Moreland Mock 1.0
1st Tennessee Titans – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The Titans are in desperate need for offensive linemen, but they have drafted a lineman in the first round in two of the last three drafts. Look for Tennessee to try and fill that void in free agency rather than the draft. Veteran tight end Delanie Walker even stated “We don’t need another rookie lineman. Our offensive line, they’re too young. We don’t need another young guy on the line.” This is why they will go after the best overall player in Bosa, while filling a big need in the pass rush.
2nd Cleveland Browns – Jared Goff, QB, Cal
Surprise, the Browns will select another quarterback. If he is taken by Cleveland, he will be the seventh quarterback drafted by the team since 2004. Goff is the highest rated QB in what appears to be an incredibly weak class at the most important position. Hopefully he works out for the struggling franchise so they are not drafting another QB in two years.
3rd San Diego Chargers – Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida St
San Diego was 14th against the pass last season, which isn’t bad, but they are also going to lost their best player in the secondary. Eric Weddle is definitely leaving the team after things got heated between to the two parties this season. At the season’s end he stated “I will probably never speak to them again,” ‘them’ being the San Diego front office. This leaves a giant hole to fill and Ramsey is the highest rated defensive back coming out of college.
4th Dallas Cowboys – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
The Cowboys are weak at wide receiver outside of Dez Bryant. Adding Treadwell will not only give them a legitimate second receiver, but will also take some of the double teams away from Bryant. This isn’t the most pressing need for the Cowboys, but is one that will bolster their roster with an incredible talent.
5th Jacksonville Jaguars – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
Most mocks have Tunsil coming off the board earlier than this, and he likely will if Tennessee decides to trade its pick, but his fall will be Jacksonville’s gain. The 6’5” 305lb tackle could vastly improve a line that allowed 51 sacks this season, which was the 4th most in the NFL.
6th Baltimore Ravens – Ronnie Staley, OT, Notre Dame
The Ravens are looking to get the team back on track after an off year and the best way for them to do that is add this big guy up front. Staley is a cheap upgrade to the always-injured Eugene Monroe. This move will keep their offense line up at the top of the league.
7th San Francisco 49ers – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
It is hard to find a quarterback that is bigger than Lynch. At 6’7”, 245lbs, he would tower over most QBs in the league. He is also quick on his feet, but instead of sprinting down field, he likes to use his quickness to extend passing plays. Lynch has the skills to be an immediate starter in the right system and what system is better suited for Lynch than Chip Kelly’s.
8th Miami Dolphins – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
The Miami Dolphins had only 31 team sacks last season despite all the money they have poured into it. Best believe that in this draft they will be looking to give Suh some support. Buckner is an athletic pass rusher with great size and skills. He should be able to provide an immediate impact for this Dolphins defensive line.
9th Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
The Buccaneers have the beginning of something great if they can build the around the talent they have. Lawson is a brute at 6’3”, 270lbs and has the versatility to be used in several different ways and schemes. This would improve their run defense, as well as provide another weapon in the pass rush.
10th New York Giants – Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
The Giants have a glaring weakness in their secondary. They had the second worst pass defense in the league this past season. Hargreaves is the kind of player that they can plug in and play right now. He has great ball skills, great instinct, and explosive play are enough to make up for his small frame.
11th Chicago Bears – Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA
This would be a great pick for the Bears if Jack slips this far down. The Bears could use the extra talent outside linebacker and he is the best in this draft. Jack is a dynamic, game changing linebacker. Most consider to be him to a top five prospect at any position in this draft class.
12th New Orleans Saints – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
You can just read the section under the Giants’ pick for this one. They are in desperate need to bolster their secondary and Alexander will be the best corner left at this point in the draft.
13th Philadelphia Eagles – Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
The Eagles are looking to improve on their defensive front and Billings could be the answer for them. The problem could be that Billings will likely shoot up the draft boards once he gets to work out in front of scouts. He is 310lbs of pure strength. He is raw and young, but his power and strength make him a very enticing.
14th Oakland Raiders – A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
The Raiders building a great team piece by piece and Robinson is the next key piece. Robinson has the perfect size and frame for an interior defensive lineman. He is also a great pass rusher, which is something the Raiders desperately need.
15th Los Anglos Rams – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota St
As earlier stated, this QB class is the weakest in recent memory, but Wentz might be the diamond in the rough of this draft. He has everything you want in a QB besides a huge arm, but he has a huge advantage over most of this quarterback class. At North Dakota St, Wentz ran a pro-style offense and knows how to read the entire field. This will make his transition to the NFL much easier than his counterparts.
16th Detroit Lions – Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
The Lions felt the loss of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley last season and they have the perfect opportunity to fill the viod. Nkemdiche is a road grater at 6’4” and nearly 300 lbs. He has a great build and talent, but struggles with off the field issues. If he can keep his act clean until draft day, then he should still be drafted in or around this 16th spot.
17th Atlanta Falcons – Emmanuel Ogbah, DT, Oklahoma St
Ogbah could find himself considerably higher or off this list before the draft. He is powerful, but not very fast and can play very stiff. His draft stock is more in limbo than probably anyone on this list.
18th Indianapolis Colts – Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio St
Derrick Henry may have won the Heisman and National Championship, but Elliot is the more NFL built back. He was a rare combination of skills that could make him an instant three down back at the next level. The Colts need to find a long term replacement for Frank Gore who will turn 33 before the season starts.
19th Buffalo Bills – Jarren Reed, DT, Alabama
The Bills will look to keep their defensive line on top, but try to free up some cap room to improve else were. Reed isn’t a great pass rusher, but he is amazing as a run stopper. This would be a great move for the Bills to cheapen their defensive line without limiting the talent.
20th New York Jets – Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
The Jets will have the chance to further improve their defense and how better to do that nowadays then getting an Alabama Alum. Nick Saban consistently produces defensive juggernauts and Ragland is no different. He isn’t the fastest guy in the world, but his instincts and awareness more than make up for it.
21st Washington Redskins – Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame
Smith is one of the most talented players at any position in this class. His draft stock will completely depend on him coming back from his torn ACL and MCL. Even if he can’t come back for the offseason camps, he is still worth a first round selection.
22nd Houston Texans – Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
Cook is currently the 4th on my list of quarterbacks and, although that could definitely change, it would be surprising. He did play in a pro-style offense, which is a big plus, but he struggles with accuracy and seems to be more of a game manager type. He appears to be the next in a string of average Michigan State quarterbacks.
23rd Minnesota Vikings – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio St
Decker has some things he needs to work on, but he is strong, tough, and a natural leader. Minnesota could find their right tackle for years to come with this pick.
24th Cincinnati Bengals – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Coleman is a big play threat on every snap. He has unbelievable speed and gets separation in a heartbeat. Coleman can add another weapon to the offense and could be an instant threat on special teams.
25th Pittsburgh Steelers – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio St
The Steelers have a stellar offense, but need to improve defensively if they want to get more rings before the end of Big Ben’s career. Apple is a physical corner, who plays great in press coverage, which is something Pittsburgh loves to do. Plus, we all know how much Pittsburgh loves Buckeyes.
26th Seattle Seahawks – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan St
The Seahawks fills a need here with a Big Ten offensive lineman, who is tougher than a two-dollar steak. Conklin might be able to play left tackle at the pro level in a few years, but you can plug in at right tackle and be productive now.
27th Green Bay Packers – Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
Clark is a powerful, tough kid, but his height and arm length have some scouts worried. This pick will give the Packers a nose tackle that is a little short and young, but has the talent and skill to be effective in their defense.
28th Kansas City Chiefs – Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
Most mocks will have Floyd higher than this, and he is an amazing talent, but there isn’t a lot of need for first round line backers and it is a strong linebacker class. Floyd is also awfully light for his size and position.
*29th Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah St
Arizona has one of the most athletic defenses in the league and it would only get better with Fackrell. He feels like one of those guys that climb the draft boards with freakish combines. Fackrell could also help the Cardinals pass rush, which is easily the worst part of their defense.
*30th Denver Broncos – Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
Bullard is the that perfect package of power and speed that the SEC does best. He will likely not start right away for the Broncos, but could end up replacing Ware for the future.
*31st Carolina Panthers – Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
The Panthers have a number one receiver in Kelvin Benjamin, but they saw how weak they could be a WR fast. Doctson has great ball skills and had huge production in college. He will need to put on weight and get stronger, but he has all of the necessary skills to be a great second receiver.
*Draft order hasn’t officially been determined yet.
**New England had to forfeit their draft pick for their involvement in the deflated football scandal.