1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence (QB/Clemson)
Unlike the Jets, Jacksonville did everything in their power to secure the No. 1 pick in the draft and the ability to select the most exciting quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck. Jacksonville is going to be an attractive destination for the next head coach and general manager as the team will be able to select Lawrence, have more than $100 million in salary cap space and 11 total draft picks, including two picks each in the first two rounds.
2. New York Jets – Justin Fields (QB/Ohio State)
The Jets lost out on Lawrence, but luckily it is a draft class deep in signal callers. Fields was almost leapfrogged by Zach Wilson until his explosive showing against Clemson.
3. Miami Dolphins – Penei Sewell (OT/Oregon)
Wide receiver has been the sexy pick here, but Miami is armed with two first-rounders and this class has good depth at wide receiver. The Dolphins took Austin Jackson in the opening frame last season, but he’s not the prospect Sewell is.
4. Atlanta Falcons – Kwity Paye (DE/Michigan)
Quarterback is definitely in play as Matt Ryan turns 36, but I want to see how the offseason goes before pulling the trigger on a signal-caller here. They generated just 29 sacks and nobody on the team even had five sacks on the year.
5. Cincinnati Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase (WR/LSU)
With A.J. Green getting long in the tooth, the Bengals move forward with Chase, the 2019 Biletnikoff-winning receiver who sat out last year to prepare for the draft. If Miami passes on Sewell, he is likely the selection here.
6. Philadelphia Eagles – Micah Parsons (LB/Penn State)
Parsons sat out the 2020 season, but it shouldn’t affect his draft stock as he is an athletic freak who can play any linebacker position. Wide receiver is a need in Phiadelphia, but it’s hard to imagine they don’t take a blue chip local prospect.
7. Detroit Lions – Devonta Smith (WR/Alabama)
Quarterback is in play here if the team decides to move on from Matthew Stafford, but no matter who the signal caller is, a receiver is needed, especially if Kenny Golladay isn’t re-signed. Smith is in serious contention to be the top receiver selected.
8. Carolina Panthers – Kyle Pitts (TE/Florida)
Ian Thomas didn’t develop as well as expected and he is entering the final year of his deal. Enter Pitts, who has been a monster for Florida this season and would provide an excellent safety valve for Teddy Bridgewater. He’s a matchup nightmare as a receiver and have improved as a blocker since coming to Gainsville, Fla.
9. Denver Broncos – Patrick Surtain II (CB/Alabama)
If Denver does add a quarterback, I think they would go the veteran route and with Garrett Bolles signing a contract extension, I don’t think they go for an offensive tackle. Instead, Denver will do one of two things: trade down or add a cornerback. Bryce Callahan was great this season before going down late with an injury, but the team has little depth behind him and A.J. Bouye is in the final year of his contract.
10. Dallas Cowboys – Jaycee Horn (CB/South Carolina)
Dallas needs help all across a defense that allowed 29.6 points per game, especially in the secondary where it seems like everyone had a bad season. At 6-foot-1, Horn is a bigger cornerback and has drawn some comparisons to Richard Sherman.
11. New York Giants – Gregory Rousseau (EDGE/Miami FL)
New York has a number of routes they can go here, so they’re hard to project, but I think Rousseau makes sense based on who’s available. Rousseau sat out this season, but he logged 15.5 sacks in 2019 as a redshirt freshman.
12. San Francisco 49ers – Zach Wilson (QB/BYU)
Jimmy Garoppolo hasn’t quite lived up to expectations and the team may look to move on from him in the offseason. Wilson is an intriguing prospect who could go as high as second overall, but comes with character concerns that may scare off some teams.
13. Los Angeles Chargers – Rashawn Slater (OT/Northwestwern)
The Chargers has a lot of issues across the offensive line, so I expect them to address it early in the draft. Slater is another player who sat out 2020, but he is exceptionally athletic for a tackle and can play across the line. He doesn’t have the ideal arm length for a left tackle, so he may be a right tackle long term.
14. Minnesota Vikings – Wyatt Davis (G/Ohio State)
Dakota Dozier is a free agent and while Ezra Cleveland performed well at guard, I believe the team is looking to slide him to right tackle eventually. Davis is a gifted run blocker, but he stands to improve as a pass protector.
15. New England Patriots – Jaylen Waddle (WR/Alabama)
New England desperately needs weapons on offense. Julian Edelman looked done this year and N’Keal Harry hasn’t lived up to his draft status. Don’t rule out a quarterback here either, but I think despite a poor 2020, Cam Newton will return.
16. Arizona Cardinals – Trey Smith (G/Tennessee)
Cornerback is definitely in play here too, but the Cardinals are an offensive-centric team who needs to bolster their offensive line.
17. Las Vegas Raiders – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB/Notre Dame)
Las Vegas needs help on all levels of their defense, so I would expect them to address that in the opening frame. Owusu-Koramoah skyrocketed up draft boards after winning the Butkus Award. He declared for the draft earlier this week.
18. Miami Dolphins – Rondale Moore (WR/Purdue)
Miami would’ve preferred Jaylen Waddle, but Moore definitely provides another much-needed weapon for Tua Tagovailoa.
19. Washington Football Team – Trey Lance (QB/North Dakota State)
Washington released Dwayne Haskins and Alex Smith’s return has been admirable, but he’s turning 37 so the team needs to find their long-term solution. Lance was phenomenal in 2019 as he threw for 28 touchdowns and no interceptions, but North Dakota State canceled the season one game into the 2020 campaign.
20. Chicago Bears – Kyle Trask (QB/Florida)
Nick Foles bombed in Chicago while Mitchell Trubisky has been serviceable albeit unspectacular in his contract year. The Bears may open 2021 with Foles as their starting quarterback before handing the keys over to whoever they draft.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jevon Holland (S/Oregon)
Seemingly overnight, Jacksonville went from having one of the best defenses in the league to one of the worst. Their secondary may have been hit harder than any other position as they completely gutted the roster. Armed with two first-rounders, they have the flexibility to address both sides of the ball and land Holland, who has great athleticism and can do it all, but is also a bit of a jack of all trades, master of none.
22. Indianapolis Colts – Caleb Farley (CB/Virginia Tech)
Xavier Rhodes revitalized his career with Indianapolis, but he only signed a one-year deal and the Colts are otherwise thin in the secondary, so even if they do re-sign him, they need more help.
23. Cleveland Browns – Chris Olave (WR/Ohio State)
Odell Beckham Jr. may have played his last snap in Cleveland. The only reliable receiver on the roster right now is Jarvis Landry, so the Browns should look to provide more weapons for Baker Mayfield.
24. Tennessee Titans – Patrick Jones II (EDGE/Pittsburgh)
Tennessee has absolutely nothing to offer in the pass rush department. Vic Beasley was released midway through the year and Jadeveon Clowney registered zero sacks before being placed on injured reserve. Jones is the speed rusher the Titans desperately need.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Christian Barmore (DT/Alabama)
The Bucs could look to trade up (or even go for Mac Jones here), but if they stand pat, defensive tackle could be addressed. Ndamukong Suh’s contract expires this spring while William Gholston enters the final year of his deal in 2021.
26. Baltimore Ravens – Azeez Ojulari (EDGE/Georgia)
Baltimore traded for Yannick Ngakoue, but he’s playing the year out on his franchise tag, so Baltimore will be looking for a new pass rusher if they can’t retain him,
27. New York Jets – Travis Etienne (RB/Clemson)
New York added their franchise quarterback with their top pick, now they bolster the offense with a rushing attack. Etienne has drawn comparison to Alvin Kamara.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Paulson Adebo (CB/Stanford)
Joe Haden turns 32 in April and enters the final year of his deal. Pittsburgh may look to draft someone to function as an understudy before taking on a full-time role in 2022.
29. New Orleans Saints – Mac Jones (QB/Alabama)
It’s absolutely nuts that six quarterbacks could go in the opening frame, but this is a pretty good quarterback class and a lot of teams need a signal caller. New Orleans has some serious cap issues this spring and it’s looking very unlikely that there is a scenario in which they can financially afford to keep Drew Brees if he does not retire.
30. Buffalo Bills – Samuel Cosmi (OT/Texas)
Guard is a bigger need, but Cosmi is versatile enough to play guard for a year before being kicked to right tackle. Josh Allen improved by leaps and bounds in 2020, not they need to focus on protecting him.
31. Green Bay Packers – Terrace Marshall Jr. (WR/LSU)
This likely won’t happen because Green Bay doesn’t believe in drafting offensive skill position players in the opening frame, but a No. 2 receiver has been a thing of need in Green Bay for quite some time. Marshall opted out of the 2020 season, but is still projected to be a late first rounder.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Shaun Wade (CB/Ohio State)
I have seen a lot of wide receiver to the Chiefs, but I just don’t see it. Kansas City has invested so much in offense, now they need to focus on the other side of the ball. Both Bashaud Breeland and Chavarius Ward are at the end of their contract.