The countdown to April’s NFL Draft has begun. Mock draft season is upon us and I have my two round NFL Mock. The Cincinnati Bengals are positioned to fill needs early in both rounds.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
After passing the height requirements at the NFL Combine, Kyler dazzled NFL media, scouts, and personnel at his pro day. The Heisman winner maybe the most explosive dual threat signal caller we have seen. Murray possesses a talented arm, long range speed, and accuracy that warrants being selected first overall.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, IDL, Alabama
The 49ers traded for Dee Ford to help bolster their pass rush during the free agent frenzy. Inserting Quinnen Williams in the middle alongside DeForest Buckner would give San Francisco a terrorizing tandem inside.
3. New York Jets: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
Finally, the New York Jets have an edge rusher (The Rock’s voice). Nick Bosa is arguably the best pass rusher in this draft. This pick gives the jets an edge rusher that would demand attention and hopefully sack Tom Brady enough before he retires.
4. Oakland Raiders: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock find their next great pass rusher with this pick. Khalil Mack 2.0? It’s a possibility because Allen does offer a similar skillset to Mack. Allen is a strong edge rusher with freakish athleticism.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU
The Bucs defense lost their starting linebacker Kwon Alexander to the 49ers in free agency. White could step in as a plug and play player. He has elite speed at linebacker with a temperament to lay the smackdown on ball carriers, White is the perfect pick for the Bucs.
6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Odell Beckham is gone and the rebuild has commenced for the Giants… Maybe. Haskins will offer New York a bright future. He can sit behind Eli Manning during what could be his final season in the Big Apple
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
The Blake Bortles era is officially dead after the team cut him recently as a result of signing Nick Foles. After signing the former Super Bowl MVP, protecting him is priority number one. Taylor is arguably the top offensive tackle prospect in the class. Pairing him with Cam Robinson creates time for the deep ball from for Foles.
8. Detroit Lions: Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi St.
Detroit second year head coach Matt Patricia is trying to retool this defense. Adding Trey Flowers to their defensive edge was a start. Inserting Montez Sweat opposite of him would give the defense a perfect compliment to Flowers all around game.
9. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, IDL, Houston
The Bills decided to upgrade their receiving corps with some quality additions. They also added two older offensive tackles on short term deals to protect Josh Allen. Oliver is a selection of need and he’s one of the top interior defensive lineman in the class. He should improve the Buffalo defense shortly after lacing his cleats.
10. Denver Broncos: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Quarterback is a need, but with Flacco in town, it is best to give him a top weapon. Hockenson is the best tight end in this class with his ability to block and catch the football. Flacco would love this talented weapon.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The Bengals recently released troubled linebacker Vontaze Burfict leaving a void in the middle of their defense. Bush is another speedy and physical linebacker. His athleticism and play making ability would be welcomed by Who Dey nation.
12. Green Bay Packers: Cody Ford, IOL, Oklahoma
The Green Bay front office was unusually busy during the early free agent period bolstering their defense. Aaron Rodgers could use an upgrade on the interior line. Ford brings a needed dose of power to this offensive front and the versatility to play right tackle if Bryan Bulaga goes down via injury.
13. Miami Dolphins: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
The Dolphins are acting like they are going to wait for a signal caller of the future until the 2020 draft. Dillard is a much-needed pick to improve their offensive tackle position. He can slide to the right side opposite of Laremy Tunsil to form a young combo.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Rashan Gary, Edge, Michigan
One of the most athletic defenders in the class may slip down the draft board, the Falcons hope so. They desperately need to improve the defensive front. Gary can rush off the edge and inside. This front four would receive a major boost with his talent.
15. Washington Redskins: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Since the future of Alex Smith is up in the air, the Redskins need a quarterback of the future. Lock has the size, arm talent, and athleticism scouts salivate over. Like Haskins, Lock can sit behind a veteran in Case Keenum for most of his rookie year before taking the reigns in 2020.
16. Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State
The panthers ranked 27th in sacks last year and they lost potential Hall of Famer Julius Peppers to retirement. Adding the fast and bendy Burns will give this defense some juice off the edge. His first step maybe the quickest in the entire draft. He can create the pressure this defense has been missing.
17. New York Giants: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The future quarterback may be drafted with the 6th pick, but the Beckham trade left a huge void at receiver. Metcalf has monstrous athletic abilities. Pairing him with Saquon Barkley, Sterling Sheppard, Evan Engram, and Golden Tate is a great core to build around.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, IOL, NC State
The Vikings offensive line ended last season in the bottom portion in the league according to PFF. Bradbury would be a needed addition to the interior of this line. His technique and quick burst into his sets could help keep Kirk Cousins clean this season.
19. Tennessee Titans: Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson
The titans could go tight end or interior offensive lineman here, but drafting a young edge rusher is pertinent. Ferrell would give them a young ferocious pass rushing duo with 2018 first round pick Harold Landry.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
After a dysfunctional off-season, the Steelers should began the restructuring of their roster by selecting Williams. He has a blend of length, speed, and man coverage prowess the fan base would love. Hopefully for the Steelers, he can become the player they thought Artie Burns would become.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Nasir Adderly, S, Delaware
This was the toughest team to pick for in this mock. With the loss of Earl Thomas in free agency, Adderley makes sense. He has experience playing both safety and cornerback. He also has the athleticism and instincts to play the single high safety role Thomas left open.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa St.
The Ravens are not a wide receiver destination currently. They are going to have to find talented pass catchers through the draft. Butler would be a perfect weapon on the outside for Lamar Jackson. He possesses a huge catch radius, 4.4 speed, and the ability to high point passes downfield.
23. Houston Texans: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The Texans have a bright future with stars along the offense and defense. Protecting stud quarterback Deshaun Watson should be a priority. Williams can play inside or out, either way Watson deserves better. 62 sacks are too high for a quarterback to endure over two seasons, much less in a single season. The Texans must protect their investment.
24. Oakland Raiders: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The defensive theme continues for the silver and black. Murphy is the cleanest corner in terms of technique. He is a smooth player with the versatility to play inside and outside. Gruden is slowly rebuilding this team in his image.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Long-time LT Jason Peters is returning for his 17th season at 37 years old. The Eagles do not have a viable replacement for the veteran lineman. Risner is a physical, aggressive, and technically advanced tackle prospect. He would be an ideal replacement to protect Carson Wentz for years to come.
26. Indianapolis Colts: Christian Wilkins, IDL, Clemson
This free agent period, the Colts have added to their defensive front with the signing of Justin Houston. They could continue this trend by selecting Wilkins. He can help anchor in the run game and apply pressure up the middle.
27. Oakland Raiders: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Raiders lost Jared Cook and his 896 yards to the Saints in free agency. Fant would be the perfect replacement for Cook. He would have Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams outside, giving him single coverage to become Carr’s new security blanket.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Dexter Lawrence, IDL, Clemson
Big Dexter Lawrence would be a nice compliment to the pass rushing duo of Melvin Ingram and Joy Bosa. He is a mountain of a man with sweet feet and quickness. He can clog running lanes, but will also push the pocket into the face of the quarterback.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
After deploying one of the leagues worst passing defenses, the Chiefs decided to invest in that area. Tyrann Mathieu signing on during free agency is a good start. Adding Deandre Baker would further accelerate the rebuilding of their defense.
30. Green Bay Packers (Saints): Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
The Packers made a conscious effort to retool their defense and even adding a quality safety from a division rival. Here, you have what would be a nice compliment to Adrian Amos because of his ability to play in the box and line up at the nickel. Green Bay is focused on returning to the playoffs and possibly a Super Bowl berth as soon as possible
31.Los Angeles Rams: Erik McCoy, IOL, Texas A&M
The Super Bowl runner ups do not have a plethora of needs. Improving the offensive line is important for any team and McCoy is an upgrade. He brings versatility of playing center and guard. Continuing to dominate up front and protecting Jared Goff should be the plan.
32: New England Patriots: Jerry Tillery, IDL, Notre Dame
The interior defensive line is a big need at the moment for the world champs. Malcolm Brown signed with the Saints and Danny Shelton is still unsigned. Tillery would fit in alongside Lawrence Guy and newly the signed Mike Pennel. Tillery would give Belichick the interior pass rushing he covets.