1. Cincinnati Bengals- Joe Burrow LSU Quarterback
A no brainer for the Bengals at this spot, they need consistency at the quarterback position, and Burrow brings that. The Bengals already have good skill position players like Tyler Boyd and AJ green, along with running back Joe Mixon. Jonah Williams returning from injury and an improved defense, the Bengals could surprise some teams in the AFC.
2. Washington Redskins- Chase Young Ohio State University Defensive End
Rumors have been swirling that the Redskins might trade out of this pick but I believe they will end up staying at two and taking a can’t miss prospect in Chase Young. Even though the position isn’t a huge need, the Skins will ultimately go with the best player in this year’s draft. New coach Ron Rivera is a very defensive-minded and is a perfect coach for Young.
3. Detriot Lions- Jeff Okudah Ohio State University Cornerback
A true lockdown corner prospect Okudah at (6’1″, 205 lbs), speed (4.48-second 40-yard dash), he has all the talent to come in and make an immediate impact. At Ohio State, he was everything Ryan Day and staff could hope for. Last season committing no penalties and rarely being thrown at. Okudah will be a huge part of the Lions defense for years to come.
4. New York Giants- Isaiah Simmons Clemson Linebacker
One of the most versatile prospects I’ve ever seen, Simmons could play Saftey or Linebacker and dominate at both positions. The giants have many needs but GM Dave Gettleman believes in building a strong defense to win and Simmons can be a big part of that. It also doesn’t hurt that at 6’4″, 238 pounds, he ran the 40-yard dash faster than most wide receivers at 4.39 seconds.
5. Miami Dolphins- Justin Herbert Oregon Quarterback
This is where the draft starts to get interesting as we come around to the Dolphins. They have many needs on both sides of the ball but Quarterback might just be their biggest. Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert along with Jordan Love are all there. Yet, I think the Dolphins go with Justin Herbert due to the circumstances surrounding the draft and questions about Tua’s health. Herbert has all the intangibles to be a franchise QB standing at 6’6 and having an above-average arm. If he can be more consistent he’ll be the franchise guy in Miami for years.
6. Los Angeles Chargers-Tua Tagovailoa Alabama Quarterback
The Chargers end up taking the guy the Dolphins pass on in the former signal-caller for Alabama. A national champion in his own right, Tua without the health issues would be considered the number one pick. Tua is a brilliant Quarterback, tough, and has tremendous accuracy. Pair that with Kennan Allen, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler, and the Chargers have a potent offensive attack. If health is not an issue then the Chargers might just end up with the steal of the draft.
7. Carolina Panthers- Derrick Brown- Auburn Defensive Tackle
A major position of need for the Carolina Panthers and new Head Coach out of Baylor Matt Rhule. Brown is a beast in the middle of the defensive line coming in at 6’5 and 326 pounds. He has the skills and technique if developed to impact both the run and passing game. Pair that with last year’s draft pick Brian Burns and the Panthers are slowly piecing back a defense that lost one of the game’s best players in Luke Kuechly.
8. Arizona Cardinals- Tristian Wirfs Iowa Offensive Tackle
Drafting Kyler Murray and acquiring Deandre Hopkins were two huge steps in the right direction for Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals. Now adding a franchise Offensive lineman would solidifying their offense and give Murray more time in the pocket. As an Ohio State fan myself, I’ve personally seen Wirfs dominate in college in both the run and pass game. He will give the cardinals a dynamic lineman who can lineup at guard or tackle and be an All-Pro.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jerry Jeudy Alabama Wide Receiver
The Jaguars leading up to the draft have made some big moves. Hearing offers on Leonard Fournette, releasing Marquise Lee and possibly Trading Yannick Ngakoue, the Jaguars might be gearing up for a strong 2021 Quarterback class lead by Trevor Lawerence. Jeudy would give Minshew or whoever they end up drafting a dependable number one threat. Jeudy is an extremely talented player who never disappointed at Alabama and outside a few drops here and there he is truly a can’t miss prospect.
10. Cleveland Browns- Jedrick Willis Jr. Alabama Offensive Tackle
The Browns get lucky and draft one of the best linemen in this draft. Willis is an SEC lineman with extremely good footwork and technique. He could easily protect Baker Mayfield’s blindside. A true plug and play option for any NFL team, Willis will contribute from day one.
11. New York Jets- Mekhi Becton Louisville Offensive Tackle
The Jets had some back luck last season with injuries and it led to them starting the season off very slowly. Once Sam Darnold came back the Jets played much better but Darnold was on the run most of the time. The Jets need to protect Darnold better or he’ll face a similar fate that Andrew Luck did. Becton is the best fit at this point in the draft for the Jets. Becton is a huge human at 6’7 and 364 pounds. With the right coaching, he could be a franchise-changing lineman for the Jets.
12. Las Vegas Raiders- Henry Ruggs III Alabama Wide Receiver
Ruggs might be the fastest player in the draft and the fastest rising up teams drafts boards. Running a 4.27 40-yard dash and the impact Tyreek Hill has had on the league. The Raiders will be looking for someone with speed to incorporate into their offense. Gruden will have no choice but to take the not polished but explosive Ruggs.
13. San Francisco 49ers (Via IND)- Ceedee Lamb Oklahoma Wide Receiver
Lamb, in my opinion, is the best wide receiver in the draft and the most polished. Compared often to Deandre Hopkins, Lamb is extremely explosive with strong hands. At times unstoppable in the Big 12 dominating teams with ease and will bring that right away to the Niners. Adding Lamb to an already dynamic offense would help Jimmy G immensely.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Andrew Thomas Georgia Offensive Tackle
After signing the greatest football player off all-time this offseason the Bucs will need to protect him. Thomas will protect Brady immediately coming out of the SEC. He’s not the sexiest pick here but the Bucs already have Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Adding Gronk just a few days ago solidifies the offense from a weapons standpoint. Protecting Brady is the main focus for the Bucs and Thomas fits the bill.
15. Denver Broncos- Justin Jefferson LSU Wide Receiver
As the wide receivers go John Elway will realize he needs to take one while they’re available. With Noah Fant and Cortland Sutton already on the roster adding a player like Jefferson would immediately give Drew Lock weapons to work with. The Broncos on the defensive side of the ball are very good and Jefferson brings a dynamic threat opposite Sutton that they desperately need.
16. Atlanta Falcons- CJ Henderson Florida Cornerback
The Falcons GM openly wants a top corner and he will get one in CJ Henderson out of Florida. SEC bred, Henderson comes out of the draft as the second-best corner. The Falcons losing Desmond Trufant need to replace him and Henderson will provide an immediate impact. The Falcons GM would be thrilled if Henderson is still there at 16.
17. Dallas Cowboys- Xaiver Mckinney Alabama Safety
The Cowboys are currently dealing with bigger issues in trying to sign Dak Prescott. Yet, they will have a really easy decision at 17 by taking safety Xaiver Mckinney. A true need for the Cowboys and Mckinney is the best safety in this draft. A phenomenal tackler and excellent in coverage, he fits the need perfectly for the Cowboys and they will be ecstatic to take him.
18. Miami Dolphins- AJ Epenesa Iowa Defensive End
With 22 sacks and 31 tackles for loss the past two seasons and an average 40 yard dash time, Epenesa is a very interesting prospect. He might be a reach for the Dolphins here but Brian Flores loves the defensive side of the ball and if Epenesa can fulfill his potential this would be a home run pick for the Dolphins.
19. Las Vegas Raiders- Kenneth Murray Oklahoma Linebacker
One of my favorite players in the draft, Murray is a phenomenal linebacker and plays the game the way it should be played. He is a pure linebacker who plays sideline to sideline and in on every play. He is exactly the player who Jon Gruden would love to coach. He is a perfect match for what the Raiders are building and he would be a leader right away on the field and in the locker room.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars- Patrick Queen LSU Linebacker
Queen is one of the better defensive players in the draft and coming out of a national championship program. The Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell loves linebackers who are slightly undersized but can fly. He is great at finding the ball and great in the run game with this speed and quickness. Queen would fit in perfectly and prove a perfect fit in Jacksonville.
21. Philadelphia Eagles- Tee Higgins Clemson Wide Receiver
The Eagles might end up trading up to get one of the top receivers in this class. They need to provide Carson Wentz with some help on offense and Higgins would provide size and speed that the Eagles desperately need. Clemson receivers have a great track record of being prepared for the NFL and I see Higgins being a perfect fit in Philly.
22. Minnesota Vikings- Trevon Diggs Alabama Cornerback
The Vikings just lost Xavier Rhodes after a very turbulent season. They need to shore up the secondary if they want to compete with the top teams in the NFC. Diggs provides a threat on special teams and defense and can make an immediate impact for the Vikings. Mike Zimmer is great at developing defensive talent and Diggs would thrive under his tutelage.
23. New England Patriots- Jordan Love Utah Quarterback
Jordan Love is an interesting prospect and Bill never takes Quarterbacks round one. Yet, I think that when push comes to shove the Pats will end up taking a chance on love. He has a huge arm the likes of Patrick Mahomes and had a very good sophomore season before struggling his junior year. I do believe that the Patriots will go into the preseason as Jarrett Stidham as their starter. Only Jordan Love will be there in a QB battle with him.
24. New Orleans Saints- Austin Jackson USC Offensive Tackle
The Saints have one of the best rosters in the NFL. Adding a young offensive linemen helps protect Drew Brees a fragile quarterback and will help whoever takes the reigns from Brees in the coming years. Jackson, 6’5 325 pounds is one of the quickest linemen in this year’s draft and would fit perfectly in the Saints system.
25. Minnesota Vikings- Michael Pittman Jr. USC Wide Receiver
One of the sleepers in this year’s draft but Pittman has strong hangs and runs great routes. He’s not as flashy or as fast as some of the other receivers in this draft but coaches have described him as extremely reliable. The Vikings addressed the corner need on pick 22 and with this pick, they fill the need Stefon Diggs left when he was traded to the Bills.
26. Miami Dolphins- Deandre Swift Georgia Running Back
Deandre Swift is the best running back in this draft and the Dolphins will gladly take him at pick 26. Adding Swift to an offense with now Justin Herbert and Devante Parker gives Brian Flores a lot more to work with. Swift is extremely explosive and a great pass catcher. He is very versatile and can do almost anything a coach needs. This would be a perfect landing spot for Swift.
27. Seattle Seahawks- Yetur Gross-Matos Penn State Defensive End
Gross-Matos caused havoc against Ohio State each time he would play them. Against the best competition, he would be extremely effective and at times dominate. Add him to a Seahawks team who as of now don’t have Jadeveon Clowney signed would be huge. Pete Caroll loves players with energy and enthusiasm, and Gross-Matos fits perfectly.
28. Baltimore Ravens- Zack Baun Wisconsin Linebacker
A true workhorse on and off the field, Baun is a perfect pick here for the Ravens. John Harbaugh loves players who give everything they have and leave it on the field and that is Baun. Playing in the big ten he was always finding the ball and being in the right spot at the right time. He will fit perfectly in the Ravens defensive scheme.
29. Tennessee Titans- Isaiah Wilson Georgia Offensive Tackle
After signing Ryan Tannehill to an extension the next move should be protecting him for the future. Wilson can come in and immediately start for the Titans. He will help in the run game just as much in the passing game and Derrick Henry will see even more holes open up. This is a slam dunk pick for and it will immediately boost their offensive line.
30. Green Bay Packers- Brandon Aiyuk Arizona State Wide Receiver
The Packers have a few years left with Aaron Rodgers and they need to put more weapons around him. Aiyuk can come in and sit behind Davonte Adams, learn and grow into the second receiver Rodgers desperately needs. Aaron Jones is legit in the backfield and Davonte is a true number one. Adding a talent like Aiyuk and a Superbowl could be in the Packer’s future.
31. San Francisco 49ers- Ezra Cleveland Boise State Offensive Tackle
The Niners already addressed the skill positions in this draft and have an abundance of them on offense and defense. Cleveland fits a huge need for the Niners on the offensive line and is a very versatile player. He is rising up many teams draft boards as of late and I would not be surprised if he went sooner than this. Joe Staley is getting up there in age and Cleveland would be a perfect replacement.
32. Kansas City Chiefs- Jeff Gladney TCU Cornerback
The Chiefs have the best player in the NFL and the best offense. Their defense is good and much improved but could still be bolstered. Gladney would come in and provide exactly what they need. Kendall Fuller is a great number one corner but the Cheifs are lacking a second option and Gladney would be that guy. Learning from a coach like Andy Reid doesn’t hurt and going to a championship culture benefits Gladney in the long run.