This will be my second edition. We are getting closer each day to Draft Day. Some interesting picks and I will explain in a brief analysis why I decided to select players to these respected teams.
1. Arizona Cardinals – Nick Bosa – EDGE – Ohio State
Cardinals need to find another talented pass rusher to pair with Chandler Jones. Bosa is the best available prospect on the board.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Quinnen Williams – DL – Alabama
Niners land a defensive game changer in Williams. This kid is a stud and a no brainer for John Lynch. The Niners continue to build a nice rotation in the trenches.
3. New York Jets – Josh Allen – EDGE – Kentucky
Jets desperately need a dominant pass rusher, which they have been lacking for a long time. Allen is a versatile defender as he can play inside or outside in any defensive scheme. Solid pick here.
4. Oakland Raiders – Rashan Gary – DL – Michigan
Gary is an intriguing prospect. He can play inside in a 4-3 scheme and outside in a 3-4 scheme. Injuries last year did not help, but getting in a NFL facility he will get stronger. You cannot doubt the talent as it is there. Gamble pick, but I do think Jon Gruden lands a future superstar here.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Clelin Ferrell – DE – Clemson
Bucs cut Vinny Curry, who did not live up to his contract and it leaves them into finding another pass rusher. They find a stud in Ferrell, who knows how to hunt quarterbacks down. Putting him on the line with Gerald McCoy, Vita Vea, and Jason Pierre-Paul is interesting to watch. Licht must make a splash here.
6. New York Giants – Dwayne Haskins – QB – Ohio State
Haskins is the best quarterback by far in this draft, according to many sport writers. The Giants land Eli’s replacement when he decides to hang up the cleats or wants out of the Big Apple. Haskins has some nice weapons already in place.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Christian Wilkins – DT – Clemson
Wilkins is a force and gives tons of effort on every play. He has a motor that never stops, and he always is in every play. He is a quarterback’s worse nightmare. Jaguars add to the front four and land Nick Foles in free agency but draft a quarterback like Will Grier or Kyler Murray in the second round.
8. Detroit Lions – Devin White – LB – LSU
The Lions have many holes on defense but adding a true difference maker in White will bolster the defensive unit and transform their identity.
9. Buffalo Bills – D.K. Metcalf – WR – Ole Miss
Bills need to get their young quarterback a young number one receiver to develop with. Before Metcalf’s injury he was the at top of this year’s wide receiver class and I still think he is. A gamble pick but could be worth it over time.
10. Denver Broncos – Jonah Williams – OL – Alabama
Broncos take a versatile tackle in Williams who can play either guard or tackle spot. The Broncos commit to protecting newly-acquired quarterback Joe Flacco.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Cody Ford – OL – Oklahoma
They draft right tackle Cody Ford and kick him inside to the right guard spot. Not the sexiest pick, but a safe pick. Bengals need help on the offensive line.
12. Green Bay Packers – Montez Sweat – Edge – Mississippi State
Packers need to find young pass rushers and are ending the Clay Matthews era, as he is an impending free agent. Sweat has tons of tools to become a stud in this league.
13. Miami Dolphins – Daniel Jones – QB – Duke
Tannehill’s days in Miami might be coming to an end this off-season or next off-season. Jones has tremendous potential to become a force in the league. Giving him a year to learn might be more beneficial for him and it gives the Dolphins another chance to bolster Tannehill’s value.
14. Atlanta Falcons – Ed Oliver – DT – Houston
Falcons need another force in the interior part of their defensive line next to Grady Jarrett. Oliver is a steal here, as he was once talked about being the number one overall pick before he got hurt during the season.
15. Washington Redskins – Drew Lock – QB – Missouri
With Alex Smith’s future up in the air, the Redskins land their future signal caller in Drew Lock, who can sling the football all over the field. Probably my favorite quarterback option in the NFL Draft.
16. Carolina Panthers – Jachai Polite – EDGE – Florida
With Julius Peppers retiring, the Carolina Panthers need to replace his production and spot with a younger talent in Polite. He has a natural feel as a pass-rusher with speed, athleticism, moves, and a nose for the quarterback. Knows how to set the edge.
17. Cleveland Browns – DeAndre Baker – CB – Georgia
Browns pair Denzel Ward with a talented corner in Baker, who is a physical back. Baker has all the physical tools to be a shutdown corner in the NFL, along with stellar ball skills and instincts.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Dexter Lawrence – DT – Clemson
Vikings need to bolster up the middle of that line. Lawrence had the late suspension in the year, but beyond that he is a talented big boy that can make an impact.
19. Tennessee Titans – A.J. Brown – WR – Ole Miss
Titans add another elite receiving talent in Brown, who will eventually pair with Corey Davis on the outside. Brown played well for Ole Miss. He displayed speed, strength, and run-after-the-catch skills for the Rebels. The Redskins can use a receiver like Brown.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Devin Bush – LB – Michigan
Steelers get a stout linebacker in Bush, who can play on all three downs. Steady tackler and gets off his blocks well. Short linebacker but gives 110 percent every time. Steelers need to bolster their defense and add more youth.
21. Seattle Seahawks – Nasir Adderley – S – Delaware
With Earl Thomas done in Seattle, the Hawks need to find that next replacement and they do with Nasir. He will fit well in their defensive scheme and will patrol the center and middle of the field. He has great ball skills.
22. Baltimore Ravens – Kelvin Harmon – WR – North Carolina State
The Ravens need to give Lamar a wide receiver that he can grow with. Harmon has the size, athleticism and ball skills to be a true No. 1 target at the next level and does his best work in contested-catch situations. Also, Michael Crabtree was released, which opens a roster spot.
23. Houston Texans – Jawaan Taylor – OT – Florida
Taylor will step in day one and start for the Texans. They need to commit in protecting Watson, as he was pressured way to much. Solid pick. He will need some more seasoning, but a value pick here at 23.
24. Oakland Raiders – Deionte Thompson – S – Alabama
Raiders take the best safety in the draft. Karl Joseph gets his safety partner. Thompson’s combination of size, athleticism, physicality and ball skills compare favorably to Derwin James.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Greg Little – OT – Ole Miss
Little will be Jason Peters replacement when he retires. This kid is loaded with potential and could be a stud in the league. Needs to not take plays off, but if bought up right by the Eagles staff and one year behind a great professional in Jason Peters, he will learn how to be a pros pro.
26. Indianapolis Colts – Greedy Williams – CB – LSU
Williams is one of the best corners in this draft and has an excellent skill set. The Colts need to add more talent in their secondary and get a speedster in Greedy.
27. Oakland Raiders – Mack Wilson – ILB – Alabama
Oakland desperately needs a three-down playmaker like Wilson. The Raiders continue to add youth to the defensive side of the ball. Mack brings a physical presence to the middle of the defense.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – Dre’Mont Jones – DL – Ohio State
Chargers are a stacked team and can go either route in the trenches, but I think they bolster their defensive line and make that rotation even stronger than it is. Jones is a safe pick.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Byron Murphy – CB – Washington
Chiefs have a questionable secondary and especially at the corner position. Murphy is a nice fit in KC. He can play in any system and Washington has been a nice school to look at for secondary prospects (Marcus Peters/Sydney Jones/Budda Baker/Kevin King/Desmond Trufant/Dashon Goldson).
30. Green Bay Packers – Josh Jacobs – RB – Alabama
Packers need to figure out this running back situation and they do by selecting a downhill runner in JJ. LaFleur has even spoken about Rodgers needing a running game to help ease the pressure on him. Good pick here.
31. Los Angeles Rams – Jaylon Ferguson – EDGE – Louisiana Tech
Crazy how he will not be at the combine, but this kid has major pass rushing skills and will transition well into the NFL and especially on a loaded defense. What a steal at 31.
32. New England Patriots – Noah Fant – TE – Iowa
With Gronk’s future floating up in the air, expect the team to take a dynamic playmaker in Fant, who can be his replacement one day. Also, Gronk has a bad injury history, so adding a young pass-catching tight end can be helpful.