The first day is upon us and there’s plenty to discuss.
We have our picks, and we’ve got our thoughts on the top picks.
We’ll begin the NFL draft by breaking down how the first round stacks up.1.
Clemson Tigers, DT Joey Bosa, Notre DameBosa was a three-star recruit coming out of high school, but he was not expected to go far at this year’s draft.
Clemson had to get creative to fit him into their system, and they did.
They traded up from No. 3 overall to grab the top defensive tackle in the draft, who will be a star in the NFL.
Bosa is a versatile player who can play nose tackle, guard and center, and he will be even better if he stays healthy.
He is an aggressive player who will attack the quarterback on a regular basis, and Clemson had a plan in place to keep him on the field.
The Tigers also drafted a center with upside in Isaac Asiata, who could be a starter in the pros.2.
LSU Tigers, OT Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina, quarterback Mitch Trubiski is a potential franchise quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams.
Trubisks ability to run the offense is the main reason he is on this list, and it’s not the only reason.
He also has the ability to play both tackle spots.
The Clemson product will make the Rams a dominant force in the trenches and will be one of the most dynamic offensive linemen in the league.3.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish, CB Quincy Wilson, Alabama, corner Quincy Wilson was a first-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons, but the Notre Dame product is not expected in the first three rounds.
The Irish were able to use the draft to get Wilson in the second round and get him into the NFL in a draft that will be dominated by defensive ends.4.
Auburn Tigers, QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon, quarterback Marcus Marioto was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2016, but this year the Heisman trophy winner is not likely to be in the top 10 picks of the first two rounds.
That leaves Mariota and Alabama at the top of the board.
They’re both young quarterbacks who have plenty of upside.5.
Florida State Seminoles, QB Jameis Winston, Florida, quarterback Jamees Winston has all the tools and is a high-powered offense.
He’ll have plenty to prove in Tallahassee, but his talent will be apparent from day one.
The Florida product is going to be a major player in the ACC for years to come.6.
Alabama Crimson Tide, CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida State, safety Vernon Hagsons stock in the SEC is at an all-time high.
He’s a versatile defender who can make plays off the ball.
Hargroves is a great fit in the Alabama secondary.7.
Oregon Ducks, DT Jake Matthews, Tennessee, defensive tackle Jake Matthews was a third-round draft pick of Tennessee and has plenty of potential.
Matthews has the size and speed to compete for a starting spot in the front seven, and the Ducks have an elite pass rush that will get the job done.8.
Georgia Bulldogs, CB Tre’Davious White, LSU, cornerback Tre’ Davious will be considered the best cornerback in this draft, and his physical attributes will make him a first or second-round prospect.9.
Michigan State Spartans, QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis, quarterback Paxton will have a lot to prove this season, but Lynch will be an excellent fit for the Spartans.
The Michigan product has a unique skill set that will help him to be an elite quarterback.10.
Tennessee Titans, DE/OLB Solomon Thomas, Stanford, defensive end Solomon Thomas has plenty to offer in this year’th draft.
He could develop into a star, but that’s not a guarantee, especially when he has to fight for playing time in front of Mariota.11.
USC Trojans, DE Malik McDowell, Florida St., cornerback Malik McDowell has plenty going for him.
He has a ton of speed, and will compete for playing snaps at the end of the field in front the defense.12.
Texas A&M Aggies, QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas, quarterback Patrick Mahos is a two-time Heisman Trophy winner who will have to prove he can be a consistent NFL starter in his second season.
His size and arm strength will be valuable in the pocket, and Mahomes will have the arm strength to be one the best quarterbacks in the country.13.
Stanford Cardinal, QB Trevor Knight, USC, quarterback Trevor Knight will have his own shot at making the starting lineup in the Pac-12.
He will have plenty on his plate in his first year, and a lot more to work on before being ready to make the jump to the NFL level.