It is mock draft season for half of the teams in the NFL. Here is my unofficial first mock draft of the season. I will play General Manager for all 32 teams. What direction will your team go in round 1? Tune in. Draft order are courtesy of Tankathon, they have up to date standings.
1. San Fransico 49ers
Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State. Although the Niners are ranked 21st in sacks but they do not have go to rusher. Bosa is the best edge defender in this draft class. Some believe he is a better prospect than his older brother Joey Bosa. Heading into 2019 this niners team is full of potential, Bosa is a game changing talent and must needed draft pick.
2. Arizona Cardinals
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. The most athletically gifted defensive tackle since all-pro Aaron Donald. Oliver is arguably the best DT in this class. He is quick, explosive, and powerful. Pairing Oliver with elite pass rusher Chandler Jones will provide a huge boost for this Cards defense.
3. Oakland Raiders
Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson. Somehow after trading away the best edge defender in the NFL (Khalil Mack) John Gruden utters, “Great pass rushers are hard to find”. The Raiders are ranked dead last with 10 sacks on the season. Clelin Ferrell is one of the best edge defenders and rushers in this class. Gruden drafts HIS guy to build the defense his way.
4. New York Jets
Jonah Williams, LT, Alabama. The Jets hopefully drafted their franchise quarterback by selecting Sam Darnold in April. We’re aware they must surround him with more skilled weapons but protecting him is priority one. Williams is the best offensive lineman in this class. He is a quick-footed and powerful tackle. He will positively impact the pass and run game for whoever drafts him.
5. New York Giants
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon. Eli Manning is a 2-time superbowl champion and mvp. His time in the big apple has come to an end, whether it’s via retirement or being released. The giants’ offense has an excessive amount of talent and explosion on offense, time for a change. Justin Herbert is currently atop of most college quarterback rankings. Inserting his athletic ability, lively arm, big frame, and accuracy to Shurmur’s offense will elevate this team’s potential next season.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. Although, Dwayne Haskins and Will Grier are on the board, Locke is a lock. Drew offers more athletic ability in addition to his powerful arm. The RPO is the new hot trend in the league and having a dual threat quarterback is key. Locke would help the new look Jags offense and lift some of the burden of third year running back Leonard Fournette.
7. Atlanta Falcons
Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama. The falcons defense has been decimated with injuries to their defensive stars. Ranking 25th in the league in rushing yards allowed. Adding Quinnen to this defensive line will give them a disruptive and powerful prospect. Williams could have an immediate impact and become their best defensive lineman early in his career.
8. Detriot Lions
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. The lions have a few needs on their defense including pass rusher. From a value standpoint, snagging a potential shut down corner to pair with an elite corner (Darius Slay) is good business. Williams is known as the corner that can shut down one side of the field. A tandem of him and slay would give their NFC north foes headaches to game plan for.
9. Buffalo Bills
DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss. Buffalo has been a surprising team because they won games this season. Josh Allen has shown flashes of productivity and talent. Brandon Beane must provide Allen with offensive help. DK injured his neck earlier in the season but declared for the draft insinuating he’s been cleared. DK is a big, physical, & athletic play maker. He could become Allen’s best friend down field early on.
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia. Tampa Bay needs to improve their secondary and passing defense. Through 12 games, they’ve allowed 26 passing touchdowns with only 3 interceptions. That is atrocious defense. In terms of cornerback prospects, baker is as good as it gets. He has a combination of speed, hands, and coverage abilities needed to play immediately. In a division with 3 quality quarterbacks to face, an improved secondary is key.
11. Green Bay Packers
Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi St. The Packers are ranked 3rd in sacks but with Clay Matthews getting older, it is time to add a go to rusher. They’ve selected three defensive backs early in the past two drafts, continue to build this defense. Sweat is a long athletic edge defender with quickness to add. Packers must fix their defensive woes and Sweat is a start.
12. Cleveland Browns
N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona St. Baker Mayfield is consistently showing game to game improvements. They need to upgrade the offensive line, but the value is not here. Adding Harry with Jarvis Landry, Antonio Calloway, Nick Chubb, & David Njoku provides a young athletic core of skill players to work with. Harry offers a big catch radius and red-zone target with strong hands. Bake would love that arsenal of weapons if this pick comes to fruition.
13. Miami Dolphins
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State. The reign of Ryan Tannehill is over in Miami. Tannehill, Osweilier, & Cutler all have started games for the dolphins over the past few years. Haskins is a big strong-armed pocket passer. Haskins can make every throw with accuracy that Tannehill didn’t possess coming out of Texas A&M. A new era is needed in Miami to leave the realm of mediocrity.
14. Tennessee Titans
Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky. With Brian Orakpo & Derrick Morgan contracts coming to an end, adding another pass rusher is vital. Josh Allen has the production & athletic ability that you can’t pass up. He also offers the ability to drop into coverage on top of rushing the passer.
15. Denver Broncos
Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State. The Broncos have won 2 straight and seem to be in the hunt for a wildcard playoff spot. This is the reason they’ll be fooled into passing on a young quarterback. Amani is the perfect build for the Broncos defense. A tall physical press man cover corner that loves to play in the hip pocket of receivers. Continuing to build a dominate defense is a good way to go.
16. Philadelphia Eagles
Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama. Everyone desires to find an Ed Reed/Earl Thomas ball hawking safety. The Eagles secondary has been their achilles heel all season. Adding Thompson will boost this group when healthy. He has the speed and range to bait quarterbacks into turnovers. In order to get back to the superbowl winning defense, solidifying the backend is vital.
17. Cincinnati Bengals
Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. Tyler Eifert has played 14 out of 48 games over the last three years, meaning his tenure is over in Cincy. Dalton and this offense needs a play making tight end to roam the middle of the field. Fant is an athletic pass catcher with solid blocking ability. He can be a matchup nightmare at the next level and the Bengals should be the beneficiaries.
18. Indianapolis Colts
Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida. I desperately wanted to draft a stud receiver for Andrew Luck and Frank Reich offense, but they have a formidable passing attack with their current weapons. Polite is an explosive bendy pass rusher that will terrorize quarterbacks. Stud rookie linebacker Darius Leonard is the leading sack artist with 6, but he plays middle linebacker. Time to put pressure on these qbs in this division.
19. Seattle Seahawks
Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi St. The Seahawks attempted to add an explosive big man inside their defensive line when they drafted Malik McDowell. After a bad ATV accident, he was released with a non-football injury designation. Simmons is a nimble and powerful tackle. He understands the importance of leverage and length. A defensive line of Simmons, Clark, & Reed is tough to block.
20. Carolina Panthers
Yodny Cajuste, LT, West Virginia. The panthers offensive line is a shell of themselves due to injuries. Taylor Moton has played tackle this year but a healthy line up will place him inside at guard. Cajuste, is athletic, flexible, and long. He could be an upgrade over the average left tackle Matt Kalil. Upgrading the o-line can ensure Cam Newton & Christian McCaffery have the protection needed to make big things happen.
21. Washington Redskins
Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State. The redskins have one of the least appealing receiving corps in the league. Josh Docston is not a number one receiver and wildly inconsistent. Hakeem Butler has been compared to Randy Moss. His incredible long frame and elastic arms provides an amazing catch radius. He can effectively win the jump ball and eat up grass on downfield routes. The skins need a number one caliber receiver, this could be their guy.
22. Oakland Raiders
Devin White, ILB, LSU. Another defensive pick, Gruden desires an athletically gifted defensive unit. White has the range and speed to cover ground and attack sideline to sideline. An angry tackler white is, he has the tools to be a weapon in coverage. His ferocious attitude will work well with coach Gruden old school philosophy.
23. Baltimore Ravens
Brian Burns, EDGE, FSU. Terrell Suggs dances as if he’s still 22 years old but he is 36 years old. Father is undefeated as they say. Brian Burns can be a nice pupil to the elder statesmen. He has a good burst, footwork, and an array of pass rushing moves. The Ravens pass rush is tad inconsistent and needs a shot in the arm.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
Byron Murphy, CB, Washington. The Steelers have Joe Hade, Mike Hilton, & Cam Sutton. Neither of those names are game changing talents. Murphy is extremely smooth. A tough hardnosed corner, he isn’t afraid to come up and tackle. He loves to bait quarterbacks into risky throws. Pittsburgh needs a corner that can compete no matter the play call, Byron Murphy can help this secondary.
25. Minnesota Vikings
David Edwards, LT, Wisconsin. The Vikings spent a lot of money on quarterback Kirk Cousins. Although he does fit this team, the offensive line performance has been subpar at best. Edwards is a mammoth of a man (6’7 319lbs). He is a road grader in the ground game and polished in pass protection. This move would give the vikes two young starting tackles going forward.
26. Houston Texans
Dalton Risner, T, Kansas State. The Texans are riding an 8 game winning streak, but their offensive line is arguable the worst in football. Kendall Lamm has been average all season. Risner is a powerful blocker that will drive through defenders. Deshaun Watson would be happy with this pick.
27. Oakland Raiders
Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State. A strong & powerful framed receiver that can win on all three levels. He has the size to be a traditional possession receiver, with the ability to make play down field. Derek Carr or whoever is under center will need a number one target, Harmon is the guy.
28. Los Angeles Chargers
Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama. Continue building towards a dominate defense Anthony Lynn. Davis is a powerful and physical interior lineman. The chargers have lost Corey Liuget for the season with a knee injury. Davis could be a nice long-term replacement and present-day partner manning the middle.
29. New England Patriots
Mack Wilson, ILB, Alabama. Over the past few years, the patriots’ defense has been slow and unathletic in the front seven. Hightower is better as a rush linebacker than in coverage. Bill must add speed and athleticism to his defense. Mack is a three-down linebacker and a perfect student to learn how to lead a Bill Belichick’s defense.
30. Los Angeles Rams
Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan. The biggest Achilles heel of the rams’ defense is lack of edge pressure. Their interior line has Aaron Donald and Suh but little to no impact off the edge. Chase Winovich has 17.5 sacks & 40.5 tackles for loss in 3 years of starting at Michigan. That’s the type of production and impact the rams need to help boost their defense.
31. Kansas City Chiefs
Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia. This defense ranks in the bottom half of nearly every major defensive statistical category. They’re reportedly receiving a huge boost with All Pro safety Eric Berry returning from injury. With an incredibly potent offense, improving this putrid defense is top priority. Bryce is a tall, long, & rangy corner. He is more of an off-ball corner but his abilities to play sticky man coverage would be welcome in KC.
32 Green Bay Packers (New Orleans Saints)
Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma. The Packers offense ranks 8th in passing yards per game, but only has one receiving option over 500 yards receiving (D. Adams). Hollywood Brown would bring all world speed to this offense. He runs clean routes and plays with a patience in/out of breaks. He is the perfect complement to Rodgers, Adams, & Jones in this offense.
The most anticipated first-round draft in the past 5-10 years did not disappoint. There were highs, lows, & of course Roger Goddell getting booed!! A flurry of trades, surprises, steals, & reaches. I am here to grade for every division’s first-round selections. Here are my Draft Grades.
Picks: QB Baker Mayfield (1st overall), Denzel Ward (4th overall)
Day 1 grade: B+
Thoughts: The opening pick in the draft was a shocker to many fans at the draft & around the league. Baker is a confident playmaker. He has an infectious attitude and leaves it all on the field. Everyone wanted Sam Darnold or Josh Allen, but GM John Dorsey drafts HIS GUY. The Ward selection was a surprise as well but he was the top corner on the board and a position of need. He is possibly the best man cover corner in the draft. With AJ Green & Antonio Brown in the division having a potential shut down corner is important.
Picks: C Billy Price (21st overall)
1st round grade: B-
Thoughts: One offseason after losing LT Andrew Whitworth & Kevin Zeitler, this Bengals retooled their line. Adding LT Cordy Glenn via trade with the Bills, & Price helps solidify the left side of their line. Price has experience playing all three interior offensive line positions. Price is a day one starting caliber lineman.
Pick: S/LB Terrell Edmunds (28th overall)
1st round grade: B
Thoughts: Truthfully a surprise selection, the player not the position. Edmunds followed his brother Tremaine as the first brother duo as first round picks. Terrell is a physical player & explosive athlete. He has the ability to cover rbs & tight ends in dime coverages. He’s a hybrid player that has good versatility.
Picks: TE Hayden Hurst (25 overall) & QB Lamar Jackson (32nd overall)
1st round grade: A
Thoughts: The Ravens traded down & back up to select Hurst/Jackson. Hurst is a good tight end that can play all over the formation. Flacco should love this pick, but despise the next selection. Adding the pyrotechnic QB Lamar Jackson will put pressure on Flacco to perform well this season. Jackson makes the Ravens future very bright.
New York Jets
Pick: Sam Darnold
Day 1 Grade: A-
Thoughts: The Jets have been searching for a quarterback for a very long time. The last semi-successful drafted signal caller was another Trojan Alum Mark Sanchez (record 33-29). Sam Darnold is a good quarterback with some quirky issues with his accuracy and decision making. IF given time to sit a refine his skills, NYJ should have their QB of the future.
Picks: QB Josh Allen (7th overall) & ILB Tremaine Edmunds (16th overall)
1st round Grade: A
Thoughts: The Bills were rumored as a team willing and ready to trade up for a signal caller. As the board shaped up inside the top 5, the bills saw their opportunity. They decided to trade w/Tampa Bay for quarterback Josh Allen. Selecting the prototypical big armed QB & one of the freakiest athletes in the draft (Edmunds) is a huge win for the bills.
Pick: DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (11th overall)
1st round Grade: B
Thoughts: When you have to face Gronk, Edelman, & Brady twice a year, having a versatile defender is prevalent. Inserting Fitzpatrick gives the dolphins a free safety/nickel combo. He can roam the deep center, cover in the slot, and impact in the box. This selection gives a nice boost to that defensive backfield.
New England Patriots
Picks: OG Isaiah Wynn (23rd overall) & RB Sony Michel (31st overall)
1st round Grade: A
Thoughts: The Patriots chose to stay draft towards a win now attitude, instead of grabbing a first-round quarterback. Adding a versatile athletic OL Wynn & his UGA roommate Michel gives this offense a nice shot in the arm. They’re fine tuning the offensive line to protect their elder signal caller as well as becoming more physical in the run game.
1st round Grade: A
Thoughts: After trading their first-round selection to the browns, in order to draft Deshaun Watson. He caught fire before tearing his ACL in practice last season. That pick was trending towards slam dunk category.
Draft Pick: OG Quenton Nelson (6th overall)
1st round Grade: A
Thoughts: After receiving three second-round picks with the Jets trade, the Colts landed the best offensive lineman in the class. It was the best pick available considering Andrew Luck is getting healthier. Previous GM Ryan Grigson allowed Luck to continually take beatings. Protect your investment and look forward to an improved run game.
Draft Pick: DT Taven Bryan (29th overall)
1st round Grade: B+
Thoughts: This pick was another surprise because it was not a position of need. With that being said, the Jags are attempting to replicate the SB Champ Philadelphia Eagles defensive line rotations. Bryan adds the incredible potential of power and quickness on the interior defensive line.
Draft Pick: LB Rashaan Evans
1st round Grade: A
Thoughts: Linebacker & pass rusher were the top needs for this Titans team. They added a well-rounded versatile defender in Evans. He can play inside & outside as a rusher. He’s athletic enough to drop into coverage and physical enough as a downhill thumper.
Draft Pick: ED Bradley Chubb (5th overall)
1st round Grade: A
Thoughts: This was purely a “best player available” selection. Chubb wasn’t a need for Denver, but he fell into your lap & their star rusher is a huge fan of the kid. Chubb will bring the power, quickness, and size needed on the edge. He will pair with Von Miller to hopefully replicate the production & fear Miller/Ware struck in opposing offenses.
Kansas City Chiefs
Draft Pick: None
1st round Grade: B+
Thoughts: The Chiefs traded this selection last year in order to draft QB Patrick Mahomes. He eventually made Alex Smith expendable. He played well albeit in one start, but Andy Reid saw enough for him to be the incumbent starter for the 2018 season.
Los Angeles Chargers
Draft Pick: S Derwin James (17th overall)
1st round Grade: A
Thoughts: The Chargers have a rising defense that is hoping to have two “healthy” lockdown corners next season. Adding the versatile safety James solidifies that backfield. James is a box safety that has potential to cover tight ends and backs. He will add toughness & athleticism to the Chargers defense.
Draft Pick: OT Kolton Miller (15th overall)
1st round Grade: C
Thoughts: One of the more head-scratching picks so far in the draft, Gruden did not address the failing defense. Miller is a solid tackle and should benefit from a year to sit behind veteran Donald Penn. This pick did not sit well with the fans in Dallas or raider nation.
Draft Pick: LB Leighton Vander Esch (19th overall)
1st round Grade: B
Thoughts: While the majority of the league believed a receiver would’ve been the selection, LVE was a good pick. He is a big athletic off the ball linebacker, that tracks the ball well. He brings coverage ability and sure tackling as well.
Draft Pick: Saquon Barkley
1st round Grade: A
Thoughts: Barkley was the consensus No. 1 running back and even prospect on many draft boards. His athletic prowess and playmaking ability should extend Eli Manning’s career a bit. Pair him with OBJ, Engram, & Sheppard creates an offense you could only dream of.
Draft Pick: None
1st round Grade: 52 SB Champs decided to trade back and garnish more draft capital. They did not possess a second-round pick until the trade with the Ravens. They also received the Raven’s 2019 second round pick.
Draft Pick: DT Da’Ron Payne (13th overall)
1st round Grade: B-
Thoughts: Payne offers some potential as a three-down defender, but will be an immediate impact on the league’s worst rush defense. Former Alabama teammate was lobbying earlier in the process for Payne.
Draft Pick: LB Roquan Smith (8th overall)
1st round grade: A
Thoughts: Roquan is an uber-talented player. He brings the needed speed, intelligence, and abilities this defense needs. The Bears defense was already one to watch out for in 2018, adding this type of player will boost their front seven tremendously.
Draft Pick: C/OG Frank Ragnow (20th overall)
1st round grade: B+
Thoughts: Matthew Stafford needed two huge holes to be address in this off-season, the offensive line & a running back. Ragnow address the interior line to protect the star signal caller and move bodies in the ground game. I believe happy QB’s can win games leading into January.
Green Bay Packers:
Draft Pick: CB Jaire Alexander (18th overall)
1st round Grade: A
Thoughts: A year after selecting CB Kevin King, Green Bay adds another capable cover guy. Alexander is athletic, fast, and makes plays on the football. After trading Randall to the Browns this offseason the cornerback position was a clear-cut need. Rodgers needs help and it starts with an improved defense.
Draft Pick: CB Mike Hughes (30th overall)
1st round Grade: B+
This selection is much underrated. This defense is one of the best in the league right now, but adding Hughes helps push them higher. Pairing him in the slot alongside Xavier Rhodes & Trae Waynes until he grows into the outside defender. He also adds kick/punt return ability as well.
Draft Pick: WR Calvin Ridley(26th overall)
1st round Grade: A-
Thoughts: This team needs to replace interior defensive lineman Dontari Poe, but they selected to add an explosive receiver. Ridley is believed to be the best receiver in the class by many. He offers elite route running, separation, & playmaking. He will join Julio Jones, Sanu, Coleman, & Freeman. Matt Ryan must be a happy man right now.
Draft Pick: WR D.J. Moore (24th overall)
1st round Grade: A
Thoughts: FINALLY! For most of Cam Newton’s career, his front office has decided to deliver with a dynamic receiver. Moore is fast, strong, & tough. He can play anywhere on the offensive formation. He will bring the explosive plays and swag this offense missed from the departure of Steve Smith.
New Orleans Saints
Draft Pick: ED Marcus Davenport (14th overall)
1st round Grade: C+
Thoughts: The reigning NFC South Champs decided to jump from the 27th spot to 14. They wanted to add a pass rushing presence opposite of all-pro end Cameron Jordan. Davenport offers a high-risk, high reward potential as a prospect. The trade up and picks given up is the reason the grade is lower than expected.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Draft Pick: DT Vita Vea (12th overall)
1st round Grade: B
Thoughts: The Bucs attacked a position that was not desperate for an upgrade. There were bigger holes on this defense & team. Vea is an athletic monster in the middle that will be paired with pro bowl DT Gerald McCoy. He isn’t just a massive body because he offers interior pressure as well.
Draft Pick: QB Josh Rosen (10th overall)
1st round Grade: A+
Thoughts: I couldn’t think of another team more desperate for a QB than the Cardinals. With Josh Rosen the best “pure passer” falling into their lap, this is a great pick. He doesn’t have to play immediately with Sam Bradford in-house. The pressure isn’t heavy on his shoulders like some of his draft counterparts.
Los Angeles Rams
Draft Pick: None
1st round Grade: B-
Thoughts: The Rams traded their first-round pick to the Patriots (Isaiah Wynn) for receiver Brandin Cooks. Albeit, Cooks is a legit deep threat that will take the top off a defense, he is not a game changer. He also wasn’t worth a first-round selection.
San Francisco 49ers
Draft Pick: OT Mike McGlinchey (9th overall)
1st round Grade: C+
Thoughts: This was another shocker selection because OT wasn’t a position of need at the time. The Niners decided to trade RT Trent Brown to the Patriots earlier today for a 3rd round pick. McGlinchey is a big athletic tackle with long arms and strength. He has to work on his lower body and leverage due to his height. The pick makes sense now, but I’m not a fan of it.
Draft Pick: RB Rashaad Penny (27th overall)
1st round Grade: D-
Thoughts: This was the WORST selection by far, especially after trading back. Penny isn’t the second or third best running back in this class. I believe he is a good quality back, but he is the biggest reach of the draft so far. He was selected over the likes of, Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, & Derrius Guice. The offensive line would’ve been a better selection here, even if you were going to reach!
- Cleveland Browns (0-16) – Sam Darnold (USC) QB
The Browns under former General Manager Sashi Brown passed quarterbacks such as Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, and the list goes on. They drafted developmental quarterback Deshon Kizer, then went on to destroy the kid’s confidence throughout the season. Coach Jackson finally grabs a quarterback that he wants to coach. Darnold gives the Browns an accurate, strong-armed, gunslinger as their signal caller. He has the tools to be a franchise quarterback in this league. Top needs: QB, RB, CB
- New York Giants (3-13) – Josh Rosen (UCLA) QB
New GM Dave Gettleman finds his Eli Manning successor with this pick. The most pro ready and polished QB in this class. Rosen can make all the throws, intelligent, and excels in a pro-style system. He can sit for at least a year while Eli finishes one more season as a Giant, and has arguably the best receiver in the league (Odell Beckham). A talented defense to bat as well. This is the best pick for the future. Top needs: OT, QB, RB
- Indianapolis Colts (4-12) – Bradley Chubb (NC ST) DE/EDGE
The Colts have fired Chuck Pagano and are waiting to find his replacement. GM Chris Ballard decided to draft on the defensive side of the ball with 3 of their first 4 picks last year. That trend continues at least for this pick. The Colts were at their best with a front seven that could get after the quarterback when needed. Drafting Chubb here gives them a versatile edge defender that can help set the edge vs the run and wreak havoc on passing downs. He can be the disruptive force on the edge they desperately need. Top needs: ILB, OL, Edge
- Cleveland Browns (0-16) – Saquan Barkley (Penn St) RB
After selecting what hopes to be their franchise quarterback, the Browns take the best offensive player in the draft. Isaiah Crowell is a free agent and was not a world beater either. Barkley has a rare combination of speed, power, quickness, and agility. Pairing him with the explosive Duke Johnson would truly give Hue Jackson the toys on offense to challenge teams. They need to change the culture and this is a great start. Top needs: QB, RB, CB
- Denver Broncos (5-11) – Josh Allen (Wyoming) QB
Since the retirement of Peyton Manning after the 2015 SB winning season, John Elway has draft two quarterbacks to no avail!! Two consecutive seasons the Broncos have missed the playoffs and a lot of that is due to the quarterback position. Josh Allen is the choice to turn around this offense and team. Allen has the “prototypical” build with traits to match. The offense has weapons to put up points and win games, they just need a quality quarterback. Third times a charm? Better hope so!! Top needs: OG, QB, OT
- New York Jets (5-11) – Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) QB
No one in their right minds believed the Jets would finish the season with 5 wins. Josh Mccown and company did some good things considering the pressure on the coaching staff etc. Insert the cocky/brash Baker Mayfield, he will bring electricity to the offense. Baker’s bravado and character fit the NY atmosphere. He gives them a playmaker at the quarterback position to build around for 10-15 years. Top needs: QB, RB, OT
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11) – Arden Key (LSU) DE/OLB
This defense finished the season with just 22 total sacks on the season, that is PUTRID!!! Adding an explosive pass rusher in Arden Key would provide a boost to their sack total next season. Key has a quick first step with the ability to bend off the edge and can rush with his hand in the dirt or standing up. The Bucs defense can only go up from here, considering there is not a worse ranking than 32nd. Top needs: DE, RB, CB
- Chicago Bears (5-11) – Calvin Ridley (Alabama) WR
Mitch Trubisky will get a boost when number one receiver Cameron Meredith returns from a torn ACL next season, but he needs a young playmaker alongside him. Selecting Calvin Ridley brings a mixture of speed, athletic playmaking, great route running, and good hands. Meredith and Ridley along with that elite rushing attack would give the young Trubisky an offense capable to of putting up points in 2018. Top needs: WR, OL, CB
- San Francisco 49ers (6-10) – Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame) G
The Niners caught a break at the trade deadline by getting Jimmy Garappolo from the Patriots for a year-old pack of peanuts. He has led them to 5 wins to close the season and displayed that he is a potential franchise quarterback. The Notre Dame stud brings a nasty attitude with the skills to match. Nelson is the right pick to help build the proper offensive line for your offense. Nelson will help throw bodies around in the club and protect Jimmy GQ like a secret serviceman. Top needs: WR, OL, CB
- Oakland Raiders (6-10) – Joshua Jackson (Iowa) CB
New coach John Gruden aka Mr.100-Million-dollar man. He loves defense and this is one of the worst defenses in the league. Last April, they selected CB Gareon Conley out of Ohio State, time to repeat that trend. Joshua Jackson will give Gruden a pair of young, tall, and athletic corners. He can play a mixture of coverages with their scheme versatility. The Hawkeyes ball-hawking corner would put a smile on Gruden’s face. Top needs: CB, ILB, OT
- Miami Dolphins (6-10) – Roquon Smith (UGA) ILB/OLB
Selecting an impact defensive player would do wonders for a team trying to get back to the playoffs. Inserting Roquon Smith at inside linebacker would deliver a playmaking missile to this defense. He is an old/new school hybrid. He is athletic enough to cover in space, tackles with firm sound technique, and diagnose plays like a veteran. Sliding him beside Kiko Alonso and the elder Lawrence Timmons could be huge for this defense. Top needs: OG, ILB, RB
- Cincinnati Bengals (7-9) – Mike McGlinchey (ND) LT
Cincy has a solid quarterback with a plethora of weapons but lost their ironman LT in free agency. Leaving Cedric Ogbuehi and 11-year veteran Eric Winston, basically an upgrade is PRIORITY!!! McGlinchey can play on the right side to replace Winston or on the left side as normal. This pick would be a huge help as the Bengals prepare to rebound next season. Top needs: OL, QB, LB
- Washington Redskins (7-9) –Minkah Fitzpatrick (Bama) S/CB
This pick could be used on a running back since their running attack ranked 28th in the league under 100 yards per game, but they can add a quality runner later in a deep class. Adding a playmaking versatile safety/corner hybrid would be great. Fitzpatrick can slide in a Free Safety and move Dj Swearinger to his natural position Strong safety. A swiss army knife is always great to have in your toolbox. Redskins will be pleased with this pick. Top needs: QB, LB, S
- Green Bay Packers (7-9) -Denzel Ward (Ohio State) CB
After losing Aaron Rodgers week six to a broken collarbone the Packers deficiencies were glaring and the entire world could see them. The defense needs work after selecting Kevin King and Josh Jones with their two first pick, they take another defensive back here. Denzel Ward is a press man corner that excels at limiting separation and staying attached to his receiver. This pick will provide the Packers with three young defensive backs to build around. Top needs: CB, OL, WR
- Arizona Cardinals (8-8) -Christian Kirk (Texas A&M) WR
Cardinals lost their head coach and quarterback both to retirement after the 2017 season. While that leaves a vacancy at the quarterback position, the draft board does not favor that position. Larry Fitzgerald may be retiring soon, it is time to prepare for the future. Kirk is an explosive playmaker that can move all over the formation. Pairing him with Larry, David Johnson, and John Brown creates an explosive offense no matter who the quarterback may be. Top needs: QB, OL, WR
- Baltimore Ravens (9-7) -Courtland Sutton (SMU) WR
Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense have been pedestrian for the past two seasons. His supporting cast is average and does not move the needle. He was at his best with a receiver that provides a larger catch radius (Anquan Boldin). Courtland brings a 6’4 frame and larger catch radius to match. He is a big bodied receiver that can be the downfield weapon and red zone threat Flacco needs. Top needs: WR, TE, RB
- Los Angeles Chargers -Connor Williams (Texas) LT
Philip Rivers is not getting younger and while most fans would like to draft his successor, the first round is not the place to do it. Joe Barksdale has been a train wreck in 2017 and with an aging quarterback that is not ideal. Connor Williams will give Rivers a young tackle that can play both sides. They can start him on the right side until Russell Okung moves on, then switch back to the blindside. Top needs: OT, QB, LB
- Seattle Seahawks -Clelin Ferrell (Clemson) DE
After losing Cliff Avril and the uncertainty of his playing status going forward leaves a hole on the edge. Ferrell would fit into this physical aggressive scheme in Seattle. He can play the run and rush off the edge. He could move around and rush inside like Michael Bennett. The Seahawks live off four-man pressures and this pick continues to maintain the culture. Top needs: OT, CB, OG
- Dallas Cowboys- Mike Gesicki (Penn State) Tight End
The 28th ranked passing attack this season needs a boost in the talent department. Gesicki gives Dak the replacement for “old reliable” Jason Witten at the tight end spot. He will also give them a dangerous two tight end set, a versatile weapon to move around the formation, and roam the middle of the field. Pairing Gesicki with young guns Dak, Zeke, and that phenomenal offensive line sounds like a match made in heaven. Top needs: TE, DT, CB
- Detroit Lions -Vita Vea (Washington) DT
The Lions will be losing an old Haloti Ngata for a young version. Vita Vea will provide an extremely talented tackle that is scheme versatile as well. He offers more in the pass rush department than former teammate Danny Shelton. He is a ridiculous athlete for a man over 330 pounds with quickness and speed. He would bolster this defensive line and command double teams to single the edge rushers. Top needs: DE, OG, LB
- Buffalo Bills- Christian Wilkins (Clemson) DT
After making the playoffs for the first time since 1999, this team is making strides. Trading away Marcel Dareus left a void in the middle of this defense that needs to be filled. Wilkins is not the nose tackle that Dareus is, but he adds a boost to the interior pass rush. In a division ruled by Tom Brady, nothing bothers him more than the interior pressure in the A gaps. Wilkins can help finishing the rebuild of this defense and team. Top needs: QB, LB, DT
- Buffalo Bills (via Chiefs) -Tremaine Edmunds (VTech) OLB
Hmm back so, soon are we? With the second of their back to back picks, the Bills continue to build the defense. Head coach Sean Mcdermott believes in defense and Edmunds would fit perfectly. An athletic linebacker that can rush, cover in space, and cover tight ends. This kid is a playmaker and will be welcomed to this blue-collar team. top needs: QB, LB, DT
- Los Angeles Ram- Billy Price (Ohio State) Center
One of the best/biggest free agent signings in the offseason last year was left tackle Andrew Whitworth. This move allowed the Ram to trade the BUST Greg Robinson to the Lions (Poor Lions)!! Upgrading the offensive line is a must to keep this offense on schedule. Center John Sullivan is solid but aging, insert Billy Price from the Buckeyes. He is a strong versatile center that can plug and play. He will help open running lanes inside and keep Goff protected in the middle of the line. This offense does not plan on being a one year wonder. Top needs: CB, OL, LB
- Carolina Panthers -Duke Ejiofor (Wake Forest) DE
After losing a close game to the New Orleans Saints, one of the glaring issues was no outside pass rush. Drew Brees had ample time most of the game to sit and wait for crossing patterns and slant routes. Duke can bring the edge pressure with an array of pass rushing moves. Cam needs better weapons this draft is deep with offensive weapons. Top needs: OL, WR, DE
- Tennessee Titans -Harold Landry (Boston College) OLB
The Titans defense needs to add an edge pass rusher to help take them to the next level. Landry is a good athlete that knows how to play standing up and with his hand in the dirt. He is known for getting after the passer with 16.5 sacks in 2016. Defensive Coordinator Dick Lebeau loves his 3-4 defensive scheme and Landry is a clear fit. Top needs: TE, OG, WR
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Orlando Brown (Oklahoma) LT
What do you get a team that has few needs for improvement? Certainly not a quarterback since they love mediocrity. Upgrading the tackle position could bode well for their current approach. The gargantuan left tackle Orlando Brown is a physical blocker at the point of attack and will toss defenders around. Due to athletic limitations, he may need to move inside to guard but he can be of service in upgrading the line. Top needs: TE, OG, WR
- Philadelphia Eagles – Josh Allen (Kentucky) OLB
The Eagles had a successful season that could have gone farther with Star QB Carson Wentz. They do not have any glaring hole or issues on their current roster. One spot worth upgrading is outside linebacker. Nigel Bradham is solid but Josh Allen would finish off their athletic trio of Kendricks and Hicks. Allen could rush in sub packages and drop in coverage with no issues. This defense could finish next season on an entirely different level than 2017. Top needs: LT, LB, CB
- New Orleans Saints – Rashaan Evans (Bama) MLB
The Saints defense took tremendous strides this season and it all began with drafting successfully. That trend continues here by addressing the lack of talent at middle linebacker. They missed out on Rueben Foster, they will luck up to get one of his former running mates. Evans is a mixture of Foster and former tide backer Donte Hightower. He can do multiple things and that would benefit Who Dat nation greatly. Top needs: QB, C, WR
- Pittsburgh Steelers – Malik Jefferson (Texas) MLB
The uncertainty of Ryan Shazier’s (Neck) playing status going forward leaves a gaping hole in the middle of their defense. Jefferson would be a perfect selection. He is athletic enough to drop in zone and physical enough to be a downhill thumper. He is a tackling machine and that is always a plus. Top needs: ILB, QB, S
- Atlanta Falcons – Da’Ron Payne (Bama) DT
The Falcons may lose big defensive tackle Dontari Poe to free agency and will need to find a replacement. The Crimson tide’s tackle brings physicality and athleticism to the Falcons already fast defense. He can stop the run and get after the passer and raise this defenses ceiling even higher. Top needs: DT, OG, S
- Minnesota Vikings – Maurice Hurst (Michigan) DT
The Vikings have seemed to lose one of the most talented defensive tackles in the league Sharrif Floyd to nerve damage in his knee. The word is he will not be able to resume his career. Hurst would be a good replacement for Floyd’s presence alongside big Linval Joseph. He will bring that quick interior pressure to an already scary pass rush. Top needs: OT, OG, DL
- New England Patriots – Sam Hubbard (Ohio State) DE/LB
Is this Jamie Collins 2.0? Bill Belichick loves versatile athletic defenders and he gets one here. Hubbard plays defensive end and displays the ability to rush inside and out. He has the athletic ability to possibly drop into coverage and play off-line. Collins last season in college he played defensive end and predominately lined up as an off-line linebacker. I perceive the same fate for the Buckeyes edge rusher. Top needs: CB, QB, Edge
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