- Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, Cal
The Rams traded away a king’s ransom for this pick and they need a quarterback that can start Week One. That would be Jared Goff, who posses better accuracy and is more comfortable in the pocket than Carson Wentz. He has the arm strength to make every throw and has shown great touch throughout his time in college. He may not have the ceiling Wentz has, but his floor is much higher, and he’ll be ready to go for the Rams right away.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
The Eagles also gave up a lot to come up this high in the draft so they can select the future face of the franchise. That’s looking like it will be North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. Wentz has a massive frame and arm, while also being a good runner, especially at his size. Questions remain about how he will make the jump from D1 AA to the NFL, but he may not be called upon to start right away if the Eagles can figure out what they’re doing with Sam Bradford, and he will be surrounded by great quarterback coaches, most notably Doug Pederson.
- San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
King Dunlap’s play has been declining the last couple of years, and after this season, his cap hit will most likely make the Chargers cut him. With the Titans having traded down, the Chargers can now take the best left tackle in the draft and improve their line immediately. With Tunsil, Philip Rivers’ blind side will be better protected and there will be more running lanes on the left side for second-year running back Melvin Gordon. Jalen Ramsey would make a lot of sense here as well, but Rivers is getting older and San Diego has to protect him as much as they can.
- Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Ezekiel Elliot is the best offensive player in the draft and I don’t think it is debatable. His production in college is ridiculous and he’s entering the NFL without a lot of carries, so he’ll be fresh. A lot of people will want a pass rusher here, but when the Cowboys had Demarco Murray two years ago, they were Super Bowl contenders. Elliott is more talented than Murray, he addresses a need for Dallas, and he’ll be able to take pressure off of Tony Romo.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
The Jaguars are getting the top player in the draft at number five overall. Jacksonville was horrific against the pass last year and their secondary is lacking in talent. With Ramsey still on the board, they can get either a shutdown corner or a play making safety, depending on where he’ll play. I’m guessing corner, and with Ramsey, head coach Gus Bradley can start building a shutdown secondary like the one he had in Seattle, when he was defensive coordinator.
- Baltimore Ravens: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
DeForest Buckner is massive, coming in at 6’7” and just under 290 lbs. He is an excellent pass rusher and he is quickly improving as a run defender. Buckner looks like he can develop into an All-Pro defensive end, and adding him to the Ravens’ line could start turning that defense into one of the top in the NFL again. Baltimore is only a couple of pieces away from being a playoff team again, and adding Buckner to their defensive line will help a lot.
- San Francisco 49ers: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
No one knows if Colin Kaepernick will still be with the 49ers for the start of the season, but there is no QB worth taking at this point in the draft. Because of that, they should take Stanley with this pick, especially after their line’s performance last year. Kaepernick was running for his life last year on most pass attempts. Whether it’s him or another QB under center for the 49ers next season, they have to be better protected.
- Cleveland Browns: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Without having a strength at really any position, the Browns can select the best player available here. That would be Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, who take a small slide down to number eight overall. Bosa has been a standout for the Buckeyes the last two years and should have no problem adjusting to the NFL. He’s extremely quick off the line and he’s strong enough to bull rush NFL lineman. He will be an immediate playmaker for Cleveland and he’ll give the Browns such much needed talent on their defensive line.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Hargreaves is the best coverage corner in the draft and Tampa Bay has one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. He has been a three year starter for the Gators and has showed off phenomenal footwork and play recognition. He was rarely targeted his last two years in college, but when he was, it was normally broken up or picked off. He has extremely fluid hips and enough speed to stay with receivers on deep routes. There are concerns over his size, but he has great leaping ability and strong frame that won’t allow bigger receivers to body him.
- New York Giants: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Myles Jack should be a top-three pick based on talent, but because of injury concerns, he’s going to fall. He won’t fall that much though, as the Giants should take him at 10. The Giants have a horrible group of linebackers and Jack will be better than all of them upon his arrival. He is great in coverage and has shown a willingness to attack the run. He can do everything at the position, and if he stays healthy, the Giants will have a star on their defense.
- Chicago Bears: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
The Bears need a pass rusher and that’s exactly what Floyd is. He’s not as polished as other players in the draft, but he is far more athletic and explosive. His natural tools will make him rise up boards and the Bears will take a chance on him. If he realizes his potential he will be one of the top edge rushers in the NFL. He has rare athletic skills and someone will take him early
- New Orleans Saints: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
The Saints have a horrible defense. It’s been bad for a while and they need immediate help. Shaq Lawson is a strong defensive end that can win with speed or power. Some people won’t have faith in him because of the track record for previous Clemson defensive ends but he doesn’t have the same concerns. He will help the Saints in the run game and he will provide a consistent pass rush. The Saints won’t improve greatly but Lawson will help.
- Miami Dolphins: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
William Jackson III is the fastest of the corners with a first round grade. He’s also 6’1” and lead the nation in passes defended this past season. He has elite speed for a number one corner , possess arguably the best ball skills in this year’s draft and has the build of a long corner that teams have been valuing more recently. The Dolphins’ top corner right now is Byron Maxwell, so they need a corner that can cover the deep routes, and that is exactly what Jackson III will do from Week One.
- Oakland Raiders: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
Khalil Mack is one of the best defenders in the league, but he is best known for pass rushing abilities off the edge. Bruce Irvin was added this off season and gives the Raiders another very talented outside linebacker. Now throw in Reggie Ragland, and you have a group that could become one of the top linebacker corps in the league. Ragland could man the middle for Oakland contributing in both run and pass coverage. With the Raiders already offense already being talented and young, they can focus on improving their defense and getting closer to a playoff berth.
15.Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
After trading down from the top slot, the Titans can still draft a very talented left tackle to protect Marcus Mariota. Conklin played great last season and impressed a lot of scouts at the Combine. He will most likely start at left tackle, while Taylor Lewan will slide over to right tackle, giving the Titans two young anchors at the tackle positions
- Detroit Lions: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
Since losing Suh and Fairley, the Lions have been using as many people as they can to try and replace their impact. They do not have a three down player on the interior of their defensive line and they need one now. In comes Sheldon Rankins who can stop the run and rush the passer. Pairing him with Ziggy Ansah will give the Lions a good defensive line again which they missed badly last year.
- Atlanta Falcons: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
Atlanta, much like New Orleans, is bad on defense and its been that way for a while. Darron Lee will come in immediately and start. He is a great athlete and has a nose for the ball. He takes great pursuit routes and could be a very versatile defender as he continues to develop. He will fit very well in Atlanta’s scheme and will add talent to depleted front seven.
- Indianapolis Colts: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Andrew Luck has been hit a lot throughout his NFL career and the Colts need to get him another lineman. Decker has great footwork and is experienced in a pro style offense. He is great in both run and pass blocking and could play either tackle spot. Adding him will keep Luck from getting hit as much, which will lead the Colts to more wins.
- Buffalo Bills: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
Dodd will fit in great with the Bills. He is great at shedding blocks and uses strength and footwork to consistently win position. He also has great play recognition and can pick up on screens and reverses easily on the edge. He’s a three down player that Bills will be able to put on extremely talented line to begin with.
- New York Jets: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
The Jets do not have the short or long term answer at quarterback on their roster. Lynch is a raw prospect, but he has great mobility and a cannon for an arm. If he starts right away he won’t be good and he could easily become a bust, but if the Jets re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick and Lynch can sit and learn for two years, then this could be a great move.
- Washington Redskins: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
The Redskins gave Kirk Cousins the the franchise tag this offseason and they’re going to have to give him a little more help if they want him to succeed. Treadwell is a big bodied receiver with great hands and elite route running ability. He is similiar to Deandre Hopkins, although a little a slower. He can work underneath and mid-level routes while DeSean Jackson threatens teams vertically.
22: Houston Texans: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller were added to the Texans this offseason in hopes to improve the offense, but they still need a receiver opposite Deandre Hopkins. Will Fuller is this year’s fastest receiver and was an excellent deep threat for the Fighting Irish this past season. He creates great separation and has more developed route tree than what was shown at Notre Dame. His drops are a problem, but with Hopkins being the Texans number one receiver and defenses keying on him, it would be no surprise if Fuller’s drops become less frequent.
- Minnesota Vikings: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Stefon Diggs had a very productive rookie season but he seems like more of a number two receiver. Teddy Bridgewater needs a go to target and a big receiver, which is what Doctson could be for the Vikings. He is great on jump balls and contested catches. He’s a decent route runner and has enough speed to create separation. Doctson could could become a go-to receiver early on.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
The Bengals lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu this offseason and their receiving corps is now barren outside of AJ Green. If they want to be as good as they were last year, they must add a receiver, and Corey Coleman will be a perfect fit. Coleman could play outside or in the slot, and has great speed. He’s not the greatest route runner, but he can get open on short routes and break free for long gains and he is a great vertical runner. Him and Green paired together should help Andy Dalton/AJ McCarron.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
Pittsburgh needs help in secondary and Alexander can provide an immediate impact. He had shutdown numbers in college and was rarely targeted. He’s raw and will struggle a little bit early on but as he continues to get reps he should get more comfortable with the NFL game. He may not be great his first year, but he’ll be able to start and add more talent to their secondary.
- Seattle Seahawks: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
Based off of talent alone Nkemdiche is top-five pick, but he brings off the field issues. Teams aren’t sure about his commitment to football and believe that his brother will continue to get him in trouble. He is, however, too talented for a team like Seattle to pass up. They are Super Bowl contenders with one of the best defenses in the league, and if Nkemdiche stays focused, they might just have the top defense in the NFL. This could be the biggest steal of the first round.
- Green Bay Packers: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
Billings provides impact stopping the run and rushing the pass rusher. At over 300 lbs., he provides great penetration for someone his size and is a very good athlete. With B.J. Raji now retired, the Packers now need another defensive tackle and Billings is a great addition.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
The Chiefs played great to close out the season last year ,and their offense played well. Their defense, however, struggled at times and could not get to the passer, and with Justin Houston possibly missing time this season, they need another pass rusher. Spence is the best pure pass rusher right now and could become a mainstay in the Chiefs defense.
- Arizona Cardinals: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
The Cardinals need a corner opposite Patrick Peterson, and Eli Apple will fit well. He is experienced in both man and zone coverage, and ran a 4.4 at the Combine, giving him desired speed for the position. He also played in the press with Ohio State, which will make his transition into Arizona’s defensive scheme much easier.
- Carolina Panthers: Artie Burns, CB, Miami
Burns is a long corner with great speed. He was dominant for the Hurricanes in both football and track during his time in Miami. He has played press coverage often making him a great fit for Carolina’s defense. I believe he will develop into a great player and has the tools to be the best corner in the draft, which would make him a steal for the Panthers, who need as much help as they can get after letting Josh Norman go.
- Denver Broncos: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
I don’t think Mark Sanchez will be the starting QB for the Denver Broncos come Week One. With three quarterbacks off the board already, if Denver has their eye on someone, they have to take them early. Cook played in a pro-style offense that attacked vertically, which is exactly what Denver does. He is already good in play action and will have a lot of help early on with Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas being his receivers.
- Cleveland Browns: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
- Tennessee Titans: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
- Dallas Cowboys: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
- San Diego Chargers: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
- Baltimore Ravens: Mike Thomas, WR, Ohio State
- San Francisco 49ers: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Keanu Neal, S, Florida
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
- New York Giants: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
- Chicago Bears: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
- Miami Dolphins: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
- Tennessee Titans: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
- Oakland Raiders: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
- Tennessee Titans: Joshua Perry, OLB, Ohio State
- Detroit Lions: Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
- New Orleans Saints: Jalen Mills, CB, LSU
- Indianapolis Colts: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
- Buffalo Bills: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
- Atlanta Falcons: Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
- New York Jets: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
- Houston Texans: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
- Washington Redskins: Jonathan Bullard, DT, Florida
- Minnesota Vikings: Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State
- Cincinnati Bengals: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
- Seattle Seahawks: Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford
- Green Bay Packers: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
- Kansas City Chiefs: Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
- New England Patriots: Germain Ifedi, OT/OG, Texas A&M
- New England Patriots: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt
- Carolina Panthers: Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
- Denver Broncos: Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
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