- Cincinnati Bengals- Joe Burrow QB
This pick feels like a no brainer. The franchise needs a face and a new quarterback, who better than the record breaking Heisman trophy winner. The Ohio native has a chance to make the Bengals relevant again in a competitive AFC North.
2. Washington Redskins- Chase Young DE
As much as the Redskins have been linked with Tua Tagovavailoa lately, it would be be shocking if they replaced Dwayne Haskins just yet when considering they’d have a shot at Young, a once in a generation prospect at the defensive end position. It would give defensive guru Ron Rivera another toy along his defensive front.
3. Detroit Lions- Jeff Okudah DB
With the Lions recently trading disgruntled star Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles, it leaves a vacancy in the secondary. One which can adequately filled by the Ohio State star, allowing Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn to address other areas later in the draft.
4. New York Giants- Jedrick Wills Jr OT
The Giants appear to have their franchise quarterback and now need to protect their investment. Jones fumbled 18 times as a rookie and was sacked 38 times in 2019, the fumbling is partially down to him and largely down to inferior protection.
With Nate Solder protecting his blind side, the Giants can address the right side with Wills Jr, one of the premier protectors in this draft class.
5. Miami Dolphins- Tua Tagovavailoa QB
The Dolphins have been heavily linked with Tua since August 2019 and the “tank for Tua” campaign has been in full throttle ever since. Tua entered the college season as the no.1 quarterback and likely would’ve remained so had injury not struck. Tagovavailoa has terrific arm strength, mobility and is a proven winner at Alabama, a unique prospect to say the least. Miami will be thrilled to see Tua there at five.
6. Los Angeles Chargers- Justin Herbert QB
With Philip Rivers departing to join the Indianapolis Colts, the Chargers finally draft their long-time successor for the likely Hall of fame quarterback. However, should the Chargers sign Cam Newton or Jameis Winston in free agency this pick could and will likely change, Isaiah Simmons or a tackle could be on the cards.
7. Carolina Panthers- Derrick Brown DT
With Dontari Poe and Gerald McCoy departing, the Panthers need to restock their defensive front and Brown is arguably the best in the country in his position. Selecting Isaiah Simmons as a replacement for Luke Kuechly could be a possibility too.
8. Arizona Cardinals- Andrew Thomas OT
Kyler Murray was sacked 48 times in his rookie season, the Cardinals need help on the offensive line and Thomas is capable at either tackle position. This pick makes too much sense to pass up.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars- Isaiah Simmons LB/S
Simmons is a foundational piece for any defense. The former Clemson star has rare versatility, he can play three positions at the next level and has the leadership required to guide Jacksonville’s defense to the good old “Sacksonville” days of 2017.
10. Cleveland Browns- Mekhi Becton OT
The Browns have upgraded the right side of the offensive line with the acquisition of Jack Conklin but need further reinforcement on Baker Mayfield’s blind side. Last year’s starter Greg Robinson was arrested in February and even so was porous in 2019 anyhow, adding Becton will upgrade the position immensely and cap off a solid offseason for new GM Andrew Berry.
11. New York Jets- Jerry Jeudy WR
With Robby Anderson departing in free agency, Sam Darnold has been left devoid of weapons in New York. The Jets quickly need to change that, who better than arguably the best wideout in college football in Jeudy, who will bring athleticism, speed and a much needed boost to Adam Gase’s offense. There is rumours that Joe Douglas will look to select an offensive lineman with this pick but they surely won’t pass up Jeudy.
12. Las Vegas Raiders- CJ Henderson DB
As much as the Raiders need help at wide receiver, they arguably need more help at corner in a division containing Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, Noah Fant, Courtland Sutton to name a few you can never have too many corners. Plus adding Henderson will finally give defensive coordinator Paul Guenther a true number one lockdown cornerback.
13. San Francisco 49ers- CeeDee Lamb WR
The Niners could look to trade this after trading away their capital in rounds 2-4 but they are perilously thin at wide receiver, moreso since the departure of Emmanuel Sanders and adding Lamb who averaged more than 21 yards per catch and scored 14 TDs in 2019 fits the bill as a deep threat and star wide receiver in Kyle Shanahan’s system.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Tristan Wirfs OT
After signing Tom Brady in free agency, the Buccaneers have a major need at offensive tackle and potentially at guard, with Wirfs’ ability to play tackle or kick inside to guard makes him an attractive pick and would prove a major upgrade on Tampa Bay’s o-line.
15. Denver Broncos- Henry Ruggs WR
After trading Emmanuel Sanders last year, the Broncos watched Courtland Sutton emerge as a star wideout. However, Drew Lock could still use another premiere option in the passing game alongside Sutton and tight end Noah Fant, and Ruggs, the quickest wide receiver in the draft would be a great fit to open up the offense for Lock.
16. Atlanta Falcons- Javon Kinlaw DT
The Falcons have addressed their edge rush this offseason with the acquisition of Dante Fowler Jr and will now find Grady Jarrett a running buddy on the interior with Kinlaw. This duo will terrify the interior of offensive lines for years to come.
17. Dallas Cowboys- Xavier McKinney S
Dallas lost Byron Jones in free agency so they could use this pick on a corner or alternatively selecting K’Lavon Chiasson to replace Robert Quinn. However, I can imagine Jerry Jones and Mike McCarthy being attracted to McKinney’s versatility, with the Alabama safety able to fill in a number of positions, I can see that being too difficult for the Boys to pass up.
18. Miami Dolphins- Austin Jackson OT
With the Dolphins finally drafting their franchise quarterback, they can begin to find him some protection. Jackson, only 20-years-old provides tremendous upside and athleticism. Although struggling in 2019, Jackson has time on his side to bounce back in the pro’s.
19. Oakland Raiders- Justin Jefferson WR
It wouldn’t be shocking to see the Raiders picking Ross Blacklock or Patrick Queen with this selection but I can see Oakland giving Derek Carr another weapon at receiver. Jefferson is a quality weapon in the slot and on the outside plus would gift Jon Gruden a ton of flexibility.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevon Diggs DB
The Jags have a major need at cornerback after trading AJ Bouye to the Broncos Diggs will have a chance to compete for a starting role immediately. In Diggs, they’re getting a corner who NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein compared to Aqib Talib. That would be ideal for Doug Marrone.
21. Philadelphia Eagles- Tee Higgins WR
The Eagles have very few holes on their roster but their biggest one wide receiver is a major area of concern. With DeSean Jackson unable to stay healthy, Nelson Agholor leaving and Alshon Jeffrey likewise struggling for health the Eagles need an upgrade to give Carson Wentz a target on the perimeter, Higgins gives that.
22. Minnesota Vikings- AJ Epenesa DE
After losing Everson Griffen in free agency, the Vikings need to find an edge rusher to compliment Danielle Hunter. In Epenesa they find a player similar in physique and provides versatility to Mike Zimmer’s defense being able to play inside or outside. The Vikings do have a need at wide receiver and it wouldn’t be shocking to see Rick Spielman take Denzel Mims with this selection.
23. New England Patriots- K’Lavon Chiasson LB
Bill Belichick will be shocked to see arguably the second best pass rusher in the draft fall to number 23 but doesn’t hesitate to pick him. Chiasson, who can play strong side linebacker in Belichick’s system would prove to be an outstanding replacement for Kyle Van Noy who left in free agency.
24. New Orleans Saints- Patrick Queen LB
With the Saints adding Emmanuel Sanders to pair alongside Michael Thomas, the Saints can focus on upgrading their defense. After the departure of AJ Klein the Saints have a gaping hole at the middle of the defense and can address that with Queen, a three down linebacker who has been compared to Thomas Davis by many.
25. Minnesota Vikings- AJ Terrell CB
The Vikings lost three cornerbacks this offseason and have a major hole at the position. Terrell has as much big game experience as any other cornerback in this class and had an outstanding combine, to quash any doubts over his performance in the National Championship game.
26. Miami Dolphins- D’Andre Swift RB
Miami with their third first round pick add the best running back in the draft to compliment their new quarterback. Swift can run both inside and outside effectively, is a competent blocker in the passing game and is effective coming out of the backfield as a receiver. Josh Jacobs made a huge impact immediately and was an inch away from taking home the offensive rookie of the year award, Swift could make a similar impact in Miami.
27. Seattle Seahawks- Yetur Gross-Matos DE
Gross-Matos is an above-average pass rusher who is effective against the run. Seattle have one of the most impactful defensive fronts in the league and could find themselves needing a replacement for Jadeveon Clowney. The pass rush is an area of major concern ever if Clowney re-signs, with Seattle’s leading sacker only tallying a mere four sacks a year ago.
28. Baltimore Ravens- Kenneth Murray LB
The Ravens have struggled to replace CJ Mosley since his departure in free agency and have a chance to shore up the middle linebacker spot with Murray. Murray has all the speed, coverage skills and prowess as a run stopper to be a permanent fixture in Wink Martindale’s defense for years to come.
29. Tennessee Titans- Neville Gallmore DT
Trading Jurrell Casey for a mere seventh round pick is still shocking to me and the trade left a void on the Titans defensive line. Adding Gallmore to Jeffrey Simmons, DaQuan Jones, Vic Beasley, Harold Landry makes a menacing defensive front. However, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Titans focus on the o-line to find a replacement for Jack Conklin.
30. Green Bay Packers- Jalen Reagor WR
The Packers and Aaron Rodgers struggled to compliment Davante Adams last season and despite Rodgers’ best efforts it proved unsuccessful. Devin Funchess isn’t the upgrade the Cheeseheads were desiring but can find the upgrade they needed in Reagor who would provide genuine threat as a number two option and a versatile wideout.
31. San Francisco 49ers- Ross Blacklock DT
The Niners have few holes on their roster but having traded DeForest Buckner to the Colts now have a vacancy on their loaded defensive front and will address it with Blacklock, a very athletic D-tackle who’s quick off the snap with inside pass-rush ability and is a solid run stopper. Blacklock had an Achilles injury in 2018 but will represent good value at pick 31.
32. Kansas City Chiefs- Kristian Fulton CB
The Chiefs need help at cornerback despite the emergence of Charvarius Ward, Kendall Fuller has already left to join the Redskins and the Chiefs likely need another option. They address the position with Fulton a cornerback who excels in press coverage. Although Wisconsin’s Zack Baun could be an option too.