1. Cleveland Browns Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
The Browns have been busy making moves to shore up the offensive side of the ball through trades and free agency but have done little to strengthen their defensive squad. Bradley Chubb gives them a freakish talent with a nonstop motor and high upside. He would be a great bookend for last year’s number one selection Myles Garrett.
2. New York Giants Quenton Nelson, OL, Norte Dame
The Giants have promised to get back to playing “big boy football” by bolstering the trenches and specifically the offensive line. Nelson gives them a versatile and freakish athlete who can play all five positions and brings with him a mean streak that can’t be taught. This should help the Giants protect Eli Manning for the rest of his career and put a smile on the face of fans who were upset to see their franchise quarterback benched last season.
3. New York Jets
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
The Baker Mayfield hype train has quickly gained steam over the last week or so and the Jets have just traded quite a few future picks to move up and get him in this spot. He has spent time in front of the cameras making sure owners and GMs across the NFL know that he can be the best quarterback in this draft and I believe his efforts are paying off. He has the confidence and personality to be a fan favorite in New York and the skill set to help turn this Jets team around.
4. Cleveland Browns
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
I know they just signed Carlos Hyde but Cleveland would be foolish not to add such a talented football player at this spot. Barkley not only has the skill and athletic ability to dominate the league but he is talented enough to help redefine the way the running back position is played in the modern era. There are a few minor knocks against him but if he stays focused and learns his role, Barkley could become the face of this franchise in no time flat.
5. Denver Broncos Sam Darnold, QB, USC
The Broncos are the one team with a top five draft pick who could be just a quarterback away from being right back in the mix as a Super Bowl contender. Darnold is considered by most to be the safe bet in this quarterback class. He should be able to start right from the get go if needed and has a very high ceiling to work with. He would most likely have some time to learn behind newly acquired Case Keenum but could get himself some playing time if the journeyman struggles with his new team.
6. Indianapolis ColtsMinkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
The Colts traded back to the sixth pick with a certain player in mind and said they believed he would still be available when their turn arrived. They have a lot of holes to fill on both sides of the ball and Fitzpatrick should help strengthen their defense almost immediately. He is a hybrid player with the ability to cover both the pass and the run which ensures he is not a liability if Indianapolis chooses to keep their nickel and dime packages on the field during various situations.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Derwin James, SS, FSU
The Bucs need a physical presence in the middle of the field and hard hitting strong safety Derwin James could be the perfect fit. After being known as a defensive stalwart for so long, the Bucs suddenly became a passing team and started to appear weak on the other side of the ball. This pick could help change that instantly and help get this team back to respectability.
8. Chicago BearsCalvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
The Bears need more weapons for second year quarterback Mitchell Trubiski and Calvin Ridley has already started his campaign to be one of those targets. Ridley is explosively fast and is versatile enough to line up all over the field. He could be a great addition to a team that is on its way up and needs a playmaker to take the pressure off of Trubiski and new addition Allen Robinson.
9. San Francisco 49ers Denzel Ward, CB, OSU
After filling quite a few of their major holes the 49ers still have a glaring need at cornerback and have a great opportunity here with Ward. The young defensive back is thought to have top five potential but should slip here with other teams focusing on other positions. Ward does still have a bit of a learning curve ahead of him but should be able to step in as a day one starter and give the 49ers a strong effort from the get go.
10. Oakland Raiders Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
The Raiders had an extremely disappointing season in 2017 and a lot of the blame could fall on the lackluster play of the defense. Marcus Davenport has turned a lot of heads as a pass rusher and could help lighten the load for Khalil Mack and the rest of Oakland’s defensive squad. Many consider him one of the best players in this class and he would be a great fit for the Black and Silver as they attempt to return to greatness.
11. Miami Dolphins Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Josh Allen has done everything a young passer would need to do to set himself up as one of the top quarterback prospects in the draft. He had a great season, had a decent Senior Bowl, and put on a major display at the combine, yet, he still seems to have a dark cloud hanging over him as we head towards the draft. It seems like many critics and experts have forgotten that they had similar questions about Carson Wentz a couple of years ago. The Dolphins need a quarterback and Allen is definitely a risk they should take.
12. Buffalo Bills Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
The Bills made the playoffs last year for the first time in what seems like forever and now they are hungry for more. They traded up to this pick in hopes that they could find their quarterback of the future and now they have the chance to take him. Rosen turned some people off with his brashness and then shocked them by quickly backpedaling after realizing he may have made a mistake. He still has enough upside though to attract the attention of a team who appears to be on the upswing and could use someone with a little bit of swagger.
13. Washington Redskins Vita Vea, NT, Washington
Vita Vea has the type of ability that could impact the legacy of a franchise. He’s massive and eats up a lot of space in the middle of the field. He’s strong and can destroy three lineman at a time. He’s quick and agile enough to make running backs switch up their angles to avoid him. Yet, he’s humble enough to continue to learn even though he’s on his way to becoming a superstar. He will be a major benefit to a team who is making major changes this offseason.
14. Green Bay Packers Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Green Bay already had massive holes on defense, especially in the backfield, and then they traded away Damarious Randall to help solidify their backup quarterback situation. Now they seem to have left themselves in a position where they have to draft the best cornerback available. Fortunately for them, Alexander has the tools to be a great cover guy in the league and boosted his draft potential with a great combine performance. His physical play would make him a good fit for Mike Pettine’s defense.
15. Arizona Cardinals Connor Williams, OL, Texas
The Cardinals just signed fragile quarterback Sam Bradford to a one year deal and have running back David Johnson coming back from a week one injury that put him on the shelf for the remainder of the season. Protecting these two players is a priority for Arizona this offseason and Connor Williams is as good of an option as anyone. He is a beast of a man and should most definitely make this team better instantly.
16. Baltimore Ravens Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
The Ravens have had a certain type of receiver that they target over the years and to this point that strategy has offered some decent results for the team but has yet to put them over the top offensively. Sutton is the type of receiver that could help take them to the next dimension. He has size, speed, explosive playmaking ability, and the confidence necessary to help reshape the franchise and bring Joe Flacco back up to an elite level.
17. Los Angeles Chargers Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
The Chargers are very quietly becoming one of the most talented teams in the NFL and they showed it last year by bouncing back after a slow start and nearly making the playoffs. They do still have a few holes though and the biggest ones seem to be on defense. Adding a big, physical, linebacker who is known for his versatility could help make them the best team in the AFC West and a serious Super Bowl contender.
18. Seattle Seahawks Mike McGlinchey, OT, Norte Dame
Seattle seems to be in some sort of rebuild and will definitely have a lot of positions to focus on in the draft but offensive line has been a need for a long time. McGlinchey would be a great start as he would definitely help protect Russel Wilson and assisting Seattle’s offense in attempting to once again establish a powerful running game.
19. Dallas Cowboys Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Smith has been red flagged by some experts because of health issues. Even though it could legitimately make him fall to the mid to late first round, he is still one of the top talents in the draft and would be a steal for the Cowboys at this point if he remains healthy. He offers the big play ability that could help Dallas reestablish themselves as a top team in the NFC East.
20. Detroit Lions Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
The Lions have done a lot of things right in putting together what is becoming one of the most explosive offenses in football. One area they have struggled with so far is running back and they can fill that hole right here by adding Guice to their squad. He might not be getting as much hype as expected because everyone is so focused on Saquon Barkley but this kid definitely has superstar potential.
21. Cincinnati Bengals Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
The Bengals acquired this pick by trading with the Bills to shore up their left tackle position. They still have various needs across the line and Hernandez would be a great fit. The small school guard lit up the football world with his massive size and aggressive playing style and has his draft stock rising after a powerful showing at the combine.
22. Buffalo Bills Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
The Bills need to continue to add more weapons as they attempt to establish who they are offensively and Kirk is considered one of the most explosive receivers in this draft. He’s built like a running back, with receiver skills and can be an immediate asset both as a receiver and on special teams. His style of play translates very well to the way modern NFL offenses are being built.
23. Los Angeles Rams
Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
The Rams have bolstered their defensive backfield already this offseason but still have a few major needs to fill in the rest of the unit. None loom larger then their need for an impact edge rusher and Landry has the talent and skill they are looking for. It may take him a little bit to adjust to the NFL but once he does he should make this team remarkably better.
24. Carolina Panthers Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
Vander Esch’s draft stock jumped massively after a brilliant performance at the combine which has him being compared to Luke Kuechly. Now Carolina has the chance to unite the two linebackers and allow the rookie to be tutored by the superstar. Vander Esch has the makings of a dominant run stopper in this league.
25. Tennessee Titans Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
Payne seems to be the perfect fit for a Titans defense which aspires to be the best unit in the league. He proved at the combine that he has the physical skills to match the play he displayed on the field and to make an instant impact for a looking to make it back to the postseason after a great year in 2017.
26. Atlanta Falcons Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
The Falcons like the way their roster looks so far and decided to build through the draft instead of doing anything too crazy in free agency. Selecting the man who fans are already calling “J.J. Watt” could spark a frenzy in Atlanta and help this team improve their defense immediately.
27. New Orleans Saints Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
The Saints just resigned Drew Brees to a two year contract which will most likely allow him to end his career in New Orleans and that has to have them wondering about the future. Jackson is a dynamic quarterback who’s biggest question mark is whether or not he is a good enough passer to compete consistently in the NFL. He might not be ready now but two years learning from the best could greatly improve his chances of succeeding on the big stage.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
The Steelers need to fill a hole at linebacker and Evans could be the guy to do it here towards the end of the first round. This kid has the versatility to move around to different positions and to cover receivers as well as excelling at stopping the run. He’s faster than most Alabama linebackers and should have an immediate impact for Pittsburgh.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars Isaiah Wynn, OL, Georgia
Jacksonville surprised a lot of experts with better offensive line play than most people expected last season but they still have a few holes they need to fill. Wynn is extremely versatile and can play all five positions on the line. Even if he starts out as just a backup in his first year, he could be a contributor by season’s end.
30. Minnesota Vikings Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
The Vikings needs a cornerback and after running a slower 40 at the combine than most teams were hoping for, Jackson could fall right into their lap. This kid has the length and cover skills to be a great player in this league and having a top notch defense around him should help cover up any deficiencies his lack of speed may present.
31. New England Patriots Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
This is exactly the type of player Bill Belichick looks for late in the first round. The fact that Brown had a historically bad combine doesn’t take away from the fact that he didn’t allow a sack last season. It’s a giant task to cover Tom Brady’s blindside but this massive tackle should definitely be up for it.
32. Philadelphia Eagles Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
The Eagles won the Super Bowl last year but haven’t hesitated to make moves to keep stockpiling talent. This would be a solid pick for a team who is determined to get stronger in every area of the field. Miller might not be an immediate starter but would be a solid backup in case of injury.