1. Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff, QB, California
The Rams aggressively moved up to the #1 pick so they could secure their franchise quarterback. Goff has the poise and presence to be the face of a franchise and has the ability to step in and be an immediate upgrade over Foles & Keenum. Goff is the select over Wentz due to his readiness to play and higher floor as a prospect.
2. Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
The second quarterback off the board and a perfect fit for the Eagles pro-style offense. Wentz will be comfortable under center and in a run-based scheme where he is asked to take shots downfield via play action. Wentz is given a year to develop while Bradford is the starter, but Wentz also provides insurance in case of another Bradford injury.
3. San Diego Chargers – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
Phillips Rivers has spent too much time under duress in the past several years. Tunsil will step in day one and provide elite pass protection for Rivers off the edge. If he falls to number three he is also a great value pick for the Chargers.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Jerry & Stephen Jones have an easy decision once the top two quarterbacks are off the board. Elliott gives the Cowboys the best opportunity to capitalize on their championship window with Tony Romo. An immediate upgrade and playmaker in the backfield.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
A impact player and special athlete at the linebacker position. The Jaguars made moves in the free agency to improve the defensive line and secondary but this pick allows them to improve at the one position they haven’t yet addressed.
6. Baltimore Ravens – Jalen Ramsey, S, Florida State
Ramsey can be the safety that the Ravens have been desperately seeking to replace Ed Reed. Matt Elam has been a tremendous disappointment and Ramsey can provide an immediate upgrade at the safety position or another long athletic corner to pair with Jimmy Smith.
7. San Francisco 49ers – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
A glaring weakness from last year becomes a strength and what Chip Kelly wants in a dominant offensive line. Anthony Davis coming out of retirement, Stanley steps in at right tackle and the 49ers will have one of the best run blocking offensive lines in football.
8. Cleveland Browns – LaQuon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
The Browns have been desperately in need of a number one wide receiver and Treadwell can step in and be that, as well as stay clean off the field. They can’t continue to wait for Gordon to be reinstated and even if he is reinstated, he will still need help on the other side.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
In a division with Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, Bosa gives the Buccs more push off the edge in an effort to make quarterbacks uncomfortable in the pock and help Gerald McCoy on the inside.
10. New York Giants – DeForest Buckner, DT, Oregon
Buckner provides an immediate upgrade on Jonathan Hankins at the three technique and has the ability to provide pressure up the middle. The Giants go back to making their defensive line the strength that led them to hoist two lombardi trophies in the modern era. With Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, DeForest Buckner, and Jason Pierre-Paul the Giants dramatically improve their defensive line.
11. Chicago Bears – A’Shawn Robinson, DE, Alabama
The Bears continue to improve their defense adding Robinson who has the ability to be an elite defensive end in their 3-4 defense. A’Shawn is an immediate upgrade over Ego Ferguson and has the potential to become an all-pro.
12. New Orleans Saints – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Lawson will pair with Cameron Jordon to provide pressure off the edge. The Saints continue to invest in their defense, Lawson has the ability to provide pressure off the edge as a relentless pass rusher rusher and is stout against the run.
13. Miami Dolphins – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
The Dolphins get the top corner on the board and pair him with Byron Maxwell on the other side to improve the secondary. Hargreaves coverage ability will allow the Dolphins pass rushers to get home more often.
14. Oakland Raiders – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
Ragland gives the Raiders an old school linebacker with the ability to provider leadership and an immediate impact on their run defense. The Raiders pair Ragland with an elite pass rushing trio (Bruce Irvin, Khalil Mack, Aldon Smith) to lock up their front seven for the next few years.
15. Tennessee Titans – Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
Billings has rare size, speed, strength, and has the ability to develop into an elite nose tackle. The Titans put Billings beside Jurrell Casey and build their defense from the inside out.
16. Detroit Lions – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
The Lions provide protection for Matthew Stafford who will no longer have the security blanket of Calvin Johnson. Conklin will also provide a boost to the running game and the performance of Ameer Abdullah.
17. Atlanta Falcons – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
A playmaker in the passing game to compliment Julio Jones and replace Roddy White. Coleman is a game breaker and will have plenty of opportunities to make plays in single coverage while teams are focused on Julio Jones.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
Andrew Luck gets some much needed protection. The Colts need to keep Luck upright if they are going to have success and take the next step in the playoffs.
19. Buffalo Bills – Leonard Floyd, DE, Georgia
Rex Ryan needs to create more pressure off the edge and Floyd can do that. Floyd is also a versatile player who can drop into zone coverage and matchup against tight ends and backs in man coverage. Rex Ryan will be able to find creative ways to keep Floyd on the field and use him to eliminate mismatches.
20. New York Jets – Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky
A highly disruptive player off the edge, Spence gives the Jets the rush linebacker that they desperately need. Spence has the ability to make plays against the run, but is at his best rushing the passer. He will be able to exploit 1-on-1 matches on the outside.
21. Washington Redskins – Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
Kelly is a plug and play starter with the ability to become an all-pro. Kelly, will provide an immediate upgrade as both a run and pass blocker.
22. Houston Texans – Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
Fuller is the perfect complement to DeAndre Hopkins. Fuller has the ability to stretch the field vertically and turn hitches and screens into chunk yardage. Fuller also has added value as a returner and would be a plug and play wide receiver 2.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
When the Vikings need to provide Bridgewater with a safety blanket and Doctson has sure hands and the ability to win contested catches. Docton excels as a vertical threat and in the red-zone using his big body to shield off defenders and high point the ball.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
Billings addresses a position of weakness next to Geno Atkins, this will allow Geno to have more one-on-one opportunities. Reed is a polished player on the interior with the ability to provide immediate production.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
The Steelers have one of the more prolific passing attacks in the league, unfortunately the struggle equally stopping opponents in the air. Apple will provide a rangy cover corner for the Steelers, he also has the speed and fluidity to run with the receivers in the AFC North.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
With the loss of Russell Okung and Alex Mack, the Seahawks offensive line has taken a hit. Ifedi will allow the Seahawks to continue to develop their aerial attack without exposing Russell Wilson to an onslaught of hits.
27. Green Bay Packers – Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
Ragland will provide a leader at the middle linebacker position and allow Clay Matthews to play outside linebacker again and hunt the quarterback. He has the ability to make momentum changing hits and create turnovers in the passing game. It may take a year before they get him on the field, but he is far too good a value at this point.
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
Lee is built for the modern passing league with the ability to thrive in space. Lee has the ability to cover pass catchers and create pressure as a pass rusher. Lee will have an opportunity to be under the tutelage of Justin Houston and Tamba Hali.
29. Arizona Cardinals – Keanu Neal, S, Florida
The Cardinals add Neal to a secondary that includes Tyran Matthieu and Patrick Peterson, but injuries and depth have been a concern. Neal is the perfect compliment to Matthieu on the backend. Neal is a hard hitting safety and intimidator in the middle of the field, but has the athleticism to make plays in coverage.
30. Carolina Panthers – William Jackson, CB, Houston
Upon the release of Josh Norman the Panthers have a big need at the corner position. Jackson has the ability to step in right away and make players in the passing game. He is a good fit for their defensive scheme and has a knack for making plays on the ball.
31. Denver Broncos – Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
Butler can step in and provide the pass rusher that the Broncos lost when Malik Jackson left. He has tremendous upside and the ability to be a dominant player across from Derek Wolfe. The Broncos continue to invest in their defense to take them back to the Super Bowl.