Wow. What a difference a week makes between our first mock draft and this one. Odell Beckham, Jr. was traded for pennies on the dollar to the Browns, with Golden Tate signed to somehow replace the lost production. Landon Collins was set free on the open market, and the Redskins wasted little time signing him to be the leader of their secondary. That leaves New York with, essentially, every position up for grabs here at the sixth pick. And when in doubt, go with the offensive lineman. Jawaan Taylor has the most upside at tackle in this year’s class.
D.K. Metcalf doesn’t necessarily fill a need for the Jaguars, but who’s the real game-changer at wide receiver on this team? They just signed Chris Conley and already have Marqise Lee (knee) and DeDe Westbrook on the roster, but none of those guys offer the kind of dominant upside Metcalf possesses. You swing for home runs in Round 1, and that’s what Jacksonville does here.
Lions GM Bob Quinn might faint from disbelief that Quinnen Williams is still on the board at No. 8 overall. And while the Lions may not have an overwhelming need for an interior defensive lineman, Quinn won’t let Williams, who has a lot of similarities to a young Warren Sapp, slip through his fingers.
The Bills added some playmakers at wide receiver in free agency but still have a need at offensive tackle. Jonah Williams is the safest lineman in this year’s class and he’s an immediate Day-1 starter. I have total confidence in his ability to be a high-quality left tackle, making this pick even that much more valuable.
As the days count down to the NFL draft, the momentum for Drew Lock to the Broncos will only get stronger. He’s the ideal developmental prospect to sit behind veteran Joe Flacco, and while I’d prefer a player’s with Lock’s skill set to come off the board on Day 2, quarterbacks demand a quicker trigger finger. So the Broncos pull the trigger here at No. 10 to get Lock on the roster.