1. Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
Unless I hear otherwise, I expect Trevor Lawrence to be a Jacksonville Jaguar, as everyone else does. One of the most polished and complete draft prospects of the past few decades, Lawrence is an obvious choice for the Jaguars, even with other good quarterback prospects on the board. With as much financial flexibility and draft capital as any team in the league over the next few off-seasons, the Jaguars could get a lot better in a hurry if Lawrence is as advertised.
2. New York Jets – QB Zach Wilson (BYU)
By trading Sam Darnold, the Jets confirmed months of expectations that this pick would be a quarterback. The general consensus seems to be that Zach Wilson will be that quarterback and the 49ers’ willingness to trade three first round picks to move up to 3 suggests that it’s a bit of an open secret around the league who the Jets are planning on selecting. This is another one where I’m going with the consensus unless I hear otherwise as the Jets have no real reason to be secretive about this selection.
3. San Francisco 49ers – QB Mac Jones (Alabama)
With most expecting Lawrence and Wilson to go 1 and 2, the draft officially starts at 3, where the 49ers are expected to take a quarterback after giving up a king’s ransom to move up from 12 to 3 to put themselves in range for a top quarterback prospect. Who that quarterback prospect will be is the big question, as arguments can be made for Trey Lance, Justin Fields, and Mac Jones here. I suspect Jones would be rated the worst of the three if you polled decision makers around the league, but the 49ers have always valued players differently under Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch and have never been shy about being aggressive to get their guy, even if that means paying a price no other team would have paid.
Shanahan values accuracy above anything and in that aspect Jones is a level ahead of both Lance and Fields and is arguably the most accurate quarterback in the draft outside of Lawrence, so it makes sense that Shanahan would feel the need to be aggressive to move up and get him. Jones doesn’t have the arm strength or the mobility of the other top quarterback prospects, but those are secondary attributes for Shanahan. He may see Jones as his next Matt Ryan, a quarterback who he led to an MVP season and a Super Bowl appearance as the offensive coordinator in Atlanta. Fields or Lance are still possibilities, but for the 49ers to give up what they did to move up, they have to be excited about someone and Jones’ accuracy is likely to be the most exciting attribute to Shanahan.
The other question here is what will happen with Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers’ current quarterback. Garoppolo is still a starting caliber quarterback and the 49ers decision to move up for a quarterback seems like more about a desire to get a young high upside player on a cheap rookie deal, rather than paying significant money to a quarterback in Garoppolo who is injury prone and may have reached his ceiling as a player.
The 49ers have said publicly they plan on keeping Garoppolo and having him be their starter in 2021 while a rookie develops, but it would be unprecedented for a team to give up as much draft capital as they did to draft a quarterback only to sit him behind a quarterback who they could save 25 million if they moved on from. It’s more likely the 49ers are willing to move Garoppolo, but are unwilling to just give him away and would keep him if they didn’t get an offer to their liking.
Reports say the 49ers are looking for a first round pick for Garoppolo, but without many obvious suitors in a trade, it’s very possible that asking price comes down before draft day. Alternatively, the 49ers could keep Garoppolo past draft day, see how Jones develops, and then potentially move Garoppolo before the season or during the season to a desperate team who loses a quarterback to a season ending injury. I’ve had versions of this mock draft where the 49ers traded him, but ultimately in this one, I couldn’t find an obvious place to send him at a reasonable price that the 49ers would accept, so he stays a 49ers for the time being.
4. Denver Broncos (TRADE) – QB Trey Lance (North Dakota State)
The Broncos are one potential team for Garoppolo’s services, but they have other ideas in this mock draft. The Falcons could stay put here and take a quarterback of the future to develop behind Matt Ryan or stud tight end Kyle Pitts to give Matt Ryan another weapon, but it sounds like they’re willing to move down for the right price, which would make sense because their biggest needs are on defense and on the interior of the offensive line and they would be reaching significantly to address either of those needs here at 4.
The Broncos sit at 9, probably out of range for a top quarterback prospect, but close enough that they wouldn’t have to give up the farm to move up and they have the kind of roster around the quarterback that suggests they might be a quarterback away from being a real contender. Drew Lock has shown some flashes in two years in the league, but ultimately is one of the least inspiring starting quarterback options in the league and either Trey Lance or Justin Fields would represent a significant upgrade.
The Broncos wouldn’t have to give up multiple future first round picks to get this trade done like the 49ers did to move up from 12 to 3. Instead, they give up one future first round pick, as well as their 3rd round pick this year, and they throw in Drew Lock, who wouldn’t be needed in Denver with a new young franchise quarterback in town, but could be a worthwhile developmental backup for the Falcons, who do need to start planning for the future after Matt Ryan and currently only have Matt Schaub, who is even older than Ryan, as their backup quarterback.
Which one of Lance or Fields the Broncos prefers is unknown, but I would guess that Lance’s raw physical tools would be most appealing to John Elway, who may see a lot of himself in Lance’s game. If he can be as good as advertised, this team could be a contender very quickly and they have the infrastructure around the quarterback that Lance wouldn’t have to do it all himself as a rookie. If they like Lance or Fields enough, that is worth the price to move up, for a team without many pressing needs.
5. Cincinnati Bengals – WR JaMarr Chase (LSU)
The Bengals benefit the most from the run on quarterbacks as they have last year’s #1 pick Joe Burrow under center already and can sit back and likely have their choice of the top non-quarterbacks in the draft at 5. I’ve had offensive tackle as a bigger need than pass catcher in the past, so I’ve given the Bengals Penei Sewell when available, but the addition of Riley Reiff in free agency changes my thinking here.
Reiff is only on a one-year deal and could move inside to guard, so they still need offensive tackle help, but it’s not as pressing of a need anymore and can be addressed later in the draft. Meanwhile, the Bengals did nothing to upgrade their receiving corps this off-season and are badly hurting for pass catching options behind Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. The tight end Kyle Pitts is an option here as well as the top-2 wide receiver prospects JaMarr Chase and Heisman winner Devonta Smith, but Chase’s familiarity with Joe Burrow, with whom he put up incredible numbers at LSU in 2019, might be the tiebreaker here.
6. Miami Dolphins – WR Devonta Smith (Alabama)
It might have been confusing to see the Dolphins trade down from 3 and then immediately move back up to 6, but I thought it made perfect sense. In fact, in my last mock draft, I had the Dolphins moving down from 3 and then moving back up to 10. My thinking was the Dolphins could get a king’s ransom for the 3rd pick because it was in range for a top quarterback prospect, which the Dolphins didn’t need after adding Tua Tagovailoa last year, but that the Dolphins already had so much draft capital over the next few drafts that they could be aggressive moving back up for a player they want in the top-10.
The Dolphins had to give up a future first round pick to move back up to 6, but they acquired two future first round picks and more to move down from 3 to 12, so it’s essentially like they got a first round pick (plus other picks) just for moving down from 3 to 6, where they will likely take a player they would have taken at 3. In my last mock draft, the player the Dolphins moved up for was wide receiver Jaylen Waddle at 10, but at 6, the Dolphins are in position for the other Alabama wide receiver Devonta Smith, who is generally expected to go off the board before his teammate.
The Dolphins added Will Fuller in free agency, but only on a one-year deal and even with him on board the Dolphins still need better wide receiver depth behind him and Devante Parker. The Dolphins would also be reuniting Smith with his college quarterback by drafting him, similar to the Bengals drafting JaMarr Chase. Tight end Kyle Pitts or offensive tackle Penei Sewell could also be the target, but Smith fills more of a need.
7. New England Patriots (TRADE) – QB Justin Fields (Ohio State)
The Patriots are another team that could make a move for Jimmy Garoppolo on or before draft day, but they’re unlikely to want to give up a significant draft pick to acquire a quarterback as highly paid as Garoppolo. Instead, it’s likely they’ll find a cheaper, developmental quarterback prospect through the draft. They’re unlikely to have one of the first round quarterbacks fall into their laps at 15, so they’d likely wait until day two to select their quarterback in that situation, but if one of the top quarterbacks falls out of the top-6 or so and it’s a quarterback they have a high grade on, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them move up to get him.
After their free agency splurge, the Patriots don’t have many pressing needs and adding a quarterback on a cheap rookie deal will allow them to continue being aggressive in free agency going forward and to keep the talented players they sign for the long-term. The Patriots won’t give up the farm to move up, but they won’t have to just to move up from 15 to 7. In fact, by the trade value chart, the Patriots would only have to give up their second round pick to get this done.
Trades up for quarterbacks tend to be much more expensive, but the Patriots could still move cornerback Stephon Gilmore in a trade to acquire another premium draft pick, with Gilmore going into the final year of his contract and wanting a top price extension, something the Patriots are unlikely to give a cornerback in his 30s, especially given that cornerback is arguably their deepest position. Gilmore was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 and will still have a significant trade market after a down 2020, so moving him in a trade that enables the Patriots to move up and draft a quarterback would make sense.
The Cardinals stand out as a team with enough cap space to add Gilmore and give him a significant extension and with the need for a top flight cornerback to potentially push them over the edge as a contender. The Patriots could acquire the Cardinals’ second round pick for Gilmore and essentially double the price needed to move up from 15 and 7 and with three picks in the fourth round they could easily throw one of those in as well.
The Patriots don’t trade up much on draft day, but they’ve done it before for guys they really like and this is a way they could do it at a reasonable price, without mortgaging the rest of this year’s draft or giving away a first round pick next year. Fields would compete immediately for the starting job with Cam Newton, who the Patriots would owe significantly less money to if he rides the pine all next season, and would likely make starts at some point as a rookie, even if not week one. For the Lions, the rationale for wanting to move down is obvious as they have pressing needs all over the field and should be looking to accumulate as many picks as possible. If a top quarterback prospect falls to them at 7, they’ll have the opportunity to do just that, with teams looking to jump the Panthers for a quarterback.
8. Carolina Panthers – TE Kyle Pitts (Florida)
The Panthers are still in the market for a quarterback, but are unlikely to be aggressive and trade up for a quarterback, after trading a second round pick next year to acquire Sam Darnold and attempt to rehabilitate the 2018 3rd overall pick’s career after his first three seasons were spent in a disastrous situation with the Jets. With all of the top quarterback prospects gone, the Panthers will focus elsewhere.
Fortunately, with five quarterbacks going in the top-7, the Panthers have arguably the top non-quarterback in the draft in tight end Kyle Pitts fall into their laps at 8 and he happens to fill a massive need as well. Pitts could go earlier than this and it would be a surprise to see the Panthers pass on him if he’s available and the quarterbacks aren’t. Whoever their future quarterback is, he will be helped immensely by having one of the top tight end prospects in decades to throw to and it’s hard to find a team in bigger need of a team. Panthers tight ends caught 27 passes total in 2020. Pitts would have a good chance to double that total by himself as a rookie.
9. Atlanta Falcons (TRADE) – CB Patrick Surtain (Alabama)
The Falcons’ trade down works to perfection as they still have their pick of the top defensive players in the draft, with only offensive players off the board at this point. It’s not a strong defensive class at the top, but Surtain has a good case to be the first defensive player off the board, he fits the draft slot well, and he would fill a significant need for the Falcons, who need to add a third cornerback to go with Isaiah Oliver and AJ Terrell, two young highly drafted cornerbacks who have been inconsistent to this point in their career.
10. Los Angeles Chargers (TRADE) – OT Penei Sewell (Oregon)
Penei Sewell is another player who falls because of the run on quarterbacks and if that happens it would make a lot of sense for the Chargers to move up from 13 to take him. It wouldn’t be overly expensive to do that and Sewell would both fill a significant need and is significantly better than the other offensive tackle prospects in the draft class. The Chargers overpay on the trade value chart by giving up their third round pick to entice the Cowboys to move down three spots, but they have a later third round compensatory pick from losing Philip Rivers last off-season and it would be more than worth it for the Chargers to move up to get Sewell, who would give them a much needed franchise left tackle.
11. New York Giants – G Rashawn Slater (Northwestern)
The Giants get leapfrogged by the Chargers for Sewell, but they can still address their offensive line at 11 with Rashawn Slater. While Sewell is the best pure left tackle in the draft, there is an argument that Slater is going to be the best offensive lineman from this draft class. Slater’s issue is he lacks the ideal size for a left tackle, but he could move inside to guard or center and be a perennial Pro-Bowl caliber player at that position. After using a first and third round pick on an offensive tackle in last year’s draft, the interior is a bigger need for the Giants anyway and there’s an argument for taking Slater over Sewell even if Sewell is available. Slater would be an immediate upgrade at either center or right guard for a team that needs to get tougher upfront.
12. Philadelphia Eagles – WR Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)
The Eagles have had a wild road to ending up with the 12th pick. Originally picking 6th, the Eagles reportedly had the opportunity to trade spots with the Dolphins who were picking 3rd, but opted against it when they learned that their target, Zach Wilson, would likely go one pick earlier to the Jets. With Wilson unavailable and the Eagles seemingly uninterested in any of the top quarterback prospects, the Eagles instead committed to starting Jalen Hurts at quarterback in 2021 and facilitated the 49ers’ trade up from 12th to 3rd with the Dolphins, allowing the Dolphins to only have to move down to 6 like they would have if the Eagles had moved up to 3 and acquiring a future first round pick from Miami to move down to the 49ers’ previous spot at 12.
The Eagles could have filled a big need with one of the top pass catchers in the draft at 6, but they have pressing needs all over the field, so it was smart of them to move down and accumulate another first round pick next year, as this is more than a one-year rebuild. They also will still be able to add a pass catcher at 12 if Jaylen Waddle is still available, which he has a good chance to be. The Eagles used several draft picks on wide receivers last year, including first round pick Jalen Reagor, but anyone who watched them this season knows they still badly need help at the position, with no pass catcher topping 539 receiving yards and Reagor being the only one on the team resembling a long-term starting option.
13. Dallas Cowboys (TRADE) – DE Zaven Collins (Tulsa)
The Cowboys’ trade down works to perfection because their biggest needs are on defense and in the three picks they moved down, there wasn’t a single defensive player selected. In fact, through 12 picks, cornerback Patrick Surtain has been the only defensive player drafted. As crazy as that sounds, it’s a plausible scenario in a draft that figures to be dominated early by quarterbacks and other offensive players.
If Surtain falls to 10, the Cowboys would likely select him because cornerback is their biggest need, but if he’s not, it would make sense to move down slightly. Now picking at 13th, the Cowboys address another pressing defensive need and add an edge defender in Zaven Collins, who could have been the pick at 10 if the Cowboys hadn’t moved down. Right now, Randy Gregory is the Cowboys’ only consistent edge defender behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Gregory has proven to be incredibly unreliable in the past.
14. Minnesota Vikings – DE Kwity Paye (Michigan)
It’s obvious the Vikings need defensive line help, as they didn’t have a player who finished the season with the team who had more than 3.5 sacks on the year and were also constantly blown away by the run. They’ll be stouter against the run with Dalvin Tomlinson coming in as a free agent and Michael Pierce coming back after an opt out and their edge rush will be better with Danielle Hunter coming back from an injury that cost him all of 2020, but they still desperately need a starting edge defender opposite Hunter. Paye can be that guy and has the size to move inside and rush the passer from the interior in sub packages as well.
15. Detroit Lions (TRADE) – MLB Micah Parsons (Penn State)
The Lions trade down from 15 to 7 and select a player that they could have easily chosen at 7. The Lions have pressing needs on both sides of the ball, but defense is definitely their weaker side of the ball. Once a likely top-10 pick, Parsons is sliding due to some off the field concerns, but the Lions may see him as less risky after trading down and accumulating multiple picks. He would fill a big need for them as an every down middle linebacker in the middle of this defense.
16. Arizona Cardinals – S Trevon Moehrig (Iowa)
I already mentioned earlier I have the Cardinals trading their 2nd round pick for Stephon Gilmore, but that isn’t the only secondary upgrade the Cardinals need as they lack a consistent safety next to Budda Baker. Trevon Moehrig is the top safety in the draft class and could make a big difference from day one. With JJ Watt added in free agency, Gilmore and Moehrig being added through the draft and draft day trades, and Chandler Jones expected back from injury, this would be a much improved Cardinals defense in 2021, to pair with an emerging offense led by Kyler Murray in his third season in the league.
17. Las Vegas Raiders – G Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC)
The Raiders inexplicably dismantled their offensive line this off-season, initially cutting center Rodney Hudson, right guard Gabe Jackson, and right tackle Trent Brown, highly paid offensive linemen who are part of a line that has been dominant when healthy, before realizing that they could get trade value for all three, sending them to the Cardinals, Seahawks, and Patriots respectively. The Raiders added some cheaper replacements, but could use help at every spot except left tackle. A versatile lineman like Alijah Vera-Tucker would make a lot of sense in the middle of the first round. Guard will probably be his best spot in the NFL, but he would fill an immediate need at right guard and profiles as an above average starter for years to come.
18. Miami Dolphins – OLB Azeez Ojulari (Georgia)
The Dolphins are thinner at edge defender after getting rid of Kyle Van Noy and Andre Branch this off-season and, after not replacing them, it’s likely they are planning on using one of their high draft picks on the position. Using their 18th overall pick on an edge defender would make a lot of sense because, though it’s a pressing need, it wouldn’t make sense to reach for an edge defender at 6 and there figure to be several options that would make sense around 18. Ojulari would fit well as a tweener type player who can play both defensive end and outside linebacker, similar to Van Noy and others who have played that role over the years on the New England Patriots’ defense, which has largely inspired the Dolphins’ defensive scheme.
19. Washington Football Team – MLB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Notre Dame)
Ron Rivera’s Washington defense took a big step forward in Rivera’s first season with the team, led by one of the best defensive lines in the league, but they still don’t have that Luke Kuechly type linebacker in the middle of their defense and Rivera may look towards the draft to find that player this off-season. Owusu-Koramoah probably won’t be quite as good as Kuechly, but he would still fill a big need for a defense that doesn’t have a clear every down linebacker option right now.
20. Chicago Bears – OT Christian Darrisaw (Virginia Tech)
Out of range for a top quarterback, the Bears seem committed to Andy Dalton as their starter in 2021, but they’ll need to improve their supporting cast to better support whoever their quarterback will be for years to come. The Bears had a strong offensive line a few years ago, but they haven’t been able to keep that group together and struggled upfront last season, particularly on the right side where right tackle Bobby Massie missed significant time with injury. Massie was let go ahead of his age 32 season in 2021 for salary reasons and the Bears may be targeting his replacement early in the draft.
21. Indianapolis Colts – OT Teven Jenkins (Oklahoma State)
Philip Rivers wasn’t the Colts’ only significant retirement this off-season, as long-time left tackle Anthony Castonzo retired as well, leaving a gaping hole on an offensive line that has been one of the best in the league over the past few years due to their continuity. The Colts will likely target Castonzo’s replacement in the draft. They miss out on Christian Darrisaw by one pick and he would likely be their primary target in this part of the first round, but Jenkins is a likely first round pick who wouldn’t be a big reach at 21, so they could take the second straight offensive tackle off the board.
22. Tennessee Titans – CB Jaycee Horn (South Carolina)
Despite not having much financial flexibility, the Titans addressed their biggest need in free agency by signing edge defender Bud Dupree to a significant contract, but to do so, they had to gut their depth at cornerback, which makes that now their biggest need. Adoree Jackson and Malcolm Butler were both released and Desmond King wasn’t retained, leaving 2020 2nd round pick Kristian Fulton and cheap veteran free agent additions Janoris Jenkins and Kevin Johnson as their top-3 cornerbacks. It’s a group that would definitely benefit from the addition of another high draft pick.
23. New York Jets – OLB Jayson Oweh (Penn State)
Carl Lawson was a big addition in free agency, but the Jets still have their long standing edge defender need, as they haven’t had an edge defender with more than 8 sacks since 2013 and last season they didn’t have one with more than 3.5 sacks. Oweh can step in immediately and play significant snaps as an option opposite Lawson. Adding both Lawson and Oweh this off-season would go a long way towards improving their pass rush.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – RB Najee Davis (Alabama)
Lead back James Conner is still a free agent and backups Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland averaged 3.32 yards per carry and 3.42 yards per carry respectively in 2020. Conner could still be brought back, but the Steelers may have their sights on an upgrade at the position long-term. Davis would be cheaper and probably better than Conner and would make sense even if the Steelers are able to bring Conner back on a cheap one-year deal to work in tandem with another back.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars – DT Christian Barmore (Alabama)
The Jaguars added Malcom Brown in a trade with the Saints, but other than that didn’t make any additions at the defensive tackle position this off-season, so they will likely turn to the draft for help. Taven Bryan and Davon Hamilton are an underwhelming starting duo and Brown is their only notable reserve. Barmore could push to be a starter as a rookie and has more long-term upside than any of the Jaguars’ other options.
26. Cleveland Browns – DE Jaelen Phillips (Miami)
The Browns need to find an upgrade opposite Myles Garrett. Olivier Vernon was solid in that role last season, but then he tore his achilles and he remains unsigned as a free agent. The Browns have had talks with Jadeveon Clowney, but he would almost certainly be a short-term signing and they would need better depth even if they added Clowney. In the absence of a free agent signing, Phillips could be a week one starter for the Browns at one of their few true positions of need.
27. Baltimore Ravens – WR Rashod Bateman (Minnesota)
The Ravens desperately tried to add a wide receiver in free agency, but ended up having to settle for Sammy Watkins on a one-year deal. He isn’t a long-term option, so I would expect them to use an early pick on a long-term option at the position. Bateman is a good value at this point and would be a good complement as a bigger bodied receiver (6-2 209) to the smaller, speedier Marquise Brown.
28. New Orleans Saints – WR Kadarius Toney (Florida)
The Saints were thin at wide receiver even before making Emmanuel Sanders a cap casualty. With Sanders gone and no significant replacement being added, the Saints lack any consistent wide receivers behind Michael Thomas. Whoever their quarterback will be in 2021 in their first year without Drew Brees, they will need to get him more pass catchers to increase his chances of success.
29. Green Bay Packers – WR Terrace Marshall (LSU)
The Jordan Love pick didn’t make any sense at the time and looks even worse in hindsight, as the Packers were legitimately a play or two from making it back to the Super Bowl, while Love couldn’t even win the primary backup quarterback job as a rookie. The Packers easily could have taken a player instead of Love that would have put them over the top last season and Love’s lack of development makes the situation even worse. Wide receiver and middle linebacker remain obvious positions of need as they were last year, after the Packers failed to address them in free agency, so perhaps the Packers will learn from their mistake last year and address these positions in the draft. Taking a wide receiver like Terrace Marshall would be a better value than any middle linebacker available.
30. Buffalo Bills – DE Greg Rousseau (Miami)
The Bills used a 2nd round pick on defensive end AJ Epenesa in last year’s draft, but their top-3 defensive ends by snaps played in 2020 were all over the age of 30 and their overall edge rush was disappointing, so they need to add more youth and talent to this group. The Bills don’t have many pressing needs and will have their pick of a variety of different edge rush options at the end of the first round, so this seems like an area they are likely to address.
31. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Jalen Mayfield (Michigan)
The Chiefs released both Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz this off-season because they were injured and set to make significant salaries and, while they have some options to replace them, they will almost certainly have to find more help in the draft. Mayfield’s best position is probably right tackle, but he could potentially play either side for the Chiefs depending on where they need him most long-term.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Caleb Farley (Virginia Tech)
The Buccaneers brought back all of their Super Bowl starters and don’t have any pressing needs, so they could be the one to take a chance on Caleb Farley, a top-10 talent who falls because of injury concerns. Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean are a talented young cornerback duo, but Farley would be an upgrade as the third cornerback and could give the Buccaneers one of the top cornerback trios in the league for years to come.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars – G Wyatt Davis (Ohio State)
The Jaguars could use an upgrade over right guard AJ Cann, who is owed a non-guaranteed 5 million in the final year of his contract in 2021. Davis is one of the top guard prospects in the draft and the connection to Jacksonville is obvious, with the man who recruited him to Ohio State, Urban Meyer, now the head coach of the Jaguars.
34. New York Jets – RB Travis Etienne (Clemson)
Aside from Tevin Coleman, the Jets didn’t make a running back addition in free agency this off-season, so they still have one of the thinnest running back groups in the league, with Coleman likely to be the starter if the season started today. Etienne has significantly more upside and could be a three down feature back for this team long-term. With multiple extra picks in the first three rounds of the draft, expect the Jets to be one of the first teams to draft a running back this year,
35. Atlanta Falcons – DE Ronnie Perkins (Oklahoma)
The Falcons seemingly have a perpetual need for pass rushers, somehow not topping 39 sacks in a season since 2004. Last season, the Falcons managed just 29 sacks, as free agent acquisition Dante Fowler was a massive disappointment and former first round pick bust Takkarist McKinley was cut midway through the season. The Falcons are locked into some of Fowler’s salary next season, so they’ll have to hope he rebounds, but even if he does, the Falcons will still need help opposite him. The Falcons didn’t address the position in free agency, so they’ll have to use an early draft pick or two on the position.
36. Miami Dolphins – C Creed Humphrey (Oklahoma)
The Dolphins had three rookie starters on the offensive line last season, but they were an underwhelming bunch overall and don’t have a clear center of the future. Humphrey could step in and start immediately at a position where the Dolphins currently have mediocre veteran Matt Skura penciled in as the starter.
37. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Tyson Campbell (Georgia)
The Eagles made a big splash addition at cornerback last off-season when they added Darius Slay, but the rest of their cornerbacks struggled last season and they’re even thinner now, with players like Jalen Mills and Nickell Robey-Coleman no longer with the team. They’ll have to address this position early in the draft.
38. Cincinnati Bengals – MLB Nick Bolton (Missouri)
The Bengals definitely need more help on offense than defense, but they’ll need to address their linebacking corps at some point. Bolton projects as a three down linebacker long-term and could play a significant role even as a rookie for a Bengals team that didn’t have a true every down linebacker last season.
39. Carolina Panthers – WR Rondale Moore (Purdue)
Wide receiver was a strength for the Panthers last season, but Curtis Samuel left as a free agent this off-season and Robby Anderson could follow him out the door next off-season as a free agent, so the Panthers need to replenish depth at the position. Moore could slot in immediately as the third receiver and could either be a long-term replacement for Anderson or could give the Panthers a dominant trio long-term with Anderson and DJ Moore.
40. Denver Broncos – OLB Joseph Ossai (Texas)
Von Miller will be back from injury in 2021, but he’s highly paid and now going into his age 32 season, so he might not be around long-term. The Broncos need to add someone in the draft who could be a long-term starter at the position. Ossai would provide valuable rotational depth in the meantime.
41. Detroit Lions – CB Kelvin Joseph (Kentucky)
The Lions had arguably the worst cornerbacks in the league last season and they haven’t addressed the position aside from signing Quinton Dunbar to a one-year deal. Second year player Jeff Okudah should be better in his second season, but the Lions need to add at least one more talented young cornerback in the mix.
42. New York Giants – MLB Pete Werner (Ohio State)
Blake Martinez was a good addition for the Giants in free agency last off-season, but they need to add a better starter inside next to him. This is a position they can address on day two of the draft.
43. San Francisco 49ers – CB Eric Stokes (Georgia)
The 49ers retained most of their free agent cornerbacks and could go into next season with a trio of Emmanuel Mosley, Jason Verrett, and K’Waun Williams, but they still need help at the position because their depth is limited and none of those players were retained for longer than two years, with Verrett and Williams only being signed to one-year deals.
44. Dallas Cowboys – CB Asante Samuel (Florida State)
The Cowboys had one of the worst cornerback groups in the league last season and, with Chidobe Awuzie signing with the Bengals, things are even worse at the position now. Asante Samuel could push to start as a rookie and could potentially give them a talented cornerback duo long-term with last year’s second round pick Trevon Diggs.
45. Jacksonville Jaguars – CB Elijah Molden (Washington)
The Jaguars signed Shaq Griffin in free agency and now have a talented young cornerback duo with Griffin and last year’s first round pick CJ Henderson, but they need a better slot cornerback option between them. Molden is one of the best pure slot cornerbacks in the draft.
46. Detroit Lions (TRADE) – OT Dillon Radunz (North Dakota State)
The Lions could use some competition for right tackle Tyrell Crosby, an underwhelming starting right tackle who is going into the final year of his rookie deal.
47. Los Angeles Chargers – CB Greg Newsome (Northwestern)
Casey Hayward struggled in 2020, but his release left the Chargers thin at the cornerback position, even after Michael Davis was retained in free agency. They need another starter to go with Davis and Chris Harris, who is going into his age 32 season and the final year of his contract in 2021.
48. Las Vegas Raiders – CB Aaron Robinson (Central Florida)
The Raiders used the 19th overall pick on cornerback Damon Arnette last year, but the Raiders’ defense was still terrible this season and they need to keep building their cornerback group, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them use another high pick on a cornerback. If everything goes well, Robinson could form a talented young trio with Arnette and 2019 2nd round pick Trayvon Mullen.
49. Detroit Lions (TRADE) – DT Levi Onwuzurike (Washington)
The Lions could use upgrades all around their defense, but defensive tackle sticks out as a pressing need, even after the addition of Michael Brockers. Brockers is expected to start with Da’Shawn Hand, but he’s going into his contract year and the Lions depth behind them is very suspect.
50. Miami Dolphins – S Jevon Holland (Oregon)
Eric Rowe and Bobby McCain are a decent safety duo, but the Dolphins may want a higher upside option at the position. With so many draft picks, they can afford to use one to address the position.
51. Washington Football Team – QB Kellen Mond (Texas A&M)
Washington signed Ryan Fitzpatrick in free agency this off-season, but he’s only a short-term option in his age 39 season and was not promised the starting job. They have some internal options in Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen, but neither of them seems like a long-term franchise quarterback, so they’ll look to add a quarterback prospect they like on draft day. They’re not in position to add one of the top quarterback prospects in the first round, Kellen Mond is an option that could make sense after the first.
52. Chicago Bears – WR Tylan Wallace (Oklahoma State)
The Bears franchised tagged Allen Robinson, but they might not be able to sign him long-term and, even if they do, they could use another wide receiver. Darnell Mooney showed a lot of promise as a 5th round rookie in 2020, but 2018 2nd round pick Anthony Miller has yet to develop. Wallace would be a potential #1 wide receiver long-term if Robinson can’t be retained and, if Robinson is retained, he can still contribute immediately in three wide receiver sets with Robinson and Mooney as a rookie.
53. Tennessee Titans – OT Alex Leatherwood (Alabama)
After losing Jack Conklin in free agency last off-season, the Titans used a first round pick on Isaiah Wilson and expected him to start long-term at right tackle, but he wound up being one of the bigger busts in recent memory and is no longer with the team. The Titans will almost definitely use another high pick on the position. They’re in even bigger need of a right tackle now with veteran Dennis Kelly, who filled in last season, no longer on the roster.
54. Indianapolis Colts – DT Daviyon Nixon (Iowa)
The Colts have DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart locked in long-term at defensive tackle, but they’re thin at the position now with veteran Denico Autry no longer with the team. The Colts will likely look to replenish depth in the draft.
55. Pittsburgh Steelers – QB Kyle Trask (Florida)
2021 seems like it could be Ben Roethlisberger’s final season as his new contract voids after this season and his play left something to be desired in 2020. Now in his age 39 season, the Steelers need a long-term option behind him. Mason Rudolph was a third round pick in 2018, but has yet to develop into that replacement and will also be a free agent next off-season.
56. Seattle Seahawks – CB Ifeatu Melifonwu (Syracuse)
The Seahawks lost their starting cornerbacks Shaq Griffin and Quinton Dunbar in free agency and only added the underwhelming Ahkello Witherspoon, who is currently penciled in as a starter. Melifonwu has the size the Seahawks like in a cornerback and could develop into a new long-term #1 cornerback for them.
57. Los Angeles Rams – MLB Baron Browning (Ohio State)
The Rams don’t have many pressing needs, which is good because they’re thin on early draft picks, but their off ball linebackers are among the worst in the league. Even a late second round pick could step in and immediately play a big role for this defense at middle linebacker. Browning projects as a long-term three down linebacker.
58. Baltimore Ravens – OLB Carlos Basham (Wake Forest)
The Ravens had one of the deepest and most talented edge defender groups in the league last year, but few teams could lose both Yannick Ngakoue and Matt Judon and not need to replenish depth. Basham would have competition for snaps, but would be able to carve out a significant rotational role as a rookie at the very least.
59. Cleveland Browns – CB Shaun Wade (Ohio State)
The Browns should have better cornerback play in 2021 with Greedy Williams expected back from injury and Troy Hill signed in free agency to form a talented trio with Denzel Ward. Williams is a significant injury risk though and the Browns really lack depth at the position beyond their top-3. Without many pressing needs, expect the Browns to target cornerbacks early in the draft.
60. New Orleans Saints – DT Milton Williams (Louisiana Tech)
The Saints lost both Sheldon Rankins and Malcom Brown this off-season and because of their cap situation they weren’t able to add replacements. They’ll need to add depth through the draft. Even as a rookie, Williams could push Shy Tuttle for the starting job next to David Onyemata.
61. Buffalo Bills – TE Pat Freiermuth (Penn State)
The Bills haven’t been successful at adding competition for Dawson Knox in free agency, so, without many pressing needs, the Bills could add a tight end in the draft if the value makes sense. This isn’t a good tight end class outside of Kyle Pitts, but Freiermuth is expected to be the first tight end off the board after Pitts and would be a good option in the late second round.
62. Green Bay Packers – MLB Jabril Cox (LSU)
The Packers addressed their long standing wide receiver need in the first round and now they address their long standing middle linebacker need. Even as a late second round pick, Cox could see significant snaps as a rookie and projects as a long-term every down linebacker.
63. Kansas City Chiefs – DE Patrick Jones (Pittsburgh)
The Chiefs’ need on the offensive line is well known, but they have an equally pressing need at defensive end opposite Frank Clark, as no other edge defender had more than 3 sacks and the Chiefs had a below average 32 sacks as a team, despite playing with frequent leads.
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR Elijah Moore (Mississippi)
The Buccaneers haven’t been able to agree on terms to bring back Antonio Brown, who is the only key part of last year’s team that is in danger of not returning. The Buccaneers still have their dominant wide receiver duo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller could replace Brown as the third receiver, but without any other pressing needs, the Buccaneers could use a premium pick on the position to keep Tom Brady happy and to maintain depth at the wide receiver position if they can’t retain Brown.
65. Jacksonville Jaguars – TE Brevin Jordan (Miami)
The Jaguars have a good wide receiver trio in DJ Chark, Marvin Jones, and Laviska Shenault, but they don’t have a good tight end, with incumbent starter Tyler Eifert still penciled in as the starter, despite going into his age 31 season and catching just 36 passes last season. Jordan is a long-term starting option who could push Eifert as a rookie.
66. New York Jets – WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (USC)
The Jets made a big splash signing in free agency, adding Corey Davis to replace Breshad Perriman, giving them a top trio of Davis, Jamison Crowder, and 2020 2nd round pick Denzel Mims. Crowder is going into the final year of his contract though and the Jets don’t have good depth behind their top-3, so they could use a mid round pick on a developmental wide receiver.
67. Houston Texans – C Josh Myers (Ohio State)
The Texans made center Nick Martin a cap casualty, which made sense because he’s an underwhelming starter who was owed 7.5 million, but they have yet to replace him. Myers could compete to start as a rookie and has the versatility to kick to guard as well if needed.
68. Atlanta Falcons – RB Javonte Williams (North Carolina)
The Todd Gurley experiment didn’t work, as Gurley was ineffective and was forced into a timeshare with Ito Smith and Brian Hill down the stretch. Hill is no longer with the team, leaving Smith and free agent acquisition Mike Davis as their top candidates for carries. They’ll likely add another option in the draft and could be one of the first teams to take a running back, especially if they trade down and accumulate additional picks.
69. Cincinnati Bengals – OT James Hudson (Cincinnati)
The Bengals signed Riley Reiff in free agency, which is a big upgrade, but he’s going into his age 33 season and is only on a one-year deal, so the Bengals still need to add an offensive tackle in the draft. If Hudson develops as a rookie, he could push Reiff inside to guard take over at right tackle.
70. Philadelphia Eagles – DT Jaylen Twyman (Pittsburgh)
The Eagles love having a deep defensive line and are pretty thin at defensive tackle after making Malik Jackson a cap casualty, so they’ll likely replenish depth in the draft.
71. Atlanta Falcons (TRADE) – G Trey Smith (Tennessee)
The Falcons lost a pair of starters on the offensive line this off-season in James Carpenter and Alex Mack. Last year’s third round pick Matt Hennessy could take over at either of those positions, but the Falcons still would need one more starter. Smith could push to start at left guard immediately, with Hennessy then settling in as Mack’s replacement at center.
72. Detroit Lions – WR D’Wayne Eskridge (Western Kentucky)
The Lions lost their top-3 wide receivers from a year ago, so even after signing Tyrell Williams and Breshad Periman, they’ll need to add at least one more wide receiver in the draft, if not two.
73. Carolina Panthers – OT Jackson Carmen (Clemson)
The Panthers retained some of their free agent offensive line starters this off-season, but they didn’t retain Michael Schofield or Russell Okung and need to add more depth upfront. Carmen has the versatility to play either guard or tackle and could push to start at either position as a rookie.
74. Washington Football Team – OT Liam Eichenberg (Notre Dame)
Washington had a strong offensive line overall last season, but they could still use an upgrade at left tackle. Eichenberg could at least add valuable competition and depth across the line.
75. Dallas Cowboys – S Talanoa Hufanga (USC)
The Cowboys signed Keanu Neal in free agency, but he’s only on a one-year deal and he’s expected to play some linebacker, so the Cowboys still have a need at the safety position.
76. New York Giants – OLB Jordan Smith (UAB)
Leonard Williams was the only Giants player with more than 4 sacks last season and he plays a lot on the interior, so the Giants still have their long standing edge defender need. They didn’t make any significant additions in free agency, so they’ll have to add at least one player at this position early in the draft.
77. Dallas Cowboys (TRADE) – MLB Caleb McGrone (Michigan)
Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith were one of the best young linebacker duos in the league just a couple years ago, but both have regressed in the past couple years, Vander Esch in large part due to injuries. Smith is also highly paid and might not be kept long-term if he doesn’t bounce back. With long-time veteran Sean Lee no longer with the team, the Cowboys at the very least need depth at the position and McGrone could develop into a long-term starter as well.
78. Minnesota Vikings – G D’Ante Smith (East Carolina)
Ezra Cleveland was probably the Vikings’ best guard last season, but the 2020 2nd round pick could be moving to left tackle with Riley Reiff no longer with the team. That would leave the Vikings with a starting duo of Dakota Dozier and Dru Samia at guard, which would be one of the worst in the league. They could keep Cleveland at guard, but would need to draft an offensive tackle in that scenario. Either way, they need offensive line help badly and even as a third round pick Smith could push to start as a rookie.
79. Las Vegas Raiders – OT Samuel Cosmi (Texas)
The Raiders need to add multiple offensive linemen in the draft after dismantling their offensive line this off-season. Cosmi could push to start at right tackle even as a rookie, as the very underwhelming Brandon Parker is currently penciled in as the starter at that position.
80. Las Vegas Raiders – DT Tommy Togiai (Ohio State)
Defensive tackle is a position where the Raiders could add more depth and they lack a consistent #2 defensive tackle behind Maurice Hurst.
81. Miami Dolphins – RB Chuba Hubbard (Oklahoma State)
The Dolphins had one of the thinnest running back groups in the league last season and only added a depth player in Malcolm Brown, so they’ll probably address this position with a relatively early draft pick.
82. Washington Football Team – WR Tutu Atwell (Louisville)
Washington’s receiving corps is a lot better after adding Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries, but the latter is on just a one-year deal and has a concerning concussion history. Washington could still look for depth in the draft.
83. Chicago Bears – QB Davis Mills (Stanford)
Even if the Bears are committed to veteran Andy Dalton as their starter for 2021, he’s not a long-term option and neither is Nick Foles, so the Bears will almost definitely add a young developmental quarterback in the draft.
84. Philadelphia Eagles – MLB Monty Rice (Georgia)
The Eagles are pretty thin at linebacker and have room for a rookie to play significant snaps. Rice could develop into a much needed every down middle linebacker for this team long-term.
85. Tennessee Titans – WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette (Iowa)
The Titans signed Josh Reynolds in free agency, but he’s an underwhelming replacement for free agent departure Corey Davis and they need to replace slot receiver Adam Humphries as well. They need to get Ryan Tannehill more wide receiver depth.
86. New York Jets – CB Ambry Thomas (Michigan)
Cornerback is also a major need on defense for the Jets. Brian Poole was their only above average player at the position last season and for some reason he hasn’t been brought back as a free agent.
87. Pittsburgh Steelers – OT Walker Little (Stanford)
The Steelers have a pair of unproven starting offensive tackles right now in Zach Banner and Chukwuma Okorafor and little depth behind them, so they’ll need to add depth in the draft.
88. Los Angeles Rams – OLB Joe Tyron (Washington)
The Rams managed to keep Leonard Floyd in free agency, despite their terrible cap situation, but they could still use a long-term upgrade opposite him.
89. Cleveland Browns – DT Jay Tufele (USC)
Defensive tackle isn’t a pressing need for the Browns, but they could use depth at the position and don’t have many pressing needs in general.
90. Minnesota Vikings – S Richie Grant (UCF)
The Vikings lost Anthony Harris in free agent and, while Xavier Woods is a decent replacement, he was only signed to a one-year deal, so the Vikings could look for a long-term starter in the draft.
91. Cleveland Browns – MLB Jamin Davis (Kentucky)
The Browns have an unsettled linebacking corps, so they could add another option through the draft.
92. Green Bay Packers – CB Paulson Adebo (Stanford)
The Packers brought back Kevin King, but only on a one-year deal and he’s a very inconsistent starter. The Packers could use a mid-round pick on a developmental option behind him.
93. Buffalo Bills – RB Michael Carter (North Carolina)
The Bills have used a third round pick on a running back in each of the past two drafts, but neither Devin Singletary nor Zack Moss has shown much yet, so, without many pressing needs, the Bills could add another young running back to the mix.
94. Kansas City Chiefs – WR Nico Collins (Michigan)
The Chiefs lost Sammy Watkins in free agency and, while Mecole Hardman capable of handling a larger role, the Chiefs still need to find a better third receiver behind Hardman and Tyreek Hill.
95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – RB Kenneth Gainwell (Memphis)
The Buccaneers brought back Leonard Fournette in free agency, but only on a one-year deal, meaning both he and Ronald Jones will hit free agency next off-season. Kenneth Gainwell is a more natural receiving back than either of them anyway and could have a role in passing situations as a rookie.
96. New England Patriots – CB Camryn Bynum (California)
The Patriots will still be in good shape at cornerback even if they trade Stephon Gilmore, but Belichick loves having a lot of depth at cornerback, so if Gilmore gets traded, they will likely use a mid round pick to replenish depth.
97. Los Angeles Chargers – G Quinn Meinerz (Wisconsin-Whitewater)
The Chargers addressed their offensive tackle need in the first round, but they still need to add help at guard.
98. New Orleans Saints – CB Davis Daniel (Georgia)
Veteran starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins was one of the Saints’ cap casualties this off-season. The Saints will need to add depth through the draft.
99. Dallas Cowboys – TE Hunter Long (Boston College)
The Cowboys will get promising young tight end Blake Jarwin back from a torn ACL that cost him all of 2020, but he’s not a sure thing, so the Cowboys could add some competition in the draft.
100. Tennessee Titans – OLB Rashad Weaver (Pittsburgh)
The Titans were so thin at the edge defender position last season that they still need help even after splurging on Bud Dupree in free agency.
101. Detroit Lions – DE Dayo Odeyingbo (Vanderbilt)
The Lions retained Romeo Okwara in free agency and will get Trey Flowers back healthy in 2021, but the Lions could still use more pass rush help on the edge.
102. San Francisco 49ers – WR Dyami Brown (North Carolina)
The 49ers have a good young wide receiver duo in Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, but with Kendrick Bourne signing with the Patriots this off-season, they could use a better third receiver. They could add a developmental option in the middle rounds.
103. Los Angeles Rams – OT Josh Ball (Marshall)
The Rams will probably add another young offensive lineman at some point. Ball could be a long-term replacement for Andrew Whitworth, who is going into his age 40 season in 2021.
104. Baltimore Ravens – OT Brady Christensen (BYU)
Right tackle Orlando Brown is going into the final year of his rookie deal and reportedly wants to be traded somewhere where he can play left tackle, so the Ravens should add an insurance policy and a long-term solution at the position.
105. New Orleans Saints – S Andre Cisco (Syracuse)
The Saints somehow were able to keep stud safety Marcus Williams with the franchise tag, despite their terrible cap situation, but keeping him on a long-term deal is another story and, even if they do, they still need a long-term solution at the other safety spot, where the declining Malcolm Jenkins is heading into his age 34 season. Expect them to add a young safety at some point.
106. Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Daelin Hayes (Notre Dame)
The Jaguars could use additional edge rush depth as they didn’t address this position in free agency.
107. New York Jets – TE Tommy Tremble (Notre Dame)
Chris Herndon showed a lot of promise as a rookie in 2018, but hasn’t lived up to that promise in two years since and, now going into the final year of his rookie deal, the Jets could look to find a long-term replacement through the draft.
108. Atlanta Falcons – S Hamsah Nasirildeen (Florida State)
The Falcons have had Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen as their starting safeties for several years, but both left the team this off-season, as did hybrid cornerback/safety Damontee Kazee, and in their absence the Falcons have a very unsettled safety group.
109. Houston Texans – DT Tyler Shelvin (LSU)
The Texans have a bunch of needs and not nearly enough picks to address them with, but defensive tackle is one of their biggest needs. Shelvin could see a significant role as a rookie, even as just a 4th round pick.
110. Cleveland Browns – DE Payton Turner (Houston)
Unless the Browns sign a veteran in free agency, they are thin enough at the defensive end position to justify doubling up on the position in the draft, especially given their lack of other pressing needs.
111. Cincinnati Bengals – G Kendrick Green (Illinois)
The Bengals took an offensive tackle in the third round, but they need help on the interior of their offensive line as well.
112. Detroit Lions – WR Marquez Stevenson (Houston)
The Lions are thin enough at wide receiver that it would make sense for them to double up on the position in the draft, especially if they trade down and accumulate extra picks.
113. Carolina Panthers – OT Spencer Brown (Northern Iowa)
The Panthers’ offensive line is unsettled at several spots, so they should add a couple offensive linemen in the draft.
114. Denver Broncos – S Tyree Gillespie (Missouri)
The Broncos brought back Kareem Jackson on a one-year deal this off-season, but given the length of his contract and his age, going into his age 33 season, the Broncos should be thinking about the future at the position.
115. Dallas Cowboys – OT Adrian Ealy (Oklahoma)
The Cowboys should have better injury luck on the offensive line next season, but they may still want additional insurance at offensive tackle, where the Cowboys were in serious trouble last season when both Tyron Smith and La’El Collins got hurt.
116. New York Giants – C Trey Hill (Georgia)
The Giants continue to add to their offensive line. Trey Hill could push to make starts at center as a rookie and at the very least should be able to provide needed depth.
117. San Francisco 49ers – RB Khalil Herbert (Virginia Tech)
The 49ers are unlikely to use a premium pick on the running back position because of Kyle Shanahan’s ability to find undervalued players at the position, but they need to add depth behind Jeff Wilson and Raheem Mostert. Herbert seems like a good scheme fit.
118. Los Angeles Chargers – DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji (Notre Dame)
The Chargers haven’t brought back Melvin Ingram ahead of his age 32 season and if they move on, they’ll need to replenish depth in the draft.
119. Minnesota Vikings – OT Stone Forsythe (Florida)
The Vikings should come away from this draft with multiple offensive linemen. After adding a guard in the third round, they add a developmental offensive tackle here in the fourth.
120. New England Patriots – MLB Chazz Surratt (North Carolina)
The Patriots’ linebacking corps should be better in 2021 with the return of Dont’a Hightower, but he’s going into his age 31 season, so the Patriots should look for a long-term option behind him. Surratt could play his way into a rookie year role in an unsettled group.
121. Oakland Raiders – WR Seth Williams (Auburn)
The Raiders used a first and a third round pick on wide receivers last year, but neither did much as a rookie. Nelson Agholor, who led the Raiders’ wide receivers in receiving yards, is no longer with the team and the position group is very unsettled with him gone. I would expect them to add another developmental option through the draft at some point.
122. Detroit Lions (TRADE) – CB Kary Vincent (LSU)
This is the last pick the Lions got in their trade down with the Patriots. The Lions are thin enough at the cornerback position to justify adding multiple cornerbacks through the draft, especially if they accumulate a bunch of picks in a trade down.
123. Philadelphia Eagles – DE Quincy Roche (Florida)
The Eagles, who love having a deep defensive line, used a third round pick on a defensive tackle, but they can’t be happy with their defensive end depth either after losing Vinny Curry, so I expect them to use a mid round pick on a developmental option at the position.
124. Washington Football Team – DE Chauncey Golston (Iowa)
Chase Young and Montez Sweat are already one of the best edge rush duos in the league, but with Ryan Anderson and Ryan Kerrigan no longer with the team, Washington is now very thin at the position behind their starters. They’ll need to replenish depth in the draft.
125. Minnesota Vikings – CB Robert Rochell (Central Arkansas)
The Vikings added Patrick Peterson to stabilize a young cornerback group this off-season, but last year’s first round pick Jeff Gladney is in serious legal trouble, so the Vikings are likely to want to add insurance at the position.
126. Tennessee Titans – TE Kenny Yeboah (Mississippi)
Jonnu Smith signed with the Patriots as a free agent this off-season and, while Anthony Firkser seems capable of handling a larger role, they’ll need to add depth behind him.
127. Indianapolis Colts – WR Anthony Schwartz (Auburn)
TY Hilton was retained in free agency, but only on a one-year deal and he’ll be in his age 32 season as well. I expect the Colts to add another developmental wide receiver through the draft.
128. Pittsburgh Steelers – CB Benjamin St-Juste (Minnesota)
The Steelers overhauled their cornerback corps this season, releasing Steven Nelson for salary reasons, allowing Mike Hilton to leave in free agency, and retaining cornerback Cameron Sutton as the likely starter opposite Joe Haden, with unproven 2019 3rd round pick Justin Layne penciled in as the third cornerback. They need to continue adding to this group.
129. Seattle Seahawks – DT Osawaru Odighizuwa (UCLA)
This is just the Seahawks second pick, so they’ll need to make these picks count. They need to add depth at defensive tackle after releasing Jarran Reed, so that is an obvious position for them to address.
130. Jacksonville Jaguars – WR Shi Smith (South Carolina)
The Jaguars lost Chris Conley, Dede Westbrook, and Keelan Cole this off-season. They signed Marvin Jones, an upgrade on all three, to start opposite DJ Chark and 2020 2nd round pick Laviska Shenault is expected to be the third receiver, but Jones is only on a two-year deal and he’s going into his age 31 season. Last year’s 5th round pick Collin Johnson is a promising young receiver behind their top-3, but it would surprise me to see the Jaguars add another developmental wide receiver at some point.
131. Baltimore Ravens – TE Tre McKitty (Georgia)
The tight end position is so important to the Ravens’ offense that they could add a tight end in the draft in the middle rounds. Their offense was at their best when they had three capable tight ends in 2019, before trading Hayden Hurst, and last year it really hurt this offense when #2 tight end Nick Boyle got hurt. McKitty could provide valuable depth and a third capable tight end.
132. Cleveland Browns – WR Javon McKinley (Notre Dame)
The Browns don’t need much on offense, but I could see them adding another developmental wide receiver. Rashard Higgins was retained in free agency to be the third receiver, but only on a one-year deal.
133. New Orleans Saints – WR Jaelon Darden (North Texas)
The Saints are so thin behind Michael Thomas that I expect them to double up on the wide receiver position in the draft.
134. Minnesota Vikings – MLB Derrick Barnes (Purdue)
The Vikings’ defense couldn’t stop anyone down the stretch last season, in large part due to the absence of their talented linebackers Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr. The Vikings should add insurance at the position.
135. Green Bay Packers – WR Josh Palmer (Tennessee)
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Packers double up on wide receivers, given their lack of proven depth behind Davante Adams.
136. Kansas City Chiefs – G Aaron Banks (Notre Dame)
The Chiefs took an offensive tackle in the first round and now add a guard as they continue rebuilding this offensive line.
137. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OLB Chris Rumph (Duke)
The Buccaneers don’t need much, but they could use better depth at the edge defender position behind Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre Paul, especially with the latter going into his age 32 season and his contract season.
138. Dallas Cowboys – CB Trill Williams (Syracuse)
The Cowboys’ need at cornerback is dire enough that they should double up on the position in the draft.
139. New England Patriots – WR Tamorrion Terry (Florida State)
The Patriots added Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne in free agency, but there is still a lot of uncertainty in this group, which was arguably the league’s worst last season. I would expect them to keep adding to the position group in the draft, even if they don’t invest a premium pick.
140. Pittsburgh Steelers – C Michal Menet (Penn State)
The Steelers continue rebuilding their offensive line. They don’t have an obvious successor to Maurkice Pouncey, who retired this off-season after 11 seasons with the team.
141. Los Angeles Rams – CB Shakur Brown (Michigan State)
Jalen Ramsey, Troy Hill, and Darious Williams were arguably the best cornerback duo in the NFL last season, but Hill signed with the Browns this off-season. David Long, a 2019 3rd round pick, is currently penciled in as the third cornerback, but they need to add depth.
142. Green Bay Packers – G Jack Anderson (Texas Tech)
The Packers had one of the deepest offensive lines in the league last season, but they lost a couple offensive linemen this off-season, so they’ll need to replenish depth at some point.
143. Minnesota Vikings – DT Marlon Tuipulotu (USC)
The Vikings will be better at defensive tackle next season with Dalvin Tomlinson joining as a free agent and Michael Pierce coming back from an opt out, but they still need to add beter depth at the position.
144. Kansas City Chiefs – MLB Anthony Hines (Texas A&M)
Linebacker has been the weakness of the Chiefs’ defense for years, so they need to continue trying to find upgrades.