The Serby Mock Draft 3.0 has Giants GM Dave Gettleman trading down for the first time in his career and Jets GM Joe Douglas trading up.
Gettleman and head coach Joe Judge think long and hard about LB Isaiah Simmons, but Gettleman hasn’t fixed the offensive line and opts for his highest-rated Hog Mollie to help Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. Douglas, armed with a pair of third-rounders thanks to the Leonard Williams trade with the Giants, surrenders one of them for the offensive lineman he prefers.
This will be the final mock before the start of the free-agent frenzy, picks 1-20.
1. Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow (QB, LSU)
If Pete Rose were a betting man — not saying he is, no no no — he’d send it on this one. Riverfront Joe has a chance to be the best leader the Whodeys have had since Boomer Esiason, and he gets an offensive whiz in Zac Taylor as his head coach coach and tackle Jonah Williams, the 2019 first-round pick, to protect him.
2. Washington Redskins
Chase Young (DE, Ohio State)
Ron Rivera can’t be convinced that Dwayne Haskins is the answer. But how can he pass on a generational pass rusher?
3. Miami Dolphins (from Detroit Lions)
Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Alabama)
As long as the medicals check out next month at his April 9 Pro Day, the Steve Young-Drew Brees hybrid can redshirt behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tank you very much. If the hip is suspect, make it Justin Herbert.
4. Los Angeles Chargers (from New York Giants)
Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon)
Gettleman is sweating profusely. “Just do it, Dave!” Judge barks. “You already told the league you’re open for business.” Dave does it when the Chargers, needing a splash for their new stadium and a long-term replacement for Philip Rivers, surrender a second-round pick.
5. Detroit Lions (from Miami Dolphins)
Jeff Okudah (CB, Ohio State)
Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn have a win-now edict. Matthew Stafford is staying and Darius Slay is going and the debate is: corner or DT Derrick Brown? Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams are still on the schedule twice a year.
6. New York Giants (from Los Angeles Chargers)
Tristan Wirfs (OT, Iowa)
Jon Gruden is on the phone eyeing Jordan Love. Gettleman is suddenly in full-bloom love with trading down. Judge grabs the phone from Gettleman and barks, “Let’s help the quarterback, whoever that will be, and the running back, whoever that will be,” and hangs up.
7. Carolina Panthers
Isaiah Simmons (LB, Clemson)
It’s this tantalizing Freak who blew up the Combine or Brown, barring a change of heart about Cam Newton from coach Matt Rhule. A Simmons-Shaq Thompson duo would help mitigate the retirement of Luke Kuechly.
8. Arizona Cardinals
Derrick Brown (DT, Auburn)
Kyler Murray lobbies 24-7 for former Oklahoma teammate WR CeeDee Lamb, but this monster in the middle would make life easier for Chandler Jones. Coach Kliff Kingsbury doesn’t give two hoots about his three-cone Combine disaster.
9. New York Jets (from Jacksonville Jaguars)
Mekhi Becton (OT, Louisville)
GM Joe Douglas parts with the higher of his two third-round picks to leapfrog the Browns and begin his offensive line overhaul with a 6-foot-7, 368-pound freak who will be picked up at the airport in a limo by Sam Darnold and Le’Veon Bell.
10. Cleveland Browns
Andrew Thomas (OT, Georgia)
If Baker Mayfield continues to run for his life, bet the Under on Odell Beckham Jr.’s first “come get me.” A plug-and-play LT to replace Greg Robinson for highly respected OL coach Bill Callahan.
11. Jacksonville Jaguars (from New York Jets)
Javon Kinlaw (DT, South Carolina)
Marcell Dareus is a goner, and a bully who has drawn comparisons to Chris Jones will be needed to shield Myles Jack.
12. Oakland Raiders
Jordan Love (QB, Utah State)
No one enjoys stockpiling quarterbacks the way Gruden does. He can’t help himself, he wants to make a splash in Las Vegas, and there are league folks who aren’t convinced he’s married to Derek Carr, certainly not beyond 2020. Tom Brady, of course, would be the Best Big Splash Available.
13. Indianapolis Colts
CeeDee Lamb (WR, Oklahoma)
Anyone who is likened to DeAndre Hopkins makes the perfect complement for T.Y. Hilton … and will delight Philip Rivers if and when he replaces Jacoby Brissett. A YAC (Yards After Catch) Monster.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jedrick Wills (OT, Alabama)
Bruce Arians knows that Jameis Winston can’t blame all 30 of his interceptions on the offensive line, but a replacement is needed for RT Demar Dotson (10 penalties, 35 years old in October). Jacob Eason’s rocket right arm has to intrigue Arians.
15. Denver Broncos
Jerry Jeudy (WR, Alabama)
Tide teammate Henry Ruggs III and his 4.27 speed would have been the pick to replace Emmanuel Sanders had the draft’s best route runner not fallen. Drew Lock has another weapon to team with WR Courtland Sutton and TE Noah Fant.
16. Atlanta Falcons
K’Lavon Chaisson (Edge, LSU)
Dan Quinn will need more than 28 sacks from his defense in 2020 to keep his job, and here’s a kid who has enough explosiveness to replace Vic Beasley and chase Drew Brees.
17. Dallas Cowboys
Henry Ruggs III (WR, Alabama)
A Tyreek Hill-like threat to join Amari Cooper — looks like he isn’t going anywhere — and Michael Gallup will make life so much more enjoyable for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.
18. Miami Dolphins
CJ Henderson (CB, Florida)
His 4.39 Combine 40 gives the hometown boy a legitimate shot at lining up as Xavien Howard’s bookend. Coach Brian Flores and GM Chris Grier will get their offensive tackle with the 26th pick.
19. Oakland Raiders
Patrick Queen (LB, LSU)
Has that championship pedigree that appeals to Gruden and GM Mike Mayock and sideline-to-sideline range lacking at the Silver & Black’s second level. The remarkable WR depth means Gruden and Mayock can get one later.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars
Josh Jones (OT, Houston)
Pro Football Focus ranked LT Cam Robinson 70th out of 81 tackles. Even with Tom Coughlin gone, Doug Marrone will want to play smashmouth with Leonard Fournette to lessen the burden on Gardner Minshew and/or Nick Foles.