With the bulk of free agency done, the next step around the NFL is attacking needs in next month’s draft.
Some of those priorities have changed based on player movement over the past few weeks, and that could prompt more picks being traded. Based on the current draft order, here’s where it looks like everyone is headed:
1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, Southern Cal
The top four quarterbacks keep shifting without a clear-cut leader of the group, but Darnold looks like the best choice for the Browns as of now.
2. New York Giants: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Allen’s got the biggest arm of this year’s quarterbacks, and the Giants can’t pass him up with Eli Manning being 37.
3. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
The Jets didn’t give up three second-round picks to take a non-quarterback here. If it’s Mayfield or Rosen, look for them to bite on Mayfield’s electric playmaking.
4. Cleveland Browns: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
There’s always a chance the Giants or Jets could become infatuated with Barkley and believe him to be an immediate game-changer, but if not, the Browns will scoop him up.
5. Denver Broncos: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
It’s not that surprising to see four of the top five teams needing a quarterback. That’s why they’re in this position.
6. Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
The Colts are going to look like geniuses. They got great value from the Jets to switch spots and they’ll still end up getting the guy they wanted.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
Fitzpatrick is hands down the best defensive back in this year’s class, and the Buccaneers need help in the secondary. Perfect match.
8. Chicago Bears: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
The Bears will be tempted to jump on wide receiver Calvin Ridley here, but Nelson will be a big help on their offensive line for years to come.
9. San Francisco 49ers: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Jimmy Garoppolo is going to love this pick. The 49ers need weapons, and this is an explosive threat on the outside.
10. Oakland Raiders: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
As Jon Gruden revamps the Raiders, he’ll be happy to see the best left tackle in the draft fall to him at No. 10.
11. Miami Dolphins: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
With the best quarterbacks out of the question, the Dolphins would be smart to trade down. If they don’t, bringing in a top-tier linebacker is the best way to help themselves.
12. Buffalo Bills: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
Miller would be an immediate starter for the Bills, who just traded left tackle Cordy Glenn.
13. Washington Redskins: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Washington’s defense isn’t good enough to win as is, but Smith would be a big boost in the middle.
14. Green Bay Packers: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
Green Bay always needs cornerback help and it’ll spend its top pick on one for the second straight year. Maybe that’ll fix the problem.
15. Arizona Cardinals: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
The Cardinals have a ton of needs, including quarterback, but getting someone as talented as Vea this late in the first round is big.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
Kirk has the chance to be the outstanding slot receiver the Ravens need after they weren’t able to swing a deal for Jarvis Landry.
17. Los Angeles Chargers: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
Payne would join a Chargers defensive line that already has Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram coming off the edges.
18. Seattle Seahawks: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
Richard Sherman will be watching this pick closely. Seattle needs to come up big with his replacement.
19. Dallas Cowboys: Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio
It’d be great fortune for the Cowboys if Davenport lasts this long in the draft, and their pass defense could use the help.
20. Detroit Lions: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
Detroit will be thinking defense-first with new coach Matt Patricia, and he gets the chance to groom a quality pass rusher.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
With offensive tackle addressed via the trade with Buffalo, the Bengals get secondary depth by taking Hughs.
22. Buffalo Bills: Courtland Sutton, WR, Southern Methodist
The Bills could consider Mason Rudolph or Lamar Jackson here, but the consensus is that would be a big reach.
23. Los Angeles Rams: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
Evans would provide the Rams a big hitter in the middle of their defense as they try to take the next step.
24. Carolina Panthers: Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Anything this team can do to fortify its offensive line gives it a better chance of contending in 2018. The Panthers are chasing the Eagles, Saints and Vikings, at minimum.
25. Tennessee Titans: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Williams is a good fit for the Titans because he’s capable of playing tackle or guard for them this season. He’s probably a tackle long-term.
26. Atlanta Falcons: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
This is roughly the range where the top tight ends should start going, and Goedert is the best of the bunch.
27. New Orleans Saints: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
Unless they sign former Dolphin Ndamukong Suh, the Saints will like getting Bryan in this spot.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Cornerback isn’t a pressing need for the Steelers, but this part of the draft is about taking the best available talent.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
With their quarterback plans firmed up, the Jaguars bring home Jacksonville product Hurst as a burly tight end.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
This team already has most of what it needs to compete for a spot in next year’s Super Bowl, and adding a corner is prudent.
31. New England Patriots: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
The Patriots need to find the next Tom Brady, even if they don’t need him right away. Rudolph would be fortunate to land in this situation.
32. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Reid, S, Stanford
This is the best talent still on the board, and a team like the Eagles won’t feel pressured into trying to fill starting lineup holes via the draft.
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