As the season comes closer and summer scouting winds down, we have a more and more clear picture of which players have a chance to get drafted in the first round. This is an exercise to predict how the first night of the draft could shape out.
The Texans have an awful roster, and Thibodeaux is the best player in the draft to inject some much-needed talent into their defense.
Jared Goff can not be the long-term starter at quarterback for the Lions. If they find themselves in the position to acquire a talented passer like Rattler, they should not hesitate.
A three-year starter at Alabama, Neal brings the traits and versatility that the Bengals need to protect Joe Burrow.
Robert Saleh's defense works best when the front four can put pressure on the quarterback consistently. Leal is a physical specimen who can develop into one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL.
The Jaguars have a young, talented roster that could find its defensive leader in Kyle Hamilton, who is as gifted as anyone in this draft class.
Jalen Hurts has limited upside as an NFL starter, and the Eagles will want to rebuild their roster around another signal-caller. The big-armed Strong could come in and sit behind Hurts for a whole season if needed.
Atlanta is hurting all over the defense, but the improvements have to start upfront. Jackson has game-breaking potential off the edge.
Who better add a blue-chip cornerback prospect than the Raiders, who need as much help in the secondary as possible.
A second pro-bowl caliber cornerback could make the Giant's defense very tough to beat. The twitched-up Booth can become just that.
If the Panthers are serious about building around Sam Darnold, they have to protect him first. Rhyan has the strength and athleticism required to be a franchise tackle.
Following in the footsteps of former Boilermaker Ryan Kerrigan, Karlaftis could terrorize the NFC East for the next decade.
The offensive line is a significant concern in the desert. Kirkland has the athletic ability to hold down a starting spot on the offensive line.
Finding a long-term starter at quarterback will be the biggest challenge for the improving Football Team. A brilliant and accurate passer, Slovis can be productive early on in his career.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
The Vikings have a type at wide receiver; they like separators. Wilson separates as well as any other receiver in college football and can eventually replace Adam Thielen.
Projecting as a day one quality starting guard, Green fits the physical style of the Steelers with his power and athleticism.
The very accurate passer and the three-year starter would step into a Broncos offense with very few holes.
With Mike Williams on an expiring contract, the last thing the Chargers want is to lose a playmaker for Justin Herbert.
18. New England Patriots: Brandon Joseph, DS, Northwestern
In only one season of starting for the Wildcats, Joseph has shown the range and instincts that would make him a playmaker in Bill Belichick's defense.
Nobody gets more creative with running quarterbacks than Sean Payton. Willis adds a throwing element that makes him unpredictable for defenses.
With their second first-round pick, the Eagles hope to upgrade the second level of their defense. Lloyd fits the mold of the modern linebacker as he can run, cover and blitz.
With his length and zone instincts, Elam is tailor-made for a Dan Quinn defense. He could start immediately on the struggling Cowboys defense.
The center position is vital in a zone-rushing attack. Linderbaum possesses the athleticism and agility to perform complex reach blocks.
The Titans have gambled on high upside repeatedly, and Pickens has just that coming off of an ACL injury. Learning from Julio Jones and A.J. Brown, he has the athleticism to become one of the best playmakers in the league.
It is not unreasonable to expect a considerable improvement from Zach Harrison in his third season at Ohio State, considering how the Buckeyes have developed pass rushers in the past.
The Michigan product possesses the strength and technical prowess to be a productive running mate of Myles Garrett for years to come.
As long as Davante Adams is a Packer, it makes too much sense to pair him with a capable number two receiver. Olave can separate and win vertically, stretching defenses even further.
A physical lineman, Kinnard can create a push up front and soften up defensive lines like nobody else in college football.
The young linebacker fits the aggressive defensive style of the Baltimore Ravens. He is raw at the moment but can develop into a quality starter in the future.
While he has to continue to get stronger, Cross has shown the athleticism and technique to be a blindside protector in the NFL. The Bills have repeatedly shown that they develop talent as well as anyone.
He may not be a wide receiver in name, but Billingsley plays like one with his athleticism and catch radius while being a serviceable positional blocker.
While he is skinny, Adam Anderson will be a difference-maker on passing downs with his speed off the edge.
Walker is a long defensive end and has the makings of a dominant power rusher. His ability to reduce inside on passing downs would give Steve Spagnuolo a lot of flexibility on the defensive line.