Note: The Vikings, who traded their first-round pick to the Eagles, finished the 2016 season with the same record and strength of schedule as the Colts, so there’s a tie for the 14th pick. A coin flip at a later date will determine which team picks first.
- Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
- San Francisco 49ers: Mitch Turbisky, QB, North Carolina
- Chicago Bears: Jonathan Allen, DE/DT, Alabama
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
- Tennessee Titans (From Los Angeles Rams): Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
- New York Jets: DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
- Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
- Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
- Cincinnati Bengals: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
- Buffalo Bills: Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama
- New Orleans Saints: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
- Cleveland Browns (From Philadelphia Eagles): Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
- Arizona Cardinals: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
- Indianapolis Colts: Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
- Philadelphia Eagles (From Minnesota Vikings): Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
- Baltimore Ravens: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
- Washington Redskins: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
- Tennessee Titans: David Njoku, TE, Miami
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Ramczyk, T, Wisconsin
- Denver Broncos: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
- Detroit Lions: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
- Miami Dolphins: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
- New York Giants: Cam Robinson, T, Alabama
- Oakland Raiders: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
- Houston Texans: T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
- Seattle Seahawks: Garett Bolles, T, Utah
- Kansas City Chiefs: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
- Dallas Cowboys: Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA
- Green Bay Packers: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Jabrill Peppers, RB/CB/S/LB
- Atlanta Falcons: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
- New England Patriots: Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
Myles Garrett boats outstanding quickness and burst, and he plows right through offensive lineman with a powerful power moves, and his swift finesse moves. Garrett is a team-player that provides excellent run support. Myles Garrett is the best player in this year’s draft class, and will be an impact player from day one.
Kyle Shanahan is set to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers after the Falcons play in Super Bowl 51 (congrats), and we all know that San Fran needs to draft a single-caller. In my opinion, Turbisky is the best fit to lead the 49ers. He has a similar skill set to current Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Turbisky has fine accuracy, and he can get tremendous touch on his long ball.
Jonathan Allen would join a dream situation in Chicago. He would team up with outstanding pass rushers Leonard Floyd and Pernell McPhee, while receiving magnificent coaching from John Fox and Vic Fangio. Allen has an outstanding motor, great power moves at the point of attack, and sets a tone with his fantastic tackling, not to mention his devastating hits!
Jamal Adams is the ideal all-around safety, and is a perfect fit to make an impact on the Jaguars defense. Jamal Adams statistics won’t wow you, but Adams racks up the tackles, and sets the tone with crushing hits. The Jaguars should also consider ball-hawking safety Malik Hooker, but Adams is a slightly better fit for Jacksonville. Adams is more consistent than Hooker, and Adams is a more sure-tackler.
For the Titans, their decision would probably come down between Lattimore, and Lattimore’s college teammate Malik Hooker, but I believe that the Titans desperately need a cornerback, and Marshon Lattimore is one of the best corners entering the draft over the last decade. Lattimore boasts outstanding cover skills and ball skills. Lattimore will make an impact from day one for the Titans, and come up with game-changing defensive plays that the Titans need, if they want to be a playoff team.
The New York Jets need to rebuild from the top to the bottom, and a great place to start is by drafting a winner. DeShaun Watson won Clemson a National Championship this season against the favored Alabama Crimson Tide. Watson boasts great arm strength and accuracy, and can change the game with his legs. Watson has an outstanding motor, and the Jets need someone like him leading their franchise.
If Malik Hooker falls this far, the Chargers would be very excited. Malik Hooker displays excellent effort and motor, and has a knack for the football. Hooker sets the tone better than any other player in his class with brutal hits. Hooker needs to be more consistent, but I believe that Anthony Lynn will help Hooker blossom into an elite safety that everybody will fear.
The Panthers practice drafting the best player available, and in this scenario, Fournette would be going to Carolina. Fournette has a devastating stiff arm and magnificent vision. I don’t think he’ll have the impact that Ezekiel Elliott had in his first year, but Fournette will be a game-changer anyways. You may be thinking, ‘what about Jonathan Stewart?’. Jonathan Stewart would be a great mentor for Fournette, and they would probably split carries. Stewart is in his 30s, and probably cannot handle too large of a workload.
The Bengals had an off year in 2016, and they desperately need to come back strong in 2017. A perfect way to do so is to draft Corey Davis. The long, quick wide receiver has special play-making abilities. In fact, Davis is very similar to A.J. Green, who would be Davis’s teammate in this scenario.
Reuben Foster is the perfect fit the for Bills. Foster would reunite with Reggie Ragland, another linebacker from Alabama. He is an explosive linebacker with the ideal frame for an inside linebacker. Foster defends the run very well, but has work to do on his zone coverages.
White is very small for a cornerback at 5’11 and only 175 pounds, but he is extremely quick, fast, and agile. He has good ball skills, and is a great cover corner. White is a courageous football player, and he attempts to help out with run support. White would give the Saints a slot cornerback that they desperately need, and some energy on defense.
Mike Williams is a tall, physical presence that loves going up for 50-50 balls and initiating contact with opposing secondary players. Williams would come to Cleveland, and immediately become a favorite target, for whoever is quarterbacking for the Browns.
Sidney Jones has average size, but he has great ball skills and comes down with interceptions, and he is excellent in run support. Jones is a playmaker on defense that would give the Cardinals secondary a sparky corner to team up with Patrick Peterson.
The Colts need to improve their offensive line and their defense in the 2017 NFL Draft and drafting Lamp in the first round would be a great place to start. Lamp is a safe pick, and would immediately supply the Colts with a durable, solid offensive lineman to protect Andrew Luck.
The Philadelphia Eagles have a solid defense, but Carson Wentz did not have enough weapons on offense to score enough points to win. Even though Ryan Matthews is effective, he is too injury prone, and Darren Sproles is getting older (I know, it’s hard to notice). Drafting Cook would give the Eagles an exceptional, young running back, and a brighter future for the Eagles offense.
The Ravens have a major need at cornerback, but their offense needs some work as well. Alvin Kamara is a raw talent, but he has great burst on inside runs and is excellent at breaking tackle, and keep his legs churning. Kamara is a great fit for the Ravens organization, and John Harbaugh will have a lot of fun working with him.
The Redskins need to up their pass rush and pressure the quarterback more, and Solomon Thomas is the perfect man for the job. He would come immediately and bring more energy to the Redskins, and with some coaching from Jay Gruden, he can become an elite pass rusher.
The Titans need more explosive pass catchers for Marcus Mariota to lean on, and Njoku would immediately give Tennessee a big pass-catcher that would also supply support in run-blocking which is always helpful. Njoku needs work on his route-running, but in school he was so big and explosive that he dominated anyways! Right out of the gate, Njoku would be one of Mariota’s favorite targets.
The Buccaneers need to give Jameis Winston more time in the pocket so that he can go through his progressions and find open targets. Ryan Ramczyk will give the Buccaneers a solid left tackle for the future. He is great in both run and pass protection, and would be a very safe pick for there Bucs.
The Denver Broncos defense is still elite, but their offense is a work-in-progress now that Peyton Manning is sitting on his couch. Trevor Siemian is a capable quarterback, but he needs better blocking, and a good tight end to throw to. Howard is a big , strong tight end with strong hands and excellent RAC ability. Siemian sure would love that selection.
The reason the Lions couldn’t clinch a playoff spot to end the season is because they couldn’t create a pass rush and pressure the quarterback. They lost consecutively to Eli Manning, Dak Prescott, and Aaron Rodgers. Those are elite quarterbacks, and if you give them time in the pocket like Detroit did, of course they’re going to beat you. Taco Charlton is a physical presence that immediately upgrades the Lions defensive line.
Teez Tablor and his teammate Quincy Wilson are almost impossible to compare, but I believe that Teez fits the Dolphins defensive scheme better than Quincy Wilson. Teez is great in coverage, and has strong hands for getting interceptions.
The Giants downfall in the playoffs was caused by their poor offensive line. The Packers defensive line destroyed Marshall Newhouse and Eric Flowers, and the tides were turned in the Packers direction once that began to happen. Cam Robinson needs some work on his technique, but he has the highest ceiling of any offensive lineman in this draft.
Quincy Wilson is very similar to his teammate Teez Tablor. I mean, they’re basically the same player. I believe that Teez is a slightly better cornerback, Wilson is a close second. They both have strong hands and catch their fair share of interceptions, and Wilson is excellent in coverage. The Raiders struggled at times limiting their opponents passing attack, and Wilson would definitely be a huge help for the Raiders defense.
T.J. Watt isn’t quite the athlete that his brother J.J. is, but T.J. shows flashes of his brother’s excellence while rushing the quarterback and tackling ball-carriers. T.J. Watt only started one year in college, but he made an immediate impact on their defense, and he would do the same for the Texans, already deadly defense.
Bolles is a consistent, balanced offensive lineman, with the potential to be a great starting offensive lineman for years to come. Garrett has some technique errors to straighten out, but Seattle’s fantastic coaching staff should be able to help him with the technique issues.
Jarrad Davis is a great run-stropping linebacker that would give Chiefs defense even more speed and talent. Davis struggles in pass coverage, but I believe that Andy Reid and the Chiefs coaching staff could coach Davis, and improve his pass coverage.
The Dallas Cowboys desperately need to build a better defensive line, and drafting Takkarist McKinley would be a fine place to start. McKinley is a fantastic pass rusher with a strong motor.
The Packers were toasted by Matty Ice and the Falcons because their young cornerback weren’t tall enough, or physical enough to cover Julio Jones, and the Falcons awesome receiving corps. Gareon Conley is a tall, lean cornerback that is very instinctive in press and zone coverages. Conley is NFL-ready and could contribute to Green Bay immediately.
Jabrill Peppers is a special athlete with a deep passion for football, but nobody really knows what position he’d play in the NFL. In my opinion, Peppers would play in the secondary, and every once in a while, line up in the linebacker position. Peppers would be a strong locker room presence, a fan favorite, and a source of speed and athleticism for the Steelers aging defense.
Adoree’ Jackson has the elite athleticism and the tools to be an elite cornerback, but he will need a lot of coaching from Dan Quinn and the Falcons defense. Jackson would be a good fit with Atlanta, and could make a major impact very early on in his career.
Tim Williams is a very skilled linebacker with a special ability to rush the quarterback. Williams has light off-field issues, but his talent on the field will win over the Patriots, and if Williams can stay out of trouble, the Pats would have another superstar youngster on defense.