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


21) New England Patriots | DL Christian Wilkins – Clemson

Trade: New England sends the 32nd, 64th and 134th pick to Seattle.

The Patriots see their opportunity and pounce. Wilkins’ versatile skill set looks destined for a New England marriage. Belichick will know how to best implement the Clemson lineman and he’ll make a fantastic replacement for Trey Flowers. The Seahawks missed out on most of the top end edge rushers and decide to move back to add to their small selection of picks.

22) Baltimore Ravens | WR D.K. Metcalf – Mississippi

The Ravens need some weapons for Lamar Jackson and Metcalf can do it all. A big target over the middle with speed on the outside, his massive catch radius will go a long way to helping the young QB.

23) Houston Texans | C/G Garrett Bradbury – NC State

O line help is on the way! This is simply a pick the Texans need to make. With all the true tackles off the board, Bradbury is an excellent consolation prize.

24) Oakland Raiders | Edge Clelin Ferrell – Clemson

The urge to pick Josh Jacobs is a real one, but the need for an edge rusher is greater. The Raiders do the smart thing securing a pass rusher after trading up for their QB of the future.

25) Philadelphia Eagles | DL Jeffery Simmons – Mississippi Sate

The pick you’ve all been waiting for. The Eagles will look to trade down, but with a lack of trade partners, they go with the most talented player left on the board. They are in a unique position where they can afford to let Simmons sit and recover. The tandem of Simmons and Cox can wait until 2020 to run rampant. Safeties and linebackers should still be on the board by the time the Eagles pick in the second round.

26) Indianapolis Colts | S Jonathan Abram – Mississippi State

The third time former teammates are taken consecutively in this mock. Abram will be a great fit beside Malik Hooker. It was only recently that Abram was tagged as the best safety in the class, but he seems to have kept that spot heading into the draft.

27) San Francisco 49ers | CB Greedy Williams – LSU

From Oakland.

It could be any of the top corners, but Williams seems like the best fit across from Richard Sherman. Both long, rangy corners will make it incredibly difficult to complete passes. When Sherman is ready to hang ’em up Williams is the perfect man to fill his shoes. The addition of both Bosa and Williams make the San Francisco defense one of the most promising in the NFC.