After a blockbuster trade between the Dolphins, 49ers, and the Eagles, the draft was shaken up with a new order.
The 49ers now hold the third overall pick and seem to be in the market for their quarterback of the future.
Let’s take a look at my mock draft 2.0 (pictured right) and highlight key players that could be taken.
New York Jets No. 2 select Zach Wilson QB BYU
The Jets pick at number two overall seems to be becoming clearer and clearer. With a new Head Coach and a general manager Joe Douglas, the Jets could take their franchise guy. Wilson’s draft stock has been soaring ever higher and as a dynamic player with a fresh contract, the Jets could choose him to lead them in the future.
San Francisco 49ers select No. 3 select Mac Jones QB Alabama
Now with the third pick in the draft and GM John Lynch explaining that they will take their quarterback of the future, the 49ers have had a heavy focus on Jones with both GM and Coach going to his pro day. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan has worked with Matt Ryan and Jimmy Grappolo and has always had an interest in Kirk Cousins. It was also reported that the 49ers were even in the Mattew Stafford trade market. So would it be such a surprise to select Mac Jones as a replacement for the injury-prone Jimmy G. With a perfect fit in the system, Jones should thrive with a Super Bowl squad, but it’s when he plays or any QB they select as Jimmy G is still on the roster.
Atlanta Falcons No. 4 select Kyle Pitts TE Florida
With new Head Coach Arthur Smith, the Falcons could be looking to make their offense even more dynamic. With Pitts 6”6, he is a huge target for that offense and he can play anywhere on the field. Another weapon for an already explosive offense.
Cincinnati Bengals No. 5 select Ja’Marr Chase WR
Yes, I understand the Bengals need to fix the offensive line, but with such a deep o-line class and the best wide-out still on the board, the Bengals could add a huge weapon. The Bengals were in the market for Kenny Golladay, which tells me they are still in the market for a number one wide-out and Chase could be that guy.
Philadelphia Eagles No. 12 select Rashawn Slater T Northwestern
Another team that has built up quite the draft capital for the next couple of years and potentially three first-round picks next year. The Eagles allowed the most sacks last season with over 60 sacks. Slater who could be moved inside or out would help a ton and be a major upgrade to this offensive line and allow Jalen Hurts more time.
Washington Football Team WFT No. 14 select Trey Lance QB NDSU
A special mock trade as WFT trades up with the Vikings to get their future QB. The perfect scenario with the perfect teacher. While Trey Lance has only played one season, who better to be in front of him than Ryan Fitzpatrick. With Ron Rivera coaching former number one pick Cam Newton, Lance has a lot of the same attributes. It would be the perfect fit and a comfortable fit for Lance as he could sit back and learn for a year and he would be on a very structured, young team with an amazing defense and an offense that upgraded, even more, this offseason.
Miami Dolphins No. 18 select Najee Harris RB Alabama
While he could go later, the Dolphins have the chance to make Tua even more comfortable by drafting his teammates in Smith and Harris. Plus they would get two-star players at their positions. Just another weapon to add to the offense and to make Tua even more comfortable, who was even trying to recruit Harris to the team over Twitter recently.
Chicago Bears No. 20 select Elijah Moore WR Mississippi
In a Matt Nagy offense where they can get so creative, I think the Bears could use another dynamic piece to move around. While he isn’t the biggest wide-out, he most certainly is one of the most dynamic and he can play anywhere on the field. Similar to Cordarelle Patterson, the Bears will get very creative with Moore.
New York Jets No. 23 select Caleb Farley CB VT
The Jets are in desperate need of corners and Robert Saleh wants a gritty corner that can play man to man. Farley can be that guy and provide stability to one side of the field, allowing for more dynamic and creative plays by the defense. With a back injury that may cause him to slide, Saleh and the Jets take a chance on Farley.
Pittsburgh Steelers No. 24 select Travis Etienne RB Clemson
A team that could not run the ball at all last year. When I watched the Steelers play, they just felt so one-dimensional and they could never get the run game going. Drafting Etienne one of the best running backs or maybe the most well-rounded running back in this class could provide a spark for this low-energy running game in Pittsburgh.
Baltimore Ravens No. 27 select Terrance Marshall WR LSU
A team that ranks towards the bottom or dead last in passing yards last year, Jackson just didn’t have many weapons to throw to the outside of his tight ends in Mark Andrews. Drafting Marshall gives the Ravens a bigger target and a guy that can fly down the field. That would give the Ravens a new-look offense with Lamar Jackson, J.K. Dobbins, Sammy Watkins, Hollywood Brown, and Terrance Marshall.
Green Bay Packers No. 29 select Kadarius Toney WR Florida
The MVP of the league last year seemingly took the Packers to another championship game with Davonte Adams, Aaron Jones, and Robert Tonyan. I just don’t know how Rodgers does it, he truly is special and last year they drafted for the future and didn’t give him any immediate help. If the Packers want Rodgers to stay and compete with a very good team they have in place, they need to help him out and Toney is a dangerous player with the ball in his hands and he could establish himself as the number two wideout in Green Bay.
Kansas City Chiefs No. 31 select Samuel Cosmi T Texas
The Chiefs who got attacked in the Super Bowl with poor offensive line play released both tackles in Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz. The team acquired Mike Remmers, Joe Thuney, and Kyle Long. Another piece to this rebuilt line would be Cosmi. The tackle from Texas is one of the best and would provide foundational protection for their foundational QB.
This has been yet another addition of Mock Draft Fridays, where anything can happen!