Football is back! Well the NFL Draft is right around the corner, but at this point, who’s counting (what day is it today)? Recently, the Tomahawk Nation crew sat down and did some mocking. No, not that mocking, mock drafting. Three rounds of NFL Draft picking and trading madness.
(Maybe some of us should’ve been working during the mock draft, but who’s telling? It better not be you.)
Over the next few days, we’ll let the faithful TN community choose the best draft.
The schedule will roll out as follows:
Sunday: AFC Divisional winners
Monday: NFC Divisional winners
Tuesday: AFC/NFC Conference champions
Wednesday: Super Bowl!
Thursday: Full three round mock draft with some war room commentary (you do not want to miss this).
The Buffalo Bills didn’t have a pick until the 2nd round and had a quiet day in general. They were able to fill needs with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Nick Coe, but most of their roster is set for the upcoming season.
The Miami Dolphins had a plethora of picks on the day and were able to capitalize. Is Tua Tagoviola the quarterback of the future? How’s his hip? These are questions that need to be answered, but getting Tagoviola at 5 after a season of “Tank for Tua” seems like a steal. Andrew Thomas is a starting left tackle in the league, and Grant Delpit should help fill the Minkah Fitzpatrick hole. J.K. Dobbins gives you a powerful interior runner, and Isaiah Wilson slipped to the middle of the 2nd round. In all, the Dolphins walked away with potentially five starters from their first five picks.
For going in without a 2nd rounder, it was a well executed draft for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. We found our future, and didn’t have to trade up for it. Jacob Eason is simply underrated. But that arm talent in the Pats’ system, and you have something good. Getting him in the late 3rd is a steal. Also made a beautiful trade up for CeeDee Lamb at 14, filling a huge need at WR with the best WR in the draft.
The New York Jets had a workmanlike day. They decided to stand pat and got arguably the Draft’s top play-maker in Jerry Jeudy. Cornerback Jaylon Johnson was a steal in the 3rd round. And don’t sleep on small school Kyle Dugger.
Who won the AFC East?
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New England Patriots
New York Jets
Just what the Baltimore Ravens needed, more talent. The Ravens add the best interior linebacker in Kenneth Murray, great offensive line depth in Shane Lemieux, and Jabari Zuniga, who’s a bullet off the edge. Just another day at the office for a team looking to take that next step.
Cincinnati stood pat with its picks and was able to add three key pieces to its offense. The Bengals landed a potential franchise QB in Joe Burrow, an electric WR/return specialist to groom as his top weapon in Laviska Shenault Jr, and an OT to protect him in Prince Tega Wanogho. Cincinnati likes its chances to avoid having the top pick two years in a row.
Just hours after the Cleveland Browns selected offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, word came out he had failed a drug test at the NFL Combine. Will he be suspended? The league will decide in the coming months, but that’s not news you want to receive about the 10th overall pick. After that, the Browns stayed true to their board and took players they felt fit their system.
It was a quiet day for the Steelers, but they got some pass-rush help in Marlon Davidson. Davidson should slot in with TJ Watt to help get after Joe Burrow.
Who won the AFC North?
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The Houston Texans have been beaten down enough this offseason. I’m sure they’d love to have DeAndre Hopkins back right about now.
The Indianapolis Colts had an interesting day. Wide receiver was not a big need coming into the Draft, but Brandon Aiyuk was too good to pass on in the 2nd round. After that, it was about filling needs.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were able to select six players over three rounds, due to a trade involving Yannick Ngakoue going to the Detroit Lions for their 2nd and 3rd round picks. Javon Kinlaw replaces Calais Campbell up front. Xavier McKinney brings a playmaker to the secondary. Cam Akers came off the board in the 2nd round as the second running back (Dobbins to the Dolphins).
For the Tennessee Titans, Jeff Gladney feels like a win, as he’s rising up draft boards around the league. After that, it’s offensive line depth for a team looking to run the ball and protect newly minted franchise QB Ryan Tannehill.
Who won the AFC South?
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Denver focused heavily on shoring up its defense in the first three rounds, but top pick WR Justin Jefferson gives young QB Drew Lock a dependable target. CB A.J. Terrell was a steal in the 2nd round, as was fast-rising S Jeremy Chinn in the 3rd. Both could find themselves starting. Rangy LB Troy Dye rounds out the Broncos draft haul.
The Kansas City Chiefs just keep getting better. Patrick Queen fell right into their laps with the final pick of the 1st round, giving them a dynamic sideline-to-sideline LB who can match up with some of the game’s more explosive tight ends. Is Jonathan Taylor a fit? Maybe not, but he’s a back who brings a ton of production to the backfield, replacing LeSean McCoy.
The Las Vegas Raiders replenished several areas of need. New CB CJ Henderson should contend for a starting role, while WR Tee Higgins and WR/return specialist Lynn Bowden give Derek Carr exciting weapons. DE A.J. Epenesa has the power and motor to make an immediate impact on the defensive line, while underrated LB Akeem Davis-Gaither will push for immediate playing time.
The Chargers were wheeling and dealing their way to a beautiful draft. Knowing Jordan Love would be available later, we picked up two extra picks and filled all our needs. Josh Jones will be a solid player on the OL. Love’s a steal in the 2nd round and will have a year to sit and learn behind Tyrod Taylor. Curtis Weaver will make an early impact off the edge. Donovan Peoples-Jones is a freak who’ll fit in nicely with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Eno Benjamin will provide a spark in the backfield. This is simply a great draft.
Who won the AFC West?
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Kansas City Chiefs
Las Vegas Raiders
Los Angeles Chargers