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OutKick Listener Mock Draft Yields Interesting, But Promising Results

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OutKick founder Clay Travis hosted the fifth annual OutKick listener mock draft on his radio show, OutKick the Coverage, Thursday morning. The first several picks were produced in-house, but then loyal listeners were able to get in and make a few predictions of their own.

If a selection is too outlandish, one of the crew has the ability to “throw a flag” in order to preserve at least some semblance of accuracy — come on, who really wants to see Feleipe Franks go top 10, outside of Feleipe Franks and his family? It adds an interesting wrinkle to the process, but a much-needed one.

Overall, there were a couple hiccups with players being taken twice, but Clay and company were able to keep things straight and get projections for all 32 of the first-round picks. So what were the results? Check ’em out:

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

2. New York Jets – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

3. San Francisco 49ers – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

4. Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

5. Cincinnati Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

6. Miami Dolphins – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

7. Detroit Lions – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

This is where callers were able to get in on the action. Some interesting, but promising results here.

8. Carolina Panthers – Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

9. Denver Broncos – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

10. Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

11. New York Giants – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

12. Philadelphia Eagles – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

13. Los Angeles Chargers – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

14. Minnesota Vikings – Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami

15. New England Patriots – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

16. Arizona Cardinals – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

17. Las Vegas Raiders – Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

18. Miami Dolphins – Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia

19. Washington Football Team – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

20. Chicago Bears – Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern

21. Indianapolis Colts – Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington

Since he has plenty of familiarity with the team, Clay made the pick for the Titans. And I’d say he made a solid choice with pass-catchers Corey Davis, Adam Humphries and Jonnu Smith all gone.

22. Tennessee Titans – Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

23. New York Jets – Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

25. Jacksonville Jaguars – Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

26. Cleveland Browns – Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

This is where things got really interesting. It’s the final stretch, and a lot of players have been taken so far. A few listeners tried to double dip with players such as Jaelen Phillips and Najee Harris, but the record was set straight and picks were made.

27. Baltimore Ravens – Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

28. New Orleans Saints – Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

29. Green Bay Packers – Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

30. Buffalo Bills – Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

31. Baltimore Ravens – Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama

Several things stood out to me with this mock, but two stand above the rest: 1) Alex Leatherwood going to Cleveland, even though their offensive line looks set already and 2) offensive tackles Christian Darrisaw and Teven Jenkins falling out of the first round.

Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley dropping to Day 2 might shock some, but with his back concerns, it’s possible.

Still, our loyal OutKick listeners did a great job overall. I think a vast majority of the picks are reasonable and within the realm of possibility, which is why we’re hoping to get at least eight of them right. That would be a new record for the OutKick listener mock draft.

Buckle up, folks. It’s finally here.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. If Pitts and Chase are gone by #6 I wonder if Miami will take Sewell instead of the best WR left(in a great WR class). It would be strange, in most years, to have that many pass-catchers go before the best left tackle in the draft.

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