NFL Draft Talk – Mock Draft

NFL Draft Talk – Mock Draft


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talk with senior NFL draft correspondent Connor Livesay. Connor welcome to
the show man always the pleasure to see you guys and talk football few guys
always a fun time all right and we’re gonna take a little bit of an
off-the-wall look at the NFL Draft your first Mock draft of this season which is
always revealing in a lot of ways we’re gonna skim through the first round and
stop on a couple hot topics if that works out with you of course you know
first one of the year like you said these are always fun first of many that
we’ll have but we’re not gonna spend the whole time going you know prospect by
prospect pick buy pick because that’s gonna change a whole lot but we’re gonna
skim through and talk about some of these guys that we think might be a
little bit more cemented into that spot than others all right man because you
know like I say it takes two people to make a wedding so there’s got to be a
team wanting you as well the draft gets real interesting here it
for who do we have them taken oh yeah Brian burns on the edge at Florida State
and that’s pretty exciting because the Oakland Raiders they can drive this
first round can’t they of course they have three first-round draft picks
they traded away Khalil Mack obviously before the start of this season last
year didn’t want to pay him the money that they that he thought he deserved
and obviously he showed at Chicago that he does deserve that but they’re gonna
have to replace him getting after the quarterback was disastrous for the
Oakland Raiders in 2018 they were the last ranked team in sacks in 2018 so
Brian burns is the guy who can come in he’s still very raw as a pass rusher but
the the signs that you see of him being an elite pass rusher there at Florida
State he’s got good size he’s right at 6’5 245 a super explosive super fast off
the edge he’s really really fun player to look at and watch and I think that
he’s a good replacement for Khalil Mack to come in and start molding into a top
pass rusher for their team he better be good man because unless
he’s great it’s gonna look like an egg on your face
trade no matter what but of course you know it’s it’s a passing league but the
Patriots showed everybody that defense wins championships and people are going
for these pressure guys at number five you got tampa bay buccaneers acai polite
eggs going to Florida at number six New York Giants going the other way on the
ball Jonah Williams offensive tackle Alabama
the first office the first office fits a player taken in the draft all the way at
seven you don’t see that normally but it’s this year’s a little bit of a
conundrum with defensive players yeah I was gonna ask you about that not only
the first offensive player but he’s a tackle he’s in there to protect and now
he’s gonna play on the left side going this high right yeah let’s see he can
actually play on the left side he can play inside as well that’s why I really
like his fit in New York because they have solder at left tackle it didn’t
really go all that well in 2018 so if they want to play him at left tackle and
try to move solder around or draft them and develop him they can do a bunch of
different things with him and it sounds like they’re sticking with Eli so it
sounds like that’s the best bet for them alright well number seven Jacksonville
Jaguars now this one gets really fun okay
because Jacksonville I think is finally admitting what everybody else in the NFL
has known for a long time they need a QB and you got him taken one from Ohio
State you’ve got him going with Dwayne Askins
yeah that’s right you know Dwayne Haskins is a 1 year starter at Ohio
State very productive in that one year kind of not surprising that he came out
this year with how stacked the quarterback class looks for it looks for
next year butI but he come out is a really productive junior quarterback you
know he’s got a lot of talent his arm talents good he’s not the running
quarterback that a lot of people were gonna say he is maybe because of his
skin color or size people are comparing him to Cam Newton but he does not run
the football he is not a great athlete he’s a stand in the pocket delivered the
football guy he shows signs of having a big big arm Talent
he’s got some some things to clean up but Jacksonville has to go in a
direction here at quarterback and move on from Blake bortles
no argument here probably no argument with anybody in Jacksonville and regards
to that statement and this draft we’re gonna move along and basically if you’re
not either throwing the ball protecting the guy throwing the ball or trying to
get to the guy throwing the ball you haven’t had anything to do with this
draft yet and it doesn’t change at number eight here with Detroit Lions
Clemson edge Cleland barrel let’s talk some edge rusher here yeah you know the
edge class is just so deep with with beau so with Allen with burns and we get
close on Farrell who’s a guy who probably could have came out last year
and went you know just as high as he is this year but he went back to school and
was very productive in his junior year at Clemson had a really nice year had 11
and a half sacks he’s just a guy that gets after the quarterback he reminds me
a little bit of what the Cowboys have in to Marcus Lawrence as far as a guy who’s
not super he’s not super speedy and he’s not super bendy but he’s a technician he
wins with his hands he wins with this technique he’s powerful he’s strong he’s
got enough explosion in his lower body to win with speed as well so a guy who
who can come in for Detroit and finally get after the quarterback the Ezekiel on
saw last three years experiment has not gone well for them and they need someone
in there that can affect the quarterback alright well again we’re gonna keep on
with this theme here about getting to the quarterback one way or the other
this time number nine Buffalo Bills a guy you know a little bit about you
recently had an interview with him at a Florida Juwan tailor yeah I think he’s
just starting to rise big time coming coming out of Florida I think the
combines gonna be big for him with his size with his athleticism with his
technique he’s gonna work himself into the top 15 or so picks and buffalo has
to protect Josh Allen and JaJuan Taylor’s a guy who can come in he can
play left tackle he can pay right tackle he can play either or but he’s a stud at
right tackle and I think that’s where he needs to stay and I think he could be a
huge upgrade on that Buffalo offensive line well they need it they need every
upgrade they can get so huge would be really good Denver Broncos at Oliver and
I like how you’re using the newer designations anterior defensive linemen
Houston yeah you know super explosive great athletes
learning how to play football but he’s absolutely going to blow up the combine
a little little undersized for the interior but I think he’s a guy who’s
gonna you’re gonna need a creative defensive coordinator to really let it
Oliver reach his ceiling but if he gets in with someone good look out cuz the
ceiling is sky-high all right well Cincinnati Bengals Devon
white linebacker LSU I mean they need some linebacker and healthy they usually
take guys that have a lot of baggage this guy seems like a pretty good pick
but the next pick number 12 Green Bay Packers TJ Hawkinson tight in Iowa he’s
pretty special isn’t it yeah special one of the most complete tight ends and the
in the recent draft classes that I can remember evaluating a guy who can block
he catches the football his numbers won’t really impress you but you turn on
the tape and you see some of the things he can do in the field and it just it
really makes you it reminds me of a smaller Rob Gronkowski a guy who’s
developed his blocking over the last few years a guy who can stretch the feet of
the guy who can catch the contested ball he really does it all for the Iowa
offense that’s pretty special when you compare somebody to Rob Gronkowski in
any flavor pretty much because he’s a special guy all the way around Miami
Dolphins at 13 Cody Ford Oklahoma offensive tackle again we’re
sticking with the theme here you’re either getting after the quarterback
you’re protecting the quarterback or you are the quarterback Atlanta Falcons
Dalton Reisner offensive lineman Kansas State then at 15 we have Washington
Redskins jumping in they’ve got a lot of holes to fill you have him going for
Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray Wow he’s so this is where he’s gonna land I think
that that’s a perfect landing spot for him you know obviously you never know
some teams he could end up going third overall second overall the teams trading
up moving around obviously in this mock graph we didn’t have any trades but I
think this is a perfect spot for him a team that’s got a running game you know
they’re I think they’re gonna bring back Adrian Peterson it sounds like they have
a solid offensive line when everything’s intact they have a few weapons on
offense as well so you you like what they see you know they were they were
likely going to be the NFC East champions midway through the year before
Alex Smith got hurt so you bring Kyler Murray in a guy who I think’s ready to
play in the NFL can come in and hopefully get them back on track to win
the NFC East all right well they you know they need to have at least of that
as a goal Carolina Panthers at 16 Montes sweat edge Mississippi State makes a lot
of sense the Cleveland Browns coming back at 17
byron murphy cornerback washington then at 18 a guy you know a little something
about with some up-close personal contact Chris Lindstrom offensive
lineman Boston College what can you tell us about him he’s a lot of fun you know
he’s the guy who’s not a sexy name you know he’s not in the top he’s not in the
top you know offensive tackle rankings but he’s a he’s a true interior guy on
Boston College a guy who plays with a lot of strength a lot of power I really
think that he has a potential to be one of the best picks in the first round as
far as a guy who you didn’t really expect to outplay his draft stock I’m
not comparing them to Zack Martin but a few years ago the Cowboys drafted Zack
Martin a lot of people didn’t expect him to play as well as he did and three or
four years in he’s an all-pro year after year one of the best guards one of the
best football players in the class in the NFL so I could see from following in
his footsteps that’s pretty exciting even more exciting for the Minnesota
Vikings you need all the help they can get they have a window can they hold it
next you have Tennessee Titans at 19 with dk met camp
wide receiver Ole Miss wow you finally got got a wide receiver going there a
guy I’m excited for you yeah it took a while but I just watching the Tennessee
offense they’re they’re kind of hard to watch at times they don’t have any sure
weapons on their offense when Delanie Walker is out he’s been getting her a
lot so getting a guy like he came at calf who could come in contribute right
away but his ceiling is extremely high and it really gives them two dominant
outside weapons whose ceiling because Corey Davis is a good player he hasn’t
developed into the guy that a lot of people thought but you get two guys with
that high up ceiling one of those guys is going to end up turning into that Pro
Bowl style of player that you thought you were getting Wow
he could be the one alright number 20 Pittsburgh Steelers
greedy Williams cornerback LSU number 21 Seattle Seahawks
Deonte Thompson safety Alabama well of course we know what that means goodbye
to right a guy that might be going to the Dallas Cowboys yeah Earl Thomas is
likely gone and Deonte Thompson would be a great addition to that defense he’s a
guy who plays with the similar traits as Earl Thomas not Earl Thomas but he plays
with similar traits he’s got great range great athleticism great speed great
instincts he takes the ball away a lot so he’s a guy who I could see them
filling in Earl Thomas’s role teaching them on coaching them up a little bit
and then in a few years you’re looking at a guy who’s who’s making a ton of
plays in the NFL a lot cheaper number 28 Los Angeles chargers Andre
Dillard offensive lineman Washington State could pick 29 Kansas City Chiefs
DeAndre Baker cornerback Georgia who they need as many of those as they can
get of course early Green Bay Packers from the New Orleans Saints Chauncey
Gardiner Johnson safety from Florida that’s uh that’s a pretty good pick for
them as well I like that one a lot 31 Los Angeles Rams Mack Wilson linebacker
Alabama and 32 New England Patriots they are last but they do have a first-round
pick which is kind of rare for them jeffrey simmons defensive lineman
mississippi state and you’ve got some information about him as well I do
believe yeah yeah you know he’s the one that tore his ACL a week or two ago in
training top five pick likely that’s gonna fall all the way to the you know I
think I think New England be silly to pass him up if he’s still available here
at 32 you know needing defensive line help you know they have Malcolm Brown
who’s been there a few years hasn’t really developed in the player that they
have thought coming out of Texas but you get a guy like Jeffrey Simmons who
likely isn’t going if there’s one team let me ask you if there’s one team in
the NFL that can they can go without their first-round pick playing the first
year who is left you know I say the Dallas Cowboys this year no absolutely
the New England Paige right because they generally don’t have a first round pick
and it doesn’t seem to affect them no so you you come in this situation he red
shirts the first year comes back in year two it’s like you’re getting you know
they did talk into the Cowboys it’s like they did that with Jalen Smith a few
years ago they took Jaylon Smith at the top of the second round he redshirted
that first year came back his next year and it was like they had two first-round
picks on that next draft because getting Galen Smith back and I just think adding
Simmons to that defensive line you know they’re they’re potentially gonna lose
some talented players like Trey flowers and free agency getting him in there and
able to just work in year one rehab get back and then next year year to be able
to come out and compete and dominate along that New England defensive line
for Bill Belichick’s defense would just be a match made in heaven and then he
can always trade him away for a first-round pick right before a tractors
he will do all right well this is a heck of a mock draft man I tell you it’s
pretty darn exciting we’re gonna sign up here before we do why don’t you tell
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gonna have many of these coming out the combine is coming up here in just a week
so we’re gonna have full coverage of the combine the draft is right around the
corner so big boards positional rankings a lot of scouting report says we’re
still coming in so make sure you’re following along make sure you know
you’re asking questions if you got them we’ll make sure we lead you in the right
direction because the NFL Draft is here and it’s right around the corner we
can’t wait to get the draft day and see who these teams pick alright and now
we’ve covered a lot of players today and in the future just want to get people a
heads up we’re going to be doing some NFL draft talk line spotlights we’re
going to take an in-depth look at one player she’s gonna be Connor and I
sitting here breaking them down mostly Connor okay so until then we really
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