It has only been six days since the football season has ended and I am already itching for next year.
Once again, we have another season behind us with the Patriots as Super Bowl champions, but with the draft right around the corner, it’s already time to start worrying about next year. The first 14 picks will have some reasoning behind them, but the rest will just be listed to save some reading time.
- Arizona Cardinals — Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
This looks like the most sensible pick for the Cardinals even with how much this offense struggled. With the first pick, it’s just kind of obvious the Cards are either looking at Allen or Bosa, either way, its an automatic upgrade for a defense that just wasn’t where it wanted to be in 2018.
- San Franciso 49ers — Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
Allen could also very well go first, but I do believe if Bosa goes to Arizona then this is the guy the Niners are looking at. The Niners haven’t been shy with drafting LB in previous years, plus with the loss of Rueben Foster and the offensive moving in the right direction (don’t forget about the AB talks) then it only seems right.
- New York Jets — Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
With Williams looking like a top pick and arguably the best defensive tackle in the draft, the Jets would be stupid not to take him. Darnold seems to be gaining more chemistry with his receivers and while the running game is starting to get going, I think the Jets are gonna need to start creating more pressure on the defensive side of the ball IMO.
- Oakland Raiders — Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
There’s literally one way to put this: REPLACE KHALIL MACK. Gruden really needs to hit on this pick with whoever it may be, but it’s going to be in his best interest to take Oliver with his first pick in the first round.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Here lies the best cornerback in the draft and, just maybe, the start of something new for a very desperate defense. I actually thought Arians was gonna go with Haskins with this pick, but he seems very confident with an un-proven Jameis Winston. I’ve been on record saying that Winston is a bust but I have to say I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt with Arians now the HC. This offense did lead the league in yards per game without proving much defensively. Williams brings a lot of strength, speed, and length to his game, so this would be a good starting piece to a needy defense.
- New York Giants — Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Now this one is tricky, the Giants seem set on bringing back Eli for next year but that doesn’t mean they won’t draft his heir this year. I understand the free agent talks about Foles and Bridgewater, but I just don’t see that happening. Foles is a Super Bowl MVP—I would expect to see more interest in him than Teddy—but I wouldn’t expect him to be that same guy from the Super Bowl. Bridgewater is still capable of returning to his Pro Bowl self, but it’s quite a risk. Especially with Haskins looking like the best QB in the draft. Passing up on him and then watching him succeed may be a nightmare for the Giants. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see Odell, Haskins, and Saquon put on a show?
- Jacksonville Jaguars — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Yes, I said it, and I’m gonna stick by it. Seriously though, this is my reach-pick, but hey, you never know. I feel like since the Jags whiffed so hard on Bortles, they’re going to look at Kyler like eye candy and if he impresses at the combine it’s only going to give them all the more reason to take him. I, for one, don’t think taking him in the first round is a good idea, especially this early. But, I guess you can say it comes with high-risk/high-reward. If he is anything like he was in college then I’ll eat my words, but with the other quarterbacks looking more polished for the NFL, I’m not sure if I wanna take Murray as my franchise quarterback.
- Detroit Lions — Clelin Ferrell, edge rusher, Clemson
This is simple. The defense needs a step up and since trading for Snacks Harrison midseason last year, the Lions defense has only gotten better. Let’s add to the mix so Lions fans don’t get the same result they get every year. This would be a HUGE acquisition for the defense.
- Buffalo Bills — AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss
This pick makes the most sense for a team that lacked heavily in the passing game throughout the season. Josh Allen showed great arm strength and durability with his legs but still never had a premier outside threat. By picking Brown, the Bills automatically throw that problem out the window, and with the late emergence of Robert Foster toward the end of the year, this is just what they need in order to open up the passing game even more.
- Denver Broncos — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
I’m sorry that you Broncos fans had to deal with shit-bum Case Keenum as your quarterback, so it’s time to for a fresh start. Keenum’s first year in Denver was a complete bust and from the look of things, John Elway may already have his heart set on his pick. It’s believed that Elway was very impressed with the senior out of Missouri and barely left the quarterback group at the Senior Bowl practices. Although he had some accuracy problems, he does bring a lot to the table for a franchise player.
- Cincinnati Bengals — Deionte Thomspon, DB, Alabama
The Bengals are another tricky team as of right now, I mean they’re really just a hot mess. First, you have no franchise QB for the future since Dalton is trash (shocker). Second, you may lose your best player after the 2019 season. Last but not least, you have the worst defense in the league. So I’m going to say it’s in their best interest to not go for a QB and grab a nice cornerstone for that defense. Although Clemson had its way with Alabama’s secondary, I do think Thompson would be a nice start to rebuilding this team. The Bengals are in no position to win right now, so taking a QB may not benefit them all that much. Let’s also not forget, there are a couple quarterbacks down the line worth waiting on. And if they do choose to wait, it would be in their best interest to push for Bridgewater or Foles in free agency.
- Green Bay Packers — Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
I am almost 100% sure this is where Baker ends up. The Packers offense really doesn’t need to be changed all that much. But boy, oh boy, does that secondary need some work. With Alexander coming up big his rookie year, I wouldn’t be surprised if they got him a little extra help on the other side.
- Miami Dolphins — Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
The Dolphins look set on parting ways with Ryan Tanehill, so I would expect to see them take Grier—I mean, he has one hell of an arm and can put the ball wherever he wants. I am a little iffy on this one just because I’m not too sure if they’ll decide to wait on Herbet in next year’s draft, but their pick should be interesting.
- Atlanta Falcons — Chrisitan Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Falcons didn’t have so much consistency on either side of the ball throughout the year, but since they got Deion Jones back last year, the defense did begin to step up. Don’t be surprised if they look to toughen up that defensive line coming into the 2019 season.
- Washington Redskins — Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
- Carolina Panthers — Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
- Clevland Browns — D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
- Minnesota Vikings — Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
- Tennessee Titans — Montez Sweat, OLB, Miss State
- Pittsburgh Steelers — Marquis “Holly Wood” Brown, Oklahoma
- Seattle Seahawks — Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
- Baltimore Ravens — Paris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
- Houston Texans — Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
- Oakland Raiders — N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
- Philadelphia Eagles — Dre’Mont Jones , DT, Ohio state
- Indianapolis Colts — Zach Allen, EDGE/DL, Boston College
- Oakland Raiders — Greg little, OT, Ole Miss
- Los Angeles Chargers — Andre Dillard, OT, Washington
- Kansas City Chiefs — Tre Lamar, LB, Clemson
- New Orleans Saints — Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
- LA Rams — Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
- New England Patriots — Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
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