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Every year when coaching fates are discussed, I like to ask fans whether a realistic replacement would be a better option than the incumbent. If a team commits to taking a step backwards, then there has to be accountability. The same dilemma is playing out with quarterbacks this year. Does potential prospect X represent an improvement over present quarterback Y? In today's exercise, I answer some of those ponderings.

The draft order below was determined using SportsLine's Super Bowl odds but in reverse order. 

Without further ado, let's kick this off!

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Oregon • Soph • 6'5" / 258 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Kayvon Thibodeaux and Carl Lawson are a good pairing for New York moving forward. The Jets have a quarterback to back so they can direct their assets elsewhere. The transformation continues with Thibodeaux.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Alabama • Jr • 6'7" / 350 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
4th
Jacksonville could move on from Cam Robinson as early as next week, so it makes sense for the team to be actively searching for a long-term left tackle. Evan Neal and Trevor Lawrence can be successful together for many years.
Round 1 - Pick 3
LSU • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Derek Stingley Jr. is becoming a popular projection for Houston. I think the Texans' strategy has been to compile veterans and potentially move them at the deadline for draft capital. We are about to see whether or not it plays out that way.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'4" / 219 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Dan Campbell takes the last of the defensive blue chip players. Kyle Hamilton is a talented prospect capable of playing downhill and involving himself in passing lanes.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Iowa • Jr • 6'3" / 290 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
1st
No. 5 overall is really high for a center prospect, but it is a mock draft in October. What do you want from me? Tyler Linderbaum is the real deal and New York has a need at the position.
Round 1 - Pick 6
NC State • Soph • 6'4" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
Ikem Ekwonu can step in immediately at guard, but he also provides Philadelphia with some insurance in the event that its tackles struggle staying healthy again. Ekwonu is a road grader in the true sense of the word, but he has shown growth in pass protection.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Ohio State • Jr • 6'0" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
Garrett Wilson is the best wide receiver prospect in the draft. Ideally, a worthy franchise quarterback prospect would be waiting for Washington, but I do not believe that to be the case yet. Terry McLaurin and Wilson give Washington a talented duo.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Texas A&M • Jr • 6'4" / 290 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
1st
I am stuck on Philadelphia and Demarvin Leal because I think that would be a really good situation for him. Leal has the ability to rush from the edge or condense inside depending upon the situation.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Purdue • Jr • 6'4" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
2nd
There is a healthy debate between George Karlaftis and Aidan Hutchinson, but I lean towards the former. People might be a bit scared of his reliance on power because a similar situation played out with A.J. Epenesa a few years ago. New York needs edge rush help and Karlaftis is the best available.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Ole Miss • Jr • 6'2" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
77th
POSITION RNK
6th
I think Matt Corral is the most ready to contribute to an NFL team right now. Corral and Nevada's Carson Strong have shown maturity and improved decision-making, which has them sticking out to me. I think Corral is more in line with what a lot of teams are looking for right now.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Mississippi State • Soph • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
59th
POSITION RNK
12th
It has to be awkward in Carolina after reports of its interest in Deshaun Watson spread. Now, it seems as though the team is stuck with Sam Darnold for the time being. Charles Cross gives the Panthers a long-term option at left tackle for whichever quarterback is under center next season.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Michigan • Sr • 6'6" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
3rd
Atlanta is one of those teams that has to weigh its current options at quarterback versus the alternative. I am not sure if any of the available options represent an upgrade over Matt Ryan, so the Falcons add a piece to the defense.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Cincinnati • Jr • 6'2" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
3rd
After adding Kayvon Thibodeaux No. 1 overall, New York adds another cornerstone piece to its defense in the form of "Sauce" Gardner. If Zach Wilson can take a leap next year, I think the Jets take off with him.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Ohio State • Sr • 6'1" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Bill Belichick has used some top assets to address the wide receiver position in recent years, from giving up a second-round pick to acquire Mohamed Sanu to using a first-round pick on N'Keal Harry to the money invested in last year's free agents. Chris Olave would be a big step towards solving that riddle.
Round 1 - Pick 15
North Carolina • Jr • 6'1" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Let's be honest, Pittsburgh has to make a change at quarterback and we are not projecting veteran trades, so that means it addresses it in the draft. Sam Howell is never going to be one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, but I think he can consistently be the player the Steelers need to play complementary football.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Utah • Jr • 6'3" / 235 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
49th
POSITION RNK
7th
The makeover continues in Philadelphia. They added Ikem Ekwonu, Demarvin Leal and now Devin Lloyd. I know the Eagles do not take linebackers early, but when you have three first-round picks, there are allowed to be some outliers.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Northern Iowa • Jr • 6'7" / 321 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
Neither Austin Jackson nor Liam Eichenberg have been the answer at left tackle in Miami. If the Dolphins have their first-round pick, they would be wise to consider a left tackle.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Texas A&M • Jr • 6'4" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Minnesota allocates some of its prime assets to the offensive line for the second consecutive season. Christian Darrisaw and Kenyon Green give the Vikings a few concrete slabs on which they can build.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Georgia • Soph • 6'6" / 330 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
To be quite honest, it is impressive what Las Vegas has been able to accomplish amidst the drama brought on by Jon Gruden. Derek Carr is playing really well and the team has a record that suggests it is one of the premier franchises in the AFC. Jordan Davis is some reinforcement on that defense next season.
Round 1 - Pick 20
USC • Jr • 6'5" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
60th
POSITION RNK
10th
Can it be said that Michael Thomas will be a part of this team next year or even two years? Where are they at wide receiver without Thomas? New Orleans has to start planning for the future, and that includes Drake London in this exercise.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Clemson • Jr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
51st
POSITION RNK
6th
Cincinnati's front seven has been relentless, and now it adds some dynamic ability in the secondary to pair with Jessie Bates. The sky is the limit if the Bengals defense is able to sustainability play at a comparable level to the offense.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Arkansas • Jr • 6'3" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Everyone is witnessing the closing of Odell Beckham Jr.'s career in Cleveland. The Browns could move on from Jarvis Landry as well, so it would behoove them to invest in the position. Treylon Burks represents great value at this stage of the first round.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Georgia • Sr • 6'5" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
3rd
Adam Anderson gives Brandon Staley a heat-seeking missile for deployment in pass rushing situations opposite Joey Bosa.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Washington • Soph • 5'11" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
Caleb Farley may or may not work out in Tennessee. Even if he does, adding another will not hurt. The secondary could inch closer towards becoming a strength with Trent McDuffie.
Round 1 - Pick 25
USC • Jr • 6'4" / 250 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Kansas City is said to be in search of pass rush assistance at the NFL trade deadline, so Drake Jackson could be a more viable long-term solution.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Cincinnati • Sr • 6'5" / 255 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Dallas learned that there can never be enough pass rush options on the roster. Myjai Sanders is an admission that the Cowboys do not want to be in a position requiring them to move a first-round pick to a new position; even if it did actually work.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Penn State • Sr • 5'11" / 184 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
The odds of Green Bay drafting a wide receiving in the first round are slim, but it makes sense for them with or without Aaron Rodgers. Jahan Dotson is a smaller wide receiver capable of contributing at all three levels of the field.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Central Michigan • Jr • 6'7" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
I have tossed around the idea of including Bernhard Raimann in the first round for weeks and finally decided to take the plunge. He is an athletic player who still has some consistency issues to work through, but he is not raw.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Kentucky • Sr • 6'5" / 345 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
Arizona is stacking bricks to build a wall in the desert. Darian Kinnard is projected as a guard. He can carve out some escape routes for Kyler Murray under duress.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Liberty • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
5th
Detroit should not take just any quarterback in the first round because I do not believe many are a recognizable upgrade over Jared Goff. Malik Willis certainly is not a better quarterback right now, but he is a different type of quarterback. The Lions could be inclined to take a lottery ticket on the game's most important location.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Michigan • Jr • 6'0" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
67th
POSITION RNK
5th
Buffalo adds a versatile defender to its secondary. If this offseason is the time to move on from a safety, then Daxton Hill can play there. If they want a big cornerback opposite Tre'Davious White, Hill can play there. If they want some size in the slot, Hill can be that for them.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Florida • Jr • 6'2" / 196 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
4th
What position will I give Tampa Bay this week? It is just throwing a dart at a board at this point and fulfilling a spot currently occupied by a veteran.