The Raven’s most valuable pick was taking center Tyler Linderbaum with their second first-round pick, acquired in a trade, which was a smart move. Linderbaum will anchor their line for a long time. Fourth-round tackle Daniel Faalele is a massive man and helps the Ravens run downhill. Their first pick of safety Kyle Hamilton was a steal at their selection. The first four picks ranked as possible first-round picks. Finally, tight-end Charlie Kolar adds depth as the Ravens feed that position.
New York Jets
The Jets move back into the first round to land pass rusher Jermaine Johnson. Johnson slated to go top 15, dropped. He was their third pick in the first round and should pay off big time for Robert Saleh. They needed a tackle but waited a long time to select one. Max Mitchell was the pick in the fourth round. They possibly should’ve taken the position sooner to protect their young QB. Joe Douglas had two selections in the top 7 and nailed them, getting corner Sauce Gardner and receiver Garrett Wilson. Then adding Johnson and Breece Hall, the best back in this class, makes it a heck of a group.
Kansas City Chiefs
First-round pass rusher George Karlaftis will be a major steal in this draft. The Chiefs need help rushing the passer, especially in their division. Third-round linebacker Leo Chenal doesn’t seem to be a player that fits in their defensive scheme. He doesn’t have side line to slide line speed. A first-round selection of Trent McDuffie will be an immediate starter. Second-round receiver Skyy Moore and second-round safety Bryan Cook look to replace Tyreek Hill and Tyrann Mathieu.
The pick of safety Jalen Pitre in the second round will pay off in a big way. He will be a star. Trading up to take receiver John Metchie in the second round was aggressive for a player coming off an ACL injury. It could be risky if his explosion doesn’t return to 100%. First-round corner Derek Stingley Jr. will be a shut-down player, while offensive lineman Kenyon Green is a nasty mauler who will help upfront. I love Pitre and fourth-round running back Dameon Pierce.
Moving up to land Alabama receiver Jameson Williams could be the best draft trade. He is a guy who can change the game with one big play. Fifth-round tight end James Mitchell is coming off a torn ACL. For a team with so many needs, strange they select a player they may have to wait on. Landing Aidan Hutchinson with the second pick gives them a big-time edge player, and I love Williams. Second-round edge Josh Paschal gives them another player to pair with Hutchinson.