DETROIT – The NFL Draft kicks off on April 27 in Philadelphia.
Local 4's Louis Kamberovski breaks down some predictions for the first round of the NFL Draft.
1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
The Browns have a lot of holes to fill, Quarterback being the biggest, but in a weak draft class, and pick number 12 in their possession, there is no need to take one with the first pick. Garrett is a physically dominant pass rusher in the mold of Von Miller and Khalil Mack, other than a trade, this is really the only pick the Browns can make.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
The 49ers are in the same boat as the Browns, what was once one of the best rosters in the NFL with Jim Harbaugh as their head coach is now one of the worst rosters in the league. Thomas has the size, 6’3”, 273 lbs, that every team goes nuts over. His production was solid throughout his college career, with even more upside left for the 49ers to benefit from.
3. Chicago Bears – Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Adams is the top player on my board. He is the most well rounded prospect in this years class. He can do everything asked of him, and will step in an immediately improve a Bears secondary that desperately needs it.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
The Jaguars have spent a lot of money improving their defense, and there is no reason why they shouldn’t invest more towards a unit that can really use it. Allen can rush the passer while not giving up anything against the run.
5. Tennessee Titans – Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio St.
Lattimore is the best of a very strong crop of corners. The Titans matchup against T.Y. Hilton, Allen Robinson, and DeAndre Hopkins 6 times throughout the season, they need all the help they can get.
6. New York Jets – O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
When you get an up close view of the Patriots dominance over the last decade throwing to the tight end position, you want to get in on that fun. Howard is a receiver in a Tight Ends body.
7. Los Angeles Chargers – Malik Hooker, S, Ohio St.
Hooker is a ball hawk in every sense of the term. He closes on the ball like a young Ed Reed. Chargers hit big last year with Ohio St. pass rusher Joey Bosa, why not try again with Hooker.
8. Carolina Panthers – Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Just take a second and think about a backfield with Cam Newton, Jonathan Steward and Fournette. Good luck opposing defenses.
9. Cincinnati Bengals – Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
The Bengals have never shied away from drafting a player with off-field issues when his play of the field is great. Foster fits that bill perfectly.
10. Buffalo Bills – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
The Bills watched Robert Woods leave in free agency, Sammy Watkins needs someone to play alongside. Williams is a big game player that could make Tyrod Taylor look good under center for the Bills.
11. New Orleans Saints – Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
It seems like every year Alabama produces top picks across the defense, this year is no difference. Humphrey can step in and improve a Saints defense that hasn’t been good in a long time.
12. Cleveland Browns – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
I can’t call this a luxury pick for the Browns, but they fact that this is their second pick in the first round allows them to take the first QB off the board and not feel like it’s a reach. Watson is a winner at his core, and the Browns need a culture change, and that starts from the top.
13. Arizona Cardinals – Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Trubisky will benefit from sitting a year or two behind Carson Palmer. He doesn’t seem like he is fully ready to step into an NFL locker room and lead a team, this is a best possible destination for him.
14. Philadelphia Eagles – Haason Reddick, DE, Temple
Reddick makes a living in the backfield, and in the NFC East, facing 3 high powered offenses, the Eagles need help. Reddick has more athleticism than he knows what to do with, the challenge for Philly will be molding that into a good football player.
15. Indianapolis Colts – Ryan Ramczyk, OL, Wisconsin
What is the point of having a guy like Andrew Luck is you never give him time to show off his arm. If the Colts don’t use this pick on an offensive lineman they should be forced to forfeit their second round pick.
16. Baltimore Ravens – John Ross, WR, Washington
Flacco throws the best deep ball in football, he needs someone to run under those passes. Ross may be the only player in the game that can outrun a Flacco deep ball.
17. Washington – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Washington let their top 2 receiver leave in free agency, someone needs to catch those 20 million dollar passes from Kirk Cousins. Davis can step in a take over the Garcon roll of the last few years.
18. Tennessee Titans - Jabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan
For Peppers to succeed in the NFL, he has to be in the right situation. The Titans have enough holds in the secondary to allow Peppers to find his perfect position.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Taco Charlton, DL, Michigan
Taco has turned into one of the drafts most intriguing prospects with his size and athleticism. His stats aren’t fantastic, but teams will love that each year was better than the one before.
20. Denver Broncos, Davis Njoku - TE, Miami
The U has been producing great Tight Ends for the past 20 years, Njoku fits right in with all of them. Very athletic, Njoku will add an extra target for whoever lines up as QB for the Broncos this year.
21. Detroit Lions, Derek Barnett, DL - Tennessee
Barnett is the most polished down lineman in this years very deep class. Double digit sacks in 3 straight seasons at Tennessee, Barnett can step right in and take over the other end spot opposite Ziggy. Barnett also wreaks havoc in the backfield against the run, something the Lions really need help with. Barnett has the production to be a top 15 pick, so he may not fall to Detroit at 21. Charles Harris, Malik McDowell and Takkarist Mckinley are other options for Detroit.
22. Miami Dolphins, Kevin King, CB - Washington
King is tall and long, a combination every teams loves to see in their secondary. Everyone in the AFC East dreams of dethroning the Patriots, only way to do that is to slow down their offensive attack.
23. New York Giants, Forrest Lamp, OL - Western Kentucky
The Giants fixed up their defense last year in free agency, now they can turn their attention to protecting Eli Manning.
24. Oakland Raiders – Charles Harris, DL, Missouri
The Raiders hoped pairing Khalil Mack with Bruce Irvin would have resulted in pass rushing dominance, but in reality, each player played well individually, but the defense as a unit did not improve. With an offense as good as any in the NFL, the Raiders can afford to add to their pass rush with Harris.
25. Houston Texans – T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin
Watt is the face of the franchise, the Texans would be smart to keep him happy.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State
McDowell has the upside to be drafted much higher than 26, but questionable work ethic will scare teams away. The Seahawks have the leadership on the field that will not tolerate that type of behavior. This is a win-win for both sides.
27. Kansas City Chiefs – Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU
Out goes Jamal Charles, in comes Jamal Charles 2.0, Dalvin Cook.
28. Dallas Cowboys – Takkarist Mckinley, DL, UCLA
Secondary and Defensive Line are really the only places the Cowboys need to look at in this years draft. There will still be great secondary options in later rounds, Mckinley has too much upside to pass up.
29. Green Bay Packers – Caleb Brantley, DL, Florida
See Dallas Cowboys
30. Pittsburgh Steelers – Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
To play defense for the Steelers you have to have a certain type of attitude. No college breads players with that more than LSU.
31. Atlanta Falcons – Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama
When the Falcons go back and think about what went wrong in the Super Bowl, the first thing that comes to mind is the sack fumble. Robinson helps plug the holes.
32. New Orleans Saints – Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Drew Brees loves versatile offensive players, and after losing Brandin Cooks to the Patriots, he is going to want a new toy.