10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It’s a statement. The Bucs had a few great safeties there for the taking at the 12, but grabbed massive Washington DT Vita Vea. Landing USC RB Ronald Jones early in the second was a strong get at the time, and addressing the corner concerns with second rounders spent on North Carolina’s M.J. Stewart and Auburn’s Carlton Davis was smart. It would’ve been nice, though, to get a better safety than Pitt’s Jordan Whitehead, taken in the fourth.
9. Washington Redskins
It was a strong class for centers. Washington needed one, and didn’t get one. Landing Alabama’s Da’Ron Payne with the 13th overall pick was good – he was the best defensive tackle on the board by far.
LSU RB Derrius Guice might have been polarizing through the interview process, but in terms of talent, the Redskins got a top 15 talent with the 27th pick in the second round. Virginia Tech DT Tim Settle late in the fifth will work – he’ll make the roster as a big part of the interior.
8. Buffalo Bills
The Bills certainly went after the tools guys early on. Wyoming QB Josh Allen over Josh Rosen? That’s the call that’ll define this draft, and the shot at the stars with Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds at the 16 one pick ahead of FSU S Derwin James was a huge call. Getting Stanford DT Harrison Phillips late in the third round was terrific.
7. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts got Quenton Nelson at the six – boom. The former Notre Dame star might be for guards what Joe Thomas was for offensive tackles – the perennial Pro Bowl prototype who’s as safe and as strong as they come. Throw in the addition of Auburn OG Braden Smith early in the second, and the interior of the O line is set for a long, long time. There’s no arguing with bulk picks to fill a need, taking five players to try helping the defensive front seven.
6. Los Angeles Chargers
No, Chargers, you didn’t get your quarterback of the future, but you got FSU S Derwin James with the 17th overall pick. Your draft is made right there. Throw in West Virginia’s Kyzir White in the fourth, and NC State DT Justin Jones in the third, and this was an outstanding weekend for the D.
5. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals got Josh Rosen at the ten. Considering he’s the best pure passer in the draft, boom. That one pick trumps just about anything else. Helping him out with Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk in the second round was solid, but Anthony Miller from Memphis went a few spots later. Michigan C Mason Cole in the third was a reach.
4. Miami Dolphins
If the world is going to give you Alabama S Minkah Fitzpatrick with the 11th overall pick, you’d be rude not to take him. Penn State TE Mike Gesicki early in the second will be a fantasy star, and watch out for Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage from the fourth round as one of the draft’s more interesting value selections.
3. Denver Broncos
Awesome – except there’s no upgrade at quarterback. John Elway got a gift from the gods when Cleveland took Ohio State CB Denzel Ward at the four, leaving NC State DE Bradley Chubb right there for the taking.
SMU WR Courtand Sutton is a first round talent who fell to the second, and don’t be shocked if third-round Oregon RB Royce Freeman becomes an instant fantasy superstar. Fourth round LB Josey Jewell from Iowa and Wisconsin TE Troy Fumagalli in the fifth should be the rare find – third-day picks that stick.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
It’s really, really, really interesting – after the first round. Virginia Tech S Terrell Edmunds went way too early – 28th overall – especially with so many need-pick corners right there for the taking.
And then it got fun, starting with the Oklahoma State pitch-catch combination of QB Mason Rudolph and WR James Washington coming aboard. Throw in a terrific safety Marcus Allen out of Penn State, and NC State do-it-all, jack-of-all-trades FB Jaylen Samuels as two great fifth-round gets, and there’s a lot to like.
1. New York Giants
Even if if doesn’t work out – for any reason – there’s no questioning the Saquon Barkley pick at the two. He’s the guy, he’s the star prospect, and he’s the one the Cleveland Browns passed on to take Baker Mayfield.
UTEP OG Will Hernandez was a fantastic pick with the second pick in the second round, and getting Georgia LB Lorenzo Carter in the third was outstanding. And then came the one big, big potential miss. NC State DT B.J. Hill is a nice prospect, but the Giants took him in the third with Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph on the board.