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.
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...
Cincinnati: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
It wouldn’t be my pick, but it will be the Bengals.
Washington: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
The ‘Skins get the draft’s best player.
Detroit: Derek Brown, DT, Auburn
This will probably come a few picks later after the Lions trade down.
New York Giants: Tristin Wirfs, T, Iowa
All the Giants had to do was lose one more game and they could have had Young.
Miami: Tua Tagovaiola, QB, Alabama
Don’t listen to the rumors — this is the Dolphins’ guy.
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.
Carolina: Jeff Odukah, CB, Ohio State
With Tom Brady in the division now, you better have some cover corners.
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.
Jacksonville: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
The Jags love these do-it-all type of defenders.
Cleveland: Mekhi Becton, T, Louisville
This could change if the Browns trade for Trent Williams.
New York Jets: Jedrick Willis, Alabama
And the top four tackles are gone.
Las Vegas: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Al Davis smiles from his grave.
San Francisco: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Niners would have been happy with either of the top two WRs.
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.
Denver: Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
And the Alabama player every other pick continues.
Atlanta: K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU
The best cure for a bad secondary is a better pass rush.
Dallas: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
Cowboys get a replacement for the departed Byron Jones.
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.
Las Vegas: Kennth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
And the Raiders corner the market on Sooners.
Jacksonville: Jordan Love, QB, Utah St.
You really thought they were going with Gardner Minshew?
Philadelphia: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
This will surprise some, but he may turn out to be as good as any WR in the class.
Minnesota: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
The Vikings always seem to find decent corners.
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.
New Orleans: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Saints give Drew Brees a going-away present.
Minnesota: Ezra Cleveland, T, Boise St.
Vikes haven’t done as well on the OL. But they try again.
Miami: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
The Philly kid heads to South Beach.
Seattle: Yetor Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
Seahawks always trade out of the first round, but if they stay this makes sense.
Baltimore: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Ravens keep adding to a good defense.
Tennessee: Austin Jackson, T, So. Cal.
Titans need a replacement up front for Jack Conklin.
Green Bay: Isaiah Wilson, T, Georgia
Packers need one for Brian Bulaga.
San Francisco: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
It had been a while since an Alabama player went.
Kansas City: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
Andy Reid gets a Brian Westbrook clone.