Ryan Wilson
@ryanwilsonCBS
# Team Player Pos
1 Will Anderson Jr.
Alabama, Jr
EDGE

If Will Anderson was in the 2022 NFL Draft, he would've been the first player taken. Of course, a year ago, Kayvon Thibodeaux was the slam-dunk, write-it-in-Sharpie No. 1 overall player and then Travon Walker came on the scene late. Whatever happens on April 27, 2023, Anderson is a special talent and was dominant for Alabama last season.

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2 Jalen Carter
Georgia, Jr
DL

Our colleague Pete Prisco said it all weekend during the '22 NFL Draft: Jalen Carter might end up being the best player from that Georgia national championship squad. Just let that sink in for a moment.

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14 β€” β€” β€”
3 C.J. Stroud QB

Who knows how this QB class ends up? A year ago, we had Sam Howell, Spencer Rattler, Kedon Slovis and Desmond Ridder going in Round 1 and only Kenny Pickett ended up finding his way into the top 32, with none going in Round 2, and Howell falling all the way to Round 5, getting drafted after Bailey Zappe. So yeah.

2021 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 4435 71.9 44 6
4 Kelee Ringo
Georgia, Soph
CB

Ringo is a long corner who moves well in space, and in Jacksonville, the team continues to build around Trevor Lawrence by ... beefing up the defense. Again, who knows what this -- or any -- roster will look like 12 months from now, but there's no denying that Ringo is one of the best CBs in college football.

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14 β€” β€” 2
5 Will Levis QB

OK, here we go. Daniel Jones will have the 2022 season to prove himself and if things don't work out the team will almost certainly be looking for a QB. Levis is tough and can absolutely spin it. A good campaign in the fall will have him in the first-round conversation.

2021 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
13 2826 66 24 13
6 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR

Wide Receiver U continues to pump out wide receivers. Smith-Njigba is a silky smooth playmaker who was every bit as effective as Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 95 1606 16.9 9
7 Bryce Young
Alabama, Jr
QB

The Panthers wisely passed on a QB at the top of the '22 draft, bolstered the offensive line with Ickey Ekwonu, and were still able to get Matt Corral in Round 3. But the team also used a third-round pick on Will Grier a few years ago and he's no longer with the team. The point: We like Corral, and he may get a chance to play next season, but if the team loves any of the QBs in this class you'd have to think they'd target one.

2021 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
15 4872 66.9 47 7
8 Nolan Smith
Georgia, Sr
EDGE

The Falcons had a good '22 draft but need to continue to add Dudes, and Nolan Smith qualifies as one. Again, it's hard wrap your brain around how good that Georgia team was last season.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
13 β€” β€” 1
9 Tyler Van Dyke
Miami, Soph
QB

Is Drew Lock the answer? The Seahawks didn't take a QB in the '22 draft and if Lock balls out, the team can focus on other needs here. If not, quarterback will be big need and Van Dyke will be on NFL radars this fall.

2021 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
10 2931 62.3 25 6
10 Michael Mayer TE

Imagine, if you're Carson Wentz, a pass-catching group that includes Terry McLaurin, (assuming the Commanders can keep him), Jahan Dotson and the most complete tight end in college football in Michael Mayer.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 71 840 11.8 7
11 Jordan Addison WR

Addison played with Kenny Pickett at Pitt and why not reunite them with the Steelers? Addison is a home-run threat at all three levels and if Pittsburgh doesn't want to pay Diontae Johnson, targeting a WR here makes sense.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
14 100 1593 15.9 17
12 Bryan Bresee
Clemson, Soph
DL

'Steady as she goes' feels like the draft philosophy of the new Raiders regime, which is noteworthy days after the team chose not to exercise the fifth-year options of any of their three first-rounders from the 2019 class. Either way, Bresee solidifies the middle of the defensive line in a division where getting off the field is at a premium.

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4 β€” β€” β€”
13 Myles Murphy
Clemson, Jr
EDGE

Traded from: NO

The Eagles had a fantastic draft even without targeting pass rusher. Frankly, it's not a huge need but could be a year from now and Murphy is a speed-to-power player off the edge.

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10 β€” β€” β€”
14 Paris Johnson Jr. OL

Again, the Eagles absolutely crushed the '22 draft, and if Jalen Hurts can prove he's the long-term answer at QB, the team can continue to build around him. Johnson can play inside or out, though his NFL future will likely be at guard.

15 Kayshon Boutte
LSU, Jr
WR

Adam Thielen will be 32 in August and although the Vikes drafted Jalen Nailor on Day 3, Boutte is a special talent. Plus, in today's NFL, you can never have enough pass catchers, especially with the escalating WR salaries (see Justin Jefferson, should he want to get paid).

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
6 38 509 13.4 9
16 Noah Sewell
Oregon, Soph
LB

Yep, that's Penei's brother, and yep, he plays exactly like you might imagine except instead he's manning the linebacker position.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
14 β€” β€” 1
17 Zion Nelson
Miami, Jr
OL

Nelson made an appearance in this space a year ago but he returned to school for another season. It was a smart decision; for as athletic as he is, Nelson's also incredibly raw, but if he puts it all together he'll be in the first-round mix.

18 Brandon Joseph S

Joseph opted to return to school -- though he transferred from Northwestern to Notre Dame for 2022 -- but he had top-100 buzz in the fall. He'll have a chance to improve his stock with a strong fall campaign.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
12 β€” β€” 3
19 Dontay Demus Jr. WR

The Titans shipped A.J. Brown to Philly and drafted Treylon Burks, but there's room for more playmakers at the position. Whether it's Ryan Tannehill or Malik Willis at QB, Demus would be a welcome addition to the WR room.

20 Peter Skoronski OL

Skoronski feels like a Colt. He's not the biggest tackle but his athleticism jumps off the screen at you. Doesn't hurt that Rashawn Slater, who also played at Northwestern, was considered undersized coming out of college and was only one of the NFL's best rookies in '21.

21 Quentin Johnston
TCU, Jr
WR

The Ravens crushed the '22 draft though Lamar Jackson didn't quite enjoy it perhaps as much as he would've liked because the team shipped Hollywood Brown to Arizona. The team gets him a 6-foot-4 weapon here.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
9 33 634 19.2 6
22 Jalen Catalon S

Catalon was draft eligible this year but returned to school. He's a middle-of-the-field thumper who will look to improve his stock with a strong '22 season.

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6 β€” β€” 2
23 Eli Ricks
Alabama, Jr
CB

Traded from: CLE

Ricks and No. 3 overall pick Derek Stingley were former teammates at LSU and are reunited in Houston in Lovie Smith's defense. Ricks transferred to Alabama ahead of the '22 season and has the physical tools that translate to the next level, he just needs more experience.

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6 β€” β€” 1
24 Marvin Mims
Alabama, Jr
WR

The Cowboys keep adding skill position players to fuel this high-powered offense and Mims, while not a burner, is an incredible athlete with great hands.

25 Josh Downs WR

Downs was one of the few bright spots on the '21 Tar Heels squad and while the lack of firepower played a role in Sam Howell falling to the fifth round, it put Downs on the draft radar because he consistently made plays. At 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, he's undersized but he's electric with the ball in his hands.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 102 1344 13.2 8
26 Joey Porter Jr. CB

Traded from: DEN

Yep, that's Joey Porter's son but unlike the former Steelers pass rusher, junior is a long, lanky cornerback with ball skills.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 β€” β€” 1
27 Spencer Rattler QB

Traded from: SF

If Tua can't make it work next season the Dolphins may look elsewhere. Rattler was in this space 12 months ago and, well, he had a forgettable '21 season at Oklahoma. He's since transferred to South Carolina and if it all clicks for him in Columbia he could be among the first QBs drafted.

28 BJ Ojulari
LSU, Jr
EDGE

Traded from: LAR

Ojulari, who had 7 sacks and 12 tackles for loss last season, is explosive off the edge and consistently finds his way into the backfield. Those players will always be in demand at the next level.

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12 β€” β€” β€”
29 Emil Ekiyor Jr.
LSU, Sr
OL

Who knows what Aaron Rodgers' future holds beyond the '22 season but whomever ends up under center will benefit from consistency along the offensive line.

30 Bijan Robinson
Texas, Jr
RB

No running backs went in the first round of the '22 draft but two went the year before, and one went the year before that ... when the Chiefs took Clyde Edwards-Helaire. K.C. doesn't have a ton of needs but if any RB is a likely first-round target, it will be Robinson.

2021 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
10 195 1127 5.8 11
31 Phil Jurkovec
Texas, Sr
QB

Jurkovec returned to BC after an injury disrupted his '21 season. He's a Notre Dame transfer who layers the ball well to all levels and has a lot of the traits NFL teams look for in their signal callers.

32 Jordan Battle
Alabama, Sr
S

Battle was another player who returned to school even though he was draft eligible. He doesn't possess otherworldly athleticism but he's incredibly consistent, and right-place, right-time players are coveted at the next level.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
15 β€” β€” 3
Chris Trapasso
@ChrisTrapasso
# Team Player Pos
1 Will Levis QB

Levis feels like a quarterback who can eventually be the No. 1 overall pick. He's big, chiseled, has a rocket for an arm and can scramble. The Texans will probably be in the quarterback market in a big way next offseason.

2021 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
13 2826 66 24 13
2 Jalen Carter
Georgia, Jr
DL

Carter was the best player on the Georgia defense in 2021. No joke. He's an elite athlete with long arms and outstanding pass-rush ability.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
14 β€” β€” β€”
3 C.J. Stroud QB

Stroud is a gamer with high-caliber arm talent and accuracy. He's the perfect quarterback to lead a new era in Lions football.

2021 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 4435 71.9 44 6
4 Zion Nelson
Miami, Jr
OL

Nelson isn't currently projected to go this high, but the first-round traits have flashed often in his Miami career. This pick assumes he takes a sizable step with his consistency in 2022.

5 Bryce Young
Alabama, Jr
QB

The Giants move on from Daniel Jones and land on Young, a super-poised, functionally athletic quarterback prospect.

2021 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
15 4872 66.9 47 7
6 Will Anderson Jr.
Alabama, Jr
EDGE

Anderson has looked like a future top 10 pick since his freshman season at Alabama. He'd be a massive get for the Bears here.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
15 β€” β€” β€”
7 Tyler Van Dyke
Miami, Soph
QB

Van Dyke has a cannon for an arm and a gunslinger mentality. The Panthers have to address quarterback early. No question about it.

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GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
10 2931 62.3 25 6
8 Myles Murphy
Clemson, Jr
EDGE

Murphy was a gigantic recruit for Dabo Swinney who's been wildly productive in his first two seasons at Clemson.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
10 β€” β€” β€”
9 Noah Sewell
Oregon, Soph
LB

Sewell got the family genes in spades. He looks like the premier off-ball linebacker in the 2023 class.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14 β€” β€” 1
10 Eli Ricks
Alabama, Jr
CB

Ricks made the unusual transfer from LSU to Alabama and is primed for an enormous 2022 campaign, thereby moving him into the top 10.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
6 β€” β€” 1
11 Peter Skoronski OL

Skoronski has filled in admirably for Rashawn Slater since he graduated at the left tackle spot. He plays with a nasty demeanor and has quality quicks for a big man.

12 Cam Smith CB

Smith is a tall, disruptive SEC cornerback with high-end traits. The Raiders have to address the cornerback situation.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
11 β€” β€” 3
13 Arik Gilbert
Georgia, Soph
TE

Traded from: NO

Gilbert is actually a tight end but moves like an oversized, super-freaky receiver. He has top half of the first round written all over him.

14 Paris Johnson Jr. OL

The Eagles love investing in the offensive front and do so again with Johnson, one of the few blockers who has first-round hype right now.

15 Kayshon Boutte
LSU, Jr
WR

Boutee has been on the first-round radar for a season now, and the Vikings have to plan ahead at the receiver spot.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
6 38 509 13.4 9
16 Michael Mayer TE

Mayer gives me major Patriots vibes on film. He doesn't wear gloves, catches everything, and is a smooth operator in space.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 71 840 11.8 7
17 Devin Leary QB

Leary has the game-manager tools it feels like Mike McDaniel will gravitate toward next offseason.

18 Brandon Joseph S

Joseph probably would've been a Day 2 pick had he entered the 2022 class. He should load the stat sheet on Northwestern's defense in 2022 and land in Round 1. The Cardinals need another playmaker next to Budda Baker in their secondary.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
12 β€” β€” 3
19 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR

The Titans continue to build the receiver room with Smith-Njigba, who was often the best receiver on the field last season at Ohio State. Quite the feat.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 95 1606 16.9 9
20 Darnell Wright OL

Wright is the oversized masher the Colts typically like on their offensive line.

21 Quentin Johnston
TCU, Jr
WR

Johnston is a large, explosive wideout, precisely what the Ravens could use in their receiver room. He'd pair nicely with Rashod Bateman.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
9 33 634 19.2 6
22 Jordan Addison WR

The Bengals add more explosion to their receiver room with a bunch of their young weapons up for new contracts in the not-so-distant future.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
14 100 1593 15.9 17
23 Isaiah Foskey EDGE

Traded from: CLE

Foskey stood out on Notre Dame's defense in 2021. He's in for a big 2022 and has first-round traits and polish.

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13 β€” β€” β€”
24 Antonio Johnson S

Antonio Johnson would give the Cowboys quality insurance and depth at the cornerback spot.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 β€” β€” 1
25 Zay Flowers WR

Flowers is a polished route runner and dynamo after the catch, and has deceptive long speed. He'd be a fun addition to Justin Herbert's offense.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 44 746 17 5
26 Malik Cunningham QB

Traded from: DEN

Surprise! Cunningham has springy athleticism and a live arm. With a big super senior season at Louisville, he could appear on the first-round radar.

27 Zion Tupuola-Fetui EDGE

Traded from: SF

Tupula-Fetui has battled injuries over the past few years at Washington. When healthy, he's incredibly powerful with serious explosion to the quarterback and quality hand work. The Dolphins have to add to their pass rush.

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2 β€” β€” β€”
28 Felix Anudike-Uzomah EDGE

Traded from: LAR

Anudike was a wrecking ball on the edge of the Kansas State defensive line in 2021, and his burst/bend talent will push him into the first round.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
13 β€” β€” β€”
29 Anthony Richardson
Kansas St., Soph
QB

Who knows what the future holds for Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay? Richardson's upside is too tantalizing to pass on here.

30 Bijan Robinson
Texas, Jr
RB

Robinson is a Saquon Barkley esque running back prospect, which vaults him into the first round.

2021 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
10 195 1127 5.8 11
31 Trenton Simpson
Clemson, Jr
LB

At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds with serious range and energetic play style, Simpson feels like a future first-round linebacker on film who can also rush the passer.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 β€” β€” β€”
32 Jordan Battle
Alabama, Sr
S

The Bills should begin to plan ahead at the safety position and do so here with Battle.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
15 β€” β€” 3
Josh Edwards
@EdwardsCBS
# Team Player Pos
1 C.J. Stroud QB

The presence of Desmond Ridder is not going to be enough for Atlanta to bypass on its top quarterback target regardless of what he may or may not show by the end of the year. Stroud gives the Falcons a fresh start and a chance to elevate recent investments in Kyle Pitts and Drake London.

2021 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 4435 71.9 44 6
2 Bryce Young
Alabama, Jr
QB

Seattle's future is not with Geno Smith despite the upset he pulled in Week 1. Young is a reliable trigger man who Pete Carroll can feel comfortable executing the game plan. Will the California native be able to hold up in the Pacific Northwest?

2021 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
15 4872 66.9 47 7
3 Will Anderson Jr.
Alabama, Jr
EDGE

Is Houston more comfortable with Davis Mills? Or would it be willing to take a chance on Kentucky quarterback Will Levis in this spot? In this scenario, the Texans stick with the incumbent and bring in the talented Anderson to rush the passer.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
15 β€” β€” β€”
4 Will Levis QB

Carolina takes another blindfolded swing at the quarterback piΓ±ata. Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold could theoretically be gone after the season, leaving Levis to fend off second-year quarterback Matt Corral.

2021 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
13 2826 66 24 13
5 Peter Skoronski OL

Left tackle Braxton Jones' play has been encouraging to start the season. They have former first-round selection Alex Leatherwood to potentially develop and maybe Teven Jenkins is not a lost cause. There are a lot of moving pieces, but adding more to the offensive line and letting the best five take the field is what is best for Justin Fields.

6 Jalen Carter
Georgia, Jr
DL

Carter sliding to No. 6 overall is an ideal scenario for New York. Carl Lawson, Micheal Clemons and Jermaine Johnson II form a good rotation on the edge. Quinnen Williams next to Carter along the interior is terrifying. San Francisco has always valued depth along the defensive line, and it is reasonable to think Robert Saleh brought a similar philosophy to the Jets.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14 β€” β€” β€”
7 Kelee Ringo
Georgia, Soph
CB

Washington's defense is not as good as it was two years ago and what many have held out hope for the past two seasons. Ringo has the size and speed to be a tremendous talent. He would significantly upgrade the secondary.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14 β€” β€” 2
8 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR

Jacksonville has to be considering alternatives to the contracts given to Christian Kirk and Zay Jones this offseason. The Jaguars did what was necessary to support Trevor Lawrence presently but need a long-term solution at the position. Smith-Njigba can be part of that solution.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 95 1606 16.9 9
9 Antonio Johnson S

To poke a hole in my own projection, general manager Brad Holmes comes from a Rams organization that has made a living on identifying starting defensive backs on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. He may not value the position this highly, but Johnson is a versatile and physical player who makes a lot of sense on a Dan Campbell-coached team.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 β€” β€” 1
10 Myles Murphy
Clemson, Jr
EDGE

Murphy is a special talent, and Tennessee should be grateful that he fell this far. He brings more possibilities to that Titans front, allowing Jeffery Simmons to move around and create pressure from various points along the defensive line.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 β€” β€” β€”
11 Paris Johnson Jr. OL

The quarterbacks have missed a number of opportunities down the field, which could be a result of multiple shortcomings. One narrative at play is a lack of trust in the offensive line. If Pittsburgh is able to upgrade that unit, it would not only create holes for running back Najee Harris but allow Mitchell Trubisky or Kenny Pickett the time to stand in the pocket and deliver downfield to Chase Claypool, George Pickens and Diontae Johnson.

12 Trenton Simpson
Clemson, Jr
LB

New York would love to have a lockdown man coverage cornerback, but without one available, it turns to a versatile linebacker. Simpson can drop into coverage, fit run gaps or use his quickness to shoot gaps and make plays in the backfield.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 β€” β€” β€”
13 Kayshon Boutte
LSU, Jr
WR

Boutte and LSU have clashed a bit this season. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has never deterred from taking a big personality at the position, from Randy Moss to Antonio Brown. The selection of Boutte, however, represents a longer commitment, and they need someone to step up and make an impact in the pass game.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
6 38 509 13.4 9
14 Bryan Bresee
Clemson, Soph
DL

First and foremost, thoughts and prayers to the Bresee family as they deal with the passing of Bryan's sister, Ella. He will have an opportunity to not only carry on her legacy in the NFL but make an impact with his platform.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4 β€” β€” β€”
15 Broderick Jones
Clemson, Soph
OL

Rookie Bernhard Raimann could prove to be the left tackle of the future for Indianapolis, but it is too early to reach that conclusion despite some flashes in a small sample of playing time. The development of Raimann would allow the franchise to address other needs in the first round.

16 Gervon Dexter Sr.
Florida, Soph
DL

Houston selected Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. with its first selection and now addresses the interior defensive line. Over a two-year period, the Texans would have added cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., safety Jalen Pitre, Anderson and Dexter. Head coach Lovie Smith would have to be thrilled with that outcome.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 β€” β€” β€”
17 Bijan Robinson
Texas, Jr
RB

Robinson's talent warrants this level of investment, and Arizona may be quirky enough to do it. The Cardinals have been unpredictable in their decision-making, and the depth chart presents a clear path to playing time.

2021 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
10 195 1127 5.8 11
18 Cam Smith CB

The idea of selecting Smith at this point in the first round is honestly a bit rich for my taste, but at about the midpoint in the first round, there is less confidence in the available talent. Smith can be a reliable option in that Philadelphia scheme long after James Bradberry is gone.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 β€” β€” 3
19 Jordan Addison WR

Dallas needs another pass catcher to support CeeDee Lamb. The return of Michael Gallup could cure some of the team's issues, and rookie Jalen Tolbert could develop, making this selection unnecessary. However, Tolbert may not develop as quickly as the organization needs, and Jerry Jones is not shy about adding firepower.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
14 100 1593 15.9 17
20 Michael Mayer TE

Cincinnati will soon have a choice to make between Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. The most likely outcome is that Boyd is the odd man out. The addition of Mayer helps negate some of the loss in pass production. The franchise could still target the offensive line considering its early-season struggles.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 71 840 11.8 7
21 Josh Downs WR

Justin Jefferson has established himself as one of the premier wide receivers in the NFL. Downs was dominant in his debut, but an injury has prevented him from returning to the field. He is dangerous after the catch and would be a great compliment to Jefferson.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 102 1344 13.2 8
22 Jaquelin Roy
LSU, Jr
DL

I truly believe Seattle found some quality players along the offensive line, in the secondary and to rush the passer as part of the most recent NFL Draft. Roy would go a long way towards fortifying the interior of that defensive line.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 β€” β€” β€”
23 Noah Sewell
Oregon, Soph
LB

Sewell is simply one of the best prospects available at this stage of the first round. The rangy linebacker would be a staple of the Dolphins defense for many years.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14 β€” β€” 1
24 Quentin Johnston
TCU, Jr
WR

Johnston to Baltimore has been a popular match because his size is exactly what that offense needs in the pass game. There is a lot more for Johnston to show before he has earned his place in the first round but, once again, there is a path for him to arrive at that point.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
9 33 634 19.2 6
25 Jahmyr Gibbs
Alabama, Jr
RB

Gibbs is a talented player who deserves first-round consideration, but positional value may not allow it. Los Angeles has been using a similarly versatile running back in Austin Ekeler. Plus, Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi comes from New Orleans, which has deployed Alvin Kamara in a comparable capacity.

2021 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
12 143 746 5.2 4
26 Anthony Richardson
Alabama, Soph
QB

Richardson has a lot to work on before he becomes the quarterback many think he can become. However, if he is able to show a modicum amount of that potential this season, then it will be enough for a team to take a chance on him. Detroit is an ideal situation because the presence of Jared Goff allows Richardson time to learn on the bench.

27 Rakim Jarrett WR

Maryland has not played any Power 5 competition for fans to become familiar with Jarrett's game. He has the upside to be an early-round selection. Green Bay has historically bypassed the idea of taking a wide receiver in the first round, but maybe that is part of the reason it finds itself in the current predicament.

2021 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 62 829 13.4 5
28 Eli Ricks
Alabama, Jr
CB

The LSU transfer has not done much for Alabama to this point, but the reality is that there are not 32 players who have solidified their placement in the first round. There are another seven months for it all to play out, but Ricks is one with the potential to be in this position.

2021 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
6 β€” β€” 1
29 Arik Gilbert
Georgia, Soph
TE

I debated whether or not Gilbert would make the first round because he has not done much of anything for Georgia this season. At the end of the day, his size and athletic profile are going to entice a team in the first round if he gets it together by season's end.

30 Olumuyiwa Fashanu
Georgia, Soph
OL

Orlando Brown Jr. is playing out the franchise tag in Kansas City, and it did not sound as though the two parties were close to an agreement on a contract extension. If the lineman is similarly stingy in contract negotiations next season, then I could see the franchise going in another direction.

31 Brian Branch
Alabama, Jr
CB

If I am being honest with myself, the pick lacks creativity. It is one that I have made multiple times in a row, but it just makes so much sense. Branch is a great fit for what Buffalo asks of its safeties.

2021 College Stats

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