As spring comes into season, it’s once again time for the NFL draft, where the nation’s top college players will find future homes in the team that drafts them. This year, the teams travel down to Jerry World in Arlington, Texas, to find their future stars. This draft class is one of the most anticipated in several years, with several promising options at quarterback, a sure star in Saquon Barkley, and the almost sure bet in guard Quenton Nelson. With the draft one day away, I’ll do my best to look into my crystal ball and predict what the teams with the top 10 picks will do.
Number 1: Cleveland Browns
With the offseason moves to acquire Tyrod Taylor, Carlos Hyde, and Jarvis Landry, the Browns look to crawl out of the basement of the ACF North and win at least one game. With this quarterback-rich draft, the Browns should look to draft a QB and sit him for at least a year to allow him to mature and develop correctly. Look for Cleveland to draft Sam Darnold out of USC.
Number 2: New York Giants
The Giants are in an interesting position. Odell Beckham Jr. is due for a contract soon, and the front office needs to decide if they want to stick with Eli Manning or move on. If they choose to stick with Eli, the best choice would be Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. He’s a naturally gifted athlete with good vision and nice size. On the off chance that they want to draft Eli’s replacement, the next best QB after Darnold would be Josh Rosen.
Number 3: New York Jets
The quarterback situation is terrible for the Jets. Currently, on the roster for QB, the Jets have Teddy Bridgewater, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown, and Bryce Petty. The Jets would be best served to cut weight and drop Petty and Hackenberg, while drafting a QB at the number three spot. More than likely, the second quarterback taken will be another kid from a college in Southern California, Josh Rosen from UCLA.
Number 4: Cleveland Browns
Due to a trade with Houston, the Browns have two picks in the top five of this year’s draft. If they take a quarterback at one, look for them to go defense and pick Bradley Chubb, a defensive end from North Carolina State. With Myles Garrett from last year’s draft on one side and Chubb on the other, this pass rushing attack could become one of the best in the league.
Number 5: Denver Broncos
Once again, another team in need of a quarterback. The two likely remaining quarterbacks would be Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen, both of whom have different issues. Mayfield is seen as another Johnny Manziel, with off the field issues to go along with incredible stats and a smaller frame. People either love or hate Mayfield, as many see his on the field antics as less than professional, while his supporters see him as an inspiring leader. Josh Allen on the other hand, may have one of the highest upsides in the draft but is almost a completely unknown factor. He played in a less competitive conference, winning only seven games last year while having a completion percentage below 60 percent. His upside is that he’s a big, strong kid from a cold place that can throw the ball a country mile. There’s no telling where this one could go, but if I was the Broncos GM, I’d take Allen.