1. CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-10)
NFL Comparison: Michael Bennett/Fletcher Cox
The Browns NEED a QB, but with two 1st round picks and not much separating the three top signal callers the Browns can afford to take a QB with their second 1st round pick.
The NFL now values guys that can rush the passer from the inside as much as edge rushers. Guys like JJ Watt, Aaron Donald, Fletcher Cox and 2016 Rookie of the Year candidate Joey Bosa have paved the way for interior pass rushers.
Allen is so valuable because you can literally line him up anywhere on the defensive line and he will have an impact. He led the SEC in sacks last year with 12 and this year already has 7.5 despite facing double teams on nearly every play. The Browns need an impact guy on the defensive line. Allen has the chance to change an entire defense with his special skill set.
2. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-8)
MYLES GARRETT-EDGE/DE/OLB-TEXAS A&M
NFL Comparison: Jason Pierre-Paul/Aldon Smith
The NFL still does love its edge rushers and Garrett is the clear cut best true outside pass rusher in this years class. Garrett vs. Allen will be debated a lot this year similar to Clowney vs. Mack in 2014 or Suh vs. McCoy in 2010. Garrett may go number one if he tests well come April.
Like the Browns, the 49ers can afford to pass on a QB here because they have 10 overall picks so they have enough ammunition to trade back into the first if they need to. However the talent of Garrett here is too good to pass on.
3. CHICAGO BEARS (2-7)
DESHONE KIZER-QB-NOTRE DAME
NFL Comparison: Steve McNair/Blake Bortles
With the top two impact defenders gone, the Bears should go QB here. Kizer, Deshaun Watson and Mitch Trubisky will all battle from now until April to become the first QB off the board. Kizer has a clear cut size advantage over the other two. The Bears will need a strong armed QB to play in those cold weather games. Kizer, an Ohio native, went west one state to Notre Dame and may end up going west one more state to play in Chicago.
4. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-7)
NFL Comparison: Rod Woodson/Tyrann Mathieu
So far it looks like Jacksonville hit a home run last year with Jalen Ramsey. While he has been great, the team as a whole has struggled. Peppers is the last elite defender left on the board. Peppers and Ramsey could form a corner/safety tandem that could be as good as Sherman/Thomas in Seattle or Peters/Berry in Kansas City. One thing is certain, the Jags need playmakers everywhere and Peppers is the most versatile player in the country.
5. NEW YORK JETS (3-7)
DEREK BARNETT -EDGE/DE-TENNESSEE
NFL Comparison: Everson Griffen
It may come as a surprise, but Barnett is actually the current SEC leader in sacks over both Allen and Garrett. The Jets have a great interior rush led by Leonard Williams but they need someone from the outside that can get pressure on the Tom Brady's of the world.
Obviously the Jets main need is at QB, but given all the veterans on offense with Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte, it would make sense for the Jets to either trade for Tony Romo or sign Jay Cutler next offseason.
6. CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-6)
NFL Comparison: Le'Veon Bell/Steven Jackson
Carolina may have bigger needs (CB and DE) but Fournette is a special player. Cam and him could form the best QB-RB duo in the league for the next five year (until we get to the Colts)
7. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (4-6)
JUJU SMITH SCHUSTER-WR-USC
NFL Comparison: Allen Robinson/Dez Bryant
Remember that time when Keenan Allen was healthy? Yeah me neither. Smith-Schuster is a local SoCal product that can provide the Chargers a physical and healthy WR.
8. CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-5-1)
NFL Comparison: Jason Peters at LT/Marcus Gilbert at RT
The Bengals love addressing the trenches early and often. Robinson is the clear cut best offensive line prospect in the draft despite some character concerns stemming from an off-season arrest. The Bengals also have a history of taking chances on character risk guys.
9. BUFFALO BILLS (4-5)
NFL Comparison: Alshon Jeffery/Michael Floyd
Sammy Watkins is a legit option when healthy but he's always hurt and Robert Woods would be better as a #3 option. Williams can provide the Bills the #1 WR they have been searching for.
10. TENNESSEE TITANS
VIA PRE DRAFT TRADE WITH THE LOS ANGELES RAMS (4-5)
NFL Comparison: Josh Norman
The Titans have been a pleasant surprise this year, but could still use a true #1 corner. Humphrey has the incredible length and speed that teams look for in a cover corner.
11. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-5)
Former first round picks Jarvis Jones and Bud Dupree have been underachievers. Williams is a perfect fit in Pittsburgh as a 3-4 rush linebacker
12. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-5)
NFL Comparison: DeMarco Murray/Edgerrin James
Andrew Luck meet your new best friend. Yes the offensive line is terrible but they can spend 3-4 picks on it in rounds 2-7. Cook is a game changer that the Colts have lacked at RB.
13. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-5)
NFL Comparison: Eric Berry
This is what happens when you have Tampa's current secondary:
14. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-5)
NFL Comparison: Xavier Rhodes/Richard Sherman
Wilson is a big corner that can matchup with guys like Julio Jones and Mike Evans twice a year. The Saints defense is horrendous and needs help at every level.
15. GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-5)
MALIK MCDOWELL-DT-MICHIGAN ST.
NFL Comparison: John Henderson
The value is too good to pass on McDowell here. He fits perfectly in the Packers 3-4 as 5 or 3 technique. Current LDE and former first round pick Datone Jones has been average at best and is a free agent this year.
16. ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-4-1)
NFL Comparison: Aqib Talib/Vontae Davis
Most mocks have the Cards getting a QB to find Carson Palmer's successor. I think they add another play maker in the secondary to help Patrick Peterson and the Honey Badger.
MALIK HOOKER-S/DB-OHIO ST.
NFL Comparison: Malcolm Jenkins
The Titans would be wise to upgrade their secondary with both of their first round picks as they are 22nd against the pass despite having two good pass rushers in Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan. Hooker has the size and range to play both in the box and in high coverage.
18. MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-4)
NFL Comparison: CJ Mosley
The Dolphins are 30th against the run. Foster is exactly what they need at MLB. He is a hard hitting run stopper.
19. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
VIA PRE DRAFT TRADE WITH THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-4)
NFL Comparison: DeSean Jackson
Jordan Matthews is a great possession receiver but Nelson Agholor hasn't proved to be a legit #2 deep threat. Ross is the best deep threat in this year's draft class. He is shooting up draft boards and will keep rising come Combine time if he runs a sub 4.3 forty.
20. CLEVELAND BROWNS
VIA PRE DRAFT TRADE WITH THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-4)
NFL Comparison: Alex Smith/Russell Wilson
Watson is a great leader that is mature, smart and has all the intangibles that one looks for in a starting QB. He is basically the opposite of Johnny Manziel. But make no mistake, Watson is limited with his size and arm. His running ability is impressive but he needs to become a better pocket passer if he wants to have a 10+ year career. The Browns need a QB. If they pass on one early they better get one with their second first round pick.
21. BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-4) AFC North Leader
NFL Comparison: Stephon Gilmore
After winning the Jim Thorpe Award (Best College Defensive Back) in 2015, King surprised many people by returning to school. He has continued to impress and is among the best in a very good DB draft. He would fit perfect as a zone corner in Baltimore opposite Jimmy Smith. The Ravens could use a physical, quick corner to cover guys like Antonio Brown and Corey Coleman.
22. DETROIT LIONS (5-4)
NFL Comparison: Ryan Kerrigan
Current LDE Devin Taylor is a free agent and may get more money on the open market than the Lions will be willing to shell out. Harris could provide the Lions another pass rusher opposite Ziggy Ansah.
23. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-3-1)
NFL Comparison: Sean Lee
Cunningham is a straight up tackling machine. The Redskins are once again in playoff contention but their key weakness is their run defense as they are 26th against the run.
24. HOUSTON TEXANS (6-3)
NFL Comparison: Steve McLendon
JJ Watt faces double and sometimes triple teams on every play because no one else on the line scares an offense. Vince Wilfork turns 35 in November and can only play limited snaps at best. Lotulelei is a traditional run stopping nose with great power and leverage.
25. ATLANTA FALCONS (6-4)
NFL Comparison: Cameron Jordan
The Falcons need another pass rusher to help 2015 first round pick Vic Beasley. Walker is having a great year and is leading the ACC in sacks. He would fit well in Atlanta's 4-3 scheme.
26. NEW YORK GIANTS (6-3)
RAEKWON MCMILLAN-LB-OHIO ST.
NFL Comparison: Bobby Wagner
The Giants have arguably the worst LB core in the league. McMillan is the new prototype LB with the ability to make tackles and cover in space.
27. DENVER BRONCOS (7-3)
PAT ELFLEIN-G/C-OHIO ST.
NFL Comparison: Ryan Kalil
The Broncos need help on the interior. Elflein is an experienced player that comes from a culture of winning.
28. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-2)
NFL Comparison: Lawrence Timmons
Derrick Johnson continues to play at a high level even at age 33, but he needs help on the inside. Davis is a highly skilled player and mature leader. He is the type of guy Andy Ried loves.
29. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-2-1)
NFL Comparison: Reggie Bush/Percy Harvin
Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was able to get the best out of Percy Harvin's unique skill set and he could do the same with the electrifying McCaffrey
30. OAKLAND RAIDERS (7-2)
NFL Comparison: Sharrif Floyd
The Raiders defense could use some youth on the interior to complement Khalil Mack and company. Watkins is very athletic for his size and is a solid against both the run and pass.
31. DALLAS COWBOYS (8-1)
Projected Super Bowl Loser
NFL Comparison: Sam Shields
Jones is a long, athletic corner that is rising up draft boards. He is Washington's best defender on arguably the best defense in the country.
32. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-2)
Projected Super Bowl Winner
NFL Comparison: Cliff Avril
The Patriots top three pass rushers are free agents so it will make a lot of sense to take a pass rusher here. Lawson has top ten upside but has had injury issues. The Patriots never shy away from risk if the talent is there. According to Pro Football Focus, he is averaging a sack, hit or hurry every 4.9 times he rushes the passer/
33. CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-10)
NFL Comparison: TJ Lang
34. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-8)
NFL Comparison: Matt Ryan/Kirk Cousins
35. CHICAGO BEARS (2-7)
ISAIAH FORD-WR-VIRGINIA TECH
NFL Comparison: Roddy White
36. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-7)
MIKE MCGLINCHEY-OT-NOTRE DAME
NFL Comparison: Nate Solder
37. NEW YORK JETS (3-7)
NFL Comparison: Greg Olsen
38. CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-6)
NFL Comparison: Micah Hyde
39. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (4-6)
NFL Comparison: Joe Staley
40. CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-5-1)
NFL Comparison: Marcell Dareus
41. LOS ANGELES RAMS (4-5)
COREY DAVIS-WR-WESTERN MICHIGAN
42. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-5)
43. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-5)
QUENTON NELSON-OG-NOTRE DAME
44. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-5)
BUCKY HODGES-TE-VIRGINIA TECH
45. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-4)
46. GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-4)
47. BUFFALO BILLS (4-5)
48. ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-4-1)
49. CLEVELAND BROWNS
VIA PRE DRAFT TRADE WITH THE TENNESSEE TITANS (5-5)
50. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-4)
51. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-4)
52. MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-4)
53. BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-4)
MARQUIS HAYNES-EDGE/SLB/OLB-OLE MISS
54. DETROIT LIONS (5-4)
55. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-3-1)
56. HOUSTON TEXANS (6-3)
57. ATLANTA FALCONS (6-4)
58. NEW YORK GIANTS (6-3)
59. DENVER BRONCOS (7-3)
60. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-2)
61. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-2-1)
62. OAKLAND RAIDERS (7-2)
63. DALLAS COWBOYS (8-1)
64. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-2)MARSHON LATTIMORE-CB-OHIO ST.