The NFL free agency tampering period wraps up later today, with the official signing period starting at 1 p.m. PT. In the meantime, Alex, Greg, and Josh are back with their latest mock drafts. We’ll have at least two more, one in early April and one right before the draft. Here’s a look at their previous mock drafts.
- Feb 4, post-Super Bowl
- Jan 14, underclassmen declaration day
- Nov 6, halfway point of NFL season
- October 24
For the time being, we have a consensus between the three mock drafts. The Arizona Cardinals select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick, and the San Francisco 49ers select Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa with the No. 2 pick. Here’s what the three of them have to say about their choice, followed by the full first round mocks.
At this point in the draft process I suspect one of two things will happen. 1: The Cardinals will trade Josh Rosen and select Kyler Murray. 2: The Cardinals will trade out of the first pick, and whoever moves up will select Kyler Murray. Either way, the biggest winners will be the San Francisco 49ers who will have the undisputed number one rated prospect Nick Bosa fall right into their laps. Nick Bosa will instantly upgrade the entire 49ers defense, and will finally fill in that pass rushing void that has been vacant for far too long. Bosa offers a dominant presence along the defensive line. He consistently created disruption and havoc in the opponent’s backfield throughout his collegiate career. Bosa has a strong, well-built frame that scouts and evaluators seek at the next level. He has an impressive blend of hand and core power that are effective and allow Bosa to attack from the edge.
On tape, Bosa has demonstrated his ability to effectively defend against both the pass and the run. Bosa is a blue chip, plug-and-play, three-down starter who is a seamless fit in this 49ers defense. The 49ers might get multiple calls offering to trade out of that second pick. The only thing general manager John Lynch needs to say is “No Thanks” and make the easiest decision, and select the best player this draft class has to offer.
With Arizona selecting Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa is pushed down into the welcoming arms of the 49ers - tremendous excitement ensues. A true edge defender the 49ers have always needed (and the fans have yearned for), Bosa utilizes fantastic speed to power conversion to get in the backfield, along with quickness and flexibility to side-step opponents on his way to the quarterback (has a good array of pass rush moves). He displays superb burst and explosion off the line of scrimmage with a quick, heavy, and violent punch at the point of attack, sound leverage utilizing his length, excels at converting speed to power, and the versatility to be disruptive from off the edge and on the inside.
Always running hot with a relentless motor, Bosa dominates in the run game with great fundamentals (superb hand technique), agility, and pure power. He effectively stack and sheds nicely and has tremendous awareness disengaging and attacking finishing with explosion, as well as the athletic ability and balance to defend against back-side blocks taking advantage of his blazing motor chasing down the ball carrier. A man amongst boys, Bosa is an all around complete player with excellent technique, adept in all facets of the game whether rushing the passer, wreaking havoc in the backfield, or as a stout run stopper.
The draft is six weeks away but, despite that, there is still rampant speculation that newly-appointed Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury has a not-so-secret crush on the now-former Oklahoma Sooner starting quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray. As you may well know, Murray was also selected in the 1st round of the 2018 MLB Draft back in 2018 - to put it lightly the man has skill. It could all be a smokescreen put on by Arizona in order for some other team to fall in love with the two-sport star (we’re looking at you, Jon Gruden) but the way I see it right now is that the Cardinals are in dire need of a franchise quarterback and if Kliff Kingsbury thinks he can do more things in his offense with Kyler Murray than Josh Rosen the, well, that bodes very well for San Francisco because it would guarantee that Nick Bosa (!) falls into their laps, all but ensuring that they will finally have the pass rusher that they have sorely lacked and needed over the last half decade.
Nick Bosa, I think, barely edges out Kentucky’s Josh Allen as not only the best option at EDGE but also as the best overall available prospect in this year’s draft. The Niners’ number one need heading into this offseason was to address the defensive end position and adding Nick Bosa to an already up-and-coming defense provides the team with (hopefully) one of the final foundational blocks - one that will contribute to what many hope turns out to be playoff pushes year in and year out. If Kyler Murray goes number one overall then my one hope - please, for the love of all that is holy - is that this selection is not overthought and the San Francisco walks away with the best prospect in the draft.
NN mock draft, pre-free agency
|Pick||Team||Josh Eccles||Greg Valerio||Alex Eisen|
|Pick||Team||Josh Eccles||Greg Valerio||Alex Eisen|
|1||Arizona Cardinals||Kyler Murray, QB - Oklahoma||Kyler Murray, QB - Oklahoma||Kyler Murray, QB - Oklahoma|
|2||San Francisco 49ers||Nick Bosa, DE - Ohio State||Nick Bosa, DE - Ohio State||Nick Bosa, DE - Ohio State|
|3||New York Jets||Josh Allen, DE/OLB - Kentucky||Quinnen Williams, DE - Alabama||Josh Allen, DE - Kentucky|
|4||Oakland Raiders||Quinnen Williams, DE - Alabama||Josh Allen, DE/OLB - Kentucky||Quinnen Williams, DT- Alabama|
|5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Dwayne Haskins, QB - Ohio State||Devin White, LB - LSU||Montez Sweat, DE - Mississipi State|
|6||New York Giants||Montez Sweat, DE - Mississippi State||Dwayne Haskins, QB - Ohio State||Dwayne Haskins, QB - Ohio State|
|7||Jacksonville Jaguars||D.K. Metcalf, WR - Ole Miss||Montez Sweat, DE - Mississippi State||Jonah Williams, OT - Alabama|
|8||Detroit Lions||Devin White, LB - LSU||Rashan Gary, DE - Michigan||Rashan Gary, DE - Michigan|
|9||Buffalo Bills||Ed Oliver, DT - Florida State||D.K. Metcalf, WR - Mississippi||Ed Oliver, DT - Florida State|
|10||Denver Broncos||Daniel Jones, QB - Duke||Jawaan Taylor, OT - Florida||Jawaan Taylor, OT - Florida|
|11||Cincinnati Bengals||Jonah Williams, OT - Alabama||Drew Lock, QB - Missouri||Devin White, LB - LSU|
|12||Green Bay Packers||Rashan Gary, DE - Michigan||Brian Burns, DE - Florida State||Brian Burns, DE - Florida State|
|13||Miami Dolphins||Jawaan Taylor, OT - Florida||Jonah Williams, OT - Alabama||Drew Lock, QB - Missouri|
|14||Atlanta Falcons||Greedy Williams, CB - LSU||Ed Oliver, DT - Houston||Clelin Ferrell, DE - Clemson|
|15||Washington||N'Keal Harry, WR - Arizona State||Daniel Jones, QB - Duke||D.K. Metcalf, WR - Ole Miss|
|16||Carolina Panthers||Andre Dillard, OT - Washington State||Andre Dillard, OT - Washington State||Andre Dillard, OT - Washington State|
|17||Cleveland Browns||Clelin Ferrell, DE - Clemson||Christian Wilkins, DT - Clemson||Greedy Williams, CB - LSU|
|18||Minnesota Vikings||Devin Bush, LB - Michigan||Cody Ford, OT - Oklahoma||Devin Bush, LB - Michigan|
|19||Tennessee Titans||Christian Wilkins, DT - Clemson||N’Keal Harry, WR - Arizona State||T.J. Hockenson, TE - Iowa|
|20||Pittsburgh Steelers||Josh Jacobs, RB - Alabama||Greedy Williams, CB - LSU||Byron Murphy, CB - Washington|
|21||Seattle Seahawks||T.J. Hockenson, TE - Iowa||Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S - Florida||Christian Wilkins, DT - Clemson|
|22||Baltimore Ravens||Yodny Cajuste, OT - West Virginia||Josh Jacobs, RB - Alabama||A.J. Brown, WR - Ole Miss|
|23||Houston Texans||Noah Fant, TE - Iowa||Noah Fant, TE - Iowa||Yodny Cajuste, OT - West Virginia|
|24||Oakland Raiders||DeAndre Baker, CB - Georgia||Byron Murphy, CB - Washington||Josh Jacobs, RB - Alabama|
|25||Philadelphia Eagles||Brian Burns, DE - Florida State||Marquise Brown, WR - Oklahoma||Greg Little, OT - Ole Miss|
|26||Indianapolis Colts||Marquise Brown, WR - Oklahoma||Clelin Ferrell, DE - Clemson||Dre'Mont Jones, DT - Ohio State|
|27||Oakland Raiders||Cody Ford, OG - Oklahoma||Devin Bush, LB - Michigan||N'Keal Harry, WR - Arizona State|
|28||Los Angeles Chargers||Drew Lock, QB - Missouri||Jerry Tillery, DT - Notre Dame||Dexter Lawrence, DT - Clemson|
|29||Kansas City Chiefs||Byron Murphy, CB - Washington||Nasir Adderley, S - Delaware||DeAndre Baker, CB - Georgia|
|30||Green Bay Packers||A.J. Brown, WR - Ole Miss||T.J. Hockenson, TE - Iowa||Cody Ford, OG - Oklahoma|
|31||Los Angeles Rams||Jaylon Ferguson, DE - Louisiana Tech||Jachai Polite, DE - Florida||Jonathan Abram, S - Mississipi State|
|32||New England Patriots||Greg Little, OT - Ole Miss||Jaylon Ferguson, DE - Louisiana Tech||Noah Fant, TE - Iowa|