It’s never too early to think about the NFL Draft. With the postseason just a few weeks away, it’s time to think about what the bad NFL teams and the New York Jets should do in order to improve their team. The NFL Draft is one of the biggest sporting events every year. Seeing a dream come true is a beautiful sight to see, especially when someone has dedicated their life playing football. Before we get into it, this top ten is what the current standings are. This draft order is not final. Easily, there could be change in this draft order in just a few weeks.
1. New York Jets (0-12)
This is a no brainer. The Jets should take Clemson Quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Jets need help, and Trevor Lawrence by far the best player in this draft. Lawrence is coming from a winning culture and could bring that culture with him to the Jets, which they so desperately need. Trevor Lawrence will be the day one starter for the Jets which puts the organization in a picke. What will happen to Sam Darnold? Only time will tell.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-11)
With Trevor Lawrence off the board and in need of a quarterback, the Jaguars will take Ohio State Quarterback Justin Fields. Fields is this year’s consolation prize to Trevor Lawrence. Since transferring to Ohio State, Fields has been a menace on the field. Last season (his first with Ohio State), he threw for 41 touchdowns, three interceptions and 3,273 yards. Fields led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten Championship and to the college football playoff semifinal. Not only can he throw, he can also run. He ran for ten touchdowns and nearly 500 yards. This season, it’s been different due to Covid. In a shortened season, he’s thrown for 15 touchdowns, three interceptions and just over 1400 yards. He’s ran for five touchdowns and 239 yards. This pick should be easy for Jacksonville.
3. Cincinnati Bengals (2-9-1)
The Bengals need offensive line help badly. With that being said, the Bengals should take Oregon Offensive Tackle Penei Sewell. Sewell is the best offensive lineman in this draft. Sewell is being considered the next Johnathan Ogden/Orlando Pace, two of the best offensive linemen the NFL will ever see. With Joe Burrow coming back from an injury, he’s going to need all the protection he can get. Keep in mind, Sewell was protecting Justin Herbert while the both of them were at Oregon.
4. Los Angeles Chargers (3-9)
Load Justin Herbet with weapons. That’s what the Chargers should do. That’s why they should take LSU Wide Receiver Ja’Marr Chase. Ja’Marr Chase opted out before the season started to prepare for the NFL Draft (and probably because there’s a pandemic going on too.) The last time we saw Chase, it was the championship season for LSU. In 2019, he had 84 receptions for 1,780 yards, and 20 touchdowns. This kid was a nightmare matchup. With Justin Herbert as his quarterback, expect to see the same thing. He’ll cause an even bigger headache for defensive coordinators.
5. Dallas Cowboys (3-9)
This is a season Dallas would like to forget. Losing Dak to a grusome injury was the worst part of the year for Dallas. Another bad part about this team is defense. That’s why they should take Micah Parsons, the linebacker from Penn State. In a shortened season, Parsons has a total of 109 tackles, 52 solo and 57 assisted. This kid a tackling machine. Put Parsons together with Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith, this linebacking group could be scary if all three stay healthy and play to their best abilities.
6. Philadelphia Eagles (3-8-1)
Philadelphia has a lot of issues on this team from management, to coaching, to positions themselevs. Patrick Surtain II the cornerback from Alabama is a stud and should help bolster the Philadelphia secondary. He has 27 tackles, one interception, one touchdown, one fumble recovery and seven passes defended this season. Surtain is the best corner in this draft and Philadelphia instantly has a better defense with this kid on the roster.
7. Carolina Panthers (4-8)
Last year, Carolina went all defense. This year it will be different for them. This pick is a no brainer as they should take Devonta Smith, Wide Receiver from Alabama. A trio of DJ Moore, Robby Anderson and Devonta Smith sounds heavenly for Teddy Bridgewater. When Jaylen Waddle went down, Smith stepped up. He impressed the world with a eight reception, 231 yards, and three touchdown game against LSU. On the season, Smith has 80 receptions, 1,305 yards and 15 touchdowns. He’s averaging just over 16 yards per reception. He’ll fit right in to the Carolina offense.
8. Atlanta Falcons (4-8)
This isn’t the flashiest pick, but it makes the most sense. Atlanta needs major help in the secondary. That’s why they should take Shaun Wade, Cornerback from Ohio State. Wade isn’t talked about much, but he has the talent to be a top ten pick. In a shortened season, he has 15 total tackles, ten solo and five assisted, and two interceptions with returning one of them for a touchdown. This kid is not Patrick Surtain, but he has the ability to be like him. Wade doesn’t give up a lot of touchdowns, which is something exactly the Atlanta defense needs. Someone who can take control of the open field and now allow a big play.
9. Miami Dolphins (from Houston) (8-4)
Outside of Devante Parker, there really isn’t a true second wide receiver. That’s why they should take Minnesota’s Wide Receiver Rashod Bateman. Bateman began playing this season until he decided to opt out and prepare for the NFL Draft (and also to stay safe during the pandemic). Bateman would fit the offense perfectly in Miami with Tua at quarterback. He’s also a nice compliment to Parker and he can cause issues once he’s in the open field or down the sideline. If he hadn’t opted out, he had the potential to be the first receiver taken in the draft. He’s that good.
10. Denver Broncos (4-8)
Denver needs an edge rusher. Thats why they go out and get Gregory Rousseau from Miami. Rousseau is another top prospect that opted out before this season. In 2019, he led the ACC in sacks with 15.5. Pair this kid up with Bradley Chubb and have Von Miller be the leader that he is on defense, and this Denver defense could have a serious pass rush. Rousseau is a tackling machine having 54 tackles, with 19 of them for a loss. This kid a defensive coordinator’s dream come true of a player.
It’s too early to tell how the top ten picks will shape up. However, the top three are a lock. As for the rest, it will be exciting to see what the order is and what players will step up in workouts and the combine to improve their draft stock. Draft/Combine season is right around the corner, a very exciting time in the NFL offseason!
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-Matt Burnett (@mattthew_jordan on Twitter)