Greg DePalma and PSN contributor Jan Levine – a New York Jets season ticketholder – preview the team’s options and discuss their wish lists with the NFL Draft just a day away. The Jets hold the No.6 overall pick, though GM Mike Maccagnan has suggested he’s open to trading down in order to rebuild with more selections.
The Redskins own the top trade-chip quarterback in the league and if they’re willing to listen and strike a deal for Kirk Cousins it would undoubtedly re-shape the way teams are approaching the first-round in ways we can only imagine. But if you know Daniel Snyder like we do, then why on earth would he want to make any rational decisions when he’s so good at doing to irrational?
The Eagles are a franchise on the rise and will go as far as their young signal-caller Carson Wentz will take them. That is unless they fail to draft some competent cornerbacks to solidify an already decent defensive unit and turn it into a championship one.
Even though it was a short stay the Giants returned to the post-season for the first time since winning the Super Bowl in 2011. To take that next step they’ll need more offensive weapons including a vertical threat at tight end and an impact rusher. Of course none of those moves might work out until they figure out how to open up more holes and wall-off defenders.
After finding their franchise quarterback in last year’s draft the Cowboys now need to add more impact defenders to their front wall if they’re serious about becoming a deep playoff threat in the NFC.
G.M. Mike Maccagnan has his work cut out for him. He’s made it known he wants to trade down on Thursday and unless safety Jamal Adams somehow falls to No. 6, he’s going to try everything in his power to get it done.
Bill Belichick knows the Tom Brady days are coming to an end soon which is why he made several deals to mortgage the future including acquiring WR Brandin Cooks for their first-round pick. Unless they deal cornerback Malcolm Butler the Patriots won’t be on the clock until late Friday night, but somehow I think their fans will be just fine with that.
The Adam Gase era is off to a good start and the Dolphins are closer than they’ve been in a long while for sustained success. Right now they just don’t have the talent depth to take that next big step so adding more key defenders should be a priority starting on day one.
The Bills are enduring the longest current playoff drought (last appearance in 1999) from any of the four major sports leagues and now it’s up to new Head Coach Sean McDermott to get them back. Expect McDermott to do what he can during his first draft class to add as many difference-makers to his new defense that he can find.
The Raiders are as close as any team with the talent to compete with New England in Tom Brady’s final years. In order to become a real force on defense though they’re going to need some major upgrades inside and their offense has to add a playmaker at the running back position to take some pressure off Derek Carr.