1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
The choice is clear here for the Browns, as Garrett is the consensus best prospect in the draft.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
With the signing of Brian Hoyer, look for the 49ers to wait to address their quarterback issues until 2018. Jamal Adams is an enticing pick here, but new 49ers GM John Lynch might look to shore up the defensive line with talent from his alma mater.
3. Chicago Bears: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Bears seem to think that Mike Glennon can be their solution at quarterback at least in the short term, which means Trubisky’s slide down the draft board continues. Safety is a position of need for the Bears, and Adams is too good a prospect to pass up.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
The Jaguars could go a variety of directions with this pick, especially with Solomon Thomas off the board. Zach Cunningham and Taco Charlton feel like reaches at this point, so look for the Jaguars to go with a best player available approach and strengthen their secondary.
5. Tennessee Titans: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Foster being sent home from the combine adds to a string of discipline issues that make him a risky pick, but he is a top-five talent at a position of need for the Titans. In this scenario, it seems very likely that the Titans would be able to overlook his potential off the field issues.
6. New York Jets: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
The signings of Glennon and Hoyer cause Trubisky to slide down the board to the Jets, who would be likely to take a chance on Trubisky if he were to fall to them.
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
The Chargers need to start thinking about the post-Rivers era, but Round 1 feels early to do so. Mike William’s declining to run the 40 at the combine makes Corey Davis an interesting alternative, but Williams still seems to be the choice for the Chargers here.
8. Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Fournette is one of the more polarizing prospects in the draft, especially after his combine performance. Fournette has been tied to the Panthers since the beginning of the offseason, and it seems that it would be hard for the Panthers to pass him up if he were available at their pick.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Charlton’s relatively poor combine performance makes this a risky pick, but the Bengals need help on the edge, and Charlton still appears to be the best available prospect to provide such help.
10. Buffalo Bills: O.J Howard, TE, Alabama
O.J. Howard has skyrocketed up draft boards this offseason, and it may very well culminate with Howard being selected in the top ten. Tyrod Taylor will remain at the helm for the Bills in 2017 so quarterback no longer appears to be a need, and sources are reporting that the Bills ‘love’ Howard.
11. New Orleans Saints: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
The Saints need all the defensive help that they can get, so many expect them to pursue the best defensive prospect available at their pick. Marshon Lattimore is considered by many to be the best cornerback prospect, and his injury at the combine does not seem to be serious, so Lattimore seems to be a perfect fit for New Orleans at the eleventh pick.
12. Cleveland Browns: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Osweiller and Kessler clearly aren’t the answer long-term for the Browns at quarterback, and while some expect them to wait until 2018 to look for a long-term solution, it would be hard for the Browns to pass up a proven winner in Watson at pick number twelve.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
The Cardinals need some help in the secondary besides Patrick Peterson, and Marlon Humphrey could be a potential day one starter in Arizona.
14. Philadelphia Eagles: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
The Eagles addressed their wide receiver issue with the signings of Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffrey, so look for them to address their running back issue in the first round. Dalvin Cook had an underwhelming combine and has potential discipline issues, but he still has undeniable talent and could be an immediate solution in Philly.
15. Indianapolis Colts: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The Colts need offensive line help fast, and Garrett Bolles seems to be the best player available to do
The Colts need offensive line help fast, and Garrett Bolles seems to be the best player available to do so. Many are concerned by the fact that Bolles will be 25 years old by the time he plays in an NFL game, but Luck’s window will close quickly if they cannot keep him protected and healthy.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Jabrill Peppers is a tempting pick here for the Ravens, but Corey Davis is too good to pass up if he’s still available at this point in the draft.
17. Washington Redskins: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
The Redskins lack depth in their secondary, and selecting Peppers might be worth the risk at pick number seventeen. Peppers has undeniable talent, and could succeed as a hybrid player of sorts like Su’a Cravens.
18. Tennessee Titans: John Ross, WR, Washington
The Titans need offensive playmakers, and John Ross is just that. Mr. 4.22 would provide a much needed spark to Mariota’s supporting cast in Tennessee.
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19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Johnathan Allen’s shoulder injury has caused him to plummet down draft boards, but his fall could stop with the Buccaneers. The Bucs need defensive line help, and Allen’s talent may make him worth the risk this late in the first round.
20. Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
The Broncos’ offensive line desperately needs help, and while Forrest Lamp could be a potential fit in Denver, Ryan Ramcyzk would fill the more pressing need of tackle for the Broncos.
21. Detroit Lions: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
Haason Reddick’s strong Senior Bowl and combine performances have moved him up draft boards. Haason’s undeniable athleticism could help fill a need at linebacker for the Lions.
22. Miami Dolphins: Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
Lamp is the clear top guard in this class, and if he were to fall to the Dolphins, they would certainly heavily consider bringing him to Miami.
23. New York Giants: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Running back is a position of need for the Giants, and they might be willing to take a chance on McCaffrey after his strong combine performance. Eli cannot carry the Giants’ offense by himself, which is where a playmaker in the running game like McCaffrey would be useful.
24. Oakland Raiders: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
Sidney Jones’ Achilles injury will impact all teams looking for a cornerback in this draft. With that being said, the cornerback field is incredibly deep this draft, and taking Quincy Wilson this late would be a steal for the Raiders.
25. Houston Texans: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
This pick will largely be dependent upon how the Tony Romo saga unfolds, but I predict that Romo will end up being a Houston Texan by the time the 2017 season begins. With the quarterback position addressed in this scenario, the Texans would likely turn towards their linebackers and secondary. Zach Cunningham has quietly put together some of the most impressive tape from an ILB in this draft, and the Texans could use his speed and coverage abilities.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
It is no secret that the Seahawks need help on their offensive line, and they may turn to the reigning Outland Trophy winner to do so.
27. Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech
Patrick Mahomes is a raw prospect that has shown flashes of brilliance, but obviously needs some time in the NFL to develop. Kansas City could be a perfect place for him to develop as Alex Smith’s career begins to near its end.
28. Dallas Cowboys: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
The Cowboys needs a star along the defensive line, and the Volunteer’s all-time sack leader might prove to be just that. If Barnett were to fall to Dallas, expect them to swoop up the Tennessee star.
29. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin
While cornerback is a position of need for the Packers, it would be very difficult for the Packers to pass up on a Wisconsin kid with such promise at a position that also needs addressing.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, Steelers
While James Harrison certainly isn’t showing it, he is aging rapidly, which makes OLB a position of need for the Steelers. Takkarist McKinley may prove to be Harrison’s replacement at the position.
31. Atlanta Falcons: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
The Falcons have several options at this pick to help bolster their defensive line, such as Missouri’s Charles Harris, but McDowell seems to be worth the risk for the Falcons if he falls this far.
32. New Orleans Saints: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
The Buckeye DB connection continues for the Saints with the thirty-second pick. Gareon Conley had an extremely strong combine, and it may just be enough to vault him into the first round.