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Cleveland Browns: Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
The Browns grab a fast interior pass-rusher to go with Myles Garrett. Jones has ton of physical talent with speed at the point of attack. He is very fast with an excellent burst off the snap to fire his gap and cause disruption in the backfield.
Minnesota Vikings: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The Vikings could use multiple offensive line upgrades. Williams could be an upgrade at guard or right tackle for Minnesota. Taking a blocker like Williams or Cody Ford from Oklahoma would help open holes for Dalvin Cook and protect their investment in Kirk Cousins.
Tennessee Titans: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
The Titans could use a big-play receiver to go with Corey Davis. Sources from multiple teams told me that Campbell has big-time ability and that they thought he would break out in 2017 if Ohio State had committed to getting him the ball. The passing limitations of J.T. Barrett held back Campbell and Ohio State's other wideouts that season, but Campbell has blossomed in 2018 with a competent pocket passing quarterback in Dwayne Haskins. The one issue Campbell has is unreliable hands, but Mike Vrabel was in Houston when the Texans took a similar player in Will Fuller and Vrabel saw what a vast impact Fuller has provided for Houston when the speedster is healthy. Campbell is also explosive, but bigger and more durable.
Pittsburgh Steelers: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Steelers got a good season out of Joe Haden, but the veteran can't play forever. Here's an understudy. Baker is an excellent cover corner but lacks elite speed. Additionally, he has some off-the-field concerns that could push him lower than where he would have gone without character issues.
Jacksonville Jaguars: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
TRADE!!! The Jaguars missed out on the top quarterbacks, so they moved down in the first round in a trade with Philadelphia. By getting extra picks on Day 2, the Jaguars can target a quarterback of their choosing there and land a receiver to replace Allen Robinson in Round 1.
Atlanta Falcons: Christian Wilkins, DT/3-4DE/NT, Clemson
TRADE!!! Atlanta is fortunate that the 2019 NFL Draft is deep at their needs of defensive end and defensive tackle. Here, the Falcons have moved down with Indianapolis. Atlanta can move down, pick up some extra picks, and still land a good prospect who fills a need. Here the Falcons land a versatile defensive tackle who can play a variety of spots and would be a great fit in Dan Quinn's defense.
Kansas City Chiefs: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
TRADE!!! The Chiefs have two second-round picks, so they have ammo to move up. The Seahawks are without a second-round pick, so they would probably be thrilled to move down. Clearly, Kansas City needs more talent at cornerback. Marcus Peters has not played well in 2018, so the Chiefs were wise to deal him, but they still have to improve their pass coverage. Here's a plug-and-play cover corner for Kansas City. Williams has good instincts and ball skills, but lacks the speed and weight of a top-10 cornerback prospect.
Baltimore Ravens: Cody Ford, G, Oklahoma
The Ravens grab some blocking talent to protect Lamar Jackson and open holes for Gus Edwards. Ford was phenomenal in 2018 and has created a buzz with scouts going through Norman. The 6-foot-4, 338-pound Ford is strong at the point of attack with good athleticism for his size.
Oakland Raiders: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Raiders grab a big wide receiver to serve as the No. 1 in Jon Gruden's offense. Gruden likes receivers with size, and Metcalf (6-4, 230) has that in spades. He could be a good fit in Gruden's West Coast offense.
Houston Texans: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
Prior to the 2015 NFL Draft, long-time Texans scout Ed Lambert raved to me about David Johnson and how he wanted the Texans to land him. Bill O'Brien, however, demanded the Texans take Jaelen Strong instead of Johnson in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. As a result of O'Brien's mistake, the Texans still need a long-term running back. The red-zone offense has struggled because of the backfield issues, including Lamar Miller slowing down, and O'Brien possibly on his way to running D'Onta Foreman out of town. Imagine if O'Brien had listened to his scouts and Houston had David Johnson to go with Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Here's a running back upgrade.
Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
The Raiders grab a three-down running back for Jon Gruden. Gruden likes big backs with receiving ability, which Jacobs fits. He is a big back with surprising speed, athleticism and versatility. He is going to be a hot prospect in the leadup to the 2019 NFL Draft.
Los Angeles Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT/3-4DE/NT, Notre Dame
The Chargers could use some young talent at defensive tackle. Tillery has a good skill set with size, quickness, and athleticism. He can plug runs and rush the passer. Tillery has serious character concerns though, and that could cause him to slide in the 2019 NFL Draft.
New England Patriots: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Patriots grab a tight end to go with, and eventually replace, Rob Gronkowski. Fant could have three-down starting potential with his ability to contribute as a receiver.
Los Angeles Rams: Dexter Lawrence, DT/3-4DE/NT, Clemson
Ndamukong Suh only signed a 1-year contract. Here's a versatile lineman who could play five-technique or nose tackle to go with Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers.
Seattle Seahawks: Montez Sweat, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Mississippi State
TRADE!!! The Seahawks will probably be desperate to move down as they are without a second-round pick and have plenty of positions that could use some young talent. Edge rusher is among those needs, so moving down and adding to the pass rush could be an ideal first night of the draft John Schneider. Here, Seattle grabs an edge rusher to go across from Frank Clark.
Green Bay Packers: Zach Allen, DE/3-4DE, Boston College
The Packers signed Muhammed Wilkerson to a 1-year contract. Here's a replacement. Allen (6-5, 285) has good size and strength to set the edge as he contributes in the pass rush and ground game. In the NFL, he can be a power base end in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.
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