Somehow, the NFL has managed to keep the consciousness of the sports world on football for the entire year, and the shining example of this achievement is the NFL draft. With the NBA and NHL playoffs in full swing, the Goodell braintrust makes us stop and wonder what our teams will look like next season. While I do feel that predicting the draft is a futile and fairly useless exercise in prognostication, I do feel that I have a cultural obligation to throw my hat in the ring and give it the old college try. With all that said, WELCOME TO THE 2018 NFL DRAFT!
#1 Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold QB
This is the milktoast pick of the draft. Originally, I thought Allen was going first, but considering some of Allens old tweets, where he admits that "white is right," and that he will, "show up these n----- at pong," I'm assuming his draft stock is going to slip a little. Darnold doesn't necessarily have any glaring weakness, but he's not "jump off the screen" in any particular category. He also has hamburger head, but that's neither here nor there. All in all Darnold is a safe, yet boring pick.
#2 NY Giants: Saquon Barkley RB
While I don't think it's the right pick for the Giants, he is in my opinion the most can't miss prospect in this class. He tested well at the combine, performed at an elite level in college, and played against Big 10 competition. While I think that they should be taking a QB here, Barkley certainly can make a huge difference for a team that struggled mightily on the offensive side of the ball last year.
#3 NY Jets: Baker Mayfield QB
Mayfield isn't the highest QB on my big board, but I really like the fit for him in New York. Having one of the higher ceilings in this draft, he needs the right system to watch and learn how to be a pro. Everybody makes a big deal about his "off-field issues," but who among us hasn't tried to drunkenly jog away from the police? Also saw a documentary on him last night about his befriending of a girl who passed away soon after... Gotta say; verified good dude. He's supremely talented, and sitting behind Teddy Bridgewater for a while will be beneficial.
#4 Cleveland Browns: Quenton Nelson OG
With the Browns being in full rebuild mode, this would be a really smart pick for them. They need to get better at essentially every position, and this guy is going to be an absolute stud at the next level. Many scouts have been critical of putting so much stock in an offensive guard, but this dude is a class A road-grader. He's an elite puller and has great feet. They got their QB, and this is the guy to protect him.
#5 Denver Broncos: Josh Allen QB
Josh Allen was born to be a Denver Bronco. Tall, huge arm, small school, accuracy questions; he checks all the boxes. I think this is a HUGE mistake for Denver, but luckily they have Case Keenum who shows that he can lead a team with minimal talent around him (lol). John Elway just won't be able to help himself with this pick, and Allen will be taking his big hands to Mile High.
#6 Buffalo Bills (via Indy): Josh Rosen QB
Even at #6, this could be the steal of the draft. This guy is at the top of my QB board, and to be quite honest, it doesn't seem that his gameplay has any flaws. He's impressively accurate, reads the field well, can make space when needed, and is super intelligent. Scouts seemed to have soured on him due to questions about his "love for the game." Just because the guy has a brain that is capable of more than football thoughts doesn't mean he doesn't love the game. He can make all the throws and seems to be the most pro-ready QB in the draft. Once Brady retires, the AFC East will be the land of Rosen.
#7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bradley Chubb EDGE
While the secondary was most definitely a concern for the Bucs last year, if Chubb happens to fall to them, he is simply too good to pass up. Having arguably the highest motor in the game, Chubb could be a nightmare for the league if he's in the right system. There are some concerns about him against the run, but I'm sure they can figure something out with a talent like this.
#8 Chicago Bears: Tremaine Edmunds OLB
His measurables are out of this world, and he seems to be a freak athlete. Since his combine performance, he has been rising up draft boards, and for good reason. There are questions about his ability to cover in the pass game at the next level, which is a bit of a red flag. Not a huge fan of this pick, but to each their own I guess.
#9 San Francisco 49ers: Minkah Fitzpatrick
It looks like Reuben Foster is out of the woods on his newest domestic abuse case, which means our front seven is pretty solid. Fitzpatrick would be the perfect protege for Sherman, and would surely fill up some holes for a secondary that needed some help last season.
#10 Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith
This guy is an absolute stud. He reads the offense well, has unmatched pursuit, and is surprisingly good in coverage. He can be a great compliment for Bowman, and would bolster a defensive unit that was lack-luster last season.
Due to time constraints, I will lightning round the remainder of the first round
#11 Miami Dolphins: Derwin James DB
#12 Indianapolis Colts: Mike McGlinchey OT
#13 Washington Redskins: Vita Vea DT
#14 Green Bay Packers: Denzel Ward DB
#15 Arizona Cardinals: Calvin Ridley WR
#16 Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson QB
#17 LA Chargers: Da'Ron Payne DL
#18 Seattle Seahawks: Harold Landry DE
#19 Dallas Cowboys: Courtland Sutton
#20 Detroit Lions: Taven Bryan DT
#21 Cincinnati Bengals: Will Hernandez OT
#22 Buffalo Bills: Isaiah Wynn OG
#23 New England Patriots: Kolton Miller OT
#24 Carolina Panthers: Mike Hughes CB
#25 Tennessee Titans: Mike Sweat OLB
#26 Atlanta Falcons: Mike Gesicki TE
#27 New Orleans Saints: Hayden Hurst TE
#28 Pittsburg Steelers: Rashaan Evans ILB
#29 Jacksonville Jaguars: D.J. Moore WR
#30 Minnesota Vikings: Josh Jackson CB
#31 New England Patriots: Mason Rudolf QB
#32 Philadelphia Eagles: Sony Michel RB