The NFL is now five games in, and the college football season is roughly halfway over. Players have risen and fell, and we are starting to see what teams will pick near the top of the draft, and what holes they have on their roster. Predicting picks is tough, but I will do so perfectly (not)!
Note: The order is based on super bowl odds.
1. Miami Dolphins – QB Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)
Miami has traded almost every valuable piece that they have on their roster, and they are certainly tanking for Tua. Tua compares very well to a left-handed version of Russell Wilson with his scrambling abilities combined with his big arm.
Version 1 pick: Tua Tagovailoa, QB
2. Washington Redskins – OT Andrew Thomas (Georgia)
Trent Williams has said he will never play for the Redskins again, and that means they must find a new anchor to their offensive line. He is a long, athletic tackle that should be great at protecting Haskins backside for the next 8+ years.
Version 1 pick: Chase Young, EDGE
3. Cincinnati Bengals – QB Justin Herbert (Oregon)
Herbert would almost certainly have been the top QB if he declared last year, but he made the mistake of coming back. He is still a top 5 pick and has done everything a college QB needs to do, besides winning a national championship. Andy Dalton has been fine, but you’re not going anywhere with him.
Version 1 pick: Justin Herbert, QB
4. Denver Broncos – EDGE Chase Young (Ohio State)
The Denver Broncos pass rush has struggled mightily despite having Von Miller, and Chase Young could change that all very quick. He is the best defensive player in this draft, and could very well find himself go number one.
Version 1 pick: Andrew Thomas, OT
5. New York Jets – WR Jerry Jeudy (Alabama)
The Jets would love Young or Thomas to fall to them, but if that doesn’t happen they go with BPA. Jeudy is an absolute beast at Alabama, and would immediately be the number one wideout for the Jets, to go along with Le’veon Bell and Sam Darnold.
Version 1 pick: C.J Henderson, CB
6. Miami Dolphins (Via Pitt) – EDGE A.J Epenesa (Iowa)
The Dolphins took Tua at one and could certainly go with another piece to either protect him or give him a weapon, or they could go with a piece to build around on defense. A.J has been getting doubled constantly for the Hawkeyes, but has still found a way to make opposing offenses change their gameplan to avoid him.
Version 1 pick: D’Andre Swift, RB
7. Arizona Cardinals – DL Derrick Brown (Auburn)
The Cardinals need a physical monster on their defensive line after losing Calaris Campbell to the Jags, and Derrick Brown is just that. He can play both inside and outside, giving them versatility. He was a projected top 5 pick last year, but returned to Auburn for his senior season.
Version 1 pick: Tristan Wirfs, OT
8. Atlanta Falcons – CB Jeff Okudah (Ohio State)
The Falcons corners have been abysmal this year, as you can see from their poor week four performance against the Titans. Okudah is one of the biggest corners we’ve seen and is quick enough to match up with big-bodied wide outs.
Version 1 pick: Yutur Gross-Matos, EDGE
9. New York Giants – S Grant Delpit (LSU)
Much like the Falcons, the Giants secondary has very poor this season. Delpit is much like former Tiger Jamaal Adams, and if he can turn into that for the Giants he would be a stud pick at number 9.
Version 1 pick: Jerry Jeudy, WR
10. Minnesota Vikings – QB Jake Fromm (Georgia)
Kirk Cousins is vastly overpaid at 84 million dollars over three years, and they don’t have a quarterback in waiting on the roster. Fromm changes that. He doesn’t have the big arm of some other QBs in this draft, but he is insanely accurate and already has an offense full of weapons to work with in Minnesota.
Version 1 pick: Walker Little, OT
11. Carolina Panthers – CB Trevon Diggs (Alabama)
The Panthers failed to address corner back in the 2019 off-season, something they cannot do again. Diggs is the younger brother of Vikings wide out Stefon Diggs, and Trevon switched to corner last year when he was very good before injuring his foot. He is just tapping into his potential at the positon.
Version 1 pick: Bryce Hall, CB
12. Oakland Raiders – WR CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma)
The Raiders planned to have Antonio Brown as their number one wide receiver for the next few years, but we all know how that turned out. Derek Carr has flown under the radar, but been very good with a poor receiving core. CeeDee Lamb becomes the number one weapon on the offense along with Josh Jacobs.
Version 1 pick: Dylan Moses, LB
13. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Bryce Hall (Virginia)
The Eagles secondary has been dealing with injuries, but it has also been very bad. This draft is super deep at corner, and Bryce Hall is one of the best in the class. He is physical enough to jam corners at the line, but has the speed to stay with some of the fastest weapons on offense.
Version 1 pick: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE
14. Jacksonville Jags – S/LB Isiah Simmons (Clemson)
The Jags need some flexibility on their defense with Telvin Smith taking time away from the game, and Simmons gives them that. He just made the switch to linebacker, and has been very good for the Tigers.
Version 1 pick: Isaiah Simmons, S/LB
15. Baltimore Ravens – DL Raekwon Davis (Alabama)
The Ravens were hoping Clinen Ferrel would fall to them in last years draft and he didn’t, and now they have a hole on their defensive line. Davis was dominant in 2017, but regressed some last year. He is still a beast in the trenches and can rush the quarterback from the interior.
Version 1 pick: A.J Epenesa, EDGE
16. Tennessee Titans – QB Joe Burrow (LSU)
Marcus Mariota has stepped his game up this year, but I think the Titans will still move on from him this offseason after failing to develop like everyone hoped he would. Burrow has vaulted himself into both Heisman and first-round talk this year and has the tools to be a franchise quarterback.
Version 1 pick: Jake Fromm, QB
17. Indianapolis Colts – WR Laviska Shenault (Colorado)
Laviska flies under the radar playing in Boulder, but was very good last season before being injured. The Colts don’t have any glaring weaknesses on their roster, so an upgrade at receiver for Jacoby Brissett would be a wise move for a team that knocked off the Chiefs on SNF this past week.
Version 1 pick: CeeDee Lamb, WR
18. Los Angeles Chargers – CB Paulson Adebo (Stanford)
With the Melvin Gordon contract taken care of the Chargers no longer have to worry about taking a running back, so now they can upgrade on their biggest weakness on the roster, corner. Adebo has great ball-hawking skills and can be a great corner on the outside with Desmond King on the inside.
Version 1 pick: Jalen Hurts, QB
19. Seattle Seahawks – S Xavier McKinney (Alabama)
The Seahawks gave up 400 passing yards to Andy Dalton and the Bengals, and have the offense to be super bowl contenders with Russell Wilson. However, their secondary must be upgraded to be legit, and McKinney does that.
Version 1 pick: Essang Bassey, CB
20. Tampa Bay Bucs – OT Tristan Wirfs (Iowa)
I believe that the Buccs will resign Winston this offseason, and the first step they need to do after that is anchoring the offensive line. Wirfs can play both right and left tackle, and is one of the youngest players in the draft at just 21 in January. He has the ability to be an anchor for ten plus years.
Version 1 pick: Trey Smith, OT
21. Buffalo Bills – EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos (Penn State)
The Bills were interested in taking an edge rusher last year but punted on that, so they will be interested once again. Yetur has one of the highest ceilings in this draft after producing 20 tackles for loss in the 2018 campaign.
Version 1 pick: Tee Higgins, WR
22. San Fransico 49ers – CB Kristian Fulton (LSU)
The 49ers are one of two undefeated teams remaining in the NFL, but the roster isn’t without its warts. Richard Sherman is aging, and the rest of the secondary doesn’t stand out. Fulton is the latest corner to stand out for the Tigers.
Version 1 pick: Grant Delpit, S
23. Miami Dolphins (Hou) – RB Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin)
The Dolphins got their quarterback of the future, as well as a piece to build around on defense. However, they must give Tua some help to let him develop, and Taylor may be the most dominant running back we have seen in college football. You can hand him the ball 20+ times a game and not worry about him wearing down.
Version 1 pick: N/A
24. Oakland Raiders (Chi) – IOL Tyler Biadasz (Wisconsin)
Richie Incognito only has a year or two left, and Biadasz can play both center or guard. He would be a day one starter for the Raiders, and is the best interior lineman in the draft.
Version 1 pick: Raekwon Davis, DL
25. Cleveland Browns – OT Walker Little (Stanford)
We’ve seen Baker Mayfield running for his life in the first five weeks of the season, and that is because the offensive line is horrible. Little immediately slides in at left tackle, but is not playing this year as he had knee surgery.
Version 1 pick: Calvin Thorckmorton, OT
26. Detroit Lions – WR Tee Higgins (Clemson)
The Lions are another very surprising team in the NFL this year, and it looks like they hit a grand slam with TJ Hockenson in the 2019 draft. However, they need help on the outside to help outside, and Tee Higgins gives them that.
Version 1 pick: Kristian Fulton, CB
27. Los Angeles Rams – DT Nick Coe (Auburn)
The Rams roster is full of talent at every position and don’t need to hit a home run, but suh will be gone in the near future and Coe gives McVay a replacement at nose tackle.
Version 1 pick: Tyler Biadasz, IOL
28. Dallas Cowboys – TE Albert Okwuegbunam (Missouri)
Jason Witten came out of retirement for the 2019 season, but I suspect that he packs things up for good after this season which leaves them with a huge hole at the position. Albert isn’t as good as Fant or Hockenson, but he is still the best TE in the draft.
Version 1 pick: JR Reed, S
29. New Orleans Saints – LB Troy Dye (Oregon)
The Saints are still producing without a future hall of famer Drew Brees. They could go QB here, but I think they punt on that once again with the play of Teddy. Dye is one of the best cover backers we have seen in college without in quite sometime.
Version 1 pick: Jacob Eason, QB
30. Green Bay Packers – LB Dylan Moses (Alabama)
The Packers don’t have much cap room to work with, so Blake Martinez may be let go in free agency this offseason. If that takes place they have a need for linebacker, and Moses is one of the biggest wildcard in this draft. He tore his ACL this offseason and is unlikely to play, but he was great preinjury.
Version 1 pick: Henry Ruggs III, WR
31. Kansas City Chiefs – CB C.J Henderson (Florida)
Henderson is part of a Gator defense that has allowed only one touchdown this year, and would be a huge upgrade for the Chiefs defense that has been fairly poor this year.
Version 1 pick: AJ Terrell, CB
32. New England Patriots – QB Jacob Eason (Washington)
The Patriots don’t have a QB in waiting on their roster, and Eason changes that. The Ohio State transfer has been impressive with Washington. He was once a top 5 projected pick in this draft, but that fell off due to the transfer and injury he had. He is still very talented.
Version 1 pick: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE