1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Aidan Hutchinson
Nothing changes here. Hutchinson isn’t only the most polished prospect in this draft, but he’d address the main organizational need on the defensive line in Duval County.
Hutchinson and Josh Allen would give the Jaguars a dynamic 1-2 pass rushing duo for years to come.
2. Detroit Lions: Travon Walker
Some people think Detroit will go off the board and take a QB here. Unless they’re trading down, GM Brad Holmes should take the next best player who will fill an organizational weakness.
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Georgia Bulldogs defensive end Travon Walker would give Detroit its first superstar-level defensive lineman since the Ndamokung Suh days.
3. Houston Texans: Evan Neal
Houston could go anywhere with this pick. But don’t you think they’ll have a tough time passing on the idea of an Evan Neal-Laremy Tunsil pairing on the offensive line?
Davis Mills or the next Houston starting QB would sure enjoy playing behind these two!
4. New York Jets: Kyle Hamilton
A lot of scouts now expect the Notre Dame safety to fall out of the top 10. Not us. The Jets have holes all over the secondary, and Hamilton is a once-in-a-lifetime safety prospect who could instantly and single-handedly turn this defense around.
5. New York Giants: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner
The Giants have limitless options with the No. 5 and No. 7 picks. But it’ll ultimately be too difficult to pass up on the best corner in this draft.
“Sauce” Gardner is an elite lockdown cover man who should make an impact at the NFL level right away. The Giants would love a guy to line up against CeeDee Lamb, Terry McLaurin and DeVonta Smith in the NFC East, that’s for sure.
6. Carolina Panthers: Kenny Pickett
Is Pickett a top-10 prospect? Not really, but the Panthers have to take their shot here. The defense is set, they added two new quality starters on the o-line and there’s enough talent on offense here.
Pickett is by far the most NFL-ready of the QB bunch. Matt Rhule is in a make-or-break season, and he knows he can’t go with Sam Darnold as his guy next year. Carolina will take its chance on Pickett and hope for the very best.
7. New York Giants: Ikem Ekwonu
The Giants polish off a fantastic day one showing at the draft by grabbing one of the top two offensive linemen in this draft.
Ekwonu and Andrew Thomas would form a dream pairing on the o-line, giving Daniel Jones ample protection and the opportunity to hopefully break out once and for all in 2022.
8. Atlanta Falcons: Garrett Wilson
The Matt Ryan trade puts Atlanta in full rebuilding mode. There are flaws all over the roster, but with Calvin Ridley suspended for all of 2022, GM Terry Fontenot has to grab a suitable replacement.
Wilson, Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson would give Marcus Mariota a solid trio of playmaking weapons to work with. A Wilson-Pitts pass-catching tandem would serve as a nightmare for opposing defenses.
9. Seattle Seahawks: Malik Willis
The Seahawks can afford to take a chance on one of the QB prospects here. Willis’ dual-threat game could take off in the rush-heavy offense that Pete Carroll loves to run.
Willis wouldn’t be short on weapons, either. In Seattle, Willis would find himself in a good spot to succeed right away.
10. Seattle Seahawks: Kayvon Thibodeaux
Projected trade alert, and it’s a blockbuster! The Seahawks acquire the No. 10 selection from the New York Jets in exchange for superstar wideout DK Metcalf and a 2023 fourth-round pick.
The Jets are happy to give Seattle the No. 10 pick back from the Jamal Adams trade by landing an explosive pass-catcher to accommodate Zach Wilson. The Seahawks then use the pick on boom-or-bust Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Seattle has lacked game-changing pass rushers for a while now, and Thibodeaux is worth taking the chance on here. Thibodeaux’s motor and physicality off the edge could finally help take some of the pressure off Seattle’s secondary.
11. Washington Commanders: Drake London
The best way to find out if Carson Wentz is your guy? Give him the best possible supporting cast.
Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson are a nice start, now let’s pencil in the big-bodied London to complement them. He’d give Wentz a stellar deep threat and big-time red zone who put up seven touchdowns for USC last season.
12. Minnesota Vikings: Derek Stingley Jr.
Stingley is another boom-or-bust prospect. But the Vikings are one solid lockdown corner away from contending again, so he’s worth taking a chance on here.
Stingley would have the fortunes of learning from all-time great Patrick Peterson, who was brought back on a one-year deal.
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