This is a foregone conclusion now, right?
It makes too much sense for the Bengals to take the Ohio kid and best quarterback prospect in this draft. It also helps when the said quarterback is an absolutely perfect fit for Zac Taylor’s offense with his mobility, accuracy, and mental processing. He may not have the strongest arm, but Burrow has enough to make all the throws needed in the NFL.
This pick seemed like a foregone conclusion as well until there were rumors coming out of Indianapolis that Washington was at least considering taking Tua Tagovailoa here. That news does make some sense in the fact that the new regime didn’t pick Dwayne Haskins. It still feels unlikely that they would give up on the young signal-caller this soon.
They also witnessed the difference a disruptive, young edge rusher can make to a team when watching Nick Bosa in San Francisco last year. Chase Young has the same type of talent to make a similar difference in Washington. That will be tough for the Redskins to pass up at this pick.
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The Detroit Lions pick here at three is where most believe the draft will start getting interesting. Detroit will have a plethora of options with this pick including taking Tua Tagovailoa, Jeffrey Okudah, Isaiah Simmons, Derrick Brown or trading down with a team looking to trade up for Tua.
While all those options have their pros and cons, Jeffrey Okudah makes the most sense should they stay put and make the selection here. The Lions have been desperate for a viable cornerback opposite of Darius Slay. Not to mention, cornerback may become an even bigger need if the trade rumors surrounding Slay become reality. Okudah is the best cornerback to come through the draft in recent years and Detroit can’t risk passing up on him here.
New York Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman has an infamous love for the “hog mollies” in the trenches. The Giants also have a dearth of premier talent in both of the trenches. That lends this pick to being either Derrick Brown or one of the top offensive tackles.
Mekhi Becton has enjoyed a meteoric rise throughout the draft process due to his mammoth size, excellent play strength, and good athleticism and mobility for his size. That being said, he is raw in his hand usage and pass set technique. Either way though, his potential is tantalizing and right up Gettleman’s alley.