Pre Playoff First Round Mock

Before the fun starts this weekend, I want to share an early forecast of what might happen in April.  Granted coaching changes, player movement and so many other factors will have a huge impact but figured it was “food for thought”.  

Jacksonville Jaguars:   Aidan Hutchinson  EDGE, Michigan    They need their cornerstone for the defense and Hutchinson has the motor and skills to help Jacksonville improve to finally move out of the top 10 in the NFL Draft.

Detroit Lions:  Kayvon Thibodeaux EDGE, Oregon     A Dan Campbell kind of player who will help the Lions build on the limited success they achieved this year.    Kayvon is a plug in and dominate kind of player.

Houston Texans:  Derek Stingley Jr. CB, LSU   Long road ahead for this franchise but adding Stingley to the secondary gives them a top level talent for the defense.

New York Jets: Kyle Hamilton  S, Notre Dame    Perfect add for a Saleh defense.

New York Giants:  Evan Neal  OT, Alabama    Hopefully NY comes to their senses and cleans house but regardless improvement on the offensive line is critical and they don’t have much cap space to spend.  Neal is a monster of a man who will help whomever the QB is next year.

Carolina Panthers:  Ikem Ekwonu   OT, NC State    Panthers need to seriously address the offensive line if they are going to maintain the limited success they had last year.

New York Giants:  Kenny Pickett   QB, Pittsburgh   Again hopefully NY cleans house including Daniel Jones especially with a NJ native sitting there ready to come home.   Pickett is a good prospect who in this group is the top choice.   A front office that knows how to build around a QB will have success with Pickett.

Atlanta Falcons:   Jordan Davis   IDL, Georgia   Monster of a man for the Falcons defense.

Denver Broncos:  George Karlaftis EDGE, Purdue   I just can’t see them going the rookie QB route again so you can never have enough pass rushers.

New York Jets:  Andrew Booth Jr.  CB, Clemson Both and Hamilton give the Jets two studs in their secondary to go to battle against AFC East QBs.

Washington:   Matt Corral   QB, Ole Miss      Hopefully Washington realizes that Heinicke is a nice number two QB but they need a young clear cut #1 QB to really build with.

Minnesota Vikings:  DeMarvin Leal IDL, Texas A&M  A major overhaul being done in Minnesota so they could go a lot of ways but Leal gives them the clog for the middle of the defense.

Cleveland Browns:  Kenyon Green IOL, Texas A&M  As of now Baker is returning so making the offensive line even stronger is a good option.   Green is a big boy who will be a day one starter.

Baltimore Ravens:  David Ojabo   EDGE, Michigan  Could the Ravens ever have enough pass rushers?

Philadelphia Eagles:  Roger McCreary CB, Auburn   Eagles have been a nice story in the NFC East as outside of the Cowboys the other two teams are a disaster.   If the Eagles are to make the next step and seriously contend they need to upgrade the defense on all levels.   Adding McCreary is a great start to deal with the pass happy NFL.

Philadelphia Eagles:  Travon Walker EDGE, Georgia    after adding a corner grabbing some pass rushing is a nice second pick.   Philly to hit on this draft with so many first round picks something Howie does not specialize in.

Los Angeles Chargers:  Kaiir Elam CB, Florida   Need to keep adding to the secondary if they want to secure a playoff appearance.   Elam is an underrated player who will be a day one starter.

New Orleans Saints:  Jameson Williams  WR, Alabama    Assuming he comes out and the injury isn’t going to wipe out 2022 for him this is a no brainer.   Williams could be the replacement they have been looking for and allow them to move on from Michael Thomas.    No QB warrants this selection.

Philadelphia Eagles: Devin Lloyd  LB, Utah    The next piece to the puzzle.  Lloyd is that 3 down linebacker that this team needs to really contend with everyone.

Pittsburgh Steelers:  Charles Cross  OT, Mississippi State     Big Ben is gone so now with QB still uncertain the Steelers can improve the wall in front of whomever replaces him.

New England Patriots: Nicholas Petit-Frere: OT, Ohio State    Nice player to fall in your lap and new body guard for our QB.

Miami Dolphins: Garrett Wilson:  WR, Ohio State    Major change coming in Miami but obvious need of another target makes this an easy pick.

Las Vegas Raiders:  Chris Olave WR, Ohio State    Need to restock the WR position after the actions of this year and Olave is a great add.   Great route runner who Carr will love and go to often

Arizona Cardinals: Drake London  WR, USC  The team was different when Hopkins was out of the lineup.   London is that big target who will initially replace Kirk in the WR rotation but could be Hopkins long term replacement.

Cincinnati Bengals:  Tyler Linderbaum  IOL, Iowa    Need to make that line in front Burrow bullet proof and Linderbaum appears to be the lowest risk pick in the draft.  Day 1 starter and likely 10 plus year career.

Buffalo Bills: Darian Kinnard: IOL, Kentucky      Pencil him in and forget about him.   Kinnard is a future Pro Bowler.

Detroit Lions: Treylon Burks: WR, Arkansas    Instant starter and Campbell favorite.   With a new OC next year they’ll need new toys.

Dallas Cowboys: Nakobe Dean LB, Georgia    Pairing with Parsons will be fun to watch.   Upgrade as they let LVE leave for more money.

Kansas City Chiefs: Jahan Dotson  WR, Penn State   New toy for the offense to work in, very smooth player who seems to catch everything.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:   Ahmad Gardner  CB, Cincinnati   From game one of this season it was obvious they needed help in secondary and Gardner is the eraser type guy that will flourish in their system.

Tennessee Titans: Trevor Penning OT, Northern Iowa   Great value pick getting a future LT but someone with guard capabilities and experience too.

Green Bay Packers:  Jermaine Johnson EDGE, Florida State     Keep adding to the defense is a good idea and Johnson is a great pick here.   Better question is will the Packers really move on from Rodgers or will Jordan Love suddenly be available.  

Anyway do you agree?  Disagree?  Leave me a comment or follow me on Twitter and enjoy the playoffs.  Come back when it’s over for a full mock.


  1. With all the WRs still available @ 13 you have the Browns selecting a IOL? I guarantee there is no way this happens. In this mock, need meets BPA, no way they pass on Wilson, Olave, Williams, Burks, etc for a position where they already have a great deal of investment.


    • Thanks for your feedback. Great points. My thought was an upgrade at center for you but I agree with your take. Look for the next update in a few weeks as things keep moving forward in the off-season


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