The NFL draft can make or break teams, GM's willing to make a leap of faith with a monster trade might end up on the other end of the chopping block. But of course no risk, no reward.
Every year NFL teams are tasked with balancing team needs and available draft pick and players they can use as trade chips. Making the right choices during the draft can turn a franchise completely around, a few drafts in a row can create dominant powerhouses for years to come. But making mistakes can cost you with years of shame and garbage begs , see Cleveland Browns.
This mock draft is my opinion based on team needs , on which direction each of the teams in the first round might head in this years draft. These players dominated their respective levels of play and now are looking to prove themselves they can make the leap to the next level and be a viable piece to a franchise looking to contend. The possibility of trades will not be included on this list.
31 Tennessee Titans - Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
30 Cleveland Browns - Jared Goff, QB, Cal
29 San Diego Chargers - Myles Jack, MLB, UCLA
28 Dallas Cowboys - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
27 Jacksonville Jaguars - Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
26 Baltimore Ravens - Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame
25 San Francisco 49ers - Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State
24 Philadelphia Eagles - A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
23 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
22 New York Giants - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
21 Chicago Bears - Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
20 New Orleans Saints - Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
19 Miami Dolphins - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
18 Oakland Raiders - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
17 Los Angeles Rams - Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
16 Detroit Lions - Mackensie Alexander, DB, Clemson
15 Atlanta Falcons - Emmanuel Ogbah, DE/DT, Oklahoma State
14 Indianapolis Colts - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
13 Buffalo Bills - Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss
12 New York Jets - Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky
11 Washington Redskins - Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
10 Houston Texans - Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
9 Minnesota Vikings - Darian Thompson, FS, Boise State
8 Cincinnati Bengals - Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
7 Pittsburgh Steelers - Eli Apple, DB, Ohio State
6 Seattle Seahawks - Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
5 Green Bay Packers - Reggie Ragland, MLB, Alabama
4 Kansas City - Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State
3 Arizona Cardinals - Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
2 30. Carolina Panthers - Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
1 Denver Broncos - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
The defending Super Bowl champions lost Peyton Manning to retirement and Brock Osweiler to free agency. After those tough breaks, they'll get a big one with Carson Wentz falling all the way to them at no.31. Wentz has surpassed Goff on many scouts' rankings due to his prototypical size and arm strength. Wentz also scored a 40 on the Wonderlic test, the highest of all QBs at this year's combine. These are all characteristics Gary Kubiak would love in his next QB. This year's QB class isn't the strongest, but Wentz falling to 31 would be a huge break for the Broncos.
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