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NFL Mock Draft [Opinion]

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PICK #1: Bears: Caleb Williams

Pro Comp: Aaron Rodgers

The former Heisman Trophy winner and USC standout capped off a stellar collegiate career with what many would consider a down season in comparison to his sophomore season in which he threw for over 4500 yards and 42 touchdowns to only five interceptions.

PICK #2: Commanders: Jayden Daniels

Pro Comp: Lamar Jackson

Last year’s Heisman Trophy recipient is quite the athlete although he tends to get blown up often.  The hiring of Kliff Kingsbury as offensive coordinator really sells this pick, with the offenses he ran as both the Arizona Cardinals head coach as well as the head coach for Texas Tech, he had scramblers in Kyler Murray and Patrick Mahomes respectfully.

PICK #3: Patriots: Drake Maye

Pro Comp: Justin Herbert

Although some mock drafts have the Patriots trading back here and getting a receiver or offensive tackle, but the Pats can’t get a quarterback prospect of Maye’s quality down the board while you can get good to decent wide receivers and o-linemen in the later rounds. Drake Maye brings a rocket of an arm and a solid rushing threat for a starving New England offense.

PICK #4: Cardinals: Marvin Harrison Jr.

Pro Comp: A.J. Green

As the son of Pro Football Hall Of Famer, Marvin Harrison, it was almost destined for Harrison Jr. to be an NFL player. Harrison Jr. has been the number one receiver prospect for this class the entire year standing at 6 ‘4, this year’s Frank Biletnikoff award winner has put up back to back 1200 plus yard seasons at Ohio State University.

PICK #5: Vikings Via. LAC: JJ McCarthy

Pro Comp: Alex Smith

The former 5 star recruit from the University of Michigan, and 2024 national champion winning quarterback is a great example of a good prospect just in a scheme that doesn’t show his strengths very well.  McCarthy showed us at his pro day that he is very comfortable throwing across the middle, but may have to work a little more on his throws outside the numbers.

PICK #6: Giants: Malik Nabers

Pro Comp: Stefon Diggs

In a Giants offense whose wide receiver one is Darius Slayton, they need a new young receiver in the Big Apple.  One of two LSU projected first round receivers, Nabers is an explosive athlete and great after the catch leading him to accumulate over 1500 yards and 14 touchdowns on 89 receptions in his junior season with the tigers.

PICK #7: Titans: Joe Alt

Pro Comp: Kolton Miller

Following in the footsteps of Quentin Nelson and Mike McGlinchey as the Fighting Irish produce another stellar offensive line prospect. Measuring in at a monstrous 6 ‘9, 321 pounds with an 83 inch wingspan, these intangibles only add onto the technical prowess of Alt as an offensive tackle.

PICK #8: Falcons: Jared Verse

Pro Comp: Kayvon Thibadeaux

Atlanta has made it public that Verse is their top edge in this draft cycle and that could very well be a smoke screen, but I doubt it is.  Verse is a very technical rusher when it comes to winning off the edge, he comes to the line with a plan and if said plan fails he has a myriad of counter moves for anything an offensive lineman brings his way.

PICK #9: Saints Via. CHI: Brock Bowers

Pro Comp: George Kittle

With Chicago’s very limited number of picks and New Orlean’s need for weapons, especially a tight end.  Bowers, as one of if not the best tight end prospect we’ve seen in the last 10-15 years, is an explosive player and a huge YAC (yards after the catch) threat in open space whether he’s catching a screen or running a route across the middle.

PICK #10: Jets: Taliese Fuaga

Pro Comp: Teven Jenkins

Although New York signed Tyron Smith and Morgan Moses, two veteran offensive tackles, both players have a lengthy injury history and that worries me if they’ll play for the majority of the year.  Fuaga coming out of Oregon State would be an excellent safety net if either veteran tackle goes down, even if they both stay healthy, Fuaga would be quite the guard.

PICK #11: Chargers Via. MIN: Rome Odunze

Pro Comp: Ja’Marr Chase

With the hollowing of this wide receiver core this past off season, the Chargers could use some help from the wide receiver one for the national championship runner-up Washington Huskies, as an explosive athlete and a master of the contested catch.  Odunze’s strong hands at the catch point and a rather large frame standing at 6 ‘3 and 216 pounds help him achieve 1,640 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

PICK #12: Broncos: Bo Nix

Pro Comp: Andy Dalton

As it currently stands, Denver’s QB consists of Zach Wilson and Jarrett Stidham. In short, it’s scarce.  Although this could be considered a reach, the Broncos are desperate for any type of quarterback improvement.  As a 5 year starter in college, Nix put up over 15,000 passing yards and nearly 115 touchdown passes.

PICK #13: Raiders: Olu Fashanu

Pro Comp: Alijah Vera-Tucker

The 6 ‘6, 312  pound offensive tackle out of Penn State is a plug and play left tackle for a team that is desperate for one after the departure of Longtime starter, Jermaine Eluemunor to the Giants. Fashanu might be the best pass blocking offensive tackle in this class, not allowing a single sack and only ten pressures in 12 starts this year.  Although he’s an outstanding pass blocker he has much to learn and improve on in the run game mainly his pad level at the point of contact.

PICK #14: Chicago Via. NO: Dallas Turner

Pro Comp: Derrick Hall

With the acquisition of Montez Sweat last season it made it known that Bears are aware of their need for that premiere pass rusher, and Turner could very much be that.  While his stats may not pop off the screen but his athleticism does, with a 4.4 forty and a 40.5 inch vertical which are both in the 97th percentile for his position.

PICK #15: Colts: Quinyon Mitchell

Pro Comp: Trent McDuffie

With Indy’s history of drafting for athleticism, Mitchell feels like a perfect fit in this category. Clocking in at a blazing fast 4.33 40 yard dash and the Colt’s desperate need for cornerback depth this feels like a match made in heaven for Jim Irsay and the organization as a whole.

PICK #16: Seahawks: Troy Fautanu

Pro Comp: Anton Harrison

Although Fautanu played tackle at Washington he could very easily and most likely will move inside to guard.  Standing in at 6 ‘4 he wouldn’t be considered short at tackle but the issue lies in the length of his arms and hand, measuring in at 34.5 and 9.5 inches respectively.  While with the Huskies, the former high school volleyball player only allowed two sacks on over 900 snaps.

PICK #17: Jaguars: Terrion Arnold

Pro Comp: Devon Witherspoon

The Jaguars selecting Arnold here could really help that secondary following a year where they were ranked in the bottom half of the league in pass defense. As for Arnold, he is very technically sound in coverage, particularly man coverage, showing off his physicality along the route tree. With this physicality comes a strong risk and high chance of penalties. In cohesion with his excellent technique he has an impressive frame with the kind of height many NFL scouts look for in a cornerback.

PICK #18: Bengals: Jer’ Zhan “Johnny” Newton

Pro Comp: Geno Atkins

With DJ Reader going to the Lions, the Bengals need some pass rush on the interior of the d-line, with said need, I believe Johnny Newton to be their guy.  With Newton being an undersized defensive tackle with an explosive first step reminds many scouts of a future Hall of Famer who just so happens to have been a former Bengal in Geno Atkins.

PICK #19: Rams: Nate Wiggins

Pro Comp: Greg Newsome II

With how underwhelming a secondary the Ram’s have had since the departure of Jalen Ramsey in last year’s off season. With the only first round pick in the last seven years of the organization, they upgrade their secondary taking Clemson defensive back Nate Wiggins. With incredible stopwatch speed clocking in a 4.28 forty-yard dash and impressive coverage on deep routes.

PICK #20: Steelers: JC Latham

Pro Comp: Broderick Jones

The third member of the Crimson Tide off the board is First Team All-SEC and Second Team All-American right tackle JC Latham. Latham coming out college has more the prototypical NFL size measuring in at 6 ‘6 and 340+ pounds he is an above average pass blocker as well as being a mauler in the run game due to his developed technique and gigantic frame.

PICK #21: Dolphins: Jackson Powers-Johnson

Pro Comp: Steve Avila

With the departure of Connor Williams and Robert Hunt, Miami is in desperate need of interior offensive line. With Powers-Johnson although he played center for Oregon the move to guard would not be a difficult one.  As the clear number one interior offensive lineman for this draft cycle the pick here at 21 seems simple.

PICK #22: Eagles: Kool-Aid McKinstry

Pro Comp: Marshon Lattimore

As the fourth corner off the board and second from the Tide, Kool-Aid, real name, Ga’Quincy is a six foot even, 199 pound cornerback who is exceptional zone defender and a above average man-to-man defender excelling in mirroring receivers down field utilizing his fluid hips and quick feet to do so.

PICK #23: Chargers Via. MIN: Amarius Mims

Pro Comp: Darnell Wright

Although only starting for the Bulldog’s for one year, the 6 ‘8 340 pound behemoth is a very interesting player in this year’s draft.  He’s a rather raw prospect who would need to got into an optimal position to learn and grow as a player.  In 168 true pass blocking snaps he allowed zero sacks and only one pressure at right tackle.

PICK #24: Cowboys: Tyler Guyton

Pro Comp: Spencer Brown

Being 6 ‘8, Guyton is a prototypical offensive tackle size wise, joining Lane Johnson, Trent Williams, and last year draftee Anton Harrison as the next first round offensive tackle coming out of Oklahoma.  As a top-tier athlete, Guyton will have little issue adapting to the speed of NFL edge rushers and defensive ends. 

PICK #25: Packers: Cooper DeJean

Pro Comp: Jevon Holland

In this scenario, DeJean would be moving back to safety from cornerback.  The unanimous All-American, Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year, and Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year is quite the player not only on defense but also as a returner.  Standing at 6 ‘0 and weighing in at a stout 203 pounds while running a 4.5 forty DeJean is quite the athlete.

PICK #26: Buccaneers: Laiatu Latu

Pro Comp: TJ Watt

As the most polished edge rusher in this class, Latu only falls due to being on the older side and having a very serious injury history. Latu was forced to miss the entirety of his sophomore year following a dangerous neck injury. Outside of injuries, Latu is a phenomenal player, winning the Ted Hendricks and Lombardi awards, for the best defensive end and best offensive/defensive lineman respectively.

PICK #27: Cardinals Via. HOU: Byron Murphy II

Pro Comp: Grady Jarrett

Arizona right now could use any help they can get on defense, with Murphy falling this far it would be criminal for the cardinals to not select him here at 27.  Murphy may be slightly undersized but he is by no means weak, he is a refined pass rusher with an effective swim move as well as a very serviceable push-pull move.

PICK #28: Bills: Brian Thomas Jr.

Pro Comp: George Pickens

Even prior to the Bills’ trading of Stefon Diggs, many people had them drafting a receiver here.  With Thomas, he is an explosive deep threat with top end speed and acceleration that goes along with a skilled release and a great ability to navigate the open field.  Thomas is a great red zone threat with his excellent ability to track and catch the ball leading him to haul in 17 touchdowns this past year.

PICK #29: Ravens: Chop Robinson

Pro Comp: Josh Uche

With the loss of Jadeveon Clowney and the aging of Kyle Van Noy, Baltimore is in need of fresh legs in their pass rush room.  Robinson is an athletic freak out of Penn State running a 4.48 forty yard dash following a 4.0 sack and 7.5 tackles while playing 10 games for the Nittany Lions.

PICK #30: Lions: Graham Barton

Pro Comp: Cody Whitehair

Graham Barton played at left tackle throughout his but with his play style he’ll most likely find his home on the interior in the NFL. With Jonah Jackson headed out to LA in free agency, it wouldn’t hurt for them to take an offensive lineman here in the first round.  Barton is a mauler in the run game and outstanding athlete running a 4.84 40 yard dash at 315 lbs. 

PICK #31: Raiders Via. SF: Michael Penix Jr.

Pro Comp: Kenny Pickett

The Raiders look as though they’re wishing to work towards contending, in order for them to do, so they need better Quarterback play. The reason for the trade up is so they have the option of a fifth year option. With Penix, he’s an older prospect with a very lengthy injury history, but still a great quarterback. He is an exquisite thrower of the deep ball outside the numbers.

PICK #32: Chiefs: Keon Coleman

Pro Comp: Allen Robinson II

It seems as though Kansas City is always in need of receivers, but never draft them early, that changes slightly this year. With Coleman, he is a very tall and strong receiver at the catch point. He has idealistic size for the position and is built as a true X wide receiver. In his junior season, Coleman didn’t really light up the stat sheet putting up 658 yard and 11 touchdowns on 50 receptions in 12 games. 



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