With the NFL season in the books, it’s time for full off-season mode. The NFL Combine will start in about a week, and teams will begin to franchise tag their star players. Where could prospects land in April, though? Read further to see the possibilities.
1. Chicago Bears – Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
Carter is an absolute wrecker who should be the first non-QB taken off the board. There may be a trade involving this pick, but for now, the Bears land a defensive centerpiece.
2. Houston Texans – Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Size continues to be a concern for Young, and his measurements will be perhaps the biggest point of attention during the NFL Combine season. There’s no doubting his playmaking ability, though, so he should stay at the top of QB rankings for the time being.
3. Arizona Cardinals – Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
The Cardinals must reload their defensive front after losing Chandler Jones, Haason Reddick, and now J.J. Watt in the past few offseasons. Luckily, it is all but guaranteed they’ll land either Carter or Anderson.
4. Indianapolis Colts – Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Levis has what Bryce Young lacks; an ideal build for an NFL signal-caller. His potential is sky-high, and the Colts could land a future star.
5. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver Broncos) – Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
Wilson has all the traits to be a very good edge rusher (length, size, athleticism). Under NFL coaching, he should be scary.
6. Detroit Lions (from LA Rams) – Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
At just 180 lbs, Witherspoon is about as hard-hitting as a corner can get. In 2022, he allowed just a 34.9% completion rate, while not letting up a single touchdown in coverage.
7. Las Vegas Raiders – C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
Stroud is about the best QB you’ll ever see drop to #7. In a Raiders offense that already has a plethora of weapons, he’d flourish early.
8. Atlanta Falcons – Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
Like Tyree Wilson, Murphy is a bit of a projection based on his physical profile. In the right situation, he could dominate.
9. Carolina Panthers – Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Richardson’s make-up begs comparisons to a former famous Panther; Cam Newton. He’s also drawn comparisons to the likes of Josh Allen, but he must be developed properly to reach the level of these big names.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans Saints) – Paris Johnson Jr., OL, Ohio State
There are plenty of rumors circulating about Jason Kelce retiring, so the Eagles are certainly exploring other offensive line options. If Landon Dickerson slides into Kelce’s slot, Johnson could then take over at guard, which was the position he played in 2021.
11. Tennessee Titans – Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
Skoronski isn’t the most explosive or traitsy guy, but he’s the most technically sound blocker in this class. That sounds a lot like another successful Northwestern product; Rashawn Slater of the Chargers.
12. Houston Texans (from Cleveland Browns) – Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
At 6’2”, 201 lbs, Gonzalez has a top-notch physical profile for a corner. He lacks physicality, but his versatility will be very intriguing to teams.
13. New York Jets – Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
The Jets have a big hole at right tackle, and Jones could fill it. He’s a force that would help keep the pocket clean for whoever calls the shots in New York next year.
14. New England Patriots – Brian Branch, DB, Alabama
Branch is a player that would fit on the Patriots right away, especially considering the fact that they may lose both Jonathan Jones and Devin McCourty. Tough and smart are both words used to describe Branch.
15. Green Bay Packers – Lukas Van Ness, DL, Iowa
Van Ness has experience everywhere on the defensive line. This versatility would come in handy for Green Bay, as Jarran Reed and Dean Lowry are both on expired deals.
16. Washington Commanders – Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – O’Cyrus Torrence, IOL, Florida
18. Detroit Lions – Bryan Bresee, IDL, Clemson
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
20. Seattle Seahawks – Siaki Ika, IDL, Baylor
21. Los Angeles Chargers – Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
22. Baltimore Ravens – Jordan Addison, WR, USC
23. Minnesota Vikings – Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
24. Jacksonville Jaguars – Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
25. New York Giants – Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
26. Dallas Cowboys – Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
27. Buffalo Bills – Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
28. Cincinnati Bengals – Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
29. New Orleans Saints (from San Francisco 49ers) – Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
30. Philadelphia Eagles – Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
31. Kansas City Chiefs – Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU