1. Cleveland Browns (0-8) – Josh Rosen (QB/UCLA)
Poor Cleveland, they can’t even handle a trade deadline correctly. Committing to getting A.J. McCarron from their interstate rivals, however, shows that they really aren’t committed to DeShone Kizer at quarterback. Don’t be surprised if a team sours on a quarterback a year after taking one in the second round, the Panthers a few years ago, taking Cam Newton first overall a year after picking Jimmy Clausen in the second round.
2. San Francisco 49ers (0-8) – Saquon Barkley (RB/Penn State)
San Francisco acquired Jimmy Garoppolo last night, but now he has to live up to the hype and the 49ers need to re-sign him (or use the franchise tag). Assuming they do, they can go after another need in this draft, specifically running back with Carlos Hyde slated to hit free agency.
3. New York Giants (1-6) – Mike McGlinchey (OT/Notre Dame)
Ereck Flowers has played better lately, but he still isn’t the solution at left tackle. I have had Trey Adams here even after his injury and declaration mainly because what someone says in October doesn’t always remain true in January, but it seems that people are taking his statement seriously.
4. Indianapolis Colts (2-6) – Arden Key (DE/LSU)
Indianapolis has so many holes on their roster, they basically need to target the best player available. With Key, they can obtain an edge rusher to get to Marcus Mariota and Deshaun Watson.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-5) – Connor Williams (OT/Texas)
Much like Ereck Flowers in New York, Donovan Smith isn’t the answer to Tampa Bay’s blindside woes. The Buccaneers need to find someone to protect Jameis Winston, especially with him being due for a pay raise soon.
6. New York Jets (3-5) – Lamar Jackson (QB/Louisville)
Josh McCown hasn’t been bad as the Jets quarterback, but he was never brought in to be the long-term solution. With the Jets stumbling back into the top 10, they can now land one of the best quarterbacks available.
7. Oakland Raiders (3-5) – Bradley Chubb (DE/N.C. State)
Khalil Mack is a monster, but Oakland isn’t getting much of a pass rush from anyone else. Here’s another guy to get to the quarterback.
8. Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) – Da’Ron Payne (DT/Alabama)
Brandon Mebane and Darius Philon both enter the final year of their contract in 2018. Given that both players have struggled this year, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Los Angeles look to improve the position this offseason.
9. Chicago Bears (3-5) – Calvin Ridley (WR/Alabama)
Kevin White can’t stay on the field and the rest of the Bears receivers are castaways from other NFL rosters. Chicago will focus on getting Mitchell Trubisky a weapon to throw to.
10. Arizona Cardinals (3-4) – Minkah Fitzpatrick (CB/Alabama)
Justin Bethel has struggled this season and he is not under contract in 2018. Instead of re-signing him, Arizona could simply look to replace him, especially if the top cornerback in the draft falls to him
11. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) – Derwin James (S/Florida State)
George Iloka has been solid this season, but Shawn Williams could be upgraded. Offensive line help is needed too, but there is nobody worth selecting 11th overall.
12. Denver Broncos (3-4) – Hayden Hurst (TE/South Carolina)
Given that Paxton Lynch hasn’t had much of an opportunity in live action, I doubt Denver takes a signal caller early. Instead, they can upgrade at another weak position on offense – tight end.
13. Cleveland Browns (0-8) – James Washington (WR/Oklahoma State)
Cleveland took their new franchise quarterback with their first pick. Now they will get him a weapon, unless of course they trade down like they always do when they have two first round picks. Corey Coleman has shown flashes, but he can’t stay healthy and Kenny Britt just doesn’t care.
14. Washington Redskins (3-4) – Ken Webster (CB/Ole Miss)
Bashaud Breeland is struggling again. Josh Norman is talented and can cover the opposing team’s No. 1 receivers, but they need more help in the secondary.
15. Detroit Lions (3-4) – Sam Hubbard (DE/Ohio State)
Ezekiel Ansah is in the final year of his contract and though Detroit will likely franchise tag him rather than letting him walk away in free agency, the Lions still need to add more to their pass rush.
16. Baltimore Ravens (4-4) – Christian Kirk (WR/Texas A&M)
Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace are no longer starting-caliber wide receivers and Breshad Perriman has been a bust of a draft pick. The Ravens have holes all over their offense and need to take the best player available.
17. Dallas Cowboys (4-3) – Orlando Brown (OT/Oklahoma)
La’el Collins hasn’t performed well at right tackle, so Dallas could look at a change there while kicking Collins back inside. Believe it or not, the Cowboys have some holes on their offensive line.
18. Miami Dolphins (4-3) – Kevin Toliver (CB/LSU)
Miami released Byron Maxwell, but they are still struggling as a whole in their secondary. Their offense is taking a lot of blame for the Dolphins struggles, only Oakland has intercepted less passes.
19. Atlanta Falcons (4-3) – Dorance Armstrong (DE/Kansas)
Atlanta is struggling again to consistently get to the quarterback with Vic Beasley only mustering three sacks just a year after register a league-high 15.5.
20. Green Bay Packers (4-3) – Tavarus McFadden (CB/Florida State)
The secondary continues to be the weak link of Green Bay’s defense. They used their top pick on Kevin King last April, but he has been struggling, especially after the catch. Davon House is a free agent in March while Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins enter their contract years in 2018.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-3) – Josh Allen (QB/Wyoming)
The Jaguars have a legitimately talented team, but they struggle at the league’s most important position. After being tied to Eli Manning around the trade deadline, they land their guy in the draft.
22. Carolina Panthers (5-3) – Austin Bryant (DE/Clemson)
Julius Peppers has been effective, but he is 37 and in the twilight of his career. Not to mention, he only signed a one-year deal last spring.
23. Los Angeles Rams (5-2) – Vita Vea (DT/Washington)
The Rams haven’t been great against the run this year and a lot of it has to do with the poor play of rookie Tanzel Smart at the nose.
24. Buffalo Bills (5-2) – Roquan Smith (LB/Georgia)
One glaring weakness on defense in Buffalo is middle linebacker, where Preston Brown is still struggling and is slated to hit free agency in March.
25. Tennessee Titans (4-3) – Carlton Davis (CB/Auburn)
The secondary is still a weak link to the defense. Adoree’ Jackson was drafted and is covering the outside, but he may be better suited in the slot.
26. Seattle Seahawks (5-2) – Quenton Nelson (G/Notre Dame)
Seattle significantly improved their offensive line when they traded for Duane Brown. Now they can improve their interior offensive line with Nelson.
27. New Orleans Saints (5-2) – Mason Rudolph (QB/Oklahoma State)
Drew Brees is in his contract year, but even if he is retained, he is turning 39 in January so it would be smart for New Orleans to search for his heir.
28. New England Patriots (6-2) – Martinas Rankin (OT/Mississippi State)
Nate Solder is struggling in 2017 and with him entering free agency in March, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Bill Belichick moved on.
29. Minnesota Vikings (6-2) – Harold Landry (DE/Boston College)
Minnesota doesn’t have many needs, so they can target the best player available. Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter are a fearsome combo on the edge, but you can never have enough pass rushers in the NFL.
30. Buffalo Bills (5-2) – Trenton Thompson (DT/Georgia)
Buffalo traded away Marcell Dareus, who clashed with the new coaching regime. Now, the starting defensive tackles include a 34-year-old Kyle Williams and Adolphus Washington, who has not lived up to expectations in his career so far. The Bills need a long-term answer.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) – Mark Andrews (TE/Oklahoma)
Defensive end is still an option here, but Jesse James hasn’t done much with his ample opportunities while Vance McDonald is better served as a blocking tight end.
32. Philadelphia Eagles (7-1) – Equanimeous St. Brown (WR/Notre Dame)
Now that they shored up their issues at running back, Philadelphia can shift their draft focus back to finding a replacement for Alshon Jeffery if he leaves in free agency.