2025 NFL Mock Draft: Carson Beck Joins the Giants, Luther Burden III and Tetairoa McMillan Fight for WR1

This early 2025 NFL Mock Draft pairs Luther Burden III with Drake Maye, while premier defensive playmaker Will Johnson makes history.

The 2024 NFL Draft may have just concluded, but that isn’t stopping us from already taking a look at the 2025 NFL Draft cycle with a way-too-early mock draft. How can your team sustain momentum in the cycles to come? Let’s take a closer look.

2025 NFL Mock Draft | Round 1

The order of this 2025 NFL Mock Draft was determined using the latest Super Bowl odds for the 2024 NFL season.

1) Carolina Panthers: Will Johnson, CB, Michigan

The board will change between now and April of 2025. Often, QB-needy teams are pushed to the top of the order. But for now, the odds have the Carolina Panthers earning the right to the first pick for the second straight year.

If Bryce Young grows under Dave Canales, the Panthers can add a blue-chip prospect at a position like cornerback. Right now, Will Johnson is the second-ranked prospect on PFN’s early 2025 board, and he’d be an excellent scheme fit opposite Jaycee Horn.

At 6’2″, 203 pounds, Johnson has rare athleticism and short-area energy for his size, all of which he uses to manage space in zone and instantly click-and-close on breaks. He’s fast on the vertical plane, physical, proactive, and a ball hawk with seven career interceptions.

Odds are, when the order settles, Johnson won’t be the first CB to ever be taken first overall. But he has the tools, processing ability, and penchant for playmaking to be one of the best CB prospects over the past five years.

2) Tennessee Titans: Deone Walker, DT, Kentucky

For the time being, the pieces are starting to come into place for the Titans. Brian Callahan has a young quarterback worth investing in with Will Levis, who has a solid wide receiver trio with DeAndre Hopkins, Calvin Ridley, and Treylon Burks. Now, JC Latham is improving the line.

In 2025, the Titans may be able to turn the focus back to the defensive side of the ball, where a monstrous DT prospect awaits in Deone Walker. It’s not often you find 6’6″, 348-pound behemoths as explosive, agile, and fast-flowing as Walker.

As his 7.5 sacks and 12.5 total TFLs in 2023 exemplify, Walker is a different kind of talent, with the size, power, and strength to two-gap and play from 0-tech, and the mobility and motor to disrupt all across the line. He’s not redundant with T’Vondre Sweat, and a tandem of Walker and Jeffery Simmons would be unstoppable.

3) New York Giants: Carson Beck, QB, Georgia

The Giants passed on quarterback options in the early rounds of the 2024 NFL Draft, but that doesn’t mean Daniel Jones has a newfound wave of security. In 2025, if Jones is designated as a post-June 1 release, the Giants can net almost $20 million in savings by cutting ties.

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Because of this, there’s a realistic possibility that the Giants will ride out the 2024 season and then reinvest at QB in 2025. The top candidate to be QB1 of the 2025 NFL Draft is Georgia’s Carson Beck, a 6’4″, 220-pound passer with an illustrious pedigree.

Beck impressed down the stretch in 2023, completing 72.4% of his passes for 3,941 yards, 24 touchdowns, and just six INTs. He has a live arm, but Beck wins with anticipation, laser-like accuracy, and layering ability — traits that translate on Sundays.

4) Washington Commanders: Tetairoa McMillan, WR, Arizona

The Commanders have their franchise QB in Jayden Daniels. Now, it’s time to add offensive weapons that fit his play style. With Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson nearing 2026 expiration dates, long-term security doesn’t hurt, either. Tetairoa McMillan provides both.

At a lean 6’5″, 210 pounds, McMillan looks like a pure contested WR on the surface, but he quietly has speed, burst, and bend that can match some of the top WRs in the 2024 class. He’s a sharp separator, an instinctive vertical threat, and a true WR1 in the making.

5) New England Patriots: Luther Burden III, WR, Missouri

The top prospect on PFN’s preliminary 2025 NFL Draft board, Luther Burden III, lands with Drake Maye in New England in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft. A consensus five-star talent, there’s been talk that Burden is special since 2021. He’s made that clear at Missouri.

At 5’11”, 208 pounds, Burden is a game-breaking RAC threat with his combination of vertical explosion and energized short-area motion. He also has impeccable body control and ball-tracking ability on the vertical plane and efficient route-running footwork.

The Patriots can use Burden and second-round rookie Ja’Lynn Polk as overlapping movement-Z receivers, while letting Demario Douglas eat in the slot as a Josh Downs-esque weapon for Maye.

6) Denver Broncos: Abdul Carter, EDGE, Penn State

Some prospects set themselves apart with their natural talent from the very start. Abdul Carter is one of those prospects. Playing linebacker through 2022 and 2023, Carter amassed 104 tackles, 11 sacks, 16 total TFLs, a pick, and nine pass breakups over that stretch.

Carter’s elite explosiveness and closing speed showed up routinely at LB, but in 2024, he’ll be shifting to EDGE, where his speed and bend — combined with his 6’3″, 250-pound frame — could make for an unstoppable combination against opposing offensive tackles.

Carter may have to answer questions about his character from teams. A recent misdemeanor assault on a tow truck driver, in particular, looms large. But Sean Payton may be willing to take the risk for the transformative talent that Carter offers on defense.

7) Arizona Cardinals: Kenneth Grant, DT, Michigan

We’re in Year 2 of the Cardinals’ rebuild under Monti Ossenfort and Jonathan Gannon, and the vision is becoming clear. Kyler Murray and Marvin Harrison Jr. represent the offensive core, and Darius Robinson is an invaluable hybrid. But there’s still more to add.

While Robinson provides situational value at 3-tech and 5-tech, the Cardinals need a true nose tackle for the line to orbit around. Kenneth Grant can be that player. He’s an absurd talent — rumored to run a sub-5.00 40-yard dash at 6’3″, 339 pounds.

Not only can he two-gap and absorb blocks at a high level, but Grant also had reps in 2023 where he stunted across alignments as a pass rusher and exploded up seams with his alien athleticism and bend.

8) Las Vegas Raiders: Shedeur Sanders, QB, Colorado

The Raiders have an enviable core of weapons in the passing game, with Davante Adams, Jakobi Meyers, first-round rookie Brock Bowers, and Michael Mayer bolstering the ranks. If they can keep that core together in 2025, Shedeur Sanders could be the beneficiary.

Sanders is another early QB1 candidate in the 2025 NFL Draft, but there’s still room for him to mature and grow into an NFL player. His accuracy is assuredly a strong trait, as is his smooth pocket mobility, off-platform freedom, and discretion as a passer.

9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: James Pearce Jr., EDGE, Tennessee

The Buccaneers could only address one side of the trenches in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft. They chose to invest into the interior offensive line with Graham Barton, at the cost of EDGE talent. They did add Chris Braswell in Round 2, but they could use a blue-chip talent in 2025.

At 6’5″, 242 pounds, James Pearce Jr. is light, but he’s a stellar fit as a wide-9, two-point stance rusher in Todd Bowles’ scheme. In the process of logging 10 sacks and 14.5 total TFLs in 2023, Pearce proved his burst, bend, and lateral agility are all tools to be reckoned with.

10) Indianapolis Colts: Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State

Injuries often kept Emeka Egbuka from performing at 100% alongside Marvin Harrison Jr. in 2023. But people often forget, coming off his 74-catch, 1,151-yard, 10-TD 2022 campaign, Egbuka was one of the most exciting WR prospects in the early 2023 ranks.

At 6’1″, 203 pounds, Egbuka is a grating RAC threat, and a strong catch-point presence. But for Shane Steichen and Anthony Richardson, he’ll make his money with his vertical-threatening burst and speed, and his ability to carve through zone looks like butter.

With Michael Pittman Jr., second-round rookie AD Mitchell, Josh Downs, and Egbuka, the Colts have a potentially dominant WR rotation that’s four men deep — all with complementary skill sets and vertical proficiency.

11) New Orleans Saints: Nic Scourton, EDGE, Texas A&M

The Saints were reportedly in the mix to trade up for Michael Penix Jr. before he went to the Falcons. As long as there’s uncertainty about Derek Carr, quarterback looms large for New Orleans — but in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft, the best value lines up in the trenches.

Nic Scourton, who logged 10 sacks and 15 total TFLs at Purdue in 2023, fits the Saints’ profile to a tee. With Cameron Jordan’s career reaching the twilight phase, Scourton fills the void as a 6’4″, 280-pound force with power, agility, counter flexibility, and a relentless motor.

12) Minnesota Vikings: Benjamin Morrison, CB, Notre Dame

In the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft, the Vikings added a prospective franchise QB in J.J. McCarthy and a premier defensive playmaker in Dallas Turner. In the 2025 NFL Draft, they have the flexibility to play the board, and in this mock, that patience rewards them greatly.

A 6’0″, 185-pound CB with nine picks and 14 pass deflections over the past two seasons, Benjamin Morrison is a true ball hawk and separation nullifier. While Johnson thrives in zone, Morrison has the foot speed and reactive twitch to erase WRs from existence in man.

13) Seattle Seahawks: Harold Perkins, LB, LSU

Harold Perkins is an enigma. A five-star prospect with a documented 4.49 40-yard dash, he’s logged 147 tackles, 13 sacks, 26 total TFLs, two picks, seven PBUs, and seven forced fumbles in two years. He has one of the deadliest ghost moves you’ll ever see. He’s also 6’1″, 220 pounds.

Where will Perkins play in the NFL? That’s the ultimate question. With a defensive mind like Mike Macdonald, the answer is potentially limitless. His range can be overwhelming at the second level, but he’s a phantom QBs fear with his teleportation ability as a rusher.

14) Jacksonville Jaguars: Earnest Greene III, OT, Georgia

For two straight cycles, the Georgia Bulldogs have produced a first-round offensive tackle. Could 2025 be the third? Following in the footsteps of Broderick Jones and Amarius Mims, Earnest Greene III has the pedigree and the starting experience to catalyze a rise.

At 6’4″, 320 pounds, Greene is more wide and squatty than Mims and his streamlined build — and that comes at the cost of recovery freedom at times. But, Green is an explosive linear mover and a relentless finisher who could take the reins at LT if Cam Robinson leaves.

15) Pittsburgh Steelers: Mason Graham, DT, Michigan

The Steelers’ needs in 2025 largely hinge on what happens with the Russell Wilson-Justin Fields experiment. Pittsburgh has already declined Fields’ fifth-year option, but they could opt to bring one of those QBs back at a cheap price if they impress.

If that’s what happens, there are needs elsewhere to address. If Cameron Heyward leaves in free agency, Mason Graham could be a replacement at DT. He’s an uber-explosive 6’3″, 318-pound disruptor with the heavy hands to do damage alongside Keeanu Benton.

16) Cleveland Browns: Jonah Savaiinaea, OT, Arizona

Jedrick Wills’ contract is up in 2025, and Jack Conklin’s long-term future is cloudy in Cleveland as well. The Browns have Dawand Jones, who could end up being the future starter at right tackle. But they’ll have to re-invest at tackle eventually.

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Jonah Savaiinaea is a natural right tackle, but he’s worth experimenting with on the left side. At 6’5″, 330 pounds, he has the size and power to dominate opposing rushers, but he’s also an explosive athlete in space, with smooth corrective mobility in pass protection.

17) Chicago Bears: Princely Umanmielen, EDGE, Ole Miss

No one will fault the Bears for picking Rome Odunze at ninth overall in the 2024 NFL Draft over the top defensive prospects, but a void still lies at EDGE across from Montez Sweat. In this 2025 NFL Mock Draft, the Bears fill that void by picking Princely Umanmielen.

Had Umanmielen declared for the 2024 NFL Draft, he would have been a first-round candidate on my board. At 6’5″, 255 pounds, he’s a high-level defender with a volcanic first step and gravity-defying bend capacity in the pass-rushing phase.

18) Los Angeles Chargers: Denzel Burke, CB, Ohio State

The Chargers brought in Kristian Fulton on a one-year deal, but their cornerback room is sorely lacking long-term security. A wide receiver would make just as much sense here, but in this mock, Jim Harbaugh picks a CB who made it tough to gameplan versus Ohio State.

Right from the start, Denzel Burke showed off his playmaking upside as a former WR, logging 12 pass breakups as a true freshman. He’s an explosive, energized mover with coverage variability and support chops. I’d have considered him in Round 1 in 2024.

19) Atlanta Falcons: Isaiah Bond, WR, Texas

The Atlanta Falcons perplexed onlookers when they picked Penix over prospective playmakers on both offense and defense in Round 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft. While 2025 is a little late to right those wrongs, it happens nonetheless in this mock.

Alongside Drake London and Darnell Mooney, Isaiah Bond has the upside to be a vertical sparkplug with the sharp route-running nuance, change of direction, and explosiveness to break free in the short and intermediate ranges at 5’11”, 185 pounds.

20) Los Angeles Rams: Evan Stewart, WR, Oregon

The Los Angeles Rams are starting to be regulars in Round 1 again, and anything is on the table. In 2024, they picked a top-flight EDGE in Jared Verse. But in 2025, with talents such as Tutu Atwell hitting free agency, they could opt to add a dynamic weapon on offense.

Like Atwell, Evan Stewart is featherweight — listed at 6’0″, 175 pounds. But at that size, he’s a walking particle accelerator with hyper-elite twitch, foot speed, separation ability, and size-defying toughness. And he’s been laser-timed as fast as the high 4.3-second range in the 40-yard dash.

21) New York Jets: Jalen Milroe, QB, Alabama

The New York Jets have the future on their mind. The Olu Fashanu selection, with Tyron Smith and Morgan Moses in-house, was a reflection of that. Aaron Rodgers can help them compete in the immediate timeline, but a succession plan must be found at some point.

Jalen Milroe still has room to seek greater consistency with his mechanics, accuracy, and field vision. But he’s an electric athlete and creator with an exceptional arm at 6’2″, 220 pounds, and his return from being benched in 2023 is a representation of his resilience.

22) Miami Dolphins: Kelvin Banks Jr., OL, Texas

The Dolphins opted to add to the EDGE rotation in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft, uniting Chop Robinson with Jaelan Phillips and Bradley Chubb. It’s an exciting pick but still leaves immediate and future uncertainty on the line. Kelvin Banks Jr. can correct that.

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At 6’4″, 323 pounds, Banks was an All-American in 2023 and helped keep Texas’ explosive offense on rhythm. He can be heavy-footed at times, but he has the power and physicality to thrive at guard. If Patrick Paul develops and succeeds Terron Armstead, Banks can stay at guard — or he could eventually shift to tackle.

23) Green Bay Packers: Tyleik Williams, DT, Ohio State

The Ohio State Buckeyes had several prospects return to school, who otherwise might have fielded consideration in the Round 1 range on my board. Burke was one of those prospects, and Tyleik Williams was as well, after logging three sacks and 10 TFLs in 2023.

At around 6’3″ and 320 pounds, Williams has unique role flexibility at the DT spot. He has the burst and bend to stunt outside as far as 5-tech, but he also has the strength and frame density to hold up at 1-tech. He could be a viable replacement for Kenny Clark.

24) Dallas Cowboys: Conner Weigman, QB, Texas A&M

At the moment, the Cowboys’ situation with Dak Prescott has a feel of tepid pessimism to it. It’s hard to imagine Prescott playing anywhere else, but the lack of an extension to this point looms large. There’s a chance the Cowboys are looking for a new QB in 2025.

Though Conner Weigman only played in four games in 2023 before an injury cut his season short, the former five-star recruit showed promise in that span. He has enough functional burst to be a factor off-script, but he also has a live, elastic arm and great touch.

25) Philadelphia Eagles: Walter Nolen, DT, Ole Miss

If the Eagles let Milton Williams walk in the 2025 free agency period, they’ll be left with a void on the defensive line alongside Jordan Davis and Jalen Carter. One prospect who might fit their profile at DT is five-star talent and Ole Miss transfer acquisition Walter Nolen.

At 6’4″, 290 pounds, Nolen is still underdeveloped, but he’s already a force of destruction with his elite explosiveness and power drive, and he rode those traits to four sacks and 8.5 TFLs in 2023. He has a profile worth investing in for Howie Roseman and Co.

26) Cincinnati Bengals: Nic Anderson, WR, Oklahoma

Tee Higgins is under contract for now, but once the 2025 offseason hits, it could be a different story. The Bengals may eventually need a new size threat on the boundary, and Nic Anderson could be a prime replacement candidate in the 2025 NFL Draft.

At 6’4″, 213 pounds, Anderson is a springy long-strider with high-level vertical tracking ability — but he catches you off guard with his throttle control and flexibility as a separator. He caught 10 TDs and averaged 21 yards per catch in 2023, flaunting his big-play ability.

If Jermaine Burton can stay locked in, a WR trio of Anderson, Burton, and Ja’Marr Chase can be deadly, and help the Bengals forget about Higgins quickly.

27) Buffalo Bills: Ollie Gordon II, RB, Oklahoma State

The board didn’t fall incredibly well at WR in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft. So instead, the Bills take a fringe Heisman candidate from 2023, who amassed 285 carries, 1,732 yards, and 21 touchdowns while also catching 39 passes for 330 yards and a score: Ollie Gordon II.

At around 6’1″, 211 pounds, Gordon is a brisk-moving operator who can grate out tough yards with his stubborn, forward-pressing style. But lost beneath the guise of a volume back, Gordon’s cut flexibility is absolute insanity, and his creative freedom could do wonders for Buffalo’s offense.

28) Houston Texans: Travis Hunter, CB, Colorado

The Houston Texans could soon be in a position where they can use early-round picks to add playmakers as a sort of semi-luxury. One prospect who could be worth that kind of investment on the surface in the 2025 NFL Draft is Travis Hunter.

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At 6’1″, 185 pounds, Hunter is a two-way CB-WR, but he may project better as a CB in the NFL. There, he’s known for his trademark technique: baiting QBs and capitalizing on his ball skills. Hunter could put up numbers across from a man-savant in Derek Stingley, with Kamari Lassiter in the slot.

29) Detroit Lions: Dani Dennis-Sutton, EDGE, Penn State

The Penn State Nittany Lions brought two EDGE prospects to the NFL Draft circuit in the 2024 cycle, and they’ll have two more in 2025. Dani Dennis-Sutton, with his explosiveness, hip fluidity, heavy hands, and intensity as a rusher, may command Round 1 interest.

During Penn State’s spring game, Dennis-Sutton was double-teamed early and often, and he still managed to stay disruptive. Listed at 6’5″, 270 pounds, he’s the next freak athlete to come from the Nittany Lions’ ranks, and he gives Detroit a needed infusion of talent.

30) Baltimore Ravens: Jaishawn Barham, LB, Michigan

The Baltimore Ravens have shown they’re willing to play the value of the board and address non-immediate or less-pressing needs if it means they’ll strengthen their roster. That’s the philosophy that lands them Jaishawn Barham in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft.

A Maryland transfer, Barham arrives in Michigan as a 6’3″, 248-pound LB with true first-round potential. He’s explosive and rangy, a voracious blitzer, and has the terse physicality and play strength to slab pullers. Alongside Roquan Smith, he’d be a menace.

31) Kansas City Chiefs: Xavier Nwankpa, S, Iowa

Justin Reid is scheduled to be a free agent in 2025. If he leaves, the Chiefs will be left with Bryan Cook and Chamarri Conner — two players who are more valuable closer to the line. If the 2025 safety class reaches its potential, a prospect like Xavier Nwankpa could suffice.

A former five-star recruit, Nwankpa looks built to play the deep safety role at 6’2″, 210 pounds. He’s a rangy playmaker on the back end, but he also has the versatility to play two-high, loom in hook zones, mirror at stems in off-man, and erase gaps in support.

32) San Francisco 49ers: Ephesians Prysock, CB, Washington

In 2023, Arizona had two cornerbacks who could truly contend for first-round capital in the 2025 NFL Draft. Tacario Davis led the team with 15 pass deflections, but one reason he saw so many targets was that Ephesians Prysock eliminated routes entirely on his side.

Prysock, who followed coach Jedd Fisch to Washington, has a long 6’4″, 190-pound frame but moves with the fluidity and snappy, effervescent short-area twitch of a CB five inches shorter. He has all the tools necessary to thrive in man or zone.

The 49ers drafted Renardo Green in Round 2 of the 2024 NFL Draft, and Green provides value with his press-man tenacity and potential translatability at nickel. But Prysock has more schematic versatility across from Charvarius Ward, and can be an impact starter.

2025 NFL Mock Draft | Round 2

33) Chicago Bears (From CAR)
Parker Brailsford, C, Alabama

34) Tennessee Titans
Germie Bernard, WR, Alabama

35) New York Giants
Quinshon Judkins, RB, Ohio State

36) Washington Commanders
Tacario Davis, CB, Arizona

37) New England Patriots
Malaki Starks, S, Georgia

38) Denver Broncos
Austin Barber, OT, Florida

39) Arizona Cardinals
Barrett Carter, LB, Clemson

40) Las Vegas Raiders
Cobee Bryant, CB, Kansas

41) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State

42) Indianapolis Colts
Daylen Everette, CB, Georgia

43) New Orleans Saints
Donovan Jackson, G, Ohio State

44) Minnesota Vikings
Dontay Corleone, DT, Cincinnati

45) Seattle Seahawks
Keon Sabb, S, Alabama

46) Jacksonville Jaguars
Ashton Jeanty, RB, Boise State

47) Pittsburgh Steelers
Will Sheppard, WR, Colorado

48) Cleveland Browns
Andrew Mukuba, DB, Texas

49) Chicago Bears
Jaeden Roberts, G, Alabama

50) Los Angeles Chargers
Colston Loveland, TE, Michigan

51) Atlanta Falcons
Patrick Payton, EDGE, Florida State

52) Carolina Panthers (From LAR)
RJ Maryland, TE, SMU

53) New York Jets
Ajani Cornelius, OT, Oregon

54) Miami Dolphins
Tyler Onyedim, DT, Iowa State

55) Green Bay Packers
Sebastian Castro, DB, Iowa

56) Dallas Cowboys
Deontae Lawson, LB, Alabama

57) Philadelphia Eagles
Gabe Jacas, EDGE, Illinois

58) Cincinnati Bengals
Omarion Hampton, RB, North Carolina

59) Buffalo Bills
Domani Jackson, CB, Alabama

60) Buffalo Bills (From HOU)
Tre Harris, WR, Ole Miss

61) Detroit Lions
Jared Brown, WR, South Carolina

62) Baltimore Ravens
Will Campbell, OT, LSU

63) Kansas City Chiefs
Mitchell Evans, TE, Notre Dame

64) San Francisco 49ers
Ashton Grable, OL, Florida A&M

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