- Cleveland Browns – QB Sam Darnold, USC
As teams behind Cleveland move up to take quarterbacks, Cleveland can not risk trying to grab one with the fourth pick. The Browns take the top quarterback in the class to lead their offense.
- New York Giants – RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Eli Manning’s clock is ticking, but the situation was ugly in New York last year when Manning was benched. By taking Barkley, General Manager Dave Gettleman gets a dynamic offensive threat while attempting to extend Manning’s career.
- New York Jets (via IND) – QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
The Jets traded up to acquire a quarterback. They take the best quarterback available while Teddy Bridgewater serves as a transition player for one year.
- Buffalo Bills PROJECTED TRADE (via HOU, via CLE) – QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
Other than the Browns, the Bills need a quarterback more than anyone. With plenty of draft capital to trade up, the Bills trade up to #4 and grab Allen.
- Denver Broncos – G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
No lineman is better than Nelson in this class. Denver can not go wrong improving their offensive line.
- Indianapolis Colts (via NYJ) – DE Bradley Chubb, NC State
Due to the high demand for quarterbacks, the Colts can still get a player they would have drafted with the third pick. One of the Colts biggest needs is for a pass rusher.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
Last in pass defense last year, the Bucs grab a versatile defensive back who can run up to play in the box.
- Chicago Bears – LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
The Bears invested in wide receiver and cornerback in free agency, now they can balance out their defense by pairing Edmunds with Floyd on the pass rush.
- San Francisco 49ers – CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State
Yes, the Niners signed Richard Sherman, but they still need secondary help, and Ward solidified his first-round status after the combine.
- Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith, Georgia
I imagine Jon Gruden loving Roquan Smith. A great leader and tackler, Smith will clog up the Raiders’ porous defense.
- Miami Dolphins – QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Ryan Tannehill is 29 years old and has a lengthy injury history. While short in stature, Mayfield’s accuracy and attitude could revive Miami football. The Dolphins also hosted Mayfield for a private workout.
- Cleveland Browns PROJECTED TRADE (via CIN, via BUF) – OT Connor Williams, Texas
Future Hall of Fame tackle Joe Thomas recently retired, but the Browns can quickly fill that void by taking the top tackle in the class. Williams had a rocky final year at Texas, but his skills are there.
- Washington Redskins – S Derwin James, Florida StateJames would be a powerful force on the back-end of Washington’s defense. He would fit their scheme well.
- Green Bay Packers – CB Mike Hughes, UCF
Kevin King and Quentin Rollins are Green Bay’s top corners. The Packers have many holes on defense, but corner is easily their biggest.
- Arizona Cardinals – WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
Larry Fitzgerald will be 35 next season, and John Brown left for Baltimore in free agency. Ridley fills a need, but his sharp route running will also bode well with Sam Bradford’s game.
- Baltimore Ravens – WR Courtland Sutton, SMU
Sutton may be a reach due to questions regarding his speed and physicality, but the Ravens need at receiver is so great, it is worth taking the chance.
- Los Angeles Chargers – OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
McGlinchey adds youth and depth to an aging offensive line.
- Seattle Seahawks – DE Marcus Davenport, UTSA
Seattle is in the process of overhauling their defense, and a raw pass rusher like Davenport is a great piece to grow with.
- Dallas Cowboys – WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
Jerry Jones decided to keep Dez Bryant and the $12 million he is due, yet Dallas still has room for another receiver. Kirk has the speed that Dallas lacks, and he could help out on special teams.
- Detroit Lions – RB Derrius Guice, LSU
The Lions showed that they recognize their need for a running back after bringing in many free agents before ultimately signing LeGarrette Blount to a one-year deal. This pick would also allow Theo Riddick to serve as a passing down back, where he excels the most.
- Cincinnati Bengals (via BUF) – G Will Hernandez, UTEP
Hernandez is a 340-pound mauler. The Bengals’ line struggled last year after losing Kevin Zeitler in free agency last year.
- Cleveland Browns PROJECTED TRADE (via KC, via BUF) – CB Jaire Alexander, Louisville
The Browns fill another need by picking up the confident corner out of Louisville. If the Browns complete the first round with a quarterback, a tackle, and a corner, Cleveland fans should be very happy.
- Los Angeles Rams – OT Kolton Miller, UCLA
Miller may need another year to develop, so grooming him behind the 36-year old tackle Andrew Whitworth may be a perfect situation for both sides.
- Carolina Panthers – DE Sam Hubbard, Ohio State
Hubbard and Carolina make a good scheme fit.
- Tennessee Titans – DT Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
Payne may go earlier, if he falls to Tennessee, he could be a menace next to Jurrell Casey.
- Atlanta Falcons – G James Daniels, Iowa
The Falcons are built well, but they could use an upgrade at guard. Daniels is smart and mobile, and he can play center too.
- New Orleans Saints – LB Rashaan Evans, AlabamaNew Orleans is typically known for their offense, but the defense took a huge step forward last season. Adding another linebacker in Evans would continue their team’s growth.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – LB Leighton Vander-Esch, Boise State
With Ryan Shazier out indefinitely, Pittsburgh gets the opportunity to pick up a tackle machine in the Boise State product.
- Jacksonville Jaguars – TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State
With Mercedes Lewis gone, Jacksonville has no tight end talent and an erratic quarterback. Picking a large target like Goedert would help Blake Bortles immensely.
- Minnesota Vikings – G Billy Price, Ohio State
The Vikes’ offensive line had an up and down year. Adding a mean blocker in Price could finally complete that unit.
- New England Patriots – LB Harold Landry, Boston College
The Patriots got rid of many of their pass rushers last offseason, and then they struggled to generate a pass rush this year. They need an edge-rusher.
- Philadelphia Eagles – OG Isaiah Wynn, Georgia
Philly would love to pick up Will Hernandez, but Wynn could still start at left guard for them in two years.