JT Olson’s Full First Round NFL Mock Draft 2.0


it’s officially Mock Draft time! JT Olson is ready with his full first round mock. Who does JT have going first overall? How many quarterbacks will go in the first round? JT drops his second full first round mock draft.

  1. Chicago Bears (via Carolina) – Caleb Williams, Quarterback, USC
  2. Washington Commanders – Jayden Daniels, Quarterback, LSU
  3. New England Patriots – Drake Maye, Quarterback, North Carolina

There has been a lot of buzz that Maye is beginning to slide in the eyes of teams across the league, to the point where many would call him the fourth best quarterback in the draft. This opinion is nothing short of silly. While a debate can be made between Maye and Daniels as to who the second quarterback off the board should be, the conversation should really end with those two. Maye has all the makings of a very high upside franchise quarterback.

  1. Arizona Cardinals – Marvin Harrison Jr, WR, Ohio State 
  2. Minnesota Vikings (trade via Chargers) – JJ McCarthy, Quarterback, Michigan
  3. New York Giants – Rome Odunze, Wide Receiver, Washington
  4. Tennessee Titans – Joe Alt, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame
  5. Atlanta Falcons – Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama 
  6. Chicago Bears – Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State 
  7. New York Jets – Brock Bowers, Tight End, Georgia
  8. LA Chargers – Malik Nabors, Wide Receiver, LSU
  9. Denver Broncos – Byron Murphy, Defensive Tackle, Texas

This is one of the hardest teams for me to project. While they certainly need a quarterback, there just isn’t one that I believe warrants a pick here. The next best option would be someone who can pressure the quarterback. Murphy seems to be considered the top defensive tackle in the draft and has legitimate pass rush upside in the NFL.

  1. Las Vegas Raiders – Terrion Arnold, Cornerback, Alabama
  2. New Orleans Saints – Olu Fashanu, Offensive Tackle, Penn State
  3. Indianapolis Colts – Quinyon Mitchell, Cornerback, Toledo
  4. Seattle Seahawks – Troy Fautanu, Offensive Line, Washington
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Brian Thomas, Wide Receiver, LSU

The Jags could go in a lot of directions with this pick. However, they need to use it to help their young quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, in some form or fashion. Adding a deep threat like Thomas could open up a lot of things for this offense.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Johnny Newton, Defensive Tackle, Illinois
  2. Los Angeles Rams – Laiatu Latu, Defensive End, UCLA
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers – AD Mitchell, Wide Receiver, Texas
  4. Miami Dolphins – Chop Robinson, Defensive End, Penn State

The Dolphins saw a lot of talent walk out the door during the offseason. With that said, they still have a lot to work with on the offensive side of the ball. They will need to build up the defense to try to compliment their explosive offense. Robinson is an elite athlete with a ton of potential on the edge.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles – Amarius Mims, Offensive Tackle, Georgia
  2. LA Chargers – Taliese Fuaga, Offensive Tackle, Oregon State
  3. Dallas Cowboys – Graham Barton, Offensive Line, Duke
  4. Green Bay Packers – Cooper DeJean, Defensive Back, Iowa
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jackson Powers-Johnson, Offensive Line, Oregon

This is probably the dream scenario for the Bucs. Powers-Johnson is both powerful and mobile, with the ability to get push at the point of attack and make blocks out in space. He could continue to refine his hand usage with more experience, but this would be a “sprint to the podium” type of pick.

  1. Carolina Panthers (via Arizona Cardinals via Houston) – Nate Wiggins, Cornerback, Clemson
  2. Buffalo Bills – Troy Franklin, Wide Receiver, Oregon. 
  3. Detroit Lions – Darius Robinson, Defensive Line, Missouri
  4. Baltimore Ravens – Kool-Aide McKinstrey, Cornerback, Alabama
  5. San Francisco 49ers – Jordan Morgan, Offensive Line, Arizona
  6. Kansas City Chiefs – JC Latham, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

Sometimes the rich just keep getting richer. Latham is a physical specimen who is just a wall to try to get around in pass protection. I have some concerns with the technical part of his game, but at this point in the draft (especially at a position of need) you take a swing on the talent.

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