NFL Notebook: Two good edge options should be there for Patriots at No. 23

Now that free agency has sufficiently concluded, it's time to go heavy into the draft. Following up our first mock draft from about a month ago, we've had some shakeups in the top 10 and bloom is coming off some of the quarterbacks, who will get taken anyway. And while we provide another option for the Patriots at 23 who reminds us of a former first-round pick of theirs, we ended up in the same place.


1. Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

By far the best quarterback prospect in this draft class. If the Bengals have any hope, Burrow is the type of player and leader who can turn a franchise around. Accuracy is his best asset.

2. Redskins: Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State

I don't see the Dolphins trading up here for Tua Tagovailoa but stranger things have happened. People underestimate just how impactful Young can be against the run and the pass.

3. Lions: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Lions need to play man coverage for Matt Patricia's scheme to work — remember all those Patriots defenses before 2014? — and Okudah has all the traits of a shutdown CB.

4. Giants: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

My first change from my first mock draft (had OT Tristan Wirfs here). I just can't shake how bad the Giants were on defense last year and Simmons is the type of playmaker — who can really play any position on the — that is too good to pass up.

5. Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama

I'm choosing not to believe the Justin Herbert smokescreen for now. I think the Dolphins go Tua and they might trade up to get him. Going with Herbert will set the Dolphins back another decade.

6. Chargers: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

Another shakeup for me. Passing up Justin Herbert because GM Tom Telesco loves to be different and if you add the massive Becton and have Bryan Bulaga at his natural RT spot, the Chargers suddenly have the makings of a really good line.

7. Panthers: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Could be the best overall player in this draft class and addresses a big need with Gerald McCoy, Vernon Butler and Mario Addison out the door in free agency.

8. Cardinals: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Had CeeDee Lamb joining his college teammate Kyler Murray here but after the trade for DeAndre Hopkins, protecting Murray better is the top priority (and that line is bad). OTs Jedrick Wills, Josh Jones and Andrew Thomas are also possible. Pick your flavor.

9. Jaguars: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Jeudy is the best receiver in this draft without question and Jacksonville needs to give Gardner Minshew something to work with.

10. Browns: Josh Jones, OT, Houston

The Moneyball Browns have to get better on the line and Jones will pair nicely with RT Jack Conklin.