San Francisco 49ers: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
John Lynch grabs the franchise quarterback for Kyle Shanahan's offense.
Darnold was very impressive as a redshirt freshman in 2016. Sources say that while they haven't studied Darnold extensively, he jumped out at them as being a potentially special quarterback. Darnold completed 67 percent of his passes in 2016 for 3,086 yards with 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The 6-4, 225-pounder has size and led USC on a nine-game winning streak to end the season.
Cleveland Browns: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
The Browns grab a their franchise quarterback. I don't think taking DeShone Kizer will eliminate Cleveland taking a signal-caller early in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Rosen completed 59 percent of his passes in 2016 for 1,915 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions in his six games before being sidelined by shoulder surgery. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder has a strong arm with pocket-passing skills, yet could stand to improve his decision-making and accuracy.
Rosen had an impressive debut as a freshman, completing 60 percent of his passes for 3,670 yards with 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He showed off a powerful arm and the ability to be an NFL pocket passer.
While Rosen has gotten a ton of hype, the same thing happened with Christian Hackenberg after his freshman season. Thus, Rosen still has more to prove as a junior to be a high first-rounder.
Los Angeles Rams: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
The Rams lack a true No. 1. Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds are secondary receivers. Their other receivers aren't great option either; Tavon Austin is just a slot receiver, while Robert Woods was a bust for the Bills.
In 2016, Ridley made 72 catches for 769 yards with seven touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder had a tremendous freshman season for the Crimson Tide as their No. 1 receiver. As a replacement for Amari Cooper, Ridley was very effective with 89 receptions for 1,045 yards with seven touchdowns. He finished the 2015 season with impressive performances against Florida and Michigan State to help push Alabama to the National Championship. Ridley has size, speed and a ton of upside for the NFL.
Chicago Bears: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
The Bears could use more talent at offensive tackle, especially a top left tackle to protect their quarterback.
McGlinchey was very impressive at left tackle for the Fighting Irish in 2016. He looked natural in pass protection, and one wouldn't have thought that he wasn't playing the position before 2016.
McGlinchey has excellent feet to get depth in his kick slide and cut off speed rushers. As a run blocker, McGlinchey can get movement at the point of attack. He flashes heavy hands to push defenders out of their gaps and open holes for his back. McGlinchey also has a nice ability to bend at the knee, and that in combination with his feet, keeps him from having to reach after edge rushers. His performance in 2016 protecting DeShone Kizer is evidence that McGlinchey is a future starting left tackle in the NFL and a first-round pick.
McGlinchey (6-7, 310) is a tough run blocker and has been part of a good Notre Dame line for years. In 2015, he showed well as a right tackle and had a more physical style of play than former Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley. The one area that McGlinchey really needs to improve is his repeated problem with false starts.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Arden Key, DE, LSU
Tom Coughlin goes for the best player available and takes Key. If Dante Fowler or Yannick Ngakoue doesn't break out in 2017, Key will be too good to pass on.
Key was one of the best players in college football in 2016. He recorded 56 tackles with 14.5 for a loss, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes broken up on the year. Key is a dangerous pass-rusher with excellent speed and the ability to bend around the corner. He flashed a ton of potential as a freshman for LSU, totaling 41 tackles with 6.5 for a loss, five sacks and one pass broken up. The 6-foot-6, 231-pounder is a lightning-fast edge rusher with a ton of upside to develop.
Buffalo Bills: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
The Bills may move on from Sammy Watkins after the 2017 season. Zay Jones is a quality No. 2, but here's a potential No. 1 for Buffalo.
Kirk played well in 2016 despite inconsistent quarterback play from the Aggies. He had 83 receptions for 928 yards with nine touchdowns while splitting targets with wideouts like Josh Reynolds and Ricky Seals-Jones. Kirk is a fast, explosive play-maker. Some scouting sources have said their nickname for Kirk is "Baby Beckham" in reference to Odell Beckham Jr.
Kirk (5-11, 200) had an outstanding freshman debut for Texas A&M and earned playing time over more veteran receivers who had previously produced for the Aggies. In 2015, Kirk caught 80 passes for 1,009 yards with seven touchdowns. He averaged only 19.3 yards per kick return, but averaged 24.4 yards per punt returns with two touchdowns.
New York Jets: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
The Jets could use an edge rusher to go with their tough interior defensive linemen.
In 2016, Hubbard collected 46 tackles with eight for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two passes batted. While rotating into the game as a sophomore, he showed his potential with 6.5 sacks. Hubbard also had 28 tackles with an interception. The 6-foot-5, 266-pounder could explode as a senior as he has an early round skill set.
Indianapolis Colts: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
The Colts have Vontae Davis entering free agency, so they could use a No. 1 corner to pair with Quincy Wilson.
McFadden was up and down in 2016, but he has a ton of talent to grow into a better player. Sometimes, he looked great but other times, he seemed lost. McFadden still tied for the nation's lead in interceptions with eight. He also has 20 tackles and six passes broken up. At 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, McFadden has great size with a ton of upside to improve his consistency as a junior in 2017.
New Orleans Saints: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
The Saints grab a base end to go across from Cam Jordan.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Chubb has been a tough defender for the Wolfpack. In 2016, he had 58 tackles with 22 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one pass batted. As a sophomore in 2015, he collected 5.5 sacks. Chubb has scheme flexibility.
Tennessee Titans: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
Tennessee needs more play-makers for Marcus Mariota. Here's a No. 1 receiver for the Titans.
In 2016, Sutton totaled 76 receptions for 1,246 yards - 16.5 yard average - with 10 touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has size to him, and in 2015, he showed big-play ability by averaging 17.6 yards per catch. For the year, the redshirt freshman totaled 862 yards and nine touchdowns on 49 receptions.
Scouting sources really like Sutton and think he is a mismatch weapon. One playoff general manager said they loved him and thought he could end up becoming the best receiver from his draft class. One scouting director told WalterFootball.com that, in studying up on players before hitting the road for college training camps before the 2016 season, Sutton's tape really stood out, and he continued to impress them in 2016. Sutton is a long-strider, and sources say his speed is comparable to TCU's Josh Docton, who the Redskins took in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Minnesota Vikings: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
Cordarrelle Patterson is gone, and Laquon Treadwell has some limitations. Here's some more receiver talent for the Vikings.
Campbell made only 13 receptions for 121 yards in 2016, but sources from multiple teams have told me that Campbell has big-time ability and they believe he is going to break out. They also think he has a No. 1 receiver talent for the NFL. Campbell (6-1, 208) probably will take on a bigger role for Ohio State in 2017.
Philadelphia Eagles: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
The Eagles have to get a stronger running game to help Carson Wentz. Here's a stud back for Philadelphia.
Barkley was excellent in 2016, and NFL sources have already said they think he's a stud back for the next level. The sophomore averaged 5.5 yards per carry on the year for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also made 28 catches for 402 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver.
Barkley was very impressive as a freshman in 2015 when he averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 1,076 yards with seven touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 161 yards and a score. Barkley was very impressive running for 194 yards on 26 carries against an Ohio State defense loaded with NFL talent. The 5-foot-11, 223-pounder is a tough runner with a burst.
Miami Dolphins: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
The Dolphins could use a true No. 1 cornerback.
Alexander (5-11, 188) was very good for Louisville in 2016. He had 39 tackles with nine passes broken up and five interceptions. He also is a dangerous punt returner. There is a lot of upside for Alexander to develop.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College
The Buccaneers grab an edge rusher to pair with Noah Spence.
Landry (6-3, 250) had an impressive junior season as an edge rusher for Boston College, recording 16.5 sacks, 22 tackles for a loss, seven forced fumbles, four passes batted and 51 tackles. He contributed as a sophomore with 60 stops and 4.5 sacks. Landry would fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
Baltimore Ravens: Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
The Ravens need a feature runner for their offense.
Scarbrough emerged as a potentially devastating workhorse running back at the end of the 2016 season. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry on the year for 812 yards with 11 touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 228-pounder is similar to Derrick Henry with the size to run over defenders and a surprising burst to break off long runs for a big back.
New York Giants: Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
The Giants lost Johnathan Hankins, but Dalvin Tomlinson is a good nose tackle prospect. Here's another upgrade for the Giants' interior defensive line.
Scouts who have looked ahead to the 2018 class have raved about Payne's potential. Coming from Alabama, it isn't a stretch as Payne could take on the lead role for the Crimson Tide with Jonathan Allen moving on to the NFL. Payne (6-2, 219) is a run plugger with a lot of potential to grow.