Eric B’s NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (with Trades)

Arizona Cardinals Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma

Option A: Give your new coach the best chance to win with a QB that fits his scheme better than almost anyone. Option B: Create the largest smokescreen in NFL history to garner trade value. Its option A.

2.

San Francisco 49ers Nick Bosa OLB/DE Ohio State

This 3-4 front is starting to look dangerous with newly acquired Dee Ford on one side and now Nick Bosa on the other. The 49ers will consider Q. Williams here but having Deforest Bucker for another year compels them to take Bosa

3.

NY Jets Josh Allen OLB/DE Kentucky

After the Jets pursued and nearly acquired Anthony Barr, its clear that they need a hybrid DE/Edge player. Josh Allen is also a Jersey boy making this a done deal. The Jets already showed their hand. They fail to find a trade partner and draft Allen.

4.

Oakland Raiders Quinnen Williams DT Alabama

The Raiders get a ton of value for taking Q. Williams at 4 due to the fact that the majority of analysts have Williams #1 or #2 on their draft board. Mike Mayock won’t overthink it.

5.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Trade W/Washington) Drew Lock QB Missouri

The Redskins find a trade partner in Tampa to move ahead of the Giants. I don’t know if anyone truly knows Alex Smith’s return status but I do know that the Redskins are close to being a consistent competitor with a solid QB. Lock is currently more suited to come into the league and perform over Haskins. For Tampa Bay they are converting to a 3-4 and they find more value in the mid 1st round to fit their needs.

6.

NY Giants Rashan Gary DE/DT Michigan

Because of Saquan Barkley the Giants currently have a bigger hole on defense rather than offense. They need to find an edge player and Gettleman will fall in love with Gary’s explosiveness.

7.

Jacksonville Jaguars (Trade W/Atlanta) Ed Oliver DT Houston

According to Paul Crane of the “Scouts Honor Podcast” the Falcons have been inquiring about trading up for Oliver… I believe that makes sense for the Falcons and I think they will find a trade partner in the Jaguars. The Jaguars have major holes to fill in WR, OL. That value is in the middle of rd. 1.

8.

Detroit Lions (Trade W/Cincinnati) Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State

Detroit offers a solid deal to the Bengals to move back. Cincinnati takes the deal to draft their QB of the future in Haskins. Dalton has two years left on his deal but with the new coaching changes the time to change the QB is right now. This will allow Haskins to sit for the first half of the season and absorb the NFL game.

9.

Buffalo Bills TJ Hockenson TE Iowa

Brandon Beane witnessed what Greg Olsen did for Cam Newton in Carolina, and the best overall blocking/receiving TE in this draft is TJ Hockenson. The Bills already revealed their need when they tried to sign Dwayne Allen. They are looking for a run blocking TE and Hockeson is that and so much more.

10.

Denver Broncos Devin White ILB LSU

With Vic Fangio coming to Denver as the new Head Coach its hard to image Elway taking a QB or an offensive player in general at 10. With the departure of Brandon Marshall to the Raiders, the Broncos are in dire need of a MLB. Fangio worked with Roquan Smith last year and now this year Devin White.

11.

Cincinnati Bengals (Trade W/ Detroit) Devin Bush OLB Michigan

I have seen Devin Bush as far up at pick 8 and as far low as the second round. Hes a more conserval player due to his lack of size, however he is lighting fast for a will LB and he will certainly be an upgrade for the weak Lions LBs. His ability to cover will make him a starter for years when Aaron Rodgers is in your division.

12.

Green Bay Packers Josh Jacobs RB Alabama

Matt Lafluir is one of the most creative playcallers in the NFL as shown by his work in Tennessee last season. With the limited passing ability of Marcus Mariota, many of the play designs were short throws and screens. Josh Jacobs allows Lafluir to implement some of those concepts in Green Bay. With a second pick in rd 1 they take thier guy here.

13.

Miami Dolphins Jonah Williams G/OT Alabama

Miami is clearly tanking next season to secure a top pick for a QB in 2020, and they are not hiding it. Currently they only have Larimy Tunsil locked on this oline. Jonah Williams allows them a headstart on the tank for former teamate Tua.

14.

Atlanta Falcons (Trade w/Jacksonville) D.K. Metcalf WR Ole Miss

Jacksonville has to find a playmaker for Nick Foles. Sure Chris Conley and Marquse Lee are ok but Foles was outstanding with Alson Jeffery and with help from new OC John Defilippo, D.K. Metcaif will fill that role. They address the Tackle position in rd 2.

15.

Washington Redskins (Trade W/ Tampa Bay) Montez Sweat OLB/DE Mississippi State

There is a chance that Bruce Arians will be looking for a QB next season, which promps this trade to acquire more picks. Montez Sweat will be a stud on the edge as the Bucs transition to a 3-4 defense. He falls to the Bucs due to a minor health issue. This works out great for Tampa because they were eyeballing Sweat at number 5.

16.

Carolina Panthers Andre Dillard OT

After the Matt Kahlil experiment the Panthers commit to drafting a LT. Dillard is the best pass protecting LT in this draft and teams will be all over him come draft day.

17.

New York Giants Daniel Jones QB Duke

The Giants need to address the QB position or NYC might riot. Drafting Daniel Jones is ideal for the Giants because Eli and Daniel will have a positive working relationship due to the fact they have the same coach. Eli’s off-season coach and Duke’s head coach David Cutcliffe. More so, Gettleman will be ok with taking Jones at 16 due to the fact that the value is much more friendly.

18.

Minnesota Vikings Jawaan Taylor OT Florida

Arguably Jaawan Taylor is the best OT in the draft but many analysts say he will play RT instead of LT which puts him after Dillard in this mock. The QBs flying off the board early pushes Taylor to 18.  The Vikings struggled mightily against the pass rush last year and they will almost certainly address the oline early in this draft.

19.

Tennessee Titans Christian Wilkins DT Clemson

Mike Vrabel has a relationship with Christen Wilkins -Eric Bacharach- Tennessean.com, Its not much but its hard to ignore the report added to Wilkin’s ability, production, and leadership. The Titans will take him to help the pass rush.

20.

Pittsburgh Steelers Noah Fant TE Iowa

What do you do when your team loses two of the top playmakers in the league, well you draft a playmaker. Noah Fant is a mismatch nightmare at TE. He can blow the top off a defense in the right situation. I think the Steelers notice his playmaking ability as a huge benefit and take fant at 20.

21.

Seattle Seahawks Clelin Ferrel DE Clemson

Ferrel helps this Seattle defense moving forward, with Frank Clark on a one year Franchise tag and potentially on the trade block, the Seahawks get their DE for the future.

22.

Baltimore Ravens N’keal Harry WR Arizona State

N’Keal Harry is arguably the most complete WR in the draft, he has the best body positioning for tough contested catches and that is what Baltimore needs with the installation of their new innovative offense.

23.

Houston Texans Greedy Williams CB LSU

With the loss of Kareem Jackson to Denver, the Texans take the best corner in the draft. Williams will have a tough adjustment to the NFL but his upside is the best in the draft at his position.

24.

Oakland Raiders (via Bears) Deandre Baker CB Georgia

The Raiders will need to address the CB postion early in this draft and I think Mayock and Gruden will like Baker’s toughness.

25.

Philadelphia Eagles (Trade w/ New England) Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson

The Patriots trade up to take a Patriot type guy in Lawerance. NE will need to account for the loss of Danny Shelton and/or Trey Flowers. The Patriot have a lot of room to maneuver in this draft.

26.

Indianapolis Colts Byron Murphy CB Washington

The Colts Draft Murphy to help out as a Nickel Corner. Some Mocks have Murphy going much higher than this pick and the Colts love the value.

27.

Oakland Raiders (via Cowboys) Irv Smith TE Alabama

Mike Mayock’s 3rd pick in the first round is Jared Cook’s replacement at Tight End. The Raiders now have the best DT, a solid CB, and a top TE, all 3 players will be starters.

28.

LA Chargers AJ Brown WR Ole Miss

LA is happy to see AJ Brown fall to them, they now have a replacement for Ty Williams in order to remain competitive within their division. AJ Brown is the most versatile WR in this draft, he will fit in well in LA.

29.

Green Bay Packers (via Saints) Jerry Tillery DE/DT Notre Dame

The Packers are fully committed to a 3-4 scheme under Mike Pettine, they have addressed the edge position in Z. Smith and Preston Brown, now its time to shore up the 3 man front. Tillery will be a vital part of this defense at DE in a 3 man front.

30.

Kansas City Chiefs Garrett Bradbury C NC State

With the loss of Mitch Morse to Buffalo, the number 1 priority above replacing Dee Ford is to invest in their star QB. Bradbury provides stability at the C position for years to come.

31.

Los Angeles Rams Brian Burns DE/OLB Florida State

Great pick here by the Rams, they now have Clay Matthews playing strong side LB and arguably the best weak side OLB in Brian Burns. The Rams D continues to improve.

32.

New England Patriots (Trade w/Arizona)**Rosen Cody Ford G/OT Oklahoma

I don’t know where Josh Rosen ends up, but I know that teams will look at the Josh Rosen trade as a bargain and Belicheck and company love them some NFL bargains. This will be the ultimate deal for the Pats who end up giving up their 1st round pick. The Cardinals take Kyler Murray’s teammate in Cody Ford, they need to be all in on Kingsbury’s system or everyone will be fired.

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