1. Jacksonville Jaguars Select-Trevor Lawrence-QB-Clemson University
Trevor Lawrence is the best overall player in this draft even after his recent sparked up a media frenzy about how he doesn't need football and he doesn't have a chip on his shoulder. It would be hard to have a chip on your shoulder if you have been winning as much as he has in his football career and once he's humbled by the NFL, his chip will develop just like it did for Peyton Manning, John Elway, and any other quarterback with his level of talent. And with Urban Meyer as his coach, I expect great things from Duval County for the next decade.
2. New York Jets Select-Zach Wilson-QB-Brigham Young University
I think the Jets are crazy for picking Zach Wilson here at #2 in the draft but that has been the report for over two months with the organization that they love his ability. I think Zach Wilson has the most bust potential of the quarterbacks and that's before he gets selected by an organization that chews up and spits out quarterbacks like cinnamon gum. If Robert Saleh can surround him with talent in New York he could be a special talent with his arm but that remains to be seen with this organization's troublesome history of building a team.
3. San Francisco 49ers (Via Dolphins) select-Trey Lance-QB-North Dakota State University
I think San Francisco would be making a huge mistake if they traded up to grab Mac Jones and I can't in good conscience believe that Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch traded all the way to #3 to pick a quarterback that offers a low ceiling, an unspectacular skillset, and has faced little adversity as Alabama's quarterback. Trey Lance is a far better athlete, arm talent, decision maker, and playmaker and would give the 49ers one of the most potent offenses in the NFC.
4. Denver Broncos (Via Falcons) Select-Justin Fields-QB-Ohio State University
The 49ers shock the NFL world by not taking Mac Jones after all the rumors throughout the offseason and with Denver's interest in both Fields and Lance, they trade up in the draft to make sure that they get one of one them. Justin Fields is a phenomenal athlete at the quarterback position and helped lead Ohio State to two memorable CFB playoff runs in which he showed out. He will transform Denver's offense and make them a competitive force in the AFC.
5. Cincinnati BengaLS Select-Penei Sewell-OT-University of Oregon
The selection of Ja'Marr Chase would be an epic move here with his elite level playmaking ability and athleticism plus his familiarity with his former quarterback in Joe Burrow but once Burrow went down with his gruesome injury a stellar left tackle vaulted to the top of their list. Penei Sewell is going to be a perennial pro bowler at left tackle for the Bengals and will help Joe Burrow develop far more than Chase could.
6. Miami Dolphins (Via Eagles) Select-Kyle PItts-TE-University of Florida
The Dolphins need a play-making wide receiver for Tua Tagovailoa to throw to and luckily for them the most physically gifted offensive weapon in the draft falls right into their lap in Kyle Pitts. Now he's categorized as a tight end but he brings so much more to the table as an overall prospect than any tight end ever could. He can play wide receiver better than any in this draft outside of Chase and offers Miami the ability to create mismatches all over the field.
7. Detroit Lions Select-Ja'Marr Chase-WR-Louisiana State University
The Lions need to give Jared Goff an elite level receiving target in order to even have a chance in the NFC North and Ja'marr Chase is a surefire perennial pro bowler at the receiver position. He'll give the Lions a potent offense at all three levels of the field and will be Goff's #1 target on Day 1.
8. Carolina Panthers select-Rashawn Slater-OT-Northwestern University
The Panthers stayed put in this draft and grabbed one of the most versatile offensive lineman in the draft in Rashawn Slater. Slater can play guard or tackle at an elite level and will give quarterback Sam Darnold a very comfortable pocket either in the middle or one the outside and we can finally see what Sam Darnold has when he's not getting mauled by defenders.
9. Atlanta Falcons (Via Broncos) Select-Micah Parsons-LB-Penn State University
The Atlanta Falcons get a great draft haul for the #4 overall pick and still remain in the Top 10 and thus grab one of the best defenders in the draft in Parsons. Parsons is a freak athlete that immediately makes their pass rush far more potent and makes their run defense one of the best in the NFL with his ability to attack the line of scrimmage.
10. Dallas Cowboys Select-Patrick Surtain II-CB-University of Alabama
Out of all the draft picks in the top 10 none have been more consistent than this one with the Dallas Cowboys taking the best cornerback in the draft. Surtain II has the highest floor among defenders in this draft and will become a perennial pro bowler as an outside cornerback.
11. New England Patriots (Via Giants) Select-Mac Jones-QB-University of ALabama
The New England Patriots trade up in the draft as interest in Mac Jones starts to fire up. Selecting Mac Jones gives Belichick more years as a head coach in New England. Mac Jones has great accuracy and touch on his throws and will be going to a revamped offense with talented tight ends and a much improved receiving corps, something every rookie quarterback needs.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (Via Dolphins) Select-Devonta Smith-WR-University of ALabama
The Eagles desperately need a playmaker wide receiver and Devonta Smith showed in 2020 that he can be just that. The Heisman winner falls because of his weight but make no mistake, he's the best route-runner in the draft and has incredible hands. He will give Jalen Hurts a #1 target on Day 1 and should make fools out of cornerbacks that can't match up with his quickness.
13. Los Angeles Chargers Select-Christian Darrisaw-OT-Virginia Tech University
The Los Angeles Chargers have their star quarterback Justin Herbert and will need to find him some protection to further his development. Christian Darrisaw was a dominant presence for Virginia Tech and has the size and athleticism to hold down the edge for a decade.
14. Minnesota Vikings Select-Gregory Rousseau-Edge-University of Miami
The Vikings need to give Danielle Hunter another pass rusher on the other side of the line and Gregory Rousseau is the perfect player to take on the role. He's a great athlete that brings rare size and length to the position and with Aaron Rodgers in the division, getting more pass rush on the team is a must.
15. New York Giants Select-Jaylen Waddle-WR-University of ALabama
The New York Giants trade down and grab the last great receiver prospect in the draft in Jaylen Waddle. Waddle would probably have been a top 10 selection in this draft if not for an ankle injury that cost him a majority of the season. He's a speed demon as a receiver and is one of the most dangerous receivers in the draft and he will make a huge impact on special teams as well.
16. Arizona Cardinals Select-Jaycee Horn-CB-University of South Carolina
The Arizona Cardinals get a steal in the draft in Jaycee Horn as needs are drafted over value. Jaycee Horn comes in and replaces all-time great cornerback Patrick Peterson with his exceptional athleticism, aggressive style of play, and competitive fire. He'll develop into a lockdown cornerback in the pros and has the potential to be a pro bowler within his rookie deal.
17. Las Vegas Raiders Select-Alijah Vera-Tucker-G/T-University of Southern California
The Las Vegas Raiders have traded away and released most of their offensive line this offseason but they cannot go into the season without fresh talent. Alijah Vera-Tucker is easily the best interior player in this draft and showed in 2020 that he can play outside as well. He would give the Raiders a great cornerstone on their line and give Derek Carr protection in the middle.
18. Miami Dolphins Select-Kwity Paye-EDGE-University of Michigan
The Dolphins need pass rush help on the edge and Kwity Paye is the answer on Day 1. He's a freak athlete that's just scratching his potential as an every down pass rusher and teaming him up with Miami's formidable defensive line will bring out his pro bowl potential.
19. Washington Football Team Selects-Zaven Collins-LB-University of Tulsa
The Redskins missed out on the quarterbacks in this draft and will look to improve the other side of the ball. Zaven Collins is a monstrous linebacker that would solidify Washington's defense as the best in the NFC and would put them on a contending path next season.
20. Chicago Bears Select-Alex Leatherwood-OT-University of Alabama
The Chicago Bears need to get an upgrade at offensive tackle and Alex Leatherwood is the perfect player hear at #20. He's a mauler in the run game with the exceptional athleticism to develop into an effective pass protector. He'll help turn Chicago's run game into a force in the NFC North and will boost the Bears pass protection with added experience.
21. Indianapolis Colts Select-Jaylen Mayfield-OT-University of Michigan
The Colts offense is bordering on elite and getting Jaylen Mayfield would put them over the edge. He would solidify the Colts offensive line as the best in the NFL and would give Carson Wentz the protection and security he lacked in Philadelphia in 2020. He should develop into a quality offensive tackle playing next to Quenton Nelson.
22. Tennessee Titans Select-Caleb Farley-CB-Virginia Tech University
Caleb Farley has been regarded as the best cornerback in this draft by many analysts but due to a back procedure before his pro day and a lengthy injury history before that he falls in the draft to the Titans. He would immediately improve the Titans secondary and if he can stay healthy, he could develop into a pro bowl player early in his career.
23. New York Jets (Via Seahawks) Select-Rondale Moore-WR-Purdue University
The New York Jets grabbed their guy in Zack Wilson and now they have to get him a receiver to throw to and Rondale Moore is a great fit. He's the closest player to Tyreek Hill to come out of college and Zach Wilson will benefit from having Moore burning corners deep in the NFL.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers Select-Creed Humphrey-C-University of Oklahoma
Pittsburgh lost a HOF center in Maurkice Pouncey this offseason to retirement and filling the hole left behind will need to be a priority over anything else. Creed Humphrey has done nothing but prove that he's easily the best center in this draft with his athleticism and production and will give the Steelers the dominant interior presence they had with Pouncey in his prime.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (Via Rams) Select-Samuel Cosmi-OT-University of Texas
The Jaguars picked their franchise player in Trevor Lawrence and now they have to protect their investment. Samuel Cosmi is an elite athlete at offensive tackle who dominated in 2020 for the Longhorns. He's a little raw as a prospect but has phenomenal potential to develop into a bookend tackle in the pros.
26. Cleveland Browns Select-Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah-LB-University of Notre Dame
The Cleveland Browns front seven is great but lacking a great linebacker presence that could solidify their defense in the AFC. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah made the Notre Dame defense one of the best in the SEC. He's a bit undersized at linebacker but he's a freak athlete that can cause turnovers.
27. Baltimore Ravens Select-Jaelen Phillips-EDGE-University of Miami
Jaelan Phillips showed at his pro day that he's every bit the athlete that made him such a highly touted recruit coming out of high school and his 2020 season showed that he can dominate pro level competition. But injury concerns involving concussions caused him to fall to the Ravens. He's a perfect fit for their defense and could develop into a pro bowl player within his rookie contract.
28. New Orleans Saints Select-Christian Barmore-DT-University of Alabama
The New Orleans Saints seeing most of the best players for them come off the board go after the best player available in Christian Barmore. He's a raw prospect but he's a phenomenal athlete and was easily the best defensive lineman in the country in 2020 that helped lead the Alabama defense to a title run.
29. Green Bay Packers Select-Amon-Ra St. Brown-WR-University of Southern California
The Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers have been at each other's throat for the last couple seasons, but drafting a receiver for Aaron would be a great olive branch. Amon-Ra St. Brown lit the PAC-12 on fire in 2019 and 2020 and would give Aaron another option outside of Davante Adams and could help push them over the top in the NFC.
30. Buffalo Bills Select-Travis Etienne-RB-Clemson University
The Buffalo Bills best rusher is quarterback Josh Allen and that cannot continue if they wish to prolong his career. Travis Etienne is the greatest running back in Clemson history and one of the best all around running back prospects in this draft. He had more carries than most NFL teams may want in a running back but he will immediately change life in Buffalo and will prolong Allen's career.
31. Baltimore Ravens (via Chiefs) Select-Liam Eichenberg-OT-University of Notre Dame
The Kansas Chiefs moved this pick just before heading into the draft for Baltimore’s Orlando Brown, a trade now puts Kansas City firmly in the driver seat for the AFC representative in the 2021 Super Bowl. And now Baltimore has created a need for themselves on the offensive line and Liam Eichenburg is the perfect pick here. He's a powerful offensive tackle that will make an impact as a run blocker for the Ravens and he gets to play next to another former Fighting Irish lineman in Ronnie Stanley.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select-Talanoa Hufanga-S/LB-University of Southern California
The Bucs don't appear to have a weakness on the roster outside of depth and Talanoa Hufanga does have a need at both safety and linebacker. He's an incredibly smart and tough defender and brings a rare level of versatility to the Bucs defense that could use him anywhere.