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Jacksonville Jaguars: Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State
The Jaguars have missed Calais Campbell. They'll need to find someone to replace him.
Marvin Wilson has outstanding size (6-5, 311) and athleticism, and he is capable of putting consistent pressure on the quarterback.
New York Jets: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
The Jets have had injury issues at linebacker the past couple of years. Perhaps they'll add someone to finally fix this position.
Nick Bolton is not a great athlete, but he's made many nice plays for Missouri, particularly in coverage.
Houston Texans: LaBryan Ray, DT, Alabama
The Texans finally get to pick! They had a woeful run defense in 2020, so perhaps they'll use this pick to fix this problem.
LaBryan Ray flashed a bit alongside Quinnen Williams and now has a larger role on Alabama.
Atlanta Falcons: Kenny Gainwell, RB, Memphis
Todd Gurley won't be around next year. The Falcons need to find a real lead back.
Kenny Gainwell is explosive and fast, and he can go the distance on any play. He needs to bulk up a bit, but his upside is through the roof.
Cincinnati Bengals: Dayo Odeyingbo, DE/DT, Vanderbilt
Geno Atkins looked done in 2020. The Bengals will need to find a new defensive tackle.
Dayo Odeyingbo has improved this year, showing strength and a quick first step.
Philadelphia Eagles: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
The Eagles need to continue to repair their woeful secondary. Multiple picks need to be used on defensive backs.
Hamsah Nasirildeen has nice upside and athleticism, but he needs to fill out.
Denver Broncos: Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina
The Broncos have a pair of excellent cornerbacks, but they need help at the position.
Israel Mukuamu is a big cornerback (6-4, 205) who is enjoying a breakout sophomore campaign.
Detroit Lions: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
Marvin Jones isn't expected back next year, so the Lions need a new No. 2 receiver.
Kadarius Toney has big-time play-making ability, but has an injury history.
Carolina Panthers: Trey Smith, OT, Tennessee
The Panthers can take a shot on a talented player to fix their offensive line.
Despite being a freshman, Trey Smith was arguably Tennessee's best player in 2017. Unfortunately, injuries have ruined his career.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
The Jaguars struck gold with James Robinson, but they could use a second back to ease the burden.
Chuba Hubbard is projected as a second-round pick. He has great vision and instincts, and he can catch passes well out of the backfield.
Dallas Cowboys: Ar'Daius Washington, S, TCU
The Cowboys have had issues at safety for quite some time.
Ar'Darius Washington is undersized, but has terrific instincts.
Pick change; previously Caden Sterns, S
New York Giants: Quincy Roche, DE/OLB, Miami
The Giants have needed to bolster their edge for quite some time now.
Quincy Roche needs to bulk up, but he has plenty of explosion of out of the snap.
Los Angeles Chargers: Hamlicar Rashed, DE/OLB, Oregon State
Melvin Ingram may not be around much longer, so here's another edge rusher.
Hamlicar Rashed had a great 2019 season, but took a step backward in 2020.
Minnesota Vikings: Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
The Vikings should look into spending a Round 2-4 pick on a quarterback to challenge the overpaid Kirk Cousins in a year or two.
Kellen Mond was inconsistent throughout his Texas A&M career, but he has shown improvement in accuracy.
Pick change; previously Jamie Newman, QB
Arizona Cardinals: Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State
Larry Fitzgerald won't be around much longer, so the Cardinals will need to draft a receiver in the early rounds soon.
Tamorrion Terry is a big, athletic receiver who could sneak into the first round.
Las Vegas Raiders: Caden Sterns, S, Texas
John Abram has been a huge bust thus far. The Raiders may want to find some insurance.
Caden Sterns emerged as a star for Texas' defense as a freshman, picking off four passes. Unfortunately, he missed most of his sophomore campaign with a knee injury.
Pick change; previously Trevon Moehrig, S
Miami Dolphins: Payton Turner, DE, Houston
The Dolphins need to improve their pass rush, so I imagine they'll focus on that this offseason.
Payton Turner can play any scheme. He's raw, but has lots of upside.
Washington Redskins: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
The Redskins have nothiing at receiver outside of Terry McLaurin.
Amon-Ra St. Brown had a big sophomore campaign, catching 60 passes for 750 yards and three touchdowns.
Chicago Bears: Thayor Munford, OT/G, Ohio State
Here's another offensive lineman for the Bears, who really need to improve the pass protection.
Thayor Munford must improve his ability to handle edge rushers.
Indianapolis Colts: Seth Williams, WR, Auburn
The Colts have a lackluster receiving corps, so they'll need to address that at some point.
Seth Williams (6-3, 224) came out of nowhere to have a huge 2019 campaign.
Tennessee Titans: Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia
The Titans need a long-term solution at safety next to Kevin Byard.
Richard LeCounte is a rangy tackling machine who has drawn comparisons to Eddie Jackson.
New York Jets: Alec Lindstrom, C, Boston College
Connor McGovern didn't perform very well as the Jets' center, so an upgrade is needed.
The brother of Falcons guard Chris Lindstrom, Alec had an injury history early in his collegiate career but has seemingly overcome those.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Pat Friermuth, TE, Penn State
The Steelers could use a long-term solution at tight end, particularly one who doesn't drop lots of passes.
Pat Friermuth has great upside and athleticism.
Los Angeles Rams: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami
Gerald Everett is an impending free agent, so the Rams may want another tight end.
Brevin Jordan looks to be the next great Miami tight end. He's drawn comparisons to Evan Engram. He's extremely fast.
Minnesota Vikings: Tylan Wallace, WR, Tulane
The Vikings don't have much at receiver beyond their two studs.
Tylan Wallace doesn't have great size and speed, but he runs routes very well. He tore his ACL in October 2019.
Cleveland Browns: Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern
The Browns have a weak linebacking corps they'll need to address.
Paddy Fisher was unbelievably productive for Northwestern despite being a freshman. He's become one of the top linebackers in the Big Ten.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
The Buccaneers have a weak pass defense they'll need to improve.
Shaun Wade has a ton of upside and was able to produce well in the slot in 2019. He has struggled this past year, however.
Pick change; previously Aaron Robinson, CB
Cleveland Browns: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State
The Browns could use some depth at corner after the injury issues they dealt with last year.
Asante Samuel Jr. is a small corner (5-10, 184), but he has great play-making ability.
Buffalo Bills: Victor Dimukeje, DE, Duke
Teams are always on the lookout for talented edge rushers.
Victor Dimukeje lacks length, but he was a productive edge rusher for the Blue Devils.
Green Bay Packers: Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida
The Packers should look into a tackle. Ricky Wagner is an aging player, while David Bakhtiari may not be 100 percent for the start of 2021.
Stone Forsythe emerged as a starter in 2019 and then blocked well this past season.
Kansas City Chiefs: Tony Fields, LB, West Virginia
The Chiefs don't value linebackers very highly, but they still need to upgrade the position.
Tony Fields is undersized, but was a very productive player for West Virgnia.
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