It’s every NFL fan’s favorite time of year, the beginning of the 2018 season, the Draft. I don’t know what it is, but something about the idea of a few players changing a franchise is exciting. Plus, as a big college football fan, seeing where all the top talent goes is fascinating.
Anyways, here goes nothing. I would guess that I get less than 25% of the picks right. I did minimal research and is going with my gut. I do have two trades in there based on stuff I have heard on radio/tv or seen online. We will see what happens. Also, revoking my man card for going to a concert with my girlfriend in Nashville instead of being on the couch all night.
1. Cleveland Browns – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
It seems like a no brainer here. Everyone and their mother says Josh Allen number one. He is the prototypical QB with cannon of an arm. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Browns went Sam Darnold here so if shit hits the fan, they can at least play the everyone thought he would be good card.
2. New York Giants – Saquaan Barkley, RB, Penn State
I can’t imagine the giants going QB here. They seem to believe Eli has some gas left in the tank, so they hold off on finding the next guy and take the most talented player in the draft. Barkley is a playmaker and will immediately make an impact.
3. New York Jets – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
The Jets refrain from going classic Jets and take Josh Rosen as opposed to Baker Mayfield. They obviously have a need and they give the rich kid from Cali a shot.
4. Arizona Cardinals (from Cleveland Browns) – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Word on the street is the Cardinals LOVE Baker. I HATE that motherfucker and hope he intercepts his way out of the league. Cleveland takes an offer they can’t refuse (not doing the research to figure that out) and move back.
5. Denver Broncos – Sam Darnold, QB, USC
There’s been a lot said about the Broncos trading back here and I wouldn’t be surprised if they do. However with Darnold somehow falling to them at 5, Elway can’t keep it in his pants and drafts the supposed top QB in this class.
6. Indianapolis Colts – Quenton Nelson, T, Notre Dame
Once again, lots of talk about a trade here. I think there’s a chance that might happen, but with the Colts maintaining Luck will be back this season, they assert themselves even more by drafting the best lineman in the draft to protect him, or Jacoby Brissett.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
It’s a toss up here between Derwin James and Minkah. I think the Bucs go Minkah here though. Although he had a less than stellar combine, his versatility is superior to that of James. Plus, there’s something to say about the winning attitude that comes with a Bama player.
8. Chicago Bears – Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
Everyone has Quenton Nelson here, but the Colts took him early and somehow Chubb falls in their lap. With needs all over the field, they take the 2nd best player in the draft and solidify a pass rush for the future. Could be another trade down spot or possibly an OL pick instead.
9. San Francisco 49ers – Tremaine Edwards, LB, Virginia Tech
The 49ers could really use some weapons for Jimmy G, but with the whole Foster situation, they go and get one of the top backers in the draft, solidifying the defense.
10. Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Uhhhh yeah this kid screams RRRRRRRRRRRRRRaiders.
11. Miami Dolphins – Vita Vea, DL, Washington
All of the QBs the Dolphins wanted are gone. I don’t see them wanting anything to do with Mason Rudolph. They could trade down here, but after losing Suh, they go with a solid D lineman here.
12. Buffalo Bills – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Funny how they hated Tyrod, but love Lamar. They have the same style of play. Lamar has a lot of work to do in terms of accuracy and the decision to throw or run. If he doesn’t get good at that, he will be the next RG3.
13. Washington Redskins – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
The Redskins need to fill holes all over the field. They go with the top player here, the CB out of Ohio State, the best one in the draft.
14. Green Bay Packers – Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
His draft stock keeps falling, but the Packers take a chance on him. The Packers D sucked ass all season and with the NFC North getting more talented on offense, it’s time to get someone to break up the pass.
15. Cleveland Browns (from Cardinals) – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE, Oklahoma
The Browns got some serious draft capital for the 4th pick. Most think they would take Chubb, but the combination of more picks and the addition of Okoronkwo accomplish the same thing and arguably more.
16. Baltimore Ravens – Derwin James, S, Florida State
Hard to believe he falls this far and if it were any other draft that isn’t QB-heavy, he probably would go in the top 5. That being said, reports say the Ravens love him and are praying he is available here. In this case, he is and they snag him.
17. L.A. Chargers – Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
I have no idea who this kid is but the Chargers O-line sucks and this seems to be the best tackle left.
18. Seattle Seahawks – Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
The Seahawks D will not even be nearly the same after the big name departures. Pete tries to rebuild the defense and starts with a sound CB to face the air-raid offenses of the AFC West.
19. Dallas Cowboys – Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
A lot of guys have Ridley here, but I think the Cowboys stay with a Texas product here. Multiple reports say he is a favorite of owner Jerry Jones and we all know who runs the ship over there.
20. Detroit Lions – Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
I actually played against him in basketball and football growing up. He was a house. Almost unstoppable as a running back. Albert Brier has the Lions taking Da’Ron Payne here, and considering his relationship with Matt Patricia, that’s probably good insight. But Payne seems like a flash in the pan. I think Patricia goes with the guy from up the road.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Calvin Ridley
The Bengals could go anywhere here. Holes all over the field. My guess is they go with a talented receiver to open up the field more for A.J.
22. Buffalo Bills – Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
The Bills get their QB and now go after an edge rusher to pair with Shaq Lawson. With the Patriots O-line in shambles, it seems like a great pick. Would also consider a possible trade down here.
23. New England Patriots – Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma St.
Let the shit storm begin. Billy B gets his revenge on Kraft and takes a QB with their first pick in the first round. Is Rudolph Jimmy G material, probably not. But many think he is an underrated guy in a QB heavy draft. The drama continues in New England.
24. Carolina Panthers – Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
No idea who he is.
25. Tennessee Titans – Harold Landry, DE/LB, Boston College
Tennessee had some serious issues on defense last year and a solid pass rusher would make life easier for their backfield. They complete their other off-season moves and give Mariota more offensive possessions.
26. Atlanta Falcons – Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
The Falcons had a bit of a Super Bowl hangover last year and it seems as if the defensive line could have set them apart. They are old at the position and a physical monster in the middle of the line will help plug some holes.
27. New Orleans Saints – Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama
New Orleans defense was scary last year and now they add a rotational guy to come in on 3rd down to terrify QBs. Brees could use some more weapons, but with the backfield solidified, they go with the defensive side of the ball with this pick.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
Surprising to be able to pick up a talent like Hughes this late in the draft. The Steelers were playing rookies in the playoffs last year in the corner spot, and they don’t want that to happen again. I’ve heard rumblings that the Steelers could trade up with the Bills to get the Rudolph ahead of the Patriots, with Big Ben’s unclear future.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
The Jags were a huge surprise last year and gave the Patriots a run for their money in the AFC Championship. What could get them to the next level? Another weapon for Bortles. Not mention all their receivers are gone.
30. Minnesota Vikings – Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
I figure the Vikings want to protect their new QB, Kirk Cousins. Just picked the top OL left on the board.
31. New England Patriots – Rashaad Evans, LB, Alabama
The Patriots D lost them the Super Bowl and Billy B won’t let that happen again. Everyone knows about the Saban-Belichick relationship and Billy B’s history with SEC linebackers. The Patriots fill a big need here and go after some no-name O-lineman to fill that void in the later rounds.
32. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles) – Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
The Eagles are a powerhouse and don’t need much more after coming off a Super Bowl win. They take some draft capital and move on. The Browns are looking to turn around their franchise. With a great draft last year and a QB and edge rusher picked in this draft, they move back into the first round and pick up a dynamic running back to pair with an already talented backfield.