In this Dec. 28, 2019, photo, Penn State defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos (99) faces off against Memphis offensive lineman Obinna Eze (77) while quarterback Brady White (3) looks to pass during the second half of the NCAA Cotton Bowl college football game in Arlington, Texas.
In this Dec. 28, 2019, photo, Penn State defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos (99) faces off against Memphis offensive lineman Obinna Eze (77) while quarterback Brady White (3) looks to pass during the second half of the NCAA Cotton Bowl college football game in Arlington, Texas. |Roger Steinman | Associated Press
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Mock NFL Draft Time! Mark Eckel makes his picks — how does it compare to yours?

The NFL draft starts at 8 pm tonight, April 23.

Mark Eckel

This will be my 35th, or so, NFL Mock Draft. When it’s my choice I only do one and I do it the morning of the draft.

Trades, of course, always make this harder so I don’t include any. And I try to get as many of the 32 picks correct and if some are head-on that’s even better.

Here we go...

  1. Cincinnati: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

    It wouldn’t be my pick, but it will be the Bengals.

  2. Washington: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

    The ‘Skins get the draft’s best player.

  3. Detroit: Derek Brown, DT, Auburn

    This will probably come a few picks later after the Lions trade down.

  4. New York Giants: Tristin Wirfs, T, Iowa

    All the Giants had to do was lose one more game and they could have had Young.

  5. Miami: Tua Tagovaiola, QB, Alabama

    Don’t listen to the rumors — this is the Dolphins’ guy.

  6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

    I really think the Chargers go another direction, but too many people have convinced me they’re taking Herbert.

  7. Carolina: Jeff Odukah, CB, Ohio State

    With Tom Brady in the division now, you better have some cover corners.

  8. Arizona: Andrew Thomas, T, Georgia

    QB Kyler Murray wants his old pal CeeDee Lamb. Instead, he gets much needed protection from the best tackle in the class.

  9. Jacksonville: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

    The Jags love these do-it-all type of defenders.

  10. Cleveland: Mekhi Becton, T, Louisville

    This could change if the Browns trade for Trent Williams.

  11. New York Jets: Jedrick Willis, Alabama

    And the top four tackles are gone.

  12. Las Vegas: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

    Al Davis smiles from his grave.

  13. San Francisco: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

    The Niners would have been happy with either of the top two WRs.

  14. Tampa Bay: Josh Jones, T, Houston

    Bucs will try to trade up for one of the top tackles. If they can’t they could move down a few spots and get Jones.

  15. Denver: Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama

    And the Alabama player every other pick continues.

  16. Atlanta: K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU

    The best cure for a bad secondary is a better pass rush.

  17. Dallas: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

    Cowboys get a replacement for the departed Byron Jones.

  18. Miami: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

    Dolphins may also move up for a tackle. If they say put hey take the bet player on the board.

  19. Las Vegas: Kennth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

    And the Raiders corner the market on Sooners.

  20. Jacksonville: Jordan Love, QB, Utah St.

    You really thought they were going with Gardner Minshew?

  21. Philadelphia: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

    This will surprise some, but he may turn out to be as good as any WR in the class.

  22. Minnesota: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

    The Vikings always seem to find decent corners.

  23. New England: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

    People I trust insist Kmet is going first round. So why not here? Pats may move down and get him.

  24. New Orleans: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

    Saints give Drew Brees a going-away present.

  25. Minnesota: Ezra Cleveland, T, Boise St.

    Vikes haven’t done as well on the OL. But they try again.

  26. Miami: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

    The Philly kid heads to South Beach.

  27. Seattle: Yetor Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

    Seahawks always trade out of the first round, but if they stay this makes sense.

  28. Baltimore: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

    Ravens keep adding to a good defense.

  29. Tennessee: Austin Jackson, T, So. Cal.

    Titans need a replacement up front for Jack Conklin.

  30. Green Bay: Isaiah Wilson, T, Georgia

    Packers need one for Brian Bulaga.

  31. San Francisco: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

    It had been a while since an Alabama player went.

  32. Kansas City: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

    Andy Reid gets a Brian Westbrook clone.

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