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1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB Clemson

Jacksonville has done a pretty good job in free agency setting up a team around Lawrence. The Jaguars finally get their franchise QB and send Gardner Minshew II to Atlanta for a 4th and future 5th

2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB BYU

The Sam Darnold project is over with Zach Wilson available at #2. Corey Davis and Tevin Coleman join Jamison Crowder and Denzel Mims in a talented group of offensive weapons. Jets trade Darnold to San Francisco for a 2022 2nd and 2021 5th

3. *Carolina Panthers: Justin Fields, QB Ohio State

Deshaun Watson’s situation puts everything on hold for now, and that may not be resolved come draft day. Carolina has been adamant about upgrading at QB and strike a deal with Miami to move ahead of Atlanta for Justin Fields. Miami gets #8, #39, and next year’s 1st round pick

4. Atlanta Falcons: Penei Sewell, OT Oregon

This is a tough spot for Atlanta because their positions of need don’t really fit with who’s available in this draft class. Instead of taking Trey Lance, Atlanta should continue building from the trenches if they’re unable to trade down. Sewell would be an immediate upgrade anywhere on that line

5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase, WR LSU

Sewell is gone a pick before, but Cincinnati added Riley Reiff in free agency who could take over that left tackle spot. Rather than reaching for Slater here, the Bengals go with the popular mock draft pick and reunite Joe Burrow with his former LSU weapon

6. Philadelphia Eagles: Kyle Pitts, TE Florida

I’m not buying the interest in a QB here, and this may be a spot teams look to trade up for Trey Lance or Mac Jones. With Jalen Hurts now at QB and Zach Ertz on the way out, Philly can add to their young receiving core with one of the greatest TE prospects ever in Kyle Pitts

7. Detroit Lions: DeVonta Smith, WR Alabama

Detroit can go a lot of ways with this pick, the most obvious being adding former Heisman winner DeVonta Smith. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. need to be replaced on the new-look Lions offense

8. Miami Dolphins (via CAR): Jaylen Waddle, WR Alabama

Following the trade down from #3, the Dolphins get their choice of whichever receiver (or Pitts/Sewell) falls to #8. Will Fuller signed a one year contract a week ago but Waddle gives Tua a familiar target he can work with for years to come

9. *Chicago Bears: Trey Lance, QB North Dakota State

Andy Dalton has been touted as the QB1 from the second he signed there, but that doesn’t mean Chicago is done. Nagy and Pace could be on their way out if serious improvement isn’t made, and drafting Lance could be the answer. Similar to their trade down with Pittsburgh from 10 to 20 a couple years back, Denver gets two second round picks in the move down, along with an additional 5th

10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB Alabama

Finally a defensive player off the board, Surtain is starting to separate as the CB1 after testing. Dallas has made changes to the defense by hiring Dan Quinn and bringing in Keanu Neal, which is a good start. Surtain joins former teammate Trevon Diggs to form a promising young duo in the secondary

11. New York Giants: Gregory Rousseau, DE Miami

New York made good moves to fill holes during free agency, so this pick is up in the air. Edge rush is still a major need and Gettleman loves going after the trenches, so a prospect like Rousseau makes sense for the Giants to take on. He has 15+ sack potential in the NFL

12. San Francisco 49ers: Jaycee Horn, CB South Carolina

Horn is skyrocketing up draft boards lately and could be picked inside the top 15. San Francisco has had to do some remodeling to the defense recently and they’d be smart to add Horn to a secondary that was exposed last season

13. Los Angeles Chargers: Rashawn Slater, OT Northwestern

The priority going into this offseason was the protect Justin Herbert, and they’ve done a good job so far. Corey Linsley will hold it down at center, and Slater can come in at basically any spot along the line

14. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Darrisaw, OT Virginia Tech

Not much from Minnesota outside of the Pat Pete signing due to cap space, but the Vikings don’t have many holes anyways. The offensive line is still a problem and Riley Reiff has moved on, so Darrisaw makes the most sense here given the board

15. New England Patriots: Mac Jones, QB Alabama

The hype around Mac Jones is going crazy right now and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him go higher than this. But I could see Jones falling right into Bill Belichick’s lap and sit on the bench until he’s ready to go. Cam Newton gets to start the season

16. *Denver Broncos: Micah Parsons, LB Penn State

If there’s one thing to know about new GM George Paton, it’s that he likes draft picks. Trading down from 9 to 20 helped gain picks for the future, but they make a small move up to jump the Raiders for Micah Parsons. Denver upgraded their secondary in free agency and can now look to upgrade the front seven

17. Las Vegas Raiders: Alex Leatherwood, OT Alabama

Mike Mayock and company tore apart the offensive line, leaving plenty of holes to be filled. The Raiders have been known to take big school prospects since Mayock took over and Leatherwood’s size should appeal to them as a potential building block

18. Miami Dolphins: Kwity Paye, DE Michigan

The offensive line is still a concern, but Miami has plenty of picks to find value there later on. Shaq Lawson needs to be replaced on the edge after being dealt to Houston, and Paye is an ideal fit

19. Washington Football Team: Samuel Cosmi, OT Texas

Ryan Fitzpatrick and Curtis Samuel have been brought on to propel this offense to a playoff winning level. The defense looks solid, but it’s the offensive line that could use some upgrades. A future RT may not be on the roster and Cosmi could start day one

20. Arizona Cardinals (via DEN): Caleb Farley, CB Virginia Tech

Arizona swaps a 5th for a 4th to move down four spots, ending Caleb Farley’s slide in the process. Farley’s recent back injury could be a case for concern for teams, but Arizona is in dire need of corner help and can be patient before bringing him in

21. Indianapolis Colts: Liam Eichenberg, OT Notre Dame

Striking out on Trent Williams and the other big ticket OT’s isn’t ideal, so the Colts should look to the draft to find their Anthony Castonzo replacement. Eichenberg can be that guy and comes from a school that’s given them Quenton Nelson

22. Tennessee Titans: Rashod Bateman, WR Minnesota

Losing Jonnu Smith, Corey Davis, and Adam Humphries is a huge blow to this passing attack. Josh Reynolds helps, but with the pass rush problem seemingly solved, Tennessee should look after the explosive Rashod Bateman to pair with AJ Brown

23. New York Jets (via SEA): Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG USC

The Jets missed out on all the top interior line talent on the free agent market, so this pick should be used on whichever they like in this class. Vera-Tucker can play both guard positions at a high level and could even play tackle if needed

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jalen Mayfield, OT Michigan

Cornerback or offensive tackle here for Pittsburgh, the need to protect Big Ben taking priority here. Mayfield has the size to replace Villanueva and hopefully bring new life to this aging offensive line

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR): Trevon Moehrig, S TCU

Signing Shaq Griffin to pair with CJ Henderson creates a potentially dangerous duo at corner, now they add to it with the top safety in the class. Jacksonville is starting to put together a solid young group on paper

26. Cleveland Browns: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB Notre Dame

A rangy, do it all linebacker has been a need for a while, and with Owusu-Koramoah still sitting there, I imagine this is an easy pick. Cleveland can get creative with him in the fold

27. *Miami Dolphins: Najee Harris, RB Alabama

Two first round picks weren’t enough. Miami uses #36 and a 4th round pick to move up ahead of Buffalo to take another Alabama weapon. Tua now has Parker/Waddle/Fuller/Harris/Gesicki to work with on offense

28. New Orleans Saints: Kadarius Toney, WR Florida

Jameis Winston takes over a completely remade Saints team in the wake of Drew Brees’ retirement. They could go a lot of routes here, one of the most important being finding another weapon for Jameis that pairs well with Michael Thomas. Toney is probably the closest thing this draft has to Tyreek Hill and can be used similarly in New Orleans

29. Green Bay Packers: Eric Stokes, CB Georgia

Despite bringing back Kevin King, secondary help is a major need in Green Bay. Stokes fits the bill as an ideal option across Jaire Alexander in the Packers’ secondary

30. Buffalo Bills: Azeez Ojulari, DE Georgia

An almost complete roster got better with small additions like Emmanuel Sanders. One big hole remains on the defensive line, a need that needs attention now and for the future. Ojulari falls a little further than expect but Buffalo happily takes him to boost their pass rush

31. Kansas City Chiefs: Jaelen Phillips, DE Miami

Much like Buffalo, the Chiefs have a stacked roster that could still use a bit of pass rush help. Phillips is a raw prospect that presents a nice project for Andy Reid and the Chiefs

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Teven Jenkins, OT Oklahoma State

Donovan Smith won’t play forever, so the time is now to invest in Tom Brady’s protection. Tristan Wirfs was fantastic as a rookie and can take over at LT when it’s time. Jenkins can be brought in slowly as he gets to NFL size and could be the eventual RT

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49 minutes ago, indifference said:

Bucs will not draft a tackle especially at 32. Donovan Smith wont play forever? No kidding but he just signed an extension for 2 more years. Would be a waste of a pick in R1

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10 hours ago, Nickpeloso17 said:

26. Cleveland Browns: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB Notre Dame

A rangy, do it all linebacker has been a need for a while, and with Owusu-Koramoah still sitting there, I imagine this is an easy pick. Cleveland can get creative with him in the fold

JOK is a stud, no doubt.

 

But the Browns hate linebackers and won't draft one this high. Even if they do, it will be for a weak side ILB, not a S/LB hybrid like JOK. We have John Johnson & Grant Delpit deep and Ronnie Harrison, who was great last year, as that S/LB guy this year.

 

Give us Jaelan Phillips please. We have glaring holes at DE and CB. Greg Newsome would be another possible selection.

 

If you're dead-set on us taking a linebacker, it would be Nick Bolton, or even better, Jamin Davis. But again, the Browns don't want linebackers. We are all-in on DB's and DL in this defense.

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10 hours ago, Nickpeloso17 said:

Phillips is a raw prospect

Phillips isn't really raw at all, fwiw. He's incredibly nuanced as a pass rusher and uses his hands better than any edge in the last two classes, really. The only thing Phillips lacks is a clean bill of health. He's had concussion issues. Outside of that, he's an elite pass rushing prospect.

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Good Bengals pick (with Sewell gone) but a nightmare scenario watching none of the second tier OTs make it to the second.  Why can't we have our cake and eat it too?  The top OG or Marshall in the second if you get around to doing another round.

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Buffalo Bills: Azeez Ojulari, DE Georgia

I like the pick but I do wonder how well he fits as a 4-3 DE. Especially since McDermott likes his guys around 260-270.

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I can see why you put Leatherwood to the Raiders and it could happen. Reality the starting O-line only needs a RT rest is fine.  Media has made things look worse then they are.

Would personally perfer Jenkins or going FS with Trevon Moehrig as that's just as much of a hole as RT. 

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