NFL MOCK DRAFT: Here is what the experts are predicting for all 32 first-round picks

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The NFL Draft is upon us.

On Thursday, the first and second rounds of the draft will take place, and as usual, it should be full of suspense, surprises, and the usual chaos as teams scramble to find players to lift their franchises.

We went through nine mock drafts from other experts to get a sense of which direction each team might be leaning in the first round (discounting hypothetical trades).

Our experts: ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke and Emily Kaplan, NFL Network’s Lance Zierlein and Daniel Jeremiah, CBS Sports’ Rob Rang and Pete Prisco, The Ringer’s Danny Kelly, and Pro Football Focus.


No. 1 Cleveland Browns — Myles Garrett, DE

Experts: 8 of 9

School: Texas A&M

Other possibilities: Mitchell Trubisky (QB)

Key expert quote: PFF: “Garrett is the top option as he has a perfect blend of production and athleticism … The Browns can secure a potentially elite edge rusher at No. 1 overall while seeing how the draft plays out as they look to find a quarterback of the future.”


No. 2 San Francisco 49ers — Solomon Thomas, DE

Experts: 3 of 9

School: Stanford

Other possibilities: Marshon Lattimore (CB), Malik Hooker (S), Derek Barnett (DE), Jamal Adams (S), Myles Garrett (DE)

Key expert quote: Burke: “Thomas’s inside-outside game would make him a complement for [Arik] Armstead and [DeForest] Buckner, not necessarily a replacement for one. San Francisco would have three versatile, athletic options to plug in at tackle or end.”


No. 3 Chicago Bears — Jamal Adams, S

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Experts: 4 of 9

School: LSU

Other possibilities: Marshon Lattimore (CB), Jonathan Allen (DE), Solomon Thomas (DE)

Key expert quote: Rang: “Adams … is viewed by some as the safest prospect in the draft. He is a tone-setter with a rare combination of instincts, athleticism and intangibles to make an immediate impact on a defense that made strides a year ago but allowed 24.9 points per game.”


No. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars — Leonard Fournette, RB

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Experts: 4 of 9

School: LSU

Other possibilities: Jonathan Allen (DE), Deshaun Watson (QB), Derek Barnett (DE)

Key expert quote: Jeremiah: “This pick just makes too much sense. Fournette would be a tremendous help to Blake Bortles.”


No. 5 Tennessee Titans (via LA Rams) — Marshon Lattimore, CB

Experts: 5 of 9

School: Ohio State

Other possibilities: Solomon Thomas (DE), Reuben Foster (LB), Jamal Adams (S)

Key expert quote: Kelly: “Lattimore gives the Titans a day-one starter opposite free-agent acquisition Logan Ryan, helping shore up a secondary that surrendered the third-most passing yards of any team last year and finished with the 26th-ranked pass defense per Football Outsiders’ DVOA.”


No. 6 New York Jets — O.J. Howard, TE

Experts: 4 of 9

School: Alabama

Other possibilities: Marshon Lattimore (CB), Mitch Trubisky (QB), Malik Hooker (S),

Key expert quote: McShay: “Howard is one of the safest prospects in this draft. He’s very similar to Greg Olsen: big, athletic target who can cause issues down the seam and contribute as a blocker.”


No. 7 San Diego Chargers — Malik Hooker, S

Experts: 4 of 9

School: Ohio State

Other possibilities: Jamal Adams (S), Solomon Thomas (DE), Jonathan Allen (DE)

Key expert quote: Prisco: “They need to get a rangy player on the back end. Hooker is that type of player, but he isn’t a great tackler.”


No. 8 Carolina Panthers — Christian McCaffrey, RB

Experts: 5 of 9

School: Stanford

Other possibilities: Leonard Fournette (RB), Solomon Thomas (DE)

Key expert quote: Kelly: “McCaffrey ran a bunch of power-run concepts in his Cardinal career, which should make the transition to the Panthers’ run game a smooth one, but it’s his utility in the passing game that could make him worth picking eighth overall.”


No. 9 Cincinnati Bengals — Reuben Foster, LB

Experts: 3 of 9

School: Alabama

Possibilities: Derek Barnett (DE), Haason Reddick (LB), Corey Davis (WR), Jonathan Allen (DE)

Key expert quote: Kaplan: “Foster is comfortably the most talented linebacker in this draft, with stellar college production (188 tackles, 21 for loss over the past two seasons). A ferocious hitter, Foster can spend one year complementing Burfict inside before eventually taking over.”


No. 10. Buffalo Bills — Mike Williams, WR

Experts: 3 of 9

School: Clemson

Possibilities: Mitchell Trubisky (QB), Haason Reddick (LB), Corey Davis (WR), Deshaun Watson (QB), OJ Howard (TE), Reuben Foster (LB)

Key expert quote: McShay: “Yes, another Clemson receiver for Buffalo. Williams has the best ball skills of any receiver in this class.”


No. 11 New Orleans Saints — Marlon Humphrey, CB

Experts: 3 of 9

School: Alabama

Other possibilities: Reuben Foster (LB), Gareon Conley (CB), Christian McCaffrey (RB), Charles Harris (DE), Derek Barnett (DE), Taco Charlton (DE)

Key expert quote: Zierlein: “The Saints are supposedly smitten with Humphrey’s size, speed and toughness. They could use all three in the secondary.”


No. 12 Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia Eagles) — Mitchell Trubisky, QB

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Experts: 4 of 9

School: UNC

Other possibilities: O.J. Howard (TE), Gareon Conley (CB), Patrick Mahomes (QB), Derek Barnett (DE), Deshaun Watson (QB)

Key expert quote: Rang: “Trubisky is obviously a roll of the dice given that he only started one year for the Tar Heels but he showed impressive accuracy, athleticism and pocket awareness in 2016. The Ohio native possesses the combination of upside and intangibles that Sashi Brown and Hue Jackson prioritized with their draft picks a year ago.”


No. 13 Arizona Cardinals — Patrick Mahomes, QB

Experts: 5 of 9

School: Texas Tech

Other possibilities: Corey Davis (WR), Malik Hooker (S), John Ross (WR)

Key expert quote: Prisco: “They need a quarterback for the future with Carson Palmer coming to the end. This is a guy who can watch for a year or so, and then take over.”


14. Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota Vikings) — Derek Barnett, DE or Tre’Davious White, CB

Experts: 2 of 9 each

School: Tennessee (Barnett), LSU (White)

Other possibilities: Marlon Humphrey (CB), Mike Williams (WR), Gareon Conley (CB), Haason Reddick (LB)

Key expert quote: Kelly on White: White, who drew praise from Philadelphia vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas at the Senior Bowl, gives Philly an instant-impact playmaker on the outside or in the slot, and he could factor into the Eagles’ return game early on, too.”


15. Indianapolis Colts — Haason Reddick, LB

Experts: 3 of 9

School: Temple

Other possibilities: Chidobe Awuzie (CB), Derek Barnett (DE), Jabrill Peppers (S), Kevin King (CB), Takkarist McKinley (DE), Charles Harris (DE)

Key expert quote: PFF: “The Colts need to continue their defensive overhaul and Reddick gives them plenty of options after notching 10 sacks, four QB hits, and 29 hurries on 248 rushes in 2016.”


No. 16 Baltimore Ravens — Corey Davis, WR

Experts: 2 of 9

School: Western Michigan

Other possibilities: Takkarist McKinley (DE), Cam Robinson (OL), Mike Williams (WR), Forrest Lamp (G), Carl Lawson (DE)

Key expert quote: Prisco: “At some point, they have to get Joe Flacco more help outside. This is a player who will end up being the best receiver in this class.”


No. 17 Washington Redskins — Dalvin Cook, RB

Experts: 2 of 9

School: Florida State

Other possibilities: Reuben Foster (LB), Mike Williams (WR), Christian McCaffrey (RB), Charles Harris (DE), Budda Baker (S)

Key expert quote: PFF: “Cook’s game is a good combination of big-play ability and short-area feel that allows for maximizing his run blocking on any given play and he should have an immediate impact behind Washington’s ever-improving offensive line.”


No. 18 Tennessee Titans — John Ross, WR

Experts: 4 of 9

School: Washington

Other possibilities: OJ Howard (TE), David Njoku (TE), Corey Davis (WR)

Key expert quote: Burke: “The 5′ 11″ Ross can burn teams vertically from the slot, but he’s also a surprisingly good red-zone threat – he scored 17 touchdowns last year for the Huskies.”


No. 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers — no consensus

Possibilities: Budda Baker (S), Dalvin Cook (RB), Marlon Humphrey (CB), Christian McCaffrey (RB), David Njoku (TE), Jordan Willis (DE)

Key expert quote: Kelly on Njoku: “The Bucs could make an already-dangerous passing game nearly unstoppable by grabbing the physically gifted Njoku at no. 19. With 35-plus-inch arms on a 6-foot-4 frame and a 37.5-inch vertical jump, you’d be hard-pressed to find a guy with a bigger catch radius.”


No. 20 Denver Broncos — Ryan Ramczyk, OT

Experts: 5 of 9

School: Wisconsin

Other possibilities: OJ Howard (TE), Garet Bolles (OT), Cam Robinson (OL)

Key expert quote: McShay: “Ramczyk showed elite pass-protection ability in his one season at Wisconsin, and the Broncos have to find a way to keep their quarterback upright next season.”


No. 21 Detroit Lions — Charles Harris, DE

Experts: 3 of 9

School: Missouri

Other possibilities: Taco Charlton (DE), David Njoku (TE), Jarrad Davis (LB), T.J. Watt (LB)

Key expert quote: Prisco: “Their pass rush has major issues. Harris is a player who doesn’t test great, but knows how to rush the passer.”


No. 22 Miami Dolphins — Forrest Lamp, G

Experts: 5 of 9

School: Western Kentucky

Possibilities: Haason Reddick (LB), Cam Robinson (OL), Takkarist McKinely (DE), Taco Charlton (DE)

Key expert quote: Burke: “Lamp may be the safest pick of all the offensive linemen in this class. Aside from his lack of length, which has fueled projections of his move from tackle to guard, there are few holes in his game.”


No. 23 New York Giants — Garett Bolles, OT

Experts: 3 of 9

School: Utah

Other possibilities: Jarrad Davis (LB), Dalvin Cook (RB), David Njoku (TE), Christian McCaffrey (RB)

Key expert quote: McShay: “Bolles, who’s the most athletic lineman in this class, has the ability to be a starting left tackle.”


No. 24 Oakland Raiders — Kevin King, CB

Experts: 3 of 9

School: Washington

Possibilities: Gareon Conley (CB), Leonard Fournette (RB), Jarrad Davis (LB), T.J. Watt (LB), Reuben Foster (LB)

Key expert quote: Prisco: “They need to get another corner to go with Sean Smith. King is a player scouts love because of his length.”


No. 25 Houston Texans — Deshaun Watson, QB

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Experts: 2 of 9

School: Clemson

Possibilities: Ryan Ramczyk (OT), Cam Robinson (OL), Patrick Mahomes (QB), David Webb (QB), Obi Melifonwu (S), Mitchell Trubisky (QB)

Key expert quote: McShay: “Watson isn’t ready to start from day one, and with Tom Savage in Houston, he wouldn’t have to. Watson needs to improve his deep accuracy, but he has the physical tools and rare intangibles to grow into a good NFL starter.”


No. 26 Seattle Seahawks — Cam Robinson, OL

Experts: 2 of 9

School: Alabama

Possibilities: Marlon Humphrey (CB), Kevin King (CB), Garett Bolles (OT), Obi Melifonwu (S), Malik McDowell (DT)

Key expert quote: Prisco: “Their line was awful last year, so why not get a guy who can play either on the right side or the left side, two spots where they have issues?”


No. 27 Kansas City Chiefs —Jarrad Davis, LB or Zach Cunningham, LB

Experts: 3 of 9 each

School: Vanderbilt (Cunningham), Florida (Davis)

Other possibilities: Chidobe Awuzie (CB), Gareon Conley (CB), Deshaun Watson (QB)

Key expert quote: Kelly on Davis: “Kansas City has to start planning for life after Derrick Johnson, and the athletic, big-hitting Davis is a great fit.”


No. 28 Dallas Cowboys — Adoree’ Jackson, CB

Experts: 2 of 9

School: USC

Other possibilities: Taco Charlton (DE), Tre’Davious White (CB), Takkarist McKinely (DE), Derek Barnett (DE), Quincy Wilson (CB), Charles Harris (DE)

Key expert quote: Kelly: “With the losses of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne to free agency, the former Trojan Swiss army knife slots in right away as a three-down cornerback for the Cowboys opposite promising second-year pro Anthony Brown.”


No. 29 Green Bay Packers — Malik McDowell, DT

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Experts: 2 of 9

School: Michigan State

Possibilities: Marlon Humphrey (CB), Adoree’ Jackson (CB), Chidobe Awuzie (CB), T.J. Watt (LB), Gareon Conley (CB), Zach Cunningham (LB)

Key expert quote: Kelly: “Putting him on Green Bay’s defensive line next to Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark would give the Packers the potential to field one of the most dominant run-stuffing fronts in football.”


No. 30 Pittsburgh Steelers — Evan Engram, TE

Experts: 3 of 9

School: Mississippi

Possibilities: John Ross (WR), David Njoku (TE), Obi Melifonqu (S), Jabrill Peppers (S), Corey Davis (WR)

Key expert quote: McShay: “With his ability to stretch the field vertically and make big plays after the catch, Engram would be the perfect matchup piece for offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s scheme.”


No. 31 Atlanta Falcons — no consensus

Other possibilities: Carl Lawson (DE), Taco Charlton DE), Forrest Lamp (G), Kevin King (CB), John Ross (WR), Charles Harris (DE), Budda Baker (S), DeMarcus Walker (DE)

Key expert quote: Kaplan on Charlton: “With superb length (6′ 6″, 277 pounds) and athleticism, scouts say as long as Charlton polishes his handwork, he will have no problem harassing quarterbacks in the NFL.”


No. 32 New Orleans Saints (via New England Patriots) — no consensus

Possibilities: John Ross (WR), Patrick Mahomes (QB), Quincy Wilson (CB), Adoree’ Jackson (CB), Jordan Willis (DE), Charles Harris (DE), Takkarist McKinley (DE), Deshaun Watson (QB), Tim Williams (LB)

Key expert quote: PFF on Williams: “At the very least, he fills a situational pass rush role, just as he did at Alabama, with hopes of evolving into an every down player on the edge.”


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