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DKrom’s Mock Draft 3.0: Two Weeks Out

Just when you thought all the big trade fireworks had passed, the NFL delivered again last week with the Eagles and Saints agreeing to a blockbuster trade of draft picks. I had completed the first part of this mock before the trade went down. That version had a LOT of trades, but I had to start all over again, and it resulted in this mock with only one trade. While I do not expect there to be just one trade on April 28, mock drafts are only meant to be exercises in the hypothetical. The fourth mock draft I will release next week will have more trades, but this one will give you a good idea of how the first round could unfold as well. Without further ado, here is DKrom’s Mock Draft 3.0…

1. Jaguars: Travon Walker (EDGE, Georgia)

    -While most still believe Aidan Hutchinson will be the pick here, do not be shocked or surprised if the Jaguars end up going with Travon Walker. Walker is the “toolsy” EDGE prospect Jacksonville GM Trent Baalke has historically preferred 

2. Lions: Aidan Hutchinson (EDGE, Michigan)

    -Dan Campbell would literally jump out of his seat in ecstasy if Aidan Hutchinson were still on the board for the Lions. Michigan born and Michigan bred, Hutchinson fits the blue-collar, “kneecap biting” culture Campbell is building in Detroit to a T.

3. Texans: Evan Neal (OT, Alabama)

    -With the top two EDGE’s off the board, I would anticipate the Texans to take the top tackle on their board. Either Neal or Ickey Ekwonu would make a ton of sense here, but my guess is GM Nick Caserio would prefer the more polished Neal

4. Jets: Sauce Gardner (CB, Cincinnati)

    -While many believe the Jets will select an EDGE and a wide receiver with their two first round picks, do NOT count out Sauce Gardner as a possibility for Gang Green by any means. He is the exact type of corner and locker room tone-setter Robert Saleh and Joe Douglas are looking for

5. Giants: Charles Cross (OT, Mississippi State)

    -Some of you, if not many, will be shocked by this pick, but buzz suggests the Giants have studied Cross more than any other OT in this class. Plus, Cross’s special pass protection skills would be a welcome sight for Brian Daboll’s new offense…and most importantly Daniel Jones

6. Panthers: Kenny Pickett (QB, Pittsburgh)

    -It’s no wonder everybody is connecting the Panthers to Kenny Pickett. Head coach Matt Rhule successfully recruited Pickett to play for him at Temple until he had a change of heart and headed off to Baylor…and owner David Tepper is a graduate of Pittsburgh

7. Giants [via Bears]: Kayvon Thibodeaux (EDGE, Oregon)

    -While it is still very possible Thibodeaux could slide all the way to the second half of the first round, his sweet spot may be in picks 7-10. The Giants need help BADLY when it comes to rushing the passer, and he’d the best EDGE left on the board by far

 8. Falcons: Garrett Wilson (WR, Ohio State)

    -Now with Matt Ryan gone, the Falcons currently have the worst roster in the NFL outside of Houston. They could thus go a lot of different ways here, but Wilson, who many have compared to Stefon Diggs, would team up with Kyle Pitts to give the Falcons a scary 1-2 punch in the passing game

9. Seahawks [via Broncos]: Ikem Ekwonu (OT, North Carolina State)

    -Pete Carroll and John Schneider would be doing the happiest of happy dances if Ikem Ekwonu fell to them here. His physicality is EXACTLY what the Seahawks need to play their “bully ball” style of game in the post-Russell Wilson era

10. Steelers [from Jets, via Seahawks]: Malik Willis (QB, Liberty)

    -The Jets (as well as the Giants) would prefer to do what the Eagles just did by accumulating an extra premium pick in 2023 by trading back. And it is hard to think of a better partner than the QB-needy Steelers

11. Commanders: Chris Olave (WR, Ohio State)

    -Ron Rivera himself doesn’t usually attend Pro Days unless he is VERY interested in a prospect. He recently attended the Ohio State Pro Day, which tells me the Commanders are eyeing either Olave or Garrett Wilson at this pick

12. Vikings: Derek Stingley, Jr. (CB, LSU)

    -As Peter King recently reported, the Vikings LOVE Stingley. But after he put on a show at LSU’s Pro Day last week, it may be wise to bet that the 2019 first-team All-American won’t last this long

13. Texans [via Browns]: Jermaine Johnson II (EDGE, Florida State)

    -Houston would love to come out of the first round with an EDGE and a tackle. A haul including Evan Neal and Jermaine Johnson would be as desirable an outcome as can be for the Texans

14. Ravens: Kyle Hamilton (S, Notre Dame)

    -Several major analysts consider Hamilton to be the best overall talent in this draft, but some buzz suggests he can fall further than most expect. That being said, it would be so like the Ravens for them to scoop up a special player like Hamilton who slides down the board for no apparent reason

15. Eagles [via Dolphins]: George Karlaftis (EDGE, Purdue)

    -Even after signing Haasan Reddick and re-signing Derek Barnett in free agency, you can bet that the Eagles aren’t done adding to their pass rush, which struggled mightily last season. Karlaftis may remind GM Howie Roseman of 2010 Eagles first-round pick and Super Bowl LII hero Brandon Graham

16. Saints [from Eagles via Colts]: Jameson Williams (WR, Alabama)

    -As Saints insider Ross Jackson said on a recent episode of this podcast, Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline reported that the belief is the Saints want to select a receiver and a potential QB of the future in the first round. The speedy Williams would be an excellent complement to Michael Thomas

17. Chargers: Jordan Davis (DT, Georgia)

    -GM Tom Telesco wants to add more speed to Justin Herbert’s receiving corps, and if either Jameson Williams or Chris Olave are available, I would personally expect one of them to be the pick here. But if neither is, look for the Chargers to target a defensive tackle to complete the overhaul of their defensive line…and who better to do so than Jordan Davis?

18. Eagles [via Saints]: Drake London (WR, USC)

    -Even though there’s a good chance the Eagles wait until later in the draft for WR help, I think Howie Roseman wants to continue atoning for his recent draft mistakes at the position (see J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Jalen Reagor). He began doing so last year with DeVonta Smith and the big-bodied London would be a STEAL here

19. Saints [via Eagles]: Desmond Ridder (QB, Cincinnati)

    -Recent buzz has Ridder going in the top-20 in large part due to his high football IQ, untapped athletic potential and sound decision-making. He would have plenty of time in New Orleans to improve the rough spots in his game before taking over 

20. Jets [via Steelers]: Treylon Burks (WR, Arkansas)

    -Jets GM Joe Douglas has reportedly been infatuated with Burks for months. While it isn’t certain Douglas hasn’t soured on him after Burks’ disappointing combine, I believe the Jets see him as the jumbo-sized Deebo Samuel in their offense

21. Patriots: Devin Lloyd (LB, Utah)

    -While the Patriots need corner help and more WR help, I wouldn’t rule out Devin Lloyd as a possibility here. Bill Belichick loves versatile linebackers like Lloyd that can stop the run, drop into coverage and rush the passer

22. Packers [via Raiders]: Boye Mafe (EDGE, Minnesota)

    -While WR is the popular pick for the Packers in these mock drafts (and for good reason), I can also see Brian Gutekunst adding to the strengths of his roster. Mafe would add another tantalizing skill-set to Green Bay’s underrated defensive front

23. Cardinals: Zion Johnson (G, Boston College)

    -In order to give Kyler Murray the best possible chance to become a consistently great QB, the Cardinals need to beef up protection for him. Johnson can be a decade-long staple for Arizona’s offensive line

24. Cowboys: David Ojabo (EDGE, Michigan)

    -A la Jaylon Smith in 2016, I can see the Cowboys rolling the dice on a talented prospect who suffered a serious injury during the pre-draft process like Ojabo. Once healthy, Ojabo would assume the DE spot opposite DeMarcus Lawrence and free up Micah Parsons to move all around the formation even more

25. Bills: Andrew Booth, Jr. (CB, Clemson)

    -The Bills arguably have the strongest roster in the entire NFL and have the freedom to go in a lot of different directions here. But the need for another corner to line up on the boundary opposite Tre’Davious White is pretty glaring…and there aren’t many talents like Booth who can do so on Day 1

26. Titans: Trevor Penning (OT, Northern Iowa)

    -It is still a mystery to the Titans whether 2021 second-round pick Dillon Radunz fits better at right tackle or inside at guard. The uber-physical Penning fits the Titans run-first identity like a glove and would immediately solve that dilemma for the Titans by sliding into right tackle from the get-go

27. Bucs: Devonte Wyatt (DT, Georgia)

    -Even though they may boast the NFC’s strongest roster, the Bucs sorely need an infusion of new, young talent on their defensive line. Selecting the scheme-versatile Wyatt would be one of the best possible outcomes for Tampa in round one

28. Packers: Christian Watson (WR, North Dakota State)

    -The Packers may have historically preferred to wait until the second round to select wide receivers, but they may have to take Watson here if they love him as much as people think. Watson is the ideal, big-bodied, yet speedy weapon that Aaron Rodgers loves

29. Chiefs [from Dolphins, via 49ers]: Skyy Moore (WR, Western Michigan)

    -As Jordan Schultz reported, the Chiefs are VERY intrigued by Skyy Moore, who profiles very similarly to Julian Edelman. But like the Packers and Christian Watson, Kansas City may not have the luxury of waiting until the second round to nab Moore  

30. Chiefs: Jalen Pitre (S, Baylor)

    -There are only two players in this draft I can think of that can immediately replace Tyrann Mathieu for the Chiefs from the very beginning. One is Daxton Hill (who we gave Kansas City in our previous mock draft) and the other is Pitre, who Kansas City is reportedly very high on

31. Bengals: Tyler Linderbaum (C, Iowa)

    -It is sounding increasingly possible, if not likely, that Tyler Linderbaum can fall all the way to 31 overall, if not out of the first round altogether. That said, his talent, leadership and his potential to make the Bengals offensive line into a top-five unit overnight could be too much for Cincinnati to pass on 

32. Lions [via Rams]: Daxton Hill (S, Michigan)

    -Another Michigan Wolverine ends up with the Lions in this mock. Hill is the versatile chess piece the Lions are looking to add to their secondary. Penn State’s Jaquan Brisker and Georgia’s Lewis Cine are also possibilities for the Lions here or two picks later at 34 

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