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NFL Mock Draft: 1st Edition

1) Jacksonville Jaguars: QB, Trevor Lawrence, (Clemson)

This is an obvious one and there is 99% certainty around the league that this is their pick.

2) New York Jets: QB, Zach Wilson, (BYU)

The Jets opt to trade Darnold and start over with Zach Wilson. His 2020 tape shows why teams are raving about him, throwing 33 touchdowns & only 3 interceptions. Late bloomers exist, i.e. Joe Burrow last year.

3) San Francisco 49ers (via Miami): QB, Justin Fields, (Ohio State)

The 49ers made the trade up for obvious reasons; they want a QB. Which one? That's a whole other question, but for me its got to be Justin Fields.

4) Atlanta Falcons: OT, Penei Sewell, (Oregon)

The Falcons have a veteran offense which is good, but they need to get younger on the O-line. With a talent like Sewell dropping to them at #4, it’s hard to pass up.

5) Cincinnati Bengals: TE, Kyle Pitts, (Florida)

The Bengals would have loved to get Sewell here but since he went the pick before, they opt to go with the best non-quarterback talent in this draft and that’s Kyle Pitts.

6) Miami Dolphins (via Eagles): WR, DeVonta Smith, (Alabama)

The Dolphins may have some weapons and signed Will Fuller in free agency, but what better pick fits here than Tua’s former receiver at Alabama & Heisman Trophy Winner Devonta Smith.

7) Detroit Lions: WR, Jamar Chase, (LSU)

The Lions lost two key receivers on offense and didn’t do much to replace them. My guess is they do that here with Jamar Chase.

8) Carolina Panthers: QB, Mac Jones, (Alabama)

The Panthers have been desperate this off-season to find a QB but haven’t gotten it done yet. They do here with Mac Jones.

9) Denver Broncos: OT, Rashawn Slater, (Northwestern)

The Broncos were a sure lock to draft a cornerback before free agency. But after signing two, I don’t think that’s a top need anymore, so they look to help out the O-Line.

10) Dallas Cowboys: CB, Patrick Surtain, (Alabama)

The Cowboys need a lot of help on defense but it starts with a true lockdown corner who they get here.

11) New York Giants: G, Alijah Vera-Tucker, (USC)

Vera-Tucker is an intriguing option. He can play guard or tackle, which is huge for the Giants. Versatility is key and Tucker has that.

12) Philadelphia Eagles: LB, Micah Parsons, (Penn State)

The Eagles look for a versatile weapon on the defensive side of the ball. Clocking in at a 4.36 40-yard dash, Micah Parsons fits the bill.

13) Los Angeles Chargers: CB, Caleb Farley, (Virginia Tech)

The Chargers could look to help the O-Line but when a prospect such as Caleb Farley falls to you, you don’t pass up on it. Especially after letting go of your top cornerback this off-season.

14) Minnesota Vikings: DL, Kwity Paye, (Michigan)

The Vikings look to add a raw edge rusher to their arsenal. Paye is a quick twitch type of player that can get around the edge. Look for him to make an immediate impact for their defense.

15) New England Patriots: QB, Trey Lance, (North Dakota State)

The patriots wait and still get what they want. Trey Lance is like Cam Newton junior, and what better way to bring in a guy like that than to have him learn behind Cam Newton himself.

16) Arizona Cardinals: CB, Jaycee Horn, (South Carolina)

The Cardinals let Patrick Peterson walk in free agency. They did add Malcom Butler but look for them to still add a young stud cornerback in Jaycee Horn.

17) Las Vegas Raiders: S, Trevon Moehrig (TCU)

The Raiders need help all over their defense. Adding a versatile safety opposite of their starter, Johnathan Abram, would be a good step in the right direction.

18) Miami Dolphins: LB, Zaven Collins, (Tulsa)

The Dolphins could look to add a top notch running back here but instead they will go with Zaven Collins to help the defense.

19) Washington Football Team: OL, Christian Darrisaw, (Virginia Tech)

The Washington Football Team still have questions at the tackle spot and Darrisaw can step in right away to fix that.

20) Chicago Bears: OL, Teven Jenkin, (Oklahoma)

The Bears are in the same boat as the Washington Football Team and they follow up by going in the same direction as them. Picking a player in Jenkins, who can step in and play immediately.

21) Indianapolis Colts: WR, Jaylen Waddle, (Alabama)

The colts don’t necessarily need a wide receiver, but if a stud like Waddle falls to you, you have to take him.

22) Tennessee Titans: CB Greg Newsome, (North Western)

The Titans got rid of their whole secondary this offseason and need to fill some holes starting with cornerback.

23) New York Jets (via Seattle): CB, Asante Samuel, (Florida st.)

The Jets are desperate for a cornerback and pick 2 in the first round is where they find one.

24) Pittsburgh Steelers: RB, Najee Harris, (Alabama)

After losing James Connor in free agency, Najee Harris is the perfect back to fill that role and some.

25) Jacksonville Jaguars (via Rams): WR, Kardarius Toney, (Florida)

The Jaguars need to add more pieces around Trevor Lawrence, so let’s start with Kardarius Toney, the super-fast and talented wide receiver out of Florida.

26) Cleveland Browns: DT, Christian Baremore (Alabama)

The Browns continue on the defensive rebuild and get a run stuffer to fill the middle.

27) Baltimore Ravens: WR, Rashod Bateman, (Minnesota)

All off-season I spoke on the Ravens needing to add a big body receiver and here he is, one of the best in this draft.

28) New Orleans Saints: QB, Kyle Trask, (Florida)

The Saints need a replacement for Brees and I’m not sold on Winston or Hill. So, the next best move for them is Kyle Trask.

29) Green Bay Packers: WR, Rondale Moore, (Purdue)

Finally, another weapon for Rodgers. I truthfully don’t think they want to go receiver in the first round but they definitely should.

30) Buffalo Bills: EDGE, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, (Notre Dame)

The bills need to add some more edge threats on the outside and Owusu is the answer for them.

31) Kansas City Chiefs: OT, Alex Leatherwood, (Alabama)

KC needed to add more pieces to the O-line and with most of the top talent off the board, they go with the next man up.

32) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: C, Landon Dickerson, (Alabama)

The Bucs look to solidify the middle of the line with a solid starter from day one.

Check out our article highlighting each team's needs going into the draft. We'll be back next week with our next Mock Draft.

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