The path to the draft is a long one that began last May following the 2020 NFL Draft and continued in earnest in September. With just under two weeks left until NFL commissioner Roger Goodell takes to the podium in Cleveland, the process is winding down and there are just three more mock drafts until all of the speculation comes to an end and preparation on the 2022 NFL Draft begins.
One of the most exciting events in the calendar year arrives shortly and will be gone in a flash. In today's exercise we explore the quarterback scenarios atop the draft and how they could impact others.
Without further ado, let's kick this off!
From Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 3
Ohio State • Soph • 6'3" / 227 lbs
It is likely that San Francisco takes Mac Jones but I think there is an outside chance that the 49ers go in another direction. Fields is an athletic quarterback with great arm strength and accuracy.
From Philadelphia Eagles
Round 1 - Pick 6
Kyle Pitts TE
Florida • Soph • 6'6" / 245 lbs
Pitts is a unicorn. There are comparable players to Ja'Marr Chase and even viable options at offensive tackle. There is only one Pitts. There are some really good tight ends in the NFL but the list of successful wide receivers is much larger. It would be easier for the Dolphins to take a wide receiver later in the draft.
Mock Trade from Detroit Lions
Round 1 - Pick 7
Mac Jones QB
Alabama • Soph • 6'3" / 217 lbs
New England does not believe it is far away from competing this season and a reliable quarterback might be the difference in contention and another disappointing season. Jones is the fifth and final quarterback among those expected to be taken in the first round.
Round 1 - Pick 8
LSU • Soph • 6'0" / 201 lbs
Sewell would be an ideal outcome for Carolina to protect Sam Darnold so they are likely hoping that Cincinnati opts for a skill player. Chase would be another step toward giving Darnold the help that he sorely lacked in the Big Apple.
Mock Trade from Denver Broncos
Round 1 - Pick 9
Round 1 - Pick 11
Round 1 - Pick 13
USC • Soph • 6'5" / 308 lbs
Vera-Tucker offers the versatility to play left tackle or slide inside to one of the interior positions. Los Angeles could use a Day One starter at left tackle and, although Vera-Tucker is better suited playing inside, he gives the Chargers a viable option on the edge.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Jaelan Phillips EDGE
Miami (FL) • Soph • 6'5" / 263 lbs
Minnesota could go offensive line in the first round depending on how the board shakes out but it would likely be more inclined to take an edge rusher given how the board has shaken out.
Mock Trade from New England Patriots
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • Soph • 5'10" / 182 lbs
In an odd turn of fates, Matt Patricia's new and old team (the Patriots) trades up with his old team (the Lions). Detroit picks up the No. 46 overall and a 2022 fourth-round pick to make the exchange and still lands a vertical threat for Jared Goff.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Alabama • Soph • 6'0" / 170 lbs
Smith should not be on the board at this stage of the first round but some really good players are going to slide. Teams may overthink his lack of size but Smith creates separation as well as anyone.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Notre Dame • Soph • 6'2" / 221 lbs
Miami might be enticed to add a running back with this pick but it makes more sense to target defense. A quality running back should still be on the board for the Dolphins atop the second round.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Round 1 - Pick 22
Oklahoma State • Soph • 6'6" / 320 lbs
Tennessee might not want to take another bite at this apple after the Isaiah Wilson experience but the two could literally not be any different. Jenkins is worthy of being a first-round pick and loves the game of football.
From Seattle Seahawks
Round 1 - Pick 23
Kwity Paye EDGE
Michigan • Soph • 6'2" / 261 lbs
Edge rusher and cornerback are cornerstones to any defense. The Jets have already signed Carl Lawson but that does not remove them from the conversation for an edge rusher in the first round. Paye and Lawson would give them two really gifted players at the position.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Round 1 - Pick 27
Greg Rousseau EDGE
Miami (FL) • Soph • 6'6" / 266 lbs
Rousseau is a lengthy pass rusher that gives Baltimore an option in the absence of Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue. He is a high-upside selection and the Ravens have done as well as any team developing pass-rush talents.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Jamin Davis LB
Kentucky • Soph • 6'4" / 234 lbs
Davis is an athletic linebacker that shows great acceleration and makes a big impact when he arrives to the ball. His best attribute is his ability to drop into coverage and pick up tight ends and running backs.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Odafe Oweh EDGE
Penn State • Soph • 6'5" / 257 lbs
Buffalo adds length and depth to the edge-rusher room. The Bills may not have two long-term answers right now but they have an assortment of options to find those two players to lean on in the future with the addition of Oweh.
Round 1 - Pick 31