If the Lions are picking anywhere near #1, this likely means that Jared Goff had a really bad season and is not the answer for the future. In comes Sam Howell, who has been the starter for the Tar Heels since he stepped on campus his Freshman year. He has everything you want in a Franchise QB with a really nice arm, good mobility, accuracy, etc.
Houston Texans: Spencer Rattler, QB – Oklahoma
There is no shot that Deshaun Watson steps on the field as the QB for the Houston Texans ever again. Even though they took Davis Mills in Round 3 this year, he isn’t the answer right now for Houston. With Rattler, you’re getting a guy who has the highest ceiling of any QB in this draft. He has the best arm in College Football and has some really nice playmaking ability, but Rattler needs to work on some of the technical side of things.
Thibodeaux is the best player in this draft but falls to 3 due to the Top 2 teams needing a QB. He is the best pass-rusher since Chase Young and possesses elite pass-rushing ability and athleticism. Being opposite of Josh Allen in Jacksonville will make for an elite duo for years to come in Jacksonville.
Philadelphia Eagles: Malik Willis, QB – Liberty
There were some rumblings that the Eagles could take a QB in this year’s draft, but they decided against that. If they are picking at 4 in 2022 it means that Jalen Hurts likely didn’t cut it for them and they need to reset and find a future QB. With Malik Willis, he is a really interesting prospect. He had a breakout year for Liberty last year and possesses some really nice traits: arm strength, mobility, accuracy. On the other side, he has some sloppy footwork at times that really needs to be improved on over the course of the 2021 College season.
Cincinnati Bengals: Evan Neal, OT – Alabama
It was disappointing that the Bengals didn’t get any OT help in this draft (I think Jackson Carman is a Guard). Evan Neal provides instant support in that department and can play either Tackle spot after starting at Right Tackle his Sophomore year and moving to Left Tackle for the 2021 season.He is a mammoth of a player (6-7 360 pounds) who can move really well and possesses some elite strength.
New York Jets: Derek Stingley Jr, CB – LSU
Stingley made a huge impression in his Freshman Year for LSU by stepping in as a starter from Day 1 and locking down almost everyone he was up against. He was a track star in highschool, and you combine that with fluid hips and footwork, you have the makings of a Darrelle Revis-like Corner. Getting a player like Stingley for Robert Saleh would do wonders for both sides as Saleh gets the best out of his players on Defense and uses them to their strengths.
New York Giants: Kedon Slovis, QB – USC
The Giants shouldn’t be picking anywhere near #7 with the moves they have made, but my only concern with them is Daniel Jones. If Jones cannot perform even as an average QB, then the Giants will be in this position yet again and be forced to pick another QB.Though I am not the biggest Slovis fan, he does have some nice things to work with in terms of IQ, accuracy, and good techniques. He isn’t the “sexy” pick you want in a QB, but he will do with the players the Giants have on their roster.
Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Ridder, QB – Cincinnati
Matt Ryan will be entering his final year with a big cap hit in 2022 and it will be time to look towards the future. Ridder had a breakout year in 2020 for the Bearcats and drew lots of praise with his mobility and very strong arm. He also has some great intangibles and that really showed in the 2021 Peach Bowl vs Georgia. Putting Ridder in an Arthur Smith offense sounds like a really fun time.
Denver Broncos: Kyle Hamilton, S – Notre Dame
Kyle Hamilton is this year’s “Unicorn”. He is a 6-4 219-pound Safety who can play in the box or single-high Safety and has elite athleticism, coverage ability, and can lay the hit stick on anyone at any time. Pairing him with Justin Simmons would make for an elite duo and one of the best Defensive Back duos in Football.
New York Giants (via Chicago): DeMarvin Leal, DT – Texas A&M
The Giants got their new QB and now shore up their DL with Leal who can play at all spots along the Defensive Line. Leal has great athleticism for his size and gets to the QB with ease as well as being an elite run-stopper. A DL of Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, and DeMarvin Leal is not too shabby.
Washington Football Team: J.T. Daniels, QB – Georgia
Washington doesn’t need much other than a QB right now. Taylor Heinicke isn’t the answer there long-term, and Ryan Fitzpatrick is only on a 1-year deal. After becoming the starter mid-way through 2020, Daniels never looked back and performed at a very high level and has a lot of focus on him heading into 2021.
Las Vegas Raiders: Rasheed Walker, OT – Penn State
The Raiders completely decimated their elite OL this off-season for unknown reasons. They drafted Alex Leatherwood in the First Round in the 2021 draft and go with Rasheed Walker in 2022. Walker looks the part with his great technique and insanely strong hands, to go with his 6-6 320-pound frame.
Carolina Panthers: Zach Harrison, EDGE – Ohio State
I thought that Carolina would address their EDGE spot opposite of Brian Burns in the 2021 draft, but since they did not do so they go with Zach Harrison here. Harrison is a high-upside pass-rusher with elite athleticism and bend off the edge.
Minnesota Vikings: Chris Olave, WR – Ohio State
Olave to go with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen? You can sign me up. Olave is back at Ohio State for his Senior year and goes into the season as WR1 for most people. He is a deep threat with some really good speed and some very seasoned route running.
Arizona Cardinals: Cade Mays, IOL – Tennessee
You can never have enough OL help, and you get exactly that with Cade Mays. He is an absolute mammoth on the Interior O-Line with plenty of starting experience and is super versatile in his ability to play at every position on the OL.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Carson Strong, QB – Nevada
Big Ben is in what is likely his last year as the QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In comes Carson Strong who has NFL guys buzzing with his enormous stature and a breakout year at Nevada in 2020. He has the arm and physical attributes you look for in a QB. Like Josh Allen, he has a lot of work to do with his technique in order to be the QB he can be.
New England Patriots: Garrett Wilson, WR – Ohio State
The Patriots did an awesome job with getting some playmakers on Offense during free agency this off-season but having Garrett Wilson available here to give Mac Jones another weapon going forward is too good to pass up. Wilson has it all and can play in the slot or on the outside.
Los Angeles Chargers: Kaiir Elam, CB – Florida
Elam is a lengthy, ball-hawk who has been a production machine for the Gators since his Freshman year. New coach Brandon Staley will go into Year 2 with a chance to get his guy at CB that can help anchor the back end of that defense in L.A.
Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Wydermyer, TE – Texas A&M
There is nothing that Jerry Jones loves more than Offensive firepower. With Wydermyer in play at 19, it’ll be too enticing for Jerry Jones to pass that up here. He is a stud at TE for the Aggies and has everything you want at that position.
Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami): George Karlaftis, EDGE – Purdue
In any other year, Karlaftis would be a top-10 pick. With plenty of time left to go until the 2022 draft, I can definitely see him move up towards that range but for now he falls to #20. Philly could possibly have ZERO players at DE in their projected Two-Deep going into the Free agency next year. Getting a player of Karlaftis’ caliber at 20 would be a steal.
Tennessee Titans: David Bell, WR – Purdue
Even with losing Corey Davis in free agency, the Titans did nothing to address the WR spot in the draft. That is a little concerning and can definitely come back to bite them going into this season. Getting a player like Bell would be an instant boost for them to go with A.J. Brown.
Philadelphia Eagles (via Indianapolis): Bubba Bolden, S – Miami (FL)
I don’t foresee Carson Wentz missing a ton of games this year so that gives the Eagles the Colts’ 1st next year. The Eagles address their Defense again with Bubba Bolden, who is a versatile Safety that can play in the box and at Nickel CB as well.
New York Jets (via Seattle): Drake Jackson, EDGE – USC
Jackson is a versatile EDGE that can play in the dirt or standing up. He has had some really great production for the Trojans in his career and gives the Jets a long-term solution at that spot.
New Orleans Saints: Andrew Booth, CB – Clemson
With Marshon Lattimore set to become a free-agent next year, the Saints have some decisions to make at that spot. Andrew Booth will finally get his shot to start this year for Clemson and has already received some serious buzz this Spring with how he has performed so far.
Cleveland Browns: George Pickens, WR – Georgia
Browns fans should be very excited for the direction the team is headed in right now. They have nice weapons on Offense and add another one in George Pickens who is 50-50 ball machine. Unfortunately, he will miss this season with a torn ACL but he still has the makings of a First-Round worthy pick.
Miami Dolphins (via San Francisco): Christian Harris, LB – Alabama
The Dolphins had an outstanding 2021 draft by addressing some really key spots, although their LB room is a bit bare. The 2022 class doesn’t have much to offer at that spot, but Christian Harris is a really good pick at #26. He is a tackling machine and heads into the 2021 season as the leader of a very talented Alabama defense.
Baltimore Ravens: Brenton Cox, EDGE – Florida
Even though they took Jayson Oweh in the 2021 draft, having someone like Brenton Cox fall to them at #27 is too good to pass up. Cox is a versatile guy who has elite athleticism and gets to the QB with ease. The Ravens love versatile players on their defense and Cox is perfect for that.
Detroit Lions (via L.A. Rams): Treylon Burks, WR – Arkansas
The Lions got their QB of the future but now he needs a #1 guy to throw to. In comes Treylon Burks who has risen up many draft boards and at 6-3 230 pounds, Burks is an absolute stud who had a breakout year for the Razorbacks in 2020.
Green Bay Packers: John Metchie lll, WR – Alabama
The Packers have neglected their offensive playmakers for years and finally get a guy in John Metchie who has good size, speed, athleticism, and route-running. Metchie does need to work on holding onto the ball better but pairing him with Davante Adams is a really good idea here.
Buffalo Bills: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB – Cincinnati
The Bills didn’t address the CB spot opposite of Tre White like they needed to do during the draft. That should be their main concern heading into the 2022 off-season and getting a guy like Gardner is a great start. Not only does he have the best nickname in this draft, but he is a very lengthy Corner who is a ball-hawk and has been a leading force on one of the better Defenses in Football over the past couple years.
Tampa Bay Buccanneers: Tyler Linderbaum, OC – Iowa
Ryan Jensen is in his last year with Tampa and go with the easiest pick to make in Tyler Linderbaum, who is a part of a long list of big and strong Offensive lineman to come out of Iowa.
Kansas City Chiefs: Isaiah Spiller, RB – Texas A&M
Aside from Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the Chiefs don’t have much at RB. Now I know that they have a pass-first offense but getting some more depth at RB is important for the Chiefs if CEH ever goes down with an injury like he did in his Rookie Year. Spiller is an absolute stud and is the best RB in the draft who can be a workhorse back and catch the ball out of the backfield as well.