By now, the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft has been completed, and there are plenty of teams looking to move up for the likes of LSU quarterback Dak Prescott, Ohio State linebacker Da’Rick Rogers, and Clemson defensive tackle Shaq Lawson.
But there’s also plenty of other teams looking for an offensive weapon to fill out their offensive line, or a linebacker to add another dimension to their defensive line.
Here are the top five offensive teams looking at the 2017 class and the players who could make them the most explosive in the league:The top five defensive players are also listed below:The team with the most offensive firepower in the draft will have to find a way to fill the void left by the departures of defensive lineman Dontari Poe, safety Eric Rowe, and linebacker Mike Patterson.
They’re all capable of being impact players for a defense that’s in desperate need of them.
The best defensive player is still on the board.
A former Florida State star, the former Oregon State cornerback is still one of the premier cornerbacks in the country, but he could also be a very effective player in a 4-3.
He could take over at cornerback or safety and make an immediate impact, and his speed could be a valuable asset.
The next best defensive end is Alabama defensive end Dee Ford, who has the potential to be one of Alabama’s most productive pass rushers in the NFL.
He’s a tremendous athlete who can dominate the line of scrimmage and can disrupt opposing quarterbacks’ passing game.
Ford is also a terrific athlete, which could allow him to be a top-five pass rusher in the next few years.
The second best defensive lineman is Clemson defensive end Cameron Smith, who could become one of Clemson’s best pass ruses.
The Tigers’ pass rush is currently ranked 27th nationally, and Smith could potentially be an impact defensive end for a team that struggles to rush the passer.
He would also be able to play both ends of the field, giving him an opportunity to be an inside linebacker at the next level.
The third best defensive tackle is Notre Dame defensive tackle Dion Jordan, who is considered one of Ohio State’s most talented interior defensive linemen.
He has the length and athleticism to be effective as a 3-technique defensive tackle in the MLB and could be an ideal replacement for Ohio State defensive end Marcus Lattimore.
He’d also be an immediate upgrade for the Cleveland Browns’ offensive line.
The fourth best offensive lineman is Texas Tech offensive tackle De’Ondre Wesley, who’s one of college football’s most explosive guards.
He plays with a physicality and ferocity that could allow the Texas Tech offense to run plays at will.
He should be a perfect complement for quarterback Seth Russell.
He might not be able of starting immediately, but the Browns’ offense could certainly benefit from a player like Wesley.
The fifth best offensive tackle is Florida State offensive tackle Kevin Dodd, who might be the best offensive line prospect in the 2017 draft.
The Seminoles’ offensive tackle situation is extremely tight, and Dodd could be the guy that can make an impact right away.
The Browns have a very high need at the position, and they’ve been linked to the likes the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks in the past.
If Clemson offensive tackle Travin Dural, the No. 1 overall prospect in this year’s draft, is not selected by the Browns, the team could consider moving up to pick the best defensive guard prospect in their draft.
That player could be Alabama offensive guard Dorial Green-Beckham, who can play both guard and tackle in a 3.0 system.
Dural is considered a potential top-10 pick in the upcoming draft, and the Browns could be wise to take a chance on the defensive end, who would be able help a team desperately in need of a pass rusher.
The team could also look to move down and take a player who could fill out the offensive line for a more traditional 4-2 front.
The top linebacker in this class is Notre State defensive back Da’Quan Bowers, who was a consensus top-40 prospect coming into the 2017 season.
He is an athletic defender who is able to be disruptive in the run game, which is what Cleveland needs.
Bowers is a talented athlete who could be valuable as a pass rush linebacker for a 4