In a world of sports that are currently on a hiatus, the NFL draft gives sports fans 3 days of excitement this upcoming Thursday, April 23rd – Saturday, April 25th. We will be in for quite the virtual experience. It will be aired on ESPN, ABC, along with NFL Network. NFL insider Ian Rappaport reported that this years “Mock Drafts” have been labeled highly inaccurate by many high ranked front office NFL officials. Check out our first official NFL Draft Mock Draft as Time Skew tries to right the ship.
Number 1: Cincinnati Bengals Select Joe Burrow – QB LSU
This one just makes too much sense. The NFL Draft should just announce this pick today. Burrow emerged on the scene this past season after leading LSU to a FBS championship. Burrow broke many collegiate records, and the hometown hero will look to do the same in Cincinnati but in the NFL. The Bengals have settled for mediocrity at the QB position for far too long. That all comes to an end here.
Number 2: Washington Redskins Select Chase Young – DE Ohio State
This one just makes too much sense. The best talent in this years draft, Washington gets their guy. Brian Orapko has not been replaced to this point, but that can all change this weekend. Look for Chase Young and Ryan Kerrigan to wreak havoc on Sundays.
Number 3: Detroit Lions Select Jeffrey Okudah – CB Ohio State
Next comes Detroit, and no one ever really has faith in any Lions pick. Ever. They often make terrible choices and see many of their 1st round picks bust. They try to change that this year, and they pick a guaranteed thing. Jeffrey Okudah is the best DB in this year’s draft, and the Lions secondary is very happy to land him.
Number 4: New York Giants trade back, Chargers are now on the clock. Chargers Select Justin Herbert – QB Oregon
Although Tua Tagovailoa may be the best QB in this year’s draft, injury concerns are through the roof. Without teams being able to check him out first hand, some may shy away. The Chargers have been reluctant to address their QB position this spring, but that stops here. As we have seen before, Tyrod Taylor was a successful bridge for the Cleveland Browns and Baker Mayfield. Look for the Chargers to follow suit and select Herbert. Giants acquire the Chargers 6th overall pick, along with a 2nd, 4th, and a 7th in the 2021 draft.
Number 5: Miami Dolphins Select Tua Tagovailoa – QB Alabama
As stated earlier, Tua can be viewed as the top QB in this years draft. However, injuries have muddied the waters for some front offices. In fact, many front offices have said they will not draft Tua. People do not see the Dolphins passing on this generational QB talent. The fins have shared they are not shy of waiting to compete, and they can do just that. Draft Tua and red shirt him this upcoming season. A plethora of free agent additions and 2 additional 1st round picks can still make Miami a competitor in 2020.
Number 6: New York Giants (Via Trade with LAC) Select Jedrick Wills – OT Alabama
The Giants often take projects that take mounds of work in the 1st. David Gettleman has a lot to prove, and he starts here by going with the for sure thing. Wills ceiling is high, and so his floor. There is a reason why two of his former QBs will be drafted this weekend.
Number 7: Carolina Panthers Select Derrick Brown – DT Auburn
Carolina lost both DE/DT Gerald Mccoy and DT/NT Dontari Poe to the Cowboys this off-season. There is now a glaring void to fill on the line, and look for Brown to fill in quickly. He will be a Geno Atkins like play maker at the NFL level.
Number 8: Arizona Cardinals trade back, Falcons are now on the clock. Falcons Select Isaiah Simmons – S/LB Clemson
Atlanta and head coach Dan Quinn are in win now mode. Quinn was alledged good as gone last season, but was somehow brought back. Atlanta had a bottom tier defense last season, and they are looking to upgrade several positions. Drafting the best player available makes them add a starter at 2 potential positions, at which both are in need for this struggling squad. Look for Atlanta to draft Simmons to try and help them get back to winning. Arizona can now take a WR they want in a deep class while stocking draft capital.
Number 9: Jacksonville Jaguars Select Tristan Wirfs – OT Iowa
The most impressive athlete at the combine, Wirfs turned a lot of heads. A lot of people have him as a top 5 pick, but here he stumbles at fault of quarterbacks. Possibly the prospect with the best upside in the draft, Jaguars take Trevor Lawrence future savior here.
Number 10: Cleveland Browns Select Andrew Thomas – OT Georgia
Baker Mayfield was one of the most exciting things in the league in 2018. Not so much in 2019. He is now on his 3rd coach in as many seasons and the Browns want to win back the fan base. That starts with the success of Baker, and that starts with his protection. They lacked it in 2019, and they will fix that here. Thomas is a unit.
Number 11: New York Jets Select CJ Henderson – CB Florida
If the Jets plan on keeping Jamal Adams, they will want to keep him happy. Henderson is potentially the best CB in the draft, and his speed and size is to much to pass up on for the Jets. This combo can be the path to win the AFC East for the Jets.
Number 12: Las Vegas Raiders Select Kristian Fulton – CB LSU
The former national champions land another one of their cornerstones in the first round. Mike Mayock loves his defense, and he surely will welcome in Fulton as some much needed depth.
Number 13: San Francisco 49ers Select CeeDee Lamb – WR Oklahoma
Lamb is without a doubt the top WR in this years class. With Emmanuel Sanders parting ways this off-season, look for the NFC Champs to bring in a replacement. Lamb will help an already stellar offense remain as such.
Number 14: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Mekhi Becton – OT Louisville
A flagged drug test at the combine drops Bectons‘ stock slightly. The 6 foot 7, 370 pounder should not fall much at all. He is a bruiser with great footwork who can protect the off-season prize Tompa Brady. The Buccaneers have shown they are not afraid of failed tests, as Warren Sapp turned out pretty well.
Number 15: Denver Broncos Select Henry Ruggs III – WR Alabama
The Broncos have their franchise QB in Drew Lock. They have a WR1 with Courtland Sutton and they have their future TE in former 1st round pick Noah Fant. Their run game is strong and they have a desirable offensive line. Ruggs fits the mold here, and gives their offense the last piece to the puzzle.
Number 16: Arizona Cardinals (Via Trade with ATL) Select Jerry Jeudy – WR Alabama
Although Arizona is plenty deep at this position, QB Kyler Murray has made it known he wants a WR. Arizona can lean on Jeudy to be their future replacement for Larry Fitzgerald and their modern day slot.
Number 17: Dallas Cowboys Select K’Lavon Chaisson – EDGE LSU
The story of the first round continues. Another pick, another former LSU prodigy. The Cowboys have beefed up the interior of their line with adding the likes of Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe. Cowboy legend Sean Lee can not play for ever, so look for them to draft a fixture at LB here.
Number 18: Miami Dolphins Select Joshua Jones – OT HOU
When Miami takes Tua 5th, they will need to protect him. Jones big frame does just that. Look for Miami to add a OL now and later. Jones can protect Tua whenever he is ready to take the helm.
Number 19: Las Vegas Raiders Select Denzel Mims – WR Baylor
Perhaps having the biggest upside of any WR in this years draft, the Raiders finally land their #1 WR in Mims. Mims has made it clear he does not want to play in Philadelphia, and Oakland is the perfect fit. Mims took the combine by storm, had a heck of a senior bowl, and almost took Baylor to the FBS Playoffs.
Number 20: Jacksonville Jaguars Select Javon Kinlaw – DT South Carolina
There is no secret that the Jacksonville Jaguars are in full rebuild mode. With a young QB who showed some flashes last season, they will set sights elsewhere. Look for the Tank for Trevor process to continue, but in effective fashion. After losing several key defensive linemen this off-season, Kinlaw gives Jacksonville a steal this late in the 1st. He is without a doubt the best interior pass rusher in this years draft.
Number 21: Philadelphia Eagles Select Justin Jefferson – WR LSU
The former National Champions continue to produce at a high rate in the 1st round. Jefferson becomes the 5th former Tiger taken in the 1st. The Eagles have veteran standout WRs like Alshon Jeffery alongside Desean Jackson, but both can not stay healthy. Their game count each season remains a question mark. Look for the Eagles to add Jefferson in their slot and look for growth alongside JJ Arcega-Whiteside as they rebuild their receiving corpse.
Number 22: Minnesota Vikings Select Antoine Winfield Jr – DB Minnesota
Following his fathers footsteps in Minnesota, look for Antoine Winfield Jr to get scooped up quickly by the Vikings. Playing as a member of Minnesota in college, he can adapt quickly in a off-season heavily affected by COVID-19. The only question is his health, but that is a risk the Vikings are willing to take on a defense undergoing a makeover.
Number 23: New England Patriots Select Kenneth Murray – LB Oklahoma
The Patriots lost a ton of star power on the defensive side of the ball this off-season. LB is now a need for last years top defense, and look for Murray to fit the mold perfect. He may not last this long, but if he does, he is a welcomed surprise for Bill Belichick.
Number 24: New Orleans Saints Select Jordan Love – QB Utah State
Some drafts have Love going as high as the top 5. Although that can happen, his stock may gain more value in New Orleans. With Drew Brees signing a 2 year contract, Love can do what Teddy Bridgewater did this past season and learn from the best. Taysom Hill is not a QB, and as long as Sean Payton is around, they will want to make sure that position is solidified. Love is one of the most electrifying players in this seasons draft. Look for the Saints to land their future captain.
Number 25: Minnesota Vikings Select Laviska Shenault Jr – WR Colorado
With Stefon Diggs heading to Buffalo, the Vikings need a WR to pair up with Adam Thielen. Shenault draws comparisons to DK Metcalf, and the Vikings can not pass up someone with his potential. Look for the Vikings to capitalize on Shenault in the first and scoop him before its to late. Former CAL CB Traveon Beck was on the Time Skew Podcast and listed Shenault as one of the top WRs he has faced at the college level. Beck had the lowest QBR against him in the nation among CBs in 2018.
Number 26: Miami Dolphins Select Xavier McKinney – S Alabama
McKinney is without a doubt the top safety in this years draft. The Dolphins can probably land him in the 2nd, but why wait? Any team thirsty for a safety will try and trade up into the 1st for McKinney. Take him while you can, before it is to late.
Number 27: Seattle Seahawks Select Isaiah Wilson – OT Georgia
Seattle needs to find a way to protect their franchise QB Russell Wilson. Their attempts to give him help have backfired, so they go for the most sure thing here with Wilson. Wilson has the essential skill needed to be the best linemen in this years very deep offensive-line class.
Number 28: Baltimore Ravens Select Patrick Queen – LB LSU
Another pick, another former Tiger flies off the board. The Ravens don’t have any major needs, although a LB can help. They have the DBs and DL for the long haul, so look for them to upgrade a mediocre linebacker corpse. Queen is a game changer.
Number 29: Tennessee Titans Select Ross Blacklock – DT TCU
Blacklock is without a doubt the 2nd best interior linemen in this years draft, besides Javon Kinlaw. The Titans used a 1st round pick on Jeffery Simmons in last years draft, so look for them to upgrade elsewhere. Simmons and Blacklock can be quite the force for a strong AFC South ground attack.
Number 30: Green Bay Packers Select Brandon Aiyuk – WR Arizona State
They added Devin Funchess this off-season, who is unreliable. Davante Adams couldn’t stay healthy last season, and Aaron Rodgers was left with no one to lean on. Aiyuk gives the Packers another set of elite hands, and gives them an insurance check at the WR position.
Number 31: San Francisco 49ers Select Justin Madubuike – DT Texas A&M
With DeForest Buckner getting shipped to Indianapolis, there is an interior line need for the 49ers. Madubuike gives them the chance to pick up right where they left off, as is dominating interior line play will continue to make the 49ers defense a force to be reckoned with. Will he be the DT people remember in this years NFL Draft?
Number 32: Kansas City Chiefs Select Cesar Ruiz – OL Michigan
This gives the Chiefs much needed OL versatility. Ruiz can perform at both guard and center, which are both needs for the Chiefs. The Big 10 is known for producing linemen, and look for that to continue here with Ruiz. He should make an already elite offense that much better. Plus, that Patrick Mahomes character would welcome more protection, one would think.
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