We are going into new territory, as from here on out these are teams that either made the playoffs or were very close. In this instance, one player could drastically change the playoff hopes for one of these teams.
Without further ado, let’s get to it!
1:16 Baltimore Ravens
The Pick: Dalvin Cook, Runningback, Florida State University
The ravens have done A LOT to shore up one of the weakest secondary’s in the NFL. Much to my dismay they went and signed SS Tony Jefferson and just a few days ago went out and signed reliable Corner-back Brandon Carr. Adding on Eric Weddle, this Ravens defesse will become even scarier.
The Ravens continued their onslaught of the free-agency market by signing free agent running back Danny Woodhead. The running back position was one of weakness for the Ravens. and it has been quite a while since the Ravens had a true bell cow.
With the Ravens taking Dalvin Cook, they get a physical runner who is a three down back. While Christian McCaffrey is a better all-around back, the Ravens basically got that in Woodhead. Why not go after a true workhorse who can take 30 carries a game.
1:17 Washington Redskins
The Pick: Derek Barnett, EDGE Rusher, University of Tennessee
The Redskins have had a tumultuous offseason. With the circus that is revolving around former GM Scott McGloughon, and also Kirk Cousins, this team is in shambles. Losing your number one receiving threat, and two anchors on the defensive line is not good. With uncertainty in the front office, what do the Redskins do?
They started by signing stud D.J. Swearinger. After that, nothing has been done. With the Redskins losing a lot of defensive line depth, the pick of Derrick Barnett makes sense. While he isn’t as versatile as some of the other top defensive lineman, his ability to bring pressure off of the edge can surely help the Redskins. This team also HAS to draft best player available.
1:18 Tennessee Titans
The Pick: O.J. Howard
The Titans are hitting it out of the park. They signed one of the top run stopping corners in Logan Ryan. He has the ability to cover as well, which most likely addresses one of the biggest holes on the Titans roster.
With them taking another DB in the top 10, this pick is based upon hearsay. Multiple reports are coming out that the Titans wish to use schemes similar to the New England Patriots. In particular, their amazing 2-Tight End scheme.
With O.J. Howard, you’re getting quite possibly the best Tight End prospect in the last 5-7 years. Howard may not have the college production of some of his peers, but he has shown flashes of being special. His Senior Bowl practices forced him into the upper half of the first round.
1:19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Pick: Tre’Davious White, Cornerback, Lousiana State University
The Buccaneers are not the most visual appealing team in the NFL, let’s be honest. This team was blown out by teams they probably should have beat, and stayed competitive with some of the best. Jameis Winston flashed some greatness, but has a ways to go.
They went to Washington and picked Desean Jackson up to give Winston the top blowing deep threat he may have been missing. They then went and stole d-lineman Chris Baker from Washington as well. With Baker, they addressed a huge need along the defensive line.
With stars like Kwon Alexander, Lavonte David, and Vernon Hargraeves on the defense, LSU corner Tre’Davious White makes alot of sense. White can play on the corners, however he doesn’t have too just yet. With Grimes sticking with the Bucs for a little longer, this pick builds depth at a position they’ve been trying to fix for a while.
1:20 Denver Broncos
The Pick: Taco Charlton, EDGE Rusher, Michigan University
The Broncos took a huge step back in 2016, with TERRIBLE quarterback play in the form Trevor Semien and Paxton Lynch. With the QB position being in flux, the rumor mill has been running with names like Tony Romo.
However, if I am the Broncos I have other fish to fry. With the huge loss of Demarcus Ware, the Broncos will look to add onto a pass rushing unit that they love to have at least two deep. With Taco Charlton, you’re getting a 4-3 edge rusher. While this would be a huge disadvantage, the Broncos staff has always loved creating schemes around talented pass rushers.
1:21 Detroit Lions
The Pick: Jabril Peppers, Defensive Back, Michigan University
The Lions lost Calvin Johnson, and did not really miss a beat. Marvin Jones Jr. looked like an absolute steal. Both him and Golden Tate allowed Matthew Stafford to truly flourish. Theo Riddick dominated the touches in the backfield, and we finally saw that Eric Ebron is actually a good player.
In all honesty, most of the Lions problems are on the defensive side of the ball. With Darrius Slay and Ziggy Ansah being the only big producers, it’s time to add a defensive star. That star of course, coming in the form of Swiss Army Knife Jabril Peppers. Deandre Levy hasn’t been all that healthy the last few years, so there is a huge hole at linebacker. With Peppers, you get a player who can come down into the box and defend, while also covering tight ends in the slot.
1:22 Miami Dolphins
The Pick: Quincy Wilson, Cornerback, University of Florida
The Dolphins made a huge jump into the playoff conversation last year. With Jarvis Landry emerging as one of the top fifteen wide-outs in the league, The Dolphins were able to also develop a great run game which was led by sophomore sensation Jay Ajayi.
The Dolphins shored up the linebacking position with longtime Steeler Lawrence Timmons. With the trade for Julius Thomas, that most likely takes them out of the running for another receiving threat. With that being said, Reshad Jones could sure use some help in the secondary. As the safety of the Dolphins, Jones has had to deal with below average corner back play. That problem who get solved immediately as Wilson provides a fill-in spot and can contribute massively from day one.
1: 23 New York Giants
The Pick: Garett Bolles
The New York Giants rode the coattails of Odell Beckham to a playoff spot…right!? Well they did somewhat. The front office spent millions of dollars in the prior offseason to make the Giants defensive good. Boy did it work. Damon Harrison was graded as the best run stopper in football, Oliver Vernon produced with good sack production, and Janoris Jenkins entered his name into being one of the top ten corners in football.
That being said, what’s next? Well the Giants need to find a left tackle. Ereck Flowers is looking more and more like a bust with each passing day. Bringing in Garrett Bolles would give the Giants many options. For Bolles, he is perhaps the best tackle prospect in the draft. The issue being can he stay on the left side, or rather if he can play either tackles position. Personally, I believe Bolles would be a MASSIVE upgrade over Flowers.
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