Today we move on to picks 9-16. Check out the first eight picks here.
9. Buffalo Bills: DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
I’m personally not a DK Metcalf fan. I think he’s a workout warriors who will have an average career at best. However, because of his physical talent, he’s going to go in the top half of the first round. And with Josh Allen’s big arm, they will likely be looking for a deep threat. Metcalf almost exclusively ran screens and go routes at Ole Miss. Those kind of routes are exactly what Josh Allen needs: screens so that he gets completions and deep routes to utilize his arm strength. The Bills think they have their quarterback of the future, so they might as well build around him.
10. Denver Broncos: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
The Broncos had a very bad offensive line last year, particularly as pass blockers. Add to the fact that they lost their best lineman, center Matt Paradis, and added a slow quarterback to their roster and it makes perfect sense that they’d draft a lineman. Joe Flacco is going to need protection, particularly because is a lot less mobile than Case Keenum. The nice thing about Ford is his flexibility. He could be a starter at any offensive line position. The Broncos won’t be able to hide any line flaws by moving the pocket with Flacco. They’ll need to shore up that line to give Flacco the best chance to revitalize his career.
11. Cincinatti Bengals: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The Bengals have all the pieces to succeed on offense: a solid quarterback, a great running back, and one of the top receivers in football. However, their defense needs some help. After cutting Vontaze Burfict, picking up Devin Bush seems like the perfect fit. Bush is right next to Devin White as the best inside linebacker in the draft.
12. Green Bay Packers: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
The Packers have the only piece they need to succeed on offense: Aaron Rodgers. If St. Brown or Valdez-Scantling could take a big step in their second year, this offense can be potent when factoring in Davante Adams and Aaron Jones. The Packers need to stack the side of the ball that doesn’t have Aaron Rodgers. They’ve already started doing this by signing Preston Smith, Za’Darius Smith, and Adrian Amos. As a Clemson student, I had the pleasure of watching Clelin Ferrell in person and let me tell you, he’s a beast. Clemson is known for pumping out solid, NFL caliber defensive linemen. Ferrell should be able to provide an immediate impact on defense and help Aaron Rodgers get that elusive second ring.
13. Miami Dolphins: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
The Dolphins need help everywhere. They are at the very beginning of a rebuild. So you might as well take the best player left on the board, which is DT Ed Oliver. Oliver is similar to Quinnen Williams, in that they are both freakishly athletic three down linemen. However, Ed Oliver is a bit smaller than Williams and plays even smaller than his size indicates.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Falcons defense was pitiful last year. And with some of the best front seven players gone, it’s time to look to the secondary. Deandre Baker, is a solid, all-around talent that will be able to immediately help the Falcons’ defense. If this defense can step it up, then the Falcons could be sneaky good in 2019.
15. Arizona Cardinals (From WAS): Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Since the Cardinals took their franchise quarterback with the first pick, they were able to trade their year first round pick for the 15th pick. With Alex Smith’s career in jeopardy, trading this pick for Rosen is better than drafting someone like Drew Locke. As for the Cardinals, they had one of the worst rated offensive lines in football. You might as well protect your new franchise quarterback and Jonah Williams is the guy to do that.
16. Carolina Panthers: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
This pick really could’ve been Wilkins or Dexter Lawrence. Wilkins is a little bit more of a complete player and a little more versatile positionally. Wilkins could be perfect to pair with Dontari Poe and Kawann Short, giving the Panthers a good rotation of solid pass rushers.
-Stephen Brown III (@sbtrey23)