Mock Draft by Pierce Duncan

The NFL draft is a day away and teams are putting the finishing touches on their big boards and hoping to land the player they feel will either turn their franchise around.  If the order stays the same this how I think the top ten teams will pick

 

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

 

There has been a lot of talk that the Cardinals still aren’t sure what they are going to do with the number 1 pick.  The lack of trade suitors is said to have them leaning towards passing on Murray. I still think they take Murray and give their new head coach Kliff Kingsbury the guy he has been talking about for the last 5 years.

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State

The 49ers will have their choice at the two best defensive players here with Bosa and Quinnen Williams.  In the end I think they go with Bosa because he feels the biggest need on the team right now which is pass rush off the edge.

 

  1.       New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

The Jets get the best player available here and they won’t be disappointed.  Williams is very disruptive in the middle and will be a player that plays all 3 downs.  The Jets defensive line immediately gets better with this pick.

 

  1.       Oakland Raiders: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

The Raiders need help on the defensive line especially on the interior and with Williams already gone they get the next best guy.  Oliver could easily come in and have a huge impact for the Raiders day one, he can get to the quarterback and also plays the run well.

 

  1.        Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU

The Bucs lost their starting LB Kwon Alexander to free agency and they get his replacement with this pick.  White has great speed, a good tackler and just had a nose for the ball, he is the best LB in this draft.

 

  1.        New York Giants: Josh Allen, DE, Kentucky

A lot of people have the Giants taking a QB here but rumors are that they are looking at defense and why not get on of the best in the draft.  Allen will be able to line up as both a DE and a OLB. He has the ability to drop back into coverage and cover the TE, the only issue the Giants will have is figuring out where to play him which isn’t a bad problem to have.

 

  1.        Jacksonville Jaguars: T.J. Hokenson, TE, Iowa

With a new QB in Nick Foles it would only make sense to get him a big target to throw to.  Hokenson will come in and make an immediate impact and will make things easier for Foles. Hokenson will be the best TE the Jags have had since Mercedes Lewis.

 

  1.        Detroit Lions: Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State

Burns is the best edge rusher not named Nick Bosa in this draft.  With a good mixture of speed, size, agility and the ability to play anywhere on the line, Burns has a chance to be the best player in this draft at the next level.

 

  1.        Buffalo Bills: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

In order to get the best out of QB Josh Allen the Bill’s have to make sure he is protected.  Taylor has great size, he also has great movement with excellent footwork for his size. He will also help the running game as he has showed the ability to knock defenders off the ball and open running lanes.

 

  1. Denver Broncos: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

There was a lot of talk early about how much John Elway liked Daniel Jones and even though the Broncos just traded for Joe Flacco, there is no way they can try and build the franchise around an aging QB on the decline.  Jones would benefit from this situation because he wouldn’t have to come in and be the day one starter, he would be able to just sit behind Flacco, study and be ready for when his number is called.

 

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