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NFL Mock Draft V4.0. The final mock. I’m not lying.

Yes this is it.  The fourth and final mock draft.  I know things can happen in the few days leading up to the draft but at this point I am tapping out.  I can’t do anymore.  I’ve studied the draft as much as I possibly can and it’s all I can do.  How the hell does Kiper or McShay or Mayock or any of the other so-called draft experts do this almost day in and day out?  Ah, they’re paid to do this.  Got it.

Alright so here is the final mock draft:

First Round
1 Tampa Bay Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
2 Tennessee Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
3 Jacksonville Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida
4 Oakland Leonard Williams, DT, USC
5 Washington Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
6 NY Jets Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
7 Chicago Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
8 Atlanta Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
9 NY Giants La’el Collins, OT, LSU
10 St. Louis Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
11 Minnesota Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
12 Cleveland Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
13 New Orleans Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
14 Miami DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
15 San Francisco Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon
16 Houston Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
17 San Diego Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
18 Kansas City Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
19 Cleveland Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
20 Philadelphia Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
21 Cincinnati T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
22 Pittsburgh Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
23 Detroit Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
24 Arizona Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
25 Carolina D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
26 Baltimore Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
27 Dallas Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
28 Denver Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
29 Indianapolis Landon Collins, SS, Alabama
30 Green Bay Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
31 New Orleans Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
32 New England Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri
Second Round
33 Tennessee Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
34 Tampa Bay Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
35 Oakland Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
36 Jacksonville Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
37 NY Jets Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
38 Washington Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
39 Chicago Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
40 NY Giants Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU
41 St. Louis Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
42 Atlanta Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville
43 Cleveland Carl Davis, DT, Iowa
44 New Orleans Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
45 Minnesota Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington
46 San Francisco A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina
47 Miami Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
48 San Diego Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
49 Kansas City Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
50 Buffalo Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State
51 Houston Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
52 Philadelphia Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
53 Cincinnati Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
54 Detroit Mario Edwards, DE, Florida State
55 Arizona Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
56 Pittsburgh Eric Rowe, CB, Utah
57 Carolina Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State
58 Baltimore Cameron Erving, C, Florida State
59 Denver Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
60 Dallas Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
61 Indianapolis P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
62 Green Bay Xavier Cooper, DE, Washington
63 Seattle Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke
64 New England Josue Matias, OG, Florida State

There seems to be a strong set of opinions that state that Tennessee has finally decided that either:

  1. Zach Mettenberger is not the guy they want as starting quarterback,
  2. Marcus Mariota is too big a draft prospect to pass up, or
  3. They are going to trade the pick anyway so who really cares.

I will be honest…all three are distinct possibilities.  I have outlined before about the possibilities of the Titans trading this pick.  I am of firm belief that it will happen.  Who the pick goes to is anyone’s guess.

As for the rest of the first round, a few people have moved up or down the lists.  Kevin White seems to have supplanted Amari Cooper as the probable first wide receiver selected.  Same goes with Melvin Gordon replacing Todd Gurley in that regard when it comes to running backs.

The NFL Draft begins at 8:00 Thursday night.  This year it is not at Radio City Music Hall in NYC for the first time in almost a decade.  Chicago is the host this year.  I like the idea of moving the draft around as it looks like quite the show and many fans would love to have the chance to attend live as it can instantly change the fortunes of a franchise.

I have chosen to watch the festivities on the NFL Network again this year.  And it looks like they have improved their coverage somewhat.  One of the main things I hated was having so many guys at the main desk.  Now they are going with four at the main desk with others stationed elsewhere.  ESPN has done the same with four at the main desk.  I will do a quick compare and contrast to help you understand my reasoning of NFLN over the WWL:

  NFL Network ESPN Advantage
Host Rich Eisen Chris Berman NFLN – I have tired of Berman’s shtick now for years.  I wish they still had NFL Primetime on Sundays so they could stick him there.  That and the Home Run Contest.
Draft Expert Mike Mayock Mel Kiper Jr. NFLN – Close but I find Mayock more even-keeled and realistic.  Both are very good at their job however.
Other Main Analysts Steve Mariucci & David Shaw Jon Gruden & Ray Lewis ESPN – I am intrigued as to how David Shaw, who isn’t the greatest interview, does as an analyst.  This is why I give ESPN the nod; the uncertainty.
Draftee Interviewer Deion Sanders Suzy Kolber Tie – I think I like Deion in this role a lot more than others.  Then again, some people just hate Primetime.  Kolber is the consummate professional and does well at almost everything…except interviewing Joe Namath.
Other Players Chris Rose, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Kurt Warner, Melissa Stark, Charles Davis Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter NFLN – This is tough.  Charles Davis is a massive add to the crew.  I could do without Faulk and Irvin to be honest.  Mort and Schefter are two of the best in the game.  Again, I am intrigued to see if NFLN’s More is Better policy is actually that.  Very slight edge here.

So the edge goes to the NFL Network in my opinion.  Believe me, I love ESPN…for college football.  For the NFL not as much although they do have positives sprinkled throughout.  The NFL Network focuses on the NFL and it shows with the marquee event of the off-season.  As I said before, let’s see how much I can get through before I can’t take anymore (should be sometime around round 5 that I look for anything else to watch in the guide…Family Guy or Simpsons reruns…third round of the PGA Tour event of the week…potential NHL playoff action…anything).

Update: I will be live-tweeting the NFL draft (unless something comes up…like I have to bring my kids something or I get projectile diarrhea) starting in or around 8:00pm.

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2 thoughts on “NFL Mock Draft V4.0. The final mock. I’m not lying.

  1. Hi Bossman , as a Packer fan, I hope their 1st round pick is NOT a TE. I don’t think any other team covets this TE as a must have in round 1. I definitely think a safety/corner/LB needs to be strongly considered. Ted Thompson has no fear of even trading out of round 1 and that’s fine because it means more draft choices to fill in the holes a a result of free agency. Packer rookies tend to see the field more often than not.

    1. The Packers are definitely one of at least half a dozen teams who could trade out of the first round. The only two players they could get, in my estimation, that could fall to them in the positions you outlined are Kevin Johnson or Alex Carter at CB. Even Byron Jones or Paul Dawson would be a bit of a stretch for late first round and would almost feel like a squandered pick, especially when they could easily trade back 5-10 spots and get the same guy along with a late-rounder.
      As for the last sentence, that’s true if your name isn’t Aaron Rodgers. Then again I wouldn’t complain too much about that.

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