NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Giants reach for Isaiah Simmons, Jets get Tristan Wirfs


The Serby Mock 2.0 lets the Giants choose a historic linebacker and the jets begin their much-needed overhaul of the offensive line.

Picks 1-15 in this mock, picks 1-20 in the next:

1. Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow (QB, LSU)

This will be the choice for the rest of the way – the franchise quarterback for a franchise that is desperately looking for the right one. And this kid is the right one – physically, mentally, and emotionally, so accurately, and so a leader to mate with trainer Zac Taylor. Burrow may want to discuss with Troy Aikman how a high-expectations rookie quarterback can cope with a team that is rebuilding around him.

2. Washington Redskins
Chase Young (DE, State of Ohio)

Let's just say: Daniel Jones' mobility will be put to the test, possibly for the next decade or so. A generation change that includes Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne in the first round and forms a 49er East line of defense for the new trainer Ron Rivera. An expensive December win for the Giants, but that's no longer Pat Shurmur's problem.

3. Detroit Lions
Jeff Okudah (CB, Ohio State)

A 200-pound plug-and-play press corner compared to a more mature Jalen Ramsey and a young Darrelle Revis. Rashaan Melvin becomes a free agent and Darius "Big Play" Slay is 29, just one year from signing his contract. Trainers Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn have dodged the owner Martha Ford's guillotine and have to create a playoff push in their third season together. The Lions had the worst pass defense in the league in 2019. And Aaron Rodgers isn't going anywhere.

4. New York Giants
Isaiah Simmons (LB, Clemson)

Protecting Daniel Jones is paramount, and Nick Saban is sure to give Joe Judge a whisper about the merits of an offensive duel against Jedrick Wills Jr., which would be a plug-and-play RT because he only played there. But if GM can contract Dave Gettleman OT Jack Conklin with the free agency, he can draw his attention to the kind of playmaker Big Blue desperately needs – a 6-foot-4, 230-pound Swiss Army Knife that's safety can play, rush passers-by, do whatever, and test well in the combine. Gettleman designed LB Shaq Thompson as Panthers GM in the first round, and Simmons is a much better perspective. Gettleman thinks out loud that the Giants hadn't had a linebacker in the first round since Carl Banks in 1984. The judge replies, "I was 2 years old."

5. Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Alabama)

Sitting behind Ryan Fitzpatrick is the ideal scenario for everyone involved. Coach Brian Flores has no tank for Tua and will get his QB of the future anyway, as long as the doctors check out on that hip. Deadly accurate, mobile and full of maturity and class.

6. Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon)

Coach Anthony Lynn now needs a quarterback as Philip Rivers is looking for a new home. All the talk about Herbert as an introvert should have been left behind with his Senior Bowl MVP achievement. He'll be the Bo Callahan the next day – 6-foot-6, 227 pounds, and all the arm talent to make Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry so much more dangerous.

7. Carolina Panthers
Derrick Brown (DT, Auburn)

The chances of Cam Newton returning are dwindling. New coach Matt Rhule has seven years to rebuild David Tepper's team in his own image. A quarterback could be early in the game. But first a 6-foot-5, 318-pound bolt to fill a void next to Kawann Short.

8. Arizona Cardinals
Andrew Thomas (OT, Georgia)

Beauty will be in the eye of the beholder when it comes to the offensive tackle class. Trainer Kliff Kingsbury will need one if LT D.J. Humphries becomes a free agent. The look of QB Kyler Murray hiding behind 6-foot-7, 368-pound Mekhi Becton would be too good to be true. But Thomas is 6-5, 320 and an experienced LT. WR CeeDee Lamb should also be considered here.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars
Javon Kinlaw (DT, South Carolina)

The darling of the Senior Bowl, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound monster whose strength inside would make life easier if Josh Allen came by.

10. Cleveland Browns
Jedrick Wills Jr. (OT, Alabama)

Baker Mayfield's look is hidden behind 6-foot-7, 368-pound Mekhi Becton … but seriously, folks, new coach Kevin Stefanski needs to keep his quarterback upright so Odell Beckham Jr. isn't forced to face the opponents say, "Come on, get me. “And you can hide behind a nasty 6: 5.32 pounder who should be able to project onto LT.

11. New York Jets
Tristan Wirfs (OT, Iowa)

Needless to say, Sam Darnold could be hiding behind 6-foot-7, 368-pound Mekhi Becton. GM Joe Douglas had nothing comparable to these metrics at an All Atlantic 10 selection in Richmond. But Douglas is a tough old-school football player who prefers football players to athletes, and Iowa's coach Kirk Ferentz (whose program Marshal Yanda and Bryan Bulaga produced) delivers Douglas a powerful, nasty 6-5, 322-pound RT with positional versatility. The franchise quarterback needs a cast of new bodyguards, and Le’Veon Bell, if not traded, needs a cast of new road graders.

12. Las Vegas Raiders
CeeDee Lamb (WR, Oklahoma)

Don't think Antonio Brown will get Derek Carr's passports – if Jon Gruden actually chooses to roll with Carr in Las Vegas. Chucky yearns for a 6-foot, 190-pound target that, while not elite in speed, has made comparisons with DeAndre Hopkins.

13. Indianapolis Colts
Jerry Jeudy (WR, Alabama)

GM Chris Ballard hands QB of the future and instead Jacoby Brissett gets an addition to T.Y. Hilton, who was a bit too fragile and will turn 31 in November. No one should expect Jeudy to be Marvin Harrison, but he is fast and an elite route runner. A duel cannot be ruled out because Ballard keeps his fingers crossed. LT Anthony Castonzo is not retiring.

Isaiah Simmons and Tristan ThrowsGetty Images, AP

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mekhi Becton (OT, Louisville)

After Jameis Winston's 30-interception season, coach Bruce Arians has to think about QB Jordan Love here, but in this scenario he hides behind our ascending 6-foot-7,368-pounder with the sweet feet either as a replacement or heir to RT Demar Dotson, who turns 35 in October.

15. Denver Broncos
Kristian Fulton (CB, LSU)

Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III. Could get John Ross going at Combine and coach Vic Fangio would be tempted to replace Drew Lock against Courtland Sutton with Emmanuel Sanders. And LT Garett Bolles doesn't seem to be a long-term answer. But CB Chris Harris Jr. is a free agent and Patrick Mahomes is on the program twice a year.