to build a supporting roster around him.
11. Vincent: Cincinnati Bengals, Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Rookie head coach Zac Taylor gets his guy here at pick number 11, ushering in a new look for the Bengals. The Bengals have long been the definition of mediocrity in the NFL but a new coach, QB, and scheme could be the beginning of a turnaround.
12. David: Green Bay Packers, T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
A new offense for Green Bay needs weapons and Aaron Rodgers has lacked a reliable tight end for too long. Hockenson’s run blocking ability should help Aaron Jones in Matt LaFleur’s run heavy offense.
13. Alex: Miami Dolphins, Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Dolphins need help on the D-line, especially after offseason losses of Cameron Wake and Robert Quinn. Clemson product Christian Wilkins should bolster their needy defense.
14. Michael: Atlanta Falcons, Devin White, LB, LSU
This draft’s top linebacker finally comes off the board. He should be able to help with the pass rush and anchoring that defense. He’s athletically talented, a good fit in Atlanta, and should help the defense out immediately. Not to mention that Dan Quinn would be thrilled to get White at pick 14.
15. Vincent: Washington Redskins, Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
The ‘Skins panic after losing out on the Josh Rosen lottery (Rosen goes to the Patriots in this scenario) decide to take who they think is the best QB available. They have a mess in their QB room at the moment but hope that Jones can solidify that situation.
16. David: Carolina Panthers, Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
The Panthers desperately need to keep Cam Newton upright and healthy; Dillard should be able to help with that. Carolina picked up a top shelf center from Denver this offseason and resigned one of their tackles, but adding another piece on the line should be a priority for them.
17. Alex: New York Giants, Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Giants will be upset that Daniel Jones didn’t fall to them and without a whole lot going on in their backfield take the LSU product. After trading away Eli Apple and letting Landon Collins walk, it should help to complement Janoris Jenkins with a top talent on the other side.
18. Michael: Minnesota Vikings, Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
A solid pass protector should help that offensive line. The Vikings would do well to keep Kirk Cousins happy and on his feet to play at the level that they’re paying him. Ford needs some development, but has potential to help get that offense on track.
19. Vincent: Tennessee Titans, Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Fant is easily the most athletic tight end in the draft and goes to a team desperately in need of consistency on offense. Delanie Walker is coming off of a broken ankle and is well past 30. Getting a talented TE to pair with the big bodied WR Corey Davis should help Mariota in a contract year.
20. David: Pittsburgh Steelers, Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
Pittsburgh goes with the best player available, bolstering their already formidable pass rush. He’s a talented and valuable edge rusher that should deepen the rotation in their front seven. While there is a temptation to take a skill position player, the Steelers have never had trouble finding talented RBs and WRs deep in the draft.
21. Alex: Seattle Seahawks, Nasir Adderley, FS, Delaware
After losing Earl Thomas, the Seahawks need to boost their secondary.
Adderly is not quite Earl Thomas, but then again nobody really is. However, with only four selections overall, the ‘Hawks are likely to trade out of this spot.
22. Alex: Baltimore Ravens, Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
CJ Mosley is gone and the Raven’s Nest now has a hole in their LB core. Bush can match up nicely in coverage and is instinctual enough to make an impact in the run game. With Earl Thomas in the backfield and the Michigan product playing off the ball the Ravens’ defense may not drop off as much as some have speculated.
23. Vincent: Houston Texans, Greg Little, OL, Ole Miss
The Texan’s have long needed to improve their offensive line and Greg Little should be a step in the right direction. Deshaun Watson’s success in Houston has been impressive given the lack of talent protecting him but with an improved offensive front he could up his game even more in the coming years.
24. David: Oakland Raiders, D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
For some reason this pick just feels right. It seems to be both an old school Al Davis style pick and a modern Gruden move. It’d be surprised if Metcalf actually falls this far, but Gruden would definitely love to take the athletic freak. With Antonio Brown on the other side of the offense the Raiders could have one of the better WR duos next year.
25. Michael: Philadelphia Eagles, Byron Murphy, CB, Wisconsin
Murphy is one of the better corners in the draft this year and should help to make this secondary more deadly. With three cornerback contracts coming up this year, the Eagles would be wise to ensure their secondary doesn’t fall apart of this year.
26. Alex: Indianapolis Colts, Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi
While Simmons is coming off an ACL tear and has off-field concerns, he’s immensely talented and a steal at 26. The Colts played really good defense last year in spite of an underwhelming roster. Adding a talent like Simmons should have only positive effects.
27. Vincent: Oakland Raiders, Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
While Ya-Sin is a little bit of a reach pick, he fills a major position of need for Oakland. Their defense was underwhelming across the board last year and they a guy who can set a tone and generate turnovers.
28. David: L.A. Chargers, Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
The Chargers fill a hole on their offensive line here, solidifying an offense that seems right on the precipice of a Super Bowl run. With Philip Rivers getting on in age this piece could be the key to success in L.A.
29. Michael: Kansas City Chiefs, Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
The plethora of edge rushers going early causes Burns to fall down to 29 - Burns is a plug and play player who will able to fill the void left by Dee Ford. The Chief’s defense was definitely the weakest phase of their play last year and Burns should help there.
30. Alex: Green Bay Packers, Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
With most of the stellar offensive tackles off the board, the Packers look to get Aaron Rodgers another pass catcher. Davante Adams, Marquise Brown and T.J. Hockenson should make a deadly trio. With the two Aaron’s slinging and running the rock it’s hard to see a weakness in this offense.
31. Vincent: L.A. Rams, Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Rams fill the void left by Suh and pick up an immediate starter next to Donald. Lawrence is a talented plug and play kind of guy who comes cheap for an L.A. team that is up against the cap.
32. David: New England Patriots, N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Rob Gronkowski’s retirement leaves a need for a big-bodied target for Brady. Harry provides this at the very least. Belichick doesn’t have a great track record drafting wideouts, but the need here is too great to pass on a target for Brady.