Rucker Mock Draft 2.0

Rucker Mock Draft 2.0

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We are only a few days away from the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, TN. The offseason has been and gone, and now it’s time to start gearing up for the new season.

So without any inside information, and this being my final mock before draft day, let’s make this a good one!

1. Arizona Cardinals — Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

The Cardinals stun the NFL by not taking Kyler Murray and not trading out of the first pick. They decide to take one of the most dominant defensive linemen and, arguably, the best player in the draft.

This starts a series of changes in the top of this draft, starting with the very next pick.

Previous pick: Kyler Murray

2. Oakland Raiders (trade with SF) — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock can’t move fast enough to get a new quarterback that could revive their offense and excite the future fanbase in Las Vegas.

The cost — the fourth and 24th overall picks — may have been high, but with three total first-round picks they could afford it for a future franchise player.

Previous pick: SF chose Nick Bosa

3. New York Jets — Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

With Quinnen Williams going #1 overall and the 49ers switching spots with the Raiders, that leaves the Jets the option of picking any of the top pass rushers they want. Bosa at one point was the consensus #1 pick before Murray opted for the NFL.

Previous pick: Quinnen Williams

4. San Fransisco 49ers (trade with Oakland) –Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

The 49ers moved back fully aware they would likely miss out on Nick Bosa, but are still happy with the next best pass rusher in Josh Allen while also accumulating another first-round pick.

Previous pick: OAK chose Josh Jacobs

5. New York Giants (trade with Tampa Bay) — Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Turns out the Giants disinterest in Haskins was all just a smokescreen and they move up one spot, sending the sixth overall pick and a second-rounder in 2020) to ensure they get their guy before another team leapfrogs them.

Previous pick: TB selected Devin White

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (trade with NYG) — Devin White, ILB, LSU

Tampa Bay gladly moves down one spot knowing they’ll still have their guy in Devin White while picking up a future second-round pick.

Previous pick: NYG selected Josh Allen

7. Jacksonville Jaguars — Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Nick Foles is their QB and they decide they need to protect that asset right away.

Previous pick: Rashan Gary

8. Detroit Lions — T.J. Hockenson, TE Iowa

The Lions have needs in multiple areas but choose to give Stafford a legitimate weapon at tight end.

Previous pick: Montez Sweat

9. Buffalo Bills — Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

The Bills have a need along the defensive line, and Oliver is one of the most talented defensive linemen in this draft.

Previous pick: Ed Oliver

10. Miami Dolphins (trade with Denver) — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

With the top two quarterbacks off the board already, the Dolphins front office sees an opportunity to secure the remaining top-tier quarterback before someone else does.

The cost isn’t cheap, with the Dolphins sending the 13th and 48th overall picks this year, and a second-round pick in 2020 to the Broncos.

Previous pick: Washington traded with Denver and selected Dwayne Haskins

11. Cincinnati Bengals — Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

The Bengals had to sweat a little with Denver on the clock and in need of linebacker help. Fortunately for them, Devin Bush fell right to them.

Previous pick: Devin Bush

12. Green Bay Packers — Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

Aaron Rodgers needs weapons to throw to, but he also needs time to throw. The Packers need to protect their franchise quarterback first and then potentially look to add a weapon with their other first round pick.

Previous pick: Noah Fant

13. Washington Redskins (trade with Denver) — D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

The Broncos make another move to gain draft capital, this time moving back to #15, while also picking up the 46th overall pick.

The Redskins add a big weapon to help out their lackluster group of quarterbacks.

Previous pick: Miami picked Drew Lock at this spot.

14. Atlanta Falcons — Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

With moves being made in the top half of the draft, the next tier of edge rushers falls a little and Atlanta is the first to benefit. Rashan Gary will be a disruptive force on the Falcons defense.

Previous pick: Brian Burns

15. Denver Broncos (from WAS) — Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State

The Broncos finally decide to stay put and pick up a player that would solidify their offensive line since they lost Matt Paradis in free agency. This will allow Connor McGovern to move back to guard as well.

Previous pick: Christian Wilkins

16. Carolina Panthers — Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

The Panthers need to get younger on defense and fill the void left when Julius Peppers retired. Montez Sweat should provide a huge boost for this defensive group.

Previous pick: Jawaan Taylor

17. New York Giants — Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

The Giants took the risk of passing on an edge rusher early to get their quarterback of the future. Luckily for them, this draft is stacked with talented pass rushers and they are still able to get a talented guy in Burns.

Previous pick: Arizona had acquired this pick and selected D.K. Metcalf

18. Minnesota Vikings — Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Kirk Cousins is a large financial investment to put behind a porous offensive line. Williams will be able to provide some stability and time for Cousins to get the ball out to his talented receiving corp.

Previous pick: Cody Ford

19. Tennessee Titans — Chrisitan Wilkins, DT, Clemson

The Titans need a little more of a push up front on defense and have their pick of talented interior defensive lineman. They go with Wilkins in this scenario to be a disruptor.

Previous pick: Clelin Ferrell

20. Pittsburgh Steelers — N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Antonio Brown forced his way out and left JuJu Smith-Schuster to take on the load of being the top wide receiver. The Steelers know the window for Big Ben is closing and give him one more weapon to get their offense back on track.

Previous pick: Byron Murphy

21. Seattle Seahawks — Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

The Legion of Boom is long gone, with Earl Thomas making his way to Baltimore this offseason. Seattle’s secondary can begin to rebuild with Abram manning the middle of the field.

Previous pick: Deionte Thompson

22. Baltimore Ravens — Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

The Ravens have put all their chips in with Lamar Jackson and now they need to give him weapons. Brown can create separation and give Jackson a big enough window to increase his confidence.

Previous pick: A.J. Brown

23. Houston Texans — Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

DeShaun Watson was one of the most pressured quarterbacks in the league last year, which is saying something given his mobility. Houston needs to protect their talented quarterback and do so with big offensive lineman Cody Ford.

Previous pick: Andre Dillard

24. San Fransisco 49ers (from OAK) — Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

San Fransisco wasn’t expecting to have two first round picks but after the trade with their Bay Area rivals, they are able to address their defense early and look to give Jimmy Garrapolo more weapons to effectively run Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

Previous pick: Oakland picked DeAndre Baker

25. Philadelphia Eagles — Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

Carson Wentz has struggled to stay healthy, so it would make sense for the Eagles to bring in someone to protect him. But with most of the top offensive lineman off the board, they elect to strengthen their defense while looking to later rounds to pick up someone for O-line help.

Previous pick: Jonah Williams

26. Indianapolis Colts — Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

The Colts don’t have an immediate need at cornerback since bringing back Pierre Desir, but they need depth at the position and Murphy will give them just that right away.

Previous pick: N’Keal Harry

27. Oakland Raiders — Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

The Raiders could go running back here and pick up Josh Jacobs to replace Marshawn Lynch, who has decided to move on from football. But they decide to give newly-acquired quarterback Kyler Murray a big target to throw to.

Previous pick: T.J. Hockenson

28. LA Chargers — Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

As with Big Ben, Philip Rivers’ window is closing and the Chargers need to be in win-now mode. They have a talented offense but need to bolster their defensive a little more to prevent teams from keeping pace with them on offense.

Previous pick: Dexter Lawrence

29. Seattle Seahawks — DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

The recent trade of Frank Clark to the Chiefs give the Seahawks another opportunity to strengthen their secondary and they do so by adding Baker.

Previous pick: KC held this spot and picked Greedy Williams

30. Green Bay Packers — A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

The Packers strengthened their O-line earlier in the round and now look to give Rodgers a new weapon to throw to. Brown will give Rodgers another option in the middle of the field and mid-range throws with his clean route running and reliable hands.

Previous pick: Johnathan Abram

31. LA Rams — Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

The Rams may want to trade out of this spot but don’t find any suitors. They add another talented piece to their secondary in Williams to play alongside Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters.

Previous pick: Garrett Bradbury

32. New England Patriots — Irv Smith Jr, TE, Alabama

The Patriots would also probably like to move out of this spot but also can’t find a trade worth moving for. They decide to look for Gronk’s replacement by adding Smith, a talented pass-catching tight end that needs to work on his blocking.

Previous pick: Jerry Tillery

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Will Brinson Mock 1.0

Will Brinson Mock 1.0

Broncos (10): Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

This pick should not surprise anyone. However, Brinson keeps the Broncos at 10 and lets Lock fall to them instead of trading up.

With many analysts viewing Lock as more of a second-round talent, this is still a likely scenario even with quarterback-needy teams picking ahead of the Broncos.

Brinson has the New York Giants passing on a quarterback for the second year in a row and has the Jacksonville Jaguars taking Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins at #7.

That allows the Broncos to stay put and get their guy.

Pro Football Focus looks at what Drew Lock will bring to the NFL

How does Lock fit with the Broncos?

With the Broncos taking him at #10 instead of trading up to #5 it might be easier to stomach letting him sit behind Keenum for a year.

But if Keenum slips up at all, you can bet all of Broncos Country will be screaming at the top of their internet lungs calling for Lock to be put in as the starter.

To many, taking a first-round quarterback means the team should probably plan to start him in year 1. But with Lock’s deficiencies the Broncos might opt to give him some time before throwing him into the fire.

Who was still available?

There were plenty of good players available at #10, but none that fill an immediate need for the Broncos.

If the Broncos don’t swoop for Lock, they could also consider Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, who had an impressive season at Oklahoma playing in the shadow of 2018 first-overall pick Baker Mayfield.

Murray is a dynamic dual-threat QB that can sling the ball downfield or take off running with a quickness you almost never see in a quarterback.

His downside is that he is very small (5-10, 190 pounds) for an NFL quarterback, and has one season as a full-time starter, but his accuracy is among the best in this class.

LSU cornerback Greedy Williams is also still available at #10, along with Deandre Baker, another corner that should go in the first round.

The Broncos could also look at versatile Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson to solve their woes at that position, but they have bigger needs to fill this early in the draft.

Chad Reuter Mock 1.0

Chad Reuter Mock 1.0

Broncos (10): Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

In Reuter’s mock, quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock are off the board before the Broncos can make their pick, so they “settle” for what looks like the next best option at that position.

Even though Murray is far from the best player available at that point in the draft, QB is still viewed as the greatest position of need for the Broncos and they don’t hesitate to fill it.

Murray is a dynamic playmaker that can hurt you with his arm and his legs. He threw for 42 touchdowns and rushed for 12 more in his only year as a full-time starter for the Sooners.

He also had a 69 percent completion percentage and threw for a total of 4,361 yards. By comparison, former Sooners and current Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield had a 70.5 percent completion percentage, threw for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns, and rushed for five more touchdowns in his final season in Oklahoma.

Mayfield doesn’t pose the same threat on the ground as Murray as he only rushed for 311 yards, compared to Murray’s 1,001 and in his last year at OU Mayfield had 27 more pass attempts than Murray did last year.

However, Mayfield does have a height (6-1) and weight (215lbs) advantage that makes him a better NFL QB option in the eyes of most analysts.

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How does Murray fit with the Broncos?

The Broncos need a quarterback badly. Murray is a QB that was available at the #10 in this mock, but the fit doesn’t end there. Murray could provide the Broncos with a genuine dual-threat quarterback they have never had before — Tim Tebow was not a dual-threat because he had terrible accuracy.

Sure, they’ve had “mobile” quarterbacks in the past but none with the quickness and running ability of Murray to go along throwing ability. Murray is more than just a running quarterback because he can throw the ball with strength and accuracy.

He is known for his accuracy on short and intermediate throws and can improvise when under pressure — think Patrick Mahomes’ versatility.

His baseball background gives him an advantage as can throw accurately from different angles on the run. He might not have as strong of an arm as Lock, but he can still get the ball out quickly with pace.

He also has good pocket presence that will be essential playing behind the Broncos line as it currently stands, although we should expect some changes there during the offseason.

Who was still available?

OT Jonah Williams, LB Devin White, CB Greedy Williams, and QB Daniel Jones are some of the bigger names still available when the Broncos make their pick in this mock.

Jones is probably more of a late first or second round pick even in this thin QB draft class, so the Broncos would obviously take the player with more potential upside.

The others would all be plug-and-play additions to the Broncos roster and would probably make more sense than a 5-10 QB with only one year of starter experience, but he would be a flashy pick to get Broncos Country hyped.

Kyler Murray to Broncos in NFL.com mock

Kyler Murray to Broncos in NFL.com mock

NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter has the Denver Broncos selecting Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray with the 10th overall pick.

Reuter’s three-round mock has the 21-year-old coming off the board as the third quarterback taken behind Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock.

Despite having Case Keenum under contract for the 2019 season, the Broncos are one of many clubs still searching for a franchise QB but could look at other areas of need in a weak quarterback class.

President of football operations/general manager John Elway conceded last month that Keenum was “a short-term fix” giving rise to the possibility that there could be yet another new quarterback in Denver.

“Picking behind at least two teams with quarterback needs, John Elway will have to either trade up to land his guy or take whichever top signal-caller is available at No. 10 if he wants to improve the Broncos’ QB situation via the draft,” Reuter said.

PFF’s Andrew Russell believes that Murray was the most-talented quarterback in college football in 2018 and deserved his Heisman Trophy.

“Murray was not only the most electric player on the field at the quarterback position last season but arguably the most talented as well,” Russell said.

“He led FBS quarterbacks in clean passer rating at 144.4 and had an overall adjusted completion percentage of 78.9%, which ranked tied for fourth at the FBS level (min. 175 dropbacks).

“Where Murray truly thrived was avoiding pressure and getting outside the pocket where he totaled a 128.3 passer rating, 10.6 yards per attempt and only one turnover-worthy play, all of which led the Big 12 (min. 50 att).

“On the ground, Murray was equally as impressive, averaging 7.9 yards per carry and forcing 30 missed tackles with 41 runs of 10 or more yards. His Heisman Trophy was well deserved.”

The consensus top quarterback of the 2019 draft is Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, with most mock drafts linking him to the New York Giants at sixth overall.

Expectantly, there is a full belief that quarterback-needy teams could have to trade up, possibly into the top three to land their guy.

A big question over Murray, other than how much his height will impact him in the NFL, is whether he will play in the NFL after all.

Murray will command plenty of interest in a class short of sure hit quarterbacks and projects to be anywhere from a top 10 pick an early second rounder if he commits to football.

Last year, the Oakland Athletics drafted Murray ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft and signed him to a contract with a $4.66 million signing bonus.

Kyler Murray could be one of the most explosive QBs in the NFL

The A’s agreed to allow Murray to return for his junior year at Oklahoma, where he would take over quarterback duties from Baker Mayfield, who was drafted first overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft.

But Murray’s excellent form for the Sooners has opened up the possibility of playing football or baseball.

The 2018 season was Murray’s first major action in college football after supporting cast roles at Texas A&M in 2015 and Oklahoma in 2017.

He threw for 3,674 yards, 37 touchdowns to just seven interceptions, with a pass completion percentage of 70.6%. He also added 11 rushing touchdowns and 853 yards from 113 runs (7.5-yard average).

As well as emulating Mayfield in winning the Heisman Trophy, he also won the Davey O’Brien award given to the best quarterback in the country, as well as being named AP Player of the Year, First-Team All-American, First-Team All-Big 12, and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.

Murray will get another chance to shine at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis later this month and will face a decision whether to focus on football or baseball.

Reuter’s three-round mock also has the Broncos selecting Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love, who turns 21 in March, with the 41st pick.

A Consensus All-American in 2018, the 5-11, 193-pound Illinois native declared for the draft in January after two solid seasons with the Fighting Irish.

In the third round, Reuter has the Broncos taking Western Illinois defensive tackle Khalen Saunders, the 6-2 320-pound monster dubbed “the Aaron Donald of the FCS.”

If that is not impressive enough, Saunders can also do backflips.

CBS mock draft has Broncos taking QB Daniel Jones

CBS mocks have Broncos taking QB Daniel Jones

Some Denver Broncos fans might have an eye or two on the NFL playoffs this month, but here we’re keeping one eye on who will deny Tom Brady another ring and one eye on who the Broncos should draft in April.

The perennial draft question for the Broncos is will John Elway finally find their new franchise quarterback?

He’s tried a few times and failed.

Meanwhile AFC West rivals Kansas City traded up in the first round in 2017 and landed their guy Patrick Mahomes, Houston traded up to grab former Clemson star DeSean Watson, and the Baltimore Ravens traded back into the first round in 2018 to land their guy in Lamar Jackson.

All three were players the Broncos could have drafted, but didn’t.

Of course, the last time Elway traded up in the first round to get his quarterback was in 2016. We all know how Paxton Lynch worked out.

So will Elway pull the trigger in 2019 after admitting that current starter Case Keenum is “a short-term fix”?

CBS sports writer Ryan Wilson has the Broncos drafting Duke quarterback Daniel Jones 10th overall with Oklahoma’s Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins already off the board.

CBS writer Chris Trapasso also has the Broncos taking Jones 10th overall.

The old joke is that Elway likes big, athletic quarterbacks. It didn’t work out with Lynch, or 2012 second-round pick Brock Osweiler, but Jones could be the next athletic quarterback gamble the Broncos could take.

The big difference, however, could be that Jones has been coached by David Cutcliffe, who also coached Peyton Manning and brother Eli.

Jones isn’t a finished article but could learn a lot from Keenum and new offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, who worked with quarterbacks in San Francisco.

Here’s what Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told ESPNU radio host Mark Packer after watching the Jones for the first time ahead of Clemson’s game with Duke in Death Valley last November.

“We have not played Duke since 2012 and we have not had a lot of crossover tape with Duke, so I put the tape in and I usually start from their last game and I go from there,” Swinney said.

“But I am watching this Duke-North Carolina game, and I could not believe what I was seeing.

“This kid was unbelievable. This kid is huge. First of all, he is a 6-5, 220-pound quarterback, but he rushed for 186 yards.

“I’m talking a 72-yard run, 50-yard run, and he is pulling away from guys. He is not explosive latterly, but when he gets going, this guy can leave you. He has legit track speed straight ahead.”

Daniel Jones is a big-bodied, dual-threat quarterback that could tempt John Elway

While Jones set the Duke single-game rushing record in the 42-35 win over rivals North Carolina, his passing has also impressed throughout the season.

“He is incredibly accurate. He is very strong-armed,” Swinney added. “I just kept watching him and kept watching him, and I am like, ‘Oh my Lord!’

“He is very knowledgeable and is obviously very well coached with [head coach David Cutcliffe]. He is a pro. He is going to be a high pick in the draft for sure.

“I did not know a whole lot about him prior to our preparation for him, but I tell you what, he got my attention really quick, and he got our team’s attention.

“This is a very talented quarterback with good veteran receivers and good tight ends, and they have an excellent scheme that features him. Everything goes through the quarterback.”

Our friends at Pro Football Focus aren’t as impressed as Clemson’s head coach.

“The 2019 draft class is a decidedly weak quarterback class and when that’s the case, an off-the-wall name always seems to get first-round hype at some point in the process,” said PFF’s Michael Renner.

“It looks as if Jones will be that guy this year. The Duke quarterback’s 79.7 passing grade this season represents a monstrous jump over his 2017 campaign where he earned a 57.8 passing grade, but he simply hasn’t had enough special throws down the field to warrant the hype.

“Jones’ 13 big-time throws this season rank 71st in the country, and he has almost as many turnover-worthy plays (11) as he does big-time throws.”

Pro Football Focus labeled Jones as overrated despite his rise up their draft board in 2018.

Jones had a solid, if unspectacular, 2018 season for the Blue Devils and, after declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft, accepted an invitation to be one of eight quarterbacks at the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile on January 26.

Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden will coach Jones and fellow first-round prospect Drew Lock as part of the North team against Kyle Shanahan’s South team.

If he shines in Mobile and at the NFL Combine, Jones could certainly find several suitors when the 2019 NFL Draft rolls into Nashville in April.