Everybody loves a list, so here it is, the official BtY NFL Mock Draft. Enjoy it, and then rip it to shreds after the first round is over. If you can’t read, you can listen to the podcast here: Apple , Spotify
- Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
This has been a forgone conclusion for the last two years. Didn’t matter who was picking here, TLaw is the pick.
- Jets – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
He shot up draft boards with his exciting play during the season and his pro day was immaculate. Don’t let the lack of competition fool you, the Jets finally hit a home run on a franchise QB.
- 49ers – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
I don’t like this pick. I don’t like it one bit. Why trade all the way up to 3 to get the 5th best QB in the class who needs talent around him to succeed? I love what John Lynch has done so far as GM, but I think he let Shanahan take the reigns on this one and they reach for a system QB.
- Falcons – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
There’s a lot of trade buzz around this pick, but I only think that the Falcons give it up if they get the HOUSE for it. The Falcons were very bad in 2020, don’t get me wrong, but they blew a lot of leads. Pitts will be an instant contributor and an All-Pro. In a draft that isn’t defensively top-heavy, go Pitts and load up on D later.
- Bengals – Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Can’t get the ball to Ja’Marr Chase if Burrow doesn’t have time to throw. Cincy beefs up in the trenches so they can play AFC North football instead of going with the flashy WR.
- Dolphins – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Also some trade buzz around this pick and I honestly don’t know why the Phins would trade out here. I thought trading out of 3 was dumb until they moved back up to 6. They were a borderline playoff team that is just a couple of pieces away. Mike Florio says that if they have the choice between Chase and Waddle, they’re going to go Waddle. Ooookay.
- Lions – Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Once Chase falls to 7, the Lions phones will be ringing off the hook, for good reason, but they should stay put and get their long needed replacement for Megatron.
- Patriots (from Panthers) – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio St.
Fields shouldn’t drop this far, but he will and Belechick will move up to take him. Rare move from Belechick to move up instead of back, but when you need a franchise QB, it’s worth it. Bill B will be making his way back to the top of the NFL with this pick. Side note: I’ve heard rumblings about a Jimmy G trade but I think going young here would be the right move.
- Broncos – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota St.
Belechick moves up and steals Fields from Elway and he drafts another bust. He can’t help it, he’s just cursed. Lance is talented, but there are always busts and this could very well be one of them.
- Cowboys – Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Jerry Jones’ defense STUNK last year. In a passing league, they get a guy who should be able to shut down an offense’s #1 wideout on any given Sunday. He did it in the best conference in college football, time to prove it.
- Giants – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
The Giants could go a lot of different directions here, but in a division with WFT, OLine should be a HUGE priority and they get a bookend tackle to compliment Nate Solder.
- Eagles – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
They don’t repeat last year and pass up on an instant contributor at wide receiver. Don’t fuck this one up Philly. Seriously, your fans can’t take it anymore.
- Chargers – Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC
The Chargers need to get healthy first, but they still need a lot of help. It starts up front. Keep Vera-Tucker in LA to protect your franchise QB. Smart, safe pick.
- Vikings – Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami
The Vikings’ offense was great last year, but their defense couldn’t stop a nose bleed. They begin rebuilding Mike Zimmer’s defense with a premier pass rusher.
- WFT (from Carolina from NE) – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn St.
All the QBs are gone, the top 3 WRs are gone, but WFT jumps at an opportunity to get an anchor for the middle of that already stingy defense. Parsons will have fun playing behind that DLine.
- Cardinals – Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama
The Cardinals could have used some secondary help, but I’m going to go DLine here. You can’t really go wrong with a guy from Alabama who will do the dirty work down low, just ask WFT.
- Raiders – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Some will probably be shocked that Horn falls this far, but the Raiders love it. Horn could even go before Surtain, but if they can get him, he will be a great improvement to an abysmal Raider defense.
- Dolphins – Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
The Dolphins could go OL here, but I think they go best available and replace Kyle Van Noy with Paye and never look back.
- Carolina (from WFT) – Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
Newsome is a really good, athletic corner who is just fundamentally sound. The Panthers defense has been really bad, so getting someone who can just do their job will be important for them as they rebuild.
- Bears – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
I think the Bears will really miss Kyle Fuller, so they replace him with another corner from VT. It worked once, I’m sure it will work again.
- Colts – Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
With one of the best rosters in football, the Colts don’t have a lot of holes. Can’t go wrong by going with a top notch offensive lineman, so that’s where I’ll go here.
- Titans – Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
I think Moore’s speed will give the Titans a really nice compliment to AJ Brown’s physicality. More will fill a need with Corey Davis’ departure, but will allow them to get more creative with the offense
- Jets – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
The Jets can go a number of ways here but I think JOK can provide them with a really solid talent in the middle of their defense. You got a signal caller on offense, can’t hurt to get one for the defense (they do have washed up CJ Mosley, but whatever).
- Steelers – Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma St
The Steelers offensive line stunk out loud last year. Pouncey retired, they lost Villanueva, I think they get Jenkins here and he helps them in a big way improve their last place rushing offense from a year ago.
- Jaguars – Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
The Jags seem to spend a high pick on defense every year and I think if they get Moehrig here, they could be on their way back to being a top 5 defense. Henderson stays healthy, Allen and Chiasson take the next step, Jack anchors them down and Moehrig patrols over the top. Sounds like a nice core to me.
- Browns – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Much like the WFT pick, Collins will have a lot of fun playing behind this DLine. Browns keep getting better.
- Ravens – Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Bateman is exactly the kind of WR the Ravens need, big physical guy who can be a true number 1. Great compliment to the likes of Hollywood Brown and Devin Duvernay. Maybe this is the year the Ravens hit big on a rookie WR.
- Saints – Asante Samuel Jr, CB, Florida St
The Saints get the son of a former Pro Bowler to play opposite of Marshon Lattimore. No fly zone in NOLA.
- Packers – Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
The Packers finally draft a WR in round 1 and get Rodgers a new toy. Toney reminds me a lot of Tyreek Hill and Matt Lafluer should have fun playing with him in his offense.
- Bills – Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn St
Oweh is a physical freak who barely knows how to play football. Give him to Sean McDermott and he’ll get coached up in no time and he’ll be wreaking havoc on the edge. Could turn out to be the steal of the draft if he hits his ceiling.
- Ravens – Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
The Ravens fill another need here with Ojulari. Some say he is undersized, but he makes up for it with speed and length. If the OLine can’t reach you or catch you, they can’t block you.
- Buccaneers – Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
Do the Bucs even need draft picks with all 22 starters returning? Probably not, but Rousseau will add to an already fierce pass rush.