Jets, Giants discover defensive playmakers

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The Serby Mock 1.0 unveils an NFL draft by which nobody wanted to suck for a Luck or tank for a Tua or a Trevor.

At most, simply two quarterbacks go right here within the prime 10, and the Giants, with their two premium picks and a brand new normal supervisor, ought to take into account one if the brand new regime falls in love with one. The Jets, with their two premium picks, clearly received’t take into account one.

Both the Giants and Jets tackle the trenches and each add defensive playmakers in Serby Mock 1.0.

Picks 1-10:

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Evan Neal (OT, Alabama)

When Trevor Lawrence is your quarterback, you construct a wall in entrance of him, and it is a one-man wall. LT Cam Robinson may very well be headed to free company, however even when he stays, the brand new head coach can plug him in on the suitable aspect at sort out or guard. In Neal, we’re speaking about an athletic 6-foot-7, 350-pound human.

2. Detroit Lions

Aidan Hutchinson (DE, Michigan)

Head coach Dan Campbell is on the lookout for a couple of good kneecap-biting males, and he finds one proper in his yard, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound terminator who performs with a relentless edge. Campbell and GM Brad Holmes are in determined want of a quarterback, however that is the incorrect draft to get one on this spot. They additionally want a receiver or two to complement rising star Amon-Ra St. Brown. Of course, once you report a paltry 30 sacks, you pounce on a stud, whether or not Aaron Rodgers stays in Green Bay or not.

LSUDerek Stingley makes a play on the ball. AP

3. Houston Texans

Kayvon Thibodeaux (DE, Oregon)

The Trevor Lawrence we noticed this rookie season is not going to be the Trevor Lawrence who shall be tormenting the AFC South throughout the last decade. GM Nick Caserio, and whomever he decides shall be his head coach, might certain use a 6-foot-5, 258-pound freak who has drawn comparisons to Myles Garrett and Von Miller. A pleasant bookend for unheralded DE Jonathan Greenard, who led Houston with eight sacks in 2021. Reinforcements shall be on the way in which as soon as Deshaun Watson is traded. Reaching for a quarterback right here isn’t possible. For now, it seems to be like Davis Mills’ group in 2022.

4. New York Jets

Derek Stingley Jr. (CB, LSU)

Remember, GM Joe Douglas has a pair of picks within the second spherical too, the place he can possibly nab a go rusher to hitch Carl Lawson Jr. and broad receiver who reminds no one among Denzel Mims. Stingley missed 13 video games over the previous two seasons and underwent foot surgical procedure in October. But his 2019 tape revealed a 6-foot-1, 194-pound shutdown nook. Maybe in the future the GOAT would ask for his autograph postgame.

5. New York Giants

Charles Cross (OT, Mississippi State)

A brand new GM ought to make it a prime precedence to repair the offensive line (the place have we heard that earlier than?) There is dialogue about Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett, as there must be, given the questions, bodily and in any other case, about Daniel Jones. Cross is a 6-foot-5, 310-pound go protector and bookend to Andrew Thomas on the suitable aspect to exchange Nate Solder (and Matt Peart’s uncertainty). The irony is that Joe Judge would have been his head coach final season if he hadn’t been employed in 2020 by the Giants.

NFL DraftCharles Cross AP

6. Carolina Panthers

Kenny Pickett (QB, Pitt)

This might occur if proprietor David Tepper and head coach Matt Rhule are left holding the bag after failing to land a premier veteran quarterback. They might additionally discover a commerce down, until they in the end resolve to disagree with the consensus that this could be a attain. They might additionally entertain commerce provides for Christian McCaffrey, as a result of the O-line is in dire straits. Sam Darnold can function the sacrificial lamb till Pickett is prepared. Never overlook that quarterbacks nearly all the time get pushed up the draft boards of desperados. Pickett reminds Mel Kiper of Derek Carr.

7. New York Giants

David Ojabo (DE/OLB, Michigan)

The new GM shall be effectively versed within the franchise’s custom of go rushers, and the 6-foot-5, 250-pound predator is a late bloomer who blossomed this season for Jim Harbaugh. He and Azeez Ojulari could be double-trouble to assist Leonard Williams put the warmth on quarterbacks.

Michigan David OjaboGetty Images

8. Atlanta Falcons

Kyle Hamilton (S, Notre Dame)

Head coach Arthur Smith might take into account a quarterback of the longer term, however Arthur Blank dedicated financially this season to Matt Ryan, and there are numerous holes to fill all over the place — together with on the offensive line and at broad receiver, with Julio Jones gone and Calvin Ridley’s future a mist. But if you find yourself useless final within the league with 18 sacks, a go rusher could be good. The debate right here is Hamilton or Derek Stingley Jr. A 6-foot-4, 220-pound chess piece-playmaker by cut up determination to assist A.J. Terrell defend towards Tom Brady.

9. Denver Broncos

Matt Corrall (QB, Mississippi)

The new head coach will watch the Drew Lock tape and attain the conclusion that he would love his personal quarterback — which might be advisable since Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and Carr dwell within the AFC West. The weapons — Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, Javonte Williams — are there. The triggerman is all that’s lacking.

10. New York Jets

George Karlaftis (DE, Purdue)

Robert Saleh wants a bookend for Lawson. Karlaftis won’t be one other Greek Freak, however he’s a 6-foot-4, 275-pound energy rusher who would make life simpler on Quinnen Williams. Iowa C Tyler Linderbaum might make sense additionally, and we all know Douglas loves him some offensive linemen.

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