With the NFL Draft fast approaching, Fanatic Media writers Ryan Benner and Will Custer sat down and went through the potential picks of the first round. For this mock draft Benner had all of the odd numbered picks and Custer had all of the even numbered ones.
- Jacksonville Jags: Trevor Lawrence QB
This selection has been obvious for over two years now. NEXT.
- New York Jets: Zach Wilson QB
The New York Jets are once again looking for their franchise QB. With the trading of Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers, it has been widely rumored that with Trevor Lawrence off the board, they will likely go with the quarterback out of BYU, Zach Wilson. Wilson is in a lot of ways a fresh prospect to a lot of fans as he had an injury-riddled sophomore campaign, but showed that he could make elite-level throws while being one of the more efficient passers in this year’s draft.
- San Francisco 49ers: Justin Fields QB
San Francisco traded for the 3rd overall pick seeking their quarterback of the future. For the longest time, it was expected that this pick was for Alabama’s Mac Jones. However, as more red flags show up, the 49ers take the talented Justin Fields out of The Ohio State University.
- Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts TE
The Atlanta Falcons could go with many options with the 4th pick in this year’s draft. Many think offensive line help or finding the eventual replacement for Matt Ryan would be the ideal route, but Kyle Pitts makes too much sense here. With two years left on quarterback Matt Ryan’s contract, the Atlanta Falcons need to optimize the end of his career and adding one of, if not the best tight end prospect in the last twenty years is a no-brainer.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase WR
After Joe Burrow went down with a knee injury, it should have been obvious for the Bengals to upgrade their offensive line. However, with a stacked class, Cincinnati chooses to draft a weapon that is familiar with their quarterback.
- Miami Dolphins: Penei Sewell, OT
It might come as a shock to many to see Tackle Penei Sewell fall all the way to 6th. It would make a lot of sense for the Cincinnati Bengals to snag him at the fifth spot in the draft to help protect Joe Burrow, but if he is available at this point in the draft, there is zero chance he falls any further. There are two things that should be of emphasis in the Miami Dolphins should be focusing on this offseason, and that is getting Tua Tagovailoa help and getting him protection. Sewell is easily the best tackle in this year’s draft, and the Dolphins would be lucky to have him fall to them.
- Detroit Lions: Jaylen Waddle WR
The Lions need to fill a lot of holes, but their receiving room is the most vacant. Detroit chooses to take the Alabama receiver and give Jared Goff a new weapon.
- Carolina Panthers: Patrick Surtain II, CB
It feels that at least on paper that this draft is a top-heavy draft for players in the secondary. The Carolina Panthers need help in many areas, but it feels like they would take a cornerback here to help bolster their secondary. While this admittedly a reach for someone like Surtain, and he will likely fall to the mid-first round, I think he would be a perfect fit for the Panthers.
- Denver Broncos: Trey Lance QB
After their work in free agency, the Broncos are in the best player available scenario. George Paton has mentioned multiple times in adding competition to the quarterback room, and he’s able to do that with the 9th overall pick.
- Dallas Cowboys: Micah Parsons LB
It is undeniable that Micah Parsons is an elite-level prospect. He is probably the best defensive player in this year’s draft from a pure football talent and potential perspective. If it weren’t for his off-the-field incidents and character concerns, he would easily go as high as sixth in this year’s draft. It feels like The Dallas Cowboys and their lack of defensive talent would be the team to take a risk on Parsons.
- New York Giants: Rashawn Slater OL
The Giants could easily add depth to their defense with this pick. However, with the lackluster performance of the lineman they’ve signed over the last few years, the Giants may choose to add depth and improve Daniel Jones’ protection.
- Philadelphia Eagles: DeVonta Smith WR
It seems that since the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, they’ve had a massive lack of production from their wide receivers. DeVonta Smith seems like the perfect match to fix that lack of productivity. It is no secret that he has the elite upside to be the next great wide receiver from the University of Alabama. While some believe that his size might factor in his ability at the next level, the Eagles cannot afford to pass him up.
- Los Angeles Chargers: Christian Darrisaw OL
The Chargers have been having problems with their offensive line for years now. WIth Justin Herbert showing promise, they can no longer pass up on improving their line.
- Minnesota Vikings: Trevon Moehrig S
On paper, the Minnesota Vikings do not have a ton of needs. This feels like a year that they will add depth on both sides of the ball. They should start by adding depth to their secondary by going and getting safety Trevon Moehrig from TCU. He has had some of the best production from a safety prospect in recent memory and has led all of FBS safeties in pass breakups in each of the last two seasons.
- New England Patriots: Mac Jones QB
Mac Jones finally finds a home, and it’s under the watch of Bill Belichick. There are a lot of questions surrounding Jones. It will be interesting to see if he can live up to the hype that is the New England Quarterback.
- Arizona Cardinals: Jaycee Horn CB
Along with Patrick Surtain II, Jaycee Horn is my favorite corner in this year’s draft. He is the best bet of a lockdown corner in this year’s draft. In SEC games, he eight catches in twenty-four targets. His biggest falt will be his discipline, as he was flagged five times last season and will need to be better in that aspect of the game, but this would be a tremendous addition to the Cardinals’ secondary.
- Las Vegas Raiders: Jamin Davis LB
The Raiders have lacked a legit middle linebacker. Drafting Davis will need time to develop, but he brings in some much-needed depth for the black and silver defense.
- Miami Dolphins: Christian Barmore Defensive Interior
The Miami Dolphins were one of the more exciting up-and-coming teams last season, and they have no reason to be a perennial playoff team if they use their draft capital well. While Christian Barmore was inconsistent in getting QB pressure, he excelled in big moments like the College Football Playoff, where he got double-digit pressures. If the Dolphins look to becoming a more legitimate team in the AFC East, they should eye Christian Barmore to help bolster their defense.
- Washington Football Team: Najee Harris RB
Washington needs a lot of help on the offensive side of the ball. While it is frowned upon taking a running back in the first round, Harris is too explosive to pass up on. He is Christian McCaffrey in a smaller build and is an immediate weapon for any offense.
- Chicago Bears: Rashod Bateman WR
It’s no secret that the Chicago Bears need a lot of help on the offensive side of the ball. With the addition of Andy Dalton to their QB carousel, they need to give him as many weapons as they can. In this year’s draft, one of the most consistently good wide receivers has been Rashod Bateman. At Minnesota, he transformed into one of the best route runners in college football and should quickly become one of the better offensive weapons for the Bears in no time at all.
- Indianapolis Colts: Alijah Vera Tucker OL
The Colts had a hard lesson to learn from the Andrew Luck days. A franchise quarterback doesn’t matter with a weak offensive line. Now with Carson Wentz leading the way, they need to protect him at all costs.
- Tennessee Titans: Elijah Moore WR
The Tennessee Titans should be looking to increase their offensive weapons and add depth to their wide receiver core. Elijah Moore would be a great candidate in this year’s draft that could be a key contributor to them on the next level. He had nearly 1200 receiving yards last year and hauled in over 70% of his contested catches. He very well could come out as one of the better wide receivers in this year’s class.
- New York Jets: Caleb Farley CB
The back surgery has been a concern, but this late in the draft, the Jets cannot afford to pass up on adding Farley’s talents to their secondary. A tremendous late-round pick.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Teven Jenkins OL
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in an interesting scenario where they are coming off a decent season in the twilight of their QBs (and maybe coach’s) career. Adding some offensive line help through Teven Jenkins, who only allowed eleven pressure over the last two seasons, will prolong Big Ben’s last stretch on the Steelers and will help their running backs in production as well.
- Jacksonville Jags: Rondale Moore WR
The Jags have their franchise quarterback and now need to add weapons for him. Moore is a great receiving talent to add to their roster this late in the draft.
- Cleveland Browns: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB
The Cleveland Browns are quickly moving into legitimate contenders. They have a potent offense and an above-average defense on paper. There are not many glaring needs, and much like the rest of the teams on this list, they will be adding depth and filling in the gaps they have to move them over the hump. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah would be nothing short of an excellent addition to this already loaded roster.
- Baltimore Ravens – Greg Newsome II CB
With the added capital from Friday’s trade, the Ravens can find a solid receiving option in the later rounds. They take this opportunity to add depth to a talented defense. Newsome is the best defensive player available this late.
- New Orleans Saints: Terrace Marshall Jr. WR
The New Orleans Saints are another team that seems to not need a ton on offense. If they were picking earlier, they’d be in the market for a quarterback. Given the talent they already have Terrace Marshall Jr. will be an excellent replacement for Emmanuel Sanders. Marshall is a great young talent out of LSU, and over the last two seasons, he has hauled in 94 catches and 23 touchdowns.
- Green Bay Packers: Kadarius Toney WR
The Packers shocked everyone last year by drafting a quarterback in the 1st round. They were in desperate need of weapons for Aaron Rodgers, and it showed with the rotating door that was their receiving room. Toney provides some much-needed stability for one of the best quarterbacks of all time.
- Buffalo Bills: Jaelen Phillips
The Buffalo Bills could not stop Patrick Mahomes in the AFC Championship game. In order for the Bills to take the next step, they need to create a better pass rush. If healthy, Jaelen Phillips has all the potential in the world to be a transcendent talent in Buffalo.
- Baltimore Ravens: Alex Leatherwood OL
The Ravens shipped off Orlando Brown to Kansas City in return for this pick. Baltimore turns around and uses it on one of the best offensive tackles still available to replace him.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Elijah Molden S
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a position to add depth at every position in this year’s draft, and they should first try and get Elijah Molden at the safety position. He would be an excellent asset in Tampa Bay as they attempt to repeat as Super Bowl Champs.