We’re another week deep into free agency and the shape of each NFL team’s roster is becoming more clear. Needs are coming into focus, not only for 2017 but for the years to come.
Changes throughout the league always affect the draft board, and this week is no different.
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Myles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M: New week, same No. 1 pick.
Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford: Between the Stanford connection, Thomas’ athletic testing at the combine and all the noise around Thomas heading to San Francisco, this seems like where the No. 2 pick is heading.
5. Tennessee Titans (from L.A. Rams)
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson: Sure, the Jets signed Josh McCown. But we know what he is and we know what he’s not. What he’s not is the quarterback of anyone’s future. Watson can be. Eventually, the Jets need to find someone with real talent at the position.
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: Fournette is the kind of punishing runner that fits well in Carolina’s scheme and can take some of the goal-line running pressure off Cam Newton, who can use the physical break.
Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama: The Bengals signed Kevin Minter to play some middle linebacker, but it was only a one-year deal. Second-level defensive help is still a long-term need, and the Bengals have not been afraid to draft a big talent at a position that already looks filled.
10. Buffalo Bills
12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)
DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame: The Cardinals lost yet another defensive player (Minter) and still have needs on that side of the ball, but nothing will be more important going forward than making sure they have a quarterback that can seamlessly transition from the Carson Palmer era. Kizer learns, then starts.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota)
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State: Cook’s versatility gives the Colts the kind of weapon they haven’t had out of the backfield during the Andrew Luck era. He can break off big gains via the run or the pass and play on all three downs.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan: The Ravens just signed Tony Jefferson to play alongside Eric Weddle, so on the surface, safety isn’t a need. Weddle is 32, though, and has an out in his contract after this season. The Ravens always think ahead, and the good thing about all three players is that they can play all areas of the field, so they can be out there at the same time.
Zach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt: Washington needs to figure out its run defense, badly. Cunningham might help more than almost any player in the draft. He can fly around and make plays anywhere from the second level to the backfield.
18. Tennessee Titans
20. Denver Broncos
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: John Elway opts for a star from his alma mater and the son of his former teammate, Ed McCaffrey, adding a whole new element to the team’s offense and special teams in the process.
21. Detroit Lions
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan: We’ll keep saying it every single week: When you sack the quarterback only 26 times in a season, it’s safe to say you need help getting after the passer. Charlton kept making more plays in the backfield with each passing season in college.
22. Miami Dolphins
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama: Howard is still on the board for the Dolphins this time around. Adding him to an underrated stable of passing game weapons would help Ryan Tannehill take advantage of the Jay Ajayi-led ground game.
23. New York Giants
Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wizconsin: Ramczyk could slide right in at left tackle for the Giants, who need to move 2015 first-rounder Ereck Flowers back over to the right side, where they originally planned on using him before Will Beatty got hurt.
24. Oakland Raiders
Haason Reddick, LB, Temple: Reddick would be a good fit as an all-field force behind Oakland’s pass-rushers up front. He’s flexible enough to fill any role, a good kind of player to have in a hybrid defensive system.
25. Houston Texans
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech: If Tony Romo isn’t on the Texans by draft day, they could go in this direction instead. Mahomes has been a hot name in recent weeks and has the tools to start eventually.
26. Seattle Seahawks
28. Dallas Cowboys
David Njoku, TE, Miami: The Cowboys have needs all over their defense. You know this, I know this, But they’ve also shown they are not at all afraid of just taking the best guy on the board, and Njoku has a chance to be special. Dallas loves two tight end sets anyway, and Jason Witten is entering the final year of his deal (and maybe his career). You could do a whole lot worse than having Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant, Njoku and that offensive line for the next 5-10 years.
Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky: Green Bay’s ever-stable offensive line has suddenly seen two guard defections in the past two years. Lamp would help stabilize the interior of Aaron Rodgers’ pocket.
T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin: Watt tested out like a monster at the combine and though he’s not quite his brother J.J. production-wise, he showed a lot at Wisconson. The Steelers need guys that can make plays at every level of their defense, and Watt would fit as a pass-rusher and general havoc-wreaker.