Mock Draft

By: Kipp Branch news services

Everyone who loves the NFL can come up with their own mock draft.

Draft junkies, like Mel Kiper Jr., have made a nice career out of player projections and mock drafts.

I’m delivering my first annual Kipp Branch official mock draft.

I use the word official because I’m just dumb enough to put this in writing so I can be graded against it. Here goes the KB Top Ten NFL Mock Draft with trades factored in:


First Round


Pick 1: The Jacksonville Jaguars select the best QB prospect in the history of QB prospects Trevor Lawrence from Clemson.

Lawrence will be handed the keys to the city of Jacksonville and the surrounding community will suffer from a lack of local barbers because every young man within 150 miles of Jacksonville will refuse to get their hair cut ever again. Long hair will the cool fad in North Florida and South Georgia.

Lawrence will lead this franchise to a Super Bowl by 2025.

Pick 2: The NY Jets select Zach Wilson QB from BYU.

This pick is set in stone after Sam Donald was traded to the Carolina Panthers.

I feel sorry for Wilson because he is about to get thrown to the wolves. The Jets are struggling and the New York sports media eats young QB’s alive.

Good luck Zach you need all the help you can get.

Pick 3: The San Francisco 49ers select, and yes, I’m calling it, Mac Jones from Alabama.

Jones reminds me a lot of Joe Montana coming out of college and San Fran is the perfect landing spot for Jones.

This will go down as a great pick 5-10 years from now.

Pick 4: The Atlanta Falcons want to draft Kyle Pitts from Florida, but they don’t want to draft him this high so they trade with the Denver Broncos and move back to pick 9.

The Broncos select Justin Fields QB from Ohio State.

The Drew Lock experiment is over in Denver. Fields takes over in Denver on day 1.

Pick 5: Remember the Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase combination at LSU in 2019.

Well, this duo is about to be reunited in Cincy. Bengals take the best WR in the draft with Chase.

Pick 6: The Miami Dolphins select Devonta Smith WR from Alabama.

The Heisman winner gives Miami a playmaker that they need. The Dolphins are all in on Tua so you better get him some weapons.

Pick 7: My Detroit Lions need everything and I mean everything.

Is Jared Goff the answer at QB? Hell no he is not, but there are bigger needs.

The WR position has been gutted; wait, the phone rings and it is Jerry Jones of the Cowboys who offers the Lions some draft capital to move back to pick 10.

The Lions accept and the Cowboys select CB Patrick Surtain II from Alabama to address that horrendous secondary.

Pick 8: The Carolina Panthers select Penei Sewell, the best OL in the draft. Perfect fit for Sewell with Carolina trading for Sam Darnold. A protect our investment pick.

Pick 9: After trading down with the Broncos the Atlanta Falcons get the guy they wanted all along and that is Kyle Pitts TE from Florida.

Pitts will be a monster matchup problem for opposing teams. Great pick by Atlanta.

Pick 10: My Detroit Lions after trading down with Dallas take WR Jaylen Waddle from Alabama to replace often injured Kenny Golliday, who left via free agency.

Bonus Pick-Pick 11: The Chicago Bears trade with the NY. Giants and land in at #11 and select Trey Lance QB of North Dakota State.

Lance develops into a superstar to go along with that defense and the Bears become a beast in the NFC over the next decade.

There you have it folks. Zero chance at being correct, but it is fun to speculate.