Strategies For NFC Teams In The 2018 NFL Draft

Draft day is finally here! The excitement is building as fans gather to see who will be joining their team in 2018. Before the festivities begin, Jake has plenty of draft reading for you to do! So dive in!

Hey guys! Instead of the usual mock drafts or big boards, this piece will analyze teams’ strategies for the upcoming draft. Here, we will take a look at every NFC team and what their strategy could look like for the weekend! Enjoy!

Chicago Bears – Help Out Every Level Of The Defense

Number of picks – Seven

The Bears have plenty to address in this draft, but the list was shortened thanks to free agency. With receivers and a tight end coming in to help Mitchell Trubisky, the focus shifts to the defensive side of the ball. The Bears could use help at all levels of the defense, and they could have their pick of the litter at eight overall. If Quenton Nelson is there, then scrap the defense first plans. Nelson would be excellent in forming a great interior trio with Cody Whitehair and Kyle Long.

If they don’t get Nelson, back to defense we go. If he’s there, Roquan Smith would be my pick for the Bears. He is excellent as a three down linebacker with sideline-to-sideline abilities. After that, Denzel Ward and Tremaine Edmunds are the next two the Bears should consider. Ward would help out the cornerback group immediately while Edmunds could be moved all over the front seven.

Let’s say the Bears go with Roquan at number eight overall. Next on the list would be some help at either corner or wide receiver. Corner would be the smarter move, with players like Mike Hughes and Isaiah Oliver available in that range. If they look for a receiver, D.J. Moore would be a name to throw out there.

If Chicago adds another weapon and fills the holes at every level, their fans should be pleased.

Green Bay Packers – Defense, Defense, Defense! And A Wide Receiver

Number of picks – 12

The Packers could have a decision to make at pick number 14. Rumor has it they might move up, but let’s assume they stand pat here. At 14, the obvious pick is either adding an edge rusher or a cornerback. With Denzel Ward likely gone by this point, the Packers should opt for either Harold Landry or a corner, my preference being Jaire Alexander. If either Minkah Fitzpatrick or Derwin James is available, that further complicates things. I’m a huge fan of Derwin James, and I’d probably lean his way if he’s available.

In the second round, the Packers will also have a tough decision. Let’s stick with Harold Landry to the Packers to keep it simple. Green Bay should still be looking corner here, and shouldn’t hesitate if Jaire Alexander or Mike Hughes are still there. If they aren’t, then wide receiver is in play. Anthony Miller, D.J. Chark, and James Washington would all fit well in Green Bay. Chark can take the top off, Miller is very polished, and Washington just feels like a producer in that offense.

If they do indeed go wide receiver, the late rounds still provide cornerback help. Duke Dawson would be an excellent nickel player, along with Rashan Gaulden. Quenton Meeks is another to consider, but he’d be a better fit outside. They should also consider offensive linemen, since their right side is up in the air at this point. Braden Smith, Sean Welsh, and Alex Cappa should be on the Packers minds as well.

Minnesota Vikings – Fill The Offensive Line And Let Draft Come To You

Number of picks – Eight

The Vikings, like the Jaguars in my AFC article, don’t have a ton of holes on the team. However, the offensive line could use some help. Someone like Will Hernandez or Billy Price would be a great add for the Vikings in round one. They would help protect Cousins while also paving holes for Dalvin Cook.

After that, the needs get interesting. The defensive line could use some more depth. Luckily for Minnesota, the interior defensive line class is deep. Someone like Derrick Nnadi would be a great add at the end of round two. Further back, teammates Justin Jones and B.J. Hill are bargain players that can help push the pocket.

If they really want to, finding another pass rusher never hurts. I recently mocked Arden Key to them in round two, and he could definitely be there for the taking. However the Vikings play it, they will be able to pick and choose where they want to add depth in the draft.

Detroit Lions – Find Your Running Back and Help The Defensive Line

Number of picks – Six

The Lions are moving in a new direction with new head coach Matt Patricia. The team needs help in two major spots, running back and defensive line. The Lions could take Derrius Guice at 20, but the class is deep this year and I wouldn’t spend the pick on Guice (even though I’m a huge fan of his).

That means we are headed to the defensive line. Harold Landry could be available if the Packers pass, and if he’s there, he’s the pick. However, the Packers could take him, so it comes down to either Marcus Davenport or someone like Da’Ron Payne in the middle. If I’m the GM, Payne is the pick to start off the draft for the Lions.

After that, it’s about finding edge help and help at running back. One of the Georgia backs is my target for the Lions in round two. Either way, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are both excellent backs that can change a game. Later, edge help from someone like Obo Okoronkwo or Tyquan Lewis can make a lot of sense for Detroit.

Dallas Cowboys – Let Board Come To You, Draft Balanced

Number of picks – 10

The Cowboys are a flashy team, and they want to get back to that 14-2 season they had in 2016. However, the draft needs to go well to get back to that point. Dallas has gotten better with the draft in the past few seasons, and they need to do it again.

Let’s start with the 19th overall pick. Wide receiver is a need with Dez Bryant gone, but most receivers are a reach for me at 19. Offensive line should be the move here, and someone like Isaiah Wynn makes a ton of sense. He played tackle for Georgia in a tough conference, but he can slide into the guard spot if needed.

Round two is the sweet spot to take care of the receiver issue. Guys like Anthony Miller, Courtland Sutton, and James Washington. Any of those guys make sense for Dallas in round two. After that, it’s about helping the defense. Someone to complement DeMarcus Lawrence would be smart, and guys like Kemoko Turay could help out there. Interior guys could also be in play. Derrick Nnadi could certainly help, along with Maurice Hurst, should his freefall occur.

New York Giants – Bolster The Offensive Line And Defense

Number of picks – Six

The Giants certainly should think about the future, but management clearly believes in Eli Manning. Let’s say I believe in him as well, so trading back is a must. To do this, I’m taking 12 and 22 for the second overall pick, allowing the Bills to get their guy. With only six picks beforehand, it’s an easy decision. I also pick up a round two selection.

To start, help along the offensive line is important. I lose out on Quenton Nelson, but plenty of guys are still there. So let’s take a swing to help the pass rush with Harold Landry. Landry has great bend around the edge and will instantly boost what was a lackluster pass rush last season. After that, it’s time for an offensive lineman to help protect Eli Manning. James Daniels and Frank Ragnow are players to watch here, and I’ll scoop up Daniels to be the starting center after the departure of Weston Richburg.

The later rounds have the Giants looking running back and corner. Players like John Kelly, Royce Freeman, and Rashad Penny are players to watch for Big Blue. For corner, it’s players like Quenton Meeks and Tarvarus McFadden. The Giants can get back to where they were in 2016, and a good draft is the way there.

Philadelphia Eagles – With Few Needs, Look For Best Available

Number of picks – Six

The Eagles are the reigning Super Bowl champs, and they got richer along the line after acquiring Michael Bennett. This group can sit back and let the draft come to them. If Derrius Guice is available at 32, pull the trigger. He’s well worth it at the end of round one to be a bell cow with LeGarrette Blount gone. If not, the offensive line could use some help. If someone like Connor Williams falls to them, he would be the heir apparent to Jason Peters. If neither of those are options, someone like Mike Hughes or Isaiah Oliver would be good picks for a secondary that could use reinforcing.

Let’s say Guice is there and they take him. Their next pick is a couple rounds down the road, so a linebacker like Fred Warner could be available for them. Someone like Tyrell Crosby could be available as a right tackle with Lane Johnson moving to the left. In any sense, someone like Royce Freeman or Kerryon Johnson could become an early down back for the Eagles should they pass on Guice or avoid a running back early. The Eagles have options, and the board will dictate their moves.

Washington Redskins – Help Alex Smith And Boost The Defense

Number of picks – Eight

The Redskins pulled a stunner trading for Alex Smith in the offseason. The Redskins sent Kendall Fuller, one of the best slot corners in the league, to Kansas City in that trade. Washington has a whole bunch of needs entering the draft.

Their first priority should be to help out the secondary. With pick 13 in round one, they should be able to get either a top secondary player or someone to help the defensive line. Minkah Fitzpatrick should be their top choice. He can play in the slot or play with the defense in front of him at the safety spot. Derwin James is also a possibility for them there, along with defensive linemen Vita Vea. If both safeties are gone, pairing Vea with Jonathan Allen would be a great duo.

If they go with Vea, adding someone like Justin Reid or Jessie Bates in round two would certainly help. Jaire Alexander would be a great option in round two as well, but he’s unlikely to fall. Helping Alex Smith out would be another good possibility for them. D.J. Moore is an intriguing day two option, along with a big target like Courtland Sutton or Auden Tate. A good balance of picks to address multiple needs would help the Redskins back in the right direction.

New Orleans Saints – Pass Rush and Secondary Are Priorities

Number of picks – Eight

The Saints are a team that is contending for a Super Bowl title, but they could also be looking for a long term solution at quarterback. Lamar Jackson and Mason Rudolph could be in play at 27, but let’s say the Saints go with the short term idea of winning now. Getting more of a pass rush should be the priority for the Saints at 27, but there might not be a top tier talent waiting for them. Josh Sweat is an option, but teams may stray away due to medical issues. A final option for them is to get another weapon. Hayden Hurst would be an excellent option as a pass catching tight end to work the middle of the field. If Calvin Ridley were to fall, he would be an option. Let’s go with Hurst at 27.

As for the rest of the draft, the Saints could use some help to rush the passer to take the pressure off of Cam Jordan. Someone like Andrew Brown or Nathan Shepherd (even Hurst) could be available in the third round. Obo Okoronkwo is another name to watch as an edge rusher. Chad Thomas is a pass rusher not often mentioned, but he’d be fun to watch in New Orleans.

Helping the defense is a priority, but the Saints may be forced to go offense early without many options.

Atlanta Falcons – Reinforce The Trenches First

Number of picks – Seven

The Falcons are one of the rosters in the league that don’t have many holes. The only spots that could use some depth and improvement are the trenches. Atlanta will have options at the 26th pick. One of their main interests is in Taven Bryan, who would bring some pass rush from the interior. Da’Ron Payne is another interior linemen who would be a good fit in Atlanta. It sounds likely that Payne won’t be available, so Bryan is their best pick along the line. If they go to the other side, guys like Will Hernandez and Billy Price would be available. Getting an impact player there will be important for them.

If they go Bryan in the first round, the second round still offers help at the guard spot. Braden Smith and Austin Corbett are both very good guards who will still provide a day one impact. If they go interior line on the first night, then a falling Maurice Hurst could be the pick on day two.

Atlanta could also throw a curve in the trenches plan and go with a corner in round one. Jaire Alexander could be available and would fit perfectly in the slot. If they don’t address that position early, late round options do exist. Duke Dawson would be an excellent later round selection.

Carolina Panthers – Get Cam Newton Some Help

Number of picks – Eight

The Panthers need to find help for Cam Newton in this draft after trading Kelvin Benjamin last season. If the draft goes their way, they could have their pick of wide receiver at 24 overall. Calvin Ridley would be their likely selection, and it makes sense. He is a great route runner with the explosiveness to stretch the field. He would provide a day one impact. If Ridley isn’t the pick, it would likely be a cornerback. Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson are two corners who could find a home in Carolina.

If the pick is Ridley early, the Panthers would then shift their focus to defense. Corner and pass rusher are big needs for the Panthers, and adding someone like Donte Jackson or Sam Hubbard in round two would make a ton of sense. If they opt for a corner in round one, someone like Dante Pettis could make sense in round two. Either way, adding some combination of those positions should be Carolina’s move. If it were me, I would opt for a corner in round one and move on from there.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Help Out Winston Along With The Defense

Number of picks – Seven

The Bucs only have seven picks, so they need to hit on their picks in the draft. The secondary needs some work, along with the offensive line. If Quenton Nelson falls to the Bucs at seven, he should be the pick. If not, drafting a safety should be next. Derwin James would fit nicely with Justin Evans as a safety tandem. Let’s say that James is the pick in round one.

After that, cornerback and offensive line would still be needs. Isaiah Oliver is mocked to them in my two round one from last week, but they could also opt for Austin Corbett at guard to help protect Jameis Winston.

If they go with Corbett, finding help in the secondary would be the next priority. M.J. Stewart and Nick Nelson would be interesting options for the Bucs in the later rounds. If they refill the secondary and get some offensive line help, the Bucs are moving in the right direction.

Los Angeles Rams – Edge And Linebacker Are Big Needs

Number of picks – Eight

The Rams don’t have a pick in the first two rounds, so the draft will be a lot of late round talent to add depth to the roster.

Edge and corner are the biggest needs for the Rams after free agency. A couple options along the edge are Kylie Fitts and Tyquan Lewis could be good fits along the edge. Fitts is more of a pure pass rusher with the skill to come on in later downs, while Lewis has three down potential. He could move inside to rush the passer on third down.

The linebacker spot is the other position where the Rams need help. Many players exist in the middle rounds for the Rams to select there. Fred Warner is a prospect that many like as a linebacker who works through blocks and is a great tackler. Guys like Josey Jewell, Jack Cichy, Shaun Dion Hamilton, and Tegray Scales will all be in play for the Rams in the later rounds.

San Francisco 49ers – Linebacker, Weapons In Play For Niners

Number of picks – Nine

The Niners have options with their first round pick. The best option is to fill the need at linebacker with either Tremaine Edmunds or Roquan Smith. They could move up to make sure they get one, but they should be able to get one of the two with their first pick.

In the second round, the Niners did trade away the 43rd pick to the Pats, but they do own the Saints second rounder. Offensive line or wide receiver would be the move in the second. Someone like Chukwuma Okorafor or Braden Smith would be a nice pick to protect Jimmy Garoppolo. Otherwise, someone like Dante Pettis would be a good pick for San Francisco, or a bigger target like Auden Tate or Deon Cain.

If they can add weapons and find their long term answer at linebacker, the Niners will contend sooner rather than later.

Seattle Seahawks – Secondary and Offensive Line Are Big Needs

Number of picks – Eight

The Seahawks are in a big transition. They still have their quarterback in Russell Wilson, but they need pieces back around him. Their defense is also going through a transition and could use more impact players.

I fully expect the Seahawks to look for a corner in round one, even though offensive line should be the focus. If it were me, I’d opt for someone like Connor Williams, but the Seahawks usually don’t take linemen that early. It’s more likely Seattle takes Josh Jackson or Marcus Davenport with their first selection.

After selecting Josh Jackson, they may shift to look for edge help later. Players like Jalyn Holmes and Jeff Holland could provide the pass rush with help in the mid rounds. They don’t have a second round pick, which hurts them a little.

In the later rounds, tight end could be a focus. Durham Smythe and Tyler Conklin are intriguing names late on day two or early on day three. If they opt there, they could fill a hole left by Jimmy Graham but get an all-around player to take his place and fit better in Seattle’s system.

Arizona Cardinals – Quarterback Is An Option, But The Roster Needs Help

Number of picks – Eight

The Cardinals may get the opportunity to trade up in this draft. If they can land Josh Rosen via a trade, they should absolutely do so. Rosen is the best quarterback in the draft and would be a player to build around in future drafts. If they stand pat, Lamar Jackson should be available for the taking.

If Rosen is the play early, they would likely lose their second round pick. Looking for offensive line help and corner help would be their strategy in the later rounds. Alex Cappa is a name being thrown around as a mid round tackle who could end up being a very good starter. Putting someone like Rashan Gaulden or Quenton Meeks opposite Patrick Peterson would also be a smart move for Arizona.

If the Cardinals stay put, they could get some receiver help early on day two. Anthony Miller or James Washington would work well under the mentorship of Larry Fitzgerald, then take over as the top guy in the near future.

However Arizona attacks the draft, they need to continue to add talent to a mostly lackluster roster.

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2017 Mock Draft 4.0: Browns Find Trade Partner

Let me welcome you all to NFL Draft week!  It’s going to be a busy time for us here at the site, and the draft content has barely begun.  With only three days to go until the first round of the draft, it is time to release my final mock draft of the season.  There is so much buzz circulating about what will go down on Thursday night, and the buzz has ultimately fallen on the Cleveland Browns.

Everything revolves around what Cleveland will do when they send the first ticket in with the newest Brown’s name on it.  If it is indeed Myles Garrett, as most of us expect, then a flurry of teams desperate to trade down begins, along with the Browns trying to find a partner to trade up and get another guy they really like in this draft: Mitchell Trubisky.

If the pick turns out to be Trubisky at number one, then a different chaos could ensue.  I don’t think the Niners would hesitate knowing Garrett is still there.  But after that, teams could be desperate to move up with the likes of the Jets and Bills standing in their way (I’m looking at you, Arizona).

No matter what happens, it’s going to be one heck of a night.  Let’s dive in to my last mock of the season.

1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M

The Browns have a franchise altering decision here at number one overall.  There is a considerable divide amongst the front office on who to pick here.  With enough draft capital to trade up to get the quarterback they want, it’s time to be smart at one and take the best player in this draft.  Garrett has a plethora of ways to get to the quarterback and has the potential to grow into a perennial all pro.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, EDGE, Stanford

The 49ers will likely try to field calls in order to trade out of this point, but there’s no guarantee that there will be takers for the obviously large capital they would want for it. Let’s assume here the Niners don’t find a trade partner and stay here.  I think Fournette and Adams would both be in play here, but they have a chance to build a young and lethal front with the addition of Solomon Thomas.  Thomas off the edge with Armstead and Buckner in the middle would rebuild what the Niners had under Jim Harbaugh.

3. Chicago Bears: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

The Bears have plenty of ways to go here, but the secondary is an obvious need, with Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller being their best options on the outside.  Quarterback is a wild card, but it seems they are ready to go with Mike Glennon.  With Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford as constant nightmares for the Bears secondary, it’s time to upgrade.  Marshon Lattimore has elite coverage and ball skills to thrive at the next level.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

The Jags have built a very good young core on the defensive side of the ball, so it might just be a luxury pick no matter where they turn there.  Turning to the offensive side of the ball, the Jags need help for Blake Bortles.  He regressed significantly last season, and that was partly due to an ineffective running game.  It’s time to add a true playmaker at running back, and who better than a guy who some are declaring to be the next generational prospect at running back, Leonard Fournette.

5. Cleveland Browns (from Tennessee Titans): Mitchell Trubisky, QB, UNC

(Browns get: No. 5 overall. Titans get: No. 12 overall, No. 33 overall)

The Browns are too darn tempted to sit back and wait, even if that means they don’t get a quarterback in this draft.  The Titans would love nothing more than to pick up a second round pick in exchange for moving back seven spots.  As for the Browns, it’s the best of both worlds for the franchise.  The front office gets both players they have coveted, and the city of Cleveland has plenty of hope with a stockpile of picks in the next two seasons. Trubisky’s main concern is the amount of games he started in college, but he has solid tools to be a franchise quarterback.

6. New York Jets: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

The Jets are one of the teams that will need a quarterback at some point to resurrect the franchise.  I just don’t think they believe that any of the quarterbacks are worthy of a first round pick.  So, the Jets turn to the defense.  Calvin Pryor hasn’t worked out well, and they need help on the back end.  Malik Hooker is sitting right there as a guy who has spectacular ball skills and instincts to get to the ball.  I believe that he is exactly what Todd Bowles wants on the back end of his defense.

7. Los Angeles Chargers: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

The Chargers are building something really nice on the defensive side of the ball.  Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are very good pass rushers.  Jatavis Brown and Denzel Perryman are a nice duo on the second level.  They have solid corners on the outside in Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett.  Now, they could use a leader on the back end.  Jamal Adams has top five player written all over him.  He can come up and play in the box against the run, and can play on the back end as well as cover in the slot.  Adams can step up and be a big leader on this defense for years to come.

8. Carolina Panthers: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

The Panthers lost out on the Fournette sweepstakes, and they also lost out on both safeties and Marshon Lattimore.  So, it’s time for best player available to take effect.  The Panthers did lose some depth with Kony Ealy being traded away, and the best part about Allen is that he can play on the interior of the line or he can come off the edge.  That versatility will come in handy for the Panthers, who could use a rusher off the edge that currently features aging vets Charles Johnson and Julius Peppers.

9. Cincinnati Bengals: Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee

The Bengals have lost a ton the last two seasons in free agency.  If there was a top offensive lineman in this draft worthy of a top 10 pick, this would be a perfect fit.  But, there aren’t any worthy of that honor.  So, let’s go get someone to help out Carlos Dunlap off the edge.  The Bengals love bigger, stronger pass rushers, and a guy like Derek Barnett fits right in.  He has been extremely productive with Tennessee, and has a motor that won’t quit.

10. Buffalo Bills: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Could the Bills take Watson here?  Absolutely.  But, I think they still believe in Tyrod Taylor, and that if this team can put it all together, Taylor will thrive.  So, with some serious offensive weapons on the board, the Bills decide to give Taylor some help and pair up two Clemson wide receivers.  Mike Williams is a pretty solid complement to Sammy Watkins in that while Watkins has the speed to win outside, Williams brings a big time red zone threat who is a better route runner than advertised.

11. New Orleans Saints: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

There are plenty of options for the Saints, a team who has struggled on defense for some time.  With the top three edge rushers off the board, the Saints turn to the cornerback position, where they continue to look for a number one guy.  Gareon Conley could be the guy that they have been searching for.  Conley often gets lost in the mix when Marshon Lattimore and Malik Hooker are mentioned, but he is an impressive corner with very good ball skills and the ability to play in the slot.

12. Tennessee Titans (from Browns): OJ Howard, TE, Alabama

The Titans pick up a pick in round two, and that will help towards building their team into a contender.  As for this pick, the Titans pull the trigger on one of the best players available.  OJ Howard fits perfectly with what the Titans want to do on offense: run the ball effectively and open up the field with the play action.  Howard is a very good blocker, and he can stretch the field and be a very dangerous threat in the passing game. Plus, Delanie Walker isn’t getting younger.

13. Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

The Cardinals are not a playoff team right now.  There are major weaknesses on both sides of the ball, and their offense is getting weaker with their once promising group of receivers weakening.  Even with holes on both sides, Bruce Arians and company are too tempted with seeing their quarterback of the future on the board.  Patrick Mahomes has the strong arm to thrive in the vertical offense the Cardinals run.  With Arians’ help, Mahomes could develop into a franchise quarterback.

14. Philadelphia Eagles: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

Yes, the Eagles need help at corner.  But, with how much depth this draft has at that position, the Eagles instead decide to bring balance to the offense.  Christian McCaffrey can be a true difference maker and matchup nightmare in Philly.  He can run between the tackles and line up in the slot as a receiver.  Second year pro Carson Wentz would love some help as he continues to develop.

15. Indianapolis Colts: Haason Reddick, LB/EDGE, Temple

The Colts could pick any spot on their defense to address and it would be a good pick.  They could really use a playmaker who can step in and become a leader on that defense. Haason Reddick can be that guy.  Reddick’s versatility is what makes him special.  He played on the edge last season at Temple, but at the Senior Bowl, he dominated in off ball linebacker drills.  The Colts can use him as a two down off ball guy who can come down and rush the passer on third down.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

Marlon Humphrey is going a lot higher than people think he is.  You just don’t get big, physical, and fast corners very often.  The Ravens have strong ties to Alabama prospects in recent drafts, so why not here?  Humphrey can come in and learn how to refine his game when the ball is in the air and become a dominant force in press coverage.

17. Washington Redskins: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

The Redskins are a serious wild card in this draft.  Everyone thought they’d go defensive line last year, and they surprised with a receiver.  With no top tier defensive linemen outside of Jonathan Allen, the Redskins elect to grab a guy who can lock down the second level.  Jarrad Davis isn’t as far behind Reuben Foster as some may think.  He can come downhill in the run game and he can stay on the field on third down in coverage.

18. Tennessee Titans: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

After addressing the offense with their first pick, the Titans now turn to the defensive side of the ball.  With not too many corners off the board, and with their secondary lacking playmakers, the Titans jump at the chance to grab a top five corner in the draft.  Quincy Wilson has exceptional ball skills and instincts to thrive at the next level.  He will be an important cog in the Titans defense.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David Njoku, TE, Miami

This pairing has been very common over the past couple months.  The Buccaneers are a team where it is hard to find a real draft need.  Offensive line is a possibility, but this year’s class really isn’t worth a first round pick.  The defense is solid in Tampa, so why not grab another weapon for Jameis Winston.  David Njoku has serious potential with all of his physical abilities.  He is more built for a receiving tight end role, but that doesn’t mean he won’t put in the effort to block.  With all that raw potential, and a tag team buddy in Cameron Brate, Njoku could really thrive in Tampa.

20. Denver Broncos: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah

It’s no secret that the Broncos need help on the offensive line.  They gained rhythm on offense when they could run the ball effectively, and the success of the running game wasn’t where they wanted it to be last season.  They need someone who can be effective in the run game as well as protecting Siemian/Lynch.  Garett Bolles has the mean streak you want to see in an offensive lineman, and he can make a difference for that sputtering line.

21. Detroit Lions: Takkarist McKinley, EDGE, UCLA

The Lions need to work on getting off the field on third downs, and that starts with finding someone besides Ziggy Ansah who can pressure the quarterback.  Takkarist McKinley would be a nice fit for Detroit.  Yes, McKinley is still a little raw and needs to refine some of his technique while setting an edge, but there is plenty to like.  McKinley has an extremely high motor and has so many effort plays where he won’t give up.  Plus, he has great speed and quickness.  The Lions land a potential star.

22. Miami Dolphins: Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky

The Dolphins really found themselves down the stretch last season, which resulted in a playoff berth.  Running the ball effectively was a key to Adam Gase’s offense being successful, and they will want to continue that.  With Branden Albert gone, it’s likely that Laremy Tunsil moves to left tackle.  Enter Forrest Lamp, who has Pro Bowl potential no matter where you put him on the line.  Lamp can play either tackle or guard, and that gives the Dolphins options when it comes to the offensive line.

23. New York Giants: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

The Giants will be bringing back an elite defense in 2017.  What they won’t be bringing back is a top flight offense.  Adding Brandon Marshall was good for the Giants, but now they need to make sure their quarterback can stay upright.  Ryan Ramczyk has Pro Bowl potential at the tackles spot, and his technician-like abilities will translate to the NFL.

24. Oakland Raiders: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

The fall ends here.  Reuben Foster is too darn good to fall out of the first round, and it’s doubtful that a Super Bowl contender who needs help at linebacker will pass on him.  Foster is exactly what the Raiders need on defense.  He can be a big time leader and playmaker, and can anchor a defense that gave up over six yards per play.

25. Houston Texans: DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson

The Texans cannot afford to enter 2017 without someone who they believe can lead this franchise deeper into the playoffs.  With DeShaun Watson still on the board, the Texans select a quarterback who is no stranger to playoff runs.  He has the leadership and gamer qualities you covet in a quarterback.  Watson may not have the best arm, but with the talent around him, he doesn’t need to do it all right away.

26. Seattle Seahawks: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

There isn’t much intrigue to this pick.  Seattle’s offensive line has struggled recently.  They need to address the position if they want to run the ball effectively and keep Russell Wilson upright.  Cam Robinson could come in and play a big role in their revival.  Robinson is a body mover who can be very effective in the run game, while also having the strength to stave off edge rushers.

27. Kansas City Chiefs: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

With three quarterbacks off the board, it’s hard to see the Chiefs reaching for one that shouldn’t be drafted in the first round.  So, they look elsewhere.  With Derrick Johnson’s career winding down, it’s time to find a viable replacement.  Zach Cunningham has improved significantly in his time at Vanderbilt, and can come in right away and be a tackling machine.  He has the quickness and instincts to become a centerpiece on that defense.

28. Dallas Cowboys: Taco Charlton, EDGE, Michigan

The Cowboys desperately need defensive help.  With two corners from last season gone, and no guarantees with the pass rush, the Cowboys elect to go with a big, strong edge rusher who can help rejuvenate this group.  Taco Charlton has the power and quickness to win on the outside, and the strength to stack up blockers when defending the run.  His physical traits show that he has the potential to succeed in the NFL.

29. Green Bay Packers: Charles Harris, EDGE, Missouri

Yes, Packer fans, one at a time.  The need for more corners is apparent.  There isn’t much depth at that spot right now, but with young guys developing, the Packers elect to wait till later to draft a corner.  Even though Nick Perry re-signed with the Packers, they still need help off the edge.  Charles Harris could come in and shine from day one.  His spin move is second to none in this class, and he has quickness and power to consistently win against tackles.  This move could also allow Clay Matthews to move around the Packers defense.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

The Steelers see too much value here to let Corey Davis slip any further.  His stock is slipping only because he hasn’t been talked about.  That is ludicrous.  With Martavis Bryant’s future still uncertain, and not much progress being made by Sammie Coates, Corey Davis would fit right in here.  Antonio Brown needs someone to complement his game, and Davis’ route running ability and the danger after the catch make him the pick here.

31. Atlanta Falcons: Adoree Jackson, CB, USC

It’s quite clear that Atlanta needs to find help for Vic Beasley, who can’t do it all himself off the edge, but with all the top guys gone, it’s time to be patient there.  Instead, the Falcons look to a secondary that was more vulnerable without Desmond Trufant in the lineup.  Adoree Jackson has the makings to play corner on the outside.  He has good speed and quickness to keep up, and can also make his presence known in the return game.

32. New Orleans Saints (from Patriots): John Ross, WR, Washington 

The Saints are also looking for a pass rusher, but they find themselves in the same spot as Atlanta.  So, with Cooks departing for New England, why not grab his replacement right here?  John Ross is more than just a burner.  He can run very good routes and would be very tough to cover wherever you line him up.  Drew Brees and Sean Payton would love another chess piece on the offensive side of the ball.

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Jake Schyvinck covers the NFL and NFL Draft for The Sports Guys. For more draft content, follow him on Twitter @JSchyvinck13.