NFL draft predictions for all 32 teams

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It's officially draft week, and our NFL Nation reporters are here to give a prediction for every team.

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Buffalo Bills: Coach Rex Ryan will select a Clemson defensive end, either Shaq Lawson or Kevin Dodd, in the first round. Instead of the Bills presenting their newest player with a Buffalo jersey, either Lawson or Dodd will give Ryan a Clemson jersey at the opening news conference. Ryan, whose son Seth is a walk-on at Clemson, will then guarantee that the Tigers will win the national championship in 2016. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins: Do not be surprised if the Dolphins pull off another draft-day trade. The team already swapped first-round picks with the Eagles this year to move from No. 8 to No. 13. Miami vice president Mike Tannenbaum has a history of moving up and down the draft board, especially in the first three rounds. -- James Walker

New England Patriots: The Patriots will draft Navy quarterback/running back/wide receiver Keenan Reynolds earlier than expected. They've spent a lot of resources scouting Reynolds, including multiple visits from coach Bill Belichick, and the combination of Reynolds' skill set, strong personal character and Navy background make him an obvious fit, perhaps in a Julian Edelman-type situation (circa 2009). -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets: The Jets won't trade disgruntled defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who hasn't yet signed his franchise tag. They're definitely open to moving him for draft-pick compensation, but teams are shying away because of the contract it would take to sign him long term -- more than $50 million in guarantees. Instead of giving him away for a substandard deal, they will opt to keep him for at least another year. -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens: Baltimore will draft Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. Not long ago, it would've been absurd to suggest this. But after the Rams and Eagles traded up for the top two spots, Baltimore will either get Tunsil or an elite defender with the No. 6 pick. Considering it's the 20th anniversary of the Ravens landing Jonathan Ogden, fate says the draft's top-rated left tackle once again falls to Baltimore. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals: This might not be the boldest of predictions, but with their wide receiver room in need of more playmakers, the Bengals will draft a wideout in the first round. The various pre-draft trades could be setting up a run on players at quarterback, possibly diminishing the number of teams that might be looking to take one of the draft's top pass-catchers early. Corey Coleman (Baylor) and Josh Doctson (TCU) still seem like the most likely options for the Bengals at No. 24. Another prediction? The Bengals will use one of their later-round picks on a running back, selecting their first back since Jeremy Hill in 2014. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns: The Browns will make a first-round trade. They will either trade down out of the eighth pick and stack up more picks, or they will trade up from the first pick in the second round to draft a quarterback or wide receiver they have targeted. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers: Just when you think it's all about defense, the Steelers will say, "Needs, what needs?" and draft a playmaking offensive player somewhere in the first two to four rounds. Think a pass-catching running back option such as Notre Dame C.J. Prosise or a downfield threat such as Oklahoma receiver Sterling Shepard. Running backs Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams are both free agents after 2016, and Martavis Bryant's yearlong suspension makes receiver depth a potential issue. A cornerback or defensive lineman in the first round will be a sensible pick. After that, the franchise will be looking for value in all areas. -- Jeremy Fowler


Houston Texans: The Texans will draft a wide receiver to add a burst of speed to quarterback Brock Osweiler's arsenal. This is a dimension the Texans' offense lacked last season and one that might have helped their army of quarterbacks. -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts: General manager Ryan Grigson believes in taking the best player available over addressing a need in the draft. All Grigson needs to do is be reminded the Colts gave up 118 quarterback hits last season -- and franchise quarterback Andrew Luck missed nine games -- to realize Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker will be the best player available and will fill a need at No. 18. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars: Regardless of which players the Jaguars take, they won't be doing much at the team's rookie minicamp. The Jaguars are modifying what they do; there will be more individual work and no 11-on-11 drills. Dante Fowler Jr. missed the 2015 season after tearing his left ACL during rookie minicamp. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans: Although the Titans are in pretty good shape on the defensive line with Jurrell Casey, DaQuan Jones, Al Woods, Angelo Blackson, Karl Klug and Ropati Pitoitua, they will take a defensive linemen in the first four rounds. There are so many accounts about the talent of the defensive linemen in this draft, one will be graded as too good to pass up for Jon Robinson is his first draft as the Titans' GM. -- Paul Kuharsky


Denver Broncos: The Broncos will almost certainly take a safety before the first two days of the draft are done. They also will take a long look at the offensive and defensive linemen on the board. But if the right safety slid down to them in the first round, they would use the No. 31 pick to grab him. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs will go for defense with their first-round pick for the third straight year. The draft is deep in prospects on the defensive line, where the Chiefs could lose Dontari Poe to free agency next year. The Chiefs also have a need at cornerback. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders will be tempted to trade down from No. 14 and thus could continue their free-agency trend of solidifying their defense in the early rounds of the draft. An inside linebacker would add depth. Although the Raiders struck out on the last middle linebacker they drafted from Alabama (see Rolando McClain), Reggie Ragland would be a nice fit. -- Paul Gutierrez

San Diego Chargers: With the top two teams in the draft likely taking a quarterback, the Chargers also will draft a quarterback -- but it won't be with the No. 3 pick. Philip Rivers still has a few years left, but he turns 35 years old in December and San Diego needs to find his eventual replacement. The franchise has worked out several quarterbacks during the lead-up to the draft, including Paxton Lynch of Memphis and Ohio State's Cardale Jones. -- Eric D. Williams


Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys will pass on a quarterback in the first round. Despite all the talk about finding a successor for Tony Romo, who turned 36 last week, and at the very least a backup for 2016, Jerry Jones believes he has a team that can win now and needs a few pieces to help. Drafting a quarterback with the No. 4 pick would only help in the short term if Romo were to get hurt again. But does anybody believe a rookie would step in and lead this team to the playoffs? That doesn't mean the Cowboys will ignore the position; they will eventually take a quarterback in this draft. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants: The Giants' first pick will be a defensive player. Forget all the talk you've heard about Ezekiel Elliott and Ronnie Stanley and all the money the Giants spent on defense in free agency. They need more building-block players on defense, and they know that's the best way to cash in a second straight top-10 pick. They could go a few different ways -- a pass-rusher like Leonard Floyd, a cornerback like Vernon Hargreaves III, maybe even a move up for Jalen Ramsey if he falls past Dallas. But the first-round pick will be a defensive player. Book it. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles: This certainly became a lot easier task with last week's trade that moved the Eagles up to the No. 2 pick in the draft. Instead of trying to figure out whether the Eagles would take offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley or running back Ezekiel Elliott at No. 8 overall, things now seem pretty clear. The Eagles acknowledge they moved up for a quarterback. The prediction is that they will wind up with North Dakota State's Carson Wentz. How good will Wentz be? That requires another shake of the Magic 8 Ball. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins: The Redskins will trade back in the first round, gain another third-round selection and select two defensive linemen in their first four picks. The draft is deep along the defensive line, and if a quarterback such as Paxton Lynch is still available at 21, the Redskins might be able to coax someone to swap picks. This would allow Washington to start finding young building blocks for the defensive trenches. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears: The Bears will draft a defensive player in Round 1. The exact position is difficult to pinpoint based on the draft's fluid nature, but Chicago has clear needs at defensive line, edge rusher and cornerback. If quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz fly off the board, as expected, the Bears should be positioned to take a ready-to-contribute upgrade on defense. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions: The Lions will have a boring draft, and that'll be a good thing. Detroit won't pick any flashy names -- that's what happens when a team picks in the middle of a round and doesn't need a quarterback. But the Lions will load up on players on the offensive and defensive lines, pick up defensive back help and pick a wide receiver with some speed. It'll be a draft built on adding roster depth, stopping the run and protecting Matthew Stafford. Speaking of quarterback, the Lions will take one late, perhaps Kevin Hogan, Nate Sudfeld or Jake Rudock. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers: What's better than a draft prediction? How about a guarantee? No matter who Ted Thompson picks at No. 27 -- or in the unlikely event he trades up or down -- you can be assured that you'll hear something like this come out of his mouth: "We got the guy we wanted." Maybe that will actually be the case, but have you ever heard him (or any other GM for that matter) say otherwise? Perhaps the only thing more useless than a pre-draft news conference is the post-draft one. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings will add a receiver who can give Teddy Bridgewater a big target over the middle. TCU's Josh Doctson might be hard to pass up if he's there at No. 23, and even if the Vikings don't get their man in the first round, they'll look to address the position later in the draft. They can use a player to help improve the league's 31st-ranked passing game, and they've spent too much time scouting receivers for us not to think they'll take one. -- Ben Goessling


Atlanta Falcons: With only five picks, the Falcons will trade the No. 17 overall pick to get a later pick in the first round and possibly pick up a third-rounder, since Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff believes there's value in the first three rounds. With that later first-round pick, the Falcons will take Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry, giving them a Greg Olsen-type threat. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers: Rescinding the franchise tag on Josh Norman creates a huge hole at cornerback. One reason Dave Gettleman was willing to move on from Norman: The GM believes a good pass rush makes good defensive backs look great. So with the need for a long-term solution to replace Charles Johnson at defensive end, the Panthers will select the best available player at that position, which likely will be Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah. Clemson's Kevin Dodd would be a good choice as well if he falls to No. 30. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints: The Saints will do something radical -- compared to their own track record, anyway -- and trade down in Round 1 for the first time since 1997. New Orleans, which holds the 12th pick, has done the exact opposite in recent years, trading up five times in Round 1 under GM Mickey Loomis. But the Saints shifted gears a bit last year, stockpiling nine picks in 2015 as they began to rebuild their talent base. They still have a lot of needs to fill as they continue to rebuild that base, especially on defense. But they have only six picks to work with. The timing feels right for a move down the board if a good offer comes along. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs will concentrate on defense. They drafted just one defensive player the past two years -- linebacker Kwon Alexander -- but will likely address their top two needs, cornerback and defensive end, with their first two picks. -- Mike DiRocco


Arizona Cardinals: At some point late Friday or Saturday -- basically any time after the second round -- the Cardinals will select a quarterback. But not just any quarterback. The fortunate signal-caller to be groomed by Bruce Arians, Tom Moore and Carson Palmer will stand at least 6-foot-4 and have a strong arm. This is the year the Cardinals can find a legitimate option to start preparing as the future at QB. -- Josh Weinfuss

Los Angeles Rams: The Rams will draft a quarterback with the first pick and won't select again until the fourth round. So they'll have plenty of time on their hands -- but they won't be spending Day 2 of the draft at Disneyland. The Rams have four picks on Day 3 and have spent extra time focusing on the final four rounds and their post-draft process, knowing they need to find players capable of making the roster in undrafted free agency. The belief here is that the Rams will spend at least one of their two fourth-round choices on a wide receiver. -- Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers, who already have 12 total picks, will trade back from the No. 7 spot to accumulate more picks and use their new first-rounder, so long as it is in the middle of the first round, on Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson. The Niners traded back two spots last year and still picked up a main target in Arik Armstead. But if Jared Goff is somehow still on the board at No. 7, all bets are off. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks, who have not made a first-round pick since 2012, will trade out of the first round again. General manager John Schneider has said the Seahawks have more draftable grades (200) on players than they normally do. The guess here is he'd love to move back into the top half of the second round. That would allow Seattle to still potentially grab a player like Texas A&M offensive tackle Germain Ifedi, Indiana offensive tackle Jason Spriggs or Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler while adding a third- or fourth-round pick. -- Sheil Kapadia