It might be up in the air as to who will be the no.1 draft pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but there’s no doubt where that player will be going.
The no.1 draft pick will be going to the embattled Cleveland Browns, who have their first no.1 draft pick since 2000.
Jarryd Hayne’s former team the San Francisco 49ers hold the no.2 pick with the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans having the third, fourth and fifth picks.
But the question on everyone’s lips is who will the Browns take? Will they take a top defensive player or will they look to resolve their ongoing quarterback issues and draft a rookie quarterback?
All will be revealed when the 82nd NFL Draft gets underway in Philadelphia on Friday (AEDT).
Here’s our guide as to who the top draft picks could be.
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
In many people’s eyes, Teaxas A&M DE Myles Garrett will be the no.1 pick.
The Aggies DE leads a quality contingent of defensive players in this year’s draft class, but there’s little doubt he’s the best of a top bunch.
Garrett would significantly bolster the Browns’ defence and he could play as a defensive end or linebacker.
Jamal Adams, S, LSU
LSU safety Jamal Adams and Ohio State’s Malik Hooker are regarded as the top two safeties in the draft, but Adams is expected to go in the top three.
The versatile Tigers safety could go either second or third to the 49ers or Bears and would be a valuable asset to any defence.
Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey might be the star Cardinal player but DE Solomon Thomas is more likely to go in the top three.
Some have him going as high as no.2, but he won’t be taken higher than fellow DE Garrett who is projected to be the top pick.
Thomas is one of the nation’s leading defensive linemen and is both a run defender and pass rusher.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
If the Browns overlook Garrett, Adams and Thomas, they’ll be chasing a quarterback and Tar Heels signal caller Mitchell Trubisky could be a top target on their radar.
Picking up a hometown product, who could potentially develop into a franchise quarterback, also has appeal for the success-starved Browns.
The Browns though, could end up with Trubisky at no.12, but whether he goes first or no.12, he’ll be a great asset to any team which drafts him.
DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Multiple Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson could be a handy pick-up for any team looking for a quarterback coming from a winning program.
The Clemson quarterback famously led the Tigers to their second National Championship with a thrilling victory over Alabama in this year’s National Championship final.
Watson is one of four Clemson players to have declared for the draft.
Other top prospects:
In a talent-laden draft class, there’s a host of players who could be high draft picks come draft day.
Malik Hooker (Safety, Ohio State), Jonathan Allen (DT, Alabama), Leonard Fournette (RB, LSU) and Christian McCaffrey (RB, Stanford) all loom as top draft prospects.
Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams (WR) is projected to be the draft’s top wide receiver and could be a top five draft pick.
First Overall Pick
Myles Garrett (1.08), Mitchell Trubisky (7.00), Jamal Adams (26.00), Jonathan Allen (26.00), Malik Hooker (26.00), Deshaun Watson (51.00), Marshon Lattimore (67.00), Leonard Fournette (101.00)
Tip: Myles Garrett at $1.08
Value pick: Mitchell Trubisky at $7.00
Odds taken from UniBet.com.au. Read more about UniBet at https://www.justhorseracing.com.au/reviews/unibet