Well we have completed our 1st Mock Draft (Good Job Robb) and we will now take a look at each pick for each team in the division. We are also going to look at the best, worse and best value picks. And as usual, Lord’s selections were absolutely genius. How is this guy not on some teams payroll!
Without further ado, shall we.
6. Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon (BC)
This is a pick that you could see happening a country mile away. The Chargers need a quarterback and Herbert fills that need. Herbert has all the tools to be a franchise quarterback. The Chargers will have options here because they have Tyrod Taylor whom they could start if they feel that Herbert is not quite ready. This is a good problem to have. With 3 of the top 4 Offensive Tackles still on the board, some will say they could have gone that way. Quarterbacks still drive this league.
Draft Network: 13th Overall (3rd Ranked QB)
CBS Sports: 20th Overall (4th Ranked QB)
NFL.com: 26th Overall (3rd Ranked QB)
ESPN: 19th Overall (3rd Ranked QB)
Avg. Overall Ranking – 19.5 (-13.5) Avg. QB Ranking – 3.25
12. Raiders: Jeff Okudah, OSU, CB (Poe)
When you give up the 8th most passing yards per game something has to change. Enter Okudah. He is not only the #1 CB, he is a flat out monster at press man and zone coverage. This guy is a true shutdown corner. Having him on one side, Mullen on the other and Abram over the top, the Raiders will have one of the youngest but most talented secondaries in the league. 2 of the top 3 receivers were on the board but this guy is too good to pass on and secondary is a big need as well.
Draft Network: 3rd Overall (1st Ranked CB)
CBS Sports: 4th Overall (1st Ranked CB)
NFL.com: 2nd Overall (1st Ranked CB)
ESPN: 5th Overall (1st Ranked CB)
Avg. Overall Ranking – 3.5 (+8.5) / Avg. CB Ranking – 1.0
15. Broncos: Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn (Balls)
Adding a Defensive Tackle of Brown’s talent at pick 15 should be a felony. This guy is a nightmare for guards and centers. He is a black hole for running games and he can push the pocket. He is scheme diverse with very heavy hands that are precise and he has a motor that never stops. He is also a very good penetrator for a man his size. The top 3 receivers are off the board so the Broncos get the best player available.
Draft Network: 6th Overall (1st Ranked IDL)
CBS Sports: 7th Overall (1st Ranked IDL)
NFL.com: 3rd Overall (1st Ranked IDL)
ESPN: 4th Overall (1st Ranked IDL)
Avg. Overall Ranking – 5.0 (+10) / Avg. IDL Ranking – 1.0
19. Raiders: Laviska Shenault Jr, WR, Colorado (Jeremyave)
The Raiders need a true #1 receiver with speed. Shenault ran a 4.58, that is not speed. It was reported in February that he had inflammation in his pubic bone and needed rest prior to the Combine and would not need surgery. After running the 40, it came out that he needed surgery for a core injury that affected him last year at Colorado. Having core surgery before he plays a down in the league is not what you want from a #1 receiver and a 1st round draft pick. He is talented and reminds me of a bigger Percy Harvin but the injury history is too much to ignore. With the top two Linebackers on the board this pick makes no sense at all.
Draft Network: 30th Overall (4th Ranked WR)
CBS Sports: 33rd Overall (6th Ranked WR)
NFL.com: 17th Overall (4th Ranked WR)
ESPN: 36th Overall (9th Ranked WR)
Avg. Overall Ranking – 29 (-10) / Avg. WR Ranking – 5.75
32. Chiefs: Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn (Screwitz)
The Chiefs have a need at cornerback with Bashaud Breeland, Morris Claiborne and Kendall Fuller all unrestricted free agents. Igbinoghene has played CB for two years after switching over from the WR position. He is still raw and learning but has held his own in the SEC. He is a great kick returner and special teams player as well. He should be able to challenge for a starting position from day 1.
Draft Network: 43rd Overall (5th Ranked CB)
CBS Sports: 37th Overall (7th Ranked CB)
NFL.com: 64th Overall (9th Ranked CB)
ESPN: 39th Overall (4th Ranked CB)
Avg. Overall Ranking – 45.75 (-13.75) / Avg. CB Ranking – 6.25
Best Pick – Jeff Okudah (+8.5) This would be a gift for the Raiders
Worse Pick – Noah Igbinoghene (-13.75) NFL.com does not think much of him.
Best Value – Derrick Brown (+10) Talk about a steal, WOW!
/JMC the Old
I want to thank each of you for contributing to this first ever MS Mock in March. We had a few regulars who were not around but all in all, everything worked out incredibly well. I specifically enjoyed not having a time limit on people giving their selections. This method also gave each of us insight into the other crap teams within the NFL too. Well done each of you, and thank you JMC for this summary. /Robb