Dan Kieffer's Mock Draft 6.0

NFL Draft fans, we are so close. It’s official, we are on the heart of rumor, leak, and overreaction season. From the New York Giants potentially already submitting their pick, to Tua “dropping” to many teams QB4. This is what we live for. I’ve compiled my notes along with what I believe the most accurate and believable rumors here. Enjoy!

1. Miami Dolphins- Joe Burrow, QB LSU

Trade: Miami sends 1.05, 1.26, and a 2021 1st to Cincinnati for 1.01

Why not? Miami has all the capital in the world to make this happen. Also don’t discount the fact that Cincinnati isn’t just one piece away. A move back to increase the overall roster impact with additional picks may be very hard to pass on for the Bengals. 

2. Washington Redskins- Chase Young, EDGE Ohio State

In stone. Washington grabs a local fan favorite, that just so happens to be the highest rated player in the draft. 

3. Detroit Lions- Jeffrey Okudah, CB Ohio State

Detroit has seemingly put themselves into a hole where Okudah has to be the selection. Granted he is a blue chip prospect. Excelling in every area of play, Okudah is a seamless fit for the Lions.

4. New York Giants- Isaiah SImmons, LB/S Clemson

Every April there is a rumor on who the Giants will be selecting. Every year that “rumor” becomes incredibly accurate. This season, it’s been Isaiah Simmons. The Clemson swiss army knife gives Joe Judge a rare weapon on the defensive side, hopefully Simmons will be utilized properly.

5. Cincinnati Bengals- Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama

100 percent healthy has been the hot topic around Tua lately. I believe Tua is more around 90%, but that’s in the realm of being game ready healthy. Tua could turn the Bengals offense into a well oiled machine. For what it’s worth, I don’t believe teams are “low” on Tua, those are leaks to drop his stock. 

6. Los Angeles Chargers- Jedrick Wills, OT Alabama

The Chargers seem to be in a win now phase sticking with Tyrod Taylor at QB. While I do believe they address QB at some point in the draft, a tackle of Wills’ talent and polish cannot be passed on. 

7. Denver Broncos- Henry Ruggs III, WR Alabama

Denver sends 1.15 and a 2021 1st for 1.15

Denver has been married to Ruggs at 15 in all my mocks, but recently Ruggs seems to be a name on the rise. I no longer think the Broncos can sit at 15 to get him. The Panthers are an obvious trade down candidate as they look to build for the future stockpiling picks. 

8. Arizona Cardinals- Derrick Brown, IDL Auburn

Another rumor hot in the streets is Brown to Arizona. I love this one too much to not include it. Arizona has already helped Kyler Murray immensely by trading for Deandre Hopkins, now they beef up the defensive side. There were many questions about the hire of Kliff Kingsbury prior to last season. While the jury is still ultimately out, things are certainly…. Heating up in the desert. 

9. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jerry Jeudy, WR Alabama

If our lord and savior Garner Minshew truly is the Jaguars’ franchise QB moving forward, they must do everything possible to support him. A true number one receiver is high on the list. Avoid a sophomore slump by giving him the best receiving weapon in Jacksonville since Jimmy Smith. 

10. Cleveland Browns- Mekhi Becton, OT Louisville

I like to think of Mekhi Becton as Kimbo Slice. The highlights are mesmerizing, but in reality the full product has immense potential if refined and coached up. No prospect can match the combination of mass and athleticism that leads to Becton's sky high potential. 

11. New York Jets- Tristan Wirfs, OT Iowa

The Jets entered and left free agency with a gaping hole at Sam Darnold’s blindside. With two receivers already off the board the best value is for the Jets to protect Sam here at 11, and address weapons later on. 

12. Las Vegas Raiders- Justin Herbert, QB Oregon

Just give Jon his guy already. We’ve had enough of the ongoing Derek Carr soap opera. Either dump him or stop flirting with other QBs. Herbert has every tool Gruden looks for in a signal caller, and with a small drop down the board here. Las Vegas gets their new face of the franchise. 

13. San Francisco 49ers- CeeDee Lamb, WR Oklahoma

Kyle Shannahan has done a masterful job of developing Deebo Samuel and George Kittle as receiving options. Adding CeeDee Lamb into the mix can take this offense to the next level giving them a threat to score from anywhere. 

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Andrew Thomas, OT Georgia

Four simple steps to the Tampa Bay offseason: Sign Tom Brady. Draft Andrew Thomas to protect him. Bring back the orange creamsicle uniforms. Prosper.

15. Carolina Panthers-Kristian Fulton, CB LSU

I am admittedly higher than the consensus, but I believe Fulton is in fact CB2 in this class as well as a perfect fit for Matt Rhule’s style of play. An exceptionally smart player, rarely out of position, and a good tackler. 

16. Atlanta Falcons- Javon Kinlaw, IDL South Carolina

In the second half of the season, the team really rallied behind coach Dan Quinn. THe defense will need to be better this season if Quinn wants to retain his job, that starts up front. Pairing Grady Jarrett with Kinlaw gives Atlanta a dynamic force at the interior and opens up the linebacking core to flow freely. 

17. Dallas Cowboys- C.J. Henderson, CB Florida

Oh Dallas, If I could trade this pick for a Dak extension I would. The loss of Byron Jones has left a gap as large as his record 12’3” broad jump. C.J. Henderson is not replacement, but he is an extremely gifted athlete capable of locking down half the field on the outside of their defense. 

18. Miami Dolphins- K’lavon Chaisson, EDGE LSU

Jackpot. Miami’s three glaring needs post free agency are QB, LT, and a pure pass rushing threat. Miami is getting ⅔ here in the first round. Chaisson is the best pass rusher in this class and it's not even close, but that's not all he is. Chaisson is an extremely underrated run defender and is above average in coverage. He would be a true asset to Brian Flores’ multiple look defense. 

19. Las Vegas Raiders- Justin Jefferson, WR LSU

Still looking for a number one receiver after trading away Amari Cooper and the Antonio Brown experiment…. did not work to say the least. Las Vegas adds Jefferson here, allowing Herbert to mature with his new number one target is a blessing for both players.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jeff Gladney, CB TCU

After grabbing a receiver earlier, Jacksonville drafts the heir to the throne left by Jalen Ramsey. A secondary in need is an understatement. Gladney steps in day 1 as a starter with the potential to be an impact starter. A very sticky corner with enough speed to play without safety help over top.

21. Philadelphia Eagles- Patrick Queen, LB LSU

Philadelphia fans deserve better than the pedestrian showing of last year's linebacker and secondary. After Trading for Darrius Slay, the need at linebacker remains. Queen is very instinctive and better in the pass game than Kenneth Murray. The 2020 version of the Eagles defense is looking much better than last season.

22. Minnesota Vikings-  A.J. Epenesa, EDGE Iowa

A chess piece for Mike Zimmer to use across the defensive line, Epenesa has a strong arsenal of power moves to compliment Danielle Hunter. He also has the size necessary if needed to kick inside.

23. New England Patriots- Zack Baun, LB Wisconsin

Kyle Van Noy part 2 electric boogaloo. Baun can do everything required for the “joker” role in the Patriots defense. Pair that with his strong work ethic and blue collar attitude, he just screams New England.

24. New Orleans Saints- Kenneth Murray, LB Oklahoma

The Saints haven’t had a true alpha at middle linebacker since Jonathan Vilma and yes, that team won the super bowl. In the twilight of Drew Brees' career, New Orleans would be smart to reflect on their past and make this pick.

25. Los Angeles Chargers- Jordan Love, QB Utah State

Los Angeles sends 37 and their 2021 2nd to Minnesota for 1.25

With Jordan Love’s drop to the end of the first the Chargers cannot help themselves. He’s a perfect fit to be their quarterback of the future. For Minnesota, they are able to slide back gaining a quality pick this year and next year. I wouldn’t be surprised for many teams to adopt this plan as next season looks to have a normal offseason in terms of pro days, visits, and league health.

26. Cincinnati Bengals (Via Miami)- Josh Jones, OT Houston

(via Miami)

Cincinnatti has offensive weapons, what the don’t have is an offensive line capable of giving time and opportunity to those weapons. With Tua as the new signal caller, offensive line is now at the forefront of the Bengals’ needs.

27. Seattle Seahawks-Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE Penn State

Jadeveon Clowney may be on the move. Gross-Matos screams Seattle as a toolsy EDGE rusher that needs to be developed. Gross-Matos has a very high ceiling, Seattle is a landing spot I like for his skills and scheme fit.

28. Baltimore Ravens- J.K. Dobbins, RB Ohio State

The Ravens might never throw the ball again. 

29. Tennessee Titans- Joshua Uche, Michigan

Mike Vrabel’s defense is predicated on getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. At minimum Uche can immediately step in as a pass rush specialist with the tools to develop into an every down 3-4 outside linebacker.

30. Green Bay Packers- Neville Gallimore, IDL Oklahoma

Green Bay needs to get nasty up front on the interior defensive line. They already have the players in position along the outside, Gallimore provides the spark and attitude to make one of the most complete defensive lines in football.

31. San Francisco 49ers- Trevon Diggs, CB Alabama

Diggs for my money is the best zone corner in this class outside of Okudah. Pairing him with the ageless Richard Sherman sets up San Francisco for success now and in the future.

32. Kansas City Chiefs- Cesar Ruiz, IOL Michigan

Close your eyes and imagine: Patrick Mahomes with ample time in the pocket. Gasp, the entire NFL is royally screwed.


Round 2

33. Cincinnati Bengals- Lloyd Cushenberry III, IOL LSU

34. Indianapolis Colts- Denzel Mims, WR Baylor

35. Detroit Lions- Xavier McKinney, S Alabama

36. New York Giants- Austin Jackson, OT USC

37. Minnesota Vikings- Tee Higgins, WR Clemson

38. Carolina Panthers- Ross Blacklock, IDL TCU

39. Miami Dolphins- Lucas Niang, OT TCU

40. Houston Texans- Marlon Davidson, IDL Auburn

41. Cleveland Browns- Grant Delpit, S LSU

42. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jaylon Johnson, CB Utah

43. Chicago Bears- Erza Cleveland, OT Boise State

44. Indianapolis Colts- Julian Okwara, EDGE Notre Dame

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jonathan Taylor, RB1 Wisconsin

46. Denver Broncos- A.J. Terrell, CB Clemson

47. Atlanta Falcons- Noah Igbinoghene, CB Auburn

48. New York Jets- Curtis Weaver, EDGE Boise State

49. Pittsburgh Steelers- Jacob Eason, QB Washington

50. Chicago Bears- Matt Hennessey, IOL Temple

51. Dallas Cowboys- Antoine Winfield Jr. S Minnesota

52. Los Angeles Rams- D’Andre Swift, RB Georgia

53. Philadelphia Eagles- Jalen Reagor, WR TCU

54. Buffalo Bills- Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB LSU

55. Baltimore Ravens- Malik Harrison, LB Ohio State

56. Miami Dolphins- Jeremy Chinn, S Southern Illinois

57. Houston Texans- Donovan PeoplesJones, WR Michigan

58. Minnesota Vikings- K.J. Hamler, WR Penn State

59. Seattle Seahawks- Robert Hunt, IOL Louisiana

60. Baltimore- Terrell Lewis, EDGE Alabama

61. Tennessee Titans, Darrell Taylor, EDGE Tennessee

62. Green Bay Packers- Adam Trautmann, TE Dayton

63. Kansas City Chiefs- Justin Madubuike, IDL Texas A&M

64. Seattle Seahawks- Brandon Aiyuk, WR Arizona State


Round Three

65. Cincinnati Bengals- Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB App State

66. Washington Redskins- Prince Tega Wanogho, OT Auburn

67. Detroit Lions- Isaiah Wilson, OT Georgia

68. New York Jets- Micheal Pittman Jr, WR USC

69. Carolina Panthers- Damon Arnette, CB Ohio State

70. Miami Dolphins- Cam Akers, RB Florida State

71. Los Angeles Chargers-Laviska Shenault, WR Colorado

72. Arizona Cardinals- Jordyn Brooks, LB Texas Tech

73. Jacksonville Jaguars- Ashtyn Davis, S California

74. Cleveland Browns- Raekwon Davis, IDL Alabama

75. Indianapolis Colts- Cam Dantzler, CB Mississippi State

76. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Kyle Dugger, S Lenoir-Rhyne

77. Denver Broncos- Tyler Biadasz, IOL WIsconsin

78. Atlanta Falcons- Zack Moss, RB Utah

79. New York Jets- Bryce Hall, CB Virginia

80. Las Vegas Raiders- Troy Pride Jr, CB Notre Dame

81. Las Vegas Raiders- Aholi Gillamn, S Notre Dame

82. Dallas Cowboys- Kenny Willekes, EDGE Michigan State

83. Denver Broncos- Logan Wilson, LB Wyoming

84. Los Angeles Rams- Matthew Peart, OT UConn

85. Detroit Lions- Van Jefferson, WR Florida

86. Buffalo Bills- Bradlee Anae, EDGE Utah

87. New England Patriots- Jalen Hurts, QB Oklahoma

88. New Orleans Saints- Chase Claypool, WR/TE Notre Dame

89. Minnesota Vikings-Jonathan Greenard, EDGE Florida

90. Houston Texans- Ben Bartch, OT St. Johns

91. Las Vegas Raiders- Rashard Lawrence, IDL LSU

92. Baltimore Ravens- Alex Highsmith, EDGE Charlotte

93. Tennessee Titans- Leki Fotu, IDL Utah

94. Green Bay Packers- Lynn Bowden, WR Kentucky

95. Denver Broncos- Jordan Elliot, IDL Missouri

96. Kansas City Chiefs- Anthony McFarland, RB Maryland

97. Cleveland Browns- Willie Gay Jr., LB Mississippi State

98. New England Patriots, Gabe Davis, WR UCF

99. New York Giants- Cole Kmet, TE Notre Dame

100. New England Patriots- Netaine Muti, IOL Fresno State

101. Seattle Seahawks- Zack Moss, RB Utah

102. Pittsburgh Steelers- Devin Asiasi, TE UCLA

103. Philadelphia Eagles- Darnay Holmes, CB UCLA

104. Los Angeles Rams- David Woodward, LB Utah State

105. Minnesota Vikings- John Simpson, IOL Clemson

106. Baltimore Ravens- Terrell Burgess, S Utah


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