This will be my third and final edition. This edition will include the first two rounds. Draft Day is here. Some interesting picks and I will explain in a brief analysis why I decided to select players to these respected teams. Free agency has changed many teams draft plans and it will be fun to see how the draft goes.
The NFL Draft takes place April 25th-27th.
1. Arizona Cardinals – Quinnen Williams – DL – Alabama
Cardinals believe in Rosen and they get a blue chip player in Williams at number one.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa – DE – Ohio State
Niners continue to add to their front four and pair Nick Bosa on the opposite side of Dee Ford. Solid pick here.
3. New York Jets – Josh Allen – EDGE – Kentucky
Jets have been lacking an EDGE rusher for a long time, so they snag their superstar at number three.
4. Oakland Raiders – Drew Lock – QB – Missouri
Gruden loved coaching Lock during the Senior Bowl and I think he wants him as his franchise quarterback. Lock has a big arm and can be something special in the NFL.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ed Oliver – DL – Houston
Ed Oliver is a talent that is too hard to pass up here. Gerald McCoy is getting older and might be cut to free up money to sign the rookies. Vita Vea and Ed Oliver could be one of the young deadly duos on a defensive line.
6. New York Giants – Montez Sweat – EDGE – Mississippi State
Giants love the pass rushing talent in this draft and they feel like they need to snag one at six. Sweat just wants to play football. Giants snag a quarterback at 17 or later.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jawaan Taylor – OT – Florida
Jaguars have a glaring hole at the right tackle spot and they want to pound the ball and why not get the best run blocking tackle in the draft. Leonard Fournette will love running behind this kid.
8. Detroit Lions – Devin White – LB – LSU
Lions get a stud at the linebacker spot to help put them one step closer in an attempt to finish building their defense. White can cover and make plays downhill. Will be a star in the game.
9. Buffalo Bills – Andre Dillard – OT – Washington State
Dawkins moves over to the right tackle spot and the Bills finally get a true pass blocking left tackle in Dillard to protect the franchise (Josh Allen).
10. Denver Broncos – Devin Bush – LB – Michigan
Broncos get a linebacker that brings tons of energy to the field. Bush is a three-down linebacker that will become a special player in the league. Bush is always around the ball and makes the Broncos defense better than it is. Got to replace Brandon Marshall, who was cut in the off-season. Bush will compete with Todd Davis and Josey Jewell for one of the starting jobs.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Jonah Williams – OL – Alabama
If the Bengals are committed to Andy Dalton, they need to fix the offensive line. Williams is a stud. Nothing flashy in his game, but he is a mean dude that just gets his job done. He can play either tackle or guard. Depends on the offensive scheme. I expect him to play at the right guard position. The Bengals do what the Redskins did with Brandon Scherff.
12. Green Bay Packers – T.J. Hockenson – TE – Iowa
Packers landing Hockenson is perfect. Jimmy Graham is nearing the end and Hockenson is a multidimensional tight end that can block, line up in the slot or break off the line and make a splash over the middle of the field. The Packers offense gets better here.
13. Miami Dolphins – Kyler Murray – QB – Oklahoma
Dolphins get their franchise quarterback here and do not have to rush him after bringing in Ryan Fitzpatrick. Murray seems like a Miami guy anyway. Murray’s skill set might benefit the Dolphins offense currently in place.
14. Atlanta Falcons – Rashan Gary – DE – Michigan
Despite reports of his shoulder, the Falcons get a nice defensive end prospect here in Gary. Will be a steal at 14 for the Falcons. The kid loves getting to the quarterback.
15. Washington Redskins – Dwyane Haskins – QB – Ohio State
Redskins land a franchise quarterback in Haskins. Keenum will start until he is ready and expect this move to turn the Redskins into contenders in their division again. Haskins has all the tools to become a successful gunslinger.
16. Carolina Panthers – Brian Burns – DE – FSU
Panthers need to start developing their next Julius Peppers as JP retired after this past season. Burns is a quick defensive end. Nice add to Ron Rivera’s defense.
17. New York Giants (From Cleveland) – Daniel Jones – QB – Duke
Giants land their next quarterback here. Eli is on his last year on his contract, so this is a perfect scenario for the Giants and Daniel Jones. DJ sits year one and year two he takes over the franchise.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Garrett Bradbury – C – North Carolina State
Vikings need to find a way to keep Kirk Cousins on his feet and grabbing one of the best versatile center/guard options is key. Bradbury delivers a nice punch to defenders.
19. Tennessee Titans – Erik McCoy – C – Texas A&M
McCoy’s IQ is quite impressive for an incoming rookie. Titans can line McCoy at the center spot or slide him out to the right guard spot. Protecting Mariota is pivotal.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jaylon Ferguson – EDGE – Louisiana Tech
Bud Dupree has been a disappointment and he is entering his last year on his rookie deal. Ferguson will eventually replace Dupree throughout the year and give a nice duo with Watt on the other side.
21. Seattle Seahawks – Cody Ford – OG – Oklahoma
Seahawks run the ball the most out of any team, which might keep Ford as a right tackle, but I think he starts at the right guard spot and allows the Seahawks to remain one of the best running teams in the league. Ford is a nasty fellow on the line.
22. Baltimore Ravens – D.K. Metcalf – WR – Ole Miss
Metclaf gives Lamar a big weapon and a safe weapon on the outside. A go up and get it type receiver. Finishing the offensive for Lamar is key. Got to make him comfortable.
23. Houston Texans – Greg Little – OT – Ole Miss
The Texans allow the opposition to put their franchise quarterback on the ground too much. Little can compete day one and either push Davenport to the right tackle spot or take over the right tackle spot. Needs to clean up some stuff in his game, but safe pick here.
24. Oakland Raiders (From Bears) – Noah Fant – TE – Iowa
Raiders land a talented tight end that they lack. Fant can do it all. Everyone thinks he is only a pass-catching tight end, but to play at Iowa you need to be able to block. Fant is a steal at 24.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Christian Wilkins – DT – Clemson
Eagles bolster the trenches and snag a steal here. Wilkins has an endless motor and he always brings everything on every down.
26. Indianapolis Colts – Marquise Brown – WR – Oklahoma
Colts get another weapon for Andrew Luck and finally pair someone with T.Y. Hilton. Brown can slide in the slot or just take the top of the defense. He really does remind me of his cousin Antonio Brown.
27. Oakland Raiders (From Cowboys) – Josh Jacobs – RB – Alabama
Jon Gruden loves pounding the rock and needs a feature back. Jacobs is his guy. People are now worried that he did not get all the reps a first-round back usually receives, but I think it is a bonus as you get to wear his tires down instead of him coming into the league with many miles under his legs. Also, Marshawn Lynch retired, which is a clear idea of Jacobs landing to Oakland.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – Byron Murphy – CB – Washington
Chargers could draft a defensive lineman or safety, but I think they snag the best cornerback in the draft. Murphy replaces Jason Verrett.
29. Seattle Seahawks– Clelin Ferrell – DE – Clemson
After trading Frank Clark away, Clelin Ferrell makes perfect sense here. Good pass rusher that needs to tweak some stuff in his game, but he can set the edge against the run, which is a plus.
30. Green Bay Packers (From Saints) – Dexter Lawrence – DL – Clemson
Packers get a value pick here. They continue to bolster their defense. Lawrence could end up starting in his second year and replace Mike Daniels. Packers just add depth and a defensive threat. Look out for the Packers.
31. Los Angeles Rams – Elgton Jenkins – C – Mississippi State
Rams bolster their offensive line as they let John Sullivan walk and Roger Saffold. Jenkins can play both the guard and center position. Versatility is nice once again.
32. New England Patriots – Irv Smith Jr – TE – Alabama
Gronk retired and why not get a tight end that can be a mismatch out wide or stay in and block/check out? Irv Smith is a really good pick here. Tom Brady and Irv Smith Jr will connect real quick.
33. Arizona Cardinals – A.J. Brown – WR – Ole Miss
Fitzgerald will retire soon and need to have his replacement in place. Brown lining up as the second receiver and pushing Kirk to the slot will look nice. This gives Rosen another weapon that he desperately needs.
34. Indianapolis Colts (From Jets) – Johnathan Abram – S – Mississippi State
Colts land a big safety in Abram and picking him up will allow Malik Hooker to focus on being the centerfielder they want him to be. Abram can line up in the box. This has an Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor image written all over it.
35. Oakland Raiders – Greedy Williams – CB – LSU
Greedy to Oakland is nice. They get a speedy corner and Greedy is a pest. He will annoy wide receivers. What a steal in the second round.
36. San Francisco 49ers – Dalton Risner – OG – Kansas State
Risner steps in right away as a guard and gives the Niners a versatile lineman. He can play all over the line. Maybe down the road, McGlinchey replaces Staley at the left tackle spot in a few years and Risner kicks out to the right tackle spot from either guard spots. Risner is a great teammate and person.
37. New York Giants – Jeffery Simmons – DL – Texas A&M
Giants land a top-five player in this year’s draft due to Simmons tearing his ACL. Giants are not going to make too much noise in the 2019 season, which makes this a nice gamble pick.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars – Darnell Savage – S – Maryland
Savage is a centerfielder and will be an excellent player to put in the back of the secondary. The kid moves all over the field and will be a player that quarterbacks lookout for.
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Chris Lindstrom – OG – Boston College
Bucs landing Lindstrom at 39 is shocking. Bucs cannot pass up a guard that can step in right now and improve the offensive line right away. This move will push Alex Cappa to play behind Demar Dotson and be groomed into the future right tackle.
40. Buffalo Bills – Jerry Tillery – DT – Notre Dame
Bills add to the trenches and get Kyle Williams replacement. Tillery can push for the starting job right away.
41. Denver Broncos – Ryan Finley – QB – North Carolina State
Broncos get their future franchise quarterback here. Finley has all the tools to become an excellent passer in the NFL. Smart kid.
42. Cincinnati Bengals – Zach Allen – DE – Boston College
Bengals need another defensive end and Zach Allen is a good player to have on your team. Allen just plays and can line up inside on sub packages. Versatility is key for the Bengals.
43. Detroit Lions – Connor McGovern – OG – Penn State
Lions need to bolster their offensive line and get a versatile interior guard. McGovern can push Kenny Wiggins for the right guard spot in camp. This move will help keep Matthew Stafford up on his feet and allow Kerryon Johnson to run all over the place.
44. Green Bay Packers – Darrell Henderson – RB – Memphis
Packers add another running back to their crowded group but get a special weapon for Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is getting older and it is must win now, so why not get him more weapons.
45. Atlanta Falcons – Lonnie Johnson Jr – CB – Kentucky
Falcons addressed their defensive end need so they land a talented corner here. Dan Quinn is finding talented players that will step in right away. Lonnie is a Dan Quinn like corner.
46. Washington Redskins – Nasir Adderley – S – Delaware
Redskins pair Adderley with Landon Collins. Adderley is a solid prospect and is perfect for what the Redskins want to do.
47. Carolina Panthers – Rock Ya-Sin – CB – Temple
Panthers get a physical corner and a damn good one. Ya-Sin coming over to Carolina joining Donte Jackson and James Bradberry forming a three-headed monster.
48. Miami Dolphins – Tytus Howard – OT – Alabama State
Dolphins find a replacement for Ja’Wuan James, who signed with the Broncos in the off-season. Howard is a project but can become a very good player over time. Dolphins are in no rush to compete so they take potential over anything else right now at this pick.
49. Cleveland Browns – Juan Thornhill – S – Virginia
Thornhill comes in and starts day one. This kid can flat out play and will be a difference maker. So excited to see Cleveland’s defense become complete.
50. Minnesota Vikings – L.J. Collier – DE – TCU
Griffen is getting older and is costing the Vikings some money. Collier is his future replacement. Adding to the trenches is key and a Mike Zimmer like selection. Collier has improved his stock to become a second-round pick.
51. Tennessee Titans – Dre’mont Jones – DL – Ohio State
Titans do well here and Dean Pees another weapon to play with on defense. Adding Jones gives the Titans more talent on the line.
52. Pittsburgh Steelers – N’Keal Harry – WR – Arizona State
Harry is Antonio Brown’s replacement and gives Big Ben another weapon on the outside. Harry’s size is nice too and he plays with no fear. He is a junkyard dog and does not mind blocking. This kid might become Big Ben’s new favorite target and he eats up zone defenses, plus will go up for the ball and fight till the play is over.
53. Philadelphia Eagles (From Ravens) – Germaine Pratt – LB – North Carolina State
Eagles land a 4-3 outside linebacker in Pratt, who has the versatility to play middle linebacker too. Losing Hicks to the Cardinals in the off-season leaves the team looking for a linebacker. Pratt is fast and can cover tight ends. Good blitzer too. He steps in day one.
54. Houston Texans (From Seahawks) – Deandre Baker – CB – Georgia
Texans add a corner to the mix. Joseph is getting older, Kevin Johnson is no longer in Houston and same with Kareem Jackson. Roby came over in the off-season from Denver but is on a one-year deal. Baker fits the Texans defensive scheme and how they like to use their corners.
55. Houston Texans – Parris Campbell – WR – Ohio State
Give Watson another weapon to pair with Hopkins and Fuller. Campbell does it all. This opens up the offense even more and will give defensive coordinators problems.
56. New England Patriots (From Bears) – Hakeem Butler – WR – Iowa State
Patriots get a big receiver/target for Tom Brady. He is a nightmare for defensive backs when he runs after the catch. A strong receiver that will go get the ball.
57. Philadephia Eagles – Trey Pipkins – OT – Sioux Falls
Jason Peters replacement is right here. Eagles love those small school players and I think this is a steal for them. No rush to throw him in.
58. Dallas Cowboys – Khalen Saunders – DT – Western Illinois
Saunders is a small school prospect that has shined and will creep up into the second-round. Cowboys need to bolster their defensive line and Saunders is a monster waiting to erupt.
59. Indianapolis Colts – D’Andre Walker – EDGE – Georgia
Colts add another pass rusher to the rotation. Walker will be behind Justin Houston and will learn from the superstar. After Houston’s two-year deal, Walker should be ready to start, but I do think he will contribute in his rookie year.
60. Los Angeles Chargers – Kaleb McGary – OT – Washington
Chargers got a right tackle competition about to open up when they take McGary here. McGary could become over time their future left tackle.
61. Kansas City Chiefs – Miles Sanders – RB – Penn State
Chiefs get a potential bell cow in Sanders. Sanders is a mini version of Saquan Barkley. Sanders is a three-down back and Andy Reid loves running backs that can do it all.
62. New Orleans Saints – Deebo Samuel – WR – South Carolina
Saints give Drew Brees another weapon before his career ends in a year or two. One last run for a Super Bowl. Ted Ginn is getting old, so looking for his replacement is key.
63. Kansas City Chiefs (From Rams) – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson – DB – Florida
Eric Berry is gone, leaving a hole back in the secondary. Gardner-Johnson can play as a safety or as a big nickel. Like the pick for Andy Reid’s defense.
64. New England Patriots – Joe Jackson – DE – Miami (FL)
Jackson is a great run stopping defensive end and has the potential to become a good pass rusher. This is a Patriot like selection and Jackson can become a steady professional.