Round 1 - Pick 1
I'm kicking off the first stage of draft season with a trade involving the No. 1 overall pick. Bears GM Chris Ballard can't wait around anymore. I don't think Colts owner Jim Irsay wants another experience with a veteran passer either. Colts move up to get an athletic, super-poised passer in Young.
Round 1 - Pick 2
The Texans have a long history of picking edge rushers near or at the top of the draft. Anderson is a high-floor, All-Pro-upside type at the defensive end spot.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Carter is the ideal replacement for the retiring J.J. Watt. He's a long, hyper-athletic interior rusher who disruptive on three downs.
Round 1 - Pick 4
In the slide back, the Bears get this pick -- the Colts' second and third-round picks in 2023 and a first and second and fifth in 2024. Skoronski isn't a Tristan Wirfs-esque tackle, but has quality athleticism and tremendous pass-protection film in 2022.
Round 1 - Pick 5
The Seahawks have to add more athleticism and beef to the interior of their defensive line. Bresee is a specimen who can wreak havoc at any position up front.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Jared Goff was fantastic down the stretch in 2022, but the Lions pick Stroud, believing they won't be picking this high again for a while. Stroud has major upside.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Projected TeamLas Vegas
At this point, I can't envision Tom Brady joining Josh McDaniels with the Raiders in a division with Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert. Vegas will be deeply involved in the draft class of quarterbacks, and Levis has a big-time skill set.
Round 1 - Pick 8
The Falcons defense has a giant void on the outside rusher position, and Wilson is a huge, athletic specimen with serious pass-rush ability.
Round 1 - Pick 9
The Panthers need to look to the draft for their next quarterback. Richardson can sit for a little behind Sam Darnold before eventually taking over. He's a monstrous talent.
Round 1 - Pick 10
A big, long edge-setting specialist with pass-rushing upside. That's who Murphy is, and it's the prototype the Eagles like at the defensive end spot.
Round 1 - Pick 11
The Titans need to bolster the offensive line, and Torrence looks like the physical specimen at guard who could ultimately land this high. His run-blocking prowess will pique the interest of Tennessee's coaching staff.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Johnston is a major vertical threat given his size and build-up speed. The Texans have to get better in the receiver room, especially if Brandin Cooks is moved in the offseason.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Projected TeamN.Y. Jets
Could the Jets be major players on the veteran QB market? I think they will. So for the draft, they build the offensive line with Johnson, a super-steady tackle prospect.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Projected TeamNew England
Hunter Henry has been a favorite target of Mac Jones, but that shouldn't stop Bill Belichick from targeting Mayer in Round 1. Mayer is such a talented receiving weapon at tight end.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Projected TeamGreen Bay
More receiving help for Aaron Rodgers with Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb set for free agency. Addison is a dynamic route runner with a high floor.
Round 1 - Pick 16
The Commanders could use more high-end talent at the outside cornerback position, and Porter is a long, disruptive defender.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Smith's tenacity as an outside press corner fits what the Steelers want out of their defensive backs.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Simpson is a highly athletic, three-down linebacker with some outside pass-rushing juice. He'd be a fun addition to the Lions defense, a unit that played better down the stretch.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Projected TeamTampa Bay
The Buccaneers continue to fortify the blocking contingent with the pass-pro specialist from Oklahoma.
Round 1 - Pick 20
The Seahawks get a high-energy, bendy outside rusher who knows how to use his hands to beat blockers.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Branch is a do-everything defensive back who'd give the Jaguars more game-changing ability on the back end.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Projected TeamN.Y. Giants
The Giants are glad to stop Smith-Njigba's fall here to give Daniel Jones another receiving weapon.
Round 1 - Pick 24
The Ravens get a lengthy, athletic perimeter corner for their already stout defense.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Round 1 - Pick 26
Sanders is a long and physical, off-ball/edge-rusher hybrid. He can help replace Anthony Barr and/or Leighton Vander Esch if the latter isn't re-signed.
Round 1 - Pick 27
More secondary talent for the Bengals with Ringo, who's best in a Cover 3 role where he can focus on playing the football in the air.