Last week, I released my mock draft with picks 1-16. It is time for the other half! If you happened to miss my 1-16 picks, you can find that here. Like before, no trades were considered in this mock draft. I will make an article sharing my trade ideas. Let’s jump right into it!
17. Dallas Cowboys – C.J. Henderson, CB:
The Cowboys have made some notable moves on defense in free agency. They acquired Gerald McCoy (DT), Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S), and Dontari Poe (DT). They lost Byron Jones (CB), as well. They are in need of a replacement, and C.J. Henderson is that guy. There is already high interest from the Cowboys to land Henderson. Henderson brings explosiveness, physicality, and athleticism all over the field. The Cowboys are trying to build a shut-down defense, and C.J. is a piece to that puzzle.
18. Miami Dolphins – D’Andre Swift, RB:
Ryan Fitzpatrick led the team in rushing yards (243) and TDs (4). Yeah, that’s a problem that needs to be addressed here. Swift is an unquestionable feature back and three down threat. He brings a rare blend of size, agility, speed, and receiving ability – capable of overhauling a NFL team’s rushing attack with his every down skill set.
19. Las Vegas Raiders – Xavier McKinney, S:
The Raiders are in good position here to address their safety need. They look care of their linebacker need in free agency with bringing in Nick Kwiatkoski and Corey Littleton. McKinney is a versatile defender; he spent some time playing nickel linebacker, and displaying blitzing abilities. He will be a great addition to the Raider’s defense by allowing them to exploit match-ups, and being all over the field. Erik Harris led the team in interceptions (3) filling in for the SS position. The Raiders have an opportunity to allow Harris to continue to be efficient on defense, while McKinney takes over nickel defense match-ups as a safety or corner.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jaylon Johnson, CB:
First Jalen Ramsey, now A.J. Bouye. The Jaguars need a replacement at corner to make them defensively competitive again. Johnson has emerged as one of the top corners in this draft, and if he is available here, the Jags should take him. His production in 2018 made teams scared to throw to him in 2019, but he still produced solid numbers (36 TOT, 11 PDs, and 2 INTs). Pair him with Tre Herndon, who had similar numbers for the Jags in 2019, and watch them shut receivers down.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Justin Jefferson, WR:
Jefferson is a polished receiver and should make an immediate impact at the next level, especially on a team that needs a reliable WR. Jefferson is a tall, slender wide-out with off the charts production. He lines up in the slot and out wide. He is an outstanding route runner and does a nice job getting out on the toes of cornerbacks and then creating separation. Jefferson has the opportunity to be an immediate day one starter and impact player. His production numbers in 2019 is hands-down the best in the entire WR class (111 Rec, 1,540 yds, and 18 TDs).
22. Minnesota Vikings – Brandon Aiyuk, WR:
The Vikings may have a gap in the corner position that needs to be filled, but they have a bigger gap to fill in the WR department. With the shocking trade of Stefon Diggs, the Vikings need another reliable receiver. Brandon Aiyuk has the potential to be the next Diggs. Aiyuk plays an aggressive game of football; he is explosive in his release and attacks the leverage of corners, has strong hands, and is best after the catch breaking tackles. Sounds familiar, huh? Pair that with the talents of Adam Thielen, and the Vikings have a dynamic duo again.
23. New England Patriots – Jordan Love, QB:
I cannot think of a more “low risk, high reward” scenario than Jordan Love to the Patriots. The “Poor Mans Patrick Mahomes” has shown his playmaking abilities that makes teams excited. However, he had a bad supporting cast at Utah that raises questions and concerns for teams on Love, as well. Overall, he is a raw prospect who may need time to develop. There is no better coach or team that can take the raw talent in Love, and polish them into super stardom like Belichick and the Patriots. Love can be the Patriots’ new era franchise quarterback.
24. New Orleans Saints – Patrick Queen, LB:
Besides Damario Davis, there is a lacking of productive linebackers for the Saints. Queen may be an undersized linebacker, but he makes up for it with his coverage abilities. He is fluid in his drops and his change-of-direction ability is excellent. He has good instincts to jump routes, and closes to the flats in a hurry. In an extreme pass heavy division, Queen is a great fit here. He is an impact player on all three downs.
25. Minnesota Vikings – A.J. Terrell, CB:
Here is where the Vikings can address their cornerback need. They lost Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander, and Xavier Rhodes. Noteworthy loses as Waynes and Rhodes were former first round picks, and Alexander was second route, respectively. Terrell has a strong resume in a variety of coverages and techniques. In press, he has an effective one-hand jam and can cover vertical routes with his 4.42 speed. In zone, he has very good good ball awareness and is a reliable tackler and blitzer.
26. Miami Dolphins – K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge:
The Dolphins only had 23 sacks in 2019. That is another major area that needs to be addressed. Chaisson is long, explosive, and very athletic. As a pass rusher, he relies more on pure get-off speed and athletic ability than technical skill. He is at his best as a looper, where he can find a crease and explode through. Against the run, he flashes the ability to stack and hold the point, but he excels at slipping blocks and creating havoc.
27. Seattle Seahawks – A.J. Epenesa, Edge:
The Seahawks acquired Bruce Irving (DE) in free agency, and he had a productive 2019 season with Carolina. However, at 32, his days are limited and he is not a sustainable option for the Seahawks. A.J. Epenesa will be that sustainable player that produces for the next four years in Seattle. Epenesa is a skilled pass rusher with outstanding size, strength, and effort. He has a variety of techniques that makes him a threat in pass and rush rushes. He should be a consistent 8-10 sack performer.
28. Baltimore Ravens – Kenneth Murray, LB:
The Ravens tagged Matthew Judon, so he is secured for one more year. However, the Ravens still lack depth at linebacker. If available here, the Ravens take Kenneth Murray. Murray is an off-the-ball, run-and-hit linebacker. He is best when he is free to chase and make plays to the perimeter. I’m not saying he is like a Ray Lewis, but I’m just saying. It is believed he would be best served to play outside linebacker, the area the Ravens need most.
29. Tennessee Titans – Austin Jackson, OT:
The Titans gave up 56 sacks in 2019. That is way too much for a playoff team (five sacks in postseason). That can address that here with Austin Jackson. They already have a top-tier LT with Taylor Lewan, so the Titans can have two first round LTs who can prevent those sacks late in the season. Jackson brings unique blend of size and athleticism. He is quick and has good balance making him efficient in pass and run defense. He is young, only 20 years old, so he may need time to develop the strength needed at the next level, but he has high upside.
30. Green Bay Packers – Cole Kmet, TE:
I would like to see the Packers take a tight end here. There may be other “best available” players on the board, but Kmet fits their needs the most. The Packers do not have a reliable TE, and Kmet offers ideal size, frame, and athleticism for the position. In the passing game, he does his best work running seams, has good speed (4.70), and uses his frame to wall off defenders to snatch the ball in traffic. In run defense, he effectively shields and walls off defenders, and takes good angles working up to the second level. He will be useful in the red zone. He is seen as a reliable and long-term starter in the NFL.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Kristian Fulton, CB:
Arguably, the Niners’ most needed position. They have young talented players everywhere on defense, but lack it on left side corner. Sherman has had a great career, but he is 32, and the age is showing. Back up, K’Waun Williams, is 28. It is time the 49ers got a young and talented corner to compliment the remaining Niners’ defense. San Francisco gives up too many deep passes during key moments of games. Fulton has allowed only 40 percent completion rate since 2018, and is very aware and reliable in off coverage space. He lacks long speed, and being consistent in press coverage, but his toughness may make up for it.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Cesar Ruiz, C:
The Chiefs’ offensive line was decent in 2019, but they started to fall apart during the postseason as we saw Patrick Mahomes get sacked six times. In the regular season, the offensive line surrendered 26 sacks. Doesn’t sound too bad, but left guard, Stefen Wisniewski is gone due to free agency, and center, Austin Reiter, can be replaced. That’s what they do by drafting Cesar Ruiz. Ruiz is an extremely consistent, physical, and aware center. He is an anchor in the pass and run game with the ability to deliver tight punches and create movement.