Below is Volume 1 of my NFL draft predictions for each squad, a day after a few of the college prospects set the league’s scouting combine on fire.
Be sure to follow along for updates as we count down the days before the 2018 NFL draft descends upon Jerryworld (April 26-28) in Arlington, Texas.
Please raise your antennas: the quotes and comments below are mine alone, but the takes are fire and pretty damn accurate …. for March.
1) Cleveland Browns: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Player analysis: If they don’t take Barkley here, the G-men will scoop him at No. 2. Don’t get too cute, Cleveland. Take the stud running back whose tape (game and
Fan reaction: Saquon is going to bring the “bark” back to the Dawg Pound. Believeland!
2) New York Giants: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Player analysis: Is Eli Manning really done or has he played like hot garbage because both of his tackles play on skates more than the New York Rangers? If it’s the latter, pick the dude who can at least solve one of those issues.
Fan reaction: Of course, we go with the most unsexy pick but if it reduces the high amount of Eli Face we see throughout the season and
3) New York Jets (from Indianapolis Colts): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Player analysis: If players aren’t prepared for media attention in New York, it’ll eat them alive. Rosen has the skills, football IQ and demeanor to thrive in the Big Apple. This could’ve been a good spot for Baker Mayfield but the Jets’ brass like quarterbacks who aren’t knee-high to a gum drop (Bryce Petty is 6-foot-3 and Christian Hackenberg is 6-4).
Fan reaction: Boooooooo! Not for Rosen. That’s for Goodell! J-E-T-S, JETS! JETS! JETS! We’re coming for you, Tommy Boy!
4) Cleveland Browns: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
Player analysis: Hugh Jackson needs to win right now. If he had enough pull to keep his job after winning one game in two seasons, then he has enough to sign a veteran QB who will help him win immediately while continuing to improve the roster through the draft.
Fan reaction: He’s not the tallest guy on the yard but he’s fast … but can he cover Antonio Brown? Because if he can’t hang with AB, we have no use for him.
5) Denver Broncos: Vita Vea, DT, Washington </strong></p>