First Round Mock Draft 1.0

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Hudson Ridley ‘22

1 Round Mock Draft

1. Jacksonville: Trevor Lawrence – Quarterback – Clemson

This is one of the only no brainers of the draft. After a dismal season where the Jaguars would end up 1-15 major changes needed to be made, and luckily for them one of the greatest and most hyped quarterback prospects is in this draft. Lawrence has all the tools to succeed in the league. A prototypical frame with excellent arm talent and mechanics mixed with incredibly smart play over his three years at Clemson, what more could you want?

2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson – Quarterback – BYU

At this point in the draft process the Jets seemed locked in to take Zach Wilson at number two. Wilson has arguably the best upside of any quarterback prospect in this draft. His ability to make off platform throws is absolutely ridiculous and almost seems Patrick Mahomes esque with some of the plays he’s made. Now this doesn’t mean the Jets will automatically become good, Wilson is being put in an incredibly difficult situation in year one and things likely won’t turn out well. That being said Wilson is still a tremendous player and a good fit at number two.
3. San Francisco: Justin Fields – Quarterback – Ohio state

Field’s movement up and down draft boards all season is slightly surprising given the caliber of his play. Every question about his work ethic has been met by reputable sources that negate each and every one of these claims. On the football field Fields is incredible. He displays ridiculous athleticism and crazy arm talent on every drive. Fields recorded a 4.44 second 40-yard-dash at his pro day in March. Kyle Shanahan’s fast moving offense couldn’t be a better fit as the niners look to move on from Jimmy G.

4. Atlanta: Trey Lance – Quarterback – North Dakota State

There’s been a lot of debate on whether or not the Falcons will take a quarterback at this spot, but the truth is it needs to happen. Matt Ryan is 35 and on his last leg in this league, not to mention that the Falcons can cut $20 million next year by releasing him. The Falcons also rarely pick near the top of the board in the draft so when in a position to take a franchise level quarterback they need to do so or trade down. Trey Lance has wowed scouts this year with very little play time but has all the tools to be a moldable quarterback for the new head coach in Atlanta.

5. Cincinnati: Penei Sewell – Offensive Tackle – Oregon

Joe Burrow needs protection! Let’s not complicate things. Sewell is a monster at tackle and has guard flexibility to fill one of the many holes on this Bengals team. Sewell likely wouldn’t be the best day one starter at tackle in this draft, I’d give those honors to Rashan Slater. However, Sewell with the right coaching could be an absolute monster.

6. Miami: Jamar Chase – Wide Receiver – LSU

There is a Heisman winner and a player with ridiculous speed in this receiver class and neither of them are as good as Jamar Chase. Chase has speed mixed with tremendous leaping ability, not to mention crisp route running and to top it off a ridiculous catch ability and radius. The Dolphins need to give Tua some weapons if they’re going to be invested in him and this is a great place to start.

7. Detroit: Jaylen Waddle – Wide Receiver – Alabama

Waddle is by far the fastest player in this draft but you can’t downplay his catching ability. He’s not all speed like some people would lead you to believe. He can easily be a wide receiver one on a team who’s best option is Danny Amendola in the slot. It’s no doubt that the Lions need a total rebuild and Waddle is a key piece to starting that.

8. Carolina: Kyle Pitts – Tight End – Florida

Don’t let Pitts’ position fool you, he’s not anything like your typical tight end. With 4.44 speed he’s too fast for linebackers but at 6’6” 240 lbs he’s too big for corners. Pitts is a matchup nightmare when put against anyone and for him 50-50 balls become 80-20. The Panthers are trying to put Sam Darnold through football rehab and there would be no better confidence booster than throwing to this new offensive cast.
9. Denver: Micah Parsons – Linebacker – Penn State

Many Broncos fans are desperate to see a quarterback at this spot but it just can’t happen. The need for a coverage linebacker is too massive. Alexander Johnson is a fantastic player but can’t cover over the middle to save his life. Parsons can do it at the linebacker position and while his pass rush moves and ability need improvement he’s still a perfect player to help this team build a core.

10. Dallas : Patrick Surtian II – Cornerback – Alabama

The Cowboys hole at corner is massive. As much as other positions need to be addressed none is more of a pressing matter than corner. Surtian is a big physical corner who can stick like glue in man coverage but can also come into the box and cut down a running back. Plus, his experience against high level receivers will really help him transition to the next level.

11. New York Giants: Rashan Slater – Offensive Tackle – Northwestern

If you’re looking for a day one starter at tackle Slater is your guy. General Manager Dave Gettelman is know for loving his offensive line prospects and you can never have enough on the team. Slater is athletic with a 4.88 40-yard-dash but is also technically sound enough to shutdown Chase Young which he did when they faced off in 2019. They’ll be seeing plenty of each other in the NFC East.

12. Philadelphia: Jaycee Horn – Cornerback – South Carolina

Jaycee Horn has shown off the field that he’s very confident in his ability and he should be. Horn is a sticky man to man corner but also does an excellent job at breaking to the ball in zone coverage. Pair that with his ridiculous size and speed and you have a monster. He’s a little bit grabby down field but that can all be worked out in the NFL.

13. Los Angels Chargers: Christian Darrisaw – Offensive Tackle – Virginia Tech

The Chargers have a passing offense led by young gunslinger Justin Herbert, and no better way to add to that than by drafting one of the best pass protectors in the draft. Darrisaw kept the pocket clean all year at Virginia Tech and has all the right intangibles to do it again at the next level.

14. Minnesota: Alijah Vera-Tucker – Offensive Guard USC

The Vikings need a complete offensive line overhaul and that starts by replacing arguably the worst starter in the league Dakota Dosier. Vera-Tucker has a little bit of tackle flexibility but really should only play guard in the NFL. With the good pass rush teams in the NFC North this upgrade is crucial.

15. New England: Devonta Smith – Wide Receiver – Alabama

Devonta Smith is a Heisman winner. That’s it. That’s all you need to know. On top of that he’s next level separator with ridiculous catch in traffic ability for his size. It is worrying that after 3 years at Alabama with one of the best weight facilities in the country that he couldn’t put on much muscle as he sits currently at 174 lbs.

16. Arizona: Caleb Farley – Cornerback – Virginia Tech

Farley is arguably the best corner in the draft. He shined with only two years of experience at the position and continued to climb draft boards for months. But recent back surgery has started his spiral which lands him down at number 16. The Cardinals have little to no cornerback depth so this move needs to be made to keep up with the arms race in the NFC West.

17. Las Vegas: Teven Jenkins – Offensive Tackle – Oklahoma State

Jenkins is a complete monster at right tackle. His mechanics and footwork are all there but the sheer hatred he seems to show to every opponent is what really makes him special. A high motor with a high ceiling, what’s not to love for a team who now has little to no offensive line.
18. Miami: Jaelan Philips – Edge Rusher – Miami

Philips is a highly intriguing prospect who doesn’t get talked about enough. He’s the clear cut number one edge in this year’s draft but the biggest concern with him comes from injuries. He retired during his college career after a concussion issue but after a brief stint at his dad’s law practice he’s back in action. The Dolphins just need best available player here and that happens to be Philips.

19. Washington: Jeremiah Owusu Koramoah – Linebacker – Norte Dame

Koramoah has a tough name to say but it’s mixed with a tough brand of football. He can do it all on the gridiron. Koramoah has sideline to sideline speed and fantastic tackling ability, and can line up at middle linebacker and strong safety. He can also play in the box and stuff the run but doubles as a nickel corner in some situations. With this addition the football team can become even scarier on defense and could possibly be in the conversation for the top defense in the league.

20. Chicago: Mac Jones – Quarterback – Alabama

The Bears front office is abysmal and the owner finally might have started to catch on. In a last ditch effort they’ll likely take a quarterback if one is available and that poor soul is the unfortunately Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. I can’t see it working out but it’s likely to happen if these pieces fall in place.

21. Indianapolis: Liam Eichenburg – Offensive Tackle – Norte Dame

The Colts have been shaping up to be one of the most well rounded teams in the league but the departure of offensive tackle, Anthony Castanzo,  really hurts this squad. Eichenburg would unite with fellow Norte Dame offensive lineman Quenton Nelson to form a sneaky contender with Wentz at the helm.

22. Tennessee: Greg Newsome – Cornerback – Northwestern

The Titans have had a massacre at the corner position this offseason. After cutting Adoree Jackson and not resigning Desmond King they’re in desperate need of help. Luckily for them one of the top tier corners in this year’s draft could fall right to them at number 22. Newsome is physical and plays with speed and instinct very similar to Jaycee Horn. Things could be trending down next year for the Titans so they need this draft to turn out well.

23. New York Jets: Eric Stokes – Cornerback – Georgia

Eric Stokes falls in to the second tier of corners in this draft. That doesn’t mean that he’s not very good. Stokes is know for playing with speed which is something that the Jets lackluster cornerback room never did last year. Stokes is a great player but he’s more of a roll filler in this situation.

24. Pittsburgh: Dylan Radunz – Offensive Tackle – North Dakota State

Radunz has been a quiet first round prospect for quite some time now. He has the potential to be a reliable every down starter which is really all the Steelers need at this point on the offensive line with the departure of Alejandro Villanueva. Steelers fans desperately want Najee Harris but this draft has plenty of running back depth so there’s no need to take one here.

25. Jacksonville: Rashod Bateman – Wide Receiver – Minnesota

If the Jags are planning on drafting and building around Trevor Lawrence they need to give him some weapons. Bateman has a very similar play style to former Jaguars star receiver Allen Robinson. Bateman has proved to be such a solid steady option so there’s really no reason not to take him here.

26. Cleveland: Kwity Paye – Edge Rusher – Michigan

Cleveland is in a position to draft and develop. The new signing of Jadeveon Clowny doesn’t really change things as it’s more of a one year lease. Once Clowny leaves Paye can be right there to take his place with one year of experience under his belt. I don’t rate Paye that high due to the fact that he’s all motor without a whole lot of skill and most of his sacks were coverage sacks. That being said he’s perfect for development.

27. Baltimore: Azeez Ojulari – Edge Rusher – Georgia

This is one of the best fits in the entire draft. Edge rusher Matthew Judon recently left for New England and there’s little chance that Tyus Bowser can fill that roll all by himself. Ojulari is one of the most talented edge rushers in the class and fits that 3-4 Baltimore defense perfectly at outside linebacker.

28. New Orleans: Jayson Oweh – Edge Rusher – Penn State

Oweh is fast. Like really fast. Like 4.36 at 252 lbs fast. This is mostly a best player available pick but it also kind of fills the hole that was left by the departure of Trey Hendrickson. This pairing could do massive things in the league and could keep the Saints on the top part of the league for many years to come.

29. Green Bay: Sam Cosmi – Offense Tackle – Texas

The Packers desperately need a tackle. Yes, I know another year goes by and the Packers don’t draft a receiver but with a torn ACL injury to franchise left tackle David Bakhtiari and the cutting of right tackle Rick Wagner they can’t leave an aging Aaron Rodgers out to dry. While Cosmi does need a little bit of work he can start close to day one.

30. Buffalo: Gregory Rousseau – Edge Rusher – Miami

The Bills have the opportunity to draft and develop this year and with that why not draft the player with the highest ceiling left in the draft. Rousseau is a raw as it gets. He has perfect size and athleticism with the base to do great things but he didn’t capitalize on that as much as he should have in college.

31. Kansas City: Alex Leatherwood – Offensive Tackle – Alabama

The Chiefs must really believe in Lucas Niang because this offseason they cut both of their starting tackles, and because you can’t just start one tackle in the NFL it’s crucial that they take another one. Leatherwood isn’t anything crazy but he gets that job done and that’s really all that the Super Bowl contenders need.

32. Tampa Bay: Christian Barmore – Defensive Tackle – Alabama

The Bucs were somehow able to dance around the salary cap and bring back all of their offensive starters for another year. That still leaves a small hole at defense tackle for Barmore to slide right into. Barmore displayed that he was ready for the spotlight in the college championship game and he’s certainly ready for the Super Bowl stage.

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