1. Jacksonville Jaguars - Travon Walker, DE | Georgia
In GM Balke's last couple seasons with the 49ers he took DE's Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner in back to seasons and helped that team build a dominant defense. Each were top tier talents for the position but didn't exactly have the greatest film.
DE Walker is the unicorn freak of this class and similarly doesn't exactly have incredible film, but is a better prospect than either of those two. Whether or not he'll translate that talent to similar success....
NFL Comp: shredded Stephon Tuitt
2. Detroit Lions - Aidan Hutchinson, DE | Michigan
Hutchinson's a prototype edge DE and he'll show up as both a pass rusher and run defender even if he's not a prolific stat stuffer. HC Campbell's comments that the defense will see more 4 DL sets this season just matches up well with this pick.
NFL Comp: taller Maxx Crosby
3. Houston Texans - Drake London, WR | USC
GM Caserio was part of a Patriot's FO that had an absolutely awful record of picking 1st round WR's. On one hand you could look at that as he should stay far away, but you could also look it as, if you have an opportunity at a blue chip... don't pass it up. Texans have needs across the board but a #1 WR is one of them.
NFL Comp: angry Alshon Jeffrey
4. New York Jets - Jermaine Johnson, DE | Florida St
Johnson's the most complete edge prospect in this class after Hutchinson. Sauce Gardner is on the board but the Jets have good young talent already at the position and a legit void on the edge.
NFL Comp: DeMarcus Lawrence
5. New York Giants - Ikem Ekwonu, OT | N.C. State
One of the offensive lineman is likely to be the Giants first pick and Ekwonu is one of the most explosive OL prospects I've seen. He has some coaching up to be a truly reliable pass blocker but his run blocking will be a day 1 impact.
6. Carolina Panthers - Kenny Pickett, QB | Pitt
Pickett and Darnold are pretty similar QBs but the critical difference is that Pickett projects as a much better game manager....which is precisely what the Panthers were looking for from Darnold.
Pickett is a reach but the Panthers don't pick again until the the 4th round. If a QB or anyone for that matter was the target on day 2...here is where you take them if they're your guy.
NFL Comp: Jake Delhomme
7. New York Giants - Kayvon Thibideaux, DE | Oregon
Explosive on the field and pretty loud off of it. Thibideaux isn't a technically adept edge guy yet but the raw get off and power are easily evident.
NFL Comp: Justin Houston
8. Atlanta Falcons - Sauce Gardner, CB | Cincinnati
Falcons are building with a side-eye to 2023. At this point bpa is more or less the strategy imo. Unless they want to be completely transparent about the tank and take a WR that won't even see the field in 2022, I think the consensus top CB is the pick if he's on the board.
NFL Comp: skinny Nnamdi Asomugha
9. Seattle Seahawks - Evan Neal, OT | Alabama
Warranted or not, I'm taking into account the late rumors that some teams have concerns about Neal's health and figuring he'll drop just a bit.
10. New York Jets - Jameson Williams, WR | Alabama
Assuming he returns to 100 health, Williams has the speed to be a game changing threat. I'm not as convinced his overall game is as complete but I'm buying that teams are viewing him as an elite talent.
NFL Comp: bigger T.Y. Hilton
11. Washington Commanders - Malik Willis, QB | Liberty
I'm not convinced Carson Wentz is anything but a bridge QB in Washington. Willis has plenty of development ahead but isn't drastically different from the guy Rivera had in Carolina and could be handed the keys in one or two seasons depending on which Wentz shows up.
NFL Comp: Kordell Stewart
12. Minnesota Vikings - Derek Stingley, CB | LSU
One of the greatest CB prospects since Pat Peterson has come down to Earth but could clearly be a steal if 100 healthy.
NFL Comp: clean Marcus Peters
13. Houston Texans - Kyle Hamilton, S | Notre Dame
Hamilton's a rock solid safety prospect but once "the freak" came out of his description fter his athletic testing, he fell down some boards.
NFL Comp: bigger Justin Simmons
14. Baltimore Ravens - Trent McDuffie, CB | Washington
Simply put, I think McDuffie's too good for the Ravens to pass up here. My #1 CB in this class is an all around talent that's only limited by less than elite speed.
NFL Comp: Chidobe Awuzie
15. Philadelphia Eagles - George Karlaftis, DE | Purdue
I think Karlaftis as a prospect fares really favorably to guys the Eagles have liked like Graham and Barnett. He's all hustle and short area power.
NFL Comp: Olivier Vernon
16. New Orleans Saints - Matt Corral, QB | Ole Miss
Jameis isn't the long term guy in New Orleans. The Saints FO took a good look at the market before resigning him. I think Corral fits well into the scheme and could get an opportunity to iron out things for a season while Winston eats some W's.
NFL Comp: tougher Marcus Mariota
17. Los Angeles Chargers - Jordan Davis, DT | Georgia
Planet Hulk is precisely what the Chargers need for their scheme.
NFL Comp: Linval Joseph
18. Philadelphia Eagles - Daxton Hill, S | Michigan
Hill is quietly the most versatile defensive prospect in this class.
NFL Comp: skinny Troy Polamalu
19. New Orleans Saints - Charles Cross, OT | Mississippi St
Cross as a prospect should go much higher than this but concerns over the scheme he played could potentially drop him a bit.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers - Nakobe Dean, LB | Georgia
Steelers have a track record of taking freak athletes with dog mentalities that might not fit everyone's prospect frameworks.
NFL Comp: smaller Roquan Smith
21 New England Patriots - Devin Lloyd, LB | Utah
Patriots have needs at offensive line, wide receiver and CB...so they'll take a LB. Lloyd is exactly the king of versatile anticipatory weapon they tend to covet.
NFL Comp: 235lb Dont'a Hightower
22. Green Bay Packers - Tyler Linderbaum, OC | Iowa
GM Gutekunst missed on Creed Humphrey last year but could redeem himself this go around with Linderbaum.
23. Arizona Cardinals - Travis Jones, DT | UConn
The Cards have a big giant void at the center of their defense upfront and Jones is an ideal fit.
24. Dallas Cowboys - Zion Johnson, OG | Boston College
The foundation of the Cowboys is finally starting to erode and it's time to reinvest.
25. Buffalo Bills - Breece Hall, RB | Iowa St
The Bills have few weaknesses but their reliance on Allen to carry the team as both the leading passer and rusher isn't sustainable. Hall is talented and fast and if nothing else brings a legit homerun hitter into the backfield.
NFL Comp: bigger Lamar Miller
26. Tennessee Titans - Devonte Wyatt, DT | Georgia
Wyatt's talented enough to be a top ten pick and the Titans need to ensure the talent upfront remains steady with age and cap questions upcoming.
NFL Comp: stronger Jaye Howard
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Kenneth Walker, RB | Michigan St
Brady had the most attempts of his career last season in year 21. Balancing the offense and adding a blue chip runner to share carries with the predictably unreliable Fournette is
a sound strategy.
NFL Comp: 5'9 Deuce McAllister
28. Green Bay Packers - Treylon Burks, WR | Arkansas
I'd wager Burks and Rogers would have good chemistry from the jump.
NFL Comp: thick Amari Cooper
29. Kansas City Chiefs - Andrew Booth, CB | Clemson
Booth's plays CB like Mathieu played safety.
NFL Comp: Carlos Rogers
30. Kansas City Chiefs - Boye Mafe, DE | Minnesota
Mafe comes equipped with the skill set to start and contribute straight away.
NFL Comp: Carl Lawson
31. Cincinnati Bengals - Trevor Penning, OT | Northern Iowa
Bengals addressed their OL in the off season and could look at bpa here at the end of the first. Penning fits that and also bolsters what was once a weakness.
32. Detroit Lions - Garrett Wilson, WR | Ohio State
I think either OSU could be a fit at the bottom of round 1 as a potential #1 or competent #2 WR for the Lions.