By: Tyler Vesely, TGIS Prez
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
I believe there should have been more of a debate between Lawrence and Zach Wilson, but you can’t go wrong with either. Jaguars snag their QB of the future.
2. New York Jets
Pick: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
The Jets had the difficult decision to make between retaining Sam Darnold or take their chances with Zach Wilson. They decided back in early April that Wilson was their man.
3. San Fransisco 49ers
Pick: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Here is where the NFL draft gets interesting. The 49ers traded a boatload of picks to go up to get their quarterback. But is their quarterback Mac Jones or Trey Lance? Kyle Shanahan will love what Mac Jones can bring to his offense.
4. Atlanta Falcons
Pick: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
The Falcons should seriously consider taking Justin Fields at this spot as Matt Ryan is turning 36 years old and has shown a decline in play. However, from all insider sources, the Falcons are going to build around Ryan. An offense with Julio, Calvin Ridley, and Pitts should be fun.
5. Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: Jamarr Chase, WR, LSU
Jamarr Chase or Penei Sewell? The Bengals have the luxury of deciding between two premier players at areas of need. I believe the Bengals will reunite Chase and Burrow and focus on the offensive line in the 2nd round.
6. Miami Dolphins
Pick: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The Dolphins lacked playmakers at the receiver position last year. That changes after they pick Jaylen Waddle who fits perfectly along side Devante Parker and recently signed Will Fuller.
7. Detroit Lions
Pick: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Lions need to upgrade their entire roster. Might as well take a franchise left tackle and worry about upgrading the receivers later (Tyrell Williams, Breshaud Perriman, Quintez Cephus, and Geronimo Allison isn’t going to get it done).
8. Carolina Panthers
Pick: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Are the Panthers go all in on Sam Darnold or bring in a backup plan? I would build around Darnold, but I’m thinking Carolina goes with Justin Fields as too good to pass up.
9. Denver Broncos
Pick: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
After trading for Teddy Bridgewater the Broncos have finished bringing in competition for Drew Lock. The trade frees up the Broncos to boost their offensive line with Rashawn Slater.
10. Dallas Cowboys
Pick: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
The Cowboys secondary was awful last year. Particularly, they have a hole at corner opposite Trevon Diggs. Look for the Cowboys to reunite the 2019 Alabama corners as the Cowboys starters in 2021.
11. New York Giants
Pick: Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Devonta Smith at this spot is too good to pass up. It would give Daniel Jones another weapon for an offense that really needs it.
12. Philadelphia Eagles
Pick: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
The Eagles need more talent at the cornerback position behind Avante Maddox and Darius Slay. Picking Horn can free up the decision to move Maddox to nickel with Horn and Slay as outside corners. That is a pretty solid starting secondary…
13. Los Angeles Chargers
Pick: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
The Chargers are reportedly excited about Trey Pipkins at left tackle. So instead of reaching for a tackle, they can draft a major impact player at the linebacker spot (even with them drafting Kenneth Murray last year).
14. Minnesota Vikings
Pick: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC
After losing Riley Reiff the Vikings offensive line is a mess. Alijah Vera-Tucker started at left tackle for USC and has the talent to play anywhere on the line. This will give the Vikings flexibility and talent to continue to protect Kirk Cousins.
15. New England Patriots
Pick: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota St.
The Patriots get their longterm quarterback as Lance falls down to this spot. I believe a team, like the Patriots, could trade up for Trey Lance (but I don’t project trades). Trey Lance can take a year to get comfortable behind Cam Newton.
16. Arizona Cardinals
Pick: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
I know the Cardinals took Simmons last year, but this is another scheme diverse linebacker who projects to fill a future need for the Cardinals. Collins plays between 260 and 270 pounds, but is still one of the more athletic linebackers in the draft. Collins gives the Cardinals another really good player in their front seven.
17. Las Vegas Raiders
Pick: Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama
Mike Mayock loves big school players. After releasing Maurice Hurst, Barmore can slide right in as a pass rushing interior defensive lineman.
18. Miami Dolphins
Pick: Kwitty Paye, EDGE, Michigan
After releasing Kyle Van Now and trading Shaq Lawson, it is time for the Dolphins to get another edge rusher. Kwitty Paye is a perfect compliment to current Dolphins defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.
19. Washington Football Team
Pick: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Coach Ron Rivera called out the linebacking unit for being too hesitant. JOK is anything but hesitant as a big hitter on defense. JOK gives the Football team a compliment to current linebackers Cole Holcomb and Jon Bostic.
20. Chicago Bears
Pick: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
The Bears lost Bobby Massie at right tackle. Teven Jenkins fits perfectly to slide right in. Jenkins is one of the best run blockers in the draft and will give the Bears an instant upgrade.
21. Indianapolis Colts
Pick: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
The Colts need a left tackle after Anthony Castonzo retired. Christian Darrisaw fits in perfectly to protect Carson Wentz.
22. Tennessee Titans
Pick: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
The Titans lost both Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson leaving them increbly thin at cornerback. Getting Newsome here is solid considering other draft experts put him in the same category as Horn and Surtain (not me).
23. New York Jets
Pick: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
The Jets got their franchise quarterback with their first pick and now they have to protect him. Alex Leatherwood gives the Jets an immediate upgrade as a player with position flexibility at either guard or tackle.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
The Steelers need a play making running back after struggling to run the ball last year. This is the area where Najee Harris will go as a do-it-all guy who instantly improves an offense.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
The Jaguars talent at safety is severely lacking. Moehrig provides an immediate upgrade as one of the cleanest players in the draft.
26. Cleveland Browns
Pick: Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami
The Browns have a one year deal with Jadaveon Clowney and need a long term option outside of Myles Garrett. Grabbing Phillips this late would be a great pick.
27. Baltimore Ravens
Pick: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
Baltimore is in the wide receiver market after missing on a few free agent wide receivers. Elijah Moore is widely regarded the number four wideout in the draft and would fit Baltimore’s offense as a small receiver who can get open quick.
28. New Orleans Saints
Pick: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
After losing Janoris Jenkins, the Saints need to reload at cornerback. Caleb Farley has some medical concerns with his back, but has top 15 talent in this draft.
29. Green Bay Packers
Pick: Richie Grant, S, Central Florida
Green Bay’s new defensive coordinator Joe Barry loves hybrid safeties. Richie Grant fits that role as someone that can cover man-to-man or ballhawk from the free safety position.
30. Buffalo Bills
Pick: Travis Etienne Jr., RB, Clemson
The Bills have Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, but they are best as complimentary running backs. Travis Etienne gives them a home run threat out of the backfield who also excels as a receiver.
31. Baltimore Ravens
Pick: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Ravens lost three outside linebackers off last years team. Ojulari provides them a needed pass rusher for the defense.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick: Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington
The Bucs really don’t have a huge area of need. Joe Tryon gives them a pass rusher of the future behind Shaquans Barrett and JPP.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington
34. New York Jets
Pick: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
35. Atlanta Falcons
Pick: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
36. Miami Dolphins
Pick: Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama
37. Philadelphia Eagles
Pick: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
38. Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
39. Carolina Panthers
Pick: Elijah Molden, CB, Washington
40. Denver Broncos
Pick: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
41. Detroit Lions
Pick: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina
42. New York Giants
Pick: Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
43. San Fransisco 49ers
Pick: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse
44. Dallas Cowboys
Pick: Daviyon Nixon, DL, Iowa
45. Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU
46. New England Patriots
Pick: Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
47. Los Angeles Chargers
Pick: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
48. Las Vegas Raiders
Pick: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota St.
49. Arizona Cardinals
Pick: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
50. Miami Dolphins
Pick: Walker Little, OT, Stanford
51. Washington Redskins
Pick: Davis Mills, QB, Stanford
52. Chicago Bears
Pick: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
53. Tennessee Titans
Pick: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
54. Indianapolis Colts
Pick: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami
55. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick: Quinn Meinerz, C, Wisconsin-Whitewater
56. Seattle Seahawks
Pick: Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
57. Los Angeles Rams
Pick: Brady Christensen, OT, BYU
58. Baltimore Ravens
Pick: Jevon Holland, S, Oregon
59. Cleveland Browns
Pick: Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
60. New Orleans Saints
Pick: Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU
61. Buffalo Bills
Pick: Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh
62. Green Bay Packers
Pick: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan
63. Kansas City Chiefs
Pick: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State