1. Tennessee Titans – Laremy Tunsil (OT/Ole Miss)
I’m not fully convinced Tennessee enters the draft with this selection. Given their variety of needs and the fact that several teams are looking for help at quarterback, the Titans may be better off trading down. If they do stand pat, however, this pick almost has to be Tunsil. Marcus Mariota, their first round draft pick last season, was pulverized to the point that he couldn’t even close out the season. Taylor Lewan has shown flashes, but for most of his career he has been inconsistent. This move would put Lewan on the right side, allowing the Titans to upgrade two positions.
2. Cleveland Browns – Carson Wentz (QB/North Dakota State)
Can an FCS quarterback really go No. 2? Wentz blew everybody away at the combine and the Browns have reportedly been extremely impressed. With Johnny Manziel off the team and likely out of the league, Cleveland will be looking again for their next franchise signal caller.
3. San Diego Chargers – Jalen Ramsey (FS/Florida State)
If this happens, it will be the first time a defensive back has gone in the top three since Shawn Springs in 1997. Eric Weddle is leaving San Diego, so the need to fulfill the position is obvious. Ramsey has long been regarded as one of the best players and followed up with a solid combine.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa (DE/Ohio State)
With Randy Gregory suspended for four games and the team doing everything they can to separate themselves from Greg Hardy, Dallas is suddenly thin at defensive end. Bosa and Gregory could become the most feared edge rusher combo in the league within two years.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack (OLB/UCLA)
Ten years ago, this may have never even been considered. Jack sat out last year with a torn ACL, but that injury is no longer the death sentence it once was and Todd Gurley showed last season that it shouldn’t be a deterrent. Additionally, Jack underwent surgery before the season even began and should be ready by the beginning of the season.
6. Baltimore Ravens – Vernon Hargreaves (CB/Florida)
Ronnie Stanley is a possibility here too, but the Ravens secondary only amassed six interceptions in 2015. In a passing league, the Ravens need to find a way to plug their leaky secondary.
7. San Francisco 49ers – Jared Goff (QB/California)
When Chip Kelly was hired, it seemed like Colin Kaepernick would receive a second chance, but Kelly has seemingly balked at the notion and Kaepernick’s agents have requested to pursue a trade. The 49ers need to rebuild this roster and it all starts at quarterback.
8. Miami Dolphins – DeForest Buckner (DE/Oregon)
New defensive coordinator will likely transition the team to a 3-4 base defense. Since his currently staff isn’t a fit, we may see a few hybrid packages as he acquires the players he need for the transition. Buckner would fit in this scenario. A tall, lanky lineman, he is ideal as a 3-4 end. Ezekiel Elliott has been a sexy pick here too given his impressive combine, but running backs aren’t the premium position they used to be.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – William Jackson (CB/Houston)
Tampa Bay may have the worst secondary in the NFL. Alterraun Verner tanked last year and Johnthan Banks is better served in the nickel. With none of Verner’s salary guaranteed, the team may release him.
10. New York Giants – A’Shawn Robinson (DE/Alabama)
The Giants have a ton of cap space, so this pick is bound to change. Last season, the Giants struggled defensively, especially late in games. Jason Pierre-Paul and Robert Ayers are both free agents so addressing the defensive end position will be a priority.
11. Chicago Bears – Ronnie Stalney (OT/Notre Dame)
Kyle Long is an All-Pro guard, but he struggled last season when the team moved him to tackle. It’s clear that the Bears need a blindside protector and Stanley can fall here with teams at the top of the draft having different priorities. The move will also allow Long to move back inside.
12. New Orleans Saints – Emmanuel Ogbah (DE/Oklahoma State)
The Saints were forced to cut Junior Gallette last season and were never able to replace him. New Orleans struggled defensively again and will need to find a way to get to the quarterback this offseason.
13. Philadelphia Eagles – Jarran Reed (DT/Alabama)
The Eagles are reverting back to a 4-3 defensive scheme, so they will need to bring in an interior lineman. Sam Bradford was re-signed, so quarterback may be out of play.
14. Oakland Raiders – Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)
Aldon Smith was brought in last year to form a fearsome combo alongside Khalil Mack, but Smith has been suspended indefinitely, leaving the Raiders stuck finding a new edge rusher.
15. Los Angeles Rams – Paxton Lynch (QB/Memphis)
Los Angeles lucks out and lands their new signal caller. Nick Foles was horrendous last season and the Rams really can’t head to Los Angeles with him if they expect to make an impact.
16. Detroit Lions – Laquon Treadwell (WR/Ole Miss)
Treadwell’s stock took a hit after a so-so combine, but Detroit is in need of a wideout with Calvin Johnson’s impending retirement. Defensive tackle may be an option too as the team never addressed the loss of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.
17. Atlanta Falcons – Shaq Lawson (DE/Clemson)
The Falcons drafted fellow Clemson pass rusher Vic Beasley last year, but they still finished last in the league in sacks. Denver was able to knock Cam Newton off of his game due much in part to his pass rushers, and Atlanta may follow suit in order to knock off their divisional opponents.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Decker (OT/Ohio State)
Franchise quarterback Andrew Luck missed most of last year after his offensive line failed to protect him. Indianapolis can’t let that happen again. Decker is a tremendous value at this spot and can play at left or right tackle.
19. Buffalo Bills – Kevin Dodd (DE/Clemson)
Mario Williams was released and Buffalo’s defensive line struggled in Rex Ryan’s first season. When Ryan took over the Jets, he focused on the defensive line in multiple drafts, so don’t be surprised to see him follow suit in Buffalo.
20. New York Jets – Darron Lee (OLB/Ohio State)
Quinton Coples was released mid-season after a disappointing three-plus seasons. A late bloomer, Lee was initially a safety before bulking up to linebacker.
21. Washington Redskins – Sheldon Rankins (DT/Louisville)
When new general manager Scot McCloughan took over for the 49ers, he worked extensively on the defensive line, signing Isaac Sopaoga, Justin Smith and drafting Kentwan Balmer in the first round. History is bound to repeat itself and McCloughan may use another top pick to address the defensive line.
22. Houston Texans – Ezekiel Elliott (RB/Ohio State)
Elliott has a solid combine and his stock could rise, but with the running back position devalued in today’s NFL, many teams may address a different position. Even Houston may opt for Connor Cook instead. Drafting Elliott, however, would spell the end of Arian Foster’s time with the Texans.
23. Minnesota Vikings – William Fuller (WR/Notre Dame)
Stefon Diggs emerged as the team’s slot receiver, but Minnesota has been inconsistent with their outside threats. Fuller’s stock is high after the combine and he could even sneak ahead of Treadwell as the first wideout taken.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Corey Coleman (WR/Baylor)
A burner, Coleman would fit well alongside A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert. Cincinnati needs to find a replacement for Mohamed Sanu, who is reportedly seeking a sizable contract.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mackensie Alexander (CB/Clemson)
The Steelers secondary was depleted with roster moves last offseason. Pittsburgh made a few acquisitions to try to address the issue, but none of them really panned out. This time around, Pittsburgh will look to get it right.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Jack Conklin (OT/Michigan State)
Russell Okung is a free agent and the Seahawks offensive line struggled with him off the field. Ideally, Seattle would like to bring back their former first round pick, but if Okung goes elsewhere, a new blindside protector for Russell Wilson will be their top priority.
27. Green Bay Packers – Reggie Ragland (ILB/Alabama)
Clay Matthews has been stuck playing out of position all season due to Green Bay’s lack of talent at inside linebacker. Ragland would be taken earlier if inside linebacker was more of a premium position.
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Robert Nkemdiche (DE/Ole Miss)
Andy Reid has taken a chance on players with character issues before (Terrell Owens, Michael Vick), and he also likes to stockpile on the defensive line so Nkemdiche makes sense here. Mike DeVito and Jaye Howard are impending free agents, which make this a position of need as well.
29. Arizona Cardinals – Jonathan Bullard (DE/Florida)
Arizona was so desperate for help at defensive end that the brought in Dwight Freeney last season. Their defense is a strength for this team, but they have always been lacking in the pass rush.
30. Carolina Panthers – Josh Doctson (WR/TCU)
After Kelvin Benjamin went down in the preseason with a torn ACL, Carolina brought our a pedestrian group of wideouts and were somehow still one of the league’s best offenses. Doctson would be a more reliable option and could make their offense even more dynamic with Benjamin returning.
31. Denver Broncos – Sheldon Day (DE/Notre Dame)
Denver re-signed Derek Wolfe, but Malik Jackson will likely be wearing a new jersey next year. The defending champs have quite a few question marks heading into 2016, but the priority should lie in making sure the defense is as strong as ever.