After drafting a quarterback last year and changing head coaches, the Cardinals are back to the drawing board. Kyler Murray seems to be the unanimous pick. I expect him to be the next Russel Wilson – weak line, average targets but will still succeed.
With this pick, the 49ers may have arguably the best defensive line in the NFL a year or two from now. Bosa is just as talented as his brother and will round out an overhauled defense in San Francisco. Was looked at as the most talented player in the draft all college season.
Allen is another fierce defensive end who can get after it on defense. Coming from a smaller school may be the only reason he slides down draft boards but he has as much upside as anyone.
White won the Dick Butkus award as the nation’s top LB in college football this past season. With two straight seasons with 100+ tackles, all he’s done since the offseason started is try to get stronger and faster.
Miami basically botched free agency missing out on Nick Foles and Teddy Bridgewater. With Ryan Tannehill moving on, the Dolphins WILL draft a quarterback, and I think they’ll be aggressive in the first round.
The Giants have a lot of work to do and could really use a wide receiver but have other holes to fill. Oliver will be a great replacement for their defensive line as they try to improve their run defense.
Part of the reason why Blake Bortles was so bad is because… well, he’s Blake Bortles. However, the Jaguars line needs vast improvement. Taylor stays in Florida and new QB Nick Foles gets some protection.
Sweat is a high-motor and gifted athlete. His length and speed off the ball is second-to-none. Pairing him with “Snacks” Harrison and Ziggy Ansah is going to be lethal.
Williams is versatile and can line up anywhere on the line. He is also a very intelligent player. He pretty much abused offensive lines in college and will be an immediate impact in the NFL.
Tight ends tend to fly under the radar in the draft but Hockenson is a physical player who will help newcomer Joe Flacco continue drives. He’s actually Daniel Jerimiah’s 5th best prospect in this draft class.
The Bengals defense is best when they have a strong linebacker core and Devin Bush will be a stud coming out of Michigan. The offense usually tends to produce and they need to focus on building their defense in a high-flying division, especially now with OBJ and Lamar Jackson joining the rivals.
The Packers were banged up on the offensive line last season and could really use some youth. Dillard is very smooth in technique and exceeds in pass protection. Something the Packers do a lot of.
Gary is quickly shooting up draft boards and Tampa would be thrilled to land a guy like him after a trade. He destroys tight ends in the run game and can even drop in coverage at times. However, I don’t think he will be a top 10 pick due to injury concerns.
The big man trend continues as this draft is stacked with talent on either side of the ball in the trenches. Wilkins is the best of the trio coming out of Clemson.
Metcalf is a physical specimen and crushed the combine. There’s no doubt in my mind he’ll be the first WR off the board and may even be a top 10 pick. He will not last past this spot at 15 with Washington needing a WR.
The Panthers need help at both tackle and interior line. Williams played tackle but many project him to move to the inside making him a great fit for Carolina.
There Giants need to start planning for life without Eli Manning and will make a splash this year. Lock has the prototypical frame for the position with an arm to go with it. He needs to work on touch passes but is a very nice prospect drawing comparisons to Matthew Stafford.
The Vikings have all the pieces in place to succeed except they still struggle to protect the quarterback as they gave up 40 sacks in 2018. Ford is long and athletic and plays with quickness to stay in position.
Jacobs is the clear-cut favorite to be the first running back taken off the board. There is some discrepancy as to where he will go, but I have a hard time believing he will fall out of the top 25. Oakland finds a gem.
Murphy has above-average ball skills and plays primarily on the outside but can slide to the slot. He’s versatile and plays with great instinct but is a bit undersized. He could transition to safety in the long term.
Abraham is a very physical player who is not afraid to get his nose dirty and will fit perfectly into the Seahawks defense. He’s a fiery teammate and has strong attributes like straight-line speed that makes him a very attractive prospect.
After losing John Brown and Michael Crabtree this offseason, the clear need for Baltimore is wideout. Brown has breakaway speed and can lineup anywhere. He’ll be fun to watch paired with the new high-flying Lamar Jackson-run offense.
Baker has average size but is a very physical corner who tries to bully wide receivers into messing up their routes. He’ll have no problem fitting into any scheme the team that drafts him runs.
With Delaine Walker not only getting older and struggling with injuries, the Titans will look to upgrade to a younger TE. Mariota is a much better quarterback when he has a safety net to dump off to while on the run.
Yes, the Eagles just resigned Brandon Graham and have Derek Barnett, but having one of the strongest defensive line’s was their recipe for success on their Super Bowl run. The Eagles will likely bolster one of the lines in the first round, but with Chris Long still undecided on retirement, depth is always beneficial.
The monster trio of Clemson defensive players rounds out with back-to-back prospects taken. Lawrence has a great power move he uses to get to the QB and stuffs the run much like Fletcher Cox.
The local guy has one of the smoothest transitions while tracking wide receivers upfield. He has ideal size and speed and is most notably a reliable tackler willing to stop the run.
Simmons has great upper body strength that lowers him to get underneath his opponent. The key theme in this draft will be teams focusing on the trenches based on the talent pool this year.
Williams is a very tall and lean quarterback who prefers to play man coverage. Seattle continues to revamp their secondary
Smith Jr. is no O.J. Howard but is still a very good prospect. As surprising as this sounds, the Packers lack offensive weapons excluding Devante Adams. Jimmy Graham is not the answer but may be able to teach the young dog his old tricks for the future.
With a 3-4 defense, you can use all the help you can get on the edge. Burns is a great athlete who is starting to gain recognition as we creep closer to the draft.
Ridley’s brother tore up the league as a rookie last season and even though Riley isn’t as strong a prospect, he is still very intriguing. Even though the Patriots just signed Demariyus Thomas, NE is always looking to add talent at every position, especially wide receiver.