This will be the conclusion to my first mock draft of the NFL offseason. Here is a quick recap of picks 1-20:
- Jaguars: OT Evan Neal, Alabama
2. Lions: DE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
3. Texans: S Kyle Hamilton. Notre Dame
4. Jets: DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
5. Giants: OT Ickey Ekwonu, N.C. State
6. Panthers: QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh
7. Giants: CB Derek Stingley, LSU
8. Falcons: WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas
9. Broncos: QB Matt Corral, Mississippi
10. Jets: OT Charles Cross, Mississippi State
11. Commanders: QB Malik Willis, Liberty
12. Vikings: CB Sauce Gardner, Cincinnati
13. Browns: WR Chris Olave, Ohio State
14. Ravens: G Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
15. Eagles: WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
16. Eagles: LB Nakobe Dean, Georgia
17. Chargers: Edge Travon Walker, Georgia
18. Saints: OT Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa
19. Eagles: OLB David Ojabo, Michigan
20. Steelers: C Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa
Picks 21-32 features this year’s playoff teams, all who are attempting to find the missing piece to help them win a Super Bowl in the near future. A whiff with this selection can lead to the demise of a team’s entire season. Every year, multiple playoff teams from the season before end up missing the tournament. To stay one step ahead, teams must always be adding talent to the roster.
21. New England Patriots: WR Jameson Williams, Ohio State
As New England continues to build around quarterback Mac Jones, finding a true number one wideout has to be a top priority. Nelson Agholor and Jakobi Myers are serviceable players, however they lack elite traits. The addition of Jones’ former teammate will give the Patriots an instant playmaker and a possible duo for the next decade.
22. Las Vegas Raiders: WR Drake London, USC
The second wide receiver taken, Drake London has been shooting up draft boards as of recent, even being some scout’s number one overall player at the position. After losing Henry Ruggs, the Raiders are desperate to find a number one wideout for Derek Carr, and the USC product can be just that.
23. Arizona Cardinals: Edge Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State
A Senior Bowl standout, Jermaine Johnson would be a steal for the Cardinals here at 23. Chandler Jones is a free agent and is likely to leave the team this offseason, so finding a replacement is paramount. While some may be quick to get help for Kyler Murray after his recent cryptic social media antics, pass rusher is a larger need for the team than any other position.
24. Dallas Cowboys: DT Devonte Wyatt, Georgia
While not a sexy pick for America’s team, Devonte Wyatt is the best remaining defensive player in the draft and will be a day one starter. Dallas will once again look to upgrade their defense this offseason after the 49ers ran all over them in the wildcard round, and Wyatt is a perfect reinforcement to improve Dan Quinn’s young unit.
25. Buffalo Bills: CB Trent McDuffie, Washington
It was apparent to anyone watching this year’s divisional round that Buffalo needs more help in the secondary. McDuffie had a fantastic 2021 campaign, and will fill a necessary need for a team trying to break through to the Super Bowl.
26. Tennessee Titans: QB Sam Howell, North Carolina
A surprising move here to some, I have the Titans drafting a future franchise quarterback with their first round pick, While Ryan Tannehill has taken this team to the AFC championship game, it is clear after his four interception divisional round that the team needs to start looking elsewhere for their quarterback of the future. Howell does not need to necessarily start right away, as a year of sitting back behind Tannehill may be the perfect thing for his development.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: WR Jahan Dotson, Penn State
With Chris Godwin on the move, Tampa Bay needs to find a serviceable second wide receiver with Mike Evans for whoever is under center for the Buccaneers next season. Dotson was a star in a struggling Nittany Lions offense, and with the right surroundings, can be a human highlight reel come NFL Sundays.
28. Green Bay Packers: WR John Metchie, Alabama
Why not another wide receiver? While it has been the theme of this part of the draft, the position is very deep in this draft class, and the Packers are still getting a great wideout regardless of how many were already selected. With Davante Adams possibly gone, Green Bay must put the right pieces around Jordan Love if they want to continue their regular season success going forward.
29. Miami Dolphins (via SF): OT Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan
If Mike McDaniel wants to repeat the offensive success he had with San Francisco, he must bolster the offensive line. While Raimann is no Trent Williams, he has all the tools one can want from a starting left tackle, and can become a franchise cornerstone protecting Tua Tagovailoa for years.
30. Kansas City Chiefs: S Dax Hill, Michigan
Kansas City ended their season on a disappointing note, losing to the Bengals in the AFC championship. Things can get worse for them, as safety and defensive leader Tyrann Matheiu is a free agent and may be on the move this offseason, so getting a replacement is essential, especially with the struggling Brett Sorenson back there as well.
31. Cincinnati Bengals: OT Tyler Smith, Tulsa
If the Bengals do not address the offensive line here I will be shocked. Not much more can be said about the struggles of the unit, as it was a major reason why the Bengals would lose Super Bowl 56. Smith is the best remaining tackle in this draft, so this decision should be easy.
32. Detroit Lions (via Rams): DT Jordan Davis, Georgia
Jordan Davis is one large human being. He was one of the faces of Georgia’s top ranked defense all season, and will be a day one starter. Acquiring him and Aidan Hutchinson will give the Lions a young, scary defensive line unit to operate with.
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