The headline here with my latest mock draft is that it's a two-round version. No fake trades and still no New England Patriots first round pick, but 63 selections overall including one each for the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins in the first two rounds.
Free agency certainly led to changes in the first round from previous versions and impacted choices made in round two, whether teams were active (Houston Texans), made trades (Arizona Cardinals) or moved quiet as a mouse (Redskins). Plenty of moves remain in free agency and leading up to the late April draft, but the direction for some became a bit clearer, or at least we know where not to look. The direction I hope to take is a new mock each week until we hear Roger Goodell say, "And with the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft..."
- Houston signing Brock Osweiler clearly eliminates the Texans from drafting a quarterback in the early rounds while Arizona acquiring ex-Patriot Chandler Jones likely take edge pass rusher off the table for the Cardinals at 29. Those moves ironically could allow Houston, which also signed running back Lamar Miller, to focus on adding more talent for its already potent defense while giving Arizona a bit more freedom to draft and groom a future QB starter behind Carson Palmer.
- Would Cleveland signing Robert Griffin III alter the perception that the Browns are likely to choose between quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz at No. 2? The Magic 8-ball says unlikely. Even though Browns coach Hue Jackson is saying lots of nice things about the ex-Redskin, it seems impossible that he would commit to RG3 after the way his career dipped and simultaneous pass on two highly rated rookie prospects.
- As for the Ravens losing stud offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, don't expect a change in plans for the first round. Baltimore's needs extend beyond the blockers so even though Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley might be available, defensive back Jalen Ramsey, defensive end Joey Bosa and linebacker Myles Jack all address areas of concern and all are worthy of the 6th overall pick.
- Other the moving on from veteran defensive linemen Terrance Knighton and Jason Hatcher, and perhaps the re-signing of pass rusher Junior Galette, Washington's situation hasn't really changed since the start of free agency. (I never thought Kirk Cousins would leave so not counting his scenario.) There is still long-term uncertainty at safety. The defensive line lacks a nose tackle/interior force and kids to build around. Matt Jones currently sits atop the running back depth chart. While he impressed at times during his rookie season, his fumbles and injuries did not.
On to the picks. Let us know what worked and what didn't in the comments section below.