So I was tempted to retake Baker Mayfield here, however John Dorsey and Hue Jackson did bring in Tyrod Taylor. I’d say Taylor’s playstyle is closer to Jackson’s than Mayfield’s. I like Mayfield’s big play upside, but Jackson has been so good since his rookie year and gives defenses fits.
I do what the Giants should’ve done in 2018. Eli Manning’s play is in a freefall, so let’s get the quarterback of the future. Josh Allen truthers will be here smashing their fists, but I still believe in Mayfield’s big play potential. He’s 12-26 for three touchdowns on throws of 20 yards or more this season.
The Jets need a quarterback, but maybe they won’t ruin Allen like they did Sam Darnold. Allen’s mobility gives him a chance behind a poor offensive line.
This was the right pick. After a stellar rookie season Ward suffered a bit of a sophomore slump. However he is back to form this season with six pass breakups and an interception.
While Bradley Chubb was a good pick here the Broncos drafted him more as a luxury. They still had Von Miller, Shaquil Barrett, and Shane Ray on the edge. Instead I go with the future Hall of Famer. They had Ron Leary, however he only played six games in 2018, so Nelson will slide in and dominate the interior for the next ten years.
Again I was thinking maybe Chubb here, but cornerback is such a tough position to get right. The Colts had Kenny Moore II in the slot and Pierre Desir on that outside. That’s it! Alexander is one of the best lockdown corners in the league.
Vita Vea is a great pick, but I value coverage more. James should have never made it out the top ten let alone to the 17th pick. The jury was still out on Jameis Winton, so maybe he gets Lasik a little earlier and earns a contract extension.
So I decide to draft the same position for the Bears, but I go with the better player. Leonard has been a stud since he came out and he was a steal for the Colts.
The Niners really needed a right tackle and Mike McGlinchey is tempting, however they have no one at receiver. I think Moore fits what Kyle Shanahan looks for in his receivers. Not only is he a big play threat down field, but in his first two seasons he had 19 carries with nine going for first downs.
The Raiders were so bad on paper that I just went with the best player available. Khalil Mack was just traded, so I just went ahead and grabbed his replacement.
So Ryan Tannehill is still at the helm for the Dolphins and for the most part they have a solid roster. However they lack playmakers on offense, but this is too early for my liking to draft a running back with exception. Barkley is that exception.
The Bills needed a quarterback desperately. Unfortunately the Bills offense at this time wasn’t much better than what he’s had with the Jets. The big difference is at least the Bills had a defense.
Washington had nobody at receiver outside of Jamison Crowder. I was between Ridley, Courtland Sutton, and D.J Chark for this pick. I don’t think there is a wrong pick here, however I just happen to like Ridley’s route running a bit more than the others.
I flipped between secondary and linebacker here given who is available. As bad as I wanted Fred Warner I went with the Fitzpatrick. The Packers just didn’t have ball skills at safety. Since joining the Steelers Fitzpatrick has seven interceptions and six pass breakups.
I was tempted to make this pick Josh Rosen! Looking at this team in 2018 there wasn’t a chance they would be competing, so I just opted to grab some weapons for the offense. With Sam Bradford’s limited arm strength a contested catch guy would do him good.
Unfortunately for the Ravens they won’t be able to get Lamar Jackson. It’d be nice to get an heir apparent for Joe Flacco, but all the worthwhile quarterbacks are off the board. The Ravens defense is still stacks, so I go with the best tackle in this class. I know it might be surprising, but there hasn’t been a better tackle in this class than O’Neill.
There aren’t many top offensive linemen in this draft class, but the Chargers still get to come away with Warner who could have easily been in the top ten in this draft.
This secondary was really bad for Seattle. Shaquill Griffin is the only player to emerge from this 2018 secondary, so I grabbed him one of the most underrated cornerbacks currently in the league. Since last season he has five interceptions with 28 pass breakups and this is guarding the likes of Julio Jones, D.J. Moore, and Michael Thomas twice per season.
Good players fall in every draft and for Vea the fall stops here. Vea doesn’t necessarily fit the Cowboys current defensive scheme, but you don’t pass on players of his caliber you scheme around them!
I’m going to save the Lions their 2019 first round pick by picking a better tight end. Andrews is sneaky good down field and one of the better blocking tight ends in the league.
Andy Dalton never stood a chance with how bad his offensive line was in 2018. They have Cordy Glenn at left and Smith has been solid on the right side for the Colts. Can you believe the Colts came away with Smith, Nelson, and Leonard with their first three picks in this draft!
Now that they have their franchise quarterback let’s do what the Jets failed to do and grab him some weapons. Chark is basically a tall John Brown with after the catch ability.
Landry is a guy just destined to play for a coach like Bill Belichick which resulted in former Belichick player, Mike Vrabel, drafting him.
The Panthers had no playmakers at receiver going into the 2018 season, so I grabbed them the speedster out of the Mountain West. Drops have been a big issue throughout his career, but there is no denying the big play potential.
The Titans picked up Jayon Brown in 2017, but I think it’d be smart to grab a running mate. The upside Vander Esch showed his rookie season edges out Roquan Smith here.
The 2018 season marked the beginning of the decline for the Falcons. As a result I think it’d be wise to grab some help on the right side of the line. While McGlinchey might not be the best tackle in this class, his play over the last three seasons warrants his status as a first round pick.
I think trading up for Davenport was a big misfire by the Saints considering what they gave up. Regardless Davenport has developed into a solid pass rusher across from Cameron Jordan registering 97 pressures and 13 sacks over 771 pass rushing snaps.
This time around I give Pittsburgh the safety they should have chosen. Terrell Edmunds has been bad. By comparison Bates has eight interceptions and 20 pass breakups over three seasons.
The Jaguars won’t find out till the 2018 season how bad of a mistake it was to extend Blake Bortles. I thought about Christian Kirk here, however I think it’s better to strengthen the offensive line. Wynn has been very good when healthy for the Patriots. This would allow Jacksonville to slide Cam Robinson to the right side.
Minnesota just recently released Pat Elflein, so getting Ragnow gives them a nice interior player to fall back on.
The Patriots took Sony Michel in the first round, but this time I got them the right Georgia running back. Chubb has been a monster since entering the league.
The Eagles at this point have an average linebacking core, but I just couldn’t pass up on the value. Smith when healthy has been very reliable and able to hold his own in coverage.