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The Undrafted’s teams first round picks

With the draft only a matter of days away, we take a look at who the folks at Undrafted want their teams to pick in the first round. We’ll also find a few other opinions including who is the most overhyped player in the draft, so be on the lookout for some VERY controversial selections.

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Now let’s take a look at who we think will go where!

Tom Clapham (Miami Dolphins)

Number of the first round pick(s): Pick 6 and 18

Who you want your team to draft: Kyle Pitts at 6 – Being compared to a unicorn, I prefer the comparison to Calvin Johnson, a match up nightmare who can play with his hand in the ground or on the outside, has the potential to be completely unstoppable.

Najee Harris at 18 – The Dolphins lacked a run game last year, which meant teams could successfully plan against our pass attack. Harris would immediately upgrade the position and become a threat instantly.

Who you don’t want but your team might take: Penei Sewell at 6 – A great player in his own right Sewell will upgrade the Dolphins line, but with a deep Tackle class in this year’s draft, skill positions are a must.

Zaven Collins at 18 – Another great player, Collins would be an excellent addition, but I believe there are better alternatives like Nick Bolton and Jabril Cox, again with a deep Linebacker class, Running Back is important here.

Best player in the draft: Micah Parsons – He is an elite talent, who will only slide because Linebacker is not necessarily a pressing need for a lot of teams. He starts day one anywhere and is being compared to Luke Keuchly

Most overhyped player in the draft: Trevor Lawrence – The consensus number 1 overall pick is not that far ahead at his position and has a massive target on his back from day 1, players like Zach Wilson, Trey Lance and Justin Fields could and probably will outplay him.

Adam Bristo (Atlanta Falcons)

Number of the first round pick(s): Pick 4

Who you want your team to draft: Who we need and who I want are 2 very different things. I’d love the Falcons to draft Kyle Pitts and help Matt Ryan to win a Super Bowl before he retires!

Who you don’t want but your team might take: I don’t think there’s any scenario that I wouldn’t want. Falcons are in a good place this year with options. Worst case is to trade back and potentially miss some of the top talent this year.

Best player in the draft: Overall talent for me has to be Kyle Pitts. We know the pedigree that Trevor Lawrence brings with him, but I just feel when we look back in years to come Pitts will be the standout from this class. (Nothing to do with my Florida Gators bias)

Most overhyped player in the draft: Zach Wilson. Definitely a great talent without a doubt, but with Quarterbacks we tend to massively overrate them. It’s the hardest position in football and that transition from college to the NFL is huge. Case-in-point Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston. All top first round talent who’ve struggled to put the same stamp on the NFL as they did their college careers.

NFL Draft: How 49ers land QB Zach Wilson via Round 1 trade
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Alex Buck (Miami Dolphins)

Number of the first round pick(s): Pick 6 and 18

Who you want your team to draft: 6 need to be Kyle Pitts or Ja’Marr Chase. We need to support Tua and take our offence to the next level. Last year we drafted heavily in the trenches, and this year is about drafting ballers. Difference makers on the offensive side of the ball. Either of these guys will transform our passing game and offer a legitimate weapon to Tua on every down. Couldn’t be more excited to see one of these two in Miami.

With 18, Najee Harris and I don’t want to hear otherwise. Last year we passed on Jonathan Taylor, JK Dobbins, Clyde Edwards-Helaire etc etc. This year there’s three great backs before the drop off. We absolutely have to walk out of the draft with one. So we act first and take Najee at 18. Reunite him with his great friend and team mate Tua, and all of a sudden with these two picks we have a very scary looking offence.

Who you don’t want but your team might take: I don’t want Penei Sewell/Rashawn Slater. Both great players, but it would mean our six pick is not an elite pass catcher, and I’m just not on board with that at all. I’m sure people will enjoy my draft night reactions a hell of a lot more if it happens though…

Best player in the draft: Kyle Pitts is the best player in the draft. For one, he’s a Gator. For two, as described by head coach Dan Mullen. He’s a unicorn. He’s a total match up nightmare, who’s only going to get bigger and stronger in the NFL. I’ve had the privilege of watching him for the last couple of years and the leap he took last season isn’t being talked about enough. He improved that much in one season and he’s far from done. Changes an NFL team the day he arrives. Line him up in, outside, on the line between the hashes, and every play he’s on the field the defence need to work out how they’re going to cover him. Good luck.

Most overhyped player in the draft: Mac Jones. Or Mac Blubber Jones as we coined him on the podcast. If he didn’t go to Alabama he wouldn’t be in the first three rounds. He feels very average to me and I think he’ll get exposed at the next level. Good team mate, but a dull pick for a franchise. Nothing to be excited about…

Chris Juff (Cleveland Browns)

Number of the first round pick(s): Pick 26

Who you want your team to draft: Christian Barmore – DL – Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi have gone, and although those players have been replaced for the short term, we need a longer term option.

Who you don’t want but your team might take: Caleb Farley – Too many doubts about his back being strong enough for the league. Wouldn’t want another first round pick wasted!

Best player in the draft: Devonta Smith – His record speaks for itself. Many people are trying to think of reasons he isn’t the best WR of the class, instead of appreciating how good he is.

Most overhyped player in the draft: Mac Jones. Didn’t look very impressive at all during his pro day. I think the other options are much safer, and ive been impressed with Fields and Wilson a lot more than Jones

Kyle Bury (New England Patriots)

Number of the first round pick(s): Pick 15

Who you want your team to draft: Kyle Pitt’s as I’m a gators fan and he was one of the first recruits I really researched from high school once he had committed to the gators, also anyone named Kyle is amazing at sports……

Who you don’t want but your team might take: Mac Jones – overhyped and nothing much ever amounts from Bama QB’s, was surrounded by insane talent.

Best player in the draft: Trevor Lawrence, QB is the one position where one player can take a team with a losing record to the playoffs the following season. T Law is probably the best QB in this class and one of the best for a number of years.

Most overhyped player in the draft: Mac Jones, it’s easy being a Bama QB with that level of talent

Trevor Lawrence entering NFL draft after three seasons at Clemson
Credit: Mark J Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports

Adam Hilton (Baltimore Ravens)

Number of the first round pick(s): Pick 27

Who you want your team to draft: trade back for more picks. If we do have to pick then Jalen Phillips, Edge, Miami

Who you don’t want but your team might take: Trevon Moehrig. We are set at safety and there are layer round guys who would fit just as well if we want depth. Someone like Jevon Holland or Ar’darius Washington.

Best player in the draft: Kyle Pitts looks generational. He is a different beast to other players in the draft.

Most overhyped player in the draft: Zach Wilson. There isn’t enough on tape to show he can do everything people expect a number 2 pick to do. Everyone just wants to be able to say they spotted the next Mahomes of he does blow up. Fields is a far better QB

More: Who is… Trevon Moehrig? Draft Profile – Undrafted – The Network (undraftedthenetwork.com)

Murray Pugh (Carolina Panthers)

Number of the first round pick(s): Pick 8

Who you want your team to draft: Dreaming that Kyle Pitts will fall to 8th for us to fill the gap Greg Olssen left a couple of seasons ago. We haven’t really replaced him and who better than the best player in the draft.

Who you don’t want but your team might take: At 8, Rashawn Slater. Now don’t get me wrong we need an O-lineman or two in the draft but at 8 in my opinion it’s a waste. This draft has many talented O-linemen and I reckon we could easily trade our pick back a few picks to get him and another pick or two.

Best player in the draft: I feel it is inevitable that everyone’s answer will be Pitts. With a wingspan bigger than Calvin Johnson and 40 yards dash quicker than Davantae Adams, Pitts is a matchup nightmare that will be a starter wherever he goes.

Most overhyped player in the draft: Michael McCorkle Jones, the real reason why he calls himself Mac Jones in my eyes is easily the most overhyped. Sure he has decent stats coming out of college, but I have no doubt if most college QB’s had DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle and Najee Harris in their offence they’d put up some decent figures as well. The fact that people think he’ll go as high as third makes me ill.

Jamie Evans (Indianapolis Colts)

Number of the first round pick(s): Pick 21

Who you want your team to draft: The Colts need someone to come in to replace the massive shoes of Antonio Castonzo at OT. Penei Sewell or Christian Darrisaw could are looking to be the best options. But I’ll have faith in whoever Chris Ballard picks as he’s been a drafting genius the last few years.

Who you don’t want but your team might take: I honestly couldn’t tell you as my college football knowledge is a lot less than my NFL knowledge and that isn’t that high either!

Best player in the draft: I’m going to say Kyle Pitts. They’re saying he could become the highest picked TE in draft history and he’s an athletic monster who has speed, strength and a massive wingspan. A serious offensive weapon.

Most overhyped player in the draft: Devonta Smith. And I’m not doubting his ability as when his name was first mentioned and I took a bit of time to look at him. He is a very impressive receiver. But I think the hype train really took off and I’m just not sure if he will carry these types of performances to the big league. He has come out and says his small size isn’t an issue and he will prove people wrong, and I hope he does, but I just can’t see it.

So there we have it! let us know on our social platforms if you agree with the picks, and if not what you’d change. If you’re entering the Predict the Pick league then good luck! We’ll be watching along with you praying for our picks to come up as well.

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