Bryce Young of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up before...

Bryce Young of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up before a game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on Nov. 5, 2022, in Baton Rouge, La. Credit: TNS/Jonathan Bachman

1. Panthers: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

Size aside, the former Heisman winner has everything you look for in a franchise QB.

2. Texans: Will Anderson Jr., Edge, Alabama

Houston eschews a QB, instead addressing another need by taking the draft’s top pass-rusher.

3. Cardinals: Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Tech

Assuming they don’t trade out with a QB-needy team, the Cardinals land an edge rusher with great size and athleticism.

4. Colts: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Stroud’s “slide” ends here. He can start right away in Indianapolis.

5. Seahawks: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Richardson has athleticism for days, and he can sit behind Geno Smith for a year to refine his game.

6. Lions: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

Detroit adds Witherspoon and his top-notch ball skills to its revamped secondary.

7. Raiders: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

With their QB issue settled in the short-term, the Raiders can inject some much-needed athleticism into their defense.

8. Falcons: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

GM Terry Fontenot historically drafts talent over need, head coach Arthur Smith is a big proponent of the run game and Robinson is the best RB prospect since Saquon Barkley.

9. Bears: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

Chicago finds itself in a prime position to find Justin Fields some help up front.

10. Eagles: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

If Howie Roseman keeps this pick, he could nab an eventual successor to Fletcher Cox and a former Bulldogs teammate of Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean – assuming Carter’s off-field concerns are answered.

11. Titans: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

If Malik Willis isn’t the heir apparent to Ryan Tannehill, it’s time for the Titans to find one.

12. Texans: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

With the top QBs gone, Houston takes a receiver for whoever they decide to draft in 2024.

13. Packers: Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

The Packers do for Jordan Love what they never did for Aaron Rodgers: draft a playmaking target in the first round.

14. Patriots: Peter Skoronski, OT/OG, Northwestern

There are concerns about his arm length, but technique-wise, Skoronski’s game is very polished.

15. Jets: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

Mekhi Becton last played in the 2021 season opener, and even if he comes back healthy, there’s a need on the right side as well. Jones only has one year of starting experience, but he has all the physical tools to develop into a long-term starter.

The New York Jets on Tuesday said that although they have acquired Super Bowl-winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers, they still have work to do on Thursday at the NFL Draft. NewsdayTV's Al Iannazzone reports. Credit: Corey Sipkin; Photo Credit: AP/Charles Rex Arbogast, Nam Y. Huh, Carlos Osorio, Seth Wenig; Getty Images/Sean M. Haffey; Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

16. Commanders: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

The Commanders bolster their secondary with the son of the former Steelers linebacker.

17. Steelers: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

Kenny Pickett showed some promise last season. Now it’s time to protect him.

18. Lions: Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh

The Lions upgrade the interior with Kancey, whose game has shades of another former Pittsburgh product in Aaron Donald.

19. Buccaneers: Nolan Smith, Edge, Georgia

With all the top tackles gone, the Bucs add a tough, speedy edge player to Todd Bowles' attacking defense.

20. Seahawks: Myles Murphy, Edge, Clemson

After taking their QB of the future, Seattle adds a long, explosive edge presence.

21. Chargers: Lukas Van Ness, Edge, Iowa

L.A. needs more defensive playmakers, particularly in the front seven.

22. Ravens: Jordan Addison, WR, USC

No matter what happens with Lamar Jackson, the Ravens need more dynamic receivers alongside Odell Beckham Jr. and Rashod Bateman.

23. Vikings: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee

Minnesota starts planning for life after Kirk Cousins with this talented QB rehabbing a torn ACL.

24. Jaguars: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

Secondary depth is needed, and Banks fits GM Trent Baalke’s mold of tall, fast cornerbacks.

25. Giants: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

The Giants already have done quite a bit to help Daniel Jones this offseason, but why stop now? Flowers has a similar profile to last year’s second-rounder, Wan’Dale Robinson, in that both are shifty playmakers who thrive off their quickness and separation ability.

The New York Giants have several needs to address to stay competitive in the NFC East, as they select at No. 25 in the NFL draft on Thursday. NewsdayTV's Kim Jones reports. Credit: Newsday/Michael Drazka; Photo Credit: AP/Darron Cummings, Ross D. Franklin, Gene J. Puskar, Barry Reeger, Chris Seward

26. Cowboys: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

If Mayer lasts this long, Jerry Jones would be hard-pressed to pass on a near-clone of Jason Witten.

27. Bills: Quentin Johnson, WR, TCU

The Bills could use another big downfield threat to help lighten the load for Stefon Diggs.

28. Bengals: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

Joe Mixon’s future is uncertain, and Gibbs’ versatility suits the Joe Burrow-led Bengals offense.

29: Saints: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

The Saints continue fortifying their defensive line with the disruptive Bresee.

30. Eagles: Brian Branch, S, Alabama

Once again, the Eagles could trade out here. If they stay, Branch would be a good replacement for the departed C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

31. Kansas City: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

Depending on which side Kansas City wants Jawaan Taylor to play, Harrison can slot in at the opposite tackle spot.

Note: The Dolphins were scheduled to pick 21st overall, but they forfeited their first-round pick this year after the NFL found evidence of tampering involving Tom Brady and Don Yee, the agent for Brady and then-Saints coach Sean Payton.

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