Updated November 22nd
1. Houston Texans
C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
The Texans are putting on a clinic on tanking- whether on purpose or not. Won’t even try to discern if this is a master plan or not, but let’s start off this total rebuild with a QB.
2. Carolina Panthers
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
The Panthers went all in on a rah-rah college coach and if failed miserably. The attempts at trying to find the franchise QB has been comical, and it is time to let the front office do what they do and let the new coaches do what they do. This should definitely be the best QB on their board.
3. Chicago Bears
Will Anderson Jr., DE, Alabama
The Bears aren’t as bad as their record, but they certainly are in need of patching a lot of holes in their roster. With their new defensive scheme they want a front that can get to the passer without the help of extra rushers. Anderson is the best player in this draft.
4. Las Vegas Raiders
Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
Volumes could be written on the issues with the Raiders right now, but let’s start with solidifying that offensive line.
5. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver)
Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
Well, this year was unexpected. The default for the last decade has been to try to get the Seahawks more help on the offensive line, but they just need to go volume instead of using high picks and hope to find talent that way. For now, they get an immensely talented defensive lineman.
6. Detroit Lions (from LAR)
Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson
The Lions defense is showing signs of life, but it is in desperate need of a few more blue chip players at different levels. Look for a defensive heavy draft from them this year.
7. Houston Texans (from Cleveland)
Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech
The Texans have a lot of draft picks the next few years and they need to be smart and hit the key positions early and often.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State
New QB means the highest priority needs to be put on protecting him.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jared Verse, DE, Florida State
The Jags always seem on the verge of a breakout. They might be in trouble if their superstar college pitch and catch QB can’t start seeing the field better.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans)
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
A running back in the top 10? Why not. The Eagles would be deadly with an elite back. This would be a longshot, but if there was a team that would make this pick, it would be the Eagles, as their roster is loaded and they are all-in for the next few years.
11. Arizona Cardinals
Joey Porter, Jr., CB, Penn State
This team just has gone about their roster building in a strange way. They seemed to be building up to something and then just went all out and signed some aging stars. They need to take a longer view on roster building and get more talent at key positions.
12. Green Bay Packers
Jordan Addison, WR, USC
13. Detroit Lions
Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Goff is making the case to stay on another year or so, and that would really work out well for the Lions if they can build up this defense.
14. Indianapolis Colts
Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
The firing of the HC was thoroughly justified… he just wasn’t getting anything out of the QBs. No clue who will be coaching this team next year, but they need to draft a QB and, wait for it… develop said QB.
15. Atlanta Falcons
Andre Carter II, DE/OLB, Army
This is turning out to be an interesting team. Do they need a QB or don’t they? Think they will stay the course and just see what they have with their veteran and their rooking and just keep building up talent.
16. Los Angeles Chargers
Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
The Chargers have two major issues they need to correct: 1) their OC is holding them back tremendously. Lombardi was a disaster in Detroit and he is keeping what should be one of the top several offenses in the league from being anything more than “pretty good”, and 2) the light box defense that Staley perfected has been caught up to by the rest of the league. The draft is secondary to these issues.
17. Washington Commanders
Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee
A big surprise here, especially since Hooker just hurt his knee. However, The Commanders can ride out this year and next with their feel-good story QB and bring Hooker along at the right pace. He has all the skills to succeed at the next level.
18. New York Jets
Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
Scary to think that the Jets might be in the market for a QB in this draft, but it looks like they whiffed on their milf-loving golden boy.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
The Bucs could be in a total rebuild. This pick could be anything, as it is difficult to tell where they will tear down and get free agents, or even if they want to keep any veteran players on board. …Or, perhaps they go one more year with making a run at the Superbowl.
20. Denver Broncos (from San Francisco)
Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
The Broncos are a disaster far worse than the Texans. At least the Texans are on the proper course for a rebuild with draft picks and salary cap opening up. The Broncos rolled the dice on Wilson and a head coach that was nothing more than a sounding board for Rodgers and not a true OC. Yikes.
21. Seattle Seahawks
Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
Love the idea of the Seahawks being able to roll with Smith and just building around him. This is a fun team to watch emerge and how they played the Wilson situation.
22. New England Patriots
Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
The Patriots have two pretty decent QBs and are at that point of the season where they put it all together. Can we just get young Jones a top WR?
23. Cincinnati Bengals
Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
The Bengals are dragging themselves to the bathroom, wrapped in a sheet. They are hungover from the Superbowl. They have some exceptional games, but that has not been the norm. They have the talent to make a run here, but next year they really need to improve their secondary.
24. Buffalo Bills
Brian Branch, S, Alabama
The Bills have talent all over their defense, but think of what they would look like with a really exceptional third safety? They could really shut down high powered teams like the Chiefs with an uber talented Big-Nickel lineup.
25. Baltimore Ravens
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
A weapon for Lamar.
26. Tennessee Titans
Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
The Titans play hard and run the ball well. Their QB situation is another story. They traded away an excellent WR, and could use another weapon to help make their offense more dynamic.
27. Dallas Cowboys
Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
The Cowboys seem to have found gold with their relatively unknown offensive lineman pick last year, and seem to be in the market for OBJ. That would mean safety moves front and center in terms of needs.
28. New York Giants
Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
Time to start clearing out mistakes from the previous regime.
29. Minnesota Vikings
O’Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida
This team has a glaring need on the interior offensive line. The good news is that it is about the easiest issue to fix with the draft. Get one early, get one later.
30. Kansas City Chiefs
Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
Going to start putting the press on Witherspoon as a first rounder. This guy hits like a Mack truck and can play all over defense.
31. Philadelphia Eagles
Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa
The Eagles are loaded and have extra early draft picks. Enjoy.
~Miami Dolphins Pick Forfeited~