By Christian Coppola
NFL Comparison – Aaron Rodgers
2. New York Giants – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Although the Giants are in need of a QB of the future I think Gettleman will stick with Eli and try to find guys that can help their future Hall of Fame Quarterback succeed and get to another Super Bowl. Barkley is arguably the best overall football player in this draft and I find it to be almost impossible to pass up on a guy like this. Having a weapon in the backfield like Barkley and arguably the most exciting player in the league in Odell will automatically put this team back into a competitive style of play. Saquon will take so much attention away from Odell and the rest of the offense that the opposing defense will just have to pick which star on this Giants offense will have a big game. Between Engram, Shepard, Odell, and Barkley its just impossible to game plan for all of them. Gettleman will take the workhorse with the second pick and add supporting players in the later rounds with all the picks they acquired this offseason with trades. With all these weapons and the running game of Barkley, Eli will be able to play until he’s 50. Whoever gets Barkley will most likely have the Rookie of the Year and possibly a future NFL Hall of Famer.
NFL Comparison – David Johnson
3. New York Jets – Baker Mayfield QB, Oklahoma
After trading up to the third overall pick in the draft it seems pretty obvious that the Jets are looking for a Quarterback. With a surplus of available Quarterbacks to draft at three, I think the Jets will take Baker Mayfield. All offseason the talk has been that the Jets are tied to Mayfield. Baker’s personality and hype screams New York and I think New Yorkers would love to have another big personality in the Big Apple along with Odell. There have been a lot of negative comments about Baker due to his off the field antics and size. I think Baker puts those comments to rest as soon as he starts his career. The passion and love for the game that Baker has will affect this team to a un measurable level. All of what Baker is and will be is exactly what the Jets need. I think Baker Mayfield will be the next face of the NFL and have the Giants and Browns shaking their heads in disappointment for not taking him earlier. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Mayfield and the rest of the New York Jets holding up a Lombardi in the next few years with Baker leading them there.
NFL Comparison – Steve Young
4. (TRADE) Buffalo Bills– Josh Rosen QB, UCLA
Coming off a good 2017-2018 campaign the Bills seem to be getting better year by year. Now that Tyrod is gone the Bills will be looking for their new franchise Quarterback and this year is a great year to go find one. Buffalo does not want to go through another playoff drought like they did before last season. They moved up from 21 to 12 and now probably to 4. It’s not every year where you can get a top Quarterback with the fourth pick in the draft. Buffalo will take advantage of Rosen falling to four and get their new face of the franchise. Rosen could be the number one pick if it wasn’t for Darnold and the rest of this impressive draft class. I think Rosen is very underrated due to the attention that Darnold and Baker get and will eventually become an All – Pro in the near future.
NFL Comparison – Peyton Manning
5. Denver Broncos – Minkah Fitzpatrick CB, Alabama
After a disappointing few years coming off the Super Bowl win, the Broncos are in need of young talent. Their star players of this team are aging and are heading to the end of their prime. The exit of Talib will hurt this defense significantly due to his reputation of being arguably the best corner in the league. Fitzpatrick will be a perfect fit for this once dominant defense and can play both Safety and Cornerback. In a division where offense is dominant, the Broncos need to have a strong defense and secondary to handle the dominant forces of both the air and ground game of the Chiefs, Raiders, and Chargers. With Harris on one side, Roby in the slot, and Minkah roaming at both Corner and Safety, it will seem as if Minkah is a younger and improved Talib.
NFL Comparison – Champ Bailey
6. Indianapolis Colts – Quenton Nelson OL, Notre Dame
Indianapolis is in shambles right now and need to get them selves together quickly before Luck’s time has run out. The Colt’s biggest need is to protect the injury prone Andrew Luck. Luck hasn’t had a good offensive line in his whole career and has both suffered and succeeded. It’s going to be exciting to see what Andrew can do with a healthy and talented offensive line. With Andrew throwing behind a rock solid Offensive Line we shouldn’t be surprised to see this team quickly racking up the wins and finding themselves in playoff contention once again. Nelson will quickly turn into Luck’s new best friend and protect him for the next 10+ years as Jeff Saturday did for Peyton Manning many years ago.
NFL Comparison – Zack Martin
7.Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Derwin James S, FSU
Tampa had the most disappointing season last year out of the 32 NFL teams. They were projected to go at least .500 and probably make the playoffs. This projection did not come true at all. Everything Tampa did was the complete opposite of success. Defensively the Bucs were one of the worst in the league and offensively they just never seemed to be able to get it going. Tampa needs to reboot and add a player that can make this team excited to play every Sunday. Derwin James will be that guy for Tampa. James is arguably the best overall player and athlete in this draft. The talent and super stardom of this prospect is almost impossible to ignore. The run stop ability and coverage skill of this playmaking safety will immediately turn this defense in the right direction. Derwin will undoubtedly turn into a future Pro – Bowl Player and maybe even the Defensive Rookie of the Year next season.
NFL Comparison – Jamal Adams
8. Chicago Bears – Bradley Chubb DE, NC State
Although Chubb was projected to go at three to Indianapolis before they traded down, he will fall to eight only because of the team needs and defensive style of play. The pass rush ability of the NC State Alum is first overall level of skill but its just unfortunate how good this 2018 class is. Chubb will fit in nicely with this prototype defense on the other side of an improving Leonard Floyd who will eventually come into his own. Bradley will have an immediate impact on this defense and will get after Rodgers, Stafford, and Cousins for the next decade.
NFL Comparison – Cameron Wake
9. San Francisco 49ers – Tremaine Edmunds LB, Virginia Tech
San Francisco will be the most exciting team to see in the 2018 – 2019 NFL season. Garoppolo is coming off a 5 – 0 season and will look to lead this team to a few Super Bowls for the next 15 years with his $100+ million contract. The recent infusion of talented youth on this team is nothing but exciting. The presence of Rueben Foster and addition of Sherman on defense makes this unit one to be reckoned with. Drafting Edmunds will make this line backing core undoubtedly the best in the league. Two elite Linebackers at the ages of 23 and 20 will carry this defense till they retire and be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Edmunds is an outstanding Linebacker and can do everything a Linebacker should be able to do. The coverage and run stop ability of this savage will have defensive coordinators quitting their jobs and finding a new career. Edmunds is a heat-seeking missile on the field and the duo of Foster and Tremaine will be basically impossible to game plan against.
NFL Comparison – Ryan Shazier
10. Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Oakland had one of the worst defenses in the league last year even with the reining DPOY on their team. Khalil can’t do it himself and needs help on a struggling Defense. Roquan Smith is the definition of a sideline-to-sideline Linebacker that every team dreams of having. Smith is a complete Linebacker and can impact the raiders right away especially in a high-powered offensive division. Smith is a great first draft pick for the Raider’s new $100 million coach, Jon Gruden. Roquan will quickly gain command of this defensive unit and will take pressure of off Mack and let him get back to his old ways.
NFL Comparison – Dieon Jones
11. Miami Dolphins – Vita Vea DT, Washington
With the exit of Suh the Dolphins are left with a large hole in the middle of their defense. With an aging Wake and lack luster Line backing unit, this defense is headed towards a long season. Vea is this draft’s top defensive tackle and could possibly fill the hole of losing Suh. Vea is a tremendously strong force in the middle of a defensive line and can impact both the passing and running game. Although Vea will be a star for this team, the future does not look bright for this franchise.
NFL Comparison – Kawaan Short
12. Cleveland Browns – Denzel Ward CB, Ohio State
I think Cleveland makes a good decision in trading down to 12 while acquiring multiple second and third round picks from Buffalo. The Browns really need secondary help after the disappointment of Jabrill Peppers, release of Joe Haden, and loss of Jason Mccourty. Denzel Ward is a highly talented corner who is drawing comparison to his past teammate and Defensive Rookie of the Year, Marshon Lattimore. Ward is a safe pick at 12 and will definitely be a better than decent Cornerback in the league. Cleveland will be more than happy with taking their new starting Corner and still adding more picks later in the draft.
NFL Comparison – Joe Haden
13. Washington Redskins – Mike Hughes CB, UCF
The Redskins are unfortunately on a declining path. The defense is aging and not looking to be a top youthful defense anytime soon. Although Norman has been holding down the left side of this Washington defense, this team just cannot find a corner to compete on the right side. Breeland has had some awful games the past season and has ultimately lost this team some games. With Breeland off the team the Redskins have to look for a new young corner to play opposite of Norman. Hughes is a good fit for this team and is an underrated player in this draft.
NFL Comparison – Casey Hayward
14. Green Bay Packers – Marcus Davenport DE, UTSA
Defense for the Packers is the biggest need in this draft. Clay Matthews and the rest of this defense are aging and haven’t been playing to a successful enough level over the past few years. This team every year is projected to make a run but the defense always negatively impacts this franchise. Green Bay needs a new impactful player on defense that can change the momentum of the game and there is no better way to do that than getting sacks. Davenport is a predominant pass rusher and is exactly what this team needs. Marcus is the guy that can close out the game in the fourth quarter and get Rodgers back to the Super Bowl at least one more time.
NFL Comparison – Julius Peppers
15. Arizona Cardinals – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Arizona is definitely entering a rebuilding stage with the exit of Arians, retirement of Palmer, and aging roster. They have multiple special players on their roster but the Quarterback position is empty and without a talented leader under center, David Johnson and the rest of the Offense will struggle. Josh Allen looks to be the answer for this Cardinal team. During the combine Josh launched a ball 70 yards and had everyone in the stadium in disbelief. This strong-armed Quarterback is looking like a steal at 15 and will hopefully be the future for the Cardinals. The new face of the franchise will create a dynamic duo between him and his superstar running back.
NFL Comparison – Carson Wentz
16. Baltimore Ravens – Calvin Ridley WR, Alabama
The Baltimore Ravens need help in basically every single position on the field. This franchise has had its highs over the past several years but is on its way to a future pit of misery. Flacco and this offense are cringe worthy and really needs to add young talent at all positions. Year after year the receivers for the Ravens have been significantly less than decent. Wallace was not the answer and Crabtree is now over 30 years old. If Flacco wants to continue his up and down career in the NFL he drastically needs a new playmaker to throw to. Ridley is the best receiver in the draft and is a perfect fit for this offense. The Alabama Alum is a straight up playmaker and can take the top off of a defense. The speed and down field playmaking ability of Calvin is similar to the young Torrey Smith who was a huge asset for Flacco during their Super Bowl campaign. Baltimore finally gets their long needed wide out and starts to have some impact on offense.
NFL Comparison – Torrey Smith
17. Los Angeles Chargers – Mike McGlinchey T, Notre Dame
Other than San Francisco, the Chargers will be one of the most exciting teams to watch in the 2018 – 2019 NFL Season. This team if full of young talent and has multiple playmakers on both offense and defense. Although this franchise has talent all over the field, the player who makes this team run is Rivers. Without their fearless leader the offense does not move. The Chargers have done a great job of making the best of this offensive line by adding Okung last year, drafting Lamp and Feeney, and signing Mike Pouncey in this years free agency. The Chargers will add a stud to this improving line by drafting Mike McGlinchey. McGlinchey is a stone wall and will more then likely be placed at Right Tackle. Adding an elite Right Tackle will finish off this offensive line. Okung, Feeney, Pouncey, Lamp, and McGlinchey will look to protect Rivers and open holes for Gordon for the next few years. Do not be surprised if we see this team making a run deep into the playoffs in the upcoming season.
NFL Comparison – Tyron Smith
18. Seattle Seahawks – Connor Williams T, Texas
This past year has been the worst season for the Seahawks in the past several years. Seattle missed the playoffs and looked to be as one of the less talented teams in the league. The Legion of Boom has come to an end with the exit of Sherman, future exit of Thomas, and possible retirement of Chancellor. The Seahawks now need to add foundational players for the future of this franchise. The best way to do that is creating a strong offensive line. The offensive line of Seattle is probably the worst in the league. Wilson was running all over the field last season trying to get away from opposing defensive lineman. With a terrible offensive line Russell was still able to get his name into MVP consideration which starts to make you think how good he could be a with a decent line. Williams is a perfect player to take in the first round and will immediately increase production of the offense. If the offensive line can improve, Wilson and the rest of this team can reboot and get back to their winning ways in future years.
NFL Comparison – Jake Matthews
19. Dallas Cowboys – Da’Ron Payne DT, Alabama
Dallas has done a great job in creating a successful offense by drafting Elliott and Prescott in the 2016 NFL Draft. It is now time for the defense to improve and allow for Zeke and Dak to catch fire once again. The emergence of Demarcus Lawrence has shown promise for this defense but it seems like Lawrence is the only bright spot on this unit. The Cowboys need to solidify the defense and they need to start up front. Payne is an athletic interior defensive lineman and can have an impact right away. This Alabama stud can play the rush and pass to an elite level and work well with a super star in Lawrence next to him. The addition of Payne will not completely change the success of this defense but it is a good start.
NFL Comparison – Sheldon Richardson
20. Detroit Lions – Derrius Guice RB, LSU
Detroit hasn’t had a feature back since Barry Sanders. Stafford can’t throw the ball 40+ times a game anymore and rely on throwing three touchdowns to be competitive. Guice gives Stafford a solid running game and consistent play. Derrius is an all around back that can stay on the field all the way through 3rd down. Having Guice and Abdullah in the back field will create matchup problems for opposing defenses and take significant weight of the back of there $100 million Quarterback.
NFL Comparison – Ezekiel Elliott
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Will Hernandez G, Texas – El Paso
The Bengals need to solidify a declining offensive line. Dalton isn’t a great Quarterback and can get the job done if and only if he is standing upright. The emergence of Joe Mixon has shown hope for this offense and is another reason to improve the offensive line. Hernandez is a wrecking ball at guard and will dominate in both the pass and run game. Adding a big lineman like Will can push Dalton back into elite play and get the Bengals back into the playoffs. Maybe Cincinnati can finally win a post-season game under Marvin Lewis.
NFL Comparison – Mike Iupati
22. Buffalo Bills – Jaire Alexander CB, Louisville
The Bills are making good progress in becoming a competitive team. Last year was the franchises first playoff appearance in more than a decade. Buffalo will make a good decision in trading up to get their future Quarterback with the fourth overall pick. With a Quarterback of the future in place all this team can do is slowly but surely add pieces to the puzzle. Alexander looks to be a good fit for this improving defense with White emerging as a secondary super star. With Alexander, White, Hyde, and Poyer in the secondary of this defense, offenses will have a tough time scoring. The Bills Mafia should be excited for what the future holds.
NFL Comparison – William Jackson
23. Los Angeles Rams – Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
The LA Rams are back and looking to be a Super Bowl contender. With an elite defense and a high scoring offense, the sky is the limit for this young team. Almost every position on this team is performing at a high level and can’t seem to get any better. I think the Rams take the best defensive athlete on the board and add a stout linebacker in Evans. Evans is an absolute savage in the middle of a defense and will have Running Backs begging for mercy. The presence of this beast on this already talented defense will round out this elite unit. The addition of Peters and Talib in the secondary and presence of Donald and Evans within the front seven will make this defense arguably the best in the league. Rashaan is the definition of a clean up middle linebacker and will record 100+ tackles and 5 – 6 decleaters per season for the rest of his career in Los Angeles.
NFL Comparison – CJ Mosely
24. Carolina Panthers – Courtland Sutton WR, SMU
Carolina has been looking for a rock solid wide receiver one for many years while Cam Newton has been a Panther. Benjamin was not the answer and Funchess looks like he will not break that wide receiver one barrier. Cam needs a weapon to throw to and Sutton is perfect for this Carolina team. The size and jump ball ability of this young receiver is just what Super Cam needs for another MVP caliber season. Courtland will be a consistent number one target for the rest of Cam’s career. With Cam having Sutton, Funchess, Olsen, and McCaffery to throw to, this offense can be scarier than ever.
NFL Comparison – Alshon Jeffery
25. Tennessee Titans – Harold Landry DE, Boston College
This young Tennessee team has shown potential this past season, especially in the playoffs. With a win over the Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs, many heads were turned. The dominant force of Henry and clutch play of Mariota shows a lot of promise. In the offseason the Titans added a versatile Dion Lewis who will play off of a talented Henry very well. Also Malcolm Butler coming in as a starting corner along with Ryan and Jackson could create a proficient secondary for the defense. The main pieces for this young team are in place and what is needed now is just supporting pieces. Landry is a prolific pass rusher and has shown comparisons to Von Miller for his get off speed and relentless race to the Quarterback. Having a dominant pass rush could be the last piece of the puzzle for the Titans and put them in a position to compete in the AFC.
NFL Comparison – Von Miller
26. Atlanta Falcons – Taven Bryan DT, Florida
Last year for the Falcons was considered to be a disappointing year coming off a Super Bowl appearance. Both the offense and defense struggled throughout the season and the sense of dominance seemed lacking unlike the previous season. Without a doubt Atlanta is ready to make another run to the Super Bowl and it wouldn’t be a surprise if we see this team get back on track this next season. Although expectations are high, the Falcons did experience some losses this offseason. The exit of Poe leaves a gap open in this defense. Yes, the emergence of Grady Jarrett is enough to hold down the line of scrimmage, but another interior force would be highly impactful. Bryan is a versatile lineman who can play inside and out. His comparison to JJ Watt excites many teams and leaves NFL General Managers asking themselves if they want to pass up on the next Watt. Bryan is a talented defensive lineman and Atlanta will fit him perfectly into this already young and talented defense.
NFL Comparison – JJ Watt
27. New Orleans Saints – Lamar Jackson QB, Louisville
The New Orleans Saints were arguably the most exciting and surprising team of the 2017 – 2018 NFL season. The talent of Kamara and Lattimore gives this team confidence for the next decade. The youthful talent on this team is shining at every position. From offense to defense the Saints are filled with super stars who will be in New Orleans for a long time. The only part of this team that is on its way out is Brees. Without Brees this team does not function. The Saints need to start looking for Drew’s predecessor. Jackson is the next best Quarterback on the board and has shown glimpses of being the next Michael Vick. If the past Heisman winning Quarterback does pan out, we can expect big things from this team in the future. New Orleans is built to win a championship and the sky is the limit. I think Jackson becomes a very underrated Quarterback in this draft and ends up being the next big thing in the NFL after Drew ends his Hall of Fame career.
NFL Comparison – Michael Vick.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Leighton Vander Esch LB, Boise State
The Pittsburgh Steelers are ready to win NOW. Time is running out for this highly talented team with an aging Roethlisberger and Brown. The Steeler’s roster is arguably the best in the league having extreme talent at every position. What brought this team down last year was the devastating loss to Ryan Shazier. Shazier was the heart and sole of this defense and the unit crashed along with Ryan. After losing the star middle Linebacker, the defense was never the same. We now know that Shazier will not be returning for at least next season and maybe more. The Steelers need to find a new captain on defense and quickly. Vander Esch is the perfect fit for this defense. The style and play of Leighton is similar to Shazier in that he is a side line to side line missile who covers extremely well. Vander Esch can captain this defense and help this team get to another Super Bowl before it is too late.
NFL Comparison – Karlos Dansby
29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Kolton Miller T, UCLA
The Jacksonville Jaguars could possibly be the new top dog of the AFC. Coming of a season in which the defense dominated every game, we cannot be surprised to see this team making a run for the Super Bowl next season. The front office of this team has done an unbelievable job drafting and signing players to this talented roster over the past few years. I think Miller is the best pick for this Jaguars team at 29. Miller will solidify the offensive line and give Bortles a chance to be successful. The offense needs to get on track in order for this team to win it all and it starts in the trenches. Kolton will be a good add for the Jaguars and I’m excited to see this front office work its magic in the later rounds.
NFL Comparison – Nate Solder
30. Minnesota Vikings – Maurice Hurst DT, Michigan
After a magical season in Minnesota, the Vikings gained a franchise Quarterback and are ready to take another shot at the Super Bowl. The bright spot of the Vikings is 100% its defense. The Minnesota defense was one of the leagues best this past year and will look to have another successful campaign. I think the Vikings add another stud to this dominant defensive line and create even more havoc for opposing offenses. Hurst is a steal at 30 and could possibly become a super star on this defense. With Griffen, Floyd, Joseph, Hurst, and Hunter upfront, it’s going to be almost impossible to move the football for opposing offenses.
NFL Comparison – Fletcher Cox
31. New England Patriots – Sam Hubbard DE, Ohio State
No matter whom the Patriots pick somehow, someway Belichick will fit them into this incredible system. The player that I think would best fit this 3-4 defense is Sam Hubbard because of his size and ability to play outside and inside of this defense. Hubbard’s relentless pass rush is something special and a characteristic that is only found in few. Hubbard can without a doubt become a star in this defense and be one of Belichick’s hidden gems.
NFL Comparison – Joey Bosa
32. Philadelphia Eagles – Josh Jackson CB, Iowa
The Super Bowl Champions are coming off a historical year. After losing Wentz in the regular season, Foles was able to step up and deliver a Lombardi trophy to the city of Philadelphia. The moves that the Eagles have made this offseason are mind boggling and this team somehow got better. I think Philadelphia gets even better in the draft by adding a ball hawk in its secondary. Jackson was an animal at Iowa and gave opposing Quarterbacks nightmares. In multiple games Jackson had multiple interceptions and many for pick 6’s. Jackson is a great add for this already amazing team. There is no sign of stopping this franchise and we can’t expect anything less then success next season for our Super Bowl Champions.
NFL Comparison – Malcolm Butler
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