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The Titans will circulate fake trade-down rumors until they have to make this pick.
The big question here is whether he pronounces his name like “vents” (German).
You can debate Bosa or Buckner here, but Staley should not go this high.
Randy Gregory isn’t working out so well.
I expect their entire draft to be defenders.
Hargreaves or Floyd may fill bigger needs, but they are ‘top 10′ types. Buckner is a ‘top 5.’
I will never stop mentioning that professional draft experts thought that Blaine Gabbert would be better than Cameron Newton.
This spot seems like their best opportunity to get a CB.
We all know that CB or DE would be ideal. The Bucs are like the Ravens; they follow their board and look for trade-down opportunities. Can you really talk yourself into Leonard Floyd as a SLB here? Maybe the Rams will trade up for Lynch.
They need everything on defense, but a consistent running game helps solve that problem.
The Combine will be big for him, like it was for Vic Beasley.
The knee injury allows the Saints to get the pick of their dreams.
With Chip Kelly out, the Eagles get back to making picks that the fans hate.
I would make a ‘rags-to-riches’ pun, but going from Alabama to Oakland seems like the opposite.
They might have to think about jumping ahead of PHI for Lynch. Otherwise you’re thinking about Connor Cook.
It’s not hard to imagine a trade down attempt for someone like Vernon Butler.
Lee is getting a lot of scouting love and could be gone by this point.
I am giving in to taking a right tackle because he’s the best player on the board.
This guy is the definition of a ‘wild card.’ My initial thought on him was another Randy Gregory.
He could easily be a top 10 pick. For now, I have him knocked down a tier.
Some people don’t want to believe that he’s a first rounder, but I’m pretty sure he is.
I moved him up while others are dropping him to round 2. I expect an impressive Combine.
The most anticipated slow 40 time ever? Over/under 4.60.
Kendall Fuller is a round 1 CB, and Mackensie Alexander is not.
Eli Apple is an upgrade on the bag of rotten apples currently starting at CB for PIT.
The Seahawks would like to solicit his interior pass rushing services.
The media love Billings because he has Hulk strength, but he’s limited enough to be only a late-1/early-2.
Rankins is a legit 1 and could be gone by this point.
The Cardinals should have their choice of Fackrell, Correa, and maybe Kevin Dodd if you think he can play 3-4.
Ogbah and Shaq Lawson are the most overrated guys in amateur mocks.
Everyone likes his potential, not what he is currently.
Dropped out: CB Will Redmond (70), K Roberto Aguayo (76), G Sebastian Tretola (83), S Jalen Mills (86), OT Willie Beavers (91), DE Bronson Kafusi (93), C Jack Allen (98)
29. OLB Kyler Fackrell (Utah State)
61. CB James Bradberry (Samford)
93. QB Cardale Jones (Ohio State)
17. LB Darron Lee (Ohio State)
50. DE Shilique Calhoun (Michigan State)
81. WR Pharoh Cooper (South Carolina)
6. DE DeForest Buckner (Oregon)
36. OLB Kamalei Correa (Boise State)
70. WR Tyler Boyd (Pittsburgh)
19. DT Robert Nkemdiche (Mississippi State)
49. LB Su’a Cravens (Southern California)
80. OT Shon Coleman (Auburn)
30. DE Emmanuel Ogbah (Oklahoma State)
62. OT Le’Raven Clark (Texas Tech)
94. S Jayron Kearse (Clemson)
11. OLB Leonard Floyd (Georgia)
41. LB Kentrell Brothers (Missouri)
72. CB William Jackson (Houston)
24. CB Kendall Fuller (Virginia Tech)
55. S Vonn Bell (Ohio State)
87. WR Leonte Carroo (Rutgers)
2. QB Carson Wentz (North Dakota State)
32. WR Will Fuller (Notre Dame)
65. LB Jordan Jenkins (Georgia)
4. DE Joey Bosa (Ohio State)
34. CB Xavien Howard (Baylor)
67. QB Connor Cook (Michigan State)
31. DT Vernon Butler (Louisiana Tech)
63. QB Dak Prescott (Mississippi State)
95. RB CJ Prosise (Notre Dame)
16. OT Jack Conklin (Michigan State)
46. DT Maliek Collins (Nebraska)
Green Bay Packers
27. DT Andrew Billings (Baylor)
57. TE Hunter Henry (Arkansas)
88. LB Beniquez Brown (Mississippi State)
22. RB Derrick Henry (Alabama)
52. QB Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)
85. S Jeremy Cash (Duke)
18. OT Taylor Decker (Ohio State)
48. DT Austin Johnson (Penn State)
82. RB Devontae Booker (Utah)
5. LB Myles Jack (UCLA)
38. S Darian Thompson (Boise State)
69. DE Jonathan Bullard (Florida)
Kansas City Chiefs
28. DT Sheldon Rankins (Louisville)
59. CB Mackensie Alexander (Clemson)
91. WR Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma)
Los Angeles Rams
15. QB Paxton Lynch (Memphis)
43. C Nick Martin (Notre Dame)
45. WR Michael Thomas (Ohio State)
76. G Denver Kirkland (Arkansas)
8. CB Vernon Hargreaves (Florida)
42. G Cody Whitehair (Kansas State)
73. RB Alex Collins (Arkansas)
23. WR Laquon Treadwell (Mississippi State)
54. OT Germain Ifedi (Texas A&M)
86. S Miles Killebrew (Southern Utah)
New England Patriots
60. WR Josh Doctson (Texas Christian)
92. G Joshua Garnett (Stanford)
New Orleans Saints
12. LB Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame)
47. DT Kenny Clark (UCLA)
78. TE Nick Vannett (Ohio State)
New York Giants
10. RB Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State)
40. DE Shaq Lawson (Clemson)
71. DT Hassan Ridgeway (Texas)
New York Jets
20. DE Noah Spence (Eastern Kentucky)
51. LB Joshua Perry (Ohio State)
83. RB Kenneth Dixon (Louisiana Tech)
14. LB Reggie Ragland (Alabama)
44. S Keanu Neal (Florida)
75. DE Carl Nassib (Penn State)
13. DT A’Shawn Robinson (Alabama)
77. G Vadal Alexander (Louisiana State)
79. QB Jeff Driskel (Louisiana Tech)
25. CB Eli Apple (Ohio State)
58. S Karl Joseph (West Virginia)
89. TE Austin Hooper (Stanford)
San Diego Chargers
3. CB Jalen Ramsey (Florida State)
35. OT Jason Spriggs (Indiana)
66. DE Jihad Ward (Illinois)
San Francisco 49ers
7. QB Jared Goff (Cal)
37. WR Corey Coleman (Baylor)
68. CB Harlan Miller (Southeastern Louisiana)
26. DT Adolphus Washington (Ohio State)
56. S Deiondre Hall (Northern Iowa)
90. G Connor McGovern (Missouri)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9. OT Ronnie Staley (Notre Dame)
39. DE Kevin Dodd (Clemson)
74. CB Zack Sanchez (Oklahoma)
1. LT Laremy Tunsil (Mississippi)
33. WR Braxton Miller (Ohio State)
64. CB Artie Burns (Miami)
21. DT Jarran Reed (Alabama)
53. C Ryan Kelly (Alabama)
84. LB Deion Jones (Louisiana State)