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What Teams SHOULD Do, With Two Rounds - 4.23
Published at 4/18/2019 10:16:48 PM

More alterations, as I've had to account for the Frank Clark trade. And yes, I resisted the urge to take DK Metcalf in the 1st Round.

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Cardinals: Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma

If I didn't have any doubts about Josh Rosen as a future franchise QB, I would say to trade this pick, possibly to the Raiders, and stockpile picks while building around Rosen. But I can't say that I don't have those doubts. And while it would be foolish to say that Murray is a slam dunk, he simply is a far better fit for new coach Kliff Kingsbury, and he can make a lot more happen off schedule, which is a big thing in today's NFL. If you're going to hire Kingsbury, you might as well give him a potential franchise player that he will be extremely comfortable with.

2. 49ers: Nick Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State

I've really gone back and forth on this, as to which player (Bosa or Quinnen Williams) the 49ers should select. I think either one is a perfectly acceptable choice. I mocked Williams to the Niners, but I think--by a hair--they should go with Bosa. I don't think there's much difference in how talented both guys are, so I would default to the position of greater need. The team has invested so much in the draft recently on interior D-line guys, and I would pair new acquisition Dee Ford with Bosa.

3. Packers: Prospect not selected

TRADE! The Jets don't have a 2nd Round pick and Mike Maccagnan should be trying to pick up additional picks, picks that could be used to better protect Sam Darnold. Meanwhile, it's no secret that the Packers are feeling some pressure to win now as Aaron Rodgers is in his age-35 season. Of course, we know they got rid of Mike McCarthy already. Armed with an extra 1st round pick, the Packers give up #12 and #30 to come up and nab a guy who might be the best player in the draft in Williams. GM Brian Gutekunst was aggresssive in free agency to fix his defense, and here's another aggressive move to land a monster talent.

4. Raiders: Josh Allen, 3-4 Outside Linebacker, Kentucky

The Raiders, desperately in need of talented pass rushers, would be just fine with Allen sitting there at #4. No need to overthink this.

5. Buccaneers: Ed Oliver, Defensive Tackle, Houston

I absolutely love Oliver. The guy is a beast, he's a "wow" guy on tape, and his measurables are also first-rate. Whether or not the Bucs can trade Gerald McCoy, I would nab a guy that I feel is a premium talent in this draft.

6. Giants: Devin White, Inside Linebacker, LSU

If I'm Dave Gettleman, I'm taking a potential captain for my defense here. The Butkus Award winner flies to the football, is rangy, and uber-athletic. Makes sense, as he is a converted RB. Sky's the limit on his potential.

7. Bills: T.J. Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa

TRADE! The Bills might be worried that either the Jaguars or Lions, picking at 7 and 8 ahead of them, could be candidates to draft Hockenson. He would be a fantastic get for the Bills as a big, athletic, surehanded receiving option over the middle of the field for Josh Allen. And, of course, he helps in the run game as a blocker, too. For moving down 2 spots, the Jags pick up a 2019 4th rounder (#112 overall) and a 2020 3rd rounder from the Bills.

8. Lions: Montez Sweat, Defensive End, Mississippi State

The Lions brought in Trey Flowers in free agency, but more pass rush help is needed. Assuming that the Lions (and other teams) are OK with his medicals, Sweat should be a priority for Matt Patricia and company. It's not every day that you see a pass rusher at 6'6, 255 who has 4.41 wheels. All that did was set a new record for fastest combine time for a D-line guy.

9. Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, Offensive Tackle, Florida

The Jags, after the trade with the Bills, can still take the player at #9 that they may have taken at #7 anyway. For a team that wants to run the ball and for a team that wants to give better protection to new QB Nick Foles, this selection would make a lot of sense. And they got some draft capital out of it, too.

10. Broncos: Prospect not selected

No, Denver should not take Haskins, Lock, Jones, or any other QB in this spot. Similar to giving Kingsbury the best chance to succeed in Arizona with Murray, Vic Fangio's defenses need a thumping linebacker who can make plays all over the field, and Bush fits the bill.

11. Bengals: Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

Yes, Bobby Hart is a major liability at RT. That said, I believe that Wilkins is the best talent available, and for a team with several needs, I would just take Wilkins here.

12. Jets: Jonah Williams, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

The Jets moved down to this spot after their trade with the Packers. As mentioned earlier, the Jets need to protect Sam Darnold. Williams probably doesn't have a future at LT due to below-average arm length, but he has ample experience at LT and RT, and played both of those spots expertly at Alabama. At absolute worst, if his arm length is a problem, he should make a fantastic guard, but he should be a very fine RT. Just a solid, solid football player.

13. Panthers: Andre Dillard, Offensive Tackle, Washington State

TRADE! This is the range that Dillard could go in, and the Panthers should be targeting a pass pro-savvy tackle to get some help for Cam Newton. Simply put, Newton is the franchise, and if his pass protection is allowed to stay shoddy, his career is going to be shortened. Miami, in tank mode, should be willing to pick up additional draft capital, and here they move down only 3 spots while picking up Carolina's 3rd round comp pick, #100 overall, as well as a 2020 4th rounder.

14. Falcons: Rashan Gary, Defensive End, Michigan

Due to his incredible measureables/combine testing, Gary may end up as a top 10 pick. Personally, I'd like to see more actual production from a guy I'd take that highly. Still, at #14, this feels like the right time to gamble on a player of Gary's athletic profile, and the need is there, as Atlanta needs interior D-line help.

15. Redskins: Brian Burns, Defensive End, Florida State

Since the Redskins should go get Josh Rosen, and giving up their 2nd rounder makes sense given the landscape of what Arizona can likely get for him (it won't be a 1st), they don't need a QB. I think Burns is the best pass rusher available, and it fills a need opposite Ryan Kerrigan.

16. Titans: Prospect not selected

TRADE! Miami has already moved down once. In my estimation, there is a talent drop-off after Ferrell in terms of pass rushers. The Titans certainly need one of those. Miami would be wise to keep stockpiling picks. In this case, Miami moves down 3 more spots and picks up Tennessee's 3rd Round pick, #82 overall. This gives Miami #82, #100, and a 4th rounder next year for moving down 7 spots in total.

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