Sawyer’s Mock Draft 2.0 | Hot Take Hicks is Back

Sawyer Hicks

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Aidan Hutchinson | Michigan, Edge

Although it is enticing to get a stud tackle like Evan Neal, the Jags decide to go best player available.

2. Detroit Lions

Malik Willis | Liberty, QB

Willis is the best QB in this class and Dan Campbell was able to get a closer look while coaching him in the Senior Bowl. Willis may not be the most NFL ready out of the class, but he does have the most arm talent and the highest ceiling. Coaches and scouts also bragged about his coach-ability all week in Mobile, which could give them the confidence to pull the trigger on their long term solution at QB.

3. Houston Texans

Evan Neal | Alabama, OT

Early offseason reports indicate that the Texans apparently love what they have in Davis Mills. The next step now is to give him some blindside protection to help in his development.

4. New York Jets

Derek Stingley Jr. | LSU, CB

The Jets really struggled defending the pass and need all the help they can get on defense. Getting a potential All Pro CB is the perfect step in the right direction.

5. New York Giants

Kayvon Thibodeaux | Oregon, Edge

Questions regarding his motor and work ethic could cause Thibodeaux to slide, but he won’t go much further than 5. The talent and potential is just too great to pass up here for a team as pass rush-needy as the Giants.

6. Carolina Panthers

Kenny Pickett | Pittsburgh, QB

The Panthers have a strong defense and some great skill guys, so they could just be a quarterback away from success. Pickett could immediately elevate this team, which is a dark horse group to really make some noise this year.

7. New York Giants

Ikem Ekwonu | NC State, OT

The Giants desperately need help on the right side of their offensive line and Ekwonu should come in and dominate immediately.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Kyle Hamilton | Notre Dame, S

The Falcons have bigger needs than safety, but the organization seems set on drafting best player available, which is Hamilton here.

9. Denver Broncos

Sam Howell | North Carolina, QB

Although it is more likely that the Broncos bring in an established veteran quarterback like Rodgers, at this time it is too early to truly speculate. If the draft were today, then they would NEED to explore upgrades over their current situation. Howell has shown that he can be successful when given the right weapons and the 2020 tape undeniably shows NFL upside. Despite his recent fall in popularity, all it takes is one team to fall in love and reach for their guy.

10. New York Jets

Charles Cross | Mississippi State, OT

I was tempted to put an edge rusher here, but if this franchise wants to do anything during Saleh’s tenure, they need to protect Zach Wilson.

11. Washington Commanders

Matt Corral | Ole Miss, QB

The Football Team saw that Heineke is not the answer and that they either need to draft a guy to develop. They bring in Corral here as their missing piece.

12. Minnesota Vikings

David Ojabo | Michigan, Edge

The Vikings take the high upside of Ojabo in order to help develop another dominate edge rusher for this franchise.

13. Cleveland Browns

Drake London | USC, WR

The Browns have an obvious hole at receiver and if they ever want the Baker saga to workout, then they have to give him an elite weapon.

14. Baltimore Ravens

Tyler Linderbaum | Iowa, IOL

The Ravens’ offensive line was decimated throughout the year and it is imperative to give Lamar some protection.

15. Philadelphia Eagles

Jermaine Johnson II | Florida State, Edge

The Eagles will have some turnover in their front 7, so edge will certainly be a position of need. Luckily for them, Johnson is still available here and is a guy who has the potential to be the best defender in the class and a great find in the mid-1st.

16. Philadelphia Eagles

Ahmad Gardner | Cincinnati, CB

If Gardner is still around at 16, then the Eagles could be the winners of this class. Slay held this secondary together and a young stud like Gardner would do wonders for this team.

17. L.A. Chargers

George Karlaftis | Purdue, Edge

The Chargers defensive line is extremely weak outside of Bosa, so they bring in the versatile Karlaftis as a safe choice that can give the line a bit more juice.

18. New Orleans Saints

Devin Lloyd | Utah, LB

The Saints are not in a good position. Not only are they in salary cap purgatory, but they also lost Sean Payton so he can take over the Cowboys next year. Demario Davis has become rather washed, so an injection of youth would be huge here. Lloyd is by far the best all around LB in the class and would be the first reasonable selected in the 1st Round by the Saints in a while.

19. Philadelphia Eagles

Treylon Burks | Arkansas, WR

After the travesty of taking Reagor over Jefferson two years ago, the Eagles target the big bodied receiver out of Arkansas to pair with Devonta Smith.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

Trevor Penning | Northern Iowa, OT

I suspect the Steelers will want one of the top quarterbacks and will potentially try to trade up to get one, but at 20 they might not have many suitors to swap picks. Instead they try to solidify their putrid offensive line in order to target one of the top quarterbacks in 2023.

21. New England Patriots

Jameson Williams | Alabama, WR

The Pats need a receiver who can blow the top off the defense and Williams is that guy. He will miss a majority of the offseason, but ACL injuries aren’t what they used to be and Williams is still likely a 1st round lock.

22. LV Raiders

Garrett Wilson | Ohio State, WR

Carr is a willing gunslinger and elevated some of his weaker wideouts in the wake of losing Henry Ruggs. A stud like Wilson could finally push this offense over the edge into a team that truly can keep up with the Chiefs.

23. Arizona Cardinals

Kenyon Green | Texas A&M, IOL

The Cards offensive line got absolutely exposed in the playoffs against the Rams and Kyler got destroyed the entire game. Drafting Green should help the offensive line enough to maybe convince Kyler to stay in Arizona.

24. Dallas Cowboys

Nakobe Dean | Georgia, LB

The Cowboys double down on LB for two years in a row and add another versatile defender who held together the historic UGA defense.

25. Buffalo Bills

Breece Hall | Iowa State, RB

Hall is one of my favorite players in the draft and I love the fit here because the Bills
have long needed a true bell cow to alleviate some pressure from Josh Allen. In the
right system, Hall could come in and become a top running back in the league.

26. Tennessee Titans

Chris Olave | Ohio State, WR

The Titans had to rely on no-named receivers, such as Chester Rodgers for a significant chunk of the season, which makes Olave that much more attractive if he falls to 26.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jahan Dotson | Penn State, WR

Dotson, one of Harris’ favorite players in the draft, would fit great in Tampa Bay. Bucs are going to need some insurance for if they lose Godwin in free agency and Gronk to retirement. After drafting Dotson, all they need is someone not named Kyle Trash throwing him the ball.

28. Green Bay Packers

Perrion Winfrey | Oklahoma, DL

The Senior Bowl MVP had an up-and-down career at Oklahoma, but really solidified his stock by dominating the Senior Bowl week and being the life of the defense.

29. Miami Dolphins

Kenneth Walker III | Michigan State, RB

There are legitimate concerns with Walker as a pass catcher, but that could be heavily due to the offenses that he was in throughout his career. The Phins are desperate to deeper their roster at RB and cannot afford to keep waiting around and hoping one falls in their lap.

30. Kansas City Chiefs

David Bell | Purdue, WR

It is imperative for the Chiefs to bring in more weapons and take pressure off of Hill and Kelce. Bell is a big, strong receiver that would bring his old school style of play into a new school offense.

31. Cincinnati Bengals

Bernhard Raimann | Central Michigan, OT

The Bengals straight up lost a Super Bowl because of how putrid their Offensive Line is. A Super Bowl. OL is a no brainer and Raimann is the best available here.

32. Detroit Lions

Jordan Davis | Georgia, DT

The Lions need help across the board and the uber-talented monster falls to them here. He is exactly the kind of player Dan Campbell loves and will strengthen the middle-front of their defense.

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