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

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The NFL Draft is just one week away.

This year’s draft is heavy with defensive backs, particularly cornerbacks and running backs. But as usual, as we get closer to the first round, teams begin getting interested in the quarterbacks, too.

To gauge what all 32 NFL teams may be considering in the first round, we weighed the opinions of seven experts based on their mock drafts. For picks without a consensus, we went with a compelling argument for a position of need.

Our seven experts experts are: Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay of ESPN; Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated; Pete Prisco of CBS Sports; Lance Zierlein of NFL Network; Danny Kelly of The Ringer, and Pro Football Focus.


No. 1 Cleveland Browns — Myles Garrett, DE

Experts: 7 of 7

School: Texas A&M

Other possibilities: none

Key expert quote: McShay: “There’s no reason to overthink this, Cleveland. Take the clear-cut best player in this draft.”


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

Experts: 4 of 7

School: Stanford

Other possibilities: Mitch Trubisky (QB), Derek Barnett (DE)

Key expert quote: Kelly: “San Francisco needs a true weak-side edge rusher for early downs. Thomas is an instant impact starter at that spot, and he’s got the Michael Bennett-esque ability to bring pressure from the interior on third downs.”


No. 3 Chicago Bears — Jonathan Allen, DL

Experts: 3 of 7

School: Alabama

Other possibilities: Malik Hooker (S), Marshon Lattimore (CB), Gareon Conley (CB)

Key expert quote: McShay: “Allen’s quickness and power help him constantly push the pocket as a pass-rusher, and he had 22.5 sacks in the past two seasons. The Bears could use a solidifying force along the interior.”


No. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars — Leonard Fournette, RB

Experts: 2 of 7

School: LSU

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

Key expert quote: Zierlein: “If the Jaguars can’t win with their QB play, they can enforce their will on the ground.”


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

Experts: 3 of 7

School: Ohio State

Other possibilities: Malik Hooker (S), Jonathan Allen (DL), Corey Davis (WR)

Key expert quote: Burke: “It was obvious even before the Titans cut Jason McCourty that they would be looking to draft at the cornerback position. Here, they get the top prospect-a physical, aggressive lock-down defender.”


No. 6 New York Jets — Jamal Adams, S

Experts: 3 of 7

School: LSU

Other possibilities: Marshon Lattimore (CB), Mitch Trubisky (QB), Deshaun Watson (QB)

Key expert quote: McShay: “A big hitter with excellent intangibles, Adams is one of the few players with an elite grade in this year’s class.”


No. 7 San Diego Chargers — Malik Hooker, S

Experts: 4 of 7

School: Ohio State

Other possibilities: Jamal Adams (S), Deshaun Watson (QB), Mike Williams (WR),

Key expert quote: Zierlein: “With the instincts and ball skills to create turnovers, Hooker is a wise choice to strengthen the Chargers’ back end.”


No. 8 Carolina Panthers — Derek Barnett, DE

Experts: 3 of 7

School: Tennessee

Other possibilities: Leonard Fournette (RB), OJ Howard (TE)

Key expert quote: PFF: “A strong run defender all three years as well, with 80 run stops since 2014, Barnett can work as part of what would be a deep rotation immediately…”


No. 9 Cincinnati Bengals — no consensus

Possibilities: Mike Williams (WR), Corey Davis (WR), Derek Barnett (DE), Taco Charlton (DE), Reuben Foster (LB), Jamal Adams (S), Forrest Lamp (G)

Key expert quote: Zierlein on Charlton: “The Bengals would be betting on Charlton’s upside, but he fits a huge need and the Bengals’ profile for the position.”


No. 10. Buffalo Bills — O.J. Howard, TE

Experts: 2 of 7

School: Alabama

Possibilities: Mitch Trubisky (QB), Mike Williams (WR), Marshon Lattimore (CB), Haason Reddick (LB)

Key expert quote: Kiper: “Buffalo badly needs pass-catchers, and Howard is the best tight end in the draft. He has all of the athletic attributes (4.51 40 at 6-6, 251) of a top-tier all-around player.”


No. 11 New Orleans Saints — Haason Reddick, LB

Experts: 2 of 7

School: Tennessee

Other possibilities: Tre’Davious White (CB), Reuben Foster (LB), Gareon Conley (CB), Christian McCaffrey (RB)

Key expert quote: McShay: “A virtual unknown outside of draft circles entering the Senior Bowl, Reddick looks like a top-15 pick after a great week of practices in Mobile and an elite combine performance, including a 4.52 40 and 11-foot-1 broad jump at 237 pounds.”


No. 12 Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia Eagles) — Deshaun Watson, QB

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Experts: 3 of 7

School: Clemson

Other possibilities: O.J. Howard (TE), Gareon Conley (CB), Patrick Mahomes (QB), Mitch Trubisky (QB)

Key expert quote: Burke: “The Browns need a QB ready to compete for the job immediately. That’s Watson, more so than the other remaining options.”


No. 13 Arizona Cardinals — Patrick Mahomes, QB

Experts: 2 of 7

School: Texas Tech

Other possibilities: Corey Davis (WR), Mitch Trubiski (QB), Haason Reddick (LB), Malik Hooker (S), Tre’Davious White (CB)

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) — Gareon Conley, CB

Experts: 2 of 7

School: Ohio State

Other possibilities: Marlon Humphrey (CB), Christian McCaffrey (RB), Tre’Davious White (CB), John Ross (WR)

Key expert quote: Burke: “With just one cornerback off the board, the value certainly is there for the Eagles to pounce at 14. Would they prefer Conley and his outstanding coverage skills or a different corner more proven as a physical force against the run?”


15. Indianapolis Colts — Reuben Foster, LB

Experts: 2 of 7

School: Alabama

Other possibilities: Forrest Lamp (G), Solomon Thomas (DE), Jamal Adams (S), Ryan Ramczyk (OT), Chidobe Awuzie (CB)

Key expert quote: Kiper: “Foster is the best inside linebacker in this draft, but few teams above the Colts at No. 15 need inside linebackers … This would be one of the best value picks of Round 1.”


No. 16 Baltimore Ravens — Mike Williams, WR

Experts: 2 of 7

School: Clemson

Other possibilities: Takkarist McKinley (DE), Cam Robinson (OL), Corey Davis (WR), Ryan Ramczyk (OT), Reuben Foster (LB)

Key expert quote: Zierlein: “The Ravens are in need of a rusher and top receiver. Let’s give them a physical ball-winner who could become a heavily targeted favorite for Joe Flacco.”


No. 17 Washington Redskins — Dalvin Cook, RB

Experts: 2 of 7

School: Florida State

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

Key expert quote: PFF: “There is not a player in the draft that improves the Redskins’ outlook on Day 1 more than Dalvin Cook. His vision and knack for hitting well-timed creases on stretch runs are a perfect match for what Washington wants to do in a largely zone-running scheme.”


No. 18 Tennessee Titans — Corey Davis, WR

Experts: 3 of 7

School: Western Michigan

Other possibilities: OJ Howard (TE), Mike Williams (WR), John Ross (WR)

Key expert quote: Kelly: “The Titans still need to give Marcus Mariota a true no. 1 pass-catching option on the outside … The 6-foot-3 209-pounder is a beast on slants over the middle of the field, able to shield cornerbacks away from the ball with his size and length, and he’s a jump-ball artist who will provide a reliable target in the red zone.”


No. 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers — David Njoku, TE

Experts: 2 of 7

School: Miami

Other possibilities: John Ross (WR), Derek Barnett (DE), Christian McCaffrey (RB), Budda Baker (S), Obi Melifonwu (S)

Key expert quote: McShay: “When you have a promising young quarterback like Winston, you need to continue stockpiling weapons around him. Njoku would give Winston something he currently lacks: a field-stretcher down the seam.”


No. 20 Denver Broncos — Forrest Lamp, G

Experts: 2 of 7

School: Western Kentucky

Other possibilities: OJ Howard (TE), Ryan Ramczyk (OT), Dalvin Cook (RB), Christian McCaffrey (RB), Garet Bolles (OT)

Key expert quote: Burke: “The consensus has been to push Lamp inside to guard, but he deserves a shot to show what he can do at tackle. He could fill a role at either spot for the Broncos.”


No. 21 Detroit Lions — Charles Harris, DE

Experts: 2 of 7

School: Missouri

Other possibilities: Takkarist McKinley (DE), Taco Charlton (DE), Haason Reddick (LB), Marlon Humphrey (CB)

Key expert quote:


No. 22 Miami Dolphins — no consensus

Possibilities: Haason Reddick (LB), Forrest Lamp (G), Gareon Conley (CB), Jabrill Peppers (S), Jordan Willis (S), Cam Robinson (OL), Malik McDowell (DT)

Key expert quote: Burke on Peppers: “Miami is in solid shape at safety, with Reshad Jones and Nate Allen to be joined midseason by T.J. McDonald (eight-game suspension). That’s perfect for Peppers, who then can be used to erase matchup issues as he grows into his role.”


No. 23 New York Giants — Cam Robinson, OL

Experts: 2 of 7

School: Alabama

Other possibilities: Ryan Ramzyk (OT), Jarrad Davis (LB), Malik McDowell (DT), Garett Bolles (OT), Carl Lawson (DE)

Key expert quote: Zierlein: “The Giants might not be able to pass on a tackle early in this draft.”


No. 24 Oakland Raiders — Jarrad Davis, LB

Experts: 2 of 7

School: Florida

Possibilities: Kevin King (CB), John Ross (WR), Gareon Conley (CB), Leonard Fournette (RB)

Key expert quote: McShay: “Linebacker is another gaping hole in Oakland … Davis is a Kwon Alexander-type, an explosive linebacker with sideline-to-sideline range in the running game and a relentless motor.”


No. 25 Houston Texans — no consensus

Possibilities: Deshaun Watson (QB), Ryan Ramczyk (OT), Cam Robinson (OL), Patrick Mahomes (QB), David Webb (QB), DeShone Kizer (QB), Obi Melifonwu (S)

Key expert quote: PFF on Kizer: “He has a powerful arm, solid pocket instincts, and the ability to effectively push the ball downfield … Bill O’Brien will have to work with him on his consistency issues, but Kizer has the ability to develop into the long-term answer at quarterback that Houston has been searching for.”


No. 26 Seattle Seahawks — Kevin King (CB)

Experts: 2 of 7

School: Washington

Possibilities: Marlon Humphrey (CB), Cam Robinson (OT), Garett Bolles (OT), Takkarist McKinley (DE)

Key expert quote: Kelly: “King is tailor-made for the Seahawks Cover 3 defense, with plenty of size (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) and athleticism (4.43 40, 39.5-inch vertical).”


No. 27 Kansas City Chiefs —Zach Cunningham, LB

Experts: 2 of 7

School: Vanderbilt

Other possibilities: Jourdan Lewis (DB), Dalvin Cook (RB), Deshone Kizer (QB), Patrick Mahomes (QB)

Key expert quote: Prisco: “He was a tackling machine in the SEC and they have a major need at inside linebacker. He would be a nice fit.”


No. 28 Dallas Cowboys — no consensus

Other possibilities: Taco Charlton (DE), King King (CB), Jabrill Peppers (S), T.J. Watt (LB), Tre’Davious White (CB), Adoree’ Jackson (CB), Takkarist McKinely (DE)

Key expert quote: Kelly on Jackson: “After losing Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr in free agency, the Cowboys need to restock the shelf at cornerback. Jackson’s an explosive playmaker with the confidence necessary to start early in his career.”


No. 29 Green Bay Packers — no consensus

Possibilities: Dalvin Cook (RB), Charles Harris (DE), Tre’Davious White (CB), Kevin King (CB), Malik McDowell (DT), Jabrill Peppers (S), Marlon Humphrey (DB)

Key expert quote: PFF on Humphrey: “Humphrey is a top-three cornerback in this class in my opinion, and the Packers need any sort of talent they can find at the position.”


No. 30 Pittsburgh Steelers — no consensus

Possibilities: Takkarist McKinley (DE), Charles Harris (DE), Derek Barnett (DE), John Ross (WR), David Njoku (TE), Obi Melifonqu (S), Juju Smith-Schuster (WR)

Key expert quote: Prisco on Melifonwu: “He is a physical freak who can play corner or safety. The Steelers could use help at both with Mike Mitchell getting up in the years.”


No. 31 Atlanta Falcons — Jordan Willis, DE

Experts: 2 of 7

School: Kansas State

Other possibilities: Carl Lawson (DE), Taco Charlton DE), Jabrill Peppers (S), Forrest Lamp (G), Malik McDowell (DT)

Key expert quote:


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

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Possibilities: Christian McCaffrey (RB), Zach Cunningham (DE), John Ross (WR), Patrick Mahomes (QB), Quincy Wilson (CB), Adoree’ Jackson (CB), Jordan Willis (DE)

Key expert quote: Kelly on McCaffrey: “McCaffrey doesn’t possess Darren Sproles’s lightning burst, but he’d play a similar role in the New Orleans offense: a dual-threat runner-receiver, capable of flexing out and running a slant or simply taking a handoff and creating on his own.”


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