Draft order is based on current standings.
1. New York Jets (0-1) – Sam Darnold (QB/USC)
The Jets lost the battle for first place in the AFC East and again remain the owners of the No. 1 pick in the draft. New York is desperate for a franchise signal caller and there’s a good chance they can find one in a draft class loaded with talent at the position.
2. Cleveland Browns (0-1) – Trey Adams (OT/Washington)
Joe Thomas is still playing at an incredibly high level, but he turns 33 in December, so it’s hard to see him remain with the team long-term. Shon Coleman played well at right tackle last week, but Adams could take over that side until the team moves Thomas or he retires.
3. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) – Mike McGlinchey (OT/Notre Dame)
The entire offensive line in Cincinnati was horrific and contributed to Andy Dalton’s poor outing. Letting Andrew Whitworth walk in free agency was a mistake. Rebuilding the offensive line is a priority.
4. Washington Redskins (0-1) – Josh Rosen (QB/UCLA)
Kirk Cousins still doesn’t have a deal and I am not convinced that he will still be on the team next season. If he is gone, Washington will focus on acquiring one of the top signal callers of this class.
5. Los Angeles Chargers (0-1) – Minkah Fitzpatrick (CB/Alabama)
Both Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett are in the final year of their contracts in 2018. It’s going to be hard to retain both, so they may try to draft an heir instead.
6. Cleveland Browns (0-1) – Arden Key (DE/LSU)
Yes, Cleveland took Myles Garrett with the top pick in last year’s draft, but there’s no such thing as having too many pass rushers in today’s NFL and adding Key goes with the Browns plan of building through the trenches. Cleveland could also trade this pick as they tend to do that when they have multiple first rounders.
7. New York Giants (0-1) – Connor Williams (OT/Texas)
There are few constants in the NFL and Ereck Flowers being awful is one of them. New York needs a new blindside protector badly, but Jerry Reese is probably going to screw this up and reach on some ultra-athletic player.
8. San Francisco 49ers (0-1) – Calvin Ridley (WR/Alabama)
Quarterback is an obvious need, but all signs seem to be pointing at Kirk Cousins landing in the Bay Area. Now, they need to get him a playmaker to throw to.
9. Chicago Bears (0-1) – Derwin James (S/Florida State)
Quintin Demps was signed this offseason, but at age 32, his best days are behind him. James is a force to be reckoned with on defense (and could even earn Heisman consideration) and it’s hard to see him falling out of the top 10.
10. New Orleans Saints (0-1) – Adonis Alexander (CB/Virginia Tech)
New Orleans took Marshon Lattimore with their top pick last year, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them double-dip at the position given how poor their secondary is. Drew Brees doesn’t have much time left in the NFL and the Saints are already struggling to win shootouts with him.
11. Arizona Cardinals (0-1) – Josh Allen (QB/Wyoming)
Carson Palmer is turning 38 and if he struggles again like he did last year, Arizona is going to seek a new signal caller.
12. Tennessee Titans (0-1) – Sam Hubbard (DE/Ohio State)
Secondary help is needed, but it’ll be hard to ignore Hubbard if he is available for the Titans.
13. Seattle Seahawks (0-1) – Mitch Hyatt (OT/Clemson)
Much like Cincinnati, the Seahawks offensive line is a wreck. Seattle needs to do something about this otherwise Russell Wilson will be running for his life next year.
14. New England Patriots (0-1) – Saquon Barkley (RB/Penn State)
The rich get richer. New England has four guys at running back at the moment, but none of those guys are the lead horse. Barkley is a top 10 talent falls to an ideal situation because of bigger needs from the teams picking earlier in this draft.
15. Indianapolis Colts (0-1) – Derrius Guice (RB/LSU)
Indianapolis was completely walloped by the Rams and the beatings will continue until Andrew Luck can return and make the games respectable. Frank Gore is old and adding someone who can run the ball and take pressure off of Luck would be helpful.
16. Miami Dolphins (0-0) – Malik Jefferson (LB/Texas)
Linebacker has been a sore spot in Miami so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Dolphins add someone early. Lawrence Timmons was signed this offseason, but he is 31 and struggled the last two seasons.
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Quenton Nelson (G/Notre Dame)
A left tackle would be ideal, but left guard is also due for an upgrade. Nelson can pass block and run block well, but needs to improve when he is pulled and can get called for the occasional penalty.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Orlando Brown (OT/Oklahoma)
Riley Reiff wasn’t bad in his Vikings debut, but Mike Remmers continues to struggle. I can’t see Remmers as a long-term answer.
19. Carolina Panthers – Tavarus McFadden (CB/Florida State)
James Bradberry and Daryl Worley aren’t a bad duo of starting cornerbacks, but it’s still a position that can be upgraded.
20. Buffalo Bills (1-0) – Lamar Jackson (QB/Louisville)
The Bills new regime seems really unsold on Tyrod Taylor and there’s a good chance he is gone after the season. I am still not sold on Jackson’s prospects as an NFL quarterback, but his video-game like numbers are going to make a lot of teams salivate.
21. Detroit Lions (1-0) – James Washington (WR/Oklahoma State)
Matt Stafford got a big new contract, now Detroit can focus on building around him. T.J. Jones was retained on a one-year deal, but he is replaceable.
22. Los Angeles Rams (1-0) – Christian Kirk (WR/Texas A&M)
Sammy Watkins is only under contract for this year and there isn’t much behind him after rookie Cooper Kupp. If Watkins can’t be retained, the Rams may look to bring in more weapons for Jared Goff.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) – Tariq Cole (OT/Rutgers)
Given the Jaguars offensive line woes, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them spend another early round draft pick on a tackle. Jermey Parnell has no more guaranteed money on his deal after this season, so Jacksonville could look for a youth movement.
24. Buffalo Bills (1-0) – Da’Ron Payne (DT/Alabama)
Kyle Williams is still a solid player, but he is 34, so the Bills may seek for a younger player to rotate with Williams.
25. Baltimore Ravens (1-0) – Maea Teuhema (G/LSU)
James Hurt was terrible at tackle and now he may be even worse at guard. Baltimore needs to get rid of him.
26. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) – Bo Scarbrough (RB/Alabama)
The Eagles have a messy running back situation. Darren Sproles is in his final NFL season and LeGarrette Blount had struggled so far in Philadelphia. A workhorse is needed for Carson Wentz.
27. Atlanta Falcons (1-0) – Vita Vea (DT/Washington)
Dontari Poe was added, but on just a one-year pact. Here’s a contingency plan in case he goes elsewhere next offseason.
28. Denver Broncos (1-0) – Jaire Alexander (CB/Louisville)
Bradley Roby had a rough 2016 and his struggles have seemed to carry over into this year. If he doesn’t return to form, Denver could look for a new third cornerback.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) – Quenton Meeks (CB/Oklahoma)
Pittsburgh signed Joe Haden, but he’s not the player he once was. The Steelers still need help in the secondary.
30. Dallas Cowboys (1-0) – Courtland Sutton (WR/SMU)
With Dez Bryant’s recent plague of injuries, Dallas needs another reliable receiver on offense.
31. Oakland Raiders (1-0) – Tyquan Lewis (DE/Ohio State)
Oakland still needs to bolster the trenches. Adding an edge rusher can hopefully take some pressure off of Khalil Mack too.
32. Green Bay Packers (1-0) – Kevin Toliver (CB/LSU)
Kevin King was drafted last April, but given how bad their secondary was last year, don’t be surprised if the Packers double-dip.