Every team wants to ace the 2019 NFL Draft, but looking around the league it’s clear there are some teams that need to make it happen more than others.
Whether it’s the last attempt of a regime before being fired, or whether we’re talking about a team that is on the cusp of a breakout, these teams must not flub this annual event.
The Jacksonville brass is convinced that Nick Foles is going to be the right man to get the franchise over the hump. That’s certainly debatable. But since that’s what the team believes, it has to now surround Foles with the talent he needs to thrive.
Jacksonville’s receiving corps is a hodgepodge of unrealized talent — there’s no No. 1 receiver on the team at this point. Additionally, the offensive line needs an upgrade, and some backup for Leonard Fournette would be advisable.
Dallas was extremely limited in free agency due to a lack of cap space. The ‘Boys did add Randall Cobb to fill the void left by Cole Beasley, but that’s really the only impact signing they were able to accomplish.
The big void that must be filled is on defense. Both David Irving and Randy Gregory are suspended indefinitely, and defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford (a captain last year) is currently being investigated for his role in a Florida bar fight.
The ‘Boys are a team that expects itself to compete for a championship. Accomplishing that goal requires draft picks that pay off, both in the short and long term.
San Francisco 49ers
It’s Year 3 of the Kyle Shanahan/John Lynch era in San Francisco. The first two years resulted in a grand total of 10 wins, though there were good reasons for the delay in success. Now that these two men have had a couple years to get the roster in place, spent some big money in free agency, and have Jimmy Garoppolo coming back healthy, it’s time to elevate those expectations.
The team owns the No. 2 overall pick as well. Whether the 49ers trade down or stand pat, it’s imperative that they draft well and bring in instant-impact players who can spark a playoff run in 2019.