Draft order is based on current NFL standings
1. Oakland Raiders – Nick Bosa (DE/Ohio State)
The soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders now have two first round draft picks after trading Khalil Mack to the Bears, but now they need to find a way to replace the once-in-a-generation talent. Bosa’s brother, Joey, plays for the Chargers.
2. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert (QB/Oregon)
The funny part about doing mock drafts based on team standings is where some teams land. The Chargers (and the Bears, who technically have the No. 1 pick in these standings) are way too talented to be picking here and this will sort itself out during the season, but for now, let’s imagine the nightmare scenario for Los Angeles. Philip Rivers turns 37 in December and the team was already looking for the long-term answer at signal caller in 2015 when they were discussing a trade with the Titans for the No. 2 pick in the draft. Four years later, they are still looking for their heir.
3. Green Bay Packers – Clelin Ferrell (DE/Clemson)
Another highly unlikely draft pick, this is the selection Green Bay acquired from the Saints. Regardless, Green Bay is in need of an edge rusher. Clay Matthews will turn 33 in 2019 and the team lacks pass rush options behind him.
4. Buffalo Bills – Ed Oliver (DT/Houston)
Buffalo signed Star Lotulelei to replace Marcell Dareus, but the team still needs help along the defensive line. Kyle Williams is 35, Adolphus Washington was just released. Offensive line is an option here as well, but Oliver is too good of a talent for Buffalo to pass up.
5. Oakland Raiders – Raekwon Davis (DT/Alabama)
Edge rusher is far from the only need on Oakland’s defense. The team needs to improve across all levels, so I expect them to take the best available defensive player with both draft picks.
6. Dallas Cowboys – A.J. Brown (WR/Ole Miss)
It’s no secret that Dallas has one of the worst wide receiver corps in the league. With the Dez Bryant era gone, they need to find a new No. 1 wideout for Dak Prescott. I also wouldn’t rule out a quarterback if the Cowboys are drafting this high.
7. Arizona Cardinals – Greg Little (OT/Ole Miss)
Arizona took Josh Rosen with their top draft pick last year, now they need to protect him. D.J. Humphries has shown potential when he has been on the field, but he has missed 30 games in his career. Meanwhile, right tackle Andre Smith is turning 32 and isn’t much more than a stop-gap.
8. Indianapolis Colts – Derrick Brown (DT/Auburn)
Indianapolis spent the top part of last year’s draft beefing up the offensive line in order to protect Andrew Luck. Now they need to build up the trenches on the other side of the ball.
9. Atlanta Falcons – Rashan Gary (DT/Michigan)
Grady Jarrett has played well, but the Falcons need another tackle to line up next to him. Luckily, this draft is deep in defensive line talent.
10. Houston Texans – Trey Adams (OT/Washington)
In case you haven’t seen out pass block grades from last week, Julie’n Davenport struggled tremendously and was the worst pass blocker in the league. The Texans traded Duane Brown last year and while they drafted Martinas Rankin in the second round last April, he will likely be better off playing on the inside. Trey Adams would have likely been a top 10 pick in last year’s draft had he not torn his ACL.
11. San Francisco 49ers – Montez Sweat (DE/Mississippi State)
San Francisco has heavily focused on the defensive line in recent drafts, but as we have learned from teams like Seattle and Philadelphia, that’s not going to stop a team from adding another edge rusher.
12. Tennessee Titans – Joe Jackson (DE/Miami)
Tennessee added Harold Landry in the second round of the draft last April, but the team is already experience depth issues in their pass rush and to make matters worse, both Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan are in their contract year.
13. Seattle Seahawks – Greedy Williams (CB/LSU)
Seattle has a number of holes, so best player available will be the strategy. Williams helps fill the void left by Richard Sherman.
14. Detroit Lions – Devin White (ILB/LSU)
Detroit has a number of directions to go in here, but their linebacking corps are weak again. They used a first rounder on Jarrad Davis in 2017 to man the middle, but he has struggled in his career so far and could be kicked to the outside to accommodate White.
15. New York Giants – Jarrett Stidham (QB/Auburn)
Dave Gettleman’s arrogance led to the Giants selecting Saquon Barkley over a quarterback, but make no mistake, a long-term solution at quarterback is needed as Eli Manning gets another year older.
16. Cleveland Browns – David Edwards (OT/Wisconsin)
Edward could have the tall task of replacing future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas. Cleveland needs to protect their top draft pick from last year, Baker Mayfield.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Tre Lamar (ILB/Clemson)
And edge rusher could be sought if Bud Dupree doesn’t step it up this year, but the Steelers need a long-term solution for Ryan Shazier as it seems likely he won’t be able to return.
18. New York Jets – N’Keal Harry (WR/Arizona State)
The Jets got their new franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold, now it’s time to get him targets. Robby Anderson can’t be relied on to stay out of trouble and Quincy Enunwa was a middling talent before his neck injury last year.
19. Denver Broncos – Amani Oruwariye (CB/Penn State)
The Broncos were considered taking Denzel Ward last year. Aqib Talib is gone, Bradley Roby is in his walk year and Chris Harris’ contract expires after the 2019 season. There could be a shakeup in Denver’s secondary soon.
20. Washington Redskins – Drew Lock (QB/Missouri)
Washington traded for Alex Smith and he played well in the season opener, but he’s 34 and has never truly been the answer at quarterback for any team. Lock isn’t ready to handle the NFL yet, so he would do well to be an understudy for the next year or two.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Jonah Williams (OT/Alabama)
Cincinnati added Cordy Glenn and Billy Price last year, but their offensive line issues are far from over.
22. Carolina Panthers – DeAndre Baker (CB/Georgia)
Carolina still hasn’t found a reliable cornerback to replace Josh Norman, instead using later round draft picks on guys who are serviceable but not true No. 1 corners.
23. Miami Dolphins – Christian Wilkins (DT/Clemson)
Miami released Ndamukong Suh last offseason and don’t have a suitable replacement for him on their roster.
24. Los Angeles Rams – Jalen Jelks (OLB/Oregon)
After trading Robert Quinn, the Rams need to find a new edge rusher to prevent teams from focusing on Aaron Donald, especially if Ndamukong Suh doesn’t return in 2019.
25. Baltimore Ravens – Deebo Samuel (WR/South Carolina)
Lamar Jackson is the future of the franchise, but they need to find him targets as their current corps of Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown are not attractive long-term options.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars – Connor McGovern (G/Penn State)
Jacksonville signed Andrew Norwell in free agency last March, but the offensive line remains one of the weakest units on this team, and something that is in imperative need of improvement as they continue to focus on a run-oriented offense.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Trayvon Mullen (CB/Clemson)
Vernon Hargreaves is out for the year and has been a bust of a draft pick before that. Meanwhile, Brent Grimes isn’t getting any younger. Tampa’s search to shore up their secondary continues.
28. Green Bay Packers – Bryce Love (RB/Stanford)
With the Packers again utilizing a running back by committee, they may search for a bell cow in the offseason.
29. Philadelphia Eagles – Josh Allen (LB/Kentucky)
The Eagles have a stout defense, but the linebacker unit is on shaky ground. Allen could spell the oft-injured Jordan Hicks.
30. Kansas City Chiefs – Iman Marshall (CB/USC)
The Chiefs traded away Marcus Peters to the Rams, now they need to find his replacement.
31. Minnesota Vikings – Chase Winovich (DE/Michigan)
Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen are a fearsome duo, but this league has shown that teams wont hesitate to add another edge rusher.
32. New England Patriots – Dexter Lawrence (DT/Clemson)
The Patriots declined the fifth-year options of both Malcom Brown and Danny Shelton, so they will likely be in the market for interior defensive linemen next spring.