Tired of mock drafts where the writer doesn’t understand each team’s needs? You won’t find that here.
All through the mock draft season, we’ve been bringing you mock drafts written by national analysts. While these writers may have a solid understanding of individual draft prospects, they may not have the best handle on the needs and philosophies of every NFL team.
So now we bring you the results of SBNation’s annual Writer’s Mock Draft, in which team experts from our 32 NFL sister sites make selections for the teams they cover. Is this projection of the first round going to be 100% correct? Probably not. But no one is going to be able to say they didn’t understand their team’s needs.
The writers decided not to allow mock trades in this draft, but restarted the selection process after all the real-life trades that shook up the first dozen selections.
Then after the Ravens traded offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. to the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Beatdown stepped back in to replace the pick Arrowhead Pride’s Ron Kopp had made at 31: edge rusher Jayson Oweh.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars • QB Trevor Lawrence • Clemson
Big Cat Country: Who could have seen this coming? Besides… well… literally everyone.
2. New York Jets • QB Zach Wilson • BYU
Gang Green Nation: The Jets will almost certainly grab a signal caller with the second overall pick — and it well could be Wilson.
3. San Francisco 49ers • QB Justin Fields • Ohio State
Niners Nation: Shanahan knows how to put quarterbacks in a position to succeed, and Fields’ skill set makes him an excellent option at No. 3
4. Atlanta Falcons • QB Trey Lance • North Dakota State
The Falcoholic: Who knows what the Falcons will actually do in the first round? But this pick makes plenty of sense.
5. Cincinnati Bengals • WR Ja’Marr Chase • LSU
Cincy Jungle: Chase would fill a void left by A.J. Green’s departure and provide a comfortable target for the Bengals’ second-year quarterback.
6. Miami Dolphins • TE Kyle Pitts • Florida
The Phinsider: Tua Tagovailoa should absolutely love our pick!
7. Detroit Lions • OT Penei Sewell • Oregon
Pride of Detroit: Sewell will help keep the pocket clean for Jared Goff — or for the Lions’ quarterback of the future.
8. Carolina Panthers • OT Rashawn Slater • Northwestern
Cat Scratch Reader: With tackles Taylor Moton and Trent Scott currently on one-year deals, we look toward the future.
9. Denver Broncos • LB Micah Parsons • Penn State
Mile High Report: We didn’t want Mac Jones. Instead, we snag Parsons to bolster a revamped Denver defense.
10. Dallas Cowboys • CB Patrick Surtain • Alabama
Blogging the Boys: The Cowboys improve their defensive backfield.
11. New York Giants • WR Jaylen Waddle • Alabama
Big Blue View: Wide receiver isn’t a pressing need for the Giants — but with the way this board fell, he was too good for us to pass up.
12. Philadelphia Eagles • WR DeVonta Smith • Alabama
Bleeding Green Nation: Smith comes off the board one pick behind his Alabama teammate.
13. Los Angeles Chargers • CB Jaycee Horn • South Carolina
Bolts from the Blue: Horn is one of the top cornerbacks in the draft.
The Daily Norseman: With Riley Reiff gone in free agency, Darrisaw fills a huge need.
15. New England Patriots • QB Mac Jones • Alabama
Pats Pulpit: Cam Newton’s return shouldn’t keep the Patriots from planning for the future.
16. Arizona Cardinals • EDGE Jaelen Phillips • Miami
Revenge of the Birds: The Cardinals have a pressing need at cornerback, but the way this board fell made Phillips the obvious choice for us.
17. Las Vegas Raiders • OL Alijah Vera-Tucker • USC
Silver & Black Pride: We go with a versatile offensive lineman.
18. Miami Dolphins • RB Najee Harris • Alabama
The Phinsider: Should this happen in real life, it’ll be an Alabama reunion for Harris and Tua Tagovailoa.
19. Washington Football Team • LB Jamin Davis • Kentucky
Hogs Haven: We fill a need at linebacker by snagging a high-potential player.
20. Chicago Bears • OT Teven Jenkins • Oklahoma State
Windy City Gridiron: The Bears signed Germain Ifedi to a one-year deal — but in an open competition, Jenkins could win the starting right tackle job.
21. Indianapolis Colts • DE Kwity Paye • Michigan
Stampede Blue: Paye’s technique needs refining, but he’s got tremendous potential.
22. Tennessee Titans • WR Rashod Bateman • Minnesota
Music City Miracles: With Corey Davis off to the Jets, Bateman will fill a glaring need for Tennessee.
23. New York Jets • CB Caleb Farley • Virginia Tech
Gang Green Nation: A former high school quarterback who started as a wide receiver at Virginia Tech, Farley is a fascinating prospect.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers • LB Zaven Collins • Tulsa
Behind the Steel Curtain: Collins can do just about anything the Steelers need him to do.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars • DT Christian Barmore • Alabama
Big Cat Country: The Jags fill their second-biggest need with their second first-round pick.
26. Cleveland Browns • EDGE Azeez Ojulari • Georgia
Dawgs By Nature: The Browns’ biggest needs are on defense — and Ojulari fills a big one.
27. Baltimore Ravens • WR Terrace Marshall Jr. • LSU
Baltimore Beatdown: The LSU product has been a recurring first-round prediction for the Ravens.
28. New Orleans Saints • LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah • Notre Dame
Canal Street Chronicles: If the Saints are lucky enough to land him, he could help fill the void left by the departures of Kwon Alexander, Alex Anzalone and Craig Robertson.
29. Green Bay Packers • CB Greg Newsome II • Northwestern
Acme Packing Company: If the board falls similarly on draft night, don’t be surprised to see Newsome land in Wisconsin.
30. Buffalo Bills • CB Asante Samuel Jr. • Florida State
Buffalo Rumblings: Samuel has the athleticism and skillset to immediately earn a starting job with the Bills.
31. Baltimore Ravens • S Trevon Moehrig • TCU
Baltimore Beatdown: This ball-hawking safety will be an immediate contributor to an already-talented secondary.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers • EDGE Gregory Rousseau • Miami
Bucs Nation: The Bucs have a lot of flexibility with this pick — and Rousseau makes a lot of sense.