Mike Winchell says in the movie Friday Night Lights,” You ever feel cursed Like, no matter what, inside your heart you feel that you’re going to lose. Like something’s hanging over you, following you like a witch or a demon that just… I feel like that all the time. Even when things are going good. When we’re winning, it’s there and when we’re losing, it’s there”
This is what it feels like to be a New York Jets and Cleveland Browns fan. The Jets haven’t won a title since 1969 and the Browns won their last championship in 1964. All that can change with a great draft. Hope springs eternal for all franchises on draft night.
New England Patriots (11-5): The Patriots could have up to 12 draft picks. The Patriots should do something they never do. Move up in the draft. Normally, the Patriots brass like to trade down and stock pile draft picks. I wouldn’t be shocked if they move up to try and get a Tight End. Rob Gronkowski has retired and they need a replacement.
Miami Dolphins (7-9): The Dolphins are on a 3-year rebuilding process at the bare minimum. This team needs play makers on both side of the ball. Montez Sweat from Mississippi State could be a difference maker on defense.
Buffalo Bills (6-10): The Bills appear to have their franchise quarterback with Josh Allen. The rookie quarterback showed promise last season but he most improve on his completion percentage. 52% will not get it done in the NFL. Jawaan Taylor out of Florida could be a pro-bowl lineman over the next 7 years.
New York Jets (4-12): The Jets improved on defense and adding running back, Le’Veon Bell will help quarterback Sam Darnold’s progress. With the 3rd pick the Jets should select Josh Allen out of Kentucky. He could be the best defensive player to come out of this draft.
Baltimore Ravens (10-6): The Ravens need to add some skill position players around Lamar Jackson. They should try and move up and get wide receiver D.K. Metcalf out of Ole miss or stay with the #22 pick and select N’Keal Harry out of Arizona State. Harry could be the next Anquan Boldin.
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1): The Steelers have lost Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. How do you replace that productivity? They are going to do it by committee. I would not be shocked if the Steelers land Devin Bush, Linebacker from Michigan. He would fit perfectly into their defense scheme.
Cleveland Browns (7-8-1): On paper, the Browns could have one of the best offenses in the NFL. If they can add depth to their back 7 they should do it. D’Andre Baker out of Georgia, could come in a start at defensive back right away.
Cincinnati Bengals (6-10): I have crunched the data and numbers like Russell Crowe in the movie A Beautiful Mind.
There is no scenario in which the Bengals will win more than 5 games. You build a bad team from the inside out. Look for Cincinnati to pick offensive linemen Andre Dillard out of Washington State or Cody Ford out of Oklahoma.
Houston Texans (11-5): The Texans had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL last year. They need to add starters to protect Deshaun Watson. If Greg Little from Mississippi is available, Houston should select him.
Indianapolis Colts (10-6): The Colts have 9 picks in the 2019 Draft. They will add defensive line depth, some secondary help and some skill position players on offense.
Tennessee Titans (9-7): How many years are the Titans going to start Marcus Mariota without a legitimate #1 Wide Receiver? Marquis Brown could be available. The WR could catch 70 balls for any NFL team next year.
Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11): The Jags signed quarterback Nick Foles in the off-season. T.J. Hockenson out of Iowa would be a solid TE for the next 7 years.
Kansas City Chiefs (12-4): The Chiefs need a ton of help on the defensive side of the ball. With the 29th pick, look for them to select Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
Los Angeles Chargers (12-4): The Chargers can do a lot with their 28th pick. Rock Ya-Sin is a tough defensive back out of Temple. Anytime you can bolster up your secondary in a division that loves to pass the ball, it is a safe and good pick.
Denver Broncos (6-10): The Broncos signed Joe Flacco. He is a temporary solution for one year. Do they trade down or do they pick go after Drew Lock or Dwayne Haskins? Both quarterback’s have been rumored to be heading to the Mile high City.
Oakland Raiders (4-12): Jon Gruden has become the most paranoid coach in the NFL. He doesn’t trust his staff or anyone in the Oakland organization. After trading away Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack, Gruden has to make sure he gets this draft right. Defensive Tackle, Ed Oliver from Houston could be a wise choice. If not, look for them to solidify their offensive line
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