My NY Giants pick a QB. number 6…
The Cardinals did as so many had expected by drafting Murray first overall. They put aside the concerns about his height and trusted that he will be the same electrifying playmaker in the NFL that he was as the Heisman Trophy winner at Oklahoma. The Cardinals will fit him into the college-style offense of their new coach, Kliff Kingsbury. The team will look to trade second-year passer Josh Rosen, but its options are dwindling after the Giants and Redskins both took quarterbacks.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The expected run on defensive players begins right on schedule. The 49ers take Ohio State pass rusher Bosa second overall. It’s interesting that the Niners went with Bosa over Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Perhaps there was no going wrong for the 49ers. But the careers of Bosa and Williams will be forever intertwined and compared.
3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
The NFL draft is unfolding pretty much as expected so far as the Jets get Williams at No. 3. He’s a potentially dominant player on the interior of the defensive line and perhaps the best player in this draft, although not at a position as coveted as quarterback or edge rusher. Things get interesting now with the Raiders up at No. 4.
4. Oakland Raiders: Clelin Ferrell, DE/OLB, Clemson
The Raiders pull a stunner by taking Ferrell with the No. 4 pick, the first of their three first-rounders. It wasn’t surprising that Oakland went with a pass rusher. But the fact that it was Ferrell, not Kentucky’s Josh Allen, was dumbfounding. Most expected Ferrell to come off the board in the middle of the opening round. He only has to be as good as Khalil Mack for the Raiders to come out even after trading Mack to Chicago last year. Not much pressure, huh? Raiders Coach Jon Gruden and new General Manager Mike Mayock reportedly sent home the team’s scouts well before the draft to avoid leaks. But if it had been leaked that the Raiders were going to go with Ferrell at No. 4, no one would have believed it.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU
The Buccaneers, after losing inside linebacker Kwon Alexander in free agency, get his replacement at No. 5 by taking White. It’s a sensible choice, as White is worth the fifth overall pick. But they did allow Josh Allen, a top edge rusher, to get past them, possibly benefiting the Giants at No. 6.
6. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Perhaps it was a year late, but the Giants get their quarterback of the future by taking Jones at No. 6. Maybe this was too early for Jones. Perhaps they could have gotten pass rusher Josh Allen here and a quarterback later at No. 17. But if Jones turns out to be the right quarterback for them, no one will care about that. The Giants clearly were enamored with the connection of Jones to David Cutcliffe, the Duke coach who has strong ties to the Manning family…..