Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5th Overall) – D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Pick Made by Andrew Wade (Contributor)
Drafting D.K. Metcalf at five may seem like a surprise and a reach, but at this point, there is no real consensus on where Metcalf could fall, and he would fit great in Tampa’s offense under Bruce Arians.
Bringing in Arians and keeping Winston around for another year showed a willingness to give it one more shot with Tampa’s “franchise” quarterback. By drafting D.K. Metcalf, they give Winston a deep threat who can take the top off the defense to pair nicely with Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Evans. If they can just replace Adam Humphries in the slot (which there are plenty of options later in the draft), this offense could be humming next season.
Also under consideration with this pick was Ed Oliver and Devin White. I couldn’t bring myself to draft Oliver with them drafting Vita Vea last year, and I felt like Arians will swing more offensively when I was deciding between Metcalf and White.
New York Giants (6th Overall) – Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Pick Made by Sayre Bedinger (Editor)
The New York Giants could go a variety of directions with this pick depending on how the board falls, but the rumor out there right now is that one NFL team has Daniel Jones as the number one QB on their board, and the Giants are the obvious ones to look at.
Why? The Giants currently employ Eli Manning, who was coached in college by (and still receives tutoring from) David Cutcliffe, the head coach at Duke. Cutcliffe has Jones looking a lot like a Manning mechanically, even down to his wide base. He will need some time in the NFL, and the Giants appear posed to afford him that. Jones becomes the heir apparent to Eli Manning.
Jacksonville Jaguars (7th Overall) – Juwaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Pick Made by Matty Mulls
In free agency, Jacksonville brought in the former Super Bowl MVP in Nick Foles. In order to him to be successful, the offensive line needs to be solid. Enter the local kid from the University of Florida, Jawaan Taylor.
He is the top offensive lineman in this draft and will anchor this unit for years to come. He has pro-bowl upside. This pick could help prove the Jags made the right decisions about Foles and even Leonard Fournette. This pick will raise the offense’s ability to keep that dominant defense off the field for a while. They might even score a few points in the process.
Miami Dolphins (8th Overall via Detroit) – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Pick Made by Matty Mulls
MIA Receives: DET 2019 1st Rd Pick (8)
DET Receives: MIA 2019 1st Rd Pick (13), 2019 3rd Rd Pick (78), 2020 2nd Rd Pick
There has been talk about Miami “tanking” this next season and looking to get a QB from the 2020 class. That could be the way they go but here, they move up and get a guy who can make every throw even when working off schedule and off platform.
The offensive line for the Dolphins needs a lot of work and Lock can help make up for that with his improvisation. Miami could get their QB now and still end up with high picks next year (like the Titans in 2016). If I’m the Dolphins, I see this course of action as my quickest line to contention for post-Brady (whenever the heck that will be).