1. Tennessee Titans – Jalen Ramsey (FS/Florida State)
The Titans seem content with trading down in this draft. During the owners meetings, they had several conversations with other teams about moving this draft pick and their needs really don’t align with the top talent available.
Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil has been heavily considered if Tennessee stands pat and the pick does make sense, but the Titans have also been very high on Ramsey, who could play cornerback or safety at the next level and will likely be the pick if the Titans are able to trade down. If he somehow does get taken with the top pick, it will be the first defensive back taken No. 1 overall since 1956.
2. Cleveland Browns – Carson Wentz (QB/North Dakota State)
Johnny Manziel has officially been released and Cleveland has flirted with a few free agent signal callers, but they’re likely going to use their second overall draft pick on a quarterback.
Wentz’s draft status was elevated with a stellar combine, allowing his to edge over Jared Goff.
3. San Diego Chargers – Laremy Tunsil (OT/Ole Miss)
The Chargers offensive line has been marred by injuries and poor play over the past few seasons. More than anything else, the Chargers need someone reliable on the offensive line and they haven’t been able to find that person this offseason.
Tunsil is a building block for this team as they look to rebuild. He may start off on the right side, but he will be the heir blindside protector for Philip Rivers and his potential replacement.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa (DE/Ohio State)
The Cowboys are distancing themselves from Greg Hardy, who has become such a toxic player that he hasn’t been able to develop a market. To make matters worse, Randy Gregory is suspended four games. Dallas has a lack of bodies at edge rushers, making this position a significant need to fill.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack (OLB/UCLA)
Jacksonville is seeking to upgrade on defense, specifically their front seven where they have already added Malik Jackson. With Jackson added, the Jaguars are unlikely to target DeForest Buckner.
Although Jack is coming off of an ACL tear, the injury is no longer the death sentence it once was, as shown by the fact that Todd Gurley went 10th overall last year. Jack should be ready by the season opener.
6. Baltimore Ravens – Vernon Hargreaves (CB/Florida)
Baltimore’s secondary was torched throughout 2015 and only mustered six interceptions. Ronnie Stanley is an option here as well.
7. San Francisco 49ers – Jared Goff (QB/California)
The last time the 49ers passed on a QB from California in the draft, they regretted it as Aaron Rodgers emerged as one of the NFL’s elite. San Francisco needs a new quarterback and it looks like Colin Kaepernick is on his way out. Goff had a terrific combine and should be a top 10 pick.
8. Philadelphia Eagles – Ezekiel Elliott (RB/Ohio State)
DeMarco Murray is gone and Doug Pederson has made it known that addressing the offense will be a priority in this draft. Philadelphia has not ruled out a quarterback, but with Goff and Wentz gone, I doubt they go there. Elliott is an explosive runner who would serve as an upgrade over Murray.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DeForest Buckner (DE/Oregon)
Fun fact: Simeon Rice is the last Buccaneer to amass 10 sacks in a season – and he accomplished that feat in 2005. Gerald McCoy is a great interior pass rusher, but the Bucs need someone to add a presence on the edge. Cornerback could be an option here as well with Alterraun Verner flaming out last season.
10. New York Giants – Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)
The Giants invested in their defensive line during free agency, but linebacker a position that needs to be upgraded. Ronnie Stanley is an option here as well, but with Jerry Reese committed to Ereck Flowers at left tackle, it may be a wasted pick.
11. Chicago Bears – Ronnie Stanley (OT/Notre Dame)
Kyle Long is an All-Pro guard, but struggled last season when he was moved to tackle. If Stanley is available here, this pick is a no-brainer, especially because it upgrade two positions with Long sliding back inside.
12. New Orleans Saints – A’Shawn Robinson (DE/Alabama)
The Saints poor secondary has been well documented, but equally bad is a defensive line that put no pressure on the quarterback and relied on Kevin Williams to play defensive tackle. The Saints will need to find a young lineman as Williams is turning 36. Robinson can play inside or outside the defensive line.
13. Miami Dolphins – William Jackson (CB/Houston)
Miami acquired Byron Maxwell this offseason, but he is pretty terrible and comes at the cost of Brent Grimes. Miami can’t see this as a long-term answer, expect them to seek another cornerback in the draft.
14. Oakland Raiders – Emmanuel Ogbah (DE/Oregon State)
Mario Edwards is the only defensive end on the roster and his career is in jeopardy following a neck injury. Oakland would benefit from having another pass rusher across from Khalil Mack on their roster.
15. Los Angeles Rams – Paxton Lynch (QB/Memphis)
The Rams haven’t signed a new quarterback and they can’t go into Los Angeles with Nick Foles, who was awful last season. Just as badly as they need to win, they also need to have that franchise player as they move to a new city as well. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Rams were players for the top pick in the draft, though it would require a significant package.
16. Detroit Lions – Laquon Treadwell (WR/Ole Miss)
Now that Calvin Johnson has retired, Detroit needs to find a new guy to catch passes from Matt Stafford. Treadwell is a physical receiver with a similar skill set to Terrell Owens, and he doesn’t turn 21 until June.
17. Atlanta Falcons – Kevin Dodd (DE/Clemson)
Atlanta’s pass rush was still a weak point last season even after drafting Vic Beasley. Perhaps adding one of his former teammates will help the team put pressure on Cam Newton and Drew Brees.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Decker (OT/Ohio State)
You have to imagine that after using five different quarterbacks last offseason, Indianapolis will focus on the offensive line in this draft. Decker would likely serve as right tackle, but has the skill set to protect the blind side if need be.
19. Buffalo Bills – Shaq Lawson (DE/Clemson)
Miami’s pass rush unit regressed under Rex Ryan’s first season, leading to Mario Williams’ release. Buffalo hasn’t made the playoffs since 1999 and unless they find a way to disrupt Tom Brady, that streak will continue.
20. New York Jets – Jack Conklin (OT/Michigan State)
The Jets need to mold a replacement for D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who is turning 33 and has experienced a decline in his level of play. While Conklin will be the long term left tackle, for the meantime, he can serve as an upgrade to Breno Giacomini.
21. Washington Redskins – Kendall Fuller (CB/Virginia Tech)
Washington released the struggling David Amerson midseason only to see him flourish in Oakland. Overall, the Redskins secondary is a mess and in desperate need of an upgrade. Fuller, whose brother plays for the Bears, would be an upgrade.
22. Houston Texans – William Fuller (WR/Notre Dame)
With Houston acquiring Lamar Miller and Brock Osweiler, running back and quarterback are no longer positions of need. Instead, the team can focus on finding another wideout to play alongside DeAndre Hopkins.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Darron Lee (OLB/Ohio State)
Chad Greenway may or may not return to the team. If Minnesota opts not to re-sign the veteran linebacker, they will need to use an early draft pick to replace him. Darron Lee is instinctive and able to rush the quarterback or drop back into coverage on passing downs.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Corey Coleman (WR/Baylor)
Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones have both left Cincinnati, leaving the Bengals thin at wideout. While A.J. Green will remain the top target, finding another receiver to the fold will help prevent defenses from double-teaming him.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mackensie Alexander (CB/Clemson)
The Steelers have neglected cornerback for quite some time, but now they need to address the position. None of their new acquisitions panned out last season and William Gay turned 31 in January.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Jonathan Bullard (DE/Florida)
With the top offensive tackles gone, Seattle can go after their next position of need – the defensive line. Bruce Irvin and Brandon Mebane both left the team this offseason, leaving a need to find a new pass rusher. Bullard’s versatility would serve as a natural replacement to Mebane.
27. Green Bay Packers – Reggie Ragland (ILB/Alabama)
Clay Matthews spent most of the season playing inside for Green Bay purely out of need. Matthews, the team’s best pass rusher, belongs on the outside so he can wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks, but this can only happen if the Packers land someone who can play inside. Ragland, who slips a bit due to the fact that he doesn’t play an elite position, is a steal here.
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Robert Nkemdiche (DE/Ole Miss)
Nkemdiche may fall into Day 2 due to his off-field issues, but if any team would take a risk on him, it’s the Chiefs, who just lost Justin Houston for 6-12 months. Nkemdiche could pick up the slack and add another ripple to the Chiefs defense when the unit is healthy.
29. Arizona Cardinals – Keanu Neal (S/Florida)
Tony Pauline is reporting that the Cardinals are targeting Neal in the first round. This makes sense given their recent acquisition of Chandlers Jones as well as the signing of Evan Mathis – addressing their top two needs. Both starting safeties for Arizona struggled tremendously in the postseason.
30. Carolina Panthers – Eli Apple (CB/Ohio State)
Wide receiver could be an option here as well, but considering how well the offense was without Kelvin Benjamin, they may ignore the position for now. Josh Norman was slapped with the franchise tag, so he is still here for another season, but beyond that isn’t guaranteed. Additionally, Charles Tillman is now 35.
31. Denver Broncos – Connor Cook (QB/Michigan State)
Denver lost both Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler this offseason and replaced them with Mark Sanchez. This obviously can’t be the long-term answer and with few options left in free agency, Denver may reach for a quarterback in the draft.
Cook’s offseason has hurt his draft status, but quarterbacks are always taken earlier than they should be, so don’t be surprised if Coook emerges at the end of Day 1.