It is a bummer the season is over, but there is plenty to be excited about in terms of the youth and potential of the Eagles football team. Now it is onto an important offseason where it will be imperative to fill the holes on this team, most importantly surrounding Carson Wentz with talent on offense. Now knowing how the top twenty picks be ordered for the 2017 NFL Draft, this is how I would draft for each team...
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
There has been some strange switch in trends for this years top quarterbacks, but to me Deshaun Watson is still the best signal caller in the class. He is a smart, physically gifted passer with a productive and successful career at Clemson. The two time Heisman finalist is exactly the type of leader and passer to lead the Browns into a new era.
- San Fransisco 49ers
Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M
The 49ers are hitting the reset button with a new GM and coach moving forward. There are a million holes on that roster so they are best off adding the best player in this draft. Myles Garrett is as gifted a defender to come out of college football in recent memory. Pairing him with Deforest Buckner and Arik Armstead will make the defensive line a foundation of a rebuilding team.
- Chicago Bears
Deshone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
The Bears need to move on from Jay Cutler and look for a new signal caller to lead the team. Deshone Kizer is a well built, strong armed and athletic passer. He has all the tools of a franchise quarterback with lots of room to get even better.
- Jacksonville Jaguars
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
There are a lot of directions the Jaguars can go with this pick. However their abysmal running game from last season could use a spark. Adding a dynamic, every down threat in the backfield like Cook would take a lot of pressure off of Blake Bortles and give the Jags offensive balance.
- Tennessee Titans (From St. Louis)
Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State
The Titans do not have a lot of pressing needs, but adding a play making safety could make a solid defense scary. Hooker is one of the best ball hawking safeties in the last few years and if he decides to enter the draft, should be a top ten pick.
- New York Jets
Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama
The Jets are another team who could address a lot of needs, but with no quarterback I would take here, adding a dynamic pass rusher makes a lot of sense. The Jets have nice pieces on their defensive line, but no threat off the edge. Tim Williams is a very good athlete and has been super efficient in a rotational role for the Crimson Tide. Putting him on that line next to Leonard Williams could give the Jets a scary defensive front for years.
- San Diego Chargers
Jamaal Adams, Safety, LSU
Jamaal Adams is a versatile, athletic safety who can cover and hit as good as anyone. The Chargers could stand to add some youth to their secondary and a physical player like Adams would be a great tone setter for that defense.
- Carolina Panthers
Cam Robinson, Tackle, Alabama
The Panthers were positively abysmal on offense this year and a big part of that was how poor their offensive line was. Cam Robinson is an incredibly gifted tackle in terms of athletic ability and technique. He has flown under the radar this year, for whatever reason, but he should absolutely be the first tackle taken and would be a massive upgrade for the Panthers line.
- Cincinnati Bengals
Reuben Foster, Linebacker, Alabama
The Bengals lost their season due to a bevy of injuries but they are still a talented football team. They luck out here with one of the best players in this years class in Reuben Foster. Foster is the best linebacker to come out since Luke Keuchly and Bobby Wagner. His speed on the field is outstanding and exactly the type of athleticism the Bengals need on their defense.
- Buffalo Bills
Cordrea Tankersly, Cornerback, Clemson
The Bills are another franchise in flux this offseason, but with Stephon Gilmore leaving in free agency, there is a big hole at cornerback. Cordrea Tankersly is an excellent athlete and has play making ball skills. Putting him across from Ronald Darby would give the Bills a strong secondary for years to come.
- New Orleans Saints
Carl Lawson, EDGE, Auburn
Despite another amazing season from the Saints offense, the team fell flat due to their abysmal defense. The Saints should continue to add to a young and talented defensive line with Carl Lawson. Lawson is a disruptive pass rusher who would give the Saints another threat next to Sheldon Rankins and Cam Jordan and that trio could help make the unit competitive.
- Cleveland Browns (From Philadelphia)
Jon Allen, Defensive Line, Alabama
After getting their quarterback with the first pick, the Browns get an impact defender with their second pick in the first round. Allen is one of the safest defenders in the draft and his versatility will be a big boost to a young Cleveland defense.
- Arizona Cardinals
Teez Tabor, Cornerback, Florida
The Arizona Cardinals regressed mightily this year and could stand to upgrade a lot of spots on their team. A notable hole is at cornerback and they luck out by getting one of the most exciting defenders in the draft with Teez Tabor. Tabor's athletic ability will do well in playing opposite Patrick Peterson and his aggressive and physical style will help bring toughness back to the secondary.
- Indianapolis Colts
Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee
The Colts lost Robert Mathis to retirement this year and even before that lacked any sort of playmaking or physicality from their front seven. Derek Barnett is one of the most productive defenders in SEC history and has great size, strength and motor. He might not be the greatest athlete, but his toughness will bring a new feel to the Colts defense that it has lacked for what seems like a decade.
- Philadelphia Eagles (From Minnesota)
Corey Davis, Wide Receiver, WMU
The biggest no brainer pick for the Eagles if the draft plays out this way... Corey Davis is a big bodied stud pass catcher with speed, strong hands and years of production. The leading wide receiver in NCAA history is exactly the player the Eagles need to pair with Carson Wentz in order to propel the offense forward.
- Baltimore Ravens
OJ Howard, Tight End, Alabama
The Ravens have a lot of holes, but adding a playmaker to their offense like OJ Howard would hopefully help Joe Flacco perform better. Howard is an athletic freak of a player who moves like a wide receiver despite his 6-5, 240 pound frame. He would be a match up nightmare in the middle of the field for Baltimore.
Budda Baker, Safety, Washington
Washington has a very talented roster and have a lot of playmakers on defense, so adding Budda Baker to centerfield on that defense would be deadly. Baker is a rangy play maker who can cover incredibly well and also make impact plays as a tackler. He is a very well rounded player and would make that secondary tough to throw on.
- Tennessee Titans
Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Clemson
The Titans exceeded expectations this season and Marcus Mariota was outstanding before going down with an injury. However, the team could be even better if they got a true number one wide receiver and with Kendall Wright likely gone in free agency, it becomes a bigger need. Mike Williams is a big bodied, physical receiver who can make plays in traffic, giving Mariota a big threat on the outside who can make tough catches and stretch the field.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
John Ross, Wide Receiver, Washington
The Bucs also enjoyed a nice second season with their young quarterback, just falling short of the playoffs. Jameis Winston was very good this year, but needs another target outside of Mike Evans. John Ross would give Tampa a fantastic vertical threat who can open the underneath passing game. Also, Ross can make an impact as a YAC threat, ultimately allowing Tampa to do a lot more on offense.
- Denver Broncos
Malik McDowell, Defensive Line, Michigan State
In a lost season, the Broncos defense mightily regressed from the unit that won them a Super Bowl. The loss of Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan last spring severely hurt their run defense . Malik McDowell is an athletic freak with great size and versatility. Regardless of what the defense looks like, schematically, next season, McDowell would be a big upgrade in the middle of it.