This is perhaps the most intriguing first round in recent memory. The intrigue comes from all of the uncertainty that is surrounding the first round. There may even be five quarterbacks taken in round one, which is ironic sense people always bash this years crop (including myself).
Also, one of the top cornerback prospects in Gareon Conley is being investigated for rape allegations. This could cause him to fall all the way to Day Three of the Draft (Rounds 4-7).
Without further delay, Let’s get to it!
1:1 Cleveland Browns
The Pick: Texas A&M Edge Rusher Myles Garrett
TAKE THE BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE! It really shouldn’t be that hard for the Browns. In terms of Garrett, the comments made about his “laziness” should be taken with a grain of salt. He was double teamed almost every snap of every game, while also playing through an ankle injury.
1:2 San Francisco 49ers
The Pick: LSU Safety Jamaal Adams
Adams is a terrific safety. 49ers GM John Lynch knows what it takes to be a great safety in this league, with Adams you are getting one of the most NFL ready players. Adams possesses everything that you’d want out of a safety. With his only real issue being ball skills, that shouldn’t matter when you put him in the back of that 4-3 defense with Eric Reid.
1:3 Chicago Bears
The Pick: Ohio State Cornerback Marshon Lattimore
The Bears have struck gold with late round defensive backs like Adrian Amos, however it is time to invest some heavy draft capital in a stud cornerback. Lattimore brings a day-one starter’s mentality and can help the Bears get turnovers, which was something they struggled at last season.
1:4 Jacksonville Jaguars
The Pick: LSU Running-Back Leonard Fournette
With the Jaguars trading Julius Thomas to the Dolphins for Left Tackle Brandon Albert, the team essentially let out sigh of relief as it hopes to upgrade a horrific offensive line. With the left tackle position addressed for the time being, Leonard Fournette provides a monumental upgrade to a position that produced minimal impact last year. Fournette is a bell cow running back, but the question will be his effectiveness on third down. More specifically, catching the ball out of the backfield.
1:5 Tennessee Titans (Via LA Rams)
The Pick: Stanford Edge Rusher Solomon Thomas
The Titans are a playoff roster, or close to it. This simple fact puts them in a very curious yet exciting position. With defensive back and wide receiver being big deficits on this roster, GM Jon Robinson could look to select a great edge rusher who can kick inside whenever coach Mike Mularkey wishes to use his sub packages. Thomas is every defensive coordinators dream Also, this pick could be the one that the Cleveland Browns acquire to get a quarterback.
1:6 New York Jets
The Pick: Clemson Wide Receiver Mike Williams
The Jets have a lot of issues. With edge rusher, cornerback, safety, and quarterback are just a few. However, with Josh McCown likely to take most of the snaps this year the Jets need to find a number one receiver. Eric Decker works best as a number two, also Williams can develop into a touchdown machine for Josh McCown and the New York Jets faithful. With all of this being said, look for Calvin Pryor’s 5th year option to be the dealmaker. If they decide not to pick up the option, the Jets could look for a defensive back to replace him.
1:7 Los Angeles Chargers
The Pick: Ohio State Safety Malik Hooker
The Chargers have had to deal with one of the most stressful things in sports, relocation. Moving your address is never easy, either is the NFL Draft. With stud corners Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett, adding a ball-hawking safety like Hooker can make the Chargers defense one of the best in then AFC West.
1:8 Carolina Panthers
The Pick: Stanford Running-Back Christian McCaffrey
The Panthers are also a playoff roster. Their butchering of the Josh Norman situation is what some believe was the downfall of their 2016 season. McCaffrey has been linked to the Carolina Panthers for a rather short time. McCaffrey adds another weapon for Cam Newton. McCaffrey runs wide receiver like routes which has helped his draft stock soar.
1:9 Cincinnati Bengals
The Pick: Alabama Defensive Lineman Jonathan Allen
The Bengals had a tumultuous 2016 season. With Tyler Eifert’s injury trouble leading the way. With losses like Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu Sr. before the season, they were never able to rebound. With Allen, the Bengals are able to replace Domata Peko and get a defensive lineman who can stay on the field for every down.
1:10 Buffalo Bills
The pick: Western Michigan Wide Receiver Corey Davis
The Bills have created a lot of turnover. With the Rex Ryan regime coming to a horrific end, new head coach Sean McDermott will bring a strong defensive mindset to Buffalo. However, the Bills need a wideout who can actually stay on the field. With the loss of Robert Woods in free-agency, Corey Davis makes a lot of sense. Davis is the total package who can take pressure off of Sammy Watkins.
1:11 New Orleans Saints
The Pick: Alabama Inside Linebacker Reuben Foster
The Saints have had an interesting off-season. By trading disgruntled wideout Brandin Cooks, the team basically gave the keys to rookie sensation Michael Thomas. The Saints biggest issue has always been their defense. Just a few seasons back, the Saints had the worst defense in history. With Reuben Foster, the second level of the Saints defense gets upgraded and allows for a hard hitter with speed to work around the field.
1:12 Cleveland Browns
The Pick: North Carolina Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky
The Browns have failed miserably at drafting quarterbacks. While this well known, Hue Jackson cannot wait to get his hands on Trubisky. He’s got the size, and arm strength evaluators salivate over. The biggest knock against him is the number of starts and the unknown timeline of when he’ll be ready to play in the league.
1:13 Arizona Cardinals
The Pick: Temple Hybrid Linebacker Haason Reddick
The Cardinals are a team that dealt with issues all over the field. After a terrible season, which fell short of expectations, the team lost two of their best defensive players in Tony Jefferson and Calais Campbell. A lot of pundits have the Cardinals taking a quarterback here, however it is known by those who have their ear on the ground that defense is the side of the ball they wish to adress. Reddick brings versatility, with his ability to play on the edge and inside.
1:14 Philadelphia Eagles
The Pick: Alabama Cornerback Marlon Humphrey
The Eagles and their faithful have to be happy with Carson Wentz and his production. With the Eagles adding a top flight wideout like Alshon Jeffrey you have addressed the biggest need on the team. Even though he is only on a one year contract, this team needs help in the secondary. Humphrey has a NFL pedigree and is one of the best tackling defensive backs in this draft.
1:15 Indianapolis Colts
The Pick: Western Kentucky Offensive Guard Forrest Lamp
The Colts addressed their defense heavily in the free-agency. This allows their focus to shift on a positional group that the Colts have been much maligned at since Andrew Luck’s rookie year. While drafting a guard this high is a little rich, Lamp is probably the “safest” offensive lineman simply because we know what position he’ll play and how he can handle top defensive talent.
1:16 Baltimore Ravens
The Pick: Alabama Tight End O.J. Howard
The Ravens upgraded their secondary massively by signing Tony Jefferson. However, with Steve Smith Sr. walking away from the game, a playmaker is needed to help Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense. Howard is a terrific blocker and can do a lot with the ball in his hands.
1:17 Washington Redskins
The Pick: Tennessee Titans Edge Rusher Derek Barnett
The Redskins have been teasing that they really want to go with an edge rusher. With Trent Murphy out for the first 4 games with a suspension, Barnett can slide right in and help this team tenfold. Barnett may not be as flashy as some of the top flight edge rushers, he brings a ferociousness and constant motor to every play.
1:18 Tennessee Titans
The Pick: Washington Wide Receiver John Ross
I may be in the minority here but Marcus Mariota is better than Jameis Winston. With the latter actually having multiple weapons, it warps some people’s opinon. Tight end Delanie Walker had to do almost all of the heavy lifting last year. With a team with such great run game, Ross can take the top off of the defense with defenses fearing both sides of the game.
1:19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Pick: Florida State Running Back Dalvin Cook
There may not be a player whose name has been linked to a team more than Dalvin Cook. Cook has the familiarity with quarterback Jameis Winston, while also being a bell cow running back. Cook can provide the Bucs with flexibility once Doug Martin returns from his suspension.
1:20 Denver Broncos
The Pick: Wisconsin Offensive Tackle Ryan Ramcyzk
Besides the horrific quarterback situation, the Broncos have a terrible offensive line. With Paxton Lynch being the future, the Broncos will look to add a guy that can play on either side or kick inside and play guard.
1:21 Detroit Lions
The Pick: UCLA Edge Rusher Takkarist McKinley
Ezekiel Ansah has played very well over his NFL career. However, the Lions desperately need another edge rusher to give opposing offenses something to be worried about. McKinley may be one of the best stories of this draft, he also provides a long reach and a lot of potential.
1:22 Miami Dolphins
The Pick: LSU Cornerback Tre’Davious White
The Dolphins got a lot of great value from Laremy Tunsil this past season, which has allowed them to have such strong faith in him kicking inside to guard. With Forrest Lamp off of the board, it would be best for the Dolphins to find a cornerback who they can groom to be a starter a few years down the line.
1: 23 New York Giants
The Pick: Utah Offensive Tackle Garrett Boles
Let’s face it, Ereck Flowers has been a bust. While the sample size is relatively small, the Giants run game suffered drastically. With Bolles you get a guy who most likely will play right tackle or kick into guard. With that being said, why not give Bolles a shot to start at left tackle? He can’t be worse than Flowers has been.
1:24 Oakland Raiders
The Pick: Washington Cornerback Kevin King
The horrific injury Derek Carr suffered, was a terrible ending to a cinderella like season for the Raiders. With the recent signing of Marshwan Lynch, the Raiders have the opportunity to find a cornerback that can be groomed behind Sean Smith. King has been a high riser who fits with the Silver and Black.
1:25 Houston Texans
The Pick: Clemson Quarterback Deshaun Watson
The Texans gambled on a quarterback and ended up cutting their ties with him. While Tom Savage can be a decent quarterback, it has been reported that the Texans loved Watson and were floored with his interviews. Watson can step in day one and be the starter.
1:26 Seattle Seahawks
The pick: Alabama Offensive Tackle Cam Robinson
The Seahawks thought they adressed the offensive line with Germain Ifedi last year in the first round. They subsequently kicked him inside and played in a handful of games. With Robinson, this may be a reach but Robinson will most likely follow Ifedi and kick inside.
1:27 Kansas City Chiefs
The pick: Texas Tech Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
Some say that the Chiefs have one of the deepest rosters in the NFL. I defenitely believe that statement, with no glaring needs that can be addressed in the first round. With Alex Smith getting older, Andy Reid can look to develop a quarterback to succeed Smith. Mahomes is the ULTIMATE project QB. With the strongest arm in the draft, his footwork and decision making needs to be worked on.
1:28 Dallas Cowboys
The Pick: Missouri Edge Rusher Charles Harris
Welp, Randy Gregory has been a huge bust. The positive from this being the emergence of Danielle Irving. While he didn’t register a lot of sacks, the potential is definitely there. Now it is time for Charles Harris to fill in on the other side of that defensive line and reek havoc. Harris is a hard worker on and off the field, which makes the Cowboys pull the trigger.
1:29 Green Bay Packers
The pick: University of Wisconsin Edge Rusher T.J. Watt
The Packers cornerback situation is very bad, however they also need another pass rusher. With Watt, you’re getting another high motor player who fits what GM Ted Thompson likes. Watt can step in from day one and find a niche with Clay Matthews coming off of the opposite edge.
1:30 Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pick: University of Cal at Berkeley Quarterback Davis Webb
Martvaious Bryant is returning after a year’s suspension, and 2016 first round pick Artie Burns was not too bad his first year. With Big Ben talking about retirement, Cal QB Davis Webb is a 6 foot 5 inch beast who can sling the ball down the field. By drafting Webb, this allows the Steelers to have 5 years to decide on whether or not he is the guy.
1:31 Atlanta Falcons
The Pick: Michigan Safety Jabril Peppers
Head Coach Dan Quinn is widely known as a defensive mastermind. Quinn molded Keanu Neal and undrafted cornerback Brian Poole into huge pieces. Rookie Deion Jones also saw a lot of development under Quinn. All of the players have something in common, Quinn was able to create scheme versatility with them. Peppers provides versatility in all three phases of the game.
1:32 New Orleans Saints
The Pick: Colorado Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie
The Saints may send this pick BACK to the Patriots for Malcolm Butler. They also could send this to a quarterback needy team like the Cardinals. Assuming they stand pat, a corner who is a pure man-to-man corner can step in and help the Saints right away.