- Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence; QB, Clemson. 6’6’’ 220 lbs
No trickery here, Jacksonville takes the guy who is being regarded as the best quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning. Trevor brings so much to the table for a team that is in one of the worst spots in the NFL, he can do everything you would want your quarterback to do at an elite level. This will hopefully give the Jaguars a push to help them get back to the playoffs. The picks we should actually be thinking about for Jacksonville are their picks for general manager and head coach. As of now, Jacksonville has still not hired a general manager, but they have named former college football coach Urban Meyer as their new head coach. The hiring of Meyer makes me slightly concerned that he may try to use Lawrence in a similar way that he was incorporated at Clemson. Basically, I’m just scared Lawrence is gonna be put in too many option plays. We all know Lawrence will be a good quarterback, what Jacksonville needs to focus on is giving him a good surrounding cast that can help him succeed early and often. I would be so sad if they didn’t help him and let him rot as the Jets did to Sam Darnold.
- Best QB since Luck to be in the draft
- As long as Urban Meyer doesn’t run QB Power, Lawrence will be elite
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson; QB, Brigham Young. 6’3’’ 209 lbs
I’m not gonna mock a trade to Houston yet. The main reason I have a quarterback here instead of a position like tackle or receiver is because I don’t think very highly of Sam Darnold. I hear everyone saying if only he had weapons or a good coach he would be amazing, well I don’t think that. Darnold is very turnover prone and in a league where every possession counts, I don’t want a guy who is throwing double-digit interceptions year after year. Can you put some of the blame on the lack of receivers or a good scheme, yes, but don’t put all of it on those reasons. And even if you did think Darnold could be successful, what makes you think a good draft this year would just make him an all-pro right away? Not drafting a fresh quarterback sets your franchise back a few years from where it could be. Wilson is easily the second best quarterback on the board, and Joe Douglas should find that from the tape of the 21 year old. He has great ball placement down the field, he has a cannon of an arm, and he has the ability to make plays with his legs.
- Amazing Ball Placement
- Uses his legs to accentuate his arm, not vice versa like other quarterbacks
3. Miami Dolphins (via HOU): Devonta Smith; WR, Alabama. 6’1’’ 174 lbs
I don’t love taking a receiver this high if I don’t feel he is generational, but I do love the fit. Giving Tua his old receiver from Alabama could help him develop more as an NFL quarterback. If Tua has Devonta, DeVante, Jakeem Grant, Mike Gesicki, and a decent halfback, he has no excuse to be what he looked like last year. I could see Miami taking Penei Sewell in this spot, but as I said, the fit of Devonta in Miami makes too much sense for me. I think Smith is going to have a slight advantage over Ja’Marr Chase because of slight recency bias after a Heisman winning season. Smith also in my opinion is a much more natural separator when it comes to route running. I don’t think Miami is going to have a problem with Smith’s slender frame, and frankly, I don’t have a problem with it either.
- Natural Separator
- Even though he is smaller, he is still physical at the LOS
4. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Fields; QB, Ohio St. 6’3’’ 227 lbs
Atlanta needs to go quarterback here. Matt Ryan is no longer playing at an elite level, and they need someone who can take the reins once Atlanta decides enough is enough. Between Trey Lance and Fields, Lance has the higher ceiling, but I think scouts are going to really like that performance Fields had against Clemson in the Rose Bowl. I expect Fields to sit for most of the year if not the entire year so he can be ready to run an NFL offense come 2022.
- Has a good arm
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell; OT, Oregon. 6’6’’ 331 lbs
If Sewell is available at 5, he is being taken at 5. I don’t care about what people say about Rashawn Slater or Ja’Marr Chase, Burrow got killed last year and Cincy can take a premier tackle who will protect him for his entire career. I don’t consider Sewell generational, but he is definitely the best tackle in the class and the Bengals need him to protect their franchise quarterback. Sewell has incredible (and I mean incredible) mobility for a guy his size, he can go from his left tackle position to pulling all the way on the right side of the line in the blink of an eye. I think he can be a top run-blocking tackle on day one because if you watch this guy block, he gets to his assignment right away and doesn’t mess up on head or hand placement. He does have a little bit of work to do on some of his techniques. One thing he needs to work on is his consistency when delivering hits and moving his feet in pass blocking scenarios. All of the bad things I see about his play can and will be coached out of him quite quickly, it’s not like he has a problem that is stuck with him forever.
- Incredibly mobile for a guy his size
- If he is giving it his all, he isn’t losing a block
6. Philadelphia Eagles: Ja’Marr Chase; WR, LSU. 6’0’’ 207 lbs
This pick could be many different positions like CB, LB, WR, or even OT if Sewell were to fall here. But when a team hasn’t had a 500 yard wide receiver season since 2018, they need to find someone who can produce. Ja’Marr Chase will fit well in a core of receivers likely consisting of Jalen Reagor and Alshon Jeffrey (if healthy). Chase won the Biletnikoff Award in 2019 before opting out of the 2020 college football season. Chase’s biggest weapon in my opinion is his ability to attack the ball at its highest point. He isn’t the tallest receiver, but he is able to time his jump and hands perfectly so he always has the advantage over the defender. He also is a sneakily good route runner, he is able to deceive the corner into thinking he is going one direction only to go the other way and gain separation off his cuts. He also has an above-average burst of speed once he gets the ball in his hands, he isn’t a “burner” guy per se, but if its a foot race between someone and Chase, the defender most likely is at a disadvantage.
- Able to win jump balls consistently with timing and precision
- Is an underrated route runner and has a quick burst of speed when he has the ball
7. Detroit Lions: Micah Parsons; LB, Penn St. 6’3’’ 245 lbs
I hate this pick, not just because I don’t like putting a box linebacker in the top 10, but because I’m worried about Parsons himself. Many bad things have come out of Penn State when it comes to character issues, and Parsons is no different. But Detroit needs defense, and he is the best front 7 player in the draft because he has a nose for stopping the run at an elite level. He isn’t good in coverage, but I think Parsons could be good as a Rover 3–4 OLB if he could develop a pure pass rush move.
- Great at sniffing out the run
- Consistent Tackler
8. Carolina Panthers: Trey Lance; QB, North Dakota St. 6’4’’ 227 lbs
I am starting to believe more and more that this is going to be a quarterback. In some of my previous mocks, I had Kyle Pitts going here because they are losing Curtis Samuel as a weapon and can get another dominant tight end since Greg Olsen left for Seattle. But when I saw Carolina offered the 8th overall pick for Stafford, it made me think more and more about having Lance go to Matt Rhule. Now maybe they were more interested in Stafford because he is a veteran, but Lance could sit this season and learn under Bridgewater while Rhule builds and develops the rest of the team. Lance was in an option-heavy offense with North Dakota St, which prevented us from seeing the absolutely amazing arm he has very much.
- Talented at both running and passing
- Underused arm at NDSU
9. Denver Broncos: Caleb Farley; CB, Virginia Tech. 6’2’’ 207 lbs
Denver was not great defensively last year by any means. They have solid weapons with no quarterback, and frankly, as much as I think Mac Jones is NFL ready, I don’t see him going this high. Farley is ready to play press man in the NFL right away. He is an athletic freak and with maybe a tad bit more polishing, he could flourish to be one of the better corners in the league. If Denver is really high on one of the edge rushers, they may trade back and take him since Von Miller is a free agent this offseason.
- NFL Ready for Press Man
- Freaky athletic
10. Dallas Cowboys: Rashawn Slater; OL, Northwestern. 6’3’’ 315 lbs
Rashawn Slater was the only lineman to neutralize Chase Young in college. That sentence alone should get Dallas to draft him to help that aging line. Chase Young is going to be hunting down the quarterbacks in his division for the next 10 years, and if Dallas is committed to Dak (and I believe they are), they should continue to protect him. Yes, their defense was historically bad, but they could sign a free agent or two after they extend Dak. I am also curious to see if Dan Quinn can return to coaching form since he has returned to being a defensive coordinator after his head coaching stint in Atlanta. I watched that Ohio State Northwestern game and frankly, the way Slater defeated Young was with a combination of leverage and hands. He was able to always have the position of power and never let Chase Young past him. Now I think he can be a great tackle in the NFL, but I also think he has potential to be an amazing guard. I think in Dallas, he could easily take the spot of Tyron Smith, but he could also shift to guard if another tackle pops up or an injury on the inside causes him to move in for a game or two.
- Only player who neutralized Chase Young in college
- Very quick hands, always seems to have the leverage against his opponent
11. New York Giants: Kyle Pitts; TE, Florida. 6’6’’ 240 lbs
Dave Gettleman is drafting for his job, so why not take the best prospect available who also happens to be your biggest need, a weapon for Daniel Jones. Yes, they have Evan Engram, but Kyle Pitts can actually catch the football at a consistent rate (yes I’m still upset that Engram was a pro bowler this year somehow.) Pitts is a guy who can jump for any and every ball and bring it down a majority of the time. A lot of talk has been about him moving to wide receiver since he has a more slender frame for a tight end, but frankly, if he isn’t a liability blocking, I’d prefer him staying at his normal position.
- Most talented weapon in the draft
- Can catch all of the jump balls
12. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Surtain Jr.; CB, Alabama. 6’2’’ 203 lbs
The Niners are potentially losing their top two corners in Verrett and Sherman, so corner is easily their biggest need (not quarterback). Surtain is the second-best corner in the draft and he should be able to produce pretty quickly for a team who is looking to get back to the Super Bowl after an injury-ridden season. Surtain could fit great in the 49ers defense and step up and play man coverage right away for them. He has good ball skills and has an instinct of when the ball is flying his way without having to shift his body away from the receiver. He is able to make up ground on a receiver if he misses a step and there is separation between him and the target.
- Has the NFL blood in him already
- Is very long and plays like it in man coverage
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Christian Darrisaw; OT, Virginia Tech. 6’5’’ 313 lbs
The last of the “top” tackles goes off the board to protect Justin Herbert. Last year the “top” tier of tackles consisted of Bekton, Thomas, Wirfs, and Wills. This year it is only Sewell, Slater, and Darrisaw. Darrisaw is an able run blocker who doesn’t lose a lot in pass pro either. Darrisaw is also not afraid to get to the second level on runs to take a linebacker with him.
- Is able to create running lanes and maneuver defenders
- If he lets you around, you’re not beating him easily to get an arm on the quarterback
14. Indianapolis Colts (via MIN): Mac Jones; QB, Alabama. 6’3’’ 217 lbs
My only trade in this mock is a massive one. Indianapolis gives up 21 and 54 to move up seven spots to select their new franchise quarterback. Mac Jones is the second most NFL ready quarterback in this draft, he is able to make quick reads and even though he doesn’t have very much mobility, Indy is the perfect spot for a playstyle like that with their elite offensive line.
- Is able to make the quick read
- Can make most throws look easy
15. New England Patriots: Jaylen Waddle; WR, Alabama. 5’10’’ 183 lbs
I could see New England trading back if Mac Jones is off the board, but if Jaylen Waddle is on the board here, you take him. Besides quarterback because of positional value, the Patriots biggest need is an offensive weapon. They haven’t had that same spark since Gronk retired, and getting a guy who can pop off whenever he is asked to in Jaylen Waddle can certainly help that issue. I am a little worried that he will end up like every other “speedy” receiver who is taken high because teams are trying to find the next Tyreek Hill and just misuse them horrendously. But if McDaniels is still the OC (which I assume he will be), I think he will be able to turn Waddle into a great weapon for whoever is under center for the Patriots in 2021. I do think Waddle is better than what i thought Ruggs was last year, and even though he may not be as fast as the former #12 overall pick, he has more versatility and is a more complete receiver.
- Game breaking speed
- Has good route running for a guy who will mainly only be talked about for his speed
16. Arizona Cardinals: Jaycee Horn; CB, South Carolina. 6’1’’ 205 lbs
Arizona has two options here, take an edge rusher and let Haason Reddick walk, or take a CB to fix a bad secondary outside of Pat Pete and Budda Baker. I gave Arizona Horn in this scenario because I’m not extremely high on many of the edge rushers to go this high for a team who could take the third best corner in the draft. Horn is similar in a way to Farley since they can both play man coverage right now in the NFL. Horn is a little bit more undisciplined in some ways, but putting him with a good coach and having him work on these could help him become his true potential self.
- Has potential to be great man corner
- Has an eye for the ball
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Gregory Rousseau; EDGE, Miami. 6’7’’ 265 lbs
The Raiders’ defense sucks. They have a solid linebacker in Kwiatkowski, and a good lineman in Maxx Crosby, but everyone could lose their spot on the starting roster. One quote from the new DC in Vegas really stuck with me, and maybe I’m reading too much into it, but when he said “it all starts up front” that made me think they have to be going with an edge rusher with this pick. Now of course everything with the defense starts up front, but none of the corners or safeties left at 17 would be good value picks (not that Vegas is known for taking value picks [I mean look at Damon Arnette at 19 last year]). Rousseau is a player who would benefit greatly from a coach that teaches him how to be more consistent at his position so he could create an elite duo with him and Crosby. When i watched his 2019 tape, I noticed that a majority of his pressures came from just a straight bull rush, so if he could develop some sort of a club or swim move to go alongside it, I think teams in the AFC West would have to take notice and make sure they scheme to try and at least slow down that duo.
- Great Bull rush move
- Can play as a 7 tech or a 3 tech
18. Miami Dolphins: Samuel Cosmi; OT, Texas. 6’7’’ 309 lbs
Miami should really consider the offensive line here, in fact it would be the second straight year they would be taking offensive line at 18. Cosmi is able to drive and finish blocks whether in run block or pass pro. Taking Cosmi means you would be able to kick Robert Hunt back into guard and move Austin Jackson out to right tackle and protect Tua’s blindside. I do see some struggles when he moves to the second level, and sometimes when he should go and doesn’t, but nothing coaching doesn’t help. At 6’7’’, Comsi is a BEHEMOTH of a player and with the right coaching staff, they should be able to turn him into Tua’s future left tackle.
- Isn’t satisfied with just blocking, wants to drive
- Uses his length to hold leverage versus the pass rusher
19. Washington Football Team: Alijah Vera-Tucker; OL, USC. 6’4’’ 315 lbs
Washington has two major problems, offensive line and they don’t have a WR2. This pick could be Bateman, but Alijah Vera-Tucker has the ability to be a great guard in the NFL. After going from tackle to guard for the 2020 season, AVT solidified himself as one of if not the top interior lineman in the draft. Vera-Tucker did a great job when USC kicked him inside to guard, he showed great poise against some of the better interior linemen in the country. One thing I liked was that even when he didn’t have a guy directly on him, he would either be looking to double someone, help out someone who is looking like they may lose their block, or puts himself in the best position to protect the quarterback from an outside rusher. You could try him out at tackle, but I think he is a guard through and through in the NFL
- Positional flexibility
- Puts himself in the best position to help the team succeed every snap
20. Chicago Bears: Rashod Bateman; WR, Minnesota. 6’2’’ 209 lbs
Chicago has three positions of need that could be addressed here; corner, receiver, or offensive line. I really like Rashod Bateman being able to take Allen Robinson’s spot on the Chicago roster (I am assuming Robinson leaves in free agency). As a Gopher fan and soon to be Gopher, I’ve had the opportunity to watch Bateman’s skill progress throughout his tenure as a member of PJ Fleck’s squad, and not only has he gotten better, but he seems to be more NFL ready than most of the other receivers in this class. Bateman is the most underrated receiver that is projected to go high, and I think that is in part because of who is ranked ahead of him to some people. You have the reigning Heisman winner, you have a guy in Chase who won the Biletnikoff in 2019 as a member of the historic 2019 LSU team that will go down as one of if not the best college football teams ever. And you have a guy in Jaylen Waddle who has great speed and is a member of the “Fantastic Four” Alabama receivers over the past two years. We all know Bateman is great, but few have actually realized to what caliber his skill takes him towards. We all know Bateman is a great route runner with amazing hands, but what attribute no one talks about is his abilities after the catch. If he catches a ball in front of you, be afraid that he may run you over, because he has done that to many defensive backs in his time. He may not have the game breaking speed you see from a guy like Waddle or Kadarius Toney, but that doesn’t mean he is a tortoise. If in the open field, he will definitely be able to pull away from the defense and get a good chunk of yards after the catch.
- Very smooth route runner
- Physical runner, hard to take down
21. Minnesota Vikings (via IND): Kwity Paye; EDGE, Michigan. 6’4’’ 271 lbs
With Vera-Tucker off the board, I think Minnesota could use this pick and patch up the defensive line. Minnesota will be getting Michael Pierce and Danielle Hunter back, and I think if they can get another piece on that line, it could make it a pain for the other NFC North teams. Kwity Paye is the best remaining 4–3 7 technique left. He should be exactly the type of guy Mike Zimmer would want to coach up, he has the intangibles, he just needs a little bit of polishing to become a fierce lineman. He has great lateral movement for a guy his size, and he obviously has great football instincts.
- Insane footwork and lateral movement
- Has the intangibles that a defensive coach dreams of having with a 7 tech
22. Tennessee Titans: Azeez Ojulari; EDGE, Georgia. 6’3’’ 240 lbs
The Titans had the worst pass rush in the league, and for a team who really doesn’t need help on the offensive side of the ball immediately in the draft, I have to give them a pass rusher. Azeez Ojulari uses his length to create separation from the tackle and burst right by him. He could use a little bit of coaching to teach him some more techniques if he gets stuck rather than retrying his same technique over and over again. Ojulari can turn into a very good player if he is given a few more tools and put in the correct position to succeed.
- Already has one great move, just coach him into a more polished player
23. New York Jets: Ifeatu Melifonwu; DB, Syracuse. 6’3’’ 212 lbs
The Jets literally need help at every position, like all of them. You could say to take the best player on the board right here, but if they want to even sniff success in the coming year, they need a better secondary who can stop the pass. There are a multitude of corners who are currently under scouts microscopes to see if they are first round talents. I think one player who will see a lot more first round consideration in the coming weeks is Ifeatu Melinfonwu. The safety converted corner from Syracuse is a name being talked about after his great performance at the Senior Bowl. Ifeatu is able to drive towards his receiver to make sure they don’t get much separation on route cuts.
- Can play safety well if he struggles at corner
- Has the basics and the athleticism, just needs the more polished techniques
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Najee Harris; RB, Alabama. 6’2’’ 230 lbs
I understand the Steelers are going to most likely need an offensive lineman, but with how atrocious their run game was in 2020, it is impossible for me to not give them Najee Harris. The way he can do anything and make it look effortlessly is just mind-boggling to me. He took a run in the college football championship that looked like a loss of two and turned it into a gain of seven. He can run over you, around you, and everything in between. He is a threat in the passing game and will be a top ten running back in the league very soon in his career. My only fault on him is that I don’t think he is amazing in pass protection, but knowing him, he’ll practice throughout this pre-draft process to get better and convince teams he is worthy of being a first round selection. And also this whole “no running backs in the first round” narrative in my opinion is correct in most cases. You can usually find a sufficient running back on day three and be successful with him if he has some of the key attributes and you have a great offensive line. But, when the Steelers decide to start a guy in James Conner who I think isn’t good at all, they need an immediate playmaker who can help whoever is taking snaps for the black and gold come September.
- Versatile runner, can do anything in the book to get past you
- Great receiver out of the backfield
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dillon Radunz; OT, North Dakota St. 6’6’’ 304 lbs
You got your future franchise quarterback, now you need to protect him. This could go a bunch of ways, whether it be Radunz, whether it be Teven Jenkins, or maybe take Jalen Mayfield. I am really high on Radunz after his Senior Bowl performance, he had great reps at both guard and tackle in the one-on-one drills. I think he could start day one as a guard, but with a little bit of development, I think he can turn into a great tackle in this league. He did seem to get caught off balance occasionally at the Senior Bowl, but nothing that can’t be coached out.
- Positional flexibility
- A bit developmental, but if he hits, he’ll protect Lawrence for years to come
26. Cleveland Browns: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah; LB, Notre Dame. 6’1’’ 216 lbs
The fact that Cleveland owns a pick this far back in the draft that wasn’t gained from a trade still makes me confused, mainly because we are used to them being horrible and having a top 10 pick every year. But if they want to continue this successful run into 2021, they need to address the linebacker spot. I think Owusu-Koramoah has the flexibility to be both a MIKE or a SAM linebacker, even though I would probably prefer him as a SAM. J.O.K. was a difference maker for that Notre Dame defense in 2020, wherever you saw an opportunity at getting the ball, Owusu-Koramoah was there. He fills a big need and he also makes it so you won’t have to shell out money to one of the linebackers in free agency in this year where the cap level is so low.
- Great in coverage
- Has MIKE/SAM flexibility in a 4–3
27. Baltimore Ravens: Wyatt Davis; IOL, Ohio St. 6’4’’ 315 lbs
As much as I would love Baltimore to take a big receiver for Lamar to chuck the ball to, I can’t see it. They are a run heavy offense and reporters are dead set that they must take a receiver. Now yes, Hollywood Brown isn’t a reliable receiver and they don’t have anyone that Lamar can chuck and pray to, but I don’t see Baltimore passing the ball more just because of a rookie wide receiver, they will still run the ball more than anyone in the league. More pressing issues identify on the offensive line and on the edge of the defensive line for Baltimore. As much as a tackle or edge rusher could make sense, I think the idea of a great guard would be very hard to pass up on, especially after you lost Marshall Yanda before last year. Wyatt Davis can be a plug and play guard for the Ravens and make an immediate impact in the running game for JK Dobbins. Davis did suffer an injury in the championship game this year, so I am curious to see if his medical record is something teams are a bit worried about come training camp time.
- Can take over in the position that has had a hole in it since Yanda retired
- Amazing run blocker
28. New Orleans Saints: Zaven Collins; LB, Tulsa. 6’4’’ 260 lbs
The Saints have the worst cap level in the league, they are currently around 70 million dollars in the red after the Brees’ contract restructure. And you can also take into account that Kwon Alexander is about a 13 million dollar cap hit with 0 dead cap if moved. After looking at the books, one move made too much sense for it to not happen, move Demario Davis. He is getting older, and for a position like linebacker, you usually don’t want someone who is getting older to be in the middle of everything. Zaven Collins played lights out at Tulsa wherever he was lined up. He took snaps at all three linebacker positions, and also some off the edge (which could help seeing that Trey Hendrickson will most likely be elsewhere next season). Zaven was amazing as a run stopper, and he actually wasn’t useless in coverage. For a guy with his frame, he is very athletic. I expect him to possibly be off the board before this point, but if New Orleans can pick him, they definitely should consider him.
- Very athletic and can be a rover type player
- Sniffs out the run very well and is a very consistent tackler
29. Green Bay Packers: Asante Samuel Jr.; CB, Florida St. 5’10’’ 183 lbs
No, Green Bay won’t take a receiver in the first round, and why would they? “To make Aaron happy”? Do you know what would make Aaron happy, winning the dang NFC. Their offense was not the problem last year, in fact they were the highest scoring offense in the entire NFL. What would make them better is getting a defensive back to go opposite top two corner Jaire Alexander. They could take a guy who is a little bit bigger like Aaron Robinson, but I think they may try to get someone who is more Jaire’s frame and have them play very similarly. Now we know that Joe Barry is going to be the new defensive coordinator, but I don’t think this hire will affect the pick. Samuel Jr isn’t the biggest corner, but he plays like he is. He knows how to play the ball when it is coming near him without giving up on his coverage.
Samuel Jr’s Upsides
- Has the NFL bloodline already
- Knows how to play the ball in the air
30. Buffalo Bills: Carlos Basham Jr.; EDGE, Wake Forest. 6’3’’ 281 lbs
For a team who made the AFC Championship, Buffalo has a lot of needs. They need virtually everything on the defensive side of the ball minus safety, and they could also use offensive line help to protect Allen and help Singletary or Moss thrive. I think this could end up being the best player available, but I like the fit of Boogie Basham from Wake Forest. He had an incredible Senior Bowl performance, especially in the one-on-ones. He showed explosion with his hands with a really good get-off. He lined up at both 3T and 7T in those drills. He was able to spin out of blocks to plug the possible holes for a QB scramble and I think his stock will only go up from here. Buffalo will be getting a great pass rusher who can hopefully make the secondary’s life a little bit easier.
- Explosive Hands
- Quick burst off the LOS when ball is snapped
31. Kansas City Chiefs: Kadarius Toney; WR, Florida
As much as I don’t like this pick, if I were to say where Toney would be the best scheme fit, it would be Kansas City. Yes, they have pressing needs at tackle and corner, but they had multiple needs last year and they took a luxury pick in Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Adding Toney would mean that Patrick Mahomes would actually have a world class sprinter team as his receiving core. I don’t want people to compare Toney to Hill because even though they are both rapid, Hill has special abilities after the catch to get by defenders by other means than speed. Sammy Watkins is almost for sure leaving in free agency so you could label this as a need per se for the Chiefs, but if a good corner like Samuel Jr. fell or a tackle like Dillon Radunz, I would much rather them take the more pressing need
- Brings elite speed to the field
- Can be used as a distraction to get other people more open field
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jaelan Phillips; EDGE, Miami. 6’5’’ 265 lbs
This is kind of a “best player available” pick, but at the same time, he could be a threat whether they bring back Barrett or not. I really wanted to give them a tackle since Donovan Smith can be cut for a 14 million dollar cap relief, but I think Phillips is too good of a talent to fall this far and not be taken by a team who wouldn’t mind another defensive playmaker. The fit for Phillips isn’t great, he plays as a 4–3 DE, but I think the Bucs will find a way to fit him into their defensive scheme, especially if Todd Bowles is still their DC.
- Great eye for the ball, doesn’t seem to be misdirected very often
- Doesn’t miss his tackles, if he wraps you up, say hello to the turf