- Jacksonville Jaguars – Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
Hutchinson is most likely the best overall player in the draft. He set a school record with 14 sacks in 14 games in 2021.
- Detroit Lions – Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
Detroit was tied for second in fewest sacks per game last season. Thibodeaux could be an anchor on a defense that lacks superstars.
- Houston Texans – Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
The Texans really need help at corner, but passing up on Hamilton would feel like a mistake. The Notre Dame product has unreal range and speed that would help cover the deep ball.
- New York Jets – “Sauce” Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
All the hype is on Gardner. He was a stud for the Bearcats not allowing a single touchdown in coverage last year.
- New York Giants – Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
The Giants want to build around their quarterback, Daniel Jones. One thing they could do to help is improve the front line to keep him up.
- Carolina Panthers – Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt
Carolina’s GM said that Sam Darnold is their signal caller for now. That tells me they want someone new but are willing to be patient. Pickett is considered the most pro ready quarterback which could help make an easier change if need be.
- New York Giants – Travon Walker, DL, Georgia
Now that the G Men have gotten their guy on the offensive line, now is time to improve the defensive line. This pick is one hell of a steal for New York.
- Atlanta Falcons – Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
I wouldn’t be surprised if Willis is the first QB off the board, especially with all of the hype around his name. Atlanta signed Marcus Mariota, who I believe is a bridge for a young talent and Willis fits in perfectly.
- Seattle Seahawks – Charles Cross, OT, Miss St.
Duane Brown has yet to sign with a team, even if he does return to Seattle, the Seahawks need serious help at the position and he is possibly the best player available.
- New York Jets – Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio St.
Wide receivers have got to come off the board sooner or later. This pick solidifies two home runs in the first round for the Jets.
- Washington Commanders – Drake London, WR, USC
The Commanders have been reported to have interest in trying to upgrade the wide receiver position all offseason. London has been a big name recently and is high on many boards.
- Minnesota Vikings – Derek Stingley Jr, CB, LSU
Even with the re-signing of Patrick Peterson, the Vikings need someone that can cover on the outside. We know Minnesota isn’t afraid to grab talent out of LSU and Stingley falls right into their laps.
- Houston Texans – Ikem Ekwonwu, OT, NC St.
Even though they have plenty of tackles on the roster, it’s hard to pass up on a top 10 talent in the draft when you’re pick 13.
- Baltimore Ravens – Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia
Davis was an absolute FORCE on the defensive line for the Bulldogs. Throwing him at nose tackle and moving Michael Pierce a little more to the edge would make this defense even scarier than it already is.
- Philadelphia Eagles – Devonte Wyatt, IDL, Georgia
Fletcher Cox will be back for the Eagles, but for how much longer? Getting his potential replacement fast is optimal.
- New Orleans Saints – Bernhard Raimann, OT Central Michigan
New Orleans tends to lean either offensive or defensive line in the first round. The former Chippewa could battle for a starting tackle role this upcoming season.
- Los Angeles Chargers – Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
Los Angeles is starting to have a stacked roster, the only part of the team that really needs help is the offensive line. Getting Penning will secure the line and help keep Justin Herbert up-right.
- Philadelphia Eagles – Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
Philly takes the best rated corner available, who can hopefully be a good pairing with Darius Slay.
- New Orleans Saints – Chris Olave, WR, Ohio St.
With the trade, Saints fans can now get the best of both worlds adding what some would consider a top three receiver in this draft.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida St.
Johnson took a big fall for me and fell into a situation in Pittsburgh that has the best edge pass rusher in the league in T.J. Watt. The Florida State product would only improve the Steelers already excellent ability to affect the quarterback.
- New England Patriots – Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
Now that the Patriots have traded for Devante Parker, I think they’ll go for a linebacker since Dont’a Hightower and Kyle Van Noy are off the team.
- Green Bay Packers – Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
At this point they got to draft a pass catcher after trading Devante Adams and letting Marquez Valdez-Scantling walk. Williams could take over day one as Green Bay’s wide receiver one and be Aaron Rodgers’ new deep threat.
- Arizona Cardinals – Skyy Moore, WR, W. Michigan
The Cardinals let both Christian Kirk and A.J. Green hit free agency, so there’s holes to fill at the wide receiver position. Moore has big play ability and could benefit in Arizona’s spread offense.
- Dallas Cowboys – George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
The Cowboys could use a little depth on the edge to generate some pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Karlaftis is a nice value pick where they are taking him.
- Buffalo Bills – Zion Johnson, IOL, Boston College
The fact that the Bills are one of, if not, the most well rounded rosters in the NFL makes this pick difficult because of the number of directions they could go in. Johnson would help beef up that offensive line and have the potential to move Ryan Bates to his original back to tackle.
- Tennessee Titans – Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
Pass catcher could have waited for another round, but Burks could be the young replacement for Julio Jones. This will give Ryan Tannehill another weapon while Robert Woods is out.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
If Ojabo can make a full recovery, Tampa Bay may have found a future defensive piece to their franchise.
- Green Bay Packers – Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
Even though Green Bay spent a second round pick on Josh Myers last draft, Myers has the capability to play guard. This would allow the highest graded center in the PFF College era to stay at his natural position.
- Kansas City Chiefs – Andrew Booth Jr, CB, Clemson
Kansas City could really use some help on the boundaries and Booth is the top rated corner available. He’s also a Clemson Tiger, which has been a very familiar University for the Chiefs the last couple of drafts.
- Kansas City Chiefs – Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
The Chiefs could draft a new pass catcher, but most of the “first-round talents” have already been drafted. Dean could man the middle as they haven’t been able to find a reliable backer in years.
- Cincinnati Bengals – Lewis Cine, S, Georgia
It’s safe to say the Bengals have invested heavily in the offensive line this free agency. With both Jesse Bates III and Vonn Bell being free agents next offseason, getting an insurance policy would be smart.
- Detroit Lions – Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn St.
Jared Goff could use more help on the offensive side, but other Safety help is necessary if the Lions want to take that next step forward. Brisker could help cover the deep passes and could be the team’s “Ball Hawk.”