- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB
I spent a long time staring at my computer trying desperately to think of who I should put at number one for the Bucs, but Winston is the only logical pick. Winston shows plenty of promise, if you take away the bad decisions, you have a top 5 passer in the NFL. If you get a coach in there to fix Winston, he can be a viable first overall pick
- Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB
No, I won’t take away Mariota either. The Titans needed a quarterback desperately, and Zach Mettenberger was not about to be the answer. Perhaps they find he isn’t the quarterback of the future, but hey they still go on some playoff runs with him. The Titans needed Mariota at the time, I wouldn’t change this pick.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Frank Clark, DE (Original: Dante Fowler, DE)
Fowler ended up being a bust for Jacksonville, and Clark has played much better over his career. Clark would fill the position previously filled by the rapidly aging Red Bryant.
- Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper, WR
I don’t think there’s any reason to switch out Cooper here. He gave the Raiders 4 and a half great seasons, and if he doesn’t get traded in 2018 he could have given them much much more.
- Washington Redskins: Brandon Scherff, OT
Scherff was a great pick at 5 for the Redskins, and there is no reason to replace him.
- New York Jets: Leonard Williams, DE
I know there will be people saying that Williams did not end up working for the Jets in the end, but I think if in an alternate timeline the Jets do not hire Adam Gase and the Jets do not end up tanking, there is no reason to get rid of Leonard who ended up being a nice player for New York while he was there.
- Chicago Bears: Tyler Lockett, WR (Original: Kevin White, WR)
Lockett would be an infinitely better pick than White, who ended up doing absolutely nothing for the Bears. Lockett would add speed to the Bears core, and play second banana to Alshon Jeffery until Jeffery leaves in 2017.
- Atlanta Falcons: Shaq Thompson, LB (Original: Vic Beasley, LB)
Thompson has been extremely dominant for Carolina, and could do the same for an Atlanta defense that would soon blow a game in the most embarrassing fashion in NFL history.
- New York Giants: La’el Collins, OT (Original: Ereck Flowers, OT)
The Giants had a swing and miss with Flowers, cue Collins who would be a much more consistent starter for New York. Maybe then their first round pick would not be gone in 4 years.
- St. Louis Rams: Todd Gurley, RB
Over a stretch of about 4 years, Gurley was considered the best running back in the NFL. Ultimately, you don’t pass that up even if it is only over 4 years. Maybe the Rams should not have handed Gurley a massive contract?
- Minnesota Vikings: Marcus Peters, CB (Original: Trae Waynes, CB)
It was a good idea to grab Waynes, but Peters is so much better that it seemed right for him to be drafted here. My only concern would be Peters honking about wanting to leave a year or two after he lands there.
- Cleveland Browns: Grady Jarrett, DT (Original: Danny Shelton, DT)
Jarrett has been a super underrated part of the Falcons defense, and the Browns would be able to fill their position of need with Jarrett who is an All-Pro talent.
- New Orleans Saints: Andrus Peat, OT
Peat has been a great starter for the Saints, and I do not see them changing this pick. It is possible they would have liked to pick up an offensive piece, but there are not a lot of options there.
- Miami Dolphins: Bud Dupree, LB (Original: DaVante Parker, WR)
Parker has yet to establish himself as the sure fire #1 WR in Miami, but he has come close. That being said, the Dolphins would probably be content with having an elite pass rusher in Dupree.
- San Diego Chargers: Melvin Gordon III, RB
Gordon gave the Chargers some very good play before being outshined by Austin Ekeler after he decided to be whiny and sit out for the first part of the season. Maybe if that does not happen he maintains the lead back role in San Diego/LA? We will never know, but I feel like that would have been a great fit for him.
- Houston Texans: Eric Kendricks, LB (Original: Kevin Johnson, CB)
Kendricks would add elite talent to the Texans defense, where Kendricks would act as a massive upgrade over a human named Ryan Pickett. Kendricks would be a great pick at 16.
- San Francisco 49ers: Arik Armstead, DE
Armstead took a year or two to get going, but once he did he was insane. Armstead cannot be replaced on a defense that features Buckner and Bosa, as well as Armstead. No change.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Stefon Diggs, WR (Original: Marcus Peters, CB)
In 2014 the Chiefs wide receivers caught no touchdowns. So yeah, i’d say it was definitely a need, and we are still a year removed from the Chiefs picking up Tyreek Hill. Diggs would be an insane receiver for Alex Smith, and later Patrick Mahomes to play with.
- Cleveland Browns: Trevor Siemian, QB (Original: Cam Erving, C)
Call me crazy, I’m not even sure I like this pick to be honest, but after seeing potential from Siemian I don’t think it’s that crazy to say that he can be a viable NFL backup, or even an average starter in the right system. Plus let’s be honest, the Browns are desperate at this point, especially coming off a year where the 22nd overall Browns pick was Johnny Manziel. With the earlier addition of Jarrett as their instant impact player, the Browns have this opportunity to test their luck. And I think they would take it. Plus, the Browns drafted one of the worst offensive lineman in football with this pick so even Siemian would have to be an upgrade here.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Breshad Perriman, WR (Original: Nelson Agholor, WR)
Perriman is a much better pick than Agholor, who spent most of 2019 slathering butter and oil on his gloves before he started games.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Devante Parker, WR (Original: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT)
Parker would be a 2nd or 3rd receiver to develop behind Sanu and AJ Green, and one day take over the number 1 role. This would be an upgrade over Ogbuehi, who did not end up being a game changer for Cincinnati.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Benardrick McKinney, LB (Original: Bud Dupree, LB)
With Dupree off the board, the Steelers would turn to McKinney who would give the Steelers one more piece towards the goal of eventually having a dominant defense to complement the offense of Big Ben, LevBell, and AB.
- Denver Broncos: Raheem Mostert, RB (Original: Shane Ray, DE)
Ray did not work out as expected in Denver, but Mostert probably would have. Mostert would share carries with CJ Anderson for a few years before ascending to the lead back role. Mostert could be one of the future faces of the franchise.
- Arizona Cardinals: DJ Humphries, OT
The Cardinals got a sneaky good offensive lineman in Humphrise, and I believe they would not change their pick.
- Carolina Panthers: Landon Collins, S (Original: Shaq Thompson, LB)
Collins would be the next man in line to replace Roman Harper, one of the older defensive players in the league. Collins would play alongside Josh Norman in the secondary.
- Baltimore Ravens: Mitch Morse, G (Original: Breshad Perriman, WR)
Mitch Morse would be a good player to move in center or guard to really solidify that offensive line for a player in Joe Flacco that- let’s face it- is not getting any younger.
- Dallas Cowboys: Byron Jones, S
I like the Byron Jones pick for the Cowboys, no change and good job on picking up a dynamic game changer for your defense.
- Detroit Lions: David Johnson, RB (Original: Laken Tomlinson, G)
The Lions desperately needed a running back, and David Johnson could be a viable option assuming that he is able to stay healthy. If he gives you four years of elite play I believe that is good enough.
- Indianapolis Colts: Dante Fowler, DE (Original: Phillip Dorsett, WR)
The Colts originally picked Phillip Dorsett to play alongside TY Hilton, but I believe given the chance they would choose to strengthen their defense. Fowler has been a solid player for the Rams, and in the right system he can become a good pass rusher.
- Green Bay Packers: Eddie Goldman, DT (Original: Damarious Randall, S)
Goldman would add a solid piece to a poor defensive line. The Packers would have to face the fact that BJ Raji is not an All-Pro talent.
- New Orleans Saints: Phillip Dorsett, WR (Original: Stephone Anthony, LB)
Dorsett would pla to take over the Marques Colston role, and would come to take over the receiver one role. Anthony did not turn out to be a good player for New Orleans, and would not be their choice again.
- New England Patriots: Malcolm Brown, DT
It’s hard to ever disagree with anything the Patriots ever do, I don’t know if someone has made you aware but they have been to nine Super Bowls. Brown worked out fine for the Patriots, and I do not believe they would change this pick.
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