My second mock draft this year includes one trade — and it's near the top.
I have the New York Jets moving down from the second spot in a trade with the Carolina Panthers. The Jets would get the eighth overall pick, a first-rounder next year and a third this year to move down six spots.
Carolina would make the move to go up and get BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, who would seem to be a great fit in their system with Joe Brady. In this scenario, I have the Jets taking Justin Fields with the eighth pick, while they also could keep Sam Darnold. They would play Darnold for the year and then let Fields take over. Or they could trade Darnold and get extra picks.
The Jets have options. I would play Darnold and not draft a quarterback with the eighth pick, but this is a mock — not something I would do. So, for now, I have the Jets taking Fields with the eighth pick. The move up would be a bold move for Carolina, but if Wilson is who many scouts think he is as a quarterback, it would make sense.
One thing that didn't change in my mock, and won't going forward, is the emphasis on offensive players at the top. I will be shocked if more than two defensive players are among the first 10 players drafted.
So expect an early emphasis on offense, with offensive players going 1-8 in this mock. That won't change either.
My next mock will be after free agency, so there should be a better picture of what teams need. Until then, get angry about this one.
I know you will.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Round 1 - Pick 5
Penei Sewell OL
Oregon • Soph • 6'5" / 335 lbs
They need to upgrade the offensive line, so they opt for the player considered to be the best in this class. Sewell would allow them to move Jonah Williams to right tackle. He is athletic as they come.
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Northwestern • Soph • 6'4" / 315 lbs
They need to upgrade at left tackle and Riley Reiff could be gone for cap reasons. Slater opted out last year, but he has the skills to be an immediate starter on the left side, which would mean keeping Ezra Cleveland at right guard.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Greg Rousseau EDGE
Miami (FL) • Soph • 6'6" / 266 lbs
Rousseau was considered a potential top-five pick last spring, but he opted out in 2020. The Patriots have a big-time need in terms of pass-rush help. Rousseau is big and has speed off the edge.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Jaycee Horn CB
South Carolina • Soph • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Getting J.J. Watt to help the front will create more pressure, but they need coverage help on the back end. Horn plays with the swagger and coverage skills Vance Joseph will love in his defense.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Penn State • Soph • 6'3" / 245 lbs
They tried to fix their linebacker issues in free agency last year and it didn't work. Parsons is an off-the-ball linebacker who can run. He opted out last year, and he does have some off-field issues.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Tulsa • Soph • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Collins is one of my favorite players in the draft. He can do a lot of things, which we know Brian Flores likes in his defensive players. Some teams see him as an outside rusher, but he can also play other spots.
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From Seattle Seahawks
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From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 25
Alabama • Soph • 6'5" / 310 lbs
They have to get better in terms of being able to push the pocket. They are moving to a 3-4 scheme, so Barmore would step in as one of the down players with ability to create pressure.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Round 1 - Pick 28
Odafe Oweh EDGE
Penn State • Soph • 6'5" / 257 lbs
They will almost certainly lose Trey Hendrickson in free agency, so adding another edge player would make sense to go with Cam Jordan and Marcus Davenport. They could also look for secondary help here.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Aaron Banks OL
Notre Dame • Soph • 6'5" / 325 lbs
They could be losing their guards to free agency, which means they need an upgrade. They do have Cody Ford to play there when he comes back from injury if they sign Daryl Williams back. If not, they need a power guard to amp up the run game.
Round 1 - Pick 31
USC • Soph • 6'5" / 308 lbs
He could provide insurance at tackle in case one of their two starters isn't back from injury to open the season. If they are, he could start at guard, a position he has played well in his career.