On our special bye week edition of the Arrowhead Pride Draft Show, we did an entire first-round mock draft (and we also made a couple of additional picks for the Kansas City Chiefs).
We broke down all kinds of scenarios and presented several different names at each spot along the way. In this post, we’ll list all 32 of our first-round picks.
(We also made Chiefs’ picks at 64 and 96, but c’mon! You’ve got to listen to the show for those.)
1. Jacksonville Jaguars - QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
One of the best quarterback prospects in recent memory.
Saved his best for the biggest moment of his young career so far — an outstanding performance against the Clemson Tigers and the first overall pick, Lawrence.
People forget about Chase — but the last time we saw him he was dominating college football. Great target for Tua Tagovailoa.
The Falcons don’t plan on being back this high any time soon. It’s probably time to take a young quarterback. Wilson is an exciting prospect with plus creativity and arm talent.
5. Cincinnati Bengals - OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
The Bengals are thrilled that the best offensive tackle falls to them — someone they likely would take if they had the second pick.
6. Philadelphia Eagles - WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
A little early, but the Heisman winner finds a home in Philadelphia to pair with a receiver that Jalen Hurts already played with during Smith’s freshman year.
7. Detroit Lions - LB Micah Parsons, Penn State
Lions get athleticism on their defense that they desperately need — Parsons has that in spades.
8. Carolina Panthers - QB Trey Lance, NDSU
Matt Rhule historically bets on his ability to find athletes and coach the best out of them. Lance is that embodied at quarterback. If they don’t anticipate picking high anytime soon — this is a chance to grab a quarterback.
9. Denver Broncos - CB Patrick Surtain, Alabama
No quarterbacks are available — bummer. Might as well try to hold on to the back end against Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert.
They lack talent on defense and Farley is a big, athletic freak at the cornerback position. High upside for the back end of their defense.
11. New York Giants - EDGE Kwity Paye, Michigan
Outstanding dense, athletic profile and a worthy investment to develop off the edge.
12. San Francisco - OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
Another team that could move up for a quarterback. Here, they bolster its offensive linemen who can play anywhere up front.
13. Los Angeles Chargers - OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
High-ceiling tackle to help protect the presumed Offensive Rookie of the Year.
14. Minnesota Vikings - EDGE Gregory Rousseau, Miami
NFL teams will like the physical profile and production of Rousseau. He goes to a team that has developed a similar rusher in Danielle Hunter — who they hope to line him up across.
15. New England Patriots - TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
Do. Not. Like. This. Pitts should go earlier, but sometimes, it’s hard to find a perfect fit. He goes to New England to catch passes from nobody.
16. Arizona Cardinals - WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
Bigger needs here, but the Cardinals strengthen a strength with the best player available — an elite downfield talent.
Dynamic, athletic, three-down player who can cover tight ends and make plays sideline to sideline.
18. Miami Dolphins - LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa
One of the best defensive players of the college season — impacted games as a rusher, in coverage and in the run game.
19. Washington Football Team - CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
Another quality coverage player to put behind an outstanding defensive line.
20. Chicago Bears - IOL Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC
Vera-Tucker can play anywhere on the offensive line, and the Bears can plug him in wherever they need.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR) - OT Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
A small reach to grab the best fit at offensive tackle to protect their prized quarterback in Lawrence.
22. Indianapolis Colts - EDGE Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
The Colts have some similarly-profiled EDGE players and add the most talented version of what they have in Ojulari — with some juice off the edge.
23. Cleveland Browns - EDGE Jaelan Phillips, Miami
Former No. 1 recruit in the country has put together a fantastic season. The big question for his draft stock is the significant injuries he’s had.
24. Tennessee Titans - EDGE Joseph Ossai, Texas
High effort, endless motor pass rusher that is underdeveloped but has a lot of upside with the tools he possesses.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
A versatile weapon that can help generate easy offense for Tom Brady underneath vertical weapons.
26. Baltimore Ravens - IOL Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
The Ravens bolster an offensive line that has struggled with injuries and slowed their offense down for stretches of the year.
27. New York Jets (from SEA) - RB Najee Harris, Alabama
Najee Harris matters. A big, dynamic three-down running back to put in the backfield with Fields.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers - OT Jalen Mayfield, Michigan
High ceiling offensive tackle to inject talent into an older and declining offensive line.
29. New Orleans Saints - LB Nick Bolton, Missouri
Big, physical, downhill linebacker that’s a perfect fit for a tough Saints defense.
30. Buffalo Bills - CB Eric Stokes, Georgia
Get an athletic cornerback opposite Tre’Davious White.
31. Green Bay Packers - IDL Jay Tufele, USC
Slim pickings in the interior defensive line class. The Packers are desperate for help inside and go with the best interior defensive lineman on the board.
32. Kansas City Chiefs - EDGE Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati (original pick)
(Note: Sanders decided to return to school shortly after this mock was released. He has a chance to go in the top 15 in the 2022 NFL Draft — as his athletic profile is typically what is coveted early.)
This might be a surprise to some, but Sanders should climb up boards as the draft process continues. Sanders boasts the kind of physical profile that Steve Spagnuolo has historically coveted. He packs 260 pounds on a long, 6-foot-5 frame but carries it extremely well. He plays more powerful than he looks. The Chiefs won’t be able to find an athletic profile like Sanders at the EDGE position past Sanders. There were other players at other positions we considered (offensive line, wide receiver) but felt that there was better depth and value in day two at those positions than at defensive end. The Chiefs upgrade a position of need with a high-motor athlete who has some ability off the edge. Keep an eye on Sanders the next couple of months.
32. WR Chris Olave, Ohio State University (re-draft)
With no defensive ends available worth the pick here, the Chiefs stack their weapons with one of the last of the top-tier receivers in Olave. While not the most heralded receiver in his own Buckeyes recruiting class, Olave has been an impact player from jump street as a true freshman — showing advanced route-running ability in his first year. Olave can do anything you ask and possesses the underrated deep speed to go with fluidity through his frame and ball-tracking ability. There aren’t many holes in his game — outside of not being the most physical, big-bodied receiver in the class. Still, you can line him up on the line of scrimmage with confidence that he’ll beat press coverage.
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