1. Cleveland Browns - Sam Darnold
2. New York Giants - Saquon Barkley
3. Indianapolis Colts - Bradley Chubb
4.Cleveland Browns - Minkah Fitzpatrick
5. Denver Broncos - Josh Allen
6. New York Jets - Josh Rosen
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Josh Jackson
8. Chicago Bears - Calvin Ridley
9. San Francisco 49ers - Quenton Nelson
10. Oakland Raiders - Derwin James
11. Miami Dolphins - Denzel Ward
12. Cincinnati Bengals - Vita Vea
13. Washington Redskins - Tremaine Edmunds
14. Green Bay Packers - Justin Reid
15. Arizona Cardinals - Baker Mayfield
16. Baltimore Ravens - Josh Jackson
17. Los Angeles Chargers - Lamar Jackson
18. Seattle Seahawks - Marcus Davenport
19. Dallas Cowboys - Raquan Smith
20. Detroit Lions - Christian Kirk
21. Buffalo Bills - Mason Rudolph
22. Buffalo Bills - Orlando Brown
23. Los Angeles Rams - Courtland Sutton
24. Carolina Panthers - Carlton Davis
25. Tennessee Titans - Sam Hubbard
26. Atlanta Falcons - Harold Landry
27. New Orleans Saints - Taven Bryan
28. Pittsburgh Steelers - Mike Gesicki
29. Jacksonville Jaguars - Connor Williams
30. Minnesota Vikings - Ronald Jones
31. New England Patriots - Jarie Alexander
32. Philadelphia Eagles - Leighton Vander Esch
After acquiring the best record in the National Football League, the Philadelphia Eagles will continue to trend upwards, and win the Super Bowl come Feb. 4 2018. The Eagles are the most complete team in the NFL, and they have the leagues' best quarterback.
The most underrated aspect of the Super Bowl bound Eagles is their coaching staff. Second year head coach Doug Pederson has been preparing his team perfectly, and he knows how to keep them hungry.
This offseason, Pederson’s goal was to create a family like atmosphere for the players, and he wanted to also create a sense of competition. He has been highly successful at both, as the Eagles have been soaring since pre season.
Pederson is not only the head coach of the Eagles, but he is their offensive play caller. His scheme and experience have helped his offense mightily. He served as a backup quarterback in the NFL before becoming a coach. This allows him to connect with his quarterback before every snap.
Carson Wentz is the quarterback of the Eagles, he is in his second year, and will win the Most Valuable Player come seasons end. Through the first nine weeks, Wentz leads the league in touchdown passes with 23 and has full control of Pederson’s offense.
In his rookie year, Wentz had little to no help on the offensive side of the ball. The Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, quickly saw that and brought the sophomore help.
Philadelphia brought in wide receivers Alshon Jefferey and Torrey Smith, two players who have payed instant dividends. The team also signed running back LeGarrette Blount, and just traded for Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi.
Both running backs are aggressive runners, who help their team dominate time of possession. All this success running the ball is thanks to the Eagles having one of the best offensive lines in the whole league.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles have the best defensive coordinator in the NFL, Jim Schwartz. Philadelphia with out a doubt has the best defense in the NFL, their defensive line, line backers, and secondary have played light out all season long.
The Eagles defense have tallied 25 sacks, 11 interceptions, and seven forced fumbles. Philadelphia’s defense also allows less than 70-rushing yards per game, which is best in the league.
The most important parts of a successful football team is their offensive and defensive lines and the quarterback position, the Eagles ace all three categories.
Besides the Eagles having the best defense, quarterback, and terrific coaching, the most impressive part of this team has been their ability to win while missing key players. Philadelphia will only get stronger as the season goes on, they are Super Bowl bound.
The Cavs are 3-4.
Watching them it's hard to distinguish if they are playing better than last year or worst.
Lebron James and the Cavs have a deeper team this year, but James is a passer. James cannot be a team's number one scoring option, he can't win like that.
James has only won the championship when he had dynamic scorers next to him like: Kyrie Irving or Dwayne Wade in his prime.
The Cavs will be a deep team when they have: Isaiah Thomas, Wade, Jae Crowder, Jeff Green, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, JR Smith, Kevin Love, Channing Frye, Kyle Korver, and Tristan Thompson together.
The Cavs are deep, but do they have that elite scorer who King James can give the ball too and watch him go one on one? If not, they might not beat the Celtics, Bucks, or Wizards out East and won't come close to beating a Western team like the Warriors, Thunder, or Rockets.
The Cavs truly messed up when they couldn't land a Jimmy Butler, Paul George, or even a Carmelo Anthony.
James is great though, and my MVP pick, but he has to prove he can score at will, especially in clutch time without a dynamite scorer by his side. With his size and speed scoring should be easy, no matter how much time is left in the fourth quarter.
I was at the Philadelphia Eagles vs Los Angeles Chargers game, and I felt bad for the Chargers.
There was probably 70-80 percent Eagles fans, and the majority of Charger fans seemed quiet and just flat-out un-interested. It appears that every Chargers 'home game' has more away fans than Charger fans.
How do you expect a team to win, when they have zero home games? I do not blame the Chargers players, coaches, trainers, or scouts for being 0-4.
I blame their owner for making the move to LA. Commissioner, Rodger Goodell, was at the game and he must of been appalled.
The NFL must step in and take the Chargers out of LA.
The person I feel for the most would be, Phillip Rivers. He competes every snap, every game and this must be extremely frustrating for the respected Rivers.
RIVERS MUST DEMAND A TRADE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SEASON. Can you imagine Rivers on a team that actually has home games, or perhaps a defense, can you imagine Rivers on the Broncos, Bills, Dolphins, Bengals, Jaguars, Texans, or the Vikings?
Carmelo Anthony has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Sam Presti, the best general manager in the NBA, does it again. Presti sent big man Enes Kanter, small forward Doug McDermott, and a second round pick. Kanter only played nine minutes a game in the playoffs last season, due to his lack of defensive talent. Mcdermott is just another guy, a very average NBA player therefore OKC stole Anthony.
Anthony is still a top-ten scorer in the NBA, ESPN's rankings were laughable, Anthony is a top-25 player in this league. While Russell Westbrook leads the charge, and Paul George and Anthony on the wings, look out. Head coach Billy Donovan will have to get these guys sharing the ball, which seems very likely, since all three of these All-Stars have played pick up together.
This trade has propelled OKC to the second best team out West.
GS, OKC, HOU, SAS, MIN, NO, DEN, POR. Those are the eight best teams out West.
Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's first round pick next year.
This was a very even trade. The Celtics received Irving, a player with championship experience, and a player who can create a shot whenever he wants. Irving is arguably a top 10 player in the NBA.
The Celtics are now a top two team in the East, and will battle with Cleveland for a birth to the NBA Finals. Irving will play along side the overrated Gordon Hayward, consistent but not great Al Horford, and the two young guns Jayson Tatum and Jaylon Brown.
This is not enough to dethrone the King. The Cleveland Cavaliers will beat the Celtics in six games in next year's Eastern Conference Finals.
Lebron James will win the MVP next year, and elevate his teammates' games tremendously.
The new look Cavs give James a solid all around team once again. Thomas, James, and Love seem to be a very good big three. The Cavs also signed Jeff Green and Derrick Rose in free agency, two players who are no scrubs by any means.
Crowder, who was apart of the deal, offers the Cavs a very good D and three player who will make a difference against a team like the Warriors.
The Cavs will most likely attain a top 10 pick next year as well.
As of right now, the Cavs will not beat the Warriors in the NBA Finals, which makes me believe the Cavs are not done making deals.
There is no question that Irving is better than Thomas, but because James is so dominant the trade has no effect on the Cavs repeating as Eastern Conference Champs.
Thomas must step up his defense if the Cavs want to win a championship.
Cavs-Celtics is the new Thunder-Warriors. Irving asked for this, he wanted to be the man. Now Irving has a chance to go head to head with his former teammate, James. The games will be so full of emotion, but expect the Cavs and James to cake walk through the East once again.
Maybe the Cavs will keep Thomas and trade the rest of their new pieces for Carmelo Anthony.
Going into this season, the trade is even, but James and Thomas will both be free agents after this year, if they both leave the Cavs still have a top 10 pick and the Celtics still have Irving for a year after next.
All Lebron saw Kyrie as was a scorer, last year he called for a playmaker. He sees Thomas replacing Irving's scoring, a play maker in Dwayne Wade, and considerably deeper team than the one who lost in five games to the Warriors.
When the casual NFL fan thinks about who will win the NFC East, without much thought they say the New York Giants or the Dallas Cowboys.
The Giants spent a bunch of money on their defense about two seasons ago, sadly if you’re a Giants fan the product hasn't quite lived up to it’s sizable price.
Not only do the Giants have an overpriced defense that almost allows 20 points per game, according to NFL.com , but the Giants also lack a running back they could count on. It doesn't matter who your running back is when the offensive line struggles significantly. Pro Football Focus ranked the Giants as the 28th offensive line out of 32 teams.
Enough with the negative, here is why the Giants could be great this year, the offense. The Giants have quarterback Eli Manning, 36, at the helm. Manning has the best weapons of his career in wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard. Wisely the Giants also drafted tight end Evan Engram. The Giants will use Engram as a wide receiver as well, he is a quite versatile pass catcher.
The Giants have a great offense, but the offensive line and the incosistent defense makes me believe they'll finish 9-7.
Eleven straight wins, that’s what rookie sensations Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot and the Dallas Cowboys pulled off last season.
The Cowboys lost key members of their offensive line, which Pro Football Focus now ranks them as the 9th best o-line, while last year the group was ranked 2nd by PFF.
Cowboys are still searching for a defense, it is widely considered the weakest group of the Cowboys.
Prescott played the best football of his career last year, he will regress. Prescott played incredible last year, but now the NFL has a year of tape on him, we may have seen Prescotts' ceiling.
While Elliot is most likely heading towards a suspension, Prescott may even regress more than I project, which obviously will hurt the Cowboys.
Because of the offensive line losing key pieces, Elliot heading toward a suspension, the defense looking worst than last years, and banking that Prescott will regress toward the norm.
I see the Cowboys going 8-8.
The worst team in the NFC East would happen to be the Washington Redskins. Their franchise quarterback repeatedly gets called ‘Kurt’ instead of his name, ‘Kirk’ by the organization.
Kirk Cousins has few weapons, his primary pass catchers Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon left in free agency, but the Redskins’ do have a solid offensive line, it falls just out of the top ten in PFF ranking.
Their defense is a question mark according to PFF their D line ranks at 21st overall.
It appears to be Cousins last year with the Redskins, and it may not end well.
I see the Skins finishing at 6-10
A team that has been flying under the radar are the Philadelphia Eagles, and they're my pick to win the NFC East. In my opinion the Eagles are the most complete team in the NFC East.
Many argue that the most important parts of an NFL team is their quarterback, offensive line, and defensive line.
Pro Football Focus ranks the Eagles with the #1 offensive line going into the 2017-2018 season. Pro Football Focus also ranks the Eagles as having the 3rd best defense line going in to the upcoming season.
Eagles have a defense worth taking note of, their only question mark remains at corner back which is a big question mark, but they did draft some good young corners.
Now on the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles have no question marks in my mind.
Philly signed wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. They also signed running back LeGarrette Blount.
Quarterback Carson Wentz, who is entering year two, showed his superstar potential. the 6-foot-5 240 Wentz can make all the throws as well as lead an NFL team.
Last year Wentz had little to no help, so the Eagles had to make a splash in free agency, and they did. With the moves they made Wentz may be in MVP talk, I know that sounds like a stretch, but the 24 year old from North Dakota has that 'IT' factor..
Head Coach Doug Pederson made some questionable moves last year, but with year one under his belt he’ll have much more experience. Pederson seems like a terrific head coach and has recently said “I look back at my time in Green Bay as a player when we were making those playoff runs and those Super Bowl runs there, and do we have as much talent on this team than we did then? We probably have more talent, right?”
NBA champion Kyrie Irving has requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. This must've shocked many people, myself included.
Irving is tired of being the second option to the best player in the NBA, Lebron James.
This really surprises me. James is widely considered the best teammate in the NBA, because of his talent to gets guys involved and elevate his teammate's games.
If you play with James you're going to the NBA finals, to me Irving seems like he loves winning, if he leaves Cleveland he will most likely not go to the NBA finals.
I believe Irving requested a trade because he was tired of how James ran the organization, and he wanted more of a say.
Another possibility is that Irving is aware that James will be leaving Cleveland after this year, therefore wants to leave now before he is trapped on a losing team.
I believe the only two teams who can make an offer that Cleveland would except are the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Why on Earth would the Cavs trade Irving to the Celtics, the only team who has any chance of taking down Cleveland in the East.
Irving is used to having James handle the ball, Irving can be very effective as an offguard.
The Lakers would be the perfect fit for Irving, Lonzo Ball would run the point and Irving would become the two guard.
These two guards are not terrific defenders, but they could coexist together and win games.
The Lakers could offer Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.
I believe the Cavaliers would except, King James would not like this trade and he would leave immediately after this year, but it gives the Cavaliers good young assets.
In the Western Conference I believe the seeding will be:
1. Golden State
2. San Antonio
4. Oklahoma City
I do not have Utah making it after losing Hayward. I do not have the Clippers making it, because Chris Paul is gone. Paul, the Clippers leader and best player elevated Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan's games tremendously. I do not have Memphis making it either, although they'll fight hard for the 7-8 seed. I do not have the Lakers making it, even with Lonzo Ball. Dallas, Sacramento, and Phoenix will be unable to compete this year, because the West is so impressive.
In the Eastern Conference I think the playoffs will look like:
The Pistons will just miss out on the 8 seed. The Nets will look better than last year with Dangelo Russell leading the way. The Pacers, Bulls, Hawks, and Knicks are rebuilding. And the Magic seem to be in an abyss, since they never take a step forward
When Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant split up, Shaq joined the Heat and won a championship. Kobe was left on a very mediocre LA Laker team, and was a volume shooter who was even called a 'ball-hog.'
Similar to that scenario is when Durant and Westbrook split up, because Durant joined the Golden State Warriors and Westbrook was left with a very average OKC team.
Durant went on to win a championship while Westbrook averaged a triple double and won the MVP. I'm not predicting Westbrook to be a 5x NBA champion like Bryant, but to me Westbrook is a better player than Durant.
Next year, I believe Westbrook will again have a better year than Durant,
Paul George is a better fit for Westbrook and it's simply because George knows it's Westbrook's team.
Westbrook and Durant were clearly unable to distinguish who should've been at the helm.
Now that is not a problem, because George is aware he is joining the Westbrook led Thunder. I believe the two stars will co exist, win a minimum of 50 games, and possibly reach the Western Conference Finals.
I believe the Rockets will not get past the second round because of Mike D'Antoni, not Chris Paul and James Harden battling for point guard duties.
I've came to this thought because when D'Antoni was coaching the Suns he was terrific, and that was because he had one star in his offense, 2x MVP Steve Nash.
D'Antoni was even last year's Coach Of The Year, that is because his offense had one star, which was MVP runner-up Harden.
In New York D'Antoni only looked impressive during Linsanity. When Carmelo Anthony and Jermey Lin took the court together, the Knicks fell apart.
In LA when D'Antoni coached the Lakers and had Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, and Steve Nash his offense looked awful.
Gasol wasn't even seeing the court, because D'Antoni could not make it work with more than one star.
With that being said I believe Mike D'Antoni is only a great coach when he has one star for his offense.
If the Rocket land Anthony they'll do even worse.
I still do not love the Dangelo Russell Brook Lopez trade, since I believe Russell will become an All Star.
However, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka drafted very well their first year on the job.
Laker's rookies Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, and Thomas Bryant look great in the NBA Summer League.
Lonzo is showing he has rare court vision as well as having command over the offense. Ball is a true floor general, who loves passing and every Laker on the summer team is passing without thought.
Kyle Kuzma looks like a steal at #27 overall, Thomas Bryant a center who can shoot the 3, also looks like a good pick.
Second year player Brandon Ingram is showing the work he put in during the off season.
Ingram showed his superstar potential when he looked like a man amongst boys, in the Lakers first summer game.
As of now it appears the Lakers have a full roster, but they only have one point guard.
Lonzo Ball is the only point guard the Lakers have, that's if the roster is what I think it'll be.
I believe the Lakers will carry these 13 players:
Larry Nance JR
It is possible the Lakers keep Vander Blue or Alex Caruso on their roster, but I'm not sure who they would drop for those players. Possibly Bryant or Hart.
Because the West is so tough, the Lakers will be lucky to win 30-39 games.
Daniel Farr. Journalist. Sports fan. College student.