Going into this past season, not many could have predicted that the Cincinnati Bengals would have been the AFC representative in the Super Bowl. In fact, many predicted they would finish at the bottom of the AFC North, but Joe Burrow officially has this team on the map.
The problem is, if Burrow continues to get mauled every weekend, then the Bengals will go back to being one of the worst teams in football once again. Picking this late, they could take a chance on Sean Rhyan from UCLA, a versatile offensive lineman who could play tackle or guard at the next level.
Rounding out the first round is the team that picked at No. 2 overall in this mock draft, as the Detroit Lions hold the Los Angeles Rams’ first-round pick. They earned this selection by trading away quarterback Matthew Stafford, who promptly led his Rams to a Super Bowl title in his first season in Los Angeles.
With this pick, the Lions look to bring in a possible replacement for Jared Goff, adding UNC signal-caller Sam Howell. The former Tar Heels star was once seen as the potential No. 1 overall pick in 2022, and at the end of the first round, he could prove to be the savior in Detroit.