NFL Draft Simulation – Top 5

Instead of drafting for ALL the teams in round 1. Let’s draft for 1 team using draft simulation software. In the first of these we will start with the number 1 overall pick and the rest of the top 5 (Browns, 49ers, Bears, Jaguars, Titans from Rams). I will be doing a 7 round draft simulation where I will draft for The Browns, then The 49ers etc. There will be no trades in this draft although I will state where I would ‘trade down’ in belief I could get the same player a few picks later. The computer will be picking for the rest of the 31 teams in each of the 5 simulations. I will try and avoid taking the same players in order to add realism, although the computers will take different players.

Cleveland Browns – 
Needs: Everything
Myles Garrett, DE, R1, P1.
Marshon Lattimore, CB, R1, P12.(Could Trade here if a team is in love with a player, team in 16-20 range and still find great value)
Haason Reddick, DE, R2, P1. (You could potentially trade down here as Reddick is highly sought after but being there at 33 is a no brainer pick to double up on Blue Chip Pass Rushers)
Zay Jones, WR, R2, P20.
Adoree Jackson, CB, R3, P1.
Ethan Pocic, C, R4, P1.
Jordan Morgan, G, R4, P35.
Dan Skipper, T, R5, P1. (Trade Down)
Donnel Pumphrey, RB, R5, P31.
Joshua Dobbs, QB, R5, P37.
Lorenzo Jerome, S, R6, P1.

That’s The Browns. There was no value in a QB in round one as the flew off the board in quick succession in the top 10. Focused on building the team rather than getting the QB. 2 top edge rushers, two corners (With Jackson at great value in round 3), A WR to pair with Corey Coleman and some bodies to put on the offensive line with some development prospects in the late round with Hobbs and Jerome. With the all-time NCAA Rushing yards leader but his size could be an issue at NFL level.

The 49ers –
Needs: QB, DE, WR, OT, LB, CB, DT.
Jonathan Allen, DE, R1, P2.
Mitch Trubisky, QB, R2, P2.
Cooper Kupp, WR, R3, P2.
Julie’n Davenport, OT, R4, P2.
Devonte Fields, DE, R4, P36.
Malachi Dupree, WR, R5, P2.
Isaac Rochell, DL, R5, P17.
J.J Dielman, OT, R6, P2.
Jason Brown, LB, R6, P18.
Tarean Folston, RB, R7, P1.

This time, Trubisky FALLS dramatically in the draft, to the 2nd round. The Browns took Watson at 1 and in order to avoid taking Garrett again I took Allen though in reality it would be Garrett if the Browns don’t pick him. With no trading Trubisky fell. With trading he doesn’t get past the top 15. Similar approach to last time but with a top QB. Doubled up on Pass Rushers, WRs and Offensive Line. They are areas of need so take more than 1 to increase the odds.

The Bears –
Needs: QB, DE, S, OT, DL, CB.
Jamal Adams, S, R1, P3.
Patrick Mahomes II, QB, R2, P4.
Jordan Leggett, TE, R3, P3.
Damontae Kazee, CB, R4, P4.
Daeshon Hall, DE, R4, P10.
Samaje Perine, RB, R5, P3.
Levon Myers, OT, R7, P3.

Jamal Adams at 3 gives The Bears security in their backend. A box safety who can set the tone on Defense. Patrick Mahomes II won’t start in year 1 but will be a development project under a veteran free agent (Romo or Fitzpatrick) to give Mahomes a year to sit under a guy who has been in the league a long time before swapping roles in year 2 or 3.
Jordan Leggett gives the QB a safety net at TE because of a lack of O-Lineman in the first 3 rounds. They needed a complimentary piece to Kevin White and Leggett could provide this.  The rest is about filling needs in the team and Perine is about giving them a two headed monster at RB. Jordan Howard will be the starter but Perine will give them a one-two punch in the backfield to help a new QB find their feet in the system.

The Jaguars –
Needs: OT, S, CB, G, QB, RB, DE, DL, TE
Solomon Thomas, DE, R1, P4. (This could be a good trade spot for Jacksonville to drop down and find lineman)
Budda Baker, S, R2, P3.
Evan Engram, TE, R3, P4.
Kevin King, CB, R4, P3.
David Sharpe, G, R5, P4.
Will Holden, OT, R6, P3.
Chad Kelly, QB, R7, P4.

Just 7 picks for Jacksonville. Trading down from 4 could provide extra picks to fill more holes in their team. Thomas gives them a pass rusher. Baker will set the tone from Safety, hard hitting, and help build the culture. Kevin King, college team-mate of Baker, will provide depth at CB. Engram will hope to fill the hole left by the impending trade of Julius Thomas and Will Holden can learn from incoming Branden Albert. Chad Kelly provides value in the 7th round and an extra arm to push Blake Bortles to improve.

The Titans (From LA Rams) – 
Needs: CB, WR, S, LB, TE, DE, DL, G, OT

Mike Williams, WR, R1, P5.
Sidney Jones, CB, R1, P18. (With lots of CB depth a trade to try and get a 2nd rounder could make sense at 18)
Dion Dawkins, OT, R3, P19.
Jake Butt, TE, R3, P36.
Marcus Maye, S, R4, P18.
Keionta Davis, DE, R5, P20.
Ben Gedeon, LB, R6, P30.
Darreus Rogers, WR, R7, P18.

 

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