Most of the draft order a set. Bowl games are coming to an end. Expect draft talk to ramp up very soon.
1. Cleveland Browns – QB Sam Darnold, USC. 1-31 The past two seasons. There was a reason quarterbacks are always drafted high. It is too early to determine who the top signal call there will be, but not to whirly to say Cleveland absolutely has to draft a quarterback here. There are a lot of rumors that Sam Darnold will not declare for the draft. If that ends up being the case, this will be Josh Allen.
2. New York Giants – OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame. Even with a new regime, I think the Giants are going to give it one more run with Eli Manning and a healthy group of skill position players. Mike McGlinchey may not be the next Joe Thomas, but he is very technically sound and should step right in at left tackle, where first round bust Ereck Flowers has flopped.
3. Indianapolis Colts – DE Bradley Chubb, NC State. The Colts roster continues to be an absolute mess and needs help everywhere. Bradley Chubb Is the best all-around defensive lineman in this class. Despite what defenseive alignment Indianapolis ends up playing in, they need a player who can rush the pass and defend the run.
4. Cleveland Browns (from Texans) – Add a new quarterback to a solid offensive line and an intriguing skill position group and you have the makings of a promising offense. Saquon Barkley could be the cherry on top. Running behind the likes of Kevin Zietler And Joe Thomas, Berkeley could give the Browns instant credibility like other top running backs in recent years.
5. Denver Broncos – QB Josh Allen, Wyoming. Sure, Josh Allen did not have a good junior season but the immense size and talent still remains, and some team will fall in love with that and draft him in the top 10. It has been a quick fall in Denver, which shows you how important a quarterback is to NFL success. Alan will have solid coaching and a great culture to grow in, and should have no problem unseating the other terrible options behind center.
6. New York Jets – QB Josh Rosen, UCLA. Josh Rosen collects a lot of heat thanks to the things he says and his actions, but that type of attitude may play well in New York. There may be better players on the board, but if a team needs a quarterback and one is available, the trigger needs to be pulled.
7. Tampa Bay buccaneers – FS Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama. The need for quarterbacks will push other great players down the board, and teams that already have an answer at that position will benefit. Minkah Fitzpatrick is a fantastic secondary prospect that can play any position and do anything that is asked of him. The Buccaneers happen to have a terrible secondary, which makes this a very good match.
8. Chicago Bears – FS Derwin James, Florida State. I personally would not bother with Derwin James, but something will fall in love with the potential and take him in the top 10. On paper, he is what you look for in a hard-hitting safety. However he missed the entire 2016 season and was not that great in 2017. Even if James never quite returns to his pre-injury form, he will still present an upgrade over the other options in Chicago defensive backfield.
9. San Francisco 49ers – OT Connor Williams, Texas. There is been a lot of chatter that San Francisco should’ve continued to tank to get a higher pick at the end of the year. The team found its answer a quarterback, and unless you are drafting that position there is not a lot of difference in talent between pick two and pick nine. Having peace of mind at the QB position is well worth a slight drop in talent. The 49ers can now address other areas of need, including offensive line, where Connor Williams can start out on the right side and then take over for Joe Staley in a year or two.
10. Oakland Raiders – MLB Roaquan Smith, Georgia. Like Jay-Z said, “it was all good just a week ago.” 10 losses later, enter Jon Gruden. Gruden loves tough football players and nine in this class maybe tougher than Roaquan Smith. As complete of a linebacker as we have seen in years, he is a true three down threat who will help the Raiders defense as a whole.
11. Miami Dolphins – OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame. The Dolphins May have found a jewel in Kenyan Drake, But the offensive line did not do him any favors. Quenton Nelson is the best interior line prospect to come along in years, and will add some much-needed talent and toughness to the guard position.
12. Cincinnati Bengals – OT Orlando Brown, Oklahoma. The Bengals have spent plenty of high draft picks on offensive tackles but the players just have not panned out. This has hampered the offense as a whole. Orlando Brown is a mountain of a man who may be forced to play right tackle but will seriously help out Cincinnati’s run game.
13. Washington Redskins – HB Derrius Guice, LSU. The Redskins have gotten by with workmanlike running backs, but could jump at the opportunity to add an all around threat like Derrius Guice, who is not that far behind Saquon Barkley talent wise.
14. Green Bay Packers – EDGE Arden Key, LSU. Unless an offensive lineman is available here expect the Packers to continue to go defense. Arden Key played small and quick in 2016, but bulked up and played slower and stronger in 2017. Weather that makes him versatile or a tweener remains to be seen, but he can help out all along Green Bay’s defense.
15. Arizona Cardinals – DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson. Before Bruce Arians retired I was all aboard the Lamar Jackson to Arizona train. I am not sure a new coach will want to risk his first year on a quarterback so unorthodox. Christian Wilkins may be the safe pick, but it is not like Arizona does not have a ton of problems on its defensive line as well.
16. Baltimore Ravens – WR Courtland Sutton, SMU. I know Ozzie Newsome does not want to go to the first round receiver well again, but the skill position talent is an embarrassment. Courtland Sutton is not a burner but has your hands and is a very big, steady target. Hopefully for Baltimore he can do what Maxx Williams and Breshaud Perriman could not.
17. Los Angeles Chargers – CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State. The Chargers have a very solid roster from top to bottom so it can go best player available route. If Denzel Ward was three inches taller he may be a top 10 pick, but he still should hold his own as a solid starting cornerback.
18. Seattle Seahawks – EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson. The Legion of Boom is getting old. It happens to the best of us. Seattle may not be able to afford to retain both Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril. Clelin Ferrell It’s still a work in progress but has all the tools you look for in a traditional defensive end.
19. Dallas Cowboys – WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama. Dez Bryant Has been bigger name than game for years now, and Dallas could use his contract to upgrade the defense. Calvin Ridley is not flashy but is a sound technician who catches everything thrown at him.
20. Detroit Lions – DT Vita Vea, Washington. Detroit has managed to stay competitive despite even replacement level talent on the fence. Vita Vea looks like he was built in the lab, but has struggled with consistency throughout his career. Still, that size/ability combination will get him drafted in the first round.
21. Tennessee Titans – EDGE Harold Landry, Boston College
22. Buffalo Bills – QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
23. Atlanta Falcons – WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
24. New Orleans Saints – MLB Malik Jefferson, Texas
25. Jacksonville Jaguars – OT Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan
26. Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs) – FS Ronnie Harrison, Alabama
27. Los Angeles Rams – CB Josh Jackson, Iowa
28. Carolina Panthers – WR James Washington, Oklahoma State
29. Pittsburgh Steelers – QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville
30. Philadelphia Eagles – C Martinas Rankin, Mississippi state
31. New England Patriots – HB Bryce Love, Stanford
32. Minnesota Vikings – OG Billy Price, Ohio State