#1: Cincinnati Bengals: QB Joe Burrow (LSU)
There is no doubt that the Andy Dalton rein is over in Cincinnati. With the season Joe Burrow is currently having at LSU, it would be hard to “pass” on him. Pending any extenuating injuries or a dramatic drop in performance, he should be a lock for the first QB taken in the draft. If the Bengals remain as terrible as they currently are, they will undoubtedly finish with the #1 pick. Burrow could hopefully turn the tides in Cincinnati going forward.
#2: Washington Redskins: DE Chase Young (Ohio State)
With Washington currently averaging 133.9 Rushing Yards/Game, it would be silly for them to pass on one of the top defensive prospects the draft has to offer. Chase Young certainly comes with some potential baggage. However, he is explosive and could easily assist the Redskins secondary by providing a dominant pass rush as well. If he isn’t taken here, he’d certainly be taken by another team trading forward fairly quickly.
#3: New York Giants: OT Andrew Thomas (Georgia)
There was a part of me that felt giving Daniel Jones another receiving tool would make the most sense. But currently, the Giants rank #24 in pass rush protection. If Daniel Jones is being looked at as the QB of the future, it would make the most sense to give him as much protection as you can now. Andrew Thomas, as of now, may be the only viable option for the offensive line. This particular draft isn’t as stocked as past drafts for Offensive Lineman.
#4: Miami Dolphins: QB Justin Herbert (Oregon)
Miami will probably choose the best QB available no matter where they pick in the draft. However, it would make the most sense to go with a defensive player as they rank #31 in PPG allowed. But let’s be honest, it’s the Dolphins, nothing they do makes sense. Herbert has been considered by many to be the most NFL ready QB coming into the draft. It would be hard to say no to him, should be still be available for Miami.
#5: New York Jets: WR Jerry Jeudy (Alabama)
I haven’t given up on Sam Darnold, and neither should you. With this year lacking in OL depth in the draft, it would be of value to give Darnold another tool. It wouldn’t be a bad decision to give your future QB a threat on the outside to rely on, either. With both Darnold and Jeudy being young, they could also build chemistry as the years go on. If their pass game increases, perhaps fantasy owners would be more content with Le’veon Bell’s weekly performances as well. Or, I suppose, lack of performances.
#6: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Jeff Okudah (Ohio State)
Currently, Tampa Bay ranks at the worst position for PPG allowed. Though their rushing defense ranks #2, they are also #31 in pass defense. If you’re a QB, you want to play the Buccaneers on game day. Jeff Okudah is currently one of the top ranked defensive players in the draft. He is also ranked #1 for secondary defensive players, which makes him the best option for Tampa Bay. But really, Tampa Bay needs help everywhere, so it wouldn’t be a terrible decision to trade this pick for stockpile of draft picks either.
#7: Denver Broncos: WR CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma)
Hopefully, after multiple years of failed draft picks, Elway will rely on his fellow counterparts for assistance. The Denver Broncos defense has performed well enough all year, they could warrant an offensive pick as their first pick. Plus, whoever they decide to go with at QB next season wouldn’t say no to another receiving threat. If Teddy Bridgewater or Cam Newton signed with Denver, a threat of Lamb, Fant and Sutton wouldn’t be unattractive.
#8: Atlanta Falcons: DT Derrick Brown (Auburn)
Remember the 2017 Super Bowl? We all know the Atlanta Falcons defense does. Currently the Falcons rank on the bottom 20% in the NFL defensively. Derrick Brown is ranked as the #1 DT on the board, and he could immediately come in at make an impact. Should Atlanta remain in the top-10, any defensive selection would be a fine addition. But for now, a defensive lineman to clog the middle is their best choice. Brown has potential Pro Bowlers written all over him. Some even compare him to Chandler Jones.
#9: Arizona Cardinals: S Grant Delpit (LSU)
Had the Arizona Cardinals secondary showed up this past weekend, the San Francisco 49ers could be a two-loss team. But alas, the leagues worst passing defensive came through when it mattered. And by came through I mean they were busy eating their Big Macs instead. Grant Delpit could compliment Patrick Peterson, and together they could both become dominant Leaders.
#10: Detroit Lions: LB/S Isaiah Simmons (Clemson)
My initial thought was having Detroit draft an OL, but they currently rank #8 in the league so this pick shouldn’t go to waste. Isaiah Simmons is one of the most talented defensive players on the draft. With this pick, the Lions should be finding a potential Leader for their defense. They currently rank #30 in Yards Allowed/Game. Simmons could come in and instantly help fill one of their glaring weak spots on defense.
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