1. San Francisco 49ers – DeShaun Watson (QB/Clemson)
San Francisco is a sinking ship and at the helm is Blaine Gabbert. Trent Baalke has shown over the past two years just how incompetent he is and sadly, he is likely going to still remain the team’s general manager.
There are holes all across this roster, and none bigger than quarterback. Luckily, the 49ers have three options for a new signal caller with the top pick.
2. Cleveland Browns – DeShone Kizer (QB/Notre Dame)
Robert Griffin III is now the starter in Cleveland, but that is only a short-term solution. Cleveland, yet again, will be in the market for a new quarterback this offseason. For some reason, Kizer doesn’t have job stability at Notre Dame, but he not only is the best quarterback for the Fighting Irish, he is one of the best quarterbacks in this draft.
3. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett (DE/Texas A&M)
On the virtue of owning the Eagles top pick, the Browns have a good chance of owning two of the top three picks in this draft. While getting Garrett would give their pass rush a tremendous boost, the Browns habitually trade down, especially when they have two first round picks.
4. San Diego Chargers – Cam Robinson (OT/Alabama)
Given the Chargers need for help on the offensive line, it is surprising to see that San Diego only drafted Max Tuerk, who is coming back from a knee injury and Donavan Clark (in the seventh round). The line is going to be an issue again for Philip Rivers and co., and it can’t be ignored for much longer.
5. Miami Dolphins – Leonard Fournette (RB/LSU)
Miami signed Arian Foster this offseason, but that will only look like a good transaction until Week 7 when he inevitably tears his hamstring due to his vegan diet.
The appeal of running backs have diminished in recent years, but this draft class is loaded with talent at the position. Fournette has received Hershel Walker-like hype at LSU.
6. Chicago Bears – Marlon Humphrey (CB/Alabama)
Despite the clear need, the Bears curiously avoided addressing the secondary this offseason. Humphrey is a world class track athlete as well as one of the top cornerbacks in this draft.
7. Atlanta Falcons – Derek Barnett (DE/Tennessee)
Atlanta drafted Vic Beasley in 2015, but he bombed as a rookie. Besides, you can never have enough guys who can get to the quarterback. In any other draft, Barnett is likely the top pass rusher off the board, but him and Myles Garrett are very even talent-wise.
8. Tennessee Titans – Jamal Adams (CB/S/LSU)
Tennessee addressed a lot of holes on their roster, but when you have the worst record in the league, it’s impossible to address them all. The secondary still needs to be improved. Adams has been compared to Eric Berry.
9. Baltimore Ravens – Dalvin Cook (RB/Florida State)
Justin Forsett was given a “trial separation” but is ultimately back as the Ravens starting running back. Forsett turns 31 next year and backing him up is Terrance West, who was so bad last season that the Titans waived him. Rookie Kenneth Dixon may not have an opportunity to shine after missing the first four weeks of the season.
10. New Orleans Saints – Charles Harris (DE/OLB/Missouri)
New Orleans already has a leaky defense and to make matters worse, 2016 top draft pick Sheldon Rankins broke his leg in training camp. The Saints will target the top defender available and with Harris, they can solidify their defensive line with Rankins and Cameron Jordan.
11. Tennessee Titans – Jonathan Allen (DE/DT/Alabama)
DaQuan Jones will be in the final year of his contract with Tennessee in 2017, but he could be upgraded regardless. Allen would pair up well with Jurrell Casey to give the Titans some teeth on their defensive line.
12. Washington Redskins – Mike McGlinchey (OT/Notre Dame)
Washington is currently starting Morgan Moses at right tackle, who has struggled to play well and stay healthy. Expect the Redskins to look at improving their offensive line this offseason.
13. Detroit Lions – Jalen Tabor (CB/Florida)
Darius Slay is a solid cornerback, but the loss of Rashean Mathis to retirement is forcing the Lions to start Nevin Lawson, who struggled last season. The Lions front office, however, seems to be really high on Lawson, which may mean the team will give him every opportunity to retain the starting gig.
14. New York Jets – Brad Kaaya (QB/Miami FL)
Wow Christian Hackeburg was awful in preseason. The Jets are so bad at quarterback that they brought back Ryan Fitzpatrick following an offseason contract dispute that neither side had much leverage in. Plus, Geno Smith is still here and so is Bryce Petty. This madness has to end, the Jets need to find a quarterback of the future, because Hackenburg has quickly become a wasted pick.
15. Indianapolis Colts – Nick Chubb (RB/Georgia)
After suffering a horrific leg injury last season, Chubb is back with a vengeance. If he continues to play well, the leg injury shouldn’t harm his draft stock. The Colts are in dire need for a running back. Frank Gore is near the end of the road and the Colts are so thin behind him that Trent Richardson could probably make this roster.
16. Dallas Cowboys – Mike Williams (WR/Clemson)
I honestly think the NFL needs to ban the name “Mike Williams” for anyone who plays wide receiver considering how many have had that name in recent years. Regardless, Terrance Williams is one of the weaker No. 2 receivers in the NFL. Dallas needs to take pressure off of Dez Bryant.
17. Philadelphia Eagles – Adoree Jackson(CB/USC)
With Eric Rowe now gone, the Eagles are thin at cornerback. Jackson is an athlete who can contribute at a returner or even on offense.
18. Buffalo Bills – JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR/USC)
The Bills need to upgrade at wideout across from Sammy Watkins. Smith-Schuster’s draft stock may take a hit after he reportedly got into a fight with his teammates at practice this week.
19. Houston Texans – O.J. Howard (TE/Alabama)
Houston is currently deploying the offensively-challenged C.J. Fiedorowicz at tight end. While Bill O’Brien recently praised him, it’s hard to imagine Fiedorowicz as the long-term solution.
20. Kansas City Chiefs – Desmond King (CB/Iowa)
The Chiefs have rookie of the year Marcus Peters at cornerback, but teammate Sean Smith signed with Oakland this offseason. Kansas City could potentially trade up for one of the quarterbacks as well.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Courtland Sutton (WR/SMU)
With Vincent Jackson regressing, Tampa Bay needs to find another wideout to play across from Mike Evans. At 6’4″, 215 pounds, Sutton is just a smidge smaller than Jackson.
22. New York Giants – Christian McCaffrey (RB/Stanford)
I’m not sold on McCaffrey, but he would still potentially serve as an upgrade over Rashad Jennings and co. in New York. McCaffrey can also line up at receiver.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars – Roderick Johnson (OT/Florida State)
Kelvin Beachum has won the left tackle job in Jacksonville while the team kicked failed draft pick Luke Joeckel inside. Beachum comes with an injury concern and if he can’t stay healthy, Jacksonville will look for a replacement.
24. Oakland Raiders – Wayne Gallman (RB/Clemson)
This is a bit of a reach, but Latavius Murray is in the final year of his deal and the coaching staff doesn’t seem fully vested in him. If DeAndre Washington doesn’t pan out, Oakland may look for a new lead back.
25. Denver Broncos – Malik McDowell (DE/DT/Michigan State)
The Broncos lost Malik Jackson to Jacksonville and replaced him with Jared Crick, who is less than stellar. If Crick underwhelms again, the Broncos may seek a different option.
26. Arizona Cardinals – Ethan Pocic (C/G/LSU)
The Cardinals have a fearsome combo in Mike Iupati and Evan Mathis at guard, but A.Q. Shipley is a sieve at center. Pocic can play guard or center so even if Mathis isn’t retained next year, they have a fallback option.
27. Seattle Seahawks – Jarrad Davis (OLB/Florida)
Michael Morgan is currently the starting SAM linebacker for Seattle, but given his lack of experience and the fact that he was signed more to be a special teamer, this is not ideal. If he does not play well Seattle will be in the market for a new linebacker.
28. Cincinnati Bengals – Jabrill Peppers (SS/Michigan)
Reggie Nelson was allowed to walk this offseason while the Bengals handed extensions to both starting safeties. I do not fully trust Shawn Williams, so if he fails, I can see Cincinnati finding a replacement.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers – Raekwon McMillan (OLB/Ohio State)
With Lawrence Timmons now on the wrong side of 30 and in his contract year, there is a good chance the long-time Steelers is not retained. Here is an option in case he walks.
30. Carolina Panthers – Tre’Davious White (CB/LSU)
Carolina cut Josh Norman this offseason and watched Charles Tillman retire. These late roster changes crippled the defense, forcing the team to start a pair of rookies. White is another talented player who would be an immediate contributor.
31. New England Patriots – DeMarcus Walker (DE/DT/Florida State)
With Chandler Jones gone, the Patriots need to find a new player who can get to the quarterback.
32. Green Bay Packers – Evan Engram (TE/Ole Miss)
Jared Cook could finally live up to his potential now that Aaron Rodgers is his quarterback, but given his track record, I don’t like his chances. If he flops, the Packers will need a new safety valve for Rodgers.