NFL Mock Draft using the Senior Bowl rosters
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For this hypothetical mock we will use a generic team and give them extra picks in the 3rd, 5th and 7th rounds to get a full 10 players. For the purpose of this mock the original round selections will be in the top 10 of that round, while the extra picks will be considered for the end of that round (i.e. Compensatory picks).
Round 1: QB Drew Lock, Missouri
-If your team doesn’t need a QB, Montez Sweat is the easy selection here as the EDGE pass rusher was dominant throughout the week. If you do need a QB, Lock is the highest graded quarterback of the group here and after a good week he should have solidified a top 20 selection, which will likely get boosted higher due to the nature of the position. Lock is a good size QB, with a strong arm who throws with anticipation. He does a nice job using his eyes to look off defenders, and is confident enough to take shots when his receiver is one-on-one. There are some consistency and accuracy concerns with his game as some times he trusts his arm too much and doesn’t set his feet properly which leads to some errant passes. Overall, I’d expect some growing pains with Lock, but if you are patient for the first year or two, he can develop into a Franchise QB.
Round 2: WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
-Samuel was the most impressive offensive player on the field in Mobile this week. He got the better of every corner and safety that tried to cover him one-on-one, and made big catch after big catch. Samuel is a built a little more like a running back, but his speed and quickness is comparable to any receiver down here. He can line-up in the slot and outside, and will win in all phases. His speed is really good, but I like how smooth he showed as a route runner this week.
Round 3(a): G Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
-Lindstrom was one of the better offensive linemen down here this week and should be in the late 2nd-mid 3rd round range. He looks like a plug-and-play starter who excels both as a run and pass blocker. He’s got really good footwork capable of mirroring quick interior defensive tackles, and he has enough of an anchor to handle most bull rushes. When it comes to run blocking Lindstrom is physical at the point of attack and drives defenders off the line.
Round 3(b): EDGE Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
-Ximines came in with a little hype, but with such a talented EDGE class I see him more in the pick 75-100 range. He had an up-and-down week of practice, but showed some flashes of his quickness that allowed him to amass over 30 sacks in his college career. He probably will be used as just a situational pass rusher as rookie, but with some development he could be a starter down the road.
Round 4: LB Germaine Pratt, NC State
-Pratt is a good size rangy off ball linebacker, who was a safety convert. He is still learning the position, but the upside is that he is a 3-down linebacker at the NFL level who matches up with tight ends and can do a nice job supporting the run as well. It’s possible a team believes in him more, but I think early-to-mid 4th is the range you see him selected.
Round 5(a): DL Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois
-Saunders is an athletic nose tackle who can fit in any role from 5 tech-to-0 tech interior role. He has the raw power to hold up versus the run and take on double teams, but he’s very quick off the snap as well and did a nice job creating disruption in the back-field throughout the week. He’s still developing overall which should keep him in that 4th-5th round range. One big issue is keeping himself under control during his pass rushes. Sometimes he won early in the rep, but lost overall because he lost leverage and balance.
Round 5(b): TE Drew Sample, Washington
-Sample isn’t the top TE in Mobile this week, but he’s an interesting day 3 draft selection. He’s not the prototypical pass catching threat we see in today’s NFL, but he’s a good two-way option. His blocking is his calling card now, but he can help a passing attack as well. He has a good frame and showed nice hands and solid route running ability. He won’t break big plays, but he can be a reliable intermediate/red zone threat. Likely he will be utilized as a TE two, but expect him to add value to a team.
Round 6: OT Tytus Howard, Alabama State
-Howard is a smaller school offensive tackle who drew some buzz this week as at times he stymied even Montez Sweat. He’s long with good feet, but still needs to work a lot on his technique, which should make him a 5th-6th round option. He does have some long term starting potential, but at the very least he could develop into a solid swing tackle.
Round 7(a): CB Jimmy Moreland, James Madison
-Moreland was a late add to the Senior Bowl, but he made the most of his week showing nice coverage skills and play recognition. He’s considered a late round pick, but this week showed that he could match-up with some higher caliber receivers. Likely he maxes out as a back-up, but he’s a solid investment late in the draft.
Round 7(b): WR Keelan Doss, California-Davis
-Doss is a project receiver with really good size and speed. He’s got some deep ball abilities and he can be effective in the red zone. Doss has some upside, but it’s likely he goes somewhere in the 6th-to-UDFA range. He wasn’t one of the top receivers down at the Senior Bowl, but he did flash at times and held his own.