1. Los Angeles Rams – Carson Wentz (QB/North Dakota State)
In case you missed it, the Rams and Titans made a blockbuster trade this morning. Los Angeles had to make this trade. There was no way the Rams could come to Los Angeles with their current quarterback situation if they expected to sell tickets. Now they have a franchise cornerstone in Wentz.
2. Cleveland Browns – Jared Goff (QB/California)
Cleveland is one of the losers of the fallout from this trade, but Goff is a pretty good consolation package if they decide not to trade down. The Browns may have signed Robert Griffin III, but he is merely a stop-gap until they feel their quarterback is ready.
3. San Diego Chargers – Laremy Tunsil (OT/Ole Miss)
Addressing the offensive line is a priority for San Diego in this draft, especially as Philip Rivers enters the twilight years of his career. Luckily for them, Tunsil, the top tackle of this draft, may fall to them now that the Titans are removed from the top pick. Jalen Ramsey is an option here as well.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Jalen Ramsey (FS/Florida State)
Until the trade, Ramsey was given serious consideration as the top overall pick. He has the skillset to be an elite-level player in the NFL at cornerback as well, but safety is more of a natural fit. Joey Bosa is in play here as well.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Joey Bosa (DE/Ohio State)
The Jaguars drafted Dante Fowler last season, but you can never have enough pass rushers in the NFL. Bosa would be another cog for Jacksonville’s plans to retool their defense on the front seven.
6. Baltimore Ravens – DeForest Buckner (DE/Oregon)
Baltimore is a little thin at defensive end, especially after the team released Chris Canty. Buckner not only addresses a need for the Ravens, but he is one of the best available players at this slot.
7. San Francisco 49ers – Myles Jack (OLB/UCLA)
In all likelihood, San Francisco is trading down now that Wentz and Goff are off the board. If they do stand pat, however, they need to target the best player on the board, which is Jack. Plus, Corey Lemonier is in the final year of his contract and Ahmad Brooks will be a free agent after the 2017 season.
8. Philadelphia Eagles – Ezekiel Elliott (RB/Ohio State)
Unable to secure a quarterback, Philadelphia will look to go after the next best player on their board. Elliott has been tied to the team for a few weeks now, especially now that DeMarco Murray has been traded,
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves (CB/Florida)
Alterraun Verner regressed significantly last season and Johnthan Banks was just marginally better. A local product, Hargreaves has a high ceiling at the next level.
10. New York Giants – Leonard Floyd (OLB/Georgia)
New York spent a lot of money to replenish their defensive line this offseason, but linebacker is still a liability. Ronnie Stanley is an option here as well.
11. Chicago Bears – Ronnie Stanley (OT/Notre Dame)
Kyle Long is an All-Pro guard, but he struggled at tackle last season. Drafting Stanley allows the Bears to move Long back on the inside, upgrading two positions with this pick.
12. New Orleans Saints – A’Shawn Robinson (DE/Alabama)
The Saints defense overall is a mess, so expect them to take the top defender available. Their defensive line brought no pressure last season and Kevin Williams is still being relied on at age 36 to be an every down man.
13. Miami Dolphins – Mackensie Alexander (CB/Clemson)
The Dolphins acquired Byron Maxwell this offseason, but he is terrible and to make matters worse, they had to release Brent Grimes to clear some roster space. Expect Miami to address the secondary in the early rounds.
14. Oakland Raiders – Jarran Reed (DT/Alabama)
The Raiders has made some moves to upgrade the back seven of their defense, but the line still needs to be addressed, especially in the wake of Mario Edwards’ potentially career-ending injury.
15. Tennessee Titans – Jack Conklin (OT/Michigan State)
Taylor Lewan has shown some potential as the team’s left tackle of the future, and the Titans seem confident enough in him to trade away the top pick in the draft, but the right side is still a mess. Marcus Mariota was one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league last season, something the Titans need to address to protect the face of the franchise.
16. Detroit Lions – Laquon Treadwell (WR/Ole Miss)
With Calvin Johnson gone, the Lions need to find a new weapon for Matt Stafford. Treadwell is very young, but has drawn comparisons to Terrell Owens due to his physical play.
17. Atlanta Falcons – Emmanuel Ogbah (DE/Oregon State)
Despite drafting Vic Beasley last season, Atlanta was still among the worst at getting to the quarterback. If they want to unseat Cam Newton, they need to bring more of a push up front.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Decker (OT/Ohio State)
Five different quarterbacks saw playing time with the Colts last season. Aside from Anthony Castonzo, everyone on Indianapolis’ offensive line is replaceable. Decker would be a solid option at right tackle for now and could even take over the blind side in a few years.
19. Buffalo Bills – Kevin Dodd (DE/Clemson)
The Bills defensive line regressed under Rex Ryan and as a fallout, Mario Williams was released. With the roster changed made, Buffalo is now a bit thin at the position, so expect an early pick to be used on Williams’ replacement.
20. New York Jets – Paxton Lynch (QB/Memphis)
With Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets still far apart on a deal, New York may turn to the draft to find the starting quarterback for this season. Reggie Ragland could be an option here as well as a left tackle if the Jets aren’t satisfied with Ryan Clady’s health.
21. Washington Redskins – Sheldon Rankins (DT/Louisville)
Terrance Knighton left for New England, so Washington will need to find a long-term replacement. Cornerback could be an option here too.
22. Houston Texans – William Fuller (WR/Notre Dame)
Houston acquired Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller this offseason, taking away two of their biggest needs. The next step is finding another weapon to line up across from DeAndre Hopkins.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Darron Lee (OLB/Ohio State)
With Chad Greenway unlikely returning, the Vikings need to find his replacement. Laquon Treadwell is an option here too if he is available.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Corey Coleman (WR/Baylor)
After losing Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones, the Bengals are thin at wide receiver, with the obvious exception to A.J. Green. The Bengals need to restock on offense in the draft.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – William Jackson (CB/Houston)
Pittsburgh has neglected the cornerback position for quite some time, but that trend should end this year, expecially with William Gay turning 31.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Shaq Lawson (DE/Clemson)
Bruce Irvin and Brandon Mebane both left Seattle this offseason, leaving a hole in the pass rush. The Legion of Boom is successful much in part to the team’s ability to get to the quarterback, so expect them to retool the line.
27. Green Bay Packers – Reggie Ragland (ILB/Alabama)
Another move that can upgrade two positions in one. Clay Matthews had to play inside last season due to the team’s lack of talent. Matthews is most effective on the outside where he can get to the quarterback and drafting Ragland will allow this to happen.
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Jonathan Bullard (DE/Florida)
With Justin Houston sidelined 6-12 months, the Chiefs need to find another way to get to the quarterback. Even whe Houston returns, Bullard adds another wrinkle to a tremendous pass rushing unit in Kansas City.
29. Arizona Cardinals – Keanu Neal (S/Florida)
Recent reports show that the Cardinals have their eyes on Neal in the first round, which makes sense after acquiring Evan Mathis and Chandler Jones, taking away the need to address the offensive or defensive line.
30. Carolina Panthers – Eli Apple (CB/Ohio State)
Jason Spriggs is an option here too given the team’s need to upgrade the offensive line. Josh Norman is talented, but isn’t under team control and Charles Tillman is a bit long in the tooth. Youth in the secondary is needed.
31. Denver Broncos – Robert Nkemdiche (DE/Ole Miss)
Malik Jackson signed with Jacksonville, so the Broncos need to find his replacement. Nkemdiche is a top 10 talent who has fallen due to recent off-field issues.