Turn On The Jets Final 2018 NFL Draft Thoughts Buffet

Joe Caporoso with final thoughts on the 2018 NFL Draft in this week’s BUFFET via RAZER SPORT!

Every Wednesday or Thursday during the NFL season (and offseason), Joe Caporoso will break down the upcoming week of NFL action. Unfasten the belts and prepare to gorge on another weekend of fandom, fantasy, gambling, tweeting, cheering, complaining…and complaining. 

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Final 2018 NFL Draft Thoughts

Number One: It is kind of funny that after all this time has passed with all the rumors, smokescreens and intrigue, Sam Darnold is the overwhelming favorite to go first overall, just like he was the day after the 2017 NFL Draft ended. I don’t think it is a slam dunk he is the top quarterback but considering his age and skill set, it is a defensible decision by Cleveland and a hell of a lot wiser than going with Josh Allen.

Where’s The Skill? This is a weaker than usual class for receivers and tight ends but teams are going to get great value in the back half of the first round with DJ Moore, James Washington and Mike Gesicki.

Overanalysis: Lamar Jackson should be a top 16 pick in this class. It still might happen (Hello, Arizona) but it is bizarre he is rarely mocked or considered in the top ten. A smart offensive coordinator will build their offense around him and reap the rewards.

The NFL would be stupid to let Josh Rosen slide, Aaron Rodgers style

One more time with feeling: Are the Giants really going to take a running back at #2 when they have a 37 year old quarterback coming off a mediocre season?

Suspect Looking Snack At My Local Deli Of The Week

I am wary of corn nugget based snacks, particularly when they are allegedly stuffed with a substance acting as cheese. This is a difficult sell next to the kettle cooked chips, pretzels and Doritos (god, I’m getting hungry now). This feels like the kind of snack that would make you devastatingly thirsty and bloated, while not providing enough flavor to merit those symptoms. HARD PASS!

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What Do I Watch Now? 

Westworld, HBO – After the season 2 premiere, I am cautiously optimistic this year will be better than season 1 which was a little heavy on the easter eggs, philosophic pandering and multiple timelines. This show can feel a little like homework at times but with a different structure and more of a focus on the right characters, it has a chance to make the sophomore leap similar to how The Leftovers did.

Who Do I Read Now?

Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson – We are overdue for a classic in this section! Thompson is an acquired taste but if you are going to read anything by him, start with this and schedule a trip to Vegas shortly after. This is about as bizarre, trippy and fun as it gets for a semi-autobiographical novel.

Ten Mildy Bold Predictions (Full Mock Draft for the first round and seven rounds for the Jets coming tomorrow AM)

  1. Buffalo will trade up for a quarterback
  2. Lamar Jackson won’t get past the 20th pick
  3. Mason Rudolph will be a first round pick
  4. New England will not take a quarterback until the third round
  5. If Baker Mayfield gets anywhere Miami, they will move up to take him
  6. Derrius Guice will be a substantially better value pick than Saquon Barkley
  7. Calvin Ridley will go in the top fifteen but shouldn’t
  8. Minkah Fitzpatrick will go in the top fifteen but shouldn’t
  9. Quenton Nelson will make the Pro Bowl as a rookie
  10. Denzel Ward will be the Defensive Rookie of the Year

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports