Free agency is pretty much on the quiet front with some players still trickling on to teams, such as quarterback Blaine Gabbert to the Tennessee Titans, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Los Angeles Rams. But now it’s all about the draft and filling the holes that will make or break a team. So here is my attempt at Round 1 of the NFL Draft.
Cleveland can’t afford to pass on a quarterback here. They have built their defense but the offense needs major help. Trading for QB Tyrod Taylor as a veteran will keep the Browns afloat if Darnold struggles but I don’t see that happening as all the tangibles needed to put the Browns in the winning column.
With the Odell Beckham Jr., extension request looming, QB Eli Manning will need as much help on the ground as possible. Barkley is the real deal and will bring excitement and different schemes for Pat Shurmur to deploy. This is a no-brainer. They can pick up a future back up in the second or third round.
Talk of “Broadway Mayfield” is a bit ridiculous. Head coach Todd Bowles wants a long-term QB with zip and a power arm to deliver to receivers that can ball out. Behind Josh McCown, who is injury prone, Rosen is a perfect pocket passer and can win over in training camp.
The Browns need a run game to go along their new QB, and Chubb will be perfect for Hue Jackson’s winning scheme. He runs with patience and has good high step and balance. Breaks plenty of tackles with great speed and burst.
PROJECTED TRADE WITH BRONCOS. I have the Bears trading up to get their guy by giving up a 4th rounder and 2nd rounder in 2019. Broncos can still address the safety position with defensive back Derwin James if DB Minkah Fitzpatrick is taken by the Bucs.
The Colts can no longer ignore the “elephant in the room”. They need a pass rusher. Their defense has struggled to generate any pressure off the edge and they have to be relevant against their division rivals.
MINKAH FITZPATRICK -DB, ALABAMA
Such an all-around player who can play safety, corner and nickel corner in sub packages. A talented playmaker who can make a difference against the run.
Niners defense will be rocking with the addition of cornerback Richard Sherman in free agency. Add Ward who has DB Kam Chancellor-type skills and he will impose hurt between the hash marks alongside Sherman.
The Packers are piecing together a young linebacker core and with linebacker Clay Matthews in his 30s, adding Vander Esch alongside ILB Blake Martinez will give their defense a one-two punch in the middle.