SportMap's Cody Stoots takes a look at the draft before free agency gets started

Cody Stoots' NFL mock draft 1.0

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My first go at a mock draft this year. This is a pre-free agency look and some of this picks will be rendered obsolete with the players added via free agency. That isn't going to stop me because after a little while in free agency we will do another one of these.

1. Arizona Cardinals - Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Can't see this playing out any other way right now.

2. San Francisco 49ers - Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State


3. New York Jets - Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Ditto again.

4. Oakland Raiders - D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Let's get wild Gruden. Metcalf was a monster at the combine and though Gruden is calling the shots there is still Davis blood at the top. There is almost no talent on the offense and this helps in that category. With two other picks in the first round there is room for error here. High risk, high reward.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Devin White, LB, LSU

The Buccaneers missed the chance to have a field general and tone setter at safety last year by passing on Derwin James. Different position but the missed result gets righted here. White can ball and Tampa needs ballers on the defense.

6. New York Giants - Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

I wanted to put a tackle here to protect Eli Manning since they're set on him being the quarterback but making sure the future is buttoned up is a necessity at this point.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars - T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

A new toy for Nick Foles and hopefully a player to help their rushing attack as well. They have invested heavily in the offense and the quarterback has held them back. It will be Nick Foles' job to make sure the quarterback isn't a huge negative for Jacksonville.

8. Detroit Lions - Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky

The Lions have to be jumping for joy this guy is still here.

9. Buffalo Bills - Rashan Gary, Edge, Michigan

Too much investment at defensive tackle to put Ed Oliver here. I almost thought about a tackle here but surely they can piece the spot together for another year to make sure they have a pass rusher for years to come.

10. Denver Broncos - Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

John Elway has disappointed a ton for the Broncos in the draft. The idea of pairing Greedy Williams with veteran cornerback Chris Harris seems like a situation even Elway can't mess up.

11. Cincinnati Bengals - Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

There needs to be a makeover on defense getting away from the dirty and poor linebacker play they have been known for in recent years. Bush is freak and will earn back respect with thump after thump patrolling the middle for the Bengals.

12. Green Bay Packers - Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State

There is an intense need to get better on defense and Burns' impressive combine has him flying up draft boards.

13. Miami Dolphins - Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Miami very well could be getting another Ryan Tannehill level quarterback but they have to start turning the page at the position.

14. Atlanta Falcons - Ed Oliver, DL, Houston

Biggest steal of the draft if this happens.

15. Washington Redskins - Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Williams' potential versatility helps with playing now and the age of their tackles makes his future secure protecting the unsure quarterback position going forward.

16. Carolina Panthers - Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

This helps Cam Newton stay durable and Christian McCaffrey get even better.

17. Cleveland Browns - Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

This has the potential to be a nasty tandem pairing Baker with last year's selection Denzel Ward.

18. Minnesota Vikings - Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

A nasty defensive lineman to help ease the pain of any potential cuts and a hole at defensive tackle.

19. Tennessee Titans - Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

I am sure Mike Vrabel can find a way to use him on his defense.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers - Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

Bud Dupree 2.0 is a potential outcome but pairing him with T.J. Watt could mean the Steelers are a formidable pass rushing team.

21. Seattle Seahawks - Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

Plug and play another good player on defense for Seattle. Seems like they consistently get good players dropping into their laps.

22. Baltimore Ravens - N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

There is no talent at the wideout position and Harry solves that.

23. Houston Texans - Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

Likely a dream scenario. I am betting on teams getting scared off from his lack of experience blocking in the run game allowing him to fall this far. The Texans couldn't get the card up there fast enough.

24. Oakland Raiders - Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

A safer selection than Metcalf but another talented player to assist in the rebuild.

25. Philadelphia Eagles - Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

This was one of the harder teams to peg. Alshon Jeffery has worked out just fine for the Eagles why not another South Carolina pass catcher.

26. Indianapolis Colts - Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Adding talent to the secondary is never a bad option especially when money spent on cornerbacks rarely works out so drafting one is a better option.

27. Oakland Raiders - Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

Two offensive players in the books so the Raiders have to go defense here. They've failed at safety in recent years so they try to right the ship in the secondary.

28. Los Angeles Chargers - Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

A nice player in a nice spot for the Chargers who keep adding to a nice defense.

29. Kansas City Chiefs - Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

They have to add defense and Layne has tremendous potential and size in a division loaded with impressive wideouts.

30. Green Bay Packers - Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma

Versatility gets him on the field early.

31. Los Angeles Rams - Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

Safety help with the safety turnover will be a popular thought for the Rams.

32. New England Patriots - Jachai Polite, Edge, Florida

Before the combine he was a high pick and he will still be in the first round when he falls right into the lap of the Patriots.

54. Houston Texans - Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

There has to be more talent in the cornerback room for the Texans and Love is a dynamic player. He was a huge key for the Irish and could start being a key for the Texans.

55. Houston Texans - Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M

There is no reason Nick Martin shouldn't be pushed. While Garrett Bradbury would be the ideal selection he will be long gone before this spot. The next center off the board should be McCoy. I don't know if he could usurp Martin right away but push him and maybe the other guards from the start of camp would be a welcome sight.

86. Houston Texans - Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois

I would love to say Michigan defensive lineman Chase Winovich is here and the Texans snatched him up to be a versatile defensive weapon but I believe he will be gone. Adding beef to the middle making the linebacker's job a bit easier and maybe even stealing some pass rush from the middle of the defensive line.

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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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