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BudHole Mock 2.0

The Super Bowl is over and draft season is upon us! With Tompa Bay winning SB55, we have the finalized draft order, barring any trades that are likely to happen this offseason. In this mock, the Texans fulfill Watsons wishes and trade him and another team trades of for the QB of the future.

Trevor Lawrence had his Clemson pro day yesterday and he was impressive. Urban Meyer was there watching Lawrence like the GME and AMC traders over the last month. The card is already filled out.

The Texans and Watsons relationship is ending worse than Jack and Rose. They trade Watson to the Jets for a haul of picks this year and next. Wilson is not on the same level as Watson, but at least the fans only have to change 2 letters on their jerseys.

Carolina isn’t just a QB away, but they’re lacking a franchise QB. Pairing Fields' big arm and mobility with the Panther's offensive weapons could lead to a dangerous team, one that teams would be afraid to play. Fields has some developing to do, but coach Matt Rhule is taking the chance to get the most out of an Uber talented players.

The Falcons got nervous and wanted to jump in on the QB drafting party. Lance is just as talented as Wilson and Fields, but playing in the FCS didn’t leave him playing the best players like the other 3. He would fit in well in their new coach, Arthur Smith's offense. The Falcons will sit Lance behind Ryan for a year or two to learn and transition to the NFL.

Did I hit the wrong button? No. Mock drafts need to show some variation and we’ve seen players in the past selected as ‘surprising’ picks. Building around Burrow is their top priority. Darrisaw has steadily improved since starting as a true freshman and has the size, length, and strength to dominate in both the pass and run game. He’s pro-ready and should be a cornerstone OT holding down the left side of the line.

The Eagles are moving on from Wentz and rolling with 2nd year QB, Jalen Hurts. They need WR talent bad. With Jeffrey, Jackson, Ertz likely gone, they need to add/get a playmaker. Chase would easily elevate to their #1, with speedster Raegor being a solid piece to the team. Plus they missed out on one LSU wideout, they don’t want to do it twice.

Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, Mohamed Sanu, and James Agnew are all unrestricted free agents. Now it's possible they bring back one or two, but that’s still not nearly enough to help out new Lions quarterback, Jared Goff. Jaylen Waddle is electric and was on pace to outperform Devonta Smith before his ankle injury ended his final season at Alabama. They’ll be able to line him up anywhere on the field and expect results, I hope he’s ready to bite some kneecaps.

The dolphins used the Tunsil trade with the Texans like a chess piece, taking that pick and moving back 5 spots while securing 2 picks in next year's draft. Oh, and they still get the guy they want. Devonta Smith may have ‘size concerns’ but that didn’t stop him from dominating last season and winning both a National Championship and the Heisman trophy. He’ll help solidify much needed offensive playmakers on the Dolphins

Nothing has come from Von Millers' domestic allegation, and although the alleged texts are disturbing, they’re not illegal. It’s still possible the league or team brings some form of suspension, but for now, things appear to move forward with Miller on the team. Despite all that, he’ll be 32 when the season starts coming off a major injury and he’s not the future of the team. Paye is as athletic as they come and is primed to add some more explosiveness to this defensive line.

I love Farley. He’s big, physical, and versatile. Dallas was horrendous against the pass last season, tied for 3rd worst in TDs allowed and 4th worst in INTs. Farley does have inexperience at the position but sure doesn’t play that way. In his final season playing at VT he accumulated 4 INTs and returned one for a touchdown. It’s not all the Cowboys are missing, but it’s a good start.

Another team that needs help in multiple spots, but the Giants snag Rousseau to get their edge rusher. He’s another guy who is new to the position but shown dominance since stepping in. He sat out last season, but in 2019 he had 19.5 TFL and 15.5 sacks. He’s going to need some time to fully develop, but he’s got all the talent to be a premier edge rusher.

The 49ers have built around a strong defense, a lot of those players coming through the draft. One of the biggest FA they acquired over the last few seasons is likely to leave this offseason, Richard Sherman. Although Surtain II is an ideal fit stepping in as a boundary corner, which is where he excelled at Alabama.

Oh my, getting Sewell at 13 is a Chargers fan's wet dream. The only team that arguably drafts OL worse than the Chargers is the team below. Sewell is quick off the ball and punishes guys on the second level. Herbert was tied for the 11th most sacked, with 32. Sewell is big enough and physical enough to keep Herbert on his feet.

In 2020, the line was awful for the Vikings, on both sides of the all. It was tempting to take a player like Christian Barmore, but let's remember that the Vikings will have Danielle Hunter and Michael Pierce coming back next year. One thing they need to do, and they’ve struggled with historically, is draft a stud offensive lineman. Slater can be argued as the best tackle in this draft and is arguably the most ‘pro-ready’ guy at the position.

The New England Patriots are in desperate need of a multi-faceted player like Pitts. His versatility as a 6’5” TE is incredible. Although he’s labeled as a TE, he plays like a WR and can but lined up outside, in the slot, or on the line. He even played QB out of high school, so he could even be used in a pinch.

Patrick Peterson is a free agent and rumors of him leaving are growing by the day. The Cardinals find his replacement with Jaycee Horn. He’s a big, physical corner that excels in tight pressed man coverage. He does need to work on his tackling and zone coverage, and if he figures those out, he’s just as dangerous as the other top corners in this draft. Plus pairing him with Simmons and Baker would make for a nice defensive backfield.

There are high expectations for rookies coming in this season for the Raiders. GM Mike Mayock said he was ‘disappointed’ in the production from all rookies last season. Ossai is naturally athletic and has a motor that surely won’t disappoint.

Micah Parsons is arguably one of the purest talents in this draft. The board fell a little differently, which led the Dolphins to get a blue-chip player at 18. He’s fast, physical, and dynamic. He’s a disruptive piece that this defense would flourish from having.

WFT just signed Taylor Heinicke to a 2-year deal, but he’s not the future for this team and Alex Smith’s days might not be over but he’s not the same player he was 3 years ago. WFT is looking for a guy who can lead this team for the next 10 years and Jones is a guy who can do it. He’s fought through tough competition at Alabama and leads them to a national championship this year. He isn’t the purest athlete in the draft, or at the QB position, but he’s very intelligent and accurate. With how well the defense played last year, he’s a great fit for WFT.

Rumors have circulated about a trade for Carson Wentz, and it’s possible this pick may go to them in exchange for him. However, if the Bears are able to keep this pick, they need to use it to address the offensive line. Cosmi is the definition of iron man, starting 34 of 35 games for the Longhorns, and played on both sides of the line. He does have some room to grow in terms of his weight but is very athletic at his size.

The same rumors of Wentz to the Colts have circulated as well. So again, the Eagles could be picking here, but if they retain the pick, Rashod Bateman is the choice. With TY Hilton as a free agent, this team could be featuring Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman. Bateman would step in as a clear number one in this offense with his smooth route running and ability to win contested catches.

With both Vic Beasley and Jadeveon Clowney becoming free agents this offseason, the Titans are in desperate need of a pass rusher. Barmore can be a disruptive force on this defense, but he does have some developing to do in terms of technique.

The Texans use this pick from the Jets to help protect their freshly drafted QB, Wilson. Vera-Tucker serves best as an interior lineman but has the flexibility to play at tackle if needed. With Tunsil at LT, is likely they utilize him as a left guard and solidify that side of the line. Now here's a guy (best Collinsworth voice) Wilson would be ecstatic to see the Texans draft.

I know Steelers fans are high on drafting and offensive lineman in the first round, and truthfully I don’t blame them. Mayfield would be a good fit here and help out whichever QB they end up rolling with this next season. He lacks experience, which is his only downfall. However, in the 15 games as a starting for Michigan, he faced some very talented edge rushers including Chase Young and Yetur Gross-Matos.

Time to focus on defense. Jacksonville has some young, star potential talent on their defense. Including Josh Allen, Myles Jack, CJ Henderson, and K’Lavon Chaisson. Adding a playmaker like Moehrig would bolster a young squad. He’s been a ball hawk, nabbing 7 INTs, and isn’t afraid to get dirty in the run game. He would step in as a starter in year 1.

Adding Jalen Phillips to the already dominant Myles Garrett is going to be scary for any teams the Browns will face. Phillips checks all the boxes in terms of physical attributes and can use his power and technique to challenge opposing offenses. He’s had a little bit of an injury history (ankle and concussion) which has limited his playtime. But he will be able to learn and grow with one of the best in the game on his team.

The Ravens are sure to address some of the WR concerns in free agency, which means they can focus this pick on the defense. Owusu-Koramoah is extremely versatile and can be used as a chess piece for John Harbaugh. Use him to cause pressure up the middle or as a third hybrid safety, either way, he’s sure to find success.

The Saints have a lot of questions to answer this offseason, and this team is going to look quite a bit different than years past. One thing for sure, they need some help at linebacker. Collins is a complete defender and won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defender) in his final season playing. He can rush the passer, drop in coverage, playing in space, and defend the run. There’s nothing to not like.

Green Bay is finally going to give Aaron Rodgers some help, at least in this mock draft. Marshall was over-shadowed by Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase but he can ball too. He’s a big wideout (6’3”) with great hands and route-running ability. He’s the ideal complement to Davante Adams.

HEAR ME OUT Bills fans. Last year both Singletary and Moss we less than impressive, and were somewhat overlooked because of Josh Allens ability to get it done at the goal line. Harris is a bruising back and would really add a dynamic to this offense that isn’t just circulated around Allen. As we saw in the Super Bowl, you need more than just an uber-talented QB. Alright, maybe I was drunk when I did this mock.

Now before I get into this, let’s remember that KC had both tackles out with injuries in the Super Bowl and one of their picks last year opted out. With that said, it was a pitiful showing against Tampa Bay. Davis would step in right away as one of their starting guards. He’s strong with great lateral mobility, which is ideal in an offense as flashy as Kansas City.

Hard to imagine Tampa Bay needing to add DL help after the showing they had in the playoffs and KC’s JV o-line squad, but Barrett is a pending free agent and JPP will be 33 when the season kicks off. Ojulari would be able to use his quickness and body control to get after the QB and is going to see the field whether Barrett returns or not.

A lot is sure to change as we enter free agency in mid-march and approach the draft. We’ll be sure to keep updating our mocks on a weekly basis to keep up with all the changes.

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