Final Mock Draft 3.0: KC Chiefs stay and select surprise player
By Grant Tuttle
The Falcons are one of the strangest teams in the NFL. On one hand, they managed to win seven games last year. On the other, they have a roster comprised of a lot of players that no one has ever heard of. Last season, they drafted Drake London to take over the top spot at receiver, and the year before that, they took tight end Kyle Pitts. This year, they have to start looking at how to do a better job of protecting the quarterback, especially if they choose to go forward with youngster Desmond Ridder.
Broderick Jones makes a lot of sense at eighth overall. Jones has great length and power. Perhaps most importantly, Jones just turned 21 in March. The Falcons could have their long-term option at tackle for the foreseeable future. Truly, Jones has the capability to be one of the league’s premier players at the position.
Just like that, the two top options at tackle are gone. The Bears have spent big-time money on the defensive side of the ball this offseason. After acquiring TJ Edwards, Tremaine Edmunds, and DeMarcus Walker, they need to turn their attention to helping Justin Fields be the best version of himself. With this pick, the Bears take the best-remaining tackle in Paris Johnson Jr.
Johnson would likely take over the left side while they moved Braxton Jones to the right side or even used Teven Jenkins there. Undoubtedly, to some NFL executives, Johnson is the most complete offensive lineman in the draft. With a good anchor and a quick start, Johnson could be a game-changer for an offense that struggled in a big way a season ago.
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Someone’s going to do it, right? It seems like in every draft, someone moves way up to take their quarterback of the future. In this case, we have the Tampa Bay Bucs moving all the way up from 19 overall to take Will Levis. While it may be intriguing for the Eagles to have a top-ten pick, draft picks have just become much more important to the Eagles after they made Jalen Hurts the highest-paid player in NFL history. To move up that far, the Bucs would need to give up a lot of capital, including an early pick next year.
Will Levis is the type of player that has all of the physical tools to succeed at the next level. With that in mind, he has some areas in which he needs to make huge gains. Tampa Bay signed Baker Mayfield this offseason to be a placeholder before the quarterback of the future takes over. If Levis could learn to process quicker as well as place his passes more carefully, he could be the real deal. The faster the Bucs find their guy, the better they are for the future now with Tom Brady out of the picture.
In this mock draft, there is a reason that the Bucs jumped to 10 overall. The Titans are the kind of team that is primed for a quarterback change. Unfortunately, the board did not fall their way. For Tennessee a season ago, they lost some of their swagger on defense that they had. Now, in an attempt to get that back, they draft Myles Murphy.
Murphy is a consistent problem for offensive linemen. With a great blend of speed and power, he could make for an excellent addition to an already talented defensive front for the Titans. Murphy makes a lot of sense as a new defensive asset while they wait and try to rediscover the identity that head coach Mike Vrabel brought to them.