Matt Miller's Mid-Season Mock Draft
1. Detroit Lions — DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
The Lions have a big question to answer at quarterback in the upcoming off-season but also long-term. Jared Goff hasn’t inspired much confidence, but the Lions would have to reach with the No. 1 overall pick to draft a quarterback. Instead, we have them selecting the best overall player in the class and looking to 2023 for a quarterback.
2. Houston Texans — EDGE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
Is Davis Mills the future at quarterback? It’s too early to say that definitively, but I do think he’s held off a challenger from an early draft pick. Instead, the Texans get the top tier pass-rusher the defense so badly needs. If there were a Heisman Trophy for defensive players, Hutchinson would win it.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami) — QB Malik Willis, Liberty
The Eagles could very much be in play for Deshaun Watson if he becomes available, but without predicting a trade here the front office selects the highest-upside quarterback in the class. Willis ranks as my No. 10 overall player, so this is a reach on value, but his potential is through the roof good if he can be developed to make quicker reads from the pocket.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars — OT Evan Neal, Alabama
There are more problems in Jacksonville than can be fixed with one draft pick, but landing the current and long-term left tackle is a big start. Neal allows Jacksonville to get less expensive at the position while offering an upgrade as well. It’s a win-win.
5. Washington Football Team — QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss
The Washington Football Team could be in on trade and free agent conversations regarding the upcoming quarterback market but it’s more likely they’ll look to draft their own talent. Matt Corral has been nearly flawless in 2021 with a big arm, quick feet and fast eyes. He has a chance to play himself up the board down the stretch of the season.