DeMeco Ryan’s Texans take their QB, and Sean Payton’s Broncos take one
DeMeco Ryan’s Texans take their QB, and Sean Payton’s Broncos take one
The college all star are underway, which means it’s officially draft season. You know what comes with draft season: mock drafts. Here’s a new brand for lovely readers that will lead to a healthy discussion without name-calling. Let’s be real, none of us have a crystal ball. I try to act out some scenarios and see what happens.
The Bears can trade very well this pick, but they’re not doing that here because this mock draft doesn’t predict a trade. They maintain Justin Fields and add All-Pro defensive tackle Jalen Carter of Georgia. The Bears need to add blue-chip talent to their roster and Carter certainly has the potential to be that.
Houston has its coach, now it has a quarterback to match DeMeco Ryans. Stroud is coming off the game of his life against Georgia in the College Football Playoff and has the skills to be Houston’s next franchise quarterback.
The Cardinals need to take whoever is available between Jalen Carter or Will Anderson at the pick. Anderson drops to the 3 and heads to Arizona to help with the pass rush.
Jim Irsay hasn’t made a public decision on the Colts’ coaching search, but whoever hires him will need a quarterback. Bryce Young has concerns about his size, but he checks all the other boxes a quarterback should.
Seattle charges Russell Wilson trade here by taking an athletic edge rusher in Tyree Wilson who could bolster an impressive core of young talent on defense. Wilson should get a lot of buzz when he throws the NFL combine.
Christian Gonzalez is a hot name right now and fits what the Lions need: someone with the potential to be a positive pass rusher. Gonzalez and Jeff Okuda It would give the Lions a better chance to not have a comically bad defense early next year.
Derek Carr is gone from the Raiders, leaving a huge void at quarterback. with that Tom Brady he started to retireThe Raiders will likely need to take a new quarterback through the draft.
It’s been a long time since the Falcons have had a terrific pass rush, bringing Matt Ryan back to previous seasons. Clemson’s Myles Murphy, or any defensive lineman with a real pulse, can get them back in the right direction.
Carolina is in a spot where it can turn the quarterback around Hiring Frank Reich to be his head coach. Reich has helped develop many quarterbacks in his time as a coach, but perhaps none as physically talented as Florida’s Anthony Richardson. Richardson needs some marinating before reaching his potential, but he has A+ qualities to try and use.
The the eagles they chose the top-10 while playing the game Super Bowl. It’s not fair. They could use this pick as a luxury pick, adding Brian Branch at this point to give them even more speed and versatility in the secondary.
Tennessee needs to add some youth to the offensive attack. Paris Johnson Jr. has the potential to be a long-term starter at left tackle for any team that selects him.
The best defenses DeMeco Ryans played for and coached had tremendous talent on the defensive line. The Texans don’t. Here’s your chance to try to fix that with a fast-rising runner from Iowa.
It would be nice if a quarterback fell here, but that didn’t happen. Instead, the Jets could bolster their offensive line with a Peter Skoronski, who can start anywhere and would give the Jets flexibility when it comes to roster decisions.
Devon Witherspoon is an aggressive, athletic corner who loves to play downhill and isn’t afraid to make tackles in open spaces. Bill Belichick is perfect for defense.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba is more wide receiver than the Packers add to the roster, but they just need talent at wideout. It could be Smith-Njigba in the end Randall Cobb Alternate for Green Bay.
Commanders have quite a few needs throughout their team, so they can take any player that is ranked highest on their board. Joey Porter Jr. would give the Commanders a corner with true man coverage potential to match with plenty of athleticism.
Kenny Pickett needs help up front. Anton Harrison is a big, athletic forward who has a high ceiling when it comes to his results.
18. Detroit Lions
More support for the lion defense. Bresee has been strong for Clemson and would pair well with Aidan Hutchinson long-term in Detroit.
Kelee Ringo has the ability to go much higher than that, but his prospects drop every year in the draft. That’s a blessing for the Buccaneers, who should add another cornerback this offseason.
20. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks have their quarterback for the next few seasons Gene Smith, but they can get long-term insurance here at wide receiver. Jordan Addison makes sense as a complement DK Metcalf and together they would make a damn good trio Tyler Lockett in the near future.
The Chargers need more juice at wide receiver Keenan Allen slowing down a bit towards the end of its course. Zay Flowers was a big play machine for Boston College and would fit well in that role.
The Ravens still need weapons for Lamar Jackson. If there is Rashod Bateman can stay healthy next year, he and Quentin Johnston would be a nice 1-2 punch that pairs well with Jackson’s skill set.
The Vikings got off to a great start with Kevin O’Connell in his first season, but they need to continue to add talent if they want to repeat their success from last season. Cam Smith is a nice pick at this point in the draft and is off to a great start for the Vikings’ next defensive coordinator.
The Jaguars take a dice here with Eli Ricks, but if Ricks pulls off they have a huge 1-2 punch with Ricks and Tyson Campbell managing their corner posts.
It doesn’t matter who is playing quarterback for the Giants next season, they could use an upgrade at tight end. Mayer is the best tight end in the draft and would immediately become one of the Giants’ top targets.
26. Dallas Cowboys
For another super-athletic defensive lineman Dan Quinn to hang out in Dallas. Smith is a freak athlete at over 330 pounds and should be considered in the first round if he plays as well as projected at the NFL combine.
Buffalo needs to improve on the right side of their offensive line and is fortunate to have a talented prospect fall into their lap at the end of the first round.
Another year, another offensive line need for the Bengals. Dawand Jones is a massive offensive tackle with elevated pass blocking.
The Saints are back in the first round after them He traded Sean Payton’s rights to the Broncos. Here they can get an easy edge to pair with both Marcus Davenport or replace him if he decides to leave in free agency.
30. Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes doesn’t need a first-round receiver, but it can’t hurt to give the best quarterback in the game more quality weapons.
31. Philadelphia Eagles
Drew Sanders might be the best linebacker on the Eagles from day one. The NFL’s strongest roster improves one of its few positions of need.
(He was a first-round pick lost Miami Dolphins due to NFL tampering investigation.)
Teams without first round picks
37. Los Angeles Rams
Bijan Robinson has the talent to go a lot bigger than this, but it’s hard to guess how the NFL will evaluate these guys on draft day. The Rams would get an absolute steal here.
43. Cleveland Browns
Boutte had an unceremonious end to his career at LSU, but he looked like a top-10 pick before things went awry. His talent is worth it for the Browns at this point.
68. Denver Broncos (via Indianapolis Colts)
Juuuuuuust just in case. Hooker is an older prospect, but he has some nice traits as a pass rusher that Sean Payton could take advantage of.
100. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers’ first pick in the draft comes with a deep safety for their defense.
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