Pick Team Pos Player
The Jags need help all over the field but to us, it makes the most sense to give their QB and supposed future of the franchise some help staying vertical and select offensive tackle Evan Neal, but it looks like they will go with defense and grab Adrian Hutchinson who will provide an instant boost to the pass rush.
The Lion's run of bad luck continues - they are in dire need of QB help (with Jared Goff being viewed as a stop-gap at best) and despite having a prime pick there are no QBs worthy of this high selection. Detroit grab the edge rusher with the highest upside and a player with all-pro athletic ability... Thibodeaux is a no brainer here.
Evan Neal
Houston could do with help pretty much everywhere and at this point, they'll be more than happy to have Evan Neal fall into their lap - he's a man-mountain with the speed and athleticism to match. Neal is the kind of player that could become a consistent pro-bowler and protect whichever signal-caller the Texans finally settle on.
Ahmad Gardner
Ahmad 'Sauce' Gardner didn't allow a single touchdown in his entire career at Cincinnati and possesses an elite combination of size speed and overall cover skills - something the Jets definitely need. He'll start from day one and could become the first lockdown corner since Revis for New York.
Charles Cross
Mississippi State
Charles Cross is probably the best pass protector in this year's draft class and whoever is under center for the Giants will be thankful for this selection as the New York offensive line is one of the league's worst.
Matt Corral
Ole Miss
We've seen Kenny Picket mocked to the quarterback starved Panthers repeatedly but in our view don't consider him worthy of this high a selection - to us, he's a second-day pick. If they are going to have to reach and grab a QB, Matt Corral from Ole Miss is the most promising prospect. Carolina makes this pick while holding their collective noses.
Kyle Hamilton
Notre Dame
It comes down to edge rusher or defensive back here for the Giants after the earlier selection of OT Charles Cross. Hamilton represents great value here and could easily be one of the best safety prospects for years.
Malik Willis
After the loss of Matt Ryan and his replacement with Marcus Mariota) Atlanta will be looking for a long-term solution. Pickett is ready to play now, but his upside is only average. Malik Willis is far from a finished product but has by far the greatest potential in this year's QB class and the Falcons will let him sit and learn until he's ready.
Ikem Ekwonu
NC State
The Seahawks look like a team with their best days behind them and need help everywhere. Ekwonu is a top-level prospect who can play both guard and tackle - it's just a pity for Seattle he can't play both at the same time. The Seahawk line is just bad.
Drake London is a dominant receiver who fights for the ball and has hands that make him a QB's best friend. While he doesn't have great deep speed he'll provide a consistent target for Wilson and will quickly become the best player on New York's impotent offense and help in the development of the Jet's young QB.
Garrett Wilson
Ohio State
Washington's roster is actually pretty good on a player-by-player basis - however, they are weak at both quarterback and wide receiver. If Malik Willis was available here they could have considered it, but he's not and so they go with plan b and choose Ohio State's super productive Garrett Wilson. He's our top-rated wideout and will likely have a great NFL career irrespective of who the Commander's QB is.
Jordan Davis
Georgia's Jordan Davis has posted some of the most amazing numbers ever seen at the combine - where he ran an official 4.78 40 while weighing in at 340lbs. He's an incredible tackler and a dominant run defender - which is exactly what the Vikings need to solidify their defense. It's an easy selection for Minnesota and they'll be overjoyed he lasted this long.
The Texans will jump at the chance to use the first of the picks they received as part of the DeShawn Watson trade on the supremely gifted Derek Stingley. He's a potential lockdown corner whose draft stock has fallen of late due to accusations of him being not as committed as he should be to the game.
George Karlaftis is one of the most dynamic players in this draft class - he's a freakish athlete with a massive frame and is a natural dominating pass rusher. The Ravens will be shocked to see him still available at this point and will hope he can help reinvigorate their defense and return it to the level Raven fans have come to expect.
Before Jameson Williams tore his ACL we had him rated as the top wideout in this year's class. He has elite speed and shows skills reminiscent of former Seahawk Joey Galloway. The Eagles will be hoping that once fit he'll return to this form and become a dynamic playmaker they haven't had since DeShawn Jackson.
Kenny Pickett
Kenny Pickett has become a polarizing prospect in this year's QB class - with some viewing him as a quality potential NFL starter and others as a small-handed one-season wonder. New Orleans will gamble on the former being the case and with some reservation hope that Pickett can become their quarterback of the future.
Trevor Penning
Northern Iowa
With excellent options still available at both offensive line and edge the Chargers opt for offensive tackle Trevor Penning. He's an FCS player and so has never been tested at the top level - however, he's shown so much in terms of overall play level and elite athletic talent they are willing to overlook this. He should start right away and provide much-needed help for franchise QB Justin Herbert.
Trent McDuffie
With the Eagles taking care of their passing offense with their earlier pick, this time they opt to shore up their pass defense. Washington's Trent McDuffie is generally considered the third-best corner in this class and we agree. He possesses elite speed and quickness combined with a natural feel for tight coverage and often blankets the opposing team's top receiver with ease. He's also a solid tackler who isn't afraid of contact.
Chris Olave
Ohio State
The Saints need help at quarterback, offensive line, and wide receiver. Ideally, they would be hoping for one of the top three QBs to be available but with that not being the case they opt to improve their wide receiver corps and choose Chris Olave. He has elite speed and a surprising catch radius with excellent hands giving him the potential for regular circus catches.
Jaquan Brisker
Penn State
Mike Tomlin apparently has been a big fan of Malik Willis but given he is now long gone Pittsburgh will have to rethink their plans. Jaquan Brisker is almost as talented as Kyle Hamilton overall and is better in coverage. He has the talent to become a regular pro-bowler and will quickly become the Steeler's best safety since Troy Polamalu.
Nakobe Dean
Butkus Award winner Nakobe Dean is in our view the best linebacker in this year's class and is a likely star at the next level. Georgia's Dean is an elite talent who has the top speed and agility that allows him to cover like a corner, has natural pass rush moves akin to an edge rusher, and is a natural roving middle linebacker who hits like a truck. He'll be an easy selection for Belichick and will quickly become a force in the middle of the Patriot defense.
Treylon Burks
The departure of Davante Adams has left a huge hole in the Packer offense. Treylon Burks's stock has fallen since he ran slower than hoped for at the combine, but he's still a solid prospect with some outstanding tools - he'll provide an instant upgrade and keep Rodgers happy... for a while.
The Cardinals fell to pieces in the second half of last season and the lack of pass rush, when JJ Watt was injured, was one of many contributing factors. Travon Walker is another athletic freak who runs a 4.5 40 while weighing in at 270lbs - he's not a finished product, but has all the potential in the world to be an impact player and can play anywhere along the defensive line.
Last year the Cowboys struck gold by going best player available with the selection of eventual defensive rookie of the year Micah Parsons. In picking Tyler Linderbaum Dallas will be getting one of the best center prospects for years and he'll likely become a mainstay on their offensive line for the next decade.
Kaiir Elam
Kaiir Elam is probably the best corner available on the board. He showcased outstanding athletic skills both at the combine and the Florida pro day. Buffalo, fortunately for them, don't have a lot of needs but corner is one of them and Elam will be a nice addition to the Bill's defense.
Utah's Devin Lloyd is fast, a hard hitter, who wraps well, and has developed into an excellent pass rusher on the edge, he also possesses truly elite coverage skills and the Titans simply can't pass up this skillset. He'll instantly improve a linebacker group that has become the weak point of the team.
Kenyon Green
Texas A&M
Tampa Bay will be more than happy to see Kenyon Green still on the board here. Green has all the potential in the world - he has elite strength, is quick for his size, and has tremendous drive in the running game. He isn't perfect though and will need development as a pass blocker in the pros. Despite this, he is still the best guard in this year's class and he'll quickly upgrade a porous Buccaneer offensive line.
Jermaine Johnson II
Florida State
Jermaine Johnson has been rocketing up draft boards after his dominating 2021 season with FSU and an elite performance at the Senior Bowl. He has massive upside as a pass rusher with all the athletic tools you could wish for. The Packers will be ecstatic to see him still available and won't wait for a second to turn in their card with his name on it.
Jahan Dotson
Penn State
The Kansa City offense took a major step back this offseason with the loss of Mahome's most dynamic playmaker in Tyreek Hill. In our scouting report, we have described Penn State's Jahan Dotson's athletic ability as very similar to Hill. He is the draft's second-best deep threat, after Jameson Williams, and is a top-level prospect that could dominate at the next level. We aren't saying he'll make the Chief's fans forget about Hill but he'll quickly become the Mahomes most explosive target.
The Chiefs lost their starting corner to the Niners in free agency which left a major hole in the defensive backfield. Auburn's Roger McCreary had an outstanding 2021 campaign and became one of the most impressive man cover corners in college football last year. He has nice top speed, possesses great agility, never lets the receiver beat him deep, and is a quality run defender who gives his all. He should start right away and be a quality replacement for Charvarius Ward.
Bernhard Raimann
Central Michigan
The Bengals correctly opted to take wide receiver over offensive line last year. This however left it one of Cincinnati's weakest units and Austrian native Bernhard Raimann is super athletic with the frame to put even more mass on, has shown excellent technique in both run and pass blocking, and is pro-ready. He'll likely start from week one and quickly upgrade the Bengal line.
Daxton Hill
Denver became a genuine Superbowl contender after the trade for Russell Wilson and with the QB position being solidified this has left the secondary as the next spot requiring improvement. Free safety Daxton Hill has played all over the defensive backfield for the Wolverines, and this versatility when paired with supreme athletic skills makes him an easy selection for the Broncos