This is more of a projection of the top ten picks, without trades involved, but I’ll discuss possibilities within each pick.
- Tennessee Titans – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss. Let’s not kid ourselves. Tennessee has their future quarterback. It’s now time to build around him and find him some protection. Tunsil solidifies the rebuild of that offensive line.
- Cleveland Browns – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State. The Browns, in my opinion, continue their annual first round selection of a quarterback. Wentz looks like the real deal, no gimmicky tricks up his sleeves, and doesn’t rely on his athleticism to win. Tall standing, pocket throwing quarterback. (Ramsey could go here if they really believe RGIII can play)
- San Diego Chargers – Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State. Best player in the draft, simple as that. After losing Eric Weddle to the Ravens, the Chargers need a day one starter. His talent, size and play-making ability make him a one of a kind prospect.
- Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa, DL, Ohio State. With Jalen Ramsey gone, the Cowboys snap up the top edge rusher in the class. I’m not on the “Bosa’s not a top pick anymore” narrative; he is. After losing Greg Hardy and with Randy Gregory being suspended for 4 games to start the season, the Cowboys need an edge rusher.
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA. Bosa and Ramsey both being gone, Jaguars still have a real need at LB. Jack is a 4.4, 230-pound rocket who has great instincts, reacts quickly and is great in coverage. He’s not the best pass rusher, but the Jaguars will have Malik Jackson and are getting last year’s #3 pick back with Dante Fowler. Best comparison I can put him next to is Navorro Bowman.
- Baltimore Ravens – DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon. At 6’7 and nearing 300-pounds, Buckner can play anywhere on the line. I’m betting the Ravens trade back here, and stock up on picks but they do have a need on the Defensive Line, and DeForest Buckner fits perfectly into their style of 3-4 Defense. It’s a BPA pick if they can’t get a trade together.
- San Francisco 49ers – Jared Goff, QB, California. San Francisco has to address the quarterback position with Colin Kaepernick looking to be traded. Having Blaine Gabbert as the day one starter isn’t ideal. Goff is mobile, has a decent arm and resets in the pocket easily. His mechanics could use work, but not having him start day one would be great for him to develop.
- Philadelphia Eagles – Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State. Elliot is the best running back in the draft and while a top 10 pick on a RB isn’t a common occurence anymore, the Eagles trading DeMarco Murray and hinting at trading Ryan Mathews, they could potentially grab Ezekiel Elliot here.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida. The Bucs have a gaping hole in the secondary, and will address it in the draft. A trade could likely happen here, possibly with the Miami Dolphins after losing Brent Grimes, but Hargreaves is an athletic prospect with an explosive ability to change directions. Early on could become a kick/punt returner, but look for him to develop across newly acquired Brent Grimes.
- New York Giants – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame. Stanley, 6’5 and 320-pounds is athletic and can move to the second level naturally and quickly. His footwork could use some improvement, but overall a great fit for the Giants here. At #10, the Giants have a lot of needs on the defensive side of the ball but have to go BPA in order to keep from reaching on someone like Jaylon Smith. If Myles Jack somehow falls to 10, expect the Giants to move in on him.
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