Pupo’s way-to-early 2023 Mock Draft – 2 Rounds

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Now that the dust has settled on this year’s Draft, it’s time to take a look ahead to next year’s Draft. 2 Quarterbacks and an Edge rusher, headline next year’s crop. Here is my early look, at how I see the 1st and 2nd Round will play out next year. The order is how I project the season to go. I hope you enjoy!

1. Detroit = Bryce Young (Jr) QB – Alabama

  • I really thought long and hard of who will be the pick; Bryce Young, or C.J. Stroud? The reigning Heisman Trophy winner, just slightly edged out Stroud. I think everyone on the planet, has the Lions picking at the top, and picking a Quarterback. Detroit can get out of Jared Goff’s contract after next year, and they can start fresh under centre. If Young or Stroud were eligible for this years’ Draft, either is the first Quarterback off the board, no questions asked. Young did lose his top 3 Receivers to the NFL, but Georgia transfer Jermaine Burton should help Young out a lot, and Ja’Corey Brooks is coming off a fine Freshman year. Young’s production will drop a little bit, but it’s still good enough to go first overall. Young becomes the new face of the franchise in the Motor City.

2. Houston = C.J. Stroud (RsSo) QB – Ohio State

  • This is not a knock against Davis Mills. He’s simply going to have to play out of his mind for Houston not to finish near the bottom of the league, essentially taking them out of the running for a Quarterback. I can’t see that happening with his supporting cast, not being that strong. C.J. Stroud had an outstanding first year starting, taking over for Justin Fields. He had some big shoes to fill, and he was more than up to the task. His production should slip a little bit, with him loosing Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave to the NFL, but he still will have another good year.

3. Chicago = Will Anderson Jr. (Jr) EDGE – Alabama

  • We all know if Will Anderson was eligible for this year’s Draft, he probably would have been the first pick. No offence to Travon Walker. It’s evident that the Bears need WR help, but with a player like Will Anderson still on the board, they can’t pass him up, especially after trading away Khalil Mack this offseason. He’s a true No.1 Edge rusher, with a chance to be one of the top five players at the position for the next decade. Look out.

4. Atlanta = Jaxon Smith-Njigba (Jr) WR – Ohio State

  • I don’t think that Marcus Mariota is going to last the entire season as the starter, meaning Desmond Ridder will get his shot. It will be too little of a sample size, to give up on Ridder, which is why I have them going in another direction here. Yes, they did just draft Drake London with the 8th pick, making him the first WR drafted, but Calvin Ridley’s future is up in the air, with him being suspended this upcoming season. Here’s some insurance. Smith-Njigba played predominantly from the Slot last season, but will move to the Outside this season, with Wilson and Olave gone. He did play Outside in the Rose Bowl, with them both opting out, and he put on an absolute show, catching 15 balls for 347 yards (a Rose Bowl record), and scoring 3 TD’s. Can he keep that up for a whole season on the Outside? We will see. In the end, I see him being the first WR drafted next April. All of a sudden, the Falcons have one of the best young WR core’s in the league.

5. Carolina = Jalen Carter (Jr) DT – Georgia

  • This was a bit of a tricky one. They did draft Matt Corral in the 3rd Round, but it’s fair to wonder, if they will pick a Quartebrack if they pick this high. I don’t see it happening. Jalen Carter might have been the best player on that entire Georgia team, yet alone the Defense last year, and he wasn’t even Draft eligible. He and 2020 1st Rounder Derrick Brown would be tough to gameplan against, week in and week out.

6. New York Jets = Paris Johnson Jr. (Jr) OT/G – Ohio State

  • Mekhi Becton’s future is up in question, after missing all but one game last season, but more help is needed anyway along the Offensive Line. Johnson has played mostly Guard so far during his time at Ohio State, but will move to Tackle this upcoming season. I see him having a great year, making him the first Offensive Lineman drafted next Spring. If he struggles on the outside, he can be slid inside. Either way, he will help keep Zach Wilson upright.

7. Jacksonville = Jordan Addison (Jr) WR – USC

  • In case you missed it, it was announced on Thursday, that the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner in Jordan Addison is heading to USC. He should be in for another big year with Caleb Williams throwing him the ball. The Jags signed Christian Kirk this offseason, but he isn’t a #1, and no other WR on the Jags roster is. Addison is a true #1 WR, who would instantly become Trevor Lawrence’s favourite target, and will help take his game to new levels.

8. New York Giants = Kayshon Boutte (Jr) WR – LSU

  • If anyone can fix Daniel Jones, it’s Brian Daboll. I really think Jones is going to make strides in 2022, and I see them keeping him at least another year. Some players take time to develop. Kadarius Toney was rumoured to be traded, but that has cooled down as of late. Kenny Golladay, and Sterling Shepherd aren’t #1 WR’s. An alpha is needed. Boutte is my WR1 heading into this upcoming College season. He was having an outstanding 2021 season (38 rec, 509 yards, 9 TD’s) in 6 games, before going down with a leg injury, and missing the rest of the season. He’s going to come back with a vengeance this season, cementing himself as a high first round pick.

9. Washington = Peter Skoronski (Jr) OT – Northwestern

  • Along with the Panthers, it’s fair to wonder if the Commanders will pick a Quarterback, if they pick this high. I don’t see it happening. Even if Carson Wentz plays the entire season, Sam Howell needs a chance. Washington needs to beef up the Offensive Line, to keep whoever is under Centre upright. Skoronski is the latest elite Left Tackle, to come out of Northwestern.

10. Indianapolis = Jaxson Kirkland (RsSr) OT/G – Washington

  • The Colts are another team that can take a Quarterback, but I see them going in a different direction here, in particular Offensive Line. Matt Ryan played fine last season in Atlanta, with an average to below average supporting cast. They still have yet to find a replacement for Anthony Castonzo, and they get it here with the selection of Kirkland. Kirkland was supposed to enter this year’s Draft, but backed out due to an ankle injury. He should cement himself as one of the top Tackles in College Football this season.

11. Piitsburgh = Zion Nelson (Sr) OT – Miami

  • The Steelers aren’t going to be good as last year, with Big Ben hanging it up. That Offensive Line needs help and Nelson can provide help immediately. I had Zion Nelson going in the 1st Round last year, but he didn’t have quite the year many expected him to have. I see him cleaning his game up, and jumping back into the 1st Round.

12. Houston (from Cleveland) = Bryan Bresee (RsSo) DL – Clemson

  • The Texans have a lot of holes on their roster, but the next biggest one after Quarterback, is the interior of their Defensive Line. Bresee’s season was cut short last season to 4 games, after a torn ACL, but should come back strong this season. He has experience playing all over the line, but he’s better suited to play the interior. He would help anchor that D Line.

13. Philadelphia (from New Orleans) = Jordan Battle (Sr) S – Alabama

  • Is Jalen Hurts the answer? That’s the biggest question for the Eagles. I think he’s going to make improve this upcoming season, meaning the Eagles will keep him at least another year. Both Safety positions for the Eagles can be upgraded. Battle surprised many by returning to Tuscaloosa for his Senior season, but should elevate his Draft stock throughout this season. He would be welcomed with open arms in Philly.

14. New England = Kelee Ringo (RsSo) CB – Georgia

  • I see New England taking a bit of a step back this year, with all of their division rivals getting better. J.C. Jackson is gone, but even if he was still there, more help would have been needed. Ringo had an excellent season, after missing his true Freshman year due to a labrum injury. He had a pick 6 in the 4th Quarter of the National Championship Game, icing the victory for the Bulldogs. He would be the teams new #1 Corner right away.

15. Minnesota = Myles Murphy (Jr) EDGE – Clemson

  • The Vikings are an interesting team. It seems like their always on the verge of going deep into the playoffs, but it just never materializes. Harrison Phillips can be upgraded. Danielle Hunter has missed time due to injury the past two years, so they get some insurance here with this pick. Murphy has caught everyone’s attention, back when he was a true Freshman two years ago. He would instantly give that Vikings pass rush, a much-needed boost.

16. Seattle (from Denver) = Eli Ricks (Jr) CB – Alabama

  • Drafting Coby Bryant in the 4th Round was a nice pick, but more help is still needed at Corner. Sidney Jones, and Artie Burns both can be upgraded. Ricks missed time due to injury last season at LSU, but since then he’s transferred to Alabama, and is looking to get back into form. He was arrested a few weeks ago for speeding, and possession of marijuana. That is something to keep an eye on. Ricks would fit nicely in Seattle.

17. Baltimore = Jermaine Burton (Jr) WR – Alabama

  • After trading Marquise Brown on the opening night of the Draft, they need Receiver help. After 2 years at Georgia, Burton transferred to Alabama this past January. He should be the new #1 in Tuscaloosa, and should make an immediate impact. He could be in for a monster year, catapulting him into the 1st Round.

18. Philadelphia = Isaiah Foskey (RsJr) EDGE – Notre Dame

  • Derek Barnett hasn’t produced at the level as expected, and Brandon Graham is coming off a torn Achilles. Here’s some help. Foskey decided to return to School for his Junior year, and I think the decision will pay off. He would provide help as a rotational player early on, eventually taking over a starting role within a year.

19. Seattle = Noah Sewell (Jr) LB – Oregon

  • I think that Baker Mayfield will end up in Seattle, and they will be better off with him, as opposed to Drew Lock. Bobby Wagner is gone, and more help is needed at the Linebacker level. Sewell has been productive his first 2 years in Eugene, and is one of the best Linebackers in College Football. He and Jordyn Brooks would form one of the best young Linebacking core’s in the league. The second coming of the Legion of Boom might just be here.

20. Miami = Nolan Smith (Sr) EDGE – Georgia

  • Miami is going to be better, but I don’t thin ready to make a run yet. They could stand to improve their pass rush. Smith made the right decision to return for his Senior year, as he is now a first round pick. He might have to start off in a rotational role, but it won’t be long until he earns a starting gig.

21. Arizona = Clark Phillips III (Jr) CB – Utah

  • The Cardinals are close. DeAndre Hopkins being suspended for the first 6 games is going to hurt them in the long run. Byron Murphy Jr. will be a free agent next Spring, but even then, more help is needed in the Secondary. Phillips had a nice Sophomore Season, which has put him on Draft radars. He should provide immediate help to a Secondary that needs it.

22. Los Angeles Chargers = Derick Hall (Sr) EDGE – Auburn

  • The Chargers are another team that is close, but I feel their not ready to make a run just yet. Jerry Tillery might be gone next year, as his 5th-year option was declined, and Sebastian Joseph-Day can be upgraded. Hall enjoyed a breakout Junior year, collecting 9 sacks, while forcing 2 fumbles. Hall, Bosa, and Mack will be very tough to stop, game in and game out.

23. Green Bay = B.J. Ojulari (Jr) EDGE – LSU

  • Could this be another WR? For now, I’m going to say no. We have to see how Christian Watson, and Romeo Doubs perform this season. The Packers need help along the Defensive Line. B.J. is the younger brother of Giants pass rusher Azeez Ojulari, who had a great Sophomore campaign, notching 7 sacks. That foreshadows what might happen this season.

24. Tennessee = Henry To’o To’o (Sr) LB – Alabama

  • Can you pronounce this guys name? If you can’t, I would suggest watching an Alabama game this Fall, and you will find how to. To’o To’o transferred to Alabama, after 2 years at Tennessee, and enjoyed his best year yet. I was a little surprised he didn’t enter this year’s Draft, but returning might make him a first round pick. He would be the teams new signal caller on Defense from Day 1.

25. Dallas = Brandon Joseph (RsJr) S – Notre Dame

  • The Cowboys might be the trickiest team in the NFL. It’s so hard to predict, if their going to take that next step. Dallas has needed a top level Safety for years. Malik Hooker is replaceable, and Jayron Kearse was only resigned to a 2 year extension. Joseph transferred to Notre Dame this past January, and should help anchor that Irish Secondary this Fall. He would give that Cowboys Secondary a much-needed boost.

26. Miami (from San Francisco) = Dawand Jones (Sr) OT – Ohio State

  • Liam Eichenberg played poorly last year as a Rookie, but that doesn’t mean he can’t improve this season. Terron Armstead was signed this offseason, but he will be 32 this year, and only played in 8 games last season. Here’s some help. Jones was named second-team All-Big Ten last year, after starting at Right Tackle (his first as a starter). Whenever he gets on the field, he would keep Tua upright.

27. Las Vegas = Joey Porter Jr. (RsJr) CB – Penn State

  • I know what your thinking. I wonder if he’s Joey Porter’s son. The answer is yes. Porter made the decision to return to Happy Valley for his Junior year, and I see the decision paying off. The Raiders could improve their Secondary, as Rock Ya-Sin can be upgraded. This upcoming season, will be his third year starting, so he will bring loads of experience to the table.

28. Kansas City = Quentin Johnston (Jr) WR – TCU

  • JuJu was only signed to a 1 year deal, and Mecole Hardman is a pending free agent after the season. Even then, I still think they need some help at Receiver. Johnston had a nice Sophomore year, hauling in 33 passes, for 634 yards, and scoring 6 Touchdowns. He could be in for a big year this Fall. There’s a good chance, he’s the #1 right away in KC.

29. Detroit (from Los Angeles Rams) = Trenton Simpson (Jr) LB – Clemson

  • The Lions just got their new signal caller on Offense, now were going to give them their new signal caller on Defense. They need some help at the second level. Simpson is one of the best Linebackers in all of College Football, and could have a breakout year.

30. Cincinnati = Cam Smith (RsJr) CB – South Carolina

  • I see the Bengals taking a little bit of a step back this year, falling to the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship game. Bengals fans, have a lot to be excited for in the future. Eli Apple was resigned to a 1 year contract, but even his he’s retained, they can still use some help. Smith is starting to gain some notoriety from the Draft community, and with another good year, he can be a first round pick.

31. Tampa Bay = Michael Mayer (Jr) TE – Notre Dame

  • This year, we didn’t see a TE go in the opening round. We almost didn’t see it again this year, but the Bucs change that with this pick. Mayer has been widely known, after his true Freshman year in South Bend, and might be the best TE in College Football. I’m sure Gronk would leave once Brady retires, and they get his replacement here.

32. Buffalo = Andre Carter II (Sr) EDGE – Army

  • Your probably thinking to yourself, “Who is this guy”? Well if you don’t know who he is, I would suggest go and watch some tape on him. He quietly finished tied with Will Anderson for the most sacks in the regular season with 15.5, and they both played 13 games. That’s saying something. He would be the first Black Knight drafted since 2008, and the 4th highest of all-time.

 

2nd Round

33. Detroit = Brenton Cox Jr. (RsSr) EDGE – Florida

34. Houston = Blake Freeland (Sr) OT – BYU

35. Chicago = Marvin Mims (Jr) WR – Oklahoma

36. Atlanta = Jalen Catalon (RsJr) S – Arkansas

37. Carolina = Josh Downs (Jr) WR – North Carolina

38. New York Jets = Owen Pappoe (Sr) LB – Auburn

39. Jacksonville = Habakkuk Baldonado (RsSr) EDGE – Pittsburgh

40. New York Giants = Garrett Williams (RsJr) CB – Syracuse

41. Washington = DeMarcco Hellams (Sr) S – Alabama

42. Indianapolis = Antonio Johnson (Jr) DB – Texas A&M

43. Pittsburgh = Akeem Dent (Sr) S – Florida State

44. Cleveland = Zion Tupuola-Fetui (RsSr) EDGE – Washington

45. New Orleans = Byron Young (Sr) DL – Alabama

46. New England = Zach Harrison (Sr) EDGE – Ohio State

47. Minnesota = Tyler Van Dyke (Jr) QB – Miami

48. Seattle (from Denver) = Carter Warren (RsSr) OT – Pittsburgh

49. Baltimore = Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson (Sr) CB – TCU

50. Philadelphia = Bijan Robinson (Jr) RB – Texas

51. Seattle = Zay Flowers (Sr) WR – Boston College

52. Miami = Demani Richardson (Sr) S – Texas A&M

53. Arizona = Will McDonald IV (RsSr) EDGE – Iowa State

54. Los Angeles Chargers = Robert Scott Jr. (Jr) OT – Florida State

55. Green Bay = Jayden Reed (RsSr) WR – Michigan State

56. Tennessee = Zacch Pickens (Sr) DT – South Carolina

57. Dallas = Tony Grimes (Jr) CB – North Carolina

58. San Francisco = Tykee Smith (RsJr) S – Georgia

59. Las Vegas = Nick Broeker (Sr) OT – Ole Miss

60. Kansas City = Broderick Jones (RsSo) OT – Georgia

61. Los Angeles Rams = K.J. Henry (RsSr) EDGE – Clemson

62. Cincinnati = Gervon Dexter (Jr) DT – Florida

63. Tampa Bay = Emil Ekiyor Jr. (RsSr) G – Alabama

64. Buffalo = Tyler Davis (Sr) DT -Clemson

2022 NFL Mock Draft- Mike’s 1st Round Mock for tonight’s Draft

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Evan Neal OT, Alabama -I know the Jaguars have signed Cam Robinson to an extension but they still have a hole on the right side of their offensive line. Jawaan Taylor who was drafted in the second round in 2019 has had trouble at right tackle. Drafting Neal will provide Trevor Lawrence the protection he needs to develop as a franchise Quarterback.
  2. Detroit Lions – Aidan Hutchinson Edge, Michigan -The Lions need to drastically improve their defense. It ranked at the bottom of the league in most defensive categories. Adding Hutchinson will improve their pass rush in a division that includes Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, and Justin Fields.
  3. Houston Texans – Ikem Ekwonu OT, North Carolina State -It seems the Texans are content with having QB Davis Mills be their starter for the foreseeable future, so getting him some protection should be an important move to keep his development going. Ikem Ekwonu is one of the most powerful offensive linemen in this draft class.
  4. New York Jets – Kayvon Thibodeaux Edge, Oregon – Thibodeaux will help Leonard Williams and Carl Lawson generate a pass rush that they were supposed to have during the 2021 season. Look for the Jets pass rush to improve this year,
  5. New York Giants – Charles Cross OT, Mississippi State – Cross is the best pass blocker in the draft in my opinion. This comes from playing Mike Leach’s pass happy system. He rarely lost a rep on a passing down.
  6. Carolina Panthers – Kenny Pickett QB, Pittsburgh – The Panthers continue to add resources to the quarterback position. I believe if this pick is made, both QBs will compete for the starting position.
  7. New York Giants – Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner CB, Cincinnati – Gardner is a special corner. He has not gave up a touchdown in years. He is a true shut down corner who can help change a defense right away.
  8. Atlanta Falcons- Garrett Wilson WR, Ohio State– Wilson is a dynamic receiver that can get open anytime. His route running is arguably the best in the class next to his teammate Chris Olave.
  9. Seattle Seahawks – Derek Stingley Jr. CB, LSU – Stingly may have had injury issues, but those have went away since seeing him move at his pro day. I believe teams will take a chance on his upside of being a shut down corner.
  10. New York Jets – Chris Olave WR, Ohio State – Olave is a smooth route runner who can create space and catch the ball consistently. He will prove to be Zac Wilson’s number one target by the time the regular season starts.
  11. Washington Commanders – Kyle Hamilton S, Notre Dame – The Commanders add Hamilton to secondary that lost Landon Collins earlier this offseason. Hamilton will start and be a playmaker in Ron Rivera’s defense instantly.
  12. Minnesota Vikings – Travon Walker Edge, Georgia – Walker has a high upside. The Vikings have holes on their defensive line. Walker can come in day 1 and help improve the defense instantly.
  13. Houston Texans – Jameson Williams WR, Alabama –  The Texans can afford to spend this pick of Jameson Williams. The team may not be contending this year so it should be no problem waiting on Williams to get healthy.
  14. Baltimore Ravens – Jordan Davis DT, Georgia – The Ravens draft Davis to control the middle of the defensive line just as Haloti Ngata did when he played for them
  15. Philadelphia Eagles – Drake London WR, USC – London will be another big body target for Jalen Hurts to throw to. There are questions about his ability to create separation but I believe he can overcome that.
  16. New Orleans Saints – Trevor Penning OT, Northern Iowa – Penning is a nasty offensive lineman with the attitude to match. He made his name well known at the Reese’s Senior Bowl when he was tossing guys around left and right. He may have crossed the line a few times but I feel that can be controlled with coaching.
  17. Los Angeles Chargers – Bernhard Raimann OT, Central Michigan – The Chargers add more protections for Justin Herbert. The right side of the line was terrible and needs to be improved. Raimann is good at pass protection and gave up the least amount of pressures last season.
  18. Philadelphia Eagles – George Karlaftis Edge, Purdue – The Eagles add to their aging defensive line. George Karlaftis has a high motor with the power to go with it. He packs a punch to stun offensive lineman and the hand technique to execute his rip move.
  19. New Orleans Saints – Trent McDuffie CB, Washinton – The Saints lose out of getting another Wide Receiver but they add a shut down corner across from Marcus Lattimore. McDuffie has great coverage skills. He is able to stick with his man at all times.
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Malik Willis QB, Liberty – Willis falls to the Steelers in my mock draft. I believe if he falls this far some team will try to jump the Steelers before they are on the clock. Willis is raw and still needs some development, but his upside is to good to pass up on.
  21. New England Patriots – Jermaine Johnson ll – This is a Bill Belichick pick. Picking up a guy that is versatile and plays all over the defensive line if he needs him to. Johnson had a breakout season for the Florida State Seminoles which earned him ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
  22. Green Bay Packers – Treylon Burks WR, Arkansas – Aaron Rodgers will like this pick but not love it. I’m sure he’d rather have Devonte Adams. Burks is a physical receiver with solid breakaway speed. He will fit well with the Packers once he and Rodgers get on the same page.
  23. Arizona Cardinals – Tyler Linderbaum C, Iowa – The Cardinals choose to improve their interior offensive line to keep Kyler Murry protected. Linderbaum will help the run game improve with the return of James Conner. In my opinion, Linderbaum is the best interior offensive lineman in this class. I see being a perennial pro-bowler for the next few years
  24. Dallas Cowboys – Devin Lloyd LB, Utah – The Cowboys will jump for joy is Devin Lloyd is sitting here at the 24th I feel Lloyd fits perfectly here. Drafting him now gives the team the versatility to move Parsons and Vander Esh around.
  25. Buffalo Bills – Breece Hall RB, Iowa State – The Bills chose to take Hall because they don’t have many holes on their roster except for running back. Devin Singletary and Zack Moss have been ok but neither has been able to take full control of the starting running back position. Hall is the perfect combination of patience, speed, and acceleration. He can also is the best in the class at catching the ball out of the backfield.
  26. Tennessee Titans – Zion Johnson G, Boston College – Johnson is versatile. He can play as a guard or center. He showed teams at the Reese’s Senior Bowl that he was not afraid to take on the challenge at playing center for the first time. The Titans are a run-heavy team that needs to continue to add to their offensive line to create running lanes for running
  27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Kenyon Green G, Texas A&M – The Buccaneers added Shaq Mason earlier this offseason, adding Kenyon Green would help solidify the offensive line and give Tom Brady the protection he needs at the age of 44.
  28. Green Bay Packers – Devonte Wyatt DT, Georgia – The Packers released edge rush Za’Darius Smith earlier this offseason and still need to find a way to replace him. Wyatt may be listed as a defensive tackle, but he has the ability to play on the edge.
  29. Kansas City Chiefs – Jahan Dotson WR, Penn State – Dotson would be the possible replacement for recently traded WR Tyreek Hill. Dotson has the speed and elusiveness to cause problems deep down the field. He also has the ability to run jet sweeps, and turn screen passes into long gains. Patrick Mahomes will have another deep threat to add to his arsenal of weapons.
  30. Kansas City Chiefs – Arnold Ebiketie Edge, Penn State – The Chiefs need to improve the pass rush and Arnold Ebiketie is the guy they are looking for. He has a quick first step and the speed the wreak havoc coming off the edge. Frank Clark did not perform well this season, getting a young talent to push him will improve the defense.
  31. Cincinnati Bengals – Tyler Smith OT, Tulsa – Even though the Bengals have added some help on the offensive line they still need to find depth and possibly a starter. Tyler Smith is listed as a tackle but has the ability to kick inside and play guard as well.
  32. Detroit Lions – Matt Corral QB, Ole Miss- The Lions take Corral here to get the 5th year option on his rookie contract. Corral has a quick release and good accuracy. He could challenge Jared Goff for the starting spot this season, but I believe Goff will start the season. Corral may see the field if Goff gets off to a slow start to the season.

Pupo’s 2022 Mock Draft 3.0 – 7 Rounds

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The Draft is here. It’s finally here! After months and months of preparation, teams and the Draft community, are ready for the Draft. Here is how I see this years Draft playing out. I hope you enjoy!

*indicates compensatory selection

1. Jacksonville = Aidan Hutchinson (Sr) EDGE – Michigan

  • There’s been lots of chatter about Travon Walker here, but I still think Hutchinson is the pick. He’s too good of a player to pass up. He’s arguably the safest pick in this Draft.

2. Detroit = Kayvon Thibodeaux (Jr) EDGE – Oregon

  • Thibodeaux has been knocked this whole processs, more than any other player, due to lack of effort. I’m not really worried about that. His play on the field speaks for itself. Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell dip back into the Duck pond, and selects the lethal Thibodeaux. It wouldn’t be a surprise to me, if he comes the best pass rusher in the league within 2-3 years. He’s truly got it all.

3. Houston = Ikem Ekwonu (Jr) OT/G – North Carolina State

  • Houston can go in a variety of directions here, but with Laremy Tunsil’s future up in the air, they select Ekwonu. He should be one of the premier players at his position fairly quickly.

4. New York Jets = Evan Neal (Jr) OT – Alabama

  • Mekhi Becton might not be back in New York, but even if he is, the Jets can use some more protection for Zach Wilson. Neal would help keep Wilson upright.

5. New York Giants = Travon Walker (Jr) DL – Georgia

  • The Giants end Walker’s slide, and scoop up the former Georgia star. He would be a nice fit along that Giants Defensive Front.

6. Carolina = Kenny Pickett (RsSr) QB – Pittsburgh

  • I’m not buying all these rumours that the Panthers will pass on a Quarterback here. It’s all smoke screens to me. Pickett and Rhule have a good relationship in the past, with Pickett initially committing their as a recruit. That’s the deal breaker for me. Pickett becomes the new face of the franchise in Carolina.

7. New York Giants (from Chicago) = Charles Cross (RsSo) OT – Mississippi State

  • This could very well be a WR here, but that can be addressed later in the Draft. Daniel Jones can be better protected, in his make-or-break year in New York. Cross is the best pass protector in this Draft.

8. Atlanta = Jameson Williams (Jr) WR – Alabama

  • Jameson Williams is ahead of his recovery, and that is huge for him being able to play right away. I am buying the rumours, that he will be the first WR off the board. He’s the fastest WR, and maybe the fastest player in this Draft. He would help open up things underneath for Kyle Pitts.

9. Seattle (from Denver) = Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner (Jr) CB – Cincinnati

  • Gardner fits the mold of a tall long Seattle style Corner. He didn’t allow a single Touchdown in College, something that you don’t see very often.

10. New York Jets (from Seattle) = Garrett Wilson (Jr) WR – Ohio State

  • Simply put, Zach Wilson needs more weapons around him. Garrett Wilson is a true#1 WR, who would take Wilson’s game to new heights.

11. Washington = Kyle Hamilton (Jr) S – Notre Dame

  • We all know why Kyle Hamilton fell all the way here. Washington stops his slide, and selects him to be the new leader of their Secondary.

12. Minnesota = Derek Stingley Jr. (Jr) CB – LSU

  • Stingley might be the biggest boom or bust pick in this Draft. If he plays like he did in 2019, your getting a steal, and maybe the best player from this Draft.

13. Houston (from Cleveland) = Chris Olave (Sr) WR – Ohio State

  • Davis Mills needs more pieces around him, in order for him to ascend. Olave would help him significantly improve.

14. Baltimore = Trent McDuffie (Jr) CB – Washington

  • Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters both suffered season ending injuries last year, and Peters is a free agent after next season. McDuffie is a little undersized, but he plays bigger on tape. He has #1 Corner upside.

15. Philadelphia (from Miami) = Drake London (Jr) WR – USC

  • Jalen Reagor simply can’t be relied on moving forward, and that makes the Eagles select another WR in the 1st Round. London and Devonta Smith would be dangerous together.

16. New Orleans (from Philadelphia) = Trevor Penning (RsSr) OT – Northern Iowa

  • With Terron Armstead signing with Miami, their is hole at Left Tackle. Raimann can fill that hole immediately, and help keep Jameis Winston upright.

17. Los Angeles Chargers = Jordan Davis (Sr) DT – Georgia

  • I would have given the Chargers Trevor Penning, but he just got taken. Taking another Tackle here, is a bit of a reach, so they take the massive but athletic Davis. Davis would occupy double teams, allowing Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack to run free.

18. Philadelphia (from New Orleans) = Andrew Booth Jr. (Jr) CB – Clemson

  • That Eagles Secondary struggled all season, and they need help immediately. Booth can provide that help, and would pair with Darius Slay, to form one of the better Corner duos in the league.

19. New Orleans (from Philadelphia) = Treylon Burks (Jr) WR – Arkansas

  • Even with Michael Thomas in the lineup, the Saints still need another WR. Burks needs some polish, but can start and contribute right away. If he rounds out his game, look out.

20. Pittsburgh = Malik Willis (RsSr) QB – Liberty

  • The Steelers probably didn’t envision a Quarterback falling to them, with the signing of Mitch Trubisky. Willis would compete for the starting gig right away, but probably needs a year to sit. If he cleans up some things, he can be special.

21. New England = Devin Lloyd (RsSr) LB – Utah

  • Ja’Whaun Bentley and Dont’a Hightower are getting up their in age, and their play has declined. Lloyd would give Bill Belichick a versatile piece on his Defense.

22. Green Bay (from Las Vegas) = Jahan Dotson (Sr) WR – Penn State

  • The Packers haven’t drafted a WR in the 1st Round since they selected Javon Walker in 2002. That streak is finally broken, and it’s 100% the right time. Dotson can immediately fill the void left by Davante Adams. Aaron Rodgers has a new best friend.

23. Arizona = Jermaine Johnson (RsSr) EDGE – Florida State

  • The Cardinals are thrilled that Johnson slid all the way to them. Johnson would start right away in the place of the departed Chandler Jones. Johnson’s ceiling is very high.

24. Dallas = Kenyon Green (Jr) OG/T – Texas A&M

  • This could be a WR, but better protecting Dak Prescott takes priority. Connor Williams is gone, and Green could step in and start right away. Once Tyron Smith retires, Green could even move to Left Tackle.

25. Buffalo = Kaiir Elam (Jr) CB – Florida

  • I wouldn’t be surprised if this pick is used on a WR, but it’s not a huge need for the Bills. Corberback however is. Levi Wallace is out the door, and Tre’Davious White is coming off a torn ACL. More forces are needed. Elam has traits teams covet at the position.

26. Tennessee = Zion Johnson (Sr) OL – Boston College

  • Could this be a Quarterback? I don’t think so. Rodger Saffold, and David Quessenberry both signed with Buffalo, meaning more help is needed on the line. Johnson played both Tackle and Guard in College, but did play some Centre at the Senior Bowl.  He would help clear lanes for Derrick Henry.

27. Tampa Bay = Tyler Linderbaum (RsJr) IOL – Iowa

  • The Bucs have holes at both Guard spots, with Ali Marpet retiring, and Alex Cappa leaving for Cincinnati. Linderbaum played Centre at Iowa, but I think he can play Guard to, and that’s where I see him starting off. Then once Ryan Jensen hangs it up, Linderbaum can slide into his spot.

28. Green Bay = David Ojabo (RsSo) EDGE – Michigan

  • We all know David Ojabo will slide, and we all know why. The Packers stop his slide and select him here. He’s a moldable ball of clay, that has All-Pro potential.

29. Kansas City (from Miami) = George Pickens (Jr) WR – Georgia

  • If Pickens didn’t suffer a torn ACL last Spring, he would go higher than this. We all know the Chiefs need a WR, after shipping Tyreek Hill to Miami. Pickens would become the new #1 WR for Patrick Mahomes. He does come with risk though.

30. Kansas City = Kyler Gordon (RsJr) CB – Washington

  • Charvarius Ward signed with San Francisco, but even before another Corner was needed. Gordon has great upside for the position.

31. Cincinnati = Daxton Hill (Jr) S/CB – Michigan

  • The Bengals have reworked their Offensive Line, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they take one here. Hill has experience playing both Safety and Corner, and would give that Bengals Secondary some help. He would provide insurance, incase Jessie Bates leaves after next season.

32. Detroit (from Los Angeles Rams) = Nakobe Dean (Jr) LB – Georgia

  • This could be a Quarterback, but I see them going in a different direction. Dean slides due to his size and length, but he’s too good of a player to fall out of the 1st Round. Dean would be the teams new signal caller on Defense.

 

2nd Round

33. Jacksonville = Tyler Smith (RsSo) OT/G – Tulsa

34. Detroit = Matt Corral (RsJr) QB – Ole Miss

35. New York Jets = George Karlaftis (Jr) EDGE – Purdue

36. New York Giants = Christian Watson (RsSr) WR – North Dakota State

37. Houston = Devonte Wyatt (Sr) DT – Georgia

38. New York Jets (from Carolina) = Roger McCreary (Sr) CB – Auburn

39. Chicago = Skyy Moore (Jr) WR – Western Michigan

40. Seattle (from Denver) = Desmond Ridder (RsSr) QB – Cincinnati

41. Seattle = Bernhard Raimann (Sr) OT – Central Michigan

42. Indianapolis (from Washington) = Sam Howell (Jr) QB – North Carolina

43. Atlanta = Boye Mafe (RsSr) EDGE – Minnesota

44. Cleveland = Arnold Ebiketie (RsSr) EDGE – Penn State

45. Baltimore = Darian Kinnard (Sr) OG/T – Kentucky

46. Minnesota = Logan Hall (Sr) DL – Houston

47. Washington (from Indianapolis) = David Bell (Jr) WR – Purdue

48. Chicago (from LA Chargers) = Dylan Parham (RsSr) IOL – Memphis

49. New Orleans = Christian Harris (Jr) LB – Alabama

50. Kansas City (from Miami) = Quay Walker (Sr) LB – Georgia

51. Philadelphia = Chad Muma (Sr) LB – Wyoming

52. Pittsburgh = Sean Rhyan (Jr) OG/T – UCLA

53. Green Bay (from Las Vegas) = Daniel Faalele (Sr) OT – Minnesota

54. New England = John Metchie III (Jr) WR – Alabama

55. Arizona = Alec Pierce (Sr) WR – Cincinnati

56. Dallas = Drake Jackson (Jr) EDGE – USC

57. Buffalo = Breece Hall (Jr) RB – Iowa State

58. Atlanta (from Tennessee) = Lewis Cine (Jr) S – Georgia

59. Green Bay = Leo Chenal (Jr) LB – Wisconsin

60. Tampa Bay = Nik Bonitto (RsJr) EDGE/LB – Oklahoma

61. San Francisco = Jalen Pitre (RsSr) DB – Baylor

62. Kansas City = Josh Paschal (RsSr) EDGE – Kentucky

63. Cincinnati = Cole Strange (RsSr) IOL – Chattanooga

64. Denver (from LA Rams) = Damone Clark (Sr) LB – LSU

 

3rd Round

65. Jacksonville = Justyn Ross (RsJr) WR – Clemson

66. Detroit = Jalen Tolbert (RsSr) WR – South Alabama

67. New York Giants = Tariq Woolen (RsSr) CB – UTSA

68. Houston = Kenneth Walker III (Jr) RB – Michigan State

69. New York Jets = Troy Anderson (Sr) LB – Montana State

70. Jacksonville (from Carolina) = Jaquan Brisker (RsSr) S – Penn State

71. Chicago = Coby Bryant (Sr) CB – Cincinnati

72. Seattle = Myjai Sanders (Sr) EDGE – Cincinnati

73. Indianapolis (from Washington) = Calvin Austin III (RsSr) WR – Memphis

74. Atlanta = Abraham Lucas (RsSr) OT – Washington State

75. Denver = Nicholas Petit-Frere (RsJr) OT – Ohio State

76. Baltimore = Wan’Dale Robinson (Jr) WR – Kentucky

77. Minnesota = Cameron Thomas (RsJr) EDGE – San Diego State

78. Cleveland = Travis Jones (Sr) DT – UConn

79. Los Angeles Chargers = Rasheed Walker (RsJr) OT – Penn State

80. Houston (from New Orleans) = Channing Tindall (Sr) LB – Georgia

81. New York Giants (from Miami) = Brian Asamoah II (RsJr) LB – Oklahoma

82. Atlanta (from Indianapolis) = Carson Strong (RsJr) QB – Nevada

83. Philadelphia = Kingsley Enagbare (Sr) EDGE – South Carolina

84. Pittsburgh = Marcus Jones (RsSr) CB – Houston

85. New England = Martin Emerson (Jr) CB – Mississippi State

86. Las Vegas = Darrian Beavers (Sr) LB – Cincinnati

87. Arizona = Cam Taylor-Britt (Sr) DB – Nebraska

88. Dallas = Brandon Smith (Jr) LB – Penn State

89. Buffalo = Khalil Shakir (Sr) WR – Boise State

90. Tennessee = Romeo Doubs (Sr) WR – Nevada

91. Tampa Bay = Alontae Taylor (Sr) CB – Tennessee

92. Green Bay = Trey McBride (Sr) TE – Colorado State

93. San Francisco = Jamaree Salyer (Sr) OG/T – Georgia

94. Kansas City = DeMarvin Leal (Jr) DL – Texas A&M

95. Cincinnati = Mario Goodrich (Sr) CB – Clemson

96. Denver (from LA Rams) = DeAngelo Malone (Sr) EDGE – Western Kentucky

*97. Detroit = Bryan Cook (Sr) S – Cincinnati

*98. New Orleans = Perrion Winfrey (Sr) DT – Oklahoma

*99. Cleveland = Nick Cross (Jr) S – Maryland

*100. Baltimore = Sam Williams (Sr) EDGE – Ole Miss

*101. Philadelphia (from New Orleans) = Max Mitchell (Sr) OT – Louisiana

*102. Miami (from San Francisco) = Isaiah Spiller (Jr) RB – Texas A&M

*103. Kansas City = Kellen Diesch (RsSr) OT – Arizona State

*104. Los Angeles Rams = Braxton Jones (RsSr) OT – Southern Utah

*105. San Francisco = Zyon McCollum (Sr) CB – Sam Houston State

 

4th Round

106. Jacksonville = Dare Rosenthal (RsJr) OT/G – Kentucky

107. Houston (from Cleveland) = Derion Kendrick (Sr) CB – Georgia

108. Houston = Ed Ingram (RsSr) G – LSU

109. Seattle (from NY Jets) = Cameron Jurgens (RsJr) C – Nebraska

110. Baltimore (from NY Giants) = Phidarian Mathis (RsSr) DT – Alabama

111. New York Jets (from Carolina) = Thayer Munford (Sr) OG/T – Ohio State

112. New York Giants (from Chicago) = Chris Paul (RsSr) OT/G – Tulsa

113. Washington = Andrew Stueber (RsSr) OT/G – Michigan

114. Atlanta = Kerby Joseph (Jr) S – Illinois

115. Denver = Tyquan Thornton (Sr) WR – Baylor

116. Denver (from Seattle) = Matthew Butler (Sr) DL – Tennessee

117. New York Jets (from Minnesota) = Verone McKinley III (RsJr) S – Oregon

118. Cleveland = Velus Jones Jr. (RsSr) WR – Tennessee

119. Baltimore = Luke Fortner (RsSr) IOL – Kentucky

120. New Orleans = Dominique Robinson (Sr) EDGE – Miami (Ohio)

121. Kansas City (from Miami) = Tycen Anderson (Sr) DB – Toledo

122. Indianapolis = Matt Waletzko (Sr) OT – North Dakota

123. Los Angeles Chargers = Danny Gray (Sr) WR – SMU

124. Philadelphia = Bo Melton (Sr) WR – Rutgers

125. Miami (from Pittsburgh) = Obinna Eze (RsSr) OT – TCU

126. Las Vegas = Cordell Volson (RsSr) OT/G – North Dakota State

127. New England = Tyreke Smith (Sr) EDGE – Ohio State

128. Baltimore (from Arizona) = Zachary Carter (Sr) DL – Florida

129. Dallas = Kyle Phillips (RsJr) WR – UCLA

130. Buffalo = Luke Goedeke (RsSr) OG/T – Central Michigan

131. Tennessee = Jalyn Armour-Davis (RsJr) CB – Alabama

132. Green Bay = Marquis Hayes (RsSr) G – Oklahoma

133. Tampa Bay = JT Woods (Sr) S – Baylor

134. San Francisco = Erik Ezukanma (RsJr) WR – Texas Tech

135. Kansas City = Spencer Burford (Sr) OG/T – UTSA

136. Cincinnati = Tre Turner (Sr) WR – Virginia Tech

137. Carolina (from Houston) = Vederian Lowe (Sr) OT – Illinois

*138. Pittsburgh = Jalen Nailor (RsJr) WR – Michigan State

*139. Baltimore = James Cook (Sr) RB – Georgia

*140. Green Bay = Quindarious “Smoke” Monday (Sr) S – Auburn

*141. Baltimore = Quentin Lake (RsSr) S – UCLA

*142. Los Angeles Rams = Josh Jobe (Sr) CB – Alabama

*143. Tennessee = Terrel Bernard (RsSr) LB – Baylor

 

5th Round

144. Carolina (from Jacksonville) = Kevin Austin Jr. (RsJr) WR – Notre Dame

145. Seattle (from Denver) = John Ridgeway (RsSr) DT – Arkansas

146. New York Jets = Brian Robinson Jr. (RsSr) RB – Alabama

147. New York Giants = Dane Belton (Jr) S/OLB – Iowa

148. Chicago (from Houston) = Isaiah Thomas (RsSr) EDGE – Oklahoma

149. Carolina = Thomas Booker (Sr) DT – Stanford

150. Chicago = Myron Cunningham (RsSr) OT/G – Arkansas

151. Atlanta = JoJo Domann (Sr) LB – Nebraska

152. Denver = Lecitus Smith (RsSr) G – Virginia Tech

153. Seattle = Charleston Rambo (RsSr) WR – Miami

154. Philadelphia (from Washington) = Markquese Bell (RsSr) S- Florida A&M

155. Dallas (from Cleveland) = Tyler Vrabel (RsJr) OT – Boston College

156. Minnesota (from Baltimore) = Dohnovan West (Jr) IOL – Arizona State

157. Jacksonville (from Minnesota) = Damarri Mathis (RsSr) DB – Pittsburgh

158. New England (from Miami) = Logan Bruss (RsSr) OG/T – Wisconsin

159. Indianapolis = Leon O’Neal Jr. (Sr) S – Texas A&M

160. Los Angeles Chargers = Jesse Luketa (Sr) LB/EDGE – Penn State

161. New Orleans = Yusuf Corker (RsSr) S – Kentucky

162. Philadelphia = Haskell Garrett (Sr) DT – Ohio State

163. New York Jets (from Pittsburgh) = Greg Dulcich (RsJr) TE – UCLA

164. Las Vegas (from New England) = Neil Farrell Jr. (Sr) DT – LSU

165. Las Vegas = Jerreth Sterns (Sr) WR – Western Kentucky

166. Philadelphia (from Arizona) = Kyren Williams (RsSo) RB – Notre Dame

167. Dallas = Jaylen Watson (RsSr) CB – Washington State

168. Buffalo = Jeremiah Gemmel (RsSr) LB – North Carolina

169. Tennessee = Cade Mays (Sr) OG/T – Tennessee

170. Houston (from New England) = Slade Bolden (RsJr) WR – Alabama

171. Green Bay = Reggie Roberson Jr. (Sr) WR – SMU

172. San Francisco = Nick Zakelj (Sr) OT – Fordham

173. New York Giants (from Baltimore) = Rachaad White (RsSr) RB – Arizona State

174. Cincinnati = Jean Delance (RsSr) OT – Florida

175. Los Angeles Rams = Alex Wright (Jr) EDGE – UAB

*176. Dallas = Bubba Bolden (RsSr) S – Miami

*177. Detroit = Justin Shaffer (Sr) G – Georgia

*178. Dallas = Otito Ogbonnia (Sr) DT – UCLA

*179. Indianapolis = Joshua Williams (Sr) CB – Fayetteville State (D2)

 

6th Round

180. Jacksonville = Eyioma Uwazurike (RsSr) DT – Iowa State

181. Detroit = Mykael Wright (Jr) CB – Oregon

182. New York Giants = Isaiah Likely (Sr) TE – Coastal Carolina

183. New England (from Houston) = Juanyeh Thomas (Sr) S – Georgia Tech

184. Minnesota (from NY Jets) = Sterling Weatherford (RsSr) S/LB – Miami (Ohio)

185. Buffalo (from Carolina) = Christopher Hinton (Jr) DT – Michigan

186. Chicago = David Anenih (Sr) EDGE – Houston

187. San Francisco (from Denver) = Amare Barno (RsJr) EDGE – Virginia Tech

188. Jacksonville (from Seattle) = Zakoby McClain (Sr) LB – Auburn

189. Washington = Kalon Barnes (Sr) CB – Baylor

190. Atlanta = Zach Tom (RsSr) OL – Wake Forest

191. Minnesota (from Kansas City) = Jack Sanborn (Sr) LB – Wisconsin

192. Minnesota = Luke Tenuta (RsJr) OT – Virginia Tech

193. Dallas (from Cleveland) = Jelani Woods (RsSr) TE – Virginia

194. New Orleans (from Philadelphia) = Alec Lindstrom (RsSr) C – Boston College

195. Los Angeles Chargers = Tyrese Robinson (RsSr) OG/T – Oklahoma

196. Baltimore (from Miami) = Micah McFadden (Sr) LB – Indiana

197. Jacksonville (from Philadelphia) = Ty Fryfogle (Sr) WR – Indiana

198. Jacksonville (from Pittsburgh) = Jeremiah Moon (RsSr) EDGE – Florida

199. Carolina (from Las Vegas) = D’Marco Jackson (RsSr) LB – Appalachian State

200. New England = Austin Deculus (Sr) OT/G – LSU

201. Arizona = Joshua Ezeudu (RsJr) OG/T – North Carolina

202. Cleveland (from Dallas) = Aaron Hansford (RsSr) LB – Texas A&M

203. Buffalo = Michael Clemsons (RsSr) EDGE – Texas A&M

204. Tennessee = Bailey Zappe (Sr) QB – Western Kentucky

205. Houston (from Green Bay) = Jeffrey Gunter (RsSr) EDGE – Coastal Carolina

206. Denver (from Philadelphia) = Luke Wattenberg (RsSr) IOL – Washington

207. Houston (from NY Jets) = Percy Butler (Sr) S – Louisiana

208. Pittsburgh (from Kansas City) = Christopher Allen (RsSr) EDGE – Alabama

209. Cincinnati = Jayden Peevy (Sr) DT – Texas A&M

210. New England (from LA Rams) =Marquan McCall (Sr) DT – Kentucky

*211. Los Angeles Rams = Chris Owens (RsSr) OL – Alabama

*212. Los Angeles Rams = Esezi Otomewo (RsSr) DL – Minnesota

*213. Atlanta = Noah Elliss (RsJr) DT – Idaho

*214. Los Angeles Chargers = Jeremy Ruckert (Sr) TE – Ohio State

*215. Arizona = Ellis Brooks (RsSr) LB – Penn State

*216. Indianapolis = Cade Otton (RsSr) TE – Washington

*217. Detroit = Emeka Emezie (Sr) WR – North Carolina State

*218. Los Angeles Rams = Mike Rose (Sr) LB – Iowa State

*219. Tennessee = Matt Henningsen (RsSr) DL – Wisconsin

*220. San Francisco = Nephi Sewell (RsSr) LB – Utah

*221. San Francisco = Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa (RsSr) DL – Notre Dame

 

7th Round

222. Jacksonville = Brock Hoffman (RsSr) IOL – Virginia Tech

223. Cleveland (from Detroit) = James Empey (RsSr) C – BYU

224. Miami (from Baltimore) = Malcolm Rodriguez (Sr) LB – Oklahoma State

225. Pittsburgh (from NY Jets) = Ben Brown (RsSr) IOL – Ole Miss

226. Cincinnati (from NY Giants) = Joshua Ross (Sr) LB – Michigan

227. Las Vegas (from Carolina) = Akayleb Evans (RsSr) CB – Missouri

228. Green Bay (from Houston) = LaBryan Ray (RsSr) DL – Alabama

229. Seattle = Baylon Spector (RsSr) LB – Clemson

230. Washington = Charlie Kolar (RsSr) TE – Iowa State

231. Buffalo (from Atlanta) = Bamidele Olaseni (Sr) OT – Utah

232. Denver = Brad Hawkins (Sr) S – Michigan

233. Kansas City (from Minnesota) = Tariq Castro-Fields (RsSr) CB – Penn State

234. Denver (from Detroit) = Markavist “Big Kat” Bryant (RsSr) EDGE – UCF

235. Jacksonville (from Baltimore) = Jalen Wydermyer (Jr) TE – Texas A&M

236. Los Angeles Chargers = Mike Tafua (RsSr) EDGE – Utah

237. Philadelphia (from New Orleans) = Grant Calcaterra (Sr) TE – SMU

238. Los Angeles Rams (from Miami) = Dameon Pierce (Sr) RB – Florida

239. Indianapolis = Dontario Drummond (Sr) WR – Ole Miss

240. Washington (from Indianapolis) = Nick Ford (RsSr) OL – Utah

241. Pittsburgh = Caleb Jones (RsSr) OT – Indiana

242. Carolina (from Miami) = Cordale Flott (Jr) CB – LSU

243. Kansas City (from New England) = Tyree Johnson (RsSr) EDGE – Texas A&M

244. Arizona = Ali Fayad (Sr) EDGE – Western Michigan

245. New England (from Houston) = James Skalski (RsSr) LB – Clemson

246. Cleveland (from Buffalo) = Jake Ferguson (RsSr) TE – Wisconsin

247. Miami (from Tennessee) = Makai Polk (RsSo) WR – Mississippi State

248. Tampa Bay = Devon Williams (RsJr) WR – Oregon

249. Green Bay = Josh Thompson (RsSr) CB – Texas

250. Minnesota (from Denver) = Samori Toure (RsSr) WR – Nebraska

251. Kansas City = Tyler Allgeier (RsJr) RB – BYU

252. Cincinnati = Tre Williams (RsSr) EDGE – Arkansas

253. Los Angeles Rams = Braylon Sanders (Sr) WR – Ole Miss

254. Los Angeles Chargers = Ja’Tyre Carter (RsSr) IOL – Southern

255. Los Angeles Chargers = Montaric Brown (RsSr) CB – Arkansas

256. Arizona = Kaleb Eleby (RsJr) QB – Western Michigan

257. Arizona = Ryan Van Demark (Sr) OT – UConn

258. Green Bay = Carson Wells (RsSr) EDGE – Colorado

259. Kansas City = EJ Perry (Sr) QB – Brown

260. Los Angeles Chargers = Reed Blankenship (Sr) S – Middle Tennessee State

261. Tampa Bay = Chasen Hines (Sr) IOL – LSU

262. San Francisco = Delarrin Turner-Yell (Sr) S – Oklahoma

Pupo’s 2022 Big Board 2.0 – 50 players

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With the 2022 NFL Draft kicking off in less than 2 days, it’s time to drop my final Big Board. Here are my top 50 players in this years Draft. I hope you enjoy!

  1. Kayvon Thibodeaux (Jr) EDGE – Oregon
  2. Aidan Hutchinson (Sr) EDGE – Michigan
  3. Kyle Hamilton (Jr) S – Notre Dame
  4. Evan Neal (Jr) OT – Alabama
  5. Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner (Jr) CB – Cincinnati
  6. Ikem Ekwonu (Jr) OT/G – North Carolina State
  7. Charles Cross (RsSo) OT – Mississippi State
  8. Chris Olave (Sr) WR – Ohio State
  9. Garrett Wilson (Jr) WR – Ohio State
  10. Devin Lloyd (RsSr) LB – Utah
  11. Travon Walker (Jr) DL – Georgia
  12. Derek Stingley Jr. (Jr) CB – LSU
  13. Jordan Davis (Sr) DT – Georgia
  14. Jameson Williams (Jr) WR – Alabama
  15. Nakobe Dean (Jr) LB – Georgia
  16. Kenyon Green (Jr) OG/T – Texas A&M
  17. Tyler Linderbaum (RsJr) IOL – Iowa
  18. Andrew Booth Jr. (Jr) CB – Clemson
  19. Jermaine Johnson (RsSr) EDGE – Florida State
  20. Daxton Hill (Jr) S/CB – Michigan
  21. Kenny Pickett (RsSr) QB – Pittsburgh
  22. Trent McDuffie (Jr) CB – Washington
  23. Kaiir Elam (Jr) CB – Florida
  24. Breece Hall (Jr) RB – Iowa State
  25. Trevor Penning (RsSr) OT – Northern Iowa
  26. Devonte Wyatt (Sr) DT – Georgia
  27. Zion Johnson (Sr) OL – Boston College
  28. Drake London (Jr) WR – USC
  29. Malik Willis (RsSr) QB – Liberty
  30. DeMarvin Leal (Jr) DL – Texas A&M
  31. Sam Howell (Jr) QB – North Carolina
  32. George Karlaftis (Jr) EDGE – Purdue
  33. Treylon Burks (Jr) WR – Arkansas
  34. George Pickens (Jr) WR – Georgia
  35. Matt Corral (RsJr) QB – Ole Miss
  36. Jahan Dotson (Sr) WR – Penn State
  37. Kyler Gordon (RsJr) CB – Washington
  38. Tyler Smith (RsSo) OT/G – Tulsa
  39. Boye Mafe (RsSr) EDGE – Minnesota
  40. Lewis Cine (Jr) S – Georgia
  41. Jaquan Brisker (RsSr) S – Penn State
  42. Bernhard Raimann (Sr) OT – Central Michigan
  43. Roger McCreary (Sr) CB – Auburn
  44. Desmond Ridder (RsSr) QB – Cincinnati
  45. Christian Harris (Jr) LB – Alabama
  46. Kenneth Walker III (Jr) RB – Michigan State
  47. Isaiah Spiller (Jr) RB – Texas A&M
  48. Quay Walker (Sr) LB – Georgia
  49. David Ojabo (RsSo) EDGE – Michigan
  50. Travis Jones (Sr) DT – UConn

Pupo’s Mock Draft 2.0 – 7 Rounds

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We are 7 days away, until the 2022 NFL Draft kicks off. 7 days, that’s it. Here’s my latest forecast, of how I see things playing out next week. I hope you enjoy!

*indicates compensatory selection

1. Jacksonville = Aidan Hutchinson (Sr) EDGE – Michigan

  • The Jags resigned Left Tackle Cam Robinson (I wasn’t fond of the move), and signed former Washington Guard Brandon Scherff. With those 2 signings, I think their gonna focus their attention to the defensive side of the ball, in particular edge rusher. Hutchinson would fit in nicely at DE in their 3-4 scheme. Hutchinson’s decision to return for his Senior year paid off handomsely, as he transformed from a mid to late first round pick, to now the top pick. What a difference a year makes.

2. Detroit = Kayvon Thibodeaux (Jr) EDGE – Oregon

  • Thibodeaux (my top player in the Draft) has been dinged this whole process, because of a lack of effort. Let’s not overthink things here. He was a lethal pass rusher in Eugene, and would give the Lions a much-needed boost at pass rush. Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell select back-to-back Ducks in the first round, reuniting Thibodeaux with Penei Sewell. He should be a star in no time.

3. Houston = Ikem Ekwonu (Jr) OT/G – North Carolina State

  • The Texans can go in a lot of different directions. Trading down accumulating more picks might be the best option to be fair, preparing them for the future. If they stay put, they can select the former Wolfpack stud. Laremy Tunsil’s future is up in the air, and even if he ends up staying in Houston, they can use someone opposite him. With a little refinement as a pass protector, there’s All-Pro potential.

4. New York Jets = Evan Neal (Jr) OT – Alabama

  • If the Jets don’t significantly approve, I don’t know if Robert Saleh and Joe Douglas, will be retained in 2023. This selection will help them keep their jobs. Zach Wilson can be better protected up front, and Neal would start from day 1 at Right Tackle. If Mekhi Becton struggles, Neal can be moved over to the left side. Neal is the best Tackle in this Class, and would help keep Wilson upright.

5. New York Giants = Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner (Jr) CB – Cincinnati

  • Taking a WR here, is a little bit of a reach. The Giants can use some help in the Secondary. James Bradberry had a down year, after earing a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2020. Adoree’ Jackson can be upgraded, so taking Gardner here makes total sense. Sauce never allowed a Touchdown during his time in Cincinnati, which is remarkable. He’s a true shut-down Corner, and figures to make his share of Pro Bowls.

6. Carolina = Kenny Pickett (RsSr) QB – Pittsburgh

  • From what it sounds like, the Panthers don’t view Sam Darnold as “the guy”. They tried to trade for Deshaun Watson, which speaks volumes. Pickett initally committed to Temple, when Matt Rhule was the Head Coach their, before flipping his commitment to Pittsburgh. I feel that’s the deciding factor here. Malik Willis will probably need time, before he gets on the field, and Matt Rhule can’t afford to wait. He will probably be gone, if the Panthers don’t improve. Pickett will help Rhule save his job. Pickett becomes the new face of the franchise in Carolina.

7. New York Giants (from Chicago) = Charles Cross (RsSo) OT – Mississippi State

  • This is a make-or-break year for Daniel Jones. He needs to be better protected, to give him a better chance of succeeding. Cross is arguably the best pass protector in this Draft, but does need work as a run blocker, with him playing in Mike Leach’s Air Raid Offense. Cross would start immediately at Right Tackle, and would help keep Jones upright.

8. Atlanta = Garrett Wilson (Jr) WR – Ohio State

  • Atlanta could go Malik Willis here, but with Arthur Smith having a good relationship with Marcus Mariota dating back to their days in Tennesee, I see them passing on one here. However, they could take one later in the Draft. Even before Calvin Ridley’s suspension, the Falcons needed WR help, and Wilson would provide immediate help. Wilson has the traits to be a dominant WR in this league.

9. Seattle (from Denver) = Travon Walker (Jr) DL – Georgia

  • As we speak, I think Seattle is the favourite to land Baker Mayfield, which is why I didn’t give them Malik Willis here. Seattle is thrilled that Walker slid right into their lap. They need help along the Defensive Line, and Walker would make an immediate impact. I’m not sure if he’s a true Edge guy, with his stiffness trying to bend the Edge. If not, slide him inside, where he can create havoc, game in and game out.

10. New York Jets (from Seattle) = Jameson Williams (Jr) WR – Alabama

  • Williams has been ahead of schedule in his rehab, from recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the National Championship Game. There’s been rumours of him being the first WR taken, but I can’t see it happening. 2nd year QB Zach Wilson could be poised for a breakout Sophomore year, if he’s throwing to a guy like Jameson Williams. If he was healthy, he might have broken John Ross’ 4.22 40 yard dash record. He just might be the fastest player in this Draft.

11. Washington = Kyle Hamilton (Jr) S – Notre Dame

  • I think everyone knows why Kyle Hamilton is sliding. Don’t worry about the time, he plays faster on tape. If he was eligible for last year’s Draft, he would have been the first Safety off the board, and would have been a 1st Round pick. Washington is thrilled that Hamilton slides to them, and makes him the new leader of the Defense. This is a really nice fit.

12. Minnesota = Derek Stingley Jr. (Jr) CB – LSU

  • Minnesota did resign Patrick Peterson, but they need to start thinking of the future. Stingley’s old DC Daronte Jones, is now the DB’s Coach in Minnesota, and that makes Stingley the selection. Did teams stay away from him after that remarkable True Freshman year? Did injuries play a factor in his play declining? Did Stingley just play out the clock until he was Draft eligible? These are all factors team will need to figure out. If he plays like he did in 2019, you just might be getting the best player in this years Draft.

13. Houston (from Cleveland) = Chris Olave (Sr) WR – Ohio State

  • If Houston wants Davis Mills to vastly improve this year, he needs more weapons around him. Olave helped his Draft stock, by returning for his Senior year. He’s my WR1, and has been since the start of the College Season, and his game translates well to the next level. He’s as smooth as they come in this Draft, and would give Davis Mills a true #1 WR.

14. Baltimore = Andrew Booth Jr. (Jr) CB – Clemson

  • Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters both suffered season injuries last year and more help is needed in the Secondary. Booth can work in the Slot, and then take over on the outside, if Marcus Peters isn’t retained in 2023.

15. Philadelphia (from Miami) = Drake London (Jr) WR – USC

  • I wouldn’t call Jalen Reagor a bust just yet. He can’t be relied on, and that prompts the Eagles to spend another first round pick on a WR. London is a jump ball specialist, who would pair with DeVonta Smith, to form one of the best young WR duos in the league.

16. New Orleans (from Philadelphia) = Treylon Burks (Jr) WR – Arkansas

  • The Saints moved up, because they fell their a few pieces away, from taking the next step. They just signed Jameis Winston to a 2 year deal, but Malik Willis isn’t out of the question here. But I see them going WR, a very talented one in Burks. Burks still has some work to do, in terms of route running, but he should be able to contribute right away. If he tweaks his game, he might end up being the best WR from this class.

17. Los Angeles Chargers = Trevor Penning (RsSr) OT – Northern Iowa

  • This was a tough one. The Chargers could go Jordan Davis, or even another WR here, but better protecting Justin Herbert trumps all. Penning would step in and start right away at RT, helping keep Herbert upright. Justin Herbert is somewhere smiling.

18. Philadelphia (from New Orleans) = Trent McDuffie (Jr) CB – Washington

  • It’s crucial that the Eagles hit on both their first round picks this year. The team has talent, just not enough yet to make a run. This pick will help that. McDuffie has been dinged this whole process due to his size, but he plays much bigger, and would give that Secondary a much-needed boost. I really like this fit.

19. New Orleans (from Philadelphia) = Bernhard Raimann (Sr) OT – Central Michigan

  • Malik Willis would be cool here, but they have other needs, including Tackle. Terron Armstead is out the door, and Raimann can step in and start right away for him. He’s a bit of an overaged prospect turning 25 in September, but he has the traits to be a solid starting Tackle in this league.

20. Pittsburgh = Malik Willis (RsSr) QB – Liberty

  • Alas! Malik Willis is finally off the board! I really think the Steelers don’t invision a Quarterback falling this far, but if one falls to them, I think they will be obligated to pull the trigger and take one. He would compete for the starting job right away, but there’s a good chance he needs to sit, before getting on the field. If he cleans up his mechanics, he might end up being the best Quarterback from this Class. He’s simply, a boom or bust prospect.

21. New England = Devin Lloyd (RsSr) LB – Utah

  • I wanted to give the Patriots a WR here, but they generally don’t take WR’s this high. Especially with N’Keal Harry struggling, I think they will shy away, from taking a WR in the 1st. LB’s Ja’Whaun Bentley and Dont’a Hightower are getting up their, and their game has declined. Bill Bilichick is going to have fun, using the versatile Lloyd on his Defense.

22. Green Bay (from Las Vegas) = Jahan Dotson (Sr) WR – Penn State

  • I think everyone on the planet, knows why I gave the Packers a WR here. Green Bay hasn’t drafted a WR in the 1st Round since they took Javon Walker in 2002. That streak is finally broken. Dotson is as sure-handed as it gets in this Draft, and would instantly be the teams new #1 WR. Aaron Rodgers is gonna love throwing to the former Penn State star.

23. Arizona = Jermaine Johnson (RsSr) EDGE – Florida State

  • This Cardinals is almost their, as evidenced last season. I think their biggest need is WR, but the top ones are all gone, and taking one here is a bit of a reach. So they focus their attention to the Defensive side of the ball, in particular Edge rusher. Chandler Jones is gone, and Johnson can start right away in his place. Johnson enjoyed a breakout season after transferring from Georgia, collecting 70 total tackles, and 12 sacks.

24. Dallas = Kenyon Green (Jr) OG/OT – Texas A&M

  • The Cowboys can go in a variety of different areas here. I wouldn’t rule out a WR here, but I think they will add one on Day 2. Guard is their biggest need, and Green may be the best Guard in this Draft. Green would start right away, replacing the departed Connor Williams, and help clear paths for Ezekiel Elliott. He might be able to move to Left Tackle, once Tyron Smith hangs it up.

25. Buffalo = Kaiir Elam (Jr) CB – Florida

  • Levi Wallace is gone, and Tre’Davious White, is coming off a torn ACL, so more help is needed. Elam is kinda getting lost in the CB shuffle this year, but don’t ignore him. He has good bloodlines, and has a very high ceiling. He and Tre White, would form a nice CB tandem.

26. Tennessee = Tyler Smith (RsSo) OT/G – Tulsa

  • Rodger Saffold was released and signed with Buffalo, and David Quessenberry has yet to be signed. Here’s some insurance. Smith can start at Right Tackle, and if he struggles their, he can be slide inside. I really like this fit.

27. Tampa Bay = Tyler Linderbaum (RsJr) IOL – Iowa

  • Ali Marpet shockingly retired this offseason, and Alex Cappa signed with Cincinnati. Linderbaum started off his College career as a Defensive Lineman, before moving to the other side of the ball the following year, as a RS Freshman. He’s the best Centre prospect in this Draft by far, but has the versatility to play Guard. I see him starting off at Guard, and then once Ryan Jensen retires, he will move to Centre.

28. Green Bay = George Karlaftis (Jr) EDGE – Purdue

  • The Packers filled their biggest need earlier with the selection of Dotson, and now they fill their second biggest need here. Za’Darius Smith is gone, and Preston Smith is showing signs of decline.

29. Kansas City (from Miami) = Christian Watson (RsSr) WR – North Dakota State

  • Again, I think everyone on the planet, knows why I gave the Chiefs a WR here. They could wait until Day 2 to snag one, but I feel it’s better for them to take one now. Watson has been skyrocketing up Draft boards this whole process, and there’s been buzz of him going in the opening frame. He has really nice traits, but he’s still fairly raw, needing polish. With some polish, he could be really dangerous in this league.

30. Kansas City = Jordan Davis (Sr) DT – Georgia

  • Your probably thinking to yourself “No way Jordan Davis falls this far”. Well he did so. The Chiefs have other needs to address like Corner, and Linebacker, but Davis is too good to pass up at this point in the Draft. He will pair with Chris Jones, to form perhaps the best Interior D Line in the NFL. Offensive Coordinators will have a very tough time game planning against them.

31. Cincinnati = Roger McCreary (Sr) CB – Auburn

  • The Bengals did a great job in free agency helping fix the Offensive Line, but I still wouldn’t rule out them taking one here. Eli Apple was resigned, but only to a 1 year deal. More help is needed at Corner anyway. McCreary is another one, that has been lost in the CB shuffle the past couple of months, but he’s a solid prospect in his own right. McCreary lacks ideal length for a Corner. Whether outside or inside, he should become a solid pro.

32. Detroit (from Los Angeles Rams) = David Ojabo (RsSo) EDGE – Michigan

  • It’s unfortunate David Ojabo tore his Achilles at his Pro Day. Guaranteed, guys will now not participate in their Pro Day, after seeing what happened to Ojabo. They could pick a Quarterback here, but with them picking again 2 picks later, they can take one their. Ojabo will slide, but I don’t see him falling out of the opening frame. Ojabo will give that Lions Defense much-needed pass rush help immediately.

 

2nd Round

33. Jacksonville = Zion Johnson (Sr) OL – Boston College

34. Detroit = Matt Corral (RsJr) QB – Ole Miss

35. New York Jets = Kyler Gordon (RsJr) CB – Washington

36. New York Giants = George Pickens (Jr) WR – Georgia

37. Houston = Daxton Hill (Jr) S/CB – Michigan

38. New York Jets (from Carolina) = Boye Mafe (RsSr) EDGE – Minnesota

39. Chicago = Skyy Moore (Jr) WR – Western Michigan

40. Seattle (from Denver) = Sam Howell (Jr) QB – North Carolina

41. Seattle = Daniel Faalele (Sr) OT – Minnesota

42. Indianapolis (from Washington) = David Bell (Jr) WR – Purdue

43. Atlanta = Devonte Wyatt (RsSr) DT – Georgia

44. Cleveland = Logan Hall (Sr) DL – Houston

45. Baltimore = Nicholas Petit-Frere (RsJr) OT – Ohio State

46. Minnesota = Lewis Cine (Jr) S – Georgia

47. Washington (from Indianapolis) = John Metchie III (Jr) WR – Alabama

48. Chicago (from Los Angeles Chargers) = Cole Strange (RsSr) IOL – Chattanooga

49. New Orleans = Desmond Ridder (RsSr) QB – Cincinnati

50. Kansas City (from Miami) = Derion Kendrick (Sr) CB – Georgia

51. Phiadelphia = Nakobe Dean (Jr) LB – Georgia

52. Pittsburgh = Sean Rhyan (Jr) OG/OT – UCLA

53. Green Bay (from Las Vegas) = Max Mitchell (Sr) OT – Louisiana

54. New England = Calvin Austin III (RsSr) WR – Memphis

55. Arizona = Arnold Ebiketie (RsSr) EDGE – Penn State

56. Dallas = Alec Pierce (Sr) WR – Cincinnati

57. Buffalo = Breece Hall (Jr) RB – Iowa State

58. Atlanta (from Tennessee) = Cameron Thomas (RsJr) EDGE – San Diego State

59. Green Bay = Trey McBride (Sr) TE – Colorado State

60. Tampa Bay = Drake Jackson (Jr) EDGE – USC

61. San Francisco = Coby Bryant (Sr) CB – Cincinnati

62. Kansas City = Myjai Sanders (Sr) EDGE – Cincinnati

63. Cincinnati = Dylan Parham (RsSr) IOL – Memphis

64. Denver (from Los Angeles Rams) = Christian Harris (Jr) LB – Alabama

 

3rd Round

65. Jacksonville = Jalen Tolbert (RsSr) WR – South Alabama

66. Detroit = Wan’Dale Robinson (Jr) WR – Kentucky

67. New York Giants = Darian Kinnard (Sr) OG/OT – Kentucky

68. Houston = Kenneth Walker III (Jr) RB – Michigan State

69. New York Jets = Chad Muma (Sr) LB – Wyoming

70. Jacksonville (from Carolina) = Kellen Diesch (RsSr) OT – Arizona State

71. Chicago = Braxton Jones (RsSr) OT – Southern Utah

72. Seattle = Tariq Woolen (RsSr) CB – UTSA

73. Indianapolis (from Washington) = Carson Strong (RsJr) QB – Nevada

74. Atlanta = Rasheed Walker (RsJr) OT – Penn State

75. Denver = Thayer Munford (Sr) OG/OT – Ohio State

76. Baltimore = Justyn Ross (RsJr) WR – Clemson

77. Minnesota = Nik Bonitto (RsJr) EDGE – Oklahoma

78. Cleveland = Kyle Phillips (RsJr) WR – UCLA

79. Los Angeles Chargers = Josh Paschal (RsSr) EDGE – Kentucky

80. Houston (from New Orleans) = Kingsley Enagbare (Sr) EDGE – South Carolina

81. New York Giants (from Miami) = Isaiah Likely (Sr) TE – Coastal Carolina

82. Atlanta (from Indianapolis) = Quay Walker (Sr) LB – Georgia

83. Philadelphia = DeMarvin Leal (Jr) DL – Texas A&M

84. Pittsburgh = Perrion Winfrey (Sr) DT – Oklahoma

85. New England = Jaquan Brisker (RsSr) S – Penn State

86. Las Vegas = Mario Goodrich (Sr) CB – Clemson

87. Arizona = Alontae Taylor (Sr) CB – Tennessee

88. Dallas = DeAngelo Malone (Sr) EDGE – Western Kentucky

89. Buffalo = Romeo Doubs (Sr) WR – Nevada

90. Tennessee = Travis Jones (Sr) DT – UConn

91. Tampa Bay = Cam Taylor-Britt (Sr) DB – Nebraska

92. Green Bay = Jalen Pitre (RsSr) DB – Baylor

93. San Francisco = Bryan Cook (Sr) S – Cincinnati

94. Kansas City = Brian Asamoah (RsJr) LB – Oklahoma

95. Cincinnati = Abraham Lucas (RsSr) OT – Washington State

96. Denver (from Los Angeles Rams) = Matt Waletzko (Sr) OT – North Dakota

*97. Detroit = Leo Chenal (Jr) LB – Wisconsin

*98. New Orleans = Sam Williams (Sr) EDGE – Ole Miss

*99. Cleveland = Zachary Carter (Sr) DL – Florida

*100. Baltimore = Phidarian Mathis (RsSr) DT – Alabama

*101. Philadelphia = Nick Cross (Jr) S – Maryland

*102. Miami = Isaiah Spiller (Jr) RB – Texas A&M

*103. Kansas City = Kerby Joseph (Jr) S – Illinois

*104. Los Angeles Rams = Obinna Eze (RsSr) OT – TCU

*105. San Francisco = Tyrese Robinson (RsSr) G – Oklahoma

 

4th Round

106. Jacksonville = Damarri Mathis (RsSr) DB – Pittsburgh

107. Houston (from Cleveland) = Damone Clark (Sr) LB – LSU

108. Houston = Martin Emerson (Jr) CB – Mississippi State

109. Seattle (from New York Jets) = Channing Tindall (Sr) LB – Georgia

110. Baltimore (from New York Giants) = Tyreke Smith (Sr) EDGE – Ohio State

111. New York Jets (from Carolina) = Ed Ingram (RsSr) G – LSU

112. New York Giants (from Chicago) = Troy Andersen (Sr) LB – Montana State

113. Washington = Andrew Stueber (RsSr) OT/G – Michigan

114. Atlanta = Tycen Anderson (Sr) DB – Toledo

115. Denver = Khalil Shakir (Sr) WR – Boise State

116. Denver (from Seattle) = Josh Jobe (Sr) CB – Alabama

117. New York Jets (from Minnesota) = Verone McKinley III (RsJr) S – Oregon

118. Cleveland = Sterling Weatherford (RsSr) S/LB – Miami (Ohio)

119. Baltimore = Alec Lindstrom (RsSr) C – Boston College

120. New Orleans = Matthew Butler (Sr) DL – Tennessee

121. Kansas City (from Miami) = Vederian Lowe (Sr) OT – Illinois

122. Indianapolis = Montaric Brown (RsSr) CB – Arkansas

123. Los Angeles Chargers = Jamaree Salyer (Sr) OG/OT – Georgia

124. Philadelphia = Dominique Robinson (Sr) EDGE – Miami (Ohio)

125. Miami (from Pittsburgh) = Isaiah Thomas (RsSr) EDGE – Oklahoma

126. Las Vegas = Darrian Beavers (Sr) LB – Cincinnati

127. New England = Jalyn Armour-Davis (RsJr) CB – Alabama

128. Baltimore (from Arizona) = Reed Blankenship (Sr) S – Middle Tennessee State

129. Dallas = Haskell Garrett (Sr) DT – Ohio State

130. Buffalo = John Ridgeway (RsSr) DT – Arkansas

131. Tennessee = Velus Jones Jr. (RsSr) WR – Tennessee

132. Green Bay = JoJo Domann (Sr) LB – Nebraska

133. Tampa Bay = Bo Melton (Sr) WR – Rutgers

134. San Francisco = Danny Gray (Sr) WR – SMU

135. Kansas City = James Cook (Sr) RB – Georgia

136. Cincinnati = Reggie Roberson Jr. (Sr) WR – SMU

137. Carolina (from Houston) = Zach Tom (RsSr) OL – Wake Forest

*138. Pittsburgh = Luke Goedeke (RsSr) OG/OT – Central Michigan

*139. Baltimore = Brandon Smith (Jr) LB – Penn State

*140. Green Bay = Justin Shaffer (Sr) G – Georgia

*141. Baltimore = Brian Robinson Jr. (RsSr) RB – Alabama

*142. Los Angeles Rams = Jesse Luketa (Sr) LB/EDGE – Penn State

*143. Tennessee = Terrel Bernard (RsSr) LB – Baylor

 

5th Round

144. Carolina (from Jacksonville) = Jerreth Sterns (Sr) WR – Western Kentucky

145. Denver (from Detroit) = Dane Belton (Jr) S/OLB – Iowa

146. New York Jets = Greg Dulcich (RsJr) TE – UCLA

147. New York Giants = Alex Wright (Jr) EDGE – UAB

148. Chicago (from Houston) = Marcus Jones (RsSr) CB – Houston

149. Carolina = Marquan McCall (Sr) DT – Kentucky

150. Chicago = Tyquan Thornton (Sr) WR – Baylor

151. Atlanta = Spencer Burford (Sr) OG/OT – UTSA

152. Seattle (from Denver) = Dohnovan West (Jr) IOL – Arizona State

153. Seattle = Otito Ogbonnia (Sr) DT – UCLA

154. Philadelphia (from Washington) = Cordell Volson (RsSr) OT/G – North Dakota State

155. Dallas (from Cleveland) = Tyler Vrabel (RsJr) OT – Boston College

156. Minnesota (from Baltimore) = Luke Fortner (RsSr) IOL – Kentucky

157. Jacksonville (from Minnesota) = Thomas Booker (Sr) DT – Stanford

158. New England (from Miami) = Jeffrey Gunter (RsSr) EDGE – Coastal Carolina

159. Indianapolis = Leon O’Neal Jr. (Sr) S – Texas A&M

160. Los Angeles Chargers = Dontario Drummond (Sr) WR – Ole Miss

161. New Orleans = Markavist “Big Kat” Bryant (RsSr) EDGE – UCF

162. Philadelphia = Lecitus Smith (RsSr) G – Virginia Tech

163. New York Jets (from Pittsburgh) = Tre Turner (Sr) WR – Virginia Tech

164. Las Vegas (from New England) = Cam Jurgens (RsJr) C – Nebraska

165. Las Vegas = Eyioma Uwazurike (RsSr) DT – Iowa State

166. Philadelphia (from Arizona) = Kyren Williams (RsSo) RB – Notre Dame

167. Dallas = Joshua Williams (Sr) CB – Fayetteville State (D2)

168. Buffalo = Jack Sanborn (Sr) LB – Wisconsin

169. Tennessee = Jeremiah Moon (RsSr) EDGE – Florida

170. New England (from Tampa Bay) = Chris Paul (RsSr) OT/G – Tulsa

171. Green Bay = Jalen Nailor (RsJr) WR – Michigan State

172. San Francisco = Matt Henningsen (RsSr) DL – Wisconsin

173. New York Giants = Markquese Bell (RsSr) S – Florida A&M

174. Cincinnati = Christopher Hinton (Jr) DT – Michigan

175. Los Angeles Rams = Zyon McCollum (Sr) CB – Sam Houston State

*176. Dallas = Quindarious “Smoke” Monday (Sr) S – Auburn

*177. Detroit = Bubba Bolden (RsSr) S – Miami

*178. Dallas = Jeremy Ruckert (Sr) TE – Ohio State

*179. Indianapolis = Dare Rosenthal (RsJr) OT/G – Kentucky

 

6th Round

180. Jacksonville = Jaylen Watson (RsSr) CB – Washington State

181. Detroit = Cade Mays (Sr) OG/OT – Tennessee

182. New York Giants = Bailey Zappe (Sr) QB – Western Kentucky

183. Houston = James Empey (RsSr) C – BYU

184. Minnesota (from New York Jets) = Neil Farrell Jr. (Sr) DT – LSU

185. Buffalo (from Carolina) = Christopher Allen (RsSr) EDGE – Alabama

186. Chicago = D’Marco Jackson (RsSr) LB – Appalachian State

187. San Francisco (from Denver) = Zakoby McClain (Sr) LB – Auburn

188. Jacksonville (from Seattle) = Slade Bolden (RsJr) WR – Alabama

189. Washington = Luke Wattenberg (RsSr) IOL – Washington

190. Atlanta = Rachaad White (RsSr) RB – Arizona State

191. Minnesota (from Kansas City) = Nephi Sewell (RsSr) LB – Utah

192. Minnesota = Erik Ezukanma (RsJr) WR – Texas Tech

193. Dallas (from Cleveland) = Kaleb Eleby (RsJr) QB – Western Michigan

194. New Orleans (from Philadelphia) = Zamir White (RsJr) RB – Georgia

195. Los Angeles Chargers = Noah Elliss (RsJr) DT – Idaho

196. Baltimore (from Miami) = Cade Otton (RsSr) TE – Washington

197. Jacksonville (from Philadelphia) = David Anenih (Sr) EDGE – Houston

198. Jacksonville (from Pittsburgh) = Jake Ferguson (RsSr) TE – Wisconsin

199. Carolina (from Las Vegas) = Jerome Ford (RsJr) RB – Cincinnati

200. New England = Ja’Tyre Carter (RsSr) IOL – Southern

201. Arizona = Marquis Hayes (RsSr) G – Oklahoma

202. Cleveland (from Dallas) = Mike Rose (Sr) LB – Iowa State

203. Buffalo = Micah McFadden (Sr) LB – Indiana

204. Tennessee = Jean Delance (RsSr) OT – Florida

205. Houston (from Green Bay) = Jelani Woods (RsSr) TE – Virginia

206. Denver (from Philadelphia) = Esezi Otomewo (RsSr) DL – Minnesota

207. Houston (from New York Jets) = Jack Coan (RsSr) QB – Notre Dame

208. Pittsburgh (from Kansas City) = JT Woods (Sr) S – Baylor

209. Cincinnati = Joshua Ross (Sr) LB – Michigan

210. New England (from Los Angeles Rams) = Myron Cunningham (RsSr) OT/G – Arkansas

*211. Los Angeles Rams = Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa (RsSr) DL – Notre Dame

*212. Los Angeles Rams = Brock Hoffman (RsSr) IOL – Virginia Tech

*213. Atlanta = Akayleb Evans (RsSr) CB – Missouri

*214. Los Angeles Chargers = Ellis Brooks (RsSr) LB – Penn State

*215. Arizona = Luke Tenuta (RsJr) OT – Virginia Tech

*216. Indianapolis = Charlie Kolar (RsSr) TE – Iowa State

*217. Detroit = LaRon Stokes (RsSr) DL – Oklahoma

*218. Los Angeles Rams = Yusuf Corker (RsSr) S – Kentucky

*219. Tennessee = Jalen Wydermyer (Jr) TE – Texas A&M

*220. San Francisco = Michael Clemons (RsSr) EDGE – Texas A&M

*221. San Francisco = Dameon Pierce (Sr) RB – Florida

 

7th Round

222. Jacksonville = Charleston Rambo (RsSr) WR – Miami

223. Cleveland (from Detroit) = Logan Bruss (RsSr) OG/T – Wisconsin

224. Miami (from Baltimore) = Emeka Emezie (Sr) WR – NC State

225. Pittsburgh (from New York Jets) = Tariq Castro-Fields (Sr) CB – Penn State

226. Cincinnati (from New York Giants) = Juanyeh Thomas (Sr) S – Georgia Tech

227. Las Vegas (from Carolina) = Quentin Lake (RsSr) S – UCLA

228. Green Bay (from Houston) = Jack Jones (RsSr) CB – Arizona State

229. Seattle = Ty Fryfogle (Sr) WR – Indiana

230. Washington = Aaron Hansford (RsSr) LB – Texas A&M

231. Buffalo (from Atlanta) = Ben Brown (RsSr) IOL – Ole Miss

232. Denver = LaBryan Ray (RsSr) DL – Alabama

233. Kansas City (from Minnesota) = Nick Ford (RsSr) OL – Utah

234. Detroit (from Cleveland) = Josh Thompson (RsSr) CB – Texas

235. Jacksonville (from Baltimore) = Austin Deculus (Sr) OT/G – LSU

236. Los Angeles Chargers = Cole Turner (Sr) TE/WR – Nevada

237. Philadelphia (from New Orleans) = Dustin Crum (Sr) QB – Kent State

238. Los Angeles (from Miami) = Tyler Badie (Sr) RB – Missouri

239. Washington (from Indianapolis) = Grant Calcaterra (Sr) TE – SMU

240. Indianapolis = Amare Barno (RsJr) EDGE – Virginia Tech

241. Pittsburgh = Jake Hansen (RsSr) EDGE – Illinois

242. Carolina (from Miami) = Nate Landman (Sr) LB – Colorado

243. Kansas City (from New England) = Kevin Austin Jr. (RsJr) WR – Notre Dame

244. Arizona = Samori Toure (RsSr) WR – Nebraska

245. Houston (from Dallas) = Stanley Berryhill III (RsSr) WR – Arizona

246. Cleveland (from Buffalo) = Chigoziem Okonkwo (Sr) TE – Maryland

247. Miami (from Tennessee) = Baylon Spector (RsSr) LB – Clemson

248. Tampa Bay = Austin Allen (RsSr) TE – Nebraska

249. Green Bay = Sincere McCormick (Jr) RB – UTSA

250. Minnesota (from Denver) = Gerrit Prince (RsSr) TE/WR – UAB

251. Kansas City = Daniel Bellinger (Sr) TE – San Diego State

252. Cincinnati = Noah Burks (RsSr) EDGE – Wisconsin

253. Los Angeles Rams = Jeremiah Hall (RsSr) TE/FB – Oklahoma

254. Los Angeles Chargers = Hassan Haskins (Sr) RB – Michigan

255. Los Angeles Chargers = Tariq Carpenter (Sr) S/LB – Georgia Tech

256. Arizona = Jeremiah Gemmel (RsSr) LB – North Carolina

2022 NFL Draft: Players Who Helped their Draft Stock at the Reese’s Senior Bowl

The Reese’s Senior Bowl is the most anticipated all-star game of the draft season. It brings out scouts and coaches from multiple professional leagues, front office personnel, and media outlets.  It’s also one of the biggest stages for draft prospects to show off their talents to improve their draft stock. In recent years, prospects have really helped their draft position by performing well during the week of practice then transferring that performance to the game. The National team was coached by the New York Jets coaching staff, while the American team was coached by the Detroit Lions.

The game was somewhat one-sided as the National Team came away with a definitive 20-10 victory over the American Team.  The score may not show, but both teams had players that really helped their draft stock with impressive performances. Let’s check out who helped themselves.

Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated

 

National Team

  1. Zion Johnson G/C, Boston College (6-2, 314lbs) – Johnson had a good week of practice that translated to the game. The big news during the week was how Johnson transitioned from the guard to the center position. He wanted to show his versatility to teams and scouts, and show he was able to do the job. Johnson performed well at both positions. In the run game, he displayed his mauler-like mentality the way he opened running lanes and his good athleticism the way he was able to work to the second level to block linebackers. As a pass protector, Johnson played with great leverage to stalemate a defensive lineman at the line of scrimmage. He also can recover if he gives ground. Johnson may have helped himself sneak into a late first-round pick.

 

  1. Travis Jones DT, Connecticut (6-4, 326lbs) – Jones had an incredible week at the senior bowl. He made some nice plays during 1-on-1 drills showing he can create pressure from the interior. During inside drills, he was a monster disrupting the run and making life miserable for running backs. In the game, Jones was responsible for multiple quarterback pressures. He even recorded a sack from the interior. Jones could have improved his stock into the second round or possibly the first round.

 

  1. Boye Mafe Edge, Minnesota (6-3, 255lbs) – Mafe came off the edge like a man on a mission during the senior bowl. He displayed his quick-twitch and first step off the line of scrimmage beating offensive tackles often. Mafe showed he is not just a speed rusher; he did utilize a bull rush periodically. In the run game, he can hold his ground to set the edge and force the play inside. Mafe recorded multiple sacks during the game, and he forced a fumble. He could be a first-round pick by the time the draft process is done.

 

 

  1. Chad Muma LB, Wyoming (6-2, 241lbs) – Muma is an athletic linebacker that can run and cover the field like a defensive back. He has the instincts to find the ball and secure the tackle. Muma displays the leadership skills to get guys in positions communicating assignments to multiple defensive players. His football intelligence is another quality of Muma’s game. When he drops into coverage, he can read the quarterback like a book to get a hand into the passing lane. If Muma can test well at the combine, I can see him being selected late on day 2 of the draft.

 

  1. Abram Smith RB, Baylor (5-11, 211lbs) – Smith had a quiet week during the week of practice, but he made a huge impact during the senior bowl game. During the game, Smith displayed his vision and versatility catching the ball out of the backfield. Smith carried the ball 11 times for 48 yards, and he scored a 20-yard receiving touchdown where he displayed good hands and the ability to get yards after the catch. Smith has some shiftiness in him to make defenders miss 1-on-1. I can see him being drafted early on day 3 of the draft.

 

 

  1. Perrion Winfrey DT, Oklahoma (6-3, 303lbs) – Winfrey dominated senior bowl to the point where it was just unfair for offensive linemen to try to block him 1-on-1. He continuously beat linemen with a bullrush or occasionally a quick swim and rip move. In the game, he just lived in the American Teams’ backfield. Winfrey also showed the ability to beat a double team and hold his ground in the run game when being double-teamed. For the game, Winfrey recorded five tackles, three tackles for loss, and two sacks. He was named the Reese’s Bowl MVP. With this performance, I believe Winfrey could be a mid-second-round pick.

 

American Team

 

  1. Conner Heyward FB/RB, Michigan State (5-11, 239lbs) – Some might say Heyward shouldn’t be on this list, but he does. If you had a chance to go watch practice during the week like myself, you would see why he is on this list. During practice Heyward showed his versatility by being able to pass block, run block and catch the ball out of the backfield as a fullback. He even showed the ability to win 1-on-1 against linebackers. He will be a gem to any team that loves to utilize a fullback in their offense. He’ll end up being a late-round draft pick, but his production will make an impact early if used properly.

 

  1. Jermaine Johnson Edge, Florida State University (6-4, 259lbs) – Johnson did not play in the senior bowl game, but that was for a good reason. After already being on the edge of being a first-round pick, Johnson’s performance during the week of practice solidified that. The Florida State pass rusher won most of his 1-on-1 reps utilizing a handful of pass rush moves and successfully beating the offensive linemen. Johnson plays with great effort, energy, and power. This will translate well to the NFL. He will be a top 15 pick.

 

 

  1. Velus Jones Jr. WR, Tennessee (5-11.203lbs) – Jones made some impressive catches during the game. He showed that he’s able to make contested catches and create yards after the catch. Jones was not one of the big names on the roster, but he made noise with his performance in the game. If he can perform well at the combine, he can help himself become a mid-round pick.

 

  1. DeAngelo Malone Edge, Western Kentucky (6-3, 234lbs) – Malone is an athletic edge rusher who uses hands and speed to beat offensive linemen. He has the hip flexibility to bend the corner and translate speed to power. Malone consistently generated pressure on the National Team quarterbacks. He also was able to show that he can drop into coverage if needed. I think he fits well in a 3-4 outside linebacker where he can be used in many ways. I can see him being drafted early on day 3 of the draft.

 

 

  1. Alontae Taylor DB, Tennessee (6-0, 196lbs) – Taylor was one guy I wanted to watch during the week of practice. There were questions about how well he could cover in man coverage. He answered those questions during practice as he was able to win some matchups and deflect some balls way. He did get beat a couple of times, but that is going to happen in this league. It was how he responded that should give some teams good vibes about Taylor. He never held his head down, he just got ready for the next rep. During the game, he made a highlight interception where he extended his bodied to make the play. Taylor may fit best with a team that plays zone and some man. He has good eyes to read the quarterback to lead him to the ball. As a tackler, he will not avoid any contact to secure the tackle.

 

  1. Malik Willis QB, Liberty (6-0, 220lbs) – Willis is the top quarterback in this draft class in my opinion. He has a ton of upside that can help turn around any franchise in no time. During the week of practice, he showed everyone how quickly he can learn a playbook while also being able to translate what he just learned to the field. I think what really won everyone over on Willis was his performance during the Wednesday practice. The weather was cold, it rained off and on, and the wind was not friendly to quarterbacks. While other quarterbacks struggled to pass the ball, Willis looked accustomed to the weather. It never looked as if the elements affected his throwing. During the game, Willis did not have much to show off since his offensive line was not the best. He spent most of his drop-backs running for his life. Willis did break a 27-yard run that showed everyone a glimpse into what he can do for a teams’ offense. Willis will be the first quarterback taken in this draft. He will need to go to a good situation in order to make a huge impact in this league.

2022 NFL Draft: Who Helped Themselves at the East-West Shrine Game?

The East-West Shrine Game was another opportunity for draft hopefuls to get the attention of NFL scouts around the league. The game was full of dramatics, including a major comeback effort from the East squad. The East was down by as much as 19 points late in the third quarter. The comeback was led by Yale QB EJ Perry. Perry led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives to pull the East squad within one point of the West. Unfortunately, the East was unable to recover the outside kick and the West was able to hold on for the 25-24 win.  Perry was one of many players to gain the attention of scouts and have them go back to watch their tape. Let’s see who else was able to impress during the game.

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East Team

  1. Diego Fagot LB, Navy (6-2,237lbs) – Fagot was a name people got to know during the week of practice. He was consistently around the ball making plays and showing off his ability to run sideline to sideline. During the game, Fagot made the hit of the day on Iowa State QB Brock Coller. What made the play impressive was how Fagot came from covering the running back out of the backfield to lay the wood on Coller. Besides the huge hit, Fagot displayed good instincts to find the ball and make a play. He looked decent in pass coverage which could help raise his draft stock. In my opinion Fagot fits best as a 4-3 middle linebacker who gets everyone in position and makes all the calls because of his high football IQ. He will possibly hear his name called during day 3 of the NFL Draft.

 

  1. EJ Perry QB, Brown (6-1,212lbs) – Perry surprised everyone during the week of practice by staying poised in the pocket, throwing receivers open with good anticipation, and throwing the ball accurately downfield. He was so impressive that he was named Practice Player of the Week by his coaches and fellow teammates. As mentioned before, Perry was responsible for leading the comeback effort for the East late in the 2nd During the comeback effort Perry racked up over 300 passing yards and threw 2 touchdowns. He honestly looked like a veteran QB the way he took what the defense gave him and did not force anything. Perry looked great throwing the short and intermediate routes. His pocket presence and awareness were put on display as he was able to avoid oncoming defenders. Even in the loss, Perry was still named MVP of the game. I think he will fit well in a system that has a dominant run game where it will help set up the pass. Perry should here his name called on day 2 of the draft.

 

  1. Marquan McCall DT, Kentucky (6-2,346lbs) – McCall was disruptive throughout the game defending the run and generating pressure up the middle on passing downs. He constantly commanded a double team for the offense to move the ball. McCall is physical at the point of attack and plays with good leverage to generate power from his bottom half.  As a pass rusher, McCall can collapse the pocket and make the Quarterback bail earlier then he has to. During the 1st half the West team was in the redzone inside the five-yard line about to score. For four plays straight McCall was the main reason the West team could not punch the ball into the endzone. I can see him fitting into a scheme where he plays mostly as a three-tech defensive tackle to help defend the run and pass. McCall could hear his name called early on day 3 of the draft.

 

  1. Juanyeh Thomas S, Georgia Tech (6-0, 207lbs) – Thomas is a rangy safety who plays like a centerfielder in baseball when the ball is in the air. He can run, cover, and tackle in space. Thomas can play in the box to help defend the run if needed, and he can strike the ball carrier like a bolt of lightning. Another quality of his game is his ability to cover the slot receiver. He also has good closing speed that allows him to close on ball carriers quickly.

 

  1. Samori Toure, WR (6-3, 191lbs) – Toure displayed the ability to create separation from defenders, run precise routes, and make contested catches at the catch point. He was the main target for any East quarterback that stepped on the field. Toure also showed the ability to get yards after the catch. It was a challenge for defensive backs to tackle him. I think he will fit in the West Coast offense where the short and intermediate routes are key to the offense. Toure should be a day 2 pick but may fall to day 3 due to position value.

 

West Team

  1. Ty Chandler RB, North Carolina (5-7, 203lbs) – Ty Chandler and Jashaun Corbin formed an impressive tandem in the West backfield. Chandler brought more of the power while Corbin brought the speed and lateral movement. The former Tarheels and Volunteer running back displayed patients, acceleration through the line of scrimmage, and the ability to finish runs. Chandler refused to go down after first contact. It mostly took multiple defenders to bring him down. His totals for the game were 11 carries for 69 rushing yards along with a reception for eight yards. He did commit a fumble during the game, but it was recovered by one of the offensive linemen. Chandler had never fumbled in four years of his college football career. I think he will fit in a zone offense where he can utilize his patients and vision to get up field. He should hear his name called early on day 3 of the draft.

 

  1. Jack Coan QB, Notre Dame (6-3, 217lbs) – Coan had a great game controlling the offense and throwing spot on balls to his receivers. The former Irish quarterback moved the offense down the field, completing 10/13 passes and he threw one touchdown pass to Oregon State TE Teagan Quitoriano. Coan took care of the ball and made the defense pay for their mistakes. In the pocket, he showed the awareness to locate the blitz and get rid of the ball quickly. Coan will start off his career as a backup but has the potential to start one day in the league with the right coaching. He fits the West Coast type of offense based on getting the ball out quickly to his playmakers. I can see a team taking a shot on Coan in the late rounds.

 

  1. Jashaun Corbin RB, Florida State University (5-11, 205lbs) – As mentioned before Corbin formed a unique running back tandem with fellow West teammate Ty Chandler. They both combined for nearly 100 yards rushing on just 19 carries. As for Corbin; he has the speed, vision, and lateral movement to make big plays in the NFL. He had eight carries for 50 rushing yards, one touchdown, and one reception for five yards. Corbin may have a slim frame, but he does not look to avoid oncoming defenders. He will benefit from a scheme where he can utilize his vision and lateral movement to get to the second level into the open field. Corbin is a mid-round pick that could help a team right away that uses multiple running backs.

 

  1. Jack Sanborn LB, Wisconsin (6-1, 239lbs) – Sanborn was another defender who was impressed by the way he flew around the field and located the ball. As a run defender, he has the instincts to diagnose the run and fill his gap correctly. Sanborn does not miss many tackles in the holes. In the passing game, he has the speed and awareness to play zone or cover a receiver. During the game, he was responsible for causing and recovering a fumble. Sanborn can also contribute as a special team player; this will raise his value to most teams. I can him being selected in the later rounds.

 

  1. Cordell Volson OT, North Dakota State (6-6, 319lbs) -Volson showed his physicalness and toughness during the game. He blocked well in the run game opening holes for backs. It seemed easy for him to move defenders out the way. As a pass blocker, Volson can mirror defensive linemen and slow them down at the point of attack. Overall, he had a great game protecting the quarterback. He can be selected as early as the fifth round of the draft.

 

  1. Jelani Woods TE Virginia (6-6,259lbs) – Woods was a playmaker on the field. He was able to get open with no problem and he made some tough catches. He showed his ability to run different routes and line up in different positions. Woods notched 3 receptions for 30 yards and caught one touchdown pass. If he can perform well at the combine, Woods can be an early day 3 pick.

2022 NFL Draft: Who helped raise their draft stock at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl?

The NFLPA Collegiate All-Star Game was another opportunity for NFL Draft hopefuls to display their talents to scouts and teams around the league. This was a defensive game that saw a handful of forced turnovers and defensive stops on downs. The game was also full of former NFL Coaches and current College Coaches trying to help players improve their game for the next level. The National team was led by former Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis, while the American team was led by former Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher. Both coaches ran a hard week of practice for their teams and their teams showed it.

 

Each team had players impress scouts during the week of practice, but we know it all matters if they could transfer it to the game. Here are players from each team who caught my eye during the game.

 

National Team

  1. Jonathan Ford DT, Miami (6-5, 338lbs) – Ford was dominant on the defensive line during the game. He continually penetrated the offensive line and was able to put pressure on the quarterback. Ford also helped the run defense by filling gaps and rerouting the running back in his path. He will need to work on playing with more leverage to compete with NFL offensive linemen. Ford may be a late-round pick in the draft, but he brings some great qualities as a player.
  2. Cole Kelley QB, Southeastern Louisiana (6-7, 248lbs) – Kelly was the savior of the National team. He came in when his number was called and was able to execute the offense when the team needed him the most. During the fourth quarter, Kelly led a seven-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that was finished off with a five-yard run by Coastal Carolina running back Shermari Instead of going for the tie, Head Coach Marvin Lewis decided to go for the two and take the lead with just under 2 minutes left in the game. Kelly made Lewis look like a smart man as he found Indiana tight-end Peyton Hendershot in the end zone for a successful two-point conversion. Kelly was named game MVP and finished the game 12-17, 150 yards, and one touchdown.
  3. Zachary McCloud LB, Miami(6-2,251lbs) – McCloud flew around the field and found his way to the ball multiple times. In pass coverage, he showed awareness of where the ball was going and tried his best to get there. McCloud showed off his closing speed when he chased down the running back coming out of the backfield. He also recovered a fumble that led to a touchdown drive. McCloud could sneak up some draft boards with a good performance at his pro day.
  4. Roderick Perry DT, Illinois(6-1,312lbs) – Perry was another defensive lineman that lived in the American team’s backfield during the game. He made an impressive play during the 1st quarter when he beat the offensive linemen with a swim move and caused the running back to lose yards. Perry showed he was able to generate a pass rush from the interior defensive line multiple times which rushed a handful of passes. He could hear his name called during the mid-rounds of the draft.
  5. Jarrid Williams G/T Miami(6-6,322lbs) – Williams was listed as a tackle on the roster but lined up at guard most of the time for the National team. He performed well in both the run and passing game. He opened holes for the running backs, showed his physicality at the point of attack, and his ability to use his long arms to defend incoming pass rushers. Williams may have helped his draft stock by showing he is able to play both guard and tackle. In my opinion, he may need to stick to guard with his impressive frame.
  6. Jack Wohlabaugh C, Duke(6-2,302lbs) – Wohlabaugh had buzz surrounding him the whole week of practice. It transferred to the game where he displayed his great technique, Football IQ, and leadership skills. When Wohlabaugh’s offensive line unit was on the field, the offense was productive, and the quarterback was protected. He dominated during one-on-one blocking situations and showed awareness to help his teammates with blocks when he needed to. I can see his name being called on Day 2 of the draft.

Americana Team

  1. Mychal Cooper WR, Navy(6-4,213lbs) – Cooper along with Dai’Jean Dixon, and Jequez Ezzard put on a show for the American Team. As for Cooper he showed that he was not just a blocking receiver coming out of the Navy. He displayed the ability to make contested catches, run an expanded route tree, and create separation. Cooper was nearly over 100 yards receiving, which shows how important of a target he became. He really helped his stock with this performance. I see him as a late Day 2 pick.
  2. Dai’Jean Dixon WR, Nicholls State (6-2,203lbs)– Dixon was just uncoverable to any defensive back who tried to line up across from him. He either made the tough contested catch, blew by the defensive back, or ran a good route to create separation. His size is impressive along with his athleticism and toughness. Dixon caught a touchdown pass from Alabama A&M quarterback Aqueel Glass where the ball was put in a tight window while the free safety was beaming down on him to make contact. For the game, Dixon finished with six receptions for 131 yards and one touchdown. I think he is another Day 2 pick with a high ceiling.
  3. Jequez Ezzard WR, Sam Houston State(5-9,194lbs) – Ezzard was used in any and every way during the All-Star game. He lined up in the slot and on the outside many times. It was hard to know where he was going to be at the snap of the ball because he would be put in motion often. As a receiver, Ezzard caught some meaningful passes. He finished with 42 receiving yards, a touchdown reception, and he contributed as a return man totaling 42 return yards. He was sort of used in the Deebo Samuel-like role where the team was creating ways to get him the ball. Ezzard’s explosiveness and playmaking abilities can help boost his draft stock.
  4. Aqueel Glass QB, Alabama A&M(6-3,233lbs) – Glass looked comfortable while at the helm of the offense. He may have had his college offensive coordinator Duane Taylor, who is an up-and-coming star in the college coaching ranks, but he seemed to adapt and blend with the new weapons he had. As mentioned earlier, Glass was responsible for a touchdown pass where he fit the ball in a tight window with the safety beaming down on his receiver. It showed his accuracy skills have improved. He also displayed his timing and anticipation on some throws to hit receivers in rhythm. Glass is still a work in progress, but any team that takes a chance on him won’t regret it.
  5. Chase Garbers QB, University of California(6-2,218lbs) – Garbers had a rough start to Saturday’s game with the offense turning the ball over on the first drive of the game via fumble. He showed his resiliency by responding with a 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive where he hit Jequez Ezzard for the score. Garbers finished the game 10-3, with 119 passing yards, and one touchdown pass. He also showed off his mobile skill and ran for a total of 25 yards. Garbers is another developmental quarterback that can contribute if he is given the time to develop his game.
  6. James Houston lV Edge, Jackson State University(6-0,241lbs) – Houston was the one defensive player that caught my eye on the American Team. His relentless motor skills and quick first step caught my attention. Houston is great at utilizing his speed on the edge. He displays the ability to beat tackles around the corner, he even has a counter move if the tackle beats him to the outside. Houston can wreak havoc as a 3-4 pass rusher and be disruptive in the run game. He also can play off the ball if he needed to. Coming from a Deion Sanders-led team, I expected Houston to play all out with lots of energy.

2022 Hula Bowl: Players who helped raise their draft stock

The Hula Bowl is a great opportunity for players who are not high on teams’ draft radar to improve their draft stock before the “Big 3” all-star games take place in the next few weeks. Most of these players will more then likely be competing for a 53-man roster spot, or a practice squad position by the time Training Camp ends in late August. For most of these players getting on a teams’ radar early may help them in this long pre-draft process. Players were split up into two teams (Team Aina and Team Kai), both teams were coached by some high-quality NFL coaches with over 200 years of coaching experience in the league. Team Kai was led by Super Bowl winning head coach Brian Billick, and Team Aina was led by former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith. Both coaches expressed how hard each of their players worked and competed during the week of practice. Both coaches also stressed how they wanted each player to take advantage of this opportunity they have earned.

 

During the game each team had its ups and downs on offense. Both teams turned the ball the over, and both defenses made it hard to move the ball downfield. At the end, Team Kai defeated Team Aina 21-20. Although the game did not provide a lot of scoring, there were a few players on each team that I found impressing and should be on most teams radar during the late rounds of the draft.

 

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Team Kai:

  1. Levi Lewis QB, Louisiana (5-10, 184lbs) – Lewis had a solid day throwing the football. He flashed good accuracy skills, good pocket awareness, and made smart decisions when being pressured. Lewis also put his athleticism on display when he was forced out of the pocket. He converted a handful of first downs using his legs to move the chains. Although Lewis still has more improvement to make, he showed that he can learn an NFL offense and he can read through his progressions to make the right pass.

 

           Any team that is thinking of drafting Lewis will need to understand that he has more room to develop his talent. As of now he is looked upon as a late round pick or college free agent. What teams should know about Lewis; He is a winner. In his last thirty-nine starts he went 34-5, while passing for over 8,000 yards, 65 touchdowns, and only 15 interceptions. Lewis could become a starter down the road with the right development.

 

  1. Liam Shanahan C, LSU (6-5, 304lbs) – Shanahan looked like a veteran NFL offensive lineman during the Hula Bowl. He was able to control the middle of the offensive line with a demanding presence. He did not let any pressure come up the middle, and he was able to create some running lanes for the running backs. As a run blocker he is a mauler that loves to finish his blocks. As a pass blocker, Shanahan has a strong first punch that allows him to stun defenders at the point of attack.

 

After transferring from Harvard University in 2020, he immediately became LSU’s starting center. He was in charge of making all line calls and protections. This shows how much he was trusted by players and coaches. Shanahan can possibly hear his name called early in the mid rounds.

 

  1. Tayler Hawkins CB, San Diego State (5-11, 198lbs) – Hawkins earned Team Kai’s Defensive Player of the Game award and it was clear to see why. During the Hula Bowl, he displayed his physicality, quick instincts, ability to cover man to man, and the ability to play zone when needed. He made the play of the day when he was able to pick off Team Aina’s quarterback Brandon Peters and returned the interception 44 yards for a touchdown. It was impressive to see Hawkins perform well after dealing with Covid-19 just two weeks before. I predict Hawkins to be draft in the late rounds of the draft.

 

  1. Kader Hohou DB, Texas A&M Comerce (5-10, 191lbs) – Hohou is a small school guy who saved his best performance for the Hula Bowl. He had one pass interference penalty called against him, after that he started to make numerous plays in pass coverage. Hohou had 3 pass deflections that made announcer Ron Jaworski say “This guy can cover and blanket wide receivers”. On tape Hohou jumps off the screen with his ability to cover, tackle in space, and his makeup speed.  He also has a knack for being around the ball and causing turnovers. In his 3 years at Texas A&M Comerce, Hohou  had 23 passes defended, 21 pass breakups, 5 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles, and 7 tackles for loss. He will be a late round gem for any team that selects him.

 

  1. Isaih Pacheco RB, Rutgers (5-10, 208lbs) – Pacheco is one of those backs with an old school mindset as a runner. He looks for contact rather than avoiding it. While being able to take on contact, he has the speed and quickness to run away from the defense. During the Hula Bowl, Pacheco was able to break a few runs and show he can catch the ball out of the backfield. A question that many scouts wanted to know the answer to.

 

Under Greg Schiano; Pacheco averaged 610 rushing yards a season, averaged 4.3 yards per carry, rushed for over 2,300 yards, and scored 18 touchdowns.  He will play in the East-West Shrine Game at the beginning of February. If he can have another impressive showing, Pacheco can hear his name called in the mid-late rounds of the draft.

 

 

Team Aina:

  1. Andrew Ogletree TE, Youngstown State (6-5, 256lbs) – During the week of practice, Ogletree displayed his athleticism and route running skills to scouts and made sure it transferred over to the game. He made some great contested catches during the Hula Bowl and caught a touchdown pass from Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown. Along with Ogletree’s athleticism and solid route running skills, his size and speed caught the attention of scouts. If he can get into an offense that fits his attributes and abilities, Ogletree can become a household name. He may end up being drafted in the late rounds, but he can be a steal if he goes to the right team.

 

  1. McKenzie Milton QB, Florida State (5-11, 189lbs) – The Hula Bowl was more like a homecoming for Milton as he returned to UCF to play on the field, he once called home. After suffering a career threatening injury in 2018, Milton was able to rehab and transfer to Florida State to continue his college career. He had a solid year of performance which landed him an opportunity to play in the Hula Bowl to show scouts that he still has something left in his arsenal. During the game, Milton showed good pocket awareness and solid accuracy. He made good decisions when throwing the ball and he knew when to get rid of the ball in the face of pressure.

 

              Milton did throw an interception that sealed the game for Team Kai, but throughout the game he was able to move the offense down the field. Milton will now hope to get an invite to the NFL Combine, or prepare for Florida State’s pro day. If he does well, I can see him being selected in the late rounds of the draft or at least being signed as a college free agent. Milton can be a quality back up in the NFL

 

  1. Kier Thomas Edge, Florida State (6-1, 272lbs) – Thomas was another Florida State Seminole that had an impressive showing at the Hula Bowl. He was constantly generating pressure on the quarterback and disrupting the run game in the backfield. He recorded 1.5 sacks and at least 2 tackles for a loss. Thomas’ college career started at the University of South Carolina where he appeared in 47 games with 32 starts in five seasons. In five seasons he recorded 142 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and eight quarterback hurries.

 

After five seasons with the Gamecocks, Thomas decided to transfer to Florida State. In just one year with the Seminoles, he recorded 42 tackles, 12 tackles for loss,6.5 sacks and 1 pass deflection. I feel he helped improve his draft stock with his performance at the Hula Bowl and could better his stock with a great performance at Florida State’s pro day.

 

  1. Stewert Reese G, Florida (6-4, 345lbs) – Comparing Stewert Reese to a brick wall during the Hula Bowl would be an accurate statement. During the game Reese refused to be moved off the line of scrimmage by any defender trying to get into the backfield. As a run blocker he demonstrated the toughness and power to create holes for running backs to run through. As a pass blocker he was good at getting into a good pass set and getting his hands on the defender right way to stonewall them. Reese has great awareness to help his teammates with blocks when he does not have anyone attacking him.

 The graduate transfer from Mississippi State started every game this past season and was a staple for the Gators offensive line. With a good showing at Florida’s pro day may help Reese jump into the mid rounds of the draft.

 

  1. Julius Chestnut RB, Sacred Heart University (5-11, 224lbs) – Chestnut made history at the Hula Bowl this past weekend. He was the first player from Sacred Heart University to be selected to play in an All-Star game. With being from a small school Chestnut already had a chip on his shoulder to prove he belongs among college football’s best players. During the game he showed off his vision and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. As a runner he is physical at the point of attack and refuses to go down after the first hit.

 

During his time at Sacred Heart, Chestnut racked up 4,017 scrimmage yards and 35 touchdowns in 33 career games. He also was a finalist Walter Payton Award (FCS Player of the Year). Chestnut will participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl to further raise his draft stock.

Five NFL Teams Who Should Start to Look Towards the Offseason

      The Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, and Washington Football Team are currently the worst five teams in the NFL. Each team has its own problems and reason for not having a winning record. In some cases, the reason is obvious and in other cases there may be some conflicting issues. If these five teams do not improve over the next half of the season, they will makeup the top five selections of the 2022 NFL Draft. In this article I will attempt to fix each team by suggesting what their biggest offseason moves should be and why they should make them.

  1. Detroit Lions (0-8-1) – The Detroit Lions have fought tooth and nail this season to pull out a win, but things just have not fell their way. Dan Campbell is not the problem. He has coached this team as hard as he can and has had them in position to win close games. In their first eight games so far, the Lions have lost two games by at least two points and three games by at least ten points. Injuries have also hand cuffed the Lions at a few positions. Starters such as former first round pick Jeff Okudah, Frank Ragnow, and Jamaal Williams have all suffered injuries that has them missing significant time. This team has some solid young talent, but they need to learn how to close out the tight games.

      This upcoming offseason for the Lions will be focused on finding a new franchise Quarterback. Jared Goff is not the answer and his performance this season has not been acceptable. Along with Goff’s poor performance, is the inability of the offensive line to protect the passer. The Lions are currently ranked 7th in sacks allowed (22), so adding more protection on the offensive line will be another major factor in their rebuilding process. As far as the defense goes, the defensive line needs improvement in defending the run and rushing the passer.

  1. Houston Texans (1-8) – The Houston Texans organization is in shambles right now as a franchise. On the field they have competed to the best of their ability, but the team just does not have enough talent to match other teams. The Deshaun Watson situation has come to a stand still for now because the Texans where reluctant to trade him before the trade deadline. The Texans reportedly increased their asking price for Watson to three first round draft picks and several second day picks, a price teams were not willing to pay due to Watson’s unsettled civil court cases. In my opinion the Texans should have traded Watson to the highest bidder so both parties could move on and focus on their future. When they try to trade him during the offseason his trade value will not be as high as it was when he first requested a trade.

       Since Watson will be traded sometime during the 2022 offseason, The Texans will have an obvious need at the Quarterback position. Chances are they will take a chance on one of the top college quarterbacks that enters the 2022 NFL Draft. Along with their need at the QB position, the Texans have several other holes to fill on their roster. Another major hole that needs to be filled is the Defensive End or Edge Rusher position. The Texans may find themselves in the same position they were in the years 2006 and 2014, where they had to choose between the top defensive player on the board (Kayvon Thibodeaux) or the top quarterback. In 2006, they selected Defensive end Mario Williams with the number one overall pick instead of Quarterback Vince Young or Running Back Reggie Bush. In 2014, they selected Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the number one overall pick instead of Quarterback Blake Bortles. Lastly, The Texans will need to improve their offensive line to help out the young Quarterback they plan to draft in 2022.

  1. New York Jets (2-7) – The Jets have shown flashes of how good they could be this season, but they haven’t been able to sustain their success. Quarterback Zach Wilson has had a rough start to his rookie season. So far Wilson has completed 57 percent of his passes, thrown four touchdowns, and nine interceptions. It’s obvious he needs more time to develop, but he also needs more talent around him to do so. Wilson has been out for the last three weeks with a knee injury, which has forced the Jets to start Mike White and Joe Flacco. White had quickly become a fan favorite after his stunning performance against the Cincinnati Bengals. Since then, he has hit wall only throwing one touchdown, and four interceptions the last two games.

      With Wilson already in the fold, the Jets need to focus on surrounding him with talent. The offensive line would be my first position group to improve. They have allowed 25 sacks this season, which ranks 7th in the NFL. The next position group I would address is the defensive line. Quinnen Williams is starting to become one of the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL, but he has no help beside him. Since Carl Lawson suffered a season-ending injury during the preseason, The Jets defense has not been able to stop the pass or run game due to the lack of defensive impact players. Drafting another stud defender to help Williams on the line would take this defense to the next level. Adding another offensive playmaker such as a tight end or wide receiver will help take pressure off of Wilson to make every play.

  1. Miami Dolphins (3-7) – The Miami Dolphins have been a huge disappointment this season after going 10-6 last season and making the playoffs. The hope for Dolphins fans during this past offseason was that second year Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa would make a huge jump to becoming one of the elite young quarterbacks in the NFL. He has done the total opposite, this season Tua has completed 65 percent of his passes, thrown seven touchdowns, and five interceptions. He has also missed four games due to injury. The Dolphins were the favorite team to land Houston Texans star Quarterback Deshaun Watson, but the deal never agreed upon. It is yet to be determined what the future holds for Tua in Miami, but if continues to have subpar performances and durability issues the Dolphins may need to be more aggressive to land Watson.

      After the Dolphins figure out their Quarterback situation, their biggest need will be to address the offensive line. As a team the Dolphins have not been able to run the ball or protect the quarterback. They rank last in the NFL averaging just under 75 rushing yards per game, and they are fifth in the NFL in sacks allowed (27). If the Dolphins don’t trade their first-round picks for Watson, it would smart to get more protection for their quarterback.  Draft prospects Evan Neal, Rasheed Walker, and Trevor Penning would be in play for the Dolphins in the top half of the first round. Defensively the secondary has been terrible and ranks last in passing yards allowed. Adding another playmaker to help Xavier Howard and Byron Jones will help the defense generate more turnovers.

  1. Washington Football Team (3-6) – The Washington Football Team is another team that has fallen well under their preseason expectations. Washington was viewed as one of the top teams in NFC led by their young and talented defense. The offense was viewed to be a work in progress led by veteran Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. So far the defense has performed poorly and the offense due to multiple injuries has struggled to move the ball. Taylor Heinicke has taken control of the offense with Fitzpatrick down with an injury. He’s been up and down performance wise but good enough to keep the starting job. In my opinion neither Heinicke or Fitzpatrick is the answer at Quarterback, and Washington should start looking for their next franchise guy.

      One other position Washington should really pay attention to is the offensive line. The offense has not been able to produce much yardage due to the inefficient play of the offensive line. The offense currently ranks in the bottom half of the NFL in total yardage and top ten in sacks allowed (20). If Washington is going to acquire a young quarterback, they will need to get him some protection and a few more offensive weapons. On the defensive side of the ball, the secondary has given up a lot of yards through the air and the front seven have not been able to generate pressure on the Quarterback. With Chase Young suffering a season-ending knee injury I don’t expect Washington’s pass rush to improve towards the end of the season. There will be plenty of blue-chip players available in the top ten of the 2022 NFL Draft. I predict the Washington Football Team to go after the best player available if they are not in prime position to land one of the top prospects in the draft.

Who is your team’s MVP so far this NFL season?

The NFL league MVP won’t be awarded until the end of the regular season, and only one person will receive the award. Each team no matter the record has their own leader and MVP. In crunch time the team looks for this guy to make plays and lead the team. The NFL season is almost at the mid-way point and we all have had a chance to see what our favorite NFL team has to offer. Some teams have surprised us with their impressive starts to the season, others have greatly disappointed. Either way I decided to put together a list of each teams MVP so far this season. Some players will be obvious picks and some may surprise you.

 

  1. Kyler Murray QB (Arizona Cardinals 7-1) – Kyler Murray has steadily improved since entering the league a few years ago. His improvement should be credit to the talent that he has been surrounded with. Murray has a stable of wideouts to get the ball to while have 2 good running backs in the backfield. The Cardinals are off to the best start in franchise history and Murray looks to continue his great performance. He is my front runner for league MVP because without him the team would struggle to move the ball. Murray does need to cut down on the turnovers in order for the Cardinals to make a playoff run this year.
  2. Cooper Kupp WR (Los Angeles Rams 6-1) – Everyone will say this should be Matthew Stafford and I could not agree more, but I cannot ignore the performance Cooper Kupp has put on thus far. Kupp leads the league in receptions (56), receiving yards (809), and receiving touchdowns (9). Stafford and Kupp have formed a duo that is a force to recon with in the NFL. Teams know Kupp is Stafford’s favorite target, but they seem to still find a way to connect of the field. This is surprising since it is Stafford’s first year with the Rams. Kupp is on pace to break both the NFL single season receiving yards and touchdown records. If he does this, I think it would be an interesting conversation for NFL MVP.
  3. Tom Brady QB (Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-1) – Well what can you say? Tom Brady continues to show us why he is widely considered the “GOAT” of the NFL. He’s clearly put last season behind him where he only led the Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl since 2001 and he won Super Bowl MVP with a tremendous performance. This season Brady is on the mindset of getting back to the Super Bowl to prove last year was no fluke. He has already broke numerous records in just 7 games, and he leads the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns. It won’t be a surprise to see them make another deep playoff run.
  4. Aaron Rodgers QB (Green Bay Packers 7-1) – The reigning NFL MVP is looking to go back-to-back by the way he has started the season. After losing to the New Orleans Saints in week 1, Arron Rodgers has led the Packers to 7 straight victories. He looks more poised then usual making good reads, getting the ball out quick, and keeping the offense on schedule. The Packers offense has started to pick up in the run game which will only benefit Rodgers and make his job easier. This past Thursday, Rodgers was with out top wideout Devante Adams and was still able to find a way to defeat the previously undefeated Arizona Cardinals. His numbers weren’t great, but he was efficient. The Packers look to make another deep run in the playoffs with Rodgers playing on an MVP level.
  5. Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys 5-1) – Dak Prescott had the biggest target entering on his back entering the 2021 season. He was coming off a career threatening injury, and the Cowboys broke the bank to give him a new contract during the offseason. Prescott is in a situation where he must prove that he is worth the money he was paid. So far the Cowboys are looking like they made the right decision. Prescott is currently battling a calf injury and is a game time decision to play this Sunday. Its going to be interesting to see if he tries tough it out, but the team must think long term and think about if it is worth the risk.
  6. Joe Burrow QB (Cincinnati Bengals 5-2) – Joe Burrow is showing us that he belongs in the NFL after starting the season off on a good foot. Coming off a season ending injury there were a lot of doubts about how Burrow would perform. Now that he has shown that the injury is no issue, Bengals fans can now enjoy their young franchise quarterback with the addition of the human highlight reel rookie wideout Jamar Chase. If Burrow can improve taking care of the ball the Bengals could find themselves making their first playoff appearance since 2015.
  7. Josh Allen QB (Buffalo Bills 4-2) – It’s not a supervise for Josh Allen to be playing well. Allen at times makes his throws look easy and routine hitting his receivers in stride. He has improved a lot with anticipating throws and getting the ball out quickly. Allen has also taken care of the football only throwing 3 interceptions so far this season. The Bills rely heavily on the passing game, so their success is credit to Allen’s incredible performance.
  8. Lamar Jackson QB (Baltimore Ravens 5-2) – Lamar can be somewhat of a gift and a curse, but you take that because of his dynamic skill set. He still has his turnover issues not holding on to the ball and trying to make too much out of a play. Jackson has improved passing the football, but this team thrives on his running ability. If he continues to improve his passing skills the Ravens offense can jump to a different level.
  9. Justin Herbert QB (Los Angeles Chargers 4-2) – Justin Herbert has improved him game from last year as the Chargers hoped he would. Coming off an Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign, there was a bit of a hype train coming into this season for Herbert. He has exceeded expectations and help the Chargers become contenders in the AFC. Herbert is no doubt the leader of this team, and now it will come down can he finish the season on a positive note.
  10. Derrick Henry RB (Tennessee Titans 5-2) – What else is there to say about Derrick Henry? He is simply the most phenomenal offensive weapon in the game today. It does not matter if he faces a crowded box, the Titans will run the ball down your throat until they get tired. Henry is on track to gain another 2,000 rushing yards this season and reign supreme as the NFL rushing king. If only he can get help from AJ Brown and Juilo Jones.
  11. Derek Carr QB (Las Vegas Raiders 5-2) – After all the Jon Gruden nonsense, Interim Head Coach Rich Bisaccia and Derek Carr were able to lead this team to two straight wins. Carr has stepped up his play from last season. He is taking more shots down field and trusting his receiver more to catch the ball.
  12. Alvin Kamara RB (New Orleans Saints 4-2) – It is no secret that the Saints offense runs through Alvin Kamara. He is the unspoken leader of this team and always keeps the team first. With the retirement of Drew Brees, Jameis Winston is now the starting quarterback for the Saints. He has had some good moments during games showing how much he’s improved since arriving in New Orleans. Kamara is no question his main target. So far this season Kamara shown he is ready to take on whatever workload is thrown his way. He leads the team in rushing yards (419) while also leading the team in targets (33), receptions (25), and receiving touchdowns (4). If Kamara keep continues to perform this way, he could help the Saints compete for a division title.
  13. Myles Garrett DE Cleveland Browns 4-3) – Garrett is the most dominant edge defender in the NFL today. He wins most of his matchups with his power, aggressiveness, speed, and determination. So far this season, Garrett has gotten off to a fast start recording 9.5 sacks, 9 tackles for a loss in only 7 games. Both stats sit at the top of the NFL. The offense has struggled to move the ball lately due to the inconsistency of Baker Mayfield. This has left the defense on the field a lot and puts pressure on them to stop the opposing offense every possession. Garrett will most likely be in the running for Defensive Player of the Year by seasons end, but it won’t mean anything to him if the team is not in the playoffs.
  14. Kirk Cousins QB (Minnesota Vikings 3-3) – There are times where Kirk Cousins looks like an elite quarterback in this league, then there are times where he looks like an undrafted rookie making his first NFL start. Most of the time its hard to know which guy he’s going to be each game. This season he has pulled out some tough victories coming from behind multiple times. He has improved at taking care of the football only committing 2 turnovers so far this season.
  15. Matt Ryan QB (Atlanta Falcons 3-3) – Matt Ryan has surprisingly played well this season despite the lack of offensive weapons around him. He has started to gain more chemistry with rookie tight end Kyle Pitts, and he has made the most out of Cordarrelle Patterson. The Falcons are still trying to find its identity on offense and the defense is improving as the season progresses. Ryan will need to keep up his impressive performance for the Falcons to remain relevant in the NFC Wildcard race.
  16. T.J Watt DE (Pittsburgh Steelers 3-3) – Watt is dominant force on the defensive side of the ball, and he is making a case for another DPOY award. He started the season off with a huge performance against the Buffalo Bills in week 1 recording 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble. Watt has missed one game this season due to injury, but it has not slowed down his production. If he is not of the field, the Steelers defense is not the same. He is 3rd in the NFL in both sacks (7) and forced fumbles (3).
  17. Jonathan Taylor RB (Indianapolis Colts 3-4) – Jonathan Taylor is quickly turning into one of the top running backs in the NFL. He has carried the load on offense for the Colts this season while being without his All-Pro offensive linemen Quinton Nelson for a few games. This season Taylor is 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards (579) behind Derrick Henry. His receiving skills have also been on display as he is 3rd on the team in targets (21), receptions (18), and receiving yards (213). If Taylor continues this pace, he could find himself in the Offensive Player of the Year discussion as well as making the Pro Bowl.
  18. Tyreek Hill WR (Kansas City Chiefs 3-4) – Patrick Mahomes has disappointed a lot of fans and spectators this season with his poor performance. The only person who has saved him from complete turmoil is his favorite deep target Tyreek Hill. Hill has been getting open consistently this season trying to make life easier for Mahomes. He is averaging around ninety-one receiving yards per game while leading the Chiefs in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. I expect the Chiefs to turn things around sooner rather then later which means Mahomes will improve, and Hill’s numbers will on get better.
  19. J.C Jackson CB (New England Patriots 3-4) – Some may think Mac Jones or Damien Harris belongs here, but both have had subpar seasons so far. Jackson has become one of the top corners in the league this season. He has defended 10 passes while recording 3 interceptions. The Patriots offense has had its ups and downs this season so the defense must help keep the games close to keep the team in a winning position towards the end. Jackson will possibly be a pro bowler by seasons end.
  20. Courtland Sutton WR (Denver Broncos 3-4) – Sutton is coming off a ACL injury that cut his season short last season. Coming into 2021 season, Sutton was thought of as the number 2 wide receiver behind 2nd year standout Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy suffered an injury during the first game and was placed on Injured Reserve. Sutton took this as an opportunity to reclaim himself as the number 1 wide receiver of the Broncos and did not look back. Since opening day, Sutton has proven to be a reliable target catching sixty-five percent of the passes thrown his way. He also leads the Broncos in targets (58), receptions (38), and receiving yards (539). If Teddy Bridgewater can be more consistent the offense will take a major step forward to being a playoff team.
  21. Roquan Smith LB (Chicago Bears 3-4) – Roquan Smith is not only the leader of the Bears’ defense, but he is the leader of the whole team. His voice echoes throughout the locker room as he demands the very best out of each teammate. Smith makes plays on each level of the defense. He shows his versatility off each play quickly finding his way to the football. He leads the team in tackles while also contributing as a pass rusher and pass defender. So far this season Smith has recorded 2 sacks,3 tackles for a loss, 3 pass deflections, and an interception that he returned for a touchdown. With the offense being led by rookie quarterback Justin Fields, the defense will be leaned on heavily to keep the Bears in games.
  22. D.J. Moore WR (Carolina Panthers 3-4) – D.J. Moore could have better numbers, but Sam Darnold has regressed since the Panthers 3-0 start this season. Moore has become Darnold’s favorite target since Christian McCaffrey’s injury and has not let him down. He is tough for any defensive back to guard with his speed, acceleration, and willingness to make contested catches. Moore leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. His consistency is the only thing keeping the Panthers offense afloat.
  23. Debo Samuel WR (San Francisco 49ers 2-4) – Debo Samuel has been the 49ers most consistent playmaker this season on offense. He’s contributed to both the run and pass game. On the ground Samuel has averaged around 3.7 yards per carry. As a receiver he leads the team in targets (63), receptions (38), receiving yards (648), and receiving touchdowns (4). Whoever the starting quarterback is, Samuel will be their favorite target to throw to. The 49ers will try to put the ball in his hands anyway they can try to keep their offense productive.
  24. Bobby Wagner LB (Seattle Seahawks 2-5) – Bobby Wagner continues to be a staple on this defense as he has been for the last decade. At age 31, Wagner is second in the NFL in tackles (79) and still moves as if he were in his early twenties. This season has been tuff for the Seahawks losing their franchise quarterback Russell Wilson to a broken figure and having to play with back up QB Geno Smith. With the offense not at its strongest, its up to Wagner and the defense to help keep the team in games.
  25. Daniel Jones (New York Giants 2-5) – Jones has shown some improvement trying his best to make plays for the Giants offense. He just cannot overcome the mistakes he makes late in games. Jones is facing a lot of pressure this season as the Giants did not pick up his 5th year option and his future with the team is up in the air.
  26. Javon Hargrave DT (Philadelphia Eagles 2-5) – The former South Carolina State standout Hargrave has been the lone bright spot on the Eagles defense this season. He has terrorized offensive linemen with his power and quickness off the ball while making life difficult for opposing quarterbacks. Hargrave has recorded 6 sacks this season followed by 7 tackles for a loss. His continuous pressure on the quarterback has benefited the secondary as they have recorded 6 interceptions which is tied for 6th in the NFL.
  27. Terry McLaurin WR (Washington Football Team 2-5) – So far Terry McLaurin has solidified himself as Washington’s number 1 offensive treat this season. He leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Taylor Heinicke has done his best to keep Washington’s offense viable and competitive in games this season. Heinicke has made McLaurin his safety blanket anytime he needs to complete a pass.
  28. Trevor Lawrence QB (Jacksonville Jaguars 1-5) – Trevor Lawrence is having an up and down season as I expected to see from the number 1 overall draft pick. He has shown some flashes of how good he can be in the NFL while showing he also has room to grow. Lawrence is guilty of missing some throws, forcing balls to receivers when covered, and not knowing when to take sacks. These things are fixable with more experience as the season goes along. I expect Lawrence to improve his performance and finish the season as the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
  29. Corey Davis WR (New York Jets 1-5) – Davis has stepped in a made himself a number 1 wide out in this league. Even though he has not gotten any consistent play from his rookie quarterback in Zach Wilson, Davis has made the most out of his opportunities. He currently leads the Jets in targets (42), receptions (24), receiving yards (349), and receiving touchdowns (4). Davis will need to continue his impressive start to the season for the Jets to be any type of threat on offense.
  30. Mike Gesicki TE (Miami Dolphins 1-6) – Gesicki has been the Dolphins most consistent target on the team. He can get open and make plays after the catch and he blocks in the run game when needed to. He has become the safety blanket for any of the starting quarterbacks on the team.
  31. Jonathan Greenard DE (Houston Texans 1-6) – Greenard is having a good season so far. He’s top 10 in the league in both sacks (6) and tackles for loss (7). Greenard also has one pass deflection on his stat line. He’s been in the oppenents backfield a lot this season. Along with fellow teammate Christian Kirksey, Greenard has been the most impact player on the Texans’ defense.
  32. DeAndre Swift RB (Detriot Lions 0-7) – Swift has been the Lions only consistent offensive threat so far this season. He may average 3.4 yards per carry, but he also he contributes in the passing game. He currently leads the team in receptions (43) and receiving yards (391). Swift takes advantage of his touches and helps the Lions offense stay somewhat balanced. He will be the reason the Lions eventually get their first win.

Mike’s 2022 NFL Draft Mid-Season Top 50 Big Board

With the College Football season off to a great start, we now have had time to watch all the impact players around the nation. A good many of these players will end up playing on Sundays for your favorite NFL team. Here is your chance to familiarize yourself with the future stars of the NFL. I present to you my 2022 NFL Draft Top 50 Big Board!

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  1. Kayvon Thibodeaux EDGE, Oregon (6-4, 250lbs) – Thibodeaux is possibly the most explosive defensive player to enter the draft since Myles Garret in 2016. Thibodeaux is an excellent pass rusher coming off the edge, but he will need to work on being a better run defender to help translate his game to the NFL.
  2. Evan Neal Offensive Tackle, Alabama (6-7, 360lbs) – Evan Neal has been one of the nations top offensive tackles since high school. He started as a true freshman at right tackle and hasn’t looked back since. This season he was switched over to left tackle to help improve the Crimson Tide’s young offensive line. As a right tackle Neal was a mauler. He opened a lot of holes and was a good pass protector. He did struggle with fast edge rushers, but still held his own in the trenches. Neal could always move inside to play guard in the NFL if he struggles at tackle. For a man his size, Neal displays good quickness and athleticism.
  3. Derek Stingley Jr. DB, LSU (6-1, 190lbs) – Stingley is great at shutting down receivers and making big plays. He displays good instincts, ball skills, and cover ability. He is the top cornerback of the draft class.
  4. Jordan Davis DT, Georgia (6-6, 340lbs) – Davis is very athletic for a man his size but posses the power to break down an offensive line. He is the key to Georgia’s run defense that tops the nation in rushing yards allowed. Davis can also generate pressure up the middle during passing downs. He makes life hard on the Quarterback by collapsing the pocket.

 

  1. Demarvin Leal DT (6-4, 290lbs) – Leal is another massive human being that moves faster than he’s measurements would suggest. SEC offensive linemen have had fits trying to block him. Leal is best when rushing the passer up the middle and forcing quarterbacks to bail out the pocket. As a run defender he is great a penetrating the offensive line and making plays in the backfield.
  2. Matt Corral QB, Ole Miss (6-1, 205lbs) – Corral has improved since last year where he never looked completely comfortable in Lane Kiffin’s offense. This year he looks to be in more control and confident about the throws and decisions he makes. So far this season Corral has completed 70 percent of his passes, thrown for more the 1,200 passing yards, and 10 touchdown passes. He is on track to top last year’s stats in each category. This shows how much improvement he has made. What makes Corral so special is his dual-treat ability. He can hurt the defense by passing the ball or he can take off and gain his own yards.
  3. Kyle Hamilton S, Notre Dame (6-4, 216lbs) – Hamilton is an athletic freak at the safety position. He can run, cover, and tackle from sideline to sideline. In pass coverage he can man against any skill position players, and in zone coverage he is able to read the quarterback to find his way to the ball. A quality to Hamilton’s game that does not get talked about much is his ability to come down in the box to help defend the run.
  4. Kenyon Green G/T, Texas A&M (6-4, 325lbs) – Green has the size and skills to be a phenomenal guard in the NFL. This year he was moved to right tackle to help fill some holes on the Aggies offensive line. This will only help Green show off his versatility if he performs well at right tackle. Some other qualities to Green’s game are his hand placement during blocks, pulling in open space, and ability to finish blocks.
  5. Adam Anderson EDGE, Georgia (6-4, 226lbs) – Adam Anderson has one of the most explosive first steps off the ball then any other edge rusher in this draft class. Anderson is pretty much been under the radar since arriving in Georgia only playing in a rotational role. He did make his limited playing time count coming up with huge sacks and putting pressure on the Quarterback consistently. If he can prove to be a three-down starter and defend the run, he could rise even higher on the board.
  6. Kaiir Elm DB, Florida (6-1, 187lbs) – Elam has good height with a great wingspan to match. He utilizes his wingspan well in pass coverage to deflect passes and create turnovers. He has quick feet and plays with aggression when making tackles.
  7. Drake Jackson EDGE, USC (6-4, 250lbs) – Jackson has good pass rushing skills coming off the edge as a 4-3 defensive end. Another quality trait about Jackson is how versatile he is. The Trojans have lined him up as an edge defender and OLB this season. Even though this reduced his pass rushing opportunities, Jackson was still effective on defense playing in space and dropping into pass coverage. Drake’s strength is playing with his hand in the dirt, but if he continues to improve playing in space, he can rise up many draft boards.
  8. Chris Olave WR, Ohio State (6-0, 182lbs) – Olave is one of the smoothest route runners in this deep wide receivers’ draft class. He displays great in game speed that allows him to easily break in and out his routes. Even though he is not the ideal height of a number one wide receiver, Olave has the athleticism to win in jump ball situations.
  9. Aidan Hutchinson EDGE, Michigan (6-6, 261lbs) – Hutchinson has the size and frame to play in the NFL as a 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 five-technique defensive end. He is stout at the line of scrimmage defending the run. As a pass rusher he needs to add more moves to his arsenal to improve that area to his game. He has motor that does not stop until the play ends which helps him make hustle plays for his team.
  10. George Karlaftis EDGE, Purdue (6-4, 275lbs) – Effort, Motor, and Technique are three words that perfectly describes George Karlaftis’ play on the field. He is good at penetrating the offensive line and causing havoc in the backfield. As on now he defends the run better then rushing the passer. As pass rusher he will need to utilize other moves to get to the quarterback. Once he does that, Karlaftis will coveted by the time the draft gets here.
  11. Jermaine Johnson EDGE, Florida State (6-4, 255lbs) – Georgia Bulldogs transfer Jermaine Johnson has made a big impact on the Seminoles defense this season. Before transferring Johnson was a part of a Georgia defense that featured Azeez Ojulari, Adam Anderson and Nolan Smith. Ojulari played the feature role while the Johnson, Anderson, Smith played rotational roles. This season at Florida State, Johnson has been given a chance to show more of his talents with more playing time. He has been a nuisance to block for offensive linemen in both the run and pass game.
  12. Chase Hines OG, LSU (6-3, 323lbs) – Hines has good size for an interior lineman at the NFL level. At the point of attack, he mauls defensive linemen off the ball and creates huge running lanes. If he can improve his pass blocking skills, he could be the first interior offensive linemen taken in the draft.
  13. Malik Willis QB, Liberty (6-1, 215) – Willis has been on the rise since the end of last season and his hype train continues to roll. This season he has completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,327 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also has scored six rushing touchdowns. Willis has a strong arm that can make any throw on the field. He throws a good deep ball with excellent touch and placement. As a runner he is hard to bring down in open space. Teams will have questions about Willis’ height due to the success rate of quarterbacks under 6 feet. With the evolution of players such as Kyler Murry, Russell Wilson, and recently retired Drew Brees; Willis may have a chance to find success in the NFL.
  14. Tarie Casto-Fields DB, Penn State (6-0, 197lbs) – Casto-Fields is on the most athletic defensive backs in the upcoming draft. He is physical at the point of attack and not afraid to come down and make a tackle. After only appearing in three games during the 2020 season, Casto-Fields will need to prove he can stay healthy for the whole season.
  15. Jalen Wydrer TE, Texas A&M (6-5, 260lbs) – Wydermyer has good size, good speed, and great athleticism at the tight end position. Another quality about Wydermyer’s game is his willingness to run block. He is not afraid to take on defensive ends or outside linebackers to help create running lanes for running backs. As a receiver he consistently gets open in man and zone coverage. If he can improve his route running, he’ll prove to be a three-down starting tight end in the NFL.
  16. R.J. Roderick S, South Carolina (5-11, 203) – Roderick plays well in coverage but just hasn’t gotten a lot of interceptions. He will come down in the box and make a
  17. Isaiah Spiller RB, Texas A&M (6-1, 225lbs) – Spiller is the top running back in this class due to his combination of size and speed coming out the backfield. He also has good hands to be a receiving threat out of the backfield. He will need to improve his pass blocking skill to prepare himself for blitzing NFL linebackers and defensive backs.
  18. Sam Howell QB, North Carolina (6-1, 220lbs) – Howell has had some ups and downs this season, but that was expected due to the talent that left to go to the NFL. This season Sam has completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,697 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. He’s tough, has a good arm, and can make plays on the ground. He will need to improve his accuracy as the season continues to show teams there is no problem there.
  19. Justyn Ross WR, Clemson (6-4, 205lbs) – Ross was one of the most dominant wide receivers in the country his first two years with the Tigers. In 2020 he was sidelined with a career threatening congenital neck issue that required surgery. This season Ross returned to the field a little rusty but has found his footing in recent games. If he continues to improve and show his durability, Ross will find himself back in first round consideration.
  20. Spencer Rattler QB, Oklahoma (6-1, 205lbs) – Rattler has been a disappointment this season struggling to throw the ball down field and turning the ball over in bunches. He was benched against Texas in favor of young Caleb Williams who led a comeback for the ages. Rattler this season has completed 74 percent of his passes, thrown ten touchdowns, and five interceptions. He has a good arm with great athleticism, but he will need to cut down on turning the ball over. If he decides to enter the draft, Rattler will have a lot of questions to answer about why he struggled this season. Teams will have to do their homework before the invest an early round pick on him.
  21. Bubba Bolden S, Miami (6-3, 205lbs) – Bolden is the perfect safety for the NFL. He has the size, arm length, and athleticism to make plays in pass coverage. Bolden makes his name know when he hits someone. He comes downhill with bad intentions to disrupt the run game.
  22. Brandon Smith LB, Penn State (6-3, 240lbs) – Smith has great size for a linebacker and moves like a defensive back. He can control the middle of a defense and shed blocks to make tackles. In pass coverage he is solid and able to play man or zone coverage.
  23. Alec Lindstrom C, Boston College (6-3, 302lbs) – Lindstorm worked his way into the starting lineup last season and performed well against some good competition. A quality that sticks out about him is his height and length. Lindstorm has an incredible wingspan that allows him to easily bench press defensive linemen. He’s good at the point of attack as a run blocker which helps create holes for running backs.
  24. Trevor Penning OT, Northwestern (6-7, 329lbs) – Penning has good speed and athleticism combined with his massive size. His first punch during pass protection will knock the breath out of any defensive linemen. As a run blocker he is good at creating lanes for running backs and blocking in space.
  25. Zion Nelson G/T, Miami (6-5, 312lbs) – Nelson struggled against Alabama at the start of the season but has found his footing since then. He is athletic for his size and moves very well off the line of scrimmage. As a run blocker he mauls players off the ball. He does need to improve his pass protection skills. He seems to have trouble with speed rushers coming around the edge.
  26. Brenton Cox DE/OLB, Florida (6-4, 247lbs) – Cox has a high motor that is relentless and won’t stop until he finds the ball carrier. He could really improve a team a pass rush which is one of his best traits.
  27. Trent McDuffie DB, Washington (5-11, 195lbs) – McDuffie has good speed and coverage skills to compete at the next level. His height may come into question for some teams, but on tape he plays bigger than his actual size.
  28. D’Vonte Price RB, Florida International (6-2, 225lbs) – Price has great size for a future NFL running back. He’s the type of work horse back that can withstand carrying the ball 20 plus times a game. So far this season Price has 76 carries for 411 yards and six touchdowns. He averages around 5.4 yards a carry. He also has shown he is solid at catching the ball recording four receptions for 39 yards.
  29. Christian Harris LB (6-2, 235lbs) – Harris is good in man and zone coverage. He runs sideline to sideline. He fits what the NFL is looking for in linebackers. He will need to add on a few more pounds to withstand the offensive linemen at the second level.
  30. DeMarvion Overshown LB, Texas (6-2, 215lbs) – Overshown is another fast linebacker who can make plays in both the run and pass game. He can cover tight ends, running backs, and possibly a slot receiver. As run defender he fills his gaps with intensity to shut down the run.
  31. Perrion Winfrey DT, Oklahoma (6-3, 298lbs) – Winfrey is another defensive lineman with huge upside. He has a quick first step and good with his hands at the point of attack. Oklahoma lines Winfrey up as a 0 or 4i in their defensive scheme, but he will have more success lined up as a three-technique defensive tackle.
  32. Treylon Burks WR, Arkansas (6-3, 225lbs) – Burks has started off the season well and made a huge impact on the Razorbacks offense. He is good at utilizing his size to make contested catches over smaller defensive backs. After the catch, Burks makes it hard to get him on the ground. If he shows NFL teams that his speed has improved look for him be selected late in the first round.
  33. Smoke Monday S, Auburn (6-1, 204lbs) – Monday is one of those types of safeties that can help defend the run and the pass to help a defense. His biggest strength is his ability to force turnovers via interceptions or forced fumbles.
  34. Darian Kinnard OT, Kentucky (6-5, 342lbs) – Kinnard plays with a nasty attitude and it shows when he is run blocking. He has some improvement to do in pass protection, but he can hold his ground against greater competition. This season, Kinnard looks quicker and more explosive at the point of attack. This could be due to the weight he lost during the offseason.
  35. Dawson Deaton C, Texas Tech (6-5, 300lbs) – Deaton has a lot of experience starting for the Red Raiders the last few seasons. On the field he has the length, size, and athleticism to compete at center in the NFL. Any team that drafts him will gain somewhat of a veteran with many starts under his belt.
  36. Kenneth Walker lll RB, Michigan State (5-10, 210lbs) – Walker has been a monster for the Spartans this season. He is running with solid quickness for a runner at his size. Walker has a physical run style which he displays each game. So far this season he is averaging 6.8 yards a carry. Walker has not had many chances to show off his receiving skills but he solid catching the ball.
  37. Jefferey Gunter DE/OLB, Costal Carolina (6-4, 260lbs) – Gunter is a good athlete on the edge. He can defend both the run and pass. As a pass rusher he demonstrates good technique to continually pressure the quarterback.
  38. Alontae Taylor DB, Tennessee (6-0, 192lbs) – Taylor is a former wide receiver turned defensive back with a combination of size and speed to cover NFL type wide receivers. Along with those qualities, Taylor also displays the physicality to play press coverage.
  39. Christopher Smith S, Georgia (5-10, 185lbs) – Smith is a quick and athletic safety whose instincts help him in pass coverage. He can play man coverage and hold his own against most receivers.
  40. Nick Ford C, Utah (6-3, 303lbs) – Ford is very versatile after having played all five positions along the offensive line while attending Utah. He started the most at right guard but seems to project as a center in NFL due how undersized he is. If he can add more weight by the time the draft process begins, he has chance to rise up some draft boards.
  41. Zakoby McClain LB, Auburn (6-0, 220lbs) – McClain does nothing but find the ball and tackle the ball carrier. He is good as a run defender being able to shed blocks and make life hard of the running back. McClain will need to improve his skill in pass coverage to have success in the NFL.
  42. Jahan Dotson WR, Penn State (5-10, 175lbs) – Dotson is a speedster that is tough and not afraid to go over the middle to make a catch. His size may not be appealing to most but on the field, he plays bigger than he is. A good comp for Dotson would be Houston Texans wide receiver Bredon Cooks. Not the tallest or fastest guy of the field, but he can hurt you if given the chance to.
  43. Zachary Carter DT, Florida (6-3, 285lbs) – Carter may not have the ideal weight but don’t let his size fool you. He has a quick first step that translates into tackles for loss. He generates pressure in the pocket and help the guys on the outside thrive in man coverage.
  44. Jake Ferguson TE, Wisconsin (6-5, 244lbs) – Ferguson is a very reliable target for any quarterback. The best quality about Ferguson is his ability to block and create running lanes. If he had better quarterback play, he could be higher on the board.
  45. Phidarian Mathis DT, Alabama (6-4, 320lbs) – Mathis has flashed this season disrupting the run and generating pressure on passing downs. He needs to continue to put together solid performances to help raise his stock.
  46. James Skalski LB, Clemson (6-0, 246lbs) – Skalski is a tough run defender that has good instincts. He has improved in pass coverage being able to help more on the outside.

 

This draft class is loaded with defensive playmakers from the front 7 to the back 4.  The quarterbacks in this class are talented but have questions about how consistent they can be week to week.  None of them are clear cut number 1 pick such as Trevor Lawrence was last year.  The depth of some positions will make this draft intriguing as we go round by round. With this being a mid-season board, players still have a chance to rise and make their names known.

Is this the year Alabama takes a step back?

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The past decade or so, no College Football team, has been more dominant than Alabama. When you think of the top College team, Alabama surely comes to find first. Nick Saban, to go along with the School’s notoriety, is what drives top recruits, to play their. Alabama’s 2021 recruiting class, is the top recruiting class of all-time. No surprise eh? Their class includes seven 5 stars, and sixteen 4 stars. This class has a chance to be legendary.

The College Football Playoff has been around for 7 years, and Alabama has made the playoff 6 times. They’ve won 3 National Championships, and have lost in 2, in that span. The only year they didn’t make it, was in 2019 when Tua Tagovailoa went down. If he doesn’t go down, who knows, maybe they advance to the Playoff, and win it all. It’s truly remarkable to think, how dominant the Crimson Tide have been.

Let’s circle back to 2013. Alabama throttled Notre Dame in the National Championship, to win back-to-back titles. However, the next year they took a step back. On the last play of the game against Auburn, the Tigers returned a missed field goal, all the way back, and defeated Alabama. The game is known as “The Kick 6”, and it’s one of the most memorable plays, in College Football history. All because of that loss, Alabama didn’t advance to the BCS National Championship. If you didn’t know, the Playoff didn’t exist yet, and that was the last year for the BCS. Same goes for Clemson. They won the National Championship in 2017, taking down Alabama. The following year, they took a step back, with Deshaun Watson, and Mike Williams leaving for the NFL. They advanced to the Playoff, but lost to Alabama in the semi-finals. It’s near impossible, to be dominant every single season. Players leave, and it takes time to reload.

This could be the case for Alabama this year. Their Offense took a huge hit, with 8 starters leaving for the NFL. The only starters that are returning are; John Metchie III, Evan Neal, and Emil Ekiyor. It’s Bryce Young’s time now, with Mac Jones off to the NFL. Young has some big shoes to fill, but should be more than up to the challenge, with him being the top ranked Quarterback in the 2020 recruiting class. The Defense only lost 3 starters; Patrick Surtain II, Dylan Moses, and Christian Barmore. I expect this Defense, to be one of the best in the Country, if not the best. Don’t be surprised if Bama, isn’t in the National Championship Game next January.

4 NFL Teams That Have the Potential to Go from Worst to Playoffs in the 2021 Season

  1. Denver Broncos –  Vic Fangio is on the hot seat entering his 3rd season as the Broncos Head Coach. Fangio is 12-20 as Head Coach, but not all the blame can go towards him. Over the past 2 seasons multiple starters such as Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and Courtland Sutton have suffered season ending injuries. On top of injuries, The Broncos have had inconsistent play at the Quarterback position. This season Fangio has decided to go in a different direction by naming veteran QB Teddy Bridgewater as the teams’ starter for week 1.

The Broncos’ defense will be a one of the main reasons they have the success this season. Von Miller is returning from injury and looks to retake his claim as the best defensive player in the league. The secondary was improved this offseason with the addition of Patrick Surtain ll, and Bradley Chubb is now fully healthy. With a young and healthy defense, I predict the Broncos to finish top 10 in overall defense. If Teddy Bridgewater is consistent at moving the offense, does not turn the ball over, and spreads the ball around to all his young weapons; The Broncos could be a surprise wild card team at seasons end.

  1. New York Giants – The Giants enter the 2021 season with some questions about their future. Daniel Jones is entering his 3rd season as the starting QB, but questions remain on if he is the face of the franchise. Jones has shown flashes of greatness in his first two seasons but has not been consistent enough to gain trust from the Giants organization. They have yet to pick up his 5th year player option on his rookie contract.

Daniel Jones has not been the only problem for the Giants trouble. Having talent on the field with him has also been a problem as well. Running Back Saquon Barkley and Tight End Evan Engram both have not been able to stay on the field because of injury. Outside of those two, the Giants have not had many playmakers until now. The Giants spent a lot of money and draft capitol to improve the offense. Players such as WR Kenny Golladay, WR John Ross, TE Kyle Rudolph, and rookie WR Kadarius Tony will be counted on to improve the offense.

On the defensive side of the ball the Giants were looking to improve drastically this off season. They spent money on players such as CB Adoee’ Jackson, LB Ryan Anderson, LB Ifeadi Odenigbo, and DT Danny Shelton to help the defense return to their dominate form. With resigning star DT Lenard Williams, the Giants hope this defense can cause havoc in the NFC. If EVERYTHING goes right, the Giants could be another team that slips into the wild card round. If not, Head Coach Joe Judge may find himself on the hot seat or choosing another rookie QB.

  1. Carolina Panthers – The Carolina Panthers had a busy off season after trading Teddy Bridgewater to the Denver Broncos, and then acquiring QB Sam Darnold from the New York Jets. The Panthers showed their confidence in Darnold by picking up his fifth-year player option. This was important for the Panthers as they had no clear direction at the QB position. With Darnold in the fold, the Panthers focused on surrounding him with weapons along side RB Christian McCaffery. The Panthers added to their offense by drafting players such as WR Terrance Marshall, RB Chuba Hubbard, WR Shi Smith, and TE Tommy Tremble. The hope is that many of these young players make a big impact early this season.

On defense, The Panthers young talent is gaining more experience from last year when most of them were rookies. This unit is led by last years first round pick DT Derrick Brown and second round pick DE Yetur Gross-Matos. Both players made their names known last year as rookies. Brown was a force in the run game, while Gross-Matos gained more experience as a pass rusher. If this young defense continues to improve, and the offense develops more playmakers; the Panther can find themselves in the playoffs.

  1. Atlanta Falcons – The Atlanta Falcons are under a new reign of coaches and management entering the 2021 season. New Head Coach Arthur Smith looks to bring his run first mentality to a team that has been pass dominant for the last few years. Along with a new Head Coach, the Falcons also welcome new General Manager Terry Fontenot to the team. Both men come from winning cultures and look to build a new one in Atlanta.

The new culture looking to be built will be without one of the Falcons’ key pieces from the last decade, Julio Jones. Jones had requested a trade earlier in the off season and that request was granted when he was traded to the Tennessee Titans. The Falcons offense will look to some young talent to step up and help Matt Ryan Calvin Ridley, and Hayden Hurst. One of the big names to watch out for will be rookie TE Kyle Pitts. Pitts will bring speed, athleticism, and his playmaking ability to an offense that was not explosive at all last year. Russel Gage is another player that will be relied upon to make plays. Last season, Gage stepped into the number 2 wide receiver role and became a reliable target for Matt Ryan.

On defense the Falcons return a handful of starters that include LB Deion Jones, DT Grady Jarrett, LB Foyesade Oluokun, OLB Dante Fowler Jr., and CB A.J. Terrell. The defense was one of the worst in the NFL last year. New Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees looks to turn things around and create more pressure on the opposing offense. The Falcons lack a consistent pass rush which is why they only recorded 29 sacks as a team in the 2020 season. It will take a great effort on both sides of the ball for the Atlanta Falcons to make the playoffs this season.

NEXT MAN UP: 5 Young Players that will be key to the Falcons success

The Atlanta Falcons are in somewhat of a rebuilding mode heading into the 2021 NFL season. After an off season that saw a lot changes from the front office, coaching staff, and roster; The Falcons will look to a handful of young talent to step up and be key contributors on both sides of the ball. Here are the Top 5 young players to watch for the Atlanta Falcons this season.

  1. Russel Gage – Gage will be under the most pressure out of all the young players. Gage will step into the number 2 wide receiver role and be counted on to take pressure away from Calvin Ridley. Last season he took advantage of Julio Jones’ absence recording 72 receptions for 786 yards and scoring 4 touchdowns. This year he will need to enhance those numbers for the offense to be more explosive.
  2. Marlon Davison – Davison is coming off an injury pled season where he saw limited time. He appeared in 8 games where he did not make much of an impact. Davison needs to help make an impact in the middle of the defense with Grady Jarrett to improve a defense that was last in many defensive categories in 2020.
  3. Matt Hennessey – Hennessey will most like be the starting center Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. As a rookie he struggled as a pass protector up the middle. Over the offseason he worked on getting stronger and more aggressive to compete with opposing defensive linemen. Hennessey will need to be more consistent as a blocker to keep Matt Ryan upright and create running lanes for Mike Davis.
  4. AJ Terrell – After an unusual offseason in 2020, Terrell had a slow start to his rookie campaign while trying to carve his niche in the NFL. He eventually found his footing and turned in a good rookie season where he had 7 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles, and one interception. Terrell will need to continue to improve his game become an elite corner.
  5. Kaleb McGary/Chris Lindstrom – I’m grouping both guys together because they were both drafted the same round and same year. Both have had some injury issues to the start of their career. McGary is currently on the PUP list due to an unknown injury. When he is healthy, McGary can be a dominant right tackle especially as a run blocker. He just needs to stay healthy. Right now, there is no timetable to when he will return. This means rookie Jaylen Mayfield could start at right tackle. Lindstrom was solid in 2020 starting in all 16 games after only appearing in 6 games his rookie season. If he continues to improve, Lindstrom has a chance to make a Pro Bowl this year.

Mike’s Mad Early 2022 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1

 

With football season approaching in the fall, it’s  never too early to think about what could happen 9 months from now. The 2022 NFL Draft is full of athletes that poses great potential. Players such as Oklahoma Sooners Quarterback Spencer Rattler, North Carolina Tarheels Quarterback Sam Howell,  and Oregon Ducks Edge Rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux will be a few of the headliners of this deep draft class. Depending on where your team is picking in this mock draft, you may love the player your team picks

 

 

  1. Houston Texans: QB Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma
  • We all know Deshun Watson will eventually be traded and the Texans will need to address the Quarterback position. After experiencing what Lamar Jackson can do, Head Coach David Culley will have a vision in mind on how to use Rattler. Rattler has a strong arm, the mobility and accuracy to give defenses problems at the next level.
  1. Detroit Lions: QB Sam Howell, North Carolina
  • The Lions picking this high means Jared Goff did not live up to expectations and the team decides to move on. Dan Campbell now gets to choose his own Quarterback to lead a young group of players. Howell has a great arm, throws accurate passes, and has good athleticism to get outside the pocket. He can force some throws which could lead to interceptions, but that can be coached out of him.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Evan Neal, Alabama
  • Even though the Jaguars are riding a big hype train coming into this season, they still have a young roster that needs to develop more as a group. Urban Myer will soon figure out that the NFL is not like the college level. Cam Robinson is playing on the franchise tag this year and it looks that he will not return for the 2022 season. Even Neal is a massive human being at 6’7 360 pounds but has good athleticism for his size. Neal can step in at left tackle and protect Trevor Lawrence’s blind side.

 

  1. New York Jets: Edge Kayvon Thibodeaux
  • The Jets luck out and get possibly the number 1 player in the draft. The Jets are another young team that needs a year or 2 to develop. Coach Robert Saleh loves adding talented defensive linemen to his defense and creating pressure with his front 7. Thibodeaux is the most dominant player in the country, and he will immediately make an impact in the NFL.
  1. Cincinnati Bengals: CB Derek Stingley Jr., LSU
  • The Bengals may soon regret not taking left tackle Penei Sewell to protect Joe Burrow’s blind side. If Borrow spends most of this upcoming season on his back, then it won’t be a surprise to see them picking this high again. This time the top offensive linemen is off the board and they do not want to reach for one with a high pick. Instead they decide to go best player available. Derek Stingley Jr. is the top defensive back in the nation. He plays well in man coverage and can tackle on the perimeter.
  1. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Kaiir Elam, Florida
  • Jalen Hurts may struggle his first year as a full starter due to the lack of playmakers around him. I would be surprised if the Eagles went with another Quarterback this high. It seems as if the Eagles are always needing a corner in every mock draft. Well Eagles fans here’s your guy. Elam is the second-best defensive back in the draft and with another solid season could challenge Stingley for the top spot. In his career so far, Elam has only allowed thirty-three catches on seventy plus targets.
  1. New York Giants: QB Malik Willis, Liberty
  • The Giants finally realize Daniel Jones isn’t the answer and decide to move in another direction. Coach Joe Judge will get to start fresh with the Quarterback of his choice. The Malik Willis hype train has taken off and by the time the draft comes around, his name should be mentioned as a top 10 pick. Willis has the physical make up to play in the NFL along with the intangibles. He has a strong arm, good mobility, but he needs to improve his accuracy to improve his game.
  1. Atlanta Falcons: Edge Drake Jackson, USC
  • The Falcons have been begging for a pass rush since John Abraham left the team years ago. Now they find a young pass rusher that’s vastly developing his game. Drake Jackson is raw but flashes the talent to be a fierce pass rusher. Being consistent will be the challenge for him in order to become a dominant player.
  1. Carolina Panthers: WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
  • The Panthers need to surround Sam Darnold and Christian McCaffrey with more talent for the offense to evolve. Adding more weapons on the perimeter will take more defenders out the box and help McCaffrey in the run game. Wilson is a smooth route runner who can easily create separation.
  1. New York Giants (Via Bears): LB Christian Harris, Alabama
  • With their second 1st round pick the Giants decide to get their Quarterback of the defense. Christian Harris is a day one starter. He can step in and call a defense as a Mike linebacker. He can run, tackle, and cover if asked to. The Giants defense gets younger and faster with this pick.
  1. Denver Broncos: S Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame
  • The Broncos secondary gets a huge shot in the arm with this pick. Kyle Hamilton is a long and rangy safety that can come down in the box to help in the run game. He also is an effective blitzer. Hamilton paired with Justin Simmons could form a dynamic duo at the safety position.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders: DT DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M
  • The Raiders defensive line has been abysmal these last few years. They have not been able to stop the run or generate pressure on the opposing teams Quarterback. DeMarvin Leal has top 5 talent but falls to no. 12 in my mock draft. Leal can play anywhere along the interior defensive line and possibly could kick out to defensive end on some downs. Leal would drastically improve the Raiders defense
  1. Arizona Cardinals: OG Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
  • The Cardinals slightly improved their offensive line this off-season, but I don’t think its good enough to get them into the playoffs. Murry could find himself running for his life this season. If that happens the Cardinals will look to add more protection in front of him. Green showed improvement this past season at left guard but will now move to left tackle. If he shows he can handle himself, he could boost his draft stock.
  1. Washington Football Team: QB Kedon Slovis, USC
  • The Washington Football Team needs to get themselves a franchise Quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick is bridge Quarterback that can help a young player and show him the ropes. Slovis needs improvement, but his name will be in 1st round consideration by the time the draft comes around. His amazing ball accuracy does set him apart from other in the class.
  1. Minnesota Vikings: Edge George Karlaftis, Purdue
  • The Vikings defense is getting older and young talent is needed to keep the team steady. Coach Mike Zimmer loves young defensive linemen that are versatile. Karlaftis can play in the interior or the outside of the defensive line with his 6’4 270-pound frame.
  1. Los Angeles Chargers: Edge Zach Harrison, Ohio State
  • With losing Melvin Ingram this past off-season, the Chargers did not completely address the need of replacing him. That may come back to hurt them, but the decision may pay off. Supposedly the next great Ohio State defensive linemen, Zach Harrison has plenty of skills rushing the passer. Teaming him with Joey Bosa to learn from will be beneficial.
  1. New England Patriots: WR Chris Olave, Ohio State
  • The Patriots spent a lot of money this off-season that helped them improve the offense. Even though the offense improved, playmakers on the outside is still a need. Chris Olave is a good down the field receiver and route runner. He can become the number one target for Cam Newton or Mack Jones.
  1. Pittsburg Steelers: QB Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati
  • The Steelers will be looking for their next franchise Quarterback during the 2022 off-season. Some may say drafting Ridder will be a reach, but if he has a quality season this year it won’t be a surprise to see him drafted early.
  1. Philadelphia Eagles (Via Dolphins): RB Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M
  • The Eagles need to add more talent around Jalen Hurts. Having a running back that can threaten a defense by running or catching the ball will take pressure off Hurts. Spiller is one of the top running backs in the nation and will help the Eagles offense become more consistent in the run game.
  1. New Orleans Saints: WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas
  • Michael Tomas needs someone across from him that can draw the double team away from him. With the Saints now without Drew Brees, whomever is their Quarterback will need more weapons to help them further develop. Burks is a solid receiver with great size at 6’3 232 pounds. He uses his frame to make contested catches. Burks can be a great number 2 across from Thomas.
  1. Dallas Cowboys: Edge Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina
  • Dallas is another team that is in dire need of a pass rush. Enagbare will bring what the Cowboys with his size and explosiveness off the edge. He has a quick twitch that is unmatched. If he has a solid season, he could see himself drafted higher then expected.
  1. Tennessee Titans: TE Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M
  • Adding another weapon to this explosive offense would be danger to other teams. Betting that Julio Jones stays healthy the whole season, the Titans will be expected to be in the playoffs. Wydemyer is a physical specimen standing at 6’5 255 pounds. He’s a good route runner, but his most impressive trait is his run blocking.
  1. New York Jets (Via Seahawks): CB Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati
  • With their 2nd first round pick, the Jets address their secondary. Again, Robert Sialasf loves to add young playmakers to his defense. Ahmad Gardner is a natural man coverage corner. Since his freshmen year as a starter, he has a thirty-five percent completion rate against him.
  1. Philadelphia Eagles (Via Colts): S Jordan Battle, Alabama
  • The Eagles add more help to their secondary with this pick. Jordan Battle is smart, explosive, and versatile as a defensive back. He has experience playing corner so he can help the Eagles in different ways.
  1. Miami Dolphins (Via 49ers): Edge Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati
  • The Dolphins need to continue to add to their defensive line. Their defense is better when their front 7 is producing pressure. Sanders is another prospect that is raw but poses the potential to build upon his talents.
  1. Cleveland Browns: OC Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa
  • After making the playoffs this past season, Cleveland will need to add more young bodies to help protect their franchise Quarterback Baker Mayfield. Linderbaum is the best center in the draft. If the Browns want to continue their success making the playoffs, protecting Mayfield will be the key.
  1. Buffalo Bills: OT Zion Nelson, Miami
  • The Bills are set to pay Josh Allen big money in the upcoming months. The team has already taken the proper steps to help keep Allen upright for the near future by signing Dion Dawkins to a long-term contract. Drafting Nelson will help complete their tackle positions with two young stars. Nelson is one heck of an athlete for his size and is a mauler as a run blocker.
  1. Detroit Lions (Via LA Rams): OT Rasheed Walker, Penn State
  • After drafting their franchise Quarterback, the Lions go and get the guy that is going to protect him. Walker is an athletic tackle that is good in pass protection. He should be able to keep Howell upright.
  1. Baltimore Ravens: Edge Brenton Cox, Florida
  • The Ravens love to add players to their defense, especially when it’s a pass rusher. Brenton Cox can generate pressure from the edge while being able to help defend the run. The Ravens need more young pieces on their aging defense.
  1. Green Bay Packers: WR John Metchie lll, Alabama
  • No matter how the Aaron Rodgers situation plays out, the Packers need to add more weapons to their offense across from Devante Adams. John Metchie is coming into this season with a point to prove. He wants to prove that he has the talent to be a number 1 wide receiver and he’s not a product of Alabama’s system.
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: WR Drake London. USC
  • After this season, the Bucs will be a little thin at the wide receiver. Godwin will be a potential free agent, Brown’s situation is year to year, and who knows what Gronk will do. So adding more weapons next off-season will be key. London is a big bodied receiver who can make contested catches and can become a main red zone target.
  1. Kansas City Chiefs: CB Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson
  • The Chiefs secondary needs help in any kind of way. Adding Booth who is a good man and zone defender will better their pass defense. Booth is also not afraid to come down and make a tackle.

 

 

 

Is this the year Georgia puts it together?

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In it’s history, Georgia has only won 2 National Championships. Those 2, were in 1942, and 1980. It’s been a long time coming for Georgia. If there’s a year where the Bulldogs can win it all, this is it. The Bulldogs have had one of the top recruiting classes, the last few years, but they just haven’t put it all together yet. Kirby Smart will be entering his 6th season as Georgia’s Head Coach, and this might be the best Bulldogs team that he’s had. Yes they haven’t won a National Championship under Smart, but he’s still turned this Georgia team around. He’s compiled a 52-14 record as Head Coach, and has taken the Dogs to the National Championship Game.

Let’s circle back, to the previous 4 years. In 2018, Georgia took down Oklahoma 54-48 in the semi-finals, to advance to the National Championship against Alabama. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 13-0 lead, but the Tide came back. The game eventually went to overtime, with Alabama winning. It was a tough one to swallow for Georgia. The following year, saw the Bulldogs again advance to the SEC Championship Game. This time, it was against Alabama. With a win, Georgia advances to the College Football Playoff again. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-7 lead, but again, the Crimson Tide stormed back, and eventually won the game 35-28. It was another crushing defeat for Georgia, and they were left out of the Playoff. What’s crazy to know, is that Alabama has only lead by a little over a minute, in the National Championship, and the 2018 SEC title game combined, and won both games. Crazy isn’t it? In 2019, Georgia advanced to the SEC title game, this time, it was against LSU, and lost that game. With a win, they would have advanced to the Playoff, but again, they were left out. Last season, was a bit of a turnaround year. Jake Fromm left early for the NFL, and the Bulldogs struggled at the Quarterback position, for most of the season. Then Kirby Smart, turned to J.T. Daniels, and he led the Bulldogs to 4 straight wins, to close out the season. Georgia didn’t have a shot at the playoff, even before Daniels took over, but if Smart would have started Daniels from the beginning, who knows how far this Georgia team would have went.

The Bulldogs only lose 3 starters on Offense; Trey Hill, Ben Cleveland, and Tre’ McKitty. They made arguably the biggest addition of the off-season, when they snagged Arik Gilbert from the transfer portal. He was rated the #1 TE in the 2020 Class, and had a nice Freshman year with LSU. He’s listed as a WR on Georgia’s website, so it looks like he’s making the move to the outside. Either way, he’s going to be a nightmare, for opposing Defenses. This Offense just got even more scarier. George Pickens tore his ACL a few months ago, and might miss a portion of the season, but should perform at a high level when he’s back. The Defense took a bit of a hit, loosing Malik Herring, Monty Rice, Eric Stokes, Tyson Campbell, Richard LeCounte III, Mark Webb, and D.J. Daniel. Former Clemson CB Derion Kendrick, and former West Virginia Safety Tykee Smith, have also transferred to Georgia, via the transfer portal. With Georgia loosing pretty much their whole Secondary, Kendrick and Smith, are two huge additions. Georgia has everything in place, to win the Natty.

How the transfer portal has changed College Football

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College Football is truly amazing. Tailgating, jam packed stadiums (let’s obviously forget about last year), bands, nothing beats it. I don’t know about you, but during Football season, Saturday is my favourite day of the week. A certain pit stop, has really changed College Football in it’s entirety. That pit stop, is the transfer portal. Like any other sport, College Football is unpredictable, and the transfer portal supports that statement. The transfer portal, has been a hot commodity, over the last 5 or so years. Players have left their Schools, and have found greener pastures elsewhere. When there’s a trend, others follow. Just like players opting out last season. Caleb Farley was the first to do so, and it started a trend. They saw him do it, so others followed.

3 out of the last 4 No. 1 overall picks have been transfers. I bet you didn’t know that. Those 3 are; Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, and Joe Burrow. They also all won the Heisman Trophy as well. Goes to show you, how sacred the transfer portal is.  Jake Fromm made 2 five star Quarterbacks transfer. Jacob Eason, and Justin Fields. Without him, the College Football Playoff, would have looked differently the last couple of years. It seems like every other day, somebody is entering the transfer portal.  If I had to list every player who has transferred, I would be here forever. That’s how busy the portal has been.

We’ve also seen players, decommit from a School, then sign with another. It’s not considered transferring, but it’s still the idea, of a player leaving a School for another. Mac Jones, and Sam Howell, are 2 prime examples. Jones, signed with Kentucky, then changed his mind, and as we know, signed with Alabama. I bet you didn’t know that. If Jones stayed at Kentucky, I’m sure he wouldn’t have won a National Championship, nor been a first round pick. Howell originally committed to play at Florida State, then decommitted, and signed to play at North Carolina. One decision, can make a huge diference in your career. Players aren’t scared, to test the waters elsewhere.

Riley’s Early 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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The 2022 NFL Draft may be a year away, but it is never too early to predict where these future stars may land. Please enjoy my first attempt at a 2022 NFL Mock Draft!


Round 1

  1. Houston Texans Houston Texans logo

Selection: Sam Howell – QB – North Carolina

By the looks of it, Houston is in store for a disaster of a season. I strongly believe Deshaun Watson has played his last down in a Texans uniform and both Tyrod Taylor and Davis Mills are not the long-term solution. Insert Sam Howell who I believe is the best Quarterback in next years class.


2. Detroit Lions

Selection: Spencer Rattler – QB – Oklahoma

It is a make it or break it season for Jared Goff and the jury seems to be out on him. Spencer Rattler has all the tools to be great and should show signs of development after this upcoming season.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Selection: Kayvon Thibodeaux – DE – Oregon

The first non-Quarterback goes off the board here to Jacksonville. They are trending in the right direction but it may take another season or two before they can really put a solid team together. Thibodeaux is an absolute beast off the edge and would pair nicely with Josh Allen.


4. Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: Derek Stingley Jr – CB – LSU

Stingley Jr is my top defensive back prospect heading into next season. I think he will cement himself as a top five prospect and will fall into the Raiders laps after a disappointing year.


5. Cincinnati Bengals

Selection: Evan Neal – OT – Alabama

A year later, and Offensive Line will remain as a priority in Cincy. Joe Burrow got his buddy and former college teammate Ja’Marr Chase in the previous draft, but now it is time to put some protection around their franchise Quarterback.


6. New York Jets

Selection: Kyle Hamilton – S – Notre Dame

New York is headed in the right direction with new Head Coach Robert Saleh. However, a few more pieces need to be added to the puzzle and shoring up the back-end of the secondary with the best Safety in the class will give the Jets a great tandem with Hamilton and Marcus Maye.


7. Philadelphia Eagles

Selection: Kaiir Elam – CB – Florida

Philadelphia still have multiple holes on their roster. Both the Offensive and Defensive Lines are getting old and the season ultimately hangs on the development of Jalen Hurts. Adding Elam to the secondary to learn from and aging Darius Slay will allow for an easier transition once he decides to leave or retire.


8. Atlanta Falcons

Selection: Drake Jackson – DE – USC

Atlanta has been searching for a consistent pass rusher since John Abraham hung up his cleats. Guys like Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley have come and gone leaving the door wide open. Drake Jackson has all the potential in the world to be great and Falcon fans should be excited if they are able to bring him into their organization.


9. New York Giants (via Chicago) See the source image

Selection: Kedon Slovis – QB – USC

This selection suggestion that Daniel Jones shows no signs of improvement after the Giants surrounded him with all the weapons he could ask for. Kedon Slovis will have the opportunity to come in and do what Daniel Jones couldn’t.


10. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: Chris Olave – WR – Ohio State

I am expecting the Saints to have a down year this season. Drew Brees has moved into the next phase of his life, and the Saints front office had an absolute mess of an off-season trying to get under the cap. I believe Jameis Winston will have a solid season but with so many unknowns at multiple positions, it looks to be an up-hill battle. Adding Olave to this offense will finally add a compliment to Michael Thomas.


11. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Christian Harris – LB – Alabama

With the top three Quarterbacks taken, the Broncos address their second position of need with this pick. The Linebacker room scares me in a bad way in Denver and is the biggest weakness on their Defense. Christian Harris will be a day-one starter and will help take this Defense to the next level.


12. New York Giants See the source image

Selection: DeMarvin Leal – DT – Texas A&M

You live and die in the trenches, therefore beefing up the middle of the Defensive Line should always be a priority. Dalvin Tomlinson has moved onto Minnesota leaving a hole in the middle of the Giants Defense. DeMarvin Leal is a great run stuffer and his athleticism is underrated for a big guy.


13. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers logo

Selection: Kenyon Green – OL – Texas A&M

Clearing holes for CMC and protecting Sam Darnold is exactly what Kenyon Green will do for the Panthers. He can play inside and out and will be paving holes in Carolina for years to come.


14. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: George Karlaftis – DE – Purdue

In 2022, the Cowboys’ Defense will continue to be a liability. It won’t matter how many points the Offense can score if their Defense cannot stop anyone. Pair Karlaftis with DeMarcus Lawrence and the pass rush will get back to where it needs to be.


15. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Zach Harrison – DE – Ohio State

Melvin Ingram has yet to re-sign with the Chargers, leaving a big hole on the Defensive Line. Joey Bosa needs a running mate and this leads the Chargers to head back to Ohio State to get him one.


16. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Justyn Ross – WR – Clemson

Once again, Cleveland does not have many holes on their roster. Baker will continue to be a game manager but it could be worse. I think the Odell Beckham Jr experiment ends after this season as it appears he is not the dynamic player he claims to be. Justyn Ross is coming off a season-ending injury but remains as one of the top Receivers in this class


17. New England Patriots New England Patriots logo

Selection: Garrett Wilson – WR – Ohio State

The Patriots got their guy last draft in Mac Jones. Now, they must surround him with weapons on Offense to help him succeed. New England landed the top two Tight Ends in Free Agency this year, but Receiver is still questionable. Wilson would be an immediate impact player for the Patriots.


18. Miami Dolphins (via San Francisco)

Selection: Jaxson Kirkland – OT – Washington

The Dolphins have slowly put together a strong team but the Offensive Line could use some additional work. I like this fit for Jaxson Kirkland and believe it would go a long way in protecting Tua.


19. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals logo

Selection: Zion Nelson – OT – Miami

The same comments I mentioned with the Dolphins can be applied here. Arizona looks to be on the rise but the Offensive Line could use more help.


20. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Kingsley Enagbare – DE – South Carolina

I was thinking the Vikings would address this position in this past draft. Unfortunately, they did not until the later rounds. Enagbare would pair nicely with Danielle Hunter the two of them off the edge would be a scary sight for opposing Quarterbacks.


21. Washington Football Team Washington Football Team logo

Selection: Desmond Ridder – QB – Cincinnati

Washington has quietly built a very strong team. However, the long-term solution at Quarterback remains up in the air. Ryan Fitzpatrick will win some games for Washington this season but he is near the end of his career. Ridder will have the opportunity to come in and lead this team for the next two decades.


22. Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami)

Selection: Charles Cross – OT – Mississippi State

The youth movement continues in Philadelphia with their second of three first round picks. If the Eagles truly believe in Jalen Hurts than they must do everything they can to maintain their great Offensive Line. Cross is a day one starter caliber player but may be better off sitting behind Lane Johnson for a season to learn and develop.


23. Tennessee Titans

Selection: Andrew Booth Jr – CB – Clemson

Titan fans may be upset with this pick because they drafted a Corner in the first round in this past draft with Caleb Farley. I liked that pick for the Titans but the Secondary is still a mess in Tennessee.


24. Philadelphia Eagles (via Indianapolis Colts)

Selection: Treylon Burks – WR – Arkansas

With their third first round pick in this draft, the Eagles are able to address another position of need. It seems as though the Eagles are drafting a Receiver in the first round each year. DeVonta Smith will be a dynamic playmaker but the rest of the current Receivers are lackluster. Burks and Smith will make a great tandem.


25. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens logo

Selection: Ikem Ekwonu – IOL – NC State

The Ravens need to beef up the middle of their run heavy Offensive Line. Ikem Ekwonu will be able to come in and start right away as I believe he is very pro-ready.


26. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: George Pickens – WR – Georgia 

The Aaron Rodgers era may be over in Green Bay, insert Jordan Love into the QB1 spot. With that being said, Green Bay decides to build around their young Quarterback and give him a weapon opposite of Devante Adams.


27. New York Jets (via Seattle)

Selection: John Metchie III – WR – Alabama

John Metchie III will add a dynamic playmaking ability to this Jets Offense, which has been lacking for some time now. Zach Wilson needs the tools to succeed and he gets one of the top Receivers here.


28. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Malik Willis – QB – Liberty 

Ben Roethlisberger is gearing up for what most people assume to be his last season in the NFL. This means Pittsburgh will be in search of his successor. Malik Willis has a lot of potential to be a great Quarterback in the NFL and the Steelers will be able to rest easy knowing he will be throwing passes for the Black and Yellow for years to come.


29. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills logo

Selection: Isaiah Spiller – RB – Texas A&M

The running game will be Buffalo’s Achilles heel this season. Josh Allen was the Bills leading rusher last season and that should scare people. As good as Allen is, he cannot win games solely with his arm. Adding a run game is critical for this Bills team. Isaiah Spiller is currently my top Running Back prospect and think he would bring a new element to the Bills Offense.


30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Ahmad Gardner – CB – Cincinnati 

I do not see any holes on this Buccaneers roster. I liked the selection of Kyle Trask to learn from Tom Brady and eventually take-over as the starting Quarterback. Tampa could go anywhere with this pick but adding to the secondary is the way I see them heading.


31. Detroit Lions (via Los Angeles Rams)

Selection: Ventrell Miller – LB – Florida 

The Lions are back with their second pick of the first round. First, they addressed the Quarterback position, and now they look to address the Middle Linebacker position. Ventrell Miller is a down-hill, hard hitting linebacker who is excellent sideline to sideline.


32. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs logo

Selection: Sevyn Banks – CB – Ohio State

Kansas City is another team that has next to no holes. However, I think their secondary could use some help and spending a first round pick on a potential shutdown Corner would add tremendous value to the Chiefs Defense.

Riley’s 2022 Big Board 1.0

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With the 2021 NFL Draft wrapped up, it is never too early to look ahead to next years prospects. These prospects have a ton of potential and I am looking forward to seeing them back in action this fall.

  1. Kayvon Thibodeaux – EDGE – Oregon Logo
  2. Derek Stingley Jr – CB – LSU Logo
  3. Sam Howell – QB – North Carolina Logo
  4. Evan Neal – OT – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  5. Spencer Rattler – QB – Oklahoma Oklahoma Sooners logo.svg
  6. Kyle Hamilton – S – Notre Dame Logo
  7. DeMarvin Leal – DL – Texas A&M File:Texas A&M University logo.svg - Wikipedia
  8. Christian Harris – LB – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  9. Kenyon Green – OL – Texas A&M File:Texas A&M University logo.svg - Wikipedia
  10. Drake Jackson – EDGE – USC Logo
  11. Kaiir Elam – CB – Florida Logo
  12. Chris Olave – WR – Ohio State Logo
  13. Justyn Ross – WR – Clemson Clemson Tigers logo.svg
  14. Kedon Slovis – QB – USC Logo
  15. George Karlaftis – EDGE – Purdue Purdue Boilermakers logo.svg
  16. Garrett Wilson – WR – Ohio State Logo
  17. Jaxson Kirkland – OT – Washington Washington Huskies logo.svg
  18. Charles Cross – OT – Mississippi State Mississippi State Bulldogs - Wikipedia
  19. Treylon Burks – WR – Arkansas Logo
  20. Zach Harrison – EDGE – Ohio State Logo
  21. George Pickens – WR – Georgia Logo
  22. Zion Nelson – OT – Miami Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
  23. Kingsley ‘J.J’ Enagbare – EDGE – South Carolina South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
  24. Andrew Booth Jr – CB – Clemson Clemson Tigers logo.svg
  25. Desmond Ridder – QB – Cincinnati File:Cincinnati Bearcats logo.svg - Wikipedia
  26. Isaiah Spiller – RB – Texas A&M File:Texas A&M University logo.svg - Wikipedia
  27. John Metchie III – WR – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  28. Malik Willis – QB – Liberty Liberty Flames wordmark.svg
  29. Ikem Ekwonu – IOL – NC State NC State Wolfpack - Wikipedia
  30. Ahmad Gardner – CB – Cincinnati File:Cincinnati Bearcats logo.svg - Wikipedia
  31. Ventrell Miller – LB – Florida Logo
  32. Perrion Winfrey – DT – Oklahoma Oklahoma Sooners logo.svg
  33. Brenton Cox – LB – Florida Logo
  34. Sevyn Banks – CB – Ohio State Logo
  35. Carson Strong – QB – Nevada Nevada Wolf Pack wordmark.svg
  36. Bubba Bolden – S – Miami Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
  37. Rasheed Walker – OT – Penn State Logo
  38. Jalen Wydermyer – TE – Texas A&M File:Texas A&M University logo.svg - Wikipedia
  39. Aiden Hutchinson – EDGE – Michigan Logo
  40. Josh Jobe – CB – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  41. Breece Hall – RB – Iowa State Iowa State Cyclones logo.svg
  42. JT Daniels – QB – Georgia Logo
  43. Drake London – WR – USC Logo
  44. Cade Mays – IOL – Tennessee Logo
  45. Thayer Munford – OT – Ohio State Logo
  46. Jordan Battle – S – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  47. Merlin Robertson – EDGE – Arizona State Logo
  48. Darian Kinnard – OT – Kentucky Kentucky Wildcats logo.svg
  49. Xavier Thomas – EDGE – Clemson Clemson Tigers logo.svg
  50. Jahleel Billingsley – TE – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg

Riley’s 2021 NFL Draft Grades

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Just like that the NFL Draft has come to an end. Some players fell, some were taken early, while some went exactly where we thought they would. Here are my official Draft Grades for each team.

 

Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals logo

Draft Grade: B+

RD1: Zaven Collins – LB | RD2: Rondale Moore – WR | RD4: Marco Wilson – CB | RD6: Victor Dimukeje – OLB | RD6: Tay Gowan – CB | RD7: James Wiggins – S | RD7: Michal Menet – IOL

Overall, very solid draft class by Arizona. They were able to land Zaven Collins and Rondale Moore, who will be immediate impact players for them. Maybe a little early for Marco Wilson but the added depth across the board rounds out their draft.


Atlanta Falcons

Draft Grade: B

RD1: Kyle Pitts – TE | RD2: Richie Grant – S | RD3: Jalen Mayfield – OT | RD4: Darren Hall – CB | RD4: Drew Dalman – IOL | RD5: Ta’Quon Graham – DT | RD5: Adetokunbo Ogundeji – DE | RD5: Avery Williams – CB | RD6: Frank Darby – WR

As great of a pick as Kyle Pitts was, you can not undermine how bad the Falcons defense was last year. Maybe targeting a defensive player in the first round should have been the way they went. Never the less, Pitts and Grant will be day one starters and Mayfield will back-up and eventually take over either Tackle spot from Jake Matthews or Kaleb McGary.


Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens logo

Draft Grade: B+

RD1: Rashod Bateman – WR | RD1: Jayson Oweh – OLB | RD3: Ben Cleveland – IOL | RD3: Brandon Stephens – CB | RD4: Tylan Wallace – WR | RD5: Shaun Wade – CB | RD5: Daelin Hayes – OLB | RD5: Ben Mason – FB

The Ravens went out and got a true no. 1 receiver with Bateman who I like a lot. Oweh has all the physical tools to be great but is still very raw, but with the right coaching he could become dominant. I liked the Tylan Wallace and Daelin Hayes picks as they were great value. Good draft class in Baltimore.


Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills logo

Draft Grade: B

RD1: Gregory Rousseau – DE | RD2: Carlos Basham – DE | RD3: Spencer Brown – OT | RD5: Tommy Doyle – OT | RD6: Marquez Stevenson – WR | RD6: Damar Hamlin – S | RD6: Rachad Wildgoose – CB | RD7: Jack Anderson – IOL

The Bills clearly wanted to address their pass rush. Rousseau was my top pass rusher in this years class and adding Carlos Basham to the mix could be dangerous. Tight End remains a need in Buffalo, maybe a trade for a guy like Zach Ertz is on the way?


Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers logo

Draft Grade: A

RD1: Jaycee Horn – CB | RD2: Terrace Marshall Jr – WR | RD3: Brady Christensen – OT | RD3: Tommy Tremble – TE | RD4: Chuba Hubbard – RB | RD5: Daviyon Nixon – DT | RD5: Keith Taylor Jr – CB | RD6: Deonte Brown – IOL | RD6: Shi Smith – WR | RD6: Thomas Fletcher – LS | RD7: Phil Hoskins – DT

Very good draft class for second-year Head Coach Matt Rhule. Receiver may not have been a huge need but how can you pass up on a talent like Terrace Marshall Jr? Adding guys like Nixon, and Brown only reinforcement this great class.


Chicago Bears Chicago Bears logo

Draft Grade: A

RD1: Justin Fields – QB | RD2: Teven Jenkins – OT | RD5: Larry Borom – IOL | RD6: Khalil Herbert – RB | RD6: Dazz Newsome – WR | RD6: Thomas Graham Jr – CB | RD7: Khyiris Tonga – DT

Well we knew Chicago could look to move up for a Quarterback, and they got their guy. Let Fields sit for the year and learn behind Andy Dalton and he will be great. Teven Jenkins is a road grader who I love and Tonga was a nice pick-up in the last round.


Cincinnati Bengals

Draft Grade: B+

RD1: Ja’Marr Chase – WR | RD2: Jackson Carman – OT | RD3: Joseph Ossai – DE | RD4: Cameron Sample – DL | RD4: Tyler Shelvin – DT | RD4: D’Ante Smith – OT | RD5: Evan McPherson – K | RD6: Trey Hill – IOL | RD6: Chris Evans – RB | RD7: Wyatt Hubert – DE

Joe Burrow got his guy. Seeing Burrow and Chase together again will be exciting to watch. Have to give a shoutout to Evan McPherson for being the first and only Kicker drafted this year. Solid draft for Cincy and I expect each of their draft picks to make the 53-man roster.


Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns helmet

Draft grade: A-

RD1: Greg Newsome II – CB | RD2: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – LB | RD3: Anthony Schwartz – WR | RD4: James Hudson – OT | RD4: Tommy Togiai – DT | RD5: Tony Fields II – LB | RD5: Richard LeCounte III – S | RD6: Demetric Felton – RB/WR

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah might have been the steal of the draft, landing him in the second round was huge. The Browns got faster on offense with Schwartz and Felton. While Anthony Schwartz ran the fastest 40 of the year at his Pro Day, I do not see that same speed on the field when watching tape. I think you could have gotten him on day 3.


Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Draft Grade: B

RD1: Micah Parsons – LB | RD2: Kelvin Joseph – CB | RD3: Osa Odighizuwa – DL | RD3: Chauncey Golston, DE | RD3: Nahshon Wright – CB | RD4: Jabril Cox – LB | RD4: Josh Ball – OT | RD5: Simi Fehoko – WR | RD6: Quinton Bohanna – DT | RD6: Israel Mukuamu – CB | RD7: Matt Farniok – IOL

Definitely did not think the Cowboys would go Linebacker with their first pick. But, it never hurts to land the best Defensive prospect in the class. Parsons brings speed and physicality to Dallas’ Defense. In the second round adding Kelvin Joseph to the secondary was a nice pick-up. I just hope he keeps his head straight and doesn’t get into any off field issues. Cox was a good value pick rounding out what looks to be a great Linebacker corps in Dallas.


Denver Broncos Denver Broncos logo

Draft Grade: 

RD1: Patrick Surtain II – CB | RD2: Javonte Williams – RB | RD3: Quinn Meinerz – IOL | RD3: Baron Browning – LB | RD5: Caden Sterns – S | RD5: Jamar Johnson – S | RD6: Seth Williams – WR | RD7: Kary Vincent Jr – CB | RD7: Jonathon Cooper – OLB | RD7: Marquiss Spencer – DE

It is hard to find any negatives in Denver’s draft class. They moved up and down throughout the draft and landed some of the best players available. Surtain II was my top Cornerback prospect so adding him to a secondary of Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan will be nice. Javonte Williams was one of my favorite prospects this year which makes me excited to see what he can bring to that Offense. Lastly, Denver was probably the best landing spot for Quinn Meinerz as he gets to learn from Hall of Famer Mike Munchak. I know Denver fans are pleased with new GM George Paton.


Detroit Lions

Draft Grade: A

RD1: Penei Sewell – OT | RD2: Levi Onwuzurike – DT | RD3: Alim McNeil – DT | RD3: Ifeatu Melifonwu – CB | RD4: Amon-Ra St. Brown – WR | RD4: Derrick Barnes – LB | RD7: Jermar Jefferson – RB

Detroit definitely got more physical between the trenches. Their draft room was jumping when they were able to select Penei Sewell and right fully so. With him and Taylor Decker holding down the Tackle positions on the Offensive Line, Detroit is starting to take over that Dan Campbell persona.


Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Draft Grade: C+

RD1: Eric Stokes – CB | RD2: Josh Myers – IOL | RD3: Amari Rodgers – WR | RD4: Royce Newman – IOL | RD5: Tedarrell Slaton – DT | RD5: Shemar Jean-Charles – CB | RD6: Cole Van Lanen – IOL | RD6: Isaiah McDuffie – LB | RD7: Kylin Hill – RB

I wasn’t a huge fan of the Packers Draft and I can’t imagine a certain Quarterback was either. Eric Stokes shouldn’t have gone in the first round and there were several better options available. Myers and Rodgers will most likely be immediate impact players for Green Bay but the rest of the class was weak.


Houston Texans Houston Texans logo

Draft Grade: C-

RD3: Davis Mills – QB | RD3: Nico Collins – WR | RD5: Brevin Jordan – TE | RD5: Garret Wallow – LB | RD6: Roy Lopez – DT

Houston we have (HAD) a problem. The Texans are clearly addressing the writing on the wall that Deshaun Watsons playing days as a Texan are over. Brevin Jordan was a nice pick-up in the fifth round but I would like to give the entire Texans front office a shake.


Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts logo

Draft Grade: B-

RD1: Kwity Paye – DE | RD2: Dayo Odeyingbo – DE | RD4: Kylen Granson – TE | RD5: Shawn Davis – S | RD6: Sam Ehlinger – QB | RD7: Mike Strachan – WR | RD7: Will Fries – IOL

Kwity Paye was a nice pick who will replace Justin Houston on the edge. Some other solid picks with Odeyingbo in the second round and Ehlinger in the sixth, who I believe will serve as a great back-up. Very surprised that they did not address the glaring need at Left Tackle. I am not excited to see Sam Tevi start at that position come week-1.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Draft Grade: B+ 

RD1: Trevor Lawrence – QB | RD1: Travis Etienne – RB | RD2: Tyson Campbell – CB | RD2: Walker Little – OT | RD3: Andre Cisco – S | RD4: Jay Tufele – DT | RD4: Jordan Smith – DE | RD5: Luke Farrell – TE | RD6: Jalen Camp – WR

Urban Meyer sounded pretty happy with the players they selected post-draft. Trevor Lawrence was a home-run but I do not see the value of adding Travis Etienne in the first round when they had a rookie Runningback coming off a thousand yard season. Tyson Campbell will be a solid player but I think there were some better players available who didn’t get picked in the first round.


Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs logo

Draft Grade: A

RD2: Nick Bolton – LB | RD2: Creed Humphrey – IOL | RD4: Joshua Kaindoh – DE | RD5: Noah Grey – TE | RD5: Cornell Powell – WR | RD6: Trey Smith – IOL

Smaller class but the Chiefs hit on a lot of these picks. They addressed every major need and landing Trey Smith with their last pick was great value. The Chiefs Offensive Line went from a disaster in the Super Bowl to one of the best.


Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders logo

Draft Grade: B-

RD1: Alex Leatherwood – OT | RD2: Trevon Moehrig – S | RD3: Malcolm Koonce – DE | RD3: Divine Deablo – S | RD4: Tyree Gillespie – S | RD5: Nate Hobbs – CB | RD7: Jimmy Morrissey – IOL

Let’s pretend they selected Moehrig in the first round and Leatherwood in the second. The Raiders always seem to reach on players in the draft and once again that can be deemed true. I am a big fan of Morrissey and I am excited to see what he does after Vegas recently blew up their Offensive Line.


Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers logo

Draft Grade: A

RD1: Rashawn Slater – OT | RD2: Asante Samuel Jr – CB | RD3: Josh Palmer – WR | RD3: Tre’ McKitty – TE | RD4: Chris Rumph II – DE | RD5: Brenden Jaimes – OT | RD6: Nick Niemann – LB | RD6: Larry Rountree III – RB | RD7: Mark Webb – S

The Chargers addressed their major needs and added depth to nearly every position. Slater may be the best Offensive Lineman in this years class and Samuel Jr will bring tenacity to that Secondary. Justin Herbert now has some more weapons and I am sure he is excited to get to work with his new teammates.


Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams logo

Draft Grade: C

RD2: Chatarius Tutu Atwell – WR | RD3: Ernest Jones – LB | RD4: Bobby Brown III – DT | RD4: Robert Rochell – CB | RD4: Jacob Harris – WR | RD5: Earnest Brown IV – DE | RD7: Jake Funk – RB | RD7: Ben Skowronek – WR | RD7: Chris Garrett – DE

Average Draft at best for the Rams. Bobby Brown III will be a good player filling in for the departed Michael Brockers but overall, a couple misses for the Rams. Maybe they are better off trading away picks.


Miami Dolphins

Draft Grade: A

RD1: Jaylen Waddle – WR | RD1: Jaelan Phillips – DE | RD2: Jevon Holland – S | RD2: Liam Eichenberg – OT | RD3: Hunter Long – TE | RD7: Larnel Coleman – OT | RD7: Gerrid Doaks – RB

Miami needed a playmaker at Receiver and they got their man by reuniting Tua with his college teammate Jaylen Waddle. They drafted four arguably first round talent players with their first four picks. I expect Miami to be a very competitive team in the AFC this season.


Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings logo

Draft Grade: A+

RD1: Christian Darrisaw – OT | RD3: Kellen Mond – QB | RD3: Chazz Surratt – LB | RD3: Wyatt Davis – IOL | RD3: Patrick Jones II – DE | RD4: Kene Nwangwu – RB | RD4: Camryn Bynum – CB | RD4: Janarius Robinson – DE | RD5: Ihmir Smith-Marsette – WR | RD5: Zach Davidson – TE | RD6: Jaylen Twyman – DT

The Vikings had a fantastic draft. Darrisaw, Surratt, Davis, Jones II, and Twyman were great picks and great value. Although I am not a fan of Kellen Mond, the rest of this class is one of the best. Who knows, I could be very wrong about Mond.


New England Patriots New England Patriots logo

Draft Grade: B+

RD1: Mac Jones – QB | RD2: Christian Barmore – DL | RD3: Ronnie Perkins – DE | RD4: Rhamondre Stevenson – RB | RD5: Cameron McGrone – LB | RD6: Joshuah Bledsoe – S | RD6: Will Sherman – OT | RD7: Tre Nixon – WR

Well not only does it look like the Pats have a type at QB, but it also looks like they got their Quarterback of the future. I like the fit for Mac Jones, and believe he will have a nice transition from Nick Saban to Bill Belichick. Barmore was the first Defensive Lineman taken and deservedly so. I also like the McGrone pick, he reminds me of Kyle Van Noy.


New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints logo

Draft Grade: C

RD1: Payton Turner – DE | RD2: Pete Werner – LB | RD3: Paulson Adebo – CB | RD4: Ian Book – QB | RD6: Landon Young – OT | RD7: Kawaan Baker – WR

I am not a fan of what New Orleans did this past weekend. I had a fourth round grade on Payton Turner and do not think they needed to reach so early for him. Pete Werner and Paulson Adebo were both guys who might have been available in the next round. Ian Book is a carbon copy of Drew Brees’ body type so maybe he can turn into their next great Quarterback under Sean Payton.


New York Giants See the source image

Draft Grade: B+

RD1: Kadarius Toney – WR | RD2: Azeez Ojulari – OLB | RD3: Aaron Robinson – CB | RD4: Elerson Smith – OLB | RD6: Gary Brightwell – RB | RD6: Rodarius Williams – CB

Nice group of Draft picks here. Not a huge fan of taking Toney so early, but after trading back it was a nice addition to the Offense. Azeez Ojulari was a great pick in the second round as I thought he would have been long gone by pick 50. The Giants have a very underrated Defense and they only improved through the draft.


New York Jets

Draft Grade: A

RD1: Zach Wilson – QB | RD1: Alijah Vera-Tucker – OL | RD2: Elijah Moore – WR | RD4: Michael Carter – RB | RD5: Jamien Sherwood – S | RD5: Michael Carter II – CB | RD5: Jason Pinnock – CB | RD6: Hamsah Nasirildeen – S | RD6: Brandin Echols – CB | RD6: Jonathan Marshall – DT

The Jets front office should be ecstatic with how their Draft played out. The Offense will look incredibly different next year compared to last year, and for the better. The duo of Mekhi Becton and Alijah Vera-Tucker on the left side will be dominant and the Jets now lead the league in players named Michael Carter!


Philadelphia Eagles

Draft Grade: B-

RD1: DeVonta Smith – WR | RD2: Landon Dickerson – IOL | RD3: Milton Williams – DT | RD4: Zech McPhearson – CB | RD5: Kenneth Gainwell – RB | RD6: Marlon Tuipulotu – DT | RD6: Tarron Jackson – DE | RD6: JaCoby Stevens – S | RD7: Patrick Johnson – DE

Well the Eagles needed a playmaker on Offense and they got him. If DeVonta can play half as good as he did last year at Alabama the Eagles Offense will explode. Landon Dickerson was the best Center in this years draft class but his injury history is a concern. Hopefully he can leave his injuries at college.


Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Draft Grade: A-

RD1: Najee Harris – RB | RD2: Pat Freiermuth – TE | RD3: Kendrick Green – IOL | RD4: Dan Moore Jr – OT | RD4: Buddy Johnson – LB | RD5: Isaiahh Loudermilk – DE | RD6: Quincy Roche – OLB | RD7: Tre Norwood – CB | RD7: Pressley Harvin III – P

Overall, very pleased with the Steelers Draft class. Najee Harris was born to be a Steeler and will do everything Leveon Bell did, possibly better. Pat Freiermuth was a very underrated pick. Tight End might not have been the biggest need on this roster but the Steelers have had a revolving door at the position since Heath Miller retired. They added the best move Center in the class and Quincy Roche was a huge steal in the sixth round. Very excited to see these players hit the field.


San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers logo

Draft Grade: B

RD1: Trey Lance – QB | RD2: Aaron Banks – IOL | RD3: Trey Sermon – RB | RD3: Ambry Thomas – CB | RD5: Jaylon Moore – OT | RD5: Deommodore Lenoir – CB | RD5: Talanoa Hufanga – S | RD6: Eli Mitchell – RB

With the biggest question of the draft, the 49ers got their Quarterback of the future in Trey Lance. He has the size and all the tools to be an All-Pro. Lance has the potential to be phenomenal while the rest of their picks add nice depth around their roster.


Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks logo

Draft Grade: C+

RD2: D’Wayne Eskridge – WR | RD4: Tre Brown – CB | RD6: Stone Forsythe – OT

Well the Seahawks made the best out of their three selections. D’Wayne Eskridge was very underrated coming out and now that he has Russell Wilson throwing him the ball, I expect big things. Tre Brown and Stone Forsythe will both compete for starting spots.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Draft Grade: B

RD1: Joe Tryon – DE | RD2: Kyle Trask – QB | RD3: Robert Hainsey – OT | RD4: Jaelon Darden – WR | RD5: K.J Britt – LB | RD7: Chris Wilcox – CB | RD7: Grant Stuard – LB

The Buccaneers really didn’t have any holes on their roster. Joe Tryon will be a good rotational pass rusher and Kyle Trask will get the opportunity to learn from one of the greatest Quarterbacks of all-time. The others picks will provide depth and will fight for roster spots.


Tennessee Titans

Draft Grade: B+

RD1: Caleb Farley – CB | RD2: Dillon Radunz – OT | RD3: Monty Rice – LB | RD3: Elijah Molden – CB | RD4: Dez Fitzpatrick – WR | RD4: Rashad Weaver – OLB | RD6: Racey McMath – WR | RD6: Brady Breeze – S

Several teams were scared of Farley because of some back issues he has dealt with but I strongly believe the Titans were happy to add him to their team. He and Dillon Radunz will be day-one starters and Elijah Molden will be a big contributor as well.


Washington Football Team Washington Football Team logo

Draft Grade: A-

RD1: Jamin Davis – LB | RD2: Samuel Cosmi – OT | RD3: Benjamin St-Juste – CB | RD3: Dyami Brown – WR | RD4: John Bates – TE | RD5: Darrick Forrest – S | RD6: Camaron Cheeseman – LS | RD7: William Bradley-King – DE | RD7: Shaka Toney – DE | RD7: Dax Milne – WR

Good draft by the Football team (I hope they choose a name soon). Jamin Davis has Defensive Player of the Year potential. Day two was good day for Washington, as they brought in a starting caliber Left Tackle and playmakers at Receiver and Defensive Back. Long-Snappers are people too and each player drafted in the later rounds were good value picks.

 

Riley’s 2021 Mock Draft 4.0 – 3 Rounds

Cover Photo taken from pff.com & All Logos were taken from wikipedia.org

It is Draft Day! Trades have happened, rumors are flying, yet we will find out what’s really true tonight. After months of preparation every fan and analyst believe they have an idea on what will happen. However, that’s what makes the Draft so awesome, it is incredibly unpredictable. This Mock includes three first-round trades that are explained at the end. Finally, here is my final 3-Round 2021 Mock Draft.

*Indicates Compensatory Pick


Round 1

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Selection: Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson

We have known for several months now that Trevor Lawrence will be the first player selected. Nothing has changed since then. Urban Meyer gets his franchise Quarterback with his first pick as an NFL Head Coach.


2. New York Jets

Selection: Zach Wilson – QB – BYU

With the known fact that Trevor Lawrence will be gone, the Jets have had the chance to determine who they want to lead their franchise. The Jets GM Joe Douglas was open about the fact that the Jets have zeroed in on a QB. Although he hasn’t publicly said it was Zach Wilson, all signs are pointing that way. The Jets get to start over with Sam Darnold being shipped to Carolina. With a new Head Coach and new Quarterback, New York looks to get on the right track with this pick.


3. San Francisco 49ers (from Houston via Miami) San Francisco 49ers logo

Selection: Mac Jones – QB – Alabama

The buzz around the league continues to be that San Fran loves Mac Jones, and deservedly so. Most experts have Mac Jones listed as the 5th best QB in the class and the only reason for that is because he isn’t flashy. Arm talent wise, Mac is a gifted and an incredibly accurate passer. He is sneaky athletic and will thrive in Kyle Shanahan’s offence. San Fran better get this pick right, otherwise it will be talked about for years to come


4. Atlanta Falcons

Selection: Kyle Pitts – TE – Florida

Atlanta is rumored to be in the Quarterback market. However, that does not make a lot of sense to me. The only thing the Falcons did well last year was throw the ball! Matt Ryan still has multiple years left in him so adding Pitts to the lineup should be a no-brainer. Not many teams will be able to stop a receiving corps of Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Kyle Pitts, and Hayden Hurst.


5. Cincinnati Bengals

Selection: Ja’Marr Chase – WR – LSU

I have gone back and forth on this pick. It seems to be between Chase and Sewell but this off-season, Cincy added veteran Riley Reiff to their roster and have a developing Tackle with Jonah Williams. Even after opting out of the 2020 season, Chase remains as the top Receiver in this years class. Joe Burrow will be jumping for joy on his torn ACL once this pick is announced. Cincy cannot pass on the potential super star.


6. Miami Dolphins (via Philadelphia)

Selection: Penei Sewell – OT – Oregon

With Chase off the board, Miami can simply take the best player available. Penei Sewell will anchor the Dolphins line for the next decade, allowing Tua to come into his own.


*TRADE*

7. New England Patriots (via Detroit) New England Patriots logo

Selection: Justin Fields – QB – Ohio State

After what would be described as an “unusual” season for the Patriots, they are the first team to move up in order to select one of the top Quarterbacks. New England was aggressive in free agency and have a number of players returning from opting out. Although Cam Newton was brought back, Quarterback remains their biggest priority. Justin Fields may not see the field right away but he will be ready when his time comes.


*TRADE*

8. Washington Football Team (via Carolina) Washington Football Team logo

Selection: Trey Lance – QB – North Dakota State

Rumors have been swirling lately that Washington would like to move up and getting ahead of Denver for a Quarterback might be critical. Washington may already have a good enough roster to win the NFC East but they need to figure out their long-term plan at the QB position. Trey Lance has the size and the skill to be an All-Pro in the NFL and learning from Ryan Fitzpatrick for a year will help him develop.


9. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Micah Parsons – LB – Penn State

With the recent addition of Teddy Bridgewater, I strongly believe Vic Fangio is giving the keys to Drew Lock. It is his job to lose and show that he can develop as a professional Quarterback. With that being said, the only major need for this Broncos team is the Middle Linebacker. Micah Parsons is not only the best Linebacker in this draft class, but he is the best defensive player.


10. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Patrick Surtain II – CB – Alabama

I have been saying all along, Surtain II is the best Cornerback this year and Jerry Jones should be running to submit this pick. Dallas needs to address their defense, they were atrocious last season. It won’t matter how many points Dak and the gang put up if their defense cannot stop anyone. Pairing Surtain II and his former Bama teammate Trevon Diggs will bring continuity to the Dallas secondary.


11. New York Giants See the source image

Selection: DeVonta Smith – WR – Alabama

Although the Giants need to address the Offensive Line, they cannot pass up on a playmaker like DeVonta Smith. with the return of Saquon and the addition of Kenny Golladay, Daniel Jones has no excuses to play better.


12. Philadelphia Eagles (from San Francisco via Miami)

Selection: Jaylen Waddle – WR – Alabama

After trading back and accumulating picks, the Eagles can put some weapons around Jalen Hurts. The selection of Jaylen Waddle will give their offense a dynamic playmaker. Waddle has been compared to Tyreek Hill and if that’s true, he will be a Pro Bowler year-in and year-out.


13. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Rashawn Slater – OT – Northwestern

It is no secret that the Chargers need to address their offensive line. Investing in players that protect your franchise Quarterback is never a bad idea. Slater has All-Pro written all over him and I will not be surprised if he is the best Offensive Lineman to come out in this years class.


14. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Alijah Vera-Tucker – OL – USC

The toss-up of Offensive Lineman or Pass Rusher continues for the Vikings. With a deep Pass Rusher class, the Vikings would be foolish to pass up on Vera-Tucker. He can play both Tackle or Guard and will be paving holes for Dalvin Cook come the 2021 season.


*TRADE*

15. Detroit Lions (via New England)

Selection: Caleb Farley – CB – Virginia Tech

After trading with the Patriots, the Lions address their secondary for the second year in a row. Some scouts are worried about Farley’s back injuries but his talent is top-notch. Farley and Okudah will be put to the task against Kirk Cousins and Aaron Rodgers twice a year.


16. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals logo

Selection: Jaycee Horn – CB – South Carolina

Long-time Arizona Cardinal Corner Patrick Peterson is gone, his replacement is no other than Jaycee Horn out of South Carolina. With the return of Chandler Jones and the addition of JJ Watt, the secondary is the biggest hole on the Cardinals roster. No more excuses for Kliff Kingsbury, now is the time to make a run in the playoffs.


17. Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: Kwity Paye – DE – Michigan

The Clelin Ferrell experiment hasn’t worker out, it was a reach to tale him as high as they did back in 2019. The Raiders have consistently underachieved and have been unable to rush the passer. Adding Paye to a rotation of Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue should help solve their problem.


18. Miami Dolphins

Selection: Jaelan Phillips – DE – Miami

After taking Penei Sewell earlier, the Dolphins address the pass rush with this pick. Staying local with the Defensive End out of Miami. Phillips had a monster year in 2020, proving that he is one of the best pass rushers in this years Draft.


*TRADE*

19. Carolina Panthers (via Washington) Carolina Panthers logo

Selection: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – LB – Notre Dame

Carolina has been rumored to move back in the draft and with the QB needy team such as Washington ready to move up, the move happens. Carolina spent all of their draft picks on defensive players last season and that trend continues here. Adding a do-it-all Linebacker like JOK will help that defense take that next step.


20. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears logo

Selection: Christian Darrisaw – OT – Virginia Tech

As hard as it may be to believe, Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace must have a plan in place. Chicago may be a team that moves up for a Quarterback because as we all know, Andy Dalton is not the solution. However, in the mean time the Offensive Line needs to be better. Christian Darrisaw is one of the top Tackles in this years class and is a prime prospect for the Bears to target.


21. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts logo

Selection: Samuel Cosmi – OT – Texas

Colts fans might be angry with me because this pick has remained the same throughout the entire off-season. But there is a reason for that. Cosmi screams Colts to me and taking over the LT spot for Anthony Castonzo on one of the best Offensive Lines in the league just makes sense.


22. Tennessee Titians

Selection: Greg Newsome II – CB – Northwestern

Cornerback and Pass Rusher remain the two biggest weaknesses in Tennessee. Although I am weary on their big Free Agency signing of Bud Dupree who is coming off of a torn ACL, they must begin rebuilding their secondary. Greg Newsome II has been flying up draft boards and I see a lot of Darius Slay in his game. Newsome II has all the tools to be a lockdown Cornerback


23. New York Jets (via Seattle)

Selection: Rashod Bateman – WR – Minnesota

I have said it before and I will say it again, I am extremely high on Bateman, despite him not playing in 2020. He might be the best route-runner in the class and has reliable hands. The Jets took Zach Wilson with the second overall pick and now they’re surrounding him with the pieces to succeed.


24. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Najee Harris – RB – Alabama

As a Steeler fan, this is my dream pick. Najee Harris is my RB1 and is a dynamic ball carrier. As I have said in the past the Steelers offense was hard to watch down the stretch last season as Big Ben was forced to throe the ball forty-five times a game. Adding a run game to this team may be exactly what they need to reach the Super Bowl.


25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams)

Selection: Trevon Moehrig – S – TCU

Moehrig is the best and arguably the only first-round caliber Safety in this years draft class. Moehrig can control the back end of that Jags defense as he is great in coverage as well and down in the box. Jaguar fans should be excited for their teams future if they can land Lawrence and Moehrig in the first round.


26. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Christian Barmore – DL – Alabama

After the surprise release of Sheldon Richardson, beefing up the defensive line becomes a need for Cleveland. For the first time possibly ever, Cleveland is the real-deal and have one of the most complete rosters in football. As a Steeler fan it makes me nervous, but as a football fan, it makes me excited for this teams potential. Barmore will be a day one starter eating up blockers for guys like Mack Wilson and Sione Takitaki to come up and make plays.


27. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens logo

Selection: Azeez Ojulari – OLB – Georgia

With the departures of Yannick Ngakoue and Matt Judon in Free Agency, adding a Pass Rusher should be priority number one for GM Eric DeCosta. Ojulari is best as a stand-up Outside Linebacker and fits the Ravens scheme perfectly.


28. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: Zaven Collins – LB – Tulsa

The Saints may have had the biggest roster turnover amongst NFL teams this off-season. Kwon Alexander was released and Demario Davis isn’t getting any younger, which makes Linebacker a top priority for the Saints. Zaven Collins is a grown man and can cover sideline to sideline.


29. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Kadarius Toney – WR – Florida

As I’ve said before, the Packers drastically need to give Aaron Rodgers some weapons. A true number two option beside Devante Adams may be exactly what the Packers need to get over the hump. Toney may be the shiftiest player in this years Draft. He may drop a pass here and there but adding him to the lineup will take some of the Defensive attention away from Devante Adams.


30. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills logo

Selection: Gregory Rousseau – DE – Miami

Gregory Rousseau remains as my top EDGE rusher but I think he might fall a bit. Luckily for Buffalo, he falls right into their laps. Buffalo already has one of the best Secondary’s and  Linebacker groups in the NFL. Adding a top-tier pass rusher will help take their defense to the next level.


31. Baltimore Ravens (via Kansas City) Baltimore Ravens logo

Selection: Terrace Marshall Jr – WR – LSU

After the recent trade with Kansas City, Baltimore finds themselves back in the first-round. With the addition of Ojulari, Baltimore shifts their focus to the Offensive side of the ball. Adding a true number one receiver and giving Lamar a weapon is exactly what they do here.


*TRADE*

32. Detroit Lions (via Tampa Bay)

Selection: Teven Jenkins – OT – Oklahoma State

Every year we see a team trade into the back-end of the first-round. Tampa Bay has their entire team returning and trading out is the most logical move for them. Detroit is able to move up and snag Teven Jenkins before someone beats them to it. Jenkins is a physical blocker and putting him on the opposite side of Taylor Decker will create a great Offensive Line to build upon.


Round 2

33. Jacksonville Jaguars

Selection: Rondale Moore – WR – Purdue


34. New York Jets

Selection: Joe Tryon – DE – Washington


35. Atlanta Falcons

Selection: Jayson Oweh – DE – Penn State


36. Miami Dolphins (via Houston)

Selection: Travis Etienne – RB – Clemson


37. Philadelphia Eagles

Selection: Asante Samuel Jr – CB – Florida State


38. Cincinnati Bengals

Selection: Creed Humphrey – IOL – Oklahoma


39. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers logo

Selection: Jalen Mayfield – OT – Michigan


40. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Ronnie Perkins – OLB – Oklahoma


*TRADE*

41. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Detroit) Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Levi Onwuzurike – DT – Washington


42. New York Giants See the source image

Selection: Carlos Basham Jr – DE – Wake Forest


43. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers logo

Selection: Richie Grant – S – UCF


44. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Wyatt Davis – IOL – Ohio State


45. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Minnesota)

Selection: Pat Freiermuth – TE – Penn State


*TRADE*

46. Detroit Lions (via New England)

Selection: Chatarius Tutu Atwell – WR – Louisville


47. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Joseph Ossai – DE – Texas


48. Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: Jamin Davis – LB – Kentucky


49. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals logo

Selection: Nick Bolton – LB – Missouri


50. Miami Dolphins

Selection: Eric Stokes – CB – Georgia


*TRADE*

51. Carolina Panthers (via Washington) Carolina Panthers logo

Selection: Kyle Trask – QB – Florida


52. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears logo

Selection: Elijah Moore – WR – Ole Miss


53. Tennessee Titans

Selection: Dillon Radunz – OT – North Dakota State


54. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts logo

Selection: Jay Tufele – DT – USC


55. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Liam Eichenberg – OT – Notre Dame


56. Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks logo

Selection: Alex Leatherwood – OT – Alabama


57. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams logo

Selection: Walker Little – OT – Stanford


58. Kansas City Chiefs (via Baltimore) Kansas City Chiefs logo

Selection: Jabril Cox – LB – LSU


59. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Amon-Ra St. Brown – WR – USC


60. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: Kelvin Joseph – CB – Kentucky


61. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills logo

Selection: Javonte Williams – RB – North Carolina


62. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Baron Browning – LB – Ohio State


63. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs logo

Selection: Hamilcar Rashed Jr – DE – Oregon State


64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Tylan Wallace – WR – Oklahoma State


Round 3

65. Jacksonville Jaguars

Selection: Daviyon Nixon – DT – Iowa


66. New York Jets

Selection: Jevon Holland – S – Oregon


67. Houston Texans Houston Texans logo

Selection: Quincy Roche – DE – Miami


68. Atlanta Falcons

Selection: Michael Carter – RB – North Carolina


69. Cincinnati Bengals

Selection: Tyler Shelvin – DT – LSU


70. Philadelphia Eagles

Selection: Brevin Jordan – TE – Miami


71. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Quinn Meinerz – IOL – Wisconsin-Whitewater


*TRADE*

72. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Detroit) Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Dayo Odeyingbo – OLB – Vanderbilt


73. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers logo

Selection: Hamsah Nasirildeen – S – Florida State


74. Washington Football Team (via San Francisco) Washington Football Team logo

Selection: Dylan Moses – LB – Alabama


75. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Chris Rumph II – DE – Duke


76. New York Giants See the source image

Selection: Trey Smith – IOL – Tennessee


77. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Aaron Robinson – CB – UCF


78. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Patrick Jones – DE – Pitt


79. Las Vegas Raiders (via Arizona) Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: Deonte Brown – IOL – Alabama


80. Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: D’Wayne Eskridge – WR – Western Michigan


81. Miami Dolphins

Selection: Cameron McGrone – LB – Michigan


82. Washington Football Team Washington Football Team logo

Selection: Tommy Tremble – TE – Notre Dame


83. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears logo

Selection: Davis Mills – QB – Stanford


84. Philadelphia Eagles (via Indianapolis)

Selection: Chazz Surratt – LB – North Carolina


85. Tennessee Titans

Selection: Amari Rodgers – WR – Clemson


86. New York Jets (via Seattle)

Selection: Kenneth Gainwell – RB – Memphis


87. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Landon Dickerson – IOL – Alabama


88. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams logo

Selection: Pete Werner – LB – Ohio State


89. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Monty Rice – LB – Georgia


90. Minnesota Vikings (via Baltimore) Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Dyami Brown – WR – North Carolina


91. Cleveland Browns (via New Orleans) Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Elijah Molden – CB – Washington


92. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Jackson Carman – OT – Clemson


93. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills logo

Selection: Tyson Campbell – CB – Georgia


94. Baltimore Ravens (via Kansas City) Baltimore Ravens logo

Selection: Josh Myers – IOL – Ohio State


95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Rhamondre Stevenson – RB – Oklahoma


*96. New England Patriots New England Patriots logo

Selection: Ifeatu Melifonwu – CB – Syracuse


*97. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Jaylen Twyman – DT – Pitt


*98. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: Osa Odighizuwa – DT – UCLA


*99. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Hunter Long – TE – Boston College


*100. Tennessee Titans

Selection: Caden Sterns – S – Texas


*101. Detroit Lions (via Los Angeles Rams)

Selection: Shaun Wade – CB – Ohio State


*102. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers logo

Selection: Trey Hill – IOL – Georgia


*103. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams logo

Selection: Tommy Togiai – DT – Ohio State


*104. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens logo

Selection: Justin Hilliard – LB – Ohio State


*105. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: James Hudson – OT – Cincinnati

 

TRADES

Lions – Patriots Trade

NE: 7th  —  DET: 15th, 46th, 2022 2nd


Washington – Panthers Trade

WAS: 8th  —  CAR: 19th, 51st, 2022 1st


Lions – Bucs Trade

DET: 32nd  —  TB: 41st, 72nd, 2022 6th

Riley’s Big Board 2.0

Cover Photo taken from 247sports.com & All Logos were taken from wikipedia.org

The NFL Draft is just days away and anticipation is rising. Since my original Big Board, there has been some significant movement in the top 50 players. This Big Board has grown in size and these are my top 200 prospects entering the 2021 NFL Draft.

  1. Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson Clemson Tigers logo.svg
  2. Ja’Marr Chase – WR – LSU Logo
  3. Penei Sewell – OT – Oregon Logo
  4. Kyle Pitts – TE – Florida Logo
  5. Micah Parsons – LB – Penn State Logo
  6. Zach Wilson – QB – BYU Logo
  7. Rashawn Slater – OT – Northwestern Northwestern Wildcats logo.svg
  8. DeVonta Smith – WR – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  9. Trey Lance – QB – North Dakota State Logo
  10. Patrick Surtain II – CB – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  11. Jaylen Waddle – WR – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  12. Caleb Farley – CB – Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Hokies logo.svg
  13. Justin Fields – QB – Ohio State Logo
  14. Gregory Rousseau – EDGE – Miami Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
  15. Alijah Vera-Tucker – OL – USC Logo
  16. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – LB – Notre Dame Logo
  17. Kwity Paye – EDGE – Michigan Logo
  18. Najee Harris – RB – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  19. Trevon Moehrig – S – TCU TCU Horned Frogs logo.svg
  20. Jaelan Phillips – EDGE – Miami Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
  21. Jaycee Horn – CB – South Carolina South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
  22. Travis Etienne – RB – Clemson Clemson Tigers logo.svg
  23. Azeez Ojulari – EDGE – Georgia Logo
  24. Christian Darrisaw – OT – Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Hokies logo.svg
  25. Mac Jones – QB – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  26. Christian Barmore – DL – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  27. Zaven Collins – LB – Tulsa Logo
  28. Rashod Bateman – WR – Minnesota Logo
  29. Kadarius Toney – WR – Florida Logo
  30. Samuel Cosmi – OT – Texas Logo
  31. Levi Onwuzurike – DT – Washington Washington Huskies logo.svg
  32. Joseph Ossai – EDGE – Texas Logo
  33. Jayson Oweh – EDGE – Penn State Logo
  34. Teven Jenkins – OT – Oklahoma State Oklahoma State University system logo.svg
  35. Joe Tryon – EDGE – Washington Washington Huskies logo.svg
  36. Jalen Mayfield – OT – Michigan Logo
  37. Asante Samuel Jr – CB – Florida State Logo
  38. Jamin Davis – LB – Kentucky Kentucky Wildcats logo.svg
  39. Wyatt Davis – IOL – Ohio State Logo
  40. Terrace Marshall Jr – WR – LSU Logo
  41. Javonte Williams – RB – North Carolina Logo
  42. Greg Newsome II – CB – Northwestern Northwestern Wildcats logo.svg
  43. Nick Bolton – LB – Missouri Logo
  44. Landon Dickerson – IOL – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  45. Rondale Moore – WR – Purdue Purdue Boilermakers logo.svg
  46. Pat Freiermuth – TE – Penn State Logo
  47. Liam Eichenberg – OT – Notre Dame Logo
  48. Carlos Basham Jr – EDGE – Wake Forest Wake Forest University Athletic logo.svg
  49. Dillon Radunz – OT – North Dakota State Logo
  50. Kelvin Joseph – CB – Kentucky Kentucky Wildcats logo.svg
  51. Alex Leatherwood – OT – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  52. Trey Smith – IOL – Tennessee Logo
  53. Jay Tufele – DT – USC Logo
  54. Creed Humphrey – OL – Oklahoma Oklahoma Sooners logo.svg
  55. Eric Stokes – CB – Georgia Logo
  56. Richie Grant – S – UCF Logo
  57. Dylan Moses – LB – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  58. Chatarius Tutu Atwell – WR – Louisville Louisville Cardinals Logo - Go to homepage
  59. Ronnie Perkins – EDGE – Oklahoma Oklahoma Sooners logo.svg
  60. Jabril Cox – LB – LSU Logo
  61. Daviyon Nixon – DT – Iowa  Iowa Hawkeyes - Wikipedia
  62. Aaron Robinson – CB – UCF Logo
  63. Elijah Moore – WR – Ole Miss Ole Miss Rebels - Wikipedia
  64. Jevon Holland – S – Oregon Logo
  65. Brevin Jordan – TE – Miami Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
  66. Kyle Trask – QB – Florida Logo
  67. Tylan Wallace – WR – Oklahoma State Oklahoma State University system logo.svg
  68. Michael Carter – RB – North Carolina Logo
  69. D’Wayne Eskridge – WR – Western Michigan Western Michigan Broncos - Wikipedia
  70. Chazz Surratt – LB – North Carolina Logo
  71. Jackson Carman – OT – Clemson Clemson Tigers logo.svg
  72. Amon-Ra St. Brown – WR – USC Logo
  73. Baron Browning – LB – Ohio State Logo
  74. Walker Little – OT – Stanford Stanford Cardinal logo.svg
  75. Patrick Jones – EDGE – Pitt Logo
  76. Deonte Brown – IOL – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  77. Quincy Roche – EDGE – Miami Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
  78. Ifeatu Melifonwu – CB – Syracuse Syracuse Orange logo.svg
  79. Hamsah Nasirildeen – S – Florida State Logo
  80. Chris Rumph II – EDGE – Duke Duke Athletics logo.svg
  81. Hamilcar Rashed Jr – EDGE – Oregon State Oregon State Beavers - Wikipedia
  82. Elijah Molden – CB – Washington Washington Huskies logo.svg
  83. Josh Myers – IOL – Ohio State Logo
  84. Tyler Shelvin – DT – LSU Logo
  85. Shaun Wade – CB – Ohio State Logo
  86. Kenneth Gainwell – RB – Memphis Memphis Tigers - Wikipedia
  87. Tyson Campbell – CB – Georgia Logo
  88. Dyami Brown – WR – North Carolina Logo
  89. Marvin Wilson – DT – Florida State Logo
  90. Dayo Odeyingbo – EDGE – Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Commodores - Wikipedia
  91. Pete Werner – LB – Ohio State Logo
  92. Amari Rodgers – WR – Clemson Clemson Tigers logo.svg
  93. Caden Sterns – S – Texas Logo
  94. Cameron McGrone – LB – Michigan Logo
  95. Tommy Tremble – TE – Notre Dame Logo
  96. Dazz Newsome – WR – North Carolina Logo
  97. Quinn Meinerz – IOL – Wisconsin-Whitewater University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Athletics - Official Athletics Website
  98. Rhamondre Stevenson – RB – Oklahoma Oklahoma Sooners logo.svg
  99. Osa Odighizuwa – DT – UCLA UCLA Bruins script.svg
  100. Hunter Long – TE – Boston College Boston College Eagles - Wikipedia
  101. Monty Rice – LB – Georgia Logo
  102. Andre Cisco – S – Syracuse Syracuse Orange logo.svg
  103. James Hudson – OT – Cincinnati File:Cincinnati Bearcats logo.svg - Wikipedia
  104. Jaylen Twyman – DT – Pitt Logo
  105. Paulson Adebo – CB – Stanford Stanford Cardinal logo.svg
  106. Seth Williams – WR – Auburn Auburn Tigers football - Wikipedia
  107. Aaron Banks – IOL – Notre Dame Logo
  108. Trey Sermon – RB – Ohio State Logo
  109. Daelin Hayes – EDGE – Notre Dame Logo
  110. Tamorrion Terry – WR – Florida State Logo
  111. Chuba Hubbard – RB – Oklahoma State Oklahoma State University system logo.svg
  112. Kenny Yeboah – TE – Ole Miss Ole Miss Rebels - Wikipedia
  113. Spencer Brown – OT – UAB UAB Blazers - Wikipedia
  114. Trill Williams – CB – Syracuse Syracuse Orange logo.svg
  115. Sage Surratt – WR – Wake Forest Wake Forest University Athletic logo.svg
  116. Tommy Togiai – DT – Ohio State Logo
  117. Shaka Toney – EDGE – Penn State Logo
  118. Paris Ford – S – Pitt Logo
  119. Alim McNeil – DT – NC State NC State Wolfpack - Wikipedia
  120. Jamie Newman – QB – Georgia Logo
  121. Drake Jackson – IOL – Kentucky Kentucky Wildcats logo.svg
  122. Charles Snowden – LB – Virginia Virginia Cavaliers - Wikipedia
  123. Israel Mukuamu – CB – South Carolina South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
  124. Adetokunbo Ogundeji – EDGE – Notre Dame Logo
  125. Kylin Hill – RB – Mississippi State Mississippi State Bulldogs - Wikipedia
  126. Brady Christensen – OT – BYU Logo
  127. Kary Vincent Jr – CB – LSU Logo
  128. Marlon Williams – WR – UCF Logo
  129. Nick Eubanks – TE – Michigan Logo
  130. Kellen Mond – QB – Texas A&M File:Texas A&M University logo.svg - Wikipedia
  131. Jermar Jefferson – RB – Oregon State Oregon State Beavers - Wikipedia
  132. Talanoa Hufanga – S – USC Logo
  133. Jaret Patterson – RB – Buffalo Buffalo Bulls - Wikipedia
  134. Jordan Smith – LB – UAB UAB Blazers - Wikipedia
  135. Ben Cleveland – IOL – Georgia Logo
  136. James Wiggins – S – Cincinnati File:Cincinnati Bearcats logo.svg - Wikipedia
  137. Nico Collins – WR – Michigan Logo
  138. DJ Daniel – CB – Georgia Logo
  139. Tre’ McKitty – TE – Georgia Logo
  140. Elerson Smith – EDGE – Northern Iowa Northern Iowa Panthers - Wikipedia
  141. Sam Ehlinger – QB – Texas Logo
  142. Marlon Tuipulotu – DT – USC Logo
  143. Khalil Herbert – RB – Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Hokies logo.svg
  144. Kendrick Green – IOL – Illinois Illinois Fighting Illini - Wikipedia
  145. Jaelon Darden – WR – North Texas North Texas Mean Green - Wikipedia
  146. Payton Turner – EDGE – Houston Houston Cougars football - Wikipedia
  147. Tony Fields II – LB – West Virginia West Virginia Mountaineers football - Wikipedia
  148. Kennedy Brooks – RB – Oklahoma Oklahoma Sooners logo.svg
  149. Dez Fitzpatrick – WR – Louisville Louisville Cardinals Logo - Go to homepage
  150. Davis Mills – QB – Stanford Stanford Cardinal logo.svg
  151. David Moore – IOL Grambling State Grambling State Tigers - Wikipedia
  152. Milton Williams – DT – Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Lady Techsters - Wikipedia
  153. Cameron Sample – EDGE – Tulane Tulane Green Wave - Wikipedia
  154. Demetric Felton – RB/WR – UCLA UCLA Bruins football - Wikipedia
  155. Robert Hainsey – OT – Notre Dame Logo
  156. Benjamin St-Juste – CB – Minnesota Logo
  157. Joshuah Bledsoe – S – Missouri Logo
  158. Quintin Morris – TE – Bowling Green State Bowling Green Falcons - Wikipedia
  159. Brenden Jaimes – OT – Nebraska File:Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.svg - Wikimedia Commons
  160. Shane Buechele – QB – Southern Methodist University Athletics and Spirit Logos - SMU
  161. Tommy Kraemer – IOL – Notre Dame Logo
  162. Khyiris Tonga – DT – BYU Logo
  163. Ihmir Smith-Marsette – WR – Iowa Iowa Hawkeyes - Wikipedia
  164. Darrick Forrest – S – Cincinnati File:Cincinnati Bearcats logo.svg - Wikipedia
  165. Chris Evans – RB – Michigan Logo
  166. Shi Smith – WR – South Carolina South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
  167. Josh Ball – OT – Marshall Marshall University - COS IT Center
  168. Darius Stills – DT – West Virginia West Virginia Mountaineers football - Wikipedia
  169. Miller Forristall – TE – Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  170. Patrick Johnson – EDGE – Tulane Tulane Green Wave - Wikipedia
  171. Rashad Weaver- EDGE – Pitt Logo
  172. Anthony Schwartz – WR – Auburn Auburn Tigers football - Wikipedia
  173. Dan Moore Jr – OT – Texas A&M File:Texas A&M University logo.svg - Wikipedia
  174. Thomas Graham Jr – CB – Oregon Logo
  175. Pooka Williams – RB – Kansas Kansas Jayhawks - Wikipedia
  176. Cornell Powell – WR – Clemson Clemson Tigers logo.svg
  177. Tyree Gillespie – S – Missouri Logo
  178. Stone Forsythe – OT – Florida Logo
  179. Tedarrell Slaton – DT – Florida Logo
  180. Victor Dimukeje – EDGE – Duke Duke Athletics logo.svg
  181. Pro Wells – TE – TCU TCU Horned Frogs logo.svg
  182. Ian Book – QB – Notre Dame Logo
  183. Jack Anderson – IOL – Texas Tech File:Texas Tech Athletics logo.svg - Wikipedia
  184. Ernest Jones – LB – South Carolina South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
  185. Gerrid Doaks – RB – Cincinnati File:Cincinnati Bearcats logo.svg - Wikipedia
  186. Jaylon Moore – OT – Western Michigan Western Michigan Broncos - Wikipedia
  187. Ambry Thomas – CB – Michigan Logo
  188. Frank Darby – WR – Arizona State Arizona State Football | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Scores, Stats and Standings
  189. Bryce Hargrove – IOL – Pitt Logo
  190. Josh Palmer – WR – Tennessee Logo
  191. KJ Britt – LB – Auburn Auburn Tigers football - Wikipedia
  192. Richard LeCounte III – S – Georgia Logo
  193. Jonathon Cooper – EDGE – Ohio State Logo
  194. Jalen Camp – WR – Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - Wikipedia
  195. Foster Sarell – OT – Stanford Stanford Cardinal logo.svg
  196. Bobby Brown III – DT – Texas A&M File:Texas A&M University logo.svg - Wikipedia
  197. Marquez Stevenson – WR – Houston Houston Cougars football - Wikipedia
  198. Jimmy Morrissey – IOL – Pitt Logo
  199. Keith Taylor Jr – CB – Washington Washington Huskies - Wikipedia
  200. Ar’Darius Washington – S – TCU TCU Horned Frogs logo.svg

Riley’s 2021 Mock Draft 3.0 – 7 Rounds

Cover Photo taken from pff.com & All Logos were taken from wikipedia.org

The NFL Draft is just over two weeks away and the rumors are swirling. Will we see four Quarterbacks taken with the first four picks? It is more than possible. It will be interesting to see which players fall due to them sitting out a year. Anyways, here is my take on a full 2021 NFL Draft.

*Indicates compensatory pick


Round 1

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Selection: Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson

This pick is a no-brainer. You know it, I know it, every football fan in the world knows it. Trevor Lawrence is one of the best Quarterback prospects to ever come out and he will be the man who turns around the Jaguars franchise.


2. New York Jets

Selection: Zach Wilson – QB – BYU

The Jets GM Joe Douglas was open about the fact that the Jets have zeroed in on a QB. Although he hasn’t publicly said it was Zach Wilson, all signs are pointing that way. The Jets get to start over with Sam Darnold being shipped to Carolina. With a new Head Coach and new Quarterback, New York looks to be getting on the right track with this pick.


3. San Francisco 49ers (via Houston) San Francisco 49ers logo

Selection: Mac Jones – QB – Alabama

The buzz around the league is that San Fran loves Mac Jones, and deservedly so. Most experts have Mac Jones listed as the 5th best QB in the class and the only reason for that is because he isn’t flashy. Arm talent wise, Mac is a gifted and an incredibly accurate passer. He is sneaky athletic and will thrive in Kyle Shanahan’s offence.


4. Atlanta Falcons

Selection: Justin Fields – QB – Ohio State

Atlanta has been rumored to potentially move out of this spot. They are in a luxurious spot and although they might not need a Quarterback right now, it is never a bad decision to allow a young QB to sit and learn from a former league MVP. I think Fields will benefit from not seeing the field in his first NFL season.


5. Cincinnati Bengals

Selection: Penei Sewell – OT – Oregon

Ja’Marr Chase would be the sexy pick for the Bengals, as they would be reuniting Burrow with his former college teammate. However, the smart pick is to go offensive line. Sewell will protect Burrow’s blindside for the next decade.


6. Miami Dolphins (via Philadelphia)

Selection: Ja’Marr Chase – WR – LSU

After opting out of the 2020 season, Chase remains as the best receiver of this years class. There really isn’t anything negative you can say about his playing ability after watching tape. He might only be 6-foot but he plays bigger than his height. Tua and Chase will be lighting up the endzone game after game.


*Trade*

7. Washington Football Team (via Detroit) Washington Football Team logo 

Selection: Trey Lance – QB – North Dakota State

Yes my first trade of the first round. I think Washington becomes aggressive and gives up their 1st round pick this year, their 2021 & 2022 first round picks, as well as their 2022 3rd round pick. Washington had a great Free Agency adding Curtis Samuel and bringing in veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Even with the addition of Fitzpatrick, Washington still needs to address their long-term solution for Quarterback. Lance has great size and will be able to learn from Fitzpatrick who has seen it all in this league.


8. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers logo

Selection: Kyle Pitts – TE – Florida

Carolina was able to grab Sam Darnold without giving up too much. With the top Quarterbacks off the board, the Panthers are able to take the best player available with Pitts falling right into their laps. An offence of CMC, Robby Anderson, DJ Moore, and now Kyle Pitts would be dangerous.


9. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Micah Parsons – LB – Penn State

Denver has quietly built one of the best rosters in football. They have flown under the radar and brought in several key pieces and developed their own. Micah Parsons will be able to captain Vic Fangio’s defense cementing it as one of the top units in the league. If Denver can figure out their Quarterback situation, rather that be Drew Lock or someone else, they will be a dark horse team in the AFC.


10. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Patrick Surtain II – CB – Alabama

Dallas needs to address their defense, they were atrocious last season. It won’t matter how many points Dak and the gang put up if their defense can’t stop anyone. Surtain II is the best corner in this class and pairing him with his former teammate Trevon Diggs will accelerate his development.


11. New York Giants See the source image

Selection: Rashawn Slater – OT – Northwestern

The Giants went out and got a true no. 1 receiver in Free Agency with Kenny Golladay, now with an underrated defense they look to address the offensive line. Rashawn Slater can step in and start day one. Protecting Daniel Jones will go along way in helping him make a third year leap.


12. Philadelphia Eagles (via San Francisco)

Selection: Jaylen Waddle – WR – Alabama

After trading back and accumulating picks, the Eagles can put some weapons around Jalen Hurts. The selection of Jaylen Waddle will give their offense a dynamic playmaker. Waddle has been compared to Tyreek Hill and if that’s true, he will be a Pro Bowler each year.


13. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Alijah Vera-Tucker – IOL – USC

I have been saying it all off-season, the Chargers need to address the offensive line. I have Vera-Tucker listed as an Interior Offensive Line as he is best fitted to play the Guard position. However, he proved he is capable of playing Tackle last season. Herbert needs protection and plugging Vera-Tucker into their line will go a long way.


14. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Gregory Rousseau – DE – Miami

Rousseau remains as my top edge rusher. The Vikings are looking to be a dangerous team in 2021. A re-built Secondary, a healthy Linebacker core, and beefed up Defensive Line will make things easier for their under appreciated Offense. Danielle Hunter and Gregory Rousseau will be a terrorizing sight for Quarterbacks.


*Trade*

15. Detroit Lions (via New England)  

Selection: DeVonta Smith – WR – Alabama

After trading back to 19 with Washington, I think Detroit makes a move to get back into the top 15 picks and select a game changer at the Receiver position. Newly acquired Quarterback Jared Goff needs weapons and they get their guy here. I would like to see Smith put on a few pounds but even at his current size I think he will have success in the NFL.


16. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals logo

Selection: Caleb Farley – CB – Virginia Tech

Long-time Arizona Cardinal Corner Patrick Peterson is gone. His replacement is no other than Caleb Farley out of Virginia Tech. With the return of Chandler Jones and the addition of JJ Watt, the secondary is the biggest hole on the Cardinals roster. No more excuses for Kliff Kingsbury, now is the time to make a run in the playoffs.


17. Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – LB – Notre Dame

The Raiders are lacking a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball. JOK is a modern style linebacker who can do it all. He can rush the passer, make tackles in the open field, and cover the slot. He will makes plays in the backfield and from sideline to sideline. The Raiders are getting a baller with this pick.


18. Miami Dolphins

Selection: Jaelan Phillips – DE – Miami

After taking a Ja’Marr Chase earlier, the Dolphins address the pass rush with this pick. Staying local with the Defensive End out of Miami, Phillips had a monster year in 2020. Proving that he is one of the best pass rushers in this years Draft.


*Trade*

19. New England Patriots (via Washington)New England Patriots logo  

Selection: Kwity Paye – DE – Michigan

It has been a busy first round for New England. History has shown us that they are more than willing to trade back to accumulate draft picks. With the top Quarterbacks gone off the board, moving back four picks is reasonable. Kwity Paye falls into their laps and the Pats defense returns to form.


20. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears logo

Selection: Christian Darrisaw – OT – Virginia Tech

As hard as it may be to believe, Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace must have a plan in place. Chicago may be a team that moves up for a Quarterback as we all know, Andy Dalton is not the solution. However, in the mean time the Offensive Line needs to be better. Christian Darrisaw is one of the top Tackles in this years class and is a top prospect for the Bears to target.


21. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts logo

Selection: Samuel Cosmi – OT – Texas

The loss of Anthony Castonzo will play a huge factor into Indy’s draft plans. After trading for Carson Wentz, I don’t think they wanted to give up a first-round pick for him this year because of the talented Tackles. Keeping Wentz up right will go a long way to him returning to form. Cosmi is an absolute monster standing at 6-foot-7 and has a ton of experience playing both Left and Right Tackle. He is a day-one capable starter and will plug into one of the best offensive lines in the league.


22. Tennessee Titans

Selection: Azeez Ojulari – OLB – Georgia

The Titans pass-rush was lackluster last season to say the least. Even with the addition of Bud Dupree, EDGE Rusher should still be a priority. The Clowney experiment didn’t pay off and Dupree is coming off of a torn ACL. The Titans need to get a young guy who can get after the Quarterback and wreck havoc in the backfield.


23. New York Jets (via Seattle)

Selection: Rashod Bateman – WR – Minnesota

I am extremely high on Bateman, despite him not playing in 2020. He might be the best route-runner in the class and has reliable hands. They took Zach Wilson with the second overall pick and now they’re surrounding him with the pieces to succeed.


24. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Najee Harris – RB – Alabama

It is no secret that Head Coach Mike Tomlin and GM Kevin Colbert love Najee Harris. There was a glaring hole at the Runningback position last season on the Steelers offence. A lot of people are putting the blame on Ben Roethlisberger, but when you are forced to throw the ball forty-five times a game, you won’t win many games. The Steelers finished dead last in rushing last season and were incredibly hard to watch down the stretch. Harris will come in as the featured back as the Steelers get back to their old ground-and-pound ways.


25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams)

Selection: Christian Barmore – DL – Alabama

The Jaguars addressed the Defensive Line in Free Agency, but I don’t think that will stop them from doing that again early in the Draft. Malcolm Brown may be a Jaguar now but Tyson Alualu decided against returning to his former team. Insert Christian Barmore. Barmore is a run stuffing stud that can help beef up the middle of the Jags Defensive Line


26. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Jaycee Horn – CB – South Carolina

This may be the biggest steal of the draft. I think it is a real possibility that teams trade up for Horn as he has the makings of a shutdown corner. Horn will be a Pro Bowl caliber Cornerback in the Browns secondary for years to come.


27. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens logo

Selection: Joseph Ossai – OLB – Texas

Joseph Ossai screams Baltimore Ravens to me. They lost both Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue in Free Agency, leaving a void at the pass rusher position. Ossai is quick off the edge and will provide some much needed youth on their defensive line.


28. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: Zaven Collins – LB – Tulsa

The Saints may have had the biggest roster turnover amongst NFL teams this off-season. Kwon Alexander was released and Demario Davis isn’t getting any younger, which makes Linebacker a top priority for the Saints. Zaven Collins is a grown man and can cover sideline to sideline.


29. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Kadarius Toney – WR – Florida

As I’ve said before, the Packers drastically need to give Aaron Rodgers some weapons. A true number two option beside Devante Adams may be exactly what the Packers need to get over the hump. Toney may be the shiftiest players in this years Draft. He may drop a pass here and there but getting the ball into his hands will only make good things happen.


30. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills logo

Selection: Travis Etienne – RB – Clemson

The Buffalo Bills may have been the biggest surprise of the 2020 NFL season. Everyone had high expectations but who would have thought they would make it to the AFC Championship? As good as they were, they struggled running the ball and Devin Singletary only reached the endzone twice. As good as Josh Allen is as a runner, I don’t want to see him take unnecessary hits. Travis Etienne is a home run hitter who can do it all.


31. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs logo

Selection: Teven Jenkins – OT – Oklahoma State

After watching the Super Bowl, this shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone. As good as Patrick Mahomes is, he can’t do very much if he has no pass protection. Obviously their Offensive Line was banged up in Tampa but it was evident that they could not block anyone. Joe Thuney, Kyle Long, and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will beef up the interior Offensive Line but Tackle remains an issue. The Chiefs are also rumored to be in on Ravens Left Tackle Orlando Brown. If the Chiefs are able to pull that trade off and land Jenkins, their Offensive Line will become one of the best units in the league.


32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Levi Onwuzurike – DL – Washington

The Bucs are doing something that has never been done before, the defending champs returning 22-of-22 starters from the Super Bowl. They can go in any direction, but adding Onwuzurike to the mix will allow them to have a fantastic rotation on the Defensive Line.


Round 2

33. Jacksonville Jaguars

Selection: Trevon Moehrig – S – TCU


34. New York Jets

Selection: Joe Tryon – DE – Washington


35. Atlanta Falcons

Selection: Jayson Oweh – DE – Penn State


36. Miami Dolphins (via Houston)

Selection: Javonte Williams – RB – North Carolina


37. Philadelphia Eagles

Selection: Asante Samuel Jr – CB – Florida State


38. Cincinnati Bengals

Selection: Pat Freiermuth – TE – Penn State


39. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers logo

Selection: Jalen Mayfield – OT – Michigan


40. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Ronnie Perkins – OLB – Oklahoma


41. Detroit Lions

Selection: Nick Bolton – LB – Missouri


42. New York Giants See the source image

Selection: Carlos Basham Jr – DE – Wake Forest


43. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers logo

Selection: Greg Newsome II – CB – Northwestern


44. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Wyatt Davis – IOL – Ohio State


45. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Minnesota)

Selection: Terrace Marshall Jr – WR – LSU


46. New England Patriots New England Patriots logo

Selection: Rondale Moore – WR – Purdue


47. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Daviyon Nixon – DL – Iowa


48. Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: Alex Leatherwood – OT – Alabama


49. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals logo

Selection: Patrick Jones – OLB – Pitt


50. Miami Dolphins

Selection: Landon Dickerson – IOL – Alabama


51. Washington Football Team Washington Football Team logo

Selection: Richie Grant – S – UCF


52. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears logo

Selection: Quincy Roche – OLB – Miami


53. Tennessee Titans

Selection: Dillon Radunz – OT – North Dakota State


54. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts logo

Selection: Jay Tufele – DL – USC


55. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Creed Humphrey – IOL – Oklahoma


56. Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks logo

Selection: Trey Smith – IOL – Tennessee


57. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams logo

Selection: Jamin Davis – LB – Kentucky


58. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens logo

Selection: Liam Eichenberg – OT – Notre Dame


59. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Monty Rice – LB – Georgia


60. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: Dayo Odeyingbo – DE – Vanderbilt


61. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills logo

Selection: Baron Browning – LB – Ohio State


62. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Jabril Cox – LB – LSU


63. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs logo

Selection: Hamilcar Rashed Jr – DE – Oregon State


64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Tylan Wallace – WR – Oklahoma State


Round 3

65. Jacksonville Jaguars

Selection: Brevin Jordan – TE – Miami


66. New York Jets

Selection: Dylan Moses – LB – Alabama


67. Houston Texans Houston Texans logo

Selection: Chatarius Tutu Atwell – WR – Louisville


68. Atlanta Falcons

Selection: Michael Carter – RB – North Carolina


69. Cincinnati Bengals

Selection: Osa Odighizuwa – DL – UCLA


70. Philadelphia Eagles

Selection: Jevon Holland – S – Oregon


71. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Deonte Brown – IOL – Alabama


72. Detroit Lions

Selection: Kyle Trask – QB – Florida


73. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers logo

Selection: Hamsah Nasirildeen – S – Florida State


74. Washington Football Team (via San Francisco) Washington Football Team logo

Selection: Chazz Surratt – LB – North Carolina


75. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Tyler Shelvin – DL – LSU


76. New York Giants See the source image

Selection: Chris Rumph II – LB – Duke


77. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Kelvin Joseph – CB – Kentucky


78. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Jackson Carman – OT – Clemson


79. Las Vegas Raiders (via Arizona) Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: Eric Stokes – CB – Georgia


80. Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: D’Wayne Eskridge – WR – Western Michigan


81. Miami Dolphins

Selection: Cameron McGrone – LB – Michigan


82. Washington Football Team Washington Football Team logo

Selection: Elijah Moore – WR – Ole Miss


83. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears logo

Selection: Caden Sterns – S – Texas


84. Philadelphia Eagles (via Indianapolis)

Selection: Darius Stills – DL – West Virginia


85. Tennessee Titans

Selection: Aaron Robinson – CB – UCF


86. New York Jets (via Seattle)

Selection: Ifeatu Melifonwu – CB – Syracuse


87. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Marvin Wilson – DL – Florida State


88. Detroit Lions

Selection: Aaron Banks – IOL – Notre Dame


89. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Shaka Toney – DE – Penn State


90. Minnesota Vikings (via Baltimore) Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Amon-Ra St. Brown – WR – USC


91. Cleveland Browns (via New Orleans) Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Jaylen Twyman – DL – Pitt


92. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Andre Cisco – S – Syracuse


93. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills logo

Selection: Tyson Campbell – CB – Georgia


94. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs logo

Selection: Elijah Molden – CB – Washington


95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Kenneth Gainwell – RB – Memphis


*96. New England Patriots New England Patriots logo

Selection: Davis Mills – QB – Stanford


*97. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Tommy Tremble – TE – Notre Dame


*98. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: Dyami Brown – WR – North Carolina


*99. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Quinn Meinerz – IOL – Wisconsin-Whitewater


*100. Tennessee Titans

Selection: Amari Rodgers – WR – Clemson


*101. Detroit Lions (via Los Angeles Rams)

Selection: Shaun Wade – CB – Ohio State


*102. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers logo

Selection: Walker Little – OT – Stanford


*103. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams logo

Selection: Tommy Togiai – DL – Ohio State


*104. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens logo

Selection: Pete Werner – LB – Ohio State


*105. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: James Hudson – OT – Cincinnati


Round 4

106. Jacksonville Jaguars

Selection: Paulson Adebo – CB – Stanford


107. New York Jets

Selection: Josh Myers – IOL – Ohio State


108. Atlanta Falcons

Selection: Paris Ford – S – Pitt


109. Houston Texans Houston Texans logo

Selection: Spencer Brown – OT – Northern Iowa


110. Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia) Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Sage Surratt – WR – Wake Forest


111. Cincinnati Bengals

Selection: Charles Snowden – LB – Virginia


112. Detroit Lions

Selection: Adetokunbo Ogundeji – DE – Notre Dame


113. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers logo

Selection: Dazz Newsome – WR – North Carolina


114. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Trill Williams – CB – Syracuse


115. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Talanoa Hufanga – S – USC


116. New York Giants See the source image

Selection: Seth Williams – WR – Auburn


117. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers logo

Selection: Alim McNeil – DL – NC State


118. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Ellerson Smith – DE – Northern Iowa


119. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Marlon Tuipulotu – DL – USC


120. New England Patriots New England Patriots logo

Selection: Drake Jackson – IOL – Kentucky


121. Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: Payton Turner – DE – Houston


122. New England Patriots (via Arizona) New England Patriots logo

Selection: Milton Williams – DL – LA Tech


123. Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami)

Selection: Jamie Newman – QB – Georgia


124. Washington Football Team Washington Football Team logo

Selection: Brady Christensen – OT – BYU


125. Minnesota Vikings (via Chicago) Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Rhamondre Stevenson – RB – Oklahoma


126. Tennessee Titans

Selection: Trey Sermon – RB – Ohio State


127. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts logo

Selection: Hunter Long – TE – Boston College


128. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Daelin Hayes – OLB – Notre Dame


129. Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks logo

Selection: Israel Mukuamu – CB – South Carolina


130. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams)

Selection: Chuba Hubbard – RB – Oklahoma State


131. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens logo

Selection: Tamorrion Terry – WR – Florida State


132. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: James Wiggins – S – Cincinnati


133. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: Kary Vincent – CB – LSU


134. Minnesota Vikings (via Buffalo) Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Jordan Smith – DE – UAB


135. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Ben Cleveland – IOL – Georgia


136. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs logo

Selection: Kenny Yeboah – TE – Ole Miss


137. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: DJ Daniel – CB – Georgia


*138. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Nick Eubanks – TE – Michigan


*139. New England Patriots New England Patriots logo

Selection: Marlon Williams – WR – UCF


*140. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Anthony Schwartz – WR – Auburn


*141. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams logo

Selection: Nico Collins – WR – Michigan


*142. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Tre McKitty – TE – Florida State


*143. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: David Moore – IOL – Grambling State


*144. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs logo

Selection: Kylin Hill – RB – Mississippi State


Round 5

145. Jacksonville Jaguars

Selection: Patrick Johnson – DE – Tulane


146. New York Jets

Selection: Joshua Bledsoe – S – Missouri


147. Houston Texans Houston Texans logo

Selection: Kellen Mond – QB – Texas A&M


148. Atlanta Falcons

Selection: Benjamin St-Juste – CB – Minnesota


149. Cincinnati Bengals

Selection: Sam Ehlinger – QB – Texas


150. Philadelphia Eagles

Selection: Robert Hainsey – OT – Notre Dame


151. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers logo

Selection: Tony Fields II – LB – West Virginia


152. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Jermar Jefferson – RB – Oregon State


153. Detroit Lions

Selection: Quintin Morris – TE – Bowling Green


154. New York Jets (via New York Giants)

Selection: Jaelon Darden – WR – North Texas


155. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers logo

Selection: Garret Wallow – LB – TCU


156. Miami Dolphins (via Dallas Cowboys)

Selection: Thomas Graham – CB – Oregon


157. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Paddy Fisher – LB – Northwestern


158. Houston Texans (via New England) Houston Texans logo

Selection: Cameron Sample – DL – Tulane


159. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Dez Fitzpatrick – WR – Louisville


160. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals logo

Selection: Josh Ball – OT – Marshall


161. Buffalo Bills (via Las Vegas) Buffalo Bills logo

Selection: Tommy Kraemer – IOL – Notre Dame


162. Las Vegas (via Miami) Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: Jaret Patterson – RB – Buffalo


163. Washington Football Team Washington Football Team logo

Selection: Rashad Weaver – DE – Pitt


164. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears logo

Selection: Shane Buechele – QB – SMU


165. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts logo

Selection: Demetric Felton – RB/WR – UCLA


166. Tennessee Titans

Selection: Khyiris Tonga – DL – BYU


167. Las Vegas Raiders (via Seattle) Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: Darrick Forrest – S – Cincinnati


168. Minnesota Vikings (via Pittsburgh) Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Miller Forristall – TE – Alabama


169. Cleveland Browns (via Los Angeles Rams) Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Sadarius Hutcherson – IOL – South Carolina


170. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Cleveland)

Selection: Kendrick Green – IOL – Illinois 


171. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Camryn Bynum – CB – California


172. San Francisco 49ers (via New Orleans) San Francisco 49ers logo

Selection: Shi Smith – WR – South Carolina


173. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Khalil Herbert – RB – Virginia Tech


174. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills logo

Selection: Ihmir Smith-Marsette – WR – Iowa


175. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs logo

Selection: Dan Moore – OT – Texas A&M


176. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Derrick Barnes – OLB – Purdue


*177. New England Patriots New England Patriots logo

Selection: Chris Evans – RB – Michigan


*178. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Janarius Robinson – DE – Florida State


*179. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Shakur Brown – CB – Michigan State


*180. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers logo

Selection: Tariq Thompson – S – San Diego State


*181. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs logo

Selection: Justin Hilliard – LB – Ohio State


*182. Atlanta Falcons

Selection: Damonte Coxie – WR – Memphis


*183. Atlanta Falcons

Selection: Trey Hill – IOL – Georgia


*184. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens logo

Selection: Richard LeCounte – S – Georgia


Round 6

185. Los Angeles Chargers (via Jacksonville) Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Ernest Jones – LB – South Carolina


186. New York Jets

Selection: Pooka Williams – RB – Kansas


187. Atlanta Falcons

Selection: Tedarrell Slaton – DL – Florida


188. New England Patriots (via Houston) New England Patriots logo

Selection: Pro Wells – TE – TCU


189. Philadelphia Eagles

Selection: Gerrid Doaks – RB – Cincinnati


190. Cincinnati Bengals

Selection: Cornell Powell – WR – Clemson


191. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Ian Book – QB – Notre Dame


192. Dallas Cowboys (via Detroit) Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Rakeem Boyd – RB – Arkansas


193. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers logo

Selection: Bobby Brown – DL – Texas A&M


194. San Francisco San Francisco 49ers logo

Selection: Victor Dimukeje – DE – Duke


195. Houston Texans (via Dallas) Houston Texans logo

Selection: Jack Anderson – IOL – Texas Tech


196. New York Giants See the source image

Selection: Ambry Thomas – CB – Michigan


197. New England Patriots New England Patriots logo

Selection: Tyree Gillespie – S – Missouri


198. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Javian Hawkins – RB – Louisville


199. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Ar’Darius Washington – S – TCU


200. Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: Ta’Quon Graham – DL – Texas


201. New York Giants (via Arizona) See the source image

Selection: Bryce Hargrove – IOL – Pitt


202. Cincinnati Bengals (via Miami)

Selection: Stone Forsythe – OT – Florida


203. Houston Texans (via Washington) Houston Texans logo

Selection: Marco Wilson – CB – Florida


204. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears logo

Selection: Frank Darby – WR – Arizona State


205. Tennessee Titans

Selection: John Bates – TE – Boise State


206. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts logo

Selection: Jonathon Cooper – DE – Ohio State


207. Kansas City Chiefs (via Pittsburgh) Kansas City Chiefs logo

Selection: Josh Palmer – WR – Tennessee


208. Chicago Bears (via Seattle) Chicago Bears logo

Selection: Jaylon Moore – OT – Western Michigan


209. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams logo

Selection: Reed Blankenship – S – Middle Tennessee State


210. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens logo

Selection: Tony Poljan – TE – UVA


211. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Feleipe Franks – QB – Arkansas


212. Houston Texans (via New Orleans) Houston Texans logo

Selection: Chauncey Golston – DE – Iowa


213. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills logo

Selection: Divine Deablo – S – Virginia Tech


214. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Keith Taylor – CB – Washington


215. Tennessee Titans (via Kansas City)

Selection: K.J Britt – LB – Auburn


216. Pittsburgh Steelers (via Tampa Bay) Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Jimmy Morrissey – IOL – Pitt


*217. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Foster Sarell – OT – Stanford


*218. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: Caleb Huntley – RB – Ball State


*219. Atlanta Falcons

Selection: Shaun Beyer – TE – Iowa


*220. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Malik Herring – DE – Georgia


*221. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears logo

Selection: Grant Stuard – LB – Houston


*222. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers logo

Selection: Drew Dalman – IOL – Stanford


*223. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Riley Patterson – K – Memphis


*224. Philadelphia Eagles

Selection: Cary Angeline – TE – NC State


*225. Philadelphia Eagles

Selection: Tuf Borland – LB – Ohio State


*226. New York Jets (via Carolina)

Selection: Jordan Scott – DL – Oregon


*227. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Jalen Camp – WR – Georgia Tech


*228. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears logo

Selection: Marquez Stevenson – WR – Houston


Round 7

229. New Orleans Saints (via Jacksonville) New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: Brady Breeze – S – Oregon


230. San Francisco 49ers (via New York Jets) San Francisco 49ers logo

Selection: Kylen Granson – TE – SMU


231. Miami Dolphins (via Houston)

Selection: Tommy Doyle – OT – Miami OH


232. Tennessee Titans (via Atlanta)

Selection: KJ Costello – QB – Mississippi State


233. Houston Texans (via Cincinnati) Houston Texans logo

Selection: Noah Gray – TE – Duke


234. Philadelphia Eagles

Selection: Royce Newman – IOL – Ole Miss


235. Cincinnati Bengals (via Detroit)

Selection: Elijah Mitchell – RB – Louisiana-Lafayette


236. Buffalo Bills (via Carolina) Buffalo Bills logo

Selection: Joshua Kaindoh – DE – Florida State


237. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Carlo Kemp – DL – Michigan


238. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Tarron Jackson – DE – Coastal Carolina


239. Denver Broncos (via New York Giants) Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Aashari Crosswell – S – Arizona State


240. Philadelphia Eagles (via San Francisco)

Selection: William Bradley-King – OLB – Baylor


241. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Kayode Awosika – OT – Buffalo


242. New England Patriots New England Patriots logo

Selection: Olaijah Griffin – CB – USC


243. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals logo

Selection: Dylan Soehner – TE – Iowa State


244. Washington Football Team (via Las Vegas) Washington Football Team logo

Selection: Rodarius Williams – CB – Oklahoma State


245. Pittsburgh Steelers (via Miami) Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Luke Farrell – TE – Ohio State


246. Washington Football Team Washington Football Team logo

Selection: CJ Verdell – RB – Oregon


247. Arizona Cardinals (via Chicago) Arizona Cardinals logo

Selection: Riley Cole – LB – South Alabama


248. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts logo

Selection: Tre Norwood – CB – Oklahoma


249. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Tennessee)

Selection: Michael Menet – IOL – Penn State


250. Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks logo

Selection: Buddy Johnson – LB – Texas A&M


251. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Pittsburgh) Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Shawn Davis – S – Florida


252. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams logo

Selection: Matt Bushman – TE – BYU


253. Denver Broncos (via Cleveland) Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Dax Milne – WR – BYU


254. Pittsburgh Steelers (via Baltimore) Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Trey Dean III – CB – Florida


255. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: Peyton Ramsey – QB – Northwestern


256. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: D’Ante Smith – OT – ECU


257. Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo) Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Nahshon Wright – CB – Oregon State


258. Miami Dolphins (via Kansas City)

Selection: Damar Hamlin – S – Pitt


259. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Deommodore Lenoir – CB – Oregon

Riley’s 2021 Mock Draft 2.0 – 3 Rounds

Cover Photo taken from nfl.com & All Logos were taken from wikipedia.org

The Super Bowl has come and gone but football season never ends and team needs are becoming more clear each day. This Mock Draft addresses each teams current biggest needs heading into the 2021 season.


Round 1 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars  

Selection: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Trevor Lawrence is in a class above the rest, let me know when you find a Mock Draft with a different first pick.


2. New York Jets 

Selection: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

Zach Wilson has recently been rising up draft boards. Some even say he may be ahead of Lawrence, but I think that is insane. Lawrence has been compared with some of the greatest Quarterback prospects to ever come out. With that being said, Wilson is still incredibly talented and if the Jets are able to land some weapons in Free Agency they may have a quick turnaround.


3. Miami Dolphins (via Houston) 

Selection: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

This seems like a match made in heaven, the Heisman Trophy winner is absolutely electric on the field. The Dolphins landed their franchise Quarterback last year with Tua, now it’s time to surround him with the weapons to succeed. Reuniting the former college teammates will only accelerate their development and give Tua a go-to receiver.


4. Atlanta Falcons 

Selection: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

I really like this fit for Fields. Matt Ryan is at the end of his tenure in Atlanta so grabbing their next franchise Quarterback at number four makes sense. Fields can learn a lot from Ryan and will have some great weapons at his disposal when he sees the field. The home town kid will be set up for early success.


5. Cincinnati Bengals 

Selection: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Joe Burrow was running for his life last season and is coming off of a season-ending knee injury. Sewell is without a doubt the best Tackle in this years draft class and should be protecting Burrow’s blind side for years to come.


6. Philadelphia Eagles 

Selection: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

I think the Eagles front office is kicking themselves for passing up on Justin Jefferson last year. So this time they do not miss out on his former teammate. Chase opted out of football for the 2020 season but simply dominated on the field in 2019, by putting up nearly 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns. By landing Chase, the Eagles will give Jalen Hurts or whoever is behind center a true number one receiver.


7. Detroit Lions 

Selection: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

With the addition of Jared Goff the Lions have a guy who still has a ton of potential. If they truly believe Goff is their Quarterback of the future, than Dan Campbell needs an impact player in the middle of his defense. That is exactly what he gets out of Micah Parsons who is the best Linebacker at the top of the Draft.


8. Carolina Panthers  Carolina Panthers logo  

Selection: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

For whatever reason the Panthers do not seem very content with Teddy Bridgewater despite only being a year removed from signing him to a three-year $63 million deal. If they only see Teddy as a bridge Quarterback, than selecting Lance seems like the right move. Lance was not able to play last year as NDSU did not have a season. However, people are quick to forget that he had a ridiculous 2019 season where he did not throw an interception. Not turning the ball over will drastically help out the young defense Carolina began to build last season.


9. Denver Broncos  Denver Broncos logo 

Selection: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

Cornerback may be the biggest need on Vic Fangio’s defense and Surtain II has all the makings of a lock-down cornerback. He is aggressive and has good size to contest bigger receivers. If the Broncos decide to roll with Drew Lock or look at adding a guy via Trade or in Free Agency, than addressing the defensive back position at 9 is the best bet.


10. Dallas Cowboys  Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

I think its safe to say Dak will be back next season, whether that is on the Franchise Tag or a long-term deal  that remains to be seen. In the meantime, the Cowboys need to get younger on the Offensive Line. The once most dominant line in the league was atrocious last season. Injuries piled up and age has caught up to guys like Tyron Smith and Zack Martin.


11. New York Giants  See the source image

Selection: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The Giants are all in with Daniel Jones and need to get him some weapons to throw the ball to. Slayton and Shepard are good no. 2 options but are not game changers. With the return of Saquon, adding a receiver like Waddle will allow Jones to make the leap in his third NFL season.


12. San Francisco 49ers  San Francisco 49ers logo

Selection: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Farley is fantastic at press, man-to-man coverage. He is big and not afraid to get physical with opposing receivers. The only reason I have him behind Surtain II is because Farley played solely on the left side at Virginia Tech. Overall he is a top ten talent and with Richard Sherman reportedly on his way out, Farley fills an immediate need in the 49ers secondary.


13. Los Angeles Chargers  Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC

The Chargers must address the offensive line in the draft and do so here by taking Vera-Tucker. Most experts see him kicking inside to play Guard but he is capable of anchoring an offensive line from the Tackle position. Last season, Herbert was under pressure almost every time he dropped back. Tucker will help keep a clean pocket for the young QB.


14. Minnesota Vikings  Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

Rousseau opted out of the 2020 season but was an absolute terror for opposing Quarterbacks in 2019. Landing Rousseau at no. 14 will be a steal for Mike Zimmer and the Vikings organization. Last season the Vikings pass rush lost Danielle Hunter to a season ending injury. Pairing Hunter and Rousseau together as book ends on the defensive line, Quarterbacks will have nightmares before facing the Vikings.


15. New England Patriots  New England Patriots logo

Selection: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

It is no secret that New England had absolutely no production from the Tight End position last season. Pitts became a focal point at Florida for their offense. The 6-foot-6 Tight End can catch, run, and block, making whoever is playing Quarterback for the Patriots this season one happy man.


16. Arizona Cardinals  Arizona Cardinals logo

Selection: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

The son of four-time Pro Bowl receiver Joe Horn, Jaycee was raised to play in the NFL. He enters the draft as one of the best Cornerbacks available, and has experience playing inside and out. Patrick Peterson is rumored to be on the way out of Arizona, which will open the door for Horn, who will be a quality starter in the Cardinals secondary for years to come.


17. Las Vegas Raiders  Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

The Raiders have a very average Linebacker group, but here they address that problem by selecting Owusu-Koramoah. He is a very gifted athlete who can cover the slot and is an efficient blitzer. I like his fit in the Raiders defense and Vegas now has a do-it-all linebacker that each team needs in todays NFL.


18. Miami Dolphins 

Selection: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

The Dolphins selected DeVonta Smith with their first pick, now they look to continue to build around Tua and draft a player who will protect him. Miami has an underrated defense so it all comes down to building an offense that makes Tua comfortable.


19. Washington Football Team  Washington Football Team logo

Selection: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Washington really needs a Quarterback. I strongly believe they are a Quarterback away from taking the NFC East Division. Mac Jones does lack some mobility, but he is extremely accurate and has the arm strength to compete with anyone. Jones will be able to come in and learn from Alex Smith the same way Patrick Mahomes did.


20. Chicago Bears  Chicago Bears logo

Selection: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

Mayfield has the ability to play inside and out, and is a powerful run blocker who finishes his block. After missing out on Wentz, I get the sense that Mitchell Trubisky will be back in Chicago. The Bears Offensive Line was questionable last season and getting a versatile lineman like Mayfield will pay off.


21. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts logo 

Selection: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

The loss of Anthony Castonzo will play a huge factor into Indy’s draft plans. After trading for Carson Wentz, I don’t think they wanted to give up a first-round pick for him this year because of the talented Tackles. Keeping Wentz up right will go a long way to him returning to form. Cosmi is an absolute monster standing at 6-foot-7 and has a ton of experience playing both Left and Right Tackle. He is a day-one capable starter and will plug into one of the best offensive lines in the league.


22. Tennessee Titans See the source image

Selection: Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

The Titans pass-rush was lackluster last season to say the least. The Clowney experiment didn’t pay off but here, they get a guy who can get after the Quarterback and wreck havoc in the backfield.


23. New York Jets (via Seattle) 

Selection: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

I am extremely high on Bateman, despite him not playing in 2020. He might be the best route-runner in the class and has reliable hands. They took Zach Wilson with the second overall pick and now they’re giving him pieces to grow with.


24. Pittsburgh Steelers  Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

Harris has overtaken Travis Etienne for my best Runningback. When looking at the Steelers offence last season, there was a glaring hole at that position. A lot of people are putting the blame on Ben Roethlisberger, but when you are forced to throw the ball forty-five times a game, you won’t win many games. The Steelers finished dead last in rushing last season and were incredibly hard to watch down the stretch. Harris will come in as the featured back as the Steelers get back to their old ground-and-pound ways.


25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams) 

Selection: Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama

Barmore is a run stuffing stud that can sure up the middle of the Jags Defensive Line. For a big guy, he has good lateral movement and can get to the passer. Beefing up the Defensive Line in Jacksonville should be one of the top priorities for new Jags Head Coach Urban Meyer.


26. Cleveland Browns  Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

Cleveland needs to upgrade at the Linebacker position to say the least. They had production from the position last year but it was a weakness on the team. Mack Wilson had a down year and Sione Takitaki is far from a great Linebacker. Zaven Collins has the size and speed to be an every-down linebacker in today’s modern game.


27. Baltimore Ravens  Baltimore Ravens logo

Selection: Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas

This feels like a Ravens pick. The Ravens are facing some uncertainty at pass-rusher as Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue are pending Free Agents and will demand big contracts. Ossai is quick off the edge and will provide some much needed youth on their defensive line.


28. New Orleans Saints  New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

Kwon Alexander will most likely be a cap-casualty and Demario Davis isn’t getting any younger, making Linebacker a top priority for the Saints. Quarterback could be an option here, but I think Drew Brees passes the torch to Jameis Winston this off-season. Bolton has good range and can cover sideline to sideline, making him a good value pick at 28.


29. Green Bay Packers  Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Terrace Marshall Jr, WR, LSU

As I’ve said before, the Packers drastically need to give Aaron Rodgers some weapons. A true number two option beside Devante Adams may be exactly what the Packers need to get over the hump.


30. Buffalo Bills  Buffalo Bills logo

Selection: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

The Buffalo Bills may have been the biggest surprise of the 2020 NFL season. Everyone had high expectations but who would have thought they would make it to the AFC Championship? As good as they were, they struggled running the ball and Devin Singletary only reached the endzone twice. As good as Josh Allen is as a runner, I don’t want to see him take unnecessary hits. Travis Etienne is a strong, physical, and elusive runner who can do it all.


31. Kansas City Chiefs  Kansas City Chiefs logo

Selection: Wyatt Davis, OL, Ohio State

After watching the Super Bowl, this shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone. As good as Patrick Mahomes is, he can’t do very much if he has no pass protection. Obviously their Offensive Line was banged up in Tampa but it was evident that they could not block anyone. Drafting Wyatt Davis, and the return of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will help beef up the middle of the line.


32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers  Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Dayo Odeyingbo, EDGE, Vanderbilt

The Bucs are up and surprise, surprise, Tom Brady is once again a Super Bowl champ. With Brady committed to playing for another 20-years, the Bucs have the opportunity to take whoever they want as there are no glaring needs. Shaq Barrett wants to get paid what he is worth so that may lead to him signing elsewhere. Bring in Odeyingbo who can contribute in rushing the passer.


Round 2

33. Jacksonville Jaguars 

Selection: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU


34. New York Jets 

Selection: Asante Samuel Jr, CB, Florida State


35. Atlanta Falcons 

Selection: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia


36. Miami Dolphins (via Houston) 

Selection: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami


37. Philadelphia Eagles 

Selection: Daviyon Nixon, DL, Iowa


38. Cincinnati Bengals 

Selection: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State


39. Carolina Panthers  Carolina Panthers logo

Selection: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama


40. Denver Broncos  Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama


41. Detroit Lions 

Selection: Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington


42. New York Giants  See the source image

Selection: Monty Rice, LB, Georgia


43. San Francisco 49ers  San Francisco 49ers logo

Selection: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State


44. Dallas Cowboys  Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia 


45. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Minnesota) 

Selection: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue


46. New England Patriots  New England Patriots logo

Selection: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida


47. Los Angeles Chargers  Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State


48. Las Vegas Raiders  Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: Deonte Brown, OL, Alabama


49. Arizona Cardinals  Arizona Cardinals logo

Selection: Patrick Jones, EDGE, Pitt


50. Miami Dolphins 

Selection: Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama


51. Washington Football Team  Washington Football Team logo

Selection: Richie Grant, S, UCF


52. Chicago Bears  Chicago Bears logo

Selection: Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami


53. Tennessee Titans  See the source image

Selection: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State


54. Indianapolis Colts  Indianapolis Colts logo

Selection: Jay Tufele, DL, USC


55. Pittsburgh Steelers  Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma


56. Seattle Seahawks  Seattle Seahawks logo

Selection: Trey Smith, OL, Tennessee


57. Los Angeles Rams  Los Angeles Rams logo

Selection: Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame


58. Baltimore Ravens  Baltimore Ravens logo

Selection: Josh Myers, C, Ohio State


59. Cleveland Browns  Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF


60. New Orleans Saints  New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: Carlos Basham Jr, EDGE, Wake Forest


61. Buffalo Bills  Buffalo Bills logo

Selection: Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State


62. Green Bay Packers  Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU


63. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs logo 

Selection: Hamilcar Rashed Jr, EDGE, Oregon State


64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers  Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC


Round 3

65. Jacksonville Jaguars 

Selection: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami


66. New York Jets 

Selection: Javonte Williams, RB, South Carolina


67. Houston Texans  Houston Texans logo

Selection: Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest


68. Atlanta Falcons 

Selection: Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina


69. Cincinnati Bengals 

Selection: Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State


70. Philadelphia Eagles 

Selection: Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina


71. Denver Broncos  Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Aaron Banks, OL, Notre Dame


72. Detroit Lions 

Selection: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida


73. Carolina Panthers  Carolina Panthers logo

Selection: Jevon Holland, S, Oregon


74. Washington Football Team (via San Francisco)  Washington Football Team logo

Selection: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State


75. Dallas Cowboys  Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Shaka Toney, EDGE, Penn State


76. New York Giants  See the source image

Selection: Chris Rumph II, EDGE, Duke


77. New England Patriots  New England Patriots logo

Selection: Forfeited


78. Los Angeles Chargers  Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Marvin Wilson, DL, Florida State


79. Minnesota Vikings  Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson


80. Arizona Cardinals  Arizona Cardinals logo

Selection: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State


81. Las Vegas Raiders  Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: Seth Williams, WR, Auburn 


82. Miami Dolphins 

Selection: Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State


83. Washington Football Team  Washington Football Team logo

Selection: Chatarius Tutu Atwell, WR, Louisville


84. Chicago Bears  Chicago Bears logo

Selection: Quinn Meinerz, OL, Wisconsin-Whitewater


85. Philadelphia Eagles (via Indianapolis) 

Selection: Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa


86. Tennessee Titans  See the source image

Selection: Ifeatu Melinfonwu, CB, Syracuse


87. New York Jets (via Seattle) 

Selection: Jaylen Twyman, DL, Pitt


88. Pittsburgh Steelers  Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern


89. Detroit Lions (via Los Angeles Rams) 

Selection: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss


90. Cleveland Browns  Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse


91. Minnesota Vikings (via Baltimore)  Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Hunter Long, TE, Boston College


92. Cleveland Browns (via New Orleans)  Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Demetric Felton, RB/WR, UCLA


93. Green Bay Packers  Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Walker Little, OT, Stanford


94. Buffalo Bills  Buffalo Bills logo

Selection: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia


95. Kansas City Chiefs  Kansas City Chiefs logo

Selection: Tommy Togiai, DL, Ohio State


96. Tampa Bay Buccaneers  Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State

 

Riley’s Big Board 1.0

Cover Photo by Getty Images/SN Illustration & All Logos were taken from wikipedia.org

The NFL Draft is just over two months away and the anticipation is growing. Here, are my current Top 50 prospects entering the 2021 NFL Draft. I am anticipating a lot of movement over the next two months but, these prospects will be difference makers wherever they land.

  1. Trevor Lawrence – QB, Clemson  Clemson Tigers logo.svg
  2. Penei Sewell – OT, Oregon  Logo
  3. Justin Fields – QB, Ohio State  Logo
  4. DeVonta Smith – WR, Alabama  Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  5. Micah Parsons – LB, Penn State  Logo
  6. Ja’Marr Chase – WR, LSU  Logo
  7. Patrick Surtain II – CB, Alabama  Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  8. Zach Wilson – QB, BYU  Logo
  9. Rashawn Slater – OT, Northwestern  Northwestern Wildcats logo.svg
  10. Caleb Farley – CB, Virginia Tech  Virginia Tech Hokies logo.svg
  11. Kyle Pitts – TE, Florida  Logo
  12. Jaylen Waddle – WR, Alabama  Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  13. Gregory Rousseau – EDGE, Miami  Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
  14. Jaycee Horn – CB, South Carolina  South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
  15. Travis Etienne – RB, Clemson  Logo
  16. Trey Lance – QB, North Dakota State  Logo
  17. Jaelan Phillips – EGDE, Miami  Logo
  18. Christian Darrisaw – OT, Virginia Tech  Logo
  19. Alijah Vera-Tucker – OL, USC  Logo 
  20. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – LB, Notre Dame  Logo
  21. Najee Harris – RB, Alabama  Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  22. Kwity Paye – EDGE, Michigan  Logo
  23. Rashod Bateman – WR, Minnesota  Logo
  24. Jalen Mayfield – OT, Michigan  Logo
  25. Zaven Collins – LB, Tulsa  Logo
  26. Wyatt Davis – OL, Ohio State  Logo
  27. Christian Barmore – DL, Alabama  Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  28. Trevon Moehrig – S, TCU  TCU Horned Frogs logo.svg
  29. Terrace Marshall Jr. – WR, LSU  Logo
  30. Mac Jones – QB, Alabama  Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  31. Samuel Cosmi – OT, Texas  Logo
  32. Nick Bolton – LB, Missouri Logo 
  33. Alex Leatherwood – OT, Alabama  Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  34. Joseph Ossai – LB, Texas  Logo
  35. Patrick Jones II – EDGE, Pittsburgh  Logo
  36. Trey Smith – OL, Tennessee  Logo
  37. Liam Eichenberg – OT, Notre Dame  Logo
  38. Asante Samuel Jr. – CB, Florida State  Logo
  39. Levi Onwuzurike – DL, Washington  Washington Huskies logo.svg
  40. Rondale Moore – WR, Purdue  Purdue Boilermakers logo.svg
  41. Creed Humphrey – C, Oklahoma  Oklahoma Sooners logo.svg
  42. Richie Grant – S, UCF  Logo
  43. Marvin Wilson – DL, Florida State  Logo
  44. Dillon Radunz – OT, North Dakota State  Logo
  45. Pat Freiermuth – TE, Penn State  Logo
  46. Javonte Williams – RB, North Carolina  Logo
  47. Landon Dickerson – C, Alabama  Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  48. Justyn Ross – WR, Clemson  Logo
  49. Dylan Moses – LB, Alabama  Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
  50. Jevon Holland – S, Oregon  Logo

Riley’s 2021 Mock Draft 1.0

Zach Wilson Cover Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images & All Logos were taken from wikipedia.org

Mock Draft 1.0, Pre Super Bowl. So many rumors and smoke-screens being thrown around right now. It will be an interesting off-season as teams need to navigate the Draft process in the middle of a pandemic.


Round 1

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Selection: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Trevor Lawrence may be the greatest Quarterback prospect to ever come out of College. New Jags Head Coach Urban Meyer gets his franchise Quarterback with the first pick in the draft.


2. New York Jets

Selection: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

I see the Jets as the top suitor for Deshaun Watson. However, in this Mock I am not including trades so they stick with their guy Sam Darnold. The Jets offensive line was atrocious last season and protecting Darnold needs to be the top priority for the Jets front office. Sewell will be a day one starter and a cornerstone for the franchise for years to come.


3. Miami Dolphins (via Houston)  

Selection: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

This seems like a match made in heaven, the Heisman Trophy winner is absolutely electric on the field. The Dolphins landed their franchise Quarterback last year with Tua, now it’s time to surround him with the weapons to succeed. Reuniting the former college teammates will only accelerate their development and make transitioning to the NFL easier for Smith.


4. Atlanta Falcons 

Selection: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

This might be the first surprise of the draft. Matt Ryan’s tenure with the Falcons is coming to an end. With a new coaching staff and general manager, the new era in Atlanta will begin. With proper coaching, Fields has the potential to be a home town hero and one of the best Quarterbacks in the league for years to come.


5. Cincinnati Bengals 

Selection: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

Joe Burrow was running for his life last season. With this pick not only do the Bengals get one of the top offensive tackles in the draft, they are also getting the most versatile offensive lineman. Slater has played both right and left tackle at Northwestern, and can also kick inside to Guard if need be.


6. Philadelphia Eagles

Selection: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

I think the Eagles front office is kicking themselves for passing up on Justin Jefferson last year. So this time they do not miss out on his former teammate. Chase opted out of football for the 2020 season but simply dominated on the field during in 2019, by putting up nearly 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns. The Eagles seem to have decided to roll with Carson Wentz, so giving him a true number one receiver will help get him back on track.


7. Detroit Lions

Selection: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

In all honesty I do not think Wilson will be available at 7, Detroit will most likely have to trade up to get him. Matt Stafford is on his way out and the Lions will be on the search for their next franchise Quarterback. Dan Campbell, the newly appointed head coach will want a Quarterback who will match his energy. Wilson is a high motor guy and has all the tools to succeed in the league.


8. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers logo

Selection: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Last year, the Panthers draft picks were all on the defensive side of the ball, and that trend continues here. Luke Kuechly’s surprising retirement left a void in the middle of that defense. Here, the Panthers find his replacement to pair him beside Shaq Thompson. Parsons is an explosive and versatile playmaker that will only benefit the Panthers defense long-term.


9. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos logo

Selection: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

Cornerback may be the biggest need on Vic Fangio’s defense and Surtain II has all the makings of a lock-down cornerback. He is aggressive and has good size to contest bigger receivers. If the Broncos decide to roll with Drew Lock or look at adding a guy like Matthew Stafford in Free Agency, than addressing the defensive back position at 9 is the best bet.


10. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys logo

Selection: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Farley is extremely talented and fills a need on the Cowboys defense. Farley is fantastic at press, man-to-man coverage. He is big and is not afraid to get physical with opposing receivers. The only reason I have him behind Surtain II is because Farley played solely on the left side at Virginia Tech. Overall he is a top ten talent and a secondary of Farley, Diggs and Awuzie sounds pretty good to me.


11. New York Giants New York Giants logo

Selection: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The Giants are all in with Daniel Jones and need to get him some weapons to throw the ball to. Slayton and Shepard are good no. 2 options but are not game changers. With the return of Saquon, adding a receiver like Waddle will allow Jones to make the leap in his third NFL season.


12. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers logo

Selection: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

The son of four-time Pro Bowl receiver Joe Horn, Jaycee was raised to play in the NFL. He enters the draft as one of the best Cornerbacks available, and has experience playing inside and out. Richard Sherman is rumored to be on the way out of San Francisco, which will open the door for Horn will be a quality starter in the 49ers secondary for years to come.


13. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers logo

Selection: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC

The Chargers must address the offensive line in the draft and do so here by taking Vera-Tucker. Most experts see him kicking inside to play Guard but he is capable of anchoring an offensive line from the Tackle position. Last season, Herbert was under pressure almost every time he dropped back. Tucker will help keep a clean pocket for the young QB.


14. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings logo

Selection: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

Rousseau opted out of the 2020 season but was an absolute terror for opposing Quarterbacks in 2019. Landing Rousseau at no. 14 will be a steal for Mike Zimmer and the Vikings organization. Last season the Vikings pass rush lost Danielle Hunter to a season ending injury. Pairing Hunter and Rousseau together as book ends on the defensive line, Quarterbacks will have nightmares before facing the Vikings.


15. New England Patriots New England Patriots logo

Selection: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

It is no secret that New England had absolutely no production from the Tight End position last season. Pitts became a focal point at Florida for their offense. The 6-foot-6 Tight End can catch, run, and block, making whoever is playing Quarterback for the Patriots this season one happy man.


16. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals logo

Selection: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami

The first two edge rushers who come off the board are both former Hurricanes. Phillips is quick off the edge and will be able to learn from Chandler Jones, who is one of the best pass-rushers in the league. The Cardinals are only a few pieces away from being able to contend, and putting pressure on opposing Quarterbacks goes a long way.


17. Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders logo

Selection: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

The Raiders have a very average Linebacker group, but here they address that problem by selecting Owusu-Koramoah. He is a very gifted athlete who can cover the slot and is an efficient blitzer. I like his fit in the Raiders defense and Vegas now has a do-it-all linebacker that each team needs in todays NFL.


18. Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins logo

Selection: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

The Dolphins selected DeVonta Smith with their first pick, now they look to continue to build around Tua and draft a player who will protect him. Miami has an underrated defense so it all comes down to building an offense that makes Tua comfortable.


19. Washington Football Team Washington Football Team logo

Selection: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

This one was a toss up. I can see Washington address the glaring need at Wide Receiver here but instead they take their eventual franchise Quarterback. Lance isn’t necessarily a polished Quarterback, but he has all the tools he needs to develop into the eventual starter in Washington. I think they may look at the available Quarterbacks in Free Agency, but if they are not able to land one of those guys, Lance will be able to come in and learn from Alex Smith the same way Patrick Mahomes did.


20. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears logo

Selection: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

Mayfield has the ability to play inside and out, and is a powerful run blocker who finishes his block. I get the sense that Mitchell Trubisky will be back in Chicago after the way he finished the season. The Bears Offensive Line was questionable last season and getting a versatile lineman like Mayfield will pay off.


21. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts logo

Selection: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

The loss of Anthony Castonzo will play a huge factor into Indy’s draft plans. I believe they will try to go after a veteran QB in Free Agency or via Trade. Cosmi is an absolute monster standing at 6-foot-7 and has a ton of experience playing both Left and Right Tackle. He is a  day-one capable starter and will plug into one of the best offensive lines in the league.


22. Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans logo

Selection: Kwity Paye, EDGE Michigan

The Titans pass-rush was lackluster last season to say the least. The Clowney experiment didn’t pay off but here, they get a guy who can get after the Quarterback and wreck havoc in the backfield.


23. New York Jets (via Seattle) New York Jets logo

Selection: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

The Jets are back with their second pick in the first round. The trend continues of surrounding Sam Darnold with some offensive help, and boy do they do it here. Travis Etienne is my top rated Runningback in this years class and is a do-it-all type back. He can run inside and out, as well as catch the ball out of the backfield. Things are starting to look up for Gang Green fans.


24. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers logo

Selection: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

Back-to-back Runningbacks are taken here. The Steelers finished dead last in rushing last season and were incredibly hard to watch down the stretch. Ben Roethlisberger is committed to playing at least one more season, so Harris will come in as the featured back as the Steelers get back to their old ground-and-pound ways.


25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams) Jacksonville Jaguars logo

Selection: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

Moehrig is the best and arguably the only first-round caliber Safety in this years draft class. The Jags need to rebuild their defense and adding a Safety like Moehrig who can play deep middle, as well as in the box will allow him to disguise the play before either coming on a blitz or dropping into coverage.


26. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns helmet

Selection: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa 

Cleveland needs to upgrade at the Linebacker position to say the least. They had production from the position last year but it was a weakness on the team. Mack Wilson had a down year and Sione Takitaki is far from a great Linebacker. Zaven Collins has the size and speed to be an every-down linebacker in today’s modern game.


27. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens logo

Selection: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

Bateman is a good clean route runner, who would pair well with the burner Marquise Brown. Bateman has good hands and is a willing blocker. I believe he will transition well to the NFL and be a true no. 1 Receiver for Lamar Jackson.


28. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints logo

Selection: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

Kwon Alexander will most likely be a cap-casualty and Demario Davis isn’t getting any younger, making Linebacker a top priority for the Saints. Quarterback could be an option here, but I think Drew Brees passes the torch to Jameis Winston this off-season. Bolton has good range and can cover sideline to sideline, making him a good value pick at 28.


29. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers logo

Selection: Terrace Marshall Jr, WR, LSU

A Receiver to Green Bay?!? Yes, I know it may sound crazy but the front office is dying to make up for not drafting Aaron Rodgers any weapons last year. Rodgers made guys like Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling look good, imagine what he would do with another talented Receiver like Marshall Jr.


30. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills logo

Selection: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

The Buffalo Bills may have been the biggest surprise of the 2020 NFL season. Everyone had high expectations but who would have thought they would make it to the AFC Championship? As good as they were, they struggled running the ball and Devin Singletary only reached the endzone twice. As good as Josh Allen is as a runner, I don’t want to see him take unnecessary hits. Javonte Williams is a strong, physical runner who sees the field well, making it hard for defenders to bring him down. 


31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Selection: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

The Buccaneers built a super team in Tampa last year, and as of right now, there are no glaring needs. Tom Brady can’t play forever (even though it might feel like he can), so it makes sense to take his eventual successor. Mac Jones was arguably the top College QB in 2020 and developed as a passer throughout the season. Here, he can learn from one of the greatest Quarterback’s of all time and become one of the leagues top Quarterbacks in the future.


32. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs logo

Selection: Wyatt Davis, OL, Ohio State

The Chiefs can’t go wrong here. They don’t have any glaring needs and can take the best player available. I think they do that here by taking the best available interior Offensive Lineman. Davis is a physical blocker who punishes defenders. Kansas City need to protect Patrick Mahomes, who is not only the face of their franchise, but the face of the league.