1. Cincinnati Bengals – Tua Tagovailoa (QB/Alabama)
Cincinnati has a new head coach and if they do bottom out, Andy Dalton can be released for $17.7 million in cap relief. Tagovailoa would have definitely been in discussion for the first overall pick in 2019 had he been eligible and has been compared to Russell Wilson.
2. Las Vegas Raiders – Justin Herbert (QB/Oregon)
Another quarterback who would have been in consideration for the top pick in the 2019 draft, Herbert decided to stay in Eugene in order to play this season with his younger brother. The Raiders were reportedly considering selecting Dwayne Haskins, so unless Derek Carr has a career year, it’s hard to imagine he will still be on the team in 2020. The soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders would save $16.5 million with his release.
3. New York Giants – Trey Smith (OT/Tennessee)
The Giants addressed a number of positions in the 2019 draft, but waited until the seventh round to address the situation at right tackle, where Chad Wheeler will enter the season as the starter. This can’t continue and Nate Solder turning 32 next year, they need a long-term answer at left tackle. Smith could start off as a right tackle his rookie year before switching spots with Solder in 2021.
4. Arizona Cardinals – Derrick Brown (DT/Auburn)
Arizona declined their option on the disappointing Robert Nkemdiche, so they will be in the market to replace him. Brown may have benefitted from not declaring for the draft due to the surplus of talent at the position in the 2019 draft, he could have fallen further than his true value.
5. Detroit Lions – A.J. Epensa (EDGE/Iowa)
Detroit added Trey Flowers in free agency, but they should continue to build through the trenches. Epensa was dominant last year as a true sophomore, racking up 16.5 tackles for losses and 10.5 sacks.
6. Buffalo Bills – Jerry Jeudy (WR/Alabama)
Buffalo didn’t draft any receivers last month, so unless a trade happens, Josh Allen’s top targets are free agent acquisitions Cole Beasley and John Brown as well as Zay Jones. Allen deserves better. Jeudy has been compared to Odell Beckham Jr.
7. Tennessee Titans – Jake Fromm (QB/Georgia)
Marcus Mariota is talented, but he struggles both with consistency and durability. He has yet to play a full season and if Tennessee is picking in the top 10, selecting a quarterback will definitely be in play. There is a chance Fromm returns to school if he thinks he has a better chance being selected first overall in 2021.
8. Carolina Panthers – Trevon Diggs (CB/Alabama)
James Bradberry and Donte Jackson aren’t bad players, but I think Carolina would benefit from adding another player in the fold. Besides, you can’t have too many cornerbacks in today’s pass-heavy league. Diggs is the younger brother of Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers – Andrew Thomas (OT/Georgia)
Both Alejandro Villanueva and Ramon Foster enter the final years of their deals in 2020, which would cause the Steelers to let one of them go and draft a younger, cheaper replacement.
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Chase Young (EDGE/Ohio State)
Jason Pierre-Paul put up 12.5 sacks last season, the first Buccaneer with a double-digit sack season since Simeon Rice in 2005. That said, he enters the final year of his contract in 2020. Tampa Bay has struggled to put pressure on the quarterback for the past decade and have avoided using their top picks to address this issue, something that needs to change.
11. Seattle Seahawks – Grant Delpit (S/LSU)
The Legion of Boom is no more with Earl Thomas, the final remaining member of the group, signing with the Ravens last March. Secondary help is needed and Delpit can more than fill the void. He is an absolute playmaker with the ideal size and athleticism for the safety position.
12. Washington Redskins – Laviska Shenault (WR/Colorado)
Washington declined the disappointing Josh Doctson’s option and the Redskins as a whole are thin at receiver. Shenault is used in a variety of ways for Colorado and is an explosive player who is dangerous with the ball in his hands.
13. Denver Broncos – Isaiah Simmons (S/Clemson)
Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons is in his contract year, so here is a replacement if he isn’t retained. Isaiah Simmons shifted to linebacker for Clemson last season, but should revert to strong safety for the NFL.
14. Miami Dolphins – Walker Little (OT/Stanford)
Laremy Tunsil is a solid player for the Dolphins, but the rest of the offensive line is weak, including right tackle Zach Sterup. Little also provides Miami with some insurance in case Tunsil leave via free agency in 2021.
15. Minnesota Vikings – Mekhi Becton (OT/Louisville)
Minnesota took Garrett Bradbury with their top pick in the draft last month, but they’re not done rebuilding the offensive line. Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino compared Becton to former Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden.
16. New York Jets – C.J. Henderson (CB/Florida)
New York waited until the sixth round to address the cornerback position. Darryl Roberts could be cut for $6 million in cap relief next year, so here is a replacement to line up across Trumaine Johnson.
17. Atlanta Falcons – Raekwon Davis (DT/Alabama)
The Falcons used their early draft picks addressing the offensive line, but the other side of the trench needs attention too. Grady Jarrett received the franchise tag, but if the two sides can’t agree to a deal, there is a mammoth-sized hole on their defense.
18. Dallas Cowboys – Albert Okwuegbunam (TE/Missouri)
Dallas’ tight end situation was so dire they did the world a favor by getting Jason Witten out of the broadcast booth to limp around the field at age 37. Okwuegbunam has the size and speed to be a threat in the passing game, but he needs to improve as a blocker.
19. Baltimore Ravens – Terrell Lewis (EDGE/Alabama)
Cornerstone edge rusher Terrell Suggs is gone after signing with the Cardinals in the offseason and Matthew Judon is in his contract year. Baltimore is getting into unfamiliar territory.
20. Los Angeles Chargers – Najee Harris (RB/Alabama)
Melvin Gordon is in the final year of his deal and Los Angeles could let him walk if Gordon commands too much money. With Josh Jacobs and Damien Harris now in the NFL, Harris could show he can be a workhorse back.
21. San Francisco 49ers – Tommy Kraemer (G/Notre Dame)
The 49ers declined the option on Joshua Garnett, who could actually be fighting for his roster spot in training camp. San Francisco built their roster to run, now they need to build the interior offensive line.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars – Xavier McKinney (S/Alabama)
Tashaun Gipson was released to save cap space and the Jaguars failed to add his replacement in the draft. Now, Ronnie Harrison’s former teammate can play alongside him.
23. Green Bay Packers – Dylan Moses (LB/Alabama)
Blake Martinez is in his contract year and Oren Burks struggled in limited action across from him. Regardless of whether or not Martinez is retained, another inside linebacker is needed.
24. Cleveland Browns – Trey Adams (OT/Washington)
Cleveland is entering 2019 with Greg Robinson as their starting left tackle, something that can’t happen in 2020. Adams looked like he was on his way to being a top five pick in 2017, but injuries have taken their toll over the last two years. Despite this, he is still being looked at as a potential first rounder as long as he stays healthy in 2019.
25. Houston Texans – J.K. Dobbins (RB/Ohio State)
With Lamar Miller slated to hit free agency in 2020, it’s hard to imagine the Texans would move forward with D’Onta Foreman as their lead back due to his durability issues.
26. Philadelphia Eagles – Jacob Phillips (LB/LSU)
PFF darling Zach Brown was signed, but just to a one-year deal. If Philadelphia doesn’t extend him in the offseason, they will again be in the market for a middle linebacker.
27. Kansas City Chiefs – Jaylon Johnson (CB/Utah)
Despite the secondary being far and away the weak link on this team, the Chiefs waited until the sixth round to address the position in the draft. They can’t make this mistake again.
28. Las Vegas Raiders – Colby Parkinson (TE/Stanford)
A safety valve for their new quarterback, the top tight end for the Raiders at the moment is Derek Carrier. That needs to change.
29. Los Angeles Rams – Nick Coe (DE/Auburn)
The Rams let Ndamukong Suh walk in free agency and failed to find a replacement in the draft. A quality bookend across from Aaron Donald is needed to help prevent double teams.
30. Indianapolis Colts – CeeDee Lamb (WR/Oklahoma)
Devin Funchess was signed on a one-year deal, but the Colts need another quality receiver across from T.Y. Hilton.
31. New Orleans Saints – K.J. Costello (QB/Stanford)
Drew Brees is 40 years old and if the Saints make it to the Super Bowl, it could be the final game of his career. If he does return, the Saints can take Costello to serve as an understudy for a year while also retaining a new franchise quarterback at a cheap cost with five years of team control.
32. New England Patriots – Jake Breeland (TE/Oregon)
The Patriots surprisingly didn’t draft a tight end after Rob Gronkowski retired. Maybe they take one in the opening round this time.