8. Arizona Cardinals: AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
With the No. 8 overall pick, the Arizona Cardinals add another solid pass rusher to compliment Chandler Jones in A.J. Epenesa from Iowa. Considering the Cardinals have had one of the best pass rushers in the NFL for a few years now, the team’s total sack number should be much higher, and Epenesa can help make that a reality.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
There is a good chance that Derrick Brown goes earlier in the draft, but with the needs of other teams, it would be a blessing for the Jacksonville Jaguars if he falls. The Jags started their defensive rebuild with Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen last year, and they continue it here with Brown, the best defensive tackle in this draft class.
10. Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
With all the weapons the Cleveland Browns have on offense, they cannot take any risks drafting anything on offense other than offensive line this April. The first step to getting Baker Mayfield back into his rhythm is to get him some protection, and in Andrew Thomas, they lock up arguably the best offensive tackle in this draft class.
11. New York Jets: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Sam Darnold started to show his potential in the second half of the season, leading the New York Jets to wins in six of their last eight games, but with the likely departure of Robby Anderson, the Jets need a new wide receiver at the top of the depth chart. Jerry Jeudy is likely the top receiver in the class and a possible upgrade from Anderson, and is the best route runner of this entire position group.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Las Vegas Raiders lacked many things last season, but a strong WR1 was arguably the biggest need, as the loss of Antonio Brown prior to the regular season proved to be an issue down the line. CeeDee Lamb from Oklahoma would be an incredible addition to the offense, and would help see if Derek Carr is truly the franchise quarterback, or if they go in a new direction in 2021.