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Fox Sports writers’ mock draft charts a calmer course

Our next to be mocked is up and this one comes courtesy of the Fox Sports football staff. A team of eight writers and one analyst came together for this one.

They made no allowances for draft-day trades.

For the most part, I think they've got it right. But there are one or two nits to pick.

So let's start picking…

  1. (from Chicago): QB C.J.Stroud,

Carolina traded up to get here. They didn't do so to take a flyer, they have a solid pick in mind.

That is likely Stroud.

2. : , QB, Alabama

Houston will take Young, or Stroud, here depending on which one the Panthers don't take.

To Trade Down Or Not To Trade Down

3. : Will Anderson Jr., , Alabama

Arizona could trade down and still land a quality defensive lineman.

But unless they get a mega-deal, they should probably stand pat and draft J.J. Watt's replacement.

4. : Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Richardson to the Colts makes a lot of sense.

Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images

5. (from Denver): Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa

They allow for the possibility of taking here, but I agree with the assessment that Van Ness would be the better choice.

He doesn't have the off-field issues hanging over his head.

6. (from ): Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

This would make sense.

So look for either Carter or Van Ness, if Seattle goes with Carter instead.

7. : Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Tech

They allow for the possibility of taking Will Levis here, but the Raiders need defensive help more than they need a guy to carry a clipboard for a year or two.

And there are solid options at quarterback to be found in the later rounds.

Second Draft Day Trade Possibility

8. : Myles Murphy, Edge, Clemson

They point out that Atlanta could trade down with Tennessee, allowing the Titans to grab Levis, and still end up with a solid starter on the defensive line.

If they don't pull a trade, Murphy would be a solid pick.

9. (from Carolina): Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

I think Chicago needs to address the o-line here as opposed to looking for a .

10. (from New Orleans): Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwestern

I think they have these two picks reversed.

The Bears need an offensive lineman and the Eagles need help on .

11. : Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

I still think the Titans will move up to #3 or #8 depending on if the top four quarterback prospects are still sitting backstage or not.

But if they don't and they select here, Smith-Njigba could be a nice pick.

Ohio State Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) runs past Utah cornerback Kenzel Lawler (2) during the second half in the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/John McCoy)

12. Houston Texans (from Cleveland): , WR, Boston College

If Smith-Njigba is gone by this point, Flowers would be a nice compliment to whichever quarterback they do land with the second pick.

The Aaron Rodgers Effect

13. : Paris Johnson, OT, Ohio State

As with our previously highlighted mock, if the Jets are going to bring in they need to draft an offensive lineman.

Rodgers will not last the season if his protection is flawed.

14. : Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

The Patriots don't draft cornerbacks this early, but Gonzalez could be the exception to that rule.

Frankly, I think they look elsewhere are trade out of the . We'll see in two weeks.

15. Green Bay Packers: Calijah Kancey, DL, Pitt

They did point out that drafting a wide receiver in the first round after Rodgers departs would be the ultimate knife in the back to their former quarterback.

But unless Smith-Njigba or Flowers falls to the 15th pick, Green Bay should probably do what the draft team suggests here.

This mock draft was compiled by:

AFC South reporter Ben Arthur (@benyarthur)

South reporter Greg Auman (@gregauman)

reporter David Helman (@davidhelman_)

AFC East reporter Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis)

NFL and betting analyst Geoff Schwartz (@GeoffSchwartz)

NFC West reporter Eric D. Williams (@eric_d_williams)

NFC East reporter Ralph Vacchiano (@RalphVacchiano)

NFC North reporter Carmen Vitali (@CarmieV)

College football analyst RJ Young (@rj_young)

Tomorrow: Picks 16-31.

Richard Paolinelli
Richard Paolinelli
Richard has covered sports at all levels - from local, prep, college, and professional - since 1984. He has been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys since 1969. Since retiring as a full-time sports writer in 2013, he has written and published several novels, two dozen short stories and two sports non-fiction books.

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