NFL mock draft, picks 8 through 12
8. Arizona Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb, WR
This is where the mock gets fun. Arizona has such a wide array of needs and with so many quality players still on the board, it made the decision very difficult. The team could go one of two ways, build around Kyler Murray or build a prototypical NFC West defense. I chose to go with the coaching philosophy and draft the best offensive player on the board. This would reconnect Lamb and Kyler Murray in the NFL. Lamb has exceptional ball tracking skills, strong hands, and a great feel for the game.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown, IDK
The Jaguars are at a crossroads. They are right up against the cap wall and do not currently have a playoff roster. Its likely a handful of starters will be cut to give some cap relief, namely DT Marcell Dareus. Derrick Brown is one of the most complete players in this draft, he can play inside or out. He can start from day 1 and has a sky’s the limit ceiling. With the roster likely to be reset, going best available would be wise.
10. Cleveland Browns: Jedrick Wills, RT
My god this is the best-case scenario for Cleveland. If I were asked to list the top 3 draft needs for the Browns, they would all be offensive lineman. This leaves the Browns with their choice of the litter. Wills has been one of the biggest risers of this year past collegiate year. He has consistently displayed the ability to play both the pass and the run. He moves with some of the best agility I have seen in recent years amongst offensive tackles. Wills is a plug and play right tackle and has All-Pro potential.
11. New York Jets: Mekhi Becton, LT
I was tempted to take a wide receiver here considering the reports of Robbie Anderson likely being on the way out. However, this draft is so deep in the wide receiving group, it would be smart to look to shore up one of their weaker positions at this point. Mekhi Becton is one of my favorite prospects this year. He is a mammoth of a man, standing at 6’7” and weighing in at 370lbs. He plays with an excellent blend of agility and power. He should be an instant upgrade over Kelvin Beachum on the left side of the line.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: Jerry Jeudy, WR
Talk about making a splash in the draft before making the move from Oakland to Las Vegas. Jeudy is one of the best technicians I have seen. His route running is off the charts. He likely won’t be the fastest wide receiver, but good luck covering him one on one. His footwork, football IQ, and separation has him as one of the most dangerous prospects to enter the NFL in recent years.