There have been all types of smokescreens leading up to tomorrow’s NFL draft…how many quarterbacks will go in the first round? Who will go #1? I’ve heard a lot of opinions, and I’ve watched a lot of film and studied each teams needs. This is how I see it going down Thursday night.
1. Cleveland – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Yeah they could take a QB here, but they have the 4th pick as well so I think the guy they want will be available at #4. Barkley is a gamechanger that everyone on the offense will benefit from. I’m normally not big on taking running backs early in the draft, but in my opinion Barkley is a difference maker you can’t pass up.
2. New York Giants – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Many people have Barkley going to the Giants…not me. I think Rosen has an elite NFL arm and while the concussions in the past concern me, he’ll have some time to learn under Eli Manning.
3. New York Jets – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C.State
Many have the jets going QB here, but I think Todd Bowles goes defense here with the best defensive guy on the board. The Jets went defense last year in the first round, and I think they do it this year as well, plus I think they want to see what thery have with Bridgewater.
4. Cleveland – Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Darnold is the choice here over Josh Allen. Darnold will have time to learn, and while I like Allen’s arm his decision making makes me hesitant. Allen is a good prospect but I think Darnold is the safer pick.
5. Denver – Derwin James, S, Florida State
Denver could go anywhere with this pick, but I think James is the best guy on the baord here. James is by far the best safety and will help a defense that lost some personnel over the offseason.
6. Indianapolis – Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
Not a sexy pick by any means but Quenten Nelson is the best lineman in the draft class by a mile. You have to help Andrew Luck stay healthy, and this helps.
7. Tampa Bay – Sonny Michel, RB, Georgia
If Derwin James slips to this spot I expect Tampa to take him, but in this case I think they go with the next best RB on the board in Sonny Michel who fills a big void left by thew departure of Doug Martin. Some may think Michel is a reach but I think he’s a very talented back.
8. Chicago – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
I think the Bears need some secondary help and Ward will start immediately, and exceptional athlete with solid ball skills.
9. San Francisco – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Well Reuben Foster has had his issues recently, and drafting the best LB in the draft class makes sense here. Minkah Fitzpatrick is also a possibility.
10. Oakland – Oakland Raiders: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
I could see the Raiders drafting a RB here also, but the offensive line isn’t getting any younger, McGlinchey makes sense here.
11. Miami – Vita Vea, NT, Washington
The Dolphins need to bolster their defensive line losing Ndamukong Suh. Vea fits well here, and Vea is a really nice pick at this spot.
12. Buffalo – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
The Bills need help in a lot of places, and while some see them trying to move up and get a quarterback, I think they go elsewhere. I think they like what they have in McCarron and help him out by grabbing a solid wide receiver.
13. Washington – Maurice Hurst, DE/DT, Michigan
Washington has major issues in run defense, and while I think they’d like to see Vea here, I think they go with Maurice Hurst from Michigan.
14. Green Bay – Minkah Fitzpatrick, S/CB, Alabama
I think Fitzpatrick makes a lot of sense here seeing they need help in the secondary. Fitzpatrick is versatile and I think if he falls this far it’s a good value pick for the Packers.
15. Arizona – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Allen might be gone by now, who knows? Anywhow, I think we all know Arizona needs a quarterback and Josh Allen is a bargain at #15. It wouldn’t shock me to see the Cardinals trade up either.
16. Baltimore – Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
Before signing Willie Sneed and Crabtree I thought they should go WR here….instead they go TE here to fill a position of need.
17. Los Angeles – Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
The Chargers add a great interior player to build what already is a very telented front 7.
18. Seattle – Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
The Seahawks could go a number of different directions with this pick, either in the secondary or on the defensive line.
19. Dallas – Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
The Cowboys have someone in their backyard that can fill the void left by the departure of Dez Bryant.
20. Lions – Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College
Out of all the picks in the first round, this one I think is a slam dunk. Matt Patricia has ties to the Boston area as well all know, and this guy fits the mold of what he’s looking for.
21. Cincinnati – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
It’s time to move on from the Red Rifle.
22. Buffalo – Isaiah Wynn, G/C, Georgia
The Bills need to fill the void for the retired Eric Wood. The versatile Wynn makes sense here.
23. New England – Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
The Patriots need help in the secondary, and a product of former Belichick assistant Kirk Ferentz would be a solid fit here.
24. Carolina – D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
It’s pretty apparent that Cam Newton need help at the wide receiver position.
25. Tennessee Titans – Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
The Titans need an edge rusher, and should Vander Esch fall to them it would be a great pickup.
26. Atlanta Falcons: Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio
Davenport comes from a small school but has tremendous upside. This guy could go earlier….I think he’s a sleeper.
27. New Orleans Saints – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
Kirk may be a reach here but I think he’s a solid fit in Sean Payton’s system
28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
The Steelers could go QB here…you never know, but Evans fills a position of need due to the unfortunate injury to Ryan Shazier.
29. Jacksonville – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville.
Yep…I know…something just tells me he falls here.
30. Minnesota – Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
Hughes would be a good fit in an already talented secondary.
31. New England – Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
Lauletta is an gifted quarterback from a small school…They need to start preparing for the inevitable.
32. Philadelphia – Darius Guice, RB, LSU
I am a big fan of Guice and the Eagles would be getting a hell of a player at #32.