1. Cleveland Browns (0-13) – Myles Garrett (DE/Texas A&M)
Robert Griffin III came back and put up one of the worst showings at quarterback this year for Cleveland, highlighted by the worst flea flicker of all time.
I have been putting a quarterback here pretty much every week, but none of the quarterbacks in this draft truly deserve being selected first overall. (Then again, neither did Jared Goff). Cleveland still has a chance to draft a signal caller with their second first round pick, and Garrett may be well worth the gamble.
2. San Francisco 49ers (1-12) – DeShone Kizer (QB/Notre Dame)
Kizer has declared for the draft and is in line to be the to quarterback selected. Trent Baalke is as good as gone and the new general manager may not decide to keep Chip Kelly, just in case Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert weren’t awful enough for you to see why the 49ers need a quarterback.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11) – Leonard Fournette (RB/Jacksonville)
The combination of Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon hasn’t panned out for the Jaguars and the team is unable to establish the run week in and week out.
4. Chicago Bears (3-10) – Mitch Trubisky (QB/North Carolina)
The Jay Cutler era in the Windy City is over. John Fox needs to find his new signal caller as the team goes through a rebuild.
5. New York Jets (4-9) – Quincy Wilson (CB/Florida)
I am not ruling DeShaun Watson out, but there is some buzz from WalterFootball that teams are souring on the Clemson signal caller, so top five may be early for him.
Darrelle Revis is done, he struggled last season and has only gotten worse. New York (again) needs to find his replacement.
6. Tennessee Titans (7-6) – Jabrill Peppers (SS/Michigan)
Armed with two first round pick, Tenessee will look for ways to improve their defense in this draft, especially in the secondary. Da’Norris Searcy has been underwhelming after a promising first year for the Titans. Peppers’ coverage skills will need to improve, but his athleticism is astounding.
7. Cleveland Browns (0-13) – DeShaun Watson (QB/Clemson)
Cleveland getting Watson may ultimately depend on whether or not the Jets pass. If Watson is selected, Robert Griffin III will be looking again for a new home.
8. Carolina Panthers (5-8) – Marshon Lattimore (CB/Ohio State)
Rookies Daryl Worley and James Bradberry have improved as the season has gone on, but not enough to warrant the Panthers going for another position with this pick. Releasing Josh Norman has clearly been a mistake.
9. New Orleans Saints (5-8) – Jonathan Allen (DE/DT/Alabama)
Nick Fairley’s contract can void in February and if the team opts to move on, they will need another man on the line along with Sheldon Rankins.
10. San Diego Chargers (5-8) – Cam Robinson (OT/Alabama)
The Chargers offensive line is (again) a mess. Joseph Barksdale is a free agent in the spring and King Dunlap could even be a cap casualty.
11. Cincinnati Bengals (5-7-1) – Derek Barnett (DE/Tennessee)
Michael Johnson has been horrible for three straight seasons. I don’t understand why the Bengals are still starting him. The team can save money by cutting him in the offseason, so don’t expect him to return.
12. Arizona Cardinals (5-7-1) – Jalen Tabor (CB/Florida)
Patrick Peterson is still solid, but Marcus Cooper is the weak link in a strong secondary for the Cardinals. Not to mention, Cooper is in his contract year.
13. Buffalo Bills (6-7) – Jamal Adams (CB/S/LSU)
James Ihedigbo is terrible and Stephon Gilmore is in his contract year, so the Bills could go several ways with Adams on a defense that has struggled tremendously this year.
14. Indianapolis Colts (6-7) – Malik McDowell (DE/DT/Michigan State)
The Colts have so many holes on this roster that it is shocking to see them even have six wins. The top player available needs to be targeted and McDowell would certainly be an upgrade over an ineffective Arthur Jones.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (5-8) – Mike Williams (WR/Clemson)
Between Nelson Agholor has been a bust of a first round pick and Dorial Green-Beckham is too busy making up charities. Jordan Matthews is Carson Wentz’s only reliable wideout on this roster.
16. Tennessee Titans (7-6) – Zach Cunningham (LB/Vanderbilt)
Tennessee missed out on Williams, but now they’re in position to take Cunningham, who could be one of the draft’s biggest steals. Avery Williamson has played better this season as compared to 2015, but he is still replaceable.
17. Green Bay Packers (7-6) – Dalvin Cook (RB/Florida State)
Eddie Lacy is fat again and James Starks was so ineffective that Christine Michael was brought in. The Packers running game is a disaster and something that needs to be worked on in the offseason.
18. Baltimore Ravens (7-6) – Tim Williams (DE/OLB/Alabama)
It’s no secret that Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are getting a little long in the tooth. Baltimore needs to find a young edge rusher who can sub in and keep Suggs and Dumervil fresh before ultimately replacing one of them.
19. Washington Redskins (7-5-1) – Sidney Jones (CB/Washington)
Josh Norman has turned out not to be a one-hit wonder and instead a great signing by the Redskins. Unfortunately, Bashaud Breeland has been terrible on the other side.
20. Denver Broncos (8-5) – Roderick Johnson (OT/Florida State)
The Broncos have had trouble across their offensive line all season, with the exception of center Matt Paradis, who should be named to the All-Pro team. Johnson will probably be a right tackle in the NFL, as his inability to hold off speed rushers is a concern.
21. Houston Texans (7-6) – Jaleel Johnson (DT/Iowa)
Unable to land a right tackle, the Texans will have to focus on an other area of need, which is a defensive line that has crumbled since J.J. Watt went down. Johnson has the frame to bulk up and play the nose in Houston’s 3-4 scheme, but at 310 pounds, he will likely play defensive end.
22. Miami Dolphins (8-5) – Quenton Nelson (G/Notre Dame)
Laremy Tunsil will likely slide over to tackle in 2017 and Jermon Bushrod will be a free agent after the season, so there is a definite need for improving the interior of the offensive line. In the wake of Ryan Tannehill potentially suffering a torn ACL, Miami may make the offensive line a priority during the offseason.
23. Atlanta Falcons (8-5) – Marlon Humphrey (CB/Alabama)
Jalen Collins is having a solid season for the Falcons, but Robert Alford is a replaceable player who is in his contract year. Humphrey would likely become the nickelback with a healthy Desmond Trufant returning to action.
24. Seattle Seahawks (8-4-1) – Ryan Ramczyk (OT/Wisconsin)
Seattle’s offensive line woes have plagued them all season. If Russell Wilson wasn’t so mobile, the Seahawks would be in a lot more trouble than they’re currently in.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) – Jarrad Davis (LB/Florida)
A replacement for impending free agent Lawrence Timmons, who has become massively ineffective over the past two seasons.
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) – Charles Harris (DE/OLB/Missouri)
A replacement for Daryl Smith, who is entering free agency. Plus, he gives the Bucs another guy who can get to the quarterback.
27. Oakland Raiders (10-3) – Dawuane Smoot (DE/Illinois)
The Raiders defensive line is in need up an upgrade, where rookie Jihad Ward has been overmatched all year and Denico Autry hasn’t panned out over the past three seasons.
28. Dallas Cowboys (11-2) – David Njoku (TE/Miami FL)
Jason Witten is getting older and Dallas needs to find his replacement since it clearly isn’t Gavin Escobar.
29. New York Giants (9-4) – O.J. Howard (TE/Alabama)
Middle linebacker is an other need for New York, but let’s not kid ourselves, Jerry Reese hates linebackers. All of them.
30. Kansas City Chiefs (10-3) – Adoree’ Jackson (CB/USC)
Kansas City lost Sean Smith to free agency, but never found his replacement. Here is a new corner to line up across from Marcus Peters.
31. Detroit Lions (9-4) – Caleb Brantley (DT/Florida)
Detroit still hasn’t done anything long-term to replace Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Haloti Ngata has continues to play like an aging NFL player.
32. New England Patriots (11-2) – Christian McCaffrey (RB/Stanford)
Running back isn’t a position of need, but McCaffrey’s versatility has to be appealing to Bill Belichick.