It will be a chaotic project. There will be trades that reverse the order, with teams going up and down. I do not include trades in this bogus project, but I will note the choices that have the potential to be displaced.
Live coverage of the first round begins at 7 p.m. AND Thursday on ABC, ESPN and the ESPN app, and I’ll be there for the seven rounds until Saturday night. Let’s go, planning Round 1:
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Final ranking | Reset
Favorites | Mailbag
Complete order project | Podcast
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU | Strong points
Burrow is exactly what the Bengals need after a 2-14 season. The Heisman Trophy winner can step in and be the starter from day one. He is clearly the best quarterback in this category.
Chase Young, DE, State of Ohio | Strong points
Ron Rivera said that Washington had spoken to the trade teams about this choice, but I was not buying that seriously. Rivera is a defensive coach, and he cannot let Young, the best overall hope in this category and an elite rusher, pass.