The NHL Draft starts Thursday.
A close up look at the first round by longtime NFL-GM Charley Casserly of NFL Network
Clemson · QB
Urban Meyer selects his franchise quarterback to build around for years to come.
New York Jets
BYU · QB
A new era began with the hiring of Robert Saleh. Snagging Wilson — a quarterback who rates higher than what I had for Sam Darnold before the 2018 draft — adds plenty of promise.
San Francisco 49ers
Alabama · QB
Kyle Shanahan has enjoyed success with Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garoppolo. I rated Jones higher than both those guys back when they were coming out of college.
Florida · TE
The trade offers aren’t good enough for Atlanta to pass on arguably the best player in this draft class.
Oregon · OT
This pick is all about protecting Joe Burrow.
LSU · WR
Discussions have circled all offseason around Tua Tagovailoa needing more playmakers. The Dolphins get a big one here.
Alabama · WR
The Lions need to upgrade the skill positions after losing their top two wideouts in free agency.
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Northwestern · OT
Sam Darnold gets a left tackle. Frankly, though, I can’t help but think Carolina could trade back and still nab Slater.
Penn State · LB
The Broncos’ cornerback need was filled in free agency, so they add the best defensive player on my draft board to Vic Fangio’s unit.
Patrick Surtain II
Alabama · CB
Surtain will team with Trevon Diggs to give Dallas two good, young cornerbacks.
New York Giants
Michigan · Edge
The Giants, who desperately need an outside pass rusher, take advantage of Paye being available here.
Alabama · WR
With a skill set that compares to Tyreek Hill’s, Waddle may be the major receiving weapon the Eagles have been searching for. Jalen Hurts is the big winner with this pick.
Los Angeles Chargers
USC · OL
Vera-Tucker — whose pro comparison is Isaiah Wynn, as an offensive tackle — has the potential to be a perennial Pro Bowl guard with the Chargers.
Washington Football Team
North Dakota State · QB
Washington trades up to get its quarterback of the future. With Ryan Fitzpatrick already in place, Lance could be used in Year 1 in packages that take advantage of his running ability.
New England Patriots
South Carolina · CB
With starting cornerbacks J.C. Jackson and Stephon Gilmore set to hit free agency next offseason, Bill Belichick begins planning for the future with a young player possessing plenty of upside, especially in New England’s scheme.
Virginia Tech · CB
The Cardinals nab perhaps the most complete cornerback in the draft — health concerns aside — to boost the back end of Vance Joseph’s defense.
Las Vegas Raiders
Oklahoma State · OT
Jenkins can step in immediately and start at right tackle or guard.
Miami · Edge
After landing one of the top offensive talents, Miami gets another gem, but on the defensive side of the ball. Phillips will do well on Brian Flores’ unit.
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Virginia Tech · OT
Minnesota fills a big need by solidifying the left tackle position after Riley Reiff’s exit.
Greg Newsome II
Northwestern · CB
The departure of Kyle Fuller created a void in the defense. Newsome is a versatile corner with good size and speed who can fill in on the back end.
Florida · WR
With T.Y. Hilton heading into his potential Indy swan song, the Colts need to find his replacement. Toney gives them a speed receiver. Indianapolis could also choose to trade up or back in Round 1 and target a left tackle.
Michigan · OT
In the wake of last year’s disastrous Isaiah Wilson pick, Mayfield fills an immediate need at right tackle and further boosts Tennessee’s dominant ground attack as a solid run blocker.
New York Jets
Miami · Edge
The Jets address another need by taking a talented pass rusher who’ll wreak havoc alongside Sheldon Rankins, Carl Lawson and Quinnen Williams.
Ohio State · QB
Pittsburgh is the perfect spot for Fields to develop behind a Hall of Fame quarterback for a year before taking over the offense.
Penn State · TE
Now that the Jaguars have their franchise QB, they address the other offensive need not filled in free agency.
Notre Dame · LB
Even after signing Jadeveon Clowney, the Browns add another talented defender who will have an immediate impact in pass coverage.
Washington · Edge
Tryon has a high motor with a lot of quickness, and I expect he would’ve gone higher had he not opted out last season.
New Orleans Saints
Asante Samuel Jr.
Florida State · CB
Janoris Jenkins is gone, and Marshon Lattimore is due to hit free agency next year. Samuel has the ability to step right in and contribute.
Green Bay Packers
Tulsa · LB
Collins fills a big hole in the middle of Green Bay’s defense. The Packers have always had success finding receivers on Days 2 and 3, and this year should be no different.
Tulsa LB Zaven Collins.
Georgia · CB
The Chiefs exploited Bills cornerbacks in the AFC title game. Buffalo wastes zero time addressing this issue in the draft.
Kansas City Chiefs
Notre Dame · OT
Eichenberg may need to start immediately at left tackle after all the turnover along the O-line. It’s a big ask to protect the blind side of one of the league’s top QBs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Alabama · RB
The Bucs have the luxury of looking ahead a year after Jason Licht figured out a way to bring back all 22 starters from his Super Bowl-winning team. Harris is the future at the running back position, with Giovani Bernard, Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones set to hit the open market in 2022.
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