NFL Mock Draft: Raiders trade up for QB, 6 WRs are taken, and Bo Nix heads to Atlanta

In a draft class overflowing with talent, today’s mock draft examines some interesting team-prospect fits. The Raiders trade up while the Falcons stand firm and select Bo Nix. Plus, several wide receivers fly off the board!
Oregon   s Bo Nix and coach Dan Lanning embrace before the game against Oregon State at Autzen
Oregon s Bo Nix and coach Dan Lanning embrace before the game against Oregon State at Autzen / Chris Pietsch/The Register Guard / USA
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No. 14: Los Angeles Rams — Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

Jared Verse wins with power as a pass rusher, utilizing a dominant burst with violent hands. He’s a plus defender in the running game and has shown steady improvement at his multiple stops in college. Pairing Verse with Byron Young is a recipe for success for years to come in LA.

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No. 15: Cincinnati Bengals — J.C. Latham, OT, Alabama

Could the Bengals invest even more in the offensive line? That answer should be an easy yes. Sure, a ton of money and draft resources have already been spent on the group, but that doesn’t matter if the quality of play remains mediocre. J.C. Latham possesses more upside in his pinky finger than anyone currently rostered.

No. 16: Buffalo Bills — Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

The Bills swung and missed on Kaiir Elam recently, but that shouldn’t dissuade them from taking Nate Wiggins. With Wiggins, Buffalo gets an uber-competitive and uber-talented cornerback who can make fans forget about the Elam misstep. He displays 4.3 speed on tape and an ever-improving ability in man coverage.

No. 17: Arizona Cardinals (via HOU) — Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

After addressing the defense earlier in this mock draft, Kyler Murray gets a weapon. Keon Coleman profiles as a DeAndre Hopkins type of pass catcher — but get this, Coleman is an astonishing three inches taller. That shows up in jump-ball situations, but the FSU star is a return man for special teams as well, highlighting his overall athleticism.

No. 18: Denver Broncos — Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State

The Broncos have an underrated defense, but infusing Chop Robinson into the fold could elevate the unit as a whole. Robinson is an old-school type of pass rusher, using strength and impeccable pad level to terrorize his assignments. Not many in the class are as natural at getting into the opposing backfield.

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No. 19: Atlanta Falcons — Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

Full disclosure: my list of first-round quarterbacks begins and ends after the first three names in this mock draft. Still, Bo Nix has shown enough to merit Day 1 consideration. For the Falcons, he presents a higher-upside than Desmond Ridder, and frankly, that’s enough to pull the trigger.