The NFL Draft is finally here! That means it is time for the final installment of our Mock Draft.

The Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles flipped the draft upside down by trading for the top two picks.

This changes a lot throughout the draft. This Mock Draft is based off of team needs and draft projections from across the web, combined with my own scouting logic and reason.

Check out previous versions of my predictions from early April and March.

 

1 1 1 Los Angeles

(from Tennessee)

Quarterback Jared Goff, Cal

Goff makes the most sense. Cali native with high-level production from the Pac-12. Athletic, with big-arm and the biggest knock is his hand-size. Sign up Los Angeles for this future franchise QB.

1 2 2 Philadelphia

(from Cleveland)

Quarterback Carson Wentz, NDSU

No one trades up in the NFL Draft for a defensive player. The Eagles select the high-ceiling player Wentz. Let him develop behind Owen Daniels or Sam Bradford for a year.

1 3 3 San Diego Tackle Laremy Tunsil, Miss.

The Chargers need to protect their investments in Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon. King Dunlap and Joe Barksdale are not franchise tackles, but Tunsil brings that potential.

1 4 4 Dallas Corner Jalen Ramsey, FSU

Ramsey is my top prospect in this draft. With both quarterbacks off the board, this is an easy pick for an improving Dallas defense. Although Zeke Elliot deserves some consideration here too, Cowboys should look for a depth running back option later.

1 5 5 Jacksonville Edge Joey Bosa, Ohio St.
Myles Jack might come into play here, but injury concerns lean Jacksonville towards Bosa. Once the top prospect in the draft, the Jaguars continue adding tools on defense. Bosa and Fowler could finally give Jacksonville a pass rush.
1 6 6 Baltimore Tackle Ronnie Staley, Notre Dame
This is where the draft gets interesting. Baltimore could go running back, defensive back, or defensive line. They grab the best overall prospect in Staley. He helps fill the void left by Kelechi Osemele.
1 7 7 San Francisco Corner Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
You really think you can predict Chip Kelly and the 49ers brass? A lot of people mock a quarterback or Zeke Elliott here. Deforest Buckner might also come into play for Kelly’s fetish with Oregon players. However, Hargreaves brings production, mensurables, plays a premium position and fills a need. Might make too much sense to happen, but maybe that is what Kelly wants you to think.
1 8 8 Cleveland Linebacker Myles Jack, UCLA

Again Elliot comes into play, because he is the savior of OSU. However, the Browns love Jack. Cleveland has some guys in the backfield with Duke Johnson and Robert Griffin. Let them build up the defense. There are some concerns about Jack’s health, but Hue Jackson does not care about that. Good chance Cleveland would have taken Jack at No. 2 anyways, but in this scenario they get their guy and lots of picks. Thanks Philadelphia.

1 9 9 Tampa Bay Defensive Tackle DeForest Buckner, Oregon
Buckner seems more like a two-gapping defensive end, so he might not be a scheme fit. However, he is a specimen in size and athleticism. He is a great value at no. 9 too. Buckner will pair with Gerald McCoy as one of the defensive line interiors.
1 10 10 New York Giants Running Back Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio St.
A lot of people have the Giants taking a linebacker or tackle with this pick, because of needs. This might make sense, but Elliott is a a steal at this point. Gurley went top ten last year with a knee injury. Elliott helps the Giants get back to the run game.
1 11 11 Chicago Linebacker Darron Lee, Ohio St.
Lee climbed up draft charts after putting on an athletic show at the NFL Combine. This might be a little high, but the Bears need an athlete in the middle of their defense.
1 12 12 New Orleans  Defensive Tackle Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
The Saints need an impact player in their interior line. Rankins played across the entire Louisville front, last season. He dominated the senior bowl and proved his athleticism in the combine.
1 13 13 Miami

(from Philadelphia)

Corner Eli Apple, Ohio St.

Apple is big, fast and largely productive from Ohio St. The Dolphins missed out on Elliott and Jack, but Apple brings the potential worthy of the thirteenth pick. Miami may also consider Mackensie Alexander.

1 14 14 Oakland Defensive Linemen Robert Nkemdiche, Miss.
The Raiders earned a new luxury this season. Oakland can select the best player available in this years draft, thanks to a great free agency haul. Nkemdiche can dominate in the Raiders 3-4 or 4-3 fronts. He is an athletic beast who could become one of the best prospects in this draft.
1 15 15 Tennessee

(from Los Angeles)

Edge Noah Spence, Northern Kentucky

Spence might seem like a small-school prospect, but remember he dominated for Ohio St. before off-field issues took his eligibility. Forget the off-field concerns. Those are behind Spence. Tennessee has enough picks in the first round to roll the dice on the best pure rusher in the draft.

1 16 16 Detroit Receiver Laquan Treadwell, Miss.
The biggest knock on Treadwell is his speed. However, if Jarvis Landry can dominate for the Dolphins with route running and hands, then Treadwell can too in the the NFL. The Lions need to fill the void left by Calvin Johnson, so they can not pass on the most productive receiver in the Draft.
1 17 17 Atlanta Linebacker Leonard Floyd, Georgia

The Falcons may want Lee, but they will happily take Floyd. The versatile linebacker and edge made a name for himself in the state. Atlanta also needs some help on defense.

1 18 18 Indianapolis Tackle Jack Conklin, Michigan St.

This may not be the best tackle class in years, but it might bring the most value. The premium position is vastly underrated this year. That works for Indianapolis who needs to do more to protect Andrew Luck. Conklin is too good to pass up this late.

1 19 19 Buffalo Edge Shaq Lawson, Clemson
The Bills need to add some talent on the edge as Mario Williams bounced via free agency. The super athletic Lawson would fit with Rex Ryan perfect. Give him a few years and Ryan will turn Lawson into a great pass rusher.
1 20 20 New York Jets Linebacker Rashad Ragland, Alabama

The Jets were a talented team last year, so they can afford spending a pick on a two-down player. Ragland is physical and faster than his time speed indicates. He could dominate on an already good Jets defense.

1 21 21 Washington Defensive tackle Jarran Reed, Alabama
The Redskins apparently love center Ryan Kelly. However, they lost some meat along their defensive line in free agency. Insert Reed as the dominating two-gapper for the Redskins’ scheme. Perfect place for the best player on the best college defense to fall.
1 22 22 Houston Receiver Corey Coleman, Baylor
The top receivers in this class are all a toss-up based on scheme. Coleman played in the Texans’ backyard, and he is a slightly more proven playmaker, as far as stats go. Coleman adds another receiver on the outside, opposite DeAndre Hopkins.
1 23 23 Minnesota Receiver Josh Doctson, TCU
Doctson is a littler bigger than his fellow round one receivers, besides Treadwell. Doctson is also prolific and proven. Minnesota needs this pick to continue building around Teddy Bridgewater.
1 24 24 Cincinnati Receiver Will Fuller, Notre Dame

Fuller finished the NFL Combine as the fastest receiver in this class. He might become the best receiver too, if the Bengals pair him with A.J. Green. He struggles with some drops, but the deep threat answered those questions at the combine too.

1 25 25 Pittsburgh Corner William Jackson III, Houston

The Steelers can no longer neglect the second half of their defense in the draft. The NFL continues getting more pass happy, and Pittsburgh needs corners to compete. Jackson is good value here, and the Steelers liked him enough to take him to dinner.

1 26 26 Seattle Tackle Jason Spriggs, Indiana
Highly productive in college, Spriggs started at both tackles. He tested out as the most athletic OL at the Combine. Sounds like a real Seattle pick.
1 27 27 Green Bay Defensive Tackle Andrew Billings, Baylor

Green Bay needed some help along the defensive line before B.J. Raji retired now. They could really use the super athletic Billings. His big body could really eat some gaps in the run game, and he possesses enough athleticism to become a pass rusher.

1 28 28 Kansas City Defensive Tackle A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama

Robinson is the best player available at this point. The Chiefs make their front-seven even better with a proven run-stuffer.

1 29 New England forfeited pick
1 30 29 Arizona Center Ryan Kelly, Alabama

The Cardinals could use some youth at pass rusher. However, the value is not there in this scenario. Kelly is the best interior linemen in this class, and he could instantly start on the Cardinals interior.

1 31 30 Carolina Tackle Taylor Decker, Ohio St.
This is the perfect scenario for Carolina. Corner Mackensie Alexander and Taylor Decker are both players at positions of needs that slipped farther than expected. At the end of the day, protecting Cam Newton cost Carolina a Super Bow. They learned from that and should draft the physical Decker.
1 32 31 Denver Defensive Tackle Kenny Clark, UCLA

Clark is productive and athletic enough to fill the void left Malik Jackson. Clark might be a little of a reach here, but Denver can afford that since they just won a Super Bowl. Expect them to consider a safety too.

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