There are piles of mock drafts floating around, some great and some just straight trash. I mean the Giants taking a QB in the first round, really? This mock draft is unique and unlike others you will read. It is based on a mix of professional scouting, team needs, high-level rumors, and Austin Smith’s Top 100 Player Board. We will continue with the dysfunctional AFC South.
#40- Jonathan Taylor-RB-Wisconsin
The Texans acquired David Johnson but he seems past his prime and as a short-term player. Taylor can come in and be the featured back Johnson once was. He is a three-down player who can catch and break tackles.
#90- Khalid Kareem-EDGE-Notre Dame
Kareem is a gritty edge-rusher who sometimes plays too hard, even through injuries. This is what the Texans need though. They need strong and solid pass-rushers to pair with JJ Watt.
#34- Jeff Gladney-CB-TCU
Gladney has experience against some of the top collegiate receivers and fills a big hole on the Colts’ roster. He’s got very good ball skills despite his stature.
#44- Hunter Bryant-TE-Washington
Bryant is being linked to the newly-signed Colt Trey Burton. He’s hard for LBs to cover against and has sticky hands.
#75- Yasir Durant-OL-Missouri
The offensive line is rocky and harms the QB and RB. Durant is a massive guard and rotational center. He can help the run game but will be better suited in protecting his QB.
#9- Andrew Thomas-OT-Georgia
A fit at right tackle, Thomas dominated on the collegiate level and even handled some of the best defensive prospects.
#20- Jalen Reagor-WR-TCU
Marquis Lee was recently released and there are limited weapons on offense. Reagor brings speed and even better control and body movement. Some doubt his route-running.
#42- Trevon Diggs-DB-Alabama
The Jaguars are hurting for quality corners and Diggs can fill a void. He’s physical, fast, and a freak athlete. He’s no Jalen Ramsey but brings his own unique skills to the team.
#73- Jacob Phillips-LB-LSU
Phillips isn’t on the same level as Myles Jack but he can play off him and provide some needed depth.
#29- Austin Jackson-OT-USC
Jackson can compete for the right tackle spot when drafted. He enters the league at just the age of 20 and has a long career ahead of him. Even if it takes a few seasons for him to be a full-time starter, he’s worth the wait.
#61- Brycen Hopkins-TE-Purdue
The Titans have no real starter at TE and Hopkins is a solid pick. He can be physical in blocking and a decent mismatch receiver.
#93- Justin Madubuike-DT-Texas A&M
Madubuike is a big man with impressive movement and balance. He can start as being a rotational player with a chance to compete for the starting role.