Keff Ciardello’s 2025 NFL Mock Draft: Carson Beck and Cam Ward Land in the Top 10

With the draft now firmly in the rearview mirror, there is no better time to predict next year's picks than with a 2025 NFL Mock Draft.

The previous draft just ended and we won’t know the order for the next one for months, but that won’t stop us from delivering a way too early 2025 NFL Mock Draft.

Using reverse Super Bowl odds and the updated PFN Mock Draft Simulator, we attempt to predict who will hear their name called at Lambeau Field next April.

2025 NFL Mock Draft

1) Carolina Panthers: Earnest Greene III, OT, Georgia

Finding themselves once again at the top of the draft, the Carolina Panthers elect to bring in some protection for QB Bryce Young by making Earnest Green III the first overall pick.

At 6’4″, 320 pounds, Greene separates himself from a relatively weak tackle class with elite pass protection, experience, and explosiveness.

2) Washington Commanders: Luther Burden III, WR, Missouri

After finding their franchise QB in the previous draft with Jayden Daniels, the Washington Commanders bring him a new weapon in Luther Burden III.

The top prospect on the initial PFN 2025 NFL Draft Big Board, Burden has blazing speed and is a violent runner for his size (5’11”, 208 pounds).

3) Tennessee Titans: Abdul Carter, EDGE, Penn State

The Tennessee Titans are still rebuilding and decide to fortify their defense with the selection of Abdul Carter in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft.

With 11 sacks in the last two seasons at Penn State, Carter has been a force at LB for the Nittany Lions but will play off the edge for the Nittany Lions this fall. His 6’3″, 250-pound frame should help the transition to a role he projects to play in the NFL.

4) New York Giants: Will Johnson, CB, Michigan

The New York Giants have a lot of work to do so they opt to take the best cornerback on the board, Will Johnson.

The Wolverines’ defensive MVP in the National Championship Game, Johnson has been the premier lockdown corner for one of the more formidable defenses in college football.

5) New England Patriots: Tetairoa McMillan, WR, Arizona

After securing the services of Drake Maye, the New England Patriots decide the best course of action is to surround him with weapons, starting with Tetairoa McMillan.

The second receiver off the board, McMillan isn’t as fast as Burden, but he has a wider catch radius, impressive size at 6’5″, and unique flexibility, making him a tantalizing red-zone target for the Patriots.

6) Denver Broncos: Deone Walker, DT, Kentucky

The Denver Broncos covet an elite interior DL, and Deone Walker surprisingly falls out of the top five in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft and right into their lap.

Walker is a massive human (6’6″, 348 pounds) with otherworldly strength and an explosive burst for a man his size that will intimidate even the best offensive linemen.

7) Arizona Cardinals: Walter Nolen, DT, Ole Miss

Watching the Broncos take their top prospect in Walker, the Arizona Cardinals decide to stick with positional need and address the interior DL by selecting Walter Nolen.

A former five-star recruit, Nolen has the size (6’4″, 290 pounds) and explosiveness to be a top-10 pick, but his technique will need some tweaking.

8) Las Vegas Raiders: Carson Beck, QB, Georgia

When six QBs were taken inside the top 12 in 2024, the Las Vegas Raiders were on the outside looking in at pick 13, opting for a safe choice in TE Brock Bowers. They make up for it in 2025 and give Bowers a new field general with Carson Beck.

The top QB prospect on the initial PFN 2025 NFL Draft Big Board, Beck has all the intangibles for a top pick behind center — arm talent, leadership, anticipation, poise, and size (6’4″, 220 pounds).

9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cam Ward, QB, Miami (FL)

If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are selecting in the top 10 next April, the chances are that they’ll be in the market for a quarterback, and there’s just as likely a possibility that Cam Ward could develop into the top signal-caller on their board.

Ward is a polarizing prospect who some may consider unworthy of first-round capital, but there’s no denying that his combination of enticing extension ability and pinpoint accuracy on tight-window throws as a result of impressive velocity generation could prove alluring for an NFL franchise.

10) Indianapolis Colts: Benjamin Morrison, CB, Notre Dame

As Anthony Richardson continues to develop, the Indianapolis Colts should build up their defense by taking Notre Dame CB Benjamin Morrison.

Projected closer to the top five, the Colts get a steal in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft, bringing in a man-coverage expert who was a semifinalist for the 2023 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back.

11) Seattle Seahawks: James Pearce Jr., EDGE, Tennessee

The Seattle Seahawks provided help on the inside of their DL in the previous draft with the selection of Byron Murphy II in the first round. This time, they go for the outside, bringing in a defensive heat-seeking missile in James Pearce Jr.

While slightly undersized at 242 pounds, his burst off the end and dominant length at 6’5″ should earn him early-round capital.

12) New Orleans Saints: Will Campbell, OT, LSU

With just one OL taken in the first 11 picks, the New Orleans Saints take advantage and fortify their tackle spot with Will Campbell.

Keeping the Monroe native in Louisiana, Campbell was a full-time starter right out of high school in 2022. At 6’6″, 320 pounds, he has an intimidating frame despite question marks about his lack of reach.

13) Minnesota Vikings: Harold Perkins Jr., LB, LSU

With the selection of Harold Perkins Jr., the Minnesota Vikings ensure the LSU Tigers have multiple first-round selections in successive seasons.

A versatile weapon, the Vikings could unleash Perkins from multiple positions in their defense. At 6’1″, 220 pounds, the LSU linebacker is a bit of a tweener, but he has the burst and bend to attack QBs while remaining rangy enough to be a threat in pass coverage.

14) Jacksonville Jaguars: DJ Uiagalelei, QB, Florida State

The Jacksonville Jaguars picked up Trevor Lawrence’s fifth-year option, but with no new contract and the offseason addition of Mac Jones, is a quarterback controversy brewing in Duval County?

This 2025 NFL Mock Draft would suggest so, as the franchise moves on from one first-round pick (technically two if you count Jones) and adds new FSU QB DJ Uiagalelei.

The former Oregon State passer isn’t the most polished mechanically, but he has a cannon for an arm that the Jags think they can develop.

15) Pittsburgh Steelers: Ollie Gordon II, RB, Oklahoma State

After a barren year at the position, the Pittsburgh Steelers return running back to the first round by taking Ollie Gordon II at pick 15 of this 2025 NFL Mock Draft.

A slight reach, the Steelers address need over best available, bringing in the 2023 Doak Walker Award winner. Gordon is a battering ram at 6’1″, 210 pounds, but he’s also quick enough to cut back upfield and race with DBs.

Gordon would replace Najee Harris after the franchise declined the fifth-year option on the former Alabama RB.

16) Cleveland Browns: Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State

With teams ahead of them reaching for needs, the Cleveland Browns find a gift at pick 16 with Emeka Egbuka.

Projected to go in the top 10, Egbuka is a dynamic three-level threat but could fall after dealing with some injuries in college.

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

After using the first round of the previous draft to bolster their offense with QB Caleb Williams and WR Rome Odunze, the Chicago Bears switch to the other side with Princely Umanmielen.

A hyper-explosive pass rusher, Umanmielen possesses prototypical NFL size (6’5″, 255 pounds) off the edge but needs to further develop his technique for success at the next level.

18) Los Angeles Rams: Kelvin Banks Jr., OT, Texas

Shockingly, the Los Angeles Rams pick in the first round for a second consecutive year in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft.

Kelvin Banks Jr. is a safe pick at a position of need for the NFC West outfit. Banks has started every game since he was a true freshman and has earned All-American honors each year, and he’s equally capable in pass or run protection.

19) Los Angeles Chargers: Mason Graham, DT, Michigan

The Los Angeles Chargers need help at DT, and Jim Harbaugh can’t let a Michigan Wolverine fall any further, so he snaps up Mason Graham at pick 19 of this 2025 NFL Mock Draft.

At 6’2″, 318 pounds, Graham not only eats up a lot of space, his violent hands keep defenders off him, while his surprising speed gets him in the backfield in a hurry.

20) Atlanta Falcons: Nic Anderson, WR, Oklahoma

The Atlanta Falcons, continuing their trend of taking first-round skill position prospects, snag Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Nic Anderson in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft.

While it might be considered a reach with higher-graded WRs on the board, the Falcons covet Anderson’s ability on 50/50 balls at 6’4″, 213 pounds while admiring his long-strider speed as a vertical threat.

21) New York Jets: Shedeur Sanders, QB, Colorado

Despite adding Jordan Travis last month, the New York Jets could strike for a high-profile replacement for the aging Aaron Rodgers, so they opt for the son of “Prime Time,” Shedeur Sanders.

Arguably the most smooth and dynamic QB in this class, Sanders is the fourth one taken as character concerns loom. Even with that, the Jets know he can make all the throws with excellent accuracy and top-end arm strength. The Colorado QB can also extend plays in or out of the pocket.

22) Miami Dolphins: Kenneth Grant, DT, Michigan

A second Michigan DT goes off the board with the Miami Dolphins selecting Kenneth Grant.

Similar to his college teammate Graham at pick 19, Grant is freakishly huge (6’3″, 339 pounds) and can settle into gaps to block run lanes while being quick enough to get after the QB.

23) Green Bay Packers: Denzel Burke, CB, Ohio State

The Green Bay Packers are elated to pick up the third corner taken overall at pick 23 with Denzel Burke.

A former WR, Burke is elite at tracking the ball while tenacious enough to be a formidable tackler on the boundary. His length at 6’1″ is paired nicely with his explosive speed, which allows him to make up any lost ground.

24) Dallas Cowboys: Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas

As the Dak Prescott era yielded lackluster results once again, the Dallas Cowboys send shockwaves by grabbing Quinn Ewers at pick 24 in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft. A native of Southlake, a suburb in DFW, Ewers goes in the first round despite being the 98th overall prospect on the initial PFN 2025 NFL Draft Big Board.

His accuracy and discipline leave much to be desired, but he is a smooth, effortless thrower with an abundance of elasticity that allows him to flick the ball from any arm angle and lower-body base.

25) Philadelphia Eagles: Malaki Starks, S, Georgia

The Philadelphia Eagles have had a fair share of success taking Georgia Bulldogs in the first round so they continue that pattern with Malaki Starks.

The first safety off the board, Starks has been one of the nation’s top playmakers since he was a true freshman in 2022, recording five INTs and 14 total PBUs in his first two years of college.

26) Houston Texans: Barrett Carter, LB, Clemson

With other positions of need in place, the Houston Texans take a defensive Swiss Army Knife in Barrett Carter.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called Carter “one of the best pure football players I’ve had in 20 years” after using him at a multitude of positions in the Tigers’ defense.

He projects as a linebacker with the ability to blow up run plays and pass-rush the QB while remaining formidable in pass coverage.

27) Cincinnati Bengals: Quinshon Judkins, RB, Ohio State

The second RB off the board, the Cincinnati Bengals take advantage of other teams passing up Quinshon Judkins by selecting him at pick 27 in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft.

The top RB on the initial PFN 2025 NFL Draft big board, Judkins rushed for 2,725 yards with 31 TDs at Ole Miss before transferring to Ohio State for the 2024 season.

28) Buffalo Bills: Nic Scourton, EDGE, Texas A&M

The Buffalo Bills find value at EDGE late in the first round, taking Nic Scourton at pick 28.

A Purdue transfer, Scourton’s quintessential pass rusher size (6’4″, 280 pounds) and relentless motor couldn’t be passed up by the Bills’ brass.

29) Detroit Lions: Tyleik Williams, DT, Ohio State

The Detroit Lions make it four consecutive drafts taking a defensive player in the first round by grabbing Tyleik Williams towards the end of the first round of this 2025 NFL Mock Draft.

Despite his interior DL size (6’3″, 320 pounds), Williams can play all across the defensive front with great burst and tenacious hands.

30) Baltimore Ravens: Dani Dennis-Sutton, EDGE, Penn State

Needing help rushing the passer, the Baltimore Ravens once again land a valuable defensive piece late in the first round with Dani Dennis-Sutton.

Projected in the top 20, Dennis-Sutton fell to pick 30 of this 2025 NFL Mock Draft due to his lack of career production. However, his intimidating size (6’5″, 270 pounds) and physical style of play make him a first-rounder.

31) Kansas City Chiefs: Evan Stewart, WR, Oregon

Patient as they always are in the draft, the Kansas City Chiefs once again bide their time, only to walk away with another late-first-round WR with Evan Stewart.

Adding to Patrick Mahomes’ arsenal, Stewart is a nuanced route runner with sticky hands and top-end agility, making him an immediate short-yardage threat for the Chiefs.

32) San Francisco 49ers: Travis Hunter, WR/CB, Colorado

If there is one thing the San Francisco 49ers keep at a premium when scouting talent, it’s versatility. They sure found it with the last pick of this 2025 NFL Mock Draft in two-way star Travis Hunter.

Hunter is the only player in the last twenty years to record a 100-yard receiving performance and an INT in the same game. His position at the next level is his biggest question mark, but his top-notch talent and ability are undoubted.

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