Every week as the draft has approached Conley has inched up, surpassing other cornerbacks. Now some are wondering if he’ll even get picked before teammate Marshon Lattimore. The Eagles are barren at cornerback. Conley would start immediately.
If Williams happens to fall out of top-10 picks — which could happen depending on Cincinnati and Buffalo — Baltimore could be his landing spot. Williams isn’t a superstar athlete for a wideout but he can go up and get the ball and give Joe Flacco a good lead receiver.
There’s a reason the best teams use most of their first-round picks on defensive players. The last few Super Bowl winners have been helped by the fact that they have their franchise quarterback, but there’s generally a much better return on defensive players in the draft’s opening frame. Few bust spectacularly, and even if those players don’t turn out to be superstars, they can be reliable starters. When a first-round quarterback flames out, it’s much harder to survive the damage.
Follow that logic into the later rounds of the draft. Load up on offensive line depth. Look for wide receivers or running backs on the second day of the draft.
Quarterbacks will be more successful if they’re surrounded by talent from day one than when a franchise tries to cobble together a team around a young signal caller. Think about Jared Goff and the Rams vs. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys.
His technique needs improvement, and it’s an issue because of his limited experience as a starter, but it hasn’t stopped him from being a sure tackler. He’s also not the fastest guy on the field, but his closing speed is remarkable.
Hooker is a phenomenal athlete and has all of the talent he needs to excel at the free safety position in the NFL. His fluidity and change-of-direction skills are advanced for a player with such limited starting experience, and will serve him well at the next level. Once he refines his technique and puts it all together, he should become an All-Pro caliber player.