With the NFL Draft approaching in two days and most of us going back and forth on if it’s gonna be Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen, it’s easy to forget that there are still over 200 other picks happening. It is also an extremely interesting time for the AFC East The Jets have accepted their rebuild the past two seasons and now have a team with some young talented players and potentially a rookie QB in line to be the face of the franchise.
Meanwhile in Miami, the Dolphins have gotten rid of most of their talented veterans in the past year in Jarvis Landry, Mike Pouncey, Jay Ajayi and Ndamukong Suh. Ryan Tannehill is coming off a major injury and hadn’t proved much when he was healthy while there are also a ton of holes on their defense.
The Bills have lost their starting Quarterback, Left Tackle, Left Guard, Wide Receiver and Center this offseason. They signed AJ McCarron (yuck) and have been trying to trade up in the draft offseason to no avail. On top of that they still have holes at most skill positions other than Shady and their defensive line has never recovered from the loss of Marcell Dareus.
It certainly wouldn’t be a stretch to say the Jets are in better shape than both the Dolphins and Bills, as long as they hit on who they draft at Quarterback. Nevertheless with any AFC East discussion we need to focus on the Patriots, who like the other two teams have suffered some tremendous losses.
The most glaring was trading Jimmy Garoppolo for a second round pick which looks like an absolute heist by the 49ers. However the losses don’t stop there. The soon to be 41 year old Tom Brady will be heading into the season having lost both of his starting offensive tackles (Nate Solder and Cameron Flemming), Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis all the while Rob Gronkowski still hasn’t committed to playing this season.They have also lost Malcolm Butler and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. Most of these positions haven’t been replaced but it’s naive to think Bill Belichik can’t find replacements, still this amount of talent lost at one time is unique for them.
Luckily for all these teams there is still the NFL Draft on Thursday and here are a few players that would terrify me to go to another team as a Jets fan.
Roquan Smith to the Dolphins
The Dolphins have shown some interest in Smith and he would be a great boost to their defense. While I’m higher on Kiko Alonso than most, Smith is a rangy linebacker that some have compared to Ray Lewis. While that is a bit dramatic anyone who watched Georgia’s playoff run this season noticed Smith flying all over the field like a mad man. Personally I don’t want him anywhere near our future franchise quarterback.
Derwin James to the Bills
While the Bills struggled in many ways last year one place that they excelled was with their young secondary. The combination of Tre’Davious White and Micah Hyde revitalized that secondary and turned them into one of the most exciting in the league. While Jordan Poyer wasn’t bad by any stretch, adding a player as intimidating as James to that secondary will only help make that young secondary even more imposing. James is a real thumper and putting him in the box while Hyde plays centerfield is a really exciting young safety tandem.
DaeSean Hamilton to the Patriots
While Hamilton won’t be a first round pick like the other two, he is considered the best route runner in this years draft class. He was a four year starter at Penn State and a team Captain. He is known for his Football IQ and I could easily see him fitting into New England’s offense and driving the rest of the league nuts with their dink and dunk offense. He is sure handed and would help ease the loss of Amendola for them while finally adding some youth on offense.
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