As the 2018 NFL Draft is about to get underway, here are five big, crazy predictions that just might be right.
NFL Draft: Five Big, Crazy Predictions That Just Might Be Right
Of course the NFL Draft is going to be wild and unpredictable. At least, that’s the hope, because it makes it all more fun.
So let’s try to predict the crazy.
Here are five totally batspit insane calls for the first round of the NFL Draft that have almost no chance of happening, but … they just might.
In the spirt of throwing something at the wall and hoping just one of them sticks, just like all 32 teams are preparing right now to do …
5. The Giants will take Quenton Nelson at the 2
Of course the Giants are going with Saquon Barkley, right?
After all, the team finished 26th in the league in rushing, averaged under four yards per carry, and couldn’t seem to get much of anything going in a season that died off in a hurry.
Former Clemson Tiger Wayne Gallman was a fourth round pick last season, and currently-injured, former UCLA back Paul Perkins hasn’t exactly cranked it up.
Neither one did much of anything, but they might be okay with some decent blocking. Orleans Darkwa wasn’t all that awful, throw in the addition of way-old Jonathan Stewart, and at least there are running-back-by-committee bodies to roll out there.
Okay, so if the Giants don’t go with Barkley, they’ll take Josh Rosen, or one of the other available quarterbacks, and ease the transition out of the Eli Manning era, right?
It’s possible, and that’s probably the smart move. But if the Giants are rebuilding a bit, they have to do it with the infrastructure. That has to start with the offensive front.
New York spent the ninth pick overall on guard Ereck Flowers out of Miami in the 2015 draft, and now you can trade a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos for him – the pick looks even worse with Todd Gurley going one pick later to the Rams.
But in terms of prospects, Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson is different.
The interior of the offensive line is the New York’s biggest need, and nothing else matters until this is fixed. With the 34th overall pick – the second pick in the second round – USC’s Ronald Jones will likely still be there. LSU’s Derrius Guice could slide to that spot. Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson and San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny will be around later, too. There’s running back value, so maybe taking Barkley with the two isn’t such a must.
And Nelson at the two – even for a guard – wouldn’t be a crazy reach in any way. He’s just that good, and he’s just that clean a prospect.