Sports Info Solutions NFL Round One Mock Draft

Members of the SIS operations department put together an annual seven-round mock draft and this year we decided to share the first round. This was done independent of previous rankings and analysis that appeared in other publications. Below are the picks along with a brief explanation from the person who selected them.

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1 Cardinals Kyler Murray Oklahoma QB Nathan Cooper

Murray is an explosive playmaker who will fit what Kliff Kingsbury is wanting at the Quarterback position.

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2 49ers Nick Bosa Ohio State Edge John Todd

After bolstering the defensive interior with past high picks, SF finishes the edges with Dee Ford and Bosa

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3 Jets Quinnen Williams Alabama DT Noah Gatsik

Arguably the best player in the Draft will bring more explosiveness to the Jets defensive line.

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4 Raiders Josh Allen Kentucky Edge Justin Stine

Allen is in the top tier of edge defenders in this class, and the Raiders desperately need to recoup some pass rush after the Mack trade

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5 Buccaneers Ed Oliver Houston DT Nathan Cooper

Oliver is an explosive pass rusher that Tampa can place next to 2018 1st Rounder Vita Vea once Gerald McCoy moves on.

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6 Giants Montez Sweat Mississippi St Edge John Todd

Assuming NY is fine with reported health concerns, Sweat replaces Vernon as a prototypical edge rusher.

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7 Jaguars Jonah Williams Alabama OT Noah Gatsik

Williams is a versatile OL that can come in and help protect newly acquired Nick Foles.

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8 Lions Deandre Baker Georgia CB John Verros

The Lions could possibly trade down from this spot and get Baker, where his closing speed and ball skills will help bring stability opposite Darius Slay.

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9 Bills Devin White LSU LB Evan Butler

Pairing White with 2018 1st Rounder Tremaine Edmunds will allow for an incredibly quick and rangy LB core.

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10 Broncos Drew Lock Missouri QB Nathan Cooper

Lock possesses the arm strength and raw talent that John Elway loves and is looking for in Denver.

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11 Bengals Jawaan Taylor Florida OT Josh Hofer

The Bengals desperately need to upgrade their offensive line and Taylor’s run and pass blocking ability should help the offense be more effective.

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12 Packers Devin Bush Michigan LB John Shirley

Bush brings speed and instincts to a defense that’s looking to get younger and faster.

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13 Dolphins Garrett Bradbury NC State OC John Todd

Miami seems keen on building the rest of the roster and passing on a QB until 2020. Bradbury is a top-rated OL.

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14 Falcons Christian Wilkins Clemson DT Noah Gatsik

Wilkins is a versatile DL that will be disruptive in the run and pass game for Atlanta’s defensive line.

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15 Redskins TJ Hockenson Iowa TE John Todd

Tough to pass on Haskins here, but Hockenson can be an elite two-way TE who doesn’t alert defenses to run or pass.

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16 Panthers Brian Burns Florida St Edge Nathan Cooper

Carolina can use more speed on defense and Burns brings that speed and raw pass rush ability off the edge.

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17 Giants Andre Dillard Washington St OT John Todd

NY has claimed it is still happy with Eli at QB. Protecting him better will help try to defend that opinion.

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18 Vikings Cody Ford Oklahoma OG Jeff Dean

The Vikings need significant offensive line help and would happily fit the massive Ford in anywhere on the right side.

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19 Titans Dexter Lawrence Clemson NT Dan Foehrenbach

Lawrence’s ability to get to the QB paired with Jurrell Casey would result in a very disruptive and improved defensive line.

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20 Steelers Greedy Williams LSU CB Dan Wallie

With both of the Devins gone, the Steelers can continue to bolster the secondary with Greedy’s patience and ball skills.

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21 Seahawks Clelin Ferrell Clemson Edge Nathan Cooper

Ferrell fits what the Seahawks are looking for off the edge with his explosion and pass rush ability.

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22 Ravens AJ Brown Ole Miss WR John Todd

With no WR off the board yet, Ravens can take their pick. They’ve been burned before by size/speed types like Metcalf, so they go for the more polished Brown here.

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23 Texans Greg Little Ole Miss OT SIS Scouting Staff

Little possesses the length and strength to be an effective pass blocker for a Texans OL group that needs to get better in front of Deshaun Watson.

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24 Raiders DK Metcalf Ole Miss WR Justin Stine

Metcalf has a high ceiling if he can stay healthy and prove he can separate in a full route tree

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25 Eagles Chris Lindstrom Boston College OG Noah Gatsik

Eagles need to address the interior O-line and Lindstrom is best available that adds depth since he can play both guard spots and also allows Seumalo to move to Center if Kelce has to miss any time.

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26 Colts Jeffery Simmons Mississippi St DT Nathan Cooper

Even with the knee injury and off-field issues, the Colts get a guy in Simmons that can bring the explosiveness and three-down ability that they are looking for on the D-Line.

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27 Raiders Byron Murphy Washington CB Justin Stine

Murphy might be the top cover corner in this year’s draft and would bring a balanced, dynamic skillset to the Raiders’ secondary

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28 Chargers Dwayne Haskins Ohio St QB John Todd

This is much later than Haskins should go but without projecting trades, a slide is possible if a top QB sneaks through the teens. Chargers could groom an heir to Rivers.

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29 Seahawks Johnathan Abram Mississippi St S Nathan Cooper

Abram’s all-around, 3-level ability on the back end should make for an easier transition from the departed Earl Thomas

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30 Packers Marquise Brown Oklahoma WR John Shirley

Brown has the speed and playmaking ability to be a threat with the ball in his hands around the line of scrimmage and can take the top off of the defense.

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31 Rams Deionte Thompson Alabama S Justin Stine

Thompson is a true “centerfield”-type safety, who can roam the middle of the field and use his range to make plays behind a talented defense.

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32 Patriots Noah Fant Iowa TE Noah Gatsik

With Gronk now gone, Fant will be viewed to step in and help give Brady another weapon at the Tight End position.

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