The aftershocks of the quarterback earthquakes are still being felt throughout the NFL and, of course, wreaked havoc with mock drafts everywhere.
Tom Brady, who didn’t retire, and Aaron Rodgers, who stayed in Green Bay, were the first quarterback dominoes to fall, then all hell broke loose as Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz and Matt Ryan all found new homes .
Then we saw As the Wide Receiver World Turns: Davante Adams to the Raiders … Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins.
So now? The Texans, Packers and Chiefs own a pair of first-round picks, joining the Giants, Jets and Lions, and the Eagles have three. Seven teams hold 15 of the 32 first-round selections. Seven teams will not pick in the first round.
Serby Mock 3.0 offers picks 1-20:
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Aidan Hutchinson, DE/OLB, Michigan
The tagging of LT Cam Robinson and the signing of G. Brandon Scherff as a free agent means Trevor Lawrence has bodyguards who should get coach Doug Pederson to turn to a high-profile, double-digit sack threat and a bookend for the other Josh Allen.
2. Detroit Lions
Travon Walker, DE, Georgia
QB Malik Willis could be considered here, but coach Dan Campbell has yet to reach when he can find his QB of the future in the 2023 draft class, and since Aaron Rodgers hasn’t left the division, this up-and-coming versatile 6-footer will -5, 275-pound Thoroughbred can help Charles Harris (7.5 sacks) and the Okwara Bros. harass Rodgers … and Justin Fields … and Kirk Cousins.
Ikem Ekwonu, OT, State NC
Tytus Howard is entering the final year of his rookie contract and even if trainer Lovie Smith keeps him as Laremy Tunsil’s bookend at RT, the pancake king can start mangling people inside. “I just want the coaches to understand that I’m not just a run blocker,” Ekwonu said. Who will dare tell him otherwise?
4. New York Jets
Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE/OLB, Oregon
Coach Robert Saleh needs predator insurance for DE Carl Lawson (Achilles) and is a good bet to translate his “all throttle, no brakes” mantra – inflation or not – into this 6-foot-5, 258-pounder’s inconsistent engine to plant stallions.
5. New York Giants
Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
GM Joe Schoen will be open to any quarterback-desperate team (Arthur Blank calling? Pete Carroll calling?), but he can delight Giants fans — not to mention Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley — by bringing a smart, tough, and reliable Player lands , 6ft-7, 336lb bookend for LT Andrew Thomas? A Cape Cod Dave, new to Twitter, questions the decision not to act, adding: At least it’s a Hog Mollie.
6. Carolina Panther
Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
Remember how badly Browns owner Anthony Molina wanted QB Bo Callahan in ‘Draft Day’? Panthers owner David Tepper doesn’t strike me as a patient man, so it’s no surprise that coach Matt Rhule, GM Scott Fitterer and offense coordinator Ben McAdoo attended Liberty’s Pro Day. Rhule is in the hot seat and needs to improve his offensive line, but maybe he can buy himself some time if McAdoo can train the youngster quickly.
7. New York Giants
Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
Schoen will remain open for business. Edge-rusher Jermaine Johnson was supposed to be under discussion, but a 6-foot-2, 190-pound clone of Antonio Cromartie would give the post-James Bradberry life to Brian Daboll and Wink Martindale.
Jermaine Johnson II, DE/OLB, State of Florida
Was a quick climber after a dominant Senior Bowl and will help Grady Jarrett rush the passer.
Charles Cross, OT, State of Mississippi
Russell Wilson must have figured that if he had stayed he would be 5ft 2 by the end of the season given the condition of Pete Carroll’s offensive line. Will OTs Duane Brown and Brandon Shell sign elsewhere? “It’s a real concern and we need to figure out how to do that,” Carroll said last week. Cross is a 6-foot-5, 307-pounder who can help keep Drew Lock upright.
10. New York Jets
Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
Douglas, who is committed to Tyreek Hill, is insightful. Perhaps he promised Zach Wilson’s mother that he would get her son another playmaker. Not Tyreek Hill fast, but an ultimate contender at 4.38 speed would be a dangerous toy alongside Elijah Moore and Corey Davis (and let’s not sleep on Braxton Berrios).
11. Washington Commanders
Drake London, WR, USC
Nomad Carson Wentz will need all the help he can get, in this case a 6-foot-5, 210-pound target, to play Robin against Terry McLaurin’s Batman. A former four-star basketball recruit making the contested catches and making good progress from the ankle injury that cost him the last eight games of the season.
12. Minnesota Vikings
Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
Patrick Peterson, should he be re-signed, is no longer a shutdown corner. Injuries have limited him to 10 games over the past two seasons, but the elite qualities are not to be overlooked. And as a friendly reminder, Aaron Rodgers did not leave the division.
13. Houston Texans
Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre-Dame
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound unicorn would fall purely for position value. A founding piece that would replace Justin Reid (Chiefs) and improve on Lovie Smith’s pathetic secondary.
14. Baltimore Ravens
George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue
Best Available Greek Freak, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound football gym rat who can team up with bookend Odafe Oweh to hunt down the quarterback. Remember that Za’Darius Smith left John Harbaugh and Eric DeCosta at the altar and lightning-crazy Wink Martindale has moved to East Rutherford.
Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
A 6-foot-6, 348-pound mountain running 4.78? Fletcher Cox is 31 and GM Howie Roseman loves strengthening the trenches. Better monitor Davis’ cheesesteak take.
16 Philly Eagles
Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
Forget the short arms, quarterbacks were afraid of throwing his way, and with good reason. You can never have enough curves and Darius Slay is 31.
17. Los Angeles Chargers
Trevor Penning, OT, North Iowa
Ground defenders at the Senior Bowl. A bookend for Rashawn Slater to protect Crown Jewels quarterback Justin Herbert.
18th Saint of New Orleans
Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt
He can learn behind Jameis Winston and his little hands are safe from the elements in the Superdome. His advantage is Derek Carr, but it’s a shame he won’t have Sean Payton in his ear.
Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
He was still rehabilitating the cruciate ligament tear he sustained in the national championship game, but a 6-foot-2, 190-pound deep threat like that would make DeVonta Smith all the more dangerous and help Jalen Hurts immeasurably more than LB Devin Lloyd (what, the Eagles draft a linebacker in the first round)?
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia
The 6-foot-3, 304-pounder, 4.77-speed would add an infusion of youth, with Cam Heyward 33 and Stephon Tuitt becoming a question mark … and Mike Tomlin again failing to hit the worst running defense of the League line up Cleveland and Joe Mixon in Cincinnati.
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