With only days remaining until the NFL Draft begins, all mock drafts are starting to look the same. We are bringing you our alternative Mock Draft 4.0 including trades which spin an alternative view on how round 1 could fall.
As Ian Rapoport has reported, the media are more wrong this year than any other when it comes to mock drafts, so why don’t we mix it up?
Alternative Mock Draft 4.0 brings some monster trades, questionable decisions as well as some big names falling.
As always, we will keep you updated here at Ninety-Nine Yards right up until draft day. Let us know your opinions on twitter @NinetynineYards.
Who is your team picking?
Cincinnati Bengals – QB – JOE BURROW – LSU
It is becoming increasingly difficult to see this pick being anyone but Joe Burrow. There have been little to no rumours that they are looking to trade away and more than one team have claimed they have a perfect grade for him
Washington Redskins – EDGE – CHASE YOUNG – Ohio State
Chase Young is the best player in this draft and it’s not changing anytime soon. Ron Rivera would love to give defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio a franchise chess piece.
Detroit Lions – CB- JEFFREY OKUDAH – Ohio State
With Young off the board, the Lions would like to trade this pick. With no offers incoming they pick a stud at corner to start to rebuild their secondary.
New York Giants – WR – CEEDEE LAMB – Oklahoma
GM Dave Gettleman has been throwing smoke screens this off season. The most recent one that they are actively looking to trade down. But at #4 they will be demanding a high price and teams will look to pass.
The talk all off season has been that they have to protect Daniel Jones and getting a tackle is a priority. Jones needs weapons also and the Giants jump the gun and take a receiver early.
Miami Dolphins – QB – JUSTIN HERBERT – Oregon
Rumours continue that the Dolphins war room is genuinely split on both Tua and Herbert. If in doubt go with the healthy guy, the safer pick. Herbert would become the franchise QB in Miami for the next decade. Why take the gamble?
LA Chargers – OT – JEDRICK WILLS JR – Alabama
This pick has the potential to send the draft into chaos. The consensus is that the Chargers will go quarterback here. But, with Tua’s health still in question LA go and get a building block in the trenches to protect whoever will be under center in 2020.
Carolina Panthers – DT – DERRICK BROWN – Auburn
Derrick Brown is a plug and play defender for years to come. The Panthers will feel they are in the mix to pick Trevor Lawrence in 2021. Before they can invest in a young quarterback, it makes sense to buy into young leaders in the trenches and Brown fills a need for years to come.
Arizona Cardinals – OT – TRISTAN WIRFS – Iowa
The Cardinals have improved dramatically since the last off season. They have their QB and they now have given him plenty of weapons. A tackle isn’t a flashy pick but a necessary one.
Miami Dolphins from Jacksonville Jaguars for #18, #26 – OT – ANDREW THOMAS – Georgia
In this mock the Dolphins have their new franchise QB, now they need a flagship tackle. There is a huge drop off after the top 4 tackles and Miami need to make sure they get premium assets. With multiple teams looking to trade up and the Browns and Jets looking over their shoulder the Jaguars demand a pretty penny to move up.
Dever Broncos from Cleveland Browns for #15, #73, #83 – WR – JERRY JEUDY – Alabama
No franchise needs a receiver more than the Broncos. They are desperate for help on the outside and to make sure they are not left behind and get a top prospect they have to pay up.
Atlanta Falcons from New York Jets for #16, #78, #143 – DT – JAVON KINLAW – South Carolina
When watching Kinlaw what jumps out is his aggressiveness, his toughness and his ruthlessness. Dan Quinn loves his guys to do the dirty work and matching Kinlaw with Grady Jarrett makes pocket pressure easier in a difficult division
Las Vegas Raiders -CB – C.J. HENDERSON – Florida
The Raiders need help at corner and it is now reported some teams have Henderson above Okudah. Taking Henderson fills a major need where others can be filled later in the draft.
Philadelphia Eagles from SF 49ers for #21, #103, #168 – WR – HENRY RUGGS III – Alabama
With Lamb being taken early and the Broncos trading up to take Juedy, the situation has forced the Eagles hand. Sitting still at #21 means they could miss out on the premier receivers. The Eagles’ fans are desperate for a wideout.
Tampa Bay Buccanneers- OT – MEKHI BECTON – Louisville
Becton is an elite run blocker. On a recent call, Daniel Jeremiah told us Becton was close to Quentin Nelson as the best run-blockers he had seen coming out of college.
But it has been revealed, in the last few days, that Becton had a failed drugs test just before the NFL combine in Indianapolis. This has raised questions over Becton’s leadership and maturity. History tells us drug violations declines a prospects draft stock and potentially fall down the draft board.
Cleveland Browns – OT – EZRA CLEVELAND – Boise State
#15 seems way too high to draft Ezra Cleveland. He doesn’t appear in our top 50 prospects. But, the Browns are apparently really high on him and would you really put it past the Browns to make a move like this?
New York Jets – WR – JUSTIN JEFFERSON – LSU
The Jets get a collection of picks and still get a playmaker. The Jets will hope they can improve the offensive line on day 2 but adding picks and still getting a receiver will be a good night for New York.
Dallas Cowboys – EDGE – K’LAVON CHAISSON – LSU
Chaisson has huge upside and drafting a pure EDGE to pair with Demarcus Lawrence will be scary. The defence needs an injection of youth and the Cowboys can address the safety position in later rounds.
Jacksonville Jaguars from Miami – QB – TUA TAGOVAILOA – Alabama
We already knew there were concerns about Tua’s health. The closer we get to draft day, the more the rumours have escalated. If Tua falls below 6 it’s possible he takes an Aaron Rodgers type slide. The Jaguars have said they are all in on Gardiner Minshew this season, but to draft Tua and still have 2 more first-round picks would prove too tempting.
Las Vegas Raiders – LB – ISAIAH SIMMONS – Clemson
NFL general manager want certainty. Is Simmons a linebacker? An edge rusher? A safety? Simmons enters the draft as a linebacker but it seems more and more teams are viewing him as a safety.
Although Simmons has the versatility that defensive coordinators love, does positional uncertainty mean he falls down draft boards? What we do know is Mike Mayock loves shopping at Clemson, and in this mock draft, this prospect is too good to turn down.
Jacksonville Jaguars – LB – KENNETH MURRAY – Oklahoma
Kenneth Murray is the dream prospect. Teams haven’t conducted a better interview all draft season. Murray is an absolute pro who, when paired with Myles Jack, will improve the Jags defence enormously.
San Francisco 49ers – WR – BRANDON AIYUK – Arizona State
After losing Emmanuel Sanders to New Orleans, the 49ers are low in the receiver department. Adding another weapon for Garoppolo, San Francisco will be hoping for another deep run into the playoffs.
Minnesota Vikings – CB – JEFF GLADNEY – TCU
Mike Zimmer once said “you can’t have to many cornerbacks”. He adds another one here. Gladney fills a need in Minnesota and his durability will jump off the page for Zimmer and the Vikings front office.
New England Patriots – EDGE – A.J. EPENESA – Iowa
The Patriots always keep things close to their chest. All mock drafts are guessing at this point. A.J. Epenesa is a perfect fit for in New England, has size over length and a leader on the field.
New Orleans Saints – LB – PATRICK QUEEN – LSU
In a division full of talent sideline to sideline defenders who can tackle are vital. Queen fits straight into a Saints team with not many weaknesses and New Orleans will be hoping he is the missing piece for a Superbowl run.
Minnesota Vikings – OT – ISAIAH WILSON – Georgia
It is now reported Wilson is on the cards to be picked in the first round and the Vikings need help on the offensive line. Wilson is a huge block to insert in the trench and with the run blocking ability to help Dalvin Cook, Wilson is a important piece that Minnesota needs to find.
Jacksonville Jaguars from Miami Dolphins – CB – JAYLON JOHNSON – Utah
Drafting a corner will be the priority entering the draft having lost both Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. Coming out of day 1 the Jags can be pretty happy with their haul.
Indianapolis Colts from Seattle Seahawks for #34, #122, #193 – QB – JORDAN LOVE – Utah State
Seattle love to trade in the first round. They haven’t picked with their original first-round pick since 2011. Having traded #13 the Colts trade back into the first round to select Jordan Love. Love has all the arm strength in the world but needs to improve his accuracy and consistency.
Sitting Love behind Philip Rivers for 1 or potentially 2 years, Love can learn to mature and how to become a pro.
Baltimore Ravens – WR – DENZEL MIMS – Baylor
Baltimore is building a track team around Lamar Jackson, Mims is another player to drop into a rapid offence. The Ravens aren’t far away from competing for a Superbowl and the front office will be giving the team every opportunity to do so.
Ravens do need help at linebacker and potentially off the edge and they will be looking to address these on day 2.
Tennessee Titans – OT – JOSH JONES – Houston
With notable free agents leaving in free agency the Titans need to continue to get better in both trenches. Josh Jones is a project but has all the measurables to be a starter in Tennessee.
Green Bay Packers – LB – ZACK BAUN – Wisconsin
The Packers need an all guns blazing linebacker. Zack Baun is just that. He is a juggernaut who has all the athleticism, mentality and attitude to be a Packer.
LA Chargers from San Francisco 49ers for #37, #112 and a 2021 third-round – QB – JALEN HURTS – Oklahoma
Jalen Hurts fits perfectly in LA. GM Tom Telesco loves mobile QBs and with the success of Lamar Jackson in the forefront of their minds, LA takes the plunge to secure his services.
GMs love players with a winning mentality, toughness and those that have overcome adversity. Hurts has the ability to attack, create and escape. Hurts could check all the boxes. It’s a risk, but it could pay off.
Kansas City Chiefs – S – XAVIER MCKINNEY – Alabama
The Chiefs have the ability to draft the best player available here and it will have crossed the minds of the front office in KC that they could add a weapon at running back. But, after losing 2 safeties in free agency, the Chiefs add some insurance and depth while saving against the cap.
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