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Pre-Superbowl NFL draft predictions
By
Staff Writer
Thursday, January 26, 2017

As the NFL Season nears completion, all but two teams, Superbowl contenders — the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots — see the NFL Draft as their most immediate priority.

From the top of the draft board to the bottom, teams seek to add depth in order to stay relevant in the coming seasons. Here are my official pre-combine NFL Draft first-round predictions:

1. Cleveland Browns — Myles Garrett, EDGE Texas A&M

Garrett has the speed to play outside linebacker and the size at 6-foot-5-inches, 260 pounds to be a pro bowl defensive end. He is not the hero the Browns deserve, but the hero they need right now.

2. San Francisco 49ers — Deshaun Watson, QB Clemson

Everything points to him busting in the pros. He has huge interception numbers in very college-style offense. But San Francisco may look to take a chance on the best of a mediocre bunch at an overvalued position.

3. Chicago Bears — Mitch Trubisky, QB UNC

Chicago may also fall victim to passing on the best player available in the hopes of finding a franchise quarterback. Maybe after years of Smokin’ Jay Cutler’s sporadic play, a humble game-manager is just what the city of Chicago needs right now.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars —Jonathan Allen, DL Alabama

The Jags’ young defense gets another freakish athlete. Allen is a surprising agile mauler than can rush the quarterback like Geno Atkins. At 6-foot-3-inches, 290lbs, he can play along the entire D-line.

5. Tennessee Titans — Jamal Adams, SS LSU

Many fans may want Mike Williams here, the wide receiver out of Clemson, but Adams is too good to pass up. I’ve heard comparisons to Troy Polamalu for this guy, but Adams has even more length and speed.

6. New York Jets — Malik Hooker, FS Ohio St.

A play-making ball hawk that helps make up the best safety class to come out of college in the last five years.

7. Los Angeles Chargers —Mike Williams, WR Clemson

Even with Keenan Allen returning next year, the Chargers will need more help at the wide receiver position and Williams looks every bit as good as the last two star wide-outs from Clemson.

8. Carolina Panthers — Leonard Fournette, RB LSU

The Panthers will go for the best player available as always and land a generational talent whom has been getting Adrian Peterson comparisons since high school.

9. Cincinnati Bengals —Reuben Foster, ILB Alabama

This makes too much sense to not happen. He may be the perfect linebacker, able to cover, tackle, and blitz as well as anyone on the Alabama defense.

10. Buffalo Bills — Quincy Wilson, CB Florida

Not sure how the Bills’ offseason will go, but Quincy Wilson is the top rated corner on a lot of big boards and can be a day one starter in Buffalo.

11. New Orleans Saints — Derrick Barnett, DE Tennessee

12. Cleveland Brown — DeShone Kizer, QB Notre Dame

13. Arizona Cardinals — Corey Davis, WR Western Michigan

14. Philadelphia Eagles — Dalvin Cook, RB Florida St.

15. Indianapolis Colts —Tim Williams, OLB Alabama

16. Baltimore Ravens — Jalen Tabor, CB Florida

17. Washington Redskins — Solomon Thomas, DL Stanford

18. Tennessee Titans — John Ross III, WR Washington

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jabrill Peppers, ? Michigan

20. Denver Broncos — Ryan Ramczyk, OT Wisconsin

21. Detroit Lions — Taco Charleton, DE Michigan

22. Miami Dolphins — Zach Cunningham, ILB Vanderbilt

23. New York Giants — O.J. Howard, TE Alabama

24. Oakland Raiders — Malik McDowell, DL Michigan St.

25. Houston Texans — Cam Robinson, OT Alabama

26. Seattle Seahawks — Garett Bolles, OT Utah

27. Kansas City Chiefs — Sidney Jones IV, CB Washington

28. Dallas Cowboys — Charles Harris, EDGE Mizzou

29. Green Bay Packers — Desmond King, CB Iowa

30. Pittsburgh Steelers — Takkarist McKinley, OLB UCLA

31. Atlanta Falcons Carl Lawson, EDGE UCLA

32. New England Patriots — DeMarcus Walker, DE Florida St.