NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Picks: 62. Riley Ridley
New Orleans have only one pick within the first 167 picks, so hitting on that pick is a must. At the back of the 2nd round, they pick up Calvin Ridley’s little brother, Riley Ridley. Stats won’t show it, but the New Orleans receiving corp was pretty bad outside of Michael Thomas. Drew Brees was constantly having to thread the needle to blanketed wide recievers. Riley will help with that. He’s a true technician in his route running and will finally give Drew an open target, not named Michael Thomas.
NEW YORK GIANTS
Picks: 6. Jawaan Taylor, 17. Clelin Ferrell
The Giants land the QB they wanted last year by getting Josh Rosen to groom behind Eli, and at the same time, keep both of their first round picks. Will Hernandez was a good addition last year, but more help is definitely needed at Tackle. Jawaan Taylor is considered by most to be the best one in the draft. He’ll pave the way for Saquon and help keep Rosen and Eli upright. Clelin can jump in on day one and give the Giants their Olivier Vernon replacement.
NEW YORK JETS
Pick: 3. Josh Allen
The Jets only have one pick in the first two rounds. Luckily for them, that pick is the 3rd overall selection. I expect them to find a trade partner and trade down to fix that issue, but if they stay at #3, Josh Allen should be the pick. The Jets desperately need a pass rusher and Allen has the highest ceiling on the edge of anyone in this draft.
Picks: 4. Quinnen Williams, 24. Rashan Gary, 27. DeAndre Baker, 35. Joshua Jacobs
With four picks in the first 35 picks, the Raiders have a pretty firm grip of control in this draft. Quinnen Williams is the best player in this draft, getting him at 4 is a steal. Rashan Gary is a boom or bust player to me, but his potential is worth taking at 24. He could be very very good. Lining him up next to Quinnen could be scary in a couple of years. Staying on the defensive side of the ball, the Raiders need to have a major upgrade at Corner opposite Gareon Conley. DeAndre Baker is an excellent Corner and will be a very welcomed day one impact starter for Guenther’s scheme. Finally addressing the offensive side of the ball, the Raiders select the drafts top Running Back, Joshua Jacobs at the beginning of the 2nd round. He’ll be a major upgrade over Isaiah Crowell, and should take some pressure off of Derek Carr. This should be Derek’s last chance to prove he deserves to be a starter in the league. If he can’t turn that offense around this year, Quarterback will be a priority for the Raiders in what is shaping up to be a VERY good Quarterback class in 2020.
Picks: 25. Christian Wilkins, 53. Juan Thornhill, 57. Tytus Howard
If Christian Wilkins falls to pick 25, and Howie Roseman himself doesnt sprint down to the podium, I, for one, will be sending a strongly worded letter down to the Novacare Complex. Wilkins is an elite Defensive Tackle, for him to still be on the board at 25 speaks volumes about the DT depth in this draft.
The Eagles need a young Safety to come in and play the important 3rd Safety role in 2019 and potentially step into a starting role in 2020. Rodney McLeod is in a contract year, and Malcolm Jenkins is beginning to climb the age ladder. Jeff Stoutland has made no secrets about his love for Tytus Howard and I can’t blame him. The potential is oozing out of him. With another year to develop, Tytus’ high IQ, plus athleticism, and great feet make him an excellent player to groom behind 37 year old, Jason Peters while he plays out the last year of his contract.
Picks: 20. Byron Murphy, 52. Mack Wilson,
At this point, it’s safe to say Artie Burns was a bust. Steven Nelson was a nice pick up, but Joe Haden is aging and a young corner is needed to groom for the the future. Byron Murphy is the best Defensive Back in this draft and should be able to start as soon as Steven or Joe give him a reason to, assuming he doesn’t take the job from one of them during training camp. The Steelers have had a hole at MLB since Ryan Shazier went down. If Mack Wilson is still there at 52, he could be a steal. He is the definition of today’s Middle Linebacker. He may be the best coverage LB in the draft and if he can get more consistent, he could become a very good starter in the NFL.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Picks: 2. Nick Bosa, 36. N’Keal Harry
The 49ers brought in Dee Ford, but still desperately need another Pass Rusher opposite him. Nick Bosa may be the best and most pro ready pass rusher to come out since Myles Garrett. A true technician with his hands, he has the power and the speed to be successful sooner than later in the NFL. There are about 5 guys all in that top teir of WR’s in this draft, and to me, N’Keal Harry is the best of the bunch. He’s a true alpha on the field and is good after the catch as well.
Picks: 21. Nasir Adderley, 29. Jachai Polite
The Seahawks lose Earl Thomas, but actually get a good replacement in Nasir Adderley. Adderley is excellent in coverage, but also isn’t afraid to come in and make a hit. He should be more than capable of stepping into the Earl Thomas role and becomming a very good safety down the line. Jachai Polite is a great fit in Seattle. Now that they traded away Frank Clark, they’ll need help getting to the passer, which just so happens to be Jachai’s specialty. He may not be very Polite on(or off) the field, but he certainly has talent. That kind of attitude should mesh well in Seattle to bring the nastiness back to that defense.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Picks: 5. Devin White, 39. Jonathan Abram
The Buccaneers lost Kwon Alexander this offseason. With the importance Todd Bowles places on an Interior Linebacker with his attacking scheme, replacing him is a high priority. Devin White is the consensus best Linebacker in this class and his sideline to sideline skills will be very welcomed on a Bucc’s defense that lacked speed. Once they get that speedy linebacker in Devin White, they’ll need a Safety that is able and willing to throw his body around in run support. Insert Jonathan Abram. He is a heat seeking missle at Safety and the best run support safety in this class. Adding these 2 should go a long way towards turning that defense around.
Picks: 19. Noah Fant, 51. Hakeem Butler
Marcus Mariota doesnt have very much to work with when it comes to receiving options. Delanie Walker is 34 and coming off a broken ankle that caused ligament damage. With his status for 2019 in the air, combined with his age, it’s time for the Titans to bring in a long term answer. Corey Davis hasn’t quite lived up to his 5th overall draft hype, but he has shown promise. Adam Humphries will do well in the slot, but there’s still a big need at the other WR spot. Hakeem Butler is a big(6’5″), fast(4.48 40), and physical reciever with tons of potential, who is excellent in the red zone. He could be the missing link for the Titans receiving Corp.
Picks: 15. Montez Sweat, 46. Daniel Jones
Montez Sweat obliterated the combine and put himself in top 10 talks in the process, recently discovered heart problems have put a question mark on his draft stock, but his talent is worthy of a top 15 pick. Someone will likely trade up for Jones before he gets to 45, but if he does fall that far, he’ll be a steal. Daniel Jones has been applauded for his mechanics and his ability to quickly work through his progressions. There has been a lot of recent buzz about teams not being as high on Jones as the media is, but falling to the middle of the 2nd round, Jones is worth taking a chance on, and could very well be a steal for a very QB needy Redskins offense.