In the latest edition of our mock draft, we’re looking at the first overall pick in each round, and what that means for the players we’re evaluating in this year’s draft.
Here’s the first of the two mock drafts we’re previewing today.
New York Jets – 4.5 – The Jets are looking to add depth and depth of the defensive line.
There is also potential in the secondary, where there is a lot of upside.
1st round pick Sheldon Richardson is an excellent fit in the 3-4 defensive scheme.
He’s a tremendous run defender, and his quickness is a nice complement to the young linebackers, who are a bit undersized in the NFL.
The Jets were reportedly looking at Clemson’s Sheldon Rankins, but Rankins is currently listed as a “project.”
Tennessee Titans – 4 – The Titans have their eye on a potential second-round pick, and they’re looking to get one in the top five.
The Titans are currently without a pass rusher, and there’s still some question as to who the top two are.
The former Tennessee star is a huge pass rusher who has a knack for making plays.
He can rush the passer, and he’s the only one who could help the Titans right away.
New Orleans Saints – 4 (from Tennessee) – The Saints are looking for help at nose tackle, but they’re willing to give up a few picks to get there.
The Saints have a ton of holes on the offensive line, and if the team doesn’t add another one in Round 2, it could end up getting the wrong end of the deal.
Atlanta Falcons – 4 (-1) – Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff says he is “not surprised” at the draft’s results, but he does believe the team’s defense needs some help.
He wants to improve the interior of the line, adding a couple of new players to the roster.
He has a good shot at adding one of those players to his already impressive list of top-10 picks.
Buffalo Bills – 3.5 (from Indianapolis) – With the Bills getting rid of a few draft picks, and the draft looking strong in the front office, the team could be in the market for a big-time defensive lineman in the second round.
But they need to find a new nose tackle or defensive end, and adding one in this draft would help the Bills.
Philadelphia Eagles – 4 (+2) – After a tough draft, the Eagles are hoping to get better at the offensive tackle position this year.
They could be a sleeper pick in this round.
They’re going to need a big man in this class, and their biggest need might be at the position, but the Eagles have a lot to like in this one.
New England Patriots – 4 1.
Denver Broncos – 4 2.
Los Angeles Rams – 3 3.
Carolina Panthers – 3 4.
San Francisco 49ers – 3 5.
Pittsburgh Steelers – 3 6.
Arizona Cardinals – 3 7.
Indianapolis Colts – 3 8.
Arizona – 3 9.
Seattle Seahawks – 3 10.
Baltimore Ravens – 3 11.
Green Bay Packers – 3 12.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 3 13.
New Jersey Giants – 3 14.
Cleveland Browns – 3 15.
Buffalo – 3 16.
Arizona State Sun Devils – 3 17.
New Mexico State Aggies – 3 18.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs – 3 19.
Oklahoma State Cowboys – 3 20.
Arizona Ducks – 3 21.
New Hampshire Wildcats – 3 22.
Colorado State Rams – 2 23.
Newberry Bulldogs – 2 24.
Utah State Aggie – 2 25.
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles – 2 26.
Oregon State Beavers – 2 27.
Arizona A&M Aggies — – No picks.
Georgia Tech Bulldogs — – A&m’s biggest need is in the defensive backfield, but other than that, the Bulldogs are just looking to upgrade the offensive side of the ball.
Hurricanes — – The Hurricanes are in need of a big linebacker in the draft, and could be interested in trading up for one.
They can look to the draft for help on the line.
San Diego State Aztecs — – It’s not as if the Aztecks are a deep draft, but their offense could use some help in the passing game.
Alabama Crimson Tide — – Alabama’s defense is very good, but it’s also getting better.
There’s some potential in running back D’Andre Swift, but there’s a lot more question as well.
Utah Utes — – Utah is looking to improve its running game, but this isn’t a big priority for the Utes.
It’s still unclear if running back Corey Davis can make the transition to the next level, and some other defensive players could be available as well, especially at cornerback.
Michigan State Spartans — – There are some questions surrounding running back Jalen Hurts