1. Cleveland Browns (1-15): Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
The Browns make the smart choice here by taking the top player in the draft. Pairing Myles Garrett and newly re-signed Jamie Collins gives Cleveland a fearsome pass rush. The Browns could are rumored to be enamored by both Garrett and Deshaun Watson, but the former is the safer selection with the #1 pick.
2. San Francisco 49ers (2-14): Reuben Foster LB Alabama
This selection is a tough one to predict but as of today I expect the 49ers to go after a veteran signal caller to pair with a mid round prospect. If this is the case then this pick could be dealt to a team like the Jets, who have rumored interest in Mitch Trubisky. In any case the 49ers know the importance of having a dynamic linebacker like Reuben Foster and what it can do for a defensive unit that ranked dead last in the league giving up over 165 ypg on the ground.
3. Chicago Bears (3-13): Jamal Adams S Louisiana State
The Bears will be in the market a quarterback this offseason if they do the logically thing and move away from Jay Cutler. However, the smarter choice here is to take the best talent on the board and look for a mid round quarterback prospect to compete with a veteran option they bring in. The best talent that fits a major need is Jamal Adams, who compares to Eric Berry who happens to be a free agent many fans are clamoring for Chicago to go after.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13): Jonathan Allen DL Alabama
The Jags and Jonathan Allen just seem to be such a great fit. Jacksonville has stockpiled top defensive prospects and adding a dynamic interior presence like Allen will only continue to build what should become a great defensive unit. The Jaguars also need to look at building their offensive line and adding to their running game but they can look at those positions later in the draft.
5. Tennessee Titans (9-7): Mike Williams WR Clemson (From Los Angeles)
While Marcus Mariota made a jump last season, he is still missing a true #1 receiver which the Titans can fix here. Taking Mike Williams give Mariota an elite talent to target down the field which will also only help their running game which was one of the best last season.
6. New York Jets (5-11): Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina
With their current cap situation, which Spotrac projects at $-5,986,587, the Jets have no choice but to do some major roster cleaning. One position that has been mediocre and overpaid for the Jets has been the quarterback spot which has been rumored that they are hot for Mitch Trubisky. While Trubisky only has one year of starting experience he has the size and ability teams look for.
7. San Diego Chargers (5-11): Malik Hooker S Ohio State
The Chargers defense is still a work in progress and one position they need to find a player for is in the defensive backfield. Eric Weddle was never properly replaced and adding a ball hawking playmaker like Malik Hooker instantly changes this defense. The makings of a strong defensive core can start with former Buckeye teammates Joey Bosa and Hooker.
8. Carolina Panthers (6-10): Leonard Fournette RB LSU
Carolina and Cam Newton are at their best when they have a strong running game. Johnathan Stewart is not getting any better and is could be a cap casualty this offseason. The Panthers would be wise to grab Leonard Fournette with this pick to give their offense the boost it needs.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (6-9-1): Solomon Thomas DL Stanford
The Bengals are getting no production from Michael Johnson and need to take the opportunity to grab a stud in Solomon Thomas. While being compared to a poor man’s JJ Watt may be a bit high at his point in the process. it is also high praise for his potential. With that being said the Bengals should jump at the chance to add a player of his ability to their defense.
10. Buffalo Bills (7-9): Quincy Wilson CB Florida
If the Bills under new coach Sean McDermott are going to turn the team into a juggernaut in a division with Brady, the first thing they need to do is add to their defense. One position that is losing key pieces this offseason and needed improvement anyways is the defensive backfield where a player like Quincy Wilson can slot in from day one.
11.New Orleans Saints (7-9): Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
New Orleans needs to continue to add pieces to their bottom feeder defensive unit. While they could use help on both the defensive line and backfield, the best player available is Derek Barnett who can play both on the outside or move inside on passing downs.
12. Cleveland Browns (1-15): Deshaun Watson QB Clemson (From –Philadelphia)
The Browns already grabbed the best player in the draft with the #1 overall pick. But there is some intriguing rumors that they are also enamored with Deshaun Watson which makes a lot of sense at this point in the draft. Cleveland needs to bring in a face of the franchise and how better than someone compared to Michael Jordan? Ok, maybe Dabo Swinney was a bit off with his quote but Watson is a proven winner and can bring some of that excitement to a team in desperate need of it.
13. Arizona Cardinals (7-8-1): Corey Davis WR Western Michigan
Arizona took a mighty fall this season but they are not ready to go into rebuild mode. This roster is still set to win next season and this pick helps them replace the boneheaded Michael Floyd and give them a talented receiver to play with Fitzgerald and eventually replace when he hangs them up.
14. Indianapolis Colts (8-8): Ryan Anderson EDGE Alabama
Indianapolis has no choice but to add playmakers to their defense. One spot that has eluded them for too long is a true pass rusher that can put some fear in opponents. Ryan Anderson will rise through the draft process and can step in from day one as a pass rusher. This offseason has to be a major boost for this Colts team because as it sits they are just wasting Andrew Luck on this putrid roster.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9): Dalvin Cook RB Florida State (From – Minnesota)
As we found out a team can’t win with an aged Darren Sproles is their best backfield option. Philly invested in their quarterback last season and this offseason they have to give him some weapons. With both Mike Williams and Corey Davis off the board the best offensive playmaker is Dalvin Cook, who has been compared to Jamaal Charles who Doug Pederson had success with in Kansas City.
16. Baltimore Ravens (8-8): Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
17. Washington Redskins (8-7-1): Malik McDowell DL Michigan State
Washington needs to bring in a disruptive force for the interior of their defensive line. Malik McDowell could be a steal in a few years if he lives up to his potential which is similar to breakout rookie Chris Jones this season.
18. Tennessee Titans (9-7): Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
After getting their #1 receiver with their first pick, the Titans look to add a player to their other unit in need. Tennessee could use additions to both cornerback and safety this offseason and adding a Marshon Lattimore, who some have as the top cornerback and potential top ten pick, this late would fit both need and value.
19.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7): OJ Howard TE Alabama
Tampa Bay was a surprise team on the rise this season. One thing they could do to keep their momentum going is to add more weapons for Jameis Winston with the lackluster Vincent Jackson entering free agency and Doug Martin once again hurt and now suspended. An underused but dangerous weapon at Alabama, OJ Howard would give Winston another big target and downfield weapon.
20. Denver Broncos (9-7): Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin
Whoever is lining up under center next season for the Broncos will appreciate it if they make improving the offensive line a priority. Giving up the ninth most sacks to opposing defenses will get them no where with the young options they have at quarterback and this pick can help shore up either side of the offensive line for years to come.
21. Detroit Lions (9-7): Jabrill Peppers S Michigan
Detroit needs to add help to their defense in multiple positions. Taking a risk on local product Jabrill Peppers this late in the draft hoping he can use his potential to turn things around for the Lions. The knock on Peppers is what position he will play in the NFL and his lack of turnovers in college. But the Lions have holes at linebacker, safety and cornerback so Peppers can realistically play multiple spots for them next season.
22. Miami Dolphins (10-6): Takkarist McKinley DE UCLA
The Dolphins made a strong push this season making it into the playoffs. However, upgrades on the defensive side are needed this offseason, especially for the aging Cameron Wake and Mario Williams. Takkarist McKinley has the best first step in the draft and will give Miami the pass rush they were hoping for when selecting bust Dion Jordan.
23. New York Giants (11-5): Taco Charlton DE Michigan
The Giants have made a living by getting to the quarterback over the years. With JPP set to hit free agency, and Jerry Reese never shy to take a defensive lineman it makes the selection of Taco Charlton a no-brainer. The Giants have always like big backs who can excel in both the run game and pass rush in the mold of Justin Tuck, which is exactly who Taco Charlton reminds me of.
24. Oakland Raiders (12-4): Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt
Oakland had a great run this season with help form multiple young draft picks coming into their own. One spot that needs address immediately is the middle linebacking position, which can be fixed by adding a player like Zac Cunningham who has a similar playing style to Derrick Johnson. Building the defense has to be a top need after the Raiders offense led the team all season.
25.Houston Texans (9-7): DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame
Houston made a major error when they signed Brock Osweiler to that massive contract last offseason, which was evident by the horrendous play he gave the team throughout the season. Houston needs to find a player at the quarterback position before the defense wastes away making DeShone Kizer, who scouts rave has the highest potential in the draft, a perfect fit with supposed quarterback guru Bill O’Brien.
26. Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1): Garett Bolles OT Utah
No matter what Seattle does this offseason they have to add players to the offensive line. Russell Wilson has been running for his life for the past few seasons while the running game needs some help finding holes to run through. The Seahawks have always looked for versatile, nasty offensive lineman which describes Garett Bolles perfectly. Although raw, Bolles potential and ability to play either G/T will give Seattle some freedom to start the best five players on the line next season.
27. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4): Sidney Jones CB Washington
The Chiefs don’t have many major needs besuddd of course the continued mediocre play of Alex Smith. However, with no quarterbacks worthy of this pick Kansas City chooses to bolster their turnover machine defense but bringing in Marcus Peters former teammate and fellow ball hawk Sidney Jones.
28. Dallas Cowboys (13-3): Cam Robinson OT Alabama
The Cowboys understand the importance of an elite offensive line. Taking the potential of Cam Robinson to replace Doug Free can help both in run blocking and their horrible cap situation.
29. Green Bay Packers (10-6): Teez Tabor CB Florida
The Packers defensive backs regressed as the season went on and were embarrassed in the NFC Championship. Additions to both pass rush and coverage need to be addressed this offseason. Teez Tabor will bring his confidence and attitude to give Green Bay’s defensive unit some fire.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5): Carl Lawson EDGE Auburn
Carl Lawson was made to play linebacker for the Steelers. As long as he checks out physically then Lawson would give Pittsburgh the all around edge rusher Jarvis Jones has failed to become.
31. Atlanta Falcons (11-5): Charles Harris EDGE Missouri
Atlanta’s defense has played much better during their run to the Super Bowl, however they still need to find a pass rusher opposite Vic Beasley. The selection of Charles Harris will give the Falcons a dangerous pass rush and continue the development of Dan Quinn’s defense.
32. New England Patriots (14-2): Tim Williams EDGE Alabama
If Belichick believes his locker room can keep Tim Williams on the straight path then the Pats would be getting a steal here. Tim Williams can replace the hole left by Jamie Collins while giving New England insurance in case D’Onta Hightower can’t be resigned. Williams has all the talent but with off field problems that team executives will dig into over the next couple months.