The NFL trade deadline is upon us and only a handful of teams are taking on water, which could mean fewer sellers at the table. In today's exercise, we explored one of those trade scenarios. In the process, a fifth team added a second first-round pick.
Without further ado, let's kick this thing off!
The draft order below was determined using SportsLine's Super Bowl odds but in reverse order.
Round 1 - Pick 1
Oregon • Soph • 6'5" / 258 lbs
Edge rusher is not at the top of the list of needs for Jacksonville, but it has to take the best player available and that is Thibodeaux. In an ideal world, K'Lavon Chaisson will develop into a contributor and the Jaguars will either have a trade asset or functional depth at the position.
Round 1 - Pick 2
LSU • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Houston has taken a lot of chances at cornerback: Lonnie Johnson Jr., Vernon Hargreaves, etc... They have continued to struggle filling that position. Stingley makes the short commute to Houston.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'4" / 219 lbs
Kyle Hamilton is the last of the three blue-chip defensive prospects in this class. Detroit certainly has bigger needs than at safety but, similar to Jacksonville, you are not going to take a lesser player over a bigger talent.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Purdue • Jr • 6'4" / 275 lbs
New York is still looking for pass rush help, and while there isn't a freaky athlete who represents the total package, George Karlaftis is as close as it can get outside of Kayvon Thibodeaux. With any luck, Azeez Ojulari will continue to develop as well.
From Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 6
Round 1 - Pick 7
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 8
Iowa • Jr • 6'3" / 290 lbs
Generally, a center would not be taken this high, but Linderbaum is a really talented player. Andrew Thomas showed improvement before the injury, but the interior offensive line has continued to be a struggle. The Giants opt to take one early and be done with it.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Malik Willis QB
Liberty • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Atlanta is building for the future at this point. If you have an aged quarterback and are picking within the top 10, then that points in this direction. I am still not confident in the quarterback pecking order but there is plenty of time for that to be sorted out.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Kenyon Green OL
Texas A&M • Jr • 6'4" / 325 lbs
After upgrading the interior defensive line, Philadelphia swings back around to address the interior offensive line. Few teams can make the claim that the offensive line has been a revolving door of injuries over the past two years, but Philadelphia is one of them.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Mississippi State • Soph • 6'5" / 310 lbs
Carolina has provided Sam Darnold with more skill talent than he has ever had at one time. However, the offensive line is still a work in progress. The addition of Cross gives the Panthers a viable left tackle while also improving depth.
From Seattle Seahawks
Round 1 - Pick 12
Clemson • Jr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
The Jets went Evan Neal and now Booth. Those picks solve a few of their needs. If they can get a healthy Carl Lawson back and Zach Wilson takes the next step in his development, then the Jets might be frisky next year.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Ohio State • Jr • 6'0" / 192 lbs
The first wide receiver comes off the board at No. 13 overall. Bill Belichick has been shopping in the bargain bin, but Wilson is the name brand commodity across the room that catches his eye. From Terry McLaurin to Michael Thomas, Ohio State wide receivers have had a lot of success making the transition from college to NFL.
From Indianapolis Colts
Round 1 - Pick 14
Washington • Soph • 5'11" / 195 lbs
The makeover continues for Philadelphia. If it trudges on with Jalen Hurts, then it really provides an opportunity to upgrade the roster elsewhere. There are 22 starters between offense and defense, and the Eagles' first-round picks represent roughly 13.6% of that figure.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Round 1 - Pick 16
Kentucky • Sr • 6'5" / 345 lbs
Honestly, Kinnard and Cincinnati are not the best marriage right now. The Bengals are a pass happy team and the lineman's strength is leaning on defenders and imposing his will in the run game. He is improving as a pass protector, so the hope is that he continues that trajectory to become a well-rounded prospect by draft season.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Chris Olave WR
Ohio State • Sr • 6'1" / 188 lbs
Chris Olave and Justin Jefferson can be the wide receiver duo moving forward after the Vikings eventually part ways with Adam Thielen. The long-term quarterback situation is still in flux but that is a dilemma for another day.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Drake London WR
USC • Jr • 6'5" / 210 lbs
Las Vegas has gotten contributions from Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs III, but is that sustainable? The Raiders simply need outlets beyond Darren Waller, so perhaps that comes in-house or they look outside to select this year's dominant performer in London.
From San Francisco 49ers
Round 1 - Pick 20
Cincinnati • Jr • 6'2" / 188 lbs
The reason for the selection of Gardner will become apparent shortly, but I think Miami's actions have illustrated a bit of doubt in former first-round pick Noah Igbinoghene. The addition of Gardner gives them depth and potentially another elite starter.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Sam Howell QB
North Carolina • Jr • 6'1" / 225 lbs
Jameis Winston does not seem like the ideal Sean Payton quarterback. There are some trust issues at play, and Howell would be a more consistent passer moving forward. Payton does not need a gunner as much as he needs someone who will be able to operate his offense at a high level.
Mock Trade from Tennessee Titans
Round 1 - Pick 22
Devin Lloyd LB
Utah • Jr • 6'3" / 235 lbs
Trade! Tennessee sends its first-round pick to Miami in exchange for cornerback Xavien Howard. With the return, Miami adds Utah's Lloyd, who does a good job of getting off blocks, making plays sideline to sideline and dropping into coverage.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Georgia • Sr • 6'5" / 230 lbs
Anderson is not going to be everyone's cup of tea. He is a bit thin framed relative to a traditional first-round edge rusher but his movement skills are sensational. If anyone is going to be able to maximize his skillset, it is Brandon Staley.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Arkansas • Jr • 6'3" / 225 lbs
The Odell Beckham Jr. experiment has not been working, and it is unlikely that he is the same player at this point anyway. Injuries have robbed him of the peak of his career. Cleveland has some young, intriguing wide receivers like Anthony Schwartz and Donovan Peoples-Jones, but it needs an ace.
Round 1 - Pick 25
USC • Jr • 6'4" / 250 lbs
Dallas does not want to find itself in desperate need of pass rush help again, so it adds to that front with Drake Jackson. The Cowboys have an out from DeMarcus Lawrence's contract next season, but it is more likely that they part ways in the offseason ahead of the 2023 season. The one year transition period from Lawrence to Jackson could be very beneficial.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Cincinnati • Sr • 6'5" / 255 lbs
Green Bay could potentially save some salary cap space by moving on from Preston and/or Za'Darius Smith. If you make that move, then you better have a replacement in mind. The addition of Sanders allows them to make that change.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Kaiir Elam CB
Florida • Jr • 6'2" / 196 lbs
Arizona pairs Kaiir Elam with Byron Murphy. When looking at the Cardinals roster, it is in relatively good shape. They can improve the offensive line and replace a few veterans, but there are also some young players who should get fans excited.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Northern Iowa • Jr • 6'7" / 321 lbs
Baltimore has created a weakness at offensive tackle, so Penning would be progress towards its resolution. Ronnie Stanley has battled injuries and the Ravens traded away Orlando Brown Jr., so they can ill afford not to address the position.
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 29
Georgia • Jr • 6'3" / 200 lbs
Detroit bolsters the wide receiver room with the addition of Pickens, who has missed this season with an injury. The Lions added Kyle Hamilton with their first pick, so length is the buzz word of the day in the Motor City.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Michigan • Sr • 6'6" / 265 lbs
Kansas City is said to be looking for more edge rusher help. Hutchinson is not the twitchy speed rusher generally associated with the position, but he is a strong player who has shown an ability to win with his hands.
Round 1 - Pick 31
South Carolina • Sr • 6'4" / 260 lbs
The idea of adding Joe Tryon-Shoyinka meant that Jason Pierre-Paul's time in Tampa was likely coming to an end soon. If the Bucs move on from him, then they are one injury away from being derailed. Enagbare gives them functional depth at the position and potentially allows them to part with Shaq Barrett down the line.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Daxton Hill DB
Michigan • Jr • 6'0" / 192 lbs
Buffalo's defense has been much improved this season, but it will continue adding talent to that unit to ensure that level of play is sustainable and not easily impacted by an injury. Hill is a big, versatile defensive back with a skillset that can mask what offenses are seeing pre-snap.