- Cincinnati Bengals – OT Ezra Cleveland (Boise State)
Teams typically pick another offensive player after drafting a quarterback in the first round. The Bengals are pretty set with skill position players, but they could definitely use help on the offensive line. Ezra Cleveland could have easily gone in the first round and could be an instant upgrade at the right tackle position.
- Indianapolis Colts – WR Denzel Mims (Baylor)
The Colts apparently had their eyes on Brandon Aiyuk, but the 49ers took him in the first round. Maybe they’ll target another wide receiver at 34, given how deep this wide receiver class is. They need another receiver for the long-term to go with TY Hilton and last year’s 2nd round pick Parris Campbell.
- Detroit Lions – DE Yetur Gross-Matos (Penn State)
The Lions surprisingly didn’t move down from the 3rd pick, even though they likely still could have gotten Jeff Okudah a few picks later and even though they have needs all across the roster. They should just take the best available player left on the board at 35 and Yetur Gross-Matos, an expected first round pick, would make a lot of sense for them, given their need for another defensive end opposite Trey Flowers.
- New York Giants – S Grant Delpit (LSU)
Surprisingly no safeties went in the first round. It’s not a great safety class, but one or both of Grant Delpit and Xavier McKinney were expected to go in the first. Perhaps the Giants will be the first team to take a safety this year and select one of those two to start opposite Jabrill Peppers. This could be either Delpit or McKinney, but Delpit seems to be higher rated overall.
- New England Patriots – OLB Zach Baun (Wisconsin)
The Patriots traded down from 23, which made sense because they wouldn’t have picked again until 87 had they selected there. They may still be able to get whoever they were targeting at 23 at 37. Baun would have made some sense for them in the first round and is a much better value at this point in the draft. He’s a hybrid defensive end/linebacker and will fit in perfectly in New England in the old Kyle Van Noy role.
- Carolina Panthers – CB Jaylon Johnson (Utah)
Top cornerback James Bradberry was a big loss in free agency and the Panthers didn’t do anything to replace him. They’re very thin at cornerback, so a rookie could play a big role. This could easily be a position they target at the top of the second round.
- Miami Dolphins – RB D’Andre Swift (Georgia)
Some thought the Dolphins were going to take a running back at 30 after moving down with the Packers, but they went cornerback instead. Maybe they are targeting a running back with this pick. They have probably the thinnest running back depth chart in the league, so they have to address the position at some point.
- Houston Texans – DT Ross Blacklock (TCU)
The Texans are pretty thin on the defensive line after losing DJ Reader to the Bengals in free agency. They don’t have many picks to work with because of their asinine trade spree over the past year with Bill O’Brien in charge of everything, but they need to address the defensive line at some point. Blacklock would be a good value if he fell to 40.
- Cleveland Browns – DE AJ Epenesa (Iowa)
The Browns could use a long-term bookend for Myles Garrett. Olivier Vernon is highly paid (15.5 million in 2020) and in the final year of his contract, so he might not be around much longer and they don’t have great depth at the position either.
- Jacksonville Jaguars – RB Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin)
The Jaguars are reportedly trying to trade Leonard Fournette. Even if they end up keeping him for 2020, he’s going into the final year of his contract, so I don’t expect him to be around beyond this season. The Jaguars lack another good option behind him on the depth chart though, so they’ll have to address this position in the draft.
- Chicago Bears – CB Kristian Fulton (LSU)
The Bears had to move on from starting cornerback Prince Amukamara this off-season for cap purposes and didn’t have the financial flexibility to find a real replacement. If the season was to start today, they’d likely be starting former Steelers first round pick Artie Burns. The Bears didn’t have their first rounder because of the Khalil Mack trade, but they have two picks in the 2nd round and should look to add a cornerback who could play immediately if needed.
- Indianapolis Colts – S Xavier McKinney (Alabama)
The Colts could use a better starting safety option opposite Malik Hooker. Xavier McKinney was considered a potential first round pick and top safety off the board, so he’d be a great value at this point.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – RB JK Dobbins (Ohio State)
The Buccaneers continue adding help for Tom Brady, after drafting offensive tackle Mekhi Becton in the first round. Running back is a big need as well, with the Buccaneers needing a more reliable complement to Ronald Jones. Look for them to take one of the day 2 running backs.
- Denver Broncos – OT Josh Jones (Houston)
The Broncos got young Drew Lock some receiving help in the first round with Jerry Jeudy. Now they get him some help upfront. Left tackle Garret Bolles has been a disappointment since going in the first round in 2017 because of his extreme tendency to commit penalties and could be on his last chance in 2020. Jones gives them insurance at left tackle and should have the versatility to kick inside to guard if needed.
- Atlanta Falcons – DE Julian Okwara (Notre Dame)
The Falcons passed on K’Lavon Chaisson in the first round and filled a bigger need at cornerback, but they could still use edge rush help. Look for them to target this position on day 2 as they continue to try to build their defense.
- New York Jets – WR Tee Higgins (Clemson)
Most expected the Jets to go wide receiver in the first round, but they took an offensive lineman instead. Perhaps they love the depth of this wide receiver class and think they can get a great value on day 2. Tee Higgins in the middle of the 2nd round would qualify as a great value and would be a big addition for a Jets team that lacks a long-term #1 receiver and needs an immediate option to play in 3-wide receiver sets with Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – QB Jacob Eason (Washington)
If there’s one thing the Steelers learned in Ben Roethlisberger’s absence last season, it’s that neither Mason Rudolph nor Devlin Hodges are their quarterback of the future. With Roethlisberger going into his age 38 season and coming off of a serious injury, the Steelers need a good backup plan and a long-term option at the position.
- Chicago Bears – WR KJ Hamler (Penn State)
The Bears need to find a wide receiver to play in three wide receiver sets with Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller. Hamler may remind Matt Nagy of Tyreek Hill, or at least of Taylor Gabriel.
- Dallas Cowboys – S Antoine Winfield (Minnesota)
The Cowboys had CeeDee Lamb fall into their lap in the first round, but had that not happened many were expecting them to take a defensive back. Winfield could either provide depth at cornerback or play safety long-term, with HaHa Clinton-Dix only on a one-year deal.
- Los Angeles Rams – OLB Josh Uche (Michigan)
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.
- Philadelphia Eagles – S Kyle Dugger (Lenoir-Rhyne)
The Eagles lost Malcolm Jenkins this off-season and didn’t bring in an obvious replacement. After addressing their glaring need at wide receiver in the first round, I expect the Eagles to turn their attention to defensive needs like safety on day 2.
- Buffalo Bills – DE Jabari Zuinga (Florida)
The Bills lost Shaq Lawson and Lorenzo Alexander this off-season, so they need to replenish depth at the edge defender spot. They signed Mario Addison in free agency, but need one more player in the mix. A young player makes sense, with Addison going into his age 33 season and fellow starter Jerry Hughes going into his age 32 season.
- Baltimore Ravens – WR Michael Pittman (USC)
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. Pittman is a bigger player who would complement the speedier Brown well.
- Miami Dolphins – DT Marlon Davidson (Auburn)
The Dolphins pick for the 5th time already, but still have plenty of needs they can fill. Davidson is a great value at this point and would provide much needed depth behind Christian Wilkins and Davon Godcheaux at defensive tackle.
- Los Angeles Rams – MLB Logan Wilson (Wyoming)
Dante Fowler isn’t the only linebacker the Rams lost to a big contract elsewhere this off-season, with middle linebacker Cory Littleton signing with the Raiders. They badly need help at the middle linebacker spot in his absence, so this should be a priority position for them to address on day 2.
- Minnesota Vikings – DE Curtis Weaver (Boise State)
The Vikings replaced Stefon Diggs and Xavier Rhodes in the first round, but still have other key departures to replace, including defensive end Everson Griffen. Griffen could still return, but he’s going into his age 33 season, so the Vikings need to think about the future at defensive end either way.
- Seattle Seahawks – DT Jordan Elliott (Missouri)
The Seahawks re-signed Jarran Reed, but they lost Quinton Jefferson and Al Woods, leaving them thin at the defensive tackle position. Unless the Seahawks bizarrely take another linebacker, defensive tackle will likely be a position they focus on during the draft’s 2nd day.
- Baltimore Ravens – G Matt Hennessy (Temple)
Losing right guard Marshal Yanda to retirement is a huge blow because he was still playing at a high level in 2019. Look for the Ravens to replace him early in the draft.
- Tennessee Titans – CB Trevon Diggs (Alabama)
The Titans haven’t totally closed the door on re-signing Logan Ryan, but he wants a significant contract and the Titans already have significant money committed to Malcolm Butler and will soon need to lock-up fellow starting cornerback Adoree Jackson long-term on a big contract. The Titans could take a cornerback on day 2 to give them a cheaper option and close the door on bringing back Ryan.
- Green Bay Packers – TE Cole Kmet (Notre Dame)
The Packers almost have to get Aaron Rodgers some help on day 2 right? It’s hard to imagine Rodgers is taking the news well that his long-term replacement has been drafted, but maybe the Packers can smooth things over by getting him some much needed pass catchers. Even if that’s not how they’re thinking about it, the Packers have pressing needs at wide receiver and tight end, so it would make sense either way.
- Kansas City Chiefs – G John Simpson (Clemson)
The Chiefs need cornerback help, but if there isn’t a cornerback who fits the range, the Chiefs won’t force it in the 2nd round. Instead, they could address a need like the offensive line, where they have an open spot at left guard. Simpson could compete immediately with Andrew Wylie for the starting job.
- Seattle Seahawks – OT Matt Peart (Connecticut)
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.
- Cincinnati Bengals – MLB Malik Harrison (Ohio State)
- Washington Redskins – TE Albert Okwuegbunam (Missouri)
- Detroit Lions – DT Justin Madubuike (Texas A&M)
- New York Jets – OLB Bradlee Anae (Utah)
- Carolina Panthers – OLB Akeem Davis-Gaither (Appalachian State)
- Miami Dolphins – OT Lucas Niang (TCU)
- New England Patriots – TE Adam Trautman (Dayton)
- Arizona Cardinals – OT Prince Tega Wanogho (Auburn)
- Jacksonville Jaguars – DT Raekwon Davis (Alabama)
- Cleveland Browns – WR Gabe Davis (Central Florida)
- Indianapolis Colts – OLB Willie Gay (Mississippi State)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OLB Terrell Lewis (Alabama)
- Denver Broncos – DE Neville Gallimore (Oklahoma)
- Atlanta Falcons – RB Cam Akers (Florida State)
- New York Jets – CB Darnay Holmes (UCLA)
- Las Vegas Raiders – G Robert Hunt (Louisiana)
- Las Vegas Raiders – QB Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma)
- Dallas Cowboys – DE Jonathan Greenard (Florida)
- Denver Broncos – WR Laviska Shenault (Colorado)
- Los Angeles Rams – WR Lynn Bowden (Kentucky)
- Detroit Lions – OT Ben Bartch (St. John’s MN)
- Buffalo Bills – RB AJ Dillon (Boston College)
- New England Patriots – S Jeremy Chinn (Southern Illinois)
- New Orleans Saints – WR Bryan Edwards (South Carolina)
- Minnesota Vikings – DT James Lynch (Baylor)
- Houston Texans – OLB Darrell Taylor (Tennessee)
- Las Vegas Raiders – OLB Jacob Phillips (LSU)
- Baltimore Ravens – OLB Alton Robinson (Syracuse)
- Tennessee Titans – OLB Khalid Kareem (Notre Dame)
- Green Bay Packers – WR Devin Duvernay (Texas)
- Denver Broncos – G Tyler Biadasz (Wisconsin)
- Kansas City Chiefs – CB Cameron Dantzler (Mississippi State)
- Cleveland Browns – DT Jason Strowbridge (North Carolina)
- New England Patriots – MLB Joe Bachie (Michigan State)
- New York Giants – OLB Alex Highsmith (Charlotte)
- New England Patriots – QB Jake Fromm (Georgia)
- Seattle Seahawks – TE Harrison Bryant (Florida Atlantic)
- Pittsburgh Steelers – RB Eno Benjamin (Arizona State)
- Philadelphia Eagles – OLB Davion Taylor (Colorado)
- Los Angeles Rams – RB Darrynton Evans (Appalachian State)
- Minnesota Vikings – G Jonah Jackson (Ohio State)
- Baltimore Ravens – RB Joshua Kelly (UCLA)