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Joe Ewell NFL Mock Draft 1.0


1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Evan Neal (Alabama) - OT

- Top Needs

o OL, WR, DB

- There are plenty of great prospects in this draft class. This kid Evan Neal is something else though. He is a beast when blocking of any type. It doesn’t matter if the play is run or pass and he just gets his job done. He isn’t cocky and knows his role. I love that about him. Aside from him being 6’7” and weighing 350 pounds, the tackle from Florida has impeccable form and is very agile for someone of his stature. The Jaguars are going to need a tackle like Neal to protect their first overall pick from last year Trevor Lawrence.


2. Detroit Lions- Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon) - EDGE

- Top Needs

o QB, DL, WR

- Shockingly I never say this but for how bad the Lions record was, they were the best losing team I have seen play in a long time. These guys played with heart. Thibodeaux is a menace on the field. When I watch this kid’s film it is nothing short then excellence. He is 6’5” and just over 250 pounds of straight muscle and anger coming to hurt your quarterback. There is no doubt in my mind that Thibodeaux will be a gamechanger for the Lions right out the gate. The Lions could go QB with Corral or Pickett but I believe that defense wins championships and well, the Lions haven’t won one yet, so I think they’re due.


3. Houston Texans- Matt Corral (Ole Miss) - QB

- Top Needs

o QB, DL, WR

- Matt Corral had himself a season and showed why he should be the number one QB taken in this year’s draft. Corral threw for over 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns, while only accounting for only 5 interceptions. The QB from Ventura, California weighs 200 pounds and is 6 foot tall. He shows great pocket presence and can drop dimes on the field. He also has great 6th sense of when pressure is coming and can avoid being sacked. Corral was only sacked 25 times this year. He is not the most mobile guy but he is pro-ready.


4. New York Jets- Derek Stingley Jr. (LSU) - CB

- Top Needs

o DB, WR, G

- Stingley Jr. is a premier type of talent. People want to call LSU “DBU” and Stingley Jr. is definitely giving people a case on why. Stingley Jr. is out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He bleeds purple and yellow. Stingley Jr. had his season cut short due to a foot injury, and he had a choppy 2020 season. In the 2019 season when the Tigers won the national championship, Stingley Jr. picked 6 passes, had 38 tackles (31 solos), and 15 pass deflections. When this young man is healthy, he is a very well-rounded player. He has God given talent with a good head on his shoulders and when a player can use that talent the correct way, they are a problem on the field for opposing offenses.


5. New York Giants- Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame) - S

- Top Needs

o DB, OL, WR

- Kyle Hamilton is a player who can come into the league and make an elite impact on the Giants defense. Hamilton is a 6’4”, 220-pound safety who is a ball hawk. He will find that ball and make an impact on the play somehow. In three years at Notre Dame; Hamilton had 8 interceptions having three of those interceptions last season in 2021. Hamilton also had just over 130 tackles on his career for the Fighting Irish. He accounted for 97 of his career tackles being solo. Kyle Hamilton is a name to remember. The Giants secondary needs help and Hamilton can give more than a helping hand.


6. Carolina Panthers- Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan) - EDGE

- Top Needs

o OL, DL, LB

- Aidan Hutchinson made a statement in the 2021 season. He really came on the scene in the Michigan v. Ohio State game. Hutchinson was a Heisman finalist. Had he won that would have given Michigan the only two defensive Heisman winners. Hutchinson is out of Plymouth, Michigan which is just a 20-minute drive from Ann Arbor. Hutchinson is a 6’6” 260-pound edge rusher who had 14 sacks and 3 of them coming against Heisman finalist CJ Stroud. Though the Panthers can go in other directions with there pick, Hutchinson is a special type of talent who just plays with an immense amount of love and passion for the game. He is never satisfied with his work. Hutchinson always claims that there is more work that needs to be done.


7. New York Giants (via Chicago)- Tyler Linderbaum (Iowa) - C

- Top Needs

o DB, OL, WR

- Since I have the Giants going with safety Kyle Hamilton with their 5th overall pick, I believe that with this pick they can use it to get Daniel Jones some protection. Linderbaum is the number one interior blocker in my eyes this year. He took home the Rimington Trophy this season as the top center in the NCAA. Iowa is known for their big offensive lineman having success in the NFL. The Giants need help at receiver but you can’t throw the ball if there is a guy in Daniel Jones’ face every play. Linderbaum can play any of the three interior positions which makes him very valuable.


8. Atlanta Falcons- Kenny Pickett (Pitt) - QB

- Top Needs

o QB, DB, Edge

- This pick is to take place only if the Falcons do not trade back. I believe that they will if Kyle Hamilton, or Derek Stingley Jr are not available. For that to happen with the Falcons sitting at 8 is a hard fall to happen. Now Pickett is an elite talent. He is going to need a little time and I believe that is why if the Falcons keep this pick, you draft him. He is a pro-style QB who can run if needed. Pickett threw for over 4,000 yards with 42 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. I have watched Pickett a lot this season and absolutely love this pick for the Falcons. The Falcons would take Pickett, let him sit for a year, learn behind a seasoned vet and develop. This pick can change the Falcons team and make them a threat in 2-3 seasons.


9. Denver Broncos- Nakobe Dean (Georgia) - LB

- Top Needs

o QB, ILB, Tackle

- Nakobe Dean came into the season with everyone knowing his name. Everyone that had to play Georgia this year had to plan around Dean. Dean is an inside LB who has a nose for the ball and is downhill payer. He had 72 total tackles this year and 6 sacks. He also capped his college career off with a national championship. Dean is 6 feet tall and 225 pounds. He is very agile and can drop back to help in the passing game. Dean is a great leader on the field. He is a field general when he is out there and will make sure that everyone does their job. I am excited to watch this young man on Sundays. I know that adding a player of his caliber and potential can help fill in the lonesome spot that was left when Von Miller went to the Rams.


10. New York Jets ( via Seattle)- Garret Wilson (Ohio State) - WR

- Top Needs

o DB, WR, G

- I have the Jets taking corner Derek Stingley Jr out of LSU. Now is the time to give Zach Wilson some targets to throw too. Wilson is the best wide receiver in the draft this year. He can take someone deep and his route running is also exquisite. Wilson had over 1,000 yards receiving and 12 touchdown receptions. He is a playmaker on the field. He can be used in the slot, outside, or wherever the Jets need him. He is a very versatile player who is also humble. Wilson put up those stats while playing alongside side Olave and Smith-Njigba. Ohio State had the most competitive wide receiver room in the nation this year and Wilson still put-up unreal numbers this season. Wilson will be able to come into the Jet’s offense this coming season and change it immediately.


11. Washington Football Team- Malik Willis (Liberty) - QB

- Top Needs

o QB, OL, WR

- QB out of Atlanta Georgia, Malik Willis is a special talent. He has some molding that needs to be done but, there is a very high ceiling on a young talent. Willis coming in at 6’1” 215-pounds is a force to be reckoned with. The QB from Liberty can come to Washington and make a large impact. He also holds himself with a high amount of confidence, which could just be what the doctor ordered for the Football Team. Washington has a very good defense and there are many times that they are in a lot of games at the end but come up short. I believe that Willis can be the guy to put them over the top. Willis led Liberty to an 8-5 record this season, and capped that season off with an impressive bowl win over Eastern Michigan 56-20.


12. Minnesota Vikings- Ahmad Gardner (Cincinnati) - CB

- Top Needs

o CB, DL, LB

- Ahmad Gardner is a special kind of talent at Corner. He can play both sides of the ball, boundary or field. His frame for his positions is what catches my eye at first. Gardner is 6’3” and 200-pounds. This pick will give the Vikings a jolt on their defensive side of the ball. Gardner will be able to matchup well when going up for jump balls. The Vikings ranked 5th worst in the NFL this past season in passing yards given up.


13. Cleveland Browns- Chris Olave (Ohio State) - WR

- Top Needs

o LB, WR, S

- Chris Olave is the definition of a deep threat. This man has burners. Olave had just under 1,000 receiving yards in 2021 season. He was rated as a Heisman finalist going into the year. Olave has great speed, can go up to get the ball, and might use gorilla glue when he is playing because he does not drop the ball. The young man from California put up those stats alongside the number one receiver in the draft class Garrett Wilson. Ohio State was lucky to have that duo, and I don’t think an NFL team will get that lucky but that would be sweet! Olave has great attention to detail, and you can see it in his route running. If the Browns do not choose to extend Higgins or keep Landry in 2022 then that WR room can be in some trouble in the coming years. The Browns drafting Olave will give their room some reassurance with having Olave and Donovan Peoples-Jones.


14. Baltimore Ravens- Charles Cross (Miss. State) - OT

- Top Needs

o OL, LB, DL

- The Baltimore Ravens have a lot of holes on their team. They have gone out and have performed in the past few years. Cross is a 6’5" 310 pound. Cross can enter the league now and match up with some of the league’s best edge rushers. This will allow for the Ravens to protect their franchise QB. Lamar Jackson is a scrambling QB but the more they can avoid him doing that it will make for a longer career. Cross would perform his best at left tackle. With the trade of Orlando Brown Jr. it is a very smart pick to make.


15. Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami)- George Karlaftis (Purdue) - EDGE

- Top Needs

o S, WR, DL

- The edge rusher out of Purdue University is leaving the Boilermakers at 6’4” 275-pounds. An Indiana native out of West Lafayette which happens to be the town in which Purdue is in. Karlaftis recorded 2 forced fumbles and recovered both this past season. He also collected 4.5 sacks on the season to go along with 25 solo tackles. While playing on the defensive line he did have two pass deflections as well. This man is a beast. He can come into to the league his rookie season and help someone out and in my eyes the Eagles really need help at this position.


16. Philadelphia Eagles (via Indianapolis)- Jameson Williams (Alabama) - WR

- Top Needs

o S, WR, DL

- THIS IS CRAZY! Three Ohio State wide receivers off the board in the first round… well kind of. Jameson Williams transferred from Ohio State to Alabama after the 2020 season, when Justin Fields entered the league. Now some can say that he didn’t want to catch balls from Stroud but I believe he was scared of the competition in the room. Just think that in the 2020 season, Williams, Olave, and Wilson were all on the field at once. Williams is a premier talent and is elite. He put up just over 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns this past season. The WR out of Saint Louis is 6’2” 190-pounds. He did tear his ACL in the national championship, but the eagles need more weapons and Williams is a guy you can't pass on. He has the potential to be the number one WR in this draft class.


17. Los Angeles Chargers- Jordan Davis (Georgia) - DT

- Top Needs

o DL, ILB, WR

- The 6’6” 360-pound beast of a man out of Charlotte, NC is a problem on the field. For a guy of his size, he moves so well. He is a very strong man but also has good hands down in the trenches. The 4-year Georgia Bulldog posted 32 total tackles and 2 sacks on the 2021 season. Davis topped his career at Georgia off with a national championship win over Alabama. Davis on most big boards is the number one defensive lineman on the interior in this year’s draft class. Davis is also an extraordinary man. Kirby Smart (Georgia Head Coach) has had many interviews regarding his star defensive tackle and has had nothing but good things to say about him from on & off the field.


18. New Orleans Saints- Treylon Burks (Arkansas) - WR

- Top Needs

o QB, WR, OL

- The Saints have some offensive needs in the offseason to take care of. They truly need a new franchise QB. Their pick is 18 so it will be hard for them to find that guy. I do think they can trade up to possibly get a Malik Willis, possibly with the Falcons for the 8th pick. Now if they stay where they are at, Treylon Burks is a very highly talented WR out of Arkansas. Originally from the state of Arkansas, Burks can help that depleted room. Burks is 6’3” coming in at 225 pounds. The former Razorback hauled in just over 1,100 yards this season through the air and caught 11 touchdowns to go with that. Burks frame definitely gives him an advantage against other corners. He can improve on his speed to compete at the NFL level. The Saints could use a top receiver because other then Michael Thomas they don’t have “that guy”. Since the 2019 season Thomas has not been himself. This will give the Saints someone to develop into one of the leagues top guys at the wide receiver position.







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