In less than 24 hours, we’ll be live from STK Steakhouse in Nashville ready for the launch of our live draft show. Be sure to tune in on twitter @DraftNetworkLLC. For now, I’ve correctly predicted all 32 landing spots in the first-round.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Quinnen Williams, IDL, Alabama
Well, here we are. Has this entire Kyler Murray saga been for nothing? There have been rumblings that Murray won’t actually be the top selection, leading me to believe the Cardinals will be choosing between Quinnen Williams and Nick Bosa. With an elite pass rusher already in the fold in Chandler Jones, Williams makes a ton of sense on the interior.
Oh, and he’s the best player in the NFL Draft.
2. San Francisco: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
Whether it’s Kyler Murray or Quinnen Williams as the first pick, San Francisco gets their best-case scenario. Nick Bosa would add to an already improving pass rush and make the 49ers pressure packages downright terrifying. The franchise will be reaping the benefits of their hyper-focus on defensive line with their third down personnel of Dee Ford, DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas and Nick Bosa.
3. New York Jets: Ed Oliver, IDL, Houston
There’s been a lot of recent smoke about the Jets taking Ed Oliver with the 3rd pick, even if Quinnen William is still available. I don’t necessarily see his fit into their defensive line depth chart, but I’ll never disagree with adding an elite prospect.
Mixing and matching fronts and personnel with Oliver, Leonard Williams and Henry Anderson could spell doom for opposing offensive lines.
4. Oakland Raiders: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Are the Raiders sold on Derek Carr as their franchise quarterback? That answer is difficult to gauge. But I do know this, Jon Gruden won’t be afraid to take a quarterback who is undersized and athletic.
With three more picks in the top 35 and potentially more capital from a Carr trade, Oakland could take Kyler Murray at 4th overall and still have a path to building the roster around his unique talent.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU
After Kwon Alexander’s departure, Tampa Bay has been linked to Devin White for quite some time. They desperately need a starting inside linebacker, and White provides a stack and shed presence with just enough in coverage to hold up in the NFL.
6. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Could Daniel Jones really go before Dwayne Haskins? Reports suggest that the Giants love Jones, and if that is the case, they won’t be waiting until pick 17 to try and select him. While Jones has his issues, some similarities have been made to Eli Manning as far as his footwork and touch. Could that comparison act as the convincing factor for Dave Gettleman to look past Jones’ obvious weaknesses?
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Jacksonville believes that they have their franchise quarterback with Nick Foles, and the next step is keeping him upright. Jonah Williams is the best offensive lineman in the NFL Draft, and has the versatility to start right immediately at right tackle.
8. Detroit Lions: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Detroit gets best case scenario with the modest fall of Josh Allen. Not only does he fill a major pass rushing need, but he’s widely been considering as a top 5 pick. His speed to power conversion and motor makes him a plug and play prospect.
9. Buffalo Bills: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Buffalo added Tyler Kroft in free agency, but he’s not enough to prevent the Bills from taking a tight end in the first round. Hockenson provides value as both a blocker and receiver, adding yet another dimension for young quarterback Josh Allen.
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Is John Elway’s “infatuation” with Drew Lock real enough to pass on Dwayne Haskins? Lock’s downfield arm strength is something that Elway has valued in his quarterback draft picks in the past, seemingly making Lock a natural fit to sit one season behind Joe Flacco.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Devin Bush has long been a target of the Bengals, as they need a presence in the middle of the defense. I view Bush as the best linebacker in the NFL Draft because of his physicality, range and coverage chops.
12. Green Bay Packers: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
With long term starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga in the final year of his contract, Green Bay will likely search for his successor this offseason. Dillard took a massive amount of pass protection snaps at Washington State, and has similar success with his footwork as Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari.
13. Miami Dolphins: Christian Wilkins, IDL, Clemson
Miami needs an interior presence on their defense, but head coach Brian Flores will value versatility along the defensive line. Wilkins has the flexibility of a gymnast and explosion out of his stance, making him a menace of a gap shooter.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Atlanta will be looking for a quality starting right tackle in order to keep Matt Ryan’s protection up to standard. While Jawaan Taylor doesn't have a ton of experience as a starter, he’s an ascending prospect with an undeniable ceiling.
15. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
We don’t know which quarterback the Redskins are targeting, but we do know they have their eyes on the position. In this scenario, Dwayne Haskins falls into their lap without a trade-up. Haskins makes minimal mistakes, but fails to push the ball downfield as often as it’s available to him.
16. Carolina Panthers: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
This is less than ideal for the Carolina Panthers, but they desperately need to target a left tackle in the NFL Draft. Greg Little has potential, but some footwork issues that need to be cleaned up in both pass protection and run blocking. If his sets can improve, his natural strength and power can dominate blocks.
17. New York Giants: Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
If the Giants are going to take a quarterback with the 6th overall selection, the next step is to find his protection. Right tackle has been a problem position for the Giants, but Ford would lock down that starting position for years to come.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Chris Lindstrom, IOL, Boston College
With the free agent addition of guard Josh Kline and Pat Elflein at center, Minnesota has one more interior offensive lineman to add. Chris Lindstrom is the best pure guard in the NFL Draft. One thing we do know is that Rick Speilman won’t be taking a cornerback in the first round.
19. Tennessee Titans: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Placing Montez Sweat to a team will be a gamble, because reports have surfaced that he’s off of numerous draft boards. Once thought of as a likely top 15 pick, his heart condition could cause a modest slide on draft day. Tennessee will be looking for Harold Landry’s future running mate, and Sweat’s physical profile gives him a unique potential.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
This Pick has been heavily reported leading up to the NFL Draft, and it makes sense. Ya-Sin fits the size and athletic profile that the Steelers have coveted for years, and is an ascending prospect who is still relatively new to the position.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
With the Seahawks trade of Frank Clark, they’re in desperate need of outside pass rushing help. While Clelin Ferrell isn’t the athlete that Clark is, he’s a plug and play starter at defensive end. He would be the best EDGE prospect available at this point, and provide excellent value in the 20’s.
22. Baltimore Ravens: DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
It it were up to me, DK Metcalf would be a top 10 selection. It appears as the NFL doesn’t value him that high, but Baltimore desperately needs help at wide receiver. His downfield chops could help open up a lot for their expected slot targets.
23. Houston Texans: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Protect Deshaun Watson at all costs.
24. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Marshawn Lynch is expected to retire, and Oakland seems like the franchise that’s stuck in their ways enough to take a running back in the first-round. Jacobs’ explosiveness and contact balance will make him an immediate contributor.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
One of Philadelphia’s top 30 visits, Marquise Brown could be the heir apparent to Nelson Agholor’s slot receiver duties. This is a bit of a luxury pick, but Philadelphia has the current depth chart to warrant one. Defensive coordinators will have headaches attempting to scheme to stop the speed and vertical routes that Desean Jackson and Marquise Brown both provide.
26. Indianapolis Colts: Jeffery Simmons, IDL, Mississippi State
Indianapolis needs talent on their interior defensive line, and Jeffery Simmons would provide that at this stage. He’s a top 10 player in this NFL Draft, but is expected to fall because of previous character concerns and a pre-draft ACL tear.
27. Oakland Raiders: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Oakland ends their unbelievable haul with selecting the top player at a third position, as Byron Murphy is the best cornerback in the class. While he projects better into a zone-heavy scheme, his talent in that area is undeniable.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Darnell Savage, SAF, Maryland
Darnell Savage is a “late riser” that is getting late first-round buzz. He’s a versatile safety prospect with athletic gifts, and pairing him with Derwin James would make the Chargers backend difficult to scheme against.
29. Seattle Seahawks: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
This could be a selection where Seattle decides to trade-down and acquire additional draft capital. If they decide to stay put, I expect them to target a defensive back. Greedy Williams is dripping with potential as a press-man or bump and run cornerback, something Seattle has coveted for years.
30. Green Bay Packers: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
TJ Hockenson will be one of Green Bay’s primary targets at pick 12, but with them taking an offensive tackle, they make out like bandits if Noah Fant is available at pick 30. Fant has the higher receiving upside, and could provide the value that Jimmy Graham was supposed to.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Erik McCoy, IDL, Texas A&M
McCoy is a natural fit into the Rams zone running scheme with his lateral mobility, and he held his own against the best of SEC defensive lineman. He’s a candidate to play any of the three spots on the interior offensive line.
32. New England Patriots: Jerry Tillery, IDL, Notre Dame
Close to a dream scenario for New England, Tillery’s penetration and pass rushing chops is needed next to Adam Butler. With Mike Pennel in the fold to log snaps at nose tackle, an interior defensive lineman with Tillery’s versatility would solidify their defensive line depth chart.