1. Carolina Panthers, CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State. He fits the mold Frank Reich is looking for. Upside may not be as much as the other guys, but much higher floor.
2. Houston Texans, Bryce Young, QB, Alabama. Houston loses out on the first overall pick and still lands the QB they want.
TRADE! Indianapolis Colts trade pick 4 and a 3rd to the Cardinals for pick 3. Similar to the Bears trading up for Mitch.
3. Indianapolis Colts, Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida. I've said for months that the Colts want Will Levis and maybe they do. But Richardson has more upside than any QB in this class.
4. Arizona Cardinals, Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama. The Cardinals desperately need OL help, but even more they need star players. Will Anderson is the safest blue chip talent in the class.
5. Seattle Seahawks, Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech. The NFL loved Trayvon Walker last year and it sounds like the NFL loves Tyree Wilson for the same reason. Size, speed, athleticism.
6. Detroit Lions, Jalen Carter, IDL, Georgia. At this point in the predraft process, it's sounding like the slide for Jalen Carter is a real possibility. But I think a team like Detroit can afford to take the chance on arguably the best player in the draft and worry about the character concerns.
7. Las Vegas Raiders, Will Levis, QB, Kentucky. Even though the Raiders signed Jimmy G, they can start him and let Levis sit on the bench and learn.
8. Atlanta Falcons, Christian Gonzolez, CB, Oregon. The Falcons desperately need EDGE help, but with a deep EDGE class and all DBs on the board, they get a bonafied CB2 opposite of AJ Tarrell.
9. Chicago Bears, Paris Johnson, OT, Ohio State. Bears move down from 1 - 9 and land the best player at their biggest position of need.
10. Philadelphia Eagles, Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois. Philly would sprint this card in if Witherspoon is on the board. Even with Slay and Bradburry coming back, Witherspoon can play immediately in the slot and kick outside when one of those two veterans moves on.
TRADE! Pittsburgh Steelers trade pick 17 and a 3rd to Tennessee for pick 11.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers, Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwestern. The OL class has a big drop off after the top 2-3 prospects and Pittsburgh desperately need one. Tennessee is seemingly tearing it down to the studs so they move back and get additional draft capital.
12. Houston Texans, Jackson Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State. If your a team with a young QB, you need a reliable pass catchers and JSN is exactly that. I'd love for GB to land him, but not in this mock.
13. Green Bay, Lucas Van Ness, EDGE, Iowa. It seems like the league is higher on LVN than I am. But Green Bay taking a high upside EDGE rusher is very much on brand for the Packers.
14. New England, Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson. This team needs talent everywhere and I'm tempted to do a passcatcher, but GM is still the GM and he's still going to prioritize premier positions.
TRADE! Los Angeles Chargers trade pick 21 and a 3rd to Green Bay for pick 15.
15. Los Angeles Chargers, Quinton Johnston, WR, TCU. The Chargers need someone who can stretch the field and while Johnston does have BLAZING speed they need, they grab a high upside WR to help out Herbert and their new OC.
16. Washington Commanders, Joey Porter Jr, CB, Penn State. Washington missed out on the OT run so they grab Porter who's a high floor CB. I actually kinda love this pick.
17. Tennessee Titans, Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas. Do I think this will actually happen? No, but the Titans are actively shopping Derek Henry, the Titans appear to be starting over, and Robinson is just so damn good and I don't know where to put him. I actually wouldn't hate this spot.
18. Detroit Lions, Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland. I'd be stunned if the Lions don't leave the first round without 1 CB and 1 DL. Banks is an uber athletic CB with good instincts. This would make for a really promising DB room in Detroit.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brian Branch, S, Alabama. Tampa's another hard team to draft for since that coaching staff is 100% going to get fired. Branch is in for a bit of a slide after a really bad combine appearance, but his film is still 1st round worthy. This would be a solid pick.
20. Seattle Seahawks, Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College. Seattle needs more weapons around Geno Smith and they need a long term solution with Tyler Locket getting up there in age. Zay Flowers is a perfect replacement.
21. Green Bay Packers, Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame. He's not the high upside pass catcher that Dalton Kincaid is, but in thinking about the Matt LaFleur offense, Mayer is what they need. A 3-down TE who helps in ever asset of the offense.
TRADE! Dallas Cowboys trade pick 26 and a 4th to Baltimore for pick 22.
22. Dallas Cowboys, Bryan Bresee, IDL, Clemson. Dallas trades in front of Minnesota and snipes the next best IDL in the class. There's a part of me that wants to mock Nolan Smith so he can play on the same defense as Micah Parsons, but I just couldn't pull the trigger.
23. Minnesota Vikings, Calijah Kancy, IDL, Pittsburgh. With Bresee off the board, Minnesota grabs the next best IDL. Different mold than Bresee, but I'd argue he has even more upside.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars, Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah. They franchise tagged TE Evan Ingrahm but Kincaid is still a helpful weapon in the short and long term. All of a sudden the Jags pass catchers look really impressive.
25. New York Giants, Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina. I don't like this pick but the Giants are desperate for WR help and Downs streatchs the field vertically which opens up the offense.
26. Baltimore Ravens, Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia. Baltimore has a track record of landing good players in the draft, maximizing them on their rookie deals, and collecting the comp picks when they walk. This is another example.
27. Buffalo Bills, Broderick Jones, T, Georgia. Jones should've probably went higher, but Buffalo snags him and they can either kick him or Spencer Brown inside.
28. Cincinnati Bengals, Anton Harrison, T, Oklahoma. Another uber athletic tackle goes to a team that perpetually needs OL help.
29. New Orleans Saints, Jordan Addison, WR, USC. Another team that I just don't know what to do with. But the Saints don't have any pass catchers, and that includes Michael Thomas who can't stay on the field.
30. Philadelphia Eagles, Adetowiwa Adebawore, EDGE, Northwestern. Brandon Graham is 34 years old and can't go forever. Eagles grab another big end who can rotate in as a rookie and hopefully start in his sophomore season.
31. Kansas City Chiefs, Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia. The Chiefs will never be a run-heavy team, but they leaned more on the run game late in the season. Washington is not a long-term replacement to Travis Kelce, but he's a GREAT complimentary piece who can contribute right away which is rare for a rookie TE.
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