Everyone’s favorite part of the draft season is always the mock drafts, they either are something you love because your team gets the player you want or hate because they don’t. We here at Dynasty Happy Hour thought “why not do one to make our readers and listeners love or hate us”.
Tom Carson, Mike LaValley, Josh Padgett, and myself are going to bring you just that. We each will be making eight picks for this mock draft and will be explaining how each pick impacts the team and player’s fantasy value. These picks are not what we think will happen but more what makes sense for fantasy. With that in mind pick up your electronics and get ready to consume the first Dynasty Happy Hour mock draft, enjoy.
1) San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
Nick Bosa was the most dominant player in his first three weeks until he injured his groin and he shut it down to safeguard himself for the draft. There are a few other dominant players, like Ed Oliver, who would fit here, but Bosa is still the prize of the draft. Nick is considered by some to be a better prospect than his brother Joey, who was drafted 3rd by the Chargers in 2016. That's no small feat, as Joey Bosa has been dominant when he's been on the field. The Jimmy Garoppolo injury nets the 49ers a potential top 10 player in the league.
2) Arizona Cardinals: Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson
Clelin Ferrell will step in as part of a rebuilding defense which will most likely lose Patrick Peterson this offseason. One way to help out an outmanned secondary is to create havoc with pass rush and Ferrell fits the bill.
3) Oakland Raiders: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
Ed Oliver is the only man in this class whose talent can rival Nick Bosa. Comps to Aaron Donald may not be fair, but it is hard not to see when you watch Oliver. The Raiders must acquire top talent above all else in the early stages of this rebuild.
4) New York Jets: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Jonah Williams is widely considered the best offensive lineman in the draft this year. He’s versatile and can play either left or right tackle and has the athleticism to do it all. The Jets get a bodyguard for Sam Darnold in hopes that he has a Quenton Nelson like effect on the entire line.
5) New York Giants: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Well, this is the absolute best case scenario the Giants could ever hope for. They land the best QB in the draft and it fills an enormous need. However, Herbert may not declare for the draft. If this happens, there isn’t a quarterback worth taking this high. I could see them taking cornerback Greedy Williams or their highest rated offensive tackle, which I have as Greg Little. Giants fans, cross your fingers that this happens. Pairing Herbert with Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham, Jr. would be lethal.
6) Jacksonville Jaguars: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
There have been mutterings of trade talks surrounding Jalen Ramsey. Whether or not any of it is substantial, Greedy gives this defense another nasty corner and makes it possible to all but eliminate a team's two top receiving threats.
7) Atlanta Falcons: Devin White, LB, LSU
Devin White is a monster,plain and simple. He can play sideline to sideline or rush the passer. He’s a tackling machine. Pairing White and Deion Jones together will give Atlanta two of the most athletic linebackers in the league. The way the NFL is today, playing in the nickel happens more often than not. Having two linebackers that can move and tackle as well as White and Jones would be a game changer.
8) Detroit Lions: Zach Allen, Edge, Boston College
Coach Patricia will revamp his defense this offseason and one surprise departure may be Ziggy Ansah. Allen is a great candidate to replace Ansah and will help set the edge against an NFL North with a plethora of talented running backs.
9) Buffalo Bills: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
The Bills got their quarterback of the future in Josh Allen and he needs offensive line help immediately. Greg Little might be the best tackle in the draft and the Bills will run to the podium knowing he’s available. Little will keep Allen upright for years to come.
10) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
Josh Allen may be known throughout the league as “The Good Josh Allen” sooner than later. Playing in the NFC South, you have to have athletes who can get after the quarterback and also catch shifty running backs. Josh Allen can do it all. He’s got the athleticism and length to be an elite pass rusher in the NFL. He’s an ideal fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but could put his hand in the dirt in a 4-3 and still be elite. Great value for Tampa.
11) Cleveland Browns: Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
The fact Quinnen Williams somehow was available for me to make this pick is insane. Partnering him up with Myles Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi, and Emmanuel Ogbah would immediately make this one of the best young defensive lines in football. In a division where you face Joe Mixon and James Conner two times each, this is arguably the best pick the Browns could hope for at this spot.
12) Green Bay Packers: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Decimated by injuries on the defensive line, the Packers will look to add a player like Gary’s caliber to rotate with Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels. Gary is an elite upside prospect who has the capability of taking over a game from the interior.
13) Miami Dolphins: Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
After losing Ndamukong Suh and allowing 4.3 yards per carry the first 12 weeks of 2018, the Dolphins must add a run stuffing defensive tackle and Wilkins is a perfect fit. Wilkins is a dominant force and a top ten value who falls into the laps of the Dolphins at 14.
14) Denver Broncos: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Denver hit the jackpot with two young running backs in the 2018 draft process, grabbing Royce Freeman and Philip Lindsay. They loaded up at wide receiver as well, grabbing DaeSean Hamilton and Courtland Sutton. In 2019, they complete their offensive overhaul by grabbing the best tight end to come out in a long time in Noah Fant. He has the build and pass catching ability to be as good as Gronk is in the receiving game.
15) Philadelphia Eagles: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
You’re going to kill this pick because he’s the top wide receiver off the board and N’Keal Harry and A.J. Brown are still on the board. You know what? I don’t care. Having watched every snap of the Eagles for as long as I can remember, the one thing missing from the offense is a wide receiver who can stretch the field. While Torrey Smith’s numbers last season weren’t gaudy, he opened things up in the intermediate and across the middle. Harry is an Alshon Jeffery clone. A.J. Brown is more of a possession receiver (a really really good one). The Eagles need speed on the outside and Marquise Brown is very unique in this draft class. This wide receiver class is full of very good big bodied possession receivers, but no one can match Brown’s speed and playmaking ability.
16) Cincinnati Bengals: Irv Smith, TE, Alabama
With the injuries continuing to pile up for Tyler Eifert, the Bengals need to find his replacement. With this pick, they do just that. Smith has shown tremendous route running and pass catching ability for the Crimson Tide and would be a perfect fit for the Bengals. I like this pick a lot, as it gives Andy Dalton his best weapons he has had in Cincy for some time.
17) Tennessee Titans: Jachai Polite, Edge, Florida
Polite is a very talented edge rusher who improved in a big way this year. He decided to stay at Florida for his senior season and that has really benefited his game. The extra year gives him the look of a plug and play starter from day one.
18) Indianapolis Colts: Jeffrey Simmons, Edge, Mississippi State
Though the Colts defense has taken huge strides in the last year, they still lack an interior presence in defending both the run and the pass. Simmons may not be the flashiest player (or even defensive tackle) in this class, but his talent and fit make him an easy choice here.
19) Seattle Seahawks: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
With Seattle's Legion of Boom an afterthought, this would be the perfect pick to start building a new version for a tough NFC West. Thompson has shown with his play at Alabama he can absolutely be a presence on any defense which selects him come April. Not to mention they will probably be moving on from Earl Thomas as well which makes safety a priority for them this offseason.
20) Carolina Panthers: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Funchess hasn’t panned out the way Carolina wants and he won't be the WR1 they need, DJ Moore is starting to show some promise but Harry could develop into that. An offense that has McCaffrey, Olson, and Newton is already a fantasy players dream, but when you add Harry to it he would give them something they have missed since they shipped Benjamin up north. Lots to love from a fantasy standpoint with this pick.
21) Washington Redskins: Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
Dexter Lawrence is a grown ass man, for lack of a better term. He can shed blockers with the best in this class. In the NFC East, where he has to go against Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott, a great defensive line is a must. Pairing Lawrence with DaRon Payne and Jonathan Allen gives the Redskins three studs who can stop the run and get up field. This isn’t a need pick,, but those three would wreak havoc for years to come.
22) Oakland Raiders (via Dallas): Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
The Raiders land their second top 10 prospect in this draft with Mack Wilson. Wilson isy number one rated inside linebacker in this class and a guy who can call shots at the NFL level. He was a leader at Alabama and a guy who can help bring a winning culture to this locker room.
23) Baltimore Ravens: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
Baltimore will probably be working with a new head coach next year and whomever they hire will be brought in to groom Lamar Jackson. So why not give Jackson a new toy? That's what I am doing with this pick; Merry Christmas Lamar, I got you a playmaker. Brown can contribute in the return game while giving the offense a receiver who can make big plays during short yardage passing situations.
24) Pittsburgh Steelers: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
I pick up every Steelers game where I live because it is always the local game. I watch those cornerbacks get burned week in and week out. Artie Burns is a disaster, Joe Haden is getting too old and too slow, and Sensabaugh has been too inconsistent. Byron Murphy would be a steal here for the Steelers and give them someone they could trust to shut down their opponent’s top receiver.
25) Minnesota Vikings: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
The Vikings will look to replace Anthony Barr if they don’t re-sign him this offseason but after securing Kirk Cousins for three years, they will take Ford to solidify the offensive line. Ford can step in for either guard/tackle position and give the Vikings versatility.
26) Houston Texans: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
The Texans don't have many glaring holes, so they take one of the best available players in the late first. Love can play inside or outside and plays fast and bigger than his size would indicate. He will, like many young corners, need to improve his press coverage, but he can make an immediate impact as a nickel corner.
27) Oakland Raiders (via Chicago): Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Here is where we get a little weird, but Jon Gruden is a little weird, so sue me. Haskins has the physical and mental talent to run an NFL offense. Whether or not Gruden thinks Carr is the answer, Haskins will hold significant value as a trade piece provided he shows well in any playing time he can steal from Carr.
28) Los Angeles Chargers: Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State
Although Hunter Henry will return from a knee injury, the Chargers could add a TE at this selection but with Jones available they are able to take an absolutely dominant run stuffer. Jones has a little nastiness to him and will compliment Nick Bosa nicely.
29) New England Patriots: Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame
Tillery is a dominant interior pass rusher and a beast of a human being. His 6'-6" height and his quick feet make him a nightmare for offensive linemen. He plays smart consistently and contributes in a positive way on almost every play.
30) Los Angeles Rams: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters have been taking turns getting torched this year and can’t be relied on. This makes drafting Baker here become a bandage of sorts on a scary defense desperate for consistent cornerback play. Even if Peters and Talib do start performing better it never hurts to have an extra corner the way the NFL is moving to the spread offense.
31) Kansas City Chiefs: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Devin Bush being here at 31 will NOT happen for the actual draft. He’ll go to the combine and completely kill it. He’s an athletic sideline to sideline linebacker who won’t ever leave the field, except to maybe do a dance after creating a turnover. The Chiefs love drafting athletes on both sides of the ball and that’s exactly what Devin Bush is. He could be the cornerstone of their defense for years to come. Getting him at 31 is a STEAL!
32) Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans): Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State
An aging Clay Matthews and a possible release of Nick Perry this offseason, the Packers will add an edge rusher for DC Mike Pettine. The Packers have generated the least amount of QB pressures from DE’s in 2018 and Sweat should step right in and make an immediate impact.
What picks did you love? What picks made you scream out in agony? Let us know!