Note: Draft Order is based on my opinion on where the teams will finish. It includes the top 10, some bold predictions and of course the Atlanta Falcons pick.
1. Detroit Lions- OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
Detroit’s line is pathetic on both sides of the ball, losing Suh and Fairley leaves Bosa or Nkemdiche as a viable option, but the offensive line is much worse than the defensive. Detroit will take a pass rusher in R2, but Tunsil should be an excellent NFL tackle. And Sorry UGA fans, but if the Lions are drafting here next year, Stafford will be looking for a new job.
Alternate Pick- DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
2. Houston Texans- CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
This pick is an interesting one, and depends on Bill O’Brien keeping his job or not. IF he does, Houston could reach for a future elite NFL Corner, and get Bill’s pride and joy Hackenberg in the 2nd or even the 3rd round. He’s not going anywhere. They just got SHREDDED by Ryan Tannehill, who’s decent at best, and they need help in their secondary. Maybe I’m just being cute with it. If O’Brien gets canned, it’s Goff with this pick, and Cook to the Chiefs.
Alternate Pick- QB Jared Goff, Cal
3. Baltimore Ravens- CB/S Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
Fantasy football owners drool whenever they see their QB going against the Ravens. With Steve Smith retiring, they will be tempted to take Treadwell, but the secondary and defense as a whole HAS to be fixed. Look for them to get a receiver in R2.
Alternate Pick- DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
4. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
The Jags are headed in the right direction, but they still need a lot of help. I think the Texans will choose Goff and Hargreaves will go to the Jags, but hey, I like to have fun with these. If Houston decides to mix it up and take a chance on Hackenberg, the Jags will get some help for Dante Fowler, who will be coming off of a torn ACL.
Alternate Pick- CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
5. Tennessee Titans- OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
Stanley was seen as a top 10 pick last year, and he’s improved at Notre Dame this year. Mariota was sacked 5 times by the terrible Dolphins D-Line and has fumbled 5 times this season. He needs to be protected before he gets worse than a sprained MCL. The Titans are also so desperate for a secondary player, they could trade down.
Alternate Pick- Trade Down, Tre’Davious White, LSU
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- DE Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
Nkemdiche isn’t the blue chip NFL prospect some think of him to be. His attitude and work ethic are concerns for NFL teams. However, he’s talented, and a physical freak. He would thrive with a defensive coach like Lovie Smith.
Alternate Pick- OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State
7. Kansas City Chiefs- QB Jared Goff, Cal
This is going to be one of the biggest topics of the draft. Do the Chiefs move on from Alex Smith, who can’t throw the ball past 20 yards, and go for a guy who some think can be elite? Time will tell, but I say yes, and I think the Chiefs are getting a steal. If not, they could trade down and look to replace injury ridden Eric Fisher, who they selected #1 overall in 2013.
Alternate Pick- Trade Down, OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State
8. San Francisco 49ers- ILB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
The 49ers defense needs a lot of work, and personally I’d take Paxton Lynch to replace the chump Kaepernick, but it won’t happen with his contract. They need DBs badly, and are missing out on the 2 blue chips in Hargreaves and Ramsey. They could also trade down for White.
Alternate Pick- Trade Down, CB Tre’Davious White, LSU
9. Cleveland Browns- QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis
This pick is a bit of a reach, because Lynch hasn’t even been mentioned as a first rounder yet. However, you can’t say that he isn’t an interesting prospect. He’s got good size and a cannon, and could be molded into a quality NFL QB, which the Browns haven’t had in a long, long time.
Alternate Pick- QB Connor Cook, Michigan State
10. Chicago Bears- DE/OLB Leonard Floyd, Georgia
Ever since Urlacher retired, the Bears’ defense has been pathetic. Tillman left a huge hole, and the Bears rank 30th in pass defense. Their linebackers should be the first order of business, since they missed out on all of the QBs.
Alternate Pick- Connor Cook, Michigan State
13. Dallas Cowboys- WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
Had to throw Dallas in here as a bonus pick. The receiving core past Dez Bryant (and not including Witten) is the worst in the NFL. Cole Beasley is 5’8 and Terrance Williams runs routes like a middle schooler. Cowboys fans have to pray that Treadwell falls to them. Connor Cook and Paxton Lynch could also be options if they fall to this spot, as they could be groomed behind Romo and eventually replace him. Jerry will likely snag a R2 RB and a defensive back in R3.
Alternate Pick: WR Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
24. Atlanta Falcons- ILB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
We’ve seen Atlanta make a bold move to move up and select a Crimson Tide stud before, and it worked out pretty well last time. I could see Atlanta moving up to 12-17 to get an impact player to help the linebacking corps. Look for the Falcons to pick up Corey Coleman in the 2nd round if they don’t trade that pick away. R3 could see Atlanta scooping Zack Sanchez, the 2014 Sugar Bowl standout from Oklahoma
Alternate Pick- No trade, DE/OLB Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State