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1. Jacksonville Jaguars - QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson - There isn't much to say here. This pick was locked in the second the Jets lost to the Rams on December 20th. Duval County has its new savior.

2. New York Jets - QB Zach Wilson, BYU - This pick has also been set in stone for a while now. Wilson is the 1B to Lawrence's 1A. This quarterback pick for once finally feels as if the Jets have their next Joe Namath.

3. San Francisco 49ers - QB Mac Jones, Alabama - San Francisco mortgaged their future to move up nine spots to number three. I believe John Lynch showed his hand in the 49ers' latest press conference and that this pick ultimately belongs to Kyle Shanahan. We've heard that Shanahan loves Mac Jones out of Alabama thus he's the pick here.

4. Atlanta Falcons - TE Kyle Pitts, Florida - After three quarterbacks go in the first three picks, Atlanta after failing to trade down selects the best available player on the board, Kyle Pitts out of Florida. Arthur Smith, a former tight end coach, gets a once-in-a-generation prospect at the position.

5. Cincinnati Bengals - WR Ja'Marr Chase, LSU - This is a deep tackle class. As you'll see later on, a lot of good tackles are going to fall to round two. Ja'Marr Chase is one of the best wide receiver prospects in years to enter the draft. Parlay that with the fact that he's most successful with Joe Burrow and this pick becomes common sense.

6. Miami Dolphins - OL Rashawn Slater, Northwestern - The Miami Dolphins traded back up from 12 to six in order to select someone that they believe won't be there later on. Miami is solid at skill position players with the recent addition of Will Fuller, therefore they take the versatile Rashawn Slater whom they can move around across the offensive line.

7. Detroit Lions - LB Micah Parsons, Penn State - The Lions are selecting a player who they believe can rip a kneecap off at any moment. With them being solid at left tackle, Dan Campbell and company select the best defensive player in the draft, Micah Parsons.

8. Carolina Panthers - OL Penei Sewell, Oregon - The Panthers, seeing that a generational tackle in Penei Sewell is still on the board, decide to not trade down and take the Oregon tackle. Sewell is a guy who can protect Sam Darnold or whoever for the next decade and that kind of player is too elite to pass up.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (Via Denver) - CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina - The first major trade comes at pick nine with the Eagles swapping spots with Denver now that the Broncos have acquired Teddy Bridgewater. With this move, the Eagles jump in front of Dallas to take the cornerback they want, Jaycee Horn.

10. Dallas Cowboys - CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama - Dallas, then takes the next available cornerback in Patrick Surtain II as they look to rehaul their defense.

11. New England Patriots (Via New York Giants) - QB Justin Fields, Ohio State - With Justin Fields and Trey Lance falling out of the top ten, New England strikes. While the Giants aren't used to trading down, the Patriots add a plethora of picks too good to pass up. With the 11th pick, New England then takes Justin Fields, a guy who has a connection to Cam Newton and who can sit for a year behind him.

12. Denver Broncos (Via Philadelphia) - CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech - Denver's roster is loaded. They have as much talent as anyone in the NFL. They select, for my money, the best cornerback in the draft, Caleb Farley. A guy who can rest with his injury but by far has the most upside out of all the cornerbacks this draft.

13. Los Angeles Chargers - OL Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech - The Chargers, with the top three cornerbacks off the board, decide to add more protection for Justin Herbert. Los Angeles selects the best tackle available in Virginia Tech's Christian Darrisaw.

14. Washington Football Team (Via Minnesota) - QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State - Another trade. Washington finally finds a trade partner in Minnesota as they jump from 19 to 14 to select the guy with potentially the most upside in Trey Lance.

15. New York Giants (Via New England Patriots) - WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama - The Giants at pick 15 decide to find out if Daniel Jones is really the guy. They add another weapon to their array of wide receivers and pair Kenny Golladay with Jaylen Waddle.

16. Arizona Cardinals - LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa - The Cardinals need a leader in the middle of their defense. A guy who all the veterans can coach up to lead them every possession. That man for them is Zaven Collins out of Tulsa.

17. Las Vegas Raiders - LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame - The Raiders need major help on defense. With Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah still on the board, the Raiders take the best available defensive player, a guy who makes them better on day one.

18. Miami Dolphins - WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama - Amazingly, Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith is still on the board. The Dolphins decide to link the pair of Tagovailoa and Smith back up to ensure there's no way that the Alabama signal-caller can fail.

19. Minnesota Vikings (Via Washington) - OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC - The Vikings move back five spots, and somehow still get the player they want. The Vikings need help on the offensive line, with this pick they're able to get Alijah Vera-Tucker, a guy who can play all five positions on the offensive line.

20. Chicago Bears - WR Rashod Bateman, Minnesota - The Bears need to make it work with Andy Dalton. Outside of Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney, they really have no weapons that can scare a defense. Therefore, they select the dynamic Minnesota wide receiver, Rashod Bateman.

21. Indianapolis Colts - OL Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State - The Colts have one major need, replace left tackle Anthony Castonzo. They make the safe pick and take the best one available in Teven Jenkins out of Oklahoma State.

22. Tennessee Titans - EDGE Jaelan Phillips, Miami - With no pass-rushers selected yet, Tennessee breaks the trend and gets a guy who immediately changes their defense. Jaelan Phillips of Miami becomes the first edge rusher off of the board.

23. New York Jets - EDGE Kwity Paye, Michigan - The Jets continue the trend and take the next best available edge rusher with Kwity Paye from Michigan.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers - RB Najee Harris, Alabama - The Steelers decide to go all out in Big Ben's final season as a Steeler. While it's becoming increasingly unlikely for running backs to go round one, the Steelers have a need at the position thus select Najee Harris.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars - DL Christian Barmore, Alabama - One of the more underrated moves of the off-season was when the Jaguars brought back Tyson Alualu from Pittsburgh. However, Alualu backed out at the last moment. Jacksonville replaces him with a much younger, much more dynamic Christian Barmore from Alabama.

26. Cleveland Browns - LB Jamin Davis, Kentucky - The Browns have had another stellar off-season. Thus they really only have one hole to fill, linebacker. Jamin Davis has been skyrocketing up most boards as of late. The Browns at pick 26 make Davis a first-round pick.

27. Baltimore Ravens - S Trevon Moehrig, TCU - The Ravens now have picks 27 and 31. With the former pick, they take easily the best safety in the draft with Trevon Moehrig out of TCU.

28. New Orleans Saints - CB Greg Newsome II, Northwestern - The Saints after failing to trade up, stay at number 28. With this pick, they help out the defense and take Greg Newsome II out of Northwestern.

29. Green Bay Packers - EDGE Jayson Oweh, Penn State - The Packers once again fail Aaron Rodgers and don't select a first-round wide recevier. However, they get a stellar pass rusher with Jayson Oweh out of Penn State.

30. Buffalo Bills - EDGE Gregory Rousseau, Miami - The Bills could take Travis Etienne here, but they have a major hole at the edge rusher position. Therefore they take a force of nature in Gregory Rousseau out of Miami.

31. Baltimore Ravens - WR Kadarius Toney, Florida - The Ravens, shocked that the Packers passed on Kadarius Toney, select him with the 31st pick.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State - The Buccaneers have brought back every single starter from the Super Bowl. They have no immediate holes. Their biggest weakness is at cornerback so they take Tom Brady's former teammate's son, Asante Samuel Jr. to add depth to the cornerback position.

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