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1. Buccaneers- Jameis Winston QB, Florida State
Throughout the draft process, Winston has displayed the maturity and football knowledge that combined with his talent makes him the consensus number one pick.
2. Titans- Leonard Williams DL, USC
Marcus Mariota lurks for the Titans here as does a possible trade with a team seeking the QB’s services. However, if the Titans stay put and pass on Mariota, Williams seems like the logical selection. He’s been labeled as the best player in the draft and his scheme flexibility in addition to his physical tools leaves scouts salivating.
3. Jaguars- Dante Fowler Jr. DE, Florida
The Jags would be ecstatic of Winston and Mariota went one-two allowing them to take Williams. With Williams gone, Fowler is the most explosive edge rusher in the draft. Wide receivers Kevin White or Amari Cooper are also possibilities.
4. Raiders- Kevin White WR, West Virginia
The Raiders desperately need help at wideout, and here they have the luxury of who they like better between and Cooper. I think White has the higher ceiling and the Raiders have shown they prefer guys with higher upside, but also a lower ceiling (Kahlil Mack excluded). Let’s hope White doesn’t flop like so many other recent high Raiders draft picks.
5. Redskins- Vic Beasley OLB, Clemson
Beasley is a bit on the small side, but he is a phenomenal athlete with good burst. The Redskins will likely target a pass rusher, but who do they prefer from the trio of Beasley, Shane Ray and Randy Gregory?
6. Jets- Marcus Mariota QB, Oregon
After a productive free agency, the Jets can fully support Mariota. A pass rusher is a possibility, but head coach Todd Bowles proved last season with the Cardinals, he doesn’t need elite pass rushers to boast an effective defense, especially with the Jets’ added depth in the secondary.
7. Bears- Amari Cooper WR, Alabama
The Bears immediately produced a void in their receiving core after dealing Brandon Marshall to the Jets. Cooper would fill that void as the most polished wideout in the draft. However, there are a lot of possibilities here, as the Bears were a disaster defensively last season. A pass rusher such as Ray or Gregory is a possibility as are DT Danny Shelton of Washington and S Landon Collins from Alabama, but they don’t offer the value of Cooper at this spot.
8. Falcons- Shane Ray OLB, Missouri
Ray will have to add some bulk to his frame, but he has outstanding initial burst and explosiveness off the line. The Falcons haven’t had a productive pass rusher since John Abraham left town, but Ray has potential. Offensive line is a possibility too, but no lineman in this class meets the value of the number eight pick.
9. Giants- Brandon Scherff OL, Iowa
Scherff projects to kick inside to guard in the NFL, similar to Zack Martin last season. The Giants certainly need help on the line, but this could be a sneaky potentially overlooked spot for a pass rusher such as Gregory if he falls. I also think CB Trae Waynes from Michigan State would make sense here.
10. Rams- Trae Waynes CB, Michigan State
The Rams have built a formidable frontline along the defensive line, but the secondary remains an issue. Adding Waynes to play opposite Janoris Jenkins would give the Rams a worthy pair of corners on the backend. Wide receiver is certainly another possibility here with a guy like Louisville’s DeVante Parker, but I think Waynes is one of the better prospects available at this point and also addresses a need.
11. Vikings- DeVante Parker WR, Louisville
The Vikings have similar needs to the Rams, and what the Rams do with the previous selection will likely dictate the route the Vikings take here. If Waynes is still on the board, expect the Vikings to jump on him. However, with Waynes going to St. Louis, Parker provides value and fills a need even after Minnesota added Mike Wallace this offseason.
12. Browns- Danny Shelton DT, Washington
The Browns also need have needs at wide receiver and right tackle, but Shelton fills another need at defensive tackle and offers good value at this spot. If Parker gets past the Rams and Vikings, I would expect the Browns to nab him.
13. Saints- Randy Gregory OLB, Nebraska
Gregory’s recently failed drug test raises some obvious red flags. However, not all GMs will be scared off, and I wouldn’t be surprised if his stock goes relatively unaffected in terms of his draft position. In this case, the failed tests causes Gregory to fall, but I don’t see how he could past the Saints who have a major need at pass rusher.
14. Dolphins- Breshad Perriman WR, Dolphins
Perriman has shot up draft boards in recent weeks, as scouts have raved about his separating speed and ability to make contested catches. I think Perriman is too stiff in his route running to consistently create separation in the NFL, but the Dolphins need help at wideout, and with the first three off the board, Perriman enters a group with Missouri’s Dorial Green-Beckham and Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong in the next tier.
15. 49ers- Arik Armstead DE, Oregon
The 49ers also need help at corner after losing Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver to free agency, but Armstead offers a mystical realm of untapped big-time potential, and at a major position of need no less after the retirement of Justin Smith and loss of Ray McDonald.
16. Texans- Dorial Green-Beckham WR, Missouri
It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Texans attempt to trade back and collect some more picks here. Wide receiver is probably the biggest need, but the Texans could certainly afford to gather more picks and select the best player on their board later on with no real pressing needs or obvious value at this point.
17. Chargers- Malcolm Brown DT, Texas
The Chargers could look at RB here with either Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon or Georgia’s Todd Gurley. Offensive tackle is another possibility as D.J. Fluker has underperformed at right tackle and may be better suited to kick inside to guard. Brown, however, may be the best player on the board at this point, and the Chargers haven’t had a consistent interior force since Jamaal Williams manned the middle.
18. Chiefs- Cameron Erving C, Florida State
Even after adding Jeremy Maclin in free agency, wide receiver is positon of need, and if the Chiefs went that route, Strong would be the most likely selection. However, after losing center Rodney Hudson to free agency, Erving would be a sensible add to the interior.
19. Browns- La’ell Collins T, LSU
Even after adding Dwayne Bowe in free agency, wide receiver is still a need, and fans will surely by frustrated if the Browns go two consecutive drafts without drafting one in the first round, but at this point Collins offers better value at another major position of need. Collins would be a nice fit on the right side opposite of Joe Thomas.
20. Eagles- Landon Collins S, Alabama
The Eagles did upgrade at corner in the offseason with the signings of Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond, but the safety positon was nearly equally disastrous last season. Collins is far and away the best safety in the draft, and the Eagles need someone to team with Malcolm Jenkins on the backend.
21. Bengals- Andurs Peat T, Stanford
The Bengals could target a pass rusher like Kentucky’s Bud Dupree or Virginia’s Eli Harold here, but Peat has the potential to be the best tackle of this class and one that could possibly become a reliable blindside protector on the left side. Andrew Whitworth struggled last season at left tackle and right tackle Andre Smith will be a FA after this season. Peat could sit and develop for a year, or push Whitworth inside to guard.
22. Steelers- Bud Dupree OLB, Kentucky
Former 1st-rounder Jarvis Jones hasn’t produced and Jason Worilds hit FA before announcing his surprising retirement. James Harrison played well last season after returning to Pittsburgh, but he can’t play forever, and even with him the Steelers could’ve used pass rush help last season. Corner is also a position of need so Washington’s Marcus Peters, Wake Forest’s Kevin Johnson or LSU’s Jalen Collins are also in play.
23. Lions- Ereck Flowers T, Miami
Cornerback and defensive tackle are other options, but tackle is not only the Lions most primary need, it also offers the best value at this point. Flowers’ hand usage technique needs refinement, but he has the physical tools to start right away on the right side.
24. Cardinals- Todd Gurley RB, Georgia
This selection could come down to who the Cardinals like more between Gurley and Gordon. Gurley has been considered the better overall prospect by many scouts, if you aren’t worried about his injury history. Virginia’s Harold is a possible pass rusher as well. Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman of Florida State could also be an option.
25. Panthers- D.J. Humphries T, Florida
The Panthers desperately need offensive line help. Just look at the contract they gave Michael Oher this offseason. There are a plethora of tackles projected to fall in the 15-32 range, so the Panthers should find appropriate value at the positon at no. 25. Pittsburgh’s T.J. Clemmings and Texas A&M’s Cedric Ogbuehi are other 1st round tackle prospects.
26. Ravens- Marcus Peters CB, Washington
The Ravens are premier trade-down candidates, and I think they are likely to make good on that assessment again, but if they do stick at 26, corner combines need and value. If Peters’ off-field concerns are too risky for the Ravens, Wake Forest’s Kevin Johnson is another option. Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong also offers good value at a positon of need.
27. Cowboys- Kevin Johnson CB, Wake Forest
Melvin Gordon lurks as a real candidate here, but productive backs can be found later in the draft. Johnson provides help at the corner position where the Cowboys struggled last season. Plus Sterling Moore left via free agency and Brandon Carr looms as a possible post-June 1st cut.
28. Broncos- Eddie Goldman DT, Florida State
After losing Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton in free agency, the Broncos have a gaping hole in the middle of their defensive line. If the Broncos aren’t confident former 1st rounder Sylvester Williams can deliver, they may look add additional girth in the form of Goldman. Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams is a possibility to replace Julius Thomas, or Denver could look for offensive line help.
29. Colts- T.J. Clemmings T, Pittsburgh
The Colts’ hardships along the offensive line have been well-documented, and although their primary needs are on the interior, Clemmings provides the possibility of reshuffling the line to produce better results. I think this could be a sleeper spot for Melvin Gordon if he falls.
30. Packers- Byron Jones CB, Connecticut
The Packers don’t have any pressing needs, and this is team that regularly adheres to the strategy of value over need anyway. Jones offers value and depth at corner where after Sam Shields and Casey Hayward there is a void of talent. Maxx Williams could be luxury pick as another weapon for the offense.
31. Saints- Eli Harold OLB, Virginia
Wideout Jaeln Strong could be selected as the successor to Marques Colston, and offensive line help is in play, but Harold offers burst off the edge for a Saints team that is currently facing the reality of starting Anthony Spencer or Parys Haralson opposite of Junior Galette.
32. Patriots- Jaelen Strong WR, Arizona State
Strong gives the Pats a physical wide receiver who can excel outside the numbers. Defensive line and interior offensive line are also positions of need, but the value doesn’t match with any available prospects at this point. The Pats are always looking to trade down and gather additional picks.