It’s getting closer, that annual right of passage in April called the NFL Draft and there is still a ton of debate as to which franchises will do what and how many trades we will see in the first round. There’s also a debate about the best players regardless of position and I’ll settle that for you with my best at each spot.
Quarterback: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson — A no-brainer and I’m not sure who is No. 2, although I like Justin Fields as a safer pick than Zach Wilson or Mac Jones and definitely over Trey Lance.
Running Back: Najee Harris, Alabama — This is an easy No. 1 for me as well as Harris is well above Travis Etienne and the North Carolina running back duo of Javonte Williams and Mike Carter.
Wide Receiver: Ja’Marr Chase, LSU — Another easy one for me with DeVonta Smith a relatively close No. 2, but Chase is a legend in the making with that size and athleticism.
Tight End: Kyle Pitts, Florida — OK, who’s No. 2 because this is simple. Pat Freiermuth? Probably.
Offensive Tackle: Penei Sewell, Oregon — He’s easily my guy over Rashawn Slater, Christian Darrisaw and the rest as Sewell has a rare combination of footwork and bend.
Offensive Guard: Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC — I think he could also play tackle in the NFL easily but as a guard he’s way ahead some others like Wyatt Davis.
Center: Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma — A tough call here but the knee injury to Landon Dickerson gives Humphrey the edge and someone could easily go on him at the end of the second round.
Edge Rusher: Kwity Paye, Michigan — Paye over Greg Rousseau for me as a pure edge rusher. I know some like Rousseau as a guy who can play inside at times but he’s a pure 7 or 5 tech to me and Paye flattens better and is more explosive.
Strongside Defensive End: Jaelen Phillips, Miami — He can rush the passer and stuff the run so he’s a strongside to me and ahead of Jayson Oweh by a mile.
Defensive Tackle: Christian Barmore, Alabama — This is a tough one but I’m going Alabama and Barmore slightly over Levi Onwuzerike from Washington.
Outside Linebacker: Micah Parsons, Penn State — Some have him inside but I’ve seen him pass rush since he was little and I prefer that and his length outside over Zaven Collins.
Inside Linebacker: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame — He lacks great size but he’s a quick twitch guy who can run and is way ahead of Nick Bolton.
Cornerback: Patrick Surtain, Alabama — When Caleb Farley’s back problem came to light it became between Surtain and Jaycee Horn for me.
Safety: Trevon Moehrig, TCU — This isn’t even close as I think he’s near a top-10 overall talent in the draft.
Specials: Jaylen Waddle, Alabama — Waddle’s ability in the return game is great but so is Rondale Moore’s but size wins out.