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1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Kayvon Thibodeaux – EDGE -Oregon
With my presumption that the Jaguars will try and protect Trevor Lawrence with some experienced free agents, the Jags go and nab the pass rusher with the most upside in the draft. He could form a deadly duo with Josh Allen.
2. Detroit Lions – Aidan Hutchinson – EDGE – Michigan
Hutchinson doesn’t have to travel too far to find his new home. After a phenomenal final year with the Wolverines, he brings his blue-collar ethic to Dan Campbell’s Lions. The Lions will have a home-state hero to idolise.
3. Houston Texans – Kyle Hamilton – S – Notre Dame
The Texans have brought in a lot of ex-Patriots on staff. Their plan to copy the New England mantra continues by building their defence from back to front with the Draft’s premier player. Forget positional value, Hamilton is a game changer for any defence.
4. New York Jets – Evan Neal – OT – Alabama
Zach Wilson started to show some promise down the stretch. Here, the Jets add another young brute on the o-line to add to Becton and Vera-Tucker and give Wilson the protection he needs to evolve further.
5. New York Giants – Ikem Ekwonu – OT – NC State
Andrew Thomas has tied down the LT spot for the Giants, but the rest of the line is suspect. ‘Ickey’ can start on the right, worst case scenario he slides inside and the Giants have a rock solid guard for the next decade.
6. Carolina Panthers – Charles Cross – OT – Mississippi
It is tempting to give Carolina a QB but having wasted enough resources over the last 2 years, let’s give them something they’ve lacked for years – a competent tackle. The silky smooth Cross fits the bill for me.
7. New York Giants – Jermaine Johnson II – EDGE – FSU
A bit if a surprise this high, but the FSU man has all the traits of a top edge rusher. Johnson has certainly been a riser throughout the draft process already. The Giants interior is a handful and adding edge talent could give opposing QBs fits.
8. Atlanta Falcons – George Karlaftis – EDGE – Purdue
The Falcons ranked dead last in the NFL in sacks in 2021. They need to address this at some point and the Grecian defensive end out of Purdue should help attempts to rectify that. A powerhouse off the edge, Falcon fans would grow to love him
9. Denver Broncos – Matt Corral – QB – Ole Miss
And here we have it, the first QB off the board and it’s the man from Ole Miss. The Broncos are crying out for a QB. If they don’t trade for one, Corral can step in and immediately upgrade the offence
10. New York Jets (via SEA) – Garrett Wilson – WR – Ohio State
Yes the Jets defence has not been great, but with picks as 34 and 38 to come there is plenty of scope to upgrade later. Here they give Wilson another weapon to add to Moore and Davis, giving them a nice complementary WR corps
11. Washington Commanders – Sam Howell – QB – North Carolina
The newly annointed Commanders grab a signal caller as they attempt to drag themselves out of QB purgatory. Although no QB in this draft is a sure fire thing, Howell has shown he has the arm talent, decision making ability and mobility to have a chance at the next level
12. Minnesota Vikings – Ahmad Gardner – CB – Cincinnati
The Vikings have not had much luck recently drafting corners, it won’t stop them trying. ‘Sauce’ was a standout during the Bearcats run to the CFB playoffs and hopefully will given Minnesota the answer they seek.
13. Cleveland Browns – Jameson Williams – WR – Alabama
Since OBJ departed, the Browns have been desperately short at receiver. Despite coming off an ACL injury, Williams has speed to burn and should offer Baker Mayfield a downfield threat in a make or break year.
14. Baltimore Ravens – Trevor Penning – OT – Northern Iowa
With Orlando Brown no longer on the scene, and Ronnie Stanley struggling with injury, the Ravens address the tackle position. Penning is a nasty dude, and he fits the Ravens hard nose reputation like a glove
15. Philadelphia Eagles (via IND- Andrew Booth Jr – CB – Clemson
The first of 3 picks for Philly. Outwith Darius Slay, the Eagles have struggled for a while in the secondary. Slay gets a running mate to mentor with the Clemson Tiger standout.
16. Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA) – Tyler Linderbaum – C – Iowa
Back to back picks for Howie Roseman. Jason Kelce may or may not play in 2022 but who better to fill the void when he does retire? The Eagles can then keep Dickerson at guard and will have a fairly fearsome O-line moving forward
17. Los Angeles Chargers – Kenyon Green – IOL – Texas A&M
The Chargers attempted to retool the offensive line in front of Justin Herbert last off season, and the process continues with the Aggies lineman. An upgrade at the guard position, he is a day 1 starter. The interior of the defensive line will have to wait until day 2
18. New Orleans Saints – Chris Olave – WR – Ohio State
The Saints are in an odd situation. No Drew Brees. No Sean Payton. Cap space hell. However, for several years they have been short at the WR position. Doubts linger about Michael Thomas’ future in Louisiana. The Ohio state receiver is a smooth operator and can make an early impact
19. Philadelphia Eagles – DeMarvin Leal – DL – Texas A&M
And it’s the Eagles again! Leal was fancied a top 5-10 pick not long ago. His slide stops here. With Brandon Graham on the back 9 of his career and Derek Barnett due to hit free agency, Leal gives the Eagles more talent to rotate into the D-line
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kenny Pickett – QB – Pitt
Big Ben has ridden off into the sunset, and Mason Rudolph isn’t the answer. Pickett shrugs off questions about his hand size and stays in Pittsburgh, with Tomlin & co hoping his final year at Pitt is a sign of things to come.
21. New England Patriots – Devin Lloyd – LB – Utah
For me, Lloyd seems a Patriots type player. With Dont’a Hightower directing traffic in the middle, Lloyd can roam free to hunt down opponents and uses his explosive speed to great effect
22. Las Vegas Raiders – Nakobe Dean – LB – Georgia
Over the last few years, The Raiders have thrown a lot at the LB position but nothing has really stuck. Fans in Sin City will love the former Bulldog’s passion, commitment and leadership skills
23. Arizona Cardinals – David Ojabo – EDGE – Michigan
The explosive Nigerian/Scot had a breakout year in Michigan in 2021. Outside Chandler Jones, the Cards pass rush lacks punch. Ojabo lined up opposite Jones will give offensive co-ordinators sleepless nights.
24. Dallas Cowboys – Zion Johnson – IOL – Boston College
Dallas much vaunted o-line of recent years is starting to show some signs of wear. Johnson was a standout at the Senior Bowl, as well as the 2021 season, and would be an instant upgrade at the LG position for the Cowboys
25. Buffalo Bills – Devonte Wyatt – DL – Georgia
Whilst Jordan Davis attracted all the headlines, it was far from a one man show on the Georgia Bulldogs defensive line on their charge to the College football championship. The Bills havent much under contract on the d-line in 2022 and Wyatt can make an instant impact
26. Tennessee Titans – Derek Stingley – CB – LSU
The curse of the LSU defensive back and their notorious tumble down draftboards continues. Stingley showed his best football in 2019, but the Titans have shown they aren’t scared of drafting those with injury histories – see Jeffrey Simmonds and Caleb Farley in recent years.
27. Tampa Bay Buccanneers – Travon Walker – DL- Georgia
The Bucs are not running it back for a second consecutive year. Suh and JPP won’t be around forever, and maybe not even 2022. Walker’s d-line flexibility will offer DC Todd Bowles plenty upside
28. Green Bay – Cameron Thomas – EDGE – San Diego State
It was sad to see Thomas miss the senior bowl due to injury as I was keen to see him show his skills to the world. A possibly underrated player in some quarters, his potential is huge. Both Smiths only have 1 year left on their Packers deals, so adding to the position makes sense.
29. Miami Dolphins (via SF)- Treylon Burks – WR – Arkansas
The Dolphins are behind Tua, so they need to give him plenty to work with. I expect the Dolphins to upgrade the o-line in free agency. Enter Treylon Burks. If McDaniel can do with Burks what he did with Deebo Samuel in San Francisco, Dolphins fans will have something to be excited about.
30 Kansas City Chiefs – Trent McDuffie -CB – Washington
The Chiefs have options here, but strengthening the secondary seems a good way to go. McDuffie offers toughness, quickness and versatility at the position.
31. Cincinnati Bengals – Nicholas Petit-Frere – OT – Ohio State
Despite their heroics this season, The Bengals need to do better protecting Joe Burrow. Being sacked a ridiculous amount of times in the regular and post season must be concerning for the young QB. The former Buckeye can shore up the right side of the line, allowing Jonah Williams to stay at LT
32. Detroit Lions (via LAR)- Malik Willis – QB – Liberty
The Lions snatch the QB with the best traits in the draft. Willis has been an intriguing prospect for some time and is starting to mature into the QB position. With plenty room for growth, he can sit behind Goff until he’s ready to lead the offence.
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