ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay provided his latest mock draft just days before the real thing takes place in New York City on Thursday. A blockbuster trade also took place involving New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis in exchange for the No. 13 overall pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With that in mind, here is McShay’s latest projection for the AFC East:
Buffalo Bills, No. 8
McShay’s pick: Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib
Analysis: I don’t know about this one. I debated Nassib at No. 8 to the Bills on Twitter Monday, and it seems some Bills fans are fine with this move. Nassib is projected by most to be a second-rounder. But there is enough smoke out there to believe the Bills are considering Nassib at No. 8 overall, which could make him the first quarterback off the board. Nassib played for Bills rookie head coach Doug Marrone at Syracuse and Buffalo has scouted him heavily. Taking Nassib at No. 8 would put a ton of pressure on him and the Bills. McShay thinks it will happen on Thursday.
New York Jets, No. 9 and No. 13
Analysis: This would be a good first round for the Jets and a nice way to start their long rebuild. The Jets have two first-round picks thanks to the Revis trade. Mingo and Austin are two players who can contribute immediately. They can also provide a new foundation for the Jets as their fans start to move on from Revis Island.
Miami Dolphins, No. 12
McShay’s pick: Alabama G Chance Warmack
Analysis: The Dolphins need a left tackle more than a guard. But left tackles Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson were all off the board in the top four picks. Therefore, McShay sees Miami taking Warmack, who is viewed as one of the best guard prospects in the past several years. Warmack can start right away for Miami. But the team could have filled some other holes here, preferably on defense.
New England Patriots, No. 29
McShay’s pick: UCLA DE Datone Jones
Analysis: I would prefer for New England to take a wide receiver here. For example, USC’s Robert Woods was still on the board here. But McShay sees the Patriots taking Jones at defensive end. The Patriots also took defensive end Chandler Jones in the first round last year and need depth at the position. Regardless, New England should be able to get a quality player this late in the first round due to a deep draft.