Welcome back NFL Draft enthusiasts. I took last week off because of work, but I am back. This week we will look at the top 10 picks. This year's top ten is looking amazing. So much great talent that will step in day 1. With 3 teams that control over half the top 10, could these teams find their missing piece or will they find themselves back in the top ten in 2023?
1. Detroit Lions: Kayvon Thibodeaux EDGE Oregon
The Lions offense has not been horrible this season, but it has not been great. By having the first overall pick, usually the team will be looking for a QB. However, without that clear top tier QB in this draft, Detroit can focus on their defense. You can not go wrong with Kayvon. He is so quick and strong and tears apart his opponent with ease. Between him and Hutch, Detroit can not go wrong. Even if they go with Hutch, Detroit fans will not argue.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Aiden Hutchinson EDGE Michigan
I looked into it, but the Jags can't draft a new head coach. Maybe Urban should make this pick, because he is a proven winner in drafts and his assistants are losers. That is how that convo went right? Whoever Detroit does not pick, then Jacksonville should draft. The Jaguars focused a lot in the first round last year on offense, now it is time to get a top tier defensive talent.
3. Houston Texans: Evan Neal OL Alabama
The Texans needs a QB, but I like the idea of running with Davis Mills for a full season and see what happens. The same outcome will occur with any other QB in this draft and if they suck they can draft Bryce Young next year. Neal is a big man, like real big. By drafting Neal, the Texans can protect the QB and solidify the offensive line.
4. New York Jets: Kyle Hamilton S Notre Dame
The first of 4 straight picks for the state of New York (or New Jersey since that is where the Giants and Jets play.) Hamilton is a rare talent for his position. He is so versatile and so quick. It is unheard of to draft a safety this year in the draft, but it is the Jets. They traded Jamal Adams away, might as well draft a better version of him.
5. New York Giants: Matt Corrall QB Ole Miss
Daniel Jones is not the future for the Giants. They could try and sign one in the off-season, but they can easily take 1 with their two first round draft picks. Even though I do not feel Corrall is the best QB in this draft, he is easily the most talked about QB. If the Giants only had 1 first round pick, I would be hesitant about this pick, but they can take the risk and create some QB competition.
6. New York Giants; George Karlaftis EDGE Purde
The offensive lines in the NFC East are looking rough. This year's EDGE class is easily the top position in this year's draft. The Giants have the opportunity to get a player who would be EDGE1 in almost every other draft. The Eagles, Cowboys, and Football team should be scared to have a guy like this in the division.
7. New York Jets: Garrett Wilson WR Ohio State
The Jets have always been bad at WR. They hopefully have their future franchise QB in Zach Wilson. Here is a chance to get a top tier WR and give Wilson some help. There is a group of 3-4 WR's that this could be the pick. Wilson missed some time from injury and when he returned he was easily the best WR in the country. He would have won the Biletnikoff Award if he played the full season and maybe even a Heisman Trophy.
8. Carolina Panthers Kenyon Green: OG Texas A&M
The Panthers are a mess. I had high hopes for them. Some crazy people though they found their future franchise QB in Sam Darnold and then Cam Newton said "I'm Back." They have focused on their defense so much since Matt Rhule took over as HC, but it is time to focus on the offense. They have receivers, but they need some offensive line help.
9. Atlanta Falcons: Jahon Dotson WR Penn State
The Falcons have struggled on offense this season. Kyle Pitts can not be the only player Matt Ryan throws the ball to. The Falcons were unable to replace Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley has not been able to copy last season's breakthrough year. For me Dotson is the best receiver in this draft. He is so quick and get separate himself so ofton.
10. Philadelphia Eagles: Tyler Linderbaum OC Iowa
I love Jason Kelce, but he is going to retire any moment now. The Eagles drafted Landon DIckerson last season to replace Kelce but they have used him a lot at the guard position. Why not keep him at Guard and draft Linderbaum to play center? Linderbaum is one of the best interior lineman prospects in a long time. The Eagles should jump at this.
11. Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Stingley Jr CB LSU
No one ever does top 11 mock drafts, but the Eagles have the 11th pick as of now. So obviously I had to include them. Darius Slay is really good at football. He is making a case for being an All-Pro this season. However, the Eagles need to solidify the position. Stingley Jr is a top tier CB prospect in this draft. The Eagles can solidify the CB room with a few different players, and I love the idea of Stingley especially if he falls.