Friday, March 3, 2017

2017 NFL Mock Draft - Pre NFL Scouting Combine

Here is my Post Super Bowl 2017 NFL Mock Draft. It will be followed by updates heading into the NFL Draft on April 27, 2017.

This is not a mock draft where I substitute my judgement for that of the teams. I try to research the opinions of those who most closely follow NFL teams like scouts, insiders and beat writers from all of the NFL cities. I then try to make the most educated prediction as to which way each team will go in the draft.

I start out by targeting each team's most obvious need, and then try to home in on the most logical pick based upon value and need as roster cuts and free agency transpires.

My mock draft has been linked by DC Pro Sports ReportWalter Football, The Huddle Report, EDS Football, NFL Pro Zach, and in their Mock Draft Databases, so click their links to check out all of their draft related content!

1st Round

1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M:

It's not a great year to own the No. 1 overall pick if you need a QB. While most assume that Myles Garrett of Texas A&M is a sure thing to be the Brown's top pick, don't be surprised if Jonathan Allen of Alabama garners consideration based upon having been the more productive pass rusher in the SEC, and potentially more receptive to playing in Cleveland.

2. San Francisco 49'ers – Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama:

If San Francisco is sold on one of the QB's in this year's draft class, they need to pull the trigger. Otherwise, they should look into trading down for additional picks. Right now, Jonathan Allen of Alabama is the most NFL ready player in this year's draft, and could potentially fill a hole at any position on the defensive line in any type of scheme. 

3. Chicago Bears - Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State: 

If the Bears don't have the opportunity to select the top QB in this year's draft, they could elect to lock down their secondary with the clear cut best corner in this draft, Marshon Lattimore of Ohio State. Perhaps local product Tony Romo could be a short term solution at QB should he hit the free agency market. 

4. Jacksonville Jaguars Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

After a few up and down seasons the jury is still out on Blake Bortles. Bortles probably can't be judged until the Jags put together a legitimate running game, and Leonard Fornette of LSU is the type of game changing back that could transform the way a defense schemes against an offense, thereby freeing things up for Bortles to show his true worth. 

5. Tennessee Titans (from the Los Angeles Rams) – Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State:

The Titan's defense is fairly solid, but if they can find a game changer at any position they need to make a move. Malik Hooker of Ohio State projects as the best safety in this year's class. 

6. New York Jets - Mitch Trubiski, QB, North Carolina: 

This year does not offer a great QB class, but the Jets really have no option but to find a franchise signal caller going forward. Mitch Trubiski plans to throw at the Scouting Combine, where he can cement his status as a top ten pick, or allow his draft stock to drop as many are predicting. 

7. Los Angeles Chargers – Reuben Foster, OLB/DE, Alabama: 

While Melvin Ingram is returning under the franchise tag, another linebacker who can play the edge in a 3-4 scheme would greatly improve the Chargers' defense. 

8. Carolina Panthers - Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State:

Jonathan Stewart has been good when healthy, but those days have been few and far between. Many are suggesting that Dalvin Cook may be better and go before Leonard Fournette in this year's draft. 

9. Cincinnati Bengals - Sidney Jones, CB, Washington:  

The Bengals' secondary has been in transition the past two years. With Adam "Pacman" Jones in trouble with the law yet again, it may be necessary to invest yet another 1st round pick in a top corner.

10. Buffalo Bills – Jamal Adams, S, LSU

The cupboard is bare at safety in Buffalo, and Jamal Adams of LSU is a consensus top ten talent. 

11. New Orleans Saints – Derek Barnett, DE/OLB, Tennessee: 

The Saints need a defensive end to potentially replace free agent Paul Kruger.  Derek Barnett of Tennessee may not be a freek athlete, but he was one of the most productive defensive ends in SEC history.

12. Cleveland Browns (from the Philadelphia Eagles) – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson: 

While this year's Qb class seems weak, having two 1st round picks is kind of like having free money. After passing on the position in last year's draft, the Browns absolutely need to take a flyer on one of this year's top signal callers in the event that they don't pull off a trade for somebody like Jimmy Garrofalo.

13. Arizona Cardinals - Mike Williams, WR, Clemson:

The Cardinals are rich in #3 caliber WR's, but need a true #2 to compliment, and eventually take over for Larry Fitzgerald. Mike Williams is a big possession type guy who, like Fitzgerald, is capable of winning any jump ball thrown his way. 

14. Philadelphia Eagles (from the Minnesota Vikigs) – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan: 

No team has missed more on WR's in the NFL Draft in recent history than the Eagles. Corey Davis of Western Michigan may not be a big name, but he is big time player who might end up being the class of the draft at his position.

15. Indianapolis Colts – Ryan Ramczyk, T, Wisconsin:

The Colts have plenty of needs on offense and defense, but priority #1 is keeping Jake Locker upright. Ryan Ramczyk has gone from small school transfer to the top prosepect at left tackle in just over one year.

16. Baltimore Ravens John Ross, WR, Washington:

With Steve Smith retiring, the Ravens need another weapon at receiver. John Ross of Washington might be the fastest receiver in this year's draft class, and could provide a scary weapon opposite of Brashad Perriman. 

17. Washington Pigskins – Solomon Thomas, DE/DT, Stanford:

The Redskins need help on their defensive line, and Solomon Thomas of Stanford has the size to play base end on a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense.

18. Tennessee Titans – Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU: 

If the Titans were to go with a safety at their first pick in the 1st round, adding a top corner would go a long way to locking down their secondary for years to come.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: 

With Doug Martin having fallen out of favor, the Bucs need a new weapon out of the backfield for Jameis Winston.

20. Denver Broncos
 – Cam Robinson, T, Alabama: 

Denver is hemmoraging on their offensive line, and could use talent at tackle and guard. Cam Robinson of Alabama may be the most talented tackle in this year's draft, but may slide due to some major characer issues that are plaguing many Crimson Tide players. 

21. Detroit Lions - Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan:

Detroit needs playmakers at every level on defense, but no need is more glaring than a defensive end to play opposive of Ezekiel Ansah. Whether it's Taco Charlton, Derek Barnett or Takkarist McCinnley, look for the Lions to take the best rush end still available on their board.

22. Miami Dolphins - Gabril Peppers, S/LB/RB, Michigan:

The Dolphins may be without starting S Isa Abdul-Qudas this season due to a lingering kneck injury. Even if he is able to return, Gabril Peppers of Michigan can fill the newly coveted role of a hybrid safety/linebacker that can play three downs in today's pass happy NFL.

23. New York Giants - O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama:

Tight ends are rarely 1st round worthy, but O.J. Howard of Alabama may be the most complete player in this year's draft. He can run, he can catch, he can block, and he's a high character football player.

24. Oakland Raiders Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State:

Malik McDowell is a bit of an enigma. He's an undersized DT, but dominated when he wanted to at Michigan Stated due to his superior strength and athleticism. He may be better suited in the NFL as base 4-3 or 3-4 defensive end.

25. Houston Texans DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

Brock Osweiler flamed out in his first year in Houston. With the Texans playoff worthy outside of their situation at QB, they may need to take a risk on a NFL ready rookie signal caller.

26. Seattle Seahawks - Garrett Bolles, T, Utah:

The Seahawks are probably at point where they will take the best available offensive linemen, as they need to rebuild their once potent running game. 

27. Kansas City Chiefs Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama:

If Kansas City manages to retain Dontari Poe as expected, no team is expected to bring back more starters than the Chiefs. That means they can draft the best player available when it comes to pick #27.

28. Dallas Cowboys Takkarist McCinnley, DE, UCLA:

The Dallas defense outperformed their talent last season. The Cowboys desperately need a game changing defensive end or 3-technique tackle.

29.  Green Bay Packers - Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama

If the Packers lose OLB Nick Perry in free agency they will need another outside pass rusher to play opposite of Clay Mathews.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers Teez Tabor, CB, Florida:

Pittsburgh has been in need of a secondary rebuild for years. Teez Tabor could fit the bill, as while he may slide in the draft due to some character issues, he's certainly a top half of the first round talent at CB. 

31. Atlanta Falcons Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida:

Whether it's DE, DT, or CB, the Falcons Super Bowl debacle showed their need for playmakers on defense. Caleb Brantley of Florida is probably the top 3-technique pass rusher available in this draft.

32. New England Patriots - Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida:

No team has more holes heading into free agency than the Patriots. CB is one of those holes, and Quincy Wilson of Florida would be one of the top graded players available should he slide to the end of the 1st rd. 

2nd Round

33. Cleveland Browns - Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida: 

The Browns can use all the talent they can get. Jarrad Davis is a 1st rd. talent, but could slip into the 2nd rd. due to injury issues during his final saeason at Florida. 

34. San Francisco 49'ers - Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech: 

Patrick Mahomes is the rising name in this year's draft, and could ultimately see himself as the first QB selected. 

35. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan:

Small in stature or not, Jourdan Lewis is probably the best cover CB in this year's draft. Worst case scenario, he locks down a team's nickle spot for years to come. 

36. Chicago Bears - David Njoku, TE, Miami:

The Bears are still trying to recover from Mike Martz trading Greg Olsen for pennies on the dollar. David Njoku of Miami could give their QB, whoever that might be, an option to help replace the targets that Alshon Jeffrey received. 

37. Los Angeles Rams - Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi:

The Rams are weak at receiver, and will probably lose Kenny Britt in free agency. While he's a TE, Evan Engram is a pass catcher who could become a reliable go to target underneath. 

38. Los Angeles Chargers - Budda Baker, S, Washington:

The Chargers are still searching for a replacement for Eric Weddle. 

39. New York Jets - Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA:

With Derrell Revis having surrendered his island, the Jets need some new blood at CB. Fabian Moreau could wind up being one of the better values as a football player in this draft. 

40. Carolina Panthers - Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State:

The Panthers need a DE to play opposite of Koney Ealy in the event that they don't re-sign Charles Johnson. Jordan Willis is another example of a productive player who may not live up to the expeted NFL measurables, which could cause his draft stock to slide. 

41. Cincinnati Bengals - Demarcus Walker, DE, Florida State

The Bengals need help at DE, and Demarcus Walker of Florida State got to the passer better than just about any other college player last season. 

42. New Orleans Saints - Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State:

The more solid defensive players the Saints can add the better. Raekwon McMillan was yet another player in OSU's talented back seven. 

43. Philadelphia Eagles - Adoree' Jackson, CB, USC:

Philly has a hole at right CB. Adoree' Jackson is another multi talented, multi positional athlete, but should find a home in the Eagles' secondary and as a return man. 

44. Buffalo Bills - Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina:

Zay Jones may be the most under rated player from a small school in this year's draft. 

45. Arizona Cardinals - Carl Lawson, DT, Auburn:

If Calais Campbell can't be resigned, the Cardinals need a disruptive 5-techniqe. I don't know if Carl Lawson can be that guy, but he may be their best option outside of free agency or the 1st round. 

46. Minnesota Vikings - Antonio Garcia, T, Troy:

The Vikings stand to lose 3 of their top 4 tackles in free agency. Antonio Garcia has small school resume, but held his own against some of the best at the Senior Bowl, thereby raising his draft stock. 

47. Baltimore Ravens - Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri:

Charles Harris is a highly touted guy, but may only fit a 3-4 scheme, which could cause him to fall into the 2nd rd. 

48. Indianapolis Colts - T.J. Watt, LB/DE, Wisconsin:

Nobody has improved his draft status in the last two years more than T.J. Watt of Wisconsin. He'd be a nice fit at OLB in Indy's 3-4 scheme. 

49. Washington Pigskins - Cooper Cuff, WR, Eastern Washington

With the Skins set to lose Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson in free agency, they need to add a WR. Cooper Cuff may come from a small school, but he has NFL bloodlines, and stood out against big school competition at the Senior Bowl. 

50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Roderick Johnson, T, Florida State:

The more help for Tampa's running game and to protect Jameis Winston the better. 

51. Denver Broncos - Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky:

Forrest Lamp could climb into the 1st rd. if the right team falls in love with him, but typically even top guards don't go higher than the second round unless they are considered elite. 

52. Cleveland Browns (from the Tennessee Titans) - Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama

Dalvin Tomlinson is one of the better football players in this draft, and reprsents a bargain to any team that can land him in the 2nd or 3rd rd. 

53. Detroit Lions - Haason Reddick, LB, Temple: 

Detroit needs a playmaker at middle linebacker, and Haason Riddick is one of the sleepers in this year's draft. 

54. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama

Ryan Anderson could go much earlier than this, but plays a position that is more based upon need than value. 

55. New York Giants - Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee:

The 4th option in the top tier of running backs would provide a much needed upgrade to the Giants' running game, taking some pressure off of Eli Manning in the passing game. 

56. Oakland Raiders - Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State:

Oakland is getting better quickly, but still needs some talent and depth in their secondary. 

57. Houston Texans - Jake Butt, TE, Michigan:

Jake Butt may be a future investment given his bowl game knee injury, but would have been a potential 1st rd. pick. 

58. Seattle Seahawks - Dan Feeney, G, Indiana:

Dan Feeney may be the best G in this year's draft, and could even play T if needed. Seattle needs both. 

59. Kansas City Chiefs - Ryan Glasgow, DT/DE, Michigan:

Again, Kansas City is in a position to draft for depth. 

60. Dallas Cowboys - Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson:

If the Cowboys go DE in Rd. 1, DT would be a logical option in Rd. 2. 

61. Green Bay Packers - Obi Melifonwu, S, UConn

The Packers secondary was exposed in the playoffs. Obi Melifonwu is an elite athlete at S. 

62.  Pittsburgh Steelers - Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M:

This is a draft where the Steelers need to address the future of their secondary. Justin Evans of Texas A&M should step in and play right away. 

63. Atlanta Falcons - Desmond King, CB/S, Iowa:

Whether he plays nickle of safety, Desmond King is a playmaker in the secondary, which is something the Falcons need. 

64. New England Patriots - Adam Bisnowaty, T, Pitt

With Sebastian Vollmer a cap casualty, the Pats will be in the market for another under the radar RT. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Top 100 Draft Prospects Board - Final Competition Version

1.       Jared Goff, QB, Cal
2.       Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3.       Laremy Tunsil, T, Mississippi
4.       Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
5.       Jalen Ramsey, S/CB, Florida State
6.       DeForest Buckner, DE/DT, Oregon
7.       Miles Jack, LB, UCLA
8.       Jack Conklin, T, Michigan State
9.       Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
10.   Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
11.   Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
12.   Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia
13.   Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
14.   Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
15.   Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
16.   Ronnie Stanley, T, Notre Dame
17.   Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
18.   Taylor Decker, T, Ohio State
19.   Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi
20.   Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
21.   Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
22.   Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
23.   Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
24.   Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
25.   Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
26.   Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
27.   Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
28.   Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
29.   Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
30.   William Jackson, III, Houston
31.   A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
32.   Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
33.   Jason Spriggs, T, Indiana
34.   Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
35.   Keanu Neal, S, Florida
36.   Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
37.   Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
38.   Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
39.   Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
40.   Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
41.   Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt
42.   Su’A Cravens, S/LB, USC
43.   Kamalei Correa, DE, Boise State
44.   Artie Burns, CB, Miami
45.   Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
46.   Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
47.   Jordan Jenkins, DE/LB, Georgia
48.   Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
49.   Shon Coleman, T, Auburn
50.   Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
51.   Germain Ifedi, T, Texas A&M
52.   Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
53.   Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
54.   Le’Raven Clark, T, Texas Tech
55.   Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
56.   Sean Davis, CB/S, Maryland
57.   Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
58.   Jalen Mills, CB/S, LSU
59.   Xavier Howard, CB, Baylor
60.   Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
61.   Josh Perry, LB, Ohio State
62.   Jonathan Bullard, DE/DT, Florida
63.   Shilique Calhoun, DE/OLB, Michigan State
64.   Chris Cash, S, Duke
65.   Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
66.   Christian Westerman, G, Arizona State
67.   Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
68.   Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
69.   Deion Jones, LB, LSU
70.   T.J. Green, S, Clemson
71.   Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri
72.   Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
73.   Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
74.   Jihad Ward, DE/DT, Illinois
75.   Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
76.   Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
77.   Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
78.   Nick Martin, G/C, Notre Dame
79.   Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
80.   Robert Aguayo, K, FLorida
81.   Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford
82.   Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
83.   C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
84.   Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
85.   Adam Gotsis, DT, Georgia Tech
86.   Kei’Varae Russell, CB, Notre Dame
87.   Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
88.   Vadal Alexander, G, LSU
89.   Justin Simmons, S, Boston College
90.   Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
91.   Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
92.   Yannich Ngakoue, DE, Maryland
93.   Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama
94.   Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State
95.   Max Tuerk, C, USC
96.   Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
97.   Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah
98.   Willie Beavers, T, Western Michigan
99.   Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
00.   Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2016 NFL Mock Draft - Final Competition Version

1. Los Angeles Rams (from the Tennessee Titans) – Jared Goff, QB, California:

2. Philadelphia Eagles (from the Cleveland Browns) – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State:

3. San Diego Chargers  Jalen Ramsey, S/CB, Florida State:

4. Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State:

5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State:  

6. Baltimore Ravens - Laremy Tunsil, LT, Mississippi

7. San Francisco 49’ers – DeForest Buckner, DT, Oregon:

8. Tennessee Titans (Projected trade with the Cleveland Browns, via the Philadelphia Eagles, via the Miami Dolphins) – Jack Conklin, T, Michigan State:

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson:   

10. New York Giants – Ronnie Stanley, T, Notre Dame:

11. Chicago Bears – Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia:

12. New Orleans Saints – Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson: 

13. Miami Dolphins (from the Philadelphia Eagles) – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida:  

14. Oakland Raiders – Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA:

15. Cleveland Browns (Projected trade with the Tennessee Titans, via the Los Angeles Rams) - Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State:

16. Detroit Lions  Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

17. Atlanta Falcons – Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State: 

18. Indianapolis Colts  Taylor Decker, T, Ohio State: 

19. Buffalo Bills – Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi

20. New York Jets  Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky

21. Washington Pigskins - Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama: 

22. Houston Texans – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor:

23. Minnesota Vikings  Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi:

24. Cincinnati Bengals - Josh Doctson, WR, TCU:

25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State:

26. Seattle Seahawks - Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama:

27. Green Bay Packers Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

28. Kansas City Chiefs Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech:

29. Arizona Cardinals - Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson:

30. Carolina Panthers - William Jackson, III, CB, Houston

31. Denver Broncos Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis:

Saturday, March 5, 2016

2016 NFL Mock Draft - Post Scouting Combine

Here is my Post Scouting Combine 2016 NFL Mock Draft. It will be followed by updates heading into the NFL Draft on April 28, 2016.

This is not a mock draft where I substitute my judgement for that of the teams. Instead, I try to research the opinions of those who most closely follow NFL teams like scouts, insiders and beat writers from all of the NFL cities. I then try to make the most educated prediction as to which way each team will go in the draft.

My mock draft has been linked by DC Pro Sports ReportWalter Football, The Huddle Report, EDS Football, NFL Pro Zach, and in their Mock Draft Databases, so click their links to check out all of their draft related materials and content.

1st Round

1. Tennessee Titans – Laremy Tunsil, LT, Mississippi:

With a young franchise quarterback already on their roster, Tennessee could consider trading down a few spots and accumulating more picks with a team that needs a signal caller, but if you don't think the Titans won't select left tackle Laremy Tunsil after trading for running back DeMarco Murray, you're crazy.

2. Cleveland Browns – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State:

Another year, another general manager, another head coach, another offensive coordinator, and yet another quarterback for the Browns. Carson Wentz could finally provide the franchise with some much needed stability at a key position for years to come. Unfortunately, he's not a slam dunk pick, as his accuracy and level of competition still remain at issue, so Cleveland fans are facing yet another leap of faith. 

3. San Diego Chargers  Jalen Ramsey, S/CB, Florida State: 

Jalen Ramsey checked all the boxes with his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine. With the Chargers and Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle set to part ways, Ramsey could not only serve as a replacement, but as an improvement. 

4. Dallas Cowboys Luquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi

Legendary Cowboy GM Gil Brandt has reported that Jerry Jones has informed him that the Cowboys are not looking at a quarterback with their #4 overall selection, and I tend to believe what Brandt has to say. If Dallas intends to ride with Tony Romo for the next several years, he could use another target at wide receiver like Luquon Treadwell of Mississippi to help open up the offense. 

5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Joey Bossa, DE, Ohio State:

Joey Bossa's production never quite lived up to his hype at Ohio State, but he is still highly regarded by many scouts based upon his length, athleticism, versatility, and potential. By playing opposite of Dante Fowler, Jr., Bossa might actually put up some decent sack totals early in his NFL career. 

6. Baltimore Ravens - DeForest Buckner, DT, Oregon: 

DeForest Buckner would give the Ravens a high impact defensive end who could give them an elite inside/outside presence that they've been lacking in recent years.

7. San Francisco 49'ers – Jared Goff, QB, California: 

The 49'ers are in quarterback limbo right now with Colin Kaepernick, and need to look to the draft in order to rebuild for the future. Local product Jared Goff of Cal would give San Francisco with a franchise quarterback to build around in Chip Kelly's new system. 

8. Miami Dolphins - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson:

Olivier Vernon is presently in the mix as a pass rusher for the Dolphins after being tagged as their "Franchise Player," but Shaq Lawson of Clemson would represent a much cheaper alternative for the salary cap strapped Dolphins should they decide to cut ties. A free agent signing could also be in the mix. 

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida:  

Tampa Bay had the second worst secondary in the NFL last season. The question that the Buc's need to address is whether or not to solve that problem by adding a talented corner or improving their pass rush. For now, Vernon Hargreaves of Florida represents a better value as the best pure corner on the board, as opposed to settling for the third or fourth rated defensive end.

10. New York Giants – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama: 

The Giants could use a quarterback for their defense. Reggie Ragland of Alabama is an athletic, yet intelligent three down player who could play a part in reviving the Giants' front seven. 

11. Chicago Bears – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA: 

The Bears are in the market for a new play making linebacker, and Myles Jack of UCLA fits the bill. He can cover a receiver like a nickel back does, but  he has the body and run stopping skills of a middle linebacker.  

12. New Orleans Saints – Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State: 

A pass rusher and a corner have to be the Saints' two biggest needs, and those are two really big needs. With a hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense, Emmanuel Ogbah of Oklahoma State would be an ideal fit as a much needed edge rusher.

13. Philadelphia Eagles - Ronnie Stanley, LT, Notre Dame:

With Jason Peters and Lane Johnson, the Eagles appear set at offensive tackle. On the other hand, Peters has been often injured, the Eagles have expressed a desire in improving their offensive line. Either Ronnie Stanley of Notre Dame or Jack Conklin of Michigan State would be no brainer picks if they were available when Philadelphia picks at the #13 spot.

14. Oakland Raiders – Jack Conklin, T, Michigan State:

Offensive tackle is an area where the Raiders could stand to improve. Jack Conklin is a former walk-on who developed into a three year starter at left tackle for Michigan State, where he excelled in an extremely complex blocking system against elite competition.

15. Los Angeles Rams – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis: 

The Rams have a talented defense and a bell cow running back, but still lack a franchise quarterback as well as a true No. 1 wide receiver. Paxton Lynch of Memphis is a risky pick based upon the lower level of competition that he played against as well as his lack of familiarity with a pro-style offense, but he certainly has an NFL caliber arm. 

16. Detroit Lions Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville:

The Lions are in the market starting caliber offensive and defensive tackles in this year's draft. If the top three offensive tackles are off the board, the Lions would love to find a play maker at defensive tackle like Louisville's Sheldon Rankins to help replace last year's loss of Ndamukong Suh. 

17. Atlanta Falcons – A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama:

The Falcons need to improve their defensive line in general, as they struggled against the run and in the pass rush. While not an elite pass rusher from the tackle position, A'Shawn Robinson can provide a little bit of push from the inside while stuffing the run at the same time.

18. Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Decker, T, Ohio State: 

Pass protection for Andrew Luck remains the biggest issue in Indianapolis, and a starting caliber tackle like Taylor Decker of Ohio State would help solidify their offensive line.

19. Buffalo Bills – Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky: 

With Mario Williams wearing out his welcome in Buffalo, the Bills should be in the market for another defensive end. Noah Spence of Eastern Kentucky, formerly of Ohio State, is not only a physical specimen, but he was a better pass rusher than Joey Bossa during his time in Columbus, and could help fill Williams' role as an elite pass rusher.

20. New York Jets
 – Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia: 

With Mo Wilkerson's future in New York uncertain at best, the Jets could use a legitimate pass rusher from the edge in order to return Sheldon Richardson back to the trenches where he belongs. Leonard Floyd of Georgia has disappointed in terms of performance on the field, but possesses all of the measurables to be molded into an elite NFL 3-4 outside linebacker given the right coaching staff. 

21. Washington Redskins - Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi:

The Redskin defensive line needs an upgrade, and while Robert Nkemdiche has some character issues off the field, Washington would love to see an athlete of his ability fall to them at the later end of the first round. 

22. Houston Texans, - Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State:

Despite some false reports going around, Connor Cook is a high character quarterback who is viewed as a leader by all of his teammates. Having watched all of his snaps 2-3 times, and having read every single article from Detroit's three major news publications, I've never heard ANYBODY speak poorly of his leadership or character.  More importantly, and unlike most college prospects, Cook is an NFL ready signal caller who can go through pro-style progressions and stands tall in the pocket. His footwork is heads and shoulders above that of any other quarterback prospect in this draft class. While Cook did have some accuracy issues, particularly on some of his shorter throws, he's also been very safe with the football throughout his career at Michigan State. Cook is probably not a good fit for a west Coast offensive system, but should flourish in a team that employs a vertical passing attack like the Texans.

23. Minnesota Vikings - Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor:

Mike Wallace hasn't exactly worked out in Minnesota, and Corey Coleman of Baylor would give Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings a much needed true vertical threat at wide receiver. 

24. Cincinnati Bengals - Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame:

Cincinnati is faced with the prospect of wide receiver Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu testing free agency in a market that is very thin. Rather than over paying for one of their own, the relatively deep Bengals may be in a better position to look to fill their void at receiver through the draft. Will Fuller of Notre Dame is a big time play maker who would provide the perfect compliment to A.J. Green at wide receiver and Tyler Eifert at tight end in terms of stretching opposing defenses.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers Eli Apple, CB, Notre Dame:

With several key players expected to return following injuries in 2015, the Steelers biggest offseason need is in their secondary. Eli Apple of Ohio State is an athletic freak who should develop into a much needed playmaker in the Steelers' secondary.

26. Seattle Seahawks - Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA:

The Seahawks have lost a lot of talent and depth along their once stout defensive line since their Super Bowl run two years ago. Kenny Clark of UCLA would be an immediate plug and play at defensive tackle, who's play is similar to All Pro defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. 

27. Green Bay Packers Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State:

The Packers need to figure out what they're doing at inside/outside linebacker and find Clay Matthews a forever home. Rumor has it that Green Bay wants to move Matthews back outside permanently after he's rotated from inside to outside the last two seasons depending on the situation. Darron Lee played outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme at Ohio State, but has many of the same attributes that Matthews brought to inside linebacker in Green Bay's 3-4 scheme in terms of coverage and blitzing. The only question is whether his blazing 40 time of 4.47 at the Scouting Combine will put him out of Green Bay's reach come pick #27.

28. Kansas City Chiefs Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor:

The Chiefs could use a 3-4 defensive end with interior lineman Jaye Howard and Mike DeVito possibly departing via free agency. Andrew Billings is a barrel chested, high motor machine in the middle out of Baylor, who would serve as an immediate compliment to incumbent nose tackle, Dontari Poe.

29. Arizona Cardinals - Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor:

Arizona is desperately seeking another outside pass rusher. Shawn Oakman of Baylor is a physical specimen at edge rusher in the mold of Calais Campbell, but may need some time to develop a NFL motor.

30. Carolina Panthers - Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

After falling short of a Super Bowl victory, the Panthers have holes to fill at corner, defensive end and offensive tackle. Given the likely talent available, this would be an ideal spot for the Panthers to trade down with a team seeking either a top notch quarterback or defensive tackle. If Carolina stays put, they could look to a local product like Clemson pass rusher, Kevin Dodd. 

31. Denver Broncos Jason Spriggs, T, Indiana:

Denver has a decision to make on their highly priced and injury prone left tackle, Ryan Clady. Jason Spriggs of Indiana is a physical brawler who could offer them a cheap replacement and allow the Broncos to spend their available cap space on other pending free agents like DeMarcus Ware or Malik Jackson. 

*(The New England Patriots Forfeited Their 1st Round Pick Due to the Deflate Gate Scandal)

2nd Round

32. Cleveland Browns - Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama: 

The Browns swung and missed on nose tackle Phil Taylor, and are still looking for a viable option to help stop the run. Fortunately, this is an extremely deep draft when it comes to defensive tackles, so several first round talents like Jarran Reed of Alabama should still be available at the top of the 2nd round. 

33. Tennessee Titans - Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

If the Titans could anchor their offensive line with Laremy Tunsil and then come back in the second round and grab another receiver, it would greatly benefit Marcus Mariota in his development. Braxton Miller is a recent convert to wide receiver, but turned heads with his performance all week at the Senior Bowl. 

34. Dallas Cowboys - Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame:

The Cowboys need some bulk on the interior of their defensive line, and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli apparently fell in love with Sheldon Day during their time working together at the Senior Bowl.

35. San Diego Chargers - Josh Doctson, WR, TCU:

The Chargers could use a viable option to play opposite of Keenan Allen. Josh Doctson is a big receiver who backed up his huge numbers at TCU by running better than expected at the Scouting Combine. 

36. Baltimore Ravens - Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama:

The Ravens interest in Trent Richardson seems like a classic smokescreen to mask Ozzie Newsome's potential interest in yet another Alabama alum at running back in Heisman Trophy winner, Derrick Henry.  

37. San Francisco 49'ers - Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech:

Vernon Butler is a mammoth small school defensive tackle who showed surprising athleticism and starred at the Senior Bowl.

38. Miami Dolphins - Su'A Cravens, S/LB, USC:

Whether you look at the versatile Su'A Cravens of USC as an outside linebacker or strong safety, he could be a plug and play for the Dolphins at either position.

39. Jacksonville Jaguars - Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson:

With zero career interceptions, you can either look at Mackensie Alexander of Clemson as a lock down corner, or you can look at him as somebody who lacks ball skills. While Alexander has borderline 1st round talent, his lack of maturity and questions about his ability to immediately transition to the NFL as a stand alone corner will likely knock him back into the 2nd round.  

40. New York Giants - Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State

The Giants need to solidify their front seven on defense, and if they could add an established defensive end in a deep free agency class, as well as a middle linebacker in the 1st round of the draft, there should be plenty of talented defensive tackles available in the top half of the 2nd round to help totally revamp their defense.

41. Chicago Bears - Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State:

The Bears need playmakers on defense, and Adolphus Washington of Ohio State brings some skills as a pass rusher from the defensive tackle position that Chicago hasn't had since Henry Melton.

42. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Kendall Fuller, S, Virginia Tech:

Tampa Bay is looking to revamp their secondary, and an athletic free safety like Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech would add some much needed quickness to the mix, and could help form a long term duo if the Buccaneers are able to grab corner Vernon Hargreaves in the 1st round.

43. Los Angeles Rams - Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt:

Regardless of who the Rams' quarterback is, they need a go to wide receiver. Tyler Boyd was thought to be a solid 2nd round prospect heading into the draft process, and then turned in an amazing performance at the Senior Bowl.

44. Oakland Raiders - Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame:

Jaylon Smith went from being the potential #1 overall pick, to falling off several team's draft boards altogether. With his 2016 season likely a complete loss, the Raiders are the one team who might take a flyer on a top rated talent like Smith. 

45. Los Angeles Rams - Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State:

The Rams need a replacement for Kyle Long at defensive end. Carl Nassib is kind of a poor man's version of long. While he may need time to develop into the thick base end that Long was, Nassib shows more promise as a pass rusher.

46. Detroit Lions - Jeremy Cash, S, Duke:

The Lions are expected to make a run at free agent safety George Iloka. In the event that he re-signs with Cincinnati or ends up going to another team, Detroit will need to find a potential starter in this year's draft. 

47. New Orleans Saints - Jalen Mills, CB/S, LSU:

The Saints hit gold with street free agent Delvin Breaux, but could still stand to add some talent in order to stabilize their secondary. Jalen Mills of LSU can play safety or corner, but would probably be looked at as a corner by the Saints.

48. Indianapolis Colts - Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn

Auburn cornerback Jonathan Jones cemented his status as a 2nd round pick with a blazing 4.29 time in the 40 yard dash at the Scouting Combine.

49. Buffalo Bills - Deion Jones, OLB, LSU:

Deion Lewis is the new breed of NFL linebacker. While he's a bit undersized, he's fast and can cover ground from sideline to sideline. Given the Bills' massive defensive front to protect him, Lewis could be a perfect addition to Rex Ryan's defense.

50. Atlanta Falcons - Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State:

The Falcons desperately are in need of edge rushers, and while Shilique Calhoun may not yet be a three down NFL player, he certainly fits the bill as a situational speed rusher who can develop over time into an every down player.

51. New York Jets - Le'Raven Clark, T, Texas Tech

A right tackle to play opposite D'Brickashaw Ferguson would help lay the foundation for a better running game. A young running back in the 3rd or 4th round to replace Chris Ivory would further build upon that foundation.

52. Houston Texans - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State: 

The Texans need a new bell cow running back to move the chains after cutting ties with Arian Foster. Ezekiel Foster may not be elite, but he has the initial burst to make it through the line and power to gain a few extra yards thereafter. 

53. Washington Redskins - Nick Martin, T/G, Notre Dame

Like last year's 1st round pick, Brandon Scherff, Nick Martin of Notre Dame could play guard or right tackle in the NFL. By solidifying their offensive line, Washington could make life much easier on a savvy, yet weak armed quarterback like Kirk Cousins.

54. Minnesota Vikings - Darian Thomas, S, Boise State:

A play making safety to play opposite of Harrison Smith would help neutralize division rival Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

55. Cincinnati Bengals - Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson:

The Bengals approach this off season with three quarters of their secondary heading to free agency. Whether it's a corner or a safety, Cincinnati will need to add at least one defensive back to the mix, and possibly move some other players around from safety to corner. The Bengals could lose both starting safeties in Reggie Nelson and George Iloka in free agency.

56. Seattle Seahawks - Shon Coleman, T, Auburn:

Depending on what happens with Russell Okung, Seattle could be in the market for a starting tackle. Shon Coleman of Auburn not only projects as a long term left tackle in the NFL, but he also has experience playing guard, so he would be able to contribute even if the Seahawks are able retain Okung.

57. Green Bay Packers - Kyle Murphy, T/G, Stanford:

The Packers don't have an elite offensive line, and when injuries hit, Aaron Rogers becomes vulnerable. A versatile lineman like Kyle Murphy of Stanford could not only provide Green Bay with a potential long term starter, but he could fill in as needed at tackle or guard in the case of a major injury.

58. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jordan Jenkins, DE/OLB, Georgia:

The Steelers are always looking to find a 'tweener at outside in their 3-4 scheme, and while James Harrison is returning for what is probably his final season, Pittsburgh could use some more depth in the pool to ultimately replace him.

59. Kansas City Chiefs - Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State:

The Chiefs could use a starting caliber safety to play opposite Eric Berry.

60. New England Patriots - Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State:

New England was thin at receiver even before they released Brandon LaFell. Michael Thomas of Ohio State is a big possession receiver who could help take some pressure off of Julian Edelman and return him the complimentary role that he is better suited for.

61. Arizona Cardinals - Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State:

The Cardinals may have bigger immediate needs at quarterback, but Drew Stanton is a free agent, Carson Palmer isn't getting any younger, and who better is there to work with a young developmental signal caller than Bruce Arians?

62. Denver Broncos - Kentrell Brothers, MLB, Missouri:

With Danny Trevathan likely a salary cap casualty as Denver addresses other needs as he heads towards free agency, the Broncos will need to find a cheaper replacement.

63. Carolina Panthers - Germaine Ifedi, T, Texas A&M: 

Germaine Ifedi could quickly develop into a starter after first providing some offensive line depth in Carolina.