Sawyer’s Mock Draft 4.0 | It’s Draft Month

Sawyer Hicks

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Aidan Hutchinson | Michigan, Edge

There’s been Travon Walker 1st overall smoke, but I am not buying it. Hutchinson is my 1.1 unless there is a dramatic trade to mix up the draft.

2. Detroit Lions

Travon Walker | Georgia, Edge

The Lions need to improve just about every position on defense, especially their pass rush. Walker is an uber athletic edge rusher with limitless upside but he’s more of a project that Hutchinson.

3. Houston Texans

Kyle Hamilton | Notre Dame, S

The Texans are another team in desperate need for flashy young defenders. Hamilton has been the best player on the field for most of his career and brings a much needed spark to the Texans D.

4. New York Jets

Derek Stingley Jr. | LSU, CB

The phenomenal 2019 season is hard to look past, especially after he eased injury concerns after running a 4.3 40-yard dash at the LSU Pro Day.

5. New York Giants

Kayvon Thibodeaux | Oregon, Edge

The Giants are in a great position here if no tackles have been taken. With the 7th pick, they can maximize their capital at 5, then select one of their top 2 elite tackles next.

6. Carolina Panthers

Ahmad Gardner | Cincinnati, CB

I know, it sounds crazy but this team would set itself back 3 years if they pick a QB at 6. Gardner is far and away my best player available here and would pair with Jaycee Horn as an elite lockdown corner.

7. New York Giants

Evan Neal | Alabama, OT

The Giants luck out and the top overall tackle is available at 7. Neal is a versatile lineman that is the ideal fit opposite of Andrew Thomas.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Drake London | USC, WR

The Falcons have entered complete rebuild territory but can get a jump start by having 2 of the best moving big men in the NFL with London and Pitts.

9. Seattle Seahawks

Charles Cross | Mississippi State, OT

Drew Luck may not be the QB of the future but they likely won’t find much of an upgrade here, which leads them to taking the prototypical blindside protector.

10. New York Jets

Garrett Wilson | Ohio State, WR

The Jets have been shopping for a future WR1 and come up dry on multiple occasions. Wilson could be that guy and would pair well with emerging star Elijah Moore.

11. Washington Commanders

Ikem Ekwonu | NC State, OT

Washington has a solid OL but lost their best piece in free agency. Ekwonu is too much value for the least flashy organization in the NFL to ignore.

12. Minnesota Vikings

Trent McDuffie | Washington, CB

The Vikings depleted secondary needs help desperately and McDuffie at 12 is pretty much face value (14th overall on our Big Board).

13. Houston Texans

Devin Lloyd | Utah, LB

As mentioned at pick 3, this defense needs and identity. Lloyd is a tone setting LB that will be a franchise cog for the Texans.

14. Baltimore Ravens

George Karlaftis | Purdue, Edge

The Ravens have brought in solid speed to their defense but now bring in power with the prospect from Purdue.

15. Philadelphia Eagles

Devonte Wyatt | Georgia, DT

The Eagles lose an integral part of their defense with the departure of Fletcher Cox but bring in the versatile lineman that will help in all phases of their defense.

16. New Orleans Saints

Chris Olave | Ohio State, WR

The Saints are heavily rumored to explore QBs here but with the talent on the board at WR it is hard to look the other way.

17. LA Chargers

Jordan Davis | Georgia, DT

The Chargers are so close to competing for something special but need to solve their issues stopping the run. Davis is a hog mollie that absolutely can help in just that.

18. Philadelphia Eagles

Jermaine Johnson II | Florida State, Edge

The Eagles can’t ignore the value here and bring in the talented edge rusher from Florida State to further beef up the DL.

19. New Orleans Saints

Kenny Pickett | Pittsburgh, QB

The Saints passed on QB at 16 and refused to trade up with this weak class but stop Pickett’s freefall at 19.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

Malik Willis | Liberty, QB

The Steelers held their breath long enough and can exhale now that Tomlin’s guy is on the board.

21. New England Patriots

Nakobe Dean | Georgia, LB

Belichick has a rocky history when it comes to 1st round picks, but one commonality is that he loves guys with a head for the game. Dean may be smaller and slower than the ideal R1 LB, but he has that alpha mentality that will carry over.

22. Green Bay Packers

Treylon Burks | Arkansas, WR

The Packers need help at WR and luck out with the dominant do-it-all jackknife still on the board at 22.

23. Arizona Cardinals

Tyler Linderbaum | Iowa, IOL

Kyler is STILL upset from the amount of time he spent on the ground last season, so bringing in a tone-setting center makes a ton of sense here.

24. Dallas Cowboys

Bernhard Raimann | Central Michigan, OT

The Cowboys are one of the least improved teams heading into 2022 and got absolutely nothing out of their star studded 2021 team. However, they need to skip the flashy pick here and bring some depth to their OL.

25. Buffalo Bills

David Ojabo | Michigan, Edge

Ojabo has fallen due to his achilles injury, but a smart team will identify his talent and be willing to wait for the production.

26. Tennessee Titans

Zion Johnson | Boston College, IOL

The Titans rely heavily on the ground and pound offense and would benefit from bringing some additional youth to their OL. Johnson is a phonebooth guard that can absolutely pave the way for Henry.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Trevor Penning | Northern Iowa, OT

The Bucs could go many directions here but lost a key member of their OL and NEED to protect Brady at all costs. Their OL is full of versatile players that can move around to include Penning in their rotation.

28. Green Bay Packers

Kenyon Green | Texas A&M, IOL

The Packers need help on the inside and Kenyon Green is as pro ready as anyone. The powerful mauler played all over the line at Texas A&M and will immediately fill a big role for the win-now Packers.

29. Kansas City Chiefs

Jahan Dotson | Penn State, WR

The Chiefs lost their stud WR but at the very least got a 1st in return that they can use bring in a younger stud. Dotson is a surehanded receiver that will get open at the next level.

30. Kansas City Chiefs

Andrew Booth Jr. | Clemson, CB

The Chiefs use their second pick to bring in an athletic specimen with lockdown potential. All AFC West teams need to consistently bring in talent to their secondary in order to compete for the division.

31. Cincinnati Bengals

Kaiir Elam | Florida, CB

Eli Apple is not the guy.

32. Detroit Lions

Jameson Williams | Alabama, WR

The Crimson Tide product could take a hit due to a late ACL injury combined with his late breakout but Williams absolutely belongs in the 1st Round. A lot of people have the Lions taking a QB here at 32 but this could be the flip side for Jared Goff.

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