Mock Draft 3.0 (Hicks)

By Sawyer Hicks, Senior Analyst | Mock can be found on the Walter Football Mock Database

Trevor Lawrence | Clemson, QB

Through the pre-draft process he has continued to be the generational prospect everyone is hyping him up to be. He will be the number one pick, barring anything crazy happening.

Penei Sewell | Oregon, OT

As we are getting closer to the draft, the Jets have remained tight lipped on what they plan to do even with speculation that they want to give Darnold one last chance to prove himself.

Zach Wilson | BYU, QB

With Tua being included in basically every potential trade proposal the Dolphins do, it is becoming increasingly more clear that they think that he is not their franchise guy and are trying to rip the bandaid off.


The Atlanta Falcons trade 4th overall pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange of the 9th overall pick a 2022 1st Round pick.

Justin Fields | Ohio State, QB

There’s an expectation among the media that the Falcons will have plenty of potential suitors to trade back. It is unlikely that they trade within the division with a team like the Panthers, but the Broncos should be willing to give up a ton of capital in order for Elway to get as much of a guarantee at quarterback as possible.

Micah Parsons | Penn State, LB

With the Bengals having tons of positions of need across the board, they go with the best defensive player in the draft in Parsons. He will give their defense a much needed shot in the arms with his explosive, field ranging play. There is a good chance that they are even willing to punt on this season already if Burrow is expected to miss longer than expected.

Ja’Marr Chase | LSU, WR

The Eagles need weapons for Hurts so that they can give him a chance to prove himself at quarterback. Chase is the best receiving weapon in the draft, so it would be a great fit.


The Detroit Lions trade 7th overall pick to the Carolina Panthers in exchange of the number 8th pick a 2022 4th Round pick.

Trey Lance | North Dakota State, QB

With all of this negative Deshaun Watson news coming out, the Panthers could go in one of two ways. They can either try to trade for Watson, facing the uncertainty of these negative allegations, or they can target a quarterback in the draft. With the Lions having Goff under center, it seems likely that they could be wishy washy on taking a QB, so they could be open to trading the pick to the Panthers, who are in dire need of a franchise guy.


The Carolina Panthers trade 8th overall pick and a 2022 4th round pick to the Detroit Lions in exchange of the number 7th pick.

Devonta Smith | Alabama, WR

With the losses of Golladay and Marvin Jones, the Lions need help on the outside and Smith is the best receiver available. He would provide them a number 1 receiving option for new quarterback Jared Goff. The Lions are in a certain rebuild mode and would be more than open to move just one spot back if it collected them another mid round pick.


The Denver Broncos trade 9th overall pick and a 2022 1st round pick to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange of the 4th overall pick.

Gregory Rousseau | Miami, Edge

The Falcons have had a horrid pass rush for most of my life, so it would be nice to see them finally be able to muster together one under the new regime. Although Rousseau has major question marks, he is the best pass rusher in the draft.

Caleb Farley | Virginia Tech, CB

The Cowboys are great on offense and are able to put up points, but they are one of the worst teams on defense in preventing points. Farley would help solidify and lockdown one side of the field for this struggling defense.

Jaylen Waddle | Alabama, WR

The Giants addressed their need at WR by signing Kenny Golladay in Free Agency, but now they need to fix their putrid offensive line. For all of Danny Dimes’ career he has had very little time to throw and make a decision. Slater is right behind Sewell, in terms of talent, and could easily come in and be their best lineman.

Kyle Pitts | Florida, TE

Shanahan has visions of what his offense would look like with two of the best tight ends in the league and he sees something beautiful. The Kittle/Pitts combination would be impossible to stop in the passing game and the only possible thing that could hold them back offensively would be poor quarterback play from Jimmy G.

Jaylen Waddle | Alabama, WR

The Chargers are looking to give the keys with as many weapons as possible. Waddle could learn under Keenan Allen and eventually become a game changing receiver.

Azeez Ojulari | Georgia, QB

The Vikings formerly dominant defense needs an injection of speed and Ojulari provides that for them. He can create havoc off of the edge by getting to the quarterback and had a great pro day last week to erase any concerns. He has the potential to be a great edge rusher in the league.

Mac Jones | Alabama, QB

Although I think it is very possible that the Pats trade up for a quarterback, they would probably be content with Jones at this spot. Belichick could groom him into the kind of quarterback that he envisions and potentially have his next Tom Brady.

Patrick Surtain II | Alabama, CB

The Cardinals will be jumping for joy if Surtain falls this far because they get a true lockdown guy at a great value in the middle of the first round. Surtain would fit right into Patrick Peterson’s shutdown CB1 role and likely will shadow starting Day 1.

Christian Barmore | Alabama, DT

The Raiders need help all over their defense and Barmore could be the anchor for the next decade. However, I’m sure Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock will end up drafting the flashiest player available with this pick.

Rashod Bateman | Minnesota, WR

Bateman is a very underrated guy in this class who had the misfortune of poor quarterbacking this past season. He has a great catch radius and hands that draw tons of comparisons to elite guys such as Allen Robinson and Kenny Golladay.

Christian Darrisaw | Virginia Tech, OT

With the Football Team being active in free agency, it allows them to be able to target their Trent Williams sized hole that they struggled to fill last year after his departure. Darrisaw is a big, physical lineman that any quarterback would love to have protecting them.

Jaycee Horn | South Carolina, CB

With it becoming more and more apparent that the Bears are letting a ton of their top defensive guys go, they need to get the best player available on the defensive side of the ball, so Horn would be their guy. He can be penciled in as a #1 shutdown corner on the outside, but will definitely have a learning curve. The best way to get young defensive backs acclimated quickly is to throw them into the fire and that is what the Bears would be doing with Horn.

Elijah Moore | Ole Miss, WR

Paris Campbell has had flashes of greatness, but has struggled to stay on the field. The Colts have already invested in their next QB, but now can give him a reliable slot for years to come, which will alleviate the pressure of resigning Campbell to an inflated contract in Free Agency.

Eric Stokes | Georgia, CB

With the Titans adding Bud Dupree in free agency, it lowers the urgency some for them to target pass rushers early. Stokes is a guy who is having his stock jump up astronomically after running one of the fastest 40 yard dash times of all time. The Titans take the gamble on Stokes because of the huge reward if his speed translates into locking down opposing number 1 receivers.

Najee Harris | Alabama, RB

The Jets would give Darnold his security blanket at the top of the draft with Sewell then give him his get out of jail free card with Harris. By drafting an elite, every-down back, it takes off significant pressure from Darnold. You saw how having elite running back talent and a solid offensive line can boost a struggling quarterbacks play, just look at Baker Mayfield in 2020.

Kyle Trask | Florida, QB

The Steelers obviously do not feel comfortable with Big Ben under center, so they can get their quarterback of the future to groom under him. Trask played at an elite level last year and showed that if given proper weapons and good coaching that he can be an elite player. Good thing the Steelers have both of those criteria.

Alijah Vera-Tucker | USC, OL

The Jaguars would be foolish to not invest in trying to protect new franchise quarterback Lawrence and Tucker would be an ideal fit to anchor this line for years to come. After franchising OT Cam Robinson they could add more depth with this pick.

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

The Browns have done a great job in free agency by addressing their only main position group of need, which is their secondary. So with this pick, they can target one of the best players available and help their defense with the versatile Owusu-Koramoah.

Zaven Collins | Tulsa, LB

The Ravens have a hole in their defense at linebacker after free agency and Collins is arguably one of the most well rounded prospects behind Parsons. He graded out 1st against the run and blitzing the quarterback among all LBs in 2020.

Kellen Mond | Texas A&M, QB

Although this might not make sense at first, hear me out. The Saints truly do not know what they have with Hill and Winston under center and Mond has impressed during pre draft workouts and the Senior Bowl. Mond has all of the physical attributes you look for in a franchise guy and Sean Payton could help mold him into his ideal quarterback for his unique offense. Despite letting Mond fall to the second or third like similar prospects such as Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott and Jalen Hurts, the Saints break the mold here and shoot their shot.

Pat Freiermuth | Penn State, TE

The Packers are in win now mode and with all of the top receivers off of the board, they target a player who in a lot of drafts would be the 1st tight end drafted. He brings explosive plays and stellar blocking to the team and the Packers could get creative with playing 12 personnel sets with Tonyun and Freiermuth.

Travis Etienne | Clemson, RB

The Bills need a true every-down bell-cow and Ettiene is the best all around running back in the draft. Etienne, Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs would make a truly electric plays offense.

Kwity Paye | Michigan, Edge

The Chiefs get a steal with Paye at the end of the first and somehow get one of the best players in the draft with untapped potential. This pick just helps them reload on their path to winning another super bowl next year.

Terrace Marshall | LSU, WR

With Tom Brady calling all of the shots and deciding on personnel in Tompa Bay, he gets the team to give him even more help giving himself an embarrassment of riches. Moore would play the slot and be Brady’s new Wes Welker.

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