It’s that time of year again, the NFL draft! We are less than a week away from having all of our questions answered. Does Kyler Murray go number one? Which elite prospect projected to go high falls? Which teams reach in the first round? All of these questions and more will be answered soon. Due to Ambush Sports being a family and having an actual family working with the site, we thought it would be a fun idea to have the first ever Stephenson vs. Stephenson NFL draft mock draft courtesy of Ambush Sports! Without further ado, we present Landon and Bart Stephenson’s NFL mock draft, part one!
1st pick: Arizona Cardinals
Landon: Kyler Murray, QB Oklahoma
Kyler Murray gives the Arizona Cardinals a “face of the franchise” quarterback. Murray is also an excellent fit for Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense. He also can hurt you with his legs and is an elite RPO tactician. Admittedly, Murray is the ultimate boom or bust prospect at number one. However, after Kingsbury’s comments about Murray, the Cardinals have really backed themselves into a position where they have to draft him first overall.
Bart: Kyler Murray, QB Oklahoma
Murray has long been a favorite of new Cardinals head man Kliff Kingsbury. Dating back to the 2018 NCAA Football season Kingsbury is on record stating that given the opportunity he would take Kyler Murray with the 1st overall pick. The opportunity has arisen. The Cardinals have nearly painted themselves into a corner with this pick. Last years 1st round choice, Josh Rosen, is still on the roster. They have to either trade the pick or take Murray and deal Rosen. Murray has a great skill set, though undersized, to succeed in Kingsbury’s “Air Raid” type offense and can be the instant “Face of the Franchise.” He has a really strong-arm as well as his ability to move the pocket and the smarts to avoid bad mistakes.
2nd pick: San Francisco 49ers
Landon: Quinnen Williams, DT Alabama
Much of the discussion around the second pick has involved Ohio State, DE Nick Bosa. However, the 49ers already have DeForest Buckner at DE and also has a young Solomon Thomas as well. The position of need is much greater at DT. The 49ers are in luck because Alabama DT, Quinnen Williams is available. Besides being a position of need, Williams also provides positional versatility. He can play DT in a 4-3 scheme or DE in a 3-4 scheme. The 49ers are a team with a young head coach in Kyle Shannahan. While the 49ers believe in Shannahan, the future can always change. If the 49ers were to go in a different direction in the future and brought in a different scheme, Williams is versatile enough to switch positions, which means you wouldn’t have to deal a former high draft pick by trade. This is not a luxury that Nick Bosa would provide.
Bart: Quinnen Williams, DT Alabama
3rd pick: New York Jets
Landon: Jonah Williams, OL Alabama
While this may seem like a reach, we must remember, this is the New York Jets! The Jets are notorious for bad draft decisions. However, the Jets could do much worse than Jonah Williams. The Jets must invest in protecting last year’s first-round pick, Sam Darnold. Regardless of how good a quarterback is, without an offensive line, success will be tough to come by. Williams provides Pro Bowl type potential and can play both tackle and guard. Willams would probably get a look at both positions for the Jets, but if you’re going to invest the 3rd overall pick in an offensive lineman, the hope would be he works out as a tackle.
Bart: Greedy Williams, CB LSU
4th pick: Oakland Raiders
Landon: Nick Bosa, DE Ohio State
The Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock experiment begin with a great decision to draft Nick Bosa with their first, first round pick. Bosa is an absolute steal at number four. He also provides a needed pass rusher for a team that struggled to get to the quarterback last season. Bosa could potentially be the best talent in this draft and for the Raiders to get him at four will have Raiders fans everywhere excited.
Bart: Josh Allen, DE/LB Kentucky
Josh Allen was wise to return for his senior season. He set the SEC East on its head and opposing QB’s on their butts. He has really good speed and a good build that will hold up under some bulk. Allen is probably the best pass rusher in this draft and can drop into coverage without worry. He can be a really good run defender and keep runners forced inside.
5th pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Landon: Josh Allen, DE/LB Kentucky
I have Josh Allen as the number one prospect on my big board. This beast dominated the SEC last year at Kentucky of all places. Allen is a late bloomer that has room to fill out his frame with more muscle. The goal of a first round pick is to find a franchise-defining prospect. Allen is an absolutely perfect fit for Bucs new defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles’ 3-4 scheme. If the Bucs were to have Allen available at five, I would expect he plays outside linebacker in 3-4 sets and puts a hand in the ground at DE for nickel sets. I expect Allen to be a perennial Pro-Bowler and to have the best career out of any prospect in this draft.
Bart: Devin White, LB LSU
6th pick: New York Giants
Landon: Rashan Gary DT/DE, Michigan
Much of the speculation around the Giants have involved Ohio State QB, Dewayne Haskins. However, I expect the Giants to pass on a QB with the sixth pick. This is where Michigan DL Rashan Gary comes in to play. Gary is the classic measurables star. His production at Michigan does not warrant going this high but potential is the game in the NFL draft, and scouts love his potential. Gary was the top prospect coming out of high school and had all of the classic powerhouse college programs after him. However, his output and film just don’t live up to the hype. However, he does provide positional versatility being able to play DT and/or DE. If the Giants take Gary, I expect them to give him a look at DE first. While I expect Giants fans to “boo” this pick, it does fill a positional need.
Bart: Nick Bosa, DE Ohio State
7th pick: Jacksonville Jaguars
Landon: Jawaan Taylor, OL Florida
The Jaguars are in the midst of an offseason where they finally decided to let QB, Blake Bortles go and bring in a new face in Nick Foles. Foles will need good protection up front for success. Jawaan Taylor is a physical OT that fits the physical style of play the Jaguars play. Taylor also played at nearby Florida. This is a pick the Jaguars fans can get excited about and want to chant DUUUVAAAAALLLL!
Bart: Jawaan Taylor, OL Florida
8th pick: Detroit Lions
Landon: Montez Sweat, DE Mississippi State
Much like Rashan Gary, Montez Sweat is a measurables star. However, Sweat also has the film to back up his reputation. Sweat competed in the vaunted SEC, so he will not be intimidated by the speed of the NFL game. The Lions parted ways with former DE, Ziggy Ansah. Sweat provides the perfect replacement for Ansah. He also provides a versatile option opposite of fellow DE, Trey Flowers. After many years of “booing” first round picks, I suspect Lions fans would be excited about Montez Sweat.
Bart: Deandre Baker, CB Georgia
Baker is right there with Greedy Williams as the top guy at his position in this draft. He plays as well in man coverage as he does in a zone. Baker can really create an island in the secondary for Matt Patricia and his multi-scheme defense. He is versatile enough to play CB or as a Safety or the Nickel position. Will be instant help for one of the worst corp of DBs in the league.
9th pick: Buffalo Bills
Landon: Devin White, LB LSU
Devin White would be the best player available at nine for the Bills. This is reason enough for Buffalo to pull the trigger. White is the best inside linebacker in this draft. He provides a physical nature in the run game needed for any middle linebacker. White also provides the ability to run sideline to sideline, an ability that is coveted at his position. This also allows White to be scheme versatile. White would fit a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme, good news for a franchise that is constantly in flux and has an uncertain future.
Bart: Montez Sweat, DE Mississippi State
10th pick: Denver Broncos
Landon: Drew Lock, QB Missouri
This pick may raise a lot of eyebrows, but to me this makes sense. Drew Lock is a strong arm quarterback and a hope for the future. Let’s face it; Joe Flacco is a short term solution at the position. Drafting Lock here allows him to sit and learn from Flacco or possibly even challenge him for the job. The Broncos are a franchise that has always chosen to compete instead of rebuild. However, as they fall further behind in the AFC West arms race, the time has come to rebuild. What better way to start a rebuild project than with a potential face of the franchise for the future?
Bart: Dwayne Haskins, QB Ohio State
Elway traded away the mistake of Case Keenum to Washington and brought in the grizzled vet Joe Flacco. He has a Super-bowl ring to his credit already and a really good playoff record. While he is on the wrong side of 30, he has a couple of good years left. Make use of them by drafting Haskins and allowing him to learn and develop behind Flacco for at least one season. Haskins has shown a lot of maturity and really good instincts in his lone year as a starter in college. He is probably the better typical “Pro-Style” QB between himself and Murray honestly. No sense in forcing him into a play now-win now situation when there are other options with a veteran on the roster.
This concludes part one of the Stephenson NFL mock draft. Part one saw a few teams reach and others make franchise redefining picks. A few names that were expected to be taken in part one remain on the board. Stay tuned to Ambush Sports to see if they remain on the board or go in part two. When part two drops, The Cincinnati Bengals will be on the clock!
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