NFL mock draft 2.0: KC Chiefs trade way up for bold selection
By Grant Tuttle
The Falcons won seven games last year despite having a very young roster and a lack of talent in several key areas. This year, they seem at least somewhat determined to give Desmond Ridder the reins to the offense. To make the team a more functional unit, they may want to add more firepower on the defensive side of the ball. Tyree Wilson provides them with just that. Wilson’s length and power create a problem for offensive tackles. With some NFL development, Wilson may be the cog in the machine of what makes the defense go from bad to good.
The Bears are in need of an upgrade at virtually every position. In their case, as a team gearing for the next chapter, the Bears should select the best offensive tackle available. Broderick Jones is a youngster with great length, athleticism, and intelligence. The Bears would be wise to invest everything that they have to protect and support Justin Fields for the future. Jones would be an ideal fit and is a steal at pick 9. If they make this selection, expect them to make Jones the left tackle and switch Braxton Jones to the right side.
From New Orleans
The Eagles get a slam dunk here. After being able to retain both James Bradberry and Darius Slay, they also add Christian Gonzalez. Gonzalez is a lengthy corner with great ball skills. For the Eagles, he may initially start as their number three, but in today’s NFL, having three cornerbacks on the field at any given time is commonplace. Gonzalez is the investment piece for the now and the eventual replacement plan for Bradberry and/or Slay. The Eagles with this pick would be a perfect example of the rich getting richer.
From Tennessee (Projected Trade)
The Lions have a talented group of young guys on both sides of the ball. With that in mind, their defense held them back from winning several games last season. With an inability to stop the pass or the run, the Lions found themselves in constant shootout games. A way to bolster that defense would be to add another talented EDGE rusher to pair with Aidan Hutchinson. Myles Murphy fits the bill. While there is a little bit of injury concern, Murphy has great versatility and athleticism. While he may not have the same ceiling that Will Anderson Jr. has, he will almost undoubtedly make an impact on any defense. A Murphy-Hutchinson combo might be lethal in the long term.