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2020 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (@jamfed)

4/22/2020 by James Fedewa

I only published three 2020 NFL Mock Drafts this season, when I used to post weekly starting in January. But with COVID-19 hitting the Earth pretty hard, the corona virus got me hard to work.  And when I say “work” I mean my “real job” work hours have been cut 75%, the kids school has been 100% cancelled and it is sunny outside, so I have been doing YARD WORK with a giant list of “honey-do’s” this whole time off.

I can give you a list of all the things I did to improved our home: like Ethernet wire the house, add a motion light, scrape paint for hours off my huge deck and pressure wash everyting that remotely looks dirty (but I’m not gonna give you my list, lol).       So all you husbands and wives out there, slightly working since the COVID-19 outbreak, but working on home projects more than ever… TAKE A BREAK for a moment and WATCH THE 2020 NFL DRAFT.

Here’s my final (and enjoy).

**Please leave you comments and I well follow up and reply back**

# Team Player Position School Views, News, Notes & Quotes
1 Cincinnati Joe Burrow QB LSU I do like Andy Dalton as a starting NFL quarterback, and I do not think his game-play earned the Bengals the first pick in the draft. But, the Bengals are in full-rebuild-mode, so trading Dalton is probably the best option (possibly to New England). Burrow had a phenomenal 2019 in college and he will be Cincy’s New Hope…
2 Washington Chase Young DE Ohio State Young is probably the best (and safest) player in the 2020 draft, and the sky is the limit for him to excel in the NFL. He is the perfect pass rushing blend of speed and power and will be a superstar in this league. Redskins may joke around with some draft day trades, but they will draft Young.
3 Detroit Jeffrey Okudah CB Ohio State Detroit can go three directions here: DT, CB or “IS” (Isaiah Simmons, who can play multiple positions), but all will be based on defense. Detroit might entertain some poor offers, but drafting some quality talent is more important. Sure Darius Slay has been traded, so there is a need at CB, but Okudah is perfect for Matt Patricia’s system (and he will be twice the player Slay has ever been).
*I really do think Derrick Brown has a 40% shot in being drafted here
4 New York Giants Jedrick Wills Jr. RT Alabama Protect the franchise QB is this off-season’s primary goal for the Giants. Wills has the best technique out of the top four OT’s, but he’s not overwhelmingly athletic (like Wirfs or Becton) . He’s more of a blue collar “getter-done” type of guy, which feels more like a Dave Gettleman selection. This pick also is to improve the run game. *I really wanted to go pass rusher here, and I think the best pass rusher at this spot could be Javon Kinlaw, but well go with OT (final).
5 Miami Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama Tua’s medical concerns have many teams worried, but the Dolphins roll the dice on the Alabama star.  Before Tua’s last injury (dislocated hip, concussion, broken nose) he was the #1 overall prospect in the draft. He has also had knee and ankle injuries prior (plus he’s a lefty and undersized), so his stock has been up and down. Tua is very talented, yes, but can he hold up in the NFL?
*I think all rookie first round QB’s have issues and we can pick every player apart (if we want to), so the fish roll with the injury gamble.
6 LA Chargers Justin Herbert QB Oregon The end of an era has just begun (with Philip Rivers departure), and GM Tom Telesco the next apparent future QB for the Chargers. Herbert has much to learn in a pro-system, but his skill set and size are too good to pass up.  His decision making can be coached up and looks the part *Miss you already Philip
7 Carolina Derrick Brown DT Auburn Carolina has a new coaching staff, a new QB and another good wide receiver, now it time to focus on the defensive side of the ball. Derrick Brown creates problems for any offense. He is big and quick, and nearly unblockable (and could go as early as #3 overall). Panthers get a run stuffing DT, but Brown is a lot more than a zero tech DT. He is more of a Play-Wrecker and can play multiple positions for a big man.
8 Arizona Javon Kinlaw IDL South Carolina Most draftnik’s are thinking offensive tackle, but I think their defense needs to improve. Kinlaw is that “terrific-beast” and fills the most important need for Arizona – defensive line. His size, speed and story are just too good to pass up. *Think Richard Seymour 2.0
9 Jacksonville Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama The Jags will take the BPA wiht this spot, as it seems like they are gutting their whole team & starting from scratch. Well, they do have Gardner Minshew and I believe he can be a super QB for the Jag (so that’s a good start). Adding more weapons for Mr. Mustache is the best option. *Isaiah Simmons versatility and talent is so tempting here but Jeudy is a WR1
10 Cleveland Andrew Thomas OT Georgia Baker Mayfield needs a quality left tackle and Thomas is the best blend of run block and pass blocking left tackle in the draft.  *In fact, this pick might help Nick Chubb (also from UGA) more than Mayfield, as Thomas excels more in the run game.
11 New York Jets CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma The offensive line needs some help, but who are they going to throw the ball to?  Some decent off-season moves to improve the O-Line could mean Lamb is their guy. Darnold couldn’t be happier and NYJ have a WR1.
12 Las Vegas Isaiah Simmons LB Clemson Simmons falls out of the the top ten, but he should not have. The Raiders defense has a whole new identity.  But what position does he play in Vegas?  LB or SS??  Lets just call him an “IS” (Isaiah Simmons) – AKA Alien Unicorn
13 San Francisco C.J. Henderson CB Florida I actually vision SF taking a receiver here, but Henderson is too good to pass up. Ruggs seems like a good fit, but maybe a WR can be drafted wit their other first round pick.
14 Tampa Bay Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa With the new addition of Tom Brady, he needs as much protection as possible. However, Brady has had much worse O-Lines than Tampa’s, and he still succeeded.
15 Denver Henry Ruggs III WR Alabama This guy is SUPER fast, great compliment to Courtland Sutton. Drew Lock is getting some needed weapons on offense.
16 Atlanta Trevon Diggs CB Alabama The Falcons have already had a pretty good off-season, but they are thin in the secondary.  Diggs is a big CB that can earn a starting spot very quickly. This might be a little early for Diggs, but I do think he fits their scheme better than most.  He’s a really good CB and the Falcons need some additional CB depth.
17 Dallas Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE Penn State Dallas could go many directions here, (including QB, CB or Safety). YGM is an over achiever and could be the steal of this draft.  He is better than rated and he has really good game tape.
18 Miami Mekhi Becton OT Louisville Tua needs blockers (but I’m not sure if he could see over this mountain of a man. He has been playing left tackle in college, but Tua is a lefty and right tackle might be his new position.  Becton doesn’t only block very well, he engulfs defensive ends (like a massive dust storm)
19 Las Vegas Justin Jefferson WR LSU The Raiders need some receivers, many many receivers…
20 Jacksonville K’Lavon Chaisson EDGE LSU It appears that DE Yannick Ngakoue is on his way out, so finding his replacement is very necessary. Chaisson does have several pass rush moves with makes him a highly rated pass rusher. With some time in an NFL weight room and if he can bulk up a bit, he could become an even better pro player.
21 Philadelphia Tee Higgins WR Clemson I can see the Eagles starting a whole new set of wide receivers in  2020. Fire them all and start from scratch (both of them – not a deep crew) * Laviska Shenault Jr. might also be a great selection here too.
22 Minnesota A.J. Epenesa EDGE Iowa Epenesa had a sub-par combine, but that doesn’t mean his tape was poor. He’s a really good DE and the Vikings like those bigger DE’s.  I think Epenesa can play multiple positions on the DL, and he is big (good edge setter) but he needs stronger in the NFL. He might be better off as a 5-Tech DE, which could have him going to a 3-4 team.
23 New England Jacob Eason QB Washington Eason has many NFL scouts and GM’s drooling over his size and arm.  He is really being undervalued within the draftnick community, which is odd to me.  If you watch full games of Eason, you can see his tremendous potential and I think he has the most upside to any of the 2020 NFL draftees.  Sure, running QB’s are the craze these days, but big pocket passing QB’s with big arms generally have longer careers in the NFL.  **The Patriots get another STEAL in the first round and have a new cornerstone at the QB position.
24 New Orleans Kenneth Murray LB Oklahoma The Saints, on paper, are one of the best teams, again. There are not a lot of holes on the roster, other than age. Murray fits a need, but he also has the leadership ability you want in an MLB.
25 Minnesota Kristian Fulton CB LSU Fulton is a big CB that can earn a starting spot very quickly in MN.
26 Miami Julian Okwara EDGE Notre Dame Plug him in as a starting 3-4 Pass Rushing linebacker for the Ravens and Okwara will produce.
27 Seattle Josh Jones OT Houston Jones had a very good Senior Bowl week, driving his stock way up, vaulting him into the first round.  Seems like Seattle always need OL in the draft. Jones is nasty. Safety or CB could be the target here, but Jones can help the line for a long time.
28 Baltimore Zack Baun LB Wisconsin The Ravens pass rushers could use some youth, even though their entire team is nasty (nasty as in damn good). Baun fits well as a 3-4 OLB.
29 Tennessee Jaylon Johnson CB Utah The Titans need to build up their CB corps. Logan Ryan’s new replacement.
30 Green Bay Denzel Mims WR Baylor Packers can go ILB or even QB here but adding more weapons for Rodgers might be a better option
31 San Francisco A. J. Terrell CB Clemson The 49ers have been targeting WR, CB, DT or even a left tackle (as Joe Staley seems to be leaning toward retirement). Terrell has all the tools to succeed. He has the DB build that the 49ers like (tall, rangy and fast).
32 Kansas City Cesar Ruiz C Michigan Ruiz will start day one in KC.  They really need a new center for the defending Champs.

 

2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (@jamfed)

4/12/20 by James Fedewa (www.NationalFanatic.com)

Here is my latest 2020 NFL Mock Draft. How far will Tua Tagovailoa fall?

# Team Player Pos. Univ. Notes and Explanations
1 Cincinnati Joe Burrow QB LSU I do like Andy Dalton as a starting NFL quarterback, and I do not think his game-play earned the Bengals the first pick in the draft, but the Bengals are in full-rebuild-mode, so trading Dalton is probably the only option. Burrow had a phenomenal 2019 in college and he will be Cincy’s New Hope…
2 Washington Chase Young EDGE Ohio State Young is probably the best (and safest) player in the 2020 draft, and the sky is the limit for him to excel in the NFL. He is the perfect pass rushing blend of speed and power and will be a superstar in this league. Redskins may play around with some draft day trades, but they will draft Young
3 Detroit Isaiah Simmons LB Clemson For the last several months, Tua Tagovailoa’s draft stock has been climbing, so Detroit’s #3 pick could be traded to a QB needy team. But in fact, Tua’s injuries have many teams skeptical, and very limited trade offers ever come through.  Yes, the logical pick here is Jeffrey Okudah, but Simmons versatility excites Detroit too much.
4 New York Giants Javon Kinlaw IDL South Carolina General Manager Dave Gettleman generally drafts what he “likes” (not what fans demand).  Gettleman drafts using his gut feelings vs. overall projections/stats or team needs (which makes him very unpredictable). With this year’s draft, the G-Men draft by gut-feelings again (but with this pick, we’ll keep the the Hog-Molly’s in mind) with Javon Kinlaw.  Sure, O-Line is the biggest need, but Gettleman does what he wants and Kinlaw is that “terrific-beast.” His size, speed and story are just too good to pass up.
5 Miami Justin Herbert QB Oregon Dolphins prefer Herbart over Tua (only because of Tua’s health concerns).  Herbert is very compelling and gifted QB prospect; he has the moxie and leadership skills you want in a QB, let alone a great arm, amazing speed and looks the part (but simple mechanics fail but only sometimes).   Herbert is just a safer QB selection at #5 (even though he kind of plays like a taller Ryan Tannehill).  Good game to watch: Washington vs. Oregon game (Eason v. Herbert / and Herbert steals the show)
6 LA Chargers Jeff Okudah CB Ohio State Most people believe Tua will be the pick here, but GM Tom Telesco is not willing to put his job (& the franchise success) on the line with another injury-prone rookie.  In my last mock draft, I had the Chargers trading down with Miami (which could very well be the case with these results). Okudah is a very good prospect and is the BPA (exactly how Telesco drafts). Michael Davis shows potential, but Okudah could be better than all the DB’s on an amazing DB team. #jackboys just got more jacked
7 Carolina Derrick Brown IDL Auburn Carolina has a new coaching staff, a new QB and another good wide receiver, now it time to focus on the defensive side of the ball.  Derrick Brown creates problems for any offensive unit. He’s big and quick, and nearly unlockable (and could go as early as #3 overall).  Panthers get a run stuffing DT, but Bronw is a lot more than that. He’s more of a Play-Wrecker.
8 Arizona Andrew Thomas OT Georgia With Kinlaw & Brown both already drafted and off the board, O-Line is the choice for Arizona. Andrew Thomas is a mauler and will probably help running game more than the passing game. I imagine him playing left tackle immediately, shifting DJ Humphries over to Right Tackle and possibly Gilbert to guard.
9 Jacksonville Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama Tua does slide in the draft, only because of his medical. Before his last injury (dislocated hip, concussion and broken nose) he was the #1 overall prospect in the draft. Plus, he had knee and ankle injuries prior (and to add he’s a lefty and undersized).  He is very talented, yes, but can he hold up in the NFL?  (who knows, but he does manage to say within the top 10).
However, I do believe Gardner Minshew can be a super QB for the Jags (with more experience and some better protection), but also a Tua and Mr. Mustache could also help each other with a fierce QB competition to dive each other to improve.
10 Cleveland Jedrick Wills Jr. OT Alabama Protecting Baker Mayfield is this season primary goal. Wills will shift from his normal right tackle spot in college, and he is more than capable of being an NFL left tackle. Wills has the best technique out of the top four OT’s, but he’s not overwhelmingly athletic. He’s more of a blue collar “getter-done” dude..
11 New York Jets Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama Jeudy is the TOP wide receiver, in an amazing receiver draft.  I think the Jets can go offensive lineman here too, but after losing WR Robbie Anderson, they’ll need a WR1 more than anything.  The Jets have already signed four free agent / veteran O-linemen, so that problem is “temporarily” fixed (specifically, if you’re paying Fant $10MM per season to play left tackle – wow!).
12 Las Vegas CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma What will Mike Mayock do here? As a former “NFL Draft Guru,” Mayock was one of the BEST at evaluating player-prospects (and mock drafting NFL teams), but as a general manager for the Raiders, he has been very unpredictable (especially with all the first-round draft picks he has used). Lamb might be the best receiver in this draft, and he can catch anything.
13 San Francisco Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa WR, DT or CB could be the target here, but Wirf’s has elite physical traits (and possibly Joe Staley’s eventual replacement). Wirfs has great upside, and had a great combine, but his tape has many flaws (that could be fixed with more coaching).
14 Tampa Bay Mekhi Becton OT Louisville Becton is huge and very quick for a man his size. He played left tackle in college but could shift to right tackle to developed in the pro game. If you watch his tape, he engulfs pass rushers.
15 Denver Henry Ruggs III WR Alabama Deep threat or defensive line?  Hmmm…  I really think A.J. Epenesa would make a great 5 tech DE in Denver, replacing Derek Wolfe, but Elway needs some playmakers on offense.   Ruggs is FAST, very fast, speed demon receiver, that will dramatically help their young QB Drew Lock.
16 Atlanta Kristian Fulton CB LSU Falcons have already had a pretty good off-season, but they are thin in the secondary.  Fulton is a big CB that can earn a starting spot very quickly.
17 Dallas C.J. Henderson CB Florida Dallas could go many directions here, (including QB, DE or Safety) but their cornerbacks needs some upgrading. Henderson is too appealing and a very good fit for the Dallas defense.
18 Miami Josh Jones OT Houston Jones had a very good Senior Bowl, driving his stock way up, vaulting him into the first round. Miami needs a new left tackle for Herbert. Jones is nasty.
19 Las Vegas Jeff Gladney CB TCU The Raiders cornerbacks are filled with no-names and they really need some quality and talent Gladney is a nice addition.
20 Jacksonville Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE Penn State After losing several key defenders over the last couple of years, once a team strength is now really a team vacancy.  DT’s and CB’s are going to be heavy targets in this draft but using your two first round picks on a new QB and big pass rusher is a good new beginning.
21 Philadelphia Justin Jefferson WR LSU Philly could select multiple receivers in this draft. To be perfectly honest with you, I think Laviska Shenault Jr. should be the pick here, but he does have a injury history
22 Minnesota A.J. Epenesa EDGE Iowa Epensea’s combine was not exactly awesome, but that does not mean he is not a good defensive end (his game tape proves that). He is a very good edge setter, more power than speed, plus he is also a good personality in the locker room. He might be better off as a 5-Tech DE, which could have him going to a 3-4 team.
23 New England Jacob Eason QB Washington Eason has many NFL scouts and GM’s drooling over his size and arm.  He is really being undervalued within the draftnick community, which is odd to me.  If you watch full games of Eason, you can see his tremendous potential and I think he has the most upside to any of the 2020 NFL draftees.  Sure, running QB’s are the craze these days, but big pocket passing QB’s with big arms generally have longer careers in the NFL.  The Patriots get another STEAL in the first round and have a new cornerstone at the QB position.
24 New Orleans Kenneth Murray LB Oklahoma The Saints, on paper, are one of the best teams, again. There are not a lot of holes on the roster, other than age.   Murray fits a need, but he also has the leadership ability you want in an MLB.
25 Minnesota Tee Higgins WR Clemson Lose Diggs, OK… What about a bigger WR to fill his void, sure that’ll work…  Higgin’s is the big receiver the Viking’s have lacked (a good red zone threat, other than Rudolph). – Laviska Shenault Jr. might also be a great selection here.
26 Miami K’Lavon Chaisson EDGE LSU Chaisson many have slid a bit in this draft, because of his lean size, but he does have several pass rush moves with makes him a highly rated pass rusher. With some time in an NFL weight room and if he can bulk up a bit, he could become an even better pro player.
27 Seattle Grant Delpit S LSU Seattle will probably be able to resign Clowney, so they do not exactly need a DE yet, but could reexamine their safety position.  A healthy Delpit could be Earl Thomas 2.0.  CB could also be the target here (like Diggs), but Seattle tend to find quality CB’s throughout the draft.
28 Baltimore Julian Okwara EDGE Notre Dame Plug him in as a starting 3-4 Pass Rushing linebacker for the Ravens and Okwara will produce.
29 Tennessee Jaylon Johnson CB Utah The Titans need to build up their CB corps. Logan Ryan’s new replacement.
30 Green Bay Denzel Mims WR Baylor Packers can go ILB or even QB here but adding more weapons for Rodgers might be a better option.
31 San Francisco Jalen Reagor WR TCU Reagor can fill the open E.Sanders spot here. Reagor  has good size and speed, and Jimmy G needs some better weapons. And again, I do like Laviska Shenault Jr. with this pick too.
32 Kansas City Cesar Ruiz C Michigan Ruiz will start day one in KC.  They really need a new center for the defending Champs.

 

2020 (Pre-Combine) Mock Draft, BIG Trades

February 27, 2020 by James Fedewa

The only time I even attempt a mock draft before the NFL Combine, is with offbeat trades. After the NFL Combine, the I will eliminate silly, unpredictable trades, but let’s have some fun with it (for now).

PICK

TEAM

PLAYER

POSITION

COLLEGE

NOTES

1

Cincinnati

Joe Burrow

QB

LSU

I do like Andy Dalton as a starting NFL quarterback, and I do not think his play gave the Bengals the first pick in the draft. But the Bengals are in full rebuild, so trading Dalton is probably the only team option, especially with Joe Burrow available. Burrow had a phenomenal 2019 in college and he is their new hope…
2

Washington

Chase Young

EDGE

Ohio State

Young is probably the TOP player in this draft, and the sky is the limit for him to excel in the NFL. He is the perfect pass rushing blend of speed and power and will be a superstar in this league.
3

Trade: Carolina (from Detroit)

Tua Tagovailoa

QB

Alabama

Trade:
Carolina trades 2020 #7, #69 plus 2021 1st round pick, for Detroit’s #3. A bidding war starts for the rights to draft Tua (between Miami, Carolina and the Chargers – and the Panthers win). Cam Newton will remain with the team and tutor Tua, and Newton will NOT like it. Yes, the Trade Value Chart does not add up, but when trading up for a Quarterback, the value compensation is out the window…
4

Trade: Detroit

(from NYG)

Jeffrey Okudah

CB

Ohio State

Trade:
Detroit trades back up to get the player they indeed wanted, Okuda. Detroit gives their 2020 #7, #69 and their 2021 3rd round pick (and still acquire Carolina’s 2021 first round pick  – BRILLIANT MOVE). Yes, the Giants could draft Okudah here, but Gettleman is really targeting one of two Offensive Linemen, who could be available a bit later in the draft (and still trade for more draft assets).
5

Miami

Justin Herbert

QB

Oregon

Miami gets their true quarterback of the future and a true leader of the franchise. Herbert is not only a gifted athlete; he is even a better leader. Herbert is a top tier QB prospect (and I like him as an NFL QB more than brittle Tua). Miami could keep Josh Rosen as a 3rd QB, based on his cheap cost, but I believe Miami will let Rosen go, and he will be traded to the Colts or Saints.
6

Trade Miami

(from Chargers)

Derrick Brown

IDL

Auburn

Trade: Miami trades #18 and #26 with the Chargers #6 – The Chargers really wanted Tua or Herbert at this spot, but both are off the board, and they will not trade up to get either of them. Tom Telesco could draft Derrick Brown at this spot (BPA), but a trade down offer is just too tempting. Miami gets a pass rushing, run stuffing, relentless defensive beast.
7

Trade New York Giants

(from Carolina)

Andrew Thomas

OT

Georgia

Trade: Gettleman generally draft what he likes, without any trades. But with this year’s draft, the G-Men like two offensive linemen in the first round (Thomas or Jedrick Wills Jr) who could be available a little later than at #4 (so Gettleman trades down) Big Run blocking offensive linemen is what this team really needs. Finally, a quality left tackle in New York. Thomas is the BEST left tackle prospect in this draft.
8

Arizona

Javon Kinlaw

IDL

South Carolina

Arizona could be in a “full offensive prospect draft” and target wide receivers, running backs, tight ends and offensive linemen, but in reality, their defensive line needs the most attention. Kinlaw is a force and will instantly upgrade the defensive line
9

Jacksonville

Isaiah Simmons

LB

Clemson

What is Simmons; A Safety or a linebacker? Who cares, he is awesome (I initially had POTENTEIAL TRADE DOWN
with Dallas trading up to draft Simmons, as a strong safety)
10

Cleveland

Jedrick Wills Jr.

OT

Alabama

Cleveland just need to draft the best O-Tackle available. I vision him as a right tackle, but Cleveland can plug him in a left tackle for now, anything to keep Mayfield upright.
11

New York Jets

Tristan Wirfs

OT

Iowa

Jets could draft a wide receiver, or go defense, but with Adam Gase as coach, he would want to product Sam Darnold as much as possible (and open holes for Bell)
12

Las Vegas

Jerry Jeudy

WR

Alabama

What will Mike Mayock do here? As a former “NFL Draft Guru,” he was one of the BEST at evaluating player-prospects (and mock drafting NFL teams), but as a general manager, he has been very unpredictable (especially with all the first-round draft picks he has had). Jeudy is the TOP wide receiver in a great WR draft, but I think they can go Cornerback or Linebacker here (if Simmons is available here)
13

Indianapolis

CeeDee Lamb

WR

Oklahoma

I had another POTENTEIAL TRADE DOWN with Dallas here too, but their target was already drafted (#17, #82 and 2021 5th Round pick, for Indianapolis #13) Indy could be targeting a QB here, but with Lamb is too fast to pass. Whoever might be the QB in Indy, they are desperate for more weapons, and with Lamb in the fast Indy turf, he will be lightning fast on Sundays.
14

Tampa Bay

Mekhi Becton

OT

Louisville

The Tampa O-line needs help and Becton can plug in at Right Tackle. Becton will eventually grow into Tampa’s LT spot.
15

Denver

A.J. Epenesa

EDGE

Iowa

Epenesa looks like a 5-Technique defensive end (3-4 DE). He has size, power and can set the edge. if the Broncos decide to move on from Derek Wolfe, Epenesa is a good replacement,
16

Atlanta

K’Lavon Chaisson

EDGE

LSU

Vic Beasley will not be resigned, so Atlanta needs pass rushers, badly…
17

Dallas

Henry Ruggs III

WR

Alabama

Dallas has too many free agents to re-sign, and Amari Cooper is not at the top of the list. Cooper will test free agency, and get a bigger contract offer than Dallas can afford.
18

Trade: LA Chargers

Jacob Eason

QB

Washington

Trade: The Chargers were built around Philip Rivers, a classic pocket passer, with quality receiving weapons all over the offense. Jacob Eason’s game is also similar to Rivers game, and the Chargers do not have to change much offensively in the transition of QB styles. Eason is very raw but is exploding with talent. He could sit a year behind Tyrod Taylor. Eason has the BEST arm in this draft, hands down… 
19

Las Vegas

C.J. Henderson

CB

Florida

What will Mike Mayock do here (part 2)?
The Raiders could target QB Jordan Love, LB Patrick Queen or corner C.J. Henderson, but a pass rusher like Gross-Matos is just too tempting. You can never have enough pass rushers.

 

20

Jacksonville

Josh Jones

OT

Houston

Jacksonville’s O-Line seems like they always need improvement. If the Jags want to be a running team or a passing team, they are going to have to start building in the trenches. Cam Robinson is not the solution at left tackle…
21

Philadelphia

Laviska Shenault Jr.

WR

Colorado

Philly could dump all of their wide receivers this off-season, but they also need some upgrades at cornerback.
22

Buffalo

Yetur Gross-Matos

EDGE

Penn State

Buffalo needs edge pass rushers and Gros-Matos paired with Ed Oliver can strike fear into opposing QB’s.
Shaq Lawson, 16/1
23

New England

Jordan Love

QB

Utah State

Jordan Love’s draft stock is on the rise. I do not think he is a Belichick style of QB, but he is for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. I cannot imagine Tom Brady in a different uniform, but it will probably happen, only because the Patriots O-Line is weak, and their receiving core is even worse. Brady is going to want TOP dollars, and the Patriots will not offer the contract Brady wants. I think Brady leaves New England, or retires…
24

New Orleans

Xavier McKinney

S

Alabama

Vonn Bell will not be re-signed, and McKinney takes his spot.
25

Minnesota

Grant Delpit

S

LSU

Vikings could be targeting a CB, but Delpit is too good to pass up at this spot…
26

Trade LA Chargers

Austin Jackson

OT

USC

Trade: The Chargers could either cut Russell Okung and save $13MM, or he will stay with a restructured deal. Austin Jackson will play right tackle until he’s ready to take over at left tackle. The Chargers gamble with their trade down, but they capitalize with two first round pick (QB and LT).
27

Seattle

Trevon Diggs

CB

Alabama

Seattle needs pass rushers, defensive secondary help and offensive tackles. Diggs is a Long-Tall cornerback and fits the mold of what Pete Carol looks for in a CB.
28

Baltimore

Patrick Queen

LB

LSU

Baltimore have a very stout defense, let by their secondary, but in 2020, there are five starters up for free agency.
29

Tennessee

Kristian Fulton

CB

LSU

The Titans have some secondary holes to fill, especially if Logan Ryan leaves in free agency
30

Green Bay

Justin Jefferson

WR

LSU

The Packers saw how thin their receivers are when Devante Adams was out with injuries.
31

San Francisco

Tee Higgins

WR

Clemson

49ers need to add weapons for Jimmy G. Emmanuel Sanders could possibly leave in free agency as well…
32

Kansas City

Kenneth Murray

LB

Oklahoma

Cornerback is probably the largest need for the Chiefs, but Murray added to the defense, wow.

*For the record, I have been watching quarterbacks Jordan Love and Jacob Eason since their high school football days. Both are from the town I am from (Jordan Love = Bakersfield, CA / played football with my nephew) and the town I currently lived in (Jacob Eason = Lake Stevens, WA). Plus, I am a Chargers fan whose favorite player is Philip Rivers (so I have been dreaming of one of these guys being the next quarterback of the BOLTS).

Will Philip Rivers Sign Elsewhere?

February 2, 2020 by James Fedewa

Looks like the Philip Rivers era is coming to an end for Chargers Fans. Is this ac-TUA-lly happening? I’m so sad, I could eat a whole container of s-HERBERT. This s-EASON is going to be tough. I really LOVE-d Rivers but fans knew the owners are Jackasses (err BURRO-W’s). GOOD OLE PHIL

Done with the Playoffs & Four Draft Scenarios

January 4, 2020  by James Fedewa

…with the sixth pick in the NFL Draft (OK, so now you know. I’m a Chargers fan): Rivers is getting up there in age, at 38 years young, but he is not ready to retire. Finding his replacement would be the savvy selection with the #6 overall pick, but not necessary the sure thing. so I will give you FOUR draft day scenarios:

  • 1.) Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco will be aggressive with this years draft and trade up to get the #1 overall pick. Chargers trade their #6 pick, their #38 pick and 2021 1st round pick to select Quarterback Joe Burrow, LSU.  This would be ideal fit for Burrow as he could learn for a season with Philip Rivers as his mentor.
  • 2.)  Telesco will use the #6th overall draft pick to select Quarterback Justin Herbert, Oregon. Many mock-drafters are predicting Herbert to the Chargers, which could be an excellent selection, as he has the size, arm strength and what I like most about him the most is his leadership and poise.  Herbert is the true leader of the Oregon Ducks football team and after watching the Ducks vs. Washington and vs. Wisconsin, Herbert led his team to victory.
  • #3.)  Chargers will trade down in the first round and trade back up.   Telesco is not a “wheeler and dealer” when it comes to the draft.  He likes a set of guys (per round) and generally sticks to his scouting evaluations and round groupings (he lets the draft come to him). But this year, Telesco will turn his #6 pick into two first round picks in 2020 with trades. The first pick will be a left offensive tackle (or even Right Tackle Tristan Wirfs, Iowa). Followed by their selection of Quarterback Jacob Eason, Washington.   If Philip Rivers gets to tutor a young QB, that QB should have a set of similar tools.  Eason and Rivers have very similar builds and play style and Eason could be the perfect protegee for Rivers. Looking at the top 5 quarterbacks in this draft, I could see Eason or Herbert the best fit for Rivers.
  • 4.) Honestly, I think at least four quarterbacks will be selected in the first round and three will be taken in the top five picks.  If Telesco wants a quarterback in the first round, he’s going to have to trade up and get one. Cincinnati, Detroit and Miami will probably have already selected Burrows, Tua and Herbert, which would leave the BPA:  Cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State being selected by the Chargers.

Mock drafting for the Chargers is not about what you or I think. Its about what you (or I ) think Tom Telesco will do (so predict the GM is the game, not mock drafting)  

Current Season Playoffs: (RANT)

With the (Your Team Here) out of the playoffs, (Your Team Here) fans can now move on from this professional football and focus on the NFL Draft.  Sure, the NFL Playoffs will be fun to watch for many fans, but since the (Your Team Here) are done, so we should all be done with the NFL for now (or for at least the playoffs anyway).  If you are a 100% (Your Team Here) fan, then zero percent interest should be focused on other teams (and the NFL), so why bother to watch (except for maybe the Seattle Seahawks; give them 3% of our professional football interest, just because I live in Seattle and my kids love Russell Wilson, who is #3, hence the 3%).

The main reason why we should be done with the playoffs, other than because the (Your Team Here) are done for the season, the NFL referees are pure garbage (which is shit, mixed with a junk). Missed calls, unturned video replay reviews and subjective bias leniency. It’s crazy how much a referee can alter the outcome of a game, yet the NFL thinks they are so good, it is difficult to improve.

My Second reason why we should NOT watch the NFL Playoffs: Douche Bag NFL Owners.  Screw those know-it-all pricks that think they are improvising their brands by either moving to a different city,  firing their coaches after one season, or pretending they  know how to run a a football team because they own a team. That’s like saying, I own a Ford Truck, and my truck slid on the pavement the other day, so lets replace every tire (or replace the whole truck).  NFL Teams should be run by their city, not a person or chairman, sorta like the Green Bay Packers, but that’s a different topic.

My third and final reason why we should be done with the NFL Playoffs (this one’s personal):  I won my fantasy football league, so my pinnacle for this season was finished just after week 16, the fantasy football championship game.

 

 

 

Evolving with Kids Sports

10/15/2019 by James Fedewa

I have not been blogging too much this season, as I usually focus my content in the beginning of the year (primarily with the NFL Draft, January through April). After the NFL Draft, I usually review local craft breweries and their unique beers, as well as rant about the NFL. If you have ever seen my Instagram account, you would already know my passion for unique beers. But lately, my available time has been running scarce, especially with our kids getting older, including their variable sports schedules.

Sure, 8 year old and 10 year old kids are limited in actual competitive sports, but it is fun to watch them do well, yet we never really know what our daily schedule might bring. We can have three soccer games in one day, and two soccer practices and a basketball practice the next day. The following week might only have three total practices, and staggered games over the weekend, in different (yet local) cities…

And we would not want it any other way. This was not the primary reason why we wanted kids (making life unpredictable, fun and/or diverse), but the change of focus from our individual selves, focusing on something else (our children and their growth). These new responsibilities grants us wisdom within our family making us better people, and more importantly, better humans. My wife and I wanted kids to grown with us, to enhance each others lives, and to share our values. We can pave a path for our kids to walk, but they must choose their own direction (with a nudge or two).

It is also weird how our own parents values influence how we now raise or own kids. My folks had me in soccer, football and baseball (which is exactly what I find myself doing with my own children), but not necessarily the same sports. We want to expose our kids to as many sports they could think of, and see which sports sticks. I wanted to see the sports they were good at, or hated, or which sports I do not like at all (or my wife loves). Yes, we do have our preferred kids sports (Mom vs. Dad / kid vs. parent), but that diverseness can only enhance our kids aspirations and thought process.

Team sports is not just about just playing games and being competitive. Sports is about our kids social behavior, interactions with other kids, and they how they act in groups. It is about kids finding new friends (outside our neighborhood), that have common likes and interests, other than just by the boundaries we live in. Our kids learning from different types of people, parents and coaches (other than school, family or church), with a totally different style of disciplines.

Most parents chose this lifestyle, as our own hobbies become very secondary. I loved to golf twice a week, home brewing beer, playing guitar and blogging about what I love, but now days, I do not really have that time. My kids are my hobbies. It is crazy to think that I can surf the internet for an hour, shopping for the new LeBron James basketball shoes for my daughter (or Blake Griffin / Josh Allen jersey that she really wants). Or I might be looking for a Saquon Barkley Color-Rush jersey for my son (because he likes all football teams, not just the Seahawks). Question: how does a 6 year old boys from Seattle become Ohio State fan? (UGGG!)

…it’s not exactly the “perfect” life, as I wish my kids loved the Chargers, Padres, Lakers (or the CSUB Roadrunners, like me), but since they do have passions and have favorite players, and I can support that. We play (and watch) Football, Soccer, Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, and will keep searching for more things for our kids to like. I have been eyeballing racquetball (again) and La-Cross, so those might be the next two things. ***But to be honest, it breaks my heart when I have to buy Clippers, Seahawks and Buckeye swag. “Dad, will you hold my (Broncos) backpack?” (Hell No! Not now, not ever… NEVER!)

I do wish I had more time to blog, and I will, but until then, check out this “Style of Beer” chart that I found on-line (not that color actually dictates taste, smell and flavors of beer – but it’s a cool chart):

Husband: “Honey, grab me a sixer!”

Wife: “Sure, of what? “

Husband: “Something red…”

Wife: “Killian’s Irish Red it is…”

Husband: “Noooo! something local… Never mind, just grab me an IPA please…”

2019 Mock Draft (4.0) by James Fedewa @jamfed

4/25/2019 – by James Fedewa  @jamfed  www.NationalFanatic.com

This seasons NFL Draft will be remarkable, we all know it, but predicting this draft is probably the most difficult in recent memory.  If Kyler Murray does go #1 overall, then most mock-drafters (and Draftnik’s) are safe and should have a pretty decent top ten prediction, but Kyler Murray should not be your typical #1 overall type of draft pick.

Murray would instantly be the shortest NFL quarterback in the league, in the last 50 years (amongst typical first-round type QB’s). Plus Kyler has only started one season and he has the advantage of leaving the NFL to return to his MLB career. These are just too many (negative) variables for a #1 overall prospect.   (…not to mention, the Cardinals already drafted a quarterback #10 overall in last season’s draft – Josh Rosen)

Please let me know what you think. Open dialog and communication is always admired:

 

Pick Round 1 Player Notes
1 ARIZONA Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama Best player in the draft and an instant inside force for AZ.  He can stuff the run and rush the passer, which the Cardinals need most of all. Kyler Murry is not the solution in AZ (Undersized, one-year starters are rarely first overall picks.)  Lets not forget who is running this team: Steve Keim.  Keim is the guy who drafted Josh Rosen and if he bails out now, ownership will have his head. Rosen remains Chosen.
2 SAN FRANCISCO Nick Bosa, Edge,  Ohio State A good blend of power, technique, and DNA, Nick Bosa is the premier pass rusher in this draft. A few nagging injuries have limited his playtime, but nothing major.   (weird thing; Bosa’s mother tweeted me an odd “quirky” PM about being her blessed, based on something I said about the Bosa’s healing factor – which is mildly awesome, and odd)
3 NEW YORK JETS Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky The Jets have not have a great outside/edge pass rusher in decades. MOTOR + EDGE / MOTOR * STATS = PRODUCTION!
4 OAKLAND Ed Oliver, DL, Houston Oliver might be a Swiss Army Knife for the defense and could play 3-Tech, 5 Tech or Zero Tech on the D-line (and possibly play a bit of ILB). Put him anywhere on the defense and he will impact the game, which is what the Raiders have not had in a long time. Sure, Khalil Mack was a phenom, but he’s gone, and who has impacted the Raiders in the middle in the last 35 years? No one.  Call him Howie Long 2.0 (but crazier)
5 TAMPA BAY Devin White, ILB, Georgia  I always push inside linebackers to the second round (or later), but White will be the exception. Most of the buzz in Tampa has White selected here, so in true nature of Roquan Smith, here you go SEC.
6 NEW YORK GIANTS Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State If the Giants plan on changing to a 3-4, they better have a quality OLB.  He’s a Spiderman do-it-all; rushing the passer and dropping in coverage. He’s adaptable and a great scheme fit. (School Stats and Combine = no brainer – since they are still in love with Eli Manning)
7 JACKSONVILLE Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida Jacksonville’s O-line gets a nice upgrade with a road-grading right tackle. Their o-line has strengths and weaknesses, but might now be their comparable strength
8 DETROIT Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama Williams can play anywhere on the O-Line, and he will help the run game and pass protection. I expect a trade-down here for a quarterback needy team, but if it doesn’t happen, then Williams is their guy.
9 BUFFALO Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State Buffalo is the wildcard pick. They can take a DL, DE or WR here, but they finally found a QB, so lets try to protect him a little better. Dillard is the complete left tackle and should be projected higher, but WAZZU might not get the attention they deserve.  Go Cougs!
10 DENVER Dwayne Haskins, QB Ohio State Flacco could flourish in Denver, but he will need a lot more help than what is currently there on offense. With their poor O-line and the lack of depth at WR, their first-round pick will not exactly set Flacco up for any type of success (from any position of need at #10). So just get the BPA =   Haskins is just better than any OL, WR, TE or defender (Haskin’s 50 TD’s in just too good to pass up) Regardless of team, Haskins will be the TOP QB in this draft.
11 CINCINNATI Rashan Gary, Edge, Michigan Gary slides just a bit, due to his shoulder problem.  Gary might not have the best stats in college, but he is a beast.  He is still a freak and freaks get drafted in the top 10. A freak with a potential shoulder surgery is #11 overall.
12 GREEN BAY T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa Tight Ends this early is really tough to chew (IMO), but Hockenson is a “can’t miss” prospect and is a little different with typical modern tight ends. T.J. can catch, block, move the chains and what is extra notable = pancake block. Think of an offensive tackle, mixed with a #1 receiver = Hock.
13 MIAMI Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma This still feels a little too early for Murray, but Miami needs help everywhere. Kyler is a TD machine and a big play every time he touches the ball.  I do not think Murray is a top 10 draft-talent, but he is polarizing and is still gets drafted in the middle of the first round.  1-year experience at 5’-10” does not equate to a top 10 pick. Granted, I though Baker Mayfield should have been drafted #12 overall in 2018.  Murray can be the first pick in the 2nd round too, but his arm strength brings him into the mid first round)
14 ATLANTA Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson The Falcons will focus on the D-Line, and Wilkins will quickly be a big disrupter. If Grady Jarrett can’t get a long-term contract, Wilkins can be his replacement.
15 WASHINGTON Drew Lock, QB, Missouri If Jay Gruden can tame this kid, and if Lock can follow Gruden’s way and coaching, Lock can develop into a great NFL QB. Gruden will draft lock to save his job (or he’s fired quickly).
16 CAROLINA Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson The Panthers could draft an OL, DB or DE. Ferrell is a top tier DE but has risen quite a bit (due to Sweat’s hart condition and Gary’s shoulder problem). Ferrell is a Peppers replacement.
17 NEW YORK GIANTS (via Cleveland) Greedy Williams, CB, LSU Greedy had a very late stock uprise. His stock has been up and down, but the NFL is a passing league and a DB is the notable counter move. NYG needs DL and DB help = D.U.N  DONE!
18 MINNESOTA Dalton Risner, OT Kansas State My personal fav. of the OL class.  Class act, blue collar, normal-man and long term guy.  Plug him at RT or RG and forget about the position for 10 years.
19 TENNESSEE Marquise Brown, WR, OKLAHOMA The Titans want to be a running team, but they never commit to the run.  They’ve leaned on an injured Marcus Mariota no matter the injury. So if Derreck Henry is “your guy” and “workhorse” (who they still do not use, except on occasions) at least prepare Mariota with a speed guy he can really rely on.
20 PITTSBURGH Byron Murphy, CB, Washington Murphy is a real DB, not solely based on speed or scheme. He is a football player who thwacks and covers, zone and press.  Go Dawgs!
21 SEATTLE Montez Sweat, EDGE,Mississippi State Sweat’s is a top ten guy, but a heart condition caused his stock to slip.  Frank Clark’s replacement (and equal).  Sweat is big, fast and really really good.  He will be better than Clark, and faster too.
22 BALTIMORE D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss Metcalf should go sooner than this, but his college stats are hindering his professional potential.  DK is a wow factor and helps the WORST wide receiver core in the league. Only hiccup, their QB can’t pass worth a shit.
23 HOUSTON Garrett Bradbury, C/OG, North Carolina State The Texans need O-Line help more than anything.  A good CB could be an option here too, but this team will start to lean heavily on their QB this year, protect him better…
24 OAKLAND (via Chicago) Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia Mayock know’s the Raiders need three levels of quality denfeisve players (D-Line, LB and DB) and the Raiders could possibly draft three defensvie players in the first round. Baker is a turnover machine.
25 PHILADELPHIA Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan Probably the worst LB core in the league.   Bush is Bobby Wagner day one.
26 INDIANAPOLIS Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson Lawrence could possibly be this drafts best player (and available at #26 = WIN), but since nose tackles (zero tech DT’s) are a little undervalued in the NFL Draft, the Colts find a possible centerpiece to their D-Line.  Play him has a 5-Tech DE in Indy’s 3-4 and he can excel.
27 OAKLAND (via Dallas) Noah Fant, TE, Iowa Need pick here and also a red zone primary option.   The Raiders might be loaded at WR with AB and (House) Tyrell Williams, but neither are red-zone guys (both are YAC guys). Fant is your big slot / mismatch red-zone & 3rd down converter.
28 LOS ANGELES CHARGERS Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma Ford can go as early as early as #18, but falls right to a Chargers need.  Ford can start immediately at Right Tackle, and with Forrest Lamp projected at right guard, the L.A. o-line looks to be a team strength, which has not been notable in 10 years. Tom Telesco is quite predicable, considering his alternating O vs. D every first round pick, every year.
29 SEATTLE N’Keal Harry WR Arizona State Harry is a STEAL at this pick.  Just watch an ASU game = N’Keal sticks out, big time… Russell Wilson finally gets a true #1 WR.   (Hey, Angry Doug… you are a #1 too, but all these surgeries are making us worried about your career).
30 GREEN BAY (via New Orleans) Jaylon Ferguson, Edge, LOUISIANA TECH Mr. Sack.  His game tape sells him alone.  BPA and stackologist.
31 LOS ANGELES RAMS Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss O-Line is the target and a possible LT available at #31? Wow. Little has some work to do, but he’s a prototypical left tackle.  He can be really-really good (and can start at RG day one, switching to LT when Andrew Whitworth retires).
32 NEW ENGLAND Daniel Jones, QB, Duke There will be a team targeting Jones a lot earlier than this (like the Chargers or NYG). But if not, Brady’s replacement is finally on the roster.

2019 NFL Mock Draft (3.0) by James Fedewa

4/9/2019 – by James Fedewa   @jamfed

www.NationalFanatic.com

Mock draft 3.0, YES! Now I am feeling this seasons draft. Researching these rookie prospects is getting more and more interesting and we are all more excited about the upcoming Draft Day.

Kyler Murray will probably slide, and so will the inside linebackers, Devon White and Devon Bush. Nick Bosa will go #1 overall, even though he is a little stiff and injury prone.  Quinnen Williams will probably slide to #3 (and I believe he is the #1 overall prospect), but the Jets might trade this pick before they select.  Dwayne Haskins is still the top quarterback in this class, as 50 touch down passes (in his FIRST year as a starter) is just too tantalizing for Denver to pass up. Did Hollywood Brown’s knee injury cause him to slid out of the first round?  And Tom Brady’s replacement???

Please let me know what you think. Open dialog and communication is always admired and answered:

 

Pick Round 1 Player Notes
1 ARIZONA Nick Bosa, Edge,  Ohio State A good blend of power, technique, and DNA, Nick Bosa is the premier pass rusher in this draft. A few nagging injuries have limited his playtime, but nothing major.  Kyler Murray is not the solution in AZ (Undersized, one-year starters are rarely first overall picks.)  Lets not forget who is running this team: Steve Keim.  Keim is the guy who drafted Josh Rosen and if he bails out now, ownership will have his head. Rosen remains Chosen.
2 SAN FRANCISCO Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky Allen can complement newcomer Dee Ford on the edge. Quinnen Williams could also be the selection here, but SF has plenty of interior D-linemen already. Allen is really fun to watch and can easily be the #1 overall pick.
3 NEW YORK JETS Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama Best player in the draft that can play anywhere on the D-Line.  BPA  (but look for a trade down – maybe even just one spot to Oakland)
4 OAKLAND Rashan Gary, Edge, Michigan Gary might not have the best stats in college, but he is a beast.  Mike Mayock loves his height, weight, speed guys and Gary is THAT guy. Speed and Power pass rusher can improve Oakland’s defense (but if Mayock wants Q.Williams). Is he better than K.Mack? No, but different too.
5 TAMPA BAY Ed Oliver, DL, Houston Tampa’s defense could not stop anyone last season. Oliver might be a Swiss Army Knife for the defense and could play 3-Tech, 5 Tech or Zero Tech on the D-line (and possibly play a bit of ILB). Put him anywhere on the defense and he will impact the game. Bruce Arians will move Oliver all over the defense.  An  EDGE guy could be drafted here too, but I expect DE Noah Spence to break out this year opposite of JPP.
6 NEW YORK GIANTS Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State Giants are OK with Eli at QB (for the moment) and he could be a solid game manager with their much-improved O-Line, but the defense needs massive attention. Sweat will apply the heat, which will also improve the secondary.
7 JACKSONVILLE Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida Jacksonville’s O-line gets a nice upgrade with a road-grading right tackle. Their weak o-line might now be a strength. He’s like a quick DJ Fluker
8 DETROIT Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State Ziggy who?  Burns can heat-up the QB pressure in the NFC North.  Burns could be a better 3-4 OLB, but I think his focus should only be in pass rushing, hand in the dirt, down lineman.
9 BUFFALO D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss The Bills finally drafted a solid QB prospect last year, but who is he going to toss the ball to? Metcalf is a top 10 talent that is still learning the ins and outs of the position. He can develop into a #1 option for Josh Allen.
10 DENVER Dwayne Haskins, QB Ohio State Flacco could flourish in Denver, but he will need a lot more help than what is currently there on offense. OL Jonah Williams or OT Andre Dillard would be the smart picks here, but Haskins is just better prospect (Haskins 50 TD’s in just too good to pass up).  How often do you get the best QB prospect with the 10th pick in the draft? Flacco is a temp.
11 CINCINNATI Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama Williams can play anywhere on the O-Line, and he will help the run game and pass protection. Andy Dalton has struggled without a quality O-Line. Plug him in at RT.
12 GREEN BAY Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State Free agency filled a lot of Defensive holes in the off-season, so the draft will focus on the offense. Dillard can play RT and shift Bulaga inside (or cut him)
13 MIAMI Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson This team is looking for a whole new identity and their new coach will begin with the defense. With Cam Wake and Robert Quinn gone, Ferrell is not only wanted, he is needed.
14 ATLANTA Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson The Falcons will focus on the D-Line, and Wilkins will quickly be a big disrupter. If Grady Jarrett cannot get a long-term contract, Wilkins can be his replacement.
15 WASHINGTON Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma Murray slides a bit, and falls to a team that already has a bunch of undersized QB’s on their roster. I do not think Murray is a top 10 draft-talent, but he is polarizing and is still gets drafted in the middle of the first round.  1 year experience at 5’-10” does not equate to a top 10 pick.  **Granted, I though Baker Mayfield should have been drafted #12 overall in 2018.
16 CAROLINA Dalton Risner, OT Kansas State Carolina really needs a good edge rusher here, but the early run on DE’s will make them wait and go OT. Risner can play EVERY O-Line position, but I’d plug him in at LT.
17 NEW YORK GIANTS (via Cleveland) Drew Lock, QB, Missouri The wait worked! The Giants take the QB they always coveted in this draft.  Having Eli’s replacement on the roster eases the entire NYG fan base. Lock has a ton of experience, playing against quality SEC competition.
18 MINNESOTA Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma Offensive line is the priority need here Ford can play RT or OG and the Vikings need upgrades all over their O-Line.
19 TENNESSEE T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa The new quadruplets are created: Hock, Corey Davis, Derrick Henry and Tannehill? WAIT, WHAT?  Bye Bye Marcus Mariota…
20 PITTSBURGH Byron Murphy, CB, Washington Murphy is a great fit for a Pitt DB. Major upgrade over Artie Burns
21 SEATTLE Greedy Williams, CB, LSU Seattle needs some receiving offensive weapons, but the best DB in the draft falls to them, in the twenties?  Easy pick…
22 BALTIMORE N’Keal Harry WR Arizona State Baltimore is not afraid to draft WR’s in the first round, without a lot of success.  And they will continue to gamble with Harry. He’s big, fast and strong, not a little slot guy. If you watch ASU games, he is consistently the best player on the field.
23 HOUSTON Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State Protect the QB!  You have a good one, just protect him BETTER! Bradbury not only can pass protect, he can also open holes for the running game. Great pick!
24 OAKLAND (via Chicago) Devin White, ILB, Georgia White is a top ten talent (physically), but ILB’s are not top ten worthy in recent drafts.  Mayock takes the BPA and a position of need.
25 PHILADELPHIA Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan A new left tackle (like Greg Little) might be their target, but Philly should focus on being more of a defensive minded team. Bush could be their answer.
26 INDIANAPOLIS Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia  Ball Hawk, CHECK!  Baker can go as early as #14, and I’m SHOCKED that the Raiders didn’t take him at 24.
27 OAKLAND (via Dallas) Noah Fant, TE, Iowa  With two defenders already taken with the Raiders first two picks, they better get an offensive weapon. Fant will compliment Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams very well.
28 LOS ANGELES CHARGERS Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson  Every time I get to this pick, I want to select an offense player, like a OT, OG or even a TE.  Last time around I mocked a big CB here too, which would be great, same with an LB.  But if Lawrence falls to #28, he will probably be the pick.  I just do not see Tommy Telesco drafting a zero-tech DT in the first round. But with   Luiget and Philon gone, and with Mebane’s age; DT is the pick.
…but Daniel Jones, QB, from Duke would be a great replacement for Rivers at this pick, but Rivers does not expect to retire in the next 3 years. Tyrod will keep the backup QB job for a bit.
29 KANSAS CITY Jaylon Ferguson, Edge, LOUISIANA TECH With Ford and Houston out, KC needs to pressure the QB somehow. Ferguson can sack the QB, hole filled.
30 GREEN BAY (via New Orleans) Marquise Brown, WR, OKLAHOMA Browns knee makes him slide a bit, and Green Bay gets a little Hollywood.
31 LOS ANGELES RAMS Erik McCoy C/OG Texas A&M Any offensive lineman at this spot will work, but McCoy is not just ANY O-lineman.  Great pick.
32 NEW ENGLAND Daniel Jones, QB, Duke  Some team is going to target Jones a lot  earlier than this (like the Chargers). But if not, Brady’s replacement is finally on the roster.

 

2019 Mock Draft (1.0) by James Fedewa

 

3/9/2019 – by James Fedewa @jamfed www.NationalFanatic.com

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