The last-minute first-round mock: A rollercoaster of trades and surprises


11) Jacksonville Jaguars | Edge Montez Sweat – Mississippi State

From Cincinnati.

Jacksonville was hoping Taylor would fall to them, but instead take a chance on Sweat despite his health concerns. The team has had success plucking tumbling defensive talent off the table and this year is no exception.

12) Green Bay Packers | TE Noah Fant – Iowa

The NFL Network’s draft table was very enlightening. Both Iowa TEs flew right off the board and it made me think teams are higher on the position this year than in years past. The Packers need to make Rodgers happy and a new offensive minded head coach and versatile receiving threat do just that. Fant can move around the formation and will thrive with the future Hall of Famer tossing him the pigskin.

13) Miami Dolphins | LB Devin White – LSU

White’s tumble stops here. The new head coach of the Dolphins knows just how much a sideline to sideline linebacker can mean to a defense. While the position is not an outright need, the team can’t feel that comfortable with Kiko Alonso. With all the QBs and DL talent being snatched up White is the forgotten man.

14) Denver Broncos | G Jonah Williams – Alabama

From Atlanta.

The Broncos just miss out on White, who would have been a perfect fit for their defense. It’s been a rough draft so far for Denver, who missed out on both Lock and Hockenson the first go around. Williams is a day one starter at guard who moves very well for a man his size. This is a sneaky good pickup for the Broncos.

15) Pittsburgh Steelers | LB Devin Bush Jr. – Michigan

Trade: Pittsburgh sends the 20th and 66th pick to Washington.

The Steelers need an impact player at the linebacker position and Bush fits the ticket. They weren’t sure he’d fall all the way to 20 and make the move up to snipe him after the Broncos pass him up.

16) Carolina Panthers | Edge Brian Burns – Florida State

Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell is also an option here, but I find Burns to be the better athlete. He’ll be a welcome addition to a team that is lacking speed upfront. This is a really good selection for the Panthers if I do say so myself.

17) New York Giants | OT Andre Dillard – Washington State

The Giants get a new left tackle to pair with their new QB. Sure they spent a fortune on Nate Solder last season, but he did little to shore up the porous line. They can move the veteran to the right side and slot Dillard in on the blindside. It may not be an exciting pick, but it’s a win for the Giants.

18) Minnesota Vikings | G Cody Ford – Oklahoma

The Vikings need help all over the offensive line and Ford can fill about any position. This is a perfect fit for Minnesota who are lucky to see Ford fall so far.

19) Tennessee Titans | WR Marquise Brown – Oklahoma

This pick is all of a sudden a hot topic among draft pundits and I love the fit. Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins are also great options, but defense was not the biggest problem for the Titans last year. They need someone to keep the talented defenses in the AFC South honest and Brown is that man.

20) Washington Redskins | QB Daniel Jones – Duke

From Pittsburgh.

The Redskins trade down and still solve their QB problem. Jones can sit behind Keenum for a while before taking over. His mobility will be an interesting piece to the puzzle for Jay Gruden and his short game accuracy will work well with the Redskins attack. The team was rolling before Alex Smith went down. Jones is as close as this draft has to his clone.