1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Trevor Lawrence, here at one, is probably the most predictable thing in this year’s draft. He has been hyped up for years and has lived up to it. The Clemson quarterback has all the tools to be extremely successful at the NFL level and the clear-cut QB1 in this draft.
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Zach Wilson was nearly unheard of before this season, but he has skyrocketed up the draft boards this season. Wilson has a lot of natural talent, but his decision-making needs to be improved. The talent alone is enough to make him the second quarterback taken.
3. Miami Dolphins (via HOU) Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
If the Dolphins do not get a trade offer enticing enough to trade down, Ja’Marr Chase is a great option. Chase did not play last season, his great combination of size, strength, and speed makes him the best receiver in the class. With Will Fuller coming in, Chase and Fuller could be a nice one-two punch down in Miami.
4. Carolina Panthers (via ATL): Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State (Trade: CAR: Pick 8, 2021 4th, 2022 1st and 5th/ATL: Pick 4)
The Panthers have been rumored to be sniffing around the quarterback market to replace Teddy Bridgewater, and I think they get aggressive here. Justin Fields has an athletic skill set that will transition well to the NFL. Fields and McCaffrey will be a deadly backfield in Carolina.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Ever since Joe Burrow went down with a season-ending knee injury, protecting him has been the number one priority. Penei Sewell will be able to hold down Burrow’s blindside for the next decade. He is very athletic even though he is six-foot-six, 325 pounds. He will be the first tackle taken off the board and this is a slam dunk for Cincinnati
6. Philadelphia Eagles: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Philadelphia will be looking for a weapon to help out Jalen Hurts next season. With Zach Ertz departing, Kyle Pitts is a great replacement. Pitts could play at tight end or even receiver at the next level. He will be an all-pro at either position someday.
7. Detroit Lions: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The Heisman winner was unbelievable last season for Alabama. He has elite speed and can make the impossible look easy. With the loss of Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, the Lions will need a number one receiver for Jared Goff to throw to.
8. Atlanta Falcons (via CAR): Rayshawn Slater, OT, Northwestern (Trade: ATL Pick 4/CAR Pick 8, 2021 4th, 2022 1st)
The Falcons trade down here to gather more draft capital and take a need at eight. Slater has good feet and finishes blocks off with power. He will be a great fit in Atlanta and will protect Matt Ryan and the next QB for years to come.
9. Denver Broncos: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Caleb Farley has ideal size and speed for a cornerback at the next level and is only scratching the surface of his ability. He checks all the boxes. He is smart and can play both in man and zone. He also plays the run very well. Denver will love him at nine.
10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
One word that describes Patrick Surtain II is shutdown. The ball barely went his way all season and for good reason. He has quick hands and feet and can shut down anybody. He can also fit in any scheme and shut down anybody he lines up against.
11. New York Giants: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Parsons’ combination of elite size and speed is very uncommon and the Giants would love him at 11. He is good against the run and in coverage, and his athleticism can make up for mental mistakes. The Giants need a linebacker at the center of the defense and can cap off a nice offseason so far by taking Parsons.
12. San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota St.
Lance will be 20 when his name is called in April, and even though he is young his talent is undeniable. He showed great arm talent and athleticism that would fit perfectly into San Francisco’s zone running scheme.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Waddle has unbelievable speed and will complement Keenan Allen’s size and physicality. Waddle is the fastest receiver in the draft and is a home run threat any time the ball is in his hands. He is coming off of a broken ankle, which could hurt him slightly, but he is still one of the top three receivers in the draft. Justin Herbert will love having Allen’s size and Waddle’s speed.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Minnesota struggled defending the pass last season, and Jaycee Horn would fit a need here. He has good size for a corner and can mold into a good fit for the Vikings. He is better in zone than man, but he is still developing.
15. Washington Football Team (via NE): Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (Trade: WSH: Pick 19, 2021 3rd/NE: Pick 15)
Jones is an interesting prospect. He was a fast riser this season and ended up being a Heisman finalist. He had amazing weapons at Alabama and was really throwing to wide-open receivers. He is very smart and can break down a defense, but lacks the power to drive the ball down the field. He fits Washington’s scheme and looked very good at his pro day. Washington moves up with New England to take their QB of the future.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
Protecting Kyler Murray will be a need going into the draft, and Vera-Tucker’s ability to play guard and tackle will make Arizona very happy. He is a better run blocker than pass blocker, but he has good hands and the power to finish off blocks.
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Owusu-Koramoah is extremely versatile and flies all over the field. He is a bit undersized, but he can play on the edge, outside linebacker, or safety. The Raiders need a linebacker and he can excel in their defense. He can cover tight ends and running backs very well and can deliver a big hit.
18. Miami Dolphins: Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
The Hendricken prospect has flown up draft boards in the past year. His athleticism jumps off the tape and has amazing potential. He is still a work in progress, but his upside is enough to take a risk on him in the first round. He was not really used right in Michigan’s defensive scheme and will fit better in Miami.
19. New England Patriots (via WSH): Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue (Trade: NE: Pick 15/WSH: Pick 19, 2021 3rd)
The Patriots move back and gather assets, which is what they usually do. Rondale Moore has lightning-fast feet, great hands, and squatted 600 pounds as a freshman. Before his ACL injury, he was lighting up cornerbacks in the BIG 10. He has a unique combination of speed and strength at 5 foot 9, 180 pounds. Just turn on the tape from his game against Ohio State in 2018. He is flying under the radar, and New England is going to pounce.
20. Chicago Bears: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma St.
Teven Jenkins is another athletic tackle in a deep class. He can potentially play on both the left and right, he can also stay square and has good form. The Bears will be looking to strengthen the offensive line to protect Andy Dalton.
21. Indianapolis Colts: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Ojulari is a great pass rusher with an explosive first step. The Colts are good against the run and could use him to improve their pass defense further. He is a bit small and may struggle against bigger offensive tackles, but he is very athletic and his speed makes up for it.
22. Tennessee Titans: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Darrisaw was a three-year starter at Virginia Tech and kept improving every season. He is a powerful tackle, but he is also patient. Tennessee whiffed hard on offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson last season, and they try again here with Darrisaw.
23. New York Jets (via SEA) Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami
Phillips had a great season with eight sacks in his first and only year in Miami. He is fundamentally sound with a great first step. He will fit nicely in New York and bolster the pass rush.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
A running back in the first round is becoming rarer as time moves on, but Etienne is a first-round running back. Pittsburgh is known for a power run scheme and Etienne has great speed and explosiveness to fit that. They need a back since James Conner has failed to live up to expectations.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
Toney has lightning-fast feet and an explosive cut out of his route. Trevor Lawrence will love throwing to him in Jacksonville and they need to give him some weapons quickly. There is a lot to like in Toney’s game and he has a lot of potential to grow with Lawrence.
26. Cleveland Browns: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
Rousseau has fallen a little bit after opting out in 2020, but he still has the same potential to be an elite pass rusher at the NFL level. Some players just performed really well and jumped him. Cleveland will be all over him if he falls to 26 and will make a great partner with Myles Garrett.
27. Baltimore Ravens: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Collins was a three-year starter at Tulsa and has great instincts defending the run. The Ravens will like his explosiveness and speed when pursuing defenders. Put all these together and he is a complete linebacker.
28. New Orleans Saints: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
New Orleans needs a shutdown corner and Newsome fits that. He is good in the press with good strength, and can also play zone. He played a good amount of cover 3 at Northwestern. He needs to improve in trusting his own instincts and penalties were an issue at the end of his career. He was flagged for pass interference seven times in his last 14 games, which could become problematic.
29. Green Bay Packers: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Bateman played five games before opting out in 2020, but he has been a dominant player since he stepped on campus at Minnesota. Green Bay absolutely needs to give Aaron Rodgers another receiver and Bateman is a great receiver. He has good size at six-foot-two and 210 pounds and has an ability to adjust his body to make catches.
30. Buffalo Bills: Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas
Joseph Ossai is a standout pass rusher and his versatility makes him an excellent pick for Buffalo. The Bills need a young edge rusher and Ossai can fill that. He has a high motor and is extremely explosive off the line.
31. Kansas City Chiefs: Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas
Kansas City needs to find an offensive tackle to protect Patrick Mahomes after letting go of both of their starting offensive tackles. Cosmi started at left tackle for three seasons at Texas and has shown a lot of potential. He is a patient and fundamentally sound tackle that can excel at the next level.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
Barmore has a great combination of size and athleticism and will fit Tampa’s scheme. They could go running back here, but if Barmore slips this far, the Bucs will be all over him. There is a lot to like with him and he will compliment Ndamukong Suh nicely in the short-term.