We’ve been through a few weeks of free agency now and many teams have filled up some holes that needed to be filled. There have been a lot of players released and even a couple of trades which have affected the draft order. Many pro days have come and gone which gives us a better look on what these future NFLers have to offer.
Let’s get into it.
Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss – Offensive Tackle
Before the NFL draft combine Tunsil seemed to be a lock for the first overall pick, however Jalen Ramsey has been giving him a run for his money in recent weeks which leaves us asking the question. What do the Titans need?
The tackle position is one of the most important holes to fill on a roster and if the Titans draft Tunsil first overall they’ll have two solid tackles on their roster. With Tunsil on the edge of their line the Titans can be sure that Marcus Mariota will have All-Pro protection in front of him for many years to come.
Jalen Ramsey, Florida State – Defensive Back
Since the Browns have signed Robert Griffin there will be no need for them to draft Carson Wentz with their second overall pick. There’s been a lot of talk about them potentially trading the pick away, which might not be a bad idea for them. But anyways, Jalen Ramsey is the player I have them selecting second. Ramsey has a lot of hype around him and for many people it wouldn’t be a surprise if he went first overall. If the Browns drafted him they would be getting a potential top 10 defensive player down the road. He has the ability to play both cornerback and safety so the Browns could have Haden and Ramsey, which would send them on their way to becoming a dominant defence.
San Diego Chargers
DeForest Buckner, Oregon – Defensive Line
The Pac-12 defensive player of the year in 2015 will fill a big hole on that Chargers defensive line, will be very effective against the rush. Buckner is a big rusher who is comparable to Campbell from Arizona. A big threat through the middle and now that they also have Mebane it’ll be tough for lines to contain two big bodies, expect much more pressure coming from the Chargers. If Jalen Ramsey does end up falling to third though it should be a no brainer for the Chargers to select him.
Myles Jack, Florida – Linebacker
Jack is a very rare talent that the Cowboys cannot afford to pass on. Even though they have issues on their defensive line they can handle that later in the draft. Jack will give them more athleticism on defence and allow them to play around with formations more.
Joey Bosa, Ohio State – Edge Rusher
The Jags have been making big splashes this offseason on both sides of the ball. Now with the fifth overall pick they can put themselves closer to having an elite defence with the addition of Joey Bosa. It wasn’t that long ago that Bosa was projected to be the first overall pick, so if he can fall down to the Jags it would be a big steal for them.
Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame – Tackle
The Ravens cannot afford to lose Joe Flacco again this season, they’re going to have to build up their offensive line in order to prevent that. They could very easily be in the playoffs next season and Stanley could be a big reason why.
San Francisco 49ers
Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss – Wide Receiver
A lot of drafts have been saying Jared Goff will be drafted here but he doesn’t fit Chip Kelly’s offense well, so it’s looking like Kaepernick will be leading this offence. If that is the plan he is going to need more receivers than Torrey Smith, so why not pick the best receiver available? Treadwell is a legitimate number one receiver, somebody who can help Kelly’s offence succeed massively.
Philadelphia Eagles (traded from Miami Dolphins)
Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State – Running Back
Demarco Murray was supposed to be the replacement to Lesean McCoy but as we all know that didn’t work out well for either party. It does seem as if the Eagles traded up in the draft so that they could pick up Elliott, who would become the number one option in their offence. The Eagles are in need of much help on the offensive side of the ball and Elliott is the most well-rounded running back the NFL draft has seen in years. This is a no brainer pick.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vernon Hargreaves, Florida – Cornerback
Although the Bucs need some help getting to the quarterback they should be able to handle that issue in a later round. By drafting Hargreaves it will give them another starting corner in the secondary, now that they have Brent Grimes. Hargreaves is a remarkable talented, it would be tough for the Bucs to pass him up.
New York Giants
Reggie Ragland, Alabama – Linebacker
It seemed that only a few weeks ago the Giants needed help all on the defensive side of the ball, after a tremendous free agency that is no longer the case. One thing they could improve though is the middle linebacker position. Although they did pick up Keenan Robinson there is nothing wrong with adding depth to a position. He is a very strong tackler and can even line up as a outside linebacker to attack the quarterback. Him having this ability makes him stand out against the other middle linebackers in the draft. Ragland could be an immediate starter from day one.
by Liam Horrobin