1: Cardinals/Kyler Murray- Here we have it. The most debated pick in recent draft history! Are the Cardinals setting up the biggest smokescreen of all time or do they trade Josh Rosen to the highest bidder and select Murray? I believe that the unspoken relationship between Kliff Kingsbury and Murray will ultimately make the difference here. Bringing in a young, trendy and enthusiastic coach and pairing him with a flashy, high-risk, high-upside rookie QB will sell plenty of tickets.
2: 49ers/Nick Bosa- Oh the great debate, Quinnen Williams or Nick Bosa. The answer to that question is riding on the pick before with many speculating the Cardinals taking or not taking a quarterback. If available the 49ers will make the easy choice in Nick Bosa, a player that grades so highly in many peoples books. Don’t get cute 49ers, bring the second Bosa brother to California.
3: Jets/Josh Allen- Jamal Adams, C.J. Mosley, Leonard Williams and Marcus Maye. Why not just add the best speed to power edge rusher in this draft? Even though the Jets presumably had Anthony Barr locked up in free agency, I believe the fans will be happier with Allen. One of my favorite locks in the NFL Draft.
4: Raiders/Quinnen Williams- Did you know that the Raiders only had 13 sacks last season? It was the fewest sacks for a team since the 1982 season. The Raiders biggest need is an edge rusher and I guess they will just have to “settle” for Williams after Bosa and Allen are selected ahead of him. Will become the cornerstone for their defense for many years to come.
5: Buccaneers/Devin White- Todd Bowles will be a happy man with this pick as he gains one of the most dynamic college players in my opinion. White’s best immediate asset at the next level will be his ability to blitz and get after the quarterback, a staple in Bowles’ 3-4 attacking defense. But don’t sleep on his off ball skills locating the ball and pursuing it like Luke Kuechly.
6: Giants/Jawaan Taylor- No quarterback? No problem. The Giants seem to be perfectly fine with rolling out Eli Manning for at least two more seasons. Do not try and get into the head of David Gettleman though, I repeat DO NOT! With Taylor, the Giants secure the best pure offensive tackle in this class and magically have a very solid offensive line for Saquon Barkley.
7: Jaguars/Brian Burns- In the last three drafts General Manager, David Caldwell, has gone cornerback, running back, and defensive tackle in the first round. This makes the Jaguars extremely hard to predict for, but I think the move will either be Burns, Rashan Gary, or Jawaan Taylor. Either way look for a couple of Florida boys to stay in their collegiate state.
8: Lions/Rashan Gary- Hometown hero for many Lions fans, but boom or bust in his ability. Extremely versatile and has a high ceiling. Trey Flowers and Gary will be a very under looked duo along with Damon Harrison, A’Shawn Robinson, and Da’Shawn Hand.
9: Bills/Ed Oliver- If you hadn’t heard of Oliver before his amazing Pro Day then surely the athletic testing and numbers brought you up to speed. Oliver’s fierce pass rushing ability allows him to play defensive end as well. Get ready for the snow Oliver! Another option here is TJ Hockenson who could very well fall out of the first round. Tight end is a major need for the Bills.
10: Broncos/Drew Lock- Although jokingly fans have considered if John Elway will just play quarterback for the Broncos, it is time for Elway to get “his guy”. Lock has a lot of the same traits that Joe Flacco had coming into the NFL, which makes him the perfect quarterback to teach. The natural arm is exactly what Elway has been looking for.
11: Bengals/Dwayne Haskins- The media will love this one, of course the Bengals need linebackers and pass rushers, but can they truly pass up on Dwayne Haskins? Andy Dalton and Marvin Lewis scoot on over for Haskins and Zac Taylor, there’s a new sheriff in town. Buy Joe Mixon, buy all the Mixon you can.
12: Packers/Devin Bush- Somehow the Packers are blessed here with the inside linebacker of their dreams to replace Clay Matthews. Brian Gutekunst could very well shock everyone though and trade down, but I don’t think that happens. Bush becomes every down type player.
13: Dolphins/Montez Sweat- Alright alright you can count me in on the 2020 quarterback tank that the Dolphins seem to be employing. Suddenly the Dolphins need pass rushing ability with the departure of Cameron Wake and Andre Branch, so it’s a no brainer to take the player who jumped up everyone’s board during the combine.
14: Falcons/Clelin Ferrell- This is a player that I could see sliding down to the mid 20 range, but ultimately just think that the Falcons keep Ferrell close to home. The Falcons will 100% go defense in my mind, but could decide to take Greedy Williams instead as he would work well in Atlanta’s cover-3 scheme. Will be a toss up and interesting spot to monitor.
15: Redskins/Daniel Jones- The most clean cut quarterback in this draft. If Alex Smith was still healthy and able to play I think that the Redskins would opt to wait on a quarterback, but unfortunately this is the scenario the Redskins are in. Jones will become the Josh Allen of this draft, not many love it at first, but it’ll grow on ya.
16: Panthers/Greedy Williams- Josh Norman 2.0? I mean Williams does love to run his mouth and offers the same type of home run hitting style of player. Williams ranks well in both man and zone coverage. Has an eye for the ball with 20 pass deflections and eight INTs in two years
17: Giants/Christian Wilkins- Run stuffing seems to be a key trait possessed by many in this early first round. Wilkins has the ability to play from multiple defensive alignments. Perfect fit for the Giants, who I think will just miss out on Daniel Jones.
18: Vikings/Jonah Williams- Kirk Cousins was among the league leaders in what category? Being sacked. Not the kind of start the Vikings want for their 84 million dollar man. The Vikings offense is loaded and so look for Williams to come in and play multiple positions on the offensive line.
19: Titans/Noah Fant- Since drafting Marcus Mariota in 2015, the Titans have ranked in the bottom 10 in passing offense in each of the past four seasons. Delanie Walker who turns 35 in August won’t be able to play forever with his already obvious injury history, look for him to mentor Fant. Fant can be a mismatch nightmare in the passing game as he’s too fast for linebackers and too big for defensive backs
20: Steelers/Deandre Baker- The most polished cornerback in this draft has got to be DeAndre Baker. There is a minor perceived need at wide receiver by the fans, but there is no way the Steelers go that route with the amount of talent at that position later in the draft. Look for Baker to continue his college dominance.
21: Seahawks/Cody Ford- Ford is a mammoth who may have lost some credibility at the combine. Make no mistake though Ford was an elite pass blocker for the Sooners blocking Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. The only real question is if the next quarterback he blocks for is Russell Wilson. Stay tuned for more on that.
22: Ravens/N’Keal Harry- Probably the easiest pick in the entire draft. Ravens have no notable wide receivers and fans/analysts constantly are saying that Lamar Jackson can’t throw the ball. This pick will help Jackson, but don’t be surprised either if they trade down for more defensive help.
23: Texans/Andre Dillard- This is the pick the Texans ideally want (or should ideally want), I see this being interchangeable with the Cody Ford selection two spots up. If you watched Dillard during the combine you would have seen his natural athleticism on display. No more letting Deshaun Watson take 60 sacks a year.
24: Raiders/Jeffery Simmons- This one may seem odd for Raiders fans given the off the field and injury concerns, but believe me Mike Mayock has a plan. Adding a potential top-10 talent in the late first round is to good to pass up on for a team that will be more than happy to wait.
25: Eagles/Dexter Lawrence- Run stopping ability, size and quickness to get after the quarterback on third/fourth down. What more could the Eagles be looking for as there are plenty of question marks on that defensive line aside from Fletcher Cox. The signing of Malik Jackson will help the Eagles to only a certain extent as Lawrence possesses the better nose for stopping the run.
26: Colts/AJ Brown- If you thought Devin Funchess was going to be the top signing for the Colts this offseason then you were just like me before researching Brown. Brown is in my opinion the better wide receiver than Metcalf and will fit right in with TY Hilton, Funchess, and Eric Ebron. Defense will be addressed later on for them in a loaded class, but it’s time for the Colts to take that next step offensively.
27: Raiders/Byron Murphy- Defense, defense, say it with me one more time! Defense. Name of the game is defense for the Raiders this year. Murphy has the potential to be an elite nickel back in this league with top notch instincts and ball skills. Welcome back Raiders fans, I can truly say the NFL has missed you.
28: Chargers/Garrett Bradbury- One of the few teams that are without many glaring holes on their roster is the Chargers. Unfortunately they pick all the way at 28, but I think they’ll be able to snag a gem! Bradbury primarily played center in college, which is occupied by Mike Pouncey, but look for the Chargers to move him inside at either guard position. Day one starter for a team that will pound the rock.
29: Chiefs/Marquise Brown- Do the Chiefs really need a wide receiver? By default they just may if Tyreek Hill faces a lengthy suspension or is cut from the team. (see Kareem Hunt) Why not replace Hill with the next closest player to you in Hollywood Brown! Brown has game changing speed and his separation ability tops many in the class! Chiefs will look past the injury history and continue to win games with their offense.
30: Packers/Greg Little- Packers are used to players with poor attitudes (see Aaron Rodgers), so why not take a player with a terrible work ethic. Little profiles as a left tackle and disregarding the negatives he will provide tremendous size and athletic ability. Little will be able to learn from the likes of David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga.
31: Rams/Nasir Adderley- Perfect fit to fill the void left by LeMarcus Joyner. Has the size, athletic ability and ball skills that Wade Phillips loves out of safeties. Minor issues in his game, but working with Phillips will prevent those from being exposed in the NFL. Rams will be looking to get back to the Super Bowl of course.
32: Patriots/DK Metcalf- Fresh off their sixth Super Bowl win, the Patriots continue their winning ways by selecting what everyone will call the steal of the draft. There is no denying the physicality of Metcalf, but questions arise about his ability to have immediate on field success.