1. Cleveland Browns: Josh Rosen QB UCLA
The DeShone Kizer experiment has seemingly failed as he has been benched in favor of Kevin Hogan. Cleveland cannot afford to pass on a quarterback in the first round especially a player the caliber of Josh Rosen. Rosen is battle-tested and possesses prototypical size and arm strength.
2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
The Giants have been a massive disappointment this season and they could go many different ways with this pick but the offense must be addressed. In Barkley the Giants would have a true go to running back for the first time since Ahmad Bradshaw. Pairing him with Odell Beckham Jr. would give whoever the Giants have at quarterback for the next ten years some serious playmaers.
3. San Francisco 49ers: Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida State
Lets pretend San Francisco signs Kirk Cousins this upcoming offseason and with no wide receivers worthy of a top ten pick they turn to McFadden to upgrade their cornerback position. McFadden possesses all the traits that teams look for in a shutdown corner and would be a day one starter in San Francisco.
4. Chicago Bears: Derwin James S Florida State
Another team that could sorely use a wide receiver but goes with best player available in hopes of bolstering their overall team talent. James is considered by some to be the top player in this draft and while he is elite near the line of scrimmage he has some work to do as a deep safety. The athleticism is there and the Bears could use him as a chess piece in their promising young defense.
5. Los Angeles Chargers: Christian Wilkins DL Clemson
The latest in what has become a long line of Clemson defensive linemen to go early in the draft. Wilkins is a versatile defender who has lined up inside and outside providing a pass rush from both spots. Adding Wilkins to a front seven that includes Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram would create a scary pass rush for the Chargers.
6. Indianapolis Colts: Connor Williams OT Texas
Anthony Castanzo has been about the only good offensive lineman the Colts have had during the Andrew Luck era and while he is still playing at a high level getting a future replacement can’t hurt. Williams who was seen by many as a potential top pick before a knee injury has left tackle ability and could start out on the right side before eventually taking over for Castanzo down the road.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Sam Darnold QB USC
Carson Palmer is on his last legs and adding a quarterback would be a smart move for the Cardinals who possess a pretty talented roster when healthy. Darnold is ultra-talented but has some flaws in his mechanics and it is rumored he may return for his junior season. If he comes out he will assuredly be a top ten pick.
8. Cincinnati Bengals: Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama
Versatility is the name of the game with this pick as the Bengals have several players from their secondary due to hit free agency the next couple off seasons. In Fitzpatrick they would be getting an defensive back with elite ball skills and the ability to play any position in the secondary.
9. Tennessee Titans: Arden Key EDGE LSU
The Titans have some needs in the secondary but at this point Key is too good to pass up. One of the elite talents in this draft Key could fall due to injury and an odd off field issue early this season. While they already have a talented pass rush duo in Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo, Key would be a welcome infusion of youth.
10. Dallas Cowboys: Dremont Jones DL Ohio State
The Cowboys defensive line has been a weakness for quite a while now and while they have made some serious strides in terms of finding EDGE players they lack a running mate for defensive tackle Maliek Collins. Jones is only a redshirt sophomore but is an extremely talented interior player who can rush the passer and defend the run.
11. Oakland Raiders: Clelin Ferrell EDGE Clemson
Khalil Mack needs some help rushing the passer and while Mario Edwards is talented he has had issues staying healthy. Oakland’s inability to get a constant pass rush from anywhere besides Mack has put a lot of pressure on their secondary which has some talent but is being asked to cover for too long. Ferrell has the versatility to play outside on first and second and to move inside on obvious passing downs.
12. Cleveland Browns from Houston Texans: Denzel Ward CB Ohio State
After losing long time corner Joe Haden the Brown’s are significantly lacking at the position. Ward is the latest star defensive back to come out of Ohio State. While a bit raw Ward possesses excellent ball skills and athleticism. He could be the shutdown corner the Browns used to have in Haden.
13. Miami Dolphins: Quentin Nelson OG Notre Dame
On paper the Dolphins have a pretty solid roster but the interior of their offensive line has been a mess for quite a while. The guard position has been particularly poor and has seen a number of players come and go in recent years. In Nelson the Fins get one of the better guard prospects of the last half decade and one of the more NFL ready prospects in this draft.
14. Washington Redskins: Josh Allen QB Wyoming
With Kirk Cousins gone in this scenario the Redskins desperately need to find a replacement as running out Colt McCoy is not a realistic option at this point. Allen is one of the more polarizing prospects in this class duo to his elite tools but highly underwhelming performance this season. Washington could be a good landing spot for him as they have a pretty solid offensive line, some weapons to throw to and an offensive minded head coach.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mitch Hyatt OT Clemson
Another team with a pretty solid roster is the Bucs and while Donovan Smith has been serviceable at left tackle he is more suited for the right side. Hyatt manned the blindside for Clemson since his freshman year and is very solid both in pass protection and as a run blocker. A bit raw Hyatt could start out at right tackle before switching sides with Smith after getting some seasoning.
16. New Orleans Saints: Bradley Chubb EDGE NC State
It seems like every year the Saints could stand to upgrade their pass rush and this year will be no different as they still have not found a suitable compliment to Cameron Jordan. Chubb has been a force this year and is a big reason for N.C. State’s hot start and he played a huge roll in the Wolfpack’s neutralizing of Lamar Jackson.
17. New York Jets: Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
The Jets have surprised thus far and given their skill positions it truly is a shock. While finding a quarterback has to be their top priority they very well could play themselves out of prime quarterback territory. Here they grab the explosive Kirk who would instantly add some excitement to their receiving corps.
18. Buffalo Bills: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
Similar to the Jets the Bills have outperformed their expectations and thus far played themselves out of quarterback territory. Since trading Sammy Watkins the Bills have lacked any sort of go to receiving threat so I have them selecting a potential number one wideout in Ridley. The Crimson Tide pass catcher has impressed despite playing in a run heavy offense thanks to his ability to stretch the field and create yards after the catch.
19. Los Angeles Rams: Harold Landry EDGE Boston College
The Rams have some pretty solid players in their front seven but could use some youth opposite Robert Quinn as they currently are starting Connor Barwin who is no spring chicken. Harold Landry would be a great fit as he possesses an electric first step as well as he athleticism to play in space.
20. Minnesota Vikings: Da’Ron Payne DL Alabama
Shariff Floyd has failed to pan out due to injuries and is likely done with the Vikings and for as good as their defense is they have a glaring hole next to Linval Joseph. Da’Ron Payne is a big physical force and flashes elite run stuffing ability. His arrival could give the Vikings a duo similar to the famed “Williams Wall.”
21. Pittsburgh Steelers: Raquon Smith LB Georgia
The Steelers never properly replaced long time inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons and it has shown this season. One of the fastest rising players in this draft class Smith plays like a man on fire with his vicious hits and sideline to sideline ranger. Pairing him with Ryan Shazier could be scary.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars: Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
The Jaguars appear to have taken the step that many thought they would despite still having Blake Bortles as their starting quarterback. Bortles quite simply is a below average signal caller and the Jaguars will be hamstrung by him moving forward. Why not take a chance to upgrade the position with the electric Jackson who is well known for his running ability but has shown improvement as a passer this season and could have the highest upside of any quarterback in this class.
23. Seattle Seahawks: Trey Adams OT Washington
The Seahawks offensive line is still a mess, no surprise to anyone. They need to at least try to protect Russell Wilson if they hope to make another serious run before their defense ages out. In Adams they get a local product who boasts impressive size and athleticism.
24. Detroit Lions: Derrius Guice RB LSU
The Lions want to run the ball and have the offensive line to compliment that philosophy. The problem is they have a bunch of change of pace backs currently and no-one to grind out yards late in games. In steps Guice a powerful runner who could give the Lions the running threat they have lacked really since Barry Sanders.
25. New England Patriots: Rashan Evans LB Alabama
The Patriots defense has been historically bad this season and could be the reason they fail to defend their Super Bowl title. Their failure to replace Jaime Collins has proven costly and they could remedy that by drafting Evans, who looks a lot like Collins. We know Bill Belichek likes guys from Alabama and Evans’ ability to rush the passer and play in space would be a great addition.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
Has any team suffered more on the injury front than the Ravens? On the offensive line alone they lost three starters before the season even began. Adding a massive run blocker like Brown opposite stud Ronnie Stanley would not only help with depth issues next season but also fits the power running game that their offense is predicated on.
27. Atlanta Falcons: Jordan Whitehead S Pittsburgh
A team with no glaring needs the Falcons have the luxury of picking best talent available. After their epic collapse last year in the Super Bowl they attempt to shore up their pass defense with the talented safety Whitehead who’s ball skills and range would be the perfect complement to Keanu Neal’s physicality.
28. Carolina Panthers: Ronnie Harrison S Alabama
The Panthers defense has looked much more like the unit that helped them get to the Super Bowl and look like a contender in the NFC once again. They have successfully moved on from the Josh Norman era with some young corners and could use some youth at safety to complete their overhaul. Harrison is experienced and is capable both as an in the box safety and in coverage.
29. Denver Broncos: Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma
Whoever the quarterback is for the Broncos in the next couple years has the great benefit of having a lights out defense behind them. Here the Broncos get that quarterback and big time tight end to throw to. Andrews is a dangerous target who could help elevate the play of whoever is taking the snaps for the Broncos.
30. Green Bay Packers: Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
The Packer’s cornerback situation is a bit of a mess. After promising rookie Kevin King the cupboard is somewhat bare and using an early pick on a cornerback would be a smart move on Green Bay’s part. Alexander is an exceptional athlete with a knack for making big plays both in coverage and as a punt returner.
31. Philadelphia Eagles: Ronald Jones RB USC
Currently the Eagles are relying on the likes of LaGarret Blount and Wendell Smallwood at the running back position. While that is horrible the Eagles could stand to upgrade the position and give Carson Wentz a go to running back to play with. Jones is a homerun hitter on the ground as well as a talented pass catcher.
32. Buffalo Bills from Kansas City Chiefs: Malik Jefferson LB Texas
In moving on from Reggie Ragland the Bills showed their desire to have athletic linebackers on their defense. Jefferson is raw but has exceptional athleticism who could become a sideline to sideline tackling machine at the next level with some seasoning.
1. Cleveland Browns: Josh Rosen QB UCLA