Mock drafts are fun exercises for football fans to be able to look forward into what might be their team’s future, whether their team is eliminated in the middle of the season or ends up hoisting the Lombardi trophy.

Mocks have relevance year-round, even if we know the accuracy is going to be spotty at best. They can be used for becoming familiarized with prospect names and potential value, but the truth of the matter is, mock drafts don’t really hold much accuracy until after the main portion of free agency is winding down.

So, instead of doing a post-NFL Combine mock draft last week, just to have those picks and prediction wiped away by free agency signings, PewterReport.com waited to give fans a much more realistic view of team needs after the initial stages of free agency began to calm down.

I decided to set this mock draft up a little different. Since I know there are fans who just want to read a list of names for which prospects went where, I’ve provided the mock in table form at the bottom of this and every page. If that’s all you came for, you can read and be on your way. However, if you’d like to find out why I had a prospect slotted to a certain team, you can click the “analysis” button next to each pick for an explanation of how we got there. 

There are still a few big names free agents yet to be signed and moved, but with most free agent needs filled or met, here’s a look at what each NFL team is looking at with free agents signed and draft needs a little more clear. 

# Team Pick Reason
1 Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett Analysis
2 San Francisco 49ers DeShone Kizer Analysis
3 Chicago Bears Jon Allen Analysis
4 Jacksonville Jaguars O.J. Howard Analysis
5 Tennessee Titans Corey Davis Analysis
6 New York Jets Deshaun Watson Analysis
7 Los Angeles Chargers Malik McDowell Analysis
8 Carolina Panthers Forrest Lamp Analysis
9 Cincinnati Bengals Garett Bolles Analysis
10 Buffalo Bills Mike Williams Analysis
11 New Orleans Saints Marshon Lattimore Analysis
12 Cleveland Browns Jamal Adams Analysis
13 Arizona Cardinals Malik Hooker Analysis
14 Philadelphia Eagles  Quincy Wilson Analysis
15 Indianapolis Colts Ryan Ramczky Analysis
16 Baltimore Ravens Budda Baker Analysis
17 Washington Redskins John Ross Analysis
18 Tennessee Titans Haason Reddick Analysis
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers David Njoku Analysis
20 Denver Broncos Evan Engram Analysis
21 Detroit Lions Reuben Foster Analysis
22 Miami Dolphins Gareon Conley Analysis
23 New York Giants Christian McCaffrey Analysis
24 Oakland Raiders Obi Melifonwu Analysis
25 Houston Texans Mitchell Trubisky Analysis
26 Seattle Seahawks Taylor Moton Analysis
27 Kansas City Chiefs Dalvin Cook Analysis
28 Dallas Cowboys Derek Barnett Analysis
29 Green Bay Packers Tim Williams Analysis
30 Pittsburgh Steelers Carl Lawson Analysis
31 Atlanta Falcons Solomon Thomas Analysis
32 New Orleans Saints Curtis Samuel Analysis

Share On Socials

About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
Subscribe
Notify of
63 Comments
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
RootsCrew
RootsCrew
4 years ago

Passing on Cook for a TE (not named Howard) is just not something I can agree with.

jerseybucsfan
4 years ago

Passing on Barnett would irk me as well. I would go Barnett, Cook and then Njoku.

Hank Scorpio
4 years ago

I can’t wait to read all the mad comments for passing on Cook.

I like your analysis Trevor, but I have a hard time seeing Cook make it passed the Colts at 15.

I’m fine with Njoku because he’s already really good and his ceiling is as high, if not higher than Howard’s.

Also, Fournette slides to the 2nd? Have to imagine the Jags would be tripping over themselves to draft him if the Browns pass on him

FLyBoy
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
4 years ago

Trevor I have enjoyed your analysis from the get-go. I do enjoy reading your thoughts and how you break down the players. I’ll take your analysis any day over Mel Kiper. But, this analysis I cannot fathom being correct. How would the Bucs pass on Cook, McCaffrey, and Fournette for Njoku? If the RB FA were more reliable, then I can see something like this happening but, it isn’t. Im not trying to take anything away from Njoku, I think he is going to be a stud TE in the next few years but there is no way we pass… Read more »

76Buc
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
4 years ago

Not only are running backs deep in this draft, but they are a dime a dozen anyway. It’s a position that’s on its way to irrelevence (not yet). Furthermore, they only last around 4 or 5 years. Please don’t waste a 1st rounder on one of them, unless its Jim Brown or AP.

Nicholas Micciche
4 years ago

I like Njoku almost as much as I like Obi but you are definitely right about creating mismatches with him and our other threats.

buccaneerNW
4 years ago

At #20 Analysis, you have 2 different spellings for Menelik Watson, neither of which are correct.

owlykat
4 years ago

If Cook is available it would be a terrible error to let him go to a team we would have to play, and you know Winston would be at his best with being reunited with Cook and would be upset if we let him get away! Licht is too smart to miss that opportunity!

Naplesfan
4 years ago

I’m just not convinced that Njoku is BAP at no. 19. He’s an early second round talent, from what I am able to gather about his specific package of TE skills, both blocking and receiving. Howard is clearly worth it at no. 19 but I also don’t see him as top 10 either.

If none of the top four receiving/TE talents are available at no. 19, I’d rather take an edge rusher.

Julian Jordan
4 years ago

Not only do we pass on Dalvin Cook we also pass on Leonard Fournette? And Kizer is the top QB selected? And Corey Davis GOES BEFORE MIKE WILLIAMS??!!!!

Well it’s your mock draft you can call it however you want. I’ve yet to see a perfect one. At least your creative. Keep it going.

You’ll definitely get a lot of feedback which will in turn showcase traffic which in turn will bring sponsorships.

Genius.

Buc 1976
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
4 years ago

Trevor I agree Davis is better. I was watching NFL and the CB from Washington that tore his Achilles may last until rd 4 if so we will need a CB after Grimes should we draft him he was rd 1 or 2 before injury?

chXmcd
4 years ago

We should trade back in the first and get joe Mixon late, I know he has a bad rep now but he was young when that incident happened( and on a side note I watched the video and the girl hit him in the face twice and grabbed him around the collar before he hit her so it’s not like he’s some Greg hardy abusing women) . He’s been absolutely clean since that with nothing on his record no failed drug test and nothing but prediction and no big injury. Watch his tape vs Texas tech and tell me a… Read more »

chXmcd
Reply to  chXmcd
4 years ago

Production**

Naplesfan
Reply to  chXmcd
4 years ago

Mixon sexually harassed her outside a restaurant, then insulted the woman’s friend with an anti-gay slur, she slaps him,and then he breaks her jaw. Yup, “really had it coming”, I suppose in your world … but not in the real world.

“… so it’s not like he’s some Greg hardy abusing women.”

SMH

chXmcd
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

That’s completely untrue please check your fact and do the research.

chXmcd
Reply to  chXmcd
4 years ago

And I never said “really had it coming” btw

Naplesfan
Reply to  chXmcd
4 years ago

You weren’t there, dude. You don’t know. What I wrote is precisely what the victim and her friends, who WERE there, told police investigators immediately after she was sent to the hospital with a broken jaw. The police report was released to the media a month or so ago. Her injuries are a matter of proven fact, as is Mixon’s admission that he assaulted her.

Everything else is just internet talk.

chXmcd
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

The police report says nothing about sexual harassment. Again I say check your facts

Naplesfan
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

Yes, it did. The report specifically included statements by the woman and her friends that he was making sexual remarks to both her and her friend. That is “sexual harassment” … and if you cannot understand that, then it is pretty clear why Mixon’s behavior doesn’t bother you.

bEubanks11
4 years ago

I can see OJH going early. I can see Corey Davis going before Mike Williams. But the Bucs bypassing the opportunity for Cook or Fornette? Both of those players will be gone at 19 realistically. Njoku will still be there but McCaffery will be the pick in my opinion. How could Koetter pass on the opportunity to get a guy at rb that would also be an immediate upgrade as slot receiver? Takes the place of an oft injured Sims as a 3rd down back immediately and be a spark plug in the running game. I wasn’t always in favor… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  bEubanks11
4 years ago

With his versatility I too like McCaffrey. He’s not just a RB.

FLBoyInDallas
4 years ago

I think Scott and Trevor are right that the probability favors Njoku being the pick, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Davis or McCaffrey in a Bucs uniform either. Cook will be drafted in the top 15 so we can forget about the daydreaming (and no, he’s NOT worth a trade up). Last, but not least, I wouldn’t be shocked to see a pass rusher taken at #19 if the Bucs highest rated offensive skill players are off the board and they have a DE they really love. Looking forward to the draft.

seat26
4 years ago

I just cannot imagine that they would pass on Cook or McCaffrey. to take NJoku.

kram0789
4 years ago

Really good effort that shows knowledge of team needs and that teams will reach to fill them. Like almost everyone else I am not satisfied with the Bucs pick. Running back and Safety are much bigger needs and there are players with appropriate value on the board. I would trade back and pick Melifonwu. He is the best safety left but not really correct value at 19. Also, I don’t think there is another safety left in the draft that comes close to his talent. I like Budda Baker but question whether he can hold up.

Naplesfan
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
4 years ago

Yup, Trevor. I keep reading PR analyses and reader comments to the effect that all of the good WRs and TEs are going to be off the board long before pick no. 19. I disagree. I disagree for the reason that (1) the draft is very heavy in several highly coveted positions, including: WR, TE, and running backs, plus 5 quarterbacks who are likely to go in the first round according to most prognosticators (even if none are likely to go no. 1 overall). And this draft is also very heavy in defensive line talent (both tackles and edge rushers)… Read more »

MudManVA
Reply to  kram0789
4 years ago

S Marcus Maye in rd. 3

thewbacca
4 years ago

I enjoy your writings Trevor and appreciate you analysis on the subjects you have covered on this site. I am curious as to why you take the bait with Njoku? Just because someone has demonstrated talent does not mean that their ceiling will be commensurate with the talent they have displayed. So many variables can affect their development. This concept proved true with Jason Pierre Paul to where he grew in to an effective pro, but how many fail to meet their standard? I think if this draft board plays out like this then Tampa should take McCaffrey. Save the… Read more »

stlbucsfan
4 years ago

If Cook is available then he will be the pick. There interesting pick to me was that Engram went to the Broncos one pick after us. If Engram has truly risen up draft boards this high I would select him over Njoku. The kid ran a 4.42 40 at the combine as opposed to Njoku’s 4.6ish time. The goal of the offseason is to add dynamic playmakers, so with Njoku not being a great blocker I think you go with the faster guy and develop him in a Jordan Reed type role. Brate has the size to become a better… Read more »

surferdudes
4 years ago

Let’s look at what we’ve done so far. Wide receiver, safety, D tackle check. We have a pass catching T.E. in Brate, and this draft is deep at the position. It comes down to touches, how many would another T.E. get? What do we have at R.B.? Martin, if retained won’t be available till week four. Quizz, Barber, Sims. Not exactly a group that strikes fear in opposing defenses. Cook, Fournette, McCaffery, would get at least 20 touches,compared to a project T.E. that might only get 3 or 4 targets a game. Not the biggest bang for your buck for… Read more »

jme0151
4 years ago

TE is a reach. Cook or DL or DE at 19.

nybuccguy
4 years ago

Any mock that doesnt have Cook as our first rounder will draw criticism on this board. The FSU fans cant stop over hyping him.

e
e
4 years ago

Any chance that the Bucs are looking to Sign RGIII as a backup?

David DeLeon
4 years ago

Nice mock Trevor, I would like to see Cook in a Bucs uniform but I think Njoku, Brate, Jackson and Evans is a pretty sweet looking offense. I wouldn’t be that upset if they went others ways too in the first. Obi, Lamp, Cook or Thomas would be good

surferdudes
4 years ago

You don’t, which I’m not, have to be an FSU fan to acknowledge Cook is a very talented player. I’m also not an LSU fan, but to deny Fournette wouldn’t be worthy of the 19th pick in the draft goes against what most experts believe. Doubt if either player is there when we pick, but if they are, and we pass I;d be shocked. Also look at the value McCaffery would bring. Receiver, running back, kick returner. The kid would cause problems all over the field. Compare those three to a T.E. who isn’t even considered the best in this… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  surferdudes
4 years ago

I think so too Surfer

chetthevette
4 years ago

Could you imagine how happy the Browns would be if Fournette did not get drafted in the first round? I read your mock 5 times and did not see Fournette. Am I not seeing things. If this was magically to play out like this, even the Browns could not mess it up. They would get the 2 best players in the draft. I’m not a Browns fan, just running a scenario here. TS, what’s your reason to exclude Fournette as a first rounder??? If Fournette is there at 19 we should run up to the podium, hand in our pick… Read more »

4halfabuc
4 years ago

Agree with surferdudes…
Bucs are in a weak position at RB. If available at #19 Fournette, Howard or Cook would be my choice. If they are all gone McCafferty would be my choice. Although he is not a power back he adds a dimension as a RB, slot and kick returner.
I also like Wayne Gallman in the 3rd…watch his videos (Draft Countdown)
As for TE’s there are least four to five that could help the Bucs in the second or third rounds…Engram, Hodges, Butt, Saubert and Roberts.I would take Njoku in the 1st round if we traded down.

Destino102
4 years ago

This is a smart draft. The problem with Kiper, McShay, and most mock drafters(?) is that they just rank the players then try to pigeon hole them to a team based off their assumed need. During any draft, value is placed on where the demand is. If there are about 10 good RBs, but only 2-3 good TEs, then to get the best value from your picks, you would take a TE first to make sure you get one, then take a RB later because there will still be some available. Also, having a dominant RB is a requirement to… Read more »

MudManVA
4 years ago

Boy Trevor you opened a can with this one. I believe the pitch forks & torches will be heading down Dale Mabry if the first round went this way. The BUCS do need to sell tickets too. Yes, winning will do that, but hometown stars do it quicker. Destino makes a good point above me, but Atlanta plays it the other way with 2 elite backs. Talents like Cook & Fournette are game changing RB’s. How did Elliot do as a rookie versus mid round RB’s? Pass catchers can come out of the backfield too, and Cook is that. All… Read more »

jongruden
4 years ago

Two huge surprises for me were having Kizer who had a horrible combine go #2 and a guy like Malik McDowell going #7, Bolles in top 10 and not having stud safeties like Hooker or Adams in top 10? Yeah, Care to wager? haha I would bet non of those things happen not saying I can predict the future but I would bet $200 on that. I do know if Hooker fell to #13 the Cardinals would run to the podium, Bucs taking Njoku over Dalvin Cook? Not if Mark Cook has anything to say bout it, ha kidding of… Read more »

Destino102
4 years ago

The whole draft is Supply and Demand. Lets say during the whole draft there are maybe 10 TEs: 2 grade A, 3 grade B, and the remaining 5 are grade C or lower. Let’s say you also have 25 RBs in the draft: 6 A’s, 8 B’s, and 11 C’s or lower. Probably same for WR: 6 A’s, 8 B’s and 11 C’s or lower. We already used a lot of picks on OL the last couple of years, amd we a a good WR, DT, and Saftery in FA. The year before last, Martin and Simms was touted as… Read more »

MudManVA
4 years ago

Then trade up & down to get a TE. What we really need is another starting capable WR. If Evan or Jax gets hurt then what for the offense? Same old song & dance and having 2 TE without one of those 2 starting WR on the outside doesn’t do it. I’m begging PR since they have Licht’s ear (ha ha), if Williams or Davis are still on the board past No. 11 trade up to get them! They are not pressed as rookies to be impact players, they get to be mentored by Jax & Evans, and we have… Read more »

Destino102
Reply to  MudManVA
4 years ago

In the Salaray Cap area, there is no way to have strong Depth at every position. Outside of Brate, we don’t have any decent pass catching TEs. Last year we lost VJax, Murphy Shorts, Martin for a while, and Simms for a while, and Winston still had the best year for a QB in Bucs history. During our 5 game win streak last year we had Doug Martin as our starting RB, Eavns was WR1, and Brate was at TE, and WR2 was . . . . . . either Shorts, Hump, or Martino. I personally hope we don’t try… Read more »

MudManVA
4 years ago

Destino I understand and agree. There are pass catching TE in the 2nd & 3rd rounds, and don’t disagree with drafting one, just not Njuoku in round 1 at 19. (I hope the pimping of Njuoku by PR isn’t another presell to the public like DJAX was). RB is NOT the BUCS biggest need but Cook is a top 10 talent at 19. Our biggest need is WR, #2 TE (behind or with Brate), & safety depth. The BUCS have 2 (count them 2) starting WR on their roster. Humphries is a possession slot, and the BUCS lost Sheppard who… Read more »

Buc 1976
4 years ago

Being a FSU fan people need to stop thinking Cook is all that especially in rd. 1.
He is hurt a lot,fumbles and some off field issues!
A TE with speed helps a lot off other areas. I think some off the players that can help our team can be found late first rd so maybe trade down get hopefully extra 2 rd or 3 round picks

cgmaster27
Reply to  Buc 1976
4 years ago

Being a fellow FSU fan, I can tell you , you’re crazy if you don’t think he’s a first round talent. Hurt a lot? He missed two games in 3 years. The fumbles, I’ll agree witha n it’s something that is correctable, as for the off the field stuff, his are minor, and are actually a whole lot better than Jameis’ coming out. Now I don’t know him personally and the whole “crew” thing, but the Bucs will do their due diligence, and if we would ever pass on Cook, it would have to be something they heard. But him… Read more »

Buc 1976
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

I still think Hunt in 2 or 3 rd is better value!

cgmaster27
Reply to  Buc 1976
4 years ago

Now if you’re simply talking value, getting Hunt in the 3r would be much better value no doubt. I can agree with you there, but based simply on film, competition, and stats, Cook is a clearly superior talent. You’re a Noles fan, you can’t say he’s not. 3rd and 22 and Dalvin gets you 70 against Michigan in the Bowl game. And then smoked the number 2 defense in college football for 207 total yards. That’s the kind of talent he is and those are the kind of plays he makes.

Buc 1976
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

I did not mean to implies Cook is not a first rd pick. I am looking at the OL and think a bigger RB is needed. We are counting on Sweezy and That is a ? mark for me. If we had a line like Dallas YES TAKE COOK!

Redwave
4 years ago

Trevor & those that have watched more than just highlights and combines, please tell me if McCaffrey is consistently as good as he looks in the highlight reels.
What I saw was excellent lateral quickness and awareness, good speed, very elusive in traffic, good pass catching ability.
I’ve also read he’s a workout warrior with incredible stamina.
What are his negatives?
Can he take the pounding and/ or avoid the majority of big hits similar to Warrick Dunn did?
Does he fumble much, drop many passes, block well, consistently catch with his hands, etc….?

cgmaster27
4 years ago

Very creative with your draft scenario here Trevor. Bravo for going out on a limb with most of this. I do think there would be zero chance the bucs would pass on Cook and Fournette. I love Njoku’s athleticism as much as the next guy, but not at 19. You could probably trade back a few spots and still get him ala Hargreaves, although I’m still convinced the Bucs wanted Conklin before the Titans stole him. If Davis, Cook, Fournette, or Williams are there, you take one of them. And hopefully get Engram in the second. The more I watch… Read more »

bollocks
4 years ago

Got to give it you…It’s definitely different…Got the desired effect…Lots of clicks and comments… Not even close to what will happen though. There are 5 better choices for the Bucs at 19 in your mock still left…C. McCaffrey, D. Cook, Obi M., R. Foster and S. Thomas. Njoku will touch the ball maybe 4 -5 times a game and you might call him a difference maker on a given play but not game wise and he can’t block. If Howard’s at 19…he’s the pick. McCaffrey and Cook would touch the ball 20-25 times a game and be perfect for this… Read more »

scubog
4 years ago

Trevor, you should know by now that putting out a Mock Draft is sure to be met with far more criticism than praise. Flush any well thought out logic down the toilet. If you don’t share the same viewpoint as someone who has watched a few Youtube videos, seen the Combine and listened to the ever-changing analysis on TV, then your prediction is sure to be deemed flawed. We all have opinions. But they are just that, opinions, not facts. Drafts are only facts afterwards, not before. Most believe in taking the best player then promptly make the predicted selection… Read more »

Horse
4 years ago

Trevor, I have watched Dalvin Cook play in every one of his FSU games and here’s what I have seen? The best running back to ever come out of FSU!!!! He’s another Emmitt Smith, but faster. He can run inside or outside, change his motor speed or turn on a dime, block, good pass catcher, punt/kick off returner, team player and has played injured many times instead of sitting out a game. This guys got football heart! If he’s there at 19, he’s the man. It’s not going to happen though.

cgmaster27
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

Well said Horse, he actually played his Bowl game , unlike McCaffery and Fournette. Cook has played injured many times and he still has monster games with a pulled hammy or such. If he’s there , I can guarantee you 100% he will be the pick. I ‘m with you in the thought that he won’t be there either though. Although a lot more analysts are predicting a fall for him to the Bucs now. I call it bad teasing.

cgmaster27
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

OH and not to mention that cook did all of that behind a below average line that FSU had last year.

macabee
4 years ago

Trevor,

Here’s a bit of relief for you. Todd McShay just released his 3.0 mock and he agrees with you and Scott by picking TE David Njoku at 19. Like the bandwagon guy that I am, I could live with that! lol.