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Brandon Brown's Mock Draft 2.0

- By Brandon Brown

This is the 2nd edition to my mock draft, to see the first one, click here.

#1. (TRADE) Carolina Panthers - C.J. Stroud, QB Ohio State

Stroud is the first player off the board. Carolina trades this year and next year’s firsts AND D.J. Moore for a chance to grab their signal caller for the future!

#2. Houston Texans - Bryce Young, QB Alabama

With the Panthers trading up to select Stroud, the Texans take the safest passer in this draft in Young with the second overall pick.

#3. Arizona Cardinals - Will Anderson Jr., Edge Alabama

The closer to the draft we get, the more and more this pick feels like a lock to be Will Anderson Jr.

#4. Indianapolis Colts - Anthony Richardson, QB Florida

I’m convinced that Indianapolis will select Richardson no matter what, making little sense to move up from #4 and to simply wait for him to fall into

their laps.

#5. Seattle Seahawks - Will Levis, QB Kentucky

While improving defense should be Seattle’s number one priority on paper, I also believe Pete Carroll and John Schneider know they won’t be picking this high in the near future, and go ahead and grab Levis to sit behind Geno Smith for a few years.

#6. Detroit Lions - Tyree Wilson, EDGE Texas Tech

Detroit cannot pass up the opportunity to grab the perfect partner for hotshot

Aidan Hutchinson.

#7. Las Vegas Raiders - Jalen Carter, DT Georgia

With the four top QBs off the board, Vegas decides to improve the defense with who was initially thought of as the best defensive player of this class.

#8. Atlanta Falcons - Lukas Van Ness, EDGE Iowa

Atlanta desperately needs more firepower on the defensive line, so picking up Van Ness here makes too much sense.

#9. Chicago Bears - Peter Skoronski, OT

The Bears badly need help on offensive line to protect a blossoming Justin Fields. Chicago doesn’t think twice about drafting the best tackle available.

#10. Philadelphia Eagles - Christian Gonzalez, CB

Though James Bradberry and Darius Slay have returned to Philly, this team needs a much needed infusion of youth to their backfield.

#11. Tennessee Titans - Broderick Jones, OT Georgia

The Titans desperately need an improvement to their offensive line, especially after losing Nate Davis to free agency and releasing Taylor Lewan.

#12. Houston Texans - Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR Ohio State

Houston takes the first receiver off the board in Smith-Njigba, uniting their freshly picked passer with a solid young receiver.

#13. (TRADE) Green Bay Packers - Paris Johnson Jr., OT Ohio State

We all know this pick is headed towards northern Wisconsin eventually, it’s only a matter of when. Green Bay wouldn’t mind picking up a right tackle to pair with LT David Bakhtiari and give youngster Jordan Love some additional protection.

#14. (TRADE) Los Angeles Chargers - Devon Witherspoon, CB Illinois

New England and Belichick speak to a

corner-desperate LA, and deem it best to trade back, while LA gets a stud in the backfield to make up for the failed J.C. Jackson signing.

#15. Green Bay Packers - Michael Mayer, TE Notre Dame

Dalton Kincaid could also be selected here, but no matter what, I believe Green Bay views Tight End as one of if not their biggest weakness after last season.

#16. Washington Commanders - Jordan Addison, WR USC

Washington elects to go receiver with this pick to compliment “Scary” Terry McLaurin with this pick while giving QB Sam Howell all the help he can get in the process.

#17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Quentin Johnston, WR TCU

While O-Line can’t be ignored by Pittsburgh, Kenny Pickett needs all the help he can get and I’m not convinced that Diontae Johnson and George Pickens can get the job done.

#18. Detroit Lions - Dalton Kincaid, TE Utah

The Lions have a collection of no-names in

Their tight end room. It would be fun to see

Kincaid join this offense.

#19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Darnell Wright, OT Tennessee

With Donovan Smith being released, Tampa needs a protector for new QB Baker Mayfield. Wright is the tackle available.

#20. Seattle Seahawks - O’Cyrus Torrence, IOL Florida

With their QB of the future selected, the Seahawks turn their attention to their offensive line, and take the first interior offensive lineman off the board.

#21. (TRADE) New England Patriots - Myles Murphy, EDGE Clemson

Murphy falls low in this draft, leaving Belichick to grab a tasty new defender for his lineup.

#22. Baltimore Ravens - Jalin Hyatt, WR Tennessee

In a last ditch effort to repair relations

with Lamar Jackson, Baltimore nabs the best remaining receiver in Hyatt.

#23. Minnesota Vikings - Cam Smith, CB South Carolina

I would make the argument that

corner is Jacksonville’s biggest need

at this point, and Banks could be a

great player that contributes to this

defense right out of the gate.

#24. Jacksonville Jaguars - Deonte Banks, CB Maryland

I would make the argument that

corner is Jacksonville’s biggest need

at this point, and Banks could be a

great player that contributes to this

defense right out of the gate.

#25. New York Giants - Zay Flowers, WR Boston College

The Giants have swung and missed at this position before, but having just inked a 4 year, $160 million deal with QB Daniel Jones and franchise tagging star running back Saquon Barkely, they have no choice but to go with cost-effective Rookies on offense.

#26. Dallas Cowboys - Calijah Kancey, DT Pittsburgh

Jerry Jones and company fail to see a receiver worth taking this high, and address the need of D-Tackle instead.

#27. Buffalo Bills - Anton Harrison, OT Oklahoma

Buffalo cannot ignore their O-Line any longer and choose to grab the versatile Harrison, who could potentially be a rock at tackle.

#28. Cincinnati Bengals - Cody Mauch, OL North Dakota

While corner is a huge need for Cincy, grabbing Mauch here gives the Bengals the flexibility to line him up at guard or tackle, should they decide to not re-sign Jonah Williams at the end of this season.

#29. New Orleans Saints - Dawand Jones, OT Ohio State

New Orleans needs to improve an O-Line that never quite recovered from losing Terron Armstead a season ago.

#30. Philadelphia Eagles - Brian Branch, S Alabama

The heart of soul of this team lies in defense and Philly needs to address the hole Chauncey Gardner-Johnson left behind by leaving for Detroit this offseason.

#31. Kansas City Chiefs - Nolan Smith, EDGE Georgia

Kansas City’s coaching staff can smile at this pick, as grabbing Smith with this pick could end up being one of the bargain selections of this draft!

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