Oliver Hodgkinson’s 2025 NFL Mock Draft: Deone Walker Brings Defensive Dominance to Denver, Raiders Gamble on Shedeur Sanders

Find out where the cream of the college football crop lands in our latest 2025 NFL Mock Draft, with the order dictated by a full-season prediction.

The 2024 NFL schedule release provides a roadmap to the Super Bowl but is also a significant determining factor in establishing the order for the NFL‘s annual selection event that will take place in Green Bay next April.

In this latest 2025 NFL Mock Draft, the order has been set by the results of a whole season prediction conducted by PFN NFL Analyst Dakota Randall using the PFN Playoff Predictor. Want to conduct your own mock? You can draft solo or even team up with your friends to decide the future of thousands of college football players using the PFN Mock Draft Simulator.

2025 NFL Mock Draft

1) Washington Commanders: Will Johnson, CB, Michigan

The Washington Commanders put together an impressive draft class in April, but they still need to find a lockdown cornerback. They return to the Michigan Wolverines’ pool of standout secondary players in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft, snagging a playmaker in Will Johnson with the size, football IQ, athletic excellence, and ball skills to dominate at the NFL level.

2) Tennessee Titans: Luther Burden III, WR, Missouri

If the Tennessee Titans are picking this high next April, it’s likely there’ll be serious consideration given to the quarterback position. Yet, this class has already been derided for its lack of talent at that position, so their attention turns to bolstering a weak WR room. Luther Burden III is a rare talent with the skill set to impact the game in multiple ways as an NFL rookie.

3) Carolina Panthers: Abdul Carter, EDGE, Penn State

Abdul Carter racked up 16 tackles for loss and 11 sacks playing as a linebacker for the Penn State Nittany Lions during the last two seasons. James Franklin is moving him to the edge this fall, giving the eye-popping pass rush threat a free rein to the opposition’s backfield. When he excels there in 2024, his elevation to the No. 1 EDGE in this class will follow.

4) Denver Broncos: Deone Walker, DT, Kentucky

The Denver Broncos are at their very best when dominant on defense, and there is plenty of work to do on that side of the ball. As a result, they take the best defensive player available in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft to solidify the trenches. They don’t make players like Deone Walker often, a mammoth of a man with exceptional strength and seen-to-be-believed athleticism.

5) New Orleans Saints: James Pearce Jr., EDGE, Tennessee

After ranking near the bottom of the NFL with just two sacks per game in the 2023 season, the New Orleans Saints chose to bring in Chase Young for a season rather than add a top-tier young gun in the last draft class. James Pearce Jr. gives them a productive pass-rushing playmaker whose explosion and bend are hard to compete against.

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

The addition of Shaq Griffin and multiple CBs in the previous draft cycle points to the Minnesota Vikings looking to upgrade their secondary. They do that in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft with Notre Dame standout Benjamin Morrison, a top-five prospect on the PFN Big Board. He closes space in a heartbeat and has the ball skills to routinely snag interceptions in the NFL.

7) Indianapolis Colts: Malaki Starks, S, Georgia

The seventh overall pick might seem a little early for a safety, but when you spend draft capital on Malaki Starks, you’re actually abiding by the law of “speculate to accumulate.” The capture of the playmaking Georgia standout upgrades the entire Indianapolis Colts’ secondary, a unit that could see the loss of current starter Julian Blackmon to free agency in 2025.

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

Even in advance of the 2024 college football season, you can comfortably say that the 2025 NFL Draft quarterback class isn’t of the same caliber as the previous one. However, there is a clear QB1 at this moment in time, and that’s Carson Beck. He has the arm talent and ability to thrive in the NFL. His selection brings an end to the Daniel Jones fiasco in New York.

9) Arizona Cardinals: Mason Graham, DT, Michigan

The Arizona Cardinals added a versatile defensive playmaker to their front a month ago, and the selection of Mason Graham in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft helps to further build in the trenches. The Michigan mauler makes collapsing pockets look like crinkling paper with his disruptive strength while adding his own pass-rush presence by way of impressive-for-size athleticism.

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

After upgrading their offense last month, the Chicago Bears turn their focus to defense in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft. Austin Booker was a fifth-round acquisition who can make an impact but they need a viable, consistent threat opposite Montez Sweat. Princely Umanmielen is a minor attitude adjustment from being one of the best in college football and should thrive at Ole Miss.

11) Pittsburgh Steelers: Walter Nolen, DT, Ole Miss

Ole Miss loaded up in the transfer portal this spring and is set to reap the rewards of having multiple first-round prospects on their roster. Former five-star high school recruit Walter Nolen is looking to parlay that move into early draft capital, and his selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers gives them a 6’4″, 290-pound pass-rush weapon with alignment versatility.

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

There’s poetry about the John Madden quote, “If you have two quarterbacks, you actually have none,” applying to the Las Vegas Raiders heading into the 2024 NFL season. If they’re picking in the top half of Round 1 again next April, they must consider taking a QB, and Shedeur Sanders has the potential to elevate himself into the Day 1 conversation this fall.

13) Seattle Seahawks: Harold Perkins Jr., LB, LSU

The LSU Tigers have experimented with playing Harold Perkins Jr. in multiple positions during his young career, casting some questions as to where he’ll play at the next level. Our answer would be to just let the kid play and figure it out later. He instantly upgrades the Seattle Seahawks’ LB group with his devastating pass-rush presence and coverage capability.

14) Atlanta Falcons: Tetairoa McMillan, WR, Arizona

Drake London. Kyle Pitts. Bijan Robinson. Michael Penix Jr. Tetairoa McMillan. Repeat that three times in the mirror, and you will give defensive coordinators nightmares for the entire NFL season. The Arizona Wildcats WR is something of a steal with the 14th pick of this 2025 NFL Mock Draft because he’s comfortably a top-10 talent in this class.

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

Denzel Burke has been earmarked as a potential Day 1 cornerback from the moment he set foot on the field for the Ohio State Buckeyes. His college career has taken some unexpected twists and turns, but he’s firmly back in the Round 1 spotlight heading into this season. He gives the Los Angeles Chargers a true outside CB who can challenge in all phases of the game.

16) New York Jets: Colston Loveland, TE, Michigan

The New York Jets were often linked with Brock Bowers in the previous draft class, and the tight end position is still a need as the franchise looks to either make the most of the twilight years of Aaron Rodgers’ career or provide support for the man who replaces him under center. Michigan tight end Colston Loveland can be a devastating pass-catching weapon in the NFL.

17) New England Patriots: Dani-Dennis Sutton, EDGE, Penn State

With Matthew Judon a potential free agency casualty next offseason, the New England Patriots could seek to bolster their pass rush rotation in the 2025 NFL Draft. Current offensive lineman Caedan Wallace can testify to Dani-Dennis Sutton’s playmaking prowess, strength, and explosion, having faced off against the talented edge in Penn State practice.

18) Miami Dolphins: Nic Anderson, WR, Oklahoma

The Miami Dolphins added multiple wide receivers to the roster this last offseason, but don’t expect that to be the end of the matter.

With Odell Beckham Jr. on the wrong side of his career arc, they need a top-tier talent to play opposite Jaylen Waddle. Expect Nic Anderson to assert himself as one of the best in the nation this fall before bringing his size, speed, and physicality to the NFL.

19) Jacksonville Jaguars: Earnest Green III, OT, Georgia

Will the Jacksonville Jaguars roll the dice on Cam Robinson once again when his contract expires at the end of the coming season? He’s one of multiple potential OT departures, and the position poses to be the biggest need next April. Earnest Green III is an early OT1 contender whose ability to crush opponents in the ground game is matched by ample pass protection skills.

20) Houston Texans: Travis Hunter, WR/CB, Colorado

At present, the Houston Texans’ two most significant 2025 NFL Draft needs are wide receiver and cornerback. Guess who plays both to a high level? That’s right, EA Sports College Football 25 cover star Travis Hunter.

While the Colorado two-way talent can play either side of the ball, his future probably lies at cornerback, where his ball skills, speed, and instincts make him a devastating cover man capable of making the impossible seem routine.

21) Los Angeles Rams: Will Campbell, OT, LSU

Alaric Jackson has shown impressive development in his NFL career, leading to a starting berth at left tackle for the Los Angeles Rams. However, it would be a surprise if the franchise didn’t address the position next April. Will Campbell is a technically developed tackle with impressive size and athleticism whose only evaluation flaw may be average length.

22) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mykel Williams, EDGE, Georgia

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could lose as many as four pass rushers to free agency next spring, and they could use an upgrade in that department despite adding Chris Braswell in the 2024 class. Mykel Williams has yet to live up to his recruiting pedigree, but 2024 should be the year he maximizes his power and elite athleticism and parlays it into Day 1 consideration.

23) Buffalo Bills: Maxwell Hairston, CB, Kentucky

Every season, a cornerback elevates themselves into first-round contention throughout the process. This time around, my money is firmly on Kentucky Wildcat Maxwell Hairston, who already has the production and tape to attract NFL attention. He’s a clever corner with the speed to close space in an instant and the ball skills to provide a true threat at outside CB for the Buffalo Bills.

24) Dallas Cowboys: Ollie Gordon II, RB, Oklahoma State

Everything about the Dallas Cowboys’ offseason suggests they’re looking to build an offensive bully to move the ball on the ground. While Ezekiel Elliott’s return bolsters the running back room this season, they need a long-term dynamic chain mover and chunk play-getter. Those don’t come much better than Ollie Gordon II, arguably the best player in college football.

25) Philadelphia Eagles: Nic Scourton, EDGE, Texas A&M

Name a better duo than the Philadelphia Eagles under Howie Roseman and getting value in the draft. I’ll wait. No, I won’t, I’ll answer it myself: The Eagles under Roseman and building the trenches in Round 1 of the draft. They combine both elements here with former Purdue-turned-Texas A&M edge Nic Scourton, who brings earth, wind, and fire to every play.

26) Cleveland Browns: Kelvin Banks Jr., OT, Texas

While there’s a conversation to be had about finding a new quarterback, if the Cleveland Browns are selecting towards the back end of the first round, they’ll likely be able to delay dipping their toes into this 2025 talent pool. With multiple offensive linemen, including starting LT Jedrick Wills, out of contract, Kelvin Banks Jr. could become a key part of the Browns OL.

27) Green Bay Packers: Kenneth Grant, DT, Michigan

It’s pure coincidence that Kenneth Grant shares the same variation of first name as the man he could replace as a result of the Green Bay Packers’ actions in this 2025 NFL Mock Draft. Kenny Clark is out of contract this spring, and the Michigan man who could replace him has gap-plugging size and ludicrously fast feet as a pass rusher to make him an immediate impact rookie.

28) Kansas City Chiefs: Tacario Davis, CB, Arizona

The Kansas City Chiefs added several pieces to their secondary this offseason, and if the defense doesn’t improve this fall, they could add a first-round caliber cornerback to the mix in the 2025 NFL Draft. Arizona standout Tacario Davis had a dalliance with the transfer portal this spring but is back in Tucson, Ariz., to prove his worth in the Big 12 before a potential Day 1 selection in April.

29) Baltimore Ravens: Donovan Jackson, OG, Ohio State

While guard might not be viewed as a first-round position, the Baltimore Ravens have showcased that they’re not beholden to positional value norms when the draft rolls around. In this 2025 NFL Mock Draft, they break convention once more, adding Ohio State IOL Donovan Jackson. He’s a built-in-a-lab lineman who could ascend into Day 1 territory with development this fall.

30) San Francisco 49ers: Ajani Cornelius, OT, Oregon

The San Francisco 49ers were routinely linked with the top offensive tackles in the previous class but failed to add quality competition or starting-caliber pieces one month ago. With an aging Trent Williams and Colton McKivitz managing the bookend, they should strike for an OT in 2025, and Ajani Cornelius has the physical tools at his disposal to develop into a starting NFL OT.

31) Detroit Lions: Patrick Payton, EDGE, Florida State

Every year, we see the rise of a Florida State Seminole pass rusher into a first-round selection, and Patrick Payton is on a similar trajectory to Day 1 of the 2025 NFL Draft. He’s a bursty, bendy, freakishly built edge prospect who could slide in opposite Aidan Hutchinson in a destructive and dominant duo for the Detroit Lions.

32) Cincinnati Bengals: Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State

With the final pick of this 2025 NFL Mock Draft, the Super Bowl Champion Cincinnati Bengals — remember, this is based on PFN NFL Analyst Dakota Randall’s season prediction — pick up an extremely talented pass catcher to fill the hole left by a presumed Tee Higgins departure.

Emeka Egbuka will look to rebound from injury with a productive season to match his alluring skill set. On talent alone, the Ohio State pass catcher is potentially a top-10 player in the class, but if teams are concerned by an injury-impacted 2023 college campaign, he could conceivably fall to the back end of Day 1.

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