Teams drafting in the top 10 always have multiple needs, which means they could draft multiple different positions with their top pick.
Also with a top 10 selection comes a high pick in the second round, where teams can get players who were in consideration for first round picks but just slipped out. We have seen many of these high round 2 selections have success early on in their careers, such as Landon Collins or Nick Chubb.
This also leaves teams with some tough decisions to make at the beginning of the draft. Let’s take a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars as an example to start off this piece.
The Jaguars have a glaring need at tackle, and at pick #7 top at least one of the two top prospects at the position Jawaan Taylor or Jonah Williams should be available. They also have to get receiving weapons for Nick Foles, namely a tight end as Foles relied on Zach Ertz for success in his time as an Eagle. T.J. Hockenson is the best in the class, and would be an instant impact guy for Jacksonville.
Neither Williams, Taylor, or Hockenson will be available when the Jags pick again at 38, and they will need to get a starter there too. So the debate becomes where you think the value is in this draft, and which position is more important to go get early.
Personally, I would take Taylor or Williams, then get a tight end like Dawson Knox or Irv Smith at 38. I think this would be better than settling for a tackle like Greg Little or Kaleb McGary. You may disagree, and that’s the fun of this exercise. Teams are going over scenarios like this in their war rooms all the time leading up to April 25th. Here are some more prospect pair debates that could be going on in the top 10 right now.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Picks #5 and #39
The Bucs could go many ways with their first pick, however I think it will come down to someone in the trenches, whether it be a defensive or offensive lineman. In my opinion, this is the first spot where Jonah Williams or Jawaan Taylor could come off the board. I personally believe Nick Bosa goes 2nd to the 49ers, then Quinnen Williams and Josh Allen go 3/4. However this is the NFL Draft. Anything can and will happen, and the Bucs may have to decide between a more pressing need on the offensive line with an elite talent on the defensive line. The Buccaneers may even like Montez Sweat or Devin White at 5 over the offensive line prospects.
Personally, I would take Quinnen Williams or Allen if they were available at 5, but I would select Jonah Williams or Jawaan Taylor over Devin White or Montez Sweat. Possible targets with the 39th overall pick depending on the position taken at 5th overall could be iOL Chris Lindstrom from Boston College or Jerry Tillery, iDL from Notre Dame.
Green Bay Packers, Picks #12 and #30
The Packers need another piece on defense, but also are in the market for a weapon to help out Aaron Rodgers and last season’s underwhelming offense. I think D.K. Metcalf will be available at 12, and that would be a splash pick. T.J. Hockenson would also be an option for the Pack as their free agent signings the past two seasons in Martellus Bennett and Jimmy Graham have been abject failures.
However, I would look to bolster my offensive line and draft Cody Ford out of Oklahoma. He plays guard but has the size to play tackle if needed, and would be a nice injection of young talent into an aging line.
I think there could be some solid pass catchers available at 30, such as Hollywood Brown from Oklahoma and A.J. Brown from Ole Miss. The Packers could also look to add Josh Jacobs, the running back from Alabama.
Detroit Lions, Picks #8 and #43
After taking two offensive players in last years 1st and 2nd rounds, I think the Lions will look to add defensive talent at picks 8 and 43. I think one of these picks needs to be for the front 7, and the other needs to be at corner.
Personally, I want the 8th pick to be Devin Bush, the instinctive linebacker from Michigan. I would also be very happy with Ed Oliver, the jack of all trades iDL from Houston. I don’t think Greedy Williams is the type of player Bob Quinn covets, especially with a pick as high as #8 overall.
Which is why at #43 I have my sights set on Amani Oruwariye, the corner from Penn State. his physicality and ball skills make him a perfect running mate in the secondary with Darius Slay.