My first mock of the year is a reflection of the draft stock for top-100-level prospects after the all-star game circuit and before the NFL Scouting Combine (March 1-4 on NFL Network).
Teams will set their own draft boards before heading to the combine so that they attach values to players before the athletic testing begins. While the combine results are an important part of the evaluation process, establishing a grade for players based on their game tape is key, lest those fast 40-yard dashes supersede what we've seen from guys during their college careers.
The 95 selections listed here (the Giants used their third-round selection on former Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal in the 2018 supplemental draft) take into account team needs prior to free agency, as well as the talent of the prospects. Free agency, which begins on March 13, will obviously alter the outlook for team needs.
Best player. No. 1 pick. Pretty simple.
Allen's the pass rusher the Jets have long sought.
I expect the Bucs to move down from this spot, eventually picking Bruce Arians' new David Johnson.
Haskins and Saquon Barkley together would be fun to watch.
Lock has been inconsistent, but so was Josh Allen -- the seventh overall pick last year -- coming out of college.
Replacing Ziggy Ansah, who's expected to depart in free agency, is a must for Detroit.
Taylor steps in to help protect second-year quarterback Josh Allen.
Picking behind at least two teams with quarterback needs, John Elway will have to either trade up to land his guy or take whichever top signal-caller is available at No. 10 if he wants to improve the Broncos' QB situation via the draft.
Sweat fills a void by adding strength and agility off the edge.
Washington could play Williams at guard or tackle.
[Thomas Davis](/player/thomasdavis/2506352/profile) will not return [to the Panthers in 2019](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001009391/article/davis-wont-return-to-panthers-intends-to-play-in-19), leaving a void at LB. Could the talented White fall to the middle of the first round like [Tremaine Edmunds](/player/tremaineedmunds/2560713/profile) did last year? </content:power-ranking>
If the quarterbacks don't go early in Round 1, Wilkins will probably be off the board before this pick. However, if there's an early run on passers, there will be some bargains, like Wilkins at No. 17.
Oliver's lack of size and length will hurt his stock, but this pick will ultimately prove to be a steal.
[Luke Stocker](/player/lukestocker/2495234/profile) is due to become a free agent and [Delanie Walker](/player/delaniewalker/2495966/profile) is coming off a severe ankle injury, so Tennessee goes with a tight end here. </content:power-ranking>
Abram will fill in nicely for Eric Weddle if the team decides to part ways with the veteran this offseason.
Free agency could leave the cupboard pretty bare for Oakland at cornerback, so Baker lands here to fill the void.
If Haloti Ngata, who's due to become a free agent, doesn't return, Lawrence would be a good replacement.
Adderley's toughness and coverage skills are earning him first-round grades.
[Dee Ford](/player/deeford/2543494/profile) is due to hit the market, so there might be a spot for Polite in Kansas City. </content:power-ranking>