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Houston Texans: Tyler Shough, QB, Texas Tech
Deshaun Watson expressed his frustration with the Texans. He seemed likely to be traded, and now he's in legal trouble. Houston drafted Davis Mills, but that won't preclude this pick from being used on a quarterback.
Tyler Shough (6-5, 215) took over for Justin Herbert in 2020. He has great potential and is a feisty competitor. He has a great mix of arm strength, size and athleticism. He has since moved to Texas Tech as a graduate transfer.
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Detroit Lions: Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
The Lions have traded Matthew Stafford. They'll give Jared Goff a shot, but if he fails like he's expected to, the Lions could be drafting in the top three. If so, they'll be targeting one of the top quarterbacks in the 2022 class.
Sam Howell threw for 38 touchdowns in 2019, which was a Division I-A record for a freshman. He doesn't have ideal size (6-1, 225), but there's no doubting his throwing ability.
Philadelphia Eagles: Kedon Slovis, QB, USC
The Eagles will give Jalen Hurts a chance to prove himself in 2020. If he fails, and the Eagles are drafting this early, they'll likely select their quarterback of the future.
Kedon Slovis showed tremendous potential as a freshman at USC, completing 72 percent of his passes on an 8.9 YPA figure.
Carolina Panthers: Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE/OLB, Oregon
The Panthers don't have a big need for an edge rusher because of Brian Burns and Yetur Gross-Matos, but if they're in position to take the best non-quarterback prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft class, I'm sure they would pull the trigger.
Kayvon Thibodeaux has enjoyed two great years, terrorizing Pac-12 backfields with his great pass-rushing ability.
Atlanta Falcons: Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
The Falcons have endured major problems in their secondary in recent years, so this draft pick could go a long way in changing that.
Derek Stingley had a freshman campaign for the ages, completely erasing one side of the field despite having no experience entering the year. He has great size (6-1, 190) and projects as a top-five prospect whenever he declares.
New York Jets: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson
The Jets signed Corey Davis this offseason, but he's nowhere near qualified to be a No. 1 receiver. It would really benefit Zach Wilson if New York gave him a top-tier option.
Justyn Ross is a 6-4, 210-pound monster who catches everything. Alabama had no answer for him in the national championship. Unfortunately, he missed all of 2020 with an injury.
Las Vegas Raiders: DeMarvin Leal, DE/DT, Texas A&M
The Raiders need to address their woeful defense. They have a weakness in the interior, and Maurice Hurst's departure won't help matters.
DeMarvin Leal was dominant to close out the 2020 campaign, so he has lots of promise heading into 2021.
Cincinnati Bengals: Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
The Bengals signed Trey Hendrickson, but he's just replacing Carl Lawson. They already needed an edge rusher prior to the Lawson departure, so they can fill that hole with this pick.
Aidan Hutchinson has excellent potential, but we didn't get to see it very much last year because he suffered an ankle injury.
Dallas Cowboys: Drake Jackson, DE/DT, USC
The Cowboys need to improve their defense on every level, which includes their pass rush.
Drake Jackson had a strong freshman campaign (5.5 sacks) as an edge player, but he could fill out and become a five-technique.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
Andrew Cisco was drafted in the third round. If he doesn't impress as a rookie, the Jaguars will be interested in a safety at this juncture with the best player available.
The very physically gifted Kyle Hamilton showed lots of promise in his freshman year.
New England Patriots: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
The Patriots have some aging cornerbacks on their roster, so they'll need to get younger at the position soon.
Kaiir Elam has a good mix of length and quickness.
New York Giants: Sevyn Banks, CB, Ohio State
The Giants could use one more cornerback in their secondary, especially if Adoree Jackson doesn't live up to the hype.
Ohio State's secondary struggled in 2020, but not when it came to Sevyn Banks' coverage.
New York Giants: George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue
The Giants used to have problems in their secondary, but part of the reason for this was that they don't have a strong edge rush.
George Karlaftis was a monstrous pass rusher in his freshman campaign, generating 17.5 tackles for loss.
Denver Broncos: Brenton Cox, DE/OLB, Florida
Von Miller will turn 33 just prior to the 2022 NFL Draft. He also has some lingering off-the-field issues, so Denver may want to move on from him next offseason.
Brenton Cox has a nice skill set and plenty of athleticism and upside.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
This could be Ben Roethlisberger's final season in the NFL. The Steelers might be interested in a quarterback with this pick.
Matt Corral developed well under Lane Kiffin, completing 71 percent of his passes in 2020.
New Orleans Saints: Jalen Green, CB, Texas
The Saints lost Janoris Jenkins, so they currently have a hole at cornerback across from Marshon Lattimore.
Jalen Green has shown great coverage ability in his first season as a starter.
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