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In this NFL Mock Draft, it's based on what I believe will happen with a mix of what I would do. No trades in this mock draft.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars select Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia
Rumors flying around in the past couple days that makes Travon Walker the favorite. Great first step, good speed, good length, and he's also very flexible position wise.
2. Detroit Lions select Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Michigan
This is simple, he's probably the safest pick in the draft. He's a great athlete and will be a great player in the NFL.
3. Houston Texans select Ikem Ekwonu, Tackle, North Carolina State
Texans grab the top tackle in the draft to continue their rebuild and help protect their QB of the future, Davis Mills.
4. New York Jets select Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
Robert Saleh starts building up his defense with the top CB in the draft in Ahmad Gardner. Great athlete, able to play zone and man, great anticipation and great at breaking up passes. Overall a good pick.
5. New York Giants select Charles Cross, Tackle, Mississippi State
Rumors around that Giants love Charles Cross the most in this draft. He's a great pass blocker and has great range, only worry is he doesn't have many snaps on run plays as he played in a pass heavy offense.
6. Carolina Panthers select Evan Neal, Tackle, Alabama
Dream scenario for Carolina? They get arguably the best player in the draft class at 6th overall. Help get protection for a likely future QB somewhere down the line. A lot of people have this as a trade down pick, but I don't think they can or will trade if Evan Neal is on the board at 6.
7. New York Giants select Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
This was a tough pick to make, rumors are that Giants don't like him as much but he is too good of a player to keep falling down the draft board.
8. Atlanta Falcons select Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, Florida State
Very smart and safe pick to start the rebuild for the Atlanta Falcons. Long arms and frame. Good run defender. Has a lot of good pass rush moves that will continue to develop at the next level.
9. Seattle Seahawks select Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
I think this pick is a likely trade down spot, but if they stay at 9 I believe this is a pick to make. Stingley is a great player who's very young, only 20. He is a good player to start their long rebuild with.
10. New York Jets select Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
First WR off the board to the Jets as they start helping Zach Wilson. Garrett Wilson is considered the best WR in the class by most and now the Jets have a great young duo for hopefully a long time.
11. Washington Commanders select Drake London, WR, USC
Another WR taken here as Washington tries to bolster their poor offense from last year. Drake London is a player that is flexible and can be put in the slot and can also take advantage of matchups. He is an elite route runner.
12. Minnesota Vikings select Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
Trent McDuffie is maybe the most underrated player in this class. He is very versatile and can run man and zone effectively. Willing tackler, good anticipation, and he is also good on blitz packages.
13. Houston Texans select Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
Jordan Davis is one of the more safe picks in the draft as he is a great player and seems unstoppable at any level. The knock on him is he doesn't seem like a 3 down player in the NFL, but he is a safe pick for the Texans as they continue their rebuild.
14. Baltimore Ravens select Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia
Back to back Georgia tackles. Wyatt is a elite player who has a great first step and explodes off the ball. He will be a great player for the Ravens for a long time.
15. Philadelphia Eagles select Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Williams is the guy that the Eagles are in love with and would run to the podium if he's there at 15. He would fix the hole in the WR2 slot in the offense. Now they have one of the best WR duos of the future.
16. New Orleans Saints select Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
Chris Olave and the Saints seem one of the most likely picks of this draft. Chris Olave has a high floor which makes him an easy and safer pick as he will be a solid WR for a long time in the NFL.
17. Los Angeles Chargers select Trevor Penning, Tackle, Northern Iowa
Chargers get that protection for Herbert as now, the Chargers have an elite and young tackle duo in Rashawn Slater and Trevor Penning to protect their elite young QB, Justin Herbert.
18. Philadelphia Eagles select Kyle Hamilton, Safety, Notre Dame
Dream draft for the Eagles? If the rumors of Kyle Hamilton dropping are true, I could see this happening. He's one of the best players in this class to me but it might be positional value that makes him drop. I think this is another pick that Eagles run to the podium for.
19. New Orleans Saints select Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi
First QB off the board as the Saints get their QB of the future to sit a year behind Jameis Winston. Seems to be the Saints like Corral in this QB class a lot and I see them pulling the trigger at 19.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers select Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
Back to back QBs off the board as the Steelers get a guy it seems they are eyeing. Willis has a high ceiling and a year or two behind someone like Mitch Trubisky could help him reach that ceiling.
21. New England Patriots select Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
Patriots will try to replace the loss of J.C. Jackson with a very good corner who can play both man and zone. He is a corner who has very good positioning and gets good bursts out of his breaks.
22. Green Bay Packers select George Pickens, WR, Georgia
Pickens has been a underrated prospect during this draft. He hasn't been mentioned much but his name has come up more and more as time has gone on. He is a great player who could be the steal of the draft and end up being the best WR of the class.
23. Arizona Cardinals select Zion Johnson, G, Boston College
Zion Johnson is an elite run blocker, who is also a very good pull man. His mobility is very impressive for someone his size. The Cardinals should take him here as he will help boost that run game and help boost that O-Line play in front of Kyler Murray.
24. Dallas Cowboys select Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M
The Cowboys try to go back to their roots and fix their offensive line to hopefully be able to go back to ground and pound style offense as Kenyon Green is very good in the run game.
25. Buffalo Bills select Daxton Hill, CB/S, Michigan
I believe this is a long term pick for the Bills as they possibly get another safety that could replace Jordan Poyer in the future, since we don't know if he will stay after this upcoming season.
26. Tennessee Titans select Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
Titans continue to get better on the defensive end as they get the best LB in the class. Lloyd can go sideline to sideline and is a good coverage defender. Lloyd has great anticipation and this pick will help them try to stop in division rushing leader, Jonathon Taylor, for years to come.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Lewis Cine, S, Georgia
This was a hard pick for me as normally I would have them taking an interior offensive lineman, but the first round talent interior offensive lineman are off the board. I think Todd Bowles will enjoy having Lewis Cine added to his defense after his 2 very productive years at Georgia.
28. Green Bay Packers select, George Karlaftis, Edge, Purdue
Green Bay will look to add to their defense after losing edge rusher Za'Darius Smith this off-season. Karlaftis is a very good player who has a high floor who I believe can be a win now player as time is running up on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers possibly.
29. Kansas City Chiefs select Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
Chiefs look to replace Tyreek Hill and replace him with Treylon Burks who did have a versatile role in Arkansas and Andy Reid can take advantage of that and use him in many different ways.
30. Kansas City Chiefs select Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
Chiefs look to boost that defense after a couple of losses on that side of the ball this off-season. Elam is an underrated player in this class as I believe he can be debated to be in the conversations with the top CB's in the draft. Overall a good couple picks here for the Chiefs in my opinion.
31. Cincinnati Bengals select Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
This is a obvious pick to me for the Bengals. Linderbaum is one of the best players in the class but doesn't go as high because of positional value. This helps protect Joe Burrow which is a must this off-season for the Bengals.
32. Detroit Lions select Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
Detroit grabs their hopeful QB of the future with the last pick of round 1. This is a very big pick as this is the last pick for a potential 5th year option on players. We saw the Ravens trade up for Lamar Jackson at 32 to get that 5th year option. I believe Lions go Howell here at 32 to finish up round 1.
We are in for a exciting first round on Thursday night of the NFL Draft. Expecting a lot of shock as this draft is possibly the hardest draft to predict in recent years.