Matthew Evarts Contributing Writer
With the draft coming up on April 27, there is a lot of talk about who should be drafted where. Here are my picks:
1. Cleveland Browns- USC QB Sam Darnold; Browns traded for Tyrod Taylor in the offseason. That gives the Browns a big QB to let Darnold develop into an NFL ready QB. He has the arm talent to be a star in the league for the next 10-15 years. No way the Browns pass on a QB for another year.
2. New York Giants- Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson: Many people want them to take Penn State University RB Saquan Barkley but this is a very rich RB draft where they can draft a QB in the second or third round. What the Giants really need are good solid offensive linemen. They signed Nate Solder to help booster one of the worst offensive lines in the game. With this pick they will use the Cowboy’s blueprint to a great offensive line and draft Nelson.
3. New York Jets- University of Wyoming QB Josh Allen: The Jets have a good roster on paper, the only thing they are missing is a good QB that can lead them into the playoffs. That is where Allen comes in. Allen is the strong-armed QB that the Jets need. With comparisons to Carson Went, Jets will get their QB of the future.
4. Cleveland Browns- University of Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick: Cleveland needs a lot of help after their 0-16 2017 season. One of those problems is cornerback. Fitzpatrick will be the key to their defense this season. He gives that defense a leader. Has the ability to play anywhere on the field. Whether you need him to play on the outside, at safety or in the nickel, he will play it best.
5. Buffalo Bills-Trade With Broncos- UCLA QB Josh Rosen: After just trading Tyrod Taylor to the Browns for a 3rd Round Pick, they really need a QB to lead their offense. Signing AJ McCarron isn’t going to help them go anywhere. That signing was to use McCarron as a bridge QB so Rosen can learn how to be an NFL QB.
6. Indianapolis Colts- North Carolina DE Bradley Chubb: Indianapolis’ defense is very poor. With the addition of Chubb, it will improve the defense so much because they are getting the best pass rusher in this year’s class.
7.Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Penn State Univeristy Saquan Barkley: With the departure of Doug Martin, the Buccs need a solid running back to pair with Jamies Winston in the backfield. Barkley will give the Buccs a big and tough RB that will make them a really good offense this season. They do need other help on defense but they can’t turn down a top-notch RB.
8. Chicago Bears- Ohio State CB Denzel Ward: Chicago’s main need for the team coming into the offseason was a wide receiver. However after signing receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Dontrelle Inman that need has been solved. That completes what they need on offense, now they need to turn to a rising defense. The defense’s major hole is at cornerback and Ward will be a good addition. Urban Meyer had always prided himself on having good players from the secondary come from OSU and Ward will be another one.
9. San Fransisco 49ers- University of Texas San Antonio LB Marcus Davenport: San Fransisco needs defense help and the first step is drafting the best linebacker in this year’s draft. Last season they drafted DE Soloman Thomas and pairing those two very good pass rushers will give them a scary front seven going into the 2018 season.