It is the third and final part of the Stephenson vs. Stephenson NFL mock draft presented by Ambush Sports! The Seattle Seahawks are on the clock as we reach the last part of the first round. For the most part, only the elite franchises remain. If you’re picking at this point of the first round, it usually means you had a great season unless you acquired the pick via trade. Most of the franchises in this part of the draft are looking to stockpile talent. However, there are a few exceptions, and a lot of talented prospects remain. Without further ado, let’s put the Seattle Seahawks on the clock!
21st pick: Seattle Seahawks
Landon: Johnathan Abram, S Mississippi State
With the “legion of boom” being gone and needing a replacement for Earl Thomas, the Seahawks decide to draft the best safety in the draft with Johnathan Abram. Abram is a super aggressive safety who can boom in run support but also has better than expected range against the pass. Abram is the total package, and I expect him to be a day one starter for the Seahawks.
Bart: Garrett Bradbury, OL NC State
22nd pick: Baltimore Ravens
Landon: Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, WR Oklahoma
The Baltimore Ravens are a transitioning franchise, to say the least. Former GM Ozzie Newsome is no longer heading the front office, that job belongs to Eric DeCosta. Joe Flacco is also now a part of Ravens history. The Ravens now usher in the Lamar Jackson era. Jackson is a much different quarterback than Flacco and will require a system to be built around him. Hollywood Brown provides an elite playmaker that could give Tyreek Hill a run for his money as the league’s fastest receiver. Brown is the perfect fit for an offense that will need to have spread offense and RPO principles to succeed.
Bart: Clelin Ferrell, DE Clemson
23rd pick: Houston Texans
Landon: Cody Ford, OG Oklahoma
If there is one team that has one need in this draft, it is the Texans need for offensive line help. The Texans must get front line help to protect their franchise investment in QB Deshaun Watson. Fans usually do not get excited by offensive line picks but the Texans fanbase would be ecstatic with this pick. Ford does have a projection as an interior lineman at the next level. He may be seen as a bit of a reach here, but he does have experience protecting mobile quarterbacks.
Bart: Cody Ford, OG Oklahoma
24th pick: Oakland Raiders
Landon: Noah Fant, TE Iowa
The Raiders need to find a replacement for the departed Jared Cook. Noah Fant could be a tremendous weapon in a West Coast offensive scheme. He is a better receiver than a blocker but in the modern game that is okay. He provides a great weapon in the play-action pass game and could immediately become the Raiders best threat in the passing game. Fant has the ability over the middle of the field and the ability to get vertical. Fant is the ultimate boom or bust pick here.
Bart: Rashan Gary, DT Michigan
25th pick: Philadelphia Eagles
Landon: Greedy Williams, CB LSU
Greedy Williams is a great value with the 25th pick. Like a lot of the prospects that have had their value decrease, Williams is a victim of the draft combine microscope. However, there is no denying that Williams is an absolute ballhawk. He has been known to take plays off in the running game but if he can dedicate himself to becoming a better attacker against the run, he could be a perennial pro-bowler as his ball skills and range cannot be denied.
Bart: Darnell Savage, S Maryland
He is one of the least talked about players in this draft. Yet he may be one of the top DBs available this year. Philly has been hungry for great DBs since the departure of Brian Dawkins. Savage brings a ball-hawking mentality, and his ability to play off-man coverage is fantastic. Brings in a great burst for run support and has a knack for reading QB and WRs ques. The Eagles have really struggled to keep their secondary healthy and Savage will be a great addition for them.
26th pick: Indianapolis Colts
Landon: Jeffery Simmons, DT Mississippi State
Jeffery Simmons is admittedly a risk here as he suffered a torn ACL training for the combine process. However, he was projected to be a potential top ten pick before his ACL tear. The Colts have become one of the better ran franchises under the front office leadership of Chris Ballard. Simmons has pro-bowl potential, and a franchise that can exercise patience can get an absolute steal this late in the first round. Simmons will recover, and he will be a menace.
Bart: Dre’mont Jones, DL Ohio State
Jones was the unsung hero of the Buckeyes defensive line. With all the hype behind Bosa, he was almost an afterthought. He won’t have that problem in Indy. His ability to rush the passer from inside and bully offensive linemen with speed and power will make the Colts already stout defense a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
27th pick: Oakland Raiders
Landon: Josh Jacobs, RB Alabama
Josh Jacobs is an absolutely perfect fit for the West Coast scheme of the Oakland Raiders. He is better than expected as a physical runner despite not having elite size. Jacobs is also great out of the backfield and reliable as a pass protector. This is the perfect marriage regarding skillset and fit. While I don’t expect the Raiders to keep all three first round picks if they decide to keep the picks, our mock draft shows them having a wonderful first round.
Bart: Irv Smith, Jr. TE Alabama
This one is a toss up honestly. Really high possibility the Raiders trade this pick away. If they do not, however, their need for a great TE is filled here. Smith is an incredible red zone threat as well as a downfield target. He brings in an ability to run block and set the edge for whoever is taking the handoff from Carr. Some think he is the 3rd best TE in this draft, I believe however Oakland will make him the first TE taken in the first round.
28th pick: Los Angeles Chargers
Landon: Christian Wilkins, DT Clemson
Christian Wilkins is simply the best player available here for the Chargers. He adds another weapon to a solid Chargers’ frontline and is a perfect inside complement to elite pass rusher, Joey Bosa. In a division where Pat Mahomes exist, a team needs as many monsters up-front as they can get. Wilkins does come from a winning program and has a winning pedigree. I do not have him succeeding at the next level as much as some, but I do believe he can be a serviceable presence inside.
Bart: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S Florida
The Chargers like most teams this year need help in the secondary. This kid out of Florida can play the slot as a corner or as a safety. A really athletic guy with a good burst and closing speed. He can deliver powerful hits to help jar the ball loose from receivers, and Anthony Lynn loves guys who hit. He should be more than just a rotational guy with the amount of talent and grit he possesses.
29th pick: Kansas City Chiefs
Landon: Clelin Ferrell, DE Clemson
The Chiefs have the best offense in the NFL; the defense is another story. So much so, that the Chiefs fired defensive coordinator, Bob Sutton and brought in Steve Spagnuolo. The switch in coordinators also caused a scheme change from a 3-4 to a 4-3. The Chiefs said goodbye to 3-4 fixtures, Justin Houston, Dee Ford, and Eric Berry. The Chiefs do have a great player up front in Christian Jones, who I expect to shift from 3-4 DE to 4-3 DT. For a 4-3 to be successful, the defense needs to generate a pass rush from the DE position. Clelin Ferrell had a decorated college career that saw him cause terror in the opposing team’s backfield. Ferrell is versatile and capable of playing both inside and outside at various times. He should bring much-needed help to the Chiefs defense.
Bart: Dexter Lawrence, DT Clemson
How or why he slides this far in the draft is a head-scratcher. The Chiefs will benefit greatly for it though. Dex brings in enormous size and strength. For such a big guy he has excellent footwork. He can engage and disengage blockers at will and eat double teams for lunch. His linebackers will thrive with him on the field as will KC’s defense.
30th pick: Green Bay Packers
Landon: Parris Campbell, WR Ohio State
The Packers chose Andre Dillard earlier in the draft to keep Aaron Rodgers upright. Now it’s time for the Packers to give Rodgers a weapon to throw to with that new found time. Parris Campbell provides a legitimate vertical threat who can take the top off of defenses with his speed. There hasn’t been a lot of talk surrounding Campbell but expect this to be a quiet pick that pays dividends later on.
Bart: T.J. Hockenson, TE Iowa
31st pick: Los Angeles Rams
Landon: Brian Burns, DE/OLB Florida State
The Rams came up just short of winning the Super Bowl and look to build off the momentum of last season. The Rams have Aaron Donald up-front who causes offensive lines to lose sleep at night. It’s time for the Rams to provide the perfect compliment to Donald with the athleticism and versatility of Brian Burns. Burns adds speed to a defense that certainly doesn’t need it but will take it. He is an excellent value with the 31st pick.
Bart: Chris Lindstrom, OL Boston College
32nd pick: New England Patriots
Landon: Dexter Lawrence, DT Clemson
The Patriots are notorious for drafting well. A lot of people tend to believe the Patriots go tight end or quarterback here, but I believe they go with the best player available and draft a monster for their defensive front. Dexter Lawrence provides Vince Wilfork type size but has the footwork and foot speed to adapt to the quicker pace of today’s game. While everyone else waits for Tom Brady’s successor, the Patriots will continue to add depth to every other position other than quarterback in the early rounds.
Bart: Daniel Jones, QB Duke
Yep. It’s time. Brady is old. Its time to start grooming his replacement. Jones doesn’t have elite arm strength but his ability to dissect coverage and make tight throws make up for it. He can learn behind a legend for another year or so before being thrust into action. This will be the beginning of a new era in Foxborough and one that shows a ton of promise.
This concludes the 2019 Stephenson vs. Stephenson NFL mock draft. However, the fun is not over. We had so much fun doing this mock draft that we thought we would provide a few sleepers to keep an eye on after the first round. For time sake, we are simply providing player names. We also have a prediction for the last pick of the draft or as it is better known, Mr. Irrelevant.
Players to Watch After the First Round
QB: Landon: Manny Wilkins, Arizona State, Bart: Will Grier, West Virginia
RB: Landon: Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M, Bart: Mike Weber, Ohio State
WR: Landon: N’Keal Harry, Arizona State, Bart: David Sills, West Virginia
TE: Landon: Jace Sternberger. Texas A&M, Bart: Josh Oliver, San Jose State
OL: Landon: Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia, Bart: Dalton Risner, Kansas State
DL: Landon: Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech, Bart: Zach Allen, Boston College
LB: Landon: Vosean Joseph, Florida, Bart: Oshane Ximenes, Old Dominion
CB: Landon: Rock Ya-Sin, Temple, Bart: Jamel Dean, Auburn
S: Nasir Adderley, Delaware, Bart: Will Harris, Boston College
Mr. Irrelevant: Landon: Lil’Jordan Humprey, WR Texas, Bart: Sean Rawlings, OL Ole Miss
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