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We are less than a month away from the NFL Draft, and there seems to be little buzz about it.

That's because there is no clear-cut top player and the quarterback class isn't that good. Sure, there might be a star who emerges from the quarterbacks, but I think if Houston's Davis Mills was in this draft, he would be the first quarterback taken. He went in the third round last year. 

That's why the buzz isn't great. It's also why doing mock drafts get tougher as we get closer to the actual draft.

The issues start at the top. What will the Jaguars do? In my first mock, I had them taking Michigan edge Aidan Hutchinson. But the more I think about it, tackle Evan Neal from Alabama makes more sense, so he's the pick here. 

The Jaguars put the franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson, but he hasn't signed it or signed a long-term extension. That leaves open the possibility of taking Neal and taking the tag off of Robinson or trading him. They could also keep Robinson, draft Neal, and then play Neal at right tackle or guard, two positions he also played at Alabama.

The Jaguars would then have four tackles on the roster in Robinson, Neal, Walker Little and Jawaan Taylor, who struggled as their right tackle last season, but they need to be better up front. 

If they all were to come to camp, the coaches could figure out who plays where. If Robinson is gone, they would likely play Neal at left tackle and let Little and Taylor compete on the right side. Or maybe Little plays left tackle and Neal and Walker compete.

No matter how you look at it, they need to get better up front. This offseason has been about Trevor Lawrence, adding two receivers, a top-dollar guard and a tight end in free agency. Neal would be another piece, which is why I have him going first in this mock, my Mock. 2.0. That can change as we move closer, but I think it would be the right pick.

Elsewhere, Monday's Saints-Eagles trade might just be the first of several as we ready for the draft to get here.

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NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Alabama • 6'7" / 350 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
They will strongly consider Aidan Hutchinson, but I think in the end they get another piece to help out Trevor Lawrence. He could play guard for a year if needed.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Michigan • 6'7" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
The Lions would love this scenario, getting a local kid and filling a need. Hutchinson to the Lions is a perfect pick for both sides.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Georgia • 6'5" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
1st
They need to get edge help, which is why I think they would pass on taking Ikem Ekwonu with this pick. Walker has the tools to be a star off the edge.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Oregon • 6'4" / 254 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Jets have to get help for their pass rush. While Thibodeaux has fallen some, there is a lot to like with his game. Robert Saleh would love to add this type of edge player.
Round 1 - Pick 5
NC State • 6'4" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
4th
They need to improve their line, and Ekwonu would pair with Andrew Thomas to give them a nice duo of young tackles. He could also play guard, with some scouts thinking he's better off inside.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Liberty • 6'1" / 219 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
1st
This is way too high for my taste for Willis, but desperate teams do desperate things. The Panthers are desperate. They could also consider Kenny Pickett here.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Florida State • 6'5" / 262 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Like the Jets, they need more help pass rush help. After adding a tackle with their earlier pick, now they can add a rush player who is coming off an impressive season.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Pittsburgh • 6'3" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
2nd
They could opt to pass on a quarterback here, but this is another team that badly needs to fill the position. Receiver and corner could also be in play here.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Mississippi State • 6'5" / 311 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
They have to improve their offensive line, and Cross could step in and start at left tackle right away. Both tackles from last year are gone for now.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Cincinnati • 6'3" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
After taking a pass rusher earlier, they come back and take the top corner in this draft. Gardner will add a nice, long corner to a defense that needs that to match up with the Bills.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Notre Dame • 6'4" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
He is a playmaker on the back end who can give them a player who can drop down to help in the run game. His 40 time disappointed, but he will still go in the first round. I would go receiver here, but I could see Hamilton being the pick.
Round 1 - Pick 12
LSU • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
2nd
They brought back Patrick Peterson on a one-year deal, so why not add a player from his college? Peterson can help develop Stingley, who would be higher in this mock if he were healthy for most of his career.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Georgia • 6'6" / 336 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
2nd
This is a player who can solidify any team's run defense. He is a power player who will improve as a pass rusher. Some scouts think he goes top-10 overall.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Washington • 5'11" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
4th
They play a lot of man coverage and adding a corner makes sense. He isn't a big corner, but he has the tools to fit what they want from their defense.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • 6'1" / 179 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
This is a risky pick since he's coming off a torn ACL, but he's running again and should be ready by mid-season. This would give the Eagles a game-changer.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Cincinnati • 6'3" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
75th
POSITION RNK
5th
They traded this week to get this pick, so they have to take a shot on a quarterback. Ridder is the best option here. I think he has a chance to be really good.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Northern Iowa • 6'7" / 332 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
35th
POSITION RNK
8th
The right tackle spot remains a concern for the Chargers. Penning is an aggressive player who will give them a solid player to step in and start right away.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Purdue • 6'4" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
4th
They have to get help for their pass rush. Age is starting to become a bit of an issue on their front. Karlaftis will help.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Ohio State • 6'0" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
They take the quarterback and now add a speed threat to go with him. Wilson is a big-time player who will help the passing game.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Ole Miss • 6'2" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
32nd
POSITION RNK
3rd
They signed Mitch Trubisky, but he isn't the long-term answer. Corral would perfectly fit what they want to do with their passing game.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Baylor • 5'11" / 198 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
41st
POSITION RNK
5th
Versatile defensive backs are the Bill Belichick way, and Pitre would bring that skillset to the Patriots. He can play up near the line or in the middle of the field. He will be better than Kyle Hamilton, who will go earlier in this round.
Round 1 - Pick 22
USC • 6'4" / 213 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
3rd
London is a big receiver in the Mike Evans mold. He is coming off an injury, so there is a concern, but he would help give Aaron Rodgers a big weapon down the field.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Minnesota • 6'4" / 261 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
3rd
With Chandler Jones gone, they have to amp up the pass rush. Mafe is a player who really came on last season and has the tools to do it.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Iowa • 6'2" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
3rd
They could go a variety of ways here in terms of position, but I think they need to get better in the middle of their line. Linderbaum is the best of this center class.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Clemson • 6'0" / 194 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The corner position remains the one spot with concerns for the Bills. Booth could come in and push Dane Jackson.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Tulsa • 6'6" / 332 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
45th
POSITION RNK
10th
The right tackle spot is a concern. Smith is a player NFL scouts like a lot more than the draft media does. Smith could play right tackle and then take over on the left side down the road.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Georgia • 6'3" / 304 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
4th
They need another inside player to go with Vita Vea. There is talk they could bring Ndamukong Suh back, but if not Wyatt would be a nice replacement.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Ohio State • 6'1" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
5th
They go receiver-receiver with their two picks. Why not? Without Davante Adams, they need help in the worst way.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Penn State • 5'11" / 182 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
40th
POSITION RNK
7th
They need to find a replacement for Tyreek Hill, and Dotson would give them a nice speed threat. Nobody is Hill, but Dotson can run.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Florida • 6'1" / 191 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
46th
POSITION RNK
6th
They lost Charvarius Ward in free agency to the 49ers, so drafting a young replacement would be ideal. Elam could step in and start right away.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Washington • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
53rd
POSITION RNK
7th
It looks like Trent McDuffie, his teammate at Washington, will go earlier, but Gordon might be the better NFL player. With Eli Apple on a one-year deal, they need to get a young corner.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Arkansas • 6'2" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
4th
If Ridder were still here, they could consider that. But instead they add to their receiver group by taking Burks.