It is less than two weeks before the first round of the NFL draft begins on April 25, and now we are officially on the homestretch. The combiner and the free agency are in the books, the circuit of the university is finished and the prospects are busy making last-minute visits to future potential teams. Taking all the information we can gather from the pre-draft phase up to now, let's take another look at how the first round could be developed. Here it is The Ringer & # 39; s NFL Draft 5.0:
1. Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
This has been the choice in each of my last three simulations, and I see no reason to change direction. Of course, it's rare for a team to draw quarterbacks in the first consecutive rounds, but as Ringer colleague Kevin Clark expressed it eloquently last week, Arizona's strategy here should be ultimately: "If you do not have a good quarterback situation, keep selecting one until you have it." Questions about Murray's lack of size are valid, but the first Sooner is the most talented pbader in this draft and could become a cornerstone of franchise change. If they select Murray, the Cardinals have a couple of options on how to handle the first round last year, Josh Rosen: They could swap it right away, or wait and try to rebuild some of their value during this season. But either way, Murray is too good to pbad up in this place.
2. San Francisco 49ers: DL Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Joey Bosa has been my choice in this place in the last two months, but there is a very real possibility that Williams is the best qualified player on the board of the Niners. In addition, when San Francisco solved its need in the edge corridor by exchanging and extending Dee Ford last month, it gave the team the freedom to choose the best model available to the player instead of selecting the need. Williams is a dominant inside runner, capable of collapsing his pocket or reaching the quarterback with a combination of speed, power and technique. Pairing it with DeForest Bucker would probably create one of the best indoor defensive lines in the NFL.
3. New York Jets: EDGE Nick Bosa, State of Ohio
Bosa falling to the no. 3 is a dream scenario for the needy Jets. Like his brother Joey, Bosa has the potential All Pro of his early career; He is big, strong, explosive and plays with his hair on fire. Mike Maccagnan should run to the podium for this selection.
4. Oakland Raiders: EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky
The Raiders can take a step to fill Khalil Mack's shoes by grabbing Allen with the fourth pick. The former Kentucky standout has an extremely versatile skill set, with first-pbad explosiveness and double-crossing as a pbad rusher, and awareness and reach when he returns to coverage. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther would have no problem deploying Allen in multiple roles in the Oakland defense.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DL Ed Oliver, Houston
The Bucs have their choice of pbad backs such as Montez Sweat, Brian Burns and Clelin Ferrell in this place, and they could also try to reinforce their linebacker corps with Devin White. But Oliver's rare skill set should overcome his other needs. Gerald McCoy's future with the team is up in the air, and dropping Oliver with Vita Vea's first round last year in Todd Bowles' new hybrid defense would not only create problems for offensive linemen inside opponents , but it will also make things easier for Jason Pierre. -Paul and the recent free agency, in addition to the addition of Shaquil Barrett.
6. New York Giants: OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
The Giants have done a lot to rebuild their offensive line in the past two seasons, adding left tackle Nate Solder and guard Will Hernandez last spring, and shooting guard Kevin Zeitler in March. But there is still a hole in right tackle, and Williams could be the answer. The former Crimson Tide standout is a technician in running and pbading games, and could start from the first day. With this selection, the Giants would add an unconditional on the line.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: EDGE Montez Sweat, State of Mississippi
The base of the Jaguars defense in recent seasons has been his deep and talented defensive line. But with the recent departures of Malik Jackson and Dante Fowler Jr., that unit needs reinforcements. Sweat is a rare athletic talent that brings length (arms of 35 ¾ inches) competing with Calais Campbell and the explosive first step that looks like Yannick Ngakoue. It would be a good addition to the Jacksonville rotation in 2019 and a longer-term replacement for Campbell, 32.
8. Detroit Lions: CB Byron Murphy, Washington
The Lions have been looking for a counterpart to the closed Darius Slay corner over the past few years, and they would get a good one here at Murphy. The former Husky has quick feet like lightning, first-rate instincts and excellent ball skills. Along with newcomers Justin Coleman and Rashaan Melvin, Murphy would crown the secondary image change of the Lions in the offseason.
9. Buffalo Bills: EDGE Brian Burns, State of Florida
The Bills must add depth and talent to their group of unapproved pbades, and they would do so with the Burns selection on the no. 9. The old Seminole is an explosive crusher with a fast first step and the flexibility to turn the corner. You will have to prove that you can maintain your combined weight (249 pounds) throughout the season (it was listed at 235 last year in the state of Florida), but because of its athletic features, length and flexibility, Burns may have more upside down than any of the other rushers of this clbad.
10. Denver Broncos: QB Drew Lock, Missouri
Denver general manager John Elway has an interesting option to do here, with Dwayne Haskins and Lock still on the table. But he rolls with the Mizzou star because of his adjustment in what should be a pirate scheme and a heavy game in action. Lock has a big arm, can launch in movement, protects football and has a lot of mobility to play as a point guard in the offensive of the new coordinator Rich Scangarello. You will have the opportunity to acclimatize to the speed of the professional game as the alternate of Joe Flacco in the first year.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Dwayne Haskins, State of Ohio
The Bengals could go in any number of directions at this point, but in this scenario, they are happy to stop Haskins from falling. The former Buckeye signal receiver has a strong arm and throws with precision, but is still raw, with only one season of boot experience under his belt. In Cincinnati, he will have the opportunity to develop behind incumbent Andy Dalton, whose contract runs until 2020 and has no remaining dead money.
12. Green Bay Packers: OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
With right tackle Bryan Bulaga now on the wrong side of 30 and entering the final year of his contract, the Packers must secure that spot by adding the former Gators stalwart with the 12th pick. Taylor could compete for shots in the right guard spot with newly signed free agent Billy Turner and projects as a long-standing replacement on the right side of the line.
13. Miami Dolphins: OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
The Dolphins are in full rebuilding and begin that process in the trenches, trapping the former Washington State tackle with their first-round pick. Dillard has a first level athletic level, light feet and the potential to play on both sides of the line. That selection would give options to the head coach of Miami, Brian Flores: he could start Dillard against Laremy Tunsil at right tackle or leave the rookie on the left, hitting the Tunsil from top to bottom to protect him.
14. Atlanta Falcons: EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
The Falcons recently signed former Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn on a one-year contract, but that will not stop them from further strengthening their vanguard group by selecting Ferrell. The former Clemson star is long, athletic and technically strong as a runner and seems ready to contribute to the rotation of the defensive line of the team from the same door. Ferrell is a high-floor, easy-to-do end that could help this defense to explode in 2019.
15. Washington Redskins: LB Devin Bush, Michigan
Washington has innumerable needs on both sides of the ball, but they would fill a significant gap by adding a high-impact playmaker like Bush. The former defender of Wolverine is a fierce and fiery ball hawk who can contribute in multiple roles from the first day. Fly to the ball against the race, it is an excellent blitzer and has a line-to-band coverage speed.
16. Carolina Panthers: OT Cody Ford, Oklahoma
Carolina re-signed with Daryl Williams on a one-year contract after missing 15 games in 2018, but the team could add insurance on the offensive line by picking former Sooners, Cody Ford, here. Ford has mbadive size, light feet and salty behavior; He is a reliable pbading guard and road player in the running game that fits the balanced offensive philosophy of the Panthers.
17. New York Giants (From Browns): LB Devin White, LSU
After catching a first-level tackle with his first choice of the round, the Giants turn to the other side of the ball, adding a fierce game maker to the center of their defense. The target is physical, fast and aggressive, and able to increase the intensity of the players that surround it. In a division that has a group of dangerous pbading receivers and elusive runners like Ezekiel Elliott, Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice, Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, New York needs a versatile and explosive linebacker like White Manning the Middle.
18. Minnesota Vikings: DL Christian Wilkins, Clemson
The Vikings signed Shamar Stephen last month in a Band-Aid move to help the team replace defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, recently deceased. Holding Wilkins in this place would give the team a young, dynamic and versatile long-term replacement in the middle. Wilkins is a high-impact, high-impact pbad rusher and career defender who fits perfectly in the Minnesota front.
19. Tennessee Titans: EDGE Rashan Gary, Michigan
Cameron Wake, a thirty-seven-year-old free agent, gives the Titans a short-term boost in the defense's edge, but Tennessee needs to continue investing in the future. Gary is a versatile and highly athletic prospect who is still scratching the surface of his potential. It lacks a nuanced technique, but it has an excellent first-pbad explosion and lots of power. He can line up at multiple locations in the Tennessee front, and former defender Mike Vrabel seems able to make the most of the talented former Wolverine.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
The Steelers have obvious needs on the defensive side of the ball, but after exchanging Antonio Brown, it makes sense to give old quarterback Ben Roethlisberger another great game weapon. I have seen some comparing Hockenson to former Steeler Heath Miller: he is a fierce and reliable blocker in career and pbading games, and he is athletic and gentle on his pbading routes. Hockenson is a three-shot impact player who, along with Vance McDonald, would give Pittsburgh the ability to be creative with two-tight sets.
21. Seattle Seahawks: DL Jeffery Simmons, State of Mississippi
It is likely that the Seahawks will seek to re-negotiate from this location on April 25, but if they can not find a suitable partner, taking Simmons here would be a good consolation prize. The disruptive Mississippi lineman will miss most or all of the 2019 season after he suffered an ACL tear in training, but when healthy, he has the potential of a Pro Bowl as a penetrating runner of three techniques. He is even athletic enough to play the final position of the strong side in the Seattle scheme.
22. Baltimore Ravens: WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
The depth chart of the current Ravens receiver, led by names like Willie Snead, Jordan Lasley, Chris Moore and Quincy Adeboyejo, is, let's say, a cause for concern, especially considering that the team is trying to develop the quarterback from second year Lamar Jackson A more consistent pbader. The general manager of Baltimore, Eric DeCosta, needs to add talent to that group and, fortunately, has all the options available to him in this place. DeCosta could go with a pick up in D.K. Metcalf or Hakeem Butler, or choose speed over size with Marquise Brown, but in this scenario, place your chips in a large and versatile pbad receiver in A.J. Brown. Brown has the potential to become a young field marshal's best friend: he is a dangerous weapon outside the slot, is able to win a large number of yards after capture and showed flashes as an effective receiver on the field.
23. Houston Texans: CB Andraez "Greedy" Williams, LSU
The Texans need to update their offensive line group, but with Williams on the board here on the no. 23, choose to go with a cornerback instead. The former star of the LSU is long, physical and aggressive in its coverage, and offers top speed and athleticism on the outside.
24. Oakland (Bears) Raiders: TE Noah Fant, Iowa
The Raiders added some dangerous weapons to their receiving corps this offseason in the exchange for Antonio Brown and the signing of Tyrell Williams, but after losing to Jared Cook, the tight-end group suddenly looks tarnished. Fant is stylistically very similar to Cook: it is an explosive and dynamic pbad receiver with field speed down to threaten the seam and the chops that run on isolation routes. As an added benefit, it is also solid as a blocker, both online and in motion.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: S Darnell Savage Jr., Maryland
The Eagles have a balanced list with few important holes. But with Rodney McLeod ready to enter his contract year, Philadelphia must start planning for the future for safety. The team has a selection of the best game creators in that position here, giving options to the Eagles as Deionte Thompson of Alabama, Nasir Adderley of Delaware, Johnathan Abram of the State of Mississippi or Chauncey Gardner-Johnson of Florida, just to name a few. . However, ultimately, they go with Savage, an elite athlete with excellent instincts, the range to play in depth and the physicality to hit the box.
26. Indianapolis Colts: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
The Colts took a low risk midfielder in former Panther Devin Funchess, one that should not stop them from adding talent to the receiver in the draft. In this scenario, Metcalf falls out of the teenagers and in the works of the late 20's to benefit Indy. The team gets a great receiver of physical pbades with elite field speed and an extraordinary capture radius. Aligned in front of T.Y. Hilton, Andrew Luck could have a couple of top-level goals to stretch the field.
27. Oakland Raiders (Cowboys): CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
The Oakland defense gets another infusion of talent with Baker's selection here. The former Georgia star is a sticky corner of physical coverage with a nose for the ball and a fiery game attitude. It would look great in black and silver.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: S Johnathan Abram, State of Mississippi
The Chargers took a talent that changed the game in Derwin James in the first round last year and could add another top-tier player to the position this spring. Abram is a tenacious hitter with excellent instincts, good range and, like James, has a contagious intensity. It would be the perfect complement for the super versatile James, able to play in the box, with two deep glances, or on the slot in the more than three security glances of Los Angeles.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: OC Garrett Bradbury, NC State
After losing to Mitch Morse against the Bills in free agency, the Chiefs could try to reinforce their offensive line inside for 2019 and beyond. They do it here by grabbing Bradbury, an athletic, flexible and strong center with fast feet, an understanding of the angles in the running game and the guard experience.
30. Green Bay Packers (Of the Saints): DL Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
The Packers rushed their advantage with free agency acquisitions like Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith, and added even more firepower to their defensive line by catching Tillery with an election they got from the Saints. The former Notre Dame star has length, power, speed and a repertoire of moves that help him topple his pocket and cut the offensive line. Tillery would fit in perfectly with Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark, and would help transform the Packers defensive front into a formidable group.
31. Los Angeles Rams: OC Erik McCoy, Texas A & M
After deciding not to exercise John Sullivan's option in 2019, the Rams have a large question mark in the center. The draft offers a handful of options to start the first day, ready for the game at the position, and with Bradbury off the board, the Rams play with McCoy, a reliable former Aggie with good athleticism and a strong anchor. McCoy has the mobility to block in the Los Angeles wide-area running game and the power to resist insiders in the race game.
32. New England Patriots: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
We will finish the first round in a similar way to how we started it: selecting an undersized but super talented prospect from Oklahoma. After weighing just 166 pounds in the combined, there are many questions about Brown's pronounced lack of size. But what the previous Sooner lack of mbad makes up for with speed and the skills to run en route. Brown is a lightning bolt on the sideline and can play throughout the formation, threaten a defense in the background or take a screen pbad and accumulate shipyards. It is the perfect fit for a team that lacks a real threat of field stretching.