NFL Mock Draft and Big Board updates are available today at NFL Draft Net. While it seems that with free agency going on a mock draft can be derailed in a matter of a Sunday afternoon signing, we wanted to have another look at the first round after the first week. The first wave of free agency (as well as trades and retirement) has caused 22 changes in this update.
1.5 Detroit Lions: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Previous: Dion Jordan
Remember those recent years when the Lions were constantly mocked an offensive tackle? It appears that time has returned with the retirement of Jeff Backus. Johnson’s stock has been rapidly rising, which could make a good match. We are sure the Lions would much rather have Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel to choose from if things would fall that way.
1.6 Cleveland Browns: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Previous: Barkevious Mingo
The Browns have signed Paul Kruger and Quinton Groves at outside linebacker, but Jordan gives them the fierce rusher that they are lacking.
1.8 Buffalo Bills: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Previous: No Change this update
No change, but a little disclaimer here. We know the Bills are going to take a QB, and it would be more favorable in the second round. Especially if they really did want Ryan Nassib. But we don’t feel that Geno Smith is getting out of the top 10 and we do not incorporate trades into the NFL Mock Draft. With that, Smith is going to the Bills as a last stop chance for a top 10 QB.
1.15 New Orleans Saints: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Previous: Kenny Vaccaro
The Saints have been making efforts to keep who many perceive as average defensive players, or those that may not fit in the new 3-4, on a defense that is supposed to be getting overhauled. While the Saints have been known to work with what they have (WR, LB, CB in recent years), there could have been more forethought to it. With one pick in the first two rounds, they may have been preparing for having to use that pick on the replacement for Jermon Bushrod. Left tackle is not a place to just work with who you have unless you feel Bushrod was expendable because you had the answer in house. We don’t feel this was the case and the Saints are in a bind.
See all of the NFL Mock Draft changes HERE.
We have also updated out Top 25 NFL Draft Big Board.