Duane Lively’s Mock Draft 2.0

1 Arizona Cardinals Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

In today’s NFL, scouting a player mostly comes down to a couple of questions. Is the player fast and can he play? Murray measured in at 5-10 and 207 pounds at the combine. However, Haskins looked like a giant next to Murray at the Heisman Trophy Ceremony. There is no questioning Murray’s ability to use his athleticism to extend plays. It’s hard not to make comparisons to Russell Wilson. They’re both similar in size, have outstanding arms, and can extend plays.

2 San Francisco 49ers Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

Excellent pass rusher and terrific run stopper who can probably play in any scheme. However, his best fit might be at defensive end in a 4-3 front. Unique combination of football intelligence and athleticism. Uses his hands extremely well. Has strong NFL bloodlines; father (John) and brother (Joey) are both former first-round picks. His Ohio State career ended early in 2018 with a core muscle injury.

3 New York Jets Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

Allen might have been a first round-pick had he entered the draft last year. I was surprised that he stayed in school. However, it was the right move as he enjoyed a breakout year that put him in the discussion of a top 5 pick. Has excellent length and bend combination. Allen wouldn’t have any issues dropping into coverage and has the skills to even play off-ball linebacker. He is not close to hitting his ceiling. Excellent durability; he never missed a game in college.

4 Oakland Raiders Quinnen Williams, INT-DL, Alabama

Played every position on the Alabama defensive line. Probably best suited as a 3-technique in a 4-3 front. Has an excellent first step. Had high production, even though he faced many double-teams. Plays with a low pad-level and is stout against the run. Does lack experience. Redshirt Sophomore who was only a one-year starter.

5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

Gary is an exceptional athlete who possesses a unique combination of size and speed. Has flashed elite ability, but he is not consistent enough. He will be picked for his potential more so than his college production. He can fit in any scheme and projects best as a defensive end in a 4-3 front. He missed three games due to a shoulder injury in his final season. Dwight Freeney referred to Gary as his clone. While Gary is longer than Freeney, the athletic traits make the comparison realistic.

6 New York Giants Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Haskins has the arm strength to make all NFL throws. In my Film Session, I was most impressed with his anticipation, especially on comeback routes. A natural pocket passer with some nice compact throwing mechanics. He does his best work on short to intermediate routes but tends to overthrow deep receivers. There is a lot to get excited about, but Haskins is raw and will need some refinement. He’s a third-year sophomore with only 14 games of starting experience.

7 Jacksonville Jaguars Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Started at right tackle for Alabama as a true freshman. Moved to left tackle in his sophomore season where he stayed for the remaining of his career. Gets out of his stance quick. Can handle speed rushers. He doesn’t have the length you’d expect from an outside player so a team might kick him inside to guard. A true mauler who consistently opens holes in the running game. He might initially start inside and work his way to an outside job at the next level.

8 Detroit Lions D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

D.K. Metcalf has a very rare height, weight, and speed combination. Physically, he compares favorably to Julio Jones. No prospect worked harder to prepare for the combine than Metcalf. He showed off his explosiveness by running a 4.33 forty-yard dash. He needs to improve on his overall route running at the next level, but he will enter the NFL with the ability to take the top off a defense.

9 Buffalo Bills Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Jawaan Taylor was a three-year starter for the Gators. Has been tested by college football’s finest pass rushers, proving that he is an exceptional pass blocker. Has the mobility and footwork necessary to play outside at the next level. Has excellent length to play outside. Measured in with 35- and 1/8-inch arms with 10-inch hands. He should become an NFL starter at offensive tackle for many years.

10 Denver Broncos Ed Oliver, INT-DL, Houston

Before the season started, Oliver was a candidate to be the top player on most boards. However, the lack of improved pass rush in his final season has certainly hurt his stock. Explosive first step and excellent penetration ability. Projects best as a 3-technique in a 4-3 front. While Oliver does need a lot of work, some good comparisons can be made with Aaron Donald.

11 Cincinnati Bengals Devin White, LB, LSU

White is the best off-ball linebacker in this draft. Has inside or outside position flexibility and can play in any scheme. Might be best suited in the middle of a 4-3 front. A three-down linebacker with good coverage skills and sideline-to-sideline speed. Explosive tackler with a competitive fire that runs hot. Needs to improve on the mental side of the game but has an enormous ceiling.

12 Green Bay Packers T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Hockenson is the do-it-all tight end who never needs to come off the field and has the versatility to play in any scheme. He is a great blocker and very physical with the ball in his hands. At 6’5” and 250 pounds, he has the size to win in the red zone. He is not the ultra-athlete that his teammate Noah Fant is, but he does everything extremely well. Hockenson is ready to start and make an immediate impact on day one.

13 Miami Dolphins Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Lock arguably has the best arm in the draft class. Has a quick delivery and nice compact throw. Overall, he is mechanically sound, but at times he can be sloppy with his footwork. Has excellent deep ball placement. At times he can put too much on the ball and could improve on his touch. Has small 9-inch hands for a quarterback and that can lead to ball security issues. Needs to improve on his decision making. He stood out above the other quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl.

14 Atlanta Falcons Christian Wilkins, INT-DL, Clemson

Wilkins is a massive defensive tackle, who can disrupt an offense from the inside or outside. He is a three-down starter and his best position fit is probably a 3-technique in a 4-3 front. Has exceptional foot speed, quick hands, a great motor, and outstanding awareness. He finished his final season with fifteen tackles for loss and six sacks. Wilkins is an extremely high character guy, who will immediately have a positive impact on any locker room he enters.

15 Washington Redskins Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Jones has been fortunate to have elite quarterback coaching. Duke head coach David Cutcliffe has spent a lot of time with both Peyton and Eli working on mechanics. Jones has been rumored to be the number one quarterback on a few teams’ boards. His size, footwork, and overall mobility are very similar to Peyton Manning. At Duke, Jones worked in a quick strike offense that was limited due to a poor offensive line and receivers dropping a lot of catchable passes.

16 Carolina Panthers Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

Elected to stay at Clemson for a fourth season and probably would have been a first-round pick last year had he entered the draft. Played on one of the best defensive lines in college football history. Probably best suited as a 4-3 defensive end. Good technician who uses his hands very well. Had a lot of pass-rush production and does a good job against the run.

17 New York Giants Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

Sweat is a long and athletic edge player with scheme flexible traits. He is probably best suited as a strongside 4-3 defensive end. He was likely a first-round pick before Mobile but improved his stock even more during Senior Bowl week. Produced 22 sacks over his final 2 seasons, but that can be misleading as he is a better run defender than pass rusher.

18 Minnesota Vikings Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

Ford is a very strong right tackle with outstanding athletic traits for a 334-pound man. Has extremely long arms that will help him earn a spot on the outside at the next level. He is an absolute mauler who wants to physically dominate the man across from him. He lacks experience; was only a one-year starter for the Sooners. Broke his fibula during his sophomore season.

19 Tennessee Titans Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Long corner with a rare combination of size and speed. Can lock down an outside receiver in man as well as any corner in this draft. He does his best work in press-man coverage. Not a physical corner against the run and is best suited outside in a man scheme. Picked off six passes as a redshirt freshman and added two more in his second and final season.

20 Pittsburgh Steelers Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Devin Bush is a sideline-to-sideline off-ball linebacker who should become a three-down starter in the NFL. He is probably best suited to play inside. He is slightly undersized, and at times his lack of length and strength can impact his ability in the run game. Does an excellent job dropping into zone coverage and has the right speed to run with tight ends and running backs. Makes an impact as a blitzer. Has NFL bloodlines; father was a first-round pick in 1995.

21 Seattle Seahawks Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

Brian Burns is an outstanding pass rusher who also does a good job defending the run. Many questioned if he could add weight and still have the same explosiveness, and he checked that box off at the combine. Burns’ playing weight at Florida State was 235 pounds. He checked in at 249 at the combine, ran a 4.53 forty-yard dash, and was timed at 7.01 in the 3-cone. These numbers indicate that Burns production will likely transfer to the next level.

22 Baltimore Ravens Garrett Bradbury, INT-OL, NC State

Bradbury might be the most athletic offensive lineman in this year’s draft. He is technical sound and very fluid. He was once a borderline first round pick, but he likely punched his ticket into the first round at the Combine. He is going to do his best work in a zone blocking scheme. Started 13 games at guard in 2016 before moving to center. Bradbury is a plug and play, Day 1 starting NFL center.

23 Houston Texans Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

There are not many true left tackle prospects in this year’s draft. However, Dillard has all the measurables to be that guy at the next level, protecting the blindside. He is going to fit best in a zone blocking scheme, in an offense that focuses on passing the ball. He didn’t do a lot of run blocking at Washington State so he will need a lot of coaching to transition at the next level. He is athletic and very fluid for a big man. The ability is there to become an early starter.

24 Oakland Raiders Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Jacobs shared the backfield at Alabama with Damien Harris, so he comes to the NFL with relatively low miles. The 5’10’ and 216-pound back brings the physicality when he runs the ball. Displays great vision and decision-making abilities. Not a burner but has good speed for the position. Fumbled the ball 3 times on 317 touches. Was a productive receiver when called on. Willing pass blocker but he can improve in that area. An outstanding, well-rounded running back prospect.

25 Philadelphia Eagles Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

Risner began his career with Kansas State at center in his redshirt freshman year. He moved to right tackle in 2016 and that is where he stayed for his final 3 years. I was surprised that he stayed for his redshirt senior year, because I thought he would have been a top 50 pick in 2018. That decision possibly moved him into the first round. During the Senior Bowl, Risner quieted his doubters and proved to everyone that not only will he be a right tackle at the next level, but he might be the best true right tackle in this draft.

26 Indianapolis Colts Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

Baker brings a lot of experience. He is a physical corner who’s not afraid to provide run support. He is at his best at the line of scrimmage in press coverage with help over the top. Has excellent man coverage skills, but his lack of elite speed is a concern so this could limit him as far as scheme. He is best suited for a team that runs a lot of cover 2. He would be a great fit in Indianapolis or Dallas.

27 Oakland Raiders Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

Polite is a pass rush specialist. Played in a 4-3 front at Florida but shows the athletic ability to drop into coverage. He might be best suited as a 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. Polite is slightly undersized but possesses an excellent combination of speed and athleticism. Had outstanding college production. In his final season he finished with 11 sacks, 17.5 tackles for loss, and his six forced fumbles were best in the country.

28 Los Angeles Chargers Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Murphy is a third-year sophomore who redshirted in 2016. He predominantly lined up outside for the Huskies, but he can play inside too. Has exceptional instincts and ball skills. Possesses excellent man-to-man skills but lacks the ideal length and speed combination to cover faster receivers deep down the field. Best fit is probably in a zone scheme. Although he is not always successful, he shows a willingness to be active against the run.

29 Kansas City Chiefs Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

Nasir Adderley has great NFL bloodlines. His father’s cousin Herb Adderley is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Nasir is an interchangeable safety, but he will probably do his best work playing deep. As with other small school prospects, Adderley did not face elite competition. However, he showed that he belonged at the Senior Bowl. He doesn’t have the elite range of a Malik Hooker, but he is a better tackler.

30 Green Bay Packers Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Fant is a long and ultra-athletic tight end who makes his mark in the passing game. He is not the blocker that his teammate Hockenson is, but he can stretch the field. He is a fluid route runner who excels in the vertical passing game and tracking the ball. He does drop some balls. Has the speed to take it the distance after the catch. He is the most athletic tight end in this year’s draft.

31 Los Angeles Rams Dexter Lawrence, INT-DL, Clemson

Lawrence is a powerful 6’5’ and 340-pound defensive tackle who started 11 games as a true freshman. He is a strength and power guy who is near impossible to move one-on-one. A true nose tackle and a dominant run defender. He tested positive for trace amounts of performance-enhancing drugs that kept him out of the College Football Playoff. This is not expected to impact his draft status. He will need to develop more as a pass rusher at the next level.

32 New England Patriots Jerry Tillery, INT-DL, Notre Dame

Tillery is a versatile defensive lineman which makes him an ideal prospect for teams that play multiple fronts. Has the ability to get after the passer from different positions. He is tall and lean, but he has the frame to add more strength. His versatility makes him a near lock to become a three-down starter at the next level. He has shown improvement every year at Notre Dame. He has some red flags. He was suspended for the Fiesta Bowl as a freshman and he has had some problems with the coaching staff.

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