Unlike baseball, which is an individual sport at heart, football is the ultimate team game. Downgrading in one area –especially one as vital as the offensive line — could generate a dangerous domino effect. Robert Griffin III, who was signed after the Browns troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel, will likely see his performance suffer if he doesn’t have a competent offensive line in front of him.
Former NFL coach Brian Billick Benjamin Watson Youth Jersey articulated this argument in a January interview with ESPN’s Mike & Mike.
DeMarco Murray is long gone and Ryan Mathews may not be far behind him. Enter Elliott, a true building block for new head coach Doug Pederson. Elliott has the ability to be a workhorse back, but he helps a lot in the passing game thanks to his skill as a blocker and pass catcher. Elliott warrants a top 10 pick because he’s such a complete player with few flaws.
It’s true that current left tackle Donovan Smith showed flashes of talent as a rookie last season. But his projection coming out of Penn State was to be a right tackle. Stanley is arguably the draft’s best pass blocker and could push Smith to the right side. Having Stanley and Smith uses the same principles as the Titans having Tunsil and Taylor Lewan Brandon Williams Youth Jersey up front to block for a star second-year quarterback.
This is a hard choice to peg down. A strong argument can be made for a pass rusher, even with the signing of Olivier Vernon. Another cornerback, or possibly an offensive lineman, could be brought in. The choice for now, though, is Lawson. He’s a natural 4-3 pass rusher who could start in a rotation with Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul.
Hargreaves may not have elite size for a cornerback, but he’s so smooth and pro-ready as a prospect. He was better in 2014 than 2015, so it makes you wonder if he was looking forward to the NFL. But at this point it doesn’t matter. His ability as an off man coverage corner is very good, and his technique is advanced.
Reed may not be my top defensive tackle in the draft — he’s third behind teammate A’Shawn Robinson and Sheldon Rankins – but he fits what New Orleans needs the most. Reed is a supreme run stopper and would open things up for the all the new Saints linebackers.
There is arguably no cornerback in the draft who has Alexander’s football intelligence. He’s a true student of the game and it shows in his ability on the field. Alexander can lock down smaller and quick receivers and knows how to neutralize bigger receivers as well.