With the NFL Draft coming up, many GMs and players are beginning to fret about that night. Between draft night trades and draft days slides, April 27 – 29, will be chaotic days for almost all NFL front offices.
Many NFL fans wonder what their favorite franchise will be doing on these days. Here is our insight on what these 32 franchises will do in Round One.
1. Los Angeles Rams
Brandon: Jared Goff, QB, Cal
Jeff Fisher and Les Snead put their jobs on the line when they dealt six picks to Tennessee to try and find a franchise QB. Goff may be just that. While Goff isn’t my top rated QB, it’s hard to deny his poise and accuracy. Unfortunately for Goff, he won’t have any WRs to work with and LA won’t be able to address this early with no day two picks.
Drew: Jared Goff, Quarterback, California
With the Rams moving to California, they are looking to make a splash. Goff, a California kid, would be a local splash that the fans are looking for. Goff threw for 4,719 yards last year and had 43 touchdowns.
The Rams are risking it all for their quarterback of the future giving up two first round, second round and third round picks. The trade was sort of like the Redskins trade for the number two pick when they drafted Robert Griffin III (ironically they traded with the Rams). Hopefully for the Rams, this trade works out for them more than Griffin in Washington.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
Brandon: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
In a trade that shocked most NFL fans, the new look Eagles look to move on from Chip Kelly’s vision and that first step is by finding them a new QB. While I think Bradford is a good QB, he has been a huge injury concern in the past, and with former backup Mark Sanchez now in Denver, Philly is looking for an insurance plan and future starter. They gave up a boat load to move up and put their jobs on Carson Wentz’s shoulders.
Drew: Carson Wentz, Quarterback, North Dakota State
Wentz is a project, not because of how talented he is but because of how fast he can adjust to NFL speed. He reminds me of a more athletic Matt Ryan who went number three in the 2008 draft. At 6-foot-5 Wentz is the perfect height for an NFL quarterback. Like the Rams, the Eagles are risking it all for their quarterback of the future.
3. San Diego Chargers
Brandon: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
San Diego may have been the biggest winner of the blockbuster Rams and Titans trade, as it allows Tunsil to fall to number three. The Charger still have a few good years left of Phillip Rivers assuming he stays healthy. Last season, Rivers was sacked 40 times. Tunsil will be a plug and play starter on the left side for San Diego and allow Rivers to make plays with his arm.
Drew: Laremy Tunsil, Tackle, Ole Miss
Tunsil is the best offensive lineman in this draft and the Chargers need someone to protect Philip Rivers. King Dunlap struggled with injuries last year and he is not getting any younger.
4. Dallas Cowboys
Brandon: Joey Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
Joey Bosa talent-wise should be in the discussion for number one overall pick but due to needs he manages to drop to Dallas at four. Dallas’s defensive line will be going through a new identity after moving on from Greg Hardy and having Randy Gregory suspended for four games.
Dallas is in need of a pass rusher to slot and play right away and Bosa is that guy. Bosa constantly required double and triple teams last season at Ohio State and still managed to make plays. He is a play maker and a plug and play guy.
Drew: Ezekiel Elliott, Running back, Ohio State
The Cowboys desperately need a running back and “Zeke” is the most talented one in this draft. Elliott had 22 games with 100 yards or more in his career. Elliott shined in the spotlight, rushing for 246 yards and four touchdowns in the first ever College Football Playoff game against Oregon in 2015.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars
Brandon: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
Jacksonville is slowly becoming one of the scariest defenses in the league. With Dante Fowler and Malik Jackson providing pressures and Prince Amukamara and Tayshaun Gipson in the secondary, they are one key player from building a top tier defense. That player is Jalen Ramsey.
Ramsey has the special ability to be either a starting safety or CB. At 6’1, he is big enough to play man defense on most WRs and he is quick enough to play safety. Regardless of what position they choose him to play, they will find a spot on the field for him.
Drew: Vernon Hargreaves III, Cornerback, Florida
Hargreaves will instantly improve one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. Hargreaves had four interceptions last season with the Gators and is a very good tackler.
6. Baltimore Ravens
Brandon: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
DeForest Buckner is an animal. At 6-foot-7 and 291 pounds, he is one of the most physically imposing players. He has the ability to play inside as a defense tackle or on the edge as a defensive edge.
Regardless of position, he as a natural knack to get to the QB. In his last season at Oregon, he had 10.5 sacks. With Terrell Suggs not getting any younger, Baltimore has to find some pass rush somewhere and reinforce their defensive line
Drew: Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State
Bosa is a great defensive end and pass rusher which the Ravens desperately need. Bosa posted five sacks a year ago and was an anchor for one of the NCAAs most talented teams.
7. San Francisco 49ers
Brandon: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
San Francisco has a lot of team needs, and could target BPA, but in this case I believe they should target Ronnie Stanley. While they don’t have an elite QB as we speak, any QB can look good if they have all day in the pocket and Stanley can provide that. With the loss of Anthony Davis and others, San Francisco’s offensive line is a mess and can use any reinsurance.
Drew: DeForest Buckner, Defensive End, Oregon
Buckner at 6-foot-7 and 291 pounds is one of the most NFL ready players in this draft in terms of bodies. Buckner posted 10.5 sacks last season and had 17 tackles for a loss, despite facing double and sometimes triple teams in PAC 12 play.
8. Cleveland Browns
Brandon: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Cleveland has a lot of needs to address and one big spot is linebacker. Depending on Jack’s health, taking him at eight may be a stretch, but his talent is worthy of this high of a pick. Jack is one of the best coverage linebackers in this class and had great speed. If he manages to make a full recovery than Cleveland gets an absolute steal at eight, but he if doesn’t Cleveland will be scrambling for a future.
Drew: Shaq Lawson, Defensive End, Clemson
The Browns need pass rushers and Lawson has the ability to step in and play day one. Lawson can stand up and be an edge rusher or attack running backs. I would not be surprised to potentially see a trade here as well.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brandon: Shaq Lawson, Edge, Clemson
Gerald McCoy, Robert Ayers and Shaq Lawson, if that doesn’t scare opposing offensive lines, nothing will. Tampa has the chance to make a truly special defensive line with their selection at number nine.
Lawson lead the country in tackles for loss and sacks this year shows how extremely dangerous he is. He uses great speed (4.70 forty time) to beat blockers off the line and shed them off quickly to get and bring down the QB.
Drew: Jalen Ramsey, Cornerback, Florida State
Ramsey is a playmaker and would instantly improve a poor Buccaneer secondary. Ramsey is not flashy stat wise, but game wise he is solid and his stats resemble a top of the line corner in the NFL.
10. New York Giants
Brandon: Ezekiel Elliott, HB, Ohio State
The Giants will be in a new phase without long time head coach Tom Coughlin. Luckily, for Giants fans they still have Odell Beckham Jr. who is still one of the most explosive players in the league. In comes Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott is a three down running back who has a nice blend of speed and power that can change the momentum of any game
Drew: LaQuon Treadwell, Wide receiver, Ole Miss
Treadwell would be a fantastic number two receiver for the Giants behind Odell Beckham Jr. Treadwell has great height and is one of the most crisp route runners in this year’s draft. Treadwell’s one mark is his lack of vertical speed.
11. Chicago Bears
Brandon: Noah Spence, Edge, Eastern Kentucky
The Bears’ defense needs a pass rusher, and talent wise Noah Spence may be a top five pick. On the other end of the spectrum, he was banned from the Big Ten after drug issues. Spence is extremely high risk and extremely high rewarding.
While at Eastern Kentucky, he had eleven and half sacks and had eight in 2013 at Ohio State. He isn’t fast but he is quick on the field plus has a strong power move which allows him to get passed the tackles.
Drew: Ronnie Stanley, Tackle, Notre Dame
Stanley is a monster of a left tackle. He would also allow Kyle Long to stay as the right tackle and could have Bobby Massey slide to a guard. This would be a great value pick as Stanley has a top five grade in most projections.
12. New Orleans Saints
Brandon: Vernon Hargraeves III, CB, Florida
The Saints must look to improve a weak secondary in 2016. In three years at Florida, Vernon Hargreaves had ten interceptions. At 5-foot-10, he is about average in high but makes up for it with his 39 inch vertical jump to match up with some of the league’s best. The Saints can pair him up with Delvin Breaux and hope P.J. Williams develops the corner they drafted him to be, to assemble a solid young core in the secondary.
Drew: Mackensie Alexander, Cornerback, Clemson
The Saints have had one of the worst defenses in NFL history the last two season and it starts with their secondary. Last season the Saints finished last in the league in points allowed per game (29.8) and second to last in yards allowed per game (413.4). Alexander only allowed a catch on 29.6 percent of passes last season and the most staggering stat is that he did not allow a touchdown all season.
13. Miami Dolphins
Brandon: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
The Dolphins defense on paper looked really good last season but didn’t produce on the field. The same may be said this year. Byron Maxwell in Seattle was one of the better CBs in the league, but last year in Philadelphia he was highly inconsistent. Assuming he plays like he did in Philly, Miami will need another corner to potentially bail him out. That man is Mackensie Alexander.
While at Clemson, Alexander never allowed a single TD, yet failed to have an interception. Whether that be from lack of opportunity or lack of ability to seize the opportunity, he is a shutdown corner for sure.
Drew: Darron Lee, Hybrid Linebacker, Ohio State
Lee is a great pick here. This is pick has huge value, personally I believe that Lee is one of the best linebackers in this draft. Lee is a hybrid linebacker, the kind of linebacker that used to be a safety in the NFL. He reminds me of Deone Bucannon from the Cardinals. Lee ran a stunning 4.43 40 yard dash at the NFL combine.
14. Oakland Raiders
Brandon: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
In 2013, when the Raiders drafted DJ Hayden, they thought they selected the corner of the future. They were mistakenly wrong. Luckily for Reggie McKenzie, he can fill that hole by selecting William Jackson.
At 6-foot-0, he has great height for a corner, but he also possess great speed for his size. His only weakness is asking him to press, where he gets bodied by much stronger receivers. If he can put on some muscle to add to his weight, he has all the potential to be a great corner.
Drew: Eli Apple, Cornerback, Ohio State
Apple has great height for a corner at six-foot-one and is extremely competitive when the ball is in the air and beats most receivers in most jump balls. His technique has gotten extremely better in his two years of starting at Ohio State. His biggest weakness is slow anticipation sometimes.
15. Tennessee Titans
Brandon: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
How do you protect your QB? With a bully, and that’s exactly what Taylor Decker is. Decker explodes into defenders when he goes into blocks and will drop linebackers and safeties in the second level. Anything you ask this guy to do, he will and he’ll do it better than you expected.
Tennessee shouldn’t abandon Lewan at LT yet, as he was very solid his rookie year. Last year, the offensive line nearly got Mariota killed, and they can’t afford to lose their franchise QB this early. They also acquired DeMarco Murray from Philadelphia and need to be able to block for their new stain the backfield.
Drew: Jack Conklin, Tackle, Michigan State
Conklin has great size and power with his hands while blocking. He shined in a game against Oregon in a matchup against DeForest Buckner. He is also a very good run blocker. Conklin would be a huge addition to a depleted Titans offensive line.
16. Detroit Lions
Brandon: Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville
When Detroit lost Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, they thought Haloti Ngata would make the loss less noticeable but he didn’t fill the void as planned. Instead they have the chance to take a player who has been drawing comparisons to Aaron Donald, that player is Sheldon Rankins. He isn’t straight line fast but he is explosively quick for an interior lineman. He also possess the versatility to fit almost any defense scheme.
Drew: Sheldon Rankins, Defensive tackle, Louisville
The Lions lost Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley to free agency and are looking for replacements. They rotated eight different players at the tackle position last season. The result was not good for the Lions: allowing 1,808 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns.
Rankins looked great at the Senior Bowl and all year for the Louisville Cardinals. Rankins has great strength and is very athletic on the interior.
17. Atlanta Falcons
Brandon: Leonard Floyd, Edge, Georgia
The Falcons are looking to get young and get overall better, and Leonard Floyd is an extremely valuable asset to work with. Floyd is extremely versatile with the ability to play down as a defensive end or up as an outside linebacker.
Floyd more than likely won’t make a huge impact as a rookie, as he is still very thin for NFL size, but once he gains weight and muscle to be more of a force, but once at an ideal weight, the Falcons have a great piece to their defense puzzle.
Drew: Myles Jack, Linebacker, UCLA
Jack is an interesting prospect. With so many reports about his knee, I am not sure what to believe and I am not sure what NFL scouts believe. What I know is that Jack can ball.
He is super athletic, even playing some running back at UCLA. Like Lee, Jack does not have prototypical linebacker size but he lays the wood on tackles. Jack is one of the best college linebackers I have ever seen in person.
18. Indianapolis Colts
Brandon: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
Andrew Luck got hit way to much last season, and when you have one of the best QBs in the league he needs to stay healthy. Jack Conklin is the guy Luck needs. He can play either tackle position, though I believe he is more suited as a left tackle to me.
Conklin has great size and speed, which he used against DeForest Buckner and had a lot of success against him. Conklin suffers from getting wide hands at time but it is a very easy fix and will allow him to be a starter for a very long time.
Drew: Taylor Decker, Tackle, Ohio State
Decker has great size and frame to go along with excellent core strength. He looks to lay a hit on linebackers and safeties that they will remember in the second level. He is at his best in vertical passing sets.
19. Buffalo Bills
Brandon: Kevin Dodd, Edge, Clemson
It’s no surprise that Rex Ryan is a fan of Clemson, and Rex gets a chance to take a physical player from just that place. Kevin Dodd was part of a great duo with Shaq Lawson in which they were two of the best at stopping their man behind the line of scrimmage.
With 12 sacks, Dodd can fill the hole of Mario Williams. Facing NFL talent at Alabama he recorded three sacks and two tackles for loss, Dodd will force linemen to step up to stop him.
Drew: Reggie Ragland, Linebacker, Alabama
Ragland is huge. He is an old school, hard-nosed, take everything on middle linebacker from the 80s. Ragland only missed three tackles this season. He is so solid, one of the safest picks in the draft.
20. New York Jets
Brandon: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
It doesn’t appear that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be back in the Green and White this season, forcing the Jets front office to decide between Geno Smith or the draft. Luckily for them, my highest graded quarterback slides down to the perfect scenario.
He gets placed behind a solid offensive line and has Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Lynch has more zip on his balls than Goff or Wentz and is almost the most suited when it comes to escaping the pocket and isn’t afraid to tuck and run for the first.
Drew: Kevin Dodd, Edge rusher, Clemson
Dodd is relentless. He has great height and great speed coming off the edge. He is also a beneficiary of crushing the Alabama offensive line in the last game we saw him play. Dodd was credited with 12 sacks last season for the Tigers.
21. Washington Redskins
Brandon: A’Shawn Robinson, DL. Alabama
Washington got extremely weak up the middle this offseason with the loss of Terrance Knighton and retirement of Jason Hatcher. To fill the need, they bring in a powerhouse from Tuscaloosa. Robinson has the power to match NFL level linemen and stop the run. At 6’4 and 304 pounds, he is an extremely big body that fills hole to clog the running lanes.
Drew: A’Shawn Robinson, Defensive tackle, Alabama
With Terrance Knighton and Jason Hatcher no longer in Washington, Robinson is a great pick. Robinson is the usual Alabama defensive tackle. He has great size for an interior defensive lineman, 6-foot-4 and 307 pounds of muscle. He just has pure power and strength. The biggest knock on him is that he does not drop his pads enough when he runs.
22. Houston Texans
Brandon: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
If Corey Coleman was about three inches taller, he could be in the number one pick discussion. He is extremely quick and agile, and did much of his best work as an outside receiver opposed to the slot. Unfortunately, he will get bodied quite easily on the professional level and will be forced inside to the slot. When running a streak, he demands safety help freeing up another receiver allowing DeAndre Hopkins to be at his best.
Drew: Corey Coleman, Wide receiver, Baylor
The Texans will be a whole new team next season with Lamar Miller and Brock Osweiler now joining the team. Coleman would provide a viable number two option with DeAndre Hopkins on the outside. He has great speed (4.37 40 yard dash) and has great hands. Coleman caught 20 touchdown a season ago with the Baylor Bears.
23. Minnesota Vikings
Brandon: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
Teddy Bridgewater has survived so far as an NFL QB but hasn’t managed to find a WR that he has developed a connection with yet. Treadwell will be the big receiver than Teddy needs.
Many scouts will question his speed, running a 4.63 forty yard dash, which concerns them for his ability to separate from corners. What Treadwell did show was his jump ability, which makes him an extremely valuable red zone target.
Drew: Josh Doctson, Wide receiver, TCU
Doctson is a need for the Vikings. The Vikings have zero threats on the perimeter. Doctson was targeted on 36.5 percent of passes for TCU last season and caught 25 touchdowns. He has a great leaping ability and wins most jump balls.
24. Cincinnati Bengals
Brandon: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
Cincinnati lost both Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu during free agency making WR a huge need. They still have AJ Green, who is one of the NFL’s best receivers but no one to pair him up with on the outside.
Fuller is fast, really fast. He can easily burn past corners and must make defenses commit a safety on him to avoid getting burnt. Fuller had an issue with drops as he tried to catch the ball with his body but as Green to help him fix that issue.
Drew: Will Fuller, Wide receiver, Notre Dame
Fuller has flat out speed. He has vertical speed and runs a lot of fly routes. Over 27 percent of Fuller’s catches went over 25 yards or more. The Bengals lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu to free agency so they are in need of a receiver. The biggest knock on Fuller is that he is a body catcher and his hands are suspect at times.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers
Brandon: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
This has to be the year the Steelers finally address the cornerback position. With Cortez Allen gone, there is a composition for the right side corner. Apple has good size at 6-foot-1 and speed (4.40 forty) but lacks the ability to read the QB’s eyes and anticipate the throw. Apple plays the ball extremely well in the air and had 22 pass deflections in two years.
Drew: Karl Joseph, Safety, West Virginia
Joseph plays with passion and love for the game. He has great ball skills and is a huge hitter. He finished last season with five interceptions in just four games because of an ACL injury. He has a great leaping ability which helps him win a lot of jump balls.
26. Seattle Seahawks
Brandon: Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State
With Seattle’s loss of Russell Okung, they pretty much have a need at every spot on the line. The best thing for them to do is draft Whitehair. At K-State, Whitehair played LT but played some guard at times and even center at the Senior Bowl.
With his versatility, he allows Seattle to experience with different combinations. Whitehair, to me, would be best suited as a guard due to his size but he does lack the arm length most scouts like in a guard
Drew: Ryan Kelly, Center, Alabama
The Seahawks need offensive linemen. If they draft nine offensive linemen this year, it would not be a bad thing. Russell Wilson is the best young quarterback in the league and they HAVE to be able to protect him. Kelly is the best center in this draft and is a can’t miss prospect. He was rarely penalized in his career with Alabama and has great strength.
27. Green Bay Packers
Brandon: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
In Ted We Trust. That phrase is commonly used by Packers fans when referring to GM Ted Thompson. Thompson rarely makes draft blunders and I don’t expect this draft to change that. With Clay Matthews moving back to the outside, GB needs to find a new middle linebacker that can play from week one.
Ragland is a physical linebacker. While he may not have the best speed for a linebacker, he has the ability to stuff the run and has an above average ability to rush the quarterback, something Matthews did well in the inside.
Drew: Hunter Henry, Tight end, Arkansas
This is an interesting pick to me. I am not sure what the Packers want to do here. With Spence and Nkemdiche available, I would not be surprised to see one of them picked here but the Packers General Manager usually stays away from players with a “red flag background.”
Henry was a big part of the successful run game at Arkansas last season and is a great receiving tight end as well. Henry is the best tight end prospect in the NFL draft since Tony Gonzalez.
28. Kansas City Chiefs
Brandon: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
Several years ago, the Chiefs had an elite core of linebackers. Now with age and injury catching up with them, the Chiefs address this issue with Darron Lee. While they would love to get a player like Leonard Floyd, Lee gives insurance to Derrick Johnson.
One of my favorite things about Lee is his speed which allows him to succeed in coverage and close in quickly for tackles. Many wondered if he would just be a nickel linebacker, but I believe he is strong enough to be a three down player.
Drew: William Jackson III, Cornerback, Houston
Losing Sean Smith to free agency was big for the Chiefs. Jackson has great ball skills, leading the nation in passes defensed last season for the Cougars. In his two season with the Cougars he only allowed a 40 percent completion rate.
He has good height and great speed which are two of the biggest needs for a corner in the NFL now. The biggest knock on WJIII: he only has average strength and is not very physical in press coverage. Jackson would provide a great number two for the Chiefs behind the Defensive Rookie of the Year last season, Marcus Peters.
29. Arizona Cardinals
Brandon: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
I know there is a lot of love around the league for Ryan Kelly, but center usually isn’t a first round position. I could certainly see Kelly going higher than this spot, but at the same time he could go lower too. Kelly fits in nicely into the Cardinals offensive line. Kelly is by far the best center in this draft.
One of his most impressive abilities is how rarely he was penalized in his three seasons as a starter. On a physical stand point, he opened most of the holes for Heisman trophy winner, Derrick Henry
Drew: Robert Nkedmiche, Defensive Tackle, Ole Miss
There he is. Robert Nkemdiche, the man, myth and legend. If this was purely a football talent draft, he would go number one easily. However, he has serious red flags off the field.
We are not here to talk about his off the field issues. As a player, he is a freak. He runs like a linebacker but has the body of a defensive tackle. This season he improved his quarterback pressures from 13 to 26.
30. Carolina Panthers
Brandon: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
Cam Newton loves Kelvin Benjamin, so adding a WR who is similar to him in size and ability will lead Cam’s passing ability thrive. Thomas has what most scouts look for in a number one receiver with his height, weight, and speed, but will fit perfectly as a number two in Houston.
His 6-foot-3, 212 pounds and 4.55 forty time gives opposing corners nightmares. Thomas isn’t perfect though, as he is still very flawed as a route runner.
Drew: Emmanuel Ogbah, Defensive End, Oklahoma State
Carolina is in an interesting spot. They just lost All-Pro corner Josh Norman to free agency, so they would like to draft a corner. However, with the best corners selected before them they are running out of options.
I could easily see the Panthers trading up to get a corner. Ogbah is a great edge rusher who had at least one sack in 16 of his last 21 games and finished last season with 17.5 tackles for a loss.
31. Denver Broncos
Brandon: Chris Jones, DL, Mississippi State
Depth wise, Denver is very thin on the defensive line. As it is today, Sylvester Williams would be the starting DT for Denver. An instant improvement is available and he is coming from Mississippi State. Chris Jones is one of the best block shedders in this draft.
While he doesn’t have speed, he has lateral quickness and very good feet movement. He is a physical player who clashes at the line to fill or close holes. He was credited with eleven and a half run stuffs last season. If he can clog the run, it allows Von Miller and other to be pass rushers.
Drew: Cody Whitehair, Tackle/Guard, Kansas State
The Broncos are also in an interesting position. Do they roll with Mark Sanchez and improve their offensive line or do they take Paxton Lynch? Whitehair is one of the best offensive lineman in this draft.
He played guard and tackle at Kansas State and could start in the NFL as a center. He is one of the most fundamentally sound offensive lineman in this draft and is a “plug and play” player. If you want to know how strong he is, watch the film of him manhandling Shawn Oakman who is one of the strongest defensive lineman in the Big 12.
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