The quarterback carousel is turning and teams in need better grab a seat before it's too late. In today's exercise, Matthew Stafford and Jimmy Garoppolo are dealt in conjunction with their former teams moving on through the draft. It is a unique offseason in which a lot must play out before draft projections can truly take shape.
Without further ado, let's kick this off!
Mock Trade from New York Jets
Round 1 - Pick 2
Zach Wilson QB
BYU • Soph • 6'2" / 214 lbs
Atlanta moves up a few spots to secure a quarterback. Matt Ryan will be 36-years-old when the Falcons take the field next. He may have some time left but it is doubtful that Arthur Smith took the job knowing that he would be in an unenviable position in two years. Teams are not afforded the chance to pick early enough to take an elite quarterback option early and Atlanta can ill afford to throw it away. Long-term success is at stake.
Mock Trade from Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 3
Ohio State • Soph • 6'3" / 227 lbs
Detroit has made the decision to move on from Matthew Stafford and the heir apparent is not on the roster. They are within striking distance of landing a top quarterback in the draft but they have to be aggressive. The Lions surrender the No. 7 overall pick, a second round pick and a 2022 fourth round pick to move up for the right to select Justin Fields.
Mock Trade from Atlanta Falcons
Round 1 - Pick 4
Northwestern • Soph • 6'4" / 315 lbs
Joe Douglas comes from an executive tree that values offensive line play. If the team is going to move forward with Sam Darnold, they need a strong supporting cast around him. Rashawn Slater could slide in at right tackle and stabilize that unit.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Penei Sewell OL
Oregon • Soph • 6'5" / 331 lbs
Cincinnati watches as the action unfolds in front of them before selecting their top target -- Oregon's Penei Sewell. The addition allows them to move Jonah Williams inside, which is an immediate upgrade at two spots.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 7
Alabama • Soph • 6'0" / 170 lbs
The conversation of Miami moving on from Tua Tagovailoa has already started after one season. The Dolphins have two choices: 1.) pull the plug and succumb to the idea or 2.) surround Tagovailoa with talent and give him a fair chance to succeed.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Kyle Pitts TE
Florida • Soph • 6'6" / 245 lbs
In this scenario, I am envisioning Carolina trades for Matthew Stafford. Detroit picks up a second round pick after parting with theirs in the trade up for Justin Fields. Kyle Pitts comes in to give that offense another mismatch.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Penn State • Soph • 6'3" / 248 lbs
Denver capitalizes on the quarterback rush and takes one of the best talents available regardless of position. Micah Parsons went from a bit overrated to underrated nationally. It will be interesting to see how far he can rise back up the board.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Kwity Paye DL
Michigan • Soph • 6'3" / 265 lbs
New York adds a qualified pass rusher to supplement the strong interior defensive line. If the Giants can consistently apply pressure up front, it will make life easier on the back end for James Bradberry and a pair of safeties taken in the early rounds.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Trey Lance QB
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'4" / 226 lbs
San Francisco has reached an impasse with Jimmy Garropolo. They have not gotten the production that they expected and will likely consider alternative options. With Trey Lance on the board, Kyle Shanahan is presented with a unique challenge.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Virginia Tech • 6'5" / 315 lbs
The Chargers add a left tackle with the hope of protecting Justin Herbert for a decade plus. Brandon Staley might be enticed to draft defense but he will understand the importance of supporting his young quarterback.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Gregory Rousseau EDGE
Miami (FL) • 6'6" / 266 lbs
Minnesota lost Everson Griffen and tried to compensate by acquiring Yannick Ngakoue; an experiment that did not work. The Vikings need to prioritize the health of their salary cap this offseason. They have done a poor job in recent years.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • 5'10" / 182 lbs
New England obviously needs to determine who will play quarterback for them next season. The thinking is that they will get Jimmy Garoppolo back from San Francisco after the 49ers select Trey Lance. By adding Jaylen Waddle, the Patriots have a deep threat for Garoppolo.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Caleb Farley CB
Virginia Tech • Soph • 6'2" / 197 lbs
Caleb Farley is one of the highest-rated players in this class and he falls right in to the laps of the Cardinals. Arizona could move on from Patrick Peterson this offseason and the addition of Farley would offset some of that loss.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Najee Harris RB
Alabama • Soph • 6'1" / 232 lbs
Miami doubles down on its commitment to Tua Tagovailoa and the Alabama program. After selecting Devonta Smith early, the Dolphins swoop back around take another member of the Crimson Tide -- Najee Harris.
Round 1 - Pick 19
USC • 6'5" / 308 lbs
Washington is still looking to replace Trent Williams. Alijah Vera-Tucker is not a perfect replacement but he is a big upgrade. Worst-case scenario, Vera-Tucker plays left tackle until the team finds someone more suitable and they move him inside.
From Seattle Seahawks
Round 1 - Pick 23
Florida • 6'0" / 193 lbs
Between Rashawn Slater and Kadarius Toney, the Jets are finally beginning to surround Sam Darnold with talent that will either lead to his success or his demise. Toney has blistering speed in addition to refined route-running.
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 25
Round 1 - Pick 26
Odafe Oweh EDGE
Penn State • 6'5" / 251 lbs
One of Cleveland's highest offseason priorities involves finding an edge rusher to start opposite Myles Garrett. Jayson Oweh has a lot of qualities for the Browns to develop into a high end player.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Round 1 - Pick 29
Notre Dame • Soph • 6'2" / 221 lbs
Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah gives Green Bay a modern day linebacker capable of covering sideline to sideline. He is more accustomed to dropping into coverage than filling gaps at the line of scrimmage.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Alabama • Soph • 6'5" / 312 lbs
Tampa Bay could save a lot of money by moving on from Donovan Smith and embracing the youth movement. Alex Leatherwood has been viewed as a potential guard but he has shown enough to be given a fair shake on the edge.