#17: Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Two Alabama picks in a row for the Raiders, and at two areas of need as well. The Raiders need a wide receiver. Tyrell Williams and Hunter Renfrow are really solid pieces to build around, but adding a guy with legitimate 4.3 speed and unbelievable ability after the catch? This one is a slam dunk pick. Ruggs allows the Raiders to open up the offense even more than they already have for Derek Carr, and they can really stretch out defenses now with Ruggs and Williams on the same team. Ruggs can add that extra dimension to really kick this offense into full gear.
#18: Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
It has been rumored for a long, long time that Chris Ballard absolutely loves Jordan Love, and as such, he pounces on the opportunity to grab Love here in the middle of the first round. Jacoby Brissett has not been bad, but his limitations have been seen all season long, especially with his lack of willingness to push the ball downfield. Love has fantastic arm talent, and his improvisation skills outside of the pocket are elite. It is the mental side for Love that gives him so much trouble, but with time to sit behind Brissett as well, Love is a no brainer pick here for Indianapolis should he enter the 2020 NFL Draft.
#19: Tennessee Titans: A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
Tennessee is going to run this one up the podium! The Titans need another outside linebacker opposite of Harold Landry, but they also need some help along the interior defensive line. Whatever the case may be with their pass rush issues, the Titans can not afford to pass on the best player available who also happens to fill a need in A.J. Epenesa. Epenesa likely slides inside here, but he has a great toolbox of moves at his disposal and fantastic functional strength at the point of attack. That is why he has such a mean bull rush. Epenesa is a plug-and-play starter from day one.
#20: Jacksonville Jaguars (via Rams): Dylan Moses, ILB, Alabama
The Jaguars need a linebacker after Telvin Smith unexpectedly left the team before this season. Myles Jack and Quincy Williams could be two of the linebackers that start on this team in the future, but they still need a third guy to fit in there, and Moses is a wonderful fit to transform this Jaguars defense back to 2016 all over again. With Okudah earlier and now Moses in the middle, the infusion of talent on defense is tremendous. Moses can fill in well at mike LB while Myles Jack moves back to being a weak-side linebacker. Moses may have suffered a torn ACL prior to the season, but his athleticism and coverage ability will still be welcomed in Duval.
#21: Dallas Cowboys: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The Cowboys are going to have to dish out hefty contracts to Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott this offseason, and that likely means that Byron Jones is going to have to walk and find a new home as a result. The consolation prize at this point is an extremely talented cornerback in Kristian Fulton. Fulton is a guy who brings swagger to the field every time he steps out there. However, there is no doubt that the hallmark of his game is his fluidity and ball skills, and it makes him an excellent off-man cornerback. Fulton replaces Jones nicely, especially with his splash-play ability. Fulton fits nicely into the Cowboys defense and allows them to address their biggest need.
#22: Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh): K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
There is nothing more that I can scream other than upside with this pick. The Dolphins absolutely need to address a pass rush unit that has not produced much flash at all this year. Get the explosive and versatile Chaisson onto the Dolphins defense, and they could potentially have a star pass rusher in the making. The Dolphins thus draft him for his massive upside to be a franchise cornerstone in their rebuild.
#23: Kansas City Chiefs: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
The Chiefs have to fix the cornerback position. That much has been clear, as it has been a nagging problem for years now in Kansas City. Wade has a fantastic skillset to help with the secondary problems in Kansas City. Wade can outside or inside, and what I love about his game is how sure of a tackler he is. Wade is a force in the run game as well. Obviously, coverage skills are far more important, and he has those as well with ball skills to boot. Wade is a top-20 player for me, and I love this value for the Chiefs here.
#24: Minnesota Vikings: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
Another cornerback goes here just because of the sheer talent of the position and the need around the league. The Vikings are another one of those teams that are looking to go out and grab a cornerback with the corner group they have had this season disappointing along the way. Adebo has silky smooth hips and good instincts, and even though he has struggled this year, no team has been able to develop cornerbacks that have high ceilings better than the Vikings. Adebo has a high ceiling and will allow the Vikings to help their secondary that has not lived up to expectations this year.
#25: Miami Dolphins (via Houston): Austin Jackson, OT, USC
This one is probably the biggest surprise of the first round by far. Jackson is not a well-known name at all, but by the time the draft comes around, he goes to be very well-known by tackle needy teams. Jackson has fantastic movement skills in space and in his pass sets. His feet are lightning quick, and his functional athleticism is impressive. Jackson plays with some nasty in his game too. He can set the tone along the offensive line. The Dolphins are looking for a guy to fill the void left behind by Laremy Tunsil, and Jackson can easily be that guy right away. He is a plug-and-play starter from day one.
#26: Green Bay Packers: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
A height, weight, and speed monster paired with Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers? Sign me up right away for that. Shenault is a physical specimen that has great contested catch and yards after the catch skills. This is the type of target that can help take the pressure off of Rodgers and Adams in a Green Bay offense that desperately needs that second option right now. Shenault has the ceiling to be a true number one option, though, and this could prove to be a phenomenal pairing for the Packers as they hope to push for a super bowl before Rodgers retires.
#27: Buffalo Bills: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
The Bills need to invest in some long-term pieces along this defensive line. They have talent along the defensive line, especially with the addition of Ed Oliver, but they are starving for some young defensive end talent. Gross-Matos is an athletic monster that can be just that. He is raw, but the ceiling for him is going to draw NFL teams to him, big time. Gross-Matos has proven his electric first step can win off the jump of the snap, but he has to learn how to use his hands and construct a pass rush plan. Buffalo’s veterans can help with his mentorship while he progresses along his learning curve.
#28: Seattle Seahawks: Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
I really think as the process goes on that Lewis is going to rise as a prospect. His blend of burst and bend is just about unmatched in this draft class, and injury concerns aside, Lewis has a massive ceiling as a player. Lewis paired with Jadeveon Clowney would be a force to be reckoned with up front, and at this juncture, it is just too good for the Seahawks to pass up given the potential that Lewis has in this league.
#29: Baltimore Ravens: Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
The Ravens have a massive weakness that could be looming next season, and that is at outside linebacker. Matt Judon could potentially walk out those doors, and behind him, there is a bunch of question marks. This is a unit that has just not gotten after the quarterback consistently enough. Weaver has great hand usage and pass-rush plan, and he is an immediate plug-and-play for the Ravens when they need that right away from the outside linebacker position.
#30: New Orleans Saints: K.J Hamler, WR, Penn State
I really have to question exactly what the Saints are going to do here. They could do so many things when I look at their roster. Quarterback is always an option, but instead, assuming they have one of Teddy Bridgewater or Drew Brees next season, it is necessary to take a little bit more pressure off of Michael Thomas. Hamler can be used in the slot as a deep threat, or play outside and still be a great deep threat for them going forward. It would make the defense have to respect Hamler over the top and open up the offense that much more for Thomas and Alvin Kamara.
#31: New England Patriots: Neville Gallimore, IDL, Oklahoma
The Patriots really do not have a ton of flashy names on their roster, but the construction of the entire roster is just littered with solid players all across the board no matter which position you look at on this roster. Thus, when more interior pressure is still on the board? Bill Belichick would jump all over it. Gallimore is a great athlete on the interior of the defensive line and has an electric first step. Add in some really impressive displays of power and Gallimore has worked himself right into the first-round conversation off of his gifts and the leap in his play. A very sure pick with a good bit of upside to him, Gallimore is a quintessential New England draft pick.
#32: San Francisco 49ers: Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma
A steal for a team that needs very little, but the 49ers could use some help on the interior of their offensive line. Humphrey is the best interior offensive lineman in this draft, and he is impressive. A great anchor and good athleticism allow Humphrey to be a natural pass protector but also a straight-up mauler in the running game. This is a natural fit, and the 49ers get a steal.