The only NFL mock draft you need in your life

Some mock drafts tell you what will happen, others tell you what should happen. This is the only mock draft that tells you what could happen. That’s how I began last year’s Mock Draft for The People, and it’s how I’ll begin this year’s as well, because you didn’t even read this introduction…

1. Jacksonville: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

He’s the best quarterback prospect in a decade and it isn’t particularly close. He’ll fit in any system you want to run: Air Raid, Shanahan-ian play-action, Wishbone, the playbook the Little Giants used—really, anything Rick Moranis can draw up. If you want to run it, it will work with Lawrence.

There are a lot of things that can happen between now and Thursday, but a potential chain of the events that causes Lawrence to fall from the top spot is limited to this specific scenario:

2. N.Y. Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

He’s not my choice as the draft’s second quarterback, but I understand why it makes sense for the Jets: 1) Mike LaFleur is bringing a Shanahanian offense to East Rutherford, and Wilson will often be working from the kind of spacious throwing platforms he enjoyed at BYU (which, along with his off-platform throwing, makes for an expansive offense). And 2) The Jets are still sitting on a warehouse full of Mark Sanchez-style headbands, so it’s about time they brought in someone who could put them to good use.