Mock Drafts are fun. They allow both the reader and the writer to express and explore creativity and imagination between what could happen, what might actually happen, and what should happen.

For the most part, draft writers enjoy doing them. Some like the creative process of it all, but there are many who take pride in making their mocks as accurate as possible in hope of pounding their chest with a celebratory, “I called it!” when a foretold pick is announced. However, once that first trade of the night happens on Day 1 of the NFL Draft, so many of those picks and predictions can be thrown out the window.

With early mock drafts in January and February, there’s really no point to predicting trades. You’re still trying to identify team needs, and the potential partners for trades haven’t even emerged yet. But, now that we’re less than one month away from draft night, throwing out some trade scenarios makes sense, since you know they’re coming.

In this mock, we have five trade. Around them you’ll see five quarterbacks get selected, all three top running backs, all three top wide receivers, and all three top tight ends. Thought it’s pretty standard at the very top, the farther down you go, the more we shake things up.

Here’s a look at some possible trade scenarios and the picks that come before, after and during. 

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

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for 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:
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4 years ago

If we got 2 third rounders doing this, I’d have to say Hell Yeah!!!!!

Ken Grant
4 years ago

Shameless pandering to the Budda Baker fan club on The Red Board.

Reply to  4thaWinston
4 years ago

Or it could be that (a) Trevor actually has integrity (unlike the implication you’re making), (b) is accurate in his assessment, and (c) PR has a wee bit of scoopage that the Bucs are high on Baker.

Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
4 years ago

Logic is hard when I’M AN ANGRY INTERNET POSTER, YOU WILL FEEL MY WRATH has you under its sway.