This is where I had planned on taking a QB, as I think that Jake Fromm would have worked extremely well with Taylor, at a lot less cost, but the Head coach overruled me.
After three rounds, Young, Ruiz, and Fromm would look a lot better then Burrow, Ruiz, and Chinn.
This pick is to help the Defense against the run, more so to help stop Lamar Jackson and what he does best. He is just as freaky of an athlete as Lamar. He can back up both safety positions, or even add weight and play linebacker. At 6’3” and 220 pounds, he can easily cover tight ends, and he’s a physically dominant tackler.
Chase Claypool WR
Claypool may be one of the “buzziest” names leading up to the draft. After blowing away the combine and flashing at the Senior Bowl, the Redskins will look to give Haskins another weapon to draw attention away from Scary Terry McLaurin. While not boasting great production in South Bend, Claypool’s best years are hopefully ahead of him. At 238 pounds, Claypool will not be a guy people want to tackle when he’s got a 4.4 forty head of steam coming their way in the open field. If he can show that he can be reliable as a blocker, he could get looks as an H-back, as well, further justifying his rise up boards.
67. Detroit Lions
Jonah Jackson IOL
The Lions offensive line struggled in 2019, giving up 43 sacks (19th) and ranked 21st in the rush. The Lions have brought in some help during free agency, including Halapoulivaati Vaitai from the Eagles and Josh Garnett from the 49ers. But they still need depth because none of Detroit’s five starters upfront Week 1 played a full slate of games in 2019.
68. New York Jets
Netane Muti IOL
Jets have a massive need to improve the O line play. Douglas has been doing a nice job of building pieces with free agents who are consistent and will give Darnold a better chance. McGovern is a nice pick up at centre, and Fant is a wildcard, but all others are not long term solutions.
Muti offers some versatility at the guard positions and as an emergency tackle. He has played LT and LG at college and was used in a zone-blocking scheme which Gase follows and will benefit Le’veon Bell. Muti has great strength and a nastiness to his game, routinely finishing guys all the way to the whistle. Not a finished product and is a risk-reward pick, due to his injury history, but provides a good versatile pick who would likely earn a starting guard position by the start of the season.
Bryce Hall CB
It’s a good thing that Matt Rhule has a fondness for bibs because when he learned, we were going to be able to draft a corner of Bryce Hall’s ability in round three he spits out his drink (He had a mouth full of chocolate YooHoo. Talk about bad timing). If not for an ankle injury that cost him the bulk of his senior season, Hall would have likely been one of the top corners in this year’s draft.
“I just can’t believe it,” Coach Rhule said while being cleaned up by the war room cleaning staff.
Kyle Dugger S
Another small school guy, who I think is going to be an excellent pro. The usual charge against small-school guys is they look more athletic than normal playing against less athletic guys, but Dugger blew away the combine. He’s fast, he hits hard and is excellent at diagnosing plays when they are in progress, closing and finishing. Where he needs work is diagnosing plays at the snap and reacting. He got away with it a lot because of his talent at D2, but he will need some training. He should be a starter by midseason but will likely back up Rowe to start the year. Dolphins get MUCH needed safety help. I strongly considered getting a star nickel back like Arnette, but the Dolphins can survive with a lesser nickel at this point.
Troy Dye LB
The Chargers need Depth at linebacker. The rest of their Defense will be special, but linebacker has been a weakness for the team for a while. Troy Dye could be the boost they need as long as he is consistent he will be an upgrade on that team either on special teams or on the Defense. Troy Dye has speed and could be a great backup who could play on 3rd down as needed. He is good in coverage as well as an adequate run defender. This is a good pick for them to take to get some depth and possibly a starter at the linebacker position.
Tyler Biadasz C
Who doesn’t love a good offensive line? Looking at the Cardinals’ depth chart they have plenty of positions that can use upgrades, but the most glaring in my opinion is every position on their offensive line. Their interior currently consists of Justin Pugh, Mason Cole, and JR Sweezy. Yikes. They need more bodies and better talent, and Biadasz provides both. He was the Rimington Trophy winner as the nation’s top center and a first-team All-American. He does come with injury concerns. I had hoped to see Malik Harrison or Terrell Lewis fall a little further but I think the Cardinals have to be all in protecting Kyler Murray so this pick makes sense.
Jordan Elliott DL
I’m incredibly confused as to why Jordan Elliott hasn’t received more pre-draft publicity. People criticize his length, but with almost 33 inch arms and 10.25 inch hands...he’s not that short, and his power and technique more than make up for it. 6’4” and 315 pounds, Elliott is very athletic and has the production to match his traits. He led all of college football for interior defensive linemen with an almost 19% win rate as a pass rusher. That’s insane from inside. He’s also equally as accountable as a run defender. The Jaguars keep getting better here as they add a do-it-all interior defender to Baun (a bendy edge rusher who can drop back in coverage), and Gladney (a feisty corner who can play outside, in the slot and in the box).
Damon Arnette CB
Still probably not the greatest need, however I again went with the BPA. Arnette is an immense talent that could end up being an incredible steal. The Browns suffered serious injuries to both of their starting CB last year, so a bit of depth isn’t a bad thing. They have the option of moving Greedy Williams into the slot in 3 WR sets, or if they are thoroughly impressed with Arnette, they could move Greedy over to Safety, which would fill another hole in the Defense.
In addition to being the BPA, I love the fact that he went to college about 1.5 hours away. With the Coronavirus limiting scouting time and in-person visits, I would imagine that despite the front office changes, the organization is very familiar with Arnette’s game.
Jacob Eason QB
Jacob Eason fits the mold of the tall-guy QB prototype who stands tall in the pocket, has great arm strength, and good deep ball accuracy. He struggles, however, when he’s under pressure and also fails to make the intermediate throws that a team like the 49ers would want. At 75, though, the Colts are hedging their bets that he can become Philip Rivers 2.0, and at 75, this is a great value.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB
I’m so happy CEH fell this far. I expected him to be a second-rounder, but NN sure has loved going o-line this draft. To get negatives out of the way, he doesn’t have the best long speed or pass protection. But he is great after the catch, has good ball security, runs low, makes defenders miss… This guy’s a monster and is a big part of LSU’s offense, along with Burrow. He can even help out as a returner. He’s such a versatile tool and will match up well with Ronald Jones.
Donovan Peoples-Jones WR
I did not go into the draft looking to spend 2 of my first 3 picks on WRs, but as the Better Rivals guys like to say, “it’s never a bad idea to lean into the strength of a draft.” I was talking myself into going for a solid single with Damon Arnette, but he went off the board, and it was swinging for the fences. Broncos are a bit like the 49ers in that they currently have a WR2 that should probably be a WR4 (Daesean Hamilton). Ruggs and DPJ make an intriguing pair. Both seem capable of playing outside or inside. Both can threaten the Defense deep and open things up underneath for the other one. I considered Jordyn Brooks and CB options here, but decided I could fill those needs later. DPJ needs to turn his exciting flashes into steady production but he’s got NFL starter traits.
Jordyn Brooks LB
Sticking with Defense, Brooks is almost in the mold of a “throwback linebacker” in the sense he likes to attack the ball. You’ll see the phrase “See ball, hit ball” when reading this guy. Rangy, instinctive, and high motor tackler. Coverage skills totally unknown as he was rarely; almost never asked to cover. Has the speed and range to run with tight ends if coached up.
New York Jets
Darrell Taylor Edge
Jenkins has been brought back on a one year to continue some respectable rush capabilities. A need was there to add more rushing strength, and Taylor can offer that as an outside linebacker in Gregg William’s 3-4 base defence. He will also work as an odd or even with some sound run blocking skills as well as the ability to rush the passer.
Akeem Davis-Gaither LB
The Raiders are in need of a linebacker and don’t have a lot of cap room left, which leaves it to the draft. Boasting perhaps the worst linebacker core in the NFL, many of the linebackers used were special teams quality. Davis-Gaither is currently projected to go in the second round, so to grab a potential starter in the third is a big win. Even though Davis is a bit undersized and could use some weight, he’s an excellent athlete with great football IQ. The Raiders give him a direct line to starting and meaningful snaps.
Las Vegas Raiders
Terrell Burgess S
Burgess will fill another hole for the Raiders at Safety. Burgess will slide in next to Abram as a Free Safety, his best fit. This will also allow Abram to play more in the box and at SS, his strong suit. Burgess is another player on the rise in the draft and could go as early as the second round based on his coverage skills but impossible to pass up in the third.
Solomon Kindley IOL
Considered a top-five IOL in the draft by most scouts. After the devastating retirement of Travis Frederick, this is a need. He can play all three interior line positions and is a big, fast, and strong run blocker. Another high floor low ceiling prospect, he can start right away.
Darnay Holmes CB
I passed on CB earlier in this Rd, expecting to pick 1 of Holmes and Troy Pride Jr here. The other GMs didn’t make it easier on me by reducing my options. I’m still not sure I picked the right guy between the 2, but I felt that while Pride might have the higher floor, Holmes might have the higher ceiling. With a 4.48 40 time and elite agility and fluidity, but less than the ideal length, I’m not sure if the Broncos will use Holmes on the boundary or in the slot. They picked up Bouye in a trade, and he’ll play outside on one side. They have Bryce Callahan coming off of an injury who has primarily played slot but was signed last year and projected to play outside. Regardless, there are essentially three starting CB spots, and Holmes should be in the mix there.
Logan Wilson LB
Man, do the Rams need a LB. Adding Uche and Wilson shore up a lot of the problems in the middle. Wilson can be a starting-caliber player at Mike or Sam. He’s not quick enough in space to play the Will, but he sheds blocks, makes tackles, and is as solid as it gets. Maybe not as dynamic as some other LB in the draft athletically, but he makes up for a lot with a nose for the ball and leadership. He’s an excellent addition to a very thin LB corps for the Rams. I was tempted to go for a DB or a OT, but at this point the value wasn’t there and LB is a big need for LAR.
Bradlee Anae Edge
Anae during the 2019 regular season had 13 sacks and 41 tackles, one forced fumble and one pass batted. The Lions defense had only 28 sacks last year and lost their sack leader Devon Kennard. Kennard was replaced with Trey Flowers but the Lions will need to increase pressure on opposing quarterbacks.So, adding an edge rusher who can rotate into the line up will help increase that production.
Ben Bredeson IOL
The Bills start to fill out the OL to protect Josh Allen. They have the WR now with Diggs and the RB with Singletary. They now have the interior to open those gaps and protect. Bredeson’s skill is quoted as “Nasty dude in the run game. Love how he finds leverage points on his opponent and turns them out of gaps to create push. He can move bodies against their Will in the run game”. This man embodies the spirit of Buffalo.
Brycen Hopkins TE
One year after the retirement of Gronk, the Pats Are still searching for a replacement for one of the best Tight End talents of all time. Is Brycen Hopkins the second coming of Gronk? Maybe. The pats take a chance on the Purdue Tight End in the third round. I like Hopkins’ size and route-running ability, and I think it will translate well into a Patriot offense.
Troy Pride CB
The way the draft board unfolded had me holding my breath this round, but fortunately, two CBs I have a 3rd-round value for remained when lucky pick 88 came up. Despite him being under-estimated by the media, Troy Pride is my pick. I don’t know if he will start this year (let alone in week 1), but I am excited about this pick. He has prototypical boundary CB size and athleticism and has shown the ability to work in a zone-heavy scheme, as the Saints use. He looked sticky and fluid in the Senior Bowl tape I reviewed. I am still looking for a CB in free agency (the Saints have some cap room and a smart contract manager, so Logan Ryan or Prince Amukamara, possibly), to help address the problem of 48 points being put up on the Saints in their barn by some other team, I forget who. They must be awesome.
Raekwon Davis DL
As good as the Minnesota defense has been in recent years, it has lacked an explosive, pass-rushing 3-tech. BPA meets the need with Davis (and indeed Marlon Davidson) still on the board at #89.
Davis is long, powerful, and disruptive. His Bama film shows a lot of double-teams and some 2-gapping and stunts. I mostly want him attacking B-gap and getting after QBs as he did earlier in his career. He plays the run well, and as a rusher, it’s all there, just not as consistently as you’d like. Mike Zimmer and his staff will get it out of him. He’ll rotate in early and has the physical traits and pass-rush upside to be a steal late in the 3rd.
Michael Ojemudia CB
The Texans desperately need CB help, especially after Lonnie Johnson almost single-handedly beefed the playoff game against the Chiefs. After going man against KC in the first half, they inexplicably went to zone, and Lonnie Johnson blew it. Ojemudia is an athlete that actually specializes in zone coverage, and if they want to beat Mahomes in the playoffs, they are going to need better options with zone abilities. Ojemudia checks that box and brings length and physicality to a Texans defense game that needs both.
Las Vegas Raiders
Shane Lemieux OL
This is more of a “luxury” pick here. The Raiders are drafting their future RT this year, who will start at OG and shift next year when Trent Brown becomes cuttable. His salary next year will have no dead cap, and the Raiders can move on easily. Lemieux will take over when Brown leaves as he fits their scheme perfectly as a move tackle.
Ben Bartch OL
Famous for his gag-worthy smoothie he modeled at the Combine, Bartch is a high upside OT that went the Joe Staley route as a former tight end and track star. After an eye-popping week at the Senior Bowl, Bartch is flying up draft boards, and this might even be a little low for him. While not completely polished, Bartch is athletic, smart, and well equipped to flourish in an offense that is quick-paced in Baltimore and to blow open holes for the reigning MVP.
Amik Robertson CB
With the uncertainty surrounding the return of free-agent corners Logan Ryan and Tremaine Brock, the Titans reach into a deep CB class and emerge with the diminutive (5’8”) Robertson as a bulwark to the potential losses in the back end. A playmaker of the highest degree in all three of his years at Louisiana Tech, Robertson led his team in interceptions every year on campus, totaling 14 picks in his career and returning three of those for scores. He garnered a second-team AP All-American selection after his junior season in Ruston, in which he posted 60 tackles (8 for losses), five interceptions, and 16 PBUs (tied for the national lead). Armed with a high football IQ and experience both inside and outside, Robertson looks to buck the trend against smallish CBs and hopes to follow in the footsteps of his idol growing up in Louisiana, Tyrann Mathieu.
Marlon Davidson DL
The Packers’ run defense needs more help after struggling the whole season. This pick helps with solidifying that. Marlon Davidson can play both at edge or in the center of the defensive line and be effective at both. He is good at establishing the edge and containing it. This pick is to add more and more depth to the defensive as the first layer and second layer have been shown to need help after the conclusion of the season.
Nick Harris OL
Broncos IOL has a glaring need at C. They signed Graham Glasgow in FA, a guy who has played C, but all the talk from the team is they expect him to play RG. Last year’s starter, Connor McGovern, has already signed elsewhere. Nick Harris is the last of the guys that might be considered a plug and play guy. The only guys that really look appreciably better have ridden hype trains and require a major investment of draft capital. If the Broncos could get a guy like Matt Hennessy with their early 3rd pick, they’d surely jump, but with that looking unlikely, they wait and get an acceptable option in Harris. He’s shorter than ideal and needs to spend a year in an NFL strength program, but he has elite move skills to fit the ZBS system that the Broncos run.
Kansas City Chiefs
Damien Lewis OL
Lewis projects to be the main backup guard for the Chiefs. He is mainly known as a Power scheme fit, but under Andy Reid and Andy Heck, he may develop into a future starter for the Chiefs. He has good foot movement and is good at picking up stunts, and pass offs from other linemen pretty well. One of the main plusses that scouts bring up is his effort; you can tell that he is constantly giving his team everything he can.
Willie Gay LB
Was hoping to go IOL at this spot, but the player I was targeting was sniped one pick ahead. I ended up selecting Willie to help fortify the front 7. He kinda reminds me of the Browns’ old nemesis, Vontaze Burfict. Gay is an extremely aggressive, hard-hitting LB who is also capable in coverage. He is also capable of hitting himself out of the league ala Burfict. I am betting on the upside here. If it pans out, he can be a highly capable replacement for Joe Schobert. If he doesn’t, the Browns are probably looking for an LB in the early part of the draft next year.
New England Patriots
Tyler Johnson WR
Here is Belichick’s steal of the draft. Tyler Johnson may not be the biggest WR name, but he’s one of the biggest talents. Johnson has been overlooked his entire college career, and after a dominant performance this year with Minnesota, it’s clear to me that he will be a good receiver in the NFL and one of the best in years to come. Being drafted into a Pats organization with Belichick still as the head coach is a blessing, even without Tom Brady, this is still an offense that maxes outplay potential, and Johnson is going to be a stud in the years to come.
Antonio Gandy-Golden WR
AGG brings big-time talent out of a small, lesser-known school. Seeking to add a jump ball and red zone target for Daniel Jones, Giants select AGG to fill that role. Sterling Shepard is often-injured, Golden Tate and Darius Slayton are different type receivers, and the roster currently does not have someone with Gandy-Golden’s red zone abilities. Giants hope to develop Gandy Golden to form an effective young trio of outside receivers with Slayton and Shepard.
New England Patriots
Jabari Zuniga Edge
With Chase Winovich likely to take on some bigger roles in his second season and Kyle Van Noy, a free agent, the Patriots need to add on in their Edge depth and what better way to do that with a dog in the second round in Jabari Zuniga.
Hakeem Adeniji OT
As a tackle at Kansas, Adeniji was one of the best in the conference, but he is undersized in the league and may need to move to guard. He is versatile, though, having played both tackle spots, and he has great technique, although it gets sloppy every once in a while. He is athletic, with a low 5 40 yard dash, and a very good vertical of 34 inches. He is good when getting to the second level and, as a tackle, could be very good at pass protection once moved inside. He has issues with recovery once beat, however, and that may limit him. It is all about coaching at the next level, and if Seattle can use him correctly at guard, this is a great pick. Wilson needs protection, and Adeniji could be that with development. His versatility will come in handy.
Jalen Hurts QB
Jalen Hurts has a real opportunity to start from week one in Pittsburgh. Big Ben isn’t what he used to be, and Rudolph and Duck Hodges aren’t going to get in his way. Some detractors think he’s been propped up by big-time talent and coaching at Alabama and Oklahoma, but Hurts is a big-time player with athleticism and IQ and could inject some excitement into what has become a moribund offense at Heinz Field.
103 Philadelphia Eagles
KJ Hamler WR
The Eagles struggled to fill their receiver corps adequately at times in 2019 and are in real need of depth. With DeSean Jackson missing much action due to injuries and Greg Ward, a just adequate slot receiver – Hamler represents excellent depth and big-play possibilities. Despite a muscular build, his diminutive stature will limit him to a slot-only type receiver (his is 5/9 and 178). Hamler played 616 of his 694 offensive snaps in the slot in 2019.
The speedster has some of the best agility and quickest feet in the entire draft with his size.
His elite change of direction ability is on full display every time he touches the ball.
While running routes, he is almost unguardable at times, and he consistently creates plenty of separation — something the current Eagles wideouts struggle with.
Los Angeles Rams
Saahdiq Charles OT
This is a potential pick. Charles could very well be a starting left tackle in 2 years for a decade, or he could flame out. I realize it’s a bit early to take a leap of faith, but I truly believe Charles is going to be good. He protected Joe Burrow on his amazing run and has all the athleticism needed to be a star. Not unlike Austin Jackson, he has a lot of development ahead of him, but he was by FAR the most talented OT left on the board. Other teams who don’t have tackles on board would be less likely to take him, but this is Havenstein’s replacement in a year or so.
105 Minnesota Vikings
Jake Fromm QB
After watching all the half-decent O-linemen and safeties disappear before my eyes, I would have looked to trade out here if possible with a team looking to get Jake Fromm, who has somehow fallen ‘til the end of the 3rd. Without that option, why not just take the QB?
Fromm has it all between the ears and caught top ten hype this time last year, but an apparent lack of athleticism and arm strength has knocked him down, boards. He can still be a valuable (albeit low-end) starting QB. The Vikings just extended Kirk Cousins to mixed fan reactions. Fromm can push him, and if Kirk goes down, the offense might not miss a beat. Could I have used this pick more wisely? Maybe. But Fromm is probably BPA on a board now lacking impact talent approaching Day 3.
106 Baltimore Ravens
Zack Moss RB
Zack Moss won’t wow you with Combine workout warrior numbers, but Moss may be the best all-around back in this class. What Moss might lack in breakaway speed, he makes up for it with incredible vision, elite cut-back ability, and an understated ability to be a very dangerous pass catcher. While he is elusive, he also packs a wallop and isn’t afraid to take on tacklers. He does have injury concerns, but most running backs do, and that’s what’s dropped him to the bottom of round three. Moss won’t have to be the bell cow in Baltimore and will allow Greg Roman to employ a RBBC approach and keep fresh legs churning out yards on the ground in the video game offense run by Lamar Jackson.