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It is that time of the year again. Where a bunch of analysts like myself make predictions on 21-24 years olds taking a guess if they are going to be an NFL star. This year the draft will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is my third year doing a mock draft so if you are unfamiliar with my work this is how they go.

  1. Only the first round of the draft
    1. I will never understand how some of these people do 7-round mock drafts
  2. I do not predict trades
    1. That is very difficult to do
  3. I am predicting what I think each team will pick
    1. Not what I would do at that pick
  4. If you would like further analysis on these picks and possible trade scenarios you can check out my podcast episode on it here
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So without further ado the Jaguars are on the clock: With the 1st overall pick they select:

1. Jacksonville Jaguars-Travon Walker 6’5 270lbs JR Georgia

  • Rare athleticism and versatility along the defensive front.
  • Walker primarily wins with quickness and speed-to-power as a pass rusher,
  • Freak Athlete with a high ceiling 
  • Shot up draft boards 
  • Did Struggle vs Alabama in the SEC Championship game

2. Detroit Lions-Aidan Hutchinson 6’6 260LBs SR Michigan

  • Length, power, fundamentals, effort, and speed
  • Just overall a solid Pass rusher who can also play a little bit of OLB
  • Next level effort
  • Reminds some people of J.J Watt

3. Houston Texans-Kayvon Thibodeaux 6’4 254LBs JR Oregon

  • The most talented player in the class
  • Former number one recruit 
  • Very good athlete with regards to explosion and agility
  • One flaw is his consistency and motor. Is it high enough
  • Texans need to take the best player here and Thibodeaux is that

4. New York Jets-Evan Neal 6’6 337LBS JR Alabama

  • Jets could go in a lot of different directions
  • Have to help out Zach Wilson
  • Will also help Michael Carter 
  • uses his massive frame and power to move defenders off the line of scrimmage when run blocking
  • Excelled at both LT and RT

5. New York Giants-Iken Ekwonu 6’4 310LBs JR NC State

  • A starter since day 1
  • His tenacity, size, devastating power at the point of attack
  • Giants need to keep developing the line even tho past picks have not panned out well. 

6. Carolina Panthers-Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner 6’3 190LBS JR Cincinnati

  • Great size for a CB
  • Elite coverage skills 
  • Doesn’t get beat deep/keeps everything in front of him
  • Better in a zone scheme
  • Build a young CB duo with him and Jaycee Horn

7. New York Giants (Via Chicago Bears)-Kyle Hamilton 6’4 220LBs JR Notre Dame

  • My personal favorite player in the draft
  • A unicorn
  • Can play S, CB, LB, Nickel, and is excellent playing the FS robber role. 
  • Reminds me of Derwin James
  • High IQ would be my #1 overall pick

8. Atlanta Falcons-Derek Stingley JR.6’0 190LBS JR LSU

  • Unreal freshman season
  • Hasn’t played a meaningful game in two year
  • When healthy- has elite speed with an excellent instinctual ability to get up for INT and Pass Deflections
  • Pair him with A.J Terrell

9. Seattle Seahawks (Via Denver Broncos)-Charlie Cross 6’5 305lbs RS Soph Mississippi St.

  • Exceptional first step 
  • Excellent athlete 
  • Dominant run defender 
  • Seattle will rely on the run a lot next season

10. New York Jets (Via Seattle Seahawks)-Garrett Wilson 6’0 180LBS JR Ohio State

  • Dynamic threat with the ball in his hands
  • Great after the catch
  • Better in the slot but his big-play ability to perfect for Zach Wilson

11. Washington Commanders-Drake London 6’4 220LBS JR USC

  • Jump ball threat/contested catcher
  • Great body control
  • Fits new QB Carson Wentz perfectly

12. Minnesota Vikings-Zion Johnson 6’3 312LBS RS Senior Boston College

  • Played LG and LT 
  • Consistent player, always have good posture and control of his frame
  • Continue to build that line for Dalvin Cook and Kirk Cousins

13. Houston Texans (Via Cleveland Browns)-Jordan Davis 6’6 340LBS SR Georgia

  • Dominate in the run game
  • Incredible first step
  • Almost impossible not to double team him
  • The only issue is how many snaps can he play a game

14. Baltimore Ravens-Devonte Wyatt 6’3 307LBS SR Georgia

  • Disruptive interior rusher
  • Not as powerful as Davis but he’s a little quicker in getting in the gaps
  • Can line up anywhere on the D-line

15. Philadelphia Eagles (Via Miami Dolphins)-Trent McDuffie 5’11 193LBS JR Washington

  • Very good athlete and quickness in coverage
  • Rarely out of position
  • Can play on the outside or in the slot

16. New Orleans Saints-Malik Willis 6’0 220LBS RS Senior Liberty

  • Extradiornary athlete 
  • Most talented QB in the class
  • Doesn’t go through progressions well
  • Relies on his legs too much
  • Has an absolute cannon
  • Needs time to develop/sit out a year or two

17. Los Angeles Chargers-Jermaine Johnson 6’5 250LBS RS Senior Florida State

  • Quick off the ball
  • Variety of moves and takes good angles
  • Not a game-changer but a solid player that gives effort at all times
  • Will fit well, with Bosa and Mack as a third option

18. Philadelphia Eagles (Via New Orleans Saints)-Jameson Williams 6’1 180LBS JR Alabama

  • Home run ability 
  • Excellent deep ball threat from the slot or the outside
  • Breakaway speed
  • My favorite WR in the class
  • Won’t be ready for week one (Tore ACL)
  • Third straight year Eagles take a WR in round 1

19. New Orleans Saints (Via Philadelphia Eagles)-Chris Olave 6’1 190LBS SR Ohio State

  • Refined route-runner
  • Creates separation with smooth footwork
  • Doesn’t excel at contested catches

20. Pittsburgh Steelers-Kenny Pickett 6’3 220LBS RS Senior Pittsburgh

  • I am not convinced Trisbisky is the guy for the future
  • Pickett is experienced that brings good size, mobility, accuracy, poise, toughness, and leadership to the table
  • Very good at going through his progressions
  • The issue is he is already 24 years old

21. New England Patriots -Devin Lloyd 6’3 237LBS RS Senior Utah

  • Great at covering side to side
  • Versatility in also being able to rush the passer from the inside and the outside 
  • A downhill player that creates a lot of tackles for lost

22. Green Bay Packers (Via Las Vegas Raiders)-Treylon Burks 6’2 225LBS JR Arkansas

  • Swiss army knife
  • Can line up out wide, in the slot, and even in the backfield 
  • Excellent at sheading the first tackler
  • Great at getting the 50/50 balls
  • First time ever the Packers are picking a WR in the first round in the Rodgers era

23. Arizona Cardinals-George Karlaftis 6’4 275LBS JR Purdue

  • Best power rusher in the draft
  • Insane raw power
  • Sures up the line for when JJ Watt gets hurt

24. Dallas Cowboys-Daxton Hill 6’0 191 LBS JR Michigan

  • Versatile defender
  • Can play high safety, or nickel in the slot
  • Concerns about his size 

25. Buffalo Bills-Kaiir Elam 6’1 190LBS JR Florida

  • Primarily a zone and press corner
  • Excellent athlete 
  • Not the best tackler in space and stopping the run

26. Tennesse Titans-Nakobe Dean 5’11 225LBS JR Georgia

  • Excellent reactions and uses quickness and agility to go side to side 
  • 2021 Butkus Winner (Best LB in the Country)
  • Little undersized
  • While he can shoot gaps, he played with a ton of talent and holes were easier for him in my opinion

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Tyler Linderbaum 6’3 290LBS RS JR Iowa

  • Riley Jensen will retire soon
  • Linderbaum can be his replacement for the future
  • Sure up OL for Brady as well

28. Green Bay Packers-Trevor Penning 6’7 325LBS RS Senior Northern Iowa 

  • Huge human being 
  • Fluid athlete for his size
  • Not great at moving laterally 
  • A little bit of a project 

29. Kansas City Chiefs (Via Miami Dolphins)-Andre Booth Jr. 6’0 195LBS JR Clemson

  • An exciting blend of size, athleticism, instincts, physicality, ball skills, and competitive toughness
  • Can clean up missed tackles and improve in zone coverage

30. Kansas City Chiefs-Boye Mafe 6’4 265LBS RS SR Minnesota

  • Offers great athleticism on the edge and his flashes of effortless movement skills in space
  • In other years he would be higher up on draft boards due to his potential

31. Cincinnati Bengals-Kenyon Green 6’4325LBS JR Texas A&M

  • Experienced (35 starts in three seasons)
  • Better in the run game 
  • Can play both guard positions and RT

32. Detriot Lions (Via Los Angeles Rams)-Lewis Cine 6’2 200LBS JR Georgia

  • Can play single-high safety and come down to the slot 
  • In the run game, he is a violent, physical hitter. He comes downhill with authority 
  • Can play in any defensive scheme

 

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