DMVSN Mock Draft 4.0

We are back with our fourth and second-to-last mock until official NFL Draft begins next Thursday, April 25. Stay tune for more additional coverage and analysis of the upcoming NFL draft from DMVSN.

*Note: No trades occurred in this mock

Brendan Smith – Founder, Site Owner (@threezustrist) 

Hunter Rooney – Co-Site Manager, Editor (@hrooney8) 

Frank J. Platko – Co-Site Manager, Editor (@frank_is_myname) 

Dom LaNave- Podcast Coordinator (@domandthunder)

Charley Collier – Editor (@ccollier64) 

1. Arizona Cardinals – Nick Bosa, EDGE (Ohio State)

At the end of the day, the Cardinals may just be playing it safe by saying Josh Rosen is their guy, leading to them taking Kyler Murray. However, until we see it, I still believe firmly they will use No. 1 pick on the best defensive player in this draft. While others may like Quinnen Williams or even Josh Allen, I believe that player is Nick Bosa. Brendan Smith

2. San Francisco 49ers – Josh Allen, EDGE (Kentucky)

I became completely sold an Allen as the top player in this draft after he played and dominated the Citrus Bowl against Penn State, as he came up with 3 of his 17 sacks in 2018. It was a season of accolades for Allen, who won both SEC and National Player of the Year honors, and was also the highest-graded edge defender in the country by Pro Football Focus. He possesses the ability that few if any other defensive players in the draft have- he can truly take over a game at a moments’ notice. With the explosive speed, excellent pursuit, and commitment to getting better, there’s no telling how far Allen may go. – Dom LaNave

3. New York Jets – Quinnen Williams, DL (Alabama)

The Jets are once again picking at the top part of the draft, so there’s another chance to get a marquee player. There is a good chance they could look to trade back, but in this situation they take the best player available in Quinnen Williams. Out of all the top defensive players that have gone to the NFL after attending Alabama, Williams might end up being the best. He was dominant against the run as well as rushing the passer last year, and could become a game-changer on the Jets defense. – Hunter Rooney

4. Oakland Raiders – Kyler Murray, QB (Oklahoma) 

Yes, I know Derek Carr recently signed a big contract extension through 2022. However, Carr’s performance over the past two seasons has just been “meh”, and the Raiders are in need of a serious jolt and franchise centerpiece. Kyler Murray is that guy. If he is in fact available here, I can’t see Jon Gruden and Mike Maycock letting him slip through their hands. – Frank J. Platko

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ed Oliver, DL (Houston) 

The Buccaneers are one of the more unpredictable teams here. I imagine they are going to be looking to trade back if they can, but if not, they’ll be looking for a solid piece on defense. They had the second worst defense in the NFL last year, so defensive best player available is the way to go here. That would be Houston’s Ed Oliver. Oliver is a freak athlete, with shuttle numbers similar to Saquan Barkley. He can play anywhere on the defensive line, and there have even been some teams to work him out at outside linebacker. This versatility is very valuable.  -Charley Collier

6. New York Giants – Devin White, LB (LSU)

Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock, and Daniel Jones, amongst others, are still on the board. Dave Gettleman will not reach for a QB as he has said so several times. It could all be a smokescreen so teams don’t trade ahead of them to draft, say, Dwayne Haskins. The Giants need help all over the defense. All the premier pocket pushers are off the board, and even though the Giants have BJ Goodson and Alec Ogletree, both can be upgraded as neither has solid coverage skills. As a Giants fan, I’m tired of seeing RB’s and TE’s fry us. – Smith

7. Jacksonville Jaguars – TJ Hockenson, TE (Iowa)

Winner of the the 2018 John Mackey Award as the top tight end in the nation, Hockenson comes into this draft as the top-rated in that position, just ahead of Iowa teammate Noah Fant. He’s the most well-rounded pass catcher in this class, and his versatility helps when putting together different packages. He could be Foles’ Zach Ertz in Jacksonville. – Dom LaNave 

8. Detroit Lions – Montez Sweat, EDGE (Mississippi State)

Some people might disagree with the Lions taking a pass rusher after signing Trey Flowers to a big deal in free agency, but how scary would it be as an opposing team knowing the team you’re facing has two guys capable of wrecking the game in a moment’s notice. Montez Sweat really made a name for himself at the combine, and showcased his unique blend of power and speed, which is something all teams covet out of their pass rushers. I’m sure second year head coach Matt Patricia would love to completely transform his front four in one offseason. – Hunter Rooney

9. Buffalo Bills – Jonah Williams, OT (Alabama)

The Bills could go a number of directions here, but at the end of the day I think playing it safe is the best option. Jonah Williams is the best tackle prospect and arguably top overall offensive lineman in this draft class. Buffalo needs to solidify their offensive line to give Josh Allen, who was running for his life more often than not last season, protection and time to make throws. Snag Williams here and plug him as a starter. Frank J. Platko 

10. Denver Broncos – Drew Lock, QB (Missouri)

Personally, I think it would be smart of the Broncos to wait another year to pursue their quarterback of the future, and just roll with ELITE quarterback Joe Flacco, but it is seeming increasingly likely that they draft a quarterback here to bring in and groom. It is going to come down to Lock and Haskins, but I think Lock is just the better prospect, and a better fit for Denver. -Charley Collier

11. Cincinnati Bengals – Dwayne Haskins, QB (Ohio State)

The Bengals don’t have to move up to draft their next franchise QB. While realistically, they, or another team may try moving up, Dwayne Haskins is a no-brainer for Cincy at No. 11. Like many teams picking this high, they have holes all over the roster, but you have to start somewhere, and there is no position more important than QB. – Smith

12. Green Bay Packers – Devin Bush, LB (Michigan)

Even with the offseason signing of Preston Smith, there is still a hole in the middle of Mike Pettine’s 3-4 defense. Bush fits the bill well as a do-it-all linebacker, one who can blitz effectively and be a force in stopping the run game. – Dom LaNave

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13. Miami Dolphins – Rashan Gary, DL (Michigan)

There’s been a lot of discussion about whether Gary fits better on the edge or kicked inside, but wither way he is a premier pass rushing talent that could help Miami immediately. New head coach Brian Flores could also find ways to be creative and use Gary in a multitude of ways, such as guys like JJ Watt and Everson Griffen. Miami could possibly be in the market quarterback, but I believe they would rather wait until next year’s draft instead of selecting the likes of Will Grier or Daniel Jones. – Hunter Rooney

14. Atlanta Falcons – Brian Burns, EDGE (Florida State) 

The Falcons are in desperate need of defensive talent, particularly in the pass-rushing department. Luckily, this draft class is loaded on edge players. Even with the top guys off the board, Atlanta can still find an impact player at this spot, such as Brian Burns. Burns can flat out get to the quarterback and possesses above-average athleticism and an array of moves. – Frank J. Platko 

15. Washington Redskins – Clelin Ferrell, EDGE (Clemson) 

If the draft plays out like it has so far, I think there is a pretty decent chance the Redskins trade for Rosen and then don’t have this pick. I think they could also try to trade back, but if they are here at 15 then a pass rusher makes most since considering the loss of Preston Smith, and the general talent of this class. Clelin Ferrell is an every down player and was very impressive at Clemson. He can come in and immediately help the Redskins. – Charley Collier 

16. Carolina Panthers – Jawaan Taylor, OL (Florida)

The Panthers did re-sign Daryl Williams to a one-year deal but they still need help on the left side of the offensive line. Cam Newton is going to need all the protection he can get going forward, especially given his injury history. The Panthers can grab potentially the best offensive lineman on the board here in Jawaan Taylor. – Brendan Smith

17. New York Giants (via Cleveland) – Dexter Lawrence, DL (Clemson)

Even though the Giants are mostly set at the position, with B.J. Hill and Dalvin Tomlinson figuring to be 2019 starters, Lawrence may be too good to pass up. At 340 pounds, he’s an elite run-stuffer, with the ability to improve in pass-rush. He along with Devin White would make for a much-improved front-7 for the G-men. – Dom LaNave

18. Minnesota Vikings – Cody Ford, OL (Oklahoma)

Minnesota fell way short of their high expectations last season, primarily due to the offensive side of the ball. The Vikings would be smart to help out their big money quarterback Kirk Cousins, and should focus on getting him more protection. Cody Ford could immediately slide in to the starting lineup, anywhere on the line except for left tackle. Ford would be a huge upgrade over the incumbent starter, and provides stability in the pass and run game. I’m pretty sure Cousins and Co. would “like that”. – Hunter Rooney

19. Tennessee Titans – Christian Wilkins, DT (Clemson) 

In a division with Marlon Mack, Leonard Fournette, and Lamar Miller, adequately defending the run is key. Thus, with Christian Wilkins still on the board, this pick is an easy one for the Titans. Wilkins is a dominant force and is versatile enough to play defensive end, too, in addition to tackle. He’ll make for an excellent complement to Jurrell Casey. – Frank J. Platko 

20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Greedy Williams, CB (LSU) 

This is a dream scenario for the Steelers as the top corner in the draft has fell right into their lap at 20. Their secondary is still lacking a shutdown corner that can go and lock down opposing teams top receivers. Williams is long, athletic, and strong. He has succeeded in press-man coverage his entire career against top-notch talent in the SEC. – Charley Collier

21. Seattle Seahawks – Garrett Bradbury, IOL (NC State)

The Seahawks offensive line made strides last season, but they can always use more help to provide protection for their money-making QB Russell Wilson. The Hawks could potentially move Fluker to RT and slide Bradbury in at RG. They could go DB or EDGE here, but I like Seattle giving Russ more protection. –  Brendan Smith

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22. Baltimore Ravens – DK Metcalf, WR (Ole Miss)

The Ravens need weapons. With Michael Crabtree’s departure, the starting X and Z receivers are now Willie Snead and Jordan Lasley. It’s one of the worst WR groups in football, and while Lamar Jackson may prefer his TE’s and a conservative style of play, it would help to add Metcalf, an athletic freak, as a guy defenses have to account for. – Dom LaNave

23. Houston Texans – Andre Dillard, OT (Washington State)

It’s no secret that Deshaun Watson needs more protection, badly. The Texans offensive line last season was one of the worst in recent history, so look for Houston to target the best offensive lineman remaining in Andre Dillard. Dillard would immediately slide into the starting lineup at right tackle, and try and help stabilize the unit up front. – Hunter Rooney

24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago) – Marquise Brown, WR (Oklahoma) 

You’re telling me the Raiders have a chance to pair rekindle the magic between Kyler Murray and Marquise Brown, his favorite receiver at Oklahoma? Yes, please. “Hollywood” may be the fastest receiver in this years’ draft and is a bona-fide deep threat. He’s not just a one-trick pony, either. An Oakland offense with Murray at the helm throwing to Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, and Marquise Brown is a potentially very scary sight for opposing teams. – Frank J. Platko 

25. Philadelphia Eagles – Rock-Ya Sin, CB (Temple) 

The Eagles secondary was atrocious last year, and that is in spite of how good the pass rush is. The injury to Jalen Mills didn’t help, but they have to get better. They had the third worst pass defense in the NFL last year. They will have their choice or Deandre Baker, Byron Murphy and Ya-Sin here but Ya-Sin is the best fit for this defense. He’s a physical, scrappy corner that is very comfortable in man coverage, and can tackle. With him playing at Temple, the Eagles are very familiar with him. He should be a great addition to the secondary. – Charley Collier


26. Indianapolis Colts – Byron Murphy, DB (Washington)

The Colts get arguably the best DB on the board to help a very depleted secondary. There aren’t any glaring holes outside of maybe EDGE, but they have nice pieces in the front seven. This would be a very safe pick for Indianapolis. – Brendan Smith

27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas) – Jeffery Simmons, DL (Mississippi State)

The Raiders need a lot of help, and since they used their first two picks investing in a Kyler-to-Hollywood connection, I figured going defense made sense. Simmons is flashy for a 6’4 and 300 pounds truck of a man, and would help immensely to bottle-up the powerful running games of the AFC West. – Dom LaNave

28. Los Angeles Chargers – Nasir Adderley, S (Delaware)

What a duo the Chargers could have for years to come. We all know what Derwin James accomplished last year, earning All-Pro honors as a rookie. By adding Adderley, the Chargers could possibly have the best secondary in the league. Although Adderley did not play against the greatest competititon, he showed his potential with a phenomenal showing during the Senior Bowl. In what is becoming a passing league, the Chargers could be well set with a great secondary and a great pass rush led by Joey Bosa.

Hunter Rooney

29. Kansas City Chiefs – Jeffery Tillery, DT (Notre Dame) 

This wouldn’t be a flashy pick by any means, but a smart one nonetheless. Kansas City really needs to beef up their defense to take pressure off Patrick Mahomes and company. If this class wasn’t so stacked on that side of the ball, a player like Jeffery Tillery would be higher on draft boards. Tillery will give the Chiefs an imposing presence on the defensive line and help them win games in the trenches, as opposed to simply outscoring opponents. – Frank J. Platko 

30. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans) – Noah Fant, TE (Iowa) 

The packers have done quite a bit to address their defense, but let’s not forget about Aaron Rodgers. He could always use another weapon, and Jimmy Graham only has one more year there. Having a guy in Fant that some see as a top 15 pick fall to you at thirty is an opportunity than can’t be passed up. He will he used a lot like Dallas Godert was used in Philly last year, but by year two, he will be their guy and their tight end of the future. – Charley Collier

31. Los Angeles Rams – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, DB (Florida)

The Rams could beef up their front seven or IOL, which is what they’ll probably do in all honesty, but Eric Weddle isn’t going to play forever. This pick might be a bit of a reach depending on how the draft shapes up, but they can make a strength stronger here at No. 31. – Brendan Smith

32. New England Patriots – Deandre Baker, CB (Georgia)

I was eyeing Noah Fant here as Gronk’s replacement, but alas, the Packers scooped him up. The Pats have been watching Baker closely during the pre-draft cycle- Bill Belichick even attended his Pro Day and was very impressed. While their starting corners are pretty much set with Jason McCourty and Stephon Gilmore, but their depth is slim. Baker would be a perfect fit. – Dom LaNave

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