After the first two picks in the first round of the NFL Draft on April 29, everything else will be a free for all.
Here I try to predict a chaotic Round 1 — with five quarterbacks going in the Top 10 — as we prep for the real thing on Thursday.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
If Lawrence isn’t the pick, the NFL world will be set on fire.
2. Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
From Utah to New York, let’s roll Zachary.
3. San Francisco 49ers (via Dolphins): Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
I wouldn’t do this but all reports say Mac is the pick. Selecting Jones over Fields is a head scratcher. Maybe Kyle Shanahan isn’t the genius NFL media has touted him out to be.
4. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
With reports of the Falcons taking calls on Julio Jones, it seems a rebuild is imminent. Get the QB of the future in Justin Fields.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Joe Burrow wants former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase, but Sewell will prevent Burrow from being on the IR, which is more important than playing with a former teammate.
6. Miami Dolphins (via Eagles): Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Pitts is a man bear (half man, half bear) and is arguably the best overall prospect in the draft. He is a can’t miss and has future All-Pro written all over him. This gives Tua Tagovailoa a new weapon and a completely revamped receiving core of Devante Parker, Will Fuller, Pitts and Gesicki.
7. Detroit Lions: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
QB Jared Goff gets a new weapon in the best receiver prospect in years. Chase and Goff should make magic in Detroit.
8. Carolina Panthers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
The Panthers get Sam Darnold some more protection so he can sling it to his new weapons in DJ Moore, Robby Anderson and Christian McCaffrey.
9. Denver Broncos: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
Move over Drew Lock, Lance is the future for the Broncos. His upside is too much to pass up in a division that features Justin Herbert, Derek Carr and Patrick Mahomes for the hope that Lock becomes great.
10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Some scouts view Surtain as the cleanest cornerback in the draft. The Cowboys get a stud to help their defense, which was bad last year.
11. Giants: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The Giants land the 2020 Heisman winner who has zero holes in his game. His route running is elite, he’s got strong hands and can fly. Only questions revolve around his size at 6-0, 170 pounds.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (via Dolphins): Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Waddle is arguably the fastest receiver in the draft and some believe he has more upside than his teammate Smith due to his blazing speed. Jalen Hurts gets a dynamic weapon to help his development.
13. L.A. Chargers: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Adding Darrisaw will improve a unit that was one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL in 2020. With the additions of Corey Linsley and Darrisaw, Justin Herbert should be even better.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT/G, USC
The former USC tackle is versatile and can play both tackle and guard. He would be an instant upgrade at left guard over Mason Cole.
15. New England Patriots: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida.
Toney is electric with the ball in his hands and will be a great weapon for Cam Newton to throw to.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
When the Cardinals released Patrick Peterson in the offseason, it made them deficient at cornerback. Their returning corners are Byron Murphy, Malcolm Butler and Robert Alford. Horn immediately improves that group.
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Some view Parsons as the best defensive player in the draft and he will help improve a Raiders defense that was putrid last year.
18. Miami Dolphins: Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia
After releasing Kyle Van Noy the Dolphins will be able to fill his spot with Ojulari.
19. Washington Football Team: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Owusu-Koramoah adds to an already loaded defense.
20. Chicago Bears: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
The Bears need to provide Andy Dalton with as many weapons as possible.
21. Indianapolis Colts: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Collins could be the best defensive player in the draft. He’s a playmaker that has great instincts and should be a difference maker in the NFL.
22. Tennessee Titans: Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern
The Titans released both of their starting cornerbacks from 2020. Newsome has everything you want in a corner and can contribute right away.
23. Jets: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
The Jets draft should focus around Wilson. Drafting Jenkins protects Wilson. He is a mauler and will improve the offensive line.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Harris has zero holes in his game. His vision, quickness, power and hands are elite. He adds a much needed boost to the Steelers run game that lost James Conner in free agency.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
The Jags’ defense was bad against the run in 2020. The selection of Barmore will improve that flaw in their defense.
26. Cleveland Browns: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
Davis is an excellent athlete that can improve the Browns linebacker unit.
27. Baltimore Ravens: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
The Ravens receiving core needs improvement. Lamar Jackson doesn’t have enough weapons outside of Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown. Marshall will improve the passing game and allow Jackson to take another step in his development.
28. New Orleans Saints: Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Paye will help replace Trey Hendrickson who had 13.5 sacks last year but left in free agency.
29. Green Bay Packers: Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama
The Packers fill a need with Dickerson after losing their pro bowl center during the offseason.
30. Buffalo Bills: Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami
If the Bills want to surpass Kansas City they need to improve their pass rush, which was 15th in the league with 38 sacks. Phillips is an excellent option even though he has had some medical concerns.
31. Baltimore Ravens: Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
After trading Orlando Brown, the Ravens can fill his role with Eichenberg.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
The Buccaneers’ pass rush harassed Mahomes in the Super Bowl and is the main reason they won. Adding more firepower never hurts.