Report: New York Jets to face off against Buffalo Bills in week 1

New York Jets, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

As the NFL prepares to release the official schedule this evening, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News has now leaked the New York Jets‘ first opponents. The betting favorites to win the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills will be hosting the Green & White in week 1.

The Jets will visit Orchard Park after facing the Bills in Week 1 & 17 of last season. They’re reportedly slated to play at 1 PM to kick off the season. Although there were initial reports that the NFL would structure the season with AFC vs NFC games for the first four weeks to kick off the season, they’ve now shown that’s not the case, at least for two AFC East teams.

Breaking Down The Matchup

A brief look at the Bills roster shows you how talented they are. Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane have built an excellent squad of high character guys in Buffalo. They’ve used lots of resources to build through the trenches, just like Joe Douglas has done for the Jets. The difference between the teams to me is in the coaching staff(s). The Jets are still looking to build an identity under second-year coach Adam Gase. The Bills have constructed that identity under McDermott and now been to the playoffs twice under his guidance. As Josh Allen continues to develop and the team added pieces like Stefon Diggs, Josh Norman, and AJ Epenesa to an already talented team, they look primed to contend for the AFC East title.

As for the Jets, although they’ve had a great offseason, the team has one of the hardest schedules in football and is facing a lot of pressure. There’s real skepticism about Adam Gase, and if he’s the right guy to lead this team, if he wins this year and shows he can win with this team, he’ll keep his job, but if he does not prove that he can lead this team to wins, the Jets will be looking for another coach. The Jets QB 1 also faces pressure. As his third year approaches, Darnold has shown flashes of brilliance. When he’s not hurt, the Jets have also been a productive offensive team. If he can stay healthy and produce, he will prove he’s the true franchise QB, but another average or slightly above average season could lead fans to question his ability to lead this team.

Both teams are young with loads of potential, and with pressure to win on both sides of the ball, week 1 can’t get here soon enough.

New York Jets: Sam Darnold self-quarantining with two other QBs

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is self-quarantining in Orange Couty with two fellow throwers.

The idea of two AFC East quarterbacks in relatively close quarters sounds like an intriguing sitcom concept. For Sam Darnold and Josh Allen, it’s a new reality.

According to a report from Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, Darnold is currently stationed in Orange County in Southern California, self-quarantining in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Joining the New York Jets quarterback is his Western New York counterpart Josh Allen, as well as new Washington Redskins thrower Kyle Allen.

Breer’s report states that Darnold and the unrelated Allens had been working out in SoCal since the Super Bowl. The recommendations of self-quarantine in the wake of the outbreak has them currently working together in Orange County. Darnold is living in a house he recently purchased, while Josh and Kyle Allen live with their significant others in a separate house. The group is training under former UTEP and NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer.

“This is really how we lived anyway,” Kyle Allen told Breer. “It’s just 24/7 now. It’s an interesting time. You talk to some people, and they’ll say the football part of it is similar to the (2011) lockout year, we might have nothing until camp. And maybe we’ll look around the league in August, and there’ll be some teams that took advantage of the time, and some teams that didn’t. That’s the most interesting part.”

The passing trio’s days mostly consist of throwing on the nearby beach and working out in the garage of a friend of their trainer. While it’s early to speculate on the status of the upcoming NFL season, offseason workouts are likely to be delayed or canceled outright. The situation is particularly tough on Kyle Allen, who was traded to Washington from Carolina earlier this week. He and Josh Allen’s lease on their California home expires this week, but Kyle Allen isn’t sure when he’ll be able to get in the Redskins’ Virginia territory due to travel concerns left in COVID-19’s devastating wake. Kyle Allen remarked that rooming with Darnold could be an option.

Darnold’s career with probably be closely linked with Josh Allen’s for years to come. The pair each went to AFC East rivals during the 2018 draft and will now compete to see who can unseat the New England Patriots from the divisional throne. They’ve faced off against each other twice so far, with Darnold taking a December 2018 meeting in Buffalo. Allen opened last season with a win over Darnold and the Jets at MetLife Stadium en route a wild-card playoff berth.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Giants: Daniel Jones is Already the Best QB in New York

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

New York Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones has performed above all expectations through his first eight career starts. His numbers are relatively strong up to this point in the season. He leads all rookies with 15 passing touchdowns and has a modest 88.0 passer rating. But he has also struggled mightily. His 9 lost fumbles are the most of any player in the NFL. He has thrown 8 interceptions, tied for the tenth-most in the NFL. There have been many ups and downs for Jones thus far, but one thing that can be said with certainty is that he is the best QB in New York, already.

Why Daniel Jones is Already the Best QB in New York:

The struggles of Sam Darnold and Josh Allen

New York is home to two NFL franchises besides the Giants, both of which have young quarterbacks. The New York Jets have second-year player Sam Darnold under center, while the Buffalo Bills boast Josh Allen, also a second-year signal-caller. Neither of them has performed as well as Jones this season.

Darnold’s struggles

In seven games this year, Darnold has been rather underwhelming. He has recorded 1,600 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, a 63.2% completion percentage, and thrown 10 interceptions. Those numbers equal an 81.1 passer rating, one of the worst in the NFL. For the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 draft, it is safe to say Darnold has underperformed. But it dates back to last year as well.

During his rookie campaign, Darnold accounted for just 2,865 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, and a 57.7% completion percentage. He also threw 15 interceptions, giving him a miserable 77.6 passer rating. There were few signs of greatness last year for Darnold, and things have only improved slightly during his second season at the helm of an NFL team.

Allen’s struggles

Like Darnold, Josh Allen is currently playing in his second NFL season. His numbers make it clear he is still learning the game. He has compiled 2,175 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, completed 60.3% of his passes, and thrown only seven interceptions. His passer rating is just 85.4 though, slightly below the league average of 91.5. His struggles, like Darnold, extend back to his rookie year as well.

In 12 games started in 2018, Allen posted 2,074 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, completed 52.8% of his passes, while throwing 12 interceptions as well. He had a 67.9 passer rating, one of the worst in the NFL last year. While he has made strides this season, none of them have been large enough to make him be better than the newest QB on the block: Daniel Jones.

Jones’ success

Through eight games this season, Daniel Jones has thrown for 1,984 yards, 15 touchdowns, completed 63.0% of his passes, and turned the ball over a whopping 17 total times. The turnovers have not taken over his rookie campaign though. His 88.0 passer rating is nothing to brag about, but still significantly better than the rookie ratings of Darnold and Allen.

Jones has been the best QB in New York not only this season, but he will be for years to come as well. He has already shown signs of being one of the better players in the game five years down the road. The Giants have a bright young star under center for them, something the Jets and Bills are uncertain if they have.

New York Giants News, 9/15 – Giants vs Bills score prediction

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

After a rough start to the season for the Giants against the Dallas Cowboys, they will look to rebound against the Buffalo Bills in week two.

The matchup is favorable as Bills second-year quarterback Josh Allen struggled in his season debut against the Jets, turning the ball over four times. Buffalo’s offensive line is lackluster and should allow the Giants to have a successful day in the trenches. The pass rush needs to rebound in a big way after presenting themselves as a weakness.

Ultimately, stopping Allen from running the ball will be the priority. Also, he has a powerful arm and will look to beat the Giants downfield with speedy receivers like John Brown. Safety Antoine Bethea will play a big part in stopping Allen and his ability to throw the long ball.

On the offensive side of the ball for Big Blue, they might be without Cody Latimer, their de facto number one receiver after losing Sterling Shepard to a concussion this week. Without their top pass catcher, the Giants will be forced to utilize running back Saquon Barkley early and often. After earning just 11 touches last week against Dallas, Barkley will be the focal point and a necessity for the Giants offense to put points on the board.

The Giants offense of line and the best run grade out of any team in week one, and they must use that fact to their advantage against them Bills.

Score Prediction: Giants 27 – Bills 24

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New York Giants: Two Important, Winnable Games Next On The Schedule

The New York Giants are coming off of a blowout loss in week one. They traveled to Dallas to take on the Cowboys and failed miserably. New York was blown out 35-17.

The Giants’ defense put out an extremely poor performance, allowing the Cowboys’ offense to gain a total of 494 yards of offense. They also allowed Dak Prescott to have a career day with a perfect passer rating of 158.3. The Giants will have to make major changes defensively, and offensively too, in their week two game plan.

Beating The Bills

Fortunately, the Giants will have a winnable matchup in their week two home opener. The Giants will be hosting the Buffalo Bills in week two. This will be Buffalo’s second game in MetLife Stadium in two weeks after beating the Jets last week. So the Giants’ home field advantage might not be in full force.

Regardless, the Bills are a team that the Giants are capable of beating- with the right gameplan. Buffalo is not a high-powered, offensive juggernaut. They scored the same amount of points as the Giants last week, and the Giants’ gameplan left a lot of points on the field.

In week two, the Giants need to shift their offense to a run-first gameplan. Saquon Barkley needs to receive more than 11 carries in week two if the Giants want to have a chance to win. But if he does, the Giants’ chances of winning truly do skyrocket.

The New York Jets played a game down to the wire against the Bills last week. Buffalo came back and won after scoring 17 unanswered points, but the Jets had control over most of the game. The Jets’ offense found success by running the offense through their running back.

Le’Veon Bell received 17 carries for 60 yards and also 6 catches for 32 yards and 1 touchdown. Bell’s excellent performance was the reason for the Jets’ early success. Once Bell saw a dip in touches, the Jets’ success began to dry up.

The Giants need to have a similar offensive attack to the Jets. They need to run the offense through Saquon Barkley, but they need to run it through to the game’s end.

On the flip side, the Bills’ offense was not spectacular against the Jets’ defense. Second-year quarterback Josh Allen turned the ball over four times. This is good news for the Giants’ struggling defense. If New York can keep their defense off the field by killing the clock with the offensive run game, then maybe a Josh Allen turnover can seal the win for the Giants.

Beating The Bucs

The Giants will be back on the road in week three traveling to Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers. The Bucs are another team that failed to meet expectations in week one. Their new head coach Bruce Arians was supposed to be the man to fix Jameis Winston. Unfortunately for Tampa, Winston looked like his same-old self in week one against the 49ers.

Jameis’s poor performance is fortunate for the Giants though. New York’s awful defense might actually stand a chance against this turnover-prone quarterback. Winston threw three interceptions against the 49ers in week one, including a pick-six, and fumbled twice (but luckily his team recovered both of them).

That means the Giants will be matching up with two turnover-prone quarterbacks in the next two weeks. The defense will have no excuses if they let either Winston or Allen have a career day like Prescott in week one.

All three of these teams, the Giants, the Bills, and the Buccaneers scored 17 points in week one. The Giants’ next two games are winnable, even matchups. If the Giants can run their offense through Saquon Barkley and squeeze out two wins in a row, they will quickly change their season’s narrative and outlook.

New York Jets: Week One Prediction vs Buffalo Bills

New York Jets

Football is back and the New York Jets will open the 2019 regular season in MetLife Stadium against the division rival Buffalo Bills. The two franchises have been starved for success and they both believe that this will be their season in which they can dethrone the Patriots and reign supreme in the AFC East. Second-year quarterback’s Josh Allen and Sam Darnold will face-off, both are best friends off the field but on Sunday they will be mortal enemies. Both Squads have surrounded their young QB’s with talent over the offseason and are both ready to faceoff week 1. Who will come out victorious in this pivotal division matchup?

Buffalo Bills

The Bills are a team that is flying under the radar this season as they did not add any big names and have over the past 20 years been a laughingstock, but they are not to be taken lightly. According to Pro Football Reference, the Bills defense ranked top 5 in yards allowed, 1st downs, yards per play and passing yards allowed last season. Manned by stud cornerback Tre’Davious White the Buffalo Bills pass defense is a force to be reckoned with. The weak link of the Buffalo Bills is the offense, more specifically the passing game. According to Pro Football Reference, the Buffalo Bills finished top three in interceptions and bottom three in passing yards and passing touchdowns. However, Josh Allen did show promise as a dual-threat quarterback running for 631 yards and 8 touchdowns. If Josh Allen can become a more consistent passer the Buffalo Bills would be the favorite to win this game.

New York Jets

The New York Jets had a splash offseason throwing money at superstars at every position. With the additions of Le’Veon Bell, Kelechi Osemele and Ryan Khalil the Jets offense should take a significant leap this year. In 2018 the Jets had a middle of the pack defense followed by a bottom-five offense. This year the New York Jets will be relying heavily on the potential of their offseason acquisitions and the new offense being implemented by Adam Gase. There are a lot of unknowns with the Jets because we just haven’t seen enough of Adam Gase.

Prediction

This game is so evenly matched that it’s very hard to pick a winner. If the Buffalo Bills can air it out efficiently, they will be victorious. On the other hand, if the New York Jets can establish a run game and have most of the time of possession then they will win. This game will be a tight one, but the Bills will edge out just barely in a 24-17 win in east Rutherford. Bill will win mostly because the Jets secondary is a joke and they’ll be entering the second year of the Brian Daboll offense.

New York Jets: Which AFC East QB Will Take Over When Brady is Done?

New York Jets, Sam Darnold

Over the past 20 years Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have ruled the AFC East only giving up the division title twice, but how long can he go? Entering the 2019 season at age 42, Tom Brady will most likely not be able to sustain his success for the next 2 years. This begs the question, which young AFC east QB will take over when Brady finally decides to hang up the cleats? We’ll be examining the three second-year QB’s from the Dolphins, New York Jets, and Bills to find out who will take over once the captain of the evil empire is gone.

Josh Allen

The signal-caller for the Buffalo Bills had a surprisingly good season manning an offense that had little to no talent. Allen had some help by having arguably the best defense in the league last year, but he still showed flashes of being a top QB in the league.

Allen put up 2,074 yards, 10 TD’s, 12 interceptions and a 52.8 percent completion percentage last season through the air. On the ground, Allen was a beast racking up 631 yards and 8 touchdowns. Allen’s ability as a dual-threat QB is frightening when you consider he has a 6’5, 240-pound frame and a cannon for an arm, sometimes launching balls over 70 yards downfield.

Allen showed a lot of progressions last year especially after coming back from an elbow injury he suffered Week 6 against the Texans. Allen became a more efficient QB after the injury throwing for an average of 207 yards, 1.33 TD’s and 1.17 interceptions from weeks 12-17 compared to 168 yards, .5 TD’s and 1.25 interceptions weeks 2-5. Josh Allen also played on a team with the ninth highest percentage of dropped passes at 8 percent according to PFF. Josh Allen has a lot of raw talent and can be the next QB up in the AFC East, but he must overcome his accuracy issues and make better decisions.

Josh Rosen

The 10th overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft had a very rough rookie season playing for the Cardinals finishing with the worst record in the league. Although the Cardinals finished with the worst record in the league Josh Rosen showed flashes of being a good starter.

Rosen finished the season with 2278 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and a 55.2 completion percentage according to pro football reference. Rosen came out of college as very fundamentally sound QB with great footwork and flawless mechanics.

Many people look at the Cardinals season last year and assume that Rosen was awful because of their record, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Rosen was surrounded by absolutely no talent and it doesn’t help that the Cardinals were tied for fifth in the league for sacks allowed (52).

Unfortunately for Rosen, he might not be able to become the next QB up in the AFC East because he’s once again on the least talented roster in the league in Miami. The Dolphins are in full rebuild mode and are not committed to Rosen being their franchise QB. Rosen may find himself getting traded around draft time next season again.

The Dolphins are rumored to be in love with star Alabama QB Tua Tagovailola, they will be able to get him as their a favorite to land a top 5 pick this year. For Rosen to replace Brady as the face of the AFC east he must take a massive leap in his second year and become the franchise QB the Dolphins have lacked since Dan Marino.

Sam Darnold

The New York Jets franchise QB had an up and down rookie year passing for 2,865 yards, 17 TD’s, 15 interceptions and a 57.7 completion percentage. Coming out of the draft last year Sam Darnold was seen as the QB with the best chance to succeed in NFL.

The first half of the season for Darnold was very bumpy, he showed that at times he could be great, and other times that he wasn’t ready to play in the NFL. Darnold suffered a foot injury against the Dolphins week 9. After missing 4 weeks because of the injury Darnold came back and finished the season with his best stretch of football.

Darnold had the highest grade over the final month of the season according to PFF, giving Jets fans hope for the future. Darnold’s best traits are his accuracy and his ability to extend plays, which is the reason why so many people were in love with him in college. If Darnold wants to be the next man up he needs to work on his decision making, Darnold was tied for the third-most interceptions in the league this year. Darnold has all the attributes you look for in a QB he just needs to be quicker when making decisions for him to avoid turnovers.

Conclusion

After analyzing these QB’s I’ve concluded that Sam Darnold will most likely be the face of the AFC east when Tom Brady’s reign of dominance is over. Darnold has all the talent in the world and isn’t nearly as raw as Josh Allen is. Darnold spot on the roster for the next couple of years is secure unlike Rosen whose future with Miami after the season is murky. Darnold is the most likely to succeed out of all these QB’s and has a great supporting cast around him to help achieve that. I believe each one of these QB’s will take big strides into becoming better players this year but with all things considered Darnold is the favorite to take over.

Josh Allen 2019 Stats Prediction: 2,978 yards, 19 TD’s and 14 interceptions

 

Josh Rosen 2019 Stats Prediction:  2,567 yards, 16 TD’s and 14 interceptions

 

Sam Darnold 2019 Stats Prediction: 3,345 yards, 22 TD’s and 16 interceptions

The New York Giants Get A Premier Pass-Rusher And A Quarterback In 32-Team Mock Draft With Trades

The New York Giants could be targeting Josh Allen at No. 6.

Finally, it is April 25, the 2019 NFL Draft begins tonight. It has been a long wait but we are finally here. This highly anticipated NFL Draft will be crucial for the New York Giants‘ and the New York Jets‘ futures.

Here is a final, 32-team 1st-round mock draft with trades, featuring the Jets and Giants both acquiring premium pass rushers and making trades.

Pick 1- Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Kyler Murray is the most talented quarterback in this draft class. After winning the Heisman in 2018 behind 54 total touchdowns and, 4,361 yards through the air, and an incredible 1,001 yards on the ground. He is the ultimate dual-threat quarterback. The Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray connection is no joke. The Cardinals have been trying really hard to smokescreen their interest in Bosa in order to scare the 49ers into trading up one spot, but it will not happen. Murray is Kingsbury’s guy and the 49ers will not fall for it. I also predict that Josh Rosen will be traded during the draft.

Pick 2- San Fransisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State

Nick Bosa is the best pass rusher in this loaded defensive draft class. He has the potential to be a better player than his brother Joey, and he is a perfect fit with San Fransisco’s culture. The 49ers need a pass rusher and they will get the best one to come out in the past two years.

Pick 3- Washington Redskins (TRADE): Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback, Ohio State

The Jets are reportedly “determined” to trade down and the Redskins have made it clear they are looking to trade up for a quarterback. The Redskins have shown they are not afraid to give up the farm for a quarterback they like (see RG3 in 2012). Haskins is the best pure pocket passer in this draft and the Redskins are ready to find their next guy.

Pick 4- Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, Interior Defensive Lineman, Alabama

The Oakland Raiders have holes all over their defense and are in desperate need of a defensive superstar after trading away Khalil Mack. Rumor has it the Raiders will make a surprise move, however, with the best player in this year’s class on the board (Williams) I do not see the Raiders passing up on him.

Pick 5- Tamba Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, Linebacker, Louisiana State

The Bucs lost Kwon Alexander in free agency and have shown a lot of interest in Devin White. White is an impact player. A speedy linebacker who is effective in the run and pass. He will be a great piece in Tampa’s defense.

Pick 6- New York Giants: Josh Allen, Edge Kentucky

Dave Gettleman is reportedly “obsessed” with getting a pass-rusher with the 6th pick. Josh Allen falls to the 6th pick and he is an instant, run to the podium pick for the Giants. Edge rusher is possibly the Giants’ biggest need and Allen is the best pass-rusher available.

Josh Allen broke Kentucky’s single-season sack record in 2018 with 17 total sacks. Allen is solid against the run too, with a total of 88 tackles, including 21.5 tackles for loss.

Pick 7- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, Offensive Tackle, Florida

The Jaguars just signed Nick Foles to a huge contract in free agency and need to protect him. Taylor is the top tackle on the board and the Jaguars have shown a lot of interest.

Pick 8- Atlanta Falcons (TRADE): Ed Oliver, Interior Defensive Lineman, Houston

The Falcons have shown a lot of interest in Ed Oliver and reportedly are interested in trading up for him. If he manages to fall this far, the Falcons will make that move and get a great defensive playmaker on their interior.

Pick 9- Buffalo Bills: D.K. Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss

The Falcons just traded ahead of the Bills and took the guy Buffalo wanted. I think the Bills will look to trade back here, but they will not find any takers. The Bills go with the best playmaker available in order to give young quarterback Josh Allen a true weapon on the outside. There may be concerns regarding his agility and route running, but his pure speed, strength, and size cannot be disputed.

Pick 10- Denver Broncos: Devin Bush, Linebacker, Michigan

The Broncos cut Brandon Marshall earlier this offseason and are likely to move on from Danny Trevathan soon, too. They have shown a lot of interest in this year’s linebacker class and Bush is the best linebacker available.

Pick 11- New York Giants (TRADE): Daniel Jones, Quarterback, Duke

The Bengals are heavily interested in drafting a linebacker, but with the two best linebackers off the board, I predict they will trade back and accumulate more picks. Daniel Jones is Gettleman’s guy. I don’t see him forcing this pick at 6 but I do see him being aggressive enough to move up for Jones. The Cutcliffe and Manning connection that Jones has is clearly influencing Gettleman’s decision here as he tries to secure the Giants’ future franchise quarterback.

Pick 12- Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa

Hockenson is the best tight end in the draft and the Packers need to get Aaron Rodgers a tight end. Jimmy Graham is declining and has not shown great chemistry with Rodgers thus far. Getting a young, talented tight end in this offense will allow the Packers to reap the benefits.

Pick 13- Houston Texans (TRADE): Jonah Williams, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

The Houston Texans have one of the worst offensive lines in the league. They need to protect their young quarterback, Deshaun Watson. The Dolphins are in total rebuild mode and are hoping to stack future picks in order to find their quarterback in 2020. Jonah Williams is arguably the best offensive lineman in the draft class. He was impressive in pass-protection and as a run-blocker at Alabama. Whether he plays tackle or guard in the NFL remains to be seen, but the Texans could use an upgrade at both positions, so Williams is a perfect pick here.

Pick 14- Detroit Lions (TRADE): Greedy Williams, Cornerback, Louisiana State

After trading back with the Falcons, the Lions stack up on draft capital and turn their secondary into one of the league’s best, pairing this draft’s best corner with Darius Slay.

Pick 15- New York Jets (TRADE): Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State

The Jets passed on an elite defender with the 3rd overall pick in favor of trading back to accumulate more picks. Now at 15, the Jets take the best defensive playmaker available at a position of need. Brian Burns out of FSU is a true speed rusher off the edge who will step in and make an instant impact.

Pick 16- Carolina Panthers: Rashan Gary, Edge, Michigan

Rashan Gary’s draft stock has taken a huge hit recently as many have questioned his lack of production in college. Recent reports indicate Gary also has a shoulder tear which is hurting his draft stock.

Pick 17- Cincinnati Bengals: Noah Fant, Tight End, Iowa

Noah Fant is an athletic, talented tight end out of Iowa. The Bengals missed out on the Dwayne Haskins sweepstakes, but that does not mean they can’t get some help for Andy Dalton. The Bengals have dealt with a lot of injuries at the tight end position and it is time to find the right guy to replace the Tylers for the long term.

Pick 18- Minnesota Vikings: Cody Ford, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

The Vikings offensive line has been their weakness for a couple of years now, and Kirk Cousins needs some protection up front. Cody Ford did a phenomenal job at Oklahoma blocking for great quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. He might play guard in the pros, but like the Texans, the Vikings can use help all over the offensive line.

Pick 19- Tennessee Titans: Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State

Another edge defender who has suffered a recent fall in draft stock is Montez Sweat. Sweat lit up the 2019 NFL Combine, but, unfortunately, it was recently discovered that Montez has a heart condition. This discovery has hurt his draft stock, however, the Titans are searching for an edge rusher and Sweat is talented enough to be picked in the top 20.

Pick 20- Pittsburgh Steelers: Byron Murphy, Cornerback, Washington

The Steelers are thin at cornerback, with their best player at that position being a 30-year old Joe Haden. Murphy is arguably the best cornerback in this draft class, and he fills a big need for Pittsburgh.

Pick 21- Seattle Seahawks: Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson

Ferrell is a player that used to get some top-10 buzz, however, his stock has recently evened out in the mid teens to twenties. The Seahawks just traded away Frank Clark to the Chiefs opening up a hole on the edge. Ferrell will be a nice fit in Seattle’s defense.

Pick 22- Baltimore Ravens: N’Keal Harry, Wide Receiver, Arizona State

There might be some questions regarding Harry’s speed, however, a big possession receiver might be exactly what the Ravens need. Lamar Jackson needs a true number one wide receiver, and the Ravens will find one for him in this draft.

Pick 23- Miami Dolphins (TRADE): Christian Wilkins, Interior Defensive Lineman, Clemson

The Dolphins traded back in order to accumulate more draft picks, but they still get an extremely talented player with the 23rd pick in Christian Wilkins. The Dolphins have not been able to find a solid replacement for Ndamukong Suh– until now.

Pick 24- Oakland Raider: Josh Jacobs, Running Back, Alabama

Marshawn Lynch officially retired this week and the Raiders have shown a lot of interest in Josh Jacobs. Jacobs was a productive back for Alabama and will be a great fit in Oakland’s backfield.

Pick 25- Philadelphia Eagles: Nasir Adderley, Safety, Deleware

Adderley is a quick free safety with good range and the ability to cover deep. The Eagles already have a box safety with Malcolm Jenkins, but this could be a great pairing for Philadelphia.

Pick 26- Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, Interior Defensive Lineman, Notre Dame

The Colts demonstrated their need for an interior defensive lineman in the playoffs, letting Chiefs running back Damien Williams rush for 129 yards and a touchdown against them. Jerry Tillery is an underrated prospect who will help the Colts sure up their interior.

Pick 27- Oakland Raiders: Chase Winovich, Edge, Michigan

The Raiders passed on an edge rusher with the 4th pick, but they will definitely look to get one with one of their three 1st-round picks. Winovich was the more productive of the two Michigan edge rushers and is a sleeper player who could slip into the 1st round.

Pick 28- Los Angeles Chargers: Andre Dillard, Offensive Tackle, Washington State

The Chargers’ offensive line got beat up in the playoffs against the Patriots. They need an upgrade on the offensive line and tackle Andre Dillard should step in and be an immediate improvement.

Pick 29- Denver Broncos (TRADE): Drew Lock, Quarterback, Missouri

Somehow, due to team needs, Drew Lock falls all the way to the 29th pick. The Seahawks have reportedly been interested in trading back and the Broncos have been interested in Lock for a while. I predict the Broncos will get aggressive and trade up for the falling quarterback prospect. Lock’s fall could be reminiscent of Aaron Rodgers’s.

Pick 30- Green Bay Packers: Johnathan Abram, Safety, Mississippi State

Adrian Amos was an excellent pickup for Green Bay in free agency, but he will play more of a coverage role in the Packers’ defense. Opposite of Amos, the Packers could draft Johnathan Abrams to be a box safety and aid in run support.

Pick 31- Los Angeles Rams: DeAndre Baker, Cornerback Georgia

The Rams need a pass-rusher, but they are too wise to reach on one here. Instead, they end up with one of the best cornerbacks in the draft class with DeAndre Baker. Baker would be a great fit with the Rams as they try to add some talented, youthful to their secondary.

Pick 32- New England Patriots: Jeffrey Simmons, Interior Defensive Lineman, Mississippi State

Simmons is a risky prospect. To start, he suffered a torn ACL this offseason and might miss the entire 2019 season. On top of that, he has a red flag with a 2016 assault incident in which Simmons hit a woman. Simmons is one of the most talented players in the draft, but his off the field issues will cause him to fall. There is no better team to fix off the field issues than the New England Patriots. Bill Billechick will solve Simmons’ problems and make sure they never occur again.

Those are my predictions for the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Feel free to debate this mock with me on Twitter: @anthonyrivardo7.

New York Giants: Should The Giants Trade Up For An Elite Defensive Prospect?

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The New York Giants have holes all over their roster after a pitiful 5-11 season. The Giants have come up in plenty of rumors surround trades for quarterbacks. However, a trade not a lot of people have mentioned is one for an elite defensive prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Who Might The Giants Target In A Potential Trade?

The Giants currently hold the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. They do have a high pick, but they still are not likely to land one of the top 3 defensive players in the draft class unless a team in front of the Giants does something unexpected. There are 3 truly elite defensive prospects in this year’s NFL Draft.

Josh Allen is probably the best 3-4 outside linebacker in this draft class. He was spectacular during his collegiate years at Kentucky. Allen holds Kentucky’s all-time sack record. In his junior season, Allen racked up an impressive 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss. He had a total of 88 tackles and even forced 5 fumbles. Allen was an impact player game in and game out. After an impressive close to his collegiate career, Josh Allen finds himself as a lock to be a top 4 pick in the draft. If the Giants want Josh Allen, they will need to trade into the top 4.

Quinnen Williams is not an edge rusher but he is still an elite, impact defender. Williams is an interior defensive lineman from Alabama. He has been praised as the 2019 Draft’s “can’t-miss” player. Quinnen was nearly unblockable in 2018. He finished the season with 71 tackles, including 19.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. Williams was also especially impressive at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. His 4.83 40-yard dash caught the attention of scouts throughout the league. Quinnen Williams does not usually make it past the top 4 picks in mock drafts, so the Giants will need to trade up a few spots to land him.

Nick Bosa was considered the sure-fire 1st overall pick for quite a while. However, it looks like the Cardinals will be going quarterback with the 1st pick. Bosa will not have to wait long to be drafted though. He seems to be a lock at the 2nd overall pick to the 49ers. Bosa is a tremendous talent. Nick Bosa is the brother of NFL pass-rushing superstar Joey Bosa and has the potential to be better than Joey. In 2017, Bosa totaled 8.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, and 66 total pressures. If the Giants want Nick Bosa, they will need to trade up to the 2nd overall pick.

Why Would The Giants Trade Up For A Defender?

The Giants seem to be set on waiting as long as they can to get their next quarterback. It does not seem like they will be trying to draft one in the top 10 picks of the 2019 NFL Draft. If that truly is the case, why not go all in on defense and try to get the best player possible?

The Giants need an impact player on defense. The 2019 NFL Draft is filled with defensive talent. If the Giants are serious about improving the defensive side of the football, they should consider making a trade into the top 3 picks of the draft.

What Would The Giants Need To Trade?

The Giants hold the 6th pick and would need to trade all the way up to the 2nd overall pick in order to secure one of these players. The 6th pick is worth 1,600 points and the 2nd pick is worth 2,200, according to the Drafttek NFL Trade Value Chart.

This means the Giants would need to create an additional 600 points on top of the 6th pick. The 17th pick is worth 950, so the Giants might be able to trade both of their 1st round picks in order to get one of these players. However, if the Giants do not want to give up the 17th pick, they could still make the trade.

If the Giants offered the 6th pick, their 2nd round pick (worth 530 points), and their 3rd round pick (worth 120 points), they will have made up enough points to move up 4 spots and select a game-changing talent. Sure, the Giants could hold their breath and hope one of these players falls in their lap at 6. But if the Giants want to ensure they land a blue-chip prospect, they certainly have the draft capital to trade for one.

New York Giants Could End Up With An Elite Defender And Quarterback In 2019 Draft

Could the New York Giants find a way to secure Quinnen Williams?

The New York Giants face a dilemma in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants have decided to completely rebuild the team. They allowed their starting safety, Landon Collins, to walk in free agency and traded away superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns.

This leaves the Giants with holes all over their roster that they will need to fill in the 2019 NFL Draft. Some fans want to see the Giants draft the next franchise quarterback. Other fans want to see the team take an elite defensive prospect. There is a way the Giants could end up with both.

How The Giants Could Get An Elite Defender

The 2019 NFL Draft class is filled with defensive talent. The top defensive prospects in this class are elite, potentially future all-pro players. Players like Nick Bosa, Josh Allen, and Quinnen Williams are being looked at as elite prospects.

These players should all go in the top 5. However, there is a way the Giants could get one of these players with the 6th pick.

One of these players will have to fall due to a team trading up for a quarterback, or a team in the top 3 reaching on a player at a position of need. The Jets have been consistently brought up in trade rumors. If they trade their pick to a quarterback-needy team, such as the Dolphins, that would mean one of these players will fall.

In addition, if a team like the 49ers decide to skip out on one of these prospects, that would cause a defender to fall. The 49ers traded for Dee Ford recently, so it would not be a surprise if they decide they are fine on defense. The 49ers could take wide receiver D.K. Metcalf. They need a receiver, so it would not be surprising if they reached on one.

Assuming the Cardinals draft Kyler Murray 1st overall, the 49ers draft D.K. Metcalf, and the Jets trade away the 3rd pick, the Giants will be able to draft one of Bosa, Allen, or Williams. The top 3 picks will be crucial for the Giants and there quest to draft a top 3 defensive prospect.

The Raiders, more likely than not, will draft one of the elite defenders with the 4th pick. The Buccanneers will probably draft the best player available, however, it is possible they do not take Bosa, Allen, or Williams. The Buccaneers have been linked to linebacker Devin White.

If these possible outcomes happen, the Giants can end up with either Quinnen Williams, Nick Bosa, or Josh Allen. At the very least, they will be able to draft Devin White. These players would be instant-impact starters on the Giants defense and could change the course of the franchise for the next decade.

If the Giants draft a defender with the 6th pick, how will they be able to draft a quarterback, too?

How The Giants Could Get A Franchise Quarterback

By trading Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants were able to acquire the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Additionally, this trade might also allow the Giants to draft their next franchise quarterback. The 17th overall pick will be a key selection for the Giants’ future.

The Giants have plenty of options with the 17th pick. If they want to use it to draft a quarterback, they could stay put and draft the best one available. Daniel Jones, Drew Lock, or Will Grier will be names to watch at 17.

However, if the Giants do not want to stay at 17, they could potentially trade their way back into the top 10 and draft a quarterback. In this scenario, the Giants could end up with Dwayne Haskins and an elite defender- this would be most Giants fans’ dream draft.

If a team does not trade up with the Jets to draft Dwayne Haskins, and the Giants draft an elite defender, Haskins will most likely fall all the way to the 10th pick before a team considers drafting him. The Giants will be at 17 and could potentially trade up to the 9th pick to keep Haskins away from Denver. The Bills hold the 9th pick and drafted their franchise quarterback last year.

According to the Walter Football NFL Draft Value Chart, the 17th overall pick is worth 950 points. If the Giants are looking to trade back into the top 10, it will cost them their 17th pick (950) and their 2nd round pick (530). The 9th pick is worth 1,350 points, so the Giants’ 17th and a 2nd round pick could get the deal done. However, the Bills will have all the leverage, so the Giants might have to throw in a future pick or maybe even a player.

The Giants have a rare opportunity here. They could acquire the face of the franchise’s defense and offense in the same draft. The 17th pick is only 8 spots behind the 9th, so the Bills would not lose out on too much if they traded back with the Giants. If the Bills intend to draft a receiver, the 17th pick will still get them a top 3 receiver in this draft class, and load up on extra draft picks from the Giants. It is a win-win situation.

Imagine a New York Giants roster that features Dwayne Haskins AND Quinnen Williams/Nick Bosa/Josh Allen