1) San Francisco 49ers - Sam Darnold QB USC
- Would I be shocked if Darnold returns to school? No, who would want to leave a great college program in one of the most glamorous cities in the world. However, he can be a lock as the first overall pick if he continues to play at a high level and get paid a lot of money at a young age of 20. I think at this point it is a coin flip on whether he stays or goes. If the 49ers are picking first I think he may be more tempted to leave to work with Kyle Shanahan who is a great quarterback coach. Darnold is not the most natural quarterback in the draft like Rosen or have the upside of Allen. However, he has that "it" factor to be a great leader and signal caller of a team for a decade or so.
2) New York Jets - Josh Rosen QB UCLA
- I originally wanted to put Allen here because he may be a better fit in the New York media, but Rosen is the better quarterback prospect. He may be a tad outspoken and too ready to be a superstar quarterback to survive in New York in my opinion. Rosen does have the most natural quarterback traits in the this draft from his arm, to his technique, and ability to read a defense. He is a very smart guy who will probably be at the very least a solid starting quarterback if he can stay level headed. I would like to see him pack on some weight he just looks a tad thin to me.
3) Cleveland Browns - Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
- At this point for the Browns I think Kizer is their quarterback of the future and this record is not indicative to his performance. Rather just how young and inexperienced this team is. If anything I think they will have a lot of close loses where they at least look like their getting better. Rather than just being blown out. Isaiah Crowell to me is a tad overrated and has yet to turn the corner even with a revamped line this year. It's his contract year and if the Browns pick here they are better of getting Barkley than resigning him. In my opinion, I think Barkley will turn into a better pro than either Fournette and Elliott who were picked in the same range.
4) Cincinnati Bengals - Trey Adams OT Washington
- I think it was a major oversight on the Bengals letting both Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler walk without finding any sort of proper replacements for either players. To me it does not matter who is playing behind that line whether it's Andy Dalton or A.J. McCarron neither will be able to succeed. Adams is a terrific athlete at the tackle position with an ability to mirror and block out pass rushers with terrific technique. So far, he is in the running to be the top tackle in the draft.
5) Arizona Cardinals - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
- I am not a huge fan of it, but some team will give Jackson a shot to be their starting quarterback if he rebounds from his match up with Clemson. That defense made him look human, but they do that to a lot of teams. He does look to be putting a conscious effort to be a better passer and it does look much improved from last year. Of course, he needs to curb his running in the NFL due to the injury rate it causes at the next level, but if he learns how to use it as a secret weapon instead of his only weapon he can become a great quarterback. I think the Cardinals will be starting anew with Palmer most likely retiring after the season along with Bruce Arians. Why not create buzz with one of the most electric college players in recent memory.
6) Indianapolis Colts - Arden Key OLB LSU
- There is no secret that the Colts need to improve their defense to keep the score reasonable for Andrew Luck to catch up to. A lower score will also allow Luck to stop throwing the ball so much and play a more balanced offense. Key is the best pass rusher from this draft and will be an immediate impact player for an anemic Colts defense. I do worry about some of his off field issues, but team's seem not to mind as he is still predicted to be a top 10 pick.
7) Buffalo Bills - Josh Allen QB Wyoming
- It is clear the Bills do not think Tyrod Taylor is the future even though he has been the best quarterback they have had in about decade. If they do want to go in a different direction I expect a quarterback to fall to them like in this scenario. Allen may slide due to an up and down season on a bad Wyoming team. However, he is a talented passer with nice size and a great arm. He reminds me of Carson Wentz as both have a very similar skill set and if he can work as hard as Wentz that would be a great sign for the Bills.
8) Chicago Bears - Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
- As we saw last year receivers are more highly regarded than secondary players so I doubt the Bears go after a corner or safety like they should. However, they can use a downfield threat now that Kevin White has proven to be a huge bust and incapable of staying healthy. Ridley is a do it all receiver who runs crisp routes and has good speed down the sideline. To me he will be along the lines of Amari Cooper at the next level. Hopefully with better hands.
9) New York Giants - Connor Williams OT Texas
- The Giants need to just take best blocker available at this juncture no matter if it's a tackle or guard. At this point Williams is still a favorite in scouting circles due to his upside and athleticism. I am a little skeptical if upside is worthy of a first round selection over a player like McGlinchey who has better technique. However, people seem to like him a lot and I doubt he can be any worst than Erik Flowers at left tackle so if anything he should still be an upgrade.
10) Miami Dolphins - Derwin James S Florida State
- I think Miami will have an up and down season this year with Cutler at the helm. Maybe even worst if he gets hurt like he normally does every season. In any case, they need to continue build up their defense and in the secondary in specific. James is a big and extremely talented athlete who can take over a game from the safety position. He can easily replace either Reshad Jones or Nate Allen in the Miami's secondary.
11) Seattle Seahawks - Mike McGlincey OT Notre Dame
- In a similar scenario to the Giants the Seahawks will have to take the best blocker available. I think they are in real trouble to miss the playoffs with such a bad line preventing them from moving the ball and possibly getting Wilson hurt back there. McGlincey is another Notre Dame blocker who should succeed at the next level. He has been an excellent left tackle the past few years and should continue to get better with experience. Improving his awareness is maybe the only thing he needs help with at the next level.
12) Washington Redskins - Equanimeous St. Brown WR Notre Dame
- This selection is assuming the Redskins get it right and resign Kirk Cousins to a long term deal he deserves. If they let him walk they clearly have no idea what they are doing and might as well stop making selections. If he does stay they need to find him a better receiver than the current ones surrounding him. St. Brown may not get the recognition playing for a down Notre Dame team, but he is a terrific athlete on the outside. At 6'4" he can be a terrific jump ball receiver and red zone weapon for Cousins to work with.
13) Cleveland Browns (from the Houston Texans) - Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
- Like I mentioned before team's seem to value receivers more than corners or safeties. So even if the Browns could use one I think they would be more inclined to continue to surround Kizer with weapons. Kirk has been compared to OBJ throughout the off season due to his smaller size and explosive ability after the catch. He could be a great compliment to Corey Coleman who is a terrific receiver when healthy, but he seems to be having difficulty in doing that lately.
14) Jacksonville Jaguars - Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
- The Jags should continue to build around Blake Bortles for better or worst. I cannot see them getting a better quarterback unless they trade up for one here or some how land Kirk Cousins. Otherwise, I cannot see them being so bad that they end up in the top 10 again with their solid defense. They found a stud left tackle it seems in Cam Robinson so why not find a guard to pair with him to keep Bortles up right and open running lanes for Leonard Fournette. Nelson would have been a lock first rounder last year and another year of great tape will only cement his draft stock further.
15) Dallas Cowboys - Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama
- The Cowboys clearly need to continue to beef up their pass rush even after selection Taco Charlton in the first round this past draft. They were unable to make Trevor Siemian feel any pressure and that puts a strain on their young secondary. Rod Marinelli's defense needs a cog in the middle to make the whole thing run like a well oiled machine. Payne is a special type of talent who can be that guy to cause havok on the interior of a defensive line. He is a tad raw, but Marinelli is one of the best coordinators to get the most out of his players.
16) Carolina Panthers - Dorance Armstrong Jr DE Kansas
- It has to be bad on your defensive line if you needed to bring back Julius Peppers. It might be fun for nostalgia sake, but the Panthers need to get younger and more dynamic on the line. Charles Johnson has been terrible since he had his breakout season (coincidentally his contract year) and Mario Addison is a nice rotational pass rusher. Plus, Star Lotulelei is most likely moving on since they gave Kawann Short a big new contract. Armstrong is an athletic and twitchy athlete who has been a star in the making on a bad Kansas team.
17) Los Angeles Chargers - Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama
- The Chargers to me are going to have the same sort of year as they did last year it seems. I had high hopes to begin the year, but they still cannot close out close games. I do expect them to win more than lose in those scenarios, but they play in the toughest division and I think they will be the odd men out. I think they could use more help in the secondary to maybe help them get over the hump. Fitzpatrick can come in right away and be a contributor in the safety spot that has been barren since Eric Weddle left two years ago.
18) New Orleans Saints - Harold Landry OLB Boston College
- I can actually see them drafting a quarterback here possibly if they let Drew Brees walk, but in this instance I expect Brees to take a friendly deal to stay. Instead, they should actually draft that pass rush they said they would in last year's draft. Landry to me is this year's Derek Barnett who got little love due to his average athleticism. So far Barnett has looked great thanks to his motor and technique. I think the same thing will happen to Landry and he will turn into one of the better players from the draft.
19) Denver Broncos - Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
- The Broncos defense to me has had an easy time facing two average offenses. To me their main weakness could still be up the middle where Derek Wolfe and company cannot stay healthy. They even had to pick up Athyba Rubin off the streets to help out up front. Wilkins is a load at the point of attack with a high motor to be a stand out cog in the middle of a defense. He can take up the interior pass rush role left by Malik Jefferson during their Super Bowl run.
20) Detroit Lions - Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State
- Ezekiel Ansah is still the Lions only pass rusher of note and is a free agent after this year. Most likely he will be franchise tagged, but even so the Lions should find a possible replacement or compliment player for the years after that. Chubb is a relentless edge rusher who can move all across the line with his versatile size and strength. He could be a nice compliment to the power of Ansah on the other side of the edge.
21) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Iman Marshall CB USC
- I had high hopes for Vernon Hargreaves coming out of Florida, but it seems he has lost his swagger he had back in college. For a smaller corner that is one of the most important traits you need to succeed. Meanwhile, Brent Grimes is a free agent to be and at his age I wonder how much he has left in the tank. Marshall can come in and utilize his length to compliment Hargreaves better than Grimes did. He could also handle the press coverage duties and taller wide outs for them.
22) Los Angeles Rams - Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi State
- The Rams should definitely use their only pick in the first few rounds to help out Goff on the offensive side of the ball. I liked them picking up Andrew Whitworth, but at 35 I doubt he is a long term solution. Meanwhile, right tackle Rob Havenstein is just an okay blocker and could be easily replaced. Rankin had a possibility to be a first rounder last year and if he looks good again I can see him rise in a blocker needy league.
23) Pittsburgh Steelers - Derrius Guice RB LSU
- I suspect that Le'Veon Bell might be let go after this year after not showing up to training camp. Holding out for a contract you cannot get and then coming back the first two weeks looking very sluggish is not a good look. I understand he might not have wanted to play in the pre season games, but you still should show up to get in football shape with your team to develop chemistry. Plus, they have a lot of money tied up elsewhere and should use the rest on more valuable players than an oft-injured or suspended running back. Guice to me is a stud no one is really talking about and in my opinion could end up being better than Leonard Fournette.
24) Tennessee Titans - Sam Hubbard OLB/DE Ohio State
- The Titans to me have a solid roster across the board, but just do not have enough bonafide studs on either side of the ball to make them into a Super Bowl contender. Let's try to change that by getting them a young pass rusher who can easily push Derrick Morgan who has had a pretty disappointing career after being a high first rounder. Hubbard to me is a bit like Joey Bosa minus the athletic freak side that Bosa has. The current Buckeye has a nice blend of speed and strength to be a great to at least a consistent pass rusher.
25) Green Bay Packers - Courtland Sutton WR SMU
- In my personal opinion, I think the surrounding cast around Aaron Rodger stinks and he elevates everyone including Jordy Nelson. Let's be real he, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb if elsewhere would be fringe players at best. Maybe Nelson would be a good number two, but other than that I can hardly see him being as highly regarded as he is if he was elsewhere. I think bringing in Sutton can make a world of difference for Rodgers giving him a big bodied receiver who runs crisp routes to throw to. I can also guarantee he will drop less passes than either Cobb and Adams combined.
26) Oakland Raiders - Malik Jefferson LB Texas
- The Raiders undoing in the playoffs may be the back half of their defense, which may be one of the worst in the league. They just have not faced a passing offense that can expose that, but this week against the Redskins it may finally happen. Having spent a ton of dough in the secondary I figure they may try their hand at the linebackers in the draft and see if they can get the most out of their high priced players. Jefferson is an athletic freak on one of the worst defenses in the country at Texas so he may not be as loved as say an Alabama linebacker. He should be a terrific prototypical linebacker with good pass coverage abilities along with good blitzing prowess.
27) Atlanta Falcons - Trenton Thompson DT Georgia
- People keep telling me this defense has been retooled and may be better than last year's. However, they have been a leaky dam when it comes to slowing down the run. I think that's partially due to their fast scoring offense that leaves their defense on the field for a lot of snaps. Dontari Poe is a one year flier and with back issues I doubt there is much left in the tank there. Thompson has the upside to be a special player on the interior of a defensive line.
28) New England Patriots - Josh Sweat OLB Florida State
- I highly doubt the Patriots will keep this pick with their win now mentality and trading for veterans who can play right away. If they do keep this pick however, I think they should use it to find a pass rusher. After trading away Chandler Jones they have not found a proper replacement. Castoffs Kyle Van Noy and Shea McClellin were cute attempts to look smarter than everyone, but not even the Patriots can save those guys. Sweat is a talented and versatile pass rusher that Belichick would love.
29) Minnesota Vikings - Clayton Thorson QB Northwestern
- I think the Vikings have one of the best rosters in the league, but they just cannot get the quarterback position right. Sam Bradford could be the answer, but he cannot stay healthy no matter what. They thought they had one in Teddy Bridgewater, but he is obviously still recovering and may never be back. Both are up coming free agents and I am not sure the Vikings are ready to hand either of these guys long term expensive contracts. Thorson is a buzzy name around scouting circles due to his natural quarterbacking skills coupled with his obviously high intelligence. Supposedly, he is also a great leader and teammate that will help his draft stock as the draft gets closer.
30) Baltimore Ravens - Bo Scarborough RB Alabama
- The Ravens need to solve their running back problem that is thankfully getting hidden away thanks to their dominant defense garnering a ton of headlines. I may be a Towson alum, but I even realize Terrence West should not be a go to starting running back. Meanwhile, Ken Dixon continues to gain more suspensions even while on the IR. The Ravens love Alabama players and bringing in one of their carbon copied running backs would only be a great addition to their collection of Saban disciples.
31) Philadelphia Eagles - Parris Campbell WR Ohio State
- Alshon Jeffery is most likely only a temporary weapon for Carson Wentz who seems to value chemistry above all others. So, I think Wentz will look elsewhere on offense and use Jeffrey as a secondary option because he knows he will not be around long. Campbell is an explosive talent with a lot of route running ability to get away from defenders. I think he would be a more highly regarded propsect if J.T. Barrett was a better quarterback and Urban Meyer actually developed his receivers.
32) Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs) - Andrew Brown DE Virginia
- The Bills probably were hoping for a higher pick than this, but it looks like the Chiefs may be a favorite to play in the Super Bowl and even win it. In any case, the Bills have a ton of draft picks this year so drafting best player available may be the smarter plan than drafting for need. Shaq Lawson and Jerry Hughes to me are kind of out place in coach Sean McDermott's defensive scheme where he prefers smaller down linemen to get around the edge. Brown is the most prototypical natural end in this draft and can be a perfect fit for the Bills.
1) New York Jets - Kevin Tolliver II CB LSU
- This year's receiver and corner crop are a lot weaker than last years so the Jets will be forced to reach here a bit at either positions of need. I would lean corner at this juncture since Tolliver is a very solid corner who could be a first rounder like so many other LSU corners. He can create a talented young secondary for the Jets along with Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, and Juston Burris.
2) Cleveland Browns - Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida State
- The Browns have a slew of picks and drafting best player available would probably still work for them to be honest. It just so happens McFadden fits a need to at corner where the Browns are desperate for talent. He may need work in his technique further, but he has very intriguing athletic upside that can turn him into an excellent player.
3) Cincinnati Bengals - Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina
- I like Tyler Eifert as a player a lot and think he is a terrific safety blanket for Andy Dalton. However, being able to stay on the field is a very important trait and at this point I think the Bengals are allowed to move on from his inability to stay healthy. Hurst is a former basketball player who can bring a lot of athleticism to the position for the Bengals.
4) San Francisco 49ers - Martez Ivey OL Florida
- When you draft a young quarterback most teams go and get him either a blocker or a weapon to throw to. Here they can get a blocker for the 49ers beleaguered line where only veteran Joe Staley is the only blocker of note. Ivey has been a tad bit exposed as a left tackle, but if put back at either guard spots or right tackle he is terrific.
5) Indianapolis Colts - Nick Chubb RB Georgia
- Not only is a defense a quarterback's best friend, but so is a solid running game. In the first round the Colts find their pass rusher so now find a runner to back up Luck. Chubb looks back to normal after a year getting back from his horrific knee injury. I can see him and Luck creating a great pair together.
6) Buffalo Bills - Deon Cain WR Clemson
- The Bills already used last year's second rounder on a receiver why not another to go with him. I think Zay Jones will be a nice receiver, but not a great one. Cain is in the same boat, but in the weather they play in they just need consistent pass catchers who can move the chains. I also doubt Jordan Matthews stays there after being traded there when he becomes a free agent this off season.
7) Arizona Cardinals - Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
- Normally you get a receiver or blocker for a young quarterback, but here the Cardinals have both already there for whoever they draft. Meanwhile, corner may become an issue if Justin Bethel continues to play well. He is an upcoming free agent and I am sure a team will overpay for him leaving the Cards back with no one across from Patrick Peterson. Alexander has been hurt to start the season, but when healthy he is a ball hawking speedy corner who has a ton of upside.
8) Chicago Bears - Ronnie Harrison S Alabama
- I thought it was an odd move to bring in a lot of veteran secondary players before the draft many pundits called a great secondary class. One of the few reasons why I think GM Pace who can find talent seems to get it wrong continually by using free agency to supplement a well drafted roster not the other way around. Harrison can come in an push former Bama safety and current rookie Eddie Jackson who has had his fair share of blown coverages already. Same could be said about older veteran Quinton Demps who was the main culprit to the Austin Hooper 80 yard touchdown a week ago.
9) New York Giants - Akrum Wadley RB Iowa
- Not only do the Giants need to solve the offensive line, but they also need to find a running back. They could also draft a quarterback, but they just did with Davis Webb so I doubt they do it again so soon. Wadley is a low base running back who is tough to take down in the open field.
10) New York Jets (from the Seattle Seahawks) - Jamarco Jones OT Ohio State
- Like I said earlier new quarterback means new blockers or receivers to help him. The Jets should look to improve the blocking in particular with their only solid blocker being Brandon Shell on the right side. Jones is not the most spectacular athlete on the line, but he has been a steady left tackle since Taylor Decker left for the NFL. He should be a nice second round pick.
11) Washington Redskins - Nick Fitzgerald QB Mississippi State
- This is a pick if they actually do let Cousins walk this off season. Where they draft in the first round they could land a second tier quarterback, but picking a better talent would be the smarter move rather than force it. Fitzgerald meanwhile could be ready to play right away like Dak did coming out of Mississippi State. If anything I think Fitzgerald is bigger, has a bigger arm, and a tad more mobility to the point where I think his ceiling is much higher.
12) Miami Dolphins - Matthew Thomas LB Florida State
- Another in-state prospect for the Dolphins I swear is just a coincidence. With Lawrence Timmons going AWOL and most likely done with the team the Dolphins will need to find another linebacker. I am high on Raekwon McMillan as a pro, but we will have to wait until next year to see him play. Acquiring Stephone Anthony is not a long term solution so I doubt it will stop them from drafting a linebacker again in the second round. Thomas is a solid coverage linebacker who can help out this weak back seven.
13) Jacksonville Jaguars - Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma State
- I think the Jags should stick with Borltes just because I see that there is talent there and when given the proper time to throw he can be a solid starter. However, I also understand that they can do better and if you are not looking for a better option than you are not doing your job as a GM. Rudolph is a buzzy name to fans due to his crazy numbers with Ok St's high powered offense. Much like Mahomes though he may need a bit to adjust to a pro style offense.
14) Dallas Cowboys - Marcell Frazier DE Missouri
- The Cowboys continue to bring in pass rushers to slow down opposing offenses. Any Missouri pass rusher will come in with buzz do to their solid success rate in the NFL. Frazier is off to a slow start, but he is a twitchy athlete who can be an intriguing prospect at the next level as he continues to develop.
15) Carolina Panthers - Jordan Whitehead S Pittsburgh
- The Panthers could look to bring in another blocker, but at this juncture I think another defender may be more valuable. Kurt Coleman and Mike Adams are two aging safeties who have been mediocre at best. Whitehead is a dynamic force at safety who can be a game changer. The only drawback is he plays overly aggressive for a player his size. So injuries could be a problem if he does not curb that tendency.
16) Los Angeles Chargers - Jarrett Stidham QB Auburn
- The end is almost here for Philip Rivers and much like a lot of teams with aging quarterbacks finding an heir apparent is something they should all do. The Chargers have yet to do it, but this draft has a few intriguing players who can fit that mold. Stidham is a raw toolsy quarterback with a good arm and athletic ability to move in the pocket. If given time to develop he can turn into a solid starter and maybe even more.
17) San Francisco 49ers (from the New Orleans Saints) - Simmie Cobbs Jr WR Indiana
- Pierre Garcon is only a band aid at receiver and the same can be said about the rest of their crop. Cobbs is a big outside receiver who can be an easy target for whoever they have at quarterback. He is also sneaky fast and reminds me a lot of Alshon Jeffrey since both have similar size and skill sets.
18) Denver Broncos - Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma
- Virgil Green is a soon to be free agent and has never really filled out his lofty expectations to begin his career. Andrews is a big target who can be an easy target for Trevor Siemian to continue to grow with. Yes, Siemian since I think if he continues like this he deserves another shot next season as the starter.
19) Cleveland Browns (from the Houston Texans) - Denzel Ward CB Ohio State
- Another corner, why not if you have so many draft picks. Might as well take a few shots at a position of need and Ward fits the perfect mold of a slot corner. In today's, NFL you need to have a quality slot corner and Ward fits that bill with his twitchy quickness and size. Many former Buckeye defensive backs have risen in drafts lately and Ward could be the next.
20) Detroit Lions - Kendell Joseph LB Clemson
- They just drafted Jarrad Davis to help upgrade the linebacker position, but they should look for another guy in next year's draft with both Tahir Whitehead and Paul Worrilow becoming free agents. In the case, of Worrilow it would be in their best interest to find an upgrade over him anyways. Joseph is not the most athletically gifted linebacker, but he is a roving tackler who has good instincts in coverage. His slight size though make it tough for him to battle against offensive linemen.
21) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Will Hernandez OG UTEP
- The Bucs continue to build around Jameis Winston by giving him a better blocker in front of him. Kevin Pamphle and J.R. Sweezy are not good blockers. Neither are the Bucs two tackles, but at this juncture Hernandez is by far the better prospect compared to the tackles. Hernandez is this year's small school blocker who will impress everyone during the workouts leading up to draft day.
22) Buffalo Bills (from the Los Angeles Rams) - Carlton Davis CB Auburn
- The Bills just traded away their top corner Ronald Darby and lost Stephon Gilmore to the Patriots. They did just bring in okay corner E.J. Gaines, but he's an up coming free agent. Davis can come in with solid length and physicality that could give the Bills two solid young corners with Tre'Davious White.
23) Pittsburgh Steelers - James Hearns LB Louisville
- People suddenly think the Steelers defense is back, but they only beat DeShone Kizer in his first game and a Sam Bradford-less Vikings. This weak is no better a test with the turnover happy Bears. I think they need to bring in another linebacker to pair with oft-injured Ryan Shazier. Hearns reminds me of Anthony Barr with the size and athleticism to play on the line or off. He can handle the run game and blitzing allowing Shazier to play in coverage where he is better suited.
24) Tennessee Titans - James Washington WR Oklahoma State
- From what I can tell the Titans still run a run first offense and have yet to let Marcus Mariota really push the ball down field. Eventually, they must if they want to challenge for the Super Bowl. It looks like to me that Eric Decker is done and so far Corey Davis cannot see the field. I like Taywan Taylor, but he is too tiny to be seeing a bulk of targets. Washington is an explosive receiver who can take the top off on defenses with Taylor leaving a nice area to work for Davis who is a better route runner.
25) Green Bay Packers - Vita Vea DT/3-4DE Washington
- The Packers need to work on this defense and it's something I thought they needed work on for awhile. Mike Daniels is their only pass rusher of note and not even Clay Matthews is putting pressure on quarterbacks any more. Vea is a load at the point of attack with sneaky good quickness. He can also push former first rounder Kenny Clark who has yet to prove himself as a capable starter.
26) Oakland Raiders - Duke Ejiofor DE Wake Forest
- The pass rush for the Raiders to me still needs work to take away attention from Khalil Mack so he can be even more effective. Mario Edwards has not looked himself after his string of injuries, and then Jihad Ward has yet to make an impact. Ejiofor is a lesser known talent from Wake Forest, but he has been an effective pass rusher. He can even be moved inside to the five technique in the Raiders defense.
27) Atlanta Falcons - Deebo Samuel WR South Carolina
- Everyone knows Julio Jones is a beast, but I think even he has to get annoyed of all the triple coverage he faces. That's because defenses think so little of Mohammad Sanu, Taylor Gabriel, and Justin Hardy that they barely even cover them. Samuel is a burner of a receiver who can take the top off defenses, but can also run sharp routes to get separation underneath.
28) New England Patriots - Jordan Thomas CB Oklahoma
- With Malcolm Butler on shaky standing with the organization and as an upcoming free agent he most likely will not be back unless they franchise tag him. Even if he does return a corner to take the place of recently departed Logan Ryan. Thomas is an experienced corner from the Big 12 who can be a solid player right away.
29) Minnesota Vikings - Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
- The Vikings line does look better from a year ago, but to be honest there was nothing else they could have done except go up. Mike Remmers especially to me is just a temporary fix and most likely will get more exposed as the season rolls on. Brown is a natural right tackle with his large stature and power blocking prowess.
30) Baltimore Ravens - Troy Fumagalli TE Wisconsin
- Ben Watson is surprisingly the Ravens best option at tight end after how many picks they have used on tight ends. From the likes of Maxx Williams, Crockett Gilmore, Dennis Pitta, and Ed Dickson still none of them have panned out. They have to try again to find Flacco an easy target to throw to. Fumagalli is a rare two way tight end who can run nice routes and block.
31) Cleveland Browns (from the Philadelphia Eagles) - Armani Watts S Texas A&M
- Watts last year probably would have been pushed down into the later rounds in that loaded safety class so at the time it was a smart idea to return to school. Then he went out and got blown away by Caleb Wilson and UCLA in the biggest blown game in college history. I think he will rebound however, because of how talented he is as an athlete. He can do it all and come in being a solid leader at the least for the Browns secondary.
32) Kansas City Chiefs - Adonis Alexander CB Virginia Tech
- The Chiefs corners have been poached the past few seasons with Brandon Carr and Sean Smith. Somehow both have looked terrible when they leave so maybe the water is magic in KC or something. Either way it would help this defense to have another solid corner across from Marcus Peters who team's avoid now. Alexander is being exposed by smaller and faster receivers. However, he would fit their press coverage scheme perfectly at his size and length.
|Austin Vershel||Cant argue with the Lions pick. We need some dogs at edge rusher. Although, I was expecting us to pick in the 30-32 range :) I think Big Draft doesnt appreciate Derwin James yet. He looks amazing this season, so I appreciate you having him in the top 10.|
|Kyle Kunert||He'll probably end up a top 10 pick if he stays healthy all season long. One thing I have noticed in recent years however, is receivers end up going higher than defensive backs. Which, is why I have lesser receivers still going ahead of him.|