It is one of the few that dissent’s from the consensus
1. Arizona Cardinals
Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama. We’ve reflexively penciled Nick Bosa into this spot for months now but this week, the Cardinals are passing on an edge rusher with the first-overall pick and instead getting arguably the best player in the draft. He’s been one of the most dominant players in college football, and this is after sitting behind Da’Ron Payne (a Redskins first-rounder last spring) in 2017. He’ll join a defensive line that includes Chandler Jones, who had 13 sacks and three forced fumbles last season.
The addition of Williams makes sense. The Cardinals are returning to a 3-4 defense, Williams looks like a player in the mold of Derek Wolfe or Adam Gostis role along the line at the 34 defense end positions.
What is more notable and the thing that really makes the Bosa question light up, is the analysis of Bosa going second:
Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State. This is the best-case scenario for the 49ers. Fans have been clamoring for Josh Allen here, since the assumption is that Bosa will go first overall. And after using first-round picks on defensive linemen in three of the last four drafts, adding Bosa at No. 2 almost feels like a steal.
Getting a steal with the second pick is an interesting idea.
That would, essentially mean that the first pick was the wrong one. Now, I have long said if you want to advocate for Williams, Josh Allen or even Ed Oliver as the best player in the draft, then that is fine.
However, if your point is more schematic based, then you are setting yourself up for failure.
None the less, it is interesting to see the responses to such a draft.