The Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles are sitting on top-five draft picks as a result of two separate trades with the Rams and Saints, respectively. One of those teams is able to take a quarterback of the future, while the other nabs arguably the top defensive talent in the class.
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Without further ado, let's kick this off!
Round 1 - Pick 2
Jalen Carter DL
Georgia • Jr • 6'3" / 300 lbs
Chicago's phone lines are lighting up with offers from around the league as teams look to snare one of the young quarterbacks in this draft class. Indianapolis and Carolina would be among the teams to watch. The Bears elect to stick and pick one of the best defensive talents in quite some time.
From Denver Broncos
Round 1 - Pick 3
Will Levis QB
Kentucky • Sr • 6'3" / 232 lbs
Regardless of how the season concludes for Seattle, it is hard to envision the franchise passing on a golden opportunity to take a long-term solution at quarterback only to allow a 32-year-old Geno Smith, who is amidst his first productive in nearly a decade, to continue playing. In an ideal world, Smith would re-sign on a short-term deal and Levis would be afforded the chance to grow at his own pace.
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 4
From New Orleans Saints
Round 1 - Pick 5
Will Anderson Jr. EDGE
Alabama • Jr • 6'4" / 243 lbs
New Orleans could be out of the No. 5 overall selection because it just had to give up two first-round picks to select a wide receiver and offensive tackle for a 4-9 team. The season has played out exactly the way many expected, and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has to be smiling ear to ear knowing they could be in a position to land a franchise cornerstone.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Myles Murphy DL
Clemson • Jr • 6'5" / 275 lbs
It is difficult to envision Carolina staying put and not doing what is necessary to select a quarterback. With the perceived top-three options off the board, the Panthers move on to one of the top defensive talents.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Bryan Bresee DL
Clemson • Soph • 6'5" / 305 lbs
Jacksonville has invested significant draft capital into the edge rusher position. It continues tossing picks at the frontline with the selection of a second Clemson defender in the top 10.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Florida • Soph • 6'4" / 232 lbs
Richardson is very tough to project. His film is that of a quarterback prospect most often taken on Day 2 or later. However, no other quarterback has the physical and athletic profile that Richardson brings to the table. When all is said and done, it would not be a surprise if he worked his way into the top half of the first round with a strong pre-draft showing.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Clemson • Jr • 6'3" / 240 lbs
It would not be an ideal situation to take a linebacker in the top 10, but Atlanta just needs to stockpile talent. Simpson would give the Falcons difference-makers at all three levels of the defense.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'4" / 265 lbs
Rather than hammering the narrative that Green Bay needs a wide receiver, the team adds a different type of skill talent. Mayer is a reliable outlet for Aaron Rodgers as well as a blocking contributor.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Kelee Ringo CB
Georgia • Soph • 6'2" / 210 lbs
Las Vegas has a very talented tandem of pass rushers, so it only makes sense that it would target a defensive back capable of capitalizing on turnovers created by Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones.
From Cleveland Browns
Round 1 - Pick 13
Round 1 - Pick 14
Ohio State • Jr • 6'6" / 310 lbs
Pittsburgh has used first-round picks in consecutive years on running back Najee Harris and quarterback Kenny Pickett. Now, it needs some beef up front to protect those assets. Johnson has played the left tackle position well since making the transition from guard.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Georgia • Jr • 6'7" / 270 lbs
Detroit selected Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud with the first of two first-round picks. Stroud was accustomed to having premium outlets in Columbus, so the Lions make him feel at home, adding Washington with wide receivers Jameson Williams and Amon-Ra St. Brown.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
It looks as though Los Angeles is projected to be $15 million over the salary cap next season. If it needs to cut wide receiver Keenan Allen, then it could do so without sacrificing too much in that room.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Penn State • Jr • 6'2" / 194 lbs
The return of Washington's formidable defense has been a positive development this season. But it could use more options at cornerback after William Jackson III walked. Porter is a player with good size and ball skills.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Jared Verse EDGE
Florida State • Soph • 6'4" / 248 lbs
A year after selecting edge rusher Boye Mafe on Day 2, Seattle doubles down with Verse. The Seahawks need to create a rotation at the position, and they are off to a good start with two young players.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Round 1 - Pick 22
Georgia • Soph • 6'4" / 310 lbs
New York may need to upgrade both offensive tackle positions in the not-too-distant future, so it gets a jump start on the position with Jones. It has to eat general manager Joe Douglas alive having holes along that unit considering his past.
Round 1 - Pick 23
From San Francisco 49ers
Round 1 - Pick 25
Brian Branch CB
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 193 lbs
Branch is a player capable of fulfilling many roles within that Denver defense. It is more about bringing in a talented young player to be a part of that secondary's future with Patrick Surtain II.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Round 1 - Pick 27
Round 1 - Pick 28
Felix Anudike-Uzomah EDGE
Kansas State • Jr • 6'4" / 255 lbs
Outside of Micah Parsons, who are the young players on that Dallas defense to be excited about? There are a few who have played well in small sample sizes, but few that are cornerstone pieces. Anudike-Uzomah provides hope for the outlook of the pass rush.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Texas • Jr • 6'0" / 220 lbs
Giving a running back to Kansas City is almost a cop out at this point, honestly. Robinson is probably going to go earlier than this point, but fans of teams in front of the Chiefs will complain that their team would never take a running back in the first round. Robinson is as well-rounded a running back as I can remember.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Jahmyr Gibbs RB
Alabama • Jr • 5'11" / 200 lbs
I know Buffalo just used a second-round pick on a running back, but that was a reach in my eyes. The argument that is often made when projecting a running back to Buffalo is commonly "why would you want to take the ball out of Josh Allen's hands?" Gibbs catches the ball as well as any wide receiver, so that point is not valid in this scenario.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Dawand Jones OL
Ohio State • Sr • 6'8" / 359 lbs
Philadelphia values the offensive line and having depth in the event of injuries. It selected Andre Dillard towards the end of Jason Peters' career. With few needs existing, the Eagles choose luxury.