NFL Draft: Tyler Amaral’s Final Mock Draft

Our Tyler Amaral reveals his final mock draft prior to tonight’s first round. Some intriguing picks here.

First Round

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Travon Walker, DL Georgia – Trent Baalke wants Travon Walker. Shad Khan wants Aidan Hutchinson. Who wins?

2. Detroit Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE Michigan – The safest player in the draft slips to number 2. Dream scenario for Dan Campbell and Brad Holmes.

3. Houston Texans: Evan Neal, OT Alabama – The Texans have holes at every position group. Neal can play left guard or right tackle in year one before eventually taking over for Laremy Tunsil at left tackle.

4. New York Jets: Ikem Ekwonu, OT NC State – All reports coming out of New York are saying General Manager Joe Douglas loves Ekwonu. He’s the pick here, especially now that there’s doubt about Mekhi Becton’s future with the team.

5. New York Giants: Sauce Gardner, CB Cincinnati – Gardner checks every box. The Giants need help at corner even with James Bradberry on the roster.

6. Carolina Panthers: Charles Cross, OT Mississippi State – Cross isn’t for everyone. He has limited run blocking experience and only plays left tackle. Reports coming out of Carolina this week suggest the Panthers will add to the offensive line with their first pick and attempt to trade for a veteran signal caller, potentially Baker Mayfield.

7. New York Giants: Kayvon Thibodeuax, EDGE Oregon – Long considered the best player in the class, Thibodeaux has slipped in recent months due to unproven character concerns.

8. Atlanta Falcons: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE Florida State – Once a member of the vaunted Georgia front seven, Johnson transferred to Florida State and dominated the ACC. He will fill one of the many holes on the Atlanta roster.

9. Seattle Seahawks: Derek Stingley, CB LSU – Stingley could go as early as pick 3, but his floor seems to be Seattle. Had he been eligible to declare for the draft two years ago, he could have been a top 5 selection.

10. New York Jets: Jameson Williams, WR Alabama – One thing is clear – the Jets want to add a dynamic weapon for Zach Wilson. They’ve missed on Tyreek Hill and expressed interest in DK Metcalf and Deebo Samuel.

11. Washington Commanders: Garrett Wilson, WR Ohio State – If Carson Wentz is going to succeed in Washington, he needs some more help. Wilson is a seamless fit across from fellow Buckeye Terry McLaurin.

12. Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Hamilton, S Notre Dame – One of the best prospects in the class slips on draft day due to positional value and average testing numbers.

13. Houston Texans: Trent McDuffie, CB Washington – McDuffie has reportedly blown away front office members across the league during pre-draft interviews. This alone makes him appealing to Nick Caserio. McDuffie is smaller, but he is a sticky defender on the back end and is also a willing tackler.

14. Baltimore Ravens: Jordan Davis, DT Georgia – Despite the re-signing of Calais Campbell, the Ravens need help on the interior of their defensive line. Davis is a freak.

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Drake London, WR USC – Philadelphia selects a receiver in the first round for the third straight year. London is a great compliment to DeVonta Smith.

16. New Orleans Saints: Trevor Penning, OT Northern Iowa – The Saints have two obvious needs – left tackle and receiver. They address one here. Let’s see what they do at 19.

17. Los Angeles Chargers: Chris Olave, WR Ohio State – The Chargers could go in a number of directions. I’m betting they try to upgrade the offense around Justin Herbert.

18. Philadelphia Eagles: George Karlaftis, EDGE Purdue – Brandon Graham is getting older and Derek Barnett has mostly underwhelmed.

19. New Orleans Saints: Kenny Pickett, QB Pittsburgh – No receiver is a value at this point so the Saints make Pickett the first quarterback selected.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Malik Willis, QB Liberty – Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert have shown interest in Willis the entire offseason. He will need to sit for a year behind Mitchell Trubisky.

21. New England Patriots: Kenyon Green, OL Texas A&M – Green is a super versatile offensive lineman. He played four positions in college. He would immediately slot in at one guard spot for the Patriots and has the ability to slide to tackle if absolutely necessary.

22. Green Bay Packers: Devonte Wyatt, DT Georgia – Packers fans won’t like this pick, but the Packers need a disruptive presence next to Kenny Clark.

23. Arizona Cardinals: Zion Johnson, OL Boston College – Johnson is as solid as they come and is another versatile offensive lineman profiling best as a high end NFL guard.

24. Dallas Cowboys: Treylon Burks, WR Arkansas – Offensive line is a bigger need, but Burks is more highly rated than any lineman at this point. And is Jerry actually going to pass on a fellow Razorback?!

25. Buffalo Bills: Kaiir Elam, CB Florida – Elam has great size and thrives in man coverage. He fills what is essentially Buffalo’s only hole after losing Levi Wallace last month.

26. Tennessee Titans: Desmond Ridder, QB Cincinnati – The most surprising pick of Thursday night. The Titans need to question whether Ryan Tannehill is the answer or not. Ridder will draw rave reviews from former coach and friend of Mike Vrabel, Luke Fickell.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lewis Cine, S Georgia – The Buccaneers have bigger needs at guard and defensive line. Cine will play early even with a pretty crowded safety room in Tampa.

28. Green Bay Packers: Bernhard Raimann, OT Central Michigan – Packers fans won’t like this pick either. Raimann can start at right tackle from day one kicking Elgton Jenkins back inside to guard. Check out the round 2 picks, Packer fans!

29. Kansas City Chiefs: Boye Mafe, EDGE Minnesota – Melvin Ingram has not re-signed and Frank Clark has underwhelmed. The Chiefs need someone to get consistent pressure on the quarterback from the edge.

30. Kansas City Chiefs: Dax Hill, DB Michigan – The Chiefs lost Tyrann Mathieu earlier in the offseason. Hill will give Steve Spagnuolo that same versatility.

31. Cincinnati Bengals: Kyler Gordon, CB Washington – The Bengals could add an interior offensive lineman here, but upgrading on Eli Apple is the more pressing need after their free agent additions.

32. Detroit Lions: Nakobe Dean, LB Georgia – Dean is the first off ball linebacker selected. Linebacker is not the Lions biggest need, but Dean is a home run draft pick and fits the culture Dan Campbell is trying to build perfectly.

Second Round

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Devin Lloyd, LB Utah

  2. Detroit Lions: Jahan Dotson, WR Penn State

  3. New York Jets: Andrew Booth, CB Clemson

  4. New York Giants: Tyler Linderbaum, C Iowa

  5. Houston Texans: Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE Penn State

  6. New York Jets: Drake Jackson, EDGE USC

  7. Chicago Bears: Tyler Smith, OL Tulsa

  8. Seattle Seahawks: Matt Corral, QB Ole Miss

  9. Seattle Seahawks: Quay Walker, LB Georgia

  10. Indianapolis Colts: Christian Watson, WR North Dakota State

  11. Atlanta Falcons: George Pickens, WR Georgia

  12. Cleveland Browns: Travis Jones, DT Connecticut

  13. Baltimore Ravens: David Ojabo, EDGE Michigan

  14. Minnesota Vikings: Roger McCreary, CB Auburn

  15. Washington Commanders: Sam Howell, QB North Carolina

  16. Chicago Bears: Skyy Moore, WR Western Michigan

  17. New Orleans Saints: Jalen Tolbert, WR South Alabama

  18. Kansas City Chiefs: Cam Taylor-Britt, CB Nebraska

  19. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Pitre, S Baylor

  20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jaquan Brisker, S Penn State

  21. Green Bay Packers: John Metchie, WR Alabama

  22. New England Patriots: Christian Harris, LB Alabama

  23. Arizona Cardinals: Nik Bonitto, EDGE Oklahoma

  24. Dallas Cowboys: Sean Rhyan, OL UCLA

  25. Buffalo Bills: Breece Hill, RB Iowa State

  26. Atlanta Falcons: Kenneth Walker, RB Michigan State

  27. Green Bay Packers: Justyn Ross, WR Clemson

  28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Logan Hall, DL Houston

  29. San Francisco 49ers: Cam Jurgens, C Nebraska

  30. Kansas City Chiefs: Alec Pierce, WR Cincinnati

  31. Cincinnati Bengals: Perrion Winfrey, DT Oklahoma

  32. Denver Broncos: Chad Muma, LB Wyoming

Third Round

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dylan Parham, IOL Memphis

  2. Detroit Lions: Nick Cross, S Maryland

  3. New York Giants: Channing Tindall, LB Georgia

  4. Houston Texans: Trey McBridge, TE Colorado State

  5. New York Jets: DeMarvin Leal, DL Texas A&M

  6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Bryan Cook, S Cincinnati

  7. Chicago Bears: Phidarian Mathis, DT Alabama

  8. Seattle Seahawks: Josh Paschal, DL Kentucky

  9. Indianapolis Colts: Abraham Lucas, OT Washington State

  10. Atlanta Falcons: Jamaree Salyer, OL Georgia

  11. Denver Broncos: Greg Dulcich, TE UCLA

  12. Baltimore Ravens: Luke Fortner, IOL Kentucky

  13. Minnesota Vikings: Khalil Shakir, WR Boise State

  14. Cleveland Browns: Sam Williams, EDGE Ole Miss

  15. Los Angeles Chargers: Darian Kinnard, OL Kentucky

  16. Houston Texans: Cole Strange, IOL Chattanooga

  17. New York Giants: Josh Ezeudu, OL North Carolina

  18. Atlanta Falcons: Matthew Butler, DT Tennessee

  19. Philadelphia Eagles: Brian Asamoah, LB Oklahoma

  20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jalyn Armour-Davis, CB Alabama

  21. New England Patriots: Marcus Jones, CB Houston

  22. Las Vegas Raiders: Martin Emerson, CB Mississippi State

  23. Arizona Cardinals: James Cook, RB Georgia

  24. Dallas Cowboys: Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT Ohio State

  25. Buffalo Bills: JT Woods, S Baylor

  26. Tennessee Titans: Leo Chenal, LB Wisconsin

  27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ed Ingram, IOL LSU

  28. Green Bay Packers: DeAngelo Malone, EDGE Western Kentucky

  29. San Francisco 49ers: Tariq Woolen, CB UTSA

  30. Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Wright, EDGE UAB

  31. Cincinnati Bengals: Zach Tom, OL Wake Forest

  32. Denver Broncos: Cameron Thomas, EDGE San Diego State

  33. Detroit Lions: Coby Bryant, CB Cincinnati

  34. New Orleans Saints: Alontae Taylor, DB Tennessee

  35. Cleveland Browns: Alec Lindstrom, C Boston College

  36. Baltimore Ravens: Josh Jobe, CB Alabama

  37. Philadelphia Eagles: Daniel Faalele, OT Minnesota

  38. Miami Dolphins: Troy Andersen, LB Montana State

  39. Kansas City Chiefs: Jelani Woods, TE Virginia

  40. Los Angeles Rams: Kerby Joseph, S Illinois

  41. San Francisco 49ers: Luke Goedeke, OL Central Michigan