1. Cincinatti Bengals – Joe Burrow – QB, LSU
The Burrow hype has grown to new heights following his dominant performance against an OU secondary that was great for the B12, but evidently suspect to say the least for the SEC. Justin Herbert should make a little more noise here than previously expected, but barring an unforeseen disaster performance in the NCG against Clemson, Burrow should be a Bengal.
2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young EDGE, OSU
Redskins get another buckeye to rebuild around in the form of Chase Young, a generational defensive player that is certain to wreak havoc off the edge and into NFL backfields for many years to come in the nation’s capital
3. Detroit Lions- Jeff Okudah CB, OSU
Lions attempt to rebuild a secondary that has dwindled into nothing more than an expiring Darius Slay contract. Okudah combines great speed and quickness with elite ability to turn his hips/head and locate the ball. The clear #1 corner in this class will help the Lions slow down an NFC North filled with receivers
4. New York Giants – Isaiah Simmons LB, CLEM
The Giants have lots of issues on the O-line, but their more glaring need is their lack of tenacity and discipline on the defensive side of the ball, especially with the great run games in the NFC East. Enter Simmons, who adds a strong presence to the middle of the field for the future in NY. He is a great leader, will most likely have the sticker on his helmet and directing his teammates around pre-snap in Year 2. Franchise changing pick here, and I think Gettleman sees this potential at #4 instead of fortifying the O-line
5. Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa QB, BAMA
Reports have pegged Tua to Miami for quite some time, and I think the Phins get their guy at #5. Re-sign Fitz, let Tua have as long as he needs to recover from the injury, and in due time, become the future of offense in Miami for Brian Flores. If not Tua, expect Miami to trade back to a QB needy team in order to acquire more draft capital, as their overall talent is low
6. LA Chargers – Justin Herbert QB, Oregon
A match made in heaven, Rose Bowl MVP Justin Herbert and LA rejoice as their union will elevate one another to new heights. The decline of Phillip Rivers has been well documented, and his replacement is inevitable in the next year or so. Therefore, LA takes their top QB at this pick to allow Rivers time to mentor Herbert while playing out his last year as a Charger. Herbert possess elite arm strength, can make every throw, while also having the ability to pull the ball down and run for yards when necessary
7. Carolina Panthers – Derrick Brown DL, Auburn
With the top 3 QBs off the board, Rhule plays it safe with one of the best players available. Derrick Brown will help solidify a Panthers D that had a tough time stopping the run last season, ranking 32nd in DVOA against the run. This gives Kuechly another gap stopper
8. Arizona Cardinals – Andrew Thomas OT, UGA
While AZ would love to snag an elite pass catcher for their Air Raid offense, they have no choice but to take the best O-lineman in the class if he falls to them. Thomas should immediately step in and help give Kyler more time to run around and extend plays with his legs
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jerry Jeudy WR, BAMA
2nd round pick D.J Chark had an impressive season, but the Jags need more playmaking on the outside to open up the run game for Leonard Fournette. They add Jeudy here, the best WR in the class, in order to give Gardner Minshew another weapon to work with in his surprising development as an NFL QB
10. Cleveland Browns – Grant Delpit S, LSU
Cleveland unexpected implosion in 2019 had to due with inept secondary play. They add Delpit to a defense that is in dire need of a versatile safety to add security to their young backend
11. New York Jets – Tristan Wirfs OT, IOWA
No brainer here. O-line is #1 priority for Joe Douglas, and JD is given no other choice than to take Wirfs here, unless he falls in love with someone in particular during the pre-draft process. Wirfs can play both left and right tackle, so his versatility is the first step in protecting Sam Darnold
12. Oakland Raiders – Cee Dee Lamb WR, OU
I think Gruden and Mayock will fall in love with Lamb’s tape and take him here to finally give Carr a legitimate threat on the outside. AB’s departure still stings in Oakland, I think they make a statement here with Lamb
13. Indianapolis Colts – Henry Ruggs WR, BAMA
Ballard will take the best receiver available to pair with Brissett in order to ensure a proper evaluation of the QB. At this point, the best receiver available is Ruggs, a 4.25 40 yard dash burner with every ability to make elite cuts and catches in traffic. He is more than just a sprinter, but boy can he sprint. I think he shoots up boards after the combine and I like this fit in Indy with T.Y. and Frank Reich
14. Tampa Buccaneers – Javon Kinlaw DT, SCAR
The Bucs will look to solidify their D-line after losing Gerald McCoy, and Kinlaw is a great option. He marvelously uses his 6’6″ 305 lbs frame to power rush the passer while also shutting down the run
15. Denver Broncos – Kristan Fulton CB, DEN
Denver has lost what made them great just a few years ago, and that was an elite secondary. Elway takes the best cover corner available in Fulton to help bring back the No Fly Zone.
16. Atlanta Falcons – A.J Epenesa EDGE, IOWA
A.J entered the season as a sure top 10 pick, but now his future is in question due to a slight regression in production. However, Epenesa still has the same motor and body that he always had, and the end of his season treated him well. Atlanta has lacked a true pass rusher with Vic Beasley’s own regression, so I think this pick makes the most sense for them in a division with Drew Brees
17. Dallas Cowboys – Trevon Diggs CB, BAMA
All the Dallas D is missing is a more secure secondary to go along with its impressive and young front seven. Adding the physical Diggs gives the Cowboys a new type of cover corner to go along with their plethora of young talent in their backend.
18. Miami Dolphins – K’Lavon Chaisson EDGE, LSU
This pick was acquired in exchange for Minkah Fitzpatrick, and while he made many plays in Pittsburgh, I think Miami gets their own defensive playmaker here in Chaisson. As he tweeted himself, Chaisson is more than just a ferocious pass rusher, as he is able to make plays in the run and pass game from the linebacker position. The captain of LSU defense is a great value pick here for Flores.
19. Oakland Raiders – Kenneth Murray LB, OU
After the Vontaze Burfict experiment, the Raiders need a consistent linebacker to add to their front seven. Murray gives them this option with good value at #19
20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Xavier Mckinney S, BAMA
In order to get back to the Jags defense of a few years ago, they need to replenish their playmakers in the secondary. Mckinney is a great combination of a heat seeking missile in the run game and impressive coverage in the passing game, a perfect fit of Doug Marrone’s defense
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Tee Higgins WR, CLEM
Howie Roseman knows how deep this WR class is, and he waits patiently for whichever receiver he may desire to fall to him at #21. Higgins is a proven productive pass catcher who makes big plays in big games, exactly what the Eagles need on the outside of their offense.
22. Buffalo Bills – Laviska Shenault WR, COLO
Buffalo is in dire need of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, and Laviska is decent value for them at the end of the 1st. He can track down Allen’s deep ball, but is also a threat to make anybody miss with the ball in his hands. He had an off year in his final season in Boulder due to inconsistent QB play and injuries, but his 2018 tape dictates his high potential as an NFL WR
23. New England Patriots – Justin Jefferson WR, LSU
Patriots add one of Burrow’s favorite weapons at LSU in order to give their struggling offense more help on the outside
24. New Orleans Saints – Troy Dye LB, Oregon
While this may look like a reach, the amount of off ball linebackers that can cover all three offensive positions effectively in this draft is very slim, so I think Dye shoots up draft boards based off of supply and demand.
25. Tennessee Titans – Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE, PSU
The Titans lack a physical presence off the edge of their defense, and they will hope that Gross-Matos can be that exactly. His huge frame and solid competition against B10 O-lineman is a good start
26. Minnesota Vikings – Jedrick Willis OT, BAMA
Vikes solidify their O-line for Cook and Cousins with a solid upside pick in Willis
27. Houston Texans – Travis Ettiene RB, CLEM
A true #1 RB for Watson to finally rely on, as he is a former Clemson Tiger himself
28. Seattle Seahawks- CJ Henderson CB, UF
CJ Henderson’s stock took a small dip after this season, but his overall talent should still allow him to land on Day 1. Seattle needs a lot of help in the secondary, so this is the beginning of their rebuild on the backend.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Deandre Swift RB, UGA
Chiefs finally get an every down back to pair with their prolific passing attack
30. Green Bay Packers – Jalen Reagor WR, TCU
Aaron Rodgers gets a well needed new toy in the fastest receiver in the draft. He should run a sub 4.35 40 yard dash, and Rodgers hasn’t seen
31. San Fransisco 49ers – Bryce Hall CB, UVA
49ers need a dependable option opposite Richard Sherman, and the senior out of UVA gives them a viable option from day 1.
32. Baltimore Ravens – Tyler Johnson WR, Minnesota
Lamar needs another weapon on the outside to catch 50/50 balls, and Tyler Johnson fits this perfectly. They can’t pick KJ Hamler here, as he is too similar to Hollywood Brown. I think Tyler Johnson, while maybe being a reach, makes sense here.