1. Jaguars – Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Michigan
Jags go pass rusher over pass protector with the first overall pick, they take the cleanest player in the draft.
2. Lions – Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
The talk of him slipping outside the top 5 is a narrative I can’t get behind. His attributes are off the charts and with the ion of Penei Sewell last year, the Lions have all the background narrative they need to take him second overall.
3. Texans – Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Corner, Cincinnati
Ranked 31st overall on D, they need help there over tackle.
4. Jets – Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia
Saleh knows how important a strong defensive front is from his time in San Francisco. Walker has all the attributes you’d want, with added versatility. Getting him and Lawson back, Saleh will finally have his complete 4 man front.
5. Giants – Evan Neal, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
We have come full circle and it’s Neal that is the first tackle off the board like he was back in January. Nick Saban and Brian Daboll would have communicated a lot on this pick and the Giants will know exactly what they are getting to fix their offensive line problem.
6. Panthers – Ikem Ekwonu, Offensive Tackle, NC State
Panthers have struggled at the left tackle spot ever since Jordan Cross retired, in fact they’ve had 10 different starters. With the ion of Ekwonu, the game plan is still functional and when I say game plan, I mean the Christian McCaffrey show.
7. Giants – Jermaine Johnson, Edge, Florida State
Giants have lacked pressure off the edge ever since they lost Pierre-Paul. So Johnson here after Neal at 5 makes a tonne of sense.
8. Falcons – Malik Willis, Quarterback, Liberty
The Watson/Ryan mess is now over and the franchise has to turn over a new leaf. The Georgia kid stays at home as the Franchise has a new face and they didn’t have to give up the farm to do it.
9. Saints – Charles Cross, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi State
Saints receive picks 9 and 72
Seahawks get pick 16, 49 and a 2023 3rd
Armstead is arguably one of the biggest losses this offseason so getting a new left tackle is a priority. With a likely comp pick coming for Armstead next year they basically use that plus this year’s 2nd to get the slick pass protector. The perfect landing spot for Cross as the Saints always get aggressive on draft day, when they want someone.
10. Jets – Derek Stingley Jr. Corner, LSU
The Jets showed their hand somewhat going after Tyreek Hill, but they were never going to part with pick 10. That makes me believe receiver may not be in play here but later at pick 35. Instead they take Stingley who is back in the top ten after a superb pro day, showing off what made him one of the top prospects in this draft.
11. Commanders – Kyle Hamilton, Safety, Notre Dame
Just put on the tape, forget the noise. This boy is awesome and the Commanders rush to the podium to the Notre Dame safety.
12. Vikings – Garrett Wilson, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
Vikings new HC Kevin O’Connell will know the importance of elite weapons coming over from the OC job with the Rams. They seem to be all in on Cousins, and nothing says that more than surrounding your QB with weapons.
13. Chiefs – Jameson Williams, Wide Receiver, Alabama
Chiefs receive pick 13
Texans receive picks 29, 50 and 121
Just like Seattle, we have to wait a little longer to find out the names we are putting to the Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson trades. The Chiefs losing Tyreek is huge and you just cant replace him, but Williams is the closest thing in the draft that does.
14. Ravens – Jordan Davis, Interior Defensive Line, Georgia
If Davis is here like in this scenario, I just can’t see how the Ravens don’t take him. The freaky Davis would be a stud in Baltimore with the kind of set up they have there.
15. Eagles – Trevor Penning, Offensive Tackle, Northern Iowa
Eagles are still a dark horse to move up or down in the first round, but In this scenario I have them sticking and ing Penning. I’m not sure Dillard is going to be much in Philly and with Lane Johnson not getting any younger, they strike to make sure the have a solid starting tackle going forward in the future.
16. Seahawks – Matt Corral Quarterback, Ole Miss
Here me out.
The Seahawks have a clear need at the position so it’s not a shock that after the trade down it’s a QB. But what may surprise some is that it’s Corral. Corral comes from a Lane Kiffin offence, who worked under Carroll multiple times, who himself worked under Lane’s dad, Monte. Carroll would have been bending the ears of Dad and son to find out if Matt Corral has what it takes to be Seahawks new QB and this ion solidifies that.
17. Packers – Drake London, Wide Receiver, USC
Packers receive picks 17 and 123
Chargers receive picks 22 and 59
The day has finally arrived. Green Bay takes a wide receiver in the first round and moves up to do it.
18. Eagles – Dax Hill, Defensive Back, Michigan
Eagles have some holes at corner and safety. Hill offers versatility and the ability to never come off the field. Day 1 starter for the eagles secondary.
19. Saints – Desmond Ridder, Quarterback, Cincinnati
This guy has been killing it in the league interviews. 44 career wins, excellent athlete and shooting up draft boards. After the move with the Eagles, the Saints now have their franchise LT and hopefully franchise QB of the future. The Saints made sure they stayed ahead of Pittsburg to take their guy.
20. Steelers – Kenny Pickett, Quarterback, Pittsburgh
Call me sentimental but Kenny Pickett not even having to move lockers from college to the pros is fairy tale stuff. Dream move for him.
21. Patriots – Devin Lloyd, Linebacker, Utah
Patriots are always a wild card, so expect the unexpected come draft day. Here I have them taking a Lloyd who would fit like a glove in New England.
22. Chargers – Kenyon Green, Offensive Guard, Texas A&M
After the move down getting that second pick on day 2, they address the Oline with the versatile and experienced Green. Played both guard and tackle positions at points for Texas A&M. He’s an immediate starter at RG, but with potential at RT or LG, if they move over the impressive Matt Feiler to the right tackle spot, which has been suggested.
23. Cardinals – George Karlaftis, Edge, Purdue
Cardinals did nothing in free agency, which is why they are hard to mock. That said there is no bigger hole than the one Chandler Jones left in Arizona.
24. Cowboys – Zion Johnson, Offensive Guard, Boston college
The Cowboys Oline has never been more depleted. Time for reinforcements.
25. Bills – Trent McDuffie, Corner, Washington
The Bills have the luxury of taking the best player available and for me that’s Trent.
It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. Perfect fit for McDermotts cover 3 scheme.
26. Bears – Chris Olave, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
Bears receive pick 26
Titans receive picks 39 and 71
Bears trade into the first for a wide receiver, and one that Justin Fields knows very well. A Perfect outcome for Fields as he looks to grow in that new offence.
27. Buccaneers – Devonte Wyatt, Interior Defensive Line, Georgia
With Todd Bowles the new HC, this pick seems fitting. Great pick at the end of round 1.
28. Packers – Bernhard Raimann, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan
The Packers take protection at 28. With Jenkins coming off an ACL, Turner and Patrick now on other teams, the Packers would be wise to take the athletic tackle to help sturdy up the line.
29. Texans – Treylon Burks, Wide Receiver, Arkansas
After the trade down the Texans get an alpha at receiver to go with Cooks and last year’s third round pick Nico Collins to create a great room for Mills to have as a group of weapons.
30. Chiefs – Arnold Ebiketie, Edge, Penn State
The Chiefs take much needed pressure off the edge. Ebikete is long, twitchy and with Spagnuolo a heavy blitzer on third down, Ebikete offers a strong option for the game plan.
31. Bengals – Andrew Booth, Corner, Clemson
Every mock was all set to give Burrow protection until they went out and signed three starters. Corner is now the clear need and Booth is the best on the board.
32. Lions – Nakobe Dean, Linebacker, Georgia
Dean was the heart and soul of the bulldog defense, but his frame will put a lot of teams off. Dan Campbell tho is all about character, leadership, ownership and instincts, which Dean has in abundance.
33. Jags – Tyler Linderbaum, Center, Iowa
Brandon Linder didn’t take long to replace. Lawrence could do with a rock solid centre to continue his development.
34. Seahawks – Kaiir Elam, Corner, Florida
Seahawks receive pick 34
Lions receive picks 40 and 109
Seahawks move up to get the premier corner. Elam offers all the attributes Carroll loves and with both safeties locked up long term, he adds another piece with the 6’2 corner to try and recreate that old Legion of Boom unit.
35. Jets – Christian Watson Wide Receiver, North Dakota State
The Jets land some speed and an outside WR in one. Great complement to Davis and Elijah Moore.
36. Giants – Lewis Cine, Safety, Georgia
Brian Daboll has come over from Buffalo where they rely on strong safety play, so grabbing a safety at the top of round 2 would be my guess
37. Texans – Boye Mafe, Edge, Minnesota
Lovie smith takes his edge guy after Sauce and Burks in round 1. Versatile and his relentless motor will appeal to the Texans here.
38. Jets – Tyler Smith, Offensive Tackle, Tulsa
Joe Douglas continues to add pieces to this offensive line. Smith is a bulldozer in the run game and with huge concerns on Becton’s fitness, he can slot in at tackle or guard to continue his development.
39. Titans – Quay Walker, Linebacker, Georgia
Walker makes it the sixth defensive Georgia bulldog to be drafted in the top 40.
40. Lions – Jaquan Brisker, Safety, Penn State
Another great addition to what Campbell is building in Detroit.
41. Seahawks – Breece Hall, Running Back, Iowa State
Seahawks grab the premier running back in the class.
42. Colts – Jahan Dotson, Wide Receiver, Penn State
If a tackle falls, I would expect them to invest on the line, but with no clear cut guy I’ve taken the best player available, which also is a great compliment to Pitman and Campbell.
43. Falcons – David Ojabo, Edge, Michigan
It’s the Falcons that stop the fall of the hugely talented Ojabo, who without that Pro Day injury would be long gone by now.
44. Browns – Travis Jones, Interior Defensive Line, Connecticut
Travis Jones shot up draft boards during the senior bowl. For me he’s a top 50 lock and a great pick up for the Browns who could do with some inside pressure.
45. Ravens – Kyler Gordon, Corner, Washington
Ravens take the best player available here. Gordon offers the ability to play inside and out and will be great depth behind Humphrey and Peters.
46. Vikings – Jalen Pitre, Safety, Baylor
Pitre would slot straight in along Smith at the safety position giving them the tandem they missed last year with the departure of Anthony Harris.
47. Commanders – Skyy Moore, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan
I’d be shocked if Washington didn’t come away with a receiver high in the draft. They need to give Wentz another target other than the reliable Mclaurin.
48. Bears – Logan Hall, Defensive Line, Houston
Matt Eberflus and Alan Williams will love how this guy’s skills translate into their new scheme.
49. Seahawks – Christian Harris, Linebacker, Alabama
I love Harris, he’s going to have a long career in the NFL and the Seahawks see his talents as too good to pass up here at 49.
50. Texans – Kenneth Walker, Running Back, Michigan State
Texans see there is a clear gap between Walker and the next running back. With Corner, wide receiver and Edge already taken care of, it’s Walker who is the pick. He has all the talent to be the next big RB in the AFC south.