With the NFL season coming to an end and free agency starting up, the time comes for predictions to be made on the much anticipated NFL Draft.

1. Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett, DE (Texas A&M)

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        Myles Garrett has been the consensus #1 overall pick for months now and we can see why. Myles Garrett is a freak of nature, standing at 6’5” and 269 pounds, making other defensive ends look puny compared to him. Garrett also had a ridiculous day at the NFL Combine, posting a 4.64 second 40-yard dash, 41.0” vertical jump and 33 bench reps. Myles Garrett would help the struggling Cleveland Browns bolster their defense which ranked 31st last season, giving up 311 total yards a game which ranked 30th. Garrett would have an immediate impact on the Browns and will surely give the franchise a glimpse of hope for the future.

2. San Francisco 49ers

Deshaun Watson, QB (Clemson)

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        The San Francisco 49ers have been lacking an identity ever since the firing of head coach Jim Harbaugh. Deshaun Watson would certainly change that. Watson was one of the most popular players, Heisman trophy finalist, and college football and just won the national championship against juggernaut Alabama. Deshaun Watson would blossom under newly hired coach Kyle Shanahan, who is an offensive guru. Shanahan showed his ability to direct an offense when he was OC of the Washington Redskins and the Atlanta Falcons. Watson would change the fortunes of the 49ers going forward if selected.

3. Chicago Bears

Solomon Thomas, DE (Stanford)

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        The Chicago Bears did not have the best season from a defensive standpoint, giving up 24.9 points per game, ranking 24th in the league. The Bears are in need of a pass rusher to compensate for their lack of a defensive line, Thomas being the best fit for them. Thomas was a standout at Stanford and would immediately bring help to a struggling organization. Should Thomas get drafted by the Bears, he would be paired with former defensive coordinator John Fox as his head coach, who would find a role for Thomas instantly.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jonathan Allen, DE (Alabama)

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        Jonathan Allen could have easily been the mocked as the number one selection. However, a recent diagnosis of arthritis in his shoulders has made his draft stock slightly fall. The Jags could be getting a steal with this pick, bolstering their defensive line in order to make a push at the playoffs with the young squad they have assembled. The Jaguars have talent on their defensive line but need one more piece. Jonathan Allen could be the missing piece. Allen will be included in a defensive line with Calais Campbell, Dante Fowler, and Malik Jackson. This squad will wreak havoc in years to come if they get the proper coaching.

5. Tennessee Titans (via L.A. Rams)

John Ross, WR (Washington)

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        The Titans finished 9-7 last season, barely missing the playoffs. The Titans have one of the most intriguing young teams in the league. Marcus Mariota and DeMarco Murray lead this team last year and adding another playmaker like John Ross will suit them very well. The Titans lack a true go-to wide receiver, John Ross could be that. The Titans ranked 25th in passing yards last season, John Ross would help put them into the top half of the league in this category due to his blazing speed and playmaking ability. This would be the perfect pick for the Titans to give Mariota the true playmaker he deserves.

6. New York Jets

Leonard Fournette, RB (LSU)

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        The New York Jets are in dire need of a franchise player to carry them on for the next few years. Already a proven star, Fournette was a Heisman candidate in 2015, showing off his his trucking ability and football IQ. Leonard Fournette is Adrian Peterson 2.0, similar run styles in the way that he can run over, or run past you in the blink of an eye. An aging Matt Forte will not be able to carry the load of the run game for much longer, paving the road for Fournette to take the job, and become a star in New York.

7. Los Angeles Chargers

Deshone Kizer, QB (Notre Dame)

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        Philip Rivers is getting old, he can’t be the Chargers quarterback forever. With an unreliable backup to the veteran who has no future of being a starter in any way, the Chargers need to take a quarterback in this draft, and a good one. Deshone Kizer has shown that he has unrivaled coaching ability with the way he can be taught, being the backup to Rivers would definitely help his cause and improve his skills to eventually be the starter and future star for the Chargers.

8. Carolina Panthers

Dalvin Cook, RB (FSU)

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        After going 15-1 in the 2015 season and making the Super Bowl, the Carolina Panthers have fallen from grace. The Panthers finished with a 6-10 record and failed to improve upon their amazing 2015 campaign. Cam Newton had to carry most of the load last season, he didn’t have another playmaker to help take the weight off of his shoulders. Dalvin Cook can be Cam Newton’s future playmaker in the backfield. He has the playmaking ability to take over the game. Jonathan Stewart is aging and barely did anything last season, therefore making this the perfect pick for the Panthers to help them get back to the top.

9. Cincinnati Bengals

Reuben Foster, LB (Alabama)

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        The Bengals, who did not show out this season, much to their fans’ surprise, ended up with a 6-9-1 record. Cincinnati could use a defensive anchor such as Foster, with an impressive season at Alabama, notching 115 total tackles and 5 sacks. Foster would most likely help the Bengals get to where they want to be next season, making a playoff berth. Taking much of the load off of the Cincinnati offense which has shown to be elite. Bolstering the defense would help them make the next step towards a deep playoff run.

10. Buffalo Bills

Marshon Lattimore, CB (Ohio State)

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        The Buffalo Bills just lost their best cornerback, Stephon Gilmore, to division rival, the New England Patriots. Losing Gilmore is a real blow to the defense that Buffalo was trying to build. Marshon Lattimore was a First Team All-Big 10 selection and would immediately fill the void that the loss of Gilmore has brought. Lattimore is great at covering receivers and jumping routes. He would be a spark plug and a leader for the Bills and would help the defense for years to come, making this the perfect selection for the Bills.

11. New Orleans Saints

Jamal Adams, S (LSU)

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        The Saints defense is horrendous. They ranked dead last in passing yards allowed per game last season and ranked 31st in points allowed per game. The Saints need all the help they can get on defense and drafting Jamal Adams is the best place to start. Adams would be a steal at this pick and would provide immediate help to the Saints defense. Adams was a First-team All-SEC selection last season and had 76 total tackles in 12 games. Adams will also be perfect for the Saints because he went to LSU and will certainly be a fan favorite.

12. Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia)

Mitchell Trubisky, QB (UNC)

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        Also having the #1 pick, the Browns should look for a new QB at this point in the draft. Cleveland, needing substantial help in the passing category, as well as needing a franchise quarterback, could look to Mitchell Trubisky to revive the offense. The Browns have had bad experiences drafting quarterbacks in the past, but hopefully for them, this one will turn out okay.

13. Arizona Cardinals

Mike Williams, WR (Clemson)

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        The Cardinals have lost a lot of core players this offseason due to free agency and Larry Fitzgerald will have to retire at some point. Drafting Williams with this selection will give the Cardinals an offensive weapon once Fitzgerald inevitably retires.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota)

Malik Hooker, S (Ohio State)

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        The Philadelphia Eagles could use some help on defense. The offensive additions they have made in the offseason will help them greatly with players like Alshon Jeffery. The draft would be a great place to take a defensive anchor in Hooker who will make the Eagles look even more like a playoff team next season.

15. Indianapolis Colts

 Forrest Lamp, OG (Western Kentucky)

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        The Colts offensive line is an atrocity. The Colts have to protect Andrew Luck or they will never have another chance at being contenders. Drafting Forrest Lamp will be the first step at getting the franchise quarterback the protection that is deserved.

16. Baltimore Ravens

Derek Barnett, DE (Tennessee)

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        The Ravens defense that won them the title in 2013 is mostly gone. They need to add pieces to their defense and get it back to the way it was in the Ray Lewis era. Barnett could be an addition to help the Ravens terrorize offenses again for years to come.

17. Washington Redskins

Christian McCaffrey, RB (Stanford)

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        The Redskins have had an interesting offseason filled with lots of controversy. The Terrelle Pryor signing has lifted some of the weight off the shoulders of the front office. Drafting McCaffrey would do the same. McCaffrey would be the perfect compliment to Kirk Cousins and give the Redskins a dangerous player coming out of the backfield.

18. Tennessee Titans

Jabrill Peppers, LB (Michigan)

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        Jabrill Peppers can play anywhere on the football field. His size might be an issue which is why he is going mid-first round. However, this pick is perfect for the Titans. Peppers can be the sparkplug that the Titans need and help them out anywhere on the football field. Drafting Peppers with this pick will make the Titans look even more like contenders next season.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

O.J. Howard, TE (Alabama)

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        The Bucs have been in the process of becoming a playoff team for the past couple of years. With the addition of Desean Jackson as well as having Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Evans, O.J. Howard would make the Tampa Bay offense look even scarier than it already does.

20. Denver Broncos

Cam Robinson, OT (Alabama)

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        After a Super Bowl win in 2016, the Denver Broncos fell in the standings of the AFC West, missing the playoffs. The offensive line of the Broncos is lacking due to the loss of Ryan Clady and Russell Okung. Robinson would be a missing piece in the puzzle that is the Denver offense. Robinson would also help protect Paxton Lynch, or Tony Romo, or whoever John Elway decides is going to play quarterback next season.

21. Detroit Lions

Takkarist McKinley, DE (UCLA)

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        The Lions are very close to being contenders. They have a very consistent offense that will lead them for years to come and a defense that just needs a few more pieces. Drafting McKinley with this pick and putting him at left defensive end and being paired with Ziggy Ansah on the other side would be absolutely lethal.

22. Miami Dolphins

Taco Charlton, DE (Michigan)

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        Taco Charlton would be best paired with Cameron Wake in the Miami defense. Miami is on the road to becoming serious playoff contenders. The defensive addition of Charlton would be a step closer to a playoff run for Miami. Charlton had 10 sacks in his last year at Michigan and 13.5 tackles for loss, he and Wake will wreak havoc on the league and eventually challenge the Patriots for the AFC East crown.

23. New York Giants

Alvin Kamara, RB (Tennessee)

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        The Giants desperately need a running back. They ranked 29th in rushing yards last season, averaging 88.2 yards. Kamara will give the running game of the Giants the boost it needs. Kamara can easily find a role within Ben McAdoo’s offense and help the Giants make their way to the top of the NFC.

24. Oakland Raiders

Corey Davis, WR (Western Michigan)

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        After a disappointing playoff stint due to Derek Carr getting injured, the Oakland Raiders are gearing up for another playoff push. Amari Cooper, Jared Cook, Michael Crabtree and now possibly Corey Davis. If the Raiders can stay healthy next season they will surely contend for the Super Bowl with the dynamic offense that the Raiders have built.

25. Houston Texans

Tre’Davious White, CB (LSU)

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        The Texans already have one of the best defenses in the league. However, they lost AJ Bouye, who was one of their best players in their secondary. Replacing Bouye with White could end up being an upgrade for the Texans making this pick is a very safe selection for them. White had 14 broken up passes and 35 total tackles at LSU. White can make his impact felt immediately and help the Texans get back to the playoffs.

26. Seattle Seahawks

Garett Bolles, OT (Utah)

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        Russell Wilson cannot run around in the pocket for the rest of his career. Unless the Seahawks get a better offensive line, they will lack the power to be real playoff contenders again. Bolles would help create holes for new running back Eddie Lacy and give Russell Wilson more time to throw in the pocket.

27. Kansas City Chiefs

Malik McDowell, DT (Michigan State)

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        The loss of Dontari Poe will hurt the Chiefs, but replacing Poe with McDowell will help fill the hole at defensive tackle. McDowell has some attitude problems but Andy Reid will be able to help McDowell mature and become a vital piece of the Chiefs defense. McDowell can stop the run keep the Chiefs contenders if utilized in the right way.

28. Dallas Cowboys

Evan Engram, TE (Mississippi)

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        The Cowboys have lost a lot of players this offseason and seem to have taken a step back from contending. Adding a backup tight end to learn behind Jason Witten while he is in the waning years of his career is the best thing the Cowboys can do to be prepared for the future. Evan Engram is a very good receiving tight end who had 926 yards and 8 TDs in his final season at Ole Miss making this a smart pick for the Cowboys

29. Green Bay Packers

Adoree’ Jackson, CB (USC)

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        The Packers need to start their defensive backfield from scratch. The Packers ranked 31st in passing yards allowed per game last season allowing 269.2 yards per game while having one easiest schedules in the league. Adoree’ Jackson was a monster in college, in 2016 alone he had 5 interceptions. Jackson also has blazing speed, he returned 4 touchdowns for USC last season. Jackson can make an immediate impact on the Packers weak secondary and help them stay contenders in the future.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers

Haason Reddick, DE (Temple)

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        The Steelers had a good season last year, making to the AFC Championship. The fact of the matter is that Pittsburgh’s defense still has some holes to fill, most notably on the line. While they have Cameron Heyward, he alone cannot carry the defensive line. The Steelers would be smart to draft Reddick given the chance. Standing at 6’1” and weighing in at 230 lbs, Reddick stood out at Temple. Notching 65 total tackles and 10.5 sacks. This is a smart pick for the Steelers, who will most likely make a run for the Super Bowl again this season.

31. Atlanta Falcons

David Njoku, TE (Miami)

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        David Njoku was a beast at Miami, he had 43 receptions for 698 yards and 8 touchdowns. Njoku would be a good fit for the Falcons because they have been in need of a tight end ever since Tony Gonzalez retired. Atlanta, after losing in the Super Bowl, will be looking to come back strong and push for the title again. Njoku would be paired well with Julio Jones and Matt Ryan, making them a very frightening trio for NFC opponents.

32. New Orleans Saints (via New England)

TJ Watt, LB (Wisconsin)

        

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        The Saints traded their best wide receiver in Brandin Cooks for this pick. The Saints best option at this pick is to go defensive and select another piece to add to their up and coming defense. If TJ Watt is anything like his brother JJ Watt the Saints will be getting an absolute steal with this pick. Watt had 11.5 sacks, 63 tackles, and 15.5 tackles for loss. Watt has definitely proved himself and if he can translate his game to the NFL, he will be an absolute beast.

Bobby Osborne and Carter Mallory, Sports

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