Its that time of year again. The 2019 NFL Draft begins Thursday night April 25, in Nashville, TN. On one side of the spectrum, the New England Patriots will be looking to fortify their roster coming off the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl victory. On the other side, the Arizona Cardinals will try and retool for the future of the franchise. Here is what the Patriots, the Cardinals and everyone in-between should try and accomplish in this year’s edition of the NFL Draft.
Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury don’t exactly seem locked in on last year’s first-round draft pick, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. That being the case, they will take either Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray or Ohio State defensive end and younger brother of Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa. If they select anyone aside from those two players I will be incredibly surprised.
Atlanta Falcons: The Atlanta Falcons have pieces to work with on offense highlighted by All-Pro wideout Julio Jones. On the other side of the ball, its a whole different story. A defense that last season ranked 25th in points allowed and 28th in yards allowed has to improve if they wish to get back to the Super Bowl soon.
Baltimore Ravens: With Joe Flacco out of the picture, speed demon Lamar Jackson at the helm at quarterback, and newly acquired bruising running back Mark Ingram, the Ravens are bringing back good old fashioned ground and pound football. Expect a run-heavy offense next season from Baltimore. I like them taking a wide receiver to give some help to Jackson on the outside or an offensive lineman to help protect him in the pocket.
Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen needs weapons. Plain and simple. Tight end, wide receiver or running back here.
Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey is one of the best running backs in the league. He can run inside or outside the tackles, catch passes and make defenders miss out of the backfield. He’ll even throw a touchdown every now and then too. The Panthers need an offensive lineman to help pave the way for Run CMC and also to help quarterback Cam Newton stay healthy.
Chicago Bears: What an ending to their season am I right? That one is for my buddy Blake back home. All kidding aside, after losing defensive coordinator Nick Fangio to the Denver Broncos, the Bears are in coming into an interesting predicament this draft, not having their first pick until the third round. This pick is could be anything.
Cincinnati Bengals: After getting rid of the insane in the membrane Vontaze Burfict experiment at middle linebacker, one would assume the Bengals will reload at mike.
Cleveland Browns: Oh boy what a year can make. After selecting University of Oklahoma and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield first overall last year, the Cleveland Browns are on everybody’s watchlists heading into next season. After securing Mayfield a bona fide defensive back nightmare at pass catcher in Odell Beckham Jr., the defense could use some help. Especially on the back end. I like the Browns filling a need in their secondary here.
Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys+1 Amari Cooper, Cowboys-1 first round draft pick. After trading for Cooper, Dallas is without a first-round pick in this year’s draft. Defensive depth or even possibly a backup running back to help Ezekiel Elliot could be likely.
Denver Broncos: Joe Flacco is a temporary fix to a leak at the quarterback position in Denver. GM John Elway hasn’t stopped raving about Missouri quarterback Drew Lock since roughly 27 BC, expect the Broncos to go all hands on deck for Lock with their first-round choice.
Detroit Lions: The NFC North has some talented passers in Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky that the Detroit has to face twice each every season. Pass rushers are needed.
Green Bay Packers: Signing safety Adrian Amos this offseason was clutch for Green Bay. Although, quarterback Aaron Rodgers is always in need of some more targets and protection up front from guys like Chicago Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack. Offensive lineman or tight end here.
Houston Texans: When healthy, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson can flat out ball. Keeping him upright is something that the Texans must improve upon if they want to make it past the wildcard round. Help on the offensive line for this pick.
Indianapolis Colts: Quarterback Andrew Luck is finally healthy and slinging the pigskin around like we all knew he could. Aside from speedster receiver T.Y. Hilton, the Colts lack pass catching options on the outside. A guy I really like here would be Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown. Over 2,300 receiving yards and 17 scores in his last two years at OU, Brown appears like he will emerge into an explosive NFL threat.
Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars acquired quarterback Nick Foles in the offseason, a huge win after the Blake Bortles ride. Their fate next season rides on the health of Foles. Jacksonville must keep him upright and healthy. I suspect offensive lineman for their first-round pick.
Kansas City Chiefs: Defensive lineman Frank Clark’s recent arrival from the Seattle Seahawks will give the Chiefs front seven a boost it could have used in the AFC Title game last season. Their secondary still needs bolstering however. I like a defensive back here with their first pick in the second round.
Los Angeles Chargers: After losing both Darius Philon and Corey Liuget, LA needs to emphasize defense. I see the Chargers getting Joey Bosa some pass rushing assistance.
Los Angeles Rams: Todd Gurley is one of the best running backs in the NFL, but even he had CJ Anderson to help him out when he needed it most. I think that the Rams are in dire need of a back-up for Gurley after losing Anderson to Detroit in the offseason.
Miami Dolphins: After losing edge rusher Cameron Wake to the Tennessee Titans this offseason, the Dolphins have a hole to fill on the defensive line. The Dolphins also might go all in on a quarterback here. Expect quarterback or defensive line.
Minnesota Vikings: Kirk Cousins was on his back a lot last season. When you have to try and slow down Chicago Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack twice a season that can happen. Offensive tackle is the move for Minnesota.
New England Patriots: Exit Rob Gronkowski to retirement. You will be missed big fella. The Pats still have #12 at quarterback, and he ain’t done yet. Expect New England to have a go with a tight end to fill the Gronk void.
New Orleans Saints: The Saints lost running back Mark Ingram to the Baltimore Ravens in the offseason. Yet running back Alvin Kamara proved last season he can shoulder the load without Ingram. New Orleans doesn’t pick until pick 62, which might just be a best-available selection.
New York Giants: Eli Manning will only be around for so much longer. The Giants also have a lot of work to do on defense. For the first round choice, I see them going defense but then selecting a quarterback in the second or third round.
New York Jets: If Arizona goes with Kyler Murray, then expect to be seeing a lot of Nick Bosa Jets jerseys. If not, I still see them going for additional defensive line help trying to get after longtime division foe Tom Brady.
Oakland Raiders: The Raiders in the NFL Draft might as well be Russian Roulette. This year is no different as Oakland has four out of the first 35 picks. I picture them going edge rusher, offensive line, quarterback, tight end or running back. There really is no clue what these guys will do on draft night.
Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz is the number one man now with Nick Foles in Jacksonville. That being said, he needs protection. The Eagles defense also needs to add depth so I see them going with an offensive lineman or edge rushing help here.
Pittsburgh Steelers: After losing star skill position players running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown this offseason, the likes of running back James Connor and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster should be able to fill those departed roles. The Steel Curtain is no more, as the new look Steelers are a throw it around air-raid offense far from the hard-hitting days of Troy Polamalu and James Harrison. I see Pittsburgh going with a defensive back for their first pick.
San Francisco 49ers: The Dee Ford acquisition was a nice way for the 49ers to make some noise in the offseason. Put another edge rusher opposite of him and that could be dangerous. Josh Allen, Kentucky edge rusher would be perfect.
Seattle Seahawks: Seattle locked down quarterback Russell Wilson, but lost defensive lineman Frank Clark. The Seahawks should 100% go defensive line here to help replace the production lost from Clark.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Linebacker Lavonte David needs some help. If the Bucs are smart, they will go after a linebacker to pair well with David.
Tennessee Titans: When you play in the same division as Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson and now Nick Foles, you’re going to want some pass rushers at the ready. Tennessee will have their pick of em in this year’s draft class.
Washington Redskins: Despite acquiring quarterback Case Keenum from the Denver Broncos, it does not appear that he is the long-term solution at quarterback. If not a quarterback with their first pick, I see them going with some wide receiver help to give Keenum a new pass-catching weapon.