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Clemson

• Jr

Ads

• 6’6″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Lawrence to Jacksonville is a formality at this point. He is probably already working with a realtor in the area.

BYU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Wilson gives New York some financial flexibility moving forward. General manager Joe Douglas began a true reset last season and the quarterback is the biggest missing piece.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

It is likely that San Francisco takes Mac Jones but I think there is an outside chance that the 49ers go in another direction. Fields is an athletic quarterback with great arm strength and accuracy.

North Dakota State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 226 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

4th

Atlanta acquires No. 9 and No. 40 overall to move down with Denver. The Broncos trade up for a quarterback; specifically Lance.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Cincinnati does the right thing and adds protection for Burrow. The Bengals can address the wide receiver position on Day Two.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

Pitts is a unicorn. There are comparable players to Ja’Marr Chase and even viable options at offensive tackle. There is only one Pitts. There are some really good tight ends in the NFL but the list of successful wide receivers is much larger. It would be easier for the Dolphins to take a wide receiver later in the draft.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 214 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

5th

New England does not believe it is far away from competing this season and a reliable quarterback might be the difference in contention and another disappointing season. Jones is the fifth and final quarterback among those expected to be taken in the first round.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Sewell would be an ideal outcome for Carolina to protect Sam Darnold so they are likely hoping that Cincinnati opts for a skill player. Chase would be another step toward giving Darnold the help that he sorely lacked in the Big Apple.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Atlanta adds a smart player with five positional flexibility that can start at offensive guard before potentially moving to tackle down the road.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Surtain is a safe pick for the Dallas defense. The Cowboys have missed a lot at the position in recent years so Surtain should finally add some stability.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

Parsons would be a great solution to the problem Patrick Graham has on defense. Edge rusher remains a need but Parsons checks off another box for the front seven to become elite.

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

4th

Philadelphia gets a physical cornerback to pair with Darius Slay. Horn gives the team a long-term option at the position.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Vera-Tucker offers the versatility to play left tackle or slide inside to one of the interior positions. Los Angeles could use a Day One starter at left tackle and, although Vera-Tucker is better suited playing inside, he gives the Chargers a viable option on the edge.

Miami (FL)

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

2nd

Minnesota could go offensive line in the first round depending on how the board shakes out but it would likely be more inclined to take an edge rusher given how the board has shaken out.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 182 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

In an odd turn of fates, Matt Patricia’s new and old team (the Patriots) trades up with his old team (the Lions). Detroit picks up the No. 46 overall and a 2022 fourth-round pick to make the exchange and still lands a vertical threat for Jared Goff.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Arizona adds Barmore to apply pressure to the opposing offensive line. The Cardinals went all in this offseason and that should lead to more wins in the fall.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Smith should not be on the board at this stage of the first round but some really good players are going to slide. Teams may overthink his lack of size but Smith creates separation as well as anyone.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Miami might be enticed to add a running back with this pick but it makes more sense to target defense. A quality running back should still be on the board for the Dolphins atop the second round.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Washington addresses a big need on its roster in the form of Darrisaw, who will start at left tackle to replace Trent Williams.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

1st

After losing Kyle Fuller, Chicago rebounds by taking an accountable cornerback from down the road. Newsome gives the Bears a formidable tandem at cornerback with Jaylon Johnson.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Indianapolis adds Ojulari to replace Justin Houston. The Colts have a few glaring weaknesses on the roster and edge rusher is one of them.

Oklahoma State

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

5th

Tennessee might not want to take another bite at this apple after the Isaiah Wilson experience but the two could literally not be any different. Jenkins is worthy of being a first-round pick and loves the game of football.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

Edge rusher and cornerback are cornerstones to any defense. The Jets have already signed Carl Lawson but that does not remove them from the conversation for an edge rusher in the first round. Paye and Lawson would give them two really gifted players at the position.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

1st

A medical situation leads to Farley’s slide down the board and Pittsburgh pounces on the rare opportunity to add an elite talent later in the first round.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

1st

Jacksonville has addressed the secondary heavily this offseason and that continues with Moehrig. Urban Meyer values depth on the backend.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 262 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

72nd

POSITION RNK

4th

Tryon is a personal favorite of mine because I think he offers a high floor and a high ceiling. Tryon is a high-motor talent with a skill set to be a consistent producer.

Miami (FL)

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

49th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Rousseau is a lengthy pass rusher that gives Baltimore an option in the absence of Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue. He is a high-upside selection and the Ravens have done as well as any team developing pass-rush talents.

Ole Miss

• Jr

• 5’9″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

41st

POSITION RNK

8th

New Orleans brings in an explosive wide receiver capable of making significant contributions after the catch for Jameis Winston and/or Taysom Hill.

Kentucky

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 234 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

51st

POSITION RNK

6th

Davis is an athletic linebacker that shows great acceleration and makes a big impact when he arrives to the ball. His best attribute is his ability to drop into coverage and pick up tight ends and running backs.

Penn State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 253 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Buffalo adds length and depth to the edge-rusher room. The Bills may not have two long-term answers right now but they have an assortment of options to find those two players to lean on in the future with the addition of Oweh.

Tulsa

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

5th

Kansas City picks up a linebacker that can fly across the field and make big hits. Between Willie Gay and Collins, the Chiefs have some really talented linebackers to develop.

Florida State

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 184 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Tampa Bay adds a cornerback to compete and provide depth if nothing else. The Buccaneers have few holes and are in a position to take best player available.


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