Following a wild week of trades amongst some teams in the top 12 of this years draft, there's some uncertainty on where some of the top NFL prospects will begin their exciting careers. The 49ers traded with the Dolphins to move up from the #12 pick to the #3 pick, and shortly after, the Dolphins moved up from #12 to #6 in a trade with the Eagles. So let's see how these blockbuster trades will impact the first round of the NFL Draft.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
-Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Probably the only pick we know for sure in this draft right now is that Lawrence is going #1. Potential generational talent at the QB position, and the Jags need a QB.
2. New York Jets
-Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
After strangely winning a game to take them out of the #1 pick late in the season, the Jets seem locked in on Zach Wilson as the next best QB option (which I'm not sold he is but that's a story for another day). The Jets do still have Sam Darnold and brought in some receiving help in FA, but it's likely that they move on from Darnold and make Zach Wilson their new franchise QB.
3. San Francisco 49ers
-Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
In my opinion, there's no way the Niners gave up so much future draft capital to move up and not take a QB. Clearly, they're not sold on Jimmy Garropolo long term, so they will take the next best QB on the board which is Justin Fields.
This will be a great situation for Fields, who will have a multitude of weapons (young weapons I might add), and a pretty stout defense. Seems like a hand in glove fit for both parties.
4. Atlanta Falcons
-Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Ignore the fact that Kyle Pitts is listed as a TE, he's whatever pass catching position you need him to be. He's 6'6, 240 lbs, and runs a 4.46 40 yard dash (unofficially). You can't teach that kind of talent.
Atlanta extended Matt Ryan for another 3 years, so it's unlikely they use this pick on a QB. Kyle Pitts would give the Falcons an elite receiving core to support their veteran QB .
5. Cincinatti Bengals
-Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Look, I know Chase and Smith are still on the board and those might be weapons the Bengals find hard to pass on, but they already have Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins who are both very good. The Bengals most glaring issue is their abysmal offensive line, and Joe Burrow got hurt because of it. All the weapons in the world won't matter if you can't protect the franchise QB, so the Bengals would be foolish to pass up on the best lineman in the draft here. They can address skill position options later in the draft, invest in protecting Burrow NOW.
6. Miami Dolphins
-DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
With the Dolphins moving back up to the #6 slot, I believe they wanted to have their choice between the 3 top receiving talents that could be available (Pitts, Chase, and Smith). And after signing Will Fuller, I think DeVonta Smith would be the best fit beside Fuller and Parker. He can play outside or in the slot, and I think the Dolphins would like him in the slot a tad better than Chase. This gives their young QB arguably one of the best receiving cores in the league, and reunites him with a former college teammate.
7. Detroit Lions
-Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU
With the Lions losing both Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay, getting arguably the best receiver in the class at 7 will certainly help ease the pain. The Lions will need to add more weapons to support Jared Goff.
8. Carolina Panthers
-Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
With the QB rush happening in the top 3 picks, and Carolina not being sold on Bridgewater long term, Trey Lance is the next best option available for a Carolina team that may have missed an opportunity to move up. If Lance was their guy all along, then disregard that last statement, but we'll see. Lance will certainly be surrounded by enough weapons to support him early on.
9. Denver Broncos
-Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
With the Broncos losing A.J. Bouye, and Bryce Callahan suffering from injuries, they desperately need to address the CB position in this spot. Surtain is a shut down corner and will upgrade this secondary on day 1.
10. Dallas Cowboys
-Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
It is no secret that the Dallas defense is awful. Caleb Farley is another instinctive shut down corner who will start for Dallas immediately.
11. New York Giants
-Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
With the Giants signing Kenny Golladay, I see them passing on Jaylen Waddle here and addressing another need which is a pash rusher. Paye is a freak athlete with tremendous upside, and I think the Giants reach a bit here to get him.
12. Philadelphia Eagles
-Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Trading back took the Eagles out of the running for Pitts, Chase, and likely Devonta Smith. However I think they'll be happy with Jaylen Waddle still available at No. 12 here.
One of the fastest receivers in the draft gets reunited with a former Crimson Tide QB, and the Eagles still address the WR position, will stock piling picks for 2022.
13. Los Angelos Chargers
-Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern
The Chargers addressed the offensive line in free agency, but there's still work to be done there. Slater could start immediately for them at LT or at one of the guard positions. His versatility will upgrade that o-line group immediately, as they will need to protect their new franchise QB, Justin Herbert.
14. Minnesota Vikings
-Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
The Vikings need a pass rusher, but I don't think there's one worthy of taking this high, so I think they address another need here which is OT. They lost Riley Reiff in free agency, and a run heavy offense like there's will need to replace him. Darrisaw will do just that.
15. New England Patriots
-Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
The Pats made a great decision to bring Cam Newton back, but its once again on a one year deal. Which means they certainly aren't looking to be tied to him long term, and that is why they will take Mac Jones here.
Jones likely won't start right away, but he will get a chance to learn the system and develop until he is ready to be the starter.
16. Arizona Cardinals
-Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
With Patrick Peterson leaving in free agency, cornerback is the biggest need for the Cardinals and Jaycee Horn is one of the best available at the position. He was a lock down corner for South Carolina and projects as a day 1 starter for Arizona.
17. Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders defense will desperately need an upgrade after allowing the 8th most yards per game last year. Parsons is far more talented than the No.17 pick, but due to the QB rush at the top of the draft, he sees quite a bit of a slide unless Denver, NYG, or Phi choose to go in other directions. So he would be an absolute steal for the Raiders here.
18. Miami Dolphins
-Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
With Miami addressing the offensive side of the ball at #6, I think they shift their focus to the defense and upgrade their pass rush by adding Rousseau. He had 15.5 sacks the last time he played, and improve and already improving defense.
19. Washington Football Team
-Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
Washington addressed a lot of positions of need in free agency, and with no other top QB's available, they still have a gaping hole at LT. Vera-Tucker has a ton of upside and I think he can be the upgrade they need.
20. Chicago Bears
-Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
The Bears have committed to Andy Dalton as QB1 for this season, and with all the possible first round QB's off the board they will have to address other needs. RT is one of them, and Teven Jenkins can help bolster this o-line.
21. Indianapolis Colts
-Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami
I think the Colts will want to take a young pass rusher to replace Justin Houston, whether he replaces him now or in the future, and Phillips is one of the best pure pash rushers there is in this draft. Has some work to do as an edge defender overall, but the Colts get a pass rush upgrade here.
22. Tennessee Titans
-Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
Tennessee addressed their pass rush needs by signing Bud Dupree and Denico Autry in free agency. So now they'll look to replace the loss of Corey Davis, with Kadarius Toney. He's dynamic out of the slot, and could be a great compliment to AJ Brown outside.
23. New York Jets
-Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia
The Jets defense needs an upgrade at practically every position, but I think they'll look to bolster their pass rush to help their young stud Quinnen Williams up front. Ojulari is a pass rush specialist with a quick first step.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
-Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama
The Steelers have a few needs, but OL seems to be the most glaring. With the retirement of Maurkice Pouncey, I think the Steelers bring Dickerson to be his replacement on day 1.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars
-Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
After getting their quarterback, the Jaguars will still need to address other positions, but I don't think they can pass on the best safety in the class here. Moehrig gives them a deep safety to compliment Rayshawn Jenkins who they picked up in free agency. Not a bad first round for a team that needs a good draft.
26. Cleveland Browns
-Zaven Collins, Edge, Tulsa
Cleveland needs a pass rusher opposite of Myles Garrett, and unless they sign Jadeveon Clowney like rumors suggest, I think Collins would be the best option to address that need. He's versatile and can play defensive end or as a linebacker.
27. Baltimore Ravens
-Terrace Marshall Jr.
Listen, if the Ravens want Lamar Jackson to succeed they've got to give him outside receivers. They signed Sammy Watkins recently, but with his injury history and inconsistent play, that's not enough for me.
Terrace Marshall Jr. is a long term solution for them and a potential #1 WR for the Ravens. He's 6'3 with 4.4 speed, and can run every route, Baltimore can't afford to pass on this guy.
28. New Orleans Saints
-Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
With Drew Brees gone, the Saints will need to support their new QB with weapons. I think Bateman being opposite of Michael Thomas would be an ideal option for either Jameis or Taysom Hill.
29. Green Bay Packers
-Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
As Aaron Rodgers patience with the Packers front office wears thin, I think they finally attempt to get him some receiver help in the first round this time. Elijah Moore is an explosive receiver that will help the Packers stretch the field.
30. Buffalo Bills
-Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
The Bills only weakness remaining on offense is the run game, and I think they address that need with Harris. He's a do it all running back who runs hard, exactly what they need in Buffalo.
31. Kansas City Chiefs
-Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
The Chiefs are certianly going to have to continue addressing the o-line seeing as they've let 4 lineman walk so far in free agency (although they could bring a couple back on short term deals). They've signed two starting guards in Joe Thuney and Kyle Long, and now they'll need to address the OT spot, and Mayfield is the next best available.
At 6'5, 319 lbs, Mayfield packs a punch in the run game, and has upside in improving in pass protection. With all the money invested in Mahomes, you'll need to make sure you protect him, and Mayfield can do that long term.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
The Bucs have re-signed Suh, but he's not a long term solution at DT, so the Bucs address that need by taking Barmore from Alabama. He was dominant for Alabama down the stretch getting 5 sacks in his last 5 games. A long term pairing of Vea and Barmore could be a nightmare for opposing offenses.