NFL Draft Predictions

With the NFL Draft less three weeks away it’s time to see how some of the draft could and should shake out according to our own @DynoEconomist.

* Denotes compensation pick

1.08 — Panthers — Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford

Too high for a running back, but at least he’s dominant in the passing game.

1.12 — Browns — Deshaun Watson QB Clemson

Watson looks like a franchise quarterback to me. Cleveland needs to take another shot at the position and not having to spend the first overall pick and still getting the best in the class is awesome.

1.15 — Colts — Leonard Fournette RB LSU

For Jim Irsay’s sake, let’s hope he turns out better than Trent Richardson and Donald Brown.

1.17 — Redskins — Dalvin Cook RB Florida State

The best pure runner in the draft. Still too early for an RB but I think he’ll be better than Fournette.

1.18 — Titans — Mike Williams WR Clemson

Williams isn’t the elite top wide receiver prospect that we have seen in recent years (Amari Cooper, Sammy Watkins, Justin Blackmon, Dez Bryant, A.J. Green), but he has the potential to be very good. I hope some team doesn’t fall in love with his jump ball highlights and pick him in the top 10. Too early for my liking, but Williams and Rishard Matthews gives Marcus Mariota a solid receiver duo.

1.23 — Giants — O.J. Howard TE Alabama

The Giants get the best blocking tight end in the draft, which is a better fit for them than a wide receiver hybrid like Evan Engram.

1.27 — Chiefs — Corey Davis WR Western Michigan

Small school receivers don’t go in the top half of the first in this era and there are not a ton of teams who need receiver help in the bottom half. If Davis gets by Baltimore and Tennessee in the middle of the first I can see him sliding a little bit. Kansas City gets a reliable receiver to go opposite Jeremy Maclin and allows them to keep Tyreek Hill in a gimmick role.

1.31 — Falcons — John Ross WR Washington

Matt Ryan gets a speedy receiver that will force defenses to respect the long ball. This should open up more opportunities for Julio in the mid-range passing game.

2.02–49ers — Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina

I don’t know much about Trubisky but I do know San Francisco needs a quarterback.

2.03 -Jaguars — Joe Mixon RB Oklahoma

Jags do the smart thing and pass on Cook, Fournette and McCaffery at fourth overall and still get a stud in round two. Add Jonathan Allen to that defense and they could make some noise if the quarterback play gets better.

2.04 — Bears — Evan Engram TE Ole Miss

Engram is the best receiving tight end in this draft and would have an instant impact for the Bears. This guy could have a similar role to Jordan Reed at the next level.

2.10 — Saints — Deshone Kizer QB Notre Dame

New Orleans needs a quarterback of the future.

2.12 — Bills — Patrick Mahomes QB Texas Tech

Buffalo clearly isn’t confident going forward with Tyrod Taylor.

2.13 — Cardinals — Juju Smith-Schuster WR USC

Cardinals could get a steal here. At only 20 years old, Juju has a lot of room to improve his already impressive game.

2.15 — Ravens — Chris Godwin WR Penn State

Super athletic, with a high upside. Far from a sure thing but the Ravens could do a lot worse.

2.18 — Bucs — David Njoku TE Miami

Cameron Brate is a decent player but Tampa needs to give Jameis as many weapons as possible.

3.02–49ers — Zay Jones WR East Carolina

Jones is such a unique prospect that I have no idea what to expect from him. It will be exciting to see how he does in the pros.

3.18 — Broncos — Bucky Hodges TE Virginia Tech

Hodges is a 6’7” freak athlete. A much more dangerous receiving threat than anyone they currently have at the position.

3.28 — Cowboys — Malachi Dupre WR LSU

A top recruit who never quite lived up to his potential in college. I’d rather look elsewhere, but an NFL team will probably take a shot in the third or fourth round. This is way too early for my liking.

3.29 — Packers- Dont’a Foreman RB Texas

Foreman would be a nice compliment to Ty Montgomery. Packers could use another big back to replace Lacy.

3.30 — Steelers — Curtis Samuel WR Ohio State

Big Ben gets another weapon to play with.

*3.35 — Eagles — Alvin Kamara RB Tennessee

They need another young guy to compete with Smallwood.

4.04 — Jaguars — Jordan Leggett TE Clemson

This is starting to become a really deep Jacksonville roster. Leggett goes higher in a different year.

4.05 — Rams — Chad Hansen WR Cal

One of the most underrated receivers in this draft. Could start as a rookie if he ended up in St. Louis

4.10 — Bears — Carlos Henderson WR LA Tech

I expect Henderson to fall a little further than people expect. I don’t love him as a day two guy, but Chicago could do worse on day three.

4.16 — Ravens — KD Cannon WR Baylor

Ravens need receiver help bad and Cannon is the best one available. Undersized but can make plays. A good compliment to Godwin and hopefully Perriman he can take over for Mike Wallace in the future.

4.25 — Patriots — Jeremy McNichols RB Boise State

Such a Patriots pick. McNichols is a do it all running back who would fit perfectly in New England.

*4.34 — Giants — Samaje Perine RB Oklahoma

Paul Perkins is serviceable, but he belongs as the second fiddle in part of a committee. Perine could fill the other half of the timeshare. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Giants brought in Adrian Peterson or Jamaal Charles, but either one is probably only a one-year investment.

*4.37- 49ers — Ardarius Stewart WR Alabama

Stewart is a slot receiver who can do a lot of different things. This would allow Zay Jones to play outside.

Originally published at on April 13, 2017.