We are a day out from draft day, and it is time for my final mock draft. This class is difficult to predict, there are few “for sure” prospects. On the flip side, the class is very deep in terms of depth. There have been comparisons to the 2013 class, which I don’t think is too far off. With that being said, let’s take a look at what I’ve mocked.
- San Fransisco 49ers trade Deebo Samuel and the 172nd overall pick to the New York Jets for the 10th and 35th overall picks, as well as a 2023 second rounder.
- The Houston Texans trades the 13th, 68th, 108th and a future 3rd to the Carolina Panthers. In exchange, the Panthers give up the 6th overall pick to gain draft capital.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers jumps the Saints to get their future QB. The Steelers send the 20th and 84th picks, as well as a future fourth round pick, to the Philidelphia Eagles for their 15th overall pick.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – EDGE Travon Walker (Georgia)
Jags GM Trent Balke worked for the 49ers when they drafted Aldon Smith. Although this pick could easily be spent on Aiden Hutchinson, I think there’s a real chance they go Travon Walker. His versatility and athleticism could land him the first overall selection.
2. Detroit Lions – EDGE Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan)
After Walker goes first, the Lions, SPRINT to the podium to turn their card in. The Lions go with the man who attempted to rebuild the University of Michigan, now he will be tasked with helping build the Lions.
3. Houston Texans – OL Ikem Ekwonu (NC State)
The Texans go with many analysts’ best offensive lineman here in my mock draft. Ekwonu is a mauler and would be able to play anywhere on the line. His versatility on a bad offensive line makes him very valuable.
4. New York Jets – EDGE Jermaine Johnson II (Florida State)
A bit of a shocker here in my mock draft, but maybe not that big of one. As reports continue to come out, it is becoming clear the Jets like Jermaine Johnson. It would be a very controversial selection with Kayvon Thibodeaux still on the board, but if the Jets are locked in on Johnson, they’re locked in on Johnson.
5. New York Giants – OT Evan Neal (Alabama)
The Giants need to sure up their offensive line after announcing they are rolling with Daniel Jones. Neal is a behemoth, and should be an anchor for a long time in the league.
6. Houston Texans – EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon)
The Texans trade up to 6th overall after watching Thibodeaux slide farther than many though he would. There is little to no chance he makes it to 13th, and I feel that Thibodeaux and Sauce Gardner are the two prospects teams will be willing to trade up for. I have the Texans going with Thibodeaux over Gardner here, simply due to the value of a premier pass rusher. Either would be a great pick.
7. New York Giants – CB Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner (Cincinati)
Since Thibodeaux and Johnson are off the board, there is a bit of a drop off in talent at the pass rushing position. I don’t think this will eat at them too much, as they select Sauce Gardner with the 7th overall pick in the draft. Gardner is a future CB1, and this pick enables them to move off of James Bradberry if they would like.
8. Atlanta Falcons – WR Jameson Williams (Alabama)
Williams has had a fantastic recovery coming off of a torn ACL. To many, he is still the best WR in the draft. The Falcons need talent at skill positions, so they take the most talented one in Williams.
9. Seattle Seahawks – OT Charles Cross (Mississippi State)
The Seahawks go with Cross for the third time in my mock draft. I think this is a safe pick unless he goes earlier. The Seahawks need an upgrade at LT, and Cross can step in right away.
10. San Fransisco 49ers – WR Garrett Wilson (Ohio State)
After trading Deebo Samuel, the 9ers need to replace him. Luckily, they have the speedy Garrett Wilson on the board who is just about as complete as they come. After gaining capital close to similar to what they gave up for Trey Lance, moving Deebo could actually HELP the team.
11. Washington Commanders – S Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame)
The Commander could use secondary help, and Kyle Hamilton could be a top 5 player in this class. Safety is a tough position to draft early, but whoever takes Hamilton will likely be happy they did. I have had him go to the Commanders every other mock, and I’m not changing it in this one.
12. Minnesota Vikings – CB Derek Stingley Jr (LSU)
Could Stingley go earlier? Absolutely. I just have a hard time seeing him go earlier the way I have my boards falling in any mock I have done. Stingley would be a great add to the Vikings secondary and should be a difference maker right away wherever he goes.
13. Carolina Panthers – QB Malik Willis (Liberty)
The Panthers traded back after the top two tackles go off of the board, and end up with their future at QB. Or so they hope. Matt Rhule needs something to help him hold his job, and a QB showing a glimmer of hope could be what does it.
14. Baltimore Ravens – IDL Jordan Davis (Georgia)
The Ravens go with the unicorn of the draft in Jordan Davis. Davis anchoring the middle for the Ravens just sounds right. The Ravens need depth up front, and the combo of Davis, Calais Campbell, Michael Pierce and Odafe Oweh sounds like a nightmare and I’m here for it.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers – QB Kenny Pickett (Pittsburgh)
The Steelers go with the QB prospect that has been in their backyard. There have been rumors that Pickett may be the Steelers’ QB1 out of this class, and it kind of makes sense. They probably have gotten the best view of Pickett throughout the scouting process. A bit of a surprise in round one of my mock.
16. New Orleans Saints – OT Bernhard Raimann (Central Michigan)
The Saints need to replace Terron Armstead. Penning could be the pick here, but I like Raimann more as a traditional LT. His pass protection is top tier, and he is still getting better. His ceiling could be considered right up there with Ekwonu and Neal when it’s all said and done.
17. Los Angeles Chargers – OT Trevor Penning (Northern Iowa)
Penning could be a better fit at RT, and I think that is where the Chargers would put him. He in a fantastic run blocker and is a bully up front. He could be a bit of a developmental pick, but he has the potential to be nasty in the NFL.
18. Philidelphia Eagles – WR Drake London (USC)
The Eagles need another WR, plain and simple. Drake London has a huge catch radius and would be an awesome Yang to Devonte Smith’s Yin.
19. New Orleans Saints – WR Chris Olave (Ohio State)
The Saints need a new WR, and after selecting a tackle with their first pick in the first round, I have them going wideout next. Chris Olave brings speed to the table and has experienced big games. A nice addition to paid with fellow Buckeye, Michael Thomas.
20. Philidelphia Eagles – LB Devin Lloyd (Utah)
Devin Lloyd is wildly athletic and versatile, things the Eagles could use in their relatively weak linebacking group. Using their second pick in the draft to address LB would make many fans, including Gio the Podcaster, very happy.
21. New England Patriots – CB Trent McDuffie (Washington)
The Patriots go with McDuffie here, which could be viewed as going best player available. It just helps that the Patriots could also use an upgrade in their secondary.
22. Green Bay Packers – WR Treylon Burks (Arkansas)
The Packers get their Devante Adams replacement without having to trade up. Burks is a lot like Deebo Samuel after the catch, he will either run through you or around you. Your decision if you want to get in the way. Though he may not be the most polished prospect, I think the Green Bay coaching staff can make up for it.
23. Arizona Cardinals – OG Zion Johnson (Boston College)
The Cardinals could use an upgrade at guard, and Zion Johnson is a fantastic candidate to take at 23rd here in the draft. He should be able to step in and start week one no matter where he goes.
24. Dallas Cowboys – OL Kenyon Green (Texas A&M)
The Cowboys need an upgrade up front, and Kenyon Green is just that. Though he is projected to be a guard, the Cowboys should be able to figure their OL out if they were to select Green. Since there aren’t many for sure tackles left, Green will do.
25. Buffalo Bills – IDL Devonte Wyatt (Georgia)
I love this fit. Devonte Wyatt would be the perfect addition for the Buffalo Bills’ front seven. You have a bit of room for creativity, as he can move along just about anywhere on the defensive line. Letting Von Miller take some pressure off of him to kick his career off would be a great way to develop him.
26. Tennessee Titans – OL Tyler Smith (Tulsa)
Smith is projected to be a guard, and that’s exactly what the Titans need. He is a run block machine and would fit like a glove in Tennessee. I love this fit too much to not mock it.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – EDGE George Karlaftis (Purdue)
Though they need a guard, I have the Bucs going edge rusher with their first-round pick in the 2022 draft. There is a ton of depth for guards in this class, and Karlaftis making it this far down the board may entice the Buccaneers to select him.
28. Green Bay Packers – EDGE David Ojabo (Michigan)
I have the Packers taking Ojabo here due to the fact this is their second pick in the draft. With this being their second pick, they don’t have to make a selection that will instantly help week one, they can look more long term. Ojabo was originally a top 10 pick, whoever lands him will be getting a really good pass rusher with a chip on his shoulder.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – CB Daxton Hill (Michigan)
The Chiefs need help in their secondary, both at safety and corner. Luckily for them, Hill can play both. Back-to-back Michigan defenders, making that three in round one.
30. Kansas City Chiefs- WR Christian Watson (North Dakota St.)
I had a bit of trouble with this one. In my 1.0 and 2.0 versions, I had the Chiefs trading up to get a premier wideout. I don’t have them doing that in this mock, as they take the tall and speedy Christian Watson. Is he the most polished? No. Could this pick be George Pickens if the Chiefs decide to stick with their current picks? Yes. But I think the Chiefs will value speed over anything else and go with Watson here at 30th.
31. Cincinati Bengals – CB Kaiir Elam (Florida)
Elam is climbing draft boards, and I have him as the fourth corner taken off of the board in the first round of my mock draft. The Bengals need to upgrade their secondary and that became abundantly clear in the Super Bowl with the Rams down to one and a half receivers.
32. Detroit Lions – LB Nakobe Dean (Georgia)
With the final selection of my mock draft, I have the Lions taking Nakobe Dean. I would not be surprised at all if he went earlier, as he is a phenomenal player with great instincts. If the Lions could land him and Aiden Hutchinson in the first round, they probably have the draft of the night.
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