This is the first of many editions of my mock draft. There will be trades in this mock draft since there are so many interesting trades that can occur. Let's jump in to the mock draft:
1. Jacksonville Jaguars (QB Trevor Lawrence)
Lawrence is an incredible athlete and the best player available and also fits a hole on the team.
2. Traded to Houston Texans (QB Zach Wilson)
We get a massive trade early on with the Texans dealing an upset Deshaun Watson to the Jets in exchange for a 1st, their 1st next year, a 4th, and Seattle's 1st next year. This trade may actually a bit too good if things go the way they are headed but for now this is a happy medium between now and the likely future for the Texans and Deshaun Watson. The Texans now with a major hole to fill at QB take Zach Wilson, who can throw deep from the pocket, scramble when needed and is incredibly consistent.
3. Miami Dolphins (OT Penei Sewell)
The fins could take WR Jamarr Chase here but I think prospect fatigue will lead to Sewell being the best available here. Sewell is one of the best OT prospects we've ever seen so this is likely a franchise player.
4. Atlanta Falcons (QB Justin Fields)
Fields played incredible against Trevor Lawrence and Clemson in the Sugar Bowl Semifinal but not nearly as well in the National Championship. He will need to sit behind Matt Ryan for a year or 2 to help end his inconsistencies.
5. Cincinnati Bengals (WR Ja'Marr Chase)
Chase is a speedy WR who did amazing in 2019. However, he opted out of the 2020 campaign, which may have hurt him but I still think he is a better prospect than the 2 Alabama WRs behind him.
6. Philadelphia Eagles (WR Devonta Smith)
Smith was the winner of the Heisman Trophy this season, and was without a doubt the best WR in the 2020 season. You could argue that this was due to Waddle falling against Tennessee but winning the Heisman can put you over the top here.
7. Detroit Lions (WR Jaylen Waddle)
Matt Stafford needs some new targets and this franchise needs a massive jolt to reenergize the building. Waddle will do that, averaging over 100 yards per game up to his injury he knows how to move a team down the field.
8. Carolina Panthers (CB Patrick Surtain II)
The panthers fill a major need very well. Despite the biggest need on the team being QB, Trey Lance isn't good enough to go this high, I could see the Panthers trying to trade down to get him and some extra picks but it's futile. Surtain is a lockdown corner that would work well with the defensive minded Matt Campbell.
9. Denver Broncos (CB Caleb Farley)
The biggest need here is CB and they fill it with a great corner who opted out of the 2020 season. Farley had an impressive 29 tackles in the 2019 season all of which solo as well as 4 interceptions.
10. Dallas Cowboys (EDGE Kwity Paye)
The cowboys find a solid edge rusher in Paye who had 26 solo tackles and 6.5 sacks in 2019. His 2020 season wasn't as impressive but I feel he is the best edge rusher available here.
11. New York Giants (EDGE Azeez Ojulari)
Ojulari is a potential franchise player, who was one of the best edge rushers of the 2020 season recording 3 sacks in the Peach Bowl against a great Cincinnati team, he can bust by great offensive lines in the NFL with 5.5 sacks against SEC lines showing he can do well against great teams.
12. San Fransisco 49ers (QB Trey Lance)
With Garoppolo likely gone, the Niners need a new QB and Lance is the best one available. He only played once this season in a showcase game since the FCS will be playing in the spring, but last season he had over 2500 passing yards and a 66.9% completion percentage which is pretty good however that was against FCS competition.
13. LA Chargers (OT Rashawn Slater)
The Chargers need help on the offensive line as Herbert was sacked 32 times and Slater is the best available. He can really play anywhere on the line and Brandon Staley can decide where he fits best.
14. Minnesota Vikings (LB Micah Parsons)
Parsons is one of the top 10 players in the draft and can move to outside linebacker since that is the biggest hole on this LB core. This is a pick based on value instead of filling holes.
15. New England Patriots (TE Kyle Pitts)
This is another value pick but this one fills a hole for the Pats. Pitts was a great reciever and was at least a formidable blocker at Florida. His connection with Trask was unstoppable until they met Oklahoma.
16. Arizona Cardinals (CB Jaycee Horn)
Horn helps a secondary in need for the Cardinals, with 29 solo tackles in 2019 but he fell off a little in 2020 but he was able to get some interceptions. However I still eel like he is the best choice available.
17. Las Vegas Raiders (OT Christian Darrisaw)
This is likely the most controversial pick here, however I think this team is in need of an improvement at left tackle. Darrisaw is a great value pick, plus the raiders aren't known for trying to fill needs, instead taking the best player available in their opinion.
18. Miami Dolphins (RB Najee Harris)
Harris is a very gifted athlete that could help fill a hole on this roster and take some stress off of Tua Tagavailoa as he will have to scramble far less. Harris can be used a an option for run, and can be an extra reciever when needed.
19. Washington Football Team (OL Alijah Vera-Tucker)
Washington needs help on the offensive line, and Vera-Tucker can be versatile and here he would shift to guard. The QB situation is a mess here but there are no QBs that are good enough to take here.
20. Chicago Bears (EDGE Jayson Oweh)
The Bears should take an edge rusher to pair with Mack and I think Oweh is the best fit here for Nagy's defense. He had 38 total tackles in 2020 which is quite good, and is a very pro ready prospect.
21. Traded to New Orleans Saints (QB Mac Jones)
The Saints move up 7 as the colts spook them about taking Jones here. They lose a 2nd next year and a 3rd to move up here. I think this is the perfect situation for Jones to land in, he was surrounded by great weapons at Alabama and he will have that here along with a very solid line.
22. Tennessee Titans (EDGE Gregory Rosseau)
Rosseau is a freak athlete, with 34 tackles and 15.5 sacks in the 2019 campaign. However, he opted out in 2020, which hurt his stock a bit, but he is too good to pass up at this spot.
23. New York Jets (LB Zaven Collins)
The Jets need to add to their defense with Salah as their HC, and Collins is the swiss army knife this team needs. He had 4 interceptions, half of which returned for touchdowns, averaging 38 yards per interception, along with 4 sacks and 54 total tackles. Collins became more of a swiss army knife in 2020 as he did not have a single interception in 2018 and 2019.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers (RB Travis Etienne)
Etienne is a great value at a needed position. He had 500 receiving yards and rushed for 914 yards. The steelers are looking to add to a high powered offense, and Etienne helps the locker room as he isn't a TikTok user.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah)
Sacksonville needs a rebuild, Owusu-Koramoah fits this as an impact defender. He is incredibly versatile, and an excellent pass rusher. He had 37 solo tackles with 1.5 sacks as well as 1 interception and fits well with a 4-3 scheme.
26. Cleveland Browns (EDGE Joseph Ossai)
The Browns should add to defensive line by pairing Myles Garrett with another strong edge rusher in Ossai. With 5 sacks each of his past 2 seasons, and 3 forced fumbles in 2020 he can apply pressure to QBs, but he is also effective against the run with 61 solo tackles in 2019.
27. Traded to Cincinnati Bengals (OT Samuel Cosmi)
Both the Bengals and the Cardinals vie for this pick but the Bengals have better positioning in the 2nd round so the ravens take this offer. The offer includes the Bengals 2nd and 4th round picks as well as a 2nd round pick next year. Cosmi is the last of the really good OT prospects and this is a move Bengals fans will be very happy about.
28. Indianapolis Colts (OT Jalen Mayfield)
The Colts are the clear losers of this draft. They can't get one of the elite QBs nor a round 1 worthy OT prospect. So they are forced to settle for Mayfield. No knock on him he is a solid prospect but I don't think he is round 1 worthy.
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DT Christian Barmore)
Barmore fills a need for the bucs here at DT. He did very well at Alabama, which translates very well to the NFL level.
30. Traded to Baltimore Ravens (WR Rashod Bateman) The Ravens trade up packaging both of their 2nd round picks for this pick. Bateman is a late 1st round or early 2nd round talent to me and I think this is a great selection that fills a hole at the slot WR.
31. Green Bay Packers (LB Nick Bolton)
The Packers need help at LB and they get it with bolton. Bolton did very good against SEC offenses which is great to ready yourself for the NFL. Bolton is a plug and play player for whoever he plays for.
32. Traded to Jacksonville Jaguars (S Trevon Moehrig)
The Jags need defensive help and they get it by trading up a spot and sacrificing a 6th round pick in the process. Moehrig is the best safety in this class and it shows here.
And that concludes the draft! What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!