Round 1, pick 16
University of Alabama WR Devonta Smith
I took Smith in the second round of my last mock draft, which you can find below, and this time I didn’t want to risk him falling out of my grasp.
Smith is a dynamic possession receiver who showcased his talent this past weekend against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Smith posted a stat line of 11 receptions, 203 yards, and 4 TDs in Bama’s 41-0 thrashing of Mississippi State.
By no means is Mississippi State a good team this season, posting a 1-4 record in Mike Leach‘s first season, Smith is an absolute baller. With this being the first week that fellow projected first round pick wideout Jaylen Waddle is missing, Smith could be in line to continue to see a large target share.
A good comparison for Smith was difficult to come up with, but after watching the Mississippi State game and seeing his ability as a number 1 wideout it was clear to me. DeVonta Smith is comparable, and can be equally as good, as the Green Bay Packer wideout Devante Adams. Both wideouts feature a similar possession wideout skill set with speed and great route running. While Smith is lighter than Adams, weighing 175 Lbs in his senior season, he will more than likely be forced to add weight at the Pro level.
Add his skill set with the experience he already has with Tua Tagovailoa, and you could have an absolute steal with the 16th overall selection.
Round 2, pick 35
University of Alabama RB Najee Harris
Harris has been in every mock draft I have written up so far. For the obvious reasons that Harris is an elite running back who should absolutely be the first running back off the board. Through 5 games so far this season at Bama, Harris has rushed for over 100 yards three times, but in the two games he was held below the century mark he scored 2+ touchdowns.
In my original mock draft, I had Harris slated at 13, which may have been a tad early, for the reasons below I am still taking him in the early second.
"Pick 13 might be early for running back, but Najee Harris has shown shades of Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry, another former Crimson Tide player. At 6’2” 229 Lbs, Harris is a punishing running who does not give up speed for power. With an offensive line that has been trending up the past few weeks, giving them a running back that can produce through contact is vital. Harris is also big enough to be an asset as a pass blocker, and is also a viable pass catcher"
My clear and obvious comparison continues to be Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry. The two backs are absolute bruisers and paired with current starting running back Myles Gaskin, the duo could be one of the most dangerous tandems in all of football.