LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 216 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Joe Burrow already has a steak named after him in Cincinnati and a billboard was placed outside of town congratulating him on his national championship victory. Boomer Esiason handed him a Bengals helmet on national television so that essentially counted as ‘turning in the card’ for me. I can’t wait to see what else is named after him. Are there any more hippos being born soon?

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Ron Rivera had Julius Peppers in Carolina. He understands the difference a game-wrecker at that position can make. The Redskins will receive calls about trading out but the new era begins with a truly special talent.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 218 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

I wasn’t going to project a Lions-Dolphins trade this week — not because I do not think it will happen — but then I saw everyone else doing it and started to feel left out. Detroit already seems to be posturing for a trade at No. 3 overall. They are not trading Matthew Stafford for a variety of reasons. Miami is able to move up, potentially costing them a first round pick, and select not only a quarterback, but a leader and voice for their football team.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

The names change but the position stays the same. NFL draft analysts are in near unanimous agreement that Dave Gettleman is going to take an offensive tackle. He values the unit and they need two. Isaiah Simmons would be another player that causes them to pause and consider their options though.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Detroit is able to trade down, acquire more picks and land their initial target. It is a win-win for Dan Quinn and Matt Patricia. Okudah is a really fluid cornerback but his willingness to contribute in run support is what makes him a great prospect.

Auburn

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 318 lbs

Chargers fans may be accustomed to seeing Brown in this spot. It may be strange seeing a defensive tackle and fans may think draft analysts are plugging him in simply to fill a need. Make no mistake about it, Derrick Brown is a player. He is a big man that has figured out how to play fast and apply pressure. Los Angeles is getting a difference maker and not just a safe pick that fills a need.

Oregon

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 237 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Owner David Tepper made it very clear that the team was likely moving on from Cam Newton recently. Do they fill the void with a veteran, draft a rookie or punt for a year and make a run for Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields? Planning the future is always dangerous because a lot can happen in a year; look no further than Tua Tagovailoa for an example.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

2nd

It is likely that Arizona takes an offensive tackle. Thomas is a great option for them here because he will help seal the edge for Kyler Murray, who was very impressive in his rookie season.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

The old saying ‘never look a gift horse in the mouth’ applies here. It is unclear how or why Simmons fell to No. 9 overall, but arguing about it would be a waste of time. He is the best talent on the board and also a need until someone figures out what is going on with Telvin Smith.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 322 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Cleveland wants to run a Kyle Shanahan-Gary Kubiak style offense that utilizes a lot of motion and misdirection. The Browns would become a zone-blocking scheme team, which fits well with either Mekhi Becton or Wirfs. There are some concerns with the latter’s game but Bill Callahan is one of the best in the business at coaching the position.

Louisville

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 369 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Jets are not messing around with this tackle class. If a scenario plays out that four tackles could go before No. 11 overall, then New York should look to move up. In this case, Becton is available so they take a chance on his size and athleticism becoming something special at the next level.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 189 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock could not bypass an opportunity to add the draft’s most explosive offensive playmaker. Lamb has great body control and elusiveness after the catch to match. Las Vegas likely still needs to add their quarterback but Lamb gives them a viable downfield threat and allows Tyrell Williams to function more successfully in a more comfortable role as the No. 2 wide receiver.

Utah State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

4th

If the Colts do not use free agency to add a veteran quarterback, then Love makes a lot of sense. There are similarities between him and Patrick Mahomes, who was drafted by Chris Ballard and others in Kansas City. There is a lot of commitment to the head coach and general manager in Indianapolis, so I could see them making a long-term move.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 192 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

I know Tampa Bay has bigger needs but no Buccaneers fan could complain if Jeudy fell into their laps at No. 14 overall with or without Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Godwin will be a free agent after the 2020 season and would require a hefty contract extension. It would not be fiscally responsible to pay up with so many other needs.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Javon Kinlaw could make a lot of sense here considering their entire defensive line is subject to free agency. Ruggs, to me, is the most fun option and would really elevate the entire offense. His presence should create even more opportunities for Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 280 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

I’ve been saying for awhile that Epenesa and the Falcons felt like a perfect union. The Iowa pass rusher has been devalued a bit as this process has progressed. Dan Quinn happily ends his fall at No. 16 overall. Yes, the rhyme was intentional.

South Carolina

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

There are already reports that Dallas wants to move up and make a splash in the 2020 NFL Draft. Perhaps they would consider allowing Amari Cooper to walk and then draft either CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy? Nonetheless, they are able to stand firm at No. 17 overall and still make a splash with Kinlaw. He is the No. 7 overall prospect according to our rankings, so the Cowboys are adding great value.

LSU

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 250 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Miami already landed their quarterback so attention turns to adding the best available talent. There is no denying that Chaisson could be a special player if he is able to stay healthy and continues to develop. The Dolphins need to build a stronger pass rush.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 227 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Raiders were able to use their first of two Round 1 picks on a supreme talent. They turn around and add the best remaining quarterback with their second. Eason allows Jon Gruden to push the ball downfield. The only question is, who will be receiving them on the other end?

Houston

• Sr

• 6’7″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

5th

Jacksonville landed Isaiah Simmons with their first selection so now they get an offensive tackle that they desperately needed. A case could be made for several positions within the first round.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

4th

REC

59

REYDS

936

YDS/REC

15.9

TDS

12

Higgins is going to be a popular pick for Philadelphia. He is a big weapon more closely related to Alshon Jeffrey in his prime. The Eagles are expected to overhaul the position so Higgins is a need. The concern with him is injuries. He seems to accrue a new ailment every week, which could be a frustration for one of the most snake-bitten teams in the NFL over the past three years.

Colorado

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

5th

Shenault is a unique talent. His strength is his ability after the catch. Buffalo has an over-the-top threat with John Brown so the presence of Shenault should allow them to be more creative and work closer to the line of scrimmage as well. Josh Allen’s arm is strong but not every pass has to exceed 30 yards.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 234 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

2nd

New England will never reach for a player; they will stay true to their board. Murray is the best player at this spot. Outside linebacker is more of an edge with Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy scheduled to hit free agency but Murray has the versatility to play that spot. He is such an active player and will fly around the field for Bill Belichick’s defense.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

4th

It would make sense for New Orleans to target another wide receiver but they also need cornerback help. The cornerback prospects available at this point are stronger than the wide receivers, which should be available into Round 4. The Saints add another Gator to the secondary after adding a productive Chauncey Gardner-Johnson a year ago.

Oklahoma

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 302 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

3rd

The NFL season can expose some weaknesses and provide a more clear view of what it requires to be successful. The playoff game against San Francisco was a clear indicator that the Vikings need to fortify the trenches. Gallimore is an active, pocket-pressing interior defensive lineman that could make a difference next season.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

1st

Miami is just stacking talent at this point. They land their second Crimson Tide player in the first round with McKinney, who reminds a lot of Minkah Fitzpatrick. It is my belief that McKinney could play either safety position as well as cornerback. The same conversation was had regarding Fitzpatrick a few years ago.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 264 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

Jadeveon Clowney may not re-sign, which makes Seattle even more devoted to acquiring pass rush aid. Gross-Matos is a pick that makes sense whether Clowney returns or not because he could also replace Ziggy Ansah on the other side. Over the past two years, he has produced 17.5 sacks.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 252 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

38th

POSITION RNK

5th

Alabama to Baltimore has been a pipeline through the Ozzie Newsome years. Although he will not be making their draft decisions, it would not be a surprise to see them return to the well for another talented pass rusher. Lewis has a lot of upside and could serve as a replacement for the surging Matt Judon.

Wisconsin

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 235 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

45th

POSITION RNK

4th

Tennessee has made it clear that they need to rejuvenate their linebacker room. Baun has a lot of versatility and will be loved by Mike Vrabel. He is instinctive and does a tremendous job of getting off blocks.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 192 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

51st

POSITION RNK

8th

Green Bay does not have enough pass catchers to support Aaron Rodgers. Davante Adams is great but Rodgers was most successful with multiple outlets. Jefferson has great body control and play-making ability after the catch. K.J. Hamler might make some sense here too as a guy that could provide an underneath option similar to Randall Cobb.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 203 lbs

There were some concerns with Delpit’s regression this season but this would be the steal of the first round. Medicals will be important for him at the NFL combine but I would not be surprised if he gets healthy and rises back towards the top of the board before it is all said and done. The 49ers could lose Jimmie Ward this offseason and Delpit could step in and contribute from Day 1.

Wisconsin

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 321 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

49th

POSITION RNK

8th

Kansas City’s defense grew by leaps and bounds in 2019 with key contributions from stars like Tyrann Mathieu, Chris Jones and Frank Clark. They are not perfect on that side of the ball but the growth allows them to re-direct assets back towards the interior offensive line. Biadasz remains the top center for me and an anchor of that offensive line.


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