As the 2019 NFL Draft is about to get underway, here are five big, crazy predictions that just might be right.
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Oh sure, like you saw Rashaad Penny going to Seattle with the 27th overall pick last year.
Yeah, you predicted Josh Rosen – remember him? – was going to slide on down to Arizona at the ten after the Bills went after Josh Allen at the seven.
And now way, no how, did you seen Vontae Mack going at the one, no matter what.
Here are five totally batspit insane calls for the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft that have almost no chance of happening, but … oh sure they will.
In the spirit 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. Miles Sanders will be the first running back taken, but …
A running back might not go in the first round.
Is Josh Jacobs just that special? Maybe, and teams tend to get a bit nutty as the Thursday night rolls on, but this is a good draft for running backs in the mid-section, and there isn’t a Gurley, Fournette, Zeke or Barkley that screams MUST have in the top ten.
It’s actually going to be a relatively dry draft after around the 15th pick, mainly because all the offensive skill spots will be a fat load of meh.
The quarterbacks still around are going to be just okay. DK Metcalf and Marquise Brown are good NFL receivers, but they’re not franchise-changers, and again, the high-end running back talent just isn’t there.
However, teams still want them.
Take a look at what happened over the last two years. In the 2018 draft, Saquon Barkley, Rashaad Penny, Sony Michel, Nick Chubb – that’s a solid haul of backs in the top 35 before Ronald Jones was taken off the board.
In 2017? Yeeeeeeeeesh.
Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, Alvin Kamara, Kareem Hunt, James Conner, Tarik Cohen. Marlon Mack, Aaron Jones.
The position is valuable again, so even though the value prop bet play is on no running backs going in the first round, watch out for Jacobs – after a workout circuit that was good, but not WOW – to drop, and for one team to have a thing for Penn State’s Miles Sanders in the hopes of getting a knockoff version of Barkley.
He’s been the hot name floating about in the underground world over the last several days. Keep an eye out for the Raiders at the 24.