Meche’s Mock Draft 1.5
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
No surprise here with Lawrence staying at one. His fate is all but sealed to go to Jacksonville.
- New York Jets – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Wilson still feels like the number two quarterback to come out of the draft for me. The huge leaps from two years ago and last year gives the Jets exactly what they need to improve.
- San Francisco 49ers – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio St.
Plenty of teams were at FIeld’s second Pro Day such as Atlanta and the Jets, but I feel as though New York likes Wilson more and The Falcons wouldn’t even have a chance to draft Fields if this pick sticks. Fields adds an extra aspect of running that Kyle Shannahan can add to his offense. Something that Jones, Garopollo and previously Ryan haven’t been able to bring to the table.
- Atlanta Falcons – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota St. Univ.
If Atlanta decides to stay where they are at, Lance makes sense long term. His ability to take off with the football when everything breaks down makes him such an intriguing prospect. Having him sit behind Matt Ryan for at least a year will help in his development and grow as a quarterback.
- Cincinnati Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Still sticking with Chase here for Cincy. The top receiver talent will be Joe’s number one option from day one and is someone who’ll get open consistently.
- Miami Dolphins – Penei Sewell, OL, Oregon
No changes so far have been made and I’m not stopping here either. Having Jackson and Sewell on the edges gives time for Tua to make his reads.
- Detroit Lions – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Having a dynamic playmaker with speed is what Detroit needs after losing both the top receivers to free agency. Waddle should be fully healed from his injury last season.
- Carolina Panthers – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Now that Carolina has their quarterback, they can go get him a shiny new tight end to throw to. Sam Darnold would would now have a premiere player at each skill position and Pitts improves the position that has been neglected since Greg Olsen left for Seattle. This offense would be loads of fun to watch on sundays.
- Denver Broncos – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn St.
Parsons taking over at the inside linebacker spot would take this defense to a level higher than before. He’s great at stopping the run and getting pressure in the backfield. Sending him, Von Miller, and Bradley Chubb would almost guarantee Denver a sack and have a team that was top 10 in sacks last year even better in that category.
- Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama
Jerry Jones’ offense has been given a lot of attention. Shifting over to the other side and getting Surtain to pair with Diggs on the outside will prove crucial.
- New York Giants – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Now that New York has moved on from a recent first round corner, the Giants should take heavy consideration at taking another to replace him. Horn has the speed to keep up with the NFC East pass catchers.
- Philadelphia Eagles – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Even with Parsons being selected higher than before, linebacker is still very much a position of need here. Grabbing an every-down backer who makes plays on the ball like Owusu-Koramoah is the right decision for improvement on defense.
- Los Angeles Chargers – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Protecting Justin Herbert and improving the offensive line is a must need that has to be addressed early in the draft. Slater only had five pressures given up in his 2019 season before outing out of the 2020 season to prepare for the draft.
- Minnesota Vikings – Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
Paye’s got the potential to be an every-down player and be a good pairing on the opposite side of Danielle Hunter. Edge needs to be addressed if Minnesota wants to prevent another six touchdown game from Kamara again.
- New England Patriots – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
New England should have their focus on getting as many weapons as possible to surround Cam with and getting a Heisman Trophy winner isn’t a bad direction to look at. DeVonta’s ability to get open and run after the catch is unmatched and could be a consistent go-to guy for Cam.
- Arizona Cardinals – Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC
Vera-Tucker’s versatility gives Arizona options to plug him either on the inside or the outside of the line. His run blocking ability will help open running lanes for design runs with Murray and their new running back James Conner.
- Las Vegas Raiders – Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Putting Darrisaw on the right side of the line will help keep Carr protected on the outside. His run blocking would be put to good use for Drake and Josh.
- Miami Dolphins – Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
Christian Baremore is his name and being explosive off the line and winning leverage battles is his game. Another big defensive lineman that’ll make an impact in Flores’ defense.
- Washington – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Fitzmagic was brought in to be the bridge quarterback, and having Jones potentially fall this far gives them the great opportunity to go get the young quarterback early in the draft.
- Chicago Bears – Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
Chicago now needs a new corner and will probably lean in that direction early on. Newsome’s size and nice coverage skills can keep him in sticky coverage.
- Indianapolis Colts – Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Right now I am still in favor of replenishing the edge. Ojulari looks for sacks and have pressure on the quarterback.
- Tennessee Titans – Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Since the Titans have moved on from Davis getting his replacement makes sense. Bateman has that break away speed that reminds me of Odell.
- New York Jets – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Farley could be the best overall corner in this class. Teams seem to have concern over his injury and if he’s injury prone or not.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma St.
Jenkins can be a young anchor for a line that needs youth and better blocking for Big Ben and whoever there next starting back will be.
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
Moehrig is a great all-around safety that can play in the box or go out into coverage. His versatility makes him a valuable asset for a defense that has hit the restart button.
- Cleveland Browns – Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
With the newest addition of Jadeveon Clowney, their rusher opposite of Garrett has been filled. A really big position that could use some attention is a linebacker who works well in the pass and run. Davis’ size and speed gives him the ability to close out on ball carriers and move around in pass coverage with ease.
- Baltimore Ravens – Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
Marshall can line up outside and put in work on the inside and in the slot as we saw last year at LSU. He showed he can be that number one guy that Lamar hasn’t been able to find so far.
- New Orleans Saints – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Collins has the ability to do whatever is asked of him. Having him replace Kwon Alexander if he’s still on the board is the best decision to keep this defense looking similar to last season.
- Green Bay Packers – Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami (FL)
Jaelen makes plays out in space covering a lot of the field fairly quickly. His threat on the edges will bring greater pressure and can get there in the run game to stop the runner for an already good defense.
- Buffalo Bills – Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse
Making a switch, but staying in the same position. The Syracuse corner displays the ability to press up and gets close to the line of scrimmage to jam receivers from getting out of their break to go with an above-average height for a corner at 6’ 3”.
- Kansas City Chiefs – Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
Cosmi secures up Mahomes on his blind side with excellent fundamentals in pass protection. Sticking with the best available left tackle for a that passes a lot is essential for Mahomes’ health.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington
Suh’s contract is a bunch of void years after this season so looking for a young interior lineman can be looked at heavily. Levi will get one good year to learn from Suh and progressively take over his spot next season.