Teddy Bridgewater’s roster spot with the New York Jets is in jeopardy following the team’s selection of Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.
Limited Youth Karl Malone Jersey Patriots 鈥斅燬ony Michel, RB, Georgia: Get ready for a lot of Alvin Kamara comparisons, but they’re not inaccurate. Michel averaged 7.9 yards a聽carry last year against SEC competition and ran for 16 TDs despite sharing the backfield with Nick Chubb. He becomes New England’s first first-round running back since聽Laurence Maroney in 2006 and should immediately shoot to the top of a depth chart that lost Dion Lewis to free agency.
Ravens (from Eagles) 鈥斅燣amar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Newsome’s swan song will be one to remember as he trades back into Round 1 for the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner. Jackson passed for 3,000 yards and rushed for 1,500 each of the past two seasons, the only player in college football history to post such historic numbers. And, make no mistake, he did this from a pro-style offense coached by Bobby Petrino. Still, Jackson will have to work on his mechanics, one reason he was a 57% passer in college. He should have time to develop as Flacco winds down and may find an important tutor in Baltimore’s newly signed backup, 2012 offensive rookie of the year Robert Griffin III. A draft bookended by Heisman winners becomes the first since 1999 with five quarterbacks taken in the first round.
Browns 鈥?Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan: Maybe it’s not optimal to bring a Wolverine to Ohio, but Cleveland did take Jabrill Peppers last year. Hurst would be another nice addition to this blossoming defense, a gap-shooting interior presence who can capitalize on the attention Myles Garrett commands off the edge.
Giants 鈥?Will Hernandez, G, Texas El-Paso: Here’s a beloved hog molly for GM Dave Gettleman. New York now has Saquon Barkley to ignite a dormant ground game, but a lack of talent in the backfield wasn’t the only reason for those struggles. Hernandez is a mauler who will blast open lanes for Barkley and also take good care of Eli Manning.
Browns (from Texans) 鈥?Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon: A 6-5, 309-pounder to take over for departed Joe Thomas as well as becoming the new man on Baker Mayfield’s blind side. Cleveland’s line is solid elsewhere, a good situation for Crosby, who could expect help from tight ends and chipping backs as he acclimates.
Colts 鈥?Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia: He would replace Frank Gore, surely love the opportunity to run behind Quenton Nelson, bring needed giddyup and power to a 22nd-ranked ground attack Authentic Jarome Iginla Jersey and reduce some of the load on Andrew Luck’s surgically rebuilt wing.