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Continuing from my Part 1 of this year’s mock, which you can read here.
6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Dwayne Haskins did not have the best ever career for an Ohio State quarterback, but he- by many stats- did have the best season in OSU quarterback history, and is probably the most pro-ready QB to ever come out of Columbus. All year, he dazzled with his deep ball ability, accuracy in intermediate throws, and playmaking ability in big situations of big games. With his frame as well, his ability should translate to the next level. The Giants, while they have stated that they are committed to Eli Manning for next season, should still take Haskins, even if he has to sit for his rookie year.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Montez Sweat, DL, Mississippi State
Montez Sweat, an edge defensive lineman, becomes the second defensive lineman from Mississippi State taken in the top 10. He was already projected to go high in this draft, but after the combine numbers he put up, he began to rocket up many draft boards. He set a record for defensive linemen in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.41, and as teams continue to look for defensive linemen with his type of athleticism, the Jaguars can grab him here to fit in perfectly with a defense which is already menacingly fast and quick to the ball.
8. Detroit Lions: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Greedy Williams out of LSU is the consensus best corner out of this draft class, and he was productive all year, posed against the best receiver from each team the Tigers faced and holding his own in those matchups, as you can see above. The Lions, last year, were atrocious in pass coverage, despite a highly regarded corner in Darius Slay, so they can pick up another corner to sure up that side of the ball- and Williams can continue an LSU tradition of putting out productive defensive backs into the league.
9. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
Ed Oliver, for my money, is a player who I think might be the best in the entire draft class. A look at the above video gives you a look at the reason why, but all season he dealt with double and triple teams which is a reason why his stats were not as high as they may have been. Because of this, a lack of size for an interior lineman, and some perceived character issues, I do not think he will go as high as he should, but if the Bills see him on the board at number 9, this should be a no brainer for them.
10. Denver Broncos: Devin White, LB, LSU
Devin White, all year, showed steady tackling from the inside linebacker spot and mixed that with an ability to drop back in coverage AND his pass rushing skills. The Broncos filled their biggest need, QB, already when they traded for Joe Flacco, so they address another need of theirs, at inside linebacker, and LSU has their second defender off the board.
Check back later this week for Part 3 of this mock, where I will address picks 11-20!