Spencer Flohr Mock Draft 1.0
Published at 11/7/2017 3:07:18 PM
The draft order is based on my predicted records for every team using the record they actually have through week 9 with injuries and upsets taken into account. The website I used for the predictions also ranks the teams accurately so tiebreakers were decided for me. I chose not to implement any trades other than those already made in real life simply because they're so hard to predict.
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The Ravens offense has been hard to watch at times this year. The receiving core of young draft bust Breshad Perriman and washed up veterans, Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace, just simply isn't working. It's time to go young at receiver and help out Joe Flacco.
The Redskins aren't particularly stacked at any position but they are solid at basically every position. That puts them in a position to draft whoever they feel like and although wide receiver is the biggest need, this is a weak receiver class and there is no one worth taking here. Rob Kelley has been decent for DC, but Bryce Love is a true home run hitter and can turn the Redskins into one of the scariest offenses in the league. They may have Chris Thompson too but he's best suited as a third down back and is too injury prone to be an every down player.
The Lions have a stud in Darius Slay already at corner but don't have a true #2 guy. Tarvarus McFadden is way too good a player to still be sitting there at 19 so the Lions take the best player available and form one of the best corner duos in the league.
Julius Peppers has been solid for the Panthers but he's getting very old and good retire at the end of the year. The Panthers will have to have his replacement ready and Ferrell has all the potential in the world.
The Titans have an underwhelming nose tackle group so getting a big strong player like Payne to line up next to Jurrell Casey would be a scary sight for opposing O-lines.
Andrew Whitworth has been great for the Rams but he's 35 and running out of time, the Rams need to add a good young offensive tackle here to make sure there's someone to protect Jared Goff when Whitworth decides to hang up the cletes.
The Jaguars are a very good football team. They have a great running back, solid receivers and a phenomenal defense. The only thing they're missing from being a SuperBowl contender is a franchise QB. Lamar Jackson may not be the most NFL-friendly type of prospect but in a Jags offense where he can sit back and not be asked to do too much he can be extremely succesful while also putting together some magical plays and getting fans in the seats.
Finally, Sam Darnold is off the board. Drew Brees is still a star but the Saints need his heir apparent and don't really have many other holes to fix. I don't like Darnold very much but if anyone can turn him into a star, it's Sean Payton. Plus, sitting and learning behind Drew Brees for a couple of years should help him a lot.
With Marcell Dareus gone and Kyle Williams getting older everyday, the Bills are in need of a new man in the middle and Christian Wilkins is the type of blue collar player Sean McDermott should love.
The Seahawks don't really have a lot of holes and there's no O-lineman worth taking here so they go after a potentially game breaking pass rusher in Dorance Armstrong.
Xavier Rhodes is an absolute beast but Trae Waynes has been a dissapointment. The Vikings could use another lockdown corner next to Rhodes to solidify a defense that is already one of the best units in the league.
After losing Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby, the Bills turned to E.J. Gaines. Gaines however, is an impending free agent. The Bills will need to pick up insurance and they get a pretty good player in the process.
DeMarcus Lawrence is an impending free agent who is going to be extremely expensive. Austin Bryant could provide some good insurance and will still hold value even if they retain Lawrence as you can never have too much talent on the edge.
This is an incredible steal for the Steelers as Ronnie Harrison is a great prospect at a position of need who just falls into their lap. This pick is a no-brainer.
Jason Peters may never play in the NFL again and Halapoulivaati Vaitai has been very bad. The Eagles need to protect Carson Wentz and should find Peters' replacement here.
The Patriots defense has been shockingly bad and a lot of blame can go to their inability to create a pass rush. Adding Hubbard should allow them to get more pressure on opposing QBs which in turn should help out their defensive backs.