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Last Updated: April 26th at 830am ET

 

This is my best guess as to how Thursday night’s first round will go based on intel I’ve gleaned and my knowledge of each team’s needs and targeted players. I’ll publish my final mock on Wednesday night.

 

1. JaguarsClemson QB Trevor LawrenceAndrew Luck clone kickstarts the Urban Meyer era.

2. JetsBYU QB Zach Wilson – The Jets reportedly won’t even entertain trade-down inquiries.

3. 49ersAlabama QB Mac JonesKyle Shanahan prefers his QBs to play inside of structure.

4. FalconsFlorida TE Kyle Pitts – Atlanta sits tight and selects this draft’s true offensive unicorn.

5. BengalsLSU WR Ja’Marr Chase – Ownership is dead set on reuniting Chase with Joe Burrow.

6. DolphinsAlabama WR Jaylen Waddle – All in on Tua Tagovailoa, Fins pick speed-demon WR.

7. LionsOhio State QB Justin Fields – Lions begin rebuild with dynamic dual-threat field general.

8. PanthersOregon OT Penei Sewell – Carolina steals elite LT talent to protect Sam Darnold.

9. BroncosNorth Dakota State QB Trey Lance – Denver can take big leap by solving QB dilemma.

10. CowboysAlabama CB Patrick Surtain – Draft’s top corner falls into defense-needy Dallas’ lap.

11. GiantsNorthwestern OT Rashawn Slater – G-Men address No. 1 need with top OL remaining.

12. EaglesAlabama WR DeVonta Smith – Heisman-winning wideout forces Howie Roseman’s hand.

13. ChargersSouth Carolina CB Jaycee Horn – Bolts replace Casey Hayward with top-shelf athlete.

14. VikingsUSC OL Alijah Vera-Tucker – Minnesota can finally field a competent, young front five.

15. PatriotsPenn State LB Micah Parsons – True three-down LB adds speed to slowing defense.

16. CardinalsVirginia Tech CB Caleb Farley – Top-tier corner lasts here due to durability concerns.

17. RaidersMiami (FL) EDGE Jaelan Phillips – Pass rush missing throughout Jon Gruden’s tenure.

18. DolphinsOklahoma State OT Teven Jenkins – Day-one RT starter provides more help for Tua.

19. Football TeamVirginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw – Left side of OL is Washington’s top need.

20. BearsOle Miss WR Elijah Moore – Chicago replaces Anthony Miller with Doug Baldwin clone.

21. ColtsNorthwestern CB Greg Newsome – Indy has no bankable long-term answers at corner.

22. TitansGeorgia CB Eric Stokes – Tennessee continues secondary makeover with speedy CB.

23. JetsMichigan EDGE Kwity Paye – Gang Green’s pass rush has been longstanding weakness.

24. SteelersAlabama C Landon Dickerson – De-cleating tone setter replaces Maurkice Pouncey.

25. JaguarsClemson RB Travis Etienne – In-space playmaker follows Trevor Lawrence to Duval.

26. BrownsPenn State EDGE Jayson Oweh – Freak athlete ran 4.36 at 6’5/257 after ‘20 breakout.

27. RavensGeorgia EDGE Azeez Ojulari – Baltimore replaces Matt Judon with prototype 3-4 rusher.

28. SaintsNotre Dame LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – Middle-of-field pass-coverage specialist.

29. PackersMinnesota WR Rashod Bateman – Packers finally give Aaron Rodgers first-round WR.

30. BillsFlorida State CB Asante Samuel Jr. – Undersized but physical ballhawk at thin position.

31. RavensTCU S Trevon Moehrig – Baltimore doubles down on first-round pass-defense reload.

32. BucsWashington EDGE Joe Tryon – Explosive athlete to eventually replace Jason Pierre-Paul.