The Chargers offensive line consists of left tackle Russell Okung, left guard Dan Feeney who can move to center if Pouncey gets injured, center Mike Pouncey, right guard Forrest Lamp, and right tackle Joe Barksdale. I'm not sold on Barksdale as the right tackle moving forward plus Williams can play right tackle for a year and possibly move to left tackle in 2019. He may even start out as a swing tackle. Either way, the Chargers surprise everyone who expects them to go defense and take the top offensive tackle on the board here at 17.
Seattle takes the best cornerback on the board. Josh Jackson is still a top 20 talent on tape even though he's not as fast as Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward. Josh Jackson will be the new face for Seattle's Legion Of Boom.
Dallas only drafted two receivers in the first round under Jerry Jones. Those guys were big bodied wide receivers Michael Irvin and Dez Bryant. Courtland Sutton is not the route runner that Calvin Ridley or Christian Kirk is in my opinion. However Dallas will look past that because Jason Garrett was at SMU's Pro Day.
Sutton didn't drop a single ball at SMU's Pro Day and even asked Garrett what other routes he needs to run or learn to run. Sutton may be raw on the surface, but many scouts believe he's got the highest ceiling at wide receiver because of his size despite this.
Someone close to Dallas believes Courtland Sutton impressed the Cowboys so much that he ultimately influenced Dallas to eventually release Dez Bryant. They also pointed out while Sutton doesn't have the route tree you want at this point, his work ethic and attitude outweigh his on the field football intangibles which are raw. Sutton was asking questions like what other type of routes do you want me to run do you want me to learn. He was very humble about his Pro Day and even followed up by being assertive with Dallas when meeting with them, plus Dallas is the team Sutton wants to go to so he's putting in the work to be a Dallas Cowboy.
It's unlikely Dallas goes defense at 19 unless they want a defensive tackle or linebacker. Randy Gregory is set to be reinstated and Jaylon Smith is working out without a knee brace for the first time since he was healthy at Notre Dame. That's why I think Courtland Sutton will be the pick at the end of the day.
Dallas is the one team I see taking Courtland Sutton much earlier then he should go. Courtland Sutton at 19 makes a lot of sense when you look at how Dallas has taken wide receivers since Jerry Jones bought the team. I love Christian Kirk on tape, but I don't see Dallas drafting a 5-10 Chicken McNugget over a 6-4 215 lb receiver like Sutton after releasing their biggest target.
Detroit goes with a defensive tackle here. With Haloti Ngata gone, I'm really asking myself if the combination of A'Shawn Robinson, Sylvester Williams, and Jeremiah Ledbetter is enough to put Detroit over the top. Payne is a blue chip defensive tackle just like Vita Vea and there is no reason for him not to be picked in the top 20. Detroit takes Payne and gets their best defensive tackle since Suh at 20.
Cincinnati takes cornerbacks in even numbered years. Dre Kirkpatrick in 2012, Darqueze Dennard in 2014, and William Jackson III were all drafted in even numbered years. It looks like they hit with Kirkpatrick and Jackson, but missed with Dennard. They continue this trend and take Jaire Alexander to be their nickel cornerback at 21.
Buffalo gets Isaiah Wynn to be Ritchie Incoginto's replacement at left guard with Ritchie Incognito retiring. The last time Buffalo took a left tackle out of Georgia his name was Cordy Glenn that worked out pretty well. If you draft Lamar Jackson or another quarterback at 12, then you have to bolster the offensive line at pick 22.
Wynn is fantastic in pass protection. He corrected his run blocking issues on tape at the 2018 Senior bowl. Wynn did not work out at the 2018 NFL Combine due to having shoulder surgery after the 2018 Senior Bowl. That caused him to miss Georgia's Pro Day too.
Wynn has the versatility to play left tackle, left guard, right tackle, or right guard. Someone at Georgia told me Isaiah Wynn was medically cleared from his shoulder surgery last week and that Chris Ballard worked him out at a private workout with the Colts being really impressed with Wynn. If this is true, Wynn will be picked on day 1 in the first round.
Watch this Wynn tape. You'll see why he belongs in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Patriots got this pick in the Brandin Cooks trade. They get their blindside to replace Nate Solder with this pick. Connor Williams is a tremendous value pick this late in the first round. Antonio Garcia lost 40 lbs after he had blood clots in his lungs as a rookie so he's now 252 lbs. If he puts the weight back on, he could be great, but I'm not that confident that Garcia will put that weight back on at the moment so I'm giving the Patriots Garcia.
The Panthers ignore need and take the best player on the board. Denzel Ward would be a great cornerback next to James Bradberry now that Daryl Worley got traded to the Eagles for Torrey Smith. Breeland did not pass his physical so Carolina released him which means Denzel Ward is still in play at 24. Ohio State has produced a factory of first round corners, but he's not this top 10 corner the media is hyping him out to be. Ward dominated the 2018 NFL Combine and while he's now my fourth best cornerback. I now have a first round grade on Ward, but I still like Minkah Fitzpatrick, Josh Jackson, and Donte Jackson better just based on the tape I've seen.
Tennessee gets a 3-4 middle linebacker with Avery Williamson being a Free Agent. Tennessee should take the top outside linebacker in Marcus Davenport here if they want to draft for value. If they want to draft for need, the pick will be Leighton Vander Esch. I'm not as high on his tape as most, but he did well in the 2018 NFL Combine and dominated Boise State's 2018 Pro Day so he gets picked by the Titans at 25.
Atlanta is hell bent on taking a defensive tackle at 26 unless they want to move up for Payne or Vea in a trade. Ricardo Allen can remain at free safety for now and Atlanta got Brandon Fusco as a right guard. Maurice Hurst is my top ranked defensive tackle on the board making him the pick here at 26. Hurst ran a 4.97 at Michigan's Pro Day despite getting dismissed from the 2018 NFL Combine due to a heart condition. Atlanta takes Hurst here knowing all the other four defensive tackles they wanted are gone.
Pittsburgh signed Morgan Burnett to pair with Sean Davis. With no middle linebackers worth taking here, Pittsburgh goes with DeShon Elliott out of Texas because he's someone who could be a long-term upgrade over Burnett once he gets faster and improves the way he moves his hips since he's pretty complete in coverage already.
Jacksonville no longer needs a left guard since they secured the top left guard in Free Agency with Andrew Norwell while re-signing Marqise Lee. Now Jacksonville has Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, and Dede Westbrook locked up as Blake Bortles wide receivers until 2021.
Jacksonville also got Austin Seferian-Jenkins as their new starting tight end. They also still have Marcedes Lewis and Ben Koyack for depth behind ASJ. I still don't trust any of those three tight ends, but Jacksonville addressed all of their needs and can take the best player on their board at 29 regardless of who it is.
Luckily for Jacksonville, Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki emerged into a first round prospect at the 2018 NFL Combine and built off his brilliant week in Mobile during the 2018 Senior Bowl. Jacksonville gets their starting tight end and another weapon for Blake Bortles at 29 here. Fournette is already an elite runner. Can you imagine how much more lethal he will be with a blocker at tight end like Gesicki? Gesicki also pass catches like a wide receiver catching short, medium, and deep routes so this is an awesome pick for Jacksonville. Jacksonville has great depth at the tight end position if Gesicki doesn't win the starting job, but I believe Gesicki has a chance to be special.
The Patriots use their pick at 31 on a pass rusher with 4.4 speed in Lorenzo Carter. New England has a lot of talent on their front 7, but they lack someone with Carter's speed off the edge and Carter could line up at 3-4 right outside linebacker off the edge or play 4-3 right outside linebacker next to Dont'a Hightower..