WITH the NFL Draft only a few days away there is still plenty of doubt around how things will unfold. We have a pretty good idea over what some squads are going to do, but a handful are entering the draft with plenty of uncertainty. Their approach will dictate a lot in the first round and these three teams in particular could change how the 2019 draft unfolds.
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New York Giants
FOLLOWING the Odell Beckham trade the NY Giants now hold two first-round selections at No. 6 & 17. With a pass rusher and quarterback high up on their shopping list, the order in which they draft those players is still unknown. If the Giants have their sights set on Dwane Haskins as Eli Manning’s successor then they’ll likely need to take him at six and go defense at 17, potentially targetting Brian Burns or one of Clemson’s D-linemen Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins.
IF landing an edge rusher like Montez Sweat or Rashan Gary is their priority, then Daniel Jones might be the one they have their eyes on in the middle of the first. There’s a chance that Jones won’t around by the time they make their second selection though, which could force them to go offense early. The direction they choose to go at No. 6 will no doubt have an impact on the rest of the draft.
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THE Raiders are proud owners of three first rounders after offloading Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper last season. It’s unsure if Jon Gruden and new GM Mike Mayock will use pick four, 24 and 27 to draft three young studs or if they will move around the draft with their sights zeroed in on specific players.
ONE rumour doing the rounds could see Oakland package some picks together to make a play at the first overall selection, currently owned by Arizona. Gruden could really usher in a new era and build the team the way he wanted by dealing Derek Carr away and choosing a freshman to lead the Raiders into the franchises next era. The play caller he covets could still be on the board at No. 4, but with the draft capital to swing for a deal, expect the unexpected from Oakland on draft night.
THIS one is fairly straight forward, are they going to draft Kyler Murray or not? At the top of the draft, Arizona’s decision will single-handedly change of draft night unfolds, with the Heisman winning quarterback a coveted prospect in this year’s class. It’s not like the Cardinals need a QB with sophomore Josh Rosen still showing plenty of promise for the future.
NICK Bosa is expected to hear his name called early and should Arizona pass on Murray, then there’s a high likelihood that Kliff Kingsbury will take the Buckeye’s defender first overall. Don’t rule out another team leaping to the top of the draft and offering the Cards a ton of picks in return, with plenty of gaping holes in their outfit.
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