Way too early 2022 mock draft

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  1. dtx

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    next year is the matt corral show

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  2. MG2

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    His QB coach, who has been working with Trey Lance (among others) for a while, told Feldman that Willis has the strongest arm he's ever seen.

    Might all be bullshit, but I would assume he has an arm that's at least a B+ version of Lance in order to make that statement.
  3. Fran Tarkenton

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    I know, we all have an Athletic sub.

    Several of us on tmb have been watching him since High School. Hes a great kid and idk why he ever signed up for Malzahns offense.
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    Brenton Cox has first round physical tools and 7th round IQ, curious to see if Grantham can team him literally anything (doubt)
  5. JohnCalvinTM

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    Only watched Willis a few games last year but I thought his arm looked great. I think if he starts looking even more like a decision maker then NFL GMs will convince themselves to take the potential
  6. Saul Shabazz

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    having a better arm than Howell would be quite something
  7. Dump

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    Dane Brugler’s 2022 mock

    With five quarterbacks selected in the top 15 picks, the 2021 NFL Draft centered on the quarterback position — and the 2022 class will be much of the same. Next year’s crop of passers doesn’t have a Trevor Lawrence-type, no-doubt-about-it guy at the top. But there are more than a handful of talented quarterback prospects who could be drafted in Round 1 a year from now.

    There are five quarterbacks in this way-too-early mock, and that doesn’t include other intriguing prospects like Kedon Slovis (USC), Matt Corral (Ole Miss), Carson Strong (Nevada), Jayden Daniels (Arizona State), Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati), Dillon Gabriel (UCF) and a few others who could ascend boards with strong seasons this fall.

    Trust me, I understand a mock draft almost 365 days before the actual draft is very silly. But this exercise is less about accurately connecting players to teams and more about introducing 32 names to keep on the radar for the 2022 class.

    Note: This draft order is based on the current Super Bowl odds, so don’t yell at me for the order!

    1. Houston TexansSpencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma
    The future in Houston for Deshaun Watson is uncertain, which could put the Texans in the quarterback market next offseason, especially if they own the No. 1 pick. In his first season as a starter last year, Rattler made plenty of mistakes, but he got better as the campaign progressed. He should continue that development under coach Lincoln Riley.

    2. Detroit LionsSam Howell, QB, North Carolina
    Until he proves otherwise, Jared Goff is likely the short-term option in Detroit while the organization searches for the long-term answer. It is tough to watch Howell and not see similarities to Baker Mayfield — both positive and negative. His maturation will be interesting to track without Javonte Williams, Michael Carter, Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome, all taken in last week’s draft.

    3. Cincinnati BengalsKayvon Thibodeaux, edge, Oregon
    This past draft was the first without a pass rusher in the top 10 since 2012, but Thibodeaux will help the position make a comeback next April. The former five-star recruit has lived up to expectations in Eugene and is the current favorite to be the first non-quarterback drafted in 2022.

    4. New York JetsDerek Stingley, CB, LSU
    Stingley put his name on the NFL map as a true freshman playmaker for LSU’s 2019 national championship team. He battled through an injury-plagued 2020 season, but the talent to be a blue-chip pro prospect is there.

    5. Jacksonville JaguarsKenyon Green, OT, Texas A&M
    An All-American at left guard as a sophomore, Green is expected to make the move to left tackle as the Aggies’ only returning offensive lineman. He is a balanced, explosive mover with the upper-body power and awareness that NFL teams covet.

    6. Philadelphia EaglesMalik Willis, QB, Liberty
    Jalen Hurts has a “prove it” season coming up, and if he doesn’t take command of QB1, then the Eagles will likely be in position to draft a different quarterback in the top 10. If the draft were tomorrow, Willis probably isn’t a first-round pick. But if he makes key improvements, scouts believe he could climb this high. Check out Bruce Feldman’s recent article on his exciting talent.

    7. Las Vegas RaidersDrake Jackson, DL, USC
    When I was studying USC’s tape during the 2019 season, I thought I found a sleeper prospect when No. 99 kept popping on film. Turns out Jackson was only a true freshman, and he quickly announced himself to the world as a future top pick.

    8. New York GiantsKyle Hamilton, DS, Notre Dame
    A long, explosive safety, Hamilton is a unique athlete for his size with the competitive mentality to match. Though he has the physical skill set to be a top pick, his mental development has also been apparent during his first two seasons in South Bend.

    9. Carolina PanthersEvan Neal, OT, Alabama
    After playing primarily right guard as a freshman, Neal moved out to right tackle last season and was one of the better run blockers in the country while also holding his own in pass protection. At 6-foot-7 and 360 pounds, he might transition to left tackle in the fall as the Tide look to replace a first-round pick, Alex Leatherwood.

    10. Washington Football TeamJT Daniels, QB, Georgia
    Georgia’s inconsistencies last season can be tied to its issues at quarterback. But over the final few games with Daniels as the starter, the Bulldogs looked like a different team. If he continues to make positive strides, he could put himself in the top half of Round 1.

    Georgia quarterback JT Daniels. (Brett Davis / USA Today)
    11. Atlanta FalconsDeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M
    While watching the 2020 Florida tape, I was trying to study Bobby Brown. But Leal kept drawing my eye with his agility, especially for a 290-pounder. The second Aggie in this mock draft, he has true inside-outside versatility and the dominant traits to make plays in the backfield.

    12. Arizona CardinalsAndrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
    At this time last year, Derion Kendrick was the Clemson cornerback that NFL scouts were talking about. But now that buzz belongs to Booth. Although he has room to tidy up his technique, he does an outstanding job of locating and making plays on the ball (check out his one-handed interceptions).

    13. Minnesota VikingsKaiir Elam, CB, Florida
    Over the last six years, Florida has produced 11 defensive back draft picks, including several first-rounders, and Elam is next in the pipeline. He needs to cut down on the penalties and improve his tackling, but his length and ball skills help him shut down passing windows.

    14. New York GiantsChristian Harris, LB, Alabama
    From Chicago

    Alabama’s top returning tackler, Harris is entering his third season as the starter and is one of the more experienced players in the SEC. He has outstanding run-stopping and blitzing skills, but his development in coverage will ultimately determine whether he is drafted this high.

    15. Pittsburgh SteelersPhil Jurkovec, QB, Boston College
    Another quarterback who can put himself in the first round discussion with continued development, Jurkovec is a well-built competitor with better mobility than expected — similar to a current Pittsburgh quarterback. Scouts are eager to see the development of this Notre Dame transfer.

    16. Tennessee TitansGarrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
    The first wide receiver off the board in this scenario, Wilson has a knack for getting open and winning at the catch point. With a new quarterback and so many mouths to feed in the Buckeyes’ offense, his stat line this season might not look dominant, but his tape and traits will be a different story.

    17. Los Angeles ChargersAhmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
    A 6-foot-2 corner out of Detroit, Gardner had an All-American true freshman season in 2019 and had another strong year as a sophomore, collecting three interceptions each season. His competitive temperament gets the best of him at times and penalties have been a problem, but his coverage grades stand out.

    Cincinnati Bearcats cornerback Ahmad Gardner. (Tim Flores / USA Today)
    18. New England PatriotsTreylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
    While I studied Feleipe Franks’ tape last season, Burks made himself impossible to overlook with a number of highlight-worthy plays each week. A good-sized athlete at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, he has a huge catch radius and makes even the most difficult grabs appear routine.

    19. Philadelphia EaglesGeorge Karlaftis, edge, Purdue
    From Miami

    Although he was injured during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Karlaftis was dominant as a freshman in 2019, leading the team with 17 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. His heavy-handed attack and GPS for the football should translate well to the next level.

    20. New Orleans SaintsJordan Battle, DS, Alabama
    Battle became a full-time starter as a sophomore last season and didn’t disappoint, earning high marks from the coaches for his play versus the run and the pass. Safeties have been shut out of the first round each of the last two years, but players like Hamilton and Battle will try to change that next spring.

    21. Indianapolis ColtsTrent McDuffie, CB, Washington
    Washington has become the Pacific Coast version of “DBU” and McDuffie is next in line to be an early-round pick. Entering his third season as a starter, the California native doesn’t have ideal size, but he plays with obvious swagger and compete skills to stay on top of routes.

    22. New York JetsKingsley Enagbare, edge, South Carolina
    From Seattle

    South Carolina always seems to have at least one defensive lineman who will be a future NFL starter, and Enagbare is that guy to watch this fall because of his length and athletic twitch. Also known as “JJ,” he became a starter last season as a junior and led the team in sacks (six) and forced fumbles (three).

    23. Dallas CowboysDarian Kinnard, OG, Kentucky
    A college right tackle who will likely move inside to guard in the NFL, Kinnard is an ass-kicker in the run game and surprised NFL scouts when he decided to pass up a spot in the top 100 to return to school. With improved consistency in pass protection, he might be able to break into the first round.

    24. Denver BroncosDJ Dale, DT, Alabama
    The only true defensive tackle in this mock draft, Dale is a stout nose. He won’t fill up the stat sheet, but his impact is clear. He earned the starting job as a true freshman and has been an understated performer for the Tide the last two seasons.

    25. Green Bay PackersZach Harrison, edge, Ohio State
    At 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, Harrison is straight out of central casting and will light up stopwatches at next year’s scouting combine. He didn’t take as big of a jump between his freshman and sophomore seasons as expected, but with another offseason working under Larry Johnson, Harrison could be a breakout star this fall.

    26. Cleveland BrownsMyjai Sanders, edge, Cincinnati
    With his initial first step, Sanders is quick to introduce himself on tape. He was a potential top-50 pick if he declared for this year’s draft, but he returned to Cincinnati to continue to get stronger and become a better finisher in hope of becoming a first-round pick.

    27. Baltimore RavensJamaree Salyer, OT/G, Georgia
    Over the last two seasons, Salyer has lined up at left tackle, right tackle and left guard, and it will be interesting to see where he lines up as a senior. It doesn’t always look pretty, but his wide base and natural power help him overwhelm defenders.

    Georgia offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer. (Brett Davis / USA Today)
    28. Miami DolphinsAidan Hutchinson, DL, Michigan
    From San Francisco

    Hutchinson was considered a borderline first-rounder last fall before a fractured leg ended his season and forced him to return to school. He is on pace to be fully healthy for the fall, and scouts will be interested if he shows the same pre-injury lower-body agility and upper-body power.

    29. Buffalo BillsJohn Metchie III, WR, Alabama
    Alabama’s streak of consecutive drafts with at least two wide receivers taken in the first round will likely end next April. But if Metchie cracks the first round, he will be the sixth Crimson Tide pass catcher to do so since 2014. He finished second on the team in receiving last season, and his 16.7 yards per catch average was better than DeVonta Smith’s 15.9.

    30. Detroit LionsChris Olave, WR, Ohio State
    From L.A. Rams

    The second Ohio State receiver drafted in this mock, Olave was considered a borderline first-round pick before he decided to return to Columbus for his senior year. His body type is only average, but his speed and ball skills are appealing traits for the next level.

    31. Tampa Bay BuccaneersTyler Linderbaum, OC, Iowa
    My top-ranked center, Linderbaum flies out of his stance to reach blocks or advance to the second level. He plays with tight hands and a flexible lower body to cleanly redirect or move laterally.

    32. Kansas City ChiefsJustyn Ross, WR, Clemson
    Based on talent, Ross belongs in next April’s first round. But he missed the 2020 college football season because of a congenital fusion in his spine that puts his draft grade in limbo until the team’s doctors can examine him at the combine. Clemson expects him to be fully healthy and on the field this fall.
  8. Dump

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    2 in the top 11 :smug:

    I feel like Bama up in here
  9. Truman

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    You should feel more like Tennessee being smug about preseason accolades

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    am bored with WTE22 drafts, please point me to the WTE23 draft thread
  11. Where Eagles Dare

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    Gonna be sad when y'all lose 4 games tho
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  12. Eathan Edwards

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    Fairytale and Hugh Freeze are a perfect combo though
  13. Gunners

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    Jurkovec is not good
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  14. skiedfrillet

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    Booth is so much fun to watch - if he can stay healthy he's going to be fucking fantastic
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    :pffft: Where Eagles Dare
  16. skiedfrillet

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    can't wait for the falcons to draft xavier thomas in the first round next year
  17. Walt Disney

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  18. Where Eagles Dare

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    Idk man, that 48pt offense is really going to help his draft stock
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  19. Boo MFer!

    Boo MFer! Better than Burrow last year good.
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    Both do love a happy ending.
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  20. The Banks

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    I feel like Metchie and DJ Dale don’t belong anywhere near the first.
  21. ned's head

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    Neither is mac jones and that didn't seem to matter

  22. Dump

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    The name is too good to be anywhere but Pittsburgh tho
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  23. og

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    its like they try to make these bad sometimes. they project based on way too much speculation that some players will step up this year on the field when their is no evidence they will vs. proven products that will min. go 2nd round in reality but in a mock should be a 1st
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    They wouldn’t be on the list if they didn’t play for Bama methinks
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  25. Sir Patrick Stewart

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    And there’s never any reason to worry about owning up to their terrible projections or that they change their minds based on a Twitter trend because most of the rest of the “draft guys” do the same thing. Unwritten rule of the biz apparently. Kyle Trask is the perfect example. Ignore the fact that he almost sat on the bench for as many years as quality starts he had before being mocked in the first round.

    And logic completely disappears for likes. This year ignoring the fact SF didn’t trade up that high for Mac Jones.
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  26. Mr. Bean

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    That’s a really weak draft at every position IMO. Makes sense why there was so much trading up in this years draft. Fields at 11 is insane value looking at that crop of QBs.
  27. Dump

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    Howell is better than everyone not named Lawrence
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  28. Tobias

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    only 50% correct but your heart is in the right place
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  29. Dump

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    okay maybe Fields is better. Maybe.
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    1. Houston Texans

    Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon*

    At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Thibodeaux is an extraordinary pass-rusher off the edge. Over 21 career games, he has 12 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss, and the 2019 No. 1 recruit generated pressure on 13.5% of his pass-rush snaps over the past two seasons, the 18th-best rate in the country. Following J.J. Watt's exit, the Texans could use a player with Thibodeaux's high-end traits to jump-start their defense in their rebuild.

    2. Detroit Lions
    Kedon Slovis, QB, USC*

    Current Lions QB Jared Goff was part of the return in the Matthew Stafford trade in January, and a lot of what the Lions do with their two first-rounders in 2022 will depend on how he performs in his sixth NFL season. Detroit does have a potential out on Goff's contract after the 2022 season with a $10 million dead cap hit, so it could certainly be in the quarterback market next April. Slovis is 6-foot-3 with a strong arm, and his 70% completion percentage over 2019-20 ranks seventh among FBS signal-callers.

    3. Jacksonville Jaguars
    Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU*

    The Jaguars took Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell in the second round this year, and they used the No. 9 overall pick on CJ Henderson in 2020. But Stingley is special and would be an immediate starter for the Jacksonville defense. He has great size at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds and produces in every area of the game. His six interceptions as a freshman in 2019 tied for the fifth most in the nation, and he was one of LSU's best defenders in its national championship win that season.

    4. New York Jets
    Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State*

    Let's keep building this Jets offensive line around new quarterback Zach Wilson. Cross, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound redshirt sophomore, started 10 games for the Bulldogs in 2020. With Cross and Mekhi Becton bookending the line -- which now also includes Alijah Vera-Tucker on the inside -- Wilson could have time to create on throws downfield.

    5. Cincinnati Bengals
    Zion Nelson, OT, Miami*

    Nelson has started 20 games at left tackle for Miami and greatly improved over the past season. In 2020, the 6-foot-5, 316-pounder was attributed zero sacks against and allowed only three pressures on 336 pass-block snaps. After the Bengals drafted a dominant wide receiver in Ja'Marr Chase in the first round this year, I think they look to Joe Burrow's protection on Day 1 in 2022.

    6. Carolina Panthers
    Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame*

    Imagine Hamilton -- a 6-foot-4 safety with good ball skills and tackling ability -- lined up next to Jeremy Chinn at safety for the Panthers? Carolina just added an impact starter at corner in Jaycee Horn, and now it can continue building up the secondary. Hamilton has five interceptions, 12 pass breakups and 104 tackles over two seasons.

    One other thing to watch: If Sam Darnolddoesn't impress this season, Carolina could select UNC quarterback Sam Howell. He grew up in North Carolina and plays college ball there, so he'd be an immediate fan favorite.

    7. Philadelphia Eagles
    Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina*

    This is another spot where the pick could go a lot of different directions based on this season. If Jalen Hurts proves he's the guy, then don't expect the Eagles to look QB. If he provides doubt, then Howell would be an excellent pick. Howell followed up his 38-TD 2019 season -- an FBS record for true freshmen -- with 30 more in 2020, and he improved his completion percentage and yards per attempt along the way.

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    Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan

    The Giants get back-to-back picks here, and we'll start them off with a pass-rusher. I loved the value of getting edge rusher Azeez Ojulari in the second round last week, but I'd like to see more on that defensive front. Enter Hutchinson, who was creeping up my 2021 board before suffering a fractured leg in November and returning to school for another season. He's 6-foot-6 and 269 pounds, and he had 4.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss in 2019.

    9. New York Giants (via CHI)
    Evan Neal, OT/G, Alabama*

    In order to move up to draft Justin Fieldsin Round 1 last week, the Bears sent New York their first-rounder -- and it could end up being a good one. After going defense at No. 8, the Giants can look to the offensive line at No. 9. Neal is versatile, with 13 starts at right tackle and 13 at left guard, and he's 6-foot-7 and 360 pounds. There are plenty of spots up for grabs along that line, which should be the next area of focus on offense for the Giants.

    10. Las Vegas Raiders
    Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida*

    Elam is a 6-foot-2 speedy ball hawk -- he played wide receiver and ran track in high school -- who has picked off five passes over two seasons with the Gators. His 13 passes defended in 2020 tied for the fourth most in the country. The Raiders took corners inside the first three rounds in 2019 (Trayvon Mullen, Round 2) and 2020 (Damon Arnette, Round 1), but Elam would help shore up a unit that has struggled. Las Vegas tied for the fifth-fewest interceptions in 2020 with just 10.

    Elam's uncle, Matt Elam, played safety at Florida and was a first-round pick of the Ravens in 2013.

    11. Denver Broncos
    Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma*

    The Broncos didn't take a quarterback at No. 9 this year, despite Justin Fields and Mac Jones still being on the board. I was really surprised by that. Trading for Teddy Bridgewater just tells me Denver isn't confident in Drew Lock, who has two more seasons under contract at a soft cap number, as its starter. But at the same time, Bridgewater isn't the answer either, and he's only under contract one more season. You need an elite QB in the passer-happy AFC West, and I think the Broncos could be looking for one next April. Rattler gives them a potential franchise guy at the position.

    The redshirt sophomore starred last season with a 67.5% completion percentage, 3,031 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also added another six TDs on the ground. Rattler excels when throwing downfield and outside the pocket.


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    12. Atlanta Falcons
    Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

    Olave explodes off the line and shows soft hands. And he is incredible at creating separation vertically, thanks to solid speed and always having a plan as a route runner. I had him among the top receivers in the 2021 class before he decided to go back to Ohio State for another season. If the Falcons are indeed considering moving Julio Jones to save cap space, Olave could step into a starting role to keep the passing game strong alongside Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts.

    13. Minnesota Vikings
    George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue*

    Karlaftis dominated in 2019 with 17 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 54 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. But the 6-foot-4, 275-pound edge rusher was limited to three games in 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19. Patrick Jones II, the Vikings' fourth third-round choice on Friday night, provides depth on the edge but isn't likely to be a high-impact starter opposite Danielle Hunter. Karlaftis can be that. After being among the top five teams in sacks in 2018 and 2019, Minnesota ranked in the bottom five in 2020, with 23.

    14. Arizona Cardinals
    Sevyn Banks, CB, Ohio State

    The Cardinals lost Patrick Peterson to free agency, and both of their starters outside -- Robert Alford and Malcolm Butler -- are on one-year deals. I did like the Day 3 selections of Marco Wilson and Tay Gowan, but I think Arizona could look at the cornerback pool next April. Banks has good size, length and speed.

    15. Washington Football Team
    Malik Willis, QB, Liberty*

    Willis transferred to Liberty from Auburn and threw 20 touchdowns to six interceptions in 2020 after sitting out the 2019 season. He adds a dual-threat factor, too, considering he rushed for 944 yards and 14 more scores on the ground last season. Washington opted not to draft a quarterback, but current starter Ryan Fitzpatrick is turning 39 during this coming season. If the team wants to continue to be a playoff contender out of the NFC East, it needs a franchise starter.

    16. Pittsburgh Steelers
    Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

    Another QB! We just watched five go in the first 15 picks last week, and now we could see as many go in the first half of Day 1 again. Pittsburgh has Ben Roethlisberger back for one more season (2022 is a void year on his contract), so it should absolutely be in the QB market at the draft. Ridder has done a little bit of everything at Cincinnati, throwing for at least 2,100 yards and 18 TDs in three straight seasons. And the 6-foot-4 redshirt senior averaged 6 yards per carry and scored 12 times on the ground in 2020.

    17. Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA)
    Isaac Taylor-Stuart, CB, USC*

    Cornerback continues to be an issue for the Eagles, as they lack depth behind Darius Slay, especially with Avonte Maddox on an expiring contract this season. Philadelphia used a Day 3 pick on Zech McPhearson but has not invested a first-round pick in the position since drafting Lito Sheppard in 2002. Taylor-Stuart has 6-foot-2 size and speed, and I think he will have a big year in 2021. He has a lot of talent.

    18. Los Angeles Chargers
    DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M*

    The Chargers don't have a ton of depth on their defensive line, and DT Linval Joseph turns 33 during this coming season. Leal is very versatile, playing both defensive tackle and defensive end. At 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, he had eight QB hurries, seven tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, three passes broken up, an interception and a forced fumble in 2020.

    19. New Orleans Saints
    George Pickens, WR, Georgia*

    Despite it being a big need, the Saints waited until Round 7 to draft a receiver last week (Kawaan Baker). Their current WR depth chart beyond Michael Thomashas Tre'Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway in starting roles, and regardless of who the quarterback is, the Saints need receiving help. Pickens is a 6-foot-3 receiver with 14 TDs over the past two seasons. He tore his ACL in March, but he is still a top receiver in the class and could return late in the season for a final draft push.

    20. Philadelphia Eagles (via IND*)
    Bubba Bolden, S, Miami

    This pick isn't Philadelphia's just yet, but since we are projecting the Colts to make the playoffs, we'll say Carson Wentz plays 70% of the snaps this season and the Colts' second-rounder involved in the offseason trade becomes this first-round pick. After getting a cornerback a few spots earlier, the Eagles can add a big, experienced safety here. Both starters -- Anthony Harris and Rodney McLeod -- could come off the books next spring. Bolden transferred to Miami from USC two years ago, and he had a big 2020 season, making 74 tackles and tying for second in the nation with four forced fumbles.

    *This conditional second-round pick -- part of the Wentz trade -- becomes a first-rounder for 2022 for the Eagles if Wentz plays 75% of the Colts' offensive snaps in 2021 or if Wentz plays 70% of the offensive snaps and the Colts make the playoffs.

    21. Dallas Cowboys
    Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M*

    There was some talk of the Cowboys wanting to move up the board for Kyle Pitts heading into this year's draft, but it would have taken a massive trade package to get it done. Tight end remains the missing piece on offense for Dallas, and after it dedicated its first six picks to defense last week, it will now be able to look back to offense next year. Wydermyer has a great 6-foot-5, 255-pound frame and is productive. The Texas native has six TDs in each of his two seasons with the Aggies and has averaged 12.2 yards per catch over his career.

    22. Tennessee Titans
    John Metchie III, WR, Alabama*

    Wait, another Alabama receiver? Metchie would be the fifth to go in the first round over three years. He had a great year with the Crimson Tide, catching 55 passes for 916 yards and six touchdowns, and he played a big role in the national title game with eight catches for 81 yards. Metchie was born in Taiwan before moving to Ghana, Canada, Maryland and New Jersey. After one more season in Tuscaloosa, let's send him to Tennessee to help repair a decimated receiving corps and give Ryan Tannehill a dynamic target.

    23. New England Patriots
    Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State*

    The Patriots got their franchise QB in Mac Jones, but they curiously did not pick a wide receiver until pick No. 242 (Tre Nixon). With Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne occupying the top spots on the depth chart at the moment, receiver will likely be on the team's 2022 offseason wish list. Wilson finished second on the Buckeyes in receiving yards by 6 yards (723) and in touchdowns by one (six), both to Chris Olave. With both Wilson and Olave projected here, this would mark the third straight year that there has been a school with two Day 1 receivers (Alabama in 2020 and 2021).


    Fields, Wilson connect for phenomenal 47-yard gain
    Justin Fields goes deep to Garrett Wilson, who goes full extension for the impressive catch.

    24. Miami Dolphins (via SF)
    Nick Broeker, OT, Ole Miss*

    Broeker was a starter at left tackle this past season for the Rebels, and his 6-foot-4, 305-pound size would be welcome on the outside in Miami to help protect Tua Tagovailoa. The Dolphins drafted Liam Eichenberg in Round 2, but he is versatile. With a high-end defense and finally some playmakers on offense, this is a good spot to continue building the offensive line.

    25. New York Jets (via SEA)
    Zach Harrison, DE, Ohio State*

    We got the Jets a lineman earlier in Round 1, so let's now add a big 6-foot-6, 268-pound defensive end with a lot of speed to come off the edge. Only Quinnen Williams -- an interior lineman -- had more than 3.5 sacks for the Jets last season. Harrison had only two in seven games last season, but look for him to get more production in 2021.

    26. Baltimore Ravens
    Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State*

    Despite losing Orlando Brown Jr., the Ravens' only offensive line addition in the draft was a guard in the third round (Ben Cleveland). They signed Alejandro Villanueva, but he isn't a long-term solution. The 6-foot-6, 312-pound Walker has 22 starts at left tackle in college, and the Maryland native could step into a starting role on the right side opposite Ronnie Stanley.

    27. Cleveland Browns
    Drake Jackson, DE/OLB, USC*

    The Browns still need a pass-rushing boost opposite Myles Garrett, especially since Jadeveon Clowney is on a one-year deal. Jackson already has eight career sacks and 17 tackles for loss, and he is versatile off the edge.

    28. Detroit Lions (via LAR)
    Mike Jones Jr., LB, LSU*

    Detroit is back on the board after taking a quarterback earlier, and it gets a versatile high-impact linebacker. Before transferring to LSU, Jones played the nickel/Sam position at Clemson after Isaiah Simmons left for the NFL. He is 6-foot and 220 pounds, so his role in the NFL is still to be determined, but wherever he is, he will produce. In 10 games last season, Jones had 26 tackles, four tackles for loss, two interceptions, two passes broken up, half a sack and a forced fumble.

    29. Green Bay Packers
    Christian Harris, LB, Alabama*

    The Packers again did not draft an offensive playmaker in Round 1, this time amid reports that QB Aaron Rodgers does not want to return. If they weren't going to target a receiver at that point, I don't know that it will ever be a priority, so I won't force it in my projections. But Green Bay still lands an impact player here, albeit on the other side of the ball. Harris started at Will linebacker last season and is a former high school wide receiver and safety. Over two seasons, he has 142 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble.

    30. Buffalo Bills
    Josh Jobe, CB, Alabama

    Jobe started opposite Pat Surtain II last season and was an effective press-man corner with the ability to reroute receivers at the line of scrimmage. He attacks the ball in the air and broke up 11 passes last season, but he has just one interception over three seasons. After Buffalo took care of the edge rushing group at the draft, it will be able to focus on adding to the secondary next offseason.

    31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M*

    With no massive holes in the roster, Tampa Bay can look at the top running back on the board at the moment, the Aggies' Spiller. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound back had 1,036 yards and nine touchdowns last season, and he has averaged 5.5 yards per tote over his career. Plus, he is a capable receiver, catching at least 20 passes in each of his two seasons. The Bucs have a handful of running backs on their roster, but it's noteworthy that only Ke'Shawn Vaughn is under contract past 2021.

    The Buccaneers have a year to evaluate Kyle Trask after using the final pick of the second round on him at the draft, but quarterback could obviously also be in play for them as they start to plan for the future.


    Spiller bounces off a defender and breaks loose to give A&M the lead
    Isaiah Spiller breaks tackles to get open for the 19-yard go-ahead touchdown.

    32. Kansas City Chiefs
    Xavier Thomas, DE, Clemson

    Another edge rusher would take this defense to another level, taking some pressure off Frank Clark and Chris Jonesand creating problems for offensive coordinators up front. Thomas missed the first part of the 2020 season with persisting COVID-19 symptoms, but he returned to play seven games and record 3.5 sacks. Over his career, he has nine sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss in three seasons.
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  33. skiedfrillet

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    mike jones and XT in the first round

    mcshay is such a fucking clown
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  34. Jack Parkman

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  35. Saul Shabazz

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    meh, he was never on the committed list

    Cross was a brutal one
  36. Tobias

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    i will be very sad if sam goes to philly
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  37. momux

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    Howell to me is a really intriguing prospect. He is the perfect fit for what Longo wants to do on offense, as evidenced by his insane numbers (better than Lawrence), but he doesn't necessarily look like a prototypical NFL QB. His greatest strength is his ability to throw an accurate deep ball, but those type of plays are typically covered up in the NFL. His arm strength is good, but certainly not elite for an NFL QB. His decision making has generally been quite good, especially given he started game 1 of his true freshman year, but at the same time, I think Longo's offense is relatively simple compared to what he will see in the NFL.

    I love the kid and want him to get paid, but he doesn't necessarily scream #1 overall pick to me.
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  38. skiedfrillet

    skiedfrillet It's not a lie if you believe it.
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    how dare you besmirch TL's name by comparing him to some charlatan from the middle of nowhere NC

    2020 TL: 69.2% , 3150yds passing, 24td, 5 int passing 8 rushing tds 10 games
    2020 SH: 68.1%, 3586yds passing, 30td, 7 int passing 5 rushing tds 12 games

    realize i'm incredibly bored right now and SH did have an amazing year. i'm just trying to entertain myself
  39. Tobias

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    sorry trevor couldnt follow covid protocol like known leader and good citizen sam howell. another point in sam's favor
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  40. skiedfrillet

    skiedfrillet It's not a lie if you believe it.
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    many sources are telling me that former Ohio State Buckeye and current Boston College HC, Jeff Hafley, actually infected TL on purpose as a way to better his chances at beating Clemson. i wouldn't put it past a buckeye to cheat to try and get an advantage over Clemson; we've seen it many times in the past (jk dobbins throwing his anus onto christian wilkins' hands, justin fields throwing his back into jamie skalski's head, and even as far back as braxton miller doing similar to another linebacker at clemson.) needless to say something foul is afoot and you shouldn't let the nefarious actions of one school (Ohio State) blame Trevor Lawrence for being infected w/ Covid against his will
  41. eobuck

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    I just don't understand all these mocks having Sevyn Banks in the first round.
  42. The Banks

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    Just remember all those mocks from a year ago that had Shaun Wade in the 1st.
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  43. IHHH

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    One of these too early mock drafts once had Corey Robinson as a first round pick, that was just insane to any Nd fan with a brain.
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  44. BumpingNasties

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    I still don’t understand why he fell to 11. I thought he was the second best QB but what do I know.

    Mike Jones and XT should not be in the first. XT hasn’t done shit and Mile Jones isn’t anything special. Wish he would have stayed but he’s not even a day 2 pick IMO.
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  45. Corch

    Corch Hmm surprised you didn't know that
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    Shaun Wade played like a guy who could go in the first in 2019 though
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  46. The Banks

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    How many nickelbacks go in the first round?
  47. Corch

    Corch Hmm surprised you didn't know that
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    I'm not going to do this song and dance with you.
  48. Gunners

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    Minkah? Honey badger would have. I could be wrong on roles of both.

    Wade was dreadful last year but a steal in the 5th, no reason why he can’t be as good as Kendall Fuller
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  49. Gunners

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    This Sevyn shit is outrageous, really hope he’s not sucking it up. There’s likely 50 +corners coming back who played better than him
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  50. TrustyPatches

    TrustyPatches Esteemed Internet friend
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    Sad how no one can talk about OSU guys without you getting in your feelings smh
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