THE NFL DRAFT IS ALMOST HERE PEOPLE. We at Hot Sauce Sports want to introduce our brand new NFL writer Daniel Pisaturo, he will be providing coverage for the upcoming NFL season. Feel free to let us know your thoughts about our very first mock draft! Who do you think your favourite team will take? Let us know in the comments if we’re spot on or absolutely crazy!
1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray – QB – Oklahoma
The new Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury has been absolutely in love with Kyler Murray since he tried to recruit him out of high school. Kyler has the ability to come in and make the Cardinals offense dangerous with his familiarity in an air raid style offense.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa – EDGE – Ohio State
San Francisco made a splash in the free agency period trading their 2020 2nd round pick for Dee Ford and offering him a big contract. However you still need to play two edge defenders and they don’t have any legitimate starters opposite him. Nick Bosa is already a very polished player who can come in and make an instant impact as a starter.
3. New York Jets – Josh Allen – EDGE – Kentucky
The Jets tried to sign Anthony Barr this season and had just about a done deal before he went back to Minnesota. Josh Allen is a player who will be able to come in and fill the hole that the Barr signing was supposed to fill.
4. Oakland Raiders – Quinnen Williams – DL – Alabama
Quinnen Williams is a top 2 player in this draft that falls to the Raiders at 4 and they could not be happier.. The Raiders would be getting a Fletcher Cox type player in the middle of their defense who still has room to improve after starting only one season for Alabama.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Devin White – LB – LSU
Losing Kwon Alexander in free agency is a blow that Tampa Bay could take in stride by replacing him with Devin White. White was initially recruited to play running back at LSU but his switch to linebacker has gone extremely well. While still learning the position White will continue to develop into an even more dominant player in the NFL.
6. New York Giants – Dwayne Haskins – QB – Ohio State
Dwayne Haskins has the opportunity to play in New York with some decent weapons on the offense with Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, Golden Tate and Saquon Barkley. With Eli Manning still sticking around a while longer Haskins would be able to learn behind a veteran quarterback while continuing to develop his talent.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jawaan Taylor – OT – Florida
The Jaguars are a team that relies heavily on running the ball and last season they were not able to do that with the same efficiency as they had become accustomed to. With Jawaan Taylor they’re able to get a tackle opposite Cam Robinson and get back to being a dominant team in the trenches.
8. Detroit Lions – Brian Burns – EDGE – Florida State
Detroit still has a need at edge after signing Trey Flowers and perhaps the best player to compliment his style would be Brian Burns. Many questioned his weight in college but he was able to bulk up for the combine and still performed very well athletically. The speed of Burns opposite the power of Flowers lets the Lions pick and choose their matchups with their edge rushes.
9. Buffalo Bills – Ed Oliver – DL – Houston
Ed Oliver spent almost his entire career at Houston being double and triple teamed due to a lack of talent around him and Oliver still managed to be a dominant player. In the NFL Oliver will benefit from having better positional coaches than he had at Houston and that will really help him become a dominant interior defensive lineman.
10. Denver Broncos – Drew Lock – QB – Missouri
Drew Lock is a strong armed quarterback that just about the entire draft world is sure John Elway will fall in love with here at 10. Trading for Joe Flacco was more trying to find somebody to help develop whoever they end up drafting to be the future of their franchise.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Devin Bush – LB – Michigan
Even when they had Vontaze Burfict the Bengals have had needs at linebacker for years. With Devin Bush the Bengals would be getting a sideline to sideline linebacker who has the ability to step up and play the running game as well.
12. Green Bay Packers – TJ Hockenson – TE – Iowa
TJ Hockenson is a rare tight end, he has the ability to bully defensive ends and linebackers in the running game while also being a great receiving option. The Packers need to get more weapons outside of Davante Adams for Aaron Rodgers to throw the ball to and TJ Hockenson would be a premier weapon.
13. Miami Dolphins – Jeffery Simmons – DL – Mississippi State
The Miami Dolphins do not want to win this year. They are already looking at next year’s quarterback class and they would like to have a top pick in the draft. Jeffery Simmons is one of the top players in this class based on talent and is currently recovering from a torn ACL and is expected to miss most of the season. Simmons will be a monster in the NFL and the Dolphins still get to lose this year.
14. Atlanta Falcons – Montez Sweat – EDGE – Mississippi State
Since leading the NFL in sacks Vic Beasley has been a very disappointing player that the Falcons would love to move on from. Montez Sweat is one of the most physically impressive players in this draft class and can come in and become a dominant duo for the Falcons with Takkarist McKinley.
15. Washington Redskins – DK Metcalf – WR – Ole Miss
DK Metcalf has the potential to be a Calvin Johnson type dominant receiver but he has major concerns with his injury history and his lack of agility. Washington has a major need at the position and would hopefully be able to get the most out of Metcalf’s massive potential.
16. Carolina Panthers – Jonah Williams – OT – Alabama
Jonah Williams has the ability to come in and play any position on the offensive line at a high level in the NFL. The Panthers have needs at multiple positions across their offensive line and adding Williams would be a step in the right direction of keeping Cam Newton clean in the pocket.
17. New York Giants (via Cleveland) – Rashan Gary – EDGE – Michigan
With their second first round pick the Giants get another player that can come in and potentially be a cornerstone of their franchise. Rashan Gary is nowhere near his potential and could become a very good edge in the NFL.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Cody Ford – OL – Oklahoma
Minnesota needs to try and help open running lanes for Dalvin Cook and keep Kirk Cousins clean in the pocket. Cody Ford is another position versatile offensive lineman that can come in and help them from day one.
19. Tennessee Titans – Garrett Bradbury – IOL – NC State
Garrett Bradbury is able to come in and start day one at either guard or center in the NFL. Bradbury could be a very big part in the late development of Marcus Mariota who has been hampered by injuries and a lack of protection from his offensive line.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Greedy Williams – CB – LSU
The AFC North has some very good receivers with AJ Green, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry and the Steelers really don’t have anybody to cover any of them. Greedy Williams is a tall, fast and highly talented player who can become the Steelers top corner.
21. Seattle Seahawks – Clellin Ferrell – EDGE – Clemson
After trading Frank Clark, the Seahawks now have a glaring hole at edge rusher. Clellin Ferrell is a very high floor player that will be a highly productive player over what should be a long career.
22. Baltimore Ravens – AJ Brown – WR – Ole Miss
Lamar Jackson currently has 3 receivers on his roster that have caught an NFL pass; Willie Snead, Chris Moore and Seth Roberts. Baltimore absolutely needs to get Lamar some help and AJ Brown could be exactly what he needs. Brown is a strong receiver who runs good routes and has the ability to run after the catch.
23. Houston Texans – Andre Dillard – OT – Washington State
Houston has three picks in the first 2 rounds and if I were them I would honestly take three offensive lineman. Deshaun Watson has been running for his life since being drafted and they have to do a better job protecting him. Dillard would be able to come in and play left tackle day one and be a very good pass protector.
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago) – Noah Fant – TE – Iowa
Oakland has done a good job getting weapons around Derek Carr this offseason, most notably Antonio Brown, but they still have a massive hole at tight end. Noah Fant would be able to come in and be a mismatch nightmare for defenses at the tight end spot and give the Raiders another player to attack defenses with.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Nasir Adderley – S – Delaware
Nasir Adderley is my favorite safety in the draft. He has the ability to play both safety positions and Adderley is more than willing to come in the box and fight with the offensive lineman. The Eagles would be able to play him wherever they want in the secondary and he will make a big impact for them.
26. Indianapolis Colts – Christian Wilkins – IDL – Clemson
Indianapolis has been trying to build through the trenches and they did a great job with that last year on their offensive line. Still needing defensive linemen they get Christian Wilkins who is another guy who will help bring the culture you want in your locker room while playing at an extremely high level.
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas) – Josh Jacobs – RB – Alabama
Oakland has a massive hole at running back and Josh Jacobs is a player that would come in and be an immediate impact starter. You have to try and stop him running between the tackles and then you have to worry about Noah Fant, Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams. The Raiders could be a very different team next year with a very fun offense to watch.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – Jerry Tillery – IDL – Notre Dame
The Chargers are a very good team that doesn’t have very many holes on their roster. Jerry Tillery is one of the few players available here that would be able to come in and start as a rookie for them on the defensive line.
29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City)- Jonathan Abram – S – Mississippi State
Kam Chancellor was a safety with the ability to strike fear in an offensive player. While playing against Chancellor, whenever a receiver ran over the middle, they knew they had to be careful. Since he retired, Seattle has been unable to find anybody fill the hole that he left. Abram would come in and, from day one, set the tone for Seattle’s secondary.
30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans) – N’Keal Harry – WR – Arizona State
With a similar thought in mind as the selection of TJ Hockenson the Packers still need to get some weapons and N’Keal Harry can be another player who can come in and make an instant impact. Harry, Hockenson and Davante Adams would give Aaron Rodgers a scary group of weapons
31. Los Angeles Rams – Rock Ya-Sin – CB – Temple
Rock Ya-Sin still needs to develop as a corner but has the physicality and work ethic teams will fall in love with. Playing behind Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters will help Rock become a very good starting corner for years to come.
32. New England Patriots – Chase Winovich – EDGE – Michigan
Chase Winovich had great production in college. He also had amazing numbers in his speed and agility drills at the combine. Normally that would have an edge rusher skyrocket up the boards. Inexplicably this hasn’t happened with Winovich so the Patriots being the Patriots take a player who fills a need and will most likely be a 10 year starter in the NFL.