1. Los Angeles Rams – Carson Wentz (QB/North Dakota State)
Los Angeles knows who they’re taking, but they haven’t made it know yet. Other mock drafts are torn between Wentz and Jared Goff, but I see Wentz as the more likely option. Both had a private workout with the Rams, but Wentz also had a private visit, the only quarterback to meet with the Rams more than once.
2. Philadelphia Eagles – Jared Goff (QB/California)
The Eagles made a blockbuster trade today, moving up six spots to draft their quarterback of the future. Some outlets have floated the possibility of Ezekiel Elliott being taken here, but let’s not be ridiculous. The Eagles have a new head coach and general manager, which calls for a new quarterback.
3. San Diego Chargers – Laremy Tunsil (OT/Ole Miss)
The Chargers are also shopping their draft pick. If they do trade down, this would be the first draft since 1997 where all teams picking in the top three trade down. Standing pat, however, would mean that San Diego needs to address their offensive line. Philip Rivers is at the tail-end of his career and if the Chargers want to win a championship with him, it means they will need to find a way to protect him.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa (DE/Ohio State)
Jalen Ramsey is the better overall prospect, but Dallas may be forced to opt for Bosa. The team has moved on from Greg Hardy and Randy Gregory was suspended last month, but now the team anticipates a DeMarcus Lawerence suspension as well, leaving the team incredibly thin at defensive end.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack (OLB/UCLA)
The Jaguars signed Tashaun Gipson, so Jalen Ramsey is out unless they eye him to play cornerback instead. Jacksonville has made several key signing on defense this offseason, but failed to make any upgrades at linebacker. Rumors circulated last week that his knee makes him a “time bomb” but it appears that was an overblown report.
6. Baltimore Ravens – DeForest Buckner (DE/Oregon)
Jalen Ramsey is out of play here as well since the Ravens signed Eric Weddle this offseason. Baltimore never properly replaced Haloti Ngata after trading him to Detroit last year. What better way to do so now than by drafting another former Duck? Laremy Tunsil could be an option here also if he falls.
7. San Francisco 49ers – Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)
San Francisco could possibly trade down with Wentz and Goff both gone at this point. If they stand pat, however, they will likely look to bring someone in at outside linebacker, where Cody Lemonier is in his contract year followed by Ahmad Brooks in 2017.
8. Cleveland Browns – Jalen Ramsey (FS/Florida State)
Cleveland lucks out with getting a top three talent despite trading down. The Browns lost Tashaun Gipson to the Jaguars this offseason and signed Rahim Moore as a replacement, but he is only here for a year. Ramsey could play cornerback for a year before he becomes a full time free safety.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves (CB/Florida)
Rumors are circulating that a “top SEC corner” failed a drug test at the combine with all signs pointing to Hargreaves, so he may drop, but he is a top-flight player who definitely fills a need in Tampa Bay. Alterraun Verner struggled last year and Johnthan Banks was only slightly better. Brent Grimes was signed, but he will turn 33 this summer.
10. New York Giants – Ezekiel Elliott (RB/Ohio State)
The Giants have quite a few options at running back, but none of them are really suited to be the bell cow. Adding a solid running back could alleviate pressure in the passing game.
11. Chicago Bears – Ronnie Stanley (OT/Notre Dame)
There’s reports that Stanley may drop due to his passion for the game, but I don’t buy too much stock into it. The Bears have several options here, but I think finding a left tackle is paramount. The move would allow Kyle Long to slide back inside to guard, where he is a better fit.
12. New Orleans Saints – Jarran Reed (DT/Alabama)
The Saints signed Nick Fairley, but the team could use another interior lineman, especially with Kevin Williams gone. I had A’Shawn Robinson in previous mocks, and I think Sheldon Richardson is a better option at defensive tackle, but the Saints haven’t worked out either player, while Reed has received a private workout.
13. Miami Dolphins – Eli Apple (CB/Ohio State)
The Dolphins acquired Byron Maxwell, but he struggled last year and trading for him forced the team to cut Brent Grimes. Miami could pursue a defensive end as well if they feel that Mario Williams is just a stop-gap.
14. Oakland Raiders – A’Shawn Robinson (DE/Alabama)
With Mario Edwards’ career in jeopardy, Oakland will need to spend an early pick in the draft on a defensive lineman. Including Edwards, the Raiders only have three defensive ends on their roster.
15. Tennessee Titans – Jack Conklin (OT/Michigan State)
Tennessee could trade up, but Conklin has reportedly been the favorite if they stand pat. Taylor Lewan has played well, but the Titans need a right tackle to help protect Marcus Mariota, who was sacked 38 times in 12 games.
16. Detroit Lions – Laquon Treadwell (WR/Ole Miss)
Calvin Johnson has retired, so the Lions will need to find a new target for Matt Stafford. Treadwell’s speed is a bit concerning but he is a big-bodied receiver who can fight for jump balls in coverage.
17. Atlanta Falcons – Shaq Lawson (DE/Clemson)
The Falcons drafted Vic Beasley last season, but the pass rush still struggled. Another pass rusher will help make a difference and it doesn’t hurt that Lawson is a former teammate of Beasley.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Decker (OT/Ohio State)
Protecting Andrew Luck is the Colts biggest need this offseason. They can’t expect to contend if their star player in’t on the football field. Anthony Castonzo is a solid tackle, but they need someone to play on the right side.
19. Buffalo Bills – Emmanuel Ogbah (DE/Oklahoma State)
Play at defensive end regressed under the first year of the Rex Ryan regime. Mario Williams was released and now the team is razor thin at the position. Multiple draft picks may be used at defensive end.
20. New York Jets – Paxton Lynch (QB/Memphis)
Lynch could be taken sooner if a team moves up, but I doubt he falls further than here. The Jets still haven’t re-signed Ryan Fitzpatrick, so unless they do before the draft, finding a new signal caller will be in play.
21. Washington Redskins – Reggie Ragland (ILB/Alabama)
The Redskins have a few options here and I have mocked several different players to them, but I think this pick is used on a defensive player no matter what. Aside from outside linebacker, there are holes all across Washington’s defense and Ragland is the top defensive option available.
22. Houston Texans – William Fuller (WR/Notre Dame)
The Texans addressed two of their biggest needs in free agency by signing Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller. Now, they can focus on adding another receiver across from DeAndre Hopkins. Doing so could give a lot of breakout potential to a young Texans team.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Darron Lee (OLB/Ohio State)
Chad Greenway has returned to Minnesota, but said this will be his last season. Lee can start as a reserve player before replacing Greenway.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Corey Coleman (WR/Baylor)
Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu gone, the Bengals are going to need to find someone else to play across from A.J. Green. Josh Doctson is in play here as well.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – William Jackson (CB/Houston)
The Steelers haven’t selected a defensive back in the first round since 2003, but that should change soon. William Gay is their top cornerback, but at age 31, an injection of youth is needed across from him.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Ryan Kelly (C/Alabama)
The Seahawks offensive line struggled last season after the team traded Max Unger to New Orleans. Defensive end is an option here as well.
27. Green Bay Packers – Johnathan Bullard (DE/Florida)
With Julius Peppers now 36 years old, Green Bay needs to find a young edge rusher to ultimately replace him. Reggie Ragland could be an option if he falls here.
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Josh Doctson (WR/TCU)
Kansas City has their downfield threat in Jeremy Maclin, but they need someone who can catch passes across the middle.
29. Arizona Cardinals – Keanu Neal (FS/Florida)
The Cardinals have been linked to Neal, which makes sense given the poor play of their safeties in the NFC Championship Game.
30. Carolina Panthers – Mackensie Alexander (CB/Clemson)
Even more shocking than the Eagles moving up is the Panthers rescinding their franchise tag on Josh Norman, making him an unrestricted free agent. Losing Norman makes the 33-year-old, oft-injured Charles Tillman the team’s top corner. Even before losing Norman, this was a position of need.
31. Denver Broncos – Robert Nkemdiche (DE/Ole Miss)
The replacement for Malik Jackson, Nkemdiche was a top five talent who has dropped due to off-field issues.