9. Denver Broncos: Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
Matt Corral injured his ankle in the bowl game for Ole Miss which highlighted why so many players set for the NFL elect not to play in those games. While the injury proved not to be too serious, he still proved he was willing to take a risk to be out there with his teammates, which will impress some scouts.
In this mock, he ends up still being the first signal-caller coming off the board as the Denver Broncos decide they need to try again to get better under center. Sure, they have swung and missed with Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch, and Drew Lock, but they have to keep trying. Don’t they?
10. New York Jets (via Seattle Seahawks): DeMarvin Leal, EDGE, Texas A&M
Pick No. 4 in this draft went to the New York Jets and they’re now back on the clock at No. 10. This is the second of two first-round picks added in the Jamal Adams trade — and it’s the second season in a row they ended up with two picks in the opening round.
Last year was all about offense as they took Zach Wilson and Alijah Vera-Tucker but this season becomes all about defense. After adding Derek Stingley, they now go for a defensive lineman in DeMarvin Leal.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 290-pounds, Leal is a massive lineman who can move around a lot. Robert Saleh had that in DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead during his time with the 49ers and adds a player with a similar skillset here.