1. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa (DE/Ohio State)
This season obviously didn’t go the way 49ers fans expected it to, but it puts them in a prime spot to get the top talent in the draft for a team that began the 2018 season as potential playoff contenders before injuries took their toll. Now, they can land the best edge rusher in the draft or they can trade down with one of the quarterback-needy teams and stockpile picks.
2. Oakland Raiders – Justin Herbert (QB/Oregon)
It’s looking like Derek Carr’s days in Oakland are numbered and Jon Gruden will find his guy. With three first round picks, they’re in prime position to land theur new franchise quarterback while still addressing other needs.
3. Arizona Cardinals – Quinnen Williams (DT/Alabama)
Arizona’s hapless run defense is in need of an upgrade. Williams is also excellent at applying pressure from the interior.
4. New York Giants – Clelin Ferrell (DE/Clemson)
New York won too many games and are now missing out on both Bosa and Herbert. Given Olivier Vernon’s lack of production this season, he could become a cap casualty, but even if he stays, the Giants needs to bring in more guys who can get to the quarterback.
5. New York Jets – Greg Little (OT/Ole Miss)
New York needs to build around Sam Darnold, including finding a blindside protector. Wide receiver could be in play here as well.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars – Will Grier (QB/West Virginia)
Jacksonville benched Blake Bortles and it is probably the end of his time in Duval County. This is too early for Grier, but quarterbacks always get drafted higher than their actual value due to the sheer importance of the position.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Greedy Williams (CB/LSU)
Issues in the secondary have plagued Tampa Bay all season. Vernon Hargreaves has been out for the season and may not have his fifth-year option picked up while Brent Grimes is 35 and there really isn’t much talent in the unit overall.
8. Detroit Lions – Josh Allen (OLB/Kentucky)
The Lions have no pass rushers outside of Ziggy Ansah, and he is set to hit free agency.
9. Buffalo Bills – Ed Oliver (DT/Houston)
Buffalo signed Star Lotulelei last spring and he has been terrible in his first season in Buffalo while Kyle Williams is in the back nine of his career. Oliver is a very talented player who was at one point in the conversation for the No. 1 pick in the draft.
10. Atlanta Falcons – Rashan Gary (DE/Michigan)
Vic Beasley has significantly regressed since leading the NFL in sacks in 2016 while Takkarist McKinley hasn’t lived up to his first round billing.
11. Cleveland Browns – N’Keal Harry (WR/Arizona State)
Baker Mayfield needs weapons as the current crop of Browns receivers stuggle with consistency and drops.
12. Green Bay Packers – Deionte Thompson (S/Alabama)
Green Bay traded Haha Clinton-Dix to Washington at the deadline and will now need to replace him.
13. Miami Dolphins – Derrick Brown (DT/Auburn)
Miami released Ndamukong Suh last summer and haven’t had the chance to replace him. This draft is loaded with talent at defensive tackle and one of the top guys, like Brown, could fall to the Dolphins.
14. Philadelphia Eagles – DeAndre Baker (CB/Georgia)
Injuries have made the Eagles razor-thin at cornerback, but they have had a lack of talent and it’s caused a lot of problems for them in 2018.
15. Tennessee Titans – Montez Sweat (DE/Mississippi State)
The secondary could be addressed here if some of the talent at the position falls to them, but an edge rusher is needed with both Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan slated to hit free agency.
16. Cincinnati Bengals – Jonah Williams (OT/Alabama)
Cincinnati added Cordy Glenn and Billy Price last spring, but they still need to keep building along the offensive line. Both Bobby Hart and Jake Fisher are headed for free agency.
17. Denver Broncos – Devin White (LB/LSU)
With Denver making a surprising playoff push, they may not be looking for a quarterback like Drew Lock. Instead, they can get a new starter in the middle of their defense.
18. Indianapolis Colts – A.J. Brown (WR/Ole Miss)
T.Y. Hilton has had a solid bounce back year, but there isn’t much else behind him talent-wise. Luck has made the best of his situation and turned tight end Eric Ebron into a star, but another target would be a significant asset for them.
19. Carolina Panthers – Devin Bush (OLB/Michigan)
Shaq Thompson is entering free agency after the 2019 season and the Panthers have shown before that they are willing to find a replacement than re-signing someone if they do not deem them worthy of the price tag.
20. Seattle Seahawks – Jeffery Simmons (DT/Mississippi State)
Seattle’s once vaunted defense now has holes that the Seahawks brass needs to plug, including along the defensive line that is riddled with middling talent outside of impending free agent Frank Clark.
21. Oakland Raiders – Jachai Polite (DE/Florida)
Oakland traded away Khalil Mack before the season began and are currently starting Frostee Rucker and rookie Arden Key at defensive end, neither of who are playing well. A new edge rusher is needed in Oakland.
22. Washington Redskins – Drew Lock (QB/Missouri)
Alex Smith’s career may be over after suffering a leg injury, but even before the injury, a quarterback early in the draft was always in the cards due to Smith’s age.
23. Baltimore Ravens – Anthony Johnson (WR/Buffalo)
Baltimore may have found their running back in Gus Edwards (he may also be a flash in the pan), now they need to upgrade the middling wide receiver corps and give Lamar Jakcson more weapons on offense.
24. Los Angeles Chargers – Dexter Lawrence (DT/Clemson)
Corey Liuget may become a cap casualty and Brandon Mebane is entering free agency, potentially leaving the Chargers without both of their starting defensive tackles.
25. Minnesota Vikings – David Edwards (OT/Wisconsin)
The most significant issue in Minnesota is the offensive line that has done a terrible job protecting Kirk Cousins this season.
26. Pittsburgh Steelers – Trevon Diggs (CB/Alabama)
Former first rounder Artie Burns was benched earlier this year and Joe Haden is entering the final year of his contract. An inside linebacker is in play here as well.
27. Houston Texans – Trayvon Mullen (CB/Clemson)
Kareem Jackson has been spectacular this season, but the rest of the Texans secondary has struggled and to make matters worse, Jackson is headed to free agency.
28. Oakland Raiders – Tre Lamar (LB/Clemson)
Oakland goes after the best player available who fills a need for the Raiders porous defense.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Julian Love (CB/Notre Dame)
Kansas City’s offense operates at break-neck speeds, but unfortunately their defense keeps opposing teams in the game. The secondary has especially been a weak link. An edge rusher could be grabbed too if Dee Ford doesn’t return.
30. Los Angeles Rams – Zach Allen (DE/Boston College)
Aaron Donald continues to be awesome, but Los Angeles needs more than just him to consistently apply pressure on the quarterback.
31. New England Patriots – Dre’Mont Jones (DT/Ohio State)
Both Danny Shelton and Malcom Brown have played poorly this season and are set to hit free agency. With two hole to fill at defensive tackle, New England should take advantage of the talent at the position in this draft class.
32. Green Bay Packers – Byron Murphy (CB/Washington)
Jaire Jackson has played well as a rookie, but Green Bay may continue to look to rebuild a secondary that disappoints year in and year out.