1. Chicago Bears – Connor Cook (QB/Michigan State)
Jay Cutler is awful, Matt Forte is going to turn 30 and the Bears did not do enough to address their woes on defense. Because of this, Chicago may have the first overall pick in the draft for the first time since 1947. The Bears need to move on from Cutler, and they desperately tried to this offseason, but to no avail (Tennessee basically laughed at the Bears brass when they offered Cutler as a kicker in a deal for the No. 2 selection in last week’s draft).
Out of the three top quarterbacks in this draft, Cook is the only one without a massive question mark. There is still an entire football season to play, but for now Cook is the top QB available.
2. Cleveland Browns – Cardale Jones (QB/Ohio State)
The Browns have already abandoned ship on Johnny Manziel. Ultimately, they may be forced to stick with him again this season, but if they fail, quarterback is the obvious choice here.
There are a lot of question marks surrounding Jones. He has the talent, and basically went from third-string quarterback to National Champion overnight. He has NFL-level talent, but lacks the experience. To make matters worse, he may not even be the starting QB for the Buckeyes considering the logjam Ohio State currently has at the position.
3. San Francisco 49ers – Robert Nkemdiche (DE/Ole Miss)
Quarterback may be in play as well, but the 49ers need to go for the top available player, which is Nkemdiche. Adding him will bring another fierce pass rusher to this roster across from Aldon Smith.
4. Washington Redskins – Christian Hackenberg (QB/Penn State)
It is the make or break year for Robert Griffin III. Hackenberg regressed last year at Penn State, but in a draft weak at quarterback, he is still a first round talent.
5. New York Jets – Ronnie Stanley (OT/Notre Dame)
D’Brickashaw Ferguson turns 32 this year and after finishing last year as the 35th-ranked tackle in the NFL, he may become a cap casualty. The Jets would love to go QB here, but with all three signal callers gone, they will need to look for help elsewhere.
6. Tennessee Titans – Joey Bosa (DE/Ohio State)
Tennessee needed help all across their roster, but went offensive-heavy in the last draft. Next year, they will look to tweak their defense. A pass rusher is desperately in need on this roster, and Bosa could be a terror for Tennessee.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Laremy Tunsil (OT/Ole Miss)
The Bucs are playing Donovan Smith at left tackle this year, but his skills are better suited on the right side. Tunsil will be the team’s cornerstone at left tackle and will protect their investment in Jameis Winston.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars – Duke Williams (WR/Auburn)
With Justin Blackmon’s murky NFL future, the Jaguars will need to fine a new No. 1 wideout for Blake Bortles.
9. Carolina Panthers – Taylor Decker (OT/Ohio State)
Carolina stupidly did not draft a tackle until the fourth round. Cam Newton was battered heavily last season. The Panthers need to protect him if they want to compete in the NFC.
10.Oakland Raiders – Vernon Hargreaves (CB/Florida)
T.J. Carrie was a nice surprise for the Raiders last year, but D.J. Hayden has been oft-injured in his career. Oakland may look to move on from him, instead opting for Hargreaves, who has been a stud so far in college.
11. Arizona Cardinals – Jared Goff (QB/California)
Arizona gave a big deal to Carson Palmer last year and he was injured shortly after. Palmer will turn 36 this season, so the Cardinals will need to find someone for him to groom.
12. Buffalo Bills – Tyler Boyd (WR/Pittsburgh)
Buffalo drafted Sammy Watkins in 2014, but after this season, they only have three receivers under contract. Quarterback could be an option here as well given E.J. Manuel’s struggles.
13. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jalen Ramsey (CB/FS/Florida State)
Pittsburgh took a huge hit in their secondary this offseason. Ramsey can play either cornerback or safety.
14. New York Giants – Shilique Calhoun (DE/Michigan State)
The Giants need to upgrade their pass rush, especially with Jason Pierre-Paul’s contract situation. Calhoun is a home-grown talent, attending Middletown North High School in New Jersey.
15. Kansas City Chiefs – Spencer Drango (OT/Baylor)
Eric Fisher has been underwhelming thus far in his NFL career. The Chiefs will need to find a blindside protector and kick Fisher over to right tackle if he doesn’t improve.
16. Philadelphia Eagles – Su’a Cravens (SS/USC)
Chip Kelly needs to upgrade his secondary and has a penchant for taking PAC 12 players, could this be a match made in heaven?
17. Cincinnati Bengals – Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)
Cincinnati needed to improve their pass rush in the 2015 Draft and failed to do so. The Bengals defense took a step back last season without a pass rusher.
18. Detroit Lions – A’Shawn Robinson (DT/Alabama)
Detroit lost both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley yet somehow never found a young replacement until the fourth round of the draft. An upgrade it needed along their now toothless defensive line.
19. Houston Texans – Ezekiel Elliott (RB/Ohio State)
Arian Foster turns 30 next year and will be a free agent in 2017. Houston needs to find a new back to replace him.
20. New Orleans Saints – Kendall Fuller (CB/Virginia Tech)
Secondary concerns were a big issue in New Orleans last year. Fuller, the younger brother of Chicago’s Kyle Fuller, could be an immediate starter.
21. Minnesota Vikings – Jack Conklin (OT/Michigan State)
Though he was playing injured, Matt Kalil was among the worst left tackles in the NFL last season. Given his young age and proven track record, Minnesota gave him a second chance, but he will be on a short leash.
22. Miami Dolphins – Zack Sanchez (CB/Oklahoma)
Miami never got the chance to upgrade their secondary last May. If they struggle to defend the pass, it could be a priority this offseason.
23. Atlanta Falcons – Tony Conner (FS/Ole Miss)
Atlanta neglected to address their issues at safety in the last draft. Conner could play both free safety or nickel in the NFL.
24. Baltimore Ravens – Emmanuel Ogbah (DE/Oklahoma State)
Baltimore let Haloti Ngata walk in free agency and hasn’t found a younger replacement yet.
25. St. Louis Rams – Myles Jack (OLB/UCLA)
Don’t be surprised to see a young Rams team make some noise this season. Jack, who is similar to Shaq Thompson, would be an immediate upgrade over Jo-Lonn Dunbar.
26. San Diego Chargers – DeForest Buckner (DE/Oregon)
San Diego has addressed their pass rush in recent drafts, but top pick Melvin Ingram has struggled to stay healthy in his career.
27. Dallas Cowboys – Derrick Henry (RB/Alabama)
Dallas never took a running back in the draft and will move forward with Darren McFadden this season. His injury history may cause them to change course next year.
28. Indianapolis Colts – Shawn Oakman (DE/Baylor)
Oakman is raw and will be overdrafted next year. Indianapolis could be the team who makes that pick.
29. Denver Broncos – Scobby Wright (ILB/Arizona)
Denver curiously never addressed their need for an inside linebacker. Wright is versatile enough to also play outside, but due to his lack of athleticism, he will likely play inside in the NFL.
30. Seattle Seahawks – Max Tuerk (G/USC)
Seattle’s weak spot on this team lies along their offensive line. Tuerk is versatile enough to play guard or center.
31. Green Bay Packers – Jaylon Smith (ILB/Notre Dame)
Despite a need for an inside linebacker, Green Bay ignored this in last month’s draft. An upgrade is needed.