NFL draft predictions for all thirty-two teams

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 2:09 AM

Instead of the Bills presenting their newest player with a Buffalo jersey, either Lawson or Dodd will give Ryan a Clemson jersey at the opening news conference.

NFL draft predictions for all thirty-two teams

It'south officially draft week, and our NFL Nation reporters are here to give a prediction for every team. 

AFC EAST

 Coach Rex Ryan will choose a Clemson defensive end, either Shaq Lawson or Kevin Dodd, in the first round. Instead of the Bills presenting their newest player with a Buffalo jersey, either Lawson or Dodd will give Ryan a Clemson jersey at the opening news conference. Ryan, whose son Seth is a walk-on at Clemson, will then guarantee that the Tigers will win the national championship in two thousand-sixteenth. -- Mike Rodak

 Do not be surprised if the Dolphins draw off another draft-day trade. The team already swapped first-round picks with the Eagles this year to move from No. eight to No. thirteen. Miami vice president Mike Tannenbaum has a history of emotional up and down the draft board, particularly in the first three rounds. -- James Walker

The Patriots will draft Navy quarterback/running back/wide receiver  Keenan Reynolds earlier than expected. They've spent a lot of resources scouting Reynolds, including multiple visits from coach Bill Belichick, and the combination of Reynolds' skill set, powerful personal character and Navy background create him an obvious fit, maybe in a Julian Edelman-type situation (circa two thousand nine). -- Mike Reiss

 The Jets won't trade disgruntled defensive finish Muhammad Wilkerson, who hasn't yet signed his franchise tag. They're definitely open to emotional him for draft-pick compensation, but teams are shying far because of the contract it'd get to sign him long term -- more than $50 million in guarantees. Instead of giving him far for a substandard deal, they'll opt to hold him for at minimum another year. -- Wealthy Cimini

AFC NORTH

 Baltimore will draft Ole Miss offensive tackle  Laremy Tunsil. Not long ago, it would've been absurd to propose this. But after the Rams and Eagles traded up for the top two spots, Baltimore will either obtain Tunsil or an elite defender with the No. six pick. Considering it'south the twentieth anniversary of the Ravens landing Jonathan Ogden, fate says the draft'south top-rated left tackle once again falls to Baltimore. -- Jamison Hensley

 This mightn't be the boldest of predictions, but with their wide receiver room in necessity of more playmakers, the Bengals will draft a wideout in the first round. The various pre-draft trades could be setting up a running on players at quarterback, possibly diminishing the no of teams that might be looking to get one of the draft'south top pass-catchers early. Corey Coleman (Baylor) and Josh Doctson (TCU) still seem love the most likely options for the Bengals at No. twenty-four. Another prediction? The Bengals will utilize one of their later-round picks on a running back, selecting their first back since Jeremy Hill in two thousand-fourteenth. -- Coley Harvey

 The Browns will create a first-round trade. They'll either trade down out of the eighth choose and stack up more picks, or they'll trade up from the first choose in the second circular to draft a quarterback or wide receiver they've targeted.  -- Pat McManamon

 Just when you think it'south all about defense, the Steelers will say, "Needs, what needs?" and draft a playmaking offensive player somewhere in the first two to four rounds. Think a pass-catching running back option such as Notre Dame C. J. Prosise or a downfield threat such as OK receiver Sterling Shepard. Running backs Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams are both free agents after two thousand sixteen, and Martavis Bryant'south yearlong suspension makes receiver depth a potential issue. A cornerback or defensive lineman in the first circular will be a sensible pick. After that, the franchise will be looking for cost in all areas. -- Jeremy Fowler

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans: The Texans will draft a wide receiver to add a burst of speed to quarterback Brock Osweiler'south arsenal. This is a dimension the Texans' offense lacked latest season and one that might've helped their army of quarterbacks. -- Tania Ganguli

 Common manager Ryan Grigson believes in taking the best player available over addressing a necessity in the draft. All Grigson needs to do is be reminded the Colts gave up one hundred eighteen quarterback hits latest season -- and franchise quarterback Andrew Luck missed nine games -- to realize OH State offensive tackle Taylor Decker will be the best player available and will fill a necessity at No. 18. -- Mike Wells

 Regardless of which players the Jaguars take, they won't be doing much at the team'south rookie minicamp. The Jaguars are modifying what they do; there will be more individual work and number 11-on-11 drills. Dante Fowler Jr. missed the two thousand fifteen season after tearing his left ACL during rookie minicamp. -- Mike DiRocco

 Although the Titans are in beautiful excellent shape on the defensive line with Jurrell Casey, DaQuan Jones, Al Woods, Angelo Blackson, Karl Klug and Ropati Pitoitua, they'll obtain a defensive linemen in the first four rounds. There are so many accounts about the talent of the defensive linemen in this draft, one will be graded as too excellent to pass up for Jon Robinson is his first draft as the Titans' GM. -- Paul Kuharsky

AFC WEST

 The Broncos will nearly certainly get a safety before the first two days of the draft are done. They also will get a long see at the offensive and defensive linemen on the board. But if the right safety slid down to them in the first round, they'd utilize the No. 31 choose to grab him. -- Jeff Legwold

 The Chiefs will go for defense with their first-round choose for the third straight year. The draft is deep in prospects on the defensive line, where the Chiefs could lose Dontari Poe to free agency following year. The Chiefs also have a necessity at cornerback. -- Adam Teicher

 The Raiders will be tempted to trade down from No. fourteen and thus could continue their free-agency trend of solidifying their defense in the early rounds of the draft. An inside linebacker would add depth. Although the Raiders struck out on the latest center linebacker they drafted from AL (look Rolando McClain), Reggie Ragland would be a kind fit. -- Paul Gutierrez

 With the top two teams in the draft likely taking a quarterback, the Chargers also will draft a quarterback -- but it won't be with the No. three pick. Philip Rivers still has a few years left, but he turns thirty-five years elderly in December and San Diego needs to discover his eventual replacement. The franchise has worked out several quarterbacks during the lead-up to the draft, including Paxton Lynch of Memphis and OH State'south Cardale Jones. -- Eric D. Williams

NFC EAST

 The Cowboys will pass on a quarterback in the first round. Despite all the speak about finding a successor for Tony Romo, who turned thirty-six latest week, and at the very minimum a backup for two thousand sixteen, Jerry Jones believes he's a team that can win presently and needs a few pieces to help. Drafting a quarterback with the No. four choose would only assistance in the brief duration if Romo were to obtain damage again. But does anybody believe a rookie would step in and lead this team to the playoffs? That doesn't imply the Cowboys will ignore the position; they'll eventually get a quarterback in this draft. -- Todd Archer

 The Giants' first choose will be a defensive player. Forget all the speak you've heard about Ezekiel Elliott and Ronnie Stanley and all the money the Giants spent on defense in free agency. They necessity more building-block players on defense, and they know that'south the best way to cash in a second straight top-10 pick. They could go a few different ways -- a pass-rusher love Leonard Floyd, a cornerback love Vernon Hargreaves III, maybe even a move up for Jalen Ramsey if he falls past Dallas. But the first-round choose will be a defensive player. Book it. -- Dan Graziano

 This certainly became a lot easier task with latest week's trade that moved the Eagles up to the No. two choose in the draft. Instead of trying to figure out whether the Eagles would get offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley or running back Ezekiel Elliott at No. eight overall, things presently seem beautiful clear. The Eagles acknowledge they moved up for a quarterback. The prediction is that they'll wind up with ND State'south Carson Wentz. How excellent will Wentz be? That requires another shake of the Magic eight Ball. -- Phil Sheridan

 The Redskins will trade back in the first round, gain another third-round choice and choose two defensive linemen in their first four picks. The draft is deep along the defensive line, and if a quarterback such as Paxton Lynch is still available at twenty-first, the Redskins might be able to coax someone to swap picks. This would authorize WA to start finding youthful building blocks for the defensive trenches. -- John Keim

NFC NORTH

 The Bears will draft a defensive player in Round one. The exact position is challenging to pinpoint based on the draft'south fluid nature, but Chicago has clear needs at defensive line, edge rusher and cornerback. If quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz fly off the board, as expected, the Bears should be positioned to get a ready-to-contribute upgrade on defense. -- Jeff Dickerson

 The Lions will have a boring draft, and that'll be a excellent thing. Detroit won't pick any flashy names -- that'south what happens when a team picks in the center of a circular and doesn't necessity a quarterback. But the Lions will load up on players on the offensive and defensive lines, choose up defensive back assistance and choose a wide receiver with some speed. It'll be a draft built on adding roster depth, stopping the running and protecting Matthew Stafford. Speaking of quarterback, the Lions will get one late, maybe Kevin Hogan, Nate Sudfeld or Jake Rudock. -- Michael Rothstein

 What'south better than a draft prediction? How about a guarantee? Number matter who Ted Thompson picks at No. twenty-seven -- or in the unlikely event he trades up or down -- you can be assured that you'll hear something love this arrive out of his mouth: "We got the guy we wanted." Maybe that'll actually be the case, but have you ever heard him (or any other GM for that matter) declare otherwise? Maybe the only thing more useless than a pre-draft news conference is the post-draft one. -- Rob Demovsky

 The Vikings will add a receiver who can give Teddy Bridgewater a large target over the middle. TCU'south Josh Doctson might be tough to pass up if he'south there at No. twenty-three, and even if the Vikings don't obtain their man in the first round, they'll see to address the position later in the draft. They can utilize a player to assistance make better the league'south 31st-ranked passing game, and they've spent too much time scouting receivers for us not to think they'll get one. -- Ben Goessling

NFC SOUTH

 With only five picks, the Falcons will trade the No. seventeen overall pick to get a later choose in the first circular and possibly choose up a third-rounder, since Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff believes there'south cost in the first three rounds. With that later first-round pick, the Falcons will get AR tight finish Hunter Henry, giving them a Greg Olsen-type threat. -- Vaughn McClure

 Rescinding the franchise tag on Josh Norman creates a enormous hole at cornerback. One reason Dave Gettleman was willing to move on from Norman: The GM believes a excellent pass rush makes excellent defensive backs see great. So with the necessity for a long-term solution to replace Charles Johnson at defensive end, the Panthers will choose the best available player at that position, which likely will be OK State'south Emmanuel Ogbah. Clemson'south Kevin Dodd would be a excellent choice as well if he falls to No. 30. -- David Newton

 The Saints will do something radical -- compared to their own track record, anyway -- and trade down in Round one for the first time since one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven. New Orleans, which holds the twelfth pick, has done the exact opposite in recent years, trading up five times in Round one below GM Mickey Loomis. But the Saints shifted gears a bit latest year, stockpiling nine picks in two thousand-fifteenth as they began to restore their talent base. They still have a lot of needs to fill as they continue to restore that base, particularly on defense. But they've only six picks to work with. The timing feels right for a move down the board if a good offer comes along. -- Mike Triplett

 The Bucs will concentrate on defense. They drafted just one defensive player the past two years -- linebacker  Kwon Alexander -- but will likely address their top two needs, cornerback and defensive end, with their first two picks. -- Mike DiRocco

NFC WEST

 At some point late Friday or Saturday -- basically any time after the second round -- the Cardinals will choose a quarterback. But not just any quarterback. The fortunate signal-caller to be groomed by Bruce Arians, Tom Moore and  Carson Palmer will stand at minimum 6-foot-4 and have a powerful arm. This is the year the Cardinals can discover a legitimate option to start preparing as the future at QB. -- Josh Weinfuss

 The Rams will draft a quarterback with the first choose and won't choose again until the fourth round. So they'll have plenty of time on their hands -- but they won't be spending Day two of the draft at Disneyland. The Rams have four picks on Day three and have spent additional time focusing on the final four rounds and their post-draft process, knowing they necessity to discover players capable of making the roster in undrafted free agency. The trust here is that the Rams will spend at minimum one of their two fourth-round choices on a wide receiver. -- Nick Wagoner

 The 49ers, who already have twelve total picks, will trade back from the No. seven spot to accumulate more picks and utilize their new first-rounder, so long as it's in the center of the first round, on Clemson defensive finish Shaq Lawson. The Niners traded back two spots latest year and still picked up a main target in Arik Armstead. But if Jared Goff is somehow still on the board at No. seven, all bets are off. -- Paul Gutierrez

 The Seahawks, who haven't made a first-round choose since two thousand twelve, will trade out of the first circular again. General manager John Schneider has said the Seahawks have more draftable grades (two hundred) on players than they normally do. The guess here is he'd like to move back into the top half of the second round. That'd authorize Seattle to still potentially grab a player love TX A&M offensive tackle  Germain Ifedi, IN offensive tackle  Jason Spriggs or LA Tech defensive tackle  Vernon Butler while adding a third- or fourth-round pick. -- Sheil Kapadia

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