DRAFT TAKES PART DEUX

Two days down, one to go. The NFL draft’s first three rounds have come and gone, and there were some significant moves.

Josh Rosen Dolphins

The biggest of which is the symmetry of the AFC East continues. Friday saw the evening end with each of the 3 also rans in the division adding defensive tackles in an attempt to apply pressure up the middle against the G.O.A.T, and greatest living American, Tom Brady. Friday saw the Dolphins trade a second rounder to Arizona for last year’s #10 overall pick, QB Josh Rosen. So not only do the Dolphins (Christian Wilkins), Jets (Quinnen Williams), and Bills (Ed Oliver) each have a brand new defensive lineman, they each also have a top 10 pick from the 2018 NFL draft behind center. Josh Rosen (Dolphins), joins Sam Darnold (Jets) and Josh Allen (Bills) to form the baby brigade lining up to supplant the Patriots from the top of the heap.

Lets take a look at some random thoughts before reviewing who is still up for grabs as the Cardinals are on the clock to start Round 4 Saturday at noon (EST).

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  • News broke during the night that Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin may have played his last NFL game in 2018. Congruently the draft’s top physical prospect, DK Metcalf, out of Ole Miss fell to the bottom of the 2nd round where the Seahawks traded up with New England to grab him. Metcalf isn’t the same type of receiver as Baldwin, and is very raw, but does have the physical traits to be a force in the league if he can put it together.
  • The Jaguars lucked out. After having edge rusher Josh Allen fall into their laps on Thursday, the lineman that they had been linked too in the first round fell to the second round where they traded up a few spots to select Jawaan Taylor, out of Florida. A fortuitous stroke for Tom Coughlin to be sure. Right up there with David Tyree making one of the truly What the Duck catches in NFL history.
  • Really like South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel as a potential heir apparent to Julian Edelman in New England. Sure New England got N’Keal Harry in the first, but Harry is more Randy Moss or Josh Gordon than Julian Edelman. Not that theres anything wrong with that for Harry, but we all know how quick twitch, diminutive receivers do with the Pats. Just look at Deion Branch, Wes Welker, Danny Amendola, and Julian Edelman. Instead Samuel goes to the South Bay, where he’ll team with former Brady protege’ Jimmy Garapolo. Samuel, paired with swiss army knife Jalen Hurd who was later selected out of Baylor, along with last year’s pick Dante Pettis, and 2018 revelation Greg Kittle should make for a much improved aerial attack in San Fran.
  • The Broncos may have hired defensive guru Vic Fangio, but they’ve put a lot of draft eggs into the offensive basket. In the first round they drafted tight end Noah Fant. Friday they added lineman Dalton Risner, a Colorado native who excelled at Kansas State, before trading back up to make back to back picks in the second by selecting Mizzou QB Drew Lock. A player many had linked to the Broncos when they were originally selecting at 10. They did end up selecting defensive tackle Dre’mont Jones out of Ohio State in the 3rd. With talk of Chris Harris being on the way out the door, and Bradley Roby already gone, look for them to add some secondary assistance on day 3.
  • The Browns didn’t get greedy by trading back into the first round as they were rumored to be trying to do. Instead they sat back and waited as LSU’s Greedy Williams fell to the them in the 2nd. The corner with a nose for the ball allegedly fell to the middle of the second because there were questions about his willingness to tackle. If that is more fiction than fact, then the Browns got themselves a day 2 steal.
  • The Eagles added some depth to the running back position even after trading for Jordan Howard last month. They selected Saquon Barkley’s former caddy, Miles Sanders. They then went west and added a player that should eventually replace Alshon Jeffrey, Stanford’s JJ Arcega Whiteside, a broad shouldered, leaping, jump ball specialists who should be an instant favorite of Carson Wentz’ in the red zone.
  • Chris Ballard continues to quietly build a power house in Indy. Using 3 second round selections he bolstered the secondary and pass rush by selecting Temple’s Rock Ya Sin (who has the best name in the draft) to play corner, and TCU’s Ben Banogu, an edge player. To top it off he grabbed Parris Campbell of Ohio State who will likely supplant TY Hilton as Andrew Luck’s favorite target within 2 years.
  • Apparently new coach Bruce Arians didn’t like what he saw from the Buccaneers secondary. After adding stud linebacker Devin White in the first round, they loaded up on defensive backs on day 2. Sean Bunting of Central Michigan, Jamel Dean of Auburn, and Mike Edwards of Kentucky were all tossed into the mix.
  • The Patriots made a surprise pick in the third. Following a run on running backs that saw Darrell Henderson, David Montgomery, Devin Singletary all go off the board within a 5 pick span, the Patriots swooped in and added Alabama back Damien Harris. When you consider that Rex Burkhead is in the last year of his deal, Jeremy Hill is gone, and Sony Michel has an injury history, along with the general short lifespan and injury risk at the running back position, the pick adds a very nice layer of depth at a position that becomes more important as Tom Brady ages. As much as Brady is the greatest of all time, this last superbowl run was keyed by the ground game and defense.
  • In a move that could signal, hopefully, the end of the Tyreek Hill era in Kansas City, the Chiefs used a second round pick to select Mercole Hardman out of Georgia. The raw speedster is best known for his return skills. An area of need should Hill not be returning to Arrowhead.

With all that being said, there are still 4 rounds left. The fun isn’t over. So with the Cardinals once again on the clock, who are some names that should be called on Saturday?

Hour Glass

QUARTERBACKS:

  • Jarrett Stidham – Auburn
  • Clayton Thorson – Northwestern
  • Kyle Shurmur – Vanderbilt
  • Ryan Finley – NC State
  • Tyree Jackson – Buffalo
  • Brett Rypien – Boise State

RUNNING BACKS:

  • Mike Weber – Ohio State
  • Elijah Holyfield – Georgia
  • Benny Snell Jr – Kentucky
  • Justice Hill – Oklahoma State
  • Bryce Love – Stanford
  • Myles Gaskin – Washington
  • Travis Homer – Miami

WIDE RECEIVERS:

  • Hakeem Butler – Iowa State
  • Riley Ridley – Georgia
  • Kelvin Harmon – NC State
  • Lil’Jordan Humphrey – Texas
  • Emmanuel Hall – Missouri
  • Terry Godwin – Georgia
  • Penny Hart – Georgia State
  • David Sills – West Virginia
  • Gary Jennings – West Virginia
  • Stanley Morgan Jr. – Nebraska
  • Dillon Mitchell – Oregon

TIGHT ENDS:

  • Kaden Smith – Stanford
  • Isaac Nauta – Georgia
  • CJ Conrad – Kentucky
  • Foster Moreau – LSU
  • Caleb Wilson – UCLA

OFFENSIVE TACKLES:

  • David Edwards – Wisconsin
  • Mitch Hyatt – Clemson
  • Chidi Okeke – Tennessee State

INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINE:

  • Michael Jordan – Ohio State
  • Dru Samia – Oklahoma
  • Martez Ivey – Florida
  • Ben Powers – Oklahoma
  • Hjate Froholdt – Arkansas
  • Ross Pierschbacher – Alabama
  • Lamont Gaillard – Georgia
  • Ben Benzschawel – Wisconsin

EDGE PLAYERS:

  • Charles Omenihu – Texas
  • Anthony Nelson – Iowa
  • Joe Jackson – Miami
  • Maxx Crosby – Eastern Michigan
  • Austin Bryant – Clemson
  • Shareef Miller – Penn State
  • Jonathan Ledbetter – Georgia
  • Jalen Jelks – Oregon
  • Vosean Joseph – Florida
  • John Cominsky – College of Charleston
  • DeAndre Walker – Georgia
  • Christian Miller – Alabama
  • Sutton Smith- Northern Illinois
  • Drue Tranquill – Notre Dame
  • Wyatt Ray – Boston College

LINEBACKERS:

  • Chase Hansen – Utah
  • Kendall Joseph – Clemson
  • Mack Wilson – Alabama
  • Te’Von Coney – Notre Dame
  • Tre Lamar – Clemson
  • David Long – West Virginia
  • TJ Edwards – Wisconsin
  • Khalil Hodge – Buffalo
  • Joe Giles Harris – Duke

DEFENSIVE TACKLES:

  • Isaiah Buggs – Alabama
  • Greg Gaines – Washington
  • Renell Wren – Arizona State
  • Chris Slayton – Syracuse
  • Ed Alexander – LSU
  • Gerald Willis III – Miami
  • Kingsley Keke – Texas A&M
  • PJ Johnson – Arizona
  • DeMarcus Christmas – Florida State

CORNERBACKS:

  • Julian Love – Notre Dame
  • Amani Oruwariye – Penn State
  • Saivion Smith – Alabama
  • Kris Boyd – Texas
  • Corey Ballentine – Washburn
  • Iman Marshall – USC
  • Kendall Sheffield – Ohio State
  • Michael Jackson – Miami

SAFETIES:

  • Chauncey Gardner Johnson – Florida
  • Amani Hooker – Iowa
  • Marvell Tell – USC
  • Jaquan Johnson – Miami
  • Lukas Denis – Boston College

KICKERS:

  • Austin Seibert – Oklahoma
  • Matt Guy – Utah

 

  • Written by Jason Sullivan
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