By: Tyler Vesely, TGIS Prez
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia
Reports are out that head coach Doug Pederson wants Ikem Ekwonu and the GM wants Travon Walker. I believe the GM wins out and takes the high ceiling player that lacks college pass rush production.
2. Detroit Lions
Pick: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
The dream scenario for Detroit as the Lions keep Hutchinson in Michigan. The Lions get the best pass rusher in the NFL Draft with the highest floor.
3. Houston Texans
Pick: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State
While the Texans could definitely continue the edge rusher trend with Kayvon Thibodeaux, I see them establishing the offensive line with their first selection in the first round. Ekwonu is an immediate starter at right tackle or guard.
4. New York Jets
Pick: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
The Jets were 30th in pass yards allowed in 2021. “Sauce” Gardner immediately steps in as a starter and impact player for the Jets.
5. New York Giants
Pick: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
The Giants offensive line has been horrible the last few years. Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal give the Giants legitimate starters at tackle for the foreseeable future.
6. Carolina Panthers
Pick: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
I don’t see a quarterback worth taking at six and the Panthers do not have a legitimate left tackle. Charles Cross fills that role as the best pass blocker in this year’s draft.
7. New York Giants
Pick: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
The Thibodeaux slide stops here as the Giants draft an edge rusher to pair with Azeez Ojulari.
8. Atlanta Falcons
Pick: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
Olamade Zaccheaus is the current WR1…. the Falcons will have their choice of the top wide receivers in this spot and start the run.
9. Seattle Seahawks
Pick: Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
Ed Orgeron and Pete Carroll have a close relationship, so expect Coach O to give an honest assessment of the talented cornerback. I do not believe Stingley drops below this spot.
10. New York Jets
Pick: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Jamo is scheduled to not miss any regular season action with his torn ACL and adds much needed firepower to this Jets’ offense.
11. Washington Commanders
Pick: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
While a receiver is possible, I think the Commanders go with Hamilton to command their defense (see what I did there).
12. Minnesota Vikings
Pick: Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State
I absolutely love Jermaine Johnson and think this is the lowest he falls. You can never have enough pass rushers and he is the best player remaining.
13. Houston Texans
Pick: Drake London, WR, USC
The Texans need another weapon at receiver other than Brandin Cooks. London fits that role.
14. Baltimore Ravens
Pick: Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia
The Ravens love big defensive lineman. Calais Campbell and Jordan Davis will make for one of the biggest size combinations in the NFL and be great against the run.
15. Philadelphia Eagles
Pick: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
The Eagles still have not established a consistent starter opposite Darius Slay. McDuffie could be that guy.
16. New Orleans Saints
Pick: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
The Saints two biggest needs are offensive tackle and wide receiver. Penning fits one of the needs… go down to pick #19 for the other need.
17. Los Angeles Chargers
Pick: Daxton Hill, S, Michigan
I think the Chargers will value Hill’s versatility to play corner as well. Having a combination of JC Jackson, Asante Samuel, and Daxton Hill will do wonders in the pass happy AFC West.
18. Philadelphia Eagles
Pick: George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
I keep hearing Karlaftis will drop and I have no idea why. He is a productive pass rusher that will be a very good starter in the NFL. Eagles fill another hole with this pick.
19. New Orleans Saints
Pick: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
The Saints filled the offensive tackle hole with pick 16… now they get a wide receiver who is a solid route runner.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
The Steelers have been to every single quarterback pro day. I believe Willis will be the guy to sit and learn behind Trubisky.
21. New England Patriots
Pick: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
Devin Lloyd is smart, instinctive, and fits what the Patriots are looking for at linebacker.
22. Green Bay Packers
Pick: Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia
Yes, the Packers need a receiver. But Devonte Wyatt is too talented to turn down at pick #22. This pick turns the Packers interior defensive line into a strength with Kenny Clark and Jarran Reed.
23. Arizona Cardinals
Pick: Andrew Booth Jr, CB, Clemson
The Cardinals desperately need cornerbacks. Booth is an athletically gifted corner and will fit nicely in Arizona.
24. Dallas Cowboys
Pick: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
The Jerry Jones-Arkansas connection is too much here. Burks would step in right away and be a nice WR3 with his size and play strength.
25. Buffalo Bills
Pick: Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
This is a luxury pick for the Bills who do not have many needs. Breece Hall is the perfect pass catching running back for this offense.
26. Tennessee Titans
Pick: Tyler Smith, OG, Tulsa
The Titans love nasty, run-blocking offensive lineman. Tyler Smith fits exactly what they are looking for.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick: Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College
The Bucs filled one of the guard positions with Shaq Mason. Zion Johnson is a smart interior offensive lineman that fills the other hole.
28. Green Bay Packers
Pick: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
Jahan Dotson is overlooked in this draft. He has the best hands and is a fantastic route runner. Most importantly, Rodgers can trust him.
29. Kansas City Chiefs
Pick: Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
The Chiefs finished 29th in sacks last year. The Chiefs need good, young edge rushers. Regarding Mafe, there aren’t many rushers that can move like him. He reminds me a bit of Joe Tryon from last year.
30. Kansas City Chiefs
Pick: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
The Chiefs finished 25th in pass yards given up. Elam can be a nice starter on the Chiefs defense as a good press corner.
31. Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
One of my favorite players in the draft, McCreary makes sense for the Bengals at the end of round one as they need a long-term solution at cornerback. McCreary has been battling with the top SEC wide receivers for years and belongs in the first round.
32. Detroit Lions
Pick: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
At this point of the draft, Pickett is a value pick for the Lions. Don’t be surprised if another team tries to jump them to take him.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
34. Detroit Lions
Pick: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
35. New York Jets
Pick: Lewis Cine, S, Georgia
36. New York Giants
Pick: Quay Walker, LB, Georgia
37. Houston Texans
Pick: Logan Hall, DL, Houston
38. New York Jets
Pick: Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
39. Chicago Bears
Pick: Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
40. Seattle Seahawks
Pick: Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
41. Seattle Seahawks
Pick: Travis Jones, DL, UConn
42. Indianapolis Colts
Pick: Kenyon Green, OG, Texas A&M
43. Atlanta Falcons
Pick: Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State
44. Cleveland Browns
Pick: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
45. Baltimore Ravens
Pick: Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
46. Minnesota Vikings
Pick: Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor
47. Washington Commanders
Pick: Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
48. Chicago Bears
Pick: Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
49. New Orleans Saints
Pick: Kenneth Walker, RB, Michigan State
50. Kansas City Chiefs
Pick: George Pickens, WR, Georgia
51. Philadelphia Eagles
Pick: Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
52. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
53. Green Bay Packers
Pick: Sean Rhyan, OG, UCLA
54. New England Patriots
Pick: Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Oklahoma
55. Arizona Cardinals
Pick: Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State
56. Dallas Cowboys
Pick: Ed Ingram, OG, LSU
57. Buffalo Bills
Pick: Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati
58. Atlanta Falcons
Pick: Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin
59. Green Bay Packers
Pick: Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State
60. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick: Phidarian Mathis, DL, Alabama
61. San Fransisco 49ers
Pick: Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA
62. Kansas City Chiefs
Pick: Perrion Winfrey, DL, Oklahoma
63. Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State
64. Denver Broncos
Pick: Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming