Updated: Jan 31
Before we get started I'm going to be doing this mock based on what I would do, not what I expect each team to do!!! Without further ado, let's get right into it.
Pick 1: Jacksonville Jaguars, Ikem Ekwonu, OT NC State
No this isn't me trying to be different, I truly believe Ekwonu is a better player than Evan Neal. And the Jags #1 priority should be protecting their most valuable asset, Trevor Lawrence. This guy is nasty, think Trent Williams, yeah I know lofty but I think he can be that good. Ekwonu will be an elite run blocker from day 1 and I expect him to develop as a pass blocker and protect Trevor Lawrence's blindside for the next 10+ years.
Pick 2: Detroit Lions, Aiden Hutchinson, DE Michigan
This fit just makes too much sense, especially with a weak QB class, Hutchinson to the Lions feels inevitable. Hutchinson is a high motor, high-effort guy with a ton of pass rush prowess. Hutchinson paired with one of the most underrated players in the league in Romeo Okwara will give the Lions a formidable pass rush for years.
Pick 3: Houston Texans, Evan Neal, OT Alabama
Size, Size, Size. At 6'7, 350 lbs Evan Neal is a massive wall of Humanity. Although his pad level can get high at times, and NFL pass rushers will give him trouble for a while but at his size, a lot of technical issues can be covered up. I'm a huge fan of Davis Mills so giving him Tunsil and Neal for the start of his career will give the Texans a good idea of what they have in him.
Pick 4: New York Jets, Kyle Hamilton, S Notre Dame
The Jets are probably upset Neal and Ekwonu are off the board but Hamilton is a pretty good consolation. Positional value tells you not to take a Safety in the top 10 but Kyle Hamilton could be the best safety in the league in 3 years. This guy has some of the best range of anybody I've ever seen out of college. A Jets secondary that struggles at times could use a guy like Hamilton ASAP.
Pick 5: New York Giants, Charles Cross, OT Mississippi State
Cross is an intriguing prospect as he's a tad slender at this stage in his career but really athletic as a tackle. The Giants can't afford to wait for tackles later in the draft they need guys who can play soon and I think Cross can develop into a really solid NFL starter
Pick 6: Carolina Panthers, Kenny Pickett, QB Pitt
If I'm in Matt Rhule's shoes I can't wait for the switch to turn on for Sam Darnold. That leads me to Kenny Pickett, the most NFL-ready of the QB prospects. I think his ceiling is probably a more mobile Kirk Cousins which is good enough to win in the NFL in my opinion, and if you're Matt Rhule you have to take the risk or you may lose your job with another losing season.
Pick 7: New York Giants (via Chicago(LOL Palmer)), Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE Oregon
As you can probably see I'm not as high on Thibodeaux as others but he does have potential. And with two picks in the top 10, the Giants can afford to swing big on a guy with Chandler Jones upside.
Pick 8: Atlanta Falcons, Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner, CB Cincinnati
This is a trade-down spot in my opinion as the QB-hungry Broncos sit right behind this pick. But as a Falcons fan, I would LOVE this pick. Sauce Gardner is far and away CB1 for me in this class. Height, length, recovery speed he has it all. Partnering with AJ Terrell, this would give the Falcons an outstanding young core at DB.
Pick 9: Denver Broncos, Nakobe Dean, LB Georgia
No QB in this class is better than Drew Lock, so why rush if you're the Broncos. That leads me to the best off-ball LB in the draft in Nakobe Dean. You'll hear the experts hammer the "oh he's too small, not big enough to get off blocks" but I'm not buying it. Dean has a nose for the ball and is always in the right spots.
Pick 10: New York Jets (Via Seattle), Treylon Burks, WR Arkansas
Picking a CB here was tempting but I had to get Zach Wilson a playmaker. A 6'3 230 lb Deebo Samuel sounds like a perfect fit for a young QB looking for a new go-to target.
11. Washington Football Team (7-10)
Tyler Linderbaum, C Iowa 12. Minnesota Vikings (8-9)
Travon Walker, DE Georgia 13. Cleveland Browns (8-9)
Jameson Williams, WR Alabama 14. Baltimore Ravens (8-9)
Trevor Penning, OT UNI 15. Philadelphia Eagles from Miami (9-8)
Darian Kinnard, OG Kentucky 16. Philadelphia Eagles from Indianapolis (9-8)
Matt Corral, QB Ole Miss
17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-8)
Derek Stingley Jr., CB LSU 18. New Orleans Saints (9-8)
Garrett Wilson, WR OSU 19. Philadelphia Eagles (9-8)
Chris Olave, WR OSU 20. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1)
David Ojabo, EDGE Michigan 21. New England Patriots (10-7)
Andrew Booth Jr, CB Clemson 22. Las Vegas Raiders (10-7)
Kyler Gordon, CB Washington 23. Arizona Cardinals (11-6)
Kenyon Green, OG Texas A&M 24. Dallas Cowboys (12-5)
Devin Lloyd, LB Utah 25. Buffalo Bills (11-6)
Jahan Dotson, WR Penn State 26. Tennessee Titans (12-5)
Lewis Cine, S Georgia 27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4)
Trent McDuffie, CB Washington 28. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
Bernhard Raimann, OT Central Michigan 29. Miami Dolphins from San Francisco (10-7)
Devonte Wyatt, DT Georgia 30. Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)
Demarvin Leal, DE Texas A&M 31. Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)
Daniel Faalele, OT Minnesota 32. Detroit Lions from LA Rams (12-5)
Drake London, WR USC