By Frank Coppola
- Rams – QB Jared Goff (California)
The Rams traded away multiple picks in order to move up and acquire the #1 overall pick from the Titans. They draft a prospect that is primed to become the franchise quarterback this organization has needed for many years.
- Eagles – QB Carson Wentz (North Dakota State)
The Eagles moved up in the draft to gain the rights to the #2 pick. They get a prospect that will need some time to develop in the league, but has the skills to become a franchise quarterback for Philadelphia.
- Chargers – DB Jalen Ramsey (Florida State)
After the loss of Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle in free agency, the Chargers take the versatile hybrid defensive back that will make an immediate impact in the secondary from Day 1.
- Cowboys – DE Joey Bosa (Ohio State)
The Cowboys have multiple needs that must be addressed in their defense, but with this pick, Dallas selects the most proven pass rusher in the draft class. Bosa is a perfect fit in their 4-3 system as an edge rusher and will be ready to start as a rookie.
- Jaguars – LB Myles Jack (UCLA)
The Jaguars continue their offseason trend of strengthening their defense by adding this versatile linebacker who has the potential to start as a rookie if he can stay healthy.
- Ravens – OT Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss)
Baltimore builds the future of its offensive line with this pick, drafting the most talented o-line prospect of this year’s draft class. He will become the anchor for the Ravens’ line for the next decade.
- 49ers – DE Deforest Buckner (Oregon)
The 49ers’ roster is in need of talent on both sides of the ball as the team enters a rebuilding phase under the direction of new head coach Chip Kelly. Buckner is a talented edge-rushing prospect who fits right into their 3-4 system as an end and can be a building block to redesign the defense around.
- Browns – RB Ezekiel Elliot (Ohio State)
Cleveland will most likely explore options to move down again in the draft to acquire more picks, but if they choose to make a selection at #8, Elliot is an elite running back prospect who is versatile and will provide their offense with a talented weapon out of the backfield.
- Buccaneers – DB Vernon Hargreaves (Florida)
Tampa Bay is in the hunt for a true shutdown #1 cornerback. Hargreaves is a lockdown corner that the Buccaneers can rely on to lead their secondary.
- Giants – LB Leonard Floyd (Georgia)
The Giants continue rebuilding their defense with a prospect that fits right into their 4-3 defensive scheme as an outside linebacker and can provide help rushing the passer and tackling in the middle of the field.
- Bears – DE Shaq Lawson (Clemson)
Chicago has been trying to rebuild its defense back into what used to be elite in the mid-2000s. Lawson is a productive pass rusher who can play as a defensive end or outside linebacker to provide constant pressure on the quarterback in the Bears’ 3-4 system.
- Saints – DT Sheldon Rankins (Louisville)
The Saints’ defense has been dismal in recent years. Rankins is a dominating presence in the middle of the defensive line that will lockdown the run game and provide pass rush to blow up the pocket as well.
- Dolphins – OT Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame)
The Dolphins need to find a way to protect their franchise quarterback, and Stanley is an elite lineman who can immediately step in as the left tackle to block for Tannehill.
- Raiders – DB William Jackson III (Houston)
The Raiders made a ton of moves to strengthen their defense in free agency, however they still have a need at corner. Jackson is a cover-corner who will need some time to develop but has the skills to become a lockdown cornerback once he hits his prime.
- Titans – OT Jack Conklin (Michigan State)
The Titans have a talented young quarterback who struggled with injury last year, so they look to add strength to their offensive line with a polished prospect who can stand up to elite rushing talent.
- Lions – DT A’Shawn Robinson (Alabama)
Since the loss of Ndamukong Suh in the 2015 offseason, the Lions have had a glaring need at defensive tackle. Robinson is a prospect that can provide pass rush and stop the run and can be a key piece for Detroit to rebuild their defense around.
- Falcons – LB Darron Lee (Ohio State)
Atlanta is desperate for pass rushers, and Lee proved at the combine this year that he is a versatile outside linebacker who can both rush the passer and provide help in coverage.
- Colts – OT Taylor Decker (Ohio State)
After a season full of injury for Andrew Luck and the Colts, it is apparent that Indianapolis needs to protect the pocket for its star quarterback. Decker is a competent lineman who handled Big Ten pass rushers with ease, and he will be able to play either tackle spot along the Colts’ line.
- Bills – DE Kevin Dodd (Clemson)
Buffalo needs to add edge rushers to recover from the loss of Mario Williams this year in free agency. Dodd soared up draft boards late in the year, and Coach Rex Ryan’s connection to the Clemson football team makes this a solid pick for both sides.
- Jets – QB Paxton Lynch (Memphis)
The Jets don’t have too many needs outside of the quarterback position, where they are still searching for a long-term option. Lynch will be a developmental player who will need time to gain experience running a pro-style offense, however his pure talent as a passer and overall athleticism make him a potential star quarterback in the NFL.
- Redskins – DT Chris Jones (Mississippi State)
The Redskins need to add talent along their defensive line to provide pocket pressure, and Chris Jones is an athletic rusher who fits primarily as an end in their 3-4 system.
- Texans – WR Josh Doctson (TCU)
Houston must provide a second option to play opposite of DeAndre Hopkins. Doctson is a versatile receiver who showed consistency throughout his tenure at TCU and will become an immediate threat down the field for the Texans.
- Vikings – WR Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss)
Teddy Bridgewater is in dire need of a true #1 receiver that can spread the field and dominate on the outside. Treadwell is a talented prospect who can develop and become Bridgewater’s favorite target on the outside.
- Bengals – WR Will Fuller (Notre Dame)
After losing both their #2 and #3 receivers off their roster this offseason, Cincinnati will look to add a wide out that can ease the pressure off of AJ Green and create space down the field. Fuller is a prospect who increased his draft stock during the combine and can develop into a threatening receiver in the NFL.
- Steelers – DB Eli Apple (Ohio State)
The Steelers have a major hole in their secondary and desperately need defensive backs. Apple is a solid cover-corner who will become an immediate starter on Pittsburgh’s defense.
- Seahawks – OT Jason Spriggs (Indiana)
Seattle struggled to protect its franchise quarterback last season, and to make matters worse the team also lost its starting left tackle in free agency. Spriggs is an athletic tackle that increased his draft stock during the combine and will step in and strengthen the offensive line.
- Packers – LB Reggie Ragland (Alabama)
The Packers already have some solid players to build their defense around, but they are looking to add an interior linebacker in order to move Clay Matthews back to the outside. Ragland suites this role well and is a perfect fit into the Green Bay defensive scheme.
- Chiefs – WR Corey Coleman (Baylor)
The Chiefs saw an improvement in their passing attack with the addition of Jeremy Maclin to the roster last season. They will look to add another talented receiver to Alex Smith’s arsenal.
- Cardinals – DB Mackensie Alexander (Clemson)
Arizona has a need at corner to play opposite Patrick Peterson. Alexander is a strong prospect who shows signs of greatness and will provide the Cardinals with an additional playmaker in the secondary.
- Panthers – DB Artie Burns (Miami)
The defending NFC champions shocked the entire league when they rescinded the franchise tag from Josh Norman, effectively letting him go into free agency. With a huge need at corner, Carolina adds a talented defensive back who can provide help in man coverage.
- Broncos – QB Connor Cook (Michigan State)
The Super Bowl 50 champions had to say good-bye to future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning after hoisting the Lombardi Trophy this February. Cook is a solid quarterback prospect who the Broncos can try to develop into a potential starter and long-term solution to their current deficiency at the quarterback position.