Picks: 10. Drew Lock, 41. Blake Cashman
Next years QB class is currently set to be worlds better than this years group. That may deter teams from mortgaging the farm for this class. If no one trades up and Drew Lock is there, he should be the pick. In my opinion, he is the most proven and pro ready QB in the draft. Linebacker is as important of a role as it gets in Vic Fangio’s defense, and the Broncos are lacking one who’s very capable in coverage. Blake Cashman is one of my favorite players in the class and a perfect scheme fit for the Broncos. A team Captain and a true leader, Blake loves the game and plays with a chip on his shoulder on every snap. He excels in coverage and has the potential to be, one of if not, the best Linebacker in the class.
Picks: 8. Greedy Williams, 43. Jaylon Ferguson
The Lions paid big for Slot Corner, Justin Coleman, but got a band aid in Rashaan Melvin. Greedy has extraordinary potential and will be great in Matt Patricia’s scheme, grooming behind All Pro Corner, Darius Slay. Jaylon Ferguson is an ultra-productive Defensive End, and the current FBS record holder in career sacks. He lives in the backfield and will give the Lions some much needed pressure on the QB.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Picks: 12. T.J. Hockenson, 30. Dalton Risner, 44. Darnell Savage
The Pack’ can finally get rid of the aging Jimmy Graham’s $12 Mil CAP hit and solidify the TE spot for the future. As an exceptional reciever and blocker, T.J. is about as plug and play as it gets and should do wonders, not only for the passing game, but for their outside zone running scheme as well. Dalton Risner should be able to step in at Gaurd if needed in 2019, but move out to RT as soon as Bryan Bulaga decides to hang it up… or just whenever he gets injured again. Darnell Savage is another one of my favorite players in this draft. Adding Savage allows the Packers to move Tramon Williams down into the slot and solidifies the Safety position as a whole next to Adrian Amos.
Picks: 23. Jonah Williams, 54. Yodney Cajuste, 55. Dre’Mont Jones
The Texans need a lot of help in the trenches, and that just so happens to line up well with the strength of this draft. Their Offensive Line has been abysmal the last couple of years. Deshuan Watson has managed to scramble and survive, but giving him some adequate protection up front should truly unlock his elite potential. Jonah Williams and Yodney Cajuste are both very talented Tackles that should be more than capable of protecting Deshuan Watson throughout the rest of his career. Dre’Mont Jones will also be big a big help in the trenches, but on the other side of the ball. His explosive ability to shoot gaps will really make Quarterbacks consider calling in sick before playing against him, Clowney, and J.J. Watt.
Picks: 26. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, 34. A.J. Brown, 59. Zach Allen
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is considered by many to be the best safety in this class. He and Malik Hooker should solidify the Safety position as a whole for the next decade. A.J. Brown is a big slot receiver who is almost a perfect compliment to T.Y. Hilton. He’ll be able to command some of T.Y.’s attention and really unleash his game on the league. Zach Allen is a big, high effort, high IQ Defensive End that should be able to step in immediately, opposite Justin Houston. He has excellent burst off the snap and NFL ready play strength.
Picks: 7. Andre Dillard 38. Irv Smith Jr.
The Jaguars addressed the QB position in free agency by bringing in SB52’s MVP, Nick Foles. Now they need to focus on giving him the tools to succeed. Andre Dillard is the best pass blocking Offensive Tackle in this draft and the only first round worthy LEFT Tackle. Nick undoubtedly loved throwing to Zach Ertz, as he received 25.6% of the targets with Nick under center. The Jaguars need to give Nick a go to target at Tight End and Irv Smith Jr. can be that guy.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Picks: 61. Rock Ya-Sin, 63. Elgton Jenkins
With Mahomes, the Chiefs will find themselves in a lot of shoot outs, which puts an even higher premium on the defense and particularly, the Cornerback position. Rock Ya-Sin has first round potential and fits that scheme well. If he’s there at the back of the 2nd, he’ll be a steal. The Chiefs lost their Center, Mitch Morse to the Bills in free agency. On an Andy Reid offense, that may very well be the most important position on the field. Elgton Jenkins should be able to start sooner, rather than later, and excell for the Chiefs down the road. The Chiefs lost both Justin Houston and Dee Ford this off-season, so adding a pass rusher is definitely possible. The recent trade for Frank Clark allows the Chiefs to not force a pass rusher, but L.J. Collier would make sense here at 63 if either Elgton or Rock are gone.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Picks: 28. Dexter Lawrence, 60. Max Scharping
Dexter Lawrence is probably the drafts biggest victim. He is a REALLY good Defensive Tackle, much better than Vita Vea(Drafted 12th overall) and Da’Ron Payne(13th overall), yet here he is at the back of the 1st round. Dexter is perfect for Bradley’s 2 Gap scheme. He’s grown accustomed to demanding, and fighting through, double teams. With plus functional power and athleticism, Max Scharping has a lot of potential at Tackle. If he can get better consistency with his footwork, he can be a very good player for a Chargers team that needs help up front.
LOS ANGELES RAMS
Picks: 31. Jerry Tillery
The Rams lost Ndomakung Suh this off-season. Jerry Tillery is an excellent replacement. Capable of starting day one, with the potential to be a VERY good player by year 3.
Picks: 13. Dwayne Haskins, 48. Kaleb McGary
The Phins’ miss out on Drew Lock, but land a player that was considered by many to be the best Quarterback in this draft(before Kyler committed to football anyway). With his 70% completion rate and his 50 Touchdowns against only 8 interceptions, Haskins is the best pocket passing QB in this draft. The only problem is that he’s not the most mobile of guys, so protecting him is a must. Kaleb McGary should help with that.
Picks: 18. Cody Ford, 50. Erik McCoy
The Vikings need to revamp their Offensive Line as a whole. Cody Ford is one of the best Lineman in this draft. He also comes with some versatility, he could play at a high level as a Guard or Tackle, but should be tried at Tackle first for the Vikings. Erik McCoy will likely be gone inside the top 50 picks, but if he’s there, he’s too good to pass on. Erik has held down the ‘Center’ of the fort for the Texas Aggies for three years now and even became a team captain in 2018. He’s ready to step in on day one and help lead a Minnesota Offensive Line that was in full disarray last year.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Picks: 32. Chase Winovich, 56. Jace Sternberger, 64. Marquise Brown
New England lost Trey Flowers and Adrian Clayborn this off-season. The addition of Michael Bennett will help replace that production for now, but they definitely need more for the future. Insert Chase Winovich. His motor never stops. He plays with 110% effort all game long and has the character to thrive with Belichick. With Gronk’s retirement, Brady suddenly loses his favorite safety net, and Hall of Fame Tight End. He’ll need someone to fill that void, and I think Jace Sternberger is just the man for the job. He lit Texas aTm up last year, and proved he’s ready for the pro’s. Personally, I have serious doubts about Marquise Brown. Weighing in at a dissappointing 166 pounds at the combine is a big red flag to me. There are genuine concerns about how long he’ll be able to play in this league. I’ve got to hand it to him though, the kid has talent. Leave it to the Patriots to, once again, pick up the small reciever and make him great.