I feel like normally I would have put out Mock 4.0 sometime in February or early March in a normal year. Not just because I love to make them, but because usually there are certain breaks in the NFL offseason where things calm down and there’s more time to assess team needs and rosters. Well, this year we didn’t get much of a cooling off period, as the NFL gave us the single greatest and most entertaining offseason of all time!
Tom Brady retired, then un-retired, Russell Wilson became a Bronco, Deshaun Watson became a Brown, Davante Adams landed with the Raiders, and even Tyreek Hill got traded! Those are just a few of the crazy things that have happened in the last month and a half, and it has dramatically shifted draft needs (and picks) for NFL teams. Below is a look at how I see round 1 shaking out as things stand now. If you want a breakdown of this mock draft, check out the latest episode of Tailgate Talks, Draft Prospect Preview, where my cohost Bobby Dawe and I discuss each pick and the thought behind them.
Post Free Agency Mock Draft: Round 1, No Trades
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Edge Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
- Detroit Lions: Edge Travon Walker, Georgia
- Houston Texans: OT Ikem Okwonu, NC State
- New York Jets: Edge Kayvon Thibideaux, Oregon
- New York Giants: OT Evan Neal, Alabama
- Carolina Panthers: QB Malik Willis, Liberty
- New York Giants (via Chicago): CB Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Cincinnati
- Atlanta Falcons: WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
- Seattle Seahawks (via Denver): OT Charles Cross, Mississippi State
- New York Jets (via Seattle): S Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame
- Washington Commanders: WR Drake London, USC
- Minnesota Vikings: CB Derek Stingley Jr, LSU
- Houston Texans (via Cleveland): DL Jordan Davis, Georgia
- Baltimore Ravens: Edge Jermaine Johnson, Florida State
- Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami): DL Devonte Wyatt, Georgia
- Philadelphia Eagles (via Indianapolis): WR Jameson Williams, Alabama
- Los Angeles Chargers: OT Trevon Penning, Northern Iowa
- New Orleans Saints: WR Chris Olave, Ohio State
- Philadelphia Eagles: CB Trent McDuffie, Washington
- Pittsburgh Steelers: QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh
- New England Patriots: CB Kaiir Elam, Florida
- Green Bay Packers (via Las Vegas): WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas
- Arizona Cardinals: Edge Boye Mafe, Minnesota
- Dallas Cowboys: OT Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan
- Buffalo Bills: CB Andrew Booth Jr, Clemson
- Tennessee Titans: OC Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OG Zion Johnson, Boston College
- Green Bay Packers: OG Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
- Kansas City Chiefs (via Miami via San Francisco): WR Christian Watson, NDSU
- Kansas City Chiefs: Edge David Ojabo, Michigan
- Cincinnati Bengals: LB Devin Lloyd, Utah
- Detroit Lions (via LA Rams): LB Nakobe Dean, Georgia
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