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Stampede Blue's Andrew Aziz breaks down every component of the draft by giving you a detailed analysis of every team, each position group and even throwing in some rumours.

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You need a go-to place for any draft information? Let Stampede Blue and this article be the place for you. Every team's needs, top 10 positional rankings and updated rumours/stories are in here. Have this page open during the draft; you won't regret it!

Team Needs (In Order)

Arizona Cardinals

Edge Defender (3-4 OLB)
Cornerback
Tight End
Nose Tackle
Inside Linebacker

Atlanta Falcons

Safety
Linebacker
Tight End
Receiver
Defensive Tackle

Baltimore Ravens

Defensive End (3-4 DE)
Nose Tackle
Receiver
Outside Linebacker
Offensive Tackle

Buffalo Bills

Edge Defender (4-3 DE)
Right Side of Offensive Line
Linebacker
Receiver
Safety

Carolina Panthers

Cornerback
Edge Defender (4-3 DE)
Receiver
Safety
Offensive Tackle

Chicago Bears

Offensive Tackle
Cornerback
Edge Defender (3-4 OLB)
Interior Offensive Line
Safety

Cincinnati Bengals

Receiver
Edge Defender (4-3 DE)
Center
Cornerback
Defensive Tackle

Cleveland Browns

Receiver
Safety
Quarterback
Inside Linebacker
Edge Defender (3-4 OLB)

Dallas Cowboys

Edge Defender (4-3 DE)
Cornerback
Safety
Defensive Tackle
Running Back

Denver Broncos

Quarterback
Offensive Guard
Tight End
Inside Linebacker
Right Tackle

Detroit Lions

Offensive Tackle
Defensive Tackle
Interior Offensive Line
Edge Defender (4-3 DE)
Receiver

Green Bay Packers

Inside Linebacker
Nose Tackle
Offensive Tackle
Defensive End (3-4 DE)
Cornerback

Houston Texans

Receiver
Tight End
Cornerback
Interior Offensive Line
Safety

Indianapolis Colts

Edge Defender (3-4 OLB)
Interior Offensive Line
Running Back
Inside Linebacker
Safety

Jacksonville Jaguars

Interior Offensive Line
Safety
Cornerback
Defensive Tackle
Outside Linebacker

Kansas City Chiefs

Interior Offensive Line
Cornerback
Receiver
Inside Linebacker
Quarterback

Los Angeles Rams

Quarterback
Offensive Guard
Receiver
Offensive Tackle
Middle Linebacker

Miami Dolphins

Offensive Guard
Cornerback
Running Back
Defensive Tackle
Linebacker

Minnesota Vikings

Offensive Tackle
Receiver
Offensive Guard
Tight End
Cornerback

New England Patriots

Receiver
Interior Offensive Line
Middle Linebacker
Cornerback
Offensive Tackle

New Orleans Saints

Defensive Tackle
Linebacker
Offensive Guard
Cornerback
Edge Defender (4-3 DE)

New York Giants

Offensive Tackle
Receiver
Linebacker
Defensive Tackle
Running Back

New York Jets

Quarterback
Edge Defender
Right Side of the Offensive Line
Inside Linebacker
Cornerback

Oakland Raiders

Inside Linebacker
Safety
Receiver
Tight End
Defensive End (3-4 DE)

Philadelphia Eagles

Cornerback
Offensive Guard
Outside Linebacker
Running Back
Quarterback

Pittsburgh Steelers

Offensive Tackle
Cornerback
Receiver
Edge Defender
Safety

San Diego Chargers

Interior Offensive Line
Safety
Defensive End (3-4 DE)
Offensive Tackle
Inside Linebacker

San Francisco 49ers

Quarterback
Receiver
Tight End
Interior Offensive Line
Defensive End (3-4 DE)

Seattle Seahawks

Entire Offensive Line
Defensive Tackle
Receiver
Running Back
Cornerback

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Offensive Tackle
Linebacker
Safety
Cornerback
Interior Offensive Line

Tennessee Titans

Interior Offensive Line
Safety
Cornerback
Right Tackle
Receiver

Washington Redskins

Inside Linebacker
Nose Tackle
Interior Offensive Line
Safety
Running Back

Position Top 10 Rankings (with round projections)

*NOTE: All round projections are based on where I ranked the prospects and where I would select them, not on where they will actually go*

Quarterback

1. Jared Goff -- California (1st Round)
2. Paxton Lynch -- Memphis (2)
3. Carson Wentz -- North Dakota State (2)
4. Cody Kessler -- USC (3-4)
5. Connor Cook -- Michigan State (4)
6. Kevin Hogan -- Stanford (5)
7. Christian Hackenberg -- Penn State (5-6)
8. Dak Prescott -- Mississippi State (5-6)
9. Jake Coker -- Alabama (6)
10. Cardale Jones -- Ohio State (6)

Running Back

1. Ezekiel Elliott -- Ohio State (Top 12)
2. Paul Perkins -- UCLA (2)
3. Jordan Howard -- Indiana (2-3)
4. Devontae Booker -- Utah (3)
5. Kenneth Dixon -- Louisiana Tech (3)
6. C.J. Prosise -- Notre Dame (3-4)
7. Alex Collins -- Arkansas (4)
8. Jonathan Williams -- Arkansas (4)
9. Daniel Lasco -- California (4-5)
10. Derrick Henry -- Alabama (4-5)

Wide Receiver

1. Laquon Treadwell -- Ole Miss (1)
2. Josh Doctson -- TCU (1)
3. Tyler Boyd -- Pittsburgh (1)
4. Will Fuller -- Notre Dame (1)
5. Michael Thomas -- Ohio State (1-2)
6. Corey Coleman -- Baylor (1-2)
7. Sterling Shepard -- Oklahoma (2)
8. Braxton Miller -- Ohio State (2-3)
9. Leonte Carroo -- Rutgers (2-3)
10. Aaron Burbridge -- Michigan State (3)

Tight End

1. Hunter Henry -- Arkansas (2)
2. Austin Hooper -- Stanford (3)
3. Nick Vannett -- Ohio State (3-4)
4. Tyler Higbee -- Western Kentucky (4)
5. Jerrell Adams -- South Carolina (4)
6. Ben Braunecker -- Harvard (4-5)
7. Henry Krieger-Coble (5)
8. Bryce Williams -- East Carlina (5-6)
9. Jake McGee -- Florida (6)
10.Thomas Duarte -- UCLA (6-7)

Offensive Tackle

1. Laremy Tunsil -- Ole Miss (Top 10)
2. Ronnie Stanley -- Notre Dame (Top 15)
3. Jack Conklin -- Michigan State (1)
4. Taylor Decker -- Ohio State (1)
5. Jason Spriggs -- Indiana (2)
6. Germain Ifedi -- Texas A&M (2)
7. Willie Beaver -- Western Michigan (2-3)
8. Jerald Hawkins -- LSU (3)
9. Le'Raven Clark -- Texas Tech (4)
10. Joe Haeg -- North Dakota State (4-5)

Offensive Guard

1. Cody Whitehair -- Kansas St. (1)
2. Joshua Garnett -- Stanford (2)
3. Sebastian Tretola -- Arkansas (2-3)
4. Christian Westerman -- Arizona State (3)
5. Isaac Seumalo -- Oregon State (3)
6. Joe Thuney -- North Carolina State (4)
7. Joe Dahl -- Washington State (4)
8. Vadal Alexander -- LSU (5)
9. Landon Turner -- North Carolina (5-6)
10. Jordan Walsh -- Iowa (6)

Center

1. Nick Martin -- Notre Dame (1-2)
2. Ryan Kelly -- Alabama (1-2)
3. Jack Allen -- Michigan State (3)
4. Austin Blythe -- Iowa (4) 
5. Max Tuerk -- USC (4-5)

Edge Defender

1. Joey Bosa -- Ohio State (Top 12)
2. Noah Spence -- Eastern Kentucky (1)
3. Shaq Lawson -- Clemson (1)
4. Kevin Dodd -- Clemson (1)
5. Shilique Calhoun -- Michigan State (2)
6. Kamalei Correa -- Boise State (2)
7. Jordan Jenkins -- Georgia (2-3)
8. Kyler Fackrell -- Utah State (2-3)
9. Emmanuel Ogbah -- Oklahoma State (3)
10. Victor Ochi -- Stony Brook (3)

Interior Defensive Linemen

1. Sheldon Rankins -- Louisville (Top 15)
2. DeForest Buckner -- Oregon (1)
3. Chris Jones -- Mississippi State (1)
4. Andrew Billings -- Baylor (1-2)
5. Jarren Reed -- Alabama (1-2)
6. A'Shawn Robinson -- Alabama (1-2)
7. Vernon Butler -- Louisiana Tech (2)
8. Kenny Clark -- UCLA (2)
9. Jonathan Bullard -- Florida (2-3)
10. Austin Johnson -- Penn State (2-3)

Inside Linebacker

1. Reggie Ragland -- Alabama (1)
2. Darron Lee -- Ohio State (1)
3. Leonard Floyd -- Georgia (1)
4. Kentrell Brothers -- Missouri (2-3)
5. Scooby Wright -- Arizona (3)
6. Antonio Morrison -- Florida (3-4)
7. Blake Martinez -- Stanford (4)
8. B.J. Goodson -- Clemson (4-5)
9. Jared Norris -- Utah (4-5)
10. Josh Forrest -- Kentucky (5)

Cornerback

1. Vernon Hargreaves -- Florida (Top 20)
2. William Jackson III -- Houston (1-2)
3. Mackensie Alexander -- Clemson (2)
4. Eli Apple -- Ohio State (2)
5. Artie Burns -- Miami (2-3)
6. Jalen Mills -- LSU (2-3)
7. KeiVarae Russell -- Notre Dame (3)
8. Sean Davis -- Maryland (3)
9. Cyrus Jones -- Alabama (3-4)
10. Kendall Fuller -- Virginia Tech (3-4)

Safety

1. Jalen Ramsay -- Florida St. (Top 8)
2. Karl Joseph -- West Virginia (2)
3. Keanu Neal -- Florida (2-3)
4. Vonn Bell -- Ohio State (2-3)
5. Darian Thompson -- Boise State (2-3)
6. Jeremy Cash -- Duke (3)
7. T.J. Green -- Clemson (3)
8. Justin Simmons -- Boston College (3-4)
9. K.J. Dillion -- West Virginia (4)
10. Jordan Lomax -- Iowa (4-5)

Rumours/News

*STORIES/RUMOURS WILL BE ADDED AS THE DRAFT APPROACHES*

Colts Related

  • The love is real for Ryan Kelly (Matt Miller)
  • Colts expected to implement plan to protect Luck (NWI.com)
  • The Colts have met with (in any regard) (Walter Football): 
    • Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
    • Alex Balducci, DT, Oregon
    • Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue
    • Artie Burns, CB, Miami
    • Juston Burris, CB, NC State
    • Jamie Byrd, FS, South Florida
    • Marshaun Coprich^, RB, Illinois State
    • Su'a Cravens^, OLB/S, USC
    • Joe Dahl, G/OT, Washington State
    • Sean Davis, CB/S, Maryland
    • Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama
    • Parker Ehinger, G, Cincinnati
    • DeAndre Elliott, CB, Colorado State
    • Leonard Floyd, OLB/3-4OLB, Georgia
    • Keyarris Garrett, WR, Tulsa
    • Antonio Glover, SS, Georgia Southern
    • B.J. Goodson, ILB, Clemson
    • Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech
    • T.J. Green, S, Clemson
    • Darrell Greene, G, San Diego State
    • Darion Griswold, TE, Arkansas State
    • Joel Heath, DT, Michigan State
    • DeAndre Houston-Carson, FS, William & Mary
    • Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
    • Jordan Jenkins, OLB/3-4OLB, Georgia
    • Deion Jones^, OLB, LSU
    • Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
    • Bronson Kaufusi, DE/3-4DE, Brigham Young
    • Deon King, OLB, Norfolk State
    • Daniel Lasco, RB, California
    • Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska
    • Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern
    • Greg Milhouse Jr., DT, Campbell
    • Yannick Ngakoue, OLB/DE/3-4OLB, Maryland
    • Rees Odhiambo, G, Boise State
    • Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
    • Zeth Ramsay, OT, Mesa State
    • Eric Rawls, CB, Kentucky State
    • Luke Rhodes, ILB, William & Mary
    • Mike Rose, DE, NC State
    • Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina
    • Noah Spence, DE/3-4OLB, Eastern Kentucky
    • Joel Stave, QB, Wisconsin
    • Joe Thuney, G, NC State
    • Cole Toner, OT, Harvard
    • Aaron Wallace, OLB, UCLA

NFL Related

  • Ravens are eyeing a pass rusher at the 6th spot (ESPN)
  • Browns are looking to trade down in the 1st Round to possibly select Connor Cook (Alex Marvez)
  • Giants believe that Myles Jack's knee is "OK" (MMQB)
  • Ezekiel Elliott says Bears love him most (CBS Chicago)
  • Christian Hackenberg is surging up boards and is being considered for the #19 pick (Ryan Talbot via Peter King)
  • No failed drug tests at the combine (Schefter)
  • Titans trying to move up from the 15 spot (Fox Sports)

Draft Day Updates

  • Ezekiel Elliott to Cowboys is gaining steam (David Moore)
  • Cowboys and Browns could trade back in to the 1st (Schefter on TV)
  • Buckner and Jack in play at 7 to the 49ers (Holtzmann on TV)
  • Browns "mulling" about Laquon Treadwell (Rotoworld)
  • Myles Jack expected to go in the 12-17 area (Schefter and McShay)

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