The 2 round NFLGirlUK Writers Mock is in the books, which means just 2 things, the real thing is just around the corner, but not before we analyse some of the mock picks to try and determine what might happen on the big night.
The first observation is that this draft has a top 100 with enormous potential. Players who have been spotted in the first or top of the second round in mocks have not been selected in our mock. Chidobe Awuzie, Carl Lawson, Chris Godwin, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Adoree Jackson are all conspicuous by their absence in the NFLGirlUK Writers Mock.
This fact alone brings me to the Patriots, with no pick until the 3rd round of the draft, Belichick looks like missing out on some of the best prospects for years. It’s my belief that the potential Butler and Garopolo trades, as much as teams deny it are actually still in play.
The draft is packed full of corner backs yet only 3 were taken in the first round and only 1 of those in the first 25 picks. With such depth at the position it could be that many teams with a need will wait to see who is still there in the second or third. Indeed in this mock the previously mentioned Awuzie and Jackson, as well as Moreau, Sutton, Witherspoon and Desmond King are all still available, despite 9 corners being taken in our first 2 rounds.
Similarly at Wide receiver where the big 3 of Williams, Ross and Davis all went in the 1st round, another 3 receivers were taken in the second round, leaving Godwin, Stewart, Smith-Schuster, Henderson, Darboh and Dede Westbrook still out there.
The Rams have a huge need at receiver, currently looking at starting the season with Tavon Austin and Robert Woods as the main targets for struggling new quarterback Jared Goff, could be doubling up early at receiver, but could yet focus on other needs early despite not have a number 1 pick. Given all of the names I mentions the back end of the draft is still packed with options such as KD Cannon, Ryan Switzer and Josh Reynolds.
So who had the best draft? The good thing about going 2 rounds is that it will give you a clearer picture of a teams perceived success or failure. Players from the first two rounds are usually expected to be starters if not rotational.
The Cleveland Browns clearly control this early portion of the draft with 4 picks in the first 2 rounds and then the first pick of the third. This could see their team improve immensely with up to 5 new starters. In our case the Browns improved on both sides of the ball with Myles Garrett and Obi Melifonwu on defence with OJ Howard and Cooper Kupp new skill players on the offence. Many will suggest they still need a quarterback but our drafter clearly believes Cody Kessler has something to offer the team.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have spent a lot of money in the last couple of years on their defence and could have found their final pieces in our mock taking Soloman Thomas and Budda Baker, both vastly talented individuals who could make all the difference.
The Indianapolis Colts weakness has been both lines and here have had an upgrade on both taking Forest Lamp in the first round and having Taco Charlton fall in their laps in the second.
The Arizona Cardinals have said that they will look to find a young quarterback to develop behind Carson Palmer before he retires and have long been links with Patrick Mahomes. In the NFLGirlUK mock our drafter could not resist the lure of improving the defence with Hasson Riddick in the first round, and then has Mahomes fall to them anyway in the second.
Finally the Lions, who have spent big in free agency seemingly ready for a run in January found 2 big time players available to them in receiver Mike Williams, and line-backer Raekwon McMillan. Could they be the final pieces of the Puzzle for the Detroit Lions?
I could be exceedingly mean and attempt to hand out poor grades but at this point it’s all speculation, who can really tell which prospect will end up in the Hall of Fame and who will be a momentous bust! With just days until the big night, let’s sit back and enjoy the spectacle before the long 5 months until the season kicks off.