Buffalo Bills (9th Overall) – Ed Oliver, NT, Houston
Pick Made by Cameron Parker
This case is interesting because there’s recent buzz surrounding Ed Oliver and the top five. However, there’s no way Oliver is making past the top ten. Oliver is drawing comparisons to Aaron Donald. Oliver is a tremendous defensive player that sucks up double teams and fights them off just as equally. With Buffalo losing Kyle Williams, adding Oliver is a tremendous replacement.
Denver Broncos (10th Overall) – T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Pick Made by Ty Walden
After the Buffalo Bills took Ed Oliver, the Denver Broncos had a few options. For me, the big option is gone. Denver could go quarterback with Dwayne Haskins still on the board. There was also Devin White and Devin Bush. There is no doubt there is a need at inside linebacker.
However, after giving it some thought, the team could be okay at inside linebacker. There are options in the later rounds at the position. And if what Todd McShay is reporting is true, the team might not even go defense in the first round.
That leaves Denver drafting best player available. With the tight end situation cloudy, the Broncos go after one of the Iowa tight ends in T.J. Hockenson. Three of the Broncos tight ends are coming off of season ending injuries. And there has not been a solid tight end since Julius Thomas and Owen Daniels.
Jake Butt was supposed to end the tight end search, but he has not stayed healthy since the team drafted him two years ago. T.J. Hockenson is an offensive threat that can start immediately. He can help in the run game and could be a safe check down player for Joe Flacco in certain situations.
While this may not be the obvious pick, it is one that will really help out the Denver Broncos offense.
Cincinnati Bengals (11th Overall) – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Pick Made by Andrew Wade
Had the draft board fallen like I expected it to, I would have drafted one of the Devin’s here with pick #11, but Dwayne Haskins falling created an opportunity for the Bengals to go get their franchise QB.
It’s apparent that Andy Dalton is not the answer here, but with Haskins being so fresh having only played one season of college football as a starter, this gives him an ideal opportunity to learn from Dalton’s tutelage over the next few years and to work with new head coach and former quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor.
Haskins gets to stay in the Ohio area, and Cincinnati signals a small rebuild with this pick.
Green Bay Packers (12th Overall) – Devin White, ILB, LSU
Pick Made by Sayre Bedinger
It’s impossible to think Devin White could last this long on draft night unless there’s some sort of Laremy Tunsil mask situation going on with Devin White. By all accounts, White is as clean a prospect as they come, so I doubt that happens.
The Packers, armed with two first-round picks, could theoretically trade up for White, though. He is a fast linebacker and former running back who plays sideline-to-sideline extremely well. He has an elite combination of size and speed and is expected to be a top five player when all is said and done from this class. The Packers would be jumping for joy if he was on the board at 12.