2025 NFL Mock Draft

RD1 Picks 17-32


17 Pittsburgh
Tetairoa McMillan
Arizona
WR
Reach/Value:
6
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
210
Tetairoa McMillan NFL Draft photo
The Steelers lost a lot of talent at WR this offseason. Diontae Johnson was a solid #2, an excellent route runner who could get great separation. Allen Robinson was not heavily used but provided veteran leadership as a capable WR3. Those guys accounted for roughly half of the WR receptions last season. In replacement the team drafted Roman Wilson and signed a handful of guys with WR3 experience at best. While the spit balling approach may work to a degree, the team needs another playmaker on the outside opposite George Pickens.

McMillan is a very tall receiver with ascending production for the Wildcats. In 2023 he became more of a focal point for the Arizona offense with 90 catches for 1402 yards and 10 TD and a healty 15.6 yards/completion average. As a player, he's basically the complete opposite of the diminutive speedster Calvin Austin. He has an exceptional catch radius and excellent hands. He may not have top line speed but with his height and reach, he's pretty much always open.
18 Minnesota
Kenneth Grant
Michigan
DL1T
Reach/Value:
-8
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
339
Kenneth Grant NFL Draft photo
The Vikings executed a quality draft by taking two players within the Top-17 picks of the draft. They held tight and did not give up the farm to get their Quarterback of the future, JJ McCarthy. Then, they gave up some mid-round picks to go get one of the top, if not THE top, Edge Rushers in Dallas Turner. After which the Vikings did not pick again until RD4-108 when they selected Cornerback Khyree Jackson. Followed by RD5-177 when they took OT Walter Rouse from Oklahoma.

Many Vikings fans were hoping for interior line help on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. That did not come until RD7 - not typically a place to starting, or even backup help. They were able to sign some free agents for the offensive and defensive lines and just recently brought back Guard Dalton Risner.

The team will be short on draft picks in 2025 with only a first, two fifths, and a seventh round pick right now. Bit the Vikings should get a third round compensatory pick for losing Quartback Kirk Cousins. Free Agency hits the DL hard in 2025: every defensive tackle excepting Jaquelin Roy (and this year's draft/UFA adds) become free agents. Luckily, the team will have upwards of $50M in cap space,depending on the Justin Jefferson extension.

Defensive tackle should be very high on the draft needs list next year although I expect GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah to trade down some to regain some picks.

Mark P, Vikings Analyst - DrafttekVikings@Gmail.com
19 Cleveland
J.T. Tuimoloau
Ohio State
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-2
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
270
J.T. Tuimoloau NFL Draft photo
The draft will be so much more pleasant for the Dawg Pound in 2025 without the 24-hour wait until they make their first pick. I have continued to advocate for a pass-rush partner for Myles Garrett, but it's certainly not the only place Cleveland has question marks. I like this young receiving core but they are still widely unproven, and that includes Elijah Moore and Jerry Jeudy, who are searching for some consistency for the first time in their respective careers.

This starting offensive line is widely-proven, but will account for more than $70M in cap hits in 2025 without Jedrick Wills under contract. On defense, the Browns have the potential to be really good. They have a ton of depth at every level, and was quietly one of the better units in the league during last season's injury-plagued campaign. Similar to the offensive line though, there is a lot of money invested on this side of the ball with Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah looking for a new contract as well. Next April's task may not be to fill holes left by free agents, but rather cap casualties. Still, it will be good to make that first selection on day one.

~Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst
20 NY Jets
Drew Allar
Penn State
QB
Reach/Value:
8
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
242
Drew Allar NFL Draft photo
Though there are two more years remaining on Aaron Rodgers contract, the Jets have stacked the lineup with big-name free agents on 1-year contracts. Guys who are clearly on the downside of their careers (OTs Morgan Moses and Tyron Smith, Mike Williams), guys who are cresting (Hasaan Reddick, DJ Reed) and some 1-year prove-its (Javon Kinlaw, Soloman Thomas). If the season flops and Rodgers decided to hang it up, the 1-year deals will prove a prescient move by GM Joe Douglas, setting the Jets up for the re-build.

The Draft brought the team Olu Fashanu in RD1, who with Moses and Smith should be able to keep Rodgers reasonably clean in 2024. Projected slot WR Malachi Corley - oft compared with Deebo Samuel - could contribute straight away, as could CB Qwan'tez Stiggers.

Looking ahead to the 2025 Draft, we could see Douglas and HC Robert Saleh targeting their QBOTF, though such talent is typically acquired with top-5 picks. If not QB, we shall monitor the edge defender rotation in 2024. The team let John Franklin Myers and Bryce Huff (and their 127 combined pressures) walk in free agency, replaced by Reddick on his 1-year contract. GM Douglas drafted Jermaine Johnson and Will MacDonald in RD1 of the 2022 and 2023 Drafts, underlining the importance of pass-rush to the team. JJ looks to be emerging into a star (9 sacks, 56 pressures, 83 PFF grade in 2023), but MacDonald could only find the field for 183 snaps in his rookie season. Still, even if both progress further, Saleh prefers a deeper pool for fresh rotation.
21 LA Rams
Emeka Egbuka
Ohio State
WR
Reach/Value:
5
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
205
Emeka Egbuka NFL Draft photo
The Rams appear to have put together another strong draft class, with former Florida State teammates Jared Verse and Braden Fiske set to bolster an up and coming pass rush group that will also feature fellow rookie EDGE Brennan Jackson. The Rams weren't able to add a LT in the draft, so Alaric Jackson will have another season to prove he can be the long term solution on a re-vamped offensive line. Los Angeles also added National Champion RB Blake Corum to the backfield to hopefully lighten some of the load on Kyren Williams - who emerged as the teams lead back last year.

After last year's playoff appearance no one should be looking past the Rams this season, but ultimately the fate of the team lies on the right arm of QB Matthew Stafford. Though new back up QB Jimmy Garoppolo has had success in a similar offense during his time in San Francisco and could reliably run the offense if Stafford misses a few weeks, it's tough to imagine this team making a playoff run if Stafford misses considerable time.
22 Miami
Harold Perkins Jr.
LSU
OLB
Reach/Value:
7
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
220
Harold Perkins Jr. NFL Draft photo
Love him or hate him, Tua is on the cusp of getting a huge, new contract. Both parties will want to get the contract signed as soon as possible so that all the focus can be on playing football. Tua has been present at OTAs after working with John Beck (remember him?) in the earlier part of the offseason. In Year 3 of Mike McDaniel's offense, we can expect further progress from our franchise QB. This offense, unbelievably, will have even more speed in 2024 than it did in 2023.

The defense, however, might look very different this year than it did to last. Some of the players seem to prefer Anthony Weaver's personality to Vic Fangio's. It will be interesting to see whether Weaver's approach will get the best out of players like Jevon Holland. That being said, we have a lot of potential new starters on defense, especially with our top two edge rushers likely to miss the first few weeks. I wasn't too happy with the drafting of Chop Robinson at the time, but I hope he can be productive in Phillip's and Chubb's absence.

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst
23 Green Bay
Jack Sawyer
Ohio State
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-11
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
267
Jack Sawyer NFL Draft photo
Last year the Packers were playing with house money and exceeded everyone's expectations, becoming the youngest team to win a playoff game since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger with a weighted age of 25.58 years. After moving on from veterans like David Bakhtiari (32), De'Vondre Campbell (30), and Aaron Jones (29), Green Bay may field an even younger roster in 2024 while entertaining Super Bowl aspirations. In fact, Preston Smith (31) is the only player on the roster that's currently over the age of 30.

As the Packers continue to transition to a 4-3 defense under Jeff Hafley, Brian Gutekunst may imitate the blueprint of the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets and invest heavily in the front seven. Though Green Bay has Rashan Gary and Lukas Van Ness as cornerstones on the edge, adding another pass rusher could bolster the Packers' rotation, provide a succession plan behind Smith, and continue the youth movement we've seen over the past several years. Ohio State's Jack Sawyer is a well-rounded player, racking up 37 pressures and 28 run stops last season. If he can put together another strong season, he could be a name to watch when the Packers step to the podium as the NFL Draft's hosts in 2025.

- James Siebers, Packers Analyst (Twitter@jsieb_)
24 Dallas
Evan Stewart
Oregon
WR
Reach/Value:
4
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
175
Evan Stewart NFL Draft photo
The fans of America's Team have heard plenty of the term All In this offseason, but we may get the real picture of this front office's long-term plan between now and the draft. No, the Cowboys didn't do much in free agency.
  • Who is this team going to hand the ball to in crunch time?
  • Who is the swing tackle?
  • Where is the depth on this roster, should injuries rear their ugly face again?
  • Where are the extensions for presumed foundational pieces like CeeDee Lamb, Micah Parsons and Dak Prescott?
I get that it takes two to tango with extensions, and guys like Lamb and Parsons may be waiting to see what others get paid before next season starts. Still, if Dallas blows them away with an offer, I can't imagine them passing on it. At some point, I (and the rest of the fan base) would like to see some dominoes fall. Of course, the answer could be hinged on the head coaching position. Mike McCarthy has a sparkling record over the past three regular seasons (36-15), but just one playoff win in that time. If McCarthy is one the hot seat, Jerry and Company may be tabling all decisions.

With that in mind, predicting this pick is next to impossible with so much up in the air before the season even starts. At this point WR is certainly in the conversation. Although Lamb will most likely be re-signed, Brandin Cooks will be a free agent in 2025, and there's not much proven talent behind those two.

~Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst


25 Cincinnati
Dani Dennis-Sutton
Penn State
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-4
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
261
Dani Dennis-Sutton NFL Draft photo
Maybe it is the coaching. An annual occurence, the Bengals are once again looking to fix their offensive line. The team added aging, oft-injured Trent Brown in free agency on a 1-year deal. When on the field, Brown plays well (80.2 PFF grade in 2023). Then the Bengals used their RD1 pick on Amarius Mims in the Draft. Last year the team added stud left tackle Orlando Brown in free agency, but Brown ultimately suffered the worst season in his 6-year career, with a 66.1 PFF grade, surrendering 7 sacks and 59 pressures for a 95.1 pass-blocking efficiency. Draw your own conclusions.

With QB Joe Burrow back at the helm, and Tee Higgins joining Ja'Marr Chase for one more year, the Bengals are once again Super Bowl contenders. But the team will need to cut down on the 50 sacks surrendered in 2023. Team sack stats from 2023 show a clear correlation between sacks allowed and wins.

Looking ahead to the 2025 Draft, the Bengals biggest needs at this point look like WR and Edge. The team added Jermaine Burton in the 2024 Draft, and has Charlie Jones and Andre Iosivas from 2023, but none look like a replacement for Tee Higgins - should Higgins walk. With Chase likely commanding $35M per annum when his new contract drops, lat's face it there's no cap space for Tee.

Star edge defender Trey Hendrickson (17.5 sacks in 2023) requested a trade a few months ago, signifying some discontent with HC Zac Taylor's philosophy. However he's reported to training camp and is saying all the right things. One paper the Bengals have a solid group for 2024, with Hendrickson and Sam Hubbard, along with 2023 RD1 pick Myles Murphy. GM Duke Tobin could add another edge rush specialist high in the 2025 Draft, as both Hendrickson and Hubbard hit free agency in 2026.
26 Houston
Isaiah Bond
Alabama
WR
Reach/Value:
3
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
182
Isaiah Bond NFL Draft photo
The Houston Texans are projected to be one of the teams to beat in 2024!

Coming hot off the heels of one of the most impressive rookie campaigns in NFL history, CJ Stroud looks like he has all the tools to be one of if not THE best QB in the NFL. Most of the real building of this Texans team came in the form of off-season moves, and acquisitions like trading for star WR Stefon Diggs and later re-signing WR Nico Collins to three-year, $72M extension. However, Houston's draft only added to the depth of their arsenal.

Houston bolstered their defensive backfield by drafting Kamari Lassiter CB out of Georgia in the 2nd round. Lassiter was second team all SEC in 2023 and is known for having great coverage skills. He will have every opportunity to start in 2024. However, everyone knows you need to protect your franchise QB. So, Houston did just that with their next 2nd RD pick by drafting Notre Dame OT Blake Fisher. Many have balked that this was a wasted pick considering Laremy Tunsil and Tytus Howard will both be starting next season. However, depth is hard to come by and Fisher grants them many assurances.

Overall, Houston had the type of off-season that points to them being a team you don't want to see in the playoffs come January.

Grade: A

- Cody Lachney, Texans Analyst
27 Buffalo
Emery Jones
LSU
OT
Reach/Value:
5
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
315
Emery Jones NFL Draft photo
The Bills cleared a fair amount of cap space for next offseason by cutting many faces of the franchise this spring. Brandon Beane often likes to use that cap space on home-grown players, and one player primed for a new deal is RT Spencer Brown. Brown, however, has an injury history that may keep Beane from shelling out a top-end RT deal.

If Brown walks or underperforms, tackle will join receiver as the biggest needs for Josh Allen in 2025. If this past draft was any indication, the first round should be flush with WRs and OTs, putting Buffalo in a great spot for solid value late in the first round. Of course, the hope is that their pick is the last in the round, something I couldn't wish for more for the incredible, unmatched fanbase that is Bills Mafia.

-Kennedy Paynter, Senior Draft Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)
28 Philadelphia
Patrick Payton
Florida State
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-4
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
239
Patrick Payton NFL Draft photo
The Eagles lost DeAndre Swift, but added Saquon Barkley; traded Haason Reddick and added Bryce Huff. The secondary has been overhauled, drafting a CB in RD1 for the first time in decades, and adding another DB in RD2 while bringing back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.

The biggest question mark may be at Center where Eagles legend Jason Kelce has now retired, handing the pivot spot over to Cam Jurgens. Kelce played a hand in the Eagles selecting Jurgens and had two seasons to mentor the 2022 RD 2 pick out of Nebraska, so the transition should be a smooth one.

On defense, Philadelphia is hoping their revamped secondary can help revitalize a pass rush that saw a sharp decline in sack production last season after a franchise records setting 70 in 2022. On paper this Eagles team should be ready for a deep playoff push.
29 Detroit
Josh Simmons
Ohio State
OT
Reach/Value:
-6
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
310
Josh Simmons NFL Draft photo
Another year, another Level Up for the Brad Holmes/Dan Campbell Detroit Lions. After rising to last-team-out status in the 2022 playoff chase, the Lions met rising expectations last year by winning their division and not just one but two playoff games. In fact, only a blizzard of mistakes kept them from rolling San Francisco and making their first ever Super Bowl. They have now risen to Top-5 betting status for the 2025 Super Bowl and have five of the top 25 young players in the league, according to PFF. Oh and they fixed their biggest roster hole by drafting stud Cornerbacks in the first two rounds this year.

So there aren't any glaring areas of need at the moment, creating Best Player Available freedom to move up, down or sit tight as the board dictates. Analysts like myself keep asking for a big-time edge rusher to go with Aiden Hutchinson, but the team has instead built up a handful of rotational options with promise, like Marcus Davenport, James Houston and Josh Paschal. Maybe that's next year's focus, or maybe not. If they move on from LT Taylor Decker when his contract expires this year, a Right Tackle could make sense with Penei Sewell sliding over to the Blind Side. It's as good a guess as any at this point.

--Jud Branam, Lions Analyst
30 Baltimore
Nic Scourton
Texas A&M
DL5T
Reach/Value:
5
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
280
Nic Scourton NFL Draft photo
It was a nice 2024 draft for Baltimore. They got faster on the perimiter and stronger up front. Adisa Isaac was the lone addition to the pass rush unit, but the Ravens did bring back Justin Madubuike and Kyle Van Noy (22 combined sacks in 2024) to hopefully help keep 2023's top sack defense rolling.

The Ravens could really use a breakout season from Odafe Oweh and/or David Ojabo. Despite the high draft capital spent on them, the former high school teammates have only combined for 15 sacks in five total seasons. Even if one of them does take the next step this year, the Ravens should continue to look to add young pieces to the room as they are still looking for their first premier pass rusher off the edge since Terrell Suggs.

Enter Nic Scourton, who notched 10 sacks and 15 tackles for loss in 2023 for the Purdue Boilermakers. At 6'4", 280 pounds, Scourton moves extremely well and has a knack for finishing, something that the Ravens need to improve on. He is already drawing rave reviews since trasferring to Texas A&M this offseason.

- Gabe Kamins, Ravens Analyst
31 San Francisco
Barrett Carter
Clemson
OLB
Reach/Value:
4
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
225
Barrett Carter NFL Draft photo
49ers fans have likely grown accustom to the annual off season game of will-they-won't-they the team loves to play with it's stars entering the final year of their contract. But this year's edition, featuring WR Brandon Aiyuk features a new wrinkle, the use of an RD1 draft pick on the position, 31st overall Selection Ricky Pearsall.

San Francisco remains adamant that they intend to keep Aiyuk around long term, but new deals for players like DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, Amon-Ra St. Brown, and most recently Justin Jefferson ($35M per annum) are setting a market value San Francisco could struggle to match. The Niners front office has always found a way to make the numbers work in the past, and they could do it again, however Aiyuk's extension could come at the cost of Deebo Samuel in the 2025 season and beyond. For now San Francisco boasts one of the league's top receiving corps and an overall roster ready to carry them to another deep playoff run.
32 Kansas City
Tyleik Williams
Ohio State
DL1T
Reach/Value:
2
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
318
Tyleik Williams NFL Draft photo
The Chiefs should look to restock their stable of defensive linemen in the 2025 NFL draft. Most of the team's current core of defenders up front are on one-year deals ending after the 2024 season. Players of value at this position should be available in the back end of RD1, where the Chiefs are predicted to draft. Brett Veach has been searching for a long-term interior run-stuffer to line up next to Chris Jones ever since he took over as the team's GM in 2018. Derrick Nnadi has proven to be the best option in a pool littered with patch-the-hole, short-term hired players. Nnadi is also a free agent in 2025.

Of course, the mere mention of defensive line combined with RD1 brings attention to the Edge position. KC will likely move on from Charles Omenihu and will also need to decide whether or not to extend the rookie contract of leading pass rusher George Karlaftis. Meanwhile, KC's top selection in 2023, Felix Anudike-Uzomah, has a fragmentary assessment at this point. He should see more play time this season.

The Chiefs could benefit from taking RD1 wide receivers in back-to-back drafts. A big-bodied receiver would be welcome in Mahomes' arsenal. The NFL has a history of waiting for the legal process to complete before handing out suspensions -- even if a full season of play occurs between the off-field action and the legal outcome. (Example: Frank Clark.) It is very possible that Rashee Rice's suspension will not take effect until 2025, leaving the Chiefs short-handed at WR then.

~KCBudMan, Chiefs Analyst

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