If we don't see a quarterback elevate his game and distance himself from the field, we could see a draft that includes exactly zero passers in the top 10. The last time that happened? Back in 2013, when EJ Manuel went to the Bills at No. 16, and the next quarterback didn't go off the board until the Jets selected Geno Smith 39th overall.
And while Carson Strong remains our QB1 for now, we could envision a situation where someone like Matt Corral ends up as the first quarterback selected. That's a conversation for another time. For now, here's our latest mock draft, which features two defensive players going No. 1 and No. 2 overall, and three of the first four picks on the defensive side of the ball, a 180 from last spring when the first seven picks, including three QBs, were all offense.
Keep reading to see how all 32 picks unfold.
One other thing, and this is important: the draft order below was determined using SportsLine's Super Bowl odds but in reverse order. We know folks are going to be very angry about why we have their team picking so high but it's not our fault. These are your team's current odds of winning a Lombardi Trophy.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'4" / 219 lbs
Just like the Texans, the Lions opt to go in a direction other than QB here, in part because there's no slam-dunk choice at QB, but also because Jared Goff looked pretty good in Week 1. Hamilton has the ballhawking skills of Ed Reed but in a 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Round 1 - Pick 5
Kenyon Green OL
Texas A&M • Jr • 6'4" / 325 lbs
Green started as a true freshman and has only gotten better each year. He consistently moves defensive tackles off the line of scrimmage, a trait which translates to any level. He's moved to tackle for the Aggies in '21 after the O-line lost four starters.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Texas A&M • Jr • 6'4" / 290 lbs
Orginally a defensive end, Leal, at 6-foot-4, 290, has the versatility and athleticism to play up and down the line. He has the potential to be really, really good in the NFL and through three games of A&M's '21 campaign he already has 2.5 sacks.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Kaiir Elam CB
Florida • Jr • 6'2" / 196 lbs
Elam has the size (6-foot-2, 190) and athleticism to be one of the best draft-eligible corners in '21. He had an up-and-down effort against Alabama over the weekend but he's a physical playmaking presence in the secondary.
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 8
Round 1 - Pick 9
Clemson • Jr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Booth has all the athleticm and tools to be special, he just doesn't have much in the way of experience. The Panthers drafted Jaycee Horn in Round 1 last spring and with Donte Jackson in the final year of his deal, restocking the position makes sense.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Nevada • Jr • 6'4" / 215 lbs
This is all going to come down to the medicals on Strong's knee. He's the most consistent QB in this draft class if healthy, and if the Falcons are ready to plan for life after Matt Ryan, he could be the first passer off the board.
Round 1 - Pick 11
NC State • Soph • 6'4" / 320 lbs
Ekwonu is a monster, and more importantly, could slide into the hole left by veteran Brandon Scherff, should he leave in free agency. And while QB makes sense here, if WFT is happy with Taylor Heinicke, they'll bolster other positions on the depth chart.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Chris Olave WR
Ohio State • Sr • 6'1" / 188 lbs
Olave is a polished route runner who would give Derek Carr some much-needed options beyond Darren Waller, one of the best players on the planet. The problem is that when defenses double (and triple) team Waller, the offense grinds to a halt.
Round 1 - Pick 13
South Carolina • Sr • 6'4" / 260 lbs
In Minnesota, Danielle Hunter is one of the league's best pass rushers but he could use some help on the other side, and Enagbare is a quick-twitch athlete who will only get better with experience.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Matt Corral QB
Ole Miss • Jr • 6'2" / 205 lbs
Corral has the tools to be a Lamar Jackson/Trey Lance/Josh Allen-type quarterback but he's still incredibly raw. That said, the Broncos will likely be in the quarterback business this offseason if Teddy Bridgewater or Drew Lock don't prove they're long-term solutions.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • Jr • 6'2" / 232 lbs
Harris could end up being the best of the recent crop of linebackers to come out of Alabama, and it would surprise exactly no one if the Patriots turned to the Crimson Tide to fill a first-round need.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Washington • Jr • 6'7" / 310 lbs
Quarterback is an option here, sure, but Carson Wentz looked good in Week 1 and the biggest issue facing the offense was the O-line. Kirkland had his hands full with Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson a few weeks ago, but Hutchinson is a first-round talent.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Purdue • Jr • 6'4" / 275 lbs
Injuries and the pandemic saw him play limited snaps in '20 but Karlaftis was nearly impossible to stop in '19 when he recorded 17 TFLs and had 7.5 sacks. The Titans, meanwhile, have to get better pressuring the QB, something that was nonexistent in '20.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Iowa • Jr • 6'3" / 290 lbs
Linderbaum is one of the best offensive linemen in the country and the Steelers need to continue to improve a unit that has four new starters this season. Third-round pick Kendrick Green is the starting center but he also played guard at Illinois.
From Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 19
Texas A&M • Jr • 6'5" / 255 lbs
Wydermyer was one of Kellen Mond's favorite targets for a reason: he's reliable and almost always open. This is almost certainly Zach Ertz's final year in Philly and Dallas Goedert is in the final year of his deal, though it's hard to imagine he's not re-upped. Either way, yet another weapon for Jalen Hurts.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Georgia • Sr • 6'0" / 190 lbs
Kendrick was in the conversation as a first-round pick in the 2021 draft before returning to Clemson and then entering the transfer portal. He's now at Georgia and a strong season will likely make him one of the first defensive backs selected next spring.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Drake London WR
USC • Jr • 6'5" / 210 lbs
Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb are locked up long term, but Michael Gallup is in the final year of his deal, and while Drake London may not have the straightline speed, he's one of the best route runners in this class.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Oklahoma • Soph • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Rattler has had an inconsistent 2021 campaign, which again reiterates the volatility of this QB class. Jameis Winston had an awful Week 2 after his spectacular Week 1 performance for the Saints and Sean Payton could groom Rattler to take over the job at some point down the road.
From Seattle Seahawks
Round 1 - Pick 24
Round 1 - Pick 25
Ohio State • Jr • 6'0" / 192 lbs
This is something of a luxury pick for the Browns but -- and we're not joking -- there aren't many holes to fill on this roster. Wilson is an explosive, do-it-all wide receiver who is a Day 1 contributor.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Minnesota • Sr • 6'9" / 380 lbs
Faalele, who opted out last season, weighs in the 380-pound range but moves more like he is a hundred pounds lighter. Given the importance of the running game to the Ravens offense, adding an earth mover seems logicial. Added bonus: Faalele is a solid pass protector, too.
From San Francisco 49ers
Round 1 - Pick 28
Justyn Ross WR
Clemson • Jr • 6'4" / 205 lbs
Ross missed the 2020 season because of a neck injury but he was on track to be a first-round pick. He's off to a slow start in 2021, in part because Clemson is living in a post-Trevor Lawrence world, but after DeVante Parker and Jaylen Waddle, the Dolphins have five WRs in the final year of their current deals.
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 29
Sam Howell QB
North Carolina • Jr • 6'1" / 225 lbs
If Howell can live up to the expectations -- and he's been up and down through three games this season -- the Lions would think long and hard about the UNC product, especially at the bottom of Round 1.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Washington • Soph • 5'11" / 195 lbs
Even though McDuffie plays cornerback, we get Tyrann Matthieu vibes when we watch him. We love him as a slot corner who serves as an enforcer in run support and locks down short and intermediate routes, something he does regularly for the Huskies. In Buffalo, Levi Wallace and Taron Johnson are in the final year of their contracts.
Round 1 - Pick 32