Sawyer’s Mock Draft 3.0 | Mid-Free Agency

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We are a week deep in NFL Free Agency and teams are starting to fill holes throughout their rosters. Sawyer, along with insight from our interns, has pieced together his latest mock draft.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Aidan Hutchinson | Michigan, Edge

The Jags addressed their needs at OT by tagging Cam Robinson and signing Brandon Scherff. That leaves the door wide open to comfortably select their best player available, Aidan Hutchinson.

2. Detroit Lions

Malik Willis | Liberty, QB

We’ve had this take since January and it is starting to come to life. We were with the Lions in Mobile at the Senior Bowl and it was clear that Willis was their top guy.

3. Houston Texans

Kyle Hamilton | Notre Dame, S

The Texans are as rich as anyone when it comes to draft capital, which opens the door here and allows them to take the “luxury pick” out of Notre Dame.

4. New York Jets

Ahmad Gardner | Cincinnati, CB

The Jets had one of the worst secondaries in the league last year and need to find a CB1. Gardner is head-and-shoulders above the rest of the class and is more than worthy at 4.

5. New York Giants

Ikem Ekwonu | NC State, OT

The Giants brought in a pair of solid interior lineman, but need to find the guy to take over the vacant RT spot. Ekwonu fits the Giants scheme best and will play a huge role in finally giving Daniel Jones a fighting chance.

6. Carolina Panthers

Evan Neal | Alabama, OT

Carolina lost out in both the Wilson and Watson sweepstakes and Matt Rhule is losing credibility by the millisecond. I can already hear the “Fire Rhule” chants that should be happening at Tepper’s latest venture, MLS team Charlotte FC. If Tepper has an once of sense, he absolutely SHOULD NOT allow Rhule to handpick is 5th QB in 3 years.

7. New York Giants

Kayvon Thibodeaux | Oregon, Edge

The Giants addressed OT at 5, now they can bring another stud to their defensive line and create an epic duo of Azeez Ojulari and Kayvon Thibodeaux.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Jermaine Johnson II | Florida State, Edge

The Falcons had their sights set on QBs, but were the biggest loser in the Deshaun Watson chase. Not only did they miss on acquiring him after being rumored as the favorite, but they also severed the relationship they had with the franchises most storied player. The Falcons now are in complete rebuild and can fortify their putrid defensive line here with the ACC DPOY who once was a Georgia Bulldog.

9. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver)

Devin Lloyd | Utah, LB

Although Drew Lock is not the long term solution, he is the perfect rebuild QB because he specializes in throwing INTs and losing games. The Seahawks land the BPA here and find their defensive QB and future alpha of the team.

10. New York Jets

Drake London | USC, WR

The Jets need to surround Zach Wilson with as much talent as possible and Drake London is a great place to start. The combo of London and Moore has the potential to be one of the most lethal in the NFL.

11. Washington Commanders

Derek Stingley | LSU, CB

Washington has an above average secondary right now, but Stingley brings exceptional value here and has the potential to develop into one of the best CBs in the NFL. Stingley, a true press corner, would pair exceptionally with Kendall Fuller, who has a very different skillset.

12. Minnesota Vikings

Trent McDuffie | Washington, CB

The Vikings are the most CB needy team remaining and land the fluid mover out of Washington. McDuffie lacks the ideal length to be a press specialist, but has the athleticism, ball skills and speed to lock down.

13. Houston Texans (from Cleveland)

Garrett Wilson | Ohio State, WR

The Texans have been relying heavily on Brandin Cooks, but can land the WR of their future here with the talented Garrett Wilson.

14. Baltimore Ravens

Charles Cross | Mississippi State, OT

The Baltimore front office will be absolutely ecstatic if Cross falls all the way to 14. The athletic tackle is exactly what the Ravens need and can create on of the most solid OT duos in the NFL.

15. Philadelphia Eagles

Treylon Burks | Arkansas, WR

The Eagles get their version of Deebo Samuel here with the versatile Wide-Back who will fill a variety of roles in this young offense.

16. Philadelphia Eagles

Jordan Davis | Georgia, DT

With the Eagles second pick, they elect to reach for a replacement of franchise cog, Fletcher Cox.

17. LA Chargers

Devonte Wyatt | Georgia, DL

The second UGA DT goes in as many picks, as the Chargers further strengthen their front 7.

18. New Orleans Saints

Chris Olave | Ohio State, WR

The Saints laughably thought Watson would chose their dump of a city as his next home, but instead were forced to re-sign a washed-up bust that is coming off an ACL injury. The franchise has been in shambles since Drew Brees peaked, but could start to turn things around with a polished route runner who can blow the top off.

19. Philadelphia Eagles

George Karlaftis | Purdue, Edge

The Eagles bring in another freak athlete who brings an incredible combination of speed an power to this front 7.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

Trevor Penning | Northern Iowa, OT

Mike Tomlin loves Willis, but not nearly enough to trade up to get at 2. Instead he addresses a glaring weakness, which is their OL. Penning is an impressive athlete who brings violence to their offense.

21. New England Patriots

Nakobe Dean | Georgia, LB

The Pats don’t overthink picks, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. Instead of worrying about less than ideal measurements, they take one of the best players from college football.

22. Green Bay Packers (from LV)

Jahan Dotson | Penn State, WR

The Packers secured this pick by trading away the best WR in the NFL, so they certainly need to give their whiney QB some weapons. Dotson is one of the most complete WRs in this class and will immediately bring juice to the Packers.

23. Arizona Cardinals

Kenyon Green | Texas A&M, IOL

Kyler has shown flashes throughout his career, but has been on the ground too much to find any extended success. I could see a classic Kingsbury “whiff” here, but instead he makes a smart pick to bring in the mauler from A&M.

24. Dallas Cowboys

Christian Harris | Alabama, LB

The Cowboys already have one of the best young LBs, but bring in another freak athlete here with a ceiling that is too high to ignore.

25. Buffalo Bills

Andrew Booth Jr. | Clemson, CB

Although the Bills failed to address RB in free agency, they elect to address that need later and bring in immediate help to their depleted CB group.

26. Tennessee Titans

David Ojabo | Michigan, Edge

Ojabo was peaking around the top 10 earlier in the offseason, but will likely fall due to an achilles injury. The Titans made a very similar move in 2019, where they landed Jeffery Simmons in this range.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Perrion Winfrey | Oklahoma, DT

Sawyer’s noted favorite prospect since the Senior Bowl will benefit from learning behind Suh and the beastly Bucs front 7 and brings solid depth to that group.

28. Green Bay Packers

David Bell | Purdue, WR

The Pack double down on WR and bring in another do-it-all prospect that can spread the field.

29. Miami Dolphins

Jamison Williams | Alabama, WR

The burner from Alabama saw his stock drop a bit following an ACL tear, but his upside should keep him as a lock in the 1st Round.

30. Kansas City Chiefs

Daxton Hill | Michigan, S

The Chiefs parted ways with the Honey Badger, but land a versatile DB here that can play both CB and Safety.

31. Cincinnati Bengals

Tyler Linderbaum | Iowa, C

The Bengals brought in a high level OT in Collins, but now can also land one of the best Center prospects we have seen in years.

32. Detroit Lions

Travon Walker | Georgia, Edge

The Lions risked it all going Willis at 2, but end up cashing out with Travon Walker still on the board at 32. Walker was a combine freak that legitimized his 1st round potential after struggling with sack production due to being apart of a freakish pass rush.

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