1. Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff (QB/California)
I have said Carson Wentz would be the pick for a while now, but from what I am hearing, Goff will be the pick for the Rams. With the Rams moving from St. Louis, it is time for them to move from from Nick Foles as well, who was disappointing last year.
2. Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz (QB/North Dakota State)
With a new head coach and general manager in Philadelphia, it’s only logical that they’re pursuing a new quarterback as well. Sam Bradford isn’t taking this news lightly, as he is looking to be traded out, but given his inflated salary, it’s hard to see the Eagles getting much in return for him.
3. San Diego Chargers – DeForest Buckner (DE/Oregon)
The Chargers have been the hardest team to read in free agency. Buckner, Jalen Ramsey and Laremy Tunsil are all viable options if San Diego doesn’t trade down. Mat McWhorter picked Buckner in a group mock we created a few days ago, and he is an ideal fit in a 3-4 system.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa (DE/Ohio State)
Jalen Ramsey is reportedly the top player on the Cowboys board, but it’s hard to see them taking Ramsey given how thin they are at defensive end. Greg Hardy was too much of a headache to retain and DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory are both suspended for the beginning of the year.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack (OLB/UCLA)
The Jaguars are a team I could see moving down, especially with Jalen Ramsey available. Tashaun Gipson recently signed a five year deal with Jacksonville and the Jaguars are reportedly interested in focusing on the front seven early. If they stay though and Bosa is gone, Jack would be the likely option here. There are concerns about his knee, thought it is disputed, so it really comes down to his medicals.
6. Baltimore Ravens – Laremy Tunsil (OT/Ole Miss)
Once considered the first overall pick of the draft, Tunsil falls to the Ravens based on the needs of the teams ahead. James Hurst was a liability last season and Baltimore would probably like to get out of Eugene Monroe’s contract, given his injury history.
7. San Francisco 49ers – Jalen Ramsey (CB/Florida State)
The 49ers used their 2013 first rounder on Eric Reid, so Ramsey would likely go to the team as a cornerback at least for the first year. San Francisco is another candidate to move down, however, as the top players available here don’t necessarily fit their needs.
8. Cleveland Browns – Ronnie Stanley (OT/Notre Dame)
Joe Thomas has been the best left tackle for football pretty much since the moment he was drafted, but he turns 32 in December and the Browns has reportedly been shopping him already. Stanley would give the Browns the luxury of having a replacement for when they do decide to deal Thomas.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves (CB/Florida)
There are reports out there that Hargreaves will drop due to his size, but I don’t see that as a big factor for Tampa Bay, who is needy at cornerback. Alterraun Verner was burned all last year and Johnthan Banks was just marginally better.
10. New York Giants – Ezekiel Elliott (RB/Ohio State)
The Giants are one of the harder teams to peg. Leonard Floyd is an option here, but Jerry Reese seems to hate linebackers and I can’t see the Giants using a top 10 pick on a right tackle. At this point of the draft, Elliott is the best player available and fills a need in New York.
11. Chicago Bears – Shaq Lawson (DE/Clemson)
I have had Ronnie Stanley here for a while, but Stanley is no longer available and the Bears are reportedly focusing on defense for this draft. Lawson’s 4.68 40-yard dash time will translate well in the NFL.
12. New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Rankins (DT/Louisville)
The Saints signed Nick Fairley, but they still need someone to place next to him. New Orleans’ defense was one of the worst in football last year, especially in the front seven where they failed to penetrate or stop the run.
13. Miami Dolphins – Eli Apple (CB/Ohio State)
Apple is a good fit for the Dolphins scheme and the position is now a need following their bonehead trade for Byron Maxwell, which forced them to release Brent Grimes.
14. Oakland Raiders – William Jackson (CB/Houston)
David Amerson has been a success in Oakland, but D.J. Hayden continues to play poorly. I think this is a reach for Jackson, but the Raiders will be stuck between a rock and a hard place with Shaq Lawson gone.
15. Tennessee Titans – Jack Conklin (OT/Michigan State)
The Titans have their left tackle in Taylor Lewan, but they need someone on the right side to help protect Marcus Mariota. Conklin has the versatility to play inside as well.
16. Detroit Lions – Jarran Reed (DT/Alabama)
The teeth of the Lions defense were kicked in last year when Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley left as free agents. I have had Laquon Treadwell as the pick here for a while, but it seems that Detroit is prioritizing the defensive line early in this draft.
17. Atlanta Falcons – Darron Lee (OLB/Ohio State)
The Falcons would prefer a pass rusher here, but Darron Lee isn’t a bad consolation for them. Lee also gives them a long-term replacement for Sean Weatherspoon.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Decker (OT/Ohio State)
Much like their divisional rivals in Tennessee, the Colts have a huge hole at right tackle. Protecting Andrew Luck needs to the Indianapolis’ focus in this draft.
19. Buffalo Bills – Reggie Ragland (ILB/Alabama)
Defensive end is still in play here, but I think Buffalo goes for the best available player in Ragland, who is a natural leader.
20. New York Jets – Paxton Lynch (QB/Memphis)
Ultimately, I think a team trades up to take Lynch, but if he falls, I can’t see him going past the quarterback-needy Jets, especially if the team can’t strike a deal with Ryan Fitzpatrick by Thursday.
21. Washington Redskins – A’Shawn Robinson (DE/Alabama)
I am torn here because I can see Robinson falling after reports of him having extremely poor interviews. It also wouldn’t surprise me to see Washignton reach on Vernon Butler, but I think they would rather go with a more pro-ready player. Washington needs to replaced the recently-departed Terrance Knighton.
22. Houston Texans – William Fuller (WR/Notre Dame)
Houston made two big moves in free agency, acquiring Lamar Miller and Brock Osweiler. Now, they need to give Osweiler another receiver to line up across from DeAndre Hopkins.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Laquon Treadwell (WR/Ole Miss)
Treadwell’s poor 40 time could make him drop further, but I have to imagine Minnesota loves his size, youth and ferociousness on jump balls. Teddy Bridgewater gets another weapon.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Josh Doctson (WR/TCU)
The Bengals lost their depth at wideout this spring when Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones bolted for bigger contracts. They still have A.J. Green, but Andy Dalton will need another target across from Green.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Karl Joseph (SS/West Virginia)
I have had the Steelers taking cornerback for some time and while Mackensie Alexander is the better overall prospect, there is a lot of hype surrounding Pittsburgh taking Joseph. A major issue for Joseph, however, is a knee injury that could sideline him as the beginning of the season.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Robert Nkemdiche (DE/Ole Miss)
The Seahawks get a steal here with a top five talent who falls due to character issues. Peter Carroll has been known to take on reclamation projects in the past and with a need for a defensive end present, this makes sense for Seattle.
27. Green Bay Packers – Vernon Butler (DT/Louisiana Tech)
B.J. Raji retired this offseason, but it seemed like the Packers were ready to move on from him regardless. Butler is a bit of an unfinished product, but Green Bay has the supporting cast and personnel to help him develop.
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Mackensie Alexander (CB/Clemson)
The Chiefs used a first round pick on Marcus Peters last year, but they may double-dip at the position now that Sean Smith left for Oakland. Wide receiver is in play here as well as the team needs someone else besides Jeremy Maclin.
29. Arizona Cardinals – Ryan Kelly (C/Alabama)
I have had Keanu Neal mocked here for a while and the Cardinals are interested in the free safety, but I think Kelly is a better overall prospect. A.Q. Shipley is the current starting center in Arizona, but he is nothing more than a stop-gap.
30. Carolina Panthers – Xavien Howard (CB/Baylor)
A bit of a panic selection, but Carolina is in desperate need of secondary help in the wake of Josh Norman’s departure. Tackle, wide receiver and even defensive end could be options here as well.
31. Denver Broncos – Andrew Billings (DT/Baylor)
I wouldn’t rule out Connor Cook here, but I’d like to think John Elway knows better than to reach on him. The defensive line is in need of help after Malik Jackson signed with the Jaguars. Billings is a pretty good value pick here.