1- Kansas City Chiefs – Will Anderson Jr., Edge, Alabama
The Kansas Chiefs get the best pass rusher and a future All-Pro player with the first pick in the draft. Anderson uses his elite strength, speed, and quickness to get to the quarterback. The Alabama product had 34.5 sacks, 204 tackles, and one interception in his decorated college career.
2- Philadelphia Eagles – Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Tech
Brandon Graham does not have many years left before retiring. Tyree Wilson will be a rotational player for one year before taking over the starting defensive end role. He wrecks plays by quickly beating the offensive lineman to get to the ball carrier.
3- New Orleans Saints (from San Francisco through Miami and Denver) – Bryce Young, Quarterback, Alabama
In this situation, New Orleans cannot pass on Bryce Young. The Alabama signal caller is a National Champion and a Heisman winner. The Saints have been searching for a quarterback since Drew Brees retired. Derek Carr will be a placeholder, but the Saints cannot pass up on a franchise changing quarterback.
4- Cincinnati Bengals – Jalen Carter, Defensive Tackle, Georgia
Lou Anarumo has been a mastermind defensive coordinator. Give him a dominant force in Jalen Carter to put next to D.J. Reader. Carter used brute strength to control the line of scrimmage in college. He will make many Pro Bowls as a member of Cincinnati’s defense.
5- Buffalo Bills – Nolan Smith, OLB, Georgia
Buffalo struggled to get pressure on Joe Burrow in their playoff loss to the Bengals last season. Nolan Smith had one of the best combine performances in this year’s draft class. His speed and quickness will give him a chance to lead all rookies in sacks.
6- Dallas Cowboys – Lukas Van Ness, Defensive End, Iowa
Lukas Van Ness is a young, power pass rusher that has his best football ahead of him. He is a freak athlete who can be used in a plethora of ways. Put him opposite or next to Micah Parsons and watch them race to the quarterback.
7- New York Giants – Devon Witherspoon, Illinois, Defensive Back
The Giants defense could not stop Jalen Hurts and the Eagles offense in the playoffs. Devon Witherspoon has a long wingspan with great ball skills. The Illinois product will be expected to contain the opposing team’s number one receiver.
8- Jacksonville Jaguars – Peter Skoronski, Northwestern, Offensive Tackle
Peter Skoronski is a plug and play type player. He will have a long career blocking for Trevor Lawrence. Skoronski is a technician at the tackle position as he plays with excellent footwork, hand placement, and leverage.
9- Minnesota Vikings – C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, Quarterback
The Vikings will be able to sit Stroud until he is ready, with Kirk Cousins still under contract. The Buckeyes signal caller on an offense with Justin Jefferson and T.J. Hockenson will be dynamic. Stroud can accurately read defenses quickly and put the football in the perfect location.
10- Baltimore Ravens – Anthony Richardson, Florida, Quarterback
This is where the draft gets interesting. Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens are not on the same page with an appropriate contact. The Ravens will get a haul of assets for Jackson and use their pick for his replacement. Richardson has one of the strongest arms in this draft class, with elite athleticism.
11- Los Angeles Chargers – Jaxon Smith-Njigba
Justin Herbert needs consistency at the wide receiver position to show his full potential. Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a step in the right direction as he is the best route runner in his draft class. Smith-Njigba will make the All-Rookie first team with Herbert under center.
12- Seattle Seahawks – Myles Murphy, Clemson, Defensive End
One word to describe Myles Murphy is relentless. He has a quick get off and consistently beats offensive linemen in passing situations. Expect Seattle to line the Clemson product in various spots on the defensive line due to his versatility.
13- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Will Levis, Kentucky, Quarterback
It’s time for Tampa Bay to replace Tom Brady, as he has retired for good. Will Levis is battle tested in the SEC and has a talented wide receiver room. Levis will be a locker room favorite through hard work and leading by example.
14- Detroit Lions – Dalton Kincaid, Utah, Tight End
It is time for Detroit to take the next step and make the playoffs, so they need to replace their former star tight end that they sent to Minnesota in T.J. Hockenson. Insert pass catching tight end Dalton Kincaid to fill a gaping hole. Kincaid is a matchup nightmare due to his 6’4, 240 pound frame against defensive backs and speed versus linebackers.