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Buddy- 1st Round Mock 4/11/22

1)Jacksonville Jaguars- Ikem Ekwonu (OT) NC State- You find the guy who will protect Trevor Lawrence while setting a tone across the whole Offensive Line.

2)Detroit Lions- Aiden Hutchinson (EDGE) Michigan- Hutchinson fits the “bite the kneecap” type that Head Coach Dan Campbell is looking for in his players.  He’ll be a 3-down player and help terrorize Quarterbacks on the Lions schedule.

3)Houston Texas- Kyle Hamilton (S) Notre Dame- The last line of Defense, who from Day one will be a vocal and cerebral leader to a Defense.

4)New York Jets- Evan Neal (OT) Alabama- Mechi Bechton’s health is a huge concern, so you draft a player who can be a difference-maker on either side.

5)New York Giants- Jermaine Johnson (EDGE) Florida St- Personally, he’s the best EDGE in the draft.  He can play in any type of front and win with a multitude of moves. First surprise.

6)Carolina Panthers- Malik Willis (QB) Liberty- They stay ahead of divisional foes in the draft order and Matt Rhule puts everything on Willis.

7)New York Giants- Trevor Penning (OT) Northern Iowa- Daboll and Co surprise again.  Just remember they went to this school for an up-and-coming OT last year while they were in Buffalo.  The relationship has already been established.

8)Atlanta Falcons- Travon Walker (EDGE) Georgia- The Falcons finally find the EDGE player they’ve been looking for while keeping that prospect at home.

9)Seattle Seahawks- Kayvon Thibodeaux (EDGE) Oregon- Once considered the top pick in the draft, the slide has begun.  Questions of work ethic and why he stopped working out at the combine have stormed the league.

10)New York Jets- Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner (CB) Cincinnati- Robert Saleh is going to love having a player he can put outside on a top WR and not worry.  With major confidence and even more skill, Sauce is a difference-maker from Day one.

11)Washington Commanders- Derek Stingley JR (CB) LSU- The slide is all about injuries.  Incredible skills and makeup heading to the Commanders.

12)Minnesota Vikings-Jordan Davis (IDL) Georgia- We saw the freakish athletic ability at the combine and how he made defenders around him better at Georgia.  The one thing to be dominant in the NFL is handwork.

13)Houston Texans- Andrew Booth Jr (CB) Clemson- Another CB in this draft who can emerge as a shutdown CB.  Paired with Kyle Hamilton, you’ve got a solid secondary foundation.

14)Baltimore Ravens- George Karlaftis (EDGE) Purdue- Just wreaks of a Ravens player.  Tough, instinctive, and well-balanced talent.

15)Philadelphia Eagles- Trent McDuffie (CB) Washington- Solid player to put on the opposite side of Darius Slay.  Look over the years of the quality defensive backs, coming into the league from UW.

16)New Orleans Saints- Jameson Williams (WR) In a talented WR group, Williams still goes in the first and you wait for him to get healthy, then make plays.

17)L.A Chargers- Charles Cross (OT) Mississippi St- Protect Herbert.  Not really much more to say than a standout in the SEC will come to LA and help do this.

18)Philadelphia Eagles- Zion Johnson (IOL) BC- Physical presence on the interior, who is a plug-and-play prospect.

19)New Orleans Saints- Kenny Pickett (QB) Pitt- Hand size will have less impact playing in a dome for more than half your season.  Pickett is a playmaker, who should challenge pretty quickly to be the starter.

20)Pittsburgh Steelers- Kenyon Green (OL) Texas A&M- Versatile, physical OL who fits in nicely with the Steelers mentality.

21)New England Patriots- Devonte Wyatt (IDL) Georgia- Belichick has always wanted a stout front, paired with Barmore, the Patriots are on their way there.

22) Green Bay Packers- Garrett Wilson (WR)-Aaron Rodgers needs toys after losing Davante Adams to the Raiders.  Wilson is the start in replenishing the WR room.

23)Arizona Cardinals- Kaiir Elam (CB) Florida- Just in the division alone, the Cardinals have a lot of quality WR to defend.  You build a fortress, Elam helps that out.

24)Dallas Cowboys- Daxton Hill (S) Michigan- Reminds me a lot of last year’s first-round pick Micah Parsons, a Chess piece type player, just on the backend.

25)Buffalo Bills- Drake London (WR) USC- This is a tough team to draft for because there aren’t many needs.  Another weapon for Allen to just make the Bills more dangerous.

26)Tennessee Titans- Chris Olave (WR) Ohio St- Technician at the position to play opposite A.J Brown.

27)Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Tyler Linderbaum (IOL) Iowa- After Marpet’s retirement and free agency, this is a position of need.

28)Green Bay Packers- Treylon Burks (WR) Arkansas- Double-dip at the position, paired with Wilson is a nice way to rebuild a room.

29)Kansas City Chiefs- Boye Mafe (EDGE) Minnesota- In the AFC West, you need pressure and coverage to compliment each other.

30)Kansas City Chiefs- Jahan Dotson (WR) Penn St- Dotson has a skill set for the Chiefs, who look to push the ball down the field.

31)Cincinnati Bengals- David Ojabo (EDGE) Michigan- The Bengals look poised to play in many big games in the upcoming years.  Ojabo is a top-10 talent who fits into a Nascar pass-rush package.  You get him in the building to learn and rehab.

32)Detroit Lions- Desmond Ridder (QB) Cincinnati- The Lions pick again at #34 overall.  You grab Ridder now to get the 5th year if he develops into your starter.

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