A pre-free agency attempt to forecast how the first round of the April 29 NFL draft will develop.
Again, there will be an early-round run on quarterbacks (four of the first eight picks), the Broncos will get to select from the entire board of cornerbacks and at least one offensive lineman and running back will be late-first round steals.
1. Jacksonville: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson. The easiest top-pick decision since Indianapolis selected quarterback Andrew Luck in 2012.
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU. Out goes Sam Darnold and in comes Wilson, who threw 33 touchdowns and only three interceptions last year.
3. Miami (from Houston): Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU. The draft’s best receiver, Chase led FBS in yards (1,780) in 2019.
4. Atlanta: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State. The Falcons still have Matt Ryan, but new general manager Terry Fontenot and coach Arthur Smith signal the eventual shift to Fields.
5. Cincinnati: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon. Sewell is the draft’s safest pick after Lawrence and the Bengals give QB Joe Burrow much-needed protection.
6. Philadelphia: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama. Waddle had 28 catches in six games before breaking his ankle in October. The Eagles have already moved on from receivers DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey.
7. Detroit: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State. If Parsons (191 tackles in two years) falls to No. 9, the Broncos should be tempted to take him.
8. Carolina: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota…