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SHAQ ON SPORTS: Who should the top teams pick in the NFL Draft?

Each NFL team has a hole somewhere on their roster, whether it’s on the offensive or defensive lines, receiving depth, the backfield, the linebackers or the secondary.

There also are teams that are unfortunate to have a hole at quarterback, which is the most important position to fill.

Thankfully, there are quite a few prospects out there that can come into a locker room and make an immediate impact. Who are these prospects and where should they end up based on the draft positions and the needs of the top drafting teams.

With the number one and four picks, the Cleveland Browns have another opportunity to get it right. The Browns have been making moves ahead of this year’s draft.

They have traded with the Buffalo Bills for quarterback Tyrod Taylor. They have added wide receiver Jarvis Landry to their receiving core. In fact, they should probably add another receiver to complement Landry and Josh Gordon.

They could sign free agent Terrelle Pryor in place of receiver Corey Coleman. To maximize their picks, it would be great for them to skip taking a quarterback with the first pick and instead grab the best player in the draft, Saquon Barkley.

He will definitely be a game changer and should come in and make an immediate impact with this team.

The Browns should use their fourth pick on a quarterback. With this being a pretty decent quarterback draft, they could probably still get the number one quarterback they want, whether it is Sam Darnold, Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield.

The New York Giants have the number two pick and assuming they decide not to trade the pick, they could go in a few directions. The Giants still need more on the offensive line even after they signed left tackle Nate Solder, guard Patrick Omameh and they tendered Brett Jones.

They also need someone to replace Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who was cut prior to free agency.

The Giants lack a proven slot cornerback and depth in the defensive backfield right so they need another veteran cornerback, especially with Eli Apple coming off a troubling season. They will have to add someone.

They also may want to look at running back, preferably through the draft, to help their salary cap problems and they will be able to find a young running back that can complement their team.

Their running game was not good last year so even though they have four running backs already on their roster; they may want to release a couple of them to make room for a running back from the draft.

If the Giants do decide to keep the second pick in the draft, Barkley should be gone so the Giants could choose from Sony Michel, Derrius Guice, or even Kerryon Johnson to fill a spot.

The New York Jets will need to pick a quarterback with the third pick they traded for. Josh Rosen should be a good fit in New York.

The Jets will continue to toil in mediocrity if they continue to lack quality at the quarterback position. Rosen is definitely as consolation prize and seems capable of handling the New York spotlight.

The Jets also need a defensive end because they have yet to replace Muhammad Wilkerson. They have to find a stopgap in free agency because their draft is thin. They traded two 2018 picks to the Colts to move up in Round 1.

The Denver Broncos need a right tackle to protect their new investment in quarterback Case Keenum. There aren’t many left to choose from and the draft isn’t all that deep at tackle either, especially if they want immediate help.

Their starting tackle now, Menelik Watson, has never played more than 12 games in a season and missed nine last year. They find a tackle that can start and have Watson be a swing tackle where he will be more reliable in that back-up role, if he can’t stay on the field.

The draft is coming April 26-28 in Arlington, Texas and I for one am anxious to see exactly what moves the teams will make.


Shaquita Newton is a sports blogger. She can be reached at