1. Cleveland Browns — Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: After robust rumors and heavy smoke regarding an apparent infatuation with UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky in recent weeks, Cleveland’s brain trust puts it in the fairway by taking this year’s best player with the opening selection. A 6-4, 272-pounder, Garrett averaged more than 10 sacks per season during his three years in the SEC and produced in 2016 despite playing a good chunk of the campaign with a high ankle sprain. Only the Raiders had fewer sacks than Cleveland’s 26 a year ago, and the Browns have never had a player record more than 14 since it became an official statistic in 1982. As much as the Browns do need a quarterback — stay tuned — the pass rush was nearly as big a priority in a division where the other three teams feature established passers. Slam dunk pick for Cleveland’s ongoing rebuild.

2. Chicago Bears (from San Francisco 49ers) — Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina: The Bears wanted him so badly, they were compelled to deal up one slot at the cost of three picks … likely throwing Cleveland’s plans into disarray. Trubisky showed excellent accuracy (68%), mobility, ability to cycle through progressions, decision making (30 TDs vs. 6 INTs) and consistently kept his eyes downfield as the Tar Heels’ starter in 2016. The problem is, that’s the extent of his body of work — 13 starts. Now he essentially replaces departed Jay Cutler as Chicago’s new man under center, though he’ll presumably sit behind newly signed Mike Glennon at the outset of the regular season. The Bears can easily extricate themselves from Glennon’s three-year, $45 million deal after the 2017 season.

3. 49ers (from Bears) — Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford: The Niners take a defensive lineman in the first round for the third consecutive year, all of them Pac-12 products. But Thomas should be a more disruptive player than Arik Armstead or DeForest Buckner. Expect Thomas to immediately shore up San Francisco’s league-worst run defense as an interior player on base packages, then effectively hunt quarterbacks from the edge on passing downs. The 49ers’ new regime under GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan appears to be off to a good start with a blue-chip acquisition and a slew of extra picks (two in this draft and one next year).

4. Jacksonville Jaguars — Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: A very sensible pick. Fournette, widely regarded as the draft’s best back and one who has drawn comparisons to Adrian Peterson, immediately bolsters an offense that hasn’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since Maurice Jones-Drew in 2011. Fournette should take some pressure off Blake Bortles and give him a better chance to prove whether he is the team’s long-term answer under center in his fourth year. But even if Bortles flounders again, Fournette and an underrated defense could be enough to vault this team back to relevance.

5. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams) — Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan: Ankle surgery prevented him from performing at the combine and most of this spring. The Titans love Davis nevertheless, obviously willing to make him third-year QB Marcus Mariota’s new No. 1 target. A smooth route runner with plenty of speed, Davis will present a tough decision for defenses geared to cut down on the running lanes for Mariota and RBs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. There will be some questions about the level of competition Davis faced in the MAC, but his FBS record 5,278 career receiving yards cannot be discounted.

6. New York Jets — Jamal Adams, S, LSU: A logical and safe pick for a secondary that disintegrated in 2016. Adams seems most effective playing in the box and consistently blows up plays at or behind the line of scrimmage with a vengeance. But he also flashed sub-4.4 speed at his pro day and has put plenty of proof on film that he can cover effectively over the middle or in the deep half of the field. His reputation as a strong leader will also be a welcome bonus for a team that’s essentially hit the reboot button this offseason.

7. Los Angeles Chargers — Mike Williams, WR, Clemson: L.A.’s newest team scores arguably this draft’s best wideout. Williams is the type of huge receiver Philip Rivers has leveraged so well in the past (think Vincent Jackson or Malcom Floyd). And assuming WR Keenan Allen can recover from last year’s knee injury, Rivers suddenly has a scary receiving corps that also includes TEs Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry. And RB Melvin Gordon will also reap the benefits of so many effective pass catchers stressing secondaries.Williams’ 6-4, 218-pound frame makes him an instant red-zone threat, too.

8. Carolina Panthers — Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: The best way to reduce pressure on QB Cam Newton, who’s recovering from shoulder surgery, is apparently providing him a backfield mate who doubles as a dangerous short-area receiver while complementing aging RB Jonathan Stewart. McCaffrey is an underrated runner between the tackles and should get 20 touches a game between carries, catches and returns if he assumes departed Ted Ginn’s special teams duties. McCaffrey set an NCAA record with 3,864 all-purpose yards in 2015 when he rushed for 2,019 yards and has 4,577 yards from scrimmage over the past two seasons. Could he be the next 1,000-1,000 back in the NFL?

9. Cincinnati Bengals — John Ross, WR, Washington: His record 4.22 40 time at the scouting combine boosts him into the top 10 despite a concerning history of injuries (knee, shoulder). Still, Ross is more than just a track star. He’s an excellent route runner and a deadly kick returner. Even without the ball in his hands on offense, he’ll opening up space for RBs Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard and could benefit greatly himself since defenses are unlikely to start single-covering all-world WR A.J. Green.

10. Kansas City Chiefs (from Buffalo Bills) — Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech: How enamored were Andy Reid and Co.? K.C. surrendered the 27th and 91st overall picks this year and 2018’s first rounder to get Mahomes. (The trade also suggests Buffalo’s interest in replacing QB Tyrod Taylor was at least somewhat overblown.) Current Kansas City QB Alex Smith remains a highly effective player who’s under contract for two more seasons. But rifle-armed Mahomes clearly has far more upside, and the Chiefs are obviously banking on that given Smith hasn’t been able to take an excellent regular-season team on a deep playoff run. Mahomes will almost certainly redshirt in 2017 as he transitions from the Red Raiders’ spread attack to a pro offense. But if he develops quickly, Kansas City could opt out of Smith’s deal next March.

11. New Orleans Saints — Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State: Perhaps a perfect scenario for the Saints, who had the NFL’s least-effective pass defense in 2016. Lattimore is widely considered the premier talent in what is a deep group of corners in this draft. He only started one year for the Buckeyes but picked off four passes last year. He’ll immediately be tested in a division that features Matt Ryan, Cam Newton and Jameis Winston slinging the ball and will also have to prove a history of hamstring issues is behind him.

12. Houston Texans (from Philadelphia Eagles via Browns) — Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson: Cleveland moves out of this spot for a package that includes Houston’s 2018 first rounder (the Browns also have the Texans’ Round 2 choice next year after taking on QB Brock Osweiler’s contract in a deal last month). The Texans, meanwhile, take another crack at solving their perpetual quarterback issues by obtaining Watson, the club’s first Round 1 passer since David Carr was the franchise’s first-ever pick in 2002. Watson’s intangibles are off the charts. The two-time Heisman Trophy finalist led Clemson to consecutive national championship appearances, including the school’s first title since 1981 with the Tigers’ win over Alabama in January. That’s great news for Houston, which has gone 9-7 in all three of coach Bill O’Brien’s seasons but has yet to be a real factor come playoff time. Watson must improve his downfield accuracy and decision making — and adapt to O’Brien’s demanding playbook — in order to unseat veteran Tom Savage. But like Dak Prescott a year ago, he’s joining a team that provides a top-shelf supporting cast.

13. Arizona Cardinals — Haason Reddick, LB, Temple (above): If the Cards were ever seriously interested in taking QB Carson Palmer’s successor in Round 1, Houston’s trade probably forced a change of direction. But Reddick is a rather nice fallback for a club that has lost five defensive starters this offseason. A 6-1, 237-pound defensive end for the Owls who made a living in enemy backfields, Reddick will probably join OLB Chandler Jones as a pass rusher in sub packages. But he also showed in sterling Senior Bowl and combine performances that he can cover players in space and might be able to play inside in base packages. A walk-on at Temple, perhaps no player has had a more meteoric rise than Reddick.

14. Eagles (from Minnesota Vikings) — Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee: DT Fletcher Cox paced the Birds with just 6½ sacks in 2016, and Connor Barwin is now with the Rams. Barnett won’t make anyone in Philly forget Reggie White, even if he did break the Minister of Defense’s sack record with 33 in Knoxville. Barnett is a very productive, relentless player who could take this pass rush up a notch or two while limiting the exposure to what’s surely going to be a suspect group of corners. He didn’t test well at the combine in terms of athletic measurables, but his intensity and motor will surely play well for a city that loves high-effort defenders.

15. Indianapolis Colts — Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State: An elite ball hawk, he had seven interceptions last year (the Colts had eight collectively) and returned three for scores. Shoulder and hernia surgeries sidelined Hooker the last few months, likely depressing his stock a bit. But considering his name has been mentioned with Ed Reed’s as a comparison, new Indy GM Chris Ballard is surely more than happy to snatch Hooker for a defense that needs extensive work at every level, including a pass defense that finished 27th a year ago.

16. Baltimore Ravens — Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama: GM Ozzie Newsome, a ‘Bama alum, lands one of his precious Tide stars. Humphrey’s appeal has probably benefited from the problems that have torpedoed fellow corners Sidney Jones and Gareon Conley, and he’ll have to improve his ability to track the ball, especially ones that challenge him deep. But the son of former Alabama and NFL tailback Bobby Humphrey is an excellent athlete with ideal corner size (6-0, 197). And given John Ross’ arrival in Cincinnati, the Ravens suddenly need more corners in a division that already featured the pass-happy Steelers. Humphrey gets to ease in with a little less pressure, too, behind vets Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr.

17. Washington Redskins — Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama: It would seem shoulder issues knocked him down a bit, but this could be a heist for the ‘Skins. Allen is an every-down lineman who had 28 sacks in four seasons despite often playing on the interior. He’ll plug beautifully into Washington’s three-man front and should be an instant factor for a defense that struggled in every area in 2016 and won’t have suspended pass rusher Trent Murphy at the outset.

18. Titans — Adoree’ Jackson, CB, Southern California: The winner of the Jim Thorpe Award as the country’s top defensive back in 2016, he will still need some time to refine his coverage skills — which is just fine in Nashville after the free agent arrival of CB Logan Ryan. But Jackson will be an instant game changer on special teams after posting eight return TDs during his three years with the Trojans. A truly exceptional athlete.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama: Perhaps a clear case of best player on the board given the superb season Bucs TE Cameron Brate had in 2016. But Howard, who starred in the past two national championship games even though he wasn’t widely used by the Tide typically, is a definite upgrade who will help in the run game with solid blocking and, far more importantly, will give QB Jameis Winston a seam-splitting option who should reduce the load on overtaxed WR Mike Evans.

20. Denver Broncos — Garett Bolles, OT, Utah: He’s a late bloomer (Bolles will be 25 next month) but also one of the few tackles coming out this year likely to make a splash. Denver needs to replace departed LT Russell Okung and get more juice out of its running game. Bolles could allow the team to check both boxes. His nifty feet and nasty streak on the field should make him a nice bodyguard for Trevor Siemian and/or Paxton Lynch and ideal zone blocker. Bolles has blossomed after a rough childhood.

21. Detroit Lions — Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida: An every-down player, Davis’ range and leadership make him an optimal fit to a linebacking corps that recently parted with DeAndre Levy. A Lions defense that ranked 18th in 2016 certainly needed the help.

22. Miami Dolphins — Charles Harris, DE, Missouri: A new edge presence in Miami, Harris should be able to exploit the attention commanded by DT Ndamukong Suh and DE Cameron Wake. Nicknamed “Black Ice” because you don’t see him until it’s too late, Harris had 16 sacks over the past two seasons as the latest talent to emerage from Mizzou’s pass rushing pipeline.

23. New York Giants — Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi: The Giants’ first Round 1 tight end since Jeremy Shockey in 2002, Engram just made a scary receiving corps terrifying. Whether you classify Engram as a small tight end or a huge slot receiver, he’ll be a mismatch nightmare at 6-3 and 234 pounds with 4.4 40 speed. And who’s going to double him at the expense of leaving WRs Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall in single coverage? Engram won’t be a great blocker, but that’s not what will pay his bills. Move QB Eli Manning up your fantasy draft board.

24. Oakland Raiders — Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State: After a rape accusation against him surfaced earlier this week — Conley has staunchly denied it — it didn’t seem as if he would remain a viable first-round pick. But the Raiders obviously feel comfortable assuming the off-field risk given the relative value he represents as a player at this point in Round 1. From a football perspective, he’s a needed asset for a defense that ranked 26th despite the presence of DE Khalil Mack, the NFL defensive player of the year.

25. Browns (from Texans) — Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan: He’s taken some hits during the pre-draft process. What’s his best position (safety, slot corner, running back)? Is he a difference maker after picking off one pass in his college career? What about the diluted sample at the combine that counts as a failed drug test? All of that aside, Peppers is a special athlete who provides great versatility when viewed through the optimistic prism. And give him credit for a team-first attitude after playing linebacker in 2016 because it was in the best interest of the Wolverines defense. He does a great job running down offensive players.

26. Atlanta Falcons (from Seattle Seahawks) — Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA: A sensible choice for the NFC champs given their inability to close out Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl. McKinley will be a nice fastball opposite NFL sack champion Vic Beasley, whose 15½ takedowns were nearly half of Atlanta’s total (34) in 2016. McKinley is on the comeback from shoulder surgery, but he’s a high-motor player who further burnishes a promising young defense on the rise under Dan Quinn.

27. Bills (from City Chiefs) — Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU: He should be a Day 1 starter and projects as a very solid contributor for a team that just lost CB Stephon Gilmore to New England in free agency. New coach Sean McDermott, who specializes in defense, begins putting his imprint on a team that actually ranked a highly respectable sixth against the pass in 2016.

28. Dallas Cowboys — Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan: He had 10 sacks and 13½ tackles for loss in a standout senior season for the Wolverines. The combine exposed a lack of eye-popping athletic traits for the 6-6, 277-pounder, but he’ll nevertheless be an asset for a Dallas D that needs edge presence and must generate more pressure in front of a secondary undergoing a near-complete overhaul. Charlton’s height should also allow him to bat down a fair share of passes when he can’t get to a quarterback.

29. Browns (from Green Bay Packers) — David Njoku, TE, Miami (Fla.): With a third choice this evening, Cleveland continues to eschew quarterbacks and takes very promising Njoku, 20, after shipping some picks to the Pack, including the top selection in Round 2. At 6-4, 246 pounds, Njoku could be next in a long line of great ‘Canes tight ends. A high school high jump champ, he may have more intriguing upside than even O.J. Howard. Njoku makes splash plays all over the field and will outrun most linebackers and plenty of safeties.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers — T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin: After their defense fell apart in the AFC Championship Game, Pittsburgh needed another difference maker on its defense. J.J. Watt’s little brother now becomes part of a special lineage of linebackers, and the Steelers will count on him to be more effective off the edge than 2013 first-round bust Jarvis Jones. Watt, who’s rather new to the position but had 11½ sacks last year for the Badgers, and Bud Dupree could form a nice tandem for the foreseeable future.

31. 49ers (from Falcons via Seahawks) —Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama: The Niners creep back into the first round as GM John Lynch swings a deal with NFC West rival Seattle. Foster joins Solomon Thomas as a new cornerstone of a revamped defense and might finally ease the surprising retirement of Patrick Willis two years ago. Foster brings thunderous hits and sideline-to-sideline range to the table and can give San Francisco a nasty identity. But after a diluted drug sample and temper tantrum at the combine not to mention a flagged shoulder issue, per NFL Network he’s got some things to clean up off the field.

32. Saints (from New England Patriots) — Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin: He’s short on experience but enhances the protection in front of aging QB Drew Brees, 38. Ramczyk’s arrival does raise some questions. Will he play inside, or might he allow incumbent RT Zach Strief, who sometimes struggles on the edge, to kick inside. Either way, a good pick-up for the long and short run.


33. Green Bay Packers (from Cleveland Browns) — Kevin King, CB, Washington: A big (6-3, 200), athletic defender, King would help remedy the secondary woes that sunk the Pack in the NFC Championship Game. He looks like an ideal Seattle corner, too, but comes off the board right before the Seahawks were originally scheduled to pick.

34. Jacksonville Jaguars (from San Francisco 49ers via Seattle Seahawks) — Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama: The Jags enlisted support for QB Blake Bortles in Round 1 by taking RB Leonard Fournette. Now they move up one slot to get additional help for both players by reinforcing the offensive line with Robinson, a left tackle in college who seems likely to start his pro career at guard. But if Robinson proves he can handle NFL edge rushers, maybe he takes over for new LT Branden Albert in the not-too-distant future.

35. Seahawks (from Jaguars) — Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State: Interesting choice here. There’s no denying McDowell’s talent improves the effectiveness and depth of Seattle’s D-line as he’s arguably the best defensive tackle in the whole draft. However there have been questions about his motor and football desire, so he’ll have to quickly answer the naysayers amid a team culture based on competitive spirit.

36. Arizona Cardinals (from Chicago Bears) — Budda Baker, DB, Washington: He and Tyrann Mathieu will help form what’s becoming a very kinetic secondary. Baker plays with a ferocity atypical of a 5-10, 195-pound defensive back. He will fly into any area of the field to make a play in run support or coverage. He’ll probably need to pack on some more weight to survive as an NFL safety. Thankfully, his skill set should also allow him to thrive as a nickelback in the interim.

37. Buffalo Bills (from Los Angeles Rams) — Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina: Their wideout room was raided of depth this offseason, and holdover Sammy Watkins hasn’t exactly proven reliable from a durability perspective. Jones certainly did in college, where he became the all-time FBS leader for receptions (399), including a mind-boggling single-season record 158 (13.2 per game) in 2016. His speed and hands should make him a starter Day 1. His father, Robert Jones, and uncle, Jeff Blake, both played in the NFL for at least a decade.

38. Los Angeles Chargers — Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky: An excellent college tackle likely to man an interior position as a pro, Lamp is another asset obtained for QB Philip Rivers after WR Mike Williams went in Round 1. Lamp could immediately replace departed D.J. Fluker at guard.

39. New York Jets — Marcus Maye, S, Florida: The Jets suddenly have a new safety tandem, with Maye teamed with first rounder Jamal Adams. Maye was a versatile piece to the Gators’ standout secondary and seems to always be around the ball. His acquisition further fuels rumors the Jets are looking to deal former first rounder Calvin Pryor.

40. Carolina Panthers — Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State: Think Percy Harvin. Samuel can play in the slot or backfield. His 4.31 time in the 40-yard dash at the combine was overshadowed by John Ross but nevertheless is indicative of big-play ability. Samuel and first rounder Christian McCaffrey form quite a versatile duo with a certain amount of interchangeability, not to mention insurance neither is overused.

41. Minnesota Vikings (from Cincinnati Bengals) — Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State: It seems pretty clear questions about wear and tear on his body and potential off-field red flags got him barred from the first round. But Cook, the Seminoles’ all-time leading rusher, is a do-it-all back now part of a potent committee with newly signed Latavius Murray. Good news for the Vikes, who ranked dead last in rushing offense in 2016. A great home-run threat for QB Sam Bradford, who threw a ton of checkdowns last year.

42. New Orleans Saints — Marcus Williams, S, Utah: They continue revamping the pass defense, which was the NFL’s worst in 2016. An explosive player, Williams joins first rounder Marcus Lattimore as New Orleans hopes to stem the bleeding in a pass-heavy division.

43. Eagles — Sidney Jones, CB, Washington: He might have been the No. 2 corner in this draft had he not been waylaid by an Achilles tear during his pro day. Still, he might be ready to play in the latter half of the upcoming season and seems like a pretty good value for a team that desperately needs corners.

44. Rams (from Bills) — Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama: A highly athletic player who would surely have been a mismatch even if he wasn’t playing against Sun Belt competition. Everett could be a nice intermediate target for QB Jared Goff amid a corps of receivers that lacks a standout. A former hoopster, Everett could be a star if he puts it all together.

45. Bears (from Cardinals) — Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland: This 6-6, 278-pounder could not be contained on the Division II stage, where he overmatched the competition on his way to accumulating 26 TDs over the last two seasons. Shaheen also has a basketball background and should post up quite a few linebackers with his huge body before escaping some with surprising 4.79 speed. Must navigate a large learning curve in the NFL, but maybe he and new QB Mitchell Trubisky will jell into a deadly combo in the Windy City.

46. Indianapolis Colts — Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida: New GM Chris Ballard continues overhauling a secondary that picked off just seven passes in 2016 and ranked 27th in pass defense. Wilson should start opposite Vontae Davis with first-round S Malik Hooker backing them up.

47. Baltimore Ravens — Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston: They had to get younger on the edge after releasing Elvis Dumervil and with Terrell Suggs now 34. Bowser is explosive but inconsistent but will get the opportunity to learn from quite a mentor in Suggs.

48. Bengals (from Vikings) — Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma: Maybe not a stunner since the Bengals have a longstanding reputation for taking in players with checkered histories. Mixon’s heinous assault of a woman in 2014 (caught on video) is infamous, and Cincinnati should prepared for a PR hit. From a football standpoint, he might be the best back in the draft, a dual threat (1,274 yards rushing last year, 538 receiving) who could immediately supplant Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard atop the depth chart.

49. Washington Redskins — Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama: They needed another pass rusher given the secondary’s struggles, not to mention Trent Murphy’s four-game suspension to start the 2017 season. Anderson had 8½ sacks for the Tide in 2016.

50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M: At 6-0, 199 pounds, he’s not the biggest guy in the bunch yet is athletic, aggressive and fearless. Probably not someone suited to playing in the box very extensively at the NFL level, but the Bucs may not ask him to, either.

51. Denver Broncos — DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State: He had 25 sacks over his final two years with the Seminoles and could be a real factor in sub packages as learns the professional ropes. At 6-4, 280 pounds, it’s probably a stretch to think he can be an every-down linebacker and could be too light to be a base end. Nevertheless, he should earn an important role as a rookie.

52. Browns (from Tennessee Titans) — DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame: Apparently the value was too good to pass up here after the Browns steered clear of Carson Wentz last year and Deshaun Watson last night. Kizer, an Ohio native, has all the talent in the world and has even been mentioned in comparison to Cam Newton. However he was far less effective in 2016 after losing the best parts of his supporting cast (Ronnie Stanley, Will Fuller, C.J. Prosise) in last year’s draft. But if Kizer can put it all together under Hue Jackson’s tutelage, especially his accuracy and decision making, it’s certainly plausible that Cleveland may have finally solved its long-standing problem.

53. Detroit Lions — Teez Tabor, CB, Florida: He didn’t run well at the combine and was even worse at his pro day, and those performances may have dropped him from first-round consideration. But Tabor is a two-time all-SEC performer who promises to be much better in a football uniform than spandex for a defense that gave up 33 passing TDs in 2016.

54. Miami Dolphins — Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State: A decent athlete and good player who solidifies a pedestrian linebacking corps. McMillan could challenge Koa Misi to start on the strong side of a defense that finished 30th against the run last year.

55. New York Giants — Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama: New York always favors deep talent on its defensive line, and Tomlinson certainly checks that box. The Giants also had a need after Johnathan Hankins’ recent defection to the Colts.

56. Oakland Raiders — Obi Melifonwu, DB, Connecticut: He’s got freakish athleticism (4.4 40-yard dash, 44-inch vertical leap, 11 feet-9 inch broad jump — the latter two figures combine bests in 2017), especially given his 6-4, 224-pound build. A four-year starter at UConn, Melifonwu is willing to play outside corner, slot or safety. Raiders DC Ken Norton will surely find an ideal home for him in a secondary that needs help. Melifonwu’s ability to quickly diagnose plays and react will have to improve while he’s taking a huge step up in competition level.

57. Houston Texans — Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt: At 6-3, 234 pounds, he isn’t exactly a thumper, but Brian Cushing and Benardrick McKinney have that covered in Houston. But Cunningham is very good athlete who racked up tackles for the Commodores. He might start out playing mostly on passing downs.

58. Seahawks — Ethan Pocic, OL, LSU: A center for the Tigers, he could assume that role in Seattle and allow Justin Britt to go revert to tackle or guard. Blocking had to be a priority for the Seahawks after the abuse QB Russell Wilson absorbed last year as well as the running game’s unusual ineffectiveness.

59. Kansas City Chiefs — Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova: A sculpted athlete at 6-7 and 289 pounds who could develop into a special base end for K.C.’s three-man front. Of African descent, he told USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero, “I wasn’t the greatest player ever when I started. I just liked playing. It was my way of making friends here. It was really good for me all around. I just stuck with it and I’m here today.”

60. Dallas Cowboys — Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado: After losing four key defensive backs during free agency, including both starting corners, this is a gift for Dallas. Awuzie is excellent in the slot, though Orlando Scandrick effectively usually plays inside. Regardless, Awuzie is a talent who will doubtless step into the starting lineup somewhere.

61. Packers — Josh Jones, S, North Carolina State: He put on a show at the combine (4.41 40-yard dash, 37½-inch vertical). At 6-1, 220 pounds, Jones is an enforcer but no liability in coverage, which is key as Green Bay continues upgrading its shaky secondary.

62. Pittsburgh Steelers — JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Southern California: A very tough player whose name is typically linked to Anquan Boldin’s as a comparison. Smith-Schuster’s production dropped in 2016, yet he gleefully noted USC’s resurgence as a program and was only too happy to be part of a winner. He can make chain-moving catches for Ben Roethlisberger when coverages have rolled toward Antonio Brown and/or Le’Veon Bell. A good insurance policy, too, as Martavis Bryant works his way back from suspension.

63. Bills (from Atlanta Falcons) — Dion Dawkins, OL, Temple: Buffalo jumps back into Round 2, apparently with the intent of plugging Dawkins into its right tackle spot. At 6-4, 314 pounds, he’s an impressive specimen who should also create wider rush lanes for Shady McCoy.

64. Panthers (from New England Patriots) — Taylor Moton, OL, Western Michigan: After surrounding QB Cam Newton and his surgically repaired wing with two multi-dimensional backs, GM Dave Gettleman gets to work bolstering the blocking. Moton could get a shot at right tackle now that Mike Remmers has moved on.


65. Browns — Larry Ogunjobi, DL, North Carolina-Charlotte: A 6-3, 305-pounder who can play inside along Danny Shelton in Cleveland’s new four-man front.

66. 49ers — Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado: Could compete for a starting spot opposite Jimmie Ward in a so-so secondary.

67. Saints (from Bears via 49ers) — Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee: His talents as a runner, receiver and returner don’t put him all that far behind Christian McCaffrey. The biggest question with Kamara is his ability to handle an NFL workload after being used judiciously by the Vols, who never gave more than 18 carries in a game. Stated another way, his tires are nice and fresh. But playing behind Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson, Kamara may still have to be content with 10 or so touches per game at the outset of his career.

68. Jaguars — Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois: Probably a rotational player to start his career for a defense that appears loaded in 2017.

69. Rams — Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington: Could instantly compete for starting role in L.A. The standard bearer for the Football Championship Subdivision level with career marks for catches (428), receiving yards (6,464) and TDs (73). He went out with a bang as a senior in 2016, compiling 117 receptions for 1,700 yards, and 17 scores. Kupp (6-2, 204) makes every catch from the routine to the circus variety. He’s got nice size and just enough speed (4.62 in the 40) to keep defenses honest. He can also return punts.

70. Vikings (from Jets) — Pat Elflein, OL, Ohio State: Whether at guard or center, he’s a more-than-reliable performer who should help steady an offensive line that was decimated by injuries in 2016.

71. Chargers — Dan Feeney, G, Indiana: The Bolts suddenly much stronger up the middle with Feeney being added to the mix along with second rounder Forrest Lamp. It’s possible years are being added to QB Philip Rivers’ career.

72. Titans (from Panthers via Patriots) — Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky: Another new toy for Marcus Mariota. Taylor racked up more than 3,200 receiving yards over the past two years.

73. Bengals — Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State: He was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 after efforting his way to 11½ sacks and 17½ tackles for loss. At 6-4, 255 pounds, he’ll nicely fit Cincinnati’s preference for long edge players with a little more time in the weight room.

74. Ravens (from Eagles) — Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan: Should immediately challenge for a starting job on Baltimore’s three-man front. Had 22 tackles for loss over past two seasons. Goes from Jim Harbaugh to John Harbaugh.

75. Falcons (from Bills) — Duke Riley, LB, LSU: He’s just 6-feet, 232 pounds but his athleticism should fit in nicely with Atlanta’s speedy, somewhat undersized group.

76. Saints — Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida: At 6-3, 241 pounds with 4.6 speed, he’s got a lot of enviable traits for a defense that needs them. If Anzalone, who has durability issues, can stay on the field, this should be an excellent choice.

77. Panthers (from Cardinals) — Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M: Myles Garrett’s Aggies wingman, Hall joins a D with aging pass rushers Julius Peppers and Charles Johnson. A good opportunity for him to learn and establish himself in time.

78. Ravens — Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama: There’s no questioning the talent, but concerns about Williams’ character dropped him down the board. But GM Ozzie Newsome tends to see extra value in players from his alma mater and will hope Williams can put his issues behind him. With 27½ sacks since 2015, he’s got the ability to help revitalize the Baltimore pass rush.

79. Jets (from Vikings) — ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama: Produced consistently even in the Tide’s pedestrian passing offense. Stewart averaged 59 grabs for 782 yards over the last two years. He can also contribute on special teams. But Stewart might challenge for major offensive snaps given Brandon Marshall’s departure and the general lack of play-making ability on New York’s roster.

80. Colts — Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio: Indianapolis needs playmakers in its front seven, and Basham (27 sacks in college) will have ample opportunity to play on a defense in transition.

81. Redskins — Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA: Washington made a great value pick in Round 1 by landing DL Jonathan Allen, who has worrisome shoulders. They probably did it again in the third round. If not for the pectoral tear he suffered at the Bruins’ pro day, Moreau would have been long gone. He’ll probably be ready to play at some point this season and would be a nice upgrade opposite Josh Norman.

82. Broncos — Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisana Tech: Could compete for No. 3 job behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Henderson rolled up 1,535 receiving yards in 2016.

83. Patriots (from Titans) — Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State: They finally get to pick a player in this draft, and it’s one who could help them get to quarterbacks on passing downs. Rivers had 14 sacks a year ago.

84. Buccaneers — Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State: Bucs QB Jameis Winston is loving this draft. Godwin was a solid producer for the Nittany Lions and thrived while battling for the ball and yards in traffic. Capped his career with a 187-yard, two-touchdown day in the Rose Bowl. He had a strong combine, too, shining in the weight room, during on-field drills and posted a 4.42 40 time.

85. Patriots (from Lions) — Antonio Garcia, T, Troy: At 6-6, 302 pounds, he’s long and a standout athlete for the position. Maybe New England’s left tackle of the future?

86. Chiefs (from Dolphins via Vikings) — Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo: A very productive runner who also developed his pass-catching ability as a senior, Hunt joins a relatively crowded Kansas City backfield.

87. Giants — Davis Webb, QB, California: A dogged worker whose numbers (4,295 yards, 37 TD passes) at Cal last year were just a tick below Jared Goff’s production a season earlier. Like most of his peers, Webb needs some acclimation time from the spread offense to the NFL, but he’d get plenty of that apprenticing under Eli Manning. Webb might also have a coaching future.

88. Raiders — Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA: Some Oakland players have willingly noted the lack of impact they got from their defensive interior last season. If healthy, Vanderdoes could change that.

89. Texans — D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas: Last year’s Doak Walker Award winner racked up more than 2,000 yards on the ground. Could form a nice thunder-and-lightning combo with Lamar Miller.

90. Seahawks — Shaquill Griffin, CB, Central Florida: Posted 4.38 40 time at combine. At 6-0, 194 pounds, he fits the prototype of Seattle corners. Willing tackler.

91. Rams (from Chiefs via Bills) — John Johnson, S, Boston College: His experience at corner and defending the slot are assets. But he’ll probably need to shore up his tackling to be a reliable three-down player. Picked off three passes each of past two seasons, mostly while playing at deep safety, but split time between strong safety and cornerback in 2015. Could challenge for a starting role on back end for L.A.

92. Cowboys — Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan: Dallas continues reloading its secondary with a tenacious player. Lewis might have gone higher if not for the misdemeanor charge of domestic violence he faces. He’s scheduled to go on trial in July.

93. Packers — Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn: Could challenge for Pack’s nose tackle post if he harnesses his ability.

94. Steelers — Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee: Pittsburgh wanted to add depth to its secondary, and Sutton is good in man coverage.

95. Seahawks (from Falcons) — Delano Hill, S, Michigan: Could make an impact on sub packages or special teams and provide nice depth as the miles add up on Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

96. Lions (from Patriots) — Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois: Averaged 80 receptions and more than 1,100 yards over last two seasons. A 6-4, 218-pound build will distinguish him among Detroit receivers.

97. Dolphins (compensatory) — Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson: Has NFL build (6-1, 199) but plenty of flaws in his game. Still, nice piece of clay for Miami to potentially mold.

98. Cardinals (compensatory from Panthers) — Chad Williams, WR, Grambling: Will have to claw his way to find snaps on this roster. May have to make early mark on special teams.

99. Eagles — Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia: Massive (6-2, 209) productive DB, who swiped eight passes as a senior in 2016. Has a chance to start right away in Philly, perhaps drawing assignments against larger wideouts like Brandon Marshall and Dez Bryant.

100. Titans (compensatory from Rams) — Jonnu Smith, TE, Florida International: At 6-3, 248 pounds, he’s got 78 grabs since 2015. Depth behind Delanie Walker for now.

101. Broncos (compensatory) — Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar: Good size (6 feet, 201) and speed (4.43 40 time), but he’ll have to bide his time for a team that may have the best trio of corners in the league.

102. Seahawks (compensatory) — Nazair Jones, DT, North Carolina: Seattle held exceptional D-line depth during its 2013 championship year and seems to be attempting to recreate that now after taking Malik McDowell earlier tonight.

103. Saints (compensatory from Patriots via Browns) — Trey Hendrickson, LB, Florida Atlantic: He posted 15 tackles for loss each of the last two seasons and totaled 23 sacks. New Orleans would love half that production for its woeful pass defense.

104. 49ers (compensatory from Chiefs via Vikings) — C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa: Upside seems limited but could crack a depth chart that currently only has Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

105. Steelers (compensatory) — James Conner, RB, Pitt: Nice story as the Panthers star who beat cancer gets to remain in the same football facility, which is shared with Pittsburgh. Before he became sick, Conner was the ACC offensive player of the year in 2014 after amassing 1,765 rushing yards and 26 TDs. Physical runner who will give Le’Veon Bell needed breathers.

106. Seahawks (compensatory) — Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan: He doesn’t look particularly gifted in any specific area, nor is he really lacking in any aspect. He’s fast if not quick but does a nice job getting behind defenders. Could develop into a steady No. 2 receiver.

107. Buccaneers (compensatory from Jets) — Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU: Throwback linebacker at 6-2, 243 pounds and not necessarily great in coverage. Also coming off major knee injury. Physicality should be welcome in base packages.


108. Packers (from Browns) — Vince Biegel, OLB, Wisconsin

109. Vikings (from 49ers) — Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa

110. Jaguars — Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma

111. Seahawks (from 49ers through Bears) — Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado

112. Bears (from Rams) — Eddie Jackson, DB, Alabama

113. Chargers — Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami (Fla.)

114. Redskins (from Jets) — Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma

115. Cardinals (from Panthers) — Dorian Johnson, G, Pitt

116. Bengals — Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn

117. Rams (from Bears through Bills) — Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M

118. Eagles — Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina

119. Bears (from Cardinals) — Tarik Cohen, RB, North Carolina A&T

120. Vikings — Ben Gedeon, LB, Michigan

121. 49ers (from Colts) — Joe Williams, RB, Utah

122. Ravens — Nico Siragusa, G, San Diego State

123. Redskins — Montae Nicholson, S, Michigan State

124. Lions (from Patriots through Titans) — Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tennessee

125. Rams (from Jets through Buccaneers) — Samson Ebukam, LB, Eastern Washington

126. Browns (from Broncos) — Howard Wilson, CB, Houston

127. Lions — Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo

128. Bengals (from Vikings through Dolphins) — Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee

129. Raiders — David Sharpe, OT, Florida

130. Texans — Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell

131. Patriots (from Seahawks) — Deatrich Wise, DE, Arkansas

132. Eagles (from Vikings through Chiefs) — Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State

133. Cowboys — Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina

134. Packers — Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU

135. Steelers — Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee

136. Falcons — Sean Harlow, G, Oregon State

137. Colts (from Patriots) — Zach Banner, OT, USC

138. Bengals — Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan

139. Chiefs (from Vikings through Eagles and Browns) — Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan

140. Giants — Wayne Gallman, RB, Giants

141. Jets (from Rams) — Chad Hansen, WR, California

142. Texans (from Browns) — Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson

143. Colts (from 49ers) — Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida

144. Colts — Grover Stewart, DT, Albany State


145. Broncos (from) Browns — Jake Butt, TE, Michigan

146. 49ers — George Kittle, TE, Iowa

147. Bears — Jordan Morgan, OT, Kutztown (Pa.)

148. Jaguars — Blair Brown, LB, Ohio

149. Falcons (from Bills through Rams) — Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State

150. Jets — Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson

151. Chargers — Desmond King, CB, Iowa

152. Panthers — Corn Elder, CB, Miami (Fla.)

153. Bengals — Jake Elliott, K, Memphis

154. Redskins (from Saints) — Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas

155. Titans (from Eagles) — Jayon Brown, LB, UCLA

156. Falcons (from Bills) — Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming

157. Cardinals — Will Holden, OT, Vanderbilt

158. Colts — Nate Hairston, CB, Temple

159. Ravens — Jermaine Eluemunor, G/OT, Texas A&M

160. Browns (from Jets through Vikings) — Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State

161. Colts (from 49ers through Redskins) — Anthony Walker Jr., LB, Northwestern

162. Buccaneers — Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State

163. Bills (from Patriots through Broncos) — Matt Milano, LB, Boston College

164. Dolphins (from Eagles through Titans) — Isaac Asiata, G, Utah

165. Lions — Jamal Agnew, CB, San Diego

166. Eagles (from Dolphins) — Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia

167. Giants — Avery Moss, DE, Youngstown State

168. Raiders — Marquel Lee, LB, Wake Forest

169. Texans — Treston Decoud, CB, Oregon State

170. Vikings (from Chiefs) — Rodney Adams, WR, South Florida

171. Bills (from Cowboys) — Nathan Peterman, QB, Pitt

172. Broncos (from Packers) — Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Georgia

173. Steelers — Brian Allen, CB, Utah

174. Falcons — Eric Saubert, TE, Drake

175. Packers (from Broncos through Browns and Patriots) — DeAngelo Yancey, WR, Purdue

176. Bengals — J.J. Dielman, C, Utah

177. 49ers (from Broncos) — Trent Taylor, WR, Louisiana Tech

178. Dolphins — Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU

179. Cardinals — T.J. Logan, RB, North Carolina

180. Vikings (from Chiefs) — Danny Isidora, G, Miami (Fla.)

181. Jets (from Browns) — Dylan Donahue, DE, West Georgia

182. Packers — Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP

183. Chiefs (from Patriots) — Ukeme Eligwe, LB, Georgia Southern

184. Eagles (from Dolphins) — Nathan Gerry, S/LB, Nebraska


185. Browns — Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida

186. Ravens (from 49ers) — Chuck Clark, S, Virginia Tech

187. Seahawks (from Jaguars) — Mike Tyson, S, Cincinnati

188. Jets (from Browns through Texans and Bears) — Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisana Lafayette

189. Rams — Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane

190. Chargers — Sam Tevi, OT, Utah

191. Cowboys (from Jets) — Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech

192. Panthers — Alex Armah, DE, West Georgia

193. Bengals — Jordan Evans, LB, Oklahoma

194. Dolphins (from Eagles) — Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State

195. Bills — Tanner Valejo, S/LB, Boise State

196. Saints — Al-Quadin Muhammad, DE, Miami (Fla.)

197. Jets (from Rams through Bears and Cardinals) — Jeremy Clark, CB, Michigan

198. 49ers (from Ravens) — D.T. Jones, DT, Ole Miss

199. Redskins (from Vikings) — Chase Roullier, C, Wyoming

200. Giants (from Titans through Patriots and Colts) — Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pitt

201. Vikings (from Redskins) — Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech

202. 49ers (from Broncos) — Pita Taumoepena, OLB, Utah

203. Broncos (from Titans) — De’Angelo Henderson, RB, Coastal Carolina

204. Jets (from Buccaneers) — Derrick Jones, CB, Mississippi

205. Lions — Jeremiah Ledbetter, DE, Arkansas

206. Rams (from Dolphins) — Sam Rogers, FB, Virginia Tech

207. Bengals (from Titans through Giants) — Brandon Wilson, RB, Houston

208. Cardinals (from Raiders) — Johnathan “Rudy” Ford, S, Auburn

209. Redskins (from Texans) — Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State

210. Seahawks — Justin Senior, OT, Mississippi State

211. Patriots (from Cowboys) — Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA

212. Packers — Kofi Amichia, OT, South Florida

213. Steelers — Colin Holba, LS, Louisville

214. Eagles (from Titans through Falcons) — Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington

215. Lions (from Patriots) — Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami (Fla.)

216. Cowboys (from Patriots through Chiefs) — Marques White, CB, Florida State

217. Titans (from Bengals) — Corey Levin, G, Chattanooga

218. Chiefs — Leon McQuay, S, USC


219. Vikings (from 49ers through Browns) — Stacy Coley, Miami (Fla.)

220. Vikings (from Redskins through 49ers) — Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE, Northwestern

221. Raiders (from Cardinals through Bears) — Shalom Luani, S, Washington State

222. Jaguars — Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota

223. Buccaneers (from Dolphins through Rams) — Steve Tu’ikolovatu, DT, USC

224. Browns (from Jets) — Zane Gonzalez, K, Arizona State

225. Chargers — Isaac Rochell, DE, Notre Dame

226. Seahawks (from Panthers) — David Moore, WR, East Central (Oklahoma)

227. Titans (from Bengals) — Josh Carraway, LB, TCU

228. Cowboys (from Bills) — Joey Ivie, DT, Florida

229. 49ers (from Saints) — Adrian Colbert, CB, Miami (Fla.)

230. Redskins (from Vikings through Eagles) — Josh Harvey-Clemons, S, Louisville

231. Raiders (from Cardinals) — Jylan Ware, OT, Alabama State

232. Vikings — Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State

233. Panthers (from Colts through Browns) — Harrison Butker, K, Georgia Tech

234. Rams (from Ravens) — Ejuan Price, DE, Pitt

235. Redskins — Joshua Holsey, CB, Auburn

236. Titans — Brad Seaton, OT, Villanova

237. Dolphins (from Buccaneers) — Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech

238. Packers (from Broncos) — Devonte Mays, RB, Utah State

239. Cowboys (from Patriots through Lions) — Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State

240. Jaguars (from Dolphins) — Marquez Williams, FB, Miami (OH)

241. Titans (from Giants) — Khalfani Muhammad, RB, California

242. Raiders — Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina

243. Texans — Kyle Fuller, C, Baylor

244. Raiders (from Seahawks) — Treyvon Hester, DT, Toledo

245. Vikings (from Chiefs) — Jack Tocho, CB, North Carolina State

246. Cowboys — Jordan Carrell, DE/DT, Colorado

247. Packers — Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

248. Steelers — Keion Adams, DE/OLB, Western Michigan

249. Seahawks (from Falcons) — Christopher Carson, RB, Oklahoma State

250. Lions (from Patriots) — Pat O’Connor, DE, Eastern Michigan

251. Bengals — Mason Schreck, TE, Buffalo

252. Browns (from Broncos) — Matthew Dayes, RB, North Carolina State

253. Broncos — Chad Kelly, QB, Mississippi

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