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Andrew Aziz’s Draft Primer - Final Mock Draft (3 Rounds) + Position Rankings

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Let’s start with the position rankings. For the record, I spent about 75% of my time researching the offensive prospects. In the draft guide, I wrote reports on the running backs and wide receivers and with my background in quarterback training, those are the three positions I feel the most comfortable with.

It’s clear that the receiver, quarterback and offensive tackle classes are extremely strong, but the cornerback, defensive line and running back classes are nothing to sneeze at. The tight end and interior offensive lineman groups are clearly the weakest of the draft.


Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks

1. Tua Tagovailoa - Alabama

2. Joe Burrow - LSU

3. Justin Herbert - Oregon

4. Jake Fromm - Georgia

5. Jordan Love - Utah State

6. Jalen Hurts - Oklahoma

7. James Morgan - Florida International

8. Jacob Eason - Washington

9. Anthony Gordon - Washington Stat

10. Nate Stanley - Iowa


Running Backs

1. D’Andre Swift - Georgia

2. Darrynton Evans - Appalachian State

3. Eno Benjamin - Arizona State

4. JK Dobbins - Ohio State

5. Cam Akers - Florida State

6. Lamical Perine - Florida

7. Zack Moss - Utah

8. Jonathan Taylor - Wisconsin

9. AJ Dillon - Boston College

10. Clyde Edwards-Helaire - LSU


Wide Receivers

1. Ceedee Lamb - Oklahoma

2. Jerry Jeudy - Alabama

3. Henry Ruggs III - Alabama

4. Justin Jefferson - LSU

5. Denzel Mims - Baylor

6. Tyler Johnson - Minnesota

7. Tee Higgins - Clemson

8. Michael Pittman - USC

9. Jalen Reagor - TCU

10. Laviska Shenault - Colorado


Tight Ends

1. Cole Kmet - Notre Dame

2. Adam Trautman - Dayton

3. Hunter Bryant - Washington

4. Thaddeus Moss - LSU

5. Brycen Hopkins - Purdue

6. Colby Parkinson - Stanford

7. Harrison Bryant - Florida International

8. Josiah Deguara - Cincinnati

9. Devin Asiasi - UCLA

10. Cheyenne O’Grady - Arkansas


Offensive Tackles

1. Tristan Wirfs - Iowa

2. Jedrick Willis - Alabama

3. Andrew Thomas - Georgia

4. Mekhi Becton - Louisville

5. Josh Jones - Houston

6. Isaiah Wilson - Georgia

7. Lucas Niang - TCU

8. Ezra Cleveland - Boise State

9. Austin Jackson - USC

10. Saahdiq Charles - LSU


Interior Offensive Linemen

1. Cesar Ruiz - Michigan

2. Lloyd Cushenberry - LSU

3. Tyler Biadasz - Wisconsin

4. Jonah Jackson - Ohio State

5. Robert Hunt - Louisiana

6. Matt Hennessy - Temple

7. Damien Lewis - LSU

8. Shane Lemieux - Oregon

9. Nick Harris - Washington

10. Ben Bredeson - Michigan


Edge Rushers

1. Chase Young - Ohio State

2. AJ Epenesa - Iowa

3. K’Lavon Chaisson - LSU

4. Yetur Gross-Matos - Penn State

5. Zack Baun - Wisconsin

6. Joshua Uche - Michigan

7. Terrell Lewis - Alabama

8. Julian Okwara - Notre Dame

9. Kenny Willekes - Michigan State

10. Jonathan Greenard - Florida


Interior Defensive Lineman

1. Derrick Brown - Auburn

2. Javon Kinlaw - South Carolina

3. Justin Madubuike - Texas A&M

4. Raekwon Davis - Alabama

5. Neville Gallimore - Oklahoma

6. Ross Blacklock - TCU

7. Marlon Davidson - Auburn

8. Rashard Lawrence - LSU

9. James Lynch - Baylor

10. Davon Hamilton - Ohio State


Off-Ball Linebackers

1. Isaiah Simmons - Clemson

2. Patrick Queen - LSU

3. Kenneth Murray - Oklahoma

4. Malik Harrison - Ohio State

5. Jordyn Brooks - Texas Tech

6. Troy Dye - Oregon

7. Logan Wilson - Wyoming

8. Akeem Davis-Gaither - Appalachian State

9. Markus Bailey - Purdue

10. Evan Weaver - California


Cornerbacks

1. Jeff Okudah - Ohio State

2. CJ Henderson - Florida

3. AJ Terrell - Clemson

4. Kristian Fulton - LSU

5. Jeff Gladney - TCU

6. Jaylon Johnson - Utah

7. Damon Arnette - Ohio State

8. Trevon Diggs - Alabama

9. Noah Igbinoghene - Auburn

10. Josiah Scott - Michigan State


Safeties

1. Xavier McKinney - Alabama

2. Grant Delpit - LSU

3. Antoine Winfield Jr - Minnesota

4. Jeremy Chinn - Southern Illinois

5. Ashtyn Davis - California

6. K’Von Wallace - Clemson

7. Geno Stone - Iowa

8. JR Reed - Georgia

9. Kyle Dugger - Lenoir-Rhyne

10. Brandon Jones - Texas


Top 5 Colts Needs for 2020

1. Wide Receiver

2. Defensive End

3. Safety

4. Tight End

5. Cornerback


3 Round NFL Mock Draft

For the mock draft, I decided to go with a rumour and fit-based approach and tried to eliminate any biases I had against players.

1st Round

1st Overall Pick - Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow - Quarterback - LSU

Is there any doubt at this point?

2nd Overall Pick - Washington Redskins
Chase Young - Defensive End - Ohio State

Same explanation as above.

3rd Overall Pick - Detroit Lions
Jeff Okudah - Cornerback - Ohio State

Lions get their cornerback to replace Darius Slay.

4th Overall Pick - Jacksonville Jaguars (from New York Giants)
Justin Herbert - Quarterback - Oregon

Trade: Jaguars trade 9th Overall Pick + 20th Overall Pick for 4th Overall Pick + 2020 4th Round Pick from Giants

Jaguars make the huge trade up to go get a potential franchise player.

5th Overall Pick - Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa - Quarterback - Alabama

Dolphins stay put and get Tua, who some (including me) believe to the best quarterback in the draft.

6th Overall Pick - Los Angeles Chargers
Isaiah Simmons - Linebacker - Clemson

Chargers add to their already impressive defense with the most athletic defensive player in the draft.

7th Overall Pick - Denver Broncos (from Carolina Panthers)
Ceedee Lamb - Wide Receiver - Oklahoma

Trade: Broncos trade 16th Overall Pick + 46th Overall Pick for 7th Overall Pick from Panthers

Broncos make the big trade up to snag Drew Lock’s future #1 receievr.

8th Overall Pick - Arizona Cardinals
Tristan Wirfs - Offensive Tackle - Iowa

Cardinals get their offensive tackle to protect Kyler Murray.

9th Overall Pick - New York Giants (from Jacksonville Jaguars)
Derrick Brown - Interior Defensive Lineman - Auburn

See trade at pick #4 overall

Giants trade down and get the best player on the board; big win for Gettleman.

10th Overall Pick - Cleveland Browns
Jedrick Willis - Offensive Tackle - Alabama

Browns need to protect Baker Mayfield, so getting Willis will help solve many of those issues.

11th Overall Pick - New York Jets
Jerry Jeudy - Wide Receiver - Alabama

Jets are able to snag a pro-ready star in Jeudy, who should be the #1 receiver right away for Darnold.

12th Overall Pick - Oakland Raiders
Henry Ruggs III - Wide Receiver - Alabama

The ghost of Al Davis gets the fastest player in the draft.

13th Overall Pick - Miami Dolphins (from San Francisco 49ers & Indianapolis Colts)
Andrew Thomas - Offensive Tackle - Georgia

Trade: Dolphins trade 18th Overall Pick + 56th Overall Pick for 13th Overall Pick from 49ers

Dolphins need to protect Tua, so they trade up with their draft capital and take arguably the best offensive tackle in Thomas.

14th Overall Pick - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mekhi Becton - Offensive Tackle - Louisville

Buccaneers are in win-now mode with Tom Brady, so getting him a stud offensive lineman is crucial.

15th Overall Pick - Carolina Panthers (from Denver Broncos)
Javon Kinlaw - Interior Defensive Lineman - South Carolina

See trade at pick #7 overall

Panthers trade down, get picks and take a stud defensive tackle who should start right away.

16th Overall Pick - Atlanta Falcons
K’Lavon Chaisson - Defensive End - LSU

Falcons don’t need to trade up or go crazy (as some have reported), as they get a high ceiling pass rusher in Chaisson.

17th Overall Pick - Dallas Cowboys
Xavier McKinney - Safety - Alabama

Cowboys need secondary help, so McKinney is the perfect option for them at 17.

18th Overall Pick - San Francisco 49ers (from Miami Dolphins & Pittsburgh Steelers)
Justin Jefferson - Wide Receiver - LSU

49ers trade back and get Justin Jefferson, one of the best receivers in the draft.

19th Overall Pick - Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago Bears)
Patrick Queen - Linebacker - LSU

Raiders love toughness, and Queen is tough; say no more.

20th Overall Pick - New York Giants (from Jacksonville Jaguars via Los Angeles Rams)
AJ Epenesa - Defensive End - Iowa

Giants add to their defensive line by getting Epenesa, a long pass rusher who should start right away.

21st Overall Pick - Philadelphia Eagles
Denzel Mims - Wide Receiver - Baylor

Eagles get their receiver to give Carson Wentz some playmakers.

22nd Overall Pick - Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo Bills)
CJ Henderson - Cornerback - Florida

Vikings get Henderson to replace Rhodes.

23rd Overall Pick - Los Angeles Chargers (from New England Patriots)
Yetur Gross-Matos - Edge Rusher - Penn State

Trade: Chargers trade 36th Overall Pick + 71st Overall Pick for 23rd Overall Pick from Patriots

Chargers make the big trade up to make a move that will turn their defense into one of the best in the NFL. Good luck stopping Bosa, James, Ingram, Hayward, Harris, Simmons and Gross-Matos.

24th Overall Pick - New Orleans Saints
Jordan Love - Quarterback - Utah State

Saints wait and get rewarded with Jordan Love, their quarterback of the future.

25th Overall Pick - Minnesota Vikings
Cesar Ruiz - Interior Offensive Lineman - Michigan

Vikings could use more offensive line help and Ruiz is one of the best, if not the best, interior offensive lineman in the draft.

26th Overall Pick - Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans)
Kenneth Murray - Linebacker - Oklahoma

Dolphins need more defensive help and getting Murray might be one of the biggest steals of the round.

27th Overall Pick - New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)
Josh Jones - Offensive Tackle - Houston

Trade: Jets trade 48th Overall Pick + 68th Overall Pick for 27th Overall Pick from Seahawks

Seahawks want to move down and considering the Jets need a right tackle, having them trade up for Jones makes a lot of sense.

28th Overall Pick - Detroit Lions (from Baltimore Ravens)
Zack Baun - Defensive End - Wisconsin

Trade: Lions trade 35th Overall Pick + 85th Overall Pick for 28th Overall Pick from Ravens

Lions need more pass rushers on Patricia’s defense and Baun is a potential impact player that Patricia needs.

29th Overall Pick - Tennessee Titans
AJ Terrell - Cornerback - Clemson

Terrell has been getting a lot of first round hype in recent weeks and the Titans could use a long-term answer at cornerback. Terrell makes sense here.

30th Overall Pick - Green Bay Packers
Isaiah Wilson - Offensive Tackle - Georgia

Wilson is another player getting 1st round hype and the Packers need a true right tackle for Aaron Rodgers.

31st Overall Pick - Houston Texans (from San Francisco 49ers)
Justin Madubuike - Interior Defensive Lineman - Texas A&M

Trade: Texans trade 40th Overall Pick + 90th Overall Pick for 31st Overall Pick from 49ers

The Texans jump into the fray in the first round and take a defensive lineman to replace DJ Reader.

32nd Overall Pick - Kansas City Chiefs
Grant Delpit - Safety - LSU

Chiefs give the Honey Badger an LSU safety to play with.

2nd Round

33rd Overall Pick - Cincinnati Bengals
Malik Harrison - Linebacker - Ohio State

34th Overall Pick - Indianapolis Colts (from Washington Redskins)
Michael Pittman Jr - Wide Receiver - USC

35th Overall Pick - Baltimore Ravens (from Detroit Lions)
Lloyd Cushenberry - Interior Offensive Lineman - LSU

See trade at pick #28 overall

36th Overall Pick - New York Giants
Jalen Reagor - Wide Receiver - TCU

37th Overall Pick - New England Patriots (from Los Angeles Chargers)
Jake Fromm - Quarterback - Georgia

See trade at pick #23 overall

38th Overall Pick - Jacksonville Jaguars (from Carolina Panthers)
Tee Higgins - Wide Receiver - Clemson

Trade: Jaguars trade 42nd Overall Pick + 2020 4th Round Pick for 38th Overall Pick

39th Overall Pick - Miami Dolphins
D’Andre Swift - Running Back - Georgia

40th Overall Pick - San Francisco 49ers (from Houston Texans & Arizona Cardinals)
Lucas Niang - Offensive Tackle - TCU

See trade at pick #31 overall

41st Overall Pick - Cleveland Browns
Kristian Fulton - Cornerback - LSU

42nd Overall Pick - Carolina Panthers (from Jacksonville Jaguars)
Jeremy Chinn - Safety - Southern Illinois

See trade at pick #38 overall

43rd Overall Pick - Chicago Bears (from Las Vegas Raiders)
J.K. Dobbins - Running Back - Ohio State

44th Overall Pick - Dallas Cowboys (from Indianapolis Colts)
Jonah Jackson - Interior Offensive Lineman - Ohio State

Trade: Cowboys trade 51st Overall Pick + 2020 4th Round Pick for 44th Overall Pick from Colts

45th Overall Pick - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Laviska Shenault - Wide Receiver - Colorado

46th Overall Pick - Carolina Panthers (from Denver Broncos)
Matt Hennessy - Interior Offensive Lineman - Temple

See trade at pick #7 overall

47th Overall Pick - Atlanta Falcons
Neville Gallimore - Interior Defensive Lineman - Oklahoma

48th Overall Pick - Seattle Seahawks (from New York Jets)
Antoine Winfield Jr - Safety - Minnesota

See trade at pick #27 overall

49th Overall Pick - Buffalo Bills (from Pittsburgh Steelers)
Ross Blacklock - Interior Defensive Lineman - TCU

Trade: Bills trade 54th Overall Pick + 2020 4th Round Pick for 49th Overall Pick from Steelers

50th Overall Pick - Chicago Bears
Jeff Gladney - Cornerback - TCU

51st Overall Pick - Indianapolis Colts (from Dallas Cowboys)
Joshua Uche - Defensive End - Michigan

See trade at pick #44 overall

52nd Overall Pick - Los Angeles Rams
Damon Arnette - Cornerback - Ohio State

53rd Overall Pick - New Orleans Saints (from Philadelphia Eagles)
KJ Hamler - Wide Receiver - Penn State

Trade: Saints trade 88th Overall Pick + 2020 5th Round Pick + 2021 3rd Round Pick for 53rd Overall Pick from Eagles

54th Overall Pick - Pittsburgh Steelers (from Buffalo Bills)
Jalen Hurts - Quarterback - Oklahoma

See trade at pick #49 overall

55th Overall Pick - Baltimore Ravens (from New England Patriots via Atlanta Falcons)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Running Back - LSU

56th Overall Pick - San Francisco 49ers (from Miami Dolphins & New Orleans)
Noah Igbinoghene - Cornerback - Auburn

See trade at pick #13 overall

57th Overall Pick - Green Bay Packers (from Los Angeles Rams & Houston Texans)
Brandon Aiyuk - Wide Receiver - Arizona State

Trade: Packers trade 62nd Overall Pick + 2020 5th Round Pick for 57th Overall Pick

58th Overall Pick - Minnesota Vikings
Van Jefferson - Wide Receiver - Florida

59th Overall Pick - Seattle Seahawks
Trevon Diggs - Cornerback - Alabama

60th Overall Pick - Baltimore Ravens
Jordyn Brooks - Linebacker - Texas Tech

61st Overall Pick - Tennessee Titans
Jonathan Taylor - Running Back - Wisconsin

62nd Overall Pick - Los Angeles Rams (from Green Bay Packers)
Austin Jackson - Offensive Tackle - USC

See trade at pick #57 overall

63rd Overall Pick - Kansas City Chiefs (from San Francisco 49ers)
Hunter Bryant - Tight End - Washington

64th Overall Pick - Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City Chiefs)
Prince Tega Wanogho - Offensive Tackle - Auburn

3rd Round

65th Overall Pick - Carolina Panthers (from Cincinnati Bengals)
Terrell Lewis - Defensive End - Alabama

Trade: Panthers trade 69th Overall Pick + 2020 5th Round Pick for 65th Overall Pick from Bengals

66th Overall Pick - Washington Redskins
Bryan Edwards - Wide Receiver - South Carolina

67th Overall Pick - Detroit Lions
Cam Akers - Running Back - Florida State

68th Overall Pick - Atlanta Falcons (from Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets & New York Giants)
Jacob Eason - Quarterback - Washington

Trade: Falcons trade 78th Overall Pick + 2020 4th Round Pick for 68th Overall Pick from Seahawks

69th Overall Pick - Cincinnati Bengals (from Carolina Panthers)
Ashtyn Davis - Safety - California

See trade at pick #65 overall

70th Overall Pick - Miami Dolphins
Tyler Johnson - Wide Receiver - Minnesota

71st Overall Pick - New England Patriots (from Los Angeles Chargers)
Adam Trautman - Tight End - Dayton

See trade at pick #23 overall

72nd Overall Pick - Arizona Cardinals
Jaylon Johnson - Cornerback - Utah

73rd Overall Pick - Jacksonville Jaguars
Bryce Hall - Cornerback - Virginia

74th Overall Pick - Cleveland Browns
Donovan Peoples-Jones - Wide Receiver - Michigan

75th Overall Pick - Indianapolis Colts
Cole Kmet - Tight End - Notre Dame

76th Overall Pick - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Darrynton Evans - Running Back - Appalachian State

77th Overall Pick - New England Patriots (from Denver Broncos)
Raekwon Davis - Interior Defensive Lineman - Alabama

Trade: Patriots trade 87th Overall Pick + 2020 4th Round Pick for 77th Overall Pick from Broncos

78th Overall Pick - Seattle Seahawks (from Atlanta Falcons)
Tyler Biadasz - Interior Offensive Lineman - Wisconsin

See trade at pick #68 overall

79th Overall Pick - New York Jets
Kyle Dugger - Safety - Lenoir-Rhyne

80th Overall Pick - Las Vegas Raiders
Thaddeus Moss - Tight End - LSU

81st Overall Pick - Indianapolis Colts (from Las Vegas Raiders & Chicago Bears)
James Morgan - Quarterback - Florida International

Trade: Colts trade 2020 4th Round Pick + 2021 3rd Round Pick for 81st Overall Pick

82nd Overall Pick - Dallas Cowboys
Quartney Davis - Wide Receiver - Texas A&M

83rd Overall Pick - Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh Steelers)
Troy Dye - Linebacker - Oregon

84th Overall Pick - Los Angeles Rams
Chase Claypool - Wide Receiver - Notre Dame

85th Overall Pick - Baltimore Ravens (from Detroit Lions & Philadelphia Eagles)
Amik Robertson - Cornerback - Louisiana Tech

See trade at pick #28 overall

86th Overall Pick - Buffalo Bills
Julian Okwara - Defensive End - Notre Dame

87th Overall Pick - Denver Broncos (from New England Patriots)
Antonio Gandy-Golden - Wide Receiver - Liberty

See trade at pick #77 overall

88th Overall Pick - Tennessee Titans (from Philadelphia Eagles & New Orleans Saints)
Anthony Gordon - Quarterback - Washington State

Trade: Titans trade 93rd Overall Pick + 2020 5th Round Pick for 88th Overall Pick from Eagles

89th Overall Pick - Minnesota Vikings
Jonathan Greenard - Defensive End - Florida

90th Overall Pick - San Francisco 49ers (from Houston Texans)
Damian Lewis - Interior Offensive Lineman - LSU

See trade at pick #31 overall

91st Overall Pick - Las Vegas Raiders (from Seattle Seahawks via Houston Texans)
Davon Hamilton - Interior Defensive Lineman - Ohio State

92nd Overall Pick - Baltimore Ravens
Marlon Davidson - Interior Defensive Lineman - Auburn

93rd Overall Pick - Philadelphia Eagles (from Tennessee Titans)
Curtis Weaver - Edge Rusher - Boise State

See trade at pick #88 overall

94th Overall Pick - Green Bay Packers
Zack Moss - Running Back - Utah

95th Overall Pick - Denver Broncos (from San Francisco 49ers)
Albert Okwuegbunam - Tight End - Missouri

96th Overall Pick - Kansas City Chiefs
Antonio Gibson - Running Back / Wide Receiver - Memphis

97th Overall Pick - Detroit Lions (from Cleveland Browns & Houston Texans)
K’Von Wallace - Safety - Clemson

Trade: Lions trade 2020 4th Round Pick + 2020 5th Round Pick for 97th Overall Pick from Browns

98th Overall Pick - New England Patriots
Matthew Peart - Offensive Tackle - UConn

99th Overall Pick - Los Angeles Chargers (from New York Giants)
AJ Dillon - Running Back - Boston College

Trade: Chargers trade 2020 4th Round Pick + 2020 5th Round Pick for 99th Overall Pick from Giants

100th Overall Pick - New England Patriots
Darrell Taylor - Defensive End - Tennessee

101st Overall Pick - Seattle Seahawks
Logan Wilson - Linebacker - Wyoming

102nd Overall Pick - Pittsburgh Steelers
Akeem Davis-Gaither - Linebacker - Appalaichian State

103rd Overall Pick - Philadelphia Eagles
Anthony McFarland - Running Back - Maryland

104th Overall Pick - Los Angeles Rams
Kenny Willekes - Edge Rusher - Michigan State

105th Overall Pick - Pittsburgh Steelers (from Minnesota Vikings)
KJ Hill - Wide Receiver - Ohio State

Trade: Steelers trade both 2020 4th Round Picks for 105th Overall Pick from Vikings

106th Overall Pick - Baltimore Ravens
Ezra Cleveland - Offensive Tackle - Boise State

Colts 3-Round Mock Draft Recap:

  • R2 (34) - Michael Pittman Jr (WR)
  • R2 (51) - Joshua Uche (DE)
  • R3 (75) - Cole Kmet (TE)
  • R3 (81) - James Morgan (QB)

This draft is going to be different and many analysts believe it will be the most unpredictable in many years. Mock drafts are going to be more wrong this year than ever before and rankings will be off too; there will be many reaches and many steals. My recommendation: cherish this draft because there may never be one like it ever again.