THE Z-REPORT

Lance Zierlein's final mock draft

Alabama RB Josh Jacobs. Photo via: Alabama/Facebook

1. Cardinals- Kyler Murray Oklahoma

There has been a lot of talk about will they or won't they.... but they will.

2. 49ers- Nick Bosa Ohio State

One of the prospects with the highest floors goes second to a team who loves to take defensive linemen.

3. Jets- Quinnen Williams Alabama

The Jets could try to move out of this pick, but with no takers, they take my top-rated player of 2019.

4. Raiders- Ed Oliver Houston

This is a bit of surprise but it's believed the Raiders carry a high grade on the explosive interior penetrator

5. Buccaneers- Devin White LSU

This one should come down to Devin White against Josh Allen, and we'll take a shot that it's the alpha linebacker.

6. Giants- Josh Allen Kentucky

The Giants could be looking to scoop up either White or Allen if they fall to 6th. Of course there is that QB thing too.

7. Jaguars- Jawaan Taylor Florida

Tough call here between Hockenson and Taylor, but Taylor is physical and will get the running game cranked up.

8. TRADE- Redskins- Dwayne Haskins Ohio State

The Lions want to move out and the Redskins want Haskins so this trade would make plenty of sense.

9. Bills- T.J. Hockenson Iowa

The Bills would be very happy to see Hockenson fall to them here. If he's gone, then Jonah Williams could be the guy.

10. Broncos- Devin Bush Michigan

The Broncos are a tough read, but they have an opening at inside linebacker and this is a weak year outside of the top two.

11. Bengals- Montez Sweat Miss State

Montez Sweat is said to have some love from the Bengals and this could be one of the surprise picks of the early portion of the draft.

12. Packers- Andre Dillard Washington State

The Packers could go in a number of directions, but ultimately may ask Dillard to slide to the right side to help the protection

13. Dolphins- Christian Wilkins Clemson

The Dolphins defensive line coach was Wilkins college coach for his first two years, so this could be an easy sell.

14. Falcons- Jonah Williams Alabama 

Williams offers versatility up and down the offensive line and would help opening up run lanes once again.

15. TRADE- Lions- Clelin Ferrell Clemson 

The Lions have a need along the edge and Ferrell fits a similar mold of what Matt Patricia worked with in New England at DE.

16. Panthers- Rashan Gary Michigan

The torn labrum causes him to slide, but not beyond the edge needy Panthers.

17. Giants- Daniel Jones Duke

The Giants get their quarterback of the future whether Giants fans like it or not.

18. Vikings- Cody Ford Oklahoma

The Vikings could end up seeing Ford as a tackle/guard prospect who offers additional value because of his flexibility.

19. Titans- Brian Burns Florida State 

The FSU speedster gives the Titans an edge burner (pun intended) to attack the likes of Watson, Luck and Foles.

20. Steelers- Greedy Williams LSU

The Steelers could go in a number of directions - even at CB - however, I'll take the best of the bunch here.

21. Seahawks- DK Metcalf Ole Miss

Seattle has love for height, weight and speed and they happen to have a need for those traits at outside receiver.

22. Ravens- Garrett Bradbury NC State

Bradbury to the Ravens might be a perfect scenario for an offense that needs interior blocking.

23. Texans- Greg Little Ole Miss

The Texans need both cornerback and tackle so this is a difficult choice, but let's take one of the few left tackles in this draft.

24. Raiders- Josh Jacobs Alabama

With Marshawn Lynch calling it quits, this might be an easy card for the Raiders to run up to the podium.

25. Eagles- Darnell Savage Maryland

The Maryland ballhawk has been a red-hot name in NFL circles of late and the Eagles could take him to invigorate the backend.

26. Colts- Jeffery Simmons Miss State

Chris Ballard loves drafting in the trenches. He also believes in patience and process. He steals one of the best players in the draft here.

27. Raiders- Marquise Brown Oklahoma

"Hollywood" is smaller than some teams would like, but he's also game-ready and able to attack all three levels of the field.

28. Chargers- Byron Murphy Washington

He's under 6'0 and he runs a 4.55, but Murphy is extremely instinctive and as tough as you want them at corner.

29. Seahawks- Dexter Lawrence Clemson

Big Dexter is still raw but has elite size and potential with more experience.

30. Packers- Noah Fant Iowa

While the Packers need a wide receiver, Fant might be too tough to pass up on as he's basically a big receiver in the slot.

31. Rams- Chris Lindstrom Boston College

Hard-nosed grinder who can thrive in a variety of run schemes. The Rams want to upgrade the guard spot and he should do it.

32. Patriots- Drew Lock Missouri

Pats grab a QB to learn behind Brady.

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ROCKETS BEAT THUNDER

Rockets blast Thunder in home opener, 124-91

Rockets take care of business in home opener. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images.

The Houston Rockets had an impressive outing versus the Oklahoma City Thunder after an embarrassing loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. They took care of business at home on Friday night, which was a surprising blowout. The Rockets didn't have to worry about Karl-Anthony Towns screaming at Alperen Sengun or Anthony Edwards telling Coach Silas to call a timeout. Instead, they took their frustrations out on the Thunder (another younger core).

"We responded and bounced back from that game 1," Silas said. "I wouldn't say it was taking anything out. It was just learning and applying to what you learn and that's going to be us this year. Applying to what you learn and getting better and having some games like we had the other day. Veteran teams have some games when they don't play as well they want."

Christian Wood led the way, as he controlled the paint on all aspects with rebounding and putbacks. He played an incredible game after having a poor performance versus the Timberwolves. Silas showed complete trust in allowing Wood to open sets, as he walked the ball down the court several times, and in transition too. Wood became aggressive on the perimeter with open shooting and tough shots, and long strides towards the rim. He finished the night with 31 points and 13 rebounds off 66 percent shooting from the field.

The young core for the Thunder had a tough night defending Wood from every aspect. Hopefully, he keeps this play up. Silas loved the space that was created throughout the game for Wood, which included the help from Eric Gordon, as he continued to play better. Wood continues to develop underneath the Silas umbrella. He had a great feel for off-the-dribble shooting a few times. Wood becomes more dangerous when space is created on the court.

"It allows me to show what I can do. It allows the floor to be open and I can create for other guys and create for myself," Wood said.

As Gordon continues to impress, his teammate Kevin Porter Jr was amazed with his performance.

Gordon looked marvelous inside and outside of the paint, as it looked like a time ripple. The younger guards of the Thunder had a tough time staying in front of Gordon. His size and strength gave the Thunder a huge problem. Gordon is shooting the ball better too, as he is shooting the three-ball at 70 percent this season. Although it's a small sample size, Gordon is trying to overcome his shooting struggles from last year. Gordon finished with 22 points on 66 percent shooting versus the Thunder.

"EG is the biggest part of this squad," Porter said. He comes in and just scores. We need somebody off the bench to do that. He is our guy when me and J come out, it's EG time and he knows that, and comes in aggressive. So much energy on the bench, and we need that every night from him if we want a chance to win."

As I recently mentioned Porter, his facilitation did look better versus the Thunder than the Timberwolves. Porter had nine turnovers in his first game but managed to have two Friday night. He made great slip passes and found open teammates in the open corner. Porter forced a good number of passes versus the Timberwolves but looked more relaxed Friday night. The hardest position in the NBA is the point guard position, but Silas will not allow Porter to fail. Instead of nine turnovers, Porter dished out nine assists. Silas said:

"Bounce back right, going from nine turnovers to nine assists… I think he had two turnovers tonight, which is great. He is making plays for his teammates, and he was really focused."

Porter's shiftiness and creative ability allowed his teammates to get open looks near the rim. He had 18 points because of his step-back threes and first step going towards the basket. Thankfully, Porter is a great ball handler, which confuses defenders on different spots on the court. It's almost like watching a ballerina skate on ice in the Olympics. Hopefully, his confidence continues to get better throughout the year. Porter shot the three-ball at 50 percent tonight. Efficiency is key for Porter this year.

"I'm just trying to let the game slow down," Porter said. "I had a lot of turnovers last game and I just wanted to piggyback and learn from them and learn from some of my forced passes and reads. And sometimes I still force it a little bit. My guys hate that, and sometimes I'm still passive and I'm working on that. When to pass and score and bounce it out, and tonight I felt like I did a good job of that."

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