With no hesitation, Burrow is the pick here for the Bengals and should step in and compete for the starting job in training camp for Cincy. Joe Burrow possesses all the tools needed from a franchise signal caller, is accurate and can make all the throws at the NFL level. Burrow has got the "it" factor and will immediately make players around him better. This time last year, it was all about Tua going #1 but that has completely changed not only due to the injury to Tagavailoa but more-so because of Burrow's progression and success. Zero chance this pick is traded or that any other player is considered here for the Bengals. Book it.
#2 overall - Washington Redskins Select Chase Young | DE | Ohio St.
Much like Burrow for the Bengals - this pick is a no doubt about-er. Chase Young is considered by most to be the top prospect in this years draft and one of the most highly touted pass rush prospects amongst the likes of Julius Peppers, Mario Williams and Von Miller. Although Washington has a plethora of needs and their defensive line probably isn't their weakest link, that still won't stop them from adding Young to an already promising group of pass rushers including last years 1st round rush LB/DE Montez Sweat and pro bowl calibur DT, Jonathan Allen.
#3 overall - Detroit Lions Select Jeff Okudah | CB | Ohio St.
This has been a popular trade scenario here typically between the Dolphins however, it remains to be seen whether or not Miami will ultimately need to move up to grab their man or stay put at #5 and still get Tua. If the Lions end up making the pick at #3, it's got to be Okudah. They traded Darius Slay and his replacement Desmond Trufant is not a long term solution for the Lions. Okudah is far and away the top CB in this draft class, with the talent and skill level of the likes of a Jalen Ramsey. He should make an immediate impact for whoever picks him and contend for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
#4 overall - New York Giants Select Andrew Thomas | OT | Georgia
With holes all over, on offense and defense - the Giants elect to protect their investment from a year ago by selecting the first team all american tackle to secure Daniel Jones' blindside. Isaiah Simmons makes sense here as well but, without a formidable offensive line, the Giants can't expect Jones or now third year RB, Saquon Barkley to continue to progress. Thomas is highly regarded is the top offensive lineman in the ultra-competitive SEC and appears to be more NFL ready than his offensive tackle counterparts in this years draft. Tristan Wirfs will also get a look here but, I think Thomas, the safer choice, will ultimately be the pick.
To trade up or not to trade up? The Dolphins could essentially be gambling with their future by staying put at #5 and electing not to trade up to ensure they end up with Tua however, the only way they won't get Tua by staying at #5 is if another team trades up ahead of them to grab him. The Chargers seem very content on taking Justin Herbert and the Panthers just gave Teddy Bridgwater a 3-year deal so, the only team that makes sense to leapfrog Miami would be the Jacksonville Jaguars who certainly have the firepower to do so. Much like the Dolphins however, the Jaguars really can't afford to be giving away the 1st round picks they received as a result of moving disgruntled stars this past season leaving their rosters void of talent.
#6 overall - Los Angeles Chargers Select Justin Herbert | QB | Oregon
With Philip Rivers heading to the Colts - the quarterback position obviously becomes a huge priority for the Chargers as they move into their new home they will be sharing with the LA Rams, SoFi Stadium. With potentially two quarterbacks off the board when they make their pick, arguably the most talented QB in this years draft class, Justin Herbert will should still be on the board. Herbert has a huge arm and is as athletically gifted a QB as we've seen in the NFL at his size (6'6" 238). He reminds me of Josh Allen and/or Ben Roethlisberger with the way he is able to extend plays and make the big throws. Herbert is my #2 QB in this years class and it wouldn't be surprising if the Dolphins took him ahead of Tua, in which case Tua would be the pick here for L.A.
The Panthers went through a massive roster overhaul this off-season and their biggest holes were left by the surprising retirement of MLB Luke Kuechly and nearly their entire defensive line has departed via Free Agency. Isaiah Simmons will get a look here but, there is no way Brown makes it past the Carolina Panthers here at #7. Derrick Brown is massive and a freakishly gifted athlete for his size (6'5" 326). He is monster in the run game and a relentlessly disruptive against the pass. Brown is a scheme-proof defensive lineman and will make an immediate impact for Carolina.
It's amazing to think that the Cardinals were able to acquire Deandre Hopkins this off-season and still managed to keep their 1st round pick but, they did. Good thing too because, they could use some help keeping Kyler Murray's jersey clean and giving him time to find his now very impressive wide receiver group. Wirfs will get several looks from other teams prior to this pick and the Cardinals are fortunate the most athletically gifted lineman since Tyron Smith falls into their lap here. Wirfs played mostly RT at Iowa although, Arizona would like him on the left side, having already re-signed D.J. Humphries to man the right.
Could the Jaguars give up on Minshew Mania after just one partial season and trade up to get Tua or Herbert? Maybe. But, after the fire sale they put on this off-season it would be wise to stay put and replenish their roster or even trade down with a team in win-now mode like the Buccaneers and stockpile even more picks. If they stay at #9, Isaiah Simmons would be interesting. Simmons possesses a rare combination of size, speed & versatility that makes him a truly special talent. He is a rangy playmaker that, while ultra versatile, teams seem to view him as a LB whose best asset is his coverage and those don't get taken in the top 5 of the draft unless they can rush the passer similar to someone like Von Miller. I think Simmons is best suited at Safety, and with the Jaguars rostering a similar LB in Myles Jack and signing LB Joe Schobert; Simmons may end up at Safety.
#10 overall - Cleveland Browns Select Jedrick Wills, Jr. | OT | Alabama
With the regression of Baker Mayfield and a chemistry that never materialized consistently enough with OBJ; it got ugly in Cleveland early on. It's easy however to remain optimistic about the potential the team has after another big off-season where the Browns added Austin Hooper, making him the richest TE in history and also paid big money to lure RT Jack Conklin over from the Titans. They will ideally continue to follow the trend in the trenches by completing their pair of bookends with this pick. Wills is certainly good enough of an offensive tackle to be long gone by this pick so the Browns should be ecstatic to be landing this caliber of player.
#11 overall - New York Jets Select A.J. Epenesa | DE | Iowa
There's no question the Jets need help in several spots, with WR being one of them so, Jeudy, Lamb or Ruggs III could be seriously considered at #11 for New York. After trading Leonard Williams away last season, there's a gaping hole on the Jets' D-line and Epenesa has the tools to be a dominant difference maker at the next level, similar to the impact Cameron Hayward, Cameron Jordan and J.J. Watt have made to their respective teams. Epenesa has great size (6'5" 275) and is versatile enough to flourish in any scheme. He's a smart, caveman strong dual threat lineman that would be a great compliment to DT Quinnen Williams.
#12 overall - Las Vegas Raiders Select Jerry Jeudy | WR | Alabama
With the talent to certainly be a top 5 pick in any draft, the Las Vegas Raiders should feel like a bunch of kids on Christmas morning while stepping up to the podium to select Jeudy, who is one of the better receiving prospects we've seen in recent years. There happens to be another WR prospect of his caliber in CeeDee Lamb whom, I would not be surprised if he were the pick instead considering both players, while possessing different styles, are 1A & 1B in this draft in terms of talent. Jeudy simply is everything you look for in a receiver, size, speed, great hands, excellent route running - his game reminds you a lot of O'Dell Beckham, Jr.
#13 overall - San Francisco 49ers(via IND) Select CeeDee Lamb | WR | Oklahoma
With the pick the 49ers received in the trade for DT DeForest Buckner, they may take a long look at DT's Javon Kinlaw OR Ross Blacklock. However, considering they have another 1st round pick to address that position, they won't pass up the opportunity to address one of their weakest spots and select a top 5 level talent in electrifying playmaker, CeeDee Lamb. CeeDee has the speed and hands that nearly mirrors the game of former Houston Texan, Deandre Hopkins. The 49ers are desperate for playmakers at the WR position and you couldn't ask for a better prospect to bring into the fold. Much like Vegas with Jeudy; the 49ers strike gold here with Lamb.
#14 overall - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Mekhi Becton | OT | Louisville
I could easily see Tom Brady's Buccaneers moving up in the draft to get somebody they really like - anywhere between picks 3-9 but should be able to land an immediate difference maker at #14 and Becton would be just that. The mammoth 6'7" 365 lb phenomenon could be gone before this pick if an unexpected team takes an offensive lineman but, this is about where a player of Becton's skill level compared to his peers in this years draft should go. The Bucs two main areas of concern is their O-Line and their secondary so, they may consider someone like C.J. Henderson or even Xavier Mckinney here or in a trade down scenario. Keeping Brady upright however, will take priority.
#15 overall - Denver Broncos Select Henry Ruggs III | WR | Alabama
The Broncos appeared to be on their way to another year of their rebuild but, John Elway appeared to have a little something else in mind after trading draft assets to acquire CB A.J. Bouye, DT Jurell Casey & making a big splash by landing RB Melvin Gordon. The Broncos seem optimistic about their young would be franchise signal caller, Drew Lock and will look to add to his arsenal with the speed burner, Ruggs III. The WR factory over in Alabama pumps out yet another freakishly talented pass catcher who looked like Usain Bolt while running a 4.28 at the scouting combine. Ruggs looks like a clone of Tyreek Hill, and if he's able to make anywhere near the impact Reek has, this Denver offense could be something special to watch.
The Falcons do not seem to have recovered from their once 25-point breakdown in the super bowl a few years ago and with Matt Ryan appearing to be on the downswing, could Atlanta target a new franchise QB? Jordan Love would certainly be intriguing however with $100m owed to Ryan over the next 3 years - we might be slightly ahead of the curve on that one. Kinlaw & Blacklock would get a long look but that secondary needs playmakers and you won't find one much better than C.J. Henderson. Prototypical cornerback in nearly every category; he'll make an impact on day 1.
Jerry Jones has made it a point to address the trenches so far this off-season by adding a few aging vets and will look to continue that trend with some highpowered youth with Javon Kinlaw. Kinlaw is a massive interior lineman at 6'5" 324 lbs with a unique combination of size, athletic ability and power. He could use some work on his technique but, new Cowboys, Gerald McCoy & Dontari Poe will surely teach him a thing or two. Dallas could be eyeing some secondary help after losing Byron Jones to free agency as well. Kristian Fulton, Trevon Diggs, A.J. Terrell & Xavier Mckinney all make sense here too; Kinlaw simply presents too much value to pass up here.
Miami had the leagues worst pass rush in the NFL a season ago and it must be addressed. As a team, Miami produced just 3.5 more sacks than NFL sack leader Shaq Barrett (19.5) amassed by himself last season - certainly not something you can ignore. High Character, high motor guy that is also a supreme athlete which is a rare combination however that didn't necessarily translate into eye popping production as Chaisson has dealt with some injuries during his collegiate career including a torn ACL which caused him to miss the entire 2018 season. Still, K'Lavon (Kuh-Lay-Vahn) has the kind of upside that a team in this range could see reward being worth the risk.
#19 overall - Las Vegas Raiders(via CHI) Select Kristian Fulton | CB | LSU
If Fulton falls to the Raiders at #19 they would win the draft on the spot. This guy has the talent to go within the top 10 picks of this draft and may not make it past Dallas at #17 when it's all said and done. Watching Fulton move is like watching a figure skater on ice; he's that fluid. He excels in man coverage and has the size (6'0" 200 lb) and speed (4.46) to match up with any receiver in the NFL. The Raiders have been busy adding veterans and retaining their own this offseason but failed to address the CB spot so, it is almost a forgone conclusion they will select a CB with this pick. If Fulton is off the board - A.J. Terrell would likely be the pick as long as Mayock doesn't fall in love with Javon Kinlaw.
After trading away Calais Campbell and cutting Marcell Dareus - the Jaguars will look to Ross Blacklock to fill the void and create havoc up front which, should help their 2019 1st round pick DE Josh Allen continue to develop along with their earlier 1st round pick Isaiah Simmons. Blacklock is yet another freakish athlete at DT which appears to be a trend at that position in this draft. He is quick & explosive at the point of attack and versatile enough to play in any defensive alignment. The Jaguars could look at QB Jordan Love in this spot if they aren't convinced Gardner Minshew can be the guy there. Another option would be Josh Jones at offensive tackle.
#21 overall - Philadelphia Eagles Select Josh Jones | OT | Houston
Huge position of need as the Jason Peters era is all but over in Philly and with Halapoulivaati Vaitai also leaving the team in free agency, Philly wastes no time in finding reinforcements. Jones is a little raw but is blessed with the physical tools to excel at the next level. The Eagles may decide bringing back Peters for another year could help the rookie and expedite his progression. Coming into the off-season, CB was a major concern however, the Eagles addressed their needs in the secondary by trading for Darius Slay and also signed Nickell Robey-Coleman. They will take a hard look at WR's Justin Jefferson & Tee Higgins but likely won't pass on the more valuable position of need here.
Minnesota made one of the more significant moves of the offseason this year by trading star receiver Stefon Diggs. In this deep draft class, they will look to replace him early. Jefferson has good size for the position at 6'1" 202 and silenced some doubters about his speed by running a 4.43 at the combine. He also has exceptional hands and great ball skills. Minnesota will also put a heavy emphasis on addressing their secondary with Xavier Rhodes & Trae Waynes gone. Safety Anthony Harris playing on a franchise tag also so, Xavier Mckinney or A.J. Terrell would be logical choices here.
#23 overall - New England Patriots Select Yetur Gross-Matos | DE | Penn St.
For any other team losing a player like Tom Brady, the obvious choice here would be QB Jordan Love. The Patriots however, don't do things like everybody else and will likely select a QB in the 2nd round at the earliest. I expect them to go after Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts; but not here. Gross-Matos is a very promising pass rusher and he can do it standing up or with his hand in the ground. He grades out as a 4-3 defensive end at 6'5" 266 and New England traditionally runs a 3-4 alignment but he's got a fairly large frame that he could easily add another 10-15 pounds on if they want him to play end or they can use him purely as a rush OLB.
Re-signing Drew Brees ensured that the Saints will continue to contend for a Super Bowl for the next two years. With their offense pretty set, expect a heavy focus on adding playmakers to bolster the defense. Kenneth Murray would be a great compliment next to breakout OLB Demario Davis for the Saints. Murray's size (6'2" 241), his sideline to sideline speed skillset is reminiscent of a poor man's Patrick Willis but, is not nearly as instinctive as Willis. A solid tackler and can also rush the passer due to his physical skill-set but, his technique will need to be coached up at the next level. The Saints could also target a CB (A.J. Terrell ) here or a defensive lineman (Yetur Gross-Matos/Neville Gallimore) in this spot as well.
After replacing Stefon Diggs by adding a WR a few picks earlier, the Vikings will most likely be targeting their favorite CB left on the board which will be A.J. Terrell if he is still there. Minnesota lost three cornerbacks this offseason including, Xavier Rhodes & Trae Waynes. Terrell is a big (6'1" 195) physical corner with world class speed (4.42). He won't be a pick machine at the next level but, isn't afraid of taking on the other teams top receiving threat. If Terrell is gone at this pick, the Vikings will look at Stefon's brother, Trevon Diggs or TCU's Jeff Gladney in this spot.
#26 overall - Miami Dolphins(via HOU)Select Austin Jackson | OT | USC
With their third 1st round pick of this year's draft, the Dolphins find themselves in position to add yet another impact starter. Considering they traded star left tackle, Laremy Tunsil and were tied for giving up the most sacks in the NFL season ago, the offensive line is a major priority. Jackson is extremely athletic for his size (6'5" 322) and with a little work on his technique and overall strength could end up being one of the steals of this draft. Miami could take Jackson with the 18th pick and no one would bat an eye. Getting a player like Jackson at this spot is a prime example of why I don't think the Dolphins would give the pick away just to move up two spots in the draft like most people do.
The Seahawks will be eyeing offensive line help, as only 8 teams in the NFL gave up more sacks than the Seahawks last year and will be very happy if a tackle like Austin Jackson or Josh Jones is still on their board when they make this selection. They likely won't however. It seems like forever ago when Earl Thomas & Kam Chancellor were holding down the safety spots in Seattle and they will look to add some punch back there with the selection of Xavier Mckinney. He is considered by most draft pundits as the top safety in this draft class (if you exclude Isaiah Simmons), and although he isn't overly big (6'0" 201) or fas(4.63) t - he makes up for it with his high football IQ. Mckinney can also mix it up rushing the passer and is a player that just finds himself around the ball.
The Ravens still have some uncertainty when it comes to their pass rush after franchising and failing to reach a long term deal with OLB Matthew Judon however, they will at least have him for another year or could deal him before or during the draft. There isn't a pass rusher in this spot worthy of the pick so, they will look to add to their arsenal on offense. A Swiss army knife type WR, Laviska Shenault, Jr. will bring yet another dimension to an already dynamic offense and compliment Ravens offense very well. Shenault, Jr. certainly isnt the best route runner or a speed burner but, he is still supremely agile and athletic. He has excellent hands, impressive catch radius, which helps with a QB that isn't the most accurate and isnt afraid to get in the dirty areas.
The Titans seem poised to allow standout CB Logan Ryan walk in free agency this off-season although, he remains unsigned to this point. Whether or not they re-sign him, Diggs could still be the pick and most certainly a CB will be taken here if they don't. In another draft with less top end talent at CB, Diggs could easily be the top CB several draft classes. He is long and rangy and has supreme ball skills which should translate into an annual 5-7 interception caliber of corner at the next level. Diggs could certainly be off the board at this point in which scenario the Titans will look at another corner like Jeff Gladney or DT Neville Gallimore. I wouldn't be surprised to see TE Cole Kmet in this spot either.
#30 overall - Green Bay Packers Select Jalen Reagor | WR | TCU
Jalen Reagor is a super shifty and agile receiver that is explosive in small areas. The Packers don't have much in terms of playmaking pass catchers outside of Davante Adams and adding a new "toy" like Reagor for a gunslinger like Aaron Rodgers could elevate this offense to epic proportions. Reagor needs to work on his route running and won't make spectacular catches consistently although, that won't be much of an issue with an accurate QB like A-A-Ron. The Packers could look at adding a TE in this spot or one of the top Offensive Guards in this spot as well.
#31 overall - San Francisco 49ers Select Grant Delpit | S | LSU
After coming up just short in the Super Bowl, the 49ers continue to eye playmakers in this draft to put them over the top. After adding a top 5 talent like CeeDee Lamb with their first pick, they address the other side of the ball Grant Delpit. If Delpit duplicated his successes from 2 seasons ago when he was named 1st team All-American; he'd be a top 15 pick. A few technical adjustments can propel this do-it-all safety to one of the better safties in the NFL. He has Earl Thomas-like potential and could be one of the steals of the draft. San Fran could also look at an Offensive Guard here.
#32 overall - Kansas City Chiefs Select Jeff Gladney | CB | TCU
The Super Bowl Champion and cap strapped Kansas City Chiefs luckily come into this years draft with few glaring holes however, they let Kendall Fuller go and will look to address the cornerback spot early. Jeff Gladney is a physical and feisty corner that won't shy away from competition. He is a bit undersized at 5'10" 191 but, his tenacity and quick feet make up for it. Played entire 2019 season with a torn meniscus and ran a 4.48 at the combine despite the injury. Gladney is one of three TCU players that could be selected in the 1st round this year.
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