NFL Mock Draft 4.0: QB shakeup, Giants get ‘explosive’ pass rusher
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The Serby Mock 4.0 will buy the hype for Mac Jones to the 49ers, but as always reserves the right to change its mind in Mock 5.0.
For the fourth consecutive time, Zach Wilson to the Jets, and an “all gas, no break” defensive player new coach Robert Saleh will love. And this time we give the Giants a player who projects as an elite pass rusher, a staple of Big Blue teams of yesteryear.
No trades again in this one, picks 1-25:
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson)
New coach Urban Meyer is living a charmed life. Feed the kid, he’s too skinny.
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson (QB, BYU)
Groundhog Day in Florham Park: out with the old franchise quarterback, in with the new. This one has ridiculous arm talent. Now it’s up to GM Joe Douglas and Saleh to get him better protectors and playmakers.
3. San Francisco 49ers: Mac Jones (QB, Alabama)
This won’t be a popular pick in the Bay area, but if coach Kyle Shanahan truly has a conviction that he best fits his system, he’ll succeed Jimmy GQ in 2022.
4. Atlanta Falcons: Trey Lance (QB, North Dakota State)
Broncos GM George Paton could be making this pick, but if he isn’t, let’s let rookie coach Arthur Smith develop his raw QB of the future behind Matt Ryan for as long as it may take.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase (WR, LSU)
What Joe Burrow wants, Joe Burrow gets. And Joe Burrow wants to throw the ball to his college go-to guy.
6. Miami Dolphins: Kyle Pitts (TE, Florida)
“Jerry Jones on Line 1.” Brian Flores comes from the More Tight Ends the Better Hoodie School, and a 6-foot-6, 245-pound target with an 83 ³/₈-inch wingspan paired with TE Mike Gesicki would dramatically enhance Tua Tagovailoa’s chances to succeed. Too high to draft a TE? “Jerry Jones on Lines 2, 3 and 4.”
7. Detroit Lions: Micah Parsons (LB, Penn State)
Jarrad Davis is a Jet, Reggie Ragland is a Giant, Jamie Collins will be 32 in October, and coach Dan Campbell is looking for a few good men to bite off kneecaps … as long as the character questions are answered, of course.
8. Carolina Panthers: Rashawn Slater (OL, Northwestern)
A smart, tough, versatile blocker who will check all the culture boxes for coach Matt Rhule and be a godsend for Sam Darnold and Christian McCaffrey.
9. Denver Broncos: Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State)
Evaluations around the league are all over the map. Vic Fangio has plenty of offensive firepower — but he isn’t sold on Drew Lock.
10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II (CB, Alabama)
A blue-chip bookend opposite Trevon Diggs for defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. A nice consolation prize for Jerruh, who had to be virtually restrained from calling in Johnny Manziel’s name during the 2014 draft.
11. New York Giants: Kwity Paye (DE, Michigan)
With Penei Sewell and the Alabama receivers somehow still on the board, a pass rusher to help Leonard Williams and Lorenzo Carter. “He’s incredibly explosive, he’s versatile. I compared him to Frank Clark,” ESPN NFL draft analyst Matt Miller said.
12. Philadelphia Eagles: DeVonta Smith (WR, Alabama)
A Heisman Trophy winner to help Jalen Hurts and to pair with Jalen Reagor.
13. Los Angeles Charges: Penei Sewell (OT, Oregon)
Justin Herbert needs his left tackle of the future, and he needs him now.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Jaycee Horn (CB, South Carolina)
A bigger and better cover guy than 2020 first-round pick Jeff Gladney, who faces assault charges.
15. New England Patriots: Jaylen Waddle (WR,, Alabama)
Yes, free agent Dollar Bill Belicheck signed Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor, but the value is too great. This is a different level of dynamic playmaker, and we know how much Belicheck trusts Nick Saban. And Julian Edelman’s future is a mist.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Alijah Vera-Tucker (OL, USC)
The right side is ex-Jet guard Brian Winters and ex-Jet tackle Kelvin Beachum, who turns 32 in June, and O-line coach Sean Kugler could look to replace left guard Justin Pugh in 2022, so here’s some versatile new blood to infuse into Kyler Murray’s offensive line.
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Teven Jenkins (OT, Oklahoma State)
Right tackle Trent Brown was dealt to the Pats, so a self-proclaimed “nasty MF” to fit the Jon Gruden-Mike Mayock profile.
18. Miami Dolphins: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB/S, Notre Dame)
A hybrid 6-foot-1, 215-pound chess piece for coach Brian Flores.
19. Christian Darrisaw: (OT, Virginia Tech)
Better late than never to try to replace Trent Williams, right Ryan Fitzpatrick?
20. Chicago Bears: Kadarius Toney (WR, Florida)
Andy Dalton could use an explosive slot receiver to take the heat off Allen Robinson.
21. Indianapolis Colts: Samuel Cosmi (OT, Texas)
Carson Wentz desperately needs a blind-side protector to replace retired Anthony Castonzo.
22. Tennessee Titans: Greg Newsome II (CB, Northwestern)
Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins was signed with Malcolm Butler gone to Arizona, but he’ll be 33 in October, and someone will need to defend against Trevor Lawrence actors the next decade.
23. New York Jets: Zaven Collins (LB, Tulsa)
A high-character 6-foot-4, 260-pound replacement for Jordan Jenkins who can help Carl Lawson rush the passer.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jamin Davis (LB, Kentucky)
With Vince Williams gone, a freakish partner in crime with enticing measurable alongside Devin Bush. Davis’ comp: Darius Leonard
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Caleb Farley (CB, Virginia Tech)
Back surgery causes him to fall, but Meyer can afford to take the risk-reward gamble.
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