1 Los Angeles, Jared Goff, QB, Cal;
The Rams obviously knew who they wanted when they moved up to the first pick. Although Wentz should be as good, or better, than Goff in time the Rams want to win now and Goff is the only rookie quarterback capable of making that happen.
2 Philadelphia, Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State;
The Eagles got one of the two can’t miss prospects and Wentz gets to start his career under a new coach, most likely in a learning role.
3 San Diego, Joey Bosa DE Ohio State; San Diego
Chargers had plenty of time to do their due diligence. Bosa was one of a few players considered to be the best player in the draft so it’s hard to criticize this pick.
4 Dallas, Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State;
This was a Jerry Jones pick all the way. And, for a change, it was a good one.
5 Jacksonville, Jalen Ramsey CB Florida State;
The Jaguars have to be thrilled that Ramsey fell to them as he’s another player considered the best overall player in the draft. Ramsey gives the team a dynamic player in the secondary and there is still plenty of pass rush talent on the board for them in the second round.
6 Baltimore, Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame;
This was among the least surprising in a string of unsurprising selections.
7 San Francisco, DeForrest Buckner DE Oregon; The 49ers could have gone in several directions here and improved their team. Buckner was one of the last top tier of players in this draft.
8 Tennessee, Jack Conklin OT Michigan State;
Meh. Conklin is good but not great and now the team has two natural right tackles.
9 Chicago , Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia;
This is a great pick. Floyd is more athlete than football player at the moment but he is a perfect fit for Vic Fangio’s defense.
10 New York Giants, Eli Apple CB Ohio State;
Hargreaves and Alexander might both be better but Apple is a different type corner. Perhaps he’ll do what Prince Amukamara could not and solidify this position.
11 Tampa Bay, Vernon Hargreaves CB Florida;
Hargreaves should give an instant boost to a moribund Tampa defense.
12 New Orleans, Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville;
What a great pick for the Saints. Rankins plays with an energy and hustle that is contagious. He also makes plenty of plays.
13 Miami, Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss;
Tunsil obviously scared a number of teams. He is among the most talented players in this draft, and the most boneheaded. It’s a great value for Miami if they can nip his bad decisions in the bud.
14 Oakland, Karl Joseph FS West Virginia;
No idea what the Raiders were thinking here. This pick is neither a good value nor does it fill a position of need. We know it’s almost May because the Raiders waste a first round pick.
15 Cleveland, Corey Coleman WR Baylor;
What a great pick. Laquan Treadwell may be a better pro but no receiver makes plays like Corey Coleman. He has the potential to be special in a few years after he leaves Cleveland.
16 Detroit , Taylor Decker OT Ohio State;
I really like this pick for Detroit. I think Decker is better than Conklin.
17 Atlanta, Keanu Neal SS Florida;
Neal will bring a physical presence to the Falcons defense. I’m surprised they went safety over pass rusher but I can’t argue with the selection.
18 Indianapolis, Ryan Kenny C Alabama;
I would have never guessed that Kelly would have been Alabama’s only first round pick. I’m not sure if the Colts understand football. This pick is terrible.
19 Buffalo, Shaq Lawson DE Clemson;
I thought Ogbah and Dodd were both better fits but Ryan knows Lawson well and he knows what he wants from a defensive end.
20 New York Jets, Darron Lee OLB Ohio State;
The Jets have to be pretty pleased that Lee fell to them. He has a chance to explode in their defensive system.
21 Houston, Will Fuller WR Notre Dame;
Fuller is the perfect compliment to DeAndre Hopkins. He should settle in and be a productive starter immediately. And just like that Houston became a complete offense.
22 Washington, Josh Doctson WR TCU;
I don’t get all the Josh Doctson fuss. I see a guy that doesn’t play with any sense of urgency or focus.
23 Minnesota, LaQuan Treadwell WR Ole Miss;
I thought Treadwell was the best receiver. He’s not a burner like the other guys but he is the strongest of the bunch by a long shot.
24 Cincinnati, William Jackson III CB Houston;
Jackson is a very good player and he’ll need to be because The Bengals front 7 might not get near the quarterback and AJ Green might have trouble getting open with 6 people covering him.
25 Pittsburgh, Artie Burns CB Miami;
I feel like the Bengals snaked the Steelers. Burns is not really a first round talent but he’s the only press corner that’s close with Jackson off the board.
26 Denver, Paxton Lynch QB Memphis;
Thus concludes the Denver pursuit of Colin Kaepernick. I’m just not sure that Kaepernick and the 31st pick aren’t worth more than Lynch. I think Denver missed a chance to get much better by being cheap.
27 Green Bay, Kenny Clark DT UCLA;
Clark is a good fit here and Green Bay needs some help on the defensive line. Thompson quietly puts together strong understated drafts each year it seems.
28 San Francisco, Joshua Garnett OG Stanford;
I have no idea why the 49ers traded up for a guard that they could have gotten at 37. I think Garnett will be good but how does he help them win exactly? To be fair, the 49ers usually hit on offensive linemen and linebackers and little else.
29 Arizona, Robert Nkemdiche DT Ole Miss; Another Rebel that would have gone top 10 if it wasn’t for boneheaded decisions. He could have gotten a much bigger panther if he hadn’t clowned around so much.
30 Carolina, Vernon Butler DT La Tech;
I guess the Panthers thought he was the best player available. He doesn’t really help the pass rush or the offensive line at all.
31 Seattle, Germain Ifedi OT Texas A&M;
Reports released just before the draft linked Seattle to Ifedi. That they traded down to get him was good draft day discipline