Andrew Harbaugh | September 8th, 2019
We have a full slate of NFL games today to kick this 100th NFL season into full gear but it also means we are inching closer to the 85th Draft in league history.
After the trade filled weekend, we just had we now have two teams with multiple first-round picks in Oakland and Miami. Miami seems to be in the driver’s seat for the top pick in the draft based on the eye test of their roster but we always have surprises when the season actually plays out.
We also have interesting storylines where teams may be looking to replace star players. Do the Raiders draft a replacement for Antonio Brown? Do the Colts draft someone to sit and grow under Brissett? What is going to happen to former top picks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota? All of these will make for a fun draft season in the buildup to Las Vegas in April.
*Disclaimer: Draft order is based on Vegas Betting Odds entering this past Friday.
1. Miami Dolphins- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
While many analysts and draft writers will be writing in either Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert here I will not be. They have no surrounding weapons for any incoming or current quarterback on the roster so by taking Jeudy they give whoever they have under center an immediate top-level receiver in the league.
2. Arizona Cardinals- Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
This offensive line let Josh Rosen and Sam Bradford get demolished last year so after taking Kyler Murray number one this year they must address this need. Who better to improve your offensive line than the best tackle in the draft in Thomas.
3. Cincinnati Bengals- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Two Alabama players in the top three, specifically a quarterback and receiving duo. I don’t know if this has ever happened but for Cincy, they have a new offensive mastermind as a Head Coach and Andy Dalton just isn’t it. Let him draft his guy to build around in Tua.
4. Buffalo Bills- Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State
Last year Buffalo let one of the best players in the draft, Ed Oliver, fall to them and again just that has happened here. The Predator, Chase Young, brings an immediate top-level pass rusher to complement Oliver on the outside and gives Buffalo one of the best pass-rushing duos in the league.
5. Detroit Lions- A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa
Who knows if Matt Patricia will be in Detroit after this year but if he is he will continue to build his dream defense. He landed Trey Flowers to man one side of the edge and he pairs him with Epenesa to, just like Buffalo, give him a solid pass-rushing duo. The league is all about the quarterbacks and what better way to stop the likes of Rodgers, Cousins, and Trubisky than to pressure them.
6. Washington Redskins- Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Since the tragic passing of Sean Taylor, they have been looking for his replacement. While for LSU Tiger Laron Landry was touted as his replacement this Tiger in Delpit is the real deal and complete safety to lead the Redskins defense for years to come.
7. Tennessee Titans- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Titans brought in Ryan Tannehill to back up Marcus Mariota and I bet this year we see some Tannehill when it comes to starting games. That being said, neither are the answer in Nashville and hearing the name Justin Herbert will be music to Titans fans ears.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
This 2015 quarterback class wasn’t very good with its first two picks, was it? With the Titans moving on from Mariota first, now Tampa moves on from its turbulent passer in Winston. Fromm would be the perfect answer to the Bruce Arians system and could thrive in it similar to Carson Palmer did in Arizona.
9. New York Jets- Tristen Wirfs, OT, Iowa
While the Jets filled out the interior offensive line they now fill out the edges to protect their franchise passer in Sam Darnold. Keeping Darnold upright and creating lanes for Le’Veon Bell will be pivotal to the success the Jets have going forward.
10. New York Giants- Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
If the Giants somehow found a diamond in the rough in Daniel “Dangerzone” Jones, they have to give him weapons. They traded away Odell Beckham Jr. but in drafting Henry Ruggs III they give Jones a great compliment to Saquon Barkley with this pick. Ray Garvin is comparing him to Tyreek Hill and that honestly isn’t too far off base with Ruggs.
11. Denver Broncos- Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
The Broncos extended Chris Harris Jr. for one year but he isn’t the long term solution, but Adebo can be. The top corner in the class would go to Denver and would continue the recent turn around in solid drafting from John Elway.
12. Las Vegas Raiders- Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Yes, they lost Antonio Brown but they have more needs on defense still than offense. They cut Brandon Marshall and have been searching for linebacking help for years at this point but they also need safety help. This pick kills two birds with one stone for Las Vegas. Oh, and why am I calling them the Las Vegas Raiders? Because by draft time they should have moved headquarters barring any setbacks so why not get ahead!
13. Jacksonville Jaguars- CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Jacksonville has given Nick Foles the big money but receivers like Dede Westbrook and D.J Chark are not team-leading receivers. CeeDee Lamb can be the Jaguars’ top receiver and the type they have been missing since losing Allen Robison to free agency.
14. Carolina Panthers- Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
Did I mention losing someone to free agency? The same applies to this pick here. Carolina hasn’t had a reliable lockdown corner since losing Josh Norman and in taking Bryce Hall they get a long-armed, lockdown corner perfect for receivers like Julio Jones and Mike Evans who have ruled the NFC South.
15. San Francisco 49ers- Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin
Joe Staley seems to be losing a step but they have Mike McGlinchey in waiting to man the outside of the offensive line so why not sure up the middle with best interior lineman prospect in recent memory. Tyler “Badass”, as I have so elegantly dubbed him, is exactly what Shannahan needs for his offensive line in his system, Biadasz can be his Alex Mack that he has been missing.
16. Baltimore Ravens- Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Baltimore has been playing hot and cold with Jimmy Smith for what seems like years at this point and in taking Fulton they give themselves a lockdown corner with some edge. A perfect Baltimore pick to help maintain the excellent defensive play they have held a league-wide standard of for years.
17. Miami Dolphins (via HOU)- Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
I will be honest, I’m typing this after watching the LSU-Texas game and is this an overreaction? Maybe. Is this me listening to my cohost Dan Barnes for the first time? Yes. Burrow may be the draft darling we all don’t know is in our laps. He will probably be a Senior Bowl invite and from that point on I am expecting this hype train to have left the station, I am just buying my ticket early.
18. Atlanta Falcons- Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn
With the Falcons extending Grady Jarrett they have a great interior pass rusher so why not team him up with another who can also stuff the run? Brown and Jarrett would be a blast to watch on Sundays in the Dan Quinn defensive system.
19. Seattle Seahawks- Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
I am not a D.K. Metcalf truther nor am I a believer in a receiving corp that has Tyler Lockett as its top target. Now if you add Laviska Shenault to it? Count me in. He and Russell Wilson would be a match made in heaven and fill the Doug Baldwin role seamlessly.
20. Minnesota Vikings- Raekwon Davis, IDL, Alabama
In a division that has Aaron Jones, Kerryon Johnson, and David Montgomery you need to be able to stop the run and while Linval Joseph is a great player why not relieve some stress for him by drafting Raekwon Davis? Davis would also provide pass rush on a team that already finds the quarterback often but they do that by avoiding double teams which this pick helps with.
21. Dallas Cowboys- Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
They locked up Zeke, Collins, and Jaylon Smith. Cooper and Prescott aren’t far behind for extensions which means a player like Byron Jones could be the odd man out in Dallas. Drafting Okudah allows him to be passed along without missing a beat on the defensive front. Okudah is my top corner prospect and on an already impressive Dallas defense, he may put them over the top and towards a Super Bowl.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers- Julian Okwara, Edge, Notre Dame
Cam Heyward is getting up there in age and T.J. Watt has been hot and cold since coming to the Burgh so why not add some more edge pass rush help. Okwara may not be here come April depending on the year and draft process he has but for now, this is where he is but don’t be surprised if he climbs draft boards as the process plays out.
23. Cleveland Browns- Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Cleveland is quietly building one of the best defenses in the NFL but they continue to struggle at times in the passing game. McKinney would complement Pro Bowl safety Damarius Randall along with breakout rookie Denzel Ward. The team drafted Greedy Williams this past year but they will continue to build the defense in 2020 with McKinney at this point.
24. Los Angeles Chargers- Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Chargers fans, I don’t think at this point Melvin Gordon is walking on that field anytime soon. So why not draft the best pure running back in college football? He would be perfect for Papa Phillip Rivers until he retires and then by establishing a strong run game with Taylor you help whoever replaces him by giving them that safety valve.
25. Oakland Raiders (via CHI)- Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Another linebacker? Yep. Dylan Moses is a top-five player in this draft and after he tore his ACL in practice before the season he will probably fall in the draft. The Raiders need as much defensive talent as they can get there hands on so why not take a top player when he falls to you?
26. Philadelphia Eagles- Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State
The Eagles traded away Michael Bennett to New England this offseason, which seems to be a popular place to go these days. When they won the Super Bowl they did it with the top-end pass-rushing ability and having a revolving door of rushers as to stay fresh. The Eagles start to build that back up with this pick.
27. Green Bay Packers- Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
The Packers have about three backup options to Davante Adams at this point but no one can seem to claim the role, Jalen Reagor can though. He would be the perfect slot receiver and reliable weapon the Packers have been missing and he can also fill that Randall Cobb role to a tee.
28. Indianapolis Colts- Brandon Jones, S, Texas
The Colts drafted Malik Hooker as a top fifteen pick in 2017 but he has battled injury time and again. Opposite Hooker is Clayton Geathers, who isn’t setting the world ablaze, meaning they need some safety help. Brandon Jones is behind Delpit on everybody’s safety rankings but he is still a solid run helping safety that the Colts have been craving.
29. New Orleans Saints- C.J Henderson, CB, Florida
If you told me before the year that C.J. Henderson would be in my first mock as the 29th overall pick I would have called you crazy but here we are. Injury and subpar play have dropped his draft stock personally but his athletic profile and ability keeps him in the first round and make him a steal for the Saints here.
30. Los Angeles Rams- Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise State
A defensive line of Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, Dante Fowler and Curtis Weaver? Yeah, that’s about all that needs to be said about this pick here. Weaver would feats off the lack of double teams he would face being on this line and could be a double-digit sack guy year after year in this Wade Phillips system.
31. New England Patriots- Grant Calcaterra, TE, Oklahoma
Do they finally draft a Gronk replacement? I think so. Hollister will not be the long term solution and Calcaterra is a fun Mark Andrews type of tight end that would thrive with Tom Brady in the short term and Jarrett Stidham in the longterm.
32. Kansas City Chiefs- Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
The Chiefs brought in Tyrann Mathieu this offseason but they still need corner help. Diggs may develop into a top corner for the team that drafts him so at the end of round one why not take him if your Kansas City to get that extra year of development on that contract.
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