1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray (QB/Oklahoma)
The biggest news of the draft season has been surrounding Josh Rosen, who the Cardinals traded up to acquire in the first round last year. They’re still holding off for a trade, they’re hoping for a first round pick, but they may have overplayed their hand. Ultimately, they could select Murray and trade Rosen on draft night or on Friday. Arizona is trying to play off their interest in Murray, but it’s hard to imagine anyone besides him having his name called on draft night.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa (EDGE/Ohio State)
The 49ers are a great trade down candidate, especially if the Cardinals don’t select Murray, but if they stand pat, Bosa would be a great addition to an already talented pass rush unit. Quinnen Williams could be taken here too.
3. New York Jets – Quinnen Williams (DT/Alabama)
Many Jets fans would rather have hometown product Josh Allen, but it appears New York is smitten with Williams. NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport stated he would be surprised if Williams, the top overall player in the draft, would still be available after No. 3.
4. Oakland Raiders – Ed Oliver (DT/Houston)
NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport reported that Oakland is looking to make a surprise pick here and Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock have sequestered their scouting team. Devin White was a name mentioned, but the team is also smitten with Ed Oliver. I think the best pick to make is Josh Allen. but if Rappoport’s report is correct, he wouldn’t be the selection here.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Devin White (LB/LSU)
Off-ball linebackers typically don’t go this high, but White is one of the top overall talents in this draft class and a guy that many do not believe has reached his full potential yet. White would replace Kwon Alexander, who signed with the 49ers last month.
6. New York Giants – Daniel Jones (QB/Duke)
It pains me to put Jones here because he’s not a top-10 talent and I had Josh Allen as the pick before this morning, but reports are coming out that Jones is David Gettleman’s guy and he doesn’t think Jones will be available at 17. The Redskins seem to be tied to both Jones and Dwayne Haskins and reportedly would be willing to move up to select Jones.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jawaan Taylor (OT/Florida)
The Jaguars offensive line situation was so bad last year that Ereck Flowers played significant snaps. Taylor is the most pro-ready tackle in this draftand NBC Sports’ Peter King reportedly heard from an NFL general manager that it would be a shock if the Jaguars don’t select a tackle.
8. Detroit Lions – Josh Allen (EDGE/Kentucky)
The Lions want to trade down, but Allen being available is an absolute dream scenario. Trey Flowers was signed last month, so adding Allen could give the Lions a fearsome pass rush.
9. Buffalo Bills – Brian Burns (EDGE/Florida State)
I have had Ed Oliver as a landing spot here for the entire draft process, but it looks like he may not be available at this juncture. The Bills seems to be intent on bolstering the pass rush or the defensive line with this pick, but the top talents at the position have been selected, so Burns is a bit of a reach here, but some teams seem to value him enough to take him in the top half of the draft. D.K. Metcalf could be selected here too.
10. Denver Broncos – Drew Lock (QB/Missouri)
Devin Bush could be selected here too, but John Elway has not kept it secret that he likes Lock. Poor Joe Flacco may be stuck in a mentorship role again.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Devin Bush (LB/Michigan)
A best-case scenario for the Bengals, who land their replacement for Vontaze Burfict. Bush is one of the most talented players in this draft, but positional value may push him down. However, some teams could trade up to select Bush.
12. Green Bay Packers – T.J. Hockenson (TE/Iowa)
Defense has been the focus of the Packers free agency acquisitions, so perhaps they target offensive players with one of their two picks. Odd but random fact, the last non-quarterback offensive skill position player the Packers have taken in the first round is Javon Walker in 2002. Jimmy Graham is still around, but he’s not the same player he once was and struggled to make an impact in the end zone last season.
13. Miami Dolphins – Clelin Ferrell (EDGE/Clemson)
Miami had a pass rush problem, especially now that Cameron Wake has signed with Tennessee. I mocked Dwayne Haskins here last time, but he stock seems to be falling.
14. Atlanta Falcons – Christian Wilkins (DT/Clemson)
The Falcons are a team intent on building through the trenches and it wouldn’t shock me to see them trade up for Ed Oliver. Jonah Williams could be taken here too.
15. Washington Redskins – Dwayne Haskins (QB/Ohio State)
I think the Redskins have three potential players to select: Haskins, Jones and D.K. Metcalf. Expect them to trade up to get their signal caller as it seems they are out on the Josh Rosen sweepstakes.
16. Carolina Panthers – Jonah Williams (OT/Alabama)
Carolina has two significant needs: the offensive line and the pass rush. Cam Newton has been getting banged up too much and needs to be protected.
17. New York Giants – Rashan Gary (EDGE/Michigan)
New York missed out on taking Josh Allen, so now they have to look for help along the edge with their latter first-round pick. Gary was already a polarizing prospect before reports came out yesterday about a labrum tear tat may require surgery after the 2019 season. Once seen as a top-1o pick, it’s hard to gauge where he will land now.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Andre Dillard (OT/Washington State)
Minnesota has a colossal need for offensive line help, so this pick is really just a matter of who they will select. Andre Dillard is also an option, but, like many players in this draft, he is polarizing.
19. Tennessee Titans – Cody Ford (G/Oklahoma)
With all of the top pass rushers gone, Tennessee will revert to increasing protection for Marcus Mariota, who has yet to play a full season. Montez Sweat could also be selected here, depending on how the Titans feel about his heart condition.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Byron Murphy (CB/Washington)
Pittsburgh has a number of needs on defense, so expect them to address that side of the ball in the opening round. While personally, I prefer Greedy Williams, it appears that Murphy is being looked at as the top cornerback in this class.
21. Seattle Seahawks – Garrett Bradbury (G/C/N.C. State)
Seattle needs to upgrade the trenches, especially if they plan to be as run-heavy of a team as they were in 2018.
22. Baltimore Ravens – D.K. Metcalf (WR/Ole Miss)
Metcalf has gotten all of the attention during draft season, though his injury history is a bit of a concern for me. With Michael Crabtree and John Brown both gone, Lamar Jackson needs a weapon.
23. Houston Texans – Greg Little (OT/Ole Miss)
Houston had one of the worst tackle combos last year in Julie’n Davenport and Martinas Rankin. Given Deshaun Watson’s injury history, protecting him is crucial. Little has an attitude problem, but I think out of all tackle prospects in this class, he has the best chance to be a cornerstone left tackle and it appears teams are willing to take a chance with a late first round pick to select him.
24. Oakland Raiders – Josh Jacobs (RB/Alabama)
Jacobs played in a timeshare in Alabama last season, but scouts have been salivating over him all draft season and he should be the first running back off the board. Oakland has a need for a running back after not re-signing Marshawn Lynch.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Chris Lindstrom (G/Boston College)
The Eagles need interior offensive line help, so Lindstrom, Bradbury or Erik McCoy should be the pick here unless someone significant falls.
26. Indianapolis Colts – Greedy Williams (CB/LSU)
The Colts secondary couldn’t stop the Patrick Mahomes show in the playoffs last year. In a weak cornerback class, I think Williams has the most potential.
27. Oakland Raiders – Montez Sweat (EDGE/Mississippi State)
Oakland has three first round picks, so they can take a gamble on Sweat, a talented edge rusher who was flagged for a heart condition last week. If he pans out, it’s an absolute steal for Oakland.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – Dexter Lawrence (DT/Clemson)
The Chargers re-signed Brandon Mebane, but he is 34 and his level of play has tailed off in the past few years while Corey Liuget was released. Bolstering the defensive line is the biggest need for Los Angeles.
29. Seattle Swahawks – Jonathan Abram (S/Mississippi State)
Seattle recently acquired this pick in the Frank Clark trade. The last piece of the Legion of Boom, Earl Thomas, signed with the Ravens last month, so secondary help is needed.
30. Green Bay Packers – Erik McCoy (G/C/Texas A&M)
Green Bay got a new safety valve for Aaron Rodgers with their top pick, and with the second first round selection, they look to protect him. Offensive line woes have plagued the Packers in recent seasons.
31. Los Angeles Rams – Elgton Jenkins (C/G/Mississippi State)
Don’t be surprised if the Rams trade out of the first round. Teams have been inquiring about the pick because they value that fifth-year option. Both defensive and offensive line upgrades are needed as the Rams offensive line is getting long in the tooth and they lost Roger Saffold to Tennessee.
32. New England Patriots – Will Grier (QB/West Virginia)
A shocking selection, but New England seems to like Grier and taking him in the first ensures that they can retain him for five years. The extra year is crucial since nobody has any idea how long Tom Brady plans on playing, but he turns 42 in August and Father Time will get to him sooner rather than later.