1. Cleveland Browns (1-15): Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
Garrett is the slam dunk best player in this class and should be the first pick regardless who’s making the selection. Garrett’s physical tools and the ability to play all over the line only enhances Gregg Williams attacking defense.
2. San Francisco 49ers (2-14): DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame
In most rebuilds the first move a team makes is to target their next franchise quarterback. DeShone Kizer has his flaws but also has the prototypical tools teams crave from quarterback prospects which should only improve within Kyle Shanahan’s scheme and coaching.
3. Chicago Bears (3-13): Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
Factoring in rumors that the Bears will go all in to get Jimmy Garrappalo plus the fact that John Fox prefers veteran quarterbacks, indicates the Bears selecting the best defensive player available. Solomon Thomas has the ability to give the Bears what Justin Smith gave Vic Fangio in San Francisco.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14): Jonathan Allen DE Alabama
Improving the pass rush continues to be an area of need for the Jaguars, whose 33 sacks ranked in the bottom tenth of the league. Jonathan Allen would likely start on the outside on early downs before sliding inside where he thrived in college.
5. Tennessee Titans (9-7): Ruben Foster LB Alabama (From Los Angeles)
Tennessee is in a great spot where they can go in many different directions taking a big play receiver, safety or even cornerback. However, getting a blue chip inside linebacker to be the centerpiece of their defense for years to come is too much to pass up here.
6. New York Jets (5-11): Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
With an aging Darrelle Revis possibly moving to safety this season, the Jets need to find a new lock down cornerback for their defense to be successful. Marshon Lattimore has elite speed and explosive quickness that allows him to stick with any receiver.
7. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11): Malik Hooker S Ohio State
Before Gus Bradley washed out as the Jaguars head coach he was a very successful defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks. Look for him to transition the Chargers to a 4-3 Cover 3 defense and Malik Hooker would be their Earl Thomas.
8. Carolina Panthers (6-10): Taco Charlton DE Michigan
Personally I’m not a fan of Taco Charlton in the first round, but he’s likely going to go higher than expected and he fits the size and athletic profile that the Panthers like out of their defensive lineman.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (6-9-1): Jamal Adams S LSU
Cincinnati is a team that tends to draft for the future rather than initial needs. While safety isn’t a huge need they’ve shown with cornerbacks that they’re always looking to add talent. Adams is a top five player in this class and his ability to play the run and blitz is perfect for their scheme.
10. Buffalo Bills (7-9): Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
The uncertainty around Tyrod Taylor makes a quarterback a huge need and they’ll be players for one of the top three. With Rick Dennison at offensive coordinator the Bills will continue to be a run based team that uses bootlegs and play action, which fits Watson’s skill set.
11. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Jalen Tabor CB Florida
Getting back PJ Williams and a healthy Delvin Breaux will help the Saints secondary, but we all know to have a good defense in the NFL you need three good cornerbacks. Tabor’s quick feet and explosiveness allow him to play both outside and in the slot and allow them to match up with any receiving core.
12. Cleveland Browns (1-15): Leonard Fournette RB LSU (From –Philadelphia)
Despite being a good developer of quarterbacks Hue Jackson has always wanted to run the ball. Sure Isaiah Crowell was solid last year, but the Browns could really use a dominant back to help carry the load and take pressure off whoever their quarterback ends up being.
13. Arizona Cardinals (7-8-1): Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina
There was quite a bit of talk about Carson Palmer retiring and even though he says he’s coming back, we all know his time is almost up and getting someone to groom behind him can no longer wait. Trubisky is talented but still needs time to grow, no better place than with Bruce Arians and behind Palmer.
14. Indianapolis Colts (8-8): Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
The Colts need to build up their defense and likely are going to go best defensive player available multiple times throughout the draft. And if Chris Ballard follows the model that the Chiefs had while he was there, getting edge pass rushers is a must.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9): Mike Williams WR Clemson (From – Minnesota)
You would think having Mike Williams fall to the Eagles is a bit surprising, but don’t be. Sure he could go in the top 10 but all of those teams could easily pass on him for bigger needs. However, Carson Wentz would be happy to have him fall here and give the Eagles a weapon who can go up and win at the catch point.
16. Baltimore Ravens (8-8): Corey Davis WR Western Michigan
With the edge pass rushing group so deep this year the Ravens are not forced to reach for an outside linebacker and can let a good one fall into their lap. Instead they could tab Davis as their replacement for Steve Smith and allow him to control the short and intermediate routes while Perriman stretches the field.
17. Washington Redskins (8-7-1): Dalvin Cook RB Florida State
While Robert Kelly emerged late in the season he’s far from a perfect back and more of a role type player. Adding Dalvin Cook to pair with Kelly in their zone blocking scheme would give the Redskins the play maker they’re looking to add.
18. Tennessee Titans (9-7): OJ Howard TE Alabama
Not only would OJ Howard give Marcus Mariota an athletic tight end to control the middle of the field and stretch the seam, but his blocking ability is the perfect fit for the Titans exotic smash mouth rushing attack and their two tight end sets.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7): Forrest Lamp OT Western Kentucky
Needing help at both guard or tackle the Bucs could just look to add the best offensive lineman in the class and just put him where he fits best. And maybe Lamp will have the same impact that Zach Martin had for the Cowboys and help improve their already potent rushing attack.
20. Denver Broncos (9-7): Garett Bolles OT Utah
Averaging only 92.8 yards per game the Broncos inability to run the ball put too much pressure on Trevor Siemian. The combination of Okung and Stephenson didn’t provide them with the production they thought they would and could see one or both go.
21. Detroit Lions (9-7): Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
Depending on when you watch McDowell you’ll either see one of the most talented players in this draft or someone that looks like a Day 3 flyer pick. McDowell has talent and may just need some guidance a veteran like Haloti Ngata would provide.
22. Miami Dolphins (10-6): David Njoku TE Miami
Continuing to add pieces to the offense should only aide in the development of Ryan Tannehill. Njoku would give Head Coach Adam Gase the athletic tight end that he had in Denver and Chicago that he loved to employ in isolation sets.
23. New York Giants (11-5): Antonio Garcia OT Troy
Ereck Flowers has flopped at left tackle and the team has stated their open to moving him to the right side. Garcia’s quick feet and talent in pass pro fits exactly into the Giants quick strike passing attack.
24.Oakland Raiders (12-4): Jarrad Davis LB Florida
Not only did the Raiders inside linebackers struggle but both Perry Riley and Malcolm Smith are free agents. Davis has the speed and acceleration to play sideline to sideline and the strength to stack and shed in the run game.
25. Houston Texans (9-7): Obi Melifonwu S UConn
The star of the Senior Bowl Melifonwu put himself into the round one discussion with his performance in Mobile. With Demps being a free agent this offseason and Hal the year after the Texans may look to reinforce the position and add this versatile weapon.
26. Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1): Adoree Jackson CB USC
While Seattle is tough at times to mock because their picks can come out of nowhere, we do know they love to add elite athletes at their positions. Jackson being rumored to get first round grades and is a world class track athlete. This just seems like a natural fit.
27. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4): Hasson Reddick LB Temple
Even before Derrick Johnson went down with an injury the Chiefs struggled to stop the run. Reddick played mainly as a defensive end at Temple but he showed at the Senior Bowl he can play back as a stacked linebacker and can thrive attacking the ball. He could be the perfect fit in Bob Sutton’s creative defense.
28 Dallas Cowboys (13-3): Takkarist McKinley DE UCLA
Even with DeMarcus Lawrence back from suspension and David Irving emerging the Cowboys could stand to add at least one more dependable pass rusher. McKinley isn’t the biggest edge rusher but he would likely be a pass rushing specialist initially as he continues to grow into his role.
29. Green Bay Packers (10-6): Sidney Jones CB Washington
Even with the Packers using a first and second round picks in 2015 on cornerback, they cannot afford to stand pat as they’ve been prone to giving up big plays. Jones gives them another corner to add to the mix which could allow them to eventually move Rollins or Randall to safety if they cannot retain Clinton-Dix and Burnett.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5): Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt
Not only is Lawrence Timmons an impending free agent but his play has slipped the past couple of years. Cunningham is an elite run defender who is able to knife through traffic attacking the ball and would complement the rangy Ryan Shazier.
31. Atlanta Falcons (11-5): Dan Feeney G Indiana
One of the few weaknesses of the Falcons offense was at right guard where Chris Chester was continually out matched. Feeney was one of the more dominant players in mobile and solidified himself as the best true guard. This is a weak interior class which could mean Feeney could get targeted sooner than expected.
32. New England Patriots (14-2): Gareon Conley CB Ohio State
With the amount of Rutgers players on his roster and former Urban Meyer Florida players in past years, Belichick could look to Ohio State to find a corner to replace either Malcolm Butler or Logan Ryan who are both free agents.
33. Cleveland Browns: Quincy Wilson CB Florida
34. San Francisco 49ers: Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin
35. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jabrill Peppers S Michigan
36. Chicago Bears: Justin Evans S Texas A&M
37. Los Angeles Rams: Cam Robinson OT Alabama
38. Los Angeles Chargers: John Ross WR Washington
39. New York Jets: Budda Baker S Washington
40. Carolina Panthers: Alvin Kamara RB Tennessee
41. Cincinnati Bengals: Charles Harris DE Missouri
42. New Orleans Saints: Tim Williams OLB Alabama
43. Philadelphia Eagles: Christian McCaffery RB Stanford
44. Buffalo Bills: Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
45. Arizona Cardinals: Tre’Davious White CB LSU
46. Minnesota Vikings: Taylor Moton OT Western Michigan
47. Baltimore Ravens: Ryan Anderson OLB Alabama
48. Indianapolis Colts: Marcus Williams S Utah
49. Washington Redskins: Desmond King CB/S Iowa
50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Montravious Adams DT Auburn
51. Denver Broncos: Chris Wormley DE Michigan
52. Cleveland Browns: Eddie Jackson S Alabama
53. Detroit Lions: JuJu Smith-Schuster WR USC
54. Miami Dolphins: Daeshon Hall DE Texas A&M
55. New York Giants: Gerald Everett TE South Alabama
56. Oakland Raiders: Carl Lawson DE Auburn
57. Houston Texans: Chidobe Awuzie CB Colorado
58. Seattle Seahawks: Davon Godchaux DT LSU
59. Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes QB Texas Tech
60. Dallas Cowboys: KD Cannon WR Baylor
61. Green Bay Packers: D’Onta Foreman RB Texas
62. Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyus Bowser OLB Houston
63. Atlanta Falcons: DeMarcus Walker DE Florida State
64. New England Patriots: Derek Rivers DE Youngstown State