1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevor Lawrence, QB Clemson:
We all saw this pick coming. Lawrence will come in as an immediate impact player at, probably, the most important position for any football team. He’s a true leader, generational throwing talent, and a gifted athlete. This is the first step towards rebuilding one of the worst performing franchises in the past decade.
2. NY Jets- Zach Wilson, QB BYU:
This pick was also a given. A very talented thrower with an extremely high ceiling. If the Jets can protect him and continue to fill their roster with talent, he could turn into the best overall QB in this draft.
3. San Francisco 49ers- Trey Lance, QB NDSU
Lance is a guy who could have been in debate for the 1st overall pick if he played more than 1 game this season. He brings an elite level of athleticism and arm talent to the 49ers, but will need time to shake off the rust and adjust to the speed of the NFL game. On a contending roster, he could be very successful sooner than you’d think.
4. Atlanta Falcons- Kyle Pitts, TE Florida
Pitts is the most unique TE prospect in the last 20 years or so. He’s a massive target who runs routes like a WR, catches everything, and is useful in blocking situations too. In Atlanta, he joins a very talented passing offense with Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Justin Gage all catching passes from former MVP Matt Ryan. He may just be the best overall player in this draft.
5. Cincinnati Bengals- Ja’Marr Chase, WR LSU
Chase is by far the best WR in this draft class. He runs clean routes, catches everything, plays physically, and creates separation with finesse and creativity. He’ll definitely help Joe Burrow and the Cincy offense out, but the question is whether or not the Bengals can keep their young QB upright.
6. Miami Dolphins- Jaylen Waddle, WR Alabama
Waddle has undeniable, lightning speed and great hands. He can be an immediate special teams returner and offensive weapon, and definitely has potential to help Miami try to improve the play of Tua. Was this a better pick for Miami over Penei Sewell or Devonta Smith? Time will tell I guess.
7. Detroit Lions- Penei Sewell, OT Oregon
Detroit is getting themselves an anchor on the offensive line, with the giant, physical Sewell. He’ll come in and have an immediate presence on a rebuilding Detroit offensive line. He’s a guy you can rely on in pass protection and run behind reliably in the run game. An elite talent at tackle for a blue collar HC in Dan Campbell is such a fun fit.
8. Carolina Panthers- Jaycee Horn, CB South Carolina
Horn is a versatile athlete who can play man to man coverage with anyone on the football field. He’s a physical, speedy, long armed ball hawk who will likely shadow every Carolina opponent’s best WR threat. Day one, the Panthers get a dominant DB who does it all.
9. Denver Broncos- Patrick Surtain II, CB Alabama
Surtain is a very physical, patient corner who needs some work feeling out and reading WRs, but he will be a solid DB right away with the right situation. In Denver, he comes into a defensively oriented HC and loads of talent to help him succeed right away. If he can over come his tendency to be overly handsy with receivers, he could be a very good corner for a long time.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (via Dallas)- Devonta Smith, WR Alabama
Philly traded all around the 1st round and ultimately traded from 6th to 12th and then back up here to 10 to select the speedy playmaker from Bama. He’s a very intelligent, crafty pass catcher that Philly hasn’t really had since DeSean Jackson in his prime. Although they had more immediate holes defensively, this pick still gives the Eagles an intriguing weapon to pair with Jalen Reagor, Zach Ertz, and Dallas Goedert.
11. Chicago Bears (via NYG)- Justin Fields, QB Justin Fields
Fields is an athletic, strong armed, mentally tough leader that gives the Bears to potentially revitalize the team that has looked like a legitimate contender at times. Fields has some consistency and translation concerns, and many Ohio State QBs struggle to adapt to the NFL game. Personally, I see him as a more athletic Dwayne Haskins… Could Fields be the outlier?
12. Dallas Cowboys- Micah Parsons, LB Penn State
A very interesting pick here. Parsons is a huge, athletic edge defender/LB that is very raw. He needs time to develop into a more instinctive and comfortable player in terms of reading plays and not getting caught with fakes. Parsons does excel as a stand up blitzer and will be effective in that respect. He gets an opportunity to play with two other talented, young LBs in Jaylen Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.
13. LA Chargers- Rashawn Slater, OT Northwestern
Slater is an extremely gifted athlete with quick feet and sound fundamentals. He excels as a pass protector and has a high ceiling as a run blocker. He’ll be an immediate starter for the Chargers and will be a great piece to protect franchise QB Justin Herbert.
14. NY Jets (via Minnesota)- Alijah Vera-Tucker, G/T, USC
Vera-Tucker is a very versatile lineman who can play either OT or G. He’s a very physical run blocker and is a solid pass blocker. He comes into a very underwhelming Jets offensive line and will serve as a primary protector of Zach Wilson along with 2020 first round pick Mekhi Becton.
15. New England Patriots- Mac Jones, QB Alabama
Mac is a very smart QB. He doesn’t have the greatest arm and isn’t the greatest athlete. I don’t see him as a first round talent, but he will look to be the QB of the future of New England. With Cam Newton under contract for this season, we’ll unlikely see Jones play to start the season, but if Newton under performs we could see the start of a new era.
16. Arizona Cardinals- Zaven Collins, LB Tulsa
Collins is a massive, all around LB who will be the anchor of Arizona’s front seven. He can blitz, play zone coverage, and has elite speed for a 260 pound player to make sideline to sideline tackles against the run.
17. LV Raiders- Alex Leatherwood, OT Alabama
This is a reach in my opinion. Leatherwood is a very solid OT prospect who will be a good pass protector and be a replacement for Trent Brown. He most likely would have fallen to a later round and there were better prospects on the board to me, but we’ll see what Gruden does with this interesting selection.
18. Miami Dolphins- Jaelan Phillips, Edge Miami
Phillips is an extremely gifted and very natural pass rusher. He’s a a very long, twitchy athlete that has upside to turn into an all around, dominant edge defender. Miami hasn’t had a consistent presence off the edge in a long time and he could help make this already solid Dolphins defense even better.
19. Washington Football Team- Jamin Davis, LB Kentucky
Davis wasn’t projected to be a 1st rounder, but his incredible pro day really helped his stock. He’s a very quick, physical run defender who can blitz very well. He will be a bit of a project player, but still has a chance to develop and help out a very talented WFT defense.
20. NY Giants- Kadarius Toney, WR Florida
Toney was an extremely underrated WR talent who runs great routes, has excellent hands and is a big time RAC threat. He gives the Giants a utility weapon to pair with FA signing Kenny Golladay and the explosive Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley.
21. Indianapolis Colts- Kwity Paye, Edge Michigan
Paye has an incredible skill set and speed for his size and position. He may be the best edge run defender in this class and will be impactful in a young, play making defense the Colts have built. He needs work as a pass rusher, but has the athletic traits and ability to develop into an all around star.
22. Tennessee Titans- Caleb Farley, CB Virginia Tech
Farley is a very athletic, instinctive corner who has had some injury concerns, which allowed him to fall this far in the 1st round. He hasn’t played corner for a long time, as he was originally a WR in High School, but has shown elite talent at the position during his VT career. Tennessee desperately needed a corner to rebuild their secondary and they got a steal this deep in the first round.
23. Minnesota Vikings, Christian Darrisaw, OT Virginia Tech
Darrisaw is a big, strong and physical tackle who will immediately be impactful for a struggling Viking offensive line. He’ll help dominate in the run game to help open up running lanes for Dalvin Cook and protect Kirk Cousins. The Vikings moved back and still filled a position of need with a very talented player.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers- Najee Harris, RB Alabama
Harris is a giant, physical gifted athlete who will punish defenders in the NFL. The Steelers get an all around player who has great power and vision, a great pass blocker, and can even catch balls out of the backfield. A 3 down back who will be very impactful right away.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars- Travis Etienne, RB Clemson
Etienne is a very fast, shifty RB who runs with both balance and power. He needs to improve as a pass blocker and receiver out the backfield. It’s hard to overlook the fact that Jacksonville didn’t need a RB after a huge rookie season from James Robinson. The Jags could have used an offensive lineman or some defensive help, but we’ll see how this pans out.
26. Cleveland Browns- Greg Newsome, CB Northwestern
Newsome is a super athletic, long, man coverage corner. He’s very physical, attacks in the run game, and will be a great playmaker in a very loaded Browns defense. Newsome will be a day one starter alongside Denzel Ward, potentially giving this defense two lock down DBs to stop opposing air attacks.
27. Baltimore Ravens- Rashod Bateman, WR Minnesota
A very smooth route runner, creates separation with a combination of speed and physicality and can burn defenders after the catch. His issue is making tougher catches, especially over the middle. He seems to feel LBs over top of him and would take his eyes off the ball trying to avoid hits. He’s an interesting talent, but needs to work on consistency. He gets a great opportunity to be a #1 option in a very WR needy Baltimore team.
28. New Orleans Saints- Payton Turner, DE/DT Houston
Turner is a very big, strong and surprisingly fast defensive lineman. This pick really feels like a reach with better edge rushers and interior defensive linemen on the board, but this is another situation we have to watch play out. I’m not a fan of the pick.
29. Green Bay Packers- Eric Stokes, CB Georgia
Stokes is a superb athlete with great instincts as a corner. He has great leaping ability and finishes coverage plays nicely. Green Bay, even despite Aaron Rogers’ statement on his disinterest in playing in Green Bay for the future, decided to a draft defensive piece rather than some offensive weapons. This may come back to hurt the Packers’ chances of keeping Rogers in town.
30. Buffalo Bills- Gregory Rousseau, Edge Miami
Rousseau, right away, is a pure pass rusher. The Miami star in 2019 took opted out of the 2020 season, but showed enough to be a first round selection. He’s a long, skinny but strong athlete who will come in and help a very talented Buffalo defense pressure the Quarterback. Rousseau does need to add weight and become better in the run game.
31. Baltimore Ravens- Jayson Oweh, Edge Penn State
Oweh is a very raw, athletic talent who will look to develop into an all around, balanced edge defender. He has super long arms, insane speed, and explosive athleticism off the edge. The guy has such undeniable potential and will have a chance to develop in a notoriously great defensive organization.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Joe Tryon, LB Washington
Tryon is a speedy, tall potential edge rush who will be a useful pass rush tool to use on a stacked defensive Tampa squad. It’s a bit of a reach to me, but he has much more upside than other guys I said were bad picks earlier on.