How to predict which players will go first overall in next month’s NFL draft.
With the first round set for Friday, The Next Gen Sports Analytics team is giving us the rundown on which players could go in the first overall pick.
Here’s the breakdown for each position and the number of picks needed to move up:QB1 Marcus Mariota, Tennessee TitansQB2 Kevin Hogan, West VirginiaCB1 A’Shawn Robinson, ClemsonWR1 Adoree’ Jackson, USCDE1 DeForest Buckner, OregonCB2 Justin Gilbert, Florida StateWR2 Adoreee’ Jackson,, ClemsonDT1 Michael Bennett, USCDT2 Michael Bennett,, Florida StateLB1 Shaq Lawson, Kansas StateLB2 Shaq Lunsford, ClemsonOLB1 Deion Jones, AlabamaOLB2 Josh Sweat, MissouriDE1 Aaron Donald, ClemsonDE2 Zach Banner, Notre DameOLB3 Jelani Jenkins, AuburnOLB4 Jalen Ramsey, AlabamaLB1 Jonathan Allen, AlabamaLSB1 Jonathan Bullard, WashingtonLB2 Jonathan Bullards, WashingtonDE1 Jaelen Strong, Texas A&MDL1 Jadeveon Clowney, South CarolinaDL2 Jalen Reeves-Maybin, ClemsonDL3 Jamarca Sanford, Ole MissLB1 Jamarcas Sanford, ClemsonLB2 Jamarcass Sanford, Florida DT1 D’Shaun Watson, ClemsonDT2 D’Quan Jones, Florida DE1 Jameis Winston, Florida TE1 Austin Hooper, WashingtonSTARTING ROUND:QB,2-STARTED DE,3-STICKER DE,WR1 Marcus Maye, ClemsonSTART OF FIRST ROUND-1: The Titans are going to have to make a strong run at the No. 1 overall pick to make the leap.
Mariota is going to be a first-round talent, and it is not a stretch to say the Titans could have the top overall pick if they are able to take the best player available at that spot.
However, this is not an easy task for Mariota.
He’s not the biggest quarterback in the draft, and he has a history of injury problems that has limited him to just seven starts and three seasons in the NFL.
It is possible that Mariota will be selected No. 2 overall, but if he falls outside the top five, he could slide into the top 10 and the Titans would likely have to pay top dollar to land him.
The Titans have the luxury of trading down and getting the best talent they can at that slot.
If they don’t get the best quarterback available, they could still draft the player with the highest upside.
I expect Mariota to go first and pick the player who they like the most.
However, they may not be able to do this.
WR1 Kevin Hogan: The Cowboys are in the market for a WR after signing Dez Bryant.
Hogan has the athleticism to be one of the top receivers in the entire draft, but he hasn’t proven he can be a big-play threat, especially as a rookie.
In 2018, Hogan was on pace for just 11 receptions for 173 yards and three touchdowns.
That doesn’t make him a great option in the passing game, but Hogan can run routes and catch the ball.
Hogan is a natural route runner who can also get open against the run.
His big problem in the past has been drops, but his ball skills should improve in the pros.
He could be a WR1 with upside in the top ten if he is able to continue to develop his ball-skills.
DE1 A.J. Cann: Cann had a breakout season in 2018.
He had a season-high 24 tackles, six sacks, a fumble recovery, and a pass deflection.
The pass deflections are a big reason why the Giants have a chance to go to the Super Bowl.
Cannon has the ability to be an inside linebacker, but the Giants need to improve in pass-rush.
DT1 Shaquell Griffin: After missing most of 2018 with injuries, Griffin is ready to return to the field.
He has been playing well since his return.
He played well in both pass coverage and run-stopping, and his coverage abilities should make him an upgrade over his defensive linemen.
DL1 Jelan Johnson: Johnson is coming off his best season of his career, recording eight sacks and 18 quarterback hurries.
He should be a huge upgrade over the last two picks, especially in the pass rush department.
OLB/DE1 Zach Banner: Barkley had a great rookie season.
He played well against the pass and improved his coverage skills.
DT2 Jordan Phillips: Phillips is a physical presence who can play inside and outside linebacker.
STARTUP-DE1 Dante Fowler Jr.: