By Saarang B.
(With help from Kabir C and Wyatt B)
The NFL draft is around the corner and many teams are waiting for it. Many teams are looking to improve their squad for next year, and the draft is one of the best ways to do that. Teams take turns picking top college football prospects to join their teams. There are many rounds of picks, and teams can trade their pick to someone else for cash, future picks, or players. Enough said, here are my predictions.
#1 Cleveland Browns
Sam Darnold QB, USC
The Browns are looking for a quarterback for the future and take Sam Darnold with the first pick.
#2 New York Giants
Saquon Barkley RB, Penn State
Saquon is a generational talent that the Giants can’t pass up.
#3 New York Jets(Via Colts)
Josh Rosen QB, UCLA
Rosen is a pocket passer with a high football IQ, and he will develop well in New York.
#4 Cleveland Browns(via Texans)
Bradley Chubb DE, North Carolina State
Chubb has quickness and style, and is a good fit for the Browns, but the Browns will take Barkley if he falls to them.
#5 Denver Broncos
Denzel Ward CB, Ohio State
The Broncos need to fill the hole left by trading Aqib Talib, doing that with the explosive Ward.
#6 Indianapolis Colts(via Jets)
Quenton Nelson G, Notre Dame
Nelson is taken by the Colts because he is an elite guard that is a nightmare for defensive lineman opposing him.
#7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Derwin James S, Florida State
The Bucs need a safety, and James is an explosive tackler that will light up the stat sheet.
#8 Chicago Bears
Tremaine Edmunds LB, Virginia Tech
Edmunds is athletic and he and Leonard Floyd would be a formidable force off the edge.
#9 San Francisco 49’ers
Roquan Smith LB, Georgia
The 49’ers need a leader on the defensive side of the ball, and Roquan Smith will provide that and more.
#10 Oakland Raiders
Vita Vea DT, Washington
Vea is athletic, big, and he is a stopper that will improve Oakland’s vastly undermanned defensive line.
#11 Miami Dolphins
Minkah Fitzpatrick DB, Alabama
Fitzpatrick is known as “Mr. Pick 6” and can play safety and corner for a team that features T. J. McDonald as its best defensive back. He will be an instant starter and a force to recon with.
#12 Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen QB, Wyoming
How did Josh Allen get this low? Assuming the Bills won’t trade up to get him, or another quarterback of the future, Allen will develop in Buffalo, with athletic ability and a big arm worthy of the NFL. Allen shows flashes of Cam Newton skills with great playmaking ability.
#13 Washington Redskins
Mike Hughes CB, Central Florida
The Redskins have lost Kendall Fuller, and Bashaud Breeland is a free agent, so they are forced to consider rookie corners. Hughes needs development, but he has the right tools to be the alpha corner in Washington.
#14 Green Bay Packers
Marcus Davenport DE, Texas-San Antonio
The NFC North is full of elite quarterbacks, so the Packers take a pass rusher to attack them.
#15 Arizona Cardinals
Baker Mayfield QB, Oklahoma
Mayfield has great passing skills and he can elevate his game under the Cardinals new Offensive Coordinator, Mike McCoy.
#16 Baltimore Ravens
Calvin Ridley WR, Alabama
Ridley will boost a mediocre pass offence and relieve the pressure on Baltimore’s run game.
#17 San Diego Chargers
Orlando Brown OT, Oklahoma
Brown is a hard worker that will spend hours in the film room, constantly improving his mind. He can boost the Chargers offensive line and help protect Philip Rivers.
#18 Seattle Seahawks
Isaiah Wynn G, Georgia
With an offensive line as bad for Russell Wilson as McDonald’s cheeseburgers is bad for your health, Seattle takes Isaiah Wynn to provide some protection for their superstar QB.
#19 Dallas Cowboys
Da’Ron Payne DT, Alabama
Payne can stop the run efficiently, and shows some flashes as a pass rusher.
#20 Detroit Lions
Derrius Guice RB, LSU
The Lions improve their ghast running game with the selection of Guice.
#21 Cincinnati Bengals
Will Hernandez G, Texas-El Paso
Hernandez will strengthen the Bengals run blocking and he has good strength.
#22 Buffalo Bills
Rashaan Evans LB, Alabama
The Bills will take a good tackler to fill the hole left by Preston Brown.
#23 New England Patriots
Kolton Miller OT, UCLA
Offensive Tackle is one of New England’s biggest needs, although don’t be surprised if New England trades up to get McGlinchey.
#24 Carolina Panthers
Jaire Alexander CB, Louisville
Drafting Alexander fills one of Carolina’s big needs: cornerback. Although they need a wide receiver too, Alexander will play well beside James Bradberry.
#25 Tennessee Titans
Billy Price C, Ohio State
Despite his injury at the Combine, Price will make a difference at the center position in Tennessee.
#26 Atlanta Falcons
Taven Bryan DT, Florida
Bryan will fit coach Dan Quinn’s defense, being an upfield defensive tackle.
#27 New Orleans Saints
Hayden Hurst TE, South Carolina
Hurst can catch, block and run, which is something that every coach is looking for at tight end.
#28 Pittsburgh Steelers
Maurice Hurst DT, Michigan
Hurst had high impact seasons in the last couple years at Michigan, and he is an elite player that will fare well with the Steelers.
#29 Jacksonville Jaguars
Lamar Jackson QB, Louisville
Jackson was a great QB at Louisville, exhibiting great arm talent and elite knowledge of the game.
#30 Minnesota Vikings
Ronald Jones II RB, USC
RJII was very good at USC, being a power runner that took the pressure of Darnold and the passing game. You can look to him for easy yards and explosive runs, as well as great speed and a knack for breaking tackles.
#31 New England Patriots
Josh Jackson CB, Iowa
Jackson is one of the most athletic players in the draft, and has better hands than many wide receivers in college football.
#32 Philadelphia Eagles
Uchenna Nwosu OLB, USC
Nwosu is undersized, but he is a power pass rusher that has high football IQ and can get to the quarterback.