We’ve been talking about the draft for ages now and it’s finally here. Some teams have shuffled up and down the board, so I’m just going to give my last thoughts on what a few teams should do for this draft. These are the most-talked-about teams this offseason and they’ve done the most moving around the draft board. They all have some serious decisions to make because they’re all fringe teams that could decide if they’ll be good or not just from this draft.
Browns- Picks #1 and #4
I’ve been pretty consistant saying the Browns should take Sam Darnold at #1. I think Cleveland is the best fit for him being a big, durable quarterback. But I also think Saquon Barkley would be a nice fit here too. If the Browns want to get crazy, and why not?, let’s trade up with the Giants, give them a pick and take the first two picks in this draft locking up Darnold and Barkley. They really have nothing to lose. They’ve been losers forever. That would be a move that would get the fan base back in their corner and give people some hope for next season. The Giants are dying to drop a few spots so they don’t feel forced to take someone they don’t want to take. I think it would be a good move for both parties. The Browns have already blown it with countless quarterbacks like Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz. It’s time for them to not suck anymore. Go for it.
Giants- Pick #2
As I just said, I feel the Giants are in a position where they have a much higher pick than they want and are looking to trade back so they can take someone like a Quenton Nelson or maybe even a defensive back. I just went through that Browns scenario which I think would be beneficial to both teams. Maybe the Giants can finagle some more picks out of the Browns and cash in with multiple picks down the road. If they wind up dropping in the draft, Quenton Nelson needs to be on their list. He’s probably the surest option of any player in this draft. He’s going to be an elite guard in this league for years. I think he would be great to take even at #2 because I think he’s worth it and he’ll be alongside Nate Solder, which could bolster the running game with any running back. Unfortunately, there’s some bigger fish out there that the Giants could be kicking themselves at if they don’t take. So if they stay at #2, I’d say take whoever the Browns don’t take between Darnold and Barkley. I think you win either way with those guys. With Barkley, you put yourself back in contention this upcoming year. With Darnold, you have your future set up and Eli won’t be weighing on your mind as much. But what they need to do is, whoever they take, they need to make sure they’re getting a franchise player because this isn’t a team that picks in the top five often. This is the year to take advantage and get your future star. That could also be Bradley Chubb, who’s flying under the radar now. He’s the best pass rusher in this draft and the Giants just dropped JPP. Could they possibly sit at #2 and take Chubb? I’d rather go offense with this particular team, but Chubb would definitely be a stud in New York. They have one pick this round and they can’t have everybody, so as long as they take either Darnold, Barkley, Nelson, or Chubb, they’ve done good.
Broncos- Pick #5
The Broncos could be playing spoiler for one of the teams around them. They’re sitting pretty right now at #5. They already have their quarterback in Case Keenum. They have a stacked defense. And they can wait back to draft some wide receivers in the second and third rounds. I think they’ll do something crazy and take someone and ruin another team’s draft. I think a huge power move would be taking Bradley Chubb if he falls because we know the Jets aren’t taking a quarterback and the Browns drafted their pass rusher last year. That just leaves the nervous Giants who are desperate for a later pick. And the Colts right behind them would be the most likely candidates to take Chubb. So I think Denver’s most boss move would be take Bradley Chubb and beef up that already elite defensive line. Or if they want to go conservative, they can just go with an O lineman like Quenton Nelson or Orlando Brown and ruin it for the middle round teams that need a lineman. Or they might just take a quarterback and have them and Case battle it out in the preseason. I really like where the Broncos are and there’s no pressure on them in my eyes.
Colts- Pick #6
The Colts were a lock to get Bradley Chubb at #3, but they found a desperado in the jets and switched to the 6th pick, also locking up multiple picks down the road. If they somehow STILL wind up with Bradley Chubb, good on Chris Ballard. That is a win in the offseason if I’ve ever seen one. You trade back in the draft, locking up multiple picks and you still get the guy you were going to take at #3? That’s such a win. The only thing that could derail that is what I just talked about and the Broncos seeing this unfold and block that from happening by stealing Chubb. Or the Giants can panic and take a defensive lineman at #2. I’m very interested to see how this particular pick goes because if Chubb winds up with them, look out for the Colts next year because with all the turn over they’re going to have, a young core will develop in this organization and we could see the Colts back to winning form. If Chubb is gone, however, there’s some conversations to be had. Who do they take then? Well I’m not sure. They could panic and take themselves a quarterback and look to ease Andrew Luck out the door. Maybe they go linebacker because they’re short on them; maybe Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edmunds. Maybe they go corner because they need those too and draft Denzel Ward. Or maybe they go offensive line and take a Quenton Nelson. They have so many options to consider if Chubb falls off the board and I can’t wait to see what happens here.
Jets- Pick #3
I really think the Jets could’ve gotten their guy at #6. I happen to think they’re taking Mayfield and if that’s the case, I know they could’ve gotten him at #6. I think they gave up way too much and gave the Colts a Christmas gift with all those picks they traded. All the Jets can hope for is that they made the right move and get their future franchise quarterback. The schedules just got released and they have arguably one of the easiest, so things are lining up for them already. Now they just need to not strike out on this pick. I think it has to be either Mayfield or Darnold for them. I wouldn’t consider any of the other quarterbacks worth losing all those picks for. Like I said, I think they could’ve gotten Baker at #6, but if they want to jump up to make sure they get him, fine. If they somehow have Sam Darnold fall into their lap, even better. But it has to be one of those two guys.
Cowboys- Pick #19
Well there isn’t much moving the Cowboys can do. We all know what they need- wide receivers. They just need to execute in this draft. I’m sure they’ll have the lot to choose from at 19. Maybe Calvin Ridley will be gone, but other than him, it’s open season on receivers. Christian Kirk would be a great take at #19. I also think a bigger receiver like James Washington or Courtland Sutton would fill the Dez void if they want to go that route. They just need to make their decision and get themselves some targets this offseason.
Bills- Picks #12 and #22
I have a sneaking suspicion the Bills are going to make a move and look to jump to a high pick to get their quarterback. I feel they could land on a couple of quarterbacks that make it through the initial scrum if they sit on #12, like maybe Lamar Jackson or whoever the Jets don’t take. So that could mean they have a selection of two of the trio of Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Josh Rosen. I seriously think at least ONE of those guys will fall right into the Bills’ laps at #12; maybe even two. But then again, the Giants are a major candidate to trade back, so maybe the Bills can make a swap and get that second pick; that way they have carte blanche on the quarterbacks. I’m certain they will be taking a quarterback with their first pick. I don’t think they have to trade up, but if they’re looking at one certain guy and not waiting to see who falls, they’ll move up.