10. Buffalo Bills – John Ross (Wide Receiver, Washington)
Ross being selected here ahead of Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams might come as a surprise to many. It’s been well publicized the forty time which Ross ran at the NFL Combine, and snuffed Adidas in the process by blazing in a pair of Nike’s. Tyrod Taylor will presumably be back for another season as the starting quarterback for the Bills. It will be interesting to see how new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison approaches the passing game with Taylor. Buffalo thought they were getting a Pro Bowl wide receiver several years back when they traded up for Sammy Watkins in the first round. Watkins has shown flashes, but injuries are constantly plaguing the former Clemson Tiger. Ross brings an element of speed to the Bills offense which they are sorely lacking on the outside especially with the free agent departure of Marquise Goodwin to the 49ers. The downside to Ross is his size and weight which can hinder him against the more physical brand of corners he will face in the NFL. Ross has some injury concerns as well specifically knee and shoulder. The comparison to Desean Jackson is legit and the home run threat should greatly intrigue the Buffalo Bills at pick ten.
11. New Orleans Saints – Hassan Reddick (Defensive End/Linebacker, Temple)
A local flavor to the first round of the draft being hosted in Philly as Hassan Reddick from Temple heads to the Saints. It remains to be seen what position within the defense Reddick actually fits best long term. However, in the interim his speed and athleticism will help bring an immediate impact to a lackluster New Orleans defense. He has a force coming off the edge with his speed, but is also capable of being effective dropping back into coverage as a linebacker. Reddick will need to improve his hand technique in order to further develop his skillset off the edge, and hold his own in the run game. He’s been one of the steadiest risers up draft boards since the draft process has started working himself all the way into the top 15 more than likely. It will be a really cool moment on Thursday night when Reddick’s name is called in the city where he played college ball.
12. Cleveland Browns – Mitchell Trubisky (Quarterback, North Carolina)
The quarterback draft class is far different from 2016 where the top two picks were Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. Trubisky is considered to be the top quarterback prospect in this class slightly ahead of Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. It’s no secret the Browns are still in desperate need of a franchise quarterback after the failed RG3 experiment in 2016. Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler are currently on the depth chart, both of whom are not long-term options for success. Trubisky definitely has the size NFL teams are looking for in a starting quarterback to go along with a big arm and mobility. The downside is the spread offense he played in at North Carolina which is the knock on most college quarterbacks entering the pros these days. Trubisky is likely not ready to start early on during his rookie campaign as his blitz recognition needs improvement in addition to understanding NFL defenses. Hue Jackson did a fine job with Andy Dalton during his time as Bengals offensive coordinator. Trubisky will be the next project for Jackson to work on, and Browns fans pray this first round pick is better than the last two quarterbacks they drafted in that round.