If by some miracle Mayfield drops after the first three selections, I say let's go get him at #5. Denver is not going qb, and I doubt they go after Nelson either. They move down to 1-11 and they get one of the premier tackles they need. Mayfield would rebrand this franchise in the same way Marino did. But he won't fall, it'll be Allen who is an easy pass.
My preference is Smith or James. Either will fix our problems in pass coverage and be the playmakers on defense we've been sorely lacking.
Supposedly, they really like Payne, but I'd rather take Vea. I know he's viewed as a NT, but in a 4-3 this guy would be the monster we hoped Suh was going to be. A DT that can rush the passer, and QB's hate inside pressure. Disruption would be his middle name.
I don't want Edmunds. He's a monster at ILB, but it seems like we'd be wasting his talent at strong or weak where we need the help.
Why do you think Denver is passing on QB? They tried to trade up to 1 overall and were all hands on deck for Mayfield's pro day. Case Keenum's contract is basically a 1 year bridge deal. If Denver doesn't like Allen or Rosen then I could see them dealing back. It is very likely Darnold and Mayfield go Top 4.
I think Gase wants Mayfield badly, but Miami cannot bid higher than their competitors. They simply don't have the ammo to move up. Cleveland, New York and Buffalo will be in the top 5 taking QBs. Cleveland is taking QB at 1, New York is going QB at 3, and Buffalo is just waiting to see who slides. My guess is they already have the framework for a deal with Cleveland at 4.
Miami can hope Rosen or Allen experience a slide, but if the early teams pass and another team doesn't trade ahead of them then I think that speaks to results of the evaluations. Is former scout Greg Gabriel recently warned, this early QB crop is eerily similar to the 2011 bunch.
I'd say the most likely candidates for Miami are Roquan Smith or Derwin James. Both are BPA and fill needs. A trade back is possible, but once the QBs are gone it will be for discount value.
The Giants can throw a real monkey wrench in everything by taking Eli's successor, but my guess is they go with Minkah Fitzpatrick.
The big draft surprise, and I'm stealing this from Benjamin Albright, is I think Saquon Barkley possibly falls out of the top 10. He made a good case for why it could happen.