Follow the first-round selections live here Thursday night. The following evaluations and player analysis come from The Star’s Chiefs/NFL beat writer Terez A. Paylor.
1. Los Angeles (from Tennessee):
JARED GOFF, QB, Cal
Measurables: 6-4, 215, 22, 4.82
Bio: Three-year starter who completed 341 of 529 passes (64.5 percent) for 4,719 yards, 43 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2015. Rushed 56 times for minus-8 yards and zero touchdowns. Declared after true junior season. He’ll remain on West Coast as Rams’ QB.
Consensus: Quick, decisive and accurate with good footwork. Throws with anticipation and throws a nice ball with touch. Has experience using full-field reads. Courageous in the pocket and has taken punishment, though he occasionally throws off his back foot in an attempt to get the ball out. Reportedly a quick study with strong family support. Deep ball accuracy can be uneven. Operated primarily out of shotgun; will have to learn how to operate from under center.
2. Philadelphia (from Cleveland)
CARSON WENTZ, QB, North Dakota State
Measurables: 6-5, 237, 24, 4.77
Bio: Two-year starter who completed 130 of 208 passes (62.5 percent) for 1,651 yards, 17 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in 2015 despite a broken wrist that kept him out eight weeks. Rushed 63 times for 294 yards and five touchdowns. Will learn as a pro under first-year Eagles coach Doug Pederson, the former Andy Reid assistant in KC.
Consensus: Has very good size and arm strength. Is comfortable moving in the pocket and is athletic enough to be a factor as a red-zone runner. Very good athlete for the position; tested well in the 40, broad jump (118 inches) and three-cone (6.86). Has shown the ability to extend plays. Smart, competitive and plays with swagger. Has a presence; rose to the occasion at the Senior Bowl and has delivered in big moments. Needs to do a better job of throwing with anticipation. Comes from a pro-style system. Has done a lot of winning in college; comes from a program that has won five straight national championships. Has fumbled 10 times the last two seasons.
3. San Diego
JOEY BOSA, OLB, Ohio State
Measurables: 6-5, 269, 21, 4.86
Bio: Three-year starter who had 51 tackles (16 for loss), five sacks and 14 hurries in 12 games in 2015. Declared after true junior season.
Consensus: Is young for this draft class. Forty-yard dash (4.86) and vertical jump (32 inches) were only adequate. Isn’t a twitchy, elite athlete but posted good marks in the broad jump (120 inches), three-cone (6.89) and 20-yard shuttle (4.21), so he has some explosiveness. Experienced and productive. Understands how to play the game, plays with good technique. Plays with body control and can reduce to a three-technique and rush on passing downs. Isn’t explosive off the snap but has a knack for pass rushing and has a closing burst to the quarterback. Strong enough to set the edge. Has some pop in his hands. Consistently plays hard and is disruptive. Disciplined run defender; plays with good awareness. Spent his career with his hand in the dirt but is a true football player; can line up in any system and be productive. Is on the ground a little more than you’d think. Likes to jump the snap.
EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, RB, Ohio State
Measurables: 6-0, 225, 21, 4.47
Bio: Two-year starter who rushed 289 times for 1,821 yards and 23 touchdowns in 13 games in 2015. Also caught 27 passes for 206 yards and zero touchdowns. Declared after true junior season.
Consensus: Super-productive downhill runner with excellent size, burst and home-run speed; rarely gets caught from behind in the open field. Workhorse with dynamism. Has impressed teams with his high football IQ. Is a willing and capable blocker. Has a good mindset for a power runner; runs with physicality and takes pleasure in it. Entered the Combine with questions about his catching ability, and had a few more drops than you’d like, but has large hands (10 1/4 ) and has flashed the ability to be an effective receiver. Wants the football; was openly critical of his offensive coordinator after a late-season home loss to Michigan State that cost the Buckeyes a berth in the Big Ten championship game.
JALEN RAMSEY, DB, Florida State
Measurables: 6-1, 209, 22, 4.41
Bio: Three-year starter who had 52 tackles, zero interceptions, 10 pass breakups and 10 pass deflections in 13 games in 2015. First true freshman to start at cornerback for Florida State since Deion Sanders in 1985. Declared after his true junior season.
Consensus: Outstanding athlete; former track guy who tested well in multiple drills including vertical (41.5) and broad jump (135 inches). Has excellent arm length (33 3/8 inches). Can play cornerback or safety, but has the ability to play multiple positions as a Swiss-army knife of sorts. Potential Pro Bowler at either position. Has excellent instincts, football IQ and leadership ability. Great tackler who can blitz, too. Surprisingly low ball production (only three career interceptions) is a small concern.
RONNIE STANLEY, T, Notre Dame
Measurables: 6-6, 312, 22, 5.20
Bio: Two-year starter who played in 28 career games. Started all 13 games at left tackle in 2015, when he recorded 16 knockdown blocks and yielded a team-low one sack. Started 13 games at right tackle in 2014. Declared after true junior season.
Consensus: Super athletic left tackle prospect with really good feet and a natural feel for pass protection. Outstanding length (35 5/8 -inch arms) and big hands (10 5/8 inches). Anchors and mirrors well in pass protection. Is a tough guy to turn the corner on because of his superb combination of size, athleticism and pass-pro technique. Does a nice job using his hands in pass protection. Handled Clemson’s Shaq Lawson very well when they met on Oct. 3. Athletic enough to get to be effective on screens and wall off linebackers at the second level on running plays. Isn’t a dominating run blocker — needs to add strength — but generates movement at the point of attack and generally plays to the whistle and gets the job done. Has the look of a potential Pro Bowl left tackle at the NFL level.
7. San Francisco
DeFOREST BUCKNER, DE, Oregon
Measurables: 6-7, 291, 22, 5.05
Bio: Four-year starter who had 83 tackles (17 for loss), 10 1/2 sacks and six hurries in 13 games in 2015.
Consensus: Outstanding combination of size and length (34 3/8 -inch arms). Has massive hands (11 3/4 inches) to control blockers. Plus quickness. Good burst off the snap with powerful hands and pop — can jar offensive linemen backward. Plays with great effort and hustle; really gets after it. Has a nice closing burst to the quarterback. Has a swim move and a bull rush. Ideal five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. Fits the prototype of a two-gap player.
8. Tennessee (from Browns through Eagles through Dolphins)
JACK CONKLIN, T, Michigan State
Measurables: 6-6, 308, 22, 5.00
Bio: Three-year starter at left tackle who played in 39 career games. Started at Michigan State as a preferred walk-on and quickly won a scholarship. Declared after his redshirt junior season.
Consensus: Has plenty of experience; made 38 career starts. Answered some questions about his athleticism by testing out as one of the draft’s fastest linemen. Has very good arm length (35 inches). Is a classic Big Ten lineman; a competitive tough guy who plays to the whistle and generates movement on down blocks. Enjoys putting guys in the dirt. Flashes solid initial burst and foot quickness off the snap as a run blocker but sometimes plays too high and lets defenders into his body. Has only decent feet and gets in trouble when he oversets in pass pro. Could struggle with speed rushers but probably has the footwork, balance and body control to hold up at right tackle, at worst. Durable.
9. Chicago (from Tampa Bay)
LEONARD FLOYD, LB, Georgia
Measurables: 6-6, 244, 24, 4.60
Bio: Three-year starter who had 74 tackles (10 1/2 for loss), 4 1/2 sacks and 15 hurries in 13 games in 2015. Also had zero interceptions and three pass breakups. Declared after true junior season.
Consensus: Super athlete who was among his position’s top testers in the 40, vertical (39 1/2 inches) and broad jump (127 inches). Terrific length, but lacks bulk. Great initial burst off the edge. Has ability to bend around the edge. Is comfortable rushing from a two-point stance. Is a good enough athlete to line up in space against some tight ends. Athletic enough to turn and run with tight ends. Even lines up at inside linebacker on occasion. Has some pop in his hands but can be overpowered at the point of attack; needs to bulk up some and improve his play strength. Has an attitude; plays to the end of the whistle.
10. New York Giants
ELI APPLE, CB, Ohio State
Measurables: 6-1, 199, 21, 4.40, Ohio State
Bio: Two-year starter who had 33 tackles, one interception and eight pass breakups in 13 games in 2015. Declared after redshirt sophomore season.
Consensus: Is young for a prospect. Alleviated concerns about his speed with a good Combine 40 and strong field workout. Is long for the position; fits the physical prototype. Combination of size and athleticism will be attractive to NFL teams. Has the hips, feet and length to be a good corner. Has four career interceptions but needs to refine his ball skills. Technique is inconsistent; needs to be coached up. Willing tackler with the size to hold up in run support.
11. Tampa Bay (from Chicago)
VERNON HARGREAVES III, CB, Florida
Measurables: 5-10, 204, 21, 4.50
Bio: Three-year starter who had 33 tackles, four interceptions and four pass breakups in 13 games in 2015. Finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award in 2015. Was first-team all-SEC as a true freshman. Declared after his true junior season.
Consensus: Is young for a prospect but is very experienced. Has a thickness to his frame, particularly in the lower body, but posted good marks in the vertical (39 inches) and broad jump (130 inches) and is very athletic. Smooth corner with very good feet and transitional quickness. Has 10 career interceptions. Good tackler. Quick, fast with good ball skills. Plays press and off-man coverage. Lacks eye discipline in off man; is susceptible to double moves. Has some return skills and also served as a gunner at times. Plug-and-play type guy.
12. New Orleans
SHELDON RANKINS, DE, Louisville
Measurables: 6-1, 299, 22, 5.03
Bio: Two-year starter who had 58 tackles (13 for loss), six sacks and four hurries in 13 games in 2015.
Consensus: Tore it up at the Senior Bowl — was unblockable. Quick, squatty one-gap penetrator who would best fit in a 4-3 scheme. Not a ton of pop in his hands but he has a nice swim move, a nice spin move and a nice feel for pass rushing. Needs to fire off the ball consistently; has a habit of standing up out of his stance and rushing. Lacks length so will have to win with his leverage and quickness. Effort in backside pursuit is hot and cold. Generally plays with good effort. Reportedly has good football character.
13. Miami (from Philly)
LAREMY TUNSIL, T, Mississippi
Measurables: 6-5, 310, 21, N/A
Bio: Three-year starter who played in 29 career games. Fractured his fibula in the 2014 Peach Bowl. Was suspended for seven games in 2015 for receiving impermissible benefits. Declared after his true junior season. Was major Draft-night story when video showed up on his Twitter timeline Thursday night allegedly showing him smoking marijuana through a bong attached to a gas mask. (His agent said his account was hacked and the photo might be old.) He didn’t fall that far, as it turned out.
Consensus: Natural left tackle with plus feet and athleticism, which shows in pass protection and in the running game. Has a smooth, quick kick slide and covers lots of ground in pass protection. Patient blocker who can handle pass rushers one on one — did a nice job against Texas A&M star Myles Garrett during Oct. 24 showdown. Knee bender who is tough to turn the corner on because of his size and athleticism. Good technician who shows some potential as a run blocker; can jar defenders back and has some pop in his hands. Has more than enough athleticism to work to the second level as a run defender. Shows some nastiness. Has the tools to be a very good NFL left tackle.
KARL JOSEPH, S, West Virginia
Measurables: 5-10, 205, N/A
Bio: Four-year starter who recorded 20 tackles, one pass breakup, five interceptions and zero forced fumbles in only four games in 2015.
Consensus: Experienced enforcer type with plus speed and range. Had an ACL injury back in October but still managed five interceptions on the season. Bullet on the field with good feet for safety; former soccer player who moves well. Good tackler who likes to lay the wood. Reportedly has great football character. Has experience in the box, in one-high and as a nickel corner. Passionate player who counts Ed Reed among his NFL role models. Has the best tape of any safety in this draft.
15. Cleveland (from Tennessee through L.A.)
COREY COLEMAN, WR, Baylor
Measurables: 5-11, 194, 22, 4.37
Bio: Three-year starter who caught 74 passes for 1,363 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2015, when he won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver. Is coming off hernia surgery.
Consensus: Did not run at the combine but posted good marks in the bench (17 reps), vertical (40 1/2 inches) and broad jump (129 inches). Has outstanding deep speed with a natural ability to take the top off the defense. Big-play receiver with excellent production. Can track and locate the deep ball. Elusive with the ball in his hands; agile with good vision and some shake. Not terribly interested in blocking, but Baylor coaches its receivers that way.
TAYLOR DECKER, T, Ohio State
Measurables: 6-7, 310, 22, 5.23
Bio: Three-year starter at left tackle who played in 54 career games. Had offers from multiple midmajors as a college basketball prospect.
Consensus: Started 42 career games. Has some athleticism, because of his basketball background, but is only a decent athlete overall. Has a lean, strong frame. Plays with some nastiness. Has strong hands to lock on and finish defenders. Has the anchor strength to handle the bull rush. Gets in trouble when he doesn’t play low enough. Doesn’t always fire out of his stance as a run blocker to create movement at the point of attack — does more catching as a run blocker than he should. Average foot quickness; might not have the feet to stay at tackle and might require a move to guard. Occasionally has trouble working to the second level against quick linebackers.
KEANU NEAL, S, Florida
Measurables: 6-0, 211, 4.62
Bio: Two-year starter who recorded 96 tackles, one pass breakup, one interception and one forced fumble in 12 games in 2015. Declared after his true junior season.
Consensus: Posted a good vertical (38 inches) and broad jump (132 inches). Explosive athlete who will stick his nose and there and strike ballcarriers downhill, though he needs to work on his pursuit angles. Likes contact, but doesn’t always wrap up. Flashes a plus closing burst and runs fairly well on a straight line. Has played some deep zone but does his best work around the box. Will need to prove he’s got coverage skills on the back end; might not be a natural in that area. Has special teams experience and has the look of a contributor in that area.
RYAN KELLY, C, Alabama
Measurables: 6-4, 311, 23, 5.03
Bio: Three-year starter who played in 46 career games. Finished with an average grade of 88.4 percent in 2015 and did not surrender a sack. Had 20 knockdown blocks on the year and committed just one penalty on the year.
Consensus: Experienced, tough disciplined center with plug-and-play ability. Sharp mentally; rarely misses assisgnments (99.2 success rate). Has great size and length for the position. Plus athlete who shows good feet in pass protection and can work to second level in the running game. Scheme-versatile player who can thrive in a zone system; doesn't overwhelm at the point of attack but is strong enough to win consistently and consistently gets his assignment done. Aware in pass protection and plays with with his head on a swivel. Generally works to the whistle. Has the tools to be a Pro Bowl center.
SHAQ LAWSON, DE, Clemson
Measurables: 6-3, 269, 22, 4.70
Bio: One-year starter who had 60 tackles (25 1/2 for loss), 12 1/2 sacks and five hurries in 15 games in 2015. Declared after true junior season.
Consensus: Had a formal interview with the Chiefs at the NFL combine. Posted great times in the 40-yard dash (4.70) and 20-yard shuttle (4.21). Has good athletic ability and NFL size. Faced left tackles every week. Is a bit stiff in the hips but is light on his feet. Strong enough to anchor at the point of attack vs. the run. Plays very hard and has good hands. Doesn’t have great size or get off. Can stack and shed and stop the run. Showed toughness by trying to play through injury against Alabama in 2016 National Championship Game. Reportedly has good football character. Has experienced lining up in a two-point stance. Only started for one year in college but was a productive backup as a freshman and sophomore and was very productive in 2015. Needs to improve his in-game conditioning.
20. New York Jets
DARRON LEE, LB, Ohio State
Measurables: 6-1, 232, 21, 4.47
Bio: Two-year starter who had 66 tackles (11 for loss), 4.5 sacks and seven hurries in 13 games in 2015. Also had one interception and two pass breakups. Declared after redshirt sophomore season.
Consensus: Is young for a prospect. Tore it up at the combine, posting a blistering 40 while posting great marks in the vertical (35.5 inches), broad jump (133 inches) and 20-yard shuttle (4.20). Excellent athlete who projects as a three-down linebacker. Sideline-to-sideline player who can cover plenty of ground, blitz and play the run. Disciplined run defender who understands gap responsibility and takes good angles to the ball. Has a closing burst to the quarterback. Is aware and mostly knows where the ball is. Isn’t a take-on run defender; can get overpowered in the phone booth by linemen. Will have to increase the jolt in his hands; otherwise he’ll be forced to rely solely on his speed and smarts to defeat blockers at the next level.
21. Houston (from Washington)
WILL FULLER, WR, Notre Dame
Measurables: 6-0, 186, 22, 4.32
Bio: Two-year starter who caught 62 passes for 1,258 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015. Declared after junior season.
Consensus: Outstanding production with electric, home-run deep speed; ran a blistering 40-yard dash at the combine. Can take the top off a defense; defenses will have to account for him. Possesses very good athleticism; has great burst off the line of scrimmage. Has some shake to him. Has small hands (8 1/4 inches) and a small catch radius. Isn’t an elite route runner but runs the deep route tree well and would be best served by going to a team with a quarterback that can uncork the deep ball. Lacks the bulk and strength to be a great blocker or consistently work the short middle. Has some focus drops.
22. Washington (from Houston)
JOSH DOCTSON, WR, TCU
Measurables: 6-2, 202, 24, 4.50
Bio: Three-year starter who caught 79 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015. Transferred from Wyoming in 2012.
Consensus: Productive receiver who satisfied questions about his speed with a solid 40-yard dash at the combine but is not a burner and lacks some shake. Still has lots of upside as a possession receiver. Has large hands (9 7/8 inches) and showed extreme comfort hauling in passes during combine drills. Has a large catch radius and consistently won 50-50 balls in college. Showed good athleticism at the combine; performed well in the vertical jump (41 inches), broad jump (131 inches), 20-yard shuttle (4.08) and 60-yard shuttle (11.06). Knows how to track and locate the football. Soid route runner.
LAQUON TREADWELL, WR, Mississippi
Measurables: 6-2, 221, 21, 4.63
Bio: Three-year starter who caught 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015. Declared after junior season.
Consensus: Is young for a prospect. Bounced back after a broken leg suffered during his sophomore season. Has a big body, great length (33 3/8 -inch arms) and natural hands. Timed speed isn’t great; didn’t run at the Combine, but his play speed is better than his timed speed. Is not an elite athlete but has a natural feel for the position. Has a great feel for getting open. Can win contested balls. Has a knack for going up and getting it and is courageous working over the middle. Is strong and physically tough to press at the line of scrimmage. Willing, competitive blocker who flashes some nastiness and gives great effort. Shows some burst off the line of scrimmage; solid route runner.
WILLIAM JACKSON III, CB, Houston
Measurables: 6-0, 189, 23, 4.37
Bio: Two-year starter who had 43 tackles, five interceptions and 23 passes defensed in 13 games in 2015. Junior-college transfer.
Consensus: Satisfied questions about his speed with a blazing time at the Combine. Adequate arm length (31 3/4 inches). Tremendous ball production; led the nation in passes defensed and has ball skills. He can track it. Good football instincts. Showed good footwork in the Combine drills. Is a little tight through the hips in space but looked adequate in movement drills. Willing tackler but must refine his technique there. Looks the part as press-man or off-coverage Cover 1 or Cover 3 corner — did plenty of both. “Kid can play any discipline with equal effectiveness — just needs to get stronger and tackle better,” ESPN analyst Louis Riddick said.
ARTIE BURNS, CB, Miami (Fla.)
Measurables: 6-0, 193, 21, 4.46,
Bio: Two-year starter who had 36 tackles, six interceptions and five pass breakups in 12 games in 2015. Declared after true junior season.
Consensus: Is young for a prospect. Very good arm length (33 1/4 inches). Great combination of size and speed — looks the part. Wasn’t smooth in the turn-and-run drill at the Combine. Has good ball production; can get the ball in the air. Super-physical; can be overly grabby. Is solid in zone coverage. Understands progressions and is scheme versatile. Good character; mother died and is father is in prison, so he’s helping to raise his two younger siblings, in addition to his own young son.
26. Denver (from Seattle)
PAXTON LYNCH, QB, Memphis
Measurables: 6-7, 244, 22, 4.86
Bio: Three-year starter who completed 296 of 443 passes (66.8 percent) for 3,776 yards, 28 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2015. Rushed 87 times for 239 yards and two touchdowns. Declared after redshirt junior season. Will probably sit behind Mark Sanchez at first, if Sanchez can stay healthy.
Consensus: Superb combination of size and athleticism; tested well in the vertical (36 inches) and broad jump (118 inches). Might need some time to sit on the bench and develop; operated primarily out of the shotgun and has yet to learn the intricacies of a pro-style system. Raw talent with tremendous size, an excellent arm and a surprisingly quick release for his size. Great athlete. Could be a Joe Flacco-type with more mobility; shows natural running skills and is willing to drop his shoulder to complete runs. Seems to have a amiable, very likable personality. Compares himself to Cam Newton. Plays with enthusiasm.
27. Green Bay
KENNY CLARK, DL, UCLA
28. San Francisco (from Chiefs)
JOSHUA GARNETT, G, Stanford
Measurables: 6-4, 312, 22, 5.32
Bio: Two-year starter who played in 55 career games. Won the Outland Trophy in 2015 as the nation's best interior linemen. Father played in the NFL. Team captain.
Consensus: Fires off the ball low and with power; can drive defenders off the ball as a run blocker. Violent striker with strong, powerful hands to jolt defenders. Can lock on and bury defenders at the second level. Plays to the whistle; likes to bury defenders. Phone-booth blocker with good strength who would be best served in a downhill running scheme. Gets in trouble when he lunges in pass protection; needs to do a better job of using his feet. Can struggle with quicker defenders and is on the ground more than he should be.
ROBERT NKEMDICHE, DT, Mississippi
Measurables: 6-3, 294, 22, 4.87
Bio: Three-year starter who had 29 tackles (seven for loss), three sacks and seven hurries in 11 games in 2015. Declared after true junior season.
Consensus: Great length (33 7/8 inches) and hand size (10 3/4 ). Really looks the part; well-built player with plus combination of size and athleticism. Was outstanding against Alabama; looked like a top-five pick. Terrific strength at the point of attack when he’s into it; can split double teams. Fires out quick and low and generates power. Has an effective swim move and mixes in a spin but must continue to develop his pass-rush reportoire. Has some pop in his hands; can shed blockers. Primarily a three-technique player but has the length to play end in a 3-4 scheme. Motor runs hot and cold, though; disappeared from week-to-week. Is disruptive at his best but only has marginal sack production for someone with his gifts. Effort in backside pursuit is inconsistent but has plenty of athleticism to chase. Is reportedly very smart, footballwise, but teams reportedly have concern about the influence of his older brother. Was charged with marijuana possession in December after falling from the ledge of a hotel.
VERNON BUTLER, DT, Louisiana Tech
Measurables: 6-4, 323, 22, 5.33
Bio: Two-year starter who had 50 tackles (10 for loss), three sacks and eight hurries in 13 games in 2015.
Consensus: Outstanding length (35 1/8 -inch arms) and hand size (10 3/4 inches). Had marginal pass-rush production in 2015, but has impressive physical traits, with solid quickness off the ball, closing speed and powerful hands. Also has the size and length to slide out to five-technique end and be a productive two-gapper for a 3-4 team. Was impressive at the Senior Bowl. Needs to be coached up, but if he can develop a feel for the pass rush, watch out. Already flashes a swim move. Lined up all over the defensive line for Louisiana Tech. Motor in pursuit runs a bit hot and cold.