Last year's draft was unique because of the pandemic. This year things look a little bit better but still without the traditional combine in Indianapolis and the chance for the teams to properly examine the health of the prospects, there will be many unknowns in the process. NFL teams have to rely on tape and information before they make their picks. The speculation is of the roof as always but all signs point that for the third time in history Quarterbacks will be selected with the first three picks.
Note: I am not making any trades although there will be plenty on draft day.
1.JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – TREVOR LAWRENCE, QB, CLEMSON
Lawrence is a generational talent and often compared to Andrew Luck. This is a no-brainer for the Jags.
2.NEW YORK JETS – ZACH WILSON, QB, BYU
They traded Sam Darnold in order to draft his successor, hoping that Wilson would fare much better than the USC product.
3.SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS – JUSTIN FIELDS, QB, OHIO STATE
Of course they will pick a quarterback, but whom? There are multiple sources that believe Fields is their guy and he will learn for a year behind Jimmy G.
4.ATLANTA FALCONS, TREY LANCE, QB, NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Matt Ryan can be the perfect tutor for a very talented but also very raw QB like Lance who is not ready for NFL action yet.
5.CINCINNATI BENGALS – KYLE PITTS, TE, FLORIDA
The Bengals have a very pleasant headache. Should they draft Sewell to anchor the OL or a unique player in ultra-talented Potts? We go with the latter here.
6.MIAMI DOLPHINS – JAYLEN WADDLE, WR, ALABAMA
Give Tua another weapon and more specifically a player he knows very well from their time together in Alabama.
7.DETROIT LIONS – JA' MAR CHASE, WR, LSU
Chase can be a starter from Day 1 and soon he will be Detroit's prime WR.
8.CAROLINA PANTHERS – PENEI SEWELL, OT, OREGON
Sewell has tremendous upside and will protect Darnold (or the next Panthers' QB) for years to come.
9.DENVER BRONCOS – MAC JONES, QB, ALABAMA
They are not sure if Lock is the answer, so they bring some quality competition for the most important position in all sports.
10.DALLAS COWBOYS, JAYCEE HORN, CB, SOUTH CAROLINA
Dallas needs a lot of help on the defensive side and the very athletic Horn impressed in his pro-day.
11.NEW YORK GIANTS – DEVONTA SMITH, WR, ALABAMA
They need help in several areas (pass rushing, corner) but they cannot pass on a special talent like the Heisman winner.
12.PHILADELPHIA EAGLES– PATRICK SURTAIN JR., CB, ALABAMA
The fans desperately want a wide receiver but Surtain Jr. will upgrade a bad secondary at once.
13.L.A CHARGERS – RASHAWN SLATER, OL, NORTHWESTERN
They need a quality tackle to help protect Herbert ans Slater will be a Day 1 starter for the Bolts.
14.MINNESOTA VIKINGS, CHRISTIAN DARRISAW, OL, VIRGINIA TECH
They upgraded their defence in free agency, time to do the same for their offensive line. Darrisaw is an excellent prospect with high upside.
15.NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, MICAH PARSONS, LB, PENN STATE
They could try and trade up for a QB they covet but if not, Parson is a fast and rangy LB; the type of player Bill Bellichick loves.
16.ARIZONA CARDINALS – CALEB FARLEY, CB, VIRGINIA TECH
Farley was considered the best corner in the class, but he had surgery and comes with an asterisk. The Cardinals lost patrick peterson and they need a capable replacement.
17.LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, ALIJAH VERA - TUCKER, OL, USC
They dismantled their offensive line and need to build a new one. Vera - Tucker is a good player to start and he can play either tackle or guard.
18.MIAMI DOLPHINS – AZEEZ OJULARI, OLB, GEORGIA
After they get the WR they coveted the Dolphins can help the defensive side with a player who can really affect the opponents' passing game.
19.WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM – TEVEN JENKINS, OL, OKLAHOMA STATE
An excellent lineman who can start from Day 1 and help protect the QB while contributing to the running game.
20.CHICAGO BEARS – ALEX LEATHERWOOD, OL, ALABAMA
If they cannot trade up to draft a QB they should try to upgrade their OL with a quality starter.
21.INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – KWITY PAYE. DL, MICHIGAN
They surely need a starter at left tackle but they also need to Get To to the QB. Paye is a high-motor rusher who can help immediately.
22.TENNESSEE TITANS, ZAVEN COLLINS, LB, TULSA
Tennessee will have to draft a WR for sure, but Collins has special skills and he will make opponent QB's lives miserable.
23.NEW YORK JETS – SAMUEL COSMI, OT, TEXAS
They took their future QB with the second pick, time to start protecting him a little bit better. Cosmi is strong and athletic.
24.PITTSBURGH STEELERS – NAJEE HARRIS, RB, ALABAMA
The Steelers need to rebuild their OL but also they must find a more productive running game, hence they pick the Bama juggernaut.
25.JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – TREVON MOEHRING, S, TCU
Moehring is the best safety in the class and will upgrade Jaguars' secondary from day 1.
26.CLEVELAND BROWNS – RASHOD BATEMAN, WR, MINNESOTA
They filled the pass rush need with Clowney so they give Baker another weapon with the prolific Bateman.
27.BALTIMORE RAVENS– JAELAN PHILIPS, OLB, MIAMI
Ravens need help on the edge and Philips comes with some question marks but also high upside.
28.NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, KADARIUS TONEY, WR, FLORIDA
They lost Sanders in free agency and need an explosive player to pair with Michael Thomas.
29.GREEN BAY PACKERS – GREG NEWSOME II, CB, NORTHWESTERN
We signed King for another year but he is not the answer opposite Alexander. Newsome can be just that.
30.BUFFALO BILLS – JAYSON OWEH, OLB, PENN STATE
With a solid roster and very few needs they can bring a high-motor pass rusher to help.
31.KANSAS CITY CHIEFS– LIAM EICHENBERG, OL, NOTRE DAME
After releasing both their starting tackles, the AFC champs will try to find their replacements in the draft.
32.TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – WYATT DAVIS, OL, OHIO STATE
They have the best roster in the NFL and not many holes. Davis can develop to a quality starter for years to come.