- Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray – Quarterback – Oklahoma
The Arizona Cardinals already have a young quarterback with young potential as Josh Rosen is still their starter right now. However, Rosen struggled last season and there is some concern that he might not fit well into Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. Kyler Murray definitely has more athleticism than Rosen does and Murray is also a talented passer as well. Murray is very similar to Patrick Mahomes who Kliff Kingsbury coached in college while at Texas Tech. The Cardinals offense doesn’t have much to be able to support Murray, but Murray is the type of player that can make the Cardinals offense better on his own. Rosen is a talented young quarterback and he might be very successful elsewhere, but all signs are clearly pointing to Murray being their new quarterback.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa – Defensive End – Ohio State
The 49ers have some good young defensive lineman and DeForest Buckner proved that he could be a really good pass rusher as he had 12 sacks last season. However, the 49ers don’t have another edge rusher that can consistently get after the quarterback. Nick Bosa is a terrific playmaker and he is arguably the best player in the entire draft class. Bosa would help to add some much needed talent to the 49ers defense and he would help to make the 49ers defensive line elite.
3. New York Jets – Josh Allen – Defensive End – Kentucky
The Jets could easily trade this pick to a team in desperate need of a quarterback. However, I’m going to assume that the Jets will keep this pick and draft the best edge rusher available. Josh Allen is an extremely athletic defensive end and it will be tough for offensive tackles to match his speed coming off the edge. No player for the Jets had more than 7 sacks last season and adding Allen would fill a major need for the team.
4. Oakland Raiders – Quinnen Williams – Defensive Tackle – Alabama
The Oakland Raiders lacked any disruption from their front 7 last season after they traded away Khalil Mack. However, the Raiders have a chance to make their defensive line much better if they add a player like Quinnen Williams. He is extremely athletic for a player of his size and he has terrific strength to go along with it. It will be tough for interior offensive linemen to be able to keep up with Williams’ speed and he would be a major upgrade over what Oakland had at defensive tackle last season.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Devin White – Inside Linebacker – LSU
Tampa Bay suffered a major loss this offseason when star linebacker Kwon Alexander departed in free agency. That loss was especially painful since the Buccaneers are moving into a 3-4 defensive scheme for the 2019 season under new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. Devin White is very similar to Kwon Alexander and not just because they both attended LSU. White is a dynamic linebacker that makes plays all over the field and he’ll be needed to improve a Buccaneers defense that has been awful in recent years.
6. New York Giants – Rashan Gary – Defensive End – Michigan
Maybe the Giants decide to go with Dwayne Haskins or another quarterback in this spot, but the more pressing need for the Giants is along the defensive line. The Giants traded away Olivier Vernon who was the team’s best pass rusher. That left a major void at defensive end for New York and it is something that they need to address early in the draft. Rashan Gary would be a good pick in this spot because he has ability to stop the run and provide some much-needed pass rush for the Giants. Gary was an inconsistent pass rusher in college, yet he is still a player that would be a major upgrade at defensive end for the Giants.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jawaan Taylor – Offensive Tackle – Florida
The Jaguars just found their new starting quarterback with Nick Foles this offseason. However, the issue is that besides Leonard Fournette he really doesn’t have much to work with on the offensive side of the ball. Jawaan Taylor would be a terrific pick for Jacksonville because he would be an instant upgrade as a pass-protecting offensive tackle for the Jaguars. It is difficult to find franchise-caliber left tackles these days and Taylor is certainly that type of player as he is a terrific pass-protector and he will be very helpful for Fournette and the running game as well. The Jaguars desperately need some protection for Foles and Taylor would be an immediate solution.
8. Detroit Lions – Montez Sweat – Defensive End – Mississippi State
The Detroit Lions are prepared to lose defensive end Ziggy Ansah in free agency, but that loss won’t hurt too much since they signed Trey Flowers to a massive contract in free agency. The issue for the Lions though is that they don’t really have another consistent pass rusher that they can rely on. Montez Sweat would certainly help to upgrade the Lions defensive line especially since he is one of the most athletic defensive ends that I’ve seen in a very long time. Sweat would provide Detroit with another consistent pass rusher and it would make their defensive line very good.
9. Buffalo Bills – Andre Dillard – Offensive Tackle – Washington State
Buffalo has several options that they could go with this pick, but the main concern should be surrounding young quarterback Josh Allen with some talent on offense. Allen struggled last season mainly because of the lack of weapons that the team had and the offensive line play was poor as well. Dillard is probably the best pass-protector in this draft and he showed really good footwork at the combine as well. Dillard would be an upgrade for the Bills offensive line and he would help to give Allen the time necessary to make plays.
10. Denver Broncos – Drew Lock – Quarterback – Missouri
Denver just added Joe Flacco this offseason and he is viewed as the likely starter for at least the 2019 season. However, the Broncos need to find a long-term solution at the quarterback position and that is something that Flacco can’t provide. It would be kind of surprising if the Broncos don’t go with a quarterback here and the rumor is that the Broncos have been very impressed with Missouri quarterback Drew Lock. It would be a good situation for Lock since he wouldn’t feel the pressure to play right away and he could learn under a veteran quarterback. Either way, the Broncos need to do something to find a young quarterback that they can build around and Lock could be that guy.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Dwayne Haskins – Quarterback – Ohio State
The Cincinnati Bengals could decide to opt for some defensive help with this pick, although if a good quarterback like Haskins fall to them then it might be difficult to pass up. Cincinnati already has a decent quarterback with Andy Dalton, so the quarterback position isn’t necessarily a pressing need. That being said, Dalton is just an average quarterback at best and we know what type of player he is at this point. Haskins offers a much higher upside than Dalton and he would help to bring some much needed excitement to a franchise that really needs it. Haskins is an NFL-ready quarterback, but it would be ideal for him to spend a year backing up Dalton before he takes the reigns as the starter for the Bengals.
12. Green Bay Packers – Devin Bush – Linebacker – Michigan
The Packers need some help in their front 7 overall and it is very possible that they could decide to go with a pass rusher such as Brian Burns with this pick. However, the Packers could use some speed at the linebacker position and that is what Devin Bush can provide. The Packers lack a true playmaker at linebacker and Bush would be an upgrade at the inside linebacker position, although he is capable of playing at all three linebacker spots. Green Bay needs some more playmakers on defense and Bush would help to provide some more speed at linebacker.
13. Miami Dolphins – Clelin Ferrell – Defensive End – Clemson
The Dolphins could decide to draft a quarterback in this spot if they find somebody that they really like. However, Miami has many needs and their best option might just be to take the best player available. Miami has a desperate need for some pass-rushing help especially since their top two pass rushers Cameron Wake and Robert Quinn both departed this offseason. The Dolphins are hoping that Charles Harris can improve and provide some spark to the pass rush, but the Dolphins need to draft another pass rusher either way. Clelin Ferrell might be overlooked in a really deep defensive line group in this draft. However, Ferrell is probably the best pass rusher overall as he had 11.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss last season at Clemson. Ferrell would provide an instant impact for the Dolphins defensive line and he is a player that the team can build around during their rebuild.
14. Atlanta Falcons – Ed Oliver – Defensive Tackle – Houston
A year ago it looked like Ed Oliver would be the top pick in this year’s draft, but it appears that he likely won’t even be a top 10 pick at this point. That being said, Oliver is still a terrific player and the Falcons would be getting terrific value if Oliver is able to fall to them. The Falcons already have Grady Jarrett at defensive tackle and their defensive line is already above average. However, adding Oliver would make the Falcons defensive line dominant which is important considering the division that they play in.
15. Washington Redskins – Brian Burns – Defensive End – Florida State
The Redskins could decide to go with a quarterback in this spot considering their uncertainty at the position. However, the Redskins have a major need for a pass rusher after the departure of Preston Smith this offseason. Burns would form a dynamic pass-rushing duo with Ryan Kerrigan and it would help to improve the Redskins defense overall.
16. Carolina Panthers – Jonah Williams – Offensive Tackle – Alabama
It wouldn’t be that surprising if Williams goes higher in the draft, but if he falls to the Panthers then they should take a chance on him. Williams played at left tackle during part of his college career and he could play offensive tackle in the NFL because he is an above average pass rusher. However, he is versatile enough to play guard as well because of his ability to be a power blocker in the run game. Either way, the Panthers need to keep star quarterback Cam Newton healthy and Williams would fill a need along the offensive line for the team.
17. New York Giants – Daniel Jones – Quarterback – Duke
Eli Manning was once a very good starting quarterback for the Giants, but at this point he is just an aging quarterback that is clearly way past his prime. Manning might still be the starter in 2019, but the Giants need to find a younger option at the quarterback in this draft. Jones seems like the perfect fit for the Giants because he is a quarterback that is still raw, but he has some really good potential. The good news is that Jones wouldn’t have to start right away and he could be a quarterback that the Giants could build around for the future.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Cody Ford – Guard – Oklahoma
Cody Ford played offensive tackle during college and it is possible that he could play that position in the NFL. However, Ford is most likely going to become an interior offensive lineman at the NFL level. Ford would fill a huge need for the Vikings at the guard position and it would help to allow Kirk Cousins and the rest of the Vikings talented offense to succeed.
19. Tennessee Titans – Christian Wilkins – Defensive Tackle – Clemson
The Titans already have a really good defensive tackle with Jurrell Casey, but the other interior defensive line spot is a major weakness for the team. Christian Wilkins can help fill that void and strengthen the Titans defensive line. Wilkins is a really good interior pass rusher and he would be tough for guards to block because of his quickness. Wilkins would help the Titans pass rush will also providing another playmaker for their front 7.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Greedy Williams – Cornerback – LSU
The cornerback position continues to be a major position of need for Pittsburgh and it is likely something that they’ll address in the first round. There are several cornerbacks that the Steelers could draft in this spot. However, the perfect fit would be LSU cornerback Greedy Williams if he falls to the Steelers in this spot. Not too long ago it seemed that Williams would surely be a top 10 pick, but that is seeming like a distant possibility at this point. That being said, Williams has the physical style of play that the Steelers like from a cornerback and he certainly doesn’t shy away from competing. Williams is still likely the best cornerback in this draft and he would provide a major upgrade at a big position of need for Pittsburgh.
21. Seattle Seahawks – Jeffery Simmons – Defensive Tackle – Mississippi State
Jeffery Simmons certainly could fall further than the 21st overall pick because of the couple of big question marks that come with him. First of all, Simmons has some character issues after he had a domestic violence incident during college. Also, Simmons suffered an unfortunate incident in February when he suffered a torn ACL. However, Simmons is a top 10 talent in this draft, but he falls because of the uncertainty surrounding his injury. That being said, Simmons is too talented for him to fall too far and he fits the type of player that head coach Pete Carroll would love to draft.
22. Baltimore Ravens – D.K. Metcalf – Wide Receiver – Ole Miss
The Baltimore Ravens addressed the wide receiver position last offseason, but none of the signings that they made really made a difference. Baltimore needs to address the position badly early in the draft and they need a wide receiver that can be a true game-changer. D.K. Metcalf certainly fits that description as he has the physical traits that everybody looks for in a wide receiver. Metcalf has terrific size to be able to make contested catches, but he also has outstanding speed as evidenced by his 4.33 time at the combine. The Ravens will be a run-heavy team moving forward with Lamar Jackson at quarterback, although Metcalf would add a much-needed playmaker to the Ravens passing game.
23. Houston Texans – DeAndre Baker – Cornerback – Georgia
The Houston Texans have a glaring need at cornerback especially after they saw Kareem Jackson and Kevin Johnson depart this offseason. Houston did add Bradley Roby in free agency, but that doesn’t completely fill the void at cornerback. There are several options available to fill the spot, but DeAndre Baker seems like the best fit. Baker doesn’t have ideal size for a cornerback, but he is good in coverage and he provides some good run support as well. Baker projects probably best as a slot cornerback, yet there is no doubt that he’ll help fill the big need that Houston has at the position.
24. Oakland Raiders – Noah Fant – Tight End – Iowa
The Oakland Raiders suffered a major subtraction this offseason when star tight end Jared Cook left in free agency. Cook was the Raiders top receiver last season and his departure has left the Raiders with a huge void at the tight end position. The good news is that the Raiders have a couple of options to fill the void in the 1st round of the draft. Noah Fant seems like the best option because he is a very athletic pass-catching tight end that is similar to O.J. Howard of Tampa Bay. The Raiders already added some much needed threats to their passing game by acquiring Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams this offseason. However, adding another really good target like Noah Fant will make the Raiders passing offense even more dangerous.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Marquise Brown – Wide Receiver – Oklahoma
The Eagles have Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery as their top options in the passing game. Also, the Eagles added speedster DeSean Jackson this offseason, but he hasn’t been very consistent in recent years. Philadelphia also has Nelson Agholor as another possible option at receiver, but he has struggled mightily since being drafted by the Eagles. Philadelphia needs a long-term option at the wide receiver position and Marquise Brown is exactly the type of playmaker that the Eagles need. Jackson and Agholor could only be around for the 2019 season and who knows what type of production that Philadelphia will get from them anyways. Brown is a speedy receiver and he has the potential to be a star for Philadelphia for many years to come.
26. Indianapolis Colts – Dexter Lawrence – Defensive Tackle – Clemson
The Colts defense made some big strides last season, but they still have a big need at defensive tackle heading into the 2019 season. However, the good news is that the defensive line group in this draft is extremely deep and they should have some good options to choose from. That being said, Dexter Lawrence seems like a terrific fit for Indianapolis. He is a big player that clogs up the middle and he has some surprisingly really good pass rush skills as well. The only real concern about Lawrence was his suspension towards the end of last season at Clemson, but there is no doubting that he would be a major upgrade for the Colts.
27. Oakland Raiders – Chris Lindstrom – Guard – Boston College
The Oakland Raiders have several holes remaining on their roster even with this being the 3rd pick of the 1st round. However, the Raiders have a big hole to fill at the guard position especially after they traded away Kelechi Osemele this offseason. Lindstrom is a good pass-blocker because of his good footwork and his ability to handle speed rushers. However, Lindstrom doesn’t have much power for the position which could be a concern if he faces really powerful defensive tackles. Either way, Lindstrom would fill a need for Oakland at guard and he is the type of player that can start right away.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – Rock Ya-Sin – Cornerback – Temple
The Chargers might have more pressing needs in the draft than the cornerback position. However, the Chargers do have a need for a corner on the opposite side of their best cornerback Casey Hayward. Rock Ya-Sin would be a terrific addition because he has the size and speed to be able to defend receivers on the outside. Also, he has terrific ball skills which he proved last year at Temple when he had 12 pass deflections. Maybe the Chargers decide to address a bigger need in the 1st round, but Ya-Sin would make the Chargers secondary really good.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Byron Murphy – Cornerback – Washington
The cornerback position was a major issue for the Chiefs last season after they traded away Marcus Peters. Byron Murphy would provide an instant impact for the Chiefs secondary in 2019. Murphy put up really good stats last season when had 58 tackles and 4 interceptions at Washington. He doesn’t have great size and he doesn’t have great speed either, but he is a physical corner that won’t be afraid to challenge receivers. If the Chiefs defense is to get better next season then they’ll need a cornerback like Murphy to improve the pass defense.
30. Green Bay Packers – Taylor Rapp – Safety – Washington
The Packers created a huge void at safety when they traded Ha Ha Clinton-Dix last season. Sure, the Packers did fill that void somewhat when they signed Adrian Amos in free agency, but safety still remains a big need. Taylor Rapp would be really good fit for Green Bay because he is a versatile safety that would give the Packers a talented playmaker on defense. Rapp did many things during his time at Washington as he showed his good coverage skills while also posting an impressive 5 sacks last season. Rapp would fill the Packers need at safety and he is the type of player that can make an immediate impact.
31. Los Angeles Rams – Garrett Bradbury – Center – North Carolina State
The Rams don’t have many needs, but offensive line is certainly the area that they need to focus the most on. Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth is returning for another season, but he is really old in age and will have to be replaced soon. Also, starting guard Rodger Saffold and starting center John Sullivan both left this offseason. The Rams will almost certainly address the offensive line in the 1st round and center Garrett Bradbury would be a logical fit. Bradbury isn’t the most powerful center, but he gets the job done using his technique especially against interior pass rushers. Los Angeles has a lot of work to do in the draft with their offensive line, but Bradbury would at least fill a major void at the center position.
32. New England Patriots – A.J. Brown – Wide Receiver – Ole Miss
It is amazing that the Patriots won the super bowl despite Tom Brady barely having anybody to throw to besides Julian Edelman. The retirement of star tight end Rob Gronkowski makes it even more important for the Patriots to find some pass-catchers that can make Tom Brady’s job easier. A.J. Brown could be a solution to the problem and he is the type of player that the Patriots can use as a match up nightmare for opposing defenses. The reason I say that is because he is a proven slot receiver, but he also has the size and strength to play on the outside. Brown is great after the catch and he would be the playmaker that could help take a lot of the pressure off of Julian Edelman. Either way, wide receiver is a position that New England needs to address and if they add Brown then the Patriots offense could become even more scary.