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.