1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett (DE) Texas A&M
Garrett possesses elite athletic traits, which will help him dominate tackles on NFL Sunday. Garrett’s production at Texas A&M wasn’t exactly ideal, yet he is clearly a prospect with one of the highest ceilings and safest floors. Cleveland needs to play it safe and just stockpile talent.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Deshaun Watson (QB) Clemson
Watson’s stock has been up and down throughout the process. John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan have stressed how important it is for them to find players who truly love the game. Watson seems to live and breathe football so he checks that box. His only concerns come on the field, showing inconsistent accuracy. There’s a chance an offensive mind like Shanahan may not be worried much at all.
3. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Allen (DT) Alabama
Getting Mike Glennon also bought the Bears more time to the find their future QB. The Bears can focus on getting the best player available, instead of reaching for a guy with no business being a top three pick. Allen fits the criteria as the best player available. Unfortunately, some health questions have popped up with Allen, but he still shouldn’t fall out of the top five.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: OJ Howard (TE) Alabama
The Jaguars are officially out of excuses. After adding Calais Campbell, A.J. Bouye, Barry Church and Branden Albert, this team has a roster that should be competitive throughout the season. A QB here wouldn’t be a shocker, considering how bad Blake Bortles was at football this past year, but the sense in Jacksonville is they are committed to Bortles. If that’s the case they should get him some more help. OJ Howard may just be the safest pick in the draft. Although the fourth pick is extremely high for a TE, Howard is worthy of the selection.
5. Tennessee Titans (From L.A.): Jamal Adams (S) LSU
Titans GM Jon Robinson put on a clinic in 2016, netting a top five pick from the Rams, while still selecting his right tackle of the future. After adding Logan Ryan to the fold, CB isn’t as much of a drastic need. Adams is a physical tackler, and great cover man. He’s one of the best safety prospects in recent memory, and a perfect fit in Tennessee.
6. *Cleveland Browns from NYJ: Mitchell Trubisky (QB) UNC
The Jets could go in a number of different directions here. My suggestion to Mikey Mac would be to trade down and accumulate picks. With a plethora of needs and a ceiling of 3-13, the Jets would be smart to sell to the highest bidder. The Browns have an unusual amount of draft capital, and a dire need for a QB. They move up to land Cleveland native Trubisky, making two of the first six picks.
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Solomon Thomas (DT) Stanford
My initial selection for the Chargers was Malik Hooker, an elite coverage safety. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized the potential with Thomas as a 3-tech in the 4-3 front. With Joey Bosa, Corey Liuget, Melvin Ingram and Solomon Thomas, the Chargers would boast one of the leagues premiere pass rush units. That is too much potential for them to pass up on.
8. Carolina Panthers: Marshon Lattimore (CB) OSU
Dave Gettleman has elected to go young at corner, starting multiple rookies in the secondary last season. James Bradberry looks like a really solid player, and he and Lattimore would form a super-duo for years to come. With the injury to Sidney Jones, Lattimore is clearly the top CB. However, his hamstrings continue to remain a huge red-flag.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Cam Robinson (OT) Alabama
Andy Dalton cannot be happy with how free agency went down. Losing his two best offensive lineman a year after being sacked 41 times probably wasn’t what he was hoping for. Cam Robinson is extremely talented but just needs more coaching to become consistent with his technique. Although better players are on the board, Robinson is a pressing need.
10. Buffalo Bills: Mike Williams (WR) Clemson
The Bills have nobody on the roster behind the oft-injured Sammy Watkins. Williams would provide a nice compliment to Watkins explosive style of play. He can high-point the ball with the best of them, which is always nice for any QB. His blocking from the position is also great, which is important in the Bills run-heavy offense.
11. New Orleans Saints: Carl Lawson (OLB) Auburn
Lawson is one of the few true stand-up pass rushers in the class. He’s exactly what the Saints need on a defense that needs to find a compliment to Cam Jordan. Lawson’s medicals are concerning, but the kid can flat-out play. In what may be seem like a reach, the Saints address one of their biggest needs with Lawson.
12. *New York Jets from Cleveland Browns: Malik Hooker (S) OSU
This would be a huge win for the Jets. Hooker would’ve been in play for them at #6 overall, so adding picks and still getting a great player would be a win-win. The Jets roster is miserably bad, but Hooker would add some play-making ability. With a need at almost every position, trading back again could be another option.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Deshone Kizer (QB) Notre Dame
Carson Palmer took a beating in 2016, leading him to consider retirement. The Cardinals will make the next decision for him by taking his heir to the throne, Deshone Kizer. Kizer fits Bruce Arians’ offense nicely, with a cannon for an arm and solid mobility. This is a match made in heaven and one I’d love to see come to fruition on draft day.
14. Indianapolis Colts: Leonard Fournette (RB) LSU
This is a dream scenario for newly minted GM, Chris Ballard. The Colts have been looking for a featured back since Edgerrin James and Fournette is that guy and more. The most physically dominant RB to enter the league since AP, Fournette would make Andrew Luck’s job a whole lot easier. While it has become cool to hop off the Fournette hype train, not only am I staying on, but I’m the conductor.
15. Philadephia Eagles: Marlon Humphrey (CB) Alabama
This is the fourth member of the Crimson Tide to go in the top-15. Humphrey is a young, physical player, with potential to be a shutdown corner. With the Eagles addressing the WR position through free agency, CB seems like a lock for this pick. With Sidney Jones hurt, Humphrey is the pick.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Corey Davis (WR) Central Michigan
The Ravens offense was mediocre and boring in 2016. They need to add more play-makers and speed to the offense. Unlike Breshad Perriman, Davis will contribute immediately as the WR1. It’s time to put some more around Joe Flacco, or the offense will remain bland as tofu.
17. Washington Redskins: Reuben Foster (LB) Alabama
Sorry Reuben. The combine outburst, plus being an off-ball linebacker, pushes him down to the most dysfunctional organization in pro sports. His stock has crumbled, but even without a GM this pick is obvious. Washington gets a three-down linebacker, and quite possibly the steal of the draft.
18. Tennessee Titans: John Ross (WR) UW
After running a 4.22 forty, it’s safe to say John Ross will be a top-20 pick. Last draft, we saw Will Fuller go at pick 22, despite not being able to catch the football. Ross offers the Titans a deep-threat, which is an area Marcus Mariota has struggled to get going.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dalvin Cook (RB) FSU
Dalvin Cook falls to 19, forcing the Bucs hand. They can’t pass on a player of his talent, especially with their questions at the position. This move ultimately pushes Doug Martin out of Tampa, and gives Jameis another young, explosive chess piece. Dirk Koetter has stressed the importance of explosive plays, and Cook is a big play waiting to happen.
20. Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramcyzk (OT) Wisconsin
The Broncos patience is rewarded, as one of the best tackles in the draft falls into their lap. No matter who Denver trots out at QB, the left tackle position is an issue. Ramcyzk had hip surgery and was unable to test at the Combine, but he shouldn’t slip past the 20’s.
21. Detroit Lions: Malik McDowell (DT) Michigan State
He would be staying home, which may ultimately wind up being a bad thing. McDowell has some character concerns and sometimes being close to home and friends is trouble. That being said McDowell is too talented for the Lions to pass on at this juncture. He and Ziggy Ansah would form a towering and tremendously athletic duo.
22. Miami Dolphins: Takkarist McKinley (DE) UCLA
McKinley is a twitchy pass-rusher, who fits the mold of a 3-4 OLB. With he and Cam Wake off the edge, Miami’s secondary will not be as vulnerable to the deep ball. The Dolphins need to continue building up their defense if they want to compete with the Patriots.
23. New York Giants: David Njoku (TE) Miami
After years of ignorance, it’s time the Giants finally get a stud TE. Njoku will add a seam-splitting element that this offense desperately needs. With Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Njoku, the Giants passing attack would be fearsome.
24. Oakland Raiders: Zach Cunningham (LB) Vanderbilt
The Raiders are building a Super Bowl contender., but have a glaring need at ILB. Cunningham is a productive player that can stay on the field for all three downs. He may be one the final pieces to propel the Raiders to the forefront of the AFC playoff picture.
25. Houston Texans: Jabrill Peppers (S) Michigan
Peppers is the most difficult evaluation in the entire draft. I have him pegged as a strong safety, who could play the run in the box, and also cover tight ends in the seam. The Texans defense is a play-making safety away from being the best in football. Peppers would give Romeo Crennel freedom to get even more creative.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Garrett Bolles (OT) Utah
The Seahawks lack of focus on their offensive line was one of the more underrated stories of 2016. They rely on Tom Cable to work miracle after miracle, and Russell Wilson to run for his life. George Fant was well below average as a pass protector on Wilson’s blind side. Bolles offers a ton of potential at a position of desperate need in Seattle.
27. Kansas City Chiefs: Obi Melifonwu (S) Uconn
Melinfonwu’s tape left a lot to be desired, yet he still finds himself in the first round thanks in large part to the fact he was created in a lab by scientists. His combine testing showed a player that is quicker than Darren Sproles, taller than Larry Fitzgerald, with a vertical jump that makes Odell Beckham jealous. With Eric Berry by his side, Melifonwu could flourish.
28. Dallas Cowboys: Taco Charlton (DE) Michigan
The Cowboys lack a pass-rush, mainly due to the fact their pass-rushers can’t stay out of trouble. Charlton is a physically imposing DE, who will immediately upgrade one of the Cowboys weakest position groups. It’s very possibly Charlton won’t be around this long, but Dallas won’t be mad if he is.
29. Green Bay Packers: Forrest Lamp (OG) Western Kentucky
Over the past year, Green Bay lost both their franchise guards. Lucky for them another future pro-bowler falls into their lap. Lamp could play just about every position on the line, but the Packers should kick him inside to guard and let him do what he does best. Maul people.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Gareon Conley (CB) OSU
There’s a chance that Conley is the best corner in the draft. His tape is off the charts, showing an elite ability to turn his hips without losing momentum. Conley would join a youthful secondary in Pitt, that will likely be the key factor to the Steelers championship aspirations.
31. Atlanta Falcons: Tim Williams (OLB) Alabama
Williams comes with a ton of baggage, but his on-field play can’t be denied. Williams has a quick first-step but struggles to bend the edge. However, his college production was incredible and it will be tough for a win-now team like Atlanta to pass on the chance to pair Williams with Vic Beasley.
32. *New Orleans Saints from New England: Haason Reddick (LB) Temple
The Patriots get Brandin Cooks and the Saints get another talented defender. Reddick is extremely versatile and can play off-ball LB, as well as an edge rusher. The Saints should stock up on as much defensive talent as possible. Reddick and Lawson is a good start.