Hendershott Mock Draft 1.0

With the NFL draft a week away, the HenderMock is revealed! Most of my draft research has been focused on the Packers, so it was fun to get outside my zone of influence and explore team needs and players I hadn’t read or watched much.

I used The Draft Network’s mock draft tool to answer all 32 first-round picks. I didn’t predict trades, though there will be many. Without further adieu:

1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray QB, Oklahoma
Whether or not moving on from Josh Rosen after a year is a wise move, all signs point to Kliff Kingsbury getting the passer he wants.

2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa EDGE, Ohio State
With their division rival going for a QB, the best edge rusher in the draft falls to SF. Bosa and Dee Ford give the 49ers a dangerous pass rushing combo.

3. New York Jets – Quinnen Williams iDL, Alabama
I really think the Jets will trade out of this spot, but if they stay put they have a cornucopia of options. New York elects to grab potentially the best player in the draft in this scenario.

4. Oakland Raiders – Josh Allen EDGE, Kentucky
After trading away Khalil Mack, the Raiders get a chance to replace him. Allen improved every year of college and has an extremely high ceiling. Feel free to actually keep the player this time, Raiders.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Devin White LB, LSU
I’m not going to overthink here; all signs point to Tampa Bay loving White as a Kwon Alexander replacement. Ed Oliver would be another logical option but I don’t want them to.

6. New York Giants – Jawaan Taylor OT, Florida
The Giants are like, really dumb, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this pick is used on a punter. But I’ll give them some benefit of the doubt. The Giants clearly want to run the ball 80 times a game, so they shore up their line with Taylor.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Montez Sweat EDGE, Mississippi State
Jacksonville seems committed to Big D Nick Foles for the time being, and the Giants just took Taylor, so the Jags go for pass rush help.

8. Detroit Lions – Brian Burns EDGE, Florida State
The Lions could trade back or a go in a few different directions will this pick, but getting a star edge for Matt Patricia seems like the right move.

9. Buffalo Bills – D.K. Metcalf WR, Mississippi
Pairing the howitzer of an arm of Josh Allen with the demigodly speed and physicality of Metcalf gives Buffalo a much needed offensive spark.

10. Denver Broncos – Devin Bush Jr. LB, Michigan
Elway could take a quarterback here, but the team has other needs. And Elway is bad at picking QBs anyway. Bush gives the Broncos a well-rounded field general at a major position of need.

11. Cincinnati Bengals – Drew Lock QB, Missouri
The Bengals are trying to escape from a pit of mediocrity. They need help at LB and along the line, but they choose to get Zac Taylor a new signal caller and start a new era instead. Lock has great physical skills and could win the starting job in Year 2.

12. Green Bay Packers – Ed Oliver iDL, Houston
Green Bay has bigger needs, but Oliver is too fascinating of a player to pass up. Pairing Oliver with Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels gives Mike Pettine one of the most fearsome defensive lines in the NFL. Daniels contract is up after this season, and this would be a forward thinking pick.

Ed Oliver showing his athleticism and love for horses. Photo from twitter.com/Edoliver_11.

13. Miami Dolphins – Jonah Williams OT, Alabama
I can’t know what Miami might be doing, but Williams would be a safe impact pick to protect FitzMagic.

14. Atlanta Falcons – Christian Wilkins iDL, Clemson
While the Falcons would love Ed Oliver here, Wilkins is a heck of a consolation prize. Atlanta would boast a dangerous interior defensive line to frighten quarterbacks.

15. Washington Redskins – Dwayne Haskins QB, Ohio State
If Josh Rosen is really available, Washington should slide in those DMs. Assuming they don’t, they get their quarterback of the future in Haskins.

16. Carolina Panthers – Clelin Ferrell EDGE, Clemson
With the retirement of Julius Peppers, edge is the move for the Panthers. Ferrell is the best available rusher and provides an answer on the outside.

17. New York Giants – Rashan Gary EDGE, Michigan
I don’t know what to think of Gary, but some team will gamble on his upside in the first round. It’s conceivable the Giants could even take Gary at 6; if he makes it to 17, they absolutely pull the trigger.

18. Minnesota Vikings – Cody Ford OT, Oklahoma
The Vikings really need help along the offensive line. Instead of taking another cornerback, they finally address the issue. Ford is versatile and plays with attitude.

19. Tennessee Titans – T.J. Hockenson TE, Iowa
The Titans are a run-first offense in need of passing game help. Hockenson is the perfect pairing. With fantastic route running abilities and Hulk-like blocking ability, Hock upgrades every part of this offense.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Byron Murphy CB, Washington
Pittsburgh really wanted Devin Bush to fall, but they should be used to not getting their way this offseason (haha get it cause they lost Bell and Brown with little to show for it). They get the best corner in the draft at least.

21. Seattle Seahawks – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson S, Florida
Seattle doesn’t have many picks, so this is a great spot to trade out of. If John Schneider stays put, they gladly draft CGJ, who can play anywhere in the backfield.

22. Baltimore Ravens – N’Keal Harry WR, Arizona State
Baltimore has a QB who isn’t great throwing the football and a dearth of reliable pass catchers. Harry has all the physical tools to succeed. Pairing him with Lamar Jackson lets them grow together.

23. Houston Texans – Garrett Bradbury iOL, NC State
See Minnesota. Houston should be in “offensive line no matter what” territory. Bradbury has the mobility and grit to be an impact starter from day one.

24. Oakland Raiders – Noah Fant TE, Iowa
Oakland lost Jared Cook this offseason and replace him with the most athletic tight end in the class. Fant is dynamic and would form a deadly combination with Antonio Brown.

25. Philadelphia Eagles – Joshua Jacobs RB, Alabama
One team has to take a running back in the first round, and after a season of playing musical chairs at the position, Philly fits the bill. While not as hyped as the top running backs of the last few drafts, Jacobs is explosive as a runner and in the pass game.

26. Indianapolis Colts – Jerry Tillery iDL, Notre Dame
The Colts have been wise in taking the best player available and pouncing on the right opportunities. In this case, they get a great player at a position of dire need. Tillery is a somewhat underrated option who will provide disruption with his well-rounded skillset and potential to play anywhere along the line.

27. Oakland Raiders – Jeffery Simmons iDL, Mississippi State
A torn ACL and red flags in his past drop Simmons further than his talent would suggest, however, the Raiders are the right team to take the chance on this talented interior defender. The investment could pay big dividends for Gruden’s version of the Raiders.

28. Los Angeles Chargers – Dalton Risner OT, Kansas State
The Chargers are blessed with the versatile and tenacious Risner. Risner has experience at right tackle and center and could play anywhere on the Charger’s line. He plays like a berserker and will destory defenders with everything he has.

29. Kansas City Chiefs – Greedy Williams CB, LSU
Watching Kansas City’s offense was like watching Empire Strikes Back but watching their defense was like watching Last Jedi. Really bad. Most top edge rushers are off the board, so the Chiefs get Greedy.

30. Green Bay Packers – Andre Dillard OT, Washington State
With Bryan Bulaga entering the last year of his contract and the Packers having little of talent behind he and David Bakhtiari, drafting the best pass blocking tackle in the draft is a perfect fit. Dillard is the swing backup tackle in year one before taking over at right tackle in 2020.

Washington State offensive tackle Andre Dillard. Photo from WSU Photo.

31. Los Angeles Rams – Chris Lindstrom iOL, Boston College
The Rams don’t have too many positions of dire need, but losing Rodger Saffold makes guard a logical choice. Lindstrom might be the best guard prospect in the draft.

32. New England Patriots – Irv Smith Jr. TE, Alabama
This might be early for Smith, but the Patriots do things their own way. With the Iowa tight ends off the board, the Patriots take the well-rounded Smith as their Gronk replacement.

See the mock athttps://thedraftnetwork.com/mockDraft/nJf84IDxEi

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