With the draft getting closer and the anticipation of the NFL draft growing, lots of people have been putting out and looking at NFL mock drafts. So, I thought that I would join in on the fun and make one myself. Here is my 100% correct one-round NFL mock draft.
1. JAX: Trevor Lawrence
This one is a no-brainer. The Jaguars finally get their face of the franchise in Trevor Lawrence, the best quarterback prospect we’ve seen in a long time.
2. NYJ: Zach Wilson
Thanks to the Jets’ failed tank attempt, Trevor Lawrence is now out of reach, but the Jets will still pick a quarterback due to the Sam Darnold trade. I think they will end up falling in love with Wilson’s arm talent.
3. SF: Justin Fields
The 49ers wouldn’t have traded away all those picks unless they were planning on picking a quarterback. With his crazy athleticism, accuracy, and ability to win, Fields’ potential is through the roof.
4. ATL: Trey Lance
That’s right! The first four picks are all quarterbacks. Matt Ryan is already 35 years old, and the Falcons won’t be winning anything anytime soon. If they are high on Lance, why not roll the dice?
5. CIN: Ja’Marr Chase
Yes, I have Ja’Marr Chase going to the Bengals. No, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I love Ja’Marr Chase. I think he’s the best wide receiver in the draft by a large margin. However, you need to protect Joe Burrow, and I think Kyle Pitts would be a better fit for the offense anyway. But I think Burrow gets what he wants, and the Bengals draft Chase.
6. MIA: Penei Sewell
I think the Dolphins will pick Ja’Marr Chase if they have the chance, but Penei Sewell is a heck of a backup plan. Sewell is an absolute tank and will keep Tua safe for the next ten years.
7. Trade – NYG: Kyle Pitts
As an Eagles fan, the thought of Kyle Pitts on the Giants is terrifying. The Giants have been willing to go all out this offseason with Kenny Golladay and Adoree’ Jackson. Bringing in Kyle Pitts would give Daniel Jones a plethora of weapons, giving him a breakout opportunity.
8. CAR: DeVonta Smith
With the addition of Sam Darnold, the Panthers will no longer be looking for a quarterback. However, they should be looking to improve the targets around him, especially with Curtis Samuel leaving in free agency. Smith creates lots of separation and has sure hands making him a young quarterback’s best friend.
9. DEN: Micah Parsons
The Broncos might take Mac Jones, but if not, they’ll likely go defense. Micah Parsons is arguably the best defensive player in the draft and can be a leader on defense.
10. DAL: Patrick Surtain II
The Cowboys desperately need to improve their pitiful defense. Surtain is the most polished cornerback prospect in the draft, and I assume Dallas would be interested in pairing him with former teammate Trevon Diggs.
11. Trade – DET: Jaylen Waddle
With the loss of Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, the Lions starting wide receivers are now Breshad Perriman, Tyrell Williams, and Quintez Cephus. That should tell you all you need to know about this pick.
12. PHI: Jaycee Horn
The Eagles are in desperate need of another wide receiver, but defensive back might be just as big of a need. The Anthony Harris signing was helpful, but there is more work to be done. Darius Slay and Rodney McLeod were the only reliable guys for Philly last year, and McLeod is currently rehabbing from a torn ACL. Horn may make some mistakes early on in his career, but he has the tools to be a lock-down corner in the future.
13. LAC: Rashawn Slater
Rashawn Slater falling this far is a dream come true for the Chargers. This NFL mock draft has him going lower than most others. Protecting young quarterbacks is key, and some think that Slater could end up better than Sewell.
14. MIN: Kwity Paye
Danielle Hunter is coming off of a season-ending injury, and the Vikings don’t have anyone else who can consistently create pressure. Football games are won at the line of scrimmage, and Kwity Paye can be a superstar.
15. NE: Mac Jones
People constantly criticize Mac Jones’s arm talent and athleticism, but his production speaks for itself. If put in the right system, Jones can be a franchise QB. And I think most people would agree that Belichick’s system is fairly effective.
16. ARI: Christian Barmore
With Chandler Jones and JJ Watt, the Cardinals’ defensive line is already scary. If you add in Christian Barmore in the middle, it’s one of the best in the NFL. The Cardinals will be interested in cornerbacks, but with Surtain and Horn off the board and the lack of defensive tackle depth, I think they will pick Barmore.
17. LV: Christian Darrisaw
With Trent Brown no longer on the team, the Raiders have a hole at offensive tackle. Darrisaw can come in and start immediately.
18. MIA: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
Having already taken an offensive player in Penei Sewell, the Dolphins decide to address the defense here. JOK is an electrifying and versatile player that can play linebacker or safety.
19. WAS: Rashod Bateman
Rashod Bateman is one of my favorite prospects in the class. He has good size, elite route running, secure hands, and can catch contested passes downfield. Bateman would be the perfect second receiver to Terry McLaurin.
20. CHI: Alijah Vera-Tucker
It’s no secret that the Bears offensive line sucks, and with starting offensive tackle Bobby Massie no longer on the team, it got even worse. Anything other than an offensive lineman here wouldn’t make any sense. Vera-Tucker can play guard or tackle and fill in wherever Chicago needs him to.
21. IND: Azeez Ojulari
The Colts have a complete roster and don’t have any glaring flaws, so I think they will try to bolster their defensive line. You can never have too many pass rushers, and Ojulari is a good one.
22. TEN: Elijah Moore
The pass catchers for the Titans are currently AJ Brown and then a bunch of nobodies. Elijah Moore might be a bit of a reach here. My NFL mock draft has him going higher than most. But the Titans could really use a quick and reliable slot receiver, and Brown would love to play with his former college teammate.
23. NYJ: Greg Newsome
The Jets’ talent and depth at cornerback is thin, to put it nicely. The Jets might be tempted to pick a receiver to pair with Zach Wilson, but I think defensive back is a much bigger need, making Greg Newsome the pick.
24. PIT: Teven Jenkins
With Alejandro Villanueva and Maurkice Pouncey gone, the Steelers will likely use a lot of their picks to fix their offensive line. With their first pick, they bring in Teven Jenkins to replace Villanueva.
25. JAX: Trevon Moehrig
Trevon Moehrig is the best safety in the draft by a considerable margin and is exactly what teams are looking for in modern-day safeties due to his versatility. If Moehrig drops all the way to 25, he would seem like the obvious choice.
26. CLE: Gregory Rousseau
Even though the Browns just signed Clowney, it still wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring in another edge rusher. Clowney is only on a one-year deal, and their depth is weak. Rousseau would be a great duo with Myles Garrett for years to come.
27. Trade – ATL: Caleb Farley
Even though the Falcons drafted AJ Terrell in the first round last year, the Falcons still need more talent in their defensive backfield. If Farley slips in the draft due to injury concerns, a team like the Falcons may consider trading back into the first.
28. NO: Zaven Collins
Demario Davis is the Saints’ only reliable linebacker, and he is already 32 years old. The Saints don’t really have any holes on their roster, so they pick their linebacker of the future in Zaven Collins.
29. GB: Kadarius Toney
The Packers have been looking for a wide receiver two behind Davante Adams for years now. The Packers finally spend a first-round pick on a receiver and draft Kadarius Toney, an elusive slot receiver.
30. BUF: Jaelan Phillips
Mario Addison and Jerry Hughes are the two starting defensive ends on the Bills, and they are 33 and 32 years old. Jaelan Phillips adds youth and depth to an aging pass-rushing unit.
31. KC: Samuel Cosmi
This off-season, the Chiefs cut both Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz for cap space. The problem with that is now they don’t have any offensive tackles. Samuel Cosmi can come in and immediately be a reliable starter for Kansas City.
32. TB: Jayson Oweh
If you win at the line of scrimmage, then you win games. The Buccaneers do not need a pass rusher, but you can never have too many. Oweh has ridiculous athleticism and has the chance to be a star if given time to develop.