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Clemson

• Jr

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• 6’6″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Trevor Lawrence is the quarterback that can get the Jets back on track if they protect him. Joe Douglas wants to invest in the offensive line as evidenced by the selection of Mekhi Becton last year.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Justin Fields and Zach Wilson are battling to become the second quarterback off the board. Fields has conceded very little ground on the path to that title. The modern day NFL quarterback needs to be mobile, and both check the box.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Cincinnati would be in a prime position to trade down with Zach Wilson and Trey Lance still on the board. As it stands, they are presented with the opportunity to select the draft’s top left tackle, which would allow them to move Jonah Williams inside.

BYU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

n/a

POSITION RNK

n/a

Although not the second quarterback selected, Zach Wilson did not have to wait long to hear his name called. Wilson offers size, arm strength and mobility. Washington obviously does not like what it has seen from Dwayne Haskins so they move on.

Miami (FL)

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 265 lbs

Melvin Ingram is scheduled to be a free agent after the season. In a year where the salary cap is expected to plummet, Los Angeles has the chance to add a young talent while creating some breathing room.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

49th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Giants have found a productive defensive tackle rotation that works for them, but the unit lacks the threat of rushing the passer. New York could truly become one of the best in the NFL if it were to supplement the pass rush.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Atlanta needs some pass rush but two of the best just flew off the board. The team drafted A.J. Terrell in the first round in 2019 but Patrick Surtain II would give them a true lockdown cornerback.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

Dallas has several needs but cornerback is near the top of the list. Following the loss of Byron Jones, the Cowboys were void of a cornerback capable of instilling fear in the opponent.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Tua Tagovailoa thrived in Tuscaloosa when he got the ball out of his hands quickly with wide receivers that shot off the line like a gold medal race in the Olympics. Miami has Jakeem Grant but Ja’Marr Chase offers more nuanced route-running and footwork.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

1st

Carolina appears content with Teddy Bridgewater for now, so quarterback is not an immediate need. Joe Brady is expected to minimally interview for vacant head coaching positions this offseason. If he leaves, would the Panthers be satisfied being left at the altar with a quarterback who was not their choice? I’m banking on Brady needing another year before getting his ideal coaching offer. The team adds Kyle Pitts to make the offense even more dynamic.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Detroit’s embarrassing loss to Carolina likely sealed Matt Patricia’s fate. The Lions are surrendering the third most rushing yards per game this season, so it would behoove them to get stronger up the middle. Micah Parsons is a rangy player that would fulfill the off-ball role.


Trey Lance


QB

NFL Draft

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 226 lbs

I don’t think San Francisco has been satisfied with the play of Jimmy Garoppolo even without the injury. I could envision Kyle Shanahan wanting a more mobile quarterback to make his offense even more difficult to defend. Trey Lance is a passer first but more than capable of getting yardage on the ground.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 182 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

5th

New England has an opportunity to select a truly game-changing wide receiver in the first round. They have a lot of problems to sort out on offense but salary cap flexibility gives them the opportunity to address some of that in free agency. Jaylen Waddle would help spread opposing defenses.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

n/a

POSITION RNK

n/a

Minnesota is not happy with the play they have received at left tackle. Christian Darrisaw is a rising prospect that has shown the moment is never too big for him.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

4th

Denver has a handful of guys but none are certified starters long-term. A.J. Bouye, Michael Ojemudia and Bryce Callahan haven’t done enough to solidify their roles so Derion Kendrick is brought in to feast on pressure created by Bradley Chubb and, maybe, Von Miller.

Ohio State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 313 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Chicago’s offensive line is a microcosm of the offense’s issues in entirety. The Bears need to bolster the interior offensive line and Wyatt Davis is arguably the best available. The team likely has some bigger decisions to make this offseason regarding coaching and its quarterback play.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 307 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

40th

POSITION RNK

9th

Ted Karras has had his moments this season but his play has been up-and-down. Miami told us what they thought of Karras this offseason when they signed him to just a one-year deal. The emphasis has been building a young, sustainable offensive line to protect Tua Tagovailoa and Creed Humphrey would be another piece to the puzzle.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

4th

Devonta Smith does not have Henry Ruggs or Jaylen Waddle speed, nor does he have size. Some wide receivers have a natural ability to get open and make plays. Smith falls into this category.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

36th

POSITION RNK

4th

It would not be a surprise to see Philadelphia address the offensive line. In fact, it is likely. Howie Roseman has shown his belief in strong offensive line play through significant contract extensions and selecting an offensive tackle in the first round before Jason Peters was ready to relinquish his starting spot. With that being said, linebacker is also a big need for the NFC East franchise. Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah is an active player that can clean up some of the damage done by that wrecking ball of a defensive line.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 259 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Arizona has been using Dan Arnold more than the team would like to use Dan Arnold. He has made the most of his opportunities but adding a tight end that presents mismatch issues, like Pat Freiermuth, would help spread the field for Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

4th

Las Vegas has an opportunity to create some salary cap space by parting with Trent Brown this offseason. Brown has battled multiple injuries — not all were his fault — and has seen the field very little this season. Money saved releasing the lineman would allow the team to fill other areas of need. Rashawn Slater is the type of player that would get Jon Gruden excited.


Dillon Radunz


OL

NFL Draft

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 299 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

43rd

POSITION RNK

12th

Donovan Smith has done nothing to inspire confidence on the left side of the offensive line. Tampa Bay has all of the weapons it could possibly need on offense so the priority becomes shoring up Tom Brady’s protection. Dillon Radunz has great movement skills but needs some of the refinement Tristan Wirfs found in 2020.

Texas

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 253 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

n/a

POSITION RNK

n/a

The Indianapolis defense has been very impressive. Each player knows his role and makes the sound play when called upon. Justin Houston is not getting any younger and the Colts will need some pass rush assistance. Joseph Ossai has shown good shoulder dip around the edge this season and a propensity to target the football when flat.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Green Bay’s defense has softened this season. They need some of that edge back and Dylan Moses is a well-coached player that may be able to provide it.

Penn State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 253 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

63rd

POSITION RNK

7th

Jayson Oweh is still a bit raw but Cleveland can not expect to find a polished and productive pass rusher late in the first round. Oweh gives them a high upside talent opposite arguably the NFL’s best pass rusher.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

1st

Jacksonville already added Justin Fields in the first round so the team adds Christian Barmore in an attempt to make their defense less porous up front. Barmore is not explosive off the snap but he uses his hands well and displays brute strength.

Oregon State

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 235 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

62nd

POSITION RNK

6th

I can probably copy and paste my explanation for Tennessee’s pick from each version of the mock draft over the past month. The Titans need pass rush help; that is no secret. Hamilcar Rashed Jr. was incredibly productive last season and offers superior athletic traits with which Mike Vrabel can work.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 248 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

45th

POSITION RNK

6th

Baron Browning is rising as expected. He is an active, rangy linebacker that will provide Buffalo with some of the coverage help they have lacked.

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

48th

POSITION RNK

7th

Joe Douglas has cycled out Pierre Desir, Trumaine Johnson and other cornerbacks since he arrived on the scene in New York. The team lacks a shutdown cornerback and Jaycee Horn gives them that potential. The Jets could also look to add some offensive line or pass rush help if the right players are available.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

46th

POSITION RNK

5th

Kansas City gets L’Jarius Sneed back so it could become less of a need if he continues his development. Counting on Charvarius Ward and Rashad Fenton long-term seems like a house of cards.

Florida State

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 184 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

58th

POSITION RNK

9th

New Orleans is the most interesting team this offseason. They will inevitably need to resolve their quarterback situation, assuming Drew Brees retires. However, they are way over the salary cap threshold and will need to create space. The team could move on from some high-priced veterans, which would create a roster need. In the meantime, they need another cornerback opposite Marshon Lattimore long-term and Eric Stokes could fill the role.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Shaun Wade had been slipping in draft projections because of a slow start to the season. However, he broke hard on a ball against Indiana and returned it for a touchdown over the weekend. It was essential in the Buckeyes staving off the upstart Hoosiers. Pittsburgh will need to replace Joe Haden and Steven Nelson soon. Wade can step in from Day 1 and start.


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