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1. Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow - Quarterback - LSU
Burrow to the Bengals is a no-brainer pick as he’s one of the best quarterbacks to come out in the past decade, grew up in Cincinnati and the Bengals desperately need to turn around their franchise.
2. Washington Redskins
Chase Young - Defensive End - Ohio State
The Redskins shouldn’t overthink this and take one of the best defensive players in the past few drafts. Young is an athletic freak with great technique and production. He should be a 10+ sack guy right away and impact any franchise for many years.
3. Miami Dolphins (from Detroit Lions)
Tua Tagovailoa - Quarterback - Alabama
Trade: Dolphins 5th Overall Pick + 2020 2nd Round Pick + 2020 4th Round Pick for Lions 3rd Overall Pick
The Dolphins get their quarterback, even if it costs them a few picks to trade up. Tua, if healthy, is arguably the best quarterback in this year’s class and someone who can help turn around a franchise. This should be a no-brainer pick for the Dolphins, who desperately need a quarterback.
4. New York Giants
Tristan Wirfs - Offensive Tackle - Iowa
The Giants drafted Daniel Jones early last year, and now they need to find players to protect him. Look no further than Tristan Wirfs, the athletic freak with great technique and form. He should be a stud from Day 1 and fit in well with the Giants.
5. Detroit Lions (from Miami Dolphins)
Isaiah Simmons - Linebacker - Clemson
The Lions haven’t had a playmaking front 7 player since Ndamukong Suh, and Simmons can be the impactful defensive star that they’ve needed for years. Their defense is not very strong and linebacker is arguably their biggest need. If you add in the extra draft picks, this is a huge score for the Lions.
Justin Herbert - Quarterback - Oregon
Chargers need a quarterback with Phil Rivers gone and while Tyrod Taylor can suffice in the short-term, they need a long term answer and Herbert could be it. Herbert has all the tools to be a very good quarterback and the Chargers are in position to sit and develop him to start the season. This makes a lot of sense for everyone involved.
7. Carolina Panthers
Derrick Brown - Interior Defensive Lineman - Auburn
This look says it all... the Panthers are taking Brown.
8. Arizona Cardinals
CeeDee Lamb - Wide Receiver - Oklahoma
CeeDee Lamb blew everyone away at the combine, but if you watch his tape, you’ll see why he’s WR1 for many analysts. He has it all: size, speed, athleticism, hands and body control. The Cardinals might have something special in Kyler Murray, so if they don’t give him weapons to work with, he might never reach his full potential. Lamb is their WR1 from day 1.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jeff Okudah - Cornerback - Ohio State
The Jaguars are blowing things up and with last week’s trade of AJ Bouye, they don’t have a strong secondary. Jeff Okudah is the best cornerback in this year’s draft, is great value at #9 and would immediately upgrade the Jaguars’ biggest need.
10. Cleveland Browns
Mekhi Becton - Offensive Tackle - Louisville
Becton is a behemoth of a man, but his combine performance showed he has very good athleticism. The Browns have all the pieces at the skill positions, but they have a weak offensive line. If they were to ever reach their full potential as a unit, they’ll need an offensive line and it starts with Becton, who can play right away at right tackle.
11. Atlanta Falcons (from New York Jets)
K’Lavon Chaisson - Defensive End - LSU
Trade: Falcons 16th Overall Pick + 2020 2nd Round for Jets 11th Overall Pick
The Falcons aren’t shy to trade up in the draft and I see them doing that this year. Chaisson is the best pass rusher in this class after Chase Young and would be an immediate upgrade over any of the current Falcons players. It’ll cost them, but this is worth it.
12. Oakland Raiders
Jordan Love - Quarterback - Utah State
Jon Gruden is always looking to upgrade his quarterback spot, which is why he’s gone through so many quarterbacks in his years with the Bucs (Johnson, Garcia, Simms, Griese, Gradkowski, etc). Love might not be able to start on Day 1, but his potential is much higher than that of Derek Carr’s. It’s clearly Gruden isn’t in love with Carr, so this just seems like a Raiders pick.
13. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts)
Jedrick Willis - Offensive Tackle - Alabama
Trade: Dolphins 18th Overall Pick + 2020 2nd Round (56th Overall) for 13th Overall Pick
The Dolphins took Tua at 3, so why not another trade up for one of the top offensive tackles to help protect him. It’s also perfect since he’ll be getting his college teammate, Jedrick Willis. Willis is a model of consistency and should have a long NFL career protecting his teammate.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Andrew Thomas - Offensive Tackle - Georgia
Andrew Thomas won’t get the same hype of the three offensive tackles above him, but he’s just as good in many ways and very worthy of a top 15 pick. The Buccaneers need a right tackle and Thomas would fit in perfectly (and he wouldn’t have to travel to far from Georgia).
15. Denver Broncos
Henry Ruggs - Wide Receiver - Alabama
If the Broncos are all-in on Drew Lock, they’ll need to give him more weapons. Their offensive line is promising, they have good running backs and Courtland Sutton had a great sophomore season, but they need another high end receiver and Ruggs is one of the best receivers in this class and offers something the Broncos don’t have: speed.
16. New York Jets (from Atlanta Falcons)
Jerry Jeudy - Wide Receiver - Alabama
The Jets have done a decent job of getting Sam Darnold some help, starting with the additions of Le’veon Bell and Jamison Crowder, but it’s clear he still needs more help. Jerry Jeudy is the best route runner in this year’s class and should develop into a very good #1 receiver for Sam Darnold for many years to come.
17. Dallas Cowboys
CJ Henderson - Cornerback - Florida
The Cowboys will have a very hard time retaining Byron Jones with Prescott and Cooper needing new contracts. So with Jones probably on the way out, Henderson would be a great addition for the Cowboys and someone who can potentially replace Jones early on.
18. Indianapolis Colts (from Miami Dolphins)
Javon Kinlaw - Interior Defensive Lineman - South Carolina
The Colts trading back for a non-sexy pick is what is most likely going to happen. The Colts need some help inside along the defensive line and Kinlaw is an explosive player who can create a lot of pressure up the middle. He would be a great player to pair with Denico Autry. The Colts need more help
19. Seattle Seahawks (from Oakland Raiders)
Grant Delpit - Safety - LSU
Trade: Seahawks’ 27th Overall + 2020 2nd Round Pick + 2020 5th Round Pick for 19th Overall Pick
The Seahawks have done a very good job rebuilding their offense and now need to turn things to their defense, which has been less-than-stellar in the last few years and has been a big reason why they haven’t been able to make a deep run. Grant Delpit gives them a very versatile and skilled player in their secondary and depending on what they do with Clowney, a stud on all three levels of the defense.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars
Xavier McKinney - Safety - Alabama
Pick #2 for the Jaguars’ defensive rebuild... McKinney would be a great addition to the Jaguars secondary next to Alabama alum Ronnie Harrison. The additions of McKinney and Okudah should make the Jaguars a top 10 defense again.
21. Philadelphia Eagles
Kristian Fulton - Cornerback - LSU
Offensively, the Eagles are in good shape and they have a strong defensive line, so that essentially narrows it down to linebacker and secondary. The Eagles have had issues in their secondary the last few years, so this pick is not only good value but it fills a big need. Fulton played an aggressive style at LSU, which fits in well with Jim Schwartz’s defensive scheme.
22. New Orleans Saints (from Buffalo Bills)
Jeff Gladney - Cornerback - TCU
Trade: Saints trade 24th Overall + 2020 3rd Round Pick for 22nd Overall Pick
Gladney, a solid zone defender, will fit in very nicely in the Saints defense. Eli Apple is the current #2 cornerback, but he is a free agent and there is a strong chance that he is not retained by the team, which means that they’ll need to find a new #2 guy. Gladney fits in well in the system and can start right away for the Saints.
23. New England Patriots
AJ Epenesa - Defensive End - Iowa
You either love or hate Epenesa, and something tells me the Patriots will love a player like him. He’s long, he’s productive and he fits a big need. This pick just makes a lot of sense for the Patriots right now.
24. Buffalo Bills (from New Orleans Saints)
Jalen Reagor - Wide Receiver - TCU
The Bills can go in many different directions, but with an above average offensive line and a strong running game, it’s not bad to go with a talented receiver in Jalen Reagor, who tore up the combine. John Brown is not a true #1 receiver, so getting more help for Josh Allen needs to be a top priority this offseason.
25. Minnesota Vikings
Neville Gallimore - Interior Defensive Lineman - Oklahoma
Gallimore had a fantastic combine and is one of the best interior defensive linemen in this year’s draft. The Vikings could use an explosive player inside their defensive line, and the right guy could turn that defense into one of the 3 best in the NFL. Gallimore has Zimmer written all over him.
26. Miami Dolphins
Patrick Queen - Linebacker - LSU
The Dolphins addressed their offensive issues with their first two picks and with their last first round pick, they’ll address their biggest defensive issue which happens to be linebacker. They have very good pieces in the secondary, have some good pieces along the line, but they lack a leader in the middle of their defense. Queen, who was all over the field for the Tigers, helps solve that.
27. Oakland Raiders (from Seattle Seahawks)
Trevon Diggs - Cornerback - Alabama
The Raiders could use help in their secondary, as they play against the Chiefs twice a year and will need to beat them in order to win a division title. Fixing their secondary should be a priority and Diggs offers them another very good Alabama defensive back who can play good, steady football.
28. Los Angeles Chargers (from Baltimore Ravens)
Josh Jones - Offensive Tackle - Houston
Trade: Chargers’ 37th Overall Pick + 2020 3rd Round Pick for 28th Overall Pick
The Chargers sold their interior offensive line issues, but still have major issues at offensive tackle that need to be addressed. If they want to protect their quarterbacks, they’ll need offensive tackles so I expect them to trade up into the 1st to take one.
29. Tennessee Titans
JK Dobbins - Running Back - Ohio State
The Titans will have a hard time paying Derrick Henry, especially since they have to pay Jack Conklin and Ryan Tannehill, two players that are harder to replace. Despite the fact that Henry is a top 8 NFL running back, he plays a position that’s easier to replace. This is where Dobbins comes into play, as he’s arguably the top running back in this year’s class and can be a 3 down running back from day 1 for the Titans.
30. Green Bay Packers
Justin Jefferson - Wide Receiver - LSU
It became clear last year that Aaron Rodgers needs more help. Davante Adams is the only legitimate receiver for the Packers, so he needs a complimentary receiver. Jefferson filled that role perfectly at LSU and has all the tools and skills to be a star with the Packers and Aaron Rodgers. He is one of my favourite players in this year’s draft.
31. San Francisco 49ers
Cameron Dantzler - Cornerback - Mississippi State
This is a bit of a reach, but Dantzler fits the 49ers zone coverage backfield perfectly. Dantzler is a very good zone player and has nice ball skills. With Sherman’s future being a question, and the 49ers secondary being exposed in the Super Bowl, this is a good place to start in their march back towards the Super Bowl.
32. Kansas City Chiefs
Ross Blacklock - Interior Defensive Linemen - TCU
Chris Jones’ future is a question mark, but even with Jones, their front 7 is questionable at best. Blacklock is a good interior defensive linemen who can start right away for the Chiefs and potentially replace Jones.