With the combine in the books, it’s time to take a look at how the upcoming NFL Draft may have been affected.
1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Previous selections: Myles Garrett
If the Browns don’t opt for a QB, Garrett will be the choice. It’s locked in. He destroyed the combine and looks like a once-in-a-decade prospect. He’s the best player available... by a lot. He also happens to fit a great need. Frankly, it’s a no-brainer and has been.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Previous selections: Solomon Thomas and Jonathan Allen
They need pass rush help and already have good players on the interior of their DL. Thomas provides the edge rusher they’re looking for.
3. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
Previous selections: Jonathan Allen and Solomon Thomas
I think they’ll address QB in FA and Allen is the BPA.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jamal Adams, SS, LSU
Previous selections: Dalvin Cook and Malik Hooker
Adams fits perfectly with Jalen Ramsey and immediately makes the Jags secondary look great for years to come. He killed the combine and cemented his status.
5. Tennessee Titans: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio St.
Previous selections: Malik Hooker and Jamal Adams
Their pass defense is atrocious and Lattimore’s 4.36 40 looks sweet. He’s the best CB and overall player available at this point and fits Tennessee’s needs perfectly.
6. New York Jets: Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio St.
Previous selections: Jamal Adams and Dalvin Cook
You just know Todd Bowles would love Malik Hooker roaming his secondary. Their secondary is lacking.
7. Los Angelese Chargers: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Previous selections: Mike Williams
The Chargers have Gus Bradley running their defense now. They’re transitioning to a 4-3. Barnett’s skill-set will fit/help perfectly.
8. Carolina Panthers: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida St.
Previous selections: Leonard Fournette
Not only do they need to run Cam less, but they need to run less in general. Cook helps with both as he can run the ball and be a receiver. He compliments J-Stew well and can take over for him when Stewart is done. I remain convinced that he’s the best RB in the draft.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
Previous selections: Reuben Foster
The combine incident isn’t going to affect Foster’s draft stock. And if any team would care, it wouldn’t be the Bengals.
10. Buffalo Bills: Mitch Trubisky, QB, UNC
Previous selections: Mitch Trubisky and Marshon Lattimore
Watson helped himself the most of any of the QBs at the combine, but Trubisky is still the top guy. If the Bills are going to move on from Taylor, they have to get someone to throw the ball...
11. New Orleans Saints: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Previous selections: Marshon Lattimore and Derek Barnett
A terrible pass defense/secondary causes the Saints to reach just a little bit here for CB help. They could go for a pass rusher, as well.
12. Cleveland Browns: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Previous selections: Teez Tabor and O.J. Howard
Their offense needs a quality TE and they don’t have one. Howard’s too good to pass up (like to reach for a QB).
13. Arizona Cardinals: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Previous selections: Corey Davis and Mitch Trubisky
He’s a great value at #13 and has taken over as the best WR in this draft. He’s an upgrade over Michael Floyd and a future Larry Fitzgerald replacement.
14. Philadelphia Eagles: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Previous selections: John Ross and Teez Tabor
He’s the best player available and a massive upgrade from Ryan Mathews.
15. Indianapolis Colts: Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple
Previous selections: Derek Barnett and Ryan Ramczyk
Speed. Reddick has it and proved it to everyone at the combine. He also offers versatility. He can play inside or outside. He can drop into coverage or blitz. The Colts like.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan
Previous selections: Ryan Ramczyk and Corey Davis
Elam’s gone and Weddle’s old. Enter Peppers. He proved his agility and speed at the combine.
17. Washington Redskins: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Previous selections: Malik McDowell and Jabrill Peppers
DeSean Jackson’s probably going to leave. Pierre Garcon may follow. All-of-a-sudden, the Redskins are looking at WRs. Williams is a sure thing at WR and the Redskins need a sure thing. Doctson is still a question mark and beyond Reed and Crowder, the Redskins receiving weapons could look a lot more bare than last year. Also, at 6’4”, Gruden finally gets that tall receiving corps that he’s wanted.
18. Tennessee Titans: John Ross, WR, Washington
Previous selections: O.J. Howard and John Ross
He’s a burner and he proved it at the combine posting the fastest 40 in combine history at 4.22 seconds. He provides Mariota with a very speedy target. He needs a top target and Ross it the best WR on the board. Could be DeSean Jackson 2.0...
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David Njoku, TE, Miami
Previous selections: Jabrill Peppers and Marlon Humphrey
He raised his profile at the combine. He’d provide Winston another huge target to compliment Evans and possibly DeSean Jackson...?
20. Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Previous selections: Cam Robinson
Okung’s gone and they need a RT, plain-and-simple. Very agile and should fit into their ZBS quite well.
21. Detroit Lions: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Previous selections: Marlon Humphrey and Zach Cunningham
Their offense is pretty set and their pass-rush is woeful. How convenient! Here’s one of the best pass-rushers in the draft.
22. Miami Dolphins: Zach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt
Previous selections: Zach Cunningham and Malik McDowell
They need an athletic three-down LB something terrible and that might cause them to reach a little bit here.
23. New York Giants: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Previous selections: DeShone Kizer
They had no rushing attack to speak of last year and they just let go of Rashad Jennings. McCaffrey had a great combine and really opened some eyes.
24. Oakland Raiders: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Previous selections: Sidney Jones
Had a great combine and solidified his spot here.
25. Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Previous selections: Deshaun Watson
They absolutely must get a QB and Watson’s the best one available. If they land Romo, this pick could change... though it still might not.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
Previous selections: Dan Feeney
Obviously an OL wouldn’t be a surprise here, either.
27. Kansas City Chiefs: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Previous selections: Takkarist McKinley
A developmental guy for when Smith declines/retires.
28. Dallas Cowboys: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
Previous selections: Tim Williams
Time to find a replacement for Witten. Add him to Prescott and Elliott... uh-oh.
29. Green Bay Packers: Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
Previous selections: Taco Charlton and Christian McCaffrey
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Obi Melifonwu, SS, Connecticut
Previous selections: Charles Harris and Taco Charlton
The combine did it.
31. Atlanta Falcons: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan St.
Previous selections: Forrest Lamp and Haason Reddick
BPA and too good of a value to pass up regardless of their greater needs.
32. New England Patriots: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
Previous selections: Haason Reddick and Charles Harris