The NFL draft is over with but there is still plenty of draft content to cover and break down. Today, I will rank the top 10 best picks in the NFL draft based on value, team fit, and how good the player is.
10. Green Bay Packers, Round Six, Pick 33: Equinameous St. Brown, WR
The Packers get great value with this pick, taking a big, tall, and fast receiver with high upside in the sixth round. I had Brown going in the third so this is quite the fall. He could be a potential Jordy Nelson replacement down the line for the Packers.
9. Indianapolis Colts, Round One, Pick Six. Quenton Nelson, OG
This wasn’t the flashiest pick in the world but the Colts got the best player in the draft, in my opinion, here and filled a major need. Nelson helps sure up the run game and keeps Andrew Luck protected and upright. Indianapolis wants to build through the trenches and hit a home run with this pick.
8. Washington Redskins, Round Two, Pick 27: Derrius Guice, RB
Derrius Guice fell far further than most expected him to due to some character concerns that were just being investigated during the draft. If those concerns don’t materialize, the Redskins got their back of the future in Guice. He is fast, strong, and runs hard. Behind the excellent Redskin offensive line, Guice could become one of the NFL’s premier backs in the near future.
7. Baltimore Ravens, Round One, Pick 32: Lamar Jackson, QB
After Ozzie Newsome traded down to acquire more picks, he jumped back into the first round to get their Joe Flacco replacement. Jackson compared favorably to Michael Vick and could light the NFL on fire if given the chance. He was my third-ranked quarterback in the class so getting him at 32 is excellent value for me.
6. Green Bay Packers, Round Two, Pick 13: Josh Jackson, CB
I would have been very content with the Green Bay Packers staying at 14 and taking Jackson at 14. He is a great player and fills a huge need. However, they traded down in the first and managed to acquire two of the best corners in the class in him and Jaire Alexander. This duo could revitalize the Packers’ defense and help them reach the top of the NFC North once again.
5. Oakland Raiders, Round Five, Pick Three: Maurice Hurst, DT
If it wasn’t for a heart condition, Hurst would have likely been selected in the first round of this year’s draft. He is an undersized defensive tackle with incredible quickness and pass rush ability. Oakland’s doctors cleared Hurst and deemed him fit to be drafted. Hurst is a shining light among the rubble that is the rest of the Raiders’ very questionable draft.
4. Buffalo Bills, Round One, Pick 16: Tremaine Edmunds, LB
After trading up for Josh Allen, the Bills saw a top-five talent falling way farther than he ever should and traded up for him. Edmunds is incredibly raw but his physical attributes give him the potential to be one of the best linebackers in the NFL in two or three years. The Bills came out of round one with two players that could be the best at their position in the future.
3. Los Angeles Chargers, Round One, Pick 17: Derwin James, S
A top 10 talent in Derwin James fell into the Chargers’ lap at pick 17. They need a safety to replace Eric Weddle and get their guy in James. He is versatile, tough, physical and can play multiple positions if need be. The Chargers got excellent value with this pick to go along with a defensive leader for many years to come.
2. Tennessee Titans, Round Two, Pick Nine: Harold Landry, EDGE
The Titans landed the steal of the draft with their selection of Harold Landry. I graded Landry as a top 10 talent and would have been comfortable with a team like the 49ers taking him at nine. He fell this far due to reported medical issues but the value was too great to pass on even in the early second even for me. Tennessee pairs first-round pick Rashaan Evans with maybe the best pure pass rusher in the draft. This Titan defense looks geared to take a shot at the AFC South crown this season.
1. New York Jets, Round One, Pick Three: Sam Darnold QB
My pick of the NFL draft goes to the New York Jets with the pick of Sam Darnold third overall. The Jets moved up to three to get their quarterback of the future and they couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Many expected Darnold to go in the top two; most didn’t even think the Jets would have a chance to land Darnold. Darnold was my best quarterback on the board. He has great arm talent, is a good athlete, and is a leader and a gamer. He will be able to learn under Josh McCown and sit on the bench for a while to improve his decision making. Sam Darnold could be the face of the Jets for many, many years to come.
Arizona Cardinals, Round One, Pick 10: Josh Rosen, QB
New York Giants, Round Two, Pick Two: Will Hernandez, OG
Atlanta Falcons, Round Two Pick 26: Isaiah Oliver, CB
Chicago Bears, Round Two, Pick 19: Anthony Miller, WR
Indianapolis Colts, Round Six, Pick 11: Deon Cain, WR
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_, @FPC_NBA and @FPC_Colts.