1) Houston Texans: Kayvon Thibodeaux DE Oregon (previous: Thibodeaux)
Kayvon Thibodeaux remains the top option here for the Houston Texans. There is no need to force a quarterback at this selection when you are rebuilding.
2) Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Neal OT Alabama (previous: Stingley)
The Jaguars need to do everything that they can to help their franchise quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Evan Neal has experience on both sides of the offensive line, would be an ideal building block for the Jags.
3) Detroit Lions: Kyle Hamilton S Notre Dame (previous: Hamilton)
The Lions could certainly take a quarterback here, but I struggle to see the value. Many draft analysts have Kyle Hamilton at the top of the draft board. If you’re the Lions, you need to draft good players–period.
4) New York Jets: Derek Stingley Jr. CB LSU (previous: Kirkland)
The Jets need all the help they can get on the defensive side of the ball. Derek Stingley Jr. has been at the top of the defensive back pecking order for a while now.
5) New York Giants: Malik Willis QB Troy (previous: Neal)
The Giants front office is aware that they need to plan for life after the unsuccessful Daniel Jones era. Malik Willis is improving his draft stock while others at the quarterback position are sliding.
6) Atlanta Falcons: DeMarvin Leal DT Texas A&M (previous: Leal)
I could also see the Falcons targeting an eventual replacement for Matt Ryan here. I don’t believe there is value currently, so taking the best player on the board in DeMarvin Leal is the best move.
7) Philadelphia Eagles: Andrew Booth Jr. CB Clemson (previous: Booth)
The Eagles know that they need as much help in the secondary as possible. Andrew Booth Jr. is far from a complete prospect, but the tools are tantalizing.
8) Philadelphia Eagles (via Colts): Drake Jackson DE USC (previous: Joseph)
If I know anything about the Eagles, they like to focus on the offensive and defensive lines. With Brandon Graham sustaining an Achilles injury at his advanced age, I have to imagine the defensive line could be a priority. Drake Jackson brings the type of explosiveness Philly prefers.
9) Minnesota Vikings: Kaiir Elam CB Florida (previous: Elam)
The Vikings still need to address their defensive backfield. A prospect that is as physical as Kaiir Elam fits the Vikings prototype.
10) New York Giants (via Bears): Aidan Hutchinson DE Iowa (previous: Rattler)
Aidan Hutchinson is flying up draft boards around the NFL. Hutchinson has transformed himself into an every-down monster off the edge.
11) Washington Football Team: Spencer Rattler QB Oklahoma (previous: Howell)
Washington feels desperate to find a long-term answer to the quarterback position. I would be stunned if they didn’t reach to lock down the quarterback position. Spencer Rattler is sliding dramatically, but he is talented. Some teams will fall in love with his potential.
12) Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami): Brandon Joseph S Northwestern- (previous: Jackson)
The Eagles continue to add to their secondary. Brandon Joseph is a complete player who can step in and start from day one.
13) New England Patriots: Trent McDuffie CB Washington (previous: McDuffie)
The Patriots have been hinting at trading Stephon Gilmore for a while now. I would be surprised if Gilmore remains on the roster in 2022. McDuffie would fit the Patriots’ profile.
14) Pittsburgh Steelers: Matt Corral QB Ole Miss (previous: Cross)
Big Ben needs to hang them up. We all know it. The Steelers take the opportunity to add some juice to the position in a gifted Matt Corral.
15) New York Jets (via Seattle): Myjai Sanders DE Cincinnati (previous: Hill)
Myjai Sanders has become a personal favorite of mine. I believe that teams will covet his speed to power off the edge. The Jets need all the help they can get.
16) Cincinnati Bengals: Jaxson Kirkland OT Washington (previous: Kinnard)
Jaxson Kirkland has potential, but his tape is mixed. The Bengals would be savvy to provide all the blocking for quarterback Joe Burrow that they can.
17) Las Vegas Raiders: Christian Harris LB Alabama (previous: Harris)
Christian Harris is the headliner at the linebacker position thus far in the draft process. For a team that could use help at the linebacker position, we know that the Raiders love ‘big school’ athletes–Harris fits the Raiders like a glove.
18) Carolina Panthers: Darian Kinnard OT/OG Kentucky (previous: Green)
The Panthers should do what they can to add some juice to their offensive line. Darian Kinnard could play offensive tackle. Many pundits will project him inside to offensive guard. Either way, Kinnard levels people upfront.
19) Denver Broncos: Carson Strong QB Nevada (previous: Strong)-
The Broncos will look for their long-term answer at the quarterback position if there is an opportunity. Carson Strong is a bit polarizing in draft circles. The physically imposing big-armed quarterbacks will draw the attention of John Elway and the Broncos front office.
20) Tennessee Titans: George Karlaftis DE Purdue (previous: Hutchinson)-
The Titans have ignored their edge presence lately. Drafting a player like George Karlaftis provides some youth and energy at the position.
21) Dallas Cowboys: Tyler Linderbaum C Iowa (previous: Linderbaum)-
Tyler Linderbaum is a plug-and-play center from day one. Tyler Biadasz has struggled mightily for the Cowboys thus far. Having a potential pro bowl center fall into their lap is fortunate.
22) Arizona Cardinals: Ahmad Gardner CB Cincinnati (previous: Gardner)
Ahmad Gardner does so many nice things at the cornerback position. Gardner is firmly in the 1st round mix. The Cardinals need help on their defensive back half.
23) New Orleans Saints: Treylon Burks WR Arkansas (previous: Olave)
Treylon Burks is an imposing prospect–you don’t find many guys like him. The Saints will be retooling their wide receiver position in the off-season.
24) Los Angeles Chargers: Chris Olave WR Ohio State (previous: Burks)
Until we hear the word that the Chargers are bringing back Mike Williams, I will be projecting a wide receiver here. Chris Olave is more of a shifty speedster at the position.
25) Cleveland Browns: Garrett Wilson WR Ohio State (previous: Metchie)
Some could view this as more of a luxury selection taking another wide receiver here. Every off-season seems to bring Odell Beckham Jr. trade rumors. Garrett Wilson is a talented player who deserves 1st round consideration.
26) Baltimore Ravens: Kenyon Green OG Texas A&M (previous: Sanders)
Kenyon Green is another plug-and-play interior offensive lineman. The Ravens have a history of being patient and drafting good players. Green would fit the mold.
27) Miami Dolphins (via 49ers): Daxton Hill S Michigan (previous: Billingsley)
Daxton Hill is quickly becoming one of my favorite players in the draft. The Dolphins could use additional help at the safety position.
28) Green Bay Packers John Metchie III WR Alabama (previous: Wilson)
The Packers’ projection ties into the future of Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams. If Green Bay moves on from Adams in the offseason, they will need to add some additional talent at the position.
29) Buffalo Bills: Breece Hall RB Virginia (previous: Hall)
If there is a running back drafted in the 1st round, it should be Breece Hall. Hall is a complete back in the draft and would help the Bills become a more balanced offense.
30) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sean Rhyan OT Michigan (previous: Karlaftis)
Adding additional depth up-front on the offensive line is never a bad idea. Sean Rhyan has played well enough to place himself on the 1st round radar.
31) Detroit Lions (via Rams): Sam Howell QB North Carolina (previous: Bell)
If Sam Howell slides this far, this selection would be a home run for the Lions. Howell has been inconsistent this season, but there is talent, and the NFL teams will love his moxie.
32) Kansas City Chiefs: David Bell WR Purdue (previous: Pickens)
The rich get richer. The Kansas City Chiefs recently took a flier on Josh Gordon, which illustrates the Chiefs are unsatisfied with their receiver room. David Bell would be a nightmare combination with Tyreek Hill.