NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Where the Seahawks go with their first selection
Ever since the Cowboys failed to acquire Earl Thomas, they have been desperately looking for safety help. Changes are coming for America’s Team, as a whole new coaching staff could be brought in, but their need at safety will remain.
The team has tried and failed to acquire both Thomas and Jamal Adams, but Delpit is a pretty good consolation prize, especially if he can return to 2018 form. Delpit has a lot of traits that Derwin James had and I would say that has worked out pretty well for the Chargers.
If you’re going to take Justin Herbert at 4, you need to give him weapons to work with. The emergence of Davante Parker has been great, but one guy is not enough. So the Dolphins take the Colorado Buffalo, one of the most versatile wideouts in the draft.
Shenault can play outside, in the slot, and out of the backfield. A creative offensive coordinator should have no problem getting him the football and allow Herbert to ease into the NFL without asking him to make too many risk into tight coverage. It’s a good fit for both player and team.
Tell me, did you watch the Vikings cornerbacks on Monday night? Did you come away impressed? Well trust me, the Vikings aren’t happy about it either and Xavier Rhodes sudden disappearing act only cranks up this need more.
Wade has good size and speed and should be able to handle the outside corner position. There is also a decent chance he can play nickelback, making him a versatile option for Mike Zimmer to deploy as he sees fit.
Here we are and the Chiefs still need a cornerback badly. They couldn’t land Jalen Ramsey in season and that pass defense is still the biggest obstacle Kansas City has to win a Super Bowl. Thankfully, a talent corner like Gladney should fall right into their laps.
Gladney isn’t a lockdown corner but he is likely the best tackling corner in the draft. He makes plays in the run game, can crack a pass catcher, and has a knack for blowing up screen plays. He is good enough downfield to make plays and his high energy style could breathe life into the mediocre Chiefs unit.
The Dolphins use their 3rd and final first-round pick on a high-upside edge rusher out of Penn State. Miami is in a division that still features Tom Brady, Sam Darnold, and Josh Allen. While none of these names carry the elite label, you still need to rush the passer to win games.
Gross-Matos is raw but he has collected 17.5 sacks in his career and at 6’5″, 265 lbs, he is big enough to set the edge in the run game. The blend of upside and floor is tough to pass up and Gross-Matos is a solid selection this late in the first round.