1. Cleveland Browns- Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Hue Jackson believes in Cody Kessler and the rookie has shown that he can be an efficient passer. That means the Browns can make a smart decision and pick the best player in the draft class. Garrett is an elite pass rusher, who is also good at stopping the run. Cleveland needs help everywhere, but especially defensively. Garrett can be an impact player from day one in the NFL.
2. San Francisco 49ers- DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
No quarterbacks this year are worthy of a first round selection, but they always get drafted high. The 49ers need to move on from all of their quarterbacks. Kizer has good size and arm strength. His issues come with accuracy on throws that should be easy. Even when he hits the receivers, it isn’t usually in a good spot to let the receiver run after the catch.
3. Chicago Bears- Mitch Trubisky, QB, UNC
Trubisky has had a great year, in his first full season as the starting quarterback at UNC. Two games are blemishes on his record, against Virginia Tech in Hurricane Matthew, and Duke. For the most part though, Trubisky has played good, mistake-free football. The Bears have a lot of issues, but really need to move on from Jay Cutler.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars- Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Jacksonville has some young offensive talent, quarterback talk aside, but they have a chance to get even better with this selection. Fournette is a complete back, but is rumored to have chronic ankle issues. If he is able to get cleared by doctors at the combine, he will be a top five pick.
5. New York Jets- Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Darrelle Revis is getting old. The Jets shouldn’t reach and take a quarterback here. Humphrey is a solid all around corner, but if the Jets scout the helmet instead of the player, they might be afraid of Humphrey being another Dee Milliner.
6. Cincinnati Bengals- Jabril Peppers, LB/S, Michigan
The Bengals’ defense has disappointed so many times this season. They need fundamental football players in the secondary and at linebacker. Jabril Peppers can play anywhere in the back end of the defense. He doesn’t intercept passes, but tackles really well and is always in good position, which has led him to get mentioned as a candidate
7. Tennessee Titans (via L.A.)- Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
Tennessee is in playoff contention and gets an extra first round pick this year via the trade last year with the Rams. One area that the Titans have to upgrade is their secondary. Many believe Tabor is a better corner than Vernon Hargreaves III, who was drafted very high in last year’s draft.
8. Buffalo Bills- Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Allen is a very versatile defensive lineman, who is able to play multiple positions. He is great at stopping the run and rushing the passer, making him a three down player. Rex Ryan would love to get his hands on more players like this.
9. Indianapolis Colts- Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
This is not a very deep class in terms of offensive linemen, but the Colts have to attempt to protect Andrew Luck. McGlinchey is versatile enough to play either tackle spot and has in college. He will most likely be a right tackle in the NFL.
10. San Diego Chargers- Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Phillip Rivers deserves the MVP award for doing so well with such a bad team. The offensive line is awful and they need to protect Rivers as he ages. Robinson hasn’t had the best season, as Alabama as a team struggled to run the ball against inferior competition, but he has gotten better as the season has gone on.
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jamal Adams, S, LSU
It seems like Adams has been at LSU for longer than he has because of playing big early in his career. He has the ability to come up and stop the run and also cover elite tight ends at the college level. The Bucs need secondary help in order to stop the good quarterbacks in their division.
12. New Orleans Saints- Adoree’ Jackson, CB/WR, USC
Is this Deion Sanders reincarnated? He plays both ways, returns kicks and baits quarterbacks to throwing passes before speeding up to intercept them. His biggest asset is his speed, as he almost qualified for the Olympics in track. New Orleans’ defense has been better, but they could still use help all over.
13. Carolina Panthers- Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Jones has been flying up draft boards with his play this year as much as Washington has flown up rankings as a team. The Panthers have missed Josh Norman a lot, whether they want to admit it or not. Jones will have to learn to play their zone scheme, but he is more than capable of doing so.
14. Arizona Cardinals- Malik McDowell, DL, MSU
Can Calais Campbell play forever? If he can’t McDowell seems like a perfect guy to replace him. He is big and has unprecedented quickness off of the line for a guy that big.
15. Green Bay Packers- Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
Yes Aaron Rodgers is struggling, but the defense isn’t that great either. The Packers need a good inside linebacker to be able to keep Clay Matthews on the outside. Foster is one of the best linebackers that Alabama has had and is easily a top fifteen talent in this draft.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers- Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
How is Mike Mitchell still a starting safety? He has actually played decently for the Steelers this season, but they still need help in their secondary. Hooker is a ball-hawk safety, who could cover the mistakes of Pittsburgh’s corners.
17. Miami Dolphins- Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
The Dolphins have been playing so well lately that they might make the playoffs. Taking Derek Barnett here would help there already good defensive line. Pressuring Tom Brady is the first step to compete for the division.
18. Tennessee Titans- Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Marcus Mariota needs more weapons in order to become a complete quarterback. Williams has good speed and size, but needs to clean up some of his route-running, which is something that can be taught by NFL coaches.
19. Washington Redskins- Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Washington is playing running backs such as Matt Jones, Robert Kelly and Chris Thompson. Needless to say they need a play-maker at the position. Cook can is a speedster, who will also give Kirk Cousins a good receiving target out of the backfield.
20. Cleveland Browns (Via Phi)- Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
The Browns have a chance at a really good draft if this becomes a reality. Lattimore, like the rest of the Ohio State secondary, is great at intercepting passes. He is tasked with guarding the other team’s best receiver and usually shuts them down.
21. Baltimore Ravens- Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri
The Ravens need pass rushers to make their defense truly elite again. Harris has to work at stopping the run, but is effective rushing the passer.
22. Philadelphia Eagles (via Cle)- John Ross, WR, Washington
If the Eagles want the Carson Wentz era to go well they have to get him some good receivers to throw to. Ross is a burner, who might be the fastest player in college football.
23. Detroit Lions- Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
Cunningham isn’t the fastest or strongest guy, but he makes plays. He has had games of 19 tackles this season. The Lions need defensive help and will get it with this tackling-machine.
24. Houston Texans- Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
Houston weak on the interior of their defensive line. Brantley is great at stopping the run and can free up J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney to get sacks.
25. New York Giants- Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
The Giants don’t have a running game to speak of. Rashad Jennings is over the hill and they have a chance to pick a running back that is elusive as they come. McCaffrey can also line up in the slot and return kick, making him very versatile.
26. Atlanta Falcons- O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Jacob Tamme just suffered a serious injury and Austin Hooper is unproven. Howard can provide the Falcons with yet another weapon for Matt Ryan to throw to.
27. Seattle Seahawks- Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
Does anybody else want to see what Russell Wilson can do with a good offensive line? If they can get an offensive lineman with decent value, they will take him here.
28. Denver Broncos- Ryan Ramczyck, OT, Wisconsin
The defense will be solid again next year, so drafting an offensive lineman will be important. Their tackle play hasn’t been great. Ramczyck might be a little bit of a reach at this spot, but it fills a need for the Broncos.
29. Oakland Raiders- Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
Oakland’s defense isn’t where it needs to be in order for them to compete for championships. Improving their secondary will be important as their corners haven’t produced. White is a shut down corner and team leader at LSU.
30. Kansas City Chiefs- Desmond King, CB, Iowa
King is a fundamental player who stops the run and makes tackles. The only question with him is his speed. The Chiefs have a good corner in Marcus Peters, but could use some help behind him on the depth chart.
31. New England Patriots- Dawaune Smoot, DE, Illinois
Watch for the Patriots to trade this pick to a team desperate for a quarterback, but if they don’t Smoot would be a good pick. He has good pursuit of the ball carrier, but is most known for his pass-rushing.
32. Dallas Cowboys- Tim Williams, DE/OLB, Alabama
The Cowboys have had a great season and still don’t have a good pass-rusher who doesn’t get suspended. Williams is one of the best pass rushers in the class and has even improved his run-stopping abilities this season.
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