By Joey Esquire
I am putting as little thought and effort into this as possible. I have literally run a draft simulation on Fanspeak and will just comment on the results. I didn’t actually make any of the picks.
A sensible pick if the Giants are not in love with one of the quarterbacks. The Giants had one of the worst pass rushes in the NFL in 2018, tied for the second-fewest sacks and ranked 31st by Football Outsiders Pass Rush Efficiency metric. Gary has a good burst off the line and uses his hands well, and played both 3T and End at Michigan, which could appeal to the Giants who need pass rush help at both spots.
Pencils in opposite Ryan Kerrigan, assuming the Redskins don’t bring back Preston Smith. Even if they do bring back Smith, another body added to that pass rush group wouldn’t hurt. Sweat was extremely productive in the SEC, with 22.5 sacks in the past two seasons, and was apparently very impressive in Senior Bowl practices.
The Eagles very clearly need a running back, and Jacobs is the best running back in the class. On the way this board shook out, I can’t argue with Jacobs here. He could slot in as the Eagles week 1 starter and is effective both running and receiving from the backfield. Would be a good player and a perfect fit. Still, hard for me to imagine the Eagles will sit still holding two 2ndround picks and seeing Oliver, Polite, Burns, Sweat and Wilkins all come off the board in a span of eight picks just to take a running back.
Another pick that makes sense. With Gary and Cajuste, the Giants build the trenches on both sides of the ball, which is by far where they are weakest. Cajuste is powerful at the point of attack and should help blow up the edge defenders on Saquon Barkley runs, but may not have the athleticism to be a strong pass protector.
Splooz needs a change of underwear. Samuel has inside/outside versatility and is strong with the ball in his hands. Doesn’t have the long speed to stretch the defense over the top, but is a strong route runner in short, intermediate and deep patterns. Should be a perfect fit for an offense that needs playmakers.
Buggs is an interior mauler who doesn’t have plus athleticism, despite being relatively light for a DT at 292. I’m not sure he has the first-step burst the Eagles would look for from a DT, but has good hands to keep blockers off him.
Dillard apparently has good feet, which is one of those things draft people love to say at this time of the year. He also apparently lacks functional strength and can get bullied by stronger edge players. This would make sense for the Eagles if they believe they can develop Dillard and work on his strength with another year of Peters/Vaitai at LT.
Versatile safety prospect who has the ability to do a lot of different things pretty well, but not one thing great. Is a very strong tackler and can break on underneath routes, which would make him a good fit to patrol the short middle.