Written By: Jack Bourgeois
As the NFL Combine wraps up, the saying “40-times are great but the film doesn’t lie” remains the truth. Still, we had quite a few insane performances over the weekend; such as D.K. Metcalf’s 4.33 forty and 27 reps on the bench at 6’3” and 228 pounds. Other names such as Brian Burns, Garrett Bradbury, and Devin White all but cemented themselves as first-round with some impressive numbers. So let’s see where they could possibly land!
1. Cardinals- DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Rumor has it that the Card’s and new HC Kliff Kingsbury are shopping last year’s 1st round pick and current starting QB Josh Rosen. Not buying it! Teams will often create smoke screens in an attempt to coax a team into trading up to go get their guy. Arizona has a chance to create a dynamic 1-2 punch on the defensive line and although Nick Bosa is considered the consensus top player in the draft, Quinnen Williams isn’t out of the question at one. In fact, his college resume, athleticism, and overall potential are better across the board in comparison. His 4.87 is the fastest forty time for a 300 pounder in combine history.
2. 49ers- EDGE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
San Francisco couldn’t get to the podium fast enough if Bosa is on the board at two. Three of the last four years the Niners have added first rounders to their defensive line and will continue to do so until they’ve established a destructive front four. With Russell Wilson, Jared Goff, and Josh Rosen in the 49ers’ division, getting after the quarterback is key.
3. Giants- QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State (Trade via NYJ)
If the Giants like Haskins at 6, they’d be crazy to not move up 3 spots to secure their QB of the future. New York has not been shy about the team’s interest in the Ohio State quarterback and they’ve been clear about their dislike for Kyler Murray. Eli may not want to play the mentor role and it could build tension in an already shaky locker room. The team isn’t a defensive player away from winning the Super Bowl, and could severely use a culture change.
4. Raiders- EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky
The Oakland Raiders dream draft scenario relies on a team moving up into the top 3 to take a QB. If so, they may have just found Khalil Mack’s replacement. He’ll likely never meet the standard but shows a lot of the same qualities that make Mack the best edge rusher in the business. No trade, no Josh Allen in Oakland. It’s as simple as that!
5. Buccaneers- CB Greedy Williams, LSU
Cornerback Greedy Williams would make an instant impact on a team desperate for help in the secondary. The Buc’s have allowed 4000+ passing yards the last three seasons and to continue to not address the need in the 1st round would be a travesty. The 5th overall pick may be a little too high for the LSU prospect but Bruce Arians does have a thing for lengthy press corners. Now, Greedy may be a less athletic Patrick Peterson, but that’s not necessarily a knock. The passing defense needs to improve but if the team does lose Kwon Alexander, then another LSU prospect may be in play.
6. Jets- LB Devin White, LSU (Trade via NYG)
Devin White proved why he’s the top-ranked linebacker in this year’s draft class and should even be in the conversation to go inside the top 5. He’s insanely athletic and proved it with a 4.42 40-time, best amongst all linebackers. The Jets do need a ton of help offensively but a trade with the Giants would give them the draft capital to address those needs outside of the first round. Just think… Jamal Adams and Devin White flying around on the same defense would equal one dynamic and destructive LSU duo.
7. Jaguars- TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
With the Nick Foles rumors being near fact at this point, giving him a chance to succeed is key. Surrounding the former Super Bowl MVP with pass-catchers and offensive weapons is a must. If the Jaguars can develop any form of a passing game, the team could quickly rebound from a dismal 6-10 season. And with Foles career long obsession with his tight ends, T.J. Hockenson could be a perfect fit.
8. Lions- EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
The Lions have multiple needs on both sides of the ball but this Matt Patricia lead defense is missing someone who can wreak havoc off the edge and Ferrell is that guy. The Clemson prospect had a very productive final year, totaling 11.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss in 2018. Detroit could easily go wide receiver or defensive back with this pick but Ferrel’s size, athleticism, and production can’t be ignored.
9. Bills- LT Jonah Williams, Alabama
It’s widely debated as to who will be the first tackle off of the board between Jonah Williams and Jawaan Taylor. Both will be day one starters and have early pro bowl potential but Jonah plays on the left and Buffalo desperately needs to protect their franchise QB. Josh Allen’s health and career longevity could be in jeopardy if the Bills don’t fix their offensive line.
10. Dolphins- QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma (Trade via DEN)
The Ryan Tannehill experiment has gone on for far too long and it’s time to move on. Kyler Murray has been the star of the draft season so far and his film says rightfully so. Some teams such as the Giants and Broncos won’t even consider him because of being 5’10”. Regardless of who it is that drafts him, they’ll have to pay the price and trade up into the top 10 to do so.
11. Bengals- RT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
12. Packers- EDGE Rashan Gary, Michigan
13. Broncos- QB Drew Lock, Missouri (Trade via MIA)
14. Falcons- DT Ed Oliver, Houston
15. Redskins- WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
16. Panthers- C Garrett Bradbury, NC State
17. Browns- EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi St.
18. Vikings- RT Dalton Risner, Kansas St.
19. Titans- DB Deandre Baker, Georgia
20. Steelers- LB Devin Bush, Michigan
21. Seahawks- DT Christian Wilkinson, Clemson
22. Ravens- Edge Brian Burns, Florida St.
23. Texans- LT Andre Dillard, Washington St.
24. Raiders (f/CHI)- WR N'Keal Harry, Arizona State
25. Eagles- EDGE Jachai Polite, Florida
26. Colts- WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
27. Raiders (f/DAL)- S Deionte Thompson, Alabama
28. Chargers- OT Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
29. Chiefs- CB Byron Murphy, Washington
30. Packers (f/NO)- LB Mack Wilson, Alabama
31. Rams- EDGE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
32. Patriots- DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi St