NFL Draft: Teams With Multiple First-Round Picks Sit Pretty
The NFL Draft is hours away, and most teams around the league will have the opportunity to make a pick in the first round. However, some will have the opportunity to make two or more first-round picks if they so choose.
We’re taking a look at the five teams who currently own multiple first-round picks, and how they can possibly use those selections.
- Picks No. 5, 18, and 26
The Dolphins are not only picking in the top five in the draft but are also the only team that currently owns three selections. Thanks to trades with the Steelers and Texans last season, Miami has three first-round picks to address multiple areas of their team.
Among their needs is quarterback, and unless something drastic happens, the Dolphins should be able to draft either Oregon’s Justin Herbert or Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. Currently, reports are making it seem like Herbert is Miami’s preference; however, BetOnline has Tagovailoa as the favorite at -155 to be the second QB behind Joe Burrow off of the board, as well as the favorite +160 to be the fifth overall pick.
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Assuming quarterback is taken early, the Dolphins could look to address their defense, offensive line, or even running back with their remaining two picks. At 18th overall, they can likely get a second-tier offensive tackle like USC’s Austin Jackson or Houston’s Josh James, or perhaps a safety like Xavier McKinney from Alabama.
If they decide to use a pick on a running back, Georgia’s D’Andre Swift is the likeliest option. Currently, Swift is -135 to be a first-round selection.
Like all of these teams that own multiple first-round picks, the Dolphins could also look to trade up or down. With 14 total picks, Miami has the ability to swing a trade into the top three if they want to secure their quarterback of choice.
- Picks No. 9 and 20
The Jags are the next team up, adding the Rams’ 20th overall pick in addition to their own No. 9 selection. After a down season and lots of veterans gone after free agency, this rebuilding club has many holes to fill, particularly on defense.
Jacksonville has been rumored to want defense with their first selection, with odds for them taking a defensive player at -220. Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons, Auburn DT Derrick Brown, and Florida CB C.J. Henderson have all been linked to the Jaguars at No. 9. However, with Simmons and Brown both favored to be off of the board by number nine, the Jags may have to settle for Henderson.
As for pick No. 20, Jacksonville could target an offensive lineman at pick No. 20 or even a QB like Utah’s Jordan Love. Ideally, they would love to end up with Brown at nine and go corner at 20, with many options like Alabama’s Trevon Diggs and Clemson’s A.J. Terrell potentially available for them.
Of course, with all of their draft capital, a trade into the top five is also not out of the question. Jacksonville could move up from No. 9 and package a couple of additional picks to make sure they get Simmons or Brown. Even Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah shouldn’t be ruled out if Detroit opts to go elsewhere.
Las Vegas Raiders
- Picks 12 and 19
In their first year in Las Vegas, the Raiders are hoping to make a splash. And thanks to a 12th overall pick and the 19th overall selection that they acquired from the Bears in the Khalil Mack trade, they have an opportunity to bring in a pair of day one starters.
Among all of their needs, the top priority seems to be at wide receiver. Finding a top receiver will be the goal for a lot of teams, but the Raiders seem set on acquiring one of the top three receivers on the board; Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb and Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III.
They have been rumored to like all three, but only Jeudy -155 and Lamb -200 are favored to go under pick 12.5.
At 19, the Raiders can go in several different directions. As of now, the two most-pressing needs seem to be at cornerback and defensive line. Someone like LSU’s Kristian Fulton could be a fit for Las Vegas at 19, as can Terrell and Diggs.
A defensive lineman like South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw could be a great fit if he ends up if sliding on day one, as well as LSU defensive end K’Lavon Chiasson for some help on the edge.
There is a possibility of the Raiders trading up if there is someone that they love, and with three third-rounders, they have picks to interest teams. But unless they need to trade ahead of other wide receiver-desperate teams, Las Vegas seems to be the unlikeliest of these five teams to make a move on day one.
San Francisco 49ers
- Picks 13 and 31
After a March trade that sent pass-rusher DeForest Buckner to the Colts, the 49ers managed to receive the 13th overall pick from Indianapolis. That pick will go along with their own 31st overall selection to give them two first-round picks and two possible impact players.
The biggest need for San Francisco is at wide receiver. The NFC champions are in a position where they can very likely end up with one of the three top options at the position that Vegas is also interested in.
Cornerback could also be an option for them, with Henderson potentially available at 13. But offense is expected to be the direction San Francisco goes, with -220 odds saying they address offense before defense.
For their 31st overall selection, an offensive or defensive lineman could make sense for them. If they do not target wide receiver at 13, there will be some interesting options for them at 31 as well. Perhaps someone like USC’s Michael Pittman Jr. or Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk could be a late-first round pick for them.
Unlike the previous three teams, the Niners are a very likely trade-down candidate. They currently own seven picks, but after pick number 31 won’t pick again until the middle of the fifth round.
It is widely expected that the 49ers will move down from their 31st pick to accumulate some mid-round picks. They could also trade down from 13, especially if one of the two quarterbacks Miami is interested in falls down the draft.
- Picks 22 and 25
Despite being a playoff team last year, the Vikings still managed to accrue 12 picks for this week’s draft. A trade last month to ship wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Bills earned them the 22nd pick, while the 25th is their own selection. As it stands, they are in a position to use most of those picks to address areas of need.
Perhaps Minnesota’s biggest need lies at cornerback, with all three of their top corners now gone. Terrell or Diggs (who is Stefon’s little brother) could be there for the Vikings at pick number 20, as well as someone like Jaylon Johnson from Utah.
They could also address their depth at safety with someone like McKinney or wide receiver, with LSU’s Justin Jefferson as the potential top option available. But it’s anyone’s guess where they’ll go, as both offense and defense are listed at -120 in regards to who will be their first pick.
At 25, the Vikings will likely address wherever they didn’t address with their pick at 22. So if it’s cornerback at 22, look for Minnesota to target receiver. Even offensive line should be considered for the Vikings, with Jackson and James potentially on the board for them.
With 12 picks in tow, a trade-down scenario is possible but not very likely. The only way that could happen is if the Vikings don’t acquire picks, but rather players. Look for them to inquire about disgruntled star veterans like Washington OT Trent Williams and Jacksonville DE Yannick Ngakoue.