Lots of surprises in store for NFL Draft

Thursday night, the NFL draft will take off. In the meantime, Le Journal offers you its mock draft, in which the goal is not to rank the hopes, but to try to guess at which rank and in which team they will end. The exercise is particularly perilous this year because of the high number of prospects who put an end to the last season. As a result, the ratings on each of them diverge. Have a good mock draft!

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1. Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence

  • Quarterback, Clemson

We quickly go to the next choice! If there is one and only absolute certainty and cast in concrete with this draft, it’s that the Jaguars will elect Lawrence and his long blonde hair to save their dying franchise. Everything has been said about him.

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2. Jets

Zach Wilson

  • Quarterback, BYU

The Jets traded young pivot Sam Darnold to the Panthers, confirming they will look to another quarterback from the future in the draft. Everything indicates that Zach Wilson will be their man. His talents as an improviser will have to extricate him from this cemetery of quarterbacks.


Justin fields

  • Quarterback, Ohio State

It will for sure be another quarterback and the consensus seems to be Mac Jones. In this mock draft, we stubbornly refuse to believe it! By giving the panoply of choices they have given the Dolphins to move from rank 12 to 3, they must aim for the quarterback with the highest potential in Fields.

4. Falcons

Kyle pitts

  • Tight end, Florida

This is where the real suspense begins! The Falcons rarely draft this high and might be tempted to find relief from their quarterback Matt Ryan. Or exchange their choice. Or take the best player available in Pitts, who will give Ryan wings.

5. Bengals

Penei Sewell

It will be tempting for the Bengals to reunite their quarterback Joe Burrow with his former prime target at LSU, Ja’Marr Chase. Except that with their dangerously bad offensive line from last year, Sewell can’t be overridden. Yeah, even though we hired Riley Reiff.

6. Dolphins

Ja’Marr Chase

  • Receiver, LSU

The Dolphins had their fill of choices falling to 12th, only to pay the Eagles a reasonable ransom to move closer to sixth. Their plan must be to give maximum ammunition to their young quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Chase will help his cause.

7. Lions

Devonta smith

  • Receiver, Alabama

Dan Campbell’s new regime is keen to bring a badass mentality to Detroit and in that sense, a defensive player or tackle like Rashawn Slater might be more suitable for them. However, it is difficult to ignore an electrifying receiver like Smith.

8. Panthers

Rashawn slater

  • Blocker, Northwestern

Some go so far as to say that Slater, who has received less attention than Sewell, may turn out to be a better lineman than him. He could evolve as much as a blocker as a guard, and the Panthers must give Sam Darnold a real chance to stop seeing ghosts …

9. Broncos

Mac Jones

  • Quarterback, Alabama

Will the Broncos pull the plogue that quickly on Drew Lock, their third-year quarterback? This is the bet that we take since this club is going through a rare period of drought and is betting on an alignment capable of winning. Jones would inherit a good line and good receivers.

10. Cowboys

Patrick Surtain II

  • Cornerback, Alabama

It’s hard to imagine the Cowboys betting on any other position than that of a cornerback. Besides Trevon Diggs (chosen last year in the second round), it is rather thin to cover the opposing receivers. The defense cannot afford another catastrophe like last year.

11. Giants

Micah parsons

  • Linebacker, Penn State

The rush to quarterbacks and other outstanding offensive players threatens to drag Parsons down to the Giants, perhaps even further. In the G-Men, Blake Martinez is alone in the middle of the field and again, Parsons has infinitely more potential.

12. Eagles

Jaylen waddle

  • Receiver, Alabama

After Jalen Reagor last year, another receiver in the first round? It’s far from being far-fetched, especially since Reagor hasn’t broken anything so far. You won’t have to skimp on surrounding young quarterback Jalen Hurts, and Waddle is the most explosive of the year. A big potential hit with every game.

13. Chargers

Christian darrisaw

  • Blocker, Virginia Tech

The Chargers have taken steps to improve their offensive line and thus give themselves flexibility in the draft. The work of rebuilding this unit is not finished and remains the priority. A tandem of Christian Darrisaw and Bryan Bulaga to protect Justin Herbert? Sold!

14. Vikings

Jaelen phillips

  • Linebacker, Miami

The Vikings need reinforcement on both fronts. In Phillips, they would take a considerable risk due to his history of concussions and other injuries, but the reward potential is endless. With Danielle Hunter, it would be the bomb.

15. Patriots

Trey Lance

  • Quarterback, North Dakota State

In this drill, we don’t project the hypothetical trades, but it’s a safe bet that the Patriots will need to be active to get their hands on a quarterback, if that is their plan. Lance is an extraordinary athlete who could learn for a year behind Cam Newton.

16. Cardinals

Jaycee Horn

  • Cornerback, South Carolina

The Cardinals may have hired Malcolm Butler, but that’s only for one season and there’s no depth to the cornerback position in Arizona. Horn will bring attitude, and a cornerback is no luxury in a division teeming with good receivers.

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17. Raiders

Alijah Vera-Tucker

  • Guard, USC

There is no shortage of holes in the line-up, but the total overhaul of the offensive line leaves craters. Vera-Tucker has done well in the varsity ranks, both as a guard in her debut and as a left tackle last season. A great versatility.

18. Dolphins

Zaven collins

  • Linebacker, Tulsa

Too early ? Too impossible? Probably, but Collins is a heavy-hitting linebacker, capable of attacking ground play as well as shining on cover. It’s the versatility with which head coach Brian Flores learned to work in New England under Belichick.

19. Washington

Jeremiah O.-Koramoah

  • Linebacker, Notre Dame

Most mock drafts send a catcher to Washington. With Terry McLaurin on board, besides the arrival of Curtis Samuel, not sure the need is so dire. Owusu-Koramoah is a small linebacker who has wings on the field for coverage.

20. Bears

Caleb farley

  • Cornerback, Virginia Tech

For the Bears, that would be a potential theft. If it weren’t for a back injury that is likely to worry teams, Farley would come out in the top 12. He is an exceptional athlete and with Jaylon Johnson and Desmond Trufant, the Bears tertiary would not be a gap. .

21. Colts

Jayson Oweh

  • Winger / Linebacker, Penn State

The Colts have a big dilemma. Make up for the loss of Anthony Castonzo on the offensive line or improve their defensive line? Jayson Oweh is a true athletic beast. This fits well with the Colts’ defensive philosophy, which focuses more on speed than power.

22. Titans

Elijah moore

  • Receiver, Ole Miss

Who’s going to pick up passes in Nashville besides AJ Brown now that Corey Davis, Adam Humphries and Jonnu Smith have gone under different skies? Moore would fill the role of inserted winger wonderfully, leaving the ends of the field to Brown and Josh Reynolds.

23. Jets

Greg Newsome II

  • Cornerback, Northwestern

Just looking at the cornerback position in the Jets lineup hurts the eyes. It’s unthinkable that they wouldn’t use one of their two first-round picks to improve that position. Newsome gave nothing but crumbs in a loud (Big Ten) conference.

24. Steelers

Teven Jenkins

  • Blocker, Oklahoma State

There are a few shortcomings for the Steelers to fill, most notably the cornerback position. The offensive line, however, is no longer a shadow of what it used to be. The Steelers want to improve their ground game, but before opting for a carrier, we must fortify the unit in front of him.

25. Jaguars

Trevon Moehrig

  • Marauder, TCU

The Jaguars tertiary, despite the addition of Shaquill Griffin and Rayshawn Jenkins, lacks impact players. Moehrig will bring an intimidating presence and fill in obvious gaps on the cover. There are six more rounds to bring aid to Trevor Lawrence.

26. Browns

Christian Barmore

  • Tackler, Alabama

If Barmore drops that low, the Browns will simply come close to collective orgasm! The big tackle takes up space, but also moves very well and can put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The scenario would be too good to be true.

27. Ravens

Kwity Paye

  • Winger / Linebacker, Michigan

The Ravens have let Matt Judon go and when a defense is so built on pressure on the quarterback, it calls for action. Paye didn’t produce up to par in Michigan, but it was often used indoors. The Ravens would maximize his potential.

28. Saints

Asante Samuel Jr

  • Cornerback, Florida State

The Saints don’t have a truly credible cornerback unlike Marshon Lattimore. Many fear Samuel’s small build, but he plays bigger than his physical stature. He has a lot of experience and has improved in each of his college seasons.

29. Packers

Rashod bateman

  • Receiver, Minnesota

It would be amazing for Bateman to slide at this point, but if he does, the Packers are in danger of jumping on it. Although, it must be 10 years that they predicted a receiver in the first round, which ultimately never happens. The whole of Bateman’s play is solid.

30. Bills

Azeez Ojulari

  • Winger / linebacker, Georgia

To move to the next level in a Chiefs-dominated conference, the Bills need to be able to apply more pressure. Ojulari was made in a relatively small mold (less than 250 lbs) for his stance, but he is explosive to perfection.

31. Ravens

Terrace Marshall Jr

  • Receiver, LSU

The Ravens traded their massive tackle Orlando Brown to the Chiefs in return for that choice. Another lineman to replace? They picked one in the second round last year for the relief. With Marshall, they would get a receiver who can play anywhere and of good size.

32. Buccaneers

Landon dickerson

  • Center, Alabama

Buccaneers do not have an urgent need and therefore can afford a choice of luxury with the near term in mind. Their center Ryan Jensen will become a free agent at the end of the season, as will guard Alex Cappa. Dickerson can evolve anywhere inside.

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