The NFL Draft is finally here and PewterReport.com offers up a full first-round mock draft. Teams have finished up free agency and are done attending college pro days and scheduling visits with the top draft prospects and their their draft boards are set. Take a look at what PewterReport.com thinks could happen in the first round and see if you agree.
1. LOS ANGELES – QB Jared Goff – California
The Rams traded up to get a franchise quarterback and have a new stadium to fill three years from now. Goff may be the most pro-ready quarterback in this year’s draft and has some local appeal.
2. PHILADELPHIA – QB Carson Wentz – North Dakota State
The Eagles supposedly have wanted Wentz all along. He’s a hard-working, humble player that will appeal to Philly’s blue-collar population and he gives new coach Doug Pederson a big, smart pocket passer.
3. SAN DIEGO – LT Laremy Tunsil – Ole Miss
Philip Rivers needs better protection and the Chargers can’t pass on the best left tackle in the draft. The athletic Tunsil could extend Rivers’ NFL career by a few years due to his pass protection skills.
4. DALLAS – RB Ezekiel Elliott – Ohio State
The Cowboys eschew defensive help and pass on Jalen Ramsey and Joey Bosa in favor of a feature back with speed and power in Elliott. The Dallas offense wasn’t the same without DeMarco Murray last year.
5. JACKSONVILLE – DB Jalen Ramsey – Florida State
Jaguars defensive-minded coach Gus Bradley is ecstatic to get the top-rated defensive player in Ramsey, who can play either cornerback or safety. He’s an impact player that could be a Pro Bowler as a rookie.
6. BALTIMORE – LT Ronnie Stanley – Notre Dame
The Ravens will consider a defensive lineman like Bosa or DeForest Buckner, but keeping Joe Flacco upright and healthy is paramount. Drafting a franchise-type left tackle in Stanley is a top priority.
7. SAN FRANCISCO – DE DeForest Buckner – Oregon
The 49ers spent a first-round pick on Oregon defensive end Erik Armstead last year, and come back and draft another player new head coach Chip Kelly recruited in Buckner, who is well versed in San Francisco’s 3-4 defense.
8. CLEVELAND – DE Joey Bosa – Ohio State
Landing Bosa with the eighth pick is a dream come true for the Browns, who need help with their pass rush. The blue-collar Bosa from nearby Ohio State will be a cult hero for the Dawg Pound.
9. TAMPA BAY – DT Sheldon Rankins – Louisville
The Bucs’ top need – defensive tackle – matches up well with the selection of Rankins, who is the top one-gap, penetrating interior lineman in the draft. Rankins may be a surprise pick for some, but he’s well regarded in NFL war rooms.
10. NEW YORK GIANTS – LB Leonard Floyd – Georgia
The Giants need help at linebacker and also with their pass rush. They pass on Myles Jack due to a questionable medical evaluation, and select the ultra-athletic Floyd, who can play outside linebacker on first and second down and edge rusher on third down.
11. CHICAGO – DE Shaq Lawson – Clemson
The Bears could go for an interior defensive lineman, but John Fox knows his pass rush needs help, too. Lawson has the ability and athleticism to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme as a big pass rusher.
12. NEW ORLEANS – LB Myles Jack – UCLA
Jack slides a bit in this draft due to his knee injury, but he’s too good for New Orleans to pass up. The Saints need an interior defensive lineman, but it’s a deep draft at that position and Jack can be special.
13. MIAMI – CB Eli Apple – Ohio State
Don’t be surprised to see Alabama running back Derrick Henry as an option for the Dolphins here as they are desperate for a good running back to team with Jay Ajayi. But Apple is the top-rated cornerbacks on some boards and he fills a need.
14. OAKLAND – CB William Jackson – Houston
The Raiders need to upgrade their secondary and cornerback is a need. Getting a fast, physical, tall, rangy cornerback like Jackson gives Oakland to help defend against the aerial attacks in Kansas City, Denver and San Diego.
15. TENNESSEE – RT Jack Conklin – Michigan State
The Titans could trade up for Conklin – perhaps at No. 9 – who would start at right tackle immediately and bolster the protection for quarterback Marcus Mariota. Conklin is big, tough and athletic and could be a steal at 15.
16. DETROIT – DT Jarran Reed – Alabama
The Lions still haven’t replaced Ndamukong Suh and 32-year old Haloti Ngata isn’t the answer at the defensive tackle position. Reed gives Detroit the run-stuffing defensive tackle it needs to help slow down Adrian Peterson in the NFC North.
17. ATLANTA – OLB Darron Lee – Ohio State
The Falcons need help at linebacker, and Lee is the fastest linebacker in the draft and a perfect athletic specimen for Dan Quinn on the weakside. Lee can stop the run, blitz and cover and play on all three downs.
18. INDIANAPOLIS – OT Taylor Decker – Ohio State
The Colts are desperate for offensive line help and Decker is gritty offensive tackle that can play on the left or right side. Keeping Andrew Luck healthy is the key to a successful season in Indy and he got beat to hell last year.
19. BUFFALO – DT Robert Nkemdiche – Ole Miss
Nkemdiche is an odd player and Bills head coach Rex Ryan is an odd ball himself. Seems like a match made in heaven. Nkemdiche is a very athletic defensive lineman that can play up and down Ryan’s line.
20. NEW YORK JETS – QB Paxton Lynch – Memphis
The Jets need a quarterback in the worst way and are thrilled to find Lynch still on the board. New York doesn’t seem interested in paying Ryan Fitzpatrick a king’s ransom to stick around. The jury is out on Lynch, but they’ll take a chance on him.
21. WASHINGTON – CB Vernon Hargreaves – Florida
It might seem like Hargreaves falls, but some teams have Apple and Jackson rated higher with the Florida product rated behind them. The Redskins need to upgrade their secondary and get a solid cover corner in Hargreaves.
22. HOUSTON – WR Corey Coleman – Baylor
DeAndre Hopkins can’t carry Houston’s passing game by himself, and Coleman gives the Texans a fast, physical, game-breaking receiver. Getting another deep threat for the strong-armed Brock Osweiler to throw to will open up Houston’s offense.
23. MINNESOTA – WR Josh Doctson – TCU
The Vikings need another stud receiver for Teddy Bridgewater and Dotson has a nice blend of size, speed and playmaking ability. Doctson is a poor man’s A.J. Green, who head coach Mike Zimmer knows well from his days in Cincinnati.
24. CINCINNATI – WR Reggie Ragland – Alabama
The Bengals could go for a receiver like Laquon Treadwell here, but beefing up their linebacking corps is also paramount. Ragland is a big, smart, thumper and will fit in well with Marvin Lewis’ defensive scheme.
25. PITTSBURGH – SS Karl Joseph – West Virginia
In what may be a bit of a surprise, Mike Tomlin goes with Joseph, a hard-hitting safety who is coming off a torn ACL, but is hell on wheels when healthy. Joseph is a heat-seeking missile and a good ballhawk, too.
26. SEATTLE – C Ryan Kelly – Alabama
The Seahawks offense hasn’t been the same since they traded Pro Bowl center Max Unger for Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham. Kelly, who has blocked for Derrick Henry, can open up holes in the running game and is stout in pass protection.
27. GREEN BAY – DT A’Shawn Robinson – Alabama
The Packers need a nose tackle due to the sudden retirement of B.J. Raji, and finding an athletic replacement in Robinson, who is well versed in playing in a 3-4 scheme is a necessity. Robinson has the talent to start as a rookie.
28. KANSAS CITY – WR Laquon Treadwell – Ole Miss
The Chiefs could go in several directions in the first round of the draft, but can’t pass up on the big-bodied play-making Treadwell, whose pedestrian speed causes him to fall to the end of the first round.
29. ARIZONA – DE Noah Spence – Eastern Kentucky
Bruce Arians is famous for his saying “no risk-it, no biscuit,” and takes a chance on Spence, who is an ideal edge rusher for Arizona’s defensive scheme. The Cardinals get the best pure pass rusher in the draft at the end of the first round.
30. CAROLINA – DE Kevin Dodd – Clemson
While offensive tackle is a pressing need after the letdown in Super Bowl 50, defensive-minded head coach Ron Rivera can’t pass up on an athletic defensive end like Dodd, especially with Charles Johnson only re-signed for one year and Jared Allen retiring.
31. DENVER – QB Connor Cook – Michigan State
The Broncos are desperate for a quarterback with the retirement of Peyton Manning and the departure of Brock Osweiler in free agency. Cook won a lot of big games at Michigan State and is cool under pressure. He’s John Elway’s type of QB.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: email@example.com