We're almost there kids. Just a few days away from the NFL Draft. Finally, something sports-related is happening. It's been the longest month of my life without sports and it made me realize that I need to appreciate sports more than I already do. I need to watch that Dolphins vs. Bengals week four game. I need to watch that mid-November matchup between the Wizards and Bulls. I need to watch that shitty August, dog days of summer, 1:10 first pitch between the Royals and Tigers. I'll never take sports for granted again.
I'm done ranting, here's my final mock before Thursday's NFL Draft. Hope y'all enjoy it. Note: I don't have any trades in this mock. If you think a certain player falls too far, it's because I believe the team that selects that player will move up to get him (You'll see with Justin Herbert).
Mock Draft 3.0.
1. Cincinnati Bengals- Joe Burrow QB LSU
Joe Burrow has been the clear number one pick since December. He gets a chance to revitalize a Bengals franchise that has been stuck in mediocrity for the past decade.
2. Washington Redskins- Chase Young Edge Ohio State
Chase Young is the best player in the draft. Getting him at #2 is a huge win for the Washington Redskins. He joins a very underrated front seven in Washington, with multiple first-round picks, including last year's first-rounder Montez Sweat, Johnathan Allen, and Ryan Kerrigan.
3. Detroit Lions- Jeff Okudah CB Ohio State
The Detroit Lions will most likely be trading back here, but if they were to stay in this spot, Ohio State's Jeff Okudah is the obvious selection. He's the best man coverage corner in the draft and fits well alongside the newly acquired Desmond Trufant.
4. New York Giants- Jedrick Wills Jr. OT Alabama
My favorite tackle in the draft. He allowed just one sack against power five schools since he became the full-time starter at tackle for the Crimson Tide. Helps rebuild a bottom ten offensive line in the league and helps Barkley and Daniel Jones continuing improvement.
5. Miami Dolphins- Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
I had Justin Herbert here my first two mocks, but I think that Miami ends up taking Tua here. Despite injury concerns, he’s the clear second-best quarterback prospect and has one of the higher ceilings of the group. Miami gets their signal caller of the future and a pretty good one at that.
6. Los Angeles Chargers- Isaiah Simmons LB/S/Everything Clemson
Oh boy, if the Chargers can get Isaiah Simmons, everybody run. They have experience with taking a guy (Derwin James) who was supposed to go way higher but slipped right into their arms. Simmons can do literally anything, so I'm sure that Los Angeles will find a spot for him on their already stacked defense.
7. Carolina Panthers- Derrick Brown IDL Auburn
The rebuilding Panthers have a lot of options here and I think trading down is a possibility, but if they don’t Derrick Brown has to be the pick. Carolina’s defense got significantly worse this offseason, so adding Brown is a good start to rebuilding the defense.
8. Arizona Cardinals- Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa
Wills is their top choice, but they have a good backup plan in Tristan Wirfs. In Kliff Kingsbury’s offense, you need guys who are able to move and there’s none better in this draft than Wirfs.