The Super Bowl is over. The Broncos are the champions. Raise your hands if you’re a non-Broncos fan who picked them to win it all. Anyone? No? Ok. But as the Playoffs went on, I’ve continued to scout and learn about these players. So here’s an updated look at how the 1st round might turn out, including… trades? Maybe.
1. Tennessee Titans – Laremy Tunsil (OT) Ole Miss
The Titans desperately need help at the left tackle position, and Tunsil is the guy. He is an absolute boulder when it comes to pass protection. You got your franchise quarterback, now protect his blindside.
2. Cleveland Browns – Carson Wentz (QB) North Dakota State
The Browns are totally gonna “Browns” this, aren’t they? For the record, I like Wentz. He reminds me of a young Drew Brees. But in Cleveland? No. In Dallas? Yea. Buffalo? Sure. But Cleveland, where quarterbacks go to die? Nope. Wentz is still way too raw. Shame too, I want him to succeed.
3. Los Angeles Rams (Via San Diego Chargers) – Jared Goff (QB) California
TRADE ALERT!!! The Rams want to rid themselves of Foles. Get a California boy to be the new face of the new franchise. It makes perfect sense. Goff is the best QB in this draft. Meanwhile, the Chargers can pile up assets to get some depth.
***Trade- Rams give up their 2016 1st, 2nd, 4th, and a 2017 1st and 3rd
4. Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa (DE) Ohio State
The Cowboys get the best player in the draft. That’s all that needs to be said.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jalen Ramsey (CB/S) Florida State
The Jaguars secondary was an absolute dumpster fire this year. Ramsey doesn’t really have a particular position, but he’s a ferocious beast in the secondary. Line him up at safety or CB, it doesn’t matter, he’ll make his presence felt.
6. Baltimore Ravens – Vernon Hargreaves III (CB) Florida
Not sure why he’s falling on draft boards, Hargreaves is an absolute beast in zone coverage. He’s a little undersized, but he can cover better than anybody in the draft. He’ll fit perfectly in Baltimore.
7. San Francisco 49ers – Myles Jack (LB) UCLA
Jack is my favorite player in the draft. He plays with such intense energy. He’s the type of freak athlete that Chip Kelly loves. Whether he lines up inside or outside, or even at safety, he’ll find a way to make plays for the Niners.
8. Miami Dolphins – Ronnie Stanley (LT) Notre Dame
The Dolphins offensive line is still just terrible… Stanley looks like a franchise left tackle who’s ready to dominate in the NFL. Perfect fit here.
9. Detroit Lions (Via Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Laquon Treadwell (WR) Ole Miss
There’s a lot of good receivers in this class, but Treadwell is the only one who looks like a surefire star. With Calvin Johnson leaving, the Lions feel the need to jump up to ensure they snatch him up.
***Trade – Buc receive the Lions 2016 1st, 3rd, 5th and 2017 3rd.
10. New York Giants – Reggie Ragland (LB) – Alabama
Ragland is something special… Not only is he a physical beast, but he looks like a true leader out there. The Giants have lacked that for the past few years, he could help this defense turn around.
11. Chicago Bears – Deforest Buckner (DE) – Oregon
The Deforest Buckner hype train seems to be in full swing… I still don’t get it, he looked awful in the few games he played against big offensive lines (Ohio State in the Championship, Michigan State), but hey, to each their own.
12. New Orleans Saints – Shaw Lawson (DE) – Clemson
The Saints desperately need help in the secondary, but there’s really nobody left worth taking (Yes, that include Mackensie Alexander, he’s not that good). So what do they do? Take the best player available. Lawson is an absolute fiend, he’ll immediately improve the Saints pass rush.
13. Philadelphia Eagles – Taylor Decker (OT) – Ohio State
No change here, Decker is a perfect fit in Philly. A tough mauler who could play RT or guard, he’ll help solidify their line.
14. Oakland Raiders – Jaylon Smith (OLB) – Notre Dame
He’ll recover from his injury. He’ll be fine. He’s the leader the Raiders need. Him and Mack are the future.
15. San Diego Chargers (Via Los Angeles Rams) – Jarran Reed (DT) – Alabama
The Chargers run defense has been… less than ideal lately. Well, Reed would fix that. Finally, a big, run stuffing nose tackle… That’s what this team needs.
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Via Detroit Lions) – Noah Spence (OLB) – Eastern Washington
The Bucs aren’t afraid to take a risk on a player with character issues. Spence is still a pretty dominant pass rusher, the Bucs could use someone like him on their defense.
17. Atlanta Falcons – Robert Nkemdiche (DT) – Ole Miss
It just feels like a perfect fit. The Falcons benefit as he falls to 17, and they obtain the most talented DT in this draft.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Ezekiel Elliot (RB) – Ohio State
I said it before, I’ll say it again. They’re gonna mess this up and take a generic running back when they have so many other needs.
19. Buffalo Bills – Michael Thomas (WR) – Ohio State
Thomas seems like a perfect complement to Sammy Watkins. Watkins is the deep threat, Thomas is the quick short threat (who can still get it deep). Suddenly the Bills have another weapon to play with.
20. New York Jets – Leonard Floyd (LB) – Georgia
No changes here, Bowles could work wonders with Floyd, who’s one of the better athletes in this whole draft class.
21. Washington Redskins – Mackensie Alexander (CB) – Clemson
I still think he’s criminally overrated, but I also think the Redskins can be stupid… So this makes sense.
22. Houston Texans – Paxton Lynch (QB) – Memphis
The Texans need a quarterback, Lynch is the last of the Big 3. Personally don’t think he’s on the level of the other two, in fact, they really should trade up and snag Wentz or Goff. But for now, they get Lynch.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Corey Coleman (WR) – Baylor
Coleman was unstoppable before Seth Russell went down this season. Aside from being lanky, the man doesn’t have many weaknesses. He and Diggs would be a fine WR duo.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Vernon Butler (DT) – Louisiana Tech
Vernon Butler is one of my favorite players in this draft. He’s big, but he is FAST. Lining him up with Geno Atkins would be absolutely filthy. The Bengals know talent when they see it, hopefully they see this.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Von Bell (SS) – Ohio State
There really aren’t any cornerbacks left worth taking this early. There’s some decent options that should fall to them in the 2nd round. Instead, they should take the best secondary player left. Either Bell or Darian Thompson out of Boise State. You can’t go wrong with either of them.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Cody Whitehair (OG/OT) – Kansas State
Whitehair is exactly what the Seahawks need; a versatile offensive linemen. He does everything so well, and with the right coaching, he could be a stud at any position (well, maybe not center). Russell Wilson says thank you.
27. Green Bay Packers – Darron Lee (OLB) – Ohio State
Repeating what I said last time, but the Packers seem to love these raw, young prospects. They worked wonders with Randall last season, now they can do the same with Lee.
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Will Fuller (WR) – Notre Dame
Fuller just seems like the best fit here. The Chiefs could use somebody who can really stretch the field. Fuller has proven to be a healthy, consistent target.
29. Arizona Cardinals – Kenny Clark (DT) – UCLA
Calais Campbell can’t do it all. Clark might be the best player left on the board, AND he’d help immediately improve this Cardinals defensive line. I don’t see why not.
30. Carolina Panthers – Jack Conklin (OT) Michigan State
Well this just isn’t fair… But Conklin ends up falling right into the Panthers hands. Their interior offensive line is insanely good, now they begin to solidify the outside? Watch out.
31. Denver Broncos – Vadal Alexander (OG) LSU
Alexander is the perfect fit for this new identity of the Denver Broncos. They’re old school. Tough. Gritty. Alexander is all of the above.
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