TA’s NFL Mock Draft 4.0
It’s offically NFL Draft week and CSBS is the place to be for all your draft coverage. Be sure to follow @NFLDraftTA on Twitter for TA’s take on the NFL Draft. We are getting closer to finalizing our final Mock Draft of the season but before we release that on Thursday, here is version 4.0 with some significant changes at the top of the draft:
Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson - Lawrence has always been and will always be the number one pick.
New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU - It's been pretty obvious that Wilson is the guy here but the trade of Darnold last week makes it all but official.
San Francisco 49ers: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama - This is probably too high for Mac but the 49ers traded up for a QB and it sounds like Mac Jones is their guy.
Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida - Atlanta adds a dynamic weapon to an offense already filled with weapons. Pitts will be one of the best players to come from this draft.
Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon - The Bengals get Joe Burrow some protection and the best offensive lineman in the draft.
Miami Dolphins: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU - Dolphins get Tua a dynamic weapon and the best WR in the draft.
Detroit Lions: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama - The Lions lost Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, they need to replace those guys and give Goff some weapons.
Carolina Panthers: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State - I don’t expect the Panthers to draft Fields but someone will trade up into this spot to take the Ohio State QB.
Denver Broncos: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State - If Lance falls to Denver at #9 they won't be able to help themselves. He might be an upgrade over Lock at some point but I think he's a reach in the top 10.
Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama - Surtain is the best CB in the draft and CB is one of the Cowboys biggest need, seems like a perfect marriage.
New York Giants: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State - Parsons is a great fit in the Giants defense and arguably the best defensive player in this draft.
Philadelphia Eagles: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina - There’s a lot of buzz around the Eagles and Horn. I’m not 100% convinced but I’ll go with it here.
Los Angeles Chargers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern - The Chargers got their franchise QB last year, now they need to protect him.
Minnesota Vikings: Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan - The Vikings need to rebuild their defensive line and Paye is a good place to start.
New England Patriots: Jaelan Phillips, Edge, Miami - Belichick attended Miami's pro day to see standout pass rushers, Phillips and Gregory Rousseau. Phillips had the standout pro day and may have opened Belichick's eyes. While Rousseau might be the better all around player right now, Phillips might have a higher ceiling. If a QB slips to #15 I could see Belichick taking one but I'm not sure he will trade up high to get one. He might trade up a few spots if one slips to the 12-14 range.
Arizona Cardinals: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama - Cardinals should go CB here but with Smith falling to 16, Kliff won’t be able to help himself. They add a WR to an already loaded offense.
Las Vegas Raiders: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami - The Raiders need to continue to add playmakers to the defense. Rousseau is an athletic freak and would be a nice addition to the Raiders.
Miami Dolphins: Jeremiah Owusa-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame - It's pretty clear Brian Flores wants to get younger and more athletic at LB. JOK is a good one.
Washington Football Team: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa - The WFT is in major need of a LB. Collins is a riser and would be a nice fit on the WFT defense.
Chicago Bears: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech - Offensive line is a big need for the Bears and Darrisaw falling to #20 could be a steal for the Bears.
Indianapolis Colts: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida - Colts will need to add some weapons around Wentz if they want him to have a chance. They could also lose TY Hilton in free agency.
Tennessee Titans: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech - Titans cut Butler and lost Jackson in free agency, they need a CB. Farley slipping to 22 could be a steal.
New York Jets: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama - Adding Wilson and Najee Harris could make the Jets an offense to watch in a few years. Harris is a good RB that the Jets have a 50/50 chance of ruining.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma - Steelers need a Center after the Pouncey retirement and Humphrey is one of the best in this draft and rising fast.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU - Moehrig is rising fast. Jags get a versatile playmaker on defense.
Cleveland Browns: Jayson Oweh, Edge, Penn State - Browns could use some help getting after the QB and Oweh is moving up some people's boards.
Baltimore Ravens: Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia - Versatile LB who can play all over the Ravens defense and replace Matt Judon.
New Orleans Saints: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky - The Saints are thin at LB and need front seven help in general. Davis might be a surprise here but his stock is rising.
Green Bay Packers: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern - A suddenly rising CB. The Packers need help in the secondary and Newsome could be a sleeper.
Buffalo Bills: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson - Sort of a surprise pick here but Bills could do better at RB and Etienne is one of the best RB's in this class.
Baltimore Ravens: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC - Obvious need for the Ravens after trading away Orlando Brown. Vera-Tucker is a good one and should fill right in at RT.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State - Buccaneers defense played well in the playoffs and Super Bowl but their weakness throughout the season was in the secondary. Samuel brings a solid cornerback to the roster that should crack the rotation early and help improve this secondary.