The Cardinals grab their quarterback of the future.
Lock set an SEC record with 44 touchdown passes as a junior while completing 58 percent of his passes for 3,964 yards and 13 touchdowns. There is no doubt that Lock (6-4, 225) has some arm talent and can pick apart a defense. He wisely returned to school for the 2018 season, because he could stand to improve his accuracy and footwork before going pro. While Lock's 2018 production might decline, he could end up becoming a better quarterback prospect for the NFL.
Previous Mock Selections: 12/23-Kelly Bryant, QB
2.Indianapolis Colts:Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/29): Bradley Chubb, DE
The Colts grab a difference-maker for their front seven.
Lawrence totaled 34 tackles with 2.5 sacks in 2017. While his numbers were down over his freshman season, he helped create a lot of sacks for those around him. The 6-foot-5, 340-pounder was a tremendous freshman to help Clemson win the 2016 season's National Championship. NFL sources were already raving about Lawrence in the 2017 preseason, as he was impossible to ignore in 2016. Lawrence was an All-Freshman selection all over the nation, plus was named the ACC Rookie of the Year. He totaled 63 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and a pass batted for 2016. One national scout for a NFC team told me that they thought Lawrence was among the two most disruptive defensive linemen that season - along with Alabama's Jonathan Allen.
The Jets traded away Sheldon Richardson, while Muhammed Wilkerson's future is in doubt. Here's an edge rusher to go with Leonard Williams.
Bosa notched 34 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two passes batted, and one forced fumble in 2017. He was been the Buckeyes' best defensive end during the season, even though he rotated with Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis. Bosa could explode as a junior with the departure of those latter two for the NFL, which should leave him playing every down. The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder played well for Ohio State in 2016, too, recording 29 tackles with seven tackles for a loss and five sacks.
The Bears made a huge commitment and investment of resources in Mitch Trubisky. While they paid Charles Leno in a contract extension, they could upgrade their line by taking a left tackle and moving Leno inside to guard or to right tackle.
In the first half of the 2017 season, Adams went out for the year after a torn ACL. Sources stated they don't think that the torn ACL will keep Adams from being a first-round pick if he comes out in the same year, similar to Cedric Ogbuehi in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Adams is a smooth mover with length; it is tough to get by him. He plays with nice body lean and leverage that he uses to help sustain blocks. Adams has quick feet and is athletic on the edge. He could stand to add more power to knock defenders off the ball in the NFL. Adams would be a good fit in a zone-blocking system.
Adams was one of the top left tackles in the Pac-12 during 2016. The Huskies fielded a potent passing offense, and Adams did a nice job of keeping Jake Browning protected. The 6-foot-7, 302-pound Adams has length and size on the edge to go along with good quickness and athleticism. Sources have raved about Adams being one of the top talents for the 2018 NFL Draft class with franchise left tackle potential. They were impressed with his 2016 tape, including how well he did in one-on-ones with Alabama's edge rushers in the Huskies' playoff game.
The Giants grab an interior disruptor for their defensive line.
In 2017, Gary had 65 tackles with six sacks, one forced fumble and 12 tackles for a loss. The 6-foot-5, 287-pounder is a rare athlete who could turn into a dominant defender. Scouting sources say Gary has high first-round potential if he puts everything together. That could definitely happen during his junior season.
6.Miami Dolphins:Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/29): Minkah Fitzpatrick, S
The Dolphins grab an end to pair with Charles Harris.
Clemson has a defensive line that is comprised of future first-round picks, and some sources think that Ferrell created some of the big plays for the other Clemson defensive linemen in 2017. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Ferrell has superb speed with athleticism and the ability to bend around the corner. On the season, he totaled 66 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, one pass batted and two forced fumbles. Fellow defensive end Austin Bryant spent 2017 playing himself into being an early-rounder, but Bryant did well cleaning up a lot of scrambling quarterbacks running away from Ferrell. Ferrell looks like a future first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Previous Mock Selections: 12/23-Tremaine Edmunds, ILB
7.Buffalo Bills:Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/29): Donte Jackson, CB and Baker Mayfield, QB
The Bills could use multiple additions on the inside of their defensive line. Marcell Dareus was traded away, while Kyle Williams is nearing the end of a very good career.
In 2017, Oliver had 73 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, three passes batted and two forced fumbles. The 6-foot-1, 290-pounder dominated at the point of attack in 2016, starting from his debut game against Oklahoma. All season, the freshman overwhelmed offensive linemen with his quickness, athletic ability, and physicality. He totaled 66 tackles with 22.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles and nine passes batted on the year.
Oliver is going to see a ton of double teams for the rest of his college career, but he is good enough to produce even with the extra attention. Like Dexter Lawrence, Oliver looks like a future top prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft.
2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/29): Saquon Barkley, RB and Sam Darnold, QB
The Browns grab a future left tackle to replace Joe Thomas.
Williams was a freshman starter at right tackle for Alabama in 2016 and did a nice job of opening holes in the ground game. The 6-foot-5, 296-pounder took over as the starting left tackle with Cam Robinson moving on to the NFL, and Williams played well on the blind side in 2017. He is a tough blocker who has the versatility to be effective in the run game and in pass protection. Williams could be the next Crimson Tide offensive lineman to emerge as an early-rounder.
Previous Mock Selections: 12/23-Dexter Lawrence, DT
11/18-Ed Oliver, DT
10/28-Kelly Bryant, QB
9/30-Rashan Gary, DT
8/31-Chauncey Gardiner, S
9.Tampa Bay Buccaneers:Joe Jackson, DE, Miami
2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/29): Quenton Nelson, G
The Buccaneers could use multiple upgrades at defensive end. If they draft two base ends, they could rotate them with Noah Spence to give them a shot at a more steady pass rush. That is assuming Spence starts producing in 2018.
Jackson is a dangerous edge defender for Miami with a nose for the quarterback. He has excellent speed off the edge to go along with length and size. At 6-foot-5, 258 pounds, Jackson could grow into a solid base end in a 4-3 defense. In 2017, he had 59 tackles with 11.5 for a loss, 6.5 sacks, two passes batted, and one forced fumble. Jackson was impressive in his play against Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey, a future first-round pick and starting tackle in the NFL. As a freshman, Jackson made 8.5 sacks.
2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/29): Billy Price, C/G
The Jaguars might give Blake Bortles the 2018 season considering they made the AFC Championship in 2017. However, I think Jacksonville could be a flash in the pan that falls back next year, in large part because of Bortles. Before too long, the Jaguars should look for an upgrade over Bortles.
Patterson has transferred to Michigan, where his game could really improve playing for Jim Harbaugh. 2017 was a tumultuous year for Ole Miss, during which Patterson completed 64 percent of his passes in 2017 for 2,259 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions before a season-ending knee injury. Scouting sources have told me that they think Patterson could be a stronger version of Johnny Manziel without all the off-the-field problems. Patterson (6-2, 203) completed 55 percent of his passes for 880 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions in his three games of 2016. He has a good skill set and the talent around him to produce well as a junior.
The Vikings have got next to nothing out of Laquon Treadwell so far, and Stefon Diggs could leave in free agency prior to the 2019 NFL Draft. Thus, Minnesota could considering drafting receivers early in 2018 and 2019 to go with Adam Thielen.
Johnson flashed in 2017 with 54 receptions for 765 yards and two touchdowns. He was very impressive against USC and its talented cornerback Iman Marshall. The 6-foot-6, 212-pound Johnson had 28 catches for 315 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman, but team sources think Johnson could explode as a junior as he has mismatch size that could let him dominate the Big XII's weak defenses.
Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace aren't long-term starters at this point. Thus, Baltimore could target more receiving talent in the years to come.
A hamstring injury limited Richards to just eight games in 2017, and he had 24 catches for 439 yards and three touchdown over those appearances. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder was a play-maker and very impressive in 2016. The freshman totaled 49 receptions for 934 yards and three touchdowns. His speed was illustrated by his average of 19.1 yards per receptions. Richards easily could have produced more in 2016 if Brad Kaaya had played more consistently.
13.Cincinnati Bengals:DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/29): Mike McGlinchey, OT
The Bengals will have to replace Adam Jones before long, and they prioritize drafting cornerbacks early. Here's a corner who could be a nice fit as a nickel next to Dre Kirkpatrick.
Baker (5-11, 180) was very impressive as the No. 1 cornerback for Georgia in 2017. He showed good speed and athleticism to run with receivers and prevent separation. Baker totaled 44 tackles with nine passes broken up and three interceptions on the year. As a sophomore, he had two picks, five pass breakups and 31 tackles.
Previous Mock Selections: 12/23-Levonta Taylor, CB
14.San Francisco 49ers:A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/29): Derwin James, S
The 49ers need a No. 1 receiver for Jimmy Garoppolo.
In 2017, Brown totaled 75 receptions for 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was injured in the game against California on his first target and missed the rest of the game.
Brown had a strong debut in 2016 with 29 receptions for 412 yards with two touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound freshman showed some play-making potential, and it wouldn't be surprising if he puts together a big season in 2018.
15.Carolina Panthers:Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/29): Ronnie Harrison, S
Carolina is going to need some young edge rushers soon.
In 2017, Burns had 48 tackles with 13.5 for a loss, 4.5 sacks and four passes batted, but also put more pressure on the quarterback than the numbers indicate. The 6-foot-5, 218-pounder notched 9.5 sacks in his debut season for Florida State and finished 2016 in impressive fashion. Scouts have said that Burns has a ton of athletic ability and upside. He should gain weight as he ages and fill out to being a starting edge defender.
Previous Mock Selections: 12/23-Chauncey Gardiner, S
11/18-Taylor Rapp, S
10/28-Drew Richmond, OT
9/30-Greg Little, OT
8/31-Clelin Ferrell, DE
16.Kansas City Chiefs:Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/29): Harold Landry, DE (Round 2)
The Chiefs could use a receiver to go opposite of Tyreek Hill.
Campbell totaled 40 receptions for 584 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. He made only 13 receptions for 121 yards in 2016, but sources from multiple teams told me that Campbell has big-time ability and that they thought he would break out if Ohio State committed to getting him the ball. The passing limitations of J.T. Barrett held back Campbell and Ohio State's other wideouts in 2017. Those sources also think Campbell has serious receiver talent for the NFL. The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder is well put together with the explosive speed to take any catch the distance.