TOJ’s own Dalbin Osario, John Hargaden, Kevin Zielaznicki, David Aitken, and Joe Malfa participated in a Twitter mock draft last night, with each TOJ staffer taking at least one division. Here are the results…
1. Los Angeles Rams (John Hargaden) – Jared Goff, QB, California
JH- The Rams have not had a franchise QB for years, you need to go back to the Kurt Warner days to have the closest resemblance. Goff will come in on day 1 and you will know he is your starting QB. I believe it will take some time for Goff to settle in but he is the best QB prospect in this draft.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (Joe Malfa) – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
JM – Could it really be anyone else? I mean, I would love to see the Eagles take Zeke Elliott and set the world on fire, but they traded a King’s ransom for a franchise QB, and they’ll get that guy in Wentz. He has a lot of upside, and I personally see him developing into a franchise QB. I see him being a little better than Flacco, but not quite Big Ben.
3. San Diego Chargers (Joe Malfa) – Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
JM – Last year on Christmas Eve, the Chargers had to use a wide receiver in the secondary. It was already a weak, depleted secondary, and now Eric Weddle is gone. When you play Amari Cooper, Jeremy Maclin, and Demaryius Thomas twice each per season, you need a stud like Ramsey in the secondary.
4. Dallas Cowboys (Joe Malfa) – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
JM – The Cowboys’ offense was tremendous two years ago when Demarco Murray ran wild behind the league’s top offensive line. Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden are serviceable, but Elliott can be their Demarco Murray for the next 5+ years. He is an elite playmaker and a three-down back — a rare commodity in today’s NFL.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars (Kevin Zielaznicki) – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
6. Baltimore Ravens (David Aitken) – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
DA – I don’t think Baltimore has to put much thought into this. The favorite to go first just a few weeks ago falls into Baltimore’s lap.
7. San Francisco 49ers (John Hargaden) – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
JH- 49ers could have gone here with Ronnie Stanley, but seeing Buckner still there at 7, I have no problems taking him. The 49ers defense has gone through some changes here in the past few years and Buckner will come right in and start the rebuild on the defensive line.
8. Cleveland Browns (David Aitken) – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
DA – Jack’s knee is a major question mark right now, but Cleveland lacks blue chip talent on either side of the ball. This is a risk, but one a team with a plethora of picks and building for the long haul can take.
9. Tampa Bay Bucaneers (David Aitken) – Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
DA – Hargreaves fills a need for Tampa and is a legit top ten talent, it’s a nice fit keeping Hargreaves in Florida.
10. New York Giants (Joe Malfa) – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
JM – Ereck Flowers was a nice get for the Giants last year even though he struggled a bit at left tackle. He has the ability to swing over to the right side and be a steady starter for the next decade, which leaves a spot open at left tackle. Stanley can come in and be Eli’s backside protector, which will finally allow this offense to reach its full potential.
11. Chicago Bears (Kevin Zielaznicki) – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
12. New Orleans Saints (David Aitken) – Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
DA – The Saints have a serious rebuilding job on defense to do, that starts up front with the most disruptive lineman left on the board.
13. Miami Dolphins (Dalbin Osario) – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
14. Oakland Raiders (Joe Malfa) – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
JM – They have the pass rushers in Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. They have talent in the secondary with Sean Smith and Reggie Nelson. The one glaring hole on this defense is in the middle, and drafting Ragland solves that issue. He is a defensive QB that can come in and be a difference maker from Day 1.
15. Tennessee Titans (Kevin Zielaznicki) – Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
16. Detroit Lions (Kevin Zielaznicki) – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
17. Atlanta Falcons (David Aitken) – Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
DA – In rebuilding the Atlanta front seven, Dan Quinn needs to add more speed and blue chip quality to the linebacker core.
18. Indianapolis Colts (Kevin Zielaznicki) – Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
19. Buffalo Bills (Dalbin Osario) – Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
20. New York Jets (Dalbin Osario) – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
21. Washington Redskins (Joe Malfa) – Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss
JM – The Redskins needed to improve the defense this offseason if they had any intentions of repeating as NFC East Champions. They bolstered the secondary with the late addition of Josh Norman, but losing Terrance Knighton hurt the defensive front. Nkemdiche is not a straight swap for the nose tackle that Knighton was, but he is a great talent that may end up being the steal of this draft.
22. Houston Texans (Kevin Zielaznicki) – Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama
23. Minnesota Vikings (Kevin Zielaznicki) – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
24. Cincinnati Bengals (David Aitken) – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
DA – Cincinnati looked like a Super Bowl contender at one point due to Dalton’s progress. Much of that progress also had to do with the embarrassment of riches Cincinnati had in terms of pass catchers. The Bengals lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, so Coleman is Cincinnati reloading.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers (David Aitken) – William Jackson III, CB, Houston
DA – Pittsburgh has spent significant draft capital the past few seasons getting better in the front seven. The next logical step is adding quality to the secondary.
26. Seattle Seahawks (John Hargaden) – Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
JH- Seattle has had a changing at the guard recently with different anchors of the defense either going to other teams or retiring. BIllings will come right in and plug up the middle of that defensive line.
27. Green Bay Packers (Kevin Zielaznicki) – Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
28. Kansas City Chiefs (Joe Malfa) – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
JM – Pass rushers, pass rushers, pass rushers. The Chiefs’ defense has been carried by Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, but it is time to find a guy that can replace those sack artists — insert Shaq Lawson.
29. Arizona Cardinals (John Hargaden) – Noah Spence, EDGE, Eastern Kentucky
JH- Going into this pick, Arizona needs some help in the secondary but man, when a guy like Noah Spence is there, this is just highway robbery. Spence, in my opinion, is the best EDGE prospect in this draft and with the addition of Chandler Jones, this can be the best 1-2 punch in the NFL.
30. Carolina Panthers (David Aitken) – Artie Burns, CB, Miami
DA – This is a pick Carolina could have made before Norman’s release. Now it’s even more likely.
31. Denver Broncos (Joe Malfa) – Deion Jones, LB, LSU
JM – The Super Bowl winning defense lost one of its key pieces in Danny Trevathan. Jones is a sideline to sideline, three-down, cover linebacker that ran a 4.3 (!!!) 40-yard dash — please and thank you. Forget about reaching for Hackenberg or Cook in this spot.
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