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Here is the first installment of how round one might shake out if it were done this weekend. Check back after this weekend for an updates and follow us at @ftballdialogue or on Facebook.
1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil
OT Ole Miss. There’s little question this team needs to
protect its’ young franchise quarterback, Marcus Mariotta, and adding Tunsil at
left tackle will go a long way toward accomplishing that goal.
2. Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff
QB California. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The Browns are
selecting their next franchise quarterback. At least it is not at the 22nd
slot like Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden and John Manziel. Goff can make all the throws and has
the smarts to be a leader. The only real concern is arm strength considering
the weather he may face in Cleveland. With Hue Jackson’s prior
success with Joe Flacco, it could make Paxton Lynch the more appealing prospect
if he shows well at the combine.
3. San Diego Chargers: Joey
Bosa DE Ohio State. Most NFL ready prospect
in this draft and Bosa would be an instant starter and cornerstone for the
Chargers. Offensive tackle is another option here as this team needs to
keep Philip Rivers healthy.
4. Dallas Cowboys: Laquon
Treadwell WR Ole Miss. The Cowboys offense was abysmal
without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant last year, and with Goff off the board the
Cowboys still need to add more firepower to the offense, and Treadwell, teamed
with Dez accomplishes that for them. Adding Treadwell may also act as
motivation for Bryant to focus a little more, as easy drops are becoming too
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen
Ramsey CB Florida State. It finally appears that
the Jaguars have some building blocks in place, and adding the multi-talented
Ramsey to a defense that will be welcoming back Dante Fowler Jr. could create a
special unit for the Jags.
6. Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie
Stanley OT Notre Dame. Stanley is a technically
sound lineman who should secure one of the tackle spots for the next
decade. The Ravens will need to tune up his game a bit, but he
should be a day one starter and a line leader by the end of the season.
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7. San Francisco 49ers: Myles Jack
OLB UCLA. Depending on what he shows at the combine, Jack might be the
player teams are trading up for if he shows he’s fully recovered from injury.
With the 49’ers experiencing something never seen before with so many early
retirements, they could use a playmaker like Jack in their defense.
And we all know that Chip loves the Pac-10 guys.
8. Miami Dolphins:
Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson. There’s a new sheriff in town, and
the team may finally be ready to move on from Brett Grimes and his wife’s
actions. If not this season, it certainly is time to groom an
eventual shutdown corner replacement. It was obvious to anyone who
watched the NCAA title game that once Alexander went down, the game turned for
Clemson. Alexander is a special player who should have an easy
transition into the league.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DeForest
Buckner DE Oregon. Buckner is a beast and the Buccaneers need
to upgrade their defensive ends with some more pass rush.
Buckner, at six foot seven, with the wingspan he possesses, will make it
difficult to pass, even if he does not get to the QB.
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10. NY Giants: Shaq Lawson DE
Clemson. The ideal replacement for Jason Pierre-Paul as the Giants
will look to move on from that PR nightmare of last season. The
Giants have to upgrade their pass rush and the multi-talented Lawson is a
11. Chicago Bears: Emmanuel Ogbah DE
Oklahoma State. The Bears need to improve the defensive front, especially
with Jarvis Jenkins and Mitch Unrein due to become free agents. Ogbah had
some great moments this year and some less than stellar as well, but has the
ability to play in both a 3-4 and a 4-3 front. He would team well
next to Eddie Goldman in Vic Fangio’s defense.
12. New Orleans Saints: Vernon Hargreaves III
Florida. The Saints defense was a mess last year, so adding a corner with
elite skills would be a welcome addition. Hargreaves battled with the
best of the best in the SEC and should handle the transition to the NFL well.
13. Philadelphia Eagles: A’Shawn Robinson
DT Alabama. With new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz on board,
the Eagles will likely transition to a 4-3 defense, so adding a top tackle like
Robinson will make the switch that much easier. Pairing Robinson with Bennie
Logan and Fletcher Cox will create quite an impressive front, as the Eagles
move on from the Chip Kelly disaster.
14. Oakland Raiders: Jack Conklin OT
Michigan State. The Raiders need to upgrade both tackle spots to better protect
Derek Carr. Conklin is the type of blue collar lineman that championship
teams are built on.
15. Los Angeles Rams: Carson Wentz QB North
Dakota State. This team needs a top tier signal caller, and while
Wentz looks to have all the tools to succeed at QB, he will need some time as
the move up from North Dakota State to the NFL will be significant. The Rams
may also want to look for a veteran to sign to start and mentor Carson Wentz for at
least a season.
16. Detroit Lions: Andrew Billings DT
Baylor. Three out of four starters on the defensive line are free agents,
so it is obvious where they need to look to rebuild the area that was
instrumental in leading them into the playoffs a few seasons ago.
17. Atlanta Falcons: Reggie Ragland
ILB Alabama. With no real impending key free agents, the Falcons
would be wise to invest in a player who is an upgrade to a current starter and
a low risk pick. Reggie Ragland has the makings of a great team leader and
future stud middle linebacker.
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18. Indianapolis Colts: Ezekiel Elliott
RB Ohio State. The Colts need to take some offensive responsibility
off the shoulders of Andrew Luck and adding a top tier talent at tailback
certainly accomplishes that goal for the team.
19. Buffalo Bills: Kevin Dodd DE
Clemson. With the pending release of Mario Williams, the Bills will need
to address the hole that move will create and Dodd is a great addition to an
improving defense. Paxton Lynch certainly is an option at this spot
if the team is not sold on any of the current quarterbacks as their long term
answer at the position.
20. New York Jets: Paxton Lynch QB
Memphis. Ryan Fitzpatrick has shown to be a good, solid journeyman type
quarterback who can only take a team so far. Bringing in a
physical specimen like Lynch is the first step to securing the quarterback
position, but now they need to show they can develop one too.
21. Washington Redskins: Jarran
Reed DT Alabama. Both Terrance Knighton and Kedric Golston
are free agents. Reed was part of a special unit at Alabama and should
see significant time during his rookie season and lock down the position for
the next ten years.
22. Houston Texans : Corey Coleman
WR Baylor. When you reach your first playoff game and get
shut out, you need more offensive weapons. Coleman, opposite DeAndre
Hopkins, will give whoever is under center two fabulous targets.
Remember, Nate Washington is a free agent and Coach Bill O’Brien might have an
eye on a signal caller in later rounds. Maybe someone he coached at Penn
23. Minnesota Vikings: Leonard Floyd OLB
Georgia. If Chad Greenway returns, it would only be for another year, and Floyd
can secure the position for many years to come after learning from a veteran like
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Robert Nkemdiche DT
Ole Miss. Cincinnati is the land of second chances and considering the crazy
off-season Nkemdiche has had, he has the credentials to match up perfectly with
the Bengals franchise. All depth behind the starting defensive tackles
are pending free agents, and if Nkemdiche can stay out of trouble he will push
for a starting role early in his career.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple
CB Ohio State. Pittsburgh finally needs to address the lack of
talent at their corners and the addition of Apple is a great first step.
Having played on the ultra-talented Buckeyes teams, Apple knows what it is like
to face NFL caliber players and this should make the adjustment to the NFL that
26. Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Decker
OT Ohio State. Lady luck finally ran out for the Seattle Seahawks and there
was no second half collapse (Green Bay) and no missed field goal (Minnesota) to help
them to advance this year to the Super Bowl. Now it’s time to reload
and improving the talent of the offensive line is a great move.
Decker should send Garry Gilliam to the bench as he is groomed to eventually
replace Russell Okung at left tackle.
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27. Green Bay Packers: Kenny Clark DT
UCLA. The Packers have the luxury of taking the best player available at
a need position and Clark is the best DT on the board. He has the
skill and size to step in at nose tackle if needed, and with both BJ Raji and
Letroy Guion set to become free agents, this is a top priority for the
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Darron Lee
OLB Ohio State. Lee has all the measurables to be a special
talent, he just needs to get stronger and add some weight to his frame. Kansas
City has two pending free agents, ILB Derrick Johnson and OLB Tamba Hali, so
getting a guy like Lee in the fold would not only help the team this year, but
also allow them some much-needed flexibility with regards to the salary cap.
29. Arizona Cardinals: Connor Cook QB Michigan State. Of course the season did not end as the Cardinals had hoped, but they did have a terrific season and will now look to prepare for the future by drafting an accomplished player like Cook. Cook comes with some impressive accomplishments, but also with a few red flags that will have to be vetted before investing this pick. By landing in Arizona, he’ll have some time to assimilate to the NFL game and locker-room before being expected to take the reins of this offense. Sitting, studying and copying Carson Palmer would be a great start down the road to a successful NFL career.