Look at the teams picking before us in the draft. Almost all of them will enter the draft with either a new head coach, a new GM or both. Rule #1 for new coaches/GMs: don’t screw up your first draft. That means coming as close as you can to drafting a sure thing. The top ten reasons we’ll have our pick of the QB litter is a function of the top ten picks. My thoughts…
1. Jaguars = DE Aidan Hutchinson. The Michigan Monster is currently the highest graded player in the draft. The 6’6" 270 pound Edge Rusher is a beast. The new head coach can’t make a mistake by drafting the highest rated man in the draft.
2. Lions = DE Kayvon Thibodeaux. The Oregon Edge Rusher is dominant. The Lions have a lot of holes to fill. No one can argue with taking the second highest rated player with the 2nd pick.
3. Houston = DE George Karlaftis. Another new head coach. Purdue’s Iron Man is the ultimate safe pick. His inside/outside versatility in reminiscent of JJ Watt.
4. Jets = OT Evan Neal. The Jets drafted their franchise QB last year then proceeded to give up 53 sacks. 9 in the final game. Fans will rejoice when the draft’s highest graded OT is drafted to protect their star quarterback.
5. Giants = OT Charles Cross. Hard to believe the new head coach (and GM) are going to get too cute here. Daniel Jones will get one more chance. When your QB fumbles every time he gets hit from the blind side it makes sense to pick the highest graded pass blocker in the draft.
6. Panthers = OL Ikem Ekwonu. Whether it’s Matt Rhule or someone else coaching Carolina, the offense runs through Christian McCaffrey (literally). The best run blocker in the draft makes too much sense.
7. Giants = CB Derek Stingley. Nothing helps a defense more than a lock down corner.
8. Falcons = CB Ahmad Gardner. Speaking of lock down corners… In his four years as a starter at Cincinnati Gardner NEVER gave up a touchdown. Unbelievable! In 2021 he lined up opposite the other team’s best WR and gave up a total of 17 catches and 96 yards. All year!
9. Denver = FS Kyle Hamilton. The 6’4" 220 Notre Dame star is still ranked the number one player on some boards. On others he dropped to 2 or 3. This guy has All Pro FS written all over him but can also play SS, CB, slot, and LB. Head coaches, especially new ones, love versatility.
10. Jets = OC Tyler Linderbaum. The Jets O Line is abysmal. This despite spending two high picks on Tucker (guard) and Becton (tackle). With Evan Neal now on board the Jets can move Becton to RT to replace Moses and with All Pro caliber Tucker in the mix they can add a Center that PFF has as the best they’ve ever graded. No one will fault the Jets for turning their disastrous offensive line into one of the league’s best
11. Washington = Oh look. It’s our turn and all the quarterbacks are still on the Board. Which one do you want? At pick 12 the Vikings will likely have moved on from Kirk Cousins (my guess is Denver) and ditto at pick 13 with the Browns and Baker Mayfield (my guess is Carolina). So there is not a lot of room for Ron to play games.
For all the trash talking about this weak QB class, no one will be surprised if after Washington, Minnesota, and Cleveland pick Howell, Corral, and Pickett (in whatever order), Desmond Ridder goes to the Steelers, Malik Willis goes to the Saints, and Carson Strong goes to either the Lions or the Dolphins, (as thoughts of Stafford and Marino dance in their heads.) And just like that this terrible quarterback class landed SIX in the first round. I just really hope we get one of them. My money is on Howell. What do you guys think?