1. Carolina Panthers (from CHI)
Bryce Young | Alabama, QB
The clearcut favorite to go #1 is nearly a lock as Vegas now has Young at -1000. The Panthers will start their 5th consecutive season with a new QB under center, but this time he will be there to stay.
2. Houston Texans
Tyree Wilson | Texas Tech, Edge
For months, the talk has been the Texans going QB and potentially selecting Stroud. This week, the odds adjusted to Levis being the guy. Usually when there is this much uncertainty at 2, it means they are not going QB. With a brand new coaching staff in the building, the Texans take their pick of elite defenders and still have firepower to move up and grab a QB if the opportunity presents itself.
3. Arizona Cardinals
Will Anderson Jr. | Alabama, Edge
It’s not a mystery…the Cardinals want to move back. However, will the price be right? Will Anderson Jr. is a bonafide stud than will be an organizational guy for years to come and a great backup plan if they don’t receive attractive offers for to move back.
4. Indianapolis Colts
Will Levis | Kentucky
There has been a clear connection drawn between the Colts and Will Levis…many insiders believe he is their guy and they hope he falls to 4. Barring any major draft night trades, Levis likely will be around and the Colts will fill their endless void.
5. Seattle Seahawks
Jalen Carter | Georgia, DT
Although the Seahawks have been linked to Anthony Richardson here, it is unlikely that they would pass on the opportunity to draft potentially the draft’s best talent.
6. Detroit Lions
Devon Witherspoon | Illinois, CB
The odds makers feel as if this is one of the bigger locks in the class and for good reason. Witherspoon is viewed as the top corner in the class and a perfect match for Dan Campbell’s regime.
7. Las Vegas Raiders
Paris Johnson Jr. | Ohio State, OT
This is where the draft gets tricky. The Raiders could go QB, but consensus believes they are going all in to get back into the playoffs ASAP. They brought in key offensive pieces this offseason and now need to add more depth to the OL. PJJ’s versatility and athleticism likely will keep him in the top 8 picks.
8. Washington Commanders 🚨TRADE🚨 Washington trades the 16th overall, the 47th overall pick and a 2024 2nd Rd pick for the 8th overall pick.
Anthony Richardson | Florida, QB
FIREWORKS!! One of the most quietly QB needy teams in the NFL is the Washington Commanders and both HC and GM are sitting on a flaming hot seat. With ownership changing hands, look for the team to make a splash and secure Cam Newton 2.0. It is worth noting that Rivera and Hurney were the one’s at the helm in Carolina when the team selected Newton.
9. Chicago Bears (from CAR)
Darnell Wright | Tennessee, OT
The Bears traded back for a clear reason….the value at 1 was too high for a non-QB needy team. They took their chance to have a top DL slide, but now they can lock down Justin Field’s body guard.
10. Philadelphia Eagles
Peter Skoronski | Northwestern, OT
The Eagles build from the trenches. They reload, rather than rebuild. Skoronski offers incredible versatility and can fit into any slot on the OL, which can greatly help a team with key aging veterans like Kelce and Johnson.
11. Tennessee Titans
CJ Stroud | Ohio State, QB
The Titans stay put and land one of their top QBs. Stroud was once the favorite to go number 1, but makes it all the way to the rebuilding Titans. The short leash for Ryan Tannehill just got even shorter.
12. Houston Texans
Bijan Robinson | Texas, RB
The Texans miss out on the QB run but take a shot on a generational running back that will have the most sold jersey in the NFL next year. HC Demeco Ryans and OC Bobby Slowik come from a 49ers team that relied heavily around Defense and run game. Look for the Texans to ride out a one-two punch of Pierce and Robinson until identifying their franchise QB.
13. Green Bay Packers
Jaxon Smith-Njigba | Ohio State, WR
You’d have to believe part of the swap up to 13 means that Green Bay had to have a specific player targeted to select. If Smith-Njigba makes it past the Texans, I’d expect the Packers to make the pick, barely cutting off Bill Belichick.
14. New England Patriots
Christian Gonzalez | Oregon, CB
Will Gonzalez fall to 14? Maybe. If he does and the Pats miss out on JSN, look out for the team to bring in the stud from Oregon.
15. New York Jets
Broderick Jones | Georgia, OT
The Aaron Rodgers list of demands likely included the Jets to sign receivers (particularly ones from his past) and draft lineman. Becton’s future is up in the air, but it is likely clear that they cannot rely on him as their go-to OT. Jones is a well-built offensive tackle that can plug in either on the left or right side.
16. Atlanta Falcons (from WAS)
Nolan Smith | Georgia, Edge
Two of the Falcons draft crushes likely seem like too much of a reach at 8. If they make the smart decision to move back, they likely will still have a shot at drafting one their guys.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Joey Porter Jr. | Penn State, CB
The Steelers are have a history of running one of the best organizations in professional sports and a large part of that is the culture instilled within. Joey Porter was a Steelers all time great and it just so happens that the team is in desperate need of a Cornerback opposite of Patrick Peterson. This pick makes too much sense to me.
18. Detroit Lions
Michael Mayer | Notre Dame, TE
If the Lions walk out of this draft with both the best cornerback and the best tight end, they potentially have won the 1st round. Last year, the Lions lost TJ Hockenson to the Vikings, which created a void in both their run and pass offense. This TE class is talented and deep, but Mayer is the best combination TE in the group.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lukas Van Ness | Iowa, Edge
Van Ness is a talented and versatile defensive lineman that brings an extremely high ceiling to the Tampa Bay front 7. With questions throughout their defense, Van Ness has the potential to become a JJ Watt type talent.
20. Seattle Seahawks
Deonte Banks | Maryland, CB
I am not buying the QB hype surrounding Seattle, especially if they go Carter at 5. Pete Carroll and the Seahawks not only made the playoffs last year, but signed Geno Smith to a 3 year, $75M deal. Here instead they use this prime capital to lock down a much needed corner to start opposite of Woolen.
21. LA Chargers
Jordan Addison | USC, WR
Brandon Staley may be on thin ice and he needs to turn the Chargers into an elite tier offense if he wants to stay in LA. Keenan Allen has struggled to stay on the field and Mike Williams will never find the consistency to be “the guy”. The 2021 Biletnikoff winner fits the mold to be a longterm star for Justin Herbert.
22. Baltimore Ravens
Myles Murphy | Clemson, Edge
The Ravens notoriously love their 3-4 scheme, which allows for them to re-stock with ease in the late 1st round. This year, Myles Murphy is the ideal fit as a down lineman who can play all over the front 3 spots.
23. Minnesota Vikings
Hendon Hooker | Tennessee, QB
It’s not mystery that the Vikings love Hooker and if he slides to them at 23, then I would not be surprised by this pick. Kirk is only getting older and more expensive, so it’s time to come up with a backup plan to replace the underperforming QB longterm.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars
Brian Branch | Alabama, CB
Brian Branch brings a loaded punch to the Jags secondary and can evolve into a Honeybadger type role that plays all over the field. Things continue to trend up in Jacksonville.
25. Cincinnati Bengals (from NYG)
🚨TRADE🚨Cincinnati trades the 28th overall, the 92nd overall pick and a 2024 4th round pick for the 25th overall pick and the 160th overall pick
Jahmyr Gibbs | Alabama, RB
The Bengals jump the Cowboys and Bills in order to select the do-it-all back from Alabama. Joe Mixon’s immediate availability is up in the air, but the two would form an electric combo for a Super Bowl contending offense.
26. Dallas Cowboys
Dalton Kincaid | Utah, TE
The Cowboys love Gibbs but they also love the TE from Utah. Jerry continues to surround underperforming Prescott with elite tier weapons.
27. Buffalo Bills
Joe Tippmann | Wisconsin, IOL
Josh Allen has many parallels to Cam Newton and unfortunately one of those is the number of hits he has taken at this point in his career. If the Bills want to keep Allen playing at a historic level, they need to continue to support him from the inside. Joe Tippmann is a bit taller than the prototype center in the NFL but he likely will swing out to guard for the extent of his career.
28. New York Giants
O’Cyrus Torrence | Florida, IOL
Danny Dimes has now been locked down as the franchise QB of the GMen after having a spectacular year at the helm. Like Josh Allen, the Giants must build the interior OL in order to keep the run game open and protect the QB. The Giants have 7 picks in the top 210, in a class that is rich in mid round talent at WR and CB. Here, I expect them to select an offensive lineman for the third time out of the last four years.
29. New Orleans Saints
Quentin Johnston | TCU, WR
The Saints need to find a cheaper, better version to replace Mike Thomas with…Johnston is far from the same style of player but he brings a full package of upside. Despite worries about his aggressiveness at the catch point, Johnston is exceptional with the ball in his hands and could be a top tier target opposite of Olave.
30. Philadelphia Eagles
Emmanuel Forbes | Mississippi State, CB
The Eagles are in a prime location to trade back but instead opt for a top tier CB in Forbes. The Mississippi State product was a ballhawk in the SEC and can bring that game changing athleticism to a Super Bowl contender.
31. Kansas City Chiefs
Zay Flowers | Boston College, WR
I’m not a huge fan of Zay Flowers but Andy Reid has proven that the more weapons he has, the better off his scheme is. Although undersized, the Chiefs have never been too concerned when it comes to playmakers approved by Patrick Mahomes.