Cleveland Browns: DE, Myles Garrett – Texas A&M:
The Browns should and likely will take Myles Garrett with the first overall pick. Garrett is clearly the best player in the draft and should have an immediate impact on the Browns’ defense.
2. Carolina Panthers (via trade with SF): HB, Leonard Fournette – LSU:
Leonard Fournette would give the Panthers one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL. Fournette, who many have called the next Adrian Peterson, boasts a rare combination of size, strength, and speed that will compliment the Jaguars’ deficient offense. With Cam Newton and Leonard Fournette playing side by side, the Panthers’ offense could be one of the best in the league.
3. Chicago Bears: S, Jamal Adams – LSU:
Jamal Adams is a great selection for the bears here. He can have a quick and helpful impact on the Bears’ struggling defense. He also has the versatility to defend against both the run and the pass. Adams’ should improve the Bears’ defense immensely, as he is a top-five prospect in the draft.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE, Jonathan Allen – Alabama:
Jonathan Allen is one of the top defensive lineman in the draft. After making some great acquisitions one defense in A.J. Bouye, Barry Church, and Calais Campbell, the Jaguars should take Allen to complete their defense.
5. Tennessee Titans: CB, Marshon Lattimore – Ohio State
With Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker, Marshon Lattimore is an easy pick for the Titans. Most experts consider Lattimore to be the best CB in the draft (possibly even the best pass defender in the draft). His strong ball skills and freak athleticism should give the Titans’ secondary a strong boost.
6. New York Jets: S, Malik Hooker – Ohio State
The Jets have very little talent on their roster, and Malik Hooker would be a great addition to their secondary. Calvin Pryor, one of the better players on the Jets, is already at SS, so adding Hooker to the lineup would give the Jets a strong combination at safety. Being a free safety, Hooker will be influential whenever he is on the field.
7. San Diego Chargers: DE, Solomon Thomas – Stanford
If Solomon Thomas falls to the Chargers, they should add him to their defensive front. Picking Thomas would give the Chargers one of the most elite pass rushes in the league by pairing him with Joey Bosa.
8. San Francisco 49ers(via trade with CAR): DE, Derek Barnett – Alabama:
Derek Barnett is one of the top pass rushers in the draft. Barnett would be a good choice for the 49ers’ struggling defense, as he could contribute to the team as an explosive pass rusher who can change the momentum in a game.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: DE, Taco Charlton – Michigan
Adding Taco Charlton to the Bengals’ front seven would make their defense a force to be reckoned with. His ability as a pass rusher can immediately help the Bengals’ defense, which was one of the top units in the league just a few years ago.
10. Buffalo Bills: WR, Mike Williams – Clemson
With Sammy Watkins injured most of the time, the Bills need a weapon to complete their offense. That receiver is Mike Williams. The 6’4” wide receiver out of Clemson should round out the Bills’ offense by giving Tyrod Taylor a strong, physical wide receiver.
11. New Orleans Saints: CB, Gareon Conley – Ohio State
The Saints’ secondary is in need of immediate help. Their best cornerback is Delvin Breaux and the rest of their secondary isn’t much better. This is why the Saints need Gareon Conley. Conley is one of the top prospects at cornerback in the draft and would compliment the Saints’ defense.
12. Cleveland Browns: QB, Mitchell Trubisky – North Carolina
After finishing last season with a record of 1-15, the Browns need a franchise player who can turn their team around. That player is Mitchell Trubisky. He is a good scrambler, clocking in at a 4.67 second 40-yard dash. Despite only one year of college experience, he has already shown good intangibles and throwing mechanics. While he does hold some risk, Trubisky has enough upside to be picked by the Browns at 12.
13. Arizona Cardinals: QB, Patrick Mahomes – Texas Tech
This is likely to be Carson Palmer’s last season, so the Cardinals need to find a man to replace him. Mahomes is a great choice here to do so. Mahomes has the highest physical skills in the draft and a year working behind Carson Palmer will help develop his intangibles.
14. Philadelphia Eagles: CB, Marlon Humphrey – Alabama
Humphrey is one of the top cornerbacks in the draft class. Philadelphia needs a strong corner to bolster their secondary, which is the weakest part of their defense. Humphrey elite coverage skills makes him a good fit for the eagles
15. Indianapolis Colts: RB, Christian McCaffrey – Stanford
McCaffrey is perfect for the Colts. His versatility on the offense will make him a good fit for Andrew Luck’s offense. He is the most athletic running back in the draft and will find immediate success in his new role. He will also take pressure off of Andrew Luck, as due to the Colts’ abysmal running back corps Luck receives extra attention from defenses.
16. Baltimore Ravens: WR, Corey Davis – Western Michigan
After Steve Smith retired last season, the Ravens’ receiving core is crippled. The Ravens should select Corey Davis to give their deficient receiving corps a boost.
17. Washington Redskins: LB, Haason Reddick – Temple
The Redskins have a very weak defensive front, but Haason Reddick could change that. His effectiveness against the run and the pass will make him a very useful asset.
18. Tennessee Titans: WR, John Ross – Washington
After running a 4.22 40-yard dash, John Ross’ draft stock has skyrocketed since the end of last season. The Titans should take the top 3 WR prospect here, as they need to fill their ranks with better receivers than Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe..
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RB, Dalvin Cook – Florida State
Doug Martin is suspended for the first three games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The Buccaneers have the chance to opt out of his contract, which lasts through 2020, and free 5.7 million dollars in cap space. The replacement for Martin they might need can be found in Dalvin Cook. Dalvin Cook is one of the most talented running backs in the draft and should improve the Bucs’ offense.
20. Denver Broncos: OT, Ryan Ramczyk – Wisonsin
Ramczyk’s impressive 2016 performance and strong combine makes him one of the best offensive tackles. The Broncos need an offensive tackle to protect their young quarterbacks and Ramcyzk is the answer.
21. Detroit Lions: DE, Takkarist McKinley – UCLA
The Detroit Lions have one of the better offenses in the league due to Matthew Stafford’s proficiency. They also have a decent secondary highlighted by Darius Slay and Glover Quinn. McKinley is the addition they need to bolster their defensive line.
22. Miami Dolphins: LB, Reuben Foster – Alabama
Reuben Foster is the most talented linebacker in the draft. However, after he failed his drug test at the combine, his draft stock plummeted. Still, the Dolphins could use a player like Foster at middle linebacker and a player with his talent cannot be passed up.
23. New York Giants: OT, Cam Robinson – Alabama
Cam Robinson is one of the top offensive lineman in the draft. His draft stock has dropped slightly due to injury concerns, but he is still a great addition to the Giants’ line.
24. Oakland Raiders: TE, O.J. Howard – Alabama
The big-play receiver out of Alabama is considered the best tight end in the 2017 draft by most scouts. The Raiders are struggling at tight end and Howard is the perfect weapon to take Derek Carr’s passing attack to the next level. His talent makes him worthy of a top-15 pick, but not many teams are in need of a tight end right now.
25. Houston Texans: QB, Deshaun Watson – Clemson
The Texans have one of the better rosters in the league. Despite losing A.J. Bouye in the offseason, their defense is still full of talent. They also have weapons on offense. However, they need a quarterback who can step up and make smart decisions. That man is Deshaun Watson, as he has the talent and leadership skills to win games with the Texans.
26. Seattle Seahawks: OG, Forrest Lamp – Western Kentucky
The Seahawks’ line is one of the league, and Lamp could change that. He is considered the best offensive guards in the draft and can help protect the injury-prone Russel Wilson.
27. Kansas City Chiefs: DT, Malik McDowell – Michigan State
The Chiefs’ defensive front took a hit this offseason when they lost Dontari Poe, and McDowell is the right man to replace him. McDowell is a large run stopper who can contribute to the Chiefs’ elite defense.
28. Dallas Cowboys: CB, Tre’Davious White – LSU
After losing Morris Claiborne, the Cowboys need another cornerback next season. White, a first team all American, should be a worthy addition to Dallas’ secondary.
29. Green Bay Packers: CB, Kevin King – Washington
After an incredible combine, Kevin King’s stock has risen to the late-first round. His combination of size and athletic ability make him a versatile cornerback who can cover a wide range of players. The Packers could use help at cornerback to improve their secondary.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: TE, David Njoku – Miami
Big Ben has told the media that he wants a new tight end. Njoku is an athletic freak and should have an immediate impact on the Steelers’ offense.
31. Atlanta Falcons: LB, Tim Williams – Alabama
In Tim Williams the Falcons would be acquiring a great edge rusher. If they were to pair him with Vic Beasley, they would have a premier pass rush for years.
32. New Orleans Saints: DT, Caleb Brantley – Florida
After picking a cornerback earlier in the draft, the Saints will want to add to their defensive front. The self proclaimed “best defensive tackle in the country” will be effective in stopping the run in New Orleans.