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This is what I think will happen. I hate that it doesn't include a receiver...
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1. Cleveland Browns - QB Sam Darnold, USC - The only opinion that matters in the draft room is John Dorsey’s.
2. New York Giants - RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State - I’m so close to making this Chubb, but from their view (GM and owner) Barkley might be extending Eli’s career.
3. New York Jets (via IND) - QB Josh Rosen, UCLA - The consensus seems to be Baker, but a typically tight-lipped organization might be looking in a different direction.
5. Denver Broncos - G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame - The easiest evaluation in this class. The Kubiak connection could mean Keenum is given a legitimate shot.
6. Indianapolis Colts - LB Roquan Smith, Georgia - Ballard might move down, but Roquan is an easy evaluation and a piece to build around. The Colts already have so many picks.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - S Derwin James, FSU - Safety, slot corner, outside corner, linebacker. James does it all.
8. Chicago Bears - LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech - Let an athletic linebacker run behind Akiem Hicks.
9. (TRADE) Arizona Cardinals (via SF) - QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma - Steve Keim called a quarterback search the “holy grail” for an NFL organization.
10. (TRADE) Green Bay Packers (via OAK) - CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State - Corner is the top Packers need. By far. So the new wave trades up for the top name. Here GB makes a deal with a former employee in Reggie McKenzie (and Jon Gruden).
11. Miami Dolphins - DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama - A tight end eraser for a team that faces Gronk twice a year.
12. Buffalo Bills - QB Josh Allen, Wyoming - The Bills will exit with a quarterback, either at 12 or by trading up. There is too much pressure inside and outside the organization not to.
13. Washington Redskins - DL Da’Ron Payne, Alabama - Payne over Vea is a surprise. They might trade down a few spots in this scenario.
14. (TRADE) Oakland Raiders (via GB) - DL Vita Vea, Washington - I’m very tempted to go tackle, but Vea received recent buzz.
15. (TRADE) San Francisco 49ers (via ARI) - EDGE Harold Landry, Boston College - The 49ers dropped down after missing out on the two linebackers. But Landry offers pass rushing skills that are unmatched on the roster.
16. Baltimore Ravens - QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville - Ozzie rides off into the sunset after picking the Ravens future quarterback.
17. Los Angeles Chargers - DL Taven Bryan, Florida - Upfield disruptors from the interior are always drafted highly.
18. Seattle Seahawks - EDGE Marcus Davenport, UTSA - I expect the Seahawks to trade out of this pick unless a talent like Davenport is on the board.
19. Dallas Cowboys - LB Leighton Vander-Esch, Boise State - This pick is LVE, Vea or receiver.
20. (TRADE) New England Patriots (via DET) - T Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame - The Patriots move up a couple of spots to secure the top tackle. They trade with Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn, two former longtime Patriots.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (via BUF) - C/G Frank Ragnow, Arkansas - Likely the second interior offensive linemen off the board.
22. Buffalo Bills - C /G Billy Price, Ohio State - The Bills reportedly want to keep their second-round one selection. To me that means an interior offensive lineman or linebacker.
23. (TRADE) Detroit Lions (via NE) - S Justin Reid, Stanford - Versatile defensive back who is smart and one of the top athletes at his position.
24. Carolina Panthers - CB Josh Jackson, Iowa - I would side with Ragnow or Price here. Outside chance of Calvin Ridley, but follow the money and you see the Panthers tried to invest in a corner this offseason but settled for a short deal with Ross Cockrell.
25. (TRADE) Cleveland Browns (via TEN) - T Kolton Miller, UCLA - A trade up from 33 (the Browns moved up to 29 last year for 33 and a 4th). Miller is the long-term solution at left tackle. He won’t get beyond the Eagles.
27. New Orleans Saints - CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado - The Saints displayed a lot of interest in receiver prospects, but I’ll side with the long and smart corner.
30. Minnesota Vikings - G Isaiah Wynn, Georgia - Hernandez would be a fit as well. Wynn is a plug and play guard.
31. New England Patriots - C James Daniels, Iowa - Late buzz for Daniels, who could thrive in the run blocking system thanks to his athleticism.
32. Philadelphia Eagles - CB Mike Hughes, UCF - Slot corner and returner is the top need. Tackle in a trade out is possible as well.
Titans - EDGE Sam Hubbard, Ohio State
Texans - T Tyrell Crosby, Oregon
Rams - LB Darius Leonard, South Carolina State