A year ago, CBS Sports introduced an NFL Draft series designed to address some of the most pressing questions leading up to the three-day event. The series will return this year in deep quality just as every team is set to improve its franchise by the end of April.
In today’s panel, Ryan Wilson, Chris Trapasso and I dive into Philadelphia’s draft strategy with the first three picks, quarterback futures for Miami and Pittsburgh, and what Patriots need to restore their reign.
1. What should Eagle What to do with their first three picks? Should they combine with a midfielder?
Wilson: The way their season ended, my knee-jerk reaction was to let the Eagles use those three innings on the defensive side of the ball. In my latest mock draft, I let them use Georgia ranger Travon Walker, Utah full-back Devin Lloyd and Auburn full-back Roger McCreary. All three of these players have had a fantastic 2021 season and will upgrade all three levels of Philly’s defense.
Jalen Hurts seems to be the starter into campaign ’22, but the Eagles will at least have to consider one of these midfield pairs if they go into halftime. If nothing else, it could offer a trade-off, meaning the chance to stock up on more draft picks and solidify a roster that has exceeded expectations this past season.
Trapasso: Rusher edge and center is a must. And Tyler Linderbaum will likely be there, as a natural replacement for Jason Kelce that the football gods intended. George Karlaftis, the best edge runner available will be a home run. Linebackers would also make sense, but Howie Roseman has an aversion to drafting them prematurely. Devin Lloyd will be great behind that defence. Corners should also be considered – Trent McDuffie or Roger McCreary, more corners, would be great options. I’m not a big Jalen Hurts guy but admittedly he’s definitely taken a step forward this year. He deserves to be the one to start another season.
Edwards: First, I made sure I addressed the offending issue. If the organization is comfortable with Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks back, then it reduces the need to generate an attention now. The attack path is critical to the success of the attack as it transitions to a more running approach. Even if those players come back, I will consider bringing them in as a replacement next season. I’ll bring in Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum or Texas A&M offensive guard Kenyon Green to play with. Landon Dickerson. If there was George Karlaftis, the Purdue pusher, he would be my next choice in a heartbeat. Ideally, the Eagles would leave with Utah defenders Devin Lloyd, Linderbaum and Karlaftis. I think the combination of attack, defence, full-back and full-back is how Howie Roseman went in the first round.
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2. What is the Patriots missing this season and who can they pick in the first round?
Wilson: The defense was solid for most of the season but that unit caused all that was involved in the playoff loss to Buffalo. After allowing seven touches down on seven possessions, there is no other way. Pats can find a way to add a runner to line up opposite Matt Judon. team and JC Jackson vary widely in what a new contract might look like.
Trapasso: They need an alpha at the receiver. The roomy group is solid, though out of shape. For this crime to play with other top crimes today NFL, they must be more active in the air. A generous person like Jahan Dotson, Jameson Williams or even Drake London, who separates well from a big man, would be of great help. The outer pass also needs work.
Edwards: Just as the defense struggles with Bill In the knockout stages, I think they played well for most of the season. The odds of them returning to a playstyle are definitely higher than the team being able to squeeze more lemons. Their hands were tired and the lemon had nothing left to give. Bill Belichick should bring Jameson Williams or Drake London style for support Mac Jones‘ evolution.
3. Assumption Ben Roethlisberger retire, maybe Steelsmith find a replacement for him in the draft?
Wilson: Steelers fans certainly hope so because Plan B will include Mason Rudolph or Dwayne Haskins. This assumes, of course, that Pittsburgh doesn’t put a single veteran into free agency. The point, of course, is that this isn’t a deep QB rank and even if, say, Ole Miss’ Matt Corral were available in 20th, he likely wouldn’t view the field as a rookie , and still has the problem of addressing all of the team’s other needs, most notably starting with the offensive line.
The good news is that Pittsburgh, for the first time in a long time, has a lot of limited space and can make major roster upgrades (again, starting with the O-line), which can speed up progress if they finish drafting the QB.
Trapasso: I think so, yes. They should take a long look at all midfielders. Even if they don’t expect that rookie passer to start in Week 1, getting more talent in that position on the roster is paramount. Pittsburgh can add offensive, side, and collectibles on Days 2 and 3, and its track record of doing those things is pretty good.
Edwards: There has been a report that Pittsburgh is likely to make a quarter of this draft and let’s face it, the benchmark for the upgrade has been set pretty low compared to a few seasons ago. There will be other teams involved in midfield, so they may need to be aggressive in attack but they can certainly find a player who won’t lose a game for them. I just doubt they found the caliber of player Roethlisberger when he was in the draft.
4. Does Miami make the right decision by investing in Tagovailoa?
Wilson: Well, I suspect so. Especially if the team is too enamored with their reports with Deshaun Watson. Clear perception is what it is, obviously, Dolphin will lose Justin Herbert compared to Tua, but the former Alabama standout showed improvement throughout his sophomore season. Miami needs to continue to upgrade its attack line and even think about getting another weapon next to it Jaylen Waddle. Most importantly, however, the team needs to get the right to hire the next coach as continued growth of Tua will determine if the Dolphins are competitive enough in the division or are looking for the next QB franchise. theirs in the next few years.
Trapasso: Is not. Just in the blank. The Dolphins’ offense was very limited for him at the start because he didn’t have strong arms and was just an average athlete for the position. You have to aim higher at quarterback in today’s NFL.
Edwards: I would split the difference and say it’s more of a nuanced conversation than agreeing or disagreeing. Philadelphia is in a similar situation to Miami. If you can find an upgrade, the team should absolutely go after it. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly a draft known for its midfield play. I suspect that Tagovailoa could have been a player who maximized the talent around him but they could be much worse.
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