1. Cincinnati Bengals – QB Joe Burrow (LSU)
The Bengals may listen to offers for this pick, but I imagine they’d have to be blown away to move out of this spot. Andy Dalton is a low upside quarterback option going into the final year of his contract, so the Bengals are widely expected to take this draft’s top signal caller Joe Burrow #1 overall. In the small chance this does end up being a trade, Burrow would almost definitely be the target for any team looking to move up.
2. Washington Redskins – DE Chase Young (Ohio State)
A trade down from #1 this year is unlikely. A trade down from #2 is still unlikely, but it would be less surprising. Reports have already started to leak from the combine that the Redskins are intrigued by Tua Tagovailoa #2 overall, who they met with at the combine on several occasions. It’s possible the Redskins are legitimately interested in him and would look to move last year’s first round quarterback Dwayne Haskins on draft day the way the Cardinals did last year with Josh Rosen after taking Kyler Murray, but new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera took this job over other offers not knowing whether or not Tua was even healthy, so he must believe in Haskins at least somewhat.
More likely, those reports are smokescreens from the Redskins to increase trade offers for this pick from teams looking to move up for Tua. If the Redskins don’t get the offer they’re looking for, they’ll probably stay put and select the consensus top defensive player in the draft Chase Young, but it wouldn’t be a shock if this ended up being a trade. The price to move up to #2 should be significantly higher than the price to move up to #3 as passing on the chance to select Young should get the Redskins a premium. The Redskins should be happy to stay put if they don’t get an incredible offer because Young is a special talent.
3. Miami Dolphins (TRADE) – QB Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)
While a trade down from 1 or 2 is unlikely, I would actually be shocked if the Lions didn’t move down from 3 with a team looking to move up for Tua. With Matt Stafford expected to make a full recovery from injury, the Lions are unlikely to be interested in Tua and, without a consensus top non-quarterback available, the Lions, who have needs all across the roster, would love to move down and accumulate extra picks. Reports on Tua’s recovery have been great and at this point it would be a surprise if he fell out of the top-3 picks. It’s very possible a trade is agreed to in advance of draft day, similar to when the Jets sent a trio of 2nd round picks to the Colts two years ago to move up from 6 to 3.
Teams like the Chargers (#6), Jaguars (#9), and Raiders (#12) could all have interest in moving up, but the Dolphins (#5), should be considered the favorite to move up. Not only do they have the fewest picks to jump, but they also have more draft capital than any team in the league. They have a whopping 5 first round picks in the next two drafts and, with four second round picks as well, they might not have to give up a single one of those first rounders to get this deal done.
Similar to the trio of second rounders the Jets sent to the Colts to move from 6 to 3 two years ago, the Dolphins could package picks 39 and 56 this year with either one of their second round picks next year to get this deal done. With veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick under contract and coming off of a solid season, the Dolphins wouldn’t have to rush Tua into action as a rookie, though if recent history is any indication it’s unlikely the Dolphins would leave the 3rd overall pick on the bench his whole rookie season, assuming he’s healthy enough to play.
4. Los Angeles Chargers (TRADE) – QB Justin Herbert (Oregon)
This could also be a trade down spot, as once Tua is off the board, there could be a scramble for teams to move up to select the third ranked quarterback prospect Justin Herbert. The Chargers are known to like him as a long-term replacement for Philip Rivers and have an obvious need for him with low end starter Tyrod Taylor only under contract for one more season, but they may need to move up from 6 to prevent another team jumping them for Herbert. Meanwhile, like the Lions, the Giants would love to move down and accumulate more picks without an obvious choice for them at 4. Because Herbert is not the same caliber of prospect as Tua, the Chargers would likely only have to part with a pair of second rounders (this year’s and next year’s), as well as possibly a later pick or two, to seal the deal.
5. Detroit Lions – CB Jeff Okudah (Ohio State)
The Lions’ trade down works to perfection as they still have the same defensive players available to them that would have been available to them at 3. Jeff Okudah, Isaiah Simmons, and Derrick Brown all have arguments for being the top defensive prospect after Chase Young and all could make sense here for the Lions. I’m giving them Okudah as a long-term replacement for the recently traded Darius Slay at cornerback, but this could just as easily be Simmons or Brown, who fill needs as well.
6. New York Giants – S Isaiah Simmons (Clemson)
Trading down doesn’t quite work out as well for the Giants as the Lions, as the Giants miss out on Okudah, but the Giants used a first round pick on cornerback DeAndre Baker last year and signed James Bradberry in free agency, so they might not view cornerback as a super pressing need anyway. Between the remaining top defensive prospects, Simmons makes more sense than Brown, who wouldn’t fill a need on the defensive line. Simmons, however, can play really any position in the back 7 and could contribute at several positions of need, including linebacker, safety, and slot cornerback.
7. Carolina Panthers – DT Derrick Brown (Auburn)
The Panthers are sitting in a good spot at 7 because they shouldn’t still be able to get one of the top defensive players, with 3 quarterbacks likely to go in the top-6. Okudah and Simmons are gone and would have filled needs, but Derrick Brown would be very useful for them as well. Gerald McCoy, Dontari Poe, Kyle Love, and Vernon Butler led the Panthers in snaps by an interior defensive linemen last season, but none of them are still on the roster. Brown could have an every down role as a rookie inside next to Kawaan Short, who should be healthy after an injury-ruined 2019 season.
8. Arizona Cardinals – OT Tristan Wirfs (Iowa)
With the top-7 picks likely to be the top-3 quarterbacks and the top-4 defensive players, the Cardinals seem likely to take an offensive tackle at 8. This draft has as many as 4 offensive tackles who could arguably go in the top-10 based on talent, but I’d be surprised if more than one of those tackles was off the board by the Cardinals’ pick at 8. In this scenario, all 4 remain on the board, leaving the Cardinals with their pick of bookend tackles for recently re-signed left tackle DJ Humphries.
Which offensive tackle it’ll be is tough to predict, but Tristan Wirfs could be the favorite after his outstanding combine performance. Fellow combine star Mekhi Becton is also an option, as are Andrew Thomas and Jedrick Wills, who were considered by many to be the top-2 offensive tackles going into the combine. All four options would be obvious upgrades for a Cardinals team that got terrible play out of the right tackle spot in 2019. They also need insurance at left tackle because of Humphries’ tendency to get injured.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – DT Javon Kinlaw (South Carolina)
The Jaguars used first round picks on defensive linemen in 2018 and 2019, taking defensive tackle Taven Bryan two years ago and defensive end Josh Allen last year, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them go back to the defensive line. With veterans Marcell Dareus and Calais Campbell let go for cap purposes this off-season, the Jaguars suddenly need more help upfront. Kinlaw can start inside next to Bryan, assuming Bryan can take a step forward in his 3rd year in the league after primarily being a reserve to start his career.
10. Cleveland Browns – OT Mekhi Becton (Louisville)
Like the Cardinals at 8, the Browns are likely to take one of the offensive tackles at 10. After combine star Tristan Wirfs went 8th, the Browns now take fellow combine star Mekhi Becton at 10. Signing right tackle Jack Conklin in free agency was a big addition, but the Browns still have a major hole at left tackle, without a capable option on the roster. It seems likely given the caliber of offensive tackles expected to be available in the 8-15 range that the Browns have this pick earmarked for a left tackle.
11. New York Jets – WR CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma)
The Jets signed Breshad Perriman to replace Robby Anderson in free agency, but the Jets also need to replace free agent Demaryius Thomas in three wide receiver sets. Perriman is also only signed to a one-year deal and isn’t the long-term #1 option this team needs. The Jets could easily be the first team to dip into the wide receiver pool and take one at 11 overall. It’s between CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy to be the top wide receiver off the board.
12. Las Vegas Raiders – WR Jerry Jeudy (Alabama)
The Jets take a wide receiver one pick earlier and now the Raiders follow suit by taking Jerry Jeudy. The Raiders added Antonio Brown for a reason last off-season and, while that didn’t work out, they definitely could have used his help opposite Tyrell Williams and still have a big need at that position after only taking a flier on Nelson Agholor in free agency this off-season. The Raiders found a steal with slot receiver Hunter Renfrow in the 5th round of the draft last year. Now they find an outside receiver.
13. San Francisco 49ers – OT Jedrick Wills (Alabama)
The 49ers got this pick from the Colts for defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, who they were likely going to be unable to keep long-term anyway for financial reasons. Losing Buckner opens up a big hole at defensive tackle, but taking a replacement at this juncture would be a reach. Instead, the 49ers find a long-term replacement for Joe Staley, who is going into his age 36 season. Wills can start his career at right guard, where he could be an immediate starter, and would be a long-term bookend for Mike McGlinchey whenever Staley is no longer around.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OT Andrew Thomas (Georgia)
The Buccaneers landed Tom Brady and now will have to make sure they protect the soon-to-be 43-year-old. Right tackle is still a glaring hole with long-term veteran starter Demar Dotson still unsigned ahead of his age 35 season, so the Buccaneers may be planning on filling this hole early in the draft.
15. Denver Broncos – WR Henry Ruggs (Alabama)
This draft class lacks an elite wide receiver prospect as it’s unlikely any wide receivers go in the top-10, but there could be as many as 7 wide receivers that go in the first round in total. The Broncos could easily be one of the teams that takes a wide receiver, as they don’t have much at the wide receiver spot behind Courtland Sutton after trading away Emmanuel Sanders mid-season and not addressing this position in free agency.
16. Atlanta Falcons – DE K’Lavon Chaisson (LSU)
In my last mock draft, I thought this pick being a defensive end was close to a lock, because of the Falcons desperate need at the position and their inability to address the position in free agency with limited cap space. Instead, the Falcons made cornerback Desmond Trufant a somewhat surprising cap casualty, even though he was still their top cornerback last season, and signed free agent Dante Fowler to upgrade their pass rush. A cornerback to replace Trufant is definitely an option at this point, but I definitely wouldn’t rule out a defensive end, especially if K’Lavon Chaisson, who fits what they look for at the position like a glove, falls to them at 16. They still need at least one more edge rusher to go with Fowler and Takkarist McKinley.
17. Dallas Cowboys – DE AJ Epenesa (Iowa)
With Robert Quinn signing with the Bears this off-season, the Cowboys have a big hole at defensive end opposite DeMarcus Lawrence. They could address that need early in the draft. Epenesa falls a little because of his underwhelming 40 at the combine, but he was a top-15 prospect before the combine and his game was never based on speed, so I think he’s still a good fit for teams that want a traditional “hand on the ground” 4-3 defensive end.
18. Miami Dolphins – S Xavier McKinney (Alabama)
The Dolphins got this pick from the Steelers for Minkah Fitzpatrick, a trade the Dolphins never really wanted to have to make, and a trade the Dolphins seemed to regret after Fitzpatrick broke out with the Steelers. Without Fitzpatrick, the Dolphins lack an impact making safety, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if they used one of their later two first round picks on the position.
19. Las Vegas Raiders – CB CJ Henderson (Florida)
The Raiders have added some nice young pieces on defense in the past couple drafts, but need to keep building their defense, especially the back seven. The Raiders are very thin at cornerback, so a highly drafted rookie can start for them from week 1. Their first pick at 12 is probably too high for a cornerback unless Okudah somehow falls, but cornerback is a strong possibility at 19.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars – CB Trevon Diggs (Alabama)
It’s hard to believe the Jaguars made the AFC Championship in 2017. With the Jaguars moving on from AJ Bouye, Calais Campbell, and Marcell Dareus this off-season, they have just 3 of their top-14 in terms of snaps played remaining from their dominant 2017 defense. They acquired this pick from the Rams for Jalen Ramsey, who was shipped off mid-season, so it makes sense that the Jaguars would use this pick on his replacement, especially with fellow starting cornerback AJ Bouye also sent packing and needing to be replaced.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – WR Justin Jefferson (LSU)
Wide receiver was a major problem for the Eagles in 2019. They should get more from 2019 2nd round pick JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson should hopefully be healthier next season, but they still need to address this position through the draft. Jeffery and Jackson are both injury prone and will be in their 30s next year with big salaries, so their days with the team may be numbered and they need insurance for them in the short-term.
22. Minnesota Vikings – DE Yetur Gross-Matos (Penn State)
The Vikings got this pick from the Bills for Stefon Diggs. It’s a trade that makes sense for both sides. The Bills are in win now mode and need a legitimate #1 receiver like Diggs, while the Vikings are tight on cap space and are a run heavy team that doesn’t need to commit significant money to their quarterback and top-2 wide receivers. The move leaves the Vikings thin at wide receiver, but this is a deep wide receiver class and the Vikings have three picks in the first 2 rounds, so they don’t need to find a replacement for Diggs right away. Instead, they use this pick to replace Everson Griffen and fill a big need at defensive end.
23. New England Patriots – MLB Kenneth Murray (Oklahoma)
This could be a spot for a quarterback, but the Patriots seem to at least somewhat like Jarrett Stidham as a developmental prospect, so it makes more sense that the Patriots would add a veteran stopgap in free agency rather than using a high draft pick on a quarterback. Lost in the story of Brady’s departure from New England is the story of all of the Patriots losses at linebacker, with Jamie Collins, Kyle Van Noy, and Elandon Roberts signing elsewhere this off-season. The linebacker position should be a priority on draft day.
24. New Orleans Saints – QB Jordan Love (Utah State)
The Saints clearly value Taysom Hill, giving him a first round tender this off-season, but even the first round tender is only worth 4.641 million, so that’s not necessarily a sign that they view him as a quarterback of the future. His salary is more than justifiable by his role as a “gadget” player and special teamer and it’s telling that when Drew Brees was hurt last year the Saints turned to a traditional quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and actually scaled Hill’s usage down significantly. If they don’t view Hill, who is already going into his age 30 season, as a long-term quarterback option, they may add one through the draft this year. We know the Saints were interested in taking Patrick Mahomes a few years ago before the Chiefs moved up ahead of them and took him. Jordan Love has drawn some comparisons to Mahomes as a prospect. He enters the league very raw, but would benefit from sitting a year or two on the bench behind Brees.
25. Minnesota Vikings – CB Kristian Fulton (LSU)
The Vikings have had a history of taking defensive backs early, even when they don’t need to, taking Xavier Rhodes in the first round in 2013, Trae Waynes in the first round in 2015, Mackenzie Alexander in the second round in 2016, and Mike Hughes in the first round in 2018. This off-season, they need to, so it would make sense that the Vikings would take another cornerback early. Waynes and Alexander both left as free agents this off-season, while Rhodes was a cap casualty after two down seasons. Hughes is still on his rookie deal, but has had an injury plagued two years in the league thus far. Even if he pans out, they still need a long-term starter opposite him.
26. Miami Dolphins – OT Austin Jackson (USC)
The Dolphins made some much needed upgrades on the offensive line in free agency, but they’ll need to continue that in the draft. Jackson can play either tackle or guard and should be a week 1 starter for the Dolphins wherever he lines up.
27. Seattle Seahawks – DT Ross Blacklock (TCU)
The Seahawks re-signed Jarran Reed, but they lost Quinton Jefferson and Al Woods, leaving them thin at the defensive tackle position. This could be a trade down spot based on the Seahawks’ history, but if they stay put they could take a defensive tackle like Blacklock to start inside next to Reed.
28. Baltimore Ravens – MLB Patrick Queen (LSU)
The Ravens lost CJ Mosley last off-season and then Josh Bynes and Patrick Onwausor this off-season, so they’re very thin at the middle linebacker spot. There are plenty of snaps available for a rookie and the Ravens could use their first round pick on their next CJ Mosley.
29. Tennessee Titans – CB Jaylon Johnson (Utah)
The Titans could still bring back free agent Logan Ryan, but if they don’t, they could look to the draft for a third cornerback. Malcolm Butler is on a big contract and Adoree Jackson is due a big extension soon and it’s unlikely that the Titans will commit significant money to three cornerbacks, meaning either Ryan won’t be brought back on a long-term deal or Butler will likely be a cap casualty at some point unless his play turns around. Either way, investing a high pick in a cornerback makes sense.
30. Green Bay Packers – WR Tee Higgins (Clemson)
An underwhelming receiving corps was the biggest reason why Aaron Rodgers posted numbers that were less than you’d expect from him last season. The Packers need a reliable option behind Davante Adams on the depth chart and could tap into this deep wide receiver class at the end of the first round.
31. San Francisco 49ers – DT Neville Gallimore (Oklahoma)
The 49ers traded DeForest Buckner for a first round pick because they didn’t think they could afford to keep him long-term, which leaves them very thin at defensive tackle. Expect them to use one of their two first round selections on a replacement for Buckner.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – RB Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin)
Damien Williams scores a lot of touchdowns in the playoffs, but he mostly just picks up what’s blocked on probably the easiest offense in the league to run on, given how much defenses have to respect the pass. The Chiefs have lacked an explosive back since getting rid of Kareem Hunt and could target one of the top backs in this draft class at the end of the first round. Jonathan Taylor could add another dimension to an already deadly offense.
33. Cincinnati Bengals – OT Josh Jones (Houston)
Teams typically follow up the selection of a quarterback early with the selection of complementary offensive players with their next couple picks. The Bengals will want to make sure that Joe Burrow is protected long-term. Last year’s first round pick Jonah Williams is expected to start at left tackle after missing his rookie year with injury, but they need a long-term bookend. Jones could also kick inside to guard.
34. Indianapolis Colts – S Grant Delpit (LSU)
The Colts need a complement for Malik Hooker in the secondary and likely wouldn’t pass on Grant Delpit or Xavier McKinney if either fell to them in the second round. Delpit could be the top safety off the board and could get drafted as early as the top-20.
35. Detroit Lions – DE Julian Okwara (Notre Dame)
The Lions signed linebacker Jamie Collins in free agency and he should help their pass rush, but they still need to add a more traditional defensive end to play opposite Trey Flowers. Okwara is another much needed piece for this Lions defense.
36. New York Giants – OLB Zack Baun (Wisconsin)
The Giants are in the running for Jadeveon Clowney, but even if they do sign him they should add some edge rush help through the draft. Outside of free agent Markus Golden, the Giants didn’t have anyone with more than 4.5 sacks last season. Baun can help immediately.
37. New York Giants – C Cesar Ruiz (Michigan)
The Giants get this pick from the Chargers in the Justin Herbert trade. Jon Halapio made 15 starts for the Giants in 2019, but tore his achilles late in the season and was let go this off-season. They need a replacement and Ruiz is a plug and play starter who can be an upgrade as a rookie.
38. Carolina Panthers – CB Antoine Winfield (Minnesota)
The Panthers lost cornerback James Bradberry and cut safety Eric Reid this off-season, so there are snaps available for a rookie defensive back. Antoine Winfield can play both slot cornerback and safety and could have an immediate role as a rookie.
39. Detroit Lions – DT Raekwon Davis (Alabama)
The Lions lost Damon Harrison, A’Shawn Robinson, and Mike Daniels this off-season, so they need reinforcements at the defensive tackle position. If they don’t take Derrick Brown in the first round, expect them to target defensive tackles on day 2. In this scenario, they use one of the picks they got from trading with the Dolphins.
40. Houston Texans – WR Laviska Shenault (Colorado)
The Texans got this pick in the DeAndre Hopkins trade, so it would make sense that they use it on his replacement, although not much the Texans do makes sense. The Texans added Randall Cobb in free agency, but he’s just a slot option. They need insurance for the injury prone Will Fuller on the outside and both Fuller and Kenny Stills are set to be free agents next off-season.
41. Cleveland Browns – WR KJ Hamler (Penn State)
The Browns have Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, but they lack depth at the wide receiver position and Landry could miss the start of the season after off-season hip surgery. In a deep wide receiver class, the Browns could look for help on day 2 of the draft.
42. Jacksonville Jaguars – RB D’Andre Swift (Georgia)
Leonard Fournette was the 4th overall pick in 2017, but he’s been injury prone and largely unimpressive, so the Jaguars declined his 5th year option for 2021, making him a free agent next off-season. The Jaguars seem very willing to move on from him, but they lack any depth behind him on the depth chart.. The Jaguars could look for depth and a new lead back of the future on day 2. If D’Andre Swift falls out of the first round, the Jaguars would make a lot of sense in the second.
43. Chicago Bears – CB Bryce Hall (Virginia)
The Bears cut Prince Amukamara for cap purposes, but he was a solid starter and the Bears don’t have a clear replacement on the roster. Former Steelers bust Artie Burns is currently penciled in as the starter opposite Kyle Fuller and he’s only on a one-year deal, so they need help through the draft.
44. Indianapolis Colts – WR Michael Pittman (USC)
The Colts need another wide receiver to go with TY Hilton and Parris Campbell. The 6-4 Pittman would be a good complement to Hilton and Campbell, who are smaller, speedier receivers.
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OLB Terrell Lewis (Alabama)
The Buccaneers franchise tagged Shaq Barrett and re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul, but they lost Carl Nassib and need depth behind the starters, especially with Barrett not signed long-term and JPP going into his age 31 season.
46. Denver Broncos – DE Marlon Davidson (Auburn)
The Broncos traded for Jurrell Casey, which is a big boost on their defensive line, but they had a lot of free agent defensive linemen, so they need to replenish depth. This is somewhere they could look on day 2 on the draft.
47. Atlanta Falcons – CB Jeff Gladney (TCU)
The Falcons cut Desmond Trufant for cap purposes, but he was still their best cornerback and they lack depth at the position.
48. New York Jets – OLB Curtis Weaver (Boise State)
The Jets re-signed Jordan Jenkins this off-season, but they once again need edge rush help. Jenkins is a solid player, but they haven’t had an edge rusher with more than 8 sacks in a season since 2013. Weaver could have a significant role as a rookie and has the upside that the Jets currently lack at the position.
49. Pittsburgh Steelers – QB Jacob Eason (Washington)
Neither Mason Rudolph nor Devlin Hodges looked like long-term starting options in Ben Roethlisberger’s absence last season, so the Steelers need to make finding a quarterback of the future behind Big Ben a priority. Roethlisberger is not only coming off of a significant injury, but he is also going into his age 38 season, so he’s a significant question mark going forward and the Steelers don’t have a good alternative if he gets hurt again or declines significantly.
50. Chicago Bears – S Kyle Dugger (Lenoir-Rhyne)
The Bears addressed the cornerback position with their earlier second round pick, taking a long-term replacement to Prince Amukamara, but they also need a safety to replace free agent departure HaHa Clinton-Dix. Dugger could push to start as a rookie.
51. Dallas Cowboys – WR Jalen Reagor (TCU)
The Cowboys have a good wide receiver duo in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, but they lack depth at the position with Randall Cobb signing with the Texans. In a deep wide receiver draft, the Cowboys could look at wide receivers on day 2.
52. Los Angeles Rams – OLB Jabari Zuniga (Florida)
The Rams lost both Dante Fowler and Clay Matthews this off-season. They signed Leonard Floyd, but he’s not much of a pass rusher and he’s only on a one-year deal. Samson Ebukam, the other projected starter, is also set to hit free agency next off-season. They desperately need a talented young edge rusher.
53. Philadelphia Eagles – OLB Akeem Davis-Gaither (Appalachian State)
The Eagles cut Nigel Bradham for cap purposes, which left them very thin at the linebacker position. There is plenty of playing time available for a high draft pick at the position.
54. Buffalo Bills – RB JK Dobbins (Ohio State)
The Bills like last year’s third round pick Devin Singletary, but I could see them taking another back early if the value makes sense. The Bills don’t have many pressing needs and Dobbins could easily be seen as the best player available. He and Singletary could make a dangerous duo, especially with quarterback Josh Allen being a threat to take off and run himself.
55. Baltimore Ravens – WR Denzel Mims (Baylor)
The Ravens aren’t a passing team and when they do pass they mostly feature tight ends, but the Ravens still need to get Lamar Jackson a reliable wide receiver option opposite Marquise Brown. Their lack of talent at wide receiver was evident in their playoff loss to the Titans.
56. Detroit Lions – G John Simpson (Clemson)
The Lions lost a pair of offensive lineman this off-season in Graham Glasgow and Rick Wagner. Wagner was replaced in free agent by Halapoulivaati Vaitai, but Glasgow’s departure has left them very thin at guard. Simpson could start at either guard spot as a rookie.
57. Houston Texans – DE Jordan Elliott (Missouri)
The Texans are pretty thin on the defensive line after losing DJ Reader in free agency. They traded away most of their draft picks and created a big need at wide receiver when they traded DeAndre Hopkins, but they still need to address the defensive line at some point.
58. Minnesota Vikings – WR Chase Claypool (Notre Dame)
The Vikings traded Stefon Diggs because they’re a running team and it didn’t make sense for them to be paying at the top of the market for a quarterback and two wide receivers, but they lacked a capable 3rd receiver at the position in 2019 and are very thin behind Adam Theilen right now. Expect them to address the position relatively early in the draft.
59. Seattle Seahawks – OT Isaiah Wilson (Georgia)
The Seahawks added Brandon Shell in free agency, but he’s a borderline starting option and could be pushed by a rookie. They also need a long-term option at left tackle, where Duane Brown is going into his age 35 season.
60. Baltimore Ravens – G Tyler Biadasz (Wisconsin)
Losing Marshal Yanda is a big loss for the Ravens’ offensive line. They’ll need to try to find a long-term replacement at right guard in the draft. Biadasz played center at Wisconsin, but has the size to play guard in the NFL.
61. Tennessee Titans – OT Ezra Cleveland (Boise State)
The Titans are promoting swing tackle Dennis Kelly to replace free agent departure Jack Conklin, but he’s going into his age 30 season with just 31 career starts, so the Titans need insurance behind him and a new swing tackle.
62. Green Bay Packers – CB Damon Arnette (Ohio State)
Long-time Packer Tramon Williams still played a big role in the Packers’ secondary last season, but he’s a free agent going into his age 37 season this off-season. This has seemingly been the case for years, but Packers could use more young cornerback depth.
63. Kansas City Chiefs – CB Cameron Dantzler (Mississippi State)
The Chiefs lost Kendall Fuller to the Redskins and Bashaud Breeland is also a free agent, so they could use some help at cornerback through the draft.
64. Seattle Seahawks – DE Jonathan Greenard (Florida)
The Seahawks might still re-sign Jadeveon Clowney, but if they don’t they’ll need help at defensive end. Even if they do bring back Clowney, it’ll likely be a short-term deal, so this pick would still make sense.