By Jack Zinman (Sports Correspondent)
- Arizona Cardinals
Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
The Cardinals need to make a big splash with the first selection in this years draft. That’s what they’re getting with Nick Bosa. Although the edge rusher sat out almost all of his senior season to get ready for the draft but getting Bosa will immediately improve the front seven. Veteran Chandler Jones will take Bosa under his wing and try to bloom him into the player he is said to be.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
The 49ers are in desperate need of a pass rusher at linebacker and that is exactly what they’re getting in Allen. The SEC leading sack leader and tackle leader should give the 9ers a boost on defense. The 49ers had the 28th ranked defense and they will look to add depth and leadership.
3. New York Jets
Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
The Jets had a down year on defense who had an already young defense. The Jets will add the second best pass rusher in the SEC, who had 45 tackles and 8 sacks. Quinnen Williams may be the second best pass rusher but he is by far the best run stopper in the SEC and
4. Oakland Raiders
Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
With the 26th ranked defense and dead last in sacks just last year, the Raiders are in desperate need of a pass rusher and that is who they are getting as he racked up 3.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for losses and 38 total tackles in his junior year. By adding Gary, the Raiders would team him up with former teammate Maurice Hurst and allowing veterans Frostee Rucker and Jonathan Hankins to teach them ways to improve.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The Bucs could go either way with the 5th overall pick on draft night. Although they need a QB, they can pick up a decent quarterback in the second round of in free agency. Jonah Williams has played in two national championships and he locks down big name players. Adding Williams will provide much more help for the future quarterback of the Buccaneers,
6. New York Giants
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
As expected, the Giants will be replacing Eli Manning by drafting a franchise quarterback. Haskins can sling the ball as he passed for an astonishing 50 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions in just 14 games in his sophomore year. He isn’t the most agile player as he only racked up 108 yards last season. Although that number doesn’t jump out to you, Haskins to OBJ has the potential to be a lethal duo for years to come.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
The reigning Heisman trophy winner will be heading to Jacksonville as he is fully committed to playing football as his primary career. Murray, unlike Haskins is lethal on the ground and lethal through the air. Murray has the ability to make plays out of nothing and escape pass rushers. In his Heisman campaign, murray tossed 42 TDs to only 7 interceptions and rushed for 1,001 yards and 12 TDs. Although Murray is undersized and many people think the Jags are taking a risk taking him at 7 but its a high risk, very high reward situation and we can only wait to see how it turns out.
8. Detroit Lions
Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
The Lions are getting a huge run stopper to boost their defensive line. He had a break out Junior year at Miss St, as he had 18 tackles for losses yet only 2 sacks. Pairing Simmons up with Ziggy Ansah is huge for the young talent.
9. Buffalo Bills
Ed Oliver, DE, Houston
Just a couple of months ago, many networks and experts had Oliver as the number one pick so the Bills are getting the steal of the draft so far. Oliver only played 8 games last year and had 3 sacks, 14.5 tackles for a loss. Oliver will be replacing Kyle Williams in a key role on defense.
10. Denver Broncos
Greedy Williams, DB, LSU
The Broncos have been quite underwhelming the past two years on defense but they are stacking up the perfect mix of veterans and young guys. Having Bradley Chubb and Von Miller is a great match and not having Chris Harris Jr. mentor Williams is huge. Greedy had two interceptions but nine pass deflections and 33 solo tackles.
Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The Bengals do NOT need a quarterback because Andy Dalton finally doesn’t have Marvin Lewis holding him back. Brown had a standout year catching 75 passes for 10 TDs and 1300+ yards. The Bengals are getting the slot receiver of the future in Brown and him and A.J. Green will make a lethal duo in Cincy.
12. Green Bay Packers
Montez Sweat, EDGE, Miss St
The Packers need to replace Clay Matthews sooner rather than later. Montez Sweat is coming off a great year with the Bulldogs. He had 12 sacks in 13 games along with 53 total tackles and 14.5 for a loss.
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
The Dolphins need to move on from Ryan Tannehill and they are lucky to have the opportunity to draft Drew Lock. At times in the 2018 season, Lock looked like the best quarterback in the draft. He tossed 28 TDs and only 8 INTs with a 147.7 passer rating. Lock added just under 3500 yards.
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Falcons could get the steal of the draft with this pick. Wilkins is a two time national champion and knows how to deliver in big moments. He had 5.5 sacks, and 51 total tackles and 14 for a loss. He is a great overall pick up for whoever he goes to.
D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Redskins have been lacking a deep threat for years now. He’s 6-4 230 and can fly. He was limited to only 7 games last season but had 569 yards. If the Redskins can pick up another mid tier wideout, the Redskins offense could become explosive.
Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
The Panthers need to help former MVP Cam Newton get back to his star potential. Dillard is explosive with his pass coverage and gets leverage on almost all of his opponents which is the reason why Washington State QB Gardner Minshew had a season to remember last year.
Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Jawaan Taylor is a very solid all around exterior lineman. He will allow Baker Mayfield to have more time in the pocket and allow Nick Chubb to have wider lanes to run through. The Browns are getting a very solid lineman in Taylor.
Devin White, LB, LSU
The Vikings are getting the steal of the draft with this pick, White has the ability to lay brutal hits and cover the pass. His play recognition is unbelievable. With this edition, the linebacking crew in Minnesota just became deadly.
Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Deandre Baker will fit in very nicely into the 3rd corner position and he can do it all. He has a forced fumble and two interceptions on the season in 2018. He rarely lets up a play downfield and is very good against the run and is solid in press coverage.
Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Ferrell is a force to be reckoned with as he had 11.5 sacks in his senior campaign and 20 tackles for a loss. If he is available at 20, the Steelers should definitely jump on him. Pairing Ferrell and Watt could be a lethal duo in the future.
Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
The Seahawks are known as a very good all around team, except for the tackle position on offense. Cody Ford helped Kyler Murray win the heisman with his phenomenal pass and run blocking. Getting Ford will give Russell Wilson time to do more and allow the RBs to attack his side.
22. Baltimore Ravens
Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
Riley Ridley isn’t as good as his brother, Calvin but is pretty darn good. Ridley is a deep threat and has the ability to get extra yards after the catch. He caught 9 TDs and nearly 1,000 yards last season and will give young QB Lamar Jackson, potentially his number one target.
23. Houston Texans
Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
Although the Texans are lacking an offensive tackle, they’re top two guys may be taken before them. Wilson was the play caller for the number one defense in the SEC last year and has experience playing in big games. The Texans are getting an NFL ready linebacker with the 23rd pick.
24. Oakland Raiders (Via trade from Bears)
Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
The Raiders are in desperation mode and will take an all or nothing pick with one of their three first round picks and that is exactly what they’re doing with Rock Ya-Sin. Ya-Sin is a versatile CB who racked up two interceptions with the Owls in his senior year and had 47 total tackles. Expect Rock Ya-Sin to be put in right away in the top two slots in the Raiders depth chart.
25. Philadelphia Eagles
Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
The first running back has been selected and he’s a good one. Josh Jacobs doesn not have outstanding numbers due to the depth of the ‘Bama running back core. Jacobs emerged as a star in the playoffs this past year and was the only bright spot in the National ChaMpionship for the Tide. The Eagles are getting a very good, agile RB.
26. Indianapolis Colts
Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Colts are a young team that is going to get even younger. Murphy racked in 4 interceptions and a forced fumble as well as 58 total tackles for Washington in his sophomore year. If Murphy can perform to his potential, the Colts may have found a gem.
27. Oakland Raiders (Via trade from Dallas)
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Lawrence isn’t much of a pass rusher but he is an excellent run stopper. Out of his 38 total tackles in 13 games last season, 7 of them were for a loss. Pairing up Rashan Gary and Dexter Lawrence gives the Raiders a lethal young duo.
28. Los Angeles Chargers
Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Adding Devin Bush would make the already deep Chargers defense even deeper. By adding Bush, the Chargers would be replacing Kyle Emanuel and could potentially be upgrading at the linebacker position. Devin Bush had 4.5 sacks and an impressive 66 total tackles, 8 of which were for a loss in his senior season at Michigan. He has some speed on him and has great play recognition.
29. Kansas City Chiefs
Jachai Polite, Edge, Florida
The Chiefs could find a diamond in the rough with Polite. In his junior season at Florida, Polite had 11.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for a loss. He is an outstanding run stopper and an even better pass rusher. Pairing him with Chris Jones and Dee Ford could make a trio that could shake up the AFC.
30.Green Bay Packers (Via trade from New Orleans)
Jonathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
The Packers are in desperate need of a safety after they shipped out Morgan Brunette and Haha Clinton-Dix. Abram isn’t an upgrade from either of them, but he is a solid pick at 30. Abram had 3 sacks and 2 interceptions last season at Miss St and is best when he is lined up at the line of scrimmage.
31.Los Angeles Rams
Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
The Rams could lose Lamarcus Joyner, so it would make sense to prepare for his departure and try to replace him. Luckily for the Rams Nasir Adderley is most likely to be on the board at 31. Adderley is great against the pass and especially in zone.
32.New England Patriots
Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
Unfortunately for the Patriots, it is time to “replace” Rob Gronkowski. On the bright side, Irv Smith is a very solid player. He is very solid against the run and even better as a receiver. In his junior season, Smith caught 44 passes for 710 yards and 7 touchdowns. Smith has a lot of speed on him for a tight end and the Patriots could strike another draft day steal.