NFL Draft Preview
The NFL draft is a life changing moment for many college football players, taking their talents from the NCAA to the NFL. The 2018 NFL draft is one of the most anticipated draft classes of the past ten years.
The Cleveland Browns, as always have the first pick of the draft, and also have the fourth overall pick. The Browns are coming off an 0-16 season, they are in dire need of young talent to turn their franchise around. The Browns lost All-Pro offensive lineman Joe Thomas, due to him retiring after a ten year career with the Browns. With such a big loss the team will need to use one of their early picks to draft a solid offensive lineman such as Mike McGlinchey from Notre Dame or Isaiah Wynn from the University of Georgia. The Browns are also in need of a franchise quarterback; they have drafted several quarterbacks in the past but they all have not been the player the team needed. The 2018 draft is full of quarterbacks that could fulfill the Browns needs such as Josh Allen out of the University of Wyoming or Sam Darnold out of the University of Southern California.
After last season’s performance,winning only three games, the New York Giants will have the second pick in the draft. One of the biggest needs for the Giants is a running back, they were twenty sixth in rushing last season, only rushing for around 1500 yards. The Giants are likely to target the standout prospect out of Penn State, Saquon Barkley. Barkley rushed for almost 2000 yards during his junior year in college. If he is still available at the second pick the Giants will more likely draft this once in a lifetime talent. After trading Jason Pierre-Paul the Giants are also in need of a defensive end. The giants could possibly go after Sam Hubbard out of Ohio State or Bradley Chubb out of North Carolina State if they decide not to take Barkley with the second overall pick.
After coming off a 5-11 record the New York Jets will have the third overall pick. The Jets biggest need is a franchise quarterback, they have failed to create a franchise quarterback out of the past quarterbacks they have taken in the past drafts. The Jets have been eyeing former University of California, Los Angeles quarterback, Josh Rosen. Rosen has the perfect build and playing style for the NFL, he is a Pro-style who can fit into virtually any offense in the NFL. The Jets are also in need of an offensive lineman. The Jets quarterback problems could be linked to a struggling offensive line, it is tough to play quarterback if you are constantly getting sacked. They could also possible target Connor Williams, an offensive tackle out of the University of Texas. Williams is a big bodied and athletic offensive tackle who could be a starter as a rookie.
Skipping to later in the draft with the local Seattle Seahawks, who represent the entire pacific northwest, have the eighteenth pick in this years draft. The Hawks lost two key players, tight end Jimmy Graham and defensive end Michael Bennett. Due to those loses the needs for the team include a tight end and a defensive end. Hayden Hurst out of the University of South Carolina could fill in perfectly at tight end for the Seahawks. Hurst is a big-bodied tight end who would fit into the Seahawks Pro-style offense very well. The Seahawks also lost all pro defensive back, Richard Sherman. Nick Nelson out of the University of Wisconsin is a solid corner who could fill the shoes of Richard Sherman. Nelson is smaller than Sherman but for what he lacks in height he makes up in his speed and athleticism.