NFL Draft Preview: Predicting the Top 10 Picks
The NFL Draft is finally set to start on Thursday. After parsing through the latest odds shifts, reports and analysis, we put together who we feel could go in the top 10 of this year’s draft.
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Here is how we see this year’s draft playing out.
Check out how Chris Wassel predicting his Top 10 picks.
1. Carolina Panthers
Bryce Young, Alabama, QB
I’m not letting the recent Will Levis push scare me off of Young being the first pick in this year’s draft.
2. Houston Texans
Tyree Wilson, Texas Tech, Edge
Lost in the drama surrounding Levis, Wilson has surpassed both Levis and Alabama defensive end Will Anderson as the favorite to go No. 2. I’m following the FanDuel Sportsbook betting odds, which put Wilson has the favorite to go here at +150.
3. Arizona Cardinals
Paris Johnson, Ohio State, OT
The third time is the charm for Arizona QB Kyler Murray. In each of the last two drafts Murray made it known he wanted the Cardinals to draft an offensive lineman, only for the team to go in a different direction. Now, the Cardinals take one of the best tackles at No. 3.
4. Indianapolis Colts
Anthony Richardson, Florida, QB
The fourth spot could come down to which quarterback the Indianapolis Colts prefer in this draft class: Levis or Richardson. Indianapolis could go with Richardson, who has the highest upside of any prospect in this class, given his measurables and athleticism.
5. Seattle Seahawks
Jalen Carter, Georgia, DT
It’s an ideal situation for the Seattle Seahawks, who get the top prospect in the draft who also addresses a glaring hole in its team: run defense. Seattle surrendered the third-most rushing yards in the league last season (2,554).
6. Detroit Lions
Will Anderson, Alabama, Edge
Detroit continues to build an elite defense with the addition of Anderson. The Alabama edge rusher will complement last year’s top pick, Aidan Hutchinson, and give the Lions a formidable pass-rushing duo.
7. Las Vegas Raiders
Christian Gonzalez, Oregon, CB
The Las Vegas Raiders surrendered the fourth-most passing yards in the league last season (4,129). Gonzalez gives the team a chance to address its defensive woes with a Day 1 starter.
8. Atlanta Falcons
Devon Witherspoon, Illinois, CB
Atlanta cutting cornerback Casey Hayward points to the team potentially targeting the position in the draft. Gonzalez and Witherspoon are considered cornerbacks 1A and 1B in this year’s draft, so the Falcons take whichever one remains here at this spot.
9. Chicago Bears
Peter Skoronski, Northwestern, OL
The Chicago Bears need to bolster their protection of Justin Fields and get Skoronski here. Skoronski can slide in either at guard or tackle and allowed just six pressures on 474 pass-blocking snaps last season at left tackle.
10. Philadelphia Eagles
Bijan Robinson, Texas, RB
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Eagles look at an edge guy like Georgia’s Nolan Smith given Brandon Graham’s age, but the allure of getting one of the best prospects in this year’s draft to pair with Jalen Hurts may be too enticing.
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