Now that they NFL Scouting Combine is over, teams can reassess their draft boards. Players both excelled, and shocked scouts or they did not live up to expectations. In any event, the teams in the top 10 are going to get some outstanding players.
This is a deep Draft defensively and has three quarterbacks that could all go in the first round. I’m not sold on any of them, but franchises will win or lose based on their decisions. The biggest question might be where Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry goes after a very solid showing in Indianapolis.
Here is a look at the potential first 10 picks in the April Draft.
Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, Tackle, Ole Miss
Team general manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Mularkey are on the same page about finding help with the running game. Tunsil is the best offensive lineman in this draft and will look good opposite Taylor Lewan to give Tennessee bookend tackles for the next five years.
2. Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, Quarterback, California
We all know this pick will be Cleveland’s “quarterback of the future,” but we do not know which one. If Paxton Lynch or Carson Wentz if the pick, it would not shock me. Either of the three will be cast with the pressure of changing fortune in Cleveland, which is no easy task.
3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, Safety, FSU
The Chargers are going to lose safety Eric Weddle in free agency. Now, it is time to think about getting younger in the secondary. Personally, I think Ramsey is the best prospect in this Draft and could play safety, corner and return kicks for San Diego.
4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State
Bosa proclaimed himself to be the best player in this Draft, and he could be right. I am not personally sold on him. The Cowboys need a quarterback, a running back and healthy Tony Romo. But when the best pass rusher in this draft falls to you, you grab him.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack, Linebacker, UCLA
The Jaguars wanted Ramsey, but general manager David Caldwell said there are other prospects this team would look to draft. Bosa would have been ideal as well. Jack maybe the best athlete in this draft. He fills a need for a thin linebacking corps. The idea of Jack and Telvin Smith excites me.
6. Baltimore Ravens: Vernon Hargreaves, Cornerback, Florida
It’s either Hargreaves or Mackensie Alexander of Clemson. Alexander had zero interceptions last year. Hargreaves is a solid hitter and cover corner who can also help Baltimore in the return game. I’m not sold on Matt Elam so this is a pick out of necessity. Also, Laquon Treadwell might be a choice here as well.
7. San Francisco 49ers: Carson Wentz, Quarterback, North Dakota State
The 49ers are a team in disarray at the position. They are keeping Colin Kaepernick, but have not guaranteed him the starting job. It would absolutely stink if he lost the job to Blaine Gabbert. Wentz is a big kid with a big arm and can throw it a mile. Whether he fits Chip Kelly’s system is the question.
8. Miami Dolphins: Mackensie Alexander, Defensive Back, Clemson
Miami and new head coach Adam Gase could go in many directions. Alexander helps a porous secondary. He was so good, opposing quarterbacks threw away from him in 2015. The only thing that concerns me about him is his size. The Dolphins may also opt for pass rush if they lose Olivier Vernon.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DeForest Buckner, Defensive End, Oregon
Dirk Koetter may try to get a wide receiver here or to strengthen the offensive line. Buckner may be too good to pass up and might be a perfect fit for the young Buccaneers defense. He could play on the line or standing up as an edge rusher.
10. New York Giants: Laquon Treadwell, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
It’s Ben McAdoo’s show now and he rewards the offense with another weapon for Eli Manning. Treadwell and Odell Beckham Jr. will be a heck of a combination in the Big Apple. He is strong, thick and can catch the ball across the middle. A solid pick for the G-Men.