Triple Take Mock Draft 1.0
Triple Take Mock Draft 1.0
The Triple Take team of Mike Priusta, Dale Lolley and Matt Williamson have released Mock Draft 1.0.
Don't forget to follow along with their position-by-position draft previews as we lead up to the NFL Draft here.
The opinions of these Steelers Radio Network personalities do not reflect the views of the Steelers organization.
Williamson's Pick: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
Analysis: Last year at this time, everyone knew Jacksonville was taking Trevor Lawrence. The top of this year's draft isn't nearly as clear but protecting Lawrence must be a priority. Doug Pederson will build this team with big people, which is the Eagles way.
Lolley's Pick: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
Analysis: After getting their franchise QB last year, the Jaguars get a franchise left tackle to protect their investment.
Prisuta's Pick: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
Analysis: Trevor Lawrence needs all the help he can get after a rough introduction to the NFL. What better place to get it than at the Alabama Store?
Williamson's Pick: Aiden Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
Analysis: The Lions keep Hutchinson close to home and build their defense around his ability to get after the passer. His aggression will fit in well with what the Lions are constructing.
Lolley's Pick: Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Michigan
Analysis: Head coach Matt Campbell wants ankle-biters. Hutchinson is that.
Prisuta's Pick: Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Michigan
Analysis: The Lions kept battling and started winning back some fans late last season. Drafting a Wolverine ought to keep the renewed enthusiasm building in the Motor City.
Williamson's Pick: Kayvon Thibodaux, DE, Oregon
Analysis: Like all the teams at the top of this draft, Houston could go a lot of different directions. They take Thibodaux though as a foundational defensive piece for Lovie Smith's defense that should rely on getting pressure with four pass-rushers.
Lolley's Pick: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
Analysis: Hamilton is a play-making safety on the back end who might be the most talented player in the draft.
Prisuta's Pick: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
Analysis: The Texans solver for one of their immediate needs with Thibodeaux.
Williamson's Pick: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
Analysis: This might be a little early for a safety, but the top of this draft class isn't particularly strong, and Hamilton is a special prospect.
Lolley's Pick: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
Analysis: Robert Saleh wants to run a 49ers-style defense with a solid front 4. This helps.
Prisuta's Pick: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
Analysis: Fireman Ed has always said "safety first." Hopefully, Hamilton will be bringing along the luck of the Irish.
Williamson's Pick: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State
Analysis: The Giants have skill position players, but their offensive line needs a lot of attention. Ekwonu is a power player that should fit in very nicely.
Lolley's Pick: George Karlaftis, Edge, Purdue
Analysis: The Giants could go offensive line here, but Karlaftis is a potential game-changing edge rusher. And the Giants have more first-round capital.
Prisuta's Pick: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State
Analysis: The idea is to give QB Daniel Jones every chance to flourish. He'll be able to better accomplish that goal if he can remain upright more often.
Williamson's Pick: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
Analysis: The two spots the Panthers really need to address is quarterback and their offensive line. Offensive tackles are going quick, and the Panthers lock up Cross.
Lolley's Pick: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State
Analysis: The Panthers could go for a QB, but they'll be more likely to go for a veteran option and upgrade their line.
Prisuta's Pick: Kenyon Green, OG, Texas A&M
Analysis: The question here is which offensive lineman? And at what position? Green can bring some nasty back to wherever he lines up.
Williamson's Pick: Tyler Linderbaum, OC, Iowa
Analysis: New York doubles down on their offensive line with Ekwonu and now Linderbaum, one of the best center prospects in decades. Brian Daboll is going to do everything possible to help Daniel Jones succeed.
Lolley's Pick: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
Analysis: The Giants get an edge rusher and offensive line help.
Prisuta's Pick: George Karlaftis, Edge, Purdue
Analysis: Think of the camp battles between Karlaftis and Ekwonu. Iron sharpens iron.
Williamson's Pick: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
Analysis: Pass rush is a real problem for Atlanta's defense but adding a massive talent like Gardner to pair with AJ Terrell could help the Falcons pass defense just as much.
Lolley's Pick: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
Analysis: The Falcons added tight end Kyle Pitts last season. They continue rebuilding their passing game with Wilson.
Prisuta's Pick: Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
Analysis: No one ever has enough quality cornerbacks. Atlanta runs it back to 2020 and hopes for another A.J. Terrell.
Williamson's Pick: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt
Analysis: Maybe Denver adds a veteran signal caller before the draft, but for this exercise, this is where the first quarterback lands. There is still debate if the first quarterback should be Pickett though.
Lolley's Pick: Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi
Analysis: Really, this could be any of three quarterbacks. And the Broncos might not be picking in this spot when it's all said and done.
Prisuta's Pick: Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi
Analysis: What could the Broncos need more than a Corral? Hopefully, Corral is better than OK.
Williamson's Pick: Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
Analysis: The Jets double down on rebuilding their secondary with Hamilton and Stingley, who has a strong case to being the first cornerback off the board.
Lolley's Pick: Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
Analysis: The NFL Scouting Combine will be huge for Stingley. But he's immensely talented.
Prisuta's Pick: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
Analysis: Not a bad haul so far for the Jets. Ten picks in and they already have half of a secondary.
Williamson's Pick: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
Analysis: There might not be a quarterback taken at the very top of the draft this year, but that doesn't mean that we won't see plenty picked in the first round. Willis has immense upside and could learn his trade slowly with the Commanders.
Lolley's Pick: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt
Analysis: Unlike the Broncos, Washington won't be scared off by Pickett's hand size.
Prisuta's Pick: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt
Analysis: The Washington offense needs a new general. You've got to hand it to Pickett for earning such an opportunity.
Williamson's Pick: George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue
Analysis: Despite investing heavily on their edge defenders, Minnesota just hasn't gotten the production needed from that unit. Karlaftis could change that very quickly.
Lolley's Pick: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
Analysis: There are some that think Gardner, not Stingley, will be the top corner taken in this draft.
Prisuta's Pick: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
Analysis: It's time to beef up the defense in the Twin Cities. Kirk Cousins can only do so much.
Williamson's Pick: Drake London, WR, USC
Analysis: There is a very strong chance that this pick for Cleveland is a wide receiver. Which wide out isn't clear at this point, but London would be a very Baker Mayfield-friendly addition.
Lolley's Pick: Drake London, WR, USC
Analysis: The Browns need wide receiver help in the worst way. And London is a big, physical receiver who would fit in their offense.
Prisuta's Pick: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
Analysis: More targets for Baker Mayfield are in order in Cleveland. The Browns can't go wrong with one of the available Buckeyes.
Williamson's Pick: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
Analysis: Baltimore really missed Ronnie Stanley, one of their many major injuries, in 2021 and their offensive line needs some attention. Penning's stock is soaring and would fit in very well with the Ravens.
Lolley's Pick: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
Analysis: The offensive line was a major issue for the Ravens in 2021. They've got to rebuild there.
Prisuta's Pick: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
Analysis: The Ravens will take the third tackle off the board and run with Cross. Offensive line issues? Never more.
Williamson's Pick: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
Analysis: With their first of three first round picks, the Eagles select a linebacker-a position they traditionally put very few resources into. But the second level of Philadelphia's defense really needs help, and they should be thrilled that Lloyd fell this far.
Lolley's Pick: Kair Elam, CB, Florida
Analysis: The Eagles have three first-round picks, and one of them will be a cornerback.
Prisuta's Pick: Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, Florida State
Analysis: The Eagles can pretty much address their needs in the order they see fit with three first-round picks. Edge rusher usually tops the list.
Williamson's Pick: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
Analysis: The Eagles really need a wide receiver complement to DeVonta Smith. Wilson is a big play guy that can really add something to this passing game and make it more difficult to compete against Philadelphia's impressive running game.
Lolley's Pick: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
Analysis: The Eagles continue improving their defense with the pickup of the speedy Dean.
Prisuta's Pick: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Analysis: You can't have too many Alabama pass catchers. That would be like having too many cheesesteaks from Pat's.
Williamson's Pick: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
Analysis: With the style of defense that Brandon Staley wants to run, his squad needs beef in the middle. No one fits that moniker better than Davis and his addition should immediately pay off for an ailing run defense.
Lolley's Pick: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
Analysis: A nasty run-blocker to also help protect Justin Herbert.
Prisuta's Pick: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
Analysis: The run defense gets a major upgrade. That Dawg will hunt.
Williamson's Pick: Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi
Analysis: With Sean Payton gone and massive salary cap issues, it is rebuilding time in New Orleans. Where better than to start with a playmaking quarterback like Corral.
Lolley's Pick: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
Analysis: The Saints' wide receiver issues are many and great. Olave is a gifted playmaker.
Prisuta's Pick: Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
Analysis: Drew Brees wasn't a tall QB, either. They can work around that in the French Quarter.
Williamson's Pick: David Ojabo, DE, Michigan
Analysis: The second defensive end selected from Michigan, Ojabo's ceiling might even be higher than Hutchinson's. These three first round picks could really jumpstart an Eagles team that went to the post season last year.
Lolley's Pick: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Analysis: This is a bonus pick for the Eagles. They get the most talented WR in the draft. It will take him time to come back from a torn ACL, but he's worth the wait.
Prisuta's Pick: Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
Analysis: The in-state trend continues. Why should the Lions and Browns have all the fun?
Williamson's Pick: Kenyon Green, OG, Texas A&M
Analysis: After taking a Texas A&M offensive lineman last year, the Steelers go back to that well with Green, potentially the best guard prospect in this draft. This could be a quarterback and there are a few available, but Green is a plug and play starter at a position of need.
Lolley's Pick: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
Analysis: It's early in the process, but Willis might not be available here. He could wind up being the first quarterback selected coming off a strong Senior Bowl week performance.
Prisuta's Pick: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
Analysis: I can hear the battle cry now: "Give me Liberty or give me death!" The Steelers don't need to find Ben Roethlisberger's successor quite that badly, but they'll find Willis too intriguing to pass up.
Williamson's Pick: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Analysis: Williams is currently injured and could miss much of his rookie season, but he also could be the best wide receiver prospect in this draft if it wasn't for his injury.
Lolley's Pick: Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson
Analysis: The Patriots need help at this position.
Prisuta's Pick: Drake London, WR, USC
Analysis: London calling is a call Mac Jones would be happy to answer. No one should Clash in New England over whether the receiving corps needs an upgrade.
Williamson's Pick: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
Analysis: This is a steal with the 22nd overall pick. Plus, Dean fills a huge need at linebacker for Las Vegas. It's just too good to pass up.
Lolley's Pick: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
Analysis: When you play in a division with the Chiefs and Chargers, you'd better be able to score.
Prisuta's Pick: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
Analysis: Alex Leatherwood was just a start in 2021. Vegas will be rolling the dice if the offensive line isn't addressed again.
Williamson's Pick: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
Analysis: Cornerback is probably Arizona's biggest need and McDuffie presents good value at this stage of the first round.
Lolley's Pick: Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M
Analysis: The Cardinals need help on their line and Green is plug-and-play.
Prisuta's Pick: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
Analysis: Playing in the NFL is a family tradition for Elam. The Cardinals' defense could use such an injection at a position that needs attention.
Williamson's Pick: Travon Walker, DL, Georgia
Analysis: Walker has a ton of ability. He could operate at defensive end for Dallas and then kick inside on passing downs. An addition like Walker could make the Cowboys pass-rush simply lethal.
Lolley's Pick: David Ojobo, Edge, Michigan
Analysis: A bookend to Micah Parsons who also could allow Parsons to move around a bit more and be a wild card.
Prisuta's Pick: DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M
Analysis: Shoring up the run defense ought to be a priority. Dallas won't have to look too far for help.
Williamson's Pick: Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson
Analysis: Even when Tre'Davious White was healthy, the Bills were one cornerback away from having a pretty complete defense. Then White was lost for the year. Going cornerback here makes a ton of sense for Buffalo.
Lolley's Pick: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
Analysis: The Bills have focused on their defensive line in the past couple of drafts. It's time to add to the secondary.
Prisuta's Pick: Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia
Analysis: Speaking of guys who stuff the run, the Bills won't have to look too long and hard, either. Not if they look at Georgia first.
Williamson's Pick: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
Analysis: The Titans absolutely must add another prominent pass catcher for Ryan Tannehill. Burks is a big physical receiver very much in the mold this organization covets.
Lolley's Pick: Zion Johnson, G, Boston College
Analysis: The Titans want to run the ball. Johnson is a bull in the run game.
Prisuta's Pick: Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia
Analysis: Did we mention there's defensive help available at Georgia?
Williamson's Pick: Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
Analysis: The fifth quarterback taken in the first round gets the unenviable task of trying to follow in Tom Brady's footsteps. It is a new era in Tampa Bay.
Lolley's Pick: DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M
Analysis: Keep a strength a strength. And it might be time to move on from aging Ndamukong Suh.
Prisuta's Pick: Zion Johnson OG, Boston College
Analysis: Johnson, one of the stars of Senior Bowl week, can help make life a little easier for the new QB.
Williamson's Pick: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
Analysis: Davante Adams' contract is up and even if he is brought back, Green Bay really needs a solid number two wide receiver. That is exactly what Olave profiles to become at the next level.
Lolley's Pick: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
Analysis: If you're set on convincing Aaron Rodgers to stay, you'd better get him some weapons.
Prisuta's Pick: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
Analysis: Some immediate help for Aaron Rodgers (I think) and the offense.
Williamson's Pick: Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
Analysis: There is a very good chance that with this pick that the Dolphins got from San Francisco will just be "Best offensive lineman available". Speaking of San Francisco, that is the scheme that Miami will now employ and Raimann's athletic ability is what they now covet.
Lolley's Pick: Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
Analysis: Raimann has a lot of upside. The Dolphins need to build their offensive line.
Prisuta's Pick: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
Analysis: The new coach is an offensive guy, who ought to appreciate how difficult players that bring it the way Lloyd does can make life on offensive guys.
Williamson's Pick: Jermaine Johnson, DE, Florida State
Analysis: The Chiefs could go several directions here, but a talented defensive end could really help this defense. Johnson might have been the best player at Senior Bowl practices.
Lolley's Pick: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
Analysis: The Chiefs could go several ways. But getting someone to plug in next to Chris Jones sure would help.
Prisuta's Pick: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
Analysis: Nothing wrong with playing to a strength that should continue to be one as long as Patrick Mahomes is the Chiefs' QB. Another run-all-over-the-field-and-catch-it type coming up.
Williamson's Pick: Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College
Analysis: The Bengals biggest need by a wide margin this offseason is their offensive line. Johnson is a great prospect that has also played tackle and even some center at the Senior Bowl.
Lolley's Pick: Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
Analysis: With seven offensive linemen going ahead of this pick, the Bengals can't afford to reach for help there. Brisker is a safe pick with Jessie Bates potentially leaving in free agency.
Prisuta's Pick: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
Analysis: Seems like it's a matter of which offensive linemen the Bengals will select, not if they'll take one on Round One.
Williamson's Pick: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
Analysis: Amon-Ra St. Brown really emerged in his rookie season, but Detroit is still very light on wide receivers. Dotson' electricity works well alongside St. Brown and TJ Hockenson.
Lolley's Pick: Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
Analysis: The Lions get this pick as part of the Matthew Stafford trade. Howell doesn't need to play right away, as Jared Goff can take some heat off the rookie.
Prisuta's Pick: David Ojabo, Edge, Michigan
Analysis: Wolverines fans are really going to be all-in on the Lions' rebuild after this one. Ford Field may yet be an uncomfortable venue for opposing passers to inhabit.