EDGE Lorenzo Carter, Georgia (54th overall): There's a healthy chance general manager Brett Veach trades up from here. Veach is aggressive about moving around and getting what he wants, particularly if an elite defensive lineman, cornerback or interior offensive lineman (and yes, I love guard Will Hernandez and centers James Daniels, Billy Price and Frank Ragnow) all fall into the early second round.
Round 2, pick 22, No. 54 overall: Edge rusher Josh Sweat, Florida State
Sweat may be one of the most debated players in the draft this year. The 6-foot-4, 251-pound rusher has the size and athleticism needed in an edge rusher. He blazed through the combine with a 4.53 40-yard time, topped all edge rushers in the vertical jump and ranked in the top 10 in several categories. He currently lacks the strength of Oklahoma’s Ogbonnia Okoronkwo but makes up for it with size. The question NFL team’s have centers around his left knee. He suffered a dislocated kneecap and multiple ligament tear in high school that prompted him to wear a knee brace during his college career. But his college production – 12 1/2 sacks and 24 tackles for loss in his last 24 games – along with his combine numbers should ease concerns if his medicals check out okay. A potentially explosive player off the edge. Fort Hays State’s Nathan Shepherd or Stanford safety Justin Reid would also be good fits here if available.
Even with Veach’s track record, Cannella doesn’t expect a big trade featuring Kansas City.
“They’re not going to be too busy in the first round of the draft,” Cannella said. “The good news is, they have a quarterback for this year. They’re going to look to fill in some needs later on in the draft, starting in the second round.”
“As I look back, I wouldn’t have picked a different route. It seemed to have lined up just perfect to land in Kansas City, to be with the coaches that we have there and the team that we have there,” Sorensen said.
Gettleman scoffed at the suggestion that running backs have been devalued in today's NFL, and while critics point to the success of backs such as Alvin Kamara of the Saints and Kareem Hunt of the Chiefs as a reason why the Giants should not take Barkley, it's become apparent he will be near or at the top of their board.
The team's most productive draft pick in recent years was 2016 first-round defense lineman DeForest Buckner, who is an anchor for the defense. Former GM Trent Baalke had far more misses in his final years, leading to his firing following the 2016 season. Baalke used seven picks from 2013-16 on players coming off serious knee injuries and none of those gambles paid off. All seven players are gone and only Tank Carradine and Keith Reaser played more than two games with San Francisco. Lynch had a strong first draft class with several key contributors coming in the late rounds, including Taylor and Colbert.
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I believe Sam Darnold is the future of the Cleveland Browns' franchise. I think the beauty of this pick is they signed Tyrod Taylor in the offseason, who I think is an underrated starter. Darnold can develop at his own pace. If he's ready Week 1, that's awesome. If he sits for a year, that's fine too.
"Everybody has to make their own decisions, and I respect that," Swinney said. "I'm in the recruiting world, and sometimes we pass on guys who turn into great players. But Deshaun was a guy, to me, who demonstrated such unbelievable leadership and a will to win and character at the highest level and was incredibly productive against everybody we played."
“Let’s make sure that we keep this confidential,” Roger Goodell said to begin the session. The New York Times obtained an audio recording of the meeting.
Mayfield posted a photo on Twitter recreating the iconic Brett Favre bedroom draft photo from the 1991 draft, with the Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback donning jean shorts and all.
“There’s a glut of NFL games on with ‘Thursday Night Football’ and a lot of the games were bad this season, and you can’t fool [the people],” Sporting News media reporter Mike McCarthy said. “There were a lot of injuries to star players, like Aaron Rodgers, and these people are TV draws. Also, a lot of marquee teams that draw the biggest numbers just didn’t have good seasons — the Cowboys, the Giants, the Packers.”
The Ravens needed a multiyear deal to fit Bryant's number under the salary cap, per Rapoport. The former Cowboys star, conversely, is seeking a one-year contract that will enable him to test the market again in 2019.
One decision-maker called the fourth-overall slot a "pivotal point in the draft," which makes plenty of sense. No. 4 is exactly where quarterback-needy teams would effort to land in order to get ahead of the Broncos.
Sitting at No. 23 and No. 31 in the first round, the Patriots could be preparing if Jackson falls past several other QB-needy teams currently sitting outside the top 10 -- No. 11 (Miami), No. 12 (Buffalo), No. 15 (Arizona), No. 16 (Baltimore), No. 17 (L.A. Chargers) and No. 22 (Buffalo again). Bill Belichick could also be sizing up a move up the draft board possibly to pluck his next heir apparent to Tom Brady.
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These are Draftmas List players I’m eyeing on day one and two, as well as where they sit on my big board.
If I’m Brett Veach, I’m looking at a roster that looks so close to being a major threat, if it can only add a few more pieces on defense. Then I’m compiling a list of 10 to 15 guys who could be available in that late first-to-early third range. Then I’m grabbing them if and when they drop.
Bates would look excellent on the back end of the Chiefs defense in a free safety role. He has the range and ball skills to allow the Chiefs to play aggressive man coverage with him as a single-high. He tackles well in space, and I saw several touchdowns and big-play saving tackles coming up from a single-high role as the last line of defense.