1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB(LSU)
I don’t buy any of the speculations that the Bengals may be entertaining potential trade offers, or that they might consider other options here. Burrow has been the pick ever since he capped off one of the greatest single seasons in college football history with a Heisman Trophy and a National Championship. The Ohio kid returns home and will have the keys to Zac Taylor’s offense from day one.
2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, EDGE(Ohio State):
Young is viewed by many as the best overall prospect in this year’s class. He’s drawn comparisons to fellow former Ohio state greats Nick and Joey Bosa, who quickly became All-Pro pass-rushers. New head coach Ron Rivera will likely have no hesitation in taking this generational talent.
3. Detroit Lions – Jeff Okudah, CB(Ohio State):
There have been rumors of a team looking for a quarterback to move up here but I believe Okudah will be the pick. This made sense before the departure of Darius Slay and makes even more sense now. Okudah can come in and play right away and makes it back-to-back Buckeyes off the board in the top three.
4. New York Giants – Isaiah Simmons, LB(Clemson):
In every prior mock I have done I have had the G-men taking an offensive tackle here and they still very well may. However, Simmons is a defensive talent unlike any I have ever seen with his ability to play an array of positions at a very high level. If he does end up being the selection, that would likely decrease the Bucs’ chances of trading up in this first round.
5. Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB(Alabama):
There have been murmurs of further injuries that Tua is not disclosing that could cause him to slide down draft boards. With that said, my guess is this is still the pick for the Dolphins and they have Fitzmagic if indeed Tagovailoa does need some time to get back to 100 percent.
6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB(Oregon):
Miami could opt for Herbert over Tua if, in fact, they are hesitant due to injury concerns. The Chargers are another team that have been thought of as a team who could move up to get their guy. However, in this scenario, they can save some picks and still get their franchise quarterback here.
7. Carolina Panthers – Derrick Brown, DT(Auburn):
With a lot of loss on the defensive line from last year, Brown would be a welcome addition for new head coach Matt Rhule. He is a force in both the run game as well as a pass rusher and is a plug and play prospect.
8. Arizona Cardinals – Tristan Wirfs, OT(Iowa):
After acquiring DeAndre Hopkins this offseason, beefing up the offensive line should be the first order of business for the Cards. Wirfs is a guy with versatility who many believe can play tackle or guard in the NFL.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Javon Kinlaw, DT(South Carolina):
Kinlaw is a guy who has shot up draft boards with some having him as their top defensive tackle. He is a disruptor against both the run and pass and fills a large void in the Jags defense left by Calais Campbell.
10. Cleveland Browns – Mekhi Becton, OT(Louisville):
The Browns paid Jack Conklin a lot of money this offseason to sure up the right side of their offensive line. Now they will likely look to address the left side with their top ten pick. Becton is a mammoth of a man who wowed scouts at the combine with his combination of speed and agility.
11. New York Jets – Jedrick Wills, OT(Alabama):
Wills is a guy who made a big jump from his second into his third season in Tuscaloosa. He primarily played right tackle, which was the blindside of his left-handed quarterback. He is a day one starter and has the potential to possibly move to left tackle if his team seems fit.
12. Oakland Raiders – Jerry Jeudy, WR(Alabama):
The Raiders have lacked a legit number one receiver ever since the departure of Amari Cooper. In fact, Jeudy resembles the former Bama great in many aspects and would give Derek Carr a go-to-guy right away.
13. San Francisco 49ers – Ceedee Lamb, WR(Oklahoma):
A case could be made for Lamb or Jeudy as the top receiver in this class, so it’s only fitting for them to go back to back. Deebo Samuel had a terrific rookie season but Kyle Shanahan’s offense could still use an elite perimeter threat. Lamb would provide him with exactly that.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Andrew Thomas, OT(Georgia):
The pick you have all been waiting for. The idea of the Bucs possibly moving up to ensure they get one of the top four tackles has been gaining traction. Thus, they would be thrilled to see my top tackle fall into their lap while staying put here. Thomas has prototypical NFL size, with experience at both tackle positions. He is a guy who would be a day one starter and possesses elite upside.
15. Denver Broncos – Henry Ruggs, WR(Alabama):
Speed, speed and more speed. That is what Ruggs is going to bring to any team that takes him. He would compliment Courtland Sutton well and give Drew Lock a promising tandem of young receivers.
16. Atlanta Falcons – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE(LSU):
A real case could be made they take a corner here, especially with CJ Henderson still on the board. An elite pass rush is a secondary’s best friend though. That’s exactly would Chaisson could provide along with the addition of Dante Fowler. Moreover, there are a lot of high-upside corners to be had in the second round.
17. Dallas Cowboys – Xavier McKinney, S(Alabama):
McKinney has emerged as the consensus top safety on most boards. With some significant losses on this side of the ball, most notably Byron Jones, McKinney could help sure up the Dallas secondary.
18. Miami Dolphins – DeAndre Swift, RB(Georgia):
With their second selection in the opening round, Swift would be an ideal pairing in the backfield to along with Tua if that is, in fact, the pick. He is the most complete back in this class and would be able to have an impact early and often.
19. Oakland Raiders – Patrick Queen, LB(LSU):
Back to back teams to make their second selection in the first round, Jon Gruden could add a centerpiece to his defense. Queen is a sideline to sideline linebacker who spearheaded the Tiger defense en route to the National Championship.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars – CJ Henderson, CB(Florida):
Make it three in a row to select for the second time. Henderson’s stock took a hit last season with some questioning his physicality and tackling. He is as good as any corner in this class in coverage though, and if the Jags are able to pair him with a guy like Kinlaw that would be quite the first round haul.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Justin Jefferson, WR(LSU):
This pick makes too much sense. Jefferson is fresh off a monster season in that potent LSU offense. The lack of weapons for Carson Wentz was on full display at the end of last year, and this would be a big step in changing that for Philly.
22. Minnesota Vikings – Jeff Gladney, CB(TCU):
The Vikings chose to let Xavier Rhoades walk this offseason, and should look to replace him with one of their selections in the top 25. Gladney could make an already very good defensive roster that much better.
23. New England Patriots – Jordan Love, QB(Utah State):
Good luck in trying to guess what Bill Belichek is going to do in the Draft. Love is a guy who people have very different grades on, but there is no denying his potential upside. Furthermore, it’s tough for me to buy that the Pats are all in on Jarrett Stidham.
24. New Orleans Saints – Kristian Fulton, CB(LSU):
Fulton is a player who was somewhat overshadowed by freshman phenom Derek Stingley a year ago. However, he was very good at LSU and likely will be at the next level. He can play inside or out, and he’s from New Orleans so this would be a dream scenario for him and his family.
25. Minnesota Vikings – Tee Higgins, WR(Clemson):
Minnesota dealt star receiver Stefon Diggs for one of their two first-round picks and could look to fill that hole here. Some would say this is a reach for Higgins, but he’d be an ideal guy opposite Adam Thielen.
26. Miami Dolphins – Josh Jones, OT(Houston):
The drop off from the top four tackles to that next group has been well documented. Jones is the best of the next group to me and the Fins should look to add some protection up front with their third and final first-round selection.
27. Seattle Seahawks – Yetur Gross Matos, EDGE(Penn State):
Seattle should look to add to either side of the line of scrimmage here. Jadeavon Clowney remains a question mark and could affect this pick. Gross Matos could use some development but possesses top-end upside.
28. Baltimore Ravens – Kenneth Murray, LB(Oklahoma):
A case could be made for Murray as this year’s best linebacker behind Simmons so the Ravens should be more than content getting him here. He’s a tackling machine who once had 20(!) in a single game during his collegiate career.
29. Tennessee Titans – AJ Epenesa, EDGE(Iowa):
Epenesa is a guy who when you turn on the tape he is not going to jump off the screen. However, he is very productive and would fit right in with a Mike Vrabel coached football team.
30. Green Bay Packers – Denzel Mims, WR(Baylor):
Mims has shot up a lot of boards as we close in on this year’s Draft. He would be a much-needed weapon for Aaron Rodgers opposite Davante Adams.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Grant Delpit, S(LSU):
The Niners could look to move back and gain some more picks with a team trying to jump back into the end of this first round. If they stay put, they could look at Delpit as one of the best players available and a versatile playmaker to add to an already elite defense.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Jonathan Taylor, RB(Wisconsin):
Another offensive weapon for Patrick Mahomes and company is a scary idea for the other 31 teams. Damien Williams very well could’ve been the Super Bowl MVP, but he’s not a guy you feel comfortable handing the ball to 20-25 times a game. You heard it here first, KC will be coming to Tampa in SBLV to take on… the hometown Tampa Bay Bucs. Happy Draft season!