With the draft coming up this weekend, here is my prediction for who will go where and with what pick, pending no trades. Just for the 32 first round picks.
#1 – Cleveland Browns select defensive end MYLES GARRETT. Probably not the position Cleveland need the most, but can’t see them passing on Garrett who is highly rated by all scouts.
#2 – 49ers select defensive end SOLOMON THOMAS. They need a defensive end and Thomas is definitely the best option behind Myles Garrett.
#3 – Chicago Bears select corner MARSHON LATTIMORE, a great corner out of Ohio State, with Chicago needing to improve their secondary this seems a likely pick.
#4 – Jacksonville Jaguars select LEONARD FOURNETTE, Fournette is the best running back out of this draft class, the build of him is very freakish and he would be a useful tool for the Jaguars.
#5 – Tennessee Titans select MIKE WILLIAMS, with Mariota looking promising the Titans need to improve their weapons. I see them picking the best wide receiver in the class to link up with Mariota.
#6 – New York Jets select JAMAL ADAMS, this pick could go anywhere and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets actually took a risk on Deshaun Watson with them needing a quarterback. But, I think they’ll go with the more safe option of safety Adams.
#7 – Los Angeles Chargers select MALIK HOOKER, safety after safety here. If the Jets don’t take Adams then he could land here, but the Chargers definitely need a defensive piece.
#8 – Carolina Panthers select CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY, the running back had an impressive combine and with the Panthers needing a running back I would say Mccaffrey is the second best option behind Fournette.
#9 – Cincinnati Bengals select JONATHON ALLEN, I imagine the Bengals taking a defensive end so Allen should round up 3 DE’s going in the top 10.
#10 – Buffalo Bills select MITCHELL TRUBISKY, I can see the Bills taking a quarterback and going with Trubisky, I also think they’ll regret this as he will wind up as a bust, not the answer to their problems.
#11 – New Orleans Saints select GAREON CONLEY, the Saints have a great offence but they need to improve the defence immediately in order for Drew Brees to make the most of his threats.
#12 – Cleveland Browns select DESHAUN WATSON, I think he will finally go with the 12th pick, a lot of people are excited to see what he can do after his brilliant finals performance for Clemson in the comeback over Alabama.
#13 – Arizona Cardinals select JOHN ROSS, after his blistering record setting 40 yard dash, I think the Cardinals will take a risk on Ross rather than Corey Davis just because of the combine results.
#14 – Philadelphia Eagles select REUBEN FOSTER, this pick could literally go anywhere, but I think they will improve their defence by taking the first linebacker out of Alabama.
#15 – Indianapolis Colts select TAKKARIST MCKINLEY, another defensive end goes, the Colts simply have to improve their defence, they cant afford to waste Andrew Luck’s prime years.
#16 – Baltimore Ravens select O.J HOWARD, the first tight end for me in this draft, same again the Ravens pick could go anywhere but I’m sure they will use it to give Joe Flacco an extra piece.
#17 – Washington Redskins select DALVIN COOK, a very exciting running back out of Florida State, the Redskins should improve their offence if they want to compete with Cowboys and Giants in their divison.
#18 – Tennessee Titans select TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE, this pick could very well be traded with having an earlier pick to add an already well established corner but I think they will take White out of Louisana.
#19 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers select DEREK BARNETT, the defensive end love fest continues, Tampa Bay will select Barnett to improve their defence as Winston looks to settle into their franchise quarterback.
#20 – Denver Broncos select RYAN RAMCZYK, the Broncos had a shocker of a season last year and definitely need to improve their offensive line to protect the quarterback.
#21 – Detroit Lions select HAASON REDDICK, they need a linebacker so the Lions will look at Reddick from Temple to improve their defence.
#22 – Miami Dolphins select TACO CHARLTON, you guessed it, another defensive end, the Dolphins will use this pick to improve their defence but it could go outside of this position with so many already being picked.
#23 – New York Giants select CAM ROBINSON, they need to protect Eli more as he has a lot of options this year that could put them into a playoff run.
#24 – Oakland Raiders select JARRAD DAVIS, the Raiders definitely need a linebacker to help them out and Davis is the best of those left, they look promising going into next year.
#25 – Houston Texans select PATRICK MAHOMES, the Texans desperately need a quarterback so I expect to take a risk on Mahomes.
#26 – Seattle Seahawks select KEVIN KING, a cornerback would be a good addition, especially with star corner Richard Sherman there to help.
#27 – Kansas City Chiefs select QUINCY WILSON, another cornerback goes with this pick as the Chiefs look to improve their already stable defence.
#28 – Dallas Cowboys select ADOREE JACKSON, the Cowboys will use this pick on a defensive piece after their disappointing playoff appearance on the defensive part.
#29 – Green Bay Packers select JOE MIXON, they need a running back but this pick will go on a cornerback if one of the previous three aren’t taken.
#30 – Pittsburgh Steelers select T.J WATT, welcome the first outside linebacker to the draft, Watt looks promising and will be a good asset for the Steelers.
#31 – Atlanta Falcons select FORREST LAMP, they definitely need to protect Ryan a lot more after their embarrassing Super Bowl choke.
#32 – New England Patriots select BUDDER BAKER, this could literally go on anything and you’d expect Bellicheck to turn the player into absolute quality.