Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Game Bibs Makes Some NFL Draft Predictions

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For football fans, there are only two sports seasons: football season and waiting for football season. This Thursday, April 27, marks the 2017 edition of the NFL Draft. It’s become a 4-day media fest that either renews a fan base’s faith in its team or has everyone dreaming of the deals that could’ve been. Every year is full of surprises as well as sure things, so what does 2017 have up its sleeve? Move over, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, the Game Bibs crew has five infallible draft predictions to share with the NFL faithful.

1. The 49ers won’t trade down for more picks, and will instead grab DeShaun Watson with the #2 pick. In years past, teams have shied away from dual threat quarterbacks, claiming them to be too short with not enough pocket presence. Watson’s college career has cemented him as a capable all-around passer, and San Francisco’s unstable outlook at QB has us thinking they’ll go for it instead of trading out of this spot.

2. The Chicago Bears will draft a quarterback at #3. Years of disappointing play by Jay Cutler and a QB pen currently filled with backup passers will encourage Chicago to make a pick for one of the three talented quarterbacks in the draft, most likely Mitch Trubisky out of North Carolina. He’ll hold a clipboard while he gets acclimated to the speed of the pro game, and we’ll hopefully get another round of Mark Sanchez and the butt fumble in 2017.

3. The Packers won’t draft a running back in the first round. For the life of us, we can’t figure out why.

4. The Cleveland Browns will trade for a quarterback instead of drafting one, and they’ll end the night with even more draft picks than when they started. Myles Garrett is just too big and too scary for them to pass up with the first pick, and Cleveland has been stockpiling picks over the last few days to make draft day trades. Requests for us to offer orange and brown game bibs will go through the roof.

5. Mel Kiper Jr.’s hair will further defy the laws of gravity, Brock Osweiler will reinvent himself as a punter and Jabrill Peppers will be drafted as a running back. In all seriousness, someone will overreach for a quarterback in the first round after Trubisky, Watson and Patrick Mahomes come off the board (we’re looking at you, Jets). Our money’s on that player being DeShone Kizer out of Notre Dame.

The top few draft picks seem like a sure thing, but what do you think will happen come Thursday night? Will your favorite team garner praise for their methodical, genius approach or will they trade the farm to move up a few spots in the order? Share your expert analysis with us in the comments section below!