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Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
I'm skipping this one because the No. 1 pick is locked in already.
New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Zach Wilson: 79.3%
Justin Fields: 10.4%
Penei Sewell: 4.9%
Kyle Pitts: 3.9%
Mac Jones: 1.0%
Trey Lance: 0.6%
Total votes: 496
Jeremy W: I think Justin Fields is also in play, given his incredible Pro Day, but Wilson is the favourite for a reason. The Jets may have lost out on Trevor Lawrence, but Wilson isn't a bad consolation prize.
Adam B: The Jets don't exactly have a great track record developing young QBs... I'm skeptical that this turns out any differently. Hopeful, of course, but skeptical. In my opinion, Sam Darnold is just as talented as Wilson or Fields, but has never had the supporting cast to help him succeed. If the Jets draft Penei Sewell, they are one step closer to completing the O-line rehaul they started last year. Maybe even trade down with the Falcons or anyone looking to leapfrog the 49ers? All signs point to no, but as a Jets fan, I can hope.
Adam J: Justin fields is the safer pick in my opinion. A lot less question marks. Played much stronger competition.
San Francisco 49ers: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Justin Fields: 53.1%
Trey Lance: 24.8%
Mac Jones: 21.0%
Penei Sewell: 1.1%
Total votes: 625
James K: I feel, and hope, the Niners take Fields although I wouldn't hate Lance (this is presuming Wilson is gone). Kyle Shanahan has heavily implied at several points this season he wants to find a player capable of doing more things athletically, or a player with "elite traits". Some people think this could also be Mac Jones. To me, that appears ludicrous both in terms of value and fit but the significant noise is making me nervous. Rationally I find it difficult to believe the 49ers would give up two future 1st round choices for a player with that low of ceiling, even if he's "pro ready", but crazier things have happened.
Derek R: Given what the 49ers paid, they couldve had Watson, Stafford, maybe made Seattle pause over Wilson. Shanahan gripes about quick decision making, thus Fields is out. Maybe Mac Jones fits a prototypical Shanahan QB and maybe Mac Jones is an upgrade over Jimmy G, but is he three 1s better? I think the pick will be Trey Lance because he will have time to sit, has the upside you need with giving up three 1s, and has already been exposed to a complex pro-style offense.
Adam B: The 9ers need this pick to be great. It's crazy to think that they gave up so much for the runt of the litter. Now that runt is most likely Fields and he should be awesome. But they dont have a 1st round pick for YEARS! Dolphin fans are going to be ecstatic with additional top 10 picks the next couple years. The Jets would be foolish not to trade #2 which could ruin the 9ers plans.
Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Kyle Pitts: 44.0%
Trey Lance: 32.5%
Penei Sewell: 11.9%
Ja'Marr Chase: 6.7%
Mac Jones: 3.9%
Devonta Smith: 1.0%
Total votes: 570
Andrew W: You take the future Hall of Fame tight end here.
Daniel I: Atlanta could begin their reboot and take a QB, but I get the sense that Atlanta believes they can win with Ryan and Jones on the roster. Adding Pitts will give the Falcons another weapon that Ryan hasnt had since Tony Gonzalez.
Brad B: Trey Lance is obviously going fourth and obviously not to Atlanta. So what are we voting on? I don't even see a trade option.
Kevin O: Mac Jones has 1) Weak arm & throws off his back foot too much (literally our main gripe with Jimmy G), 2) Little experience playing under pressure, 3) No mobility, 4) a DUI to his name.
Justin Fields has 1) Freakish athleticism fitting for today's NFL, 2) Great arm & accuracy, 3) Played under center & would fit well in Shanahan's system, 4) A deep ball that the Niners have sorely lacked, 5) Scrambling ability that would mask Niner's weak pass-protection (but complement strong run-blocking).
Trey Lance is okay but he should sit 2 years behind Matt Ryan, plus Jimmy G may force a trade & the rookie may have to start immediately. Fields it is.
Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Penei Sewell: 68.6%
Ja'Marr Chase: 29.8%
Devonta Smith: 1.2%
Jaycee Horn: 0.4%
Total votes: 242
Ben W: If Sewell falls it's an easy decision. With the Bengals' existing depth at WR, they have to go for the stud OT.
James K: The Bengals are in a great position. It's not impossible that all 4 picks from No. 1 - 4 are QB's, and worst case scenario they'll have their pick of at least 2 of the top 3 non-QB prospects if the Falcons don't take a QB. The Falcons are reportedly interested in Pitts - which of course they are - but for Cincy, Chase and Sewell both make so much sense. Given Sewell is a generational talent, and Burrow's injury, I would argue you're best taking the premium OT and a good WR on day 2, rather than the premium WR and a good OT on Day 2. Drop-off is bigger between tackles as opposed to receivers in my humble opinion. Would be hard to criticise the pick being Chase though, as he was so dominant with Burrow and could be an elite NFL tandem.
Miami Dolphins: Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Ja'Marr Chase: 74.1%
Devonta Smith: 18.4%
Micah Parsons: 4.0%
Rashawn Slater: 2.9%
Alijah Vera-Tucker: 0.5%
Total votes: 375
Marek S: Trade down is realistic scenario for Fins especially if one of TOP4 QBs is still avalaible. Otherwise i think that they will take BPA and that is Chase.
Daniel I: While bolstering the offensive line never hurts, Ja'marr Chase is the best player available. This would give the Dolphins a highly talented combination of Chase and newly signed Will Fuller. This will put the pressure on Tua to succeed, now with a stable o-line and two talented WR threats. Regardless, Miami will have an offense many QB's would enjoy playing for
Ben W: While bolstering the offensive line never hurts, Ja'marr Chase is the best player available. This would give the Dolphins a highly talented combination of Chase and newly signed Will Fuller. This will put the pressure on Tua to succeed, now with a stable o-line and two talented WR threats. Regardless, Miami will have an offense many QB's would enjoy playing for
Detroit Lions: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Devonta Smith: 55.8%
Micah Parsons: 24.5%
Rashawn Slater: 8.6%
Patrick Surtain: 4.3%
Alijah Vera-Tucker: 4.3%
Jaycee Horn: 2.6%
Total votes: 233
Andrew B: Assuming no trades, the Lions should take Devonta Smith. Their recieving corps has been destroyed by free agency and the new talent they brought in won't do much in what could be the worse offense in the NFL. However if Trey Lance is on the board still, the Lions should try to trade down and grab draft capital. Someone might want to jump the Panthers.
Ron S: I think I would have voted for a QB for the Lions at 7 if the choice was available.
I don't have any faith in Goff.
Carolina Panthers: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
Trey Lance: 72.4%
Mac Jones: 15.1%
Micah Parsons: 5.4%
Patrick Surtain: 2.7%
Rashawn Slater: 2.2%
Jaycee Horn: 1.6%
Alijah Vera-Tucker: 0.5%
Total votes: 185
James K: The Panthers have been so publically desperate for a QB that I think they'd take Fields or Lance if either fell to No. 8. They could even look to trade up with Cincinatti or Miami at No. 5/6 if Lawrence, Wilson, Fields goes No 1 - 3. Lance is raw and has only played 1 season (and a game) of Div 2 football, so needs a year to develop. However, Lance possesses a brilliant 1st round skill-set and is insanely talented, so I think he'll go in the top half of the 1st round. Whilst he'd be a reach at No. 3 I'd much prefer my 49ers take Lance over the rumored Jones pick given the immense upside and potential. I'd argue Carolina isn't the best landing spot for him, but I can't imagine they'd pass on a talent like Lance.
Denver Broncos: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Micah Parsons: 38.4%
Mac Jones: 23.9%
Patrick Surtain: 17.6%
Rashawn Slater: 10.3%
Jaycee Horn: 6.3%
Alijah Vera-Tucker: 3.5%
Total votes: 427
Wesley C: "Doc Louis" Fangio almost has to pull the trigger on "Little" Mac Jones. Drew Lock hasn't proven himself after 2 seasons and the dropoff between Jones and the next best QB in the draft is significant. He ccould do a lot worse than being put in an offense with Melvin Gordon, Courtland Sutton Jerry Jeudy and Noah Fant.
Daniel I: I think this pick will go toward replacing the aging Von Miller, who has struggled recently to stay healthy. Having Micah Parsons line up with Miller should give them a decent duo for at least a few seasons, before Miller either gets cut/traded.
Ben W: If I were the Broncos, I'd go with Parsons. He is the best player available that also fills a need for them. While their linebackers are solid, they certainly still some help there.
Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Patrick Surtain: 54.4%
Jaycee Horn: 13.7%
Rashawn Slater: 13.7%
Caleb Farley: 9.9%
Alijah Vera-Tucker: 6.0%
Jaelan Phillips: 2.2%
Total votes: 182
Riley C: I think the Cowboys should take Slater or Vera-Tucker. When they had their most success, it was in large part because of their dominant offensive line.
Daniel I: Dan Quinn may be looking to add some physicality to his new defense, something it has certainly lacked in the past few years. Patrick Surtain definitely fits the bill as a physical CB, and would fit the mould that Quinn is accustomed to with his years from Seattle.
New York Giants: Rashawn Slater, OT/G/C, Northwestern
Rashawn Slater: 38.7%
Jaylen Waddle: 31.2%
Jaelan Phillips: 8.2%
Alijah Vera-Tucker: 8.2%
Caleb Farley: 7.4%
Jaycee Horn: 6.3%
Total votes: 269
Philadelphia Eagles: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Jaylen Waddle: 58.7%
Jaycee Horn: 22.6%
Caleb Farley: 8.7%
Alijah Vera-Tucker: 3.8%
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah: 3.4%
Jaelan Phillips: 1.9%
Jamin Davis: 1.1%
Total votes: 266
Bruno K: Jaylen Waddle. The Eagles receiving corps is the worst in the league, they need weapons for Jalen Hurts. Reagor, Fulgham and Ward Jr. is as weak as it can get, they need talent there.
Ben W: Waddle would be a mistake for Philly, which means it's highly likely to happen.
Los Angeles Chargers: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC
Alijah Vera-Tucker: 38.1%
Christian Darrisaw: 35.7%
Jaycee Horn: 12.2%
Caleb Farley: 4.5%
Jaelan Phillips: 4.0%
Alex Leatherwood: 3.2%
Jackson Carman: 2.4%
Total votes: 378
Adam B: I think the Chargers are in a trade down position at this point. Mac Jones still on the board, the two top offensive linemen off the board. Should be offering this pick to the highest bidder of the Pats/WFT/Bears.
Can then go BPA (OT/CB) and then use the extra picks for more depth or to move back up the board to late R1/early R2 if a player drops - thinking being able to nab a tackle and Farley (dropping by the day), or Horn and Eichenberg/Cosmi would be a dream scenario.
However, in this situation, going for most pro ready OT to protect Herbert, giving him a massively improved Oline. Should also give him more of a run game to also reduce the need to throw under pressure.
Troy L: The Chargers have no other option but to spend their first rounder on protection for Justin Herbert. Sure it would be nice to draft a pass rusher or corner to help you against Mahomes, but giving Herbert every opportunity to succeed supersedes all else.
Daniel I: The Chargers received a blessing when they were forced to start their rookie QB Justin Herbert in week 2 after a very Chargers-like bad luck struck when QB Tyrod Taylor had a pain injection go wrong. Herbert started and never looked back, going on to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. En route to this accolade, Herbert was sacked 32 times, a rate of 5.1 percent, which is middle of the pack. Vera-Tucker is the next best OT in the draft, and would be a welcome addition to a line that can always use the fresh reinforcements, considering how the Chargers seem to have the worst luck with injuries.
Wesley C: Vera Tucker and Linsley help bolster an offensive line that will allow Herbert to take the next step and truly challenge the Chiefs.
Ben W: The Chargers need to keep Justin Herbert upright and Vera-Tucker is the best O-lineman available.
Christian Darrisaw: 33.9%
Kwity Paye: 19.9%
Jaycee Horn: 13.2%
Jaelan Phillips: 10.4%
Caleb Farley: 9.5%
Mac Jones: 7.6%
Alex Leatherwood: 4.2%
Jackson Carman: 1.4%
Total votes: 357
James K: Christian Darrisaw to the Vikings makes a lot of sense to me. They have needs elsewhere, but after cutting Riley Reiff they could really do with a franchise blindside tackle. I think Vera-Tucker and Slater are both better prospects based on talent alone, but could both be gone. In my opinion these two prospects are versatile lineman who may be more befitted to guard or RT, with the potential upside to play LT depending on scheme. Meanwhile, Darrisaw is a plug-and-play LT option who has prototypical size, good athleticism and good balance. Strength and tenacity could be improved. Don't expect him to last past the Colts at No. 2.
Daniel I: It's easy to beat up on the Vikings for their situation with Kirk Cousins, but lets be real; the offensive line is sub-par, and the defense was so atrocious that Cousins was always forced to pass late in games, leaving him vulnerable to some undeserved criticism. Taking a O-line like Darrisaw would be just as good here at 14, the Vikings need an enforcer in their defensive backfield and Jaycee Horn would be a good fit. His natural play-style and physicality would bring some much needed punch to a defense that got trampled by running backs (notably Alvin Kamara of the Saints) in 2020
New England Patriots: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Mac Jones: 66.0%
Zaven Collins: 14.7%
Jaycee Horn: 7.1%
Jaelan Phillips: 3.1%
Jamin Davis: 2.5%
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah: 2.5%
Caleb Farley: 2.0%
Kwity Paye: 2.0%
Total votes: 197
Wesley C: If ANY of the 5 1st round QBs are left when the Patriots pick, they must pull the trigger on him. Belichick can't be happy about the prospect of trotting out a decrepit Cam Newton in 2021. Newton will almost certainly be gone in 2022 and Stidham will only stick because he's in the last year of a cheap rookie contract
Michael K: Still a bit salty that the Patriots actually pick at #15 after winning in Week 17 for no good reason. Anyway, as per usual, very hard to predict what Nike (Belichick's dog) will do here. Trading up for a QB is in play (my prefered scenario), but WR (Waddle?), LB (Parsons, Collins?) and DE (Rousseau?) are all reasonable scenarios if the opportunity presents itself. If I could, I'd vote for Nike trading down from #15 and stockpiling picks because there is no QB left on the board he really likes and trading up is too steep a price. Boring. Bad dog.
Arizona Cardinals: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Jaycee Horn: 54.9%
Caleb Farley: 21.8%
Kwity Paye: 8.5%
Zaven Collins: 4.9%
Alex Leatherwood: 3.5%
Jaelan Phillips: 3.5%
Jackson Carman: 2.1%
Tyson Campbell: 0.7%
Total votes: 143
Daniel I: Patrick Peterson is gone. Cardinals find his replacement in Caleb Farley
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