NFL First Round Mock Draft

By Saarang B.

(With help from Kabir C and Wyatt B)

The NFL draft is around the corner and many teams are waiting for it. Many teams are looking to improve their squad for next year, and the draft is one of the best ways to do that. Teams take turns picking top college football prospects to join their teams. There are many rounds of picks, and teams can trade their pick to someone else for cash, future picks, or players. Enough said, here are my predictions.


#1 Cleveland Browns

Sam Darnold QB, USC

The Browns are looking for a quarterback for the future and take Sam Darnold with the first pick.


#2 New York Giants

Saquon Barkley RB, Penn State

Saquon is a generational talent that the Giants can’t pass up.


#3 New York Jets(Via Colts)

Josh Rosen QB, UCLA

Rosen is a pocket passer with a high football IQ, and he will develop well in New York.


#4 Cleveland Browns(via Texans)

Bradley Chubb DE, North Carolina State

Chubb has quickness and style, and is a good fit for the Browns, but the Browns will take Barkley if he falls to them.


#5 Denver Broncos

Denzel Ward CB, Ohio State

The Broncos need to fill the hole left by trading Aqib Talib, doing that with the explosive Ward.


#6 Indianapolis Colts(via Jets)

Quenton Nelson G, Notre Dame

Nelson is taken by the Colts because he is an elite guard that is a nightmare for defensive lineman opposing him.


#7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Derwin James S, Florida State

The Bucs need a safety, and James is an explosive tackler that will light up the stat sheet.


#8 Chicago Bears

Tremaine Edmunds LB, Virginia Tech

Edmunds is athletic and he and Leonard Floyd would be a formidable force off the edge.


#9 San Francisco 49’ers

Roquan Smith LB, Georgia

The 49’ers need a leader on the defensive side of the ball, and Roquan Smith will provide that and more.


#10 Oakland Raiders

Vita Vea DT, Washington

Vea is athletic, big, and he is a stopper that will improve Oakland’s vastly undermanned defensive line.


#11 Miami Dolphins

Minkah Fitzpatrick DB, Alabama

Fitzpatrick is known as “Mr. Pick 6” and can play safety and corner for a team that features T. J. McDonald as its best defensive back. He will be an instant starter and a force to recon with.


#12 Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen QB, Wyoming

How did Josh Allen get this low? Assuming the Bills won’t trade up to get him, or another quarterback of the future, Allen will develop in Buffalo, with athletic ability and a big arm worthy of the NFL. Allen shows flashes of Cam Newton skills with great playmaking ability.


#13 Washington Redskins

Mike Hughes CB,  Central Florida

The Redskins have lost Kendall Fuller, and Bashaud Breeland is a free agent, so they are forced to consider rookie corners. Hughes needs development, but he has the right tools to be the alpha corner in Washington.


#14 Green Bay Packers

Marcus Davenport DE, Texas-San Antonio

The NFC North is full of elite quarterbacks, so the Packers take a pass rusher to attack them.


#15 Arizona Cardinals

Baker Mayfield QB, Oklahoma

Mayfield has great passing skills and he can elevate his game under the Cardinals new Offensive Coordinator, Mike McCoy.


#16 Baltimore Ravens

Calvin Ridley WR, Alabama

Ridley will boost a mediocre pass offence and relieve the pressure on Baltimore’s run game.


#17 San Diego Chargers

Orlando Brown OT, Oklahoma

Brown is a hard worker that will spend hours in the film room, constantly improving his mind. He can boost the Chargers offensive line and help protect Philip Rivers.


#18 Seattle Seahawks

Isaiah Wynn G, Georgia

With an offensive line as bad for Russell Wilson as McDonald’s cheeseburgers is bad for your health, Seattle takes Isaiah Wynn to provide some protection for their superstar QB.


#19 Dallas Cowboys

Da’Ron Payne DT, Alabama

Payne can stop the run efficiently, and shows some flashes as a pass rusher.


#20 Detroit Lions

Derrius Guice RB, LSU

The Lions improve their ghast running game with the selection of Guice.


#21 Cincinnati Bengals

Will Hernandez G, Texas-El Paso

Hernandez will strengthen the Bengals run blocking and he has good strength.


#22 Buffalo Bills

Rashaan Evans LB, Alabama

The Bills will take a good tackler to fill the hole left by Preston Brown.


#23 New England Patriots

Kolton Miller OT, UCLA

Offensive Tackle is one of New England’s biggest needs, although don’t be surprised if New England trades up to get McGlinchey.


#24 Carolina Panthers

Jaire Alexander CB, Louisville

Drafting Alexander fills one of Carolina’s big needs: cornerback. Although they need a wide receiver too, Alexander will play well beside James Bradberry.


#25 Tennessee Titans

Billy Price C, Ohio State

Despite his injury at the Combine, Price will make a difference at the center position in Tennessee.


#26 Atlanta Falcons

Taven Bryan DT, Florida

Bryan will fit coach Dan Quinn’s defense, being an upfield defensive tackle.


#27 New Orleans Saints

Hayden Hurst TE, South Carolina

Hurst can catch, block and run,  which is something that every coach  is looking for at tight end.


#28 Pittsburgh Steelers

Maurice Hurst DT, Michigan

Hurst had high impact seasons in the last couple years at Michigan, and he is an elite player that will fare well with the Steelers.


#29 Jacksonville Jaguars

Lamar Jackson QB, Louisville

Jackson was a great QB at Louisville, exhibiting great arm talent and elite knowledge of the game.


#30 Minnesota Vikings

Ronald Jones II RB, USC

RJII was very good at USC, being a power runner that took the pressure of Darnold and the passing game. You can look to him for easy yards and explosive runs, as well as great speed and a knack for breaking tackles.


#31 New England Patriots

Josh Jackson CB, Iowa

Jackson is one of the most athletic players in the draft, and has better hands than many wide receivers in college football.


#32 Philadelphia Eagles

Uchenna Nwosu OLB, USC

Nwosu is undersized, but he is a power pass rusher that has high football IQ and can get to the quarterback.


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