1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Travon Walker | Georgia, Edge
I am sticking with my guns here and going Walker, as I had in my Mock Draft 5.0 from 2 weeks ago. The traits are that of a first overall pick and the production surely will catch up when Walker gets to shine at the next level. Josh Allen will ease Walker into the league and lessen the worries of early sack production as he develops as one of the top size-speed projects.
2. Detroit Lions
Aidan Hutchinson | Michigan, Edge
This pick may not be as straightforward as you would think, as the Lions may be tempted to take Kayvon Thibodeaux here. However, Hutchinson also has that elite ceiling for a top 2 pick and would also be the perfect player for the Lions to build a defense around.
3. Houston Texans
Ikem Ekwonu | NC State, OT
This is where things get shaky. The Texans have holes everywhere on their roster but also have seven picks in the top 107. That will allow for them to truly select their best player available at three, which is the high upside OT out of NC State. Rumors have been swirling that the Texans want Stingley, who has become the odds favorite here, but I am not buying it with the depth at CB and lack-thereof at OT.
4. New York Jets
Jermaine Johnson II | Florida State, Edge
The Jets want to compete now and have been frequently rebuilding for a long time. They have not won more than 7 games in a season since 2015. In that period, their offense has peaked at 24th in the league and their defense at 16th. Joe Douglas has done an expectational job securing picks and moving piece from the past regime, but the time is now, and they must make a huge splash. I could see them taking Thibodeaux here, but Jermaine Johnson II is a guy that they absolutely love and would add an immediate spark to their pass rush.
5. New York Giants
Charles Cross | Mississippi State, OT
The Tackles always find a way to vanish off the board and the Giants must capitalize with their first pick rather than waiting until 7. With the top 2 CBs still out there, they can land their pick at OT and be ensured some depth is left on the board. Cross is the prototypical tackle prospect that can be an outside protector for a long time.
6. Carolina Panthers
Evan Neal | Alabama, OT
The only way Carolina walks out of the 1st round winning in my eyes is if they trade back, which is very possible with Stingley and Sauce still on the board. The Chargers are another team that could be interested in locking down the OT3. However, the Panthers stay put, select Neal and seek other ways to bring in more picks.
7. New York Giants
Sauce Gardner | Cincinnati, CB
This would be a winning scenario for the Giants, who would bring in two of their favorite prospects. This also frees up the scenario where they could move James Bradberry on day 2.
8. Atlanta Falcons
Jameson Williams | Alabama, WR
The Falcons selected the big body last year with Kyle Pitts, now they land the burner. Jameson Williams may still be recovering from a torn ACL but has the potential to be a superstar in the NFL and would open up Arthur Smith’s offense.
9. Seattle Seahawks
Kayvon Thibodeaux | Oregon, Edge
I have seen a ton of mocks with a top 3 tackle falling to 9, but I think they go quicker than we would assume. Seattle is in need of an edge and luck out with Kayvon Thibodeaux falling to 9.
10. New York Jets
Garrett Wilson | Ohio State, WR
We know that the Jets have been going all in on trying to lock down a WR and could certainly move this pick and others to potentially land Deebo Samuel. However, the Jets likely stay put and bring home a top tier do-it-all WR on a cheaper contract.
11. Washington Commanders
Drake London | USC, WR
One of the sneakier selections, the Commanders add a big body to their offense with the versatile Drake London. Rivera has reportedly loved London through this process and Wentz has thrived with bigger targets.
12. Minnesota Vikings
Derek Stingley | LSU, CB
Patrick Peterson mentoring the next great NFL defensive back out of LSU? These things just write themselves. Although Cam Dantzler has been more solid than people think, Stingley at 12 is a steal.
13. Houston Texans
Kyle Hamilton | Notre Dame, S
Hamilton is an interesting prospect and I am unsure how far he falls. It would be hard to believe that he makes it further than 13. The Texans fortified their offensive line, but now can focus on defense as they bring in my top overall prospect here.
14. Baltimore Ravens
Jordan Davis | Georgia, DT
The formula for the Ravens success has always been to trot out the biggest defensive line in football and bully their way to victory. Jordan Davis fits that agenda perfectly and is one of the best pure football players in the draft.
15. Philadelphia Eagles
Devin Lloyd | Utah, LB
The Eagles want a lockdown corner or ace WR, but what happens if their guys are gone by 15? They land the best player available and future alpha of their defense.
16. New Orleans Saints
Chris Olave | Ohio State, WR
Olave is not the best prospect with the ball in his hands but is a guy that can get open and blow the top off the defense. Winston needs as many targets as possible in his arsenal.
17. LA Chargers
Trevor Penning | Northern Iowa, OT
The Chargers are a team that could trade up into the top 10 to land an elite tackle, but if they stay put then Penning is the best bet.
18. Philadelphia Eagles
Trent McDuffie | Washington, CB
The Eagles wanted Stingley and Sauce, but land Trent McDuffie instead. The versatile CB offers day 1 upside without having to pay the Top 10 price.
19. New Orleans Saints
Quay Walker | Georgia, LB
The Saints have been known to make picks out of the ordinary in the first. Here they select the project LB with some of the best traits imaginable.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
Malik Willis | Liberty, QB
Do the Steelers luck out and land the QB they have been obviously wanting for months? I am not sure if the QB stays on the board until pick 20, but the Steelers would be very happy if so.
21. New England Patriots
Andrew Booth Jr. | Clemson, CB
The Pats would love to bring in another offensive lineman here but capitalize on the best defensive back on the board. After losing both Stephon Gilmore and JC Jackson, the Patriots need a press corner that can also thrive in deep zone. Booth is exactly that.
22. Green Bay Packers
Treylon Burks | Arkansas, WR
Matt LaFleur is one of the most creative coaches in the game and lands a do-it-all stud with Treylon Burks and snags him before the Cowboys get the chance. Watch for Jerry Jones to be aggressive and target the Steelers or Patriots as potential trade up partners to uppercut the Packers.
23. Arizona Cardinals
George Karlaftis | Purdue, Edge
I have a feeling that Karlaftis very well may fall out of round 1, but he is a great schematic fit for the Cardinals and I would go as far as predicting as the only landing spot in round 1. Karlaftis is a powerful and versatile defensive lineman that will give the Cardinals JJ Watt-lite in their rotation.
24. Dallas Cowboys
Kenyon Green | Texas A&M, IOL
The Cowboys LOVE Treylon Burks and I could see them pulling the trigger to move up, but for a team with adequate weapons, they could gain a lot from a high caliber interior lineman. If the pick was mine, I would lean Zion Johnson…but the agro Cowboys ownership likely would prefer an in state, big school player for their flashy organization.
25. Buffalo Bills
Breece Hall | Iowa State, RB
It is bold and the Bills are the only team that are interested in Hall in the 1st round, but this is their chance to lock down their guy. The CB class is deep, but the RB class isn’t. Hall helps this team win games immediately.
26. Tennessee Titans
Desmond Ridder | Cincinnati, QB
Another shocker here at 26. Ridder has become the QB2 of this class and Tennessee would be a landing spot that I won’t count out. Like the Packers taking Love in 2020, the Titans have identified a guy that can become their future.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Logan Hall | Houston, DL
Another player that I think sneaks into round 1, Logan Hall is a long defensive lineman that will blow plays up and add to their pass rush. He has Day 1 pedigree and could be a prospect that pushes the Bucs over the top.
28. Green Bay Packers
Devontae Wyatt | Georgia, DT
Wyatt may be a late faller, but the Packers absolutely love him. If they pass on him at 22 and he is still on the board at 28, consider it a no brainer.
29. Kansas City Chiefs
Boye Mafe | Minnesota, Edge
The Chiefs have been closely tied to the explosive edge out of Minnesota. Mafe is a bit of a late bloomer and one of the older players in the class, but the Chiefs are a team that can afford that hit to lock down a top tier talent.
30. Kansas City Chiefs
Daxton Hill | Michigan, DB
With their second pick, the Chiefs land the versatile defensive back that held down the Michigan secondary. The Chiefs may not be able to replace the Honey Badger, but Hill can play a variety of roles and immediately make an impact for a team in win-now mode.
31. Cincinnati Bengals
Kyler Gordon | Washington, CB
We won’t embarrass Eli Apple here, he did that enough to himself last season. Long story short, he is not the answer at CB for the Bengals. Kyler Gordon is an athletic specimen with the traits required to be a lockdown corner in the NFL.
32. Detroit Lions
Kenny Pickett | Pittsburgh, QB
The Lions take Pickett in the first round a secure the option of having that 5th year on the contract. Will Pickett be the guy? Maybe not, but he is a minimum of a solid bridge player as this team continues to rebuild and soon unload Jared Goff’s massive contract.