What's On Draft Alternating Mock Draft
Garrett and I decided to put together What’s On Draft’s first alternating mock draft of the year. Garrett took the odds and I took the even selections. We wanted to show some scenarios that may not be common in every mock draft up until this point. So if you see picks different from those that may be expected, be sure to let us hear what you think about your teams selection.
1. Cincinnati Bengals- Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
This is a no brainer pick for the Bengals. The Andy Dalton era is over; the Ryan Finley experiment flared out. Joe Burrow will be the future at QB for the Bengals. Even though Chase Young is incredible, the Bengals can’t afford to pass on a QB. If a team needs a quarterback, they can’t afford to wait and hope one falls to them.
2. NY Giants- Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Giants are still in the middle of their rebuild and having secured their QB of the future Daniel Jones, they should be in a best player available situation. Young is clearly the best player in the class. The Ohio State product is a near flawless player who has produced an elite and in some eyes a Heisman level. Getting a player like Young with the second overall pick would give the Giants are solid trio of Young, 2019 first round pick Dexter Lawrence, and the recently acquired Leonard Williams.
3. Miami Dolphins- Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
I can’t be sold on Tua here with his injury, until we know more about his medicals I would not be taking the risk at number three overall. That being said, taking Wills would be something completed unexpected but this is what the ceiling for Wills in this class is. Wills is one of the best movers at tackle in the class and in my opinion could be an elite left tackle for years to come. The Dolphins need O-line help and spending one of their three first rounders to solidify the at least one of the tackle positions will be worth the investment to protect whoever is playing quarterback for them next year.
4. Washington Redskins- Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Last year, the Redskins were able to sit at pick 15 and secure Dwayne Haskins, the quarterback they depend on stabilizing the position for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, he still is a rookie. Once you draft a rookie quarterback, you need to build around him; typically that means drafting receiving talent or bolstering the offensive line. The depth at receiver allows the Redskins to pass one in the first round and address the o-line. Andrew Thomas a top prospect in this class and will instantly be a starter on the offensive line for the Redskins. Protect Dwyane Haskins, at all costs.
5. Detroit Lions- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Though Jeudy has struggled with some concentration drops in recent games he is still my number two player in the class behind Chase Young. Jeudy’s route running skills are unheard of a player coming out of college. Some of the ways he can contort his body and make defenders miss makes your jaw drop to the floor. The Lions already have Kenny Golladay as a deep threat and big play receiver and there have been rumblings that they are ready to move on from Marvin Jones so adding a receiver with an OBJ type ceiling could add yet another weapon for Matthew Stafford.
6. Arizona Cardinals- Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
Like I said with the Redskins, protect your young quarterback at all costs. If D.J. Humphries and Justin Murray are preventing the Cardinals from selecting Wirfs, they need a new GM. Wirfs is a stud offensive tackle and will instantly jump into a starting spot with the Cardinals. Having Kyler Murray and his running ability can bail out the offensive line deficiencies, but he’s a quarterback, he needs to show off that cannon of an arm he has more often than not. Wirfs will keep opposing rushers out of the backfield and will open up running lanes for Kyler if he needs to escape the pocket.
7. NY Jets- AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
It’s been a few years now that the Jets have needed an edge rusher, and luckily a pretty good one has fallen to them. Currently, the Jets outside pass rushers are Jordan Jenkins and Brandon Copeland; that’s not great. Epenesa is a 6’6” 280-pound edge rusher who has elite athleticism for someone his size. Putting him on the same defensive line as Quinnen Williams would be a real treat for the Jets and they can finally address the edge position after multiple years.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars- Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
This pick could go many different ways, the Jaguars could look for a true number one receiver with a player like Ceedee Lamb or look to address the corner position post-Jalen Ramsey. But after losing Telvin Smith this year, being able to select the chess piece that is Isaiah Simmons would give this defense new life. Simmons is a top 5 player on my board and is so much fun to watch. He has otherworldly athleticism for the linebacker position and flies all over the field making plays. Simmons offers versatility for whoever is coaching in Jacksonville next year.
9. LA Chargers- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
I am a big believer in Herbert and the tools he has to offer to a franchise. The Oregon product has quickly become one of the more polarizing quarterbacks in the post-Tua injury era. I’m in the camp that while he is an elite prospect he would benefit from a year on the bench to better hone his skills and become more consistent in his mechanics. If he were to be selected by the Chargers he would fall right into that type of situation. He could take a year behind Philip Rivers or Tyrod Taylor if Rivers decides to move on from LA. The Chargers have put off securing their QB of the future (spoiler alert Easton Stick is not it) and Herbert could make the transition from Rivers a much smoother one.
10. Denver Broncos- Jeffery Okudah, CB, Ohio State
This is a dream scenario for the Broncos. Okudah is a fantastic man cover corner who can instantly step into the secondary and make an impact. Current starter Chris Harris Jr. has seemingly been on his way out in Denver and Okudah come step in and take his place if that does happen. If he ends up resigning and staying in Denver, Okudah and Harris will quickly be known as one of the most talented cornerback duos in the NFL.
11. Carolina Panthers- Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Fulton is currently my CB1 in this class with the Bryce Hall injury. Fulton is a big physical corner that has all of the mental tools to be a lockdown corner in the NFL. He is not an elite level athlete and isn’t going to test like some of the other corners in this class. Fulton has shown time and time again that he has great instincts and has natural ball-tracking skills. For the Panthers Donte Jackson has been a reliable starter but they need someone to start opposite of him. Fulton would give them the opportunity to match Fulton’s elite ball skills with Jackson’s athleticism.
12. Atlanta Falcons- Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn
Derrick Brown is one of my favorite players in the draft this year. He’s a dominant interior pass rusher and run defender. The Falcons defense hasn’t been the best this year and pairing Brown with Grady Jarrett would be a dream come true for the Falcons. The thought of Jarrett and Brown was too enticing. The interior of the Falcons’ defensive line will be one of the most enjoyable to watch if this pick comes to fruition.
13. Oakland Raiders- Ceedee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Antonio Brown experiment was a disaster for the Oakland Raiders. Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden expected to get a receiver that would become Derek Carr’s favorite target and be able to take the top off the defense. Instead, they got a guy who froze his own foot and didn’t show up to team meetings. The receiver room in Oakland is thin, and with 2 first round picks, why not get a guy that can upgrade the position. Ceedee Lamb is coming off another fantastic season with the Sooners and will instantly upgrade the Raiders’ receiving core. An all-around great receiver, Lamb brings speed, hands, and elusiveness to a Raiders offense desperate for another weapon.
14. Cleveland Browns- Grant Delpit, S, LSU
The Browns desperately need offensive linemen, but unfortunately for them, this isn’t the spot to get one. With the top offensive line targets off the board, drafting one here would feel like a reach. However, they’re able to address another position of need and get the standout safety out of LSU, Grant Delpit. Delpit was given the infamous #7 jersey at LSU. The #7 jersey is given to the standout player on the LSU football team and has been worn by players such as Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. Grant Delpit earned that jersey by being one of the most impactful defensive players in the country. He’s struggled with tackling this year but it could be due to injury, and as soon as that’s sorted, he’s incredible.
15. Indianapolis Colts- Neville Gallimore, iDL, Oklahoma
Back to back Oklahoma players come off the board here. The Colts have a need at interior defensive line and the uber-athletic Gallimore would give them a high ceiling prospect to pair with Darius Leonard and Justin Houston. Gallimore has flashes of dominance and shows that his technique has a ways to go in terms of his development. Gallimore has the prototype frame and is a powerful as well as speedy rusher. Teams will fall in love with him after he dominates the combine in April. QB is a need for the Colts but I don’t think they would take a player like Tua and Utah State QB Jordan Loves is too much of a risk at this spot. The Colts take Gallimore and continue to add pieces to their dynamic defense.
16. Philadelphia Eagles- Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The Eagles wide receiver room is bad, there’s no sugarcoating it. Their top-2 receivers are Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor. Jeffery has been having some injury issues recently and Agholor isn’t good. Currently, both of them are injured so Greg Ward and rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. If the board falls this way, the Eagles shouldn’t hesitate with this pick. Ruggs is a fantastic receiver with a trump card, speed. The Eagles have had some struggles finding top-tier talent with playmakers recently, but after seeing the success of rookie Miles Sanders, things might be turning around. Pairing Ruggs with Carson Wentz could prove to be quite good for the Eagles.
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
This would be a dream scenario for the Bucs, the team’s plan for Jameis Winston this offseason is not clear, but after the turnover-ridden season he has undergone what is clear is that the Bucs need to move on. Tua is the polar opposite to Winston, he won’t wow with his arm strength but has elite accuracy to all levels of the field and rarely turns the ball over. Tua will be able to help elite receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin reach new levels. While he isn’t a perfect fit for Bruce Arians getting him at pick 17 is too hard to pass up. THe Bucs could then choose to bring back Winston on a shorter deal to let Tua recover or sign a stopgap veteran to take the reins until Tua is 100% ready to go.
18. Oakland Raiders (From Chicago)- Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Moses suffered a season-ending ACL tear before the season started but he should be able to fully recover. Moses is a top flight blue chip prospect when healthy. Moses will test out of his mind and has the excellent film to back it up. Moses has sideline to sideline speed and elite ability to see what is going to happen before it does. If Moses’ medicals check out his stock may skyrocket as teams will love to take a player of his intelligence and pedigree. The Raiders have one of the weakest linebacking corps in the NFL, they have already addressed their need at WR with their first pick. Being able to snag Moses and Ruggs in the first round would add elite athleticism to both their offense and defense.
19. Tennessee Titans - Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
The Titans, along with the Bucs, were victims of the 2015 quarterback draft class. Both quarterbacks have struggled mightily over their NFL careers and Titans’ QB Marcus Mariota even saw himself get benched in favor of veteran Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill has done a fantastic job for the Titans and even has them in the thick of the playoff hunt, but he is not the future in Tennessee. Jordan Love is a quarterback who has recently declared for the draft. He had a rough year at Utah State but if you watch his tape you’ll see some eye-popping throws that makes him worth a 1st round pick. In April, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Love go in the top 15, but in this scenario, he falls to Tennessee.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (From LA Rams)- Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
Adebo seems to be the forgotten man in this deep corner class. He had a rough start to the year but is still one of the most talented corners in this class. He isn’t the most athletic and needs to work on not trying to always make the big play. Other than those concerns, Adebo has solid technique and his frame allows him to stay draped over bigger receivers. For the Jaguars they need a replacement across from AJ Bouye after the Jalen Ramsey trade. Having already snagged Isaiah Simmons with their first pick they add another young piece to their defense. Adding Adebo to Josh Allen and Isaiah Simmons would give them a solid defensive foundation for their future.
21. Dallas Cowboys- Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina
The Cowboys don’t have much pass rush on the interior defensive line. They have DeMarcus Lawrence rushing from the edge but not much from the inside. Currently they have Antwaun Woods and Maliek Collins starting as defensive tackles, and while that isn’t bad, it could be better. Javon Kinlaw is an explosive interior pass rusher from South Carolina. He will instantly add some speed and versatility to the interior of Dallas’ defensive line. His size and athleticism isn’t something you typically see in interior guys but Kinlaw knows how to get to the passer. Kinlaw is a great complement to either Woods or Collins and will bring a different dynamic to Dallas.
22. Miami Dolphins (From Pittsburgh)- Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
Gross-Matos is one of my favorite players in this class. The Penn State product has one of the highest ceilings of any of the edge rushers. Consistency and technique are the main issues I have with Gross-Matos. He has not yet learned how to utilize his ridiculous reach or get his hands enough involved to make an impact. He is often stymied by more talented tackles that know how to neutralize his athleticism and brute strength. But that athleticism and brute strength should get him taken in the first round, teams will see the flashes of utter dominance and want to take a chance on his immense upside. For the Dolphins, this is exactly what they need, if they can get high-ceiling players like Gross-Matos and are willing to be patient with them it could pay off big time when they are ready to compete.
23. Miami Dolphins (From Houston)- Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
In this draft, we’ve given Miami Jedrick Wills, Yetur Gross-Matos and now they get Xavier McKinney. McKinney is a versatile safety who can play deep or come up in the box for run support. As of late, he’s really shown his value as a tackler and has proved that he can be successful in many different schemes. He can be used similarly to former Dolphin safety and Alabama safety, Minkah Fitzpatrick. This is a different scenario for the Dolphins because they don’t draft a quarterback, but that’s what December mock drafts are for, provoking thought and introducing new possibilities for teams.
24. Minnesota Vikings- Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
The Vikings have had a great year this year and if they’re able to land a player like Trevon Diggs in April, fans should be more than happy. Current cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes, and Trae Waynes have been struggling this year and Mike Hughes has recently had a torn ACL. Diggs is a tall, long corner with good man cover skills. He has terrific long speed and can change directions with ease. He can smack any ball out of the air as he has length for days. He plays aggressive which can get him in trouble sometimes but it’s better to be aggressive than soft. Diggs can step into the secondary in Minnesota and be a starter.
25. Buffalo Bills- Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
The Bills are a hard team to project, receiver is a need for them but there is no one here that would make sense for them. They have some other needs but taking the best player available stance here seems beneficial. Taylor is actually my RB2 behind De’Andre Swift but the Bills already have an excellent young running back Devin Singletary who occupies a similar role. Taylor will not only test very well in Indy, he is posses elite vision and is developing as a pass-catcher. Adding a player of Taylor’s speed, size, power and overall refinement would create one of the best one-two punches in the entire NFL. Building up the running game will continue to help Josh Allen and his development as a passer.
26. Kansas City Chiefs- CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
The Chiefs have one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL and will always be in contention as long as they have Patrick Mahomes but if they want to get to that next level they need to improve their secondary. Enter CJ Henderson who has become one of the more polarizing players in the class do his inconsistency and poor tackling ability. Henderson shows a lack of effort in the run game and poor effort when going in for tackles. This will hurt him at the next level if he does not show he is willing to put in the effort. However, from a pure pass-coverage standpoint Henderson is an elite prospect, his fluidity and instincts in coverage will make a team in the back half of round one overlook the tackling concerns and select him.
27. New Orleans Saints- Laviska Shenault Jr, WR, Colorado
So if you haven’t heard, Michael Thomas is an incredible receiver, but the Saints have no one else. Enter Laviska Shenault. Shenault is an incredible playmaking receiver who can really open up an offense. Shenault has fantastic athletic ability and can win in contested situations. In the open field, Shenault navigates through defenders like he was getting controlled by a joystick; he can weave between defenders and make people miss with ease. Sean Payton is one of the smartest football minds in the league and giving him someone like Shenault can really open up the playbook for them. Imagine having Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and Laviksa Shenault on the field at the same time. Weapons for days.
28. San Francisco 49ers- Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
Even though he is still playing at a high level, Richard Sherman is aging, it’s tough to ignore the cornerback position if you’re the 49’ers. Ahkello Witherspoon is a solid starter for the future, but you need someone else. That’s where Shaun Wade steps in. The corner from Ohio State doesn’t get as much love as his teammate Jeffery Okudah, but he’s deserving of it. Playing mainly from the slot, he plays in a lot of press man coverage. He has good long speed and acceleration, and he’s not afraid to be physical. He has the strength to take on and beat blockers and blow up run plays or screen plays. He’s a sure tackler and won’t shy away from anything. He doesn’t have much experience on the boundary, so he could be limited to the slot but more and more talented receivers are being used in the slot, and it’s good to have someone that can shut them down.
29. New England Patriots- K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
The Patriots are another team that is hard to peg what they will do come draft night. Last year they took N’Keal Harry in a move that no one saw coming. They have a need on the edge and the best remaining pass-rusher is K’Lavon Chaisson. The LSU pass-rusher is on the smaller side but has massive upside due to his bend and elite speed off the edge. Chaisson is also one of the more polished run defenders in this edge class. He needs to be more consistent in his hand usage and I would love to see him not be manhandled by bigger and stronger tackles but he would be an interesting chess piece for Bill Belichick and his defense. The Patriots may end up considering a quarterback if one falls or if they fall in love with Jacob Eason but at this point they should continue to build as if Tom Brady is their quarterback.
30. Green Bay Packers- Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Let’s get Aaron Rodgers another good receiver, shall we? Higgins is a big, physical receiver who has the size and strength to battle any corner for the ball. One of the primary targets of Trevor Lawrence, Higgins has had his fair share of deep balls thrown to him, and the quarterback of the Packers happens to be pretty good at throwing deep balls. Higgins has a massive catch radius and can haul in balls from way outside his catch frame. His route running has improved, as well. He’s doing a better job of selling his route breaks and maintaining speed in and out of breaks. Putting Devante Adams on one side of Aaron Rodgers and Tee Higgins on the other could be a dream come true for the Packers.
31. Seattle Seahawks- Raekwon Davis, iDL, Alabama
Davis being selected here would mark the fourth interior defensive linemen being selected in the first round, which speaks to the talent in this defensive line class. Davis while not as complete of a player as some of the linemen selected ahead of him is still a solid player for a team in the backend of round one. In his rookie year he will come in and immediately make an impact as a run defender. Due to his immense size Davis can clog up running lanes and shows great ability to penetrate through holes and finishes tackles very well. Davis is not the pass-rusher that many thought he could be earlier in his career. He doesn’t have the speed or burst to really make a large impact in that area. If he can get quicker with his hands and learn to utilize his reach more effectively he could end up as a 5 sack type player. For the Seahawks, they need to add talent to their defense as they are currently in the middle of the pack at defending the run. A rotation of Jarran Reed, Poona Ford, and Raekwon Davis would have immense upside.
32. Baltimore Ravens- Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
I flipped flopped between Jalen Reagor and KJ Hamler, both are explosive receivers that will occupy the slot role in their first year. I would prefer to give the Ravens a bigger receiver to contrast what they already have in Hollywood Brown but there is not one available that should be drafted here that fills that role and you can never have too much speed on a Lamar Jackson led offense. Reagor’s ability to reach top speed an instant is something that is only beaten by Henry Ruggs in this class. Reagor destroys angles and will blow by any defender if he can get the ball in his hands. Reagor has some developing to do in terms of route running and catching technique but for smaller receiver has great body control and showed some ability to highpoint the football when needed. In terms of fitting into the Ravens offense Reagor would offer another speedster for Lamar Jackson to throw to and would give Greg Roman a gadget player to work with in year one.