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Joe Ewell NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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 shows 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- Aiden Hutchinson (Michigan) (EDGE)

- Top Needs

o QB, DL, WR

- - 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. If Hutchinson did win that would have given the Michigan the only two defensive Heisman winners. Hutchinson is out of Plymouth, Michigan. Plymouth being just a 20-minute drive from Ann Arbor. Hutchinson is a 6’6” 260-pound edge rusher who had 14 sacks and on 3 of them he tackled another Heisman finalist in CJ Stroud. Though the Texans could go QB, and previously I had them taking Matt Corral out of Ole Miss, David Mills could turn into a very efficient player in the NFL. I think the Texans can wait and get a generational type of talent. , 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.


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, 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 and having 3 of those interceptions last season in 2021. Hamilton also had just over 130 tackles on his career for the Fighting Irish. Hamilton 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- Jordan Davis (Georgia) (DT)

- Top Needs

o OL, DL, LB

- 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 can move 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 websites’ big boards of draft prospects him as the number one defensive lineman on the interior in this year’s draft class. Hr is also an extraordinary man. Kirby Smart (Georgia Head Coach) has had many interviews over his star defensive tackle and has had nothing but good things to say about him from on the field, to off the field, to how Davis works on and off the field.


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

- 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 year. Iowa is known for their big offensive lineman 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 position 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 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 throwing only 7 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) (ILB)

- 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. Dean 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 pack to help in the passing game. He 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 it is 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. Wilson is a playmaker on the field. He can be used in the slot, outside, wherever the Jets need him. He is a very versatile player who is 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- Matt Corral (Ole Miss) (QB)

- Top Needs

o QB, OL, 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 5 interceptions. The QB from Ventura, California weighs 200 pounds standing 6 feet tall. He shows great pocket presence and can drop dimes on the field. He also has great sixth 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 a pro-ready guy.


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 position 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 match up 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. Olave was 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, 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 2023 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 DPJ.


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

- Top Needs

o OL, LB, DL

- The Baltimore Ravens have a lot of holes on their team. Cross is a 6’5 310 pounds. 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 then can avoid him doing that will make for a longer career. Cross would perform his best at left tackle. With Ronnie Stanley being hurt with an ankle injury, it is a very smart pick to make.


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

- Top Needs

o DB, 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, with getting 25 solo tackles. While playing the defensive line he did have two pass deflections as well. This man is a unit! He can come into to the league his rookie season and help someone out and in my eyes the Eagles really need his help.


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

- Top Needs

o DB, 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. Williams put up just over 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns on the receiving part of the 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- Treylon Burks (Arkansas) (WR)

- Top Needs

o DL, ILB, WR

- Treylon Burks is a very high 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. Burks can improve on his speed to compete at the NFL level. Mike Williams is a free agent this year and this will give Herbert, someone young who can develop into an elite talent for those two too create an amazing chemistry.


18. New Orleans Saints- Malik Willis (Liberty) (QB)

- Top Needs

o QB, WR, OL

- 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 reckon with. The QB from Liberty can come to the Saints and make a large impact. He also holds himself with a high amount of confidence, which could just be what the doctor ordered for a struggling Saints offense. The Saints are paying Taysom Hill way too much money, and they do not have a quarterback to mold into being their next franchise guy. I will tell them that Ian Book (Notre Dame) is not that guy. This is a great steal for the Saints and can elevate them to possibly a playoff team if Thomas can return to his old self in the 2022 season. Willis led Liberty to an 8-5 season, and capping that season off with an impressive bowl win over Eastern Michigan 56-20.


19. Philadelphia Eagles- Andrew Booth Jr. (Clemson) (CB)

- Top Needs

o DB, WR, DL

- The Eagles defense needs serious help this offseason. With their first of three picks 1st round picks I have them taking edge rusher out of Purdue George Karlaftis. The Eagles still do need someone else on the offensive side to compliment Devonte Smith so with their second pick in the first round I have them taking Jameson Williams out of Alabama. After those two picks the Eagles could go in a few directions. The first two in my eyes are to trade back and to get more draft stock for a lower price, or to take Andrew Booth Jr. a corner out of Clemson University. The former Tiger collected 3 interceptions and had 26 solos tackles in the 2021 season. He is 6 foot and 200 pounds. A very fast player that I can see playing the slot corner for the Eagles. Taking Booth Jr. with this pick would allow for Eagle’s secondary to match up better against their division rivals the Dallas Cowboys.


20. Pittsburgh Steelers- Kenyon Green (Texas A&M) (OL)

- Top Needs

o OL, QB, DB

- Assuming that Ben retires after this season the Steelers do need a QB. The issue with dealing with replacing a player like Ben is they have the 20th pick in the draft this year because they made the playoffs. They are too far deep in the draft to get another rookie. Kenyon Green is 6’4” and 325-pounds. In my opinion in the offseason the Steelers need to build their O-line up and their secondary and then going into next year they need to go get a QB. Green shows great capability of playing all three interior lineman positions. That is why I have him going this high in the draft. I know that I still have Willis on the board at the moment for the Steelers to take, but their focus should be to get a future quarterback some protection.


21. New England Patriots- Kaiir Elam (Florida) (CB)

- Top Needs

o DB, OL, WR

- The backbone of the Patriots playoff team this past season was their defense, so many might think that it is odd that I am going defense with their 1st round selection. Now, the only part of their defense that needs a lot of help is the secondary. Elam out of Florida University is a very well-rounded corner. Elam is also a very good in press coverage and that will fit very well in Bill Belichick’s defense.


22. Los Vegas Raiders- Devin Lloyd (Utah) (LB)

- Top Needs

o DB, LB, WR

- The Raiders need to sit back, I think. They need to find a new GM and a new head coach. That will decide on what they will be doing when April comes around. Now I believe that their defense is a big worry. Taking Devin Lloyd out of Utah is a great move. To me, Lloyd is the second-best linebacker in this year’s draft. Lloyd had an amazing season for Utah in 2021, posting 111 total tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, 8 sacks, and 4 interceptions. Lloyd also took two turnovers to the crib. Lloyd comes in to the league at about 6’3” 230-pounds. This man can come into the Raiders defense in 2022, make an impact and be their defensive field general.


23. Arizona Cardinals- Jahan Dotson (Penn State) (WR)

- Top Needs

o WR, LB, DT

- Jahan Dotson has great speed and can be someone to burn defenders over the top. The Cardinals receiver room is getting slim now. They have Kirk who is on the last year of his contract as well as Moore. Making this selection will also allow the team to move on from AJ Green and to start developing more young talent in that room. Dotson is 5’11” and just over 180-pounds. He recorded over 1,100 yards receiving this season and had 12 touchdowns to go along with that.


24. Dallas Cowboys- Daxton Hill (Michigan) (DB)

- Top Needs

o DB, WR, DL

- Though the Cowboys have gone defense in the first round it has been working out for them. They have Diggs, and Parsons at the moment, but adding a playmaker like Hill to the secondary will be huge. Daxton Hill will be perfect for the Cowboys at safety because their top four were all on the last year of their contracts. Hill is also very versatile. He will be in his best playing free safety where he can roam around. Hill can also play in the nickel coverage as well.


25. Buffalo Bills- Trent McDuffe (Washington) (CB)

- Top Needs

o CB, DL, OL

- The former Husky from Washington would make a great boundary corner in man-to-man coverage. McDuffie is 5’11” and 195-pounds. This pick will allow the Bills to take some pressure off of White and also allow Micah Hyde to play over the top and play more cover one man coverage having two high powered man to man corners.


26. Tennessee Titans- Ikem Ekwonu (NC State) (OL)

- Top Needs

o OL, TE, DB

- In the 2021 season Ryan Tannehill was the most sacked quarterback in the NFL. Taking a guy like Ekwonu can help to ensure that it will not happen again. This will allow Tannehill to stay in the pocket longer and deliver great passes to Brown and Jones. The 6’4” 320-pound lineman is a force to be reckoned with. He moves great and can give the Titans help when trying to protect on the exterior. There is also talk going around that he may move to guard depending on the situation. Ikem can play a lot of positions on the line for the Titans and will be a great fit in Mike Vrabel’s running offense.


27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Logan Hall (Houston) (DT)

- Top Needs

o CB, DL, WR

- Hall can be very versatile in the Buccaneers defense this next season. This will give their defensive line someone to compliment Vita Vea. Hall is 6’6” 275-pounds and can play both interior and edge. Hall also recorded a 6-sack season for Houston in 2021.


28. Green Bay Packers- Trey McBride (Colorado State) (TE)

- Top Needs

o Edge, TE, WR

- The tight end out of Colorado State is an absolute unit. McBride is 6’4” 260-pound mobile tight end who is also a very efficient blocker in the run game. McBride recorded over 1,100 yards in the receiving game in 2021 and accounted for a 12.5 average per reception. Those are numbers that could help whoever the Packers QB is next year. McBride can help open the field up for Adams and take so much attention off of him.







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