1. New York Jets: Trevor Lawrence QB, Clemson
No surprise here. The Jets probably shouldn't have to give up on Sam Darnold this quickly but the temptation might be too hard to pass on Trevor Lawrence. This may be the most slam dunk can’t miss prospect at the position since Andrew Luck. He is that good and most importantly brings an exciting face to NY that they haven’t seen in a while. However, the Jets need to spend big on lineman this Free Agency to help Trevor Out.
2.Jacksonville Jaguars: Trey Lance QB, North Dakota State
The Jaguars should count themselves lucky that Trey Lance would fall to this spot. In what seems like a race for the top 3 picks to grab a QB, the Jaguars get my favorite QB here. No joke, I am more excited about Trey Lance than Trevor Lawrence. Why? Because I have not seen excellence be pulled off so effortlessly in a college football quarterback my entire life. Sure, he played at NDSU but that really doesn’t matter to me very much. I saw a guy who would make the most amazing throws look easy and routine. The man never threw an INT until his last game at NDSU. Trey Lance in my opinion has Patrick Mahomes upside and I don’t say that lightly. He has a bazooka, an uncanny ability to throw on the run while creating his offense and easily noticeable football IQ. The Jaguars should run to the podium if they are allowed.
3.Dallas Cowboys: Justin Fields QB, OSU
This has been a pathetic year for the Cowboys and clearly Jerry does not want to pay Dak Prescott. If this is possible for the Boys they should count their lucky star because they get a true special franchise QB here as well. I have Fields as my No.3 QB but that is to say nothing of his play. He is special and shows special arm strength and arm talent up there with Lance and Lawrence, perhaps even better than Lawrence. He is obviously very mobile as a quarterback. The only area he could stand to improve is possibly throwing on the run but honestly that is only because the people ahead of him are better than him at that. You’re still likely getting a possible All-Pro QB here and the Cowboys might just have their new signal caller.
4. New York Giants: Penei Sewell OT, Oregon
The Giants miss their shot on replacing Danny Dimes but that may be a blessing in disguise. One thing is very obvious watching Giants football. Their O line STINKS. They just spent the No.4 pick on a Tackle and they are going to do it again here. Except this time they get a sallworth at the LT position which allows Andrew Thomas to move to his natural RT position. Sometimes in football there are no quick fixes and you need to sure up a foundation at the line for a significant rebuild.
5. Washington Football Team: J’Mar Chase WR, LSU
At this point in my mock the Football team misses out on the big 3 and while I think Zach Wilson is a good get here, they may want to consider the best WR in the class. You wanna ta;kabout elite size and speed, well he’s right here. People his size should not be able to move the way he can. If he was in the draft last year he would have been WR1, that’s how good he is as a specimen. It might be too much to pass up.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Micah Parsons LB, Penn State
The Chargers are an interesting team because they really only need a couple of positions. While Kenneth Murray has been a revelation at LB for them, it might be too much to pass up drafting Micah Parsons. Parsons is the closest thing as a prospect to Luke Kuechly that you may find from the draft. He is special in coverage with an elite nose for the ball on top of his physical gifts. They run the Seattle Scheme in LA so Parsons and Murray can be their version of Wagner and Wright. I don’t know what it is about him going to Penn State but I think that may be a plus as well given their reputation. It may be too high to take one of the other lineman in this draft so the Chargers should get their elite prospect when they can.
7. Miami Dolphins (via HOU): Gregory Rousseau EDGE, Miami
The Dolphins are an emerging defense but they are missing a true edge rusher. Kyle Van Noy is great but he is not scary on his own. Rousseau is not only a great player in Miami’s backyard but he is a specimen at his position. This isn’t Myles Garrett or Clowney but this is a lot like Bradley Chubb as a prospect with more twitchy athleticism. He is a big boy with special bend and power. He reminds me a lot of Khalil Mack actually coming out of Buffalo. I love this player and he might just be the perfect pick for Miami.
8. Cincinnati Bengals: Alex Leatherwood OL, Alabama
The Bengals have made one thing clear all season. They need SIZE. They are pathetic on the offensive life and Joe Burrow is routinely running for his life out there and even worse, The run game routinely has nowhere to go at the snap. I don’t care what player is here. The Bengals should take the biggest, baddest mauler they can find and be happy with it and it seems my partner agrees.
9. Carolina Panthers: Creed Humphrey OL, Oklahoma
The Panthers spent every single pick last year trying to set a foundation for their Defense. They should try to do the same here with their offense. There is nothing that is becoming increasingly important than good interior line play so drafting Creed Humphrey should help what seems to be one of the worst inside running teams in the sport.
10. Atlanta Falcons: Patrick Surtain II CB, Alabama
The Falcons would get an absolute steal here if they were able to land Patrick Surtain here. A true lock down corner I may go as far out to say he is the best CB prospect I have seen since Ramsey (I know I said that about Okudah and Henderson last year but bear with me). Suratin already projects as a true man to man breaker with top end speed and an ideal height at 6’2”. I think he is one of the safest bets in the draft and the Falcons would be lucky to get him here considering they have been trying to fix their terrible secondary since the Super Bowl.
11. Detroit Lions: Shaun Wade CB, OSU
The Lions are a dumpster fire at the current moment. They are kinda inept at all non offensive positions. For a team that is looking for some legit talent on defense why not get Jeff Okudah his just as special college teammate. It makes sense. If I were the Lions I would take advantage of the strength of the CB class this year and get a second lockdown CB next to Okudah and build from there.
12. Minnesota Vikings: Zach Wilson QB, BYU
Kirk Cousins contract is up and it seems to coincide quite nicely with the end of the contending era of the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes need to look for the future and build around their surprisingly young offense. Zach Wilson is a guy I expected not to like when I turned on the tape and boy was I wrong. He has elite mobility and arm flexibility that just pop off the screen. I would say outside of Lance he might be the most natural passer on the run in this draft. I think he is a perfect QB to lead the Vikings into the next era.
13. New England Patriots: Kyle Trask QB, Florida
Bill Belichick is clearly ready to move into the next era of Patriots football and honestly that starts with the QB. Bill needs to get this right and normally I have a policy when it comes to drafting QBs: don’t draft one that you don’t believe will become an elite QB. It says something about this class when I have at pick 13 my fifth QB who I do believe can be a star in this league along with the previous 4. Trask is a big dude who has spectacular touch to match his clever mobility. Like Wilson he is most special outside the pocket and while his arm talent isn’t like Wilson’s (few are) he does have the ability to make almost any throw from any angle and his size allows him a nice base to shed off would-be rushers. This is the guy I am positive Bill wants to start the next era of dominant Patriots football.
14. Denver Broncos: Liam Eichenberg OT, Notre Dame
The Broncos are so close but they need size at the tackle position. Garrett Boiles has honestly been a failure at LT and it is time for the Broncos to get their stallworth from what seems to be THE offensive line producing school of the decade. Eichenberg is a 6’6 big man who has surprisingly agile feet which should help him in the pros. I think this is a pretty simple pick. Give Drew Lock the best opportunity to succeed. They started with his weapons, now finish it on the line.
15. San Francisco 49ers: Caleb Farley CB, Va Tech
The 49ers barely miss out on getting the future of the QB in San Francisco (however there is a bay area QB up in Wisconsin they should check in on) so they might have to settle with fixing their broken secondary. They cannot keep running the press bail system that is going faster and faster out of style, but if they insist on sticking with the big physical corners than Farley is your man. He is tall and deceptively quick for his size who is already one of the best press corners in the country. He could be a really good player in the NFL and would fit in with what Saleh asks his corners to do in the secondary.
16. Chicago Bears: Jaylen Waddle WR, Alabama
The Bears are starved for playmakers on offense. They need to get a dynamic playmaker who can make things happen with the ball in his hand. Waddle is a special athlete even for the wide receiver position. He is special and the only reason he is available at 16 is because of his unfortunate injury. Still I think that he is simply too much of a talent to pass on but Kremer may be right in the insistence of improving the OLine.
17. Cleveland Browns: Rashod Bateman WR, Minnesota
The Browns are looking for a dynamic playmaker as well. They don’t have many holes elsewhere and it is clear that the Odell experiment is over in Cleveland. Get a receiver who is not only skilled at route running but is a fantastic 50/50 ball threat. He’s not Odell but you have to start somewhere.
18. Indianapolis Colts: Devonta Smith WR, Alabama
The Colts are a team with little holes. They lack any really on the defense and are surprisingly cap friendly heading onto next season. What they could use is yet again a dynamic playmaker opposite Michael Pittman. Pittman can be the possession guy while Smith can be the deep threat and underneath guy who can help open up the offense for Phillip Rivers next season.
19. Philadelphia Eagles: Rondale Moore WR, Purdue
The Eagles tried to get Wentz more help last year and I say they do the same thing this year. Either Regor or Moore has to work at some point but I see superstar potential in Rondale Moore. I think I would be scared to see Moore on a drag route or slant when Reagot is going deep.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Wyatt Davis IOL, OSU
The Cardinals are an ascending team but it should be obvious to everyone that they are too reliant on Kyler Murray to do everything. Their run game needs size in the center to help free up the passing game and furthermore give some room for Drake to run. Wyatt Davis is such a high floor interior guy the Cardinals should be rushing to the podium after this pick is made.
21.Miami Dolphins: Dillon Radunz OT, North Dakota State
The Dolphins are looking better and better every week and have a nice foundation at the skill positions on each side. However they are missing a lot of size on both lines and need to improve dramatically. Radunz is a big body and is the best bet to be a foundation piece of the guys left.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR): Daniel Faale OT, Minnesota
Similar to the Dolphins, the Jags need a better foundation for their new signal caller. They should draft the biggest guy available to play LT for them. I Get the feeling the Jags are gonna have to be run heavy. Cam Robinson and Jawann Taylor have not worked the way they hoped it would, so betting more size and maybe moving one of them to guard is the optimal move.
23. Las Vegas Raiders: Dylan Moses LB, Alabama
The Raiders are an ever improving team but they are missing their captain of the defense. Gruden loves his Linebackers that can do anything and you were to ask me the highest upside guy in this draft it would be Moses. Moses is a physical freak in the same vein as Jaylon Smith and Tremaine Edmunds and if he hits he could be a superstar in the league. That is the kind of player Gruden needs on defense that is filled with decent pieces but nothing elite.
24. Tennessee Titans: Kyle Pitts TE, Florida
The Titans here get a top 10 player in this draft at a position of need. Pitts reminds me of a more polished Evan Engram where he honestly could play receiver if he wanted to. He is lean and fast with a dangerous ability to slip through zones. He should be a QBs best friend and with the state of the Titans TE being what it is, they could really use that go-to weapon in the middle.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kwity Paye EDGE, Michigan
The Bucs are trying to win this next year and to do that they need athletes rushing the passer. JPP and Shaq are good but they could use a true pass rushing specialist and that is what Kwity Paye offers. He offers an insane upside on the Line and pass rush to make an already stout defense even better. Plus I’m sure Brady would like his Michigan Man.
26. New York Jets (via SEA): Jaylen Mayfield OT, Michigan
The Jets just need offensive lineman. Plain and simple. Why not get a guy who is a natural RT and is currently playing RT for your burgeoning offensive line. Putting Mayfield who is a fantastic athlete for his size opposite the monster in Becton at LT is ideal. It gives Lawrence a good base to build around moving forward.
27. Baltimore Ravens: Rashawn Slater OT, Northwestern
With this pick, I don’t expect Slater to play Tackle. I expect him to move to Guard and move into the old Marshall Yanda role that is vacant. The Ravens are obviously a different team than they were last year without him and getting a skilled guy with the kind of power he possesses and this could be a scary line for the years to come.
28. Buffalo Bills: Jay Tufele DT, USC
The Bills need side up front. Point, blank, period. The Bills are too reliant on Hyde and white to carry the load on defense that teams elect to gash their terrible run defense. Tufele is a big motherfucker who can eat up gaps for the Bills. Easy pick here
29. Green Bay Packers: Sage Surrett WR, Wake Forest
The packers finally get their first round WR. They get a decent compliment to Adams’s big play ability in Surrett who can handle a Michael Thomas like skillset. He is a big possession receiver who has deceptively great speed to make the big play when needed. If the PAckers are trying to win a Super Bowl in the Rodgers window than they need to give him this opportunity to succeed.
30. Kansas City Chiefs: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB, Notre Dame
The Chiefs are hitting the point where they need to start plugging up holes and the biggest on their team currently is LB. They are thin and have routinely been over reliant on blitzing to stop the run so having a true do everything MLB like JOK is gonna be great for the Chiefs.
31. New Orleans Saints: Jaycee Horn CB, South Carolina
The Saints need secondary help opposite Lattimore to really compete. They are too often getting into shootouts that they can’t win with the way they play football. They need to get their opposing offenses off the field because most of the time they are gonna be passing because of the pace the Saints play.
32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Travis Etienne RB, Clemson
The Steelers are so close to a Super Bowl. At this point in the draft all the QBs and CBs I would wanna take are gone so I got creative. I think the Steelers should pick the best player available at a position of need that isn’t talked about. Travis Ettienne is a fantastic speedster who can break free at any moment for a big score. Not only that but he absorbs contact very well for his play style and I think he could be the real Le'veon replacement and if not, he is a great compliment to what James Conner does.