The NFL Draft is still a long time away, and with the combine and pro days still to come, prospects can climb up or go down many analysts boards. But as of today, this is where I stand in terms of what teams would draft who.
#1. Cleveland Browns – Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
- The defensive line for the Browns struggled this season trying to stop the run. Perhaps they need a more dominant man in the middle to replace Jamie Meder. Jonathon Allen is a can’t miss prospect who is excellent at using his hands while pass rushing and getting pressure, and plugging up gaps and making plays in the backfield on runs. Gregg Williams, having coached Aaron Donald, knows how important the defensive tackle position is, and if the Browns add Allen then their defensive line will be extremely young and dominant for years to come.
#2. San Francisco 49ers – Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
- When we find out if Colin Kaepernick is resigning with the team or not, this pick will be a lot easier to decide. In my opinion, if Kaepernick stays, then the 49ers need to build their offensive line and add a weapon at receiver for that offense to become a threat. As of right now though, I have them taking Trubisky. Trubisky’s arm is talented, able to make extremely accurate throws. Along with his accuracy, Trubisky is pretty mobile. With a 68% completion pct. and throwing 30 TDs with only 6 INTs, Trubisky seems like the guy to help turn that 49ers team around.
#3. Chicago Bears – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
- Jay Cutler had one of the best offensive lines this past season along with a fantastic rushing attack and solid receivers, and still managed to lead the Bears to 3-13. I expect Chicago and Cutler to part ways and a guy like Watson or Trubisky to come in and take the wheel.
#4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
- The Jaguars struggled with run blocking this season and I expect them to add a Guard and Tackle in this draft. Along with this, Jacksonville was middle of the pack when it comes to Defensive Line, and if Myles Garrett is there at #4, they will take him. Garrett is athletic enough to play either Defensive End in a 4-3 or stand-up OLB in a 3-4. It’s a no-brainer if he is available at 4. But with the recent release of the video in which Garrett begs the Cowboys to draft him, I could see a lot of teams interest in him decline and him falling, possibly out of the top 5, maybe even the top 10.
#5. Tennessee Titans – Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
- Tennessee struggled all season trying to stop teams’ premier WR’s. They need to add a Corner, or two, to help fix this problem. Marshon Lattimore has all the traits to be an elite CB in this league, and if Tennessee wants to take their team to the next level, they need a lock down guy like him. He’s physical, athletic and possesses fantastic ball skills and will be the first CB off the board if he stays healthy.
#6. New York Jets – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
- The Jets were pretty good in all aspects of the game besides WR. They need to add a premier WR to their roster in order to compliment their run game. Mike Williams has Julio Jones-like ability when it comes to going up and getting the ball and has the size and speed necessary to be elite in this league.
#7. Los Angeles Chargers – Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
- The Chargers need a Left Tackle, and if Cam Robinson is there, I think they take him. The only thing I can see getting in the way of that is if Clemson WR, Mike Williams, is still available. The Chargers need a WR, but LT is their biggest need and Cam Robinson looks pretty close to flawless when watching him on film. He’s physical, athletic, works up to the second level well, does a great job of picking up blitzes and blocks very well in space. He’s the best Offensive Lineman on my board.
#8. Carolina Panthers – Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
- The Panthers need an Offensive Tackle or two. If Cam Robinson is available, I could see him going to Carolina. But if Robinson goes earlier than #8, Malik Hooker makes perfect sense. Carolina needs a defensive back and Malik Hooker is the best Safety in the draft. This past season he showed big play capability at the Safety position, intercepting 7 passes, 3 of which he returned for touchdowns. Hooker also tallied 74 tackles and 4 pass breakups on the year. He reminds me a lot of Ed Reed with his ball hawking ability.
#9. Cincinnati Bengals – Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
- The Bengals need Linebackers. They need a MLB with speed and athleticism that can run sideline to sideline and an OLB that can rush off the edge and cover TE’s. Reuben Foster’s instincts are as good as they come and he’s athletic enough to run sideline to sideline and make plays in the backfield. He’s also very solid in coverage. I think this would be an excellent pick for Cincinnati, who is in the AFC North where solid running backs play. I also think if T.J. Watt slides to the 2nd round, the Bengals could steal him and fix their needs at LB.
10. Buffalo Bills – Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
- Buffalo had a very hard time stopping the run last season. They gave up a lot of run plays that got into the second level and open field. That tells me they need to polish up their Defensive Line and Inside LB’s. If Cincinnati passes on Reuben Foster, I could see Buffalo taking him here. But Solomon Thomas is excellent at the Defensive End position and is versatile and can play multiple positions. He can play DE and DT, and is fantastic as a pass rusher. Thomas has a high motor with a multitude of pass rushing moves and has the ability to cause havoc in the backfield.
11. New Orleans Saints – Derek Barnett, DE/OLB, Tennessee
- New Orleans struggled with two things this season: Rushing the passer and defending the pass. In this draft I think they need to draft a player that can come off the edge and get to the QB and a premier CB. Derek Barnett is an excellent pass rusher that can fit both the 4-3 and 3-4 schemes. He has the athletic capability to be a stand up LB in the 3-4 or a Defensive End in a 4-3. He is excellent with his hands and is able to take on TE’s and close down gaps in run plays. He is also athletic enough to drop into space and cover when necessary.
12. Cleveland Browns – Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
- The Cleveland Browns desperately need to fix their issues at the Offensive Line. They need to replace RT, Austin Pazstor, and C, Cam Erving. Ryan Ramczyk is an NFL ready OT that is extremely athletic and excellent in the run and pass game. Cleveland was around dead last in the league in pass protection and need someone opposite of Joe Thomas to hold down the fort. If the Browns don’t trade this pick for Jimmy Garappolo, then this pick makes a lot of sense. I can also see the Browns drafting Pat Elflein out of Ohio State in the 2nd round to address their issue at C.
13. Arizona Cardinals – Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
- The Cardinals really need a WR in this draft, but I firmly believe that Vanderbilt LB, Zach Cunningham will impress many during the combine and his stock will fly up. Right now, Arizona’s MLB is Deone Bucannon, a former Safety who moved to LB. If Arizona takes Cunningham, they can slide Bucannon over to the outside and utilize his speed and ability in space to cover WR’s and fly down to stop outside run plays. Cunningham is extremely athletic and has elite instincts at the LB position and can run sideline to sideline. I believe you will hear his name early on draft day.
14. Indianapolis Colts – Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
- Indianapolis was miserable trying to stop the run this year, most of the time getting beat in between the guards. They need a Defensive Tackle and Malik McDowell is freakishly athletic at the position. He is great anywhere between the 3 and 5 techniques and has the ability to be disruptive in the opponents backfield.
15. Philadelphia Eagles – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
- Philadelphia needs a reliable play maker at the WR position. Jordan Matthews was their leading receiver with 804 receiving yards and 3 TD’s. The next guy behind him was Dorial Green-Beckham, who totaled 392 receiving yard and 2 TD’s. Corey Davis has big play capability and has excellent hands. It makes a lot of sense for Philly to take Davis here and give Carson Wentz some much needed help.
16. Baltimore Ravens – Leonard Fournette, RB, Louisiana State University
- Baltimore needs a RB. NEEDS one. Unproven guys like Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon aren’t going to help that team get out of the AFC North. Leonard Fournette is a big power back with break away speed and, to me, resembles Adrian Peterson. He is a perfect fit for the AFC North. But if Philadelphia doesn’t take Corey Davis, I can see the Ravens taking him to be Steve Smith’s replacement.
17. Washington Redskins – Jarron Jones, DT, Notre Dame
- Washington needs a run stopping Defensive Tackle to man the ship in that 3-4 defense. Watch the film against the University of Miami. Jarron Jones is explosive off of the ball and shows the ability to get into the backfield and stop the run. He has excellent block shedding ability, along with great backfield vision to allow him the find the ball and make a tackle in behind the line of scrimmage. Jones would be a tremendous fit in Washington at the Nose Tackle position.
18. Tennessee Titans – John Ross, WR, Washington
- Tennessee needs to add one more weapon at the WR position. John Ross is an extremely fast and talented route runner who has the ability to get open in the slot and outside. He reminds me a lot of Corey Coleman coming out of college and would be an excellent asset to that Tennessee Titans team who is on the rise. Marcus Mariota needs one more weapon and John Ross is the right man for it. Just watch the USC film.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
- Tampa Bay wasn’t very good at stopping the run this past season and got gashed in between the guards. Caleb Brantley reminds me a lot of Jonathon Allen in regards of his ability to utilize his hands in order to rush the passer and is big and explosive enough to plug a gap and stop the run. If Tampa Bay wants to take that next step to becoming an elite team, the need to polish up that Defensive Line by adding a run stopping DT and a pass rushing DE.
20. Denver Broncos – Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
- Denver’s defense was great this past season and they have the offensive skill players necessary to get back to the playoffs. They need to build up a solid Offensive Line through the draft and free agency though. Forrest Lamp would be an excellent pick here. He played OT at Western Kentucky, but due to his frame, might be better at Guard in the NFL. But, if need be, he can play OT. He was phenominal against Alabama this past season. Lamp is athletic and shoots out of his stance quick and runs his feet. He is very solid in both run and pass blocking.
21. Detroit Lions – Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
- Detroit’s biggest problems this year were running the football and defending the pass. Although they need an Offensive Lineman, there aren’t any that wow you after Cam Robinson and Ryan Ramczyk in the 1st round. Dalvin Cook is too good to pass up with his big play ability. Cook is a very agile, patient and excellent decision maker with excellent vision and would be a very good pick to compliment Detroit’s passing game.
22. Miami Dolphins – O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
- The Miami Dolphins really lack a premier TE and O.J. Howard is as close to the full package as you can get. Howard is a great run blocker on the Offensive Line and a pretty solid route runner that is able to get open against Linebackers. Howard has great size, speed and excellent hands and would give the Dolphins a big target to put along with Jarvis Landry.
23. New York Giants – David Njoku, TE, Miami
- The New York Giants need to polish up their Offensive Line and add a play making TE if they want to be Super Bowl contenders again. David Njoku is a great option with this pick. Njoku has size, speed and athleticism. Njoku is extremely athletic and has the ability to get open from both inside and outside in the slot on DB’s. I think Njoku’s stock will rise once he goes through testing and his pro day.
24. Oakland Raiders – Jamal Adams, S, Louisiana State University
- If Jamal Adams is not available, this could be where Jabrill Peppers lands. But if Adams is there, I expect the Raiders to take him. I think Jamal Adams has the potential to be that Charles Woodson replacement with his great ball skills and play making ability. Adams has great instincts in the pass game, reading the QB’s eyes and helping CB’s over the top, and is a great tackler who can come down into the box or on the perimeter.
25. Houston Texans – DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
- Bottom line is, the Houston Texans need a Quarterback. Brock Osweiler is not the guy. DeShone Kizer is a huge risk/reward guy in this draft in my opinion. He has the size, arm strength and is extremely accurate……at times. My biggest problem with Kizer is that he completed 59% of his passes this past season, which is a problem, but if he can become more consistent, he can be the Texans franchise QB.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
- With Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor all coming back, the Seahawks need to add a #2 CB to their roster to play opposite of Sherman. I believe the Seahawks defense is a LB and a CB away from being the best in the league again and Conley isn’t a bad place to start. Conley has excellent ball skills and is great in press coverage situations and in zone. Conley is a CB who is ready to contribute right away and I think he fits Seattle extremely well.
27. Kansas City Chiefs – Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State
- With Tyreek Hill, Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce, Kansas City’s passing attack is already solid. Curtis Samuel can play in the backfield and in the slot, much like Tyreek Hill, and runs extremely good routes and has an exceptional ability to get open. If the Chiefs add Samuel here, it’ll be extremely tough to stop their passing game.
28. Dallas Cowboys – T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
- The Cowboys need an OLB that can rush the passer and cover a TE. With Jaylen Smith coming back from injury next year, he could very well be the answer. But if T.J. Watt is still on the board, I think it is a no-brainer. Watt, first of all, is the younger brother of former Defensive MVP, J.J. Watt. J.J. Watt is an extremely hard worker and great leader, and you would think it runs in the family. Secondly, T.J. Watt is excellent at setting the edge and has the athletic ability to rush the passer and drop back into coverage. The only down fall about Watt is that he doesn’t have much experience, but he has plenty of upside and I think he’s worthy of a 1st round pick.
29. Green Bay Packers – Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
- Green Bay needs to address the problems in their secondary. If Aaron Rodgers weren’t on the roster, Green Bay’s secondary would’ve lost them the game against Dallas in the playoffs. They need two CB’s in this draft and Sidney Jones here would be great. Sidney Jones is a great athlete with extremely great feet. Jones’s downside is his frame. He isn’t going to “wow” you in the weight room, yet still comes down and throws his body around in run support. Jones could definitely be a number 1 or 2 CB for this Green Bay team.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers – Tre’Davious White, CB, Louisiana State University
- Pittsburgh needs a premier CB. They’ve needed one for who knows how long. Tre’Davious White is one of my favorite CB’s to watch on film because he is extremely physical in press coverage. He is an extremely aggressive football player who can help in run support and deliver big hits. White also excels in zone coverage and would be an excellent pick for the Steelers here at 30.
31. Atlanta Falcons – Jabrill Peppers, S/ATH, Michigan
- Atlanta’s DL was exceptional in the first half of the Super Bowl. Then they got worn out. That being said, I think Atlanta could add to their DL by adding a pass rusher at the DE spot. But I feel like they can do that later in the draft and if Jabrill Peppers is on the board, I think the Falcons should take him. Peppers is extremely versatile and in my opinion, with the exception of MLB, he can play any position in the back 7. You can use him at OLB, you can use him as a Safety or you could use him in some packages at CB and Nickel. He’s athletic enough to do all of those things and is also a play maker on special teams. Atlanta could use someone like that and I think he goes at 31 to the Falcons.
32. New England Patriots – Budda Baker, S, Washington
- Budda Baker is extremely fun to watch on film. Although he is undersized, Baker plays ultra aggressive and physical and is a tremendous tackler in space. Baker is a very fast and athletic safety who can match up in man to man on a slot and lock him down, or drop back into zone. I think Budda Baker would be a great fit in New England, but to be honest, they could draft a piece of paper and Bill Belichick would find a way to turn it into a Pro-Bowler.