Taken individually, NFL mock drafts are about as accurate as a Ouija board in identifying the ultimate destinations of former college football stars.
Sure, things look fairly consistent right at the top of the board, but one unexpected trade or pick in the top-10 can throw everything else off. So don’t rush out to order a Los Angeles Chargers jersey with Dre’Mont Jones’ name on it just yet.
But mock drafts can be valuable when you take a look at a bunch of them together. If there is a broad consensus, it can give you a pretty good idea roughly where in the draft you should start expecting to hear a player’s name called.
Right now, it looks like three Buckeyes have a good chance to go in the first round, with two being near-locks to be top-10 picks. Another former OSU player has also shown up as a projected first-rounder, and eight Buckeyes are predicted to go in the first four rounds.
One mock has the Browns taking Dre’Mont Jones in the first round. Others have Dwayne Haskins or Isaiah Prince headed to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Of course, this is all subject to change by the time the NFL Draft actually happens on April 25. For instance, no one had Terry McLaurin listed. But that was before he turned into one of the stars of Senior Bowl week. Expect to see his name on some of these lists soon.
One note: most of the mock drafts listed below only go through the first round. NBCSports.com does a two-round mock, WalterFootball.com does the top four rounds, and the lunatics at Draftsite.com go through all seven rounds plus compensation picks.
Defensive end Nick Bosa
NFL.com: 1st round, 1st overall to Arizona Cardinals
Mel Kiper: 1st round, 1st overall to Arizona Cardinals
CBS Sports: 1st round, 1st overall to Arizona Cardinals
WalterFootball.com: 1st round, 1st overall to Arizona Cardinals
NBC Sports.com: 1st round, 2nd overall to San Francisco 49ers
Draftsite.com: 1st round, 1st overall to Arizona Cardinals
SBNation: 1st round, 1st overall to Arizona Cardinals
Quarterback Dwayne Haskins
NFL.com: 1st round, 6th overall to New York Giants
Mel Kiper: 1st round, 6th overall to New York Giants
CBS Sports: 1st round, 11th overall to Cincinnati Bengals
WalterFootball.com: 1st round, 6th overall to New York Giants
NBC Sports.com: 1st round, 7th overall to Jacksonville Jaguars
Draftsite.com: 1st round, 6th overall to New York Giants
SBNation: 1st round, 6th overall to New York Giants
Defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones
NFL.com: 1st round, 28th overall to Los Angeles Chargers
Mel Kiper: 1st round, 30th overall to Los Angeles Rams
WalterFootball.com: 1st round, 17th overall to Cleveland Browns
NBC Sports.com: 1st round, 32nd overall to Los Angeles Rams
Draftsite.com: 1st round, 28th overall to Los Angeles Chargers
SBNation: 1st round, 26th overall to Indianapolis Colts
Wide receiver Parris Campbell
Mel Kiper: 1st round, 31st overall to Green Bay Packers
WalterFootball.com: 2nd round, 38th overall to Jacksonville Jaguars
NBC Sports.com: 2nd round, 40th overall to Buffalo Bills
Draftsite.com: 2nd round, 52nd overall to Pittsburgh Steelers
Offensive lineman Michael Jordan
WalterFootball.com: 2nd round, 44th overall to Green Bay Packers
Draftsite.com: 2nd round, 51st overall to Tennessee Titans
Offensive lineman Isaiah Prince
WalterFootball.com: 4th round, 103rd overall to Cincinnati Bengals
Draftsite.com: 4th round, 123rd overall to Los Angeles Chargers
Running back Mike Weber
WalterFootball.com: 4th round, 108th overall to Carolina Panthers
Draftsite.com: 4th round, 114th overall to Tennessee Titans
Cornerback Kendall Sheffield
WalterFootball.com: 4th round, 118th overall to Denver Broncos
Draftsite.com: 4th round, 116th overall to Seattle Seahawks
I hope he goes 1st round…but Campbell’s pass catching ability makes him more of a middle rounder in my opinion. It will just depend on if they get enamored with his athleticism or actually look at his pass catching issues.
If Prince is drafted I will be totally shocked and very happy for him.
Dre Mont would be a perfect fit for the Rams. In the NFL he will need to play alongside another very good to great DT. He won’t be big enough to anchor the enterior DL. I am also intrigued by him as a DE in a 3-4…New England!
I will never get over Haskins only starting 1 year, although he was likely the best QB on the roster all 3 years he was at OSU and certainly the last two years. At Bama, U$C, Clemson, etc he starts.
Sheffield made a good choice. Getting drafted is a win for him. Maybe with some coaching he can find a niche (special teams, dime package, safety)
You know Urban would not allow Haskins to jump over Joe Burrow and JT Barrett in 2017. Burrow was more mobile than Haskins and can run the RPO like Barrett. Zach Smith was also the receivers coach not Brian Hartline. With a new receivers coach in 2018, we saw how much better the passing game became to go along with a pocket style QB and not an RPO type QB.
It would be nice for the Browns to draft Dre’mont Jones.
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