I decided that it was time for an early mock draft, since I found myself with quite a bit of extra time. I used PFN's mock simulator and didn't really like any of the trades they presented. An ideal trade would be moving back from 8 to the 16-22 range to pick up at the very least a premium pick this year and 2nd next. If I had a good deal in that range I would probably be hoping for either Jordan Davis or Linderbaum. Alas, that didn't happen so let's roll with what did.
6. Aidan Hutchinson EDGE Michigan
Now we have two young edge rushers in Ojulari and Hutchinson, who should be able to get some consistent pressure on opposing QBs with Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence collapsing the pocket from the inside.
8. Kenyon Green OG Texas A&M
The best lineman available (imo), I'm gonna "fix the line once and for all"
48. DeMarvion Overshown LB Texas
I made a trade with the Denver Broncos to move down a spot from 47 to 48 and picked up 116. Overshown is an athletic linebacker who can take over for feel-good story of the last two years, Tae Crowder. He should pair well with Blake Martinez.
69. Trevor Penning OT Northern Iowa
Throwing another 3rd round pick at the offensive line. Between Peart and Penning, someone will hopefully play up to be being a serviceable right tackle. Hopefully.
72. Alec Lindstrom OC Boston College
Some Nick Gates insurance, if he can't make it back next year, then a camp competition between Price and Lindstrom to see whoever can man the middle of the line doesn't sound too bad.
78. Jahleel Billingsley TE Alabama
I got this pick when I traded down from 41 and the 148th pick to move to 47 and 78. I don't see us resigning Engram, but I also don't know much about this TE class. He presented great value on the board at a position of need.
111. Zonovan Knight RB North Carolina State
A North-South runner who should provide a different style of attack from Barkley and will hopefully be able to take some carries off of Barkley in an attempt to get him through a year or two more of playing.
116. Erik Ezukanma WR Texas Tech
Height/weight/speed WR who fits the mold that I like to target in the mid-late rounds of the draft.
164. Tariq Castro-Fields CB Penn State
Apparently you can never have too many corners/secondary depth.
188. Kedon Slovis QB USC
Cheap rookie QB who might have some upside to develop into a good backup or maybe better. (No, he is not taking over for Daniel Jones....at least I hope not)
228. Joey Porter Jr. CB Penn State
Same reasoning, different player.
I came away pretty happy with this draft, but I do wish I had been able to grab Tyler Davis DT out of Clemson to fill our NT role for the next 4 years. As always, let me know your feedback and I look forward to seeing some of your mocks down the line as well!