Our NFL Draft team has come together again after the Senior Bowl and the Super Bowl has ended. For this mock, each team has made a selection by a different member of our team. We included trades we could possibly see as well.
1.01 – From CHI – Indianapolis Colts
QB CJ Stroud (Ohio State)
The Bears trade 1.01 for the 1.04, 2.35, 2024 1st, and a 2025 2nd – The Colts get their franchise QB, taking Stroud with 1.01 – he’s bigger, with the bigger arm, and showcased mobility in the playoff game. Indianapolis is close to being a serious competitor, and Stroud starts with a good team around him.
1.02 Houston Texans
QB Bryce Young (Alabama)
Duh… The bosses upstairs tell me I need to write more than one word. The Texans are starting over with the DeMeco Ryans regime. First on their shopping list should be a QB. While Davis Mills has been sufficient for the tank, there is no real reason to believe he is a long-term franchise QB in the NFL. Young has a bit of a “baller” side to him. He may not have elite NFL arm strength but has good accuracy and can get outside the pocket and make plays out of structure. His miniature size will be of some concern, but there is no doubt he is a Top-2 QB in this class and well worth a premier pick.
1.03 Arizona Cardinals
EDGE Will Anderson Jr. (Alabama)
ARI will be ecstatic to get the best player in this class and a replacement for the newly retired JJ Watt.
1.04 – From IND – Chicago Bears
iDL Jalen Carter (Georgia)
The Bears get their guy three picks later while stocking up on future draft capital. Empires are not built overnight, and they need help across the board.
1.05 Seattle Seahawks
EDGE Tyree Wilson (Texas Tech)
Seattle could not only use some defensive line help but someone to apply pressure on opposing quarterbacks from the EDGE. Wilson was one of the best edge rushers in this year’s class and should immediately help the Seahawks’ defense.
1.06 Detroit Lions
EDGE Myles Murphy (Clemson)
This could be a potential spot for a QB of the future, but Jared Goff played well enough to give them some stability in 2023. Instead, the Lions continue to strengthen a young defensive core with the addition of Clemson’s Myles Murphy. The former 5-star recruit is a versatile and explosive athlete that should help take some of the pressure off of Aiden Hutchinson and bolster Detroit’s defensive line.
1.07 Las Vegas Raiders
OT Paris Johnson Jr. (Ohio State)
The quarterback position remains a mystery for the Raiders, but bolstering the offensive line is a good way to help whoever ends up under center. That starts with the selection of Ohio State’s Paris Johnson Jr. to pair with left tackle Kolton Miller. Although Johnson only has one true year of Tackle experience, his size, versatility, and strength should help bolster the right side of the Raiders’ offensive line.
1.08 Atlanta Falcons
IDL Bryan Bresee (Clemson)
Bresee is a steal here for the Falcons, who desperately need some defensive help. The Falcons were 11th worse in 2022 against the run, allowing over 2,200 yards. Bresee can come in and help improve a leaky rush defense.
1.09 Carolina Panthers
QB Anthony Richardson (Florida)
The Panthers’ new HC understands the need for a new Franchise QB. He finds a project worthwhile in Anthony Richardson, who exhibits some top-tier arm talent with a high level of mobility in and out of the pocket. AR will sit a year behind Sam Darnold.
1.10 Philadelphia Eagles
CB Christian Gonzalez (Oregon)
PHI needs to add a CB with two starters set to hit free agency. Ringo has been mocked here a lot, but Gonzalez has been climbing draft boards. He’s a big, athletic CB with a high ceiling.
1.11 Tennessee Titans
OT Broderick Jones (Georgia)
While the Titans’ front office may be going through some transition, I think their team-building philosophy stays roughly the same. Derrick Henry had one of his worst statistical seasons in his career in 2022, partly due to injury but also in part because of their offensive line struggles. The team could save almost $15M against the cap if they moved on from Taylor Lewan. Enter Broderick Jones. Coming off another national championship with Georgia, Jones has a winning pedigree at different positions across the line, has plus-plus agility, a boxer’s punch, and plenty of tread left on the tires, only having been a full-time starter one year of college.
1.12 Houston Texans
WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba (Ohio State)
The Texans need playmakers for new QB Young, and they take the best WR in the draft from a talent standpoint. He’s going to be a WR1 off the bat and give Young a reliable target. Smith-Njigba has a few questions, and may be more productive out of the slot, but he’s a WR with great hands and route-running ability.
1.13 New York Jets
OT Peter Skoronski (Northwestern)
Skor, from a talent standpoint, could have the most upside of the tackles in the draft. He’s experienced, smart, and a blue-collar player the Jets fanbase will love. They continue to build the trenches and appear to be seriously shopping for a new QB this off-season.
1.14 New England Patriots
CB Devon Witherspoon (Illinois)
Corner looks to be one of the glaring needs for the Patriots this off-season. After losing JC Jackson last off-season, the team drafted the two Jones CBs in last year’s draft. While those two both have roles on this defense, the other outside CB position is up in the air with the almost 30 Jonathan Jones being a FA and the other options on the roster being Jalen Mills or Shaun Wade. Playing his college ball at Illinois, Witherspoon has one of the higher man-coverage usage rates in the class. This, coupled with his propensity to blow up run plays, fits right in with the Patriots’ defensive system.
1.15 – From GB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QB Will Levis (Kentucky)
TB loses TB and is now left with a hole at QB. Levis falls farther in this mock than you’ll see in most. The Bucs move up to hopefully scoop up their QB of the future.
1.16 Washington Commanders
OT Dawand Jones (Ohio State)
The Commanders fell in love with Jones after the Senior Bowl measurements were released, and watching him on Day 1 solidified his Day 1 status. Sam Howell is not used to having an offensive line from his UNC days, but the Commanders look to change that.
1.17 Pittsburgh Steelers
iOL Andrew Vorhees (USC)
This may seem like a bit of a reach compared to most mocks. Pittsburgh needs offensive line help in a major way, though. They have their franchise QB. They have weapons all over the offense. It won’t matter if they can’t shore up the offensive line.
1.18 Detroit Lions
CB Joey Porter Jr. (Penn State)
The Lions continue to build their defense in the first round, grabbing a long and physical corner in Penn State’s Joey Porter. Although he only mustered one interception in his career, Porter was one of the least-targeted corners in college. His athleticism and physicality led to numerous pass breakups, and he should pair well with former first-round pick Jeff Okudah. He could be a Day 1 starter for the Lions.
1.19 – From TB – Green Bay Packers
WR Quentin Johnston (TCU)
Jordan Love could finally get his chance under center in Green Bay, and grabbing a high-ceiling WR prospect like Johnston will only help. He offers a rare blend of size and athleticism that gives him one of the highest ceilings in this draft. Johnston may be a little more unrefined than other receivers, but he offers high-end traits that are unmatched in this draft class and will provide an easy target for whoever is under center.
1.20 Seattle Seahawks
WR Jordan Addison (USC)
Tyler Lockett is moving toward the end of his contract, as is Metcalf. Chances are the Seahawks don’t keep both. Addison helps them continue to build a younger core for a team that surprised many people this season.
1.21 Los Angeles Chargers
WR Kayshon Boutte (LSU)
Chargers get a discount on one the the most talented WRs in the draft and, through interviews, determine the off-field concerns are overly inflated. Assuming the combine proves his athleticism is 100% from his sophomore injury, Boutte will become an unstoppable force, with Justin Herbert, becoming the perfect heir to Keenan as the best route runner in the class
1.22 Baltimore Ravens
CB Kelee Ringo (Georgia)
The Ravens definitely need a WR, and Hyatt would give them a Hollywood Brown replacement. But Hyatt is a one-trick pony, and Marcus Peters and Kyle Fuller are set to hit FA this year. BAL needs a running mate for Marlon Humphreys.
1.23 Minnesota Vikings
CB Cam Smith (South Carolina)
The Vikings will add two Round 1 DBs with the return of Lewis Cine from injury and drafting Cam Smith. South Carolina has a track record of developing DBs, and this has held true through a coaching change as well. Smith is the latest in the line of Gamecock CBs with Day 1 hype. Similar to his predecessors, he is a plus athlete with a my-ball mentality that set the tone for the South Carolina secondary. Though he may be a little handsy at times, his recovery speed and physical nature will quickly endear him to Brian Flores and Daronte Jones.
1.24 Jacksonville Jaguars
iDL Keeanu Benton (Wisconsin)
Not a sexy pick, but Benton will anchor the interior of the Jags line for years. He’s a monster run-stopper who will free up his teammates to wreak some havoc from the edges.
1.25 New York Giants
S Brian Branch (Alabama)
The Giants lucked into one of the best defenders in the draft, Branch grew a ton in 2022. He’s versatile, smart as heck, and has loads of range. He diagnoses plays quickly and can blitz too. The Giants will love this guy.
1.26 – From DAL – Chicago Bears
WR Josh Downs (UNC)
With the OTs coming off the board slower than expected, the Bears jump up here to provide some weaponry, and the last of the first-tier WRs, for Justin Fields. Josh Downs may be small but has repeatedly shown the ability to create separation at all levels of the field with speed and twitchy start-stops. While his diminutive frame will limit him primarily to the slot, and his long speed isn’t elite, he will provide a quick uncovering target to help cover for poor OL play and help Fields’ development.
1.27 Buffalo Bills
LB Trenton Simpson (Clemson)
BUF has a very good LB duo in Edmunds and Milano. But Edmunds is an FA, and BUF is $20M over the cap, making resigning him difficult. Fortunately, the best LB in the class falls to them here, and one who can fill the versatile role that Edmunds did.
1.28 Cincinnati Bengals
iOL O’Cyrus Torrence (Florida)
The Bengals get tired of seeing memes about their offensive line and grab one of the best Guards in the draft to help protect their franchise QB.
1.29 New Orleans Saints
EDGE Derick Hall (Auburn)
All indications are the Saints are making a move for Derek Carr. With their QB likely secured, it’s time to lock up the defense. Hall is a versatile weapon that can line up anywhere on the line. He should be dangerous with Davenport and Jordan.
1.30 Philadelphia Eagles
RB Bijan Robinson (Texas)
This was the easiest pick in the draft. The Eagles are in the perfect position to spend a luxury pick on an RB, and Robinson is a top-five overall talent in this draft class. He offers a three-down skill set with impressive receiving ability and natural instincts. The game seems to come easy for Robinson, and he’ll be the perfect replacement with the potential departure of Miles Sanders in Free Agency.
1.31 Kansas City Chiefs
EDGE BJ Ojulari (LSU)
Outside of Chris Jones, the Chiefs have struggled to bring consistent pressure to opposing quarterbacks. Frank Clark has been disappointing, and Jones himself could be looking for a new contract in 2024. With the selection of Ojulari here, the Chiefs get another high-upside pass rusher to pair with last year’s first-round pick, George Karlaftis.
2.32 Pittsburgh Steelers
LB Jack Campbell (Iowa)
Pittsburgh improved their offensive line with their first pick. Now they take tackling machine Jack Campbell. He should help an already good defense and help slow down the run-heavy AFC North.
2.33 Houston Texans
iDL Siaki Ika (Baylor)
The Texans improved their offense with their earlier pick and are lucky to find a first-round talent on the Defensive side of the trench. Ika may be the largest DL in the draft but might be one of the slowest. Ika is a wall; he’s going to sit in run gaps and put it in park.
2.34 Arizona Cardinals
iOL John Michael Schmitz (Minnesota)
Arizona has a lot of needs this year, and center is high on the list. Their current starter, Rodney Hudson, will be 34 next season and restructured his contract this offseason making it easier for the Cardinals to cut him or for him to retire. Keeping pressure out of Murray’s face is important, given his size. Schmitz is the best center in the class and showed well at the Senior Bowl.
2.35 – From IND via CHI – Dallas Cowboys
CB Emmanuel Forbes (Mississippi State)
The Cowboys traded down from 26 due to the CB board primarily being wiped out. However, they are still able to grab the top of the second-tier CBs in Emmanuel Forbes. With Anthony Brown coming back from an Achilles into FA, Jourdan Lewis coming off a Lisfranc, and the rest of the room primarily being ST contributors, Dallas is forced to address the outside CB position across from Trevon Diggs. Forbes is one of those CBs that just somehow end up with the ball. His height won’t show it, but Dan Quinn will love that he is CB-tall, in arm length.
2.36 Los Angeles Rams
OT Anton Harrison (Oklahoma)
A player not at his ceiling, Harrison is a strong run blocker and growing as a pass protector. He’s athletic with long arms and is quick on his feet. The Rams need to protect Stafford and make use of the closing window they have to compete.
2.37 Seattle Seahawks
EDGE Nolan Smith (Georgia)
Nolan feels like a Seahawk – he’s got an incredible motor, is strong in run defense and as a pass rusher, and is able to play all three downs – something many EDGE guys can’t boast. His first step is fierce but needs to work on developing more moves.
2.38 Las Vegas Raiders
S Antonio Johnson (Texas A&M)
After cutting ties with the Jonathan Abram project, the Raiders move on to the opposite type of safety. Johnson’s calling card is his size. While Abram was like a heat-seeking bullet, Johnson creates a wide area of influence with his hulking frame on the back end. This isn’t to say Johnson doesn’t have his moments of burst athleticism. However, don’t expect him to move as well as some of the smaller safeties in the class. The Raiders are more than happy to get C2C’s S2 at the top of the second round.
2.39 Carolina Panthers
WR Jaylin Hyatt (Tennessee)
CAR gets their potential QB of the future in the first round and now needs to give him weapons. CAR has Moore and Marshall, but they lack a vertical option. The Biletnikoff winner may be a one-trick pony, but he does that trick very well and should stretch the field to give ARich more room to operate.
2.40 New Orleans Saints
RB Zach Evans (Ole Miss)
The Saints will get out of Alvin Kamara’s contract, and they just haven’t been as efficient with him. Call it getting old or incompetent coaching. It’s time for a change, and nothing could signal a good time like a looming court date in March that will surely guarantee a suspension. The Saints select the second-best pure runner in the draft that’s been saving himself for the NFL, and boy, is that offense ready to lean on his workhorse skillset.
2.41 Tennessee Titans
iOL Cody Mauch (North Dakota State)
The Titans double-dip at OL here. Mauch probably slides right in at center for Tennessee, shoring up a trench unit that solidifies their run-first run-second philosophy. Whoever is the QB going forward will appreciate the ability to stay upright. Mauch is a rising prospect and is gaining traction for his grit and physicality. This is a risky pick, but picking our iOL2 at 41 could be a steal.
2.42 Cleveland Browns
EDGE Isaiah Foskey (Notre Dame)
The Browns are expected to let go of Jadeveon Clowney, making the EDGE a position of need in this draft. Foskey is a menace in the pocket, causing 24 tackles for a loss and 20.5 sacks over the past two years. His arm length also helped him block two kicks this past season. Pairing him up with Myles Garrett should help him see a lot of one on one situations and help bolster a weak defensive line.
2.43 New York Jets
S Jammie Robinson (Florida State)
The Jets need a safety and get one of the top ones here in the second. Robinson has experience, is an outstanding tackler, and vastly improved in coverage last season. He’s a high-floor guy with great instincts and ability to adjust on the fly.
2.44 Atlanta Falcons
iOL Steve Avila (TCU)
Avila may have just been the most entertaining interview we had at the Senior Bowl this year. The guard’s energetic personality shows up on tape as well as he led the TCU OL this year. With the ideal size and abounding toughness, Avila solidifies an OL that seems in perpetual need of help. Atlanta has always prioritized building through the trenches, and Avila and Bresee are quite a start to a draft with that mindset.
2.45 Green Bay Packers
TE Michael Mayer (Notre Dame)
The Packers draft first round-talent in Mayer. He is a complete TE, and they’ll use him in the run game, but more importantly, finally give this team a weapon over the middle. They had to unretire Randall Cobb to get any sort of presence in the short/intermediate game
2.46 New England Patriots
OT Darnell Wright (Tennessee)
The Patriots have a decent pair of OTs in Isaiah Wynn and Trent Brown. But both players have had injury concerns throughout their careers. Wynn is also a FA in 2023, and Brown has one year left but can be cut with relatively little dead cap.
2.47 Washington Commanders
CB Clark Phillips III (Utah)
Phillips played incredibly for Utah this season. Washington is in desperate need of defensive backfield help. Phillips has the ability to be a top cornerback in this class.
2.48 Detroit Lions
LB Drew Sanders (Arkansas)
The Lions have been searching for LB help for years, and after several failed picks recently, they hit with Sanders. He’s got a huge ceiling, athletic and fluid, can cover a ton of ground quickly, and give them an LB chess piece.
2.49 Pittsburgh Steelers
OT Matthew Bergeron (Syracuse)
Bergeron is an effective run blocker but needs some time to develop pass pro. He has good range and athleticism, smooth and mobile. He’s an intelligent, versatile lineman.
2.50 – From TB – Green Bay Packers
WR Cedric Tillman (Tennessee)
Crazy to think the Packers moved away from Aaron Rodgers and all of a sudden went WR-heavy in their draft. Johnston, who was picked earlier, is in the same mold as Christian Watson. Tillman brings them a possession receiver who can also challenge downfield. Tillman could easily be the best receiver in this room.
2.51 Miami Dolphins
LB Henry To’o To’o (Alabama )
RB will be a popular pick for Miami, and it’s definitely a need with all of their RBs set to hit FA. But the Dolphins likely won’t spend their first pick on an RB, especially because they haven’t spent big on the position recently. Instead, they take a Mike LB to pair with their OLB duo of Chubb and Baker
2.52 Seattle Seahawks
iDL Adetomiwa Adebawore (Northwestern)
He’s good, bro, trust me (Mike was at Senior Bowl and saw first hand – Editor).
2.53 Chicago Bears
RB Devon Achane (Texas A&M)
I know this is crazy- Achane before Gibbs has come off the board. Achane is special because of his speed. Plus, we’ve seen the Bears are not afraid of taking smaller running backs (Tarik Cohen.) Achane’s speed and receiving ability bring a different dynamic to this backfield that likely loses Montgomery this offseason well. It would make RPOs and quick-hitting plays extremely dangerous.
2(54) Los Angeles Chargers
LB Noah Sewell (Oregon)
The Chargers had one of the worst run defenses in the league last year and could lose leading tackler Drue Tranquill to free agency. Although he took a step back in 2023, Sewell is a physical and high-motor run defender who has racked up 180 tackles over the past two years. He pairs that with an arsenal of pass-rush moves, resulting in 14 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks over the past two seasons. He may not flash in coverage, but Sewell is a sure-tackler who could instantly play on early downs for the Chargers.
2.55 Detroit Lions
DL Mazi Smith (Michigan)
With an offense that was functioning on all-cylinders in 2022, the Lions used their first three selections on defense. This time, the Lions bolster the interior of their line with Smith and reunite him with former Michigan standout Aiden Hutchinson. The 6’3″, 337-pounder made Dane Bruglar’s “Freak List” and should impress at the combine.
2.56 Jacksonville Jaguars
TE Luke Musgrave (Oregon State)
Evan Engram ended up being a great offensive weapon for Lawrence this season. With his future in the air, why not go add a dynamic receiving tight end in Musgrave to pair with the rest of your young and exciting offense?
2.57 New York Giants
CB Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson (TCU)
Giants, ironically. don’t care about size, and they take one of the smallest corners to enter the draft just after taking one of the smallest WRs in the draft last year. Hodges helped TCU get to the Natty through his insane athleticism. He can flip his hips at an insane speed and isn’t afraid to play press. Sometimes big things come in little packages.
2.58 Dallas Cowboys
TE Darnell Washington (Georgia)
With Dalton Schultz set to hit FA and DAL needing some receiving help, Washington is theoretically the perfect choice. While I’m personally skeptical of Washington’s future as a receiving option in the NFL, he’s getting legitimate draft buzz, is a very good athlete for 6’7″, and is coming off a year of respectable receiving production at the TE factory. This is probably the back end of his draft range and a position of need for DAL.
2.59 Buffalo Bills
RB Jahmyr Gibbs (Alabama)
Looks like the Bills are at it again, spending yet another second Round pick on an RB. This time, they get who many consider RB2 in this class. Brandon Beane replaces Singletary with an RB that is easily the best receiving option in the class and a great operator in space. Although none of Gibbs’ college performances were all that inspiring in production, the tools are clearly there, and Ken Dorsey is sure to have some fun utilizing the receiving back duo of James Cook and Gibbs.
2.60 Cincinnati Bengals
CB Deonte Banks (Maryland)
At his ceiling, Banks could be a good corner, but he’s got concerns. He’s physical and athletic, with good movement to mirror receivers, but is inconsistent in technique and will need to be careful with how handsy he is in coverage.
2.61 Carolina Panthers
WR Rashee Rice (SMU)
Rice will give new QB Anthony Richardson another boundary target. He’s got acceleration and long speed, dominating at the catch point, and he plays physical. He needs to work on expanding his route tree and acclimating to an NFL offense.
2.62 Philadelphia Eagles
LB Nick Herbig (Wisconsin)
The Eagles have always neglected the LB position in the draft, but perhaps it’s about time to address what may be the weakest link in a very good defense. Herbig can play on the EDGE or off the ball, though his frame may not initially indicate it. He comes with all the fundamentals and mentality that evaluators have come to expect from players that have received coaching from Jim Leonhard. The Eagles need to address the position with both their starters in White and Edwards hitting FA. Though he may be limited to a designated blitzer role, Herbig will be able to find a way onto the field fairly early on in his career.
2.63 Kansas City Chiefs
OT Jaelyn Duncan (Maryland)
KC won’t have many major needs this offseason, just some minor improvements. One of those is along the offensive line, specifically RT. Duncan has mostly played LT in his career but has some technical flaws that could prevent him from being a high-end blind-side protector for the most valuable QB in the league. But that doesn’t mean Duncan isn’t a good prospect with good athleticism and strength. He could make a nice career on the right side.