The Saints are the best in this group, but my view of the roster was much darker than theirs after losing safety to Marcus Williams and Malcolm Jenkins (to be fair, they added Marcus May), entering a rugged left-footed Tyrone Armstead – and superb coach Sean Payton. It’s Dennis Allen’s show now, starring James Winston in the quarterback – or is it? The landscape changes if New Orleans takes over the aforementioned Desmond Reader or any other novice passerby, paired with one of the highest draft thresholds.
GM Scott Fitter Panthers is certainly ready to pick the quarterback for sixth overall. Owner Willis was changing my feelings towards the team currently supporting Sam Darnold as the start of the first week. The leaders were a candidate to chase Willis as well, until they apparently panicked and traded for his meager salary Carson Wentz. Why not just swing by to get a freshman arm to pair up with brave Taylor Hynek?
If the Seahawks trade away from DK Metcalf, the rebuild will run at scale. We’re already mostly there, with franchise faces Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner after their transition to new destinies. Seattle can’t be serious about starting Drew Lock. If they don’t get out of the draft with a novice pitcher, look for Baker Mayfield at ‘Hawks uni. Note: I can’t wait to see if Rashad Bini’s stunning approach to last season is a sign of things to come.
Khalil Mack’s transfer to The Bolts was an all-important confirmation: The Bears have started pretty much all over again under new coach Matt Eberflus and GM Ryan Poles. They’re in a tough spot, hoping to rearrange the roster with young quarterback Justin Fields on a rookie deal. Let’s hope this system has a vision, an attribute that is sorely missing in the previous group.
If nothing else, the Giants are more interesting with quarterback Brian Dabol looking to get the most out of Daniel Jones. Adding internal weight to Mark Glowinsky and John Feliciano cements a streak that collapsed a season ago. Could Sacon Barclay’s Trade Be Next? Can anyone on this team stay healthy? Are we destined to have eight starts from Tyrod Taylor?
These blacks look similar to last year’s edition. They didn’t lose any major players in the free agency (they didn’t have much to begin with) and only added DJ Chark on a large scale. With Jared Goff as quarterback, the No. 2 overall pick looks destined to defend in the form of Michigan edge Aidan Hutchinson, if he’s still there. With another first player (#32 of the rams), and second and third, Dan Campbell’s crew has a chance to cool off.
Arthur Smith coached Atlanta last season, but post-Matt Ryan Falcons have the worst roster in the league. With Russell Gage out of the mix, potential starter Marcus Mariota is left with Kyle Pitts and a handful of none on attack other than Cordarrelle Patterson. Atlanta looms as the obvious location for the QB touchdown come draft day.